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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.

FBI: Kentwood bank robbers are recent parolees, spent loot on drugs

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Two recent Michigan parolees are facing a return to prison following their arrest for a Kentwood bank robbery.

Police arrested Donald Luckett, 43, and William Sadler, 41, on Wednesday.  They appeared in court Thursday on charges of bank robbery and conspiracy.

In an FBI complaint filed on Friday, agents say the men robbed the Comerica Bank on 28th Street near East Beltline Ave. SE, on Tuesday to get money to support their drug addictions.

The complaint says the men also used some of the $2,100 in stolen funds to buy crack cocaine, marijuana, snacks and to have a prostitute book a room in a Wyoming motel.

Investigators tracked the men to the motel on Wednesday, where they were arrested.

Sadler was paroled on September 29 after serving time on a 2008 conviction for assault with intent to rob and drug possession.  Luckett was paroled on September 15 after serving a sentence on a 2009 drug conviction.

Police search for armed robber on East Beltline

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WZZM)- Grand Rapids Police are looking for a man who robbed a gas station on the East Beltline early Friday morning.

Officers say a man with a gun robbed the Shell station in the 2600 block of the East Beltline shortly after 4:00 a.m. Friday.

Police say the man, who was wearing a mask at the time of the robbery, ran from the scene.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Grand Rapids Police.

Free Halloween Health Fair

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM)- Thursday the Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Halloween Health Fair.

You can ward off the season's scariest monster with a flu shot. There will also be free health screenings, food, and door prizes.

The free health fair runs from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department on 48th Street.

Arrests made in Kentwood bank robbery

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - Kentwood Police say two people are under arrest for the robbery of a 28th Street bank on Tuesday.

Police say early Wednesday morning, a Wyoming Police officer located a key witness who had information about the robbery.  Kentwood Police, the FBI, and Wyoming Police responded to a local 28th Street motel and arrested two men without incident.  Charges are forthcoming from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The Comerica Bank branch near the Woodland Mall was robbed around 11:30 am on Tuesday.  The suspect handed a note to tellers demanding money. It was implied that he had a weapon, but no weapon was shown.  Click here to read the story of the bank robbery.

We'll have more information as it becomes available.