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Howard City man arrested for child abuse


Sean Robert Griffin

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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State police reminds citizens to use caution after ice storm


The Michigan State Police reminds everyone to use extreme caution as recovery efforts continue after a weekend ice storm caused power outages and downed trees and power lines.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) continue to work with local emergency management partners to ensure communities have all the resources they need to respond and recover.

“This weekend’s ice storm has severely impacted our communities,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy

Winter-road-Katie-TrollaState Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD.

“We are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the public health and safety of Michigan citizens.”

Power Outage Safety

Below are some reminders on staying safe during a power outage:

·  Stay at least 25 feet from any downed lines and assume that every line is “live” and dangerous.

·  If clearing trees or limbs, make certain they are not in contact with a power line. Trees and branches can conduct electricity and electrocute you on contact.

·  Do not call 911 to ask about the power outage. Report outages to your utility company.

·  Never run a generator indoors. Ensure it is outside and far away from windows or any other area where exhaust can vent back into a living area. Carbon monoxide can cause injury or death.

·  Have an emergency preparedness kit ready with supplies to last three days per person (e.g., food, water, first aid kit, hand-crank flashlight and radio, extra clothing and blankets).

·  Check on elderly and disabled neighbors to ensure they are safe.

·  Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.

·  Use extreme caution when driving. If traffic signals are out, treat each signal as a stop sign. Come to a complete stop at every intersection and look before you proceed.

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Man arrested after leading police on chase


Adam Rittersdorf

Adam Rittersdorf

A  man is in jail on multiple charges after driving away in a vehicle that didn’t belong to him and leading police on a chase across northeastern Kent County.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officers Chad Potts and Jerry Wineland were checking the city Tuesday evening, about 6:47 p.m., for a vehicle that had been stolen in Solon Township. They had heard from The Kent County Sheriff Department that it was a Venture van, and had been stolen from the Auto Zone store on 17 Mile within the hour. It had been left running while the driver was in the store.

The Cedar Springs Police spotted the van in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates, but when they activated their lights, the driver fled. They pursued the vehicle at moderate speeds over snow-covered roads, until they lost him near 14 Mile and Podunk.

Other police agencies had been converging on the area and within a minute or two, the Michigan State Police were again in pursuit of the stolen vehicle.  Officers from Cedar Springs were able to set up and deploy a spike strip as the vehicle headed south on Podunk Ave just north of 14 Mile Road.  The spike strip deflated two passenger side tires causing the driver to run off the roadway and into a yard on Podunk Avenue south of 14 Mile Road.

Officers from the Michigan State Police arrested the driver a short distance from the vehicle.

The man, Adam Lee Rittersdorf, 30, was arraigned in 63rd District Court Wednesday on charges of fleeing a police officer, third degree; resisting/obstructing a police officer; unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle; driving on a suspended or revoked license—second or subsequent offense; and he has holds on him from another jurisdiction for several other charges. He is also being charged as a habitual offender, 4th offense. Bond was set at $10,000.

 

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Warning: Con artists using new tricks


State Police offers tips for avoiding scams 

 

The Michigan State Police reminds residents that scams can take many different forms. If the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Or, more recently, there are threats of arrest if IRS bills aren’t taken care of.

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.

In a new twist, scammers are posing as MSP members advising that they will be arrested if they do not send an IRS payment over the phone by supplying vital personal information and credit card. A number of residents are advising that they have received such calls. The MSP and IRS will never contact you over your phone and demand payment, or threaten arrest if funds are not sent.

To avoid becoming a scam victim:

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.).

Use a reliable source, such as the phone book, to confirm the contact’s phone number or e-mail.

Report any suspicious contacts to police.

 

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Michigan State Police Adds 12 Canine Teams


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Replacement Canine School Graduates

Replacement Canine School Graduates

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce that Michigan citizens will soon benefit from the services of 12 canine teams, including eight new teams and four replacement teams, who graduated from the MSP 2013 Basic Canine School.

This graduating class brings the total number of MSP canine teams to 49, which is an historic high for the department. The MSP Canine Unit responds to approximately 5,600 calls annually making it one of the largest and busiest in the country.

The Basic Canine School is a 14-week intense training program conducted in-house by veteran MSP Canine Unit members. The handlers and their canines covered more than 100 miles on foot during the training, which covered subjects including tracking, narcotics detection, building search, area search, property search, obedience and aggression. Additionally, the handlers received more than 100 hours of classroom instruction.

These teams will join other Canine Unit team members who are strategically placed throughout the state for calls for service. The unit also provides services in explosive detection, accelerant detection, cadaver detection and the tactical entry dog program, which provides services to the MSP Emergency Support Team.

The MSP Canine Unit was established in 1960. All of the unit’s canines are German shepherds due to the breed’s ability to handle the various functions and stress with intelligent problem-solving abilities and a high work drive. The MSP’s canines retire to their handler or another loving person’s home after working eight years.

A replacement team is where a veteran handler trains with a new partner to replace a retiring canine. The four recently retired canines reside with their handlers.

The last Basic Canine School graduation was in August 2012 when five new teams graduated.

