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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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Sheriff's Weekly Update

Weekly Update

July 23, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

50 abandoned/un-known 911 calls

36 Alarms

1 Animal Cruelty

10 Assaults

9 Assist other police dept’s

7 Breaking and entering

13 Car deer accidents

1 Cars in the ditch

1 Child Abuse or neglect

1 Criminal sexual conduct

1 Death investigation

17 Domestic disputes

4 Drug offenses

3 Fights

4 Firework complaints

33 Shoplifting complaints

3 Harassment

31 Larcenies

10 Malicious destruction of property

3 Missing persons

13 Operating while impaired

30 Property damage crashes

1 Road rage

3 Runaway

2 Suicidal threat or attempt

24 Suspicious situations

15 Suspicious subjects

6 Threats

29 Traffic hazards

330 Traffic stops

23 Traffic violations

2 Weapons violation

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1002 calls for service.

On Tuesday, July 15 Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol assisted Lansing Police Department with locating and arresting two suspects for Armed Robbery and Felonious Assault.

Also on July 15, at approximately 5:30 a.m., Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on northbound I-69 near the rest area.  It was reported that a vehicle left the road and spun into the median.

On July 15th Eaton County Deputies assisted at the scene of a garage fire in Walton Township.

On Friday, July 18th, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol were on N. Royston Road investigating a methamphetime lab

On Saturday, July 19th Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash at M-50 and Buck Highway where a vehicle ran off the road striking several trees.  

Also on Saturday, July 19th a suspect in a retail fraud that had just occurred was involved in a crash on M-43 near Waverly Road.  Shortly after Lansing Township Police found the suspect and the vehicle at another business in Lansing Township attempting to shop lift again.  The suspect was arrested by Eaton County Deputies.

On Sunday, July 20th at approximately 2:45 a.m. Eaton County Deputies Delta patrol responded to a business on Saginaw Highway for an entry alarm.  A suspect had tried to smash out the glass in the front door.  The glass was cracked but no entry was made.

SHERIFF REICH ENCOURAGES DRIVERS TO KEEP THEIR HANDS ON THE WHEEL

Sheriff Tom Reich wants to remind drivers in Eaton County that distractions are the number one cause of crashes.  In fact, researchers from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found nearly 80% of all crashes involved driver inattention just prior to the crash.  There are three main types of distraction:

Visual – taking your eyes off the road;

Manual – taking your hands off the wheel; and

Cognitive – taking your mind off what you’re doing.

While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, cell phones with texting capabilities are the most dangerous, since texting involves all three types of distraction.  On July 1, 2010 Michigan adapted a primary enforcement law prohibiting texting while driving.  It is against the law to read, manually type or send a text message while driving.  

Distractions are especially dangerous for teen drivers.  In 2012, 412 people were killed and 11,568 were seriously injured in crashes involving teen drivers in Michigan.  Of those 412 fatalities, only 132 were the teen driver.  Sheriff Reich asks that you please remind your teens to turn off their cell phones before they get behind the wheel.  The life you save just might be your own.

On March 28, 2013 Michigan adapted “Kelsey’s Law”, which prohibits teens and other inexperienced drivers on probationary licenses from using cell phones while driving.  While some exceptions are in place for reporting crashes, crimes or other emergencies Sheriff Reich encourages teen drivers to wait until they can safely pull their vehicle over before texting or phoning 911, if at all possible.

In 2005 the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association launched a teen driver safety program to encourage safe driving.  Sheriffs Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers, known as STOPPED, is a voluntary program which allows parents to receive notification if their teen driver is pulled over for any reason, whether or not a citation is issued.  While for some teens a $100 - $200 ticket may be “no big deal”, the knowledge that their parents will be notified and they may just lose the keys to their freedom, can be a huge deterrent to risk-taking behavior.  Enrollment in the program is simple and FREE.  Parents can register any vehicle on-line at www.misheriff.org or in person at your Sheriff’s Office or local Secretary of State Branch Office.    

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!

 


July 16, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

26

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

31

Alarms

7

Animal Cruelty

10

Assaults

12

Assist other police dept’s

8

Breaking and entering

12

Car deer accidents

2

Cars in the ditch

4

Child Abuse or neglect

2

Criminal sexual conduct

1

Death investigation

11

Domestic disputes

5

Drug offenses

6

Fights

13

Firework complaints

22

Shoplifting complaints

7

Harassment

26

Larcenies

12

Malicious destruction of property

6

Missing persons

17

Operating while impaired

29

Property damage crashes

3

Road rage

1

Runaway

5

Suicidal threat or attempt

20

Suspicious situations

13

Suspicious subjects

2

Threats

29

Traffic hazards

287

Traffic stops

20

Traffic violations

1

Weapons violation

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 900 calls for service.

On Monday July 7th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a home invasion on Pinch Highway where several guns were taken.
On Thursday, July 10th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a call from a father stating that a male subject had asked a young teenage female to message the suspect pictures of herself in the nude.  Suspect has been interviewed and a warrant request sent to the Prosecutor’s Office.
On Friday, July 11th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a report of a window open at the Maplewood Elementary School in Vermontville.  Juveniles had entered the building a spray painted.  Suspects were identified.


