Local Police Reports — Feb. 15, 2017

Evart Police Department

Feb. 6 to Feb. 12

Feb. 7

  • A citation was issued to a driver operating a moped without a license.
  • A citation was issued to a driver operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Feb. 10

  • Officers were dispatched to assist Emergency Medical Services. An escort to Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital was required for the person in need of medical assistance.
  • Officers were dispatched to a possible breaking and entering. After investigating, it was determined that no further action was required and the person in question was secure.

Reed City Police Department

Jan. 30 to Feb. 12

The Reed City Police Department would like the community be aware there are several phone scams going around. One of them is the caller claims to be with the IRS and states that if you don’t pay them, they are going to issue a warrant for your arrest. The callers tell you will come to your home and arrest you if you don’t. The IRS will never call you on the phone. Another scam is the caller tells you, that you have won a grant for a large amount of money, but they can’t send you the check unless you send them money to pay for the processing. Do not give any personal information out to these callers, just hang up. There is also a scam call in which the caller ask if you can hear them. The scam behind this is that once they get a recording of you saying “YES” they can claim you agreed to some type of terms and or purchases and you will owe them money. If you get a call like any of those, just hang up. Unfortunately with today’s technology there is no way to catch these scammers and prosecute them.

Officers continue to perform property inspections and serve the appropriate abatement paperwork for those in violation of city ordinances for trash and vehicles. Please be aware the winter parking ordinances will run until April 1. Officers will continue to enforce the Parking Violations Bureau policy in which no vehicle shall be parked on a city street between the hours of 2:30 to 6 a.m. Any and all vehicles in violation will be cited and or towed, snow or no snow.

Jan. 30

  • Officers were dispatched to a car/deer accident. No injuries were reported.
  • Officers were alerted to a suspicious situation regarding a man passing religious literature out to children. Using the information on the papers, officers were able to identify and confirm the church the man was associated with was in Grandville. Further investigation into the matter resulted in officers speaking with the man who handed the literature to the children and found he intended no harm. He was issued a verbal warning regarding the situation.
  • Officers were dispatched to assist the Traverse City Narcotics Team and the Central Michigan Enforcement Team with the transportation of two individuals. They all were transported to the Osceola County Jail where they were lodged without incident.
  • Officers were dispatched to local company regarding an alarm activation. An officer checked the area and found nothing out of the norm. Employees were notified of the situation. Officers cleared.
  • While performing a traffic stop, officers issued a 53-year-old female an appearance citation for driving on an expired plate and the improper use of registration plate.

Jan. 31

  • Officers were notified of a stolen debit/credit card from a local ATM machine. The matter is under investigation.
  • Officers were dispatched to a residence regarding a suspicious situation. The 911 caller reported a male subject walking in his back yard with a rifle. Officers located the man with the rifle and drug paraphernalia. The man was found to be transporting the rifle to another residence. The matter is under investigation.

Feb. 1

  • Officers were dispatched to Lincoln Avenue and Morse Street to report on a property damage incident. A telephone box was damaged. No injuries were reported.
  • Officers were requested to assist an elderly couple at their local residence. The couple had mistakenly locked themselves out of their home. Officers were able to gain entry into the house allowing the home owner to access the locked door. Officer cleared.
  • Officers were dispatched to local apartment complex regarding a larceny complaint. Nothing had been stolen and it was determined that the complainant was confused and possibly suffering from dementia. Case closed.
  • Officers responded to a 911 hang-up call. They found that some children were playing with a deactivated phone and the parent was unaware that it still had 911 access. Case closed.
  • Officers were dispatched to local residence to take a property damage report. The complainant’s car had been damaged while it was in the parking lot at her place of employment.

