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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.

Whitecaps offering virtual ballpark tours


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The West Michigan Whitecaps are now offering virtual tours of Fifth Third Ballpark.

The team is working with Fox Virtual Tours and Google to allow fans to get a digital look inside the ballpark. A Google photographer spent several days taking pictures of the ballpark's exterior and interior to create the virtual tour.

The virtual tour lets users see 360-degree panoramas of the entire ballpark, including the view from the playing field.


Bars, restaurants prep for Michigan/Michigan St. game


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Like a sliced-up pizza, the state of Michigan is divided.

At Vitale's in Comstock Park Friday night, strangers could be seen disagreeing -- and sometimes, so were family members. Jim Bass is a Michigan fan, and his wife is rooting for Michigan State.

"State's going to walk all over Michigan tomorrow," she said.

"They're winning, undoubtedly -- they are 5 and 0 -- but they're not beating up on anyone," he responded.

The root of the conflict? "They don't have to beat up on anyone -- a win is a win! How many wins does Michigan have?"

WZZM 13 also found a waitress and a customer having a spirited debate.

"No Michigan fans!" the customer said to the waitress.

"Go blue!" she responded.

Comstock Park salon raises money for cancer fight


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Comstock Park salon is raising money to help support people whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

Pamper Me Pink was an event Monday night at Alpine Hair & Day Spa.

People at the salon could get special pampering services at a discount, and the money raised will go to Gilda's Club to help provide grief services to anyone touched by cancer.

Some took advantage of the event to treat patients who are fighting cancer.

This is the fifth year the salon has held a fundraiser for Gilda's Club.