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2016 News

DECEMBER

On 12/28/16 at 8:15 p.m Eaton County Sheriff Delta Patrol deputies responded to an armed robbery at the Bigby store located at 536 Elmwood. Two males entered the store wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks, showed the clerk a handgun, and demanded money. They then left the area on foot in an unknown direction. According to initial reports, the suspects got away with an unknown amount of money. No one was injured and the incident is still under investigation. Anyone that may have information is encouraged to call the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Delta Patrol Division at 517-323-8484.

 

Authority: Lt. Mark Wriggelsworth


At 6:45 p.m. Eaton County, Delta Patrol deputies responded to an armed robbery at the Beauty Max store located on W. Saginaw Hwy. Two males entered the store wearing hooded sweatshirts, gloves and masks, showed the clerk a handgun, and demanded money. The suspects were described as a black male and a white male both wearing glasses. They then got into a dark colored passenger car and left the area northbound on Clark Rd.

No one was injured and the incident is still under investigation. Anyone that may have information is encouraged to call the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Delta Patrol Division at 517-323-8480.

 


On 12/20/2016 at 0618 hours, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident, with injury, which occurred on the on-ramp to S/B I-69 from Hartel Road in Potterville, MI.  One vehicle was a red Ford Focus station wagon, and the other vehicle was a red Chevy Silverado pickup.  Two males were involved, one from each vehicle.

The Ford Focus had run out of gas on S/B I-69 just south of Hartel Road and the driver was pushing his vehicle out of the roadway, across the on-ramp from Hartel Road, and onto the shoulder on the right side of the on-ramp.  The Chevy Silverado was southbound on the on-ramp from Hartel Road, attempting to get onto S/B I-69.  The two vehicles collided on the on-ramp, with the front of the Chevy Silverado striking the rear driver’s side corner of the Ford Focus.  It is unknown if the Ford Focus had any vehicle lights on at the time of the crash.

The driver of the Chevy Silverado was evaluated at the scene by EMS and refused additional medical treatment as he was basically uninjured.  The person pushing/steering the Ford Focus from outside the vehicle was struck by his own vehicle after the initial impact and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  He was given initial treatment by EMS and then transported by ambulance to a Lansing area hospital.

Alcohol is NOT believed to be a factor in the accident.

S/B I-69 was NOT closed due to the accident, but the on-ramp from Hartel Road to S/B I-69 WAS closed for approximately an hour.


On December 18, 2017 the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Maple Valley School regarding a threats complaint. The complaint has been investigated, a suspect was identified and the investigation is ongoing.

                  Sheriff Tom Reich assures parents in the school district that there is no danger to the school district or students stemming from this incident.

NOVEMBER

 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputy Cory Johnston recently completed a local corrections training academy held at Olivet College.
The four week academy offers a comprehensive, interactive instruction program in various disciplines for your local Sheriff’s Office Corrections Deputies. Training topics include custody and security, defensive tactics, first aid (including CPR and AED procedures), suicide awareness, fire safety and interpersonal communications. The academy, certified by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council, is an important element of providing the necessary skills for maintaining a safe, secure environment for correction professionals, inmates and county residents.
Sheriff Tom Reich stated “I would like to Congratulate Deputy Johnston for his graduation and dedication to his profession where learning important skills are necessary when it comes to safely, security and effective management of our inmate population. The training helps our Corrections Deputies develop and practice the tools necessary to be successful in their profession”.


On November 17, 2016 at approximately 7:25 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to a personal injury crash on east bound I96 between St. Joe Hwy and east bound I496.

                        It was reported that a westbound SUV lost control, crossed the median, rolled and hit another SUV that was eastbound. The passenger in the west bound SUV suffered a fatal injury and both drivers had non-life threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital by Delta Township Fire/EMS.

                       

                        East bound I96 traffic is being routed to east bound 496 and will be closed until early afternoon west bound I96 has only one lane open. Please avoid east and west bound I-96 from the west side of Lansing to Eaton Highway and use caution if you need to travel through this area

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On Wednesday, November 16, 201616 at approximately 7:51 PM Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to 6334 W. Saginaw Hwy in Delta Township for an armed robbery.  Two men entered the Subway and demanded money.  The men were described as one white male and one black male.  Both men were wearing bandanas over their faces so no other description was available.  One of the men was armed with a handgun.  The men fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. 

            Lansing Police Department assisted with a K9 track.  The K9 track led to a parking lot where it is believed the suspects got into a vehicle.  This robbery is under further investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office detective bureau.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 517-323-8480.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich



 

 

CREDIT UNION ROBBERS PLEAD GUILTY

Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney Douglas R. Lloyd announced today that three Detroit residents charged in the

06/16/2016 robbery of the Case Credit Union, 5611 W. Saginaw Hwy., Delta Township, pled guilty on Tues., 11/01/2016 with terms that will require lengthy prison terms. The defendants will be formally sentenced on the morning of 12/08/2016 by Eaton County Circuit Court Judge Janice Cunningham.

CHRISHON MARQUAN MILTON

, age 18, of Detroit, and FRED MARTELL LEWIS, age 18, each pled guilty to two counts of Bank Robbery and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery. PATRICK JEWELL PATTERSON, age 23, pled guilty to one count of Bank Robbery, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery. Milton will serve a minimum of 44 months in prison, Lewis will serve a minimum of 45 months in prison, and Patterson will serve a minimum of 60 months in prison. The plea terms have set the minimum period before the defendants will be eligible for parole. Judge Cunningham will also set the maximum time each defendant can serve in prison.

A note passed by defendants to a CCU teller demanded "$40,000 or I'll kill you", but they only received approximately $500 before they fled. The defendants were caught soon after the robbery thanks to the alert actions of the manager of the Heavenly Ham store, adjacent to Case Credit Union, who saw the defendants leave the credit union and employees "huddling" inside. He took a photo of the car and its license plate, which was quickly forwarded to the Eaton County Sheriff's Department. An ECSD lieutenant saw the car on I‐96 in Ingham County and followed it. The car eventually sped up, and crashed at the northbound US‐127 ramp. The defendants ran into a wooded area. Officers from the Eaton County Sheriff's Department, Lansing Police Department, Michigan State Police, East Lansing Police Department, Meridian Township Police Department, and Michigan State University Police Department responded to search for the defendants. With the help of EATON COUNTY SHERIFF'S K‐9 "Cash", the defendants were located after a several hour manhunt.

The defendants have been lodged in the Eaton County Jail since their apprehension.

Prosecutor Lloyd said,

"We take the safety and security of the people and businesses in Eaton County seriously. These three men came to Delta Township specifically to rob one of our financial institutions and frighten fine citizens inside the Credit Union. They also disrupted the

lives of thousands of travelers for several hours near US‐127 & I‐96. Thanks to the quick thinking and observations of citizens, the bank's internal security, and the collaborative effort of several tri‐county law enforcement agencies, these men were quickly apprehended. Because of those efforts, these three men are being held accountable for their actions. It is and should remain unacceptable to target Eaton County and its citizens as victims of crime."

