2022 Cop Calls

Property damage

Water Department personnel discovered a fire hydrant on the corner of Union and River Court on Monday, Jan. 3, was damaged by a vehicle. 

Criminal sexual conduct

A CSC complaint was reported at 1:55 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3. The complaint is under investigation.

Structure fire

An officer provided traffic control at 5:06 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, while firefighters put out a structure fire in the 600 block of Teman Street.

Domestic Assault

Police responded to a domestic assault in progress at 3:23 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5. Eugene Watkins Jr., 39, of Saginaw, was arrested, jailed and charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder (by strangulation). Watkins is due in court Jan. 20 for a preliminary exam. He has multiple prior run-ins with the law, including carrying a weapon with unlawful intent, domestic violence, larceny ($1,000 to $20,000) and cocaine possession.

Warrant arrest

A 27-year-old Saginaw resident was taken into custody at 2:22 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, after a car he was a passenger in was stopped for a moving violation on M46. A check on passenger and driver showed the passenger had multiple warrants from police agencies in Michigan and Ohio. He was jailed to await extradition to Ohio.

Suspended license

A 35-year-old Alma resident lost control of his or her vehicle on Cheesman at Countryside Drive and went off the road at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. Police responded and learned that the driver’s license had been suspended. He or she was issued a court appearance ticket. The vehicle was impounded.

Rear ended

A 26-year-old Sandusky resident complained of minor pain after his or her vehicle was rear ended by a 59-year-old St. Louis resident at 3:10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, on M46 at Franklin. Both vehicles had minor damage.   

Criminal Sexual Conduct

A CSC complaint was reported at 10:49 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. The complaint is under investigation. 

Suspended license

A 31-year-old Bay City resident was arrested on an outstanding Michigan State Police warrant and issued an appearance date for driving with a suspended license after being stopped for a moving violation on Monday, Jan. 17, at M46 and Hubbard.

Traffic accident No. 1

Attempting to drive across Michigan Avenue at Cheesman, a 36-year-old St. Louis resident pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by a 32-year-old Merrill resident. Minor damage the vehicles occurred. No injuries were reported.

Traffic accident No. 2

Two Carson City residents had a traffic accident at the corner of M46 and Main Street on Saturday, Jan. 22. One of them rear-ended the other, who was stopped at the light. Minor damage the vehicles occurred. No injuries were reported.

Domestic assaults

Two domestic assault were reported on Thursday, Feb. 3; one at at 7:38 a.m. the other at 12:28 p.m. The first was investigated and turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion to be reviewed for criminal charges. The second resulted in a suspect being arrested and lodged in the Gratiot County Jail.

Attempted break-in

A 52-year-old St. Louis resident reported an attempted break-in on Thursday, Feb. 3, at a vacant house in the 100 block of Clinton Street. The property owner verified nothing was missing.  Entry was attempted through the rear door.

Kid steals parents’ car

An unlicensed juvenile took his or her parents’ car without permission from the 400 block of South Mill on Friday, Feb. 4, drove to Alma and had an accident. A complaint was sent to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion seeking criminal charges against the juvenile. 

Domestic assault

A domestic assault was reported at 12:09 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion to be reviewed for criminal charges.

Domestic assault

A domestic assault was reported at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8. The matter was investigated and turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Assault

A 59-year-old St. Louis resident was sitting inside a local business in the 200 block of North Mill at 3:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, when a 34-year-old St. Louis resident entered the business and assaulted the 59-year-old. The 59-year-old suffered minor injuries. The suspect left the scene, but was located and interviewed. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Criminal sexual conduct

A criminal sexual conduct complaint was reported on Saturday, Feb. 12, and is under investigation. 

Domestic assault

A domestic assault was reported at 12:28 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, investigated and turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion for possible prosecution.

Larceny

A 61-year-old St. Louis resident reported the theft of a Cub Cadet snowblower and Diamondback 26-speed bicycle from a front porch in the 400 block of South Main on Friday, Feb. 18. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Jon Rugenstein at(989) 681-5285 or by email at jrugenstein@stlouismi.com

Construction material taken

The theft of saw horses, lumber and metal studs at the new location of Biggby Coffee on the corner of Michigan Avenue and M46 was reported on Monday, Feb. 21. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Matt VanHall at (989) 681-5285 or by email at mvanhall@stlouismi.com

Criminal sexual conduct

A criminal sexual conduct complaint was received at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, and is under investigation.

