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KDPS Blog

  • Man Shot During Early Morning Break In

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Oct 19, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  Public Safety Officers responded to a report of a man shot in the 1800 block of Fulford St. at 5:42 this morning.  Officers discovered that the victim, a 25 year old Kalamazoo man was shot in the leg after an intruder broke into a home he was visiting. 

     

    The intruder forced entry into the home and was confronted by the victim.  The suspect fired multiple gunshots at the victim, striking him once in the leg.  The suspect then fled the area but was known by the resident of the home and the suspect’s name was given to police.

     

    Detectives found a possible location for the suspect in the 900 block of Stockbridge St.,  he was ultimately arrested attempting to leave the home at approximately 11:20 am.  A handgun was recovered from the suspect at the time of arrest.

     

    The suspect, a 28 year old Kalamazoo man was arrested for Assault with Intent to Murder, Home Invasion, Felony Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.  He is currently lodged in 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:

     

    Lt. David O’Strander

     

    Date:   10-19-14

     

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

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

     

  • Two Injured in Shooting at Interfaith Homes

    huberm in KDPS News on Oct 17, 2014
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     Kalamazoo, MI: On Thursday, October 16, 2014 at approximately 6:18 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of several shots fired inside an apartment in the 1000 block of Interfaith Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers found a vacant apartment with several bullet holes and spent casings inside. Approximately forty minutes after the initial report, a 20 year-old female arrived a Bronson Hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to her left leg. The female reported that there was an altercation between several males outside her apartment. The males chased each other inside her apartment and began shooting when she was shot in the leg. It is not believed that the female was the intended target.  

     

    Approximately two hours after the shooting, a 26 year-old male arrived at a Hospital in Three Rivers, MI with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left leg. The male reported that he was also shot at the Interfaith Boulevard apartment during what he describes as a robbery.  

     

    Officers are currently investigating the incident and attempting to identify 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

     

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    Date:  October 16th, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

     

     

     

  • KDPS RESPONDS TO FIRE AT APARTMENT HI-RISE

    vanderwierej in KDPS Blog on Oct 11, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2:13 p.m., KDPS responded to 1004 Douglas reference a Fire Alarm.  First arriving units determined that there was a  fire in the trash compactor and chute system that serves the 7 floor building. 

     

    During the extinguishment of the fire, additional firefighters found that the 6th and 7th floor hallways were filling with smoke and that several residents had not evacuated.  Several of the residents are non-ambulatory and required assistance from firefighters in exiting the structure.  Due to the increased demand for manpower a second alarm was dispatched.  The fire was quickly extinguished however approximately 30 firefighters were on scene for more than an hour ensuring that all the residents were alright and clearing smoke from the building.

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Jeff VanderWiere

     

    Date:  October 11, 2014 

     

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

     

    Contact:  Captain Jim Mallery, Operations Division 337-8142 

     

  • KDPS INVESTIGATING ACCIDENT – MILLS/VINE

    vanderwierej in KDPS Blog on Oct 11, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 3:55 p.m., a KDPS officer observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Washington and Mills Street.  When the officer turned around to investigate the vehicle it took off at a high rate of speed northbound on Mills Street.  By the time the officer turned northbound on Mills the vehicle had already disregarded the red light at Lake Street and was approaching Vine Street.  The suspect vehicle ran the red light and struck a westbound vehicle traveling on Vine Street.  

     

    The vehicle travelled another 75 yards coming to a stop in the middle of Mills Street.  When the officer got up to the accident scene the suspect vehicle was empty and the suspects had fled on foot.  A K-9 track led officers to the 700 block of Millard Court but the K-9 was unable to track any further from that location.  

     

    The driver of the other car had to be extricated from his vehicle.  The 38-year-old Kalamazoo resident was conscious and alert on scene and was eventually transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition.  Both Mills and Vine Streets are currently shut down while officers investigate the crash.  

     

    Anyone with information regarding this accident is asked to contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Jeff VanderWiere

     

    Date:  October 11, 2014

     

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

     

    Contact:  Captain Jim Mallery, Operations Division 337-8142 

  • KDPS Fire Prevention Open Houses

    bridgess in KDPS News on Oct 06, 2014
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    Kalamazoo Public Safety will be hosting Three Fire Prevention Open Houses during Fire Prevention Week (October 5-11) at the following locations:

    Monday, October 6, 2014 at Station 6 – 1414 Howard from 6-8pm
    Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Station 2 – 1207 Bryant from 6-8pm
    Friday, October 10, 2014 at Station 45 – 601 N. Park from 6-8pm

    The Open Houses will include:
    Cider and Doughnuts
    Life EMS – EMS Equipment Display
    Sparky the Fire Dog
    Fire apparatus
    Fire Extinguisher Demo
    Thermal Imaging Camera Demo
    Stay Low and Go Exercise
    SWAT
    K9’s
    Kalamazoo Public Safety Crime Lab
    Kalamazoo Public Safety Recruiters will be on site

    Click here for a printable flyer.

