Office of the Eaton County Sheriff 



Sheriff Tom Reich

Sheriff Tom Reich
1025 Independence Blvd
Charlotte, Michigan 48813

517-543-3512 or 517-372-8217


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2013 News Release





 As the winter storm worsens please don’t forget your pets.  Bring pets indoors or appropriate shelter as wind chills are forecasted to drop significantly in the next 24 hours.  Be sure that they have plenty of food and keep their water fresh.  If you need emergency shelter for your pets call the non-emergency number 517-543-3510.


Eaton County Authorities are asking all Eaton County residents to stay off the roads unless there is an emergency. Roads are covered with downed wires, trees and low hanging branches.


Road crews are out trying to make roads passable but are concentrating on those roads most traveled.


Stay out from under trees and power lines whether you are walking or in a vehicle. Large branches can do extensive damage and take power lines down before you have the chance to react.


Please remember that 9-1-1 is handling emergency dispatching and will have no information on power restoration. Contact your local power company for that information.


We have wide spread reports of wires down around Eaton County; only call 9-1-1 to report a wire down if it is arcing or sparking. Otherwise, stay away from the line and call your utility company.


If you are without power please remember these safety tips from FEMA when using alternative heating sources: All heating equipment needs space. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away. Supervise children whenever a wood stove or space heater is being used. Have a three-foot "kid-free" zone around open fires and space heaters.


Wood Stoves Wood stoves cause over 4,000 residential fires every year. Carefully follow the manufacturer's installation and maintenance instructions. Look for solid construction, such as plate steel or cast iron metal. Check for cracks and inspect legs, hinges and door seals for smooth joints and seams. Use only seasoned wood for fuel, not green wood, artificial logs, or trash. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets. Inspect and clean your pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions. Electric Space Heaters Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Check to make sure it has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over. Heaters are not dryers or tables; don't dry clothes or store


objects on top of your heater. Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip. Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use. Kerosene Heaters Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and check with your local fire department on the legality of kerosene heater use in your community. Never fill your heater with gasoline or camp stove fuel; both flare-up easily. Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene. When refueling, allow the appliance to cool first and then refuel outside. Never overfill any portable heater. Use the kerosene heater in a well ventilated room. Fireplaces Fireplaces regularly build up creosote in their chimneys. They need to be cleaned out frequently and chimneys should be inspected for obstructions and cracks to prevent deadly chimney and roof fires. Check to make sure the damper is open before starting any fire. Never burn trash, paper or green wood in your fireplace. These materials cause heavy creosote buildup and are difficult to control. Use a screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks. Don't wear loose-fitting clothes near any open flame. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed. Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water. Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.



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Please help us congratulate and welcome ECSO's newest K9 teams! Both teams graduated from Police K9 handler school on Friday December 6th. Deputy Whipp and his K9 partner Karma are assigned to the Corrections Division.  Deputy Sidel and his K-9 partner Cash are assigned to the Delta Patrol.







The Eaton County Animal Control (ECAC), a division of the Sheriff’s office, works very closely with the Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS).  CAHS accepts many animals each year for adoption from the ECAC shelter.  Also, several times each year CAHS Veterinarians and staff come to the ECAC shelter in Charlotte and conduct a pet fair providing free pet vaccinations, worming, and wellness exams for Eaton  County residents.  Additionally, CAHS provides emergency medical care to ECAC Shelter animals as well as many other valuable services free of charge to ECAC.


This year Eaton County Animal Control will be participating in the Annual CAHS Holiday Open House and Adoption Event.  This event will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 11 am to 6 pm at the CAHS Shelter located at 7095 W. Grand River Ave in Lansing just E of the I-96/ Grand River ext. 


This event will consist of photos with Santa, special pricing on adoptions, a bake sale, and much more.  This year several of the pets up for adoption will be from the ECAC shelter.  Also an Eaton County Sheriff’s representative will be present to answer any questions or concerns regarding Animal Control.


We hope to see you there!!




On Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 Eaton County Central Dispatch received multiple 9-1-1 calls coming from non-service initialized cell phones. Some of the calls were hang up’s and others reported “my house is on fire”.  Dispatch Personnel could determine that the calls were coming from an area just north of Eaton Rapids.  The nuisance calls appeared to be coming from children playing on the phone.  After a period of time, it was determined that the calls were coming from a school bus and they were able to pin point a particular area where the calls were coming from. Dispatch staff then contacted local school districts to determine if they had a bus in the area.  It was finally found that Mason Schools had a bus in the general area where the calls were coming from. The District was asked to contact the bus driver in an attempt to have the phone taken away from the children.  The bus driver found several non-service initiated cell phones were being used by students on the bus.
It’s important to understand that non-service initialize cell phones are those that have had service turned off or those that never had service initiated to begin with.  The FCC requires that all wireless carriers allow calls to be placed to 9-1-1 whether or not the cell phone has an active plan.  Parents should realize that old cell phones that are discontinued from service, but have an active battery can be used to call 9-1-1.  Cell phones should not be considered as a toy.  
Please understand that the time it takes for our 9-1-1 Dispatchers to solve problems such as these takes precious time away from true emergencies.  Each of these calls tied up a phone line that should stay open for those who really need help.  According to Michigan Law, making a false report of an emergency to 9-1-1 is a crime.  Please talk to your children and let them know that calling 9-1-1 is serious business.



On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Detective Jim Maltby was conducting surveillance of a possible suspect in recent area home invasions. During this surveillance, the suspect was observed entering a residence and was in the residence for several minutes. Detective Maltby and Deputies from the Delta Patrol apprehended the suspect as he left the home, and recovered property stolen from that home. Detectives believe this suspect is connected to other home invasions in the Lansing area, and continue to investigate.

Daniel Evan Palmer is lodged at the Eaton County Jail. Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd’s office issued charges on Palmer who was arraigned on 2 counts of Home Invasion 2nd. He is currently being held on a $5,000 cash/surety/10% bond.




Daniel Evan Palmer, Lansing, MI



On 11/11/13 at approximately 1253 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a

one car fatal accident on Bellevue Hwy west of Tucker Rd in Hamlin Township, Eaton County.

Buddy Wasper, 43 year old male, from Mason was pronounced dead at the scene.  The crash

remains under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Team.

