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Sheriff Tom Reich

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Charlotte, Michigan 48813

517-543-3512 or 517-372-8217

 

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2014 News Releases

NEWS RELEASES

 

AUGUST

Stolen Property Recovered from Delta Township Vehicle Break-ins

 

On 8/22/14 at 4AM, Delta Township Deputies were dispatched to the 7700 block of Heritage Drive for a report of suspicious people checking out cars in the parking lot in that area. The suspects fled the area, but deputies tracked them to a nearby residence. Through further investigation, deputies identified four teenage male suspects that are believed to be involved with numerous vehicle break-ins in the area.

 

Deputies also recovered numerous items that are believed to be stolen from vehicles, and are working on identifying the rightful owners of that property. If you have been a victim of a vehicle break-in recently, but have not yet requested a police report, please contact Detective Rick Buxton at (517)323-8484 so that we can check to see if we have recovered your missing property.

 

The investigation of these vehicle break-ins is ongoing, and deputies expect to request criminal charges on all four suspects once the investigation is complete.  

 

Authority: Lt. Jeff Campbell

 

 


UPDATE:  11:20 A.M. - CREYTS ROAD IS NOW OPEN

The driver of the semi is a 44 year old male from Corunna, MI

Driver of the Mustang is a18 year old male from Lansing, MI

On Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a Personal Injury Crash on South Creyts Road near Mt. Hope Highway.

It was reported that a blue Mustang was going southbound on Creyts Road in the northbound lane and struck a semi truck head on.

The semi driver was transported to the hospital with chest pains and the driver of the Mustang was transported with serious injuries.

No other details are available at this time.

 

Authority:  Sgt. Scott Bair

 

 


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Delta Patrol is investigated a personal injury crash that occurred on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at approximately 8:10 a.m. in the area of Elmwood Rd. and Dorene Dr. The 74yr. old driver was traveling northbound on Elmwood Rd. when apparently suffered some type of medical problem. His vehicle crossed and left the roadway and struck a house on Deanna Dr. The driver sustained minor injuries in the crash.

 

 

 Authority:  Sgt. Scott Bair


 

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich is asking residents for their assistance in helping restore the history of the Eaton County Sheriff Office.  The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has been in existence since 1834 and many items that are associated with the Sheriff’s Office have not been seen for many years.

Recently the Sheriff’s Office acquired several ledgers dating back to the early 1900’s.  The ledgers indicated people who were arrested and lodged.  The ledgers also indicated names of other men who were not arrested but spent the night in jail.  During the depression men from all over the state were seeking employment and needed a place to stay.  Many would spend the night and receive a meal or two at the Eaton County Jail before continuing their search.  The meals and lodging were reimbursed to the Sheriff from the County at a cost of 16 cents a day.

These ledgers will eventually be given to the State of Michigan Archives where they will be kept in a safe environment.

It is believed that many records were destroyed years ago and the remaining items that were preserved are missing.  We are praying that these photographs, artifacts, and records can be returned  to the Sheriff’s Office where they belong.

Sheriff Reich said, “It is extremely important that we restore artifacts, photographs, badges, uniforms, news articles, and other related items since the inception of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.”  Sheriff Reich is asking relatives, friends of past Deputies or anyone who may be in possession of these items  if they would be so kind and donate these items to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.  Every donated item will be cataloged, photographed/scanned and displayed for the public viewing.

If you would like to donate any items please contact Theresa O’Dell at (517) 543-5019.

 

 


9-6-14 Day of Hope

 

 


 

On 8/7/14 at approximately 10pm, deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, working in the area of Waverly & Jolly as part of the Capitol Area Violent Crime Initiative, made a traffic stop at Anson & Maybel in the City of Lansing.  One male juvenile aged suspect fled from the stop on foot and has not yet been located.  A second male juvenile suspect fought with deputies and was taken into custody.   Deputies recovered a handgun from the car, and also located evidence of drug distribution.  Several charges will be requested as a result of this case, including Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Violation of the Controlled Substance Act, and Resisting & Obstructing.  This investigation of this incident is ongoing.

 

 

 


Animal Control Number is now in service - 517-543-5755

 

The telephone number for EATON COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL is currently out of service - If you need to contact Animal Control-dial 517-543-7500 and when the recording starts enter 5755 and follow the directory for Animal Control. We will post as soon as the telephone number is back in service.


 

 

NNO2014W Tonight is National Night Out Against Crime!  You are invited to celebrate National Night Out with your Eaton County Community.  National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen our neighborhoods through police-community partnerships.  The goal is to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, build support and participation in local anti crime programs and most importantly send a message to criminals that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Delta Township – Sharp Park, 1401 Elmwood Drive, Delta Township from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Hot dogs and snacks furnished.  Delta Township Fire will have their fire safety trailer available and several units from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will also be on hand.  Event sponsored by Target.

City of Potterville-downtown at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion and the new Potterville Fire Department on Nelson Street.  Many events planned.  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

 


UPDATE:  Regretfully we report that this is now the investigation of a fatal crash.  Mr. David Miles, age 73, of Portland died as a result of his injuries.

 

File Date-Sunday, August 3, 2014  incident occurred approximately 11:30 a.m.The Eaton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a four car serious injury accident on W. Saginaw Hwy at Greenfield. Preliminary investigation indicates an eastbound red Ford slowed or stopped in the roadway for an animal. A green Saturn SUV traveling eastbound behind that vehicle swerved to avoid collision with the red Ford. When the green Saturn SUV swerved to avoid collision with the red Ford it crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a white Ford going westbound head on. A tan Ford also traveling westbound behind the white Ford tried to avoid the accident scene, but ended up striking the white Ford as well before veering off into a residential yard. The drivers of the green Saturn SUV and the white Ford were both transported to a local hospital by Delta Fire/EMS. The driver of the white Ford had serious, life-threatening injuries. The driver of the green Saturn SUV sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this accident. West Saginaw Hwy will be closed down for approximately 4 to 5 hours between Broadbent and Nixon while the accident scene is investigated and cleaned up.

