Mar 07

Press Release: Injury Traffic Crash

On Thursday 03-03-2016 at 12:59 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Van Dyke (M-53) south of Peck Road in Brown City for an injury traffic crash involving a semi and vehicle.

Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki was the first to arrive and start rendered aid to the injured driver.
Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies established that traffic was restricted by Owen’s Tree Service to one lane due to work being performed along the roadway. There were warning signs posted and individuals (flag people) at each side.

Northbound traffic was stopped while southbound traffic proceeded in the south lane. A 2004 Pontiac Bonneville driven by a 57 year old female from Bad Axe was traveling north. The female improperly passed the stopped northbound cars on the right shoulder. The female subsequently reentered the roadway; crossed the center line; and struck a semi-tractor that was southbound. The semi was the last vehicle in a group of cars traveling southbound.

The 57 year old female from Bad Axe was found unconscious inside her vehicle and Brown City and Marlette Fire Department responded for extrication. The driver regained consciousness at the scene and was transported to McLaren- Lapeer. The driver was did not sustain serious injuries and was hospitalized for observation.
The semi-tractor was a 2013 Peterbilt that had an unloaded trailer attached. The 51 year old male driver from Lyons, Michigan was not injured. The driver advised that he dropped off his load of cattle grain feed in Bad Axe.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers from the Lapeer Regional Post. Yakes Towing Service in North Branch responded to remove both the semi and vehicles which were disabled due to the crash. The closed roadway was reopened around 4:30 PM.
This case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be contributing factors. Preliminary investigation suggest that both vehicles were traveling below the posted 55 MPH speed limit. The investigation when complete will be reviewed regarding applicable criminal law violations.


Jan 17

Press Release: Homicide Investigation, Arcadia Township

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Saturday 01-16-2016 at 1:38 AM, Lapeer County 911 received a report of a car fire/explosion on Kings Mill Road near Cedar Creek Road in North Branch (Lapeer County’s Arcadia Township). Arcadia Township Fire Department and Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded.

After the fire was extinguished, a deceased individual was discovered within a Ford Taurus.The death quickly became a homicide investigation.

The deceased victim is Miguel Harvey age 23 from Port Huron, MI. Harvey was employed second shift at a factory in Imlay City and friends with co-worker Andrew Hall age 21 from North Branch.

On Saturday 01-16-2016 during the afternoon hours, deputies established contact with Andrew Hall at his residence in North Branch (Lapeer County’s Deerfield Township). As the investigation progressed, Hall was taken into custody and lodged in the Lapeer County Jail.

On Sunday 01-17-2016,this case was presented to Lapeer County Prosecutor Tim Turkelson. Prosecutor Turkelson formally criminally charged Andrew Hall with first degree premeditated murder, tampering with evidence, and fourth degree arson.

On Sunday 01-17-2016, Andrew Hall was arraigned by 71-A District Court Magistrate Greg Wise.Andrew Hall’s bond was set at one million dollars and he remains in custody at the Lapeer County Jail.

Andrew HallAndrew Hall age 21- North Branch, MI

Booking photograph from Lapeer County Jail on 01-16-2016

This homicide remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who has information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-245-1381 or the Lapeer County Sheriff’s tip line at 810-245-1374.

Case Number 160001226

Jan 15

Scam Alert: Fraudulent Activity

On Friday 01-15-2016, the Office of Lapeer County Sheriff was contacted by a Lapeer County resident after they were contacted by phone from an individual impersonating a Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputy. The impersonator advises during the phone call that there is a valid arrest warrant and attempts to collect bond money. The impersonator requested the individual to pay the bond with a pre-paid debit card.

Over the past week, neighboring counties have experienced the same fraudulent activity. It is believed that these calls are originating from parties in a southern state. The phone numbers are appearing with area code 810 and then first three numbers 247. A male voice with a southern accent is on the recording stating you have reached the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. The recording also states if this is an emergency please hang-up and call 911 to make it appear more believable.

The Lapeer County Sheriff warns people that this is a fraudulent scam and DO NOT send any money through pre-paid debit cards or any other means. The Lapeer County Sheriff does not collect bonds with pre-paid debit cards and this can only be done in person.

If anyone is contacted by a caller claiming to be law enforcement regarding an arrest warrant, please visit the nearest local police agency. They can confirm the existence of a warrant and bond should be posted in person.

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