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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2015 Sheriff News Release


 For Immediate Release:

4th Annual Kids Summer Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo

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

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

For Immediate Release:

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

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For Immediate Release:

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

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

The suspect is described as having no facial hair.

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

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

Lt. Mark Wriggelsworth

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

For Immediate Release:

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

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

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

Suspect: Joseph Christian Forebeck-Morcera

17 years of age. Lansing address.

See attached photo.

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For Immediate Release:

Promotion of Sergeant Tim Sixberry.

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


For Immediate Release:

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

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

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

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

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For Immediate Release:

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

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For Immediate Release:

UPDATE: 4-24-15

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

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

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

The crash is still under investigation at this time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Authority-Sgt Tom Campbell

For Immediate Release:

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

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

The drivers were the only occupants of the vehicles. 

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

Authority-Sgt. Scott Brooks


For Immediate Release:

Personal Injury Crash in Vermontville Township

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

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

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

Authority: Sgt. Scott Brooks




For Immediate Release:

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

For Immediate Release:

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

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

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

For Immediate Release:

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

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

For Immediate Release:

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

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

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

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

Please share this very important information with friends and family.





For Immediate Release:

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

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

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

Authority: Undersheriff Jeff Cook

For Immediate Release:

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

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

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

For Immediate Release:

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

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

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

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

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

For Immediate Release:

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

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

There were no passengers in either vehicle.

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

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

Authority-Captain Tim Jungel

For Immediate Release:

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

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

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

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





For Immediate Release:

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

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

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

Authority Undersheriff Cook


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

Type of Award         Awardee                                 

Life Saving              Dep. Nabil Kanazeh               

Dep. Rob Block                       

Life Saving              Sgt. Andy Tooker                   

                              Corr. Dep. Tim SIxberry       

                              Corr. Dep. Stephen Smith       

                              Corr. Dep. John Rademacher   

                              Corr. Dep. Jennifer Horton

                              Corr. Dep. Carrie Hunt


Life Saving              Chief Cliff Casler                    

                              EMT Mgr Dan Sowles 


Professional            Dep. Jeremy Brown               

Excellence              Dep. Ronda Mensch               

                             Tpr. Joshua Bush     


Professional            Sgt. Mark Packowski             

Excellence              Corr. Dep. Amy Hughes                                    

                             Corr. Dep. Anthony McDaniel   

                            Corr. Dep. Dennis Gerber

                            Corr. Dep. Brandon Swagart     

                            Corr. Dep. Donald Whipp & K-9 Karma

                            EMT Jason Freer

                            Linda Collins, R.N.


Certificate of           Ms. Amber Swint                        



Certificate of            Ms. Mary Taylor                         

Appreciation            Ms. Rhonda Meyers    


Certificate of           Bretton Woods Lions Club         

Distinguished         Mr. Don Drent                       



Certificate of           Spec. Dep. Jeremy Dotson     


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


For Immediate Release:


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

Authority-Sgt Ross Tyrell

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


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

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

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich


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Jan 9

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

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

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

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

Change your profile picture on social media to the .jpg image attached to this event

See a police officer? Thank a police officer

Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement

Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency

Share a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media

Ask children in your community write letters in support of law enforcement

Participate in Project Blue Light. Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement.

Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers

 For Immediate Release:

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

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


Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

For Immediate Release:

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

Authority: Sheriff Tom Reich

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

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

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

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

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

Notify the police immediately
Check bank statements to verify the balances-often, even if the card was not lost and you don’t suspect it was skimmed. This allows you to contact the credit card company at the first sign of theft.
If there is a problem contact the credit reporting agencies:
Equifax 800-525-6285 or

Experian 888-397-3742 or

TransUnion 800-680-7289 or

Report your case to the Federal Trade Commission so they can track the identity theft
877-IDTHEFT or

Be observant!

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


2012 News Releases

JANUARY 6, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to two armed robberies.

Deputies responded to the Family Dollar on Waverly/Jolly area at 9:46 p.m. Thursday night. The suspects are described as a black males, 5’11”.  One was wearing a varsity jacket, black mask/bandana and brandished a long silver gun.  The suspects fled on foot.  No injuries reported and nothing was taken.