ANYONE THAT WITNESSED THE CRASH IS ASKED TO CONTACT DETECTIVE MALTBY AT 517.816.8196

 

 


On Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 8:34 a.m. the Eaton County Sheriff's Office responded to a crash on I 69 southbound near the Lansing Road exit in Windsor Township. A southbound Saturn rear-ended a truck and trailer combination also traveling southbound, which had just entered the roadway and was moving slower than expected. The driver of the Saturn was injured and later transported to the hospital by Windsor Fire/EMS. The occupants of the truck towing the trailer were not injured. Traffic on southbound I 69 was reduced to one lane for a while.

 

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JULY

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Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces the retirement of Captain Greg Crawford.  Captain Crawford officially retired today after serving 25 years with the Sheriff’s Office.

During his tenure Captain Crawford served as a Road Patrol Deputy and became a Detective in Delta Township in 1998. In April of 1999 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, a Lieutenant in October of 2004 and on January 1, 2005 promoted to the rank of Captain.

Captain Crawford is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the Mid Michigan Police Academy at Lansing Community College.  He received numerous awards during his career including a Life Saving Award and a Professional Excellence Award.

The Sheriff and members of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office congratulate Captain Greg Crawford on his retirement and wish him many years of happiness and success ahead.

 

 


 

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Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich welcomes Deputy Shelby Studley and Deputy Josh Turner to the Road Patrol

 


 

FREE BOATING SAFETY CLASSES-LAST CLASS OF THE SEASON!!

Sheriff Tom Reich announces free Boating Safety Class.  The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting this class from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

July 14, 15, and 17, 2014

Class 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.

 



If you live anywhere from Lansing to Grand Rapids to Alma and you have a relatively new phone, you probably got a screeching alert sometime during the night talking about a Flash Flood Warning. Thank "WEA" for that - Wireless Emergency Alerts. That's not something you sign up for or opt into -- if your phone is capable you WILL receive these unless you opt out.

 


Here is more information on WEA in general. While it sounds great in theory, I'm concerned that the way it was operationally implemented is causing problems. In the first place, the current method of distributing alerts is not tightly bounded. For example, if you live in northern Eaton County and an alert for Ionia County is issued, you could get it because of the way cell towers overlap.

While we have access to sending alerts to WEA through the county emergency management office, last night's did not come from us. All weather related WEAs come directly from the National Weather Service. That's where my next concern is...

WEA is to be used for life threatening emergencies that require immediate action. Originally they included Blizzard Warnings, but those events NEVER sneak up on anyone (think how the TV weathercasts sound the days before a major snowstorm -- those aren't surprises!) Thankfully they removed that alert type after a year of complaints. Here is the current list:



What has me wondering about the value is that the last Flash Flood Warning death I can find in Ingham County was -- never. We just don't get those gully-washers that take out bridges and result in people driving into ponds. In addition, the following
graphic shows where the heaviest rains were concentrated.


The red areas indicate about 2" of rain, which is significant but not going to push cars off the roadway. And you see most of the county had less than an inch, yet we all were included in the warning. I've already chatted with the National Weather Service office and suggested that in the future, if a Flash Flood Warning is issued, that it is confined to actual high rain areas.

I'm not saying this to be critical of the NWS... I'm saying this so you don't feel the desire to turn off these alerts and miss "the big one" in the future. WEA can be a life saving technology, but it's also new so let's get through the bugs before you disable that feature. I didn't get much sleep either!

 


 

***Updated July 3rd Delta Township Fireworks Info:

Free vehicle parking passes are still available. If you would like to park in Sharp Park for the Fireworks on July 3rd, stop by the Delta Township Parks & Recreation desk at 7710 West Saginaw Hwy to get yours - first come, first served (one per licensed driver) while available. Delta Township offices are CLOSED on July 3rd, so you must get your pass by 5pm on July 2nd.

See below for further information.

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Delta Township - July 3rd Fireworks Event Info:

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.

On the evening of July 2nd, Sharp Park will be closed to motor vehicles. Starting at 5pm on July 3rd, limited parking is available in the park, and a permit is now required (including handicapped parking) for vehicle entry into the park. You may stop by the Delta Township Parks and Recreation Department, located at 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy, starting on Monday, June 23 for a free parking pass (one per licensed driver). The limited number of parking passes will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

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.

 


 

 

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EATON COUNTY HOST PET FAIR

Eaton County Sheriff, Tom Reich, reports that Eaton County Animal Control hosted its third annual pet fair last week. The event was held Friday, June 27th at the Animal Control office located in Charlotte. This event was sponsored and conducted by the Capital Area Humane Society, (CAHS).

Sheriff Reich stated that the purpose of his office hosting this event is to make available routine veterinary care for dogs and cats that are owned by Eaton County residents who might otherwise have difficulty paying for these services.   According to Sheriff Reich, 189 dogs and cats were brought in by their owners to participate in this event. These animals received a wellness exam, vaccinations, de-worming, and flea and tick prevention all at no cost to their owners.

By the completion of this event, over 340 vaccinations had been given by CAHS staff. CAHS staff had also distributed 60 coupons for low cost spay or neuter surgery. These surgeries will be done at the CAHS clinic located in South Lansing.

CAHS is a local, non-profit, independent humane society and animal shelter. CAHS predominately serves Eaton, Clinton, and Ingham counties. CAHS normally holds 8 pet fairs each summer in various locations throughout these counties. CAHS expects to examine and treat approximately 1,000 pets during their pet fairs this summer. In addition to all of its other activities, CAHS adopted out over 3,000 animals from its animal shelter last year. They also preformed over 6,000 low cost, spay and neuter surgeries at its clinic.

Sheriff Reich expresses his appreciation to the Capital Area Humane Society for offering this service to Eaton County residents.

 


 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Crash on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at approximately 7:15 a.m. at Lansing Road at Old Lansing Road in Delta Township.
It was reported that a Grand Cherokee was north bound on Lansing Road.  The driver was the only occupant.
A VW Jetta was reported to be south bound on Old Lansing Road and turned into the north bound lane on Lansing Road against traffic.  The driver was the only occupant.
The vehicles hit head on.  Both drivers were transported to a local hospital and at this time their condition is unknown.
Lansing Road and Old Lansing Road were closed for three hours while the crash is being investigated.

