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Sheriff Tom Reich

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Charlotte, Michigan 48813

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News Releases 2015

DECEMBER

 VIPS Press Release 2


 

On 12/11/2015 at approximately 12:20p.m., Eaton County Deputies conducted a narcotics investigation at  a local Delta Township Motel.  .  During the investigation, two suspects returned to the motel and were detained.  A search warrant was obtained for the motel room and a  quantity of suspected heroin was located.  The heroin was packaged in individual packets.  This type of packaging and the amount of packets lead Deputies to believe the narcotics were going to be sold.  A small quantity of suspected cocaine was also located.  The suspects were arrested for possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

Suspects have been arraigned on Felony  Possession with intent to Deliver Controlled substances charges. 

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On 12/11/2015 at approximately 2:20 a.m., Eaton County Deputies were dispatched to a suspicious subject call in the 5000 Block of River Ridge Drive in Delta Township.  Shortly after the original call, Eaton County 911 received a second call, in the same area of the first call, of a vehicle that had crashed into a yard.  Deputies arrived on scene to the vehicle crash and determined the driver was operating while intoxicated.  Eaton County Deputies also began to investigate the original suspicious subject call and discovered that there had been three windows broken out of three different vehicles at the original callers address.  They also discovered that a fire had been intentionally set in the area of the gas tank on one of the damaged vehicles.  Delta Township Fire Department responded as well as their Fire Investigator.  The Fire Investigator from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene as well.  During the investigation, it was determined that the suspect in the crash was also the suspect in the arson and malicious destruction of property.  It was also discovered that the suspect had gained access to the original caller’s garage.  The suspect was arrested and charged with two counts of arson, home invasion, malicious destruction of property, and operating while intoxicated.  This is not believed to be a random incident.  This vehicle arson is not believed to be connected to the vehicle arson in Windsor Twp on 12/10/2015.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On 12/10/2015 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies and Windsor Fire Department were sent to the area of Hart Hwy and Creyts Rd on a vehicle fire.  The vehicle was fully engulfed in fire upon arrival of responding units.  It appears that the vehicle was intentionally set on fire.  Fire Investigators from Windsor Fire Department and Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and processed the vehicle for evidence.  The investigation into incident is ongoing.  The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office requests anyone with information about the fire or anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area of Hart Hwy and Creyts Rd during the early morning hours of 12/10/2015 to contact Detective Sergeant Ivey at 517-543-5447.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


 

On 12/04/2015, Eaton County Deputies were dispatched to a local gas station in Delta Township.  A gas station employee was making a scheduled check on the gas pumps and noticed one of the gas pumps appeared to have been tampered with.  After further checking, the employee found a credit card “skimmer” located inside of the pump.  Eaton County Deputies responded and removed the skimmer.  At this point, it does not appear anyone’s personal information or credit card information was stolen due to the employee’s attention to detail during the gas pump checks.

The credit card skimmers are not able to be observed by consumers from outside of the pump.  The credit card skimmers are placed inside of the electronic area of the pumps by suspects.  Once the skimmer is in place, the suspects are able to capture the credit card/debit card information of the consumers using the pumps.

Please see attached photos of some samples of tamper resistant seals that were located on local gas pumps.  These seals ensure that no one has gained access to the electronic area of the gas pumps.  There are also additional security measures taken by some area gas stations.  Also included are pictures of a credit card “skimmer” that has been located in the past at a local gas station.  Please note that not all gas stations have security seals.  If you suspect a gas pump has been tampered with, please contact the attendant to verify that the pump is in proper working condition.  The attendant will call their local police if the gas pump has been compromised.

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On Thursday, 12/3/15, at approximately 5:50 pm  the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Waverly and Jolly Roads in Delta Township on the report of a robbery.  The incident had just occurred in the back parking lot of the Family Dollar at 5058 S. Waverly. The victim was walking in the back of the business when he was confronted by two suspects.  One suspect told the victim he had a gun and to give him his money.  The victim struggled with the suspects and the second suspect hit him in the head with blunt object.  The victim then fell to the ground and the suspects took cash from him.  The victim last saw the suspects getting into a grey passenger car and travelling  eastbound on Jolly Rd.  The victim was treated by Delta EMS and transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.

Suspect #1 is described as a light skinned black male with a very distinct “Johnny bravo” like haircut.  This type of haircut sticks straight out in the front several inches before curling up. 

Suspect #2 is described as a black male with dreadlocks. 

Anyone with information on this incident or can help in identifying the suspect or suspect vehicle, please  call Detective Chris Burton at 517-323-8489

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On December 1st, 2015 at approximately 11:40 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two vehicle personal injury crash on N. Clinton Trail (M-50) between Vermontville Hwy and Gresham Hwy.

A pickup truck driven by a 46 year old female was traveling south bound on M50 and was slowing down to make a left turn into a driveway as a semi truck driven by a 55 year old male from Indiana also traveling south bound on M-50 attempted to pass the pickup and struck the pickup truck.

Driver of the pickup truck was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

North Clinton Trail was closed for 90 minutes while the crash scene was investigated and cleared.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

NOVEMBER

Fraudulent phone calls

The Eaton County 911 Center has received numerous calls today from citizens within Eaton County reporting that they have received phone calls from individuals purporting to be from “The Sheriff’s Office” and advising them that there is an outstanding warrant for their arrest for non- payment on a fraud case. The caller instructs the citizen to call a specific telephone number to resolve their case. The individuals that answer at this number may claim to be a debt collection agency.  

Sheriff Tom Reich wants the public to know that these calls are not being made by any member of the Sheriff’s Office. Law Enforcement agencies do not solicit financial payments on criminal cases by telephone.   Sheriff Reich urges citizens to not provide any financial or identifying information to these callers or to call the number that they instruct you to call.   The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the source of these calls and if you have information to assist us, please call Detective Roberts at 517-816-8199.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

Additional information: On at least two of these calls the suspect has fraudulently identified himself as Detective Mike Harris (no person by this name is employed by Eaton County) of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office demanding that the victim pay monies for a bond.

Law enforcement agencies do not solicit payment of bond by telephone


HUNTING SAFETY!

These important firearm safety tips will make everyone safer:
• Before you go on your hunting trip, let a family member or friend know where you are hunting and when you plan on returning.
• If you plan on hunting on someone else's land, always be sure to get permission from the property owner and if obtained, make sure they know when you will be there.
• One of the most important rules is to always treat every firearm as if it is loaded. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction and always keep your finger outside the trigger guard and off the trigger until ready to shoot. Be certain of your target, and what's beyond it.
• As far as apparel goes, all firearm hunters must wear a hat, cap, vest, jacket, or other outer garment made of "Hunter Orange" that consists at least 50% of the surface area. The hunter orange must be visible from all sides. All hunters, including archers, must comply during gun season. Camouflage Hunter Orange is legal provided 50% of the surface area is solid Hunter Orange (Exceptions: waterfowl, crow, and wild Turkey hunters, and bow hunters for deer during open archery season).
• Hunting from a tree, raised platform or scaffold with a firearm is legal, but extra caution must be used when climbing up or down. Do not carry a loaded weapon as you climb. Falls are one of the fastest growing injuries to sportsmen and women.
• It is also illegal to hunt while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


On 11/11/15 at 7:00 p.m. Eaton County Deputies were dispatched to the area of I-69 near the 51 mile marker in Walton Township in reference to a one vehicle personal injury crash.  The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. 

Preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling north on McDonald Rd at a high rate of speed.  The vehicle went through the dead end of McDonald Rd, over a guardrail, and down an embankment.  The vehicle went airborne over the northbound lanes of I-69 where it came to rest on the median side.  I-69 was closed for several hours during the investigation.  The accident is still under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Eaton County Deputies responded to the Family Dollar on S. Waverly Rd. in reference to an Armed Robbery. It was determined that two black males entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. They left northbound from the store on foot. A Lansing Police K-9 attempted a track but it appears the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle. No one was injured during the incident.

OCTOBER

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff Deputies, Delta Patrol responded to a car/pedestrian personal injury crash on W. Michigan Avenue near Harriet Avenue.

It was reported by witnesses that a west bound dark colored vehicle struck a 14 year old pedestrian who was crossing Michigan and left the scene of the crash.

The victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Sheriff officials believe that a suspect has been identified.

