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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited.

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

March 6-19

MONTMORENCY COUNTY

CO Dan Liestenfeltz was patrolling Briley Township in Montmorency County when a vehicle traveling towards his direction crossed the center line of the roadway, causing CO Liestenfeltz to drive onto the shoulder to avoid an accident. CO Liestenfeltz turned around and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. When attempting to gather the driver’s information, the driver was hesitant in giving any information to CO Liestenfeltz. After a brief discussion on laws, the driver gave CO Liestenfeltz a name and date of birth. CO Liestenfeltz ran this information through Montmorency County Central Dispatch. When running the information, the dispatcher advised CO Liestenfeltz that someone a couple days prior that was driving that vehicle had given a police officer false information on a traffic stop. CO Liestenfeltz received a Secretary of State picture of the subject that the driver claimed to be, and it was not the same person. The driver eventually gave CO Liestenfeltz the correct information and it was determined that they had a suspended driver’s license and five warrants for their arrest. CO Liestenfeltz issued an appearance ticket for driving on a suspended license and advised the subject of their warrants, none of which were in pick-up range. The vehicle was towed from the scene and the subject was picked up by a friend.

CO Dan Liestenfeltz was patrolling Albert Township in Montmorency County when he observed two snowmobiles disregard three stop signs on a snowmobile trail that runs alongside a county road. CO Liestenfeltz initiated a stop on the snowmobiles. Upon contacting the operator, CO Liestenfeltz immediately noticed signs of intoxication. CO Liestenfeltz put the subject through standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs) which they did not pass. The subject consented to a preliminary breath test (PBT) which was well above the legal limit. CO Liestenfeltz placed the subject in custody and transported them to the jail where they were lodged. The snowmobiles were driven back to the cabin by other operators in the group.

CO Dan Liestenfeltz was patrolling Albert Township in Montmorency County when he observed a large amount of dark smoke coming from a nearby residence. CO Liestenfeltz drove past the residence and could also smell what appeared to be chemicals and other unnatural materials. CO Liestenfeltz pulled into the driveway and observed multiple pieces of furniture and bags of garbage that were being burned. When CO Liestenfeltz exited his patrol truck, a neighbor walked past and stated that they were about to call dispatch because the fire had been burning all morning and they were tired of the smell it was causing. CO Liestenfeltz contacted the homeowner and issued them a ticket for the unclean disposal of solid waste.

PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY

CO Paul Fox and PCO Lisa Taube were on patrol when they heard a call from local regarding a child welfare check and possible domestic issues. The Rogers City Police Department was dispatched to the scene and the COs assisted the responding unit. The child was fine, and the issue involved a civil family custody matter.

ALPENA COUNTY

CO Jon Sheppard attended a criminal justice class at Alpena Community College. CO Sheppard went over the hiring process for conservation officers, as well as an explanation of the day-to-day job of being a CO.

CO Jon Sheppard noticed what looked like a school bus on the side of an unpaved road at an odd angle while patrolling Alpena County. As CO Sheppard got closer, he realized that the rear part of the school bus was in the ditch and the main door was unable to open due to the way the school bus was sitting on the road. CO Sheppard made sure that nobody onboard was injured and advised central dispatch of the situation. The driver had called the bus garage for a tow truck and a spare bus to pick up the remaining children. CO Sheppard remained on scene to slow down traffic on the road until the tow truck was able to pull the bus out of the ditch. The children were then delivered safely home.

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