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Whitehall Police: Watch out for counterfeit money

Whitehall Police: Watch out for counterfeit money

WHITEHALL, Mich.—The Whitehall Police Department is urging people to be vigilant, as the number of counterfeit money complaints rise.

On June 28, officers were called to a home in the 800 block of Alice Street, for a counterfeiting complaint.  Police say organizers of a garage sale accepted a fake $50 bill.  Detectives say two other fake bills with the same serial number have been used in Muskegon County.

 Whitehall Police are asking people to be careful when accepting large bills and learn how to identify counterfeit money.  The Secret Service offers these helpful detection tips.

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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New 14th Circuit Court judge named

New 14th Circuit Court judge named

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Governor Snyder is naming a new judge to the 14th Circuit Court in Muskegon County.

Muskegon native Kathy Hoogstra will finish out Judge John C. Ruck’s term.  Hoogstra has served as a Muskegon County Probate Court administrator and register since 2007. She previously served as the Muskegon County Family Court referee and contract attorney/public defender, as well as judicial law clerk for the Muskegon County Circuit Court. 

 Hoogstra is also an active member of the Muskegon County Bar Association and Women’s Lawyer’s Association of Michigan, Lakeshore Region.

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.

Who Is Your Neighborhood Police Officer in Muskegon?

The City of Muskegon wants to make sure you know who your local police officer is for your neighborhood. Here is a list it shared recently of the Neighborhood Police Officers assigned to each neighborhood along with a bio and specific contact information.  http://www.muskegon-mi.gov/public-safety/muskegon-police/community-officer/

Muskegon Police Warn Parents About Suspicious Bright Red Minivan


Child Safety Advisory

The Muskegon Public Safety Office is asking parents to talk to their children about issues related to strangers and inappropriate activity and how to respond.

The Muskegon Police Department is in receipt of a report of a suspicious vehicle (bright red mini-van with a black stripe) where children reported to their parent that a subject was displaying inappropriate behavior while watching them. In this case, the children did exactly as they should have which was to immediately run to their home and report it to their parent who informed the police.

Please speak with your children about dealing with situations where they observe any suspicious or inappropriate behavior.

Traffic stop ends with driver's suicide

Traffic stop ends with driver's suicide

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Haven Public Safety officers say a traffic stop involving a stolen pickup ended with the driver killing himself.

Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Grand Haven officers spotted a pickup truck reported stolen the day before in Grand Haven Township.  They began following the truck, which merged onto U.S. 31 northbound from Grand Haven.

The officers initiated a traffic stop of the truck when it reached the Pontaluna Road exit in Norton Shores.  According to police, they knew the driver might be armed, so they took positions for what they described as a "high-risk traffic stop" -- meaning there was a possibility of a confrontation.

While the truck was stopped, the driver -- a 22-year-old Ottawa County man -- shot himself in the head.  He was dead when officers checked him.