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Crystal man arrested in break in


Branden Miller

Branden Miller

A Montcalm County man was arrested on Thursday, December 31, and remains behind bars, for breaking into a family member’s home and damaging property.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, the call came in to Montcalm Central Distpatch at 9:34 p.m., December 31 (New Year’s eve). The caller, a 67-year-old Crystal woman, said that a family member, later identified as Branden Miller, 26, of Crystal, had broken into her home, in the 8000 block of East Sidney Road, in Crystal Township.

Police said the investigation showed that Miller was intoxicated and tried to find the woman’s car keys. When she tried to stop him, Miller shoved her to the floor, causing her to suffer some minor injuries. Police said that Miller took a bottle of alcohol from the home when he left, and went to a nearby home where he was apprehended without further incident.

Miller has been charged with First Degree Home Invasion and Malicious Destruction of Property Less than $200.00. He remains behind bars on a $5500.00 cash/surety bond.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted in the arrest by Carson City Police and the Michigan State Police.

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Be on lookout for suspicious activity


The Michigan State Police reminds you that homeland security starts with hometown security.

The public can assist law enforcement by being our eyes and ears—by being vigilant, observant, and reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement.

If you see something suspicious, you should immediately notify law enforcement. For emergencies, call 9-1-1.

In Michigan, non-emergency suspicious activity can be reported to the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center by phone at 1-855-MICHTIP (855-642-4847) or online at www.michigan.gov/michtip.

In large gatherings and populated places, be responsible for your personal safety. Make a mental note of emergency exits and locations of the nearest security personnel.

Indicators of Suspicious Activity

Michiganders should be on the lookout for indicators of suspicious activity that may include:

An unattended object or one that appears out of place, especially in crowded or public areas.

Individuals exhibiting strange or abnormal behavior.

A strong odor coming from a building or vehicle.

Someone entering or exiting blocked or unauthorized areas.

Individuals who quickly leave when seen or approached.

Someone tampering or interfering with surveillance cameras.

An overloaded vehicle or one that seems out of place.

Someone taking photos, videos or drawings of high-profile or highly populated buildings or structures.

Exposed wiring or other abnormalities.

Michiganders are reminded to be on the lookout for the seven signs of terrorism, which include surveillance, elicitation, tests of security, acquiring supplies, suspicious persons out of place, dry run/trial run, and deploying assets.

Active Shooter Guidance – Run, Hide, Fight

If you find yourself in an active shooter situation, you have three options: run, hide or fight.

Run if a safe path is available. Always try to escape or evacuate even if others insist on staying. Encourage others to leave with you, but do not let the indecision of others slow down your own effort to escape. Once you are out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 9-1-1.

If you cannot get out safely, find a place to hide. When hiding, turn out lights, remember to lock doors, and silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone.

As a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression, use improvised weapons, and fight.

Michigan Intelligence Operations Center (MIOC)

Located within the Michigan State Police, the MIOC operates 24/7 providing a critical link to all levels of government and the private sector in the sharing of critical information as it pertains to crimes, threats, and hazards.

Established in 2007, the MIOC is one of 78 fusion centers nationwide that exchange information and intelligence to fight crime and terrorism.

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Prosecutor rules Trooper justified in using deadly force

Travis Quay was killed by police in October after he shot an officer with a crossbow during an arrest.

Travis Quay was killed by police in October after he shot an officer with a crossbow during an arrest.

Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause ruled on Tuesday that the Michigan State Police Trooper who fatally shot a suspect, after the suspect shot another police officer with a crossbow, was justified in using deadly force.

On Friday October 9, Travis Lee Quay, 40, was shot and killed by Trooper Timothy Moreno, of the Michigan State Police, after Quay shot at officers with a cross bow, striking Montcalm County Deputy Michael Kotenko, while they were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for felonious assault on Quay at 8072 Townline Lake Rd., in Lakeview.

Krause said that in order to reach a legal opinion, she reviewed multiple reports from the Michigan State Police, Lakeview Police Department, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, an interview with Deputy Kotenko, the Montcalm County Medical examiner, crime scene photos, 911 dispatch recordings, a search warrant and two MSP Lab reports.

Krause explained the sequence of events:

The incident began when Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post investigated a felonious assault incident during the day on October 9, which occurred at the above address. The complainant in that incident, Timothy Schultz, reported that his neighbor, Travis Quay, accused him and his son, Kevin Schultz, of stealing his marihuana. Quay reportedly held Timothy at knife point. Timothy’s adult son, Levi Schultz, reported to troopers that he went to Quay’s residence to talk about the incident when Quay stabbed him in the arm with a pitchfork. Troopers attempted to contact Quay at his residence and were unsuccessful.  Troopers obtained a felony arrest warrant for Quay and entered Quay’s home but were unable to locate him.  They cleared the scene and requested Timothy to contact them if he saw Quay return home. That investigation is documented in MSP Lakeview Incident 64-7574-15.

