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Local and federal law enforcement join effort to fight local crime
February 21, 2013 | WGVU
“In communities, neighbors who are tired of violence, tired of having their children hear gunshots in the evening need to know we are going to do as much as we can about it. We are here to help.”
States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Patrick Miles, was joined
by members of the FBI, DEA, GRPD, MSP, Muskegon
Heights PD and other agency representatives. Miles, who has been in office 8
months, says his priority is to use a pro-active task force approach to educate
the public and work collaboratively with local and federal task forces to reduce
crime. He says the federal government is a full partner in the effort to
prosecute criminals and members of gangs.
Jeffrey Hertel with the Grand Rapids Police Department understands the
hesitancy of people to step forward with information but crimes are solved must
faster with the community’s help. “I think there's many avenues to help us, we need the help of the public - we can't do it by ourselves. We see a big difference in our cases where we get cooperation; it may not be the whole thing but what part of an incident that the person saw. In those cases we get progress and get suspects named and charged quickly when we get cooperation.” A spate of
homicides in December and January plagued several neighborhoods. Captain Hertel
says they’ve made a lot of progress to solve cases and crime has slowed in
those areas due to increased patrols, numerous investigative subpoenas
with the Kent County Prosecutor’s office and the cold weather has also played a part.
Yusanchek with the Drug Enforcement Administration says they have 10 agents but
work very closely with other police agencies to cover all of Western Michigan. “It's very important for us to work closely with state and local agencies, a lot of times they'll have pieces of the puzzle and we'll have ours and together we are able to put together a better prosecutable federal weight case.”
Holland meanwhile continue to pursue indictments against of the Holland Latin
Kings. Indictments have been issued against 31 suspected members and the search
for two other members of the gang. Chief Matt Messner with Holland’s Dept of
Public Safety says one of those gang members is believed to be out of state.
Climate change threatens school sports mascots
Undated March 14, 2014 | WGVU As the fight continues over wolf hunting in Michigan, there’s another story involving animals that live in the wild.
Outgoing Michigan Congresman John Dingell undergoes heart procedure, resting comfortably
Detroit MI March 14, 2014 | AP U.S. Rep. John Dingell has undergone a procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm.
Obama makes Sleeping Bear Dunes wilderness
Empire MI March 14, 2014 | AP President Barack Obama has signed a bill designating 32,557 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as protected federal wilderness, the final step for a proposal that has been debated locally for more than a decade.
Deputy who sued for height bias receives $215,000
Saginaw MI March 14, 2014 | AP Saginaw County has agreed to pay $215,000 to a part-time sheriff's deputy who says she was denied full-time work because she's a 4-foot-7, 95-pound woman.
Hospital worker takes 1,087 patients' information
Detroit MI March 14, 2014 | AP The Detroit Medical Center says an employee stole the personal information of 1,087 patients at Harper University Hospital.
Workers win trial over pay for putting on gear
Zeeland MI March 14, 2014 | AP A jury says a West Michigan meatpacker violated federal law by not paying workers for putting on and taking off safety wear.
Michigan fruit growers tax selves for research
Lansing MI March 14, 2014 | AP The state's tree fruit producers have voted to tax themselves to create the Michigan Tree Fruit Research & Development Program.
Manpower hiring outlook encouraging for Grand Rapids job market
Milwaukee WI March 14, 2014 | WGVU Despite the unseasonably cold temperatures expected to linger into spring, there is some good news as the season turns next week. WGVU’S David Moore reports…
Sappi paper mill deed restrictions at center of redevelopment delay
March 14, 2014 | WGVU The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality met with residents in Muskegon Thursday to discuss the future of the former Sappi paper mill. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.
Calley signs road funding bill
March 14, 2014 | WGVU A new mid-year state budget bill will spend 215 million dollars on road construction and maintenance
Whirlpool to expand western Ohio plant
Greenville OH March 14, 2014 | AP Development officials say the Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corporation plans to expand its western Ohio plant and add 400 jobs
'Pure Michigan' national TV ads launch on Monday
Lansing MI March 14, 2014 | AP This year's "Pure Michigan" national television advertising campaign launches Monday.
'Pure Michigan' national TV ads launch on Monday
March 14, 2014 | AP This year's "Pure Michigan" national television advertising campaign launches Monday.