Milton is represented by attorney John H. Deming of Grand Ledge. Lewis is represented by attorney Conrad Vincent of Lansing. Patterson is represented by attorney Daniel Pawluk of Lansing.

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OCTOBER

Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two car personal injury crash on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 4:20 a.m. on Nashville Highway near Mason Road.

 

It was reported that a 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck was headed east bound on Nashville Highway and struck head on a 2006 Ford Taurus that was headed west bound.

 

The driver of the pickup truck was not injured and the driver and passenger of the passenger car were transported to Sparrow Hospital with injuries.

 

Nashville Highway is still closed at this time between Mason Road and Curtis Road while Sheriff’s Deputies conduct their investigation.

 

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies arrest suspect for strong arm robbery in attempted theft of vehicle and purse snatching.

 

On Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 5:15 pm the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a  suspect attempting to steal a vehicle in the 4800 block of S. Waverly Rd. Lansing.  Deputies arrived on scene and found the victim, a Lansing resident, was fighting with the suspect, a 32 year old man from Benton Harbor. The suspect had struck the victim in the head with a liquor bottle and punched the victim numerous times while trying to steal the vehicle. Deputies arrested the suspect and the victim received first aid at the scene.

The suspect was also involved in an early afternoon purse snatching in the same area.  The suspect walked up to the victim and ripped the purse off her arm and fled the scene.   The victim, a 22 year old Lansing resident was not harmed. 

The suspect is currently being held at the Eaton County jail and multiple felony charges are being sought from the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

         


On Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7:50 am Eaton County Sheriff Deputies responded to a four car     personal injury accident at the intersection on M43 and Nixon Rd in Delta Twp. 

A vehicle westbound on M43 went through a red light and stuck a vehicle which was northbound on            Nixon Rd. and also hit two other vehicles in the intersection. 

            Four patients were transported to Sparrow Hospital for their injuries.  The intersection was closed for an            hour and a half. 

            Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On 10/09/16 at 8:41pm Eaton Rapids Police responded to a crash involving a car and a pedestrian on S. Main St near Elizabeth St. in the City of Eaton Rapids.  The pedestrian was fatally injured in the crash.  The Eaton Rapids Police Department requested the assistance of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the crash.  Eaton County Sheriff’s detectives and accident team investigation members responded to continue the investigation. The preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle traveling north on S. Main St struck a female pedestrian and a dog that were in the roadway.  The pedestrian and dog were fatally injured.  The driver of the vehicle was not injured. The crash is still under investigation.

 Vehicle driver: Male, age 44

 Pedestrian: Violet Copeland 3/9/55 age 61

 Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

 


On 10/08/16 at approximately 3:44pm Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to three vehicle crash in the area of M50 and Royston road in Eaton Twp.  Drivers involved are:

 

58 year old male from Grand Rapids, 18 year old female from Eaton Rapids, and a 35 year old male from Charlotte who was critically injured and was transported by Survival Flight to Sparrow Hospital. The other two drivers were treated at a local hospital and released. There were no passengers.

 

            The investigation of this crash is ongoing.

 

            Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

           


SEPTEMBER

For immediate release:

Spray Paint Vandalism in Delta neighborhood Investigation update:

On August 31,2016 numerous residents of the Ashford Manor subdivision in Delta Township awoke and found garage doors, trailers, vehicles, or driveways had been spray painted with racially offensive words and crude, obscene images.

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich is pleased to advise the community that these crimes were intensely investigated by our responding Deputies and by Detective Rick Buxton resulting in the identification of 4 suspects believed to be responsible for these acts.

All four male suspects are 17 years of age, and are local residents. The suspects were spending the night at a residence near the subdivision where the vandalism occurred and are believed to have been consuming alcohol prior to committing the crimes. The investigation determined the spray painting occurred at 15 residences in the early morning hours and did not identify any specifically targeted persons or residences.

Sheriff Reich said “the victims who owned property spray painted with these highly offensive words, symbols and images were very disturbed and disgusted by these outrageous acts along with many other people, including myself. Identifying these suspects so they could be charged and held accountable was a priority”.

The results of the investigation are being submitted to the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office for their review and determination of criminal charges.

No further suspect information can be released at this time.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On 09/28/16 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the McDonalds parking lot at 4015 W. Saginaw Hwy in Delta Township for the report of an argument. Two subjects were located in the area and during the investigation Deputies were led to a vehicle in the parking lot where two more subjects were located. Further investigation led to the discovery of Methamphetamine and as well as a Methamphetamine lab in the vehicle.

            The McDonalds was closed for several hours while Deputies, with the assistance of the Delta Township Fire Department, processed the scene. Three males, ages 22, 30 and 24 from Lansing were arrested in connection to the incident and lodged at the Eaton County Jail.


On Wednesday September 28, 2016 around 1:31 pm Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched  to a possible overdose at a residence in Delta Township.  Deputies were in the area of the call and  arrived prior to EMS.  The patient appeared blue upon their arrival.  Deputy Joe Travis was able to  administer his department issued naloxone (Narcan) to the patient.  After this, the patient began to show signs of life and Delta EMS took over care.  The patient was conscious at the time of transport by Delta EMS to a local hospital. We are very thankful for the actions of Deputy Travis and other responding  deputies.  We are also thankful that our deputies have this life saving drug while on patrol when seconds could be the difference between life and death.


On Friday, September 23rd   at approximately 7:30 p.m., Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to the report of a robbery which had just occurred at the Admiral Gas station located at 4306 W. Saginaw Hwy in Delta Township. The suspect had fled on foot with the cash register drawer. As Deputies arrived in the area they were contacted by several witnesses from the neighborhood who were able to direct Deputies to the location of the suspect who was taken into custody. Witnesses were also able to direct Deputies to the cash register drawer which had been dropped by the suspect. It was through the assistance of the members of the community that Deputies were able to quickly apprehend the suspect and recover all of the stolen property and money. The suspect is currently lodged at the Eaton County Jail under the charge of armed robbery.


On Friday, September 23, 2016 at approximately 2:40 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies  responded to the area of eastbound I96 at the entrance to eastbound I496 in regards to passerby’s who    had thought they had seen a white male carrying a body into a wooded area. We treated this as a potential crime scene and it became necessary to close down the highway to ensure the safety of the Deputies and Delta Fire personnel.

                        A thorough search was conducted of the area. No body was found, but located were several small fields of an illegal marijuana growing operation.

              

            Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 6:40 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies

responded to an armed robbery at the Shell Gas Station on Waverly Road.

