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KDPS Blog

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  • Armed Robbery Suspects Apprehended

    huberm in KDPS News on Aug 26, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, at approximately 12:25a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to TJ’s Liquor Store in the 4500 block of W KL AVE. on a report of a robbery. Upon arrival, employees working at the store told officers that two men entered the store and robbed them. According the store employees, the suspects were armed with a handgun and stole money and merchandise. Before leaving, the suspects took the employee’s phones preventing them from immediately calling the police. After reviewing video footage from the store, a description of the suspects was broadcasted to neighboring agencies.

    At approximately 1:30a.m., deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office spotted a suspicious vehicle on Red Arrow Highway near 70th street in Hartford Township. After receiving the broadcast of the robbery that had just occurred, the deputies stopped the vehicle and made contact with the occupants. After detaining the passenger, the driver fled from the stop in the vehicle leading deputies on a short pursuit. The pursuit ended when the driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed.    The driver sustained injuries and was air lifted to Bronson Hospital.

    After a search of the vehicle, a stolen handgun along with other evidence of the robbery was located.  The two suspects were arrested by Van Buren County deputies on charges related to the crash and vehicle pursuit. Charges relating to the armed robbery in Kalamazoo are pending after review of this case 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 26th, 2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

  • Suspicious Fire

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Aug 19, 2015
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    Kalamazoo:  On Monday, August 17th at 4:24am, Public Safety Officers responded to the 1100 block of Weaver St. for a fire at the home.  Public Safety Officers found the resident had extinguished the fire prior to officer’s arrival.  The fire was found to be suspicious in nature and it appeared to have started near the back porch of the home.

     

    This morning, Public Safety Officers were sent to the same residence at 4:28am for a fire at the home.  The residence was fully engulfed in fire when officers arrived on scene.  The Fire Marshall is investigating the cause and origin of the fire, which is being considered suspicious at this time.  The home is a complete loss and no injuries were reported in either fire.

     

    Public Safety Detectives are assisting in the investigation.  We are asking the public to report any information on these fires to Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100, www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

                                                                          

     

     

    By authority of:

     

    Lt. David O’Strander

     

     

    Date:   08-19-15

     

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

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

     

  • Kalamazoo Man Wanted for Murder Captured in Las Vegas

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Aug 18, 2015
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    Kalamazoo:  The United States Marshals Service in Las Vegas, NV apprehended George Michael Mack last night at approximately 6:30pm EST.  Mr. Mack was arrested without incident as he walked out of a drug store.  He is currently lodged in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, NV while he awaits extradition to Michigan.

     

    George Mack was arrested on a warrant for the murder of Edward Bell on August 9th in the 1300 block of N. Rose St.  Public Safety Detectives have been working daily with the U.S. Marshals Service, obtaining information leading to the arrest of Mr. Mack.

     

    Kalamazoo Public Safety thanks the U.S. Marshals Service for their dedication and professionalism in apprehending Mr. Mack.

     

    Anyone with information on this incident 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

     

     

    Date:   08-18-15

     

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

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

     

  • Three Shot in Early Morning Shooting

    huberm in KDPS News on Aug 16, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, August 16th, 2015, at approximately 2:44 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 800 block of Staples Ave on a report of a large fight with multiple gunshots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a 36 year-old male with a gunshot wound to his arm. As officers were rendering aid on scene, a second gunshot victim, a 24 year-old male, arrived at Bronson Hospital with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. Shortly thereafter, a third gunshot victim, a 23 year-old male, arrived at Bronson Hospital with a gunshot wound to his lower leg.  The injuries to all three victims are considered to be non-life threatening and they are in stable condition. Officers recovered a stolen 9mm handgun on scene.  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 16th, 2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

  • Gunman Arrested after Standoff

    franksc in KDPS News on Aug 15, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, August 15th, 2015, at approximately 3:44 a.m., Public Safety officers responded to a report of a Home Invasion in the 700 block of Portage.  The caller said a male broke into his apartment and took his shotgun.  After officers arrived on scene the suspect, a 25 year old Kalamazoo resident, was located next door.  It was reported that the suspect pointed the shotgun at a female in his apartment.  After a few minutes the suspect opened the door and threw the shotgun outside. 

     

    The Kalamazoo Metropolitan SWAT Team (KM-SWAT) was called in to mitigate the incident. KM-SWAT Negotiators were able to make contact the subject and successfully convinced him to exit the residence after an hour of negotiating.  