At 6:19 a.m. this morning, the Biggby on Elmwood Rd was robbed at gunpoint.  The suspects were described as black males wearing black masks.  One suspect was wearing a black jacket, baggie dark sweatpants.  The other suspect was wearing a red jacket, red sweatpants.  No injuries reported and they fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The Sheriff’s Office believes that the two armed robberies may be related.

If anyone has any information, contact the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office 517-543-3512.


JANUARY 9, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fatal accident at 8:18 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th.  A Buick Regal traveling westbound on Saginaw Hwy turned in front of an oncoming vehicle at  the intersection of West Saginaw and Mall Drive South.  A minivan driven by a 42-year-old Grand Ledge man hit the passenger door of the Buick killing the passenger, Dixie Howell, 70, of Lansing.  The minivan driver was uninjured.  The Buick driver was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.


JANUARY 9, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed robbery at the Family Dollar at Waverly and Jolly on Sunday, January 8th at 11:24 p.m.  The suspects are described as two black males.  Both were described as wearing a maroon hoodie.  One suspect is 5’10” to 5’11”, medium to thin build and early 20’s.  The other suspect is 5/6 to 5/7, medium to small build, early 20’s. The suspects then left the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.  The victim was uninjured.

The robbery remains under investigation.


JANUARY 19, 2012


At  1:40 p.m. this afternoon, the Sav-On Westside Pharmacy on N. Dibble in Delta Township was robbed by a suspect who displayed  a handgun and fled on foot with money and drugs.  A K-9 unit tracked the suspect to Thomas L Pkwy., where it is believed the suspect got into a waiting vehicle.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’9” tall, thin build, wearing a black jacket, baggy pants, with a dark colored scarf over his face. No injuries were reported.

If anyone has any information about this crime call the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Substation at 323-8480.


February 15, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a fatal accident at the intersection of M-50 and Sunfield Rd. in Sunfield Township.  Motorists should seek alternate routes as M-50 is closed in both directions. Three vehicles were involved resulting in one fatality.  Investigators are still at the scene and are expected to be there for a few more hours.


February 15, 2012


Hutchins ScottEaton County Sheriff’s deputies arrested  a 42 year old Cedar Rapids, Iowa man who was on Iowa’s “ Most Wanted” Sex offender List.  Scott Hutchins was arrested at  Motel 6 in Delta Township Tuesday night. Hutchins had removed his tether device, absconded from parole and fled Iowa in recent weeks.  Although Hutchins was considered armed and dangerous, he was taken into custody without incident.

Scott Hutchins will be extradited back to Iowa. 




February 16, 2012


At 9:11 p.m. last night, Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a car/train accident at the Millett crossing near Lansing Road.  An Amtrak train was traveling northbound towards East Lansing when a  2007 Chevrolet Malibu traveling westbound on Millett went around the gates.   According to the train engineer, the gates were down as they approached the area.  The victim, Hermes Fernandez-Lopez, 39 of  Lansing, was killed upon impact.  Sheriff’s deputies cleared the scene around 2:30 a.m.  No one on board the train was injured.  It is unknown if alcohol or drugs played a factor in the accident. 

The accident remains under investigation.


March 13, 2012


On Tuesday, Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a bank robbery at the Citizens Bank on W. Saginaw Hwy. in Delta Twp. just before 5:00 p.m. The lone suspect is described as a white male, late 30’s, 5’6”, clean shaven wearing dark colored pants,  a plaid shirt with a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath. 

The suspect presented a note to the teller, no weapon was indicated or seen.  He left on foot and a K-9 track was unsuccessful.

Anyone with any information on this robbery can contact the Eaton County Sheriff’s office at 517-323-8480.


March 19, 2012


Clare T. HorstmanshofOn Friday, March 16, at noon, Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Lincoln Brick Park on Tallman Rd. near Grand Ledge regarding a body found floating in a pond.  Hikers in the park discovered the body and contacted police.

The body was identified as Clare T. Horstmanshof, age 46, of Grand Ledge. The Eaton County Medical Examiner determined Horstmanshof’s death a suicide.

Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies had previously searched both Lincoln Brick Park and Fitzgerald Park after Horstmanshof was reported missing in mid-December. 



