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Bikers hurt in Wyoming motorcycle crash

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)-- Two bikers are recovering after a motorcycle crash Saturday morning.

It happened around 1:30AM at Chicago Drive and Grandville Avenue. Police say both bikers were taken to the hospital for minor injuries. They believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Wyoming City Council Approves 2016 Budget Proposal

Wyoming City Council Approves 2016 Budget Proposal

News Release:

The Wyoming City Council has approved the 2016 fiscal year budget, which continues to reflect the City’s commitment to meeting today’s needs while ensuring sustainability for future generations.

The resolution to adopt the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, passed unanimously on Monday, as did resolutions to approve the 2015-2016 budgets for the Wyoming Downtown Development Authority, the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the Economic Development Corporation, the Greater Wyoming Community Resource Alliance and the Grand Valley Regional Biosolids Authority. In addition, the City Council approved the annual street and utility capital improvement program, which included provisions for 28West Place as well as portions of Division and Ivanrest Avenues, 56th and 54th Streets and Gezon Parkway. Council also approved updates to the fee schedule and a union contract for police command employees.

Bicyclist killed after being hit by two vehicles

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- One person is dead after a crash in Wyoming.

The crash happened around 9:00pm Sunday night near the intersection of Taft and 28th Street.

Wyoming Police say that a man was bicycling across 28th Street southbound, when he was hit by a Jeep heading west. The bicyclist fell into the eastbound lanes. The driver of the Jeep tried to stop eastbound traffic, but a driver in an eastbound Buick also struck the bicyclist. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Fernando Olivas, 27, of Wyoming.

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

Wyoming police chief discusses ban on certain military equipment for police

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- President Obama says the federal government is going to stop sending equipment made for the battlefield to state and local police departments.

The President says the use of this gear by local police gives the public the feeling law enforcement is "an occupying force." He says this image sends the wrong message to the community the police are trying to protect.

According to a database by the USA Today network, in West Michigan some of the weapons that would be outlawed by the new ban include:

  • Holland Police Department's grenade launcher
  • Barry County Sheriff's Department's six grenade launchers
  • Muskegon County Sheriff Department's command post carrier vehicle.

We spoke with Wyoming's Director of Public Safety, who said using armored military vehicles helps keep personnel safe.

Wyoming crash sends five to the hospital

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - Five people are in the hospital after a two car accident in Wyoming on Saturday. Investigators say at 6:05 p.m. a 1994 Saturn ran a red light at 32nd St. and Buchanan Ave. SW, hitting a 2007 GMC Acadia.

The three people inside the Saturn had to be extricated from the car and are in critical condition at area hospitals. The two people in the Acadia were taken to hospitals with serious injuries. Wyoming Public Safety officers continue to investigate the crash. Names of the people involved in the crash are not being released until family members have been notified.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

Godwin Hts. basketball honored by Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) The Godwin Heights Boys Basketball team received high honors today for scoring their first Class B State Championship this year.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners presented the team and 1st year coach Tyler Whittemore with an award for this year's 26- 1 record. The Wolverines beat Detroit Henry Ford back in March to clinch the state title.

Senior Delaney Blaylock was named the Grand Rapids Press Boys Basketball Player of the Year and Coach Whittemore was named the Grand Rapids Press Basketball Coach of the Year.

Tornado-damaged Habitat for Humanity store to reopen

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A business damaged by a tornado nearly a year ago will hold its grand re-opening next week.

Habitat for Humanity spent $400,000 to repair and renovate its Re-Store on South Division Avenue near 56th Street.

A re-dedication ceremony will happen next Tuesday morning.