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Runaway Michigan teen couple found safe in Louisiana

Posted: 01/22/2008 - A nationwide search has ended safely for a 15-year-old boy and his 13-year-old girlfriend, who turned up in Louisiana nine days after fleeing their Michigan homes in the boy's family minivan.

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Hijacked Jesus statue returned to owner in Kent County

Posted: 01/21/2008 - Mansel and her husband were devastated after someone swiped the statue from a pedestal in their front yard in Kent County's Oakfield Township. A ransom note was left in their mailbox on Thursday.

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Police responding to burglary alarm find mobile meth lab

Posted: 01/21/2008 - When officers arrived Sunday, WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo reports they saw a vehicle backed into the parking lot of a business. The car pulled out and the occupants hurled items from the car that turned out to be meth-making materials.

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Skier, 57, found dead along trail in Kent County

Posted: 01/21/2008 - The Grand Rapids Press reports Marc Gmiter had set out Saturday afternoon for a ski outing in the Cannonsburg State Game Area. When he failed to return for supper, his wife soon became worried.

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Raczkowski to challenge Levin for Senate

Posted: 01/21/2008 - The 39-year-old Southfield businessman plans to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination to challenge Levin a second time.

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Ice sculptures, hot chili perfect combo at Niles festival

Updated: 01/20/2008 - One word summed up Sunday in Niles... Cool. Not because of the freezing temperatures, but rather due to the nearly 70 ice sculptures lining the streets as part of the fourth annual Hunter Ice Festival.

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State won't assign blame in MEAP security breach

Posted: 01/18/2008 - The problem arose after information about essay topics on the MEAP writing test was printed in an October article by the Citizen Patriot. Not all Michigan students had yet taken the test. Thousands of fifth- and sixth-graders were required to retake a part of the exam.

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19-year-old confesses to vandalizing Kent County war monuments

Posted: 01/18/2008 - Five granite markers memorializing hundreds of Kent County veterans of World War II and the Korean War were vandalized. Authorities say identical graffiti symbols were spray-painted on the pylons at the downtown park, which is considered a historic site.

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Senate unanimously passes Great Lakes Compact bill

Posted: 01/18/2008 - The agreement requires each Great Lakes state to regulate water use and adopt conservation plans for protecting the five lakes -- Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior.

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Michigan couple bequeaths $1.6M to surprised friends, neighbors

Posted: 01/17/2008 - Before they retired, Willis Hatch worked their 80-acre farm just south of Lowell and his wife taught at Lowell Middle School. Now, about 70 of their friends and neighbors are surprised to find themselves a collective 1.6 million dollars richer as the beneficiaries of the late couple's frugalness and generosity.

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DNA links man who killed self to sexual break-ins

Posted: 01/17/2008 - East Lansing police say DNA evidence has linked a man who recently killed himself to nine years of sexually motivated break-ins near the Michigan State University campus.

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2 charged with running over sports bar employee

Posted: 01/17/2008 - Police say the Mount Pleasant men ran over O'Kelly's Sports Bar and Grill employee James Ronald Williams. Co-workers of the 21-year-old Mount Pleasant man found him lying in a grassy area near a service drive by O'Kelly's.

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