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Police search for armed robbery suspect

Police search for armed robbery suspect

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  Police believe two Kalamazoo men are responsible for at least three armed robberies in just as many days.

Officers are still looking for Stanley Allen Rice, 39, who faces three counts of armed robbery and one count of resisting and obstructing police.  A second suspect, Aquarius Walker, was arrested after falling into the Kalamazoo River while trying to run away from officers following a robbery.  Walker is charged with two counts of armed robbery, breaking and entering a building, being an accessory after a crime, fleeing and eluding and resisting and obstructing police. 

Police believe both men may be responsible for the robbery of 812 Shoppers Lane in Parchment around 1:30 Tuesday, as well as the robbery of Sunny Mart in Kalamazoo three hours earlier.   The two suspects are also facing charges for stealing cash from the Family Dollar in Kalamazoo on October 5.

Kalamazoo officers search for teen's attacker

Kalamazoo officers search for teen's attacker

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are looking for the man who dragged a teenager into the woods and assaulted her.

Officers say the attack happened shortly after 7 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of Bellevue.  The 14-year-old girl tells officers she was approached by a man, who dragged her into the woods, assaulted her then released her.

The girl traveled home where she called police to report the crime.  Police dogs could not track down the man.

The suspect is described as a white male in his forties with brown hair that’s starting to grey on the ends.  Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff recruits volunteers for Reserve Division

Kalamazoo County Sheriff recruits volunteers for Reserve Division

KALMAZOO, Mich.—The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is recruiting volunteers to serve in its Reserve Division.

The new academy will start in January 2014.  Training is sponsored by the sheriff’s office.  Recruitment is open to all county residents who are 21 years or older and pass background and drug checks.

The Reserve Division includes a diverse group of volunteers, from doctors to factory workers.  Participants have the opportunity to work in the county jail, help security for local events and the Kalamazoo County Fair, take part in the Honor Guard and Rapid Response Team and ride on road patrol with deputies.

The academy is volunteer-based, so applicants should not expect pay.  To apply, visit the sheriff’s office at 1500 Lamont St. in Kalamazoo or visit www.KCSDRD.org.

Kalamazoo murder suspect named by officers

Kalamazoo murder suspect named by officers

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A 20-year-old man is now charged with the murder of a Kalamazoo man.

Public safety officers were called to the 1400 block of Race Street around 6:45 p.m. Friday, August 23.  When they arrived they found 43-year-old Lionel Lopez Jr. suffering from a single gunshot wound.  Lopez was taken to Bronson Hospital, where he died.

Officers located the suspect, 20-year-old Demarcus Cornellious Finley a short time later.   Sunday, he was formally charged with open murder, two counts of felony firearms, felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Finley is being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail with no bond.

Suspects sought after gunfire damages farm equipment

Suspects sought after gunfire damages farm equipment

KALAMAZOO COUNTY,  Mich.--   Kalamazoo County deputies are looking for the people who fired shots early Monday morning, damaging a farm irrigation system.

The gunfire was reported around 3:30 a.m. in the 7200 block of W. TU Avenue in Prairie-Rond Township.  No one was injured. When deputies arrived, the suspects were already gone.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department at (269) 383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

Unconscious bicyclist found lying on roadway

Unconscious bicyclist found lying on roadway

SCHOOLCRAFT TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is trying to piece together the incident that seriously injured a bicyclist.

Witnesses found the 55-year-old bicyclist unconscious on the south side of VW Avenue, near Portage Road in Schoolcraft Township.  The rider was taken to Bronson Hospital where she’s listed in serious condition.  She was wearing a helmet.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 383-8748 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

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.