Pride and Professionalism
To the Citizens of Cheboygan County:
I have made it my personal and professional goal to work with the citizen's of Cheboygan, and to strive to achieve excellence in our Cheboygan County Sheriff Department.
The Cheboygan County Sheriff Department is proactive in its dedication to serving the public.
With community support and by working together we are able to better protect our community and you, the citizens that live here.
It has been and continues to be my greatest personal achievement and honor to serve the citizens of Cheboygan County as your Sheriff.
Dale V. Clarmont
It is the Mission of the Cheboygan County Sheriff's Department to assist the people of Cheboygan County in our mutual desire for a safe and secure community through our dedication in providing Correctional, Law Enforcement and Related Services at the highest possible standards, while respecting the rights of all people.
Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office K9 has been awarded “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” Grant
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) nationwide charity located in East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit is pleased continue their “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” medical insurance program for 2018 allocating the sum of $10,000 in annual policy coverage. Since 2016, the charity has donated over $23,000 towards medical reimbursement programs for self-funded K9 units.
Selected as the first two 2018 recipients are Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, MI, K9 Havok, and Sauk Village Police Department, IN, K9 Falko.
The “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” grant will be awarded to departments who have the financial burden of raising funds to support their K9 unit, who have no more than three K9s, and who have previously been awarded a vest through Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Law enforcement dogs ages two through seven will be eligible. The annual medical reimbursement insurance policy, administered by Trupanion, will cover illnesses, injuries—including those sustained in the line of duty—diagnostic testing and therapies. The plan allows the freedom to use any licensed veterinarian, specialty center, or emergency hospital in the United States, and Puerto Rico.
Trupanion, a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs, offers injury and illnesses coverage for working and service dogs— both on and off duty. For nearly two decades, Trupanion has given pet owners and working dog owners peace of mind so they can focus on their dog’s recovery, not financial stress. Trupanion is honored to support these brave K9 heroes and is committed to providing the highest value in medical insurance to help them receive the best veterinary care.
In addition to the healthcare reimbursement program, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 2800 law enforcement dogs with bullet and stab protective vests in 50 states, at a cost of 2.4 million dollars. For more information, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: www.vik9s.org.
We are pleased that Vested Interest in K9s has chosen the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department for this donation towards veterinarian services for Havok” said Sheriff Dale Clarmont. Deputy Matt LaCross is Havok’s trainer and partner. Havok is 2 ½ years old and has been a member of the department for just over a year and is trained in apprehension, tracking and drug detection.
Havok was the recipient in September of 2017of a bullet and stab protective vest from Vested Interest in K9s.
CHEBOYGAN COUNTY DEPUTY AND TWO OTHERS SAVE LIFE
Sheriff Dale Clarmont stated on December 5, 2017 at 6:30pm one of his deputies, Jeremy Runstrom was dispatched to a one vehicle rollover with the driver trapped and the vehicle, a Ford Explorer, on fire in the median on I-75 N/B at the 296 mile marker. “Deputy Runstrom was already on I-75 policing several accidents due to the inclement weather brought on by the snow storm that Tuesday” said Clarmont. Deputy Runstrom upon hearing the call started to make his way to the scene which was a couple miles from his current location. Once in the area there were 5 other vehicles that had slid off the roadway do to the ice on the road.
“Deputy Runstrom immediately noticed a vehicle on fire and on its side and could see a person attempting to kick the windshield out to reach the driver,” said Clarmont. “Deputy Runstrom ran to the vehicle and with his window punch was able to pop the moon roof window and along with two other people on scene they were able to pull the driver out of the vehicle and drag him away to a safe location.”
Sheriff Clarmont stated as soon as they were able to free the driver and only occupant and drag him a short distance, Deputy Runstrom looked back and saw the vehicle totally engulfed in flames. “There is absolutely no doubt these three men saved that man’s life” said Clarmont. “They had about 10 seconds left before it would have been too late.”
The driver was identified as John Thomas Stenback 71 YOA from Pleasant Ridge MI. “I talked with Mr. Stenback who suffered a severe laceration to his head and a back injury. He said he knows his life was saved that day and is truly grateful to all involved,” said Clarmont.
Sheriff Clarmont stated Charles Woollard 31 YOA from Cheboygan was driving by with his father when he noticed the accident and smoke coming from the vehicle. “Charles and another gentleman assisted Deputy Runstrom in getting Mr. Stenback out of the vehicle. Unfortunately the second gentleman left the scene before he could be identified.” said Clarmont.
Deputy Runstrom and Mr. Woollard will be recognized at a later date in front of the Cheboygan County Commissioner’s for their bravery in saving the life of Mr. Stenback.
