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KDPS Blog

  • Two Separate Shootings over the Weekend on Washington St.

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Sep 29, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  Two separate shootings over the weekend injured two individuals and officers are asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.

     

    On 09-28-14 at approximately 1:25am, Public Safety Officers were notified of an individual arriving at Bronson Hospital for treatment to a gunshot wound to the face.  The victim, a 21 year old Kalamazoo man, was the passenger in a car driving in the area of Washington and March St. when he was hit by gunfire from an unknown source.  The victim was shot in the face, his injuries are considered non-life threatening.  There is no suspect information at this time.

     

    The second shooting occurred on 09-28-14 at approximately 10:10pm, Public Safety Officers were sent to the 1300 block of Washington St. for shots fired.  They located a 44yr. old Kalamazoo resident with a gunshot wound to his right arm.  The victim reported standing outside when he suddenly heard gunshots and was struck by a bullet. 

     

    The suspects drove by in a green or grey colored sedan and fired shots from the vehicle as it drove past.  The suspects are unknown at this time.

     

    Anyone who may have information regarding these investigations is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

     

    By authority:

    Lt. David O’Strander

     

     

    Date:   09-29-14

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

     

  • APARTMENT FIRE QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED

    franksc in KDPS News on Sep 21, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Sunday, September 21, 2014 at approximately 08:59 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to the 1000 block of Interfaith Blvd for a report of an apartment fire with kids trapped in the apartment.

     

    Public Safety Officers arrived on scene within minutes of the call being dispatched and found fire coming from the second floor of the apartment. Everyone was able to get out of the building prior to officers arriving. 

     

    The fire was quickly extinguished keeping the fire to the apartment that it started in.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross was called in to assist with housing for the victims of the fire.  There were no injuries.

     

     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:  September 21, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

    handlogtenl in KDPS News on Sep 21, 2014
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    Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

     

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Sunday, September 21, 2014, at approximately 6:00 P.M., the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department responded to an armed robbery of a business in the 8400 block of Stadium Drive. The suspect was not located but a description of the suspect and his vehicle was distributed to area law enforcement agencies. 

     

    At approximately 8:00 P.M., on the same date, Kalamazoo Public Safety responded to an armed robbery at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 3320 S. Westnedge.  A Public Safety Officer responding to the scene located the suspect vehicle on S. Westnedge near Kilgore and it was stopped just prior to getting onto I-94.  A handgun, and other evidence, was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle.  The driver was arrested for the McDonald’s armed robbery and he is believed to be responsible for the armed robbery being investigated by the Sheriff’s Department. 

     

    The suspect is a 55year old white male who resides in Oshtemo.  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:  September 21, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • One Injured In Motorcycle Accident

    huberm in KDPS News on Sep 18, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, at 6:42 p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of an accident involving a motorcycle at the intersection of S. Westendge Ave. and Academy St.  Officers determined that the motorcyclist collided with the rear of a mid-size sedan as they were both traveling S/B on S. Westnedge. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Bronson Hospital by LIFE EMS and is in stable condition at this time. The driver was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The motorcyclist was found to be at fault and cited for driving without due care and operating a motorcycle without a cycle endorsement.

     

    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:  September 17th, 2014

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Contact:  Captain James Mallery, Operations Division, 337-8140

     

  • Felonious Assault- Suspect In custody

    huberm in KDPS News on Sep 17, 2014
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    Kalamazoo MI: Adam Shigwadja was located by Public Safety officers on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at approximately 7:30 p.m., on Stadium Dr. near Howard St. Shigwadja was apprehended without incident. 

     

    By authority of:  Lt. Matt Huber

     

     

    Date:   09-16-14

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

     

     

     

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  • Hispanic Heritage Month Sept 15 - Oct 15

    bridgess in KDPS News on Sep 16, 2014
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    National Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept 15 – Oct. 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

    The day of Sept 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept 16 and Sept 18, respectively.  Columbus Day, or Dia de la Raza is on Oct. 12.

    *Attachment has info you can share ref seminar on immigration at the Hispanic American Council on Sept. 25th.

