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Sheriff Tom Reich

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Charlotte, Michigan 48813

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Sheriff's Weekly Update

 

Weekly Update

November 26, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

38

Alarms

12

Assist Citizens

22

Car deer crashes

36

Car in the ditch

12

Domestic disputes

27

 

Shoplifting complaints

15

Larceny calls

24

Motorist assists

7

Operating while impaired

14

Personal injury crashes

62

Property damage crashes

4

Stolen vehicles

18

Suspicious situations

37

 

Traffic hazards

156

Traffic stops

14

Traffic violations

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 814 calls for service.

 

On Monday, November 17, 2014 at approximately 3:15 p.m. Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two car personal injury crash on Lansing Road near Stewart Highway.  A pickup truck traveling southbound Lansing Road lost control under the overpass and slid sideways into an on-coming northbound Honda Civic.

The passenger in the pickup truck and the driver of the Honda were both transported to Sparrow with non-life threatening injuries. 

Northbound Lansing Road was closed for about an hour.

Benton Township Fire Department and Charlotte Area EMS responded to the scene.

 

On Tuesday, November 18th Eaton County Deputies responded to a school bus Personal Injury Crash on W. Greenfield when the school bus slid on icy roads going around a curve and struck a tree.  Two students had minor injuries.

 

The Eaton County Sheriff's Office was asking for assistance. On November 18th Delta Patrol Deputies arrested two juvenile suspects that had stolen a vehicle from the Robins/Saginaw Hwy area. The suspects were located near the area of Elmwood and Saginaw after committing a retail fraud. A second stolen vehicle believed to be in their possession was also recovered. The victim from the first stolen vehicle was missing his very expensive “Milo” electric prosthetic arm that had been left in the vehicle. On Friday, November 21st  Eaton County Sheriff’s Office was pleased to announce the prosthetic arm that was taken from the stolen vehicle was recovered.  The Delta Patrol continued to work with family members of the suspects and on Friday November 21, 2014 a family member returned the prosthetic arm to a deputy.  The arm has been returned to the victim.  We appreciate everyone’s concern in this matter and anyone that helped in the return.  The case remains under investigation.

 

SHERIFF REICH URGES HOLIDAY SHOPPERS TO STAY SAFE

 

The holidays, a time for cheer, hope and joy, are here, but with them can come an increase in crime.

“Crooks love the holidays as much as everyone else because they represent an increased opportunity for crime,” said Sheriff Reich.  To help shopping go safely Sheriff Reich offers the following tips when out shopping:

  • Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on.
  • Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers.  Carry a purse close to the body, not dangling by the straps.
  • Put wallets in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Never leave a purse unattended in a shopping cart.
  • Never carry large amounts of cash.  Whenever possible use credit cards, debit cards or checks.
  • Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
  • When returning to the car or home always have keys in hand, ready to open the door.
  • Before entering a vehicle carefully check the front and rear seats and floors for anyone that may be hiding there.
  • Shop with friends or relatives.  There is safety in numbers.
  • Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard if they are separated from parents or guardians.

 

And for those that enjoy shopping on-line which is a great way to save time, travel, and money, but also comes with safety concerns, Eaton County Sheriff Reich wants to remind shoppers to keep their identities safe.

  • Never give out Social Security number!  Reputable on-line merchants should never require a social security number. 
  • Only shop using secure Web sites.  Most websites will have a pop up screen indicating that they have a security certificate, a “lock” should also appear in the bottom corner of your browser window.  Use only reputable Web sites that you are familiar with.  Unfamiliar companies can be checked by searching the Better Business Bureau Web site at www.bbb.org or by calling the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division toll free at 1-877-765-8388.  If in doubt, don’t order!
  • Check out the merchant’s privacy and security policies.  Some merchants ask for personal information to sell to other merchants, direct marketers, and even telemarketers.  Read their on-line privacy and security policies so that you know where your information is going.  Some merchants will allow opting out of  this information.
  • Avoid “spam” by creating an e-mail account that can be used only for ordering.  With Yahoo and Hotmail among others offering free e-mail accounts it’s easy to create a secondary account to use to place on-line orders.  Any e-mails received to that account would then be solely order confirmations and unsolicited emails, making it easier to ignore seemingly legitimate phishing scams.  Never respond to unsolicited emails asking for personal information.  Legitimate sites such as Pay Pal will never send an email asking for personal information.  If such an email is received, do not click on the link, this may direct it to a fraudulent website.  Open a new browser window, type in the legitimate website, and follow their instructions for reporting a suspected fraudulent email.
  • Use the same credit card when making all on-line purchases.  Use only one credit card for all on-line purchases and it will make it easier to track them and identify any fraudulent transactions.  Fraudulent transactions can result from on-line merchants mishandling credit card information.  Use a card that has a relatively low credit limit this can also prevent thieves from obtaining authorizations for large purchases.
  • Watch those shipping charges.  Carefully check and compare shipping and handling charges before ordering.  Some merchants will add 10% to 15% to the purchase price, making what seemed like a great deal into a bad deal.  Keep in mind there are lots of on-line merchants that will give free shipping if meeting a minimum purchase amount, but go below that amount it and it can cost a lot!
  • Print out and keep all copies of receipts.  Keep all receipts in an organized file that can be easily accessed in case of any problems.  Matching those receipts with the packing lists that come with the products will ensure that everything you ordered is received.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

 

November 12, 2014

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

 

 

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

 

33

Alarms

16

Assist Citizens

99

Car deer crashes

13

Domestic disputes

24

Shoplifting

16

 

Larcenies

12

Malicious destruction of property

13

Motorist assists

22

Operating while impaired

32

Property damage crashes

9

Personal injury crashes

18

Suspicious subjects

27

Traffic hazards

299

 

Traffic stops

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 1001 calls for service.

 

 

 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle Personal Injury Accident on M-50 at Brookfield Road, Tuesday November 4th at 2:54 pm. Both drivers were transported to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing for their injuries.

 

The Charlotte Fire Department, Charlotte Police Department and Eaton Area EMS assisted the Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

 

Also on November 4th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a home invasion of two apartments in one building on South Waverly Road.  One door was forced open and the other had not been locked.  Residents were at work at the time of the incidents.

