Department of Natural Resources
Conservation Officer (CO) Jenni Hanson was the closest unit to respond to a motorcycle accident in Wakefield. A motorcycle slammed into a cement truck and the driver was laying in the road not moving when CO Hanson arrived. After a primary assessment she discovered the motorcyclist was conscious and breathing but complaining of neck pain and a hurt arm. CO Hanson rendered aid until Beacon Ambulance arrived to transport him to Aspirus Grandview Hospital where he was later airlifted to Wausau, Wisconsin.
COs Byron Parks and Ethen Mapes were patrolling the Ontonagon River when they were requested to respond to a hiker having medical issues in the Porcupine Mountains. COs Parks and Mapes responded to Lake of the Clouds where they were met by other hikers who helped run in medical supplies two miles down a hiking trail to the patient's location. Despite the efforts, the patient was not able to be revived. An Ontonagon County Sheriff's deputy, park rangers, and medical personnel were all a part of the efforts.
CO Brian Lasanen and David Miller were headed back to the marina when they passed a pontoon boat without the proper red/ green navigation lights on. Contact was made with the vessel. While talking to the driver, CO Lasanen could smell an odor of intoxicants emitting from his person. CO Lasanen asked how much he drank tonight, and he stated that he had about four to five beers. CO Lasanen requested the driver to come over to their patrol boat and perform seated battery standardized field sobriety tests (SFST). The operator was arrested and transported to the Houghton County Jail for boating under the influence.
CO Jenni Hanson was requested to assist with a possible drowning at Rainbow Falls. CO Hanson utilized a kayak to patrol up the Black River in search of the missing 22-year-old girl. The search extended into the next day with an extensive recovery team consisting of the Michigan State Police (MSP) Marine Services Team, Gogebic County Sheriff's Office, Gogebic County Search and Rescue Team, and US Forest Service (USFS) Law Enforcement. Unfortunately, their efforts were unsuccessful in locating the missing female.
CO Zach Painter was on patrol near Lake Gogebic when he was contacted by MSP Trooper Evan Fezatt. Trooper Fezatt advised CO Painter that he had been waved down near the south end of the lake and was told that an assault had possibly taken place on a pontoon boat near the south end of the lake. The officers launched CO Painter's patrol boat and contacted the pontoon boat. No assault had taken place, but the officers noticed several signs of intoxication with the operator of the boat. CO Painter ran the operator through SFSTs. The operator of the vessel was placed under arrest for operating a boat while intoxicated.
CO Zach Painter was on patrol in Gogebic County and observed a vehicle that was having trouble staying in its lane of travel. CO Painter conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. CO Painter contacted the driver and noticed several signs of intoxication. CO Painter ran the driver through SFSTs. The driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated and cited for refusal of a preliminary breath test (PBT).
CO Anna Viau received a call from Iron County Central Dispatch about a grass fire in southern Iron County started by a property owner burning grass clippings. Upon her arrival, CO Viau observed that the fire had not spread far and had not done any damage to surrounding property. However, the fire had been purposefully started by the property owner while there were no burn permits. A citation was issued for burning while prohibited.
CO Anna Viau was patrolling a busy lake on July 4th when she observed the operator of a jet ski not wearing a PFD. The man on the jet ski was also repeatedly jumping the wake of a boat pulling a person on a tube. Once she was finally able to stop the jet ski, CO Viau questioned the operator about his actions. He stated he had been trying to catch the boat because they were his family members and had his PFD for riding the jet ski. He also admitted to knowing he should not be jumping the wake of the boat. CO Viau issued the man a citation for not wearing a PFD on the jet ski and a warning for jumping the wake of the boat.
COs Jeremy Sergey and John Kamps were patrolling the Dead River Basin in Marquette County when they noticed an individual operating a personal watercraft (PWC) without a PFD. When the COs stopped the individual, he stated he deserved whatever he had coming as his wife has told him in the past that he should wear his PFD. The individual was issued a citation for not wearing a PFD while operating a PWC.
COs Dave Miller and Brian Lasanen were flagged down by a boater who was about to wash up along the break wall near the Jacobsville Lighthouse. The boat had over-heated and they were unable to get it started. The COs threw a line to the other vessel and were able to keep them from contacting the break wall. They were towed to a dock where they were able to safely take their boat out of the water.
COs Dave Miller and Brian Lasanen were dispatched to an individual who had fallen out of a boat while it was under way and the boat was pilotless and spinning in circles. The vessel ran out of fuel and the subject was picked up from an individual on a PWC prior to the COs' arrival.
CO John Kamps assisted a Marquette County sheriff's deputy by driving him to a domestic dispute in a remote portion of Marquette County. While dealing with the domestic call, CO Kamps and the deputy located a semi-automatic 22 firearm and a small baggie of methamphetamine. Charges are being submitted for felons in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
CO John Kamps responded to the scene of a forest fire and assisted the fire officers to develop a suspect. The CO went to the suspect's house for an interview and was unable to contact the suspect. During that visit, CO Kamps observed a 4-point deer rack along the front walkway of the suspect's house. The deer had a 2019 combination deer tag on it and the suspect's name. The CO did a quick license check of the suspect to find that he had not purchased a deer license since 2011. The tag on the license came back to another individual. COs Josh Boudreaux and Kamps contacted the individual whose tag was on the deer. The individual confessed that she had not deer hunted for over ten years. The COs then made contact with the original suspect at his residence. A full confession was obtained for taking a deer without a license, taking an undersized deer with a combination tag, and borrowing a deer license from another individual. Evidence was seized and charges are being submitted for the deer.
