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Sheriff Tom Reich

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Charlotte, Michigan 48813

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2009 Press Releases

January 31, 2009
Fatal Accident

On 01/31/2009 at approximately 1925 hrs deputies responded to a two vehicle accident on Clinton Trail north of Vermontville Hwy. A Dodge Neon struck a Chrysler Town and Country head on. There was a total of nine injured. They were transported to Sparrow Hospital. The condition of the injured is currently unknown. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a factor in the accident. The roadway was covered by blowing snow. The accident remains under investigation.

UPDATE: 02/02/09

The name of the deceased is Gregory VanGelder, 18, of Charlotte. He was a passenger in the Dodge Neon.

The driver of the Dodge Neon is a 19-year-old Charlotte man. There was also another passenger in the Dodge Neon, male age unknown.

The occupants of the van are:

Driver- 57-year-old Eaton Rapids man.
Passengers - 55-year-old female of Eaton Rapids, Other Passengers:33-year-old male, 29-year-old female, 6-year-old male, 8-year-old male and an 8-year-old female, all of Vermontville.

All involved were taken to Sparrow Hospital. Extent of Injuries unknown at this time.

 

April 6, 2009
Fatal Accident

A fatal crash occurred in Eaton County's Benton Twp. on 4/6/09 at approximately 0820 hours.

Deputies responded to report of a crash on M-100 south of Doane Hwy. They arrived to find two mini vans involved. The driver a 38-year-old Charlotte woman who was driving a 2004 Chevy Venture van, was transported to Sparrow Hospital by Benton Twp. EMS, and her injuries are unknown at this time. The second driver, identified as 35-year-old Matthew Dupree from Mulliken, was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary indications are that Matthew Dupree was traveling southbound on M-100 and lost control of his vehicle, crossing the center line, and colliding with the northbound vehicle. Both drivers were belted at the time of the crash, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor. Dupree was driving a 2007 Chevy Uplander van. It is believed that weather conditions may have played a significant role in this crash. The crash remains under investigation.

May 11, 2009
Personal Injury Accident

Eaton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a crash at St.Joe and Snow at 1130 a.m. today. A mini van traveling westbound on St. Joe and Snow rear-ended a Cadillac. The van struck the car several times according to witnesses. The van then ran off the road onto the curb.

Witnesses and first-responders found the driver of the mini van, a Flint area resident, unconscious and having a medical problem. Delta Twp Fire transported the driver to Sparrow, her condition is unknown.

The driver of the other car, a local resident, was treated for minor injuries at the scene and refused transport to the hospital. The intersection was closed for approximately 2 hours while the accident was being investigated. Names have not been released pending notification of family.

August 12, 2009
Fatal Accident

Eaton County Sheriff's deputies responded to a fatal accident on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at approximately 6:27 p.m. on E. Clinton Trail (M-50) just east of Stewart Road. The deceased, WILLIAM LYNN OWENS, 46, of Charlotte was E/B M-50 and according to witnesses was attempting to pass another vehicle when he went into the on-coming travel lane and struck a W/B semi with trailer head-on. The deceased was driving a 1994 Chevy S-10 pickup. The driver of the semi, a 57-year-old male of Edmore, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. MDOT came out to the scene to assist with arrows and cones to shut down the road. The accident remains under investigation.

August 20, 2009
Personal Injury Accident

Eaton County Sheriff's deputies responded to a one-car accident at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2009. The driver, a 25-year-old female from Homer, was traveling northbound on I-69 on the on-ramp to I-96 when she lost control of the vehicle, rolled over in the median and landed on the eastbound I-96 highway. The driver was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol and weather do not appear to be a factor. The driver was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident and was cited for basic speed violation.

August 22, 2009
Fatal Car/Pedestrian Accident

On Saturday morning, August 22 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff's deputies responded to a fatal accident on Royston Rd. south of St. Joe Hwy. in Delta Twp. A preliminary investigation determined that a Ford Explorer driven by a 19 year old Grand Ledge man struck and killed a 20 year old man who was lying in the roadway. Both the victim and driver of the Ford Explorer had attended a party at a residence on Royston Rd. where several underage party goers had been drinking.

The deceased was identified as Ryan Woodward , age 20, of Delta Twp. The investigation into the incident is continuing.

