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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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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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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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