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House of Flavors Advances to Ice Cream Shop Final Four

The race rages on for the best ice cream shops in West Michigan. After almost 40,000 votes, WZZM 13 has narrowed the competition to a final four.

The finalists are: Coney Land (Muskegon), Country Dairy (New Era), Mooville Creamery (Nashville), and, of course, Ludington’s House of Flavors.

The vote will continue for one more week and a champion will be crowned this Friday, July 17th. House of Flavors remains neck-and-neck with Mooville and needs the continued support of the community in order to come out on top. As of Monday morning, House of Flavors led the competition by just over 100 votes.

Vote every day by copying and pasting the following link into your browser: 

http://www.wzzm13.com/story/news/local/2015/06/27/vote-top-10-ice-cream-shops-in-west-michigan/29381019/

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Two Arrests in Mason County Involving a Female Juvenile

Two men have been arrested by the Mason County Sheriffs office following a seven month investigation involving a female juvenile. Stemming from an original complaint on January 5th of this year, deputies served five search warrants and have now sworn to 7 felony warrant charges.

49 year old James Gigante was charged with:

Count 1            Children—Accosting for Immoral Purposes (felony 4 years/$4,000.00)

Count 2            Child Sexually Abusive Material—Possession (felony 4 years/$10,000.00)

Count 3            Computer—Using To Commit A Crime (felony 4-10 years)

Count 4            Computer—Using To Commit A Crime (felony 4-10 years)

21 year old Troy Ambrose was charged with:

Count 1            Children—Accosting for Immoral Purposes (felony 4 years/$4,000.00)

Count 2            Child Sexually Abusive Material—Possession (felony 4 years/$10,000.00)

Count 3            Computer—Using To Commit A Crime (felony 4-10 years)

Both subjects were arrested on July 10th, 2015 at 8:10 AM by Mason County deputies and have since been released on bond.  The 49 year-old James Gigante has posted 10% of a $35,000.00 bond and the 21 year-old Troy Ambrose has posted 10% of a $10,000.00 bond.  

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Speculated Connection: Could "Baby Doe" be Ludington's Baby Kate?

Two weeks ago, remains of a 4-year-old girl were found in a garbage bag on a Boston Harbor beach. Authorities are yet to identify this child who people across the country are calling “Baby Doe.”

The mystery behind the girl’s identity has led many to wonder, could this be Ludington’s missing Baby Kate? Katherine Phillips disappeared just over 4 years ago. Remains of the then-4-month-old baby were never found.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is aware of the situation and is working with Massachusetts authorities to evaluate the speculated connection. Sherriff Kim Cole says there is no information to verify any kind of connection between the cases, but the agencies are sharing DNA evidence to investigate the possibility.

Baby Kate’s father, Sean Phillips, is awaiting the trial for her murder. If a connection is made between the two, this could prove to be significant evidence in that trial.

If you have any information regarding the identity of Baby Doe, contact the Mason County Sherriff’s Office immediately. The photo above is a computer-generated image of what the child would have looked like based on her remains. 

UPDATE: The Ludington Daily News is reporting that preliminary results have found the DNA from the girl's remains NOT to match Baby Kate's. Authorities still awate official lab results. 

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