Sep 27th, 2012 - Local News
HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A pastor who says he was inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement has been convicted of trespassing for refusing to leave Holland's city hall last fall in protest of the southwestern Michigan city's decision not to expand its anti-discrimination ordinance.
The Holland Sentinel reports the Rev. Bill Freeman was found guilty on Wednesday.
Judge Susan Jonas ordered the Interfaith Congregation pastor to pay a $100 fine. She could have imposed a maximum 90-day sentence for the misdemeanor offense.
Freeman wanted to stay at city hall until City Council's vote leaving the ordinance unchanged was overturned.
Freeman tells The Grand Rapids Press he "was trying to bring attention to the injustice of people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender who are being discriminated against in the city of Holland."
May 21st, 2013 - Local News
— State police helicopter patrols over Grand Rapids as part of an effort to curb violent crime in the city and surrounding communities are prompting complaints from area residents.
Noise from the f...
May 20th, 2013 - Local News
— AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen about 10 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.88 per gallon.
The auto club says Monday the average is about 13 cents per ga...
May 21st, 2013 - State News
— It could be early summer before repairs are completed at a nuclear power plant in Michigan that has been idled nine times since 2011.
Operators of the idled Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in so...
May 20th, 2013 - State News
Law enforcement officials across Michigan will be enforcing federally funded safety belt enforcement zones through the coming Memorial Day travel weekend.
Safety belt enforcement is to be the topi...
May 21st, 2013 - National News
— It's been a long night in the tornado-blasted suburbs of Oklahoma City and residents are bracing for a long day as well, digging through the rubble and hoping not to add to a death toll that's at ...
May 20th, 2013 - National News
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff is crediting early warnings for a low death toll during a tornado outbreak that ravaged the Plains and Midwest.
Authorities say a 79-year-old man died Su...
May 21st, 2013 - International News
— Officials say new attacks in Iraq have killed seven people and wounded dozens.
Police say a suicide blast at a checkpoint and militants who opened fire at Iraqi troops have killed three soldier...
May 20th, 2013 - International News
— South Korea says North Korea has fired a short-range projectile into its own eastern waters — for the fifth time in three days.
Pyongyang regularly conducts short-range missile tests. Analyst...
May 21st, 2013 - Sports News
— Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored 31 seconds apart midway through the second period and Pavel Datsyuk restored a two-goal lead in the third to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Black...
May 20th, 2013 - Sports News
— David Murphy put Texas ahead with a three-run home run, and the Rangers spoiled a three-homer game from Miguel Cabrera with an 11-8 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.
Apr 30th, 2013 - Health News
— Looking for a new way to get that jolt of caffeine energy? Food companies are betting snacks like potato chips, jelly beans and gum with a caffeinated kick could be just the answer.
The Food an...
Apr 1st, 2013 - Health News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a first-of-a-kind diabetes drug from Johnson & Johnson that uses a new method to lower blood sugar.
The agency cleared J&J'...