Aug 14

Press Release: Multiple Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash, Attica Township

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Thursday 08-13-2015 at 2:22 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Vandenberg responded to the intersection of Lake George and Newark Road in Attica (Lapeer County’s Attica Township) for a multiple vehicle traffic crash involving a motorcycle.

Deputies determined that Elmer Lumsden age 78 from Dryden was traveling northbound on Lake George Road.   Elmer Lumsden was the lone occupant in his 2002 Chevrolet Malibu. Elmer Lumsden disregarded the stop sign at Newark Road and entered the intersection in the path of a 2000 Jeep Cherokee traveling westbound on Newark Road driven by Jacob Mueller age 21 from Metamora. The initial collision was broadside and vehicles traveled to the northwest quadrant of the intersection.

Guy Palmer age 60 from Metamora was on a 2004 Harley Davidson within the northwest quadrant of the intersection. Guy Palmer previously traveled southbound on Lake George Road and was stopped for the Newark Road stop sign when the initial collision occurred. Guy Palmer was struck by Elmer Lumsden’s vehicle as it departed the roadway.   The vehicles driven by Elmer Lumsden and Jacob Mueller overturned before coming to rest. Guy Palmer was ejected off his 2004 Harley Davidson.

Jacob Mueller and Guy Palmer were transported to McLaren- Lapeer Region for non-life threatening injuries.   Elmer Lumsden was pronounced deceased on scene and extricated from his vehicle by Attica Township and Imlay City Fire and Rescue.

Preliminary investigation does not suggest that excessive speeds or alcohol are contributing factors in this traffic crash. The intersection was closed for about three hours for rescue and investigative purposes.

Aug 09

Press Release: Traffic Fatality, Burnside Township

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Saturday 08-08-2015 at 2:07 PM,   Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Van Dyke (M-53) south of Deanville Road in Brown City (Lapeer County’s Burnside Township) for an injury traffic crash.

Deputies determined that Kyle Atkins age 27 from Burton was traveling southbound on Van Dyke driving a 2007 Honda Accord.   Lisa Atkins (mother of Kyle Atkins) age 55 from Burton was a front seat passenger. Corrine Miller (grandmother of Kyle Atkins) age 78 from Burton was in the back seat.

Kyle Atkins approached and stopped on the roadway behind a southbound 2003 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Peter Manimanis age 18 from Brown City.   Peter Manimanis (lone occupant) was stopped on the roadway while yielding to northbound traffic before performing a left turn on a private drive.

A Dodge 3500 series truck driven by Nicholas Percy age 43 from Spring Lake, Michigan was traveling southbound and approached the two stopped vehicles.   Nicholas Percy struck the back of Kyle Atkins’ vehicle which subsequently struck the back of Peter Manimanis’ vehicle.

Kyle Atkins and Lisa Atkins were transported to McLaren- Lapeer for non-life threatening injuries.   Corrine Miller had to be extricated from the vehicle by Brown City Fire Department and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Neither Peter Manimanis nor Nicholas Percy were injured.   A passenger in Nicholas Percy’s vehicle being Kelly Campbell age 44 from Kentwood, Michigan (Nicholas Percy’s girlfriend) was transported to McLaren- Lapeer for non-life threatening injuries.

Van Dyke was closed for approximately 3 ½ hours for rescue and investigative purposes.  The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police (Lapeer Post), Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division, Marlette Police Department,   Brown City Fire Department, Marlette EMS Ambulance Service, and Lapeer County 911 dispatchers.

Preliminary investigation does not suggest that either excessive speed or alcohol are contributing factors in this fatal traffic crash.   The incident remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.  Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-245-1381 (jparks@lapeercounty.org).

Aug 03

Press Release: Drive by shooting with suspect immediately arrested

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Friday 07-31-2015 at 11:18 PM,   Lapeer County Central Dispatch received 911 calls that an individual was discharging a firearm while driving by a residence on Forest Avenue in Otter Lake.  There was no known injuries with multiple shots fired.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Hinsberger was in the immediate area and encountered the suspect’s vehicle.  The vehicle was followed into northern Genesee County until a backup unit was in position.  Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies performed a traffic stop on Henderson Road to the north of Lake Road.    The driver and lone occupant (Kyle Spohn) was taken into custody without event.

Deputies established that there was a social gathering on Forest Avenue.  Kyle Spohn who previously resided in Otter Lake was requested to leave the social gathering.  It is alleged that Kyle Spohn returned to the residence about a half hour later and discharged several rounds from a shot gun from his vehicle that was on Forest Avenue.  It was reported that Kyle Spohn drove past the residence numerous times while discharging the firearm.   There was numerous people standing outside the residence when the firearm was discharged with no injuries reported.  The residence’s structure and a vehicle parked out front was damaged by gunfire.

Kyle Spohn was immediately lodged in the Lapeer County Jail.   Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated this complaint throughout the day on Saturday with the investigation presented to Lapeer County Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Miller on Sunday morning.    The following formal criminal charges were issued on Sunday 08-02-2015.   Kyle Spohn was arraigned in the 71-A District Court of Lapeer on Sunday 08-02-2015.

  • Four counts of assault with intent to murder (Related to the people standing outside the residence when shots were fired)
    Victim #1 was a 28 year old female from Otter Lake
    Victim #2 was a 28 year old male from Otter Lake
    Victim #3 was a 24 year old female from Otter Lake
    Victim #4 was a 36 year old male from Otter Lake
  • Four counts of felony firearm
  • Discharging a firearm at a building
  • Discharging a firearm- vehicle
  • Operating while intoxicated.

Kyle  Spohn currently remains incarcerated in the Lapeer County Jail on a $750,000 bond.   Kyle Spohn next scheduled court date in the 71-A District Court of Lapeer is 08-14-2015.

KYLE SPOHN

KYLE SPOHN

Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin is very thankful that nobody was injured during this violent and very dangerous act that jeopardized the safety of the entire community.   Marathon Township and the Village of Otter Lake have a police contract with the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office for a deputy assigned to the area which played a significant role in neutralizing the violent act, locating valuable evidence including the weapon, and immediately arresting the alleged offender to protect the community.

Lapeer County Central Dispatch 911 Dispatchers played a valuable role by relaying critical information to deputies and coordinating emergency response. Michigan State Police Troopers from the Lapeer Post assisted deputies with securing the crime scene.

This case currently remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.  Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-245-1381 or jparks@lapeercounty.org.

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