Suspect produced a silver revolver and demanded cash. The suspect took an unknown amount of cash and fled. A K-9 track went to a small access road where it is believed the suspect got into a vehicle and fled.

Suspect is a white female, approximately 5’10” wearing black sweat pants with a gray stripe and a gray colored hoodie. Suspect was also wearing a white knit mask with a cobra design around the mouth.

                        Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Burton at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office at        517-323-8489


On 9/13/2016 at 8:34 pm Eaton County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to an apartment complex parking area at Mall Drive West and Elmwood road initially on a suspicious situation call. Additional calls from citizens reported sounds of gunfire. Responding Deputies located a male victim of a shooting who was transported by Delta Fire EMS to a local hospital. The 28 year old male victim was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses reported that a male suspect fled the scene in a red or maroon SUV possibly an older model Ford Explorer, last seen in the area of Arden and Willow Hwy.

Initial investigation indicates that this was a drug related incident and not a random act. Eaton County Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating the shooting and request that anyone with information to contact Detective Rick Buxton at 517-323-8480.

Authority: Undersheriff Jeff Cook


On Thursday September 8, 2016 around 0930 am   Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Doug Sharp was sitting behind a stalled semi that had broken down on the freeway.  The semi was on the ramp from northbound I-69 to westbound I-96 in Delta Township and sitting in the right travel lane. 

Deputy Daust was summoned to help slow traffic down as this was a very dangerous location.  A white Dodge pickup was observed passing Deputy Daust traveling at a very high rate of speed.  This truck swerved to avoid Deputy Sharp’s patrol vehicle and struck another northbound car.  The pickup truck then fled the scene westbound on I-96. 

Deputy Kanazeh was further down on I-96 and was able to catch the truck and get it stopped on westbound I-96 near Grand River.  The suspect driver was found to be intoxicated and had alcohol in the vehicle.  The driver was arrested and lodged for OWI, leaving the scene of an accident and multiple other infractions.  No one was injured in the crash, however the suspect’s vehicle was damaged so badly it would no longer run after being stopped.  This type of incident only highlights the dangers faced by deputies on the roadways, even during normal weather conditions. 

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On 9/04/16 at 3:23 am, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to NB I 69 near Kalamo Highway in Eaton Township for a report of a one car rollover accident.  Charlotte Fire, Eaton Area EMS, and Charlotte Police also responded.  The initial investigation indicates the vehicle was traveling north on I 69 when it lost control and went into the ditch causing it to roll.  The driver and passenger, both from Webberville, MI, were transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.  NB I 69 was closed from the Cochran road exit to the M50 exit for several hours.  The accident is being investigated further by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Team.


On Thursday, September 1, 2016 at about 9:40am, The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Ledge Police Department, Grand Ledge Area Fire Department and Benton Township EMS responded to a two vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of M-43 and Oneida Road in Oneida Township.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a box truck traveling southbound on Oneida failed to yield to a westbound Chevy Tahoe. Both vehicles came to rest in the middle of the of the intersection causing traffic issues for about an hour. The drivers of both vehicles sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Both drivers were transported to a local hospital for treatment.  The traffic crash remains under investigation.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


 

On Thursday, September 1, 2016 at about 8:00am, Eaton County Central Dispatch received information from Onstar that a stolen vehicle was in the 4800 block of W. Saginaw in Delta Township. The vehicle was a 2012 black Chevy Malibu that had been reported stolen to the Lansing Police Department earlier this morning. A Deputy located the stolen vehicle parked in front of a gas station on W. Saginaw.

The driver was taken in custody in the parking lot and three others ran on foot from the vehicle. Several Eaton County Deputies and Lansing Police Officers responded to the area to assist.  Some citizens in the area reported seeing the subjects running westbound in the Ivan and Iris area. Deputies checking the area located all three suspects hiding in a dumpster behind Sushi Moto in the 400 block of Elmwood. The 17 year old driver from Lansing, was lodged at the Eaton County Jail on multiple charges. The three suspects that ran were released to parents pending further investigation.  

Sheriff Tom Reich said  “We are very grateful to the community members who alertly called and reported the fleeing suspects in their neighborhood which assisted in their apprehension.  This is one of many instances of our alert community members joining with the Sheriff’s Office to increase public safety”.   

Authority; Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 

AUGUST

Today on August 31, 2016 the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to numerous reports of vandalism that had occurred in the neighborhoods in and around the St. Joe and Upton area of Delta Township. This area is west of I-96 but east of Nixon Rd.    An unknown suspect or suspects used spray paint to vandalize cars, homes and trailers along the roads specifically in the Ashford Manor Subdivision.  Deputies are still in the neighborhood taking reports, but at this time there are more than a dozen reported incidents.  We are asking for the public’s help. If anyone noticed any suspicious subjects or cars in that area overnight, please contact Deputy John Davidson at (517) 816-8209.  Also if you locate anything that you may think may have been used by suspect(s) please contact Eaton County Central Dispatch at (517) 372-8217.


On Thursday August 25th, 2016 at approximately 11:15 am an Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Deputy was monitoring traffic on Theo Ave in Delta Township.  The deputy noticed a car speeding, so he proceeded after it.  It took some time to catch the car, however the deputy caught up to it near St. Joe Hwy. and Snow Road.  The vehicle stopped and quickly the driver exited.  The deputy attempted to order the driver back into the car, however the driver told him “I’m all set” and then ran from the traffic stop on foot.  There were other occupants in the car so the deputy not knowing what was going on stayed with the car.  The deputy radioed to other Eaton County Units a description and direction of travel of the suspect.  Moments later responding Eaton County Sheriff units located the suspect several blocks away on foot.  The suspect was placed under arrested. 

After a short investigation it was discovered that this suspect was wanted by the Lansing Police Department for Attempted Murder.  The suspect was turned over to the Lansing Police Dept. on their felony charges. 

            Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

 


On Tuesday August 9, 2016 around 9 pm the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a retail fraud in progress at Walmart located at 409 N. Marketplace Blvd in Delta Township.  Employees recognized a male in the store who had taken four televisions over the weekend.  This same person now had three televisions loaded up in a cart. Employees then saw him leave the store without paying for the TV’s again and load them up into a waiting car.  The vehicle left the lot and was quickly stopped by Deputies.  The 37-year-old male suspect was arrested for felony retail fraud and is being held at the Eaton County Jail awaiting charges from the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office.  The 37-year-old female driver of the car was arrested on an outstanding warrant and posted interim bond.   


 

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The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying this female.  She is suspected is stealing a large amount of Frontline cat and dog medication from a Delta Township retailer.  If you can help, contact Deputy Johnson at (517) 816-8206.


 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office now using Mobile Fingerprint Scanners.

