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Designer eyeware sold to help referee's wife

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- As an NFL referee, Carl Paganelli has to be tough and focused. Now Paganelli -- and his family -- are focusing a new personal challenge

Paganelli's wife Cathy was recently diagnosed with cancer.

To defray some of the medical expenses, family members and friends held a fundraiser Friday in Wyoming, selling designer sunglasses called "Brighter Days Ahead."

Friends are also working on a Facebook page to allow people to find out how they can help the Paganelli family.

Cherry Street Health Services to develop health center in Wyoming

Cherry Street Health Services to develop health center in Wyoming

On June 20, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announced nearly $129 million in Health Center new access point funding. Sebelius made the announcement during a stop at Covenant Community Care, a health center located in Detroit. This Affordable Care Act funding will establish new health center sites to care for an additional 1.25 million people in communities across the country.

Cherry Street Health Services here in Kent County is one of six Michigan organizations that have been awarded funding, which will provide $566,667 annually, enabling them to develop a health center in Wyoming. “We are very appreciative of this major investment in expanding the ability of Health Centers to increase access to primary and preventive care in the City of Wyoming,” said Chris Shea, Chief Executive Officer of Cherry Street Health Services.

DTE opens natural gas station for trucks

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- DTE executives say a new West Michigan filling station will save the company money and customers, too.

DTE unveiled a public fueling station on 44th Street SW for vehicles operating on compressed natural gas (CNG).

The utility company is using natural gas for some trucks in its fleet. DTE's president says it's an economical energy source for a number of reasons.

"First of all, it's going to save them in the pocketbooks because natural gas is cheaper than gasoline," says Jerry Norcia. "Secondly, it's going to put Americans to work because it's an American fuel."

DTE has 20 natural gas stations in the state. It also sells the compressed natural gas to other companies like AT&T for use in its fleets of trucks.

Sinkhole closes Wyoming road

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - A large sinkhole has taken out part of a busy Wyoming street.

Southbound Clyde Park Avenue is closed near 32nd Street for the sinkhole that opened up overnight.  Both southbound lanes are basically gone.  Northbound has one lane open at this time.

Wyoming officials tell WZZM 13 that a six inch watermain broke, causing the sinkhole.  The main has been repaired and crews are now working to fix the road.  One car did drive into the sinkhole overnight.

We'll have updates when they become available.

Man found dead in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)- Wyoming Police are investigating the death of a known transient man.

Edward Eugene Schmeling, 54, was found Wednesday morning in a wooded lot in the 1500 block of 28th St. SW. Homeless people often use the lot as a campsite.

Police consider Schmeling's death suspicious, though they won't say how he died.

State corrections records show Schmeling was on parole for a breaking and entering conviction. He was held in jail last month on a contempt of court citation.

Wyoming City Council Votes to Improve M-6 Pedestrian Trail

Wyoming City Council Votes to Improve M-6 Pedestrian Trail

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

On Monday, June 4th, the Wyoming City Council voted to connect the sidewalk along Byron Center Avenue with M-6 Trail along the North side of M-6. Wyoming is sharing the $115,000 cost of construction with the Kent County Parks Commission.  
In 2004, the City of Wyoming updated Byron Center Avenue from a two lane country road to a six lane boulevard with public utilities and sidewalk extending South to Metro Way. The Michigan Department of Transportation completed the M-6 pedestrian trail in 2010, which crosses Byron Center Avenue at the foot of the West-bound M-6 off ramp just south of the Wyoming city limit. Connecting the trail to the sidewalk along Byron Center Avenue will allow trail users to cross the street at a safer location.  

Wyoming restricts fireworks use

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)- If you want to set off fireworks in Wyoming you'll soon be restricted as to when you can do that. Starting Saturday, residents can only light consumer fireworks the day before, the day of and the day after a federal holiday. Anyone who uses them outside those times could be ticketed for disturbing the peace.

The new rules apply to bottle rockets, Roman candles and fireworks that go up into the air.

Wyoming joins at least two other local communities restricting consumer fireworks.

Tonight the Grand Rapids City Commission approved new guidelines limiting fireworks to the same days as Wyoming. The Grand Rapids restrictions, which will take effect July 1, also prohibit lighting off fireworks in public areas.

Rockford has also banned consumer fireworks from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. with the exceptions for the day before, the day of and the day after major holidays.