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.

Jan 12

Press Release: Double Fatal Traffic Crash, Deerfield Township

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Monday 01-11-2016 at 6:50 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an injury traffic on  Columbiaville Road to the west of N. Lapeer Road in Columbiaville (Deerfield Township- Lapeer County).

James Hinman was driving 2006 Buick Lucerne west on Columbiaville Road. James Hinman’s wife Peggy Hinman was the front seat passenger. James Hinman lost control and crossed into the eastbound lane of Columbiaville into the path of a 2004 Subaru Outback driven by a 29 year old man from Columbiaville. The collision was broadsided with the front of the Subaru striking the passenger side door of the Buick. Both vehicles subsequently departed the south side of the roadway.

James Hinman and Peggy Hinman were pronounced deceased at the scene. The 29 year old Columbiaville man was transported to McLaren- Lapeer with non-life threatening injuries.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Deerfield Township Fire and Rescue. The roadway was closed for approximately 2 ½ hours for rescue and investigative purposes.

Preliminary investigation supports that neither alcohol nor excessive speeds were factors in this traffic crash. Weather and roadway conditions may have been a factor. The traffic crash remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is request to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-245-1381.

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