Jun 23

M-24 (Lapeer Road) detour starts July 7

MDOT banner 9-16-13 updateM-24 (Lapeer Road) detour starts July 7

Michigan DOT sent this bulletin at 06/22/2015 03:53 PM EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                Monday, June 22, 2015

CONTACT: Jocelyn Hall, MDOT Office of Communications, 989-245-7117 hallj20@michigan.gov

 M-24 (Lapeer Road) detour starts July 7




M-24 (Lapeer Road)

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Mid-September 2015


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is continuing work on M-24 (Lapeer Road). Beginning July 7, crews will close M-24 at Farmers Creek Road for bridge replacement and installation of a pedestrian tunnel. This project may include night work.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:                     

M-24 construction remains under way, with one lane closed in each direction. Access to businesses will be maintained during this work (left turns will continue to be prohibited except at traffic signals).

Traffic will be detoured via Demille Road, Saginaw Street, and Genesee Street.


Jun 18

Press Release: Hazmat Situation – Patrol Unit Collision

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Thursday 06-18-2015 at 12:42 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Sgt. Craig Miller responded to the intersection of North Branch Road and Lake Pleasant Road in North Branch (North Branch Township- Lapeer County) for a pickup truck that rolled over while towing an anhydrous tank.

It was established that a 17 year old from Fostoria was driving the truck. The anhydrous tank was being towed from a farm field within the immediate area to the agriculture facility in North Branch. It was determined that the driver performed a turn at an unsafe speed resulting in the vehicle overturning. The driver was not injured.

The anhydrous tank leaked gasses until shut off at a valve. North Branch Fire Department responded for the Hazmat situation. North Branch Fire Department and Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies blocked the roadway until a full assessment could be performed and the immediate area was deemed safe.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Poniatowski was assigned traffic detail at North Branch Road and Cedar Creek Road in North Branch. Deputy Poniatowski was out of his cruiser which was positioned within the roadway to block traffic. The patrol unit was fully marked with emergency lights activated in a clear vision area. The patrol cruiser was in this location for approximately 20 minutes prior to the collision occurring at 1:24 PM

A vehicle driven by a 30 year old Cass City female was traveling westbound on North Branch Road. The female struck the patrol car. Nobody was inside the patrol car (deputy not injured) and the driver sustained minor injuries to her legs. Deputies cited the driver and she was transported to McLaren- Lapeer for non-life threatening injuries.

The Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division is assisting with the original collision involving the pickup truck towing the anhydrous tank. Lapeer County 911 Center Dispatcher efficiently coordinated this situation involving multiple agencies. The area was deemed safe and normal traffic was allowed to resume around 2:00 PM.

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 (tcovert@lapeercounty.org) or Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-245-1381 (jparks@lapeercounty.org)

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