Barry County Sheriff's Department

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NEWS RELEASE

On Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 2:12 pm, emergency personnel responded to a report of a 42 year old, female farm worker, that was attacked by a bull. After several rescue attempts, the worker was pronounced dead at the scene. Her death remains under investigation, pending results from an autopsy. The bull has been secured and removed from the area.

THE FEMALE VICTIM HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS ALICIA AVALOS-REBOLLEDO.

Responding Agencies: Mercy EMS, Hastings Fire and Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a farm in Baltimore Twp, Barry County.

Auth: Undersheriff Baker
 

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Fatal House Fire
DATE/TIME: 02-13-14 0138


LOCATION: 4577 Circle Inn Dr, Orangeville Twp, Barry County, MI

INFORMATION: The Barry County Sheriff’s Office responded to 4577 Circle Inn Dr on the report of an abandoned 911 call. Upon arrival, Deputies found the residence at that address to be fully engulfed in flames. Orangeville and Martin Fire Departments responded to the scene of the fire.

The 81 year old resident, Wanda Cooper, was found deceased inside of the residence. Family members confirmed Wanda was the sole occupant of the residence.

A Michigan State Police Fire Marshall was called to the scene to investigate.

This incident remains under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Volosky

RELEASED BY: Sgt. J. Sixberry

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
NEWS RELEASE
SNOWMOBILE CRASH:


On 02/11/2014, at approximately 1950 hrs, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office investigated a snowmobile personal injury accident that occurred on S Broadway Rd near Brogan Rd in Baltimore Township. The preliminary investigation indicated that as two snowmobiles were traveling southbound on the shoulder of S Broadway Rd one of the snowmobiles overturned and came to rest in the roadway south of Brogan Rd. The rider of the snowmobile was transported via Aircare to an area hospital for treatment. The extent of the subject’s injuries are unknown and the name of the 23 year old Hastings man is not being released at this time. This incident remains under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Brandt, Deputy Lehman, Sgt Horrmann

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Fatal Vehicle Accident
DATE/TIME: 2-8-14 at 1137hrs

LOCATION: Cedar Creek Rd / Cloverdale Rd (Hope Twp.)

INFORMATION: The Barry County Sheriff’s Department, Delton, Fire Department and Mercy and Life Ambulances, responded to a two vehicle traffic crash at listed location. Investigation shows a 1999 Ford F-150 was traveling Northbound on Cedar Creek Rd when a 2006 Buick Lacrosse Westbound on Cloverdale Rd. failed to yield right of way and crossed in front of northbound vehicle. The Westbound vehicle was struck in the driver’s door and the driver died in the accident. A family of four traveling in the Ford Pickup Truck sustained minor injuries and transported themselves to Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. Seatbelts were used by all subjects and speed does not appear to be a factor at this time. The accident remains under investigation. Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Funk, Deputy Kimbel, and Deputy Volosky

RELEASED BY: Sgt. Nick Seifert
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TYPE OF INCIDENT: Fatal 2 Car Accident Supplement
DATE/TIME: 02/08/14 @1137 Hours
LOCATION: Cedar Creek Road and Cloverdale Rd Road

INFORMATION: The name of the Deceased Driver#1: 42 yoa Marci Ann Miller of Williamston, MI.

The four occupants from vehicle #2 were treated at Borgess Hospital and released.

Accident remains under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Sheriff’s Office - Deputy Funk, Deputy Kimbel and Deputy Volosky.
ASSISTING AGENCIES: DELTON FIRE, LIFE CARE, HASTINGS MERCY AMBULANCE AND THORNAPPLE TWP. AMBULANCE
RELEASED BY: Sgt. Sixberry

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Stolen Ambulance Recovered
DATE/TIME: 11-27-2013 0143hrs
LOCATION: S. M-37 Hwy / Brogan Rd (Baltimore Twp)

INFORMATION: Deputies from the Barry County Sheriff’s office responded to a report from Calhoun County Dispatch of a stolen Life EMS ambulance traveling northbound on M-37 Hwy in Barry County. The ambulance had been taken from Battle Creek Health Systems Hospital while the ambulance crew was picking up a patient. Deputies intercepted the stolen ambulance and made a traffic stop at M-37 Hwy near Brogan Rd. The driver, a 53 year old black female, was the sole occupant of the ambulance. She was taken into custody and later turned over to Battle Creek Police. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Troopers from the MSP Wayland Post.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputies Fueri, Kimbel, Volosky and Sgt Seifert

RELEASED BY: Sgt. Nick Seifert

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Fatal Vehicle Accident
DATE/TIME: 11-25-2013 1554hrs
LOCATION: S. M-37 Hwy / Sager Rd (Hastings Twp)

INFORMATION: The Barry County Sheriff’s Department, Hastings Fire Department and Mercy Ambulance, responded to a one vehicle traffic crash at listed location. The deceased driver appears not to have been wearing his seatbelt and was partially pinned under the vehicle after it rolled onto the driver’s side of vehicle. A passenger in the vehicle was also injured and transported by ambulance to Pennock Hospital. The passenger’s injuries are unknown at this time. Cause of the accident is still under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy J.T. Cooper, Deputy Kimbel, Deputy Volosky

RELEASED BY: Sgt. Nick Seifert

The name of the deceased driver from the Fatal Accident is Gary Johnson, white male, 66 years of age, who resided in the Dowling area. The accident is still under investigation at this time.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Personal Injury Accident involving a School Bus
DATE/TIME: 11/19/13 at approximately 7:35 am
LOCATION: M-43 Hwy near Ander Rd
Hope Township

INFORMATION:  On Tuesday November 19th at approximately 7:35 am Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 1 vehicle accident involving a school bus at M 43 Hwy near Anders Rd. On scene officers found it appeared the bus had been northbound on M 43 Hwy when it lost control and rolled onto its side into the southbound ditch. The bus was occupied by 5 students and the driver at the time of the accident. All of the occupants were taken to Pennock Hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time. The accident remains under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Sheriff’s Office - Deputy Frazer, and Deputy Romph.

MSP Wayland Post – Trooper Keto and Trooper Sharrar.

ASSISTING AGENCIES: Michigan State Police Wayland Post , Hastings/Birch Fire, Delton Fire, Thornapple Emergency Services, and Mercy Ambulance.

RELEASED BY: Undersheriff Baker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sheriff Leaf
11/18/2013 (269) 948-4805

SHERIFF LEAF OFFERS TIPS FOR SAFE THANKSGIVING TRAVEL

<<HASTINGS, MI>> -- An estimated 1.5 million Michiganders will travel during the 102-hour Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend and Sheriff Dar Leaf would like all of them to arrive at their destinations safely.

The combination of long distance travel and a relatively short time period can turn deadly. Ten people were killed in car crashes during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday. In order to avoid becoming a statistic Sheriff Leaf advises you to get plenty of rest before driving, avoid alcohol and wear your seatbelts.

Postponing your departure until Thursday morning decreases the likelihood of being involved in a crash with a deer or drowsy or drunk driver by almost 50%. The holiday also coincides with the firearm deer season, which means hunters will add to the numbers on the road during the high travel holiday. A large deer herd, combined with large numbers of cars on the road, creates a high probability for collisions. In 2012, almost 49,000 car/deer crashes were reported. These crashes caused 1,197 injuries and 8 deaths. November was by far the worst month for car/deer crashes, 33% of all car/deer crashes occur between October 15 and Thanksgiving each year.

“Most often, you’ll see a deer near dawn or dusk,” said Sheriff Leaf. Motorists are encouraged to look beyond the beam of their headlights for eyes of deer that may be near the path of your vehicle. The best way to avoid a deer/car collision is to slow your car down! Deer travel together, if you see one chances are others are coming, so please proceed with caution.

Remember to heed deer crossing signs. If you do hit a deer make sure you report it to your local police or the sheriff’s office.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sheriff Dar Leaf
November 15, 2013 269-948-4805


SHERIFF DAR LEAF REMINDS DRIVERS TO BE ALERT DURING DEER SEASON

Hastings, MI -- Sheriff Dar Leaf reminds motorists that with fall and the hunting season in full swing, deer populations will be on the move. This activity heightens the chance of a car/deer crash occurring.

Last year 48,918 accidents in Michigan involved deer, of which 734 occurred in Barry County. “Most often, you’ll see a deer near dawn or dusk,” said Sheriff Leaf. Motorists are encouraged to look beyond the beam of their headlights for eyes of deer that may be near the path of your vehicle.

Trying to dodge a deer is not a good idea according to Sheriff Leaf. Deer often move erratically and swerving may cause you to lose control of your vehicle, resulting in injury or even death. The best way to avoid a deer/car collision is to slow your car down, flash your headlights and/or blow your horn to try and scare the animal. Deer travel together, if you see one chances are others are coming so please proceed with caution.

Remember to heed deer crossing signs. If you do hit a deer make sure you report it to your local police or the sheriff’s office.
For more safety tips Sheriff Leaf encourages residents to visit the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association website at www.misheriff.org where you can sign up to receive monthly newsletters. Founded in 1877 the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association is the oldest law enforcement organization in Michigan.
 

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: One Car Rollover Fatal Accident
DATE/TIME: 11/12/13 0006 Hrs
LOCATION: S M37 Hwy near Sager Rd; Hastings Twp, Barry County MI

INFORMATION: On 11/12/13, Deputies from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one car rollover accident on M37 Hwy near Sager Rd. Upon arrival, a white male was found to have been ejected from the vehicle, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

DECEASED: Martin Breitner; 52; of Hastings. Was the passenger in the vehicle.

The driver of the involved vehicle was placed under arrest for OWI Causing Death. He is currently lodged at the Barry County Jail. The identity of the driver is being withheld awaiting arraignment.  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash, and it did not appear that either subject was wearing a seatbelt.

INVESTIGATORS: Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Hastings Fire Department, and Mercy Ambulance

RELEASED BY: Deputy Kimbel #825

The driver of the vehicle was a KIP ANTHONY MORRIS 53 YRS OLD OF BATTLE CREEK. HE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH:  OWI CAUSING DEATH AND OWI 3RD OFFENSE; HIS BOND HAS BEEN SET AT $100,000 CASH OR SURITY.

THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: 1 car property damage accident
DATE/TIME: 10/29/13 1930 hrs
LOCATION: M 37 south of Lawrence Rd

INFORMATION: Deputies from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Hastings Twp Fire Dept, and the Michigan State Police, investigated a one car property damage rollover accident from which the driver fled.

Investigation shows a north bound vehicle, operated by a known male, left the roadway to the shoulder and into the ditch. The vehicle continued in the ditch, until it struck a culvert, which caused the vehicle to roll onto its top where it came to rest.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. Several attempts to locate the suspect were made including the use of a Police K-9, but none were successful. Further investigation provided the identity of that driver, but his identity is not being released at this time.

There did not appear to be any injuries resulting from the accident.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Kimbel #825; K9-1

RELEASED BY: Sgt Nick Seifert #809

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Personal Injury Accident/vehicle fire
DATE/TIME: 10/8/13 at 0716hrs
LOCATION: M-43 Hwy at Tanner Lake Rd Rd
Rutland Township Section #


INFORMATION: On Tuesday 10/8/13 Deputies responded to a three car accident where one vehicle had caught on fire. On scene officers found at least two vehicles had stopped in the roadway when a third failed to stop. The driver of the vehicle which caught on fire was able to exit the vehicle prior to the fire. As a result of the accident the driver of one of the vehicles was transported to Pennock ER with minor injuries. The occupants of the other two vehicles were uninjured.

INVESTIGATORS: Sheriff’s Office - Deputy Romph, Deputy Frazer, and Deputy Ware.

MSP Wayland Post - Tpr Keto.

ASSISTING AGENCIES: MSP WAYLAND , HASTINGS/BIRCH FIRE, MERCY AMBULANCE.

RELEASED BY: Sgt. Sixberry

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT:
P.I Accident involving five vehicles
DATE/TIME: 10-6-13 at 0118hrs

LOCATION: M-37 Hwy at Yankee Springs Rd

INFORMATION: On Sunday 10-6-13 at 0118hrs, OnStar communications contacted Barry Central Dispatch to report an accident with airbag deployment. On scene officers found five vehicles involved with three occupants transported by ambulance. Two young adult females were taken to DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, and one adult male was taken to Pennock Hospital. Their extent of injury is unknown. Witnesses report all five vehicles and occupants involved had just left the Barry County Expo Center after attending a wedding reception. Alcohol and speed appear to be factors. The incident remains under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Sheriff’s Office - Deputy Kimbel, Deputy Spencer, and Sergeant Seifert. MSP Wayland Post - Tpr Fields, Tpr Volosky, and Tpr Keto ,

ASSISTING AGENCIES: MSP WAYLAND , THORNAPPLE TOWNSHIP FIRE/AMBULANCE, HASTINGS/BIRCH FIRE/AMBULANCE.

RELEASED BY: Sgt. Seifert

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Breaking and Entering Arrest
DATE/TIME: 9-20-13 2331 hrs
LOCATION: 4800 Curtis Rd, Nashville, Michigan

INFORMATION: Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies along with an officer from the Nashville Police Dept, responded to a report of a Breaking and Entering in Progress at a home in Maple Grove Township. The home owner reported firing one shot with a 410 shotgun at the subjects who had broken a window, attempting to gain entry into his residence. Four male subjects were located attempting to leave the area and later arrested after admitting involvement. No injuries were reported regarding this incident.

INVESTIGATORS: Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies Herson, Fueri, K-9 Handler Spencer
Nashville Police Officer Wilcutt

RELEASED BY: Sgt. Seifert

MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Marine Deputies
Ramping up for Operation Dry Water 2013
Concentrated effort to curb drinking and boating slated for June 28-30, 2013

[Hastings, Mi] June 25, 2013 – The Barry County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 28-30, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI). The mission of Operation Dry Water also brings awareness and education to recreational boaters about the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the water.

During the Operation Dry Water, being held the weekend of June 28-30, deputies will be out in force looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds the state limit of 0.10 This weekend will include increased patrols as well as boater education. Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face other serious penalties. In Michigan the consequences for BUI include fines, jail and loss of boating privileges.

"We are dedicated to keeping boaters safe on our waters. Boating is a safe and enjoyable pastime when people stay alert and follow the rules,” says Sheriff Leaf. "You will see our deputies out on the water looking for boaters who are operating a vessel under the influence.”

Boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol continues to be a major problem across the nation. U.S. Coast Guard data reveals that alcohol is the primary contributing factor in recreational boating fatalities . Intoxicated boat operators and passengers run a significantly increased risk of being involved in a fatal boating accident.

Operation Dry Water is a nationwide education and enforcement initiative launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Operation Dry Water 2013 is a joint program of the State of Michigan, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard and Michigan Sheriff’s Offices. For more information, visit www.operationdrywater.org.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Crash
DATE/TIME: 6-20-13 at 2203hrs
LOCATION: Doster Road near Four Mile Road, Prairieville Twp. Barry County.

INFORMATION: Deputies from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fatal traffic crash in Prairieville Twp. Initial investigation indicates the driver was attempting to flee from the Prairieville Police after they attempted to make a traffic stop. The 58 year, white male driver was partially ejected through the removable top of the vehicle and crushed by the vehicle when it rolled over. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Speed and lack of seatbelt use appear to be factors in accident. The incident remains under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Volosky
RELEASED BY: Sgt Nick Seifert

NEWS RELEASE: Thu 6/20/2013 3:28 PM

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Samantha Anne MINEHART, 26 years of age, for filing a false police report, relating to an incident she reported on May 22nd, 2013. MINEHART reported she had been assaulted by a man wielding a knife as she entered a barn near her residence. She told Deputies she was threatened by the subject. After a brief struggle, she reported she was cut on her neck and stomach, then stabbed. She reported firing two shots at the subject when he fled.

A search of the area was conducted by members of the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, MSP Wayland and Nashville Police Department. No subject was located. Detectives from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office re-interviewed MINEHART about the incident. MINEHART admitted she made up the story and the injuries were self-inflicted.

MINEHART was arrested on June 19th, for false report of a felony. She has been arraigned and bond has been set.

NEWS RELEASE: THORNAPPLE RIVER RESCUE, HASTINGS, MICHIGAN

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at about 5:30 PM, Barry Central Dispatch received a 911 call that there was a stranded kayaker on Thornapple River clinging to a log in the middle of the river.   Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and located the victim while Marine Deputies launched a patrol boat.  Fire First Responders and MSP Wayland Troopers also responded to assist. Due high water levels and a strong current, a rescue from the shoreline was hazardous.  Barry County Marine Deputies rescued the victims with a patrol boat.  The victims only suffered minor scratches and refused medical retreatment after being secured on land.  The Barry County Sheriff Marine Division would like to remind all boaters that high water levels make the river dangerous and to avoid boating in these hazardous conditions.  Those who choose to boat in hazardous conditions should wear personal floatation devices at all times.

Sgt. Jones,   Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Marine Division

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Accidental Death
DATE/TIME: 5-27-13 at 1458hrs
LOCATION: 3901 Swift Rd., Castleton Twp, Barry County


INFORMATION:  Barry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a 57 year old male trapped under a vehicle, still in the garage of the residence. Nashville EMS and Fire also responded to scene to extricate subject, but were unable to revive victim. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of subject is being withheld at the request of the family.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy J.T. Cooper
RELEASED BY: Sgt. N. Seifert

PRESS RELEASE

REGARDING THE REPORT YESTERDAY OF A STABBING AND SHOTS FIRED AT 6029 CENTER ROAD, OUR INVESTIGATION
HAS DETERMINED THIS TO BE AN UNFOUNDED REPORT.

Robert E Baker, Undersheriff
Barry County Sheriff's Department
1212 W. State Street
Hastings, MI 49058
Ph. (269) 948-4805

PRESS RELEASE

ON 5/22/2013 DEPUTIES WERE DISPATCHED TO 6029 CENTER RD ON REPORT OF A STABBING AND SHOTS FIRED. UPON ARRIVAL DEPUTIES FOUND A FEMALE SUBJECT SUFFERING FROM A SINGLE PUNCTURE WOUND TO THE UPPER LEG AND SOME OTHER MINOR WOUNDS. SHE WAS TRANSPORTED TO PENNOCK HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.


AT THIS POINT IN THE INVESTIGATION THERE IS NOTHING TO INDICATE THAT THERE IS ANY THREAT TO THE PUBLIC.
INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Body Identification
DATE: May 21, 2013 at 13:40 hrs

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office has received verification from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab of the identity of the male body found along the shore of the Thornapple River. The body has been positively identified as Lucas Poll. There is no information to suggest foul play.

The Poll family would like to thank all the volunteers who spent hours searching for Lucas. They would also like to thank the news media for their work in getting the information and Lucas’ photograph out to the public. The family requests that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.

INVESTIGATOR(S): Lt/Det. Olejniczak

RELEASED BY: Sheriff Dar Leaf

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Recovered Body
DATE/TIME: 5-19-13 at 4:06pm
LOCATION: Thornapple River near Garbow Rd, Thornapple Twp, Barry County


INFORMATION:  Deputies from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report from kayakers, who found a body along the shore of the Thornapple river. The body was turned over to a Barry County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy and identification. This case is still under investigation…

INVESTIGATORS: Lt/Det Olijniczak
RELEASED BY: Sheriff Dar Leaf

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Suspicious Situation
DATE/TIME: 05/10/2013 17:15
LOCATION: Hastings City Bank: 435 Arlington St. Middleville

INFORMATION: On Friday, 05-10-2013 at 1715 hours, Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 435 Arlington St (Hastings City Bank) reference an unknown substance. Deputies made contact with bank management and were advised that an unknown white, powdery substance had been found in a drive-thru pneumatic carrier. The bank was secured and the property was quarantined by fire personnel and law enforcement until a HazMat team arrived to investigate. During the investigation, the substance was identified as Talcum Powder. This incident remains under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy D. Wilgus

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Unknown Substance
DATE/TIME: 05/10/2013
LOCATION: 435 Arlington St, Middleville, MI 49333

INFORMATION: Barry county Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an unknown substance that was sent through a pneumatic tube at the Middleville branch of Hastings City Bank. Four employees have been quarantined for safety reasons until they are cleared by a hazardous materials team from Allegan County. The incident is still under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Barry County Sheriff’s Office
RELEASED BY: Sheriff Dar Leaf

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Crash
DATE/TIME: 03/30/2013 02:51 AM

LOCATION: Cherry Valley Rd / Finkbeiner Rd Thornapple Township

INFORMATION: On 03/30/2013, Thornapple Township Emergency Personnel and Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Cherry Valley road and Finkbeiner road on the report of a single vehicle rollover traffic crash. The following investigation revealed that as the driver was traveling south bound on Cherry Valley road south of Finkbeiner road, he lost control of his 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse and went off the west shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle then collided with a utility pole, struck a tree, and rolled over before coming to rest in the roadway.

The driver, a 28 year old Middleville male, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and was later pronounced dead at the scene. This incident remains under investigation. The identity of the driver is being withheld at this time.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Moore, Deputy Wilgus, Sgt Horrmann

New Release- Barry County Sheriff’s Office
March 15, 2013

At approximately 2:34 am, Barry County Central Dispatch received an anonymous call specifically naming a suspect who was reported as being high and “going to shoot up an elementary school in Barry County.”  Deputies responded to the suspect’s residence and after several hours made contact with the suspect, a 50 year old male from the Delton area.  Deputies along with Michigan State Police have detained the suspect until further investigation.  As of this time, there is nothing for us to believe he was ever going to carry out the reported act.

Sheriff Dar Leaf

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Crash
DATE/TIME: 01/27/2013 2120hrs

LOCATION: M 37 Hwy. South of Garbow Rd.

INFORMATION: The Barry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a 2 car fatal crash that occurred on M37 Hwy near Garbow Rd in Thornapple Township on 01-27-13.  On 01/27/2013 at approximately 9:20 pm on M-37 Hwy. South of Garbow Rd. a northbound Ford Taurus slid into oncoming traffic, colliding with a southbound Chevrolet Pickup. The driver of the Ford Taurus, 21 year old Theodore Heath of Hastings, was transported to Spectrum Butterworth hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup, 54 year old Jack Rose of Hastings, was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.

No passengers were present in either vehicle.

The investigation remains open at this time.

Icy road conditions appear to be a factor in this crash.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this crash.

INVESTIGATORS: R. Volosky and J. Kimbel

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: One Vehicle Personal Injury Accident
DATE/TIME: 11-17-12 at 0024hrs
LOCATION: Lammers Rd south of Ashby Rd

INFORMATION:  Deputies from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, along with EMS personnel from Barry Twp Fire, Mercy Ambulance and Air Care responded to Lammers Rd south of Ashby Rd for a one vehicle accident. Two adult males and one adult female were ejected from a vehicle after it collided with a tree. None of the subjects were wearing seatbelts; alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash. One male was flown and the other two subjects were taken by ambulance to Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. The accident remains under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Herson #831, Volosky #824
RELEASED BY: Sgt Seifert #821

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sheriff Dar Leaf
October 25, 2012 269-948-4805

SHERIFF DAR LEAF REMINDS DRIVERS TO BE ALERT DURING DEER SEASON

Hastings, MI -- Sheriff Dar Leaf reminds motorists that with fall and the hunting season in full swing, deer populations will be on the move. This activity heightens the chance of a car/deer crash occurring.
Last year more than 53,000 accidents in Michigan involved deer. “Most often, you’ll see a deer near dawn or dusk,” said Sheriff Leaf. Motorists are encouraged to look beyond the beam of their headlights for eyes of deer that may be near the path of your vehicle.
Trying to dodge a deer is not a good idea according to Sheriff Leaf. Deer often move erratically and swerving may cause you to lose control of your vehicle, resulting in injury or even death. In 2011, 918 car-deer collisions were reported in Barry County resulting in 23 injuries. The best way to avoid a deer/car collision is to slow your car down, flash your headlights and/or blow your horn to try and scare the animal. Deer travel together, if you see one chances are others are coming so please proceed with caution.
Remember to heed deer crossing signs. If you do hit a deer make sure you report it to your local police or the sheriff’s office.
For more safety tips Sheriff Leaf encourages residents to visit the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association website at www.misheriff.org where you can sign up to receive monthly newsletters. Founded in 1877 the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association is the oldest law enforcement organization in Michigan.
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BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S Office PRESS RELEASE

VEHICLE VS PEDESTRIAN PERSONAL INJURY TRAFFIC CRASH

On 10/28/12, The Barry County Sheriff`s Office investigated a vehicle vs pedestrian personal injury crash on Freeport Rd near S East St. The preliminary investigation indicated that as a vehicle driven by a Lake Odessa resident was traveling eastbound on Freeport Rd, near S East St, he collided with a pedestrian in the roadway. The pedestrian was transported via EMS to a local hospital for treatment. His current status is unknown and this incident remains under investigation.

Names are being withheld at this time.

 

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: 2 car personal injury accident
DATE/TIME: 10/25/12 1545 hrs

LOCATION: M43 Hwy at Martin Rd
Woodland Twp

INFORMATION: Deputies from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Woodland Twp Fire Dept, investigated a two car personal injury accident at the intersection of M43 Hwy at Martin Rd.

Investigation shows that the east bound vehicle, operated by a 18 yr old male and occupied by a 61yr old passenger, failed to yield the right of way while attempting to turn north onto Martin Rd off from M43 Hwy. A west bound vehicle, operated by a 48 yr old male and occupied by a 22 yr old female passenger (employee of the Barry County Sheriff’s Office), was not able to stop and struck the turning vehicle in the passenger side front.

The driver of the at fault vehicle was not injured, but his passenger was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Hastings Mercy Ambulance.
The driver and passenger of the second vehicle were transported to Sparrow Hospital by Nashville Ambulance.

The injuries are not believed to be life threatening and all subjects are believed to have been wearing seatbelts. Neither alcohol nor speed appears to be a factor in accident.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Kimbel #825

RELEASED BY: Sgt Nick Seifert #809

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Milk Tanker Personal Injury Rollover Crash
DATE/TIME: Sun 10/21/12 at approximately 9:56 a.m.

LOCATION: Gilkey Lake Rd near Cobb Rd; Barry Twp; Barry County

INFORMATION:  Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a milk tanker roll over accident. The driver was the sole occupant and he was extricated with the jaws of life. He was transported to Borgess Hospital where he was treated and released. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by Hickory Corners Fire, Lifecare Amblulance Service and the Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division.

INVESTIGATORS: Dep R Spencer

RELEASED BY: Sgt N Seifert

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: 2 Vehicle Personal Injury Crash

DATE/TIME: Sun 10/21/12 at approximately 1712 hrs
LOCATION: E State Rd and Price Rd; Castleton Twp; Barry County

INFORMATION:  Barry County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a 2 vehicle personal injury accident. Initial investigation revealed, a vehicle northbound on Price Rd disregarded the stop sign at E State Rd and entered the path of an east bound vehicle on E State Rd. A 19 y/o and 15 y/o were transported to the hospital by helicopter and a 52 y/o man was transported to Pennock Hospital for treatment. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor, but is not suspected at this time. The accident remains under investigation by reconstructionists of the Barry County Sheriff's Office. Barry County Sheriff Deputies were assisted by Nashville Fire, Nashville Emergency Medical Services, Mercy Amblulance Service, Aircare and Lifenet.

INVESTIGATORS:  Dep R Spencer, Dep J Kimbel, Sgt N Seifert

RELEASED BY: Sgt N Seifert

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: ANIMAL ABUSE / NEGLECT
DATE/TIME: 08/22/2012
LOCATION: Morgan rd, Nashville, MI 49073, Castleton Twp.
 

INFORMATION: On August 22, 2012, our Office investigated an animal abuse / neglect case. Upon completion of the investigation, a search warrant was served on the owner. Seven horses and seventeen cats / kittens were seized.

A bench warrant for animal cruelty was obtained for the animal owner / Marl Steinbach 64 yoa. Steinbach was arrested on 09/12/12, she was arraigned and given a $1000 - ten percent bond.

INVESTIGATORS: Sgt. Sixberry, Animal Control Officer Hartwell and Piotrowski
RELEASED BY: Under Sheriff Baker

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Mobil Home Fire/Explosion
DATE/TIME: 9-9-12 at 02:19 hours


LOCATION: 2905 S. Charlton Park Road lot 38

INFORMATION: On Sunday August 9th at 2:19am Deputies responded to a reported explosion at the above listed residence. On scene Deputies found the residence on fire and the lone resident standing near his vehicle in driveway. The 59 year old male resident had been inside residence when incident occurred and received severe burns. The victim was flown to Spectrum Butterworth hospital by Lifenet helicopter. Hastings Fire Office responded to scene to extinguish fire. Area residents were temporarily evacuated as a precaution and subsequently allowed to return to their homes. Consumers Energy personal responded to area to check for gas leaks and determined area was safe for return. The incident has been turned over to the State Fire Marshalls Office for further investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Fueri, Deputy Herson and Deputy Volosky.
RELEASED BY: Sgt. Seifert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sheriff Leaf
8/23/2012 (269)948-4805

SHERIFF LEAF REMINDS EVERYONE OF THE SCHOOL BUS & CROSSING GUARD SAFETY RULES AS KIDS IN BARRY COUNTY RETURN TO SCHOOL

(Hastings, MI) --The first day of school marks a significant milestone in the life of a child. It's an exciting time for making new friends, learning new things, and for some, riding the school bus. Every day more than 20 million students use school buses as transportation to and from school. Although school buses represent the safest form of highway transportation, there are a number of safety factors both students and drivers should be aware of. Hoping to ensure that the school year gets off to a safe and happy start, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office encourages caution whenever school buses are present.
"Children are often eager to get off the school bus because they are excited to tell their parents about all of the fun they had at school that day," said Sheriff Leaf. "It is crucial that parents re-enforce the school bus safety rules children learn at school."
Throughout a child's life, there are a number of situations where parents will be unable to exercise control. However, there are numerous precautions they can take to help ensure their child enjoys a safe ride to and from school. The Barry County Sheriff’s Office has some safety measures they encourage all parents to discuss with their children.

Students
• Always arrive at the bus stop early.

• Prior to boarding, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop, the door
opens, and the bus driver says that it's OK to board.

• Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus.
Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.

• Never walk behind the bus.

• If you are walking beside the bus, walk at least three giant steps away.

• Take extra precaution to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book
bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door.

• Never stop to pick something up that you have dropped when a bus is
stopped. Wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the
driver.

Motorists
• Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme
caution when traveling in a school zone.

• If there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of
children walking in the road.

• Be more aware of children playing near school bus stops.

• Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights
flashing.

• Never pass a school bus when there are flashing red lights. This is a sign that
children are getting on or off the bus. There is also a $250 fine if you are
given a citation.

Crossing Guards
Crossing Guards protect children at street crossings during the hours when children are going to or coming from school. They stop traffic and watch over children until they have safely crossed the street. They direct the actions of children, keeping them from running into the street or from playing while crossing the street. Crossing Guards may:

• Hold up their hands or stop signs to halt traffic or pedestrians.

• Escort Children across streets.

• Direct traffic in the area near their post.

• Record license number of vehicles that disregard traffic signals.

• Report offending drivers to the police, resulting in a $230 fine if you are given a citation.

Practicing these safety rules we can work toward a safe school season in Barry County.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT NEWS RELEASE
SHERRIFF DAR LEAF


TYPE OF INCIDENT: Hit and Run Traffic Crash.

DATE/TIME : On 07/21/2012 at approximately 0115 hours.

LOCATION: Barber Rd near Culbert Dr.

INFORMATION

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Hit and Run traffic crash involving a male subject that was reportedly struck by a vehicle as he was running on Barber Rd, near Culbert Dr, on 07/21/2012. The incident was believed to have occurred at approximately 0115 Hrs. If you have any information regarding the above incident please contact the Barry County Sheriff’s Office at 269-948-4801.

INVESTIGATOR

Deputy S Lehman.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: 2 car personal injury accident
DATE/TIME: 07/23/2012 @ 1750 hrs
LOCATION: Patterson Rd and 108th St - Thornapple Township Section

INFORMATION: Deputies from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Thornapple Township Emergency Services Caledonia Fire Office, investigated a two car personal injury accident at the intersection of Patterson Rd and 108th Street.

Investigation shows that the east bound vehicle, operated by a 16 yr old Middleville female, failed to yield the right of way to the south bound vehicle, operated by a 21yr old Wyoming male.

One driver was transported by ambulance to Metro Hospital in Grand Rapids, while the other driver was transported by Aero Med to Butterworth Hospital. The extent of the injuries is unknown at this time.
A passenger was released from the scene without injuries.

INVESTIGATORS: Kimbel #825
RELEASED BY: US Baker

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: VEHICLE VS BICYCLE TRAFFIC CRASH
DATE/TIME: 07/21/12 at approximately 1550 hrs
LOCATION: Dowling Rd near Barryville Rd Maple Grove Township

On 07/21/12, the Barry County Sheriff ‘s Office and Michigan State Police investigated a Vehicle vs Bicycle traffic crash on Dowling Rd near Barryville Rd in Maple Grove Twp. The initial investigation indicated that as a 16 year old female was exiting a driveway she was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on Dowling Rd. The female was transported via helicopter to an area hospital for her injuries. Her status is unknown. The occupants of the vehicle were not injured. This incident remains under investigation and names are being withheld at this time.

INVESTIGATORS: Dep M Horrmann, Dep Romph, Dep Spencer, MSP Sgt Campbell, Sgt R Horrmann

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: 3 Vehicle Personal Injury Traffic Crash
DATE/TIME: 07/21/12 at approximately 0600 hrs
LOCATION: M37 Hwy near 108th Thornapple Township

On 07/21/12, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office investigated a 3 vehicle traffic crash on M 37 Hwy near 108Th St in Thornapple Twp. The initial investigation indicated that as the driver of a 2004 Ford Taurus was traveling northbound it collided with the rear of 2003 Chevy pickup that was also traveling northbound. The Ford Taurus then apparently entered the southbound lane and collided head-on with 1999 GMC Jimmy that was traveling southbound on M37 Hwy. Firefighters from TTES extinguished the resulting vehicle fire and 3 of the four vehicle occupants were transported to area hospitals for treatment. This incident remains under investigation and names are being withheld at this time.

INVESTIGATORS: Dep Romph, Dep Demaagd, Dep M Horrmann, Dep Volosky and Sgt R Horrmann

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday 7/17/12

TODAY CARLTON VUR ADAMS, AN INMATE IN THE BARRY COUNTY JAIL WAS ARRAIGNED ON THE ABOVE LISTED CHARGES. HIS BOND WAS SET AT $150,000.00 CASH/SURETY, AND HIS NEXT COURT APPEARANCE DATE IS 07/25/2012.

THE CHARGES STEM FROM ON ONGOING INVESTIGATION IN OUR JAIL OF MR. ADAMS SOLICITING ANOTHER PERSON TO COMMIT THE FOLLOWING LISTED FELONY; ASSAULT WITH INTENT to DO GREAT BODILY HARM LESS THAN the CRIME of MURDER.

Robert E Baker, Undersheriff
Barry County Sheriff's Office

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S Office NEWS RELEASE

On 07-10-12, The Barry County Sheriff's Office responded to the Yankee Springs Recreation area on S Briggs Rd in reference to a missing 14 y/o male and 17 y/o female that entered Gun Lake on a canoe approximately 3.5 hours earlier.  The Sheriff's Office marine unit and Thornapple Township Emergency Services dispatched search boats to the area. However, before any search boats were launched the missing teens returned to the campsite unharmed.  No further action is being sought by any agency in this matter. 

 

ON JUNE 20, 2012 BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO 3301 RIVER ROAD ON A REPORT OF EXPLOSIVES FOUND IN AN OLD SHED. UPON ARRIVAL A SMALL ORANGE METAL BOX (SEE ATTACHED PHOTO) WAS LOCATED ON A SHELF IN THE SHED. THE BOMB SQUAD FROM THE BATTLE CREEK POLICE Office WAS CALLED IN. AFTER THEIR EXAMINATION IT WAS DECIDED THAT THE BOX WOULD BE BLOWN IN PLACE AS IT WAS TOO DANGEROUS TO ATTEMPT TO MOVE THE BOX. THE EXPLOSION RESULTED IN EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO THE SHED.

ONLY INFORMATION RECEIVED WAS THAT THE BOX REPORTEDLY CONTAINED SEVEN (7) CONTAINERS THE SIZE OF A BALL POINT PEN FILLED WITH AN EXPLOSIVE LIQUID. TYPE OF LIQUID UNKNOWN.

Robert E Baker, Undersheriff
Barry County Sheriff's Office
1212 W. State Street
Hastings, MI 49058
Ph. (269) 948-4805

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sgt. Jones, Barry County Sheriff’s Office
269-948-4801
jjones@barrycounty.org

Barry County Sheriff’s Office marine law enforcement officers
gear up for 2012 Operation Dry Water
Boating fatalities nationwide at highest levels since 1998; BUI a leading factor

Hastings, Mi, June 13, 2012 – Recreational boating fatalities last year jumped to their highest levels since 1998 and boating under the influence (BUI) was the leading contributing factor, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s report, 2011 Recreational Boating Statistics. The report comes just weeks before Barry County Sheriff’s Office marine law enforcement officers participate in the Operation Dry Water 2012, an annual nationwide campaign focused on enforcement of BUI laws and educating all boaters to the risks of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Officers will be out in force June 22-24 looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds the state limit of .10. Operation Dry Water will include increased patrols, breathalyzer tests, and BUI goggle demonstrations as well as boater education. Impaired boaters can expect penalties to be severe. In Michigan the consequences for BUI include fines, jail and loss of operating privileges.

“We intend to arrest intoxicated boaters and to reach out to as many people as possible about the hazards of boating under the influence,” says Sgt. Jones.

