State Police Reminds Citizens to Prepare for Extreme Cold

http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123–318914–,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.”

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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 http://www.michigan.gov/beprepared or Twitter page at www.twitter.com/MichEMHS.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.

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.