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From: Grandville/Jenison Chamber of Commerce

Our friends at the Wyoming Kentwood Chamber have invited us to attend and participate in their South Kent Business Connections. Member rates do apply to Grandville Jenison Chamber Members for Sponsorships and Events.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
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Kentwood man pleads no contest to felonious driving charges

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM)- A Kentwood man who police say became enraged on the road and caused a five vehicle crash will be sentenced next month.  Kurtis Heemstra, 43, is pleading no contest to felonious driving charges.

County prosecutors say the Kentwood man was speeding and tailgating on M-6 at Burlingame Avenue in April, causing another driver to veer across the road and hit an oncoming semi.  Prosecutors say the other driver, Oswell Matyorauta, was also speeding and tailgating. He is charged with misdemeanor reckless driving.

4th Annual East Kentwood Falcon Turkey Trot

Come and join us in the sun, rain, sleet, or snow! On-site registration begins at 9:00 A.M. with the race/walk beginning at 9:30 A.M. Certificates for all finishers and lots of prize drawings including: Turkeys, gift cards to local businesses, gift certificates to running camps, etc. You may walk or run one loop (2.5k) or two loops (5k). All proceeds benefit the East Kentwood Cross Country Program.

Contact coach Ray Antel for more information: ray.antel@kentwoodps.org / 616-291-3903

Kentwood arson victim: Suspect 'would not be sorry if he hadn't been caught'

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kent County man Monday told a judge he's sorry for his actions after he was charged with setting a Kentwood family's garage on fire.

But the last victim of the suspected serial arsonist says she does not believe his apology.

Joseph McIntyre, 23, is being held on a $1 million bond following his arrest Sunday morning for a fire on 32nd St. SE.  Police say McIntyre has admitted to setting nine more fires in the Grand Rapids and Kentwood area since July.

"I apologize, I'm sorry," said McIntyre in court Monday.

"I think he's sorry because he had handcuffs on," said Melissa Wozniak, whose garage was the final arson scene Sunday morning. "I think he's sorry because he's on the way to jail. He would not be sorry if he hadn't been caught. He would be on the way to set another garage on fire, to traumatize another family. He is not sorry."

UPDATE: Suspect in serial arsons in Grand Rapids, Kentwood apologizes in court

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - The suspect in a series of arsons in Grand Rapids and Kentwood apologized for his actions during a court hearing Monday.

A district court judge set a $1 million bond for Joseph McIntyre, 23, during the arraignment.

"I apologize, I'm sorry," McIntyre said during the hearing.

Thanks to some savvy detective work, both the Grand Rapids and Kentwood Police believe they apprehended the person responsible for setting as many as ten garage fires in the community since mid-July.

Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk says before the last fire in Kentwood, they did not have enough evidence to make an arrest.

"Unfortunately, we had to allow him to commit the crime in order for us to have probable cause to say he was the suspect involved in these arsons," said Belk.

Residents in neighborhood hit by arson welcome arrest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Residents of the Ridgemoor neighborhood can finally get a sound night's sleep. They've been on edge since July, when arson fires in the middle of the night became a regular occurrence.

"Last night, I slept like a baby. We turned the lights off and we slept good," said Allie Henning. He lives across from one of the first condos to be set on fire in July. "Hopefully we're done with being afraid."

Meantime, work crews are finishing rebuilding many of the damaged sites - condos and garages - that are spread throughout the neighborhood between Burton and 28th Street.

Grand Haven stays tied atop OK Red beating East Kentwood

GRAND HAVEN (WZZM) -- As one of the four teams tied atop the O-K Red, the Grand Haven Buccaneers needed a win over the East Kentwood Falcons Friday to keep pace in the league title race.

Some highlights: In the first quarter Adam Poel found Moke Moorehead in the endzone to put the Buccaneers on the scoreboard first.  They lead 7-0. 

Later in the first Dakota Smith found his way through a pile of Hawks for six points boosting Grand Haven's lead to 14-0.

In the end Grand Haven won 37-7.