Mt. Pleasant Police Department Statistics from Start of the Fall semester at Central Michigan University

This past weekend, thousands of student residents arrived in the area for the start of the Fall semester at Central Michigan University. The Mt. Pleasant Police Department, with the assistance of nine other law enforcement agencies, responded to 246 calls for service and generated 40 citations from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. Please see the weekend’s statistics below:

Arrested or Received Citation:

21 Traffic Citations

13 Open Intoxicants

10 Disorderly Conduct

8 OWI

4 Nuisance Party

3 Driving While License Suspended

3 Minor in Possession of Alcohol

3 Warrant Arrest

1 CCW Violation

1 Domestic

1 Flee and Elude

1 Leave the Scene of Accident

1 Possess Weapon Under Influence

1 Resist and Obstruction

1 Retail Fraud

Calls for Service:
• There were 72 calls for service from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 to 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.
• There were 92 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24
• There were 82 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25.

In 2014, the City of Mt. Pleasant developed a multi-year plan to address the history of violations and increasing tension among residents in the neighborhood north of Central Michigan University’s campus where owner-occupied properties and student rentals are intermingled. To decrease disruptive behavior and improve relationships between the full and part-year residents, City officials have worked to forge partnerships with local landlords, CMU and its students, as well as enforce ordinances on a more consistent basis.

Paul Lauria, Mt. Pleasant Police Chief shared, “For the third year in a row, the City has seen progress in students adhering to the community standards established four years ago. This continued improvement in behavior, and dedication to being a good neighbor, is encouraging and evidence of why people ‘meet here’ in Mt. Pleasant. The City will also continue to do its part by consistently upholding the community standards throughout the year,” Lauria added. “So, let’s stay Fired Up and continue this positive partnership throughout the entire academic year.”

The Mt. Pleasant Police and Fire Departments were assisted by the Central Michigan University Police Department, Isabella County Central Dispatch, Michigan State Police, Mobile Medical Response, Alma Police Department, Gratiot County Sheriff’s Department, St. Louis Police Department, Midland Police Department, and Midland County Sheriff’s Department.

Nau Named Youth Services Unit Officer

jnau portrait dark background editThe Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) is pleased to announce Officer Justin Nau has been named Youth Services Unit Officer, effective October 2019. This position was previously held by Officer Brandon Bliss who was promoted to Sergeant.

Officer Nau has 12 years of law enforcement experience, eight of those years with the MPPD. During his tenure, Officer Nau has been a member of the Emergency Services Team, served as a defense tactics, range and Taser instructor in addition to heading up the department’s Toys for Tots efforts.

The Youth Services Unit (YSU), in existence since 1996, is a valuable program which involves police positively interacting with youth at an early age. The YSU Officer spends a considerable amount of time in the schools and provides guidance and support to students when needed, ultimately forming lifelong bonds. The Youth Police Academy, Coneys for a Cause, and Shop with a Cop are just a few of the programs hosted by YSU.

UPDATE (9/4/2019): Mt. Pleasant Police and Fire Departments respond to a fatal structure fire – 505 S. Bradley St.

September 4, 2019 UPDATE: 

On August 16, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department along with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 505 S. Bradley Street.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department Detectives worked with the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit and the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department to determine this was an accidental fire which claimed the life of 2-year-old, Arthur Hughes.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, the Isabella County Sheriff Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, Isabella County Central Dispatch and Mobile Medical Response.

 

August 20, 2019 UPDATE:

On August 16, 2019 the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department along with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to a structure fire which claimed the life of a 2-year-old boy. The medical examiner’s office classified this an accidental death with the autopsy revealing smoke and soot inhalation being the cause of death. A DNA sample to confirm the child’s identity has been provided to the medical examiner’s office. Police are expecting results from the DNA test within a week.

The Michigan State Fire Investigation Unit has found no suspicious circumstances regarding the fire and the investigation is ongoing at this time. The Mt. Pleasant Police Department will provide further updates regarding the confirmation of the child’s identity and investigation as they become available.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, Isabella County Central Dispatch and Mobile Medical Response.

 

August 19, 2019 Media Release:

On August 16, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department along with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 505 S. Bradley Street. Police officers arrived on scene and observed flames coming from a trailer. Officers were notified by neighbors that subjects may be inside. Mt. Pleasant Police Department Officers and Isabella County Sheriff Office Deputies attempted entry and were unable to enter the structure due to heavy smoke and flames.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department made entry to search for a victim and extinguish the fire. During the search, the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department located a 2-year-old male who was deceased. An adult male was able to escape with minor injuries.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department Detectives are working with the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit and Mt. Pleasant Fire Department to determine the cause of the fire. Interviews, examination of evidence, autopsy results and witness statements are being conducted and compiled.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department will provide further updates when available.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, the Isabella County Sheriff Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, Isabella County Central Dispatch and Mobile Medical Response.

