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MSP Lakeview Post open house


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The Michigan State Police (MSP) is celebrating its 98th birthday this year. In conjunction with this, the MSP Lakeview Post will be hosting an open house on Saturday April 25, from 2-5 p.m.  Members of the community are welcome to attend.

Specialty services such as the Bomb Squad, Dive Team, K9 Team, Aviation, and Motor Unit will be present. This will be a time to tour the worksite and to meet members of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post.

Some light refreshments will be available as well as some activities for children.  The address of the Lakeview Post is 10300 Howard City–Edmore Rd, Lakeview, MI  48850.  No RSVP’s are needed and there is no cost to attend this event.

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Reward for info on homicide


 

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The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post is continuing its investigation into the homicide of Alan Nelson, 80, of Sidney Township.

Nelson was found dead March 30, at his residence at 591 Nelson Dr, Sidney Township, which is on Nevins Lake, about four miles west of Stanton.

Investigators say the man died sometime between Sunday evening, March 29, and Monday morning, March 30. They reported that evidence at the scene indicates his death is a homicide. Other evidence shows Mr. Nelson’s house and three neighboring homes were broken into.

Detectives are processing through tips and leads that have been coming into the Lakeview Post.

The MSP crime lab is processing and analyzing both forensic and physical evidence that was collected at the scene, and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department continues to assist with the investigation.

The State Police Lakeview Post is asking the public for their continued assistance with helping to solve the homicide of Mr. Nelson. They have teamed up with Crime Stoppers of Mid-Michigan to assist in the investigation. Callers to Crime Stoppers will be eligible to receive reward money up to $1000 dollars for information leading investigators to the arrest of those responsible for the death of Mr. Nelson.

Crime Stoppers has call takers available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Anyone who has information and would like to receive the reward money is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (517) 483-7867.

Otherwise you can contact the Michigan State Lakeview Post at 989-352-8444, or Silent observer at 1-866-774-2345.

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Cedar grad dies in car vs bicycle accident


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A Cedar Springs graduate died Tuesday of injuries he suffered after he was hit by a car last week while riding a bicycle.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the accident occurred about 6:08 p.m., on Friday, January 16, 2015, on Montcalm Avenue, north of M-57.

An initial investigation reports that a 2008 Buick Enclave, driven by Charles Bliss, 32, of Cedar Springs, was traveling north on Montcalm Ave (W. County Line Rd.), and collided with 37-year-old Jackie Remmele of Greenville, who was riding a bicycle. The victim was transported to United Memorial Hospital in Greenville by Montcalm County Emergency Services, then to Spectrum Downtown, Grand Rapids by Aeromed, in critical condition. He died Tuesday, January 20.

Jackie Remmele was a 1995 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, and had been a volunteer with the Cedar Springs Fire Department. (See obituary here)

State troopers are continuing to investigate the incident. The driver and passenger of the Buick were not injured. They were wearing safety belts, no airbags deployed, and there was no alcohol use. An independent witness was at the scene.

State Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact the MSP at 855-677-9178.

 

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Prepare for Holiday Travel Season 


 

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The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) encourages Michigan citizens and visitors to prepare for the holiday travel season by placing emergency preparedness kits in their vehicles.

Michigan winters can produce extremely cold temperatures, large amounts of snow and bursts of freezing rain. In the event of an emergency, help may not be immediately available. By having an emergency preparedness kit in a vehicle, a person can survive until help arrives.

“Road conditions can quickly change for the worse during the winter months,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “A vehicle emergency preparedness kit adds a sense of safety and security when traveling to destinations this holiday season. If an incident does happen, you will be prepared and ready.”

Michigan weather is unpredictable any time of year, but especially during the winter months. If you are stranded in a winter storm, do not leave your vehicle. Stay with the vehicle and wait for help.

Essential items to include in a vehicle emergency preparedness kit include:

Hand-crank radio

Hand-crank flashlight

Cell phone charger

Windshield scraper

Blanket and extra clothes

Tire repair kit and pump

Emergency contact list

De-icer and extra anti-freeze

“Call Police” or other “Help” sign

Jumper cables

Tow chain or rope

Fire extinguisher

Cat litter or sand for better tire traction

Shovel

Flares

First aid kit

Bottled water and nonperishable, high-energy foods (e.g., granola bars, canned nuts, raisins, hard candy, trail mix, peanut butter and crackers)

In addition to having a vehicle emergency preparedness kit, the MSP/EMHSD reminds motorists to take extra precautions when stopping and driving in the winter weather.

