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Judge denies bid for new trial in Whitmer kidnapping case

Nov. 26, 2022 13:22 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a new trial request by two men convicted of conspiring to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Lawyers for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. alleged misconduct by a juror and unfairness by U.S. District Judge Robert...

Man convicted of murder in '83 disappearance of Michigan man

Nov. 18, 2022 13:26 PM EST

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) — A jury convicted a man of murder in the disappearance of a western Michigan man whose body still has not been found after nearly 40 years. Richard Atwood was 25 in 1983 when he was last seen in White Cloud in Newaygo County, 45 miles north of Grand Rapids....

Schools temporarily closed due to structural concerns

Nov. 10, 2022 11:37 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Structural concerns at a more than century-old school building in western Michigan have prompted officials to temporarily close it and shift nearly 700 students to virtual learning. Contractors working on a renovation project at Innovation Central High...

Library caught in flap over LGBTQ material loses millage

Nov. 09, 2022 21:18 PM EST

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An embattled western Michigan library targeted by residents opposed to LGBTQ materials on its shelves has lost most of its funding with the latest failure of the renewal of a property tax millage. The Patmos Library in Jamestown Township outside...

Michigan Dem Scholten wins US House race over Trump loyalist

Nov. 09, 2022 17:13 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Hillary Scholten will become the first Democrat since the mid-1970s to represent Michigan's second-largest city of Grand Rapids in the U.S. House after winning a seat vacated by a Republican who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump. Scholten...

Michigan Dem Scholten wins US House race over Trump loyalist

Nov. 09, 2022 04:08 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Hillary Scholten on Tuesday won a congressional seat being vacated by a Michigan Republican who voted to impeach Donald Trump. Scholten defeated John Gibbs, who ousted first-term Rep. Peter Meijer in the August GOP primary. Gibbs had criticized...

Why AP called Michigan governor's race for Gretchen Whitmer

Nov. 09, 2022 01:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ran up big margins against Republican Tudor Dixon in Wayne County, anchored by Detroit, and got a majority of votes in Grand Rapids. There were not enough outstanding votes for Dixon to catch up, so The Associated Press called the...

Ex-Michigan cop to face murder trial in killing of Black man

Oct. 31, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

A former Michigan police officer who shot a Black motorist in the back of the head will stand trial for second-degree murder, a judge said Monday. Judge Nicholas Ayoub announced his decision after hearing testimony last week and seeing video about the death of Patrick Lyoya in Grand...

Judge to rule if ex-cop will stand trial in fatal shooting

Oct. 28, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

A judge is expected to rule by next week on whether a former Michigan police officer who fatally shot a Black motorist in the back of the head during a struggle over a Taser will stand trial for second-degree murder. Grand Rapids District Court Judge Nicholas Ayoub said Friday during...

Witness: Cop had 'upper hand' before killing Black motorist

Oct. 27, 2022 16:49 PM EDT

A Michigan police officer who killed a Black motorist “always had the upper hand” during a physical struggle that preceded the shooting, a witness testified Thursday. A judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, began hearing evidence to determine if Christopher Schurr will stand trial for...