Sgt Josh Ivey











On August 23, 2013 Eaton County Sheriff Sergeant Scott Brooks and Deputy Robert Gillentine were dispatched to I 96 where they were advised to be on the lookout for a suspicious subject traveling through Eaton County enroute to Warren, Michigan. The two officers spotted the suspected vehicle and stopped it. The driver was wanted for the Criminal Sexual Conduct to a child. The suspect was arrested and turned over to Michigan State Police.

Sgt. Scott Brooks is shown above with Sheriff Tom Reich receiving recognition from the Office of Highway Safety Planning for the arrest. Sgt. Brooks was working under the Law Enforcement Labor Day Campaign against Drunk Drivers and Seat Belt Enforcement when the incident took place.



On Sunday evening November 3, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Lansing Mall, held a joint training exercise in order to practice a coordinated response to an active violence incident. The training scenario, held at the Lansing Mall, simulated a shooting involving several suspects and multiple victims. This scenario used actors from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorer Post, and involved members of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office patrol staff and Special Response Team, along with staff from the Lansing Mall, Lansing Mall Security, Delta Township Fire Department, and Eaton County Central Dispatch. All agencies involved were able to practice portions of their response plan as the scenario progressed.

Sheriff Reich notes, “In order to minimize the loss of life during an actively violent incident, it is critically important to have strong response plans in place, and to have practiced those plans. An exercise such as this allows us to test and improve our existing plans, and practice coordinating a response involving multiple agencies so that we are all better prepared and more effective should a tragic event occur in this area. I commend all who made this training exercise possible, and thank them for their hard work and commitment to keeping us all safe.”

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The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, along with Olivet College, hosted an emergency response exercise on Saturday, October 26th. The exercise took place at the Olivet College Library and was designed to simulate area Law Enforcement and EMS response to an active violence/shooting incident at an educational facility.

Deputies from Eaton County Sheriff’s Office were joined by Deputies from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the Charlotte, Eaton Rapids and Grand Ledge police departments at the Olivet Fire Station. After safety checks and an initial briefing, an on scene Eaton County 911 dispatcher sent the first responders to the library. The dispatcher also sent an ambulance to the scene to triage and treat any “victims”. Medical support was provided by Eaton Area EMS.

Several students from Olivet College and members of the Sheriff’s Office Explorers group served as actors for the exercise. Some of these were made up to look as if they had been injured by the intruder. The “moulage” looked very realistic and added an additional element of stress for the responding officers. As the responders entered the library, they were met by victims who directed them to the general area where the suspect was. The responders had to locate the suspect using previously trained tactics, while dealing with the victims and keeping themselves safe.

All of the responders and actors did an excellent job during the scenario. The realism that an exercise like this creates was evident on the faces of the responders as they dealt with the events in the exercise. While no exercise can ever fully simulate the level of stress during an actual incident, the practicing of specialized skills helps responders should they ever need them.

In conjunction with the field exercise, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated and staffed at the Sheriff’s Office. EOC staff discussed what types of challenges they would be faced with in an actual event such as this, what additional resources would be needed, and reviewed the emergency plans already in place. Plans with the best of intentions always need to be reviewed and practiced to see if they would work in a real situation. The staff worked through over three hours of challenges and came up with several very inventive ideas on how to support the on-scene response activities.

By the end of the day, over 70 responders, actors and EOC staff had participated in the response exercise. Sheriff Reich places a high priority in planning and conducting pro-active training/response exercises to life threatening incidents and would like to extend a special thank you to Olivet College for hosting the exercise as well as to all the agencies who participated. Their dedication to the safety of the public not only shows by their commitment to participation in an event such as this, but on a daily basis across our area.



On Thursday, October 30, 2013 at approximately 2:15 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a two car personal injury crash on Lansing Road near the I69 interchange in Windsor Township.

Witnesses reported that a vehicle was exiting the south bound ramp of I-69, failed to stop at the stop sign and struck a vehicle going northbound on Lansing Road.

Drivers of both vehicles were transported to local hospitals. There were no passengers.

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





Halloween is only hours away and soon our streets will be filled with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating.


               To help ensure this Halloween is safe for your children, Sheriff Reich offers the following safety tips:


  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping. Masks should not be too restrictive with adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision. Consider using cosmetics to create fun or scary faces instead of masks.
  • Watch costumed children around pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened, especially if the child is using a prop such as a sword or dagger as part of their costume.
  • Avoid hard plastic or wooden props, opting instead for items made of foam rubber which is soft and flexible.
  • To help make the child more visible after dark, trick-or-treaters should carry a brightly colored bag and a flashlight or glow stick. Add reflective tape to the sides, front, and back of the child’s costume.
  • At all times, watch for traffic and avoid walking in the street whenever possible.
  • An adult should always accompany young children. A parent should stay within close range of young children at all times and children should never be allowed to go down a street alone. Walk with your children to each house and wait near the porch or front entrance of the home until they return.
  • Older children should travel in pairs or in groups at all times while trick-or- treating and never venture down a dark, empty street.
  • Parents should know the route that their children are following. Children should always walk together to the front door of each house and only cross the street at crosswalks.
  • Dark, unlit homes should be avoided.
  • Children should save their candy until they get home so you can inspect it. Discard any unwrapped or suspicious looking goodies. If your child does get sick, call your family doctor or the hospital emergency room immediately and save all wrappers. It is also helpful to determine what he or she ate and which house it came from.

Keep flammable items, such as your jack-o-lantern, away from small children, pets, and flammable materials such as draperies, furniture, and paper decorations. Never leave a candle burning unattended.




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Missing person Farhan Silevany 62 y/o. He has Alzheimers, walked away from family at Menards in Delta Twp. Described as 5 ft 8 in, balding. He was last seen wearing brown sweater with red stripe, brownish coat, and black fleece pants. He is unable to speak. Family lives on Lansing's near west side. If located, please contact Eaton County 911: 517-372-8217 ext 1350.



Tyler Dennis Harris, w/m, 11/22/88 died as the result of a personal injury crash on Smithville Road south of Plains Highway near Eaton Rapids on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at approximately 2:15 a.m. The vehicle that Mr. Harris was driving was south bound on Smithville, went off the road, was over corrected went in a ditch and struck several trees. Mr. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.




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Congratulations to Deputy Block & his partner Onyx.  Sheriff Tom Reich
& all members of the Eaton County Sheriff's Office sincerely thank all who made 
K-9 Onyx's new vest possible - especially Vested Interest in K9's!

