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KDPS Blog

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  • Fireworks Safety

    bridgess in KDPS News on Jul 02, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  Often, when thinking of the Fourth of July, one of the first things that come to mind are big, beautiful fireworks, with vibrant colors that light up a summer night’s sky. In the midst of all this holiday grandeur, it is important to understand fireworks safety and how to prevent tragedy during your July 4th celebration.

    In 2013, 65 percent or 7,400, of all firework injuries occurred in the 30 days surrounding July 4th. The majority of these injuries occurred simply because of the malfunction or improper use of legal and illegal fireworks.

    Here are some ways fireworks can malfunction:

    • Inconsistent flight paths

    • Tip-over incidents

    • Early or late ignitions

    • Debris and blowouts 

    You, your friends, and family can be put at risk by:

    • Purchasing and using illegal fireworks;

    • Letting children use fireworks, including sparklers and firecrackers;

    • Creating or modifying any fireworks;

    • Igniting fireworks too close to someone or something; and

    • Setting off fireworks improperly. 

    Small fireworks, like bottle rockets, sparklers, and small firecrackers can appear harmless to children, but during the 30 days surrounding July 4, these kinds of fireworks injured an estimated 1,000 children under the age of 5.

    If you do decide to buy fireworks, be sure to take the following safety steps:

    • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.

    • Avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packaging; often, this can often be a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.

    • Never have any portion of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.

    • Move away to a safe distance immediately after lighting.

    • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not gone off or fully functioned.

    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

    • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.

    • Light one item at a time, then move away quickly.

    • After fireworks have gone off and fully functioned, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding, to prevent a trash fire.

    • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

    • Know the risks. Prevent the tragedies. And, have an injury-free Fourth! 

    A few steps of prevention can eliminate a disastrous injury or fire. Further information can be obtained at www.fireworksafety.com  and www.NFPA.org.

    For more information from the Fire Marshal’s office, please visit: www.kalamazoopublicsafety.org/inside-kdps/divisions/81-fire-marshal

     

    City of Kalamazoo Code of Ordinances

    CONSUMER FIREWORKS

    Fireworks devices that are designed to produce visible effects by combustion, that are required to comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations promulgated by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission under 16 CFR Parts 1500 and 1507, and that are listed in APA Standard 87-1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, or 3.5. "Consumer fireworks" does not include low-impact fireworks.

    LOW-IMPACT FIREWORKS

    Ground and handheld sparkling devices, as that phrase is defined under APA Standard 87-1, 3.1., 3.1.1.1.1 to 3.1.1.1.8, and 3.5.

    MINOR

    An individual who is less than 18 years of age.

    § 15-30. Consumer fireworks prohibitions. 
    A. A person shall not ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks except during permitted hours on the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday.

    B. No person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks between the hours of 12 midnight and 8:00 a.m. of the day preceding, the day of, or the day after a national holiday, except that on New Year's Day no person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

    C. No person shall ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property or the property of another person without that organization's or person's express permission to use consumer fireworks on those premises.

    D. Consumer fireworks shall not be sold to a minor.

    § 15-31. General noise prohibition. The ignition, discharge or use of consumer fireworks shall be subject to the general prohibition contained at § 21-6 of the Kalamazoo City Code, which addresses continued excessive or unusually loud noise, measured or unmeasured, which disrupts, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of any person within the limits of the City. 

    § 15-32. Penalties. A person who violates this article is responsible for a municipal civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500. 

     

    By authority of: Assistant Chief Ryan Tibbets
    Date: July 2, 2014
    Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy.  Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
    Contact: Fire Marshal James Williams, 337-8123

  • Private Use of City Fire Hydrants

    bridgess in KDPS News on Jun 26, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, June 26, 2014 – There has been a large increase in the unauthorized private use of City of Kalamazoo fire hydrants.

