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Meth lab likely sparked fire at Portage home

Meth lab likely sparked fire at Portage home

PORTAGE, Mich.—Public safety officers believe a methamphetamine lab may have sparked the fire that forced nearly a dozen people from a Portage home.

On June 19, police and firefighters were called to the 5500 block of Deerfield around 3:15 a.m. on reports of a fire.  When they arrived, smoke was spilling out of the home.  Investigators believe the fire started in a bedroom where someone may have been manufacturing meth.

Police confiscated several meth-making tools from the home.  So far no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Portage Department of Public Safety at (269) 329-4567 or Silent Observer at 343-2100.

Man sentenced for selling counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores

A Florida man will spend 30 months in prison for trying to sell counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores.

As part of his punishment, 56-year-old Jeffrey Steven Telsey also faces three years of probation and must pay $400,506.17 in restitution, as well as a $25,000 fine.  

In January 2008, Homeland Security Investigations was notified that counterfeit Gillette Mach3 razor refills were being distributed through Meijer Stores.  Homeland Security began buying up the counterfeit razorblades from Telsey, who operated JCA Enterprises.  At the same time, Meijer Stores issued a company-wide recall for the counterfeit blades.

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Police release photos of store theft suspects

Police release photos of store theft suspects

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  Michigan State Police are releasing surveillance images of four suspects who allegedly stole construction equipment from a Kalamazoo store.

Troopers say the four men walked into the Lowes store on West Main Street around 1:15 p.m. on May 24 and took approximately $1,763.10 worth of items, including lasers and drill bits.  The men were last seen leaving in silver Dodge Charger with a Florida license plate.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Michigan State Police Paw Paw post at (269) 657-5551.

Masked gunman robs Kalamazoo gas station

Masked gunman robs Kalamazoo gas station

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are looking for a man who robbed a gas station May 28.

Officers say the armed suspect walked into the Circle K at 4117 Portage Rd. around 6:30 a.m.  and demanded money from the clerks.  After obtaining the money, the man ran away.  Officers tried to track down the suspect using K9s, to no avail. 

The suspect is a white man between 25-35 years old, who is about 5’7” tall with a thin build.  He was last seen wearing khaki shorts, a black sweatshirt and a blue scarf over his face.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

Masked gunman robs Kalamazoo gas station

Masked gunman robs Kalamazoo gas station

KALAMAZOO, Mich.— Kalamazoo Public Safety officers are looking for a man who robbed a gas station May 28.

Officers say the armed suspect walked into the Circle K at 4117 Portage Rd. around 6:30 a.m.  and demanded money from the clerks.  After obtaining the money, the man ran away.  Officers tried to track down the suspect using K9s, to no avail. 

The suspect is a white man between 25-35 years old, who is about 5’7” tall with a thin build.  He was last seen wearing khaki shorts, a black sweatshirt and a blue scarf over his face.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at (269) 337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

Kalamazoo public safety department stalls officer hirings

Kalamazoo public safety department stalls officer hirings

 KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo’s department of public safety will wait to fill five officer positions, as the city continues to deal with a tighter budget.

The city commission says nearly 85 percent of city employees who accepted an early retirement incentive package from the city in 20102 left the organization by December 31.  The remaining 36 of the 219 employees who accepted the offer will leave this year.

Kalamazoo city officials plan to eliminate 89 city positions to help erase a $6 million deficit. The cuts are expected to save the city more than $1 million when fully implemented.

The city is expected to save an estimated $7.32 million in the 2014 fiscal year and beyond, but future finances remain problematic as property values continue to slide, leading to less tax revenue for the city.

Robbery at the First Community Federal Credit Union

Robbery at the First Community Federal Credit Union

From Kalamazoo Public Safety:

The First Community Federal Credit Union at 706 N. Westnedge St. was robbed this morning at 11:45 am.

A lone male entered the Credit Union and waited in line behind other customers. Once at the tellers counter, the man handed the teller a note demanding money, no weapon was seen. An undisclosed amount of money was turned over to the suspect, he then fled the business after taking his note with him.

The suspect fled on foot, north from the credit union, a Public Safety K9 tracked the suspect to the area of W. Frank and Cooley St. before losing the track.

The suspect is described as a dark skinned black male, 24-30 years of age, 175-195 lbs. and about 5’10” tall. He was wearing a dark blue or black zipper hoodie style sweatshirt, a white T-shirt, blue jeans and dark colored shoes. He was also wearing a black knit cap with ear flaps and tassels on his head. The cap had several white “snow flakes” design on it.