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KDPS Blog

  • Public Safety Officers Investigate Early Morning Shooting

    huberm in KDPS News on Jun 28, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, June 28th, 2015, at 3:25 a.m., a 19 year-old male was dropped off at Bronson Hospital with a gunshot wound to his head. The victim told officers that he was sitting in a vehicle on Woodbury near Ada Street when he was shot.  The victim was uncooperative and would not provide any further information. The victims injuries are considered to be non life threatening and he is expected to be released from the hospital.

    Public Safety officers are currently investigating the incident. There are no suspects 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:  June 28th, 2015

     

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

     

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

  • Woodward Avenue House Fire

    huberm in KDPS Blog on Jun 27, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, June 27th, 2015, at 1:47 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a house fire in the 800 block of Woodward Avenue.  Upon arrival, Public Safety officers located flames and heavy smoke conditions at the residence. Officers made an initial interior attack on the first floor however were slowed after encountering compromised structural integrity of the staircase leading to the second floor. Public Safety officers switched to exterior fire suppression operations for the second floor. After the fire was knocked down, officers were able to make entry onto the second floor. The fire took several hours to extinguish due to the old construction of the home and lack of fire stops. The residence was vacant and there were no reported injuries. The Kalamazoo Fire Marshal is investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

    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: June 27th,2015

     

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

     

    Contact:  Captain James Mallery, 337-8142

  • RESIDENTAL FIRE ON OAKLAND DRIVE

    franksc in KDPS News on Jun 24, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at approximately 07:20 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to the 2800 block of Oakland Drive for a report of a fire in a garage.

     

    Public Safety Officers arrived on scene within minutes of the call being dispatched and found the garage was fully involved with fire.  The flames had spread into the house.

     

    The neighbor noticed the fire and was able to contact the home owners to evacuate the home safely.  The fire was extinguished in about an hour.  The house did suffer fire, water and smoke damage.  The Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the fire.    

     

     Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269-337-8994, Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

     

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Christopher Franks

     

     

     

     

    Date:  June 24, 2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Contact:  Captain Mallery, Captain Operations Division, 337-8142   

     

     

     

     

     

  • Arrest Made in 2014 N. Church St. Homicide Case

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jun 18, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, July 6th 2014 at 8:00pm officers responded to the 1000 block of N. Church St. on a report of a shooting.  Officers discovered that Orlando David Walker, age 30 had been shot in the chest and died as a result of his injury.

     

    Over the course of the past year, the Criminal Investigations Division has been investigating this case. Yesterday, detectives secured an arrest warrant from the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office for Dante Lemont Johnson, age 29 of Kalamazoo.  Mr. Johnson has been charged for the murder of Orlando David Walker.  Dante Johnson was arraigned on charges of Open Murder, Felony Firearms and Felon in Possession of a Firearm in 8th District Court this afternoon.  Mr. Johnson was denied bond.

     

    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:  June 18, 2015

     

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

     

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

     

  • Home Invasion Suspect Arrested

    franksc in KDPS News on Jun 12, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Thursday, June 11, 2015 at approximately 9:57 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a Home Invasion in progress in the 4400 block of W. Michigan. The caller advised that a subject was seen going into a residence through a window and came out of the house carrying a television. 

     

     

     

    PSO Maher was responding into the area and observed the suspect in the 2800 block of Westbrook and arrested him without incident. The suspect admitted to committing another Home Invasion in the area a few days prior and some stolen property was recovered.

     

     

     

    The suspect, a 23 year-old Kalamazoo resident, is currently lodged at the Kalamazoo County jail on the charges of home invasion pending review of this investigation 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. Christopher Franks

     

     

     

     

    Date:  June 12th, 2015

     

     

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI49001

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

     

  • Suspect Arraigned in Edgemoor Ave. Homicide

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jun 09, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: 

    The suspect arrested in the murder of Debra Susan Jean on Sunday has been arraigned in 8th District Court this afternoon.  Joseph Christopher Janssen, age 25 of Kalamazoo was formally charged with Open Murder by the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office.  He was arraigned on Open Murder and bond was denied.

         

    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:  June 9, 2015

     

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

     

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

     

     

     

     

     

  • Suspicious Death Ruled a Homicide

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jun 09, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI:  The female discovered dead inside her home in the 200 block of Edgemoor Ave. on Sunday has been positively identified as Debra Susan Jean, age 62 of Kalamazoo.  The investigation and autopsy revealed that she had been murdered inside her home.

     

    Public Safety detectives have a 25 year old Kalamazoo man in custody for the murder of Ms. Jean.  Detectives anticipate presenting the homicide case to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office later this afternoon.  The suspect will not be identified until after arraignment.

     

    No further information as to the cause of death will be released at this time.  Kalamazoo Public Safety extends our condolences to the family and friends of Debra Susan Jean.

     

    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

  • Fatal Traffic Crash

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jun 09, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On 06-07-15 at 4:20am, a Public Safety Officer noticed a vehicle driving the wrong way on N. Westnedge Ave. near Frank St.  The car then turned east onto Drexel St. and the officer drove after the car to conduct a traffic stop.  When the officer caught up with the vehicle at Hopkins and N. Westnedge Ave., he activated his lights and siren to pull the car over.  The vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed, fleeing from the officer.  The officer did not pursue the vehicle and turned his lights and siren off.

     

    The vehicle traveled several blocks and crashed into a tree at N. Westnedge near Willard St.  When officers arrived on scene, they found the driver to be the lone occupant of the car.  He was unresponsive and medical treatment was started immediately.  He was transported to Bronson Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries from the crash.

     

    The driver was identified as Donwaun Casanova McFerrin, age 27 of Kalamazoo.  Kalamazoo Public Safety extends our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. McFerrin.

     

    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:  June 9, 2015

     

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

     

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

     

  • Suspicious Death

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Jun 08, 2015
    Tagged in: News

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, June 7th, 2015, at approximately 11:24am, Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 200 block of Edgemoor Ave. in reference to a welfare check. Officers discovered a female inside the home who appears to have died several days ago.

     

    The death of the woman is considered suspicious at this time, detectives are awaiting results from the autopsy to determine the cause of death, which will be completed on Monday afternoon.  The victim will not be identified until family notifications are completed.

     

    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:  June 7, 2015

     

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

     

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

     

  • 251 E. Michigan Stabbing

    handlogtenl in KDPS News on Jun 06, 2015
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    251 E. Michigan Stabbing

     

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Friday, June 6, 2015, at approximately 12:15 A.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to the parking lot behind the Huntington bank, located at 251 E. Michigan regarding a stabbing.  Officers found a male victim with several stab wounds lying on the ground.  He was transported to Bronson Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

     

    Witnesses reported that the victim and another subject were involved in a physical fight when the suspect interjected himself into the confrontation and stabbed the victim several times in the upper torso.  The suspect was arrested at the scene for assault with intent to murder.  He is a 42 year old Kalamazoo resident.  The victim is a 26 year old Kalamazoo resident.

     

    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:  June 6, 2015 

     

    Address:  150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI49001

     

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

     

     

     

               

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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