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Second person arrested in Wyoming gas station shooting


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say a second person has been arrested in the investigation into an exchange of gunfire at a gas station Wednesday afternoon.

Wyoming's Department of Public Safety says officers responded to the Family Fare gas station at 28th St. and Burlingame Ave. SW around 2:20 p.m., following a report of two men shooting at each other. Investigators say witnesses told them one man fled west into a nearby apartment complex and the other drove away. No injuries have been reported.

Police announced Thursday that one person had been lodged at the Kent County Jail on weapons charges. Friday evening, police announced a second person has been arrested.

Anyone with information on the case should call the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616-530-73000 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.


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Prop. 1 discussed in Wyoming Friday


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - About 200 senior citizens met Friday to learn more about Proposal 1, the plan to fix Michigan's roads. It would hike the sales tax by one cent for every dollar and would also provide more funding for schools and cities.

The nonpartisan Citizens Research Council made the presentation, along with state Senator Peter MacGregor, who supports Prop. 1.

MacGregor told the crowd the plan before voters on May 5 isn't perfect but "is a pretty darn good solution."

The CRC spokesman, Bob Schneider, said the immediate impact on gasoline prices, at today's rates, would be about an extra dime per gallon, if the measure passes. Schneider notes, however, if gas goes up to about $3.50 a gallon, the actual increase tied to Prop. 1 would decrease to about an extra two or three cents.

Wyoming Concerts in the Park Announces 2015 Title Sponsor

Wyoming Concerts in the Park Announces 2015 Title Sponsor

The Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission (WCEC) announced today that Kentwood Community Church (KCC) has agreed to an exclusive Title Sponsorship agreement for the 2015 Concerts in the Park Series. In recognition of their support, the series will be renamed to "Concerts in the Park, presented by Kentwood Community Church" for the 2015 season.

Kentwood Community Church is the first full-season sponsor for the Concerts in the Park series.  In addition to renaming the series, the church will also provide activities and entertainment during all 11 concerts scheduled for this year.  Each concert night will have various events, such as family games, kids inflatable equipment, face painting, temporary tattoos, and lots of giveaways, all at no charge.  Follow the series on Facebook (Facebook.com/WyomingCEC) to get up-to-date information on events for each concert night.

State removes Lee HS, Kent City, from low performing list


LANSING, Mich. (AP/WZZM) - Twenty-seven schools have been removed from Michigan's bottom 5 percent of the lowest-academically performing schools.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced Thursday that he informed the schools of his decision a day earlier. He says the schools are no longer on "priority" status because of their improvements in student achievement.

Locally, Lee High School in Wyoming, Kent City High School, Kalamazoo Public Schools' Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts and Lakeview High School in Montcalm County were removed from the list. In southern Michigan, Bloomingdale Middle and High School and Ross Beatty High School in Cassopolis were also removed from the list.

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Kentwood Community Church to Sponsor Wyoming Summer Concerts

Kentwood Community Church to Sponsor Wyoming Summer Concerts

The Wyoming Community Enrichment Commission (WCEC) announced today that Kentwood Community Church (KCC) has agreed to an exclusive Title Sponsorship agreement for the 2015 Concerts in the Park Series. In recognition of their support, the series will be renamed to "Concerts in the Park, presented by Kentwood Community Church" for the 2015 season.

Kentwood Community Church is the first full-season sponsor for the Concerts in the Park series.  In addition to renaming the series, the church will also provide activities and entertainment during all 11 concerts scheduled for this year.  Each concert night will have various events, such as family games, kids inflatable equipment, face painting, temporary tattoos, and lots of giveaways, all at no charge.  Follow the series on Facebook (Facebook.com/WyomingCEC) to get up-to-date information on events for each concert night.

Network180 cuts impact mental health services


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- An organization that provides mental health services in West Michigan is cutting back on services. Network180 says that's because it's losing millions in funding.

"We have to live within our means; that is the biggest problem that we have," says Scott Gilman, Network180's executive director.

Gilman says they found out about the cuts in the past month. One of the primary reasons is the decline in Medicaid enrollment.

The plan is to cut $1 million in administrative costs and reduce services by more than $4 million. Gilman says some programs could go away, and they are utilizing furloughs. The organization has also implemented a hiring freeze.

Families that rely on the services say the worst effect will be that loved ones who are suffering won't be able to spend as much time at the center.

Woman pleads no contest in fatal crash


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Wyoming woman pleaded no contest Monday afternoon for a drunk driving crash that killed a man in September 2014.

Michelle Lerma entered the plea to operating while intoxicated causing death for the wrong-way crash that killed Gregory Gene Johnson, 58, of Grass Lake on September 14. The crash happened on I-96 near the East Beltline.

Lerma's blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was more than twice the legal limit.

She's scheduled to be sentenced in June.