Montcalm County Central Dispatch contacted Trooper Moreno on October 9 at approximately 11:15 p.m. and informed him that Travis Quay was home. Dispatch told Tpr. Moreno that the neighbor contacted them and provided the information. Dispatch briefed Tpr. Moreno of the earlier incident and the fact that Quay had a two-count felony warrant for his arrest.  Tpr. Moreno met with Deputies Kotenko and Wierda from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, and Officer Mack from the Lakeview Police Department at the Wesco in Lakeview. At that time they discussed the situation and then the four of them responded to Quay’s residence.

Tpr. Moreno and Deputy Kotenko went to the front door (west side) of the trailer home. Tpr. Moreno knocked on the door and Quay’s wife, Michelle Quay, answered. Tpr. Moreno advised Michelle that there was a felony arrest warrant for Quay. She told him that Quay was not home.  Tpr. Moreno made entry into the home with Deputy Kotenko entering behind him.  Under current law the police are legally justified to make entry into a residence when they have an arrest warrant.  Tpr. Moreno was to clear the left side of the residence as they entered while Deputy Kotenko was going to clear the right side of the residence.  As Tpr. Moreno entered the residence, he yelled out for Quay. Travis Quay was in the southwest corner of the kitchen (south or right side of the entry door) armed with a crossbow.  Tpr. Moreno was the first to spot Quay, as Kotenko was not fully inside yet.

As Tpr. Moreno saw Quay, and saw a large bow aimed at him, he ordered Quay to drop it as he started to reach for his firearm.  Deputy Kotenko was just inside now and starting his sweep of the right side when a loud thud was heard by Tpr. Moreno.  He knew Quay had fired but was not sure if he was hit, or another officer, or if it hit a wall.  Tpr. Moreno then heard a loud yell of pain come from Deputy Kotenko.  Quay had shot a crossbow bolt with a triple fixed blade broadhead, which struck Deputy Kotenko in his right side below his right arm and the arrow lodged in him.  In fear for his life and the life of the other officers on scene Tpr. Moreno returned fire at Quay.  Tpr. Moreno fired three shots in Quay’s direction, with one round hitting Quay in the upper left chest. Quay went to the floor face first, where Tpr. Moreno placed his hands in handcuffs behind his back. Three fired cartridge casings were found at the scene. Two fired bullets were found on the floor near Quay and one fired bullet was removed from Quay during the autopsy.

Quay was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel at 12:54 a.m.  Deputy Kotenko was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Aero med, where he underwent surgery to remove the crossbow bolt.

Other information gathered by the police includes that Quay, earlier that night, had made statements to others that he would not go back to jail.  He also specifically brought the crossbow back to his house that night from a friend’s house.  Another cross bow bolt with a broadhead tip and empty quiver were observed in close proximity to Quay on the southeast side of the kitchen.  A compound bow which had an arrow with broadhead nocked was located north of the entry door.  An open bow case was observed on the bed in the north bedroom.  An aluminum softball bat was found near the countertop/bar between the kitchen and living room east of the entry door.  Additionally, three paper bags of marihuana were also found in the living room.

The autopsy report listed the cause of death of Travis Quay as a gunshot wound of the chest. Toxicology reports listed his ethanol level as high as 0.19. He also tested positive for marihuana.

“As is the case in any fatal shooting, it is important to emphasize the purpose of this review.  It is not to determine whether the police officers could have or might have done something differently.  It is not whether, with the full benefit of hindsight, this tragic death could have been avoided.  Rather, the sole question to be answered is whether the death of Travis Quay was the result of a criminal act,” explained Krause.

“Based upon a review of the facts and the law, it is clear that Travis Quay presented an immediate danger of death or great bodily harm to Trooper Moreno, Deputy Kotenko and the other officers at the scene. As such, Trooper Moreno acted properly in self-defense.

“Trooper Moreno told Quay to drop the weapon. Instead of being arrested on the warrant, Quay fired at officers, striking Deputy Kotenko in his side with a crossbow bolt. Trooper Moreno, fearing for his own life and that of the other officers, fired three rounds in the direction of Quay.  One round struck him in the upper left chest, killing him. Under these circumstances, Trooper Moreno was justified in using deadly force against what would be perceived by any reasonable person as an imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.”

Trooper Timothy Moreno is a three year veteran with the Michigan State Police, and he is a lieutenant in the National Guard.

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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

Neil Eugene Endsley

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


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 


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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