 

August 16, 2019 Media Release: 

Mt. Pleasant Police and Fire Departments respond to a fatal structure fire – 505 S. Bradley St. 

On August 16, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department along with Mt. Pleasant City Police were dispatched to a structure fire at 505 S. Bradley Street. Officers arrived on scene and observed flames coming from the trailer. Officers were notified by neighbors subjects may be inside. Mt. Pleasant City Police and Isabella County Sheriff Office Deputies attempted entry and were unable to enter the structure due to heavy smoke. Mt. Pleasant Fire Department made entry to search for a victim and extinguish the fire. During the search the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department located a 2 year oldmale who was deceased.  An adult male was able to escape with minor burns. The crisis team has been called in for the family members.

Mt. Pleasant Police along with the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department are still on scene. The investigation is on going at this time with the assistance of the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, Isabella County Central Dispatch and Mobile Medical Response.

No fire or police officers were injured during this call.

Updates will be provided when available.

                                                                                         

Mt. Pleasant Police Department seeking assistance in identifying suspect

Mt. Pleasant, Mich., – Mt. Pleasant Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect who was at the Shell Station, 799 South Mission Street at approximately 10:00 a.m. on July 13, 2019.

A female reported she was groped by a suspect described as a white younger male, 5’6” tall, with facial hair, and a thin build. The suspect was wearing blue jeans, a gray cut-off shirt and work boots.

This incident was reported to the Mt. Pleasant Police at approximately 2:45 p.m. on July 13, 2019.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident, or the identity of the subject, to call the Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111.

Shell-Snip July 13 2019

 

Summary of minutes of the City Commission meeting held July 8, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Director Lauria introduced and swore in new Mt. Pleasant Police Officer Shane Waskevich.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held June 24, 2019.

2) Bid of Bell Equipment of Lake Orion, MI for a municipal tractor and snow plow with a budget amendment.

3) Appoint IT Director/Assistant Finance Director Chris Saladine as Employer Delegate to represent the City of Mt. Pleasant at the MERS annual meeting.

4) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing and approved Resolution #5 to confirm the special assessment roll and set payment terms for Special Assessment #2-19 as presented.

Directed staff to bring back information to the Commission on market comps and market sales used to determine the assessors report regarding assessed values.

Held a public hearing and approved the resolution regarding the application by Gursky Limited, LLC for a CDBG RLF application.

 Approved Amendment #3 to the Purchase and Development Agreement with Michigan Community Capital for 410 W. Broadway.

Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(h) of the Open Meetings Act to consider material exempt from discussion or disclosure by state or federal statute.

Conducted a work session discussion on recreational marijuana.

Adjourned at 10:26 p.m.

Three Mt. Pleasant Police Officers Promoted to Sergeant

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) is proud to announce the promotion of three officers to the rank of Sergeant.  Director Paul Lauria shared, “The MPPD is fortunate to have officers who devote their entire law enforcement career to our department. This wealth of experience enables us to promote quality law enforcement professionals into supervisory roles resulting in seamless transitions despite the retirement of experienced Sergeants such as Sarah Cuthbertson, Dan Gaffka and Cary Murch.” Captain Andy Latham added, “We are grateful for the service these three retiring sergeants have given to our department. The impact made on their shifts is noticeable with these recent promotions.”

dvandykOfficer Dave VanDyke, has been with the department for 22 years and has recently served as the Public Information Officer (PIO) where he interfaces with the community and media. In addition to his PIO duties, Dave is an assistant team leader on the Emergency Services Team, and has been a member of that team for 19 years. Dave will begin his role as Sergeant on June 23 due to Sergeant Sarah Cuthbertson recently retiring after 26 years of service to the MPPD. Dave Vandyke will be following in the footsteps of his father, Wayne VanDyke who retired from MPPD as a Sergeant.

 

dhawksOfficer Dale Hawks has served the MPPD for 23 years. Dale was one of the first officers assigned to YSU when that unit formed and he laid the groundwork for the Unit’s success. Dale served as President of POAM for several years. Officer Hawks will take on the Sergeant’s role July 21 due to the retirement of Sergeant Dan Gaffka who has been with the department for 27 years.

