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Crime spree suspect charged in Wyoming stabbing

Crime spree suspect charged in Wyoming stabbing

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) – A man accused of leading a cross-state crime spree, ranging from carjacking to assault, appeared in a courtroom Friday morning to face charges.

 

 

Daniel Leussenkamp is considered a habitual offender which means the charges could land him behind bars for the rest of his life.

 

Police say over a span of a few days, Leussenkamp robbed and stabbed a Wyoming man at a motel, carjacked an elderly woman in Greenville, and drove to Macomb County near Detroit where he committed an armed robbery.

 

My Town Wyoming: Gordmans ribbon cutting celebration July 25

My Town Wyoming: Gordmans ribbon cutting celebration July 25

WYOMING, Mich.--  The Wyoming Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome Wyoming's newest store with a ribbon cutting celebration at 8:30 a.m. July 25.

Gordmans opened to the public on July 17. The new 50,000-square-foot store is located at 4910 Wilson Ave. SW, next to The Home Depot in the Wilsontown Shopping Center.  The new retailer is expected to employ 100 people.

Friday's ceremony kicks off  Gordmans' grand opening celebration, which runs through July 27.

The Wyoming store is one of six Gordmans stores opening in the country this year. The discount department store opened its first West Michigan store in Norton Shores in March. 

Stabbing victim relieved crime wave suspects in custody


Wyoming, Mich. (WZZM) – A 50-year-old Wyoming man stabbed during what police call a crime spree is relieved the three suspects are in custody.

"That's good," says Jeff, the only name the wounded man wants published. "I'll sleep good tonight."

Jeff says he and girlfriend Kimberly Wonsey were sleeping in his room at the Jim Williams Motel on Division Avenue early Saturday morning.

At about 3:30 a.m. he says Daniel Leussenkamp and Kevin Seely knocked on the door.

"I got up and opened the door, and Lessenkamp said it was a robbery and stabbed me," recalls Jeff. "He forced his way back into the house and stabbed me again. He told Kimberly to get her clothes, she was leaving with them. They took what money I had and left."

Jeff says Leussenkamp and Wonsey had a relationship before Leussenkamp was sentenced to prison.

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

My Town: Heart of West Michigan United Way awards $3.3 million in community grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—More than three dozen organizations and agencies helping people get back on their feet are getting millions of dollars in support.

The Heart of West Michigan United Way awarded $3.3 million in grants to 39 agencies that reach out to the community-from offering home-delivered meals to senior to after school care.

 “We value our partnership and believe a community that takes care of its friends and neighbors is a good place to live. By investing in the basic needs of the community, we are working together to help the people that are the most in need,” says Maureen Noe, president and CEO of Heart of West Michigan United Way.  “If people have their basic needs met, such as food, shelter and a safe home situation, they are able to focus on the future and take the next steps to improving their lives. “

This year’s grant recipients are: 

Craigslist killer may have had multiple personality disorder


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A criminology expert has some interesting theories about Craigslist triple murder and suicide.

Daniel Kennedy, a criminologist and professor at Oakland University believes there are multiple personality disorders at work in this case.

The suspect is Brady Oestrike, 31, of Wyoming. "It would appear that he suffered from a number of paraphilia's or bizarre sexual practices," says Kennedy.

Police began investigating the case last week, when the body of 25-year old Charles Oppenneer was found beheaded in Gezon Park, in Wyoming.

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Authorities are looking for a West Michigan trio wanted for a series of crimes, including stealing a Rockford woman’s vehicle.

The incident happened July 20 outside the Meijer in Greenville. Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr., 25, Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of Wyoming, and Kevin Michael Seely, 25, of Belding are all wanted on carjacking charges.

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Wyoming Police reveal more info on triple homicide


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Wyoming Police have released more details about last week's triple homicide.

Brooke Slocum, 18, and Charles Oppenneer, 25, were killed last week. Slocum's soon-to-be born baby also died.

Brady Oestrike, the suspect in the murders, took his own life on Thursday, July 17, after a chase with police.

Wyoming Police released Monday morning that the cause of Oppenneer's death was likely trauma to the head, but the exact cause has not yet been determined, due to the fact that Oppenneer's head had been removed from his body and has not yet been found.