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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

 

September 17, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

10

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

24

Alarms

1

Armed robbery

7

Assaults

18

Assist citizens

16

 

Car deer crashes

15

Check well being requests

14

Domestic disputes

9

Drug Offenses

20

Shoplifting complaints

22

Larcenies

13

Malicious destruction of property

18

Operating while impaired

30

Property damage crashes

20

Suspicious situations

16

Suspicious vehicles

30

Traffic hazards

270

Traffic stops

29

Traffic violations

7

Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 895 calls for service.

On Thursday, September 11th, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to an Unlawfully Driving Away of an Automobile where the suspect drove into a fire hydrant and damaged a store sign on Saginaw Highway. Charges are being sought against the suspect who also had several outstanding warrants.

Deputies from Delta Patrol also responded to a felonious assault. A grandmother was accused of striking her ex-daughter-in-law with her vehicle during a child exchange. This case is under investigation

Eaton County Deputies have been investigating the larceny of saddles. A seller was advertising the victim’s saddles on Craig’s List. The seller states that the saddles were purchased from a local auction and Deputies have determined that several other stolen items were also sold at the auction. More investigation is being conducted.

On Saturday, September 13th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a rollover crash on Mt. Hope Hwy. west of Hartel. When Deputies arrived no one was occupying the vehicle. Investigation into the driver’s residence showed that no one was home. The owner eventually showed up at the scene and stated they had swerved to miss a deer.

On Monday, September 15th at approximately 5:40 a.m., Eaton County Deputies responded to a hit and run crash on northbound M-99 south of Bunker Highway. The victim’s vehicle was northbound on M-99 when it was struck from behind by what is believed to be a 1990’s to early 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, white in color.

Also Deputies from Delta Patrol responded to a hit and run crash at M-43 and Creyts Road where a white Tahoe was struck from behind by another car and the second vehicle left northbound. Victim had minor injuries.

HUNTING SAFETY

If you look closely there are signs of fall all around us. And with the fall season comes the preparation for hunting season! The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office reminds you of the next free Hunter Safety class coming up September 22, 23 and 25th. Three other sessions are also scheduled for October 7, 8, and 9th, October 20, 21 and 23rd and November 3, 4 and 6th.

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

Exceptions are made for youths under the age of 10 hunting under a mentored youth hunting license or hunters older than 10 hunting with an apprentice hunting license. Hunters can hunt under the apprentice program for two years before they are required to take hunter education.

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

The traditional classroom course is a minimum of 10 hours and includes both classroom and field work with an instructor. The home-study course features a workbook to complete class work and requires a field/skills day. Michigan also offers two approved online hunter education courses, at www.hunter-ed.com/Michigan and www.huntercourse.com/usa/michigan. Students who opt for the online course complete their class work online, and then have a field/skills day with an instructor and take a written exam.

Class size is limited to 50 students each session.  If you would like to sign up for Hunter Safety or if you have any questions, please contact Jerri Nesbitt at 517-543-5257.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


September 10, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

30

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

47

Alarms

6

Assaults

4

Breaking and entering

22

Check wellbeing

22

 

Civil Complaints

7

Car deer crashes

15

Domestic disputes

40

Shoplifting complains

30

Larcenies

5

Missing persons

26

Operating while impaired

9

Personal injury crashes

34

Property damage crashes

17

Suspicious Subjects

22

Suspicious vehicles

58

Traffic hazards

259

Traffic stops

29

Traffic violations

3

Unwanted subjects

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 979 calls for service.

 On Tuesday, September 2nd, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a roll over personal injury crash on Canal Road north of Saginaw Highway. A vehicle turning left out of Horrock’s pulled into the path of a north bound car. The first vehicle rolled over on its side. Two people were trapped inside and were assisted by Delta Fire Department.

 On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at approximately 6:06 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a one car personal injury crash on Ionia Road south of Follett Highway in Bellevue Township.

