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1025 Independence Blvd
Charlotte, Michigan 48813

517-543-3512 or 517-372-8217

 

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Weekly update 2017

DECEMBER 2017

 

Weekly Update

December 18, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

20 Alarms 19 Car/deer   accidents
18 Assist Citizen 14 Check well beings
13 Domestic disputes 56 Shoplifting   complaints
14 Larcenies 3 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
15 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
74 Property damage   crashes 45 Cars in the Ditch
37 Traffic hazards 107 Traffic stops
15 Traffic   violations 13 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 804 calls for service/events.

With Christmas only a few days away, it is important to remain vigilant. Here are a few reminders:

When traveling:

  • Avoid sharing on social media that you will be out of town.
  • Keep a winter survival kit in your car that includes blankets, jumper cables,      flashlights, extra layers of clothing and a shovel.
  • Give yourself extra time to get to your destination. Additionally, let someone      know when you’re expected to arrive.
  • Buckle up, slow down and don’t drink and drive. 

When shopping:

  • When shopping online, make sure the web address always starts with “https” to ensure it is a secure site.
  • When at the store or in the mall, carry a purse close to your body or a wallet      in your front pocket.
  • Do not leave shopping bags visible in your car. Cover packages up or place      them in the trunk.
  • Review  your bank and credit card statements often for fraudulent charges.

As 2017 draws to a close, I want to express my appreciation to the citizens of Eaton County for their continued support towards me and the finest Deputies I have ever had the pleasure of representing. Nearly weekly I have received letters, cards, emails, and phone calls from countless citizens expressing their appreciation for an act of kindness displayed by an Eaton County Deputy. I read each and every one and am truly thankful to each of you for the thoughtfulness. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year filled with family, friends, and special memories.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


Weekly Update

December 11, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

38 Alarms 33 Car/deer   accidents
24 Assist Citizen 17 Check well beings
14 Domestic disputes 31 Shoplifting   complaints
12 Larcenies 18 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
16 Operating while   impaired 15 Personal injury   crashes
45 Property damage   crashes 24 Suspicious   situations
32 Traffic hazards 296 Traffic stops
31 Traffic   violations 9 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,007 calls for service/events.

Drive Slow on Ice and Snow – This   past week we experienced our first measureable amount of snow. With this Eaton County Sheriff Deputies   responded to 45 property damage crashes and 15 personal injury crashes. Remember when traveling this winter, allow   yourself extra time to reach your destination. Remember to “Drive Slow on Ice and Snow,” as   the majority of winter driving crashes can be attributed to motorists going   too fast for the roadway conditions.

Driving slower on snowy and icy roads allows the driver a longer   reaction time. It can take up to 10 times longer to stop in snowy or icy   conditions.

Help Prevent Auto Theft during the Holiday Shopping Season – As the holiday shopping season continues, the Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) is reminding the public to be aware of their surroundings and where purchases are stored in parked vehicles.  Thieves often target shopping center parking lots looking for vehicles with bags and packages left in plain view. Follow these tips to help lessen the chance of becoming a victim:

 Park in a well-lit area

 Place shopping bags in the trunk

 Use storage compartments that keep valuables out of sight

 Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended

 Watch for suspicious activity or for anyone who may be following you

 Close windows when your vehicle is parked

 Install a car alarm or panic alarm on your vehicle

Do you need any last minute gift ideas? Why not give the gift of Preparedness: The holiday gift-giving season is a good occasion to help your friends and family prepare for an emergency or disaster.

1. Emergency Preparedness Kit: At minimum, every household should have an emergency kit stocked with food, water, a first aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, clothing and a blanket.

2. LED Emergency Hand-Crank Lantern: During a power outage, an emergency hand-crank lantern can provide a light source with just 60 seconds of cranking. Most emergency hand-crank lanterns also have the option to run power from a battery source or utilize solar power.

3. Mobile Phone Battery Charger: When the power goes out, a mobile phone battery charger can help you stay connected with loved ones.

4. Water Filtration Bottle: Can be used in an emergency to provide clean drinking water or during routine outdoor recreational activities.

5. Disaster Preparedness Book for Kids: A disaster preparedness book can teach children about emergency plans that are in place at home, school or while traveling. These types of books also allow children to participate in their own personal preparedness.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


 

Weekly Update

December 4, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

23 Alarms 38 Car/deer   accidents
22 Assist Citizen 27 Check well beings
13 Domestic disputes 44 Shoplifting   complaints
       
7 Drug Offenses   /Overdoses 16 Suspicious   Vehicle
20 Larcenies 7 Motorist Assists
25 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
25 Property damage   crashes 32 Suspicious   situations
27 Traffic hazards 298 Traffic stops
27 Traffic   violations 11 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,008 calls for service/events.

Saturday, December 2nd was the Annual Fill A Cop Car event. It is citizens throughout Eaton County that continue to make this event the success that it is, and this year was no exception. On behalf of the members of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte Police Department, Eaton Rapids Police Department, and Potterville Police Department, thank you all for your donations of food, non-perishable items, and money that went to the 7th Day Adventist Church in Delta Township, Helping Hands in Charlotte, Siren Shelter in Charlotte, 1st Presbyterian Church in Dimondale, United Methodist Church in Potterville, and Hearts and Hands Food Bank in Eaton Rapids.

Christmas brings out the decorator in all of us. For many of us, certain Christmas decorations passed down through the generations bring back memories that hold a special place in our hearts. It’s a time for families to get together to decorate the tree that everyone says looks like the best tree you’ve ever had. And it’s a time to come together to share traditions that make the season as special as it is. To keep this season special, below are some holiday related safety tip reminders:

Christmas Tree Safety:

  • Make sure your real tree is not too dry. Dry trees are perfect for catching fire!
  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure that it is flame retardant.
  • Water your live tree daily. As a rule of thumb, your tree needs one quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter.
  • Trees should be no closer (and if best farther) than 3 feet from candles,      fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, heat vents and other heat sources.

Lights and Electrical Safety:

  • Only purchase UL-listed lights and extension cords.
  • If you are decorating outdoors, use products that are rated for outdoor use.
  • Before placing your lights (inside or outside), inspect them for any damage that may have occurred in storage.
  • Unplug lights before you change bulbs.
  • If you need to get on a ladder to hang lights, try to use a wooden or      fiberglass-reinforced plastic one instead of a metal one.
  • Do not connect too many strings of lights together. The general rule is 3, but check with the packaging.
  • Do not overload extension cords or sockets.
  • Check your lights every now and then and make sure the wires are not warm to the touch.
  • Always turn off your lights before going to bed or leaving the house. This is a big one that many of us are guilty of. You spend all that time      decorating and you want to show it off. We understand! But we also would hate for you to return home to a fire or wake up to one!

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

NOVEMBER 2017

Weekly Update

November 6, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

 

28 Alarms 59 Car/deer accidents
15 Assist Citizen 18 Check well beings
2 CSC Reports 6 Drug Offenses
17 Domestic disputes 48 Shoplifting complaints
17 Larcenies 7 Motorist Assists
18 Operating while impaired 12 Personal injury crashes
36 Property damage crashes 18 Suspicious situations
21 Traffic hazards 129 Traffic stops
21 Traffic violations 5 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 839 calls for service/events.

Before we get caught up in the festivities of the holidays, I wanted us all to take a few minutes to remember the importance of Veterans Day. Most, if not all, of us have family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces. Sadly, many of us have lost loved ones far too early who gave their lives fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Veterans Day – VeteransDay annually falls on November 11th. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.

Observance - Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11:00 a.m. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.

History - On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. President Wilson said it best when he proclaimed the day should be "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory".

In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. They also requested that the president should "issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11th and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples."

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11th each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". Congress approved this change, and on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.

If you know someone who is a veteran or who is currently serving, why not take a few minutes and thank them for their service, give them a hug, a high five, or a fist bump. It doesn’t take much to show them how much they are appreciated.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

 Weekly Update

October 23, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

39 Alarms 39 Car/deer   accidents
27 Assist Citizen 12 Check well beings
6 Criminal Sexual   Conduct Rpts 1 Death   Investigation
17 Domestic disputes 29 Shoplifting complaints
18 Larcenies 12 Motorist Assists
13 Operating while   impaired 10 Personal injury   crashes
30 Property damage   crashes 21 Suspicious   situations
26 Traffic hazards 269 Traffic stops
43 Traffic   violations 10 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 965 calls for service/events.

The following are a couple of the many incidents Eaton County Deputies handled throughout the week:

  • On October 21st a Be On the Lookout was received from Ionia County.   Later in the evening an Eaton County Deputy saw a car driving on its rim in the area of M43 and Timbercreek. This was the vehicle Ionia County was looking for. The suspect may have driven for nearly 50 miles on a rim and nearly caused an accident when the Eaton County Deputy went to stop him for Operating While Impaired and Operating Under the Influence of Drugs. Suspect was taken into custody.
  • On October 22nd, an unwanted subject call was received from a residence on Ford Hwy. The home owners’ son came to the residence in a red Buick. When Eaton County Deputies arrived, the suspect fled on foot.   Additional Eaton County Deputies and a Clinton County K-9 were brought in to assist in locating the suspect wanted for outstanding warrants including felony possession of cocaine. The suspect was found about 20 feet from the Buick and was lodged on the warrants.

National Crime Prevention Month.   As National Crime Prevention Month comes to a close, I wanted to save this week’s edition for giving you tips on keeping your ghosts and goblins safe this Halloween.

 

Walk Safely:

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
    1. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  2. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
    1. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  3. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  4. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult - Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe:

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween:

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

 Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

October 16, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

33 Alarms 21 Car/deer   accidents
18 Assist Citizen 12 Check well beings
26 Domestic disputes 38 Shoplifting complaints
14 Larcenies 10 Motorist Assists
21 Operating while   impaired 14 Personal injury   crashes
40 Property damage   crashes 25 Suspicious   situations
32 Traffic hazards 312 Traffic stops
35 Traffic   violations 10 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 998 calls for service/events. Law enforcement officers see things that most of us can’t even begin to imagine. Here are a couple of our more interesting calls this week:

  • Suspicious Vehicle in Delta Township at 3:10 a.m. – Homeowner called regarding an unknown car in his driveway. Eaton County Deputies arrived to find 3 subjects in a car, 2 of them were passed out and the third began growling at the Deputy. The driver was lodged for Operating While Intoxicated 1st, and 2 were transported by EMS for high intoxication.
  • Breaking & Entering on E. Saginaw Hwy.  The homeowner was holding the suspect at gun point in the front yard.  Eaton County Deputies arrived and secured the suspect.  The suspect was intoxicated and crashed his car just down the road.  It sounded like he had no idea where he was and was looking to get out of the cold.  The suspect never got more than a step in the house, but he did go through their cars and steal some change.  The suspect was lodged on the Operating While Intoxicated, Larceny from Auto, and Unlawful Entry. 
  • Personal Injury Accident on Kinsel Hwy.  A homeowner called in to report there was a female covered in blood on her door step.  The driver said she swerved off the road and hit some trees.  She was transported to Sparrow.  The driver asked the Deputies to get some things out of her truck, and when they were doing that, the Deputies found some ICE.  The driver was charged with Operating Under the Influence of Drugs.

National Crime Prevention Month. Sadly, there are many areas of crime prevention we all need to be mindful of. This week I felt it important to focus on protecting yourself from violent crime.

  • Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.
  • When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you.
  • Carry only the money you’ll need on a particular day.
  • Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.
  • Try to park in well-lighted areas with good visibility and close to walkways, stores, and people.
  • Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door.
  • Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running.
  • Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car.
  • If a dating partner has abused you, do not meet him or her alone. Do not let him or her in your home or car when you are alone.
  • If you are a battered spouse, call 9-1-1 immediately. Assault is a crime, whether committed by a stranger or your spouse or any other family member. If you believe that you and your children are in danger, call a crisis hotline or a health center (the police can also make a referral) and leave immediately.
  • If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don’t give up your life.
  • If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

October 9, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

40 Alarms 26 Car/deer   accidents
15 Assist Citizen 24 Check well beings
19 Domestic disputes 32 Shoplifting complaints
20 Larcenies 10 Motorist Assists
18 Operating while   impaired 8 Personal injury   crashes
28 Property damage   crashes 22 Suspicious   situations
21 Traffic hazards 236 Traffic stops
28 Traffic   violations 5 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 891 calls for service/events.

On October 4, 2017 at approximately 4:36 p.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an address on Conestoga drive in Delta Twp. to locate a runaway juvenile for the Lansing Police Department.  The runaway was believed to be at this residence with her boyfriend. Deputies determined that the boyfriend, an 18-year-old male, was wanted for absconding while on parole.  The suspect was on parole following a conviction for unarmed robbery in Eaton County which occurred in September of 2016.  When Deputies entered the residence, the suspect fled through the neighborhood on foot.  During the chase, the suspect broke into two different residences occupied by the home owners.  The home owners assisted the pursuing Deputies with his direction of travel as he exited their homes and continued his flight.  Deputies relentlessly pursued the suspect and apprehended him near Brookside Drive.

The suspect, Isaiah Murray, was lodged for the parole absconding charge and arraigned on 2 counts of Home Invasion 1st degree (20 year felony), and 1 felony count of Resisting & Obstructing Officers. Bond is $50,000.00 Cash/Surety.

National Crime Prevention Month. With a family’s daily school, work, sporting, and social event schedules, it is not uncommon for children today havetheir owncell phone.   While it’s comforting to know your children can call or text you at any time, it is important to make them aware of the responsibility that comes with having a cell phone. The following are some cell phone rules hopefully you will find helpful in teaching your child the do’s and don’ts of having a cell phone.  

 

  • Never write or forward a photo, or anything in a text, that you wouldn’t want forwarded to everyone in your school, your principal and your parents. Remember that everything you send can become public.
  • Always ask before you forward a text or photo. Be respectful. How would you feel if someone forwarded an unflattering photo of you?
  • Always ask before you take a photo or video. Even once someone has given you permission to take a photo, ask before you post it.
  • If someone asks you to send a sexy photo, remember that even with Snapchat (which "evaporates" the photo), the picture can be copied and forwarded to others. Anyone could see it -- every kid in the school, your teachers, your parents. It happens all the time to great kids. Just don't send it. And talk to your parents about it.
  • If you receive a sexy photo, immediately delete it from your phone, tell your parents or an adult you trust, and block the number so you can't receive more. Possession or distribution of sexual pictures of people who are underage is illegal. If the person who sent it to you asks why, just say "It's illegal. Let's talk instead."
  • Send appropriate texts, email, or picture messages only. Do not give out your address or other personal information on a phone call, text, Facebook, or email to people you don’t know, or if others can hear you.
  • Never respond to numbers, email, texts, pictures, or voicemails you don't recognize.
  • If you receive an unsolicited text, that's spam. Don't click on it. Instead, tell your parents so they can report the problem and have the caller blocked.
  • Don't download apps without your parents' permission. 
  • Don't spend your baby-sitting money all in one place. You don’t need more ringtones. Get unlimited texts so you don’t have to worry about budgeting.
  • Set up your charging station in the living room so your phone is not in your room at night.
  • No cell phones at the dining room table.
  • No cell phones out of your backpack while you're in class.  And of course turn the sound off.
  • Have a life. Don’t feel obligated to respond to texts right away and don’t text until homework is done, during dinner, or after 9 p.m.
  • L8R – Later! If you’re driving, turn off your cell phone and put it in a bag where you can’t reach it in the back seat. (Make sure you have directions before you start out.) Cars kill people.
  • Nothing replaces FtF. If a “friend” sends you a mean message, take a deep breath and turn off your phone. Talk to them the next day, Face to Face, about it. Never say anything via text that you wouldn’t say Face to Face.
  • Monitor your phone usage to prevent addiction. Our brains get a little rush of dopamine every time we interact with our phones, so every text you send or receive, every post or update, feels good. Why is that a problem? Because it can distract us from other things that are important but maybe not so immediately rewarding, like connecting with our families, doing our homework, and just thinking about life. To prevent addiction, make sure you block out time every day -- like while you have dinner and do homework -- when your phone is off. If you feel like that's too hard, talk to your parents about it and ask for their help. There are programs that prevent your phone from being used at times you designate.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

October 2, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

40 Alarms 15 Car/deer   accidents
22 Assist Citizen 22 Check well beings
25 Domestic disputes 31 Shoplifting complaints
24 Larcenies 15 Motorist Assists
25 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
32 Property damage   crashes 23 Suspicious   situations
20 Traffic hazards 369 Traffic stops
23 Traffic   violations 4 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,061 calls for service/events.

Personal Injury Accidents: 1) Head-on collision on Nashville Hwy just east of Mason Rd - One driver went to Sparrow Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The other driver was treated at the scene and released.  An eastbound pickup turned left into private drive and failed to yield to a westbound SUV.  2) A Deputy was traveling southbound on Elmwood in Delta Township when a vehicle came by at over 100 mph northbound on Elmwood.  The vehicle proceeded through the red light at Willow and was not able to negotiate the curve on Greenbriar and crashed in to a bi-level home and miraculously no one was hurt, and the driver didn’t suffer any life threatening injuries. 3)M50 and Vermontville - A female was eastbound on Vermontville and never stopped at the stop sign.  Fully loaded semi was southbound and had no chance to avoid her.  Female suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to sparrow.  The road was closed down for a little over an hour.   

National Crime Prevention Month. Last week focused on keeping your children safe in your neighborhood and Neighborhood Watch groups. To continue our series I want to give you information on internet safety.

Almost all children today have access to the Internet through schools, libraries, community centers, or their home. Not only do more children have access to the Internet than ever before, but they are using it more, too. Many schools incorporate the Internet into their curricula and encourage online research for projects. But that’s not all kids are doing online. They also email, chat with friends through instant messenger and in chat rooms, play games, create websites and web blogs, and just surf the ‘net. Even as kids grow savvier in their use of the Internet, it can still be a dangerous place. The good news is that most dangers can be avoided if children and their parents learn about smart Internet use.

Tips for Parents -

  • To guard against identity theft, never give out your Social Security number. Treat it as confidential information.
  • Commit all passwords to memory. Never write them down or carry them with you.
  • When using an ATM machine, make sure no one is hovering over you and can see you enter your password.
  • When participating in an online auction, try to pay the seller directly with a credit card so you can dispute the charges if the merchandise does not arrive or was misrepresented. If possible, avoid paying by check or money order.
  • Adopt an attitude of healthy skepticism toward websites that offer prizes or giveaways. Chances are, all that’s been “won” is the opportunity to buy something you didn’t want in the first place.
  • Choose a commercial online service that offers parental control features.
  • Tell your children never to give out their address telephone number password school name or any other personal information.
  • Make sure your children know to never agree to meet face-to-face with someone they’ve met online without discussing it with you. Only if you decide that it’s okay to meet their “cyber-friend” should they arrange to meet this person, and then the meeting should be in a familiar public place in the presence of a trusted adult.
  • Tell your children never to respond to messages that have bad words, are scary, or just seem weird.
  • Tell your children never to enter an area that charges for services without asking you first.
  • Tell children never send a picture of themselves to anyone without your permission.
  • Make sure that access to the Internet at your children’s school is monitored by adults.

Parents' Guide to Social Networking Websites

You’ve probably heard the names – MySpace.com, Facebook.com, Xanga.com. These are some of the top social networking websites that have become an online craze for teens and for many adults. You’ve probably also heard some stories about how pedophiles are surfing these pages for their next targets, or how teens are having their identities stolen after posting too much information online. The good news is that young people can protect themselves and their personal information easily, if they know how. As a parent, you can teach your children how to safely use social networking websites and make sure that they do. Below are some ways that you can protect your children and their personal information online.

Talk to your kids about the risks -

  • Explain that online information and images can live forever. It can be very hard and sometimes impossible to take down information that is posted, and photos and information may already have been copied and posted elsewhere.
  • Tell your children not to post any identifying information online. This includes their cell phone number, address, hometown, school name, and anything else that a stranger could use to locate them.
  • Explain that anyone in the world can access what they post online. Tell your children that some college admissions boards and employers are checking social networking sites before they admit students or hire people.
  • Remind your children never to give out their passwords to anyone but you – not even their friends. Explain that if someone has their password, they could post embarrassing and unsafe information about them on their personal pages and even pose as your children to talk to other people.
  • Make sure that children understand that some people they meet online may not be who they say they are. Explain that on the Internet many people are not truthful about their identity and may even pretend to be someone else. It’s important to stress that young people should never meet people face-to-face that they met online.

Protect them from dangers -

  • Most social networking websites require that young people be at least 13-years old, and sometimes even 18, to create an account. Don’t let younger children pretend to be older to use these websites.
  • MySpace and some other social networking websites let users set their profiles to private so that only their friends – usually defined as people that know their full name or email address – can contact them. Make sure younger teens’ profiles are set to private.
  • Go online with your children and have them show you all of their personal profiles. Ask to see some of their friends’ profiles too. If they have a blog or share photos online, ask to see them too.
  • Treat your children’s online activities like you do their offline ones. Ask questions about what they do, who their friends are, and if they have made any new friends.
  • Set clear rules that you can all agree on regarding what your children are allowed to do online. Make sure you decide if your children are allowed to post photos of themselves and open accounts without your permission.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

Weekly Update

September 25, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

30 Alarms 10 Car/deer   accidents
25 Assist Citizen 23 Check well beings
15 Domestic disputes 51 Shoplifting   complaints
19 Larcenies 12 Motorist Assists
21 Operating while   impaired 9 Personal injury   crashes
32 Property damage   crashes 23 Suspicious   situations
27 Traffic hazards 297 Traffic stops
39 Traffic   violations 8 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,021 calls for service/events.

October is National Crime Prevention Month. For the next few weeks I want to focus on giving you things you can do to keep your family safe in your neighborhood, on the internet, on their cell phones, and keeping your little goblins safe on Halloween.

 Neighborhood Safety Tips For Parents –

 Unfortunately no neighborhood is completely immune to crime. However, there are steps you can take to help keep your family and your neighborhood safe.

  • Know where your children are. Have your children tell you or ask permission before leaving the house and give them a time to check in or be home. When possible, have them leave a phone number of where they will be.
  • Help children learn important phone numbers. Have your children practice reciting their home phone number and address, and your work and cell phone numbers. If they have trouble memorizing these, write them down on a card and have them carry it at all times. Tell your children where you will be and the best way to reach you.
  • Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood. Do you want them crossing busy roads? Playing in alleys or abandoned buildings? Are there certain homes in your neighborhood that you don't want your children to go to?
  • Get to know your children's friends. Meet their parents before letting your children to go to their home and keep a list of their phone numbers. If you can't meet their parents, call and talk to them. Ask what your children might do at their house and if they will be supervised.
  • Choose a safe house in your neighborhood. Pick a neighbor's house where your children can go if they need help. Point out other places they can go for help, like stores, libraries, and police stations.
  • Teach children to settle arguments with words, not fists. Role-play talking out problems, walking away from fist fights, and what to do when confronted with bullies. Remind them that taunting and teasing can hurt friends and make enemies.
  • Work together with your neighbors. Watch out for suspicious and unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their children so you can look out for one another.

Neighborhood Watch -

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.
 
Sponsored by the
National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Neighborhood Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in response to requests from Sheriffs and Police Chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.
 
