DNR, State Police & Lapeer County Sheriff Form Joint Effort to Curb Illegal Shooting Activity at Roods Lake Road Pit

June 20, 2013

Contacts: Lt. David Malloch (DNR), 248-359-9040 or Mary Dettloff, 517-335-3014

NewPit3The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State Police and Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department are joining forces to curb illegal shooting activity at the Roods Lake Road “shooting pit” in Lapeer County. The site currently is on a state-managed game area.

Since mid-April, complaints have been increasing about loud explosions at the pit. After a preliminary investigation, it has been determined that illegal firearms, non-conforming targets and exploding targets are being used at the site.

“These types of activities are illegal at this site, and are causing serious disturbances for residents who live near the Lapeer State Game Area,” said Lt. David Malloch, the DNR’s regional Law Enforcement Division supervisor. “This joint effort will include stepped up patrols and enforcement involving all agencies in order to bring use of the site under control and in compliance with a 2012 DNR order regarding target shooting at the site.”

Under a land use order signed by the DNR director in 2012, people may target shoot at the site, but they may only shoot at paper, cardboard or clay targets. They also may not discharge a firearm during times other than regular hunting hours or, if target shooting, one-half hour after sunset or before sunrise.

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

E-Mail:  jparks@lapeercounty.org

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.

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.

Press Release: Arrest in Marie Warren Murder Case

From the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department:

Today, July 15. 2011 at 9:30am Frank William Choate was arraigned in Lapeer County 71st District Court on the following charges:

  • Home invasion of the home of Marie Warren – 20 years
  • Weapons concealment – 5 years
  • Stolen property – 5 years
  • Obstruction of justice – 5 years
  • Possession of a firearm by a felon – 5 years
  • Felony firearm – 2 years
  • Habitual offender (4th) – up to life
A $1 million cash surety bond has been set. Please remember that any suspect is assumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you would like a color photograph of the suspect, please send your email request to dkalar@lapeercounty.org.

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