 

 

 

On Friday November 6th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a home invasion on Walmar Drive in Delta Township.  Victim left the residence briefly and returned home to find the front door pried open.

 

 

 

On Saturday, November 8th, Eaton County Deputies assisted Olivet College Campus Security with two intoxicated and disorderly subjects.  One of the subjects ran from police and the other was found walking after the first subject.  Both were lodged for Drunk and Disorderly and Malicious Destruction of Property.

 

 

 

On Sunday, November 9th Eaton County K-9 Cash and his handler found a self inflicted injured man in the Eaton Rapids area.

 

 

 

 

 

SHERIFF REICH OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR HUNTING SEASON

 

 

 

 

 

Michigan’s fields and forests will soon be alive with blaze orange hunting gear. Sheriff Reich wants both visitors and residents of Eaton County to know some important safety rules before setting out to deer camp.

 

  • The hunting license and the identification used to purchase it (Michigan driver’s license, identification card, or DNR sport card) must be carried with hunters at all times while hunting.
  • All hunters must wear an item of clothing (hat, cap, vest, jacket, or rain gear) in “hunter orange”; it must be the outermost garment; and it must be visible from all sides. If it is camouflage, at least 50 percent of the garment must be orange.
  • Hunting hours begin approximately one-half hour before sunrise and last until approximately one-half hour after sunset.
  • Safety zones include all areas within 150 yards (450 feet) of an occupied building, house, cabin, barn, or other farm building. It is not allowed to hunt in this area or shoot at any animal within this area, unless there is written permission of the property owner.
  • It is illegal to drink alcohol or use intoxicating drugs before hunting.

 

 

 

Sheriff Reich also wants hunters to take the following precautions to prevent injury or death while hunting this season:

 

  • Familiarize yourself with the area where you will be hunting
  • Never assume you are alone in the woods
  • Never assume other hunters are acting responsibly.
  • If sitting against a rock or tree, make sure it is wider than your shoulders so you are not mistaken for a target.
  • Be 100 percent sure of the target before shooting.
  • Know your equipment – make sure your rifle is clean and in working order.
  • Tell a reliable person where you are hunting and when you can be expected to return.
  • Have emergency equipment – a knife, cell phone, flashlight and a whistle – with you at all times.

 

 

 

Sheriff Reich urges all hunters to act responsibly this season. “Reacquaint yourself with Michigan’s hunting laws and follow these safety tips to prevent a tragedy from happening this year.”

 

For more safety tips Sheriff Reich encourages residents to visit the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association website at www.misheriff.org where you can sign up to receive monthly newsletters.  Founded in 1877 the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association is the oldest law enforcement organization in Michigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yours in Public Safety,

 

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


 

 

Weekly Update

November 5, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

26

Alarms

14

Assist Citizens

12

Breaking and entering

47

Car deer crashes

18

Check well being calls

16

 

Civil complaints

44

Shoplifting complaints

23

Larcenies

15

Motorist assists

14

Operating while impaired

9

Personal injury crashes

45

Property damage crashes

36

Traffic hazards

294

 

Traffic stops

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 965 calls for service.

 

On Wednesday, October 29th, Eaton County Deputies took numerous Home Invasions:

Carlisle Highway-several items missing

Five Point Highway-resident came home and witnessed a male suspect running from the home.  Suspect was wearing black pants and black boots.

Vermontville Highway-witness who was checking on a house witnessed a suspect with a gray sweatshirt and black stocking cap leave the rear porch.  Pry marks were found on the back door but no entry was gained.

Whittum Road-several items were taken from the residence.

All complaints are still under investigation.

On Thursday, October 30th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a home invasion on Dibble Street in Delta Township.  Several items were taken.  The incident is under investigation.

 

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

Any emergency is easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. do1thing for November reminds us to put together an emergency kit with important items to keep at home, a go bag with items you will need to take with you if you evacuate.  Think about what you and your family would need in a disaster.  You can make kits for your home, car or workplace.  Emergencies can happen anywhere.

 

Gather your emergency supplies in an accessible place.  Have a go bag ready if you have to shelter in place or evacuate your home.  Your go bag can be part of your emergency kit, just make sure it is in a bag or an easy to carry container and that it is easy to get to.

Suggested items:

Battery powered radio and extra batteries

Lightweight blankets

Emergency information, including copies of insurance policies

A list of medications and correct dosage, and doctor’s names

Personal items such a toothbrush, soap, extra glasses, etc.

First aid kit

Whistle

Change of clothing

Nonperishable snacks

Books, cards or magazines to pass the time

 

For infants and children:

For medical conditions

For pets:

Baby formula and food

Empty pill bottle(s) or a list of current medications

Pet food and water

Diapers

Your doctor’s phone number

Collar with ID tags

Baby wipes

 

Pet medication

Blanket and a toy

 

Pet carriers and leashes

Change of clothing

 

Photos of your pet

 

Make or buy an emergency kit for your car. If you travel with your pet regularly, make sure that you have an emergency kit for them as well. Some items to think about for your car kit are:

a small first aid kit, flashlight or light sticks, flares or reflective cones, a blanket, cell phone charger, jumper cables, bottled water, nonperishable snacks, and a “help” flag or brightly colored cloth that can be tied to the antenna.

 

Stash some cash in case ATMs and credit card machines are not usable in a disaster.  Many things that we take for granted are not available when there is no power.  ATM machines may not work. Grocery stores and other businesses may not be able to accept your credit or debit card. Cash could be the only acceptable means to make a purchase. Some experts say you should have at minimum $150.00 in cash stashed away. Realizing this may not be possible for everyone, any amount is good to start with. Take $1.00 dollar a week and place it in an envelope in your emergency kit. In just a little time, you will have some cash stashed away for use in emergencies.

 

 

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

October 29, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

27

Alarms

18

Assist Citizens

34

Car/deer crashes

18

Check well being requests

13

Domestic disputes

22

 

Shoplifting complaints

14

Larcenies

14

Motorist assists

19

Operating while impaired

39

Property damage crashes

22

Traffic hazards

155

Traffic stops

25

Traffic violations

12

 

Warrant pickup

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 795 calls for service.

