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My Town Grandville: Gas station clerk robbed at knifepoint

My Town Grandville: Gas station clerk robbed at knifepoint

GRANDVILLE, Mich.--  Grandville police are trying to track down the man who robbed a gas station clerk at knifepoint.

The crime happened just before 10 p.m. Friday at the Admiral Gas Station, located at 4315 Chicago Drive.  Officers say the thief walked into the convenience store displaying a knife and demanded money from the clerk.  He ran away after the crime and couldn’t be tracked by a police K-9 unit.

The clerk was not injured.

The man was wearing a dark sweatshirt covering his face and jeans.  Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Grandville Police Department at (616) 538-6110.

My Town: Woman injured in hit and run crash; driver arrested

My Town: Woman injured in hit and run crash; driver arrested

HOWARD CITY, Mich.- A Howard City man is facing charges in connection to a hit and run crash involving four people, including a one-year-old child.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. Tuesday.  Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies say a pickup truck was on Walnut Street, preparing to turn into a driveway near Cedar Street when it was hit from behind by a 1999 Ford Explorer, which then drove away from the scene.

A 20-year-old Jenison woman in the pickup truck was treated at the scene for injuries to her head and neck.  The other passengers, a 37-year-old Kentwood woman, 23-year-old Jenison man and a 1-year-old child from Jenison, were not injured.

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.

Two boys admit to damaging community park

Two boys admit to damaging community park

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Two boys are facing punishment for causing $1,300 in damage to an Ottawa County park.

Lieutenant Robert Tease says deputies on patrol discovered several juveniles inside 8th Avenue Community Park in the early morning hours of June 29.  The Georgetown Township park was closed to the public at that time.

Investigators also found damage to three surveillance cameras and three sprinkler heads within the park.  Tease says two boys admitted to causing the damage.  Both suspects were turned over to their parents; their case is being referred to the Ottawa County family court.

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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School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

The school year is wrapping up for many people, but it’s just beginning for dozens prospective Michigan State Police troopers.

Sunday, May 12, 80 men and women from across the state began the 125th Trooper Recruit School.  For the next 21 weeks, MSP members and academy staff will train the recruits in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.  Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate October 4.

Michigan State Police selected recruits from more than 3,000 potential candidates.

Michigan State Police Officer Retires After More Than 25 Years of Service

Michigan State Police Officer Retires After More Than 25 Years of Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       

The Michigan State Police is announcing that First Lieutenant Steven Harper will retire from the Michigan State Police retired  after 25 years and 11 months of service.  Most recently, Harper served as Post Commander of the Wayland Post and was responsible for MSP operations in Allegan and Barry Counties and supervised 50 enlisted and civilian personnel.

Harper, an Allen Park native, enlisted with the Department on February 22, 1987.  He graduated as a member of the 101st Recruit School.  Harper was first assigned as a trooper to the Erie Post and later transferred to the Northville Post.  He served as a detective trooper at SECID (Southeastern Criminal Investigation Division), then promoted to sergeant at Hastings and later transferred to Grand Haven Post.  He again promoted to first lieutenant and served as Post Commander at Lakeview, Rockford, Hastings an