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Train derailment mystery

Investigators Working to Solve 25-Year-Old Sabotage of Track That Led to Derailment of Amtrak’s Sunset Limited Passenger Train; $310,000 Reward Available

Amtrak’s Sunset Limited train derailed in rural
Arizona on October 9, 1995.

FBI Seeking Information on Train Derailment

If you have tips or information on the October 9, 1995 derailment of the Sunset Limited, visit tips.fbi.gov or call the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office at (623) 466-1999. A reward of up to $310,000 is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the crime.

Michael Lum was a student at Arizona State University when he learned that a train had mysteriously derailed in rural Arizona on October 9, 1995.

“I woke up and saw it on the news, and I went to class and we talked about it,” Lum recalled.

Twenty-five years later, Lum, a special agent in the Federal Protective Service, is on an FBI task force working to find anyone responsible for the derailment that killed the train conductor and injured dozens more. No one has been arrested, but the FBI continues to investigate.

Amtrak’s Sunset Limited was traveling from El Paso to Los Angeles when, while crossing a bridge, it ran over an altered track in a rural area 70 miles outside of Phoenix. Around 1:35 a.m., the train slowed down as it crossed the track, but momentum and the train’s weight sent it careening into a ravine, Lum said.

The conductor was thrown from the train and died. Of the 258 passengers on the train, 12 had serious injuries, and about 100 had minor injuries.

“There were young children and elderly people on board. Some of the victims said this really ruined their lives—they had PTSD, serious injuries,” Lum said. “These victims were deeply affected.”

The crash site was so rural that investigators and rescuers had a challenging time even reaching the passengers. Makeshift roads were built to get rescuers in and out of the area. And in an era before cell phones and GPS were common, rescue teams formed convoys so they wouldn’t get lost trying to find the victims.

Investigators at the scene at the time found a note claiming responsibility and expressing anti-government sentiment. But investigators have not yet found those responsible.

“This was just six months after the Oklahoma City bombing, it was fresh on everyone’s minds. People were on edge,” Lum said.

The passage of 25 years has not dampened the investigators’ resolve to find the truth. The public regularly calls with tips.

“We’re reexamining evidence with new technology, and the public continues to provide leads that we’re tracking down,” he said.

Lum emphasized that the investigative team is committed to getting justice for the victims, especially the family of the conductor who lost his life.

“The crew and passengers were just innocent people going about their lives. They were minding their own business, sleeping in the middle of the night,” Lum said. “We want to make sure anyone responsible has to answer for this crime.”

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A $10,000 reward offered for armed bank robber

The FBI’s Detroit Division, Grand Rapids Resident Agency, and the Kent County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate the subject responsible for an armed bank robbery in Cedar Springs.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this individual.

At approximately 5:55 p.m., on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, the robber entered the Chase Bank located at 7 South Main Street, Cedar Springs, Michigan, displayed a black semi-automatic handgun, jumped over the counter and demanded the employees give him access to the vault. While the robber kept employees at gunpoint, the bank manager opened the vault. The robber put the money into a black backpack and fled the bank on foot.

The subject is described as a black male in his twenties, approximately five feet nine to five feet eleven inches tall, wearing white tennis shoes, gray shorts, blue or purple hooded sweatshirt, blue face covering, and black and gray gloves.

Again, the FBI and Kent County Sheriff’s Department are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for this armed bank robbery. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Observer, (616) 774-2345, or share what they know at tips.fbi.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

The wanted poster can be found at: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2020-02-12.2631175467.

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Police seek info in Leppinks breaking and entering

The Leppinks Food Center in Stanton was broken in to between April 1-2.

Reward for info

Leppinks is offering a reward up to $5,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in the breaking and entering of their store in Stanton.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, Leppinks Food Center in Stanton was broken in to between the evening hours of Sunday, April 1, and the early morning hours of Monday, April 2. The suspects gained entry into the safe located in the office of the store and left with an undisclosed amount of money. 

Anyone that has any information regarding this crime is asked to please call the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post at (989) 352-8444.

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Reward offered for info in elderly woman’s homicide


On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Troopers from the Mt. Pleasant State Police Post responded to a report of a house fire at 1487 N. Lakola Rd, Ellsworth Twp, Lake County, Michigan.

Mt. Pleasant Troopers, Lake County Sheriff Deputies, MSP Fire Investigators and LeRoy Twp Fire department personnel responded to the fire. Human remains were located at the scene. An autopsy was conducted at Blodgett Hospital and the victim was positively identified as the homeowner, Evelyn Louise Ware, 79.  

The Lake County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled Ms. Ware’s death a homicide. Detectives from the MSP Mt. Pleasant Post, Hart Post, and 6th District Headquarters, along with investigators from the MSP Fire Investigation Unit continue to investigate.  

At this time the Michigan State Police is announcing that there is now up to a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. If you have information that could assist investigators, contact the MSP Mt. Pleasant Post at 989-773-5951 during business hours, or contact the Cadillac Area Silent Observer at 231-779-9215 or 1-800-528-8234. Tips submitted through the Cadillac Area Silent Observer, can be submitted anonymously. Tips can also be submitted through www.P3tips.com.

