Anyone who knows me knows that I love sports and food, the color green, traveling, Chicago-style hotdogs, the Golden Girls and all different kinds of cheeses. (Nothing tops a robust parmesan.) But one of the things I love most is people. I love people! Short, tall, rich, poor, bald, Rapunzel. It doesn’t matter. Meeting new people and getting to know the storyline of their lives is one of my life’s greatest thrills. And the fact that I get to share their stories wth FOX 17 viewers — whether triumphant or challenging — is an honor.
I could’ve told you the basics about me: graduated with journalism degrees from Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champagne and Boston University, did my dissertation on race and English football while living in London and worked for New England Sports Network for many years. But that’s all blah, blah, blah.
Bottom line, I like people. And hopefully one day I can meet you.
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — Dozens of drivers drove their cars slowly through the parking lot on South Beach Wednesday afternoon, getting pictures of the waves crashing over the pier. According to public safety, waves at Lake Michigan reached 15 feet. “This is horrible where it’s pretty to watch but stay away,” said Paul Quinn, a firefighter and paramedic with South Haven Area Emergency Services. “Enjoy it from a distance. You don’t even want to go near this at all.” Some drivers […]
THREE RIVERS, Mich. — On Friday November 22, Three Rivers Community Schools was put on a soft lockdown after officials discovered a school threat that morning, stated the superintendent in a letter posted on the school’s Facebook page. By 11:30 a.m., classes were cancelled. “All I know is that a message was left threatening to shoot up the school,” said resident Anne Riopel during an interview with FOX 17. “The students were dismissed because of the threat and a detective […]
PAW PAW, Mich. — Michigan State Police held a press conference Monday afternoon, requesting the public’s help in a cold case investigation from over 30 years ago. “This story began back in 1988 Oct. 12 when a skeleton was found out in Covert, Michigan by I-196 and County Road 378,” said detective Scott Ernstes with Michigan State Police. “Since that time the Michigan State Police have used all kinds of means to try to identify her.” However it wasn’t until […]
PORTAGE, Mich. — Prior to Tuesday morning, Sara Hutchinson and Julie Thomas had never met. However they spent the last week messaging back and forth about how to transport a two-feet tall elephant table from Indiana to Michigan. “I’m the elephant drop,” said Thomas in the parking lot of Trove, an antique thrift store. “I’m picking up the elephant in Portage, Michigan and taking him to Jackson, Michigan.” After that it’ll go to a family in Oxford, Michigan, just north […]
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo Public Safety detectives are investigating a shooting that killed a 54-year-old man Wednesday morning. Police said they got a call around 1:40 a.m. that a man was lying in the middle of the road near the intersection of Cobb Street and Mabel Street. “[Police] did attempt life-saving measures,” said Capt. Brad Misner during an interview at headquarters. “We did notice that he had been shot several times. Our life-saving measures did not work.” The man was pronounced […]
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The first time Alex Horn lit a forge, it was three feet away from their home in Allegan, Mark recalled. He was a sophomore in high school and was doing it for a YouTube video called How to make a forge. Mark was upset, he said. “He looked at me. He was furious,” Mark said during an interview with FOX 17. “He was right. Ever since then, I think his mom, the smarter of the two of […]
UPDATE: Missy Skutt has been found safe as of Sunday morning. The Battle Creek Police Department does not plan to release where she was located. BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Battle Creek Police Department released pictures of Melissa Sue Skutt, a mother of eight children, who’s been missing for the last two days. “This came into us about 8 a.m. Wednesday morning,” said BCPD Det. Sgt. Todd Elliott during a press conference at headquarters. “The husband had awakened and called […]
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Portage Police Department arrested a 17-year-old girl on Thursday who allegedly posted a school threat on social media toward Portage Northern High School earlier this week. She was the third teenager arrested this week in regards to school threats posted online. “This has a huge impact on the communities, on the schools, on the students on the teachers, on the administration,” said Kalamazoo County prosecutor Jeff Getting about all the threats made this week. “There’s nothing […]
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Around 9:30 Tuesday night, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety began receiving tips about a school threat posted online, said assistant chief David Boysen. It was directed toward Loy Norrix High School, he said. Detectives investigated the threat all night. “We were able to identify a suspect and located her (Wednesday) morning and arrested her,” Boysen said. “It was a 16-year-old female that we arrested for the terrorist threat.” She’s currently lodged at the juvenile home […]