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MSP 133rd Trooper recruit school graduates


The 133rd Michigan State Police trooper recruit school graduated last week, adding 127 new troopers to their ranks. Courtesy photo.

Pledging to provide “Service With a Purpose,” 127 new Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers reported for work at MSP posts across the state this week after graduating from the 133rd Trooper Recruit School Thursday, November 30. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, administered the Oath of Office during the ceremony at the Lansing Center.

“These men and women have chosen a very rewarding career,” said graduation keynote speaker, Governor Rick Snyder. “We wish our newest troopers safety each day. Thank you for dedicating your life to serving and protecting the residents of our great state.”

In her address to the graduates, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said, “I know you chose this career to help people and to keep communities safe. Strive every day to make a positive impact in the lives of the citizens we serve.”

Tpr. Brendan Stanford was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at the ceremony. Other award recipients included Tpr. Andrew Bilbrey, who received the Academic Achievement Award; Tpr. Shane Hauff, who received the Team Building Award; and Tpr. Shaun Garvey, who received both the Marksmanship Award and Outstanding Performance Award.

Twenty of the graduates will serve in the Sixth District. Those assigned to the Rockford post include: Daniel Greeting, of Fremont; Scott Hilgeman, of Fruitport; James Pavwoski II, of Owosso; Matthew Slagter, of Dorr; and Brendan Stanford, of Washington, Iowa. Those assigned to Hart include: Conner Crutchfield, of Frankfort; David Dawson, of Niles; Andew Lindsay of Trenton; and Joseph Tafralian, of Novi. Those assigned to Mount Pleasant include: Dakota Kolo, of Houghton Lake; Nicholas Longuski, of Midland; and Jacqueline Pereyra, of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Those assigned to the Lakeview Post include: Jennifer Alway, of Ludington; Austin Brown, of Waterford; Zachary Darter, of St. Louis; Erron Morton, of Ann Arbor; Trevor Rogers of Blanchard; Kyle VanArman, of Parma; Autin Van Horn, of Greenville; and Austin Wolven, of Hudsonville.

The 133rd Trooper Recruit School began on June 4, 2017, when 160 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. For the past 26 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 community outreach and service, the recruits volunteered at Mt. Hope Elementary School, delivered meals for Meals on Wheels, worked in soup kitchens in Ingham County, sorted clothes at Upscale Resale Store in Lansing and exercised with students at Maple Valley High School in Vermontville.

The MSP is actively recruiting for a trooper recruit school anticipated to begin in January; interested
candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.

Including these new troopers, there are 1,244 troopers assigned statewide.

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Tips sought to help identify human remains found in 1994 


 

Artistic renderings released 

Investigators from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Alpena Post and the Alcona County Sheriff’s Department are seeking information from the public to help identify human remains found in Northern Michigan 23 years ago. 

A bow hunter discovered the human skeletal remains in October 1994 while walking in a wooded area off Bamfield Road, between Curtisville and Alcona Dam, in Alcona County. The Alcona County Sheriff’s Department was the lead investigating agency with the MSP crime lab assisting in the recovery of the remains from the scene. 

Michigan State University Anthropologists have determined the remains are that of a female 30-50 years old and approximately 4’ 7” to 5’ 6” tall. The woman was likely of European ancestry, commonly referred to as Caucasian, but no population group should be excluded. Evidence of a fracture to the skull indicates she may have experienced some type of trauma at or around the time of her death. The remains may have been in the wooded area for up to four years before being discovered. 

As DNA technology advanced, so has the investigation. A mitochondrial DNA sample was collected by scientists at the University of North Texas Health Science Center for Human Identification and a full DNA profile has been uploaded to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database. A case profile has been posted on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database at https://identifyus.org/en/cases/8371

Several artistic renderings have been done by forensic artists and are being released to help prompt tips from the public. The following techniques were used: 

First image (left) – Two-dimensional sketch completed by a MSP forensic artist. This was drawn in graphite and used anthropological landmarks on the skull to give a glimpse of what the woman may have looked like when alive. 

Second image (middle) – Digital rendering completed by a forensic artist from Louisiana State University’s Missing Persons Molecular and Medical Genetics Department. This technique was aided by a 3D scan of the skull. 