Eaton County Sheriff Deputies responded to personal injury crash on West Mt. Hope Hwy. near Walnut Grove in Delta Township on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. A student was struck by a car as the student attempted to cross Mt. Hope to board a school bus.

The student went into the roadway prior to the red lights on the bus being activated. Driver of the car was not cited.

The victim had minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital, treated and released

Sheriff Reich reminds drivers to stay alert for school busses. When overhead lights are flashing yellow, be prepared to stop. When overhead lights are flashing red STOP at least 20 feet away for buses, unless you are driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway. When hazard warning lights are flashing proceed with caution.

A second personal injury crash involving a school bus happened later on Monday the 27th when a school bus was turning onto Nixon Road and a car did not stop and went around stopped traffic and hit the rear of the school bus. The roof of the car, on the passenger side was taken off as a result of the crash. No one was seriously injured.

During the same time period, Eaton County Deputies responded to a car/motorcycle personal injury crash on Waverly Road near Delta River Drive. A motorcycle went through a red light on Waverly Road and was struck by a car. The crash was in Lansing Police Department’s area and Eaton County Deputies assisted with traffic until LPD could arrive. Motorcyclist had serious injuries.

On Monday, October 27th Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies received a request from St. Louis County Missouri requesting a warrant pick up on a subject that lived in Delta Township. The subject was wanted for Criminal Sexual Conduct, Sodomy and Kidnapping. Deputies were able to locate the subject driving in the area and was taken into custody and lodged in the Eaton County Jail until the subject could be extradited back to Missouri.

On Tuesday, 10-28-14 Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two vehicle personal injury crash on southbound I-69 in Walton Township.

It was reported to Deputies that a van had struck a deer in the southbound passing lane and the vehicle had come to a complete stop. A semi truck traveling s/b in the regular lane saw that the vehicle was stopped and the semi driver slowed the speed of his truck down. A third vehicle, that was traveling behind the semi truck was passing the semi truck and stuck the first vehicle that had stopped from behind sending the first vehicle into the median.

There is no information available at this time on injuries.

FINANCIAL FRAUD

 

Financial Fraud can be difficult to recognize. This type of fraud can include identity theft, fake check and wire transfer scams, investment and credit card fraud, and bogus online charitable solicitations. Unfortunately, only one in five of these crimes is reported nationally.

We offer the following tips from the National Crime Prevention Council:

  • It is not rude to hang up on a suspicious telemarketer.
  • Don’t give personal information to people you don’t know unless you initiated the contact.
  • Don’t let yourself get pressured into a verbal agreement or signing a contract.
  • Do not put your credit card number on the internet unless it is encrypted on a secured site.
  • Be skeptical of online charitable solicitations and other online offers. This also applies to telephone solicitation. If interested, ask to receive the information in the mail and check to be sure the company is legitimate.
  • Never agree to pay for products or services in advance.
  • Get estimates and ask for references on home repair offers and other products or services.
  • Don’t fall for anything that sounds too good to be true such as a free vacation, sweepstakes prizes, cures for cancer or a low-risk, high yield investment scheme.
  • Never give your credit card, phone card, social security number or bank account number to anyone over the phone. It’s illegal for telemarketers to ask for these numbers to verify a prize or gift.
  • Don’t let anyone rush you into signing anything such as an insurance policy, a sales agreement, or contract. Read it carefully and have someone you trust check it over.
  • Beware of individuals claiming to represent companies, consumer organizations or government agencies that offer to recover lost money from fraudulent telemarketers for a fee.
  • If you suspect fraud, contact your law enforcement agency, the Attorney General at (517) 373-1140 or the National Consumers Fraud Information Center at 800-876-7060 immediately.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich


TIPS FROM SHERIFF REICH TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE ON HALLOWEEN

 

Halloween is only a week away and soon our streets will be filled with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating.

To help ensure this Halloween is safe for your children, Sheriff Tom Reich offers the following safety tips:

  • Drivers should be extra cautious on Halloween night. Drive slowly through neighborhoods, keeping a careful watch for ghouls and goblins which may dart out into the street unexpectedly.
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping. Masks should not be too restrictive with adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision. Consider using cosmetics to create fun or scary faces instead of masks.
  • Watch costumed children around pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened, especially if the child is using a prop such as a sword or dagger as part of their costume.
  • Avoid hard plastic or wooden props, opting instead for items made of foam rubber which is soft and flexible.
  • To help make the child more visible after dark, trick-or-treaters should carry a brightly colored bag and a flashlight or glow stick. Add reflective tape to the sides, front, and back of the child’s costume.
  • At all times, watch for traffic and avoid walking in the street whenever possible.
  • An adult should always accompany young children. A parent should stay within close range of young children at all times and children should never be allowed to go down a street alone. Walk with your children to each house and wait near the porch or front entrance of the home until they return.
  • Older children should travel in pairs or in groups at all times while trick-or- treating and never venture down a dark, empty street.
  • Parents should know the route that their children are following. Children should always walk together to the front door of each house and only cross the street at crosswalks.
  • Dark, unlit homes should be avoided.
  • Children should save their candy until they get home so you can inspect it. Discard any unwrapped or suspicious looking goodies. If your child does get sick, call your family doctor or the hospital emergency room immediately and save all wrappers. It is also helpful to determine what he or she ate and which house it came from.
  • Take a picture of your child in costume with your cell phone. If you do get separated the recent picture could help law enforcement locate them
  • Keep flammable items, such as your jack-o-lantern, away from small children, pets, and flammable materials such as draperies, furniture, and paper decorations. Never leave a candle burning unattended.
  • Keep pets inside – and if possible – have at least two doors between them and the door you are using to “treat” the beggars visiting your home to avoid unwanted escapes.

“Halloween is a fun time in Eaton County,” Sheriff Reich concluded. “Let’s make it a safe time as well.”

