Archived 2010 News Releases

Wedneday, December 29, 2010 - Scaffolding Collaapses

On December 28, 2010 the Emmet County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of scaffolding collapsing and people trapped at the construction site of the new fire/rescue/maintenance building at the Pellston Regional Airport. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin the incident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. It appears workers had erected scaffolding and were preparing to build a block wall prior to the collapse. Lee David Syckle, a 61 year old Prudenville resident, was transported to Northern Michigan Hospital by Allied EMS for injuries. Syckle was later pronounced dead at Northern Michigan Hospital. Syckle was working for Grand Traverse Construction as a mason. DeVere Construction is providing the construction management at the site. Responders included Pellston Fire, Pellston Airport Personnel, Allied EMS, ARFF, and Emmet County Sheriff's Office Victims Services Unit.

The accident remains under investigation by MIOSHA.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - SHERIFF WALLIN STRESSES SNOWMOBILE SAFETY

Due to the early onset of winter conditions this year Sheriff Wallin reminds snowmobile riders to take extra precautions on the new fallen snow. Because it can take two weeks or more of below freezing temperatures for the ice on lakes, streams and ponds to freeze thick enough to support a snowmobile Sheriff Wallin urges riders to stay off the ice.

Further safety tips from Sheriff Wallin

* Always keep your machine in top mechanical condition.
* Always wear insulated boots and protective clothing, including a helmet, gloves and eye protection.
* Never ride alone.
* Avoid, when possible crossing frozen bodies of water.
* Always be alert to avoid fences and low strung wires.
* Never operate your snowmobile on a street or highways that are not open to snowmobile use. Check with your local county or municipality for ordinances allowing snowmobile operation on streets or highways.
* Always look for depressions in the snow.
* Keep headlights and taillights on at all times.
* When approaching an intersection, come to a complete stop, raise off the seat and look for traffic.
* Always check weather conditions before you depart.
* Never operate your snowmobile while under the influence of alcohol.

Snowmobiles must abide by the same regulations as drivers and Sheriff Wallin will have his deputies out on patrol to make sure Emmet County residents stay safe this winter.

While Sheriff Wallin hopes that nobody in Emmet County will find themselves in such a precarious situation while riding a snowmobile, by heeding the warnings above he knows you can stay alive!

Authority: Sheriff Pete Wallin

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - SCAM ALERT

Sheriff Pete Wallin states there is another elaborate scam plaguing our citizens and targeting the elderly. The scam involves a person posing as a police officer from Canada stating a relative was picked up for a crime and needs bail money wired. The relative will get on the phone and explain to the elder that he was falsely arrested and needs a large sum of money to get out of jail. The victim is asked to wire the money to Haiti.

Sheriff Wallin reminds citizens to not wire money anywhere unless they have verified the reason. If you are a victim or are aware of this scam you are encouraged to contact D/Sgt. J L Sumpter at (231) 439-8901.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - personal injury accident

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two vehicle personal injury accident that occurred on North Conway Road near Evergreen Lane, in Pleasantview Township. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin the accident occurred on December 1, 2010 at approximately 10:49am. A northbound 1994 Pontiac driven by Adam Arney, a 26 year old Boyne City resident, lost control and crossed into the southbound lane striking a 2006 Chevrolet driven by Toyna Boettger, a 28 year old Pellston resident. Arney was transported to Northern Michigan Regional Hospital.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Harbor Springs Fire Department, Allied EMS, and the Michigan State

Monday, November 29, 2010 - report of a possible attempted child abduction

On Monday, November 29, 2010 at approximately 4:15pm the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible attempted child abduction. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin the investigation resulted in a citizen calling deputies and stating he was the person who stopped to speak with the child. The citizen saw the child walking along the side of the road and thought it was his nephew who he was going to offer a ride. The child became scared and ran home to report the incident to his parents, who then called 911.

Saturday, November 13, 2010 - Assault UPDATED with composite drawings of suspects

 

2010-11-19 Composite Drawings Released

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office is releasing two composite photos of the suspects involved in the 11/13/10 attempted murder of a Springvale Township man. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive tips from the public and encourage others with information to contact D/Sgt. J L Sumpter at (231) 439-8901.

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2010-11-17 UPDATED ASSAULT NEWS RELEASE

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office continues its efforts in identifying the suspect in the assault incident that occurred on 11/13/10, in Springvale Township. The Sheriff’s Office states the victim, 35 year old Robert Hatfield, was released from the hospital on 11/14/10 and is currently recovering from his injuries.

No suspect has been identified at this time. The Sheriff’s Office believes a composite drawing will be released in the very near future. The suspects are described as a (assailant) w/m, 6’ tall, medium build with dark hair. Another assailant is described as a white male with blond hair.

Both were seen in the area driving a dark colored SUV.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact Detective Sgt. JL Sumpter at 231-439-8901.

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2010-11-16 NEWS RELEASE

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office is investigating an assault complaint. On Saturday November 13, 2010, deputies responded to N Ellsworth Road in Springvale Township on a report of a male struck in the head with a hatchett. The Victim was transported to Northern Michigan Hospital for his injuries.

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Michigan State Police, Petoskey Department of Public Safety, Little Traverse Bay Band Police, as well as the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Emmet County Sheriff's Office at 231-439-8900.

Monday, November 8, 2010 - Hunting Safety

SHERIFF PETE WALLIN OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR HUNTING SEASON

Michigan's fields and forests will soon be alive with blaze orange hunting gear. Sheriff Wallin wants both visitors and residents of Emmet County to know some important safety rules before setting out to deer camp.

  • Your hunting license and the identification used to purchase it (Michigan Driver's License, Identification Card, Or DNR Sport Card) must be carried with you at all times while hunting.
  • All hunters must wear an item of clothing (hat, cap, vest, jacket, or rain gear) in "hunter orange"; it must be The outermost garment; and it must be visible from all sides. If it is camouflage, at least 50 percent of the Garment must be orange.
  • Hunting hours begin approximately one-half hour before sunrise and last until approximately one-half hour after sunset.
  • Safety zones include all areas within 150 yards (450 feet) of an occupied building, house, cabin, barn or other farm building. You may not hunt in this area or shoot at any animal within this area, unless you have the written permission of the property owner.
  • It is illegal to drink alcohol or use intoxicating drugs before hunting.