The graduates include:

Basic Canine School Graduates

Tpr. Bryon Bierema, Hank, Fifth District Headquarters

Tpr. Ben Bordner, Smoke, Eighth District Headquarters

Tpr. Kyle Kelley, Bach, Seventh District Headquarters;

Tpr. Denis McGuckin, Jax, Tri-City Post

Tpr. Jereme Miller, Dakota, Coldwater Post

Tpr. Nolan Przybylo, Hondo, Metro Post

Tpr. Michael Sinke, Murph, Fifth District Headquarters

Tpr. Benjamin Sonstrom, Otto, Second District Headquarters

 

Replacement Canine School Graduates

Tpr. Michael Bush, Shep, Rockford Post

Tpr. Kris Mikowski, Ammo, Cadillac Post

Tpr. Joel Service, Pitch, Niles Post

Tpr. John Sholtz, Enzo, Lapeer Post

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Simple precautions promote safe and fun holiday shopping


 

From the Michigan State Police

 

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post reminds holiday shoppers that following a few safety precautions can help this season remain fun for all.

“A primary factor in crime prevention is being aware of your surroundings and potential areas of danger,” stated Trooper Keith Disselkoen of the Lakeview Post. “By staying alert and following a few safety tips, most holiday crimes can be avoided.”

Mall shopping safety tips:

Avoid shopping alone. Use the buddy system whenever possible.

Park in well-lit, well-trafficked areas.  Always lock your vehicle and put away any valuables.

Have your keys in hand before exiting the shopping area and returning to your vehicle.

Do not keep packages in plain view in your vehicle; keep packages in the trunk of your car or covered by a blanket.

Be alert, pay attention to your surroundings and move with a purpose; don’t dally.

Carry your purse close to your body. If at all possible, do not bring a purse. Keep your wallet in a front or zipped pocket.

Do not carry large amounts of cash. Bring just one credit or debit card.

Do not count cash in open areas, especially after leaving an ATM machine.

Remain vigilant of your environment by paying close attention to where you are and knowing what you would do if something happened.

Remember where you are located within buildings and where the nearest emergency exit is.

If you see something suspicious, immediately notify law enforcement.

Online shopping safety tips:

Shop only on Internet sites of companies you know and trust.

Only use secure Web sites. To determine if a web site is secure, look for a key or closed padlock at the bottom browser window and a URL that begins with “https,” not just “http.”

Protect your personal information. Read the retailer’s Web site privacy policy and never provide your Social Security number, birth date or mother’s maiden name.

Ensure your computer has the latest anti-virus software installed before shopping online.

Beware of E-mails offering cut-rate prices on popular items; if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

 

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Sixty-five recruits become State Troopers


N-MSP-TRP-Class-Photo-webMichigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue announced that Michigan citizens will soon benefit from the services of 65 new MSP troopers following the graduation of the 125th Trooper Recruit School. Governor Rick Snyder served as the keynote speaker at this afternoon’s ceremony.

“We’re so proud of the men and women devoting their careers to public safety,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Today’s graduates will play a critical role in making our communities and neighborhoods safer for our families. Our Michigan State Police are an elite force. We thank our newest troopers for their commitment, dedication and professionalism in service to all Michiganders.”

“Graduates as you accept the honor of becoming a Michigan State Police trooper, I ask that you embrace and appreciate the department’s 96-year tradition of providing service with excellence, integrity and courtesy,” stated Etue. “The department demands and the public deserves your best every day. In everything you do, make it your goal to provide service with a purpose to the citizens of our state.”

Tpr. Donald Pisha, who was elected Class Orator by his fellow recruits, spoke on behalf of the graduating class. Other award recipients included Tpr. Brennan Brophy who received the Team Building Award, Tpr. Mark Carroll who received the Marksmanship Award and Tpr. Jason Coon who received the Academic Achievement Award and Outstanding Performance Award.

The 125th Trooper Recruit School began on May 12, when 80 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. Graduating recruits were assigned to MSP work sites across the state and will report to their respective posts for duty next week.

Trooper Roger Craig, of Greenville, has been assigned to the Metro Post in Oak Park, MI, on the southeast side of the state. The Rockford Post will welcome three new troopers: Tpr. Eric Brogger, of Allegan, Tpr. Brandon Golden of Wyoming, and Tpr. Lucas Van’t Hof of Holland. The Lakeview Post welcomes Tpr. Aaron McCormick of Marysville.

Of the 65 graduating recruits, 64 have continued their education with college studies, 14 have served in the United States Military and 12 have prior law enforcement experience.

Sgt. Kandyce Herr was the recruit school commander. 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.

The 126th Trooper Recruit School is set to begin early next year and an additional trooper recruit school is anticipated in late 2014. Interested candidates should visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs for more information on how to apply.

As of Sept. 14, 2013, there were 903 at-post troopers stationed at 29 posts across Michigan.

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Man hit by car while rescuing dog


 

A Big Rapids man lost his life last week while trying to rescue a dog in Reynolds Township.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the incident occurred on Thursday, October 3, about 9:29 p.m. They said that Morris Zerlaut, 63 was attempting to cross M-46, near Edgar Road, to retrieve a dog that had escaped from a nearby home, when he was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by a 27-year-old male. The victim was eventually transported via Aeromed to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Upon arrival at the hospital the victim was pronounced dead.

Police said that seatbelts were worn and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.

The Howard City Police Department and members from the Reynolds Township Fire Department, the Montcalm County EMS, and Rescue all assisted at the scene.

 

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