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School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

School is just starting for local MSP trooper recruits

The school year is wrapping up for many people, but it’s just beginning for dozens prospective Michigan State Police troopers.

Sunday, May 12, 80 men and women from across the state began the 125th Trooper Recruit School.  For the next 21 weeks, MSP members and academy staff will train the recruits in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.  Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate October 4.

Michigan State Police selected recruits from more than 3,000 potential candidates.

Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested

Two teenagers are charged with armed robberies on Grand Rapids' West side.

Grand Rapids Police say the 17-year-old and 19-year-olds were wearing hoods and had their faces covered during the armed robberies on Monday. According to police, they entered the Butterworth Party Store on Butterworth SW just after 10 a.m., and then Our Food Market on Webster Street NW about half an hour later.

They are both charged with Assault with Intent to Rob While Armed and Conspiracy to Assault with Intent to Rob While Armed.

Suburban Vandals Arrested

Suburban Vandals Arrested

East Hills Council of Neighbors wishes everyone a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. In the spirit of justice, we wanted to provide our residents with a quick crime update concerning recent tagging and vandalism that has run rampant on Wealthy Street and beyond, within the last month.

We are happy to announce that these suburban vandals have been apprehended. Three young men were arrested on 5-8-2012 at 3:53am for meddling and tampering with property (graffiti) near 131 and Wealthy Street. Tyler Melinn & Andrew Lohman were arrested and the third was released. They had lots of spray paint cans with them but dropped them and ran when the police showed up. Their graffiti has shown up in Eastown, Heritage Hill, and East Hills and on buildings that other taggers did not usually violate because they were clearly well cared for and not abandoned. These young men were indiscriminate with their spray paint and did harm to our image as safe and friendly neighborhoods.

City of Grand Rapids implements Better Government Tip Line

City of Grand Rapids implements Better Government Tip Line

Tuesday morning, Donijo De Jonge, the City Comptroller, unveiled the Better Government Tip Line. This line is a hotline where employees, residents, contractors, and vendors can anonymously call and report tips of fraud, waste, and abuse as well as suggest efficiencies for departments.

Comptroller Donijo De Jonge says "according to statistics, 46 percent of all fraud, waste, and abuse is detected through hotline tips. Therefore, a tip line is a necessity and in today's environment of accountability and transparency, a tip line is a must!"

DeJonge wants to know if you have witnessed any fraudulent or wasteful activities by employees, contractors, or vendors. If so, she encourages residents and employees to please use the anonymous tip line to report these tips.

My first TEDx experience

My first TEDx experience

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -  I just attended my first TEDx session and it was an eye-opening experience.  TEDx Grand Rapids drew a sold out crow of 600 people to the Civic Theatre downtown. 

A diverse group of 16 speakers from different areas of expertise shared their ideas on innovation.