 

Sheriff Wallin also wants hunters to take the following precautions to prevent injury or death while hunting this season:

  • Familiarize yourself with the area where you will be hunting.
  • Never assume you are alone in the woods.
  • Never assume other hunters are acting responsibly.
  • If sitting against a rock or tree, make sure it is wider than your shoulders so you are not mistaken for a target.
  • Be 100 percent sure of your target before shooting.

 

Sheriff Wallin urges all hunters to act responsibly this season. "Reacquaint yourself with Michigan's Hunting Laws and follow these safety tips to prevent a tragedy from happening this year."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - Building Collapse

On November 2, 2010 the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a building collapsing and people trapped inside Cottage 12 on Harbor Point in West Traverse Township. The cottage was undergoing a full renovation by Collie Construction at the time of the incident. Upon arrival, Harbor Springs Fire Department and Allied EMS were on scene. It appears workers were in the basement area attempting to shore up a basement wall when it collapsed. Two people were injured as a result of the wall collapsing and were transported to Northern Michigan Regional Hospital by Allied EMS for treatment. One of the victims, Dan Osier, age 25, from Alanson was treated for his injuries and released. The second victim, Mark Woods, age 50, from Pellston was pronounced dead at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital.

The accident remains under investigation by MIOSHA.

Saturday, October 30, 2010 - Rollover Accident

On Saturday, October 30, 2010, at approximately 7:02 p.m., Emmet County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on Red School Road, near Lockwood Road, in Maple River Township. According to Sheriff Pete Wallin, a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Niclole Massey, age 28 yrs., was northbound on Red School Road when she crossed the center line, ran off the roadway to the right, struck several small trees, and overturned. There were also six juvenile passengers in the vehicle. Massey and her passengers were all injured and transported to NMH and Cheboygan Memorial Hospitals by Allied EMS and Mackinaw City Ambulances. Also assisting the Sheriff's Office was Pellston Fire Department, Alanson Fire Department, and the Emmet County Sheriff's Office Victim Services Unit.

Accident remains under investigation.

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - Accident

On 10-28-10 at approximately 7:50 a.m. the Emmet County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the report of a car / pedestrian accident. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin the accident occurred on Milton Ave. near Lansing St., in the Village of Alanson. A 1999 Pontiac, driven by Rachelle Midyett, a 22 year old Alanson resident, was traveling south bound on Milton Ave., when she struck a pedestrian who was walking southbound on the shoulder of the road. The pedestrian was identified as Nicole Perino, a 17 year old Alanson resident. Perino was transported to Northern Michigan Hospital by private vehicle. The information obtained during the investigation found Midyett looked down to check a ringing cell phone just prior to the crash. Midyett was cited for careless driving.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Alanson Fire Department First Responders.

Sunday, October 24, 2010 - Overdose

On October 24, 2010, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to a McKinley Twp home for a 21 year old Indiana man that overdosed on cocaine. Sheriff Pete Wallin states as a result of the overdose, deputies including the Emmet County K-9 unit, seized nearly three pounds of suspected marijuana, 13 grams of cocaine, over $2000 in cash, an unregistered loaded 9mm handgun, and various other drug related paraphernalia.

Sheriff Wallin states the suspect, Jesse Blake, remains lodged in the Emmet County Jail on a $50,000 bond. The Sheriff would also like to thank the Mackinaw City Ambulance, Carp Lake First Responders, and the Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement team. If you have information related to this incident you are encouraged to contact D/Sgt. J L Sumpter at (231) 439-8901.

Monday, October 25, 2010 - Halloween Tips

TIPS FROM SHERIFF PETE WALLIN TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE ON HALLOWEEN

Halloween is less than a week away and soon our streets will be filled with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating.

To ensure this Halloween is safe for your children, Sheriff Wallin offers the following safety tips:

  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping. Masks should not be too restrictive with adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision. Consider using cosmetics to create fun or scary faces instead of masks.
  • Watch costumed children around pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened, especially if the child is using a prop such as a sword or dagger as part of their costume.
  • Avoid hard plastic or wooden props, opting instead for items made of foam rubber which is soft and flexible.
  • To help make the child more visible after dark, trick-or-treaters should carry a brightly colored bag and a flashlight or glow stick. Add reflective tape to the sides, front, and back of the child's costume.
  • At all times, watch for traffic and avoid walking in the street whenever possible.
  • An adult should always accompany young children. A parent should stay within close range of young children at all times and children should never be allowed to go down a street alone. Walk with your children to each house and wait near the porch or front entrance of the home until they return.
  • Older children should travel in pairs or in groups at all times while trick-or-treating and never venture down a dark, empty street.
  • Parents should know the route that their children are following. Children should always walk together to the front door of each house and only cross the street at crosswalks.
  • Children should save their candy until they get home so you can inspect it. Discard any unwrapped or suspicious looking goodies. If your child does get sick, call your family doctor or the hospital emergency room immediately and save all wrappers. It is also helpful to determine what he or she ate and which house it came from.
  • Keep flammable items, such as your jack-o-lantern, away from small children, pets, and flammable materials such as draperies, furniture, and paper decorations. Never leave a candle burning unattended.

 

"Halloween is a fun time in Emmet County," Sheriff Wallin concluded. "Let's make it a safe time as well."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - Vehicle Rollover Accident

On 10-19-10 at approximately 0800 hrs., the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to M-119 near Konle Rd., Bear Creek Twp., to the report of a one vehicle rollover accident with unknown injuries. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin a sixteen year old Petoskey resident was operating a 2004 Jeep north bound on M-119 when he lost control, ran off the roadway and overturned. The driver was the only occupant of his vehicle. M-119 was shut down for approximately 40 minutes.

