Fruitport Police

Advisory: FPPD Investigate Reports of Suspicious Activity in Retail Areas

The Fruitport Police Department is investigating incidents of Suspicious Activity in the shopping areas near Harvey and Sternberg. Police have identified a white male subject in a tan colored van who has reportedly approached shoppers in an attempt to solicit money.

Recently allegations of an attempted abduction in the Lakes Mall parking lot, also involving a van, have been shared on social media. A police report in reference to suspicious activity in the mall parking lot was filed with FPPD. After the department was made aware of the social media posts officers re-interviewed the witnesses to the mall incident. Those witnesses have confirmed with police that the details, as posted on social media, have been embellished and are not accurate.

Fruitport Police always encourage citizens to be vigilant about their safety and offers these tips…
– Be alert to your surroundings, looking in all directions.
– Do not become distracted by your phone while walking to your car.
– If you are approached, yell or scream to get attention. Return to the store and alert employees or security.
– Have your car key in hand before you leave the store.
– Do not stop to investigate notes left on your car. Drive to a safe, populated location.
– If you are followed while driving, go to a well lit and populated area.
– Call 9-1-1 and report all suspicious people and vehicles immediately.
– If you can do so safely, obtain descriptions of people and license plate numbers.

Fruitport Police are continuing their investigation into these incidents. Officers will increase patrols at the Lakes Mall and other retail areas. Please stay connected to our agency via our webpage, Facebook, and Nixle.
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Advisory: Cloverville break-ins reported. Some property has been recovered.

Fruitport Police have received reports of garage and pole barn break-ins in the Cloverville area. Residents are reminded to keep their buildings and valuables secured. Please report any suspicious persons and vehicles to 9-1-1 immediately.
Additionally, FPPD has recovered a remote controlled Drone. Anyone who may be missing a Drone, and can identify its description, is asked to call FPPD at 231-865-8477.

Contact Information:
Sgt Andrew Hunt
Fruitport Police
231-865-8477
ahunt@fruitportpolice.com

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Community: Honoring Our 2016 Fallen Police Dogs

In 2016, 34 K9 Officers gave their lives in the line of duty from across the country.  Gunfire contributed to 20 of these losses; 1 as the result of stabbing.  We wanted to create a ‘walking’ tribute to honor these fallen K9 heroes, and take advantage of this opportunity to  protect the lives of as many of our K9 Officers as resources will allow.
https://www.bonfire.com/2016-fallen-k9-warriors/

Proceeds from your memorial t-shirt  purchases will be used to outfit as many of our four-legged warriors with Bulletproof Vests as possible.

The T-shirt contains the NAME and DEPARTMENT of all 34 K9s lost in the line of duty during 2016.

Blue Alert  serves to honor ALL our fallen heroes, and even those who continue to serve keeping our communities safe.  This is our 3rd year honoring fallen K9s with tribute t-shirts, and as the result of your generosity, we have vested numerous of our four-legged heroes.

Please consider helping us again this year!

This Campaign Ends on March 1st, 2017 at 11:59pm (ET)
For full details, view this message on the web.

Looking for Your Lost Bicycle?

If you or your child is missing a bicycle from the Fruitport area, we may have them here. Many misplaced bikes get dropped off at our Police Department. We’d like to return lost bikes to their owners, so if you are missing a bike, call (231) 865-8477 and give us a description of it.

Citizens are encouraged to bring found property or bicycles to the Fruitport Township Police Department at 5825 Airline Hwy, Monday – Friday from 8am – 4pm.

View this message on the web: https://local.nixle.com/alert/5719564/?sub_id=1021498

New President of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association Of Michigan

Cass County Prosecuting Attorney Victor Fitz To Lead Prosecuting Attorneys Association Of Michigan Into New Year As President

(Lansing, MI)- Victor Fitz, Cass County Prosecutor and President of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM), announced his focus for 2015. Prosecutor Fitz intends to emphasize unsolved cold case homicides, drug trends, and develop best practices for criminal justice issues. After his election as President by the PAAM Board of Directors in August, Fitz immediately formed three new committees made up of prosecuting attorneys from around the state to emphasize these areas of importance.

