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Eaton County Sheriff

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Sheriff Tom Reich

1025 Independence Blvd
Charlotte, Michigan 48813

517-543-3512 or 517-372-8217


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2014 News Releases



April 10

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at approximately 12:09 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Crash in the area of Waverly Road and Bishop Highway.

Upon arrival deputies discovered an Oldsmobile Intrigue driven by Marie Hilding, 89 yoa of Lansing, that had been headed eastbound on Bishop was struck by a semi truck driven by David Stiffler, 42 yoa of Potterville, which was traveling southbound on Waverly Road.

It was reported to the Sheriff’s Office that Ms. Hilding did pass away on April 10th due to her injuries.

The crash is still under investigation by the Eaton County Sheriff’s Reconstruction Team.

April 9, 2014

Detroit, MI—On Monday, April 21, at 7:08 pm, the 2013 American League Central Champion Detroit Tigers take on the Chicago White Sox, as the Tigers partner with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to host the 3rd Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, at Comerica Park. This special night is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and their families, while raising awareness and funds for the forthcoming National Law Enforcement Museum, to be built in Washington, DC.

Pre-game festivities begin at 5:30 pm, and will feature a display of police cars in front of Comerica Park on Witherall Street. The Van Buren Township (MI) Police Department Honor Guard will present the colors as Officer Raquel Reyes of the Auburn Hills (MI) Police Department performs the National Anthem. Also on this special night, the game’s opening ceremony will be dedicated to honor Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield II and Detroit (MI) Police Department Officers Rodney Jones and Patrick Hill who were killed in the line of duty in 2013.

There will also be a special presentation of the Memorial Fund’s February 2014 Officer of the Month Award to Lieutenant Timothy Jungel of the Eaton County (MI) Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant Jungel received the award in recognition of his work creating the Michigan Sheriff’s & Municipal Memorial Assistance Response Team (S.M.M.A.R.T.), a program to assist the family, friends, and colleagues of fallen officers in Michigan.

The Detroit Tigers are offering a special all-inclusive Law Enforcement Appreciation Night package starting at just $29 for law enforcement officers, their families, friends, and the general public. The package includes a ticket to the game and a co-branded Detroit Tigers and National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund commemorative challenge coin. Additionally, the Detroit Tigers will donate $10 from each ticket sold directly to the Memorial Fund in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum.

To learn more information and to purchase ticket packages, visit or contact Kate Walker at

"We are excited to honor Michigan law enforcement and to, once again, partner with the Detroit Tigers for this special evening,” said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the Memorial Fund. “Coming together in the 'Motor City' for championship baseball—and in honor of Michigan law enforcement officers—is sure to be a great evening, and a great way to raise awareness and funds for the Museum.”




Update on Fatal Crash in Delta Township - The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is now able to release the names of the people involved in the crash that occurred at the intersection of Lansing Road and Mt. Hope Hwy on Friday, February 14, 2014.


The driver of the car that was traveling westbound on Mt. Hope Hwy is identified as Rene Wilson, age 54, of Mulliken. Rene was pronounced dead at the scene of this crash. Her passenger was her daughter, Heidi Wilson, age 26 of Springport. Heidi was transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition. We are saddened to report that Heidi’s unborn child also died in the crash.


The driver of the van traveling northbound on Lansing Road is identified as El-Rayah Hamid-Wadi Khatr, age 41, of Lansing. He was also transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office staff sends our condolences to the victims of this crash and to their families.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, and no further details can be released at this time.


Authority: Lt. Jeff Campbell


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Sheriff Reich Announces Neighborhood Watch Forum in Delta Township:


On Wednesday, February 12th at 6:30pm, the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Neighborhood Watch Forum at the Delta Township Administration Building located at 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing, MI 48917. This meeting is designed to provide information and assistance to anyone interested in helping to organize a new neighborhood watch group, as well as to help strengthen and renew our relationships with existing neighborhood watch groups. Residents will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol, and discuss ways to fight crime in their neighborhoods.





Consumers Energy has notified the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office that there is an Over Pressure of gas lines in the area of northern Windsor Township and the Village of Dimondale. Residences will see Consumers Energy checking the lines and monitoring the situation through the weekend.


IF YOU SMELL GAS – Please call the Consumers Energy Hot line at 1-800-477-5050 or Eaton County Dispatch at 9-1-1.




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 If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:




  • Designate your sober driver before the party begins.

  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself. Eat plenty of food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Keep track of how much you have had to drink

  • Make sure your ride is sober before letting him/her drive you.