BUI continues to be a major problem in the U.S. A boat operator or even passengers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit run a significantly increased risk of being involved in a fatal boating accident. Alcohol was a contributing factor in just 6 percent of boating accidents overall, but figured in 16 percent of boating fatalities in the U.S. last year. When impaired by alcohol, boating accidents are more probable and more deadly for both passengers and boat operators, many of whom capsize their vessel or simply fall overboard.

Operation Dry Water (ODW), a multi-agency education and enforcement initiative launched by NASBLA in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, puts thousands of local, state and federal marine law enforcement officers on the water nationwide prior to the July 4th holiday to give BUI enforcement high visibility during the peak boating season.

"There may be arrests this weekend, and some boaters will face the consequences of boating under the influence," says Sgt. Jones. "Boating is a safe and enjoyable pastime when people stay alert and follow the rules. We want boaters to understand the added risks associated with BUI and to avoid drinking and boating.”

Operation Dry Water 2012 is a joint program of the Barry County Sheriff’s Marine Division, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard and Michigan Office of Natural Resources. For more information, visit www.operationdrywater.org.
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Press Release; Car Pedestrian PI

On June 4, 2012, at approximately 17:51 Hrs, the Barry County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a car vs. pedestrian injury accident on S. Norris Rd near Pine Lake Rd in Prairieville Township. The investigation shows a 5 year old boy was struck by a northbound vehicle. The victim was transported to Borgess Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. Alcohol is not a factor in the crash. The Barry County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Barry Township Police Office and Pine Lake Fire Office.

INVESTIGATOR: Janette Maki

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S Office NEWS RELEASE

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Two vehicle personal injury traffic crash
DATE /TIME: Sunday May 27, 2012 at approximately 12:46 pm
LOCATION: M 37 Hwy and Shaw Lake Rd; Yankee Springs Twp; Barry County.

SUMMARY: On 05/27/12, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two vehicle personal injury traffic crash that occurred on M-37 Hwy at Shaw Lake Rd and resulted in a vehicle fire. There were no deaths reported as a result of the fire however one of the vehicle occupants was transported, via helicopter, to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. This incident remains under investigation.

The Michigan State Police and Thornapple Twp Emergency Services assisted with the above investigation.

VEHICLES: A 1994 Jeep Cherokee and a 2008 Dodge Dakota.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputies Romph , Demaagd and Volosky.

 

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
DATE/TIME: 05/25/12 @ approx 1636 hrs

CHAD CURTIS, 43YRS OF LAKE ODESSA, WAS ARRESTED TODAY BY THE BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S Office ON A FIVE (5) COUNT WARRANT. MR. CURTIS IS CHARGED WITH 1 COUNT CSC 3RD DEGREE; 2 COUNTS CSC 4TH DEGREE; AND 2 COUNTS CSC2ND DEGREE. MR. CURTIS HAS BEEN ARRAIGNED AND HIS BOND HAS BEEN SET AT $250,000.00 10%, WHICH HAS BEEN POSTED.

Robert E Baker, Undersheriff
Barry County Sheriff's Office

SINGLE MOTORCYCLE FATAL CRASH

On 05/22/12, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single motorcycle fatal traffic crash involving a 17 year old male cyclist. The initial investigation indicated that as the Plainwell resident was traveling northbound on Norris Rd in Orangeville Twp he lost control of the motorcycle and left the roadway. The cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The subject was wearing a helmet. This incident remains under investigation.

VEHICLE: A 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputies: Demaagd, Volosky and Kimbel

TWO VEHICLE PERSONAL INJURY CRASH

SUMMARY: On 05/21/12, the Barry County Sheriff's Office investigated a two vehicle personal injury traffic crash on M 66 Hwy, near Day Rd in Assyria Twp. The initial investigation indicated that as an 83 year old Bellevue woman was traveling northbound on M 66 Hwy she collided with a 25 year old Battle Creek man who had been traveling southbound and apparently entered the northbound lane. The Battle Creek man was transported, via helicopter, to an area hospital while the female was evaluated at the scene by EMS and released. This incident remains under investigation.

VEHICLES: A black 2004 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO and a white 1996 FORD ESCORT.

INVESTIGATORS: DEMAAGD, KIMBEL, HORRMANN

CHAD CURTIS INVESTIGATION

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT WE HAVE AN ON-GOING CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INVOLVING MR. CURTIS. SO FOR THE TIME BEING OUR POSITION IS "NO COMMENT".  YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.

Robert E Baker, Undersheriff
Barry County Sheriff's Office

DATE/TIME: 04/27/12 @ approx 2215 hrs

TYPE OF INCIDENT:  Single vehicle fatal crash

LOCATION: Charlton Park Rd in Hastings Twp

VICTIM: A 51 yr old Hastings male – name withheld

VEHICLE: 2004 Ford Taurus

INFORMATION: On 04/27/12, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle fatal crash on Charlton park Rd in Hastings Twp.  The initial investigation indicated that as the vehicle was southbound on Charlton Park Rd, south of River Rd, the driver lost control of the vehicle, left the west shoulder of the roadway and struck a tree. The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene.  This incident remains under investigation.

Supplemental information: THE VICTIM OF THE ACCIDENT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS CLIFFTON E. LINDSEY 51YRS OF HASTINGS. THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

DATE: 04/11/2012

TYPE OF INCIDENT: SINGLE VEHICLE FATAL CRASH

LOCATION: BIVENS RD IN MAPLE GROVE TWP

VICTIM(S):

DRIVER#1: A 38 YR OLD HASTINGS FEMALE – NAME WITHHELD

PASSENGER(S): NONE

INFORMATION: ON 04/11/12, THE BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S Office INVESTIGATED A SINGLE VEHICLE FATAL TRAFFIC CRASH ON BIVENS RD IN MAPLE GROVE TOWNSHIP.  THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION INDICATED THAT AS THE VEHICLE WAS TRAVELING EASTBOUND ON BIVENS RD NEAR DEVINE RD THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, LEFT THE NORTH SHOULDER OF THE ROADWAY, OVERTURNED AND STRUCK A TREE.  THE FEMALE DRIVER WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE DURING THE CRASH AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.  THIS INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Report of a Shooting
DATE/TIME: 02-13-2012 6:48am

LOCATION: 7077 Boysen Road Shelbyville Mi.
Road (or) Address

Orangeville
Township Section #

INFORMATION:

Deputies from Barry County Allegan County and Michigan State Police responded to reported shooting. A 24 year old Kalamazoo man was shot in the stomach with a small caliber weapon and is being treated at Borgess Hospital for non life threatening injuries. The incident remains under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Dep. Romph
RELEASED BY: Detective Funk

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE - SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: DNA Match
DATE/TIME:01/26/12

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S Office HAS RECEIVED RESULTS OF DNA TESTING FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE CRIME LAB. THE TESTING WAS DONE IN REGARD TO THE BLOODY MATTRESS FOUND IN THE BED OF A PICKUP TRUCK DRIVEN BY HAROLD ORDWAY, INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2011.

BLOOD SAMPLES FROM THE MATTRESS, THE RIFLE FOUND IN THE TRUCK AND HAROLD ORDWAYS CLOTHING WERE SENT TO THE LABORATORY FOR DNA TESTING AND COMPARED TO DNA TAKEN FROM A HAT WORN BY PAUL FREDERICK ATCHLEY. THE RESULTS INDICATE THAT ALL THE BLOOD SAMPLES ARE A MATCH TO THE DNA FROM THE HAT. THE CASE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE - SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: DEATH INVESTIGATION
DATE/TIME: JANUARY 16, 2012 3:00PM
LOCATION: 11000 BLOCK OF 9 MILE ROAD


INFORMATION:

Barry County deputies responded to report of a suicide at a residence on 9 Mile Rd. Upon arrival they found a 27 year old male suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound (fatal), and a 21 year old female who appeared to have died from a drug overdose.
The incident remains under investigation.

