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State Police warns of telephone scam


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The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post would like to remind citizens to never provide personal information via email, telephone, and/or social media.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post have received several calls from citizens advising they have received unsolicited calls from unknown subjects advising citizens that they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service.  The unknown callers are advising citizens that they have warrants for their arrest and to meet them at specified locations with money or they will be subject to arrest.

The IRS advises if you receive contact of this nature and suspect the caller is not an IRS employee:  1) Ask the caller for their name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available.  2)  Call 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with legitimate need to contact you. If the person calling you is an IRS employee, call them back. If not, report the incident to the IRS at 1-800-366-4484.

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State Police employees honored for dedication and service 


 

Trooper, Motor Carrier Officer and Civilian of the Year recognized 

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year, Motor Carrier Officer of the Year and Floyd R. Bell Jr. Civilian of the Year awards. They received the awards at a special ceremony in Lansing on January 26.

Trooper of the Year 

Trooper Matthew Kiser

Trooper Matthew Kiser

Trooper Matthew Kiser of the Metro North Post, a 20-year veteran of the department, was named Trooper of the Year.

The Gerstacker Award recognizes the MSP trooper or sergeant who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and a concern for giving back to their community. The late Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker, former chairman of Dow Chemical Company, created the award in 1961.

Kiser is a two-time recipient of the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award, recognized for excelling in looking past the traffic stop to identify serious crimes and close investigations with felony arrests. He is highly regarded by his fellow troopers because of his valuable expertise in narcotics investigations and tactical situations.

“Trooper Kiser’s exemplary work performance, extensive community involvement and leadership skills make him an excellent choice for Trooper of the Year,” said Etue. “We truly thank him for two decades of service with a purpose.”

Kiser has been instrumental in several MSP community initiatives, including Stuff a Blue Goose and Special Olympics Field Day. He also participates in programs at local schools and gives presentations for Families Against Narcotics in Oakland County.

Kiser enlisted with the department in 1996, graduating as a member of the 114th Trooper Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Metro North Post, he has served at the Sandusky and Detroit posts. Kiser served in the United States Navy from 1989 to 1994.

Motor Carrier Officer of the Year

Motor Carrier Officer Daniel Priebe

Motor Carrier Officer Daniel Priebe

Motor Carrier Officer Daniel Priebe of the Lakeview Post, a 17-year veteran of the department, was named Motor Carrier Officer of the Year.

The Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award recognizes the MSP motor carrier officer who symbolizes outstanding professional ethics, dedication to duty and concern for giving back to their community.

“Motor Carrier Officer Priebe is known for his enthusiasm and effectiveness. When he sees a need, he takes action,” said Etue. “His reputation of outstanding work performance, commercial vehicle enforcement knowledge and commitment to service make him an excellent choice for the Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award.”

Priebe took it upon himself to host an annual farmers’ forum after identifying a need to get vital information to farmers in his post area. The first forum had 13 attendees and in just six years it grew to include more than 150 participants.

Priebe displays a positive image while on duty and is also very involved in his community, striving to form new relationships there as well. For example, Priebe connected with a local trucking company, who also leads an organization that builds and delivers bikes to kids, and enlisted fellow co-workers to assemble and deliver bikes before Christmas. He now participates in and attends the delivery every year.

He also makes time to coach a number of youth sports and serve as a referee for an indoor soccer league, and routinely gives presentations for new commercial drivers about what they can expect at weigh stations and during traffic stops.

Priebe enlisted with the MSP in 2001, graduating as a member of the 13th Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School. Prior to serving at the Lakeview Post, he has served at the Ionia and Newaygo posts. He served in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 1992.

Civilian of the Year 

Mr. Brian McEachern

Mr. Brian McEachern

Mr. Brian McEachern of the MSP Intelligence Operations Division, a nearly 25-year veteran of the department, has been named Civilian of the Year. McEachern is currently a departmental supervisor at the Negaunee Regional Communication Center.

The MSP Civilian of the Year Award is named in honor of the late Floyd R. Bell Jr., a 42-year employee of the MSP, who continuously demonstrated commitment and dedication to the department and his community.

“Mr. McEachern is a true leader and an asset to both our department and his community,” said Etue. “His undying dedication and caring spirit for all he is involved in makes him an obvious choice for the Civilian of the Year Award.”

McEachern’s management style can be seen in the peer-led quality assurance team he developed. His approach has allowed for many improvements and boosted morale among co-workers.

Mentoring holds a special place in his heart because McEachern understands that successful leaders are developed. He enjoys showing co-workers not only how to complete the job, but to be proud doing it.

