SHERIFF'S CORNER: Calls for Service, December 2022

Sheriff Rich Martin

Sheriff Rich Martin

Courtesy of Rich Martin, Lake County Sheriff's Office

Every year, the Lake County Sheriff's Office recognizes those deputies who have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in their performance, service to the community, exceptional service as well as earning the utmost respect of fellow colleagues and staff.

Their performance sets the example for what the entire community's perception is of the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

It may be difficult to do the job during these recent times, a trying judicial system, and a lackluster in prosecuting ... but, they are still doing the job.  
Our deputies are second to none, and raise the bar when it comes to dedication and professionalism.
  
Your hard work is greatly appreciated and I am honored and proud to present these awards. Congratulations to our great team!

UNIT CITATION No. 1

  • Sgt. Bullis
  • Deputy Buscaino
  • Deputy Cleveland
  • Detective Hedlund
  • Deputy Hickmann
  • Chief Deputy Hurrle
  • Special Investigator P. Marlett
  • Sheriff Martin
  • Undersheriff Pietras
  • Sgt. Meyers
  • D/Lt. Nixon
  • Deputy Perrin
  • Deputy T. Keena

On Sept. 22, at 10:27 a.m., Deputy Perrin and Deputy Buscaino were dispatched to the Luther branch of the Lake-Osceola State Bank for a robbery in progress complaint. Upon arrival they discovered that two suspects had fled on foot. Sheriff Martin, Undersheriff Pietras, Chief Deputy Hurrle, Detective/Lieutenant Nixon, Sergeant Meyers, Detective Hedlund and Special Investigator Marlett all responded to the scene and assisted with the initial investigation.  

A bomb threat was indicated at the Baldwin Schools during the robbery and the schools were locked down. Deputy Cleveland, Deputy Hickmann, and Sergeant Bullis responded to the schools to assist with the search and evacuation. Deputy Keena assisted with follow up investigations.  

All officers were directly involved in apprehending the suspects in the crime and recovering the property stolen from the bank.  Your tireless efforts have served as an example and inspiration to your fellow officers and are in keeping with the highest tradition of the law enforcement profession.

UNIT CITATION No. 2

  • Deputy Cleveland
  • Detective Hedlund
  • Deputy Hickmann
  • Chief Deputy Hurrle
  • Deputy Ingle
  • D/Lt. Nixon
  • Deputy Perrin

On Oct. 17, 2022, about 10:05 p.m., Deputy Cleveland and Deputy Hickmann were dispatched to a residence on South Harvard, in Webber Township, for a shooting complaint. Upon arrival they discovered that a male subject had been shot in the face and was deceased.

Chief Deputy Hurrle and Detective/Lieutenant Nixon were called to the scene to assist. Detective Hedlund, Deputy Perrin and Deputy Ingle assisted with follow up leading to the determination that the incident was murder. All officers were directly involved in apprehending the suspects in the crime.

Your tireless efforts have served as an example and inspiration to your fellow officers and are in keeping with the highest tradition of the law enforcement profession.

LIFE SAVING CITATION

  • Deputy Kessel
  • Deputy Lounsberry

On Jan. 2, 2022, about 4:35 p.m. Deputy Kessel was conducting cell checks and heard an inmate kicking the door and yelling. Deputy Kessel entered the cell and saw a male inmate hanging from a bunk with a homemade noose. Deputy Kessel held the inmate up while Deputy Lounsberry helped cut the inmate free. The inmate was helped to the floor and then helped out for treatment by EMS.  

Deputy Kessel and Deputy Lounsberry’s quick and calm actions saved the inmates life.  Your tireless efforts have served as an example and inspiration to your fellow officers and are in keeping with the highest tradition of the law enforcement profession.

DNR CITATION

Both Sgt. Meyers and Deputy Chelbana received a Life Saving Award from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

OFFICER OF THE YEAR

  • Corrections: Deputy Lance Howe
  • Road Patrol: Deputy Timothy Keena
  • Command: Sgt. Ronald Bullis

The above deputies have consistently best represented the values, mission, and character of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office throughout the 2021 year.

Sheriff Martin's mission statement: "Providing exceptional public safety services while serving with Honor, Integrity and Dedication for those who live, work and visit Lake County. "

CALLS FOR SERVICE REPORT

It's time for the monthly "calls for service" report. This will provide you with an idea of the prior month's response for public safety services within the county.

  • 3500/VCSA    1
  • 911 Hang up    6
  • Abandoned Vehicle    6
  • Accidents Falls    12
  • Agricultural Fire    1
  • Alarms    21
  • Animal Control    23
  • Annoyance Threats    5
  • Assault    6
  • Assisting Other Agencies    19
  • Attempt to Locate / Well Chk    32
  • Be on the Look out    10
  • Bleeding    5
  • Breaking and Entering    3
  • Breathing Difficulty    21
  • Business Property Check    68
  • Car Animal    1
  • Car Deer    28
  • Chest and Heart Problems    13
  • Child Birth    1
  • Citizen Assist    17
  • Civil Complaints    9
  • Civil Standby    7
  • Code K    3
  • Criminal Sexual Conduct    1
  • Diabetic    5
  • Disturbance    5
  • DNR Complaint    6
  • Domestic    16
  • EAS Notification    1
  • EMS Assist    1
  • EMS Coverage    47
  • EMS Transfer    37
  • Fire Alarm    5
  • Follow up    47
  • Foot Patrol    1
  • Fraud    2
  • Harassment    6
  • Head Injury    2
  • Illegal Burning    1
  • Industrial Fire    2
  • Interview    1
  • Jail Pick up/Transport    11
  • Juvenile    2
  • Larceny    16
  • Lift Assist    3
  • Lines down    5
  • Lost Property    2
  • MDOP    3
  • Medical Alarm    2
  • Mental Emotional    7
  • Mental Emotional Transport    5
  • Motorist Assist    11
  • Open Line    1
  • ORV  Traffic Stop    3
  • Overdose    5
  • Pain Back Abdominal    7
  • Paper Service    3
  • Patrol Area    254
  • Personal Injury Accident    16
  • PPO Request Violation    1
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth    1
  • Property Check    24
  • Property Damage Accident    15
  • Reckless Driver    6
  • Reckless Snowmobile    3
  • Township/Village Meeting    9
  • Road Hazard    7
  • Road Kill    1
  • Rollover    8
  • Seizures    4
  • Sick Unknown    44
  • Silent Observer Tip    1
  • Slide off    9
  • Smoke/Unknown Fire    3
  • Snowmobile Traffic Stop    17
  • SOR Check    1
  • Special Event Coverage    10
  • Stationary Radar    19
  • Stroke    7
  • Structure Fire    10
  • Suspicious Person    9
  • Suspicious Situation    23
  • Suspicious Vehicle    21
  • Traffic Control    1
  • Traffic Stop    217
  • Trespass    7
  • UDAA    1
  • Unconscious Unresponsive    7
  • Unwanted Person    5
  • Vehicle Fire    1
  • VIN Inspection    1
  • Warrant Arrest    17
  • Wild Land Fire    2

— This information is provided to you for clarification on specific laws, and not legal advice. This is not to be construed as a personal opinion, agreement or disagreement of any specific law. Topics covered are for educational and informational purposes only. As needed, excerpts from other articles are used for reference and/or content. If you have any questions on any specific topic, you may always email me your questions to rmartin@co.lake.mi.us.