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A western Michigan city has adopted a new policy that says city officials and staff won't ask residents about their immigration status.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that the Grand Rapids City Commission adopted the policy Tuesday.

The ordinance was drafted over the last year by the Community Relations Commission, the city's diversity and inclusion manager, local police and the city's lawyers.

GRPD Chief Rahinsky establishes youth advisory council

Nov 14, 2017
L to R: Chief David Rahinsky, Je'Ana Mason, Danielle Mc Millon, Eugene Brown and Monica Sparks discuss 4Unity event in downtown Grand Rapids.

In an effort to gain a young adult’s perspective, Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky has launched a new advisory council made up of area youths. The council is called "IMPACT," and will give area high schoolers a chance to voice their opinions and advise Chief Rahinsky on current police issues. 

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Police say three people have been shot, including two fatally, at a home in southwestern Michigan following what was described as a family disturbance. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says the person believed responsible for the early Thursday shooting of a child and two adults has been accounted for and there's no danger to the public. 

One of those shot may have been the one who fired the shots. Deputy Chief Karianne Thomas confirmed to the Kalamazoo Gazette that two people died, but didn't specify whether the child was among them.

Sweet Surrender: Michigan man brings police doughnuts

Oct 18, 2017

A 21-year-old man wanted for probation violations surrendered at a Michigan police station - with a dozen doughnuts for officers. The sweet gesture didn't help Michael Zaydel. He still was sentenced to 39 days in jail Tuesday, a day after walking into the Redford Township police department.

Sgt. Duane Gregg says Zaydel had promised to turn himself in if a post on the department's Facebook page was shared 1,000 times. The threshold was easily met. Gregg says Zaydel was arrested when he appeared Monday with a bag of doughnuts and a bagel.

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A former police sergeant in Michigan who admitted to abusing prescription drugs he collected from several police agencies through pill take-back programs has reached a plea deal in the case. The Flint Journal reports 45-year-old ex-Burton officer Shawn Duncanson was arraigned Tuesday in Genesee County District Court and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty and use of a controlled substance. 

Reward offered in theft of handguns in western Michigan

Sep 29, 2017

More than two dozen handguns have yet to be recovered after being stolen from two western Michigan shops licensed to sell firearms. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced a $5,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the 28 guns. Twenty guns were taken this month from a shooting range and retail store in Cascade Township.

Michigan's 300,000-plus residents who owe extra driver "responsibility" fees for certain traffic offenses would see their debt eliminated under bipartisan bills backed by the House speaker and others. The legislation announced Thursday would forgive more than $600 million in fees that have been assessed. Michigan already is phasing out all new responsibility fees by October 2019. 

Police: Man leaves baby at Michigan business, steals crane

Sep 26, 2017

Police say a man left a baby at a business in western Michigan before stealing a small self-propelled crane from another business nearby. Muskegon police say the 32-year-old Fruitland Township man took the construction crane early Monday, reportedly knocking down power lines and driving through a fence.

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.