The driver lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree. Driver and back seat passenger were airlifted to Bronson Hospital. The front seat passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Driver was Kasey Braska, 20 years of age of Bellevue, MI and is listed in critical condition. Backseat passenger Cameron Parr, 18 years of age of Bellevue, MI and is in stable condition. The deceased front seat passenger Paige Cords, 18 years of age of Charlotte, MI

 On Thursday, September 4th a memorial vigil was planned at the scene of the fatal crash. Eaton County Deputies, Special Deputy Volunteers attended and over 300 people. The road was kept open and everyone was respectful and cooperative.

 On Saturday, September 6, Eaton County Deputies located and took into custody suspects from several breaking and entering in the Pinch Highway area. Charges are being requested on two suspects for the breaking and entering.

Deputies were responding to an possible intoxicated subjects in Vermontville area. As they arrived a vehicle left the area of the complaint and the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. Deputies stopped following the vehicle and a short time later it was reported that the truck crashed at Scipio Hwy and Mason Road.

On Sunday, September 7, Eaton County Deputies responded to a mobile home park in Windsor Township on a report of a vicious dog running loose and chasing residents of the park. Deputies were assisted by Animal Control Officers who were able to get the dog captured and taken to Animal Control.

NO EMPTY DESKS

Last week most students start back to school. Their teachers have already been preparing for the year. My hope is that students take full advantage of the opportunity provided by a public education. I want them to be successful. Teachers need to know that I appreciate their dedication and commitment to each student. If students and teachers do their parts, and parents back them up, we can be hopeful that our investment will have positive results.

Successful schools begin by engaging students and making sure they come to school regularly. That may seem obvious. What's less obvious is that the consequences of low attendance are serious for all children and for the community, not just the students who miss school.

When students miss school, it’s difficult for them to stay current in their courses.  Those who get behind often stay behind.  If they drop out of school, their pathway can easily lead to low-paying jobs and an over-reliance on the social welfare system.  Prisons are clogged with inmates who lack a high-school diploma or a GED.

 Let’s all work to encourage kids to go to school regularly, to stay in school, and graduate on schedule.  It’s a win-win situation when that happens.  The student is successful, our tax dollars are not wasted, and our communities are stronger.  

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


September 3, 2014

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

21

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

31

Alarms

5

Arguments

6

Assaults

21

Assist citizens

8

 

Breaking and entering

20

Civil complaints

16

Domestic disputes

3

Drug offenses

4

Fights

35

Follow up

31

Shoplifting complaints

4

Harassment

33

Larcenies

11

Malicious destruction of property

3

Drug offenses

14

Operating while impaired

35

Property damage crashes

2

Runaways

8

Suicidal Threat

19

Suspicious vehicles

26

Suspicious situations

27

Suspicious subjects

6

Personal injury crash

30

Traffic hazards

294

Traffic stops

25

Traffic violations

5

Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 968 calls for service.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office would like you to be aware of two recent examples of compassionate service our Deputies are committed to delivering daily:

Sergeant Tom Campbell who on August 26th, shortly after the rain storm saw an individual walking barefoot and soaking wet after being asked to leave a residence he was staying at. The individual was attempting to walk to Eaton Rapids from Charlotte. Sgt. Campbell offered the individual a ride which was turned down. Then Sgt. Campbell asked if he could obtain shoes for the young man and proceeded to go to the Eaton Clothing and Furniture Center in Charlotte. They not only found new shoes but socks, pants and a jacket which were taken to the young man who was very appreciative of the donation. We would like to thank Sgt. Campbell for taking that extra step to help and to Eaton Clothing and Furniture for the donation and assisting Sgt. Campbell.

We also acknowledge Deputy Rob Gillentine who on the evening of August 16th, heard on radio traffic that a Delta Township resident was experiencing a serious water leak causing damage in their home. Deputy Gillentine was in the area and stopped at the residence assisting with contacting the Delta Twp. Water Department, assisted the homeowner controlling the water flow and also helped remove some of their property that was in the water.

We are proud of our employees for taking that extra step to assist the citizens we serve!

On Tuesday, August 26th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash. It was reported that a vehicle going westbound on I-96 lost control and struck a large tree.

Also on the 26th, Eaton County Deputies responded to Olivet College on several alcohol related problems and one person was transported to the hospital.

