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My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards grants worth $14,125

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Feb. 23, 2015-- The Consumers Energy Foundation announced today it has recently awarded 28 volunteer grants worth $14,125 to nonprofit organizations in Kent County and the surrounding area to recognize outstanding volunteerism by Consumers Energy employees and retirees. 

The foundation awards Volunteer Investment Program grants to encourage and reward volunteerism by those who work or have worked for Consumers Energy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.  It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging issues.

Michigan nonprofit organizations received more than $10 million in contributions in 2014 from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, its foundation and parent company CMS Energy.

911 recordings released in officer-involved shooting


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- We're hearing the 911 call from the wife of a Wyoming man who was killed in a shootout with police.

That shooting happened January 29.

Investigators say Al James shot Wyoming officer Frank Hartuniewicz. Officer Hatuniewicz was not seriously hurt.

Officers returned fire, hitting James, who was taken off life support nine days later.

In the 911 call, we hear his wife explaining why James was upset.

Meanwhile, we're still waiting for a ruling from the Kent County Prosecutor on whether officers acted appropriately. That ruling will be based on a Michigan State Police report that was completed this week.


My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

My Town: Grand Rapids honors Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year

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The Grand Rapids Police Department is pleased to announce its Police Officer of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year for 2014. Officer Joshua Mollan and Cynthia Vanderberg were selected from nominations submitted to the Department’s Board of Awards by Service Area, Division, and Unit Commanders.

POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR

Officer Joshua Mollan

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

My Town: Real estate professionals to give back to public servants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.A group of real estate professionals have come together to create a service that is giving back to those who serve the public in the Grand Rapids area.

"U Deserve" has brought together several professionals who are dedicated to lowering costs associated with buying, selling or refinancing a home for active military members, veterans, firefighters, police officers, EMS providers, health care professionals and educators.

“Growing up with a father who served in the National Guard and as a police officer, I was able to see first-hand how much public service individuals give back to their communities,” said Kevin Wildman, founder of U Deserve.  “U Deserve is a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those individuals.”

Wyoming police ID murder-suicide victims


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Wyoming police say a man fatally shot his estranged wife three times in car, which he tried to set on fire, before committing suicide in a parking lot.

The bodies of Albert Sanchez, 50, and Bettina Stieglitz-Sanchez, 44, were found around 11 p.m. Sunday in the area of Porter Street and Byron Center Avenue SW.

Officers recovered a gun at the scene and found evidence Albert tried unsuccessfully to set the car on fire.

"When officers investigated vehicle, they discovered there was a fire inside but because the doors to the vehicle were shut, there was a lack of oxygen and fire didn't fully engulf the vehicle," said Captain Kim Koster of the Wyoming Police Department.

Kent Co. Prosecutor reviewing Wyoming officer-involved shooting


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police have forwarded their report about last month's shooting involving a Wyoming man and a police officer.

On January 29, investigators say Al James came out of his home on Himes Street SE with several firearms. He shot officer Frank Hartuniewicz, who was not seriously hurt. However police returned fire and critically wounded James, who was removed from life support and died nine days later.

ID=22608739Officer Hartuniewicz was placed on leave which standard procedure for any officer who fires their weapon.

Bomb threat at Wyoming HS deemed non credible


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A teenager from the United Kingdom is once again claiming responsibility for calling in a bomb threat at a West Michigan high school.

The latest threat happened around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday at Wyoming High School. Police say the caller claimed he was a student and that there was an explosive device at the school.

Officers responded to both the high school and middle school to search and secure the buildings. Police did not locate anything suspicious and determined the threat was not credible.

The teenage suspect contacted WZZM 13 claiming responsibility for Tuesday's swatting incident, as well as previous threats made in Kent and Ottawa counties. The FBI is working with law enforcement agencies abroad to arrest him.