Launched in 1972, Neighborhood Watch counts on citizens to organize themselves and work with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities, while demonstrating their presence at all times of day and night. The program took off quickly: in just ten years, NSA data showed that 12 percent of the population was involved in a Neighborhood Watch. Neighborhood Watch works because it reduces opportunities for crime to occur; it doesn’t rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation.

For more information on starting your own Neighborhood Watch in your area, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office contact is Deputy VanCore. His phone number is 517-323-8482.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

September 18, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

32 Alarms 11 Assaults
30 Assist Citizen 21 Check well beings
20 Domestic disputes 67 Shoplifting complaints
14 Larcenies 6 Motorist Assists
29 Operating while   impaired 8 Personal injury   crashes
23 Property damage   crashes 22 Suspicious   situations
32 Traffic hazards 340 Traffic stops
32 Traffic   violations 8 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,039 calls for service/events.

With summer behind us, many households are back in their normal routines of getting the kids off to school, us off to work, staggered schedules with sporting events, etc. I felt it important to remind you of ways you can protect your home and your valuables during these extended times when there may not be anyone home. Home burglaries typically aren’t elaborate, well planned heists. Most of the time, burglars are simply looking for an easy mark: unlocked doors, empty houses, and valuables left in plain sight ripe for the picking.

#1: Lock Your Doors and Windows: It should go without saying, but it’s important to always lock your front and back doors, even when you’re home. Your windows should be closed when you’re not home, and you should lock them as soon as they are closed. Also consider the security of your garage door, which can also allow access into your home. Don’t just hand over your key, either. Avoid leaving a spare key out where a burglar can simply pick up a rock and discover it. Instead, give a spare key to a trusted neighbor who you can visit to gain access.

#2: Show Signs of Life: Burglars prefer to hit homes where no one is home — and even better if no one has been at home for a while. That means they can take their time getting in, taking what they want, and getting out. Take a look at your front yard. If you’ve got overgrown grass, a full mailbox, and a few papers to pick up, you’re sending a message to burglars that no one is home. If you’re going to be away from home, ask for help from neighbors or hire a service to cut your grass or shovel snow so that it appears you’re still home, and ask a neighbor or friend to stop by and collect mail and packages. It’s also a good idea to use a timing device around the clock and especially when you won’t be home.

#3: Always Answer Your Door: When your door bell rings, you never know who is on the other side of the door. A burglar could be dressed as a solicitor or repair person while attempting to gain access to your home. And while you certainly don’t want to open the door and allow them to come in, it’s not smart to simply ignore them. Why? Often, burglars will ring the door bell first to see if someone is home. And if you don’t answer, you’re telling them the house is empty — and free to explore.

Use your peephole to see who is there, and if you’re not expecting them or don’t recognize them, simply tell them you’re not interested. They may continue to engage with you to encourage you to open the door, but at this point, you’ve done your part: you let them know you are home and that your house is no longer an easy target.

#4: Hide Your Valuables: If you have a nice camera, large TV, multiple mobile devices, jewelry, or other valuables within sight, burglars may see your home as an attractive target. Move items away from the view of windows that you may open, or simply keep shades or blinds in easy to see places closed. Consider frosting your garage door windows if you have them. Also, don’t leave valuable items like bicycles in your front yard. If you make a big purchase like a TV, avoid putting the empty box out as is with your recycling. Break it down, turn it inside out, and try to fit it in the bin with the rest of your recyclables.  

#5: Make Entry Points Unattractive: Burglars love a hidden door or window. That means if you have lots of shrubbery or trees near your windows, or if your front door is blocked from view, you’re more likely to be burglarized than your neighbors without these issues. You can’t move your front door, but you can install lighting. Make sure that your doors, both front and back, are well lit. Ideally, you should install motion sensing lights that call attention to the presence of movement. Around windows and fences, trim back any shrubbery that might make it easy for a burglar to hide or gain access. Motion sensing lights are useful in these areas as well. Also, consider thorny shrubs around windows that will make it not just unattractive, but painful for burglars to gain entry into your home.

#6: Store Valuables Away from Your Master Bedroom: Usually, the master bedroom is the first place a burglar will look for valuables. They’ll see if you have cash or valuables like jewelry in your nightstand, and rifle through the rest of your belongings for electronics, guns, drugs, and more. Burglars are less likely to look in your attic, basement, hall closets, or kitchen. Even childrens’ bedrooms are often bypassed, particularly young children who probably don’t have electronics in their rooms. Don’t think you’re being clever by hiding valuables in the freezer, however. Burglars have known that trick for years. Your best bet is to get a home safe that is bolted securely to your home. Make it easy for you to access, like in your basement or even in a hall closet, but make sure it isn’t easy to remove.
 
#7: Never Give Clues You Won’t Be Home: Serious burglars watch your patterns, read your social media, and keep an eye out for cars, work schedules, and other details to find their best opportunity to find an open, empty house. If you have a garage, use it. Parking in your garage makes it difficult for a burglar to know when you’re home and when you’re not. If there’s never a car in the driveway, the absence of one doesn’t tell them that you’re not home — it just tells them things are normal.

If you leave for work and return at the exact same time every day, burglars know just how long they have to get in and out before you make it home. Consider breaking routines on a regular basis to show any burglars who might be watching that you could come home and discover them at any time.

Don’t send out a message online that you won’t be home as well. It’s fun to discuss your travel plans, but keep in mind that by doing so, you could be broadcasting to burglars that your home will be empty and easy to access. 
 
#8: Get a Best Friend: If you can’t be home yourself, a dog is the next best thing. Large breeds are the most intimidating to burglars, as they can be more dangerous if they attack, but regardless of size, any dog that barks is a problem for burglars. Already have a dog at home? Consider getting a Beware of Dog sign to let burglars know that they won’t be opening up an empty house.

These are eight of the easiest ways to make your home unattractive to burglars. They’re either free or low cost, and often, just require simple, easy tweaks that don’t take a lot of effort.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

September 11, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

26 Alarms 17 Car/deer   accidents
23 Assist Citizen 23 Check well beings
22 Domestic disputes 15 Shoplifting   complaints
20 Larcenies 9 Motorist Assists
16 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
20 Property damage   crashes 27 Suspicious   situations
19 Traffic hazards 276 Traffic stops
19 Traffic   violations 3 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 912 calls for service/events.

With school back in session, many of our children will be home from school before we get home from work. I want to share with you home safety tips for kids and parents that I found at Homesecurityresource.org.  

Home safety alert for kids: Follow these tips to stay safe and secure at home, whether you’re home alone or home with your family.

  • Always lock the door behind you. Keep your key safely in your pocket when you’re not at home.
  • Learn how to use your home security system.
  • Never enter your home if the door or windows are broken.
  • If you notice a stranger breaking in, find a safe place to hide and call 911 immediately.
  • Ask your parents to set up a code word for safety.
  • Never open the door for strangers or tell a caller that you’re home alone.
  • Create an emergency safety kit with a flashlight, first aid supplies, and a battery powered radio.
  • Practice calling 911, including sharing your name, address, and phone number.
  • Call 911 if there is a burglar, someone is hurt, or there is a fire.
  • Memorize and practice dialing important phone numbers, like your mom and dad’s cell phone numbers.
  • Create a safe evacuation plan for a fire or other emergency with your parents.
  • Never post on social media that you’re home alone or going out of town. Do not share your address on social media.

For Parents: With this home security guide for kids, you can go over the basics of home security with your children. Follow these tips to make the most of the guide and keep your children safe.

  • Make a plan: Tell children what they should do in an emergency, such as hide from burglars, evacuate during a fire, and call 911 if there’s an emergency. Children should know the safest way to escape from their home.
  • Practice and write down important phone numbers: Work with your child to help them memorize your cell phone number and 911. For other numbers, write them down in a place that’s easy to find and make sure they know where it is.
  • Show them how to use your home security system: Make sure children      know how to arm and disarm your home security system properly so that they can use it, particularly if they are home alone. At the very least, show children how to use a panic button or call for help.
  • Make arrangements with a trusted neighbor: If your child will be home alone for any period, talk to a neighbor you trust about being a resource for them in case of emergency. Tell your children that if there’s a serious problem, they can go to your neighbor’s house for help.
  • Create a code word: Talk with your child to create a code word that others can use to indicate that they’re safe to talk to. This is useful for friends, family, and neighbors that might need to visit your home or drive your child somewhere.
  • Put together a safety kit: Ask your child to help you gather items for a home security and safety kit, including a first aid kit, radio, flashlight, and important emergency numbers.
  • Establish rules for checking in: Another important tip for children at home is making sure they know how and when to check in with you. Create and agree to guidelines together about when they’ll call you, such as when they get home, if someone knocks on the door, and when friends want to come over.
  • Set guidelines for social media:  For older children, make sure they’re clear on what is and isn’t OK to post on social media, such as your home address and travel plans.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

September 4, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

29 Alarms 6 Car/deer   accidents
20 Assist Citizen 13 Check well beings
18 Domestic disputes 23 Shoplifting complaints
15 Larcenies 14 Motorist Assists
20 Operating while   impaired 11 Personal injury   crashes
26 Property damage   crashes 27 Suspicious   situations
23 Traffic hazards 341 Traffic stops
38 Traffic   violations 6 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,003 calls for service/events.

International Drug Overdose Day – Sadly drug overdoses are so much on the rise worldwide that August 31st was declared International Drug Overdose Day to raise awareness of this epidemic that has taken the lives of thousands of loved ones.   The following is important information that will hopefully raise your awareness and save a life:

What is an overdose? An overdose means having too much of a drug (or combination of drugs) for your body to be able to cope with. All drugs can cause an overdose, including prescription medication prescribed by a doctor. It is important to know your correct dosage, what drugs definitely should not be mixed, and know to seek help if you feel you are not in control of your drug use.

Depressant overdose: Opioids, benzodiazepines & barbiturates (medical Depressants), and alcohol all slow the central nervous system to produce a calming effect. These substances are often prescribed to relieve pain, help you sleep, or in the case of alcohol, used recreationally when socializing. Opioids are narcotics and include oxycodone and hydromorphone. Fentanyl, methadone, morphine and heroin are all opiates.

Benzodiazepines are used medically to reduce anxiety, help people sleep and to relax the body. They include diazepam or Valium, oxazepam or Serepax , alprazolam or Xanax and a number of other drugs. Taken in high doses or in conjunction with alcohol they are responsible for many overdoses.

Signs of depressant drug overdose (e.g. heroin, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, and methadone) include:

  • shallow breathing or not breathing at all
  • snoring or gurgling sounds (this can mean that a person’s airway is partly blocked)
  • blue lips or fingertips
  • floppy arms and legs
  • no response to stimulus
  • disorientation
  • unrousable (can’t be woken up) unconsciousness.

If you can’t get a response from someone, don’t assume they are asleep. Not all overdoses happen quickly and sometimes it can take hours for someone to die. Action taken in those hours could save a life. This is a medical emergency: call the ambulance immediately if you can’t rouse them.

Alcohol poisoning/overdose: Generally people do not automatically think of alcohol when they think of overdose, but alcohol is a depressant and it is all too possible to overdose on it. Acute alcohol poisoning, which is usually a result of binge drinking, is an example. Our bodies can process about one unit of alcohol an hour. If you drink a lot quickly the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream (blood alcohol concentration, or BAC) may become dangerously high, which can stop your body from working properly.

Signs of alcohol intoxication to the point of overdose include:

  • disorientation
  • loss of coordination
  • vomiting
  • seizures
  • irregular or slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
  • blue-tinged or pale skin
  • low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • stupor (being conscious but unresponsive)
  • unconsciousness (passing out).

Stimulant overdose: It is possible to overdose on amphetamines such as speed and ice. Amphetamine overdose increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, seizure or drug-induced psychotic episodes. Amphetamine overdoses look different from an Opioid overdose; signs and symptoms include:

  • chest pain
  • disorientation/confusion
  • severe headache
  • seizures
  • high temperature (overheating, but not sweating)
  • difficulty breathing
  • agitation and paranoia
  • hallucinations
  • unconsciousness.

The Opioid epidemic has been increasingly in the news nationally and locally. For many of our own families here in Eaton County this epidemic has hit close to home. I hope this information will help you in recognizing a potential problem you may see with a loved one and be able to intervene in saving their life.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 

AUGUST 2017

Weekly Update

August 28, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

32 Alarms 6 Car/deer   accidents
15 Assist Citizen 13 Check well beings
20 Domestic disputes 22 Shoplifting complaints
23 Larcenies 15 Citizen Assists
17 Operating while   impaired 13 Personal   injury crashes
34 Property damage   crashes 61 Suspicious   situations/Subjects/Vehicles
19 Traffic hazards 285 Traffic stops
29 Traffic   violations 1 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 975 calls for service/events.

As responsible drivers, we all know we share the road with not only other vehicles, but also with those riding motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, etc. Even though we all watch out for each other, accidents do happen. This time of year there are organizations conducting bike-a-thons and families out for an evening bike ride enjoying their time together. Please read the following 10 rules of the road for driving near bicyclists. This was published by Edmonds.com:

1. Appreciate Bicyclist Vulnerability: A car weighs 2 tons or so, while the average bike is a mere 20 pounds. In any collision between car and bike, the bike always loses.

2. Know Bicyclists' Rights: Drivers sometimes have little idea of the traffic laws that apply to bicyclists. Bicycles in the roadway are considered vehicles.  Cyclists 10 years and older should behave as though they were vehicles on the street, riding in the same direction as other traffic that's going their way and following the same traffic rules. Always look carefully for bicyclists before turning left or right, merging into bicycle lanes and opening doors next to moving traffic. Respect the right of way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with you.

3. Adjust That Attitude: Motorists tend to think of cyclists as ''in their way," but they should think of them as equals, just as entitled to the roadway as drivers are. Drivers who get impatient with bicyclists might want to stop for a moment and think about the human being on that bike. What if that rider was my friend, a friend of a friend, or a neighbor? Somehow, seeing bicyclists that way makes people a little more patient.

4. Consider the Benefits of Bicycling — for Drivers: One cyclist on the road is one less car. Cyclists don't wear out the road.

5. Spare Them the Right Hook: Intersections are venues for serious car-cycle collisions. Drivers making right turns, especially, should watch out for cyclists. A cyclist may be a little behind and to the right of you, and may be planning to ride straight ahead. If you don't signal your right turn, you could wind up hitting each other, with the point of contact somewhere on your car's right side. If you are trying to figure out if a nearby cyclist is planning to turn right, look for his raised left hand in a squared position , or an extended right hand.

6. Beware the Left Turn: A driver trying to make a left turn sees an oncoming bicyclist, but the driver figures he has plenty of time to complete the turn. Sometimes, that's not true. After a collision, a driver often says he didn't realize the cyclist was going that fast. Exercise the same caution as you would for an approaching vehicle.

7. Give Cyclists 3 Feet of Clearance: More than 20 states have passed laws requiring motorists to give bicycles on the roadway about 3 feet of space. Bike riders really appreciate that, and the 3-foot rule helps drivers by giving them a concrete frame of reference. It's also best for drivers to pass bicycles slowly and smoothly. The motorist's tendency is to speed up and get by the cyclists as quickly as possible. It's pretty unnerving when you are on a bike and a car accelerates. You can also spare cyclists' nerves by honking sparingly.

8. Look Around — but Not at Your Phone: Drivers who have hit cyclists almost always say the same frightening, sobering thing: "I never saw him before I hit him." If drivers only expect other cars on the road, they're setting themselves up for dangerous interactions. Start looking out for everybody, including other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

9. Look Before You Exit Your Car: Cyclists are terrified of being "doored." Imagine a rider pedaling along next to a row of parked cars. Suddenly, a driver flings her door open. The impact can send the cyclist flying, and riders have died when they've been thrown into traffic. Before you open the door, look out the side view mirror on the driver side and be sure no one is approaching.

10. Accept That Bicyclists Are Here To Stay: Bicycling is on the rise. People are taking it up for exercise or to reduce commuting costs.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


 

Weekly Update

August 21, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

26 Alarms 7 Car/deer   accidents
20 Assist Citizen 17 Check well beings
25 Domestic disputes 59 Shoplifting complaints
20 Larcenies 20 Citizen Assists
21 Operating while   impaired 9 Personal injury   crashes
22 Property damage   crashes 34 Suspicious   situations
27 Traffic hazards 215 Traffic stops
35 Traffic   violations 7 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 925 calls for service/events.

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY ALERT:  STOPPING FOR SCHOOL BUS AND OTHER SAFETY TIPS

With schools starting across Michigan, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know the laws for school buses. Passing a school bus that is loading or unloading students is prohibited under any circumstances. The law requires motorists to come to a complete stop at least 20 feet from a school bus whenever a bus is stopped and employing the use of its two red flashing signals. The driver may proceed once the bus resumes motion.

Tips for Motorists:

  • Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights flashing.
  • The law now requires motorists to come to a complete stop at least 20 feet from a school bus whenever a bus is stopped and employing the use of its two red flashing signals. The driver may proceed once the bus resumes motion.
  • Never pass a school bus when children are loading or unloading. That is the Law!
  • Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.
  • If you live in an area where there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.
  • Be more aware of children playing near school bus stops.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Put down your phone – don’t talk or text while driving!

Tips for Students

  • Always arrive at the bus stop early.
  • Prior to boarding, wait until the bus has some to a complete stop, the door is opened and the bus driver says that it’s OK to board.
  • Once on board proceed quickly to your seat and stay sitting until the bus arrives at your school or other drop off location.
  • Do not move around on the bus.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus. Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • If you are walking beside the bus, make sure you are at least 10 feet (10 “giant” steps) away.
  • Take extra precaution to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door.
  • Never stop to pick something up you have dropped while the bus is stopped. Wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver.

Traveling to and from School

  • Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.
  • Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.
  • Teach your child never to talk to strangers, accept rides from strangers or accept gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.
  • Be sure your child walks to and from school or the bus stop with a sibling, friend or neighbor.
  • Teach your kids – whether walking, biking or riding the bus to school – to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.
  • When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don’t leave until they are in the schoolyard or building.
  • If your child bikes to school make sure he wears a helmet that meets safety standards. Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%.
  • If your child rides a scooter to school, make sure she wears sturdy shoes, a  helmet, kneepads and elbow pads. Children under 12 should not ride motorized scooters.
  • Be sure your child knows his or her home (or parents’ cellular) phone number(s) and address. They should also know where you work, your work phone number, the phone number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

August 14, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

35 Alarms 6 Car/deer   accidents
23 Assist Citizen 19 Check well beings
17 Domestic disputes 58 Shoplifting complaints
17 Larcenies 14 Motorist Assists
11 Operating while   impaired 3 Personal injury   crashes
19 Property damage   crashes 17 Suspicious   situations
21 Traffic hazards 245 Traffic stops
38 Traffic   violations 9 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 931 calls for service/events.

With summer in full swing, the Labor Day holiday weekend fast approaching, and gas prices at record lows, more families than ever are taking to the roads. This is a perfect opportunity to remind you of the following Child Passenger Safety Tips provided by the Michigan State Police:

More than 70 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly and more than half of all kids who should use a booster seat do not.  Correctly used car seats can reduce the risk of death and injury in a traffic crash by more than 50 percent.

Here are some quick tips to ensure your children are riding safely:

  • Children      should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2 years old.
  • Children      2 years or older should ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness      until they outgrow the weight or height limits of the car seat.
  • The      car seat harness should be snug to the body and the chest clip at arm-pit      level.
  • Booster      seats are for big kids! Kids need a booster seat until they are at least      4’9” tall or eight-years-old.
  • Always      buckle everyone up - - every ride, every time.

Remember, never purchase or borrow a used car seat that:

  • Has      been involved in a crash
  • Has      been recalled
  • Has      no date of manufacture and/or model number
  • Has      expired (typically after six years)
  • Is      damaged or missing parts

For more information on child passenger safety or to find a car seat check near you, visit http://www.michigan.gov/msp

Another item provided by the Michigan State Police I wanted to make you aware of is Ensuring Complete Family Readiness by Creating a Pet Preparedness Kit. Many families have taken the advice of the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) by adopting and practicing actions to be taken in an emergency situation and making emergency preparedness kits for the family. How many have thought about creating an emergency preparedness kit for their pets to ensure complete family readiness during an emergency or disaster?

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more than 50 percent of households in the United Sates include pets.  This means it is important to plan ahead for their safety in the event of an emergency or disaster. 

To create a pet preparedness kit, gather the following items and place them in a safe location that is easily accessible:

  • Food      (your pet's regular food)
  • Water
  • Leash      and collar
  • Bowls
  • Photo      of your pet or some other identification and a photo of you with your pet
  • Medication      your pet needs
  • Immunization      and vet records (keep both updated)
  • First      aid kit
  • Contact      list of pet-friendly hotels, veterinarians and out-of-town friends and      family
  • Toys,      rope and sanitation bags
  • Pet      carrier

To learn more about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to www.michigan.gov/miready.

 

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

August 7, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

36 Alarms 10 Car/deer   accidents
24 Assist Citizen 18 Check well beings
18 Domestic disputes 50 Shoplifting complaints
29 Larcenies 16 Motorist Assists
18 Operating while   impaired 10 Personal injury   crashes
31 Property damage   crashes 32 Suspicious   situations
29 Traffic hazards 286 Traffic stops
32 Traffic   violations 10 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,031 calls for service/events.

It will be back to school time for many of our area school districts within the next few weeks. What better time to remind students and drivers of school bus safety. Whether you are riding a school bus or sharing the roadway with them, please take a few minutes to review the following safety tips with the students and drivers in your home.

School Bus Safety -

School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Riding in a school bus is safer than walking, riding a bicycle, or being driven to school in private vehicles.

The majority of bus-related deaths and injuries involve pedestrians-mostly children-who are struck by a bus or injured when they are exiting the bus to cross traffic.

School bus safety tips for drivers:

  • Prepare to stop when a slowing bus has its      overhead yellow lights flashing
  • Stop at least 20 feet away for buses when      red lights are flashing, unless driving in the opposite direction on a      divided highway
  • Slow down in or near school and      residential areas
  • Look for clues-such as safety patrols,      crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds-that indicate children might be      in the area
  • Watch for children between parked cars and      other objects

School buses are like traffic signals:

  • When overhead lights are flashing yellow:      Prepare to stop
  • When overhead lights are flashing red:      Stop
  • When hazard warning lights are flashing:      Proceed with caution

School bus safety tips for students:

  • Always stay in sight of the bus driver
  • Don't hurry off the bus; check traffic      first
  • Don't go back to the bus after exiting

Crosswalk Safety tips for drivers:

  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
  • Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

July 2017

 

Weekly Update

July 31, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

37 Alarms 11 Disorderly   Persons
28 Assist Citizen 28 Check well beings
11 Domestic disputes 31 Shoplifting complaints
26 Larcenies 16 Motorist Assists
25 Operating while   impaired 6 Personal injury   crashes
28 Property damage   crashes 28 Suspicious   situations
26 Traffic hazards 224 Traffic stops
38 Traffic   violations 11 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 990 calls for service/events.

The Secretary of State recently published an important article entitled Sharing the Road with Commercial Vehicles. Whether you are running errands, enjoying a weekend get-a-way with family, or taking that much-deserved vacation, you very likely will encounter commercial vehicles. Please take a few moments to read through the following reminders:

 

Sharing the road is key to safe driving, especially in the case of commercial motor vehicles. In crashes involving large trucks, the occupants of a car are much more likely to sustain injuries and fatalities. 

