Office of the Eaton County Sheriff 



Sheriff Tom Reich

Sheriff Tom Reich
1025 Independence Blvd
Charlotte, Michigan 48813

517-543-3512 or 517-372-8217


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Weekly update 2017



Weekly Update

December 18, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

20 Alarms 19 Car/deer   accidents
18 Assist Citizen 14 Check well beings
13 Domestic disputes 56 Shoplifting   complaints
14 Larcenies 3 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
15 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
74 Property damage   crashes 45 Cars in the Ditch
37 Traffic hazards 107 Traffic stops
15 Traffic   violations 13 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 804 calls for service/events.

With Christmas only a few days away, it is important to remain vigilant. Here are a few reminders:

When traveling:

  • Avoid sharing on social media that you will be out of town.
  • Keep a winter survival kit in your car that includes blankets, jumper cables,      flashlights, extra layers of clothing and a shovel.
  • Give yourself extra time to get to your destination. Additionally, let someone      know when you’re expected to arrive.
  • Buckle up, slow down and don’t drink and drive. 

When shopping:

  • When shopping online, make sure the web address always starts with “https” to ensure it is a secure site.
  • When at the store or in the mall, carry a purse close to your body or a wallet      in your front pocket.
  • Do not leave shopping bags visible in your car. Cover packages up or place      them in the trunk.
  • Review  your bank and credit card statements often for fraudulent charges.

As 2017 draws to a close, I want to express my appreciation to the citizens of Eaton County for their continued support towards me and the finest Deputies I have ever had the pleasure of representing. Nearly weekly I have received letters, cards, emails, and phone calls from countless citizens expressing their appreciation for an act of kindness displayed by an Eaton County Deputy. I read each and every one and am truly thankful to each of you for the thoughtfulness. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year filled with family, friends, and special memories.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


Weekly Update

December 11, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

38 Alarms 33 Car/deer   accidents
24 Assist Citizen 17 Check well beings
14 Domestic disputes 31 Shoplifting   complaints
12 Larcenies 18 Drug Offenses/   Overdoses
16 Operating while   impaired 15 Personal injury   crashes
45 Property damage   crashes 24 Suspicious   situations
32 Traffic hazards 296 Traffic stops
31 Traffic   violations 9 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,007 calls for service/events.

Drive Slow on Ice and Snow – This   past week we experienced our first measureable amount of snow. With this Eaton County Sheriff Deputies   responded to 45 property damage crashes and 15 personal injury crashes. Remember when traveling this winter, allow   yourself extra time to reach your destination. Remember to “Drive Slow on Ice and Snow,” as   the majority of winter driving crashes can be attributed to motorists going   too fast for the roadway conditions.

Driving slower on snowy and icy roads allows the driver a longer   reaction time. It can take up to 10 times longer to stop in snowy or icy   conditions.

Help Prevent Auto Theft during the Holiday Shopping Season – As the holiday shopping season continues, the Michigan Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) is reminding the public to be aware of their surroundings and where purchases are stored in parked vehicles.  Thieves often target shopping center parking lots looking for vehicles with bags and packages left in plain view. Follow these tips to help lessen the chance of becoming a victim:

 Park in a well-lit area

 Place shopping bags in the trunk

 Use storage compartments that keep valuables out of sight

 Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended

 Watch for suspicious activity or for anyone who may be following you

 Close windows when your vehicle is parked

 Install a car alarm or panic alarm on your vehicle

Do you need any last minute gift ideas? Why not give the gift of Preparedness: The holiday gift-giving season is a good occasion to help your friends and family prepare for an emergency or disaster.

1. Emergency Preparedness Kit: At minimum, every household should have an emergency kit stocked with food, water, a first aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, clothing and a blanket.

2. LED Emergency Hand-Crank Lantern: During a power outage, an emergency hand-crank lantern can provide a light source with just 60 seconds of cranking. Most emergency hand-crank lanterns also have the option to run power from a battery source or utilize solar power.

3. Mobile Phone Battery Charger: When the power goes out, a mobile phone battery charger can help you stay connected with loved ones.

4. Water Filtration Bottle: Can be used in an emergency to provide clean drinking water or during routine outdoor recreational activities.

5. Disaster Preparedness Book for Kids: A disaster preparedness book can teach children about emergency plans that are in place at home, school or while traveling. These types of books also allow children to participate in their own personal preparedness.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich




Weekly Update

December 4, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

23 Alarms 38 Car/deer   accidents
22 Assist Citizen 27 Check well beings
13 Domestic disputes 44 Shoplifting   complaints
7 Drug Offenses   /Overdoses 16 Suspicious   Vehicle
20 Larcenies 7 Motorist Assists
25 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
25 Property damage   crashes 32 Suspicious   situations
27 Traffic hazards 298 Traffic stops
27 Traffic   violations 11 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,008 calls for service/events.

Saturday, December 2nd was the Annual Fill A Cop Car event. It is citizens throughout Eaton County that continue to make this event the success that it is, and this year was no exception. On behalf of the members of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Charlotte Police Department, Eaton Rapids Police Department, and Potterville Police Department, thank you all for your donations of food, non-perishable items, and money that went to the 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, and Hearts and Hands Food Bank in Eaton Rapids.

Christmas brings out the decorator in all of us. For many of us, certain Christmas decorations passed down through the generations bring back memories that hold a special place in our hearts. It’s a time for families to get together to decorate the tree that everyone says looks like the best tree you’ve ever had. And it’s a time to come together to share traditions that make the season as special as it is. To keep this season special, below are some holiday related safety tip reminders:

Christmas Tree Safety:

  • Make sure your real tree is not too dry. Dry trees are perfect for catching fire!
  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure that it is flame retardant.
  • Water your live tree daily. As a rule of thumb, your tree needs one quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter.
  • Trees should be no closer (and if best farther) than 3 feet from candles,      fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, heat vents and other heat sources.

Lights and Electrical Safety:

  • Only purchase UL-listed lights and extension cords.
  • If you are decorating outdoors, use products that are rated for outdoor use.
  • Before placing your lights (inside or outside), inspect them for any damage that may have occurred in storage.
  • Unplug lights before you change bulbs.
  • If you need to get on a ladder to hang lights, try to use a wooden or      fiberglass-reinforced plastic one instead of a metal one.
  • Do not connect too many strings of lights together. The general rule is 3, but check with the packaging.
  • Do not overload extension cords or sockets.
  • Check your lights every now and then and make sure the wires are not warm to the touch.
  • Always turn off your lights before going to bed or leaving the house. This is a big one that many of us are guilty of. You spend all that time      decorating and you want to show it off. We understand! But we also would hate for you to return home to a fire or wake up to one!

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich



Weekly Update

November 6, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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


28 Alarms 59 Car/deer accidents
15 Assist Citizen 18 Check well beings
2 CSC Reports 6 Drug Offenses
17 Domestic disputes 48 Shoplifting complaints
17 Larcenies 7 Motorist Assists
18 Operating while impaired 12 Personal injury crashes
36 Property damage crashes 18 Suspicious situations
21 Traffic hazards 129 Traffic stops
21 Traffic violations 5 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 839 calls for service/events.

Before we get caught up in the festivities of the holidays, I wanted us all to take a few minutes to remember the importance of Veterans Day. Most, if not all, of us have family members, friends, co-workers, and neighbors who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces. Sadly, many of us have lost loved ones far too early who gave their lives fighting for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Veterans Day – VeteransDay annually falls on November 11th. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.

Observance - Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11:00 a.m. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.

History - On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. President Wilson said it best when he proclaimed the day should be "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory".

In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. They also requested that the president should "issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11th and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples."

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11th each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". Congress approved this change, and on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.

If you know someone who is a veteran or who is currently serving, why not take a few minutes and thank them for their service, give them a hug, a high five, or a fist bump. It doesn’t take much to show them how much they are appreciated.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich



 Weekly Update

October 23, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

39 Alarms 39 Car/deer   accidents
27 Assist Citizen 12 Check well beings
6 Criminal Sexual   Conduct Rpts 1 Death   Investigation
17 Domestic disputes 29 Shoplifting complaints
18 Larcenies 12 Motorist Assists
13 Operating while   impaired 10 Personal injury   crashes
30 Property damage   crashes 21 Suspicious   situations
26 Traffic hazards 269 Traffic stops
43 Traffic   violations 10 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 965 calls for service/events.

