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Twin enters plea in 2014 rape, golf club attack in GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- His twin brother already in prison for the same crime, 30-year-old Michael Gabriel Versluys Tuesday entered no contest pleas for his role in the May 2014 rape and golf club beating of a prostitute, who was left disfigured by the late night assault.

Versluys entered pleas before Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber on Tuesday as his trial was to get underway.

Under a plea agreement, he faces a minimum of 12 years in prison for armed robbery, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm. He'll be back before Leiber for sentencing on Oct. 29.

His brother, Peter James Versluys, was sentenced in September, 2014 to between 23 and 50 years for armed robbery and first-degree criminal sexual conduct causing injury.

Initiatives That Could Help Prevent Elder Fraud

Initiatives That Could Help Prevent Elder Fraud

Senior Citizens and their families lose $3 Billion a year to con artists. What can we do to stop them?

This is a statement on the cover of the latest Consumer Reports magazine. In a recent study, about 1 in 20 seniors said they were financially abused. If a new disease struck that many older Americans the report noted, a public health crisis would likely be declared.

ArtPrize alternative: 'Rise and fall of Prohibition'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you're at ArtPrize this weekend and want to try something a little different, the Grand Rapids Public Museum has a new exhibit opening.

It's called "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition." It documents the beginning of the temperance movement and the passage of the 18th Amendment,which prohibited the manufacturing, transportation and sale of liquor.

The amendment was eventually repealed.

The exhibit is included with the price of a general admission and lasts until mid-January. Admission for the museum is half price during ArtPrize.

Touring the Rowe's renovations in progress

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- We're getting an inside look at the dramatic overhaul of one of Grand Rapids' oldest structures.

Built in 1922, the Rowe hotel opened in 1923. President John F. Kennedy once stayed here while campaigning. Then, in 1964, it switched over to senior housing before closing in 2001. It sat vacant since then.

Now, a real estate developer is gutting it and renovating it to become 77 apartments, eight condos, and several retail fronts on the main floor -- including the just-announced Atwater Brewery biergarten and tap house.

Judge takes job at Grand Rapids City Hall

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- 61st District Court Judge Donald Passenger is retiring from the bench for a job in the Grand Rapids City Attorney's Office.

Judge Passenger was appointed to the bench in 1995 by Gov. John Engler. He was instrumental in developing the court's on-line case look-up system.

Passenger is expected to start at the City Attorney's Office on Oct. 2. He will be assigned to prosecute violations of the City Code.

Opinion: My take on Artprize so far this Year

Opinion: My take on Artprize so far this Year

My friend Pat & I went downtown for Artprize on opening day, Wednesday, September 23rd. Lots to see but we did not see anything that actually jumped out at us, like WOW! Have our expectations become too high because of all the awesome and unusual art displays we have seen in the past 6 years?

One picture did take us by surprise in the walkway from DeVos Place over to the Grand Plaza. It is a picture of a bridge, done in a brushed aluminum affect and it looks like you can actually step on it and cross over. So realistic that I actually got dizzy and a little on the nausea side, like it draws you in. Very unusual.

Atwater Brewery to bring Detroit flavor to Beer City USA

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Detroit-area brewer has plans to open a biergarten and tap house in Grand Rapids.

Atwater Brewery is coming to the Rowe Hotel Building at 201 Michigan Street NW next year. The building is currently being renovated.

"The Rowe building is an ideal spot for our biergarten and tap house concept," says Atwater owner Mark Rieth in a press release. "First, it's a wonderful historic and architecturally interesting building that will be brought back to its original glory and become another noteworthy asset in downtown Grand Rapids. Second, we'll have beautiful outdoor space that will allow for a truly authentic biergarten experience."