     

    Famous Firsts by Hispanic Americans

    Government

    • Member of U.S. Congress: Joseph Marion Hernández, 1822, delegate from the Florida territory.
    • U.S. Representative: Romualdo Pacheco, a representative from California, was elected in 1876 by a one-vote margin. He served for four months before his opponent succeeded in contesting the results. In 1879 he was again elected to Congress, where he served for two terms.
    • Administrator of the Federal Aviation Agency: General Elwood "Pete" Quesada helped create this agency to manage the growing aviation field and improve airline safety. He served in this position from 1958 to 1961. The agency became the Federal Aviation Administration in 1966.
    • U.S. Surgeon General: Antonia Coello Novello, 1990–1993. She was also the first woman ever to hold the position.
    • U.S. Secretary of Transportation: Federico Peña, 1993.
    • U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Henry Cisneros, 1993.
    • U.S. Attorney General: Alberto Gonzales, 2005.
    • Democrat to run for President: Bill Richardson, 2008. Though he eventually lost the nomination to Barack Obama, Richardson made history by entering the race.
    • U.S. Supreme Court Justice: Sonia Sotomayor, 2009. She is also the third woman to hold the position. 

     

    Military

    • Flying ace: Col. Manuel J. Fernández, Jr., who flew 125 combat missions in the Korean War.
    • Medal of Honor recipient: Philip Bazaar, a Chilean member of the U.S. Navy, for bravery during the Civil War. He received his Congressional Medal of Honor in 1865.
    • Admiral, U.S. Navy: David G. Farragut. In 1866, he became the first U.S. naval officer ever to be awarded the rank of admiral. The first Hispanic American to become a four-star admiral was Horacio Rivero of Puerto Rico, in 1964.
    • General, U.S. Army: Richard E. Cavazos, 1976. In 1982, he became the army's first Hispanic four-star general.
    • Secretary of the Navy: Edward Hidalgo, 1979.

     

    Science and Medicine

    • Astronaut: Franklin Chang-Dìaz, 1986. He flew on a total of seven space-shuttle missions.  The first female Hispanic astronaut was Ellen Ochoa, whose first of four shuttle missions was in 1991.
    • Nobel Prize in Physics: Luiz Walter Alvarez, 1968, for discoveries about subatomic particles. Later, he and his son proposed the now-accepted theory that the mass dinosaur extinction was caused by a meteor impact.

     

    Literature

    • Novel in English, written and published in U.S.: María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, Who Would Have Thought It? (1872). She's better known for her 1885 second novel, The Squatter and the Don.
    • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Oscar Hijuelos, 1990, for his novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
    • Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Nilo Cruz, 2003, for his play Anna in the Tropics.

     

    Music

    • Opera diva: Lucrezia Bori, who debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1912.
    • Rock star: Richie Valens, 1958.
    • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee: Carlos Santana, 1998.

     

    Film

    • Oscar, Best Actor: José Ferrer, 1950, Cyrano de Bergerac.
    • Oscar, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno, 1961, West Side Story.
    • Oscar, Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn, 1952, Viva Zapata!.
    • Hollywood director: Raoul Walsh, 1914, The Life of General Villa.

     

    Drama

    • Tony, Best Director: José Quintero, 1973.
    • Tony, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno, 1975, The Ritz. In 1977, Moreno became the first Hispanic American (and the second person ever) to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy, picking up the last of those for her performance as guest host on The Muppet Show.

     

    Television

    • Star of a network television show: Desi Arnaz, 1952, I Love Lucy.
    • Broadcaster of the Year: Geraldo Rivera, 1971.

     

    Baseball

    • Major league player: Esteban Bellán, 1871, Troy Haymakers.
    • World Series player: Adolfo “Dolf” Luque, 1919, relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, against the infamous “Black Sox.” (He later pitched for the New York Giants in the 1933 Series and was credited with the win in the final game.)
    • All-Star Game player: Alfonso “Chico” Carrasquel, 1951, starting shortstop for the American League.
    • Rookie of the Year: Luis Aparicio, 1956, shortstop, Chicago White Sox.
    • No-hitter: Juan Marichal, June 15, 1963, for the San Francisco Giants, against the Houston Colt .45s.
    • Hall of Fame inductee: Roberto Clemente, 1973. He was also the first Hispanic player to serve on the Players Association Board and to reach 3,000 hits.
    • Team owner: Arturo “Arte” Moreno bought the Anaheim Angels in 2003, becoming the first Hispanic owner of any major U.S. sports franchise. In 2005, he renamed it the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

     

    Football

    • NFL player: Ignacio “Lou” Molinet, 1927.
    • NFL draft pick: Joe Aguirre, 1941.
    • Starting NFL quarterback: Tom Flores, 1960.
    • #1 NFL draft pick: Jim Plunkett, 1971.
    • Football Hall of Fame inductee: Tom Fears, 1970. He also became the first Hispanic American head coach in 1967.

