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Troopers graduate from trooper recruit school


N-MSP-grads-webMichigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue announced Monday that Michigan citizens will soon benefit from the services of 82 new troopers following the graduation of the 126th Trooper Recruit School. Governor Rick Snyder served as the keynote speaker at the May 30th ceremony.

“Michigan is committed to public safety and I am confident that the graduates of the Michigan State Police 126th Trooper Recruit School will uphold the highest standards as they protect our families,” Snyder said.

“We’re proud to salute our newest troopers and thank them for their courage, dedication and professionalism. We wish them all long, safe and fulfilling careers in the service of our great state.”

“Graduates as you accept the honor of becoming a Michigan State Police trooper, I ask that you embrace and appreciate the department’s 97-year tradition of providing service with excellence, integrity and courtesy,” stated Etue. “The department demands and the public deserves nothing less than your very best performance every day. You have a mission to serve and protect, and I expect you to keep sacred the public’s trust in you and in the department.”

Tpr. Steven Schutter, who was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits, spoke on behalf of the graduating class. Other award recipients included Tpr. Timothy Madison who received the Team Building

Award and Outstanding Performance Award, Tpr. Brett Brice who received the Marksmanship Award and Tpr. Joel Perkins who received the Academic Achievement Award.

The 126th Trooper Recruit School began on Jan. 5, when 115 prospective troopers reported to the MSP Training Academy. For the past 21 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.

New this year, as part of the department’s commitment to “Providing Service With A Purpose,” the recruits participated in community outreach projects with the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing and at a YMCA camp in Williamston.

Graduating recruits will report to their respective MSP posts across the state for duty next week. Recruits from our area who graduated include Trooper William Pitsch, of Rockford, who will be stationed at the Gaylord Post; Trooper Dennis Nauta, of Greenville, who will be stationed at Lakeview; and Trooper Blake Bitner, also of Greenville, who will be stationed at Mt. Pleasant.

In the Sixth Districet, the Rockford Post welcomes Trooper Timothy O’Neill, of Metamora and Trooper Elizabeth Wickersham, of Rogers City. Besides Trooper Nauta, the Lakeview Post welcomes Trooper Timothy Moreno, of Taylor; Trooper Dharmesh Patel, of Dallas, Texas; and Steven Schutter, of Coldwater. Besides Trooper Bitner, the Mount Pleasant Post welcomes Trooper Benjamin Crooks, of Kendall; Trooper Dana Mattice II, of Gladwin; and Trooper William Schneider, of Eaton Rapids. The Hart Post welcomes Trooper Leanne de Waal Malefyt, of Hudsonville; Trooper Phillip Moore, of Macomb Township; Trooper Scott Shattuck Jr., of Lyons; and Trooper Kenneth Vander Laan, of Grand Rapids.

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 starts June 8.

 

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Traffic crashes and fatalities up in 2013


Drug-involved, truck-involved and bicyclist deaths on the rise

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For the second year in a row, traffic deaths increased in Michigan, fueled in part by increases in bicyclist, drug, and commercial motor vehicle (CMV)-involved deaths, according to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Criminal Justice Information Center.

Although the state has experienced significant decreases in traffic crashes over the past decade, from 391,486 in 2003 to 289,061 in 2013, fatalities increased 2 percent from 936 in 2012 to 951.

The biggest jumps occurred in drug-involved fatalities, which increased 22 percent from 135 in 2012 to 165 in 2013; bicyclist deaths, which increased 35 percent, from 20 in 2012 to 27 in 2013; and CMV-involved fatalities, which increased 18 percent, from 80 in 2012 to 94 in 2013.

“Michigan’s 2013 statistics mimic national trends,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, MSP director. “In recent years there has been an upswing across the country in fatalities involving large trucks, bicyclists, pedestrians and impaired driving.”