Fitz announced that a central goal for 2015 and beyond is for prosecutors to work with law enforcement on the significant number of unsolved cold case homicides in Michigan. Since 1980, FBI statistics estimate that Michigan has over 10,000 unsolved cold case homicides.

“This is a haunting number,” stated Fitz. “Over 10,000 families remain without closure. Their loved ones have suffered a violent or unnatural death. They deserve resolution. They deserve justice,” Fitz said.

Fitz’s drug initiative recognizes the disturbing effects that methamphetamine, prescription drugs, heroin and other narcotics are increasingly having on the Great Lakes Region—particularly the youth. “We will seek to increase communication and cooperation with in-state and out-state agencies to intensify effectiveness in combating illegal drug manufacturers in the Great Lakes Region,” advised Fitz.

2015 efforts are expected to include a law enforcement training on many of these drug related topics.

Under the direction of then-President Kym Worthy in 2014, PAAM initiated efforts to tackle the untested sexual assault kit backlog in Michigan. Fitz stated that these important themes will receive continued priority.

“It is extremely important for prosecutors to be as effective as possible when seeking justice for the citizens of our state. Following best practices and continuing our diligence on backlog challenges are essential to such efforts.”

Fitz noted that many legislative and criminal justice initiatives are considered by the PAAM membership on an annual basis.

“As always, PAAM looks forward to working with the various state and local branches of government, as well as citizens and the private sector in 2015. We share the common goal of making Michigan a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Fitz.

Victor Fitz has been the prosecutor in Cass County since 2003 and will continue as PAAM President through August 2015. He previously served in the Muskegon, Tuscola and St. Clair County Prosecutors’ Office. Fitz is also an appointed member of the Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission, a division within the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan was established in 1928. It is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of: 5 officers, 14 elected directors, active past presidents and the Attorney General. The primary purposes of the association are to promote equal justice in enforcing the state’s criminal laws, and continuing the education of prosecuting attorneys and other law enforcement officials.

Advisory: New Jersey Bloods Threaten to Kill More Cops

The Bloods have vowed to kill more Jersey City cops to avenge the thug the police shot dead this week after he executed a rookie officer, The Post has learned.

The violent street gang has threatened to “kill a Jersey City cop and not stop until the National Guard is called out,” a senior law enforcement source revealed.

Police are even being warned that violent Bloods gang members may be traveling from out of state to target officers in New Jersey, according to an internal New Jersey State Police advisory obtained by The Post.

“New Jersey State Police has received credible information from the Jersey City Police Department about specific threats toward Jersey City police officers and law enforcement,” the advisory read. “The United Blood Nation may take retaliatory action against police officers.”

The PA advisory cautioned that officers should remain vigilant and be aware of “the potential for Bloods traveling into Jersey City.” In addition to the Port Authority advisory, a statewide alert has been issued to police officers, a senior law enforcement official said Tuesday.

“It was an officer safety awareness” advisory “telling cops to be careful and to wear their vests and take the threat seriously,” the official said.

Cops throughout New Jersey have been warned to use extra caution due to the threatened retaliation, which follows three police-involved shootings in the city.

The gang threat was made in direct response to the fatal Jersey City police shooting of Lawrence Campbell moments after he ambushed Officer Melvin Santiago in a Walgreens parking lot early Sunday.

Santiago had been responding to an armed robbery at the 24-hour drugstore when Campbell unleashed a barrage of bullets, leaving 13 holes across the patrol car’s windshield.

Santiago, 23, was shot in the head.

His partner dodged the bullets and returned fire, killing Campbell.

It was not clear Tuesday if Campbell, 27, was a member of the Bloods.

The tip about the threat came from a credible source who has provided valuable information about gang activities in the past, authorities said.

The state police and the Jersey City Police Department did not return requests for comment.

A pedestrian examines a memorial to Lawrence Campbell, who allegedly shot and killed 23-year-old Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago.

Meanwhile, a makeshift memorial to Campbell was dismantled after residents of a Jersey City street became outraged.

The memorial just off Martin Luther King Drive included candles, empty liquor bottles, and T-shirts to lionize the cop-killer.

The shirts bore the phrases “Thug In Peace” and “Live Life My Bro.” Police reportedly tore down the shrine Monday.