Outside of work, McEachern leads a youth development program and is deeply committed to his diocese, where he is training to become a permanent deacon. He organized what has become an annual community event to feed several hundred people in need, provides school supplies for children and spends time with the Shriners to get children where they need to go for vital medical treatment.

McEachern started with the department in 1992. He attended an accelerated college program earning a bachelor’s degree from Kaplan University within one year and with the highest distinction—Summa Cum Laude.

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MSP motor carrier officers join forces to fight human trafficking 


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Michigan State Police (MSP) motor carrier officers are teaming up with officers from neighboring states to raise awareness of human trafficking Jan. 23 – 27, 2017.

The MSP, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Indiana State Police have once again partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to educate motorists about the signs of human trafficking and to enforce laws that crack down on traffickers.

“The goal of this week-long tristate human trafficking initiative is to raise awareness and educate those 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 (CVED). “These individuals are a force multiplier that can act as the eyes and ears of Michigan’s highways.”

Michigan first partnered with TAT in 2015, and has since been recognized as one of three states that have fully implemented their awareness program.

To report trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733. As of Oct. 28, 2016 the NHTRC hotline had received 669 calls and identified 190 possible cases of human trafficking in Michigan.

For more information about TAT, visit http://truckersagainsttrafficking.org.

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MSP Troopers recognized for outstanding patrol and investigative efforts


Troopers that win the Mapes award have the first opportunity to drive the new special edition black and gold patrol cars, painted to resemble the MSP’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

Troopers that win the Mapes award have the first opportunity to drive the new special edition black and gold patrol cars, painted to resemble the MSP’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is pleased to announce that several troopers from the Rockford, Lakeview, and Mount Pleasant MSP Posts are recipients of the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award. They were recognized at a ceremony in Lansing on Jan. 11, 2017.

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 2017 Col. Sam Mapes Award recipients are:

Trooper Cory Zimmerman

Trooper Cory Zimmerman

Trooper Jim Yeager

Trooper Jim Yeager

Trooper Ben Stadler

Trooper Ben Stadler

Lakeview Post:

Trooper Ben Stadler, with five years at Lakeview

Trooper Jim Yeager, with 23 years at Lakeview

Trooper Cory Zimmerman, with five years at Lakeview.

Mount Pleasant Post: (no photos available)

Trooper Dillard Hayes, at Mount Pleasant 1-1/2 years

Trooper Michael Zeilinger, at Mount Pleasant six years

Trooper Brent Haag, at Mount Pleasant two years

Rockford Post: (no photos available)

Tpr. Chris Boven

Tpr. Jordan Lohman

Tpr. James Luttrull

Tpr. Adam Keasler

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.

In addition, top award recipients have the first opportunity to drive special edition black and gold patrol cars, which were recently added to the MSP patrol fleet in honor of the department’s 100th Anniversary. Fifty fully equipped 2016 Dodge Chargers are painted to resemble MSP’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

For more information about the MSP’s 100th Anniversary, visit www.michigan.gov/MSP or follow the conversation on social media using #MSP100.

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MSP seeks information in hit-and-run crash 


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The Michigan State Police Rockford Post is seeking information regarding a suspect vehicle in a hit-and-run crash that occurred at approximately 6 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2017.

According to police, two pedestrians were struck and injured by a vehicle on Giles Road near the intersection of Peterson Road in Laketon Township, Muskegon County. The vehicle, which fled east on Giles Road from the scene, was described as a red pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet, with the tailgate either down or missing. The crash caused the vehicle’s passenger side mirror to break off and it was left at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this vehicle or the identity of its occupants is asked to call the Rockford Post at 616-866-4411.

Tips may also be submitted to Silent Observer at www.silentobservermuskegon.com by texting MKGTIP to 274637 or by calling 231-72-CRIME.

 

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Black and Gold Patrol Cars Coming to MSP


 

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Fifty special edition black and gold patrol cars joined the Michigan State Police (MSP) patrol fleet this week in honor of the department’s 100th Anniversary. The fully equipped 2016 Dodge Chargers are painted to resemble the department’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

The 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car was one of the department’s first patrol cars and is the oldest vehicle in the department’s historical fleet. This unique patrol car had a siren that ran off of the fan belt and a radio that was “receive only.”

N-MSP-1937-Ford-Model-74The MSP used black and gold patrol cars until 1954 when Commissioner Joseph A. Childs changed the department’s patrol cars from black and gold to the bright shade of blue that remains the standard today.

