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Sheriff Tom Reich

Sheriff Tom Reich
1025 Independence Blvd
Charlotte, Michigan 48813

517-543-3512 or 517-372-8217

 

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2017 News Releases

DECEMBER

 

 

EATON COUNTY FILL A COP CAR

2017

 

Sheriff Reich would like to thank everyone who donated and participated in making this year’s annual Eaton County Fill A Cop Car event so successful. He would also like to thank the following merchants throughout Eaton County for allowing the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and Mounted Division, Charlotte Police Department, Eaton Rapids Police Department, and Potterville Police Department to use their stores for donation sites:

            Family Fare in Eaton Rapids

            Dollar General in Potterville

            Carl’s Supermarket in Dimondale

            Meijer on West Saginaw

            Kroger’s on West Saginaw

            Wal-Mart in Lansing and Charlotte

The donations of food, non-perishable items, and money were taken to the following locations:

            7th Day Adventist Church in Delta Township

            Helping Hands in Charlotte

            Siren Shelter in Charlotte

            1st Presbyterian Church in Dimondale

            United Methodist Church in Potterville

            Hearts and Hands Food Bank in Eaton Rapids

Helping Hands passed this along to us – “The final weight of the food delivered to Helping Hands Food Pantry today was 2,565 lbs, which is enough food to feed 102 people for a week!  In addition, cash donations totaled $361!” 

Chief Weeks, Eaton Rapids Police Department, reported that because of the kindness of Eaton Rapid residents, 2-½ cars full of food and $658.92 in cash donations were given to the Hearts and Hands Food Bank in Eaton Rapids.

The generosity shown by the citizens of Eaton County toward families less fortunate is heart-warming and appreciated by law enforcement and members of the community alike. Thank you all!


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the shooting of three horses on Ainger Rd west of Charlotte.  There has also been a reward fund set up through Flagstar Bank for information leading to the conviction of the suspect(s) involved.  Anyone wishing to contribute can make checks payable to “Prince/Solo Reward Fund”, C/O Dyer Well Drilling & Service, 7300 Millett Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917.  Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact D/Sgt Josh Ivey at 517-543-5447, our crime tips hotline at 517-543-5433, or Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOP (7867).

 


NOVEMBER

 

The Eaton County Sheriff's Office assisted Grand Ledge and Bellevue Police today after two local businesses received suspicious calls which were perceived as threats against schools. It was quickly discovered the calls came from outside of Eaton County, and that there was absolutely no danger to any of our local schools or students.

Several schools initiated a “shelter in place” as a precaution for a short time. A “shelter in place” is simply a heightened level of security to the exterior of the building, while classroom instruction continues. No schools went into “Lockdown”, where all activities stop within the school.

Any calls of this nature are taken very seriously, and the Sheriff’s Office commends the pro-active approach to safety that our local schools take.


 

OCTOBER

 


 

At approximately 9:26 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Eaton Area EMS, and Charlotte and Hamlin Twp Fire Departments responded to the scene of a single vehicle traffic crash in the area of E. Five Point Hwy and Brookfield Rd. in Eaton Twp.  Upon arrival, first responders discovered that a male  was ejected from the vehicle.  The victim, 19 year old Thomas Waligorski from Potterville, was pronounced dead at the scene.  A second person in the vehicle was transported for non-life threatening injuries.  Traffic was diverted around the crash site for several hours while members of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Team investigated this fatal crash.  The investigation is ongoing.


 

 

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich wants to make you aware of two recent scams occurring in Eaton County. In the first instance, a citizen received an email supposedly from her bank advising her that her bank account was overdrawn $900. After several emails back and forth the victim did as they asked, which prompted her to get a legitimate call from her bank advising there were suspicious withdrawals on her account which ultimately resulted in a loss of $1,800. In a second scam, an elderly citizen was told her grandchild was in jail in another country for drunk driving and they needed $2,500. The victim got the money and went to the Meijer in Grand Ledge to wire the money via Western Union. Thanks to an alert cashier being aware of what was happening, the transaction was cancelled.

Sadly, there is always someone out there coming up with new ways to take your hard-earned money from you. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to keep you informed as we’re made aware of these scams.


 

DON’T VEER FOR DEER - BUCKLE UP, STAY ALERT, SLOW DOWN

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich wants to remind citizens to be careful when driving this fall, and remember “Don’t Veer for Deer!”. As the deer population becomes more active this fall, residents potentially will be faced with more deer encounters on the roadway.

Knowing how to react to deer on or next to the road is important to the safety of the driver and their passengers. The best course of action when faced with a deer in the road is to brake firmly while staying in your lane, even if it means you are going to hit the deer. The majority of deer crashes occur in the fall according to statistics, and on average vehicle-deer crashes result in 10 motorist fatalities each year. Statistics show in most vehicle-deer crashes, death and injury occur when drivers veer from their lane, hitting another vehicle or a fixed object such as a tree.

The following tips can help you avoid a serious problem with encountering a deer on the road:

Stay aware, awake, alert, and sober.

Wear your seat belt.

Watch for deer crossing signs.

Be more alert in the fall and spring, but keep in mind deer crashes can occur at any time.

Deer travel in groups. If you see a deer, slow down, as there may be others close by.

Be alert for deer at dawn and dusk. Over 90 percent of deer crashes occur during these times.

Do not swerve when faced with a deer in the road. Brake firmly, stay in your lane, and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop if possible.

These are a few important rules which can help keep you safer when encountering a deer. For more information on deer crashes and safety, please visit the Michigan Deer Crash Coalitions’ website at www.michigandeercrash.com

  


 

HUNTER SAFETY TIPS: HUNT SMART – HUNT SAFE

 Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich reminds citizens that with deer hunting season upon us, many sportsmen and women will take advantage of the opportunity to share time with their friends, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. The hunting season offers much in the way of sportsmanship and camaraderie, but it also poses some obvious inherent dangers. Every year, we hear of tragic, fatal accidents that occur because simple precautions and care are not being used with bows and firearms. Don't let what should be an enjoyable and memorable time turn into a tragedy.

Taking a hunter safety course is an excellent idea. Hunter education in Michigan has taught thousands of people safe hunting techniques, bow and firearm handling, and hunter ethics. Hunter safety is required if you were born after January 1, 1960, and you want to purchase any Michigan hunting license, or if you are planning an out-of-state hunting trip. Free Hunter Safety classes are offered at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office. Please call 517-543-5257 for dates of upcoming classes. A hunter safety certificate or previous hunting license is required to purchase any Michigan Hunting License. Hunters can be licensed at age 10. A hunter must be at least 12 years old to hunt deer, bear, or elk with a firearm. Hunters age 12-13 may hunt deer, bear, or elk with a firearm only on private land, including lands enrolled in the Commercial Forest program.

