Mt. Pleasant Police Department Investigates Felonious Assault

On April 29, at 5:17 p.m. officers of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to a call of an altercation at Tall Grass Apartments located in the 1200 block of E. Broomfield Street.

Upon arrival officers determined a firearm was pointed at a sole victim during the altercation. Through victim and witness statements, and further investigative leads, a suspect was immediately identified and lodged in the Isabella County Jail. This suspect is currently pending arraignment. There was no risk to the public.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111 or Central Dispatch at (989) 773-1000.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department and Central Michigan University Police.

UPDATE: Suspects in Campus Habitat Apartment Shooting Arraigned

At 5:57 p.m. on April 20, 2020, officers of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to a call of a shooting at Campus Habitat apartments located in the 700 block of Edgewood Drive.

Upon arrival officers determined the location of the shooting and secured the area. A 21-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was identified as Raven Tre-Von Edelen from Wyoming, Michigan.

Through witness statements and further investigative leads, a shooting suspect was quickly identified as 20-year-old male, Miykael Norfleat from Chicago, Illinois. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Isabella County Jail.

Norfleat was arraigned in the Isabella County Court on April 22, 2020 and charged with:

  • Homicide/Open Murder
  • Home Invasion in the First Degree
  • Possession of a Firearm
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon

Norfleat is currently lodged in the Isabella County Jail on a $1,000,000 cash bond.

Further investigation also led to Justin Collins, a 22-year old male who resides in Mt. Pleasant, being charged.

Collins was arraigned in the Isabella County Court on April 22, 2020 and charged with:

  • Homicide/Open Murder
  • Home Invasion in the First Degree
  • Felony Firearm/Weapons Offense

Collins is currently lodged in the Isabella County Jail on a $1,000,000 cash bond.

This was an isolated and targeted incident and there was no risk to the public. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111 or Central Dispatch (989) 773-1000.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by Michigan State Police, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Central Michigan University Police, Mobile Medical Response and Mid- Michigan Investigative Narcotics Team.  

Mt. Pleasant Police Arrest Suspect in Wayside Central Stabbing – No Threat to the Public

MT. PLEASANT, MI – Around midnight on February 22, 2020 officers of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to a fight at Wayside Central Bar (2000 S. Mission Street). Upon arrival, officers identified three injured victims which were transported to local hospitals.

After numerous witnesses were interviewed, and video footage was reviewed, a suspect was identified and arrested. This was an isolated incident and there is no safety concern to the public at this time.

This is an ongoing and open investigation. Updates on victim injuries and suspect information will be released as they become available.

Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111.

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

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Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responds to trailer fire – 505 S. Bradley Street

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. – On January 2, 2020 at 3:03 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responded to a trailer fire located at Lot 31 within the Bradley Street Mobile Home Park. Firefighters arrived on scene and observed heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the structure and quickly contained the fire. Occupants of the residence were not at home at the time of the fire.

The trailer sustained heavy smoke and fire damage. The Mount Pleasant Fire Department is currently conducting an investigation to determine the fire’s cause. No injuries were reported.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Mobile Medical Response, DTE and Consumers Energy.

Most home fires occur at night when people are sleeping. Check your smoke detectors monthly and replace your batteries twice a year. Operating smoke detectors may save your life.

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MPPD’s Detective Sergeant Sabuda Receives 2019 Dan Denslow Advocate of the Year Award

Det Sgt Dave Sabuda

Detective Sergeant Dave Sabuda of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) was recently awarded the 2019 Dan Denslow Advocate of the Year Award by the Isabella County Child Advocacy Center for his commitment to the agency and child advocacy. The award, named after the late Isabella County Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Dan Denslow who was a strong supporter for child advocacy, is presented to individuals, businesses or entities who deal with sexual assault issues.

A 26-year veteran of the MPPD, Sabuda has served as a Patrol Officer, Youth Service Unit Officer, Detective and Detective Sergeant. Known for his stellar work as a defensive tactics and firearms instructor for the MPPD, Sabuda shares his talents by training multiple police agencies and police cadets at the Delta College Police Academy. Sabuda possesses vast knowledge in use of force practices and tactics, and is called upon by multiple agencies for his expert advice. His leadership qualities are evident through his role as co-leader of the Isabella County Emergency Services Team. Throughout his career Sabuda has taken a special interest in fighting crimes committed against children. This motivated him to become a child forensic interviewer and fostered his commitment to the Isabella County Child Advocacy Center.

Founded in 1980, the Isabella County Child Advocacy Center works in conjunction with law enforcement and aids in the investigation of childhood sexual and physical abuse. Accredited by the National Children’s Alliance, the Center provides a child friendly facility where children can come to tell their story to a trained professional.

Join the Mt. Pleasant Police to support Toys for Tots and Visit with Santa

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department invites the public to help ‘cram a cruiser’ and visit with Santa from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4 at Mt Pleasant’s Division of Public Safety.

Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped, unopened toy to support the local Toys for Tots Drive. The evening includes the chance to visit with Santa, meet the officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police and Fire Departments, sit behind the wheel of a fire truck, and enjoy hot cocoa and candy canes.

With each toy donated you earn a chance to win a half-day, two-person walleye fishing trip on the Saginaw Bay.

Parking and entrance will be at the rear (south side) of the Public Safety Building, 804 E. High Street.

 

Mt. Pleasant Police Department to host first Fair and Impartial Policing Training Session for Community Members

As one component of a multi-faceted plan to promote impartial policing, the Mt. Pleasant Police Department provides its personnel with Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP) training. This state-of-the art instruction is based on the modern science of bias; recognizing that all individuals, and even well-intentioned individuals, have implicit biases which impact perceptions and behavior.

 Stemming from a request from Mt. Pleasant’s Director of Public Safety, Paul Lauria, a FIP Training Session was designed specifically for community members. During this inaugural session, community members will (a) learn about the science of implicit bias and the training that the agency is providing to its personnel, (b) reflect on how implicit bias can impact police personnel and individuals in every walk of life, and (c) discuss skills that police and others can use to reduce and manage biases. During the interactive session participants will also learn about the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s comprehensive efforts to promote fair and impartial policing.

Facilitator: FIP Master Instructor Mary Hoerig, Inspector of Police (ret.)

Mary Hoerig was a member of the Milwaukee Police Department for 25 years, and retired in 2016 as an Inspector (Deputy Chief). She served in many areas, most notably in Criminal Investigations, Internal Affairs, and Strategic Analysis. Hoerig received her BA in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University. She is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety (Police Staff and Command) and PERF’s Senior Management Institute of Police. Hoerig studied Law Enforcement Leadership at Marquette University and received her Master of Business (MBA) from Alverno College. Hoerig is a Master Instructor with the International Association of Chiefs of Police-Women’s Leadership, and former Instructor for the University of Illinois-Chicago in Procedural Justice.

This training is free and open to the public. The session is slated for November 14, from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Division of Public Safety Building. Limited seating is available. To register, contact Christy Dush at cdush@mt-pleasant.org or (989) 779-5148 by November 1, 2019.

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.