Keep these tips for driving around commercial motor vehicles in mind to help you safely share the road:

  • Commercial      vehicle drivers may not be able to see traffic directly in front of,      alongside, or close behind their vehicles. Large commercial trucks have      blind spots or “no zones,” spaces in which motorists should not linger      because they are not readily visible to the commercial driver. By hanging      out in a commercial vehicle’s “no zones,” you are essentially hidden from      the truck driver and this increases the chances that the truck could hit      you when it is changing lanes or turning. These “no zones” are in the      front, behind, and on both sides of the commercial vehicle. Stay out of      the “no zones.”
  • Commercial      vehicle drivers cannot stop or maneuver their vehicles as easily as a      passenger vehicle. They take longer to stop. A passenger vehicle traveling      at 55 mph can stop in about 130 feet to 140 feet. A commercial vehicle      traveling at the same speed takes 400 feet to stop.
  • Commercial      vehicles need room to make right turns. They may swing wide to the left to      safely negotiate a right turn. When you see a commercial vehicle with its      right turn signal on at an intersection, know that the truck is going to      make a wide right turn. Do not try to pass on the right-hand side or you      might get squeezed between the truck and the curb. With these dangers in      mind, stay behind trucks making right turns. 
  • Stay      behind the white stopping lines. They are there for a reason. If you stop      past the line, commercial vehicles will not be able to complete their      turns without hitting you.

These factors are the result of size and weight differences between the two types of vehicles, but vehicle size and weight do not cause crashes – drivers do.

Remember to:

•    Keep a safe distance behind a truck or bus. Following a commercial vehicle too closely greatly increases the chances of a rear-end collision. When your passenger vehicle is right behind a commercial vehicle, the driver cannot see it and it severely limits what you can see on the road ahead. Extend the distance between your vehicle and a commercial vehicle as weather or road conditions deteriorate.

•    When following a commercial vehicle, observe its turn signals before trying to pass. Cutting in between a commercial vehicle and the curb or shoulder to the right may result in a crash. If the commercial vehicle appears to be starting a left turn, wait and verify which way the driver is signaling before passing on the right.

•    Signal intended lane changes or turns well in advance. Never cut off a commercial vehicle, force it to slow down or stop suddenly.

•    Be careful when passing a commercial vehicle. Often, commercial vehicle drivers cannot see you. Allow enough time and distance to pass safely.

•    Roundabouts: Try not to pass or drive next to large vehicles.

•    Pass commercial vehicles on the left side and maintain a consistent speed when passing. Be sure you can see the entire cab of the truck in your rearview mirror before signaling and pulling in front of the commercial vehicle.

•    When passing a commercial vehicle or when one passes you, keep both hands on the steering wheel. Trucks can create strong air flow and draft when traveling at high speeds.

•    Never cross behind a commercial vehicle that is preparing to back up or is backing up. Remember, most trailers are eight-and-a-half feet wide and can hide a car completely, preventing the truck driver from even seeing your vehicle.

•    Stay behind the white stopping lines. They are there for a reason. If you stop past the line, commercial vehicles will not be able to complete their turns without hitting you.

•    When merging onto the freeway, commercial vehicles may not be able to move over, so match the flow of traffic as closely as possible, pick your spot and go.

•    When exiting the freeway, leave space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Plan your move early and always signal your intentions as soon as possible.

  • Be even more careful passing a truck with a trailer. Often, a driver must swing out to the left or right before making a turn. The driver may not see you and could force you off the road.
  • Slow down if a truck or bus is passing you, especially during bad weather. Splash or spray from their tires can reduce visibility. Start your wipers before the vehicle passes.

•    At night, use your low beams when following a truck or bus.

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

July 24, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

27 Alarms 13 Drug Offenses
21 Assist Citizen 23 Check well beings
10 Domestic disputes 48 Shoplifting complaints
19 Larcenies 20 Motorist Assists
28 Operating while   impaired 12 Personal injury   crashes
21 Property damage   crashes 29 Suspicious   situations
19 Traffic hazards 253 Traffic stops
30 Traffic   violations 19 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 989 calls for service/events.

The Michigan Sheriff’s Association wants to make sure the citizens of Michigan are aware of financial scams targeting seniors. From the National Council on Aging, here is the Top 10 list: 

  1. Medicare/health insurance scams. In these types of scams, perpetrators may pose as a Medicare representative to get older people to give them their personal information, or they will provide bogus services for elderly people at makeshift mobile clinics, then use the personal information they provide to bill Medicare and pocket the money.

2.  Counterfeit prescription drugs. Most commonly, counterfeit drug scams operate on the Internet, where seniors increasingly go to find better prices on specialized medications.  The danger is that besides paying money for something that will not help a person’s medical condition, victims may purchase unsafe substances that can inflict even more harm.

3.  Funeral & cemetery scams. Scammers read obituaries and call or attend the funeral service of a complete stranger to take advantage of the grieving widow or widower. Claiming the deceased had an outstanding debt with them, scammers will try to extort money from relatives to settle the fake debts.

In one common scam of this type, funeral directors will insist that a casket, usually one of the most expensive parts of funeral services, is necessary even when performing a direct cremation, which can be accomplished with a cardboard casket rather than an expensive display or burial casket.

4.  Fraudulent anti-aging products. In a society bombarded with images of the young and beautiful, it’s not surprising that some older people feel the need to conceal their age in order to participate more fully in social circles and the workplace. After all, 60 is the new 40, right? Whether it’s fake Botox like the one in Arizona that netted its distributors (who were convicted and jailed in 2006) $1.5 million in barely a year, or completely bogus homeopathic remedies that do absolutely nothing, there is money in the anti-aging business.

5.  Telemarketing/phone scams. Perhaps the most common scheme is when scammers use fake telemarketing calls to prey on older people.  With no face-to-face interaction, and no paper trail, these scams are incredibly hard to trace. Also, once a successful deal has been made, the buyer’s name is then shared with similar schemers looking for easy targets, sometimes defrauding the same person repeatedly.

Examples of telemarketing fraud include:  The pigeon drop - The con artist tells the individual that he/she has found a large sum of money and is willing to split it if the person will make a “good faith” payment by withdrawing funds from his/her bank account. Often, a second con artist is involved, posing as a lawyer, banker, or some other trustworthy stranger. The fake accident or arrest ploy - The con artist gets the victim to wire or send money on the pretext that the person’s child or another relative is in the hospital or in jail sometimes in a foreign tourist destination and needs the money. Charity scams - Money is solicited for fake charities. This often occurs after natural disasters.

6.  Internet fraud. Pop-up browser windows simulating virus-scanning software will fool victims into either downloading a fake anti-virus program (at a substantial cost) or an actual virus that will open up whatever information is on the user’s computer to scammers. Their unfamiliarity with the less visible aspects of browsing the web (firewalls and built-in virus protection, for example) make seniors especially susceptible to such traps.  Email/phishing scams - A senior receives email messages that appear to be from a legitimate company or institution, asking them to “update” or “verify” their personal information. A senior receives emails that appear to be from the IRS about a tax refund.

7.  Investment schemes. Because many seniors find themselves planning for retirement and managing their savings once they finish working, a number of investment schemes have been targeted at seniors looking to safeguard their cash for their later years. From pyramid schemes like Bernie Madoff’s (which counted a number of senior citizens among its victims) to fables of a Nigerian prince looking for a partner to claim inheritance money to complex financial products that many economists don’t even understand, investment schemes have long been a successful way to take advantage of older people.

8.   Homeowner/reverse mortgage scams. Scammers like to take advantage of the fact that many people above a certain age own their homes. A particularly elaborate property tax scam in San Diego saw fraudsters sending personalized letters on behalf of the County Assessor’s Office. The letter, made to look official but displaying only public information, would identify the property’s assessed value and offer the homeowner, for a fee of course, to arrange for a reassessment of the property’s value and therefore the tax burden associated with it.

Closely related, there is the potential for a reverse mortgage borrower to be scammed. Scammers can take advantage of older adults who have recently unlocked equity in their homes.  Those considering reverse mortgages should be cognizant of people in their lives pressuring them to obtain a reverse mortgage, or those that stand to benefit from the borrower accessing equity, such as home repair companies who approach the older adult directly.

9.  Sweepstakes & lottery scams. Scammers inform their mark that they have won a lottery or sweepstakes of some kind and need to make some sort of payment to unlock the supposed prize. Often, seniors will be sent a check that they can deposit in their bank account, knowing that while it shows up in their account immediately, it will take a few days before the (fake) check is rejected. During that time, the criminals will quickly collect money for supposed fees or taxes on the prize, which they pocket while the victim has the “prize money” removed from his or her account as soon as the check bounces.

10. The grandparent scam. Scammers will place a call to an older person and when the mark picks up, they will say something along the lines of: “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?” When the unsuspecting grandparent guesses the name of the grandchild the scammer most sounds like, the scammer has established a fake identity without having done a lick of background research. Once “in,” the fake grandchild will usually ask for money to solve some unexpected financial problem (overdue rent, payment for car repairs, etc.), to be paid via Western Union or MoneyGram, which don’t always require identification to collect. At the same time, the scam artist will beg the grandparent “please don’t tell my parents, they would kill me.”

If you suspect you’ve been the victim of a scam, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it with someone you trust. You are not alone, and there are people who can help. Doing nothing could only make it worse. Keep handy the phone numbers and resources you can turn to, including the local police, your bank (if money has been taken from your accounts), and Adult Protective Services. To obtain the contact information for Adult Protective Services in your area, call the Eldercare Locator, a government sponsored national resource line, at: 1-800-677-1116, or visit their website at: www.eldercare.gov.

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


 

Weekly Update

July 17, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

42 Alarms 15 Car/deer   accidents
24 Assist Citizen 25 Check well beings
21 Domestic disputes 49 Shoplifting complaints
24 Larcenies 19 Motorist Assists
19 Operating while   impaired 8 Personal injury   crashes
25 Property damage   crashes 31 Suspicious   situations
17 Traffic hazards 240 Traffic stops
33 Traffic   violations 9 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 967 calls for service/events.

With summer activities in full swing, there are more drivers than ever on Michigan roads and many of these are our teens. The Secretary of State has recently published a couple helpful items relating to teen drivers and parents of teen drivers that I didn’t want you to miss out on.

First are some tips from the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) offering resources to Michigan parents insuring teenage drivers. Insuring a teenage driver can be a significant additional cost for parents. Because statistics show that drivers under the age of 25 are involved in more car accidents, families with young drivers pay noticeably higher auto insurance premiums.

“Obtaining a driver’s license is an exciting time for teens. Along with this excitement and freedom comes the responsibility of operating a car,” said DIFS Director Patrick McPharlin. DIFS understands insurance can be hard to navigate and offers the following tips when insuring your teenage driver:

Notify your insurance agent/company when your teenager becomes a licensed driver.
Failure to notify your insurer could result in your insurance company retroactively rating your policy back to your most recent renewal date for the additional driver, causing a large amount of premium being owed on your next premium billing notice. Your insurer could also deny a claim or cancel your policy if you fail to notify them about all licensed drivers in the household, including teenage drivers.

Shop around.
Some insurance companies require that they be notified once a driver receives a learner’s permit, while others require notification when a driver receives their license. It is important to check with your insurance agent to find out your company’s requirements.

Look into all discounts available to you.
Making sure you have all the discounts offered by your insurance company could help minimize the impact of the addition of a teenage driver.

Consider revising your family’s coverage or deductibles.
You may be able to lower your premium by increasing the deductibles on collision and comprehensive coverage or by removing physical damage coverage on an older vehicle.

For more information on insuring your teen driverwhat teen drivers should know,  or general automobile insurance information or for more information about DIFS or the services provided, please visit the website at www.michigan.gov/difs, follow them on Twitter or “Like” them on Facebook.  

Secondly,   I wanted to let you know about the Parent's   Supervised Driving Guide. The Parent's Supervised Driving Guide   provides a practical and detailed instruction plan to help parents and their   teen drivers get the most out of the supervised driving requirement under   Michigan's Graduated Driving Licensing law. The material is designed for   behind-the-wheel supervision so it is clear, concise and easily put into   practice. 
   
  The guide begins with basic skills such as moving, stopping and steering and   progresses to more advanced skills such as anticipating the actions of other   drivers and avoiding crashes. It provides parents with the tools and   information they need to effectively coach their teen driver through the   complex task of learning to drive safely.
   
  This guide was created to address a need to improve roadway safety and teen   driving behaviors nationwide. In Michigan, this free guide is available to   parents and teens as a resource to enhance the required supervised driving   process. The underwriting by 
State Farm ® covers 100 percent of the   program's cost and allows them to share in the mission to improve teen   drivers' safety. 
   
  A copy of the guide is being provided to parents through Secretary of State   offices when they bring their teen in for a Graduated Level 1 Learner's   License. The guide is also available in 
PDF format
for anyone, including parents   that would like an additional copy or whose teen is already licensed.
 
 

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

July 10, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

49 Alarms 9 Car/deer   accidents
23 Assist   Citizen 25 Check   well beings
26 Domestic   disputes 24 Shoplifting   complaints
24 Larcenies 21 Motorist   Assists
18 Operating   while impaired 14 Personal   injury crashes
33 Property   damage crashes 38 Suspicious   situations
69 Traffic   hazards 250 Traffic   stops
38 Traffic   violations 7 Vacation   checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,074 calls for service/events.

This is so important that we had to share this article that recently appeared in USA Today - It's not easy to spot a drowning child. Know the signs.

Drowning usually happens quickly and quietly.  

It is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S., and about one in five people who die of drowning are children 14 and younger, the CDC reports. Black children are the most at risk, according to a 2014 report

As families flock to pools and beaches this season, safety experts caution parents to be aware and watchful of their children. It's not easy to spot a child in need. Just take a look at spotthedrowningchild.com.   Stephanie Shook, senior manager instructor for Engagement & Quality Assurance for the American Red Cross, said it's easy for parents and supervisors to be distracted.  "Swimming is a really fun, healthy activity, but the deal is is that it takes place in a body of water that could take your life," she said. In the time it takes to post to Facebook, a person could miss a drowning.

Shook shared these signs of active drowning, when a person only has seconds before dying:

Silence. A child who is hyperventilating won't be screaming for help. They will be gasping for breath. Shook said to look at children's faces for panic or concern.

Head tilted back: Instinctively, the child will be trying to keep airways clear of water. While their body might be in a vertical position, water might be covering most of their face. 

Arms moving downward: "They are trying to get a hold of something that’s not there," Shook said. She described this movement like someone pushing up off a desk as they stand up from a chair. 

Floating face-down: Shook said if someone's body is horizontal and face-down for 30 seconds or more, be concerned. Don't mistake it for purposeful floating.

Also, keep an eye on kids jumping into the water. What Shook calls "plunge-downers" could cause the quickest drownings. This is when someone jumps into the water and doesn't come back up. That could be a child who might not know how to swim or even someone who can swim but hit an object going down. In these cases, drowning could happen immediately. 

These are the distress signs to look for (moments before an active drowning):

Wall-crawling: A child clinging to a wall, floatation device or pool line usually is too tired to swim or can't swim at all. 

Isolated: Any time somebody is alone in the water, especially a child, beyond arms-reach of an adult, there's a problem, Shook said. This can be especially disconcerting if the child is wearing water wings or a lifejacket, a signal they can't swim. 

Bobbing or treading water: If someone is moving, but making no progress, they could be in trouble. Shook said even if someone is a good swimmer, they might have drifted out too far, become tired or gotten a cramp. 

If it's clear someone is drowning or in distress, scream for a lifeguard and take action, rescue the person without putting yourself in danger. People unsure of their swimming abilities or the situation (think: ocean current) shouldn't go in after the child, because that could put another life at risk. But, Shook said they could toss the victim a floatation device. The key is to get the drowning person help immediately, because they might only be a few seconds away from death. 

Prevent water emergencies by making sure all family members know how to swim and the five steps of water competency. Find age-appropriate Red Cross swim lessons at redcross.org/takeaclass. When on vacation, Shook recommends adults take turns being the designated "water watcher," looking out for those swimming. Visit redcross.org for more water safety tips. 

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

July 3, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

30 Alarms 14 Car/deer   accidents
29 Assist Citizen 24 Check well beings
19 Domestic disputes 24 Shoplifting complaints
23 Larcenies 12 Motorist Assists
20 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
29 Property damage   crashes 32 Suspicious   situations
25 Traffic hazards 279 Traffic stops
32 Traffic   violations 5 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 957 calls for service/events.

July and August bring us the warmest temperatures of the year. While we all look forward to enjoying the outdoors this time of year, it is important to be mindful of the following basic summer heat safety tips:

  • During the hottest hours of the day, stay inside an air-conditioned building if possible. The hottest hours of the day are typically from mid morning to      mid afternoon.
  • Dress lightly, and when sleeping, use lightweight, breathable covers.
  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids.  When temperatures climb above 90 degrees, it's important to drink at least a gallon of liquid per day,      preferably water. Those who are overweight and in humid conditions need even more.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and beverages that are carbonated or contain caffeine when temperatures are high, as they can lead to dehydration.
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed from morning until the late afternoon to block extra direct heat from sunlight.
  • Move your exercise routine to early morning or later in the evening.
  • Never ever leave a person or a pet in the car in hot conditions while you run to do a quick errand. People and animals can succumb to heat exposure and death very quickly in a hot car. Cars can become overheated quickly and when overheated become like ovens. It's never safe.     
  • Properly supervise children during outdoor play, being sure to monitor them closely and frequently.
  • Seek medical care right away if you become nauseous, start vomiting or      experience cramps.
  • Stay on the lowest level of your home.
  • Use a fan. Don't place the fan directly in front of a window because it may      push hot air in. Try placing the fan so that it blows in the room and out      the window instead.
  • Use small appliances like slow cookers and tabletop grills rather than your traditional oven or stove to keep kitchen heat to a minimum.
  • Verify that seat belts and car seat restraints are not too hot before buckling      yourself or anyone else into a car.

Additional Tips for Elderly Persons: SourceElderly individuals are particularly at risk for heat exposure. A few special considerations for keeping elderly persons safe during the summer include the following:

  • Visit elderly family members or friends twice a day during the hottest months of the summer.
  • Help your elderly pal to get to know his or her neighbors because isolated older adults are at a much higher risk of heat-related health problems and      death.
  • Provide on-going education to elderly individuals. Go over topics such as heat exposure-related symptoms and where to call for help.
  • Investigate public community center solutions that have air conditioning and provide transportation for elderly individuals.
  • Work with utility company to ensure that electricity is not shut off during the hottest summer days.

It's important to know how to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat exposure. Heat exhaustion signs will appear first, and then heat stroke signs:

  • Breathing that is shallow and fast
  • Clammy skin
  • Dizziness     
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fainting     
  • Headache     
  • Loss of color in skin
  • Nausea     
  • Pale complexion
  • Pulse that is fast and weak
  • Skin that feels moist and cool (when touched)
  • Sweating     
  • Tiredness     
  • Vomiting     

If you see any of the above exhaustion signs, get out of the heat immediately. The person experiencing symptoms should be given plenty of cool fluids and be wiped down with cool cloths. If rapid improvement isn't seen, call 911 immediately.

Heat Stroke: The signs of major heat exposure, also known as heat stroke, include the following:

  • Dizziness     
  • Extremely high body temperature (over 103 degrees F)
  • Headache that is throbbing
  • Lack of sweating
  • Nausea     
  • Rapid pulse that is strong
  • Red skin that is hot and dry (when touched)

Heat stroke always requires medical attention. If you see any of the above exposure signs, get the person out of the heat immediately and take them to the nearest hospital or call 911.

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

Weekly Update 2018

AUGUST 2018

 

 

Weekly Update

August 13, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

24 Alarms 4 Car/deer   accidents
25 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 21 Check well beings
18 Domestic disputes 31 Shoplifting   complaints
16 Larcenies 2 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
19 Operating while   impaired 9 Personal injury   crashes
23 Property damage crashes 60 Suspicious   subject/situation/Vehicle
25 Traffic hazards 264 Traffic stops
33 Traffic   violations 3 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 975 calls for service/events.

Last week, I provided several reminders on school bus safety practices for our children and us drivers encountering a school bus on the road. Along with this, we must remind ourselves of the rules your child’s school may have for arrivals and departures when we drive them to school and when our children ride their bikes to school.

Deputies will be monitoring school zones, but here are some additional tips from the Sheriff’s Office for a safe trip back to school:

If you drive your children to school:

Be sure to use the appropriate parent drop-off/pick-up area. Once at the school, please follow the instructions of the school’s staff.

Drive defensively. Always anticipate the possibility that a small child may dart in front of your vehicle. Be prepared to stop at all times.

Slow down and watch out for school zones and children walking or biking to school or congregating near bus stops. Also, be alert for student drivers.

Remember that buses will be making frequent stops. It’s not only dangerous to students, but it’s against the law to pass a school bus while it’s stopped on the roadway picking up or dropping off students.

When turning at an intersection, be sure to yield to pedestrians and cyclists.

If you’re a student walking or biking to school:

For bike riders, wear a properly-fitted helmet at all times. Also, riders should use a bike that’s the right size for them and make sure that they don’t have any loose clothing, drawstrings or shoelaces.

Bike riders should ride on the right, in the same direction as traffic, and use appropriate hand signals. Bicyclists also should respect traffic lights and stop signs.

Walk on sidewalks where available and always cross at intersections.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


Weekly Update

August 6, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

35 Alarms 10 Car/deer   accidents
41 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 19 Check well beings
14 Domestic disputes 34 Shoplifting   complaints
22 Larcenies 4 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
14 Operating while   impaired 8 Personal injury   crashes
24 Property damage crashes 76 Suspicious   subject/situation/Vehicle
28 Traffic hazards 193 Traffic stops
30 Traffic   violations 2 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 913 calls for service/events.

August already, can you believe it?!  In a couple weeks our roadways will start to be populated with school buses.  Whether you’re a parent, child, or a driver on the road, we all have our own responsibilities when it comes to safety in and around school buses.  Please review the following rules with your children and drivers in your home.  It’s been a few weeks and a reminder is always a good thing.

Tips for a Safe Ride - School buses are the safest way for students to travel, but children also need to do their part to stay alert and aware of their surroundings to prevent injury.  These rules are courtesy of National Safety Council and urge parents to teach their children the following safety practices for getting on and off the bus, and for exercising good behavior while riding.

Getting on the Bus:

  • When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness
  • Do not stray onto the street, alleys or private property
  • Line up away from the street or road as the bus approaches
  • Wait until the bus has stopped and the door opens before approaching the bus
  • Use the handrail when boarding

Behavior on the Bus:

  • If seat belts are available on the bus, buckle up
  • Don't speak loudly or make loud noises that could distract the      driver
  • Stay in your seat
  • Don't put your head, arms or hands out the window
  • Keep aisles clear of books and bags
  • Get your belongings together before reaching your stop
  • Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your      seat

Getting Off the Bus:

  • Use the handrail when exiting
  • If you have to cross in front of the bus, first walk at least      10 feet ahead until you can see the driver
  • Make sure the driver can see you
  • Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing
  • When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again.      Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes
  • If your vision is blocked, move to an area where you can see      other drivers and they can see you
  • Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver      signals it is safe
  • Stay away from the rear wheels of the bus at all times

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

JULY 2018

Weekly Update

July 30, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

25 Alarms 12 Car/deer   accidents
37 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 17 Check well beings
26 Domestic disputes 23 Shoplifting   complaints
24 Larcenies 2 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
22 Operating while   impaired 11 Personal injury   crashes
26 Property damage crashes 52 Suspicious   subject/situation/Vehicle
19 Traffic hazards 153 Traffic stops
39 Traffic   violations 1 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 852 calls for service/events.