Onyx vest was provided by Vested Interest in K9’s INC through a donation from Alta-Tolhaus German Shepherd Dogs.

Deputy Block and K9 Onyx are the new Armor Express K9 representative team. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who made this possible. Thanks to Kelly Kammeraad for the photo’s!



On Saturday morning 10/19/13 around 0400 hrs Delta Deputies responded to call of a car in Ramblewood Apts (6150 W. Michigan Ave) that was crashing into other cars and destroying property. Deputies quickly located this car which had crashed into some rocks and was empty. This vehicle had crashed into numerous cars,  mailboxes and signs as well. Deputies found out that the suspects had got into another car and fled the complex. Deputy Hilliker soon after this spotted the suspect car and stopped it. Inside the car Deputy Hilliker located a large amount of electronics believed to be stolen. The occupants were taken into custody. Later that morning ECSO Delta Patrol responded to over 30 calls of Malicious Destruction of Property’s, larceny from autos, and breaking and entering of garages.

            The suspects were lodged at the Eaton County Jail pending formal charges by the Eaton County Prosecutor. Deputies continue to investigate the large amount of complaints involved in this crime spree. It is believed that the two suspects are responsible for at least a majority of the calls responded to later that day. ECSO wants to thank the public for their assistance in apprehending these suspects. ECSO also wants to credit Deputy Hilliker in doing a great job. We take pride in the fact that we had suspects in custody prior to many of these complaints being filed. ECSO still has a great deal of investigation to complete before this case is wrapped up. If anyone suspects they may have been a victim of this and have property they are missing we encourage you to contact the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Substation at (517) 323-8480.

Sgt. Mark Wriggelsworth



On April 13, 2013 Eaton County Deputies assisted by Charlotte Police Department investigated a possible methamphetamine lab in the City of Charlotte. Deputy Gillentine and Deputy Ruedisueli acting on information received and the possible suspect having outstanding warrants went to a barn off of Lansing Street assisted by Charlotte Police Department. They located the suspect, searched the barn and discovered a large methamphetamine lab. Two arrests were made.


Charges were sought on James Harrison and Jesus Medrano III and issued by the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney.

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Doug Lloyd credits Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Adam Strong with the successful prosecution of the following people:

James Hilton Harrison: Charged with Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory Involving Methamphetamine, Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory Near a Specified Place, and Delivery of Methamphetamine.  Defendant pled on 07/11/2013 to all three counts with a Habitual Offender 2nd notice in exchange for his minimum sentence being a cap of 9 years.  Defendant sought to withdraw his guilty plea prior to sentencing.  On 9/12/2013, Defendant’s motion to withdraw his guilty plea was denied by Judge Cunningham.  On 10/03/2013, Judge Cunningham sentenced Defendant to 9 years to 30 years in MDOC, restitution of $424 to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department, restitution of $137.59 to Dollar Treat and More (this was a stipulation on an unrelated case), and other standard fines and costs.  Defendant’s Circuit Court Probation on his other open methamphetamine lab charge from 2012 was revoked and he was sentenced on that file to 9 years to 20 years.

Jesus Medrano III: Charged with Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory Involving Methamphetamine, Operating/Maintaining a Laboratory Near a Specified Place, and Possession of Methamphetamine.  Defendant pled to all three counts on 6/06/2013 in exchange for a sentencing cap at the middle of the guidelines.  On 7/18/2013, Judge Cunningham sentenced Defendant to 32 months to 20 years on counts 1 and 2 and 32 months to 10 years on count 3, restitution of $424 to Bio Clean, other standard fines and costs, and allowed Defendant to apply for Boot Camp through MDOC (which he is currently in).


Sheriff Tom Reich notes the coordination of efforts and team work with Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte Police Department and the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney’s office in taking a methamphetamine producer out of the system.





On Saturday 09-28-13 at 6:00 p.m. Deputies responded to the Lansing Mall in Delta Township for the report of a subject setting a vehicle on fire in the parking lot. Using a description provided by a witness, Deputies were able to locate the suspect in a vehicle a short distance away. The Delta Township Fire Department responded and extinguished the vehicle fire. The suspect was arrested and lodged at the Eaton County Jail for Arson and Larceny from a Motor Vehicle. Delta Deputies and the Delta Township Fire Department arson investigator are handling the investigation.


Authority: Sgt. Casey Tietsort



A white female subject used a stolen $300.00 gift card taken from a group home to purchase items at the Walmart in Ionia, Michigan at 8:16 am on 8/20/2013. If anyone has any idea who she is, please contact Deputy Aaron Roberts (info below). She purchased groceries, kid's clothing (boy and girl), and back to school kid's items. Eaton County # 2013-5716.


Aaron Roberts, Deputy


Eaton County Sheriff's Office

1025 Independence Blvd

Charlotte, MI 



On September 26, 2013 at approximately 3:35 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies from the Delta Patrol responded to Breaking and Entering in progress at the Waverly Party Store. A suspect pried open the back door. Suspect is a male of unknown ethnicity wearing a gray sweater or sweatshirt, dark hat and dark pants.  Seen leaving the area in a dark blue SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer.

Anyone with information should contact the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office at 517-543-3510.

Lt. Jeff Campbell



September 17, 2013

Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to an Armed Robbery in the 4800 Block of W. Saginaw Hwy in Delta Township at 10:07 PM.  The suspect entered the Clark Gas Station, brandished a firearm and demanded money from the Clerk.  The suspect fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.  The Lansing Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office by sending a K9 unit to attempt to track the suspect.  It is believed the suspect fled in a vehicle after a short K9 track was conducted.  No one was hurt in the robbery.

The suspect is described as a Black Male, 5’11, thin build.  Wearing a Red Sweatshirt, Black pants with a white scarf or bandana covering his face.

This is all the information that will be released at this time.  For further information, please contact the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office PIO.

Authority Sgt. Adam Morris





 Eaton County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking that anyone who witnessed the events up to the crash on I96 near Saginaw Highway on September 11, 2013 at approximately 1:30 p.m. please contact Detective James Maltby at 517-323-8489.

Vehicles that were involved are a 1997 Red Ford Expedition and a 2009 Silver Chevrolet Trail Blazer.