The following are a couple of the many incidents Eaton County Deputies handled throughout the week:

  • On October 21st a Be On the Lookout was received from Ionia County.   Later in the evening an Eaton County Deputy saw a car driving on its rim in the area of M43 and Timbercreek. This was the vehicle Ionia County was looking for. The suspect may have driven for nearly 50 miles on a rim and nearly caused an accident when the Eaton County Deputy went to stop him for Operating While Impaired and Operating Under the Influence of Drugs. Suspect was taken into custody.
  • On October 22nd, an unwanted subject call was received from a residence on Ford Hwy. The home owners’ son came to the residence in a red Buick. When Eaton County Deputies arrived, the suspect fled on foot.   Additional Eaton County Deputies and a Clinton County K-9 were brought in to assist in locating the suspect wanted for outstanding warrants including felony possession of cocaine. The suspect was found about 20 feet from the Buick and was lodged on the warrants.

National Crime Prevention Month.   As National Crime Prevention Month comes to a close, I wanted to save this week’s edition for giving you tips on keeping your ghosts and goblins safe this Halloween.


Walk Safely:

  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
    1. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  2. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
    1. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  3. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  4. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult - Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe:

  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween:

  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

 Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


Weekly Update

October 16, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

33 Alarms 21 Car/deer   accidents
18 Assist Citizen 12 Check well beings
26 Domestic disputes 38 Shoplifting complaints
14 Larcenies 10 Motorist Assists
21 Operating while   impaired 14 Personal injury   crashes
40 Property damage   crashes 25 Suspicious   situations
32 Traffic hazards 312 Traffic stops
35 Traffic   violations 10 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 998 calls for service/events. Law enforcement officers see things that most of us can’t even begin to imagine. Here are a couple of our more interesting calls this week:

  • Suspicious Vehicle in Delta Township at 3:10 a.m. – Homeowner called regarding an unknown car in his driveway. Eaton County Deputies arrived to find 3 subjects in a car, 2 of them were passed out and the third began growling at the Deputy. The driver was lodged for Operating While Intoxicated 1st, and 2 were transported by EMS for high intoxication.
  • Breaking & Entering on E. Saginaw Hwy.  The homeowner was holding the suspect at gun point in the front yard.  Eaton County Deputies arrived and secured the suspect.  The suspect was intoxicated and crashed his car just down the road.  It sounded like he had no idea where he was and was looking to get out of the cold.  The suspect never got more than a step in the house, but he did go through their cars and steal some change.  The suspect was lodged on the Operating While Intoxicated, Larceny from Auto, and Unlawful Entry. 
  • Personal Injury Accident on Kinsel Hwy.  A homeowner called in to report there was a female covered in blood on her door step.  The driver said she swerved off the road and hit some trees.  She was transported to Sparrow.  The driver asked the Deputies to get some things out of her truck, and when they were doing that, the Deputies found some ICE.  The driver was charged with Operating Under the Influence of Drugs.

National Crime Prevention Month. Sadly, there are many areas of crime prevention we all need to be mindful of. This week I felt it important to focus on protecting yourself from violent crime.

  • Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.
  • When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you.
  • Carry only the money you’ll need on a particular day.
  • Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.
  • Try to park in well-lighted areas with good visibility and close to walkways, stores, and people.
  • Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door.
  • Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running.
  • Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into his or her car.
  • If a dating partner has abused you, do not meet him or her alone. Do not let him or her in your home or car when you are alone.
  • If you are a battered spouse, call 9-1-1 immediately. Assault is a crime, whether committed by a stranger or your spouse or any other family member. If you believe that you and your children are in danger, call a crisis hotline or a health center (the police can also make a referral) and leave immediately.
  • If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don’t give up your life.
  • If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


Weekly Update

October 9, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

40 Alarms 26 Car/deer   accidents
15 Assist Citizen 24 Check well beings
19 Domestic disputes 32 Shoplifting complaints
20 Larcenies 10 Motorist Assists
18 Operating while   impaired 8 Personal injury   crashes
28 Property damage   crashes 22 Suspicious   situations
21 Traffic hazards 236 Traffic stops
28 Traffic   violations 5 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 891 calls for service/events.

On October 4, 2017 at approximately 4:36 p.m. 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 chase, 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.

The suspect, Isaiah Murray, was lodged for the parole absconding charge and arraigned on 2 counts of Home Invasion 1st degree (20 year felony), and 1 felony count of Resisting & Obstructing Officers. Bond is $50,000.00 Cash/Surety.

National Crime Prevention Month. With a family’s daily school, work, sporting, and social event schedules, it is not uncommon for children today havetheir owncell phone.   While it’s comforting to know your children can call or text you at any time, it is important to make them aware of the responsibility that comes with having a cell phone. The following are some cell phone rules hopefully you will find helpful in teaching your child the do’s and don’ts of having a cell phone.  


  • Never write or forward a photo, or anything in a text, that you wouldn’t want forwarded to everyone in your school, your principal and your parents. Remember that everything you send can become public.
  • Always ask before you forward a text or photo. Be respectful. How would you feel if someone forwarded an unflattering photo of you?
  • Always ask before you take a photo or video. Even once someone has given you permission to take a photo, ask before you post it.
  • If someone asks you to send a sexy photo, remember that even with Snapchat (which "evaporates" the photo), the picture can be copied and forwarded to others. Anyone could see it -- every kid in the school, your teachers, your parents. It happens all the time to great kids. Just don't send it. And talk to your parents about it.
  • If you receive a sexy photo, immediately delete it from your phone, tell your parents or an adult you trust, and block the number so you can't receive more. Possession or distribution of sexual pictures of people who are underage is illegal. If the person who sent it to you asks why, just say "It's illegal. Let's talk instead."
  • Send appropriate texts, email, or picture messages only. Do not give out your address or other personal information on a phone call, text, Facebook, or email to people you don’t know, or if others can hear you.
  • Never respond to numbers, email, texts, pictures, or voicemails you don't recognize.
  • If you receive an unsolicited text, that's spam. Don't click on it. Instead, tell your parents so they can report the problem and have the caller blocked.
  • Don't download apps without your parents' permission. 
  • Don't spend your baby-sitting money all in one place. You don’t need more ringtones. Get unlimited texts so you don’t have to worry about budgeting.
  • Set up your charging station in the living room so your phone is not in your room at night.
  • No cell phones at the dining room table.
  • No cell phones out of your backpack while you're in class.  And of course turn the sound off.
  • Have a life. Don’t feel obligated to respond to texts right away and don’t text until homework is done, during dinner, or after 9 p.m.
  • L8R – Later! If you’re driving, turn off your cell phone and put it in a bag where you can’t reach it in the back seat. (Make sure you have directions before you start out.) Cars kill people.
  • Nothing replaces FtF. If a “friend” sends you a mean message, take a deep breath and turn off your phone. Talk to them the next day, Face to Face, about it. Never say anything via text that you wouldn’t say Face to Face.
  • Monitor your phone usage to prevent addiction. Our brains get a little rush of dopamine every time we interact with our phones, so every text you send or receive, every post or update, feels good. Why is that a problem? Because it can distract us from other things that are important but maybe not so immediately rewarding, like connecting with our families, doing our homework, and just thinking about life. To prevent addiction, make sure you block out time every day -- like while you have dinner and do homework -- when your phone is off. If you feel like that's too hard, talk to your parents about it and ask for their help. There are programs that prevent your phone from being used at times you designate.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


Weekly Update

October 2, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

40 Alarms 15 Car/deer   accidents
22 Assist Citizen 22 Check well beings
25 Domestic disputes 31 Shoplifting complaints
24 Larcenies 15 Motorist Assists
25 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
32 Property damage   crashes 23 Suspicious   situations
20 Traffic hazards 369 Traffic stops
23 Traffic   violations 4 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,061 calls for service/events.

Personal Injury Accidents: 1) Head-on collision on Nashville Hwy just east of Mason Rd - One driver went to Sparrow Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The other driver was treated at the scene and released.  An eastbound pickup turned left into private drive and failed to yield to a westbound SUV.  2) A Deputy was traveling southbound on Elmwood in Delta Township when a vehicle came by at over 100 mph northbound on Elmwood.  The vehicle proceeded through the red light at Willow and was not able to negotiate the curve on Greenbriar and crashed in to a bi-level home and miraculously no one was hurt, and the driver didn’t suffer any life threatening injuries. 3)M50 and Vermontville - A female was eastbound on Vermontville and never stopped at the stop sign.  Fully loaded semi was southbound and had no chance to avoid her.  Female suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to sparrow.  The road was closed down for a little over an hour.   