Authority:  Sgt. Scott Bair

UPDATE:
The driver of the VW Jetta, Richard R. Lender, 78 years of age, of Charlotte is deceased.
The driver of the Grand Cherokee did sustain serious injuries and no name is being released at this time

 


 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone that has any information on a yellow “Penske” marked semi truck hauling a flat bed trailer with steel on the trailer driven by a white male on Friday, June 20, 2014 at approximately 8:30 a.m. in the area of I69 and I96 to please contact Sergeant Campbell at 517-543-5456.

The steel fell off the trailer and damaged several vehicles that were traveling along I69 and I96.  The steel was 10 feet long, 4 inches wide and 1/8 “ thick and was dropped along northbound I-69 in the Dimondale area to the I96 exit.

 

 


 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION OF DELTA TOWNSHIP FIREWORKS

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.  On the evening of July 2nd, Sharp Park will be closed to motor vehicles. Starting at 5pm on July 3rd, limited parking is available in the park, and a permit is now required (including handicapped parking) for vehicle entry into the park. You may stop by the Delta Township Parks and Recreation Department, located at 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy, starting on Monday, June 23 for a free parking pass (one per licensed driver). The limited number of parking passes will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
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. Jeff Campbell of the Delta Patrol at (517)323-8480.

 


 

 Eaton County ShWriggelswortheriff Tom Reich announces that Eaton County Sergeant Mark Wriggelsworth recently graduated from a 10 week, 400 hour Staff and Command course.  The course is offered through the Michigan State University School of Staff and Command where participants are focused on development of police leadership skills, strategic planning, technology, grant writing and budgeting.  Sgt. Wriggelsworth is the 4th member of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office to graduate from this program.  Sergeant Wriggelsworth has been employed with Eaton County since 1997 and has been a Sergeant for the last fourteen years.  Sergeant Wriggelsworth is currently working out of the Delta Patrol and is a respected and valuable member of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.  The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office congratulates Sergeant Wriggelsworth on his successful completion of this program.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces that Eaton County Sergeant Larry Treadwell recently became a Certified Jail Manager by the American Jail Association.  The extensive application process involved his management training, management experience, educational background, leadership activities, and a test of his knowledge of current practices and laws.  Sergeant Treadwell has been employed with Eaton County for over 14 years and has been a Sergeant for the last 4 years.  This is an outstanding achievement which brings pride and professionalism to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and the community.

 

 

 

 

 


 

On 6/14/14 the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal accident on Wheaton Rd. at Kinsel Hwy. A Chrysler Sebring was traveling eastbound on Kinsel Hwy when the driver failed to stop at the stop sign. The Sebring was struck by a Chevrolet Silverado traveling northbound on Wheaton Rd. A 15yr old passenger in the Sebring died at the scene. The driver of the Sebring and the occupants of the Silverado were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The accident remains under investigation.

 

Sergeant Scott A. Bair

 


 

 

 

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EATON COUNTY MOUNTED DIVISION

LOSES ONE OF ITS BEST

WARRIOR...the big black horse with a big heart to match.  Warrior suffered a leg injury early in life that was thought to be less serious than it turned out to be.  As he grew older, his injury progressed and it became clear that he needed a "light" job to do. He was donated to Eaton County Mounted Unit Special Deputy Melissa Franklin when he was nine years old.  Warrior required serious training for three years to become eligible for duty as a mounted police service horse.  He has served Eaton County for the last three years and has been in events and parades all over the county including Sharp's Park Fireworks.

He was a horse who thrived on children’s events but was all business in crowd management.  He completed 40 hours of certified mounted police terrorist training underwent further training at the 29th Annual Mounted Police Colloquium in Lexington, Kentucky; and most recently worked in the Pegasus Parade held prior to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky.    

The onset of his illness was sudden and his condition deteriorated very quickly.  It was with great sadness and amidst many tears by the veterinarian and owner alike that Warrior passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:00 a.m.

He'll always be remembered as the big black horse who loved bananas...the more past their prime, the better.

 

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Capital Area Humane Society

Pet Fair

                                                              Friday, June 27, 2014 from 1-7 p.m.

 Eaton County Animal Control

Free shots-distemper and/or rabies

Wellness exams

 Pet care information

A limited number of spay/neuter vouchers available for purchase:

Cats - $10 and Dogs - $20 (Limit 2 per family and CASH ONLY)

  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. THIS IS NOT A LICENSING EVENT. 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.

 

 

 



 

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On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at approximately 12:37 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to

a personal injury crash on East Clinton Trail (M-50) between S. Royston Road and S. Canfield

Road.  According to a witness, one vehicle, a Chevrolet SUV, rolled and the driver was ejected.

The driver was transported with unknown injuries at that time.

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

 


 

 

Reminder, if you have unwanted medications there are two convenient locations to drop them off:

Eaton County Courthouse

1045 Independence

Charlotte – located in the main lobby Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol

7108 Administration Drive (across from Horrock’s)

Lansing – Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 


 

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces free Boat Safety Inspections this Thursday!
Before the Memorial Day Holiday make sure that you take advantage of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC), program – a free, no risk, service provided by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office. A qualified vessel examiner will conduct an inspection of all the required safety equipment carried or installed on a vessel and certain aspects of the vessel’s overall condition. Even if you pay careful attention to safety, dangerous mechanical problems can crop up on the best-maintained boat. That's why Sheriff Tom Reich recommends that all recreational boats (including personal watercraft) get a free VSC this year.
A VSC is your best way of learning about conditions that might put you in violation of state or federal laws or, worse, create an unsafe condition for you or your passengers on the water.
Be prepared for any emergency when you are afloat. Get a free vessel safety check to ensure that your vessel complies with both Federal and State requirements. If the vessel meets all requirements, the examiner will award a Vessel Safety Check decal. If your vessel fails to receive a VSC decal, no law enforcement action is taken and the examiner will provide a list of items for correction.
The Vessel Safety Checks will take place:

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

 


 

May 17, 2014

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at 4324 W Saginaw. The suspect entered the store produced a handgun and demanded cash from the victim, the suspect then fled the store. A K9 track led to some evidence, and then continued to a location where we believe the suspect entered a vehicle and left the area.