Calley signs $330 million supplemental budget bill
Lansing MI March 14, 2014 | AP Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed a mid-year budget bill with nearly $330 million in spending, mostly for road maintenance and projects.
Michiganders buying insurance on their own cannot get abortion coverage
March 14, 2014 | MPRN Health insurers in Michigan can no longer offer elective abortion coverage in standard health plans. As Jake Neher reports, the controversial law approved late last year is now in effect.
MDOT holds 2nd public open house on freeway reconstruction
March 13, 2014 | WGVU As the House Senate Committee agreed on 215 million dollars for road maintenance, MDOT officials were busy gathering public input on what to do with local freeways. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports on last evening's meeting at the Walker Fire Station.
Proos making $5.7 million investment
March 13, 2014 | WGVU The Grand Rapids-based company named “Automotive Supplier of the Year” at the 2014 Michigan International Auto Show is expanding and adding jobs.
Weather a factor in West Michigan's February economic report
March 13, 2014 | WGVU West Michigan’s economy in February performed much as it did in January; continued slow growth. How much of an impact is the weather having? The February numbers from the Supply Management Research monthly survey are in.
Shipwreck diver explores loss of plane in Lake Michigan 64 years ago
Holland MI March 13, 2014 | WGVU There’s been a lot in the news lately about airplane crashes. But back 64 years ago, another missing plane that went down in Lake Michigan was attracting a lot of attention. WGVU’s David Moore reports
Spectrum Health opens new research facility
March 13, 2014 | WGVU Spectrum Health has opened a new 9,000 square foot research facility in Grand Rapids. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor visited the facility today.
Inmate who escaped from West Michigan prison fights return
LaPorte IN March 13, 2014 | AP A convicted killer who was captured in Indiana after escaping from a Michigan prison is scheduled to appear before a judge for an extradition hearing.
Stress disorder could qualify for medical pot
Detroit MI March 13, 2014 | AP An advisory panel is recommending that medical marijuana be approved for Michigan residents suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Police: 2 arrested after road rage shooting
Battle Creek MI March 13, 2014 | AP Police say they arrested two people after a road rage shooting in Battle Creek that left a passenger in a vehicle wounded.
Legislature passes liquor law changes to breweries
Lansing MI March 13, 2014 | AP - Liquor licensing would be streamlined and microbreweries could expand under legislation that has unanimously passed the Michigan Legislature.
Grand Rapids sets record for cold temperature
Around Michigan March 13, 2014 | AP Another round of record-breaking cold temperatures is following a storm that dumped more than 9 inches of snow on parts of southern Michigan.
Jay Leno donates $10,000 to Gilda Radner's charity
Grand Rapids MI March 13, 2014 | AP Not only did Jay Leno produce laughter during a stand-up appearance in Grand Rapids, he also produced some cash.
Elder statesman John Dingell to undergo heart procedure
Detroit MI March 13, 2014 | AP Outgoing U.S. Representative John Dingell of Michigan will undergo a procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm.
Graco adds more than 403,000 child seats to recall
Detroit MI March 13, 2014 | AP Graco Children's Products has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles.
Grand Traverse County plans road crew layoff
Traverse City MI March 13, 2014 | AP The Grand Traverse County Road Commission plans to temporarily lay off about half of its road crew as part of cost-cutting efforts.
Bill making it easier for companies to end landline service headed to Gov. Snyder
March 13, 2014 | MPRN It could soon be easier for phone companies to end traditional landline service in Michigan. As Jake Neher reports, the state Senate approved the legislation today.
Wolf hunt referendum petitions filed
March 13, 2014 | MPRN The campaign to repeal Michigan’s new wolf hunting law filed petitions today to put their challenge on the November ballot. Rick Pluta tells us the Keep Michigan Wolves Protected Campaign says it has 225 thousand signatures.
Prison food service provider fined for breach of contract
Lansing MI March 12, 2014 | WGVU The Michigan Department of Corrections levied a hefty fine against the private company in charge of food operations in state prisons. WGVU’s David Moore reports.
Open Door Open Hearts highlights plight of homeless women
March 12, 2014 | WGVU Women in the community are invited to attend Open Door Open Hearts, an event Thursday evening to highlight Degage Ministries' support of homeless women in crisis. WGVU’S Caroline MacGregor reports.