BEAT THE HEAT, CHECK THE BACKSEAT

Babies and young kids can sometimes sleep so peacefully that we forget they are even there. It can also be tempting to leave a baby alone in a car while we quickly run into the store. The problem is that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or death from heatstroke. Young children are particularly at risk, as their body’s heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s. These tragedies are completely preventable.
Did you know:
In 10 minutes a car can heat up 20 degree
Cracking a window does little to keep the car cool
Heatstroke can happen when the temperature is as low as 57 degree outside.
A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult.
According to an article by USA Today it is reported that an average of 38 children have died in hot cars each year in the USA since 1998.
The results of a recent survey, published on the SafeKids.org website stated that:
• 14% of parents have intentionally left their children in a parked car.
• 11% of parents admit to forgetting their child in a car.
• Nearly 1 in 4 parents of a child younger than 3 has forgotten the child in a car.
• Dads are nearly three times more likely than moms to leave a child in a parked car.
Not all deaths were caused because people forgot. Some parents believe cracking the window will make the car cool enough. About 6% of the people in the Public Opinion Strategies survey cited above thought it was okay to let a child stay in a parked, locked vehicle for longer than 15 minutes.
Some deaths are caused because children get into cars, are trapped and die before anyone discovers them.  Parents get distracted and preoccupied.  
Many of these incidents could have been prevented. One simple way to make that happen: leave something you need in the back seat.
A recent article in the USA Today offers the following suggestion:  If you are a parent of a young child AS SOON AS YOU ENTER THE VEHICLE put your left shoe in the backseat next to the child’s car seat.  You may not always have your laptop, purse or cell phone – but you will always need that left shoe and you will notice this as you exit the vehicle.
If you see a child alone in a hot car immediately call 9-1-1 and remove the child if they appear to be in distress.
And always keep your vehicle locked if you park it outside when small children are in the household or in your neighborhood– children will climb in a vehicle and may not be able to get out.
Don’t forget about your pets.  Pets can suffer heat related effects also!
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


 

 

July 9, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

26

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

4

Abandoned vehicles

29

Alarms

4

Arguments

4

Animal Cruelty

6

Assaults

23

Assist citizens

7

Assist other police departments

7

Breaking and entering

13

Car deer accidents

3

Cars in the ditch

16

Check wellbeing

19

Civil Complaints

1

Death Investigation

16

Domestic disputes

6

Drug offenses

6

EMS assist

6

Fights

39

Firework complaints

16

Follow up

5

Found Property

35

Shoplifting

4

Harassment calls

24

Larcenies

14

Malicious Destruction of property

1

Missing persons

8

Motorist assists

22

Operating while impaired

3

Personal injury crashes

20

Property damage crashes

4

Runaways

26

Suspicious situation

26

Suspicious subject

16

Suspicious vehicle

6

Threats

18

Traffic Hazards

259

Traffic Stops

20

Traffic violations

9

Warrant pickups

 

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 915 calls for service.

 On July 2, 2014, Eaton County Deputies responded to a home invasion that occurred on Nixon Road. The front door was kicked in and personal property was taken. Incident is still under investigation.

Another home invasion occurred on Pine Lake in Walton Township and it was reported that a bike was stolen, property from a vehicle taken and a door that was kicked in.

 

On Thursday, July 3rd, Deputies responded to a residence on Eaton Highway near Sunfield where a door was kicked in and a gun and video equipment was taken.

The fireworks in Delta Township took the coordination of Eaton County Sheriff’s Office along with Delta Township Fire Department, Michigan State Police, East Lansing Police, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte Police, Grand Ledge Police and Eaton Rapids Police. It was reported to be a very successful and well attended show.

 

Friday, July 4th, Deputies responded to a trespassing complaint in Olivet. When deputies arrived the suspect was sitting on the front porch, refusing to leave. The suspect was lodged for trespassing and drunk and disorderly.

Deputies also assisted Michigan State Police with an assault in Dimondale.

 

On Saturday, July 5th Deputies responded to a breaking and entering on Old Lansing Road. There was damage to a window and the case is under investigation.

 

On Sunday, July 6th, Eaton County Deputies from Delta Patrol were called to Ramblewood Apartments where a deer had jumped through a living room window. The apartment was damaged. Deputies successfully encouraged the deer to leave through a bedroom window.

An Eaton County Deputy from Delta Patrol attempted to stop a vehicle on Waverly at Burneway. The car was reported to be unlawfully driven away about 20 minutes prior. Two suspects were taken into custody

 

CHILD WATER SAFETY TIPS

 

Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of accidental death for children under age 15. Children can drown quickly and most often without any shout or cry for help. It is important children, especially those five and under, be closely supervised while they are in the water.

On average more than 800 children die each year due to accidental drowning. An estimated 3,600 additional children go to emergency rooms after near-drowning incidents each year. To help keep kids safe around water the Michigan Sheriffs' Association and Sheriff Reich recommends parents take the following precautions:

  • There is no substitute for active supervision. With young children simply being in the area is not enough. Parents should be in the water, actively participating in play with their children.
  • If you have a pool or spa, or if your child visits a home that has one, make sure it is surrounded on all four sides by a fence at least five feet high with gates that close and latch automatically.
  • A pool or spa should be equipped with an anti entrapment drain cover and a safety vacuum release system to prevent children from being caught in the suction of the drain.
  • Don't leave toys in or near the water, where they could attract unsupervised children.
  • Enroll your children in swimming lessons around age 4 but don't assume these lessons make your child "drown-proof".
  • Remember: inflatable swimming toys such as water wings and rings are not flotation devices and will not prevent drowning.
  • Keep kiddie pools empty and stored out of reach when not in use.
  • Keep rescue equipment and a phone handy - just in case.

