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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. 

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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.


Students practice safe driving techniques


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- Within a safe environment, students jumped behind the wheel of their own vehicles to practice various driving techniques.

The goal: learning all about their cars' handling limits and what's best to control them in real-world situations.

Fifth Third Ball Park's parking lot played host to the Tire Rack Street Survival class Sunday morning. Some of the main components of the course included learning about the physics behind the wheel, paying attention to traffic and, of course, wearing a seatbelt.

For more information, visit the class' website.


Pilot motivated by twin daughters during emergency landing


Davie, Fla. (WZZM) - Twelve-year-old twins Carly and Ashley Richmond say they know their father is a good pilot.

"Yea, he's good," confirms Carly.

So the girls say they aren't surprised 58-year-old Scott Richmond of Comstock Park made a successful emergency landing Thursday morning on a busy Florida freeway.

"He's been flying for a while, and that is probably why he did so well," suggests Ashley.

While flying from Michigan to south Florida on a business trip, Richmond says his single engine prop plane ran out of gas.

"She sputtered and quit," he explains. "She ran out of fuel."

While looking for a place to land on the freeway jammed with rush hour traffic, Richmond says he thought about his twins back home.

"I got two beautiful, twin 12-year-old daughters," he told reporters. "They are not ready. They aren't ready to be alone."

Whitecaps wrap up a successful 2015 home baseball season


COMSTOCK PARK, Mich (WZZM) -- It was Game 2 of the Midwest League finals Thursday night, and win or lose, it was the season's last game in West Michigan.

"A lot of people come out here to have fun -- that's what we are selling, is fun," says team president Scott Jones. "If the team wins, it's a bonus."

"Whether or not we have a low-A or high-A or AA club, I don't think that's going to matter if we bring a good game day experience," says Steve McCarthy, the team's vice president of sales.

This has been a spectacular year for the Whitecaps, both on the field and on the concourse.

"Anytime we open a season, something new is at the ballpark and we've always strived for that," says Jones. "This year was the new office, on top is the Bud Bow Tie Deck which we sold 48 times out of 70 dates, and then finally the Founders Clubhouse which has been a huge hit."