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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: 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: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The sheriff department is warning residents about a scam that’s made its way into Kent County.

On June 16, a resident contacted the sheriff department to report a suspicious phone call.  The suspect masked their phone number so it appeared the phone call was coming from the Kent County Sheriff Department.  The predator told the victim the Kent County Sheriff Department had a warrant out for their arrest and they needed to pay hundreds of dollars to take care of the warrant.  The scammer also used an actual sheriff department employee’s name.  Fortunately, the victim thought the call was suspicious and contacted deputies.

Three arrested for as many as 20 break-ins around county

Three arrested for as many as 20 break-ins around county

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Three people have been arrested for as many as 20 business break-ins around West Michigan.

 

The Westland Police Department arrested a person during an in-progress business break-in on May 4. Detectives with Kent County and Wyoming investigated that the suspect was involved in break-ins in Kent County. They were able to identify a second suspect from Wyoming in the break-ins, and later a third suspect from Canton, Michigan.

 

Kent County deputies say that the three have admitted to eight break-ins in Algoma Township, Plainfield Township, and Gaines Township and approximately 12 others in Grandville and Wyoming. The break-ins occurred overnight on March 22-23 and April 25-26.

 

Deputies say that two of the three are currently on parole and all three have a drug habit.

 

More charges over multiple jurisdictions are expected in the next week.

Sparta man enters plea in infant abuse case

Sparta man enters plea in infant abuse case

SPARTA, Mich.-- A Sparta man will be sentenced next month for abusing his then three-week-old son.

David Steiger, 20, entered a no contest plea in Kent County Circuit Court Monday, the day his trial was to start.

Prosecutors say Steiger broke 19 of his newborn son's bones last June.  Steiger admitted to pushing on the baby's legs until he heard a pop.

He faces up to ten years in prison.

Learn About Internet Crimes Against Children - March 10

Learn About Internet Crimes Against Children - March 10

If you'd like to learn more about protecting children against Internet crimes, there is a free movie night coming up. It's March 10 at the Sparta Moose Lodge #50 at 11510 N Division Ave, Sparta, MI. The movie begins at 7pm.

The movie with actor Eric Estrada is sponsored by Safe Surfin’ and Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children special task force. www.findingfaithfilm.com

Algoma Township weapons complaint

Algoma Township weapons complaint

From the Kent County Sheriffs Department -  On April 10, 2011 at 7:23 PM, deputies responded to a weapons complaint in the 9700 block of Sunset Ridge Dr NE. This is located in the Saddle Ridge housing development in Algoma Township.  Residents living there found that a rifle bullet had gone through their exterior wall and into an unoccupied bedroom.  On April 12, the neighborhood was canvassed by Kent County Community Policing and Michigan Department of Natural Resources officers.  It was discovered that two other houses in the neighborhood had also been hit by bullets.

Through their investigation, it was determined that three Rockford area men had fired the bullets from an AK-47 rifle and a .30 X .30 caliber rifle while target shooting at the Rogue River Extension Area, located one half mile from the homes damaged.  They have been cited for misdemeanor Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.