2020 Cop Calls

This is the aggregated Cop Calls for 2020.


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.


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.


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. 


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.

Neighbor dispute

A 61-year-old man was upset with a neighbor who was walking on his property on Sunday, March 29. The man yelled at his neighbor until police were called. An officer talked to the neighbor, and he said he will stay off his neighbor’s property.


A-29-year old man and a 56-year-old man were fighting over the older man smoking inside their residence on Thursday, April 2. They told police they worked it out. There were no injuries, and neither party wanted to press charges.

Family dispute

A 23-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were verbally fighting on Friday, April 3, because the woman left a mess in the residence. There were no indications of physical assault. The woman told police she felt safe staying with the man. No charges were filed.

Property damage accident

A 65-year-old man was backing out of an angled parking spot at the post office on Saturday, April 4, and hit a vehicle owned by a 26-year-old woman who was parked next him. No one was injured, but the vehicles were damaged.


A domestic assault was reported between a 32-year-old St. Louis resident and a 26-year-old St. Louis resident on Saturday, April 11. The 26-year-old was arrested. Minor injuries were reported. Medical treatment was refused.

Garage hit by BB gunfire

A 56-year-old St. Louis resident reported their garage being shot by a BB gun on Sunday, April 12. A juvenile was discharging a BB gun nearby which struck the complainant’s garage. The parents were contacted and advised it was against city ordinance to discharge any type of firearm (including BB guns, pellet guns, slingshots, bows & arrows, crossbows or airsoft guns) within the city limits. No damage was done to the garage.


A 40-year-old St. Louis resident was assaulted by an 18-year-old Saginaw resident and another unidentified subject who fled the scene before the arrival of police on Sunday, April 13. Criminal charges have been requested from Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Home invasion (307)

An 18-year-old Saginaw resident was arrested on Monday, April 13, for home invasion, assault & battery, trespassing and malicious destruction of property after forcing entry into a residence and assaulting an 18-year-old St. Louis resident who was inside.

Bin there, done that

A 59-year-old Gratiot County resident was seen illegally dumping trash into a bin that doesn’t belong to him or her on Sunday, April 12. The matter was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion for criminal charges.

Let’s make some noise (or not)

A noise complaint from Cambridge Woods Apartments was received on Wednesday, April 15. Police contacted the involved parties and found no violation of ordinance or law.

Scam email reported 

A 60-year-old St. Louis resident reported receiving a scam ransom email on Thursday, April 16. The complainant was Sentinel Publisher Ralph Echtinaw. Here’s what the email said: ““Send $1000 in btc to the following address (remove***from it): bc1***q53nzzmltype0qszjt0fn3duq32d6d5fsrljld3

“You might be thinking why the heck would you do that? Well, put together yourself due to the fact I am going to move your world at this moment. I had a serious spyware and adware infect your own personal computer as well as record movie of YOU (using your web cam) while you browsed ‘adult’ web sites.

“Here is one of your security password goodbye2

“Nevertheless don’t believe me? Reply 7 and I will be randomly share your video with 7 people you’re friends with (Yes, I have got access to your address book also).

“Currently, exactly what do I want to make this entire thing vanish? Well, I have already mentioned the particular deal in beginning of the mail. Should you not fulfill it within 24 hours, I’ll make your life horrible by mailing that video clip to Everybody you know. Your time starts right now.” The complainant found no credibility in the scam email but signed up with 1Password and changed all his passwords.

Verbal dispute

A verbal dispute was reported between 37-year-old and 42-year-old St. Louis residents on Sunday, April 19. The parties agreed to separate for the night.

One-car crash

A 21-year-old Riverdale resident was driving north on Main Street approaching Prospect on Wednesday, April 22, and lost control, striking the curb and causing the front wheel assembly to break free from the axle. The driver was found to be traveling too fast to safely negotiate the curve.

Juvenile fight

A fight between multiple juveniles was reported on Thursday, April 23. The complaint is under investigation.

Larceny from auto

A 45-year-old St. Louis resident reported a wallet and prescription medication stolen from an unlocked motor vehicle on Thursday, April 23.

Reckless Driver

A 51-year-old Ithaca resident reported a reckless driver who was tailgating and “slamming on the brakes” in front of vehicles on Saturday, May 2. The suspect vehicle was not located. It was described as a “Blazer” type vehicle. The complainant couldn’t say what color the vehicle was. 

Marijuana bust

Multiple juveniles were found to be in possession of and using marijuana at the Cambridge Woods Apartments on Tuesday, May 5. The kids were cited after being sighted. 

Identity theft

A 35-year-old St. Louis resident reported their identity and personal information were compromised on Wednesday, May 6. The complainant was contacted twice by an unknown person claiming to be from their bank requesting the complainant set up an online banking app.  The complainant did not divulge personal information and contacted their bank to report the scam.

Larceny from auto 1

A 49-year-old St. Louis resident saw three juveniles enter their neighbor’s unlocked vehicle on Friday, May 8. The kids beat feet before 911 was called. Nothing was reported missing.

Larceny from auto 2

A 42-year-old St. Louis resident reported the theft of a cell phone charger cord from their unlocked vehicle during the night on Saturday, May 9.

Drunk driving 

A reckless driver was reported to be “all over the road” as the vehicle traveled through St. Louis on Saturday, May 9. The vehicle was located by St. Louis police. A 45-year-old St. Louis resident was arrested for drunk driving.


A domestic assault was reported on Thursday, May 14, between a 31-year-old St. Louis resident and a 35-year-old Isabella County resident. One of the two was arrested and jailed.

Bond violation

A 35-year-old Mt. Pleasant resident, recently released from jail on domestic assault charges, was reported to have violated their bond conditions on Wednesday, May 20, while in St. Louis. Information was gathered and turned over to the Gratiot County probation department.

Backing into traffic

A 17-year-old St. Louis resident was backing out of a private drive on Wednesday, May 20, and struck a moving vehicle driven by a 63-year-old St. Louis resident. No injuries were reported.


A bicycle and generator were reported stolen from the 200 block of W. Hazel Street on Thursday, May 21. The items were left unsecured in the yard. The owner was unable to provide make, model and serial number for the generator.  The bicycle was a black men’s Roadmaster.

Chief Ramereiz recommends that people document the make, model and serial number of valuable items. If possible, take a picture, too. This is valuable information for the police AND your insurance company.

Changing lanes accident

A 30-year-old St. Louis resident changed lanes into a vehicle driven by a 48-year-old Rochester Hills resident on Thursday, May 21.

Gazebo defaced

Graffiti was found spray-painted on the gazebo at the T.A. Cutler Memorial Library on Monday, May 25. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Officer Ryan Bahlke at rbahlke@stlouismi.com.

Reckless driver (438)

A 53-year-old St. Louis resident reported a reckless driver/road rage incident on Thursday, May 28. The suspect and vehicle information was provided. The complaint is under investigation.

Identity theft

A 42-year-old St. Louis resident reported on Thursday, May 28, that their identity was used to apply for unemployment benefits. If you are a victim of identity theft, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s page for reporting and recovering from Identity Theft: