2020 Cop Calls

This is the aggregated Cop Calls for 2020.

Death

A 55-year-old Evergreen Village resident was found dead at his or her residence on Wednesday, Jan. 1, after a welfare check was requested when the person did not show up for work.

Car “keyed”

A vehicle belonging to an Ithaca resident was “keyed” while parked in the 100 block of N. Mill Street on Saturday, Jan. 4. (That means someone took a key or other metal object and scratched the paint.)

School bus complaint

A St. Louis school bus driver reported that a silver, four-door Pontiac G6 passed the bus while it was stopped on Michigan Avenue near the CSA Hall at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. The bus driver had the red flashing lights on and flashing stop arm extended. The bus was unloading students at a designated pickup location for the Evergreen mobile home park. Anyone with information on the suspect vehicle is asked to contact Officer Jonathon Rugenstein at jrugenstein@stlouismi.com, or call 989-681-5285.

Larceny from auto

The theft of keys, phone charger and loose change were reported on Friday, Jan. 10, two weeks after the crime occurred. The keys and phone charger were found during the investigation of a different complaint and returned to the owner.

Drunk tries to bite officer (40)

A 30-year-old St. Louis resident was intoxicated and acting in a disorderly manner in the 100 block of N. Mill Street after dark on Friday, Jan. 10. He or she resisted arrest, continued to be disorderly and attempted to bite the responding officers. The suspect was lodged at the Gratiot County Jail.

Drunk driving

A 39-year-old St. Louis resident was arrested for drunk driving at Michigan and Pine at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, after being stopped for a moving violation.

Hit and run

A 36-year-old person borrowed a 51-year-old St. Louis resident’s vehicle, damaged the vehicle and a utility pole.  The suspect did not report the damage and left the scene. Police received the report on Friday, Jan. 17.

Domestic assault

Police are investigating the report of an assault between a 27-year-old St. Louis resident and a 22-year-old St. Louis resident after a report was received on Sunday, Jan. 19. 

Suspended license

A 31-year-old St. Louis resident was arrested for driving on a suspended license, having no insurance and giving false information to an officer after being stopped for a moving violation at M-46 and Watson on Sunday, Jan. 19.

Fugitive arrest No. 1

A juvenile was arrested for destruction of property and resisting and obstructing an officer on Sunday, Jan. 19. No further information can be release because the subject is a juvenile.

Fugitive arrest No. 2

A 36-year-old St. Louis resident was arrested on an outstanding warrant from another agency on Monday, Jan. 20.

Drugged driving

A 21-year-old Mt. Pleasant resident was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs after being stopped for driving while being distracted by a cell phone on Sunday, Jan. 26 at M-46 and Main Street. 

Dog at large

A male dog, possibly an American bulldog mix, was found at large in the 300 block of North Street on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The dog is white in color with a brown patch over the left eye and was turned over to Gratiot County Animal Control.

Fugitive arrest

A 41-year-old St. Louis resident was arrested for driving on a suspended license and for an outstanding warrant from another police agency after being stopped for a moving traffic violation on Sunday, Feb. 2, at Michigan Avenue and Park.

Death

A 96-year-old St. Louis resident was found deceased in his or her residence on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Criminal Sexual Conduct

Three CSC complaints were filed in February (two on the 6th and one on the 18th). All are under investigation. 

High wire act

A 53-year-old Midland County resident was trailering an oversized load and caught overhead phone, cable and internet lines with the oversized object, tearing them down on Friday, Feb. 7, at North Main and Center. Several utility poles were damaged. Crews from Charter Communications, Frontier, St. Louis Electric Department and the St. Louis DPW were required to replace and repair the damage. Main Street was blocked to all traffic for several hours.

Car/deer accident

A 42-year-old Alma resident’s vehicle struck a deer on M-46 near Delaware at 4:54 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.

Death

A 62-year-old St. Louis resident was found dead at his or her residence on Saturday, Feb. 15.  

Larceny of gun

A 54-year-old St. Louis resident reported the theft of a handgun from his or her residence on Saturday, Feb. 15. This complaint is under investigation.  

Small dog at large

A chihuahua was found in the area of Wilson Boulevard and Welland Street on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and released to Gratiot County Animal Control.

Stolen vehicle

A 57-year-old St. Louis resident reported the theft of his or her pick-up truck on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The truck was located and returned. The suspect was identified. The matter was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion. 

Chain reaction

An 18-year-old Midland resident rear-ended a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Aurora, Colorado resident at M-46 and Lincoln on Sunday, Feb. 23. The Colorado resident, in turn, rear-ended a vehicle driven by a 43-year-old Wheeler resident.