August 24, 2009
Fatal Car/Bike Accident

On Monday, August 24 at 3:40 p.m., deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff's Office responded to a personal injury accident on Canal Rd. north of Bunker Hwy. in Eaton Rapids Township. A preliminary investigation determined a south bound Chevrolet pick- up truck driven by a 46 year old Eaton Rapids man struck a bicyclist also traveling south on Canal Rd. The bicyclist was transported to Eaton Rapids Community Hospital and later airlifted to Sparrow Hospital where he died 12 hours later.

The deceased was identified as William H. Petry, age 68, of Lansing. The incident remains under investigation. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

August 25, 2009
Three-Car Accident

Eaton County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a three-car accident at Harvest Lane and St. Joe in Delta Township at approximately 2:43 p.m. The at-fault driver, a 16-year-old female of Lansing, failed to yield at the stop sign on Harvest Lane and struck a pickup truck on St. Joe driven by a 43-year-old man of Dimondale. This caused the pickup to spin and land on the hood of a car traveling westbound on St. Joe. The at-fault driver and the 3rd car driver, an 18-year-old female of Lansing, sustained minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital. The driver of the truck and a female passenger were not injured. The passenger in the at-fault vehicle also was not injured.

The at-fault driver was cited for Failing to Yield.

October 28, 2009
Fatal Accident

On 10/28/09 at 9:40 a.m., deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff's Office responded to a fatal vehicle crash at the intersection of Lansing Rd. and Millett Hwy. in Delta Twp.

A preliminary investigation has determined that a semi truck driven by Mark Brenner, age 48, from Portland was turning from northbound Lansing Rd. to westbound Millett Hwy. A 2001 Yamaha motorcycle traveling southbound on Lansing Rd. driven by 19 year old Ethan Franks of Eaton Rapids struck the rear tire of the semi.

Franks was deceased at the scene. He was wearing a helmet and excessive speed may have been a factor. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

The crash remains under investigation.

November 21, 2009
Fatal Accident

On 11/21/09 at approximately 6:45 PM, deputies were dispatched to a two car collision on M-100 at St Joe Hwy in Oneida Twp. Deputies discovered that Travis Rademacher, 19, of Dewitt had been traveling westbound on St. Joe Hwy and had stopped at the stop sign. Radamacher then began to turn right when his Ford Taurus was struck by a northbound vehicle. That vehicle, a 1998 Oldsmobile, was driven by 18-year-old Matthew Merrill of Lansing. Merrill was alone in his vehicle. Rademacher had a 16-year-old passenger. That passenger was transported to a Lansing hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Rademacher died at a Lansing hospital a short time after the crash. Merrill sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a Lansing hospital.

Rademacher and his passenger were both belted at the time, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

December 1, 2009
Fatal Accident

Eaton County Sheriff's deputies responded to a fatal accident on private property in the 700 block of S. Shaytown Rd. at 7:45 p.m. on December 1, 2009. Lydia Fox, 57, of Vermontivlle, was run over by her motor home in her driveway. It appears she slipped as she exited the vehicle and was run over by the front tires.

The accident remains under investigation.

December 23, 2009
Fatal Car/Pedestrian Accident

Eaton County Sheriff's deputies responded to a car/pedestrian fatal crash this morning at 5:30 a.m. on W. Saginaw Hwy. east of Canal Rd. in Delta Twp. across from the Speedway gas station.

The pedestrian, who was struck and killed, was identified as Michael Bicknese, age 39, of Lansing.

The vehicle, a 2004 Saturn Vue, was driven by a 63 year Grand Ledge man.

Mr. Bicknese, who was wearing dark clothing, was walking in the curb lane of the roadway when he was struck and killed. Investigators are not sure why Bicknese was walking in the roadway since there was a plowed sidewalk available to him.

Alcohol consumption by Mr. Bicknese may have been a factor in the incident. Toxicology results won't be available for several weeks.

The incident remains under investigation.

December 27, 2009
B & E Suspect Arrested

On Sunday morning, December 27,at 2:45 a.m., Eaton County Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm at Delta Center Elementary School on Canal Rd in Delta Twp..

Deputies discovered the school had been burglarized and were able to track the suspect in the snow. Deputies found 25 laptop computers and a slide projector near the school where the suspect abandoned them.

Deputies continued to follow footprints in the snow and eventually apprehended the suspect near the Mt. Hope Church.

Arrested was KAWIN GRADY, age 22, of Lansing. GRADY was arraigned today in 56th District Court on one count of Stolen Property/Receiving. Bond was set at $5,000 cash. GRADY's Preliminary Exam is scheduled for January 8, 2010 at 10:00. a.m.

 

 

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