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KDPS Blog

Tag » News
  • House Fire Extinguished

    huberm in KDPS News on May 24, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 around 2:00 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to the 1800 block of Portage Rd on a report of a structure fire. Officers arrived on scene within minutes of the call and found flames coming from the rear of the house.    

    Public Safety officers were able to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes of arrival.  An occupant of the home was treated on scene for minor injuries and released. The cause of the fire appeared to be accidental however the Kalamazoo Fire Marshal will continue to investigate the cause.

    Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269-337-8994, Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Christopher Franks

     

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    Date:  May 23rd, 2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

    Contact:  Captain Mallery, Captain Operations Division, 337-8142 

     

     

     

  • Robbery Suspect Arrested with Stolen Handgun

    huberm in KDPS News on May 23, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, at approximately 1:05 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a purse snatching in the 800 block of N. Westnedge Ave. Upon arrival, officers obtained a description of the suspect and a canine track was conducted. PSO  Scott Brooks and his dog Bodi tracked the suspect to the 1300 block of N. Church where he was located. As officers attempted to detain the suspect, a struggle ensued causing a loaded .45 caliber handgun to fall out of the suspect’s waist band. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. A file check on the handgun revealed that it was reported stolen out of Kentwood, MI. 

     

    The 18 year old Kalamazoo resident was arrested and lodged at the Kalamazoo County jail on the charges of unarmed robbery, resisting and obstructing arrest, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a stolen firearm pending review of this investigation by the Kalamazoo 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:  May 23nd, 2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

  • Two Armed Robbery Suspects Sought

    franksc in KDPS News on May 17, 2015
    Tagged in: News, K9

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, May 17th, 2015, at approximately 3:25a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Speedway Gas Station, located in the 3900 block of S. Westnedge Ave. The clerk reported that two male suspects entered the store with a gun and demanded money.  An undetermined amount of cash was taken.  The clerk was not injured.

     A Kalamazoo Public Safety Canine officer tracked the suspects but did not locate them.

    The first suspect is described as a male around 6’ tall, with a heavy build wearing a black sweatshirt with a hood, dark pants, and a bandana on his face.  The second suspect was a shorter male, with a thin build, and a bandana on his face.

     Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269-337-8994 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     By authority of:  Lt. Christopher Franks

    Date:  May 17th, 2015

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

     Contact:  Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 269- 337-8139

     

  • Suspect In Custody After Man Stabbed

    huberm in KDPS Blog on May 08, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at approximately 11:56 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a reported stabbing in the 2300 block of S. Burdick. Upon arrival, officers located a 42 year-old victim with a laceration to his shoulder.  The victim told the officers that he was involved in an altercation with his neighbor when he was stabbed with a knife. 

    When officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, he refused to exit his home and speak with them. Officers utilized a public address system and were able to convince the suspect to exit the home and surrender without incident. A search warrant was obtained for the residence to recover the knife used in the assault.

    The victim’s injuries are considered to be non-life threatening and he was treated on scene by medical personnel.

    The 63 year-old suspect was lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail on the charge of felonious assault pending review of this investigation 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:  May 8th,2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

               

     

  • Vehicle Pursuit after Multiple Gun Shots Fired

    misnerb in KDPS News on Apr 26, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, April 26, 2015 at approximately 12:30 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 900 block of Clarence St. on a report of multiple gun shots fired.  Upon arrival, officers were told by several witnesses that a black male with long hair was seen shooting at another black male.  The suspect was last seen running down Clarence St. and jump into a vehicle. Officers obtained a solid suspect description along with a vehicle plate number.  The vehicle was described as a white SUV, the plate number coming back to an address in the 100 block of Reed St.  Officer Blazok was able to locate the vehicle parked behind a house occupied by several subjects.  The driver matched the description given by witnesses at the shooting scene. Officer Blazok was keeping an eye on the vehicle while waiting for his backup to arrive, when the driver quickly began to back out to Reed St.

     

    Several officers arrived in the area to assist with a Felony Stop. The driver began fleeing from officers southbound on S. Burdick St.  The driver attempted to turn down Remine St. striking a retaining wall, and continuing westbound on Remine St. which is a dead end street.  Officers quickly converged on the suspect vehicle at the end of the block, detaining the driver and two backseat passengers.  The front seat passenger fled on foot.  Officer Tom Maher caught up to fleeing suspect as he was attempting to hide behind a home.  Officer Maher located a .38 revolver right next to the suspect attempting to hide.  Officers began speaking with all the occupants, and with the help from Det. Brian Beauchamp, they obtained full confessions from both the driver and passenger. 

