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KDPS Blog

  • KDPS Arrests Two for Carrying Concealed Weapons

    vanderwierej in KDPS Blog on Aug 19, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety arrested two suspects in separate incidents last night for possessing concealed weapons.  The first incident occurred at approximately 10:30 pm in the 1700 block of E. Main Street.  Officers were dispatched to the area on a report of juveniles causing problems.  While investigating that call, PSO Wysocki observed a male subject carrying a bottle of liquor who he knew to be under the lawful age of 21.  When PSO Wysocki approached the suspect for the liquor violation, he observed the suspect throw something into the grassy area next to him.  PSO Brooks along with his K-9 partner “Body”, arrived and conducted an area search of the grassy area locating the gun approximately 15 feet from where the suspect was stopped.  The suspect was lodged at Kalamazoo County Jail on charges of CCW and Minor in Possession of Alcohol.

     

    Approximately 1 hour later at 11:30 p.m., PSO’s Joesph Boutell and Andrew Werkema were on foot patrol in the 1300 block of N. Burdick when they attempted to make contact with a subject.  When the subject saw the officers approach him, he fled on foot.  The officers chased the subject for approximately 1 block before apprehending him.  PSO Kelley Pittlekow and her K-9 partner “Nero” conducted an article search along the path of the suspect’s flight and located a loaded firearm lying in the yard where the suspect had ran.  The 23-year-old Kalamazoo resident, was arrested on charges of CCW and Resisting and Obstructing Police and lodged at Kalamazoo County Jail.  

     

    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 of: Lt. Jeff VanderWiere

     

     

    Date:  August 19th, 2014 

     

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

     

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

  • KDPS Investigating Stabbing - 1000 block of N. Park

    vanderwierej in KDPS Blog on Aug 17, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Sunday, August 17th, 2014 at approximately 5:30 a.m., Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety was notified by Borgess Hospital and that a male subject had just shown up with a stab wound to the upper torso.  Officers responded to Borgess Hospital where they were told that the victim had been taken into surgery and not available to be interviewed.  Officers interviewed a witness that indicated she had transported the victim to the Borgess from a house in the 1000 block of N. Park.

     

    At this time, this incident does not appear to related to the earlier stabbing that occurred in the 800 block of N. Park hours earlier.  The 53-year-old Kalamazoo resident is out of surgery and in stable condition at this time.  Detectives plan to interview the 53-year-old victim and Kalamazoo resident later this morning.  

     

    Anyone with information regarding this incident 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:  August 17th, 2014

     

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

     

    Contact:  Captain Vic Ledbetter, Criminal Investigation Division, (269) 337-8139 

  • Two Injured in Fight

    huberm in KDPS News on Aug 17, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, August 16th, 2014 at approximately 11:28 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 800 block of N. Park St. on a report of an assault. Upon arrival, officers found an injured victim with lacerations outside on the sidewalk. As aid was being rendered, a second victim from the incident arrived at Bronson Hospital with multiple stab wounds. Witnesses reported a fight between several subjects involving blunt objects and a chain.  The victim found on scene, a 24 year-old male,  sustained non-life threatening wounds to the shoulder and was transported to Bronson Hospital for treatment. The second victim, a 25 year old male, sustained multiple stab wounds to his torso and a laceration to his head. He is currently in critical condition.    

     

    Detectives are currently investigating the incident. There are no suspects in custody 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. Matt Huber

     

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    Date:  August 16th, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • Stolen Firearm Recovered After Shots Fired

    huberm in KDPS News on Aug 16, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, August 16th, 2014, at approximately 12:16 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of six gunshots fired in the Hilltop apartments, located in 3000 block of S. Burdick Street.  While on scene, Sgt. Anthony Morgan and PSO Craig Jankowksi attempted to make contact with a group in the parking lot.  When contact was made, one of the subjects fled on foot dropping a loaded 9 mm handgun. After a several minute foot chase, the officers apprehended the suspect. A file check on the handgun revealed that it was reported stolen in Kalamazoo Country.

     

    The 20 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, possession of marijuana and an outstanding warrant 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:  August 16th, 2014

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

               

  • Gun Seized in the 900 Block of Douglas Avenue

    handlogtenl in KDPS News on Aug 15, 2014
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    Gun Seized in the 900 Block of Douglas Avenue

     

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Thursday, August 14, 2014, at approximately 9:50 P.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 900 block of Douglas Avenue regarding a man with a gun.  Upon arrival a witness told officers that the suspect had a silver revolver in the front pocket of his hooded sweatshirt and had been threatening to shoot someone.  The witness then showed officers the apartment where the suspect was.  A perimeter was established around the building and phone contact was initiated with the suspect.