“I had it taken down last night,” said Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, according to NJ.com.

“I am not going to let a few residents pretend like they express the views of a great city like Jersey City.”

Additional reporting by Frank Rosario and Joe Tacopino For full details, view this message on the web.

Community: Local Organizations Work Together To Improve Public Awareness Of The Dangers Of Unattended Children Being Left In Vehicles

Safe Kids West Michigan, Fruitport Lions Club, Fraternal Order of Police #99, the GM Foundation, and local law enforcement agencies are working together to increase public awareness of the dangers of leaving infants and young children unattended in vehicles.

Certainly, one of the most prevalent risks to a child left in a vehicle is heatstroke. Information from Safe Kids indicates, “Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle.”

“Many people are shocked to learn how hot the inside of a car can actually get,” said Keith Johnson, president of the Fruitport Lions. “On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside of a car can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and keep getting hotter with each passing minute. And cracking the window doesn’t help.”

So far this year, at least 12 children have died from heatstroke, while unattended in vehicles in states across the country, according to Safe Kids.

“We don’t want to see this happen to any family,” said Detective Lieutenant Bruce Morningstar, Fruitport Police Department. “That’s why we’re asking everyone to help protect kids from this very preventable tragedy by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute.”

“Heatstroke sets in when the body isn’t able to cool itself quickly enough,” said Holly Alway, Safe Kids West Michigan coordinator. “A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than adult’s, making them more susceptible to heatstroke. When a child’s internal temperature reaches 104 degrees, major organs begin to shut down, and when that temperature reaches 107 degrees, the child can die.”

Safe Kids offers the following information and child safety tips regarding child heatstroke prevention:

http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/heatstroke

To reduce the number of deaths and near misses, Alway suggests remembering to ACT:
• A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.

• C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.

• T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

To highlight the dangers of leaving a child in a car in a parking lot, funds were raised to purchase a vehicle temperature display unit. The unit demonstrates the difference between outside temperature and temperature inside a vehicle. The unit is depicted in the attached images. The unit has been displayed at various businesses since the first day of summer. Police departments throughout the area are working together with Safe Kids to spread the word. The temperature display unit is scheduled to be displayed at several locations in West Michigan throughout the summer.

In addition to heatstroke, there are certainly other risks of leaving a child unattended – such as abduction, the child ingesting and choking on food or a foreign object, or a child being injured by getting stuck in a power window.

We appreciate the generous contributions of Safe Kids West Michigan, Fruitport Lions Club, the GM Foundation, and Fraternal Order of Police #99 for their support of this public awareness program. It is our hope, through this collaborative effort, we can prevent one of these tragedies from happening in the West Michigan area.

Michigan law regarding leaving an unattended child in a vehicle is found at MCL 750.135a.

750.135a Leaving child unattended in vehicle; prohibition; violation; definitions.
Sec. 135a.
(1) A person who is responsible for the care or welfare of a child shall not leave that child unattended in a vehicle for a period of time that poses an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to the child or under circumstances that pose an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to the child.
(2) A person who violates this section is guilty of a crime as follows:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivisions (b) to (d), the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.
(b) If the violation results in physical harm other than serious physical harm to the child, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.
(c) If the violation results in serious physical harm to the child, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.
(d) If the violation results in the death of the child, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.
(3) As used in this section:
(a) “Child” means an individual less than 6 years of age.
(b) “Physical harm” and “serious physical harm” mean those terms as defined in section 136b.
(c) “Unattended” means alone or without the supervision of an individual 13 years of age or older who is not legally incapacitated.
(d) “Vehicle” means that term as defined in section 79 of the Michigan vehicle code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.79.