For more safety tips Sheriff Reich encourages residents to visit the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association website at www.misheriff.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/misheriff.org where you can sign up to receive monthly newsletters. Founded in 1877 the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association is the oldest law enforcement organization in Michigan. Also visit the Eaton County Sheriff’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EatonCountySheriff or our web site at www.eatoncounty.org

 

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


October 15, 2014

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

31

Alarms

19

Assist Citizens

48

Car/deer crashes

16

Civil complaints

13

Domestic disputes

17

 

Shoplifting complaints

18

Larcenies

11

Malicious destruction of property

12

Motorist assits

16

Operating while impaired

33

Property damage crashes

23

Suspicious situations

43

Traffic hazards

170

Traffic stops

18

Traffic violations

15

Vacation checks

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 821 calls for service.

 On Friday, October 10th Eaton County Deputies responded to a call on Trestlewood where an individual called 9-1-1 and was responding to dispatch inappropriately. When deputies arrived a smoke alarm was audible and the caller was uncooperative. After entering the residence it was found that the caller had started a fire with a roll of disposable paper. Caller was secured and transported to the hospital for observation.

 

Also on the 10th Eaton County Deputies located a subject in the mall parking lot looking for his vehicle. Subject had been drinking and when approached by deputies turned aggressive. Subject was lodged at the Eaton County Jail.

 

On Saturday, October 11th, Eaton County Deputies responded to the area of Saginaw and Canal on the report of two loud explosions. Deputies were able to find the explosion sites in the parking lot behind the Ramada Inn. A picnic table and traffic cone had been damaged. Incident is under investigation.

 

On Sunday, Eaton County Deputies responded to Charity Circle in Delta Township for an armed robbery in a residence. The victim was placed in restraints at gunpoint during the robbery but unharmed. The incident is under investigation

 

 DON’T VEER FOR DEER

The season of fall in Michigan can be breathtaking, the leaves and sky make for beautiful sights. Fall is also the beginning of hunting season and with that comes the movement of deer. In Michigan there is an average of 134 deer/vehicle crashes each day. In 2013 Eaton County was in the top five counties for deer/vehicle crashes in Michigan with a total of 1,076 reported crashes. Many crashes go unreported so actual crash numbers are much higher. All motorists should “think deer” whenever they are behind the wheel, and drive defensively, as if a deer can appear at any moment…because they can!

 

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition offers these tips for safe driving:

 

  • Stay aware, awake, alert, and sober.
  • Seat belts are your best defense in any collision.
  • Be especially alert in fall and spring, but keep in mind that vehicle-deer crashes occur year-round.
  • Watch for deer crossing signs - they are your alert that deer are populated in that area
  • Deer frequently travel in groups. If you see one deer slow down. Chances are there are others nearby.
  • Be especially alert for deer at dawn and dusk.
  • Don’t rely on gimmicks. Flashing your high-beam headlights or honking your horn won’t deter deer.

If a crash is unavoidable:

 

  • Don’t swerve
  • Brake firmly
  • Hold onto the steering wheel
  • Stay in your lane
  • Bring your vehicle to a controlled stop

 

 

On average, vehicle-deer crashes result in ten motorist fatalities each year. A majority of those killed are motorcyclists.

 

Over 74 percent of motorcycle-deer crashes involve an injury.

 

Knowing how to react to deer on or next to the road is critical to the safety of drivers and their passengers. Statistics show that in most vehicle-deer crashes, deaths and injuries occur when drivers veer from their lane, hitting another vehicle or a fixed object such as a tree.

 

You and your passengers’ safety is important, so brake firmly while staying in your lane, even if it means you are

 

going to hit the deer. Hitting the deer is often the safest action.

 

 

 

Over 90 percent of vehicle-deer crashes occur on two-lane roads between dusk and dawn.

 

 

 

For more information or videos on how to avoid deer crashes visit www.Michigandeercrash.com

 

 Yours in Public Safety,

 

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


 

 Weekly Update

 

October 8, 2014

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

 

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

 

21

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

27

Alarms

23

Assist citizens

10

Breaking and entering

19

Car deer crashes

14

 

Check well being requests

15

Domestic disputes

38

Shoplifting complaints

20

Larcenies

21

Malicious destruction of property calls

12

Motorist assists

6

Personal injury crashes

32

Property damage crashes

6

Runaways

12

Suspicious subjects

256

Traffic stops

20

Traffic violations

20

Traffic hazards

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 899 calls for service.

 

On Wednesday, October 1st Eaton County Deputies responded to a home invasion on Old Lansing Road. Investigating deputies seized numerous stolen items at a residence on a neighboring street. A suspect was arrested and lodged for this home invasion and a second home invasion as well.

 

On Thursday, October 2nd, Eaton County Deputies assisted Olivet Fire Department on a fire of a residence that was an adult foster care home. Six elderly patients were safely evacuated and were transported with the assistance of EATRAN to the hospital for evaluation.

 

On Saturday, October 4th Eaton County Deputies were called to a two car personal injury crash at Waverly and Holt. There were no serious injuries and the road was closed for 30 minutes for clean up.

 

On Sunday, October 5th Eaton County Deputies responded to a suspicious situation on Waverly Road in a business parking lot. A subject in a vehicle was unconscious and had stopped breathing. A bystander had started CPR and the subject was revived prior to being transported by Emergency Medical Personnel. Upon investigation deputies found heroine and paraphernalia in the vehicle. Charges are pending against the subject.

 

 

Do1thing for October

 

 The step for October to be prepared for an emergency is Power. We count on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs. Many gas appliances even need electricity to run. A power outage is an emergency that often follows another emergency—like a hurricane, tornado, or winter storm. That makes it even more important to be prepared in advance.

 

*Acquire and learn how to safely use a portable generator:

 

Using a properly connected generator of adequate size during a power outage will reduce or almost eliminate the impact a power outage has on your life. Before you buy a generator, talk to an electrician about the size and type you need. Think about what you want your generator to run. Generators can be used to keep food cool, provide lights and electricity for phones and television, power furnace blowers and pumps.

 

Always run generators outside. Never use a generator inside a house, basement or garage.

