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arrest of an individual. The reward amount is based on the severity
of the crime and how important the tip was to police. A reward is available for any serious crime solved with the help of a tip to Silent Observer.  So if you have information about crime call the Silent Observer tip line at 774-2345. 

Info Needed On Serious Theft, Vandalism & Arson at Rail Yard

On 01-15-2014 several larcenies from fleet vehicles took place at the CSX Railroad Wyoming Yard located at 1837 Chicago Dr. Wyoming and 945 Freeman SW. There was approximately $30,000 worth of drilling equipment, tools and electronic equipment stolen from multiple vehicles. Suspects also drilled the gas tanks of 4 vehicles, causing $5000 damage, stealing  gasoline, and what was left drained onto the ground. Then, 3 days later, on 01-18-2014 at approximately 9 p.m., the Grand Rapids Fire Department responded to a rail car fire behind 660 Market Ave SW.  The suspect(s) opened three box cars and started one on fire causing $30,000 to $40,000 in damage. This incident effected the Amtrak as it passes through the yard on the main line, which was blocked by the fire department. It is unknown if these incidents are related.

Anyone with information on these incidents are encouraged to call Silent Observer at 774-2345. Silent Observer can also be contacted confidentially at silentobserver.org.

Police Need Your Help To Solve These 2013 Cases

October 31, 2013:  At approximately 12:45 a.m., GRPD Officers responded to the New York Chicken at 743 S. Division in reference to a shooting. During a robbery attempt, the victim who had a gun permit, shot the perpetrator. Shots were then fired from someone else in the parking lot striking 23 year- old Domnick Floyd, an innocent bystander.  A friend drove Domnick to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

The Grand Rapids Police Department Major Case Team is investigating. Anyone with further information about this homicide is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345. Silent Observer can also be contacted confidentially at silentobserver.org.

September 21, 2013:  Grand Rapids Police responded to a report of a man down at 11:50 pRick Hammad.m. near the intersection of Dickinson and Linden SE.  When police arrived, they found that Rick Hammad, 42, had been shot and was lying on the ground next to his vehicle.  He was taken to the hospital but died during surgery. 

Grand Rapids Police is urging anyone with information to call them at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site if you have information on this crime.

September 8, 2013:  Grand Rapids Police responded to the 1900 block of Horton SE at 4 a.m. on a report of an assault.  When they arrived they located Ariel Martinez, in his 20's, unconscious at the scene.  It appears Ariel was a victim of a robbery and an assault.  Ariel sustained a serious head injury and died two days later at the hospital.  Witnesses said there were 3-4 males involved who ran nouthbound from Horton after they assaulted Ariel.

Grand Rapids Police is urging anyone with information to call them at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site if you have information on this crime.

August 27, 2013:  16-Year-Old Louis Enrique Gonzalez was critically shot on the 700 block of Coate Ct SW. According to Grand Rapids police neighbors reported hearing the sound of gunshots and notified police. Responding officers located Louis on the sidewalk and called for a medical response. Louis was transported to the hospital, but died a short time later.  Witnesses said that Louis was standing on the sidewalk when shots were fired from a vehicle travelling west on Coat Ct. That vehicle has been described as a dark-colored four door vehicle, possibly a late-model Chevrolet. It is believed that it was occupied by at least 3 males.  Police believe Louis was an innocent victim and was killed by mistake.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site if you have information on this crime.

August 25, 2013:  Andre Davis, a former Grand Rapids Christian High School football player. Andre, 20, died a few days after an early morning shooting on South Division Andre DavisAvenue on Aug. 25. Andre was riding in the back of a car traveling south on Division Avenue, south of Wealthy Street, when another car pulled up alongside and opened fire. The shooter's vehicle turned off Division Avenue and sped away.  Police do not believe this was a random act and that it most likely stemmed from an altercation earlier in the night at Latvian Hall.

 Anyone with information about this crime should call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site if you have information on this crime.

August 23, 2013:  Maxine Green, the 61 year old sister of singer Al Green has been missing since August 23. SMaxine Greenhe has been living at the Shepherds of Independence home on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.  The last reported sighting of her was on September 6th at “B and B Party Shoppes” on Leonard Street NW.  The family has been canvasing all the areas where she liked to go but have had no luck locating her. If anyone has information on her whereabouts, please call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

August 8, 2013: Grand Rapids Police received a 911 call from a passerby who had just found a body off of Plaster Creek Trail near VanAuken SE.  Police identified the body as  Marie Jean Nettles.  It does not appear that Marie was killed on the trail and was most likely placed at the scene.

This case remains under investigation.  Please call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site if you have information on this crime.

July 14, 2013:  Three people were shot at 3:25 a.m. outside of 345 Brown SE.  As a result of the shooting Shanetta Latrice Franklin, a 26 year-old mother of 3, was killed.  The two other victims were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Witnesses told police they heard a number os shots east of the incident location near Madison Ave. and Brown before the three were shot.