On Thursday, August 28th, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol were working a seatbelt/drunk driving enforcement and attempted to stop a vehicle. The vehicle would not stop and took off at a high rate of speed on Delta River Drive. A deputy followed the vehicle and discovered that the vehicle had crashed into two other vehicles. The suspect left the vehicle before deputies arrived. With the assistance of Lansing Police Department K9 and the MSP Helicopter the suspect was located inside a residence and taken into custody. Charges are being sought.

 On Thursday, August 28th, Eaton County Deputies took a report of a breaking and entering of a pole barn in the 3000 area of East Mt. Hope Highway. The incident is under investigation.

Also on the 28th, Deputies responded to a rollover crash at Hartel Road and Mt. Hope Hwy. The driver left the scene on foot. The crash is under investigation.

On Friday, August 29th, Eaton County Deputies had reports of persons sleeping behind the wheel of a parked car. One vehicle was at Five Point Highway and Ainger and a second vehicle was at Smith Road and Bunker Hwy. Both were found to be intoxicated.

On Saturday, August 30th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a report of a breaking and entering at a pole barn in the 1000 block of W. Five Point Hwy. Several large items were taken. The incident is under investigation.

 On Sunday, August 31st, Eaton County Deputies responded to a breaking and entering at a pole barn in the 2000 block of Tubbs Road. The incident is under investigation.

 Time to stop BULLYING

Bullying, when one child picks on another repeatedly, is an increasing problem in schools. Bullying can be physical, verbal or social. One only has to think of the most recent school shooting to know that bullying can have tragic consequences. Sheriff Reich wants to help you ensure your child is safe from bullying at school and promote an atmosphere where problems can be worked out constructively, rather than violently.   The following are just a few tips to help you whether your child is being bullied, your child IS the bully or your child observes bullying.

When your Child is Bullied:

  • Help your child learn how to respond by teaching your child how to:
  1. oLook the bully in the eye.
  2. oStand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation.
  3. oWalk away.
  • Teach your child how to say in a firm voice:
  1. oI don’t like what you are doing.
  2. oPlease do NOT talk to me like that.
  3. oWhy would you say that?
  • Teach your child when and how to ask for help.
  • Encourage your child to make friends with other children.
  • Support activities that interest your child.
  • Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.
  • Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child’s safety and well-being when you cannot be there.

When your Child IS the Bully:

  • Be sure your child knows that bullying is NEVER OK.
  • Set firm and consistent limits on your child’s aggressive behavior.
  • Be a positive role model. Show children they can get what they want without teasing, threatening or hurting someone.
  • Use effective, non-physical discipline, such as loss of privileges.
  • Develop practical solutions with the school principal, teachers, counselors, and parents of the children your child has bullied.

When your Child is a Bystander:

  • Tell your child not to cheer on or even quietly watch bullying.
  • Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying.
  • Help your child support other children who may be bullied. Encourage your child to include these children in activities.
  • Encourage your child to join with others in telling bullies to stop.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


August 27, 2014
Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

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

29

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

42

Alarms

4

Arguments

2

Assaults

22

Assist citizens

8

 

Breaking and entering

17

Civil complaints

4

Domestic disputes

3

Drug offenses

5

Fights

34

Follow up

26

Shoplifting complaints

4

Harassment

46

Larcenies

10

Malicious destruction of property

4

Drug offenses

30

Operating while impaired

24

Property damage crashes

1

Runaways

7

Suicidal Threat

3

Suspicious vehicles

24

Suspicious situations

26

Suspicious subjects

4

Personal injury crash

24

Traffic hazards

295

Traffic stops

25

Traffic violations

3

Warrant pickups


Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 966 calls for service.

On August 20th, Deputies from Delta Patrol responded to a one car crash on Deanna Drive.  A male driver experienced a medical issue, lost control of his vehicle and struck a house on Deanna Dr.  Driver had minor injuries and was transported to a hospital.

On August 21st, Deputies from Delta Patrol responded to a car/semi truck head on crash on Creyts Road south of Mt. Hope.  A southbound Mustang was traveling in the northbound lane and collided with a semi truck.  The driver of the semi truck was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and the driver of the Mustang was transported with serious injuries.