The driver was extricated from the vehicle by Bear Creek / Resort Fire using the jaws of life unit. The driver was transported to Northern Michigan Hospital by Allied EMS.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Bear Creek / Resort Fire Department, Allied EMS, and the Michigan State Police.

Authority Sheriff Peter A. Wallin

Monday, October 11, 2010 - Bear bite

On October 9, 2010 at approximately 2259 hours Emmet County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to assist the Department of Natural Resources and Environment regarding a bear bite. Deputies obtained information that a subject was hunting in a tree stand when he was approached by three bears. It was reported that the two smaller bears climbed the tree and bite the hunter. This information was turned over to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment for further investigation.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - Home Invasion

On 09/24/10, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Home Invasion on Milton Street in Pellston, MI. Sheriff Wallin adds the victims are missing over $9000 worth of computer related equipment and alcohol. Items such as I-pods, laptop computers, various other computer related items, and bottles of alcohol were taken from the residence.

It is believed this incident took place between the hours of 11:30am – 2:30pm.

Sheriff Wallin is asking if anyone has information related to this incident to please contact D/Sgt. J L Sumpter at (231) 439-8901.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - Scam

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office has recently received several complaints regarding a scam going through our area. Sheriff Pete Wallin states a disturbing scam still plagues our community involving an email sent to a relative claiming their son, daughter, or grandchild are stuck in a foreign country and need money to get back to the United States.

Sheriff Wallin would like to remind citizens this is a scam and to not wire money anywhere. If you are a victim or have received this type of email you are encouraged to call (231) 439-8901.


Monday, September 20, 2010 - Tracy Turcott arrested

On Friday, September 17, 2010 the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office arrested 28 year old Tracy Turcott of Emmet County for one count of armed robbery. Armed robbery is a felony punishable up to life in prison.

Sheriff Pete Wallin states this arrest stemmed from the June 2009 armed robbery of Boyne Highlands where over $21,000 was taken from the night auditor at gun point. Sheriff Wallin states Turcott is one of four arrested for this incident. Early this month, Jame Rakoniewski of Petoskey plead to unarmed robbery and John Ruppen of Traverse City plead guilty to armed robbery and both are currently awaiting sentencing. Brian Haag of Emmet County was arrested on September 13th for one count of armed robbery (life offense), felony firearm (2 year consecutive) and conspiracy to commit armed robbery (life offense) and is currently lodged with the Department of Corrections.

Turcott remains lodged in the Emmet County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Friday, September 17, 2010 - Haag arrested

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office arrested 41 year old Brian Haag of Emmet County on a three count felony warrant on Monday, September 13, 2010. These charges included one count of armed robbery (life offense), felony firearm (2 year consecutive) and conspiracy to commit armed robbery (life offense).

Sheriff Pete Wallin states this arrest stemmed from the June 2009 armed robbery of Boyne Highlands where over $21,000 was taken from the night auditor at gun point. Sheriff Wallin states Haag is one of three that have been arrested for this incident and expects more arrests in the future. Early this month, Jame Rakoniewski of Petoskey plead to unarmed robbery and John Ruppen of Traverse City plead guilty to armed robbery and are currently awaiting sentencing.

Haag is currently lodged with the Department of Corrections.

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - two vehicle crash

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office investigated a two vehicle crash that occurred on 09-14-10 at approximately 1237 p.m. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin, The crash occurred on M-119 south of Powell Rd., Bear Creek Twp. A 2010 Chevrolet driven by Leona Bush, a 70 year old Brutus resident, was entering M-119 from a private driveway. A 2010 Toyota, driven by Kim Flemming, a 50 year old Carp Lake resident, was traveling south bound on M-119. The drivers were the lone occupants in each vehicle, both were transported to Northern Michigan Hospital by Allied EMS.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted on the scene by the Bear Creek Resort Fire Department, Emmet County Road Commission and Allied EMS.

Friday, September 10, 2010 - accident

On 9-9-10 at approximately 0750 hrs. the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to an unknown accident at US-131 and Lears Rd.

According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin, Lawrence Sobleskey, an 82 year old Petoskey resident was traveling west bound on Lears Rd. In a 1994 Chevy pickup, when he failed to stop at a red light. Sobleskey collided with a northbound 2001 Dodge pickup, driven by Bonnie Bates, a 66 year old Pellston resident. Both drivers were the only occupants of their vehicles.

Sobleskey was transported Northern Michigan Hospital by Allied EMS. Sobleskey was later cited for disregarding a traffic signal.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by the Michigan State Police, Bear Creek Resort Fire Department, and Allied EMS.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - Fatal Traffic Crash

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on September 4, 2010 at approximately 12:40 p.m. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin, the single vehicle crash was on Pine Tree Tr., Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club property, West Traverse Twp. A 1997 Jeep Wrangler driven by a 15 year old male subject was traveling south bound when the vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. The Jeep was occupied by the driver and passenger Schuyler Hickey, a 17 year old female; both were ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Both subjects are Saginaw residents.

The driver and Hickey were transported to Northern Michigan Hospital by Allied EMS, where Hickey later died.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Harbor Springs Police and Fire Departments, Allied EMS, Emmet County Victim Services Unit, and Birchwood Security.

The accident remains under investigation.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - single vehicle personal injury accident

On 8-29-10 at approximately 5:50 p.m., the Emmet County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a single vehicle personal injury accident. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin, the accident occurred on Cemetery Rd., near Vantage View Dr., Bear Creek Twp. Sheriff Wallin indentified the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle as Andrew Kohlbeck , a 24 year old Petoskey resident. Kohlbeck was operating a 2007 GMC north bound when he lost control ran off the roadway and overturned. Kohlbeck was transported to Northern Michigan Hospital by Allied EMS. The accident remains under investigation.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Bear Creek Resort Fire Department, Petoskey Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police, and Allied EMS.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - pet food theft

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the recent theft of a large amount of Nutrisource brand pet food from a storage unit behind the Pellston Lodge in Pellston. The pet food was valued between and $3,000 and $4,000. The Sheriff’s Office is asking that any citizens that may have noticed anyone with unusually large amounts of pet food recently to contact Detective Sergeant JL Sumpter at 439-8901.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - Bus Safety

SHERIFF WALLIN REMINDS EVERYONE TO REMEMBER BUS SAFETY
AS KIDS IN EMMET COUNTY RETURN TO SCHOOL

The first day of school marks a significant milestone in the life of a child. It's an exciting time for making new friends, learning new things, and for some riding the school bus. Every day more than 20 million students use school buses as transportation to and from school. although school buses represent the safest form of highway transportation, there are a number of safety factors both students and drivers should be aware of. Hoping to ensure that the school year gets off to a safe and happy start, the Emmet County Sheriff's Office encourages caution whenever school buses are present.