Remember to brake before the turn and take the proper line of travel through the turn to reduce the potential for a skid to occur. If your car begins to skid, let off the throttle and brakes and use a quick hand-over-hand steering technique to turn the front tires in the direction you want to go.

“A vehicle’s handling capability is drastically reduced in winter weather, so take it slow on ice and snow,” Kelenske said. “Be sure to leave enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Always keep your focus on the road and avoid cell phone use while driving.”

Safe winter weather travel tips:

Check the weather before leaving for a destination. If the weather forecast looks dangerous, reschedule or postpone the driving trip.

Keep tires at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure and routinely check tire pressure during cold weather.

Keep windshield solvent at full strength and make sure the reservoir is full, and keep new wiper blades on front and rear wipers, if so equipped.

Wash your vehicle for better visibility to other drivers, and remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and the license plate before driving.

Periodically check all lights and replace when necessary.

Have your vehicle inspected by a mechanic before making long-distance trips.

Travelers are encouraged to go to www.michigan.gov/roadconditions and www.michigan.gov/drive to check road conditions before traveling. Road conditions are also available by calling the MSP Travel Hotline at 1-800-381-8477. The MSP/EMHSD asks that you view these websites or call the Travel Hotline rather than calling your local MSP post or 911.

For more information about being prepared before, during and after an emergency or disaster, go to the MSP/EMHSD’s emergency preparedness website at www.michigan.gov/beprepared or Twitter at www.twitter.com/MichEMHS.

 

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More than 1,800 seat belt citations issued 


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Officers from more than 150 local police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police issued 1,814 seat belt and child restraint citations during the Click It Or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign Oct. 27-Nov. 9.

“Officers from local, county and state agencies conduct seat belt enforcement zones to remind motorists that seat belts are your best and primary defense in the event of a crash,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). “These efforts are about saving lives and preventing injuries.”

For the first time since 2009, seat belt use in Michigan increased slightly in 2014, from 93 percent to 93.3 percent.

During the two-week effort, officers also issued 512 citations for speeding, 319 citations for driving with a suspended license, 258 citations for red-light running and 445 citations to uninsured motorists. Officers arrested 119 fugitives and 142 others for misdemeanors. Of the 180 arrests for drunk driving, 23 had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.17 percent or higher.

A seat belt enforcement zone in Berrien County resulted in an arrest for a concealed pistol violation. In Wayne County, a driver arrested with a BAC of 0.17 had an infant in the vehicle. In addition, a teenage driver in Marquette County was arrested for drunk driving.

According to preliminary reports, there were six traffic fatalities Oct. 31-Nov. 1. One of those involved alcohol and two drivers were not wearing seat belts. There were 13     fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Law enforcement officers from Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Chippewa, Delta, Eaton, Genesee, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Marquette, Monroe, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, Saginaw, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne and Wexford counties participated in the Click It Or Ticket campaign.

The traffic enforcement effort was paid for with federal traffic safety funds coordinated by OHSP.

Grant-funded seat belt and drunk driving enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in February 2013.

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Expect extra patrols for Thanksgiving


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State Police conducts largest Operation C.A.R.E. enforcement effort

 

As motorists across Michigan prepare for a Thanksgiving holiday filled with travel, food and family, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is conducting Michigan’s largest Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) traffic enforcement initiative November 26-30, 2014.

“Our goal is to prevent traffic crashes and fatalities so every family can celebrate a safe holiday season,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “With extra troopers on patrol, make sure your Thanksgiving to-do list includes wearing a seat belt, designating a sober driver and avoiding distractions like talking on your phone while driving.”

Thanksgiving is the second deadliest holiday in Michigan for traffic crashes. In 2013, there were 12 traffic fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday; a 30 percent increase from nine fatalities in 2012.

