Keeping Lowell Safe: Police Beat for March 2024

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The number of police cases continues to climb this year, with 219 reports filed by officers in March. That’s up from 192 in February and 180 in January.

March was also the second month in a row in which Lowell Police Department officers conducted more than 220 traffic stops. In response to citizen concerns about speeding, the department has stepped up traffic patrols. It has also obtained a portable speed sign that is being moved around town to areas that seem prone to speeding vehicles.

Among the March cases were the following:

  • 33 assists to other agencies
  • 20 suspicious situations
  • 20 pistol permits and sales
  • 14 general and motorist assists
  • 14 ordinance violations
  • 10 disorderly conduct
  • 9 Flock hits
  • 6 traffic accidents
  • 5 welfare checks
  • 4 stalking/harassment
  • 1 breaking and entering

Lowell officers also made 225 traffic stops that resulted in 14 citations.

No Suspects for B&E Complaint

Lowell police responded to the report of a breaking and entering in a residential neighborhood. The resident said they had left briefly to go to the store and returned at 8:30pm to find items in their home missing. The items that were reported stolen included a specific number of medication pills, some cash and jewelry items.

There was no sign of forced entry, and a neighbor’s Ring camera did not show anyone other than the resident entering or leaving the premises. The police have no suspects and do not believe there is any threat to the general public.

Assist to the State Police in OWI

While there were no drunk drivers pulled over in the City of Lowell in March, the department did assist with one instance of operating under the influence in Lowell Township.

Lowell officers helped the Michigan State Police respond to an accident at 2:30am near the E. Fulton/Settlewood intersection. A vehicle rolled several times, and the driver was able to crawl out of the vehicle. The matter was turned over to the MSP for any criminal charges.

Domestic Dispute

The Lowell Police Department was alerted to a domestic dispute that occurred just before 2am.

A couple had been arguing outside when one person picked up a landscaping brick to threaten the other person, ultimately throwing it at them. This was not the first time officers were called regarding issues between this couple.

The case was turned over to the prosecutor’s office, but the prosecutor declined to press charges.

Larceny at New Construction

Lowell officers assisted the Kent County Sheriff’s Department in investigating a larceny at a new home construction site in Lowell Township.

It was discovered that a trailer, air compressor, tools and building supplies had been stolen. Unfortunately, there were only tracks at the site and no other evidence. Police have no leads at this time.

Thank You from Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security recently sent the Lowell Police Department a letter thanking them for their help in the arrest of Frank Davis, a 30-year-old Lowell resident, who was accused of the sexual exploitation of minors.

The charges against Davis stemmed from August 2022 incidents in which Davis sent obscene videos to a minor and induced the minor to send sexually explicit videos to him. Davis was arrested in Lowell in May 2023 and pled guilty to the charges in December 2023.

On April 16, 2024, Davis was sentenced to 20 years incarceration followed by 15 years of supervised release. The case was handled by the Western District of Pennsylvania for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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