If you have your license, it is a good idea to remind yourself of some simple rules and laws to follow before you go out hunting. These important hunter safety tips will make everyone safer:

When Bow Hunting:

Prior to each use, check your bow and arrows for signs of damage or wear.

Only point your bow and arrow in a safe direction.

Only nock an arrow when it is safe to shoot.

Be sure of your target and what is in front of it, immediately behind it, and beyond it.

Never shoot over a ridge.

Only shoot when you have a safe range or shooting area, as well as a safe backstop or background.

Do not shoot at an animal standing on a ridge top (a “skyline” shot) where you cannot identify a safe background.

Keep your emotions under control, and think about safety first.

Do not drink alcohol or take mood-altering drugs before or during bow hunting.

Hunt and shoot within your own physical limitations.

Exercise regularly and stay in good shape, especially before strenuous hunts.

Let family or friends know exactly where you will be hunting.

Always carry broad heads in a sturdy quiver which fully covers razor-sharp blades.

Dress properly for the worst weather conditions you may encounter.

Carry basic survival gear every time you go into the field, even for short hikes.

Clearly identify the specific game animal you intend to shoot before releasing an arrow.

Carefully cross barriers or obstacles with arrows secured in a quiver.

When climbing into an elevated stand, always attach yourself to the tree from the time you start climbing until you are back on the ground.

Use a full-body harness that is attached so that you will drop less than a foot if you fall.

Always use a haul line to bring your gear into your elevated stand and to lower your gear when you are through hunting—do not climb or descend with a bow in your hand.

When Hunting with Firearms:

Always tell someone where you are hunting. Whenever you go out, make sure someone knows the area you will be in and when you are expecting to be back. This is important for hunting safety just in case there is an accident and they will know where to find you.

Treat every weapon as if it were loaded. This means point the muzzle in a safe direction and do not put your finger on the trigger unless you are prepared to shoot. Making this a habit will keep you and your hunting partners safe. Be certain of your target, and what is beyond it.

Dress for the weather. Protect yourself from hypothermia by checking the forecast and dressing appropriately. Simply being prepared will keep you safe hunting.

Check your equipment regularly and maintain it. Equipment that is not well-maintained can be a hazard to yourself and everyone around you.

When hunting with a firearm you must wear hunter's orange. This must be visible from all sides and worn on any hunting property. This will make you visible by other hunters in the area.

Be aware of what your target is. Be sure that what you are planning to shoot is your intended target and not another hunter.

Wear hearing and eye protection. It is required at the range and you should do the same while hunting. Protect your sight and hearing from damage.

Do not hunt while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These substances impair judgment as well as your ability to control your emotions. It is not wise to use a firearm while under the influence because it will not keep you or your companions safe. It is also illegal to hunt while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

• If you plan on hunting on someone else's land, always be sure to get permission from the property owner and if allowed, make sure they know when you will be there.

• Hunting from a tree, raised platform, or scaffold with a firearm is legal, but extra caution must be used when climbing up or down. Do not carry a loaded weapon as you climb. Falls are one of the fastest growing injuries to sportsmen and women.

These are a few important rules that should help keep your hunting trips safer. For more information on hunter safety and other seasonal information, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has an abundance of information on their website at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

 


 

On Friday, October 6, 2017, at 7:12 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a car/pedestrian crash that occurred just to the north of  the intersection of Waverly and St. Joe in Delta Township.  Upon Deputies arrival, a lone male victim pedestrian was located with critical injuries.  The Delta Fire Department quickly loaded the victim and transported him to Sparrow Hospital.  

The victim, 77-year-old resident of Delta Twp., Donald Debolt Jr.,  died of his injuries at Sparrow Hospital.  The preliminary investigation revealed that the area at the time of the crash was dark and it was raining.  A 24-year-old female Delta Township resident was driving southbound on Waverly Road when the male victim pedestrian entered the roadway and was struck by the female driver’s vehicle.  Neither speed or alcohol appear to be factors in this crash.  The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team and Detectives continue to investigate the accident.

 


 

 Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies  arrest Parole Absconder after lengthy foot  pursuit through neighborhood and occupied houses which the suspect entered .

On October 4, 2017 at approximately 4:36 pm Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an address on Conestoga drive in Delta Twp. to locate a runaway juvenile for the Lansing Police Department.  The runaway was believed to be at this residence with her boyfriend.

Deputies determined that the boyfriend, an 18 year old male was wanted for absconding while on parole.  The suspect was on parole following a conviction for unarmed robbery in Eaton County which occurred in September of 2016.  When Deputies entered the residence, the suspect fled through the neighborhood on foot.  During The suspect broke into two different residences occupied by the home owners.  The home owners assisted the pursuing Deputies with his direction of travel as he exited their homes and continued his flight.  Deputies relentlessly pursued the suspect and apprehended him near Brookside Drive.

Sheriff Reich stated  “ I am very proud of the outstanding efforts made by Sgt. Tietsort, Deputy Kanazeh and Deputy Travis in apprehending and arresting this fleeing parole absconder and preventing him from committing further criminal acts in this community.  We are also grateful for the valuable  assistance  from the victims of these home invasions”.

The suspect was lodged for the parole absconding charge and additional charges were sought from the Eaton County Prosecutors Office for 2 Felony Counts of Home Invasion First Degree and Resisting and Obstructing a police officer. 

Suspect Identification and booking photo will be released following his arraignment this afternoon.

 

 

 


 

SEPTEMBER

 

On September 11, 2017, around 1600 hrs Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol units were dispatched to a male down in the driveway of a residence on Creyts north of Saginaw Hwy.  Upon arrival they encountered a  female citizen that was doing CPR on the male.  The Good Samaritan just happened to be driving by and noticed the male down.  Deputy Dan Anderson, Deputy Tim Daust, and Deputy Heather Stefan all arrived quickly after the call. Deputy Daust retrieved his AED from his patrol car. Deputy Daust, with the assistance of Deputy Anderson and Stefan, applied the AED to the victim. The AED shocked the male victim and he began breathing.  Delta EMS continued his care and he was transported to a local hospital. We want to thank the Good Samaritan along with Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Delta Fire personnel for their actions that saved a life today.


Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich is happy to report the safe return of a 2-year-old boy who had been missing for several hours this afternoon. He had walked away from his home south of Charlotte with his dog. We are happy to announce the boy was safely located by the Grand Ledge National Guard helicopter in a corn field not far from his home. Many thanks are extended to the Charlotte Police Department, Michigan State Police, Olivet Police Department, Grand Ledge National Guard Helicopter Unit, and East Lansing K-9 Unit. Special thanks are extended to the little boy’s dog who never left his side.


