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Girlfriend assaults Michigan man with sailfish during feud

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A dispute between a Whitehall man and his girlfriend ended with the man attacked with a fish, police say.

The 61-year-old man was drawing a sketch of a mounted sailfish in the 1000 block of Livingston Street when his 58-year-old girlfriend became angry and moved the fish, according to a Whitehall police news release.

The mount fell over and broke when she left the room. Upon returning, she suspected her boyfriend was responsible for the damage and had begun hitting him over the head with the fish and poking him with its nose.

The boyfriend was cut on his hand.

The couple had been drinking, and the girlfriend was not arrested because of an apparent health issue.

Police say the Muskegon County prosecutor is slated to review the case for possible charges.

White Lake Ambulance Authority future hinges on election

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- One week from Tuesday, voters living in and near the cities of Whitehall and Montague will decide if they want to increase funding for the White Lake Ambulance Authority.

The authority serves around 12,000 people living in northwest Muskegon County. It's asking voters for a one-year increase in property taxes.

Michigan's Heritage Park wrapping up its first season

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new walk-through history park in Muskegon County is nearing the end of its first season.

Michigan's Heritage Park at Hilt's Landing opened in June. It covers thousands of years of the region's history, from a time when mastodons roamed the area to pioneering days.

The park's final big event of the season is "Trades Through Time" on Saturday from 10 to 4. It includes artisans who will be weaving, making beads, and hand quilting. There will also be blacksmithing and chair rushing demonstrations.

The park expects to end the season with around 6,500 visitors for the season, according to Annoesjka Steinman, Lakeshore Museum Center Executive Director.

Alcoa splitting into two separate companies

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- Alcoa, Muskegon County's largest industrial employer, is splitting into two separate companies.

The Howmet facility in Whitehall will be part of an innovation- and technology-driven company, leaders said. The yet-to-be named company's Whitehall location is home to 2,000 of the company's 43,000 employees.

Alcoa's split is not expected to be complete until the second half of 2016.

Hart-Montague Trail undergoes $4M in improvements

MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is spending around $4 million to widen the Hart-Montague Trail and make it safer.

The bike path will go from eight to 10 feet in width and where the trail crosses roads, it will be angled to slow bikers and get them to stop.

The state park trail is more than 20 years old and this is its first significant repair project.

Work on one section north of Montague is finished; other mile-long sections of the trail will close during construction.

Crews should finish by November.

Man charged with groping teens at Mich. Adventure

FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- An Indiana man, who Michigan State Police say is an illegal immigrant, is facing charges for sexually groping two teenagers in a wave pool, at Michigan's Adventure.

Eliazar Rivas-Rodriguez is accused of touching the 17-year-old girls over the Fourth of July weekend.

According to the arrest warrant, Rivas-Rodriguez grabbed both girls in the crotch multiple times, then held one by the ankle underwater when she tried to get away.

A Muskegon County judge set his bond at $50,000.

If convicted, Rivas-Rodriguez could spend two years in state prison or be deported. He is expected back in court July 21.

Heritage Park in Whitehall brings history to life

WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM)-- It's an opportunity to experience Michigan's rich history and it's natural beauty at the same time.
Muskegon County's newest attraction is Michigan's Heritage Park in Whitehall. Organizers call it a 19 acre living history park in a natural woodland setting. program manager Wendy VanWoerkem stopped by the WZZM13 studio to explain the new attraction.