Third image (right) – 3D clay model of the skull completed by a FBI forensic artist. This technique is much like the two-dimensional approach, but uses clay applied to the cast skull. 

If you have a lead on who this person might be, please contact D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar, MSP Alpena Post, 989-354-4101 or Deputy Nathanael Leeseberg, Alcona County Sheriff’s Department, 989-724-6271. 

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State Police reports 10 fatalities over holiday weekend


The Michigan State Police (MSP) announced on Monday, November 27, that preliminary reports indicate 10 people lost their lives in 10 separate traffic crashes during the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, which is the same as the previous year. 

One of those was Christina Kent, of Cedar Springs. (See page one story.)

 “These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the MSP as of 11 a.m. today,” stated Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel, State Services Bureau. “The preliminary numbers show the same number of fatalities from this holiday period last year. The MSP continues to urge motorists not to drive while impaired, always use proper restraints and to make responsible driving decisions.” 

The 2017 Thanksgiving holiday weekend ran from 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. 

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, Canadian provinces, and the Virgin Islands. Beginning this year, Operation C.A.R.E. includes participation from police agencies affiliated with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as well. 

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Roadside drug testing pilot begins in five counties


From the Michigan State Police

In an effort to combat the dangers of drugged driving, five Michigan counties will participate in a one-year oral fluid roadside drug testing pilot program established by the Michigan State Police (MSP). The counties include Berrien, Delta, Kent, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties. 

The Preliminary Oral Fluid Analysis pilot program was established by Public Acts 242 and 243 of 2016. The pilot program will establish policies for the administration of roadside drug testing to determine whether an individual is operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance in violation of Michigan law. The one-year pilot program began on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.

Over the last several years, Michigan has seen a steady increase in fatal crashes involving drivers impaired by drugs. In 2016, there were 236 drug-involved traffic fatalities, which is an increase of 32 percent from 179 drug-involved traffic fatalities in 2015.

“Motorists under the influence of drugs pose a risk to themselves and others on the road,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “With drugged driving on the rise, law enforcement officers need an effective tool to assist in making these determinations during a traffic stop.”

The pilot counties were chosen based on several criteria, including the number of impaired driving crashes, impaired drivers arrested and trained Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) in the county.

DREs are police officers who have received highly specified training that allows them to identify drivers impaired by drugs. Although the pilot program is being organized and managed by the MSP, DREs employed by county, township and municipal police agencies will also be involved.

Under the pilot program, a DRE may require a person to submit to a preliminary oral fluid analysis to detect the presence of a controlled substance in the person’s body if they suspect the driver is impaired by drugs. The preliminary oral fluid analysis will be conducted by a DRE on the person’s oral fluid, obtained by mouth swab, and will be administered along with the drug recognition 12-step evaluation currently used by DREs. Refusal to submit to a preliminary oral fluid analysis upon lawful demand of a police officer is a civil infraction.

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Sparta man killed in crash on M-57


A Sparta man died early Wednesday morning after rolling his vehicle on M-57 in Courtland Township.

According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, the crash occurred on M-57 (14 Mile Rd) shortly after 6 a.m., November 1. The investigation showed that a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Vincent John Cooper, 20, of Sparta, was travelling eastbound on M-57 near Berrigan Ave. and attempted to overtake a semi-truck, also eastbound on M-57. The Impala drove off onto the left shoulder of the roadway, lost control, then spun back across the roadway before striking a curb on the right shoulder of the roadway, going into the ditch, and rolling multiple times.  

Cooper was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was not wearing his seatbelt and speed is believed to be a factor in the crash. 

The Michigan State Police were assisted at the scene by the Courtland Twp. Fire Department, Rockford Ambulance, and Kent County Road Commission.

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Woman killed in crash with semi


A woman died when she turned into the path of an oncoming semi in Courtland Township Tuesday. Photo from WOOD-TV 8.

A 77-year-old Grand Rapids woman died Tuesday, October 24, when her vehicle collided with a semi tractor in Courtland Township.

According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, the woman was traveling westbound on M-57 about 12:25 p.m. in a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, when she attempted to turn south on to Northland Drive and into the path of a Freightliner semi tractor traveling eastbound on M-57. The woman died at the scene as a result of injuries she sustained in the crash. Her name has not yet been released.

