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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.

Protest planned against anti-gay billboard


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Facebook effort is underway to organize a protest against an anti-gay billboard on U.S. 131 near 36th Street.

The billboard says being gay is not a civil right. It shows people of different races, next to a rainbow face saying that people are born with their skin color, but choose to be gay.

The billboard is from the Michigan Oak Initiative, our state's branch of a church based in South Carolina.


Students attending high school police academy


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Students thinking about a career in law enforcement are getting some first-hand experience this week.

Forty West Michigan high schoolers are spending the next few days in an intensive, hands-on training program that mirrors the real police academy.

Students are going through physical training, learning about patrol operations, and community policing. At the end of the week, the students will go through a graduation ceremony.

The Wyoming Police Department is hosting the Metro High School Police Academy with cooperation from about ten other departments.


New playground built entirely by volunteers


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A pre-school on the southwest side of Grand Rapids has a new playground thanks entirely to volunteers.

Work on the playground at the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative on Vries Street was organized through a partnership between Amway and KaBOOM!

It will allow 900 children access to the playground at the school.

The design is based on children's drawings created at a special design event in April.

The playground was finished in less than six hours on Friday.


Billboard: Homosexuality not a civil right


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A billboard on US-131 near 36th Street in Wyoming is turning heads. The message on it says homosexuality is not a civil right.

The billboard is sponsored by the Michigan Oak Initiative, a branch of a church based South Carolina.

The message on it shows people of different races, next to a face with rainbow facepaint. It says people are born with their skin color but homosexuality is a behavior.

"You don't have to be a Christian, or a Jew, or a person of faith of any kind," said Mark Gurley, "it just means that things go better when there's a moral code underlying everything, and our Constitution is based on a moral code, and based on the Bible. I just don't want to see that undermined."

Meanwhile, the same message is on a billboard in the Detroit area.