 

AUGUST

 

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, at 12:52 p.m., the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle crash on I-496 west of Creyts Rd in Delta Township.  The preliminary investigation showed a vehicle with a lone male driver was travelling on e/b I-496 when he crossed the median.  The vehicle travelled between two MDOT trucks that were doing repair work on the westbound side of I-496.  The vehicle just missed striking one of the trucks then continued until it crashed into trees on the north side of w/b I-496.  The driver was uninjured.  Deputies believe that the driver was under the influence of “duster”, huffing this prior to the crash.  Deputies will continue to investigate and reports will be forwarded to the Eaton County Prosecutors Office.  The driver was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.  This crash highlights the dangers of huffing.  The driver, other motorists, and the MDOT workers are lucky not to have been injured in this dangerous incident.

 

 


 

At 1830 hrs., Eaton County units responded to a roll over crash in the area of S. Ionia Rd and Stoney Point Hwy. A SUV was traveling north bound on S. Ionia rd when it left the road and rolled multiple times. Five people were in the vehicle, four were ejected and one was pinned in. Four of the passengers were transported to area hospitals and the driver, who was ejected, was pronounced dead at the scene. It is believed that no one was wearing a seatbelt and speed was most likely a factor. This crash is still under investigation.


 

This afternoon at approximately 12:45pm, area police received information about a possible abduction from the mother of a 19 year old female.  The victim was able to send her mother messages indicating she was being held against her will by a male suspect, and was able to provide a description of the vehicle she was riding in with him.  The victim’s mother reported this information to 911, and at approximately 12:58pm, the suspect’s vehicle was located and stopped by the Lansing Township Police Department at Saginaw Hwy & Waverly Rd.  The 20 year old suspect is now in the custody of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, and the victim was found to be physically unharmed.   

This incident originated in Eaton County, and is still under investigation by detectives from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.  No further details will be released at this time. 

 


 

On Friday August 18th at approximately 9:30 a.m. Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta patrol were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Kentucky Fried Chicken located at 4509 W. Saginaw hwy. As an employee left the restaurant in their vehicle she was approached by two subjects in another vehicle. A subject wearing a ski mask exited the vehicle, produced a handgun, and demanded money. The suspects did not get any money from the victim and fled the scene. The suspect vehicle is described as a grey, two door, passenger car. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate this incident.

 


 

JULY

 

Eaton County Animal Control has been assisting the Ingham County Animal Control in a dog fighting and abuse/neglect investigation. On July 27, 2017, at about 3:10 p.m., the Eaton County Special Response Team, along with Eaton County Animal Control executed a search warrant on Thackin Drive,  which is located in part of the City of Lansing that is in Eaton County. The search warrant was part of a joint coordinated investigation with several other departments.   Eaton County Animal Control took 10 dogs into protective custody. They also seized several items to help support the investigation. No one was at the residence when the search warrant was executed. Eaton County Animal Control continues to investigate in cooperation with the Ingham County Animal Control Office.

 

 


 

On Wednesday July 26, 2017 around 1409 hours Eaton County 911 received a call about female possibly in cardiac arrest at the Citgo gas station in Delta Township located at 4819 W. Saginaw Hwy.  Deputy Pete Walter was down the road and arrived quickly. He found a 20 year old female behind a car that did not appear to be breathing and had a faint pulse. She was unconscious and turning blue. Deputy Walter administered a dose of narcan with no affect. He then returned to his patrol car and got two more doses and gave those to the female as well, one in each nostril. EMS arrived shortly after and the female was still unresponsive as they put her in the ambulance.  8 minutes later, the female victim was conscious and talking to medics in the ambulance. Sheriff Reich praises Deputy Walter and Delta Fire EMS for their quick actions that helped save this young woman’s life.

 


 

On Tuesday July 18,2017, around 9:30 a.m., the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a three vehicle accident on E/B I-496 just west of Waverly Rd in Delta Township.  The preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle being driven by a Delta Township resident rear-ended a box truck that was stopped in the roadway for a back-up created by a construction zone.  The force of the impact pushed the box truck into another stopped car in front of it. The lone male occupant of the first car was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of the other vehicles were not injured. 

 


 

UPDATE TO JULY 13 PRESS CONFERENCE- MURDER SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

July 14, 2017

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich is pleased to announce that murder suspect Nathaniel Bowers turned himself in to the Michigan State Police Multi-Jurisdictional Fugitive Apprehension Team in Detroit. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, Lansing Police and Capitol Area Violent Crime Initiative had been working with this team since the night of July 11th in an effort to locate Bowers. Sheriff’s Detectives are transporting him to the Eaton County Jail to be held for arraignment on the charges issued by the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sheriff Reich stated, “We extend our deep appreciation to all of these outstanding agencies that joined in the search for the suspect who is now in custody”.

On July 11, 2017 at 4:32 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a report of a shooting which occurred in the parking lot of the Quicky Convenience Store at 4820 S. Waverly Road in Delta Township. Upon arrival Deputies observed a 22-year-old male victim, Trevon McDuffy of Lansing, lying in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. Delta Township Fire Emergency Medical Services responded to provide emergency medical treatment, but Trevon died from his wounds on scene.

Our Detectives began investigating to locate and identify the suspect who had fled the scene. The suspect has been identified as Nathaniel Marcelious-Antonio Bowers, black male, 23 years old, 5’ 4’’ tall with a thin build. As a result of our investigation, the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized an arrest warrant for Open Murder and Felony Firearm.

The Lansing Police Department, Capitol Area Violent Crime Initiative Team, Michigan State University Police Department, and the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team have provided tremendous ongoing assistance in this murder investigation and search for suspect Nathaniel Bowers.

Bowers is considered to still be armed and we are making every effort to arrest him and remove this dangerous threat to public safety from the streets. We are asking that anyone who sees or has information about the location of Nathaniel Bowers to call 911 immediately.

If you are a witness or have any information regarding this crime, we are asking that you call Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sergeant Josh Ivey at 517-652-3315 or Mid-Michigan Crime stoppers at 517-483-STOP.


 

On July 11, 2017 at 4:32 pm Eaton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting which occurred in the parking lot of the Quickie Convenience store at 4820 S. Waverly Road. Upon arrival Deputies observed a male victim lying in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. Delta Township Fire Emergency Medical Services responded however the victim died from his wounds on scene. The Michigan State University Police Department assisted at the crime scene with new crime scene mapping technology. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are continuing to investigate information developed through the night. Detectives received immediate valuable assistance from the Lansing Police Department and Michigan State Police. Detectives have determined this was not a random act of violence.

The victim of this homicide is identified as:

Trevon Rashad McDuffy   22 years of age

Lansing resident.

