Jan 13

Press Release: Burglaries Solved (Multiple Businesses)

On 12-22-2016, the North Branch Bakery located on Huron Street in the Village of North Branch reported to Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies that the business was broken into sometime during the night. Entry was forced with minimum damage to a door.

On 12-27-2016, the North Branch Bakery reported to Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies that the business was broken into a second time during the night. Entry was forced with minimum damage. Only limited items were stolen during both of these burglaries.

On 01-04-2017, Dynamics Dance Studio on Huron Street in North Branch reported a burglary. Dynamics Dance Studio and North Branch Bakery are located within the same block. Entry was forced with minimum damage to a door. There was more activity inside the building from the responsible parties including spray paint damage and consumption of food items.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies were aggressively pursuing leads over the course of several days. Numerous people were contacted and eventually eliminated for various reasons. There was discussion between Lapeer County Deputies and North Branch Bakery regarding posting a social media to hopefully develop the vital information needed to resolve these crimes.

On Monday 01-09-2017, North Branch Bakery posted on Facebook that they were offering a donut reward for information. Regional and local news media further publicized.

On Monday 01-09-2017 around 5:20 PM, a significant development occurred. North Branch Bakery was contacted via social media and also visited in person by a local teenage juvenile who had information regarding the burglaries. An item of stolen property was returned to North Branch Bakery. Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies immediately followed up on this significant development.

On Tuesday 01-10-2017, a search warrant was executed in the Village of North Branch. Another teenage juvenile was taken into custody and more stolen property was recovered that was owned by North Branch Bakery and  Dynamics Dance Studio.

Deputies were able to recover the higher monetary valued stolen items (electronics, safe, cash, and play props) from both businesses.

The teenage juvenile taken into custody on 01-10-2017 was later released to a parent while the investigation continues and case presentation to the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office for formal criminal charges.

The information and facts at this time suggest that all parties involved have been identified. These burglaries were occurring during the early morning hours while the business were closed. The names will not be released (juveniles and pending issuance of criminal charges). Unfortunately, further details can’t be released at this time to protect the integrity of an on-going investigation with anticipated prosecution resulting.
It is very pleasing that some closure has occurred for the victims (North Branch Bakery and Dynamics Dance Studio) by identifying the responsible parties and reuniting them with property that was stolen. Furthermore, safety and security can be restored for the Village of North Branch community.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Sgt. Matt Blair (810-245-2390 or mblair@lapeercounty.org) or Detective Sgt. Jason Parks (810-656-1015 or jparks@lapeercounty.org).

Media Release- Burglaries of businesses in North Branch

Nov 23

Press Release: Narcotics Investigation (approximately $10,000 worth of cocaine seized)

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemLapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies received information regarding illegal narcotics activity at a residence in the Village of North Branch.  This information was investigated further and   probable cause was developed.  Deputies were granted a search warrant for the residence.

On Wednesday 11-23-2016, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies executed the search warrant.   Deputies seized a considerable amount of cocaine with an approximate street value of $10,000.  In addition to the cocaine, illegal marijuana; numerous weapons; and cash was seized during the execution of the search warrant.

The home owners (female age 38 and male age 35) were temporarily released pending further investigation.  This investigation will be presented to the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office in the near future regarding formal criminal charges.

Photograph does not depict case evidence

Photograph does not depict case evidence

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Nov 18

Fatal Traffic Crash, Burnside Township

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Friday 11-18-2016 at 10:15 AM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to a personal injury traffic crash on Burnside Road (M-90) near Churchill Road in Brown City (Lapeer County’s Burnside Township).

James Schaffer age 29 from North Branch was the driver and sole occupant of a westbound 1998 Ford Expedition.   Schaffer crossed over the center line into the path of an eastbound Freightliner semi owned by Country Fresh of Grand Rapids, Michigan driven by Bruce Pullman age 51 from Utica.    Pullman was delivering ice cream to a business in Yale, Michigan when the crash occurred.

The crash was considered “head on”.   The Ford Expedition driven by Shaffer departed the north side of the roadway and came to rest on its side.    Shaffer was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The front axle of the semi driven by Pullman broke during the collision and the vehicle came to rest within the center of the roadway.   Pullman was transported to McLaren in Lapeer for non-life threatening injuries.

The roadway was closed for approximately 4 ½ hours for rescue; investigation; and wreckage removal by Yakes Towing in North Branch.

Preliminary investigation suggest that neither excessive speeds over the 55 MPH speed limit or alcohol are factors in this fatal traffic crash.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Brown City Fire Department,  Michigan State Police Lapeer Regional Post,  and the Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division.   This traffic crash remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

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