Beginning Wednesday, troopers across the state will conduct high-visibility enforcement focusing on impaired driving, seat belt use, careless driving and speeding. The extra patrols are paid for with federal traffic safety funds coordinated by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

The effort is supported by the Give thanks. Drive safely. public awareness campaign that includes a public service announcement available at www.youtube.com/OHSP.  Each campaign element features illustrations of traditional Thanksgiving items to create a connection between driving safely and enjoying the holiday.

In addition, the Michigan Department of Transportation will display safe driving reminders on its freeway message boards and at rest areas throughout the busy travel weekend, and Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is supporting the effort by placing campaign materials in her branch offices.

Operation C.A.R.E. is a nationwide initiative aimed at reducing traffic crashes and fatalities on highways across the country. It began in 1977 as a collaborative effort between the MSP and the Indiana State Police. Today Operation C.A.R.E. is one of the nation’s longest running traffic safety initiatives and includes state and highway patrol agencies from all 50 states, as well as some American territories and Canadian provinces.

 

 

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Nearly 15,000 vehicles stopped during end-of-summer crackdown


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Officers from 150 local police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police posts stopped 14,876 vehicles, arrested 169 drunk drivers and issued 4,507 seat belt and child restraint citations during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown. The stepped up drunk driving and seat belt enforcement began Aug. 15 and ran through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

“Dedicated officers from police agencies across the state are committed to helping motorists get home safely by taking a zero tolerance approach to drunk driving,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). “Motorists were warned to drive sober or get pulled over, and more than 150 drivers failed to heed that advice.”

A driver was arrested in Genesee County for a 0.34 percent blood alcohol content (BAC). That driver also had a restricted license and an arrest warrant from two previous drunk driving incidents. In Muskegon County, a driver and passenger were stopped for smoking marijuana with a 7-month-old child in the vehicle. One traffic stop in Wexford County resulted in three fugitive arrests.

During the three-week effort, officers also issued 1,192 citations for speeding, 550 citations for driving with a suspended license and 877 citations to uninsured motorists. Officers arrested 243 fugitives and made 277 other misdemeanor arrests. Of the 169 arrests for drunk driving, 37 had a BAC of 0.17 percent or higher.

According to preliminary reports, there were three traffic fatalities during the 2014 Labor Day holiday period; one involved alcohol. Ten people died in crashes during the 2013 Labor Day holiday weekend. Three of those deaths involved alcohol and one vehicle occupant was not buckled up.

OHSP coordinated the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement by administering federal traffic safety funds to police departments covering 40 counties.

Grant-funded seat belt and drunk driving enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in February 2013.

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Troopers graduate from trooper recruit school


N-MSP-grads-webMichigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue announced Monday that Michigan citizens will soon benefit from the services of 82 new troopers following the graduation of the 126th Trooper Recruit School. Governor Rick Snyder served as the keynote speaker at the May 30th ceremony.

“Michigan is committed to public safety and I am confident that the graduates of the Michigan State Police 126th Trooper Recruit School will uphold the highest standards as they protect our families,” Snyder said.

“We’re proud to salute our newest troopers and thank them for their courage, dedication and professionalism. We wish them all long, safe and fulfilling careers in the service of our great state.”

“Graduates as you accept the honor of becoming a Michigan State Police trooper, I ask that you embrace and appreciate the department’s 97-year tradition of providing service with excellence, integrity and courtesy,” stated Etue. “The department demands and the public deserves nothing less than your very best performance every day. You have a mission to serve and protect, and I expect you to keep sacred the public’s trust in you and in the department.”

Tpr. Steven Schutter, who was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits, spoke on behalf of the graduating class. Other award recipients included Tpr. Timothy Madison who received the Team Building

Award and Outstanding Performance Award, Tpr. Brett Brice who received the Marksmanship Award and Tpr. Joel Perkins who received the Academic Achievement Award.

The 126th Trooper Recruit School began on Jan. 5, when 115 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy. For the past 21 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving.

In order to be selected to attend the academy, all applicants had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview.

New this year, as part of the department’s commitment to “Providing Service With A Purpose,” the recruits participated in community outreach projects with the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing and at a YMCA camp in Williamston.

Graduating recruits will report to their respective MSP posts across the state for duty next week. Recruits from our area who graduated include Trooper William Pitsch, of Rockford, who will be stationed at the Gaylord Post; Trooper Dennis Nauta, of Greenville, who will be stationed at Lakeview; and Trooper Blake Bitner, also of Greenville, who will be stationed at Mt. Pleasant.

