1. Verify: False information circulating in Steve Stephens manhunt

    Your Facebook news feed has been flooded with posts on the manhunt for Steve Stephens. He's the wanted man accused of killing a random stranger on Easter and uploading video of the murder on Facebook. Some posts you may have encountered declare Stephens was on his way to Akron. Others say he was spotted in Painesville or Lorain, among other places throughout the region. We’ve talked to police, …Read More

  2. Jason Dalton in court Thursday for hearing on statements to police

    Jason Dalton is in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court this morning for a hearing on a motion to suppress his statements in the hours following the 2016 mass shooting. Dalton, an Uber driver, is accused of going on a shooting rampage that left six people dead and two seriously injured Feb. 20, 2016, at three locations in Kalamazoo County. In a brief filed in Circuit Court March 22, Dalton's defense att…Read More

  3. Community debates Grand Rapids police after unarmed teens stopped at gunpoint

    Mothers of five unarmed African American boys stopped at gunpoint by police were almost too emotional for words as they stood before the Grand Rapids City Commission Tuesday night. More than 300 people packed themselves into the city commission Tuesday night, many sitting on the floor, blocking aisle ways, and standing along the edges of the room for more than an hour as they waited for the publi…Read More

  4. Everything we know about fatal Ionia prison fight. But video still not released to public.

    Dustin Allen Szot died from prison fight that no one will be criminally charged for, and video evidence of which may never be made public. Szot died Sept. 27, 2016, in the Michigan Department of Corrections' Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility after a fight with another prisoner that guards tried to break up with Tasers. Ionia County Prosecutor Kyle Butler on March 31 said that Szot died as the r…Read More

  5. Man pleads guilty in murder of his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend

    A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend in May 2016 pleaded guilty in the case Monday, April 10, in Kent County Circuit Court. The murder trial was scheduled to start Monday, but the defense and prosecution reached an agreement in front of the Circuit Judge Angel Villegas-Guzman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and felony firearm charges, according to the prosecutor assigne…Read More

  6. Man dies from head injury suffered during assault on Friday

    A man who showed up to the hospital with a serious head injury over the weekend has died. The victim, identified by Grand Rapids Police as Julius Melvin Vinson, 25, died on Monday, April 3. Police were called to Spectrum Health Butterworth just after 4 p.m. on Friday, March 31 because a man, later identified as Vinson, was being treated for a life-threatening head injury. After investigating the …Read More

  7. Speeds near up to 116 mph before deadly crash during police chase

    The teen fleeing police before causing a deadly crash reached speeds of 116 mph, a prosecutor said Thursday, March 30. Alejandro Benitez Torrez, 17, was ordered held in the Kent County Jail on $1 million bond at his video arraignment before Kentwood District Judge William Kelly. He is charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of his passenger, David Torrez, a 15-year-old cousin, and Tara Osk…Read More

  8. Giant Oberon inflatable snatched. Police need help with ID

    Just a day after Oberon Release Day in Kalamazoo a thief made off with a huge inflatable  object for the popular beer, and polices are asking for help identifying the one responsible. At about 4:30 a.m. March 28 an unidentified man was observed on surveillance cameras near 100 W. Michigan Ave. stealing an inflatable Oberon bottle that stands more than 12 feet tall. The advertisement is worth more…Read More

  9. Ionia Police car’s head-on crash captured on dash camera

    An in-car dash camera shows how quickly a crash can happen. An Ionia Safety officer had just made a left turn when his patrol car crashed into a car pulling into a gas station. Upon impact, the camera pointed up but the officer and woman involved in the March 13 crash can be heard. She was trapped in the car until firefighters could arrive to free her. A state police investigation showed that the …Read More

  10. 19-year-old charged with home invasions in Kent County

    A 19-year-old man was arrested earlier this month in connection to a handful of home invasions in Gaines and Byron townships. Kent County Sheriffs arrested Troy David Ritsema on March 17 after multiple daytime home invasions were reported over the span of two days in southern Kent County. Ritsema was charged with two counts of first-degree home invasion and possession of burglary tools. The former…Read More