Warrant arrest

A 38-year-old Merrill resident was arrested on a warrant for assault from the Midland Police Department at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, after being stopped for an equipment violation on M46 at East Street. The person was taken into custody and turned over to Midland Police.

Scrap metal stolen, recovered

A 39-year-old St. Louis resident reported the theft of scrap metal from his or her residence in the 400 block of West Center on Thursday, Feb. 24. The metal was recovered from a local scrapyard. A possible suspect was identified. The complaint is under investigation. 

Juvenile attack

A juvenile assault on another juvenile was reported at 11:20 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, on South Main near Tyrell. An investigation ensued, and the complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Stolen gas

A 64-year-old resident of Greenland Place apartments reported the theft of gas and damage to his or her vehicle on Sunday, Feb. 27. The victim found a hole had been drilled into the gas tank, and the gas was drained. Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Louis Police Department.

Fraud

A fraud complaint was made at 9:56 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, and is under investigation.

High school vandalism

One or more people vandalized the high school football field’s equipment barn. There was graffiti on several items, and a fire extinguisher was discharged. The damage was discovered on Thursday, March 3.

Arson

Arson was reported to police at 10:11 a.m. Sunday, March 6, and is under investigation.

Dog bite

Police received a report of two dogs running around near the middle school on Union Street at 10:20 a.m. Sunday, March 6. A St. Louis resident said one of the dogs (a Labrador) tried to bite him but only caught his coat sleeve. Officers were unable to locate the miscreant dogs.

Bicycle stolen

A St. Louis resident told policed on Sunday, March 6, that his black Huffy cruiser-style bicycle with red wheels was stolen from the front porch of a residence.

Cell phone use causes accident

A 51-year-old Midland resident caused a three-car accident on South Main at Woodside Drive at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, because he or she was using a cell phone. The driver plowed into a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Alma resident, who then struck a third vehicle driven by a 21-year-old Vestaburg resident. (The third vehicle had been stopped and waiting to turn left on Woodside.) All three vehicles sustained heavy damage.  The 18-year-old complained of pain but did not seek medical care.

Fugitive/warrant arrest

The Gratiot County Juvenile Office held a valid pick-up order for a St. Louis juvenile. The kid was located on Wednesday, March 9, taken into custody, and turned over to the juvenile court. 

Kid with a knife

A juvenile threatened another person with a knife on Friday, March 11. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Illegal drugs

During the investigation of a speeding violation on Saturday, March 12, a 38-year-old Alma resident (driver) was found to have hidden drugs near a juvenile passenger to avoid being found in possession of the drugs. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Possible arson

Police and firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the 500 block of Eden Street at 10:35 p.m. Saturday, March 12. A state police fire investigator is conducting an arson investigation. 

Criminal sexual conduct

Police received a criminal sexual conduct complaint at 8 a.m. Monday, March 14. The complaint is under investigation.

Criminal sexual conduct

Police received reports of possible sex crimes at 7:32 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, and 8:55 a.m. Thursday, March 17. Both are under investigation

Trailer park assault

An assault at Evergreen Village trailer park involving St. Louis residents age 58 and 43 was reported 5 p.m. Thursday, March 17. The matter was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion for review.

Kidnapping

A 28-year-old St. Louis parent reported on Thursday, March 17, that a 55-year-old relative from Pompeii took his or her child without consent. The child was safely returned. The complainant did not pursue criminal charges.  

Lost bicycle

A bicycle was found abandoned in the 100 block of West Prospect. If you are missing a mountain bike, please contact the St. Louis PD.

Stove stolen

A 59-year-old St. Louis resident in the 500 block of South Main reported the theft of an antique potbelly wood stove at 5:40 p.m. Sunday, March 20. The date the wood stove was taken is unknown.

Death investigations

Police investigated three suspicious but unrelated deaths on Monday, March 21. The first was a 50-year-old Evergreen Village trailer park resident who was taken to hospital for an unknown medical issue and died there. The second was a 69-year-old person who lived in the 1100 block of West Monroe (M46). This person went into cardiac arrest. Life saving efforts were taken by St. Louis Rescue and MMR but were unsuccessful. The third was a 74-year-old person from the 200 block of West Prospect who was found unresponsive by a family member. The person was taken to hospital and died later that day.  Ramereiz said all three deaths were determined to be by natural causes.

Possible child abuse

Police received a report of alleged child abuse at 4:08 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. An investigation was begun, then turned over to Child Protective Services. 

Trailer park fire

The St. Louis Area Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in Evergreen Village trailer park at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 23. Police responded as well. The fire was put out. The cause is unknown.

