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One person injured in a serious crash on M-6

One person injured in a serious crash on M-6


BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Westbound M-6 is closed just east of Byron Center Ave. because of a crash.

It happened shortly before 7 a.m. Thursday on M-6 just west of Byron Center Avenue SW.

The WZZM 13 News crew on the scene says it appears the car went airborne off a snowbank near the highway and hit a billboard pole in the median of M-6.

Emergency scanner traffic indicates the driver of the car was trapped for some time. The driver was then flown to the hospital via an AeroMed helicopter.

The car was headed westbound on M-6 when the crash occurred.

We'll have more developments online and on later editions of WZZM 13 News.

Demolition to begin this month on closed Studio 28


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) \- Demolition will begin this month on the now closed Studio 28.

The theater was once billed as the largest in the world. It's owned by Loeks Theater Inc. Emily Loeks confirms the demolition will happen but says it is weather dependent.

Studio 28, located at 1350 28th Street, was once the company's showplace theater. It closed six years ago when it became too costly to operate. It's located on 20 acres.

City officials say demolishing the building opens up new possibilities for the area. It includes a development called 28 West. Supporters of the project say they want to create a downtown feel in the area with shops, apartments and other development.

Wyoming City Councilman Dan Burrill says it's an exciting time. "I'm seeing it as a gain," he says.
From my understanding that building is in great disrepair."

Wyoming Fire chief ends a family tradition with the department


Wyoming, Mich. (WZZM_ It's an historic moment for the Wyoming Fire department. Fire Chief Bob Austin retired Monday marking the first time in 86 years that a member of the Austin family will not be serving in the department.

Austin says he plans to take it easy for a while, but then do some teaching in the fire service. He says while he had some 'not-so-good' days in his job, overall he says he's had a great career. "I've always felt fire service is the best job you can have in the world, " said Austin. "You get to have something different every day, you get to learn new skills just by having to and you get to help people at their worst times."

Austin Worked for the fire department for 37 years. The Austin family firefighting tradition began in 1929 with Bob's grandfather, followed by his father and uncle.


Man found dead in 28th Street motel


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are awaiting autopsy results following the death of a man at the Grand Rapids Inn on 28th Street.

Police were called to the motel around 1:45 p.m. Sunday on reports of a deceased man in his room.

The man was 44-years-old but police haven't yet released his name.


Teenagers find body near Wyoming bus stop


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Two teenagers found the body of an elderly man at a Wyoming bus stop Saturday morning. The man was found around 11 a.m. at the stop on Prairie Parkway near Boone Avenue.

Wyoming police say the man had been at the stop for some time, and was covered with snow.

Police do not suspect foul play.


My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

My Town: Credit Union backs library book funding campaign

 

GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Grandville-based First United Credit Union backing the Kent District Library’s campaign to replenish its budget.

Through the Genre Derby, KDL hopes to raise $10,000 for digital and physical books. That’s just a fraction of the $300,000 that’s been slashed from the library’s budget since 2013.

“Our overall budget has been cut by over $2 million in the past three years from changes in tax valuation and personal property tax,” explained KDL Development Manager Linda Krombeen. 

Despite the cuts, KDL is using technology and restructuring to avoid laying off staff.

The Genre Derby allows patrons to direct donations to the type of books they read most. First United Credit Union is pledging to match 50 percent of all donor gifts during the Genre Derby, up to $1,500.

My Town Wyoming: City considering extending parking rules

My Town Wyoming: City considering extending parking rules

WYOMING, Mich.--   The City of Wyoming is considering extending its odd-even parking rules.

The city council will take up an ordinance amendment that would make the odd-even parking effective Dec. 1 through March 31 each year and during any declared snow emergency.  That’s one month longer than the current ordinance.

If the amendment is adopted during the city council meeting Monday, March 3, the revised ordinance would be declared an emergency ordinance, which would take effect the very next day.

The odd-even parking rules are as follows:

  • Park on the side of the street on which addresses that are odd or even align with the date being odd or even.
  • On a cul-de-sac, parking shall only be on even-numbered calendar days.
  • After midnight, your vehicle must be parked on the correct side of the street for that date.
  • Parked cars will not be ticketed from 7 p.m. to midnight.