Summers in Michigan are the best (aside from the variety of insects). Whether you prefer camping, hiking, swimming, boating, bicycling, amusement parks, or just staying home, outdoor activities in Michigan abound. I want to make sure, as the summer progresses, that we take a minute to remind ourselves of a few backyard safety tips to ensure your summer is one of the best ever.

Grilling and Fire Pit Equipment - Grilling dinner or enjoying an evening around the fire pit?

  • Never place a grill or fire pit near flammables: Use and store your grill away from tree branches, the side of the house, and overhanging plants. The same goes for fire pits.
  • Teach children not to touch grills: Explain to children that the grill is dangerous and hot, just like your stove or oven in the kitchen.
  • Create grill barriers: Keep your grill screened so your child can't touch it, and store propane grills where your child can't reach the knobs.
  • Always stick by the grill: Don't step away from your grill while it's on. Supervise it for flare ups that may be out of control.
  • Protect your hands: Use long handled utensils and a long armed oven mitt when manning the grill.
  • Never throw away hot or warm coals: Throwing away coals while the insides are still hot is a fire risk. You may still have a risk of fire even if charcoal feels cool to the touch. Soak coals in cold water, place them in a noncombustible metal can, and place it on a nonflammable surface until you're ready to throw them away.
  • Never leave the fire unattended: Always have a responsible adult watching the fire just in case, and require adult supervision for children around the fire pit.
  • Fully extinguish your fire pit: Use sand to fully extinguish your fire pit and let coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.
  • Never use your grill or fire pit in your garage or inside: Using your grill or fire pit in an enclosed area can cause a deadly gas buildup, not to mention the risk of fire. Never store your grill or fire pit indoors, even when you're done using it.

Backyard Water Hazards - Pools, ponds, even standing water can be serious and even deadly hazards in your backyard. Learn how to manage them safely with these tips.

  • Fence in pools and ponds: If you have a pool or even a small pond in your backyard, install a four sided fence at least 5 feet high with a self latching gate. Don't place patio furniture near the fence where it could be used to climb over. Consider adding a pool alarm as well so you'll be alerted if anything or anyone enters your pool. Never let a child play outside unsupervised in a yard with a pool or pond, not even for a minute. Teach children not to use the pool unless supervised by an adult.
  • Safely store water treatment chemicals: Never leave chlorine and other pool chemicals where they can be accessed by children.
  • Never leave toys in or near the pool: Toys in or near the pool can be tempting for small children, always clear them out when the pool is not in use.
  • Use secure drain and suction covers: Repair missing or broken pool drain and suction covers.
  • Identify water trouble spots: Children can drown in as little as an inch of water. They should always be supervised when in or near water.

Outdoor Play - Make sure outdoor play is safe and fun. These tips will help you secure and maintain play equipment and ensure that it's being used safely.

  • Supervise children while playing outside: Keep an eye on children when they're using play sets, tree houses, and other outdoor play equipment.
  • Check the temperature of play equipment: Before letting kids loose on play equipment, feel slides and swings for heat. They can get very hot and even cause burns.
  • Establish trampoline rules: Limit jumpers to one at a time and require supervision for jumping. Anchor the trampoline and use a trampoline enclosure to reduce the risk of injury or falls from a trampoline.
  • Secure play sets: Place your play set securely on level ground, ideally on wood chips or a soft material that can cushion falls.
  • Repair or replace damaged or worn play sets: Regularly inspect your play set for wood rot, rust, and sturdiness. Look for openings between pieces where a child's head or neck could get stuck.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

July 23, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

32 Alarms 10 Car/deer   accidents
43 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 19 Check well beings
22 Domestic disputes 35 Shoplifting   complaints
24 Larcenies 6 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
20 Operating while   impaired 6 Personal injury   crashes
22 Property damage crashes 38 Suspicious   subject/situation
23 Traffic hazards 117 Traffic stops
29 Traffic   violations 10 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 861 calls for service/events.

I recently received notification of a new law that became effective July 23rd. Please make sure all drivers in your home are aware - No light? It's a 4-way stop -

 

Intersections with non-functioning traffic signals are to be treated as 4-way stops.  

According to the What Every Driver Must Know publication, the proper procedure for a 4-way stop is as follows:

  • You must come to a complete stop and check for traffic before proceeding. Stop at the stop line or crosswalk. 
  • If there is no stop line or crosswalk, stop at a point that allows you to see all approaching traffic without having to pull into the intersection.
  • The driver who arrived at the intersection and stopped first has the right of way through the intersection. 
  • If two or more vehicles reached the intersection at the same time, the vehicle on the left should yield to the vehicle on its right.

This would also be a good time to remind drivers in your home to Stay out of the no zones!   Whether you’re driving on the interstate or on the business loop through your town, you will encounter a commercial vehicle.  The following information reminds me of the signs I have seen on the back of semi trailers – “If you can read this, I can’t see you.”  Please give commercial vehicles all the room they need.

Commercial vehicle drivers may not be able to see traffic directly in front of, alongside of, or close behind their vehicles. 

 Large commercial trucks have blind spots or “no zones”.  

“No zones” are spaces in which motorists should not linger because they are not readily visible to the commercial driver. 

By hanging out in a commercial vehicle’s “no zones,” you are essentially hidden from the truck driver’s view and this increases the chances that the truck could hit you when it is changing lanes or turning.

Information excerpted from What Every Driver Must Know 

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

July 16, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

32 Alarms 9 Car/deer   accidents
35 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 21 Check well beings
14 Domestic disputes 32 Shoplifting   complaints
22 Larcenies 4 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
16 Operating while   impaired 11 Personal injury   crashes
18 Property damage crashes 50 Suspicious   subject/situation
15 Traffic hazards 249 Traffic stops
38 Traffic   violations 4 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 981 calls for service/events.

Most of us have heard of Distracted Driving but maybe not as many of us have heard about Distracted Walking. In researching this, the National Safety Council has the following information I felt important to pass along - We rarely are more vulnerable than when walking in urban areas, crossing busy streets and negotiating traffic. And we all are pedestrians from time to time, so it's important to pay attention to what is going on around us.

Head Up, Phone Down - Distracted walking incidents are on the rise, and everyone with a cell phone is at risk. According to a Governors Highway Safety Association report, there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian fatalities in 2017. This number mirrors 2016 fatalities.  We are losing focus on our surroundings and putting our safety – and the safety of others – at risk. The solution: Stop using phones while walking, and not just in crosswalks and intersections. Over half of distracted walking injuries occur in our own homes, proving that we need to stay aware of our surroundings, whether they’re new or familiar.

The Vehicle Factor - While many communities are implementing measures to become more "walkable," like adding more paths and traffic-calming measures, there still is a long way to go to keep pedestrians safe. Malls surrounded by parking lots, few sidewalks, blind intersections and high traffic areas all contribute to pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

All Age Groups are Vulnerable - While pedestrian-vehicle injuries are the fifth leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 19, according to SafeKids.org, no age group is immune. Here are a few tips from NHTSA and NSC for children and adults of all ages:

  • Look left, right and left again before crossing the street; looking left a second time is necessary because a car can cover a lot of distance in a short amount of time
  • Make eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you
  • Be aware of drivers even when you're in a crosswalk; vehicles have blind spots
  • Don't wear headphones while walking
  • Never use a cell phone or other electronic device while walking
  • If your view is blocked, move to a place where you can see oncoming traffic
  • Never rely on a car to stop
  • Children younger than 10 should cross the street with an adult
  • Only cross at designated crosswalks
  • Wear bright and/or reflective clothing
  • Walk in groups

Walking is one of the best things we can do to stay healthy, but only if we put safety first.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 Weekly Update

July 9, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

39 Alarms 19 Car/deer   accidents
48 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 24 Check well beings
25 Domestic disputes 27 Shoplifting   complaints
17 Larcenies 9 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
18 Operating while   impaired 9 Personal injury   crashes
24 Property damage crashes 48 Suspicious   subject/situation
31 Traffic hazards 235 Traffic stops
34 Traffic   violations 7 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,039 calls for service/events.

This week I would like to start by thanking our many readers for the positive comments I receive and the topics requested for future articles. It is so good to hear that we touch on areas of interest to you and things that are beneficial in your lives.

 

Recently I was asked by the National Council on Seniors Drug and Alcohol Rehab to pass along their website dedicated to helping senior citizens who may be battling alcohol and drug addictions. Many may think only the young struggle with these addictions but statistics show that just as many senior citizens suffer also. Their website is: www.rehabnet.com.

 

The following is taken from their home page – “The Quiet Epidemic: Our seniors are developing drug & alcohol addiction at an alarming rate.  We provide information, resources and treatment for care providers and seniors battling addiction and related conditions.

Our Mission:  Let's not forget our seniors and their families.  Let’s give them the best support, information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and pursue lifelong recovery.  We are here to help you and your loved one every step of the way.”

If you know or suspect someone who may benefit from the National Council on Seniors Drug and Alcohol Rehab services, please take a minute to look at the site.  They have many valuable services and resources.

 

Since this article focuses on seniors, this is an opportune time to send along this reminder that almost weekly I receive calls from seniors wanting to report that they have gotten phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS. Fortunately word has gotten out and the majority of our seniors recognize these calls as scams. If you or someone you know has gotten one of these calls, the IRS Inspector General has set up a phone number to report such calls – 800-366-4484.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

July 2, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

23 Alarms 16 Car/deer   accidents
40 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 30 Check well beings
18 Domestic disputes 28 Shoplifting   complaints
7 Larcenies 9 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
14 Operating while   impaired 8 Personal injury   crashes
27 Property damage crashes 39 Suspicious   subject/situation
35 Traffic hazards 234 Traffic stops
44 Traffic   violations 5 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 802 calls for service/events.

With summer well underway and temperatures rising, many families head to one of Michigan’s many wonderful lakes and rivers to enjoy their favorite water sports and backyard swimming pools and community pools in search of relief from the heat. Please keep your family’s safety foremost in your mind as you share these times with them.

Small Efforts Make Big Difference in Recreational Boating Safety - Each year, about 74 million Americans engage in recreational boating, according to government research. Most boating experiences are positive – the stuff memories are made of.  But the most joyful times quickly can turn deadly if boaters are not vigilant about safety – at all times. One of three things usually happens when a good day on the water turns tragic, according to the U.S. Coast Guard:

  • A passenger falls overboard
  • A boat capsizes
  • A boat collides with another boat or object

Just Wear It - Life jackets are the lifeblood of safe boating. The U.S. Coast Guard reports 78% of boating deaths in 2014 were due to drowning, and 84% of the victims were not wearing a life jacket. The good news is, comfortable – and stylish – Coast Guard-approved life jackets are widely available. The Wear It campaign promotes boating safety by encouraging boaters to wear life jackets all the time.

Before setting sail, review a pre-departure checklist to ensure you have everything you need in your boat, including a tool box and first-aid kit. Once on the water, use common sense. In a split second, a situation can arise or the weather can turn. If you notice storm clouds, a sudden temperature drop or wind speed increasing, the best advice is to play it safe. Get off the water.

Get Educated, Reduce Risks - The National Safe Boating Council promotes safer recreational boating through education, outreach and training. In 2015, Coast Guard data indicates 71% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator had no boating safety instruction. By comparison, 15% of deaths occurred where the operator had received a nationally approved boating safety education certificate. To further reduce risk, the Coast Guard offers these tips:

  • Don't drink: Alcohol affects judgment, vision, balance and coordination
  • Take a safety course: 7 out of 10 boating incidents are caused by operator error
  • Get a free vessel safety check
  • Know about carbon monoxide; this odorless, colorless poisonous gas is emitted by all combustion engines and onboard motor generators


The extra effort that goes into taking these kinds of precautions will help create fun-filled adventures for you and your family on the water.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

JUNE 2018

 

Weekly Update

June 25, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

26 Alarms 22 Car/deer   accidents
45 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 14 Check well beings
17 Domestic disputes 20 Shoplifting   complaints
12 Larcenies 4 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
17 Operating while   impaired 10 Personal injury   crashes
25 Property damage crashes 36 Suspicious   subject/situation
20 Traffic hazards 226 Traffic stops
42 Traffic   violations 12 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 922 calls for service/events.

Be a defensive driver!

Summer is officially here and with that comes more drivers on the roads at all times of day or night, construction zones, bicyclists, motorcycles, kids playing and animals crossing the road. The Secretary of State sent out the following defensive driving tips from The Parent’s Supervised Driving Guide, but these tips are useful reminders for us all. Please take a minute to review them with all the drivers in your home.

  • In order to avoid last-second reactions and spot potential hazards, look 12-15 seconds down the road.
  • Use the SEE System: Search for potential risks like oncoming vehicles, pedestrians, obstacles, or intersections, and ways to avoid or reduce those risks. Evaluate alternative paths and speed for adjustments that would minimize or eliminate risks. Execute the best speed, lane position and communication to reduce risk.
  • Use commentary driving: As you drive, describe your thoughts and actions to your parent or other passengers to help use the SEE system.
  • Use the three-second rule to maintain proper following distance: Start counting when the rear bumper of the vehicle in front of you passes an object. Count “one thousand ONE, one thousand TWO, one thousand THREE.” Your front bumper should not pass that same object before you’ve reached “three.” Practice the three-second rule aloud to check whether your following distance is appropriate.
  • Remember that rear-end collisions are the most common type of crash, and that increasing your following distance is the single best thing you can do to minimize the risk of a crash.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


Weekly Update

June 18, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

37 Alarms 26 Car/deer   accidents
33 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 22 Check well beings
20 Domestic disputes 28 Shoplifting   complaints
16 Larcenies 5 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
15 Operating while   impaired 5 Personal injury   crashes
23 Property damage crashes 44 Suspicious   subject/situation
17 Traffic hazards 322 Traffic stops
41 Traffic   violations 10 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,092 calls for service/events.

With school being out for the summer, graduation open houses, and summer vacation plans, probably the last thing you’re thinking about is registering for Hunter Safety, but the season will be here before you know it. Our FREE Hunter Safety classes start in July and are the most well-attended recreational safety classes we offer. The following is the class schedule:

July 16, 17, and 19, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)

September 10, 11, and 13, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)

September 24, 25, and 27, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)

October 8, 9, and 10, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)

October 22, 23, and 25, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)

November 5, 6, and 7, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)

Class size is limited to 50 students each session and there are no age restrictions. Classes, especially the July class, fill up quickly. Please register early to ensure your space in the class. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Patrick Barnes at 543-5257.

The classes will be held in the Dep. Donald E. Rice Training Room at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. the first 2 nights of class and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the last night of class.

The Hunter Safety Course, or similar approved course by another state, province or organization, is a requirement to obtaining a Michigan hunting license for anyone born on or after January 1, 1960. Even though the course is not required for persons born before that date, it is recommended, especially for beginning hunters.

Classes are taught by certified instructors who teach firearm safety and laws, basic hunting terminology, conservation, safe hunting practices, outdoor ethics, wildlife identification and management, survival, limited first aid and Michigan Wildlife Regulations. The course is free and prepares sportsmen for a safer, more rewarding experience while in the outdoors.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

June 11, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

32 Alarms 24 Car/deer   accidents
35 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 26 Check well beings
14 Domestic disputes 43 Shoplifting   complaints
26 Larcenies 4 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
12 Operating while   impaired 6 Personal injury   crashes
20 Property damage crashes 41 Suspicious   subject/situation
35 Traffic hazards 254 Traffic stops
32 Traffic   violations 12 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,027 calls for service/events.

I recently received the following information on scams from the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association. Please be aware of these trends and follow these recommended best practices to safeguard your money and information.

Wire Transfer Scam -

How it works: You receive a telephone call or email from someone who appears to be legitimate, because the scammer has some specific information about you, such as your name and details about your family or work. Using this method, a scammer can trick you into believing he or she is a co-worker or family member, claiming to need money for an invoice or an emergency. The scammer may pressure you to wire money immediately via online banking or other money transfer services. A wire transfer is an immediate form of payment. Once a scammer has obtained the wired funds, the wire transfer cannot be reversed, even if it is proven fraudulent.

Mail Scam -

How it works: Scammers intercept incoming and/or outgoing checks from your mailbox. They use the account information and signatures to create fraudulent checks, or use chemicals to wash the information and alter the original check.

Bank Imposter Scam -

How it works: A scammer calls you pretending to be a representative from your financial institution. The scammer claims that suspicious activity has been detected in your online banking account. The scammer then offers to assist by sending you to a false website, asking you to enter your login credentials to confirm your identity. The scammer will then sign in to online banking with your login information you provided to the false website. Depending on the online services you are enrolled in, the scammer may have access to fraudulently send money via ACH, wire, or bill pay.

Best Practices to Prevent Fraud:

  • Use a dedicated computer to conduct your banking business. If possible, the computer used to access your online banking should not be connected to your network and should not have access to email or social media platforms.
  • Do not give control of your computer or share login credentials with a third-party, unless you initiated the call or you have verified the caller's identity.
  • If you are uncomfortable with a phone call you did not initiate, disconnect the call and use a known number to contact the bank/person/vendor yourself.
  • Enroll in ACH and check positive pay services. Positive pay allows you to provide the bank with a list of legitimate items to be paid that we will compare to all items presented for payment. You will be notified of any exception items that do not match your provided list, and given the opportunity to pay or return those items.
  • Conduct regular IT reviews of your computers and network.
  • Maintain up-to-date firewalls and anti-virus programs.
  • Never share or write down password information.
  • Do not click on links within emails, especially if it's a sender that is unfamiliar to you.

If you use online banking to initiate any ACH or wire transactions, use a dual control process to review and approve these items.

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


 

Weekly Update

June 4, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

38 Alarms 29 Car/deer   accidents
43 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 24 Check well beings
16 Domestic disputes 16 Shoplifting   complaints
21 Larcenies 7 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
12 Operating while   impaired 10 Personal injury   crashes
22 Property damage crashes 36 Suspicious   subject/situation
43 Traffic hazards 410 Traffic stops
30 Traffic   violations 8 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,195 calls for service/events.

With this week being the first week of summer vacation for our children and better weather conditions, this is a good time for us all to remember to remain alert while driving. Kids will be out playing and riding bikes, people are walking their pets, and families are taking evening strolls. Adults will also be bicycling and motorcycling more, sometimes in group riding events so be ever mindful to specifically look for them on the roadways.

STOP SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES.

Please be extra vigilant in obeying all traffic control signs, signals and devices, remember the law requires us to come to a complete stop at stop signs, stop lights and before entering a street, road, or highway from a private or commercial driveway or parking area. Ignore your cell phone and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination safely.

Kids and Bicycle Safety:   June is National Bicycle Safety Month. Bicycle riding is fun, healthy, and a great way to be independent. But it is important to remember that a bicycle is not a toy; it’s a vehicle! Be cool – follow some basic safety tips when you ride. To maximize your safety, always wear a helmet AND follow the rules of the road. Remember to:

  • Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life. For more information see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publication “Easy Steps to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet.”
  • Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.
  • Check Your Equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.
  • See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.
  • Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with both hands on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack per MI law.
  • Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.
  • Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle (white lights on the front and red rear reflectors are required by law to ride at night), in addition to reflectors on your tires, so others can see you.

Rules of the Road – Bicycling on the Road: Bicycles in many States are considered vehicles, and cyclists have the same rights and the same responsibilities to follow the rules of the road as motorists. When riding, always:

  • Go With the Traffic Flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles and near the right edge of the roadway and never more than 2 abreast (per MI law). Go with the flow not against it.
  • Obey All Traffic Laws. A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re a driver. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
  • Yield to Traffic When Appropriate. Almost always, drivers on a smaller road must yield (wait) for traffic on a major or larger road. If there is no stop sign or traffic signal and you are coming from a smaller roadway (out of a driveway, from a sidewalk, a bike path, etc.), you must stop and look to see if the way is clear before proceeding. This also means yielding to pedestrians who have already entered a crosswalk.
  • Be Predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.
  • Stay Alert at All Times. Use your eyes AND ears. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset when you ride.
  • Look Before Turning. When turning left or right, always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal before making the turn. Watch for left- or right-turning traffic.
  • Watch for Parked Cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening, or cars pulling out).

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

MAY 2018

 

Weekly Update

May 29, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

34 Alarms 22 Car/deer   accidents
51 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 23 Check well   beings
14 Domestic   disputes 73 Shoplifting   complaints
13 Larcenies 8 Drug   Offenses/ Overdoses
21 Operating   while impaired 5 Personal   injury crashes
23 Property   damage crashes 31 Suspicious   subject/situation
33 Traffic   hazards 273 Traffic   stops
37 Traffic   violations 9 Vacation   checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,064 calls for service/events

Michigan School Safety Reform Plan Introduced - Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich praises new legislation to prevent violence in Michigan schools

CHARLOTTE, MI— Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich today praised the introduction of new legislation aimed at preventing violence in the classroom. The legislative package, led by State Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis), is modeled after a proposal announced by a coalition of law enforcement and education organizations in late March.

The Michigan School Safety Reform Plan is based on clear, actionable strategies that are both effective and immediately achievable.

“The safety and security of our children in schools must be ensured with appropriate measures,” said Sheriff Reich. “I’m in full support of this much-needed legislation.”

The plan calls for a new state grant program for personnel, a grant program for safety infrastructure, and other reforms, including:

  • More school resource officers—sheriffs and police—working in school facilities through a new state grant program;
  • More school mental health professionals to identify problems early through the same new state grant program;
  • Grants to ensure safer buildings for students and teachers; and
  • Mandatory reporting of threats and graduated penalties to help prevent violence.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has an excellent working relationship with area school Superintendents and Principals. The level of communication and cooperation between the students, school staff, parents, and Sheriff’s Office Deputies has been instrumental in investigating possible threats.

“It is this “team” effort that unites us in the common goal of keeping our kids safe in school.” said Sheriff Reich.

Said Rep. Miller, the package’s lead sponsor: "School safety should always be about protecting children and providing for them a safe place to learn and grow. I'm proud that this legislation, along with other bills the legislature is working, will make sure kids are better protected."

The Michigan School Safety Reform Plan is made up of House Bills 5942, 5966, and 5967 is backed by:

  • Michigan Sheriffs Association
  • Michigan Association of School Administrators
  • Michigan Association of School Boards
  • Michigan Association of School Psychologists
  • Michigan Association of School Social Workers
  • Michigan School Counselors Association
  • Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

May 14, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

34 Alarms 9 Car/deer   accidents
29 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 20 Check well beings
12 Domestic disputes 21 Shoplifting   complaints
28 Larcenies 6 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
15 Operating while   impaired 6 Personal injury   crashes
24 Property damage crashes 24 Suspicious   subject/situation
26 Traffic hazards 253 Traffic stops
29 Traffic   violations 4 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 911 calls for service/events.

First of all I want to take a few minutes to remind you of the FREE Boating Safety Classes held here at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office. There are three scheduled classes remaining (May 28, 29, and 31; June 11, 12, and 14; June 25, 26, and 28). There is no age limit. Please contact Pat Barnes at 517-543-5257 to register.

Memorial Day Weekend – is the official unofficial kickoff weekend of summer. If you are planning to travel, barbecue or spend a weekend in the sun, here are a few simple tips that will help you keep safe this Memorial Day.

