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State Police add extra patrols for Thanksgiving 


More Michigan State Troopers will be patrolling the highways over Thanksgiving to help prevent crashes and injuries during the second deadliest time of the year for traffic crashes. Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police.

More Michigan State Troopers will be patrolling the highways over Thanksgiving to help prevent crashes and injuries during the second deadliest time of the year for traffic crashes. Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police.

Operation C.A.R.E. traffic safety effort begins Wednesday 

The Thanksgiving holiday is almost here and that means travel, food, family and football. As motorists prepare to hit the highways, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is gearing up for the annual Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) traffic safety initiative Nov. 23-27, 2016.

“We want every family to have a safe holiday and to enjoy time together,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “We urge you to drive safely this Thanksgiving weekend by wearing a seat belt, designating a sober driver and avoiding distractions like texting or talking on your phone while driving.”

Thanksgiving is the second deadliest holiday in Michigan for traffic crashes. In 2015, there were 11 fatalities, five of which were pedestrians, during the holiday period. In 2014 there were six traffic fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the lowest number in more than 30 years.

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

Enforcement is supported by the Give thanks. Drive safely. public awareness campaign that includes a public service announcement available at www.youtube.com/michstatepolice.

With the arrival of winter weather, motorists are also encouraged to take extra precautions when driving in snowy and icy conditions and to place an emergency preparedness kit in their vehicles. To learn more about creating a kit, go to www.michigan.gov/miready.

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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Man arrested in stabbing


A Gowen man was arrested Monday, November 21, after he stabbed a male victim several times with a knife.

Michigan State Police from the Lakeview Post responded to the call on Colby Road, Evergreen Township, Montcalm County, at approximately 2:20 a.m. They said that a 19-year old male suspect from Gowen confronted an 18-year-old male victim with a knife at the residence and stabbed him several times.

The suspect was subdued at the scene by the victim’s family members until police arrived on scene and took him into custody.  The victim was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for his injuries.

The suspect was lodged in the Montcalm County Jail pending arraignment on charges of Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder, and Home Invasion 1st Degree.

The names are being withheld pending formal charges and arraignment.

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130th Trooper recruit school graduates 


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Fifty-eight recruits become State Police Troopers 

On November 4, Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police (MSP), administered the Oath of Office to 58 new Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers at the graduation ceremony of the 130th Trooper Recruit School at the Lansing Center.

“I commend these new troopers for their hard work and dedication in proving they have what it takes to join the ranks of the elite Michigan Department of State Police,” stated graduation keynote speaker, Governor Rick Snyder. “We wish them safe and rewarding careers as they stand on the front lines to serve and protect the residents of our great state.”

In her address to the graduates, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said, “As you accept the honor today of becoming Michigan State troopers, the department demands, and the public deserves, nothing less than your very best performance every day. In all things you do, do what’s right, do your best, and treat others the way you want to be treated. Strive each day to Provide ‘Service With a Purpose’ to those who break the law and to those who choose not to break the law.”

Tpr. Dennis Meek, who was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits, spoke on behalf of the graduating class at Friday’s ceremony. Other award recipients included Tpr. Dylan Neill who received the Team Building Award, Tpr. Vincent Modjeski who received the Marksmanship Award, Tpr. Heather Svoboda who received the Academic Achievement Award and Tpr. Eric Morrow who received the Outstanding Performance Award.

The 130th Trooper Recruit School began on June 5, when 70 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. For the past 22 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.

As part of the department’s commitment to “Providing Service With A Purpose,” the recruits participated in a community outreach project in which they helped build a playground at Wacousta Elementary School.

The following graduates were assigned to Posts in the Sixth District:

David Burr, of Otsego, was assigned to Rockford; Dennis Meek, of Almont, was assigned to Rockford; Eric Morrow, of Big Rapids, was assigned to Rockford; Jacob Barnes, of Ithaca, was assigned to Lakeview; Jacob Lewis, of Rockford, was assigned to Lakeview; Jacob Robison, of Concord was assigned to Hart; Garrett Salters, of Blissfield, was assigned Hart; Brittany Campbell, of Caro, was assigned to Mount Pleasant; Patrick Harrington, of Cheboygan, was assigned to Mount Pleasant; and Vincent Modjeski, of Manistee, was assigned to Mount Pleasant.

The 130th Trooper Recruit School is the second of four trooper recruit schools this year, as well as a motor carrier officer recruit school:

  • 131st Trooper Recruit School started July 17, 2016; will graduate December 22, 2016.
  • 21st Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School started August 28, 2016; will graduate January 6, 2017.
  • 132nd Trooper Recruit School started August 28, 2016; will graduate February 3. 2017.

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 is anticipated to begin in June 2017.

Including these troopers, there are currently 1,035 troopers assigned statewide.

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Make winter emergency prep a priority 


Take time now to prepare for winter emergencies. Post photo by J. Reed.

