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Woman injured in rollover crash


 

A Solon Township woman suffered serious injuries when she rolled her car early Sunday morning, November 29,  in Cannon Township.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Chad Potts, the woman, identified as Tommi Danorder, 37, of Solon Township, was driving her 2000 Ford Taurus northbound on Wolverine Boulevard, south of 10 Mile, about 6:11 a.m., when she lost control and struck the median. Her vehicle rolled several times, before coming to rest on its roof in the southbound lanes of Wolverine.

She was taken to Butterworth Hospital with serious injuries.

There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Assisting at the scene was Rockford Fire, Rockford Ambulance, Rockford Police, and the Michigan State Police.

Police said she was a wearing seatbelt, but alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

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Greenville man charged in road rage incident


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Neil Eugene Endsley

A 58-year-old Greenville man was arraigned on several charges Tuesday, after pointing a gun at another motorist Monday, November 30, in a road rage incident in Isabella County.

According to the Michigan State Police in Mount Pleasant, the incident occurred on US127, north of E. Rosebush Rd, in Isabella Township, Isabella County.

They said that a 33-year-old man from Farwell, Michigan, was traveling northbound on US127, when the suspect vehicle blocked him from passing, so he flashed his lights at the suspect vehicle. The two vehicles continued northbound, and as the victim proceeded to pass, he saw the suspect point a handgun at him. The victim backed off, and reported the incident to the Isabella County Central Dispatch. The information was then forwarded to the Clare County Dispatch to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle.

Troopers located the suspect in Clare County and made a traffic stop, with the assistance of the Clare County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation showed the suspect was legally carrying a .40 caliber handgun. He was then arrested and lodged in the Isabella County jail on a charge of felonious assault.

The suspect, identified as Neil Eugene Endsley, 58, of Greenville, was arraigned on Tuesday, December 2 in Isabella County Trial Court on charges of felonious assault with a dangerous weapon, felony firearm, and reckless driving.

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Deputy shot while arresting suspect


 

suspect Travis Lee Quay

suspect Travis Lee Quay

A Montcalm County man was shot and killed by police Friday, after he shot another police officer with a crossbow during an arrest.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, officers from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, and City of Lakeview Police Department were in the process of serving an arrest warrant for felonious assault on a 40-year-old male, at a home in Cato Township, Montcalm County, on Friday, October 9. While in the process of making the arrest, the suspect shot at the officers with a crossbow, striking a Montcalm County deputy.  An MSP trooper returned fire, striking the suspect at least once.

The deputy was flown by Aero med to Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus, where he underwent surgery, and remains in stable condition.

The suspect, Travis Lee Quay, 40, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He reportedly was being arrested by for an assault on a neighbor the day before.

According to an official statement by the MSP, State Police personnel are required to follow strict guidelines in the discharge of weapons. MSP policy permits officers to point or discharge a firearm in self-defense or defense of another when he or she reasonably believes there is imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.

An investigation of this incident is currently underway by the Michigan State Police 6th District Special Investigations Section.

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Domestic Violence: Equal Opportunity Destroyer


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By Mary Kuhlman, Michigan News Connection

It’s often a hidden problem, but domestic violence occurs in Michigan homes more often than some may realize.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October is being used to highlight misconceptions about domestic violence. As a social worker with the National Association of Social Workers in Michigan, Erica Schmittdiel has seen the face of domestic violence and she says it never looks the same twice.

According to Schmittdiel, domsetic violence happens regardless of gender, age, race or economic and educational background.

“Domestic violence is an equal opportunity destroyer, and there are no boundaries,” she says. “Whether you have a PhD or a GED, you can be the victim or you can be a perpetrator.”
Schmittdiel says a common misconception is that a victim can simply walk away from an abuser, but a victim often feels a need to stay for children, out of a fear of retaliation or does not have adequate resources to get away. An estimated one-in-four women, and one-in-seven men, will be a victim of partner violence in their lifetime.
Domestic violence isn’t always physical. Schmittdiel says there are other tactics a person can use to control another person, including emotional abuse, sexual violence and economic abuse.
“Maybe they’re telling the other partner they can’t work or they’re taking the partner’s paycheck if that person does work,” she says. “We see a lot of using children. ‘If you leave me I’ll file for custody, I’ll get the kids or I’ll call Children’s Protective Services on you.’”