Police Officer Assaulted

A juvenile resisted and obstructed an officer while being taken into custody on Monday, Feb. 24, and assaulted the officer. This matter has been turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Possible drug overdose

A 34-year-old St. Louis resident was reported to be unresponsive and having labored breathing on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The subject was transported for medical treatment.

Injury accident

A 31-year-old Mt. Pleasant resident failed to stop at a stop sign at Michigan and Cheeseman on Thursday, Feb. 27, and hit a vehicle driven by a 35-year-old Alma resident.  Minor injuries were reported. Medical treatment was declined.

Drugged driving

A 19-year-old Northville resident was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs after being stopped for a moving violation at Washington and Pine on Saturday, March 14.

Trifecta of crime 

A 42-year-old St. Louis resident was arrested for drunk driving, providing false information to a police officer and on an outstanding warrant from another police agency after crashing into several unoccupied vehicles on West Center Street on Sunday, March 15. The suspect was treated for minor injuries and lodged at the Gratiot County Jail.

Stolen car 

A 57-year-old Sumner resident reported on Sunday, March 15, that his or her vehicle was taken without permission.  A 42-year-old St. Louis resident was identified as the suspect. (See the Trifecta of crime entry above.) The vehicle was recovered in St. Louis. Criminal charges have been requested from Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Runaway, assault

Police received a report on Tuesday, March 17, of a juvenile runaway and domestic assault from someone in the subsidized housing project around the Michigan Avenue water tower. The complaint is under investigation.

Natural death

Police were called after a 96-year-old St. Louis resident died of natural causes on Wednesday, March 18, on East Washington (M-46).

Suspended license

Police received a call at 4:52 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, that a 39-year-old St. Louis resident was driving in town on a suspended license. This was not witnessed by an officer. Statements were collected from the complainant and suspect. The report was forwarded to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion for possible criminal charges. 

Threats

Police were called at 12:10 a.m. Thursday, March 19, with a report that a 36-year-old St. Louis resident and a 16-year-old St. Louis resident were threatening physical harm to each other over loud noises.

Drunk man taken home

St. Louis Police assisted the Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office with an intoxicated man near the road on M-46 at Hidden Oaks Drive at 1:31 p.m. Monday, March 23. The intoxicated man was compliant and taken home.

 The old man and the river

The Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Cheeseman Road west of Devon Drive after a caller reported an elderly man in the Pine River at 5:25 p.m. Monday, March 23. A St. Louis officer responded to assist, as this was just outside the city limits. A member of the St. Louis Area Fire Department responded as well, and the three responders pulled the man out of the river. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Car vs. Deer

A 61-year-old St. Louis resident was driving north on South Main Street near Woodside Drive at 4:02 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, when a deer failed to yield right of way and ran into the passenger side of their car causing damage to the front right fender and door. The deer fled the scene before it could be identified.

Property line dispute

A St. Louis resident called police on Wednesday, March 25, to say that a neighbor repeatedly drives onto their property and damaged a reflector that allegedly marked the property line. Parties were informed a survey would be needed to determine the true location of the property line.

Violation of executive order

Police received a report on Wednesday, March 25, that a lawn company employee was spraying a private lawn in violation of the governor’s order against unnecessary work. The lawn company employee was located. The employee was spreading fertilizer on this private lawn. “This was not considered ‘essential to sustaining life’ or ‘critical to the infrastructure’ of our state and was a violation of Executive Order 2020-21,” Chief Ramereiz wrote. The employee was told to discontinue this work and return to his place of employment. The company was contacted and given a cease and desist order. If any more violations occur with this same business, charges will be sought with Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion and/or Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, Chief Ramereiz said.

Bicycle found

A 20-inch BMX style bicycle was found abandoned by the St. Louis Department of Public Works on Thursday, March 26. The bicycle had been spray painted black. The original color appears to be blue. Contact the police department if you believe the bike is yours.

Suspect pursued from St. Louis to Ithaca

A 26-year-old Mt. Pleasant resident was arrested after failing to stop for a speeding violation in St. Louis at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, March 26. A pursuit was initiated involving units from St. Louis Police Department units, Alma Police Department and the Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office. The pursuit ran south from St. Louis to Ithaca, then west toward North Star. It ended on Roggy Road near US-127 when the suspect’s vehicle was disabled. The suspect was taken into custody. A concealed firearm was found inside the vehicle. The suspect was found to have a suspended license and a warrant for unrelated matters from another county. The suspect was lodged at the Gratiot County Jail. No one was injured and no vehicle damaged.

Hit and run

A 19-year-old St. Louis resident reported her 2007 Ford Fusion was damaged while it was parked and unoccupied outside Peters Hardware from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28. When the complainant returned to her vehicle, she found the driver’s side door had been sideswiped. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Brandon Crowther at the St. Louis Police Department, bcrowther@stlouismi.com.