April 30, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines is pleased to announce the capture of a fleeing bank robber today. It all began shortly after 9 a.m. this morning, when a masked man entered the Independent Bank in Vermontville and demanded money.  Bank employees cooperated and the suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.  By 9:19 deputies at the scene broadcast a vehicle description provided a citizen in Vermontville.   Less than 2 minutes later, a deputy enroute to the area spotted the vehicle and suspect on M-79 West of Charlotte. With back-up from the Charlotte Police Department, Deputy Theresa VanDorpe performed a high-risk stop on the suspect and was able to arrest him without incident. The 36-year-old Lansing man is lodged at the Eaton County Jail awaiting arraignment on Bank Robbery charges.


“This shows what professional law enforcement officers can do with cooperation from alert citizens,” Sheriff Raines said.

UPDATE – May 2, 2012 

Anzadua RubenRUBEN RAUL ANZALDUA, 37, of Lansing was arraigned before Judge Hoffman on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.  MR. ANZADULA was charged with Unarmed Robbery with No Bond being issued.  Preliminary Exam Conference is scheduled for 5/7/2012 at 1:00 p.m. and the Preliminary Conference is scheduled for 5/11/12 at 10:00 a.m.





May 16, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 28 year old Lansing man for Home Invasion today. A homeowner in the 900 Block of S. Smith Rd. in Eaton Rapids Township arrived home to find an intruder in her bedroom around 11:35 a.m.. When confronted, the man fled in a black Chevrolet Suburban. 

Eaton County Chief Deputy Brian Peacock spotted the vehicle on M-99 near Holt Road. With the assistance of Sgt. Doug Burkhardt, a traffic stop was attempted but the driver fled northbound on M-99 into Lansing. After a brief pursuit, the suspect was apprehended without incident in the 5600 Block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd..  No injuries were reported in the incident. 

Eaton County deputies were assisted by officers from Lansing Police Department and troopers from Michigan State Police. The suspect is in the Eaton County Jail and is expected to be arraigned on Home Invasion charges tomorrow.


May 18, 2012


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, investigating possible drug activity in the 200 block of  W. Grand Ledge Hwy.  in Mulliken,  spotted a car leaving the address shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday.   The driver saw deputies and fled back into the house before they could detain him.  Two subjects were outside the residence and identified the driver as the target of their investigation.  Methamphetamine components were visible in the car and deputies found meth on both men outside of the house.  The man in the house refused to surrender himself on a probation violation warrant so the Eaton County Prosecutors Office issued a search warrant for the house. Special Response Team Members found their fugitive, a 34-year-old male of Grand Ledge, inside and he was taken into custody as the warrant was executed.  The other two suspects, a 35-year-old female and 35-year-old male both from Lansing, were also taken into custody. 

Baker BenjaminJPGBENJAMIN SPRAGUE BAKER (34, Grand Ledge) is being held

without bond after being arraigned on felony probation

violation charges in Eaton County.  Probation Violation

Hearing scheduled for May 24, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. 

Baker was arrested in Mulliken during a meth sweep Thursday night. 


Stevens ChadCHAD STEVENS, 35 of Lansing, was charged with Meth Possession. 

He was arraigned before Judge Reincke. 

Bond set at $100,000 Cash Surety. 

Preliminary Exam scheduled for June 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. 



King TheresaTHERESA KING, 35 of Lansing, was charged with Meth Possession. 

She was arraigned before Judge Reincke. 

Bond set at $25,000 Cash Surety. 

Preliminary Exam scheduled for June 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. 




Capt 05242012Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines announces the promotion of Lt. Teresa Catey to Captain. Catey will assume the duties of Jail Administrator beginning in June.

Catey has been the Assistant Jail Administrator since 2010 and has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since 1997. Capt. Catey is a Certified Jail Manager and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Spring Arbor University and a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University. Catey is also an instructor in the Corrections Academy at Olivet College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Sheriff Raines said, “ I am impressed with Captain Catey’s credentials and am looking forward to her starting her new assignment”. 







