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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.

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.