History: Add. 2008, Act 519, Eff. Apr. 1, 2009

For more information on preventing child heatstroke deaths, contact 231.672.4910 or please visit www.safekids.org/heatstroke.
About Safe Kids West Michigan
Safe Kids West Michigan works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids West Michigan is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids West Michigan was founded in 2001 and is led by Mercy Health. For more information, visit safekids.org or www.facebook.com/safekidswestmichigan

Mercy Health
Mercy Health is a multi-campus health care system dedicated to providing highly personalized care, excellent access to primary care providers and specialists and a more informed patient experience. Mercy Health serves West Michigan and the lakeshore with five hospital campuses, 58 physician offices, more than 1,300 medical staff physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and 7,200 associates, and hospice, home health and long term care service offerings. Mercy Health Physician Partners, our multi-specialty physician network, employs a total of 491 Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and the lakeshore. The system includes leading teaching hospitals, and renowned clinical leadership in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, and neurology. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is a Magnet®-recognized hospital. Mercy Health was named in West Michigan’s 2013 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ by The Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA).

Mercy Health is a regional health ministry of Livonia, Mich.-based CHE Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 82 hospitals, 89 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.8 million visits annually. Visit us at www.MercyHealth.com and www.MercyHealthPhysicianPartners.com and find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/WeAreMercyHealth .

About the General Motors Foundation and Safe Kids Buckle Up
Beginning in 1997, General Motors and the GM Foundation have served as Safe Kids Worldwide’s exclusive funding source for its Buckle Up program, a multifaceted national initiative, bringing motor vehicle safety messages to children and families through community and dealer partnerships. To date, more than 22.5 million people have been exposed to Safe Kids Worldwide events and community outreach efforts. Certified child passenger safety technicians working through Safe Kids coalitions have examined over 1.65 million child safety seats at over 85,000 events, and the program has donated over 600,000 seats to families in need.

Police seeking assistance with suspect identification – Fruitport Township.

Fruitport Township Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in helping to identify a male subject from surveillance camera images.

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Surveillance videos from 01/11/2014 show a male subject involved in thefts from multiple unlocked vehicles in the area of Shettler and Quarterline in Fruitport Township. Police are trying to identify that individual.

Those that may be able to assist police in identifying this individual are asked to contact Fruitport Township Police Department at (231) 865-8477.

Anonymous tips can also be given through the Muskegon County Silent Observer program at (231) 72-CRIME, or through Silent Observer web page or text message application:
http://www.silentobservermuskegon.com/

“We are confident someone in the area will recognize the individual depicted in the surveillance video images.”

Suspect

Community members are encouraged to lock their vehicles, refrain from leaving valuables inside their vehicles, and report all suspicious activity to the police.

No further information regarding the incidents or the investigation is being released at this time.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Community: Fruitport Public Safety and local retailers help family recover from fire losses during the holiday season.

On 12/12/2013, representatives from Fruitport Township Police and Fire Departments volunteered their time to help make the holidays a little better for a Fruitport Township family that lost their home to a residential fire on October 29, 2013.

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The fire occurred at approximately 5:45 a.m. in the 3000 block of Birchwood Lane in the Clover Estate Mobile Home Park. The family’s dog alerted the sleeping family to the fire, allowing the family to escape from the burning residence without injury. Firefighters from Fruitport Township and Norton Shores Fire Departments responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. Fruitport Township Police Department assisted at the scene as well.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire before it spread to other nearby residences, but they were unable to rescue the dog from the burning home.

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The fire resulted in a complete loss of the home and contents, and the family did not have insurance to cover the loss. Representatives from the Fruitport Township Police and Fire Departments worked together with Meijer and Walmart to try to help the family get back on their feet during the holiday season.

Donations were collected from members of Fruitport Township Police and Fire Departments. These donations were combined with generous donations from both Meijer and Walmart to provide the family assistance with their holiday shopping.

img4Members of police and fire departments, including some who responded to the residence on the morning of the fire, accompanied the family during their holiday shopping at the Meijer and Walmart stores in Fruitport Township.

Gifts selected by the family will be wrapped by volunteers from the Fruitport Township Police and Fire Departments, and they will be delivered to the family in time for Christmas.img2

Fruitport Township Police and Fire Departments want to recognize and thank Meijer and Walmart for their generous donations and ongoing philanthropic efforts in giving back to the Fruitport Township community. “We appreciate having them as partners in keeping our community strong.”

“We are hopeful this will help get the family back on their feet and that they will be able to pay it forward later in life if they encounter someone in need.”

 

Shoplifting suspect arrested with foil-lined purse

Community: Fruitport Township Police arrest shoplifting suspect with foil-lined purse.

