Barry County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Barry County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 1212 W State St, Hastings, 49058 MI
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Phone: 269-948-4801
Fax: (269) 948-4831
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Barry County Sheriff's Office is located at 1212 W State St, Hastings, 49058 MI. The Barry County Sheriff's Office phone number is 269-948-4801.

Barry County Sheriff's Office News

Honoring all Veterans on Sunday November 11th.

Please print this flier and take it with you to Pizza on Tuesday November 6th. Thank you for your support! The Victim Services Unit is a volunteer group of people dedicated to helping victims survive a crisis or crime against them. They are the “Helping Hands” of the police, fire and medical personnel. They free the Offices up to do their jobs without leaving the victim “out in the cold” or ignored. The objective is to avoid further victimization. What Are The Purposes of the Victim Services Unit? The Victim Services Unit is designed to: Comfort and help victims and make referrals to appropriate agencies and services of the area according to needs. Serve as a liaison for victims, their families, and scene officials or emergency service providers. Aid and educate victims as to their rights, the Victims Compensation Board, and the judicial system. Help when and where needed. Provide short term crisis intervention.

Time change at 2:00 am this Sunday 11/04/2018

The Barry County Victim Services Unit (VSU) will be collecting cans/bottles at the CHARITY HOUSE @ the corner of Apple and Cass near Hastings Waste Water Treatment Plant during The Month of November We are very thankful for all contributions to our Unit so we can better support the community with information and resources in their time of need during trauma or a sudden, and unexpected event. ******** The Victim Services Unit is a volunteer group of people dedicated to helping victims survive a crisis or crime against them. They are the “Helping Hands” of the police, fire and medical personnel. They free the Offices up to do their jobs without leaving the victim “out in the cold” or ignored. The objective is to avoid further victimization. What Are The Purposes of the Victim Services Unit? The Victim Services Unit is designed to: Comfort and help victims and make referrals to appropriate agencies and services of the area according to needs. Serve as a liaison for victims, their families, and scene officials or emergency service providers. Aid and educate victims as to their rights, the Victims Compensation Board, and the judicial system. Help when and where needed. Provide short term crisis intervention.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE SHERIFF DAR LEAF TYPE OF INCIDENT: Single Vehicle Fatal Crash DATE/TIME: 10/07/2018 @ approximately 0352 hrs LOCATION: On East Cloverdale Rd near Guy Rd Maple Grove Twp, Barry County, MI INFORMATION: On 10/07/2018 at approximately 3:52 hours, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle crash on E Cloverdale Rd and Guy Rd. The preliminary investigation indicated that as a 2003 Chevrolet Venture Mini-Van was traveling east bound on E Cloverdale Rd, the vehicle went off the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. A 59 year old female was pronounced dead at the scene. The 25 year old male driver was transported to an area hospital for treatment and this incident remains under investigation. The above names are being withheld at this time. Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by the Michigan State Police, the Nashville Police Department, Nashville and Mercy EMS, Nashville Fire Department, and Barry County Central Dispatch. INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Brandt, Deputy Hansford, Deputy Ware, Deputy O’Grady, Deputy Spencer, NPD Officer Underhile and Trooper Alkema. RELEASED BY: Sgt. R Horrmann

Part Time Courthouse position available. Applications are being accepted at the Barry County Sheriff’s Office for potential court security screener’s. The position is at either courthouse, working 16 to 24 hours per week, with a rate of pay of $11 per hour. Those interested in applying for this position, please complete an application for employment at the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, or visit www.barrysheriff.com (Digital Media) (Downloadable Documents)

******* Missing Juvenile / Runaway, Michelle Winchell, 16, Michelle Winchell has been located and is reunited with family as of 10/2/18. BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE SHERIFF DAR LEAF TYPE OF INCIDENT: Missing Juvenile / Runaway DATE/TIME: Friday, September 28, 2018 15:00 hours LOCATION: Baltimore Twp, Barry County UPDATE AS OF 10/2/2018: Michelle Winchell has been located and reunited with family. INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Robert Fueri ASSISTING AGENCIES: Barry County Central Dispatch

