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Oregon couple wed at dialysis center so dad can attend

Sep. 28, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) — A couple in masks and protective gowns exchanged wedding vows outside a western Michigan dialysis center so the bride's father could attend. Ernest Gee was receiving treatments Saturday before a return to hospice care. Connie Gee and Matt Tsuchiya of Portland, Oregon, were married at...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Sep. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

Detroit Free Press. Sept. 27, 2020 Endorsement: Elect these candidates to state’s university boards University of Michigan Board of Regents Ten candidates are vying for two seats on the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents. But despite strong challengers, Michigan voters should return MARK...

Red Wings sign Gagner to 1-year contract extension

Sep. 26, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Sam Gagner to a one-year contract extension Saturday. The Red Wings acquired Gagner on Feb. 24 in a trade with Edmonton. He played six games for Detroit. In 42 games last season with the Red Wings and Oilers, Gagner had six goals and seven assists. He...

Police say gunfire at Grand Rapids lounge leaves 7 wounded

Sep. 13, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Gunfire at a Grand Rapids business badly wounded one many and wounded six other people early Sunday, police said. Officers were East Paris Hookah Lounge about 1:30 a.m. on the city’s southeast side after gunshots were reported. Seven people showed up at two hospitals with...

Appeal still alive for Michigan man sentenced to death

Sep. 10, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man sentenced to death nearly 20 years ago won a key decision Thursday to extend his efforts to overturn the punishment. Marvin Gabrion can appeal four points, including claims that his trial lawyers were ineffective at the 2002 trial in federal court in Grand Rapids,...

Records show resigned deputy lied twice about incidents

Sep. 7, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Kent County Sheriff's deputy who resigned last month lied about his involvement in a off-duty crash of his car in July, according to public records. WOOD-TV reports that Kenyatta Weaver Jr. resigned weeks after the July 23 crash in Grand Rapids. A witness told police he saw a...

All-Pro punter Greg Montgomery has died at age 55

Sep. 4, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Greg Montgomery, the All-Pro punter who spent nine years in the NFL with Houston, Detroit and Baltimore, has died. He was 55. Montgomery died Aug. 23, according to an obituary posted by Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service in Grand Rapids. Montgomery was an All-Pro in 1993 for...

Public helps police find man's body in rural Kent County

Sep. 1, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man's body was recovered Tuesday in rural Kent County, a day after police asked for the public's help in finding the homicide victim. “We want to thank the entire community for their assistance with this investigation,” Grand Rapids police said after the...

Police seek help in finding homicide victim from Aug. 20

Aug. 31, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Police in the Grand Rapids area asked the public for help Monday in locating the body of a homicide victim. The body of a Black man in his 60s likely was dropped in a ditch or tall grass in northern Kent County on Aug. 20, Grand Rapids police said. A suspect in the homicide is in...

Doyle-Ryder Elementary Principal Daphne Jackson, center, speaks with Flint mother Sharita Watson, 36, on her porch on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 as Flint Community Schools administrators, support staff and volunteers track down students who have not yet been able to fully connect with their teachers for remote classroom education. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

Flint school district finds students missing virtual classes

Aug. 29, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Staff have been going door-to-door in a Michigan school district to track down students who have not been participating in online instruction. The Flint district has been able to find about 1,200 students in recent weeks, MLive.com reported. Earlier this month, groups of...