    Some private citizens are taking it upon themselves to open fire hydrants. Please note that opening and closing fire hydrants can cause serious injury to the individual performing the unauthorized act, as well as individuals and traffic in the immediate area of the hydrant. Improper opening and closing of hydrants can also cause underground pipes to break, which disrupts water service to many customers.

    Public Services staff are working closely with Department of Public Safety staff to help control the number of fire hydrants that are open. Your cooperation is not only appreciated but necessary to help stop improper use of hydrants. Please call (269) 337-8148 to report any open fire hydrants in your area. We need your help in keeping safe and reliable water flowing throughout the City. Please note that there is a water park located on Florence near Burrell and a pool at Upjohn Park for all citizens to use.

    The following fire hydrants will be open during hot weather from 1:00 p.m. to dusk by City staff:

    • Back end of Interfaith (building 1038) far NW corner
    • Krom and Clay
    • Washington and March
    • Sherwood at Roosevelt Apartments
    • Clarence and Jackson
    • Hays Park and March

  • Child Abductor in Custody; 9 Year Old Boy Found Safe!

    misnerb in KDPS News on Jun 26, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On June 25, 2014 at approximately 4:52pm, Public Safety Officers were sent to the area of Edwin and Charles St.  regarding a Child Abduction.  Officers first contacted an emotional mother and several juvenile witnesses on scene.  Officers ascertained a white male, driving a black Dodge Charger, enticed the mother’s (9) nine year old boy into his vehicle. The vehicle was last seen by witnesses speeding away with the boy inside.

     

    Through the course of the investigation, officers were able to quickly develop a suspect.  They determined the black Dodge Charger was a recent rented vehicle.  The investigation led officers to the 6000 block of Gull Rd, where the suspect and young boy were located.  The suspect, a 32 year old Kalamazoo resident, was taken into custody, and the boy found unharmed. 

     

    This investigation ended with the young child being returned to his mother within two hours of officers arriving on scene.  This heinous crime was brought to a positive conclusion due to the teamwork of officers from several divisions within Kalamazoo Public Safety, Dispatchers, and officers from surrounding jurisdictions.

     

    Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269)337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

     

    By authority of:   Lt. Brad Misner

    Date:  June 25, 2014  

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

    Contact: Captain Victor Ledbetter, 269-337-8139

     

  • Meth Lab Suspected in Early Morning Fire

    huberm in KDPS News on Jun 25, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Wednesday, June 25th, 2014, at approximately 1:19 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a residential structural fire in the 900 block of Staples. Upon arrival, Public Safety officers found the second floor of a two story home engulfed in flames.  Officers were on scene several hours conducting fire suppression operations. No one was home at the time of the fire. Remnants of methamphetamine production were found on scene. The Fire Marshal continues to investigate the cause and origin of the fire.   

     

    Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

     

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Matt Huber

     

     

    Date:  June 25th, 2014

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

    Contact:  Captain James Mallery, 337-8140

     

  • Armed Suspect Arrested

    huberm in KDPS News on Jun 22, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, June 22nd, 2014, at approximately 3:12 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers Adam Wysocki and Benjamin Ulman responded to a report of a crowd in the 400 blk of Lulu St. Additional information was received that one of the subjects was in possession of a handgun.  Upon arrival, the officers attempted to make contact with a male matching the description of the suspect. The male fled from officers on foot dropping a loaded .45 caliber handgun. After a brief foot chase the suspect was taken into custody.  A file check on the handgun revealed that it was reported stolen in city of Kalamazoo.

    The 21 year-old year old Kalamazoo resident was arrested and lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail on the charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Resisting and Obstructing Arrest, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felony firearm and outstanding warrants pending review by the Prosecutor’s office. 

    Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Matt Huber

     

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    Date:  June 22st,  2014

     

     Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

     Contact:  Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 337-8139

     

  • Male Stabbed in the Back

    franksc in KDPS News on Jun 20, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On June 20, 2014 at 2:45 a.m. Kalamazoo Public Safety received a call of a large crowd fighting at Douglas and Summit Ave.  When officers arrived one male was found suffering from a stab wound to the back.