FREE SNOWMOBILE SAFETY CLASS
The Cheboygan County Sheriff Department will once again be offering a free snowmobile safety class.
Sunday January 14, 2018 from 8:30am to 4:00pm
The class will be held in the Commissioner’s Room at the Cheboygan County building 870 S. Main St. Cheboygan. Participants need to enter at the north entrance.
Lunch will be provided. Students must attend the entire class.
Michigan law requires children 12 to 16 years of age that operate a snowmobile on public lands to take and successfully pass an approved snowmobile safety course.
This classroom course will also include a written test. Participants successfully passing the class will be awarded a certificate of completion from the Cheboygan County Sheriff Department and the required snowmobile safety card from the State of Michigan.
Parents and adults are encouraged to attend and take the course.
Class size is limited, pre-registration is required. Interested parties need to contact the Cheboygan County Sheriff Department at 231-627-3155 to sign up. The minimum age to attend is 12 years old.
Questions can be directed to Sgt. Kelsey Kennedy, Recreational Division at the Cheboygan County Sheriff Department.
SHERIFF ADVISING RESIDENTS TO SLOW DOWN FOR WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS
Sheriff Clarmont stated his department was dispatched to several accidents on Sunday morning as a result of several inches of snow that had fallen before noon. Two of the accidents were roll overs that resulted in injuries.
The first rollover occurred at 8:31 am on S/B I-75 in Burt Township when Andrew Micovoch 24 YOA from Waterford MI was driving a 2008 Ford F-150 and lost control on the icy roadway causing the vehicle to enter the median and roll several times. He and his passenger Brandon Dionne 24 YOA also from Waterford sustained non-life threatening injuries and were both transported to McLaren Northern Michigan by Cheboygan Life Support Systems. Speed was a factor in the accident. The Tuscarora Township Fire Department assisted on scene.
The second rollover occurred at 10:27 am on I-75 N/B in Hebron Township when Alexandria Chmura 23 YOA from Durham NC was driving a 2005 Ford Excursion and lost control on the icy roadway causing the vehicle to enter the ditch and rollover. She was the only occupant, had minor injuries but refused treatment. Speed was a factor in the accident. The Mackinaw City Police assisted on scene.
Sheriff Clarmont is reminding citizens to slow down as winter weather approaches this year. “We have had two snow systems so far this month and with both we have handled several avoidable accidents. We have to be cognizant of the weather and how it affects the roads and to slow down and give ourselves more time” said Clarmont.
The Sheriff also wants to remind citizens to make sure their vehicle is in good running condition for the winter by ensuring your coolant systems have the appropriate amount of anti-freeze, your battery and tires are in good condition along with having a travel bag to include non-perishable snacks, blankets and a flashlight. “During winter conditions there may be times you are involved in a situation that may take up to several hours to get assistance so it is a good idea to make sure you always have a full tank of gas and items to assist you in case you have to remain in your vehicle.” said Clarmont.
SHERIFF ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE IN CAR LARCENIES
Cheboygan County, Beaugrand Township-Sheriff Clarmont stated his department was dispatched to several larcenies from vehicles on September 7, 2017 that occurred over the night time period along Old Mackinaw Rd and Inverness Trail Rd areas. “We investigated several car larcenies from vehicles parked at ten residences in the area,” said Clarmont. The vehicles were unlocked at the time they were entered.
“We believe at this time whoever did these larcenies is local to the area as it appears at least one suspect rode a bicycle,” said Clarmont. The Sheriff Department is asking anyone with information, or who may know who is responsible to please contact the department at 231-627-3155.
The Sheriff wants to remind residence to make sure they lock their vehicles and take valuables inside. He also advises, if possible to have some sort of yard light on your property and if they hear or see anyone suspicious to call 911.
CHEBOYGAN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE K9 HAS RECEIVED BODY ARMOR
Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office K9 Havok has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Havok’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor and was embroidered with the sentiment “Be safe my hero - In memory of Janis”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
“Vested Interest in K9s is a great program and a valuable resource to law enforcement to protect one of our own” said Clarmont.
Havok is a new K9 to the department this year since the retirement of the department’s first K-9, Taser. Deputy Matt LaCross is Havok’s handler. The Sheriff Department applied for a body armor vest for Havok from Vested Interest in K9s earlier this year and he has since received it.
The Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department maintains two K9 patrols largely in part due to the generosity of Tony and Roberta Matelski. “Because of their generosity and the contributions of organizations such as Vested Interest in K9s and Wheeler Motors we are able to provide services to the public for their safety and protection in tracking lost individuals and the apprehension of those who commit crime” said Clarmont.