Recruits 05242012Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines announces the hiring of three new deputies to fill vacancies created by recent retirements.  The new deputies are (pictured L to R) Ronda Mensch, Joe Travis and  Preston Dahlgren.  Mensch worked for Lansing Police Department while Travis was employed at Eaton Rapids Police Department and Dahlgren previously worked for Grand Ledge Police Department.

Mensch, Travis and Dahlgren completed an exhaustive recruiting process competing against dozens of applicants from across the State.  Sheriff Raines credits the high quality of mid-Michigan law enforcement agencies for producing such superior candidates.  Pictured is Sheriff Raines swearing in the new deputies.






JUNE 25, 2012


Vest Donation 06252012Pastor Randy Royston of New Hope Community Church recently donated 150 safety vests to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.  The vests will be used for the volunteer group, Guardians of the Constitution.  Sheriff Mike Raines  said, “We [Eaton County Sheriff’s Office] are extremely grateful to Pastor Royston and the New Hope Community Church for their donation of vests to the Sheriff’s Office.  They will be put to good use for a variety of volunteer  programs serving the community”.


Front row L to R: Gary Sowers, Sheriff Mike Raines, Randy Royston, Ottmar Holley. 

Back row L to R: Maryellen Holley, Jessica Nelson, Russ Nelson, Mark Royston, Carlos Leven 





JUNE 27, 2012


On Wednesday, June 27, at 10:30 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fatal motorcycle accident on M-50 at Canfield Rd. outside of Eaton Rapids.

The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Dennis Marc Olmstead, age 41, of Springport. His passenger, a 19 year old woman from Eaton Rapids was critically injured. Neither was wearing a helmet. Olmstead was heading eastbound on a 2007 Suzuki sport bike  when he left the roadway and struck a culvert.

Excessive speed and alcohol are believed to have contributed to the accident. The accident remains under investigation.

UPDATE: The passenger of the accident below, Tabbitha May Bartlett, 19, of Eaton Rapids passed away on Sunday due to the injuries she sustained in the accident.


JULY 11, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at Days Inn in Delta Township last night at 9:30 p.m..  It was determined that a man barricaded himself in one of the rooms and was making bomb threats.  He was taken into custody without incident.  No gun was found in the room, but he was lodged for making a Bomb Threat, Unlawful Entry, Resisting and Obstructing and Disorderly.

Robert Jay Mesler, 52, of Lincoln Park, MI, was arraigned before Judge Hoffman today.  Bond was set at $5,000 cash surety.  Preliminary Exam is set for July 16, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.  and the Preliminary Exam is set for July 20, 2012 at 1:00.


JULY 12, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a subject buying meth components at a retail store in Delta Township.  The caller was able to give a plate number of the suspect vehicle.  The vehicle was registered  to a resident in the 7000 block of Williams Rd. in Windsor Township.  When the home owners refused to cooperate with investigators, a search warrant was obtained.  Meth components along with finished meth was found in the home.  In addition, a handgun was located on the premises.   Delta Township Fire Department Hazmat along with Windsor Township Fire Department assisted at the scene. 

The male suspect, Lane Veneman, 34,  and his wife, Peyteyote Veneman, 35, both of Lansing, were arrested for operating a Meth lab. 


LANE DAVID VENEMAN was arraigned before Judge Reincke  charged with VCSA/Amphetamine Other.  Bond was set at $25,000.  Preliminary Exam scheduled for July 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

PEYTEYOTE CHRISTEN VENEMAN was arraigned before Judge Reincke charged with VCSA/Possession of Amphetamine .  Bond was set at $25,000 Cash Surety..  Preliminary Exam scheduled for July 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.


JULY 16, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a car accident on St Joe near Wheaton Saturday at 6:53 a.m.  Single car traveling westbound on St Joe loses control and rolls numerous times out into the field.  The driver, a 16 year old male from Sunfield, was airlifted to Sparrow with life threatening injuries.  The passenger, a 16 year old male from Lansing suffered minor injuries.  Alcohol may have been a factor.  The accident remains under investigation. 

Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Car/Bike fatal on Saturday at 8:15 a.m.  The driver of the car, 28 year old female of Mulliken, traveling westbound on M-43 near Jefferson struck a bicyclist.  The bicyclist, Kurt Dombecky, 64 of Grand Ledge, died at the scene.  The accident remains under investigation.  Any witness that may have seen the bicyclist prior to the accident or witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office at 517-543-3512.