 


 

At approximately 1348 hrs. on July 4, Eaton County Deputies were dispatched to a personal injury crash at Saginaw Hwy. and Robins Rd. involving two vehicles. One vehicle had rolled over and struck a light post, pinning the driver inside. Delta Twp. Fire Dept. extricated, and then transported the female driver by ambulance to a local hospital. Although serious, her injuries are not considered to be life threatening at this time.  Investigation by Deputies and Detectives into the circumstances and actions leading up to the crash revealed that 32 year old Lansing resident Tony Lorenzo Walker had intentionally crashed his vehicle into the victims vehicle.  The suspect and victims know each other.

Suspect Tony Lorenzo Walker was arrested and lodged.  He was charged today by the Eaton County Prosecutor and arraigned on 2 10 year Felony counts of Assault with intent to do great bodily harm and one 5 year count of Reckless operation of a motor vehicle causing serious injury,  Bond was set at $250,000.00 cash/surety

 


 

At approximately 1348 hrs. Eaton County Deputies were dispatched to a personal injury crash at Saginaw Hwy. and Robins Rd. involving two vehicles. One vehicle had rolled over and struck a light post, pinning the driver inside. Delta Twp. Fire Dept. extricated, and then transported the female driver by ambulance to a local hospital. Although serious, her injuries are not considered to be life threatening at this time. This crash is believed to be the result of an intentional act, and is still under investigation.

Saginaw Hwy. along with Clark Rd. were both closed for several hours, all roadways are back open.  

 


 

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 Dep. Donald E. Rice Training Room at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.:

            July 10, 11, and 13, 2017

September 5, 6, and 7, 2017

September 18, 19, and 21, 2017

October 2, 3, and 5, 2017

October 16, 17, and 19, 2017

October 30, November 1, and 2, 2017

Class size is limited to 50 students each session and there are no age restrictions. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Patrick Barnes at 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 and prepares sportsmen for a safer, more rewarding experience while in the outdoors.

 

 


 

JUNE

On Wednesday morning, June 28th, a citizen called to report her vehicle being stolen from her residence in Grand Ledge. The suspect was known to her. A few hours later, an employee of a local restaurant called Central Dispatch to report a male customer had come in and ordered a soda. While waiting for it, he was closing his eyes and appeared to be passing out at the table. When he realized he was being watched, he left without paying for his drink. The employee saw him drive away in a white Dodge Dart and gave the license plate number to Central Dispatch. It was confirmed as the vehicle stolen earlier in the day. The employee was also able to identify the subject from a photo line -up as the suspect the victim reported.

On Thursday, June 29th, a citizen called into Central Dispatch to report a possible intoxicated subject. They were given the license plate number and location of the vehicle, and it was the same stolen white Dodge Dart. An Eaton County Deputy was in the area and quickly arrested the individual who was positively identified as the suspect wanted for stealing the vehicle. The subject was believed to be highly intoxicated and taken to a local hospital. The 28-year-old male suspect who is a Leslie resident was subsequently lodged at the Eaton County Jail with charges being requested from the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office for OWI and Unlawful Driving Away of a Motor Vehicle. Sheriff Reich wishes to extend a special thanks to the citizens who assisted so much in the identification and arrest of this suspect. If not for their detailed observations and willingness to help, this intoxicated driver could have severely injured innocent citizens in his path. Many times it takes citizens and law enforcement working together for the safety of everyone, and this is an excellent example of this relationship at its best.  


 

Sheriff Reich is encouraging citizens take a few moments to read about this latest scam so that they do not fall victim to it.

Check out this article from USA TODAY:  Scammers now claiming the IRS already sent you 2 warnings

https://usat.ly/2t5B802

Thank you.


 

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. The Delta Library Lot will also be closed to motor vehicles.

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.

 

 


 

Animal Cruelty Complaint

On Wednesday, June 21 Eaton County Animal Control was contacted by the Capital Area Humane Society regarding a young female pit bull mixed breed which was found by a citizen near Strange Hwy and M-100 and brought to their shelter. The dog had signs of abuse and neglect including severe injuries and scarring around the muzzle and a shaved body with significant skin irritation.  The dog had recently weaned a litter of pups. An alleged suspect and owner of the dog is currently in custody on unrelated charges in another county. Eaton County Animal Control continues to investigate this case to determine where the abuse occurred and to arrest the person(s) who committed it. The Capital Area Humane society is offering a $500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

 


 

 

Arraignment was held today for Brent Lee McPhall, 36 year old Charlotte resident, who led Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Michigan State Police Troopers, and Charlotte and Potterville Police Department Officers on a chase over the weekend that resulted in his capture Sunday morning, June 11th. McPhall was arraigned on the following charges:

                Count 1: Controlled Substance – Possession of Methamphetamine/Ecstasy

                Count 2: Police Officer – Fleeing and Eluding – Third Degree

                Count 3: Police Officer – Fleeing and Eluding – Fourth Degree

                Count 4: Police Officer – Fleeing and Eluding – Third Degree

                Count 5: Malicious Destruction of Fire or Police Property

                Count 6: Police Officer – Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing

                Count 7: Police Officer – Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing

                Count 8: Driving While License Suspended/Revoked/Denied

Bond has been set at $100,000 cash surety.


 

On Saturday 6/10/17 at 8:45pm, Eaton County Delta Patrol Deputies were called to the Red Roof Inn at 7412 W. Saginaw Hwy for a report of domestic violence, with the victim reporting that the male suspect had attempted to kill her.  Upon arrival, Deputies encountered the male suspect in the parking lot, holding a broken liquor bottle.  The suspect appeared to be cutting himself with the broken bottle, and told the deputies he wanted them to shoot him.  The suspect was eventually convinced to drop the bottle and was taken into custody with no further injuries.  He was lodged at the Eaton County Jail after receiving medical treatment for his self-inflicted cuts.  The suspect, Harry Paul Krachmal, age 29 of Beulah, Michigan was arraigned today in connection with this case, and has been charged with Assault with Intent To Do Great Bodily Harm, Assault With a Dangerous Weapon, and Interference With an Electronic Communications Device.  His bond has been set at $50,000.


 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office was actively looking for a 36 year old male from the Charlotte area wanted for questioning on numerous felony crimes in the Tri-County area. Eaton County Sheriff Deputies located the suspects vehicle near Potterville at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10th. Deputies attempted a traffic stop on the suspect and he fled in his vehicle attempting to elude Deputies and Potterville Police Officers who pursued him to the area of Vermontville Hwy and Gunnel Rd. The suspect intentionally struck patrol vehicles during this pursuit. The suspect then fled on foot with Deputies and Officers in pursuit. The suspect was able to elude the deputies and an extensive area search was conducted.

Deputies were assisted by numerous agencies including the Potterville Police Department, Charlotte Police Department, Michigan State Police troopers, aviation unit and Fugitive Team, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, East Lansing Police Department, Lansing Police Department and Michigan State University Police.