 

The best way to use a portable generator is to connect it to your home using a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician. This will keep the power from overloading the wiring in your home. It will also keep the power from your generator from traveling back into the power lines, which can injure or kill people working on power lines, or can unexpectedly re-energize downed power lines near your home. You may also connect equipment directly to the outlets on the generator, but be sure that any extension cords are of the proper length and gauge to handle the power requirements

 

 

 

*Have flashlights ready in an easily accessible place and check batteries in flashlights and radios

 

When the lights go out, the safest way to provide emergency lighting is with flashlights or battery-powered lanterns. Keep flashlights with fresh batteries in several places throughout your home and check them for proper operation regularly. Always keep a supply of extra batteries. Think about buying a rechargeable flashlight. Batteries might be hard to find in a disaster.

 

 

*Create a power outage plan – decide what you can do before, during and after a power outage to minimize the effect on your household.

 

BEFORE THE POWER GOES OUT:

 

• Fill empty space in freezer with containers of water. Frozen water will displace air and keep food cold longer. Remember to leave space in containers for ice to expand.

 

• Have at least one phone with a handset cord in your home. Many cordless phones will not work in a power outage.

 

• If you have an automatic garage door opener, learn how to use the manual release and open your garage door manually.

 

• Try to keep your car’s gas tank at least half full. Many gas stations will not be in operation during a power outage. Fill up your tank if a major storm is predicted.

 

• Make sure you have a car or lighter plug cord for your cell phone.

 

 If you use special healthcare equipment like oxygen generators or dialysis equipment, notify your power company.

 

 

AFTER THE POWER GOES OUT:

 

• Unplug major appliances and electronics. When the power comes back on, there may be power spikes that can damage large appliances or delicate electronics.

 

• Do not open refrigerators or freezers any more than necessary. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for approximately 4 hours; an unopened freezer will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.

 

• Use a battery-powered radio to stay informed

 

 Power outage safety:

 

• Discard food if the temperature in your refrigerator exceeds 40 degrees for more than 2 hours.

 

• Stay away from downed power lines and anything they are in contact with such as fences or buildings.

 

• Never drive over downed power lines; they may be energized.

 

• Never use charcoal or gas grills inside a structure. You may be overcome by carbon monoxide.

 

• If you must use candles, be sure to use them safely. Never leave candles burning unattended.

 

 For more information visit do1thing.com for information on being prepared for an emergency!

 

 Yours in Public Safety,

 

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

Weekly Update

 

October 1, 2014

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

 

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

 

19

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

21

Alarms

22

Assist citizens

8

Breaking and entering

11

Car deer crashes

4

 

Criminal sexual conduct reports

15

Domestic disputes

23

Shoplifting complaints

18

Larcenies

6

Malicious destruction of property calls

5

Missing persons

6

Personal injury crashes

32

Property damage crashes

4

Runaways

25

Suspicious subjects

257

Traffic stops

39

Traffic violations

32

Traffic hazards

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 909 calls for service.

 

On Wednesday, September 24th, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a vehicle roll over on I69 at I96. The driver reached for a cell phone and lost control of the vehicle. The driver was shaken but not injured.

 

On Thursday, September 25th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a suspicious person at a gas station on Creyts Road. An individual was asking other customers for gas money. Central Dispatch was able to run the plate number of the vehicle the person was driving prior to Deputies arriving and the vehicle was identified as a reported vehicle Unlawfully Driven Away out of Lansing. When Deputies arrived on the scene the suspicious person was next to the vehicle at the gas pump and was taken into custody. He was lodged for possessing a stolen vehicle and drug paraphernalia.

 

On Friday, September 26th Eaton County Deputies were called to Canal and St. Joe Highway for a report of an elderly woman in the road. The victim was not able to communicate and Deputies canvassed the area but were unable to locate her residence. The victim was transported to Sparrow for observation and shortly thereafter Eaton County 9-1-1 was contacted by her husband who awoke and discovered the victim missing.

 

Also on Friday, an Eaton County Deputy had recovered suspicious candy believed to contain marijuana from juveniles at the Waverly High School. Deputies followed up on information that led them to a residence on Renker Road in Delta Township. The home owner admitted to being a caregiver with a license to grow medical marijuana. After consent to search the residence was received Deputies discovered a large amount of marijuana plants exceeding his license and the candy which matched what was discovered at the school. The suspect was lodged for possession with intent to deliver marijuana and further investigation is being conducted.

 

On Friday Eaton County Deputies responded to a home invasion to a residence on Island Highway were it was reported that a television and gas can were taken.

 

Eaton County Deputies also responded on Friday to assist EMS Personnel on N. Shaytown Road to a man down call. A relative to the victim saw the victim collapse and immediately started CPR. The relative continued the CPR for several minutes before a paramedic was on scene to assist. The victim’s heart started and was breathing on his own before the victim was taken to Sparrow hospital.

 

 On Sunday, September 28th there was a home invasion on VFW Road. Deputies received a report that guns and money were taken from the victim’s basement.

 

 OK 2 SAY!

 

 OK2SAY is a confidential way for students to report anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others. Statistically it is known that 81% of violent incidents in schools, someone other than the attacker had knowledge of the attacker’s plan. In many schools, students don’t say anything about potentially dangerous situations out of fear of rejection, retaliation, or confusion about where to seek help. OK2SAY creates an early warning system in our schools to stop tragedies before they start. It’s a way for students to break the culture of silence by connecting them to adult authorities who can help. Parents that are aware of a threat are also encouraged to call.

 

 Tips can be submitted by telephone (1-8-555-OK2SAY or 1-855-565-2729) by text (652729 OK2SAY) email (ok2say@mi.gov, the website (www.mi.gov/ok2say) or on mobile devices available in the app stores for iPhone and Android. Tips lines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

 

 Once a tip is received, trained OK2SAY operators will determine which organization is best suited to handle the tip and forward is accordingly. Most tips will likely be forwarded to schools and law enforcement agencies.  Operators are trained to filter the information to the proper authorities for a timely response. The identity of the reporting party is statutorily protected and can only be released with permission of the tipster, the tipster’s parents if he/she is a minor, or through a court order. This information is also specifically exempted from the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.