Also on August 21st Eaton County Deputies responded to a breaking and entering of a building on Scipio Highway in Vermontville Township.  Several large items were taken and the incident is under investigation.

Reports have been received of numerous Larcenies’ from Auto’s occurring in Delta Township.  On August 21st a resident on Willow Woods notified Deputies that three subjects were breaking into autos.  The suspects were chased into the Carrier Creek area.  Eaton County Deputies responded and two suspects were located and arrested

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.    

Labor Day Weekend Brings DUI Crackdown to Eaton County
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Labor Day weekend is coming up. For many Americans, that means an extra day off, backyard and beach barbecues, and visiting friends and family. Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities. So starting August 15 and continuing through September 1, local police will be aggressively targeting drunk drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end drunk driving and save lives. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on Eaton County roads.
 
In 2012, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States. Over Labor Day weekend (6 p.m. Friday to 5:59 a.m. Tuesday) that year, more than a third (38%) of all traffic fatalities were in drunk-driving crashes. These grim facts should speak for themselves, but they haven’t gotten everyone’s attention yet.

“It’s tragic how many people lose their lives to drunk driving,” said Sheriff Tom Reich. “If the news reported that more than 10,000 people were killed in a preventable crime spree, the American public would be outraged!”    The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will be joining the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. No tolerance, no excuses.

Over the Labor Day weekend in 2012, there were 147 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes across the country.  And here’s a staggering statistic: out of all the crash fatalities that weekend, one in four (25%) were attributed to drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher—almost twice the legal limit.

Every 51 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk-driving crash. Over the Labor Day weekend, those fatalities increase to one every 34 minutes.  Nighttime is especially dangerous; almost half (46%) of the fatalities in nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) crashes over the Labor Day weekend involved a driver with a  BACs of .08 or higher. By comparison, 25 percent of the fatalities in daytime fatal crashes involved an impaired driver.  

Young drivers are overrepresented in drunk-driving crashes, too. Among young drivers—between the ages of 18 and 34— killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2012 Labor Day weekend, almost half (48%) had a BAC of .08 or higher, the legal limit in all states. For drivers under 21, anything above a BAC of .00 is illegal.

“Driving drunk is totally inexcusable,” said Sheriff Reich.  “We’re hoping that Eaton County drivers get the message and take some simple steps to prevent a tragedy. There’s always another way home.”  Sheriff Reich is reminding drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before attending any events where alcohol will be served.  “Planning a sober ride home, whether it’s a friend, a taxi, or public transportation, is the right choice”.  

This Labor Day weekend don’t let the festivities turn into fatalities. Law enforcement is not messing around: if you’re caught driving drunk, you will be arrested. Remember that aside from the obvious risks of killing yourself or someone else, driving impaired can also lead to serious punitive consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000.

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 

 


Weekly Update

 

August 20, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

17

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

26

Alarms

3

Arguments

2

Assaults

11

Assist citizens

5

 

Breaking and entering

8

Car deer accidents

9

Assist other police depts.

13

Civil complaints

13

Domestic disputes

1

Drug offenses

9

Fights

35

Follow up

26

Shoplifting complaints

4

Harassment

20

Larcenies

16

Malicious destruction of property

2

Missing persons

21

Operating while impaired

26

Property damage crashes

2

Runaways

5

Suicidal Threat

20

Suspicious vehicles

27

Suspicious situations

17

Suspicious subjects

6

Personal injury crash

30

Traffic hazards

318

Traffic stops

29

Traffic violations

13

Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 940 calls for service.

 

On Wednesday, August 13th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a home invasion on Robins Road. Homeowner had installed a camera and a suspect was identified and arrested at his residence.

Also on the 13th and Eaton County Deputy Delta Patrol made a traffic stop on a vehicle that turned out to be an Unlawfully Driven Away Auto that had not been reported to police. Driver was lodged and charges being sought.

On Thursday, August 14th there was a home invasion on Willow in Delta Township. The suspect kicked in a garage door and an interior door. Deputies are investigating.