The suspect is described as a w/m wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and a red bandana.

This subject is considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Det. Jim Maltby at 517 323 8489.

Auth. Sgt. Tadd Deo
Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

 


 

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Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces the retirement of Corrections  Deputy William Sobleskey on May 17, 2014 after his completion of twenty-five years with the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sobleskey has served in these special         assignments as:

Collections Officer for ten years

Road Crew Supervisor for two years

                                     Court Security Officer for two years

                                     And his duties as a Corrections Deputy.

The members of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will be honoring Deputy Sobleskey at a reception held at the Sheriff’s Office Training Room located at 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte, on Friday, May 16th, 2014 between the hours of noon and 2 p.m.


 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a fatal accident that occurred Tuesday night at about 10:15pm on Bellevue Hwy near Springport Road in Hamlin Township.  The driver, a 19 year old Eaton Rapids man was traveling eastbound on Bellevue east of Springport when he lost control of his vehicle and ran off the road into a field. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the accident. The driver was transported by Eaton Area EMS to Sparrow Hospital where he passed away around 11:10pm.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by The Eaton Rapids Police Department and the Michigan State Police. The accident remains under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Victim was Blake Hamilton, dob 7-8-94 of Charlotte, MI

 



 

 

 

On May 2, 2014 at approximately 4:41 p.m. Eaton County Sheriff Deputies responded to an Armed Robbery of the Payless Shoe Store located on West Saginaw in Delta Township.

 

The suspect is described as a white male with a gray thick mustache, thick sunglasses, blue hoodie with a zipper in the front, with a blue bandanna around his face, jeans and white shoes. Suspect is believed to be in his 30-40 years of age

 

Hand gun was shown.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 517-543-3510.

 


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The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Explorers (which is a youth program) went to a state competition last weekend in Alpena, Michigan. While at the state competition the Explorer’s are to demonstrate a high risk traffic stop scenario, a domestic abuse scenario, a building search scenario and a traffic crash scenario - The Eaton County Explorer’s finished 2nd in the state in the domestics abuse scenario out of 31 teams. They also scored high building searches. Eaton County Sheriff Sgt. Scott Brooks is the commander of the Explorer’s and Deputy Brian Thomas and Deputy Jon Frost were responsible in preparing the Explorer’s for this competition.

 

 

 

 



 

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Sheriff Reich Announces Neighborhood Watch Forum in Delta Township:

 

On Wednesday May 7th at 6:00 pm, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Neighborhood Watch Forum at the Delta Township Administration Building,located at 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy. This meeting is designed to provide information and assistance to anyone interested in helping to organize a new neighborhood watch group, as well as to help strengthen and renew our relationships with existing neighborhood watch groups. Residents will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol, and discuss ways to fight crime in their neighborhoods.

 


 

Weekly Update

April 29, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

25

abandoned/unknown 911 calls

4

Abandoned vehicles

1

Argument or verbal altercations

2

Armed robbery

19

alarms

6

Assaults

14

Assist Citizens

5

Assist other police departments

2

Breaking and entering

14

Car/deer crashes

3

Cars in the ditch

7

Check well being calls

1

Criminal sexual conduct report

4

Disorderly persons

14

Domestic disputes

2

Drug offenses

5

EMS Assist

5

Fights/physical altercation calls

3

Fire Dept. assists

57

Follow up on incidents

3

Found property

23

Retail embezzlements (shoplifting)

6

Harassment complaints

1

Indecent Exposure

15

Larcenies

12

Malicious destruction of property

12

Loud noise/party complaints

22

Miscellaneous incidents

3

Missing persons

5

Motorist assists

12

Operating while impaired

4

Parking violations

8

Personal injury crashes

1

PPO violation

31

Property damage complaints

2

Road rage complaints

3

Runaways

20

Suspicious situations

16

Suspicious subjects

8

Suspicious vehicles

2

telephone harassment complaints

2

Threat complaints

19

traffic hazards

162

traffic stops

23

Traffic violations

4

Trespassing complaints

4

Unwanted subject complaints

15

Vacation checks

6

Attempt warrant pickups

2

Weapon violation

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 728 calls for service.
On Monday, April 22 Eaton County Deputies responded with Michigan State Police and Eaton Rapids Police on the report of shot fired in the area of 1700 S. Canal. Eaton County K-9 tracked the location of the shotgun but was not able to locate the suspect.  Michigan State Police will be investigating.
Eaton County Deputies responded to apartments on Church Street in Olivet on Wednesday, April 23rd  where there was a complaint of loud music – the complainant, after reporting the incident to police, heard a knock on the door and one of the participants in the party tried to push his way into the complainants apartment.  Management stated that the suspected apartment renter would be evicted.
Eaton County Deputies have taken eleven larceny from auto complaints in the Grand Ledge are south of 43 just west of Jenne St.  A reminder to all residents to avoid leaving valuables in vehicles and to lock all doors.
On Thursday, April 24 Eaton County Deputies responded to a domestic complaint where they located suspicious substances.  Michigan State Police and the FBI also responded to assist and the FBI is continuing with the investigation.
On Friday, April 25th Eaton County Deputies responded to a one car crash at Ainger Road and Five Point Highway.  The driver was found to be intoxicated and was transported to a local hospital.
On Saturday, April 26th Eaton County Delta Deputies were dispatched to an armed robbery at Little Ceasers on Elmwood.  A male and female came into the business with a weapon and demanded money.  The suspects are described as:
Hispanic male, with a dark colored hood and cotton gloves.  5’6 to 5’8 with a moustache
Female was 5’2 to 5’4 with a bandana over her face.
CORRECTIONS OFFICERS HONORED
The first full week in May is National Corrections Officers Week.  Here at Eaton County we take pride in the men and women who serve as Corrections Deputies for their dedication, but also we remember those Corrections Officers who have died across our nation in the line of duty
In 1984 the following Proclamation was made by President Ronald Reagan honoring our Corrections Officers nationally:
Correctional officers have the difficult and often dangerous assignment of ensuring the custody, safety and well-being of the over 600,000 inmates in our Nation's prisons and jails. Their position is essential to the day-to-day operations of these institutions; without them it would be impossible to achieve the foremost institutional goals of security and control.
Historically, correctional officers have been viewed as "guards," occupying isolated and misunderstood positions in prisons and jails. In recent years, the duties of these officers have become increasingly complex and demanding. They are called upon to fill, simultaneously, custodial, supervisory and counseling roles. The professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited by these officers throughout the performance of these demanding and often conflicting roles deserve our utmost respect. The important work of correctional Officers often does not receive the recognition from the public it deserves. It is appropriate that we honor the many contributions and accomplishments of these men and women who are a vital component of the field of corrections.
In recognition of the contributions of correctional officers to our Nation, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 132, has designated the week beginning May 6, 1984, as "National Correctional Officers Week," and authorized and requested the President to issue an appropriate proclamation.
Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week beginning May 6, 1984, as National Correctional Officers Week. I call upon officials of State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighth.
 
