Wyoming carnival canceled after 2nd night of gunshots

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WYOMING, Mich. — The Spring Carnival fundraising event has been canceled after a second straight evening of gun activity.

City officials chose to cancel the remainder of the carnival because of safety concerns.

The sights of the carnival rides being torn down was disappointing for people who planned to go this weekend. The beautiful weekend weather would have made it a great time to have fun.  With the carnival packing up early and leaving down, many are left upset over the cancellation.

“I think it sucks because kids are the ones who want to come here and have fun you know. I just think it sucks for the kids.” Said Alejandro Botello. “It’s frustrating because I was going to be with my girlfriend and have fun, but they’re closing it down.” That according to Alex Rodas.

But protecting the public is why the Wyoming city manager made the decision to cancel the carnival. “This is certainly a loss for the community, and we understand the disappointment of the families and individuals who were looking forward to enjoying the carnival. Also, it is a disappointing loss of proceeds from the carnival, which support Greater Wyoming Community Resource Alliance youth scholarships among other parks and recreation activities.” Said Curtis Holt, Wyoming City Manager.

At 9:40 p.m. Friday, Wyoming Department of Public Safety officers Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 3.00.15 PMassigned to the Spring Carnival heard the sound of one gunshot comefrom the parking area south of the carnival, which began Thursday in the parking lot at the former Studio 28 theaters at 1350 28th St. SW. Immediately after hearing the shot, officers observed a suspicious vehicle leaving the lot. They stopped the vehicle and a subsequent investigation resulted in two guns being recovered.

Three people also were arrested on weapons charges.

No injuries were reported.

Wyoming detectives will present the case to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office for authorization of charges.

This marked the second consecutive night that activity involving guns occurred in the area of the carnival. At 8:05 p.m. Thursday, Wyoming Public Safety learned that a gunshot victim with a non-life-threatening wound to the leg had been dropped off at Metro Health Hospital.

Wyoming detectives continue to investigate Thursday’s shooting incident, which they also believe took place near the Spring Carnival.

Police said witnesses in both cases continue to be uncooperative with investigators.

As a result of the two incidents, city of Wyoming officials announced that they have canceled the remainder of the carnival, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, for the safety of those who may have planned to attend.


Wyoming Department of Public Safety detectives continue with their investigation into both shooting incidents. Anyone with any information is being asked to contact Public Safety at (616) 530-7300 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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  • Captain Obvious

    And this is what we have to look forward to as Grand Rapids gentrification pushes the criminal element into the suburbs. We need to stay ahead of the curve on this with both law enforcment, zoning laws and enforcement, and most importantly with regard to rental housing regulations and enforcement. Further, the suburbs immediately surrounding GR need to band together and put pressure on the city of GR through county-wide legislation to accomodate thier own crime problem rather than to foist it on its neighbors. Plainfield Township has had a great deal of success in keeping the criminal element from relocating there simply by drastically limiting Rapid Transit bus lines. The North Plainfield corridor is booming, the Northview neighborhood is stable and relatively crime-free, and property values are steadily increasing there as a result.
    GR wants to expand Rapid Transit service in order to solve its parking problems downtown. Fine. They want something, and we, the outlying communities want something too. We want the city of GR to stop the gentrification. We want them to accomodate the population they have, rather than drive them out. We want fairness and equality, not egalitarian elitism. And there is no reason that we can not set the county standards! Make them play ball with us, rather than continuing to let them think that they can make us play ball with them! We have that kind of power!! After all, there is absolutely nothing preventing the communities of Kent County from banding together WITHOUT Grand Rapids to form a transit authority to build a county-wide transit loop that goes completely around GR, but not actually into it. From the airport to the 28th/Beltline area, down to Byron Center and the Outlet Mall, Rivertown Crossings, Grandville, up the WIlson corridor through Standale to Walker, over to Comstock Park, up to Rockford, down the Beltline corridor and over to Ada, and back to the airport. Or something like that. Just one big loop to start, with transport going both clockwise and counterclockwise around the loop. Rapid Transit is hemorrhaging money as it is, any ridership loss at this point would sink it entirely. And it really isn’t benefitting the surrounding communities as much as it is hurting us by providing easy access to our communities by the criminal elements from GR. Forcing Rapid Transit out of business by forming our own non-GR transit system would severely cripple GR’s growth plans, both short and long term, unless they chose to reform the way they do business and the way they interact with the rest of the county’s communities. It would also dramatically boost the growth potential of the communities outside GR, which already are seeing improvement and new investment in the last year or so.
    The bottom line here is that we, the communities which surround Grand Rapids do not need Grand Rapids nearly as much as Grand Rapids needs us. We can get on fine without them. If they think otherwise, let them continue doing what they are doing. Let them create their little i$land of VanPaaradij$e, and see just how long it lasts when nobody can get to it except by canoe.

