Police searching for driver who fled fatal Michigan crash

Sep 18, 2017

Police in western Michigan are searching for a driver who fled a crash that killed a woman and critically injured her twin 5-year-old sons. The crash happened about 8: 20 p.m. Friday at a rural intersection in Courtland Township, northeast of Grand Rapids. 

Grand Rapids launches pedestrian safety initative

Sep 12, 2017
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The City of Grand Rapids has launched a new pedestrian safety initiative that officials hope will lead to fewer traffic accidents involving pedestrians in Grand Rapids. 

“We are looking to both improve pedestrian experiences and safety around town with the ultimate goal of reducing injuries and saving lives in Grand Rapids,”  Grand Rapids Traffic Safety Manager Chris Zull said, adding that Kent County has the third highest percentage of accidents involving pedestrians in the state.

Legislation up for a vote in Michigan's Legislature would continue the state's 0.08 blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving until 2023. The limit is set to return to 0.10 in 2018, putting federal funding at risk unless lawmakers act.

Legislators first moved to the 0.08 blood-alcohol level in 2003 but have twice put a sunset provision in the law so the issue is revisited.

The House is scheduled to vote on the bills Tuesday. The legislation would then move to the Senate for future consideration.

Police: 2 found dead of gunshot wounds after SUV crash

Sep 11, 2017
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Authorities in Grand Rapids say two people who died from gunshot wounds were found after a vehicle crashed into a tree. The Grand Rapids Press reports authorities found the bodies on Saturday just before 2 a.m. Police say a 27-year-old man was found dead inside the SUV. 

A second victim, a 23-year-old man, was found dead about 50 yards away in a parking lot. Authorities did not immediately have further details.

A man has been shot in the chest by police executing search warrants in western Michigan. Grand Rapids police say the man was shot about 4 a.m. Sunday as members of the Kent County sheriff's office were trying to arrest him and another person at an apartment complex.

He was in critical condition at a hospital. The drug investigation involved a task force that included the sheriff's office and other police agencies. The task force made several arrests. No officers were injured. Grand Rapids police are investigating the shooting.

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Police were forced to temporarily close a street as a crowd protested the death of a teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle after a state trooper shocked him with a Taser. The Wednesday night protest began as a vigil for 15-year-old Damon Grimes at the east side intersection where the crash occurred. More than 200 people initially gathered along Gratiot Avenue. Some shouted obscenities at police. No arrests were made and no one was ticketed. 

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Authorities say a driver hit an elderly couple walking their dog in western Michigan, killing one of them and the dog. The Grand Rapids Police Department says a 75-year-old woman was walking with her 77-year-old husband on Thursday night when the driver failed to negotiate a turn and went off the road. 

Police giving tickets to trespassers at sunflower field

Aug 18, 2017

Rows and rows of sunflowers in a Washtenaw County field are popular - maybe too popular. Police in Northfield Township have been giving trespassing tickets to people who enter the field for photos and a closer look. Public Safety Chief William Wagner tells The Ann Arbor News that some visitors have been cutting flowers and trampling others.

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Michigan State Police say the cause of a May crash that killed a police officer in western Michigan remains unknown. Norton Shores Officer Jonathan Ginka was traveling at 46 mph and didn't brake until the last second before his cruiser struck a tree, killing him. State police on Friday released findings about the May 10 crash. His death was ruled accidental. 

A suspect in two slayings in Michigan who was arrested after he surrendered to police in Indiana now faces charges in both deaths. Murder and other charges were authorized Wednesday against 32-year-old Zachary Patten in Kalamazoo County District Court in the July 20 fatal shooting of 31-year-old Graciela Portillo-Esparza.