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KDPS Blog

Tag » News
  • Eight Dogs Rescued From Fire

    huberm in KDPS News on Jan 27, 2014
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, January 26th, 2014, at approximately 6:37 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers, along with firefighters from Portage Public Safety and Comstock Fire Department, responded to a report of fire in a mobile home in the 5400 block of S. Deadwood.   Upon arrival, the front bedroom of the home was on fire, filling the structure with smoke.  Trapped inside the home were the resident’s eight dogs; an adult lab and American bulldog along with their six puppies. Officers made entry and were able to rescue the dogs as additional crew’s extinguished the fire.

     

    A few of the puppies appeared to have suffered from the effects of the smoke and were provided oxygen by Comstock Township firefighters. All the dogs are expected to make a full recovery. The residents were not home at the time of the fire. The fire appears to be caused by a lamp which was knocked over by the dogs. Although there is fire and smoke damage to the bedroom, the integrity of the home is intact allowing the residents to return.

     

    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:  January 26th, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • Three Guns Recovered During Traffic Stop

    huberm in KDPS News on Jan 26, 2014
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, January 26th, 2014, at approximately 12:46 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of an assault in the 1200 block of Lake St. Upon arrival, officers learned that a male suspect had assaulted a female after an argument and fired one shot in the air from a handgun. After firing the handgun, the suspect left the scene in a 2005 dark colored Dodge Magnum.  Approximately eight minutes later at 12:54 a.m., PSO Marc Rifenberg observed a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle’s description traveling northbound on Riverview Dr. near E. Michigan. With the assistance of additional officers, the vehicle was stopped in the 600 block of Gull Road. After the six occupants were detained, the vehicle was searched and officers recovered three handguns; 9 mm Highpoint, which was reported stolen in Kalamazoo Township, .45 Caliber Ruger, and a .22 Caliber Jennings.  

     

    Four of the occupants were arrested. The 1st occupant, a 20 year-old male Kalamazoo Resident, was arrested on the charge of Carrying a Concealed Weapon Possession of a Stolen Handgun and Assault and Battery. The 2nd, occupant, a 21 year-old Kalamazoo resident, was arrested of the charge of Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Possession of Marijuana. The 3rd occupant, a 23 year- old male Kalamazoo Resident, was arrested on outstanding warrants. The forth occupant, a 14 year old juvenile was arrested on the charge of curfew violation. The two remaining occupants were released.  Additional charges of reckless discharge of a firearm will be submitted to 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

     

     

    Date:  January 26th, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • ROAD SAFETY REMINDER

    vanderwierej in KDPS Blog on Jan 24, 2014
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI:     With road conditions worsening and the potential for significant snow and wind conditions Friday night, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety would like to insure that everyone arrives safely at their destination should they need to travel.  If traveling is necessary this weekend, KDPS reminds motorists to adhere to some general safety precautions: 

    • Allow extra time to get to your destination.
    • Clear all windows of ice and snow.  Remove snow from hood, roof, headlights and taillights.
    • Beware of bridges, overpasses and intersections where ice tends to form first.
    • Avoid abrupt stops and starts, slow down gradually and keep wheels turning to avoid losing traction.
    • Use headlights even during daylight hours.
    • Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
    • Decrease your speed according to road conditions.
    • Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained.
    • Refrain from the use of electronic devices to include making phone calls with cell phones.
    • Move over and slow down for emergency vehicles.

    The most common cause of crashes during snow or icy weather is speed too fast for the existing road conditions. Remember, slick roads don’t cause crashes-it’s your driving behavior on those roads that causes the crash. Please slow down and be patient. Plan your trip according to weather and traffic conditions.

     

    By authority of:   Lt. Jeff VanderWiere

     

    Date:  January 24th, 2014       

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

    Contact:  Captain Jim Mallery, Operations Division, (269) 337-8051 

     

  • Home Invasion / Felonious Assault

    misnerb in KDPS News on Jan 20, 2014
    Tagged in: Special Units, News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, January 20, 2014, at approximately 12:01 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 500 block of Ada St, on a 911 call where the line was left open.  Dispatchers could hear a male yelling in the background, claiming he was going to shoot himself.  Officers met a distraught female at the front door.  The female advised officers an ex-boyfriend had just kicked in the front door and was threatening to shoot her.

     

    Officers were able to remove the female to a safe location, while they surrounded the home.  Officers had reason to believe suspect was still inside the residence, so they began using a PA system to call for him to surrender.

     

    The Kalamazoo SWAT Team was called to assist with searching the home.  The home was cleared without locating the suspect. 

     

    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.

     

     

    Date:  January 20, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Brad Misner

  • Suspicious Fire 700 block of Elizabeth St.

    huberm in KDPS News on Jan 04, 2014
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, January 4th, 2014 at approximately 2:04 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a house fire in the 700 block of Elizabeth St. Upon arrival the front of the home was fully involved with fire. Officers were on scene for approximately three hours conducting fire suppression and overhaul. The home is currently vacant and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Kalamazoo Township Fire Marshal.

