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Ionia State Prison Escapee Caught in Northern Indiana [Video]

A convicted murderer who escaped late Sunday from the Ionia Correctional Facility has been caught in northern Indiana, authorities said Monday night.

Michael David Elliott, a 40-year-old serving a life sentence on four counts of murder, was caught in LaPorte, Ind., about 5:30 p.m. CDT Monday evening, the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office said.

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Michigan Department of Corrections
Michigan Department of Corrections
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Convicted Murderer Escapes From Ionia State Prison; Still At-Large

The Ionia Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police are currently searching for an inmate who escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility.

According to the department's Facebook page, the suspect in question is 40-year-old Michael David Elliot who was serving a life sentence for several offenses, including four counts of first degree murder.

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Rockford Chamber of Commerce
Rockford Chamber of Commerce
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Rockford Ice Festival is This Weekend, Feb. 7 – 8

The fifth annual Rockford Ice Festival is this weekend, Feb. 7-8.

The theme for this year’s event is “Putting on the Glitz."

The event kicks off Friday evening, with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. that include a scavenger hunt throughout the weekend. The grand prize for the hunt (a.k.a. The Glitz) will be a prize valued at more than $1,000!

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Mario Tama/Getty Images
Mario Tama/Getty Images
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Search Continues For Shooting Suspect Near Ferris State University

UPDATE (12:30am): Authorities are reporting that they have the suspect in custody. No other details are being released at this time. A press conference will be held Sunday morning.

Police in Big Rapids are continuing their search for a suspect after an off-campus shooting early Saturday morning near Ferris State University.

According to Ferris State's Department of Public Safety, Police are in search of a suspected shooter who, earlier this morning, walked into an off-campus apartment at Venlo Place in Big Rapids and shot a man, who is a student at Ferris State.

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Getty Images/ Joseph C Justice Jr
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Michigan State Student from Middleville Dies After Off-Campus Apartment Shooting

One of two victims transported to Sparrow Hospital after a Friday evening shooting in the Cedar Village Apartments complex near Michigan State University has died, the East Lansing Police Department said.

Dominique James "DJ" Nolff, a 20-year-old Michigan State University student from Middleville, was pronounced dead at 9:23 a.m. this morning resulting from multiple gunshot wounds, according to police and Sparrow Hospital officials.

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Scott Olson, Getty Images
Scott Olson, Getty Images
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Hundreds of Aggressive Drivers Ticketed in Kent and Ottawa Counties

In late 2013, aggressive drivers were targeted along both US-131 and I-196, in Kent and Ottawa Counties.

Over 2,500 tickets were written.

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MDCH
MDCH
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Reports of Flu-Like Illness in Michigan at Lowest Level Since Mid-December

Serious cases of the flu, including H1N1, continue to be a problem in West Michigan and across the state.

However, overall reports of flu-like illness are declining.

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Scott Olsen, Getty Images
Scott Olsen, Getty Images
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Drone Camera Gives Unique View of Lake Michigan Ice [Video]

Technology is bringing us new ways to enjoy the beauty of winter in West Michigan.

See an aerial view of the ice along the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

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Spam Fries
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Whitecaps Asking for Food Ideas

Ahhh, the wonderful taste and aroma of Spam Fries.  Nothing like it.  Seriously, nothing like it because it didn't make the cut.  I thought they were delicious!  Go figure.

Hey West Michigan Whitecaps fans and foodies everywhere.  It's that time of the year again.  We get to suggest some new additions to the Whitecaps menu.

It began yesterday where fans can submit their ideas regarding what new food items they would like to see served at Fifth Third Ballpark this summer.

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schuminweb, flickr
schuminweb, flickr
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West Michigan Homes Sales and Prices Continued Upward Trend in 2013

We have seen many signs of economic growth in West Michigan over the past few weeks.

A summary of the 2013 West Michigan housing market further supports that trend.

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Velma and Scooby Doo Visit for Wet Nose Wednesday

It was puppy day in the 100.5 The River studios this morning. 

Velma and her brother, Scooby Doo, part of a five-puppy litter and all named after characters in "Scooby Doo," came to visit.  I wish they could have stayed.

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Michigan Blood
Michigan Blood
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Michigan Blood To Celebrate Longtime Volunteer’s 100th Birthday

Anne Wepman has been volunteering at Michigan Blood for over 40 years.

Michigan Blood will celebrate Anne's commitment and her 100th birthday during "Anne Wepman Day" on January 27.

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