COs John Kamps and Josh Boudreaux were patrolling near one of the branches of the Chocolay River in Marquette County when they observed a man sitting in the grass off the shoulder of the road. Thinking it was strange, the COs contacted the individual who immediately threw his hands up and assured the COs that he was not fishing, he was just waiting for his friend who had gone out fishing a few hours earlier. CO Kamps stayed with the individual while CO Boudreaux attempted to locate the angler. A while later an angler emerged from the woods across the road and was contacted by CO Kamps. The angler immediately informed CO Kamps that he had an illegal fish and told him an unlikely story. The fisherman explained that some unknown guy came up to him and put the undersized bass on his stringer, but before he could remove it and run after the guy to give it back to him, he rolled up his window and sped away in his truck. The angler was cited for possessing an 8-inch largemouth bass.
COs John Kamps and Josh Boudreaux were contacted by Marquette County Central Dispatch regarding an emergency message that needed to be relayed to an individual camping in a remote part of the county where there was no cell service. Both COs responded and met near the lake. CO Kamps, who had arrived first, located the subject's vehicle, but it appeared he had already left and paddled out to a remote campsite. After unloading their canoe and preparing for a windy paddle, the COs heard a motorboat coming across the lake. The COs flagged down the boat from shore and informed the operator of the situation. The anglers stated they had seen a single canoe and some camping gear on the far side of the lake and volunteered to transport the COs to the site. Upon contacting the individual at his campsite and explaining the situation, the COs helped him pack up his camp site and transported him back to his vehicle so he could get on the road to the hospital. The man was incredibly thankful for the assistance, as were the COs for the help provided by the angler with his motorboat.
CO Josh Boudreaux was patrolling back to his residence when he heard a request for additional units in the city of Marquette regarding a mentally ill man who was believed to have fired multiple shots from a handgun before taking off on foot in an unknown direction. CO Boudreaux assisted the Marquette City Police Department, Northern Michigan University Public Safety, MSP, and Marquette County Sheriff's Department with locating the subject. The subject was apprehended peacefully in a wooded area near the hospital and was transported to the hospital for a psychological evaluation.
CO Robert Freeborn was on patrol when he observed a dirt bike riding a wheelie on a state highway. As CO Freeborn went by the dirt bike, the operator kept looking back over his shoulder. CO Freeborn turned his patrol vehicle around, and an enforcement stop was made on the bike. A citation was issued for operating on a state highway. Several hours later CO Freeborn responded to a report of a dirt bike accident in the city of Manistique. Upon arrival CO Freeborn immediately recognized the subject as the same subject that he wrote a citation to for riding a wheelie on a state highway. The MSP handled the investigation.
CO Robert Freeborn was just launching his boat when he heard a call for any available unit to respond to an automatic external defibrillator (AED) incident. CO Freeborn was the closest officer in the area and responded to the scene. Upon arrival CO Freeborn located an unresponsive subject who was not breathing. CO Freeborn immediately hooked up his AED to the subject and ran it through the checks. After the AED advised no shock, emergency medical services (EMS) arrived on scene and took over. Upon further analysis by EMS, it was determined the subject was already deceased.
CO Chris Lynch successfully served a multiple count arrest warrant without incident on a subject who was reported to have shot at geese with a .22 caliber rifle on multiple occasions, hitting some of them. The suspect is facing charges related to illegally taking waterfowl, discharging a firearm within the safety zone of several houses, and reckless discharge of a firearm.
CO Chris Lynch successfully served a multiple count arrest warrant without incident on a subject who was involved with two others in illegally taking deer last year during the rifle season. The suspect is facing charges for taking deer without a license, taking deer with the use of an artificial light, taking deer from a motor vehicle, taking deer outside of legal shooting hours, and shining with a weapon in possession.
CO Chris Lynch was on patrol when a call of an overturned kayak came out. The kayaker entered a portion of the river with rapids and came across debris blocking the river, got stuck in the debris, and ultimately overturned. The kayaker lost his kayak and was stuck in the rapids with his partner. One of them was able to call 911 and while units were responding, the kayakers were able to get onto a little island that was in the river. CO Lynch loaded a canoe and Corporal (Cpl.) Mike Hammill loaded an ORV and responded to the scene. The COs assisted in locating the stranded kayakers. The kayakers were ultimately located and though shaken up, were ok with just minor injuries. Paramedics were standing by on scene to check them out.
While patrolling the AuTrain River, COs Andrea Dani and Mark Zitnik accompanied by USFS Officer Dave Tembreull observed a group of five kayakers without PFDs. The group came to shore to meet the officers and present identification. Several of the subjects had difficulty walking to the officers, falling off balance. Officers observed open containers of alcoholic beverages in several of the kayaks. Every kayaker in the group was under the legal age to possess alcohol, and when a Preliminary Breath Test was offered, test results indicating all five kayakers had been drinking. Officers ended the kayakers float and stayed with the group until the PBT results of the kayaker that was supposed to be the designated driver read .000%. All five kayakers were issued a citation for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and each received a warning for no PFD.
CO Andrea Dani was stopped by a group of ORVs wanting to report an accident. The ORVs involved were already on a trailer at the Buckhorn Restaurant. According to both drivers and witnesses, the leader of the group, on a four-wheeler, stopped at an intersection to wait. Due to dry conditions, a large amount of dust formed behind him; combined with speed, his follower in a side-by-side was to not be able to see his four-wheeler until just before contact. The following ORV was able to slightly swerve left, avoiding a full impact, but collided with the four-wheeler enough to cause the side-by-side to flip multiple times across the intersection. No injuries were reported in the crash.
CO Mark Zitnik was on M-28 patrolling his way to Munising when he observed a side-by-side operating on the highway, which then pulled into a local restaurant. The CO conducted a traffic stop and asked the operator of the ORV why he was driving down the busy highway. The driver replied, "The ORV trail to the restaurant is too rough," and he noted he was in a hurry to eat the mushroom soup. The driver was issued a citation for operating an ORV on a highway.
CO Mark Zitnik was dispatched to a report of a side-by-side submerged in water on an ORV trail. Upon arrival, CO Zitnik found the vehicle was submerged in water with the three occupants (a mother and two young children) soaked and standing in the bed of the vehicle. The CO waded out to it and assisted the eight and five-year old children back to the vehicle to stay warm. The tow company arrived to pull the disabled vehicle out of the water with the help of the CO. Everyone was safe.
CO Mike Olesen received a tip that an individual was attempting to give what appeared to be loosestrife - an invasive plant. CO Olesen contacted the party that had the plant listed and informed them that their actions were illegal. The loosestrife was properly disposed of and the individuals were educated on how destructive this plant can be.
COs Justin Vinson and Cole VanOosten were on 4th of July marine patrol when they observed two PWCs with two occupants on each machine driving recklessly and swerving towards other boats and swimmers in the water. Contact was made and a citation was issued to both operators for careless operation of PWCs and warnings were issued for operating PWCs at greater than no wake within 100 feet of a dock, within 100 feet of another boat, and for operating an unregistered watercraft.
COs Colton Gelinas and Cole VanOosten were on marine patrol on South Manistique Lake prior to the July 4th firework show when they observed a pontoon operating after sunset without navigation lights. A stop was initiated, and it was determined that there was only one working light on the boat. Upon contact COs observed many alcoholic containers throughout the boat and it was determined that the operator had been drinking. SFSTs were conducted, and it was determined that the operator of the boat was operating under illegal levels of intoxicants. The driver of the vessel was arrested and lodged in the Mackinac County Jail.
COs Todd Sumbera, Cole VanOosten, Justin Vinson, Colton Gelinas, and Sgt. Calvin Smith had a dedicated marine patrol in Les Cheneaux Islands participating in Operation Dry Water. The COs encountered many boaters and people that were vacationing in the area for the July 4th weekend. During the patrol numerous citations were issued for safety violations including no PFDs, careless operation of PWC, and failing to have an observer while having a person in tow. During the patrol COs Sumbera and VanOosten observed a boat that was displaying an expired registration. A stop was made on the vessel and an investigation determined the operator was two times over the legal alcohol limit. The operator of the boat was lodged in the Mackinac County Jail.
CO Chad Baldwin responded to a complaint of two lost campers who had gone for a hike on state land and could not find their way back to their campsite. The campers flagged down an ORV that had passed by on the road they had hiked out to and the ORV operator called 911. CO Baldwin located the campers standing by on the roadside and found that they had purposely left their cellphones at the campsite. They also chose not to wear shoes as it was supposed to be healthy to walk barefoot through the woods. One camper was pregnant and had a 10-week-old puppy with her and no water. The campers described the area that they had set up their tent and CO Baldwin, being familiar with the area, recognized the spot they described and gave them a ride back to camp. CO Baldwin offered water and ensured they had enough food and medical supplies to sustain them through their trip. The campers stated they had everything they needed. The hikers were happy to be back at their campsite.
COs Chad Baldwin and Adam LeClerc responded to a complaint on Walloon Lake about a homeowner placing mooring buoys in the water and along the length of their property with "Private Property" written on them. The homeowner was allegedly kicking out swimmers from the area and had gotten into multiple confrontations with boaters and swimmers. The COs spoke with the homeowner and complainants. Both sides were warned and told to respect each other's right to swim and private property. Both sides agreed to behave, and the COs were not called back to the property for the remainder of the day.
COs Andrea Albert and Andrea Erratt observed a kayaker on Torch Lake marine patrol during the 4th of July who was trying to paddle to shore but appeared to be tired because he kept stopping to take a break. The COs checked the kayaker who did not have a PFD in his kayak, and he said he was getting tired trying to make it back to the park where he started. CO Erratt ticketed the man for failing to provide a PFD for his kayak and they gave him a ride to shore.
COs Andrea Albert and Andrea Erratt were on marine patrol on Torch Lake during the busy 4th of July holiday when the COs observed a PWC being operated erratically behind another vessel. The COs conducted a stop on the vessel. CO Albert noticed immediately that the operator was slurring his speech. The operator was brought on board and CO Albert performed sobriety tests. During the contact, the operator kept stating that he had just fed a group of police officers burgers and brats and he was upset about how he was being treated. Further investigation found the operator to be under the influence of alcohol at almost double the limit of .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). He was arrested for operating a watercraft while intoxicated. During the stop, friends of the operator were wading out into the shallow water towards the CO's boat while yelling and screaming at the COs. The driver continued to be extremely upset because he provided food to law enforcement and now he was not able to drive his PWC while drunk. The operator was lodged in the Kalkaska County Jail. The COs were assisted by the Antrim and Kalkaska County Sheriff's Departments.
COs Andrea Albert and Andrea Erratt where on marine patrol during Torch Fest on Torch Lake and checked a woman in a kayak with a 13-year-old boy in a second kayak. Neither kayaker had a PFD and they were in deep water paddling to the sandbar through heavy boating traffic. A ticket was issued for no PFD and the COs escorted the kayakers safely back to shore.
CO Andrea Albert, while on a Lake Michigan marine patrol, found a kayaker without a PFD in water over 32 feet deep. CO Albert explained the dangers of kayaking without any type of PFD, issued a ticket for the offense, and made sure the kayaker made it safely to shore.
CO Andrea Albert served a two-count warrant on a subject who had purchased hunting licenses in 2018 and 2019 in Otsego County while his hunting privileges were revoked. The subject was revoked from purchasing any hunting licenses for three years from an illegal deer charge that occurred in Kalkaska County. The subject's three young grandchildren at the residence were very enamored with CO Albert's patrol truck and presence, so they received some CO badges and wrist bands which put a smile on their faces.
CO Nathan Beelman and Sgt. Bill Webster also assisted a group of boaters who were unable to navigate the entry to the Torch River and were bumping into multiple boats and docks at the entry to the river. The boat was assisted further down the river to calmer waters and the boat was directed towards the livery where the pontoon was rented from.
CO Tim Rosochacki was off duty when he received an alert from local dispatch regarding a boater in the water in distress on Burt Lake. CO Rosochacki responded immediately and launched his patrol boat. An 11-year old girl had called 911 because her mother was on a jet ski that had taken on water and the girl's father jumped into the water to assist the mother and the boats drifted apart. Sheriff's deputies located the 11-year old in the boat and CO Rosochacki found the adults on the PWC approximately a quarter mile away. Both were showing early stages of hypothermia after being in the water for a couple of hours. Both subjects were recovered and taken to a waiting ambulance onshore for a medical assessment.
CO Kyle Cherry was on patrol in Otsego County when he observed a side-by-side ORV operating on a closed section of trail. CO Cherry conducted a traffic stop on the ORV which had a female driver and three passengers. After observing open intoxicants in the ORV and interviewing the driver, CO Cherry removed the driver from the vehicle to conduct a sobriety test as part of a drunk driving investigation. The driver was arrested for drunk driving and was lodged at the Otsego County Jail. The driver had a BAC which was over twice the legal limit.
CO Kyle Cherry received a complaint of side-by-side ORVs that were operating on the Iron Belle Trail in Otsego County. The surfaced trail is a very busy and popularly used as a walking and bicycling trail. CO Cherry was able to locate and intercept the two ORVs. CO Cherry conducted a traffic stop and explained to the drivers the immediate safety issued. The drivers admitted to thinking it was odd that the trail they were on was surfaced and admitted seeing signs that stated "No ORVs" were allowed. The drivers also expressed gratitude that they did not hit any pedestrians. Both drivers were issued tickets and were directed safely off the trail.
COs Kyle Cherry, Tom Oberg, and Sgt. Mark DePew were conducting a marine patrol on Otsego Lake in Otsego County over the busy 4th of July weekend. The COs were conducting a fishing license check on a boat that was operating on the lake when they noticed the odor of intoxicants and physical indicators of intoxication coming from the driver of the boat. The driver was placed in the COs' patrol vessel and was given sobriety evaluations. The male driver was found to be boating while intoxicated and was arrested and lodged at Otsego County Jail.
CO Tom Oberg was on patrol when he responded to a fatal motorcycle accident in Otsego County. CO Oberg assisted in closing off one section of the road and diverting traffic to different routes while the investigation of the accident was underway.
Sgt. Mark DePew was on marine patrol when he contacted a PWC operator at a state launch on Mullett Lake in Cheboygan County. Upon contact with the operator, the sergeant observed several signs of intoxication. Sobriety evaluations were performed, and the subject was determined to be intoxicated. The subject was arrested and lodged in the Cheboygan County Jail for operating a boat while intoxicated (BWI).
COs Jon Sheppard and Jessie Curtis were patrolling back to the Alpena Field Office after conducting an evening marine patrol when they observed a vehicle swaying over the center and fog lines. The COs conducted a traffic stop and investigated the driver for signs of impairment. Sobrieties were performed and a PBT was given. The driver was found to be impaired by both alcohol and drugs. The driver was arrested and lodged for operating while under the influence of both drugs and alcohol. The COs also obtained a search warrant and subsequent blood sample for analysis.
CO Dan Liestenfeltz was on ORV patrol in Lewiston when he observed a vehicle swaying very aggressively in its lane. CO Liestenfeltz monitored the vehicle and observed the vehicle cross the center line and continue to drive down the center of the roadway. CO Liestenfeltz initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. When the driver was contacted, it was determined that he was operating while intoxicated (OWI). CO Liestenfeltz placed the subject into custody and transported him to the Montmorency County Jail. This is the subject's third OWI offense.
CO Sidney Collins was second to respond to a suicide. CO Collins assisted the Montmorency County deputies with a subject who jumped off a building to commit suicide. CO Collins did cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the subject to attempt to save him. The subject was pronounced dead at the scene.
COs Sidney Collins and Dan Liestenfeltz were on marine patrol on the 4th of July. The COs witnessed a jet skier wearing a George Washington mask and flying an American flag drive through a swim area with people swimming. The subject was issued a ticket.