"Children are often eager to get off the school bus because they are excited to tell their parents about all of the fun they had at school that day," said Sheriff Wallin. "It's crucial that parents re-enforce the school bus safety rules children learn at school." Sheriff Wallin also suggests that parents drive their child's bus route with them and practice the proper safety precautions.

Throughout a child's life, there are a number of situations where parents will be unable to exercise control. However, there are numerous precautions they can take to help ensure their child enjoys a safe ride to and from school. The Emmet County Sheriff's Office has some safety measures they encourage all parents to discuss with their children.

Student should remember:

  • Always arrive at the bus stop early.
  • Prior to boarding, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop, the door opens, and the bus driver says that it's OK to board
  • Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus. Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.
  • Never walk behind the bus
  • If you are walking beside the bus, walk at least three giant steps away.
  • Take extra precaution to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door.
  • Never stop to pick something up that you have dropped when a bus is stopped. Wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver.

Motorists should remember:

  • Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.
  • If there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.
  • Be more aware of children playing near school bus stops.
  • Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights flashing.
  • Never pass a school bus when there are flashing red lights. This is a sign that children are getting off the bus.

Authority Sheriff Pete Wallin

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - Tragic swimming accident

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Petoskey State Park, on Monday August 30, 2010, at approximately 12:27 p.m., to the report of a male swimmer needing help. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin, when deputies arrived, citizens had pulled the man from the water and were rendering first aid on the shore.

The swimmer, later identified as Paul Wiartalla, a 47 year old Alanson resident, was transported to Northern Michigan Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The incident remains under investigation, however Sheriff Wallin stated in light of all the information obtained, the incident appears to have been a tragic swimming accident.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Michigan DNRE, Harbor Springs Police and Fire Department, Bear Creek Resort Fire Department, Allied EMS and the Emmet County Victim Services Unit.

Monday, August 23, 2010 - Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges

On 08/21/10, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 53 year old Bear Creek Township man for six counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the first degree. Sheriff Pete Wallin states Tori Garborg was arrested at his home without incident and remains lodged at the Emmet County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Sheriff Wallin would like to thank Petoskey Public Safety for their assistance.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - Conclusion of Stabbing investigation

On 08/03/10, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Cross Village home for an alleged home invasion and stabbing. Sheriff Pete Wallin states the conclusion of this investigation clearly shows this to be a false report of a crime. The Sheriff adds law enforcement officers currently hold a felony (falsely reporting a crime) warrant for a 35 year old Cross Village woman.

Sheriff Wallin is asking citizens to contact his office at (231) 439-8901 for any information relating to this incident.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - Drug Overdose

On 08/02/10, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Littlefield Township home concerning a drug overdose. Upon arrival, Deputies found Jeremy Beito performing CPR on the victim. Sheriff Pete Wallin states 21 year old Kelsey Manker was taken to Northern Michigan Hospital where she passed away on 08/05/10.

Sheriff Wallin states investigators quickly located two suspects who were later lodged at the Emmet County Jail. Jeremy Beito (22yoa) and Michal Gravelyn (29yoa) are charged with delivering drugs causing death, which is a felony punishable up to life in prison.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - Fatal Two Vehicle Accident

According to Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin, deputies responded to a fatal two vehicle accident on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at approximately 10:36 a.m. in Little Traverse Township. A 2002 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Ronald Serba, 78 yrs, from Harbor Springs, was eastbound on Hathaway Road when he came in contact with a southbound vehicle at the intersection of North Conway Road. The southbound vehicle on North Conway Road, a 2000 Chevrolet Suburban, was driven by Malissa Auten, 41 yrs, from Alanson, MI. Both Serba and Auten were transported to Northern Michigan Hospital by Allied EMS. Serba was pronounced dead at Northern Michigan Hospital.

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Emmet County Road Commission, Michigan State Police, Harbor Springs Fire Department, and the Emmet County Sheriff's Office Victim Service Unit.

Accident remains under investigation.

Monday, August 9. 2010 - Overdue Kayak

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office is investigating the report of an overdue kayak that occurred on 8-6-10 at approximately 434pm. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin, Patrick Reymann a 63 year old Ohio resident, was kayaking in Little Traverse Bay and did not return to the Harbor Springs residence where he was staying. Sheriff Wallin stated the searchers recovered a kayak and his office continues to search for Reymann.

Agencies involved in search: Multi-agency effort, with various federal, state, and local law enforcement and fire agencies. Complete list will be made available at a later date.

Thursday, August 5, 2010 - Personal Injury Accident

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to a personal injury accident at the intersection of US 31 and Gill Road in Carp Lake at approximately 1:20 p.m. on August 5, 2010. Jessica Susan Hass, a 34 year old Harbor Springs resident, was travelling westbound on Gill Road when she failed to yield at the intersection and struck Xinia Isabel Holle, a 34 year old Owosso resident, who was travelling southbound on US 31. Hass’s vehicle rolled over as result of the crash and she was uninjured. Holle was transported to Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace with non-life threatening injuries.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Mackinaw City Police Department, Mackinaw City Ambulance, Carp Lake First Responders and Carp Lake Fire Department.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - Breaking and Entering

On 08/03/10 at approximately 12:00pm the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Cross Village home regarding allegations of a breaking and entering. Sheriff Wallin states this incident has extenuating circumstances and is currently still under investigation.