 

 

 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is one of the first local agencies in Michigan to implement mobile fingerprint scanners to identify persons who have fingerprints on file. These devices are linked to the in-car computers which transmit a scanned fingerprint to the Michigan Automated Fingerprint Identification System and to the F.B.I. national fingerprint database as well. In a matter of minutes, deputies will know if there is a record on file which positively identifies the person.

 

Sheriff Reich stated “We strive to be leaders in the implementation of new technology which helps us become more efficient and effective. Identifying and taking wanted persons into custody increases both public safety and the timely prosecution of the offenses” This new technology is currently being used by five other Michigan local law enforcement agencies and the Michigan State Police.  

 

On the very first day of use, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies identified a person in Delta Township who had two Eaton County arrest warrants and an out of state warrant.   In addition to confirming identifications during investigations, these fingerprint scanners may be used to attempt identification of persons who are unable to provide reliable identification due to physical or mental incapacitation, or are deceased and immediate identification is needed to assist in the performance of lawful duties.

The scanners were obtained from regional Homeland Security funds and the Sheriff’s Office will respond to assist area police agencies upon request.

 


 

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Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces the promotion of Kelly Bricker to the rank of Sergeant. Sgt. Bricker has served with the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office since November of 1998 in the Field Services and Administrative Services Divisions.

Sgt. Bricker is assigned to the Field Services Division of the Delta Road Patrol and we congratulate her on her promotion.

 


JULY

Sheriff Tom Reich announces the arrest of 2 suspects in the John Abraham homicide case.

On July 5, 2016 at 8:08 pm Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to an EMS assist at a residence on Oakcrest Drive in Delta Township.   A family member reported finding the 78 year old male resident, John Abraham unconscious and not breathing and with apparent recent injuries. Upon arrival, Deputies were subsequently advised by EMS that the victim was deceased. Due to the nature of the injuries to Mr. Abraham, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives responded and began a homicide investigation.   The Michigan State Police Crime lab responded and assisted at the crime scene.

On July 21, Eaton County Sheriff’s Detectives investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant and the Lansing Police Department assisted our Detectives in executing the search.  In the early morning hours of July 22, 2016 a 26 year old male suspect and a 25 year old female suspect, both residents of Lansing were arrested by Eaton County Sheriff’s Detectives and lodged in the Eaton County Jail. Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich stated “I am very pleased with the tremendous effort of our Detectives in this murder investigation resulting in the arrests of these suspects”.

Both suspects have been charged by the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office and will be arraigned at 1:30 pm today by 56th District Court Judge Reinke. The identity of the arrested suspects cannot be released until the suspects are arraigned. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying these subjects.  They are accused in what began as a retail fraud but turned into a robbery at the Delta Township Walmart this morning.  Around 5:47 a.m. a group of six subjects entered the store and selected a large amount of merchandise.  The group then attempted to push out the merchandise without paying for it when they were stopped by a group of employees.  The group of suspects then began to fight with employees and also pepper spray them.  Four employees were injured and one needed to go to the hospital due to the injuries.   Three of the suspects were arrested. 

The attached photos are the suspects that were not located.  These suspects left in a 2009 Teal Saturn Outlook with plate of MI  CLP4763.  If anyone knows the whereabouts of this vehicle or can help identify these individuals, please contact Sgt. Jim West at (517) 816-8209.

            Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

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Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies use NARCAN drug overdose reversing kits to revive 2 drug overdose victims.

In the past week, Eaton County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies have again successfully used their issued Naloxone (Narcan) opiod drug overdose reversing kits, resuscitating two victims.

In the early morning hours on Saturday, July 9 Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an apartment complex in Delta Twp. on a report of a male subject in the hallway who was not breathing.   Upon arrival, Deputy Dan Anderson found the 911 caller had begun administering CPR to the 22 year old victim and there were indications of an opiate drug overdose. Deputy Anderson administered Naloxone, to the victim and who then began to breathe on his own.   Delta Twp Fire Department EMS arrived on scene and took over emergency medical care and transported him to the hospital for further evaluation. Earlier in the week on July 5, Deputy Andrew Jenkins was dispatched to a call at a residence in Delta Township for an unconscious person that had taken some unknown pills. Seeing indications of an opiate drug overdose, Deputy Jenkins administered Naloxone which revived the victim. The Delta Twp Fire Department EMS took over emergency patient care upon arrival and transported the patient to the hospital.

Sheriff Tom Reich stated   “As the first emergency responders arriving at these scenes , our Deputies again used their training and Narcan medication kits to reverse life threatening overdoses and I commend their quick actions to protect life”  


On July 5, 2016 at 8:08 pm Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to an EMS assist at a residence on Oakcrest Drive in Delta Township.   A family member reported finding the male resident not conscious and not breathing and with an apparent injury. Upon arrival, Deputies were subsequently advised by EMS that the victim was deceased. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives responded and the death is being investigated as a homicide. ECSO Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators were assisted by Investigators from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab at the scene.

The victim has been identified as John Abraham, 78 years of age.

           No further details can be released at this time.

Anyone with information related to this incident should contact D/Sgt. Josh Ivey at 517-543-3512 extension 5447.

            Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

 


On 07/04/2016 at approximately 4:20 a.m., Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle head on crash on south bound I69 near Ainger Rd in Walton Township. 

The initial investigation shows that Jean Louis, a 27 year old Lansing man, was traveling north bound in the south bound lanes of I69.  Louis crashed into a vehicle that was traveling south bound on I69.  The south bound vehicle was driven by Dustin Hagadon, a 24 year old Battle Creek man.  The south bound vehicle was also occupied by Amanda Hagadon, a 20 year old female from Battle Creek, and Sarah McFall, a 18 year old female from Battle Creek.  McFall suffered serious injuries and is listed in critical condition at an area hospital.  The other occupants of both vehicles were admitted to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries. 

South bound I69 was shut down for several hours while the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Team and Detectives conducted their investigation.  Alcohol consumption is believed to be a factor for both drivers. 

The results of the investigation will be turned over to the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office for review

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

 


JUNE

The Eaton County Sheriff's Office, the Charlotte Police Department and the Charlotte Public Schools will be conducting an active violence training on June 29, 2016 at Charlotte High School, 378 State St, Charlotte, MI.  

The high school campus will be closed to the general public. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office along with several area police departments including Charlotte Police Department, Michigan State Police, Eaton Rapids Police Department, Potterville Police Department, Olivet Police Department, Bellevue Police Department, Grand Rapids Police Department, Kalamazoo DPS and Lansing Police Department are participating along with Charlotte Fire Department, Delta Township Fire and EMS, Windsor Township Fire/EMS, Eaton Rapids Fire Department, Grand Ledge Fire and EMS, Benton Township Fire and EMS. Potterville City Fire Department and Sunfield Township Fire Department, and Eaton Area EMS. We will be working in conjunction with Hayes Green Beach Hospital and the American Red Cross. 