CO Sidney Collins was first on scene to an ORV versus deer accident. The ORV hit a deer at a high rate of speed. The subject flipped the four-wheeler and was laying in the middle of M-33. CO Collins was able to use her patrol vehicle to stop traffic while she rendered first aid to the subject. The subject was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
CO William Haskin was patrolling Wexford County, watching anglers, during the hex hatch. A campground was nearby that started igniting fireworks and cutting down trees on state land. CO Haskin went into the campsite and located four individuals who had left the garbage associated with the fireworks they had shot earlier out and other debris on state land. CO Haskin also witnessed two individuals chopping down trees on state land. Citations were issued for littering and for cutting down trees in a recreation area.
While patrolling Lake Michigan near Leelanau County, COs Patrick McManus and Troy Ludwig were checking charter boats and were hailed by one boat who seemed to be in distress. When the COs pulled alongside the charter boat, the captain told them he had a large fishhook embedded in his hand and did not have the means to remove it himself. Using the tools and training provided to them from the DNR, the COs were not only able to remove the fishhook but were praised by the captain and six passengers aboard. Furthermore, when the COs concluded their patrol and returned to the Leland Harbor, word had spread of the aid provided, and several other charter captains and passengers thanked them for their help and the service they provide to the visitors and citizens of Michigan.
CO Troy Ludwig was patrolling the Manistee River when he was flagged down by a couple of kayakers who advised they had found a couple of paddles and a cooler floating down the river, just as the CO heard some shouting up the next bend in the river. As the CO made his way up the river, he observed two kayakers clinging to a log in a deep hole with a fast current and a third person in a tube attempting to hold onto a kayak. The kayakers on the log shouted they needed help and the CO maneuvered his patrol boat into a location so that he could assist them. The CO was able to get both kayakers from the log to the side of his boat and eventually into the boat. The tuber holding onto the kayak was also pulled from the water, along with all their belongings. One kayaker was very disoriented from the ordeal and advised he had swallowed a lot of water and had a heart condition. The CO checked the kayaker's vital signs an noted an irregular heart rate, along with very pale skin. The CO transported the group back to their starting location and had the kayaker evaluated by EMS.
COs Richard Stowe, Justin Vanderlinde, and Cpl. Sean Kehoe participated in a search for a missing swimmer on a Grand Traverse County lake. The recovery was eventually made by the Grand Traverse County dive team.
CO Steven Converse contacted two subjects attempting to launch their PWCs approximately 45 minutes after sunset. CO Converse explained the laws to them and watched as they loaded the machines back on the trailer. Approximately an hour later one of the subjects was observed launching the PWCs. CO Converse again contacted the subject and had an in-depth conversation about the law and the safety concerns of operating a PWC at night. The subject assured CO Converse that he was not going to operate them anywhere, that he was just making sure they ran. CO Converse suspected otherwise and left the area and returned 15 minutes later to find the PWCs hidden in the weeds, and the truck and trailer were gone. CO Converse left the launch and hid his patrol truck and returned to the launch on foot. A short time later the subject was observed riding back to the launch on a bike. The subject stopped short of the launch and carried his bike into the swamp to hide it. The subject got onto one of the PWCs and operated it across the lake, while towing the second PWC. CO Converse contacted the subject and issued him a ticket for operating a PWC outside the legal hours.
While leaving a boating access site in Mason County, CO Kyle Publiski noticed a side-by-side ORV coming down the road towards him. As the ORV drove by CO Publiski, he noticed the driver and passenger were not wearing seat belts and the ORV displayed an expired ORV registration from 2015. CO Publiski stopped the ORV and contacted the occupants. At that time, CO Publiski observed open alcohol containers in front of both the driver and passenger. CO Publiski could smell the odor of intoxicants coming from the driver. CO Publiski asked the driver how much he had to drink today, and the driver responded, "A couple." CO Publiski again asked the driver if he was sure he only had a couple of drinks and the driver responded, "Ok, I put myself at a .12." After SFSTs were complete and a PBT was given, the driver was at a .13. The driver then joked about how accurately he guessed. The driver was arrested and lodged in the Mason County Jail for his third offense drunk driving, possession of open intoxicants, and driving while license suspended.
While working ORVs on federal forest land in Mason County, CO Kyle Publiski was looking for ORVs operating in closed areas. CO Publiski was driving around a series of tight turns, when an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) coming from the opposite direction approached at a high rate of speed. The ATV operator was unable to stop and drove off the roadway and into the woods, luckily missing all the trees. As CO Publiski exited his patrol vehicle, a second ATV came around the same corner at a high rate of speed. CO Publiski activated his emergency lights and the ATV driver was able to stop the ATV before having to leave the roadway. CO Publiski addressed the driving too fast for conditions with both the drivers, as one of the drivers wanted to argue with CO Publiski about how he was in control of his ATV the entire time. CO Publiski pointed to the ATV off the trail in the woods and disagreed with the driver's assessment of the situation. Both drivers were issued citations for operating in a closed area and driving while their licenses were suspended.
CO Josiah Killingbeck and Sgt. Bob Meyers of the Lake County Sheriff's Department were on marine patrol and checked three kayaks that did not have PFDs. One subject told CO Killingbeck that he did not need one because a kayak is a floatation device. The subject told CO Killingbeck that he believes it is impossible to sink a kayak. CO Killingbeck assured the subject that kayaks will sink when filled with water and that many people have lost their lives in kayaks because of not having a PFD. All three subjects were issued a citation for failing to provide a PFD.
