Press Release: Endangered Missing Found Deceased

Lapeer County SheriffOn Friday 03-01-2013 at 6:16 PM, Lapeer County Sheriffs Deputies responded to a residence located on a private drive off Diehl Road in Metamora (Hadley Township) for a missing 13 year old.The 13 year old (name being withheld) departed his residence between approximately 4:15 PM and 5:25 PM traveling by foot. There were circumstances that supported the individual was endangered and a firearm from the residence was unaccounted for. The residence is surrounded by woods, fields, and land owned by the State of Michigan (game area). An extensive search of the area was performed during the evening hours (after dark) on Friday 03-01-2013. Lapeer County Deputies were assisted by Michigan State Police Troopers (Lapeer Post), Michigan State Police CanineTeam, and the Oakland County Sheriffs Aviation Division. Around midnight, search efforts were temporarily suspended until morning.The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was notified. Arrangements were established to resume on Saturday 03-02-2013 at 8 AM.

On Saturday 03-02-2013 at 8 AM, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Flint Field Office) and Oakland County Sheriffs Office Aviation Division joined Lapeer County Sheriffs Deputies. The Lapeer County Sheriffs Mounted Division searched using horses. Ray C’s Cycles in Lapeer provided quad runners to aid with the ground search. Michigan Search and Rescue was responding with numerous canine teams.

Around 9:08 AM, the search came to an end when the missing was discovered deceased of a self inflicted gun shot wound in a wooded ravine within close distance to their residence.

This case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff s Office.

Press Release: Fatal Vehicle Fire

On Thursday 12-13-2012 at 5:51 PM, Lapeer City Fire and Rescue along with Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle fire on Davis Lake Road to the west of N. Lapeer Road in Lapeer (Mayfield Township). There was information that the driver was trapped within the vehicle. The vehicle was fully engulfed when emergency personnel arrived and confirmed to be occupied once the fire was extinguished.

Michael Clemens age 49 from Lapeer was traveling west on Davis Lake Road. Clemens was the driver and sole occupant of his 1997 Chevrolet Sport Van. Clemens was paraplegic and his vehicle was equipped with a wheel chair lift ramp mounted on the passenger side.

Clemens stopped his vehicle on the north roadway shoulder of Davis Lake Road. The vehicle was in park and wheel chair lift ramp was within the lowered position. A fire erupted within the vehicle and Clemens moved in the direction of his wheel chair located behind the driver’s seat.

A passing motorist (19 year old male from Lapeer) stopped to render aid. The motorist
unsuccessful attempted to free Clemens from the vehicle before it was consumed by fire. The motorist sustained burns to both wrist and declined the offered medical treatment at the scene.

The investigation is on-going to determine the cause and origin of the fire. The incident
remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release Update: Assault with Intent to Murder

UPDATED INFORMATION: FRIDAY 11-16-2012

On Thursday 11-15-2012 at 4:15 PM, motorist reported an individual walking along M-53 north of Bowers Road (Goodland Twp- Lapeer County) that fit the description of CAREY. Deputies established contact and confirmed the individual was CAREY. CAREY was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Lapeer County Jail.

The 24 year old victim’s condition is improving and was successfully removed from life support.

Serious Injury Traffic Crash

On Friday 10-26-2012 at 7:02 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a serious injury traffic crash on Hunters Creek Road to the west of Fairgrounds Road in Imlay City (Imlay Township).

KELLY CUSSON age 38 from Imlay City was traveling east on Hunters Creek Road driving a 2000 Ford Explorer. KELLY CUSSON’S vehicle lost control and entered a clock-wise rotation while departing the south side of the roadway. The vehicle impacted a tree near the driver’s side door.

Imlay City Fire Department and Almont Fire Department utilizing extrication tools freed KELLY CUSSON from her vehicle. KELLY CUSSON was transported from the scene by Flight Care Medical helicopter to Hurley Medical Center in Flint. KELLY CUSSON is listed in serious/critical condition.

KELLY CUSSON’S 10 year old daughter MEGENA CUSSON from Imlay City was a front seat passenger. MEGENA CUSSON was transported by Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service to McLaren- Lapeer Region with non-life threatening injuries.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Imlay City Police Department, Imlay City Fire and Rescue, Almont Fire Department,and Paul’s Collision/Towing in Almont.