RONALD REAGAN

Recently, the Eaton County Board of Commissioner passed the following resolution not only honoring Corrections Officers nationally but the employees of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office:

EATON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
RESOLUTION DECLARING NATIONAL CORRECTIONAL
OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES WEEK 2014
April 16, 2014
Introduced by the Public Safety Committee
WHEREAS, correctional officers are trained law enforcement professionals dedicated
To maintaining secure correctional facilities and ensuring public safety; and
WHEREAS, correctional facilities across the United States, both civilian and military,
Public and private are run by highly-qualified and experienced men and women with a
Deep understanding of the challenges and difficulties within the profession; and
WHEREAS, correctional officers and employees are responsible for the custody, care
And reform of thousands of offenders every year as well as the maintenance of safe and
Secure facilities; and
WHEREAS, correctional employees work in very demanding and stressful conditions,
Face many challenges and put their lives at risk every day; and
WHEREAS, correctional officers and employees are some of the most resourceful,
Capable, committed, patient and persistent professionals in criminal justice and in our
Nation; and
WHEREAS, correctional officers and employees serve admirably in many different
Capacities, including jail administrators, chaplains, nurses, supervisors, managers and
Directors; and
WHEREAS, correctional officers and employees teach, train, mentor, counsel and treat
Thousands of offenders; and
WHEREAS, correctional officers and employees provide offenders with direction,
Hope and a new focus while preparing them for reentry and life outside of corrections;
And
WHEREAS, correctional officers and employees rise to meet most any challenge and
Serve this honorable profession nobly and admirably.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners
Formally designates May 5-11, 2014, as National Corrections Officers and Employees
Week in Eaton County, to commend these employees for the tremendous job they do
And for the exceptional performance of duties under the most difficult of circumstances.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich
Eaton County Sheriff’s Office offers these sites for more information:
Do1thing.com – prepare your family and home for a power outage or disaster
Crime Tips Line:  517-543-5433 or crimetips@eatoncounty.org
crimemapping.com  - MobilePatrol Phone App – Nixle - eatoncounty.org/departments/office-of-the-sheriff
For up to the minute updates visit us on Facebook and Twitter
Smart911.com and update information that could help save a life!

 

 


On Saturday, 4-26-14 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff Deputies were sent to an armed robbery at the Little Ceasers in the 500 block of Elmwood in Delta Township.  A Hispanic male and unknown female robbed the business at gunpoint and fled with an unknown amount of money.  The suspects were described as a Hispanic male, 5’8 with a moustache.  The female was described as 5’2 with a bandana and sunglasses.  ECSO K9 ran a track to the area of the 500 block of Dornet, where it’s believed the suspects fled in a vehicle.  No one was injured and a black gun was observed.

 

 

Sgt. Adam Morris

 

ECSO

 

 


Update :

 

The investigation into the suspicious substance found in a Village Green apartment is still ongoing. At this point, Eaton County Deputies, assisted by the Michigan State Police and the FBI, and have located a series of precursor chemicals that potentially could be used in a drug lab, or in the making of an explosive device. These chemicals were not assembled into either a drug lab or an explosive device, and are not considered to be dangerous in their current form. No assembled explosive devices were located in the apartment. Deputies are attempting to locate a man involved in the initial domestic disturbance for questioning in this investigation.

Authority: Lt. Jeff Campbell

On Thursday April 24th at approximately 0200 Delta Deputies were dispatched to a Domestic Disturbance at the Village Green apartment complex.  Upon further investigation a suspicious substance was located that required further investigation.  The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad and the Delta Township Fire Department were contacted to help identify the substance.  Officials are still on scene investigating and there appears not to be any imminent threat to citizens.  Please avoid the area until crews deem the area safe and complete their investigation.

 

Sgt. Adam Morris

 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 


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The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Cash (shown with his handler Deputy Elbert Sidel) will be receiving a ballistic vest/s thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that has raised over $335,000.00.

The “Occasions ” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab protective vests ran February 15th through March 5th.   Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a GROUPON (a tax deductible donation) through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner. 

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014.

All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, "In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Police Department".

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc a 501c(3) organization is still accepting donations through their website: www.vik9s.org and via mail P.O. Box 9East Taunton, MA02718.

In 2013, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns. The nonprofit raised $155, 537.33 in just one week, which will provide ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states.  There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.

 ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9S, INC.

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided 585 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. Who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website: www.vik9s.org.

 


April 10

 

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at approximately 12:09 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Crash in the area of Waverly Road and Bishop Highway.

