1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Attempted robber using a hammer, killed by taxi driver

    A Grand Rapids taxi cab driver struck and killed a man who he said was attempting to rob him early Thursday morning. Early reports indicate the Calder City Cab Company driver was dropping off a passenger around 2 a.m. near the intersection of Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue when the incident occurred. The passenger allegedly threatened to assault the driver with a hammer in an attempt to rob h…Read More

  6. Grand Rapids Police hires its most diverse recruit class

    The 11 prospective police officers Grand Rapids wants to hire this spring make up the most diverse recruit class in the city's history. The city's police department put officer diversity among its priorities as it works to improve its relationship with the community. For the first time since 2001, this latest set of recruits did not have to have passed the police academy before applying and did …Read More

  7. Teen’s lawsuit against Catholic Central High School in Abigail Simon case dismissed

    A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids filed by the teen sex assault victim of tutor Abigail Simon. Attorneys for the teen -- who was a 15-year-old Catholic Central High School student when he had sexual encounters with tutor Abigail Simon -- have filed an appeal with the state Court of Appeals. Simon was convicted in November 2014 of criminal sexual conduct a…Read More

  8. Gang rivalry motivated shooting that killed one, injured eight

    During his testimony, Devante Granderson said a past gang-related incident where someone urinated on the grave of an Uptown gang member may have motivated Lowery in the shooting. At about 3:45 a.m. on Oct. 9, Grand Rapids Police responded to the report of a shooting at the 28th Street location. Boykin was found dead at the scene. Earlier in the night, there had been a birthday party in Muskegon. T…Read More

  9. Woman facing charges of sexually assaulting two teenage boys

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI - A 27-year-old woman is facing two charges of criminal sexual conduct involving teenage boys. Kristen Marie Wilder of has been charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct involving victims between the ages of 13 and 15. The charges involve sexual penetration. It's alleged that she had sex with two different 15-year-old victims at two locations within the la…Read More