Package stolen

A package was taken from the door of Resurrection Life Church sometime before 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 23. A person of interest was identified and interviewed.  The complaint remains under investigation. 

Juvenile assault

A Clapp Park assault in progress was reported at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 24. The fight was over by the time officers responded, but participants were interviewed. The victim’s parents have not determined if they will seek prosecution. 

Break-in

A witness reported several subjects breaking into a building in the 100 block of South Main at 8:50 p.m. Sunday, March 27. Suspects were located and interviewed. The property owner was contacted and will assess damages and see if anything is missing before the complaint is referred to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Criminal sexual conduct

A CSC complaint was made at 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, and is under investigation.

Shoplifting

Two juveniles were investigated for stealing from the 7-Eleven on M46 and Main on Tuesday, March 29. The complaint was turned over to the prosecutor’s office.

Evergreen Village mayhem

Police were dispatched to the Evergreen Village trailer park at 11:58 p.m. Saturday, April 2, to stop a fight. The officer(s) found that a 51-year-old resident was intoxicated and had collapsed. Witnesses provided aid, and the resident was taken to the hospital. There were several verbal confrontations amongst intoxicated people on scene as well.

Domestic assault

Police were dispatched to the 200 block of South Pine at 2:58 a.m. Sunday, April 3, for a domestic assault.

A 27-year-old St Louis person was arrested for assaulting a 23-year-old person. The complaint was turned over to the prosecutor’s office.

Criminal sexual conduct

A CSC complaint was made at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, and is under investigation.

Catalytic converter stolen

A resident in the 300 block of Woodside drive reported the theft of a catalytic converter on Tuesday, April 5. Two suspects have been identified, and the complaint is under investigation.

Driving with revoked license

A 30-year-old St. Louis resident was investigated for violating a personal protection order and driving with a revoked license on Friday, April 8. The complaint was sent to the prosecutor’s office.

A van down by the river

A 34-year-old St Louis resident left the roadway while driving and crashed into the Pine River near North Main and Center on Thursday, April 14. The driver was issued a traffic citation.

Hit and run accident

A hit and run accident was reported and a possible suspect identified on Thursday, April 14. The accident took place at Main and M46. The suspect fled the scene and has yet to be located.

Shoplifting

One juvenile was investigated for stealing from the 7-Eleven on M46 and Main on Thursday, April 21. The complaint was turned over to the prosecutor’s office.

Suspended license

A 70-year-old Elwell resident was pulled over at Cheesman and Devon on Thursday, April 21, and cited for driving on a suspended license. The complaint was turned over to the prosecutor’s office.

Break in on South East Street

A 61-year-old homeowner in the 300 block of South East Street reported a break-in on Sunday, April 24. Personal belongings and money were taken from the residence. The complaint is under investigation.

Criminal sexual conduct

A CSC complaint was made at 8 a.m. Monday, May 2, and is under investigation.

Criminal sexual conduct

A CSC complaint was made at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 2, and is under investigation.

Domestic violence times three

Officers responded to three domestic assaults at the same house in the 400 block of Seaman at 7:55 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday, May 2, and 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 3. The complaints were turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Revoked license

Officers were directed to be on the lookout for a reckless driver traveling west on M46 toward St Louis at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The suspect vehicle was located and stopped. The driver, a 28-year-old Burton resident, was arrested for driving on a revoked license.

Overdose

A 30-year-old St Louis resident reported the drug overdose of a roommate in the 300 block of North Main at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7. Officers responded and provided aid while administering Narcan to the unconscious victim. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment. Drug evidence was collected, and the complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Revoked license

During a traffic stop, officers discovered the driver of the vehicle, a 30-year-old Alma resident, was driving with a revoked license at 10:51 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the vicinity of Michigan Avenue and Hazel Street. Officers issued a misdemeanor citation and released the driver.

Larceny & meth possession

A 65-year-old St Louis resident in the 500 block of South Main reported the theft of a mattress and a phone charger at 12:32 a.m. Monday, May 9. A possible suspect was identified, and the complaint is under investigation. 

The responding officer saw evidence of drug use during the investigation. When he attempted to seize the evidence the resident attempted to destroy it and then resisted arrest. The resident was arrested, and the complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Dog barks

A 48-year-old person in the 400 block of West State reported on Friday, May 13, that a neighbor leaves their dog outside unattended regularly and it barks excessively. An officer contacted the dog owner, and the dog was brought inside. The owner was told that any additional violations will result in a citation.

