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Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let's go to Bat for Kids Ballgame June 25th

Let’s Go to Bat for Kids!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015 is the day to be at 5/5 Ballpark at 5:30. Bring all the kids, admission is FREE. Parking is $6 per car but the evening includes children’s games and activities along the concourse, local mascots and a fun night at the ballpark.

In 2014, Catholic Charities of West Michigan welcomed over 4500 West Michigan fans for this event. Let’s see if we can break that record this year, 2015. This event benefits the family strengthening programs of CCWM that help keep families together here in our community.

This ballgame is played by clergy, religious leaders on the Padres team and media celebrities on the Media Giants team.

Come on out to the Ballpark located at 4500 W. River Dr. NE in Comstock Park, MI 49321. More info at bstowe@ccwestmi.org or phone 616-551-5663.

Accused serial beer thief arrested

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) – The staff at Danny's Party Store in Grand Rapids thinks a shoplifting suspect has been raiding their beer coolers for years, but was never caught.

Two weeks ago the Alpine Avenue business installed a sophisticated new video surveillance system. And they say it is already paying off.

On three consecutive days last week they say it recorded a regular customer stuffing beers into her purse and walking out without paying.

They think she may have been doing this for a long time, but they just didn't see it.

"Now that we have all new technology and cameras we finally caught her doing it," says clerk Corey McKibben. "She's been doing it for years and now we got her on tape."

Grand Rapids police confirmed Friday that the woman is in custody. They say they received a tip after the woman's photos were broadcast Thursday evening.

Talented Student, Rachel Myszak, designs Coopersville C of C Logo

Talented Student, Rachel Myszak, designs Coopersville C of C Logo

Rachel Myszak, a senior in Graphic Design at Coopersville High School, was recently recognized by the Coopersville Chamber of Commerce for her logo design. The logo was designed for the Chamber of Commerce marketing campaign; “Shop, Live, Love, Coopersville.”

This partnership between businesses and the Ottawa Area schools and the Community, is an initiative for “Doing More Together” and will offer more educational opportunities for area students.

Rachel states, “My first graphic design class in high school opened my eyes to design and my passion for it. Creating art is a personal process and knowing that people enjoy the completed piece in rewarding.”

Boy who prompted G.R. school lockdown had BB gun

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Harrison Park Elementary School was locked down for about 15 minutes early Thursday afternoon after a boy with a BB gun was seen on a nearby sidewalk.

District spokesman John Helmholdt tells WZZM 13 the lockdown began around 12:20 p.m., when a teacher spotted the boy with what was thought to be a firearm. Police responded and determined it to be a BB gun.

No one was hurt.

It's not yet known why the boy was carrying the BB gun or why he was near the school.

The district's sending parents a letter about the situation.

John Ball Zoo opens second phase of tiger habitat

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Guests at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids can now get an eye-to-eye look at swimming tigers.

The zoo has unveiled new features of its Tigers of the Realm exhibit. The River Realm and Tiger Trail both opened to the public Monday. They expand the tiger habitat by 2,000 square-feet, said John Ball Zoo education director Andy McIntyre.

"We're encouraging people as they come and see this exhibit, there's a lot of space to find tigers; they can look for them along the river, or up in the forest, or on the trail in between," said McIntyre.

"The zoo people were talking about the tigers almost being extinct, and I'm like, 'We have to do something about this,'" said Marilyn Crawford; she and her husband Bill are long-time zoo supporters and sponsored the Tigers of the Realm exhibit.

John Ball Zoo is open daily throughout the summer from nine until six.

Police: Man fires gun to break up fight

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A man is in custody after he became annoyed at two people arguing outside his home Monday morning and fired a shot to breakup the fight.

The incident happened around 9 a.m. Monday in the 500 block of Garfield Avenue NW.

Police say the man overheard two people arguing and grabbed a rifle from his home, firing a shot into the ground. No one was hurt.

The man returned to his home and Grand Rapids police were able to arrest him without incident.

Garfield Avenue was closed between Second and Fifth streets for over an hour and a half Monday morning.

Toy tiger in G.R. backyard prompts call to animal control

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A stuffed, toy tiger could be described as a paper tiger after animal control officers responded to a call about it.

According to the Kent County Animal Shelter's Facebook page, someone called animal control on Thursday to report a tiger seen in the backyard of a home on the southwest side of Grand Rapids.

An animal control officer and an animal control officer supervisor responded, snapping a photo that shows what looks like a tiger resting at the back of a driveway. They quickly determined, though, it was just a realistic-looking stuffed animal. As you can see in the image showing the shelter's Facebook post, they had some fun with the situation.