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Brann's defends "American Sniper"


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- He says it's to honor the bravery of Chris Kyle: a West Michigan business owner says he's banning filmmaker Michael Moore and actor Seth Rogen from his restaurants.

Moore and Rogen had tweeted harsh criticism the movie "American Sniper," which tells the story of Chris Kyle.

Moore tweeted that he learned snipers are cowards, and Rogen tweeted that the movie reminded him of a Nazi propaganda film. Both have since backed away from those tweets.

The owner of Brann's then had his sign show a message that he won't ever serve Moore or Rogen.

"First of all this isn't about me," Tommy Brann said. "I mean, it's about Chris Kyle, an American hero. What he did was so patriotic. He served our country, and he did it well, and to call somebody that died a coward, I couldn't believe it."

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Teen enters plea for accidental shooting death in parked car


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A teen accused of accidentally shooting a friend in August while handling a loaded handgun in a Wyoming gas station parking lot pleaded guilty today to involuntary manslaughter.

Marquis Dushawn Kilgore, 17, entered the plea in Kent County Circuit Court the day his jury trial was scheduled to begin. He also pleaded guilty to felony use of a firearm, which carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison.

The Kent County Prosecutor's Office offered the plea after consulting with the family of 17-year-old Ta'Carhri Richardson, who died in the Aug. 3 shooting at a gas station parking lot on 28th Street SW in Wyoming.

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

Tennessee company buying interest in Metro Health


WYOMING, Mich. (AP) - A Tennessee-based company is taking a significant financial interest in a health system that includes a 208-bed hospital in western Michigan.

Franklin-based Community Health Systems Inc. announced Friday that its subsidiaries executed a definitive agreement for the purchase of an 80 percent equity interest in Wyoming, Michigan-based Metro Health.

The agreement includes Metro Health Hospital, outpatient centers and related assets and businesses. The deal is subject to regulatory reviews.

Wayne T. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems, says in a statement that Metro Health "provides an opportunity for our company to expand into Michigan and add the state's fastest growing market to our organization."

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Abandoned, malnourished puppies rescued from sub-zero cold


Wyoming, MI (WZZM) - Who would do this?
That

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s what a Wyoming woman wonders about a pair of puppies found abandoned and freezing outside in sub- zero weather.

"I was angry for a lot of days trying to figure out who would do this and why would they do this because there are so many resources out there," says LaVone Johnson.

Last Tuesday a woman walking her own dog found the puppies in the snow in front of an abandoned house on Urban Avenue in Wyoming,

She brought them in to her neighbor LaVone Johnson.

Wyoming asking for feedback on Ideal Park plan


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - The plans have been created. Now the city of Wyoming wants to know what you think of the plans to rebuild Ideal Park.

The wooded park suffered heavy damage from a tornado in July of 2014. Most of the park's old trees were uprooted and destroyed.

The city has produced an online survey for residents and those who use the park for feedback to a proposed redevelopment plan for the park. To see the plan and take the survey, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IdealParkMasterPlanSurvey

Free Income Tax Preparation Available

Free Income Tax Preparation Available

IRS-certified student volunteers will prepare and e-file taxes FREE for people whose income falls below $52,000. Volunteers will be available at the Wyoming branch of the Kent County Library beginning the week of January 31 through April 11 on Tuesdays from 2:00 - 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM -1:00 PM.

 

This program is sponsored by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).

 

For more information or for an appointment, please call 616-871-6147 or visit taxhelp.davenport.edu after January 15, 2015.