  • If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or if possible stay where you are for the night and don’t drive until you are sober.

  • Never let a friend drive drunk. Arrange a safe way for them to get home.

  • Always buckle up. It’s still your best defense against other drunk drivers.


    If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:



  • Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with sober drivers.

  • Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages at the party.

  • If you plan to stay sober, offer to drive guests home.

  • Encourage guests to pace themselves.

  • Host your party like they do at the stadium. Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game. The fourth quarter is perfect for serving coffee and dessert.

  • Keep the phone numbers of local cab companies on hand and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving drunk.

  • Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in a drunk-driving crash.

  • If an underage person drinks and drives, the parent may be legally liable for any damage, injury or death caused by the underage driver.

  • Likewise, parents or other adults who provide alcohol to – or host a party where alcohol is available to – those under age 21, could face jail time.




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On January 28,2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Eaton County Deputies from Delta Patrol were investigating a property damage crash on Lansing Road near Creyts Road when the driver of a van lost control striking the rear of a parked patrol vehicle. No one was injured. The patrol car had its emergency lights activated and had one lane partially blocked to protect the crash scene.

At 9:30 a.m. Eaton County Deputies from Delta Patrol were policing a property damage crash on the ramp from eastbound I-96 to eastbound I-496 when the driver of a van lost control, stuck a guard rail and then collided with a marked patrol vehicle.   The patrol vehicle had the emergency lights were activated and the lane partially blocked to protect the crash scene.

Please remember when you see flashing lights slow down and safely move over to the appropriate lane for police, fire, emergency services and wreckers

Authority: Lt. Tim Jungel, ECSO


On January 26, 2014 at 6:40 p.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a two vehicle crash on M-50 at Kemler Rd. 


 An east bound at-fault vehicle swerved to miss a truck that was stopped to turn northbound.  The at fault vehicle swerved into westbound lane and struck a vehicle head on.    All persons involved were transported to area hospitals.  The at-fault vehicle had three occupants.  The west bound NOT at-fault vehicle had one occupant. 

Both drivers were treated and released.   The front seat passenger was admitted overnight, and the rear seat passenger was killed.  Names are not being released due to notification of family.

Weather and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.

Authority:  Lt. Tim Jungel, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office




On Saturday, January 25, 2014 at about 0914 hours, Eaton County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to a rollover accident on northbound I-69 right at the Davis Highway overpass in Windsor Township. A pickup truck had lost control and went into the median, rolling several times. The male driver suffered a severe laceration to his head and was later transported to the hospital by ambulance.

While police, fire, and EMS crews were busy on scene attending to this accident, traffic on N/B I-69 slowed and this, along with the terrible weather and road conditions, caused still more accidents, right at the scene of the first accident. First, a male driving a green Chevy Monte Carlo lost control and ran into a Windsor Township Fire truck. This, along with the first accident, now caused a complete blockage of the roadway. At that point emergency responders on scene had to close down N/B I-69 at Davis Highway. Just as they were getting traffic stopped, a semi-truck with trailer was not able to slow down and stop in time for stopped traffic in front of him and he struck a black Chevy Impala with a female driver. The semi driver then thankfully chose to drive into the median after striking the Impala, rather than hitting the emergency responders still on scene. The male semi driver was uninjured. The female driver of the Impala suffered a minor head injury and was later transported to the hospital by ambulance. The male driver of the Monte Carlo suffered head pain and was later transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Further south on N/B I-69, several other vehicles went into the ditch or median as well due to the road conditions, stopped traffic, and driver error. And although some of these other vehicles were damaged, there were no other injuries reported.

Eaton County Sheriff's Office units, along with a Potterville PD unit assisting, and MDOT, were able to get traffic diverted off of N/B I-69 at Hartel Road to seek an alternate route. We first attempted to divert traffic at Lansing Road in Windsor Township, but we were dealing with white-out conditions at that location and oncoming traffic was unable to see police units in time to exit. Northbound I-69 was closed from Hartel Road in Benton Township to Davis Highway in Windsor Township from approximately 0945 to 1215 hours.

Authority: Sgt. Tom Campbell, Eaton County Sheriff's Office, 01/25/2014



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Consumers Energy contributed $1,000.00 in support of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers in Police Services. The VIPS assisted during the power outages the week of Christmas by providing security at the overnight shelters while the shelters were open. 

