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KDPS Blog

  • 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
    Tagged in: News

     

    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

  • Female Arrested for Drunk Driving on a Stolen Golf Cart

    misnerb in KDPS News on Dec 16, 2014
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at approximately 08:00 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Ariana Gasca observed a female driving down Florence Street, operating a golf cart.  Officer Gasca thought this was an odd sight at eight in the morning, so she pulled up to the female and asked if she would talk with her.  The 23 year old Kalamazoo resident pulled the cart over to speak with Officer Gasca.

     

    During the conversation, Officer Gasca was told a friend had given her the golf cart to drive.  Officer Gasca located items on the golf cart, showing possible ownership to a local apartment complex.  Dispatch quickly confirmed the golf cart had been recently stolen.  The female was arrested and brought down to Kalamazoo Public Safety Headquarters for the booking process.  Officer Gasca learned, the more time she had spent with this female, that she was possibly intoxicated as well.  A series of sobriety tests were given.

     

    The 23 year old female was arrested on numerous charges to include; Unlawfully Driving Away a Vehicle, Operating While Intoxicated, Driving on a Suspended License, Obstruction by Disguise, and two valid warrants for her arrest.

     

     

    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:  December 16th, 2014

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

  • Jewelry Stolen During Home Invasion

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Dec 10, 2014
    Tagged in: News

    KALAMAZOO, MI:  Public Safety Detectives are investigating a home invasion that occurred in the 800 block of Edgemoor St. in the City of Kalamazoo on December 4th.  

     

    The intruder entered the home and stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from the residence.  Below are photos of some of the jewelry that was stolen during the break in. Silent Observer is offering a $5000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals who are responsible for this crime.

     

    Anyone with information on this breaking and entering are 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: 12-10-2014

     

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

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139        

  • COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AWARD

    malleryj in KDPS News on Dec 02, 2014
    Tagged in: News

    Date: 12-2-14

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

    Contact:  Captain James Mallery, Operations Division, 337-8309

     

    COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AWARD

     

    Kalamazoo, MI:  Kalamazoo Public Safety was recently awarded the Community Partnership Award for outstanding community relations, customer oriented service, and non-traditional engaged problem solving by the Vistelar Group.

     

    Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers have always held, in high regard, the value of providing strong, efficient, traditional police and fire services.  The pillars of the public safety profession encompass crime reduction, fire suppression, critical medical response, and providing a safe environment wherein citizens and businesses may thrive.  Over the past year, Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers have placed an additional emphasis on non-conventional police/citizen interaction that focuses on building faith and trust between officers and the community that we serve. 

     

    Within these new initiatives, officers have embraced the goal of making personal contact at each household and business to speak with as many citizens as possible.  Officers strive to solicit feedback, hear concerns, and most importantly put a face with the badge to foster and enhance lasting and trusting personal relationships.   Officers will continue to conduct these personal contacts in an effort to narrow the divide that often exists today between public safety professionals and some members of the communities they serve.  

     

    In November of 2014 the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety received the Community Partnership Award from the Vistelar Group, located in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  The Vistelar Group is a global speaking and training organization focused on addressing the spectrum of human conflict.  Vistelar Group clients include all organizations where human conflict has a high prevalence, within business, healthcare, education, public safety and government.  Kalamazoo Public Safety was recognized due to their initiatives resulting in excellence in community relations and conflict resolution.

     

     “We are honored to receive this prestigious award.  We are proud of the work that the members of our department do, particularly the effort that they put forth to foster and build personal relationships with the citizens who we serve.  We’ll continue to work diligently, in partnership with the community, to keep Kalamazoo safe and vibrant,” said Captain Jim Mallery.

     

    This video link is the Director of Vistelar, Gary Klugiewicz , presenting the award to Captain Jim Mallery:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2Rn7wkyYkw

    By authority of:  Captain James Mallery

     

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  • Kalamazoo Woman Dies in Suspicious Fire

    ostranderd in KDPS Blog on Nov 23, 2014
    Tagged in: News

     

    Kalamazoo, MI: Public Safety Officers were sent to a fire in the 4400 block of Clayborne Dr. in the Clayborne Court Apt. complex on Saturday night at 8:27pm.  Officers found fire in the bedroom of the apartment, it was quickly extinguished without further damage to any of the other apartment units.  While searching the bedroom, the body of a female was located on the bed.   The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

     

    Officers have a tentative identification on the female, being the 47 year old resident of the apartment.  The cause of the fire and the woman’s death are currently 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. David O’Strander

     

     

    Date:  November 23,  2014

     

     

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

     

     

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

     

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