Dog bites

A 31-year-old resident of Evergreen Village trailer park called police at 9:50 p.m. Friday, May 13, to report that a neighbor let their dogs out, and one of them bit the complainant in the leg, drawing blood. The complaint was turned over to animal control.

Assault in Clapp Park

An assault was reported at 12:40 p.m. Monday, May 16, in Clapp Park by a 38-year-old St Louis resident. One person had minor injuries but denied needing medical treatment. A suspect was identified, and the complaint is under investigation.

Revoked license

A 58-year-old St Louis resident was stopped at Michigan Avenue and Hazel for a moving violation at 9:22 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, and issued an appearance citation for driving on a revoked license and without insurance. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Suspended license

A 42-year-old St Louis resident was stopped for a moving violation at 9:48 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Prospect and Eden and issued an appearance citation for driving on a suspended license and without insurance. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Suspended license

A 36-year-old Alma resident was pulled over on M46 at Hidden Oaks Drive on Monday, May 23, and ticketed for driving without a license. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Drunk driver arrested

A 28-year-old Howard City man was pulled over on M46 at Hubbard for an equipment violation at 11:53 a.m. Tuesday, May 23. The driver was determined to be drunk and placed under arrest. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Dead on arrival

Police were dispatched to the 100 block of South Bankson on Thursday, May 26, for a possible cardiac arrest. Officers found a 62-year-old St Louis resident deceased from what appeared to be natural causes.

Possible sex crime

A 22-year-old St. Louis resident reported a sex crime at 8:54 p.m. Thursday, May 26. The complaint is under investigation.

Beligerant drunk

Police responded to reports of a belligerent drunk trying to pick a fight in the 300 block of South Delaware at 2:49 p.m. Friday, May 27. Not long after the officer arrived to investigate, the 50-year-old suspect pulled up in a vehicle and began yelling at the officer. An investigation ensued, and the 50-year-old was arrested for drunk driving. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Suspended license

A 44-year-old Ithaca resident was stopped for speeding on M46 at Delaware at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28. After running the driver’s license, the officer learned that it was suspended. The driver was issued a misdemeanor appearance citation. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion. The vehicle was released to a passenger who was able to drive.

Revoked license

A 39-year-old St Louis resident was stopped for a moving violation in the 200 block of South Pine at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 29. The driver was issued an appearance citation after the officer learned his license had been revoked. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion. The vehicle was released to a family member who was present able to drive.

Felony warrant arrest

A 34-year-old Norton Shores resident was stopped for a moving violation at 10:41 p.m. Sunday, May 29, and arrested for an outstanding felony warrant. The suspect was also in possession of suspected drug paraphernalia. The paraphernalia was sent to the crime lab for analysis. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Child exploitation

Police received word at 1:11 a.m. Monday, May 30, that a minor child was engaging in sexually explicit material online. The complaint is under investigation.

Motorcycle gets away

The unknown driver of a neon green motorcycle got away from police at 7:47 p.m. Monday, May 30, after blowing the red light at M46 and Mill and tearing out of town at a high rate of speed. The pursing officer terminated the pursuit due to the danger it posed to the public.

Flee & Elude

A 38-year-old St. Louis resident was arrested and jailed on Thursday, June 9, after police stopped him for speeding. A check of the person’s license showed he was not valid to drive. The driver then took off in his car against the officer’s orders. The officer followed the driver to his residence, where he parked the car and was taken into custody with minimal force. The suspect was lodged in the Gratiot County Jail and charged with fleeing and eluding and resisting and obstructing an officer. Both are felony charges.

Revoked license

A 46-year-old Edmore resident was issued an appearance ticket for driving with a revoked license after being stopped for speeding. 

Rock throwing youth scores a hit

A 33-year-old St. Louis resident was hit in the head with a rock thrown by an unknown youth on the railroad tracks between Maple Street and Michigan Avenue near State Street around 12:40 a.m. Sunday, June 12. The victim saw five youths on the railroad tracks and told them it is illegal to be on the tracks. (That’s a state law, Ramereiz said.) The juveniles yelled at the victim. The suspect threw a rock that hit the victim’s head, resulting in a contusion.  The youths were last seen running toward Maple Street.

The rock thrower was described as a large male with blond hair and a dark gray Reebok backpack. He rides a fat-tire bicycle that is black and orange in color. 

If you can identify the suspect or other persons involved, please contact Officer Greg Kolhoff at gkolhoff@stlouismi.com or call (989) 681-5285.