AUGUST 1, 2012

Eaton Sheriff’s Office on Cutting Edge of Mobile Computing

Sheriff Mike Raines is pleased to announce that Eaton County has undertaken an ambitious project to rein in the cost of in-car computer systems, while also moving forward with new technologies that are available. 


Instead of a $6000 laptop, assigned to one vehicle, a tablet PC capable of running the mobile computing software is now being issued to each individual Deputy.  While there have been tablets available for several years for mobile applications, they have all been based on the ruggedized versions.  With the technology changing so rapidly in mobile computing applications, it becomes a challenge to keep up with those changes while funding sources dwindle. 


The tablets that are being issued have the same Windows based operating system, as used by the larger, more expensive laptops.  All the functionality is still in place including GPS tracking of patrol units, and mobile reporting software.  Being able to complete both crash and incident reports from the field saves both time and fuel. 


The cost of the tablets is $640 per unit, and the one- time cost of the mounting system for the patrol car is approximately $700.  A patrol vehicle normally shared by 3 Deputies, places it in service for 36 hours in a 48 hour period.  Under the laptop approach, this equates to $1666 per Deputy for that terminal.  By switching to the tablet, the same cost for those three Deputies drops to $873. 


The bottom line is that by using the available technologies, the cost of mobile computing is dropping dramatically.  The cost savings is attracting a lot of attention from other mobile computing public safety agencies.  Sheriff Raines commended Sgt. Aaron Brown for his foresight and hard work on this project.  He also wants to thank 911 Director Steve Leese for funding the project.


August 26, 2012


On Tuesday morning  at 4:00 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed robbery at the Shell gas station on the corner of Waverly and Old Lansing Road.  While en route to the scene,  Deputy Rob Gillentine observed a vehicle on Waverly Rd. driven by a man matching the description of the suspect which had been provided to the dispatcher by a Shell employee.

Deputy Gillentine stopped the vehicle a few blocks north of the Shell station and the driver fled on foot. Deputies were able to apprehend him after a short foot pursuit. The subsequent investigation determined he had just robbed the station and a bag of cash was recovered. It was also determined that the car he was driving had been stolen as well as the gun used in the robbery. Several items from a recent home invasion  were located inside of the vehicle.

Arrested was Jayland Michael McKellar, age 18, of Delta Township. He was arraigned today and charged with armed robbery, felony firearm, resisting police, and possession of a stolen firearm. Additional charges of home invasion and UDAA are expected at a later date.

The preliminary exam is scheduled for October 5 , he is being held without bond.


September 12, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff’s detectives made 2 arrests in connection with Saturday morning’s shooting at Quickie Convenience Store on Waverly Road.  The victim, a 23 year old Lansing man, remains in critical condition at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Arrested were:

James Terrell Hudson, age 18 of Lansing.

Charges- 1. Assault with intent to commit murder  (2) Felony firearm

Arraigned today before Judge Reincke, bond set at $ 1 million.  


Michael Allen, age 30 of Dewitt.

Charge- Accessory after the fact.

Arraigned today before Judge Reincke, bond set at $500,000.00


OCTOBER 15, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a hit and run accident that occurred last night around 11:30 p.m. on W. Saginaw Hwy. in Delta Twp. East of Canal Rd. in front of Denny’s Restaurant.

A 55 year old Delta Township man who lived in the vicinity of the accident, was struck and killed by an eastbound motorist who fled the scene.  The vehicle involved, a 1999 Buick Regal, was found sometime later by Lansing Township Police and its owner has been interviewed by detectives.

No arrests were made today, and the investigation is continuing.


October 30, 2012


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies have solved 5 armed robberies which have occurred  over the past 3 months.  Last Thursday, deputies arrested a Delta Twp. man after he robbed Little Caesars on Elmwood Avenue.  Investigators were able to connect him to armed robberies at the following Delta Township businesses: Subway, Auto Zone, Mancinos, and Qdoba.

Candy Lee Cadwell, white male, 39,  of Delta Township was arraigned yesterday on 5 counts of Armed Robbery. His bond was set at $500,000.00. 

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