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  • 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
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    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
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    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

     

     

     

  • Public Safety Officers Investigate Home Invasion and Sexual Assault

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Feb 27, 2015
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    KALAMAZOO, MI.  Public Safety Officers were sent to the 1600 block of Reed St. on February 25th at 3:03am on a report of a home invasion and gunshots being fired.  During the initial investigation, officers determined that an unknown suspect had gained entry into the home and displayed a handgun to the resident. 

     

    The resident, a 14 year old female, reported that the suspect entered the home and gathered property to be taken.  The suspect sexually assaulted the juvenile and fled after another resident arrived at the home.  The suspect confronted this second resident and robbed him at gunpoint as well.  The suspect left walking westbound on Reed St. at which point the suspect fired two gunshots at the ground while walking down the street.

     

    There were no visible injuries to either victim.  The juvenile was taken to the YWCA for an examination.  The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s, 5’8” to 6’0” tall, 200-230 lbs. He has corn rolls or braids in his hair and has 2 or 3 tear drop tattoos near his left eye.  He was wearing a black baseball cap, blue hoodie under a black coat and blue jeans.

     

    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.

     

     

    Lt. David O'Strander

     

     

     

    Date: 02-27-2015

     

     

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

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139

     

     

     

  • Two arrested on Meth charges

    misnerb in KDPS News on Feb 21, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI:

     

    On 02.21.15 at approximately 8:30 am Kalamazoo Public Safety officers were working off information they had received regarding a subject’s involvement in methamphetamine.  Officer Gates observed a vehicle being driven by the suspect, in the 3700 block of Vanrick Dr.  Officer Gates conducted a traffic stop just a few blocks away from where he initially observed the vehicle. 

     

    Officers located the methamphetamine components within the vehicle.  While Officers were conducting their investigators, Sgt. Lisa Moore secured a motel room for a possible search warrant application.  While waiting for the traffic stop investigation to be completed, another vehicle pulled into the same area officers had been watching.  Sgt. Moore made contact with the driver, finding he was in possession of methamphetamine, packaging material and a digital scale, all items used for the sale of controlled substances.

     

    Officers continued their investigation inside a motel room where the first suspect had been staying. After obtaining consent, additional methamphetamine components, methamphetamine, and marijuana were found.

     

    The suspects were identified as Male Kalamazoo Residents, both in their late 20’s.  Both were lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail.  One subject was lodged for the charge of Operating and Maintaining a Meth Lab, and the other lodged for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine.


    Public Safety is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 337-8994, the Criminal Investigation Division at 337-8139, or Silent Observer at 343-2100. 

     

     

    Authority of Lt. Brad Misner

     

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    Date:  February 21, 2015       

     

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

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigation Division, (269) 337-8139

     

     

  • Arson Arrest

    handlogtenl in KDPS Blog on Feb 19, 2015
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    Arson Arrest

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at approximately 4:45 P.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to 3307 S. Westnedge Avenue regarding reports of smoke and flames coming from the rear of the business known as Hollywood Nights.  Upon arrival the business was found to be fully involved in fire and is a total loss.

    An alert citizen in the area was able to provide the description of a person fleeing the area in a vehicle.  A short time later a second citizen observed a suspicious subject trying to dispose of an axe in a dumpster in Comstock.  The subject was driving a vehicle similar to the one described by the first witness. 

    A deputy from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department observed the suspect vehicle leaving Merrill Park in Comstock.  The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and it fled.  The pursuit ended at the intersection of Riverview and Hotop in the City of Kalamazoo when the suspect lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a snow bank.  The suspect was arrested without further incident.

    The suspect is a 41 year old Kalamazoo County Resident.  He has been arrested for arson and is being held at the Kalamazoo County Jail awaiting arraignment.  At this time there is no known connection between the suspect and the business or its owners.

    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:  February 18, 2015 

     

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

     

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

  • Suspect in Custody After Setting Woman on Fire

    vanderwierej in KDPS Blog on Feb 13, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Friday, February 13, 2015 at approximately 2:15 am, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety received a 911 call indicating that an ambulance was needed for a female victim who had been burned at a residence located in the 900 block of Douglas.  Dispatchers worked to obtain additional information from the caller which indicated that the female had been intentionally set on fire by a male suspect.  The suspect had fled on foot and the suspect description was broadcast to all officers responding to the scene.  The suspect was located by PSO John Vandenberg in the 700 block of Mabel Street where he was arrested.

     

    The investigation determined that the suspect and victim reside together and that they had been involved in an argument and physical altercation throughout the evening.  During the altercation, the suspect doused the victim in rubbing alcohol and then set her afire.  The 44-year-old victim was able to extinguish the fire herself by removing her shirt but not before suffering burns to her upper torso, face and singed hair.  She was taken to a local hospital by LIFE ambulance where she is listed in stable condition.

     

    The suspect, a 52-year-old male, was arrested for Assault with Intent to Murder and lodged at KCSD.   The Criminal Investigation Division is still investigating this incident.  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:  February 13, 2015

     

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

     

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

     

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