National Crime Prevention Month. Last week focused on keeping your children safe in your neighborhood and Neighborhood Watch groups. To continue our series I want to give you information on internet safety.

Almost all children today have access to the Internet through schools, libraries, community centers, or their home. Not only do more children have access to the Internet than ever before, but they are using it more, too. Many schools incorporate the Internet into their curricula and encourage online research for projects. But that’s not all kids are doing online. They also email, chat with friends through instant messenger and in chat rooms, play games, create websites and web blogs, and just surf the ‘net. Even as kids grow savvier in their use of the Internet, it can still be a dangerous place. The good news is that most dangers can be avoided if children and their parents learn about smart Internet use.

Tips for Parents -

  • To guard against identity theft, never give out your Social Security number. Treat it as confidential information.
  • Commit all passwords to memory. Never write them down or carry them with you.
  • When using an ATM machine, make sure no one is hovering over you and can see you enter your password.
  • When participating in an online auction, try to pay the seller directly with a credit card so you can dispute the charges if the merchandise does not arrive or was misrepresented. If possible, avoid paying by check or money order.
  • Adopt an attitude of healthy skepticism toward websites that offer prizes or giveaways. Chances are, all that’s been “won” is the opportunity to buy something you didn’t want in the first place.
  • Choose a commercial online service that offers parental control features.
  • Tell your children never to give out their address telephone number password school name or any other personal information.
  • Make sure your children know to never agree to meet face-to-face with someone they’ve met online without discussing it with you. Only if you decide that it’s okay to meet their “cyber-friend” should they arrange to meet this person, and then the meeting should be in a familiar public place in the presence of a trusted adult.
  • Tell your children never to respond to messages that have bad words, are scary, or just seem weird.
  • Tell your children never to enter an area that charges for services without asking you first.
  • Tell children never send a picture of themselves to anyone without your permission.
  • Make sure that access to the Internet at your children’s school is monitored by adults.

Parents' Guide to Social Networking Websites

You’ve probably heard the names –,, These are some of the top social networking websites that have become an online craze for teens and for many adults. You’ve probably also heard some stories about how pedophiles are surfing these pages for their next targets, or how teens are having their identities stolen after posting too much information online. The good news is that young people can protect themselves and their personal information easily, if they know how. As a parent, you can teach your children how to safely use social networking websites and make sure that they do. Below are some ways that you can protect your children and their personal information online.

Talk to your kids about the risks -

  • Explain that online information and images can live forever. It can be very hard and sometimes impossible to take down information that is posted, and photos and information may already have been copied and posted elsewhere.
  • Tell your children not to post any identifying information online. This includes their cell phone number, address, hometown, school name, and anything else that a stranger could use to locate them.
  • Explain that anyone in the world can access what they post online. Tell your children that some college admissions boards and employers are checking social networking sites before they admit students or hire people.
  • Remind your children never to give out their passwords to anyone but you – not even their friends. Explain that if someone has their password, they could post embarrassing and unsafe information about them on their personal pages and even pose as your children to talk to other people.
  • Make sure that children understand that some people they meet online may not be who they say they are. Explain that on the Internet many people are not truthful about their identity and may even pretend to be someone else. It’s important to stress that young people should never meet people face-to-face that they met online.

Protect them from dangers -

  • Most social networking websites require that young people be at least 13-years old, and sometimes even 18, to create an account. Don’t let younger children pretend to be older to use these websites.
  • MySpace and some other social networking websites let users set their profiles to private so that only their friends – usually defined as people that know their full name or email address – can contact them. Make sure younger teens’ profiles are set to private.
  • Go online with your children and have them show you all of their personal profiles. Ask to see some of their friends’ profiles too. If they have a blog or share photos online, ask to see them too.
  • Treat your children’s online activities like you do their offline ones. Ask questions about what they do, who their friends are, and if they have made any new friends.
  • Set clear rules that you can all agree on regarding what your children are allowed to do online. Make sure you decide if your children are allowed to post photos of themselves and open accounts without your permission.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich





Weekly Update

September 25, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

30 Alarms 10 Car/deer   accidents
25 Assist Citizen 23 Check well beings
15 Domestic disputes 51 Shoplifting   complaints
19 Larcenies 12 Motorist Assists
21 Operating while   impaired 9 Personal injury   crashes
32 Property damage   crashes 23 Suspicious   situations
27 Traffic hazards 297 Traffic stops
39 Traffic   violations 8 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,021 calls for service/events.

October is National Crime Prevention Month. For the next few weeks I want to focus on giving you things you can do to keep your family safe in your neighborhood, on the internet, on their cell phones, and keeping your little goblins safe on Halloween.

 Neighborhood Safety Tips For Parents –

 Unfortunately no neighborhood is completely immune to crime. However, there are steps you can take to help keep your family and your neighborhood safe.

  • Know where your children are. Have your children tell you or ask permission before leaving the house and give them a time to check in or be home. When possible, have them leave a phone number of where they will be.
  • Help children learn important phone numbers. Have your children practice reciting their home phone number and address, and your work and cell phone numbers. If they have trouble memorizing these, write them down on a card and have them carry it at all times. Tell your children where you will be and the best way to reach you.
  • Set limits on where your children can go in your neighborhood. Do you want them crossing busy roads? Playing in alleys or abandoned buildings? Are there certain homes in your neighborhood that you don't want your children to go to?
  • Get to know your children's friends. Meet their parents before letting your children to go to their home and keep a list of their phone numbers. If you can't meet their parents, call and talk to them. Ask what your children might do at their house and if they will be supervised.
  • Choose a safe house in your neighborhood. Pick a neighbor's house where your children can go if they need help. Point out other places they can go for help, like stores, libraries, and police stations.
  • Teach children to settle arguments with words, not fists. Role-play talking out problems, walking away from fist fights, and what to do when confronted with bullies. Remind them that taunting and teasing can hurt friends and make enemies.
  • Work together with your neighbors. Watch out for suspicious and unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their children so you can look out for one another.

Neighborhood Watch -

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.
Sponsored by the
National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Neighborhood Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in response to requests from Sheriffs and Police Chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.
Launched in 1972, Neighborhood Watch counts on citizens to organize themselves and work with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities, while demonstrating their presence at all times of day and night. The program took off quickly: in just ten years, NSA data showed that 12 percent of the population was involved in a Neighborhood Watch. Neighborhood Watch works because it reduces opportunities for crime to occur; it doesn’t rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation.

For more information on starting your own Neighborhood Watch in your area, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office contact is Deputy VanCore. His phone number is 517-323-8482.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich



Weekly Update

September 18, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

32 Alarms 11 Assaults
30 Assist Citizen 21 Check well beings
20 Domestic disputes 67 Shoplifting complaints
14 Larcenies 6 Motorist Assists
29 Operating while   impaired 8 Personal injury   crashes
23 Property damage   crashes 22 Suspicious   situations
32 Traffic hazards 340 Traffic stops
32 Traffic   violations 8 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,039 calls for service/events.

With summer behind us, many households are back in their normal routines of getting the kids off to school, us off to work, staggered schedules with sporting events, etc. I felt it important to remind you of ways you can protect your home and your valuables during these extended times when there may not be anyone home. Home burglaries typically aren’t elaborate, well planned heists. Most of the time, burglars are simply looking for an easy mark: unlocked doors, empty houses, and valuables left in plain sight ripe for the picking.

#1: Lock Your Doors and Windows: It should go without saying, but it’s important to always lock your front and back doors, even when you’re home. Your windows should be closed when you’re not home, and you should lock them as soon as they are closed. Also consider the security of your garage door, which can also allow access into your home. Don’t just hand over your key, either. Avoid leaving a spare key out where a burglar can simply pick up a rock and discover it. Instead, give a spare key to a trusted neighbor who you can visit to gain access.

#2: Show Signs of Life: Burglars prefer to hit homes where no one is home — and even better if no one has been at home for a while. That means they can take their time getting in, taking what they want, and getting out. Take a look at your front yard. If you’ve got overgrown grass, a full mailbox, and a few papers to pick up, you’re sending a message to burglars that no one is home. If you’re going to be away from home, ask for help from neighbors or hire a service to cut your grass or shovel snow so that it appears you’re still home, and ask a neighbor or friend to stop by and collect mail and packages. It’s also a good idea to use a timing device around the clock and especially when you won’t be home.