 

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


 

June 25, 2014

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

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

 

45

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

3

Abandoned vehicles

44

Alarms

11

Arguments

4

Animal Cruelty

6

Assaults

13

Assist citizens

10

Assist other police departments

12

Breaking and entering

17

Car deer accidents

12

Check well being

1

Criminal Sexual Conduct reports

17

Civil Complaints

11

Disorderly persons

13

Domestic disputes

6

Drug offenses

5

EMS assist

2

Fireworks complaint

1

Fire Dept assists

17

Shoplifting complaints

59

Follow up

24

Larcenies

7

Found property

12

Malicious Destruction of Property

7

Harassment calls

4

Missing persons

1

Man with a gun

5

Personal Injury crashes

22

Operating while impaired

2

Stolen vehicles

16

Property damage crashes

22

Suspicious subjects

1

Road rage

10

Suspicious vehicles

7

Suicidal threat or attempt

6

Threats

18

Suspicious situation

27

Traffic violations

1

Telephone harassments

184

Traffic stops

39

Traffic hazards

2

Vacation checks

6

Unknown problem

1

Unwanted subjects

4

Warrant pickups

2

Weapon violations

 

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

 

On Tuesday, June 17th, Eaton County Deputies stopped a vehicle leaving a business on Saginaw Highway with methamphetamine components. Their investigation led to the identity and arrest of several methamphetamine producers in several areas of the County.

 

On Wednesday, June 18th, Eaton County K-9 Onyx was injured when he stepped on glass while doing a track for Grand Ledge Police. Onyx had surgery and will be out on recovery for at least two weeks.

 

On Thursday, June 19th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a methamphetamine dump in the Narrow Lake area. One suspect was arrested.

 

On Friday, June 20th Eaton County Deputies and Charlotte Police investigated a methamphetamine dealer in the Charlotte area and one suspect was arrested.

 

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.

 

On Friday, June 20th Eaton County Deputies responded to a Breaking and Entering on Kingsland where several tools were taken. Investigation continues. Also on the 20th Deputies responded to a Breaking and Entering on Royston Road. Deputies from Delta Patrol responded to a breaking and entering on Old Lansing Road where a back door was pried open.

 

On Saturday, June 21st Eaton County Deputies responded to a Breaking and Entering on Carlisle Highway where fixtures were taken. Investigation continues.

 

On Sunday, June 22nd Eaton County Deputies from Delta Patrol stopped a vehicle with Methamphetamine components on Saginaw Highway.

 

Also on Sunday Eaton County Deputies responded to a Breaking and Entering on East Street in Bellevue. After the investigation a suspect was lodged.

 

 

 

HAPPY, AND SAFE, INDEPENDENCE DAY

 

Enjoying fireworks displays at dusk is synonymous with Fourth of July celebrations; however, Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich wants to remind area residents fireworks can be deadly.

 

Last year hospital emergency rooms across the United States treated more than 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries and children under the age of 15 account for one-third of those injuries. Fifty-seven percent of those injuries were burns, 30% of those injured were under 15 and 74% of those injured were male. In Michigan, a Melvindale mother of three was killed on July 4, 2007 after being struck by a commercially made firework.

 

In addition to injuries, fireworks caused more than 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires and 16,300 outdoor fires. These fires resulted in eight reported civilian deaths, the death of one firefighter, 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in property damage.

 

Sheriff Reich provides the following guidelines to minimize injuries when putting on at-home fireworks displays.

 

  • Obey the local laws and USE COMMON SENSE.       Michigan law allows local units of government with 50,000 or more residents to prohibit fireworks from 12:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. on the day before, day of and day after a national holiday. Smaller communities may prohibit use between 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • Read the fireworks instructions and follow them. If an item looks damaged, do not attempt to use it.
  • Purchase fireworks only from reputable established dealers. Legal fireworks are tested as to quality and safety. Never attempt to build your own fireworks.
  • A responsible adult should supervise all fireworks usage. Children should watch, but not handle fireworks.
  • Fireworks are meant to be used one at a time. Do not attempt to combine or mix fireworks at the same time. Fuses have different burn rates. Actions like this invite accidents.
  • Use fireworks outdoors away from structures, vehicles and trees.
  • Fireworks should never be pointed or thrown at anyone. Make sure people and animals maintain a safe distance from the fireworks which are being set off. Use them only outdoors, and away from houses and vehicles.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Caution is important. Use protective eye wear and keep a water hose nearby. Don’t try to re-light a dud, but soak it in water for 15 minutes and dispose of properly.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a firework when lighting the fuse.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water before discarding.
  • Keep pets inside. July 4th is the day with the most reports of lost pets each year.

