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Open Gov Advances as Ada Township Approves Open Gov Proclamation, Kent County Crime Goes Online

Open Gov Advances  as Ada Township Approves Open Gov Proclamation, Kent County Crime Goes Online

Two weeks ago, during Sunshine Week, the Ada Township Board was presented with a recommendation to adopt an "Open Government Proclamation."  This week the Admin Committee, recommended and the Board unanimously approved an abbreviated version of the recommended proclamation.  The full text of the adopted proclamation can be found HERE.

In addition to stating support for the principles of "open and accessible government," the proclamation compels the Township's Administrative Committee to"

East Precinct Weekly Crime Report

East Precinct Weekly Crime Report

This is the weekly Kent County Sheriff's Department - East Precinct - crime report, which covers Ada, Cascade and Grand Rapids Township.

A vehicle parked at a business overnight on February 15, 2011 was vandalized, according to the East Precinct.  The vandalism occured while the owner was working on International SE in Cascade Township.  The vehicle had its windshield broken out and the license plate was stolen.

There was a report of two males in a silver BMW in the parking lot of Forest Hills Central on February 16, 2011 after school.  These two males were involved in throwing snowballs at passing vehicles, according to the East Precinct. If you believe you know who these subjects are please contact Deputy Julie Vogelzang at 616-632-6435.  Vogelzang is making a direct plea to parents:  "If this is your child please tell them to stop this type of activity".

East Precinct Warning about Scams

East Precinct Warning about Scams

There are many, many, many types of scams to get money and/or your property, according to Kent County Sheriff's deputy Julie Vogelzang.   Never respond to requests for sending money for any reason through western union unless the person you are sending to is a well known friend.  Vogelzang, of the East Precinct, says you shouldn't give out any personal information to solicitors, both on the phone and at your door, as it is impossible to know real businesses from fraudulent ones using these tactics.

East Precinct reports three break-ins

East Precinct reports three break-ins

There have been a rash of break-ins in the eastern metro area.  The Knapp Forest Elementary School At 4243 Knapp Valley was broken into overnight between February 10th and 11th, according to the Kent County Sheriff's Department East Precinct.  Entry was gained through a rear window of the school and possibly through doors that had been pried open.  The Main office was entered and valuables were stolen.

Two home break-ins were reported in Cascade Township.  On February 7 at 3:00PM, a breaking and entry of a residence occurred in the 4800 blk of Burton.  The suspect(s) entered the home through a window that was broken, according to the East Precinct. Multiple items of value were taken from the home. There are no suspects or leads at this time.

On February 4 at 4:00PM, a Home Invasion was reported in the 2400 blk of Santigo Ave in Cascade. The attached garage had been entered and items had been removed.

Kent County residents can sign up for STOPPED program

The Kent County Sheriff Department is offering free enrollment for the STOPPED program. This is a parental notification system. If for any reason, the registered vehicle is stopped by Sheriff Deputies while a person under the age of 21 is driving, the officer will complete a notification card to be sent to parents. For more information please go to the attached website.

STOPPED Registration

stopped.michigansheriff.com

Armed robbery of Cascade business

Armed robbery of Cascade business

CASCADE, MI – An armed robbery occurred at DOMINOS PIZZA at 6242 28th Street, next to the Cascade Sports Grill on Friday, January 28 at 10:00pm.  The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of money and fled the store, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s department.

If anyone was in the area and observed anything suspicious, call the Sheriff’s Department 616-632-6125 or Silent Observer.

Two Grand Rapids Township homes are burglarized

Two Grand Rapids Township homes are burglarized

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI - Two Grand Rapids Township homes have been burglarized in the past 10 days, according to the East Precinct of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

The first home invasion occurred in the 3400 block of Hoag Avenue NE.  Forced entry was made to a back door of the house and garage. Nothing was removed from the house.  However, yard equipment was taken from the garage.  The victim filed the report on January 16, but the exact time of the break-in is not known.