Press Release: Pedestrian Traffic Fatality

Sheriffs LogoPedestrian Traffic Fatality on Friday 10-11-2013
Complaint Number: 144-3739-13

On Friday 10-11-2013 at 11:47 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an injury traffic crash involving a pedestrian on Saginaw Street to the south of Davis Lake Road in Lapeer (Mayfield Township- Lapeer County).

Two women (ages 41 and 56) from Lapeer were walking south on Saginaw Street. The pedestrians were walking near the west edge of the roadway. It was dark with no street lighting available.

Both pedestrians were struck by a Sonoma pick up truck that was traveling south on Saginaw Street driven by a 17 year old from Attica. The operator of the pick up truck did not stop.

The 41 year old pedestrian was transported to McLaren- Lapeer Region for non-life threatening injuries. The 56 year old pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the pick up truck returned to the crash site about an hour later with their parents. The driver after the collision traveled to a family member’s residence that was near the crash site.

The investigation is on-going to determine if alcohol was a contributing factor. The roadway was closed for about three hours for investigative purposes.

Names are withheld pending notification. Anyone with any information about this traffic crash is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-245-1381. This crash remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

(Updated on Monday 10-14-2013):

Deceased Pedestrian: Florenda Andrade age 56- Lapeer
Injured Pedestrian: Crystal Koebrugge age 41-Lapeer

*Pedestrians were walking home after visiting a local store
*The crash occurred upon the travel portion of the roadway
*Alcohol not a factor- driver of the vehicle.

Press Release: Fatal Traffic Crash (Columbiaville)

Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 10.33.58 PMOn Thursday 09-26-2013 at 12:37 AM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an injury traffic crash on Columbiaville Road to the east of North Lake Road in Columbiaville.

TRISH WHITE age 33 from Columbiaville was traveling east on Columbiaville Road operating a 1998 Cadillac. WHITE failed to navigate a curve and departed the south side of the roadway. The vehicle traveled a negative embankment before striking a tree.

WHITE was the lone occupant. WHITE was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Columbiaville Fire Department and Marathon Township First Responders. The roadway was closed for about 2 1/2 hour for investigative purposes.

Preliminary investigation supports that excessive speed and alcohol are contributing factors.

The crash remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-245-1381.

Investigator/Prepared by: Detective Sgt. Jason Parks
810-245-1381 or

Press Release: Bank Robbery (Imlay City)


Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of Imlay City Police Department 



On Friday 09-13-2013 around 4:50 PM, Citizens First Savings (Talmer Bank) on S. Cedar Street in Imlay City was robbed by the individual depicted within the photographs above.

The individual approached and departed the bank by foot. This is an on-going investigation and a vehicle (or description) is currently not available. Investigator can established that the individual was on the westbound I-69 entrance ramp at M-53 in Imlay City following the robbery. It is believed that the suspect traveled west on I-69 in an unknown make or model of vehicle.


  • White male potentially dark complexion or Hispanic descent
  • Age range of 35 years old to 45 years old
  • Approximately 5-07 to 5-10 tall
  • Approximately weight of 175 pounds to 200 pounds
  • Described as having a wider nose
  • Goatee (stubble facial growth)
  • Wore a red in color wig
  • Wearing dark in color sunglasses
  • White long sleeve tee shirt
  • Light colored stocking style hat (either light gray or white)


This is a joint investigation by Imlay City Police Department, the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Flint Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Anyone who knows the identity of the above individual, please contact Imlay City Police Department at 810-724-2345 or Lapeer County Central Dispatch at 810-667-0292.

Detective Sgt. Jason Parks 810-245-1381

Press Release: Residential Structure Fire Fatality


PRESS RELEASE, for immediate release

Fatality at a residential structure fire, 20 April 2013 in Imlay City, MI.

