Overall, Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 825 calls for service. Higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-236, Property Damage Crashes-47, Car in the Ditch-42, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assist–33, Car/Deer Accidents-32, Traffic Hazards-29, Suspicious Situation/Subject/Vehicle-23, Check Well Beings-20, Traffic Violations-20, Shoplifting Complaints-19, Alarms-17, Domestic Disputes-16, Abandoned Vehicles-16, Vacation Checks-9, Larcenies-8, Breaking and Entering-7.
ICE SAFETY TIPS: With frigid temperatures upon us, it is the time of year avid ice fisherman, ice skaters, and hockey players look forward to. It seems every year we hear stories of people, pets, and cars falling through the ice. Before you go out please remember the following:
- Your safety is your responsibility! There is not a reliable "inch-thickness" to determine if ice is safe.
- You can test ice thickness and quality using a spud, needle bar or auger.
- Strongest ice: clear with bluish tint.
- Weak ice: ice formed by melted and refrozen snow. Appears milky.
- Stay off ice with slush on top. Slush ice is only half as strong as clear ice and indicates the ice is not freezing from the bottom.
- A sudden cold front with low temperatures can create cracks within a half-day.
- A warm spell may take several days to weaken ice and cause the ice to thaw during the day and refreeze at night.
- Ice weakens with age.
- If there’s ice on the lake but water around the shoreline, be extra cautious.
- Stronger the current on the lake, the more likely the ice will give to open water.
- Avoid areas of ice with protruding debris like logs or brush.
Remember, it is always a good idea to tell someone where you are going, when you expect to be back, and/or take a buddy with you.
Yours in Public Safety
Sheriff Tom Reich