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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

My Town: Michigan State Police celebrate milestones in Montcalm and Ionia counties

My Town: Michigan State Police celebrate milestones in Montcalm and Ionia counties

LAKEVIEW, Mich. (Michigan State Police)--- As the New Year begins, the Michigan State Police Lakeview post would like to share some of its accomplishments and successes from 2014.  The Lakeview post serves the counties of Montcalm, Gratiot and Ionia.

In 2014, the post welcomed eight troopers, one new sergeant, one motor carrier officer, one motor carrier sergeant and one motor carrier lieutenant.

Additionally, troopers from the post handled 9,245 calls for service; of these reports, 590 were alcohol or drug related.  The post has 1,342 registered sex offenders living in the post area with a 96 percent compliance rate.  There are approximately 11,000 inmates residing in the prisons located in St. Louis, Carson City, and Ionia.  MSP handles all criminal investigations associated with these prisons.

My Town: West Michigan's safest and most dangerous places

My Town: West Michigan's safest and most dangerous places

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to one of the safest cities in Michigan, according to a new analysis by Value Penguin.

East Grand Rapids ranked fifth among midsize cities and 16th overall.  Value Penguin based its rankings on FBI crime statistics collected in 2013.  The group excluded towns with populations less than 5,000. Value Penguin then compared crimes in the remaining cities per capita, giving more weight to violent crimes than property crimes. 

The West Michigan communities that came in above the state average for crimes included Spring Lake-Ferrysburg (No. 28), Rockford (No. 45), Zeeland (No. 56), Belding (No. 80) and Grand Haven (No. 118).

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: Ionia County deputies warn of phone scam

My Town: Ionia County deputies warn of phone scam

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IONIA COUNTY, Mich. (Ionia County Sheriff's Office)-- On 7/31/14, deputies with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a phone scam in which the caller imitates and claims to be a representative of the Sheriff’s Office calling to collect money to avoid being arrested for a warrant. 

In the complaint received, a local woman was asked to pay $4000.00 via bank transfer to the caller to avoid being “arrested”.  The woman wisely did not pay the money and contacted the Sheriff’s Office.  This call appeared to have originated from a telephone number belonging to the Sheriff’s Office, but it was not.  This is not the first complaint of this type of scam occurring in the West Michigan area, as other departments and agencies have dealt with similar complaints recently.

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Authorities are looking for a West Michigan trio wanted for a series of crimes, including stealing a Rockford woman’s vehicle.

The incident happened July 20 outside the Meijer in Greenville. Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr., 25, Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of Wyoming, and Kevin Michael Seely, 25, of Belding are all wanted on carjacking charges.

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My Town Belding: New members of dive team recover stolen gun

My Town Belding: New members of dive team recover stolen gun

BELDING, Mich.—The newest members of the Ionia County Dive Team recently got a chance to put their new skills to the test.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office says on July 12, divers were deployed into a lake off Bridge Street in Belding to try to locate a stolen gun.  It took the team about an hour to recover the 1911 Colt Pistol, which had been taken from an Ionia County resident.

The dive team recently added 11 new members, including three from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, three from the Lyons-Muir Fire Department, three from the Belding Fire Department, one from the Ionia County Posse and one from Ionia Public Safety.  The dive team normally responds to water rescues, evidence and body recoveries.