Commercial Burglary cleared by Arrest

On Wednesday 05-30-2012 at 2:08 AM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an alarm at the Whistle Stop Party Store in North Branch. Deputies discovered the glass within the front door smashed. The building was checked with nobody located within.

The store’s video captured the solo intruder entering the building with his head and face concealed by what appeared to be a mask. The individual stole cigarettes and liquor from behind the counter. Back packs were used to remove the stolen items from the store. The individual fled on foot.

Around mid-morning during normal business hours, a frequent customer entered the store and made a purchase. This customer resided in the immediate area. An employee noticed that the customer was wearing similar clothing articles and fit the physical description.

Around 2:00 PM, North Branch Police Department Officers and Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies made contact with the individual at a park in North Branch. The individual was arrest without incident and stolen property was recovered.

A 19 year old from North Branch was lodged in the Lapeer County Jail. The Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office will be presented the case reference the issuance of criminal charges. Name of the individual is being withheld pending the issuance of criminal charges and arraignment.

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.

Press Release: Suicidal Subject / Traffic Crash Involving Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputy

On Monday 04-30-2012 around 3:45 PM,   Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the land owned by the State ofMichigan(commonly referred to as the State Game Area) offNorway Lake Roadto the west ofN. Lapeer RoadinMayfieldTownshipfor a suicidal individual in possession of a weapon.  The subject, a 39 year old Deerfield Twp. resident had been located by a citizen in the State Game Area with the cars exhaust hose through a back window of the car.  The lone occupant was also in possession of a 12 gauge shotgun.  The citizen pulled the exhaust hose from the car and then contacted central dispatch.

Deputies approached the car attempting to deescalate the subject, found the auto unoccupied, shortly there after a gun shot was heard in the forest behind where the deputies were located.  The 39 year oldDeerfieldresident who had already shot himself in the chest prior to the Sheriff’s Department arrival, had shot himself a second time on the left side of his face.

The subject was transported to McLaren-Lapeer Regional where he was stabilized and later transferred to U of M Hospitals inAnn Arborin critical condition.

As this was occurring, Deputy Craig Ross ( age 42/ 5 years with department) responded operating a full marked patrol unit with the emergency lights and siren activated.   Deputy Ross was traveling south onN. Lapeer Roadwith vehicles traveling in both directions properly yielding.

KRYSTLE BARRINGER age 28 from North Branch was operating a 1999 Buick LeSabre north onN. Lapeer Road.   BARRINGER was south of theColumbiaville Roadintersection when she slowed and maneuvering to the right shoulder to yield right away for Deputy Ross.

LEVI YACHESON age 20 from Dryden was traveling north directly behind BARRINGER operating a 1994 Ford Ranger truck.   YACHESON stated that he observed the patrol unit traveling south with the emergency lights and siren activated.   YACHESON stated that BARRINGER slowed quickly in front of him.

YACHESON struck the back of BARRINGER’S vehicle before crossing over the center line and striking the driver’s side of the patrol unit driven by Deputy Ross.   Deputy Ross subsequently departed the west side of the roadway coming to rest within the ditch.

Neither BARRINGER nor her two passengers (DENNIS CLARK age 32 from North Branch and BRIANNA CLARK age 5) were injured.   YACHESON was not injured in this traffic crash.

Deputy Ross sustained minor injuries and was transported to McLaren- Lapeer Region.  Deputy Ross was released from McLaren a few hours following the crash.

Alcohol is not a factor in this traffic crash that remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.  N. Lapeer Roadwas closed for approximately 1 ½ hours for rescue and investigative purposes.

The Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Michigan State Police-Lapeer Post and the Lapeer Area Ambulance Service.