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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2011 Press Releases

January 12, 2011


On Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m., Eaton County sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle fatal accident on Creyts Rd. between Millett Hwy. and Lansing Rd. The driver, heading south on Creyts Rd., lost control of his vehicle after crossing the railroad tracks and struck a telephone pole on the east side of the road. Impact occurred on the driver’s door. The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt ,was partially ejected from the vehicle and was deceased when deputies arrived.

There were no other occupants in the driver’s truck and no other vehicles were involved. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

The deceased was identified as Kurtis Young, age 48, of Lansing.


February 9, 2011


On Wednesday, February 9, deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office along with officers from Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, and Michigan State Police conducted a meth sweep across Eaton County.

Three teams of officers, acting on tips and information from intelligence gathering, searched several homes with successful results. Officers discovered meth manufacturing components at a residence in the 200 block of Edwards Street in Grand Ledge. Charges are being sought on a 33 year old resident of the home.

Officers also discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation and methamphetamine components in the 2700 block of W. Bufferfield near Narrow Lake. William Powell, age 38, resident of Springport, was arrested and charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, his bond was set at $25,000.00.

Officers located a military artillery round at a residence in the 500 block of W. Grand Ledge Hwy. between Grand Ledge and Mulliken. The State Police Bomb Squad detonated the round without incident.

Sheriff Mike Raines complimented the officers on their hard work and dedication in their ongoing efforts to protect the county residents.

February 13, 2011


On Sunday morning, February 13 at 12:45 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to at fight at Roxy’s located inside the Days Inn on Saginaw Hwy. in Delta Township. When deputies arrived, they encountered several people fighting in the parking lot and inside the bar. The call for assistance came from a security guard who had locked herself in a closet and called 911.

When deputies began to break up the fights, the crowds became agitated and assaulted deputies. Six deputies were outnumbered by a crowd of around 100 people. To protect themselves, deputies used chemical spray on some of the aggressors and used a Taser on another individual.

30 police officers from 9 police agencies responded to disperse the unruly crowd. Eaton County deputies were assisted by officers from Lansing, Lansing Township, Michigan State Police, Grand Ledge, Potterville, Olivet, Charlotte and Eaton Rapids. A deputy was treated for a large laceration on his arm.

Deputies were again called to the nightclub on Tuesday night on a report of 6 people fighting in the parking lot where a gun was involved. Deputies dispersed the crowd with no arrests and no gun was located.

Deputies responded to calls from the bar over 100 times in 2010. Late last year, a Lansing man was shot in the parking lot and intoxicated patrons caused over $5,000.00 in damages to the nearby Denny’s Restaurant. Sheriff’s deputies have cited the bar for a number of liquor law violations which are still pending before the Liquor Control Commission.

Arrested in Sunday morning’s incident were:

ROSELINE VILTON, 22, of Lansing. Arraigned before Judge Reincke on February 16. Charged with Attempted Assault, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer (misdemeanor). Pleaded not guilty. Pre-Trial set for February 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm. Currently released on cash surety bond.

WENDSY NAVAL, 27, of Lansing. Arraigned before Judge Reincke on February 16. Charged with Attempted Resisting/Obstructing an Officer (misdemeanor). Pleaded not guilty. Pre-Trial set for February 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm. Currently released on cash surety bond.

WIDLER NAVAL, 29, of Lansing. Arraigned before Judge Reincke on February 16. Charged with two counts of Resisting/Obstructing an Officer (felony). Pleaded not guilty. Preliminary Exam Conference set for February 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm. Currently released on cash surety bond.


February 23, 2011


At 1:40 p.m. today, Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-car PIA on Canal near Delta Center School. An Envoy, driven by a Dimondale resident and a 10 year old passenger, were traveling southbound on Canal when they lost control and crossed the center line hitting a northbound vehicle. The northbound driver, a Lansing resident, was pinned in and had to be extricated. All three were taken to the hospital. None of the injuries were life threatening. The 10-year-old was being kept overnight for observation. Seatbelts were worn by all involved. The cause of the accident was due to driving too fast for road conditions. Northbound Canal traffic was detoured for a short time. Delta Center School was unaffected, bus traffic resumed to normal at the time school let out.


March 13, 2011


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting Sunday morning at 4:30 a.m. at Family Connections at the intersection of Waverly and Jolly. Family Connections is a reception hall which occupies the west end of the Family Dollar store. Deputies estimate approximately 200 people had gathered at the hall and adjoining parking lot when shots were fired outside.