Another vehicle drove into the construction zone through the barricades and into a hill of sand on Webster Road.

Complaints have been received on the construction zone at Canal and Windsor Hwy where vehicles are driving around the barricades.

On Friday August 15th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash at Canal and Vermontville Highway. It was reported that a westbound motorcycle did not stop and hit a truck traveling northbound. Both riders on the motorcycle were transported with non-life threatening injuries.

On Saturday, August 16th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on M-50 at Vermontville Highway. A driver with a learners permit pulled out in front of a semi-truck that was northbound on M-50. The truck driver took evasive action but was unable to avoid a collision. The 15 year old driver had minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

On Saturday, August 16th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a retail fraud at Meijer’s. The suspect had left the store and was found hiding in a marsh area. Suspect was lodged and charges being sought.

Also on Saturday, Deputies responded to a home invasion on Belgian in Lansing. Tires and rims were taken from the home owner’s garage.

On Sunday, August 17th while an Eaton County Deputy Delta Patrol was on bicycle patrol two subjects were leaving the area of the parking lot of Sharp Park. The individuals ran when the deputy attempted to contact them. One subject was lodged for resisting and obstructing and outstanding warrants.

 WORK ZONE AWARENESS

You’ve heard it before, “Michigan has two seasons; winter and construction” and only Michigan residents understand there is as much truth as humor in that statement. We offer these safety tips from the Federal Highway Safety Administration as you travel these last few remaining weeks of summer vacations.

Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions

  • Dedicate your full attention to the roadway
  • Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road

Keep Your Headlights On

Pay Attention to the Road

  • "Listen to the signs"
  • Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead
  • Watch traffic around you and be prepared to react

Merge into the Proper Lane

  • Merge well before you reach the lane closure
  • Be aware that traffic patterns can change daily

Don't tailgate

  • Follow other vehicles at a safe distance

Obey the Posted Speed Limit

  • Workers may be present just feet away
  • Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need
  • Fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations

The number of points assessed for speeding in a work zone:

  • 3 points for speeding 10 mph or less over the posted limit
  • 4 points for speeding more than 10 mph but not more than 15 mph over the limit
  • 5 points for speeding more than 15 mph over the limit
  • Public Act 103, known as "Andy's Law," went into effect Oct. 1, 2001. The law creates penalties of up to one year in prison for injuring and up to 15 years in prison for killing a highway construction or maintenance worker. It also imposes a maximum penalty of $7,500. The law is named for Andrew Lefko, a 19-year-old who was left paralyzed after being hit while working on I-275 in Metro Detroit.
  • In 2003, Andy's Law was strengthened by the passage of Public Act 315. Now, work zones are marked with "Work Zone Begins" and "End Road Work" signs. "Begin Work Convoy" and "End Work Convoy" signs are used for mobile crews traveling along roads as workers paint lane lines or patch potholes. Speed limit signs also are required in work zones marked with "Work Zone Begins" signs.
  • P.A. 315 lowers the threshold at which driving offenses can trigger Andy's Law penalties. The law now includes penalties for driving offenses such as careless driving or speeding, which are considered civil offenses. The law also applies to criminal offenses such as reckless or drunken driving.

Change Lanes Safely

  • Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit

Follow Instructions from Flaggers

Expect the Unexpected

  • Workers, work vehicles, or equipment may enter your lane without warning
  • Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly

Be Patient

            Remember that the workers on the road have families that would be deeply impacted if a tragedy would happen in a work zone.

 

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


August 13, 2014

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

22

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

25

Alarms

4

Arguments

5

Assaults

16

Assist citizens

9

 

Breaking and entering

10

Car deer accidents

2

Cars in the ditch

8

Assist other police departments

20

Check well being

1

Death investigation

14

Domestic disputes

3

Drug offenses

6

Fights

41

Follow up

24

Shoplifting complaints

5

Harassment

16

Larcenies

11

Malicious destruction of property

2

Missing persons

19

Operating while impaired

32

Property damage crashes

1

Stolen vehicle

1

Suicidal Threat

1

Suspicious vehicles

19

Suspicious situations

15

Suspicious subjects

1

Personal injury crash

29

Traffic hazards

26

Traffic stops

28

Traffic violations

11

Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 890 calls for service.