There will be staff from several local schools participating including, Charlotte, Maple Valley, and Williamston. Training seminars have been held with local fire departments as we train for police to escort medical staff into treat injured as soon as possible. We are using the knowledge and lessons learned from law enforcement and EMS response to previous active violence incidents across the country to be well prepared and respond effectively to protect lives in Eaton County and our tri-county area.

Negotiators from Clinton County and Eaton County as well as Eaton County SRT team will be involved. 

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

 


DELTA TOWNSHIP FIREWORKS - JULY 3RD

For the safety of everyone attending the annual Delta Township Fireworks display on July 3rd, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and Delta Township have taken steps to increase security and reduce the potential for injury inside Sharp Park before, during and after the event. During the day of July 3rd, 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 27th for a free parking pass (one per licensed driver). The limited number of parking passes will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

There will be 2 entrances into Sharp Park. The main entrance from Elmwood Road will be open to pedestrians, and to vehicles holding a valid parking permit obtained from Delta Township. The second entrance will be at the West end of Sharp Park, at the East/West Pathway entry into the park and is open to pedestrians or bicyclists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions regarding this press release can be directed to Lt. Mark Wriggelsworth of the Delta Patrol at (517)323-8480.


EATON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PERSISTANT INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN ARREST

Thomas Zachary Peters was convicted of a criminal sexual conduct in 2005 involving a minor child. He was released from prison in August of 2008 and was then on parole. Per law he was required to register a sex offender.

Peters had been described as controlling and at times, an assaultive person.

In January of 2015, he was living in the city of Lansing. On January 31, 2015, Peters left his house and his wife called family to assist her in getting out. Lansing Police Department was called to the house and recovered an assault rifle belonging to Peters. The Lansing Police Department submitted charges to the Ingham County Prosecutors Office associated with the weapon.

When his wife left her home, she went to the Eaton Rapids Police Department and then the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to meet with her. The Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation and started conducting interviews of family and friends of Peters which led to the identification of several criminal acts, some of which occurred in Eaton County and Ingham County.

In February of 2015, a search of Peters’ house in Lansing located some military documents that appear to be fake documents that he is suspected of creating himself. He also appears to have created a fake degree from Michigan State University.

The Eaton County Sheriff investigators knew fairly early on that Peters was aware that a gun had been recovered from his house and Peters went into to hiding. It was determined that Peters was driving a 2002 Cadillac Escalade. The Michigan State Police Lansing Post then conducted an investigation surrounding the terms of registering vehicles Peters uses as part of his sex offender registration requirements. The State Police then submitted a warrant request to the Ingham County Prosecutors Office.

On March 1, 2015, after receiving a tip the Eaton County Sheriff Office recovered the Escalade in a hotel parking lot in Delta Township. Blood was located in several places inside and outside of the vehicle. Peters’ belongings included notes to his family members and it appeared he attempted to stage fake suicide. Peters’ Michigan Driver’s License was not found in the vehicle. With assistance from the Airport Police in Lansing we were able to determine that Peters boarded a plane and flew to Madison Wisconsin. In May of 2015 we received a tip that he was in Sparta Wisconsin but we were not able to get a location pinned down.

In April of 2015, The Ingham County Prosecutors Office issued felony warrants for Peters for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and a felony warrant for the sex offender violation.

The investigation continued however it was went over a year before we received any information about Peter’s location. A relative contacted the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and advised that Thomas Peters had called them. The relative had a general idea where he was from the contact with him. Eventually we were able to establish he was living in Oklahoma with a female from Wisconsin and her 8 year old daughter. Thomas had assumed a couple alias names.

Once his location was narrowed down to the Macalister, Oklahoma area, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators contacted the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office and along with the Unites States Marshall Office in Oklahoma, we were able to get his location pinned down. They were able to take Peters safely into custody there and charge him with local charges.

The Eaton County Prosecutors Office in Michigan is currently reviewing potential charges. At this point The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office continues to assist authorities in Oklahoma with their investigation. The Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Department and the US Marshall’s Office recognized some of the same concerns we had when we found out Peters was living with a minor child and went above and beyond to get Peters located and into custody on local charges. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is very appreciative for the assistance from Pittsburg County and the US Marshall Office for concluding a year and a half investigation.

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich praised the determined investigative efforts of Sergeant Scott Brooks in locating this wanted felon.

The following link is a release by Fox 23 in Oklahoma http://www.fox23.com/news/michigan-suspect-fakes-death-hides-in-oklahoma/344868870


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported road rage incident that started on South bound Waverly Rd. at Michigan and ended with shots being fired and striking one of the vehicles at Waverly Road and St. Joe Hwy.  No one was injured during the incident. 

The suspect vehicle is described as a maroon colored Chrysler 200 with Arkansas plates and was last seen south bound on Waverly Rd.  The incident occurred on 6/21/16 at approximately 10:40 p.m.   

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact Detective Rick Buxton at (517)323-8480.   


On 6-21-2016 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to an armed robbery at the Dollar General located on W. Saginaw Hwy. Two black males entered the business demanding money. A weapon was indicated but not seen. They left with an undisclosed amount of money. A canine track was unsuccessful. No one was injured during the incident.

Anyone with information is directed to call Detective Rick Buxton at (517) 323-8480.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On Thursday June 16, 2016 at 3:47 p.m. the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a hold up alarm at the CASE Credit Union located at 5611 W. Saginaw in Delta Township. Information was then given to responding deputies that a robbery had occurred and two black male suspects had left in a deep purple Impala. There was no weapon seen but indicated. They used a note given to a teller. The suspects left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

At 1608 Hours, Lt. Adam Morris of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office was driving on I-96 near MLK when he noticed a vehicle in front of him fitting that description. Lt. Morris began alerting Ingham County units and continued to follow the car eastbound. The occupants of the car then appeared to notice they were being followed. Near I-96 and US 127 the car intentionally ran off the road and the occupants fled on foot.

Multiple police agencies including East Lansing Police, Michigan State University Police, Ingham County Sheriff’s Deputies, Meridian Township, Mason Police Department, Michigan State Police, Lansing Police Department, Grand Ledge Police K9 converged on the area and coordinated a search. The search continued for hours using multiple canine teams, swat teams and uniformed personnel. At 8:30 p.m. a search team located the three suspects near the Horticulture Bldg on College Rd. south of Jolly. Eaton County K9 Cash and handler Deputy Aaron Campbell found the suspects as the hid in thick brush.

Sheriff Reich stated the spirit of cooperation with all area law enforcement was exemplary.


