Navy veteran Paul Burbridge is interviewed next to the box of the cremated remains of James H. Mitchell Jr., which he found under the stairwell of an apartment complex he was cleaning. Mitchell was a Marine who served in Korea in the 1950s and died in 2000. Burbridge took it upon himself to give Mitchell a proper burial. (Screengrab via MLive.com)

KALAMAZOO, MI — A veteran himself, Paul Burbridge believes those who served our country deserve an honorable burial.

While cleaning at Deer Run Apartments in Kalamazoo, Burbridge found a box of cremated remains with the name James H. Mitchell Jr. on the box.

Through some investigation of his own, Burbridge discovered the remains he found under a stairwell in the complex were those of a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954.

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Jilmar Ramos-Gomez was a lance corporal in the Marines and received awards for service in Afghanistan. (Michigan ACLU)

The city of Grand Rapids, Michigan will pay $190,000 to a Marine veteran who was arrested by police and wrongfully turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

The Grand Rapids City Commission approved the settlement Tuesday for Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 28, who was born and raised in Michigan.

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ROGERS CITY, MI - A helicopter crew from the U.S. Coast Guard's Air Station Traverse City flew a search and rescue mission Saturday night after receiving word there was a boat in distress in Lake Huron, with four people on board.

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Philip Paauwe

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A former Grand Rapids schools teacher was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for persuading a Florida teen to produce and send him sexually explicit photographs.

Philip Paauwe, 33, earlier pleaded guilty to coercion or enticement of a minor – age 15 to 17 – for convincing the girl to send the photos, which constitute child pornography.

Paauwe was sentenced Thursday, Sept. 12, by U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney in Kalamazoo. The judge ordered Paauwe to serve 10 years on supervised release once his prison sentence ends. He also ordered Paauwe to pay the girl $34,000 in restitution.

Paauwe was also accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl, federal prosecutors say.

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Left, Michigan's Mackinac Bridge; right, a U.S. Air Force Boeing B-47

MACKINAW CITY, MI -- It's been 60 years since a daring Air Force pilot made headlines after he flew his Boeing B-47 jet underneath the Mackinac Bridge on April 28, 1959.

The pilot, Air Force Capt. John S. Lappo did not have permission to perform the dangerous stunt on a Friday afternoon but the Muskegon native pulled it off.

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Jilmar Ramos-Gomez was a lance corporal in the Marines and received awards for service in Afghanistan. (Michigan ACLU)

KENT COUNTY, MI – The ACLU is demanding an investigation after a Grand Rapids-born U.S Marine combat veteran was held for possible deportation.

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