Over 32 shell casings of 3 different calibers were located in the parking lot. An unoccupied vehicle in the lot was shot 12 times and a 19-year-old Lansing woman was shot in the hip and transported to a local hospital by friends.

No other injuries were reported and no arrests have been made. Deputies are continuing their investigation.

April 14, 2011


201120donation20of20car20seats20to20right20on20targetSheriff Mike Raines recently donated two new toddler safety seats to the Eaton County Department of Human Services. The child safety seats were much needed and will be used in the state vehicles by DHS staff to safely transport children while in the line of duty. Sheriff Raines quickly and generously stepped up to the plate and donated the safety seats when Volunteer Mary Smith contacted the Sheriff's Office voicing the need.





From left to right; Anne Kluwe, Community Coordinator for Barry/Eaton County Department of Human Services, Sheriff Michael Raines, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and Mary Smith, Volunteer with the Eaton County Department of Human Services.


April 19, 2011


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim in last night’s house fire on Otto Rd. in Benton Township. The deceased was Marion “Whitey” Kayne II, age 62 of Charlotte. Mr. Kayne retired from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office in April of 2000. Mr. Kayne spent the last several years of his career as a Sergeant assigned to the Delta Township Patrol.

The fire remains under investigation with the State Fire Marshall Office.

Authorized: Undersheriff Fred McPhail



April 26, 2011


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fatal traffic crash on W. Saginaw Hwy. in front of the Lansing Mall last night at 8:15 p.m. A 2004 Pontiac Grand Am being driven by a 24 year old Lansing man left the roadway, hit a fire hydrant and rolled over ejecting a back seat passenger who died later at a local hospital. The car came to rest in front of the Comerica Bank located in the south parking lot of the Lansing Mall.

The driver fled the scene on foot but was apprehended by deputies near Zap Zone on East Mall Drive. Another passenger, an 18 year old Lansing women was pulled from the wreckage by bystanders. She was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was injured and remains in the hospital. His name will be released upon arraignment. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

The deceased was identified as Perry Lee Embry, age 26, of Lansing. 


DAVID LEE MYERS, 24, of Lansing was arraigned before Judge Hoffman today in 56th District Court. Bond was set at $1,000,000 dollars cash surety. Mr. Myers was charged on three counts: Count 1 – Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death, Count 2 – Reckless Driving Causing Death, Count 3 – Driving While License Suspended Causing Death.

Preliminary Conference scheduled for May 23rd at 1:30 p.m.

Preliminary Exam scheduled for May 26th at 10:00 a.m.


April 26, 2011


Today at 10:45 a.m., deputies responded to Allied Cash Advance at Waverly/Holmes on a report of an armed robbery. A lone suspect entered the business with a black semi-auto handgun and forced the lone female employee to open a safe which contained an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect fled the business south and then west according to a police K-9 unit. He was not located.


Suspect description: Black male, 6’3” tall, slim build, wearing a black leather jacket, white baseball style cap, black jeans, white tennis shoes with purple socks.

The investigation remains under investigation.


MAY 14, 2011


On Sunday, May 15 at 4:10 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot of Family Connections located at 5058 S. Waverly Road.

When deputies arrived, most of the crowd had dispersed, however, they were able to determine a private party had been held inside the establishment. The investigation revealed a fight broke out in the parking lot after a group had been denied entry into the party.

While deputies were investigating the incident, three gunshot victims arrived at area hospitals, via private transportation ,seeking treatment. It was determined all had been shot in the parking lot of Family Connections. Detectives describe 2 of the 3 victims as “uncooperative”.

The victims are describe as follows:

A 21 year old Lansing man who suffered a gunshot that entered his back and exited his chest. The injury is non-life threatening.

A 16 year old Lansing male who suffered a gunshot wound to his right arm. The injury is non-life threatening.

A 21 year old Lansing man who suffered a gunshot wound to the back. The injury is non-life threatening.

Evidence technicians located 16 shell casings in the parking lot.

The incident remains under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.


JUNE 6, 2011


Eaton County sheriff’s deputies responded to two armed robberies in Delta Township over the weekend.

The first robbery happened Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m. at the Admiral Station in the 4000 block of West Saginaw Hwy. The suspect was armed with a knife and took money from the cash register after threatening the clerk. No injuries were reported.

The suspect left on foot and was tracked by a K-9 team to a nearby street where it is believed a vehicle was waiting. The suspect is described as a black male with a t-shirt partially covering his face.

