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Sergeant Brent Bradley of the GR PD Demoted

Sergeant Brent Bradley of the Grand Rapids police department is being demoted. Bradley is accused of not following proper policy and procedure during a domestic dispute. Policy says Bradley should have made an arrest, but did not. The suspect was arrested later.
Grand Rapids Police Chief Jim Denny said only that the Grand Rapids Police Civil Service Commission reconvened its March 28th meeting on Monday afternoon and rendered the decision to demote Bradley to patrol officer.

By |April 16th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids Sets Record Snowfall in 2013

Grand Rapids reported the highest snowfall in history with 109 inches of snowfall in calendar year 2013, which is more than double the winter average for Grand Rapids. The Grand Rapids city council met in regular session last night at the City Hall Council Chambers. Jeff Davies of the Public Works Department gave a department head report on this past winter, the council approved the purchase of a new public works pickup truck, and hired a new firefighter. The next regular meeting scheduled will April 28th at 5 in the City Hall Council Chambers.

By |April 15th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

318 Ends Search

The School board of Independent School District has voted to end the search for a new superintendent. The board met in special session this morning. On a 4-0 vote, board members voted to end the search process and talk with Interim Superintendent Doctor Bruce Thomas about extending his position. Board member Ben Hawkins was absent.

By |April 14th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Superintendent Search for 318

The school board of Independent School District 318 meets in special session at 8am this morning. On the agenda, the board will discuss how to proceed with a search for a school superintendent. Last week, when interviews of potential candidates began, one of the board members was not able to participate. The board is already short one member (and seeking candidates to fill the seat). The board will discuss whether to continue the search, suspend the search, or discontinue the search until the empty seat is filled. The meeting gets underway in the administration’s board room.

By |April 14th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

This is Distracted Driving Week

Today kicks off a state-wide 10 day distracted driving enforcement and educations campaign. Officers will be watching closely for people texting and driving. As part of the campaign, Assistant Grand Rapids Police Chief Steven Schaar and Sargent John Carlson of the Grand Rapids Police Department have recorded radio messages for our stations.
Twenty-five percent of all crashes are related to distracted driving. Tickets for texting while driving are $130 each.

By |April 14th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Grand Rapids Man Charged with Child Pornography

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Grand Rapids man accused of possessing child pornography.

48 year old Daryl Wayne Phelps was scheduled to make an initial court appearance on 7 felony counts of possession of pornographic work involving minors on Monday, but failed to appear.  That’s when the warrant was issued.

In July of 2012, a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation downloaded a file containing child pornography, which was traced back to Phelps IP address.  In November of 2012, Phelps computers were confiscated.  39 suspected child pornography videos were found.

Each of the 7 counts against Phelps carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $5000 fine.

By |April 10th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Madsen Pleads Guilty

The final defendant in the local church burglary case has pleaded guilty.  42 year old Danny Edward Madsen has pleaded guilty to six count of felony second degree burglary, one count of felony attempted second degree burglary, and two counts of felony third degree burglary.  Erin Autio, an accomplice, pleaded guilty to a number of burglary charges two weeks earlier.

By |April 9th, 2014|Blog, News, Newsroom|Comments Off|

Couple Charged with Drug Possession

Two Grand Rapids residents, a husband and wife, were arrested Sunday for possession and sale of meth amphetamine.  Travis Jon Furman and Sulamita Furman, made their first court appearances in Itasca County District court on Tuesday.  They’ve been charged with a variety of misdemeanor and felony drug charges stemming from possession and sale of methamphetamine.

The arrests were part of a 2 month on-going investigation conducted by the Itasca County Sheriff’s office.

By |April 9th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

School Bully Bill

The anti-bullying bill in the legislature does not have funding attached to it.  ISD 318 school board member Pat Medure said during Monday’s school board meeting that he was following the bill and that it looked like another unfunded mandate that school districts will have to pay for. The school board did not take any action but will wait to see how the bill coincides with ISD 318’s existing anti-bullying statute.  In other news, the board notified a number of teachers that their contracts will not be renewed, discussed plans to bring instant alert into the transportation system, and the search for a superintendent continues Tuesday morning with interviews.

By |April 9th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|

Synthetic Drugs

Just because it’s man-made doesn’t mean it is safe.  The city of Grand Rapids and Itasca County have been pro-active in keeping drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts out of local retail stores, but the drugs are still here.  Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams told members of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce on Monday that it made sense to have laws already in place to discourage any local business from carrying them.  Grand Rapids police Chief Jim Denny said one local business was selling these items.  He said the business owners decided on their own the pull the product, after seeing the negative impacts the city of Duluth went through.  Lieutenant Steve Stracek of the Duluth Police Department and Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force was the presenter at the Chamber meeting.  He said Duluth was wrong when the Last Place on Earth opened and the police department ignored the threat and hoped it would just burn itself out and go away.

Currently, Itasca County and the city of Grand Rapids have ordinances regulating the sale of synthetic marijuana and products like bath salts, but law enforcement is hoping the state will put more teeth into statewide laws.


By |April 9th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off|