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Media Release Fatal Traffic Crash | North Branch Township

On Sunday 07-16-2017 at 1:58 AM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County
Sheriff’s Deputies to a motorcycle injury traffic crash on Burnside Road to the west of Slattery Road in North Branch (North Branch Township). This was reported by a
motorist who discovered the motorcycle rider positioned within the roadway.

Douglas Secord age 61 from Lum was the rider and lone occupant of a Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling west on Burnside Road. This area is very rural and a deer traveled north in direction across the roadway in Secord’s path.

Secord who was not wearing a helmet was ejected from his motorcycle and came to rest within the roadway. The motorcycle and deer (deceased) came to rest along the south shoulder. Douglas Secord was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies closed the roadway for several hours to investigate
this fatal traffic crash. Alcohol is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.
This case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone
with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-656-1015 or
jparks@lapeercounty.org.

Authority/Created by: D/Sgt. Jason Parks
Release: Sunday 07-16-2017 at 8:30 AM.

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Media Release: Objects Thrown at Vehicles

During the early morning hours of Sunday 04-16-2017 (around 2:00 AM), there were at least four reported incidents in Lapeer County in which either rocks or bricks were thrown at motor vehicles traveling upon the roadways. In each case, the object thrown originated from a motor vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.

Hadley Township- Lapeer County

  1. Baldwin Road near Sutton in Metamora
  2. Pratt west of Baldwin Road in Metamora
  3. Pratt and Hadley Road in Metamora

A suspect vehicle was described as a black passenger vehicle (either Honda Civic or Chevrolet Lumina). In these cases, there was considerable amount of damage to vehicles including the windshields shattered. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported.

Oregon Township- Lapeer County

  1. Hayes and Oregon Road in Lapeer.

A suspect vehicle was described as a white Chevrolet Lumina (1990’s model). Once again, the vehicle struck had considerable amount of damage but fortunately there were no injuries reported.

This malicious and reckless act is not only causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage but placing motorist in extreme danger. The potential danger to motorist is very concerning to Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna.

Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 750.3942 prohibits throwing objects at a motor vehicle and has the following penalties associated.

  • Damage to property- 1 year misdemeanor
  • Injury Associated-4 year felony
  • Serious impairment associated- 10 year felony
  • Death associated- 15 year felony

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies will be assigned directive patrol in these areas in both marked and unmarked units in attempts to locate, identify, and arrest the responsible parties before injury or death occurs. Until then, motorist are urged to use caution when traveling during the early morning hours.

If anyone has any information, please contact the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office at 810-664-1801 or Lapeer County Sheriff’s Tip line at 810-245-1374.

Incident Numbers: 170008170 170008191 170008169 170008200

Release Time and Date: Monday 04-17-2017 at 4:00 PM

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News Release- Arrest in B&E Auto

On Friday 04-14-2017 around 5 AM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Bristol Road in Imlay City (Lapeer County’s Imlay Township) for an individual that was breaking into automobiles parked within driveways.    A home owner observed and confronted a male subject.  The individual fled north on foot and entered a dark colored automobile.

It was later determined that at least three different vehicles (separate residences in that immediate area) were entered.  Property was stolen from the vehicles.

Deputies located a dark colored automobile within the immediate area that fit the suspect’s vehicle description.  This vehicle was occupied by a 27 year old female from Bruce Township.  Additionally, Almont Police Department was informed by a citizen that they picked up a male walking in the Bristol Road area and gave them a ride to a residence within Kingsbury Mobile Home Community in Almont.

The information and facts developed resulted in Deputy Jesse Rhodes and Deputy Chris Bowman visiting Kingsbury Mobile Home Park in Almont and arresting Michael Reed age 26 from Almont.   Michael Reed was transported and lodged in the Lapeer County Jail.  Additionally, stolen property was recovered.

Michael Reed age 26- Almont
Booking photograph provided by the Lapeer County Jail

Michael Reed age 26- Almont

Booking photograph provided by the Lapeer County Jail

On Friday 04-14-2017, the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office issued formal criminal charges for breaking an entry into a motor vehicle to steal personal property.   Michael Reed was arraigned within the 71-A District Court.   Michael Reed remains incarcerated in the Lapeer County Jail as of Monday 04-17-2017 on a $500 bond.

Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna is pleased that the case was successfully resolved and stolen property returned to owners. The successful resolution can be contributed to the outstanding work performed by Deputy Rhodes and Deputy Bowman in concert with excellent working relationship between Almont Police Department and the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

Incident Numbers:    170008001; 170007946; and 170007944

Date and Time of Release:    Monday 04-17-2017 1:30 PM.

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National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Recognizes Michigan’s Emergency Telecommunicators

LANSING, MICH. The State 911 Committee gives tribute to Michigan telecommunicators and their vital contributions to public safety. In 1991, the United States Congress designated the second week in April, this year April 9-15, 2017 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. In Michigan, the State 911 Committee is privileged to honor the men and women who serve in this role to protect the citizens of our Great Lakes State.

“This week we are stopping to say thank you,” declared Harriet Miller-Brown, State 911 Administrator. “It is an honor to celebrate these exemplary individuals who demonstrate the highest levels of professional conduct and extraordinary performance. Their dedication and hard work touches the lives of countless people daily.”

In Michigan, 911 centers serve as the primary point for dispatching police, fire, and EMS responses. In addition to answering and dispatching emergency calls, telecommunicators also provide medical pre-arrival instructions; activate weather alerts, towing services, hospitals, road commission, utility, and public works department notifications; handle call-outs for specialized response teams such as search and rescue, activating medical examiners, and hazmat response teams. Telecommunicators receive calls through many various 911 dialing systems including wireless, traditional telephones, Voice Over the Internet Protocol (VoIP), and in some counties, via texts.

Mr. Jeff Troyer, Chair of the State 911 Committee, also commends the accomplishments of 911 telecommunicators across the state and said, “911 is the gateway to emergency services for residents and visitors during their time of need. Our well-trained 911 professionals in the State of Michigan answer this need almost seven million times each year. I commend these individuals for their exemplary service.”

The State 911 Committee was established in accordance with Public Act 79 of 1999. It is a 21 member organization that works together to promote the successful development, implementation, and operation of 911 systems across the State of Michigan

Quick Facts about 911 in Michigan:

  • There are 143 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) in Michigan.
  • According to the 2016 annual report, of the counties and service districts that reported, the telecommunicators in Michigan answered: 6,994,127 calls to 911, 2,814 Texts-to-911, and 7,546,952 calls from non-911 lines.
  • There are approximately 2,089 telecommunicators in Michigan.
  • Michigan is one of thirteen states to have training standards for telecommunicators.
  • In becoming a telecommunicator, individuals first participate in 80 hours of basic and advanced dispatch training within their first 24 months of employment.
  • Michigan designated telecommunicators maintain continuing education requirements by participating in approved courses and accumulating at least 24 continuing education hours every 24 months.
  • Thirty-two (32) counties presently accept Text-to-911 calls which represents 50.24% of the population; many other counties are working toward accepting Text-to-911. For a map of current text-to-911 deployments, please visit the SNC website at http://www.michigan.gov/snc under “Current Issues.”

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Press Release: Fatal Traffic Crash, Oregon Township

On Sunday, 04-02-2017 at 7:00 PM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to an injury traffic crash on Oregon Road to the east of Hayes Road in Lapeer (Lapeer County’s Oregon Township).

A 1992 GMC Yukon was traveling east on Oregon Road. The vehicle traveled over the center line and westbound lane before departing the north side of the roadway. The vehicle traveled within the north ditch for approximately 50 feet before striking a tree. The collision type is considered head on.

The driver and only occupant was pronounced deceased on scene. Lapeer City Fire and Rescue extricated the driver from the vehicle. The driver was wearing his seat belt and the vehicle was not equipped with airbags.

The name of the deceased driver is being withheld pending notification.

Oregon Road was closed for approximately 2 ½ hours for investigation and extrication purposes. Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Lapeer City Fire and Rescue and Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service.

Preliminary, neither excessive speed over the 55 MPH posted limit nor alcohol appear to be contributing factors.

This case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office and Lapeer County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-656-1015 or jparks@lapeercounty.org.