 

 I wish to remind everyone that if there is an immediate threat or danger to call 9-1-1.

 

Yours in Public Safety,

 

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 

 

 


Weekly Update

 

September 24, 2014

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

26

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

23

Alarms

1

Armed robbery

6

Assaults

12

Car deer crashes

13

 

Check well being requests

16

Domestic disputes

30

Shoplifting complaints

14

Larcenies

11

Malicious destruction of property calls

17

Motorist assists

8

Personal injury crashes

27

Property damage crashes

4

Runaways

8

Suicide threats or complaints

324

Traffic stops

25

Traffic violations

33

Traffic hazards

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 984 calls for service.

 

 

 

On 9/17/14 at 12:50pm, Delta Township Deputies responded to the 7th Day Adventist Church at 5400 W. St. Joe Hwy for a report of a personal injury crash. Preliminary investigation shows that the 68 year old male driver of a Chevy Equinox was backing up to an open garage bay on the northeast side of the church. The vehicle appears to have accelerated into the garage, striking church volunteers who were working at the church food bank. Three people were transported a local hospital by the Delta Township Fire Department. Two of the three victims suffered serious injuries, but are expected to survive. We regret to report that the third victim, Sandra Spencer, age 64 of Eaton Rapids, was pronounced dead after arrival at the hospital.

 

 On Thursday, September 18, 2014 at approximately 5:40 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a personal injury crash on Hartel Road at the Gresham Highway intersection. It was reported that a Ford F150 was north bound on Hartel attempted to pass the vehicle ahead, unaware that the front vehicle was turning onto Gresham Highway. The driver of the Ford swerved to avoid a collision, lost control and went into a ditch striking a tree.

 

A passenger in the Ford F 150 was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

On Thursday, September 18, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol was approached in the Wal-Mart parking lot by a citizen that a shoplifting had just occurred. The Deputy located the vehicle described by the citizen and when the Deputy attempted to stop the suspect vehicle the driver ran. The suspect was located behind another business and was lodged for being a parole absconder and charges are being sought for Retail Fraud and Resisting and Obstructing.

 

Also on the 18th, Deputies stopped a car on Michigan Avenue, the driver had been drinking and when the Deputies attempted to give the driver a sobriety test he became assaultive. Driver was lodged for Assaulting a Police Officer, Probation Violation and Operating While Intoxicated 2nd.

 

On Saturday, September 20th Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to an apartment complex where it was reported that two people were living in a storage unit with an eleven month old child. Child Protective Services assisted and the mother and child were taken to a relative’s home.

 

Also on Saturday, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a breaking and entering on North Willow. No items were missing and the suspect was a raccoon that had made an illegal entry.

 

Also on Saturday, Eaton County Deputies took a fraud complaint from a business on Saginaw. It was reported to Deputies that three females and one male confused a cashier and were able to obtain reloadable cards. The suspects then used the cards at another business. The case in under investigation.

 

 On Sunday, September 21st an Eaton County Deputy’s vehicle was struck by another vehicle while the Deputy was on a traffic stop. Please remember it’s a law in Michigan to Move Over and protect law enforcement and emergency responders!

 

Multi-Lane Roadway:

 

When approaching an emergency vehicle with lights flashing parked on the side of a multi-lane road, you MUST move over by changing lanes away from the emergency vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. Motorists must vacate the lane closest to an emergency vehicle to prevent crashing into the emergency vehicle or any emergency workers performing their jobs in the area.

 

Two-Lane Roadway:

 

When approaching an emergency vehicle with lights flashing parked on the side of a two-lane road, you MUST slow down and maintain a safe speed for weather, road conditions and traffic and approach with caution unless otherwise directed by an emergency worker on the scene.

 

 

Also on Sunday, a carjacking occurred on Waverly Road. A victim came out of a business and was confronted by a 6’2”, thin build, black male wearing camo shorts and a dark gray hooded sweatshirt. The suspect had a weapon and demanded the victim’s keys. This is still an open investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

Eaton County Deputies were investigating a missing person from an adult foster care facility in Delta Township on Monday, September 22nd. The missing person was reported 12 hours after he was last seen. Fortunately, with the assistance of the Detroit Police Department the person was located and transported back to Lansing where he was under observation at a local hospital.

 

 

NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE!

 

With Gov. Rick Snyder proclaiming September 2014 as Preparedness Month, the Eaton County Sheriff and the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is encouraging Michiganders to prepare for emergencies and disasters by building an emergency preparedness kit.

 

Eaton County residents and families need to be prepared for all types of emergencies and disasters with the appropriate supplies to last for at least three days said Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich.  Sheriff Reich also reminds families to sign up for do1thing.com which gives small steps towards being prepared for an emergency.

 

 In the past year, Michigan has been hit with an ice storm that left hundreds of thousands of people without power for days around Christmas, a deep freeze that froze water mains and service lines in parts of Northern Michigan, propane shortages and severe flooding. As recently as last month, Southeast Michigan experienced four to six inches of torrential rain, causing widespread flash flooding that damaged homes and roads.

 

All households are encouraged to be self-reliant for at least three days by building an emergency preparedness kit supplied with food, water and medications. During an emergency or disaster, critical services—such as electricity, water service, access to grocery stores—can be impacted and response times for police, fire and rescue personnel could be significantly delayed.

 

Essential items to include in an emergency preparedness kit include:

 

Water, at least three gallons of water per person

 

Food, at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food per person

 

First aid kit and medications as needed

 

Battery or hand-crank radio or weather radio

 

Emergency lighting or flashlights with extra batteries

 

Pet supplies

 

Sleeping bags or blankets for each person

 

Important family documents

 

Preparedness Month promotes the need for Michiganders to prepare for emergencies and disasters by being informed, making a plan and building a kit. This month, emergency preparedness activities and campaigns are occurring nationwide as a part of National Preparedness Month. For more information about emergency preparedness, go to www.michigan.gov/beprepared

 

Yours in Public Safety,

 

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


September 17, 2014

 

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 

 In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

 

10

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

24

Alarms

1

Armed robbery

7

Assaults

18

Assist citizens

16

 

Car deer crashes

15

Check well being requests

14

Domestic disputes

9

Drug Offenses

20

Shoplifting complaints

22

Larcenies

13

Malicious destruction of property

18

Operating while impaired

30

Property damage crashes

20

Suspicious situations

16

Suspicious vehicles

30

Traffic hazards

270

Traffic stops

29

Traffic violations

7

Vacation checks

 

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 895 calls for service.