    Anyone who may have information regarding any of these investigations 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:  January 4th, 2014

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

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

  • Man Shot in 700 block of Millard Ct.

    huberm in KDPS News on Jan 04, 2014
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, January 4th, 2014, at approximately 2:02 a.m., a 19 year-old-male arrived at Bronson Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm. The victim reported that as he was walking along the sidewalk in the 700 blk. of Millard Ct, he passed a man walking the opposite direction. As they passed each other, the man fired one gunshot striking the victim in the arm. The victim told officers that the suspect did not say anything to him, only fired the shot and ran away from the scene on foot. The victim drove himself to Bronson Hospital where he was treated and released for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm.

     

    The suspect is described as an unknown male, 6’ tall, wearing a black ski mask and hooded sweatshirt.  The shooting is still under investigation.

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Matt Huber

     

    Date:  January 4th, 2014

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

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

  • Three Shot at Downtown Gas Station

    huberm in KDPS News on Dec 29, 2013
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, December 29th, 2013, at approximately 1:57 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of fight with shots fired in the parking lot of Shakespeare’s Pub located in the 200 block of E. Kalamazoo. Approximately eight minutes later at approximately 2:05 a.m., additional gunshots were reported at the Shell gas station located in the 400 block of W. Michigan.

    Upon arrival of Public Safety officers, two victims were found shot in the parking lot. The first victim, who is a 49 year-old male, sustained a non life threatening gunshot wound to his leg and was transported to Borgess Hospital.  The second victim, who is a 28 year-old male, was shot in the pelvis region and ankle. He was transported to Bronson Hospital and is listed in critical condition.  A third victim arrived at Bronson Hospital with gunshot wounds to his leg, arm and back.  The 24 year-old male is in stable condition and the injuries appear to be non life threatening.

    The suspect is described as a black male, 25-30 years of age, short build wearing all back clothing and an orange hat. The suspect fled the scene in a black midsize vehicle. Detectives continue to investigate the incident.

    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:  December 29th, 2013

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

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

  • Jury Convicts Clarence Ross of Homicide

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Dec 23, 2013
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI:  Public Safety Officers had been sent to the Quick Stop convenience store at 1405 Portage Rd. on Sept. 30th 2012 on a report of a man down.  Officers discovered 24 year old Jheryl Cecil Wright dead in the store from several gunshot wounds.

     

    On Friday evening, 12-20-13, a jury convicted Clarence Edward Ross, age 32 in 9th Circuit Court for the murder of Jheryl Wright.  Mr. Ross was convicted of 1st Degree Murder, Felony Firearm and Solicitation to Commit Murder.  Clarence Ross will be sentenced on January 13th 2014.

     

    By authority of:

    Lt. David O'Strander

     

     

    Date:   12-23-13

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

     

     

     

  • Home Invasion Suspect Arrested After Stealing Christmas Presents

    huberm in KDPS News on Dec 20, 2013
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Thursday, December 19th, 2013, at approximately 9:12 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a subject armed with a handgun in the 1000 block of Sherwood Ave. Upon arrival, a witness told officers that he observed a male standing in his driveway opening a wrapped Christmas present. When the witness confronted the subject, the subject picked up a bag of Christmas presents and a handgun off of the ground and then fled the scene on foot.   Officers determined that the subject stole the presents after entering an enclosed porch at a neighboring residence.

    As a canine team began tracking the subject, an officer from the Kalamazoo Township Police Department observed a subject matching the description in the 1500 block of Humphrey St. The subject fled from the officer on foot and was apprehended as he was attempting to scale the fence to the Kalamazoo Country Juvenile home. After a search of the area, officers located a facsimile firearm and the bag containing the stolen Christmas presents. The presents were returned to the family and were all accounted for.  

    The suspect, who is a fourteen year-old Kalamazoo resident, was lodged at the Kalamazoo Country Juvenile home on the charge of Home Invasion and an outstanding detention order 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

     

    Date:  December 19th, 2013

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

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

  • Armed Robbery Suspects Sought

    huberm in KDPS News on Dec 18, 2013
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Tuesday, December 17th, 2013, at approximately 8:10 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Dollar General, located in the 100 block of E. Stockbridge Ave.  The store employees reported that two suspects, one who was armed with a handgun, entered the store demanding that they turn over the money. As the first suspect was dealing with the employees, the second suspect stood by the door and acted as a look out. After the clerk complied, the suspects fled the store on foot.

     

    PSO Doug Hubbell responded with his dog Duke to track the suspect. The track led to the 1300 block of John St. where it appeared that the suspects left in a vehicle.  

    The suspect armed with the handgun is described as a black male (unknown age) wearing black sweatshirt, black pants, tennis shoes and had a white mask over his face. The suspect that acted as the lookout is described as black male (unknown age) wearing a Notre Dame winter jacket with light colored stripes on the sleeve, dark colored pants, tennis shoes and also had a white mask over his face.  

    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:  December 17th, 2013

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

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