May 08

Press Release: Commercial Burglary- Arrest Made on 05-06-2015

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Sunday 05-03-2015 at 9:17 AM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Hickory Place Car Wash located in the 5000 block of N. Lapeer Road in Columbiaville (Lapeer County’s Deerfield Township) for a burglary discovered by the owner.

The business is a 24 hours self-serve car wash. It was determined that on Saturday 05-02-2015 between hours of 10 PM and 11 PM, the power was disconnected from the building. The office was accessed through the roof.   A quantity of change currency was stolen from the office area.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office utilized communication networks with law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, and retail establishments to disseminated information about change currency being stolen.   On Wednesday 05-06-2015, the Lapeer County Bank and Trust contacted the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office regarding Jorge Ortiz age 34 from Columbiaville visiting their branches with a large amount of change currency requesting to exchange it for paper currency.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies visited Ortiz’s residence in Columbiaville (within immediate area of the Hickory Place Car Wash) on Wednesday 05-06-2015 during the late afternoon hours. It was determined that Ortiz was previously residing in Mount Morris until moving to Columbiaville a few weeks ago.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies located evidence and suspected illegal narcotics during this visit that resulted in Ortiz being taken into custody immediately and lodged in the Lapeer County Jail.

On Thursday 05-07-2015, the case was presented to Lapeer County Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Miller. Chief APA Miller authorized an arrest warrant for Ortiz for burglary, larceny in a building, and felony narcotics criminal charges.   Ortiz was arraigned in the 71-A District Court on Thursday

05-07-2015 during the afternoon hours and remains incarcerated in the Lapeer County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Next court appearance is scheduled on 05-14-2015.   Ortiz is on probation in Genesee County for burglary and probation violations are being sought.

Anyone with information about the burglary is requested to contact Deputy Troy Covert at 810-245-1363 ( or Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-245-1381 (

Apr 13

Texting to 911 Service

text911Text messaging is very popular these days for anyone with a smartphone and billions of texts are sent each day in the United States. The ability to send a text message to emergency services is something new to public safety and Lapeer County was the first in the State of Michigan to implement the service. Click here to see a map of counties in the state and their text to 911 service status.

While the service is still in its infancy, it can be a valuable tool in certain situations. An example of where texting to 911 would be appropriate is when a person is hiding in a closet from an intruder in their home. Texting would give the advantage of being silent and still getting a hold of help, whereas calling on the phone could possibly give your hiding location away. Another benefit would be when a cell phone has too poor of a signal to make a call. Sometimes with poor signal a text message might still get through, especially if a person is lost in the woods and is far from a cellular tower.

We wish to caution everyone that the text to 911 service may not always be the best option to choose in an emergency. Texting emergency services can be much slower compared to a regular telephone call, causing delays in gathering information and sending help. By calling 911 on the telephone dispatchers can gather information more quickly and efficiently and get help coming much faster.

Additionally, a telephone call can help dispatchers learn more about the situation by hearing background noises, the caller’s tone and demeanor as well as provide better assurances to the caller that they’re being helped. In medical cases, a regular 911 call can provide pre-arrival instructions which will help patients before an ambulance arrives on scene.

Lapeer County Central Dispatch has text to 911 support for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

If there is a problem with a particular carrier’s service or your carrier isn’t supported by the text to 911 service, and you attempt to text 911, you will be given a bounce back message from the carrier advising you to dial 911 on the telephone instead.

Sending fake or prank texts to 911 is a prosecutable offense just the same as abusing the 911 system in general.

We at Lapeer County Central Dispatch encourage everyone to make a regular telephone call to 911 in emergencies when they are able to, rather than text messaging to 911. That will aid us in getting you help much faster.

NBC TV 25 WEYI Story on Text to 911

Apr 06

Press Release: M-24 (S Main St) Reconstruction Resumes April 13

MDOT banner 9-16-13 update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​​                                                     MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2015

CONTACT: Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications,







START DATE:                   

Monday, April 13, 2015


Mid-September 2015


M-24 will be reconstructed from Demille Road to Nepessing Street in the city of Lapeer and Lapeer Township as part of the second year in a two-year project.

In addition to road construction, the $17.5 million project also includes:

– storm and sanitary sewer,

– water main and hydrants,

– sidewalk and signal upgrades,

– curb and gutter replacement,

– shoulder improvements,

– constructing a nonmotorized path from Turrill Road to Tower Street,

– replacing the M-24 culvert over Farmers Creek, and

– installing a new lighted pedestrian tunnel.

All side street approaches within the project limits will be included in the reconstruction.

Access to all businesses will be maintained for the duration of this project.


– M-24 will be reconstructed from Demille Road to Nepessing Street, with one lane closed in each direction and all traffic shifted to the northbound lanes.

– The Farmers Creek bridge will be replaced, with traffic detoured from July 8 to Aug. 23, and

– Left turns will be prohibited, except at traffic signals.


The overall project includes reconstructing 2 miles of M-24 from south of I-69 to Nepessing Street. M-24 was reconstructed from I-69 to Demille Road in 2014.

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