Despite an overall increase in traffic fatalities, teen fatalities, ages 13-19, fell for the second year with 69 deaths in 2013 compared to 85 in 2012.  In addition, young driver-involved deaths, ages 16-20, declined 5 percent from 142 in 2012 to 135 in 2013.

In other areas:

Cell phone-involved crashes decreased 8 percent, from 748 in 2012 to 689 in 2013. Cell phone-involved fatal crashes decreased from 8 in 2012 to 4 in 2013.  (Michigan cannot track crashes involving texting specifically.)

Pedestrian fatalities increased 9 percent, from 137 in 2012 to 149 in 2013.

The number of crashes involving deer increased 1 percent, from 48,918 in 2012 to 49,205 in 2013, and deer-involved fatalities increased by 50 percent from 8 deaths in 2012 to 12 in 2013.

Injuries increased 1 percent, from 70,519 in 2012 to 71,031 in 2013.

Alcohol-involved traffic deaths increased 1 percent, from 281 in 2012 to 284 in 2013.

Motorcyclist fatalities decreased 1 percent, from 129 in 2012 to 128 in 2013.

NOTE:  Additional 2013 crash information will be posted to Michigantrafficcrashfacts.org in the coming months.  Check frequently for updates. Information regarding crashes can be found at Michigan.gov/crash.

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Semi crash closes freeway


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N-MSP-logoTwo semi truck drivers escaped with only minor injuries after both rigs jack-knifed on US131 Wednesday morning.

According to the Michigan State Police at Lakeview, the accident occurred shortly after 5 a.m. on March 18, on US131 southbound south of Pierson Road.

The investigation found that a semi-truck pulling a trailer had pulled to the right shoulder with some mechanical issues, and no rear facing lights on the trailer. A second semi-truck was traveling south and was forced to the shoulder to avoid a collision with a passenger car. In the attempt to avoid the passenger car, the semi struck the rear of the parked semi-truck and trailer. Both drivers were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The freeway was shut down for several hours. Clean-up of the two jack-knifed semi-trucks was extensive, as well as the clean-up of the fuel that had leaked.

Police said alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

The accident was investigated by MSP with the assistance of Sand Lake and Cedar Springs Fire Departments.

 

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Greenville man dies in crash


sw-iconThe Michigan State Police at Lakeview are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on March 16, 2014 at 10:25 am at the intersection of M-46 and Youngman Rd, Cato Township.

A 2001 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling north on Youngman Rd. and failed to stop at the stop sign at M-46, and collided with an eastbound 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The HHR was driven by 54-year-old Daniel Devore, of Lakeview, who received minor injuries.

The driver of the Malibu, Calby Hunter, 72, of Greenville, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt. His passenger, Peter Nielsen, 58, of Coral, was taken to Kelsey Memorial Hospital in Lakeview for non-life threatening injuries. Both Nielsen and Devore were wearing seatbelts.

State troopers were assisted by the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Lakeview District Fire Department, Montcalm County Ambulance and Montcalm county EMS Alpha 5.

State troopers are continuing to investigate the incident. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor at this time. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact the MSP at 989-352-8444.

 

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Shoppers’ credit card data stolen at grocery store


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If you’ve shopped at the Carson Village Market recently, you might want to pay special attention to your credit card bill.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and the Carson City Police Department reported Monday that they have received a large number of calls from shoppers who have found that their credit card information was fraudulently used to make purchases at retailers in southeast Michigan and the Detroit area. All of the victims reported making credit card purchases within the past few weeks at the Carson Village Market, 10715 E. Carson City Road, Bloomer Township.

The store, located west of Carson City, confirmed that their local server was compromised by hackers and that their IT service has stopped the unauthorized access. A store representative said that proper security measures have been put in place and customers are no longer at risk.

Deputies are working with the Carson City Police Department and the Michigan State Police to assist the victims and attempt to locate the unknown offenders. At this time, over a dozen victims have been identified, with at least eight reports being made to the Carson City Police Department, nine to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, and others to other area agencies. Any additional victims should report it to their financial institution, and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at 989-831-3500 or local police.