 

Upon arrival deputies discovered an Oldsmobile Intrigue driven by Marie Hilding, 89 yoa of Lansing, that had been headed eastbound on Bishop was struck by a semi truck driven by David Stiffler, 42 yoa of Potterville, which was traveling southbound on Waverly Road.

 

It was reported to the Sheriff’s Office that Ms. Hilding did pass away on April 10th due to her injuries.

 

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

 

April 9, 2014

 

Detroit, MI—On Monday, April 21, at 7:08 pm, the 2013 American League Central Champion Detroit Tigers take on the Chicago White Sox, as the Tigers partner with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to host the 3rd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, at Comerica Park. This special night is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and their families, while raising awareness and funds for the forthcoming National Law Enforcement Museum, to be built in Washington, DC.

 

Pre-game festivities begin at 5:30 pm, and will feature a display of police cars in front of Comerica Park on Witherall Street. The Van Buren Township (MI) Police Department Honor Guard will present the colors as Officer Raquel Reyes of the Auburn Hills (MI) Police Department performs the National Anthem. Also on this special night, the game’s opening ceremony will be dedicated to honor Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield II and Detroit (MI) Police Department Officers Rodney Jones and Patrick Hill who were killed in the line of duty in 2013.

 

There will also be a special presentation of the Memorial Fund’s February 2014 Officer of the Month Award to Lieutenant Timothy Jungel of the Eaton County (MI) Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant Jungel received the award in recognition of his work creating the Michigan Sheriff’s & Municipal Memorial Assistance Response Team (S.M.M.A.R.T.), a program to assist the family, friends, and colleagues of fallen officers in Michigan.

 

The Detroit Tigers are offering a special all-inclusive Law Enforcement Appreciation Night package starting at just $29 for law enforcement officers, their families, friends, and the general public. The package includes a ticket to the game and a co-branded Detroit Tigers and National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund commemorative challenge coin. Additionally, the Detroit Tigers will donate $10 from each ticket sold directly to the Memorial Fund in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum.

 

To learn more information and to purchase ticket packages, visit www.tigers.com/law or contact Kate Walker at kate.walker@detroittigers.com.

 

"We are excited to honor Michigan law enforcement and to, once again, partner with the Detroit Tigers for this special evening,” said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the Memorial Fund. “Coming together in the 'Motor City' for championship baseball—and in honor of Michigan law enforcement officers—is sure to be a great evening, and a great way to raise awareness and funds for the Museum.”

 

FEBRUARY

 


 

Update on Fatal Crash in Delta Township - The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is now able to release the names of the people involved in the crash that occurred at the intersection of Lansing Road and Mt. Hope Hwy on Friday, February 14, 2014.

 

The driver of the car that was traveling westbound on Mt. Hope Hwy is identified as Rene Wilson, age 54, of Mulliken. Rene was pronounced dead at the scene of this crash. Her passenger was her daughter, Heidi Wilson, age 26 of Springport. Heidi was transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition. We are saddened to report that Heidi’s unborn child also died in the crash.

 

The driver of the van traveling northbound on Lansing Road is identified as El-Rayah Hamid-Wadi Khatr, age 41, of Lansing. He was also transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office staff sends our condolences to the victims of this crash and to their families.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, and no further details can be released at this time.

 

Authority: Lt. Jeff Campbell

 

 


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Sheriff Reich Announces Neighborhood Watch Forum in Delta Township:

 

On Wednesday, February 12th at 6:30pm, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Neighborhood Watch Forum at the Delta Township Administration Building located at 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing, MI 48917. This meeting is designed to provide information and assistance to anyone interested in helping to organize a new neighborhood watch group, as well as to help strengthen and renew our relationships with existing neighborhood watch groups. Residents will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol, and discuss ways to fight crime in their neighborhoods.

 


 

JANUARY

 

Consumers Energy has notified the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office that there is an Over Pressure of gas lines in the area of northern Windsor Township and the Village of Dimondale. Residences will see Consumers Energy checking the lines and monitoring the situation through the weekend.

 

IF YOU SMELL GAS – Please call the Consumers Energy Hot line at 1-800-477-5050 or Eaton County Dispatch at 9-1-1.

 

 


 

 

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SAFE SUPER BOWL SUNDAY TIPS

 If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

 

 

 

  • Designate your sober driver before the party begins.

  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Keep track of how much you have had to drink

  • Make sure your ride is sober before letting him/her drive you.

  • If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.

  • Never let a friend drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.

  • Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.

     

    If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:

     

 

  • Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.

  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.

  • If you plan to stay sober, offer to drive guests home.

  • Encourage guests to pace themselves.

  • Host your party like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.

  • Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.

  • Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.

  • If an underage person drinks and drives, the parent may be legally liable for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.

  • Likewise, parents or other adults who provide alcohol to – or host a party where alcohol is available to – those under age 21, could face jail time.

 

 


 

 

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TWO EATON COUNTY SHERIFF VEHICLES DAMAGED POLICING CRASHES

On January 28,2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Eaton County Deputies from Delta Patrol were investigating a property damage crash on Lansing Road near Creyts Road when the driver of a van lost control striking the rear of a parked patrol vehicle. No one was injured. The patrol car had its emergency lights activated and had one lane partially blocked to protect the crash scene.

At 9:30 a.m. Eaton County Deputies from Delta Patrol were policing a property damage crash on the ramp from eastbound I-96 to eastbound I-496 when the driver of a van lost control, stuck a guard rail and then collided with a marked patrol vehicle.   The patrol vehicle had the emergency lights were activated and the lane partially blocked to protect the crash scene.

Please remember when you see flashing lights slow down and safely move over to the appropriate lane for police, fire, emergency services and wreckers

Authority: Lt. Tim Jungel, ECSO

 


On January 26, 2014 at 6:40 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a two vehicle crash on M-50 at Kemler Rd. 

 

 An east bound at-fault vehicle swerved to miss a truck that was stopped to turn northbound.  The at fault vehicle swerved into westbound lane and struck a vehicle head on.    All persons involved were transported to area hospitals.  The at-fault vehicle had three occupants.  The west bound NOT at-fault vehicle had one occupant. 