     

    The suspect was taken into custody and lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail on several charges.  No one was injured during 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. Christopher Franks

     

     

    Date:  August 15th, 2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

     

  • Kitchen Fire Sends Female to Hospital

    vanderwierej in KDPS Blog on Aug 07, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI:  At approximately 1553 hours, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety responded to the 1600 block of Reed Avenue for a report of a kitchen fire.  Upon arrival, Public Safety Officers found thick smoke coming from the structure. The fire was quickly extinguished.  KDPS remained on scene for about 45 minutes checking for hot spots and ensuring the fire had been contained to the kitchen.

     

     A 51 year-old female from East Liverpool, Ohio was visiting at the time of the fire and attempted to put the fire out, but was forced to evacuate by the heavy smoke and superheated gases.  She was treated on scene and eventually transported to Bronson Hospital for smoke inhalation.  At this time she is in stable condition.

     

     

     

    By authority of:   Lt. Jeff VanderWiere

    Date:  August 7, 2015

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

     Contact:  Captain Jim Mallery, 337-8142  

  • Search Warrant Leads to Seizure of Drugs, Guns and Cash

    vanderwierej in KDPS Blog on Aug 07, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI:   In response to an increase in complaints of drug activity and violent crime, PSO Tim Millard was on foot patrol in the 500 block of Lawrence Street.  At approximately 1000 hours, he approached a male subject sitting on the front stoop of a residence and immediately smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from the male subject who quickly ran inside the residence carrying a large package of unknown contents.  Based on this and other factors, the house was secured and a search warrant was sought. 

     

    While waiting for the search warrant to be signed, the male subject exited the residence and  indicated that he wanted to leave and was allowed to do so.  During the execution of the search warrant a 40-year-old female Kalamazoo resident was located and arrested for Possession of Ecstasy.  The search of the residence resulted in the seizure of Cocaine, Marijuana, two firearms, and approximately $4700 U.S. Currency. 

     

    The investigation is on-going and KDPS will be submitting the case to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutors Office for issuance of charges.  Anyone with information regarding this case or other crimes 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 7, 2015 

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

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

  • KDPS Investigating Two Shootings

    vanderwierej in KDPS Blog on Aug 02, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Sunday, August 02, 2015, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety responded to two separate shooting incidents on the north side of Kalamazoo which sent four victims to a local hospital.  At approximately 0335 hours, officers responded to the 500 block of Florence Street after KDPS dispatch received multiple reports of shots being fired.  Officers arrived on scene in under a minute and found a large crowd attempting to flee the area.  A short time later, three females transported in a private vehicle arrived at Bronson Hospital.  All three females are Kalamazoo residents.  Two were treated and released while a third victim was hospitalized and is currently in stable condition.

     

    At  0433 hours, while investigating the first shooting, officers heard multiple shots fired coming from the 700 block of Hawley.  Officers responded to the scene and again found several people fleeing the scene.  A vehicle was observed fleeing the scene at a high rate of speed.  Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over but  realized that the vehicle was actually transporting a victim who had been shot.  The vehicle went directly to Bronson Hospital.  That victim, also a Kalamazoo resident, was treated and released from Bronson Hospital..

     

    Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is currently investigating both incidents.  It is unknown if the incidents are related.  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 2, 2015 

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

     

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

  • Siren Testing

    franksc in KDPS News on Jul 29, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI:   On Wednesday July 29th, 2015 and Thursday July 30th 2015, Public Safety will intermittently test the early warning sirens to ensure properly functioning.  

     

     

     

     

    By authority of: Lt. Christopher Franks

     

     

    Date:  7-29-2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Contact:  Captain Zuniga:  Service Division 269-337-8101

     

     

  • Darby Lane House Fire

    huberm in KDPS News on Jul 18, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, July 18th, 2015, at 1:28 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a house fire in the 700 block of Darby Lane.  Upon arrival, Public Safety officers located flames and heavy smoke conditions at the residence. The residents were able to safely exit the home and there were no reported injuries. Public Safety officers had the majority of the fire under control within 30 minutes of arriving on scene. Six residents were displaced from the home and assistance was requested from the American Red Cross. Firefighters from the Kalamazoo Township Fire Department assisted with fire ground operations.  The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.  

    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: July 18th,2015

     

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

     

    Contact:  Captain James Mallery, 337-8142

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