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Police investigating fatal crash

A Morley woman was killed Sunday evening in Oakfield Township when the car she was driving crossed the centerline and struck a tractor trailer. 

According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, the crash occurred on 14 Mile Rd. west of Morgan Mills Ave. at approximately 11:30 p.m.  

Police said that the 46-year-old woman from Morley appeared to have been travelling eastbound on 14 Mile Rd. when she crossed the centerline and struck a westbound tractor-trailer driven by a 22-year-old man from Big Rapids.     

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. The female was deceased on scene. Her name has not yet been released pending notification of family.  

It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash. 14 Mile Rd. was closed for several hours while the Michigan State Police investigated the crash. 

The Michigan State Police was assisted at the scene by Oakfield Township Fire, Bud’s Towing and Captain Hooks Towing.          

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Police investigating fatal crash

A Morley woman was killed Saturday evening in Oakfield Township when the car she was driving crossed the centerline and struck a tractor-trailer.

According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, the crash occurred on 14 Mile Rd. west of Morgan Mills Ave. at approximately 11:30 p.m. 

Police said that the 46-year-old woman from Morley appeared to have been travelling eastbound on 14 Mile Rd. when she crossed the centerline and struck a westbound tractor-trailer driven by a 22-year-old man from Big Rapids.    

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. The female was deceased on scene. Her name has not yet been released pending notification of family. 

It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash. 14 Mile Rd. was closed for several hours while the Michigan State Police investigated the crash.

The Michigan State Police was assisted at the scene by Oakfield Township Fire, Bud’s Towing and Captain Hooks Towing.                                                                       

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Snowmobiler dies in crash

A snowmobile crash took the life of a Morley man last Saturday.

Troopers from the MSP Lakeview Post responded to a snowmobile crash on Saturday, February 16, at 11:59 p.m. on Mackinaw Trail Dr. near Saginaw Trail, in Reynolds Township, Montcalm County.

Preliminary investigation revealed  that Archie Demartin, 46, of Morley, was driving northbound on Mackinaw Trail Dr. near Saginaw Trail when he lost control of the snowmobile. The snowmobile overturned, ejecting Demartin into a tree.  Demartin was pronounced deceased on scene. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.  Alcohol and drug use are unknown at this time.

The Michigan State Police were assisted by Montcalm County Rescue, Alpha 6, Montcalm County Central Dispatch, and Safety-First Towing.

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Rockford Troopers recognized for outstanding patrol and investigative efforts

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is pleased to announce that four troopers from the Rockford Post are recipients of the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award. They were recognized at a ceremony in Lansing on Feb. 6, 2019. 

Corporal Mapes, an early pioneer in criminal patrol and investigation, was killed in the line of duty during the prohibition era. The annual award honors the top five percent of troopers in each district for looking “past the traffic stop” to excel in proactive criminal patrol and criminal investigations closed by felony arrests.

The 2018 Col. Sam Mapes Award recipients are Tpr. Andrew Rothermal; Tpr. Chris Boven; Tpr. Kyle Sandford; and Tpr. Eric Morrow.

Troopers Rothermal, Boven and Sandford all work in the City of Muskegon Heights as part of the Secure City Partnership. Trooper Morrow works primarily in Muskegon County.

Each award recipient receives a special service ribbon to wear on their uniform. It includes seven blue stars in honor of Corporal Mapes, who was the seventh MSP trooper to die in the line of duty.

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MSP motor carrier officers join forces to fight human trafficking

As part of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Michigan State Police (MSP) motor carrier officers are teaming up with officers from neighboring states to educate motorists about the signs of human trafficking and to enforce laws that crack down on traffickers.

From Jan. 14-18, 2019, MSP motor carrier officers will join with colleagues from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Illinois State Police, and the Indiana State Police, along with the Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) organization for this multi-state initiative.

“The goal is to raise awareness and educate individuals in positions to observe human trafficking taking place, such as commercial motor vehicle drivers, public transportation companies, rest area attendants, and truck stop employees,” stated Capt. Michael Krumm, commander of the MSP, Commercial Vehicle

Enforcement Division. “These individuals are a force multiplier that can act as the eyes and ears of Michigan’s highways.”