Another myth, says Schmittdiel, is that alcohol or drugs can cause abusive behaviors. But she contends abuse is a choice and it is not out of the control of the perpetrator.

“They need the support that our shelter and other shelters in Michigan provide,” she says. “Unfortunately, our shelter has been very full, as well as other shelters across the state. That is really unfortunate for people that are ready to leave.”
Schmittdiel works at MSU Safe Place in East Lansing, which provides emergency shelter, counseling and safety planning for survivors of violence. She says having a place to stay is one of the biggest needs of victims, but there is not enough space in the county’s two domestic violence shelters.

Here in Kent County, if you need immediate assistance, call 911.

If you need an emergency shelter and supportive services, contact the YWCA at 616-451-2744 or Safe Haven Ministries at 616-452-6664. You can also visit www.stopkentviolence.org, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

Data from the Michigan State Police shows over 93,000 domestic violence offenses were reported in 2013.

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More than 300 arrested for drunk driving 


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Officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and Michigan State Police posts across the state arrested 351 drunk drivers and issued 2,630 seat belt and child restraint citations during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown. The stepped up drunk driving and seat belt enforcement began Aug. 21 and ran through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

“To enhance safety and reduce traffic fatalities, Michigan law enforcement officers have zero tolerance for motorists who fail to wear a seat belt, and they are experts at finding drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol,” said Michael L. Prince, Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) director. “Motorists were warned to drive sober or get pulled over, and more than 300 drivers failed to heed that advice.”

Preliminary reports also indicate officers made 152 drug arrests and 41 felony arrests during the nearly three-week effort. Of the 351 arrests for drunk driving, 57 persons had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .17 percent or higher.

Law enforcement officers in Branch County stopped a vehicle for motorist seat belt violation and found the passengers had open intoxicants as well as outstanding arrest warrants.  A driver stopped for not wearing a seat belt in Wayne County had a BAC of .21. A motorcyclist arrested for operating while intoxicated in Clinton County had 11 prior drunk driving arrests.

According to preliminary reports, there were 13 traffic fatalities during the 2015 Labor Day holiday period. Three of those deaths involved alcohol and five vehicle occupants were not buckled up. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday period, five of the six fatal traffic crashes involved alcohol.

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 was supported with federal traffic safety funds coordinated by OHSP.  Grant-funded impaired driving and seat belt enforcement are part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.

 

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Trooper receives MADD award


Trooper James Tompkins, pictured left, of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post received the MADD award.

Trooper James Tompkins, pictured left, of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post received the MADD award.

Trooper James Tompkins of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post received the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) award for “Outstanding Trooper,” at a ceremony held at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, on September 23.

MSP Lt. Colonel Richard Arnold, who presented the award to Tpr. Tompkins, remarked that Tpr. Tompkins has a strong passion for taking drunk drivers off the streets, and has led the Lakeview Post in arrests for the past four years. Tpr. Tompkins again led the Lakeview Post with 39 arrests for drunk driving.

According the 2014 MSP Drunk Driving Audit, there were 134 alcohol involved crashes, and 266 OWI arrests, in the three counties that make up the Lakeview Post area—Montcalm, Gratiot, and Ionia.

“Drunk and impaired driving remains a serious threat, and a zero tolerance approach will continue to be taken by Tpr. Tompkins and his colleagues,” commented F/Lt. Kevin Sweeney, Lakeview Post Commander.

MADD is in its 35 year of combating drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, and supporting the victims of these crimes.

