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3 hrs ago | MLive.com

Craigslist murders: Wyoming police release investigation timeline

After Wyoming police found Charles Oppeneer's body at Gezon Park, and determined that his pregnant girlfriend, Brooke Slocum, was missing, investigators rushed to examine Slocum's computer.

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Related Topix: Wyoming, MI, Rockford, MI, Emerging Technology, Search Engines

6 hrs ago | MLive.com

3-way Kent County primary is rematch from 2012

A former Kent County commissioner convicted of assault in 2009 is back on the ballot for a third try to reclaim the seat.

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12 hrs ago | MLive.com

Grand Rapids man confesses to using Craigslist in armed robbery of video game systems

Those who warn of the danger of video games may have more ammunition after a 25-year-old Grand Rapids man pleaded guilty to responding to Craigslist ads offering X-Box and PS3 game systems for sale by robbing the sellers at gunpoint.

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Related Topix: Video Games, Grand Rapids, MI, X360, Microsoft Xbox

20 hrs ago | MLive.com

Allegan judge to colleague: 'I'm not your junior associate ... emotional whipping boy'

A dispute between Allegan County judges over hiring of a law clerk has been settled, but in case the jurists can't get along, they'll meet monthly with a Kent County judge.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Allegan, MI, Allegan County, MI

Thu Jul 31, 2014

Examiner.com

August 2014 weather preview for Grand Rapids

The summer season concludes during August as West Michigan prepares for autumn. The typical high temperature cools from 82A on the 1st to 79A by the 31st.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Michigan, Weather, Tornado, Natural Disasters

MLive.com

Alleged couch thief who returned later for the pillows asks judge to think about the children

The man police say was stealing high-end furniture will spend five to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to gun charges and receiving and concealing stolen property.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

The Arizona Republic

625-pound suspect: I'm too heavy for court

A 44-year-old Michigan man charged with making a bomb threat says he can't appear in court because of his weight.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Weird

MLive.com

Ottawa County prosecutor will take up case against former Kent County prosecutor on sex crime charges

The 61-year-old former Kent County prosecutor charged with assault and criminal sexual conduct has decided not to represent himself as he faces as much as 10 years in prison.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Ottawa County, MI, Grand Rapids, MI

WXMI-TV Grand Rapids

5 Things to know for Thursday, July 31

The Republican-led House approved a resolution on July 30 to authorize House Speaker John Boehner to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming that he abused his power at the expense of Congress and the Constitution.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Portage, MI, Cedar Springs, MI

Wed Jul 30, 2014

MLive.com

Driver's injuries not life-threatening after Jeep hits tree in Kent County

An 18-year-old man suffered a broken leg and lacerations, but otherwise escaped serious injuries when his vehicle crashed into a tree Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Rockford, MI

MLive.com

Democrats vie for Michigan Senate, hope to unseat Kent County Republican

As two Republicans vie for their party's nomination to an open Michigan Senate seat in the GOP-leaning 28th District, two Democrats are hoping to challenge incumbent state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand for the 29th District seat.

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Related Topix: US News

MLive.com

Bomb threat suspect weighing 625 pounds is logistical problem for Grand Rapids court

When it comes to a man accused of making a false bomb threat at a Cedar Springs mobile home park, law enforcement officials find they have a problem.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI, Cedar Springs, MI, Criminal Defense Law, Law

MLive.com

Craigslist murders: Slocum died from ligature strangulation

The death certificate for a pregnant woman police say was held captive by Brady Oestrike for days shows she died of "ligature strangulation."

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Related Topix: Local Search, Violent Crime

MLive.com

Tax proposals in Kent County: Will you fund senior services, libraries or both?

Voters countywide will consider an Aug. 5 ballot proposal to replace an expiring tax for senior services with a larger levy.

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Related Topix: Libraries, Grand Rapids, MI, Cedar Springs, MI, Sparta, MI

Tue Jul 29, 2014

WXMI-TV Grand Rapids

Fingerprint Leads to Home Invasion, Assault Suspect

A parole violator is being held at the Kent County Jail after evidence at a home invasion in Grand Rapids last week linked him to a knife assault.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

MLive.com

Mars Hill Bible Church and Arbor Circle opening center for homeless...

Mars Hill Bible Church and Arbor Circle are converting a 93-year-old vacant building at 320 State Street SE into a drop-in center for runaway and homeless teenagers.

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Related Topix: Family, Teenagers, Kids, Grandville, MI

MLive.com

Term limits proposal appears headed for Grand Rapids ballot

A ballot proposal for term limits appears headed to city voters in November. Advocates on Tuesday, July 29, turned in two boxes of signatures to the Grand Rapids clerk's office.

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Related Topix: Grand Rapids, MI

Mon Jul 28, 2014

MLive.com

Founders Bank and Trust acquired by expansion-minded Indiana bank for $88 million

Founders Bank and Trust is being acquired by Old National Bank and Trust, an expanding Evansville, Ind.-based bank that also has moved into the Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo market this year.

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Related Topix: Michigan

MLive.com

Two accused of breaking into Ionia County homes, selling stolen items to Grand Rapids pawn shops

Two Belding men are in custody on allegations that they broke into Ionia County homes and sold stolen items to Grand Rapids pawn shops.

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Related Topix: Ionia County, MI, Grand Rapids, MI, Belding, MI

MLive.com

Question the candidates: Live online forum presents candidates for Kent County District Court judge

Voters in northern Kent County will be able to ask questions directly of the people hoping to replace Steven Servaas as a judge in Kent County District Court.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Walker, MI, Rockford, MI, Grand Rapids, MI

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