#3: Always Answer Your Door: When your door bell rings, you never know who is on the other side of the door. A burglar could be dressed as a solicitor or repair person while attempting to gain access to your home. And while you certainly don’t want to open the door and allow them to come in, it’s not smart to simply ignore them. Why? Often, burglars will ring the door bell first to see if someone is home. And if you don’t answer, you’re telling them the house is empty — and free to explore.

Use your peephole to see who is there, and if you’re not expecting them or don’t recognize them, simply tell them you’re not interested. They may continue to engage with you to encourage you to open the door, but at this point, you’ve done your part: you let them know you are home and that your house is no longer an easy target.

#4: Hide Your Valuables: If you have a nice camera, large TV, multiple mobile devices, jewelry, or other valuables within sight, burglars may see your home as an attractive target. Move items away from the view of windows that you may open, or simply keep shades or blinds in easy to see places closed. Consider frosting your garage door windows if you have them. Also, don’t leave valuable items like bicycles in your front yard. If you make a big purchase like a TV, avoid putting the empty box out as is with your recycling. Break it down, turn it inside out, and try to fit it in the bin with the rest of your recyclables.  

#5: Make Entry Points Unattractive: Burglars love a hidden door or window. That means if you have lots of shrubbery or trees near your windows, or if your front door is blocked from view, you’re more likely to be burglarized than your neighbors without these issues. You can’t move your front door, but you can install lighting. Make sure that your doors, both front and back, are well lit. Ideally, you should install motion sensing lights that call attention to the presence of movement. Around windows and fences, trim back any shrubbery that might make it easy for a burglar to hide or gain access. Motion sensing lights are useful in these areas as well. Also, consider thorny shrubs around windows that will make it not just unattractive, but painful for burglars to gain entry into your home.

#6: Store Valuables Away from Your Master Bedroom: Usually, the master bedroom is the first place a burglar will look for valuables. They’ll see if you have cash or valuables like jewelry in your nightstand, and rifle through the rest of your belongings for electronics, guns, drugs, and more. Burglars are less likely to look in your attic, basement, hall closets, or kitchen. Even childrens’ bedrooms are often bypassed, particularly young children who probably don’t have electronics in their rooms. Don’t think you’re being clever by hiding valuables in the freezer, however. Burglars have known that trick for years. Your best bet is to get a home safe that is bolted securely to your home. Make it easy for you to access, like in your basement or even in a hall closet, but make sure it isn’t easy to remove.
#7: Never Give Clues You Won’t Be Home: Serious burglars watch your patterns, read your social media, and keep an eye out for cars, work schedules, and other details to find their best opportunity to find an open, empty house. If you have a garage, use it. Parking in your garage makes it difficult for a burglar to know when you’re home and when you’re not. If there’s never a car in the driveway, the absence of one doesn’t tell them that you’re not home — it just tells them things are normal.

If you leave for work and return at the exact same time every day, burglars know just how long they have to get in and out before you make it home. Consider breaking routines on a regular basis to show any burglars who might be watching that you could come home and discover them at any time.

Don’t send out a message online that you won’t be home as well. It’s fun to discuss your travel plans, but keep in mind that by doing so, you could be broadcasting to burglars that your home will be empty and easy to access. 
#8: Get a Best Friend: If you can’t be home yourself, a dog is the next best thing. Large breeds are the most intimidating to burglars, as they can be more dangerous if they attack, but regardless of size, any dog that barks is a problem for burglars. Already have a dog at home? Consider getting a Beware of Dog sign to let burglars know that they won’t be opening up an empty house.

These are eight of the easiest ways to make your home unattractive to burglars. They’re either free or low cost, and often, just require simple, easy tweaks that don’t take a lot of effort.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


Weekly Update

September 11, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

26 Alarms 17 Car/deer   accidents
23 Assist Citizen 23 Check well beings
22 Domestic disputes 15 Shoplifting   complaints
20 Larcenies 9 Motorist Assists
16 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
20 Property damage   crashes 27 Suspicious   situations
19 Traffic hazards 276 Traffic stops
19 Traffic   violations 3 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 912 calls for service/events.

With school back in session, many of our children will be home from school before we get home from work. I want to share with you home safety tips for kids and parents that I found at  

Home safety alert for kids: Follow these tips to stay safe and secure at home, whether you’re home alone or home with your family.

  • Always lock the door behind you. Keep your key safely in your pocket when you’re not at home.
  • Learn how to use your home security system.
  • Never enter your home if the door or windows are broken.
  • If you notice a stranger breaking in, find a safe place to hide and call 911 immediately.
  • Ask your parents to set up a code word for safety.
  • Never open the door for strangers or tell a caller that you’re home alone.
  • Create an emergency safety kit with a flashlight, first aid supplies, and a battery powered radio.
  • Practice calling 911, including sharing your name, address, and phone number.
  • Call 911 if there is a burglar, someone is hurt, or there is a fire.
  • Memorize and practice dialing important phone numbers, like your mom and dad’s cell phone numbers.
  • Create a safe evacuation plan for a fire or other emergency with your parents.
  • Never post on social media that you’re home alone or going out of town. Do not share your address on social media.

For Parents: With this home security guide for kids, you can go over the basics of home security with your children. Follow these tips to make the most of the guide and keep your children safe.

  • Make a plan: Tell children what they should do in an emergency, such as hide from burglars, evacuate during a fire, and call 911 if there’s an emergency. Children should know the safest way to escape from their home.
  • Practice and write down important phone numbers: Work with your child to help them memorize your cell phone number and 911. For other numbers, write them down in a place that’s easy to find and make sure they know where it is.
  • Show them how to use your home security system: Make sure children      know how to arm and disarm your home security system properly so that they can use it, particularly if they are home alone. At the very least, show children how to use a panic button or call for help.
  • Make arrangements with a trusted neighbor: If your child will be home alone for any period, talk to a neighbor you trust about being a resource for them in case of emergency. Tell your children that if there’s a serious problem, they can go to your neighbor’s house for help.
  • Create a code word: Talk with your child to create a code word that others can use to indicate that they’re safe to talk to. This is useful for friends, family, and neighbors that might need to visit your home or drive your child somewhere.
  • Put together a safety kit: Ask your child to help you gather items for a home security and safety kit, including a first aid kit, radio, flashlight, and important emergency numbers.
  • Establish rules for checking in: Another important tip for children at home is making sure they know how and when to check in with you. Create and agree to guidelines together about when they’ll call you, such as when they get home, if someone knocks on the door, and when friends want to come over.
  • Set guidelines for social media:  For older children, make sure they’re clear on what is and isn’t OK to post on social media, such as your home address and travel plans.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich



Weekly Update

September 4, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

29 Alarms 6 Car/deer   accidents
20 Assist Citizen 13 Check well beings
18 Domestic disputes 23 Shoplifting complaints
15 Larcenies 14 Motorist Assists
20 Operating while   impaired 11 Personal injury   crashes
26 Property damage   crashes 27 Suspicious   situations
23 Traffic hazards 341 Traffic stops
38 Traffic   violations 6 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,003 calls for service/events.

International Drug Overdose Day – Sadly drug overdoses are so much on the rise worldwide that August 31st was declared International Drug Overdose Day to raise awareness of this epidemic that has taken the lives of thousands of loved ones.   The following is important information that will hopefully raise your awareness and save a life:

What is an overdose? An overdose means having too much of a drug (or combination of drugs) for your body to be able to cope with. All drugs can cause an overdose, including prescription medication prescribed by a doctor. It is important to know your correct dosage, what drugs definitely should not be mixed, and know to seek help if you feel you are not in control of your drug use.

Depressant overdose: Opioids, benzodiazepines & barbiturates (medical Depressants), and alcohol all slow the central nervous system to produce a calming effect. These substances are often prescribed to relieve pain, help you sleep, or in the case of alcohol, used recreationally when socializing. Opioids are narcotics and include oxycodone and hydromorphone. Fentanyl, methadone, morphine and heroin are all opiates.

Benzodiazepines are used medically to reduce anxiety, help people sleep and to relax the body. They include diazepam or Valium, oxazepam or Serepax , alprazolam or Xanax and a number of other drugs. Taken in high doses or in conjunction with alcohol they are responsible for many overdoses.

