Author Archives: BangorPD

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Disturbance leads to Arrest and Recovery of Stolen handgun.

Category : Crime

**For Immediate Release**

The Bangor Police Department was dispatched to the Hastings Court park at approximately 1:50am on June 4, 2018 for a disturbance.

Upon investigation officers located a 45 year old male subject who allegedly entered a residence and pulled out a handgun.
The alleged victim in this case was able to grab the handgun and sit on it until police arrived on scene.
It was determined that the handgun was stolen.
The suspect was apprehended as he left the residence and subsequently arrested for several charges.

The loaded handgun was recovered with additional ammunition rounds being located on the suspect.

The suspect is currently being held on $50,000 Cash/Surety Bond at  Van Buren County Jail for several charges.

-Chief Simpson

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**Update 3/22** School Threat

Category : Crime

**Update** 3/22/18

My Officers are working hand in hand with school staff and other agencies to do everything possible to protect your children.

We are actively investigating leads and we should have more of an update tomorrow.

We are also increasing our presence throughout the school district.

-Chief Simpson


Bangor Public Schools will be closed on 3/22/18 as we investigate an anonymous threat. We had an unknown person write a school threat and racial statements in one of the high school bathrooms. The school district and police are looking into this. Schools in Bangor are closed tomorrow. If anyone has any information please contact Cheif Simpson or the Bangor Police Department. We need your help.

– Chief Simpson

269-427-5801 (Office)

269-657-3101 (Central Dispatch)

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Winter Storm Warning 12/11/17

Category : Weather Warnings

Stay Tuned to Your Local News Station for latest information…

Effective: 10:25 EST on 12-11-2017
Expires: 07:00 EST on 12-13-2017
Event: Winter Storm Warning

* WHAT…Heavy lake effect snow occurring. Travel will be very
difficult to impossible, including during the evening commute
on Tuesday. Additional snow accumulations of 10 to 14 inches,
with localized amounts up to 18 inches, are expected.

* WHERE…Mason, Oceana, Muskegon, Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren

* WHEN…Until 7 AM EST Wednesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will
cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy lake effect snow means
significant amounts of lake effect snow are forecast that will
make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel,
keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case
of an emergency.
Target Area:
Van Buren
Forecast Office: NWS Grand Rapids (Southwestern Michigan)

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Christmas Parade/No Downtown Parking

Category : Community , Enforcement , Parade

Public Notice:

There will be no parking allowed Downtown Bangor
(From Center St. to Division St. on M-43 HWY) on 12/2/17
from 4:30pm – Until parade is over (Approx. 6:20pm).

This is a Temporary Police Order
Issued Under City of Bangor Traffic Code § 71.01.

Persons violating this Order will be Cited
and their vehicles impounded.

Vehicles will be impounded by:

Harbor Towing

The parade will begin at 6pm on 12/2/17.
Lineup will begin at Appleblossom Drive, the
Christmas Parade will then travel westbound on M-43 to Alexander St.

-Chief Simpson

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Mayor Presents Officer with Certificate of Commendation.

Category : Community , Crime , Enforcement

During the City Council Meeting on 11/20/17 Mayor Nick Householder presented Officer Taylor Freelove with a Certificate of Commendation for his hard work and dedication to the City of Bangor. Officer Freelove has made numerous drug arrests in the past month and is a huge asset to the Department and to our Community.

Congratulations Officer Freelove!

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2 Arrested in Bangor

Category : Crime


Bangor, MI

Earlier today Bangor Police officers apprehended a Male 47 years of age after a short foot pursuit. The suspect had in his possession Crystal Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Knives, & a Machete.
The suspect also had an outstanding warrant in Van Buren County.
He is being charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Carrying a Concealed weapon.

A short time later Bangor Police apprehended a Female Suspect age 41 in relation to the previous incident. She is also being charged with possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, & bank transaction device of a deceased person. The Female suspect also has outstanding warrants in Kalamazoo & Van Buren Counties for Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Appear.

Both Suspects are being held without Bond.

Arraignment is scheduled for 1:30pm on 11/14/17 at Van Buren 7th District Court West.

These arrests are in addition to 5 other Methamphetamine related arrests within the last month.

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Arson supsect now in Custody.

Category : Uncategorized

For Immediate Release:

21-year-old Dominick Wheeler was captured in Allegan County with the Assistance of the Michigan State Police Fugitive Task force.

Wheeler is currently charged with Arson, Resisting Police, and Destruction of Police Property.

His Bond has been set at $250,000.

Wheeler also has 5 additional warrants from other counties.

– Chief Simpson

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Fireworks Reminder – City of Bangor

With the 4th of July approaching the Bangor Police Department would like to remind everyone that State law prohibits a City from regulating the discharge and use of consumer fireworks the day before, the day of and the day after a national holiday.

The City can only regulate the times between 1am and 8am.

Please be mindful of this when filing a complaint with central dispatch.

-Chief Simpson

Click Here for Michigan Fireworks Safety Act

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New Body Cams & Radios!

Category : Community

The Bangor Police Department would like to Thank the City Council for approving the purchase of New Radios and Body cameras.

(Source: Bangor Apple Press)

Bangor City Council Approves Police Radios

BANGOR — The Bangor Police Department will soon be aquiring five new state-of-the-art radios and two body cameras, after City Council members approved purchase of the equipment at Monday’s meeting.

GPS devices, software and training come with the body cams, Police Chief Tommy Simpson said. The radios that were proposed for purchase were demonstrated at a recent Homeland Security conference, Simpson said.

Current radios are outdated, and parts are no longer available, Simpson said. The cost of all five radios is $13,245, while the two cameras are $4009.85.

Some discussion ensued over methods of payment for the police equipment. Mayor Nick Householder inquired if the purchase could be made from the general fund, and if millage funds could be used to repay the City. City Manager Regina Hoover stated that the City accountant recommended not taking money from general fund. Mayor Pro-Tem Lynne Farmer and other council members suggested taking a line of credit, after seeking bids. Mayor Householder advised getting three quotes for the best interest rate. There were no further grants available for the purchase, Simpson said.

Proposals to buy the equipment, and to shop for the best loan to pay for the equipment, passed unanimously.

“The budget will be tight next year,” Chief Simpson warned, adding that this year’s budget will be used to make two more car payments on a currently-owned police vehicle. The radios were a timely purchase, while the equipment is available at the current price, Simpson added.

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Public Notice: Mowing

Category : Enforcement , Ordinances

The Bangor Police Department is now responsible for handling Code Enforcement  in the City of Bangor.

Please keep your property mowed to avoid fines and fees.