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KDPS Blog

  • Two Stolen Vehicles and Drugs Recovered

    huberm in KDPS News on Mar 29, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Friday, March 27th, 2015, Kalamazoo Public Safety officers recovered two stolen vehicles and seized controlled substances. The first incident occurred at approximately 7:00 p.m. After completing a stolen vehicle report involving a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee, PSO Jacob  Vyverman was patrolling  the Edison neighborhood searching for the vehicle. While traveling in the 1100 block of James St, PSO Vyverman spotted the vehicle occupied by four suspects travailing northbound on James St. The vehicle quickly pulled into a driveway in the 1100 blk of Lake Street and the occupants fled on foot. PSO Vyverman was able to track down and appended the driver and front seat passenger.  A search of the vehicle located marijuana and methamphetamine related substances.  The 27 year-old male driver was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of marijuana & methamphetamine and driving on a suspended license. The 27 year old male front seat passenger was arrested on a parole hold. The two other passengers remain at large.

     

    The second incident occurred at approximately 11:44 p.m. Sgt Mike Ferguson was traveling E/B on  E. Crosstown Parkway when he spotted a 2008 Kia Sportage recently reported stolen out of Portage MI. The vehicle was stopped without incident and the driver and lone occupant, was taken into custody. After a search of the driver and vehicle, heroin, cocaine and an open container of alcohol was found. The 29 year old female driver was arrested on the charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of heroin, possession of crack cocaine, open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and driving on a suspended license. 

     

    All three suspects were lodge at the Kalamazoo County jail pending review on the 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. Matt Huber

     

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    Date:  March 28th, 2015

     

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

     

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

  • Stolen Gun and Drugs Seized During Arrest

    handlogtenl in KDPS News on Mar 25, 2015
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    Stolen Gun and Drugs Seized During Arrest

    Kalamazoo, MI: On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at approximately 02:15 A.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the area of Clinton and Race regarding several reports of shots fired.  Upon arrival officers observed a suspicious vehicle in the 1000 block of Clinton.

    When officers made contact with the occupants of the vehicle, one subject fled on foot.  During the foot pursuit the suspect was seen throwing an object which was later found to be a loaded semi-automatic handgun.  After the suspect was arrested he was found to be in possession of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.  It was also discovered that the gun was stolen.

    The 18 year old male suspect is a Kalamazoo resident. He was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, felony firearm, and several drug related offenses.  His name is being withheld pending arraignment. 

    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:  March 25, 2015

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

     

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

     

  • Stolen Handgun Recovered

    huberm in KDPS News on Mar 12, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Thursday, March 12th, 2015, at approximately 1:47 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers Brain Veltman and Nicholas Deleeuw responded to Interfaith Homes on a report of a male subject knocking on an apartment door and looking into the windows. Dispatchers were able to determine the identity of the suspect and located two outstanding warrants for his arrest.    When Public Safety officers arrived on scene and made contact with him, the suspect provided the officers a false name and attempted to walk away.  Officers grabbed a hold of the suspect as he began reaching for his waist band. After a brief struggle, the suspect was taken into custody. Located next to the suspect on the ground was a loaded 9mm handgun. After a file check on the firearm, it was determined to be stolen out of Berrien County, MI.

     

    The 37 year-old Covert Township resident, was arrested on the charges carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, resisting and obstructing arrest, felony firearm, possession of firearm while intoxicated, conditional bond violation and the outstanding warrants. The suspect was lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail 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. Matt Huber

     

     

    Date:  March 12th, 2015

     

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

     

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

     

     

  • Missing Person

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Mar 04, 2015
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    KALAMAZOO, MI:  Public Safety Detectives are seeking assistance from the community in locating John May Jr.  Mr. May is 71 years old.  He is African American, approximately 5’10” tall and weighs 280lbs.  He was last seen with a scruffy beard.

     

    Mr. May has not been seen since January, it is unknown where he could be at this time.  Mr. May resides in the Vine St. and S. Rose St. area of Kalamazoo.  John May has a medical disorder which causes him to walk noticeably unsteady and his speech is mostly mumbled.

     

    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.

     

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    Lt. David O'Strander

     

     

    Date: 03-04-2015

     

     

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

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139

     

     

     

     

     

  • Homecrest Avenue House Fire

    huberm in KDPS News on Mar 01, 2015
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, February 28th, 2015, at 5:13 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a house fire in the 1600 block of Homecrest Avenue.  Upon arrival Public Safety officers located a fire in the basement of the residence. Officers made an initial interior attack, however were forced to withdraw after encountering heavy fire conditions and compromised structural integrity of the floor. Public Safety officers switch to exterior fire suppression operations for the remainder of the fire.   The resident who was home at the time of the fire was transported to Bronson Hospital for smoke inhalation and is listed in serious but stable condition. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by the Kalamazoo Township Fire Marshal.

     

    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: February 28th,2015

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Contact:  Captain James Mallery, 337-8142

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Man Critically Injured in Car vs. Pedestrian Accident

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Feb 27, 2015
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    KALAMAZOO, MI:  Public Safety Officers were sent to a car vs. pedestrian accident last night at 7:19pm on W. Crosstown Pkwy. west of Portage St.  Officers discovered a 56 year old Kalamazoo man had been struck by a westbound vehicle.

     

    The driver of the vehicle is a 56 year old female from Kalamazoo.  Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors of the driver of the vehicle.  The investigation into the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

     

    The victim suffered multiple fractures from the accident, he is currently listed in critical condition at Bronson Hospital.

     

    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.

     

     

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    Executive Lieutenant David O’Strander

     

     

     

    Date: 03-03-2015

     

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

     

    Contact: Capt. Victor Ledbetter   269-337-8139

     

     

     

  • 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
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    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

  • Arson Arrest

    handlogtenl in KDPS Blog on Feb 19, 2015
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    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

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