The MSP first partnered with TAT in 2015 and has since been recognized as a national leader in human trafficking awareness and education. For more information about TAT, visit: www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org.

To report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resources Center at 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733.

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Child dies after being run over by trailer

Updated on Nov. 2 with the name of the victim.

A trick or treating event in the Village of Sheridan ended in tragedy Wednesday night, October 31, when an 8-year-old child fell off a trailer and was run over.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Post in Lakeview are investigating the accident. According to police, the vehicle involved was a 1949 small farm tractor pulling an aluminum trailer with seats built into it. The tractor and trailer were being used to take kids from the Sheridan area trick or treating within the village. The child fell from the trailer and was run over by the trailer wheels. Witnesses indicated the tractor was going at a slow rate of speed at the time the child fell off.

Immediate first aid was provided at the scene from first responders who were present. The victim was transported to Sheridan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The child was identified as Brady James Sexton, 8, of Sidney, Michigan. Police do not suspect alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.

The accident is still under investigation. Montcalm County EMS, Sheridan Fire Department, and the Montcalm Sheriff Department and Victims advocate all assisted at the scene.


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Michigan should not automatically prosecute 17 year-old as adults


By Det./Sgt. Theodore Nelson, retired, Michigan State Police

For much of my twenty-five year career as a Michigan State Trooper, I agreed with those who argued for lowering the age at which minors could be prosecuted as adults. Then I started teaching high-school-age kids at a career center and my thinking changed. Getting to know these kids, I see young people who struggle with decision-making, peer pressure, lack of adult role models, lack of parental support, and a general lack of knowledge about the direction in which they are headed. They need direction, guidance, and advice by teachers, coaches, counselors, and other community resources. If instead we put 17-year-olds in the criminal justice system for non-violent crimes, we start them on a cycle from which many will never emerge.   

Only four states automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults. Unfortunately, Michigan is one of them, and it does so regardless of the severity of the crime. 

This public policy is not sustainable. It’s out-of-step with best practices, recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and Michigan law. On top of that, the punishment is cruel, discriminatory, and counter-productive. Approximately two-thirds of Michigan youth prosecuted as adults were convicted of non-violent offenses that did not include weapons.

Sending these kids to an adult prison—rather than to a juvenile facility—significantly reduces the likelihood they will obtain a diploma or certification. Many suffer severe mental and physical damage from the violence and sexual abuse endured while in the adult prison system.  

The current policy has a strong negative impact on all Michiganders, as nearly all incarcerated individuals eventually come home to our communities. Keeping that in mind, it makes sense to ensure that these young people return as assets, not as liabilities. This means promoting and advancing policies that support effective, rehabilitative practices and job preparedness. 

The best path to achieving this outcome for 17- year-olds is to ensure that they never enter the adult criminal justice system in the first place. National research shows that youth exiting the adult system are 34 percent more likely to re-offend, re-offend sooner, and escalate to more violent offenses than their counterparts exiting the juvenile justice system. Furthermore, Michigan’s impacted youth face an incredible hurdle to employment upon their release: an adult criminal record.  

Simply put, the national research indicates that Michigan’s current policy is better at preparing youth for a life of crime than re-entering society. The current law misses the mark morally, ethically, and is not practical in its application.

The state legislature is currently considering a 10-bill package that fixes this problem while promoting public safety and holding youth accountable for their actions. I’m urging them to raise the age before the current legislative session expires in December. Concerned citizens should contact their state legislators and do the same. 

For more information on Raise the Age, please go to www.raisetheagemi.org.

Theodore “Ted” Nelson is a resident of Howard City. His 25-year career with the Michigan State Police included serving as a trooper in Detroit and investigating large-scale narcotic conspiracy cases. He also has 17 years experience teaching high school students at a career center. He is now a member of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, a nonprofit group of police and other law enforcement trying to improve the criminal justice system. You can see his full bio at https://lawenforcementactionpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Ted-Nelson2017.pdf.

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Extra patrols planned to help deter impaired driving 


Enforcement crackdown aims to reduce traffic crashes, fatalities, and injuries

Law enforcement officers from approximately 100 police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will make impaired driving a priority in Michigan during the enforcement crackdown which runs Oct.18 through Nov. 4. Officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and will focus attention on those counties with a high number of fatal crashes involving drugs and alcohol. 