Sheriff Wallin states after an extensive investigation he is confident the public should not be concerned for their safety stemming from this incident. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, and Allied EMS.

Friday, July 23, 2010 - Personal Injury Accident

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the report of a personal injury accident which occurred on 7-23-10 at approximately 1:13 p.m.

According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin the accident occurred on US-31 near Boulder Ln., Bear Creek Twp. Traffic was closed on US-31 in Bayview for approximately 45 minutes while emergency crews worked on the scene. The two unit accident involved a south bound 2007 International Gordons Foods truck and a north bound 2005 Dodge Durango. The semi-truck was driven by James Lester, a 38 year old Johannesburg resident. The Durango was occupied by the driver, Edward Favers, a 52 year old Ohio resident, and his 13 year old child. Favers and his child were transported to Northern Michigan Hospital by Allied EMS, Lester was not injured.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Petoskey Department of Public Safety and the Bear Creek / Resort Fire Department.

Monday, July 19, 2010 - Personal Water Craft Accident

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a Personal Water Craft accident on 7-17-10 at approximately 11:05 a.m. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin, the accident occurred on Crooked Lake, west of Oden Island, Springvale Twp. The investigation found two 15 year old Bloomfield Hills area residents were operating two 2002 SeaDoo personal water craft in close proximity to each other. One of the personal water craft was occupied by the operator, the other was occupied by the operator and a passenger, a 15 year old Birmingham resident.

A collision occurred between the two personal watercraft resulting in serious injuries to one of the operators. The operator was transported to Northern Michigan Hospital.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted on scene by Allied EMS and the Emmet County Victim Services Unit. The accident remains under investigation.

Monday, July 19, 2010 - Fatal Crash

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred on 7-16-10 at approximately 5:19 p.m. The crash occurred on US-31 near Rose St. in Oden. US-31 was closed for approximately 2.5 hours. The crash occurred when a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle driven by Gary Hibbler, a 57 year old Petoskey resident, lost control. The second vehicle involved was a 1996 Lumina, driven by Bradley Kearby, a 48 year old Oden resident. Hibbler died as a result of the crash.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police, Little Traverse Bay Band Tribal Police, Allied EMS, Alanson Fire Department, Emmet County Road Commission and the Emmet County Sheriff's Victim Services Unit.

The crash remains under investigation.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 - Missing Kayakers

Subjects involved:

Jeffrey Parson DOB-12/15/91 Harbor Springs

Josh Bonter DOB-6/16/91 Harbor Springs


The Emmet Co Sheriff's Office was sent to the Sturgeon Bay/Cross Village area on a report of two missing kayakers, last seen at approx. 1700 hrs on 7/14/10. Both kayakers were located on the shores of Waugoshance Point by the Coast Guard Helicopter out of Traverse City. They were found around daybreak on the morning of 7/15/10, both in good condition. The Emmet County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by MSP Petoskey, LTBB Police, Allied Ambulance, Readmond Fire and Rescue, Emmet County Search and Rescue, Coast Guard Charlevoix and Traverse City, Emmet County Marine Division, Emmet County Dive Team, and the Victims Services Unit.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - Fatal Single Vehicle Accident

According to Sheriff Pete Wallin, on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at approximately 5:11 a.m., Emmet County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a fatal single vehicle accident which occurred on Stutsmanville Road, just west of State Road in Friendship Township. A 1998 Subaru driven by Terri Ann Sholberg, 42 years old, from Harbor Springs, was eastbound on Stutsmanville Road near State Road, when she came into contact with a horse that was in the roadway. Terri Sholberg was pronounced dead at the scene by Emmet County Medical Examiner Dr. Hawkins. It appears that the horse broke free from a residence belonging to Daniel Truman of Harbor Springs. The horse belonging to Truman also died as a result of the accident.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Harbor Springs Police and Fire Departments, Michigan State Police, Readmond Friendship Fire and First Responders, Emmet County Sheriff's Ofc. Victim Services Unit, and the Emmet County Road Commission.

The accident remains under investigation and will be forwarded to the Emmet County Prosecutors' Office for review when complete.

Friday, July 9, 2010 - Tammy Mulder arrested on two felony counts

On Wednesday, July 7, 2010, in Bear Creek Township, Emmet County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 40 year old Tammy Marie Mulder, of Harbor Springs, Michigan, for two felony counts; Operating/Maintaining Laboratory Involving Methamphetamine (20 year felony) and Possession of Methamphetamine (10 year felony), according to Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin.

Sheriff's Deputies were assisted by officers from SANE. It was determined during the investigation that the scene was not a hazmat type situation.

Mulder is currently lodged in the Emmet County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - Arrests made in Boyne Highlands Armed Robbery

After a year long investigation into the Boyne Highlands armed robbery, Sheriff Wallin advises that the Emmet County Sheriff's Office has arrested two males for their involvement. The sheriff's office executed a search warrant at the residence of one of the suspects on 7/2/10 in Traverse City with the assistance of the Traverse City Police Department. Taken into custody were:
-Jame David Rakoniewski of Petoskey, charged with Armed Robbery/Conspiracy to commit Armed Roberry/Habitual Offender 4th. Bond set at $250,000

-John Carl Ruppen of Traverse City, charged with Armed Robbery/Conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery/Felony Firearm/Possession of a Firearm by a felon/Habitual Offender 4th. Bond set at $250,000

Sheriff Wallin praises the efforts of his law enforcement division in solving this crime and expects further arrests to be forthcoming.

Additional information regarding those taken into custody:

Jame David Rakoniewski is 40 years of age.

John Carl Ruppen is 26 years of age.

Authority Sheriff Pete Wallin

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - Have a Safe 4th of July

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE INDEPENDENCE DAY

Be sensible about using fireworks this Fourth of July. "The upcoming Fourth of July is a time of celebrations," said Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin. Sheriff Wallin is reminding people about the dangers of mishandling fireworks. "Let's not make it a time of tragedy, too." "We know it's part of the tradition on the Fourth, but too often we have people suffering severe injuries because of fireworks," said Sheriff Wallin.