Both drivers were treated and released.   The front seat passenger was admitted overnight, and the rear seat passenger was killed.  Names are not being released due to notification of family.

Weather and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.

Authority:  Lt. Tim Jungel, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 


 

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On Saturday, January 25, 2014 at about 0914 hours, Eaton County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a rollover accident on northbound I-69 right at the Davis Highway overpass in Windsor Township. A pickup truck had lost control and went into the median, rolling several times. The male driver suffered a severe laceration to his head and was later transported to the hospital by ambulance.

While police, fire, and EMS crews were busy on scene attending to this accident, traffic on N/B I-69 slowed and this, along with the terrible weather and road conditions, caused still more accidents, right at the scene of the first accident. First, a male driving a green Chevy Monte Carlo lost control and ran into a Windsor Township Fire truck. This, along with the first accident, now caused a complete blockage of the roadway. At that point emergency responders on scene had to close down N/B I-69 at Davis Highway. Just as they were getting traffic stopped, a semi-truck with trailer was not able to slow down and stop in time for stopped traffic in front of him and he struck a black Chevy Impala with a female driver. The semi driver then thankfully chose to drive into the median after striking the Impala, rather than hitting the emergency responders still on scene. The male semi driver was uninjured. The female driver of the Impala suffered a minor head injury and was later transported to the hospital by ambulance. The male driver of the Monte Carlo suffered head pain and was later transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Further south on N/B I-69, several other vehicles went into the ditch or median as well due to the road conditions, stopped traffic, and driver error. And although some of these other vehicles were damaged, there were no other injuries reported.

Eaton County Sheriff's Office units, along with a Potterville PD unit assisting, and MDOT, were able to get traffic diverted off of N/B I-69 at Hartel Road to seek an alternate route. We first attempted to divert traffic at Lansing Road in Windsor Township, but we were dealing with white-out conditions at that location and oncoming traffic was unable to see police units in time to exit. Northbound I-69 was closed from Hartel Road in Benton Township to Davis Highway in Windsor Township from approximately 0945 to 1215 hours.

Authority: Sgt. Tom Campbell, Eaton County Sheriff's Office, 01/25/2014

 


 

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Consumers Energy contributed $1,000.00 in support of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers in Police Services. The VIPS assisted during the power outages the week of Christmas by providing security at the overnight shelters while the shelters were open. 

Consumers Energy Kanter who is the Public Safety Outreach Representative was part of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center that was opened during the power outages and assisted with planning and resources. Mr. Kanter is responsible for the entire west side of Lower Michigan.

 

 


 

Sheriff Reich Announces Neighborhood Watch Forum in Delta Township:

**Date & Location Correction – Due to a scheduling conflict, the Neighborhood Watch Forum will be rescheduled to Wednesday, February 12th at 6:30pm. The location of this meeting has changed to Room A of the Delta Township Administration Building located at 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Neighborhood Watch Forum at the Delta Township Administration Building. This meeting is designed to provide information and assistance to anyone interested in helping to organize a new neighborhood watch group, as well as to help strengthen and renew our relationships with existing neighborhood watch groups. Residents will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol, and discuss ways to fight crime in their neighborhoods.

 

 


Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Crash at 8:24 a.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2014.  It was reported that a semi-truck and Eatran bus was involved in the crash at Flanders Road and Clinton Trail in Eaton Township.  
An Eatran Bus was headed south bound on Flanders Road, had stopped at the stop sign and continued across Clinton Trail/M-50 in the path of a semi truck that was headed eastbound on Clinton Trail.  The bus contained two passengers and the driver.  One of the passengers, a minor child, was ejected and was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The bus driver was also transported to an area hospital with back injuries.
The crash is still under investigation.

 


On Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on northbound I-69 near Stine Road where a full size van struck the end of a guard rail.
Upon arrival it was discovered that the driver’s side door had been completely torn off and the driver’s side of the van was totally ripped off.
Ten people occupied the van and three people were transported to local hospitals where the most severe injuries were broken ankles.
Eatran arrived on the scene and transported the rest of the passengers to a warm location.
The crash is under investigation.

 


 

Sidel  CashOn Saturday, January 18, 2014 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to an alarm at Duey’s Corner located on North Ionia Road in Vermontville.
Deputies found footprints and Deputy Elbert Sidel and K-9 Cash were called to the scene.  K-9 Cash was able to track and suspects were found.  Deputies were able to obtain a confession and the merchandise that was stolen from Duey’s Corner.
While Deputies were investigating the scene a driver became stuck in the parking lot across from the store while trying to avoid the patrol cars that were on scene.  The driver was found to be intoxicated and was lodged and the Eaton County Jail.


 

Mamayak in custodyFUGITIVE ADAM PAUL MAMAYEK WAS ARRESTED ON BENCH WARRANTS OUT OF EATON COUNTY FOR FELONY CHARGES:
•    BREAKING AND ENTERING OF A BUILDING WITH INTENT
•    RECEIVING AND CONCEALING STOLEN PROPERTY/MOTOR VEHICLE-2 COUNTS
•    TAMPERING WITH A VIN
•    RECEIVING AND CONCEALING OF $1,000 OR MORE BUT LESS THAN $20,000
MAMAYEK HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN ALLEN PARK, MICHIGAN ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2014.  ONCE MAMAYEK IS ARRAIGNED ON ADDITIONAL FELONY CHARGES IN ALLEN PARK,  HE WILL BE TRANSPORTED BACK TO EATON COUNTY TO FACE THE BENCH WARRANTS AND A FELONY WARRANT FOR ABSCONDING OR FORFEITING A BOND.

 


January 16, 2014-Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announced today that the owner of the three dead dogs recently found in a dumpster has been identified as an elderly Brookfield Township woman.  Upon further investigation, Animal Control removed 15 dogs, 6 cats, 3 rabbits and a large number of birds from her home. 

 

 

 There is also another individual believed to have disposed of the three deceased dogs.  This complaint is still under investigation.
At this time authorities are awaiting the results of the necropsies on the 3 dogs found in the dumpster before turning the matter over to the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney who will determine any possible charges in these matters.