Names are being withheld at this time.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On October 27, 2015 at 6:55 p.m. the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol was called to the Home Depot located at 936 S. Waverly on a possible retail fraud in progress.  Deputies arrived and made contact with a female suspect who was now in a vehicle in the parking lot.  The female produced false identification and was arrested.  Deputies further located a large amount of credit and gift cards.  Detectives were called in and a search warrant was executed on the car.  Detectives located multiple cards that were found to be altered. 

The female was a 21 year old Detroit resident.  She was arrested for numerous offenses including 4 counts of False/Fictitious information on a financial transaction device which is a felony.  She is currently in the Eaton County Jail pending formal charges from the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office.  The suspect is innocent until proven guilty. 

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On 10/27/15 at approximately 1252 hrs the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to a roll over crash on I-496 near Creyts.  A pickup truck pulling a trailer was westbound when the trailer began to sway.  The trailer sway became too much and caused the truck to go into the median and roll coming to rest in the east bound lanes.  The driver was uninjured.  Around 1328, while deputies were directing traffic at the crash scene, a driver on the east bound lanes was distracted by their cell todephone and had to be stopped by deputies.  This driver quickly pulled over to the median side of the roadway and another car then rear ended that vehicle.  This crash occurred feet from deputies directing traffic.  Both drivers had minor injuries and were transported to local hospitals.

The occupants of the vehicles in the second crash were very lucky to only have minor injuries.  We plead with drivers to slow down when you see traffic backed up.  Also, please stay off your mobile devices.  These secondary crashes in back-ups have proven deadly in recent weeks.  You must remember in these back ups are police officers, EMS personnel, wrecker personnel and other people on foot that are needed to take care of these situations. 

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


 

Sheriff Tom Reich and the members of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

both past and present

Invite you to the dedication of the memorials for

DEPUTY CLEO PLATT

DEPUTY DEAN FOSTER

DEPUTY DON RICE

Friday October 30th, 2015

10:00 a.m. – St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, 403 E. South Street, Jackson, MI

Where we will be honoring Deputy Dean Foster

2:00 p.m. – Maple Hill Cemetery, 801 Tully Brown Drive, Charlotte, MI

Where we will be honoring Deputy Cleo Platt and Deputy Don Rice

Our appreciation to those that made this possible:

Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte, MI

Michigan Running Foundation, Eaton County Labor Council, Kanazeh Construction, Astera, Advance Amercan, Dart Bank, Sundance Chevrolet, Crowne Plaza, R/Sgt Bill Kelly, Flagstar Bank, Family Medicine, Hedlund Plumbing, Corporate Image Promotions, Eaglemonk Brewing Co., MacKellar Screenworks, MSU Federal Credit Union, Dr.Murphy and Dr. Murphy DDS, Team One, Case Credit Union, Re/Max Cindy Beckwith, Lake Sate Cross Fit, Commissioner Howard Spence, Champion Dodge, Horrocks, Quality Dairy, Canteen Services, Walmart, Longhorn’s, Carrabba’s

AND ALL THE PARTICIPANTS AND VOLUNTEERS IN THE 5 O – 5K Run!

 

 


coffee flyerSTATEMENT FROM EATON COUNTY SHERIFF TOM REICH

This incident is a tragedy for everyone involved, certainly for the Guilford family, but also for Jon Frost and all the men and women of the Eaton County Sheriff's Office and the entire Eaton County community. The last thing that Sgt. Frost or any law enforcement officer wants to do is to be put into a position where he is compelled to use his firearm to defend his life. But when that occurs, it is understandable and reasonable that a decision to use a firearm will be challenged and scrutinized by many sources.

On the night of the incident, I ordered that this incident be investigated by an independent law enforcement agency, in this case, the Michigan State Police. Upon its completion that investigation was reviewed by the Eaton County Prosecutor. The Prosecutors conclusion was that the force used by Sgt. Frost was lawful, based upon his honest and reasonable belief that he faced a serious and imminent threat of great bodily harm or death. My office conducted an internal review, which determined that Sgt. Frost had not violated Eaton County Sheriff's office regulations, general orders and his training. I stand by both of those determinations.

One of my top priorities as Eaton County Sheriff is to always evaluate and improve the services that my office delivers to the public. As a result of this incident, we have reviewed the training provided officers in the use of the Taser, given increased emphasis to defensive tactics training, reviewed and continued training regarding the positioning of vehicles during high risk traffic stops, and reviewed and continued to emphasize training concerning officer communications with the citizens they encounter to increase the instances of voluntary cooperation following a decision to make an arrest.


Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a personal injury crash at 6:16 a.m. on October 13, 2015. A van was southbound at the intersection of Canal Highway preparing to go east bound on Millett. A motorcycle was traveling northbound on Canal when the collision occurred.

The motorcyclist, a 36 year old male from Lansing died at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

SEPTEMBER

For Immediate Release: 

Eaton County Sheriff's Office investigating possible vehicle shooting incident on I-69 near Stine Rd. in Walton Twp.

At approximately 4:00pm today, Eaton County Sheriffs deputies responded to a report of a passenger car being struck by a projectile damaging a side window.  No injuries occurred to the driver of the vehicle, who promptly reported the incident.   Because of recent reports of similar incidents in Calhoun and Branch Counties suspected by the Calhoun County Major Crimes task force to be the result of gunshots, the Eaton County Sheriffs Office Detective Commander, Captain Tim Jungel  began directing the investigation and contacted the Calhoun County Sheriff's Major Crime Task force who also immediately responded to the scene.  Eaton County Sheriffs Detectives will be working closely with the Calhoun County Task force to investigate this suspected related incident. Sheriff Tom Reich has directed increased patrols in the area.

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich urges motorists to remain vigilant and report any suspicious vehicles, subjects, or activity they observe while traveling on I-69 and nearby secondary roads.  Sheriff Tom Reich joins Calhoun County Sheriff Matt Saxton in cautioning motorists who believe their vehicle is possibly being fired upon, to not stop, but instead note the location by nearest mile marker, sign, or landmark and continue on to an exit and safe location to call 911.


 

AUGUST

 Cpt Jordan  Lt Treadwell

              Captain Robert Jordan                              Lieutenant Larry Treadwell

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces the promotion of Robert Jordan to the rank of Corrections Captain and Lawrence (Larry) Treadwell to the rank of Corrections Lieutenant.

Captain Jordan has been with the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office since 2006 and Lt. Treadwell since 2000.


 

Press Release: Eaton County Sheriff’s Office internal review of the shooting death of Matthew Lundy

Upon responding to the scene involving Deputy Schwartz and Deputy Vandorpes involvement in the shooting death of Matthew Lundy, I determined that the investigation should be conducted by an independent outside agency. While our Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are very well trained and capable of conducting shooting investigations, I felt it was appropriate to have another agency investigate this shooting due to our department member’s involvement. A request was made to the Michigan State Police and they immediately responded to the scene with a team of experienced Detective Sergeants and their Crime Lab personnel to investigate and process the scene.

Following the full independent investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police, a subsequent review was conducted by Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd who determined that Mr. Lundy’s assaultive actions placed Deputies Schwartz, Vandorpe (and Deputy Cunningham) in reasonable fear of imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and the Deputies were justified in using deadly force under the doctrine of self-defense or defense of others.

Following this decision, I ordered an internal review of this incident to determine whether the actions taken were in compliance with Eaton County Sheriff’s Office policy, procedures, and training.   This thorough review included all of the investigation reports, associated information and video materials provided by the Michigan State Police to Prosecutor Doug Lloyd (which includes all ECSO reports and materials as well), Prosecutor Lloyds nine page incident investigation summary, legal analysis and decision, training, and applicable ECSO regulations and general orders regarding this deadly force incident.

Summary

Deputies Schwartz was Deputy Cunningham’s assigned Field Training Officer and they were working as a two person patrol unit. ON 2/17/2015 they were dispatched on a report of a car in the ditch on Canfield Road north of Five Point Hwy.   Upon arrival in the area they met with the citizen caller who advised his belief that the driver was intoxicated and that he was also suspicious of the situation due to recently reported breaking and entering complaints in the area.