Grilling & Fire Safety - Grills and smokers, while creating delicious cookout fare, have a great potential for danger. It is very important that a lit or hot grill is never left unattended; a responsible adult should stand guard as “grillmaster” to control flames and keep children and animals away from hot surfaces. Before your first grill of the year and often during grilling season, make sure your grill ready for the job. Keep it clean of grease, inspect propane fuel lines, and position your grill away from structures, trees and high-traffic walkways. You should also take any precautions in case a flare-up or fire were to occur; keep an extinguisher nearby and make sure to know how to cut off fuel lines if you are using propane.

Picnic Food Safety - Proper food safety during barbecues can help to avoid tummy troubles later. Make sure to take safe food preparation precautions and avoid cross-contamination with plenty of hand washing. Take steps to keep foods at safe temperatures; cold foods should be kept on ice or refrigerated and left out no longer than an hour, and warm foods should be kept heated to at least 140°F until served. Keep all outdoor buffet dishes covered and try to keep insects from depositing germs onto your delicious meal. If you do end up with any sort of digestion problems after a barbecue, stay hydrated and seek medical assistance if you experience serious symptoms.

Memorial Day Travel Safety - Tens of millions of Americans travel during the Memorial Day Weekend, so it is especially important to include safety into your weekend travel plans. Prepare your car for road trips by making sure your car is in top working condition; check your tire pressure and fill your tank before heading out on your trip, and make sure you are equipped with emergency essentials. Plan your drive ahead of time to choose direct routes on safe roads and keep an eye on weather forecasts to avoid driving with dangerous conditions. Never drive after drinking, never travel with anyone who has been drinking, and never allow anyone who has been drinking to drive. And of course, everyone in your car must always wear a seat belt!

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

May 7, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

32 Alarms 6 Car/deer   accidents
24 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 19 Check well beings
13 Domestic disputes 13 Shoplifting   complaints
12 Larcenies 5 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
16 Operating while   impaired 6 Personal injury   crashes
18 Property damage crashes 27 Suspicious   subject/situation
33 Traffic hazards 244 Traffic stops
28 Traffic   violations 11 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 887 calls for service/events.

This is “National Police Week”:   This week we honor the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers everywhere who live by the moto To Protect and Serve. Each week, I am fortunate to receive emails, letters, Facebook posts, phone calls or visits from grateful citizens expressing their deep appreciation for an act of kindness and professionalism displayed by one our Deputies. These expressions of your gratitude mean a great deal to me and the Deputies who are proud to serve you.

Are you driving when you’re drowsy?

The National Sleep Foundation says that sleep deprivation can have the same kind of effects on your body that drinking alcohol does. This makes drowsy driving especially dangerous.  

Follow the tips and information below from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help you avoid becoming a drowsy driver.  

  • The best countermeasure to drowsy driving is to get enough rest on a daily basis. Sleep is the only true preventative measure against the risks of drowsy driving. Make it a priority to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  • Many teens do not get enough sleep at the same time that their biological need for sleep increases, thereby increasing the risk of drowsy-driving      crashes, especially on longer trips.
  • Before the start of a long family car trip, get a good night’s sleep, or you      could put your entire family and others at risk.
  • Avoid drinking any alcohol before driving. Consumption of alcohol interacts with sleepiness to increase drowsiness and impairment.
  • If you take medications that could cause drowsiness as a side effect, use      public transportation when possible. If you drive, avoid driving during the peak sleepiness periods (midnight – 6 a.m. and late afternoon).
  • If you must drive during the peak sleepiness periods, stay vigilant for signs of drowsiness, such as crossing over roadway lines or hitting a rumble strip, especially if you’re driving alone.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

APRIL 2018

 

Weekly Update

April 30, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

29 Alarms 14 Civil Complaints
41 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 24 Check well beings
19 Domestic disputes 48 Shoplifting   complaints
11 Larcenies 4 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
14 Operating while   impaired 5 Personal injury   crashes
32 Property damage crashes 35 Suspicious   subject/situation
25 Traffic hazards 294 Traffic stops
30 Traffic   violations 9 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,000 calls for service/events.

The first week in May is “National Correctional Officers Week”.  I am very proud of the Corrections staff at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office. They are consummate professionals who work under stressful circumstances while following guidelines set forth by the Michigan Department of Corrections and the policies at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office. Their task is never easy and they are most deserving of having this week dedicated to them.

PROM SEASON: For many of us the month of May has us busy with graduation and open house plans, the last day of school, and summer vacation planning. As if all of this wasn’t enough, your junior or senior politely reminds you that Prom is fast approaching. This year, make prom safety just as important as the dress your daughter will wear or the style of your son's tuxedo. Your advice will play an important role when discussing teenage driving tips that might prevent them from becoming a tragic statistic.

Prom Tips for Teen Drivers - If your child plans to drive their own car, the family car or will be riding in another vehicle, discuss the following issues. Explain that you want them to have a memorable evening, but more important is that they come home in one piece.

  • Limit the number of kids in the car, and confirm that they will be the only driver of your car.
  • Insist that everyone wears a seat belt even if it means a few clothing wrinkles.
  • Instill the importance of concentration behind the wheel. (Teenage passengers can be distracting and cause the driver to be careless. Also, they will see all of their friends when they get to Prom - No need to be texting or on the phone while driving!)
  • Explain the importance of driving defensively on a night when the accident rate is high.
  • Confirm they know exactly where they are going, even if you have to scout the trip during daylight hours. (This includes any post prom party locations.)
  • Discuss the dangers of drinking and driving.   No matter how confident a teenager is about his or her abilities, there will be temptations on prom night. (Remind your teen that the number one killer of teenagers is car accidents.)  Driving tips for teenagers also means that they know the underage drinking and driving laws in your state and the ramifications should they be arrested.
  • Point out that they will be dressed in unfamiliar clothing and not wearing comfortable shoes. That might inhibit reaction time while driving. (More than one new shoe has slipped off a brake pedal.)
  • If you have given your teenager an extended curfew, discuss how fatigue can also cause accidents.
  • No list with tips for teen drivers would be complete without an understanding that you'd rather have a phone call at 2 a.m. than your teen making the decision to drive impaired.

Prom Safety Tips for Parents - Once you get your driving tips for teenagers out of the way, there are other tips for you to consider as well.

  • Be sure your teenager has a fully charged cell phone in the car.
  • Before they leave for the night, make sure you have their complete itinerary, including where, when and who they will be with and their contact information. (Any answer that implies that she will “just be driving around” is not an acceptable prom safety answer.)
  • Decide on a curfew that is equal to your teenager's level of responsibility.
  • Express your trust in them while discussing the dangers they might encounter.
  • Confirm the location of any after-prom parties, who will be there and if they will be supervised by an adult. Unsupervised parties are an invitation for underage drinking and drug use.

Another way to relieve worry about prom safety is by renting a limousine and driver for the evening or serving as a driver yourself. It might be worth the cost or the effort on your part to be sure that your kids have fun but always have a responsible driver behind the wheel.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

April 23, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

26 Alarms 11 Car/deer   accidents
29 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 22 Check well beings
16 Domestic disputes 20 Shoplifting   complaints
13 Larcenies 6 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
11 Operating while   impaired 5 Personal injury   crashes
58 Property damage crashes 25 Suspicious   subject/situation
52 Traffic hazards 270 Traffic stops
21 Traffic   violations 8 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 982 calls for service/events.

If you are looking for an event the whole family can participate in, the 5O 5K Run/Walk is just what you’re looking for.

This year marks the 4th year of our annual 5O 5K Run/Walk.  This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, May 6th, at Sharp Park in Delta Township.  The 5O 5K is always well attended and is a friendly, fun-filled, family event.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the race, please make a point to come out.  There is an obstacle course for the kids, Touch-A-Truck (featuring police cars, boats, motorcycles, SRT truck, and more), and the Mounted Division is there. 

The race is run on paved roads and the bike path in Sharp Park. There is a special award presented to the overall and a master winner. Medals will also be awarded to the top three places in age groups starting at 14 & under through 70 and over.

We are fortunate to have such outstanding sponsors as Cops & Donuts, Culvers, Playmakers, Horrocks, and Canteen Services to support the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and the community in helping to make this event possible.

Registration forms can be found on the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the Michigan Running Foundation website – www.runningfoundation.com, or by emailing Sgt. Block at Rblock@eatoncounty.org, Sgt. Brooks at Sbrooks@eatoncounty.org, or Jerri Nesbitt at Jnesbitt@eatoncounty.org, or by calling 517-543-5019.

Monies raised from the event so far have made possible the purchasing of memorial plaques for our fallen officers, new Honor Guard uniforms, donations toward the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, and the Police Unity Tour.   Continuing with this, monies will be donated this year to the Eaton County Explorers Program, which instructs teens with an interest in a law enforcement career, in addition to the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the Police Unity Tour.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


Weekly Update

April 16, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

29 Alarms 20 Car/deer   accidents
29 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 18 Check well beings
12 Domestic disputes 16 Shoplifting   complaints
10 Larcenies 4 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
14 Operating while   impaired 9 Personal injury   crashes
27 Property damage crashes 38 Suspicious   subject/situation
45 Traffic hazards 310 Traffic stops
34 Traffic   violations 3 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 961 calls for service/events.

With the promise of warmer weather on the horizon, our thoughts turn to outdoor activities and boating is just one of many we enjoy here in Michigan. Our schedule of FREE Boating Safety classes is:

       April 30, May 1, and 2, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)

        May 14, 15, and 17, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)

        May 28, 29, and 31, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)

        June 11, 12, and 14, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)

        June 25, 26, and 28, 2018 (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)

Classes are for all ages and are held in the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Training Room from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please call Patrick Barnes at 517-543-5257 to register.

Just a reminder that the 78th Annual Vermontville Maple Syrup Festival is April 27-29. We are the home of the original Maple Syrup Festival in Michigan. If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly outing to take the kids to, this festival is a must.  

The festival starts on Friday evening, continues through Saturday and Sunday and is always held during the last full weekend in April, and the citizens of Vermontville go out of their way to make this a fun-filled weekend for the entire family. There is something for everyone – amusement rides, talent show, arts and crafts, flea market, two parades, petting zoo, princess pageant, various displays, games, free entertainment, a pancake derby, and arm wrestling. Our syrup producers are located throughout the village selling syrup, candies, crème, and the ever popular maple syrup cotton candy.

Please join us and enjoy the pancakes with real maple syrup offered by the Maple Valley Band Boosters and the American Legion.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


Weekly Update

April 2, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

32 Alarms 15 Car/deer   accidents
39 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 10 Check well beings
17 Domestic disputes 44 Shoplifting   complaints
12 Larcenies 4 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
16 Operating while   impaired 3 Personal injury   crashes
18 Property damage crashes 35 Suspicious   subject/situation
21 Traffic hazards 184 Traffic stops
22 Traffic   violations 16 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 832 calls for service/events.

Spring is finally here, which brings spring rains and the possibility of severe weather and flooding. This is a good time to inventory your family’s emergency preparedness kit or make one if you don’t have one so you are prepared in case of an emergency.

When a disaster strikes, you may have to evacuate, take shelter or go without basic services such as electricity or water for hours or days. Having enough supplies to function without those services is critical during an emergency or disaster because help may not be able to reach you right away.

All households are encouraged to be self-reliant for at least three days by building a preparedness kit. Using five-gallon buckets or similar containers, assemble a kit with the items you and your family will need during an emergency. Essential items to include in an emergency preparedness kit are:

  • Water, at least three gallons of water per person for 72 hours
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person
  • Medications
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • A complete change of clothing and footwear for each person
  • Bedding
  • Important family documents
  • Pet supplies (if you have pets)

For more information about what to do before, during and after an emergency, go to the MSP/EMHSD’s website at www.michigan.gov/miready.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 

 

 


 

MARCH 2018

 

Weekly Update

March 26, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

36 Alarms 17 Car/deer   accidents
48 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 20 Check well beings
23 Domestic disputes 32 Shoplifting   complaints
13 Larcenies 4 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
15 Operating while   impaired 8 Personal injury   crashes
26 Property damage crashes 43 Suspicious   subject/situation
26 Traffic hazards 253 Traffic stops
23 Traffic   violations 22 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 965 calls for service/events.

With the number of school shootings tragically occurring nationwide, our students, fortunately, have a program available to them where they can confidentially let officials know about possible acts of violence they may hear about. The program is called - OK2SAY. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and the   Michigan State Police want to remind students to utilize OK2SAY. It is a student safety program that enables students to confidentially report

information about potential school violence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Please take a few minutes remind your children about this program.

Trained operators receive the tips and forward them to law enforcement, school officials or community mental health service providers in order to respond to threats and prevent tragedies.

If you are aware of a threat in school, tips can be submitted through the following ways:

  • Call:      8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729)
  • Text:      652729 (OK2SAY)
  • Email:      OK2SAY@mi.gov

Internet Safety –

In today’s world there are so many more things to monitor in our children’s lives.  Maybe it’s been awhile since you asked yourself - Is My Child Safely Using the Internet?  Take a few minutes to go over the computer rules you have set up in your home with your child.  It’s always good to remind them how much you care.

Are you aware of how your child is using the internet? While the World Wide Web is a valuable tool, it can be a dangerous place for children. Diligent parental supervision can help keep children safe while online.  Internet safety tips for parents:

  • Place laptops, tablets and cell phones in a common area to allow for observation of the child’s internet activity.
  • Create rules for internet use, including which sites can and cannot be accessed.
  • Teach your child to never give out personal information, such as home address, phone number, email address, passwords, photographs, credit card number or school information.
  • With spring break just around the corner, remind your child not to post yourspring break vacation plans.
  • Know who your child is talking to online. Chat room acquaintances are strangers and children should never arrange to meet them face-to-face.
  • Remember that internet technology can be mobile, so monitor cell phones, gaming devices and laptops as well.

For more safety tips, visit netsmartz.org. To report inappropriate contact while on the internet, call 1-877-MI-CYBER.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

March 19, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

28 Alarms 14 Car/deer   accidents
31 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 17 Check well beings
10 Domestic disputes 20 Shoplifting   complaints
9 Larcenies 5 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
16 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
52 Property damage crashes 41 Suspicious   subject/situation
14 Traffic hazards 389 Traffic stops
19 Traffic   violations 20 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,031 calls for service/events.

Teen Drivers – most of us have a teen driver or know someone who does. Giving them the information they need to keep them safe is so important. I received the following Teen Driver information from the Secretary of State:

Never, ever drink & drive!

Drunk driving is dangerous and expensive. In 2016, 38.7 percent of Michigan traffic crash fatalities were alcohol-related. It is a crime for a driver to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 or greater if under age 21. However, drivers can be arrested at any BAC level if they exhibit signs of impairment while operating a motor vehicle.

If you are caught with alcohol in your system, you will face stiff penalties and fines.  For drivers under the age of 21, a first offense may include a 30-day license restriction, 4 points on your driving record, up to a $250 fine, and up to 360 hours of community service.  Alcohol convictions that involve driving   remain on your record for life, and many employers, colleges and military   recruiters take alcohol-related offenses into consideration when hiring or accepting applicants.

 

In October 2016, a 20-year-old Howell man was sentenced to 19 1/2 to 50 years in prison for a drunk driving crash that resulted in the death of one of his teenage passengers. The man was also sentenced for three other crimes in relation to the incident.

Help stop impaired driving! If you drink, contact a trusted adult to come pick you up, call a taxi, or use SaferRide a free app from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that can help you get home safely.

 

Additionally, something we hope our teen drivers don’t ever have to face is an oncoming vehicle in their lane. Encountering an oncoming vehicle in your lane is a very dangerous experience.  If you ever find yourself in this situation, follow the steps below from What Every Driver Must Know.

      
  • If there is time, tap the horn to warn the  other driver.
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  • Brake hard, but do not lock the wheels if  your vehicle does not have anti-lock brakes.
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  • Look for an escape route on the right edge of the road.
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  • Try not to go to the left since the other driver may see you and return to his or her proper lane.
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  • Try an emergency stop in your lane only if there is enough room and you cannot pull off the road.
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  • If you cannot stop before hitting another vehicle, try to steer around it. Do not turn more than needed to avoid a crash.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


Weekly Update

March 12, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

36 Alarms 17 Car/deer   accidents
44 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 22 Check well beings
11 Domestic disputes 42 Shoplifting   complaints
7 Larcenies 6 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
16 Operating while   impaired 3 Personal injury   crashes
29 Property damage crashes 46 Suspicious   subject/situation
120 Traffic hazards 134 Traffic stops
20 Traffic   violations 24 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 949 calls for service/events.

I regularly receive a newsletter from the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. A recent edition addressed a danger on our roads I wanted to make you aware of - huffing and driving.

Huffing is the inhaling of chemicals, which many times involves chemicals found in aerosol cans. It is an extremely dangerous and illegal activity that can cause permanent brain damage. As the name implies, inhalants enter the body through breaths drawn in with the nose and/or mouth. Methods of ingestion are to either inhale the product’s fumes after placing the fumes inside a plastic bag, or, as in the case of paint thinner and gasoline, to inhale directly from an open container.

The fumes produce an instant high that can vary widely among users. It will depend on the substance being inhaled, method of inhalation, and other factors such as frequency of use and amount being inhaled.   The effects of inhalants include, but are not limited to the following:

                        Slurred speech                          Memory impairment                                     

              Loss of motor coordination    Red or watering eyes                       

              Wheezing                                  Hallucinations

                        Loss of consciousness

Health risks are from overuse or use under conditions that create a dangerous effect from the vapors of the inhalants, due to lack of oxygen and/or breathable air in a room used to inhale certain substances. The most common inhalants fall into four categories:

  1. Volatile solvents such as paint thinner, degreasers, gasoline, lighter fluid or dry-cleaning solvents;

2.   Non-volatile solvents such as correction fluid, felt-tip marker fluid or dry-cleaning solvents;

3.  Aerosol sprays such as hair spray, cooking oil sprays, fabric protector sprays, computer cleaning sprays and spray paints;

4.  Gases found in butane lighters, propane tanks, whipped cream, dispensers and refrigerant gases, medical gases such as chloroform, and nitrous oxide.

If a police officer suspects that someone is inhaling while driving, there are signs that are indicators that the driver is under the influence of an intoxicating substance. Common examples include loss of normal road awareness, loss of the ability to react properly to changing driving circumstances, loss of the ability to properly control driving speed, loss of the ability to safely maintain position within a lane, loss of the ability to follow other vehicles at a safe distance, and an increased tendency to attempt unsafe driving maneuvers. As with alcohol intoxication, these impairments create seriously elevated risks for involvement in crashes that damage property and/or lead to major injuries or fatalities.

Additional signs to look for are appearance of rashes or blisters around the mouth and nose of the user.   Many times the vapors are toxic enough to cause rashes or burns with frequent use.   Their behavior may be similar to someone who is drunk, but most often speech will be slurred and behavior will be erratic.

Please be aware of the dangers and seriousness of huffing and driving not only to yourself, but to your passengers and others who share the road.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

March 5, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

35 Alarms 19 Car/deer   accidents
31 Assist Citizen 25 Check well beings
13 Domestic disputes 49 Shoplifting   complaints
18 Larcenies 8 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
16 Operating while   impaired 4 Personal injury   crashes
27 Property damage   crashes 43 Suspicious   subject/situation
39 Traffic hazards 261 Traffic stops
26 Traffic   violations 27 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,056 calls for service/events.

Many of you have taken advantage of the free recreational safety classes offered at the Sheriff’s Office annually. With the promise of spring upon us, we are once again happy to be able to provide ORV, Boating, Hunter, and Snowmobile Safety classes to the citizens of Eaton County and surrounding counties at no cost. We kick off our series with ORV Safety. This year’s class is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, April 16 and 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office. Please contact Pat Barnes at 517-543-5257 to register for the course. The class is open to all ages.

My office has gotten some calls recently from citizens saying someone had told them the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office had an area where they could meet to complete an online sale or pick up kids for a weekend visit. This is true. Both the Delta Substation and the Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte have designated areas in the parking lot called “Exchange Zones” for those who wish to use them for child custody exchanges or private property transactions. These areas have video camera surveillance.

The following safety tips regarding Flood Water After a Disaster or Emergency was sent to me by the Michigan Sheriff's Association and is especially appropriate with the recent flooding many of us experienced and the upcoming spring showers upon us.  Please take extra caution to protect your family and loved ones.  There are several risks with flood and standing water.

 

  • Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
  • Wear personal protective equipment, including rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
  • While cleaning up areas with mold damage, wear a NIOSH-approved N-95 respirator, or one that provides even more protection.
  • Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent.  These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
  • Have your onsite waste-water system professionally inspected and serviced if you suspect damage.

These safety tipes are courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Please visit their website, www.cdc.gov, for a complete list.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

FEBRUARY 2018

 Weekly Update

February 26, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

36 Alarms 17 Car/deer   accidents
44 Assist Citizen/   Motorist Assist 22 Check well beings
11 Domestic disputes 42 Shoplifting   complaints
7 Larcenies 6 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
16 Operating while   impaired 3 Personal injury   crashes
29 Property damage crashes 46 Suspicious   subject/situation
120 Traffic hazards 134 Traffic stops
20 Traffic   violations 24 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 949 calls for service/events.

I have written about this important program in the past offered by The Michigan Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) and State Farm Insurance®.   It’s been awhile and many of us have new drivers in our families or will be adding some soon. The program is called STOPPED (Sheriffs’ Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers) program. This is a parental notification system which was developed for the state by MSA, the goal of STOPPED is to reduce the number of young drivers who are involved in motor vehicle crashes each year. Parents voluntarily register their vehicles with MSA online. They may register any vehicle - car, boat, ORV, moped, motorcycle - that will be operated by a driver under 21.

An identification decal is issued by MSA and affixed to the front windshield of the vehicle where it serves as a constant reminder to the teen to always drive as if his/her parents are in the car.  If, for any reason, the vehicle is pulled over by a participating law enforcement agency while a driver under 21 is driving, a notification is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. Notification includes the time and location of the stop, the driver’s name and number of passengers in the vehicle, the reason for the stop and whether or not any citations were issued. A driver’s license is one of the most visible symbols of a child’s progression into adulthood. However, bad habits are difficult to change once set.

For more information about STOPPED, including frequently asked questions, and to register, please visit the MSA website at MISheriff.org, go to the Programs tab, and click on STOPPED. It takes only a few minutes to register and is a free parental tool available to use to show your young driver you care.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


Weekly Update

February 19, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

22 Alarms 19 Car/deer   accidents
24 Assist Citizen 20 Check well beings
16 Domestic disputes 28 Shoplifting   complaints
13 Larcenies 6 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
17 Operating while   impaired 12 Personal injury   crashes
35 Property damage   crashes 28 Suspicious   subject/situation
34 Traffic hazards 203 Traffic stops
23 Traffic   violations 24 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 873 calls for service/events.

Living in Michigan, we all know road conditions change as fast as the weather and even a one-mile stretch of road can be different from the next mile. Maintaining your vehicle’s proper tire pressure is just one tool you have to help you safely negotiate whatever conditions face you in your commute. The following is a helpful guide on how to maintain your car’s tire pressure:

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) 11,000 tire-related crashes occur each year. Your tires can become underinflated more easily in the winter, as cold temperatures cause a loss in tire pressure.  Coming into contact with potholes or curbs can also cause your tires to be underinflated quickly. Follow these tips from NHTSA to make sure your tires are properly inflated.