 

MAY

 

ECSO responded to a call at Meijer where loss prevention witnessed a suspect break into a locked case and steal electronics. The suspect left the store being watched by loss prevention. Loss prevention then relayed that the suspect had got into car and began hitting other vehicles in the lot.  Deputies arrived and located the car that had fled Meijer had struck a tree near Michigan and Mall Dr South. The suspect was then seen fleeing on foot near Michigan and Green Meadows, which is near Winans Elementary School.  Winans Elementary students were on recess at this time of the fleeing suspect.  ECSO quickly contacted Waverly Schools and requested the children to be brought inside Winans and a lockdown of Winans, Waverly Middle and Waverly High Schools was also requested as precaution. 

A canine track was conducted but was unsuccessful. MSP aviation was training in the area so they helped from the air looking for the suspect. ECSO has since identified the suspect and will be requesting charges through the Eaton County Prosecutor. The stolen property was recovered in the area where the suspect fled.


 

GM Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant to host Active Violence Training exercise.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, the Delta Township Fire Department, and the General Motors Delta Assembly Plant have been working together on Active Violence Training and will be conducting a full-scale training exercise at the GM Assembly Plant in Delta Township on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.   This is part of our continued effort to prepare and train for an effective multi-agency response to an active violence incident in the tri-county area. Several local first responders will be participating including the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Delta Township Fire Department, the Michigan State Police, Charlotte Police Department, Potterville Police Department, East Lansing Police Department, Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Lansing Township Fire Department, Lansing Fire Department, Meridian Township Fire Department, Delhi Township Fire Department, and Eaton County Central Dispatch.

General Motors and first responders are training to promote public safety and to save as many lives as possible in the event something like this ever happens in the tri-county area. The exercise is closed to the public and some roads in close proximity to the plant may have partial or full closures for parts of the morning and early afternoon. Some areas around the plant will be closed except to those actively participating in the exercise.  


 

Eaton County, Charlotte PD, and Potterville PD, units temporarily shut down the north and south bound lanes of I69 Thursday night around 9:45pm for a rollover accident. A vehicle was traveling southbound on I69 at Otto rd when the driver lost control, entered the median, and rolled the vehicle, which finally came to rest in the northbound lanes of I69. Responding units were told by the occupants of the vehicle that the driver was ejected, but further investigation determined that they were not being truthful and that no one was ejected from the vehicle. No major injuries were sustained and only one vehicle was involved. At this time it is not believed that alcohol or drugs were a factor, but speed may have been.


 

At approximately 3:35 p.m. a call came in of a capsized boat near the Smithville Dam. There were 4 occupants. Three were able to reach shore. The fourth person was taken to Sparrow Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. The accident is under investigation.


 

On May 16, 2017 at 5;44am, The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to an injury accident on Island Hwy near Royston Road. The driver of a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling eastbound on Island  and ran into the back end of a 2016 Diax Icebear three wheel scooter. The driver of the scooter was thrown from the vehicle and was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the scooter was transported by Benton EMS to a Lansing Hospital with serious injuries. The driver and only occupant of the Chevrolet Cobalt was not injured. Both drivers are from the Charlotte area. Island Hwy just west of Royston was shut down for about an hour and half this morning and is now reopened. The accident remains under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.


 

Due to overwhelming response, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and the Lansing Area Safety Council are offering a second National Safety Council's Babysitter Safety Training Course on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, from 6-9 p.m. The class will teach young adults ages 11 - 15 to be responsible babysitters and citizens.

Students will be instructed on how to:

  • Set up and effectively run a babysitting business
  • Handle the basics of infant and childcare needs
  • Check the residence for household hazards
  • Give the basics of First Aid and CPR
  • React responsibly to medical emergencies and injuries
  • Properly and safely deal with stranger situations
  • Recognize emergent situations versus non-emergent and act responsibly
  • Entertain with games and songs
  • Prepare for each job
  • Interview potential clients and much more

This class will take place in the Eaton County Sheriff's Office Training Room off front lobby, 1025 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, MI 48813.  Cost is $10.00 per person payable the night of the course or on-line at www.safetycouncil.org.

 


 The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and the Lansing Area Safety Council are offering the National Safety Council's Babysitter Safety Training Course on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 6-9 p.m. The class will teach young adults ages 11 - 15 to be responsible babysitters and citizens.

Students will be instructed on how to:

  • Set up and effectively run a babysitting business
  • Handle the basics of infant and childcare needs
  • Check the residence for household hazards
  • Give the basics of First Aid and CPR
  • React responsibly to medical emergencies and injuries
  • Properly and safely deal with stranger situations
  • Recognize emergent situations versus non-emergent and act responsibly
  • Entertain with games and songs
  • Prepare for each job
  • Interview potential clients and much more

This class will take place in the Eaton County Sheriff's Office Training Room off front lobby, 1025 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, MI 48813.  Cost is $10.00 per person payable the night of the course or on-line at www.safetycouncil.org.


 

On Saturday 05-06-17 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a breaking and entering at a residence in the 600 blk of Harriet Avenue in Delta township. The homeowner had arrived home to find a subject inside the house. The suspect fled on foot. Deputies were able to quickly set up a perimeter and with the assistance of a K9 unit from the MSU police department began to track the suspect. Meanwhile, Deputies were flagged down by a citizen who told them of a subject seen hiding in the back yard of a nearby residence. Deputies located the subject who was in possession of stolen property from the residence. The K9 unit continued its track which led to where the suspect was located and recovered more stolen property. Jewelry and electronics taken from the residence were recovered. The suspect was lodged in the Eaton County Jail for the charge of Home Invasion.


 

APRIL

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 Dep. Donald E. Rice Training Room at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.:

            July 10, 11, and 13, 2017

September 5, 6, and 7, 2017

September 18, 19, and 21, 2017

October 2, 3, and 5, 2017

October 16, 17, and 19, 2017

October 30, November 1, and 2, 2017

Class size is limited to 50 students each session and there are no age restrictions. To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Patrick Barnes at 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 and prepares sportsmen for a safer, more rewarding experience while in the outdoors.

 


Press Release:

At 1625 hrs. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a two car personal injury crash at M-50/Stewart Rd. Initial reports said there were 2 occupants trapped inside one of the vehicles. Eaton Area EMS also responded, along with the Charlotte Fire Dept. Once extricated, two patients were transported to a Lansing Area hospital with serious injuries. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation team and Detective Bureau are continuing the investigation. At this time, Drugs and/or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in this crash.


On April 25th at 2:58 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol Deputies responded to the area of Webster Road near Old River Trail for a report of a suspicious vehicle and suspicious people in that area.  As Deputies arrived, they saw 2 people running out of the garage belonging to a resident on Webster Road.   A perimeter was formed, and after a search of the area, Deputies located and arrested two males, ages 17 and 14.  Subsequent investigation showed the suspects had been driving a stolen car and had previously broken into several other garages.  Stolen property from those crimes has been recovered, along with illegal drugs that were in the possession of one of the suspects.   The 17-year-old suspect from Grand Ledge will likely be arraigned this afternoon. He has been charged with Home Invasion 1st Degree and Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile.  The 14-year-old suspect’s identity is being withheld due to his age, but similar criminal charges have been requested for him through the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich thanks the alert citizens who immediately reported the suspicious activity and people they observed, which led to the successful apprehension of these suspects and the recovery of stolen property.   