     

    The victim, a 25 year old Kalamazoo resident, stated he was in a fight with another male when he was stabbed.  The victim was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he is being treated for his injury.     

     

     

    Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

      

                                                             

    By authority of:   Lt. Christopher Franks

     

    Date:        June 20, 2014

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

    Contact:   Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigation Division 337-8139 

     

  • Preferred Credit Union Robbery

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jun 18, 2014
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    Kalamazoo:  The Preferred Credit Union at 4245 S. Westnedge Ave. was robbed this afternoon at 12:06 pm.  A lone black male entered the Credit Union and brandished a handgun demanding money.  There were no injuries during the robbery and the suspect was last seen on foot, northbound from the credit union.

     

    The suspect is described as a dark skinned black male, in his late 20’s or early 30’s, 165-175 lbs. and about 5’5” to 5’8” tall.  He was wearing a light colored short sleeve shirt and light colored sweatpants.  The suspect was also wearing white tennis shoes and possibly had dread locks in his hair.

     

    Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100, www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

    Date:   06-18-14

     

    Address:   150 E. Crosstown Pkwy.,  Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI  49001

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

  • KDPS Records Division Closed Wednesday June 11, 2014

    bridgess in KDPS News on Jun 10, 2014
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    On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Records Division at 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy will be closed.

    The following alternatives are always available:

    Anyone needing to pay a parking ticket issued by the City of Kalamazoo/Public Safety may do so by phone at 1-888-995-5110 or online at www.parkingticketpayment.com/kalamazoo

    Copies of accident reports are available for purchase online at www.AuthorizeTransaction.com.

    For background checks, the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) allows the search of public criminal history record information maintained by the Michigan State Police, Criminal Justice Information Center. All felonies and serious misdemeanors that are punishable by over 93 days are required to be reported to the state repository by law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and courts in all 83 Michigan counties. Information on obtaining these background checks is available at http://apps.michigan.gov/ichat/home.aspx.

    We apologize in advance for any inconvenience. The Records Division will resume normal business hours on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Normal business hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Authority of Executive Lieutenant Stacey Randolph

     

    Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

    Contact: Executive Lieutenant Stacey Randolph, Service Division, 269-337-8131

  • Suspect in Robbery of Rite Aid Pharmacy Arrested

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jun 06, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  Public Safety Officers were sent to the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 1032 E. Cork St. this morning at 10:25am on a report of an armed robbery.  Information was gathered that the suspect was a heavy set white male with a handgun.  An alert witness obtained information as the suspect fled the store and noted a vehicle description and a direction of travel.  Minutes later, Portage Police Officers located the vehicle driving southbound on U.S. 131 near Center St.  The vehicle was stopped and the suspect arrested without incident.  Evidence and a weapon were located inside the vehicle.

     

    The suspect, a 35 year old Three Rivers, MI resident was arrested for Armed Robbery and a weapons offense, he is currently lodged in the Kalamazoo County Jail awaiting arraignment.

     

    Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269)337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

    By authority of:   Lt. David O’Strander

     

     

    Date:  June 6, 2014    

     

     

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

     

     

     

    Contact: Captain Victor Ledbetter, 269-337-8139

     

  • HAZMAT TEAM CALLED IN WHEN TANK PUNCTURED

    franksc in KDPS News on Jun 04, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Wednesday, June 04, 2014 at approximately 9:21a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to the 1500 King Highway for a report of several people having trouble breathing after being exposed to a cloud.  Public Safety learned that workers had accidently punctured a cylinder causing a gas to be released.

     

    The Kalamazoo County Hazmat Team was called in and determined the gas cylinder contained Chlorine Gas.  At least four people were taken to area hospitals for evaluation.

     

    Kalamazoo Public Safety evacuated the business until the area was safe.  The business was extremely cooperative with Public Safety in shutting down for a couple hours while the scene was being made safe.

     

     

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Christopher Franks

     

    Date:  June 4, 2014

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

    Contact:  Captain Jim Mallery, 337-8142

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