Grand Rapids Police continue to investigate and urges anyone with information to call them at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site if you have information on this crime.

June 30, 2013:  Officers were called to a shooting behind Rau's Party Store on S. Division at 1:25 a.m.  When police arrived they found Carols Roy-Papo James-Martinez, 18, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.  A second victim was located in a nearby home where he had run for help.  Witnesses with the victims said they were hanging out by the store when two black males approached them and inquired about getting some marijuana.  The group said they did not have any and walked away when the suspects took out handguns and started shooting. 

Those with information about this crime is encouraged to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site if you have information on this crime.

March 16, 2013:  Grand Rapids Police responded to a shooting at 3241 Marshall SE and when they arrived they found Derecko Jamal Martin, 30, with serious gunshot injuries.  A second victim was a nearby address with gunshot injuries to his leg and arm.  A birthday party was being held at this address and a group of uninvited guests arrived and an argument ensued which led to one of the uninvited guests taking out his handgun. Some of the party guests tried to hold him down when the shots were fired.

The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating.  Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site if you have information on this crime.

 

From The Kent Metro Cold Case Files

Whatever Happened to Bonnie Oom?

Bonita OomBonnie Oom was last seen at Riverside park at 5:30am on September 4, 1986.  She was an avid walker and was taking her mornng at the time she disappeared.   Her body was found 3 days later near Pickeral Lake Park in Rockford area. She had been brutally beaten to death.  Bonnie's family is offering a $10,000 reward through Silent Observer through January of 2014.  If you have any information about this crime call The Kent Metro Cold Case Team at 616 632-6373 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. You can also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

The Homicide of Joel Battaglia

Christopher Joel Battaglia, 23, was found beaten and left for dead in the early morning hours of June 11, 1990, in front of 1065 Lake Dr. SE. His body was discovered by an off-duty security guard from Blodgett Memorial Medical Center who saw Battaglia—known as Joel—lying in front of Trinity United Methodist Church. Joel had been at Mulligan’s PubJoel Battaglia with a young woman. She told police that Joel had left the bar at about 1:45 a.m. The bar is ten blocks from where he was found. If you have any information about this crime call The Kent Metro Cold Case Team at 616 632-6373 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. You can also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

Who Killed Patricia Glass?

Patricia Glass worked at Wild Mel's Party Store at 1137 Burton SE.  On February 20, Patricia Glass1986 Patricia's body was found in the bathroom at the rear of the store at 10:45 p.m.  She had been shot to death.  If you have any information about this crime call The Kent Metro Cold Case Team at 616 632-6373 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. You can also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

The 1981 Disappearance Of Deanie Peters

Deanie PetersThe Kent Metro Cold Case Team is seeking the public's assistance in the 1981 disappearance of Deanie Peters from Forest Hills Central Middle School on February 5, 1981.   Deanie was an 8th grader at Forest Hills Central Middle School and was attending her brother's wrestling practice at the time of her disappearance.

Many news organizations have done stories on this case over the years.  Currently WZZM has a Facebook page where many have shared their thoughts, memories and ideas about Deanie's disappearance. Go to Deanie Peters - WZZM 13 Investigates to view. 

Police are still looking for answers so anyone with information is urged to call the Kent Metro Cold Case team is 616-632-6373.  If you would like to remain anonymous you may call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or you use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

Do You Know Me?

Below is a facial reconstruction done by a forensic artist.  It was photographed with three different hairstyles.  It suggests a likeness of what this woman may have looked like.

Facial Reconstruction of Woman Found in 1997

On July 31, 1997 the skeletal remains of this unknown woman were found in the Ada Township Park located at 9232 East Fulton St.  It is believed that the remains had been at this site a year or longer before being discovered.  The remains were of a black female between the ages of 20-30, with her height being between 5'3" - 5'7".  She had several teeth that were in need of dental care. She also had a healed nasal fracture with significant distortion to the left side of her nose.  A dark blue leg warmer was found near the discovery site. 

The Kent County Cold Case Team is seeking information regarding this woman's identity.  If you have any information please call the Cold Case Team at 632-6123 or Silent Observer at 774-2345. 

Police Ask Assistance with 2012 Crimes

December 20, 2012:  At 3 a.m. officers were dispatched to the area of Henry and Worden SE on the report of the sound of gunshots.  Police also received several calls that an individual had been shot.  Upon arrival, officers found Madhi Hayes, 20, dead in an alley from a gunshot wound.  A motive for this homicide is unknown.  Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

December 15, 2012:  Officers were called to a house on the 700 block of Dorchester at 3:50 p.m. on a report of an injured woman. When officers arrived, they found her deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.  She was identified as Evevana Monique-Marie Galloway. She was 20 years old.  Police are asking the public's assistance in helping to solve this case.  Please call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

December 14, 2012:  Officers responded to a home in the 700 block of Prince SE and found Robyin Johnson-Griggs, 47, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.  Police need the public's help in solving this case.  Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

September 3, 2012:  At 2:10 a.m. Grand Rapids Police responded to the area of Burton SW and Division on the report of gunshots heard in the area.  Upon arrival, officers found Felix Romero Reyes-Santos, 45, and Alvaro Carrillo-Mendez, 22, both dead at the scene from gunshots wounds.  A third victim suffered a gunshot wound to his face and was taken to the hospital. 

