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Wyoming Police Department offers Citizens Academy

Wyoming Police Department offers Citizens Academy

Wyoming Police Department Official Press Release

The Wyoming Police Department will be offering a Citizens Academy Program to enhance citizen awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement in our community and to strengthen police community partnerships. This program is designed for persons of all backgrounds and occupations, and is patterned after successful programs in other parts of the country.

Suspects involved in armed robbery of pizza deliveryman arraigned

Suspects involved in armed robbery of pizza deliveryman arraigned


Two suspects were arraigned in the Wyoming 62A District Court this morning in connection with the armed robbery of a pizza deliveryman which occurred on March 5, 2012.

PAUL GARCIA, 18 years, from Wyoming was arraigned on three charges:
COUNT 1: Armed Robbery (Felony - Life or any term)
COUNT 2: Conspiracy to Robbery (Felony - Life or any term)
COUNT 3: Carjacking (Felony - Life or any term)
BOND: $150,000 cash/surety

SUSPECT #2: 16-year old male from Wyoming was waived to adult court and arraigned on the same three charges: Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Robbery and Carjacking. The identity of the juvenile suspect will not be released. He is also being held at the Kent County Jail on $150,000 cash/surety bond.

Wyoming’s Parks and Recreation Department addresses community interest in athletic facility use

Wyoming’s Parks and Recreation Department addresses community interest in athletic facility use

With the recent revocation of the South Kent Recreation Association’s Recreational Facilities and License Agreements with the City of Wyoming, organizations and individuals are contacting the City of Wyoming seeking information about how they might be able to access Gezon Park’s athletic facilities.  
In response to those requests, the City has developed a temporary application form for those interested in pursuing facility use at Gezon Park, as well as other City athletic facilities, for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. “With a high level of interest already being shown, our plan is to gather information and make the most equitable decisions possible in a very short time period as spring use is just under two months away,” said Rebecca Rynbrandt, Director of Community Services. “Our primary focus will be to support services for Wyoming citizens,” Rynbrandt added.  

March Hot Titles at the Wyoming Library

March Hot Titles at the Wyoming Library

If you want it, we’ve got it! At KDL, we are committed to providing the popular materials you want to read, listen to or view. Look what’s new this month:

Loving by Karen Kingsbury
The Thief by Clive Cussler
Force of Nature by C.J. Box
The Muppets (DVD)

The importance of athlete heart screenings

(WZZM) - Keeping our young athletes safe goes beyond helmets and knee pads. It also means checking their heart.

Metro Health is the second West Michigan hospital to provide free heart screenings for student athletes.

They're holding a "King of Hearts" challenge for area schools.

It's aimed at preventing the sudden cardiac death of a student athlete by providing more students with EKG's to detect those who are at risk.

To help raise money for the screening. Each school can sell t-shirts or come up with their own fundraising idea.

The challenge runs through April 20th. Dr. K with Metro Health talked with us about the importance of athlete heart screenings.

Click on the video link to watch the segment.




How churches protect themselves from embezzlement

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- There are two churches dealing with alleged embezzlement in Kent County. The first is Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids. The other is St. John Vianney's in Wyoming.

13 On Your Side talked to a financial expert about how to prevent something like this from happening. Ed Carey is the Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese of Grand Rapids. He oversees 100 parishes.

"If you have a dedicated crook, who wants to take money, they're going to find a way to do that," says Carey.

Carey's job is to make it as difficult as possible for the crook. He refers to a fraud triangle. On one side, there is "need"; the other is "rationalization". For example, "I'm underpaid or I deserve it". The third side is opportunity. Carey says, "We can't control need, we can't control rationalization. But the third part is opportunity and we can manage opportunity through checks and balances."

Two West MI soldiers injured in Afghanistan

LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Five Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers were injured Sunday by an explosion in the Kunduz Province of Afghanistan.

The soldiers are part of the 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment based out of Flint.  The Soldiers were posted at an entry control point Sunday when an explosive device was thrown at their location and detonated.

Among the injured are Private 1st Class Jon Brancheau of Wyoming, Specialist Justin Skaggs of Grand Rapids, Jeremiah Eberly of Charlotte, Specialist Michael McNichol of Mt. Pleasant, and Ed Fuentesbueno of Phoenix, Ariz.

The injured soldiers were transported from the incident site to military medical facilities at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan for treatment, said Capt. Aaron Jenkins, Director of Public Affairs, Michigan National Guard.