The second armed robbery occurred on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at Big John’s Steak and Onion on Saginaw Hwy. at Thomas L. Pkwy. The suspect who had a shirt pulled up around his face displayed a handgun and demanded money. He fled out the back door where it is believed a vehicle was waiting. A   K-9 team tracked the suspect to Thomas L. Pkwy. where the track ended. No injuries were reported.

The suspect is described as a black male, early 20’s, 5’ 10” tall, average build wearing black sweat pants and white tennis shoes.

Both incidents remain under investigation.


JUNE 8, 2011


On  Wednesday night at 10:20 p.m. ,Eaton County sheriff’s deputies responded to a fatal motorcycle accident on Canal Road south of Mt. Hope Highway. A vehicle being driven by a 19 year old Grand Ledge woman turned into the path of a northbound motorcyclist at the entrance to Bridgewater Interiors. 60 year old Ronald Limbaugh of Lansing died from injuries in the ambulance en route to the hospital. Neither excessive speed nor alcohol were factors in the incident.

The woman was picking up a friend from Bridgewater Interiors and Mr. Limbaugh had just left work at Ryder which is the next business south of Bridgewater Interiors. When accident investigators complete their reports, the case will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for review January 12, 2011.


JUNE 12, 2011


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a fatal motorcycle accident at 7:15 p.m. Sunday night on north bound I-69 north of Sherwood Highway near Olivet.

The motorcyclist, who was traveling alongside a friend on another motorcycle, started to experience steering wobble and lost control of his motorcycle and went into the median. The motorcycle flipped several times and came to rest in the median as did the motorcyclist.

The victim died at the scene despite efforts to revive his from passing motorists and EMS personnel from Olivet, Charlotte and LifeCare .

The motorcyclist and his riding partner were returning to Port Huron after attending a motorcycle event in Indiana.

The victim was identified as Gordon Daniel Liverance, age 44, of port Huron.


JUNE 19, 2011



fluffySunday morning, Eaton County Central Dispatch received a phone call from an Eaton County resident, Mrs. Evans, who stated that one of her 7-week old kittens, Fluffy, had his head stuck in a piece of farm machinery and that she could not get it out.

Off-duty Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Walker, who is also Director of Animal Control, received the call while he was at his favorite restaurant having a Father’s Day breakfast with his family.  After calling the woman back and hearing her dilemma, he left the restaurant and went to her home on Perky Road.

When he arrived at her home, he found that the kitten had its head securely stuck in the axle of the tag-along wheel of an older brush hog mower.  By that time, Fluffy was in distress and barely breathing.  After getting consent from the owner, the Deputy removed the axle from the mower with Fluffy still attached.

Several minutes and a large amount of vegetable oil later, Fluffy’s head was finally freed.  By that time, it had stopped breathing but was resuscitated by Deputy Walker.

Mrs. Evans reports that Fluffy is doing fine now.  If anyone would like to adopt Fluffy or any of this siblings, please call Animal Control at 517-543-5755 and they will put you in contact with Mrs. Evans.


JULY 16, 2011


vercruysse patrickOn Saturday, deputies from my office received information regarding a missing person from Midland which led them to obtain a search warrant for a property in Benton Township.

During this search, deputies discovered human remains believed to be that of 83 year old Seth Charles Thompson of Midland. Mr. Thompson was reported missing from Midland on June 25.

Positives identification of the remains have not yet been confirmed by the Medical Examiner’s Office, however, we are confident the remains are that of Mr. Thompson.

Information obtained by investigators suggest Mr. Thompson was killed  at a residence in Roxand Township and his body transported to a property in Benton Township where it remained until its discovery on Saturday.  

Investigators have arrested a 43 year old Benton Township man, PATRICK ALAN VERCRUYSSE, for the murder of Mr. Thompson.    VERCRUYSSE was arraigned today in 56th District Court in Charlotte, Michigan.  NO BOND was issued.  His Preliminary Exam Conference is scheduled for July 25th at 1 p.m. and the Preliminary Exam is scheduled for July 29th at 10 a.m.

Investigators from my office are continuing their investigation and are working cooperatively with the Midland Police Department.

I want to thank members of my staff for their dedication and professionalism throughout this investigation and making an arrest so promptly. Crime Scene investigators worked throughout the weekend primarily outside in the unbearable heat and humidity.


AUGUST 30, 2011


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in reference to a serious accident over the weekend.