     

    The victim in the initial shooting has yet to be identified.  The .38 revolver seized in this incident had the serial number filed off.  The handgun was submitted to the Kalamazoo Crime Lab for serial number retrieval. The two rear passengers were juveniles, and turned over to their parents.  The driver, who is an 18 year old Kalamazoo resident, was arrested on the charges of fleeing and eluding, reckless discharge of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, possession of marijuana, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. The second occupant (front seat passenger), who is a 17 year old Kalamazoo resident, was arrested on  carrying a concealed weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number,  possession of marijuana, and attempted resisting and obstructing. Both were lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail.

     

    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. Brad Misner

    Date:  April 26, 2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

  • Public Safety Officers Respond to a Suspicious Package

    misnerb in KDPS News on Apr 24, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Friday, April 24, 2015, at 10:27 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers were called to the 2500 block of Stadium Dr. regarding a suspicious package left on the front steps of a local church. Officers cleared the immediate area while the Kalamazoo Bomb Squad prepared to examine the package.  After two separate x-ray scans, it was determined the package contained some type paper.  Bomb Tech Anthony Carpita opened the package to find it contained Southwest Michigan Living brochures.  The brochures had been dropped off to be handed out to the church goers.

     

    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. Brad Misner

     

    Date:  April 24, 2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Contact:  Captain Jim Mallery, Operations Division, 337-8140

     

  • Multiple Gun Shots Fired Into Residence

    huberm in KDPS News on Apr 09, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, at approximately 10:08 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 300 block of Phelps Ave on a report of gun shots fired. Upon arrival, witnesses reported that an unknown suspect fired multiple gunshots into an occupied home. The suspect ran to a nearby vehicle and fled the scene eastbound on E. Main.  Seven occupants were inside the home at the time of the shooting and were not injured. Officers processed the scene and located nineteen spent bullet casings scattered across the sidewalk and curb lawn. The home sustained damage to the siding and windows from the bullets.

    The suspect fled in a late model white four door sedan with round tail lights. Witnesses were unable to provide a description of the suspect at this time and are still at large. It is unknown what events led up to the shooting.

     

    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:  April 8th, 2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

               

     

  • Commercial Storage Facility Fire

    misnerb in KDPS News on Apr 06, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Monday, April 6, 2015, at approximately 7:43a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of fire in a large commercial building in the 2200 block of Miller Rd.   Upon arrival, the entire front of the building was on fire, with flames already reaching 30’ high.  Within minutes of arrival, a second alarm was struck to assist with man power and a second aerial for a defensive fire attack.  The fire had advanced too quickly to send crews inside the structure, fearing roof collapse.

     

    Several officers fought the blaze, by opening the large sliding doors, and cutting openings in the exterior walls to gain access to the fire.  The fire cause is still under investigation.  The building is a total loss, but half of its contents were actually saved.

     

    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. Brad Misner

     

     

    Date:  April 6, 2015

     

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

     

    Contact:  Captain James Mallery, Operations Division, 337-8140

     

  • Missing Person

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Mar 04, 2015
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    KALAMAZOO, MI:  Public Safety Detectives are seeking assistance from the community in locating John May Jr.  Mr. May is 71 years old.  He is African American, approximately 5’10” tall and weighs 280lbs.  He was last seen with a scruffy beard.

     

    Mr. May has not been seen since January, it is unknown where he could be at this time.  Mr. May resides in the Vine St. and S. Rose St. area of Kalamazoo.  John May has a medical disorder which causes him to walk noticeably unsteady and his speech is mostly mumbled.

     

    Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100, or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

    By authority;

    Lt. David O'Strander

     

     

    Date: 03-04-2015

     

     

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

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139

     

     

     

     

     

  • Man Critically Injured in Car vs. Pedestrian Accident

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Feb 27, 2015
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    KALAMAZOO, MI:  Public Safety Officers were sent to a car vs. pedestrian accident last night at 7:19pm on W. Crosstown Pkwy. west of Portage St.  Officers discovered a 56 year old Kalamazoo man had been struck by a westbound vehicle.

     

    The driver of the vehicle is a 56 year old female from Kalamazoo.  Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors of the driver of the vehicle.  The investigation into the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

     

    The victim suffered multiple fractures from the accident, he is currently listed in critical condition at Bronson Hospital.

     

    Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100, or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

     

    By authority of: 

     

    Executive Lieutenant David O’Strander

     

     

     

    Date: 03-03-2015

     

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

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139

     

     

     

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