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Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

Free Fishing Weekend Coming Up

For the Valentine’s weekend, it’s a free fishing weekend for residents and out of state visitors.

All fishing license fees are waived for two days in Michigan, February 13 & 14 from 6:00am – 10:00pm. This allows fishing enthusiasts to enjoy the chance to catch all types of fish on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters during their respective open season. Just remember that all regulations still apply.

Call: (517)284-5839 or email walters@michigan.gov for more information. Visit www.michigan.gov for details.

Feeding America West Michigan donates water to Flint


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich (WZZM) -- Feeding America West Michigan has joined the effort to help the people of Flint.

Friday morning, the organization sent 10,000 bottles of water along with 4,500 pounds of food to The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan is a major hub in Flint's disaster response efforts. They've been accepting donations from across the country, including a donation from singer, Cher.

Feeding America West Michigan say they are in the best possible position to help in an effort like this.

"When a crisis like the Flint water crisis arises, we are well positioned to address that. We already have the distribution mechanisms, we already have the trucks, we have the facilities," said Communication Specialist with Feeding America West Michigan, Andrew Steiner.

Whitecaps call on fans for new menu item


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The West Michigan Whitecaps are looking to you for ideas for a new food item at Fifth Third Ballpark.

This will be the seventh year the ballpark has put fan-nominated items on the menu. Past winners include the Declaration of Indigestion, Baco, and last year’s winner, the Hot-to-Tot.

“This promotion is one of my favorites,” said Katie Johnson Whitecaps Food and Beverage Manager said in a press release. “We look forward to reading all of the creative ideas. The fans like trying to come up with the next big food item for us.”

Jackpot dreams draw crowd to Party World


UPDATE: The winning numbers are 8, 27, 34, 4, 19, and the Powerball is 10.

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The winning numbers for the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot will be revealed just before 11 o'clock tonight.

Conviction upheld in slaying triggered by pizza, rent


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Comstock Park man who fatally beat his cousin in a dispute over pizza, then fled with the victim’s wallet and cellphone  “because he was scared,’’ failed to convince a three-judge panel he was acting in self-defense.

Blood splatters in their Alpine Township apartment were consistent with Brandon Nelson being struck several times while on the ground, the Court of Appeals cited in upholding the second-degree murder conviction of 26-year-old Kyle Alan Wilson.

Wilson, who is serving a 46- to 150-year sentence, is no stranger to prison. He moved in with Nelson in 2013 after serving more than five years for killing a 15-year-old Barry County boy in a dispute over $80.

Man who broke infant's leg, arm gets new hearing


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kent County man imprisoned in child abuse case that left an infant with 13 broken bones has won a new hearing that could alter a sentence that has him in prison for at least 11 years.

Andrew Pedro Valdez, 29, was convicted in the Oct. 2011 beating that left his then-girlfriend's son with a broken arm, broken leg and multiple rib fractures.

The incident occurred at York Creek Apartments in Comstock Park as Valdez was removing the boy from a car seat. Kent County investigators at the time said Valdez was upset with his girlfriend for "making him get the child ready,'' court records show.

His mother took him to the hospital after a babysitter noticed something wrong with the boy's leg. Staff at DeVos Children's Hospital notified police.

Gunman runs from gas station after trying to steal money


ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) --

UPDATE: After seeing his picture on the news, the family of the suspect was able to convince him to turn himself into the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. The suspect is a 22 year old from Grand Rapids and he was lodged at the Kent County Jail on the charge of armed robbery. 

Original story:

The Kent County Sheriff Department is looking for the gunman who tried stealing from an Alpine Twp. gas station.

Deputies were called to the Mobil gas station on Alpine near Lamoreaux Drive around 6:30 p.m. Friday. A man had showed the clerk a black, semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. The clerk didn't give him any money, though, and he ran away, investigators said.