     

    After an hour and a half of negotiations the suspect came out of his apartment and was taken into custody without incident. A loaded .38 caliber revolver was located during the search of his residence.  The 44 year old Kalamazoo resident was arrested for resisting and obstructing, felony firearm, possession of an unregistered firearm, and an unrelated bench warrant.  He is currently lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail 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:  August 15, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

     

  • Man Arrested for Carrying Gun

    handlogtenl in KDPS News on Aug 12, 2014
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    Man Arrested for Carrying Gun

     

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at approximately 7:30 P.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the area of Cameron Street and Lay Boulevard regarding a man brandishing a gun.  Upon arrival, officers made contact with the suspect who was walking down Cameron.  The suspect immediately reached for a gun in his waistband and began fighting with officers.    

     

    After a very intense confrontation officers were able to subdue the suspect and take him into custody.  A loaded handgun was recovered from his waistband.  The 23 year old Kalamazoo resident was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and resisting/obstructing as well as several warrants.   

     

    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:  August 12, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • Public Safety Officer Saves Choking Driver

    misnerb in KDPS News on Aug 10, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, August 9th, 2014, at 11:36a.m, Kalamazoo Public Safety officer Jason Gates initiated a traffic stop for a red light violation in the 4100 block of S. Burdick St.  As Officer Gates approached the vehicle, he found the female driver was in respiratory distress.  Officer Gates asked the driver if she was ok, but quickly realized she was not able to breath.  Officer Gates administered a couple of back blows, attempting to dislodge the unknown item in the female’s throat. 

     

    The back blows did not work, so Officer Gates quickly removed the distressed female from the driver’s seat.  Officer Gates used the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the stuck sausage and bun from the females’ throat.  The female immediately began crying, throwing herself into Officer Gates’ arms, thanking him for saving her life.

     

     

    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:  August 9th, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • Man Shot in Kalamazoo’s North Side Neighborhood

    huberm in KDPS News on Aug 10, 2014
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, August 10th, 2014, at approximately 2:49 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of 25-30 gunshots in the area of E. Paterson and Krom St.  Minutes later after the initial report, a male in his 20’s arrived at Bronson Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Kalamazoo Public Safety officers continue to investigate.

    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:  August 10th, 2014

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

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

  • Suspect Arrested for Shooting into Occupied Home on Mills Street

    vanderwierej in KDPS News on Jul 28, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Monday, July 28, 2014 at 1:40 a.m., Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety responded to the area of Jackson and Mills after several 911 calls came in about shots being fired in the area.  The investigation revealed that a house in the 900 block of Mills Street had been stuck.  Officers located several small holes in the outside of the house consistent with shotgun pellets.

     

    Witnesses indicated that the suspect fled east on Jackson Street.  PSO Hubbell and K-9 Duke tracked to the 900 block of Cameron Street where a vehicle was seen attempting to leave the area.  The vehicle was stopped and the suspect was located in the back seat of the vehicle.  Further investigation led officers to a residence in the 900 block of Cameron where a search warrant was executed.  During the search the shotgun believed to have been used was recovered.  The suspect a 21-year-old Kalamazoo resident was arrested for Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Dwelling and Possession of a Short-Barreled Shotgun.  He was lodged at Kalamazoo County Jail pending arraignment. 

     

    Anyone with information regarding this incident 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:  July 28, 2014

     

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

     

    Contact:  Captain Vic Ledbetter, Criminal Investigation Division, (269) 337-8139 

     

     

     

  • Mt. Olivet Homicide Update

    handlogtenl in KDPS Blog on Jul 27, 2014
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    **UPDATE**

     

    On 07-27-2014 DaQuan Pritchett was arrested after he turned himself in at Kalamazoo Public Safety headquarters.

     

    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.

     

     Date:07-27-14

    Address:150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI49001

    Contact:Capt. Victor Ledbetter269-337-8139

     

     

    **UPDATE**

     

    The investigation into the shooting death of 19 year old Christopher Lee Adams has resulted in the issuance of open murder and felony firearm charges for an 18 year old Kalamazoo resident, DaQuan “Quan” Pritchett, 1-16-1996.  Mr. Pritchett is considered armed as he fled the scene with the weapon used in this incident. Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Mr. Pritchett is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

     

    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:

     

    Captain Victor Ledbetter 

     

     

     

    Shooting On Mt. Olivet St. Leaves One Man Dead.

     

    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

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