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My Town: Board to address ballpark water upgrade proposal following fire

My Town: Board to address ballpark water upgrade proposal following fire

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A plan to improve the water system at the recently burned Fifth Third Ballpark will go before the Plainfield Township Board next week.

In January, fire crews spent precious time pulling hoses 500 feet from the nearest fire hydrants to the fire at Fifth Third Ballpark.  The fire destroyed the first base concourse, including some suites.  As part of the rebuild, contractors added a modern sprinkler system and six hydrants inside the ballpark stairwells. 

Upgrades also include adding at least three more fire hydrants outside the ballpark. All of the hydrants will be fed by a 36-inch water main running beneath White Pine Trail.  The looped system would provide better water pressure because it is coming from two points, rather than one.

Police link tobacco store & cell phone store burglaries


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County Sheriff's deputies say a tobacco store burglary early Friday morning is related to other recent business thefts.

Around 6 a.m., several men broke into the Admiral Tobacco store at 5309 Alpine Avenue NW using the rear door. They stole cash and several cartons of cigarettes.

Investigators say the burglary is connected to a theft Wednesday at the Admiral Tobacco at 3676 Plainfield Avenue NW and several cell phone store burglaries over the past few months.

Taste of Grand Rapids underway


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- This year's Taste of Grand Rapids is underway, with all the activities taking place at Fifth Third Ballpark.

You can sample unique food from a number of local restaurants.

There will also be a barbecue competition to see who can make the best beef dish. Competing teams will be judged based on the taste, tenderness, and appearance of their dishes.

We asked people at the ballpark Friday evening about what they enjoy about this weekend's event.

"Grand Rapids has a lot of different foods," said Jamie VanDee, "so it's nice to able to try them all without going to all the separate places."

Mark Vickery said, "It's convenient, efficient, and it looks like it's going to be fun."

There will also be non-food vendors like Cabela's and Gun Lake Casino, as well as live country music.

Scammers pose as roofers in Kent County


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two men claiming to represent a local roofing company tried scamming a Kent County resident, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The men approached a resident of 4 Mile Rd. NW Tuesday afternoon, offering to fix the home's roof. The home owner refused the offer and the men left. The home owner then called the roofing company and learned the men are not employees.

The Sheriff's Department asks anyone with information about a scam to call investigators at 616-632-6100.


Crime spree suspects caught: 2 at York Creek Apts., 1 in NY


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) — All three suspects in a statewide crime spree have been arrested, federal authorities said Wednesday afternoon.

U.S. Marshals arrested two members of the trio, Daniel Leussenkamp Jr. and Kimberly Wonsey, at York Creek Apartments.

Soon after, investigators announced the capture of Kevin Seely in Little Falls, New York. Authorities say they took him into custody without incident. He's being held in the Herkimer County Jail and will await extradition proceedings.

The three are wanted for allegedly committing a stabbing, carjacking, assault, and a robbery in Wyoming, Greenville, and Macomb County.

Wednesday afternoon, Leussenkamp and Wonsey were arrested at York Creek Apartments. Police also impounded a vehicle with Pennsylvania plates as part of the investigation; however, it's unclear how it is connected to the trio.

My Town Alpine Township: Planning commission weighs in on proposed Tim Hortons development changes

My Town Alpine Township: Planning commission weighs in on proposed Tim Hortons development changes

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The developer planning to open a Tim Hortons in Alpine Township is not getting the support of planning commissioners to alter its plans.

Visser Brothers Inc. wants to delay construction on a north/south service drive and a portion of the east/west private road previously called for in the development plans.  During its regular meeting last week, the planning commission recommended keeping the current construction timeline for the project.

Planning Director Sue Becker says the developer must now decide whether to withdraw their request or take it to the regular board.

The development is expected to include 2,489-square-foot Tim Hortons restaurant with a drive through, as well as a 3,510-square-foot Sleep Doctor Mattress Store. 

My Town Alpine Township: Developers seek to alter plan for Tim Hortons development

My Town Alpine Township: Developers seek to alter plan for Tim Hortons development

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The developer planning to open a Tim Hortons in Alpine Township wants to alter its plans for 4235 Alpine Ave.

A public hearing is set for Thursday, July 17 to discuss the modifications Visser Brothers Inc. is asking for.  The company wants to delay a north/south service drive and a portion of the east/west private road previously called for in the development plans.  The planning commission previously approved the plan, on the condition that Visser Brothers reached an agreement with nearby businesses about street access, and change the site plan accordingly.

The development is expected to include 2,489-square-foot Tim Hortons restaurant with a drive through, as well as a 3,510-square-foot Sleep Doctor Mattress Store.