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My Town: Surveillance images of bank robbery suspect released

My Town: Surveillance images of bank robbery suspect released

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Kalamazoo County deputies are releasing surveillance images of a bank robbery suspect, in hopes of making an arrest.

The crime happened just before noon Tuesday at the Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union at 5067 Gull Road in Comstock Township.  Investigators say the man walked into the bank, flashed a silver handgun and forced the employees into the vault and broom closet.    The man ran away with an undisclosed amount of money.  A tracking dog could not pick up his scent.

The man is described as 5’8”, 150 pounds between the ages of 20 years and 40 years.  He was last seen wearing a black wig in a bun style, a light brown hat, dark wire rim tinted glasses, an olive green and cream colored shirt, khaki pants and dark colored shoes.  He was also carrying a black lap top bag.

My Town: Kalamazoo man killed in shooting identified

My Town: Kalamazoo man killed in shooting identified

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are releasing the name of a Kalamazoo man killed in a Sunday night shooting.

Officers say 30-year-old Orlando David Walker arrived at Bronson Hospital with a gunshot wound to his chest a short time after gunfire was reported in the area of 1000 N. Church. Walker died a short time later.

Officers found a second man at the crime scene with gunshot wounds to his leg. So far, no suspects have been arrested.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

My Town Kalamazoo: Teenager arrested after police chase ends in crash

My Town Kalamazoo: Teenager arrested after police chase ends in crash

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Kalamazoo teenager is facing several charges after police say he stole a car and led officers on a chase.

The vehicle was reported stolen just before 2 a.m. Wednesday.  Within minutes, an officer spotted the vehicle near Stadium Drive and Howard and tried to stop the driver, who sped off.  As the chase neared Rambling Road, the driver lost control and crashed into parked cars at Express Auto, causing the stolen car to roll.    Officers found a loaded handgun with the 16-year-old suspect, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. He was arrested for unlawfully driving away in an automobile, fleeing and eluding and carrying a concealed weapon.

The teenager is in the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home after being treated for minor injuries from the crash.

My Town Kalamazoo: Reward offered for school vandal arrests

My Town Kalamazoo: Reward offered for school vandal arrests

KALAMAZOO, Mich—A reward is being offered in tracking down the three vandals who damaged property at two high schools.

On May 23, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Comstock High School, where the suspects had spray painted numerous buildings and the athletic stadium area.  Deputies say the vandals also targeted the same areas at Gull Lake High School, causing damages totaling thousands of dollars.

An administrator at Comstock High School says the damages were repaired in time for the school’s graduation ceremony Friday, May 30 in the athletic stadium.

Anyone with information in these cases are asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department or Silent Observer at 343-2100.

My Town: Scammers target personal computers in Portage

My Town: Scammers target personal computers in Portage

PORTAGE, Mich.—Portage Public Safety officers are warning residents about a scam making its way through the city.

Multiple residents have reported receiving phone calls from a person posing as a computer technician from a well-known company, requesting information to access a personal computer in their home.  The suspect claims the computer has a virus that they can remove remotely, if given the correct personal information.  In some cases, the scammer locks the victim out of their computer completely then charges the victim hundreds of dollars to access their own computer.  In other cases, the suspect installs software to capture passwords and other personal information.

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 Kalamazoo: Two arrested for dealership thefts

My Town Kalamazoo: Two arrested for dealership thefts

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Two Kalamazoo area men are facing charges for stealing cars off a dealership lot.

Kalamazoo Public Safety officers were called to the dealership on Stadium Drive on April 17.  While there, they found the keys to 15 new vehicles had been stolen and three vehicles were missing from the lot.  Two vehicles were recovered by officers within hours of the crime.

A week later, an officer was on a routine patrol near Portage Road and Pitcher Street when he recognized a vehicle matching the description of the third stolen vehicle.  The officer tried to stop the driver, but he sped off.  The officer tracked the vehicle behind a building in the 500 block of East Walnut Street, where he saw two men running away.  The officer caught up to one of the suspects and arrested him.  A second officer and his K9 partnered tracked the second suspect to a nearby business, where he was hiding.  He was arrested without incident.