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Drive sober or get pulled over


 

N-Sober-DrivingStepped up drunk driving patrols through Labor Day

No back-to-college checklist is complete without books, smart phones and backpacks. Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police are encouraging everyone to also add a safe, sober ride home after a party.

Stepped up drunk driving patrols began last weekend and last through Sept. 7. This period includes student move-in at many Michigan colleges and universities, as well as the Labor Day holiday weekend.

For some college students, the dangers associated with underage drinking include academic issues, health risks and criminal charges, as well as serious injury or death from traffic crashes. Michigan has a zero tolerance alcohol law for a driver under 21 years old. Strong awareness and enforcement efforts help reduce underage drinking by limiting opportunities and access to alcohol and decreasing impaired driving.

“Wrapping up the summer and starting the school year should be full of possibilities, not tragedy from preventable drunk driving crashes,” said Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director. “Be on notice: Michigan law enforcement officers will have extra patrols looking for drunk drivers and unbuckled motorists to help keep you and your family safe.”

During the 2014 Labor Day holiday period, five of the six fatal traffic crashes involved alcohol. In 2014, 319 people died in Michigan as a result of alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes, a 9 percent decrease from 2013.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will also include stepped up seat belt enforcement. Buckling up can reduce the risk of serious injury or death in a crash by 45 percent.

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 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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Murder suspect arrested 


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Alan Dale Nelson

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Alan Lee Morse

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post have arrested a suspect in the murder of Alan Dale Nelson, 80, of Sidney Township.

Nelson was was killed March 29, at his home on Nevins Lake, about four miles west of Stanton. Evidence at the scene showed that his home and several other homes nearby had been broken into.

Police arrested Alan Lee Morse, 48, Stanton, for the murder.

Morse was incarcerated at the Montcalm County Jail on unrelated charges of Home Invasion and Possession of Child Sexually Explicit Material.

He was arraigned in the 64B District Court on Friday, July 17, on charges of Homicide–Open Murder, Homicide–Felony Murder, Home Invasion-1st Degree, Weapons-Felony Firearm, Home Invasion 2nd Degree (2 Counts), Weapons-Firearms-Larceny, Weapons-Felony Firearm, authorized by the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Greenville Department of Public Safety assisted with the investigation.

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Newaygo man killed in crash with ambulance


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A multi-vehicle accident on M-37 Wednesday involving an ambulance resulted in one person dead and five others injured.

According to information released by the Michigan State Police, a Life EMS ambulance was headed southbound on M-37 between 15 Mile and Phelps about noon Wednesday, July 1, and northbound traffic began slowing down. Douglas Lee Westra, 63, of Newaygo, was traveling northbound, and tried to avoid the traffic slowing in front of him, and went off the roadway, where he lost control in the gravel, and went back out on to the road, where he collided with the ambulance. The impact knocked his vehicle into a third vehicle.

Westra was pronounced dead at the scene. Five others were also injured and transported to the hospital by AeroMed and Life EMS ambulance. Their injuries are unknown at this time.

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Rockford area kids triathlon


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The 11th Annual Rockford Area Kids Triathlon is set to be held on Saturday July 11, 2015 at the Rockford North Middle School.  Races will start at 9:00 a.m. and participants should arrive an hour before race time.

This is a swim/bike/run event for children age 2-17 sponsored by the Rockford Public Safety, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, and the Michigan State Police. The purpose of the Kids Triathlon is not only to promote physical fitness to our children, but to give them positive alternatives to drugs and alcohol through athletic competition.

Every participant will receive a t-shirt, medal, and participation certificate. The top three boys and girls in each age group will receive a trophy. The cost of this race is $20.00 and all proceeds from this event will benefit the Michigan Special Olympics.

The following is a list of races, start times, age groups and the distances they will be performing in:

RACE APPROX. 

START TIME

AGE SWIM BIKE RUN
A 9:00am 16-17 400 yds 6 miles 3 miles
A 9:00am 14-15 400 yds 6 miles 3 miles
B 10:00am 12-13 200 yds 4 miles 2 miles
C 10:30am 10-11 200 yds 4 miles 2 miles
D 11:00am 8-9 100 yds 2 miles 1 mile
E 11:30am 6-7 100 yds 2 miles 1 mile
F 12:00pm 0-5 1 length 100 yds 100 yds

Awards will be presented at approximately 12:45pm.

For any questions or to register for this race please contact F/Lt Kevin Sweeney of the Michigan State Police at 517-719-1195 or by email at sweeneyk@michigan.gov

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Man honored for saving boy’s life


Tpr Tim Cruttenden (Lakeview Post – Investigating Officer), Mr. Drew Trudell (employee of Mr. Hansen’s) Mr. Kenneth Hansen, Mr. Brian Hansen (employee of Mr. Hansen and brother to Kenneth)  and F/Lt Kevin Sweeney (Lakeview Post Commander).

Tpr Tim Cruttenden (Lakeview Post – Investigating Officer), Mr. Drew Trudell (employee of Mr. Hansen’s) Mr. Kenneth Hansen, Mr. Brian Hansen (employee of Mr. Hansen and brother to Kenneth) and F/Lt Kevin Sweeney (Lakeview Post Commander).

On June 3, 2015, the Michigan State Police (MSP) recognized Mr. Kenneth Hansen, of Crystal, with a Distinguished Citizen award for his heroic actions in saving the life of a child during a dog attack.