 

Let’s make this Fourth of July a safe holiday! For more information visit the National Council on Fireworks Safety online at http://www.fireworksafety.org/.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 


 

June 18, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

28

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

3

Abandoned vehicles

37

Alarms

6

Arguments

3

Animal Cruelty

5

Assaults

15

Assist citizens

3

Assist other police departments

6

Breaking and entering

22

Car deer accidents

16

Check well being

3

Child abuse or neglect call

11

Civil Complaints

1

Criminal Sexual Conduct reports

22

Domestic disputes

11

Disorderly persons

4

EMS assist

8

Drug offenses

1

Fire Dept assists

2

Fireworks complaint

42

Follow up

30

Shoplifting complaints

4

Found property

15

Larcenies

8

Harassment calls

9

Malicious Destruction of Property

3

Man with a gun

4

Missing persons

12

Operating while impaired

4

Personal Injury crashes

29

Property damage crashes

3

Stolen vehicles

1

Road rage

16

Suspicious subjects

2

Suicidal threat or attempt

7

Suspicious vehicles

11

Suspicious situation

9

Threats

4

Telephone harassments

21

Traffic violations

41

Traffic hazards

219

Traffic stops

3

Unknown accident

2

Vacation checks

7

Warrant pickups

4

Unwanted subjects

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 837 calls for service.

On Thursday, June 12th ECSO Delta Patrol responded to a local motel where the patrons were acting suspicious. Their vehicle was located and it was reported stolen out of Minnesota. One person was lodged and the other turned over to Meridian Police on an outstanding warrants.

On Saturday, June 14th Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a man with a gun call in Hamlin Township and then a car fire at Bishop and Waverly Roads.

On Saturday June 14th ECSO Delta Patrol responded to a roll over on Saginaw Highway. There were no serious injuries. A car pulled out in front of a 2nd vehicle causing the 2nd vehicle to swerve and roll the car.

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.

 

Deputies also responded to a vehicle that crashed a house on Park Meadows in Delta Township. There was no serious damage to the house, the suspect had minor injuries but the vehicle was totaled.

On Sunday, June 15th, Delta Patrol Deputies responded to a large fight in an apartment building. Five persons were arrested.

UNIQUE FAMILY NEEDS DURING AN EMERGENCY

 

Summertime brings warm weather and outside fun, but also the threat of severe weather and disasters. The June do1thing gives small steps toward being prepared for an emergency and reminds us to plan for your unique family needs. Do you have an infant or young child? Does anyone in your household have a medical condition that requires special care? Do you have a pet?

 

Talk with family members to identify your household’s unique needs.

What kinds of things can members of your household NOT be without for 72 hours? Here are some examples of things that can create unique needs for your family;

  • Infants and young children
  • Prescription medication (a three day supply should be with you)
  • Health-related supplies (diabetic insulin syringes, alcohol wipes)
  • Assistive devices such as glasses, wheelchair, canes
  • Pets

When you are in a hurry it is easy to overlook small and important items. Common items like diapers and pet food might not be easy to find right after a disaster. Trying new brands of food or formula or not having a comfort item can make disasters more stressful for both children and pets.

Talk to your kids about what to do in a fire, a medical emergency or a disaster. Make sure they know where emergency supplies are kept and how and when to call 911 and who to call if they can’t reach you in an emergency.

Make a plan to make sure pets are taken care of in a disaster.

A disaster may happen while you are away from home. Your neighborhood may be evacuated or you could be trapped somewhere else and unable to get home. Consider asking a trusted neighbor to check on your pets if you can’t get home because of a disaster or emergency. You may also ask them to take your pets with them if an evacuation is ordered while you are not home. Make sure they are comfortable with your pet and that they know where to find leashes and other supplies.

Remember, pets are not allowed in most emergency shelters. Talk to your local animal control agency or human society about options for sheltering your pet in a disaster.

 

If you or someone in your household has a disability, create an evacuation plan that works for them.

People with disabilities are more affected by disaster than others in the community. Accessible services might not be available. Hazards like fire, floods and tornados lead to evacuations. If you have a disability and you live in an area where these things can happen, make sure you have an evacuation plan:

  • Make sure you are signed up for emergency notification by using Nixle phone app and also Smart911.com.
  • Paratransit services may not be available once a disaster happens. Talk to you transportation provider now to find out what services they can provide when evacuation is ordered. If they are not available, arrange for someone else to pick you up if an evacuation is ordered. Make sure they will come for you UNLESS you tell them not to. That way there won’t be any confusion when the time comes. If you can’t evacuate, call 911 to let them know your location.
  • Talk to your local Red Cross chapter or other organizations that provide emergency sheltering in your community. Make sure that your needs can be met in an emergency shelter. Think about accessible entrances and bathrooms. What methods of communicating with shelter staff, medical services or assistive devices will you need? If you have a service animal, talk to them about what they can provide for the animal. Find out what you need to bring with you. Make sure that you have batteries or a charger for any assistive devices in your emergency kit.

 

Remember to check do1thing.com every month to plan emergency preparedness in small steps.

 

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!

 


 

June 4, 2014

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

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

 

23

abandoned/unknown 911 calls

4

Abandoned vehicles

37

Alarms

5

Arguments

5

Animal Cruelty

5

Assaults

19

Assist citizens

12

Assist other police departments

9

Breaking and entering

18

Car deer accidents

13

Check well being

1

Child abuse or neglect call

16

Civil Complaints

2

Criminal Sexual Conduct reports

1

Death investigation

12

Disorderly persons

25

Domestic disputes

4

Drug offenses

7

EMS assist

4

Fights

1

Fire Dept assists

1

Fireworks complaint

42

Follow up

23

Shoplifting complaints

1

Found property

21

Larcenies

9

Harassment calls

1

Malicious Destruction of Property

2

Man with a gun

4

Missing persons

22

Operating while impaired

7

Personal Injury crashes

29

Property damage crashes

1

Prowler

2

Road rage

4

Stolen vehicles

3

Suicidal threat or attempt

17

Suspicious subjects

28

Suspicious situation

15

Suspicious vehicles

3

Telephone harassments

5

Threats

37

Traffic hazards

34

Traffic violations

2

Unknown accident

424

Traffic stops

4

Unwanted subjects

6

Vacation checks

5

Warrant pickups

 

 

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1099 calls for service.