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At 3:47 p.m. on June 16, 2016 Eaton County Sheriff Deputies responded to a bank robbery of the Case Credit Union on West Saginaw in Delta Township.  Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich is asking for the publics assistance in identifying the following:

Eaton County Sheriff deputies are looking for a black male, tall – 5’10 to 6’ tall, short braided hair, black hat with red polo logo, dark shirt and jeans

Second suspect black male, skinny build 5’5 to 5’6 tall, short braided hair, camo hat with cavalier logo, light grey sweats, top was hoody.


On 6/15/16 at 11:07pm, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Ionia Road and Kelly Highway in Vermontville Township on a report of motorcycle accident.  Vermontville Fire and Eaton Area EMS also responded. 

The initial investigation indicates the motorcycle was southbound on Ionia Road south of Kelly Highway when he struck a deer.  The driver of the motorcycle, a 45 year old male from Hastings, MI, was not wearing a helmet and was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries where he later passed away from his injuries. 

Ionia Road was closed from approximately 11:07pm to 2:45am.  The accident is being investigated further by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Team.

Deceased:  Eric Steidle, 45 years of age, from Hastings MI

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On 6/11/2016 at 12:05pm, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of Mulliken Road and St. Joe Highway in Roxand Township on a report of a car/ bicycle accident.  Grand Ledge Area EMS, as well as Grand Ledge Fire and Roxand Township Fire also responded.  The initial investigation indicates the bicyclist was traveling east on St. Joe Highway, while the car was traveling south on Mulliken Road, and the two came together within the intersection.  The bicyclist, a 52-year-old male from St. Johns, MI, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver of the car, an 18-year-old female from Mulliken, MI, was not injured.  The intersection was closed from the time of the accident until approximately 3:30pm.  The accident is being investigated further by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Team and Detective Bureau

Authority Sheriff Tom Reich.

Released on 6-13-16

The deceased bicyclist is Randy Ray Robinson, 52 years old, from St John’s. The bicyclist was eastbound on St. Joe Hwy. and failed to stop at the stop sign at Mulliken Rd. according to witnesses. The vehicle, driven by an 18 year old female, was southbound and attempted to swerve around the bicyclist. The bicyclist struck the passenger side of the vehicle. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were not injured.

The crash is still under investigation

May

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Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces the implementation of a new Veteran Services Coordination program to assist jail inmates who are military veterans, during and after their incarceration.

Eaton County Sheriff’s Corrections Sergeant Tim Sixberry has been assigned as the Veteran’s Services Coordinator for the Eaton County Jail. As part of Sgt. Sixberry’s duties he will identify Veteran’s who are lodged at the Eaton County Jail and will coordinate services and benefits with the Veteran’s Justice Outreach Coordinator at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and Housing Services of Mid-Michigan. Sgt. Sixberry will also serve as the liaison between the jail and the Eaton County Veteran’s Court Team Members and Mentors. He will assist Veteran’s also with locating housing and prospective employment prior to their release from the jail.

Sgt. Sixberry has served four tours of duty overseas, including two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He currently holds the rank of Sergeant Major in the Indiana Army National Guard.

Sheriff Tom Reich stated, “I place a high value on assisting our military veterans who have given so much in service to our nation. Sgt. Sixberry’s extensive military leadership experience brings another level of professionalism, understanding, and trust as he identifies and works with Veteran’s in our facility in this program.”


On Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a breaking and entering and malicious destruction of property at the Maple Valley High School on Nashville Hwy in Vermontville.

It was reported that doors were propped opened, windows were broken, classrooms had been vandalized and fire extinguishers had been set off.

Eaton County Deputies and Detectives worked with school officials and suspects were identified from video. The suspects, both juvenile were located and a warrant request is being reviewed by the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


 

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Image 2 2016 4536Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and Groupon Provide Ultimate Protection for Eaton County Sheriff’s Office K9

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office K9 Karma has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Karma is a three and a half year old golden lab mix. Karma is certified, along with her handler Deputy Don Whipp in Narcotic Detection. Karma and Deputy Whipp are assigned to the Eaton County Corrections Division however; the team is also called out to assist Road Patrol with narcotic detection throughout Eaton County.

K-9 Karma joined the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in November of 2013.

K-9 Karma’s demeanor is required to be non-aggressive due to her assignment inside the Corrections Facility in close proximity to inmates. She is very business-like when directed to perform her job both inside the jail and out in the field.

K-9 Karma’s narcotic detection has been an asset to the Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Corrections. Karma contributes to the reduction of narcotics within the facility.

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

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

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

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

ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9S, INC.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $1050.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1546 law enforcement dogs in 49 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of over $1.4 million dollars.

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

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


On Wednesday May 4, 2016  around 1:11 pm, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a                 call of possible shots fired in the parking lot of 3280 S. Waverly in Delta Township.  When                              deputies arrived, they did not locate any suspects.  The preliminary investigation revealed that a                  fight had occurred inside the Cozy Food Mart located at the above address between an unknown                number of males. The males continued out to the parking lot where shots were fired.  All                             subjects fled the scene in vehicles prior to deputies arriving.  The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating with the Lansing Police Department on further investigation of a vehicle that was located in the City of Lansing that may have been involved in this incident. 

                        If anyone has any information about this incident they can contact Det. Chris Burton at (517) 323-8489. 

                        Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


APRIL

 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Sharon Davis of Lansing for a November 2015 armed robbery. The offense occurred at the Speedway at Saginaw and Creyts Road in Delta Township.

Davis was arraigned on armed robbery charges and denied bond pending a hearing. Sheriff Reich credits Patrol Deputies along with Detective Rick Buxton for their excellent investigative and evidence handling procedures that have been instrumental.

As in all arrests, Davis is innocent until proven guilty.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


 

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On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:39am the Eaton County Sheriff's Office and the Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division responded to a personal injury accident on M-43 just east of M-50 in Sunfield Township.

A 2001 Oldsmobile Alero was traveling westbound on M-43 and appears to have crossed the center line striking an eastbound semi truck driven by a 27 year old male from Illinois.

The driver of the semi was not injured. The driver of the Alero was a 20 year old Sunfield man. He was treated on scene by Eaton Area EMS and then transported by Aeromed to a hospital in Grand Rapids. The driver is being treated for potential life threatening injuries.

M-43 remains closed while the Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the crash.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On Tuesday 04/19/16, at approximately 10:00 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a three car rollover crash on Waverly Rd near Old Lansing Road. Deputies arrived and found one person had been ejected from one of the vehicles.

Preliminary investigations show a vehicle was northbound on Waverly Rd and swerved to miss a bicyclist in the road causing it to strike a southbound vehicle head on. A third vehicle then rear-ended the southbound car that was struck head on.  

Patients were transported to Sparrow Hospital and their condition is unknown at this time. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On Monday, April 18, 2016 at approximately 10:25 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a vehicle/pedestrian crash in the area of the 300 block of M-99 in Eaton Rapids Township.

