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KDPS Blog

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  • Shooting on Mt. Olivet St. Leaves One Man Dead

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jul 24, 2014
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    Kalamazoo:  Public Safety Officers were sent to the 3200 block of Mt. Olivet St. on a report of shots fired last night at 9:33pm.  Officers discovered that there had been at least two people shooting at each other in the area however, everyone had fled prior to officers arrival.  Minutes later, a vehicle arrived at Borgess Hospital with a victim of a gunshot wound.

     

    The victim, a 19 year old Kalamazoo County resident, was pronounced dead at Borgess Hospital.  The investigation is being handled by the Criminal Investigations Division and further details will be released as they emerge.

     

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

     

                                                                        

    By authority of:

    Lt. David O’Strander

     

  • Checkers Restaurant Robbed

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jul 23, 2014
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    Kalamazoo:  Public Safety Officers were sent to the Checkers Restaurant at 575 E. Michigan Ave. at 8:09 this morning on a report of an armed robbery.  The restaurant manager was robbed while opening the business this morning by a subject armed with a handgun.  The restaurant manager was not injured during the robbery and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

     

    The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s and about 6’3” tall, average build.  He was wearing a red over black hooded sweatshirt with white “Nike” lettering across the chest.  He was also wearing light colored pants with large cargo style pockets. The suspect was last seen fleeing on foot  northbound from the business.

     

    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.

    By authority:   Lt. David O'Strander

     

    Date:   07-23-14

     

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

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

  • Two Injured In Motorcycle Accident

    huberm in KDPS News on Jul 23, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014, at 10:22 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of an accident involving a Motorcycle and a Pickup truck at the intersection of Sprinkle Rd and the eastbound off ramp from I-94. Officers determined that the motorcycle was traveling southbound on Sprinkle road, disregarded a red traffic light and collided into the side of an eastbound Dodge Ram Pickup truck that was exiting the highway. The driver of the motorcycle and passenger were transported to Bronson Hospital by LIFE EMS and are in stable condition at his time. The driver was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash however the passenger was not. The driver was found to be at fault and cited for disregarding a traffic control device and operating a motorcycle without a cycle endorsement. Michigan State Police and a Conservation officer from Department of Natural Resources assisted with the accident scene.

     

    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:  July 22nd, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • Shots Fired During Attempted Robbery

    huberm in KDPS Blog on Jul 21, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, July 20th, 2014, at approximately 10:46 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 1300 block of N. Burdick to meet with a victim of an attempted robbery. The victim told officers that he was approached by two males while sitting in his car in the parking lot of Interfaith Homes. The male demanded that he turn over his property which the victim refused to do. After being denied the property, the suspect produced a handgun pointing it at the victim’s face. The victim rapidly sped out of the parking lot in his vehicle as the suspect began firing multiple rounds at his vehicle. The victim was not injured in the shooting however two of the bullets struck the driver’s side of his vehicle.

     

    The suspects were described two black males in their early 20’s one wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and the second wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt.  

    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:  July 20th, 2014

     

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

     

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

  • Driver Crashes While Fleeing Scene of Shooting

    huberm in KDPS News on Jul 20, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Sunday July 20th, 2014, at approximately 4:03 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 600 block of Florence St to a report of power outage and possible crash.   Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle that was crashed into a utility pole at the intersection of Florence and Woodbury, knocking down the pole and cutting the power to the neighborhood. The driver claimed that he was being shot at as he was traveling westbound of Florence Street and was trying to flee the scene when he crashed. The driver and the four passengers were not injured. Several bullet holes were found in two cars and two houses along the street. Sixteen spent bullet casings were found on scene. The shooter(s) were on foot at the time and there is no description of the suspects.

     

    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:  July 20th, 2014

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

  • Bicyclist in Serious Condition after Accident

    misnerb in KDPS News on Jul 15, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at approximately 11:45 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 3000 block of S. Westnedge Avenue on a report of a male that had been struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers located the victim off the roadway where citizens were rendering aid. Witness on scene reported that the bicyclist was weaving through southbound traffic that was stopped for the red light at Whites Rd.   Unfortunately, traffic had not stopped northbound on S. Westnedge.  The male was struck by a vehicle as he attempted to make his way eastbound.  The twenty year old Kalamazoo resident was transported to Bronson Hospital and is listed in serious condition.

     

    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:  July 15th, 2014

     

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

     

    Contact:  Captain Jim Mallery, Operations Division, 337-8994

     

  • N. Burdick Shooting

    handlogtenl in KDPS News on Jul 05, 2014
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    N. Burdick Shooting

     

     

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Saturday, July 5, 2014, at approximately 02:01 A.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety along with Kalamazoo Township PD, Portage Public Safety, and the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of N. Burdick and Clay regarding shots fired.  A male victim was found with a gunshot wound to his leg.  The wound is not life threatening. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. There is no suspect information at this time. 

     

    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. Lance Handlogten

     

    Date:  July 5, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • 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

     

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