Take time now to prepare for winter emergencies. Post photo by J. Reed.

With winter weather rapidly approaching, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michiganders to make winter emergency preparedness a priority.

“Typically, Michigan starts receiving its first snowfall at this time of year,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “If you haven’t done so already, don’t wait to take a few extra steps to ensure you and your family are ready for the winter season.”

Severe winter weather poses health and safety concerns with extremely cold temperatures, freezing pipes, potential propane shortages and power outages. Michiganders should consider the following actions to be prepared for the upcoming winter months.

To prepare your home for winter: 

  • Weatherproof your home by installing weather-stripping and caulking and insulating walls, doors and windows.
  • Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so pipes are less likely to freeze.
  • Lock in a propane rate now and have a backup heating plan, such as a generator, wood stove or fireplace.
  • Have gas or oil furnaces inspected by a qualified professional and change the air filter.
  • Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected. Contact your local fire department for a referral or look for a local inspector online.
  • Install battery-operated carbon monoxide (CO) detectors near every sleeping area. CO poisoning is most prevalent when furnaces are turned on to fight cold winter temperatures, but commonly occurs after winter storms and accompanying power outages, when people tend to rely on portable generators for electricity.
  • Clean gutters to prevent ice dams from forming. Roof ice dams can cause water to build-up, leading to interior damage.
  • Clear storm drains along the curb to enable water to drain. If plugged, water has the potential to go into low-lying areas and flood basements.
  • Have an emergency preparedness kit stored safely in your house that includes: water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, extra batteries, a battery or hand-crank powered radio, emergency lighting or flashlights, extra blankets and warm clothing.

To prepare your vehicle for winter: 

  • Have your radiator system serviced before winter and make sure to replace windshield wipers and wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture that will not freeze.
  • Replace any worn tires and check air pressure regularly.
  • Have your brakes, brake fluid, oil, car battery, heater and exhaust checked to make sure everything is running efficiently.
  • Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle stocked with batteries, battery powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight, windshield scraper, jumper cables, mobile phone charger, shovel, blankets, first aid kit, non-perishable food and bottled water in the event you get stranded or stuck.

For more tips, go to www.michigan.gov/miready or follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS.

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Sparta man arrested on CSC charges


 

Investigation involves child sexually abusive activity 

Tyler Ryan Lowis

Tyler Ryan Lowis

A 22-year-old Sparta man is in jail after police arrested him on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct and child sexually abusive material.

According to the Michigan State Police, their Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) involving child exploitation.

ICAC then conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of a Tyler Ryan Lowis, 22, of Sparta. On November 14, 2016, a search warrant was executed at Lowis’ residence. Evidence was recovered that connected Lowis to child sexually abusive material and criminal sexual conduct.

Lowis was lodged at the Kent County Correctional Facility on November 14 and arraigned on November 15, 2016. The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office issued the charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct, First Degree (3 Counts), Child Sexually Abusive Material, Manufacturing (3 Counts), and Using a Computer to Commit a Crime (3 Counts).

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Woman dies in farm accident


 

A 54-year-old Montcalm County woman was killed Sunday, November 20, in a farm-related accident.

According to the Michigan State Police, the accident occurred on South Staines Rd, in Bushnell Township. Family members last saw the woman loading corn onto a corn conveyor. A family member later found her on the property, and immediately called 911. The woman, however, had succumbed to her injuries. Neither her name nor how she died has been released because the investigation is still ongoing. Alcohol is not a suspected to be a factor in the accident.

Sheridan Village Fire Department and Montcalm County EMS assisted Troopers at the scene.

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MSP Troopers receive bravery award


Sgt. Brian Keely of the Rockford Post

Sgt. Brian Keely of the Rockford Post

Tpr. Carlos Fossati of the Wayland Post

Tpr. Carlos Fossati of the Wayland Post

At a special ceremony held in Lansing last week, Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue presented Sgt. Brian Keely of the Rockford Post and Tpr. Carlos Fossati of the Wayland Post with the MSP Bravery Award for their diligence and perseverance under uncommon circumstances and for going beyond what is typically expected of most law enforcement officers.

On November 18, 2015, a subject abducted his ex-wife from work at gunpoint and held her hostage in a hotel room in Benton Harbor. The MSP Emergency Support (ES) Team responded and initiated negotiations. Within 30 minutes, a reactionary team assembled in the hallway of the hotel, of which Keely and Fossati were part.

While waiting, they heard a gunshot and a scream, at which time they entered the hotel room to perform a hostage rescue.

Upon entering the doorway, the subject fired on the team, striking Keely in the ballistic vest. Despite the gunfire, Keeley and Fossati continued to advance into the room while returning fire, killing the man and rescuing the woman.

In awarding the department’s Bravery Award, the MSP Board of Awards found that the courageous and heroic actions of Keely and Fossati undoubtedly saved the woman’s life.

