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Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

Communities celebrate National Night Out August 6

National Night Out is August 6, providing community members a free and fun opportunity to meet neighbors and local police officers.

National Night Out started in1984 as a way to encourage the community to get involved in crime-prevention, sending a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Organizers often fold food and family-friendly activities into the event.  This year’s participating communities include:

Kalamazoo County

·         Kalamazoo: Arcadia Neighborhood Assoc., Arcadia School, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Eastside Neighborhood Assoc., Rockwell Park, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

·         Kalamazoo: Edison Neighborhood Assoc., 816 Washington, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

City dedicates playground rebuilt after arson

City dedicates playground rebuilt after arson

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The Mayor of Kentwood will join other city leaders Tuesday, August 6 to dedicate a playground rebuilt after arson.

The Pinewood Park play structure was destroyed by fire last Thanksgiving.  Investigators believe the fire had been intentionally set.

In July, city workers and volunteers began rebuilding the playground.  The Mayor will join the Kentwood Chief of Police and Pinewood Park Home Association to dedicate the new structure at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.  The event is part of the city’s National Night Out celebration.

City to consider consolidating police and fire services in July 18 meeting

City to consider consolidating police and fire services in July 18 meeting

Wyoming, Kentwood and Grand Rapids city leaders will hold a special meeting Thursday, July 18 to consider moving forward with a proposal to consolidate police and fire services.

Council and commission members from all three cities will review ICMA Consulting Service’s study and recommendations about consolidation.  The report’s executive summary concludes consolidation is the best alternative to improve service and save more than $13 million annually.  It also recommends:

Man sentenced for selling counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores

A Florida man will spend 30 months in prison for trying to sell counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores.

As part of his punishment, 56-year-old Jeffrey Steven Telsey also faces three years of probation and must pay $400,506.17 in restitution, as well as a $25,000 fine.  

In January 2008, Homeland Security Investigations was notified that counterfeit Gillette Mach3 razor refills were being distributed through Meijer Stores.  Homeland Security began buying up the counterfeit razorblades from Telsey, who operated JCA Enterprises.  At the same time, Meijer Stores issued a company-wide recall for the counterfeit blades.

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Police Seeking Witnesses After Deadly Car Accident in Kentwood

The Kentwood Police Department are investigating an accident that occurred at about 2:35 AM on 2/16/13 at the intersection of 44th Street and Broadmoor Ave (M-37).

The deceased has been identified as SAMUEL JOHN VANDER WALL, a 25-year-old male from Allendale, MI.  The initial investigation indicates the eastbound car he was driving failed to stop for the flashing red light.  The driver of a northbound semi-tractor/trailer was unable to avoid colliding with the car.  Alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Kentwood Police Department at (616) 698-6580.

Man pleads guilty in January murder

Man pleads guilty in January murder

Vernon Lewis Heath, Jr. has pleaded guilty to armed robbery for his part in the January 15 shooting death of 28-year-old Michael Bockheim.

Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery in exchange for Heath's guilty plea. The suspected shooter, Charles Allen Brown, declined a deal and will go to trial on August 27, while Heath's sentencing will be August 2.

Brown will be charged with open murder, armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.


Kentwood Police Department looking for armed robbery suspect

Kentwood Police Department looking for armed robbery suspect

The Kentwood Police Department is investigating two armed robberies that appear to have been committed by the same suspect.  We are working with the Grand Rapids Police Department who are investigating a similar case.  

The suspect is robbing hotel clerks during the early morning hours and is implying he has a weapon.  No one has been hurt as of yet, but police would like your assistance in capturing him.

He is described as a black male, 5’10” to 6’00” tall, 180-190 lbs.  He has been seen wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt with a scarf or do-rag over his face.  In all of the robberies, he has been carrying a reusable black grocery bag with white lettering.

Police hope to have still photographs to share with the public later in the week.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kentwood Police Department at 698-6580, Silent Observer at 774-2345 or the Grand Rapids Police Department.