GH man arrested, charged in arsons

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Daryl Lawrence King stood mute when arraigned by video Wednesday afternoon in 58th District Court. Judge Craig Bunce entered a not-guilty plea on King's behalf.

Grand Haven public safety officers were called to a fire at Keys Driving School, 800 Washington Ave., at about 2 a.m. They quickly extinguished the small fire on the west side of the building's exterior, Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said.

A witness reported the fire, he said.

While searching for the suspect in the first fire, the officers found a second fire beneath a vehicle behind a home in the same block.

"Based on evidence, both fires are arson," Hawke said.

Firefighters also extinguished a dumpster fire Tuesday evening at the Shell gas station on the corner of Washington Avenue and Beacon Boulevard.

“We believe the suspect was responsible for that fire as well,” Hawke said.

Officers found their suspect hiding in the 800 block of Washington Avenue. The man appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, Hawke said.

King remains lodged in the Ottawa County Jail on a $35,000 cash or surety bond. Bunce said bond was set high because of King’s 15 previous criminal convictions and his high-risk assessment.

King’s court history in Ottawa County starts in 1992. It includes charges and/or convictions for domestic violence, drunken driving, driving with a suspended license, breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property, disorderly drunk, assault/resist/obstruct a police officer and felon having a weapon.

When the judge asked King if he had money to post bond, King replied he was on disability and had no bond.

“I’ve got three cancers and I’m dying,” he said.

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