A vehicle, driven by a 42 year old Eaton Rapids man, traveling North on M99 struck a subject in the roadway. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. The 62 year old male pedestrian, a resident of Eaton Rapids Township died of his injuries at the scene.

The north bound lane of M99 was closed for approximately four hours. The incident is under investigation at this time. Speed or alcohol are not indicated as factors in the crash.

Notification of next of kin has not been made.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


 

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On 1/11/2016, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Oneida Township officials in reference to a possible embezzlement.  The case was investigated by Detectives from the Eaton County Sheriff’s office.  During the investigation it was discovered that the suspect, 40 year old Trevor M. Robinson, had cashed unauthorized checks written to himself and used his Oneida Township credit card for purchases that were not related to official Oneida Township business.

On 4/13/2016, a ten count arrest warrant for Robinson’s was obtained.  The warrant was for 1 Felony count of Embezzlement by a Public Official over $50, 4 Felony counts of Uttering and Publishing, and 5 Felony counts of Financial Transaction Device, Stealing or Retaining without Consent.

On 4/13/2016, Detectives from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Dewitt Township Police Department were able to locate Robinson and arrest him on the warrant.

Trevor Robintodson was arraigned this morning by Judge Hoffman and bond was set at $200,000. 

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


 

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Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives obtained photographs of an armed robbery suspect who on March 18, 2016 had robbed a victim in the parking lot of Meijer at 5125 W. Saginaw Hwy and during this robbery also pointed a gun at another citizen who attempted to intervene.  Further investigation by Eaton County Detectives led to the identification of a suspect, Zachary Loren Burns and the issuance of an arrest warrant by the Eaton County Prosecutors Office.   Detectives were able to determine the location of the suspect at a residence on W. Mount Hope Avenue in the city of Lansing. At approximately 11:30 pm last night, the Lansing Police Department S.T.A.R.T. team assisted Detectives in the execution of a search warrant at that residence, and safely took the suspect into custody. He is lodged at the Eaton County Jail awaiting arraignment on 2 counts of Armed Robbery and Felony Firearm.

Sheriff Tom Reich said “Our Detectives worked very well with our helpful community business partners in the identification of the suspect, and did an outstanding job relentlessly investigating and locating this dangerous suspect in Lansing. We appreciate the assistance of the Lansing Police Department S.T.A.R.T. team in the safe arrest of the suspect.”

Sheriff Reich said “The caring citizen who attempted to intervene and in doing so, became a second victim in this armed robbery will be commended for his courage and compassion”.

Suspect information:

Zachary Loren Burns, age 21

Lansing resident.

Arraigned in front of Judge Harvey Hoffman, District Court-bond set at $1,000,000.00

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

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On Friday, March 18th, around 9:00 pm the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to an armed robbery in the parking lot of Meijer’s located at 5125 W. Saginaw Hwy.  The male suspect robbed a victim of cash at gunpoint and then fled on foot westbound from the front/north parking lot of the store.  The victim was not hurt in the incident. The suspect is described as a white male with short dark hair.  He was wearing a grey coat with a white checkered shirt underneath.  He also has on khaki pants.  He is believed to be between 20-30 years old.  If anyone can identify the suspect or was a witness to the robbery, we ask you contact Detective Rick Buxton at 517-323-8484. 

Please take a good look at the recently obtained photo’s enhanced by Michigan State Police Technical Services Unit.  The suspect fled after taking the grey coat off.  He would have fled on foot wearing the khaki pants and the white checkered shirt.


On 3/24/2016 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Eaton County Deputies from the Delta Township Division were dispatched to 4820 S. Waverly Rd. for a report of a stabbing.  During the investigation it was discovered that a 21 year old female from Lansing had been stabbed in the upper torso.  The suspect is described as a black or African American female of average height and weight, approximately 18-20 years old with a tattoo on the cheek bone area of her face.  The suspect fled the area prior to police arriving on scene.  The victim is being treated at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the assault or knows the identity of the suspect to contact Detective Burton at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Delta Township Substation, at (517) 323-8480.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


 

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On Monday, March 14 2016, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to a call at Grand Woods Park in Delta Township.  The call was that a dog had become trapped in a fox hole.  The owner could hear the dog crying from inside the hole.  The dog was a 7 year old female Jack Russell Terrier named “Frances”.  Deputies arrived and summoned help from the Delta Township Fire Department.  Deputies, fire personnel and neighbors began hand digging to find the dog that was trapped numerous feet into this hole.  Deputies summoned Michigan Plumbing who brought a pipe camera to the scene.  The camera allowed them to see the dog was trapped in the hole and could not turn around.  As they continued to dig, the hole began to collapse and the dog’s cries went silent.  The owner was preparing for the worst.  At this time a Delta Township Firefighter reached further into the hole and grabbed a hold of an opossum. He quickly released that back to the wild.  He then reached back into the hole and was able to grab Frances and return her to her owner. The whole process took around 3 hours.  The owner could not be more grateful for the caring nature of the firefighters and deputies who continued to work to for hours in the dark to rescue Frances.

Frances is resting at home with her owner today.  We would like to thank everyone who helped save this dog.  Thank you to Michigan Plumbing and all the neighbors who came out to help.  A special thank you to the Delta Township firefighter who reached his arm into the hole and recovered not only the opossum, but Frances as well.


 

MARCH IS READING MONTH

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At 0657 hours, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office was sent to a Personal Injury Accident on Royston Road near Steele Hwy in Hamlin Township.  Two vehicles were involved in the crash and both drivers suffered life threatening injuries.  Upon initial investigation, it appears that the crash was a head on collision and the drivers were both the lone occupants of the vehicle.  Airbags were deployed in both vehicle and there is no indication at this point that alcohol was a factor in the crash.  Royston Road will be closed while the investigation is completed.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hamlin Township Fire Department, Eaton Rapids City Fire Department, Eaton Area EMS and University of Michigan Life Flight.

The names of the parties involved will not be released until the families are notified.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


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Today, Tuesday February 16th around 0551 hrs, the Eaton County Sheriff's Office Delta Patrol responded to a semi rollover accident on Nixon and Davis Rds. The investigation revealed that the driver missed his turn to the GM LDT Plant and was attempting to turn around when the accident occurred. As the driver was attempting to turn around he backed into a very deep ditch causing the truck and trailer to tip over. The driver had minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. There were no other vehicles involved in the accident.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


On 2/14/2016 Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol Deputies were dispatched to the Lansing Mall on a report of a Man with a Gun. The callers informed 911 that the man was dressed in tactical clothing including a bullet proof vest and was carrying at least two guns, one of them was a large gun that appeared to be semi-automatic. Deputies contacted the man who near a mall exit with mall security officers and observed he was wearing tactical clothing and gear, and was carrying a slung rifle and holstered pistol and collapsible baton. As Deputies were trying to determine the man’s identity and age and safely determine whether the weapons he was carrying were real or “airsoft” replica type guns, they observed signs of intoxication and he became disorderly and resistive. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting/obstructing officers. The guns he was carrying were subsequently determined to be “air soft” replica guns and he was also carrying a collapsible metal baton similar to ones issued to law enforcement.  The 28 year old Lansing resident was lodged at the Eaton County Jail pending issuance of charges.  