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Lakeview MSP post shares highlights of 2013


N-MSP-logoThe Michigan State Police Lakeview Post would like to share some of its accomplishments and successes from 2013. The Lakeview post serves the counties of Montcalm, Gratiot, and Ionia.

In 2013, the post welcomed four new Troopers, three new Sergeants, one new canine handler, one new Lieutenant, and one new Chaplain.

Additionally, Troopers from the post handled 11,196 calls for service; of these 740 were alcohol or drug related. The post has 2,130 Registered Sex Offenders living in the post area with a 99 percent compliance rate. There are 11,310 inmates residing in the prisons located in St. Louis, Carson City, and Ionia. MSP handles all criminal investigations associated with these prisons. Troopers and Detectives were successful in helping to break up three large groups responsible for many residential and commercial break-ins in the post area. Troopers gave 11 presentations at local senior centers and church groups on elderly safety and not becoming a victim of fraud.

As part of the department’s Strategic Plan, the post implemented a new traffic safety initiative to address aggressive driving, distracted drivers, speed, and seatbelt use. These traffic safety concerns were impacting the local communities on US-127, US-131, I-96, and M-66.

The MSP is continuing to hire new troopers. Earlier this year, the department unveiled a new recruiting campaign, ‘ENFORCE, INVESTIGATE and SERVE,’ aimed at attracting candidates interested in a career with the MSP. The new recruiting campaign highlights the training and qualities every recruit must possess in order to enforce, investigate, and serve as a State Trooper. Interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.

The MSP is committed to providing ‘Service with a Purpose’ to communities statewide. For non-emergency MSP service 24/7, call 1-800-525-5555. Connect with us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MichiganStatePolice, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MichStatePolice or visit our website at www.Michigan.gov/MSP.

 

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Three arrested for operating meth lab


 

Police descended on a meth lab in Greenville Sunday morning, January 19. Photo courtesy of Woodtv.com.

Police descended on a meth lab in Greenville Sunday morning, January 19. Photo courtesy of Woodtv.com.

The Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) and the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post investigated a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory in the City of Greenville on Sunday, January 19.

MSP Lakeview troopers responded to the scene in an attempt to arrest the homeowner on an outstanding warrant and investigate the reports of illegal activity taking place at the residence. When troopers from the Lakeview Post attempted to make contact with the residents, they refused to answer the door. The residence was secured and a search warrant was obtained.

The Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team responded to the scene. After a brief standoff, the occupants of the residence exited and were arrested. CMET then responded and a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was removed from the residence.

Arrested was John Vogl, 43; Cassaundra Kidder, 22; and a 17 year old male. All were arrested and lodged at the Montcalm County Jail on methamphetamine related charges.

CMET was assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, Greenville Department of Public Safety, and the Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team.  CMET is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force operating in Montcalm, Newaygo, Mecosta and Ionia County. CMET consists of detectives from the Michigan State Police, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Ionia County Sheriff’s Department, Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department, Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department, Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and Ferris State University Department of Public Safety.

This investigation continues and anyone with information can contact Silent Observer or CMET at 1-800-342-0406.

 

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Howard City man arrested for child abuse


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Sean Robert Griffin

A 26-year-old Howard City man was arrested last week on child abuse charges involving a 13-month old child.

The baby’s mother took the baby to Gerber Hospital in Fremont after seeing injuries the baby girl had sustained while in the mother’s boyfriend’s care. The Michigan State Police were then called to Gerber Hospital.

The baby reportedly suffered three broken ribs and bruising, which doctors identified as abuse.

The suspect was identified as Sean Robert Griffin, of Howard City. He was arraigned on a charge of first degree child abuse, a felony.

 

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Michigan State Police names officers of the year


Trooper of the Year

D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar

D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that D/Sgt. Jennifer Pintar of the Alpena Post is the 2013 recipient of the Dr. Carl A. Gerstacker Trooper of the Year Award. Pintar received the award at a special ceremony in Lansing last week.