The roadway was closed for approximately 2 ½ hours for rescue and investigative purposes. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this traffic crash that remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

Fatal Traffic Crash

On Friday 10-26-2012 at 10:56 AM, Lapeer County Sheriffs Deputies responded to an injury traffic crash involving a passenger car and semi on Van Dyke (M-53) south of Bowers Road in Imlay City (Imlay Township).

Lapeer County Sheriffs Deputy William Osborne arrived at 10:58 AM. A fire erupted within the occupied passenger car and unoccupied semi tractor. The fierce fire could not be contained by Deputy Osborne and Imlay City Police Officer Joe Deluca prior to Imlay City Fire and Rescue arriving. The driver and lone occupant of the passenger vehicle ERIC EASTERLING was pronounced deceased at the scene.

EASTERLING was traveling north on Van Dyke operating a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. EASTERLING approached a vehicle traveling in the same direction that was slowing/stopping upon the roadway preparing for a left turn. EASTERLING passed the turning vehicle on the right traveling upon the gravel roadway shoulder. Upon reentering the traveled portion of the roadway, EASTERLING lost control and his vehicle entered a counter-clockwise rotation.

EASTERLING’S vehicle crossed the centerline into the south bound lane in front of a 1999 Volvo Semi operated by RONALD HAAG age 53 from Minden City. The collision was broadside with the front of the semi contacting the passenger side of the car. Vehicles remained attached and entered the west side ditch coming to rest. HAAG exited his tractor before the fire erupted. HAGG was not injured and declined medical treatment.

The Lapeer County Sheriff s Office was assisted at the scene by Imlay City Police Department, Michigan State Police Troopers and Motor Carriers, Goodland Township Fire, Imlay City Fire and Rescue, and Young’s Environmental Service. Van Dyke was reopened for normal vehicular traffic around 2:30 PM.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be factors in this fatal traffic crash which remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff s Office.

Fatal Traffic Crash

On Friday 05-25-2012 at 11:04 AM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an injury traffic crash on Lake Pleasant Road south of Lum Road in Attica (Arcadia Township).

Alice McCoy age 69 from Imlay City was traveling south on Lake Pleasant Road driving a 2011 Dodge Avenger. McCoy crested a hill approaching another southbound vehicle that was traveling below the posted 55 MPH speed limit.

McCoy’s swerved to the left but contacted the rear driver’s corner of a 2010 GMC Terrain driven by Nancy Schodowski age 67 from Attica. McCoy continued across the center line and collided head on with a northbound 2004 Buick LeSabre driven by Robbert Ferguson age 45 from Attica.

McCoy was wearing her seat belt with her vehicle’s airbags deploying. CPR was administered on McCoy while she was transported to McLaren- Lapeer Region. McCoy died of injuries sustained upon arrival at McLaren- Lapeer Region.

Ferguson was transported to McLaren- Lapeer Region for non-life threatening injuries.
Schodowski declined medical treatment at the scene.

Preliminary investigation supports that neither alcohol nor excessive speed are a factor in this traffic crash. The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police- Lapeer Regional Post.

Lake Pleasant Road was closed or partially restricted for approximately 2 ½ hours for rescue and investigative purposes. This traffic crash remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

Fatal Traffic Crash

On Sunday 05-20-2012 at 2:12 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Hunt Road west of Lake Nepessing Road in Lapeer (Elba Township) for an injury traffic crash.

ANITA KUNZ age 70 from Lapeer was the driver and lone occupant of her Buick Roadmaster. KUNZ departed her residence and traveled east on Hunt Road. Within a few tenths of a mile from her residence, KUNZ crossed over the center line and departed the north side of the roadway striking a mailbox before entering a shallow ditch. KUNZ’S vehicle came to rest within the ditch.

KUNZ was unresponsive at the scene and life saving effort was initiated. KUNZ was transported to McLaren- Lapeer Region where her death was pronounced within the emergency department.

Preliminary investigation supports that neither drugs nor alcohol are factors. Excessive speed (posted speed limit of 25 MPH) is not a factor. Lapeer County Medical Examiner Dr. Charles Franckowiak is investigating to determine if KUNZ was experiencing medical distress and this condition resulted in her death.

Hunt Road traffic was restricted for approximately 1 3⁄4 hours for rescue and investigative purposes. Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by the City of Lapeer Police Department and Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service. The crash remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.