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Pilot motivated by twin daughters during emergency landing


Davie, Fla. (WZZM) - Twelve-year-old twins Carly and Ashley Richmond say they know their father is a good pilot.

"Yea, he's good," confirms Carly.

So the girls say they aren't surprised 58-year-old Scott Richmond of Comstock Park made a successful emergency landing Thursday morning on a busy Florida freeway.

"He's been flying for a while, and that is probably why he did so well," suggests Ashley.

While flying from Michigan to south Florida on a business trip, Richmond says his single engine prop plane ran out of gas.

"She sputtered and quit," he explains. "She ran out of fuel."

While looking for a place to land on the freeway jammed with rush hour traffic, Richmond says he thought about his twins back home.

"I got two beautiful, twin 12-year-old daughters," he told reporters. "They are not ready. They aren't ready to be alone."

Whitecaps wrap up a successful 2015 home baseball season


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich (WZZM) -- It was Game 2 of the Midwest League finals Thursday night, and win or lose, it was the season's last game in West Michigan.

"A lot of people come out here to have fun -- that's what we are selling, is fun," says team president Scott Jones. "If the team wins, it's a bonus."

"Whether or not we have a low-A or high-A or AA club, I don't think that's going to matter if we bring a good game day experience," says Steve McCarthy, the team's vice president of sales.

This has been a spectacular year for the Whitecaps, both on the field and on the concourse.

"Anytime we open a season, something new is at the ballpark and we've always strived for that," says Jones. "This year was the new office, on top is the Bud Bow Tie Deck which we sold 48 times out of 70 dates, and then finally the Founders Clubhouse which has been a huge hit."

Military Wall Of Honor at Coopersville High School

Military Wall Of Honor at Coopersville High School

Warren Warber, a recently retired teacher from Coopersville High School, has started a project of remembrance. Warren was the industrial arts teacher for many, many years at the school. Although he was never able to enter any of the military branches because of a broken back, he  wants to have members of the military who graduated from Coopersville,  remembered on a wall near the high school’s west entrance where students getting on and off the buses each day are made aware of the sacrifices of war.

The Coopersville Rotary along with several other veterans groups are working with Mr. Warber on this project. The wall has been erected and now it is just a matter of people submitting their photo and military records to be posted on the wall. Several veterans from World War II have already sent their information along. Information and photos should be sent to: Wall of Honor, Coopersville Area Public Schools, 198 East St., Coopersville, MI. 49404

2 adults, 1 child hurt in Kent Co. crash


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two adults and a child were hurt in a crash Friday afternoon in Kent County's Alpine Township.

Deputies were dispatched around 5 p.m. to Fruit Ridge Ave. and 6 Mile Rd. NW on a report of a two-car crash.

They found a 61-year-old Kentwood man had been westbound on 6 Mile and ran the stop sign at Fruit Ridge. His vehicle collided with a minivan driven by a 40-year-old Grandville man who had two passengers, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy.

Both drivers had non-life-threatening injuries. The Kentwood man was hospitalized at Mercy Health Saint Mary's, while the Grandville man was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth. The 4-year-old was hospitalized with serious injuries. The 7-year-old was not hurt.

Deputies said alcohol is not believed to be a factor, and the crash is still under investigation.


Whitecaps and 5/3 Bank host Stand Up To Cancer event


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Chances are you know someone who has gone through the fight against cancer.

Thursday night, you will have the chance to honor them during a special West Michigan Whitecaps game.

Fifth Third Bank has partnered with the team to host a Stand Up To Cancer night at the ballpark.

John Zimmerman, Senior Vice President at Fifth Third Bank, sat down with WZZM 13's Juliet Dragos to talk about the event.


Plumb's store changing hands


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids-area grocery store will shut down Tuesday night and return later this week under a new name.

The Plumb's on Four Mile, just west of Alpine, will remain closed Wednesday so crews can change signs.

The business will reopen later this week as part of the Duthler's Family Foods company.


Local businesses form Alpine Township Business Association


On March 26, 2015, over forty Alpine Township Businesses met at the Alpine Township Hall. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss crime prevention and the development of a Business Association. As a result of that meeting the Alpine Township Business Association (ATBA) was established.

ATBA is a business organization comprised of area businesses who are looking to promote their business, receive valuable education on topics such as social media and small business regulation, collectively contribute to the community as well a serve as a voice for the business community to the Alpine Township Board.