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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.

Kent County Jail now on network television

Kent County Jail now on network television

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent County Correctional Facility is now the focus of a network television series.

The first episode of “MSNBC Lockup- Extended Stay” focusing on the Kent County jail aired this past Saturday. A crew from the network spent four months at the facility this summer, filming the daily life of inmates and staff. Their footage will be featured in six episodes of the show.

You can watch the first episode again on Saturday, November 30 at 9 p.m.  Each new episode airs Saturday at 10 p.m. 

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 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:

School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

The school year is wrapping up for many people, but it’s just beginning for dozens prospective Michigan State Police troopers.

Sunday, May 12, 80 men and women from across the state began the 125th Trooper Recruit School.  For the next 21 weeks, MSP members and academy staff will train the recruits in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.  Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate October 4.

Michigan State Police selected recruits from more than 3,000 potential candidates.

Suburban Vandals Arrested

Suburban Vandals Arrested

East Hills Council of Neighbors wishes everyone a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. In the spirit of justice, we wanted to provide our residents with a quick crime update concerning recent tagging and vandalism that has run rampant on Wealthy Street and beyond, within the last month.

We are happy to announce that these suburban vandals have been apprehended. Three young men were arrested on 5-8-2012 at 3:53am for meddling and tampering with property (graffiti) near 131 and Wealthy Street. Tyler Melinn & Andrew Lohman were arrested and the third was released. They had lots of spray paint cans with them but dropped them and ran when the police showed up. Their graffiti has shown up in Eastown, Heritage Hill, and East Hills and on buildings that other taggers did not usually violate because they were clearly well cared for and not abandoned. These young men were indiscriminate with their spray paint and did harm to our image as safe and friendly neighborhoods.

City of Grand Rapids implements Better Government Tip Line

City of Grand Rapids implements Better Government Tip Line

Tuesday morning, Donijo De Jonge, the City Comptroller, unveiled the Better Government Tip Line. This line is a hotline where employees, residents, contractors, and vendors can anonymously call and report tips of fraud, waste, and abuse as well as suggest efficiencies for departments.

Comptroller Donijo De Jonge says "according to statistics, 46 percent of all fraud, waste, and abuse is detected through hotline tips. Therefore, a tip line is a necessity and in today's environment of accountability and transparency, a tip line is a must!"

DeJonge wants to know if you have witnessed any fraudulent or wasteful activities by employees, contractors, or vendors. If so, she encourages residents and employees to please use the anonymous tip line to report these tips.