Signs of depressant drug overdose (e.g. heroin, morphine, oxycodone, fentanyl, and methadone) include:

  • shallow breathing or not breathing at all
  • snoring or gurgling sounds (this can mean that a person’s airway is partly blocked)
  • blue lips or fingertips
  • floppy arms and legs
  • no response to stimulus
  • disorientation
  • unrousable (can’t be woken up) unconsciousness.

If you can’t get a response from someone, don’t assume they are asleep. Not all overdoses happen quickly and sometimes it can take hours for someone to die. Action taken in those hours could save a life. This is a medical emergency: call the ambulance immediately if you can’t rouse them.

Alcohol poisoning/overdose: Generally people do not automatically think of alcohol when they think of overdose, but alcohol is a depressant and it is all too possible to overdose on it. Acute alcohol poisoning, which is usually a result of binge drinking, is an example. Our bodies can process about one unit of alcohol an hour. If you drink a lot quickly the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream (blood alcohol concentration, or BAC) may become dangerously high, which can stop your body from working properly.

Signs of alcohol intoxication to the point of overdose include:

  • disorientation
  • loss of coordination
  • vomiting
  • seizures
  • irregular or slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
  • blue-tinged or pale skin
  • low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • stupor (being conscious but unresponsive)
  • unconsciousness (passing out).

Stimulant overdose: It is possible to overdose on amphetamines such as speed and ice. Amphetamine overdose increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, seizure or drug-induced psychotic episodes. Amphetamine overdoses look different from an Opioid overdose; signs and symptoms include:

  • chest pain
  • disorientation/confusion
  • severe headache
  • seizures
  • high temperature (overheating, but not sweating)
  • difficulty breathing
  • agitation and paranoia
  • hallucinations
  • unconsciousness.

The Opioid epidemic has been increasingly in the news nationally and locally. For many of our own families here in Eaton County this epidemic has hit close to home. I hope this information will help you in recognizing a potential problem you may see with a loved one and be able to intervene in saving their life.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich




Weekly Update

August 28, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

32 Alarms 6 Car/deer   accidents
15 Assist Citizen 13 Check well beings
20 Domestic disputes 22 Shoplifting complaints
23 Larcenies 15 Citizen Assists
17 Operating while   impaired 13 Personal   injury crashes
34 Property damage   crashes 61 Suspicious   situations/Subjects/Vehicles
19 Traffic hazards 285 Traffic stops
29 Traffic   violations 1 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 975 calls for service/events.

As responsible drivers, we all know we share the road with not only other vehicles, but also with those riding motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, etc. Even though we all watch out for each other, accidents do happen. This time of year there are organizations conducting bike-a-thons and families out for an evening bike ride enjoying their time together. Please read the following 10 rules of the road for driving near bicyclists. This was published by

1. Appreciate Bicyclist Vulnerability: A car weighs 2 tons or so, while the average bike is a mere 20 pounds. In any collision between car and bike, the bike always loses.

2. Know Bicyclists' Rights: Drivers sometimes have little idea of the traffic laws that apply to bicyclists. Bicycles in the roadway are considered vehicles.  Cyclists 10 years and older should behave as though they were vehicles on the street, riding in the same direction as other traffic that's going their way and following the same traffic rules. Always look carefully for bicyclists before turning left or right, merging into bicycle lanes and opening doors next to moving traffic. Respect the right of way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with you.

3. Adjust That Attitude: Motorists tend to think of cyclists as ''in their way," but they should think of them as equals, just as entitled to the roadway as drivers are. Drivers who get impatient with bicyclists might want to stop for a moment and think about the human being on that bike. What if that rider was my friend, a friend of a friend, or a neighbor? Somehow, seeing bicyclists that way makes people a little more patient.

4. Consider the Benefits of Bicycling — for Drivers: One cyclist on the road is one less car. Cyclists don't wear out the road.

5. Spare Them the Right Hook: Intersections are venues for serious car-cycle collisions. Drivers making right turns, especially, should watch out for cyclists. A cyclist may be a little behind and to the right of you, and may be planning to ride straight ahead. If you don't signal your right turn, you could wind up hitting each other, with the point of contact somewhere on your car's right side. If you are trying to figure out if a nearby cyclist is planning to turn right, look for his raised left hand in a squared position , or an extended right hand.

6. Beware the Left Turn: A driver trying to make a left turn sees an oncoming bicyclist, but the driver figures he has plenty of time to complete the turn. Sometimes, that's not true. After a collision, a driver often says he didn't realize the cyclist was going that fast. Exercise the same caution as you would for an approaching vehicle.

7. Give Cyclists 3 Feet of Clearance: More than 20 states have passed laws requiring motorists to give bicycles on the roadway about 3 feet of space. Bike riders really appreciate that, and the 3-foot rule helps drivers by giving them a concrete frame of reference. It's also best for drivers to pass bicycles slowly and smoothly. The motorist's tendency is to speed up and get by the cyclists as quickly as possible. It's pretty unnerving when you are on a bike and a car accelerates. You can also spare cyclists' nerves by honking sparingly.

8. Look Around — but Not at Your Phone: Drivers who have hit cyclists almost always say the same frightening, sobering thing: "I never saw him before I hit him." If drivers only expect other cars on the road, they're setting themselves up for dangerous interactions. Start looking out for everybody, including other vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

9. Look Before You Exit Your Car: Cyclists are terrified of being "doored." Imagine a rider pedaling along next to a row of parked cars. Suddenly, a driver flings her door open. The impact can send the cyclist flying, and riders have died when they've been thrown into traffic. Before you open the door, look out the side view mirror on the driver side and be sure no one is approaching.

10. Accept That Bicyclists Are Here To Stay: Bicycling is on the rise. People are taking it up for exercise or to reduce commuting costs.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich




Weekly Update

August 21, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

26 Alarms 7 Car/deer   accidents
20 Assist Citizen 17 Check well beings
25 Domestic disputes 59 Shoplifting complaints
20 Larcenies 20 Citizen Assists
21 Operating while   impaired 9 Personal injury   crashes
22 Property damage   crashes 34 Suspicious   situations
27 Traffic hazards 215 Traffic stops
35 Traffic   violations 7 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 925 calls for service/events.


With schools starting across Michigan, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office wants you to know the laws for school buses. Passing a school bus that is loading or unloading students is prohibited under any circumstances. The law requires motorists to come to a complete stop at least 20 feet from a school bus whenever a bus is stopped and employing the use of its two red flashing signals. The driver may proceed once the bus resumes motion.

Tips for Motorists:

  • Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights flashing.
  • The law now requires motorists to come to a complete stop at least 20 feet from a school bus whenever a bus is stopped and employing the use of its two red flashing signals. The driver may proceed once the bus resumes motion.
  • Never pass a school bus when children are loading or unloading. That is the Law!
  • Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.
  • If you live in an area where there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.
  • Be more aware of children playing near school bus stops.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Put down your phone – don’t talk or text while driving!

Tips for Students

  • Always arrive at the bus stop early.
  • Prior to boarding, wait until the bus has some to a complete stop, the door is opened and the bus driver says that it’s OK to board.
  • Once on board proceed quickly to your seat and stay sitting until the bus arrives at your school or other drop off location.
  • Do not move around on the bus.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus. Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.
  • Never walk behind the bus.
  • If you are walking beside the bus, make sure you are at least 10 feet (10 “giant” steps) away.
  • Take extra precaution to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door.
  • Never stop to pick something up you have dropped while the bus is stopped. Wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver.

Traveling to and from School

  • Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.
  • Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.
  • Teach your child never to talk to strangers, accept rides from strangers or accept gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.
  • Be sure your child walks to and from school or the bus stop with a sibling, friend or neighbor.
  • Teach your kids – whether walking, biking or riding the bus to school – to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.
  • When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don’t leave until they are in the schoolyard or building.
  • If your child bikes to school make sure he wears a helmet that meets safety standards. Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%.
  • If your child rides a scooter to school, make sure she wears sturdy shoes, a  helmet, kneepads and elbow pads. Children under 12 should not ride motorized scooters.
  • Be sure your child knows his or her home (or parents’ cellular) phone number(s) and address. They should also know where you work, your work phone number, the phone number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich



Weekly Update

August 14, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

35 Alarms 6 Car/deer   accidents
23 Assist Citizen 19 Check well beings
17 Domestic disputes 58 Shoplifting complaints
17 Larcenies 14 Motorist Assists
11 Operating while   impaired 3 Personal injury   crashes
19 Property damage   crashes 17 Suspicious   situations
21 Traffic hazards 245 Traffic stops
38 Traffic   violations 9 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 931 calls for service/events.