    • Mac Woods

      And by “gentrification” you mean a run-down (to be charitable) section of town, currently occupied by the third or fourth generation of people who caused the downturn; being revitalized, reinvested in, and essentially restored to the former glory of the original developers and inhabitants……..Right? I mean, these cruddy sections of G.R. did not spontaneously erupt from the earth, complete with shiftless occupants and the crime generally associated with such places. It happened by degrees. Decades in some cases. So now, the pendulum is swinging back in the opposite direction. Which is a good thing in ANY city. I suppose you’d rather Grand Rapids just decay right back to the earth like Detroit? Have you been to Detroit? Anyone who has spent some time there, knows that when decay passes a certain point there is NO possibility of return, re-investment, or use of any kind for any lawful reason. I say bravo to the banks who have underwritten this movement, and bravo to the developers who have made it happen. Both have saved Grand Rapids from the fate of Detroit. If “gentrification” offends you, then pack up and move to Orangelawn street in Detroit, where you can get a five bedroom, 2.5 bath home for $6,000. 8711 Orangelawn. Look it up. Beautiful home. It cost $13,000 to BUILD that house in 1930. And it is beautifully intact. With “gentrification” that house (in 3 or 4 years) could sell for $194,950. Eventually, when the whole neighborhood is re-invested in, it would easily pass 200k. Now being smaller, G.R. is easier to manage. I will concede that point. But re-investment should NEVER be discouraged! It keeps our city from morphing into Detroit jr.

      • Nick

        You sound white. And rich.
        Listen, friend, HOW it got the way it is doesn’t matter to the people who live there now. What matters is that home owners who live in GR are being forced to move out of GR because the city is essentially price-manipulating the market, jacking up the taxes, and using creative legislation to make it so that low income home owners can not afford to stay. In addition, comparing GR to Detroit is apples and oranges, so there is really no need to look it up. What YOU need to look up is “gentrification” so that you can see what it actually is: financial segregation. Essentially GR is saying that it only wants middle to upper class people to live near downtown, and the developers it has in its pocket are only building low-income housing in outlying communities and not in GR city limits. That is about as clear as discrimination can get without drawing a lawsuit.
        Now I don’t know about the nuts and bolts of some of the things that Captain Obvious suggests, but the sentiment behind it, that what is good for Grand Rapids is not necessarily what is good for the rest of the county, is both valid and true. Grand Rapids is deliberately attempting to force its criminals, indigents, and mentally ill population out of the city limits and into the suburbs. That is not just unfair to those communities, and it is not just Utopian foolishness, it is an appalling abandonment of basic human decency! Treating human beings like tokens in a big game of Risk is morally repugnant and indefensible.

        • Truther

          You sound…well, liberal.
          So tell me, about sounding “white and rich” ?
          Are you saying that being non white and poor gives you the right to shoot people??

          Cuss guess what cupcake, we are fed up with being victimized.
          That excuse you use, won’t matter. Its never the victims fault.

