Gladwin County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Gladwin County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 501 W. Cedar Avenue, Gladwin, 48624 MI
  • Chief:
Phone: (989) 426-9284
Fax: (989) 426-1173

Gladwin County Sheriff's Office is located at 501 W. Cedar Avenue, Gladwin, 48624 MI. The Gladwin County Sheriff's Office phone number is (989) 426-9284.

Gladwin County Sheriff's Office News

Halloween 2018 is in the books. Thank you to Deputy Dusty Johnson and Assistant Dispatch Administrator Karee Barlow for taking time out of your day to hand out treats.

ATTENTION KIDS-- Please stop by the Sheriff's Office Halloween night. DARE Officer - Deputy Dusty Johnson will be out front handing out treats.

Thank you to Genesis Computer Systems for the generous donation of a laptop for the Gladwin County Jail's GED Program.

UPDATE 9-20-18 Todd Michael Finn Jr has been charged with the armed robbery in Sage Township on August 31, 2018. Finn has been arrested and charged with Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Weapons - Felony Firearms. Finn was arraigned in the 80th District Court today and is being held on a $150,000 cash / surety bond. Further investigation is still being conducted and further charges may follow. NEWS RELEASE*****UPDATE 9-19-18 Information was developed linking a 26 year old Gladwin man to the armed robbery in Sage Township on August 31, 2018. Deputies from the Gladwin Sheriff's Office obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect and search warrant for his residence. The suspect was located operating a vehicle in Hay Township. A traffic stop was initiated and the suspect was arrested. Evidence was recovered at the time of the traffic stop including a hand gun and ammunition. The evidence gathered was consistent with evidence collected at the scene of the robbery. The suspect is being held at the Gladwin County Jail on a 4 count Felony warrant pending his arraignment with the 80th District Court. Further investigation is being conducted and further charges may follow. Once the suspect has been arraigned, further details will be released.

NEWS RELEASE Armed Robbery in Sage Township On Friday August 31st 2018 around 11:40PM, Deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery in Sage Township. The Deputies made contact with the victim, a 62 year old Gladwin County resident, who advised that he had trapped a snapping turtle from his yard and was releasing it on Eagleson Rd east of Chappel Dam Rd. near a swampy area. The victim was preparing to drive away, when a vehicle pulled up behind him and the occupant told him to “hold up”. A white male in his mid 20’s approached the victim and demanded money. The victim reported to authorities the man was holding a pistol when the incident occurred. The victim advised that he then handed money over to the suspect. The suspect is described as being a white male in his mid 20’s, approximately 5’10” to 6’01” slim build, short brown hair and some facial hair. The victim indicated the suspect’s vehicle had a loud exhaust. Evidence was gathered at the scene and a forensic composite sketch of the suspect was developed to assistance in identifying and apprehending the suspect. The Gladwin Sheriff Department is requesting anyone with information in regards to the robbery to please call (989) 426-9284 or private message us.

A big THANK YOU to Dale Walter, Pastor Brad Withrow and the Assembly of God Church for the donation of 2 Nikon digital cameras and cases to the Gladwin County Sheriff's Office. They are much needed and appreciated!!!

Thank you Amber Minton for the amazing cake. It is delicious and looks amazing!!

UPDATE******UPDATE****** Auston Alan Samuels, a 17 year old Gladwin man has been charged with 2 counts of Motor Vehicle Theft, Resisting and Obstructing Police, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired, Driving While License Suspended and Possessing Open Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. He is lodged in the Gladwin County Jail and bond has been set in the amount of $25,000 Cash / Surety. NEWS RELEASE********** A 17 year old Gladwin man was arrested for 2 counts of auto theft, resisting arrest, and driving while intoxicated. On Monday morning 08/27/18, Deputies were dispatched to a vehicle crash on Guernsey Road near Flock Road in Tobacco Township. Deputies discovered an unoccupied 2011 GMC Acadia in the ditch. The Deputies ran the registration on the Acadia and it came back registered to a residence in Billings Township on Wixom Lake. A deputy then went to the residence on Wixom Lake, where it was discovered the Acadia had been taken without permission. The Deputy also discovered the suspect had been using a 2012 Chevy Cruze without permission. A 17 year old suspect was located at the Wixom Lake residence who ran from the Deputy upon his arrival to evade capture. The suspect jumped into Wixom Lake and attempted to flee by swimming away south in the lake. A perimeter was established and a search of the Lake was conducted. After about an hour the suspect was located hiding under a dock near the incident scene. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Mid Michigan Medical Center in Gladwin. After the suspect was medically cleared, he was lodged in the Gladwin County Jail and is now facing charges of two counts of UDAA, Operating while intoxicated, and resisting arrest. The suspect has a prior history of UDAA and was on probation at time of arrest. The Gladwin County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by a Trooper from the West Branch State Police Post and Rescue Personnel from the Billings Township Fire Department. This complaint remains open and formal charges and arraignment are pending.