On 11/27/2013, officers from Fruitport Township Police Department were at The Lakes Mall regarding a shoplifting incident. While dealing with that incident, a female subject exited the same store into the mall, passing directly in front of uniformed police officers. Security devices attached to merchandise concealed inside her purse triggered an alarm.

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Foil lining in a purse

Officers confronted the suspect and recovered stolen merchandise from the store concealed inside her purse. Upon further investigation, officers discovered the suspect had lined her purse with tinfoil – which is often believed to interfere with the security devices being detected as the tagged merchandise passes through the sensors near the exit.

The suspect was taken into custody and lodged at the Muskegon County Jail. In Michigan, it is an additional crime to possess a coated bag, such as the foil-lined purse, intended to shield merchandise from detection by theft detection devices.

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As of 11/27/2013, 291 shoplifting incidents (referred to by Michigan statute as Retail Fraud) have been reported to Fruitport Township Police Department. Police anticipate responding to several additional calls over the next few weeks for these types of incidents. In 2012, a total of 382 such incidents were reported in Fruitport Township.

 

During the busy shopping season, store security will be on high alert for shoplifters. Additional police officers on special assignment over the next few busy shopping days will dedicated specifically to the retail establishments.

Retailers use a variety of methods to deter shoplifting and apprehend shoplifters, including: uniformed and plain-clothed security officers, surveillance cameras, and anti-theft devices.

No further information regarding this incident, including the name of the suspect or the involved store, is being released by police at this time.

 

“Road Rage” incident

Community: Fruitport Township Police investigate “road rage” incident. 

At approximately 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, Fruitport Township Police Department responded to an active fight in the roadway near the intersection of Fruitport Road and S. Walker Road. Upon arrival, police made contact with the involved parties – two adult males, ages 22 and 43 – who had been actively involved in a physical fight at this location.

Investigation revealed this incident stemmed from a traffic incident in which the 22-year-old driver passed the 43-year-old driver on Fruitport Road. According to reports from the involved parties, the 43-year-old driver closely followed the vehicle that just passed him. The 22-year-old applied his brakes, and the following vehicle struck the back of his vehicle.

Both vehicles pulled to the side of the road, and the male subjects exited their vehicles. The subjects got into a physical fight in the roadway. Police responded to the scene.

Neither of the involved parties had serious injuries. No immediate medical treatment was required. There were no weapons involved.

No arrests were immediately made. The report will be forwarded to the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office on Monday for review for criminal charges and traffic violations.

No further information regarding this incident, including the names of the involved parties, is being released at this time.

Business Burglary

Community: Fruitport Township Police investigating business burglary.

Fruitport Township Police Department is investigating a burglary to a business, Pin Crest Lanes, located at 6571 Airline Highway in Fruitport. The incident was reported to police early Saturday morning, and it had taken place during the early morning hours.

Cash and multiple bottles of liquor were stolen from the business.

Fruitport Township Police Department is asking anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact police at (231) 865-8477.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through the Muskegon County Silent Observer program by telephone, text message, or the Silent Observer website. Additional information regarding anonymous reporting can be found at: http://www.silentobservermuskegon.com/

No further information regarding this incident or the investigation is being released by police at this time.

Daytime Home Invasion

Community: Fruitport Township Police investigating Daytime Home Invasion – 3800 Block of Heights Ravenna.

Fruitport Township Police Department is investigating a daytime home invasion reported on 11/09/2013.

Police were called to a residence in the 3800 block of Heights Ravenna Road shortly after noon on 11/09/2013. The victim reported being gone from the residence for approximately one hour between 11 a.m. and Noon on this date. Upon returning home, the victim discovered the home had been entered and valuables had been stolen from the residence. The offender(s) had left the scene prior to the victim arriving home.

Items stolen from the residence include jewelry and electronics.

Fruitport Township Police Department is asking anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact police at (231) 865-8477.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through the Muskegon County Silent Observer program by telephone, text message, or the Silent Observer website. Additional information regarding anonymous reporting can be found at: http://www.silentobservermuskegon.com/

The victim has offered a $500 reward for the recovery of the stolen property.

No further information regarding this incident or the investigation is being released by police at this time.