The suspect is described as a black male, medium build, wearing a white shirt with horizontal stripes and a white style fishing hat.  Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

August 29, 2012:  Grand Rapids Police responded to 3853 Camelot SE at 11 p.m. after receiving a call about the sound of gunshots in the area. When officers arrived they found Brian Martinez, 30, lying on the ground unconscious.  Medical units could not revive him and he died at the scene.  A bystander told officers that a male in dark clothing was seen between two buildings and pulled out a handgun as he walked directly to Brian and shot him.  The suspect fled on foot.  Brian was a popular former Ottawa Hills Brian MartinezHigh School basketball player.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

 

June 15, 2012:  Terrance Stokes, 19, was found dead from gunshot wounds on a back Terrance Stokesporch on the 200 block of Travis St. NE at 12:30 a.m.  Neighbors found him slumped over and called police.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Neighbors heard what sounded like six gunshots but wrote them off as fireworks.  Terrance was living in Detroit but was in Grand Rapids visiting a friend.  Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

 

Police Need Help With 2011 Crimes

November 18, 2011:  Lawrence Williams, 23, was shot to death in front of a body shop on Godfrey SW in Wyoming in front of a group of witnesses.  Witnesses said the shooter and his accomplices were in two vehicles when they opened fire around 4 p.m.  One of the vehicles has been recovered but police are still looking for the late 90's black GMC styled SUV.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Wyoming Police at 530-7300 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

November 11, 2011:  Grand Rapids Police were called on a report of a shooting at 11:45 p.m. at Linden and Elliott SE.  When police arrived they found Cortney Tillman, a 23 year old father of two, unresponsive and later died at the scene.  Another victim was transported to the hospital and a third victim fled the scene but was later found with a gunshot wound and taken to the hospital. Police are looking for three men seen in the area and they may have sped away in a maroon SUV after the shooting.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

October 9, 2011:  In the early morning hours of October 9, 2012, Wyoming Police responded to a call on the 1500 block of Godfrey Ave about a woman that had been brutally assaulted.  Not only had the woman, 38 year-old Lori Lee, been assaulted, she Lori Leehad also been set on fire and suffered serious burns.  The crime scene has been located in the City of Grand Rapids so both Wyoming PD and GRPD are investigating this horrific crime.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

September 3, 2011:  Marte Smith, 22, was stabbed in the chest as he approached a large fight occurring in a parking lot near the BP Gas Station and the Chicken Coop restaurant at 3:30 a.m.  Marte and another victim were taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.  Marte died shortly after arrival. 

The stabbing suspect is described as a black male, 6', 150-160 pounds, wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a black fitted baseball cap.

Grand Rapids Police continues to investigate this case and is asking those with information to call them 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

August 5, 2011:  While riding his bicycle west along Beacon Street SW at Grandville Ave, Miguel Angel Lopez, 17, was shot in the chest and died.  This homicide occurred at 6:45 p.m. and witnesses reported seeing a black pickup truck speeding through the area when the shooting happened. 

A possible suspect is a Hispanic male in his late teens to early 20's, wearing a white t-shirt with dark shorts and a black hat.  He was last seen running in the alley between Grandville and Caulfield SW.

Anyone with information about this homicide should call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

August 2, 2011: Grand Rapids Police is investigating a homicide that occurred at 1:30 a.m. on the 1000 block of Widdicomb NW.  Gregory Lamont Heard, 27, was shot multiple times as he opened the door after someone was knocking and yelling at the rear entrance to his apartment.  A woman and two children were in the home at the time of the shooting.

A witness described seeing a younger black male flee from the scene south on Widdicomb to Eleventh.  The male jumped into a white Dodge or Chrysler parked on Eleventh and sped west then south on Tamarack at a high rate of speed.

Grand Rapids Police is asking anyone with information to call them at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

July 27, 2011:  Wyoming Police are asking the public's assistance identifying a suspect who assaulted, robbed and kidnapped a 53 year old woman as she left Mr. Duds Cleaners at 1230 28th St. SW, where she worked.  The victim was locking doors at 9:30 p.m. when a suspect approached her on foot and dragged her into the alley just west of the store where he injured her by throwing her to the ground, threatened to kill her and then demanded her keys.  After using the victim's keys to enter the business to steal money from the cash register, the suspect returned and forced the victim into the trunk of her car.  A short time later, the victim reported that the suspect stopped and let her out of the trunk, possibly by a nearby school.  The suspect gave the victim the ignition key to her car and fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a 20-30 year old black male, 5'5" and 150 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a gray coat with a hood and could possibly be in possession of a blue Coach purse.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wyoming Police at 530-7323 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

May 12, 2011:  Grand Rapids Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Norwich on a report of gunshots heard and that there were victims of a shooting.  Upon arrival police located a 40 year old woman that had been shot in the leg and she was taken to the hospital.   Another female, 35 year old Doraines Morales was found on the porch of the home deceased.  This was the second shooting at this home in less than one week. 