 


 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office receives K-9 Extensive Trauma Kit for K-9 Cash from Back the Badge Michigan

Ms. Amy Waldrop, Chris Nelson, and Derica Guerra from Back the Badge Michigan came to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office today and presented Deputy Aaron Campbell and his K9 partner, Cash, with a canine extensive trauma first aid kit to take on patrol. The kits are called “buddy bags” and contain items designed for emergency first aid use in the event that K9 Cash is injured in the line of duty.

Deputy Campbell will receive training from Drs. Shull and Gehrke of the MSU Veterinary Clinic to apply these items to stabilize serious injuries to K9 Cash so he can be transported to the clinic for medical treatment.

Back the Badge Michigan received donations from Lansing Old Town restaurant Meat Southern B.B.Q., Carnivore Cuisine, and Waldrop Auto Repair of Grand Ledge from a fund raising event.

Sheriff Tom Reich is grateful for the strong support of Back the Badge Michigan and the generosity of those who contributed to provide this valuable life saving kit.

Please tune in to WILX TV-10 at 6:00 p.m. for the news story.                                 

 


 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office receives K-9 Extensive Trauma Kit for K-9 Cash from Back the Badge Michigan

On Monday, April 24th, at 3:30 pm, Ms. Amy Waldrop and Derica Guerra from Back the Badge Michigan will be at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office to present Deputy Aaron Campbell and his K9 partner, Cash, with a canine extensive trauma first aid kit to take on patrol. The kits are called “buddy bags” and contain items designed for emergency first aid use in the event that K9 Cash is injured in the line of duty.

Deputy Campbell will receive training from the MSU Veterinary Clinic to apply these items to stabilize serious injuries to K9 Cash so he can be transported to the clinic for medical treatment.

Back the Badge Michigan received donations from Lansing Old Town restaurant Meat Southern B.B.Q., Carnivore Cuisine, and Waldrop Auto Repair of Grand Ledge from a fund raising event.

Sheriff Tom Reich is grateful for the strong support of Back the Badge Michigan and the generosity of those who contributed to provide this valuable life saving kit.

 


 

Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces the following Capital Area Humane Society sponsored Pet Health Fair hosted at Eaton County Animal Control, 1065 Courthouse Drive, Charlotte:

                       

Pet Health Fair

Friday, May 5 from 2-6 p.m.

Eaton County Animal Control

vFree distemper and rabies vaccines

vWellness exams

vPlease note that you will be required to show some type of proof that you are in need of these services and are unable to pay. The following are examples of documents we will accept:

  • Social Security
  • Unemployment
  • Bridge Card
  • Michigan Section 8
  • Military ID (active)
  • College ID (currently enrolled)

No appointment needed. We will see up to 200 pets on first come, first served basis. All dogs must be leashed. All cats must be in a carrier. CAHS is providing this service only to benefit your family and pet. For more information, please contact the Capital Area Humane Society at (517) 626-6060.


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting the third Annual Five O 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at Sharp Park in Delta Township, Lansing, Michigan. The race starts at 10:00 a.m.

This event promises to be a fun-filled event for the entire family. In addition to the 5K Run/Walk, we will have an obstacle course for kids of all ages, a large display of emergency vehicles, and refreshments. First, second, and third place medals will be awarded in each age group.

In years past, proceeds from this event have paid for memorial plaques at the gravesites of our three fallen Deputies-Deputy Rice, Deputy Foster and Deputy Platt, and we were able to help so many other projects such as helping to fund ten honor guard uniforms, helping the Law Enforcement Unity Tour, contributing to the Michigan Law Enforcement Memorial, and other events that are law enforcement related.

The purpose of this event is to raise funds to again help any law enforcement related projects including continuing to support the Law Enforcement Unity Tour and helping to fund more honor guard equipment.   We use the honor guard at many functions including funerals that are law enforcement related. We also continue to give donations to area events or memorials that honor fallen officers.

We are also fortunate to have such noteworthy sponsors as Cops & Donuts, Quality Dairy, Canteen Services, Hedlund Plumbing, Dart Bank, MSU Federal Credit Union, and Commissioners Jane Whitacre and Howard Spence, just to name a few. We are grateful to our sponsors and the outpouring of community support for this annual event.

If you would like to participate in this family-oriented event, please visit the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office facebook page or email Jerri Nesbitt at Jnesbitt@eatoncounty.org for a registration form. Also, please contact Jerri at 517-543-5019 if you have any questions.

 


 

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 3:25pm, The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a rollover injury accident on Lansing Road between Kinsel and Stewart in Benton Township. Deputies were advised that at least one subject had been ejected from the vehicle. Charlotte Police Department and Potterville Police Department responded to the scene to assist. Benton Township Fire Department and EMS along with Eaton Area EMS responded as well. The vehicle had been traveling northbound on I-69 and lost control north of Otto Road. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled multiple times coming to rest on Lansing Road. The vehicle was occupied by 4 people. One backseat passenger was ejected from the vehicle and landed on Lansing Road. All four were transported to Lansing hospitals with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and it is believed that drugs and speed both factored into the cause of the accident.


 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputy receives Life Saving Award:

On April 17,2017 Deputy John Davidson was presented with a Life Saving Award from the Delta Township Fire Department . On February 26, 2017 Deputy Davidson was dispatched to the home of Noah and Shelly Busse in Delta Township. Noah had collapsed while assisting their son who was experiencing a medical problem. Noah was reported to be non-responsive and not breathing.

Deputy Davidson arrived to find Shelly administering CPR on her husband who was still unconscious and not breathing. Deputy Davidson had brought his assigned Automatic Electronic Defibrillator from his patrol vehicle and calmly but quickly applied this medical instrument. The AED delivered a shock which restored heart rhythm and Noah began breathing on his own. Deputy Ron Howard also arrived and assisted Deputy Davidson in continuing CPR.

Delta Township Fire Department Paramedics arrived on scene and immediately observed the effects of Deputy Davidson’s efforts, advising that Noah was breathing on his own and his color was returning. The paramedics continued administering life saving procedures and transported Noah to the hospital.

In presenting the award, Chief John Clark stated that Noah Busse had suffered a major heart attack and without a doubt, the quick response and efforts of Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Davidson saved his life.

Noah Busse has made a full recovery and was present with his wife and son for the award presentation. Noah expressed his deep gratitude by publicly thanking Deputy Davidson for saving his life.

