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  • Grand Rapids, Mich. —  The Grand Rapids Citizens Police Academy is an inside look at the work of men and women of law enforcement in Grand Rapids. The class is a 10-week course showing how the department operates, how officers do their jobs, and why they take the actions they do. During week 4, the class traveled to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office stables in Rockford where both GRPD mounted officers and sheriff’s mounted deputies train. Participants saw first-hand how
    October 16, 2018
  • Grand Rapids, Mich. —  The Grand Rapids Citizens Police Academy is an inside look at the work of men and women of law enforcement in Grand Rapids. The class is a 10-week course showing how the department operates, how officers do their jobs, and why they take the actions they do. During week 3, the class learned the dos and don’ts of a traffic stop from both sides of the window. Participants saw first-hand what officers want drivers to do
    October 09, 2018
  • SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — Police in South Haven are looking for a pair of suspects who stole money and cigarettes from a gas station Sunday night. South Haven Police officers were dispatched to the armed robbery at the Shell station on Broadway around 11:20 p.m. They say the suspects were gone by the time police got there. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk while the other took cigarettes. Both of them
    October 08, 2018
  • Grand Rapids, Mich. —  The Grand Rapids Citizens Police Academy is an inside look at the work of men and women of law enforcement in Grand Rapids. The class is a 10-week course showing how the department operates, how officers do their jobs, and why they take the actions they do. During week two, the class was introduced to the department’s bomb squad. Students learned about the various tools that bomb technicians use and the dangers they confront on on
    October 02, 2018
  • Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grand Rapids citizens police academy is an inside look at the work men and women of law enforcement do in Grand Rapids. The class is a ten week course showing how the department operates, how officers do their jobs, and why they take the actions they do. FOX 17’s West Michigan’s Most Wanted producer enrolled in the course and is documenting their experience through weekly updates. Week one consisted of meeting the chiefs, captains,
    September 25, 2018
  • WALKER, Mich. – West Michigan’s Most Wanted is going behind the badge with local police officers. This week, our teams rode along with Officer Tiffany Elliott, a veteran of the Walker Police Department. From an unexpected job referral, to a close call on the roadway, and soap, Officer Elliott shares her thoughts on the job, and more on her hobbies when the shift is over.
    September 24, 2018
  • ROCKFORD, Mich. — The Michigan State Police Rockford Post is looking for members of the public to join its Citizens Academy. The eight week course gives people an insight into the world of law enforcement, including procedures troopers follow and getting to know staff at the Rockford Post. “It’s a great opportunity for us to let the public know what we do in law enforcement [and] what MSP does in law enforcement,” said MSP Lt. Chris McIntire. “Hopefully, we build
    September 23, 2018
  • BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich — An investigation is underway following a robbery at the ‘Check Into Cash’ at 1357 Mall Dr. in Benton Township. Employees say two black male suspects entered the store demanding money. One of the employees was sprayed with pepper spray and suffered irritation to the face but medical treatment was not sought. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department ran a K-9 track but came back unsuccessful. Officials say the suspects remain unidentified and got away with an undisclosed
    September 13, 2018
  • KALAMAZOO, Mich.  – A standoff on Kalamazoo’s north side Thursday afternoon began with a knock on the front door – and ended with a man going to jail. That’s according to the city’s Department of Public Safety. It told FOX 17 at the scene that officers went to a house on Willard Street, near N. Westnedge Avenue, to serve a warrant. Police say a man inside had two felony warrants. Also inside the residence was a nine-year-old boy, but it
    September 13, 2018
  • MUSKEGON, Mich. – A former teacher in Muskegon County is under investigation for allegedly molesting several students nearly a decade ago. Morgan Tatrow, 80, is accused of molesting at least eight children, but investigators believe there are even more victims who have not yet come forward. Last month, the Muskegon County and Delta County prosecutors announced they are jointly investigating Tatrow. He’s accused of inappropriately touching two young family members between 2008 and 2010. Six other women have also come
    September 13, 2018
  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Police have released the name of the suspect in two Grand Rapids bank robberies this week. Grand Rapids Police say that Kenneth Moore, 56, has been on the run from the Michigan Department of Corrections for three years. His MDOC records show that he is a parole absconder from the Detroit area.  He had most recently been jailed for Assault with Intent less than murder and Felony Firearms possession. He had previous convictions for Felony Firearms
    September 13, 2018
  • KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is looking for suspects in a shooting from Wednesday night. The shooting happened about 9:00 p.m. in the 4000 block of Lakesedge Drive in Kalamazoo. Upon arrival officers located the victim, a 23-year-old man, yelling from behind one of the buildings.  He told police that there was altercation with a group of people and then the shots were fired. Police determined that the man was injured, but not from a gunshot. Police
    September 13, 2018
  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– It’s a growing problem around the world, including West Michigan. Now, an app to fight human trafficking is getting ready to launch for use by law enforcement, but the creators need the public’s help to make it more effective. The app is called TraffickCam. Every time you stay in a hotel, you upload a few pictures of your room to the app. It seems simple, but it could mean the difference between saving someone’s life or not. Human