Feb. 2

  • Officers were dispatched to local business regarding a harassment complaint. Officers spoke with the women accused of the harassment and issued No Trespass paperwork to her.
  • Officers were dispatched to local apartment complex regarding disorderly subjects in the parking lot. All the subjects involved were interviewed and all confirmed it was an only a verbal argument. Officers issued verbal warnings to all and released them exit the parking lot. Case closed.
  • Officers transported a 23-year-old female on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction back to Reed City, where she was lodged in the Osceola County Jail without incident.
  • Officers were dispatched to local business regarding an alarm activation. Once there, the cleaning service employee explained she had not entered the pass code into the system fast enough. Officer cleared.
  • Officers were dispatched to assist the Michigan State Police with an alarm activation at a local retail business. Officers searched the area and found nothing disturbed and all secure. Officers cleared.
  • Officers were dispatched to local residence regarding a well-being check. The caller was concerned as he reported hearing a lot yelling and screaming. Officers spoke with the children and the father at the home. The children were all well and appeared to be unharmed. It was determined the children were misbehaving.

Feb. 3

  • Officers were dispatched to take a car/deer property damage report. No injuries were reported.
  • Officers were dispatched to suspicious mail. It was determined it had been address incorrectly and it was turned over to the correct owner.
  • Officers were dispatched to a possible larceny of pocket change. The residents were unable to say if money was definitely missing. The matter is under investigation.
  • Officers were dispatched to a commercial building with an open door. The property was checked and the owners notified. Nothing appeared to be out of place or taken.

Feb. 4

  • Officers were dispatched to local apartment complex regarding a property damage report of flat tires. The matter is under investigation.
  • Officers were dispatched to a possible intoxicated driver. The vehicle was located and the driver found to be sober.

Feb. 6

  • Officers were requested to perform a civil standby at the Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital during a meeting between family members of a patient and doctors. There were no issues. The officer cleared once the meeting was over.
  • Officers were dispatched to local residence regarding a suspicious situation reported by a neighbor. Officers found no one home and performed a property check, and found nothing out of the norm. Officers cleared.
  • Officers issued a verbal warning to local resident regarding the city ordinance on burning trash.
  • The School Liaison Officer has been diligently keeping track of several at risk students regarding their attendance. Keeping in contact with school staff and the parents and submitting petitions for truancy request as required.

Feb. 7

  • Officers issued an appearance citation to a 52-year-old male for driving on an expired operator’s license, along with a citation for no proof of insurance in the vehicle.
  • Officers issued a verbal warning to a 22-year-old male who was sitting in a parked vehicle for several hours downtown. Officers explained it was after the 2:30 a.m. parking ban and he needed to leave. The young man explained he has fallen asleep and left.

Feb. 8

  • While on foot patrol, officers found an unlocked door to a business office. Officers searched the building, finding nothing out of the norm, secured the door as requested by the key holder.
  • Officers responded to a harassment complaint from a tenant who feels she is being harassed by her landlord. Officers explained it was a civil matter. The tenant said she understood.
  • Officers were called to a local business regarding a credit card transaction. The employee explained that the computer system would not process the transaction and advises to hold the card as suspicious. The officer confirmed the card belonged to the holder who paid for the purchase. She was released with her credit card.
  • Officers served a subpoena to a 24-year-old female at her apartment.

Feb. 9

  • Officers were dispatched to local residence regarding a possible suicide attempt. Once on scene, the officer was not allowed inside the home. The girlfriend at the door explained to the officer that the man in question had calmed down and did not want to talk to them. Officers explained that they had to see for themselves that he was fine. After some time the man spoke with officers, stating he was fine and didn’t want to be bothered any more.

Feb. 10

  • Officers were dispatched to a local apartment complex regarding an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle was towed.
  • Officers were notified of the location of a 29-year-old male who held two felony warrants. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Osceola County Jail, where he was lodged without incident.
  • Officers were requested to investigate the legitimacy of a statement made by a juvenile. The boy stated that he had been physically harmed by a relative. Officers went to the boy’s home and spoke with the boy and his family. The boy admitted he exaggerated the activities around the situation and did not tell the whole story.

Feb. 12

  • Officers spoke with a 20-year-old female who stated she heard the police department was looking for her. Officers checked on the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) and found nothing. The woman told the officer that she was being harassed on social media by a friend and an ex-boyfriend. She added that the friend works at a local retail store and told her she was banned from the store. Officers advised that she block them on social media and to stay away from the store if she is banned from it.

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