Both Deputies had activated their recently issued body worn cameras (in service for 8 days) and approached the vehicle with Deputy Cunningham making contact with the driver, Mr. Lundy who was seated in the driver’s seat, and Deputy Schwartz was positioned as Deputy Cunningham’s cover officer on the passenger side of the vehicle.   Although confirmed by the manufacturer as being properly activated, Deputy Cunningham’s body worn camera initially failed to record because of a connectivity issue with the device (subsequently corrected by the manufacturer), but did record later in the incident. Deputy Schwartz body worn camera recorded throughout the entire event. After a brief verbal exchange between Deputy Cunningham and Mr. Lundy, Deputy Cunningham observed the driver Mr. Lundy to be lethargic and moved toward the driver’s side door to help Mr. Lundy push the door of the car open in the snow so he could get out of the driver’s seat.   Upon exiting the vehicle, Deputy Cunningham stated that Mr. Lundy pointed a pistol at his chest and said “Don’t fucking move”. Deputy Cunningham stated that he punched at the suspects hand to get the gun away from him and as he moved back and away from Mr. Lundy out of the ditch and to the road, he warned Deputy Schwartz that the suspect had a gun.   Deputy Schwartz stated that he had seen Mr. Lundy attempting to remove something from his pocket, and saw him point a silver object toward Deputy Cunningham. Upon hearing Deputy Cunningham warning him of the gun, he began firing his department issued service pistol at Mr. Lundy from his position on the passenger side of the car. Because of his location, Deputy Schwartz had to fire his service pistol through the vehicle, striking Lundy who then fell in the snow on the side of the road near his car. Deputy Cunningham drew his pistol, but did not fire any shots. Both Deputies then moved away from Lundy, back toward their patrol car for cover.   Deputy Schwartz reported that Lundy still had the gun. Both Deputies reported that Lundy was alive and moving at this point and they issued verbal commands telling him not to move and to put his hands behind his back. Deputy Vandorpe arrived on the scene after Deputy Schwartz’s shots had been fired and also activated her body worn camera. She took a position of cover with her patrol rifle at the back of the patrol car near Deputies Cunningham and Schwartz (her cover and shooting position obstructed much of the video but not the audio component). All three Deputies reported that Lundy continued to move and they issued numerous verbal commands. Deputy Schwartz and Deputy Vandorpe heard a click. Deputy Vandorpe reported that she believed it was caused by Lundy attempting to fire at them and fired a shot from her rifle at him. Lundy continued to move and she reported that her shot did not appear to have an effect on him. A school bus approached the scene on Canfield road from the south.   Deputy Schwartz was notifying dispatch to contact the bus garage and tell the bus to back up and leave the scene, as he was doing so Deputy Vandorpe reported seeing Lundy continue to move, believed he was again attempting to fire his gun at them, and fired one more shot. Deputy Schwartz subsequently reported hearing another click, but no further shots were fired by the Deputies.

The thorough independent investigation by the Michigan State Police which includes video and audio evidence from the body worn cameras shows that Mr. Lundy’s actions clearly posed an imminent life threatening danger to Deputies Cunningham, Schwartz and Vandorpe. Mr. Lundy made at least two attempts to fire his gun, as verified by the audible clicks heard by Deputies and recorded by body worn camera videos. Subsequent MSP crime lab examination of the ammunition in Mr. Lundy’s pistol showed evidence of attempts to fire the pistol.   As Prosecutor Lloyd stated in his decision, the imminent threat was not only to each of them but also to their fellow officers at the scene. He also recognized and stated that the presence of the school bus created another layer of exigency and need for public protection, especially after Mr. Lundy continued to fail to obey police commands after the first rifle shot.

The MSP investigation reported evidence found in text messages on Mr. Lundy’s phone which included his recent previous comments (which were also included in the Prosecutors release) about : If the cops look for him he’s got his banger (gun), and he’ll shoot. He’ll die before going back to a cell life. His life was done. He’d said his goodbyes and was ready to go. He’s going to see the real judge. If he got flicked (traffic stop) it would be a good shootout. He would let the police do the job.   From law enforcement training and experience, we agree with Prosecutor Lloyds statement that based on this evidence, his refusal to comply with reasonable safety commands, and apparent efforts to fire his handgun toward deputies, it is reasonable to conclude that he was intentionally provoking the deputies to shoot him.

Deputies Cunningham, Schwartz and Vandorpe followed their training and used appropriate tactics in response to Mr. Lundy’s actions to protect themselves, fellow officers and those aboard the school bus approaching the shooting scene.   Deputy Schwartz’s and Deputy Vandorpe’s use of deadly force was authorized by ECSO General Orders which allows Deputies to use deadly force to protect themselves or another person from an immediate threat of death or serious personal injury. Deputy Schwartz’s and Deputy Vandorpe’s lawful actions were also in compliance with Eaton County Sheriff’s Office regulations, general orders and training.

Recommendations for Department training:

Reinforce the importance of Field Training Officers performing as a second “cover” officer in suspicious citizen contacts versus merely observing trainee performance. Deputy Schwartz’s protective actions and providing effective communication /direction to his trainee demonstrated the critic al importance of the role of an F.T.O. throughout this incident.

Reinforce current training in the importance of vigilance and proper officer safety tactics during what may seem to be a “routine” citizen contact.

Continue mandatory use of body worn cameras by patrol division to capture valuable audio/video evidence of law enforcement encounters.   Continue ongoing evaluation of advancing technology in body worn cameras and related audio/video storage software solutions.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


Press Release: Eaton County Sheriff’s Office internal review of the shooting death of Mr. Deven Guilford.  

Upon being notified from our command officers on the scene of Sgt. Frost’s involvement in the shooting death of a young man who was later identified as Devon Guilford, I instructed them to contact the Michigan State Police and request them to respond to the scene to conduct an independent and thorough investigation.   While our Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are well trained and capable of conducting fatal shooting investigations, it was appropriate to have another agency investigate this shooting due to The involvement of our department member.   The Michigan State Police immediately responded to our request by sending experienced Detective Sergeants and their Crime lab personnel to the scene that night to investigate and process the evidence at the scene.  

Following this full independent investigation by the Michigan State Police and the subsequent review by Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd who determined that Sgt. Frost acted lawfully and was reasonable in his use of deadly force to defend himself against the physical attack by Devon Guilford, I ordered an internal review of this incident to determine whether the actions taken were in compliance with Eaton County Sheriff’s Office policy, procedures, and training.   This thorough review included all of the investigation reports, associated information and video materials provided by the Michigan State Police to Prosecutor Doug Lloyd (which includes all ECSO reports and materials as well), Prosecutor Lloyds 19 page incident investigation summary, legal analysis and decision, an internal review interview of Sgt. Frost, training, and ECSO regulations and general orders regarding this deadly force incident.

Summary

On 2/28/15 at approximately 20:25 hours, Sgt. Frost initiated a traffic stop on M-43 west of Cochran Road in Roxand Township.   Sgt. Frost was driving a brand new fully marked patrol vehicle that had just been placed into service for patrol that day. Sgt. Frost had conducted a vehicle inspection including inspection of the headlamps and controls and found no malfunctions or irregularities. The lights on the vehicle are standard factory installed original headlamps.   Sgt. Frost’s body worn camera was activated at the beginning of the traffic stop. The reason for the traffic stop was that the driver (Mr. Guilford) had flashed his vehicles high beam headlights while traveling westbound toward Sgt. Frost. Prosecutor Lloyd determined that Sgt. Frost had the legal authority to conduct the traffic stop per MCL 257.683 for the traffic violation of MCL, 257.700(b) which he had observed. He also referenced the Michigan State’s “What every Driver Must Know” booklet which states “It is illegal to use or even flash high-beam headlights within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle.

Sgt. Frost was operating a fully marked ECSO patrol vehicle and was in full uniform when he was asked by Guilford to “show me” your badge number. In response, Sgt. Frost advised him that he could not “see” his badge number (ECSO badges do not display a number) and clearly identified himself as “Sgt. Frost of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office”.   A review of the video evidence and written reports document that when the driver (Mr. Guilford) stated to Sgt. Frost that he would not give him his badge number, Sgt. Frost was interrupted twice from verbally advising

his badge number.   Sgt. Frost had notified dispatch of the traffic stop (creating a record) and told Mr. Guilford that the stop was also being recorded (Mr. Guilford had advised he was recording the stop on his cell phone). There was no attempt to conceal his identity from the still unidentified driver (Mr. Guilford). Sgt. Frost had sufficiently identified himself in compliance with ECSO general orders.

Video evidence shows Sgt. Frost requested driver’s license identification from Mr. Guilford eight times. He never complied with the repeated requests even though Sgt. Frost explained to him that his failure to provide his driver’s license during a traffic stop is a misdemeanor and that he would be taken to jail for his failure to comply and requested that a back up unit be sent. Prosecutor Lloyd referenced the legal authority for Sgt. Frost’s demand to see Mr. Guilford’s drivers license under MCL 257.311 and that his failure to do so, even if he was disputing the reason for the traffic stop, was a 90 day misdemeanor offense. He stated that Sgt. Frost had adequately identified himself as a police officer and had the legal authority to arrest him for No Operator’s License in Possession. Guilford was not complying with this lawful order.