Moments before the shooting  a suspect was seen between two houses across the street from the victims.  The suspect was described as a black or Hispanic male with a black hooded sweatshirt.  The suspect fired a handgun multiple times.  Police believe he fled west between the houses to a vehicle waiting in the alley between Norwich and Dorchester Avenues. 

Grand Rapids Police is investigating this homicide and is urging anyone with information to call them at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

April 18, 2011:  Grand Rapids Police were called to the 2200 block of Rowland SE at 10:45 p.m. because of a shooting that had taken place. Upon arrival, police found Brandon Standifer Bryant in a car and had died from gunshot wounds.  Witnesses said that three suspects, all black males with dark sweatshirts may have been involved in the shooting.  The suspects fled south and west from the scene. 

Grand Rapids Police is investigating this homicide and is urging anyone with information to call them at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

April 1, 2011: Grand Rapids Police were called to the area of Crawford Street and Paris Avenue about 10:45 p.m. when a person walking through an alley discovered the body of Javen Martell Bradley lying on the ground.  He had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Javen was just 18.

Grand Rapids Police is investigating this homicide and is urging anyone with information to call them at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

February 24, 2011:  At approximately 7:40 p.m., Grand Rapids Police responded to the 1100 block of Baxter on the report of a man that had been shot.  Upon arrival, officers located Sylvester Lovelace Bush walking down the street trying to get medical attention as he was shot in the stomach.  Bush, 68, told police he was shot by two unidentified men as he opened the door to his home.  Mr. Bush died of his injuries on March 13, 2011 and the cause of death was the gunshot wound. 

One suspect is described as a black male, 18-25 years of age, between 5'6" - 5'8" with a thin mustache.  The other is described as a black male, 18-25, 6'2", with a mustache and goatee.

Grand Rapids Police is investigating this homicide and is asking anyone with information to call them at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

$8,000 Reward Offered in Deadly Hit & Run

Over three years have passed since Erica Sevigny, a 26 year-old mother of two, was driving home from work on 14 Mile Road in Algoma Township when she swerved to avoid a deer and struck a tree. Erica climbed out of her damaged vehicle around midnight on April 3, 2010 and called 911 to get some help but during that 911 phone call, Erica was run over by a hit and run driver and killed.  

Erica SevignyThe Kent County Sheriff Department has been actively working this case hoping to find the suspect(s) involved in this fatal hit and run death.  The $5,000 reward that has been offered since Erica’s death has now been increased to $8,000 thanks to a $3,000 donation from Sparta Towing.

Police have already received hundreds of tips but are still looking for good, crime-solving information regarding this case. Friendships and loyalties can change or dissolve over time.  Perhaps someone with knowledge of this tragic event will now no longer be afraid to come forward to tell authorities what they know.  Silent Observer guarantees that those who report information about crime are anonymous and no one will ever try to learn their identity. Anyone with information about this tragic crime is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 632-6100 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.  Silent Observer can be contacted confidentially by using the Report A Crime section on this web site.

 

Montcalm Sheriff Dept. Needs Your Help To Solve Double Homicide

On Thursday, October 28, 2010 at around 11:18 p.m., the Howard City Fire Department responded to a call of a fire at Mr. and Mrs. Michael Greene's residence on Shorecrest Drive on Big Whitefish Lake in Pierson Township.  While battling the fire the fire fighters Kathleen and Michael Greendiscovered the bodies of Michael Thomas Greene, 59 and his wife Kathleen Marie, 56, in the basement of this smoldering residence.  The cause of their deaths was multiple stab wounds.

Detectives are asking the public to think back six months ago.  Some eyewitnesses have reported a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity of the Greene's home that night.  It may be the case that someone encountered the killer around the time of the crime and thought his behavior was odd or frightening.   Someone may have had an unusual conversation about the murder. 

The person who murdered the Greene's brought a lot of violence to the crime scene and his behavior suggests a degree of criminal versatility.  Once inside the home, he spent time there before brutally killing them.  There is evidence to suggest he took a large quantity of cash and prescription medicine before setting the home a blazecomposite of possible suspect involved  and escaping undetected.  There is also some evidence to suggest that the offender may not have been alone that night as he approached and entered the Greene's home.  Relationships and friendships can change or dissolve with time.  People may question the loyalties they've held.  As time goes by, a person's conscience can motivate him or her to do the right thing and make up for past mistakes.  Police are offering that person a chance to come clean, remove the fear and burden from their mind, remove him/her self from harm's way and also help end the killer's victimization of others.  The other person there that night will be protected if he/she decides to come forward and it will go a long way in positively determining his/her future. 

