State Police Reminds Citizens to Prepare for Extreme Cold,4643,7-123–318914–,00.html

Contact: Ron Leix, MSP/EMHSD Public Information Officer, (517) 336-6464
Agency: State Police

Issued: Jan. 3, 2014

LANSING. As statewide temperatures are forecasted to hover around 0 degrees with wind chills at 25 below or colder, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is reminding Michigan citizens about how to prepare for the extreme cold.

“Now is the time to prepare and to take the proper precautions,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD.” Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threating temperatures.”


To stay safe during cold weather:

  • Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear–such as hats, mittens and gloves–in addition to a warm coat. Always protect your lungs with a scarf.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.
  • Understand the hazards of wind chill. As wind speed increases, heat is carried away from a person’s body more rapidly and could lead to severe hypothermia.
  • Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.
  • Weather-proof doors and windows to trap heat inside your home.
  • Check heating units. Poorly operating or damaged heating units can release carbon monoxide gas. Test carbon monoxide detectors for proper operation and battery life.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.
  • Watch pets closely and keep them indoors when possible. Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries.
  • Check and restock your emergency preparedness kit. If you don’t have a kit, make one.
  • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing–such as gloves, blankets and hats–in your kit in case you become stranded.

Citizens who need assistance or guidance are encouraged to call 211. For more information about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, go to the MSP/EMHSD’s emergency preparedness website at or Twitter page at

Fireworks Safety Tips


Here are six safety tips on enjoying this Independence Day’s fireworks from the Michigan State Police.

  1. Read and follow all warning and instructions.
  2. Never allow children to play with fireworks of any kind.
  3. Wear protective clothing, including eye wear.
  4. Only light devices on smooth, flat surfaces away from residential areas, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  5. Always keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of malfunction.
  6. Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned.

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: 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


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.

Detroit Red Wings & Make-A-Wish Foundation

Our Administrative Assistant, Cheryl Mercier, and her son, Tristan Parent, step-son to Michigan State Police Trooper Jason Mercier, is 15 and in a wheelchair with brittle bone disease. They applied to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a chance to visit the Detroit Red Wings and Tristan’s wish was granted.

This past Monday, they got their opportunity to go to the Joe Louis Arena to make the wish come true.

Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings and Tristan Parent

The Red Wings sent a limo up to get them early in the morning and drove them all the way there, and dropped them off inside the arena. Henrik Zetterberg is his favorite player and got to meet him. He even gave him an autographed hockey stick. Henrik spent a good 30 minutes or so talking with him.

Then they took him out on the ice and spent time with Todd Bertuzzi and his young son slapping pucks around. The goalie coach gave him a whistle and let him direct the goalie practice drills for awhile. Tristan spent about an hour out on the ice, in his wheel chair and got see the Red Wings morning skate. Tristan was even doing doughnuts on the ice in his wheelchair too!

Then they brought him to the locker room where he spent more time with some of the players and talked hockey with him. They brought him out to the players tunnel and had a photo-op with him and many of the players, including Nicklas Lidstrom, Todd Bertuzzi, Drew Miller, Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Ericsson and Mickey Redmond.

During the pre-game practice between the Red Wings and Blue Jackets, he (and his folks) got to sit in the penalty box and watch the practice. One of the Blue Jackets players flipped up a puck and gave it to him too.

Just before the game, Coach Mike Babcock brought him into his office and showed him around, explained how he decides what lines to play and the different strategies he plays depending on the opponent that night. The Coach spent about an hour with him.

Between the 2nd & 3rd periods, they did a special program with him that aired on TV.

After the game, the limo took them all home. Tristan says no one is allowed to touch the hockey stick and even slept with it that night.

The Detroit Red Wings organization & the Make-A-Wish Foundation are a class act all around.

Here is the article and a video special they made.

Bank Robbery Suspect Sought By Imlay City Police

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City Police, along with lawmen from the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept., Michigan State Police and FBI, are searching eastern Lapeer County for a lone gunman who walked into the Talmer Bank & Trust office at 10:40 a.m. March 2, 2012 on South Cedar Street demanding money.

Police are looking for a white man in his 20s with a medium build and brown hair. He’s believed to be armed with a handgun. He was said to be wearing a Nike-brand ball cap (red) and sun glasses.

The suspect is believed to have driven off in a four-door black or dark blue car, possibly a Chevrolet Malibu, that was heavily covered with dirt up to the door handles.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Imlay City Police Dept. at 810-724-2345.