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Fewer Parking Tickets In Kentwood

Mlive.com has taken a look at the the numbers for last year for Kentwood's 62-B District Court.  Some interesting numbers came out including a drop of more than 3 thousand for traffic infractions and parking tickets issued dropped by half since 2008.  That lead to the court bringing in about 75 thousand dollars less than in the previous year.  According to a 2010 annual report, the court was very efficient, clearing nearly 99 per cent of the criminal cases within 18 weeks of filing. There was a decrease in overall cases as well.  In 2010, 12,663 cases were started, about 4 thousand less than the previous year.

 

Arson suspect's move to suppress statements denied

Arson suspect's move to suppress statements denied

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A judge will let an accused arsonist's in-court apology -- and other statements made to detectives -- be submitted as evidence in his trial.

On Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Donald Johnston ruled against a suppression motion made by the lawyer for Joseph McIntyre, the 24-year-old man charged with setting fires in homes mainly in southeast Grand Rapids and Kentwood from July to October of last year.

McIntyre's attorney was seeking to have any incriminating statements his client made to police excluded from the arson trial, which is scheduled to begin on June 27.

One statement McIntyre made was during his initial court appearance after his arrest on October 17.  During the October 18 arraignment, McIntyre said, "I apologize and I'm sorry."

Prosecutors believe McIntyre set at least nine house fires in the area around Woodland Mall.  He was the subject of an investigation that involved Grand Rapids and Kentwood police, sta

East Precinct weekly crime report

East Precinct weekly crime report

Over the weekend, there was a breaking and entering of a business in the 550 block of Cascade West Parkway in Cascade Twp. Entry was gained by breaking out windows. Items taken were a large amount of cell phones and accessories, computers, and cash. 

East Precinct deputies have solved some business larcenies from the east area and Kentwood. Suspects were going into local hotels and stealing TV's from lobbies and common areas. Warrants are currently being sought. The most recent event occurred at the Crowne Plaza in Cascade Township. 

The East Precinct received a report of attempted larcenies of vehicles being in the 900 block of Clifford Av SE in Grand Rapids Twp, between Ada Dr and Cascade Rd. The caller advised someone appeared to have gone through the neighborhood cars the night of Tuesday, April 26. A witness observed two men walking down the street many nights after 11:00 p.m.

Burned Garage Repaired

Burned Garage Repaired

One of the garages burned by an arsonist last fall is nearly rebuilt. This garage, in the 3000 block on Mulford Dr in Kentwood, was boarded up for repairs until just days ago. Jospeh MacInteyre is the alleged perpetrator.

Authorities looking for man approaching teenage girls

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) Kent County authorities and Kentwood Police are looking for a man involved in suspicious activity involving teenage girls.

The first incident happened on March 8th at 11:30a.m. in the 6600 block of Eastern Avenue in Gaines Township.  Police say a 14 year old girl reported being followed by a man after being dropped off at her bus stop.  A different 14 year old girl reported a similar incident in the 1300 block of 60th Street.

The description of the man is similar in both cases: Black, about 40 years old, and medium build.  In the first incident the girl also said the man had a large goatee/beard with a gap in his front teeth.  He was driving an older, grey four door car.

Please contact Detective Marcus Glover (Kent County Sheriff Department) 616-632-6147 and/or Silent Observer 616-774-2345 with any information regarding this suspicious subject.

Kentwood to hold annual Citizens Police Academy

KENTWOOD, Mich.   The Kentwood Police Department is looking for residents to participate in the 24th session of its Citizens Police Academy starting next month.

Kentwood Police Chief Richard Mattice says the informational program, which the department holds once or twice a year, is a great "opportunity for residents to view the inner workings of the Kentwood Police Department and observe the department's various functions."

Mattice says they have found that lack of familiarity of law enforcement causes people to be afraid or unwilling to call police even when it is in their best interest to do so.

The six week academy is open to any resident or business in the city of Kentwood and begins April 14th and runs every Thursday through May 19th.

"Every citizen has a vested interest in knowing what the city offers," said Mattice.

Kentwood Police Department Crime Statistics

KENTWOOD, Mich. - Have you ever wondered how safe your community is or how busy your police department is throughout the month? Well, each month, the City of Kentwood posts a statistical report to their website that outlines all crimes committed throughout the previous month.

The report includes a breakdown of types of crimes committed, number of arrests made and much more.

Click Here to visit the City of Kentwood's crime statistics web page.