On May 4, 2015, while working at a construction site in Seville Township, about 5:10 p.m., Mr. Hansen and his work crew heard the screams of a child at a nearby residence.

The child, an 8-year-old boy, went over to visit his step-grandmother. He was familiar with the dogs there, four rottweilers, which were in a fenced in back yard of the residence. As the child walked into the back yard, one dog began barking at him. Another dog knocked the child down and the four dogs attacked him.

It was then that Hansen heard the screams, and saw the four dogs attacking the boy. He jumped over the fence and carried the child to safety inside the house, even with the dogs continuing to bite at the child. The boy suffered 22 bite wounds, and was treated at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and released that evening.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the actions of Mr. Hansen saved the life of this child,” stated F/Lt Kevin Sweeney, commander of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post. “Mr. Hansen knowingly, and without hesitation, put himself in harm’s way to save the life of another.”

The recognition was given to him in front of his work crew, at a job site in Oakfield Township.

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Muskegon River task force keeps violators in line


 

A law enforcement task force made up of multiple agencies will help keep things safe and peaceful on the Muskegon River in Newaygo County this summer.

Last summer, the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan State Police, and the Newaygo Police Department to create a Muskegon River Multi Agency Enforcement Task for increased presence and enforcement on the Muskegon River. The task force was created in response to complaints on the river including trespassing, disorderly conduct, underage drinking, littering, and other violations of the law.

The task force allows more resources and personnel to be assigned to enforcement on the Muskegon River. They also created a “River Watch” program to utilize homeowners along the river and volunteers to assist in spotting law violators on the river, and reporting to enforcement officers patrolling the river.

They have been working with community members, livery owners, the County Board of Commissioners, the City of Newaygo, and the townships along the river to put the project together. Their goal is to change the culture of the river and expectations of those that use the river.

The Muskegon River is approximately 40 miles long, from Croton Dam to Maple Island Road, in Newaygo County. The enforcement plan calls for more patrol craft on the river, as well as patrol cars on the river corridor.

“We have deputies, conservation officers, and police officers working on the river in patrol boats,” said Newaygo County Sheriff Pat Hedlund. “In addition, the Michigan State Police and the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office are patrolling roads along the Muskegon River. These officers will be proactively looking for people who are violating laws regarding trespassing, indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, drunk driving, drugs, underage drinking, and other violations.”

During the summer of 2014, police made 234 traffic stops along the river corridor and at river access sites. They issued 276 traffic citations. There were 136 total arrests and/or appearance citations on the river. Overall, officers gave 322 verbal warnings where citations could have been issued but were not.

There will be upwards of five patrol boats on the water each weekend all summer long. Each boat will have two officers on board. The officers in boats are from the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, the DNR, and the Newaygo Police Department.

“We want people to have fun and enjoy themselves, but we also want people to know that we will enforce the law in order to protect people and property,” Hedlund said.

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Michigan celebrates 15 years of life-saving seat belt law 


 

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For the first time, federally funded seat belt enforcement efforts will take place in all 83 Michigan counties to help jump start an increase in seat belt use and reduce traffic deaths and injuries.  Starting May 18 through May 31, police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will conduct stepped up seat belt enforcement as part of the annual Click It Or Ticket campaign.

The enhanced effort coincides with the 15th year since Michigan adopted a law allowing law enforcement officers to stop motorists for not being buckled up.  According to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 2,659 lives have been saved since the law began in 2000, as a result of substantially higher belt use.  States with primary enforcement laws have higher rates of seat belt use.

“The life-saving properties of a seat belt are well established yet some motorists continue to risk more than a $65 ticket by not buckling up,” said Michael L. Prince, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director.  “To help promote seat belt use, law enforcement officers will conduct dedicated seat belt enforcement in every corner of the state.”

Research shows when seat belts are used properly, the risk of being killed in a crash is reduced by nearly 45 percent. However the state’s seat belt use rate has fallen in recent years from a high of 98 percent in 2009 to 93 percent last year.  Every 1 percent increase in belt use results in approximately 10 fewer traffic deaths and 130 fewer injuries.

During last year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement, 7,767 seat belt and car seat citations were issued. Twenty people were killed in traffic crashes during the 2014 Memorial Day holiday.  Of those, seven were motorcyclists and nine were vehicle occupants, one of whom was not wearing a seat belt.

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.

OHSP coordinates the Click It Or Ticket effort.  Grant-funded seat belt enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.

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More than 500 drunk drivers arrested 


 

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Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police in 26 counties made 532 arrests for drunk driving during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign March 17-April 7. Of those arrested, 78 were charged under the state’s high blood alcohol content (BAC) law with a BAC of .17 or higher.

“Enforcement efforts like this save lives by putting extra police officers on the road to stop and arrest impaired drivers,” said Michael L. Prince, Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director. “During this campaign, these officers removed 500 impaired drivers from our roads who otherwise might have gone undetected.”

During the crackdown, officers also issued 682 citations for driving with a suspended license, 653 citations for uninsured motorists and made 350 drug arrests.

Two of the drunk driving arrests in Cass County were a result of law enforcement officers observing dangerous behavior:  crossing the center lane and disregarding a flashing red light. Law enforcement officers in Washtenaw County determined a driver was impaired by drugs, and found several bottles of prescription medication in the vehicle.

OHSP coordinated the enforcement effort, which was supported with federal funds, in 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.

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.

Grant-funded impaired driving enforcement is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.

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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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Alan Nelson

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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