There are two types of fireworks, according to Sheriff Wallin. The first type is "Class B," manufactured and used for professional displays. These are illegal in the State of Michigan without a permit. The second type is "Class C." These are the kind commonly sold in stores for consumer use. They include Paper Caps, Toy Trick Noise Makers, Sparklers, Fountains, Toy Snakes and Toy Smoke Devices. They are legal in the State of Michigan and do not require a permit.

If you are unsure about which type of firework you have, follow this guideline: If it makes a loud bang or leaves the ground it is illegal.

"The best thing you can do for you family is to educate them," said Sheriff Wallin. "Always follow the direction on the packaging. Never hold fireworks in your hands or around your eyes and ears. Always use fireworks in an open area, and never check a malfunctioning firework. Always leave it alone for at least an hour, and soak it with water to ensure that it won't explode."

Consider the alternative - attending your local city's display, leaving the fireworks to the professionals. Let's make it a safe holiday.

For a complete listing of both legal and illegal fireworks in the State of Michigan, please visit http:/www.michigan.gov/documents/bulletin12_9109_7.pdf. Further questions can be directed to the Fire Marshal Division of the Michigan State Police at (517)322-1924.

Monday, June 28, 2010 - fatal traffic accident

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred on June 25, 2010 at approximately 2:15 p.m. According to Sheriff Peter A. Wallin the crash occurred on I-75 south bound near the 338 Exit. South bound I-75 was closed for approximately 5 hours while investigators worked on the scene. The crash involved a 1997 Geo and a 2006 International Semi-Tractor Trailer. The Geo was occupied by the driver, Therese Warner, a 38 year old Cheboygan resident and a passenger Patricia St. Amour, a 68 year old Cheboygan resident. Warner and St. Amour were transported by Mackinaw Ambulance, St. Amour was pronounced dead at Mackinaw Straits Hospital. The International was driven by Roger Nast, a 56 year old Cheboygan resident. Nast was not injured during the crash.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Mackinaw City Police and Fire Departments, Mackinaw Ambulance, Michigan State Police, Emmet County Victim Services Unit, and the Emmet County Road Commission. The accident remains under investigation.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - missing kayakers

According to Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at approximately 1:45 p.m., a call was made to CCE 911 in regards to five kayakers that had put in near Wilderness State Park and were headed east towards the Mackinac Bridge. The caller stated one of the kayakers had tipped over and the rest were trying to get back to shore, but could not make it due to the high winds. The Carp Lake Fire Department, Wilderness State Park Personnel, Emmet County Sheriff's Office, Coast Guard, and the Mackinaw City Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Three of the kayakers made it back to shore, but two of the kayakers had not returned. At approximately 2:43 p.m., the Carp Lake Fire Department Personnel located the two missing kayakers.

The two juvenile victims, Tyler Bourdo of Plainwell, Michigan and Cole Richie of Delton, Michigan were transported back to Wilderness State Park Boat Launch and turned over to the Mackinaw Ambulance. Both victims were transported to Straits Area Hospital in St. Ignace.

Wednesday, June 8, 2010 - Brian Keith Haag Arrested on one felony charge of Solicitation of Murder

According to Sheriff Pete Wallin, the Emmet County Sheriff's Office arrested Brian Keith Haag on Monday, June 7, 2010 after his appearance in 57th Circuit Court after he was sentenced for a second time for numerous weapons charges. Haag was charged with one felony charge of Solicitation of Murder which is a life offense. Haag is currently is serving a seven to 40 year prison sentence with the Michigan Department of Corrections at the Newberry Correctional Facility.

Friday, June 4, 2010 - one vehicle crash on N US 31 south of Graham

According to Emmet County Sheriff Peter Wallin, deputies responded to a one vehicle traffic crash on N. US-31 south of Graham Road at 2:09pm on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Sheriff Wallin states that an SUV driven by 70 year old Geraldine Hoddy of Indian River was traveling northbound on N US-31 when she left the roadway to the right, struck a sign for the Hearthside Grove RV village and rolled. Firefighters from Resort Bear Creek Fire Department had to use the jaws of life to extricate Hoddy from the vehicle. Hoddy was taken to Northern Michigan Hospital where she is listed in serious condition. The crash remains under investigation.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Allied EMS, Resort Bear Creek Fire Department and the Emmet County Sheriff's Office Victim Services Unit.

Monday, May 31, 2010 - Two vehicle crash on Robinson Rd. Friday, May 28

According to Sheriff Peter Wallin, Emmet County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two vehicle traffic crash on Robinson Rd. west of State Road at approximately 9:05 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2010. Sheriff Wallin states that a motorcycle driven by 24 year old Kyle Newbury of Harbor Springs was eastbound on Robinson Road when a pickup truck driven by 22 year old Austin Mesner of Harbor Springs was westbound on Robinson Road. Preliminary investigation indicates that the motorcycle driven by Newbury crossed the centerline and into the path of the pickup truck driven by Mesner. Newbury was pronounced dead on scene. Mesner was not injured in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Allied EMS, Readmond/Friendship Fire Department, Emmet County Road Commission, and Emmet County Victim Services Unit

Friday, May 21, 2010 - two vehicle crash on N Pleasantview

According to Sheriff Peter Wallin, Emmet County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a two vehicle traffic crash on North Pleasantview Road near Schmalzried Road at approximately 1:24 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2010. Sheriff Wallin states that a motorcycle driven by 42 year old David Byard of Levering was southbound on Pleasantview Road when a pickup truck driven by 64 year old David Wells of Levering was northbound on Pleasantview Road. Preliminary investigation indicates that the motorcycle driven by Byard crossed the centerline and into the path of the pickup truck driven by Wells. Byard was pronounced dead on scene. Wells and his passenger 47 year old Roberta Brooks of Levering were not injured in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Mackinaw City Ambulance, Carp Lake Township Fire Department, the Emmet County Road Commission, and the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Unit.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - Michael Ray Stav of Harbor Springs

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office arrested 61 year old Michael Ray Stav of Harbor Springs on Monday, May 17, 2010, for one felony count of Assault With A Dangerous Weapon and two misdemeanor counts of Assault and Battery, and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated. According to Sheriff Pete Wallin, deputies were called to a residence in Readmond Township to investigate an assault complaint. During the investigation the victim stated they had been physically assaulted by Stav and threatened with a machete. Stav had left the scene, but was located later by deputies driving north bound on State Road near Osborne Road in Readmond Township. Stav is currently lodged in the Emmet County Jail. Emmet County Sheriff's Deputies were assisted by Troopers from the Michigan State Police.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - Joshua Keller Arrested

According to Sheriff Wallin on May 11, 2010 24 year old Joshua Keller of Petoskey was arrested on a four count felony warrant in connection with the recent crime spree in northern Emmet County. The charges include Breaking and Entering, Arson, and UDAA.