The driver of the semi, a 59-year-old Greenville man, was not injured.

Police said that neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash.

The Courtland Township Fire Department, Kent County Sheriff Department, and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene. 

Photo by Keith Coalter.

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State Police Detective Sergeant wins award


 

D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs helps bring closure to families with missing loved ones.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is pleased to announce D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs was selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as one of 40 law enforcement professionals from around the world, under the age of 40, who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to the profession of law enforcement. 

Krebs was chosen for the IACP 40 Under 40 Award for her efforts to find and identify lost and missing persons. She will be honored at the International Chiefs of Police Annual Conference in Philadelphia later this week. 

“The MSP prides itself in providing service with a purpose,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “D/Sergeant Krebs lives our mission and is passionate about helping the families of missing persons find closure. She played a significant role in developing our Missing Persons Coordination 

Unit (MPCU), which has led to the positive identification of more than 70 previously unidentified remains cases throughout the United States.” 

Krebs is credited with founding “Missing in Michigan,” an annual event which brings family members and law enforcement together to help resolve missing persons cases, as well as “ID the Missing,” a DNA collection program that assists in identifying previously unidentified human remains. 

She is also an accomplished forensic artist whose composite sketches have led to the identification of numerous wanted persons in major cases around the state. 

“Many families go years without answers as to where their loved one is,” said D/Sergeant Krebs. “Knowing I can help bring these families closure and peace of mind keeps me motivated. I view each day as another opportunity to provide relief to loved ones of the missing.” 

Krebs enlisted with the MSP in 2000, graduating as a member of the 119th Trooper Recruit School. Prior to being assigned to the MPCU of the Biometrics and Identification Division in Lansing, she served at posts and task forces in the metro Detroit area. 

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 28 


 

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 

MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day “Take-Back” effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, by serving as drop-off points for Michiganders to discard expired, unused and unwanted pills, which will be destroyed. No liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes will be accepted. 

“This is an excellent opportunity to take a look at the medicines that have collected in your medicine cabinet and properly dispose of something that could potentially be dangerous,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Opioid abuse is a serious public health and public safety issue here in Michigan and nationwide. We will do whatever we can to help decrease all too common prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses.” 

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year. During the one-day effort in April, MSP posts collected 597 pounds of prescription drugs. 

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Further, disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose safety and health hazards. 

Drop off unwanted medication at any MSP Post. Additional collection sites across the state can be found by going to www.dea.gov. 

Anyone who is unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays. 

Cedar Springs City Hall also has a bin to dispose of unwanted medications Monday through Thursday, during normal business hours.

 

 

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Motorcyclist dies in US-131 crash


A motorcyclist that ran into the back of a car on US-131 earlier this week did not survive his injuries.

The Michigan State Police responded to the crash, which occurred on Tuesday, September 12, shortly after 4 p.m. on the northbound side of the highway, in the construction zone, near Indian Lakes Rd.

A 53-year-old Ravenna man on a motorcycle reportedly struck a 2011 Subaru when the driver slowed for traffic. He was taken to Butterworth Hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

The driver of the Subaru, a 33-year-old Kent City woman, was not injured.

Algoma Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Angel Program starts at the Lakeview MSP Post


In an attempt to assist people struggling with addiction and reduce drug demand, the Michigan State Police (MSP) has now joined almost 200 police departments nation-wide in the Angel Program, a pre-arrest diversion program. The Angel Program allows someone with a drug addiction to walk into a state police post and seek help for their addiction, without the fear of arrest or investigation.

MSP has now expanded this program to the Lakeview Post. The post has recently trained Angel Volunteers to provide support and transportation for the participants. The Angel Volunteers assist post personnel in finding the appropriate treatment, and then transport the participant to the treatment.

Participants must not have active warrants, pending court action, or be a registered sex offender.  The participants must also arrive to the post voluntarily for treatment. If you are interested in learning more about the program, or if you are interested in becoming an Angel Volunteer, please contact the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post at 989-352-8444. The Lakeview Post provides service to Montcalm, Ionia, and Gratiot Counties.

The Angel Program is supported by P.A.A.R.I. (the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative) and the idea began in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 2015.  It is now available at state police posts across the Lower Peninsula. MSP plans to continue expansion across the state throughout 2017.

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