Release: Monday 04-03-2017 at 12:00 AM. Prepared by-Authority: D/Sgt. Jason Parks

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2017 Tornado Siren Testing and Skywarn Class

Tornado Siren Testing

This years county-wide tornado siren testing will be conducted on the first Saturday of the month at 1 pm, April through October.

  • April 1, 2017
  • May 6, 2017
  • June 3, 2017
  • July 1, 2017
  • August 5, 2017
  • September 2, 2017
  • October 7, 2017

If there is severe weather occurring at the regular time for the tests, the they will be postponed or canceled until the weather improves.

Skywarn Class

The tornado spotter class will be held at the Pix Theater at 172 W Nepessing Street, Lapeer, MI 48446 on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

The cost is free and no registration is required.

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2017 Spotter Flyer

High Winds and Numerous Calls for Service

With yesterday’s sustained high winds brought with it numerous trees and wires down all across the county. With the wires down calls many of them also created field fires due to the dry conditions created by the wind.

Our dispatchers were busy non-stop all day answering calls from citizens about the trees, wires and fires and sending out the appropriate public safety agencies. Fire departments were clearly the busiest out there and the road commission was just about equally busy trying to clear the roads of the debris.

According to DTE Energy over 600,000 people in their entire service area were out of power, but it seems they expect to get the majority of people restored by the weekend.

Citizens should know that public safety agencies such as 911, the dispatch center, police, fire or EMS do not know when the power is going to be restored; we are not the power company and have nothing to do with that. People seeking an estimated restoration time need to call DTE at 800-477-4747. Calling the 911 dispatch center asking about when power will be restored takes up telephone lines and dispatchers time away from helping people in emergencies.

The dispatch center took 600 telephone calls, 308 of them were 911 calls and 292 were non-emergency calls during this 24-hour period. Compare that to the day before, March 7th where we took a total of 167 calls. There were 5 dispatchers available to handle all 600 calls yesterday and that was our maximum capacity for call  handling.

Below is a log of number of calls by incident type for the period of midnight to midnight March 8th to 9th. highlighted in red are numbers related to the weather from yesterday.

 

Incident Type Count
911 HANG UP 2
911 WIRELESS H/U 7
ASSAULT & BATTERY 1
ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE 3
ASSIST FIRE DEPARTMENT 7
ALARM INTRUSION 15
MEDICAL ALARM 6
AMBULANCE CALL MEDICAL 33
ANIMAL PROBLEM 3
ASSIST CITIZEN 3
ATTEMPT WARRANT PICKUP 1
CITIZEN ASSIST 4
CIVIL MATTER 2
DEER PERMIT 1
FIRE ALARM 2
DOMESTIC/NO ASSAULT 1
FIELD FIRE 28
FOLLOWUP 1
FOUND PROPERTY 1
GENERAL FIRE – UNCLASSIFIED TYPES 1
HARASSMENT CALL 2
ROAD HAZARD 117
INTOXICATED PERSON 2
JUVENILE COMPL 5
LARCENY FROM AUTO 1
MALICIOUS DESTRUCTION 2
MESSAGE 4
MOTORIST ASSIST 2
OFFICER CALL FIRE 2
OPERATING WHILE INTOX 1
PROPERTY DAMAGE 15
PDA CAR/DEER 3
PEACE OFFICER 3
PRIVATE PROPERTY DAMAGE ACCIDENT 4
PROPERTY WATCH 3
PATIENT TRANSFER 16
RAILROAD PROBLEMS 2
RECKLESS DRIVER 1
ROAD RAGE 1
RUNAWAY 1
SCRAP AUTO 1
SEARCH WARRANT 2
SUICIDAL PERSON 2
SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE 7
TRAFFIC OFFENSE 8
TRESPASSING 1
TRAFFIC STOP 24
UNKNOWN ACCIDENT 1
UTILITY PROBLEM 15
WELFARE CHECK 4
WIRES DOWN 82
Total Incidents: 456

Press Release: Burglaries Solved (Multiple Businesses)

On 12-22-2016, the North Branch Bakery located on Huron Street in the Village of North Branch reported to Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies that the business was broken into sometime during the night. Entry was forced with minimum damage to a door.

On 12-27-2016, the North Branch Bakery reported to Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies that the business was broken into a second time during the night. Entry was forced with minimum damage. Only limited items were stolen during both of these burglaries.

