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Rep. Meijer attracts GOP challenge after impeachment vote

Jan. 23, 2021 12:52 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A newly elected Michigan Republican congressman who voted to impeach President Donald Trump is already drawing a GOP opponent for the 2022 race. Tom Norton, a Trump supporter, said he will challenge Rep. Peter Meijer in the Republican primary in the Grand Rapids area. He...

FILE - In a photo provided by the Kent County Sheriff, Ty Garbin is shown in a booking photo. Garbin, one of six men accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is returning to court next week for a likely plea deal with prosecutors. Garbin is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, according to a court filing. (Kent County Sheriff via AP File)

Plea deal likely in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor

Jan. 21, 2021 6:02 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — One of six men accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is returning to court next week for a possible plea deal with prosecutors. Ty Garbin is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing Wednesday, according to a notice filed by U.S. District Judge Robert...

McLaren to pay $7.7M to resolve alleged drug violations

Jan. 19, 2021 6:23 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — McLaren Health Care Corp. has agreed to pay the federal government more than $7.7 million to resolve alleged violations of provisions of the Controlled Substances Act. The civil settlement was announced Tuesday by the U.S. attorneys in Grand Rapids and Detroit. It follows a years-long...

FILE - This image released by the Ottawa County Jail, shows Timothy Koets. Koets, a former western Michigan college professor has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in his severely autistic teenage son's drowning death in an icy backyard pool. Koets was sentenced Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 to a minimum of two years in prison and a maximum of 15 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. (Ottawa County Jail/The Grand Rapids Press via AP File)

Michigan man sentenced to prison in drowning of autistic son

Jan. 19, 2021 2:26 PM EST

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A former western Michigan college professor has been sentenced to prison for manslaughter in the death of his autistic teenage son, who drowned after spending an hour in an icy backyard pool with his arms restrained. Timothy Koets, 51, was sentenced Monday to a minimum of two...

Trial date set in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor

Jan. 16, 2021 10:53 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has set a March 23 trial date for six men charged with plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor in what authorities say was a plot by anti-government extremists who were angry over her coronavirus policies. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids set...

Man charged with strangling pregnant wife who was teacher

Jan. 11, 2021 4:44 PM EST

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A Grand Rapids-area teacher pregnant with a third child was strangled by her husband, authorities said Monday as they filed a murder charge. Richard Guichelaar, 35, was arraigned on the charge in Kentwood District Court. Bond was set at $2 million. Amber Guichelaar, 32, was killed at...

Students raise enough money to help a family with a home

Jan. 10, 2021 10:28 AM EST

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Students at a Grand Rapids-area high school have raised enough money to help a family acquire a home. Forest Hills Central in Ada Township raised $21,000, more than double its goal, to help families with gifts at Christmas. The balance will be used by Family Promise of Grand...

Restoration planned for shuttered Sleeping Bear Dunes inn

Jan. 9, 2021 9:42 AM EST

GLEN HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — An inn in northwestern Michigan that once welcomed lumberjacks and dock workers may have a future as a bed-and-breakfast lodge. The National Park Service intends to lease the Sleeping Bear Inn and Garage in Glen Haven to the nonprofit Balancing Environment and Rehabilitation for...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2020, file photo, provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Gov. Whitmer will strongly encourage all K-12 schools in Michigan to reopen for in-person instruction by March 1, 2021, as the state starts offering the coronavirus vaccine to teachers. Two education officials briefed on the governor's planned announcement spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity ahead of a Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 afternoon news conference.(Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Whitmer: Schools should offer in-person classes by March 1

Jan. 8, 2021 6:20 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday strongly encouraged all K-12 schools in Michigan to offer in-person instruction by March 1 and earlier if possible, but she stopped short of requiring it saying face-to-face classes should at least be an option. Many schools, including in large...

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Welch poses for a photo in the Supreme Court Chambers in Lansing, Mich., on Dec. 29, 2020. Justice Welch made her public debut Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, as the Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments in five cases.  (Dave Trumpie via AP)

Michigan Supreme Court opens year with new justice

Jan. 6, 2021 2:20 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new justice made her public debut Wednesday as the Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments in five cases. Election victories by Elizabeth Welch and Chief Justice Bridget McCormack gave Democratic nominees a majority on the seven-member court for the first time since 2010. They...