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Threat made against Wyoming elementary school

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a threatening phone message left over the weekend at West Elementary School. The threat was non-specific and detectives are working to determine its origin.

As a precaution, a Wyoming police officer was present in and around the school Monday and will continue to patrol the grounds in the near future.

Wyoming police say school safety is among the department's highest priorities and it works to provide a police presence each day at all public and private schools within the city. Last year, police conducted nearly 3,000 school safety checks.

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Man dies in Wyoming crash

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) A Wyoming man died over the weekend after a crash at 44th Street and Burlingame.

The crash happened Saturday night about 7:30pm.

Wyoming Police say a Jeep driven by a 22-year-old Jenison man ran a red light and hit a Toyota with two Wyoming men. The driver, a 19-year-old Wyoming man, died after being extricated and taken to a local hospital. The passenger, an 18-year-old Wyoming man, suffered non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Jeep was not injured.

Police say that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Shots fired from vehicle in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Wyoming Police are investigating a drive-by shooting Tuesday night.

Police say they were called to the 2600 block of Byron Center Avenue just before 10:00pm on reports of shots being fired at a residence. Police determined that several shots had been fired from a vehicle, described by witnesses as a dark-colored SUV.

The homeowner was the only person in residence at the time of the shooting and was not hurt.

Anyone with information should call Wyoming Public Safety at 530-7323 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.

After armed home invasion in Wyoming, one in custody, police looking for more suspects

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Wyoming Police have one person in custody after an armed home invasion early this morning.

Several people with weapons invaded a home near 36th Street and Dunbar Avenue about 4:30 am.

Police searched the area using the K9 unit. They were able to catch one suspect, but three more suspects are believed to have gotten away.

Police officers will be around and available as school starts today in that area as a precaution.

If you know anything about this armed home invasion, you are asked to call Wyoming Public Safety at (616) 530-7300 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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Man charged in fatal drunk driving crash

TYRONE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - A Tyrone Township man has been arraigned on four charges after a fatal drunk driving crash last week.

Matthew Joseph Vainavicz, 26, has been charged with OWI Causing Death, Operating with a Suspended License Causing Death, and two other charges relating to serious injuries to another victim in the crash.

Anna Lissette Escutia-Chavez, 25, of Wyoming, was killed in the crash on September 3 at Tyrone Avenue and 20 Mile Road. Jose Gavina, 25, of Kentwood, was seriously hurt in the crash.

Vainavicz was arraigned Monday.

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays

My Town: Meijer to hire thousands ahead of holidays


WALKER, Mich.—  A Walker-based retail store is hiring thousands more workers ahead of the holiday season.

Meijer recently announced it plans to hire more than 10,000 additional employees for stores in five states. Nearly half of the new hires, approximately 4,800 people, will happen in Michigan. The additional employees are needed to cover duties newly opened stores, as well as the upcoming busy holiday shopping season.  Meijer opened or is opening nine new stores in 2014; the retailer plans to open additional locations in 2015.

The openings will be for a variety of positions, from cashiers to meat cutting.  The majority of positions will be part time and seasonal.  Interested candidates can apply online on Meijer’s website

Meijer currently operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.