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Whitecaps seeking annual food concession ideas

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - Do the gloomy days of winter have you down? It is time to start thinking about the sunny days at the ballpark...and what you'd want to eat there.

The West Michigan Whitecaps are starting their annual search for fan submitted food item ideas for this summer at Fifth Third Ballpark. Previous suggestions that became reality include the Baco and the Auger Dogger.

Alpine Twp. mobile home burns

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews are clearing the scene of an early morning fire in a northwest Kent County mobile home park.

It happened around 6:40 a.m. Thursday at the Alpine Meadows park on Fruit Ridge Avenue, just north of 4 Mile Road NW.

Dispatchers say it may have started as an electrical fire and began to grow.

They say everyone got out of the home safely.

Couple pleads guilty to raping one-year-old girl

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man and a woman from Alpine Twp. have pleaded guilty to charges that they raped a one-year-old girl in 2013.

Prosecutors say police found a disturbing video on a computer in the apartment of Michael Justin Emory, 26, and Stevie Marie Foehl, 28. Investigators say the video shows both of them sexually assaulting the girl, a child of a friend of theirs.

The video was found during an investigation into allegations that Emory had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old babysitter.

Emory entered guilty pleas to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct to a person under 13 with the defendant 17 or older, one count of child sexually-abusive commercial activity, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

U.S. 131 closed in Three Rivers

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- U.S. 131 has been closed for several hours due to a crash involving a fuel spill.

The crash happened just north of the city of Three Rivers at about 9 a.m. A semi truck driven by a Comstock Park man pulled onto U.S. 131 in front of a northbound car. That car struck the truck. The driver, a man from Topeka, Indiana, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Fuel from the truck spilled on the pavement and is being cleared by hazmat teams.

My Town: Public hearing Jan. 15 for Menards' proposed expansion

My Town: Public hearing Jan. 15 for Menards' proposed expansion

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A public hearing about  Menards' plans to expand in Alpine Township will take place this Thursday.

The retailer wants to build a 40,000 square foot warehouse and lumber yard at 4235 Alpine Ave., near its current store.  The expansion would be within the same complex as the future Tim Horton’s restaurant and drive through and Sleep Doctor mattress store.  Developers hope to begin construction on both of those businesses in spring 2015.

Community members may comment on the proposal during the planning commission’s meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps and Tigers extend player contract

My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps and Tigers extend player contract

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  The West Michigan Whitecaps will continue to welcome Tigers in training through the 2020 season.

The two teams announced a two-year extension of Detroit’s player development contract Tuesday.  Tigers Director of Minor League Operations Dan Lunetta says he is delighted with the decision, which was easy to make.

“This all takes place because of several factors; first, our tremendous relationship with the Whitecaps ownership and front office; second, their continued commitment to providing a first class operation and an excellent environment for our players to develop; and third, wonderful and strong support from the community. It is a natural tie for the Tigers and Whitecaps to maintain a long-term commitment to one another and we are proud to continue our affiliation with the Whitecaps,” Lunetta said.

Amash calls for changes in Washington

Amash calls for changes in Washington

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Congressman Justin Amash says Washington D.C. needs changes. Amash added that he doesn't think House Speaker John Boehner is the right man to lead the changes.

Amash made those remarks during a town hall meeting at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Saturday morning. This was his first meeting with the public since the new congress convened on Tuesday.

The Republican from Michigan's 3rd Congressional says despite the fact that he likes House Speaker John Boehner, he wants to see more get done. Amash said, "unless someone really wants to go out on a limb it's very hard to change the system, and I think unfortunately Speaker Boehner is not willing to do what it takes to change the system, and that is the biggest problem we have right now. We need someone in there who will go there and say I don't care if I upset a bunch of special interest."