Consumers Energy Kanter who is the Public Safety Outreach Representative was part of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center that was opened during the power outages and assisted with planning and resources. Mr. Kanter is responsible for the entire west side of Lower Michigan.




Sheriff Reich Announces Neighborhood Watch Forum in Delta Township:

**Date & Location Correction – Due to a scheduling conflict, the Neighborhood Watch Forum will be rescheduled to Wednesday, February 12th at 6:30pm. The location of this meeting has changed to Room A of the Delta Township Administration Building located at 7710 W. Saginaw Hwy.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Neighborhood Watch Forum at the Delta Township Administration Building. This meeting is designed to provide information and assistance to anyone interested in helping to organize a new neighborhood watch group, as well as to help strengthen and renew our relationships with existing neighborhood watch groups. Residents will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office Delta Patrol, and discuss ways to fight crime in their neighborhoods.



Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Personal Injury Crash at 8:24 a.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2014.  It was reported that a semi-truck and Eatran bus was involved in the crash at Flanders Road and Clinton Trail in Eaton Township.  
An Eatran Bus was headed south bound on Flanders Road, had stopped at the stop sign and continued across Clinton Trail/M-50 in the path of a semi truck that was headed eastbound on Clinton Trail.  The bus contained two passengers and the driver.  One of the passengers, a minor child, was ejected and was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The bus driver was also transported to an area hospital with back injuries.
The crash is still under investigation.


On Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash on northbound I-69 near Stine Road where a full size van struck the end of a guard rail.
Upon arrival it was discovered that the driver’s side door had been completely torn off and the driver’s side of the van was totally ripped off.
Ten people occupied the van and three people were transported to local hospitals where the most severe injuries were broken ankles.
Eatran arrived on the scene and transported the rest of the passengers to a warm location.
The crash is under investigation.



Sidel  CashOn Saturday, January 18, 2014 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Eaton County Deputies responded to an alarm at Duey’s Corner located on North Ionia Road in Vermontville.
Deputies found footprints and Deputy Elbert Sidel and K-9 Cash were called to the scene.  K-9 Cash was able to track and suspects were found.  Deputies were able to obtain a confession and the merchandise that was stolen from Duey’s Corner.
While Deputies were investigating the scene a driver became stuck in the parking lot across from the store while trying to avoid the patrol cars that were on scene.  The driver was found to be intoxicated and was lodged and the Eaton County Jail.




January 16, 2014-Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announced today that the owner of the three dead dogs recently found in a dumpster has been identified as an elderly Brookfield Township woman.  Upon further investigation, Animal Control removed 15 dogs, 6 cats, 3 rabbits and a large number of birds from her home. 



 There is also another individual believed to have disposed of the three deceased dogs.  This complaint is still under investigation.
At this time authorities are awaiting the results of the necropsies on the 3 dogs found in the dumpster before turning the matter over to the Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney who will determine any possible charges in these matters.




Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich announces K9 Onyx received bullet and stab protective vest



 K-9 Onyx from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has received a  bullet and stab protective vest thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc, a Massachusetts based non profit organization.   The charity received a donation of $950 to cover the cost of a vest for K9 Onyx from the Alta -Tollhaus German Shepherd Dog Club.


 Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) all volunteer charity located in East Taunton, MA. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 580  law enforcement dogs with protective vests since their inception in August of 2009.  Over $550,000 in K9 vests have been donated in 38 states including Alaska and Hawaii.


The organization orders the Armor Express vests made in Central Lakes, MI exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.


New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to apply for the ballistic vests.  The program is open to US employed and certified K9s who are at least 19 months of age.


 For more information visit or call 508-824-6978.


Donations by mail to Vested Interest in K9s P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website.



January 14, 2014


The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control Division, was contacted regarding three dead dogs found in a dumpster behind the Payless Shoe Store located at 1660 Packard Hwy. Charlotte, MI.

After initial investigation it appears that the dogs were already dead, possible from freezing to death, prior to be placed in the dumpster.  The dogs are described as; one Sheppard mix, black and tan,  wearing a pink collar, approximately 65lbs, one black mixed breed with short hair, wearing a pink collar, approximately 40lbs, and one Border Collie type dog, long hair, black and white, no collar.

It is believed that these dogs were placed in the dumpster sometime between Wednesday January 8, 2014 and Sunday January 12, 2014.
 At this time the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office is looking for anyone with information concerning these dogs or their owner.  
If you have any information, please contact the Eaton County Animal Control at 517-543-5755 ext 1 or the Crime Tip Line at 517-543-5433 or at






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