 

 

 


Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces K9 Onyx received bullet and stab protective vest

 

 

 K-9 Onyx from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has received a  bullet and stab protective vest thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc, a Massachusetts based non profit organization.   The charity received a donation of $950 to cover the cost of a vest for K9 Onyx from the Alta -Tollhaus German Shepherd Dog Club.

 

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, MA. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 580  law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August of 2009.  Over $550,000 in K9 vests have been donated in 38 states including Alaska and Hawaii.

 

The organization orders the Armor Express vests made in Central Lakes, MI exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

 

New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to apply for the ballistic vests.  The program is open to US employed and certified K9s who are at least 19 months of age.

 

 For more information visit www.vik9s.org or call 508-824-6978.

 

Donations by mail to Vested Interest in K9s P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website.

 

 


January 14, 2014

 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control Division, was contacted regarding three dead dogs found in a dumpster behind the Payless Shoe Store located at 1660 Packard Hwy. Charlotte, MI.

After initial investigation it appears that the dogs were already dead, possible from freezing to death, prior to be placed in the dumpster.  The dogs are described as; one Sheppard mix, black and tan,  wearing a pink collar, approximately 65lbs, one black mixed breed with short hair, wearing a pink collar, approximately 40lbs, and one Border Collie type dog, long hair, black and white, no collar.

It is believed that these dogs were placed in the dumpster sometime between Wednesday January 8, 2014 and Sunday January 12, 2014.
 At this time the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is looking for anyone with information concerning these dogs or their owner.  
If you have any information, please contact the Eaton County Animal Control at 517-543-5755 ext 1 or the Crime Tip Line at 517-543-5433 or at crimetips@eatoncounty.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 7, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

20

abandoned/unknown 911 calls

2

Abandoned vehicles

4

Argument or verbal altercations

1

Armed robbery

28

alarms

5

Assaults

12

Assist Citizens

4

Assist other police departments

5

Breaking and entering

18

Car/deer crashes

3

Cars in the ditch

9

Check well being calls

2

Criminal sexual conduct report

5

Disorderly persons

15

Domestic disputes

3

Drug offenses

3

EMS Assist

4

Fights/physical altercation calls

3

Fire Dept. assists

41

Follow up on incidents

3

Found property

44

Retail embezzlements (shoplifting)

6

Harassment complaints

4

Littering

9

Larcenies

12

Malicious destruction of property

1

Loud noise/party complaints

16

Miscellaneous incidents

1

Missing persons

11

Motorist assists

16

Operating while impaired

2

Parking violations

5

Personal injury crashes

1

PPO violation

30

Property damage complaints

2

Road rage complaints

1

Runaway

15

Suspicious situations

20

Suspicious subjects

6

Suspicious vehicles

2

telephone harassment complaints

4

Threat complaints

30

traffic hazards

127

traffic stops

27

Traffic violations

2

Trespassing complaints

3

Unwanted subject complaints

5

Vacation checks

3

Attempt warrant pickups

1

Weapon violation

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 706 calls for service.

On Tuesday, April 29, Eaton County Deputies assisted Olivet Fire Department with a possible arson in the City of Olivet.  It appears that a mattress had been intentionally set on fire in the gym of an apartment building.

On Wednesday, April 30, Eaton County Deputies from Delta Patrol assisted with traffic control regarding a tanker leaking liquid nitrogen on northbound I-69 at I-96.

On May 2, 2014 at approximately 4:41 p.m. Eaton County Sheriff Deputies responded to an Armed Robbery of the Payless Shoe Store located on West Saginaw in Delta Township.
The suspect is described as a white male with a gray thick mustache, thick sunglasses, blue hoodie with a zipper in the front, with a blue bandanna around his face, jeans and white shoes. Suspect is believed to be in his 30-40 years of age
Hand gun was displayed by the suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 517-543-3510.

On Saturday, May 3, 2014 Eaton County Deputies of Delta Patrol responded to a crash at Great Harvest Bread Company where a female driver stated that her foot slipped off the brake and crashed into the doors of the business.  No injuries were found.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Explorers (which is a youth program) went to a state competition last weekend in Alpena, Michigan. While at the state competition the Explorer’s are to demonstrate a high risk traffic stop scenario, a domestic abuse scenario, a building search scenario and a traffic crash scenario - The Eaton County Explorer’s finished 2nd in the state in the domestics abuse scenario out of 31 teams. They also scored high building searches. Eaton County Sheriff Sgt. Scott Brooks is the commander of the Explorer’s and Deputy Brian Thomas and Deputy Jon Frost were responsible in preparing the Explorer’s for this competition.

 

 

EATON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

RESOLUTION DECLARING NATIONAL POLICE WEEK 2014

April 16, 2014

Introduced by the Public Safety Committee

WHEREAS, there are approximately 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in

communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of the Eaton

County Sheriff’s Office; and

WHEREAS, nearly 60,000 assaults against law enforcement officers are reported each

year, resulting in approximately 16,000 injuries; and

WHEREAS, since the first recorded death in 1791, almost 20,000 law enforcement

officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and been killed in the line

of duty, including three members of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office; and

WHEREAS, the names of these dedicated public servants are engraved on the walls of

the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and

WHEREAS, names of fallen heroes are being added to the National Law Enforcement

Officers Memorial this spring, including 100 officers killed in 2013 and 186 officers

killed in previous years; and

WHEREAS, the service and sacrifice of all officers killed in the line of duty will be

honored during the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s 26th Annual

Candlelight Vigil, on the evening of May 13, 2014; and

WHEREAS, the Candlelight Vigil is part of National Police Week, which takes place

this year on May 11-17, 2014; and

WHEREAS, May 15 is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day, in honor of all

fallen officers and their families and U.S. flags should be flown at half staff;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Commissioners

formally designates May 11-17, 2014, as Police Week in Eaton County, to honor the

service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty while

protecting our communities and safeguarding our democracy, and publicly salutes the

service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.

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