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Teen enters plea for accidental shooting death in parked car

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A teen accused of accidentally shooting a friend in August while handling a loaded handgun in a Wyoming gas station parking lot pleaded guilty today to involuntary manslaughter.

Marquis Dushawn Kilgore, 17, entered the plea in Kent County Circuit Court the day his jury trial was scheduled to begin. He also pleaded guilty to felony use of a firearm, which carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison.

The Kent County Prosecutor's Office offered the plea after consulting with the family of 17-year-old Ta'Carhri Richardson, who died in the Aug. 3 shooting at a gas station parking lot on 28th Street SW in Wyoming.

Tennessee company buying interest in Metro Health

WYOMING, Mich. (AP) - A Tennessee-based company is taking a significant financial interest in a health system that includes a 208-bed hospital in western Michigan.

Franklin-based Community Health Systems Inc. announced Friday that its subsidiaries executed a definitive agreement for the purchase of an 80 percent equity interest in Wyoming, Michigan-based Metro Health.

The agreement includes Metro Health Hospital, outpatient centers and related assets and businesses. The deal is subject to regulatory reviews.

Wayne T. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Community Health Systems, says in a statement that Metro Health "provides an opportunity for our company to expand into Michigan and add the state's fastest growing market to our organization."

Abandoned, malnourished puppies rescued from sub-zero cold

Wyoming, MI (WZZM) - Who would do this?

s what a Wyoming woman wonders about a pair of puppies found abandoned and freezing outside in sub- zero weather.

"I was angry for a lot of days trying to figure out who would do this and why would they do this because there are so many resources out there," says LaVone Johnson.

Last Tuesday a woman walking her own dog found the puppies in the snow in front of an abandoned house on Urban Avenue in Wyoming,

She brought them in to her neighbor LaVone Johnson.

Wyoming asking for feedback on Ideal Park plan

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - The plans have been created. Now the city of Wyoming wants to know what you think of the plans to rebuild Ideal Park.

The wooded park suffered heavy damage from a tornado in July of 2014. Most of the park's old trees were uprooted and destroyed.

The city has produced an online survey for residents and those who use the park for feedback to a proposed redevelopment plan for the park. To see the plan and take the survey, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IdealParkMasterPlanSurvey

Free Income Tax Preparation Available

Free Income Tax Preparation Available

IRS-certified student volunteers will prepare and e-file taxes FREE for people whose income falls below $52,000. Volunteers will be available at the Wyoming branch of the Kent County Library beginning the week of January 31 through April 11 on Tuesdays from 2:00 - 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM -1:00 PM.


This program is sponsored by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).


For more information or for an appointment, please call 616-871-6147 or visit taxhelp.davenport.edu after January 15, 2015.

Driver hits utility pole, closing part of 28th Street

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Part of 28th Street was temporarily closed Monday night after police say a drunk driver hit a utility pole.

The crash happened shortly before 9pm at the intersection of 28th St. and Jenkins Ave., near Roger's Plaza.

Police say the driver was taken to the hospital for an evaluation but he wasn't badly hurt.

Wyoming PD gets new K-9

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - The Wyoming Department of Public Safety has a new K-9 after a fundraiser from a local animal hospital.

Jett has joined the department after the Wyoming Animal Hospital raised $6,500 with a 5K walk in October for the department. The hospital also helped the department in 2013 in raising funds to acquire another K-9, Azar.

The Wyoming DPS thanks the hospital for their efforts.