      • Andrew

        Boy, are you blind!
        If you think that failure to gentrify is what caused Detroit’s collapse, you are every bit as stupid as you seem.
        Governmental corruption caused the collapse of Detroit, just as it is doing to Grand Rapids! This effort at driving out the undesireables is the city grasping at straws trying to keep itself afloat! It isn’t some grand growth plan, that is merely how they are marketing it!
        Remember a couple years ago when GR tried to form a county-wide economic partnership? Remember what happened? All the other communities said “Heck no, GR finances are a mess and we don’t want our citizens to become liable for the debt that GR has accrued through corrupt mismanagement!” That left GR holding their own bag…holding the mess (including the near south side) that THEY created. You can’t turn the city around when people are getting shot and stabbed downtown every weekend. And they aren’t willing to spend the money to hire a knowledgeable police chief (especially a black one), nor are they willing to dismantle the ever profitable network of corruption that has run GR for the last 75+ years. Without the rest of the county’s municipalities falling under the corrupt umbrella of GR, they have no other choice but to try to drive out the undesireables. It is the only way that they can remain both corrupt and financially viable without the support of the rest of the county. It is EXACTLY like Detroit, and it will end EXACTLY the same way! The municipalities will grow and strengthen, they will resist corruption and retain strict law enforcement policies and procedures, as well as up their own property values, and the undesireables will not find footholds in these places. They will either leave the area entirely, or simply stay in GR city, where the hospital and other social service centers are. Just like Detroit. Corruption has worked this way in every city that it has ever taken root in. GR is not an exception, it is a poster child.

        • Mac Woods

          No Andrew. I don’t think Detroit collapsed for one single reason. Where in my initial statement did you find that? I also did not question the intelligence of Captain Obvious. I simply disagreed with him. Nick, in turn, disagreed with ME. He made his points quite well, without insulting me. Yours would be far more interesting to me (and others like me) if you could make your points without insults, and deliver constructive criticism. And if you sir, think that Grand Rapids is “EXACTLY” like Detroit; then clearly, the only experience you’ve had with Detroit is reading memes on fb, which use pictures of ruined Detroit for political purposes and small-minded conclusions.

          • Andrew

            I happen to have been born and raised in Detroit, just like my parents were. My family’s personal involvement in Detroit city politics goes back to the 1900’s. So when I tell you that the singular cause of Detroit’s plight is political corruption it is because I know first hand that it is. I have live here in the GR area since the 1980’s, and was active in city politics from then until I moved out of the city several years ago. So when I tell you that the corruption in GR is EXACTLY the same as it has been in Detroit it is with the same first-hand knowledge and experience.

            As to your point, namely that reinvestment in a community is always good, I would argue that as being false. I put to you that it is dependent on where and how the reinvestment is made. Every municipal study ever done along these lines indicates that the reinvestment must be equal across the financial spectrum, that you can not favor one financial end of the spectrum over another, or none of the long term benefits will be realized. Further, any reinvestments made on top of a flagging infrastructure will similarly return nothing on the investment in the long term. These two very simple and long-studied principles of municipal development have been deliberately ignored, boith in the case of Detroit and in the case of Grand Rapids. The result has been, is, and will continue to be the same in these two cities as well as any other city which fits the same pattern. Your claim is wrong. Reinvestment is only as good as where you put it, and when, and how. Putting that money in place through corrupt channels, into what is essentially “frosting over a stale cake”, and doing it against the will of the people, will never lead to success no matter how much money you are talking about. To claim otherwise reflects a lack of even the most basic knowledge about municipal development, and if it is not stupid to speak in a public forum about things you know nothing about, then I do not know what stupid is.

            I am sorry if the truth hurts, or is insulting to you. I have no control over how you deal with the truth. But I will not apologize for speaking the truth. Not ever.

  • Rick Smith

    How pathetic cancel the carnival it’s not the carnival’s fault all Wyoming did is give into the criminals The city of Wyoming should be ashamed and embarrassed!!!

  • Truther

    Well, the gangster win again- big surprise.
    As it turns out, I was just at the Grand rapids gun show, which shars the parking lot with the carnival and located in the same complex.
    Guess what? Thousands of “red neck” gun owners, most armed, and not one single shot fired and ZERO people shot.

    So how about we dump the anti-gun narrative and stop blaming lawful gun owners, throw political correctness out the window and start being honest with who’s doing the shooting. We all know”who” it was, the BLM crowd.

    Im tired of being blamed for the acts of BLM gangsters and the anti gun narrative. Start being honest and stop protecting the criminals and you’ll be able to have your carnival again.

    Like I said, thousands of LAWFUL gun owners in the same parking lot and not ONE shot. so don’t be telling me “guns kill” because they don’t. Criminals do.

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