After repeated refusals to provide his driver’s license, Sgt. Frost had asked for another unit to be sent as back up. Following additional refusals to comply and calling for priority back up, Sgt. Frost ordered the still unidentified Mr. Guilford out of the vehicle, as he appeared to be making a call on his cell phone.   Sgt. Frost indicated that he intended to wait for back-up to arrive before affecting the arrest, but because of the driver’s words and behavior, he believed that he may be a “sovereign citizen” or “militia’ movement member. Based on the training he received in this area and from officer safety bulletins regarding law enforcement contact with sovereign citizens/militia members that he had previously reviewed, he articulated several things he observed that supported his belief. These included the drivers continued argumentative behavior about the headlights on the patrol vehicle, his continued refusal to display his driver’s license, his demand that Sgt. Frost show him three forms of identification, starting to video record while arguing that Sgt. Frost had refused to provide his badge number, and attempting to make a phone call while still in contact with Sgt. Frost. When Mr. Guilford started to make the phone call, Sgt. Frost suspected that he may be calling somebody to come help him. He decided for his own safety that it was necessary to act immediately to affect the arrest and prevent the driver from making a phone call in case he was attempting to call someone else that might arrive and become a threat to Sgt. Frost.   Sgt. Frost’s observations have been seen during other law enforcement contacts with sovereign citizens in various parts of the United States and are included in officer safety bulletins issued by the MSP.   In his decision to affect the arrest, Sgt Frost advised he was also concerned about the changing stories regarding the drivers license, that the driver was possibly stalling, that he had no idea who he was and knew nothing about him, or whether he had just came from a crime- had broken in to some place, or if someone was hurt somewhere. Mr. Guilford did not comply with verbal commands to exit the vehicle and then actively physically resisted Sgt. Frost’s efforts to pull him from the vehicle at which time Sgt. Frost drew his Taser and ordered him to get out of the car, warning him that he would be Tased if he did not.   (Note: There are many documented cases where at this stage of continued non-compliance, the driver will drive away at this point before back up arrives and a dangerous high speed vehicle pursuit begins. By discontinuing attempts to physically pull the resisting driver from the vehicle and ordering him out at Taser point, the possibility of falling into oncoming traffic or the resisting driver dragging Sgt. Frost with the vehicle away from

the stop in an attempt to flee was prevented.)   Sgt. Frost ordered Mr. Guilford to get out of the car five more times before he began to comply. Mr. Guilford eventually got out of the vehicle and complied with Sgt. Frost’s orders to lie on the ground, but continued to video record and did not comply with Sgt. Frost’s orders to drop his cell phone and put his arms out to his sides; instead he kept pointing the phone back toward Sgt. Frost.   Mr. Guilford was lying on the pavement just outside of the fog line of westbound M-43 and Sgt. Frost considered the passing traffic at speeds of 55 mph as a safety threat to both of them. Sgt. Frost wanted to get him secured in handcuffs and to a safer location and moved into a position behind him. After removing the cell phone from Mr. Guilford’s hand and dropping it in front of Guilford, Sgt. Frost ordered him to put his hands behind his back and told him that he was under arrest. He continued to give him verbal commands and attempted to pull Mr. Guilford’s arm back as he did so, but Mr. Guilford physically resisted and would not put his arms behind his back.   As Prosecutor Lloyd determined, Mr. Guilford verbally resisted and physically resisted Sgt. Frost’s attempt to lawfully arrest him. These actions constituted the violation of MCL 750.81d Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer , which is a Felony.

As he was trying to get Mr. Guilford to bring his arms behind him for handcuffing, Sgt. Frost had also observed Mr. Guilford looking back toward him in a manner in which he had been trained to recognize as a possible indicator of a pending attack. Sgt. Frost was also concerned that continuing to physically struggle with the repeatedly non-compliant Mr. Guilford on the side of the roadway would create additional danger from passing vehicles. As a result of these factors and having already attempted less forceful methods to affect the arrest, Sgt. Frost deployed his department issued Taser at Mr. Guilford’s back, which is an appropriate target area for the Taser. Prosecutor Lloyd also stated that Sgt. Frost’s use of the Taser was “measured and lawful under the circumstances”. Considering the totality of the circumstances, Sgt. Frost’s decision to deploy the Taser was reasonable and his use of the Taser in an attempt to affect the lawful arrest of Guilford was in compliance with ECSO general orders and training.

Video evidence shows that when Sgt. Frost deployed his Taser, Mr. Guilford immediately stood up and attacked him. Subsequent investigation indicates that the Taser was more than likely fired too close to Mr. Guilford in order to achieve the necessary spread between the two probes for them to be most effective, and/or did not have sufficient contact with his back. Because of this, the Taser did not incapacitate Mr. Guilford so that he could be handcuffed. Sgt. Frost knew he was very close when the Taser was deployed but believed he would be able to follow up with a contact or drive stun with the Taser (to complete the electrical circuit if necessary) but Mr. Guilford attacked him before he could do so. Sgt. Frost reported he was knocked backward when Mr. Guilford stood up, and he backpedaled as the driver ran at him. Sgt. Frost recalled trying to move around the front of Mr. Guilford’s car and away from the road, in order to avoid having the fight occur in the travel lane of the road. At the same time, Sgt. Frost advised that he reached for his side arm in order to maintain retention in the holster while trying to protect his face and head with his left arm. He expected the fight to end up on the ground, and wanted to make sure he retained his gun during while he was being attacked.   He said he was momentarily blinded by the spotlight from his patrol vehicle and that one of Guilford’s first punches struck him hard in the left temple and that “everything went dark for a second”.   He does not remember losing consciousness, but did not remember anything

until he was in the snow, pinned to the ground while being punched in the face and head repeatedly by Mr. Guilford.   At this point, St. Frost realized he was holding his gun in his right hand. Sgt. Frost described Mr. Guilford as being on his knees, with his legs on both sides of Sgt. Frost’s hips in a “top mount” position as he continued to strike Sgt. Frost in the face and head. Sgt. Frost said he was on his back facing partially to his right with his right hip in the ground, making it difficult to use his right arm to help protect himself from the attack. He attempted to plant his feet on the ground and “bridge”, which is a maneuver he was taught in defensive tactics training as a way to try to escape from someone in the top mount position. Sgt. Frost said that his feet would just sink (in the snow) and that he couldn’t get any traction with his feet to perform this maneuver. He was also unable to get into any kind of protective fetal position because of Guilford’s position over his hips.

As Guilford continued to strike him from the top mount position, Sgt. Frost said he could “feel blood running down my face”, and was “having a hard time seeing because I keep getting hit”. Sgt. Frost felt like things were starting to go dark, and feared that he would soon black out.   In his report he stated that he feared that Mr. Guilford would take his gun and shoot him with it if he lost consciousness. Sgt. Frost turned his gun toward Mr. Guilford and pulled the trigger in an attempt to stop the attack; he heard a click and realized the gun malfunctioned. As he performed a malfunction clearing maneuver consistent with his training, Mr. Guilford continued to punch him in the head and face. Sgt. Frost stated he began firing toward Mr. Guilford but was not sure if his rounds were striking him and Mr. Guilford continued to punch him in the head and face even after his first few rounds were fired. Sgt. Frost said he felt closer to passing out by this time. Since he could not see if his rounds were striking Mr. Guilford, or if they were having any effect at all, he continued to fire in Mr. Guilford’s direction until Guilford stopped the attack. Sgt. Frost said he did not know how many rounds he fired before the attack stopped.   Sgt. Frost said that after he was able to get out from underneath Mr. Guilford he was still close to passing out and was fighting to stay conscious.

Prosecutor Lloyd determined in his review that Sgt. Frost “honestly and reasonably” believed that Guilford posed a serious threat of great bodily harm or death. He determined that based on a review of the facts and the law, that Mr. Guilford’s actions placed Sgt. Frost in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm. Further, Sgt. Frost acted in a lawful manner, and was reasonable in using deadly force against the physical attack of him by Deven Guilford.   Sgt. Frost use of deadly force was authorized by ECSO General Orders which allows Deputies to use deadly force to protect themselves or another person from an immediate threat of death or serious personal injury. Sgt. Frost’s lawful actions were also in compliance with Eaton County Sheriff’s Office regulations, general orders and training.