 On Tuesday, August 5th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a home invasion on E. Mt. Hope where the front door to a residence was kicked in and guns were stolen.

Also on the 5th Delta Patrol Deputies responded to a complaint of indecent exposure at a business. Suspect is in his mid 50’s, about 5’10” approximately 180 lbs, Hispanic male with short salt and pepper hair. Investigation is ongoing.

 On 8/7/14 at approximately 10 p.m., 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 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.

On Saturday, August 9th, Eaton County Deputies assisted Ingham County on a truck/motorcycle fatal at Waverly Road and Bishop Highway.

Also on Saturday, Deputies responded to a home invasion on Washington Street in Dimondale where a gun and generator were stolen.

On Saturday, August 9th Deputies responded a home invasion on Willow. Numerous items were taken while homeowner was out of town.

Later on Saturday, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to an operating while intoxicated crash in the construction zone on Michigan and Dibble. Suspect drove through barricades, caution tape and cones and then collided with a back hoe.

 On Sunday, August 10th, an attempted home invasion occurred on East Saginaw where the home owner reported that a screen was off the window. Deputies have the case under investigation.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY

It’s getting close, school clothes shopping, school supplies organized-time to start thinking about starting our new school year!

We can never stress enough the safety rules on transportation for your children. The National Safety Council along with your friends at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office offers these safety tips:

WALKING TO SCHOOL

  • Walk to school with a group of kids and always have a responsible adult with you.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk facing the traffic.
  • The safest place to cross is at a street corner or intersection.
  • Before you step off the curb to cross the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming.
  • When no cars are coming, it is safe for you and an adult to cross. But look left -right-left as you do it, and hold the adult’s hand.
  • Walk, don’t run. This gives time for drivers to see you before you enter the roadway. Running also makes you more likely to fall in the street.
  • Don’t dart out in front of a parked car. The driver of the car coming down the street will not be able to see you.

 RIDING THE BUS TO SCHOOL

Getting on the school bus

  • When the bus arrives, stand at least three giant steps (6 feet) away from the curb.
  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road until you are five giant steps (10 feet) ahead of the bus. Then you can cross the street.
  • Be sure the bus driver can see you and you can see the bus driver.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up first because the driver may not be able to see you.

Behavior on the bus

  • When on the bus, find a seat and sit down. Loud talking or other noise can distract the bus driver and is not allowed.
  • Never put head, arms or hands out of the window.
  • Keep aisles clear—books or bags are tripping hazards and can block the way in an emergency.
  • Before you reach your stop, get ready to leave by getting your books and belongings together.
  • At your stop, wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat, then walk to the front door and exit, using the handrail.

Getting off the school bus

  • If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk at least ten feet ahead of the bus along the side of the road until you can turn around see the driver.
  • Make sure the bus driver can see you.
  • Wait for a signal from the driver before beginning to cross.
  • When the driver signals, walk across the road keeping an eye out for sudden traffic changes.
  • Do not cross the center line of the road until the driver has signaled that it is safe for you to begin walking.
  • Stay away from the wheels of the bus at all times

 Review these safety measures with your child before the first day of school-stress the importance of traveling safely whether walking or riding the bus.

 Have a safe and happy first day of school!

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 

 


 

 

August 6, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

23

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

21

Alarms

3

Arguments

7

Assaults

12

Assist citizens

13

 

Breaking and entering

14

Car deer accidents

3

Cars in the ditch

6

Assist other police departments

10

Check well being

1

Death investigation

19

Domestic disputes

5

Drug offenses

3

Fights

37

Follow up

34

Shoplifting complaints

3

Harassment

19

Larcenies

7

Malicious destruction of property

3

Missing persons

13

Operating while impaired

24

Property damage crashes

2

Road rage

4

Runaway

12

Suspicious vehicles

18

Suspicious situations

15

Suspicious subjects

4

Phone harassments

24

Traffic hazards

276

Traffic stops

24

Traffic violations

10

Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 855 calls for service.

