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Woman pleads no contest in fatal crash

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A Wyoming woman pleaded no contest Monday afternoon for a drunk driving crash that killed a man in September 2014.

Michelle Lerma entered the plea to operating while intoxicated causing death for the wrong-way crash that killed Gregory Gene Johnson, 58, of Grass Lake on September 14. The crash happened on I-96 near the East Beltline.

Lerma's blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was more than twice the legal limit.

She's scheduled to be sentenced in June.

Check 'N Go in Wyoming robbed

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Wyoming Police are looking for the person who held up a Check 'N Go on 28th Street Thursday morning.

The robbery happened at the Check 'N Go at 160 28th Street SW at about 10:00am. Witnesses told police that the suspect entered the business wearing a hooded jacket. He was armed with a handgun and demanded money from the employee. After he received an undisclosed amount of cash, he left the scene on foot. No one was injured.

A surveillance photo from the business shows the black male, about 6 feet all, wearing a black hooded jacket with a face covering and black gloves.

Anyone with information should call Wyoming Police at 530-7300 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

News Release:

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill announced the Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund check-off will fund projects totaling over $155,500 for 26 registered shelters in 2015. 

The Michigan Animal Welfare fund was established under Public Act 132 of 2007 as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. This year’s awards will go to the spaying and neutering of animals, fund registration fees for anti-cruelty training conferences, and help cover costs for protecting and caring for Michigan animals subjected to cruelty or neglect.

“Thanks to the generous support of Michiganders, local shelters will be able to train more staff on anti-cruelty, care for animals looking for their forever home, and conduct spay and neutering programs in their communities,” said Averill.

Armed robber holds up Wyoming Subway

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Subway restaurant Wednesday morning. Around 7:15 a.m., a man with a handgun entered the business at 3501 South Division and demanded money from an employee.

He then ran north and was tracked by police K9 units in the area of 35th Street and Reiser Avenue SW, where officers believe he was picked up in a light colored sedan.

The suspect is described as a thin build black male, 5'5" ti 5'8" tall, wearing a black hooded jacket, black pants, and a black, thick-rolled wool hat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at (616) 530-7300 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

Wyoming detective resigns over falsified qualifications

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- During Wednesday's sentencing of Shawn Jarrett for raping a Grandville woman, we learned a Wyoming detective involved in that case has resigned from the force for falsifying his credentials.

Anthony Dilley resigned from the department on March 4 after a period of administrative leave.

Police say Dilley claimed to have a forensic science degree, but doesn't, and claimed to be taking certification courses, when he wasn't.

Kent County's Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Chris Becker, said investigators only know of two cases in which Dilley testified as an expert, and questions about his background would not change the guilty verdicts in those cases.

"He said he had a forensic science degree when he had a general science degree. He said he took some classes online; he never took classes online, so he fluffed up his resume -- which is nothing criminal."

Pepper spray evacuates Lee HS

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Lee High School was evacuated for a short time Wednesday after students and staff reported a strong odor inside the school.

Wyoming Police and Fire personnel responded just after 9:00am and found the school had already been evacuated. Investigators were able to determine that the smell was from pepper spray and was isolated to a small area of the school. The school was ventilated and students and staff returned to a normal school day.

There are no suspects at this time but police and school continue to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wyoming Police at 530-7300 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

My Town: Kent ISD Board names new superintendent

KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- The search for Kent Intermediate School District's next leader is over.

Grandville Superintendent Ron Caniff will replace Kevin Konarska, who is retiring.  Caniff was the lone finalist left after West Ottawa Superintendent Tom Martin withdrew his application for the job.  Caniff's final interview with the Kent ISD Board was held Tuesday.

“The Board is thrilled to welcome Ron Caniff as the next leader of Kent ISD,” said Kent ISD School Board President Claudia Bajema. “He brings 15 years of experience and the strong support of his peers.

“We are confident that the transition from Kevin to Ron will be very smooth, and that Ron will lead with the talent, energy, and interpersonal skills that we have enjoyed for the past nine years under Kevin’s leadership. We also wish Kevin all the best in the next phase of his life,” she added.