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Dad convicted of aiding son after woman's dismemberment

Jan. 13, 2020 6:18 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A retired police officer accused of helping his son after he killed and dismembered a woman in western Michigan was convicted Monday of committing perjury and acting as an accessory. The Kent County jury was deadlocked and couldn't reach a unanimous decision on an additional...

Grand Rapids graduates get free tuition at community college

Jan. 13, 2020 1:30 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Graduates of Grand Rapids high schools can attend a local community college for free under a plan announced Monday. The Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship covers tuition at Grand Rapids Community College. Students qualify for a full scholarship if they live in the city and...

Jury has case of dad charged with covering up dismemberment

Jan. 10, 2020 5:39 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Jurors heard closing arguments but didn't reach a verdict Friday in the trial of a man who is accused of assisting his son after the dismemberment of a western Michigan woman. A prosecutor said James Chance had an opportunity to tell investigators what happened to the body of...

Prosecutor: Western Michigan deputy justified in shooting

Jan. 9, 2020 11:20 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan sheriff’s deputy was justified in fatally shooting an armed man in November, a prosecutor said Thursday. Kent County Deputy James Davis has been cleared of any misconduct in the Nov. 24 shooting of Steven Forrest Saucier, Kent County Prosecutor Chris...

This image released by the Ottawa County Jail, shows Timothy Koets, 50, an assistant professor for Grand Rapids Community College, who has been charged in the pool drowning of his son with autism. Koets, who is scheduled to stand trial in March in the drowning of 16-year-old Samuel Koets, told nationally syndicated news magazine “Inside Edition” on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, that he is being unfairly portrayed as an uncaring father who neglected to supervise his son. (Ottawa County Jail/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Michigan dad denies being complicit in autistic son's death

Jan. 8, 2020 4:26 PM EST

JENISON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan college professor whose severely autistic 16-year-old son drowned in an icy backyard pool last March says the authorities treated him unfairly by charging him in his son's death. Timothy Koets, who is scheduled to stand trial in March in the drowning of Samuel...

Trump's U.S. attorney nominee in Grand Rapids is blocked

Jan. 6, 2020 4:43 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as the top federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids has been held up by Michigan's two Democratic senators. The Detroit News reported Monday that former state House Speaker Tom Leonard's nomination, announced in August, was blocked by Sens. Debbie...

Barbara Chance, mother of Jared Chance, who was found guilty in the 2018 slaying and dismemberment of Ashley Young, appears at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. She pleaded no contest to charges that she lied to police and helped her son cover up the murder of Young. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Mother pleads no contest to helping son in body parts case

Jan. 6, 2020 3:55 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A mother accused of helping her son move the dismembered remains of a woman pleaded no contest Monday before a trial in western Michigan. Barbara Chance faces up to a year in jail, Kent County Judge Paul Denenfeld said. Chance's son, Jared Chance, was convicted in September of...

Michigan to host forums on state behavioral health system

Jan. 6, 2020 7:50 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is holding public forums on ways to strengthen its Medicaid-funded behavioral health and developmental disabilities system. Forums start Wednesday in Detroit, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Others are scheduled Thursday in Grand...

Woman acquitted of ethnic intimidation in striking black man

Dec. 30, 2019 4:34 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A white woman accused of hitting a black man and using a racial slur at a western Michigan car dealership was convicted of assault Monday but cleared of ethnic intimidation. An attorney for Shelly Hueckel said she was upset by an appraisal for her car — not race —...

Michigan OKs 3 businesses for home deliveries of marijuana

Dec. 30, 2019 7:45 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Three Michigan businesses that sell recreational marijuana have won the right to begin making home deliveries of pot. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says it's approved home pot deliveries by Lit Provisionary in Evart, Battle Creek Provisioning in...