Our network


Motorcycle thefts on the rise

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Grand Rapids and Wyoming Police say they have seen an increase in thefts of motorcycles in recent weeks.

Police say the greatest concentration has been in the Wyoming area and many of the thefts have been from carports at apartment complexes.  Thieves are thought to be dragging or carrying the motorcycles from the scene to a trailer or covered vehicle.

Most of the stolen motorcycles are the smaller sport bikes of 600 CC's and up, often called "crotch rockets."

Sgt. Stan Lis of the regional auto theft team told WZZM 13 Friday:"Either these are thefts to order for probably motorcycle gangs or groups or they're being stolen because they're crotch rockets, stolen for the engines."

Wyoming Police say that 16 motorcycles have been stolen since January of 2011, but six of those have happened since March 1, 2012.




Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Personal Property Tax

Wyoming City Manager's Blog - Personal Property Tax

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

Over the coming months, you are going to hear a lot of municipal officials talk about the Personal Property Tax (PPT) paid  by the business community.  The PPT is a tax businesses pay on furnishings and equipment that is equivalent to our millage rate.  The business community sees this tax as a disincentive to invest in new furnishings and equipment, while the local government community, City’s, School’s, County’s, and any entity collecting millage, is dependent on the PPT for operations.  For the City of Wyoming, this tax accounts for approximately $3,000,000 in total revenue, and with the current changes proposed by the legislature, it proposes to reduce that amount to approximately $1,800,000.  In other words, a loss of approximately $1,200,000 in revenue across all funds. 

Vanguard students "wake up to smell the muscles" during physical fitness week

Vanguard students "wake up to smell the muscles" during physical fitness week

This week Vanguard Charter Academy students and teachers participated in Physical Fitness Week with the goals of being more aware of our bodies, raising awareness of what the body can do, learn how to better care for our bodies and to learn what to put into our bodies.  SNL’s “Hans and Franz” (aka Vanguard teachers) helped lead the week with a special kickoff event on Monday.

KDL Guys Read: West Michigan Whitecaps

KDL Guys Read: West Michigan Whitecaps

Some boys are less motivated to read due to a lack of role models. They may think reading isn’t cool or is only for girls. Not true at KDL!

Meet the West Michigan Whitecaps!

Despite all the time these guys spend on the field, they still realize the importance of taking time to read.

Fortunately KDL has them covered with lots of great books for sports fans of all ages.  Check out these book lists for kidsteens, and adults, or a recent post about Chris Crutcher, a popular teen author who writes books that center around athletes.

Michigan Army National Guard promotes Wyoming Soldier

Adam Michael Roelse of Wyoming, Mich., has been promoted to the rank of Specialist in the Michigan Army National Guard.

Roelse, is a Truck Driver, with the Jackson-based 1461st Combat HET Company. He has been a member of the Michigan National Guard for two years. 

Roelse attended basic training in 2012, at Fort Jackson, South Carolina

In civilian life, Roelse graduated from Grandville High School in 2010 and plans to attend Central Michigan University.

Roelse is the son of Robert Roelse, of Wyoming, Michigan.

Robbery suspect found in garbage can charged

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man accused of trying to rob a convenience store then hiding from a chasing police officer in a garbage can is facing charges.

Brian John-Lee Allen, 32, appeared in Wyoming District Court on Monday, where he was charged with armed robbery.  Allen is being held in the Kent County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Police say Allen robbed the Admiral gas station at 3600 Clyde Park Ave. SW around 1:30 a.m. on April 20. 

They say an officer passing by the station observed the suspect following the clerk behind the counter.  The officer pulled into the parking lot to check on the safety of the clerk and saw the suspect leaving the business.  When he saw the officer, the suspect ran. 

Vanguard Charter Academy named School of Excellence

Vanguard Charter Academy named School of Excellence

Dave Niewenhuis, Vanguard Charter Academy Vice President, congratulates students on their hard work and academic achievements at Vanguard Charter Academy’s School of Excellence ceremony. Vanguard was designated a “School of Excellence” by Grand Valley State University, granting the school approval for a 10-year charter term, rather than a standard 5-year term.