Anyone with information about the events of that night, even if you think it has already been reported, should contact the Montcalm County Sheriff's Office at 989-831-7539 or Silent Observer at 866-774-2345.   You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

 

Police Need Help With These 2010 Crimes

December 17, 2010:  Shortly after 8 p.m., Grand Rapids Police were called to a home on Elm St. SW on a report of a shooting.  When police arrived they found a hispanic male known as Tio or David to people in the neighborhood, shot in the stomach and laying in front of a home.  Paramedics tried to administer life support, but the victim died at the scene. 

A witness with Tio said they were walking west on Elm St. from Division when thSuspect in Elm St. Homicide of Tioey were approached by a black male between 14-20 years old wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt with a white tear drop design and khaki pants. The suspect, who was armed with a gun demanded money.  Although the witness said the two cooperated with the suspect, Tio was shot.  The suspect was last seen running North on Horton SE from Griggs.

The Grand Rapids Police Department is requesting assistance identifying the suspect involved in this homicide and have developed this sketch. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3404, Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

August 12, 2010:  At 10:45 pm, Grand Rapids Police responded to the 1500 block of Garfield NW on a report of a shooting.  When they arrived they found 43 year-old Bradley Memberto of Muskegon had died for a gunshot wound.  Witnesses told police that two males came to the address and threatened the occupants of the home with a handgun.  The suspects demanded money and then shot the victim.  The two suspects were last seen in a white vehicle leaving south on Garfield NW from the scene.

Investigators have determined that a drug sale was the reason that brought the parties together at this address.  The suspects are described as two Hispanic males both between 20-30 years old.  The first suspect is 5'11", wearing a black shirt and black baseball cap and had numerous tattoos.  The second suspect is 5'8" and wore a blue shirt and was the driver of the vehicle. 

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3404, Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

August 11, 2010:  At 10:55 a.m. on this date, Wyoming Fire Department was called to Waterchase Apartments on a possible structure fire.  Officers from Wyoming Police Department responded to assist in the potential evacuation of residents.  During the evacuation of 3080 Waterchase Way, firefighters located the body of Sara Blok, 26, inside an apartment.  Upon closer examination of the evidence, police determined that Sara did not die of natural causes or as a result of the fire.  Michigan State Police Fire Marshal has determined there were multiple starting points which leads investigators to call Sara's death a homicide. 

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Wyoming Police at 530-7300, Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

July 24, 2010:   Marshawn Vinson, 17 was in a vehicle with several other people on Watkins SE around 8:30 p.m. The driver of the vehicle had stopped in the 1100 block of Marshawn VinsonWatkins because another vehicle was blocking the road.  There was a large group of people in the street at the time.  Vinson got out of this vehicle and got into an argument with an unknown subject and was shot.  He then got back into the vehicle he had been riding in and was taken to the hospital and dropped off.  Vinson, shot in the chest, later died of his injuries.  Grand Rapids Police would like to speak to anyone who was present that night.  They can be reached at 456-3404 or call Silent Observer at 774-2345. You may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

April 3, 2010: On Saturday, April 3 Erica Sevigny was driving home from work on 14 Mile Road in Algoma Township when she swerved to avoid a deer and struck a tree. The 26 year old mother of two climbed out of her damaged vehicle and called 911 to get some help.  During that 911 phone call, Erica was run over by a hit and run driver and killed.  This incident occurred just before midnight.  

Erica Sevigny.jpgSheriff’s Department investigators believe that the suspect vehicle was traveling westbound on 14 Mile Road.  They believe the vehicle that struck Erica is a mid to full size truck, sport utility vehicle or full size van. Investigators also believe the vehicle will not have a large amount of damage to the body.

Investigators have gathered new evidence from vehicle paint flecks found on  the victim’s clothing that lead them to believe the suspect vehicle is red in color. The color is described as Vermillian Red or Rio Red. Based on this paint, police are looking for a 1998-2007 Ford F series truck, Ford Explorer, Ford Edge, Ford Escape, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln Aviator, Mercury Mountaineer or Mercury Mariner. 

There is a possibility that there may have been more than one person in the suspect vehicle due to nearby witnesses overhearing an argument near the vicinity of the crash just after it occurred.

Police are actively searching for the hit and driver and Silent Observer is offering a reward for up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for Erica's death.  Anyone with information about this tragic crime is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 632-6100 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.  Silent Observer can be contacted confidentially by using the Report A Crime section on this web site.

 

Eastown Business Association and South Hill Neighborhood Association Offers Reward Money

To combat criminal activity in the the Eastown and South Hill area, those two neighborhoods have teamed up with Silent Observer to beef up rewards for information leading to the arrest of those who break the law in this area. Businesses in Eastown and South Hill Neighbors have contributed to this reward fund that will match what the Silent Observer Program offers for rewards. So, people with information about a crime are encouraged call Silent Observer at 774-2345. If you see a crime in progress, please call 911 for immediate assistance. Silent Observer can also be reached confidentially by texting CRIMES (274637) and include the keyword TIP138 in message or by going to the Report A Crime section on this web site. If your information leads to the arrest of the perpetrator, that tipster will receive a reward. And please note, this Eastown and South Hill match is only for crimes occurring in the Eastown and South Hill area.