Eaton County Sheriff Officials advise that Natalie Ann-Marie McGill, 4 years of age of Grand Ledge is the child that died as a result of her injuries in the crash on September 11, 2013 on I-96.

Eaton County Sheriff Deputies from Delta Patrol responded to a two car, personal injury crash at approximately 1:35 p.m. on westbound I96 near Saginaw Highway. It was reported that a vehicle rolled several times in the median with one passenger that appears to be ejected and two other occupants trapped in the vehicle with Delta Fire Department on scene.

One of the passengers is a child and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. A second passenger who is an adult was transported in serious condition and a third person who is an adult was transported from the second vehicle with non-life threatening injuries.

Cause of crash still under investigation by Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies

West bound I96 has one lane open and east bound I96 is being routed onto west Saginaw – Sheriff ‘s officials are still unsure how long I96 will be closed.

Lt. Jeff Campbell



On September 5, 2013 at 5:55 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Crash on I96 near Creyts Road. The male driver of a van lost control of his vehicle, hit the guard rail several times and came to rest in the left passing lane of I96. A car came around a curve in the road, did not see the van and struck the van. Both male drivers were transported by Windsor EMS to Sparrow hospital with minor injuries.

Traffic on I96 was diverted for approximately one hour.

Sgt. Jim West



On September 4, 2013 at 8:13 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies from Delta Patrol responded to a two car crash at EB I496 at S. Creyts Road where it was reported two vehicles were involved with one having rolled over in the median and the other in the ditch.

An Audi passenger car was stopped in backed up traffic on 496 when a Ford passenger car hit the Audi from behind sending the Audi into the median and the Ford rolled over in the median. Both drivers had minor injuries and the male driver of the Audi was transported to Sparrow Hospital by Delta Township Fire Department.

Eastbound 496 was reopened at 9:21 a.m.

Deputy Jason Shipman






On August 30, 2013 at 2:47 p.m. Eaton County Sheriff Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a one vehicle personal injury crash on West Saginaw near Robins Road. The driver stated that the brakes on the vehicle failed, and in an attempt to avoid crashing into the vehicle ahead veered to the right and rolled the vehicle on its top off the road. Two adults and two children were transported to the hospital with injuries unknown at this time.

Sgt. Scott Bair



Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich welcomes Rod Sadler as the new Emergency Services Regional Planner.

Rod is returning to the Sheriff’s Office after retiring in 2012 as a Sergeant in the Road Patrol. He replaces John Imeson who is now the Assistant Director of Central Dispatch.





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Shortly after 2pm on 8/27/13, Deputies from the Delta Patrol responded to the Elmwood Park Apartment complex on a report of three men passing around a handgun. Deputies located these individuals in the parking lot of the complex, and upon further investigation learned that one man was wanted by the Lansing Police on an arrest warrant for Unarmed Robbery. He was arrested and turned over to the Lansing Police. A second man was found to be in violation of a personal protection order, so he was arrested and lodged at the Eaton County Jail. A third man was arrested for obstructing police and was also lodged at the Eaton County Jail. Deputies were unable to locate any weapons at the scene



On Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at approximately 5:05 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies from the Delta Patrol responded to a Personal Injury Crash at west bound I 96 ramp at eastbound 496. A truck driver was traveling westbound on I96 when he fell asleep; hit the bridge, sending the truck across eastbound 496 where the truck then tipped over on its side. The drivers spouse was in the sleeper compartment of the truck. Both driver and passenger were taken to Sparrow Hospital with minor injuries. The truck was hauling paint, thinner and an unknown thicker substance. The highway will remain closed until 3:00 p.m. while Young’s Environmental cleans the area.

A second crash happened at 9:22 a.m. on west bound I 96 where a driver was watching the crash activity and rear ended a second vehicle. Three people were transported to Sparrow Hospital with minor injuries.

-Sgt. Scott Bair



At around 2am, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to a one car Personal Injury accident on Willow Hwy near Kingsgate in Delta Township.  The sole occupant of the vehicle was transported to Sparrow hospital with serious injuries.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Grand Ledge Police Department and the Delta Township Fire Department.  Willow Hwy was closed for approximately four hours while Deputies investigated.  The accident remains under investigation. 

Sgt. Adam Morris



On August 13, 2013 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a PI crash on northbound M-99 just south of Vermontville Highway in Windsor Township. According to witnesses a SUV had been northbound on M-99 approaching Vermontville Highway and allegedly drifted to the right over the fog line and struck a bicyclist who was also northbound apparently on the paved shoulder.

The driver of the SUV is a 40 year old female from Lansing. The bicyclist is a 66 year old male from Dimondale who was transported to Sparrow Hospital in serious condition.

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

Authorized by Sergeant Tom Campbell



On 8/9/13 around 0210 hrs an ECSO Deputy stopped a car near Old Lansing and Waverly Rds. The driver gave him his ID. The deputy, after checking the subject went back up to the vehicle to place him under arrest. The suspect fled the stop in his vehicle and knocked down the deputy in the process. The suspect’s vehicle was located shortly thereafter abandoned not far from the original stop. The deputy sustained minor injuries from the vehicle.


Clinton County k-9 responded to the scene and a track was initiated. After a lengthy canine track which led into Lansing Twp, the suspect was located and arrested. He has been lodged at the Eaton County Jail pending formal charges by the Eaton County Prosecuting Atty.

Eaton County would like to thank the Lansing Police Dept, Lansing Twp Police Dept and Clinton County for their assistance.

Sgt. Mark Wriggelsworth

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JULY 2013


ECSD asking for help locating silver 1997 Buick Park Ave 0GEY03 driven by 82 y/o man with Alzheimers, Ernest Ormsbee of Hall Rd, Bellevue

Eaton County Sheriff Dept asking for help locating a silver 1997 Buick Park Ave, MI license plate: 0GEY03. Vehicle is being driven by an 82 y/o man with Alzheimers, Ernest Ormsbee of Hall Rd, Bellevue. Mr. Ormsbee left toward Olivet, with a young male hitchhiker. He had stated he needed a ride of 3 miles, that was over 2 hours ago. If located, please contact Eaton County Sheriff Dept 517-543-3510.

