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Driver plows through cemetery fence, hits 12 headstones

Jun. 08, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A motorist failed to stop at a T-intersection in western Michigan, plowed through a cemetery’s chain-link fence and struck about a dozen headstones. The vehicle traveled more than 150 feet (45 meters) inside Spring Lake Cemetery...

Woman charged after crashing vehicle carrying 6 children

Jun. 01, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A 29-year-old woman has been charged with drunken driving and child endangerment after crashing a vehicle carrying six children into a utility pole in western Michigan. The crash occurred about 9 p.m. Monday in Spring Lake Township,...

Lifeguards up for discussion in Lake Michigan beach town

May. 30, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A popular Lake Michigan beach town has been discussing whether to bring lifeguards back to the waterfront. The South Haven Beach Safety Committee recently voted against recommending lifeguards or a second line of buoys, said City Manager Kate...

Teen graduates from high school, community college at 15

May. 28, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

HOWARD CITY, Mich. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl in western Michigan has graduated from high school — and a community college. Voca Ford received diplomas from Tri County High School in Montcalm County and Grand Rapids Community College, WOOD-TV reported. ...

Fire burns acres of trees, land in northwestern Michigan

May. 27, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A fire has burned at least 425 acres (171 hectares) of land in northwestern Michigan. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources said fire crews were working Thursday to continue containing the blaze in Greenwood Township, about 120...

Authorities identify 2 men killed in fiery semi tanker crash

May. 25, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have identified two men killed after a semi tanker truck overturned on a western Michigan highway and was struck by another vehicle. Charles Fletcher, 48, of Standish, was driving the truck and Lawrence Green, 58, of...

Committee proposes removal of Civil War memorial statue

May. 25, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A citizens committee in western Michigan has proposed removing a park statue of a Union soldier and Confederate soldier standing back to back as a slave child kneels between them. The Garden of Honor Memorial Committee presented its...

Michigan loosens COVID-19 workplace mask, distancing rules

May. 24, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday loosened COVID-19 workplace safety rules so fully vaccinated employees can go without a mask and disregard distancing requirements. Industry-specific regulations were rescinded. Restaurants and bars, for...

Canned cocktails in Michigan to get more alcohol, less tax

May. 24, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (AP) — Canned cocktails in Michigan will be less expensive and can have a higher alcohol content starting this summer after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a package of bills at a distillery in Grand Rapids on Monday. Under the legislation signed at Long...

2 dead after truck overturns, is hit by vehicle in Michigan

May. 23, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two people died after a semi tanker truck overturned on a western Michigan highway early Sunday and was struck by another vehicle, authorities said. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office said the tanker truck and the vehicle that hit it...