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  • One Injured In Motorcycle Accident

    huberm in KDPS News on Sep 18, 2014
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    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

     

  • Felonious Assault- Suspect In custody

    huberm in KDPS News on Sep 17, 2014
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    Kalamazoo MI: Adam Shigwadja was located by Public Safety officers on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at approximately 7:30 p.m., on Stadium Dr. near Howard St. Shigwadja was apprehended without incident. 

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Matt Huber

     

     

    Date:   09-16-14

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

     

     

     

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  • Hispanic Heritage Month Sept 15 - Oct 15

    bridgess in KDPS News on Sep 16, 2014
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    National Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept 15 – Oct. 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

    The day of Sept 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept 16 and Sept 18, respectively.  Columbus Day, or Dia de la Raza is on Oct. 12.

    *Attachment has info you can share ref seminar on immigration at the Hispanic American Council on Sept. 25th.

     

    Famous Firsts by Hispanic Americans

    Government

    • Member of U.S. Congress: Joseph Marion Hernández, 1822, delegate from the Florida territory.
    • U.S. Representative: Romualdo Pacheco, a representative from California, was elected in 1876 by a one-vote margin. He served for four months before his opponent succeeded in contesting the results. In 1879 he was again elected to Congress, where he served for two terms.
    • Administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency: General Elwood "Pete" Quesada helped create this agency to manage the growing aviation field and improve airline safety. He served in this position from 1958 to 1961. The agency became the Federal Aviation Administration in 1966.
    • U.S. Surgeon General: Antonia Coello Novello, 1990–1993. She was also the first woman ever to hold the position.
    • U.S. Secretary of Transportation: Federico Peña, 1993.
    • U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Henry Cisneros, 1993.
    • U.S. Attorney General: Alberto Gonzales, 2005.
    • Democrat to run for President: Bill Richardson, 2008. Though he eventually lost the nomination to Barack Obama, Richardson made history by entering the race.
    • U.S. Supreme Court Justice: Sonia Sotomayor, 2009. She is also the third woman to hold the position. 

     

    Military

    • Flying ace: Col. Manuel J. Fernández, Jr., who flew 125 combat missions in the Korean War.
    • Medal of Honor recipient: Philip Bazaar, a Chilean member of the U.S. Navy, for bravery during the Civil War. He received his Congressional Medal of Honor in 1865.
    • Admiral, U.S. Navy: David G. Farragut. In 1866, he became the first U.S. naval officer ever to be awarded the rank of admiral. The first Hispanic American to become a four-star admiral was Horacio Rivero of Puerto Rico, in 1964.
    • General, U.S. Army: Richard E. Cavazos, 1976. In 1982, he became the army's first Hispanic four-star general.
    • Secretary of the Navy: Edward Hidalgo, 1979.

     

    Science and Medicine

    • Astronaut: Franklin Chang-Dìaz, 1986. He flew on a total of seven space-shuttle missions.  The first female Hispanic astronaut was Ellen Ochoa, whose first of four shuttle missions was in 1991.
    • Nobel Prize in Physics: Luiz Walter Alvarez, 1968, for discoveries about subatomic particles. Later, he and his son proposed the now-accepted theory that the mass dinosaur extinction was caused by a meteor impact.

     

    Literature

    • Novel in English, written and published in U.S.: María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Who Would Have Thought It? (1872). She's better known for her 1885 second novel, The Squatter and the Don.
    • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Oscar Hijuelos, 1990, for his novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
    • Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Nilo Cruz, 2003, for his play Anna in the Tropics.

     

    Music

    • Opera diva: Lucrezia Bori, who debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1912.
    • Rock star: Richie Valens, 1958.
    • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee: Carlos Santana, 1998.

     

    Film

    • Oscar, Best Actor: José Ferrer, 1950, Cyrano de Bergerac.
    • Oscar, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno, 1961, West Side Story.
    • Oscar, Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn, 1952, Viva Zapata!.
    • Hollywood director: Raoul Walsh, 1914, The Life of General Villa.

     

    Drama

    • Tony, Best Director: José Quintero, 1973.
    • Tony, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno, 1975, The Ritz. In 1977, Moreno became the first Hispanic American (and the second person ever) to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy, picking up the last of those for her performance as guest host on The Muppet Show.

     

    Television

    • Star of a network television show: Desi Arnaz, 1952, I Love Lucy.
    • Broadcaster of the Year: Geraldo Rivera, 1971.