19 year old Matthew Sundmacher of Harbor Springs was also charged with four additional felonies including Breaking and Entering, Arson, and UDAA.

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - two individuals arrested

A task force comprised of detectives, deputies and troopers from the Emmet County Sheriff's Office and the Michigan State Police Petoskey Post have arrested two individuals from Emmet County in connection with the crime wave that has hit Northern Emmet County this spring. Two search warrants were executed on April 29, 2010 with some of the stolen property being recovered. Charged with multiple felony counts are 19 year old Michael Bowman and 19 year old Matthew Sundmacher, both from Harbor Springs. Charges include Conducting Criminal Enterprises, Home Invasion, Safe Breaking, Unlawfully Driving Away a Motor Vehicle, and Arson. More charges are expected to be issued in the near future concerning this investigation. Both MSP Lt. Dale Selin and Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin pointed out the excellent teamwork of both agencies in solving this crime wave.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - Scott Jewell Arrested

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office arrested 36 year old Scott Douglas Jewell for fourteen felony counts, including Criminal Sexual Conduct - First Degree, Criminal Sexual Conduct - Second Degree, Child Abuse - First Degree, and Distributing Sexually Explicit, Visual Or Verbal Matter to Children. Sheriff Pete Wallin states his office received the complaint on Saturday, May 1, 2010 regarding a minor who had been sexually assaulted by Jewell. These incidents took place between April/May 2009 till April 2010.

Jewell was taken into custody on Sunday May 2, 2010 and is currently lodged in the Emmet County Jail with his bond set at $ 100,000. Jewell is to be arraigned in 90th District Court on Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - Male falls off ladder

According to Sheriff Pete Wallin on Monday, May 3, 2010 at approximately 8:17p.m. Emmet County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a Bear Creek residence on Hoag Road to assist Allied EMS. It appears that a male subject had fallen off a ladder and struck his head. The subject was identified as 40 year old Edward James Sumner, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the Emmet County Medical Examiner Dr. Carl Hawkins. Deputies were assisted by Petoskey Public Safety, the Bear Creek Resort Fire Department. and the Emmet County Victim’s Services unit.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - Vehicle Arson

On April 19th, 2010, the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office handled a stolen vehicle complaint in Pleasantview Township. Sheriff Pete Wallin states mushroom hunters found the vehicle on April 21st, 2010 on a two-track off Beacon Hill Road. Investigators found the vehicle was completely burned, in addition to approximately one acre of land.

Sheriff Wallin states a Michigan State Police Fire Investigator was called and later determined it to be arson. Because of the arson a $5000 reward is issued for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects responsible for this incident. If you have information you are encouraged to call 1(800) 44-Arson.

Tueday, April 20, 2010 - Letter to Parents

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Left to right-- Mackinaw City Police Chief Patrick Wyman, MSP Sgt. Rich Rule, Harbor Springs Police Chief Dan Branson, Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin, Emmet County Prosecutor James Linderman, and Charlevoix County Undersheriff Chuck Vondra.

Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin is pleased to announce that for the fourth year in a row, he and Charlevoix County Sheriff Don Schneider will be sending a letter to parents of juniors and seniors in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties as the prom and graduation season approaches. Also included in the letter is a Family Guide for Teen Parties. This campaign is made possible with the support of the Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Foundation, Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, Charlevoix Community Foundation, and SAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment) in Northern Michigan. Mitchell Graphics has again offered to facilitate the mailing for both counties.

Every year that the letter has been sent out, both Sheriff Wallin and Sheriff Schneider have received positive comments from parents, church officials and the leaders in the community that felt this was a worthwhile venture. The Sheriff's and other area law enforcement officials find it reassuring to know that organizations like Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Foundation, Petoskey Harbor Springs Community Foundation, Charlevoix Community Foundation, SAFE in Northern Michigan, and Mitchell Graphics are concerned about the safety of our children in Emmet and Charlevoix Counties. This partnership again resulted in a safe prom and graduation season last year for both counties.

Every year there are tragic stories of teens that are killed in accidents that involve alcohol. Local law enforcement agencies and their county prosecutors want to share some information with parents that hopefully make their teen's prom and graduation parties safe this year.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - Series of stoeln cars and home break-ins

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police are investigating a series of stolen cars and home break ins occurring in Northern Emmet County. These incidents have occurred over the past two months. Law enforcement officials are urging citizens to be on the lookout for suspicious or out of place vehicles and individuals. Officials also would like to remind citizens to keep their doors locked and keys removed from their vehicle.

If anyone has information you are asked to contact either the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office or the Michigan State Police – Petoskey Post.

Monday, April 19, 2010 - Fatal traffic accident

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred on 4-17-10 at approximately 1100 a.m. The single vehicle crash happened at the intersection of Intertown and Howard roads.

Thomas Foltz, a 59 year old Resort Twp. resident, was the operator and single occupant of a 1975 Chevrolet dump truck. Foltz was traveling east bound on Intertown Rd., proceeded through the Howard Rd. intersection and the truck overturned. Foltz was transported to Northern Michigan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Resort Bear Creek Fire Department, Emmet County Victim Services Unit, Allied EMS, and the Emmet County Road Commission.

