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New traffic light active

WYOMING - A new traffic light is now active on Gezon Parkway near the soon-to-open YMCA.

The light at Gezon and Metro Way was activated this week.  The Spartan Stores YMCA opens next month.

New side streets and driveways are also being installed at the new Gordon Food Service HQ being built down the road between Clyde Park and Burlingame.

Loud fireworks still illegal in Wyoming

Loud fireworks still illegal in Wyoming

WYOMING - With the upcoming 4th of July holiday coming up soon, and the predisposition to some in my neighborhood to shoot off fireworks for the two weeks before and after the holiday, I thought it would be a wise reminder that loud, exploding, flying fireworks are illegal in Wyoming...and the entire state of Michigan.  So for those who are trying to make the neighborhood sound like a warzone, I offer this information about the law in Michigan:

All other types of fireworks are considered illegal and will subject you to a misdemeanor, including cherry bombs, comets (a star that shoots up 50-100 feet in the air), firecrackers, M-80s (and larger), bottle rockets, Roman candles (a long tube that shoots stars into the air), Silver Salutes (flash powder), torches, and wheel-type devices.

I'm not sure how often the Wyoming Police Department checks out fireworks complaint calls, but we may start soon finding out.


Wyoming Police investigating coach's alleged contact with Rogers H.S. student

Wyoming Police investigating coach's alleged contact with Rogers H.S. student

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Wyoming Police say they are investigating a report of inappropriate contact allegedly made by the coach of Rogers High School's girls junior varsity soccer coach.

Investigators say the girl told a community police officer in the school of the alleged incident involving her coach.

While they are not releasing further details about the allegations, officers say the Kent County Prosecutor's Office has not yet issued any warrants in the case.

WZZM 13 News has a crew on the story. We will have more online and on WZZM 13 News at 6 p.m.

43-year old man faces charges for high speed chase

(WZZM)-A Grand Rapids man faces a number of charges after police say he led them on a high speed chase through Wyoming, Grandville, and Walker.

43-year old Shawn Necker is charged with fleeing and eluding, operating while intoxicated, resisting and obstructing, and driving with a suspended license. He is also considered a habitual offender. 

The chase started just after midnight when police say Necker was speeding and ignoring red lights. At one point, Michigan State Police say he was going the wrong way on 44th and reached speeds of 105 miles per hour on US 131 and I-96.

Finally on 3 Mile Road, police rear-ended his car, spinning him out of control in front of the Walker Army Reserve Center. He was then chased on foot and police had to use a taser to stop him.

Byron Township man facing charges after police standoff

Byron Township man facing charges after police standoff

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Byron Township man is facing several charges after a stand-off with police from Wyoming and Kent County.

Robert Blodgett, 61, appeared in 62nd District Court in Wyoming on Monday.  He is charged with domestic violence, extortion, and resisting-obstructing a police officer.

On the morning of January 27, the Wyoming Police tactical unit went to a home near 56th St. and Gezon Pkwy., searching for Blodgett, who was wanted on a domestic violence warrant. 

When officers did not find Blodgett at the Wyoming address, they asked the Kent County Sheriff's Department for assistance in searching for the man at his Byron Township home. 

When officers and deputies arrived Blodgett refused to leave his home, but after six hours of negotiations, he surrendered to police.

Blodgett is being held in the Kent County Jail on a $250,000 bond.  His next court appearance is scheduled for February 9.