     

    Other Sports

    • Grand Slam championship winner: Richard “Pancho” González, 1948.
    • LPGA Hall of Fame inductee: Nancy López, 1987. In 1978, she became the first player to have won the the Rookie of the Year Award, Player of the Year Award, and Vare Trophy in the same season.
    • Heavyweight boxing champ: John Ruiz, 2001, defeating Evander Holyfield.
    • NHL 1st-round draft pick: Scott Gomez, 1998.

     

    Other Hispanic-American Firsts

    • Supermodel: Christy Turlington.
    • Labor leader: Juan Gómez, 1883. The first female Hispanic labor leader of note was Lucy González Parsons, 1886.
    • Entertainer on the cover of TIME magazine: Joan Baez, 1962.

     

    Sources:  The Community Voice, Sept 2014 Vol. 16 and www.factmonster.com 

     

  • 300 Prospect Pl. Update

    ostranderd in KDPS News on Sep 16, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI:  Public Safety Detectives are looking for the suspect in this felonious assault investigation, we are asking the public for assistance in locating him.  Officers have probable cause to arrest Adam David Shigwadja, age 18.  He is a white male, 5’ 7” tall and approximately 130lbs.  He is known to frequent the Kalamazoo south and east side as well as Paw Paw, MI.   If Mr. Shigwadja is located, please contact Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994.

     

    By authority:  Lt. David O'Strander

     

     

    Date:   09-16-14

     

     

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

     

     

    Contact:  Capt. Victor Ledbetter    269-337-8139

     

  • Prospect Arson

    handlogtenl in KDPS Blog on Sep 16, 2014
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    300 Prospect Arson

     

    Kalamazoo, MI:  On Monday, September 15, 2014, at approximately 10:15 P.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 300 block of Prospect regarding a house fire.  The fire was confined to an upstairs bedroom and quickly extinguished.  Further investigation revealed that an estranged boyfriend broke into the house, assaulted the female victim with a weapon and started the bedroom on fire with an incendiary device.  The suspect then escaped out a second story window and fled on foot.

     

    The victim was injured during the assault.  She is currently being treated at Bronson Hospital and is in critical condition.

     

    The suspect has been identified but not located.  He is a 20 year old white male with ties to Kalamazoo and Paw Paw.

     

    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:  September 16, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • Armed Robbery Suspect Sought

    huberm in KDPS News on Sep 08, 2014
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     Kalamazoo, MI: On Sunday, September 7th, 2014, at approximately 5:44p.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Walgreen’s, located in the 3000 block of S. Westnedge Ave. The clerk reported that a male suspect entered the store and attempted to purchase a candy bar.  As the clerk opened the cash register drawer to make change, the suspect displayed a knife, reached into the open cash register and stole the money. The suspect fled from the scene on foot with the money and candy bar.

     

    A Kalamazoo Public Safety Canine officer tracked the suspect to an area off of Whites Rd. where witnesses reported seeing a dark colored Chevrolet Malibu leaving the scene.

     

    The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20’s to early 30’s, average build wearing a black and white checkered long sleeve shirt, dark colored hat and dark blue jeans.

     

    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:  September 7th, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

  • Two Shot in Early Morning Shooting

    huberm in KDPS News on Sep 06, 2014
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    Kalamazoo, MI: On Saturday, September 6th, 2014, at approximately 3:44 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 700 block of Millard Ct.  Upon arrival, Public Safety officers located two victims of gunshot wounds. The first victim, a 26 year-old male, sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to shoulder and is in stable condition at Bronson Hospital. The second victim, a 29 year-old male, sustained a gunshot wound to the arm and was treated and released from Bronson Hospital. Witnesses reported that as the victims pulled into a driveway in the 700 blk of Millard Ct, a suspect was lying in wait and fired four to six gun shots at the victims. It is believed that the suspect fled the scene from a vehicle parked nearby.

     

     There are no suspects at this time. Public Safety officers continue to investigate 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. Matt Huber

     

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    Date: September 6th, 2014

     

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

     

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

     

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