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Police release sketch in attempted abduction

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police have released a sketch of a man investigators say tried to abduct a woman from her fitness club.

It happened around 7 a.m. Monday at the Ramblewood Tennis and Health Club in the 4200 block of Spartan Industrial Dr. in Grandville.

The woman told officers she was leaving the building when a man with a knife approached and told her to get into his car. She says other cars entered the parking lot, leading the suspect to run away.

The suspect is described as a white man, 20-30 years old, 5'5" with a stocky build and facial hair. He was wearing a blue hoodie and jeans.

The victim was not harmed and told officers she does not know the suspect.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Grandville Police Department at (616) 538-6110, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345

Wyoming City Council Endorses Long Term Pharmaceutical Take Back Program

Wyoming, Mich. – As part of its continued commitment to sustainability, including environmental quality, the Wyoming City Council recently signed the “Key Elements of Pharmaceutical Collection and Disposal Programs: A Vision for the Great Lakes Region.”
The document was developed with input from government officials and organizations in states around the Great Lakes, including City of Wyoming Environmental Services Supervisor Dave Oostindie. The document sets out a vision for the future in which all residents have access to convenient, secure pharmaceutical disposal programs. The document also describes a future where those who benefit from the manufacture, sale and use of pharmaceutical drugs have the greatest responsibility for ensuring program success. In the document, pharmaceutical companies are targeted to fund the expansion of existing programs or create and sustain new infrastructure.

A Look at the 2012-2013 Budget Process

A Look at the 2012-2013 Budget Process

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

If you have attended or viewed a City Council meeting recently chances are you have heard Mayor Jack Poll say, "We can provide services at any level, but we need our residents to let us know at what level they want their services provided."

City of Wyoming Director of Finance Tim Smith agrees. "Right now is the perfect time for residents to take a look at the materials we have provided on the website, www.wyomingmi.gov, and provide feedback about City services for the 2012-2013 budget," Smith said. "The website offers the current audit report, the 2011-2012 budget and a dashboard for increased transparency reporting. The dashboard includes revenue, expenses and debt information as well as the fund balance. Pretty much, all of the funds supported by property taxes."

Celebrated Service Award Nominees Announced

Celebrated Service Award Nominees Announced

GRAND RAPIDS, MI. – Local First member Celebration! Cinema announced yesterday this year’s nominees for the Celebrated Service Awards. Local and non-local businesses known for their outstanding customer service in Grand Rapids, Benton Harbor, Portage, Lansing, Mt. Pleasant, and Muskegon comprise the pool of nominees. One winner from each community will be decided by an on-line vote. The voting page is now live: www.celebratedservice.com.

 “We talk about locally owned businesses having superior service – this validates it,” said Local First Executive Director Elissa Hillary. “Businesses that understand the value of building the prosperity of our community from within also understand the value of each unique customer.”

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Thank You for 22 years of service

Over the past several years, the City of Wyoming has experienced significant reductions in personnel through layoffs, resignations and retirements.  These separations bring to mind a variety of thoughts and feelings relative to their impact on the City of Wyoming.  Next week we will see the retirement of Jim Kohmescher, Director of Administrative Services.  I call this retirement to your attention because I think it is symbolic of the type of integrity, loyalty and skills evident in many of our staff members.  

Wyoming Mayor delivers “State of the City” address

Wyoming Mayor delivers “State of the City” address

Key topics that the mayor discussed were:

- A new vision for the City of Wyoming that will focus on environmental quality, economic strength and social equity.  

- The need for a new public safety service model that will help the City deliver fire and police services more efficiently.  

- The changing face of municipal services and how Wyoming is on the leading edge of that change.  

- Recent census data, which shows that Wyoming is growing and is becoming an even more diverse community. Wyoming grew by 4 percent since the last census, and has a current population of 72,125.  

- The importance of celebrating diversity. Mayor Poll said that the community is culturally, socially and economically diverse and offers opportunities for individuals from all walks of life, which is something that the community can celebrate and embrace.  

Kentwood murder victim identified

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - The victim of a Sunday evening shooting has been identified.

Kentwood Police say that Michael Victor Bockheim, 28, was shot in an apparent robbery attempt in the Country Side Townhouse's parking lot, near 48th Street and Eastern Sunday night.  After the shooting, Bockheim was taken by a friend to a secondary location in Wyoming, where he died.

Wyoming Police originally thought that the shooting had occurred at the corner of Clyde Park Avenue and Burton Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call the  Kentwood Police Department at 698-6580 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.