Shelby – Utica – Macomb
■ STAY OFF YOUR PHONES WHILE DRIVING. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in “Operation Ghostrider” to crack down on distracted driving. Enforcement will take place along M-59 between I-94 and I-75 on June 15th and June 22. Law enforcement from Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, Shelby Township, Utica, and the Michigan State Police will ride as passengers in unmarked vehicles to spot distracted drivers. When the officer finds someone violating this law, they will radio to a marked unit that will conduct the traffic stop. Distracted driving laws went into effect in 2010. Essentially it means that if you are texting, reading, or typing as the driver of a vehicle, you may be given a citation with a possible fine of $200. Distracted drivers may also be cited for careless or reckless driving. These tickets are given out to drivers who are distracted by other means. Some examples of these distractions are eating and drinking, using a navigation system, grooming, attending to children, and changing the radio. In 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed, and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Macomb County will be enforcing this operation to help avoid distracted driving related accidents.
■ NINETEEN MONTH OLD DROWNED. On June 14 at approximately 7:15 p.m., Macomb County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the 3800 block of Maslett for a call about a 19-month old baby not breathing. The 911 call was placed by a neighbor. Upon arrival, they observed the baby was not breathing, and was then transported to McLaren Macomb Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Deputies spoke to the parents and other witnesses who provided the same story. The family was barbecuing when they noticed the child was not in the house with the other children. They began searching for the child, when they found her in the canal not able to breathe. That is when the 911 call was placed.
■ EJECTED FROM THEIR SEATS. On June 12, at 10:39 a.m., Macomb County Police were dispatched to the area of 21 Mile Rd and Creekside for a car accident involving three vehicles. A Saturn Ion was stopping to turn left when it was rear-ended by a purple, Chevy Silverado. The Chevy Silverado had four passengers in the cab, and two in the bed of the truck. Upon impact, the Saturn Ion was pushed into the e/b lane of 21 Mile where it was hit by a white, Chevy Silverado. Passengers were ejected from the Saturn Ion, as some were not wearing seat belts. Several people were injured and sent to local hospitals. None of the injuries were life-threatening at the time of the incident, but some were in critical but stable condition. All of the occupants in both the Ion and the purple Chevy Silverado are L’anse Cruese North students, and had just left school after exams.
■ BUTCHER KNIVES BARRICADE. On June 14 at approximately 5 a.m., a 38- year-old man armed with multiple butcher knives broke into his parent’s apartment at Roma Valley Apartments in Shelby Township. The mentally ill man made threats to himself and officers on the scene. The man also threatened to ignite the apartment complex on fire. At approximately 6:50 am, the armed suspect surrendered and taken into custody. He was then transported to Henry Ford Hospital for treatment. All residents of the apartment complex were cleared to re-enter their homes.
Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes or any other offenses, please call the Macomb County Sheriff at 586-469- 5151.