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  1. Former radio host pleads guilty in child rapeFormer radio host pleads ...Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 9, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Former radio host pleads guilty in child rape Grand Rapids man charged with assault in Battle Creek in May Check out this story on battlecreekenquirer.com: http://bcene.ws/1rUU7ov A former Grand Rapids Christian radio host pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping an 11-year-old boy in Battle Creek. John Richard Balyo, 35, pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the May 17 assault in a Beckley Road motel room.

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  2. B.C. native learning the truth about SojournerB.C. native learning...Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 5, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    B.C. native learning the truth about Sojourner Battle Creek man learning all he can about relative Sojourner Truth Check out this story on battlecreekenquirer.com: http://bcene.ws/1o7FOpm Tom McLiechey was in the car with his aunts Dorothy and Juanita and his uncles Albert and Burl more than 30 years ago for the funeral of Aunt Maxine when his life changed. For nearly half of that lifetime, McLiechey believed he was simply the son of Thomas and Oleda McLiechey of Battle Creek when he learned from his Aunt Dorothy in that car that the story went far deeper.

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  3. Meijer says it will hire 300-400 workers in Battle Creek areaRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 4, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Meijer says it will hire 300-400 workers in Battle Creek area Meijer says it will hire 300-400 workers in Battle Creek area Check out this story on battlecreekenquirer.com: http://bcene.ws/1rOoz3J Meijer is planning to hire more than 4,800 people throughout Michigan, and thousands more in the Midwest to fill positions in new stores and to handle the usual uptick in sales heading into the fall and holidays, the Grand Rapids-based retailer said Wednesday. "Meijer is always looking for good people," Janet Emerson, executive vice president of operations, said in a statement.

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  4. Grand Rapids starts express bus serviceRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 25, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    A $40 million rapid transit system began operations in Grand Rapids on Monday. It's intended to help commuters and boost economic development.

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  5. Grand Rapids to open $40 million rapid bus systemRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 25, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    The 9.6-mile Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit system will kick off this week with free rides to attract commuters, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

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  6. Some dogs removed from Grand Rapids home ready for adoptionRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 22, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Five puppies are among the first of the 39 dogs the Kent County animal shelter will be placing in new homes after they were taken out of the home of a woman now charged with cruelty to animals.

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  7. Man falls from parking garage in Grand RapidsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 18, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Grand Rapids Police are trying to determine how a man fell to his death Sunday. It happened around 6:00 p.m at the parking ramp located on Ottawa Avenue, near Louis Street.

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  8. Memorial set for 9-year-old Kentwood boy stabbed to death on playgroundRead the original story

    Aug 13, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    A memorial service for Michael 'Connor' Verkerke, the 9-year-old Kentwood boy who was stabbed to death on a playground on Aug. 4, will be held at 11:30 today at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia, near Grand Rapids.

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  9. Exchange students from sister cities gather for funRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 12, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    The Japanese students are in Battle Creek this week as part of an ongoing project with the community of Takasaki, which is Battle Creek's sister city.

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  10. Stabbing suspect, 12, to get psych evalRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 12, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Jamarion Lawhorn, 12-year old Kentwood boy who is being charged as an adult for the stabbing death of an 8-year-old was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation Monday.

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  11. Playground stabbing horrifies Kentwood: How could a child kill a child?Read the original story w/Photo

    Aug 7, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Kelsey Beukema stands on the parking lot by the playground where Michael Conner Verkerke, 9 was fatally stabbed in the back at the Pinebrook Village mobile home park in Kentwood on Monday.

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  12. Teen shot in face, leaves car rollingRead the original story

    Aug 5, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Police say they're looking for witnesses who saw a teenager shot in the face in Southeast Grand Rapids.

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  13. Michigan officials: 17-year-old fatally shotRead the original story

    Aug 4, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Grand Rapids-area officials say a teenager has died from gunshot wounds and another is in custody.

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  14. Voters to decide primary races, tax proposals TuesdayRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 3, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Tuesday's election will slim down the crowded 62nd District state House race and narrow others as primary opponents meet their fate.

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  15. No excuses: Judge wants 625-pound man in courtRead the original story

    Aug 2, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    A western Michigan judge is losing his patience with a man who says he weighs 625 pounds and can't get to court.

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  16. Autopsy finds woman died of ligature strangulationRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 30, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    A medical examiner has found that a pregnant Michigan woman police say was killed by a man she connected with through Craigslist was strangled with a rope, strap or other device.

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  17. Ex-Christian radio host guilty in child rape caseRead the original story

    Jul 29, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Former Christian radio host John Richard Balyo said Tuesday that he and a second man handcuffed a 12-year-old boy to a motel bed, sexually abused him and took nine photos during the April encounter.

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  18. Ex-Christian radio host in Grand Rapids admits to raping boy at motelRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 29, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Former WCSG radio host John Richard Balyo admitted today that he and a second man handcuffed a 12-year-old boy to a motel bed, sexually abused him and took nine photos during the April encounter.

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  19. Ex-Christian radio host to plead guilty to child porn chargesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 29, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    A former host at a popular Christian radio station in western Michigan is expected to plead guilty in a child pornography investigation.

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  20. Protecting kids from predatorsRead the original story

    Jul 27, 2014 | Battle Creek Enquirer

    Diane once told her boss if he didn't stop standing behind her while she worked, she would quit typing.

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