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Grand Rapids woman who fatally stabbed boyfriend gets 14 years prison

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A 28-year-old woman who fatally stabbed her boyfriend early last year has been sentenced to a minimum 14 years in prison. Alicia Wright argued self-defense during a March jury trial, but she was convicted of second-degree murder.


Multi-vehicle crash closes southbound US-131 south of downtown G.R.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A multi-vehicle crash has closed southbound US-131, south of downtown Grand Rapids. It occurred around 6:16 p.m. Thursday, between Wealthy and Franklin streets.


Fake iPhones received in mail by 2 Kent County residents, police investigating

KENT COUNTY, MI -- Police are investigating a possible cell phone scam after two residents in the Caledonia area recently received fake iPhones in the mail. Kent County sheriff’s deputies issued an advisory to Neighborhood Watch groups.


Docs: 22 lbs of cocaine found at Ford Airport

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two men face federal drug trafficking charges after getting caught with apparent cocaine at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Carey Henderson Jones and Eric Montez Pickett are accused of possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy charges.


Mother sentenced for running over son at Kent Co school

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A mom who drove over her 9-year-old son at a Kent County school was sentenced on charges related to the incident Thursday. Tiffany Kosakowski pleaded guilty to a felony count of reckless driving and had a charge of second-degree child abuse dropped back on February 26.


Grand River dredging project runs into opposition

WEST OLIVE — The Ottawa County Planning and Policy Commission unanimously voted to send forward a resolution that would oppose the contested Grand River Waterway project, a proposed dredging plan that would carve a 22.5-mile stretch of the Grand River from Fulton Street in Grand Rapids to the Bass R


Woman airlifted to hospital after car crashes into tree

MONTCALM COUNTY, MI – A Fenwick woman was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital after her car slammed into a tree early Thursday, April 18, sheriff’s deputies said. The 56-year-old woman was pinned in her vehicle before firefighters freed her. She suffered serious injuries.


Police: Minor injury in Grand Rapids shooting

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are investigating after one person showed up to a local hospital with a gunshot wound Wednesday night. The Grand Rapids Police Department said the injury was minor.


PFAS-related suits gain steam as litigants hit Wolverine Worldwide

Grand Rapids — Some of the nation's high-profile environmental law firms, along with Michigan-based ones, are waging legal battles related to PFAS contamination in the state after decades of waste dumping by a popular shoe manufacturer that has seeped into private wells.


Grand Rapids boy creates empowering gear in response to racism

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A boy in Grand Rapids is turning two negative experiences into a positive reminder to himself and others. Za’Kari Walker Smith is wise for being just 10 years old.


Drunken driver in fatal crash gets prison, asked daughter to ‘fix’ car brakes after wreck

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A judge gave an admittedly harsh sentence to a drunken driver who caused a fatal motorcycle crash, in part because the man tried to get his daughter to ‘fix’ his car brakes following the wreck.


Jackknifed semi slows traffic on EB I-96 near M-6

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A semi-truck crash is snarling traffic on a stretch of I-96 east of Grand Rapids. The crash happened between M-6 and Whitneyville Avenue SE. Eastbound traffic is backed up to 36th Street.


10 Big-Ticket Events Coming Up Near Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — New and exciting events are coming to the Grand Rapids area all the time. Whether you're looking to attend a concert or sporting event, theater performance or magic show, Patch's partnership with TicketNetwork has you covered. Here's your weekly roundup of the top big-ticket event


‘Simply inexcusable:’ Mom ran over son in school parking lot as he clung to car door

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A woman who ran over her 9-year-old son in a school parking lot said she would have to live with guilt of causing her son’s disabling injuries. Tiffany Kosakowski, 36, had dropped off her son, Julian, at school. She told him to go back when he ran to her car.


Michigan School For The Blind To Reopen As Housing Next Year

The historic Lansing campus where the Michigan School for the Blind operated for more than a century is on track to reopen as a housing development by early next year. Indianapolis-based TWG Development is nearing the final phases of its $24 million plan to restore and transform the school's buildin


Man sentenced for crash that killed motorcyclist

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man who pleaded no contest to a crash that killed a motorcyclist has been sentenced in the case. Joseph Hileski was charged with operating while intoxicated causing death for his role in a July 2018 crash that killed 35-year-old Jacob Craft. Hileski was also charged with obst


Michigan woman walks again after doctors ‘screw her head back on’

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – To her doctors, Lila DeLine is little short of a miracle. When another car going 60 mph slammed into the rear of her Chrysler 300 last year, the force snapped her neck.


Man gets life in prison for stabbing police officer at Michigan airport

FLINT, Mich. — A Tunisian man was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for stabbing a police officer at the airport in Flint, Michigan, a decision a federal judge said was made easier by the defendant's defiant and angry remarks in court.


New restaurant opens along Grand Rapids Medical Mile

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A new restaurant located within Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile opened Wednesday. The Friesian Gastro Pub, 720 Michigan St. NE, offers comfort food with an “eclectic twist,” as well as a selection of craft beer, liquor, wine, coffee and tea. It also includes a 50-person rooftop deck, w


Couple charged with burning body after selling drugs that cause man to overdose

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WLNS) - Two North Adams residents have been indicted on federal arson charges for burning the body and car of a man who overdosed on opioids. Damiane Buehrer and Kristy Bumpus are both charged in the arson on January 11th, 2017. Buehrer received an additional charge for distribut