 

Police Seek Help With These 2009 Crimes

September 9, 2009:  Grand Rapids Police were called to 1100 block of Diamond NE and found 56 year old William Parnell dead.  He was bound and gagged and an autopsy revealed he died of blunt force trauma.  Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3404, Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

September 7, 2009:  On September 7, 2009 a 13 year old girl reported that while she Composite picture of driverComposite picture of passengerwas walking in the area of Fuller and Hall SE, a car occupied by two white males pulled up along side her and forced her into their car.  This incident occurred at 6:30 p.m.  The victim told police that she was driven from the area and held at an unknown location for the next couple of hours and sexually assaulted in the vehicle by both men.  The suspects dropped the victim off in the area of Kalamazoo and Warden SE about 10 p.m. Suspect 1 is described as a white male, 40's, 6', muscular build, blue eyes, dirty blonde hair and acne scars on both cheeks, wearing a white t-shirt with red lettering in front.  Suspect 2 is a white male, 40's, dark hair in a ponytail, brown eyes and wearing a red baseball cap.  The vehicle was an older white 2-door car with tined windows and bucket seats.   Anyone with information is encouraged to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3404, Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

June 12, 2009:  Grand Rapids Police responded to the area of Fuller and Boston SE because two 15 year old teenagers had been shot.  Nate Jones was shot in his upper body while his friend was shot in the arm.  Nate died of his injuries.  Police believe 3-5 suspects fired 5-12 bullets at the two teens.  Anyone with information is asked to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3404 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.  You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

                 $50,000 Reward For Crime-Solving                     Information Regarding Janna Kelly's Death

This case was highlighted on Susan Bartlestone's Crime Prevention 101 Radio Show on the Voice of America Network.  To hear about this case and more about Silent Observer you can click on this link http://tinyurl.com/CrimePrevent101. Silent Observer had the last eleven minutes of the Crime Prevention 101 one hour show.

Janna Kelly, a 60 year old Grand Rapids woman whose family meant everything to her Janna Kellylost her life tragically and mysteriously on or around December 4, 2007.  On December 4 Janna stopped at a Michael's store on 28th St. SE around 6:30 p.m.  It appears she went home after running that errand but after that, no one really knows what happened.  The next day, when she didn’t show up for work, family members got worried and reported her missing. She was gone and her car was gone.  There was no sign of forced entry into the home and no signs of a struggle. Later that evening her purse and wallet, with credit cards still intact, were found in a trash can at a car wash a couple of miles from her house.  On December 6, her car was found abandoned, again within a few miles of her home. 

After months of searching a land surveyor found Janna’s body on March 13, 2008 four months after she went missing, in a remote area of Grand Haven Township in Ottawa County, MI, some 30 miles from her home.  The site is so secluded with a 2 track leading to the clearing where she was dumped, that police believe the suspect was familiar with the area.  There were no obvious signs of trauma but police have some forensic evidence however it has not led them to the suspect. 

Janna’s family and her employer, Burr and Company, are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in her death.  Janna was truly an innocent victim of a horrific crime.  Her family needs justice and that criminal must be removed from our streets. 

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Grand Rapids Police Department continues to work on this case.  This increase in reward money is meant to remind the public that investigators are in need of additional information to solve this case. 

Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to call the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department at 1-888-731-1001, ext. 4687, the Grand Rapids Police Department at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345. You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

Police Need Your Help With These 2008 Crimes

November 25, 2008:  Grand Rapids Police responded to a report of shots fired in Martin Luther King Park at 956 Benjamin SE.  The caller believed that someone was injured on the south side of the park.  When officers arrived, they found Khiry Jalon Walker, 17, with a gun shot wound.  He was taken to the hospital but later died. Police believe he had just gotten off a city bus and was walking through the park to visit a friend when he was shot.  Khiry used to live in the neighborhood but his family had recently moved. Police are asking anyone with information about this crime is asked to call them at 456-3404 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.  You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

Khiry Walker

 

 

 

 

November 21, 2008:  Grand Rapids Police were called to the 600 block of Shamrock just around 2 a.m. because witnesses heard arguing and then gunshots.  When police arrived they found the body of  17 year old Abelino Ramos.  Witnesses said the two hispanic male suspects who were in their 20's, and around 5'5" left the scene in a small white car.  Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police at 456-3404 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.  You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

September 6, 2008:  Grand Rapids Fire Department was sent to the area of Prince and Alto SE on a report of a man down in a vacant lot next to a residence.  On their arrival, they found that Christopher Allen Davis, 39, had been shot.  He was taken to the hospital by ambulance but died.  A witness said they heard gunshots about 15 minutes before Christopher was found. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345. You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