The 1997 Buick Park Avenue, silver in color has a cracked windshield, rims are black, both sides of grill are damaged, dent in car in the rear quarter panel, chrome trim along bottom of doors




Armed Robbery in Delta Township

Today at approximately 12:35 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred at the Comerica Bank at 5510 W. Saginaw Hwy in Delta Township. Two black male suspects entered the bank, displayed guns and demanded cash from the employees. The suspects were seen leaving the area in a silver Chevrolet Impala. No injuries were reported, and the investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Detective Rick Buxton at (517)323-8480, extension 157.

Authority: Sgt. Scott Bair


Cooling stations in Eaton County:          


Charlotte City Hall, 111 E. Lawrence, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., no pets

Eaton Senior Center, 804 S. Cochran, Charlotte Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., no pets

Lansing Mall, 5330 W. Saginaw, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., no pets

Meijers, Contact Store Managers, Monday-Sunday, 24 hours, no pets

Eatran, seven free sites and transport call 517-543-4145, Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 6 pm,

Eaton Rapids Medical Center, 24 hours, no pets         

Olivet Public Library, Monday – Friday 9-4, no pets

Potterville City Hall, Monday-Friday 8-5, no pets

Bellevue Village Hall, Monday-Friday 8-5, no pets

Dimondale Village Hall, Monday-Friday 9-5, no pets

Roxand Twp Hall, 100 Ionia St, Mullken – pet friendly open as needed

Vermontville Village Hall, Monday-Friday 8-5, no pets

Vermontville Library, Tuesday 1-8 pm, Wed, Thurs & Friday11am- 6 pm, Saturday 9-1, no pets

Village of Mulliken, 263 Main, Mulliken – cold water and pet friendly

United Brethern Church, 8436 Grand Ledge Hwy, Sunfield noon to 9 p.m.

Sunfield-Sebewa-Danby Fire Department,

 Eaton County Residents can also contact 211 for further information



On Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of M-43/Saginaw Hwy and Waverly Road on reports from citizens who had observed a reckless driver. The suspect driver/vehicle subsequently crashed into a vehicle at M43/Saginaw Hwy and Elmwood and fled the scene striking a second vehicle at Waverly Road and Michigan Avenue. The suspect vehicle again fled the scene and only stopped after striking a fire hydrant which disabled the vehicle. The female driver tried to flee the scene on foot but was pointed out to deputies by a helpful citizen who had been reporting the crashes to

9-1-1. Delta Township Deputies assisted by Lansing Township Police Department arrested the suspect.

Eaton County Deputies are seeking charges operating while intoxicated 3rd offense (felony), leaving the scene of a vehicle crash, driving while license suspended and resisting arrest.

No serious injuries were reported from any of the crashes.

The Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich wishes to extend his appreciation to all the citizens who called and assisted in the identification and apprehension of the suspect who posed a very serious threat to public safety.

-Authority Undersheriff Jeff Cook




On 7/12/13 at approximately 2:30 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff Deputies responded to the area of Michigan Ave near Snow Road in Delta Township on a report of a vehicle break-in occurring there. Upon arrival, deputies located and apprehended two suspects involved with breaking into cars in the area. The car that the suspects were using was also located, and deputies recovered numerous items that are believed to be stolen from vehicles in the area. Deputies were assisted by a K9 unit from the Michigan State University Police, and officers from the Lansing Township Police Department.

Criminal charges are being sought through the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office for the two suspects in custody, and deputies are following up on several leads regarding a third suspect involved with this incident. Please call (517)372-8217 if you have any information about this incident, or to make a report if you have been the victim of a vehicle break-in in this area so that deputies can return the recovered items to their rightful owners.

Sgt. Mark Wriggelsworth Badge #138


Suspects arrested & charged in connection with July 4th carjacking in Delta Township.

Two suspects have been arrested and charged in connection with the July 4th carjacking that occurred in the Westfield Club Apartment complex in Delta Township. Eaton County Deputies quickly located and apprehended the first suspect, and the stolen vehicle shortly after the incident occurred. The second suspect escaped on July 4th, but was identified by investigators and was arrested yesterday in the Ypsilanti area by the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team. Both suspects have been arraigned in Eaton County District Court.

James Rashawn Nash, age 22, of Ypsilanti, faces criminal charges of Carjacking, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Driving Away of an Automobile, Fleeing & Eluding, 4th degree, and Resisting & Obstructing Police. Nash was denied bond and remains in the custody of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

Landon James Morris, age 17, of Lansing, faces criminal charges of Carjacking, Armed Robbery, and Resisting & Obstructing Police. Bond was set at $100,000 cash/surety, and he also remains in the custody of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

The preliminary examination for both suspects is set for July 19th at 10:00 a.m. in Judge Harvey Hoffman’s court.



       Landon Morris                  James Nash


Landon James Morris                                   James Rashawn Nash


Authority: Lt. Jeff Campbell




On Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a driver for speeding in a residential neighborhood.  The driver was speeding in the Blackberry and Bentwood neighborhood.  The deputy went to stop the driver and the driver fled from the deputy. The driver stopped his car at Fieldcrest and Bentwood and fled on foot from the scene.

Numerous residents from Blackberry Lane, Bentwood, Kenilworth Drive, Shannon Lane and Fieldcrest Drive helped the deputy go after the suspect.  Several residents ran after the suspect on foot and several were in their vehicles going after the suspect.

A resident on Blackberry saw the suspect hiding behind a house and flagged a deputy down.  The deputy arrested the suspect without incident.  The driver was fleeing from the deputy because he was driving on a suspended license.

The suspect driver was arrested and taken to the Eaton County Jail on felony charges.

The name of the driver is being withheld at this time.  No one was injured and there was no damage to any property or vehicles.

Sgt. James West, #135


Eaton County Sheriff Deputies responded to an Armed Robbery/Carjacking in the Westfield Club apartment complex at 0250 hours on July 4, 2013  The suspects were spotted shortly after leaving the apartment complex.  One suspect was located and arrested with the assistance of a Lansing Police Department K9.  The victim's vehicle was recovered.  There were no injuries as a result of this incident.  The incident remains under investigation and no further details will be released at this time.  The Michigan State Police, Lansing Township Police Department and the Grand Ledge Police Department also assisted in the apprehension.

Authority Sgt. Adam Morris
Badge #131


 JUNE 2013

June 24, 2013

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich would 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. Jeff Campbell of the Delta Patrol at (517)323-8480.


National Lightning Safety Week June 23 through June 29

June 23 through June 29 is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week in Michigan.