 

On Friday, May 30, Eaton County Deputies responded to a one car rollover on Cochran Road, one person was transported.

 

On Saturday, May 31, Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash at Cochran and Broadway where a vehicle did a u-turn in front of another vehicle. The second vehicle went off the road to avoid the first vehicle and struck a tree.

 

Also on Saturday, May 31, Eaton County Deputies responded to an alarm at Fox Park where the Maintenance Garage door was kicked in. Nothing was taken.

 

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

 

          June 16, 17, and 19, 2014 

 

          July 14, 15, and 17, 2014

 

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. 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.  

 

SHERIFF TOM REICH ENCOURAGES TEENS & PARENTS

 

TO MAKE GRADUATION SAFE BY FOLLOWING THE LAW

 

Sheriff Reich had the honor of addressing the 2014 graduating class of Bellevue High School and hopes that the teens in Eaton County have a fun and memorable experience at this year’s graduation open houses. To ensure that teens stay safe, he is reminding them and their parents that underage drinking is not only dangerous but it is against the law. “You can’t have a memorable experience at prom or graduation if you are unable to remember any of it because you have had too much to drink,” said Sheriff Reich.

 

The consequences of underage drinking are serious. Every year underage drivers under the influence of alcohol kill or seriously injure themselves or others in crashes. In some communities a partnership between law enforcement and school officials prevents students who have been caught drinking from participating in extracurricular activities.

 

Sheriff Reich offers the following tips to prevent underage drinking and keep this year’s graduation open houses safe for everyone in the community:

 

  • Parents and other adults must remember that underage drinking is against the law. Not only is furnishing alcohol to someone under age 21 a crime, it sends the wrong message.
  • Parents and teens both need to understand that “everybody is doing it” is just plain wrong! Being liked should never mean giving up your personal responsibility or caving in to social pressures. Parents have an obligation to set boundaries that tell teens which behaviors are appropriate and which are not.
  • Everyone in a community is responsible for preventing alcohol-related injuries. Retailers, limousine drivers, hotel owners, and others in the community have a responsibility to report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Suspicious activity may include:

 

  1. oDrinking and/or visible intoxication of a youth
  2. oSomeone purchasing a large quantity of alcohol, furnishing alcohol to a minor, or a teen using a false ID.
  3. oParties hosted in hotel rooms

 

Sheriff Reich warns, “Keep safe during your end of school celebrations. If you are under 21 years of age, don’t drink or use drugs. If you are a parent, remain vigilant about what your teen is doing. By making it inconvenient for kids to drink, you just may save a life.”

 

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!

 

 


 

May 28, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

23

abandoned/unknown 911 calls

5

Abandoned vehicles

37

Alarms

5

Arguments

2

Animal Cruelty

7

Assaults

16

Assist citizens

6

Assist other police departments

5

Breaking and entering

21

Car deer accidents

1

Cars in the ditch

14

Check well being calls

1

Child abuse or neglect calls

10

Civil complaints

1

Criminal Sexual Conduct report

2

Death investigation

4

Disorderly persons

18

Domestic disputes

7

Drug offense calls

4

Fights

7

EMS assists

36

Follow up

2

Fire Dept assists

26

Shoplifting complaints

5

Found property

32

Larcenies

6

Harassment calls

9

Malicious Destruction of Property

3

Man with a gun

13

Motorist assists

5

Loud noise complaints

10

Personal Injury crashes

3

Missing persons

3

Runaway calls

16

Operating while impaired

8

Suicide threats

27

Property Damage crashes

14

Suspicious subjects

2

Road rage complaints

5

Telephone harassment

3

Stolen vehicles

28

Traffic hazards

17

Suspicious situations

32

Traffic violations

17

Suspicious vehicles

6

Unknown problems

6

Threats

3

Weapon violations

366

Traffic stops

3

Trespassing

10

Warrant attempt pickups

3

Weapon violations

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1052 calls for service.

On Wednesday, May 21st, Eaton County Deputies responded to a domestic assault in Bellevue involved five children.

On Thursday, May 22nd, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a retail fraud suspect attempting to break into cars in a parking lot. The suspect ran but K-9 Onyx tracked and located the suspect in a camper. Delta patrol also responded to a report of shots fired on Snow Road.

Eaton County Deputies responded to a private property accident where a six year old was hit by a car. The victim was at the hospital. It was reported that the victim ran out between two parked cars.

On Sunday, May 25th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a man with a gun at a business parking lot, the gun was reported to be inside the vehicle when an argument started. Weapon was not used but was visible to complainant.

On Monday, May 26th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a report of a robbery of a person in a business parking lot. Victim reported that he did not have any money and suspects smashed out the windshield.

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

          June 2, 3, and 5, 2014

          June 16, 17, and 19, 2014 

          July 14, 15, and 17, 2014

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.  

