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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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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