Kent County Prosecutor's Office starts on-site victims assistance program at Hispanic Center

In an effort to help victims of crime who may be reluctant to come forward, the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney’s office and the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan have partnered to create an on-site victim assistance program. The program will give victims the opportunity to talk with prosecutors at the Hispanic Center instead of the courthouse, which officials say can be somewhat overwhelming for some. Noemy Aguilar is a Victim Witness Advocate at the Prosecutor's office, and says the hope...

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Logan Lucky leads the pack in movie theaters

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Lucky Logan opens in theaters today to mostly positive reviews.  The Hitman's Bodyguard, Brigsby Bear, Wind River and Step all open in western Michigan today as well.  WGVU breaks it all down with Ron Van Timmeran from Celebration Cinema.

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Officials say an Asian carp found in a Chicago waterway this summer apparently got past an electric barrier system intended to prevent the invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes. The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee says an autopsy shows the 4-year-old male silver carp originated in the Illinois/Middle Mississippi watershed. 


On Monday, August 21… all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun.  If you’re within the “Path of Totality”, you’ll be able to see a rare “total” solar eclipse.  In Michigan, we’re outside the  total eclipse path, but we will see a “partial solar eclipse”, which experts say is still quite remarkable.

“There is an official eclipse party at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and some of my colleagues will be there to help with that event, bringing telescopes that are safely filtered to allow people to see the eclipse happening, up close.“

Grand Rapids City Commissioners have hired 21st Century Policing to assist the city's Task Force on their review of the Grand Rapids Police Department’s policies and procedures. The task force was initially created after a traffic study found Grand Rapids police officers were twice as likely to pull over black drivers as non-black drivers. Leading the way at 21st Century Policing is Ronald L. Davis, former President Barack Obama’s executive director for the President’s Task Force.

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