AUTHORITY: UNDERSHERIFF BAKER

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE - SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Fatal 2 car accident DATE/TIME:12/21/11 1835 hrs

LOCATION:M-37 Hwy and Sager rd

VICTIM(S):

DRIVER#1:40 year old female from Hastings
PASSENGER(S):N/A

DRIVER#2:Deceased 33 year old female from Battle Creek
PASSENGER(S):N/A

VEHICLE INFORMATION:
VEHICLE#1:2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup
VEHICLE#2:1996 Lincoln Mark VIII


INFORMATION:2 vehicle accident occurred on M-37 Hwy near Sager road. A 33 year old female driver was pronounced dead on scene. The 40 year old female was transported to Pennock Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation with the Barry county Sheriff's Office.

Assistance was given by Hastings Fire Office, Hastings Mercy Ambulance and MDOT.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy R. Fueri, Deputy d. DeMaagd, Deputy R. Volosky and Sgt. R. Horrmann

BUSINESS (269)9484805 FAX: (269) 948-4831
 

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE - SHERIFF DAR LEAF
TYPE OF INCIDENT: One car personal injury accident

DATE/TIME: Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 1459 hrs
LOCATION: S Broadway Rd North of Sager Rd, Hastings Twp, Barry County, MI


INFORMATION:

A vehicle occupied by five individuals was north bound on S Broadway Rd when it left the roadway and came to rest in a pasture. The vehicle sustained front end damage and airbags were deployed.
The front seat passenger was air lifted from the scene via Air Care and transported to Borgess non life threatening injuries.
Two back seat passengers were transported via ambulance with non life threatening injuries.
Both front seat occupants were wearing the seatbelts. The three back seat passengers were not wearing seatbelts.

Assisting agencies consisted of Hastings Fire Dept and Air Care.

This accident remains under investigation. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Kevin Erb, Deputy Jeremiah Kimbel, Deputy Volosky

RELEASED BY: Sgt Nick Seifert

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Single Vehicle Traffic Crash
DATE/TIME: 11-02-11 at 1125 p.m.

LOCATION: Cogswell Rd Road (or) Address

Castelton Twp Township Section #

INFORMATION:

On 11/02/11 at 11:23 P.M. Deputies from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Cogswell Rd on the report of a possible traffic crash. Deputies subsequently located a minivan that had collided with an unoccupied Cogswell Rd residence. Nashville Fire and Nashville EMS also responded to the scene. The driver was located at a nearby residence and transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver failed to use a seatbelt and alcohol may have been a factor. The accident remains under investigation.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Stevens, Deputy Lehman and Sgt Horrmann

RELEASED BY: Sgt Horrmann

 

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE

SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Missing Person (RECOVERED)

DATE/TIME: Thursday October 27, 2011 10:49am

LOCATION: 7765 Gould Rd. Nashville MI 49073 Maple Grove Township, Barry County, Michigan Road (or) Address

INFORMATION:

Family members reported Joan Marie Staskus, age 62, failed to return from an afternoon walk on her Maple Grove Twp farm. She left the house around 3:00pm and at 4:00pm the family dog returned without her. Police service dogs from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police searched the area and recovered the body of Mrs. Staskus shortly after 0900 this morning. The incident remains under investigation.

 

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Missing Person
DATE/TIME: Wednesday October 26, 2011 3:00pm

LOCATION: 7765 Gould Rd. Nashville MI 49073 Maple Grove Township, Barry County, Michigan Road (or) Address

INFORMATION:

Family members reported Joan Marie Staskus, age 62, failed to return from an afternoon walk on her Maple Grove Twp farm. She left the house around 3:00pm and at 4:00pm the family dog returned without her. Police service dogs from the Barry County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police searched the area and have not yet been able to locate Mrs. Staskus. A helicopter from the Michigan State Police also called to search the area. The search continues. If anyone sees or knows of Mrs. Staskus whereabouts, please call the Barry County Sheriff’s Office. 269/948-4801

Mrs. Staskus was last seen wearing light gray jacket, blue jeans and an orange stocking cap.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Robert Fueri #815

RELEASED BY: Sgt Seifert #809

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Assault on Police Officer
DATE/TIME: Sunday Sept 11, 2011 10:47 pm

LOCATION: 308 Grand Rapids St, Middleville MI, Barry County
Road (or) Address

INFORMATION:

An officer was dispatched to 308 Grand Rapids St in Middleville after a call was made to Barry County Central Dispatch reporting a subject at the residence with outstanding warrants. When the officer made contact, resistance was given by the suspect. The suspect’s mother and father began to interfere while officer was attempting to gain control of the subject.
During the altercation, the suspect’s father punched the officer in the face. The Taser was used to subdue the father. While attempting to secure the father, the officer was assaulted again and struck in the rib area several times. Prior to the arrival of assisting officers, the initial suspect fled on foot. He is still at large after an exhausting search by police. The suspect’s father is currently lodged at the Barry County Jail and charged with Felonious Assault on a Police Officer.

A search was conducted by Barry County K9, PSD Kyro, but the track was lost a few blocks away from the initial address. Assistance with the search was given by Kent County Sheriff’s Dept, Wayland MSP, and Hastings MSP.

DEPUTIES INVOLVED: Deputy Solomon, Sgt. Seifert, Deputy Kimbel, Deputy Volosky
RELEASED BY: Sgt Seifert #821

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Suspicious Situation
DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 3, 2011


LOCATION: Johnstown Twp, Barry County

INFORMATION:

On September 2, 2011, the Allegan County Sheriff Office was investigating a traffic crash and investigators located what was possibly evidence of a traumatic incident.

The driver of the truck, Harold Ordway, was last known to be staying at a residence in the area of His Place Dr and Manning Lake Rd in Johnstown Twp in Barry County. At this time a search is being conducted in the area of Manning Lake Rd near Bristol Rd for evidence of a traumatic incident. The Barry County Sheriff’s Office is also trying to locate Paul F. ATCHLEY, 53 yoa. If anyone has seen him or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call the Barry County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 948-4801.

On September 2nd and 3rd, 2011, Barry County Sheriff K9 Teams conducted a search of the surrounding area and a foot search was performed by Sheriff Deputies and the Sheriff Posse.

The Barry County Sheriff Office was assisted by Amway Aviation and Michigan State Police Aviation.

INVESTIGATORS: D/Sgt. Jay Olejniczak, Det. Funk
RELEASED BY: D/Sgt. Jay Olejniczak

News Release

On Saturday, 07/23/11, at about 3:45 p.m. , 33 year old Tyler Wakley and 20 year old Gabriel Switzer suffered non-life threatening injuries when a 40 caliber handgun accidently discharged while being handled by Wakley. The incident occurred at a Curtis Rd address in the Nashville area. Barry County Sheriff’s Deputy Funk was assisted by Nashville Ambulance, Air Care/Borgess and Nashville Police Office. The accident remains under investigation.

Incident number #11-03310

 

Boat Accident with Injury
Upper Crooked Lake, Barry Township, Barry County MI
07/11/11 9:15 pm

On Monday evening at approximately 9:15 p.m., an 18 foot jet boat struck a 14 foot aluminum fishing boat on the north east side of Upper Crooked Lake in Barry County. The operator of the fishing boat, Donald Nickens of Kalamazoo, was rescued by residents on the shoreline and boaters on the water. Nickens, who was the lone occupant of the fishing boat, was transported to Borgess Hospital where he was treated for a fractured sternum; lacerations to the head and a concussion.

The operator of the Jet Boat, an Ohio resident, was arrested and lodged at Barry County Sheriff’s Office pending arraignment for OWI causing serious injury.