While lightning can be fascinating to watch, it is also extremely dangerous. During the past 30 years, lightning killed an average of 52 people per year in the United States based on documented cases. Over 80% of lighting victims are male. However, because lightning usually claims only one or two victims at a time, and because lightning does not cause the mass destruction left in the wake of tornadoes or hurricanes, lightning generally receives much less attention than the more destructive weather-related killers. While documented lightning injuries in the United States average about 300 per year, undocumented injuries caused by lightning are likely much higher.

Between 1959 and 2012, the state of Michigan ranks 14th among all states in the number of lightning deaths, with 107 people known to be killed by lightning. However, Michigan ranks 32nd   among all states for lightning density. The state averages about 300,000 lightning strikes each year or about 5.1 strikes per square mile. The majority of those lightning strikes occur in the south half of Lower Michigan.

There were no reported deaths or injuries from lightning in 2012. In July 2011, a family was on a tubing outing on the Au Sable River. A thunderstorm rapidly developed, and they attempted to exit the river and find shelter. They were just out of the river, when three individuals were struck by lightning. Two women were pronounced dead at the scene. In April 2011, 9 people were injured when lightning struck a soccer field in Portage at Westfield Park. The injured were a mix of adults and students who ranged in age from 12 to 41. In 2011, 14 people were injured from lighting in Michigan.

During a thunderstorm, each flash of cloud‑to‑ground lightning is a potential killer. It's only a question of whether a person is in the path of the lightning discharge. Lightning deaths can be prevented only if people are aware of the dangers and seek shelter in a building or car.

Lightning can strike as much as 10 miles away from the rain area in a thunderstorm, which is about the distance that you are able to hear the thunder from the storm. That is why we stress: IF YOU CAN HEAR THE THUNDER FROM A STORM, YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. “If thunder roars, go indoors”.

Where organized sports activities are taking place, coaches, umpires, referees, or camp counselors must protect the safety of the participants and viewers by stopping the activities sooner, so that the participants and spectators can get to a safe place before the lightning threat becomes significant. The National Weather Service’s lightning safety web page has a lightning safety toolkit for outdoor venues as well as links to our partner’s “Safer Design for Safer Play: A Lightning Safety Initiative for Recreational Facilities”.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of Lightning Safety Awareness Week to review their plans and discuss with their children the dangers of lightning. Simply moving indoors when you see lightning or hear thunder can save lives. “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.”

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155 agencies stepped up seat belt enforcement

More than 8,700 motorists cited for not buckling up during

Click It or Ticket

During a statewide effort to get motorists to buckle up, law enforcement agencies in 26 counties issued 8,701 seat belt and child seat violation tickets, nearly 600 more citations than during last year’s enforcement effort.

Preliminary reports from police agencies indicate 13,453 vehicles were stopped during the May 20-June 2

Click It or Ticket campaign. The enforcement is part of a national effort to save lives and reduce injuries by increasing seat belt use.

Following the state’s record-high rate of 97.9 percent in 2009, seat belt use declined to 93.6 percent in 2012. Every 1 percent increase in belt use means 10 fewer traffic deaths and 130 fewer injuries. In 2012, 225 people who died in Michigan traffic crashes were not buckled up.

"Motorists were warned about the enforcement through advertising on the Internet, television and radio stations and through the media. Those that didn’t heed the advice to ‘click it’ received a ticket," said Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning Director Michael L. Prince. "The bottom line is seat belts save lives and motorists need to buckle up every trip, every time."

In addition to seat belt violations, 15 drunk drivers were arrested during the enforcement period and 29 drug arrests were made. More than 1,000 tickets for uninsured motorists and 415 for suspended licenses were written.

In Eaton County, a seat belt stop resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine in the vehicle and the seizure of more than $30,000 in other drugs. Traffic stops in Taylor and Rockwood in Wayne County resulted in narcotics arrests and the forfeiture of more than $3,000.

Twelve people died in traffic crashes over the Memorial Day holiday period. Of those, three were not wearing a seat belt, two were motorcyclists, two were riding off-road vehicles along the roadway, one was riding a moped and one was a pedestrian. This is an increase from the 2012 Memorial Day holiday period when ten people were killed in traffic crashes.

Counties participating in the enforcement effort included: Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Chippewa, Delta, Eaton, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Ogemaw, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne.

Officers will again take to the streets working stepped up drunk driving patrols July 1-7 and Aug. 16-Sept. 2, during the heavily traveled July Fourth and Labor Day holidays. Seat belt enforcement will also be a part of the Labor Day effort.




Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich advises that a suspect in two Home Invasions that occurred in the City of Olivet during the early morning hours of June 17, 2013 has been arrested.  The suspect confronted and feloniously assaulted one of the home owners inside their residence.  Sheriff Reich stated that due to the outstanding investigative efforts of Eaton County Deputies and citizen involvement that a suspect was taken into custody and all stolen property recovered, around 10:30 a.m. on June 17th.

Documentation is being sent to the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney for an authorization of charges in the Home Invasions and Felonious Assault of the homeowner.

On Monday, June 17, 2013 at approximately 5:40 a.m., Eaton County Deputies were dispatched to a Breaking and

Entering call on Church Street in Olivet. The resident of an apartment awoke to find an unknown person in his residence.

The resident chased the suspect out of the residence and called 911. Two Eaton County Deputies were in the area and

began searching for the suspect.

The Michigan State Police K-9 Unit was called in to track.

While deputies were investigating the first call, a second Breaking and Entering on Spruce Street in Olivet was called into

Eaton County Central Dispatch.

Evidence was recovered and the incidents are still under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

Residents are encouraged to take measures to keep their homes secure and report any suspicious persons or activity.

-Lt. Tim Jungel


On Sunday, June 16, 2013 at approximately 2:26 a.m. Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol

responded to the area of the Snow Ridge subdivision near Snow Road and St. Joe Hwy on a report of subjects damaging

mailboxes with a vehicle.

The suspects were located in the neighborhood in their vehicle by Sheriff’s Deputies with a mailbox post lodged under

the vehicle. One seventeen year old old male and two eighteen year old males were arrested for multiple acts of

Malicious Destruction of Property and two of the three were also arrested for Minor in Possession of Alcohol.   All three

suspects were lodged in the Eaton County Jail while charges are being sought from the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office.