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich  


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Citizens Police Academy – Spring 2016

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 the second Citizen’s Police Academy. The Citizen’s Police Academy is an informational overview for citizens to get a “behind the scenes look” and better understand the specific duties and functions of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office. This Community Engagement oriented program is not designed to prepare persons for employment in law enforcement.  

The academy classes will be held at the Sheriff’s Office once a week for 10 weeks from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, beginning Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Class topics and practical exercises 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 or 517-543-5019 and we will send you an application. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and must be able to pass a criminal background check. Class size is limited.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you.


 

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Sheriff Tom Reich announces that the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office now deploys Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED’s) in Sheriff’s patrol vehicles.

In addition to the April 2015 patrol division wide deployment of Naxolone (Narcan) opiod overdose reversing drug kits, Deputies that are first responders to opiod overdoses and other cardiac emergency events involving active CPR or the need for CPR to be administered, will now have another important lifesaving tool to use. There are occasions when Deputies encounter or arrive on an emergency scene prior to Emergency Medical Services personnel and the use of AED’s in these first critical minutes can make a difference and save lives.  

In April 2015 the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office was one of the first Michigan agencies to deploy Naxolone (Narcan) opiod drug overdose “reversing” medication kits with each patrol deputy. There have already been two successful applications of this medication since it has been issued.   One successful application occurred at the Eaton County Courthouse saving the life of a person who had ingested opiods prior to a court appearance. The second incident occurred when a suspect was arrested and during transport to the jail, became non-responsive and was in respiratory arrest due to an earlier ingestion of opiod drugs. Narcan was administered by the transporting Deputy, resuscitating the suspect prior to the arrival of EMS. The addition of AED’s to patrol cars provides another lifesaving measure when needed.

Sheriff Tom Reich would like to specially recognize the Bretton Woods Lions Club of Delta Township.   When this outstanding service club learned about the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office plans for AED deployment in patrol vehicles, they donated funds to purchase two of the AED’s which are designated for the Sheriff’s Office Delta Township patrol.   Four AED’s are designated for use by county patrol.

Pictured from left to right are: Sheriff Tom Reich, Bretton Woods Lions Club members Toby Van Riper, Phil Scozzafave, and Charles Parkinson, Undersheriff Jeff Cook.


At 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a school bus/car personal injury crash on W. Michigan Ave. and S. Creyts Road.

It was reported that a car southbound on S. Creyts Road went through a stop light and struck a Grand Ledge school bus that was eastbound on W. Michigan.

One school bus passenger received minor injuries when the child bumped his head on a window. The driver of the car was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

The children were transferred to a second school bus and taken on their route home.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred this morning around 9am near E. Clinton Trail and Perkey Road in Eaton Township. A 2003 GMC Yukon was traveling westbound on E. Clinton Trial and attempted to turn left into the M-50 Party Store into the path of a 2003 Ford Focus which was traveling eastbound on E. Clinton Trail. The driver of the GMC was a 48 year old Eaton Rapids man who sustained non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford Focus was a 20 year old Eaton Rapids woman who was pinned in her vehicle. She was extricated by the Charlotte Fire Department.  Her injuries are believed to be non-life threatening at this time. Both subjects were transported by Eaton Area EMS to Lansing hospitals. Both drivers were the only occupants of their respective vehicles. The accident remains under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.


On 01/15/16 at approximately 3:15 AM County deputies were dispatched to the area of Hartel Road south of Davis highway in Benton Township in reference to a one vehicle personal injury crash. The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle and was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling south on Hartel Road at a high rate of speed. The vehicle left the road and appeared to roll. Hartel will be closed in both directions for several hours during the investigation. The accident is still under investigation by the Eaton County sheriffs office.

UPDATE: Driver – Ian Cain, 30 years old from Charlotte, MI. Mr. Cain is in critical condition at this time. Preliminary investigation shows he lost control of his vehicle and the vehicle rolled.


On 1/11/2016 at 6:50 p.m., Eaton County Deputies responded to Cosmo Prof at 6005 W. Saginaw in Delta Township on a report of an armed robbery.  The victim said that the suspect came into the store and displayed a handgun demanding money.  The suspect was able to escape the store on foot with a undetermined amount of cash.  No one was injured in the robbery.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30’s.  He is approximately 6 foot tall and 180-200 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a mask on his face and black clothing.  He was described as having a foreign accent.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone who has information regarding this incident to contact Det. Buxton at (517) 323-8484.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


 

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On 1/4/2016 at approximately 5:30p.m., Eaton County Deputies responded to a armed robbery at Advance America at 6229 W. Saginaw Hwy in Delta Township.  It was reported that the suspect entered the store and presented a knife and made threats to the employee demanding cash.  The suspect was able to escape with a undisclosed amount of cash.  A canine track was attempted with no success.  No one was injured during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a black male in his mid twenties approximately 5’8” to 5’10” in height, average build.  He was last seen wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, grey pants and a beanie style hat.  (see photo’s)

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on the robbery or identity of the suspect to contact Detective Roberts at (517) 816-8199.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies quick response to shooting results in arrest of suspect for attempted murder and recovery of weapon and ammunition.

On January 2, 2016 at 12:01 am, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a residence on West St. in Delta Twp. on a reported fight with gunshots fired. There were several 911 calls made by persons in the residence who had been participating in a family gathering. While responding to the scene, Deputies located some of the victims/witnesses near Lansing road and Millett Hwy who identified a male family member/ suspect who they said had fired gunshots at them.  Deputies observed a bullet hole in one of the victim's vehicles.  Deputies who arrived at the residence observed the suspect leaving in a vehicle driven by another male and were able to stop the vehicle and detain the suspect.  Deputies recovered a pistol, magazine and ammunition. Further investigation at the scene indicated several persons had been felonious assaulted and gunshots had been fired at two of these victims by the male suspect. None of the victims were struck by the gunfire.  It was reported that the incident began when the suspect had physically assaulted his girlfriend in the residence and family members intervened inside and outside of the residence (no serious injuries).  Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich thanks the Lansing Twp. Police Department, Grand Ledge Police Department and the Michigan State Police for their response and valuable assistance  on this incident.

The 26  year old male suspect, a resident of  Lansing, was arrested for assault with intent to murder, felonious assault, domestic assault, possession of a stolen firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and lodged in the Eaton County Jail.  Charges are being sought from the Eaton County Prosecutors Office. 

As in the case of every arrest, the suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

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