    September 12, 2018
  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The U.S. Marshals Service and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department are seeking information and/or the whereabouts of one of West Michigan’s Most Wanted fugitives with relatives in the Grand Rapids area. He is as follows: BRIDGEFORTH, MICHAEL TERMAINE B/M      Age: 41       6’2”       220LBS   Black Hair and Brown Eyes Priors:   Narcotics, Weapons Last Known Address:  Family ties to Grand Rapids Current warrants (1)  Attempted Homicide, Date of Warrant 2-29-2016
    July 28, 2018
  • BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of a double homicide in southwestern Michigan has been added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted. An arrest warrant is out for Antwan Mims. Investigators allege that he fatally shot two men in March in front of 100 people at a Benton Harbor party. The FBI says Mims has ties to Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois and Ohio. Benton Harbor Public Safety Director Daniel McGinnis Jr. says “nobody is safe” while Mims
    June 27, 2018
  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Corrections and the U.S. Marshals Service are seeking information and/or the whereabouts of one of West Michigan’s Most Wanted fugitives from the Grand Rapids/Kent County area. He is as follows: WAIR, Daniel Lee B/M Age 33, Height 6’1”, Weight 170 Ibs, Hair Black, Eyes Brown. AKA “Down On My Luck” Ware. Tattoos- D-Ware left forearm, Jacqueline right forearm, Danielle Left Chest. Prior Convictions:  Tampering with Electronic Monitoring Device, Home Invasion -2nd Degree, CSC Assault
    April 07, 2018
  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– A fugitive featured on West Michigan’s Most Wanted has been taken into custody. Joshua Salter was first featured on FOX 17 in January. At the time, he had  warrants out for his arrest including a felony charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and assaulting a police officer. US Marshals also said he was an absconder out of Kent County. Officials say Salter was taken into custody by the Grand Rapids Police
    February 10, 2018
  • IONIA, Mich. – An Ionia teen is facing charges for allegedly setting a barn on fire to destroy evidence of stolen vehicles. Hunter Wagner, 18, was arrested last month.  Investigators learned that he was connected to a barn fire on “Smokey Row” back in October 2017.  In that fire, a stolen truck and motorcycle were destroyed. Investigators later tied Wagner to a series of vehicle thefts and larcenies from the Ventra Factory in January.  During that investigation, deputies found several
    February 09, 2018
  • KENT COUNTY, Mich. — US Marshals are looking for Marcello Varnado. He has warrants out for a parole violation and burglary and assault with a dangerous weapon. They say he has the word “Cello” tattooed on his right hand and may also go by that nickname. If you know anything more about this or any other fugitive case, you’re asked to contact the U.S. Marshals at 1-877-926-8332 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.
    January 13, 2018
  • KENT COUNTY, Mich. — US Marshals and the Michigan Department of Corrections need your help finding a wanted fugitive. They say Joshua Salter has warrants out for his arrest including a felony charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and assaulting a police officer. Salter is an absconder out of Kent County and has a a number of aliases he may be using Including Joshua Gonney. He has a scar on his chin as
    January 13, 2018
  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Take another suspect off the list of West Michigan’s Most Wanted. The U.S. Marshals Western District of Michigan says police  in Grand Rapids recently arrested Andrew Blade. The U.S. Marshals Western Michigan Fugitive Task Force said Blade, 48, avoided authorities since September 2014. A warrant was previously issued for his arrest involving delivery of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school. Another misdemeanor warrant was issued for his arrest 3 months prior to that for disturbing the
    January 13, 2018
  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —  The U.S. Marshal’s Office is searching for a Most Wanted fugitive whose last known residence was in Wyoming. A supervisory deputy for the U.S. Marshal’s Western District of Michigan says Jose Angel Monarrez is wanted on three warrants: Assault-Wyoming POD Failure to appear on fleeing-and-eluding-Ottawa County Probation violation-Ottawa County Monarrez is 36 year old, and 5-feet-11 inches tall. Investigators say he weighs about 160 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes.
    December 16, 2017
  • EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Police are investigating two suspicious fires in Emmett Township over the past weekend. Both fires happened on Sunday, December 3rd about two miles apart in abandoned structures.  The first was reported at 10:25 a.m. in the first block of Debra Drive in the Oak Forest Trailer Park.  The second was just after noon in the 900 block of East Michigan Avenue.  That structure is near the Triangle Trailer Park. No one was injured.  Both structures were
    December 07, 2017
  • UPDATE: The Supervisory Deputy US. Marshal for the Western District of Michigan says Marquis Vaughn is no longer on the loose. Joe Guzman says Vaughn was  arrested by the Lansing Police Department in Lansing on December 20. -James Gemmell/ FOX 17 ———————— EARLIER STORY: GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Marquis Adam Vaughn is considered a person of interest in the case in a sexual assault investigation, according to the US Marshals. However, a local mother said he’s much more than that
    November 15, 2017
  • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich– The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Michigan Department of Corrections are seeking the public’s help in locating Juan Quayshaun-Damone Mills, 24. Records show Mills is wanted for absconding parole.  A warrant for his arrest was issued on August 3, 2017. Mills has prior convictions for Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Records list cocaine connected to those convictions. Mills is 6′ 1″ and weighs 150 pounds. He has the word “Carolyn”
    November 08, 2017