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My Town Wyoming: Police search for driver who hit bicyclist

My Town Wyoming: Police search for driver who hit bicyclist

WYOMING, Mich.—Wyoming Police are looking for the driver who hit a bicyclist and drove away.

Officers say 52-year-old Joseph Errol Conigliaro was riding in the 600 block of 36th Street SW when he was hit.  He was found lying unresponsive in the roadway around 7:30 a.m. on March 15.  He was taken to a nearby hospital with critical injuries.

Officers believe the driver who hit Conigliaro was traveling in the curb lane on westbound 36th Street.  The vehicle may have damaged to its passenger side mirror.  Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at (616) 530-7323 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

My Town: G.R. man arrested for thefts spanning two counties

My Town: G.R. man arrested for thefts spanning two counties

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Police believe a Grand Rapids man accused of stealing fuel from a truck may be responsible for dozens of similar thefts in two counties.

Jeffrey James-Lee Pardee is charged with receiving and concealing $20,000 or more of stolen property in Grand Rapids, malicious destruction of property over $1,000 in Kentwood, and two counts of larceny under $200 in Kentwood.  He’s also charged with being a habitual offender.

Police arrested Pardee around 1 a.m. Friday, March 14 at a business in the 3800 block of East Paris SE.  Officers say he was stealing a large quantity of diesel fuel from a truck, draining the fuel into large holding tanks in his van.  Officers say he also stole fuel from a  vehicle in the 4600 block of 44th Street SE.  When detectives searched Pardee’s home, they also recovered a large quantity of stolen property from two burglaries.

City backs grant for auto theft task force

City backs grant for auto theft task force

WYOMING, Mich.—The City of Wyoming is getting grant money to help curb vehicle thefts.

During its regular meeting Jan.6, the city council unanimously approved a resolution to accept $71,022 in grant funding to dedicate a detective to the Combined Auto Theft Team.  The task force is comprised of multiple communities and operates out of Grand Rapids.

The funding comes from grants awarded to Grand Rapids by the state’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority.  Since the ATPA’s inception in 1986, the group claims auto thefts have fallen 65.2 percent, from 72,021 to 25,048 per year.

Vigilant neighbor helps catch suspected scrap metal thieves

Vigilant neighbor helps catch suspected scrap metal thieves

UPDATE (Tuesday,  4 p.m.)-- Montcalm County sheriff's deputies are releasing the names of a Wyoming couple accused of stealing scrap metal.

Connie Lynn Whitney, 37, and Havier Madera Sanchez, 32, were formally charged with larceny under $200 Tuesday.  They are currently free on bond.

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Wyoming couple is facing charges for allegedly stealing scrap metal from a Montcalm County home.

Around 12:45 p.m. Friday, a neighbor noticed the couple loading scrap metal into a vehicle parked on property at West Stanton Road in Sidney Township. The neighbor contacted a relative of the homeowner, who called Montcalm County dispatchers.  The suspects were preparing to leave as deputies arrived and arrested them.

Investigators are withholding the suspects’ names until they are formally charged.  The couple remains in the Montcalm County jail.

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.

City to consider consolidating police and fire services in July 18 meeting

City to consider consolidating police and fire services in July 18 meeting

Wyoming, Kentwood and Grand Rapids city leaders will hold a special meeting Thursday, July 18 to consider moving forward with a proposal to consolidate police and fire services.

Council and commission members from all three cities will review ICMA Consulting Service’s study and recommendations about consolidation.  The report’s executive summary concludes consolidation is the best alternative to improve service and save more than $13 million annually.  It also recommends:

Wyoming volunteers offer patrols to protect your home

Wyoming volunteers offer patrols to protect your home

WYOMING, Mich. –  Summer is one of the top seasons for vacations and home break-ins, but Wyoming community volunteers can help.

According to the City of Wyoming, residents can request house checks by members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  For more information on the patrols, contact Sgt. Easterly at (616) 530-7308 or ask for Officer Mitch Veldman at the Wyoming Police Department from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.