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My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to three of the 10 most dangerous places in the state, according to Movoto Real Estate.

The company based its rankings on cities with populations of 10,000 or more that also ranked high in murder, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report.  Flint topped the list, followed by Benton Harbor, Detroit, Highland Park, Muskegon Heights, Harper Woods, Inkster, Flint Township, Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo. Grand Rapids came in at No. 16, Holland ranked 26th,  Walker took 32nd place, Grandville ranked 41st, Norton Shores landed at No. 42, Kalamazoo Township was 45th and Grand Haven came in at No. 50 among the 102 qualified communities.  To see the entire list, visit Movoto’s website here.

My Town Kalamazoo: Second man convicted in laundromat murder

My Town Kalamazoo: Second man convicted in laundromat murder

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The family of a Kalamazoo man who was murdered at work seven years ago, is finally getting closure.

In Aug. 7, 2007, Daniel McNeil was stabbed to death during a robbery at Stadium Discount Laundry.  Next month, Roderique Rolark will be sentenced in the case. He pleaded guilty to second degree murder last week.

In 2008, Christopher Levitt was convicted of felony murder in connection to McNeil’s death.  He’s now serving mandatory life in prison.

My Town: Kalamazoo driver hits woman at gas station

My Town: Kalamazoo driver hits woman at gas station

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputies believe alcohol played a role in a gas station crash that seriously injured a pedestrian.

The incident happened shortly before 7:30 Thursday morning at the Speedway gas station on River Street in Comstock Park.  Investigators say a 25-year-old Kalamazoo man was backing his vehicle up when he hit a 72-year-old woman.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries; her condition is stable. 

My Town: Shoppers pass off fake bills at Oshtemo Township businesses

My Town: Shoppers pass off fake bills at Oshtemo Township businesses

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Kalamazoo County sheriff’s deputies are looking for the people who used fake $100 bills at five Oshtemo Township businesses.

The crimes happened around 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 in the West Main Street shopping area.  Detectives say the suspects visited several stores and purchased items using counterfeit money.

One of the suspects is described as an African American man in his mid-to-late 20s, who was wearing a New York Yankees coat.  Anyone with information in this case is asked call contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.

My Town Kalamazoo: One arrested during drug house raid

My Town Kalamazoo: One arrested during drug house raid

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— A 39-year-old man is facing charges for operating a drug house in Kalamazoo.

Investigators searched the suspect’s Lawrence Street home Wednesday afternoon and found crack cocaine, heroin, a stolen handgun and ammunition.  The Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team was tipped off to the drug house by neighbors.

The suspect was arrested for delivery and manufacturing crack cocaine and heroin, felon in possession of a firearm, felony firearm, receiving and concealing stolen property and maintaining a drug house.  He remains in the Kalamazoo County Jail pending arraignment.

Anyone with information about illegal drugs or firearms activity in the Kalamazoo area is urged to contact the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team at 269-337-8880, or report an anonymous tip to Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com

My Town: Man arrested for Kalamazoo shooting

My Town: Man arrested for Kalamazoo shooting

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Benton Harbor man is facing several charges for the shooting that critically injured a Kalamazoo man.

Kadaron Demond Richmond, 20, is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, felony possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and three counts of felony firearm.

Detectives believe Richmond fired the shot that hit the 28-year-old victim in his torso on Nov. 3.  Just after 10 p.m. that night, someone drove the victim to the Kalamazoo Public Safety Station #2, where officers began rendering aid.  Officers then took him to a nearby hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Officers are withholding the victim’s name.  Anyone with additional information in this case is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.