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My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are:

My Town: Woman injured in hit and run crash; driver arrested

My Town: Woman injured in hit and run crash; driver arrested

HOWARD CITY, Mich.- A Howard City man is facing charges in connection to a hit and run crash involving four people, including a one-year-old child.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. Tuesday.  Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies say a pickup truck was on Walnut Street, preparing to turn into a driveway near Cedar Street when it was hit from behind by a 1999 Ford Explorer, which then drove away from the scene.

A 20-year-old Jenison woman in the pickup truck was treated at the scene for injuries to her head and neck.  The other passengers, a 37-year-old Kentwood woman, 23-year-old Jenison man and a 1-year-old child from Jenison, were not injured.

My Town Kentwood: Convicted pharmacist loses his license

My Town Kentwood: Convicted pharmacist loses his license

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The state is suspending the license of a Kentwood pharmacist convicted in a prescription drug misbranding scheme.

Last November, Thomas VerHage was convicted of Causing Drugs Held for Sale to be Misbranded after Shipment in Interstate Commerce, which is a felony offense.  Verhage and another pharmacist, James D. Orr, pleaded guilty to the charges.  Both men were pharmacists at Kentwood Pharmacy, which dispensed medication to foster care and nursing homes. The U.S. Attorney's office says Orr acknowledged some of the prescriptions contained leftover or misbranded drugs that were returned to stock.

VerHage was ordered to pay more than $30,000 in fines and fees. On March 6, the Michigan Department if Licensing and Regulatory Affairs suspended VerHage’s license, based on his felony conviction.

My Town: G.R. man arrested for thefts spanning two counties

My Town: G.R. man arrested for thefts spanning two counties

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Police believe a Grand Rapids man accused of stealing fuel from a truck may be responsible for dozens of similar thefts in two counties.

Jeffrey James-Lee Pardee is charged with receiving and concealing $20,000 or more of stolen property in Grand Rapids, malicious destruction of property over $1,000 in Kentwood, and two counts of larceny under $200 in Kentwood.  He’s also charged with being a habitual offender.

Police arrested Pardee around 1 a.m. Friday, March 14 at a business in the 3800 block of East Paris SE.  Officers say he was stealing a large quantity of diesel fuel from a truck, draining the fuel into large holding tanks in his van.  Officers say he also stole fuel from a  vehicle in the 4600 block of 44th Street SE.  When detectives searched Pardee’s home, they also recovered a large quantity of stolen property from two burglaries.

Enjoy 'Coffee with a Cop' Dec. 11

Enjoy 'Coffee with a Cop' Dec. 11

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- Wednesday, Dec. 11 is your chance to sit down with Kentwood police to ask questions and voice concerns. 

"Coffee with a Cop" will take place at the Steak 'n Shake at 4550 28th St. SE in Kentwood.  Community members are invited to meet neighborhood officers between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Pharmacists face fines and bans after drug restocking scheme

Pharmacists face fines and bans after drug restocking scheme

KENTWOOD, Mich.— Three West Michigan pharmacists are facing stiff fines for restocking drugs returned from nursing homes and adult foster care homes.

Grand Rapids residents James D. Orr, 76, and Eugene A. Biegert, 69 along with 68-year-old Thomas N. VerHage of Kentwood were recently sentenced after pleading guilty to misbranding drugs while working at Kenwood Pharmacy.  Judge Janet Neff ordered VerHage and Orr to pay a fine of $30,000 and Biegert to pay $15,000.  All three men are also banned from working in connection to the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs or for any licensed pharmacy.

During their plea hearings, the pharmacists acknowledged prescription drugs returned from adult homes were put into bottles and containers with inaccurate lot numbers and expiration dates. Judge Neff calls the scheme “clever, illegal and potentially lethal.”  Neff said the fines are meant to deter others from considering copying the practices.

Kentwood Police seek funding for micro tactical robot

Kentwood Police seek funding for micro tactical robot

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The City of Kentwood is moving forward with its grant application for a micro tactical robot.

During their meeting August 20, Kentwood City Commissioners unanimously approved plans to apply for the 2013 Byrne Grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance .  The micro tactical robot would be used by the city police department.  It would be sent in in place of officers when the situation is dangerous and life-threatening.

The micro tactical robot would cost approximately $16,167.  The grant would cover $15,008 of the price.