With summer in full swing, the Labor Day holiday weekend fast approaching, and gas prices at record lows, more families than ever are taking to the roads. This is a perfect opportunity to remind you of the following Child Passenger Safety Tips provided by the Michigan State Police:

More than 70 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly and more than half of all kids who should use a booster seat do not.  Correctly used car seats can reduce the risk of death and injury in a traffic crash by more than 50 percent.

Here are some quick tips to ensure your children are riding safely:

  • Children      should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2 years old.
  • Children      2 years or older should ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness      until they outgrow the weight or height limits of the car seat.
  • The      car seat harness should be snug to the body and the chest clip at arm-pit      level.
  • Booster      seats are for big kids! Kids need a booster seat until they are at least      4’9” tall or eight-years-old.
  • Always      buckle everyone up - - every ride, every time.

Remember, never purchase or borrow a used car seat that:

  • Has      been involved in a crash
  • Has      been recalled
  • Has      no date of manufacture and/or model number
  • Has      expired (typically after six years)
  • Is      damaged or missing parts

For more information on child passenger safety or to find a car seat check near you, visit

Another item provided by the Michigan State Police I wanted to make you aware of is Ensuring Complete Family Readiness by Creating a Pet Preparedness Kit. Many families have taken the advice of the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) by adopting and practicing actions to be taken in an emergency situation and making emergency preparedness kits for the family. How many have thought about creating an emergency preparedness kit for their pets to ensure complete family readiness during an emergency or disaster?

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, more than 50 percent of households in the United Sates include pets.  This means it is important to plan ahead for their safety in the event of an emergency or disaster. 

To create a pet preparedness kit, gather the following items and place them in a safe location that is easily accessible:

  • Food      (your pet's regular food)
  • Water
  • Leash      and collar
  • Bowls
  • Photo      of your pet or some other identification and a photo of you with your pet
  • Medication      your pet needs
  • Immunization      and vet records (keep both updated)
  • First      aid kit
  • Contact      list of pet-friendly hotels, veterinarians and out-of-town friends and      family
  • Toys,      rope and sanitation bags
  • Pet      carrier

To learn more about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to


Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich



Weekly Update

August 7, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

36 Alarms 10 Car/deer   accidents
24 Assist Citizen 18 Check well beings
18 Domestic disputes 50 Shoplifting complaints
29 Larcenies 16 Motorist Assists
18 Operating while   impaired 10 Personal injury   crashes
31 Property damage   crashes 32 Suspicious   situations
29 Traffic hazards 286 Traffic stops
32 Traffic   violations 10 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,031 calls for service/events.

It will be back to school time for many of our area school districts within the next few weeks. What better time to remind students and drivers of school bus safety. Whether you are riding a school bus or sharing the roadway with them, please take a few minutes to review the following safety tips with the students and drivers in your home.

School Bus Safety -

School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Riding in a school bus is safer than walking, riding a bicycle, or being driven to school in private vehicles.

The majority of bus-related deaths and injuries involve pedestrians-mostly children-who are struck by a bus or injured when they are exiting the bus to cross traffic.

School bus safety tips for drivers:

  • Prepare to stop when a slowing bus has its      overhead yellow lights flashing
  • Stop at least 20 feet away for buses when      red lights are flashing, unless driving in the opposite direction on a      divided highway
  • Slow down in or near school and      residential areas
  • Look for clues-such as safety patrols,      crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds-that indicate children might be      in the area
  • Watch for children between parked cars and      other objects

School buses are like traffic signals:

  • When overhead lights are flashing yellow:      Prepare to stop
  • When overhead lights are flashing red:      Stop
  • When hazard warning lights are flashing:      Proceed with caution

School bus safety tips for students:

  • Always stay in sight of the bus driver
  • Don't hurry off the bus; check traffic      first
  • Don't go back to the bus after exiting

Crosswalk Safety tips for drivers:

  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
  • Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich



July 2017


Weekly Update

July 31, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

37 Alarms 11 Disorderly   Persons
28 Assist Citizen 28 Check well beings
11 Domestic disputes 31 Shoplifting complaints
26 Larcenies 16 Motorist Assists
25 Operating while   impaired 6 Personal injury   crashes
28 Property damage   crashes 28 Suspicious   situations
26 Traffic hazards 224 Traffic stops
38 Traffic   violations 11 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 990 calls for service/events.

The Secretary of State recently published an important article entitled Sharing the Road with Commercial Vehicles. Whether you are running errands, enjoying a weekend get-a-way with family, or taking that much-deserved vacation, you very likely will encounter commercial vehicles. Please take a few moments to read through the following reminders:


Sharing the road is key to safe driving, especially in the case of commercial motor vehicles. In crashes involving large trucks, the occupants of a car are much more likely to sustain injuries and fatalities. 

Keep these tips for driving around commercial motor vehicles in mind to help you safely share the road:

  • Commercial      vehicle drivers may not be able to see traffic directly in front of,      alongside, or close behind their vehicles. Large commercial trucks have      blind spots or “no zones,” spaces in which motorists should not linger      because they are not readily visible to the commercial driver. By hanging      out in a commercial vehicle’s “no zones,” you are essentially hidden from      the truck driver and this increases the chances that the truck could hit      you when it is changing lanes or turning. These “no zones” are in the      front, behind, and on both sides of the commercial vehicle. Stay out of      the “no zones.”
  • Commercial      vehicle drivers cannot stop or maneuver their vehicles as easily as a      passenger vehicle. They take longer to stop. A passenger vehicle traveling      at 55 mph can stop in about 130 feet to 140 feet. A commercial vehicle      traveling at the same speed takes 400 feet to stop.
  • Commercial      vehicles need room to make right turns. They may swing wide to the left to      safely negotiate a right turn. When you see a commercial vehicle with its      right turn signal on at an intersection, know that the truck is going to      make a wide right turn. Do not try to pass on the right-hand side or you      might get squeezed between the truck and the curb. With these dangers in      mind, stay behind trucks making right turns. 
  • Stay      behind the white stopping lines. They are there for a reason. If you stop      past the line, commercial vehicles will not be able to complete their      turns without hitting you.

These factors are the result of size and weight differences between the two types of vehicles, but vehicle size and weight do not cause crashes – drivers do.

Remember to:

•    Keep a safe distance behind a truck or bus. Following a commercial vehicle too closely greatly increases the chances of a rear-end collision. When your passenger vehicle is right behind a commercial vehicle, the driver cannot see it and it severely limits what you can see on the road ahead. Extend the distance between your vehicle and a commercial vehicle as weather or road conditions deteriorate.

•    When following a commercial vehicle, observe its turn signals before trying to pass. Cutting in between a commercial vehicle and the curb or shoulder to the right may result in a crash. If the commercial vehicle appears to be starting a left turn, wait and verify which way the driver is signaling before passing on the right.

•    Signal intended lane changes or turns well in advance. Never cut off a commercial vehicle, force it to slow down or stop suddenly.

•    Be careful when passing a commercial vehicle. Often, commercial vehicle drivers cannot see you. Allow enough time and distance to pass safely.

•    Roundabouts: Try not to pass or drive next to large vehicles.

•    Pass commercial vehicles on the left side and maintain a consistent speed when passing. Be sure you can see the entire cab of the truck in your rearview mirror before signaling and pulling in front of the commercial vehicle.

•    When passing a commercial vehicle or when one passes you, keep both hands on the steering wheel. Trucks can create strong air flow and draft when traveling at high speeds.

•    Never cross behind a commercial vehicle that is preparing to back up or is backing up. Remember, most trailers are eight-and-a-half feet wide and can hide a car completely, preventing the truck driver from even seeing your vehicle.

•    Stay behind the white stopping lines. They are there for a reason. If you stop past the line, commercial vehicles will not be able to complete their turns without hitting you.

•    When merging onto the freeway, commercial vehicles may not be able to move over, so match the flow of traffic as closely as possible, pick your spot and go.

•    When exiting the freeway, leave space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Plan your move early and always signal your intentions as soon as possible.