At 9:35 AM on 20 April 2013, Lapeer County Central Dispatch (911) received a call from the manager of an apartment complex in the 500 block of Townsend Court in Imlay City. The manager indicated that while checking on a smoke smell in one particular building, they had entered an apartment to check on the furnace. Upon entering the upstairs apartment, they found the apartment blackened by soot, the room temperature very hot and a person on the floor in the living room area. The caller believed the person to be deceased. Lapeer County 911 dispatchers had the caller start evacuating the entire 16 unit, two story building.FireBIG

Lapeer County Central Dispatch immediately sent Imlay City Police, Imlay City Fire Dept (ICFD), Attica Twp FD and Lapeer County EMS to the address for a structure fire. Imlay Police and fire departments arrived on scene within minutes of the call. First on scene responders found the upstairs apartment very hot, a lot of soot in the air and a deceased male in the living room. It was apparent that a fire had occurred in the apartment, but there were no flames showing on arrival. As the police began their investigation, the FD investigated for any extension of the fire into the attic areas and / or attached apartments. No additional fire was found and the displaced residents were allowed to reenter their apartments.

A medical examiner from the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept, as well as a State Police Fire Investigator was requested to the scene. Police then identified the victim as Kenneth Dahn, aged 22 of Imlay City. Mr. Dahn lived in the involved two-bedroom apartment. The exact cause of the victim’s death is undetermined at this time, but fire investigators believe inhalation and asphyxiation is a probability.

A preliminary fire investigation indicates there was a kitchen stove fire with a lot of smoke and carbon particles. The fire appears to have burned upwards from the stove top, through the cupboards, across the ceiling and spread out to the living room. It is believed Mr. Dahn may have been sitting on a living room chair, overcome with smoke and carbon monoxide and perished in the living room.

The investigation continues at this time. The fire is being deemed accidental and fire investigators are still trying to figure out the actual time of the fire and secondly, why the fire went out on its own. It is possible the fire used up all the oxygen, then went out on its own due to a lack of oxygen. There were three (3) smoke detectors in the apartment and one of the smoke detectors was sounding on arrival. An additional fire investigator is being requested for next week and some witnesses may be re-interviewed.

“Compared to the loss of a young man’s life, the fire damage was minimal. Kenny Dahn was a good kid who was known to us on the fire dept. His father and grandfather were both Imlay City Firefighters at a time, years ago, so we knew him from the time he was a little boy. This is a little tougher for us when it is someone you know, some tears were shed at our fire station. Words cannot express what Kenny’s family is going through. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Dahn family.” – Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves
For any additional information, please contact D/Sgt Jason Parks at the Lapeer Co Sheriff’s Dept, detective division

Authority – Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves, 20 April 2013
Contact 810.724.6262

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


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.

Press Release: Assault with Intent to Murder

Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin Reports:

On Sunday 11-11-2012 at 5:12 PM,   Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Marlette Regional Medical Center in Marlette reference an assault.   The assault occurred on Marlette Road in Silverwood (Rich Township-Lapeer County).

The information is that JESSE JAMES CAREY age 24 from Mayville placed a tree across Marlette Road near Maple Grove Road.   CAREY’S former girlfriend age 23 from Fostoria was with current boyfriend who is 24 years old from Silverwood.   When the couple stopped their vehicle to move the tree, CAREY ambushed the current boyfriend striking him multiples times with an object.   Following the attack, CAREY fled on foot.   After extensive efforts, CAREY was not immediately located.

The assault victim was transferred from Marlette Region Medical Center to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw.  As of 11-13-2012, the victim remains on life support.

CAREY is believed to be within the Mayville or Marlette area.  A criminal arrest warrant for assault with intent to murder (felony punishable by life or any numbers of years) was issued on 11-13-2012.

In addition, there are active arrest warrants for CAREY out of the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office for resisting and obstructing and Michigan State Police Lapeer Regional Post for assault harm less than murder.

If anyone knows CAREY’S whereabouts, they are requested to contact 911 immediately.   Individuals with information can contact the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office at 810-664-1801 (extension 2451) or Lapeer County Central Dispatch at 810-667-0292.

Investigator:   Jason G. Parks

Detective Sgt. Jason Parks


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.