Sheriff Tom Reich and the Michigan Sheriff’s Association reminds everyone that summer fun can be more enjoyable and safe if you follow these important steps for boating safety

  • Check the condition of your life jackets.  Make sure that there is one properly fitting life jacket for every person on board and that they are in good condition.  Check for discoloration, dry rot and mildew; popped seams and tears in the fabric; and that the straps, buckles and zippers still work.
  • Check your equipment to make sure it is in good working order.  This includes items like your visual distress signals, sound-producing devices, navigation lights, bilge pumps, ventilation blowers and fire extinguishers.
  • Check to make sure your navigation charts or devices are on board and updated to the most current conditions.
  • Before setting out, you should obtain the latest marine forecast and warning information from www.weather.gov/marine or NOAA Weather Radio.  You can begin listening for extended outlooks up to five days before your planned trip.  Extended outlooks give general information in both graphical and text format.

 

Thunderstorms can be a mariner's worst nightmare.  They can develop quickly and create dangerous wind and wave conditions.  Thunderstorms can bring shifting and gusty winds, lightning, waterspouts and torrential downpours which can turn a day's pleasure into a nightmare of distress. A lightning strike to a vessel can be catastrophic, especially if it results in a fire or loss of electronics.  If your boat has a cabin, then stay inside and avoid touching metal or electrical devices.  If your boat doesn't have a cabin, stay as low as you can in the boat. 

Boaters should use extra caution when thunderstorm conditions exist and have a plan of escape.  Mariners are especially vulnerable as at times they may be unable to reach port quickly.  It is therefore strongly recommended you do not venture out if thunderstorms are a possibility.  If you do venture out and recognize thunderstorms nearby, head to port or safe shelter as quickly as possible.  Ultimately, boating safety begins ashore with planning and training.  Keep in mind that thunderstorms are usually brief so waiting it out is better than riding it out.

  • If you encounter fog, navigate at a slower than normal speed.  Slowing down will help you avoid collisions. Turn on all running lights, even in daytime.  Listen for sounds of other boats which may be near you, or for fog horns and bells from nearby buoys. VHF NOAA Weather Radio should broadcast important information concerning the formation, movement or dissipation of the fog.  Pay close attention.        If your vessel has radar, it can be used to help you locate dangers which may be around you. Use GPS or a navigation chart to help obtain a fix on your location.

If you are unable to get your bearings, stay put until the fog lifts but make sure you are in a safe location. Be familiar with your horn and bell sounds that should be produced to warn others around you when in a dense fog.  Have a compass available.  Even if you don't know where you are in the fog, with a compass you can determine the direction you are navigating.

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!

 


 


 

May 21, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

29

abandoned/unknown 911 calls

12

Abandoned vehicles

25

Alarms

1

Animal bite

4

Animal Cruelty

5

Arguments

1

Armed Robbery

8

Assaults

12

Assist citizens

3

Assist other police departments

5

Breaking and entering

21

Car deer accidents

4

Cars in the ditch

18

Check well being calls

2

Child abuse or neglect calls

15

Civil complaints

1

Criminal Sexual Conduct report

1

Death investigation

7

Disorderly persons

8

Domestic disputes

5

Drug offense calls

1

Drug overdose

3

EMS assists

3

Fights

2

Fire Dept assists

42

Follow up

3

Found property

21

Shoplifting complaints

2

Harrasment calls

20

Larcenies

9

Loud noise complaints

3

Malicious Destruction of Property

7

Missing persons

16

Motorist assists

12

Operating while impaired

10

Personal Injury crashes

30

Property Damage crashes

1

Recover stolen vehicle

2

Road rage complaints

4

Runaway calls

3

Stolen vehicles

4

Suicide threats

23

Suspicious situations

19

Suspicious subjects

21

Suspicious vehicles

4

Telephone harassment

7

Threats

34

Traffic hazards

332

Traffic stops

26

Traffic violations

5

Trespassing

8

Unknown problems

9

Warrant attempt pickups

4

Weapon violations

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 959 calls for service.

 

On Saturday, May 17 Eaton County Deputies from Delta Patrol responded to an armed robbery at the Game Hits Store on West Saginaw. Suspect was a white male with a black hoodie, sunglasses, red bandana and wearing gloves. Approximately 20 minutes later there was an armed robber at the Little Ceasars at Waverly and Grand River with the same description of a suspect. If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Det. Jim Maltby at 517 323 8489.

On Sunday, May 18, Eaton County Deputies responded to an alarm in Dimondale where it was discovered that suspects broke a door to a pharmacy and stole an undetermined amount of drugs. Investigation is underway and anyone who has information is asked to call the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office at 517-543-3512.

 

National Seat Belt Enforcement - May 19 through June 1, 2014

Seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Sadly, one in five Americans fail to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. By maintaining the "Click It or Ticket” awareness, we will continue to reduce seat belt fatalities on America's roads.


Reporting Suspicious Activity

The Sheriff’s Office cannot function effectively without the assistance of responsible citizens. The Sheriff’s Office needs your help in reporting suspicious activity. Some people fail to call because they are not aware of what is considered suspicious. Others notice suspicious activity and assume someone else will call. Still, others fail to call because they feel they are bothering the Sheriff’s Deputies.

You are encouraged to call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY if you feel a situation or circumstance is suspicious. DO NOT think you are bothering the police; this is why they are there! DO NOT be embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded.

WHEN IN DOUBT, CALL! It is better to error on the side of safety.