July 15, 2008:  Three black males entered the Meanwhile Bar at 3:30 a.m. with their faces covered. The suspects ordered the victims to the floor and stole their wallets, cell phones, and a purse as well as cash from the cash register.  Some of the victims did not move fast enough for the suspects so were hit with a rifle.  As the suspects were leaving, one of the victims was shot.  Although police have arrested one suspect, they need information about the other two young men involved.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Silent Observer at 774-2345 or you may use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

May 31, 2008:  At approximately 5:30 a.m., Grand Rapids Police were called to the areaRichard Dannah of the 400 block of Adams because of the sound of gunshots.  When police arrived, they found nineteen year old Richard Dannah shot and was in the backyard of a home.  Witnesses report that a group of people were in the backyard of a house when a dark colored car stopped near the house.  Shots were fired at the group by someone in the car.  Richard was then struck.  Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer. You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site. Richard's mom wants people to know that Richard love people and he loved to play basketball and football.

Maurice SimmonsMay 22, 2008: Maurice Simmons, 28, was shot to death by the My Place Bar in the 1400 block of South Division around 2:15 a.m.  The shooting occurred in a field right by the bar and after being shot, Simmons staggered down South Division before flagging down an ambulance.  He died a short time later.  Those with information about Simmon's death are encouraged to call the Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer. You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

Chad McElweeMay 21, 2008: Chad McElwee was shot multiple times in his truck in the area of Cass and Sycamore Street SE just before 11 p.m.  He was taken to the hospital when Grand Rapids Police arrived but was pronounced dead on arrival.  The suspect is said to be a black male wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.  Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Grand Rapids Police at 456-3604 or Silent Observer. You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

January 26, 2008:  Nineteen year old Justin Hernandez was shot in a drive by shooting on Grandville and A Street SW on Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2008.  He died from his wounds early Sunday. Investigators believe a dark colored Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix was involved.  The vehicle was last seen northbound on Grandville Ave. SW going at a high rate of speed. Anyone with information about this homicide is encouraged to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.
You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

 

Police Investigate These 2007 Unsolved Homicides

Anyone with information about these homicides is encouraged to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.
You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

September 30, 2007: Grand Rapids Police were called to the 700 block of Cutler SW on a reported shooting. When officers arrived, they found Douglas (Ryan) Pollock shot in the chest and another victim with a gunshot wound to his arm.   Douglas (Ryan) Pollock later died at the hospital.

Police are looking for Reyes and SantiagoDetectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Juan Enrique Reyes for Open Murder, Assault with Intent to Murder, and Felony Firearm. Witnesses have identified Reyes as the person that shot both Pollock and his friend with an assault rifle.   Anyone with information on Juan Reyes' whereabouts is asked to call police or Silent Observer. Reyes may be with his brother, Eric Santiago who currently has a warrant for Assault with Intent to Murder from an incident in Wyoming.

September 5, 2007:  The Grand Rapids Fire Department was called to the area of Stevens and Randolph SW when a passing motorist reported something burning in a vacant field.  When the Fire Department arrived, they discovered the body of Linda Gardner, 45, still on fire at that location.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police have ruled this death suspicious.

August 5, 2007: The Kent County Sheriff Department was dispatched at 6:24 a.m. to Jerry Zerbathe area of South Division Ave and Coleman St SE (Just N/O 76th St) because a pedestrian had been struck. Deputies found the victim, Jerry A Zerba, 10/5/39, deceased at the scene. The vehicle that struck Mr. Zerba had fled the scene. There were no witnesses to the crash and it was called in by a passer-by that observed Mr. Zerba lying near the roadway. Zerba was riding a 2007 Razor 500s 3 wheeled electric scooter.   A nearby business was able to catch the collision on an outdoor surveillance video. The video showed the suspect vehicle was traveling southbound on Division Ave and struck Mr. Zerba from the rear and never stopped.   The vehicle appears to be a dark colored coupe, possibly a two door, with a longer front end. The video is of extremely poor quality.   Division Ave was under construction at the time of the collision and was down to only one northbound and one southbound lane. Many vehicles of interest were investigated but no suspects were ever established.  Anyone with information about this hit and run death is encouraged to contact Silent Observer at 774-2345, the Kent County Sheriff Department at 632-6125 or use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

Lee PriesterJuly 28, 2007: Just before 4 a.m. police were called to the 1000 block of Lafayette Ave. SE on a report of a shooting.  When police arrived, they found Lee Priester, 34, shot and lying near the roadway.  He was declared dead at the scene.  Lee had just arrived in the neighborhood with his girlfriend who had just entered a home there.  Residents reported hearing gunshots moments earlier.  Police are looking for tips from the public who have first hand knowledge as to what occurred and why it occurred. Lee's mom wants people to know that Lee was a wonderful artist.  He was also an accomplished barber.

April 9, 2007: Police were called to 1154 Cromwell Ave. SE at 2:17 a.m. Upon arrival, officers located Russell Griffin, 19 deceased outside this address. A witness told police that Russell had just returned to this address and was walking up to the residence. He was shot at that time outside the house by an unidentified suspect who fled the area.