  • Be even more careful passing a truck with a trailer. Often, a driver must swing out to the left or right before making a turn. The driver may not see you and could force you off the road.
  • Slow down if a truck or bus is passing you, especially during bad weather. Splash or spray from their tires can reduce visibility. Start your wipers before the vehicle passes.

•    At night, use your low beams when following a truck or bus.

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich



Weekly Update

July 24, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

27 Alarms 13 Drug Offenses
21 Assist Citizen 23 Check well beings
10 Domestic disputes 48 Shoplifting complaints
19 Larcenies 20 Motorist Assists
28 Operating while   impaired 12 Personal injury   crashes
21 Property damage   crashes 29 Suspicious   situations
19 Traffic hazards 253 Traffic stops
30 Traffic   violations 19 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 989 calls for service/events.

The Michigan Sheriff’s Association wants to make sure the citizens of Michigan are aware of financial scams targeting seniors. From the National Council on Aging, here is the Top 10 list: 

  1. Medicare/health insurance scams. In these types of scams, perpetrators may pose as a Medicare representative to get older people to give them their personal information, or they will provide bogus services for elderly people at makeshift mobile clinics, then use the personal information they provide to bill Medicare and pocket the money.

2.  Counterfeit prescription drugs. Most commonly, counterfeit drug scams operate on the Internet, where seniors increasingly go to find better prices on specialized medications.  The danger is that besides paying money for something that will not help a person’s medical condition, victims may purchase unsafe substances that can inflict even more harm.

3.  Funeral & cemetery scams. Scammers read obituaries and call or attend the funeral service of a complete stranger to take advantage of the grieving widow or widower. Claiming the deceased had an outstanding debt with them, scammers will try to extort money from relatives to settle the fake debts.

In one common scam of this type, funeral directors will insist that a casket, usually one of the most expensive parts of funeral services, is necessary even when performing a direct cremation, which can be accomplished with a cardboard casket rather than an expensive display or burial casket.

4.  Fraudulent anti-aging products. In a society bombarded with images of the young and beautiful, it’s not surprising that some older people feel the need to conceal their age in order to participate more fully in social circles and the workplace. After all, 60 is the new 40, right? Whether it’s fake Botox like the one in Arizona that netted its distributors (who were convicted and jailed in 2006) $1.5 million in barely a year, or completely bogus homeopathic remedies that do absolutely nothing, there is money in the anti-aging business.

5.  Telemarketing/phone scams. Perhaps the most common scheme is when scammers use fake telemarketing calls to prey on older people.  With no face-to-face interaction, and no paper trail, these scams are incredibly hard to trace. Also, once a successful deal has been made, the buyer’s name is then shared with similar schemers looking for easy targets, sometimes defrauding the same person repeatedly.

Examples of telemarketing fraud include:  The pigeon drop - The con artist tells the individual that he/she has found a large sum of money and is willing to split it if the person will make a “good faith” payment by withdrawing funds from his/her bank account. Often, a second con artist is involved, posing as a lawyer, banker, or some other trustworthy stranger. The fake accident or arrest ploy - The con artist gets the victim to wire or send money on the pretext that the person’s child or another relative is in the hospital or in jail sometimes in a foreign tourist destination and needs the money. Charity scams - Money is solicited for fake charities. This often occurs after natural disasters.

6.  Internet fraud. Pop-up browser windows simulating virus-scanning software will fool victims into either downloading a fake anti-virus program (at a substantial cost) or an actual virus that will open up whatever information is on the user’s computer to scammers. Their unfamiliarity with the less visible aspects of browsing the web (firewalls and built-in virus protection, for example) make seniors especially susceptible to such traps.  Email/phishing scams - A senior receives email messages that appear to be from a legitimate company or institution, asking them to “update” or “verify” their personal information. A senior receives emails that appear to be from the IRS about a tax refund.

7.  Investment schemes. Because many seniors find themselves planning for retirement and managing their savings once they finish working, a number of investment schemes have been targeted at seniors looking to safeguard their cash for their later years. From pyramid schemes like Bernie Madoff’s (which counted a number of senior citizens among its victims) to fables of a Nigerian prince looking for a partner to claim inheritance money to complex financial products that many economists don’t even understand, investment schemes have long been a successful way to take advantage of older people.

8.   Homeowner/reverse mortgage scams. Scammers like to take advantage of the fact that many people above a certain age own their homes. A particularly elaborate property tax scam in San Diego saw fraudsters sending personalized letters on behalf of the County Assessor’s Office. The letter, made to look official but displaying only public information, would identify the property’s assessed value and offer the homeowner, for a fee of course, to arrange for a reassessment of the property’s value and therefore the tax burden associated with it.

Closely related, there is the potential for a reverse mortgage borrower to be scammed. Scammers can take advantage of older adults who have recently unlocked equity in their homes.  Those considering reverse mortgages should be cognizant of people in their lives pressuring them to obtain a reverse mortgage, or those that stand to benefit from the borrower accessing equity, such as home repair companies who approach the older adult directly.

9.  Sweepstakes & lottery scams. Scammers inform their mark that they have won a lottery or sweepstakes of some kind and need to make some sort of payment to unlock the supposed prize. Often, seniors will be sent a check that they can deposit in their bank account, knowing that while it shows up in their account immediately, it will take a few days before the (fake) check is rejected. During that time, the criminals will quickly collect money for supposed fees or taxes on the prize, which they pocket while the victim has the “prize money” removed from his or her account as soon as the check bounces.

10. The grandparent scam. Scammers will place a call to an older person and when the mark picks up, they will say something along the lines of: “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?” When the unsuspecting grandparent guesses the name of the grandchild the scammer most sounds like, the scammer has established a fake identity without having done a lick of background research. Once “in,” the fake grandchild will usually ask for money to solve some unexpected financial problem (overdue rent, payment for car repairs, etc.), to be paid via Western Union or MoneyGram, which don’t always require identification to collect. At the same time, the scam artist will beg the grandparent “please don’t tell my parents, they would kill me.”

If you suspect you’ve been the victim of a scam, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it with someone you trust. You are not alone, and there are people who can help. Doing nothing could only make it worse. Keep handy the phone numbers and resources you can turn to, including the local police, your bank (if money has been taken from your accounts), and Adult Protective Services. To obtain the contact information for Adult Protective Services in your area, call the Eldercare Locator, a government sponsored national resource line, at: 1-800-677-1116, or visit their website at:

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich




Weekly Update

July 17, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

42 Alarms 15 Car/deer   accidents
24 Assist Citizen 25 Check well beings
21 Domestic disputes 49 Shoplifting complaints
24 Larcenies 19 Motorist Assists
19 Operating while   impaired 8 Personal injury   crashes
25 Property damage   crashes 31 Suspicious   situations
17 Traffic hazards 240 Traffic stops
33 Traffic   violations 9 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 967 calls for service/events.

With summer activities in full swing, there are more drivers than ever on Michigan roads and many of these are our teens. The Secretary of State has recently published a couple helpful items relating to teen drivers and parents of teen drivers that I didn’t want you to miss out on.

First are some tips from the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) offering resources to Michigan parents insuring teenage drivers. Insuring a teenage driver can be a significant additional cost for parents. Because statistics show that drivers under the age of 25 are involved in more car accidents, families with young drivers pay noticeably higher auto insurance premiums.

“Obtaining a driver’s license is an exciting time for teens. Along with this excitement and freedom comes the responsibility of operating a car,” said DIFS Director Patrick McPharlin. DIFS understands insurance can be hard to navigate and offers the following tips when insuring your teenage driver:

Notify your insurance agent/company when your teenager becomes a licensed driver.
Failure to notify your insurer could result in your insurance company retroactively rating your policy back to your most recent renewal date for the additional driver, causing a large amount of premium being owed on your next premium billing notice. Your insurer could also deny a claim or cancel your policy if you fail to notify them about all licensed drivers in the household, including teenage drivers.

Shop around.
Some insurance companies require that they be notified once a driver receives a learner’s permit, while others require notification when a driver receives their license. It is important to check with your insurance agent to find out your company’s requirements.

Look into all discounts available to you.
Making sure you have all the discounts offered by your insurance company could help minimize the impact of the addition of a teenage driver.

Consider revising your family’s coverage or deductibles.
You may be able to lower your premium by increasing the deductibles on collision and comprehensive coverage or by removing physical damage coverage on an older vehicle.