  • KDPS Reminds Kalamazoo Residents that Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

    bridgess in KDPS Blog on Oct 06, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI, October 3, 2014 — It's time for Fire Prevention Week (October 5-11), and Kalamazoo Public Safety is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents that “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”.

    According to NFPA statistics:

    •Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half.

    •On average each year, three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

    •In one-quarter (23 percent) of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.

    “Nearly 3,000 people continue to die in fires each year, with most of those deaths occurring in homes,” said Carli. “The vast majority of home fire deaths are preventable, and working smoke alarms play a big role in helping reduce those numbers.”

    NFPA recommends:

    •Installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

    •Testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.

    •Replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.

    Fire Prevention Week occurs annually in October during the week in which October 9 falls, commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Each year, NFPA works in coordination with partnering companies, organizations and fire departments to promote Fire Prevention Week and its fire safety messages throughout North America

     

    By authority of:   Ryan Tibbets, Assistant Chief-Fire Administration/Finance

    Date:  October 3, 2014

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

    Contact:  Jeff Hadley – Public Safety Chief (269)337-8123  

     

  • Two Separate Shootings over the Weekend on Washington St.

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Sep 29, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  Two separate shootings over the weekend injured two individuals and officers are asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.

     

    On 09-28-14 at approximately 1:25am, Public Safety Officers were notified of an individual arriving at Bronson Hospital for treatment to a gunshot wound to the face.  The victim, a 21 year old Kalamazoo man, was the passenger in a car driving in the area of Washington and March St. when he was hit by gunfire from an unknown source.  The victim was shot in the face, his injuries are considered non-life threatening.  There is no suspect information at this time.

     

    The second shooting occurred on 09-28-14 at approximately 10:10pm, Public Safety Officers were sent to the 1300 block of Washington St. for shots fired.  They located a 44yr. old Kalamazoo resident with a gunshot wound to his right arm.  The victim reported standing outside when he suddenly heard gunshots and was struck by a bullet. 

     

    The suspects drove by in a green or grey colored sedan and fired shots from the vehicle as it drove past.  The suspects are unknown at this time.

     

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

     

    By authority:

    Lt. David O’Strander

     

     

    Date:   09-29-14

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

     

  • APARTMENT FIRE QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED

    franksc in KDPS News on Sep 21, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Sunday, September 21, 2014 at approximately 08:59 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to the 1000 block of Interfaith Blvd for a report of an apartment fire with kids trapped in the apartment.

     

    Public Safety Officers arrived on scene within minutes of the call being dispatched and found fire coming from the second floor of the apartment. Everyone was able to get out of the building prior to officers arriving. 

     

    The fire was quickly extinguished keeping the fire to the apartment that it started in.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross was called in to assist with housing for the victims of the fire.  There were no injuries.

     

     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

     

    Date:  September 21, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

    handlogtenl in KDPS News on Sep 21, 2014
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    Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

     

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Sunday, September 21, 2014, at approximately 6:00 P.M., the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department responded to an armed robbery of a business in the 8400 block of Stadium Drive. The suspect was not located but a description of the suspect and his vehicle was distributed to area law enforcement agencies. 

     

    At approximately 8:00 P.M., on the same date, Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to an armed robbery at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 3320 S. Westnedge.  A Public Safety Officer responding to the scene located the suspect vehicle on S. Westnedge near Kilgore and it was stopped just prior to getting onto I-94.  A handgun, and other evidence, was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle.  The driver was arrested for the McDonald’s armed robbery and he is believed to be responsible for the armed robbery being investigated by the Sheriff’s Department. 

     

    The suspect is a 55year old white male who resides in Oshtemo.  His name is being withheld pending arraignment.

     

    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:  September 21, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • One Injured In Motorcycle Accident

    huberm in KDPS News on Sep 18, 2014
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, at 6:42 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of an accident involving a motorcycle at the intersection of S. Westendge Ave. and Academy St.  Officers determined that the motorcyclist collided with the rear of a mid-size sedan as they were both traveling S/B on S. Westnedge. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Bronson Hospital by LIFE EMS and is in stable condition at this time. The driver was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The motorcyclist was found to be at fault and cited for driving without due care and operating a motorcycle without a cycle endorsement.

     

    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:  September 17th, 2014

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

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