 

On Thursday, September 11th, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to an Unlawfully Driving Away of an Automobile where the suspect drove into a fire hydrant and damaged a store sign on Saginaw Highway. Charges are being sought against the suspect who also had several outstanding warrants.

 

Deputies from Delta Patrol also responded to a felonious assault. A grandmother was accused of striking her ex-daughter-in-law with her vehicle during a child exchange. This case is under investigation

 

Eaton County Deputies have been investigating the larceny of saddles. A seller was advertising the victim’s saddles on Craig’s List. The seller states that the saddles were purchased from a local auction and Deputies have determined that several other stolen items were also sold at the auction. More investigation is being conducted.

 

On Saturday, September 13th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a rollover crash on Mt. Hope Hwy. west of Hartel. When Deputies arrived no one was occupying the vehicle. Investigation into the driver’s residence showed that no one was home. The owner eventually showed up at the scene and stated they had swerved to miss a deer.

 

On Monday, September 15th at approximately 5:40 a.m., Eaton County Deputies responded to a hit and run crash on northbound M-99 south of Bunker Highway. The victim’s vehicle was northbound on M-99 when it was struck from behind by what is believed to be a 1990’s to early 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, white in color.

 

Also Deputies from Delta Patrol responded to a hit and run crash at M-43 and Creyts Road where a white Tahoe was struck from behind by another car and the second vehicle left northbound. Victim had minor injuries.

 

HUNTING SAFETY

 

If you look closely there are signs of fall all around us. And with the fall season comes the preparation for hunting season! The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office reminds you of the next free Hunter Safety class coming up September 22, 23 and 25th. Three other sessions are also scheduled for October 7, 8, and 9th, October 20, 21 and 23rd and November 3, 4 and 6th.

 

The Hunter Safety Course, or similar approved course by another state, province or organization, is a requirement in obtaining a Michigan hunting license for anyone born on or after January 1, 1960. Even though the course is not required for persons born before that date, it is recommended, especially for beginning hunters.

 

Exceptions are made for youths under the age of 10 hunting under a mentored youth hunting license or hunters older than 10 hunting with an apprentice hunting license. Hunters can hunt under the apprentice program for two years before they are required to take hunter education.

 

Classes are taught by certified instructors who teach firearm safety and laws, basic hunting terminology, conservation, safe hunting practices, outdoor ethics, wildlife identification and management, survival, limited first aid and Michigan Wildlife Regulations. The course is free and prepares sportsmen for a safer, more rewarding experience while in the outdoors.

 

The traditional classroom course is a minimum of 10 hours and includes both classroom and field work with an instructor. The home-study course features a workbook to complete class work and requires a field/skills day. Michigan also offers two approved online hunter education courses, at www.hunter-ed.com/Michigan and www.huntercourse.com/usa/michigan. Students who opt for the online course complete their class work online, and then have a field/skills day with an instructor and take a written exam.

 

Class size is limited to 50 students each session.  If you would like to sign up for Hunter Safety or if you have any questions, please contact Jerri Nesbitt at 517-543-5257.

 

Yours in Public Safety,

 

Sheriff Tom Reich

 

 


September 10, 2014

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

 In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

30

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

47

Alarms

6

Assaults

4

Breaking and entering

22

Check wellbeing

22

 

Civil Complaints

7

Car deer crashes

15

Domestic disputes

40

Shoplifting complains

30

Larcenies

5

Missing persons

26

Operating while impaired

9

Personal injury crashes

34

Property damage crashes

17

Suspicious Subjects

22

Suspicious vehicles

58

Traffic hazards

259

Traffic stops

29

Traffic violations

3

Unwanted subjects

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 979 calls for service.

 On Tuesday, September 2nd, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol responded to a roll over personal injury crash on Canal Road north of Saginaw Highway. A vehicle turning left out of Horrock’s pulled into the path of a north bound car. The first vehicle rolled over on its side. Two people were trapped inside and were assisted by Delta Fire Department.

 On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at approximately 6:06 p.m., Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a one car personal injury crash on Ionia Road south of Follett Highway in Bellevue Township.

The driver lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree. Driver and back seat passenger were airlifted to Bronson Hospital. The front seat passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Driver was Kasey Braska, 20 years of age of Bellevue, MI and is listed in critical condition. Backseat passenger Cameron Parr, 18 years of age of Bellevue, MI and is in stable condition. The deceased front seat passenger Paige Cords, 18 years of age of Charlotte, MI

 On Thursday, September 4th a memorial vigil was planned at the scene of the fatal crash. Eaton County Deputies, Special Deputy Volunteers attended and over 300 people. The road was kept open and everyone was respectful and cooperative.

 On Saturday, September 6, Eaton County Deputies located and took into custody suspects from several breaking and entering in the Pinch Highway area. Charges are being requested on two suspects for the breaking and entering.

Deputies were responding to an possible intoxicated subjects in Vermontville area. As they arrived a vehicle left the area of the complaint and the vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. Deputies stopped following the vehicle and a short time later it was reported that the truck crashed at Scipio Hwy and Mason Road.

On Sunday, September 7, Eaton County Deputies responded to a mobile home park in Windsor Township on a report of a vicious dog running loose and chasing residents of the park. Deputies were assisted by Animal Control Officers who were able to get the dog captured and taken to Animal Control.

NO EMPTY DESKS

Last week most students start back to school. Their teachers have already been preparing for the year. My hope is that students take full advantage of the opportunity provided by a public education. I want them to be successful. Teachers need to know that I appreciate their dedication and commitment to each student. If students and teachers do their parts, and parents back them up, we can be hopeful that our investment will have positive results.

