1. 1 dead, 1 injured in road rage shooting in Sparta

    One male was fatally shot and another seriously injured in an altercation that followed what police called a road rage incident in Sparta Township. The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. Monday, May 22 in the parking lot of Sparta Chevrolet. Occupants of two vehicles involved in the road rage situation pulled over into the lot, where a physical altercation ensued, according to Kent County Undersh…Read More

  2. Newly installed fencing on parking garages in Grand Rapids deters suicides

    The city of Grand Rapids installed special fencing on the top of its parking garages three years ago to help prevent suicides or falls. The move came after three people had died. Since the fencing was installed in 2014, the city has had one death associated with someone jumping from one of the city's seven parking structures. That death occurred in April. In Grand Rapids, fencing installation star…Read More

  3. 3 officers sent on leave while fatal police shooting under investigation

    Three Grand Rapids Police officers are on a paid administrative leave for their involvement in the officer-involved shooting that killed an 18-year-old Grand Rapids man. Police said the three officers were placed on leave pending a Michigan State Police investigation, as is protocol following an officer-involved shooting. The department declined to comment on specific details in the case until aft…Read More

  4. Body of fisherman who is believed to have drowned in Lake Michigan located

    The body of a fisherman who fell off his boat into Lake Michigan was located Friday morning by search crews. Efforts were underway to recover the body of Donald Walter Schiele, 65, of Rockford, according to a press release issued by the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office at 10 a.m. May 12. The body was found in 15 feet of water near to where Schiele's boat was recovered, the release stated. Witnesse…Read More

  5. Passenger dies while driver flees on foot after Grand Rapids crash

    Police are investigating a fatal crash in which a male passenger was killed and the driver fled Wednesday evening at the border of Grand Rapids and Wyoming. The incident occurred around 11:05 p.m. at the intersection of Division Avenue and Alger Street, near the Log Cabin bar. Police determined an SUV was traveling north on Division approaching the Alger intersection when it struck the median. The…Read More

  6. License plate scanners get approval from Grand Rapids commission

    The Grand Rapids City Commission is planning to move forward with the use of license plate scanning equipment to enforce parking in the city. The commission voted unanimously, 7-0, in its Committee of the Whole meeting on May 9, to seek bids for the scanners. A final vote to approve the measure is expected later. Though both the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan's western region unit and…Read More

  7. Man impersonating an officer attempted to detain two people

    Authorities are seeking public help identifying a man who is suspected of impersonating a police officer in Sparta Township. The man claimed to be an off-duty officer Sunday, April 30 while attempting to detain two people, police said. There was no report of him carrying a weapon, according to police. Sparta police aren't releasing any other information regarding the incident or its open investiga…Read More

  8. Telephone pole falls on two pedestrians, seriously injuring them

    Two pedestrians were reported seriously hurt when a telephone pole fell on top of them as they walked alongside Whitehall Road Tuesday. Neighbors said a tree branch came down on line attached to a pole, causing the pole to snap. A street light was attached to the pole that landed on two women who were walking down the road. Two women, ages 70 and 57, were taken by ambulance to Mercy Health Partner…Read More

  9. 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