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Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Wyoming shooting suspect arraigned

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man on probation for using drugs is now charged with attempted murder for a shooting in Wyoming last week that left a 32-year-old woman critically injured.

Samuel Earl Lee Sr., 53, was arraigned today on two counts of assault with intent to murder, felony use of a firearm and being a habitual offender.

He’s being held in the Kent County Jail on a $500,000 ahead of a probable cause hearing Feb. 3.

Phone scam targets Wyoming businesses

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - A new phone scam is targeting businesses in the city of Wyoming.  Police say that two different businesses have been called by someone who claims to be with Consumer's Energy.

The caller tells the businesses their electricity will be shut off if they don't make a payment immediately.  Consumer's Energy says they did not make the calls, and  says if you receive a call regarding a past due account call Consumer's Energy customer service to confirm.

The scammers have received more than 2,000 dollars from local businesses. 

Woman shot, seriously injured inside Wyoming home

WYOMING, Mich. -- Police were called to Meyer Avenue near Porter Street in Wyoming Thursday morning on the report of a shooting. The incident occurred around 6 a.m.

Police tell WZZM 13 a 53-year-old man shot a 32-year-old woman several times in a domestic dispute. She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The man also shot at another woman who was inside the home, police said, but the second woman wasn't hurt.

Police have a suspect in custody and expect him to be formally charged Friday.

If you have any information, please call the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at (616) 530-7300 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

Police: Driver injured after running red light

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A driver sustained serious injuries in a crash Saturday morning, police say.

Witnesses reported a westbound Buick ran a red light and crashed into a northbound Chevrolet at 44th Street and Clay Avenue SW, according to a Wyoming Department of Public Safety news release. Both vehicles came to a rest near the intersection.

The crash happened around 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

The driver of the Buick was unconscious upon paramedics' arrival -- they were taken to a Grand Rapids-area hospital for serious injuries, police said. The condition of the Chevrolet driver was not released.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616-530-7300.

Woman blames drunk boyfriend for false alarm

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Wyoming woman says a call her boyfriend made to the police brought dozens of officers and the swat team to her door for no good reason.

"My boyfriend is drunk and crazy and he started a lot of stuff trying to ruin our day," explains Lisa Crawford.

Tuesday afternoon a Wyoming Police spokesman says all available officers responded after a caller reported someone had a stab wound, shots were fired and a gunman was still inside a house on Burt Street.

When officers arrived they set up a perimeter, evacuated the house, questioned the occupants, cautiously entered and thoroughly searched.

But they didn't find any of the things mentioned in the phone call.