“These black patrol cars with their distinctive gold striping and 100th Anniversary door shield are a throwback to our past and one of the ways in which we are ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Service’ this year,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Because we are known for our ‘Blue Goose,’ we expect these black patrol cars to turn heads when drivers see them on Michigan roads and at events, providing us with opportunities to talk about our centennial and interact positively with the citizens we serve and protect.”

Each of the MSP’s 30 posts will receive at least one 100th Anniversary patrol car for use on general patrol and at community events.

These patrol cars were purchased as part of the department’s annual fleet replacement so no additional money was expended for them, nor is there an additional cost to purchase a black car versus a blue car.

These 100th Anniversary patrol cars will remain in the department’s fleet until they reach their maximum mileage and must be replaced, like any other patrol car.

For more information about the MSP’s 100th Anniversary, visit www.michigan.gov/MSP or follow the conversation on social media using #MSP100.

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Greenville man arrested for child sexually abusive activity


Craig Alan Albright

Craig Alan Albright

Investigation involves the exploitation of minor children 

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of 55-year-old Craig Alan Albright, of Greenville.

Albright was investigated after the MSP ICAC received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). On Dec. 8, 2016, a search warrant was executed at Albright’s home. Evidence was recovered that connected Albright with child sexually abusive activity and material at his home.

An arrest warrant was obtained and Albright turned himself into the Montcalm County Jail on Jan. 9, 2017.

Albright has been arraigned on the charges issued by the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office. They include Child Sexually Abusive Activity, Child Sexually Abusive Material (Possession) and Using a Computer to Commit a Crime.

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MSP 131st Trooper Recruit School Graduates 


 

Forty-one become State Police Troopers, debut new Campaign hats 

n-msp-grads-131-trooper-recruit-gradsForty-one new Michigan State Police (MSP) troopers reported for work at MSP posts across the state last week following graduation from the 131st Trooper Recruit School on December 22. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, administered the Oath of Office during the ceremony at the Lansing Center.

“As these new troopers travel home to be with their loved ones for the holidays, they can leave proud knowing 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 safety each and every day and hope they enjoy long and rewarding careers serving and protecting the residents of our great state.”

Troopers are wearing MSP’s new Campaign hats, a nod to what enforcement members wore until the early 1920s.

Troopers are wearing MSP’s new Campaign hats, a nod to what enforcement members wore until the early 1920s.

Today’s graduation ceremony also marks the debut of MSP’s new Campaign hats, a nod to what enforcement members wore until the early 1920s. All active enforcement members were given the opportunity to vote on whether the department should make the uniform change for its 100th Anniversary, which will be celebrated across the state throughout 2017. All active enforcement members began wearing the hats on Dec. 22.

In her address to the graduates, MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said, “You have joined the MSP family at a very exciting time. As our newest troopers and the last recruit school to graduate in 2016, you are now part of our department’s history and you will help determine its future. I expect you to do what’s right, to do your best and to treat others the way you want to be treated. In everything you do, I ask that you provide ‘Service With a Purpose.’”

Tpr. Thomas Gladney III was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits and spoke on behalf of the graduating class at the ceremony. Other award recipients included Tpr. Brett Nichols, who received the Academic Achievement Award and Team Building Award; Tpr. Trevor Baesch, who received the Marksmanship Award; and Tpr. Antonio Palmer, who received the Outstanding Performance Award.

Troopers assigned to the Sixth District Rockford Post include Ross Crofoot, of Freeland; Aaron Damstra, of Byron Center; and Jared Orban, of Suttons Bay.

Troopers assigned to Lakeview include Paul Fry, of Roseville; Daniel Hickey, of Lake George; and Anthony Marcelin, of Queens, New York.

The 131st Trooper Recruit School began on July 17, when 50 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. For the past 23 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 community outreach projects in which they donated food to the City Rescue Mission of Lansing and packaged food for Capital Area Community Services.

The 131st Trooper Recruit School is the third of four trooper recruit schools this year, as well as a motor carrier officer recruit school. The

21st Motor Carrier Officer Recruit School started August 28, 2016 and will graduate January 6, 2017. The 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.

Including these troopers, there are currently 1,065 troopers assigned statewide.

 

 

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Drive sober or get pulled over


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From Dec. 15, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017, officers from police departments, Sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will step up drunk driving enforcement across the state as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. There were 17 traffic fatalities during the 2015 Christmas and 2015/2016 New Year’s holidays. Alcohol is believed to be involved in seven of the fatal crashes. This holiday, don’t drive if you’re Tipsy, Buzzed, or Blitzen. Get a sober ride or call a cab.

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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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