Recommendations for training:

Taser training will re-emphasize the distance of deployment as a factor in electro-muscular disruption and immediate follow up with drive stun/contact technique to complete the circuit.

Continue our training in defensive ground fighting tactics as this example emphasizes the importance of training in this area of defensive tactics.

Continue our training emphasis on use of patrol vehicle lighting and positioning of subjects in order to maintain a tactical advantage during an arrest.

Continue to emphasize in training the importance of clear communication by Deputies when affecting an arrest, in an effort to gain voluntary compliance.

AUTHORITY: SHERIFF TOM REICH


Notice of INMATE VISITATION

We were just notified that shipment of some of the equipment was delayed and the new dates for no inmate visitation will be August 31st, September 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  This is due to equipment upgrades.


On Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at approximately 10:25 a.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a vehicle/train crash on N. Cochran Hwy, Oneida Township.

It was reported that a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu was north bound on N. Cochran Road and the CSX Train was east bound when the car was struck.

One lone female occupant was pronounced dead at the scene. Our condolences go out to the family of Catherine Farlee, 41 years of age, of Lansing, MI.

Grand Ledge EMS and Michigan State Police assisted.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


At approximately 3:10 p.m. on August 5th, 2015 an Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputy Delta Patrol responded to a fight in progress at Waverly Road and Michigan. A second Deputy responding as back up to assist the Deputy who was fighting with two subjects that were resisting arrest, was involved in a personal injury crash.

Initial reports indicate that the driver of the other vehicle was transported to the hospital and is believed to have sustained minor injuries and the deputy involved in the crash was transported to the hospital and his injuries are still being evaluated at this time.

Lansing Township Police Department is investigating the personal injury crash.

Authority: Undersheriff Jeff Cook


On August 4, 2015 at 4:16 PM, Eaton County Sheriff's Office deputies, along with Windsor Township Fire and EMS, responded to a one-car injury accident on Rossman Highway just west of N. Michigan Rd.

A gray Buick sedan, with the driver as the lone occupant, was eastbound on Rossman Highway approaching N. Michigan Rd. The vehicle left the roadway, went through a shallow ditch, and struck two large trees. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The driver was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extracted by Windsor Fire Department personnel. Once freed from the vehicle, the driver was transported to Sparrow Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver's current medical condition is unknown.

Authority: Sgt. Tom Campbell, ECSO


On August 4, 2015 at 11:56 AM, Eaton County Sheriff's Office deputies, along with Grand Ledge Police, Fire, and EMS, responded to a fatal motorcycle versus car crash. The crash occurred at the intersection of Hartel Road and St. Joe Highway in Oneida Township. Involved was a silver Buick sedan with three occupants, and a motorcycle towing a small trailer that had one occupant. The occupant of the motorcycle died at the scene. Two of the three occupants of the sedan were injured, and one was transported to the hospital. Both injured occupants of the sedan had minor injuries.

Witnesses report the sedan was southbound on Hartel Road and turned left, or east, on St. Joe Highway, failing to yield to the motorcycle which was northbound on Hartel. The motorcycle struck the sedan in the passenger side, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

The intersection is closed to thru-traffic until Eaton County Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Team members have a chance to complete their investigation.

No names are being released until notification of next of kin.

Authority: Sgt. Tom Campbell, ECSO


On August 3, 2015 at 6:27 PM, Eaton County Sheriff's Office deputies, along with Eaton Area EMS and the Charlotte Fire Department, responded to a rollover personal injury accident that occurred on northbound I-69 south of Five Point Highway.  An SUV lost control and went off the roadway into the median, rolling several times.  Both occupants were ejected.  One occupant died at the scene.  The other occupant was transported to Sparrow Hospital, where the occupant died.

Both northbound and southbound I-69 was closed temporarily.  Southbound I-69 was opened back up at approximately 7:00 PM.  Northbound I-69 was closed until after 11 p.m. while the ECSO Accident Team members conducted their investigation. 

The deceased have been identified as:

Kari L. Campbell 28 years of age, from Lansing

Archie P. Scates 29 years of age, from Lansing


Authority, Sgt. Tom Campbell, ECSO


JULY

 

EATON COUNTY COURT SCAM

               Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich advises that a new scam involving Eaton County Court jury duty has been reported. The scam caller informs the victim that the victim has missed his jury duty and is being fined $500.00. The victim had never been summoned for jury duty and the court does not contact persons by telephone regarding jury duty, all correspondence is through the mail.


On July 26 at approximately 10:15 pm, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a retail fraud in progress at the Delta Township Wal-Mart store involving a male suspect attempting to steal firearms from the locked display case. The suspect was located in the Sporting Goods section and further investigation determined that he had forced open and removed a rifle and a shotgun from the locked cabinet. The suspect was arrested and found to be in possession of drugs (analogues). The 27 year old provided an Arizona address and was also wanted on extraditable charges in the state of Georgia. Charges were sought for Retail Fraud 2nd degree, Possession of Analogues, and Felon in possession of a firearm.


On Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:36 a.m., Eaton County Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Crash on N. Hartel Road at Mt. Hope Highway.

Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a three vehicle accident at the intersection of Mt. Hope Hwy and Hartel Road (M-100).  Upon initial investigation, it appears a northbound motorcycle on Hartel Road was struck by an eastbound car right at the intersection.  A westbound vehicle at the intersection was struck because of the collision of the original crash.  The motorcyclist sustained significant injuries and was transported to Sparrow hospital by Grand Ledge EMS.  The motorcyclist, Andrew Woodcock, 37 of Eaton Rapids did pass away due to his injuries.

Mr. Woodcock was reported to have been wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Grand Ledge Fire Department and the Michigan State Police.  The intersection of Mt. Hope and Hartel was closed for several hours while deputies investigated the crash.


On Thursday, 7/23/15 at 9:41 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a car/pedestrian crash on Lansing Rd just north of Otto Rd. in Eaton Township.  The 61 year old male pedestrian was on a motorized wheelchair and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The two occupants of the motor vehicle were not injured during the crash.

Christopher Redman, 61 yoa of Charlotte is the deceased.

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


On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at approximately 4:00 p.m. Eaton County Deputies, Eaton County EMS and Vermontville Township Fire Department responded to a farming accident on N. Shaytown Road in Vermontville Township. Fourteen year old Martha Hochstetler was working with family members to move straw bales from a farm wagon to the upper level of a barn. She became entangled in a PTO driven farm implement (elevator) suffering fatal injuries and died at the scene. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office wishes to express our condolences and deepest sympathy to the Hochstetler family and surrounding community members for the loss of Martha.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

 


TRAFFIC VIOLATION STOP RESULTS IN PURSUIT AND LOADED PISTOL:

In the early morning hours (approximately 2 a.m.) of Thursday July 16, 2015 Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol stopped a vehicle on Creyts Rd near Michigan Ave. in Delta Township.  They stopped the vehicle due to signs of the driver possibly Operating While Intoxicated.  As deputies were making the original contact with the two male occupants, and after attempts were made to obtain identification from the driver, the vehicle subsequently took off.  A short vehicle pursuit ensued for approximately 2 miles and ended when the suspect vehicle struck a mailbox and the 2 occupants fled on foot.  Deputies were able to apprehend the driver but not the passenger.  Deputies discovered inside the vehicle some suspected marijuana and a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol with an attached laser sight.  The serial numbers on the weapon had been scratched off.  The driver, a 21 year old Lansing resident was driving while his license was suspended, and was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.  He was also arrested for the numerous offenses resulting from this incident and is currently being held in the Eaton County jail while charges are being sought from the Eaton County Prosecutors Office. 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office wants to highlight the dangers faced by law enforcement daily when initiating vehicle stops for traffic violations.


JUNE

On June 29, 2015 at 2:53 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to First Street in Sunfield on the report of a domestic. Two persons and a minor child were able to leave the residence before it was reported that the suspect had shot out the front door missing a third person that was trying to leave the residence. One of the residents stated that the suspect was intoxicated and had a gun.

Sunfield Road was closed between First Street and Main Street. Eaton County Deputies were assisted by the Michigan State Police and a MSP helicopter was provided for air support.

At approximately 6:35 p.m. the suspect was observed and was secured by deputies. Suspect was transported to the Eaton County Jail where he was lodged on two counts of Domestic Violence and Discharging a Firearm in an Occupied Dwelling.

Grand Ledge Police Department’s K-9 also assisted.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


Since the night of February 28th, 2015 our hearts continue to go out to the Guilford Family and friends for the tragic loss of Devon Guilford.  

As fathers, mothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and friends to others- we understand the heartache and grief in dealing with the sudden loss of a family member, loved one or co-worker. We also understand the emotions felt in the community. This was a tragic situation which will have a long term effect on everyone involved including all of us at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

I requested the Michigan State Police to respond to the scene and conduct an independent investigation and I would like to thank them for the tremendous time, effort, and resources they devoted to conduct this thorough investigation.

I would also like to thank Prosecutor Doug Lloyd and his staff.   We appreciate and respect the time intensive independent process Prosecutor Lloyd and his office conducted in carefully reviewing all of the facts and circumstances resulting from the investigation and the conclusion that was reached.

As a result of these findings, Sgt. Frost will be restored to full patrol duties. We have not yet seen the investigative reports and upon obtaining them, we will diligently review them as part of an internal procedure.

Our thoughts and prayers will continue for the emotional healing of everyone involved and affected by this tragedy.


DELTA TOWNSHIP FIREWORKS INFORMATION

For the safety of everyone attending the annual Delta Township Fireworks display on July 3rd, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and Delta Township have taken steps to increase security and reduce the potential for injury inside Sharp Park before, during and after the event. These same security measures were in place for the 2014 Delta Fireworks and they limited the number of problems encountered.

On the evening of July 2nd, Sharp Park will be closed to motor vehicles. Starting at 5pm on July 3rd, limited parking is available in the park, and a permit is now required (including handicapped parking) for vehicle entry into the park. You may stop by the Delta Township Parks and Recreation Department, located at 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy, starting on Monday, June 15 for a free parking pass (one per licensed driver). The limited number of parking passes will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions regarding this press release can be directed to Lt. Mark Wriggelsworth of the Delta Patrol at (517)816-8196.


May

On 5/28/15 at approximately 9:00 a.m., a female assault victim was dropped off at the Delta Substation.  The female had visible injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Prior to EMS transport, she was able to give deputies information of a felonious assault that occurred on Ember Glen Pass in Delta Township.  The female reported she was assaulted with a weapon and the male suspect was still inside the residence.  Eaton County Sheriff’s Office was able to contain a perimeter around the residence soon after the report. Eaton County negotiators were able to make phone contact with the suspect and he was arrested without incident.

He was lodged in the Eaton County Jail and charges are being sought for Felonious Assault and Unlawful Imprisonment. Suspect has not been arraigned at this time.

Authority:   Sheriff Tom Reich

 


4th Annual Kids Summer Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo

This Saturday,  May 30th from 1pm to 4pm will be the 4th Annual Kids Summer Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo at the Lansing Mall.

There will be free bike helmets to the first 200 children and it is suggested that children bring their bikes. The children will ride a skills course with deputies, there will be prize giveaways and much more. It’s a great event, bring your kids out for a great day!


 

For Immediate Release:

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying this person.  We understand the quality of the photographs is not good.  The male subject is wanted for questioning for an indecent exposure that occurred at a Delta Township retailer.  If you can help and you may know who this suspect is, contact Lt. Mark Wriggelsworth at (517) 816-8196.

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For Immediate Release:

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Strong Armed Robbery that occurred this morning May 27, 2015  near the intersection of Saginaw and Elmwood.

The suspect is described as a black male with a darker complexion,  6’0” in height and in his 20’s. 

The suspect is described as having no facial hair.

The suspect was wearing a black stocking cap as well as a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with a grey t-shirt underneath, black sweatpants and dirty white tennis shoes. 

We are asking for the public assistance for anyone that saw this suspect running from this area around 9:15 a.m.  If you have any information please call (517) 372-8217.

Lt. Mark Wriggelsworth


 

 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and Groupon Provide Ultimate Protection for Eaton County Sheriff’s Office K9

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The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office K9 Karma has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT.

 The “Goods Pet Collection ” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab protective vests ran May 11th through May 25th.  Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a GROUPON (a tax deductible donation) through www.groupon.com/k9 where 100% of the funds are allocated to purchase ballistic vests for the four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner.  

 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will provide law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Kye of the Oklahoma City Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty on August 25th, 2014.  K9 Kye suffered stab wounds while pursuing and subduing a burglary suspect. He was rushed to surgery but failed to recover. 

All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, "In Memory of K9 Kye, Oklahoma City Police Department".

In 2014, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2014” campaigns. In just over two weeks, the nonprofit raised $335,000.00 providing ballistic vests for 370 law enforcement dogs in 49 states. 

  ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9S, INC.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $1050.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1400 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.3 million dollars.

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

 

For more information, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations are accepted by mail at Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. PO Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 and via the website: www.vik9s.org.


 

For Immediate Release:

On Monday, May 18, 2015 at 3:27pm, Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff Office responded to a 911 call made by Waverly High School officials reporting teenaged male Joe Forebeck , who was a former student was on campus and believed to be in possession of a gun in his pocket and had made threats to a student while inside the high school. School officials also provided a description of the suspect/clothing which was extremely helpful.

Deputy Bryan Thomas who was nearby, responded and quickly located him as he was walking on school property near the north side of the building. When approached, Forebeck complied with Deputy Thomas’s orders. Upon searching him, a black semi-auto type handgun was recovered and he was taken into custody. The weapon involved is a .177 caliber bb pistol, resembling a .45 style semi-automatic pistol. Following further investigation, Forebeck was lodged at the Eaton County Jail.

The Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office charged Joseph Forebeck-Morcera with Felonious Assault in a Weapons Free School Zone. Forebeck-Morcera was arraigned in District Court Tuesday afternoon. He is currently lodged in the Eaton County Jail.

Suspect: Joseph Christian Forebeck-Morcera

17 years of age. Lansing address.

See attached photo.

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Promotion of Sergeant Tim Sixberry.

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces the promotion of Sergeant Tim Sixberry. Sergeant Sixberry has been with the Sheriff's Office over seven years and serves in the Corrections Division. Congratulations from everyone at the Eaton County Sheriff's Office!


Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies now equipped with Narcan to reverse the deadly effects of Opioid prescription drugs/Heroin overdoses.

Sheriff Tom Reich authorized all patrol Deputies to receive training in the administration of Narcan following Senate Bill 1049 which authorizes law enforcement officers to administer this medication which can immediately reverse the effects of an opiod drug overdose.   Sheriff Reich stated “As we may be in a position to assist prior to EMS arrival, I am proud to announce that Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies are now trained and equipped to respond and administer this life saving medication to persons experiencing this type of an overdose in our county”.    The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office joins the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office as being one of the first Sheriff’s Offices in Michigan to train and equip their patrol Deputies to administer Narcan.  

 The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office began researching the potential for this program in early 2014 while monitoring a dangerous national trend of increasing opiod prescription drugs (Oxycontin, V icodin, Codeine, Percocet) and Heroin overdoses.  In the past 2 years the Eaton County Jail medical staff have responded to 5 opiate drug related overdose cases occurring shortly after intake and successfully administered Narcan, reversing the effects of these life threatening overdoses.  The October 2014 passing of Senate Bill 1049 introduced by Senator Schuitmaker, provided legal authority for law enforcement officers who have received training, to carry and administer these opiod/narcotic overdose counter-acting medications and protects them from possible civil liability when administered in good faith.  The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has chosen to initiate measures for our patrol Deputies to respond in our communities with this simple intervention which can quickly save lives.

 The training was completed in February 2015 and Narcan (which is nasally administered) kits have been issued to patrol Deputies.  Sheriff Reich stated “this proactive measure furthers our mission and commitment to enhance life safety throughout Eaton County”. (Pictured is ECSO Deputy Garret Schlossberg undergoing Narcan training by Eaton County Jail Health Administrator William Jenkins)

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EATON RAPIDS TOWNSHIP:  On Monday, May 4, at about 5:34pm,  The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on M-99 north of Bunker Hwy in Eaton Rapids Township.  A 30 year old Eaton Rapids man and a 33 year old Albion man were traveling S/B M-99 in a black 2009 Chevrolet Silverado. The vehicle lost control while attempting to pass another vehicle and rolled over several times into the media. Eaton Rapids Township Fire, Eaton Area EMS, Windsor EMS and the Eaton Rapids Police Department responded to the scene to assist. Both subjects were transported to a Lansing hospital for treatment. The accident remains under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the accident. Anyone with information or that may have witness the crash is asked to contact Sgt. Scott Brooks 517-543-5458.

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APRIL

UPDATE: 4-24-15

The driver of the pickup truck was Larry Taylor, 62 years of age, from Charlotte, MI. Mr. Taylor was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the compact car, Montel A. Smith, 22 years of age, from Lansing was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The driver of the third car, Lewis Bristol, 27 years of age, from Grand Ledge had minor injuries and was not transported.