Captain William C Johnson
Barry County Sheriff’s Office

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF

TYPE OF INCIDENT: 2 Car P.I. Accident
DATE/TIME: Sunday June 19, 2011 10:19am
LOCATION: M 43 Hwy and Velte Rd Woodland Township Barry County

INFORMATION:

A 2002 GMC Sonoma was northbound on Velte Rd. when it failed to stop for the stop sign at that intersection. It traveled through the intersection striking a 1996 Dodge Ram in the drivers door. Both vehicles spun out of control and went into the ditch on the north side of M-43 Hwy. The driver of the Sonoma was transported to Pennock Hospital as was the driver of the Dodge Ram. The passenger of the Dodge Ram was airlifted to Spectrum Hospital. Alcohol is not a factor in the accident. The passenger of the Dodge Ram is listed in stable condition. The crash remains under investigation.

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Woodland Fire Office.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Jeremiah Kimbel, Deputy Janette Maki, Deputy Jeff Nieuwenhuis
RELEASED BY: Sgt Jones

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE
SHERIFF DAR LEAF


TYPE OF INCIDENT: Motorcycle v Car Fatal Crash
DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 6:51pm
LOCATION: N. M-37 Hwy near Fairview Dr, Rutland Township, Barry County

INFORMATION:

Robin Lee Lewis of the Hastings area was southbound on M-37 when he rear ended a vehicle driven by Juan Ramos of the Grand Rapids area. Lewis was driving a 1981 Honda motorcycle. Juan Ramos was driving a 2005 Chrysler Town and County minivan. Mr. Ramos was coming to a stop on M-37 Hwy to turn left, when Mr. Lewis crashed into his vehicle. Robin Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. This accident is still under investigation. At this time, Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Hastings/BIRCH Fire Dept., Lansing Mercy Ambulance, and Michigan State Police – Hasting Post.

INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Jeremiah Kimbel
RELEASED BY: Sgt Seifert #821

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – CONTACT SHERIFF LEAF
May 11, 2011 – (269)948-4805
SHERIFF LEAF ANNOUNCES 2011 POLICE WEEK
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THOSE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

HASTINGS, MI – The Barry County Sheriff’s Office will join communities across Michigan and the United States May 15-21 to celebrate National Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. During this week Sheriff Leaf and his staff plan to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.
On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 19,000 US law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. This number includes more than 500 officers who have given their lives while protecting the residents of Michigan.
Please join the Barry County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association in honoring these fallen officers. You can show your support by “flying the blue”. Attach a royal blue ribbon to your car antennae during National Police Week. Your show of support will mean a lot to the brave men and women who serve and protect you on a daily basis.
This year, the names of 316 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 316 officers include 152 officers who were killed during 2010, plus 164 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.
The fallen officers include three members of the law enforcement community in Michigan who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the public in 2010. They are Jackson Police Officer James David Bonneau, Detroit Police Officer Brian Eric Huff and Corporal Matthew Lloyd Edwards of the Taylor Police Office.
Former Barry County Undersheriff William M Scudder (1883-1884) will also be added to the memorial wall this year. He made the ultimate sacrifice in May of 1884 when he was shot and killed in Rutland Twp when attempting to arrest a suspect. “Recognizing Undersheriff Scudder’s sacrifice was long overdue. We are happy to see he is finally getting the recognition he deserves,” said Sheriff Leaf. (To read more about the story you can see the display in the entry way of the Sheriff’s Dept.)
The names of all 316 fallen officers will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC during a Candlelight Vigil on May 13, 2011. So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be webcast live over the internet beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). To register for this free online event, visit www.LawMemorial.org/webcast
Sadly, the three Michigan officers’ names will be joined next year by others. In just the first four months of 2011, three more officers were killed in the line of duty. Livonia Police Officer Larry Nehasil, Michigan State Police Trooper Jeffrey Werda and Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata all made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the residents of Michigan.
The Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, founded in 1877, is Michigan’s oldest law enforcement organization. For further information please visit www.misheriff.org
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PLEASE CONTACT SHERIFF LEAF
4/14/2011 (269)948-4805


SHERIFF LEAF WARNS ROAD CLEAN UP VOLUNTEERS – BEWARE METH LAB WASTE
 

<<HASTINGS, MI>> -- With the weather improving and groups of volunteers heading out to clean our roadways, Sheriff Leaf and the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association want to make sure these groups are aware of a new and dangerous hazard.
Volunteers who clean up roadside litter should watch for potentially toxic debris discarded from illicit methamphetamine labs. Meth is a highly addictive stimulant which can be made using common household chemicals and equipment along with common cold remedies containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine (such as Sudafed or Actifed).
Clean-up crews who come across materials to make the drug can be burned or have their lungs damaged from inhaling fumes. If you encounter any of the signs of a meth lab, leave the area immediately and call 911. Do not touch anything if you suspect it may be meth lab waste. The waste can be extremely dangerous and may even be booby-trapped. Entire labs can be found in tool boxes, coolers or other storage containers.
Mobile meth labs are becoming more common. Labs are sometimes run out of car trunks or RVs and then discarded on our roadways. Clues indicating a dumpsite include (Photos courtesy of the Ohio Dept. of Transportation – click here for more information):
• Empty bottles attached to a rubber hose,
• The smell of ammonia,
• Coffee filters stained red or containing a white powder residue,
• Garbage bags with cat litter (these can contain deadly gases and are sometimes called “death bags”),
• Corroded propane tanks,
• Empty or used alcohol products,
• Numerous empty cold medicine and diet pill bottles or blister packs,
• Unused matches without striker plates.

Don’t try to remove unknown or suspected toxic substances. Notify Barry County Central Dispatch of the location of these items immediately.
Meth lab waste is very serious. Your safety comes first!
For more safety tips Sheriff Leaf urges residents to visit the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association website at www.misheriff.org  where they can sign up to receive monthly newsletters. Founded in 1877 the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association is the oldest law enforcement organization in Michigan.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sheriff Dar Leaf
DATE 3/14/2011 (269)948-4805


SHERIFF LEAF & THE MICHIGAN SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION
PHONE SCAM CONSUMER ALERT

<<HASTINGS, MI>> Barry County residents should be aware of a phone scam which originated on the West Coast, which could leave you with high phone bills. It starts when scammers call you pretending to be with your local police Office, the Sheriff’s Office, other public safety agency or hospital. They make up a story about your child or other loved one being hurt in an accident and ask you to call the officer “at the scene” by dialing *72 and a phone number they provide. Sheriff Leaf warns area residents not to do this! “Barry County Sheriff’s deputies will never instruct anyone to dial a phone number beginning with *72 to receive “on scene” accident information about their loved ones,” said Sheriff Leaf.

When you dial *72 at the beginning of a call you can activate call forwarding, if you subscribe to it. All calls to your phone number will then be forwarded to the phone number the scammers gave you. When this happens, you may be billed a charge each time a call is forwarded to the other number. You may also be billed long distance charges, pay-per-call charges and collect call charges, if applicable. All calls will continue to be forwarded until this feature is turned off. (In most cases *73 stops call forwarded but it can vary from carrier to carrier.)

You may have call forwarding as a feature of your landline or wireless service. If you are unsure if you have it, ask your phone company. Not all call forwarding is activated by *72. If you have call forwarding Sheriff Leaf suggests you find out how to use it, as well as all your other services so that you can avoid becoming a victim of this type of scam.

If this does happen to you, call your phone company to dispute the charges. They may advise you to file a police report and/or contact the Attorney General’s complaint line. For more safety tips Sheriff Leaf encourages residents to visit the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association website at www.misheriff.org where you can sign up to receive monthly newsletters. Founded in 1877 the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association is the oldest law enforcement organization in Michigan.