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE SHERIFF DAR LEAF TYPE OF INCIDENT: Missing Juvenile / Runaway DATE/TIME: Friday, September 28, 2018 15:00 hours LOCATION: Baltimore Twp, Barry County INFORMATION: The Barry County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile runaway. On September 9, 2018, Michelle Winchell, 16, was dropped off in Kalamazoo to visit a friend and she failed to return for pickup at her scheduled time. Winchell last had contact with family on September 10, 2018. Winchell is known to have friends in Kalamazoo, near the Western Michigan University campus. Anyone with information is asked to please call the Barry County Sheriff’s Office (269-948-4801) or Barry County Central Dispatch (269-948-4800). INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Robert Fueri ASSISTING AGENCIES: Barry County Central Dispatch RELEASED BY: D/Sgt Janette Maki

Please print this flier and take it with you to Pizza on Tuesday October 2nd. Thank you for your support!

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the national rail safety education nonprofit, is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other organizations to observe the second national Rail Safety Week (RSW), September 23-29, 2018. RAIL SAFETY FACTS ■ Approximately every three hours in the United States, either a vehicle or a pedestrian is involved in a collision with a train. ■ Nearly 50 percent of vehicle/train collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (gates, lights, and/or bells). ■ A motorist is 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle. ■ On average, more people die in highway-rail grade crossing crashes in the United States each year than in all commercial and general aviation crashes combined. ■ Trains cannot stop quickly. The average train traveling at 55 mph takes a mile or more to stop. That's 18 football fields. ■ Anytime is train time! Trains travel at all hours of the day or night in either direction. Operation Lifesaver is a national, non-profit, public education program dedicated to ending collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and along railroad rights-of-way. Each year Operation Lifesaver's 3,000 Presenters teach millions of drivers and pedestrians how to make safe decisions around tracks and trains. Visit www.oli.org or call 1-800-537-6224 to get contact information for your state's coordinator and to receive statistics, key contact information and story ideas. Statistics are from the Federal Railroad Administration.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE SHERIFF DAR LEAF TYPE OF INCIDENT: Motorcycle Fatal Crash DATE/TIME: 09/15/2018 @ 1136 hrs LOCATION: M 179 Hwy and Briggs Rd, Yankee Springs Twp, Barry County, MI INFORMATION: On 09/15/2018 around 1136 hours, the Barry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single motorcycle injury crash on M 179 Hwy and Briggs Rd. A 70 year old male rider, Dennis Corbin from Plainwell, was thrown from his motorcycle as a result of the crash. Mr. Corbin was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors. Mr. Corbin was wearing a helmet. Barry County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by Wayland EMS, Yankee Springs Fire Department, Michigan Department of Transportation, and Barry County Central Dispatch. INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Hansford and Deputy Ware RELEASED BY: Sgt. Frazer

Part time Position Opportunity Barry County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division Is seeking to fill a Part time position of Cook This position offers up to 29 hours per week to include every other weekend Starting pay $11.50 per hour Applications are available at our front counter or at Barrysheriff.net