     

    Baseball

    • Major league player: Esteban Bellán, 1871, Troy Haymakers.
    • World Series player: Adolfo “Dolf” Luque, 1919, relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, against the infamous “Black Sox.” (He later pitched for the New York Giants in the 1933 Series and was credited with the win in the final game.)
    • All-Star Game player: Alfonso “Chico” Carrasquel, 1951, starting shortstop for the American League.
    • Rookie of the Year: Luis Aparicio, 1956, shortstop, Chicago White Sox.
    • No-hitter: Juan Marichal, June 15, 1963, for the San Francisco Giants, against the Houston Colt .45s.
    • Hall of Fame inductee: Roberto Clemente, 1973. He was also the first Hispanic player to serve on the Players Association Board and to reach 3,000 hits.
    • Team owner: Arturo “Arte” Moreno bought the Anaheim Angels in 2003, becoming the first Hispanic owner of any major U.S. sports franchise. In 2005, he renamed it the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

     

    Football

    • NFL player: Ignacio “Lou” Molinet, 1927.
    • NFL draft pick: Joe Aguirre, 1941.
    • Starting NFL quarterback: Tom Flores, 1960.
    • #1 NFL draft pick: Jim Plunkett, 1971.
    • Football Hall of Fame inductee: Tom Fears, 1970. He also became the first Hispanic American head coach in 1967.

     

    Other Sports

    • Grand Slam championship winner: Richard “Pancho” González, 1948.
    • LPGA Hall of Fame inductee: Nancy López, 1987. In 1978, she became the first player to have won the the Rookie of the Year Award, Player of the Year Award, and Vare Trophy in the same season.
    • Heavyweight boxing champ: John Ruiz, 2001, defeating Evander Holyfield.
    • NHL 1st-round draft pick: Scott Gomez, 1998.

     

    Other Hispanic-American Firsts

    • Supermodel: Christy Turlington.
    • Labor leader: Juan Gómez, 1883. The first female Hispanic labor leader of note was Lucy González Parsons, 1886.
    • Entertainer on the cover of TIME magazine: Joan Baez, 1962.

     

    Sources:  The Community Voice, Sept 2014 Vol. 16 and www.factmonster.com 

     

  • 300 Prospect Pl. Update

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Sep 16, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  Public Safety Detectives are looking for the suspect in this felonious assault investigation, we are asking the public for assistance in locating him.  Officers have probable cause to arrest Adam David Shigwadja, age 18.  He is a white male, 5’ 7” tall and approximately 130lbs.  He is known to frequent the Kalamazoo south and east side as well as Paw Paw, MI.   If Mr. Shigwadja is located, please contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994.

     

    By authority:  Lt. David O'Strander

     

     

    Date:   09-16-14

     

     

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

     

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

     

  • Armed Robbery Suspect Sought

    huberm in KDPS News on Sep 08, 2014
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     Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, September 7th, 2014, at approximately 5:44p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Walgreen’s, located in the 3000 block of S. Westnedge Ave. The clerk reported that a male suspect entered the store and attempted to purchase a candy bar.  As the clerk opened the cash register drawer to make change, the suspect displayed a knife, reached into the open cash register and stole the money. The suspect fled from the scene on foot with the money and candy bar.

     

    A Kalamazoo Public Safety Canine officer tracked the suspect to an area off of Whites Rd. where witnesses reported seeing a dark colored Chevrolet Malibu leaving the scene.

     

    The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20’s to early 30’s, average build wearing a black and white checkered long sleeve shirt, dark colored hat and dark blue jeans.

     

    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 7th, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • Two Shot in Early Morning Shooting

    huberm in KDPS News on Sep 06, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, September 6th, 2014, at approximately 3:44 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 700 block of Millard Ct.  Upon arrival, Public Safety officers located two victims of gunshot wounds. The first victim, a 26 year-old male, sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to shoulder and is in stable condition at Bronson Hospital. The second victim, a 29 year-old male, sustained a gunshot wound to the arm and was treated and released from Bronson Hospital. Witnesses reported that as the victims pulled into a driveway in the 700 blk of Millard Ct, a suspect was lying in wait and fired four to six gun shots at the victims. It is believed that the suspect fled the scene from a vehicle parked nearby.

     

     There are no suspects at this time. Public Safety officers 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

     

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    Date: September 6th, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • 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

     

               

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