CO Jeff Ginn and Sgt. Mike Bomay assisted the Newaygo and Oceana County Sheriff's Departments' dive teams conduct training dives in an area that was believed to be the location of the bodies of two separate murder victims. CO Ginn was able to locate a suspicious irregular shape on the bottom of the lake using his down imaging sonar that became an object of interest. The object was removed and transported to shore to inspect its contents for evidence related to the murders.
Sgt. Mike Bomay and Commercial Fish Specialist Troy Van Gelderen patrolled Lake Michigan together and located a vessel in distress due to carbon monoxide issues in the cabin area. Children were sleeping in the cabin area and found to be unresponsive; the affected children were removed from the vessel and transported to shore by the Mason County Sheriff's Marine Division and Ludington Fire Department. The remaining occupants were removed from the cabin area followed to shore for safety. One of the children was transported to the hospital for treatment.
COs Ben Shively and Micah Hintze responded to a personal injury accident that was dispatched by Oceana County Central Dispatch of a car that had struck a tree and was on fire with the occupant still inside. The COs were the closest units and arrived on scene within three minutes. A passerby that came across the crash had pulled the driver out of the vehicle through the passenger window while the engine compartment was on fire. The passerby was able to drag the driver up to the roadway. COs Shively and Hintze blocked the roadway and contacted the injured driver and moved him to the opposite shoulder of the road as he was only ten feet from the fully engulfed car fire. The driver had suffered a compound fracture to his lower left leg above the ankle, broken lower right leg and ankle, and was bleeding from the face. The driver stated that he had swerved for a deer that ran out in front of him and struck the tree. The COs provided first aid to the driver until Life EMS arrived on scene to transport him to the hospital.
CO Ben Shively was clearing the ORV area at Silver Lake State Park in Oceana County when a medical call was dispatched by Oceana County Central Dispatch of a woman who had fallen down a dune and received a large laceration to her leg. The caller stated they had placed a makeshift tourniquet on the woman's leg. CO Shively and Deputy Donnie Hansen responded to Golden Township Park where the woman was located. As they arrived on scene, they found the woman was on the opposite side of Silver Creek at the park. CO Shively and Deputy Hansen waded across the creek to the woman and found the subject who had wrapped a towel around her lower calf and was applying pressure to the wound. CO Shively removed the towel and found minimal bleeding from the three-inch circular laceration and applied a trauma dressing to the wound. CO Shively and Deputy Hansen assisted Hart Fire Department with loading the woman in a Stokes basket and transporting her across Silver Creek to Life EMS for transport to the hospital.
CO Jeff Ginn, of Newaygo County, was working at the Silver Lake Dunes when he was notified of an accident where a side-by-side ORV had rolled over. Upon arrival, CO Ginn evaluated the operator's condition and requested EMS to respond. The ORV had to be towed out and the patient was transported off the dunes.
CO Casey Pullum was dispatched to a forest fire in the Mack Lake area of Oscoda County during an extremely dry period in July. The area is heavily forested with jack pine. A passerby called in the fire, stating the fire appeared to be very large. While headed to the location, CO Pullum was notified the fire was an extremely large brush pile set on fire by a homeowner. The fire department on scene stated the homeowner was upset and would not allow them to extinguish the fire. The homeowner was using heavy equipment to push the pile into the center as it burned. CO Pullum arrived on scene and spoke with the homeowner. CO Pullum notified him that the fire needed to be put out and no permits were being issued. A citation was issued to the homeowner for burning without a permit.
CO Tyler Sabuda arrived at the boat launch of a lake in Iosco County and was approached by multiple concerned citizens stating someone was going to die on the lake because of the way users were operating their watercraft. While being told this information, CO Sabuda observed a jet ski appear to serpentine through kids swimming in the water at greater than no wake speed. A second jet ski drove too close to the kids at greater than no wake speed. The two jet skis also went by CO Sabuda standing on a complainant's dock operating well over slow no wake speed. The operators were measured operating less than 50 feet from the dock. CO Sabuda contacted the operators and issued two citations for careless operation of a PWC. CO Sabuda issued a third citation to a different PWC operator for operating greater than slow no wake less than 100 feet from a dock/swimmer before clearing the lake.
CO Josh Wright was contacted by Clare County Central Dispatch about a possible intoxicated driver that was passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle at a gas station. CO Wright was the closest law enforcement unit to the scene where this reckless driver had pulled into the station, nearly hit a clerk, and then backed over a curb and parked on the sidewalk where he passed out behind the wheel. The man was arrested for driving while license suspended (DWLS) and taken to the area hospital where a search warrant was secured for a blood draw. CO Josh Russell assisted at the hospital. The uncooperative subject claimed to have Covid-19 and intentionally trying to infect others during the contact. The report was turned over to the Clare County Prosecutor's Office where numerous charges were authorized including two counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer, DWLS, operating without insurance, felony operating a motor vehicle while impaired, and being a habitual offender.
While traveling on the freeway on the way to Belle Isle, CO Mike Haas witnessed a cloud of smoke ahead of him along the roadway. There was a grass fire in the median of the highway, and it was spreading quickly through the dry, dead grass. CO Haas pulled over and used his fire extinguisher and was able to put out the fire. Minutes later, firefighters arrived on scene and doused the area to ensure the fire was completely out. It was suspected that a driver had tossed their cigarette butt out their vehicle window which caused the dry grass to ignite.