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Vendors arrested at flea market


 

Hundreds of people attend the Burley Park flea market, in Howard City, on summer holidays. Patrons who attended the flea market this past Labor Day got a little extra excitement while shopping for bargains.

Detectives from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Sixth District Tobacco Tax Enforcement Team were inspecting the Burley Park Flea Market in Howard City, on Monday, September 7, when they discovered several vendors selling counterfeit purses, perfume and headphones.

Over 400 items were seized, including counterfeit Beats headphones and MK purses. The goods were valued at approximately $10,000. Two of these vendors were arrested and their inventory of goods seized.

One of the suspects fled on foot from the scene, but was captured by troopers.

Detectives determined the two suspects had traveled to the yearly event from Chicago. The two men, ages 17 and 19, were lodged on felony charges at the Montcalm County Jail.

“Intellectual property crimes are not victimless crimes because they threaten legitimate Michigan businesses and commerce,” the MSP said in a news release on the crime.

For more information on intellectual property crimes, visit the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at www.iprcenter.gov.

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State Police investigate credit card fraud


 

The Michigan State Police and the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office are investigating reports of fraudulent credit card activity. Numerous Ionia County residents’ credit card information appears to have been compromised. The investigation is ongoing, but investigators believe the credit card information may have been compromised at pay at the pump gas pumps in the Ionia area.

The Michigan State Police and the Ionia County Sheriff’s office strongly encourage citizens that have used pay at the pump gas pumps to closely monitor their bank statements and report and fraudulent purchases to their local law enforcement.

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Warning: new phone scam


 

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post would like to notify residents that a new scam has been reported involving persons posing as members of the Department of Treasury and the IRS, claiming there is a criminal law suit against you or you are being charged with tax fraud.

Scams can take many forms, but citizens should know that the Department of Treasury or the IRS will never call you to notify you that you are being charged in a criminal matter.

Most scams involve obtaining a victim’s personal information under false pretenses. The scammer usually portrays a sense of urgency, pretending to be an official of a legitimate organization to fool a victim into providing personal information or money.

  • To avoid becoming a victim of a scam:
  • Do not give personal information to unknown callers.
  • Do not respond to unsolicited e-mails from unknown senders.
  • Confirm the identity of a contact by independently speaking with the identified source (your bank, credit card company, government agency, etc.)
  • Ask for a call-back name and number and then use a reliable source, such as the phone book or Google search, to confirm the contact’s phone number or e-mail.
  • Report any suspicious contacts to police.

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Trooper receives Cormier award


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Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that Lt. Patrick Lawrence, commander of the MSP Aviation Unit, was awarded the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Robert L. Cormier Award on Friday, July 17 at the ALEA National Conference in Houston.

The ALEA Robert L. Cormier Award recognizes an individual or individuals whose personal efforts or actions have perpetuated the professionalism and advancement of airborne law enforcement in public service. It acknowledges activities during any period of time, including lifetime achievement.

“The MSP Aviation Unit is an essential service because it provides support to all Michigan law enforcement agencies,” said Etue. “Lieutenant Lawrence is well-deserving of this award. He is an incredible asset to the department and his dedication has made our Aviation Unit stronger and more effective in keeping the citizens of Michigan safe while also increasing officer safety for law enforcement statewide.”

As a 20-year member of the MSP, Lawrence has served in the Aviation Unit for the last 16 years. He is a fixed-wing and rotor-wing instructor. Most recently he is credited with developing the training program for the department’s new tactical flight officer program.

Lawrence played an active role in the department’s purchase and authorization to fly an Unmanned Aircraft System, which established the MSP one of the first police agencies in the nation to successfully obtain statewide flight authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration for law enforcement missions.

Lawrence enlisted with the department in 1994, graduating as a member of the 110th Trooper Recruit School. He was assigned to the Caro Post and transferred to the Aviation Unit in 1999. Lawrence has also served with the Michigan National Guard as a pilot for 30 years.

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