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KDPS Blog

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  • 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
    Tagged in: News

    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
    Tagged in: News

    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 

     

  • Deceased Woman Identified from Southside Apartment

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jan 23, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    KALAMAZOO, MI:  The woman found dead in an apartment on Mills St. last night has been positively identified as Jessica Hart, age 36 of Kalamazoo. 

     

    Kalamazoo Public Safety extends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Hart.

     

    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: 01-23-2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139

  • Woman Found Dead in Southside Apartment

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jan 23, 2015
    Tagged in: News

     

    KALAMAZOO, MI:  Public Safety Officers were sent to the 1300 block of Mills St. on January 22nd at 9:21pm on a report of woman dead on a couch in the living room.  Officers discovered the unidentified female had died well before their arrival.

     

    Detectives are currently working to positively identify the deceased woman and make family notifications.  The cause of death is currently under investigation, foul play is not suspected at this time.

     

    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: 01-23-2015

     

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

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139      

  • Suspect Arrested After Robbing Downtown Jewelry Store

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jan 06, 2015
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    KALAMAZOO, MI:  Public Safety Officers were sent to Nord Jewelers at 227 W. Michigan Ave. yesterday at 1:52pm after an employee reported a man stole a Rolex watch from the store.  The suspect portrayed himself as a customer, asked to see an expensive Rolex watch and fled the store with it on foot.  An employee gave chase to the suspect, at which point the suspect indicated he had a gun on his person.

     

    The employee obtained a vehicle description and plate number of the suspect vehicle.  Det. Cory Ghiringhelli located the vehicle as it was getting onto I-94 east.  Det. Ghiringhelli followed the vehicle into Battle Creek when deputies from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff Dept. and Battle Creek Police were able to stop the vehicle on Beckley Ave.

     

    The suspect, a 24 year old from the Detroit area, is currently lodged in the Kalamazoo County Jail for Armed Robbery and is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday.  The stolen watch was recovered on the suspect’s person.  No weapon was located. 

     

    Anyone with information on this robbery 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: 01-06-2015

     

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

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139        

  • Vehicle Pursuit after Multiple Gun Shots Fired

    huberm in KDPS News on Jan 04, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, January 4th, 2015 at approximately 2:57a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the area of Ada St. and Burrell Ave. on a report of multiple gun shots fired.  Upon arrival, officers observed a dark colored Chevrolet Tahoe occupied by three subjects fleeing the area at a high rate of speed. Public Safety officers attempted to stop the vehicle in 200 block of S. Westnedge however driver of the vehicle refused to stop. Public Safety officers pursued the vehicle for approximately three minutes which ended in the 600 block of Mable Street when the suspect vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle.   The parked vehicle was occupied by a female who sustained minor injuries. The occupant was transported to Bronson Hospital for treatment.

     

    Officers found that the Tahoe had two bullet holes on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The driver of the Tahoe told officers that he was being shot at. Officers searched the path that the suspect vehicle traveled and they located a loaded .40 Cal Glock handgun on N. Westnedge near Harding Place which appeared to have been discarded by the suspects in the Tahoe.  The driver, who is a 26 year old Kalamazoo resident, was arrested and lodged at the Kalamazoo County jail on the charges of fleeing and eluding, operating while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license and an outstanding federal probation warrant out of the US Marshals office. The second occupant, who is a 23 year old Kalamazoo resident, was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of the Kalamazoo Township Police as well a probation violation charge. The third occupant of the vehicle was released.  Officers returned to the area of the shooting and found several spent .40 caliber bullet casings. A Witness on scene reported that suspects in a dark colored Mercury Grand Marquise fired the gunshots at the subjects in the Tahoe. The suspects in the Grand Marquise are still at large. It is unknown what events lead 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:  January 4th, 2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

  • Man Injured In Early Morning Stabbing

    huberm in KDPS News on Dec 30, 2014
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 at approximately 4:37a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the Waverly Place Apartments, located in the 1400 block of Banbury Road, on a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers found a 24 year-old male with a stab wound to his chest. Officers determined that the victim’s girlfriend stabbed him after a dispute. The victim was transported to Bronson Hospital and in stable condition. The 24 year old suspect was arrested and lodged at the Kalamazoo County jail on the charge assault with intent to murder 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:  December 30th, 2014

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

  • KDPS hiring Public Safety Officers

    faheyj in KDPS News on Dec 30, 2014
    Tagged in: News

     

    PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER

     $20.62 to $31.24/hr base

    Paid Police/Fire Training

    Excellent benefits/pension

     

    Test in Kalamazoo

    on 1/17/2015

    (by invitation)

     

    Must Apply Online from 12/26/14 to 1/9/15 at: www.kalamazoocity.org,

    Click “Apply For”, “Employment Opportunities”

     

    EOE

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