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Price war: Local gas station second cheapest in nation


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A gas station in West Michigan is the second cheapest in the nation thanks to a price war, according to GasBuddy.com.

Petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan says gas was selling for $2.09 per gallon in Wyoming Thursday morning, just one cent higher than the cheapest gas in the country, in Aiken, South Carolina.

That price was found at the Family Fare located at 28th St. and Burlingame Ave. SW. Coincidently, the electronic sign was out at that station and many drivers were unaware of the nearly 45 cents savings per gallon.

Nearby stations were selling for $2.12 per gallon.

But DeHaan warns of a price hike expected later Thursday.

Wyoming launches fund to restore Ideal Park


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ideal Park in Wyoming was seriously damaged in the July 2014 tornado. Now, you have the chance to donate to help restore the park.

The city of Wyoming has set up a fund to help pay for Ideal Park's restoration. Almost all of the trees in the park were lost in the tornado last summer. Many of those trees were 100 years old or more.

The city has a $3.1 million master plan to fix up the park again. That plan includes a bridge, a play area, and a restroom building, among other things. Donations made to the nonprofit fund will go to help build those structures and replant trees.

Vigil honors woman killed in Craigslist meeting


SARANAC, Mich. (WZZM) -- Whatever mistakes 18-year-old Brooke Slocum may have made, her father says she didn't deserve to die. One year ago Friday, the body of Slocum and her unborn child were found in the trunk of their killer's car.

Friday night, Brooke's family and friends gathered at a Saranac park to observe the anniversary of her death. They released lanterns into the sky.

Her father, Greg Slocum, said Scheid Park was one of Brooke's favorite places. He says she came here often to read, draw, and write poetry. That's why they put a memorial bench in the park, honoring Brooke and her unborn daughter.

Mark DeJong will lead Vanguard Charter Academy for 2015-2016

Mark DeJong will lead Vanguard Charter Academy for 2015-2016

Mark DeJong, who holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from St. Cloud State University and a master’s in educational leadership from Bethel University, will serve as the new principal of Vanguard Charter Academy for the 2015-2016 school year. Mark replaces Daryl Vriesenga who retired at the end of this past school year.

Mark is a familiar face around school, having served as assistant principal and academic dean since 2011. He has spent the past 15 years in education in the classroom and leadership. Before moving to Michigan he served as the superintendent and principal of an elementary school in Minnesota along with leading an elementary school in the Dominican Republic as their principal.

Wyoming Check 'n Go armed robbery suspect arrested


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Montai Riley has been arrested by U.S. Marshals in Memphis, Tennessee.

Riley was taken into custody on Monday, June 29. He has been charged with armed robbery and habitual offender, third offense. The 30-year-old was arrested without incident.

Riley is being held at the Shelby County Jail in Tennessee and will be transported back to Michigan after it is determined whether he will face local charges in Memphis.

He is expected to appear in court Monday.

Back here in Michigan, Wyoming police believe Riley robbed a cash advance business on June 22.

Vigil for worker killed at GR Plastics one year ago


Wyoming area hit hard by storms


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Thousands of residents and businesses were without power Monday afternoon after storms rolled through West Michigan.

Portland was hardest hit, where a suspected tornado tore through the town's business district, causing a Goodwill store to partially collapse and heavily damaging multiple other businesses. No one was seriously hurt.

"It was loud and continuous - it was something I had never seen before," said resident Ted Smith.