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.

“Detective Sergeant Pintar’s exemplary work performance, leadership skills and extensive community involvement make her an excellent choice for this year’s Trooper of the Year award,” stated Etue.

A 17-year veteran of the department, Pintar is known for her extensive knowledge in law enforcement and her advanced training expertise. She has completed homicide investigation training, Medical Legal Death Investigation School, Basic Detective School, Scan Investigative School and Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation School.

She has taken a leadership role in multiple work and community-related programs. She is well-known for her efforts with Iosco PRIDE, a program that brings anti-drug, alcohol and bullying messages to school and community groups. She has received national recognition for her efforts and the program has been ranked first and second in national competitions.

Motor Carrier of the Year

MC Ofcr. Alan Oosterbaan

MC Ofcr. Alan Oosterbaan

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that MC Ofcr. Alan Oosterbaan of the Coldwater Post is the recipient of the 2013 Motor Carrier Officer of the Year Award. Oosterbaan received the award at a special ceremony in Lansing last week.

The Motor Carrier Officer of the Year award, sponsored by the Michigan Trucking Association since 1985, 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 Oosterbaan’s dedication and knowledge in commercial vehicle enforcement makes him an excellent selection to receive this honor,” Etue said. “He exceeds expectations and delivers excellent service to citizens, while on and off the job.”

Oosterbaan is known for his outstanding work performance, knowledge and training. He serves as a field training officer responsible for guiding incoming officers and is a tactical combat casualty care instructor. He has completed advanced training in his area of expertise including Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and stolen commercial vehicle identification training.

Oosterbaan graduated from the 17th Motor Carrier Recruit School in November 2011. He was first assigned to the Jackson Post and then transferred to the Coldwater Post in 2012. He is currently assigned to the MSP Fifth District Hometown Security Team in southwest Michigan.

Oosterbaan is a veteran of the Army National Guard, where he served as a combat medic. He served one tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009, with the 1431st Engineering Company of Calumet.

Oosterbaan is a graduate of Unity Christian School in Hudsonville and Lansing Community College, where he earned an associate’s degree in fire science/emergency medical science.

Civilian of the year

Ms. Teresa Rucinski

Ms. Teresa Rucinski

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that Ms. Teresa Rucinski of the MSP Alpena Post is the 2013 recipient of the Floyd R. Bell Jr. Civilian of the Year Award. Rucinski received the award at a special ceremony last week in Lansing.

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.

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.

“Ms. Rucinski’s dedication and commitment both at work and in her personal life exemplify the department’s goal of providing service with a purpose, making her a natural choice for the Civilian of the Year award,” said Etue.

Rucinski is an eight-year member of the department and a 21-year state employee. In her current role as secretary of the Alpena Post, she is known for her dedication, professionalism, efficiency, interpersonal skills, positive attitude and outstanding work ethic.

In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Rucinski willingly volunteers her time to assist with planning events such as Project Blue Light, Stuff a Blue Goose and Trunk or Treat.

In her free time, Rucinski is active in Relay for Life and the Zonta Walks for Women, which benefits breast cancer patients in her local area. Additionally, on several occasions she has donated her hair for chemotherapy patients through Locks of Love. To date, she has donated a total of 76 inches.

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State police warn of telephone scam


 

Troopers from The Michigan State Police, Mt. Pleasant Post, were notified of a telephone scam where citizens have received telephone calls where the caller identified themselves as drug agents. The caller notified the resident that there are drug agents with an arrest warrant on their way to their house to arrest them on drug charges. The caller mentioned fines, as much as $100,000. Caller ID indicated that the calls are originating, or are given the appearance of originating, out of the state of Texas. It appeared that the caller was trying to scam the citizen out of money.

Law Enforcement will not call and ask for money. An Internet search of the telephone number listed many similar bogus calls. If you receive similar calls, HANG UP. Do not give out personal information, credit card information, etc.

 

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