  • Step 1: Locate the recommended tire pressure on the Tire and Loading Information Labels on the driver's side door edge or post or in the owner's manual. (Remember, the correct pressure for your tire is what the vehicle manufacturer has listed, NOT what is listed on the tire itself.)
  • Step 2: Check the tire pressure of all tires.
  • Step 3: If the tire pressure is too high in any of the tires, slowly release air by gently pressing on the tire valve stem with the edge of your tire gauge until you get to the correct pressure.
  • Step 4: If the tire pressure is too low, note the difference between the measured tire pressure and the correct tire pressure. These "missing" pounds of pressure are what you will need to add. At a service station, add the missing pounds of air pressure to each tire that is underinflated.
  • Step 5: Check all the tires to make sure they have the same air pressure (except in cases in which the front and rear tires are supposed to have different amounts of pressure).

Remember: The vehicle manufacturer's recommended tire inflation pressure is the proper psi (pounds per square inch) or kPa (kilopascals—the metric measure used internationally) when a tire is cold, meaning it has not been driven on for at least three hours. To get an accurate tire pressure reading, you must measure tire pressure when the tires are cold or compensate for the extra pressure in warm tires.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

February 12, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

22 Alarms 10 Car/deer   accidents
20 Assist Citizen 18 Check well beings
14 Domestic disputes 26 Shoplifting   complaints
10 Larcenies 5 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
17 Operating while   impaired 14 Personal injury   crashes
83 Property damage   crashes 28 Suspicious   subject/situation
23 Traffic hazards 93 Traffic stops
13 Traffic   violations 11 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 739 calls for service/events.

Monthly, I receive a newsletter from the Secretary of State. While it is always informative and a great resource for the continuing education of our teen drivers, the recent edition contained an article on the importance of your driving record. All of us have driving records, but how many of us have ever seen it? The following is courtesy of the Secretary of State:

The importance of your driving record:

Any unsafe driving activity for which you are cited is posted to your  driving record.  Offenses that involve an alcohol conviction remain on your record for life. Other offenses, such as speeding or disobeying a traffic signal, may remain on your record for seven years.  Your driving record can be requested by   schools, insurance companies, and/or potential employers as part of a   background check related to a college application, application for insurance   or job offer.

For information on obtaining a copy of your driving record visit the  Secretary of State's website, www.michigan.gov/SOS, Requesting a Driving or Vehicle Record page.  

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

February 5, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

23 Alarms 26 Car/deer   accidents
20 Assist Citizen 16 Check well beings
11 Domestic disputes 47 Shoplifting   complaints
11 Larcenies 3 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
12 Operating while   impaired 10 Personal injury   crashes
52 Property damage   crashes 36 Suspicious   subject/situation
30 Traffic hazards 212 Traffic stops
23 Traffic   violations 24 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 891 calls for service/events.

As Sheriff of Eaton County, I am privileged to lead a dedicated staff of professionals. Also vital to the operation of the Sheriff’s Office are the many volunteers who faithfully serve the citizens of Eaton County. Many of you have no doubt seen these volunteers providing traffic control, security, and crowd control at many of the festivals and community events held throughout the County annually. In addition, there are a group of dedicated volunteers who serve in a capacity I bet many of you didn’t know about – The Forgotten Man Ministry. These volunteers come to the Eaton County Jail weekly to minister to the spiritual needs of the inmates, offer words of hope when an inmate may feel there isn’t any hope, pray with them and for them, and conduct Bible studies and hold church services. The following is the 2017 Annual Report of our Forgotten Man Ministry at the Eaton County Jail:

Each month, 41 Bibles were given to inmates. Face to face, these volunteer ministers met with 154 inmates. Personally, they met with them one on one 25 times.

Church services are held in the Jail. There were 123 services held in 2017 with a total of 1,756 inmates attending. Churches in Charlotte, Bellevue, Eaton Rapids, Dimondale, Delta Township, Grand Ledge, and Lansing took part in this Sunday ministry.

The inmates are given self-study Bible course work. 510 courses were issued, 3,649 lessons were graded, and 417 courses were completed.

There was an average of 2 decisions for Christ per month. A number can’t be attached to the number of rededications and amount of hope given.

My heartfelt appreciation and gratitude goes out to these volunteers who faithfully minister to the spiritual needs of Eaton County inmates. If you may be interested in becoming a volunteer in this ministry, please email Chaplain Waltz at eatoncounty@forgottenman.org.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

JANUARY 2018

 

Weekly Update

January 29, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

37 Alarms 20 Car/deer   accidents
25 Assist Citizen 23 Check well beings
17 Domestic disputes 43 Shoplifting   complaints
15 Larcenies 4 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
14 Operating while   impaired 10 Personal injury   crashes
27 Property damage   crashes 46 Suspicious   subject/situation
21 Traffic hazards 224 Traffic stops
28 Traffic   violations 19 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 941 calls for service/events.

It is that time of year when the number of scams referencing the IRS increases. The following information from the IRS is an important reminder of how to recognize and what to do if you get such a call.

IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scams:

A sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be IRS employees, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a gift card or wire transfer. Victims may be threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.  If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Some thieves have used video relay services (VRS) to try to scam deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Taxpayers are urged not trust calls just because they are made through VRS, as interpreters don’t screen calls for validity. For details log on to www.IRS.gov to see the IRS video: Tax Scams via Video Relay Service

Limited English Proficiency victims are often approached in their native language, threatened with deportation, police arrest and license revocation, among other things. IRS urges all taxpayers caution before paying unexpected tax bills. Please see: IRS Alerts Taxpayers with Limited English Proficiency of Ongoing Phone Scams posted on www.IRS.gov. Note that the IRS doesn't:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method      such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand payment without giving you the opportunity to question or      appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

If you receive any such call, please report it to the IRS Inspector General at 800-366-4484.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

January 22, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

33 Alarms 21 Car/deer   accidents
15 Assist Citizen 16 Check well beings
14 Domestic disputes 24 Shoplifting   complaints
14 Larcenies 4 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
9 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
40 Property damage   crashes 17 Cars in the Ditch
23 Traffic hazards 166 Traffic stops
25 Traffic   violations 24 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 792 calls for service/events.

Tragically there have been a number of house fires in the news recently. With the cold temperatures sticking with us for a few more weeks, it’s important for all of us to remind ourselves of our home fire safety precautions. The following is from the National Safety Council -

Home Fires Peak during Winter Months: Working smoke alarms cut the chances of dying in a house fire in half, and they are a family's first indication of a fire. But once that alarm sounds a fire can spread quickly, leaving only a minute or two to escape, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That's why it's so important to have an escape plan and practice it using different ways out of the house.

Practice Home Fire Drills: A home fire is reported every 86 seconds. Despite this threat, families rarely practice home fire drills, and nearly half of parents report their children do not know what to do in the event of a fire.

Home Fire Drill Day, a safety observance developed by Nationwide in partnership with NSC and other organizations, is held at the end of Fire Prevention Week each year in October. But families can practice home fire drills any time and take advantage of tools and resources offered at HomeFireDrillDay.com, including:

  • Step-by-step instructions for doing a home fire drill
  • Games to make the experience memorable for kids
  • Worksheet to help you draw a floor plan of your home
  • Video of a fire drill in action
  • Family pledge to practice a home fire drill twice a year
  • Downloadable fire safety resources to share with friends and family
  • Link to download the free Make Safe Happen mobile app that puts home fire drill instructions, including a drill timer, in the palm of your hand

Practice as a family, take the pledge to practice home fire drills twice a year, and encourage others to take the pledge.

Leading Causes of Fire: While fire doesn't discriminate by age, it is the third leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14. In 2015, 232 children in this age group died from fire and smoke inhalation.

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and fire injuries, followed by heating equipment, according to NFPA. Other causes include smoking, electrical problems, children playing with fire and candles.

What You Can Do: NSC provides the following tips to keep your home safe from fire:

  • Install both types
  • Plan – and practice – an escape route and agree on a meeting place outside of your home; be prepared to assist young children, family members with special needs and pets
  • Know two ways out of every room in the home
  • Learn how to use your fire extinguisher
  • If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll
  • When evacuating, if door handles are hot, pick an alternate route
  • Leave your house and call for help; do not go back to help someone else
  • The National Safety Council website () has an excellent Home Fire Safety Checklist

The U.S. Fire Administration offers these additional tips to keep children safe from fire and burns:

  • Keep children 3 feet away from anything hot, like candles, space heaters and stove-tops
  • Keep smoking materials locked up in a high place; never leave cigarette lighters or matches where children can reach them
  • Never play with lighters or matches when you are with your children; they may try to imitate you

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Weekly Update

January 16, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

39 Alarms 19 Car/deer   accidents
17 Assist Citizen 14 Check well beings
14 Domestic disputes 20 Shoplifting   complaints
13 Larcenies 3 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
20 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
69 Property damage   crashes 45 Cars in the Ditch
31 Traffic hazards 186 Traffic stops
16 Traffic   violations 20 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 854 calls for service/events.

In law enforcement’s response to the Opioid epidemic, I wanted to make you aware of a three programs available to everyone to assist in the treatment of Opioid addiction:

Families Against Narcotics (FAN): Driven by Judge Julie Reincke and Undersheriff Jeff Cook, the Eaton County FAN became a reality. With the problems and tragedies in the community stemming from drug addiction, they both felt the need to be proactive and help educate the public, law enforcement and the legal community, in addition to collaborating with families and those seeking addiction treatment resources. Their hope is to change the mindset of those who do not understand addiction by educating the public about the problem and providing support for addicts and the people who love the addicts. Trying to save lives became a mission and FAN became the logical vehicle. The Eaton County Chapter of FAN meets the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the
Real Life Church, 1848 S. Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI 48813. All are welcome to attend. (Children 10 and older please.) For more information contact us at 1–517-395-2237 (must dial all digits).

Hope Not Handcuffs: Hope Not Handcuffs is an initiative of Families Against Narcotics, aimed at bringing law enforcement, community organizations and individuals seeking assistance together in an effort to reduce dependency with heroin and prescription pain medicine.  

A person struggling with any drug addiction can come to any of the designated participating agencies and ask for help. They will be greeted with support, compassion and respect. If accepted into the program*, the individual will be guided through a brief intake process to ensure proper treatment placement.
 
If a person is uninsured or has Medicaid, we will work directly with the local County Health Department for placement. If a person has private insurance, we will connect them with one of our treatment facilities throughout the country who are participating in the program. Regardless, our team will work to get them into treatment as soon as possible, possibly the same day. Over 100 volunteer Angels will help with paperwork and provide compassionate support until a treatment option is found.

Angel Program: The Michigan State Police (MSP) Angel Program, which is a pre-arrest diversion program for persons struggling with drug addiction, is now active and operational at all 30 MSP posts statewide. Those seeking treatment can go to any MSP post during business hours, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Angel Program, which is modeled after a similar initiative developed in 2015 by the Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Department, allows someone with a drug addiction to walk into a state police post to seek help for their addiction, without the fear of arrest or investigation. If accepted into the program, the individual is guided through a professional substance abuse assessment and intake process to ensure proper treatment placement. An “Angel” volunteer, who is a member of the local community, is present to support the individual during the process and to provide transportation to the identified treatment facility.

“The opioid epidemic is real and we all need to do our part to stop it,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “More people in Michigan die from drug overdoses than car crashes, and the Angel Program is one way the Michigan State Police is helping to reduce drug demand and serve those struggling with this deadly addiction.”

If you know someone struggling with an addiction, please pass along these very important programs. 2018 could be a year of hope, healing, and a tremendous feeling of accomplishment to someone you know.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

January 8, 2018

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

35 Alarms 28 Car/deer   accidents
23 Assist Citizen 14 Check well beings
11 Domestic disputes 43 Shoplifting   complaints
17 Larcenies 2 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
14 Operating while   impaired 11 Personal injury   crashes
37 Property damage   crashes 15 Cars in the Ditch
24 Traffic hazards 165 Traffic stops
24 Traffic   violations 20 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 800 calls for service/events.

I recently came across this article and felt it was important to share with you. Please be aware that

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable, liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. Mild cases can last a few weeks while severe cases can last several months and can cause death.

How is hepatitis A spread? Hepatitis A spreads by putting something in your mouth (object, food, or drink) that has been in contact with the feces of an infected person. Hepatitis A can be spread:

  • When an individual does not wash their hands after contact with infected stool (e.g., after using the bathroom or changing diapers)
  • By having sexual contact or living with an infected partner
  • By consuming food or drinks that are contaminated by the virus

What are the symptoms of hepatitis A? Not everyone shows symptoms. If symptoms develop, they usually appear 15-50 days after infection and can include:

                        Stomach pain                                                Fever

                        Dark urine                                                     Feeling tired

                        Grey stool                                                      Loss of appetite

                        Joint pain                                                       Nausea

                        Yellowing of the skin and eyes                  Vomiting

Who is at risk of getting hepatitis A? Anyone can get hepatitis A, however, these groups are at the highest risk:

  • Homeless
  • Incarcerated
  • Injection and non-injection illegal drug users
  • People who have close contact, care for, or live with someone who has hepatitis A
  • People who have sexual activities with someone who has hepatitis A
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People with chronic liver disease, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C
  • People who work with the high risk populations listed above
  • Healthcare workers
  • Food handlers

How is hepatitis A treated? Treatment includes rest, good nutrition, fluids, and medical monitoring. Severe cases may need to be hospitalized. Most people who get hepatitis A recover completely and don’t have lasting liver damage. It’s important to see a doctor if you have symptoms of hepatitis A.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

2017 News Releases

DECEMBER

 

 

EATON COUNTY FILL A COP CAR

2017

 

Sheriff Reich would like to thank everyone who donated and participated in making this year’s annual Eaton County Fill A Cop Car event so successful. He would also like to thank the following merchants throughout Eaton County for allowing the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and Mounted Division, Charlotte Police Department, Eaton Rapids Police Department, and Potterville Police Department to use their stores for donation sites:

            Family Fare in Eaton Rapids

            Dollar General in Potterville

            Carl’s Supermarket in Dimondale

            Meijer on West Saginaw

            Kroger’s on West Saginaw

            Wal-Mart in Lansing and Charlotte

The donations of food, non-perishable items, and money were taken to the following locations:

            7th Day Adventist Church in Delta Township

            Helping Hands in Charlotte

            Siren Shelter in Charlotte

            1st Presbyterian Church in Dimondale

            United Methodist Church in Potterville

            Hearts and Hands Food Bank in Eaton Rapids

Helping Hands passed this along to us – “The final weight of the food delivered to Helping Hands Food Pantry today was 2,565 lbs, which is enough food to feed 102 people for a week!  In addition, cash donations totaled $361!” 

Chief Weeks, Eaton Rapids Police Department, reported that because of the kindness of Eaton Rapid residents, 2-½ cars full of food and $658.92 in cash donations were given to the Hearts and Hands Food Bank in Eaton Rapids.

The generosity shown by the citizens of Eaton County toward families less fortunate is heart-warming and appreciated by law enforcement and members of the community alike. Thank you all!


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the shooting of three horses on Ainger Rd west of Charlotte.  There has also been a reward fund set up through Flagstar Bank for information leading to the conviction of the suspect(s) involved.  Anyone wishing to contribute can make checks payable to “Prince/Solo Reward Fund”, C/O Dyer Well Drilling & Service, 7300 Millett Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917.  Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact D/Sgt Josh Ivey at 517-543-5447, our crime tips hotline at 517-543-5433, or Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOP (7867).

 


NOVEMBER

 

The Eaton County Sheriff's Office assisted Grand Ledge and Bellevue Police today after two local businesses received suspicious calls which were perceived as threats against schools. It was quickly discovered the calls came from outside of Eaton County, and that there was absolutely no danger to any of our local schools or students.

Several schools initiated a “shelter in place” as a precaution for a short time. A “shelter in place” is simply a heightened level of security to the exterior of the building, while classroom instruction continues. No schools went into “Lockdown”, where all activities stop within the school.

Any calls of this nature are taken very seriously, and the Sheriff’s Office commends the pro-active approach to safety that our local schools take.


 

OCTOBER

 


 

At approximately 9:26 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Eaton Area EMS, and Charlotte and Hamlin Twp Fire Departments responded to the scene of a single vehicle traffic crash in the area of E. Five Point Hwy and Brookfield Rd. in Eaton Twp.  Upon arrival, first responders discovered that a male  was ejected from the vehicle.  The victim, 19 year old Thomas Waligorski from Potterville, was pronounced dead at the scene.  A second person in the vehicle was transported for non-life threatening injuries.  Traffic was diverted around the crash site for several hours while members of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Team investigated this fatal crash.  The investigation is ongoing.


 

 

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich wants to make you aware of two recent scams occurring in Eaton County. In the first instance, a citizen received an email supposedly from her bank advising her that her bank account was overdrawn $900. After several emails back and forth the victim did as they asked, which prompted her to get a legitimate call from her bank advising there were suspicious withdrawals on her account which ultimately resulted in a loss of $1,800. In a second scam, an elderly citizen was told her grandchild was in jail in another country for drunk driving and they needed $2,500. The victim got the money and went to the Meijer in Grand Ledge to wire the money via Western Union. Thanks to an alert cashier being aware of what was happening, the transaction was cancelled.

Sadly, there is always someone out there coming up with new ways to take your hard-earned money from you. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to keep you informed as we’re made aware of these scams.


 

DON’T VEER FOR DEER - BUCKLE UP, STAY ALERT, SLOW DOWN

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich wants to remind citizens to be careful when driving this fall, and remember “Don’t Veer for Deer!”. As the deer population becomes more active this fall, residents potentially will be faced with more deer encounters on the roadway.

Knowing how to react to deer on or next to the road is important to the safety of the driver and their passengers. The best course of action when faced with a deer in the road is to brake firmly while staying in your lane, even if it means you are going to hit the deer. The majority of deer crashes occur in the fall according to statistics, and on average vehicle-deer crashes result in 10 motorist fatalities each year. Statistics show in most vehicle-deer crashes, death and injury occur when drivers veer from their lane, hitting another vehicle or a fixed object such as a tree.

The following tips can help you avoid a serious problem with encountering a deer on the road:

Stay aware, awake, alert, and sober.

Wear your seat belt.

Watch for deer crossing signs.

Be more alert in the fall and spring, but keep in mind deer crashes can occur at any time.

Deer travel in groups. If you see a deer, slow down, as there may be others close by.

Be alert for deer at dawn and dusk. Over 90 percent of deer crashes occur during these times.

Do not swerve when faced with a deer in the road. Brake firmly, stay in your lane, and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop if possible.

These are a few important rules which can help keep you safer when encountering a deer. For more information on deer crashes and safety, please visit the Michigan Deer Crash Coalitions’ website at www.michigandeercrash.com

  


 

HUNTER SAFETY TIPS: HUNT SMART – HUNT SAFE

 Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich reminds citizens that with deer hunting season upon us, many sportsmen and women will take advantage of the opportunity to share time with their friends, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. The hunting season offers much in the way of sportsmanship and camaraderie, but it also poses some obvious inherent dangers. Every year, we hear of tragic, fatal accidents that occur because simple precautions and care are not being used with bows and firearms. Don't let what should be an enjoyable and memorable time turn into a tragedy.

Taking a hunter safety course is an excellent idea. Hunter education in Michigan has taught thousands of people safe hunting techniques, bow and firearm handling, and hunter ethics. Hunter safety is required if you were born after January 1, 1960, and you want to purchase any Michigan hunting license, or if you are planning an out-of-state hunting trip. Free Hunter Safety classes are offered at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office. Please call 517-543-5257 for dates of upcoming classes. A hunter safety certificate or previous hunting license is required to purchase any Michigan Hunting License. Hunters can be licensed at age 10. A hunter must be at least 12 years old to hunt deer, bear, or elk with a firearm. Hunters age 12-13 may hunt deer, bear, or elk with a firearm only on private land, including lands enrolled in the Commercial Forest program.

If you have your license, it is a good idea to remind yourself of some simple rules and laws to follow before you go out hunting. These important hunter safety tips will make everyone safer:

When Bow Hunting:

Prior to each use, check your bow and arrows for signs of damage or wear.

Only point your bow and arrow in a safe direction.

Only nock an arrow when it is safe to shoot.

Be sure of your target and what is in front of it, immediately behind it, and beyond it.

Never shoot over a ridge.

Only shoot when you have a safe range or shooting area, as well as a safe backstop or background.

Do not shoot at an animal standing on a ridge top (a “skyline” shot) where you cannot identify a safe background.

Keep your emotions under control, and think about safety first.

Do not drink alcohol or take mood-altering drugs before or during bow hunting.

Hunt and shoot within your own physical limitations.

Exercise regularly and stay in good shape, especially before strenuous hunts.

Let family or friends know exactly where you will be hunting.

Always carry broad heads in a sturdy quiver which fully covers razor-sharp blades.

Dress properly for the worst weather conditions you may encounter.

Carry basic survival gear every time you go into the field, even for short hikes.

Clearly identify the specific game animal you intend to shoot before releasing an arrow.

Carefully cross barriers or obstacles with arrows secured in a quiver.

When climbing into an elevated stand, always attach yourself to the tree from the time you start climbing until you are back on the ground.

Use a full-body harness that is attached so that you will drop less than a foot if you fall.

Always use a haul line to bring your gear into your elevated stand and to lower your gear when you are through hunting—do not climb or descend with a bow in your hand.

When Hunting with Firearms:

Always tell someone where you are hunting. Whenever you go out, make sure someone knows the area you will be in and when you are expecting to be back. This is important for hunting safety just in case there is an accident and they will know where to find you.

Treat every weapon as if it were loaded. This means point the muzzle in a safe direction and do not put your finger on the trigger unless you are prepared to shoot. Making this a habit will keep you and your hunting partners safe. Be certain of your target, and what is beyond it.

Dress for the weather. Protect yourself from hypothermia by checking the forecast and dressing appropriately. Simply being prepared will keep you safe hunting.

Check your equipment regularly and maintain it. Equipment that is not well-maintained can be a hazard to yourself and everyone around you.

When hunting with a firearm you must wear hunter's orange. This must be visible from all sides and worn on any hunting property. This will make you visible by other hunters in the area.

Be aware of what your target is. Be sure that what you are planning to shoot is your intended target and not another hunter.

Wear hearing and eye protection. It is required at the range and you should do the same while hunting. Protect your sight and hearing from damage.

Do not hunt while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These substances impair judgment as well as your ability to control your emotions. It is not wise to use a firearm while under the influence because it will not keep you or your companions safe. It is also illegal to hunt while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

• If you plan on hunting on someone else's land, always be sure to get permission from the property owner and if allowed, make sure they know when you will be there.

• Hunting from a tree, raised platform, or scaffold with a firearm is legal, but extra caution must be used when climbing up or down. Do not carry a loaded weapon as you climb. Falls are one of the fastest growing injuries to sportsmen and women.

These are a few important rules that should help keep your hunting trips safer. For more information on hunter safety and other seasonal information, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has an abundance of information on their website at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

 


 

On Friday, October 6, 2017, at 7:12 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a car/pedestrian crash that occurred just to the north of  the intersection of Waverly and St. Joe in Delta Township.  Upon Deputies arrival, a lone male victim pedestrian was located with critical injuries.  The Delta Fire Department quickly loaded the victim and transported him to Sparrow Hospital.  

