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Muskegon man sentenced in 'extreme' child porn case


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A Muskegon man will spend the next 20 years in prison for spreading child pornography via the Internet.

Adam James Fitzpatrick, 26, will have 10 years of supervision following release. He must also register as a sex offender at that time.

The sentence was handed down Thursday in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. Judge Paul Maloney said this is the worst child pornography case he has ever seen.

Fitzpatrick’s computer was seized Aug. 5, 2015, when the FBI executed a search warrant following a joint investigation by the Michigan State Police and the FBI. Examiners discovered thousands of images and video, including hardcore, graphic material of prepubescent children — including infants and toddlers — being raped and tortured, U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Jr. said.

Hutchinson opens first innovation center in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Global automotive and aerospace manufacturer, Hutchinson opened its first North American Innovation Center in Grand Rapids Wednesday.

  The 13,000 square foot facility will be dedicated to research and development for automotive noise reduction systems. 
The center is complete with robotics, interactive displays and a showroom of airplane and automotive interiors.

"The City of Grand Rapids is very proud to have a longtime business such as Hutchinson invest in our City, particularly in the manufacturing and technology sectors," said Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. 

The center it located at 460 Fuller Avenue in Grand Rapids. 

Hutchinson executives chose Grand Rapids because the City is close to major automotive clients and vendors.
  The only other center that Hutchinson operates is in Paris.


Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Onward to Meijer Gardens, another free outing last Saturday

Going on line and doing a little research will help you find something to do during the cold winter months of Michigan and Grand Rapids MI seems to have an abundance of interesting things to do. This is a follow-up to our coffee visit on Saturday, January 16th.

OK, so now Pat & I had our coffee and checked out the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, so it was on to Fredrick Meijer Gardens for the Orchid Show, something else that was free on Saturday, January 16 & 17.

Lots and lots of beautiful Orchids and so many different kinds. There were many people out there, just like us, curious to see these beautiful flowers. I’m sure many of them were people who had their plants displayed. How proud they must be.

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters, "The Saturday Experience"

In spite of the cold wintry weather this past weekend, my friend, Pat and I had quite the excursion. One nice thing about Grand Rapids, MI. You can always find something to do and it doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg.

It all started out with a visit to “The Saturday Experience” at the Grand Rapids Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, MI. This wholesale coffee bean business is located in an old factory on Hall St. SW, just beyond Godfrey St., around the back of the building. We entered at the only door we saw that was on the second floor and proceeded to walk up steps to the 5th floor, where we found a room filled with eclectic furnishings, lots to look at, amazing teas and delicious coffee. There is also a freight elevator but I think it was out of order that day.

Lightfast coffee shop opens in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new coffee shop in Grand Rapids is celebrating its first day in business.

Lightfast Coffee Bar + Art Collective served its first customers Monday. In addition to serving coffee, the shop hosts work from a different local artist each month. There'll be an opening party for each new show.

Lightfast is on Fulton near Diamond. Its open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Retro Trend Hits the Camper, Travel and RV Show in GR


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It may still be cold outside but it is never too early to start planning for the spring, summer and fall camping season in West Michigan.

The annual Camper, Travel and RV Show at DeVos Place this weekend offers promises of warmer days ahead. A dozen West Michigan RV dealers representing more than 100 RV lines are part of the show.

A newer trend you'll see at this year's show are vintage, retro and 1950's style campers.  Many models boast the "old school" look inside and out.  Some with retro style booth seating inside, vintage looking kitchenette countertops and old fashioned-looking exterior showers.

And there is so much more to see at the show! Tickets for adults are $10, children (6-14) are $4 and children five and under are free.

Startup Weekend in GR a frenzy for entrepreneurs


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- For hopeful entrepreneurs, it's a 54-hour frenzy.

Emerge West Michigan's Startup Weekend is happening right now in Grand Rapids.

It started Friday night at Kendall College of Art and Design.

Participants first pitch an idea for a startup. They only have until Sunday night to build a team and create a presentation they'll give to a panel of judges.