Sheriff Reich stated “I am very proud of Deputy Davidson’s professional and effective use of his training and issued AED to fulfill our number one priority- protecting the lives of those we serve.”

Sheriff Reich also wishes to again recognize the Bretton Woods Lions Club 2015 donation which contributed to the purchase of our patrol AED’s.


 

PI Accident –

Occurred April 11, 2017,

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 2 car crash on Lansing Rd just west of Creyts this morning.  A motorist was having car trouble and his vehicle stalled in the roadway.  He put his hazards on and then he was struck from behind by another vehicle.  The second car was travelling at a very high rate of speed at the time of impact. The impact flipped the stalled car onto its side.  The second car was found to be at fault and the driver was cited. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and had to be towed.  The at-fault driver was not injured.  The driver of the stalled vehicle was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.


 

A nightshift employee at the MSU power plant who is also a volunteer at the Roscommon County Animal Shelter was driving home early this morning after her shift when she observed a stray dog eating along the Potterville exit ramp on I-69. She stopped and tried to coax the dog, but it was very skittish and ran toward I-69. She called into Central Dispatch to report the dog and went to the Shell gas station at that exit and bought dog and cat food, then drove back to the location. When she got there, Dep. Lopez was on scene. She stayed back and watched Dep. Lopez use his tactful charms to earn the stray dog's trust and was enticing him with Cheetos. The dog was very hungry, eating along I-69, and appeared to have been lost for awhile. Dep. Lopez was able to put the dog in his warm patrol vehicle and bring him to Animal Control. Animal Control Officers fed the dog, had him medically checked, and was given his shots. They said the dog is very well behaved. Special thanks are extended to the concerned MSU power plant employee and Dep. Lopez for their concern in saving the life of this stray dog.


 

On Monday, April 3rd, the daughter of two of our Eaton County senior citizens called asking if Eaton County Deputies could check on the well being of her parents. The daughter was concerned because her dad has a serious illness. Deputies Schlossberg and Hilliker responded and learned that the parents’ furnace had stopped working 4 days ago, and the wife had her husband wrapped in blankets. The Deputies asked if they could look at the furnace. They first determined that the pilot light was lit and by checking further discovered that the electrical breaker had tripped. They flipped the breaker and the furnace started working. They also encouraged her to keep her repair appointment to ensure there wasn’t something more serious causing the problem. The citizen called Administrative staff expressing her gratitude to the Deputies who went out of their way to help them.

This is one of many examples of the hearts for service that our Deputies have. We could post examples weekly - and probably should.   We are proud of Deputy Schlossberg and Deputy Hilliker and all of our Deputies who go far beyond law enforcement and try to be problems solvers, making a positive difference in our communities whenever they can.

Sheriff Tom Reich



 

MARCH

On 3/31/17 at approximately 5:35pm the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office - Delta Patrol responded to a call placed by employees inside the Lansing Mall, in reference to a male subject being in possession of a handgun.

Responding Deputies located the subject inside the mall and he was taken into custody without incident. The subject was not found to be in possession of a firearm.

The subject was lodged at the Eaton County Jail. Charges related to this incident are pending at this time and are being requested through the Eaton Prosecutor’s Office.

There is no threat to the public, and no injuries were reported as a result of this incident.


 

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies investigate methamphetamine lab, 2 suspects arrested.

In the early morning hours on March 21, 2017, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies conducted a search warrant at a residence on East Street in Olivet.   Deputies seized methamphetamine manufacturing lab components, materials and suspected methamphetamine. Deputies arrested the two residents, a 33-year-old male and a 23-year-old female (who was also wanted for two Bench warrants). Charges are being sought from the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office for:

  1. Felony-Operating/maintaining methamphetamine manufacturing lab,
  2. Felony- possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine
  3. Domestic assault (male suspect)

Authorized by:

Undersheriff Jeff Cook       


 

FATAL PERSONAL INJURY ACCIDENT -

This morning at approximately 5:45 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a vehicle/pedestrian Personal Injury crash on South Waverly Road near the I496 on ramp in Delta Township. A pickup truck driven by a 28 year old Delta Township man, struck a pedestrian in the south bound lane of Waverly road. The critically injured pedestrian, a 38 year old Lansing man, was transported to the hospital but did not survive his injuries. The fatal crash remains under investigation at this time.

Authorized by:

Undersheriff Jeff Cook


 

Eaton County Hosts Autism Safety Field Response Training

 

Over the last two days, Scott Schuelke from the Autism Alliance of Michigan presented four sessions of Autism Safety Field Response training at the Eaton County Sheriff's Office. 85 first responders from across the mid-Michigan area attended this training, which provides information to help first responders recognize possible signs of a person who may have autism. It also provides tips and tools to help first responders interact safely and effectively with those with autism. To date approximately 50 Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, including Corrections personnel, have taken this training. We are grateful for this program, and send our thanks to Mr. Schuelke, the Autism Alliance of Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for providing this valuable training!

                                        

Authorized by:

Undersheriff Jeff Cook


 

PIA-Press Release

On 3/15/17 at 8:50pm, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single vehicle personal injury crash which occurred in the 5000 block of Allegan Road in Vermontville Township.  Preliminary investigation indicates a Subaru was traveling northbound on Allegan Road when it left the roadway and struck several trees.  Vermontville Fire and Eaton Area EMS responded to the scene to treat the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle for injures.  Aero Med responded and airlifted the victim, a 52 year old male Vermontville area resident to a local hospital for treatment.  The victim remains in critical condition.  The crash remains under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Accident Team.



 

Eaton County successfully implements on-line Self Reporting Storm Damage program.

With the recent wind storm which caused damage to residences in multiple areas throughout Eaton County, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services activated its new on-line self reporting tool for public use. The program was only recently developed by Eaton County’s Technology Department GIS Specialist and the wind storm was the first time it was used. Residents were able to self enter property damage from the storm, allowing Emergency Services officials to get a much faster understanding as to the extent of losses. The reports can be viewed by using the County’s GIS mapping applications, as soon as they are entered.

Self Reported Information gathered was verified by reviewing the homeowner’s uploaded photos, and in some cases on site visits by Sgt. Brown, Emergency Services Program Manager. The number of reports, degree of damage, and damage amount estimate of losses is then forwarded on to the Emergency Management/Homeland Security Division (EMHSD) of the Michigan State Police. Any personal information which is self entered, (name, phone numbers, etc), is not included in the forwarded report. With the type of damage we normally see from a wind event, the basic homeowners policy does cover the majority of the losses. What the EMHSD looks closely at is the amount of losses not typically covered by the homeowners insurance policy, and if that damage makes the primary residence un-inhabitable. This on-line tool helps get this information to EMHSD sooner, which can speed up emergency disaster relief. All damage is rated using strict criteria set by the EMHSD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  

Historically, damage assessment by Emergency Services is very labor and time intensive. With the entire county affected, assessors would have had to conduct drive-by surveys, which would not include damage not visible from the road. By utilizing technology, we are able to get a much more comprehensive report with less hours spent in the field.