On Sunday, at approximately 5:30 p.m. there was a roll-over accident on eastbound I-96 at the interchange lanes of southbound I-69.  The victim/driver of the Black Avalanche, a 44-year-old Sunfield woman, was ejected when her vehicle rolled over into the median. It is believed that another vehicle may have been at fault  and fled the scene.   The victim was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

If anyone was driving in that area at that time and witnessed the accident or has information concerning the accident, please contact the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau in Delta Township at 517-323-8480.


AUGUST 24, 2011


Eaton County Deputies responded to a reported unarmed robbery at 10:06 this morning.   An employee at the Little Caesar’s located at 502 Elmwood was robbed of the deposit bag as she was entering the business.  The suspect was described as a medium build white male, wearing jeans and a t-shirt.  The suspect fled on foot from the business.  A K-9 track was attempted, but the suspect remains at large. Nobody was injured in the incident.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken and it remains under investigation.


AUGUST 30, 2011


On August 30th at approximately 9:47 p.m., Eaton County deputies responded to a complaint of a possible meth lab in the 500 block of Chanticleer. Upon entry, deputies found  an active meth lab in a lower unit of a duplex.   The deputies dismantled the meth lab and two females, a 28 year-old and 33 year-old, both of Lansing, were arrested at the scene.  A third suspect, a 34 year-old male of Lansing who arrived at the scene was also arrested.   All three are lodged at the Eaton County Jail on Meth Lab charges waiting arraignment.







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, 33, of Lansing, was arraigned before Judge Hoffman, Preliminary Exam Conference is  set for 9/12/11 @ 1330 and Preliminary Exam is set for 9/15/11 @ 1000. Bond was set at  $100,000 cash surety.



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TIARRE LEANA YOUNG, 28, of Lansing, was arraigned before Judge Hoffman, Preliminary Exam Conference is  set for 9/12/11 @ 1330 and Preliminary Exam is set for 9/15/11 @ 1000. Bond was set at  $100,000 cash surety.



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, 34, of Lansing, was arraigned before Judge Hoffman, Preliminary Exam Conference is  set for 9/12/11 @ 1330 and Preliminary Exam is set for 9/15/11 @ 1000. Bond was set at  $100,000 cash surety.





SEPTEMBER 22, 2011


On September 22, 2011, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a double homicide scene at  the 7000 block of Eaton Hwy in Delta Township at 2:40 p.m.  A relative came upon the scene and contacted authorities.   The male victim was found deceased in the living room and the female victim was found deceased in a pond behind the home.  The victims are husband, MICHAEL JAMES GREENE, 62, and wife, TERRI LINN GREENE, 46. 

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.


Sheriff Mike Raines announced today that a suspect, CHRISTOPHER ALLEN PERRIEN, 38, of Sand Lake, Michigan, was arraigned before Judge Hoffman and charged for the September 22nd murders of Michael and Terri Greene of Delta Township.  PERRIEN was charged with two counts of Felony Murder and two counts of Felony Firearms.  PERRIEN is being held at the Eaton County Jail with no bond.  His Preliminary Exam Conference is scheduled for Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. and the Preliminary Exam is scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

The investigation which resulted in these charges required the hard-work, cooperation and expertise of several law enforcement professionals at the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, the Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office, the Michigan State Police Crime Lab, Polygraph Unit, Detective Unit and Technical Services Unit. 

Sheriff Raines stated, “I’ve always believed that working together is important and this case is an example of that principle”.

He continued, “Although I am not at liberty to discuss the exact details of the investigative techniques used in this case, I can say that advanced technology certainly played a key role in quickly identifying and apprehending a suspect”. 

Perrien became a suspect on September 27th, within 5 days after the murders.  This suspect is a convicted felon serving time while on parole and had been granted court-ordered work release. 

Sheriff Raines stated, “Perrien was assigned a Probation/Parole Agent but his actual employment was never verified.  Our investigation determined he was on work-release without actually having a job”. 

Sheriff Raines immediately revoked Perrien’s work release status pending further court action and he remained in our custody.

Sheriff Raines said, “Work release is a valuable tool, designed for those convicted of relatively minor offenses to serve their time in jail, while maintaining their ability to support their family.  However, in my opinion, Perrien, never should have been granted the opportunity for Work Release, considering his lengthy criminal history, which began nearly 20 years ago”.

As a result of Perrien’s release without proper oversight, Sheriff Raines ordered a review of ALL work release inmates and took the following measures to address these concerns.


#1       Promptly contracted with a private company to monitor ALL work release inmates with a GPS ankle tether device.  The cost of the tether will be directly billed to and paid for by the inmate, not the taxpayers.