 

Congratulations go out to Pam Tobias, Financial Services who retired from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office after 29 years of service.  We wish Pam all the best in her new position!

 

On Saturday, August 2nd, Eaton County Deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle call in Vermontville.  The driver was reportedly watching children in the park.  Deputies were unable to locate the white cavalier with front end damage.

 

On Sunday, August 3rd at approximately 8:30 a.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on southbound I-69 near the Lansing Road exit in Windsor Township.  It was reported that a southbound car struck a truck and trailer from behind.  The driver of the car was transported to the hospital by Windsor EMS. 

 

Also on Sunday, August 3rd at approximately 11:30 a.m. Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a personal injury crash on West Saginaw Highway at Greenfield.   A Saturn SUV traveling eastbound swerved to miss a Ford that had slowed up its speed which according to reports caused the Saturn to cross into oncoming traffic striking a third vehicle heading westbound head on.  A fourth vehicle also traveling westbound attempted to avoid a collision and struck the third vehicle. 

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

 

 

GET INVOLVED!

Do1thing is a free service that offers small steps towards being prepared for an emergency.  The goal for August is to make your community stronger by getting trained and getting involved!

 

  • Connect with an isolated individual in your neighborhood or start a neighborhood organization:

 

Isolated individuals are more vulnerable during and after a disaster. They are less likely to ask for help or follow emergency instructions. The elderly or those with disabilities may have trouble getting out of the house, and may not have much contact with the outside world. Someone who doesn’t speak English well may have trouble understanding emergency instructions. People may also be isolated just because they are new to the area, or because their work hours keep them from meeting their neighbors.

Who are the isolated individuals in your neighborhood? Take time to meet them. Help them make a plan for emergencies, and include checking on them in your plan.

Neighborhood watches and other groups can be a great way for you to become better connected to your neighbors. If your neighborhood doesn’t have a group, consider starting one. There are resources available online at www.usaonwatch.org or by calling your sheriff’s department.

 

  • Promote emergency preparedness in your community:

Scout troops, service clubs, residential associations, communities of faith—almost any organization you belong to can become a partner in emergency preparedness. Organizations that promote emergency preparedness make their community more able to withstand and recover from disaster. Here are some suggestions for involving your organization:

 

    • Include a Do1Thing preparedness topic in newsletters or on bulletin boards each month.

 

    • Talk to your scout troop leader about how Do1Thing activities can be used toward a preparedness badge.

 

    • Get a group together to make emergency kits for seniors or kids who stay home alone.

 

    • Visit the www.do1thing.com website to see how other organizations are promoting preparedness in their communities.

 

The Red Cross, ready.gov, and many other organizations also promote preparedness. Find the materials that will work best for your organization and become a partner in preparing your community!

  • Become a volunteer in your community:

     

There are many places to volunteer in your community. Many police and fire departments use volunteers to help with special projects, events, or program. The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other organizations train volunteers to work in disasters.

If you are interested in helping in your community or other communities during a disaster, become a volunteer for your local Red Cross or Salvation Army chapter. But don’t wait for disaster to strike—volunteer now. These organizations won’t send untrained volunteers into disaster areas.

Many communities also have a volunteer center or a Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). These programs can find ways for you to help in your community that will fit your schedule and abilities.

If you are already a member of a volunteer organization, consider getting your volunteer group involved in VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). VOAD is a national program that helps volunteer groups work in their community during a disaster.

 

Have you signed up for do1thing? Their website is do1thing.com, check out their face book page and the new 2015 calendars should be arriving in October.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 

 

 


                                                             July 30, 2014

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:
24    abandoned/un-known 911 calls      36    Alarms
5    Arguments                                    10    Assaults
17    Assist citizens                              10    Breaking and entering
18    Car deer accidents                          3    Cars in the ditch
10    Assist other police depts               14    Check well being
1    Death investigation                         12    Domestic disputes
3    Drug offenses                                  3    Fights
3    Firework complaints                        26    Shoplifting complaints
5    Harassment                                   16    Larcenies
11    Malicious destruction  property         2    Missing persons
11    Operating while impaired                26    Property damage crashes
3    Road rage                                       6    Runaway
1    Shooting victim                              26    Suspicious situations
28    Suspicious subjects                       4    Threats
32    Traffic hazards                           288    Traffic stops
22    Traffic violations                            4    Weapons violation

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 932 calls for service.