Sheriff Leaf urges safety when heading back to school Whether they’re ready or not, Barry County students are headed back to the classroom. And the Barry County Sheriff’s Office wants them to make it there in one piece. Of the 301 school-age children killed from 2006 to 2015 in school-transportation-related crashes in the U.S., 102 were pedestrians and eight were pedal-cyclists, according to the most recent available data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With public schools opening in the county, drivers and pedestrians alike need to put their phones away and pay attention to their surroundings, Sheriff Leaf said. Deputies will be monitoring school zones, but here are some additional tips from the Sheriff’s Office for a safe trip back to school: If you drive your children to school Be sure to use the appropriate parent drop-off/pick-up area. Once at the school, please follow the instructions of the school’s staff. Drive defensively. Always anticipate the possibility that a small child may dart in front of your vehicle. Be prepared to stop at all times. Slow down and watch out for school zones and children walking or biking to school or congregating near bus stops. Also, be alert for student drivers. Remember that buses will be making frequent stops. It’s not only dangerous to students, but it’s against the law to pass a school bus while it’s stopped on the roadway picking up or dropping off students. When turning at an intersection, be sure to yield to pedestrians and cyclists. If you’re a student riding the bus Stay out of the street while waiting for the bus and allow the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the bus from the curb. Make sure you remain in clear view of the bus driver. Never walk behind the bus. Look both ways before getting on the bus and after getting off. After getting off the bus, look both ways and then move immediately onto the sidewalk and out of traffic. If you’re a student walking or biking to school For bike riders, wear a properly-fitted helmet at all times. Also, riders should use a bike that’s the right size for them and make sure that they don’t have any loose clothing, drawstrings or shoelaces. Bike riders should ride on the right, in the same direction as traffic, and use appropriate hand signals. Bicyclists also should respect traffic lights and stop signs. Walk on sidewalks where available and always cross at intersections.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE SHERIFF DAR LEAF TYPE OF INCIDENT: Fatal Crash DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 4, 2018 2045 hours LOCATION: Patterson Rd and Windy Ridge Ct, Thornapple Township INFORMATION: On 08/04/2018, The Barry County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a personal injury accident involving a car and a motorcycle on Patterson Road near Windy Ridge Ct. The initial investigation showed that a motorcycle was stopped in the north bound lane of Patterson Road, waiting to turn into a private drive. A north bound vehicle struck the motorcycle from behind. The north bound vehicle was driven by a 22 year old Kentwood woman. The motorcycle operator, a 68 year old male from Middleville, was flown to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries. The motorcycle operator was not wearing a helmet. INVESTIGATORS: Deputy Thomas Heald, Deputy Jeremiah Kimbel ASSISTING AGENCIES: Allegan County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Thornapple Fire Department, Thornapple EMS, Aero Med, Barry County Central Dispatch, and Allegan County Central Dispatch RELEASED BY: Sgt. Rich Frazer

Looking for Criminal Justice Students / Police Academy Cadets Now accepting applications for upcoming opening TAKING APPLICATIONS UNTIL 4PM on July 27, 2018 Job duties include entry of Court Orders into LEIN; Assisting Departmental Law Enforcement Officers; Communication with other law enforcement agencies; Jail Access Control, and Answering Telephone and Coordinating Service Requests. You can expect 5 to 8 weeks of paid training for each new Civilian Cadet, with a training rate of pay at $10.00 per hour. Once trained you may anticipate 32 to 56 hours per 2-week pay period, with a rate of pay at $11.00. The primary shifts to be worked following training will be 4:00pm to midnight or midnight to 8:00 a.m. High school diploma and some college preferred, proficient keyboard skills required. Those interested in applying for this position, please complete an application for employment at the Barry County Sheriff’s Office. OR visit www.barrysheriff.com (Digital Media) (Downloadable Documents)