Mid-year budget bill has $215 million for roads
Lansing MI March 12, 2014 | AP Michigan legislative leaders have agreed to set aside $215 million in the middle of the budget year for road maintenance, partly to help road agencies grappling with winter costs and potholes.
Sobriety Court arrives in Grand Haven
Grand Haven MI March 12, 2014 | AP Second-offense drunked drivers are being offered a second chance through a program started recently in Grand Haven.
Steps taken toward cleanup of White Lake pollution
Muskegon MI March 12, 2014 | AP A western Michigan lake is moving closer to removal from a list of toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes region.
Bill letting Vietnam vets get diplomas nearly done
Lansing MI March 12, 2014 | AP Legislation nearing the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder would let high schools award diplomas to Vietnam War-era veterans who enlisted or were drafted before graduating.
Wife to testify against man in 1987 double-killing
Grand Haven MI March 12, 2014 | AP A prosecutor says a woman will testify that her then-boyfriend came to her crying and then confessed to killing his sister and brother-in-law 27 years ago.
Campaign to stop wolf hunt to turn in petitions
March 12, 2014 | MPRN The campaign to stop wolf hunts in Michigan says it has enough petition signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot. As we hear from Rick Pluta, this would be the second ballot challenge to a wolf hunt.
Grand Rapids aviation school expects record enrollment this fall
Grand Rapids MI March 11, 2014 | WGVU A West Michigan high school that focuses on flying is looking for good things come the fall. The West Michigan Aviation Academy is marking its third year, and as WGVU’s David Moore reports, the demand for graduates continues to grow.
A 40 to 90 percent chance for West Michigan Spring flooding
March 11, 2014 | WGVU The stage is set for spring flooding in West Michigan; a near record snowpack containing plenty of water and an above normal amount of ice on our rivers are the prime concerns. As we head into mid-March the days get longer and warmer. What scenarios is the National Weather Service keeping an eye on?
Local doctor weighs in on random screening of athletes for heart conditions
March 11, 2014 | WGVU Visitation for 17 year old Ryan Fischer is this afternoon. The Grandville student athlete died in his sleep from an undiagnosed heart condition. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor asked a local doctor about the need to screen young athletes for pre-existing heart problems.
Officials making announcement about medical school
Kalamazoo MI March 11, 2014 | AP Officials today to reveal what they are calling a "major" announcement related to the Western Michigan University School of Medicine
Service union pays $205,000 for campaign violation
Lansing MI March 11, 2014 | AP Michigan's secretary of state says the Service Employees International Union will pay $205,000 in penalties in a deal to settle campaign spending law violations during a failed ballot issue campaign.
Land offers ideas for alternative to health law
Lansing MI March 11, 2014 | AP Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land has relentlessly attacked Democrat Gary Peters for supporting the federal health care law.
GVSU leader uses YouTube to show a boring break
Allendale MI March 11, 2014 | AP What did the president of a Michigan university do on spring break? He made a snow angel, napped on an empty bus and read a book in a greenhouse.
Man's ear partially bitten off, girlfriend charged
Macomb Township MI March 11, 2014 | AP Authorities have arrested a 31-year-old suburban Detroit woman they say bit off part of her boyfriend's ear.
Lake Michigan ice cover breaks 37-year-old record
Ann Arbor MI March 11, 2014 | AP Lake Michigan's ice cover has set a record.
Firefighter keeps working after fall through floor
Detroit MI March 11, 2014 | AP A Detroit firefighter kept working after being injured while falling through the floor of a burning home on the city's east side.
Trial could last 2 weeks in 1987 double murder
Grand Haven MI March 11, 2014 | AP The trial of a western Michigan man charged with fatally shooting his sister and brother-in-law in 1987 is expected to last at least two weeks.
Officials launching new transportation center
Kalamazoo MI March 11, 2014 | AP Western Michigan University is getting ready to launch a center to develop and promote better public and non-motor transportation.
Disgraced Wayne County judge wants 6 more years
Detroit MI March 11, 2014 | AP A suspended Wayne County judge has filed for re-election while the Michigan Supreme Court decides whether to remove him office for an affair with a woman who appeared in his court.
Medical school to be named after Dr. Homer Stryker
March 11, 2014 | AP Western Michigan University's new medical school will be named after the founder of the medical technology company Stryker Corp.