Congratulations go out to Captain Greg Crawford who retired from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office after 25 years of service.  We wish Greg all the best in his future endeavors!

On Monday, July 21st Eaton County Deputies were responded to a suspected operating while intoxicated on M-100 just south of M-43.  The driver was located on I96 near Lansing Road and the driver began speeding and would not stop when the deputy activated his lights.  Once the driver entered Ingham County, the Eaton County Deputy stopped pursuing the vehicle.  A short time later the Michigan State Police advised Eaton County that they had located and had taken the custody on their charges.  Eaton County will also be seeking a warrant on fleeing and eluding.

On Tuesday, July 22nd Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol assisted Lansing Police Department with a shooting that had occurred just inside the City of Lansing.  A description of the suspect was sent out to all area agencies.  An Eaton County Deputy noticed a car leaving the area and the deputy stopped the vehicle.  The shooting suspect was arrested by the Eaton County Deputy within ten minutes of the shooting.

On Thursday, July 24th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a business in Delta where a suspect had allegedly stolen merchandise.  The suspect left the area before deputies arrived.  The suspect returned to the business later that evening and the suspect and an accomplice took more merchandise.  Deputies were able to locate the vehicle and both were lodged.

On Saturday, July 26th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a breaking and entering that occurred on North Canal.  Victim returned home from shopping and discovered several items were taken.

TRACTOR ROAD SAFETY
Michigan farmers are the bread and butter of our nation.  Long, hot hours planting and harvesting the food we enjoy.  
Have you ever gotten behind a slow moving farm vehicle while traveling?  It seems to happen when you are late or in a hurry to get to your destination.  Before you take a risk of passing on a double yellow line-remember these safety tips from our friends at Michigan Farm Bureau and share the roads with the folks that grow our local food products!
A farmer understands that your trip is being delayed, so he or she will pull off of the road at the first available safe location to allow you to pass. Don’t assume that the farmer can immediately move aside to let you pass. Road shoulders may be soft, wet or steep, and this can cause a farm vehicle to tip.

Some farm equipment may be wider than the lane of travel. If you approach a piece of wide farm equipment traveling in the opposite direction and you cannot pass safely, stop. Then pull off the road to a location that will allow the equipment to pass you.

Don’t assume the farmer knows you are there - most operators of farm equipment will regularly check to see if there’s traffic behind them. However, the driver must spend most of the time looking ahead to keep the equipment safely on the road and watch for oncoming traffic. Also, most farm equipment is very loud. Do not assume the driver knows where your vehicle is. Before you attempt to pass, sound your car’s horn to warn the equipment operator that you are there.

Pass with caution - if a farmer has pulled off the road to allow you to pass, or if he or she cannot pull off the road and you feel you must pass, do so with caution.

Be watchful of vehicles behind you that may also try to pass.

If you must enter the oncoming lane of traffic, do not pass unless you can see clearly ahead of both you and the vehicle you will pass.
 
If there are any curves or hills ahead that may block your view or the view of oncoming vehicles, do not pass.

Do not pass if you are in a designated “No Passing Zone” or within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge, elevation structure, or tunnel.
Do not assume that a farm vehicle that pulls to the right side of the road is going to turn right or is going to let you pass. Due to the size of some farm implements, the farmer must execute wide left-hand and right-hand turns. If you are unsure, check the operator’s hand signals and check the left side of the road for gates, driveways or any
place a farm vehicle might turn.

If you are driving 55 mph and come upon a tractor that’s moving 15 mph, it only takes five seconds to close a gap
the length of a football field between you and the tractor.

Even if you have to slow down to 20 mph and follow a tractor for one mile, it takes only three minutes of your time, which is approximately the same as waiting for a stop light.

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

 


 

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

For up to the minute updates visit us on Facebook and Twitter

Smart911.com and update information that could help save a life!

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