-Sgt. Doug Burkhardt


MAY 2013


On Wednesday May 29, 2013 the Eaton County Sheriff Delta Patrol and Grand Ledge Police

Department responded to several complaints of “quick change” thefts occurring at various fast food

restaurants. Information was obtained from the Grand Ledge Police Department of a suspect vehicle

and suspect description. The suspect vehicle was located by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy on

Thursday May 30th at a Delta Township motel. A male suspect was eventually taken into custody.

Further investigation led to a female also being taken into custody. At this time the investigation is



On May 24, 2013 at about 2:08am, The Eaton County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of an armed robbery in the 1400 block of Fairview just outside of the city of Charlotte. It was reported that 3 suspects broke into the house and tied up the home owner. The suspects were in possession of a weapon and removed several items from the house. The Eaton County Sheriff's Department along with Charlotte Police Department and the Michigan State Police responded to the scene. A Lansing Police Department K-9 assisted with a track but the suspects remain at large. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Eaton County Sheriff's Office, Detective Fandel at 517-543-3510 or leave a message on our crime tip line at 517-543-5433.

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On Thursday May 23, 2013 at about 10:30pm, The Eaton County Sheriff's Office along with the Charlotte
Police Department executed a narcotics search warrant in the 500 block of Amity
in the city of Charlotte. Three people were located inside the house and 2
more were contacted on a traffic stop in the area. Two of the
subjects had outstanding warrants. The search of the house
located evidence of the use and manufacturing of methamphetamine. The
Eaton County Sheriff’s office will be seeking charges for operating
and maintaining a methamphetamine lab.

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Type of Incident: Controlled substance—operate/maintain meth lab/manufacture marijuana

Description of Incident: Eaton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an address in the 7000 block of Creyts Rd in Windsor Twp to investigate possible meth activity. Deputies were able through their investigation to locate numerous “one pot” meth labs at the residence. Deputies also located a loaded handgun, numerous packages of suspected methamphetamine, scales, and numerous potted marijuana plants. Deputies also located other components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Two suspects were apprehended at the scene and lodged at the Eaton County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and the report will be forwarded to the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney for review and issuance of possible charges.

Sgt. Mark Wriggelsworth

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On Thursday, May 8th 2013 at approximately 5:10 p.m. a personal injury crash occurred on Canal  north of of Millett Hwy.  A bicyclist was northbound in the right hand lane and was struck by a motorist driving a sedan car also traveling in the northbound lane.  The bicyclist is a male from Grand Ledge, 36 years of age and was admitted to Sparrow Hospital.  Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.  Crash is still under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff's Office.


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 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:

          May 6, 7, and 9, 2013

May 20, 21, and 23, 2013

          June 3, 4, and 6, 2013

          June 17, 18, and 20, 2013

          July 15, 16, and 18, 2013

Classes will be held in the Sheriff’s Office Training Room, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte.  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 Jerri Nesbitt at 517-543-5257 to register.


On 050413 at approximately 1:30 PM there was an armed robbery of the Cash Store at 619 Marketplace Blvd (Delta Twp).

A lone suspect walked into the Cash Store and demanded money from the employees.  A handgun was seen and the suspect

was given an unknown amount of cash.
The suspect then exited the Cash Store and got into the passenger side of a light colored SUV which fled the scene in an unknown direction.

No further vehicle description is available.
The suspect was described as a light skinned black male, thin in build and approximately six feet tall.   The suspect was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt

with hood pulled up over a black ski mask.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Eaton County Sheriff's Office at (517) 372-8217.

Auth: Sgt Tadd Deo


APRIL 2013

Deputy Rob Gillentine of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol was awarded the Officer of the Year Award by the Forty and Eight Club of Lansing at their Annual Awards Dinner Thursday, April 25, 2013. Nominated by Sergeant Mark Wriggelsworth, Deputy Gillentine was identified as an extraordinary police officer. He is noted for his numerous felony arrests including the apprehension of the most wanted sex offender from out of state. Deputy Gillentine is responsible for his efforts to clean up area motels and has many drug arrests to his credit. He is a field training officer, and a meth lab responder with many meth lab suspect arrests. Deputy Gillentine is also a member of the Special Response Team and maintains certification as a paramedic.


Deputy Gillentine is dedicated to his profession but his first priority is the dedication to his family. He is a credit to his profession, and we congratulate him for being the first officer from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office to receive the Forty and Eight Officer of the Year Award.






Breaking and Entering April 29, 2013


On 4/29/13 at 0251 hrs Eaton County Sheriff Delta Township Deputies were dispatched to a breaking and entering in progress at 618 Renker Rd.. Upon arrival one suspect fled on foot and was quickly apprehended by Deputy Tyrell. Another suspect was found just outside the building and two others were located still inside. All three were taken into custody by Deputies.                           .


Stolen property and burglary tools were recovered at the scene. All four suspects are currently lodged at the Eaton County Jail pending the issuance of charges from the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office.


Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich Keeps the Public Informed                       

In an effort to help reduce crime and further strengthen local community oriented policing efforts, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office recently went live which is a nationwide public mapping service that allows residents to analyze interactive maps of recent crime activity. Visitors to the site can generate reports, search by location, and filter for different time periods as well as crime types. Keeping the public well informed has been proven effective as a crime fighting strategy, and Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich is proactively sharing information with the citizens of our communities and empowering them with valuable and timely information. is community policing at its best with residents and law enforcement working together to build safer communities. Having an awareness of crime helps you to take informed steps to make your neighborhood, business, and family less vulnerable to crime. This program analyzes and maps crime data from arson to assault; burglary; drugs/alcohol violations; DUI, fraud; homicide; robbery; car theft; thefts and vehicle break ins; weapons violation; and even multiple crimes at a single location. Color coded icons provide information about these crimes. Crimes can be compiled in a report format or shown as a graph to identify patterns or trends useful for neighborhood and business watch groups.Crime Alerts are one of the most popular features at Residents can register online to receive free updates via e-mail whenever new crime activity occurs in their area. Users choose the distance as well as crimes they wish to stay informed about. A single user can register multiple times in order to learn about activity occurring near their residence, place of business, or even their child’s school of attendance. This can be very helpful for neighborhood watch groups as well. The information posted is always current as data is uploaded to the system every 24 hours. This internet program promotes transparency and trust through expanding the channels of communication between the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and the public we serve.



Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich and Eaton County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Douglas Lloyd

advise that CELESTE JEANEEN FOSTER, 39 yoa of Lansing Michigan was arraigned in front of Eaton County

District Court Judge Julie Reinke on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

FOSTER has been charged by the Prosecuting Attorney with Embezzlement over $1,000 from a Non-Profit or

Charitable Organization and multiple counts of non-sufficient checks funds over $500. FOSTER was the

Acting Treasurer of the Junior Waverly Warrior Football League between October 2011 and October 2012

where it is alleged that she embezzled in excess of $17,000 from the league.

Judge Reinke set a $2,000 10% bond and FOSTER is to appear on April 15, 2013 for a Preliminary

Examination Conference.

Sheriff Reich credits Financial Crimes Detective Ted Johnson of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

with the successful investigation of this case.



Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich wants to remind residents to be aware of telephone scams that may cost them thousands of dollars.

This is not a new scam; this type of scam has been used many times across the Nation.

This is criminal fraud committed by criminals who are attempting to steal as much of your hard earned money.

Recently Eaton County Deputies have taken a complaint from an Eaton County Resident who received a call from an individual

who stated the resident’s grandchild was in trouble with the law in Haiti. The unknown caller advised the resident a name and

telephone number of an attorney to call to get their grandchild out of trouble. The alleged attorney was contacted and told the

resident to send money via Western Union. Once the initial money was sent more calls were made to the resident for additional

monies for airfare and incidentals.

Often these crimes are committed by individuals who live outside the United States.

The resident later discovered that the grandchild had indeed been at college in Michigan the entire time.

Sheriff Reich offers this advice for citizens:

Here’s how to help detect a scam:

1. Don’t fill in the blanks for the scammer. For example:

Caller: "It's your granddaughter."
Grandparent: "Which one?"
Most likely, the con will then hang up.

2. Do whatever is necessary to confirm the real relative’s whereabouts. Call your grandchild’s home, school or work.

3. Don’t send money unless you have verified that your relative is really in trouble. If a caller asks for your bank account number or urges you to send money via Western Union or MoneyGram for any reason,

that’s a good indication of a scam. Cons prefer wire transfers because they are fast, there are transfer agents in most communities and funds can be picked up in multiple locations.

4. If you feel that you are a victim of a scam do not be embarrassed or ashamed – contact your local law enforcement agency immediately


MARCH, 2013


Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich advises that Jerry Blackwell Jr., 22 years of age from Grand Rapids,

Michigan has been arrested and lodged at the Eaton County Sheriff Office regarding the shooting

on March 16, 2013 at the Lansing Mall in Delta Township.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Sauter reported that Blackwell was arraigned in 56th District Court, Wednesday, March 27, 2013

on the charge of Assault with Intent to Murder and Felony Firearm. The Preliminary Exam conference is on April 2, 2013

and the Preliminary Exam is set for April 5, 2013 before Judge Julie Reinke. No bond was given.

Sheriff Reich also noted that the investigation of this case is ongoing.

The victim is improving and is still hospitalized.


On Wednesday, March 27th at 7:55 a.m and then 8:11 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a total of three

separate crashes in the same area of Eastbound 496 west of Creyts Road.  A total of four people from two of the crashes

were transported to area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries from those two crashes.

The third crash was on Creyts Road and 496 was a property damage crash, no injuries reported.


On March 21, 2013 at approximately 2:40 a.m., Eaton County Deputies Ross Tyrell and Joe Travis responded to a report of a larceny from the Speedway store on Saginaw Hwy near Delta Commerce Drive.

Deputy Tyrell and Deputy Travis located and arrested the suspect nearby shortly after receiving the report. The lottery tickets and coins stolen from the Speedway were recovered.

The suspect was identified as 30-year-old James Fernandez of Lansing, and was determined to be on parole. He has been charged with Safe Breaking, Resisting & Obstructing, Larceny in a Building, and Retail Fraud III in connection with this incident. He is currently lodged at the Eaton County Jail with a $250,000 cash/surety bond.


Authority: Undersheriff Jeff Cook




On Saturday March 16th at approximately 6:53pm, Eaton County Deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim lying in the parking lot of the Meijer Store on West Saginaw Hwy in Delta Township.   It has been determined that the shooting did not take place at Meijer.  The victim was shot in another location near the Lansing Mall, then drove himself to the parking lot of Meijer, where he asked for help from bystanders.  The victim is a 23 year old Lansing man.  He was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.  Detectives are investigating several leads, but no suspects have been identified at this time.  This is not believed to be a random act.  This investigation is ongoing, and no further details can be released at this time.

Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Rick Buxton at (517)323-8484, or Detective Jim Maltby at (517)323-8489.



FEBRUARY 26, 2013

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On Monday, February 25, 2013 at 11:20 a.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Crash on St. Joe Highway at Broadbent Road. Involved in the crash were two personal vehicles. It was reported that a Chevy Impalawas north bound on Broadbent, failed to yeild and entered the intersection and was struck by a Ford Explorer that was traveling west bound on St. Joe Highway.

Two persons f were transported to Sparrow Hospital. The driver of the vehicle on St. Joe Hwy was treated and released and the driver of the vehicle on Broadbent, Michael Needham, 72 yoa of Lansing was pronounced dead at Sparrow Hospital.

St Joe Highway was closed for several hours and the crash is still under investigation.



JANUARY 24, 2013

On Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:17 a.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Crash on Nixon Road between Willow and Saginaw. Involved in the crash was a school bus and passenger vehicle. It was reported that the passenger vehicle had lost control and was struck by the school bus.

Two persons from the school bus were transported to Sparrow Hospital with minor injuries and then released. The driver and passenger were also transported to Sparrow, the driver was admitted in stable condition and the passenger was admitted with critical injuries.

The crash is still under investigation.




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JANUARY 8, 2013

On Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at approximately 7:35 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene of a personal injury crash on M 43 (Saginaw Highway) at the intersection of Oneida Road

Two vehicles were involved in the crash. The first vehicle was being driven west bound on M-43 and in the process of making a left turn when the second vehicle involved failed to stop and crashed into the rear of the first vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle was not injured.

The driver of the second vehicle was injured and pinned in the vehicle. The Grand Ledge Area Fire Department responded to the scene and extricated the pinned in driver who was transported to Sparrow Hospital by the Grand Ledge Area EMS with serious injuries.


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