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Feeding America West Michigan mobile pantry hits milestone

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM)- Since the 1990s, Feeding America West Michigan provides food to West Michigan's hungry.
It's mobile pantry allows the organizatoin to distribute fresh foods in the neighborhoods that need it most.

Last month, the mobile pantry distributed its 1,000.000th pound of food. So far, 2014 is on track to be the biggest year in the program's 16-year-history.

Ken Estelle, C.E.O of Feeding America West Michigan and Jeff Thomas, coordinator of Tuesday's distribution and son of former Executive Director, the late John Arnold shared details of the milestone with the WZZM News at Five.

Last member of "Felony Lane Gang'' pleads guilty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The last of five "felony lane gang'' defendants has pleaded guilty for his involvement in an identity theft and stolen check-cashing ring that targeted several West Michigan communities before they were nabbed by Rockford police.

Disguised in wigs and armed with stolen checks and IDs, they amassed more than $33,000 from banks in Kent and Ottawa counties.

Investigators determined they broke into vehicles in Grand Rapids, Walker, Kentwood, Comstock Park, Rockford, Ada and Lowell after arriving here from Florida in August, 2013. Stolen checks and identifications were used to cash checks at Bank of America, PNC Bank and Chase Bank.

Comstock Park held off Allendale

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Comstock Park beat Allendale 23-0 on October 17.

Monterio Smith ran for 318 yards for Comstock Park.

Man reunites with deputies who saved his life

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two Kent County deputies are being recognized for saving a man's life.

Craig Van Haften and his son stopped at the Pennzoil on Alpine Ave. for an oil change on September 19.

Craig says he reached over to pick something up in his car when he experienced an arrhythmia and his heart stopped beating. His son and employees at the station pushed the car out of the bay, and help soon arrived.

On Monday, Craig met the first responders for the first time.

"Looking at life different, you know," Craig says of his response to his ordeal. "Never thought it would happen to me. You know, it's like a dream to me. I'm working again, you know. It's like, 'Did it happen to me?'"

One of the deputies who helped Craig was right across the street when the call for help went out. His quick response is one reason Craig survived.

Halloween twist on summer fun at AJ's

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- When you think of fall activities -- mini golf isn't the first thing that comes to mind.

However, AJ's Family Fun Center in Comstock Park is putting a Halloween twist on a summer staple. Every weekend in October you can head out for Graveyard Golf.

They've decked out the course with Halloween decorations, and are serving cider and doughnuts. They'll hold trick-or-treating for kids in the final two weekends in October.

Visit http://www.ajsfamilyfun.com/ for more information.

West Catholic holds off Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- West Catholic, the top-ranked team in Division 5, remained unbeaten Friday after withstanding a scare from Comstock Park and wining 47-33.

Travis Russell threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 86 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Comstock Park's Pat Naughton rushed for 186 yards on 27 carries and scored four touchdowns. He also threw for 168 yards and a score.

Tanker rolls in Comstock Park

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Emergency crews have responded to a rolled tanker near the US-131 ramps at West River Drive.

The crash happened around 2:20 p.m. Friday at West River Drive and Ball Park Drive. The driver, exiting the freeway, took the ramp too quickly.

Kent County dispatchers told WZZM 13 there were no injuries. The tanker was hauling liquid human waste, some of which spilled, but it isn't a hazmat situation.

Crews had to empty the rest of the tank before they could turn the truck upright. They managed to do that by about 5:30 p.m. and cleared the scene around 5:50 p.m.

While they worked, there were some lane closures, slowing down traffic in the area.

There is a high school football game at nearby Fifth Third Ballpark tonight, and authorities encouraged fans to avoid the freeway, take surface streets, and use the ballpark's south entrance.