Successful schools begin by engaging students and making sure they come to school regularly. That may seem obvious. What's less obvious is that the consequences of low attendance are serious for all children and for the community, not just the students who miss school.

When students miss school, it’s difficult for them to stay current in their courses.  Those who get behind often stay behind.  If they drop out of school, their pathway can easily lead to low-paying jobs and an over-reliance on the social welfare system.  Prisons are clogged with inmates who lack a high-school diploma or a GED.

 Let’s all work to encourage kids to go to school regularly, to stay in school, and graduate on schedule.  It’s a win-win situation when that happens.  The student is successful, our tax dollars are not wasted, and our communities are stronger.  

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


September 3, 2014

 

Sheriff Tom Reich, Eaton County Sheriff’s Office

In the past week the Eaton County Deputies have responded to:

21

abandoned/un-known 911 calls

31

Alarms

5

Arguments

6

Assaults

21

Assist citizens

8

 

Breaking and entering

20

Civil complaints

16

Domestic disputes

3

Drug offenses

4

Fights

35

Follow up

31

Shoplifting complaints

4

Harassment

33

Larcenies

11

Malicious destruction of property

3

Drug offenses

14

Operating while impaired

35

Property damage crashes

2

Runaways

8

Suicidal Threat

19

Suspicious vehicles

26

Suspicious situations

27

Suspicious subjects

6

Personal injury crash

30

Traffic hazards

294

Traffic stops

25

Traffic violations

5

Warrant pickups

Overall the Eaton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 968 calls for service.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office would like you to be aware of two recent examples of compassionate service our Deputies are committed to delivering daily:

Sergeant Tom Campbell who on August 26th, shortly after the rain storm saw an individual walking barefoot and soaking wet after being asked to leave a residence he was staying at. The individual was attempting to walk to Eaton Rapids from Charlotte. Sgt. Campbell offered the individual a ride which was turned down. Then Sgt. Campbell asked if he could obtain shoes for the young man and proceeded to go to the Eaton Clothing and Furniture Center in Charlotte. They not only found new shoes but socks, pants and a jacket which were taken to the young man who was very appreciative of the donation. We would like to thank Sgt. Campbell for taking that extra step to help and to Eaton Clothing and Furniture for the donation and assisting Sgt. Campbell.

We also acknowledge Deputy Rob Gillentine who on the evening of August 16th, heard on radio traffic that a Delta Township resident was experiencing a serious water leak causing damage in their home. Deputy Gillentine was in the area and stopped at the residence assisting with contacting the Delta Twp. Water Department, assisted the homeowner controlling the water flow and also helped remove some of their property that was in the water.

We are proud of our employees for taking that extra step to assist the citizens we serve!

On Tuesday, August 26th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a personal injury crash. It was reported that a vehicle going westbound on I-96 lost control and struck a large tree.

Also on the 26th, Eaton County Deputies responded to Olivet College on several alcohol related problems and one person was transported to the hospital.

On Thursday, August 28th, Eaton County Deputies Delta Patrol were working a seatbelt/drunk driving enforcement and attempted to stop a vehicle. The vehicle would not stop and took off at a high rate of speed on Delta River Drive. A deputy followed the vehicle and discovered that the vehicle had crashed into two other vehicles. The suspect left the vehicle before deputies arrived. With the assistance of Lansing Police Department K9 and the MSP Helicopter the suspect was located inside a residence and taken into custody. Charges are being sought.

 On Thursday, August 28th, Eaton County Deputies took a report of a breaking and entering of a pole barn in the 3000 area of East Mt. Hope Highway. The incident is under investigation.

Also on the 28th, Deputies responded to a rollover crash at Hartel Road and Mt. Hope Hwy. The driver left the scene on foot. The crash is under investigation.

On Friday, August 29th, Eaton County Deputies had reports of persons sleeping behind the wheel of a parked car. One vehicle was at Five Point Highway and Ainger and a second vehicle was at Smith Road and Bunker Hwy. Both were found to be intoxicated.

On Saturday, August 30th, Eaton County Deputies responded to a report of a breaking and entering at a pole barn in the 1000 block of W. Five Point Hwy. Several large items were taken. The incident is under investigation.

 On Sunday, August 31st, Eaton County Deputies responded to a breaking and entering at a pole barn in the 2000 block of Tubbs Road. The incident is under investigation.

 Time to stop BULLYING

Bullying, when one child picks on another repeatedly, is an increasing problem in schools. Bullying can be physical, verbal or social. One only has to think of the most recent school shooting to know that bullying can have tragic consequences. Sheriff Reich wants to help you ensure your child is safe from bullying at school and promote an atmosphere where problems can be worked out constructively, rather than violently.   The following are just a few tips to help you whether your child is being bullied, your child IS the bully or your child observes bullying.

When your Child is Bullied:

  • Help your child learn how to respond by teaching your child how to:
  1. oLook the bully in the eye.
  2. oStand tall and stay calm in a difficult situation.
  3. oWalk away.
  • Teach your child how to say in a firm voice:
  1. oI don’t like what you are doing.
  2. oPlease do NOT talk to me like that.
  3. oWhy would you say that?
  • Teach your child when and how to ask for help.
  • Encourage your child to make friends with other children.
  • Support activities that interest your child.
  • Alert school officials to the problems and work with them on solutions.
  • Make sure an adult who knows about the bullying can watch out for your child’s safety and well-being when you cannot be there.

When your Child IS the Bully:

  • Be sure your child knows that bullying is NEVER OK.
  • Set firm and consistent limits on your child’s aggressive behavior.
  • Be a positive role model. Show children they can get what they want without teasing, threatening or hurting someone.
  • Use effective, non-physical discipline, such as loss of privileges.
  • Develop practical solutions with the school principal, teachers, counselors, and parents of the children your child has bullied.

When your Child is a Bystander:

  • Tell your child not to cheer on or even quietly watch bullying.
  • Encourage your child to tell a trusted adult about the bullying.
  • Help your child support other children who may be bullied. Encourage your child to include these children in activities.
  • Encourage your child to join with others in telling bullies to stop.

Yours in Public Safety,

Sheriff Tom Reich

 


 

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