The victim, 77-year-old resident of Delta Twp., Donald Debolt Jr.,  died of his injuries at Sparrow Hospital.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the area at the time of the crash was dark and it was raining.  A 24-year-old female Delta Township resident was driving southbound on Waverly Road when the male victim pedestrian entered the roadway and was struck by the female driver’s vehicle.  Neither speed or alcohol appear to be factors in this crash.  The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team and Detectives continue to investigate the accident.

 


 

 Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies  arrest Parole Absconder after lengthy foot  pursuit through neighborhood and occupied houses which the suspect entered .

On October 4, 2017 at approximately 4:36 pm Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an address on Conestoga drive in Delta Twp. to locate a runaway juvenile for the Lansing Police Department.  The runaway was believed to be at this residence with her boyfriend.

Deputies determined that the boyfriend, an 18 year old male was wanted for absconding while on parole.  The suspect was on parole following a conviction for unarmed robbery in Eaton County which occurred in September of 2016.  When Deputies entered the residence, the suspect fled through the neighborhood on foot.  During The suspect broke into two different residences occupied by the home owners.  The home owners assisted the pursuing Deputies with his direction of travel as he exited their homes and continued his flight.  Deputies relentlessly pursued the suspect and apprehended him near Brookside Drive.

Sheriff Reich stated  “ I am very proud of the outstanding efforts made by Sgt. Tietsort, Deputy Kanazeh and Deputy Travis in apprehending and arresting this fleeing parole absconder and preventing him from committing further criminal acts in this community.  We are also grateful for the valuable  assistance  from the victims of these home invasions”.

The suspect was lodged for the parole absconding charge and additional charges were sought from the Eaton County Prosecutors Office for 2 Felony Counts of Home Invasion First Degree and Resisting and Obstructing a police officer. 

Suspect Identification and booking photo will be released following his arraignment this afternoon.

 

 

 


 

SEPTEMBER

 

On September 11, 2017, around 1600 hrs Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol units were dispatched to a male down in the driveway of a residence on Creyts north of Saginaw Hwy.  Upon arrival they encountered a  female citizen that was doing CPR on the male.  The Good Samaritan just happened to be driving by and noticed the male down.  Deputy Dan Anderson, Deputy Tim Daust, and Deputy Heather Stefan all arrived quickly after the call. Deputy Daust retrieved his AED from his patrol car. Deputy Daust, with the assistance of Deputy Anderson and Stefan, applied the AED to the victim. The AED shocked the male victim and he began breathing.  Delta EMS continued his care and he was transported to a local hospital. We want to thank the Good Samaritan along with Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Delta Fire personnel for their actions that saved a life today.


Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich is happy to report the safe return of a 2-year-old boy who had been missing for several hours this afternoon. He had walked away from his home south of Charlotte with his dog. We are happy to announce the boy was safely located by the Grand Ledge National Guard helicopter in a corn field not far from his home. Many thanks are extended to the Charlotte Police Department, Michigan State Police, Olivet Police Department, Grand Ledge National Guard Helicopter Unit, and East Lansing K-9 Unit. Special thanks are extended to the little boy’s dog who never left his side.


 

AUGUST

 

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, at 12:52 p.m., the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle crash on I-496 west of Creyts Rd in Delta Township.  The preliminary investigation showed a vehicle with a lone male driver was travelling on e/b I-496 when he crossed the median.  The vehicle travelled between two MDOT trucks that were doing repair work on the westbound side of I-496.  The vehicle just missed striking one of the trucks then continued until it crashed into trees on the north side of w/b I-496.  The driver was uninjured.  Deputies believe that the driver was under the influence of “duster”, huffing this prior to the crash.  Deputies will continue to investigate and reports will be forwarded to the Eaton County Prosecutors Office.  The driver was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  This crash highlights the dangers of huffing.  The driver, other motorists, and the MDOT workers are lucky not to have been injured in this dangerous incident.

 

 


 

At 1830 hrs., Eaton County units responded to a roll over crash in the area of S. Ionia Rd and Stoney Point Hwy. A SUV was traveling north bound on S. Ionia rd when it left the road and rolled multiple times. Five people were in the vehicle, four were ejected and one was pinned in. Four of the passengers were transported to area hospitals and the driver, who was ejected, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is believed that no one was wearing a seatbelt and speed was most likely a factor. This crash is still under investigation.


 

This afternoon at approximately 12:45pm, area police received information about a possible abduction from the mother of a 19 year old female.  The victim was able to send her mother messages indicating she was being held against her will by a male suspect, and was able to provide a description of the vehicle she was riding in with him.  The victim’s mother reported this information to 911, and at approximately 12:58pm, the suspect’s vehicle was located and stopped by the Lansing Township Police Department at Saginaw Hwy & Waverly Rd.  The 20 year old suspect is now in the custody of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, and the victim was found to be physically unharmed.   

This incident originated in Eaton County, and is still under investigation by detectives from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.  No further details will be released at this time. 

 


 

On Friday August 18th at approximately 9:30 a.m. Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta patrol were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Kentucky Fried Chicken located at 4509 W. Saginaw hwy. As an employee left the restaurant in their vehicle she was approached by two subjects in another vehicle. A subject wearing a ski mask exited the vehicle, produced a handgun, and demanded money. The suspects did not get any money from the victim and fled the scene. The suspect vehicle is described as a grey, two door, passenger car. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate this incident.

 


 

JULY

 

Eaton County Animal Control has been assisting the Ingham County Animal Control in a dog fighting and abuse/neglect investigation. On July 27, 2017, at about 3:10 p.m., the Eaton County Special Response Team, along with Eaton County Animal Control executed a search warrant on Thackin Drive,  which is located in part of the City of Lansing that is in Eaton County. The search warrant was part of a joint coordinated investigation with several other departments.   Eaton County Animal Control took 10 dogs into protective custody. They also seized several items to help support the investigation. No one was at the residence when the search warrant was executed. Eaton County Animal Control continues to investigate in cooperation with the Ingham County Animal Control Office.

 

 


 

On Wednesday July 26, 2017 around 1409 hours Eaton County 911 received a call about female possibly in cardiac arrest at the Citgo gas station in Delta Township located at 4819 W. Saginaw Hwy.  Deputy Pete Walter was down the road and arrived quickly. He found a 20 year old female behind a car that did not appear to be breathing and had a faint pulse. She was unconscious and turning blue. Deputy Walter administered a dose of narcan with no affect. He then returned to his patrol car and got two more doses and gave those to the female as well, one in each nostril. EMS arrived shortly after and the female was still unresponsive as they put her in the ambulance.  8 minutes later, the female victim was conscious and talking to medics in the ambulance. Sheriff Reich praises Deputy Walter and Delta Fire EMS for their quick actions that helped save this young woman’s life.

 


 

On Tuesday July 18,2017, around 9:30 a.m., the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a three vehicle accident on E/B I-496 just west of Waverly Rd in Delta Township.  The preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle being driven by a Delta Township resident rear-ended a box truck that was stopped in the roadway for a back-up created by a construction zone.  The force of the impact pushed the box truck into another stopped car in front of it. The lone male occupant of the first car was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of the other vehicles were not injured. 

 


 

UPDATE TO JULY 13 PRESS CONFERENCE- MURDER SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

July 14, 2017

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich is pleased to announce that murder suspect Nathaniel Bowers turned himself in to the Michigan State Police Multi-Jurisdictional Fugitive Apprehension Team in Detroit. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, Lansing Police and Capitol Area Violent Crime Initiative had been working with this team since the night of July 11th in an effort to locate Bowers. Sheriff’s Detectives are transporting him to the Eaton County Jail to be held for arraignment on the charges issued by the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sheriff Reich stated, “We extend our deep appreciation to all of these outstanding agencies that joined in the search for the suspect who is now in custody”.

On July 11, 2017 at 4:32 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a report of a shooting which occurred in the parking lot of the Quicky Convenience Store at 4820 S. Waverly Road in Delta Township. Upon arrival Deputies observed a 22-year-old male victim, Trevon McDuffy of Lansing, lying in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. Delta Township Fire Emergency Medical Services responded to provide emergency medical treatment, but Trevon died from his wounds on scene.

Our Detectives began investigating to locate and identify the suspect who had fled the scene. The suspect has been identified as Nathaniel Marcelious-Antonio Bowers, black male, 23 years old, 5’ 4’’ tall with a thin build. As a result of our investigation, the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized an arrest warrant for Open Murder and Felony Firearm.

The Lansing Police Department, Capitol Area Violent Crime Initiative Team, Michigan State University Police Department, and the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team have provided tremendous ongoing assistance in this murder investigation and search for suspect Nathaniel Bowers.

Bowers is considered to still be armed and we are making every effort to arrest him and remove this dangerous threat to public safety from the streets. We are asking that anyone who sees or has information about the location of Nathaniel Bowers to call 911 immediately.

If you are a witness or have any information regarding this crime, we are asking that you call Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sergeant Josh Ivey at 517-652-3315 or Mid-Michigan Crime stoppers at 517-483-STOP.


 

On July 11, 2017 at 4:32 pm Eaton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting which occurred in the parking lot of the Quickie Convenience store at 4820 S. Waverly Road. Upon arrival Deputies observed a male victim lying in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. Delta Township Fire Emergency Medical Services responded however the victim died from his wounds on scene. The Michigan State University Police Department assisted at the crime scene with new crime scene mapping technology. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are continuing to investigate information developed through the night. Detectives received immediate valuable assistance from the Lansing Police Department and Michigan State Police. Detectives have determined this was not a random act of violence.

The victim of this homicide is identified as:

Trevon Rashad McDuffy   22 years of age

Lansing resident.

 


 

At approximately 1348 hrs. on July 4, Eaton County Deputies were dispatched to a personal injury crash at Saginaw Hwy. and Robins Rd. involving two vehicles. One vehicle had rolled over and struck a light post, pinning the driver inside. Delta Twp. Fire Dept. extricated, and then transported the female driver by ambulance to a local hospital. Although serious, her injuries are not considered to be life threatening at this time.  Investigation by Deputies and Detectives into the circumstances and actions leading up to the crash revealed that 32 year old Lansing resident Tony Lorenzo Walker had intentionally crashed his vehicle into the victims vehicle.  The suspect and victims know each other.

Suspect Tony Lorenzo Walker was arrested and lodged.  He was charged today by the Eaton County Prosecutor and arraigned on 2 10 year Felony counts of Assault with intent to do great bodily harm and one 5 year count of Reckless operation of a motor vehicle causing serious injury,  Bond was set at $250,000.00 cash/surety

 


 

At approximately 1348 hrs. Eaton County Deputies were dispatched to a personal injury crash at Saginaw Hwy. and Robins Rd. involving two vehicles. One vehicle had rolled over and struck a light post, pinning the driver inside. Delta Twp. Fire Dept. extricated, and then transported the female driver by ambulance to a local hospital. Although serious, her injuries are not considered to be life threatening at this time. This crash is believed to be the result of an intentional act, and is still under investigation.

Saginaw Hwy. along with Clark Rd. were both closed for several hours, all roadways are back open.  

 


 

FREE HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES

Sheriff Tom Reich of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office announces the following schedule for free Hunter Safety classes. The response last year was tremendous and the classes were very well received. The classes will be held in the Dep. Donald E. Rice Training Room at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.:

            July 10, 11, and 13, 2017

September 5, 6, and 7, 2017

September 18, 19, and 21, 2017

October 2, 3, and 5, 2017

October 16, 17, and 19, 2017

October 30, November 1, and 2, 2017

Class size is limited to 50 students each session and there are no age restrictions. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Patrick Barnes at 543-5257.

The Hunter Safety Course, or similar approved course by another state, province or organization, is a requirement to obtaining a Michigan hunting license for anyone born on or after January 1, 1960. Even though the course is not required for persons born before that date, it is recommended, especially for beginning hunters.

Classes are taught by certified instructors who teach firearm safety and laws, basic hunting terminology, conservation, safe hunting practices, outdoor ethics, wildlife identification and management, survival, limited first aid and Michigan Wildlife Regulations. The course is free and prepares sportsmen for a safer, more rewarding experience while in the outdoors.

 

 


 

JUNE

On Wednesday morning, June 28th, a citizen called to report her vehicle being stolen from her residence in Grand Ledge. The suspect was known to her. A few hours later, an employee of a local restaurant called Central Dispatch to report a male customer had come in and ordered a soda. While waiting for it, he was closing his eyes and appeared to be passing out at the table. When he realized he was being watched, he left without paying for his drink. The employee saw him drive away in a white Dodge Dart and gave the license plate number to Central Dispatch. It was confirmed as the vehicle stolen earlier in the day. The employee was also able to identify the subject from a photo line -up as the suspect the victim reported.

On Thursday, June 29th, a citizen called into Central Dispatch to report a possible intoxicated subject. They were given the license plate number and location of the vehicle, and it was the same stolen white Dodge Dart. An Eaton County Deputy was in the area and quickly arrested the individual who was positively identified as the suspect wanted for stealing the vehicle. The subject was believed to be highly intoxicated and taken to a local hospital. The 28-year-old male suspect who is a Leslie resident was subsequently lodged at the Eaton County Jail with charges being requested from the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office for OWI and Unlawful Driving Away of a Motor Vehicle. Sheriff Reich wishes to extend a special thanks to the citizens who assisted so much in the identification and arrest of this suspect. If not for their detailed observations and willingness to help, this intoxicated driver could have severely injured innocent citizens in his path. Many times it takes citizens and law enforcement working together for the safety of everyone, and this is an excellent example of this relationship at its best.  


 

Sheriff Reich is encouraging citizens take a few moments to read about this latest scam so that they do not fall victim to it.

Check out this article from USA TODAY:  Scammers now claiming the IRS already sent you 2 warnings

https://usat.ly/2t5B802

Thank you.


 

For the safety of everyone attending the annual Delta Township Fireworks display on July 3rd, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and Delta Township have taken steps to increase security and reduce the potential for injury inside Sharp Park before, during and after the event. During the day of July 3rd, Sharp Park will be closed to motor vehicles. The Delta Library Lot will also be closed to motor vehicles.

There will be 2 entrances into Sharp Park. The main entrance from Elmwood Road will be open to pedestrians, and to vehicles holding a valid parking permit obtained from Delta Township. The second entrance will be at the West end of Sharp Park, at the East/West Pathway entry into the park and is open to pedestrians or bicyclists.

Fireworks, missile-like objects, weapons or firearms that are not permitted by law are prohibited in Sharp Park.   People entering Sharp Park are subject to a visual inspection of their person, parcels, bags & containers, and clothing capable of carrying such items. You may refuse this inspection. If so, you will be refused entry into Sharp Park.

Sheriff Tom Reich would also like to take this opportunity to emphasize safety in the use of fireworks as we approach the annual Fireworks Display in Delta Township scheduled for July 3rd.

Public Act 256, the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, took effect on January 1st, 2012. While this law legalized the purchase and possession of consumer fireworks previously banned in Michigan, it also regulates the use of these fireworks. This act states in part:

            1.A person shall not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property, or the property of another person without that organization's or person's express permission to use those fireworks on those premises. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a person that violates this subsection is responsible for a state civil infraction and may be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than $500.00”.

            2. “An individual shall not use consumer fireworks or low-impact fireworks while under the influence of alcoholic liquor, a controlled substance, or a combination of alcoholic liquor and a controlled substance”.

For the safety of everyone, we ask that citizens keep these provisions of the law in mind, especially during the hours leading up to the Delta Township Fireworks Display in Sharp Park on July 3rd. This event draws thousands of people to Sharp Park and the surrounding areas, so there is a high probability of injury from the use of consumer fireworks such as bottle rockets, roman candles and other similar consumer fireworks during this event. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time at this event, so the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will actively enforce this law by issuing citations or making arrests as necessary for violations of the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act. This Act provides for the following penalties for those found guilty of violations:

(1) Unless otherwise provided in this act, if a person knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly violates this act, the person is guilty of a crime as follows:

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 30 days or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.

(b) If the violation causes damage to the property of another person, a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.

(c) If the violation causes serious impairment of a body function of another person, a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.

(d) If the violation causes the death of another person, a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.

Questions regarding this press release can be directed to Lt. Mark Wriggelsworth of the Delta Patrol at (517)323-8480.

 

 


 

Animal Cruelty Complaint

On Wednesday, June 21 Eaton County Animal Control was contacted by the Capital Area Humane Society regarding a young female pit bull mixed breed which was found by a citizen near Strange Hwy and M-100 and brought to their shelter. The dog had signs of abuse and neglect including severe injuries and scarring around the muzzle and a shaved body with significant skin irritation.  The dog had recently weaned a litter of pups. An alleged suspect and owner of the dog is currently in custody on unrelated charges in another county. Eaton County Animal Control continues to investigate this case to determine where the abuse occurred and to arrest the person(s) who committed it. The Capital Area Humane society is offering a $500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

 


 

 

Arraignment was held today for Brent Lee McPhall, 36 year old Charlotte resident, who led Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Michigan State Police Troopers, and Charlotte and Potterville Police Department Officers on a chase over the weekend that resulted in his capture Sunday morning, June 11th. McPhall was arraigned on the following charges:

                Count 1: Controlled Substance – Possession of Methamphetamine/Ecstasy

                Count 2: Police Officer – Fleeing and Eluding – Third Degree

                Count 3: Police Officer – Fleeing and Eluding – Fourth Degree

                Count 4: Police Officer – Fleeing and Eluding – Third Degree

                Count 5: Malicious Destruction of Fire or Police Property

                Count 6: Police Officer – Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing

                Count 7: Police Officer – Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing

                Count 8: Driving While License Suspended/Revoked/Denied

Bond has been set at $100,000 cash surety.


 

On Saturday 6/10/17 at 8:45pm, Eaton County Delta Patrol Deputies were called to the Red Roof Inn at 7412 W. Saginaw Hwy for a report of domestic violence, with the victim reporting that the male suspect had attempted to kill her.  Upon arrival, Deputies encountered the male suspect in the parking lot, holding a broken liquor bottle.  The suspect appeared to be cutting himself with the broken bottle, and told the deputies he wanted them to shoot him.  The suspect was eventually convinced to drop the bottle and was taken into custody with no further injuries.  He was lodged at the Eaton County Jail after receiving medical treatment for his self-inflicted cuts.  The suspect, Harry Paul Krachmal, age 29 of Beulah, Michigan was arraigned today in connection with this case, and has been charged with Assault with Intent To Do Great Bodily Harm, Assault With a Dangerous Weapon, and Interference With an Electronic Communications Device.  His bond has been set at $50,000.


 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office was actively looking for a 36 year old male from the Charlotte area wanted for questioning on numerous felony crimes in the Tri-County area. Eaton County Sheriff Deputies located the suspects vehicle near Potterville at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10th. Deputies attempted a traffic stop on the suspect and he fled in his vehicle attempting to elude Deputies and Potterville Police Officers who pursued him to the area of Vermontville Hwy and Gunnel Rd. The suspect intentionally struck patrol vehicles during this pursuit. The suspect then fled on foot with Deputies and Officers in pursuit. The suspect was able to elude the deputies and an extensive area search was conducted.

Deputies were assisted by numerous agencies including the Potterville Police Department, Charlotte Police Department, Michigan State Police troopers, aviation unit and Fugitive Team, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, East Lansing Police Department, Lansing Police Department and Michigan State University Police.


 

MAY

 

ECSO responded to a call at Meijer where loss prevention witnessed a suspect break into a locked case and steal electronics. The suspect left the store being watched by loss prevention. Loss prevention then relayed that the suspect had got into car and began hitting other vehicles in the lot.  Deputies arrived and located the car that had fled Meijer had struck a tree near Michigan and Mall Dr South. The suspect was then seen fleeing on foot near Michigan and Green Meadows, which is near Winans Elementary School.  Winans Elementary students were on recess at this time of the fleeing suspect.  ECSO quickly contacted Waverly Schools and requested the children to be brought inside Winans and a lockdown of Winans, Waverly Middle and Waverly High Schools was also requested as precaution. 

A canine track was conducted but was unsuccessful. MSP aviation was training in the area so they helped from the air looking for the suspect. ECSO has since identified the suspect and will be requesting charges through the Eaton County Prosecutor. The stolen property was recovered in the area where the suspect fled.


 

GM Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant to host Active Violence Training exercise.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, the Delta Township Fire Department, and the General Motors Delta Assembly Plant have been working together on Active Violence Training and will be conducting a full-scale training exercise at the GM Assembly Plant in Delta Township on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.   This is part of our continued effort to prepare and train for an effective multi-agency response to an active violence incident in the tri-county area. Several local first responders will be participating including the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Delta Township Fire Department, the Michigan State Police, Charlotte Police Department, Potterville Police Department, East Lansing Police Department, Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Lansing Township Fire Department, Lansing Fire Department, Meridian Township Fire Department, Delhi Township Fire Department, and Eaton County Central Dispatch.

General Motors and first responders are training to promote public safety and to save as many lives as possible in the event something like this ever happens in the tri-county area. The exercise is closed to the public and some roads in close proximity to the plant may have partial or full closures for parts of the morning and early afternoon. Some areas around the plant will be closed except to those actively participating in the exercise.  


 

Eaton County, Charlotte PD, and Potterville PD, units temporarily shut down the north and south bound lanes of I69 Thursday night around 9:45pm for a rollover accident. A vehicle was traveling southbound on I69 at Otto rd when the driver lost control, entered the median, and rolled the vehicle, which finally came to rest in the northbound lanes of I69. Responding units were told by the occupants of the vehicle that the driver was ejected, but further investigation determined that they were not being truthful and that no one was ejected from the vehicle. No major injuries were sustained and only one vehicle was involved. At this time it is not believed that alcohol or drugs were a factor, but speed may have been.


 

At approximately 3:35 p.m. a call came in of a capsized boat near the Smithville Dam. There were 4 occupants. Three were able to reach shore. The fourth person was taken to Sparrow Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. The accident is under investigation.


 

On May 16, 2017 at 5;44am, The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to an injury accident on Island Hwy near Royston Road. The driver of a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling eastbound on Island  and ran into the back end of a 2016 Diax Icebear three wheel scooter. The driver of the scooter was thrown from the vehicle and was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the scooter was transported by Benton EMS to a Lansing Hospital with serious injuries. The driver and only occupant of the Chevrolet Cobalt was not injured. Both drivers are from the Charlotte area. Island Hwy just west of Royston was shut down for about an hour and half this morning and is now reopened. The accident remains under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.


 

Due to overwhelming response, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and the Lansing Area Safety Council are offering a second National Safety Council's Babysitter Safety Training Course on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, from 6-9 p.m. The class will teach young adults ages 11 - 15 to be responsible babysitters and citizens.

Students will be instructed on how to:

  • Set up and effectively run a babysitting business
  • Handle the basics of infant and childcare needs
  • Check the residence for household hazards
  • Give the basics of First Aid and CPR
  • React responsibly to medical emergencies and injuries
  • Properly and safely deal with stranger situations
  • Recognize emergent situations versus non-emergent and act responsibly
  • Entertain with games and songs
  • Prepare for each job
  • Interview potential clients and much more

This class will take place in the Eaton County Sheriff's Office Training Room off front lobby, 1025 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, MI 48813.  Cost is $10.00 per person payable the night of the course or on-line at www.safetycouncil.org.