Have you ever picked up the phone to call 9-1-1 only to set it down because you were unsure if you should call or not? You should call 9-1-1 when:

>       You see smoke or fire.

>       Someone’s life and/or property are in immediate danger.

>       You see a crime being committed.

>       Rescue or emergency medical assistance is needed.

>       Suspicious activity.

>       If you are not sure, call and let trained personnel decide.

An emergency is any situation that requires immediate response from police, fire, or medical services.   Eaton County Central Dispatch answers all 9-1-1, emergency 10 digit and non emergency 10 digit lines within Eaton County, 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Their specially trained personnel will send the appropriate Public Safety Responders for any given situation.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DIAL 911 BY MISTAKE? Don’t hang up! Stay on the line and tell the dispatcher that you called by mistake and that you do not need emergency assistance. Any time a dispatcher receives a 9-1-1 “hang up”, the caller must be contacted whether by phone or in person to be sure that no actual emergency exists. If no contact can be made, Law Enforcement Officers will be sent to check on you. If you do not have an emergency but wish to report a situation, you can call Eaton County Central Dispatch at 517-543-3510 or 517-543-4913. Using one of our 10 digit telephone numbers   keeps 9-1-1 lines open for true emergencies.

Whenever in doubt, call 9-1-1! Don’t hesitate to call even if you are unsure you should.

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!

 


 

May 14, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

26

abandoned/unknown 911 calls

6

Abandoned vehicles

6

Argument or verbal altercations

6

Assaults

27

alarms

6

Assist other police departments

7

Assist Citizens

15

Car/deer crashes

15

Breaking and entering

14

Check well being calls

2

Cars in the ditch

10

Disorderly persons

2

Criminal sexual conduct report

6

Drug offenses

16

Domestic disputes

3

Fights/physical altercation calls

7

EMS Assist

44

Follow up on incidents

2

Fire Dept. assists

20

Retail embezzlements (shoplifting)

4

Found property

1

Indecent Exposure

6

Harassment complaints

4

Malicious destruction of property

26

Larcenies

1

Man with a gun

12

Loud noise/party complaints

16

Miscellaneous incidents

3

Missing persons

17

Motorist assists

2

Operating while impaired

1

Parking violations

7

Personal injury crashes

1

PPO violation

37

Property damage complaints

21

Suspicious situations

3

Runaway

2

Suspicious vehicles

13

Suspicious subjects

7

Threat complaints

2

telephone harassment complaints

291

traffic stops

25

traffic hazards

5

Trespassing complaints

35

Traffic violations

5

Vacation checks

6

Unwanted subject complaints

5

Weapon violation

3

Attempt warrant pickups

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 923 calls for service.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a fatal accident that occurred Tuesday, May 6th 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 Hwy. 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.

On Thursday, May 8th Eaton County Deputies responded to three breaking and enterings. The first occurred on Mills Highway where a rock was thrown through a garage door window-no entry to the residence was found. The second occurred on Wilcox Road and the suspect entered through a bedroom window. The third occurred at a salvage yard where copper tubing was taken and later located by the Eaton County K-9 in the woods east of the yard.

On Friday, May 9th Eaton County Deputies responded to a scrap iron and metal company on Creyts Road on the report of a breaking and entering. Suspects broke out a back window to the office and stole equipment. Evidence was collected and the investigation is ongoing.

On Saturday, May 10th, Eaton County Deputies from Delta Patrol responded to a road rage incident where the suspect showed a handgun during the incident. The complaint has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney.

On Sunday, May 11th, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol and numerous larcenies from autos in the Montevideo Drive area, the 5000 block of West St. Joe and 5000 block of Mall Drive West.

On Tuesday, May 12th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a fight at Delta Square. Four suspects were taken to the Eaton County Jail for resisting and obstructing and minor in possession.

National Seat Belt Enforcement - May 19 through June 1, 2014 

Seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Sadly, one in five Americans fail to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. By maintaining the "Click It or Ticket” awareness, we will continue to reduce seat belt fatalities on America's roads.

 


SOCIAL NETWORKING

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other social networks have become a major part of our lives. Social networks are a great way to stay connected with others, but you should be careful about how much personal information you post.

Have your family follow these safety tips to enjoy social networking:

  • Post information on trips and vacations WHEN YOU RETURN. Don’t give information out on when your home will be vacant!
  • Photo’s that are posted with a Geo-code also give your location and date. Post photo’s after your trip and set your security and privacy settings.
  • Learn about and use the privacy and security settings on social networks. They are there to help you control who sees what you post and manage your online information.
  • Once posted, always posted! Protect your reputation on social networks. What you post online stays online. Think twice before posting pictures you wouldn’t want a future employer or your parents to see. Research found that 70% of job recruiters rejected candidates based on information they found online.
  • Keep personal info personal. Be careful about how much personal information you provide on social networking sites. The more information you post the easier it may be for a hacker to use that information to steal your identity, access your data or commit crimes such as stalking.
  • Know and manage your friends. Social networks can be used for many purposes. Some of the fun is creating a large pool of friends from many aspects of your life. Use tools to manage the information you share with friends in different groups or even have multiple online pages.
  • Be honest if you are uncomfortable. If a friend posts something about you that makes you uncomfortable or you think its inappropriate let them know. Likewise, stay open-minded if a friend approaches you because something you have posted makes him or her uncomfortable.
  • Know what action to take if someone is harassing or threatening you, remove them from your friends list, block them and report them.
  • Have the latest security software, web browser and operating system for the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats
  • Set your privacy and security settings to limit how you share information.
  • Make passwords strong by using a combination of capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password. Each account or social media page should have its own unique password.
  • Links in email, tweets, post and online advertising are often the way cyber-criminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source it’s best to delete it.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


 

 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 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 July of 1994 of Eaton Rapids


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.

 police week 2014
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.