According to the Cadillac News, Ware was a former member of the Lake County Sheriff’s Posse and the former director of Pine River Schools Transportation. 

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Do you know who hit and killed Ryan Tsatsos?

Family of CMU student killed in hit-and-run makes desperate plea on 2nd anniversary, $10,000 reward offered

Two years after their son was killed in a Hit-and-Run accident, the Tsatsos family is making another plea for someone to come forward with information to help solve their case. 

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,500 cash reward and the Tsatsos family raised the amount by $7,500 for a total of $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the hit-and-run death of Ryan Tsatsos.

Just after midnight on Sunday morning, November 1, 2015, freshman Ryan Tsatsos, of Macomb, was hit by a vehicle while walking to his Central Michigan University residence hall in Mount Pleasant, Mich. 

The incident occurred on Crawford Road between Billabrail Street and Concourse Drive, south of the main campus. 

Police believe the vehicle is a dark metallic blue color. The vehicle could likely have front passenger side damage and potentially fender, windshield and hood damage.

If you have any info, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL (5245) or visit www.crimestoppersofflint.com and submit a tip. You can also download their mobile app.

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Reward for info on homicide


Alan Nelson

Alan Nelson

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post is continuing its investigation into the homicide of Alan Nelson, 80, of Sidney Township.

Nelson was found dead March 30, at his residence at 591 Nelson Dr, Sidney Township, which is on Nevins Lake, about four miles west of Stanton.

Investigators say the man died sometime between Sunday evening, March 29, and Monday morning, March 30. They reported that evidence at the scene indicates his death is a homicide. Other evidence shows Mr. Nelson’s house and three neighboring homes were broken into.

Detectives are processing through tips and leads that have been coming into the Lakeview Post.

The MSP crime lab is processing and analyzing both forensic and physical evidence that was collected at the scene, and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department continues to assist with the investigation.

The State Police Lakeview Post is asking the public for their continued assistance with helping to solve the homicide of Mr. Nelson. They have teamed up with Crime Stoppers of Mid-Michigan to assist in the investigation. Callers to Crime Stoppers will be eligible to receive reward money up to $1000 dollars for information leading investigators to the arrest of those responsible for the death of Mr. Nelson.

Crime Stoppers has call takers available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Anyone who has information and would like to receive the reward money is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (517) 483-7867.

Otherwise you can contact the Michigan State Lakeview Post at 989-352-8444, or Silent observer at 1-866-774-2345.

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Reward offered for info in armed robberies

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*N-Jewelry robbery 2166The Kent County Sheriff Department reported last week that The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation of two recent jewelry store robberies and has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in the armed robbery at Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry in Grand Rapids and Tapper’s Diamond and Fine Jewelry in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Tapper’s Diamond and Fine Jewelry has offered a $5,000 reward; the Kent County Silent Observer has offered a $1,000 reward and Crime Stoppers of Southeast Michigan has offered a $1,000 reward for a total of a $17,000.

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at approximately 12:29 p.m., four males wearing hooded sweatshirts covering their faces entered Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry to rob the store. At least one of the suspects was seen with a handgun. Shots were fired by employees at the robbers, and one was hit in the torso. The suspects then fled the store.

A few hours later, the same suspects robbed the Tapper’s Diamond and Fine Jewelry Store in West Bloomfield. Police compared the still photos and determined the clothing, bags, and the red and blue gloves are identical in both robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616-336-3113 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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Reward increased for info on hit and run death

N-SevignyIt’s been over three years now since Erica Sevigny, 26, of Sparta, was killed by a hit and run driver. And the reward for information leading to an arrest has just been increased.

Erica was on her way home from work at the Crazy Horse on 14 Mile Road on Saturday, April 3, when she swerved to avoid a deer on 14 Mile west of Pennington. She crashed her fiancee’s truck into a tree, but was unharmed. She got out of the truck and called police, and was on the phone with 911 when she was struck and killed by a hit and run driver just before midnight. Kent County Sheriff’s Department investigators believe that the suspect vehicle was traveling westbound on 14 Mile Road, and that it likely did not have a large amount of damage to the body.

The Kent County Sheriff Department has been actively working this case hoping to find the suspect(s) involved in this fatal hit and run death. The $5,000 reward that has been offered since Erica’s death has now been increased to $8,000 thanks to a $3,000 donation from a local business.

“Police have already received hundreds of tips but are still looking for good, crime-solving information regarding this case,” said Chris Cameron, of Silent Observer. “Friendships and loyalties can change or dissolve over time. Perhaps someone with knowledge of this tragic event will now no longer be afraid to come forward to tell authorities what they know.”

Silent Observer guarantees that those who report information about crime are anonymous and no one will ever try to learn their identity. Anyone with information about this tragic crime is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 632-6100 or Silent Observer at 774-2345. Silent Observer can be contacted confidentially by using the Report A Crime section on their website which is www.silentobserver.org. Or, download their mobile app and send a tip right from your smartphone.


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