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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Water Rescue: Lapeer County Deputy Saves Mans Life

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Saturday 11-12-2016 at 4:18 PM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies, Michigan State Police Troopers, and Department of Natural Resources Officer to a water rescue on Twin Lake in North Branch. Twin Lake is located approximately ½ mile off Kings Mill Road (Lapeer County’s Arcadia Township).

Anthony Hentschel age 45 from St. Clair Shores was hunting within a wooded area near Twin Lake when he heard someone yelling for help. Hentschel was able to determine the cry for help was originating from Twin Lake. Hentschel observed a male approximately 100 yards off shore clinging to an overturned canoe. Due to water soaked clothing and cold water temperature, the male was unable to swim toward the shore. The situation became worse when the canoe started sinking.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Kohler, a member of the drive team responded. Due to the canoe sinking, immediate action needed to be taken to save the man’s life. Deputy Kohler immediately changed into dive gear which he carries within the patrol unit.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies were able to attach multiple water rescue discs together and attach them to an inflatable floatation vest provided by the DNR. Deputy Kohler swam out to the individual while carrying the floatation vest and line. Deputies manually pulled the male to the shore using the rope lines and vest before the canoe sank.

The male was identified as Michael Gamalski age 56 from Port Huron. Gamalski stated that he was pulling up an anchor when the canoe overturned. Gamalski was very grateful for the quick actions of Deputy Kohler and all the officers involved in his rescue. Gamalski was subsequently transported to McLaren- Lapeer and later released.

Due to Twin Lake being an isolated and rural georgraphic area, Anthony Hentschel, Deputy Dan Kohler, and numerous other officers played a critical role in saving Michael Gamalski’s life.

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Suspicious Death Update, Elba Township

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Saturday 11-12-2016, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Investigator presented this case to the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office.   Lapeer County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson and Assistant Prosecutor Emil Joseph issued the following formal criminal charges.

  1. Disinterment and Mutilation of a dead body (10 year felony)
  2. Tampering with Evidence (4 year felony)
  3. Habitual Offender

Rodney Tureaud age 36 from Flint was arraigned in the 71-A District Court of Lapeer on Saturday 11-12-2016.

Bond was set at $1,000,000.   Currently, Tureaud remains incarcerated in the Lapeer County Jail.  The next scheduled court appearance is later this month.

 

Rodney Tureaud age 36- Flint, MI Booking photograph courtesy of the Lapeer County Jail
Rodney Tureaud age 36- Flint, MI
Booking photograph courtesy of the Lapeer County Jail

 

The victim is Amy Kagen age 37 from Flint, Michigan.  An autopsy was performed on Saturday 11-12-2016.  Autopsy findings will not be available for a few more weeks.

This remains an active investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office with no further information available at this time.

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