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'Defund Police' painted at Grand Rapids officials' homes

Jul. 12, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Police in Grand Rapids are investigating “Defund Police” messages spray-painted on driveways at the homes of city officials and at a government parking garage. “These bullying and intimidation tactics are unacceptable and won’t be tolerated. This...

2 people die in motorcycle hit-and-run in western Michigan

Jul. 12, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

CROTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two people riding a motorcycle were killed in a hit-and-run crash in western Michigan, state police said. The victims were a 63-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman from Newaygo. They were hit while riding a motorcycle Saturday in Newaygo County's Croton Township, 40 miles (64...

Woman, boy die after house fire in Grand Rapids

Jul. 11, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A woman and young boy have died following a house fire in western Michigan. Firefighters pulled the woman and boy from the burning house Saturday morning, said Grand Rapids Deputy Fire Chief Brad Brown. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The child died at a hospital....

City officials OK contract for seawall to stop beach erosion

Jul. 11, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

DOUGLAS, Mich. (AP) — Officials in a west Michigan city have approved a contract for a seawall in an effort stabilize a bluff at a public beach. The beach in Douglas has been closed since last year and nearly all of it has been covered by high water levels on Lake Michigan, according to the Holland...

Police: Homeowner fatally shoots intruder in Coloma Township

Jun. 25, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

COLOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 47-year-old man has been shot to death by a homeowner during an alleged break-in in southwestern Michigan. Police responded about 2:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of a home invasion in progress in Coloma Township, according to the Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph. Coloma...

Marine unit searching for missing man finds body in river

Jun. 21, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

ROYALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A body has been recovered from a river in southwestern Michigan two days after a 45-year-old man was reported missing while rescuing a juvenile who was struggling in the water. Members of the Berrien County marine unit found the apparent drowning victim shortly before 9 a.m....

Michigan's medical schools see increase in applications

Jun. 21, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some medical schools in Michigan are increasing their class size because they're receiving an influx of applicants during a time marked by a shortage of physicians. The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine received nearly 9,000 applications for its next 190-student...

Grand Rapids man charged in fire that killed wife, 3 kids

Jun. 18, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A man was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter in a house fire that killed his wife and three children in western Michigan. Robert Scales, 38, has said he was at work when the fire occurred in Grand Rapids in February. Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker declined to...

Toddler dies after being struck by pickup truck in driveway

Jun. 17, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A toddler has died after she was struck by a vehicle on a private driveway in western Michigan. The 16-month-old wandered about 9:18 p.m. Tuesday from the sight of family members at a gathering in Crystal Township, northwest of Grand Rapids, according to the Oceana County...

Judge tried to hold rare trial but defendant didn't show up

Jun. 16, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge in Grand Rapids tried to hold a trial, a rare step during the coronavirus pandemic, but the plan was scratched when the defendant didn't show up Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff had planned to have jurors spread out in the area normally used by spectators....