 

 


Weekly Update

 

April 16, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

26

abandoned/unknown 911 calls

16

assist citizens calls

5

Argument or verbal altercations

1

Armed robbery

43

alarms

8

breaking and entering

5

assault calls

0

car in the ditch

4

Assist other police dept

2

Criminal sexual conduct reports

22

car vs. deer crashes

2

Death investigation

12

check well being calls

10

domestic disputes

9

civil complaints

3

calls to assist EMS

4

disorderly person calls

4

harassment calls

6

drug offenses

4

loud noise complaints

33

follow up on incidents

10

malicious destruction of property calls

4

Found property

17

miscellaneous incidents

18

retail embezzlements (shoplifting)

10

motorist assists

23

Larcenies

2

parking violations

4

Unwanted subjects

25

property damage vehicle crashes

1

missing persons

0

Stolen vehicle

10

operating while impaired

14

Suspicious subject

6

personal injury vehicle crashes

23

suspicious situations

4

road rage complaints

13

suspicious vehicles

4

suicidal threat complaints

7

threat complaints

1

telephone harassment complaints

20

traffic violations

16

traffic hazards

318

traffic stops

3

warrant pickups

3

Unknown problem calls

1

unknown accident calls

12

Vacation checks

16

Traffic hazards

17

Miscellaneous incidents

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 879 calls for service.

 

 

On Tuesday, April 8th, Eaton County Deputies responded to the Olivet Agriculture Building on a report of a fire fully involved.  Deputies assisted the fire department with traffic and investigation until it was turned over to the State Fire Investigator.Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 879 calls for service.

Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on Tuesday, April 8th on Waverly Road at Bishop Highway involving a car going eastbound on Bishop and a loaded semi gravel train going north bound on Waverly.  The driver of the car passed away two days later at a Lansing Hospital.

On Friday April 11th Eaton County Deputies were assisted by Eaton Rapids Police Department with a meth dump site in the area of Springport Rd and Wilson.  Area was cleaned by Bio-Clean.  Deputies also responded to a child neglect complaint where the parents were reported to be growing marijuana in the home.

On Saturday, April 12th, Eaton County Deputies responded to an arson at an oil well site on Ackley Road.  State Fire Investigator is assisting with the investigation.

On Sunday, April 13th Eaton County Deputies responded to a domestic where it was reported the victim was being strangled.  There were also children present in the house.  The suspect was arrested and charges are being sought.

Also on April 13th Eaton County Deputies responded to a man with a gun in Vermontville who entered an apartment.  Eaton County was assisted by Michigan State Police and the incident is under investigation.

On Monday, April 14th, Eaton County Deputies assisted the Charlotte Police Department with a narcotics investigation.  One suspect was lodged in the Eaton County Jail.

Crime Victims Rights Week April 18th-24th

This year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme, “Crime Victims’ Rights:  Fairness. Dignity. Respect.”, encourages us to raise awareness of these fundamental principles and to continue working on behalf of crime victims who are still treated with a lack of fairness, dignity and respect.

All victims of crime deserve to be treated fairly and respectfully and in a way that preserves their dignity.

Only a few decades ago, shocking numbers of crime victims experienced unfairness, indignities, and disrespect.  Yet years of work by victims and advocates led to thousands of statutes and 32 state constitutional amendments that establish victims’ rights.  Every year, we celebrate that progress and commit ourselves to ensuring that all victims know about and can exercise these rights.  The Michigan Crime Victim Rights Act created comprehensive rights of notification and participation in all stages of the criminal justice process for crime victims. 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate Unit is a team of volunteers that assist victims at the time of the crime/incident.  Our Victim Advocates are there to assist the deputies and helping the victims of crime get through the first hours of a traumatic time.  Not all victims of crime have prosecuted cases, so our Unit guides and directs victims to the services that will best help them deal with the trauma that they are experiencing.  The Victim Advocate Unit started in 1990 under Sheriff Art Kelsey and last year the size of the Unit was increased to better serve the victims of Eaton County.  Our Advocates are professional and caring and the Sheriff’s Office is very fortunate to have them as part of our team.

The Victim Services Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office ensures victims are provided the rights entitled to them.  Victims have the right to receive information about their rights and the criminal proceedings, to be present in court, to confer with the prosecution, to make a statement to the court at sentencing, to restitution and to information about the conviction, sentence, imprisonment and release of the accused.  In addition, victims also have the right to apply for Victim Compensation for injuries resulting from a crime.  The Crime Victim Rights Act in Michigan committed our state to fairness, dignity and respect for victims of crime. 

Annually, a Candlelight Vigil is held at the Capitol Building in Lansing to honor all crime victims.  This year, the Candlelight Vigil will be held on Wednesday, April 21st at 6pm in the Capitol Rotunda.  This heartfelt and moving ceremony is open to the public. 

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

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Either of these forms can be mailed to us at 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte, MI 48813, Faxed to 517-543-2922

or emailed to treich@eatoncounty.org and they will be put on file with Central Dispatch  

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