We had some minor implementation issues, as this was the first time this program had ever been used, but overall Sheriff Reich said he is very satisfied with how it performed. Over 11,700 people were reached simply by posting the link to this program on the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. For any future events, the web page link would again be posted on-line on the Sheriff’s web site, Facebook page and with local media partners.

Eaton County received about seventy reports of damage via the on-line reporting tool. Sixty-five of the reports reviewed were found to be at the “affected” level, which is the lowest. These may include loss of shingles, siding, or damage to structures other than the primary residence. Five damage reports were rated higher, mostly due to trees falling on houses. Had the storm caused more severe damage, this type of information would be the first step toward possibly obtaining any State of Federal disaster relief. While any property damage is very disruptive to our daily lives, the loss of the primary residence is what we are most concerned about.

Authorized by:

Undersheriff Jeff Cook


For Immediate Media Release:

On Monday, March 13, 2017 at approximately 7:39 pm, Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Delta Township Division, responded to an armed robbery of the Admiral gas station, located at 4306 W. Saginaw Hwy.

                      

Initial information indicates a light skinned black male suspect entered the business and displayed a handgun to an employee. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of money and fled the business to a nearby vehicle. The employee was not injured.

The Detective Bureau of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate this incident.

If you have any information related to this incident please contact the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

 


For Immediate Media Release:

SHERIFF'S OFFICE URGES EXTREME CAUTION DURING WIND ADVISORY

March 8, 2017 (Eaton County, Mich.) – Sheriff Tom Reich and the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to use extreme caution as Eaton County experiences wind gusts of up to 65 miles per hour or more.

Reports of downed power lines, nonworking traffic signals, downed trees and large branches, and traffic accidents due to the wind gusts are occurring throughout the county.

“Please do not go near a downed power line and be aware of the potential for fallen trees, branches, and blowing debris that may cause a potentially dangerous situation,” said Sheriff Tom Reich.

Please report any cases of power outages to your power company provider and report any emergency situations by dialing 911.

 


FREE BOATING SAFETY CLASSES

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

            May 1, 2, and 4, 2017

May 15, 16, and 18, 2017

May 30, 31, and June 1, 2017

            June 12, 13, and 15, 2017

            June 19, 20, and 22, 2017

Classes will be held in the Sheriff’s Office Dep. Donald E. Rice Training Room, 1025 Independence Blvd, Charlotte and there are no age restrictions.  

This is a course for all boaters, the personal watercraft operator; the hunter or fisherman operating an outboard utility boat; the skipper of a family ski boat; the sailing enthusiast. All boaters must follow the same nautical rules, regulations and courtesies of the water. All are subject to the same forces of nature while boating.

As boating is often a family activity, the course is of value to all members of a boating family.

Qualified, enthusiastic and experienced instructors provide instruction as a public service. There is never a charge for instruction. While the content of the student manual serves as the basis for this course, it will also serve as a reference book in basic boating long after the course work is completed. The course meets the educational standards of NASBLA, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and features a final examination as required by Michigan Law.

Please call Patrick Barnes at 517-543-5257 to register.



FEBRUARY

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE EATON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:

Update on yesterday’s (02/18/2017) triple fatal vehicle accident in Walton Township, Eaton County.

The three victims of the crash are all family members, and were all from the single vehicle involved.  They are listed below:

KEVIN HAAS, age 63, from Linden, MI

KIMBERLY TRASCIATTI, age 66, from Howell, MI

LORRAINE HAAS, age 88, from Hartland, MI

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


PRESS RELEASE:

 

On 2/18/2017 at 7:26 AM, Eaton County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a personal injury accident located near I-69 and Ainger Road in Walton Township, Eaton County. This was a one car accident that started on the offramp from southbound I-69 to Ainger Road. The vehicle, a blue Ford pickup, left the roadway while exiting and crashed in a swampy, wooded area. There were three occupants in the vehicle. Two were ejected from the vehicle. All three suffered fatal injuries. Two of the occupants were pronounced deceased at the scene, and one was transported to the hospital but later pronounced deceased. Names of the victims are not being released until notification can be made to the family. The ECSO Accident Team and Detective Bureau is investigating.


Media Release:

Eaton County Sheriff Deputy narrowly escapes serious injury from suspected Drunk Driver.

On February 2, 2017 at approximately 2:12 a.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were assisting Michigan State Police Trooper Williams who had made a traffic stop on E/B Saginaw Hwy at Canal Road. Deputy Stopczynski was standing near the front of his patrol vehicle when an E/B pickup truck struck the driver’s side of the patrol vehicle and then his left arm, very nearly running him over. Deputy Schlegel, who was standing just to the right of Deputy Stopczynski when he was struck, and Trooper Williams pursued the suspect vehicle E/B on Saginaw Hwy and arrested the driver (lone occupant) at the Meijer gas station on Saginaw Hwy.

The suspect is identified as 25-year-old Lansing resident, Benjamin Murphy. (See attached photo)

Murphy has been arraigned on charges issued by the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office of:

  1. OWI (misdemeanor)

  2. Failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing injury (1 year misdemeanor)  

  3. Fleeing and Eluding Police Officer 4th degree, (2 year Felony).

Sheriff Tom Reich stated “We are tremendously relieved and grateful to inform you that Deputy Stopczynski was treated at a local hospital and will be back to full duty soon. Only a foot of space separated Deputy Stopczynski from being severely injured or killed. It is very fortunate that Deputy Schlegel and Trooper Williams were not also struck. This highlights the danger law enforcement officers face very day when conducting traffic stops or investigating vehicle crashes on our streets and highways.”


JANUARY

On 01/21/17 at approximately 2:50pm Eaton County deputies responded to a car v. bicycle accident in the area of Battle Creek Rd. and Cronk Hwy, just outside the village of Bellevue.  A couple, Richard Pulliam, age 66, and Shelly Pulliam, age 65, were riding a tandem bicycle northbound on Battle Creek Rd, when it was hit from behind by a car which was also traveling northbound.  Shelley Pulliam died at the scene and Richard Pulliam was transported to Sparrow Hospital and is in critical condition. Battle Creek Rd. was shut down until 7:00pm while deputies processed the scene.  The accident is still under investigation at this time, but the road has since been reopened.


 

 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol responded to an Armed Robbery at KFC, 4509 W. Saginaw Hwy around 10:30 pm Sunday night. The suspect entered the store and displayed a gun to get an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect then fled on foot eastbound from the store. A K9 track was unsuccessful. Nobody was injured in the incident. Anybody with information can contact Detective Buxton 517-323-8484.

 

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