On 01-04-2017, Dynamics Dance Studio on Huron Street in North Branch reported a burglary. Dynamics Dance Studio and North Branch Bakery are located within the same block. Entry was forced with minimum damage to a door. There was more activity inside the building from the responsible parties including spray paint damage and consumption of food items.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies were aggressively pursuing leads over the course of several days. Numerous people were contacted and eventually eliminated for various reasons. There was discussion between Lapeer County Deputies and North Branch Bakery regarding posting a social media to hopefully develop the vital information needed to resolve these crimes.

On Monday 01-09-2017, North Branch Bakery posted on Facebook that they were offering a donut reward for information. Regional and local news media further publicized.

On Monday 01-09-2017 around 5:20 PM, a significant development occurred. North Branch Bakery was contacted via social media and also visited in person by a local teenage juvenile who had information regarding the burglaries. An item of stolen property was returned to North Branch Bakery. Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies immediately followed up on this significant development.

On Tuesday 01-10-2017, a search warrant was executed in the Village of North Branch. Another teenage juvenile was taken into custody and more stolen property was recovered that was owned by North Branch Bakery and  Dynamics Dance Studio.

Deputies were able to recover the higher monetary valued stolen items (electronics, safe, cash, and play props) from both businesses.

The teenage juvenile taken into custody on 01-10-2017 was later released to a parent while the investigation continues and case presentation to the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office for formal criminal charges.

The information and facts at this time suggest that all parties involved have been identified. These burglaries were occurring during the early morning hours while the business were closed. The names will not be released (juveniles and pending issuance of criminal charges). Unfortunately, further details can’t be released at this time to protect the integrity of an on-going investigation with anticipated prosecution resulting.
It is very pleasing that some closure has occurred for the victims (North Branch Bakery and Dynamics Dance Studio) by identifying the responsible parties and reuniting them with property that was stolen. Furthermore, safety and security can be restored for the Village of North Branch community.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Sgt. Matt Blair (810-245-2390 or mblair@lapeercounty.org) or Detective Sgt. Jason Parks (810-656-1015 or jparks@lapeercounty.org).

Media Release- Burglaries of businesses in North Branch

Press Release: Narcotics Investigation (approximately $10,000 worth of cocaine seized)

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemLapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies received information regarding illegal narcotics activity at a residence in the Village of North Branch.  This information was investigated further and   probable cause was developed.  Deputies were granted a search warrant for the residence.

On Wednesday 11-23-2016, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies executed the search warrant.   Deputies seized a considerable amount of cocaine with an approximate street value of $10,000.  In addition to the cocaine, illegal marijuana; numerous weapons; and cash was seized during the execution of the search warrant.

The home owners (female age 38 and male age 35) were temporarily released pending further investigation.  This investigation will be presented to the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office in the near future regarding formal criminal charges.

Photograph does not depict case evidence
Photograph does not depict case evidence

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Fatal Traffic Crash, Burnside Township

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Friday 11-18-2016 at 10:15 AM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to a personal injury traffic crash on Burnside Road (M-90) near Churchill Road in Brown City (Lapeer County’s Burnside Township).

James Schaffer age 29 from North Branch was the driver and sole occupant of a westbound 1998 Ford Expedition.   Schaffer crossed over the center line into the path of an eastbound Freightliner semi owned by Country Fresh of Grand Rapids, Michigan driven by Bruce Pullman age 51 from Utica.    Pullman was delivering ice cream to a business in Yale, Michigan when the crash occurred.

The crash was considered “head on”.   The Ford Expedition driven by Shaffer departed the north side of the roadway and came to rest on its side.    Shaffer was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The front axle of the semi driven by Pullman broke during the collision and the vehicle came to rest within the center of the roadway.   Pullman was transported to McLaren in Lapeer for non-life threatening injuries.

The roadway was closed for approximately 4 ½ hours for rescue; investigation; and wreckage removal by Yakes Towing in North Branch.

Preliminary investigation suggest that neither excessive speeds over the 55 MPH speed limit or alcohol are factors in this fatal traffic crash.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Brown City Fire Department,  Michigan State Police Lapeer Regional Post,  and the Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division.   This traffic crash remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

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