 


 The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and the Lansing Area Safety Council are offering the National Safety Council's Babysitter Safety Training Course on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 6-9 p.m. The class will teach young adults ages 11 - 15 to be responsible babysitters and citizens.

Students will be instructed on how to:

  • Set up and effectively run a babysitting business
  • Handle the basics of infant and childcare needs
  • Check the residence for household hazards
  • Give the basics of First Aid and CPR
  • React responsibly to medical emergencies and injuries
  • Properly and safely deal with stranger situations
  • Recognize emergent situations versus non-emergent and act responsibly
  • Entertain with games and songs
  • Prepare for each job
  • Interview potential clients and much more

This class will take place in the Eaton County Sheriff's Office Training Room off front lobby, 1025 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, MI 48813.  Cost is $10.00 per person payable the night of the course or on-line at www.safetycouncil.org.


 

On Saturday 05-06-17 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a breaking and entering at a residence in the 600 blk of Harriet Avenue in Delta township. The homeowner had arrived home to find a subject inside the house. The suspect fled on foot. Deputies were able to quickly set up a perimeter and with the assistance of a K9 unit from the MSU police department began to track the suspect. Meanwhile, Deputies were flagged down by a citizen who told them of a subject seen hiding in the back yard of a nearby residence. Deputies located the subject who was in possession of stolen property from the residence. The K9 unit continued its track which led to where the suspect was located and recovered more stolen property. Jewelry and electronics taken from the residence were recovered. The suspect was lodged in the Eaton County Jail for the charge of Home Invasion.


 

APRIL

FREE HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES

Sheriff Tom Reich of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office announces the following schedule for free Hunter Safety classes. The response last year was tremendous and the classes were very well received. The classes will be held in the Dep. Donald E. Rice Training Room at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.:

            July 10, 11, and 13, 2017

September 5, 6, and 7, 2017

September 18, 19, and 21, 2017

October 2, 3, and 5, 2017

October 16, 17, and 19, 2017

October 30, November 1, and 2, 2017

Class size is limited to 50 students each session and there are no age restrictions. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Patrick Barnes at 543-5257.

The Hunter Safety Course, or similar approved course by another state, province or organization, is a requirement to obtaining a Michigan hunting license for anyone born on or after January 1, 1960. Even though the course is not required for persons born before that date, it is recommended, especially for beginning hunters.

Classes are taught by certified instructors who teach firearm safety and laws, basic hunting terminology, conservation, safe hunting practices, outdoor ethics, wildlife identification and management, survival, limited first aid and Michigan Wildlife Regulations. The course is free and prepares sportsmen for a safer, more rewarding experience while in the outdoors.

 


Press Release:

At 1625 hrs. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a two car personal injury crash at M-50/Stewart Rd. Initial reports said there were 2 occupants trapped inside one of the vehicles. Eaton Area EMS also responded, along with the Charlotte Fire Dept. Once extricated, two patients were transported to a Lansing Area hospital with serious injuries. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation team and Detective Bureau are continuing the investigation. At this time, Drugs and/or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in this crash.


On April 25th at 2:58 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol Deputies responded to the area of Webster Road near Old River Trail for a report of a suspicious vehicle and suspicious people in that area.  As Deputies arrived, they saw 2 people running out of the garage belonging to a resident on Webster Road.   A perimeter was formed, and after a search of the area, Deputies located and arrested two males, ages 17 and 14.  Subsequent investigation showed the suspects had been driving a stolen car and had previously broken into several other garages.  Stolen property from those crimes has been recovered, along with illegal drugs that were in the possession of one of the suspects.   The 17-year-old suspect from Grand Ledge will likely be arraigned this afternoon. He has been charged with Home Invasion 1st Degree and Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile.  The 14-year-old suspect’s identity is being withheld due to his age, but similar criminal charges have been requested for him through the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich thanks the alert citizens who immediately reported the suspicious activity and people they observed, which led to the successful apprehension of these suspects and the recovery of stolen property.   

 


 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office receives K-9 Extensive Trauma Kit for K-9 Cash from Back the Badge Michigan

Ms. Amy Waldrop, Chris Nelson, and Derica Guerra from Back the Badge Michigan came to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office today and presented Deputy Aaron Campbell and his K9 partner, Cash, with a canine extensive trauma first aid kit to take on patrol. The kits are called “buddy bags” and contain items designed for emergency first aid use in the event that K9 Cash is injured in the line of duty.

Deputy Campbell will receive training from Drs. Shull and Gehrke of the MSU Veterinary Clinic to apply these items to stabilize serious injuries to K9 Cash so he can be transported to the clinic for medical treatment.

Back the Badge Michigan received donations from Lansing Old Town restaurant Meat Southern B.B.Q., Carnivore Cuisine, and Waldrop Auto Repair of Grand Ledge from a fund raising event.

Sheriff Tom Reich is grateful for the strong support of Back the Badge Michigan and the generosity of those who contributed to provide this valuable life saving kit.

Please tune in to WILX TV-10 at 6:00 p.m. for the news story.                                 

 


 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office receives K-9 Extensive Trauma Kit for K-9 Cash from Back the Badge Michigan

On Monday, April 24th, at 3:30 pm, Ms. Amy Waldrop and Derica Guerra from Back the Badge Michigan will be at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office to present Deputy Aaron Campbell and his K9 partner, Cash, with a canine extensive trauma first aid kit to take on patrol. The kits are called “buddy bags” and contain items designed for emergency first aid use in the event that K9 Cash is injured in the line of duty.

Deputy Campbell will receive training from the MSU Veterinary Clinic to apply these items to stabilize serious injuries to K9 Cash so he can be transported to the clinic for medical treatment.

Back the Badge Michigan received donations from Lansing Old Town restaurant Meat Southern B.B.Q., Carnivore Cuisine, and Waldrop Auto Repair of Grand Ledge from a fund raising event.

Sheriff Tom Reich is grateful for the strong support of Back the Badge Michigan and the generosity of those who contributed to provide this valuable life saving kit.

 


 

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces the following Capital Area Humane Society sponsored Pet Health Fair hosted at Eaton County Animal Control, 1065 Courthouse Drive, Charlotte:

                       

Pet Health Fair

Friday, May 5 from 2-6 p.m.

Eaton County Animal Control

vFree distemper and rabies vaccines

vWellness exams

vPlease note that you will be required to show some type of proof that you are in need of these services and are unable to pay. The following are examples of documents we will accept:

  • Social Security
  • Unemployment
  • Bridge Card
  • Michigan Section 8
  • Military ID (active)
  • College ID (currently enrolled)

No appointment needed. We will see up to 200 pets on first come, first served basis. All dogs must be leashed. All cats must be in a carrier. CAHS is providing this service only to benefit your family and pet. For more information, please contact the Capital Area Humane Society at (517) 626-6060.


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting the third Annual Five O 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at Sharp Park in Delta Township, Lansing, Michigan. The race starts at 10:00 a.m.

This event promises to be a fun-filled event for the entire family. In addition to the 5K Run/Walk, we will have an obstacle course for kids of all ages, a large display of emergency vehicles, and refreshments. First, second, and third place medals will be awarded in each age group.

In years past, proceeds from this event have paid for memorial plaques at the gravesites of our three fallen Deputies-Deputy Rice, Deputy Foster and Deputy Platt, and we were able to help so many other projects such as helping to fund ten honor guard uniforms, helping the Law Enforcement Unity Tour, contributing to the Michigan Law Enforcement Memorial, and other events that are law enforcement related.

The purpose of this event is to raise funds to again help any law enforcement related projects including continuing to support the Law Enforcement Unity Tour and helping to fund more honor guard equipment.   We use the honor guard at many functions including funerals that are law enforcement related. We also continue to give donations to area events or memorials that honor fallen officers.

We are also fortunate to have such noteworthy sponsors as Cops & Donuts, Quality Dairy, Canteen Services, Hedlund Plumbing, Dart Bank, MSU Federal Credit Union, and Commissioners Jane Whitacre and Howard Spence, just to name a few. We are grateful to our sponsors and the outpouring of community support for this annual event.

If you would like to participate in this family-oriented event, please visit the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office facebook page or email Jerri Nesbitt at Jnesbitt@eatoncounty.org for a registration form. Also, please contact Jerri at 517-543-5019 if you have any questions.

 


 

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 3:25pm, The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a rollover injury accident on Lansing Road between Kinsel and Stewart in Benton Township. Deputies were advised that at least one subject had been ejected from the vehicle. Charlotte Police Department and Potterville Police Department responded to the scene to assist. Benton Township Fire Department and EMS along with Eaton Area EMS responded as well. The vehicle had been traveling northbound on I-69 and lost control north of Otto Road. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled multiple times coming to rest on Lansing Road. The vehicle was occupied by 4 people. One backseat passenger was ejected from the vehicle and landed on Lansing Road. All four were transported to Lansing hospitals with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and it is believed that drugs and speed both factored into the cause of the accident.


 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputy receives Life Saving Award:

On April 17,2017 Deputy John Davidson was presented with a Life Saving Award from the Delta Township Fire Department . On February 26, 2017 Deputy Davidson was dispatched to the home of Noah and Shelly Busse in Delta Township. Noah had collapsed while assisting their son who was experiencing a medical problem. Noah was reported to be non-responsive and not breathing.

Deputy Davidson arrived to find Shelly administering CPR on her husband who was still unconscious and not breathing. Deputy Davidson had brought his assigned Automatic Electronic Defibrillator from his patrol vehicle and calmly but quickly applied this medical instrument. The AED delivered a shock which restored heart rhythm and Noah began breathing on his own. Deputy Ron Howard also arrived and assisted Deputy Davidson in continuing CPR.

Delta Township Fire Department Paramedics arrived on scene and immediately observed the effects of Deputy Davidson’s efforts, advising that Noah was breathing on his own and his color was returning. The paramedics continued administering life saving procedures and transported Noah to the hospital.

In presenting the award, Chief John Clark stated that Noah Busse had suffered a major heart attack and without a doubt, the quick response and efforts of Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Davidson saved his life.

Noah Busse has made a full recovery and was present with his wife and son for the award presentation. Noah expressed his deep gratitude by publicly thanking Deputy Davidson for saving his life.

Sheriff Reich stated “I am very proud of Deputy Davidson’s professional and effective use of his training and issued AED to fulfill our number one priority- protecting the lives of those we serve.”

Sheriff Reich also wishes to again recognize the Bretton Woods Lions Club 2015 donation which contributed to the purchase of our patrol AED’s.


 

PI Accident –

Occurred April 11, 2017,

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 2 car crash on Lansing Rd just west of Creyts this morning.  A motorist was having car trouble and his vehicle stalled in the roadway.  He put his hazards on and then he was struck from behind by another vehicle.  The second car was travelling at a very high rate of speed at the time of impact. The impact flipped the stalled car onto its side.  The second car was found to be at fault and the driver was cited. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and had to be towed.  The at-fault driver was not injured.  The driver of the stalled vehicle was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.


 

A nightshift employee at the MSU power plant who is also a volunteer at the Roscommon County Animal Shelter was driving home early this morning after her shift when she observed a stray dog eating along the Potterville exit ramp on I-69. She stopped and tried to coax the dog, but it was very skittish and ran toward I-69. She called into Central Dispatch to report the dog and went to the Shell gas station at that exit and bought dog and cat food, then drove back to the location. When she got there, Dep. Lopez was on scene. She stayed back and watched Dep. Lopez use his tactful charms to earn the stray dog's trust and was enticing him with Cheetos. The dog was very hungry, eating along I-69, and appeared to have been lost for awhile. Dep. Lopez was able to put the dog in his warm patrol vehicle and bring him to Animal Control. Animal Control Officers fed the dog, had him medically checked, and was given his shots. They said the dog is very well behaved. Special thanks are extended to the concerned MSU power plant employee and Dep. Lopez for their concern in saving the life of this stray dog.


 

On Monday, April 3rd, the daughter of two of our Eaton County senior citizens called asking if Eaton County Deputies could check on the well being of her parents. The daughter was concerned because her dad has a serious illness. Deputies Schlossberg and Hilliker responded and learned that the parents’ furnace had stopped working 4 days ago, and the wife had her husband wrapped in blankets. The Deputies asked if they could look at the furnace. They first determined that the pilot light was lit and by checking further discovered that the electrical breaker had tripped. They flipped the breaker and the furnace started working. They also encouraged her to keep her repair appointment to ensure there wasn’t something more serious causing the problem. The citizen called Administrative staff expressing her gratitude to the Deputies who went out of their way to help them.

This is one of many examples of the hearts for service that our Deputies have. We could post examples weekly - and probably should.   We are proud of Deputy Schlossberg and Deputy Hilliker and all of our Deputies who go far beyond law enforcement and try to be problems solvers, making a positive difference in our communities whenever they can.

Sheriff Tom Reich



 

MARCH

On 3/31/17 at approximately 5:35pm the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office - Delta Patrol responded to a call placed by employees inside the Lansing Mall, in reference to a male subject being in possession of a handgun.

Responding Deputies located the subject inside the mall and he was taken into custody without incident. The subject was not found to be in possession of a firearm.

The subject was lodged at the Eaton County Jail. Charges related to this incident are pending at this time and are being requested through the Eaton Prosecutor’s Office.

There is no threat to the public, and no injuries were reported as a result of this incident.


 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies investigate methamphetamine lab, 2 suspects arrested.

In the early morning hours on March 21, 2017, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies conducted a search warrant at a residence on East Street in Olivet.   Deputies seized methamphetamine manufacturing lab components, materials and suspected methamphetamine. Deputies arrested the two residents, a 33-year-old male and a 23-year-old female (who was also wanted for two Bench warrants). Charges are being sought from the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office for:

  1. Felony-Operating/maintaining methamphetamine manufacturing lab,
  2. Felony- possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine
  3. Domestic assault (male suspect)

Authorized by:

Undersheriff Jeff Cook       


 

FATAL PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT -

This morning at approximately 5:45 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a vehicle/pedestrian Personal Injury crash on South Waverly Road near the I496 on ramp in Delta Township. A pickup truck driven by a 28 year old Delta Township man, struck a pedestrian in the south bound lane of Waverly road. The critically injured pedestrian, a 38 year old Lansing man, was transported to the hospital but did not survive his injuries. The fatal crash remains under investigation at this time.

Authorized by:

Undersheriff Jeff Cook


 

Eaton County Hosts Autism Safety Field Response Training

 

Over the last two days, Scott Schuelke from the Autism Alliance of Michigan presented four sessions of Autism Safety Field Response training at the Eaton County Sheriff's Office. 85 first responders from across the mid-Michigan area attended this training, which provides information to help first responders recognize possible signs of a person who may have autism. It also provides tips and tools to help first responders interact safely and effectively with those with autism. To date approximately 50 Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, including Corrections personnel, have taken this training. We are grateful for this program, and send our thanks to Mr. Schuelke, the Autism Alliance of Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for providing this valuable training!

                                        

Authorized by:

Undersheriff Jeff Cook


 

PIA-Press Release

On 3/15/17 at 8:50pm, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single vehicle personal injury crash which occurred in the 5000 block of Allegan Road in Vermontville Township.  Preliminary investigation indicates a Subaru was traveling northbound on Allegan Road when it left the roadway and struck several trees.  Vermontville Fire and Eaton Area EMS responded to the scene to treat the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle for injures.  Aero Med responded and airlifted the victim, a 52 year old male Vermontville area resident to a local hospital for treatment.  The victim remains in critical condition.  The crash remains under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Team.



 

Eaton County successfully implements on-line Self Reporting Storm Damage program.

With the recent wind storm which caused damage to residences in multiple areas throughout Eaton County, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services activated its new on-line self reporting tool for public use. The program was only recently developed by Eaton County’s Technology Department GIS Specialist and the wind storm was the first time it was used. Residents were able to self enter property damage from the storm, allowing Emergency Services officials to get a much faster understanding as to the extent of losses. The reports can be viewed by using the County’s GIS mapping applications, as soon as they are entered.

Self Reported Information gathered was verified by reviewing the homeowner’s uploaded photos, and in some cases on site visits by Sgt. Brown, Emergency Services Program Manager. The number of reports, degree of damage, and damage amount estimate of losses is then forwarded on to the Emergency Management/Homeland Security Division (EMHSD) of the Michigan State Police. Any personal information which is self entered, (name, phone numbers, etc), is not included in the forwarded report. With the type of damage we normally see from a wind event, the basic homeowners policy does cover the majority of the losses. What the EMHSD looks closely at is the amount of losses not typically covered by the homeowners insurance policy, and if that damage makes the primary residence un-inhabitable. This on-line tool helps get this information to EMHSD sooner, which can speed up emergency disaster relief. All damage is rated using strict criteria set by the EMHSD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  

Historically, damage assessment by Emergency Services is very labor and time intensive. With the entire county affected, assessors would have had to conduct drive-by surveys, which would not include damage not visible from the road. By utilizing technology, we are able to get a much more comprehensive report with less hours spent in the field.

We had some minor implementation issues, as this was the first time this program had ever been used, but overall Sheriff Reich said he is very satisfied with how it performed. Over 11,700 people were reached simply by posting the link to this program on the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. For any future events, the web page link would again be posted on-line on the Sheriff’s web site, Facebook page and with local media partners.

Eaton County received about seventy reports of damage via the on-line reporting tool. Sixty-five of the reports reviewed were found to be at the “affected” level, which is the lowest. These may include loss of shingles, siding, or damage to structures other than the primary residence. Five damage reports were rated higher, mostly due to trees falling on houses. Had the storm caused more severe damage, this type of information would be the first step toward possibly obtaining any State of Federal disaster relief. While any property damage is very disruptive to our daily lives, the loss of the primary residence is what we are most concerned about.

Authorized by:

Undersheriff Jeff Cook


For Immediate Media Release:

On Monday, March 13, 2017 at approximately 7:39 pm, Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Delta Township Division, responded to an armed robbery of the Admiral gas station, located at 4306 W. Saginaw Hwy.

                      

Initial information indicates a light skinned black male suspect entered the business and displayed a handgun to an employee. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of money and fled the business to a nearby vehicle. The employee was not injured.

The Detective Bureau of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this incident.

If you have any information related to this incident please contact the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

 


For Immediate Media Release:

SHERIFF'S OFFICE URGES EXTREME CAUTION DURING WIND ADVISORY

March 8, 2017 (Eaton County, Mich.) – Sheriff Tom Reich and the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to use extreme caution as Eaton County experiences wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour or more.

Reports of downed power lines, nonworking traffic signals, downed trees and large branches, and traffic accidents due to the wind gusts are occurring throughout the county.

“Please do not go near a downed power line and be aware of the potential for fallen trees, branches, and blowing debris that may cause a potentially dangerous situation,” said Sheriff Tom Reich.

Please report any cases of power outages to your power company provider and report any emergency situations by dialing 911.

 


FREE BOATING SAFETY CLASSES

 Sheriff Tom Reich announces free Boating Safety classes. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting these classes from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the following dates:

            May 1, 2, and 4, 2017

May 15, 16, and 18, 2017

May 30, 31, and June 1, 2017

            June 12, 13, and 15, 2017

            June 19, 20, and 22, 2017

Classes will be held in the Sheriff’s Office Dep. Donald E. Rice Training Room, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte and there are no age restrictions.  

This is a course for all boaters, the personal watercraft operator; the hunter or fisherman operating an outboard utility boat; the skipper of a family ski boat; the sailing enthusiast. All boaters must follow the same nautical rules, regulations and courtesies of the water. All are subject to the same forces of nature while boating.

As boating is often a family activity, the course is of value to all members of a boating family.

Qualified, enthusiastic and experienced instructors provide instruction as a public service. There is never a charge for instruction. While the content of the student manual serves as the basis for this course, it will also serve as a reference book in basic boating long after the course work is completed. The course meets the educational standards of NASBLA, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and features a final examination as required by Michigan Law.

Please call Patrick Barnes at 517-543-5257 to register.



FEBRUARY

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE EATON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:

Update on yesterday’s (02/18/2017) triple fatal vehicle accident in Walton Township, Eaton County.

The three victims of the crash are all family members, and were all from the single vehicle involved.  They are listed below:

KEVIN HAAS, age 63, from Linden, MI

KIMBERLY TRASCIATTI, age 66, from Howell, MI

LORRAINE HAAS, age 88, from Hartland, MI

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.


PRESS RELEASE:

 

On 2/18/2017 at 7:26 AM, Eaton County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a personal injury accident located near I-69 and Ainger Road in Walton Township, Eaton County. This was a one car accident that started on the offramp from southbound I-69 to Ainger Road. The vehicle, a blue Ford pickup, left the roadway while exiting and crashed in a swampy, wooded area. There were three occupants in the vehicle. Two were ejected from the vehicle. All three suffered fatal injuries. Two of the occupants were pronounced deceased at the scene, and one was transported to the hospital but later pronounced deceased. Names of the victims are not being released until notification can be made to the family. The ECSO Accident Team and Detective Bureau is investigating.


Media Release:

Eaton County Sheriff Deputy narrowly escapes serious injury from suspected Drunk Driver.

On February 2, 2017 at approximately 2:12 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were assisting Michigan State Police Trooper Williams who had made a traffic stop on E/B Saginaw Hwy at Canal Road. Deputy Stopczynski was standing near the front of his patrol vehicle when an E/B pickup truck struck the driver’s side of the patrol vehicle and then his left arm, very nearly running him over. Deputy Schlegel, who was standing just to the right of Deputy Stopczynski when he was struck, and Trooper Williams pursued the suspect vehicle E/B on Saginaw Hwy and arrested the driver (lone occupant) at the Meijer gas station on Saginaw Hwy.

The suspect is identified as 25-year-old Lansing resident, Benjamin Murphy. (See attached photo)

Murphy has been arraigned on charges issued by the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office of:

  1. OWI (misdemeanor)

  2. Failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing injury (1 year misdemeanor)  

  3. Fleeing and Eluding Police Officer 4th degree, (2 year Felony).

Sheriff Tom Reich stated “We are tremendously relieved and grateful to inform you that Deputy Stopczynski was treated at a local hospital and will be back to full duty soon. Only a foot of space separated Deputy Stopczynski from being severely injured or killed. It is very fortunate that Deputy Schlegel and Trooper Williams were not also struck. This highlights the danger law enforcement officers face very day when conducting traffic stops or investigating vehicle crashes on our streets and highways.”


JANUARY

On 01/21/17 at approximately 2:50pm Eaton County deputies responded to a car v. bicycle accident in the area of Battle Creek Rd. and Cronk Hwy, just outside the village of Bellevue.  A couple, Richard Pulliam, age 66, and Shelly Pulliam, age 65, were riding a tandem bicycle northbound on Battle Creek Rd, when it was hit from behind by a car which was also traveling northbound.  Shelley Pulliam died at the scene and Richard Pulliam was transported to Sparrow Hospital and is in critical condition. Battle Creek Rd. was shut down until 7:00pm while deputies processed the scene.  The accident is still under investigation at this time, but the road has since been reopened.


 

 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to an Armed Robbery at KFC, 4509 W. Saginaw Hwy around 10:30 pm Sunday night. The suspect entered the store and displayed a gun to get an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect then fled on foot eastbound from the store. A K9 track was unsuccessful. Nobody was injured in the incident. Anybody with information can contact Detective Buxton 517-323-8484.

 

Weekly Update January to June 2017

 

June 2017


 

Weekly Update

June 26, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

29 Alarms 9 Car/deer   accidents
27 Assist Citizen