Firework Safety Tips / Fireworks can be dangerous, so in order to prevent injuries and deaths that are related to fireworks, here are a few firework safety tips to follow this Fourth of July: • Children should never be allowed to ignite or play with fireworks. • An adult should always be supervising firework activity. • A garden hose or bucket of water should always be on hand in the event of a mishap or fire. • No one should ever try to pick up or re-ignite a firework that did not ignite properly or fully the first time around. • Fireworks should only be lit one at a time and the person lighting them should immediately move away from the firework after lighting it. Child Safety / Due to the large attendance of most Independence Day-related activities, it is crucial that Families focus on child safety and meet-up plans. • Families should consider wearing unique, identifiable colors, hold hands at all times and/or buddy up. • A unique way of ensuring you are contacted if your child is lost in a crowd is to have your child wear a beaded bracelet that has your phone number or consider getting an ID bracelet or something similar. • Determine a time and place to meet should the Family separate. • Make sure that you child knows to find a police officer if they get lost in a crowd. Water Safety / Because almost everyone heads out to the lake or beach for 4th of July, it is important that you and your Family are kept as safe as possible while playing in the water or out in the water with your jet ski or boat. Here are some water safety tips for 2015 Independence Day: • Make sure the children – and even adults – always have a life jacket on when in the water or on a motorized water vehicle (boat, jet ski, etc.) • Never let your children swim alone. An adult should always be present and paying attention. • Always step “Feet First”* into shallow water and never try to dive. • Alcohol, fireworks and Fourth of July do not mix well. Drink responsibly and make sure to have a designated driver available. • Review safe boating practices. • Always have a phone handy should an emergency arise. • Know your limits when it comes to water. Sun Safety • Try to limit your exposure to the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. • Always wear sunscreen with at least a 15 SPF, although higher is recommended, and should be reapplied often. • Make sure to stay hydrated and watch for signs of heat stroke – rapid, weak pulse, fast, slow breathing, and hot, red skin.

BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF NEWS RELEASE SHERIFF DAR LEAF TYPE OF INCIDENT: DROWNING DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018 7:25 PM LOCATION: JORDAN LAKE, WOODLAND TWP INFORMATION: Barry County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a swimmer in distress on the south west end of Jordan Lake. The 57 year old swimmer, Scott Alan Whitford of Holt, disappeared below the surface of the water prior to arrival of First Responders. Woodland Firemen located Mr. Whitford in approximately 7 feet of water about 60 feet off shore. They pulled him to land where CPR was administered. Crews were unable to resuscitate Mr. Whitford. The accident remains under investigation. RESPONDING AGENCIES: WOODLAND, LAKE ODDESSA AND SUNFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENTS, MERCY AMBULANCE SERVICE, BARRY COUNTY CENTRAL DISPATCH, AND BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATORS: BARRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE MARINE DIVISION RELEASED BY: SGT. JULIE JONES

Members of the Jonker Family presented a “Survival Kit for Police” to Sgt. Jason Sixberry on behalf his colleagues at the Barry County Sheriff’s Office.

HASTINGS COOLING CENTER - Open Saturday 6/30/18

OPERATION DRY WATER - June 29 - July 1 Barry County Sheriff’s Office will be on the lookout for drunk and impaired boaters Operation Dry Water - Nationwide crackdown on boating under the influence [Barry Co, MI] – The Barry County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting heightened enforcement targeting boating under the influence as part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign. Law enforcement will be focused on educating boaters about safe boating practices, which includes boating sober, and enforcing the state’s boating under the influence laws. With the summer boating season underway, and the July 4th holiday approaching, The Barry County Sheriff’s Office reminds boaters that impaired boating is against the law. Operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal on all bodies of water and can lead to serious injuries and consequences. In Michigan it is illegal to operate a vessel with a BAC level of .08 or higher - the same as it is to operate a vehicle. “The accidents and tragedies that happen because individuals chose to drive drunk or impaired, on land or on the water, are preventable. The decision lies with the individual on whether they chose to operate a boat or vehicle while under the influence, says Sheriff Dar Leaf. “As law enforcement, it is our job to do all we can to ensure the safety of our recreational boaters and paddlers. That is why the Barry County Sheriff’s Office has joined other states and agencies across the country to do our part in keeping boaters safe and preventing accidents related to boating under the influence.” Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths, and a major contributor to accidents*. The Barry County Sheriff’s Office encourages boaters to enjoy the boating season to its full extent by boating sober, wearing a life jacket, and taking a boating education course. The national Operation Dry Water weekend will take place June 29 - July 1. The mission of Operation Dry Water is to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water. Visit operationdrywater.org for more information about boating under the influence. ### *2017 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics.