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Sheriff Tom Reich

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Charlotte, Michigan 48813

517-543-3512 or 517-372-8217

 

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Eaton County Sheriff Weekly Updates


November 18, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

29 Alarms 36 Assist Citizens
101 Car/deer accidents 17 Check well being
21 Domestic disputes

56

Shoplifting
12 Larcenies 9 Operating while impaired
21 Property Damage crashes 30 Suspicious situations
37 Traffic Hazards

201

Traffic stops
27 Traffic violations 6 Trespassing

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 920 calls for service.

Snowmobile Safety Class is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday December 7th and 8th. Classes are held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte. There is no charge for the class. To register call 517-543-5257.

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.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11th, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to an armed robbery that occurred on S. Waverly Road. Two black males dressed in dark hooded sweatshirts showed a gun and left with an undisclosed amount of cash and a customer’s purse. This is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call 517-543-3512.

As shown in the report above, Eaton County Deputies are responding to a large amount of car/deer crashes. Remember to stay alert, especially during morning and evening commutes.

PREPARING FOR A WINTER STORM

It’s coming. We live in Michigan. It’s just a matter of when. On behalf of the Emergency Management Office, Sheriff Reich offers these suggestions to prepare for that inevitable winter storm.

At home:

  • Keep handy a battery powered flashlight, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio and portable radio, extra food (canned or dried food is best), can opener, and bottled water (at least 3 gallons per person). Fully charge all mobile and home telephones.
  • Make sure each member of the household has a warm coat, gloves, hat and water resistant boots. Ensure

extra blankets and heavy clothes are available.

  • Keep on hand items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
  • Keep on hand items for your pets. Animals feel the effects of wind chill. Be sure to have suitable shelter with food and water.
  • Be aware of potential fire and carbon monoxide hazards if you plan to use an emergency heating source such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater. Outside:
  • Avoid overexertion, such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car, or walking in deep snow. Sweating could

lead to chill and hypothermia, and abnormally low body temperatures. Cold weather also puts extra strain

on the heart, so the elderly and those with heart conditions should be especially cautious when out in the

cold.

  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy sidewalks.
  • Wear loose fitting, lightweight warm clothing in layers, with a waterproof outer layer. Wear a wool hat,

mittens.

  • Keep your clothes dry. Change wet socks and clothing quickly to prevent loss of body heat.
  • Understand the hazards of wind chill. As wind speed increases, heat is carried away from a person’s body

more rapidly which could lead to severe hypothermia?

Automotive preparedness:

  • Be sure the vehicle is winterized by late fall. This includes having the proper mix of antifreeze and water in

the cooling system, topping off the windshield washing solution, and checking the tire treads. Have a

mechanic check the belts, hoses, tires, battery, and coolant.

  • Keep the fuel tank near full, as low fuel levels can cause condensation to form, degrading fuel quality and

possibly causing the fuel line to freeze. Additionally, gas stations may be closed during a severe winter storm, so it is wise to fill up if storm warnings are being broadcasted.

  • Your car should always be equipped with emergency supplies. Keep the following items stored in a portable container:

ü  A small battery powered radio (AM is sufficient) and extra batteries

ü  Flashlight with extra batteries

ü  Cellular phone / Phone book and phone list

ü  Windshield scraper

ü  Jumper cables

ü  Fire extinguisher

ü  Maps / GPS Unit

ü  Blanket and extra clothes

ü  Flares

ü  Bottled water and non-perishable, high energy foods.

ü  First aid kit

ü  Tire repair kit and pump

ü  Tow chain or rope and Shovel

ü  De-icer and extra antifreeze

ü  “Call Police” or other “Help” sign


October 21, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

15 Abandoned 911 calls 42 Alarms
1 Armed Robbery 5 Assaults
17 Assist citizens

36

Car/deer accidents
14 Check well beings 14 Domestic disputes
3 Drug overdoses 43 Shoplifting
18 Larcenies

6

Missing persons
13 Motorist assists 17 Operating while impaired
11 Personal injury crashes 33 Property damage crashes
9 Suicide attempts 36 Suspicious activity
33 Traffic hazards 175 Traffic stops
26 Traffic violations

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 844 calls for service.

On Thursday, October 8th Eaton County Delta Patrol responded to a report of a missing mentally challenged person that had escaped the caregiver on W. Saginaw. The person was located by an Eaton County Deputy on Willow Highway near Elmwood shortly after.

Also on Thursday, October 8th, at approximately 11:30 p.m. Eaton County Deputies began investigating an object that struck the windshield of a vehicle on northbound I-69 between Five Point Highway and Stine Road. The driver told deputies that the nearest vehicle was approximately 100 yards ahead of the damaged vehicle.

On Friday, October 9th at 11:30 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on M99 at Columbia. A driver went through a stop sign while attempting to turn onto M99 from Columbia and was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

COFFEE WITH THE SHERIFF

Join Sheriff Reich on Wednesday, October 28th from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Biggby Coffee at 8741 W. Saginaw, Lansing. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know your Eaton County Sheriff.

OVER 50 LBS. OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION COLLECTED

          In 2015 Eaton County has collected over 287 lbs. of unneeded prescription medication. As a reminder, if you have prescription medication that is expired or needing to be disposed of Eaton County has two collection sites. In Charlotte the locked disposal unit is located in the lobby of the Eaton County Courthouse and in Delta Township it is located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. It is recommended that any personal information such as name, address or date of birth be blacked off before depositing medication and that all medication be deposited in the original container.

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

Citizens Police Academy

Sheriff Tom Reich cordially invites you to participate in a Citizen’s Police Academy. The Citizen’s Police Academy is an informational overview for citizens to better understand the specific duties and functions of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.    

The academy classes will be once a week for 10 weeks from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, beginning Thursday November 5th, 2015. We will take a break during the holidays. Class topics will consist of scenario based applications, a jail tour, Special Units (K-9, Tactical Team, Meth Team, and Mounted Unit), Crime Scene Investigations, MILO Scenario Training Simulator, Emergency Management, Traffic Crash Investigations, Firearms Demonstration and more.

If you are interested, please contact Sheriff Reich’s Executive Assistant, Theresa O’Dell by e-mail: todell@eatoncounty.org and we will send you an application or call 517-543-5019. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and must be able to pass a criminal background check. Class size is limited.

FREE HUNTER SAFETY CLASS-FINAL CLASS IN 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office announces the following schedule for free Hunter Safety classes. The response last year was tremendous and the classes were very well received. The classes will be held in the Training Room at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.:

November 9, 10, 12, 2015

Class size is limited to 50 students each session. To sign up or if you have any questions, please call 543-5257.

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

Classes are taught by certified instructors who teach firearm safety and laws, basic hunting terminology, conservation, safe hunting practices, outdoor ethics, wildlife identification and management, survival, limited first aid and Michigan Wildlife Regulations. The course is free.

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 has been identified as Adam Wils, died at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.

On Thursday 10/15/15 around 8:50 pm the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to an armed robbery at the Big John Steak and Onion located at 4021 W. Saginaw. 

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a blue hoodie and a black mask covering his face.  The suspect showed a black handgun and then fled the scene on foot to the east.  If anyone saw anything around this time and location they are asked to contact Detective Rick Buxton at (517) 323-8484.

On Friday, October 16th, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol investigated a baby sitter that had taken a four year old child and the grandparent’s vehicle. A relative reported that the child was located in Kalamazoo and was retrieved. A short time later the vehicle was found abandoned. Charges are being sought.

On Sunday, October 18th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol assisted when a construction crew hit a two inch gas line causing a large gas leak. Deputies along with Fire Personnel evacuated the Delta Center Mall.

Eaton County Deputies responded to a fatal accident on October 18, 2015 at approximately 7:15 p.m. on westbound I-96 just north of Saginaw Hwy. Traffic on westbound I-96 was backed up due to an earlier accident in Clinton County.

The driver of a ford Pickup traveling westbound on I-96 was unable to stop in time striking the rear of another vehicle. This in turn caused a chain reaction involving another four vehicles.

The driver of one of the vehicles that was struck died at the scene. That driver was identified as Sharon Schafer of Grand Ledge, 46 years of age. Another three people were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Westbound I96 was reopened at approximately 2:00 a.m.

The accident remains under investigation.

START PLANNING A SAFE HALLOWEEN

Halloween is just a week away. Start planning now to make it a safe and enjoyable treat for children.

  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 make sure children they know their home address, telephone number and parents names in case they are separated from the grown up or lost.
  • Never send younger children out alone – they should be with a parent, guardian or another trusted adult.
  • Remind children to only visit homes with a porch light on.
  • Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
  • Never let children enter a home unless their adult supervisor is with them.
  • Older children should go out with other friends and stay together.
  • Know the route that unchaperoned children will be taking. Set a time that children should be home.
  • Plan a trick or treating route in familiar neighborhoods on well-lit streets.
  • Have flashlights or glow sticks so that children can be seen. Use reflective tape on costumes.
  • If possible, send a cell phone with the child so that both you and the child can be reached during trick or treating.
  • Discuss the importance of looking both ways before they cross the street.
  • Double check costumes so there is no risk of tripping on long material.
  • Make sure the child can see properly through masks.
  • If using face paint or latex – do an allergy test on the skin at least 48 hours before Halloween.
  • Avoid props when out trick or treating. If the prop is necessary make sure the props are soft and flexible without sharp edges.
  • If expecting trick or treaters at home, prepare a safe walkway for children. Remove any obstructions near the sidewalk and have a well lit doorway. If you have pets, try to keep them from the area. Try to gate off an area for pets or keeping them in a separate room.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

October 14, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

16 Abandoned 911 calls 41 Alarms
16 Assist citizens 21 Car deer accidents
16 Check well beings

17

Domestic disputes
7 Fights 27 Shoplifting calls
24 Larcenies 8 Malicious destruction of property
10 Motorist assists

15

Operating while impaired
49 Property damage crashes 41 Suspicious situations
18 Suspicious vehicles 28 Traffic hazards
272 Traffic stops 35 Traffic violations

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 956 calls for service.

On Thursday, October 8th Eaton County Delta Patrol responded to a report of a missing mentally challenged person that had escaped the caregiver on W. Saginaw. The person was located by an Eaton County Deputy on Willow Highway near Elmwood shortly after.

Also on Thursday, October 8th, at approximately 11:30 p.m. Eaton County Deputies began investigating an object that struck the windshield of a vehicle on northbound I-69 between Five Point Highway and Stine Road. The driver told deputies that the nearest vehicle was approximately 100 yards ahead of the damaged vehicle.

On Friday, October 9th at 11:30 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on M99 at Columbia. A driver went through a stop sign while attempting to turn onto M99 from Columbia and was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

Citizens Police Academy

Are you interested in learning about and getting a real life view of what it is like to be a Deputy Sheriff in Eaton County?

Sheriff Tom Reich cordially invites you to participate in a Citizen’s Police Academy. The Citizen’s Police Academy is an informational overview for citizens to better understand the specific duties and functions of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.    

The academy classes will be once a week for 10 weeks from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, beginning Thursday November 5th, 2015. We will take a break during the holidays. Class topics will consist of scenario based applications, a jail tour, Special Units (K-9, Tactical Team, Meth Team, and Mounted Unit), Crime Scene Investigations, MILO Scenario Training Simulator, Emergency Management, Traffic Crash Investigations, Firearms Demonstration and more.

If you are interested, please contact Sheriff Reich’s Executive Assistant, Theresa O’Dell by e-mail: todell@eatoncounty.org and we will send you an application or call 517-543-5019. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and must be able to pass a criminal background check. Class size is limited.

FREE HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES

Sheriff Tom Reich of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office announces the following schedule for free Hunter Safety classes. The response last year was tremendous and the classes were very well received. The classes will be held in the Training Room at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.:

October 26, 27, 29, 2015

November 9, 10, 12, 2015

Class size is limited to 50 students each session. To sign up or if you have any questions, please call 543-5257.

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

Classes are taught by certified instructors who teach firearm safety and laws, basic hunting terminology, conservation, safe hunting practices, outdoor ethics, wildlife identification and management, survival, limited first aid and Michigan Wildlife Regulations. The course is free.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed October as Michigan’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month to remind citizens, businesses and governments to protect themselves against cyber attacks.

“Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility,” Snyder said. “Recent high-profile security breaches in the federal

government and large corporations serve as a reminder that cyber incidents are occurring more frequently

and threaten the security of all Michigan residents. Awareness is the best defense against criminals who seek to steal our secure information. The most informed individuals and businesses are the best equipped to thwart cyber-attacks.”

According to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more

than $20 million to cybercriminal activities so far this year, with an average victim loss of $4,500.

Sheriff Reich reminds anyone using the internet, email, and social media to make sure that the appropriate anti-virus software, a firewall and anti-spyware software are installed on your computer.

Always double check your email before opening. Cyber criminals use email to trick the user into opening attachments and visiting web sites that collect personal information or download malicious software.

Use privacy and security settings on social media (Face Book, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) That will help you control who sees what is posted. Remember – once you post information it is there to stay online. Be cautious about how much personal information you provide on social media sites.

When shopping on line create passwords that use a variety of number, letters and symbols and not related to personal information. Make sure the site you are shopping on is legitimate and secure – check your browser for a closed padlock or the address that begins with an https or shttp – NEVER use an unsecured wireless network. Using a credit card rather than a debit card give you the safest option and never send cash through the mail or money wiring service.

For more information regarding Cyber security visit http://www.michigan.gov/cybersecurity

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


October 7, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

38 Alarms 15 Assist citizens
22 Car deer accidents 20 Check well being
13 Civil complaints

23

Domestic disputes
4 Drug offenses 33 Shoplifting calls
15 Larcenies 11 Malicious destruction of property
9 Motorist assists

11

Operating while impaired
37 Property damage crashes 20 Suspicious situations
13 Suspicious vehicles 20 Traffic hazards
329 Traffic stops 34 Traffic violations

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 941 calls for service.

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

Citizens Police Academy

Are you interested in learning about and getting a real life view of what it is like to be a Deputy Sheriff in Eaton County?

Sheriff Tom Reich cordially invites you to participate in a Citizen’s Police Academy. The Citizen’s Police Academy is an informational overview for citizens to better understand the specific duties and functions of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.    

The academy classes will be once a week for 10 weeks from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, beginning Thursday November 5th, 2015. We will take a break during the holidays. Class topics will consist of scenario based applications, a jail tour, Special Units (K-9, Tactical Team, Meth Team, and Mounted Unit), Crime Scene Investigations, MILO Scenario Training Simulator, Emergency Management, Traffic Crash Investigations, Firearms Demonstration and more.

If you are interested, please contact Sheriff Reich’s Executive Assistant, Theresa O’Dell by e-mail: todell@eatoncounty.org and we will send you an application or call 517-543-5019. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and must be able to pass a criminal background check. Class size is limited.

FREE HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES

Sheriff Tom Reich of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office announces the following schedule for free Hunter Safety classes. The response last year was tremendous and the classes were very well received. The classes will be held in the Training Room at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.:

October 12, 13, 15, 2015

October 26, 27, 29, 2015

November 9, 10, 12, 2015

Class size is limited to 50 students each session. To sign up or if you have any questions, please call 543-5257.

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

Classes are taught by certified instructors who teach firearm safety and laws, basic hunting terminology, conservation, safe hunting practices, outdoor ethics, wildlife identification and management, survival, limited first aid and Michigan Wildlife Regulations. The course is free

October 2015: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is the intentional and patterned use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and/or economic coercion and abuse that violates an individual’s dignity, security, and psychological and physical well-being. Domestic violence is a tragic epidemic that has devastating effects on countless, men, women and children from every region, culture and social status.

The 2013 Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report indicates that of the 1,237 intimate partner fatalities, approximately 80 percent were female victims. The 2013 Michigan State Police’s Incident Crime Report indicated that of the 93,572 domestic violence offenses reported, 122 of those included fatalities.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides an important opportunity for citizens to learn more about domestic violence and to show support for the organizations and individuals who are providing advocacy efforts, services, and assistance to domestic violence victims.

In Eaton County the Siren/Eaton Shelter offers confidential, 24 hour domestic violence crisis line, emergency shelter and transitional housing, supportive counseling for residents and non-residents, weekly support/education groups for adults and children, referrals to needed resources. Siren/Eaton Shelter can be contacted at 517-543-0748.

What can you do to help someone who is being abused?
·       Educate yourself about domestic violence
·      Let go of any expectations you have that there is a "quick fix" to domestic violence or to the obstacles a victim      faces.  Understand that a victim’s "inaction" may very well be the best safety strategy at any given time.
·      Believe a victim and let them know that you are aware of the situation
·      Listen to what the victim tells you and avoid making judgments
·      Validate a person’s feelings
·    Avoid victim blaming.  The abuse is not the victims fault.

·     Take victims fears seriously.  If there is safety concerns, express the concern without judgment by saying, "Your situation sounds dangerous and I'm concerned for your safety."
·      Support victim’s decisions.  Remember there are risks attached to every decision an abused person makes.  Be patient and respectful.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to taking a firm position against domestic violence and will remain focused on ensuring that victims are safe in their homes and abusers are held accountable for their crimes.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


September 30, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

33 Alarms 23 Assist citizens
15 Car deer accidents 15 Check well being
20 Civil complaints

21

Domestic disputes
6 Drug offenses 53 Shoplifting calls
16 Larcenies 8 Malicious destruction of property
12 Motorist assists

17

Operating while impaired
40 Property damage crashes 36 Suspicious situations
10 Suspicious vehicles 20 Traffic hazards
319 Traffic stops 36 Traffic violations

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1000 calls for service.

FREE HUNTER SAFETY CLASSES

Sheriff Tom Reich of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office announces the following schedule for free Hunter Safety classes. The response last year was tremendous and the classes were very well received. The classes will be held in the Training Room at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.:

October 12, 13, 15, 2015

October 26, 27, 29, 2015

November 9, 10, 12, 2015

Class size is limited to 50 students each session. To sign up or if you have any questions, please call 543-5257.

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

Classes are taught by certified instructors who teach firearm safety and laws, basic hunting terminology, conservation, safe hunting practices, outdoor ethics, wildlife identification and management, survival, limited first aid and Michigan Wildlife Regulations. The course is free

The week of October 4 to the 10th is Fire Prevention Week. This year’s motto is “Hear the Beep where you Sleep”. Remember to keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom and change the batteries in your current smoke alarms. Thank you to all our Eaton County Firefighters!

Do1thing for October

A power outage is an emergency that often follows another emergency, like a tornado or winter storm. Be prepared in advance!

Remember safety during a power outage:

  • Stay away from downed power lines and anything they are in contact with such as fences or buildings.
  • Never driver over downed power lines – they may still be energized.
  • Never use charcoal or gas grill inside a structure. You may be overcome by carbon monoxide
  • If you must use candles, be sure to never leave a candle burning unattended.
  • Discard food if the temperature in your refrigerator exceeds 40 degrees for more than 2 hours.

The safest way to provide emergency lighting is with flashlights or battery powered lanterns. Keep flashlights with fresh batteries in several places throughout the home. Always have an extra supply of batteries.

Learn how to safely use a portable generator. Before you buy a generator, talk to an electrician about the size and type you need. Generators can be used to keep food cool, provide lights and power for phones and television, furnace blowers and pumps.

The best way to use a portable generator is to connect it to your home using a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician. This will keep the power from overloading the wiring in your home. It will also keep the power from your generator from traveling back into the power lines, which can injure or kill people working on power lines, or can unexpectedly re-energize downed power lines near your home. You may also connect equipment directly to the outlets on the generator, but be sure that any extension cords are of the proper length and gauge to handle the power requirements. ALWAYS RUN GENERATORS OUTSIDE!

Before the power goes out:

  • Fill empty space in freezer with containers of water. Frozen water will displace air and keep food cold longer. Remember to leave space in containers for ice to expand.
  • Have at least one phone with a handset cord in your home. Many cordless phones will not work in a power outage.
  • If you have an automatic garage door opener, learn how to use the manual release and open your garage door manually.
  • Try to keep your car’s gas tank at least half full. Many gas stations will not be in operation during a power outage. Fill up your tank if a major storm is predicted.
  • Make sure you have a car or lighter plug cord for your cell phone.
  • If you use special healthcare equipment like oxygen generators or dialysis equipment, notify your power company.

After the power goes out:

  • Unplug major appliances and electronics. When the power comes back on, there may be power spikes that can damage large appliances or delicate electronics.
  • Do not open refrigerators or freezers any more than necessary. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for approximately 4 hours; an unopened freezer will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.
  • Use a battery-powered radio to stay informed.

For more information on preparing for an emergency go to www.do1thing.com.


September 2, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

16 Abandoned vehicles 35 Alarms
3 Assaults 23 Assist citizens
6 Breaking and entering

12

Car deer accidents
15 Check well beings 4 Child abuse/neglect
6 Criminal sexual conduct reports 18 Domestic disputes
61 Shoplifting complaints

24

Larcenies
15 Malicious destruction of property 19 Motorist assists
25 Operating while impaired 14 Personal injury crashes
28 Property damage crashes 55 Suspicious activity
34 Traffic hazards 423 Traffic stops
41 Traffic violations 11 Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1170 calls for service.

On Wednesday, August 26th Eaton County Deputies responded to a home invasion in progress where a neighbor saw a subject discard a bike and go into a basement window. When deputies arrived, two subjects who lived at the house come out of the residence and when deputies ask to see if anyone is in the basement they are refused entrance. The owner of the residence (father of the subject that refused to let deputies enter) talks to the deputies on the phone and requests that the residence be checked. In the basement of the residence, deputies locate a boyfriend of one of the subjects that is not supposed to be at the residence.

On Thursday, August 27th Eaton County Deputies assisted the Michigan State Police on a minor personal injury crash on northbound I-69 at the 54 mile marker. A driver lost control of a large travel trailer and lost control, flipping the pickup truck and trailer over. Both lanes of northbound I-69 were blocked.

On Friday, August 28th Eaton County Deputies assisted on Smithville Road near Eaton Rapids where a tractor hit a utility pole. The driver of the tractor was not injured but was forced to stay in the tractor until the wires were disabled by Consumers Energy.

On Saturday, August 29th Eaton County Deputies responded to a two car personal injury crash when a driver drifted over the center line and struck a van on the new Hartel Road bridge. Two people were transported with minor injuries. A short time later Deputies assisted Michigan State Police with a four car personal injury crash on Oneida and St. Joe Hwy. A driver thinking it was a four way stop, stopped at the intersection causing a chain reaction. An adult and child were transported with non-life threatening injuries.

On August 29, 2015 at 4:45 P.M. Deputies responded to a report of an Armed Robbery at DR Coins in the 4000 block of Saginaw Hwy in Delta Township. Suspects entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded cash and merchandise. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle which was found to have been previously reported stolen in the city of Lansing. While Deputies were investigating the incident they were able to determine that the suspects were currently at a Pawn shop in Lansing attempting to sell the stolen items. With the assistance of the Lansing Police Department, Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Lansing Township Police Department, MSU Police four suspects were taken into custody along with items they were attempting to sell.

The suspects are currently lodged at the Eaton County Jail for their connection to the robbery.

BE AWARE!    The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Medicaid phone scam where an unidentified person advises that there is a problem with the victim’s Medicaid and needs the victim’s social security number and bank account information. Be advised that Medicaid would have your information on file and that these phone calls are the latest telephone scam.

DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office along with other law enforcement agencies across Michigan are involved in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign through Labor Day (September 7th).

During this campaign there will be stepped up enforcement on drunk driving patrols and seat belt enforcement.

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Motorists face enhanced penalties if arrested for a first-time drunk driving offense with a .17 BAC or higher. Also for a driver under 21 years of age there is a zero tolerance alcohol law in Michigan. Part of the campaign is to step up awareness and enforcement efforts to help reduce underage drinking by limiting opportunities and access to alcohol to decrease impaired driving.

During the 2014 Labor Day holiday period, five of the six fatal traffic crashes in Michigan involved alcohol. In 2014, 319 people died in Michigan as a result of alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes which is a nine percent decrease from 2013.

Be aware that Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 years of age and younger in any seating position to be bucked up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are eight years old or 4’9” tall and children under four year old must be in the back seat.

Buckle up, stay sober and enjoy the Labor Day weekend!

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


August 26, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

39 Alarms 25 Assist citizens
8 Breaking and entering 11 Car/deer crashes
24 Check well beings

5

Criminal sexual conduct reports
23 Domestic disputes 30 Shoplifting complaints
9 Harassment complaints 27 Larcenies
16 Malicious destruction of property

17

Motorist assists
25 Operating while impaired 7 Personal injury crashes
22 Property damage crashes 55 Suspicious incidents
15 Traffic hazards 366 Traffic stops
33 Traffic violations 8 Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1035 calls for service.

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 passenger car 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. Grand Ledge EMS and Michigan State Police assisted.

On Saturday, August 22, Eaton County Deputies were dispatched to Rockdale in Delta Township on a home invasion. Entry to the residence was gained through a rear window and electronics and guns were taken from the residence. A suspect has been identified and is being investigated.

On Monday, August 24th while Deputies were returning from a call, they clocked a vehicle doing 93 mph in a 55 mph zone on Narrow Lake Highway. Deputies were able to find the suspect driver as the driver pulled into a driveway. The 18 year old driver was ticketed for six violations.

LOCK IT OR LOSE IT

REMOVE your valuables and LOCK your vehicle

The following tips will help to keep your vehicle and valuables safe:

  • Always close windows, lock vehicle doors and take the key with you
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended while running.
  • Park in a garage, if available. Lock both the car and garage
  • Don’t leave your car keys unattended, especially in an easily accessible area.
  • Keep vehicle registration and proof of insurance on you; don’t leave these documents in your glove compartment.
  • Always park in well-lit areas.
  • Never leave valuables or packages in your vehicle, especially where they can be seen. Put them in the trunk.
  • Report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

In Eaton County there have been 119 larcenies from vehicles in the last year with the highest report months of January, April, June and November.

According to the Michigan Auto Theft Prevention Authority, a motor vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States. Nearly half of vehicle theft is the result of driver error such as leaving a key in the ignition or a door unlocked. An unlocked door or open window is an easy target for thieves. The estimated total of vehicles stolen nationwide each year exceeds $4.3 billion dollars and only half of vehicles reported stolen are recovered.

In Eaton County there were 76 unlawfully driving away vehicles in the last year with the highest report months in April, May, March, November and December.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


August 19, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

41 Alarms 21 Assist citizens
6 Car/deer crashes 18 Check well being calls
20 Domestic disputes

10

Drug offenses
26 Shoplifting complaints 17 Larcenies
4 Malicious destruction of property 26 Motorist assists
16 Operating while impaired

4

Personal injury crash
37 Property damage crash 54 Suspicious situations
7 Threats 59 Traffic hazards
340 Traffic stops 28 Traffic violations

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1044 calls for service.

Promotions were conducted at the Sheriff’s Office this week with Robert Jordan being promoted to Captain of the Corrections Division and Lawrence Treadwell promoted to Lieutenant of the Corrections Division.

On Tuesday, August 11th, Eaton County Deputies stopped a vehicle and subsequently arrested the driver who was from Texas for Operating While Intoxicated. During a search of the vehicle a loaded gun and asp were found under the front seat. The driver was lodged in the jail on numerous charges.

On Thursday, August 13th, Eaton County Deputies stopped a car on Waverly Road. A rear seat passenger ran from the vehicle and it was found that the passenger had a felony assault warrant. Eaton County was assisted by five Michigan State Police K-9’s who were training nearby. The suspect was located by one of the K-9’s and the suspect was lodged along with the driver of the vehicle.

On Thursday, August 13th, Eaton County Deputies investigated a phone scam where the 85 year old victim had lost a large sum of money. The victim had been instructed to send the money via Western Union to the Dominican Republic. This involved a time share offer.

On Saturday, August 15th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a home invasion alarm on Waverly Road. Deputies located a suspect hiding in a back yard while arriving at the residence. A second suspect was located hiding behind a neighboring house. Deputies found that the suspects had damaged and entered the home through a front window.

An Eaton County Deputy was leaving the parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office on August 15th when a vehicle sped across Beech Street and passed the Deputy as the vehicle entered the parking lot. The Deputy was able to stop the vehicle and the driver was lodged in the jail for Operating While Intoxicated, 2nd degree.

A methamphetamine dump site was located on West Kinsel Highway on August 15th. Suspects were developed and are being sought.

Eaton County Deputies responded

PREPARING COLLEGE STUDENTS

Disasters can happen at any time. If away from home does everyone know where to find safe shelter locations? What are the emergency procedures for locations of family members? Know how to make sure all family members are safe in a disaster.

When enrolling A young adult college make sure evacuation routes and tornado shelter locations are marked on a map and posted in the building.

Also help locate in advance where fire extinguishers and Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located.

As you are packing the young adults off to college, a top priority should be emergency kits.

Emergency supply kits should include first aid supplies, flashlight, extra medications, nonperishable snacks, a blanket, and bottled water. Show them what is in the kit and talk to them about disasters. Also having a go bag ready if a disaster calls to shelter in place or evacuate the area can be very easy to prepare. The go bag can be part of the emergency kit, just make sure it is in a bag or easy to carry container and that it is easy to get to and carry.

THINK ABOUT THESE ITEMS FOR YOUR GO BAG:

• Battery powered radio and extra batteries

• Flashlight with extra batteries

• Lightweight blankets

• Emergency information, including insurance policies

• A list of medications and correct dosage, and doctor’s names

• Personal items such as toothbrushes, soap, extra glasses, etc.

• First aid kit

• Whistle

• Change of clothing

• Nonperishable snacks

• Books, cards or magazines to pass the time

For a college student, make sure the kit is small enough to store in the space they have available.

Talk to the college student about how to stay in touch if a disaster occurs. Make sure they understand that cell phones may not work during a disaster. Choose an emergency contact who does not live near you or the college. Arrange with your student to call that person if they can’t reach you during a disaster.

Visit the website for the student’s college to find out about the school’s disaster plans and procedures. Some colleges will provide a phone number that can be contacted in an emergency. If

there is no number on the website, call the admissions office and ask. Add the number to the emergency contact list. Make sure the student knows to call if there is an emergency on campus.

Also, ensure that the student is registered for any emergency notification system on their campus.

INSURANCE

Talk to your insurance agent to find out if your policy covers your student’s belongings while they are away at school. You may need to buy an additional renter’s policy. Also check with the health insurance carrier to find out where the student can find covered healthcare at school.

RED CROSS SAFE AND WELL PROGRAM

The Red Cross Safe and Well program is a way for families to keep in touch when they are separated in a disaster. Visit the website at www.safeandwell.org now and show family members how it works.

Make the website address part of the emergency information every family member carries. If family members are separated from each other in a disaster, make sure everyone knows to go to the website to enter information about themselves, and how to find information on others.

Program In Case of Emergency (ICE) numbers into all family cell phones.

In case of an accident and the injured person can’t talk, first responders and hospital staff may not know how to contact family members right away. A cell phone, can provide the phone numbers for emergency contacts to first responders and hospital staff.

To create an ICE contact number

1. Create a new contact in your cell phone’s phone book.

2. Name the contact ICE.

3. Enter all phone numbers for the person to be notified in a medical emergency.

This information and more can be found at www.do1thing.com.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


August 12, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

24 Alarms 19 Assist citizens
10 Car/deer crashes 28 Check well being calls
21 Domestic disputes

42

Shoplifting complaints
10 Harassment complaints 19 Larcenies
14 Malicious destruction of property 23 Motorist assists
19 Operating while impaired

9

Personal injury crash
29 Property damage crash 52 Suspicious situations
11 Threats 33 Traffic hazards
297 Traffic stops 37 Traffic violations

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 997 calls for service.

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.

On Thursday, August 6th, Eaton County Deputies responded to two motorcycle/car crashes. The first occurred at Creyts and St. Joe Hwy-a female driver was changing lanes and did not see the motorcycle and the motorcycle was caught by the tire of the car and the motorcycle rider (who was wearing a helmet) was ejected about 25 feet. Motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital and sustained non-life threatening injuries. The second crash occurred in Vermontville on S. Main and Fifth Street. The driver of a vehicle made a left turn in front of the motorcyclist and it collided with the vehicle. The motorcyclist was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

On Monday, August 10th Eaton County Deputies from Delta and County Patrol responded to the flooding that occurred in Delta Township.

DRIVING ON FLOODED ROADWAYS

Flooding is one of Michigan’s most common hazards. According to the National Weather Service, 54 percent of flood-related fatalities involved driving. Flooding can weaken roads or cause them to wash out entirely, making driving through flooded areas dangerous.

Delta Township in the northwestern corner of Eaton County experienced flooding on Monday, August 10th when it was reported that 4 inches of rain fell between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sheriff Reich offers these guidelines for driving during flooding situations:

  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • In normal vehicles you should never attempt to drive through water that is more than about 9 inches deep (or up to the center of your wheels).
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles
  • It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.
  • Avoid areas that are likely to flood, including dips, low spots and floodplains; always heed flood warnings and instructions from emergency officials.
  • Do not take shortcuts, stick to main roads and designated evacuation routes.
  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped. Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine.
  • Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle that includes food, water, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, emergency contact numbers and a help sign.
  • Take extra precautions if you're forced to drive through water.

If no alternate route exists and you have no other reasonable alternative but to drive through standing water:

  • Do your best to estimate the depth of the water (if other cars are driving through, take note of how deep the water is). If negotiating a flooded section of road, drive in the middle where the water will be at its shallowest. Where possible flooded roads are best negotiated by one vehicle at a time. Wait for approaching vehicles to clear the water before you start to drive through.
  • Drive slowly and steadily through the water.   Driving at speed into water that is more than about 6 inches deep can have dramatic effects - it could almost feel like driving into a brick wall with loss of control. This is why it's especially important to watch your speed on roads where there might be unexpected patches of water (perhaps hidden by a bend or a dip in the road).It's also worth checking where the air intake is on your engine. If water is sucked into the engine it will stall, but worse than this, it can cause severe damage that will require the engine to be stripped down in order to bring it back to life. Do not try to restart an engine that has sucked in water - the plugs or injectors should first be removed to allow the water to be expelled.
    • If you have driven through water up to the wheel rims or higher, test your brakes on a clear patch of road at low speed. If they are wet and not stopping the vehicle as they should, dry them by pressing gently on the brake pedal with your left foot while maintaining speed with your right foot.
  • If your car has been abandoned and has stood in deep water for a long period (an hour or more) it's worth getting a mechanic to look at it before you try and start it. Alternatively, if you know a little about engines and have the appropriate tools, remove the spark plugs (or injectors) and turn the engine over to expel any water from the cylinders before trying to start the engine.
  • Avoid driving in water that downed electrical or power lines have fallen in — electric current passes through water easily.
  • Watch for items traveling downstream.

If you can't restart your vehicle and you become trapped in rising water, immediately abandon it for higher ground. Try to open the door or roll down the window to get out of the vehicle. If you are unable to get out safely, call 911 or get the attention of a passerby or someone standing on higher ground so that they may call for help.

Recently, in a neighboring county a motorist lost control of the vehicle on a flooded road and ended up in a body of water where the vehicle began sinking. If you find yourself in this situation here are guidelines that may help you survive a sinking vehicle:

  • Release your seatbelts and open the windows - be aware that the seatbelts might not retract; take care not to get tangled.
  • If your head restraints are removable, pull them out when you release your seatbelt to enable easy passage for rear passengers - you can also use the head restraints to smash the side windows if necessary.
  • If your windows jam, try to break them with a head rest, another “emergency type hammer” or kick hard.
  • You may be able to open a door, but it's probably better to exit through a window.
  • The car will sink 'heavy end' first (the heavy end is where the engine is). In deeper water it may flip onto its roof.
  • In a car that sinks front first, there will be a bubble of air in the back, but you should stay in the front ... the front windows are often bigger and easier to get out of — for all passengers.
  • The car won't sink immediately, even with the windows open, however you must use every moment to free yourself and passengers and get out. Get children out first!
  • It may seem obvious - but don't try to save anything except lives. Computers, phones, purses, jewelry, etc. can be replaced - you can't!
  • If you are unable to open a window, there is the equalization option as a last resort. Keep your head. There should be enough air for the minute or two that it will take to prepare to escape. When the car is nearly full of water, take a deep breath and push a door open, you may need to do this with your feet (for extra strength).  If you try to open the doors too soon the water pressure will defeat you.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


July 29, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

38 Alarms 8 Assaults
23 Assist citizens 5 Animal Cruelty
16 Car/deer crashes

22

Check wellbeing
20 Domestic disputes 30 Shoplifting complaints
22 Larcenies 12 Motorist assists
12 Operating while impaired

9

Personal injury crash
36 Property damage crash 5 Suicidal Threat
51 Suspicious situations 29 Traffic hazards
291 Traffic stops 26 Traffic violations
6 Trespassing complaints 10 Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 995 calls for service.

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.

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.

Deceased identified as: Christopher Redman, 61 yoa, Charlotte, MI

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, 2015 Eaton County Deputies responded to an armed home invasion on Gresham Hwy near Potterville. The victims reported that two black males had tied up the father outside and the suspects then assaulted his wife and adult son in the home, striking the son and holding them at gunpoint while robbing them. The father was able to free himself outside, and went to summon help.   Both of the suspects then fled the area in unknown directions. Michigan State Police troopers from Post 11 responded to assist. Neighbors in the area subsequently called reporting contact with one of the black males who appeared to have been running through a swamp. A man fitting the description of one of the suspects was subsequently located, and arrested at a business in Potterville by Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Michigan State Police Troopers. The stolen property was recovered. The investigation is ongoing.

The suspect is 26 years old and a resident of Lansing and is being held in the Eaton County Jail while charges are sought for Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, and Unlawful Imprisonment.

The second suspect still being sought is described as a black male, approximately 5’6” and mid twenties to early 30’s in age who was wearing dark clothing.

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 status is currently unknown, but he was wearing a helmet.

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

BE OBSERVANT

Skimmers. The latest in how your bank account or credit card can be compromised. Skimming is a crime in which a victim’s information is compromised during a credit or debit card transaction. Skimmers gain access to customers’ bank accounts or credit card account by equipping a card reader with a small, illegal electronic card reading device. The “skimmer” is inserted into the slot where customers insert their credit cards or debits cards or criminals illegal gain entrance to a gas station pumps by installing a skimming device within the pump and unless the pump was marked with security tape, the victim or gas station personnel have no indication that the pump has been tampered with. Technology has taken us places we never dreamed, but it also has given the criminal element advantages to easily access your personal information and cause financial chaos.

Credit card companies are trying to do their part. In October of this year, credit card companies are required to issue cards with a small, metallic square that will hold a computer chip. Every time the new card is used for payment the card chip creates a unique transaction code that cannot be used again. Unlike the older magnetic stripes which can easily be copied and the data used over and over because the data doesn’t change. This new technology will not prevent data breaches from occurring, but it will make it much harder for criminals to access the credit card information or “identity theft”.

Also the liability for credit card fraud will shift from the credit card companies to whichever party is the least compliant in a transaction that is fraudulent.   So if the merchant has not become compliant with the new “chip” technology, the merchant will hold the liability for the loss. It is hoped that by making the merchant liable for fraudulent transactions the merchant will become compliant with the new technology

Automated fuel dispensers will have until 2017 to make the shift to EMV. Until then, they will follow existing fraud liability rulings.

So how can you avoid becoming a victim of a skimmer?

Choose a gas pump location carefully especially at large stations by selecting a pump closest to the on-site store, where authorities say skimmers are less likely to install their devices. While it may be less convenient, pay inside when you can.

How you pay also contributes to your risk of falling victim to a skimmer. Cash eliminates your risk of having your credentials skimmed, but carrying large amounts of cash comes with its own risks. A credit card is preferable to a debit card because you don't have to punch in your pin with credit, which means debit card users should opt for a credit transaction if possible. If you do use the card as a debit be sure to keep the keypad covered to avoid others from viewing it or in some skimming cases small cameras are placed just above the keypad and will record your debit number.

Keep your receipt and make a habit of checking your accounts online within 24 hours of any card purchase — some banks will cover unauthorized debit card payments only if reported by the account holder within two days of purchase.

If you are in a high traffic area, such as a tourist spot, pay special attention as those are target areas for skimmers. Use an ATM inside a bank instead of outside where it could be easily tampered with.

Take a very close look at the pump. Some gas companies use security stickers on the access to the card door. When a door is broken into, the sticker is lifted revealing the word “Void” on the sticker. If you see such a sticker and it's intact, proceed; if it reads "Void," move on to another pump or another station altogether. As soon as possible, report the possible presence of a skimmer to local authorities.

If a card reader looks as if it has been tampered with and the reader looks loose, has scratches or sticky tape residue avoid using the machine.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


July 22, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

45 Alarms 5 Assaults
14 Assist citizens 4 Breaking and entering
12 Car/deer crashes

8

Arguments
30 Check well being 17 Civil complaints
4 Death investigations 19 Domestic disputes
2 Drug offenses

16

Shoplifting
31 Larcenies 8 Malicious destruction of property
3 Missing person 10 Motorist assists
11 Operating while impaired 12 Personal injury crash
32 Property damage crash 41 Suspicious situations
4 Suicidal Threats 33 Traffic Hazards
296 Traffic stops 38 Traffic violations
2 Trespassing 13 Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 962 calls for service.

On July 16th, Eaton County Deputies assisted Emergency Service Personnel by breaking open a door for an elderly woman who had fallen and was unable to get to the door. The victim was wearing an alert button and was able to call 911 for help.

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. 

On Saturday, July 18th, Eaton County Deputies dealt with a suspect that was sleeping on a sidewalk in front of a business on Saginaw Highway. The suspect awoke and then fled on foot. The deputy was able to subdue the suspect who was a parole absconder and was in possession of illegal drugs. Suspect was lodged for possession of analogues, parole absconder warrant and resisting and obstructing.

Also on the 18th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a call on St Joe Hwy for a disorderly person. When deputies arrived the disorderly person was found to have numerous outstanding warrants. When taken into custody the suspect began kicking windows and banging his head. Suspect was taken to an area hospital for treatment and was then lodged for resisting and obstructing and malicious destruction of police property.

On Monday, July 20th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a barn fire on Battle Creek Road to assist Charlotte Fire Department.

TAKING PRECAUTIOS DURING EXTREME HEAT

            The “dog days of summer” are upon us. Sheriff Reich offers these tips from the National Weather Service regarding those days when the heat becomes extreme:

  • Slow down: reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, loose lifting, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.
  • Drink plenty of water (not very cold), non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty. If you on a fluid restrictive diet or have a problem with fluid retention, consult a physician before increasing consumption of fluids. 
  • Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries. In Eaton County the following are designated as cooling centers:

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

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

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

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

Eatran transports for seniors - call 517-543-4145, Monday-Friday 6 a.m. to 6 pm, no  pets.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center, 24 hours, no pets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Village of Mulliken, 263 Main, Mulliken - cold water and pet friendly.

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

Sunfield-Sebewa-Danby Fire Department.

  • Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
  • Do not direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90°F. The dry blowing air will dehydrate you faster, endangering your health.
  • Minimize direct exposure to the sun. Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
  • Check on older, sick, or frail people who may need help responding to the heat. Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia.  Hyperthermia is an acute condition that occurs when the body absorbs more heat than it can handle. Hyperthermia can occur even on a mild day. Studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The effects can be more severe on children because their bodies have not developed the ability to efficiently regulate its internal temperature. Keep your children, disabled adults, and pets safe during heat waves.
  • Touch a child's safety seat and safety belt before using it to ensure it's not too hot before securing a child
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down, even for just a minute
  • Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.
  • Always lock car doors and trunks--even at home--and keep keys out of children's reach.
  • Always make sure children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don't leave sleeping infants in the car ever.

Remember pets! Make sure all animals have plenty of fresh water and are able to move out of direct sunlight.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


July 15, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

24 Alarms 3 Assaults
21 Assist citizens 3 Breaking and entering
24 Car/deer crashes

4

Child abuse or neglect
24 Check well being 12 Civil complaints
27 Firework complaints 16 Domestic disputes
2 Drug offenses

41

Shoplifting
23 Larcenies 7 Malicious destruction of property
2 Missing person 12 Motorist assists
19 Operating while impaired 9 Personal injury crash
26 Property damage crash 54 Suspicious situations
10 Suicidal Threats 24 Traffic Hazards
402 Traffic stops 38 Traffic violations
1 Trespassing 10 Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1114calls for service.

On Thursday, July 9th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a theft at a large retail store in Delta Township. When Deputies caught up with the vehicle on I69 three suspects and a large amount of electronics were found in the vehicle. A fourth suspect was left at the store when the others fled. Charges are being sought on Organized Retail Fraud.

On Friday, July 10th Eaton County Deputies arrested a prowler that was found near an apartment complex in Delta Township. The suspect had been reported around the complex looking into windows. Suspect was lodged on the township prowling ordinance.

On Monday, July 13th, Eaton County Deputies located a subject hitch hiking on Mt. Hope Hwy. The subject had reportedly thrown rocks at passing vehicles. The subject was intoxicated and was lodged on Disorderly Conduct, warrants for Resisting and Obstructing and for Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile.

On Tuesday, July 14th Eaton County Deputies investigated an attempt home invasion on Nashville Hwy. A victim and small child were home when someone tried to kick in the door. The victim called 911 and gave a description of a green Jeep leaving the driveway. The case is under investigation.

Also on July 14th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on Packard Highway. The driver had left the road and went through several yards. The driver was hospitalized and the crash is under investigation.

SHERIFF REICH ISSUES HOME IMPROVEMENT SCAM ALERT

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich would like to remind all residents that every spring and summer, crews of day laborers travel from city to city in search of victims. While driving through neighborhoods and mobile home parks, they offer to pave your driveway, repair your roof, or paint your house with supplies left over from other jobs. The repair work is completed very quickly, however the quality is poor. The repairs often cost more than the original estimates. You may find yourself swindled and defrauded by transient/traveling criminals performing fraudulent scams. Do not become a victim! Here are the common types of home improvement frauds:

• One of the most common types of fraud involves asphalt paving or sealer. The perpetrator often tells the homeowner they have left over asphalt from another job in their neighborhood and they offer to resurface the driveway or sidewalk at a reduced price. When the homeowner agrees, the perpetrator applies a thin layer of asphalt that often breaks away in a few days, or uses a substance other than asphalt or quality sealer. The perpetrators quickly collect your money and leave the area before the homeowner is aware of the poor work.

• Another common fraud involves painting the exterior of homes. The perpetrator paints the exterior of your home using a substandard water-based paint. When the homeowner inspects the job, it may look sufficient. The homeowner then pays the perpetrator and they leave the area quickly. A few days later, or after rain, the homeowner can then notice the low-quality job and the perpetrator has moved on to another city.

• Other frauds can involve the perpetrator partially completing a job, requesting payment and then never returning to finish the work. Or the perpetrator will give an estimate for work and starts the job without the homeowner’s permission. The perpetrator performs part of the work, and demands payment for the entire job.

WARNING SIGNS

• The repairperson drives an unmarked truck or van with an out-of-state license.

• The worker has no business identification, local address, or telephone number.

• You are offered a "special price" if you sign today.

• The worker wants upfront cost or fees, or accepts only cash.

• No written estimates or contracts are provided.

• The worker does not have any references.

• The offer sounds "too good to be true"

• The worker cannot provide any contractor's license, permits, insurance, or bonding information.

If you are approached by these types of persons in your neighborhood, please call the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office to help prevent you or your neighbors from becoming a victim of fraudulent scams

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


 

July 8, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

28 Alarms 2 Assaults
17 Assist citizens 2 Breaking and entering
35 Car/deer crashes

1

Child abuse or neglect
18 Check well being 14 Civil complaints
38 Firework complaints 14 Domestic disputes
6 Drug offenses

40

Shoplifting
17 Larcenies 11 Malicious destruction of property
1 Missing person 16 Motorist assists
17 Operating while impaired 6 Personal injury crash
35 Property damage crash 45 Suspicious situations
4 Suicidal Threats 30 Traffic Hazards
444 Traffic stops 18 Traffic violations
1 Trespassing 4 Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1157calls for service.

On Sunday, July 28th an Eaton County Deputy stopped a vehicle on I-96 that was traveling at a speed of 102 mph. The Deputy wrote the driver nine tickets and then brought the driver into jail on an outstanding warrant. Three small children were in the vehicle and were not in car seats or seat belts. Parents of the children were contacted so they could pick up the children with proper car seats.

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 at 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.

On Thursday, July 2nd Eaton County Deputies responded to a vehicle crash on Narrow Lake Road north of Baseline. The driver reportedly crashed into the road closed barricades then attempted to go through a large washed out area.

On Friday, July 3rd, Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury, hit and run crash on Packard Hwy. The suspect attempted to pass another vehicle making a left turn into a driveway. The suspect then fled the scene and was located in a field close to his residence. Charges are being sought on operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

BOATING SAFETY IN EATON COUNTY

          Eaton County isn’t known for its abundance of lakes, but there are a fair amount of rivers, streams and small lakes where you can put in a kayak, tube or canoe for a day of relaxation.

           The water levels are up which attributed to several incidents in Eaton County. Near drowning incidents have happened on the river in and around Eaton Rapids and the Grand River in Delta Township this past week.

  • On Thursday, July 2nd, a kayaker with no life preserver was “sucked through” the containment pond under the N. Main Street Bridge in Eaton Rapids and then under the large gate. The kayak went to the bottom and the person was rescued by local residents. Alcohol was a factor in this incident.
  • A child in a kayak got too close to one of the low head dams in Eaton Rapids and was swept over and was caught up in the recirculating wave. Retired Chief of Police Paul Malewski was in the area and was able to rescue the child.
  • A group of tubers were up river near Smithville Road just north of Eaton Rapids when one of the persons in a tube went through the dam gate and was rescued by Hamlin Township Fire Department.
  • A woman fell out of a kayak on Sunday, July 5th and was caught in some debris in the river. She was able to swim to another boat.
  • On June 20th, a canoeist was seen in the Grand River struggling with a canoe that was partially submerged. The subject was able to grab onto a tree that had fallen in the river and pull himself ashore. Alcohol was a factor in this incident.

 Please remember to always wear a well fitting life preserver and be sure your passengers are also in full gear! With the amount of rainfall this year the water level is high creating dangerous currents in the rivers. Know how to swim in a river current and wearing a PDF will allow you extra energy to get to shore.

 Never travel on the water alone. Also make sure someone knows where you will be and what time you expect to return.

Be familiar or map the area you will be boating. Watch for hazards such as low-head dams, rapids and strainers (overhanging branches, logjams or flooded islands).

 Never go boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol impairs judgment and good judgment is a critical factor of paddling safely.

 Remember to watch for weather changes. Be courteous to others on the water and the land owners adjoining the water.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


June 17, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

36 Alarms 3 Assaults
14 Assist citizens 7 Breaking and entering
18 Car/deer crashes

2

Child abuse or neglect
17 Check well being 9 Civil complaints
1 Death investigations 22 Domestic disputes
12 Drug offenses

29

Shoplifting
22 Larcenies 2 Malicious destruction of property
2 Man with a gun 14 Motorist assists 
11 Operating while impaired 6 Personal injury crash
32 Property damage crash 41 Suspicious situations
6 Suicidal Threats 40 Traffic Hazards
279 Traffic stops 25 Traffic violations
2 Trespassing 8 Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 914 calls for service.

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.

On Friday, June 12th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol investigated a threats complain on Jolly Road.  The victim stated that two subjects followed him home and a gun was seen.

On 06/12/2015 at approximately 6:27 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of subject

that had fired a shot from a pistol at another subject on Walton Hwy., near Olivet. Deputies learned from the

male victim that he went to an acquaintance’s house and there was a verbal altercation inside the residence. The

victim said the male suspect pulled a pistol out as the victim was leaving the suspect’s residence. The victim

stated as he was exiting the front door he heard a shot from within the residence and believed the suspect had

fired at him. The suspect was contacted at the Walton Hwy. residence by Eaton County Deputies. It was

determined that there had been a shot fired from within the residence and a handgun was recovered. The

suspect, a 59 year old male from Olivet, is currently lodged at the Eaton County Jail. Felony Assault Charges

are being sought.

On Saturday, June 13th Eaton County Deputies responded to a car/deer accident where the deer came through the windshield.  Driver sustained minor injuries.

Also on June 13th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to an assault at a local motel.  The suspect ran from deputies and was eventually taken into custody after a brief chase.  Suspect was lodged for Resisting and Obstructing and was found to have five outstanding warrants.

JUNE DESIGNATED AS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH

The National Safety Council has designated June as Safety Month.  Sheriff Reich offers this second part of the safety materials available at www.nsc.org.

PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS

Opioid prescription painkillers are liberally prescribed – so much so that people believe they are the best way to treat pain. In fact, these drugs are highly addictive, have many risky side effects and are not always the most effective way to get pain relief.

If your doctor suggests taking opioid painkillers, be sure to tell him or her about any conditions that will increase your risk. Some of these include:

¨      Any personal or family history of addiction

¨      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

¨      Anxiety

¨      Depression

¨      Sleep apnea

¨      Chronic constipation

Opioids can impact your day-to-day life

Doctors prescribe opioid painkillers so their patients can more easily manage pain. However, these drugs can significantly impact daily life and your ability to do necessary tasks.

Ask your doctor:

¨      If opioid painkillers will affect your ability to drive

¨      If you are safe to work while taking opioid painkiller

Protect your family

Though opioid painkiller abuse and addiction is most common among middle-aged adults, teens are using these drugs at higher rates now, too. Talk to your children about using prescription painkillers.

¨      Warn them that taking a drug without a prescription is just as risky as taking illegal drugs

¨      Discuss the dangers of mixing prescription drugs with alcohol

¨      Explain how painkillers are made from opioids, which is similar to heroin

¨      Talk to their grandparents about how to safely store their medications

¨      Secure painkillers in a locked drawer or container

Drug overdoses – largely from prescription opioid painkillers – are the leading cause of unintentional death for adults ages 25-64. Opioid painkillers include commonly known drugs such as V icodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, Norco, morphine and Dilaudid.

• In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were provided to medicate every American around the clock for one month

•More than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription painkillers get the drugs from family or friends

•The U.S. contains only 4.6 percent of the world’s population, but consumes 80 percent of the world’s opioids and 99 percent of the world’s hydrocodone

•Overdose rates among women have risen 400 percent since 1999, compared to 265 percent among men

•Prescription painkillers are gateway drugs to heroin. Many people who are addicted to prescription painkillers switch to heroin when painkillers become difficult to find or too expensive

•Prescription painkillers are not always the best way to treat acute pain. In most cases, a simple combination of over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen is more effective at relieving acute pain

•Prescription painkillers have more significant side effects than over-the-counter pain relievers. Those taking prescription painkillers have an increased chance of addiction, gastrointestinal bleeding, longer recoveries

from surgery or injury, more cognitive impairment, more respiratory depression and decreased sex drives

•Opioid painkiller abuse is a hidden workplace epidemic. Employees who are taking opioid painkillers may be too impaired to work, even if they are taking the properly prescribed dosage

•Workers taking opioid painkillers have higher worker’s compensation claims and are more likely to have disability claims

Opioid painkillers are risky and might not be the best answer for treating acute pain. In order to keep you and your family safe:

•Talk to your doctor about other treatment options. In many cases, over-the-counter pain relievers are more effective with fewer side effects

•If you must take opioid painkillers, take only what is prescribed and for the shortest amount of time possible

•Keep opioid painkillers in a locked medicine cabinet and up and away, out of sight

•Never keep leftover medications. Dispose of unused drugs properly – never flush these drugs down the toilet or throw them in the trash

•In Eaton County, unused medications can be disposed of at one of two drop boxes for controlled substances at:

Charlotte Courthouse
1045 Independence Blvd
Charlotte, MI 48813
8am-5pm Monday-Friday

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol
7108 Administration Drive
Lansing, MI 48917
8am-5pm Monday-Friday

Sources: National Safety Council, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hopkins-Accident

Research Fund Study, National Vital Statistics System, Drug Enforcement Administration

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


June 3, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

39 Alarms 6 Assaults
19 Assist citizens 5 Breaking and entering
12 Car/deer crashes

1

Criminal sexual conduct reports
20 Check well being 7 Civil complaints
1 Death investigations 18 Domestic disputes
7 Drug offenses

30

Shoplifting
22 Larcenies 6 Malicious destruction of property
6 Missing person 11 Motorist assists
12 Operating while impaired 13 Personal injury crash
35 Property damage crash 39 Suspicious situations
10 Suicidal Threats 36 Traffic Hazards
356 Traffic stops 37 Traffic violations
2 Vacations checks 3 Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1034 calls for service.

Eaton County Deputies assisted Charlotte Police and Fire Departments with a house fire on May 26th on Clinton Street in Charlotte.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Strong Armed Robbery that occurred 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.

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.

Eaton County Deputies responded to a one vehicle personal injury crash on M-50 south of Wheaton Road. A north bound pickup truck driver lost control and rolled over. The truck was on its side and the driver was not able to get out of the vehicle. Driver had minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Also on May 28th, Eaton County Deputies located and stopped an erratic driver that was westbound on Saginaw Hwy near Nixon Road. The suspect had been reported of driving west bound in the east bound lanes of Saginaw Hwy. Driver was lodged on Operating While Intoxicated 2nd degree and Probation Violation.

On Friday, May 29th, Eaton County Deputies assisted Charlotte Police with a man with a gun/domestic incident on N. Cochran in Charlotte. The suspect surrendered without incident and was arrested and lodged.

On Sunday, May 31st, Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash at M-43 and Delta Commerce Drive. An east bound vehicle had crossed the left turn lane and hit a west bound vehicle head on. The driver of the east bound vehicle was transported to a local hospital.

Free Boating Safety Classes begin at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Training Room in Charlotte on June 8, 9 and 11, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. Please call 517-543-5257 to register.

JUNE DESIGNATED AS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH

The National Safety Council has designated June as Safety Month. Sheriff Reich offers this first part of the safety materials available at www.nsc.org.

Car Crashes-a leading cause of preventable death

Nearly 100 people die every day on our roadways in preventable car crashes. Alcohol, speeding, fatigue and distraction are the most common crash factors.

Drunk driving: Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash, and about two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. The .08 national BAC average is not necessarily a true indicator of impairment. Impairment begins at the first drink.

Speeding: Drivers who are speeding need much longer to stop or slow down. Speeding crashes are more deadly too, because crash energy increases along with speed. Speeding is prevalent among teens; more than half of teens killed in crashes were speeding.

Fatigue: Researchers believe fatigue is involved in more crashes than reported. People who sleep six to seven hours a night are twice as likely to be involved in a crash as those sleeping eight hours or more, while people sleeping less than five hours increase crash risk four to five times.

Distracted driving: Drivers talking on cell phones – handheld or hands-free – are four times as likely to crash. Hands-free is not risk-free, because the mind is distracted by the conversation and unable to adequately focus on the task of driving.

Teen driving: Half of all teens will be involved in a crash before graduating from high school. Teens crash because they are inexperienced and have trouble merging, making safe turns, judging gaps in traffic and driving the right speed for conditions.

You can help save lives on the roads.

•If you are planning to drink, designate a sober driver or make other transportation arrangements

•Drive the appropriate speed for conditions. It’s more important to arrive safely than five minutes early

•Get plenty of sleep before you drive, and schedule regular breaks to avoid getting tired

•Turn off your cell phone and put it in a purse or glove compartment so you’re not tempted to use it while driving. For many people, cell phone use while driving is a habit. It’s one we all must break. Try going 30 days without using your cell phone while driving, including hands-free. You’ll find you’re more relaxed when you get to your destination.

•Practice with your teen, even after he or she is licensed. Parental involvement significantly reduces teens’ crash risk

Sources:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Insurance Institute

for Highway Safety, National Safety Council, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


Weekly Update

May 20, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

23 Alarms 7 Assaults
18 Assist other police agencies 9 Breaking and entering
11 Car/deer crashes

2

Criminal sexual conduct reports
17 Check well being 15 Civil complaints
1 Death investigations 15 Domestic disputes
3 Drug offenses

47

Shoplifting
13 Larcenies 3 Malicious destruction of property
4 Missing person 12 Motorist assists
16 Operating while impaired 12 Personal injury crash
28 Property damage crash 16 Suspicious situations
6 Suicidal Threats 29 Traffic Hazards
231 Traffic stops 32 Traffic violations
6 Vacations checks 5 Warrant pickups

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

On Sunday, May 17th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a home invasion at Plumtree Apartments.  The victim returned home and discovered his apartment had been broken into and several items taken.  Case is still under investigation.

On Tuesday, May 19th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol investigated a report of a former student with a gun at Waverly High School.  After an interview with the suspect the juvenile was held at the juvenile facility.

On Tuesday May 19th Deputies responded to a roll over personal injury crash on Sherman Road south of Nye Highway.  One vehicle was involved with one occupant.  Injuries were not life threatening.

Eaton County Deputy Holliday assisted with visually impaired and blind Veteran as they kayaked on the Grand River near Eaton Rapids.

Free Boating Safety Classes begin at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Training Room in Charlotte on May 26, 27 and 28, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m.  Please call 517-543-5257 to register.

CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY

For the first time, federally funded seat belt enforcement efforts will take place in all 83 Michigan counties to help jump start an increase in seat belt use and reduce traffic deaths and injuries. Now through May 31, police departments, sheriff's offices including the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police will conduct stepped up seat belt enforcement as part of the annual Click It Or Ticket campaign.

The enhanced effort coincides with the 15th year since Michigan adopted a law allowing law enforcement officers to stop motorists for not being buckled up. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 2,659 lives have been saved since the law began in 2000 as a result of substantially higher belt use. States with primary enforcement laws have higher rates of seat belt use.

Research shows when seat belts are used properly, the risk of being killed in a crash is reduced by nearly 45 percent. However the state's seat belt use rate has fallen in recent years from a high of 98 percent in 2009 to 93 percent last year. Every 1 percent increase in belt use results in approximately 10 fewer traffic deaths and 130 fewer injuries.

During last year's Click It or Ticket enforcement, 7,767 seat belt and car seat citations were issued throughout the state. Twenty people were killed in traffic crashes during the 2014 Memorial Day holiday. Of those, seven were motorcyclists and nine were vehicle occupants, one of whom was not wearing a seat belt.

Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4'9" tall, and children under 4 years old must be in the back seat.

Older Americans Month Emergency Planning

President Barack Obama proclaimed May as Older Americans Month.  Sheriff Tom Reich and the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) are encouraging older Americans and their families to practice emergency preparedness to ensure the safety and security of our eldest Michiganders.

Preparing for a disaster can be empowering for older Americans because it gives them the opportunity to identify what they need and ensures they will have those needs met when disaster strikes.

The likelihood that older Americans and their families will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today.

Older Americans can prepare by:

  • Learning about the types of risks that could affect their area, making a personal preparedness plan and building an emergency supply kit.
  • Keeping specialized items ready, including extra hearing aids and hearing aid batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, eyeglasses, food for service animals and any other items that may be essential.
  • Storing a list of important prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, treatment information and other documents in a waterproof container or on a USB flash drive.
  • Creating a personal support network of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers for assistance during an emergency.
  • Discussing special needs with a personal support network and making sure everyone knows how to operate necessary medical equipment.
  • Making sure family and friends know their evacuation plans and where they will go in case of an emergency or disaster.

For more information about emergency preparedness for older Americans, go to www.ready.gov/seniors. To learn more about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, go to www.michigan.gov/beprepared or sign up for free with monthly planning tips at do1thing.com

About National Older Americans Month

Since President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the first Senior Citizens Month, the prelude to Older Americans Month, May has been the time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons in our country. Every president since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking the entire nation to pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


May 13, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

31 Alarms 4 Assaults
18 Assist citizens 7 Breaking and entering
9 Car/deer crashes

3

Criminal sexual conduct reports
7 Check well being 13 Civil complaints
2 Death investigations 18 Domestic disputes
3 Drug offenses

21

Shoplifting
17 Larcenies 6 Malicious destruction of property
3 Missing person 16 Motorist assists
19 Operating while impaired 8 Personal injury crash
38 Property damage crash 22 Suspicious situations
8 Suicidal Threats 14 Traffic Hazards
288 Traffic stops 23 Traffic violations
8 Vacations checks 8 Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 892 calls for service.

Free Boating Safety Classes begin at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Training Room in Charlotte on May 26, 27 and 28, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. Please call 517-543-5257 to register.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has announced the selection of Captain Timothy Jungel, of the Eaton County (MI) Sheriff’s Office, as its Officer of the Month Award for February 2014.
Captain Jungel, along with the other Officer of the Month Award winners for 2014, will be honored at a special awards luncheon in Washington, DC, on May 14th 2015, during National Police Week. In addition, their stories of heroism and service will be featured in the Memorial Fund’s annual calendar.
The loss of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty is felt by many—family and friends, colleagues, the department, and the community as a whole. Captain Timothy Jungel recognized the important fact that when the unthinkable happens and an officer dies on the job, those devastated by the death often require assistance to deal with the tragedy.
To assist the family, friends, and colleagues of fallen officers, Captain Jungel was instrumental in creating the Michigan Sheriff’s & Municipal Memorial Assistance Response Team (S.M.M.A.R.T.). Since 2003, this team has responded immediately to line of duty deaths throughout the state of Michigan. The team’s purpose is to help the family and department by alleviating the stress of planning a funeral in order to allow them to take time for themselves to begin healing and dealing with other emergencies. The team is available 24-hours a day, responds to the community following the tragedy, and remains on-site until the final call. There is no cost to the requesting agency for S.M.M.A.R.T.’s services.
An important element of a law enforcement memorial service is the role of the Honor Guard unit, which traditionally helps plan the ceremonial aspects and logistics of the service. As the Honor Guard/Color Guard Coordinator for his agency, Captain Jungel is responsible for the “casket watch,” the visitation, and the funeral and graveside services. He also coordinates the pallbearers, the bagpiper, and the bugler. Captain Jungel has attended every funeral the Michigan Sheriff’s Association’s S.M.M.A.R.T. team has assisted with since its inception in 2003.
In addition to this tremendous effort in Michigan, Captain Jungel travels across the country to both national and statewide conferences to present information about the S.M.M.A.R.T. team to other agencies. Should another agency wish to develop its own program, he is there to assist in any way possible. Captain Jungel also administers an Honor Guard and Color Guard training school which is attended by law enforcement officers and firefighters from across Michigan and neighboring states. The team has been extremely successful and has recently expanded to include the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police as a joint partner. Captain Jungel has volunteered hundreds of off-duty hours to service the needs of his professional family. He sets a high standard for those in law enforcement of leadership by example.

Captain Timothy Jungel has served with the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. In addition to his current duties as a Captain and as the department’s Honor Guard Coordinator, he also serves the department as a firearms instructor and is a member of the Special Response Team (SRT).

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


May 6, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

35 Alarms 5 Assaults
16 Assist citizens 10 Breaking and entering
15 Car/deer crashes

2

Criminal sexual conduct reports
9 Check well being 15 Civil complaints
3 Dog running loose 10 Domestic disputes
8 Drug offenses

29

Shoplifting
14 Larcenies 10 Malicious destruction of property
3 Missing person 11 Motorist assists
18 Operating while impaired 9 Personal injury crash
34 Property damage crash 38 Suspicious situations
6 Suicidal Threats 19 Traffic Hazards
241 Traffic stops 26 Traffic violations
14 Vacations checks 7 Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 866 calls for service.

Free Boating Safety Classes begin at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Training Room in Charlotte on May 11, 12, and 14th from 6 to 9 p.m. Please call 517-543-5257 to register.

On Saturday, April 18th, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol were called to Kenway in Delta on the report of a suspicious subject looking into residential windows. The subject was located by Deputies and taken into custody.

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 median. 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.

SHERIFF REICH ENCOURAGES TEENS & PARENTS

TO MAKE GRADUATION SAFE BY FOLLOWING THE LAW

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

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

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

  • Parents and other adults must remember that underage drinking is against the law. Not only is furnishing alcohol to someone under age 21 a crime, it sends the wrong message.
  • Parents and teens both need to understand that “everybody is doing it” is just plain wrong! Being liked should never mean giving up your personal responsibility or caving in to social pressures. Parents have an obligation to set boundaries that tell teens which behaviors are appropriate and which are not.
  • Everyone in a community is responsible for preventing alcohol-related injuries. At prom time retailers, limousine drivers, hotel owners, and others in the community have a responsibility to report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Suspicious activity may include:
    • Drinking and/or visible intoxication of a youth
    • Someone purchasing a large quantity of alcohol, furnishing alcohol to a minor, or a teen using a false ID.
    • Prom parties hosted in hotel rooms

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

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


April 22, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

36

Alarms

3

Assaults

19

Assist citizens

6

Breaking and entering

14

Car/deer crashes

2

Criminal sexual conduct reports

12

Check well being

11

Civil complaints

7

Dog running loose

14

Domestic disputes

8

Drug offenses

41

Shoplifting

13

Larcenies

12

Malicious destruction of property

2

Missing person

22

Misc. incidents

16

Operating while impaired

5

Personal injury crash

24

Property damage crash

21

Suspicious situations

8

Suicidal Threats

30

Traffic Hazards

228

Traffic stops

12

Traffic violations

21

Vacations checks

57

Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 892 calls for service.

On Saturday, April 18th, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol were called to Kenway in Delta on the report of a suspicious subject looking into residential windows. The subject was located by Deputies and taken into custody.

On Saturday, April 18th Eaton County Deputies investigated a residence on Bellevue Highway possibly involved in the production of methamphetamine. Six persons were lodged.

Boating Safety Classes will be held at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on April 27, 28 and 30, 2015. This is a course for all boaters, the personal watercraft operator; the hunter or fisherman operating an outboard utility boat; the skipper of a family ski boat; the sailing enthusiast.  All boaters must follow the same nautical rules, regulations and courtesies of the water.  All are subject to the same forces of nature while boating. Qualified, enthusiastic and experienced instructors provide instruction as a public service.  There is never a charge for instruction.  While the content of the student manual serves as the basis for this course, it will also serve as a reference book in basic boating long after the course work is completed.  The course meets the educational standards of NASBLA, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and features a final examination as required by Michigan Law. Please call Jerri Nesbitt at 517-543-5257 to register.

The Capital Area Humane Society is hosting another Pet Fair at the Eaton County Animal Control on Friday, May 8th, from 1-6 p.m. Free shots, wellness exams and pet care information will be available. This is not a licensing event. Call 517-626-6060 for more information.

AVOIDING HOME IMPROVEMENT SCAMS

Spring is arriving in Michigan and so we begin planning the summer projects that need attention. As the tulips blossom so do the home improvement scams. Some of the scams involve “contractors” at your door offering to repair your roof, repave your driveway, windows, and siding – all for a price too good to be true.   The “contractors” will ask for full payment but then either do substandard work or no work at all. It is difficult to investigate and prosecute these individuals as they are usually out of the area when the homeowner is alerted to a problem.

To protect yourself against home improvement scams:

  • Get recommendations from friends, neighbors or even you local hardware/home improvement store.
    • Check with the Better Business Bureau www.bbb.org or Consumer Protection Agency 1-877-765-8388
    • Get everything in writing – don’t rely on verbal contracts or warranties.
    • If the deal is good “today only” it may be the worst deal ever.
    • Don’t pay the total bill up front.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


April 15, 2015

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

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

 

47

Alarms

3

Assaults

22

Assist citizens

4

Breaking and entering

13

Car/deer crashes

12

Child Abuse/Neglect

12

Check well being

18

Civil complaints

15

Death investigations

12

Domestic disputes

4

Drug offenses

31

Shoplifting

19

Larcenies

26

Malicious destruction of property

3

Missing person

14

Misc. incidents

21

Operating while impaired

2

Personal injury crash

21

Property damage crash

31

Suspicious situations

4

Suicidal Threats

20

Traffic Hazards

319

Traffic stops

10

Traffic violations

22

Vacations checks

10

Warrant pickups

 

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

 

On Friday, April 10th a one pot methamphetamine lab was discovered Ionia Road near Kinsel Hwy. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies sealed the dangerous material and cleaned the area.

 

 

On Sunday, April 12th methamphetamine components were found on Spicerville Hwy. Eaton County Deputies sealed the material and cleaned the area. Also on April 12th, Eaton County Deputies were called to a possible home invasion on E. Spicerville. When Deputies arrived they discovered methamphetamine components inside and the residence vacant.

 

IF YOU SEE AN EMPTY BEVERAGE OR ANY OTHER CONTAINER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD-DO NOT TOUCH IT BUT CONTACT THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. The one pot labs are left after production of methamphetamine and are extremely dangerous. Most commonly used are the 2-liter pop bottles.

 

Boating Safety Classes will be held at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on April 27, 28 and 30, 2015. This is a course for all boaters, the personal watercraft operator; the hunter or fisherman operating an outboard utility boat; the skipper of a family ski boat; the sailing enthusiast.  All boaters must follow the same nautical rules, regulations and courtesies of the water.  All are subject to the same forces of nature while boating. Qualified, enthusiastic and experienced instructors provide instruction as a public service.  There is never a charge for instruction.  While the content of the student manual serves as the basis for this course, it will also serve as a reference book in basic boating long after the course work is completed.  The course meets the educational standards of NASBLA, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and features a final examination as required by Michigan Law. Please call Jerri Nesbitt at 517-543-5257 to register.

 

 

Eaton County Celebrates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

 

 

In April of each year Eaton County participates in National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by promoting victims’ rights, remembering crime victims and the Victim Advocates who come to their aid. This week is focused on expanding partnerships to serve victims of crime, enhance efforts to meet victims where they are and empower crime victims as they pursue justice and recovery.

 

The Crime Victims Foundation in Michigan will host the Annual Awareness and Recognition Program and candlelight vigil at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the State Capitol Rotunda.

 

At Eaton County Sheriff’s Office we are fortunate to have eleven volunteer Victims Advocates that are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist victims as they work through a crisis or crime against them. Our advocates are the “helping hands” of the Sheriff’s Office in serving the needs and rights of all crime victims. We thank and acknowledge each of our advocates for the work that they perform in helping victims of crimes.

 

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


April 8, 2015

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

36

Alarms

2

Assaults

13

Assist citizens

3

Breaking and entering

15

Car/deer crashes

3

Arguments

11

Check well being

10

Civil complaints

1

Criminal sexual conduct investigations

3

Child Abuse/Neglect

5

Death investigations

15

Domestic disputes

6

Drug offenses

31

Shoplifting

13

Larcenies

12

Motorist assists

1

Missing person

18

Misc. incidents

12

Operating while impaired

8

Personal injury crash

33

Property damage crash

28

Suspicious situations

10

Suicidal Threats

43

Traffic Hazards

331

Traffic stops

16

Traffic violations

33

Vacations checks

7

Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 951 calls for service.

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.

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.

On Saturday, April 4th a volunteer fire fighter discovered a one pot methamphetamine lab on Kinsel Highway near Ionia Road. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies sealed the dangerous material and cleaned the area. IF YOU SEE AN EMPTY BEVERAGE OR ANY OTHER CONTAINER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD-DO NOT TOUCH IT BUT CONTACT THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. The one pot labs are left after production of methamphetamine and are extremely dangerous. Most commonly used are the 2-liter pop bottles.

At 10:05 a.m. on 4/5/2015, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-car Personal Injury Vehicle Accident on Battle Creek Road, south of Cronk Highway, in Bellevue Township, Eaton County.  The Bellevue Fire Department and Eaton Area EMS also responded.  The male driver, and lone occupant, was northeast bound on Battle Creek Road when it appears he blacked-out, drifted off the roadway right, and struck a large tree head-on.  The crashed white Pontiac Grand Prix then caught fire.  Passersby and First Responders dragged the driver from the wreckage to safety.  Bellevue Fire put out the blaze.  The driver was injured and transported to the hospital by ambulance.  His condition is unknown at this time, but it is believed his injuries are not life-threatening.  Battle Creek Road between Cronk Highway and the Village of Bellevue was shut down for about 45 minutes.

Reminder-Boating Safety Classes will be held at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on April 27, 28 and 30, 2015. This is a course for all boaters, the personal watercraft operator; the hunter or fisherman operating an outboard utility boat; the skipper of a family ski boat; the sailing enthusiast.  All boaters must follow the same nautical rules, regulations and courtesies of the water.  All are subject to the same forces of nature while boating. Qualified, enthusiastic and experienced instructors provide instruction as a public service.  There is never a charge for instruction.  While the content of the student manual serves as the basis for this course, it will also serve as a reference book in basic boating long after the course work is completed.  The course meets the educational standards of NASBLA, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and features a final examination as required by Michigan Law. Please call Jerri Nesbitt at 517-543-5257 to register.

Take Cover Michigan: Statewide Tornado Drill on April 16

Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week April 12-18

With Gov. Rick Snyder declaring Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 12-18, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management is calling upon community members to take action to prepare by participating in a statewide tornado drill at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.

Businesses, organizations, schools, families and individuals are encouraged to be a part of the statewide preparedness activity, but they may hold their own tornado drill during any day that week to be better prepared and safe.

“Tornadoes can develop rapidly, with little or no warning,” said Sheriff Tom Reich. “Due to their unpredictable nature, we must be ready well in advance. We’re asking citizens and businesses to take few extra steps during the week to ensure they’re prepared and safe.”

While tornadoes can occur during any time of the year, they are especially common during the late spring and early summer months. As one of nature’s most violent storms, they can devastate homes and property in just seconds.

The average lead time for tornadoes to develop is 10 to 15 minutes, which means citizens need to be ready to react quickly when a warning is issued.

To be ready for a tornado:

  • Develop a 72-hour emergency supply kit with essential items such as a three-day supply of water and food, a NOAA Weather Radio, important family documents and items that satisfy unique family needs.
  • Identify the lowest place to take cover during a tornado. If a basement does not exist, find an interior hallway away from windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Go under something sturdy—such as a workbench or stairwell—when taking shelter in the basement or designated spot.
  • Conduct regular tornado drills. Make sure each household member knows where to go and what to do in the event of a tornado.
  • Stay tuned to commercial radio or television broadcasts for news on changing weather conditions or approaching storms.
  • Know the difference: a Tornado Watch means conditions exist for a tornado to develop; a Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.
  • Be aware of the following signs that can indicate an approaching tornado:
  1. Dark, often greenish sky
  2. Large hail
  3. A large, dark low-lying cloud
  4. Loud roar, similar to a freight train

Severe Weather Awareness Week encourages citizens to take steps to prepare and protect themselves before severe weather strikes. During the spring and summer months, tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding and extreme heat are among the hazards that could impact Michiganders.

As a part of regional partnership and collaboration, the Michigan statewide tornado drill has been scheduled to occur at the same time and date as the Minnesota and Wisconsin statewide tornado drills.

For more information about being safe before, during and after a tornado, go to http://eatoncounty.org/departments/office-of-the-sheriff and click on “Severe Weather Awareness Information"

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


April 1, 2015

 

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

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

 

32

Alarms

3

Assaults

15

Assist citizens

4

Breaking and entering

9

Car/deer crashes

3

Arguments

10

Check well being

13

Civil complaints

1

Criminal sexual conduct investigations

6

Disorderly persons

13

Domestic disputes

7

Drug offenses

28

Shoplifting/retail fraud

4

Harassment

12

Larcenies

16

Motorist assists

1

Man with a gun

32

Misc. incidents

19

Operating while impaired

3

Personal injury crash

25

Property damage crash

47

Suspicious situations

7

Threats

31

Traffic Hazards

346

Traffic stops

19

Traffic violations

30

Vacations checks

2

Trespassing complaints

 

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

 

On Wednesday, March 25 Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol assisted with traffic control while a downed power line on Saginaw Highway was repaired.

 

On Thursday, March 26 Eaton County Deputies investigated a “one-pot” methamphetamine lab that was on fire on N. Royston Road.

 

On Saturday, March 27 Eaton County Deputies Delta and County Patrols responded to an apartment on Gatewood on a complaint of a loud party that had started the night before. Several persons were arrested with the assistance of Grand Ledge Police, Michigan State Police and Lansing Township Police.

 

On Sunday, March 29th Eaton County Accident Investigation Team assisted Eaton Rapids Police with a personal injury crash on N. East Street in Eaton Rapids.

 

Also on the 29th Eaton County Deputies responded to a three car personal injury crash on Saginaw near Elmwood. Saginaw was closed for several hours.

 

On March 22, 2015 the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Twp patrol began investigating the theft of a purse from a shopper at the Meijer store at 5125 W. Saginaw Hwy in Delta Twp.   Security video showed a black male suspect stealing the purse in a shopping cart and fleeing the store. The suspect fled the scene in a dark blue Dodge pickup truck with silver racing stripes with no license plates. On March 30, Deputy Pete Walter was able to identify the suspect in this theft, a 49 year old man from Ionia and arrested him at a motel in Dewitt Township.   The Lansing Police Department was contacted regarding this suspect’s potential involvement in recent similar thefts in the city.

 

Thomas C. Dawkins of Ionia, MI   age 49 has been arraigned and bond has been set at $250,000.00 Cash/Surety

 

 

Eaton County Sheriff Reich Encourages Citizens to Prepare

 

For Potential Flooding

 

                                                                             

 

As Eaton County warms up after February’s record-breaking cold, the Sheriff Reich encourages citizens and businesses to prepare for potential flooding.

 

“In Eaton County, spring begins the flooding season,” said Sheriff Reich. “To be prepared and safe, citizens should protect their property against any flooding hazards and double-check to ensure they’re covered by insurance.”

 

While flooding is most prevalent near low-lying areas and bodies of water, it can occur almost anywhere, including near small streams, creeks and even basements.

 

To prepare for a flood:

 

  • Create an emergency preparedness kit with a 72-hour supply of water, including three gallons per person.
  • Scan and store important documents on an online, cloud-based program.
  • Put important documents and valuables in a water-proof container on the top floor of your home.
  • Understand how to safely turn off electricity and gas lines in your home.
  • Create an inventory of your household items and take photos of the interior and exterior of your home.
  • Consider installing sewer backflow valves to prevent flood water from backing up into your home through drain pipes.
  • Double-check sump pumps to ensure they are working properly. If possible, have a battery backup system.                                       
  • Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency water-proofing.                                 
  • Find out how many feet your property is above or below possible flood levels. When predicted flood levels are broadcast, you can determine if you may be flooded.
  • Raise or flood-proof heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment by elevating equipment above areas prone to flooding. Another method is to leave equipment where it is and build a concrete or masonry block flood wall around it.
  • Anchor fuel and propane tanks. Unanchored tanks can be easily moved by floodwaters.

 

In addition to flooding preparedness, citizens are encouraged to purchase flood insurance. Homeowners’ or property owners’ insurance does not typically cover flood damage.

 

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) estimates that 90 percent of all natural disasters involve flooding. An inch of water can require a property owner to replace carpet, drywall, floor boards, moldings, doors and other belongings. Additionally, clean-up of mud and residue can be costly, as can repairing any mold and mildew damage that may occur.

 

To be covered from flood damage, an individual must purchase National Flood Insurance through an insurance broker who works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. For more information, go to www.floodsmart.gov.

 

For more information about what to do before, during and after flooding, go to the Michigan Flood Ready website at www.michigan.gov/mifloodready.

 

 Yours in Public Safety,

 

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


Weekly Update

 

March 25, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

22

Alarms

8

Assaults

10

Assist citizens

2

Breaking and entering

11

Car/deer crashes

2

Cars in the ditch

10

Check well being

10

Civil complaints

1

Criminal sexual conduct investigations

3

Disorderly persons

19

Domestic disputes

2

Drug offenses

33

Shoplifting/retail fraud

3

Harassment

11

Larcenies

10

Motorist assists

2

Man with a gun

5

Missing persons

15

Operating while impaired

11

Personal injury crash

26

Property damage crash

35

Suspicious situations

7

Threats

33

Traffic Hazards

381

Traffic stops

22

Traffic violations

31

Vacations checks

3

Trespassing complaints

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 982 calls for service.

On Sunday, March 22nd Eaton County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Waverly Road. During a consent search the deputy found cocaine on the driver. The driver was lodged and charges are being sought for Possession of Drugs with Intent to Deliver.

On Monday, March 23rd Eaton County Deputies responded to the area of Springport Road and Halsey Road on the report of a suspected methamphetamine dump site.

Also on March 23rd an Eaton County Deputies stopped three vehicles on M-43 for passing school busses on stops with red lights flashing. Remember school buses may stop frequently in your travel area. It is important to know when to stop and when to proceed with caution. Michigan requires when:

  • Overhead red lights are flashing and bus is moving, prepare to stop.
  • Overhead red lights are flashing and bus is stopped, stop no closer than 20 feet from the bus.
  • Red lights are turned off; proceed when it is safe to do so.
  • Overhead yellow lights are flashing, prepare to stop.
  • Yellow hazard warning lights are flashing on moving or stopped bus, proceed with caution.

It is not necessary to stop for a school bus that has stopped on the other side of a divided highway where the road is separated by a barrier such as a concrete or grass median, island or other structure that separates the flow of traffic.

IRS SCAM CONTINUES

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive complaints regarding the IRS telephone scams. The following is an excerpt from the Internal Revenue Service website

As the 2015 tax filing season begins, the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) is reminding taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an effort to defraud them.

It is critical that all taxpayers continue to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls from individuals claiming to be IRS employees, this scam, which is international in nature, has proven to be the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen. The callers are aggressive, they are relentless and they are ruthless. Once they have your attention, they will say anything to con you out of your hard-earned cash.

The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration has received reports of roughly 290,000 contacts since October 2013 and has become aware of nearly 3,000 victims who have collectively paid over $14 million as a result of the scam, in which individuals make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials and demanding that they send them cash via prepaid debit cards.

This is a crime of opportunity, so the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to take away the opportunity. Do not engage with these callers. If they call you, hang up the telephone.

The Inspector General noted that the scam has hit taxpayers in every State in the country. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with immediate arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

The IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.

If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and uses threatening language if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling.

The callers who commit this fraud often:

  • Utilize an automated robocall machine.
  • Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
  • May know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
  • Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
  • Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
  • Call a second or third time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:

  • If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
  • If you don’t owe taxes, fill out the “IRS Impersonation scam” form on TIGTA’s website, www.treasury.gov/tigta or call Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration at 800-366-4484.
  • You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.

The IRS encourages taxpayers to be alert for phone and e-mail scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media. You should forward scam e-mails to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those e-mails.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


WEEKLY UPDATE

 

March 18, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

22

Alarms

3

Assaults

16

Assist citizens

5

Breaking and entering

15

Car/deer crashes

1

Bomb Threat

22

Check well being

14

Civil complaints

3

Criminal sexual conduct investigations

5

Disorderly persons

22

Domestic disputes

8

Drug offenses

28

Shoplifting/retail fraud

8

Harassment

17

Larcenies

4

Motorist assists

16

Operating while impaired

6

Personal injury crashes

41

Property damage crash

12

Suicidal threats

33

Suspicious situations

28

Traffic hazards

392

Traffic Stops

17

Traffic violations

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1019 calls for service.

On Wednesday, March 11, Eaton County Deputies responded to a home invasion on Osborn Road southwest of Charlotte. Eaton County Deputies are working with Michigan State Police on an investigation they are conducting for a similar home invasion on Battle Creek Highway in Charlotte.

Also on March 11th, Eaton County Deputies assisted Charlotte Police Department on the arrest of a homicide suspect from Allegan County. The suspect was turned over to Allegan County.

On Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:21 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies and Windsor Township Fire and EMS responded to a two car personal injury crash on Lansing Road between Canal Rd and Pats Dr in Windsor Township.

One person was transported with non-life threatening injuries. The crash in under investigation. Lansing Road was closed for an hour.

On March 13th Eaton County Deputies were contacted regarding a possible methamphetamine discard near Kinsel Hwy and Nashville Road. The roadside was decontaminated.

On March 15, Eaton County Deputies from Delta Patrol assisted with traffic control on Michigan east of Creyts due to a large water main break. A driver went around the parked patrol vehicle and became stuck in a large sink hole that had formed. The driver was found to be intoxicated and was lodged in the Eaton County Jail.

On Monday, March 16th at 12:15 p.m. Eaton County Deputies investigated a missing person in Delta Township. The person was located at a gas station in Grand Ledge several hours later.

On Tuesday, March 17th at 1:00 a.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a call of a wrong way driver going eastbound in the west bound lane of I-496. Deputies were able to stop the vehicle in the east bound travel lane going west bound on I-96 near the Saginaw exit. The driver was arrested for OUID 2nd.

EATON COUNTY FOCUSES EXTRA PATROLS TO COMBAT

DRUNK DRIVING THROUGH APRIL 7TH

Eaton County Deputies along with law enforcement officers from around the state are conducting extra patrols to arrest impaired drivers during a time period that includes the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) men's and women’s basketball tournaments, high school and college spring break periods and St. Patrick’s Day. A five-year review of crash data indicates both alcohol use and lack of seat belts play a significant role in fatal and serious injury crashes in March and early April.
To help promote driving safety, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is partnering with the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA) to distribute basketball-themed drink coasters with a designated driver-related message. Patrons at more than 1,100 MLBA member locations will use the coasters as they root for their favorite teams.

In 2013, 2,271 people were arrested for drunk driving around the state during the NCAA tournament time period. Of those, 671 were arrested under the state’s high blood-alcohol content (BAC) law with BACs of .17 or higher. More than 500 of those arrests were made by grant-funded law enforcement agencies during last year’s drunk driving crackdown.
Extra patrols are planned in Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Chippewa, Delta, Eaton, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne and Wexford counties.
In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. Motorists face enhanced penalties if arrested for a first-time drunk driving offense with a .17 BAC or higher.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


March 11, 2015

 

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

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

 

27

Alarms

5

Assaults

15

Assist citizens

6

Breaking and entering

25

Car/deer crashes

19

Cars in the ditch

16

Check well being

11

Civil complaints

1

Death investigations

4

Disorderly persons

15

Domestic disputes

6

Drug offenses

56

Shoplifting/retail fraud

5

Harassment

9

Larcenies

14

Motorist assists

10

Operating while impaired

7

Personal injury crashes

59

Property damage crash

25

Suspicious situations

17

Traffic hazards

320

Traffic Stops

14

Traffic violations

4

Warrant attempt pickup

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 941 calls for service.

 

Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on March 6th at the intersection of Creyts Road and Millet Highway. A south bound semi truck went through a red light as a second semi truck was turning west from northbound Creyts Road. The intersections was closed for several hours for clean up.

 

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 Pierce 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.

 

On Tuesday, March 10th, while Delta Township Fire Department was on a smoke investigation, one of the officers was assaulted by an intoxicated female occupant. The officer was not injured and the female was lodged in the Eaton County Jail.

 

 

SHERIFF REICH WARNS RESIDENTS TO AVOID ICE ON LAKES AND RIVERS

 

Sheriff Reich wants to make sure the citizens of Eaton County stay safe as spring temperatures approach. Ice must be five inches thick to hold the weight of a person and eight inches thick for snowmobiles and off-road vehicles.  

 

If on thin ice remembering the following tips could save a life.

 

  • If the ice cracks, have the group spread out. Everyone should immediately lie down to distribute the weight on the ice more evenly, then belly crawl to safer ice.
  • If someone falls through the ice, do not run to the hole. Call 911 and then use a pole, branch, rope, or other long object to try and reach the victim.
  • If you fall through the ice, stay calm. Call out for help and kick your feet while getting hands and arms up onto safer ice. Ice picks or screwdrivers can help get a grip on the ice. Continue to swim up onto the ice until you can crawl or roll out onto the ice to safety.
  • Pets that go out on ice are a major cause for many near-drowning and deaths. If a pet has wandered onto dangerous ice, do not follow them. Stay where you are and coax them back to safety.

 

“The biggest danger is hypothermia. If a person falls through the ice medical assistance is needed quickly,” said Sheriff Reich. Wet clothing should be replaced immediately with warm, dry blankets, towels or clothes.

 

 Yours in Public Safety,

 

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


March 4, 2015

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

28

Alarms

8

Assaults

19

Assist citizens

5

Breaking and entering

15

Car/deer crashes

13

Cars in the ditch

9

Check well being

9

Civil complaints

4

Death investigations

6

Disorderly persons

19

Domestic disputes

2

Drug offenses

33

Shoplifting/retail fraud

5

Harassment

9

Larcenies

22

Motorist assists

8

Operating while impaired

6

Personal injury crashes

49

Property damage crash

16

Suspicious situations

18

Traffic hazards

318

Traffic Stops

12

Traffic violations

8

Warrant attempt pickup

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 906 calls for service.

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.

 

On February 25th an Eaton County Deputy made traffic stop on a vehicle on I-69. A consent to search was obtained and the Deputy located a methamphetamine lab in the trunk of the vehicle.

Michigan State Police reported a 17-year-old was killed in a shooting involving an Eaton County Sheriff’s Sergeant on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at approximately 8:30 p.m... Deven Guildford of Mulliken was shot and killed following a traffic stop on M-43 west of Cochran Road in Roxand Township.

A physical struggle took place between Guildford and the sergeant. MSP reported during the struggle the sergeant sustained significant injuries and fired his weapon. Guildford died at the scene. The Eaton County Sergeant was taken to Sparrow Hospital for treatment. According to policy the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant involved has been put on paid administrative leave.

Michigan State Police was requested by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department to conduct an investigation into the shooting.

Investigative personnel from the MSP Lansing Post and First District Special Investigation Section are currently investigating this incident.

 GUIDE FOR OLDER DRIVERS

 The Michigan Department of Transportation has published a guide for older drivers. This article in part offers information and suggestions regarding transportation concerns for the elderly.

For most adult’s, the driver’s license is the most important document that offers mobility and independence. May people see cars as a physical extension of who we are. Cars take us where we need to go, wherever and whenever. However, the time may come when driving is no longer a safe option. The decision to stop driving is never an easy one. The key for a positive transition from driving is planning.

Most people see a steady decline in some of the skill important for driving as they get older. Generally, starting at the age of 55 there is often a slow decrease in how well we process information, remember and judge driving events, such as the distance of oncoming traffic. However, the changes of aging do not affect all drivers in the same way. Specific skills such as vision, memory, strength, flexibility and quick reaction time decline as we age, but the rate varies from person to person.

Your health is closely connected to your driving. You must be able to see well enough to detect hazards in different types of lighting, judge distances, adjust to the speed of traffic, and read road signs. Your brain must be alert enough to quickly decide the correct course of action in any type of traffic situation, including unexpected ones. Your body must also be able to respond and react quickly.

Driving presents particular challenges to older people because of changes in vision, cognition, and physical function. The increased use of medications as we get older may affect driving as well. It is your responsibility to understand how your limitations affect your driving.

Taking into consideration how aging effects driving, here are the most common problem areas:

  • Making left turns
  • Driving at night
  • Merging into traffic
  • Changing Lanes
  • Keeping up with the flow of traffic
  • Yielding to traffic
  • Following traffic signals
  • Impaired driving (including prescription and over-the-counter medication)

We all want to maintain our ability to go where we want, when we want, especially as we grow older and enjoy more leisure time. Self-awareness is the key. People who can accurately assess their fitness to drive can adjust their driving habits and stay safe on the road. With smart self-management, you can retain the independence that comes with driving, while limiting the risks to yourself and others.

There are agencies available that are unbiased, non-profit, that provide information, resources and services to older adults, persons with disabilities and their family caregivers. Resource specialist provide information and assistance on in-home services, home delivered meals, care management, legal assistance, counseling, training, transportation options along with many other services that come with aging. For Eaton County, Tri-County Office on Aging is located at 5303 S. Cedar St, Suite 1, Lansing or at 517-887-1440/800-405-9141 or on their website at www.tcoa.org.

 For more information on free traffic safety information contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 or www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Older+Drivers

 Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


February 25, 2015

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

29

Alarms

7

Assaults

19

Assist citizens

19

Assist citizens

10

Car/deer crashes

13

Cars in the ditch

15

Check well being

12

Civil complaints

3

Death investigations

8

Disorderly persons

12

Domestic disputes

4

Drug offenses

35

Shoplifting/retail fraud

6

Harassment

13

Larcenies

2

Missing persons

20

Motorist assists

16

Operating while impaired

44

Property damage crash

7

Personal injury crash

31

Suspicious situations27

27

Traffic hazards

208

Traffic stops

15

Traffic violations

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 857 calls for service.

 

The Sheriff’s Office continues to receive complaints regarding the recent telephone scams and Sheriff Reich reminds everyone to never give out personal information such as social security numbers, bank account, credit card information, home address or passwords to on line accounts. To confirm the legitimacy of any suspicious calls contact the Better Business Bureau at 616-774-8236 or by calling 411. If you suspect that you have been involved in a scam call 517-543-3510.

 

The following classes are being offered at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Training Room. Please contact Jerri Nesbitt at 517-543-5257 to register or for further information:

 

ORV Safety Class – Monday April 13th and Tuesday April 14, 2015 classes begin at 6 p.m.

 

Boating Safety Class – classes begin at 6 p.m.

 

April 27, 28 and 30, 2015

 

May 11, 12 and 14, 2015

 

            May 26, 27 and 28, 2015

 

            June 8, 9 and 11, 2015

 

          June 22, 23 and 25, 2015

 

 

Hunter Safety Class – classes begin at 6 p.m.

 

July 13, 14, 16, 2015

 

September 14, 15, 17, 2015

 

September 28, 29, October 1, 2015

 

October 12, 13, 15, 2015

 

October 26, 27, 29, 2015

 

November 9, 10, 12, 2015

 

 

Snowmobile Safety Class – class begins at 6 p.m.

 

            Monday December 7 and Tuesday December 8, 2015

 

  DATING VIOLENCE

 

             Abusive relationships between young adults is on the increase, Break the Cycle offers the following warning signs of abusive and unhealthy relationships:

 

  • Checking cell phones, emails or social networks without permission
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Constant belittling or put-downs
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Erratic mood swings
  • Physically inflicting pain or hurt in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling someone what to do
  • Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex

 

And the types of abuse are the same as experienced as adults including:

 

  • Physical Abuse: Any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.
  • Verbal or Emotional Abuse: Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.
  • Sexual Abuse: Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control.
  • Digital Abuse: Use of technologies and/or social media networking to intimidate, harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner such as demanding passwords, checking cell phones, cyber bullying, non-consensual sexting, excessive or threatening texts or stalking on social media.

 

If you know someone in an abusive relationship:

 

  • Listen and be supportive. Even when you don’t understand or agree with their decision -- don't judge. It can make them feel worse.
  • Connect them to resources and information in their area.
  • Don’t post information about your loved one on social networking sites. Never use sites like Facebook or Foursquare to reveal their current location or where they hang out. It's possible their partner will use your post to find them.
  • Allow the person you're trying to help to make up their own mind. Leaving an unhealthy or abusive relationship may be difficult and even dangerous. Avoid blaming or belittling comments. Abusive partners usually put down their victims regularly, so your loved one's self-esteem may already be low.
  • Don't give up even though helping is frustrating.

 

For more information on ending domestic violence go to www.breakthecycle.org

 

 

Yours in Public Safety,

 

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


February 18, 2015

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

34

Alarms

5

Assaults

20

Assist citizens

1

Breaking and entering

10

Car/deer crashes

18

Cars in the ditch

3

Child abuse/neglect

7

Disorderly person

16

Domestic disputes

30

Shoplifting/retail frauds

6

Harassment

7

Larcenies

15

Miscellaneous incidents

18

Motorist assists

9

Operating while impaired

7

Personal injury crashes

56

Property damage crashes

3

Runaway calls

26

Suspicious situations

9

Threats

19

Traffic hazards

276

Traffic stops

21

Traffic violations

30

Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 874 calls for service.

On Thursday, February 12, Eaton County Deputies investigated an Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile where the juvenile suspect was found, attempted to taser the deputy and was taken into custody.

Eaton County Deputies conducted a warrant check where addresses were validated and corrected. Four arrests were made by deputies.

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.

On Saturday, February 14th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a semi truck that was jackknifed on I69 near Windsor Highway. A second semi, due to white out and road conditions lost control and struck another vehicle and jackknifed in the median. I-69 was closed for two hours.

WINTER SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN

Snow angels, sledding, snow forts – children and winter weather! From our friends at the American Academy of Pediatrics we share tips on how to keep children safe and warm this winter.

CLOTHING:

  • Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don't forget warm boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat.
  • The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.
  • Blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, sheepskins and other loose bedding should be kept out of an infant's sleeping environment because they are associated with suffocation deaths and may contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Sleep clothing like one-piece sleepers or wearable blankets is preferred.
  • If a blanket must be used to keep a sleeping infant warm, it should be thin and tucked under the crib mattress, reaching only as far as the baby's chest, so the infant's face is less likely to become covered by bedding materials.

 HYPOTHERMIA

  • Hypothermia develops when a child's temperature falls below normal due to exposure to colder temperatures. It often happens when a youngster is playing outdoors in extremely cold weather without wearing proper clothing or when clothes get wet. It can occur more quickly in children than in adults.
  • As hypothermia sets in, the child may shiver and become lethargic and clumsy. Speech may become slurred and body temperature will decline in more severe cases.
     
  • If you suspect the child is hypothermic, call 911 at once. Until help arrives, take the child indoors, remove any wet clothing, and wrap him in blankets or warm clothes. FROSTBITE
  • Frostbite happens when the skin and outer tissues become frozen. This condition tends to happen on extremities like the fingers, toes, ears and nose. They may become pale, gray and blistered. At the same time, the child may complain that his/her skin burns or has become numb.
  • If frostbite occurs, bring the child indoors and place the frostbitten parts of her body in warm, not hot, water (about the temperature of most hot tubs is recommended, approximately 104 degrees). Warm washcloths may be applied to frostbitten nose, ears and lips.
  • Do not rub the frozen areas.
      After a few minutes, dry and cover the child with clothing or blankets. Give him/her something warm to drink.
  • If the numbness continues for more than a few minutes, call your doctor.

 FIRE PROTECTION

Winter is a time when household fires occur. It is a good time to remember to:

  • Buy and install smoke alarms on every floor of your home.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Practice fire drills with your children.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector outside bedrooms.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that could burn, and turn them off when leaving the room or sleeping.

WINTER ACTIVITIES

  • Set reasonable time limits on outdoor play to prevent hypothermia and frostbite. Have children come inside periodically to warm up.
  • Allow children to ice skate only on approved surfaces. Check for signs posted by recreation departments.
    • Keep sledders away from motor vehicles.
    • Children should be supervised while sledding. Keep young children separated from older children.
      The AAP recommends that children under age 16 not operate snowmobiles and that children under age 6 never ride on snowmobiles.
    • Do not use a snowmobile to pull a sled or skiers.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


February 11, 2015

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

21

Alarms

5

Assaults

22

Assist citizens

3

Breaking and entering

18

Car/deer crashes

44

Cars in the ditch

13

Check well being

6

Disorderly person

25

Domestic disputes

2

Drug offenses

30

Shoplifting/retail frauds

5

Larcenies

13

Miscellaneous incidents

27

Motorist assists

12

Operating while impaired

5

Personal injury crashes

56

Property damage crashes

3

Runaway calls

38

Suspicious situations

3

Threats

37

Traffic hazards

192

Traffic stops

15

Traffic violations

11

Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 872 calls for service.

On Monday, February 2, Eaton County Deputies responded to numerous crashes and cars in the ditch. Several hours were spent on I-69 near Five Point assisting with a semi and trailer that was in the median and had spilled $6,000 worth of potatoes.

On Wednesday, February 4, and Eaton County Deputy who was responding to a priority call and a vehicle turned left in front of the Deputy causing the officer to swerve and hit a snow bank.

On Thursday, February 5, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol assisted Delta Fire Department with a structure fire at Elmwood Park where two apartments were destroyed.

Also on February 5th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a vehicle and horse and buggy crash on Vermontville Highway. A pickup truck with a plow was passing the horse and buggy while going up a hill. Another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction surprised the pickup truck driver causing his to swerve the pickup back into the wheel of the buggy. The buggy left the road and broke apart. There were no serious injuries.

On Friday, February 6, Eaton County Deputies investigated a home invasion on S. Canfield Road. The homeowner found foot prints around the house and out-buildings.   A leaf blower was taken from the outbuilding. Case in still under investigation.

On February 6, and Eaton County Deputy stopped a vehicle and located methamphetamine and weapons in the vehicle.

Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to an armed robbery at a motel on Saginaw Highway on Sunday, February 8th. The victim was attacked by two suspects who he had given a ride to the motel. Deputies located the suspects at the motel and suspects were arrested and charges are being sought.

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Small Steps toward Being Prepared for an Emergency

February is have enough water on hand in an emergency

Purchase and store a 72-hour supply of commercially bottled water (or more – up to two weeks).

Living in the country or the city, the water supply relies on electricity to run the system. During a power outage there might not be a way to get water. The water supply can also become unsafe to drink. Both private wells and city water systems can be contaminated in a disaster.

THE GOAL:

Have enough water on-hand for a family to last 3 days (72 hours). This should be about 3 gallons per person.

A three-day supply for one person is 3 gallons of water (one gallon per person per day). Also include an extra one gallon for a medium size pet. That one gallon should last three days, but plan for more or less if the pet is very large or very small.

1 day, 1 person = 1 gallon (or 128 ounces) = 7-20 ounce bottles = 4 liters

3 days, 1 person = 3 gallons (or 384 ounces) = 21-20 ounce bottles = 12 liters

During an emergency, drink at least two quarts (one half gallon) of water a day.

Drink 3-4 quarts a day if in a hot climate, pregnant, sick, or a child.

Some of the water in the emergency water supply will be used for cooking or washing.

Commercially bottled water should be replaced once a year. Store water in a cool, dark place to keep it tasting fresher longer.

Bottle a 72-hour supply of water at home.

Learn how to provide a safe supply of drinking water for the household in a disaster.

If the water is from a private well, disinfect tap water before bottling. Place six drops of bleach for each gallon of water; shake well, then let sit for 30 minutes. If the water is from a municipal water system, there is no need to disinfect tap water before bottling.

Replace the water supply every six months if you bottle your own water. Always sanitize bottles before refilling them. Store water in a cool, dark place.

SANITIZE BOTTLES BEFORE FILLING:

1. Wash containers with dishwashing soap and rinse with water

2. Sanitize by washing a solution of 1 teaspoon of liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart of water on all interior surfaces of the container.

3. Let air dry for at least one minute

Use clear plastic bottles with tight sealing caps. Milk jugs don’t make good water storage containers, they don’t seal well, and water stored in them can sometimes develop a plastic taste. Only use bottles that originally had beverages in them (large plastic soft drink bottles work well).

 WATER HEATER—DO NOT USE IF THE TANK OR FIXTURES HAVE BEEN SUBMERGED IN

FLOODWATER!

1. Turn off the gas or electricity to water heater (turn off electricity at the fuse or breaker box, turn off gas by locating the valve supplying the hot water heater and turning the valve handle so that it crosses—is not lined up with—the gas line).

2. Turn off the water intake valve (should be located near the water heater).

3. Open the drain at the bottom of the tank.

4. Turn on a hot water faucet (water will drain from the tank, not the faucet). Discard the first few gallons if they contain rust of sediment. Do not turn the gas or electricity back on until the tank is refilled.

 PIPES

1. Turn off main water valve where the water comes into the house (usually near the water meter if you have city water).

2. Let air into the pipes by turning on the highest faucet in your house.

3. Get water from the lowest faucet in your house (never get water from faucets that have been submerged in floodwater).

 ICE

If there is freezer space, consider freezing part of the water supply. This has the added advantage of keeping food in the freezer cold longer during a power outage

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


February 4, 2015

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

25

Alarms

6

Assaults

13

Assist citizens

5

Breaking and entering

20

Car/deer crashes

28

Cars in the ditch

13

Check well being

7

Disorderly person

15

Domestic disputes

3

Drug offenses

45

Shoplifting/retail frauds

18

Larcenies

2

Missing persons

18

Motorist assists

10

Operating while impaired

3

Personal injury crashes

48

Property damage crashes

3

Runaway calls

20

Suspicious situations

5

Threats

23

Traffic hazards

336

Traffic stops

9

Traffic violations

4

Warrant pickups

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 904 calls for service.

 

On Friday, January 20th Eaton County Deputies investigated a home invasion on Creyts Road in Dimondale and on Nye Highway near Eaton Rapids. Entry was made through a rear door at both residences.

 

Eaton County Deputies were on the job during the recent snow fall helping motorists that were stranded and assisting with any emergencies that arose and transportation was needed.

 

The Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan has designed a project to address the problem of abuse of the vulnerable and aging adults in the state of Michigan. We share the following tips of advice on signs of financial abuse and tips on avoiding financial abuse. Please follow our face book page, twitter site or web site for an informational video. We will be posting more information from the Prosecutor’s Association as it becomes available.

 

SOME WARNING SIGNS OF FINANCIAL ABUSE

 

CAREGIVERS, FAMILIES OR FRIENDS MAY NOTICE

 

1.         Sudden Changes in Financial Accounts

 

Large, frequent or erratic withdrawals of money that is inconsistent with the normal spending patterns.

 

 

2.         “New” friend(s) coupled with changing assets (change of the will, change of title to property, etc.)

 

 

3.         Isolation of the older or vulnerable adult from all outside friends, family or organizations.

 

 

4.         Medication changes

 

Predators can gain control over the adult to obtain narcotic prescriptions for their own use, or the     wrong -doer will take the money rather than buy medication for a vulnerable/older adult.

 

 

5.         Missing items

 

Missing checks, cash, checkbooks, or false signatures on checks may be an indication that someone has access to accounts.

 

 

6.         Changing brokers or investors

 

Forbes Magazine cautions you to watch out for “a nice young man who offers to find a higher yielding account.” If you do not understand how a financial product works, don’t buy it. If you do not know how the financial advisor is getting paid, do not purchase or change anything until you do. There is no such thing as a high yield investment without risk. Forbes Magazine, 3/14/14 by John Wasik

 

 

TIPS THAT CAN HELP AVOID FINANCIAL

 

EXPLOITATION

 

 

  1. 1.Screen incoming phone calls

 

Calls targeting older and vulnerable adults are released on a daily basis. Scam calls are meant to frighten, intimidate and confuse the adult.

 

Screen incoming calls. If you do not recognize the phone number, let the call go to voice mail. If the call is a sales message and you did not authorize the company, in writing, to leave the message, it is illegal. Call 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357) to report illegal robocalls or go to TC.GOV to file a report

 

 

  1. 2.Don’t allow strangers into your home

 

Scammers make house calls claiming to be selling products, or they pretend to look for odd jobs around the house. They may even pose as medical personnel, insisting your Medicaid will be lost if they do not complete an update of your history that instant. If you did not call a company for service, do not let them into your home.

 

 

  1. 3.Don’t let one person control the money

 

Financial savvy declines with age. Do not assume an older/vulnerable adult has retained the ability to count change or balance a checkbook. Provide help when necessary but reduce undue influence and the temptation to steal by providing a way to double check spending. Use receipts and a third party to double check finances.

 

 

  1. 4.Limit paid helpers

 

Consider providing a caregiver a monthly, pre-paid card to pay for the vulnerable adults groceries, etc. The card will track spending and set limits. Avoid giving anyone free access to accounts.

 

 

  1. 5.Refresh powers of attorney with the new “best interest” clause

 

Refresh the Durable Power of Attorney to include the mandatory promise to act only in the best interest of the older or vulnerable adult.

 

 

Yours in Public Safety,

 

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


January 28, 2015

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

18

Alarms

8

Assaults

2

Animal Cruelty

16

Assist Citizens

3

Breaking and Entering

21

Car/Deer crashes

13

Cars in the ditch

15

Check wellbeing requests

4

Death investigations

14

Domestic Disputes

44

Shoplifting/retail frauds

11

Larcenies

24

Motorist assists

10

Operating while impaired

4

Personal injury crashes

56

Property damage crashes

2

Road rage complaints

6

Runaway calls

14

Suspicious situations

5

Threats

31

Traffic hazards

391

Traffic stops

16

Traffic violations

13

Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1025 calls for service.

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. The deceased passenger was identified as James McAllister, 31 years of age of Perrysburg, OH. 

On January 19, 2015 Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash with minor injuries on Waverly Road at Old Lansing Road. The driver of the suspected vehicle fled on foot. Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 517-543-3510.

On Tuesday, January 20 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Eaton County Deputies investigated a breaking and entering on Winding Acres Lane off Canal Road north of Eaton Rapids. The home owner returned home and the suspects ran. One suspect is described as a white male with facial hair and unkempt hair, the second suspect is possibly a female and the vehicle that was driven by suspects was a late 1980’s or early 90’s Oldsmobile red in color. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 517-543-3510.

On Wednesday, January 21st Eaton County Deputies responded to a suspicious situation in a parking lot on Canal Road at M-43 and witnessed a white male running from the area. The male had attacked a female he had kidnapped and was forcing her to drive to Grand Rapids; the victim crashed the vehicle in the City of Lansing and pulled into the parking lot in an attempt to escape when Deputies arrived on the scene. The suspect has been lodged and Eaton County and Lansing Police are seeking numerous charges.

On Thursday, January 22nd, Eaton County Deputies stopped a car that was illegally parked in a handicap marked area and following an investigation discovered illegal drugs.

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.   

On January 27th, Eaton County Deputies stopped a vehicle on Migaldi at M-43. The driver was in possession of methamphetamine components. Suspect was lodged for possession and maintaining a meth lab.

Deputy Jon VanCore was awarded Eaton County Deputy of the Year and Special Deputy Mark Shoemaker was awarded Volunteer of the Year at the annual award ceremony held on Thursday, January 22nd.

THE IRS WARNS OF IDENTITY THEFT

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a filing season alert warning taxpayers to watch out for identity theft at tax time. The IRS continues to aggressively pursue the criminals that file fraudulent returns using someone else’s Social Security number. Taxpayers still need to be extremely careful and do everything they can to avoid becoming a victim.

The IRS lists a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter any time during the year. Many of these con games peak during filing season as people prepare their tax returns or hire someone to do so.

“Scams can be sophisticated and take many forms. We urge people to protect themselves and use caution when viewing e-mails, receiving telephone calls or getting advice on tax issues," said the IRS Commissioner. "Keep your personal information safe and secure. Taxpayers should protect their computers and only give out their Social Security numbers when absolutely necessary."

Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. While the IRS has made significant strides over the past several years to address this issue, it remains a top concern for the IRS.

For 2015, the IRS will continue to increase both the number and efficiency of the identity theft data models and filters that are used to identify potentially fraudulent returns. These pre-refund filters stop the vast majority of fraudulent returns. Additionally, the IRS continues to expand its partnerships with financial institutions to identity and stop fraudulent refunds.

Fighting identity theft is an ongoing battle as identity thieves continue to create new ways of stealing personal information and using it for their gain. Identity theft cases are among the most complex handled by the IRS. The IRS is continually reviewing processes and policies to minimize the incidence of identity theft and to help those who find themselves victimized.

The IRS understands that identity theft is a frustrating, complex process for victims. While identity thieves steal information from sources outside the tax system, the IRS is often the first to inform a victim that identity theft has occurred. The IRS is working hard to resolve identity theft cases as quickly as possible. 

The following tips are offered to protect from becoming a victim of identity theft:

  • Don’t carry your Social Security card or any documents that include your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • Don’t give a business your Social Security Number or ITIN just because they ask. Give it only when required.
  • Protect your financial information.
  • Check your credit report every 12 months.
  • Review your Social Security Administration earnings statement annually.
  • Secure personal information in your home.
  • Protect your personal computers by using firewalls and anti-spam/virus software, updating security patches and changing passwords for Internet accounts.
  • Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or you are sure you know who you are dealing with.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


January 14, 2015

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

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

 

41

Alarms

18

Assist Citizens

11

Car deer crashes

68

Car in the ditch

11

Domestic Disputes

25

Shoplifting complaints

13

Larcenies

33

Motorist assists

8

Personal Injury crashes

82

Property damage crashes

31

Suspicious situations

23

Traffic hazards

160

Traffic stops

44

Vacation checks

44

Vacation checks

9

Warrant pickups

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 863 calls for service.

 

 During the week of January 7th through the 14th, Eaton County Deputies have responded to large amounts of cars in the ditch, motorist assists and crashes. Remember to keep your vehicle at a safe speed for road conditions and leave stopping space between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you.

 

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.

 

 

 

COLD WEATHER SAFETY TIPS FOR PETS

 

 

As a reminder now that the frigid winter weather is here, the following is valuable information from our friends at the Humane Society on protecting your pets from the dangers of frostbite, hypothermia and anti-freeze.

 

Keep pets indoors and warm

 

The best prescription for winter's woes is to keep your dog or cat inside. The happiest dogs are those who are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time.

 

Don't leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. During walks, short-haired dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater.

 

No matter what the temperature is wind chill can threaten a pet's life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage.

 

Take precautions if your pet spends a lot of time outside

 

A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If for some reason a dog is outdoors much of the day, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

 

Give your pets plenty of food and water

 

Pets that spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check pet's water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls; when the temperature is low, the pet's tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

 

Be careful with cats, wildlife and cars

 

Warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife that may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on the car's hood to scare them away before starting the engine.

 

Protect paws from salt

 

The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of pet's feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before the pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.

 

Avoid antifreeze poisoning

 

Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and keep antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Coolants and antifreeze made with propylene glycol are less toxic to pets, wildlife and family.

 

Horse owners: provide special care to your outdoor pets

 

Give horses shelter and dry warmth

 

Be sure horses have access to a barn or a three-sided run-in so they can escape the wind and cold.

 

While not all horses will need to be blanketed, blankets will help horses keep warm and dry, especially if there is any rain or snow. If the horses have been body-clipped, keep them blanketed throughout the winter.

 

Supply food and water to horses around the clock

 

Give horses access to unfrozen water at all times. Use heated buckets or water heaters/deicers to make sure the water doesn’t freeze.

 

Feed horses more forage—unlimited amounts, if possible—during extreme cold. This will help the horses create heat and regulate their body temperatures.

 

Yours in Public Safety,

 

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


Weekly Update

 

January 7, 2015

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

31

Alarms

13

Car deer crashes

17

Car in ditch

13

Check well being calls

14

Domestic Disputes

25

Shoplifting complaints

10

Malicious destruction of property

12

Motorist assists

15

Operating while impaired

46

Property damage crashes

9

Personal injury

15

Suspicious situations

18

Traffic hazards

186

Traffic stops

44

Vacation checks

9

Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 746 calls for service.

 On December 31st, Eaton County Deputies located a vehicle traveling 89 mph on Butterfield Highway in Bellevue Township. The driver had two small children in the vehicle. Driver was lodged on Operating While Intoxicated.

 On January 1st, Eaton County Deputies investigated a suspicious subject that was in the area of Barsfield Lane in Delta Township. The subject was located and was lodged for possession of illegal substances.

Deputies also assisted Lansing Police Department locating a driver that left from a traffic stop. Eaton County Deputies were able to locate the driver and the driver was taken into custody.

On Sunday, January 4th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Crash on Lansing Road where the driver of a van lost control and struck a utility pole. Driver was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

On Sunday night, Eaton County Deputies investigated a truck driver who was threatening security with a knife at a warehouse. The driver was told that he would have to wait to unload his truck and became upset with security guards. Suspect was lodged for disorderly conduct.

The South Church on Snow road was reported to have been broken into over the weekend. Tools and construction materials were taken. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday, January 5th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a car in the ditch on Perkey Road. The driver was found to be Operating While Intoxicated while possessing a firearm. Suspect was lodged.

On Tuesday, January 6th Eaton County Deputies assisted Charlotte Police with a Personal Injury crash on I69 near Lansing Road where there was a single vehicle roll over and the driver was ejected.

 

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

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

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