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My Town: G.R. man arrested for thefts spanning two counties

My Town: G.R. man arrested for thefts spanning two counties

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Police believe a Grand Rapids man accused of stealing fuel from a truck may be responsible for dozens of similar thefts in two counties.

Jeffrey James-Lee Pardee is charged with receiving and concealing $20,000 or more of stolen property in Grand Rapids, malicious destruction of property over $1,000 in Kentwood, and two counts of larceny under $200 in Kentwood.  He’s also charged with being a habitual offender.

Police arrested Pardee around 1 a.m. Friday, March 14 at a business in the 3800 block of East Paris SE.  Officers say he was stealing a large quantity of diesel fuel from a truck, draining the fuel into large holding tanks in his van.  Officers say he also stole fuel from a  vehicle in the 4600 block of 44th Street SE.  When detectives searched Pardee’s home, they also recovered a large quantity of stolen property from two burglaries.

City commission to discuss ambulance consortium June 24

City commission to discuss ambulance consortium June 24

WALKER, Mich.—The Walker City Commission will consider joining a proposed ambulance consortium for Kent County during its meeting June 24.

The ambulance consortium was proposed last year as a way to improve Kent County’s emergency response system at a shared cost to communities.  The consortium would allow cities to award contracts to ambulance services based on performance.

Man sentenced for selling counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores

A Florida man will spend 30 months in prison for trying to sell counterfeit razorblades at Meijer Stores.

As part of his punishment, 56-year-old Jeffrey Steven Telsey also faces three years of probation and must pay $400,506.17 in restitution, as well as a $25,000 fine.  

In January 2008, Homeland Security Investigations was notified that counterfeit Gillette Mach3 razor refills were being distributed through Meijer Stores.  Homeland Security began buying up the counterfeit razorblades from Telsey, who operated JCA Enterprises.  At the same time, Meijer Stores issued a company-wide recall for the counterfeit blades.

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A Friendly Reminder to Dog Walkers

As someone who uses the new Fred Meijer Trail on a daily basis, I have noticed a rather disturbing trend - an excess of people not cleaning up after their pets.  The City of Walker lists not cleaning up pet waste from city property or right-of-ways (including sidewalks) as a civil infraction. A person who does not clean up after their pet is subject to payment of not less than a $50 fine for each infraction. Repeat offenses are subject to increased fines and penalties. This is defined under Section 50-44 of the City of Walker Code of Ordinances.  

Please share the trail and clean up after your pets.


Hit and run crash kills moped driver

Hit and run crash kills moped driver

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM)- Witnesses say a suspected drunk driver had to know he hit a moped in Walker and was dragging it down the road into Grandville.

They say the wreckage wedged under his vehicle was gouging the road and sending sparks into the air.

"He knew something was under his car," insists Grandville resident Josh Smith. "How could you not know it?" He wonders.

"There were pieces of moped all the way down the road," adds Grandville neighbor Pamela Solden.

Just after 1 a.m. Wednesday,  19-year-old Tony Bloomquist was driving his moped home to Grandville after finishing his shift at  Sonic in Alpine Township.  He was on Wilson Avenue in Walker, about halfway home, when police say he was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Matthew Nawrocki of Grandville.

"I heard the crash," says Brenda Bleyenberg, who lives on Wilson Avenue.

43-year old man faces charges for high speed chase

(WZZM)-A Grand Rapids man faces a number of charges after police say he led them on a high speed chase through Wyoming, Grandville, and Walker.

43-year old Shawn Necker is charged with fleeing and eluding, operating while intoxicated, resisting and obstructing, and driving with a suspended license. He is also considered a habitual offender. 

The chase started just after midnight when police say Necker was speeding and ignoring red lights. At one point, Michigan State Police say he was going the wrong way on 44th and reached speeds of 105 miles per hour on US 131 and I-96.

Finally on 3 Mile Road, police rear-ended his car, spinning him out of control in front of the Walker Army Reserve Center. He was then chased on foot and police had to use a taser to stop him.