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My Town: Police search for two suspects in string of G.R. robberies

My Town: Police search for two suspects in string of G.R. robberies

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids police detectives are releasing surveillance images of two men wanted for a series of convenience store robberies.

The crimes happened between April 13 and June 22 and typically involved one or both suspects entering the store, producing a handgun then robbing the store clerk of money and Newport cigarettes.  In several of the crimes, store customers were also robbed.

The targeted businesses include Our Food Mart at 423 Webster Street NW; Knapp Street Party Store at 701 Knapp Street NE; Miti Mini at 1210 Giddings Ave. SE; Sam’s Party Store at 1034 Bridge Street NW; Supermercado at 957 Davis Street NW; the Speedway Gas Station at 1533 Leonard Street NE; Oliver’s Market at 1548 Kalamazoo Avenue SE; Guddis Corner at 1220 College Avenue NE; Ron’s Quick Stop at 1115 Bridge Street NW and Little Caesars Pizza at 1245 Leonard Street NW.

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The sheriff department is warning residents about a scam that’s made its way into Kent County.

On June 16, a resident contacted the sheriff department to report a suspicious phone call.  The suspect masked their phone number so it appeared the phone call was coming from the Kent County Sheriff Department.  The predator told the victim the Kent County Sheriff Department had a warrant out for their arrest and they needed to pay hundreds of dollars to take care of the warrant.  The scammer also used an actual sheriff department employee’s name.  Fortunately, the victim thought the call was suspicious and contacted deputies.

Four arrested in string of thefts

Four arrested in string of thefts

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)--Four people have been arrested in connection with a series of thefts ofseveral high-priced items in West Michigan.

Kent County deputies and other investigators searched several homes and one business in Wyoming, Cadillac, Grand Rapids Township, Hastings, and the Grand Rapids area and recovered the stolen property. Property recovered includes a Triumph motorcycle, a Chevrolet Impala, a Yamaha golf cart, a 350 small block GM engine, compound bows, tools, golf clubs, antique military paraphernalia and a 20-gauge shotgun. Also recovered was a Borg Warner T10 4-Speed Transmission, which was described by the victim as being one of only twelve for sale in the country in its condition.

One of the four suspects is a juvenile. The others are described as being 17, 21, and 22 years old. More charges are expected in Newaygo and Montcalm counties.

The thefts occurred in the following areas:

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 GR North: Public Safety Volunteer Appreciation Dinner April 29

My Town GR North: Public Safety Volunteer Appreciation Dinner April 29

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A few spots are still open for the Creston Neighborhood Association’s annual Public Safety Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

Neighbors who are interested in public safety initiatives and would like to learn some additional safety skills are encouraged to reserve a spot at the event, which will be held Tuesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. at Berean Baptist Church, 1574 Coit NE.

The discussion will focus on neighborhood watch tools/tips and block party planning.  The new community officer, Rich Atha, will also introduce himself. 

To RSVP, contact Mac at mbrown@crestongr.com or (616) 454-7900.

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.