The crash is still under investigation at this time.

On April 23, 2015 at 5:10 PM, Eaton County Sheriff Deputies, assisted by Grand Ledge Police Department and Michigan State Police, responded to a three vehicle personal injury accident on Hartel Road north of St. Joe Highway. One of the drivers involved later died at the hospital. 

A full-sized pickup truck, which was northbound on Hartel Road, and a compact car, which was southbound on Hartel Road, collided head-on with a second vehicle causing massive damage to both vehicles. The pickup truck rolled and ended up upside down in the middle of the road. The compact car went off into the ditch and came to rest on its side.

The male driver from the pickup truck was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The male driver of the compact car was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. There were no passengers in either of the two main vehicles involved in the crash.

There was also a third vehicle involved, a full-sized car, which was traveling behind the compact car and became entangled in the crash and ended up off the road in a yard. The full-sized car suffered moderate damage. Both the driver and passenger in the third vehicle were treated and released at the scene.

No names are being released at this time pending notification of family members. The accident is being investigated further by the Eaton County Sheriff's Office Accident Team and Detective Bureau.

Hartel Road between St. Joe Highway and Village Drive will be closed until the accident scene is investigated and cleared. 

Authority-Sgt Tom Campbell


On Thursday April 2, 2015 at about 12:53 pm, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a personal injury crash in the northbound lanes of Michigan Road just south of Wilbur Highway in Eaton Rapids Township. A northbound Dodge vehicle had slowed or stopped for a school bus in the area and was rear ended by a Chevrolet Trailblazer. The Dodge was pushed off the road and into a tree on the east side of the road. The driver of the Trailblazer was a 53 year old Eaton Rapids woman who was treated and released at the scene and the driver of the Dodge was a 61 year old Eaton Rapids woman who was pinned in her vehicle.

Eaton Rapids Township Fire Department and Eaton Area EMS responded and were able to extricate the driver from her vehicle. She was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The drivers were the only occupants of the vehicles.  

 The driver of the Dodge was assisted by passing motorist and residents in the area until emergency services arrived on scene.

Authority-Sgt. Scott Brooks


Personal Injury Crash in Vermontville Township

On April 1, 2015 at 7:52 a.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a two car personal injury crash in front of 11090 Nashville Highway which is the Maple Valley High School.

An eighteen year old male was driving a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville and failed to yield to a 2012 Nissan driven by a 42 year old female.

Both were transported by Vermontville EMS to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Authority: Sgt. Scott Brooks


MARCH

Eaton County Sheriff, Tom Reich, announces that his office has obtained a spay and neuter grant for pets of low income Eaton County residents.  This grant will provide for a limited number of free spay or neuter vouchers to qualifying county residents.  These vouchers are only available at the Eaton County Animal Control office located 756 Courthouse Drive in Charlotte.  Please call the Animal Control office at (517) 543-5755 ext. 1 for details.

 


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is advising all citizens that we have been notified by a local financial institution of a telephone fraud where the suspect informs the receiver of the scam call that they are from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and that all funds are being taken out of the persons bank account.

 

 

 

Please be advised that these are fraudulent scam calls by suspects trying to obtain bank account and personal information – PLEASE DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OR ACCOUNT NUMBERS OVER THE PHONE.


 


 

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The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol is asking for the public's help in identifying this subject. He is suspected in a larceny of a purse at a local retailer that occurred on March 22nd at approximately 5 p.m. The vehicle is a full size Dodge Ram pick up truck with distinctive silver stripes down hood and sides. If you have any information on who the subject is, please contact Deputy Pete Walter at (517) 816-8195 or Lt. Wriggelsworth at (517) 816-8196

 


On 3/8/15 at 17:55 hrs, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office units were dispatched to an injury crash on Mason Rd south of Kinsel Hwy.  It was determined an Oldsmobile Silhouette was traveling southbound on Mason Rd when the vehicle went off of the road striking a tree.  A 15 year old male passenger, Brenden Pearce from Vermontville was pronounced dead at the scene.  Five other occupants from the vehicle were transported to Sparrow Hospital either by ambulance or helicopter.  The driver, Melissa Musser, a 31 year old female from Vermontville, later died at Sparrow Hospital.  A 19 year old male passenger from Vermontville also sustained life threatening injuries.  The remaining three male occupants, all from Vermontville, are being treated at Sparrow hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  Their ages are 56, 30 and 22.  Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

 

 

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


 


 

 

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich warns citizens that the telephone scams involving the IRS and Microsoft have intensified as more citizens are contacting the Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

The scam caller will tell the citizen that there is a problem with their taxes and advise them to pay by cash or bank draft within 24 hours or they will be picked up by Federal Agents. The IRS advises that they DO NOT contact anyone by telephone and Sheriff Reich advises DO NOT give anyone ANY personal information over the telephone. This includes address, date of birth, social security numbers, credit card information or bank information.

 

 

Also complaints are being received by citizens that the scam caller is from Microsoft and asks the citizens to turn on their computer and give the scam caller their log on information. Once passwords are given the scam caller can use the passwords to obtain access to the victim’s bank and credit card information. Microsoft DOES NOT contact any users by the telephone. Sheriff Reich warns DO NOT give out ANY personal information or password information to any caller.

 

 

If you believe you are a victim of a telephone scam CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.

 

 

Please share this very important information with friends and family.

 

 


FEBRUARY

 

On February 28, 2015 at approximately 8:30 p.m. an Eaton County Sheriff Sergeant conducted a traffic stop on M-43 west of Cochran in Roxand Twp. Subsequently a physical struggle ensued between the driver and the Sergeant. The Sergeant sustained injuries and the driver was shot and killed.

Per Eaton County Sheriff’s Office policy the Sergeant has been placed on paid administrative leave.

 Due to the involvement of our Sergeant the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office requested Michigan State Police to conduct the investigation of this incident. Any further communication about this investigation is directed to MSP D/Sgt. Brewer at 517-712-5016.

 

Authority: Undersheriff Jeff Cook

 


 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have arrested Robin Sanford (53) and her son, Tyler Sanford (23),on an arrest warrant for Homicide/Involuntary Manslaughter and 1st Degree Vulnerable Adult Abuse, in connection with the 2014 death of Nancy Belen (76 years of age), from Lansing. Belen was related to both defendants and lived with them for several years in a room at the Red Roof Inn, located in Delta Township.

 

Belen was discovered in her hotel room near death, with numerous medical issues that had gone untreated. Belen later died at Sparrow Hospital as a result of her injuries. Both defendants are expected to be arraigned in Eaton County District Court on Thursday, February 26th.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


Eaton County Deputies responded to a vehicle that struck a utility pole on E. St. Joe Highway near Broadbent Road at approximately 1:15 on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

 

 

Scott Turbin, Jr. 22 years of age from Charlotte, MI, driver of the vehicle had fled the scene on foot before Eaton County Deputies arrived but was located and placed under custody a short time later.

 

 

Turbin was arrested and charges are being sought for Fleeing the Scene of a Property Damage Crash, Driving on a Suspended License and Possession of Drugs.

 

 

St. Joe Highway was closed at 2 p.m. west of Broadbent while police, fire and Consumers Energy were on scene

 

 

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

 


On Thursday, February 12, 2015 at approximately 5:40 p.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on West Vermontville Highway west of Shaytown Road in Vermontville Township.

 

A passenger car driven by Catherine Nichols, 62 years of age of Vermontville was west bound on Vermontville Highway crossed the center line and struck an eastbound pickup truck head on.

There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Mrs. Nichols was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the pickup truck suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Vermontville Highway was reopened at 10:45 p.m.

Authority-Captain Tim Jungel

 


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Division is hosting an informational clinic on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic will be held in the training room at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office at 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte, MI. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

 

 

Dr. Katie Collier, D.V.M., will be discussing how to get your horse fit and ready for spring riding, the importance of proper nutrition, de-worming, vaccinations and will answer any questions.

 

Maria King, a member of the Mounted Division will be presenting information on how to properly care for your horse’s tack and what products work best for particular items. Attendees are encouraged to bring tack if you have questions about cleaning and repairs.

 

Please call 517-667-8811 or 517-726-1220  to register or for questions.

JANUARY

 

Suspicious situation turns dangerous to Deputy, results in arrest with suspected drugs and  loaded pistol seized.