Friday, April 9, 2010 Personal Injury Accident on Pleasantview Road near Catob Road

A 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, operated by Marjorie Ann Wibel, 83, was involved in a single car, personal injury accident on April 8, 2010 at approximately 1149 hours. Marjorie was extricated from the vehicle with multiple injuries and transported to Northern Michigan Regional Hospital by Allied EMS.

Harbor Springs Fire and First Responders, Michigan State Police, Allied EMS and Victim Services Unit assisted on scene. Traffic was re-routed for approximately an hour.

Monday, March 15, 2010 - Search Warrant

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office and Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement executed another search warrant on 03/11/10 in Springvale Township. Sheriff Pete Wallin states this search relates to the February 16th searches that resulted in the seizures of methamphetamine. Officers from SANE and the Sheriff’s Office searched the home of Donnell Raspberry resulting in the seizure of nearly 10 grams of suspected crack cocaine, marijuana, $1000, and later recovered a stolen handgun.

Sheriff Wallin states SANE’s assistance was incredibly helpful in recovering the drugs and a stolen gun in this case.

Donnell Raspberry was charged with two counts of delivery/manufacturing of cocaine (20 year felony) and one count of maintaining a drug house. Sheriff Wallin also states more charges are expected in the future. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank SANE and Petoskey Public Safety for their assistance.

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - Jaimie McDonald arrested for seven felony counts

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36 year old Jaimie McDonald for seven felony counts, including Child Sexually Abusive Material, Using a Computer to Commit a Crime and Eavesdropping. Sheriff Pete Wallin states his department responded to a Pellston home where a victim saw a computer camera mounted behind a two-way mirror in the bathroom. Deputies obtained a search warrant and seized computer hard drives and a computer camera.

Sheriff Wallin states investigators indentified three victims and one under the age of 18. Further charges were authorized for a second victim which included Manufacturing an Eavesdropping Device, Installing a Device and Using a Computer to Commit a Crime.

Sheriff Wallin would like to thank investigators from the Petoskey Public Safety for their assistance with this investigation.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - Lauer arrested on Felony Charges

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Jeffery Lauer of Springvale Township on a host of felony charges. James Lauer was arrested on 03/01/10 for a five count felony warrant related to a 02/16/10 search warrant execution. Sheriff Pete Wallin states Lauer was arrested related to the incidents revolving around the Meth labs and other related issues. On 02/16/10, several search warrants were executed resulting in several drug related arrests. James Lauer’s home was searched which resulted in the seizures of methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.

Sheriff Wallin states what is interesting, is Lauer was arrested on delivery/manufacturing of marijuana, but Lauer holds a medical marijuana card. When deputies entered the home, they found a grow operation related to Lauer’s marijuana card, but it was not in a locked area and witnesses at the scene admitted to buying or receiving the marijuana Lauer grew.

Lauer is currently lodged in the Emmet County Jail facing charges on two 20 year delivery charges and three other felony related offenses.

Sheriff Wallin states the Emmet County K-9 unit was utilized and would also like to thank members of the SANE team for their assistance at the scene.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - Drug Sting

The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office and Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement have completed a drug sting resulting in the arrests of seven Emmet County suspects. Sheriff Pete Wallin states three search warrants were carried out on February 16th, 2010 that resulted in these arrests and the location of a fully functional and active methamphetamine lab.

Arrested were Brian Haag, Christopher Greenier, Maribeth Lauer, Karen Bergey, Matthew Stoll and two other suspects currently on Circuit Court probation or parole. Haag is charged with 11 felonies, including possession of controlled substances, firearm offenses, and maintaining a drug house. Greenier is charged with 4 felonies and one misdemeanor including 2 drug and 3 firearm offenses. Lauer is charged with 2 felony drug offenses and was later charged with one misdemeanor possession and a felony prisoner possession of contraband.

SANE arrested Bergey and Stoll at the Meth lab in a Northern Emmet County home. Bergey was arrested and later charged with 8 felony counts, including operating/maintaining a laboratory in the presence of a minor. Stoll was arrested and later charged with 13 drug related offenses, including felony firearm. Wallin states SANE did an excellent job with the Meth lab investigation which included in a 14 hour clean up and seizure of suspected methamphetamine. Sheriff Wallin states this is a perfect example of a multi-jurisdictional team effort that lead to the arrests of multiple subjects at several locations. Sheriff Wallin believes this cooperative investigation will lead to more charges in the near future.

Sheriff Wallin states the Emmet County K-9 unit was utilized, resulting in the location of suspected hidden narcotics in two of the search warrants.

Sheriff Wallin would like to thank the Straits Area Narcotic Enforcement team, Emmet County Prosecutor’s Office, Circuit Court Probation and Parole, Michigan State Police, Allied EMS, and the Harbor Springs Fire Department for their assistance in this investigation.

If you have any further information you are asked to contact the SANE hotline (800) 621-8651 or D/Sgt. JL Sumpter at (231) 439-8901.

Thursday, February 2, 2010 - Census Workers

EMMET COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WARNS 2010 CENSUS WORKERS ARE IN THE AREA


Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin stated that beginning February 2010 through late August, 2010 Temporary Census Workers will be working throughout Emmet County. These field staff workers will work in neighborhoods across the United States to deliver questionnaires, collect information from those who have not returned their census questionaires, and verifying addresses.

These Census Workers are required to carry an official indentification card with the employee's signature and expiration date. Citizens should ask to see the identification card. Sheriff Wallin stated that if the person fails to provide the identification card, local residents should call 911 to report this so law enforcement can verify that the person is indeed a Census Worker.

The Census Bureau has contacted all law enforcement agencies across the United States providing them information to make sure that they can identify Census Bureau employees.

SHOULD THE PUBLIC BE CONCERNED/HOW ARE CENSUS DATA PROTECTED
Federal law protects your privacy and keeps your answers confidential (Title 13, United States Code, Section9 and 214). The answers you give on the census form cannot be obtained by law enforcement or tax collections agencies. Your answers cannot be used in court. They cannot be obtained with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. As allowed by law, census data becomes public after 72 years (Title 44, United States Code, Section 2108)

Authority Sheriff Pete Wallin