In the Sixth Districet, the Rockford Post welcomes Trooper Timothy O’Neill, of Metamora and Trooper Elizabeth Wickersham, of Rogers City. Besides Trooper Nauta, the Lakeview Post welcomes Trooper Timothy Moreno, of Taylor; Trooper Dharmesh Patel, of Dallas, Texas; and Steven Schutter, of Coldwater. Besides Trooper Bitner, the Mount Pleasant Post welcomes Trooper Benjamin Crooks, of Kendall; Trooper Dana Mattice II, of Gladwin; and Trooper William Schneider, of Eaton Rapids. The Hart Post welcomes Trooper Leanne de Waal Malefyt, of Hudsonville; Trooper Phillip Moore, of Macomb Township; Trooper Scott Shattuck Jr., of Lyons; and Trooper Kenneth Vander Laan, of Grand Rapids.

The MSP is actively recruiting; interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.

The next trooper recruit school starts June 8.

 

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Traffic crashes and fatalities up in 2013


Drug-involved, truck-involved and bicyclist deaths on the rise

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For the second year in a row, traffic deaths increased in Michigan, fueled in part by increases in bicyclist, drug, and commercial motor vehicle (CMV)-involved deaths, according to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Criminal Justice Information Center.

Although the state has experienced significant decreases in traffic crashes over the past decade, from 391,486 in 2003 to 289,061 in 2013, fatalities increased 2 percent from 936 in 2012 to 951.

The biggest jumps occurred in drug-involved fatalities, which increased 22 percent from 135 in 2012 to 165 in 2013; bicyclist deaths, which increased 35 percent, from 20 in 2012 to 27 in 2013; and CMV-involved fatalities, which increased 18 percent, from 80 in 2012 to 94 in 2013.

“Michigan’s 2013 statistics mimic national trends,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP director. “In recent years there has been an upswing across the country in fatalities involving large trucks, bicyclists, pedestrians and impaired driving.”

Despite an overall increase in traffic fatalities, teen fatalities, ages 13-19, fell for the second year with 69 deaths in 2013 compared to 85 in 2012.  In addition, young driver-involved deaths, ages 16-20, declined 5 percent from 142 in 2012 to 135 in 2013.

In other areas:

Cell phone-involved crashes decreased 8 percent, from 748 in 2012 to 689 in 2013. Cell phone-involved fatal crashes decreased from 8 in 2012 to 4 in 2013.  (Michigan cannot track crashes involving texting specifically.)

Pedestrian fatalities increased 9 percent, from 137 in 2012 to 149 in 2013.

The number of crashes involving deer increased 1 percent, from 48,918 in 2012 to 49,205 in 2013, and deer-involved fatalities increased by 50 percent from 8 deaths in 2012 to 12 in 2013.

Injuries increased 1 percent, from 70,519 in 2012 to 71,031 in 2013.

Alcohol-involved traffic deaths increased 1 percent, from 281 in 2012 to 284 in 2013.

Motorcyclist fatalities decreased 1 percent, from 129 in 2012 to 128 in 2013.

NOTE:  Additional 2013 crash information will be posted to Michigantrafficcrashfacts.org in the coming months.  Check frequently for updates. Information regarding crashes can be found at Michigan.gov/crash.

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Semi crash closes freeway


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N-MSP-logoTwo semi truck drivers escaped with only minor injuries after both rigs jack-knifed on US131 Wednesday morning.

According to the Michigan State Police at Lakeview, the accident occurred shortly after 5 a.m. on March 18, on US131 southbound south of Pierson Road.

The investigation found that a semi-truck pulling a trailer had pulled to the right shoulder with some mechanical issues, and no rear facing lights on the trailer. A second semi-truck was traveling south and was forced to the shoulder to avoid a collision with a passenger car. In the attempt to avoid the passenger car, the semi struck the rear of the parked semi-truck and trailer. Both drivers were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The freeway was shut down for several hours. Clean-up of the two jack-knifed semi-trucks was extensive, as well as the clean-up of the fuel that had leaked.

Police said alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

The accident was investigated by MSP with the assistance of Sand Lake and Cedar Springs Fire Departments.

 

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