CO Dan Robinson was working a morning marine patrol and traveling to meet up with another CO when he came across a roll-over accident. The driver was out of the vehicle which was badly damaged and had rolled several times. Several by-standers were also in the area. CO Robinson contacted central dispatch and two MSP troopers were dispatched to the scene. CO Robinson started to interview the driver who said at first that he fell asleep at the wheel and then later admitted to staying up late drinking. The driver was evaluated for operating under the influence and subsequently arrested by the troopers.
COs Dan Robinson and Adam Schiller were working a late-night patrol on Littlefield Lake in Isabella County. The COs stopped a vessel for operating at high speed after posted hours and operating with dock lights on instead of the required navigation lights. While talking with the driver, they noted obvious signs of intoxication. The driver was asked to perform field sobriety tests and was arrested for boating under the influence (BUI).
While on patrol at Grand Haven State Park, Sgt. Stephen Mooney saw a subject with two beer cans in his hand walking from the back of a pickup truck. The subject saw Sgt. Mooney and attempted to hand the beer to a front seat passenger of the vehicle. The passenger was looking directly at Sgt. Mooney and was waving off the subject with the beer. After the passenger of the vehicle refused to take the alcohol, Sgt. Mooney had the subject empty the cooler in the back of the truck that was completely full of beer. The owner of the vehicle was in the back of the truck and was in possession of the cooler. Two citations were issued for possession of alcohol at Grand Haven State Park.
CO Jeremy Beavers conducted a marine patrol of Morrison Lake in Ionia County and contacted four subjects launching a small aluminum boat. CO Beavers could see there were no PFDs on board and asked the subjects if they had any. They stated they were likely in the truck and one person went back to retrieve them. CO Beavers then launched his boat and was told they forgot them, but the owner of the boat went to purchase some. Over an hour later he saw the boat on the lake and if they now had PFDs. They responded the store was all out and they were only able to purchase "pool noodles." CO Beavers then told the subjects that a "pool noodle" is not sufficient and they needed a USCG approved PFD. CO Beavers explained the requirements for the size of the boat and cited the operator for failing to provide PFDs.
District 7 and District 4 COs patrolled Grand Haven State Park over the holiday weekend. There were 2,206 contacts made, 158 warnings were given, and 35 citations were issued for alcohol violations. Assistance was also provided numerous times to Grand Haven City Police Department personnel for clearing the pier due to unsafe conditions caused by teenagers loitering, pulling emergency life rings, fighting, drinking, and jumping off the pier.
While on patrol at Grand Haven State Park, Sgt. Jeff Rabbers responded to a call from Ottawa County Central Dispatch of a distressed swimmer who had been jumping off the pier. Due to very high winds and dangerous conditions on the pier, Sgt. Rabbers was able to safely evacuate all the bystanders on the pier along with three subjects trapped in front of the lighthouse. The distressed swimmer was able to make it back to the pier unharmed. With the aid of Grand Haven City Police officers, they were able to close the pier due to dangerous conditions.
CO Robert Slick was on patrol at Grand Haven State Park when he was notified of a vessel sinking in Lake Michigan at the beach. CO Slick contacted Ottawa County Dispatch and requested a boat be sent to the location. CO Slick contacted the vessel operator and was able to determine that all passengers made it out safely. The boat was hauled out of the water by Tow Boat USA. CO Slick informed the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (DEGLE) of the event.
While patrolling the Grand Rapids area, CO Justin Ulberg observed a subject lying on the sidewalk next to a pedal bike and bleeding from his hands. CO Ulberg contacted the subject and discovered he had been struck by a vehicle while crossing the road. The vehicle in question reportedly fled the scene. CO Ulberg secured the scene and attended to the injured subject until EMS personnel arrived. The investigation was turned over to Grand Rapids Police Department for further investigation.
CO Justin Ulberg received a complaint of several baby ducklings that were stuck in a drain in Kent County. CO Ulberg responded to the area and, with the help of several concerned citizens, was able to retrieve eight ducklings from the drain using a fishing net. The ducklings were turned over to a local rehabilitator.
Investigating a Report All Poaching (RAP) complaint, CO Todd Thorn was watching a field where a man had reportedly been gut shooting deer from his utility terrain vehicle (UTV). CO Thorn heard a rifle blast in the area about an hour before dusk and then saw the suspect in a UTV matching the complainant's description. CO Thorn continued to watch as the man slowly came to a stop in the UTV, raised up his rifle and then fired one shot in the direction of a deer that was in the cornfield. CO Thorn went to the road where he knew the man would have to exit from and saw him drive the UTV onto the roadway. CO Thorn stopped him and located two loaded rifles on the seat beside him. The man was arrested on charges of taking an animal from a vehicle, having a loaded and uncased firearm in a vehicle, and operating a UTV on the roadway.
CO Jeff Goss assisted the MSP with searching for a missing person near the St. Joe River in Burlington. CO Goss kayaked the river while a K9 trooper searched the surrounding property. The man was eventually located passed out on an island in the middle of the river.
When returning to Branch County from Belle Isle, CO Nick Wellman was asked to assist two MSP troopers with picking up a man that had severely strangled his wife, non-fatally, earlier in the day. The man was said to possibly be armed and dangerous. CO Wellman and the troopers went to his residence and made contact, the man was taken into custody, and lodged in the Branch County Jail without incident.
