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New Library Opens in Kentwood

Are you aware that Kentwood has opened a new library at 4950 Breton Ave SE, that is a branch of the Kent District Library? The new building became possible as a result of a positive vote on a bond by the taxpayers of Kentwood. This large area of 43,000 square feet is here for your learning and relaxing environment.

The library consists of a modern and enlarged community room, a play area for children, an expanded computer area, a teen area and an Entrepreneurial Center.

Hours for the library are 9:30am to 8:00pm Monday thru Thursday and 9:30am to 5:00pm on Friday and Saturday and Sundays, but only during the school year, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. 

Suspected arsonist to undergo psychological exam

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - The man accused of setting several fires in Kentwood and SE Grand Rapids will be undergoing a psychological exam.

Joseph McIntyre, 23, was in court in Kentwood today for a preliminary hearing.  The case was adjourned for the time being, so he can have the exam.

McIntyre is charged with setting four garage fires.  He's admitted to intentionally setting nine, but police think he may have set as many as 11.  McIntyre was arrested after being caught in the act of setting a fire earlier this month. 

Officials defend use of tornado warning sirens

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Sirens wailed across Kent County Tuesday as the entire area was placed under a tornado warning.  A day later many residents say the emergency alert system is confusing and is criticizing the decision to continue the alert when the storm had already passed by.

"At first I thought it must be the first Friday of the month because they test them.  But, yeah they just kept going and going and going and I tell you it scared my dog.  I wasn't happy about that," said Jim Berg of Walker.  "I don't understand why they had to.  I was watching tv and watching weather and everything was basically east of us."

Berg is not the only Kent County resident unhappy over it.  Municipalities across the county fielded phone calls from people trying to understand the decision to activate the sirens.

Search on for home invasion suspect in Gaines Twp.

GAINES TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - The Kent County Sheriff's Department is looking for help in finding the suspect involved in a home invasion and assault two and a half weeks ago.

The incident occured early in the morning of Sunday, October 10th on Mill Pond Drive SE.  Investigators say that the home owner was sleeping with the suspect came in armed with a handgun, and stole personal belongings and cash.  During the robbery, the suspect assaulted the home owner with the gun.  The home owner was treated for injuries.

During the investigation, Sheriff's deputies say that a neighbor witnessed a older dark burgundy Oldsmobile or Buick in the area at around 3:30am.

Fall storms bring several school closings

Kentwood, MI - Violent winds and rain are expected to reach the West Michigan area shortly but many schools, including Kentwood Public, have already closed in anticipation of the foul weather.

Conditions similar to storms that struck the area in the fall of 1998 are expected to last through Wednesday evening with the heaviest winds occurring Wednesday afternoon.

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West Michigan teams in the High School football playoffs

Here is a list of West Michigan teams in the 2010 playoffs.

Traverse City West (6-3) 73.175 at Rockford (8-1) 103.889

Holland West Ottawa (7-2) 83.111 at Grand Haven (8-1) 102.889

Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills (6-3) 63.667 at Greenville (8-1) 88.000

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (6-3) 66.667 at Muskegon (6-3) 72.444

Lowell (7-2) 90.556 at Grand Ledge (9-0) 112.000

Portage Central (8-1) 95.778 at Portage Northern (8-1) 96.778

Cadillac (6-3) 65.111 at Petoskey (8-1) 91.222

Cedar Springs (6-3) 58.778 at Mt Pleasant (9-0) 108.444

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern (5-4) 59.556 at St Johns (7-2) 85.889

Fruitport (7-2) 77.222 at Zeeland East (9-0) 97.778

Stevensville Lakeshore (7-2) 80.667 at St Joseph (7-2) 82.333

Byron Center (6-3) 65.000 at East Grand Rapids (9-0) 106.667

2010 MHSAA Football Playoff Pairings

All Games Times Eastern - Dates, Times and Fields to be announced throughout the day Monday, Oct. 25

Division 1

R1-D1: Traverse City West (6-3) 73.175 at Rockford (8-1) 103.889
R1-D1: Holland West Ottawa (7-2) 83.111 at Grand Haven (8-1) 102.889

R1-D2: Brighton (6-3) 68.333 at Howell (6-3) 80.444
R1-D2: Hartland (6-3) 71.000 at Holt (6-3) 76.222

R2-D1: Ann Arbor Pioneer (5-4) 61.556 at Canton (9-0) 120.000
R2-D1: Saline (6-3) 74.000 at Plymouth (7-2) 89.444

R2-D2: Detroit Mumford (5-4) 63.889 at Detroit Catholic Central (7-2) 93.778
R2-D2: Livonia Franklin (7-2) 84.222 at Northville (8-1) 92.444

R3-D1: Davison (7-2) 79.556 at Lake Orion (8-1) 100.444
R3-D1: Grand Blanc (6-3) 81.000 at Clarkston (7-2) 89.444

R3-D2: Rochester (6-3) 69.667 at Utica Eisenhower (8-1) 97.667
R3-D2: Utica (7-2) 81.667 at Romeo (8-1) 94.667