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Cottage & Lakefront Living Show this weekend at DeVos Place


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Cottage and Lakefront Living Show is this weekend at DeVos Place; it's the only show in West Michigan dedicated completely to the cottage lifestyle.

There are builders and landscapers on hand to answer any questions and they also have information on property and zoning issues, as well as all the fun that can be had on the water in the summer.

"It's all about the water right? We love Lake Michigan, we love our inland lakes we have everything for water boats, pontoons, kayaks, canoes, personal watercraft," said show manager Dawn Baker. "We have everything for your lakeside fun."

The Cottage and Lakefront Living Show starts at 3 p.m. Friday and runs until Sunday night. One of the highlights of the weekend is a beach party both Friday and Saturday night.

Man rescued from Grand River's cold currents


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-- A boater is back on shore, after being pulled from the frigid waters of the Grand River Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses say the man was fishing near the fish ladder and got too close to the dam. His boat got caught on some rocks and the boat flipped. The man then also was bounced around on the rocks at the dam, but other fishermen nearby were able to rescue him. The man was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The extent of his injuries is unclear.

As of 2:15 p.m., the overturned boat was still caught in rocks by the dam.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.


Planned Parenthood unveils renovated GR facility


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Planned Parenthood is celebrating the opening of its newly-renovated headquarters and health center in Grand Rapids. Both are located at 425 Cherry St., in the city's Heritage Hill neighborhood.

The $2 million overhaul took a year-and-a-half to complete. The improvements include a new entrance and lobby, as well as a new education center on the main floor.

The building's first major overhaul since 1989 will allow Planned Parenthood to better serve the community, says communications manager Julie McKeiver.

"We can see more clients, we can deliver better services, and we hope to be adding more services as a result of this renovation, so we hope to expand what we can do to help the community," she said.

Grand Rapids graves defaced by graffiti


Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) - Graves where millionaires are buried in a Grand Rapids cemetery are now desecrated by a vandal's graffiti.

The spray paint was discovered Monday on a pair of tombs in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Investigators say it appears the vandal or vandals were taking a short cut through the cemetery and stopped a couple of times to spray some graves with paint.

The Clark family mausoleum has a lot of painted symbols on. Fifty yards further on, the Brown family pyramid has just a few symbols.

HopCat announces Kentucky location


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids-based BarFly Ventures has announced it's opening another HopCat location this summer. HopCat -- Lexington is scheduled to open in August.

The company says the brewpub will be Kentucky's largest craft beer bar. In all, it's a $3 million restaurant, taphouse, and brewery to be located in a multi-story space inside the Square, a downtown complex with nearly 140,000 square feet of space and encompassing almost a whole city block. It's adjacent to Rupp Arena and the Convention Center.

This will be HopCat's seventh location. It's planned to have up to 140 craft beers on tap -- at least 40 of which will be from Kentucky -- and have seating for about 300. It's expected to create 150 new jobs.

Low gas prices could bring more tourists to West Michigan


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP/WZZM) - Now that it's spring, it won't be long before crowds of tourists arrive in West Michigan to enjoy the area's many attractions.

Delegates to this year's Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism are meeting at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids this week to identify issues that could impact the tourism season.

A new report says that Michigan's tourism industry grew in 2014 despite the cold, wet year, and the tourism outlook is sunny going forward.

This time around, gas prices could have a positive impact.

GRPD updating policy for handling officer-involved shootings


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department announced Monday it's updating its protocol for handling officer-involved shootings.

Michigan State Police will now be required to investigate any shooting involving a Grand Rapids officer. It's part of a wider, 12-point plan being put in place to strengthen the relationship between Grand Rapids Police Department and the community, Chief David Rahinsky said.

"What this is is an evolution in terms of public expectation," said the Chief. "The expectation is that an outside agency with complete transparency will come in and investigate officer involved shootings. It's been recognized as best practice across the country."

The Chief added that the changes are not a reflection on the department's past practices.