March 16, 2007: Police were called to the area of Chestnut and Godfrey SW at 7:05 a.m. When they arrived officers found Shakara Carlotta Carter, 33. dead along the roadway. The Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide.

January 18, 2007: At 11:30 p.m., Grand Rapids Police were sent to the 400 block of Crawford SE on a report of a shooting. A 32 year old victim was found with a gunshot wound to his leg. At the same time, another shooting victim, Walter Porter, 21, was dropped off at the hospital by unknown persons. He had been shot multiple times and died a short time later. Police are trying to determine if the two shooting victims were both on Crawford SE.

 

 

Police Continue to Investigate 2006 Homicides

Anyone with information about these homicides is encouraged to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.
You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

November 23, 2006: Police were called to Grant and New St. at 9:25 a.m. on a reported unconscious person near the roadway. Upon arrival, police located the body of Starkinya Vance. Her death has been ruled a homicide. Witnesses observed Vance get into a silver or gray Cavalier type car at 2 a.m. on November 23 near Division and Goodrich SW. The driver of the car was a black male, 6’1”, stocky build, dark complexion and spoke with an accent.

November 9, 2006 Police were patrolling the area of Hall and Division on at 2:30 a.m. when they heard the sound of gunshots. Once on the scene, witnesses told police that two separate vehicles were shooting at each other. One of the vehicles was a green van and the other, possibly a maroon Mercury. Moments later, police received a call that a shooting victim had arrived on the 200 block of Brown SW. That victim was Charles Edward Johnson, 20, who died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Renee PagelAugust 5, 2006:  Renee DeMaagd Pagel was stabbed to death in her home on 13 Mile Rd. in Courtland Township on August 5, 2006. Her murder remains unsolved so her friends and family put up this billboard hoping it would encourage someone with information about her death to come forward.  Often times we feel information we have is unimportant but many times it is very important and can help police solve a crime.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 632-6125 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.
You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

July 15, 2006: At 11:23 p.m., the Grand Rapids Police Department were called because shots were fired near Straight and Butterworth SW. Once there, police found that Alan Wayne Foster, 41, had a gun shot wound to his chest. Alan died a short time later after arriving at the hospital.

Alan Foster

The suspects are described as two black males, 5’10” – 6’1”, in their early 20’s. They were last seen fleeing north from the scene. A black or green SUV was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed at the time of the incident.

April 24, 2006: Jason Salazar’s family received a call from his employer inquiring about his absence from work. So Jason’s mother and sister drove to the house at 1119 Dickinson SE and found him dead. Jason, 32, died of a gun shot wound and police have ruled his death a homicide.

March 31, 2006: Police were called to the 1100 block of South Division at 2:30 a.m. because of a shooting. As officers responded, a second call was made notifying officers that the shooting victim had been taken to St. Mary’s Hospital by a private individual. The victim, Dwayne Williams Perry, 26, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Witnesses told police that Dwayne was shot while seated in a vehicle parked in the Chicken Coop parking lot. Apparently, the suspect walked up to where Dwayne was parked and fired multiple shots from a handgun, striking him. Witnesses said the suspect was last seen running from the area of Division and Hall SE. The suspect is described as a black male, late teens to early 20’s.

 

Police Continue to Investigate 2005 Homicides

Anyone with information about these homicides is encouraged to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.
You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

Willie BensonJuly 30, 2005: At approximately 4:23 a.m., Grand Rapids Police were sent to Godwin and Dickinson SE in reference a shooting victim in the street. The victim was Willie Benson, age 19 and he was dead when police arrived. The suspects were said to be two black males. Suspect #1 is 5’8” – 6’, 180 lbs., in his mid 20’s. Suspect #2 is thought to be 5’10” and 200 lbs. Both suspects were armed and fled east on Dickinson. They were driving a late 90’s green or turquoise Chevy Minivan with rear tinted windows and a gray stripe. Police believe robbery may have been the motive in this killing. Police believe there are witnesses to this crime and is encouraging them to come forward with information that could help solve this case.

May 27, 2005: Police responded to a call of shots being fired at 1102 Alto SE. The victim, Derrick Ahmad Davis, 39, was found dead in the basement from gunshot wounds It appears Derrick went to a side door and the suspect shot through the door striking him.

 

HELP SOLVE THIS HOMICIDE

Allison Burns Photo Family and friends of Allison Burns are hoping for information that will lead to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for her death.

Allison Burns, 19, was found Saturday, December 22, 2001 severely beaten in Riverside Park near the Grand River. She died the following day of head injuries. Allison attended Community Based Occupational Training, a Grand Rapids Schools program for disabled adults.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 456-3604 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.

You may also use the Report A Crime section on this web site.

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This bench, which sits at the Kent County Courthouse, is in remembrance of all those who have lost a loved one to crime or have experienced crime in their lives.

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