Keely enlisted with the department in 1998, graduating as a member of the 117th Trooper Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Rockford Post, Keely was assigned to the Ypsilanti and Detroit posts, as well as the Recruiting Section and Second District Fugitive Team.

Fossati enlisted with the department in 2004, graduating as a member of the 120th Trooper Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Wayland Post, Fossati was assigned to the South Haven Post.

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Decrease in traffic deaths for Labor Day weekend


 

The Michigan State Police (MSP) announced Wednesday, Sept. 7, that preliminary reports indicate traffic fatalities decreased this Labor Day holiday weekend, with nine traffic deaths in nine separate traffic crashes. Over last year’s Labor Day holiday weekend, there were 12 traffic crashes and 15 deaths.

“These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the MSP as of 1 p.m., Sept. 6, 2016,” stated Capt. Thomas Deasy, commander of the MSP Training Division. “For the safety of everyone on the road, the MSP continues to urge motorists not to drink and drive, to always use proper restraints and to avoid distractions behind the wheel.”

The 2016 Labor Day holiday weekend ran from 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

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129th Trooper Recruit School Graduates 


 

Forty-seven recruits become State Police Troopers 

N-MichiganStatePolice-logoLast Friday, August 26, Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police (MSP), administered the Oath of Office to 47 new Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers at the graduation ceremony of the 129th Trooper Recruit School at the Lansing Center.

“The troopers graduating today have demonstrated a dedication to hard work and perseverance to join the ranks of the elite Michigan Department of State Police,” stated graduation keynote speaker, Gov. Rick Snyder. “I commend their commitment to public safety and service to their fellow citizens of our great state.”

In her address to the graduates, Etue said, “As you accept the honor of becoming troopers, I expect you to uphold the department’s proud tradition of service through excellence, integrity and courtesy. In all things, do what’s right, do your best and treat others the way you want to be treated.”

Five of the graduates will be stationed in the Sixth District: Michael Antuma, of Rockford, will be stationed at Rockford; Nicholas VanderMolen, of Allendale, will also be at Rockford; Kelly Julin, of Houghton Lake is at Lakeview; Jarrod Osborn, of St. Johns, will also be at Lakeview; and Megan Symonds, of Saline, will be also stationed at Lakeview.

Tpr. Dijon Ware, who was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and received the Team Building Award, spoke on behalf of the graduating class at the ceremony. Other award recipients included Tpr. William Robbins, who received the Academic Achievement Award, Tpr. Javon Strickland who received the Marksmanship Award, and Tpr. Peter Oskvarek who received the Outstanding Performance Award.

The 129th Trooper Recruit School began on March 27, when 60 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. During their 22-week training, they received instruction in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime

As part of the department’s commitment to “Providing Service With A Purpose,” the recruits participated in a community service project in which they collected and then delivered personal hygiene items to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing.

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.

The 129th Trooper Recruit School is the first of four trooper recruit schools this year, as well as a motor carrier officer recruit school:

  • 130th Trooper Recruit School began June 5, 2016; will graduate Nov. 4, 2016.
  • 131st Trooper Recruit School began July 17, 2016; will graduate Dec. 22, 2016.
  • 21st Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School starts Aug. 28, 2016; will graduate Jan. 6, 2017.
  • 132nd Trooper Recruit School starts Aug. 28, 2016; will graduate Feb. 3, 2017.

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

Including these new troopers, there are approximately 1,000 troopers assigned statewide.

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Whatever your party, choose a designated driver 


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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign supports driving safety  

Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police are hoping the designated driver gets your vote this election season, as stepped up drunk driving patrols continue through Sept. 5 across the state. The patrols are part of the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

“When it comes to traffic safety there is no debate, the designated driver always wins, yet Michigan alcohol-and/or drug-involved fatalities were up 20 percent in 2015,” said Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director. “Hundreds of families are suffering tragic consequences because drivers made the wrong choice to drive drunk. The law enforcement officers participating in this campaign are dedicated to changing that.”

Fifteen people died in 12 traffic crashes during the 2015 Labor Day holiday period, a significant increase from six fatalities during the 2014 Labor Day holiday. Nearly two-thirds of the 2015 Labor Day holiday cashes involved alcohol. During last year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement, officers arrested 351 drunk drivers and issued 2,630 seat belt and child restraint citations.

This year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will also include stepped up seat belt enforcement. A recent observation study indicates Michigan’s seat belt use rate is increasing this year after remaining fairly constant for the last five years.

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. Motorists face enhanced penalties if arrested for a first-time drunk driving offense with a .17 BAC or higher. Michigan law requires drivers, front seat passengers and passengers 15 and younger in any seating position to be buckled up. Children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or 4’9” tall, and children under 4 years old must be in the back seat.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds coordinated by the OHSP. Grant-funded impaired driving and seat belt enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.

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