 “October is an especially deadly time of year for alcohol and drug related crashes,” said Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) Director Michael L. Prince. “We want people to enjoy fall activities such as tailgating and Halloween parties in a safe, responsible manner. Motorists are advised to drive sober as officers will be conducting strict, stepped up enforcement to reduce traffic crashes, fatalities, and injuries.”

The month of October saw the third highest number of alcohol-involved fatal crashes in Michigan between 2011 and 2016, with 151 total. Only the months of August (167) and July (159) saw a higher number of fatal crashes. 

October was also the fourth highest month for the number of drug-involved fatal crashes in Michigan during the same six-year period, with 84 total. 

It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (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.

In Michigan, impaired driving represented 45.7 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2017. Overall, 359 people died in 2017 because of alcohol-involved traffic crashes, an increase from 274 in 2016. 

The impaired driving enforcement campaign is supported with federal traffic safety funds provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and coordinated by the OHSP.  

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State Police personnel deploy to Philadelphia to prepare for Hurricane Florence Response 

The hurricane is weakening as it approaches, and meteorologists at Accuweather.com believe that it may linger on the coastline. “As this happens, coastal areas will be bombarded with torrential rain, high winds, coastal erosion and storm surge, not for a few hours, but possibly for a couple of days. Photo from Accuweather.com.

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced that the state of Michigan is deploying a Michigan State Police (MSP) staff member to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III regional response coordination center in Philadelphia to provide support as an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) liaison between state and federal agencies. The deployment is occurring as a result of a request made for out-of-state support through the National Emergency Management Agency. 

“Our thoughts are with those bracing for Hurricane Florence’s landfall on the east coast,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “We’re pleased to respond to the call and provide emergency assistance to our eastern neighbors as they prepare for this intensifying storm.” 

As an EMAC liaison, the MSP personnel will gather and share resource request information with EMAC participating states and federal partners such as the FEMA, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

 “As the EMAC national coordinating state, our role is to closely track all resource requests coming from the east coast and work with our partnering states to fill any needs,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the MSP and State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. “Our staff is well trained and ready to help wherever there is a need.” 

The EMAC is an all hazards/all disciplines mutual aid compact between the states to provide consistent and coordinated response to emergencies and disasters across the nation. All costs associated with deploying resources under EMAC are paid for by the requesting state. 

Michigan has served as the EMAC national coordinating state since March 2018. In this role, the state is responsible for coordinating the deployment of resources such as personnel and equipment to member states for all emergencies or disasters in the nation. 

Since joining EMAC in 2002, Michigan has sent resources out-of-state several times, including response efforts for Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005, severe flooding in Minnesota in 2009, Hurricane Irene in New York in 2011, Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey in 2012, Hurricane Irma in Florida in 2017 and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017.

Consumers Energy is also ready to send assistance to help with the predicted one million power outages Florence could inflict. In late August, Consumers Energy received restoration help from more than 300 electric workers in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and other parts of Michigan after a series of storms over a week’s time knocked out power to more than 270,000 customers.

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Decrease in traffic fatalities over holiday

The Michigan State Police (MSP) announced that preliminary reports indicate 11 people lost their lives in 11 separate traffic crashes during the 2018 Labor Day holiday weekend. During the 2017 Labor Day holiday weekend, 10 traffic crashes resulted in 15 deaths.

Restraint use was unknown in four of the fatal crashes, two fatal crashes involved alcohol and three crashes involved both pedestrians and a bicyclist. One of the fatal crashes over the weekend also involved a motorcyclist where helmet use was unknown.

“These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the MSP as of 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018,” stated Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel, State Services Bureau. “Even though there was a slight decrease in fatalities over the weekend, there are still 11 families that did not get to enjoy the holiday weekend, instead, they are grieving the loss of a loved one. The MSP continues to urge motorists to make safe driving decisions by not operating a vehicle while impaired on alcohol or drugs, avoiding distractions and risky driving behaviors and to always use proper restraints.”

The 2018 Labor Day holiday weekend ran from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.

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