CO Jacob Griffin responded to a crash on I-75 in Holly to assist the MSP. When he arrived, the vehicle was on its side and the driver was trapped inside. Multiple bystanders had stopped and were holding the vehicle from rolling onto its roof. CO Griffin attached a tow strap to the frame of the vehicle to his patrol vehicle to keep it from rolling while fire rescue workers pulled the driver out safely. The driver was then treated and transported to the local hospital by EMS.
CO Ben Lasher assisted the USCG with the start of the Port Huron to Mackinaw Race. CO Lasher escorted sail boats to the starting location and kept security in that area so the racers could prepare for the start.
CO Bob Watson was delivering tickets to the 72nd District Court in Port Huron when he approached a four-way stop. CO Watson observed a vehicle approaching from another direction and the driver was seen looking at his phone. CO Watson watched as the he drove through the intersection without stopping. CO Watson turned and followed the driver a short distance and saw the driver turn the wrong direction down a one-way road. CO Watson conducted a traffic stop and the driver stated he was new to the area and was using the GPS on his phone to get to a local bank. CO Watson issued a citation for disregarding the stop sign.
After concluding a jet ski patrol, CO Breanna Reed and Sgt. Chris Maher were on their way to Algonac State Park to conduct an evening marine patrol. On the way they encountered a large group of ORV riders and immediately noticed one rider did not have a helmet on. Concerned with a safety violation, CO Reed activated her emergency lights. The rider with no helmet looked at the COs, popped a wheelie, and took off down the road at a high rate of speed. The COs followed behind with their emergency lights on and watched the subject jump off his ORV and run on foot into an overgrown field. CO Reed saw the individual hiding in the trees and tall grass. Once the individual made eye contact with CO Reed, he took off running. CO Reed and Sgt. Maher were able to catch up with him and escorted him out of the woods to perform field sobriety tests. After poorly performed sobrieties and a PBT, the individual was arrested. At that time, the individual stated, "Aww hell no" and took off running. Sgt. Maher quickly caught up to the individual and took him into custody. He was lodged at the county jail. Charges are being requested for ORV OUIL, Operate ORV suspended/Revoked, Careless operation of an ORV, and Operate ORV no helmet.
CO Jaime Salisbury was patrolling Lapeer County when he noticed a dirt bike driving towards him and the operator was not wearing a helmet. CO Salisbury activated his emergency lights and the operator looked at him and drove his dirt bike down through the ditch and into the back yard of a home. CO Salisbury chased the dirt bike on foot and caught up with the operator behind the home trying to get the dirt bike into the garage before CO Salisbury could catch him. The man was very nervous, showing signs of aggression, and said to CO Salisbury, "I'm not going back to jail." CO Salisbury asked him if he had warrants and he said his license was suspended and he had a warrant out of Flint. For officer safety CO Salisbury placed the individual in handcuffs. The warrant was confirmed but CO Salisbury was told to advise and release. A citation was issued for operating an ORV while suspended and a warning was given for failing to stop for a police officer.
CO Nicholas Ingersoll was contacted by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department for assistance in checking a nearby subdivision for a missing and endangered male. CO Ingersoll was provided a vehicle description and, after five minutes of searching through the subdivision, was able to locate a vehicle matching the description. CO Ingersoll conducted a traffic stop and verified it was the individual for which deputies were looking. CO Ingersoll spoke with the individual who was very distraught and advised him he was there to help. CO Ingersoll, along with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, were able to verify the individual was making suicidal statements and wanted to harm himself. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department transported the individual to the hospital for evaluation.
CO Eric Smither assisted the MSP and Lenawee County Sheriff's deputies on apprehending an individual who had an active warrant for their arrest. The individual fled from MSP and broke into a neighboring house, then fled again before locking themselves in a shed at another house. CO Smither, along with MSP troopers, MSP K9, and Lenawee Sheriff's deputies were able to get a key from the homeowner and access the shed. The suspect was taken into custody.
CO Nick Wellman worked on Belle Isle over the holiday weekend. During the shift, CO Wellman conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle. CO Josh Wright arrived to assist and subsequently, CO Wellman found that the driver was carrying a concealed 9mm pistol with a concealed pistol license permit. However, the man had been drinking and when CO Wright administered a PBT on the subject, he blew a .08, over the legal limit to be carrying concealed. The firearm was seized for the time being and the man was cited. In addition, warnings were given for open intoxicants and the original traffic violation.
CO Jeff Goss stopped a vehicle on Belle Isle for speeding. Upon running a file check on the driver, CO Goss discovered that his driver's license was suspended and that he had a warrant for possession of dangerous drugs. After placing the man in custody, CO Goss searched the vehicle and located a butcher knife under the driver's seat as well as a package containing various types of narcotics in the driver's side door pocket. The drugs will be submitted to the MSP crime lab for identification. After the lab results are back, charges will be sought for the possession of the narcotics as well as possession of a dangerous weapon.
CO Ben Lasher stopped a vehicle driving carelessly on Belle Isle. While attempting to stop the vehicle, the driver stopped abruptly in the road almost causing an accident. Upon contacting the driver, it was found he had not taken driver's training and his uncle was trying to give him some instruction before attending Segment 1 driver's training. A verbal warning was given to the young driver and the uncle was advised to take him to a more suitable location.