 

 

 

bblissOfficer Brandon Bliss, has been with the department for 11 years and has recently served as the Youth Services Unit Officer.  Brandon has been responsible for all Youth Services Unit activities which include the Coneys for a Cause fundraiser and the Youth Police Academy, as well as being the onsite officer for Mt. Pleasant Public Schools. Brandon is the current Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) President. Officer Bliss will begin his new role this fall due to the retirement of Sergeant Cary Murch who has served the MPPD for 25 years.

 

Accepting Applications for 19th Annual Youth Services Academy

The 19th Annual Youth Services Academy is scheduled for July 8 – 25, 2019 from    9 a.m. – 3 p.m. This free program offers youth, grades 6-8, who have an interest in law enforcement, an up close view of the skills and necessary training needed for law enforcement officials.

Mt. Pleasant Police Officers conduct the academy in the manner of a real police academy, with values such as teamwork, integrity and discipline being stressed. Cadets are required to participate in physical training and complete the same agility testing given to recruits during a standard police academy.  In addition to physical training, the daily curriculum includes hands-on learning and demonstrations by specialized units, such as the SWAT Team, K-9 and DNR. Classroom topics encompass crime scene investigations, traffic stops, marine patrol activities, defensive driving techniques, firearms safety and much more.

Applications are now available at the Department of Public Safety.  The application deadline is June 17, 2019.

Funds for the Youth Services Academy are provided in part by the Kellogg Youth Fund and the Morning Sun Community Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation.

Coneys for a Cause scheduled for June 12

The community is invited to enjoy $1.19 coney dogs while helping the youth of Isabella County at the 14th annual Coneys for a Cause from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12 at the Pixie Restaurant (302 N. Mission Street).  All net proceeds will benefit the Mt. Pleasant Police Youth Services Unit (YSU) and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Customers can purchase individual coney dogs for $1.19 at the restaurant, or they can pre-order to have the coney dogs delivered by a YSU officer, or a representative of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Delivery      pre-orders must total $18 or more. Pre-orders will be taken until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 and must be emailed to ysu@mt-pleasant.org. Order forms can be found at www.mt-pleasant.org, under Quick Links.

The day will also feature the annual “Pixie Pig Out” contest at 7 p.m.  Stop by to cheer on local law enforcement officers as they compete to consume the most coney dogs.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department Hosting Self Defense Tactics Class

Mt. Pleasant Mich. – The Mt. Pleasant Police Department is offering a free self-defense tactics class on Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon in the Public Safety Building’s Training Room, 804 E. High Street. This course, led by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s defensive tactics instructors, is designed specifically for women and will cover the many aspects of self-defense.

Participants must be 18 years old or older; or accompanied by an adult if under 18. To register, email Christy Dush at cdush@mt-pleasant.org or call (989) 779-5148.  Deadline to register is June 21, 2019. 

This class has a maximum capacity of 30 people.

 

Division of Public Safety Video Reveal and Department Highlights

The Mt. Pleasant Police and Fire Departments are committed to serving with pride, integrity and compassion as highlighted in this video produced by Drone the News. Click on the link below to view the video.

Division of Public Safety Video

In addition to responding to more than 25,000 service calls, and completing more than 100 hours of training a year, the Mt. Pleasant Division of Public Safety (DPS) sponsors a variety of events and programs. Below is a snapshot of these offerings.

14th Annual Coney’s for a Cause – June 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Stop by the Pixie Restaurant (302 N. Mission Street) and enjoy $1.19 coney dogs while helping the Mt. Pleasant Youth Services Unit (YSU) and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Pre-orders will be taken until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 and can be emailed to ysu@mt-pleasant.org.  Order forms can be found at www.mt-pleasant.org. YSU officers will deliver pre-orders of $18 or more.

Vacation Security Checks – The Mt. Pleasant Police Department will check your house while you are away on vacation. Those individuals interested in this no fee service should fill out the Vacation/Security Check Application and submit it to the Police Department.

Prescription Drug Drop Off – The Mt. Pleasant Department of Public Safety offers a Prescription Drug Drop Box for the City of Mt. Pleasant and surrounding area. A secure mail slot is located in the Mt. Pleasant Department of Public Safety lobby located at 804 E. High Street. Individuals can walk in and anonymously deposit unused or expired prescription medications twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Neighborhood Resource Unit – This unit, housed within the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, investigates new community-oriented programs, revamps existing programs, and works closely with neighborhood associations to assure neighborhoods remain desirable.

Annual Free Smoke Alarm Campaign – To help reduce the number of home fire-related injuries and fatalities, the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, partners with the American Red Cross for their annual free smoke alarm installation drive.