#2       Require work releasers to provide an original pay stub each pay period to Jail Staff in addition to any requirements of the court.


#3       Require work releasers to provide verification of employment and work hours on company letterhead to Jail Staff in addition to any requirements of the court.

Sheriff Raines stated, “any violations while on work release will result in the immediate termination of work release status, until or unless it is reinstated by a court order”.

Sheriff Raines will be working with Senator Rick Jones to develop legislation that may prevent this type of situation from occurring again. Sheriff Raines stated, “We will be working together to ensure the safety of our citizens”.


SEPTEMBER 28, 2011



Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to semi accident at  5:11 a.m. this morning on northbound I-69 at the 72 mile marker.  The semi apparently went into the median and rolled on its side with the driver pinned in.  The driver had to be extricated  and was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  No other vehicles were involved in this accident.  Both lanes of I-69 northbound are closed at this time for clean up and will be closed for approximately two more hours.


Traffic is being rerouted at  I-69 NB Lansing Rd. exit.  Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this accident.  The accident remains under investigation.


NOVEMBER 2, 2011


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies made an arrest in a string of purse snatchings that have occurred at several Delta Township businesses over the past week.

Jona Ray Wison, age 18,of Holt was arraigned Monday on a charge of Unarmed Robbery and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Credit Card. Wilson was released after posting a $5,000.00 bond.

Wilson was arrested Friday after committing a purse snatching at Lowe’s.  Deputies spotted Wilson’s car an hour after the robbery and made the arrest.

Investigators believe Wilson is responsible for similar purse snatchings at Meijer, Kohl’s and Target.  Wilson had two accomplices who deputies are currently seeking arrest warrants.


NOVEMBER 12, 2011


Eaton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on Bellevue Hwy. near Tucker Rd. in Hamlin Township on Saturday at 1:45 p.m.

Accident investigators determined the Jaguar driven by Paul Joseph DiMeglio, 56, of Eaton Rapids,  was traveling east on Bellevue Hwy. in excess of 100 miles per hour when it left the roadway and struck a tree on the south side of the road. The car was split in two.

DiMeglio was the only occupant of the car and there were no witnesses to the crash.  DiMeglio, an Eaton Rapids resident, died at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.


DECEMBER 8, 2011


Eaton County law enforcement agencies conducted the 8th annual “Fill A Cop Car” event  on Saturday, Dec.3, from 10:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All donated food items were distributed to local food banks.

Officers accepted food donations from the following locations:

1.Eaton Rapids Police will be at Family Fare in Eaton Rapids

2. Grand Ledge Police will be at Family Fare in Grand Ledge

3. Michigan State Police will be at Carl’s Supermarket in Dimondale

4. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will be at Kroger and Walmart in Delta Twp. And Walmart in Charlotte.

“Only by giving are you able to receive more than you have,”  author Jim Rohn once said.  “And, that’s exactly what the fine citizens
 of Eaton County did to help us “Fill a Cop Car,” notes Sheriff Mike Raines.

Sheriff Raines and Eaton Rapids’ Police Chief Maliewski started “Fill a Cop Car” Program several years ago. Their goal was to help raise money and gather food for victims of domestic violence and homeless families seeking help from SIREN/Eaton Shelter and for the food banks in Eaton County.  Despite tough economic times, the good people of Eaton County, once again showed their outpouring of support for this worthy cause,
helping others less fortunate this holiday season.

Sheriff Mike Raines and Captain Jeff Warder went to each site to lend a hand and to personally thank those who gave.  The following Sheriff’s Special Deputies volunteered their time to helping at these places throughout Eaton County: Mark Shoemaker, Tim Reed and Larry Astbury served at the Delta Township Wal-Mart; Deputy Jon VanCore, bruce Rainey, Jeff Carrow, Jim Anderson and Darrell Haan served at the Kroger in Delta Township; and Lloyd Scharer, Maria King and Sergeant Jim West served at Charlotte’s Wal-Mart.

Sheriff Raines stated, “Thanks to everyone who helped us provide for so many needy families in our local area this year.  As a result of your giving, others will have a brighter Christmas and holiday season.”


DECEMBER 17, 2011


White Male, 6’, 145#, thin build, blonde hair, 46 years old.  Last seen wearing gray hoodie with Spartan on front and blue jeans.  If you know the whereabouts of this individual, please contact Det. McNeil at 514-543-5527 or Lt. Jungel at 517-652-3304.





















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