For more information on insuring your teen driverwhat teen drivers should know,  or general automobile insurance information or for more information about DIFS or the services provided, please visit the website at, follow them on Twitter or “Like” them on Facebook.  

Secondly,   I wanted to let you know about the Parent's   Supervised Driving Guide. The Parent's Supervised Driving Guide   provides a practical and detailed instruction plan to help parents and their   teen drivers get the most out of the supervised driving requirement under   Michigan's Graduated Driving Licensing law. The material is designed for   behind-the-wheel supervision so it is clear, concise and easily put into   practice. 
  The guide begins with basic skills such as moving, stopping and steering and   progresses to more advanced skills such as anticipating the actions of other   drivers and avoiding crashes. It provides parents with the tools and   information they need to effectively coach their teen driver through the   complex task of learning to drive safely.
  This guide was created to address a need to improve roadway safety and teen   driving behaviors nationwide. In Michigan, this free guide is available to   parents and teens as a resource to enhance the required supervised driving   process. The underwriting by 
State Farm ® covers 100 percent of the   program's cost and allows them to share in the mission to improve teen   drivers' safety. 
  A copy of the guide is being provided to parents through Secretary of State   offices when they bring their teen in for a Graduated Level 1 Learner's   License. The guide is also available in 
PDF format
for anyone, including parents   that would like an additional copy or whose teen is already licensed.

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich



Weekly Update

July 10, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

49 Alarms 9 Car/deer   accidents
23 Assist   Citizen 25 Check   well beings
26 Domestic   disputes 24 Shoplifting   complaints
24 Larcenies 21 Motorist   Assists
18 Operating   while impaired 14 Personal   injury crashes
33 Property   damage crashes 38 Suspicious   situations
69 Traffic   hazards 250 Traffic   stops
38 Traffic   violations 7 Vacation   checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1,074 calls for service/events.

This is so important that we had to share this article that recently appeared in USA Today - It's not easy to spot a drowning child. Know the signs.

Drowning usually happens quickly and quietly.  

It is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S., and about one in five people who die of drowning are children 14 and younger, the CDC reports. Black children are the most at risk, according to a 2014 report

As families flock to pools and beaches this season, safety experts caution parents to be aware and watchful of their children. It's not easy to spot a child in need. Just take a look at   Stephanie Shook, senior manager instructor for Engagement & Quality Assurance for the American Red Cross, said it's easy for parents and supervisors to be distracted.  "Swimming is a really fun, healthy activity, but the deal is is that it takes place in a body of water that could take your life," she said. In the time it takes to post to Facebook, a person could miss a drowning.

Shook shared these signs of active drowning, when a person only has seconds before dying:

Silence. A child who is hyperventilating won't be screaming for help. They will be gasping for breath. Shook said to look at children's faces for panic or concern.

Head tilted back: Instinctively, the child will be trying to keep airways clear of water. While their body might be in a vertical position, water might be covering most of their face. 

Arms moving downward: "They are trying to get a hold of something that’s not there," Shook said. She described this movement like someone pushing up off a desk as they stand up from a chair. 

Floating face-down: Shook said if someone's body is horizontal and face-down for 30 seconds or more, be concerned. Don't mistake it for purposeful floating.

Also, keep an eye on kids jumping into the water. What Shook calls "plunge-downers" could cause the quickest drownings. This is when someone jumps into the water and doesn't come back up. That could be a child who might not know how to swim or even someone who can swim but hit an object going down. In these cases, drowning could happen immediately. 

These are the distress signs to look for (moments before an active drowning):

Wall-crawling: A child clinging to a wall, floatation device or pool line usually is too tired to swim or can't swim at all. 

Isolated: Any time somebody is alone in the water, especially a child, beyond arms-reach of an adult, there's a problem, Shook said. This can be especially disconcerting if the child is wearing water wings or a lifejacket, a signal they can't swim. 

Bobbing or treading water: If someone is moving, but making no progress, they could be in trouble. Shook said even if someone is a good swimmer, they might have drifted out too far, become tired or gotten a cramp. 

If it's clear someone is drowning or in distress, scream for a lifeguard and take action, rescue the person without putting yourself in danger. People unsure of their swimming abilities or the situation (think: ocean current) shouldn't go in after the child, because that could put another life at risk. But, Shook said they could toss the victim a floatation device. The key is to get the drowning person help immediately, because they might only be a few seconds away from death. 

Prevent water emergencies by making sure all family members know how to swim and the five steps of water competency. Find age-appropriate Red Cross swim lessons at When on vacation, Shook recommends adults take turns being the designated "water watcher," looking out for those swimming. Visit for more water safety tips. 

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich


Weekly Update

July 3, 2017

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

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

30 Alarms 14 Car/deer   accidents
29 Assist Citizen 24 Check well beings
19 Domestic disputes 24 Shoplifting complaints
23 Larcenies 12 Motorist Assists
20 Operating while   impaired 7 Personal injury   crashes
29 Property damage   crashes 32 Suspicious   situations
25 Traffic hazards 279 Traffic stops
32 Traffic   violations 5 Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 957 calls for service/events.

July and August bring us the warmest temperatures of the year. While we all look forward to enjoying the outdoors this time of year, it is important to be mindful of the following basic summer heat safety tips:

  • During the hottest hours of the day, stay inside an air-conditioned building if possible. The hottest hours of the day are typically from mid morning to      mid afternoon.
  • Dress lightly, and when sleeping, use lightweight, breathable covers.
  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids.  When temperatures climb above 90 degrees, it's important to drink at least a gallon of liquid per day,      preferably water. Those who are overweight and in humid conditions need even more.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and beverages that are carbonated or contain caffeine when temperatures are high, as they can lead to dehydration.
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed from morning until the late afternoon to block extra direct heat from sunlight.
  • Move your exercise routine to early morning or later in the evening.
  • Never ever leave a person or a pet in the car in hot conditions while you run to do a quick errand. People and animals can succumb to heat exposure and death very quickly in a hot car. Cars can become overheated quickly and when overheated become like ovens. It's never safe.     
  • Properly supervise children during outdoor play, being sure to monitor them closely and frequently.
  • Seek medical care right away if you become nauseous, start vomiting or      experience cramps.
  • Stay on the lowest level of your home.
  • Use a fan. Don't place the fan directly in front of a window because it may      push hot air in. Try placing the fan so that it blows in the room and out      the window instead.
  • Use small appliances like slow cookers and tabletop grills rather than your traditional oven or stove to keep kitchen heat to a minimum.
  • Verify that seat belts and car seat restraints are not too hot before buckling      yourself or anyone else into a car.

Additional Tips for Elderly Persons: SourceElderly individuals are particularly at risk for heat exposure. A few special considerations for keeping elderly persons safe during the summer include the following:

  • Visit elderly family members or friends twice a day during the hottest months of the summer.
  • Help your elderly pal to get to know his or her neighbors because isolated older adults are at a much higher risk of heat-related health problems and      death.
  • Provide on-going education to elderly individuals. Go over topics such as heat exposure-related symptoms and where to call for help.
  • Investigate public community center solutions that have air conditioning and provide transportation for elderly individuals.
  • Work with utility company to ensure that electricity is not shut off during the hottest summer days.

It's important to know how to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat exposure. Heat exhaustion signs will appear first, and then heat stroke signs:

  • Breathing that is shallow and fast
  • Clammy skin
  • Dizziness     
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fainting     
  • Headache     
  • Loss of color in skin
  • Nausea     
  • Pale complexion
  • Pulse that is fast and weak
  • Skin that feels moist and cool (when touched)
  • Sweating     
  • Tiredness     
  • Vomiting     

If you see any of the above exhaustion signs, get out of the heat immediately. The person experiencing symptoms should be given plenty of cool fluids and be wiped down with cool cloths. If rapid improvement isn't seen, call 911 immediately.

Heat Stroke: The signs of major heat exposure, also known as heat stroke, include the following:

  • Dizziness     
  • Extremely high body temperature (over 103 degrees F)
  • Headache that is throbbing
  • Lack of sweating
  • Nausea     
  • Rapid pulse that is strong
  • Red skin that is hot and dry (when touched)

Heat stroke always requires medical attention. If you see any of the above exposure signs, get the person out of the heat immediately and take them to the nearest hospital or call 911.

Yours in Public Safety

Sheriff Tom Reich


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