At 2:11 am on 01/22/2015 Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Andrew Stopczynski observed suspicious behavior as he made contact with a male standing near an occupied vehicle at a closed business on Waverly road in Delta Twp.  As the vehicle left abruptly, the male was contacted by Deputy Stopczynski who observed indicators causing him to suspect the male was in possession of narcotics.  The suspect also began repeatedly reaching into his pockets, jacket and in his waistband area despite orders not to do so and then suddenly fled.    The suspect was apprehended by Deputy Stopczynski .   Suspected marijuana and other controlled substances were found in the jacket/vest the suspect had been reaching into.  Deputies also found a freshly discarded loaded semi-automatic 9mm caliber pistol on the path of the foot pursuit.   The 20 year old Lansing resident was arrested and charges are being sought for Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Resisting and Obstructing, Possession of Marijuana and Analogues and Probation Violation.   

As the suspect was being transported to Jail, the same vehicle that had abruptly left at the beginning of this incident returned and began closely following the patrol car.  The vehicle was stopped and the 18 year old driver also a Lansing resident was subsequently arrested for OWI.

Authority Undersheriff Cook

 


Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich will be presenting the following awards Thursday, January 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Training Room, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte. Awardees will consist of Eaton County Sheriff’s Office staff and citizens:

 

Type of Award         Awardee                                  

Life Saving              Dep. Nabil Kanazeh                

Dep. Rob Block                        

                                                                                                   

Life Saving              Sgt. Andy Tooker                    

                            Corr. Dep. Tim SIxberry        

                              Corr. Dep. Stephen Smith        

                              Corr. Dep. John Rademacher    

                              Corr. Dep. Jennifer Horton

                              Corr. Dep. Carrie Hunt

                                                                                     

Life Saving              Chief Cliff Casler                     

                              EMT Mgr Dan Sowles             

 

Professional            Dep. Jeremy Brown                

Excellence              Dep. Ronda Mensch                

Tpr. Joshua Bush                   


Professional            Sgt. Mark Packowski              

Excellence              Corr. Dep. Amy Hughes                                     

                             Corr. Dep. Anthony McDaniel    

                            Corr. Dep. Dennis Gerber

                            Corr. Dep. Brandon Swagart      

                            Corr. Dep. Donald Whipp & K-9 Karma

                            EMT Jason Freer

                            Linda Collins, R.N.

 

Certificate of           Ms. Amber Swint                         

Appreciation                                                             

 

Certificate of            Ms. Mary Taylor                          

Appreciation            Ms. Rhonda Meyers                          

 

Certificate of           Bretton Woods Lions Club          

 

Distinguished         Mr. Don Drent                         

Citizen                                                                                                                                               

         

Certificate of           Spec. Dep. Jeremy Dotson      

Appreciation                                                        

 

Additional presentations will be made by Sheriff Reich recognizing personnel recently promoted and this year’s recipients of Deputy of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards.    

 


On 1/17/15 at 0049 Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on Smithville Rd south of Plains Hwy in Hamlin Township.  Deputies found one vehicle crashed into a tree.  One male was transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.  A second male was fatally injured and was pronounced dead on scene.  The crash is under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

authority-Sgt Ross Tyrell

The deceased passenger-James McAllister, 31 years of age of Perrysburg, OH.  Mr. McAllister was a passenger in the vehicle.


On 1/16/15 at 1:23 a.m. the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to a shooting in the area of Waverly Rd and Holmes.  One victim was shot in the hand and lip and a second victim had been beaten.  Both victims have non-life threatening injuries.  The Delta Patrol has identified the location of the offense in the parking lot of a strip mall in the 3200 block of S. Waverly inside Delta Township. 

This incident does not appear to be a random act of violence.  The Eaton County Sheriff’s detectives are currently investigating the incident.

 

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 Jan 9

 

On January 9th, 2015, Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) and partnering organizations will unite in support of law enforcement officers nationwide to promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all.

Can you imagine going to work each day and wondering if you’ll survive your shift and see your family that night? Most people can’t. But in law enforcement, this is a fact of life. Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. Yet, they go to work anyway. Being a law enforcement officer is not just a job, it is a calling. The pay is low, the hours can be terrible, and there is sometimes little appreciation for what you do. Yet, they do it anyway.

What the public doesn’t see is the toll law enforcement takes to keep our communities safe. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year, and over 300 officers commit suicide each year. There is no other profession in the world, except possibly the military, where you will find these kinds of statistics.

On January 9th, we call our nation’s citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged take time on Friday, January 9th to show their support. Our citizens can show their support in a number of ways:

  • Change your profile picture on social media to the .jpg image attached to this event
  • See a police officer? Thank a police officer
  • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement
  • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency
  • Share a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media
  • Ask children in your community write letters in support of law enforcement
  • Participate in Project Blue Light. Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.
  • Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers

 


On January 7, 2015 at approximately 2:30 p.m. a vehicle lost control on Battle Creek Road, south of Five Point Highway and collided with another vehicle. The driver of the first vehicle a female, age 35 from Bellevue area and a female passenger, 60 years of age of the second vehicle were transported to Sparrow Hospital with severe injuries. A five year old boy from the first vehicle was transported for evaluation only.

 

Battle Creek Road is closed between Spicerville and Five Point Highway until approximately 8:00 p.m.

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Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

 


On 1/06/2015 at approximately 8:17 pm Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol Deputies were dispatched to a report of a home invasion at a residence in the 2700 block of S. Waverly Road. The complainant had received information that someone had possibly broken into his relative’s unoccupied house and upon arrival there, he confronted a female sitting in a vehicle in the driveway. The complainant who was armed with a firearm shot two of the tires on the vehicle, entered the residence and detained two adult male suspects until responding Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Lansing Police Officers and Michigan State Police Troopers arrived at the scene. The two male suspects were arrested and lodged in the Eaton County Jail. Charges are being sought from the Eaton County Prosecutor’s office for home invasion. The female was released at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.

 

 

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

 


Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich warns of a credit card scam that is occurring in the Eaton County area affecting gas pumps.

 

Skimmers are being illegally placed on gas pumps and it is an electronic data collecting device that criminals are using to gather information off the magnetic strip on the back of a credit card. Skimmers can vary in size and appearance. Some are used internally and others were designed to be placed on the outside of a card scanning device.

Once a criminal has the information they can clone a blank credit card in a matter of seconds. Criminals have the ability to stamp a new card with their information on it, but the magnetic strip will have the victim’s credit card information on it.

If it is suspected that a credit card may have been skimmed follow these steps:

Call the credit card company that was compromised to report it to them

  • Notify the police immediately
  • Check bank statements to verify the balances-often, even if the card was not lost and you don’t suspect it was skimmed.       This allows you to contact the credit card company at the first sign of theft.
  • If there is a problem contact the credit reporting agencies:

Equifax 800-525-6285 or www.equifax.com

Experian 888-397-3742 or www.experian.com

TransUnion 800-680-7289 or www.transunion.com

  • Report your case to the Federal Trade Commission so they can track the identity theft

877-IDTHEFT or www.ftc.gov

Be observant!

  • Examine the gas pump for any signs of equipment being tampered with
  • Pull on the slot where the credit card is inserted to see if there is a skimmer attached by two sided tape
  • Examine the slot where credit card are scanned for evidence that it has been tampered with
  • Check the gas pump for security type tags that are sealed around the equipment.
  • If there is a seal broken do not use that pump – report it to the gas station staff and use a different pump.
  • Paying inside may take more time but the card reader is manned by an employee who would notice if there was an attempt to place a skimmer on the reader.
  • Use the gas pumps closest to the attendant

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and Groupon Provide Ultimate Protection for Eaton County Sheriff’s Office K9

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office K9 Karma has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT.

The “Goods Pet Collection ” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab protective vests ran May 11th through May 25thVested Interest in K9s, Inc. is the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a GROUPON (a tax deductible donation) through www.groupon.com/k9 where 100% of the funds are allocated to purchase ballistic vests for the four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner.  

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will provide law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Kye of the Oklahoma City Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty on August 25th, 2014.  K9 Kye suffered stab wounds while pursuing and subduing a burglary suspect. He was rushed to surgery but failed to recover.  

All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, "In Memory of K9 Kye, Oklahoma City Police Department".

In 2014, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2014” campaigns. In just over two weeks, the nonprofit raised $335,000.00 providing ballistic vests for 370 law enforcement dogs in 49 states. 

ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9S, INC.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $1050.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1400 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.3 million dollars.

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

For more information, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations are accepted by mail at Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. PO Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 and via the website: www.vik9s.org.

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