The Gladwin County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance in identifying these two individuals. Anyone with information is asked to message us on Messanger or call 989-426-9284 and ask for Deputy Foster or Detective Cuddie.

NEWS RELEASE 51 year old Montcalm man arrested on multiple counts of CSC. On Monday 07/09/18, Mark Allen Babcock was arrested for criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree. The arrest was the result of a joint investigation between the Montcalm County Office of the Sheriff and the Gladwin County Office of the Sheriff. The investigation was in regards to ongoing sexual misconduct involving two minors. Its alleged the sex abuse occurred from 2001 through 2008. Both victims would have been under the age of 13 when the alleged offenses occurred. Mark Allen Babcock was arraigned in the 80th District Court for Gladwin and bond was set in the amount of $500,000.00 cash or surety. This investigation remains open and additional charges may follow.

UPDATE: Armed Suspect Taken into Custody On Wednesday morning Deputies responded to a Sage Township Subdivision after a stolen vehicle from Isabella County was discovered. Once on scene, the Deputies made contact with a witness who identified the suspect as being Joel Benes a 33 year old Clare / Gladwin man. Deputies obtained information during the initial investigation which led them to believe Joel Benes was hiding in the woods and was in possession of a stolen shotgun. Deputies established a perimeter of the area and additional police resources were requested to assist in locating and apprehending Benes. The Michigan State Police and a Deputy from the Clare County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist. Sheriff’s Deputies, along with the K-9 unit and State Police ES Team members began searching the wooded area near the subdivision. Benes was located in the woods and was arrested without incident. At time of arrest, he was in possession of shotgun ammunition and a stolen shotgun was recovered from the same wooded area he was located. Benes was also found to be in possession of black tar heroin. The stolen vehicle was impounded and is being held for Isabella County Authorities. Benes was lodged in the Gladwin County Jail and a 5 count felony warrant was authorized against him for the following charges: 1. Larceny of firearm 2. Possession of firearm by a felon 3. Possession of ammunition by a felon 4. Possession of heroin 5. Felony firearm Benes was arraigned in the 80th District Court for Gladwin and bond was set at $500,000.00 cash or surety.

UPDATE: SUBJECT HAS BEEN LOCATED AND IS IN CUSTODY WANTED - CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. Joel Benes, a 33 year old Clare man, is wanted on a Parole Detainer and for questioning in regards to an Unlawful Driving Away of A Motor Vehicle, both out of Isabella County. The subject fled on foot this morning around 8:00 am from a residence located on Thorington Drive, in Sage Township, Gladwin County. It is believed the subject is armed and should be considered dangerous. He was last seen wearing blue sweat or athletic style pants and a dark in color shirt. He is approximately 6' 3",185 pounds. Please avoid this area and if you do see anyone matching this description, do not approach and please call the Gladwin County Sheriff's Office at 989-426-9284.

IS IT LEGAL TO PULL INTO THE CENTER TURN LANE WHEN MERGING INTO TRAFFIC FROM A SIDE STREET OR PARKING AREA??? ANSWER: NO MCL 257.649 (A) states: A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from the lane until the operator has first ascertained that the movement can be made with safety. Upon a roadway with 4 or more lanes that provides for 2-way movement of traffic, a vehicle shall be operated within the extreme right-hand lane except when overtaking and passing, but shall not cross the center line of the roadway except where making a left turn. To summarize, when you are driving on a five lane roadway containing a center turn lane you may only use the center lane for completing a left turn. The center lane may also not be used for passing as stated in the statute above. Also, the center lane may not be entered until the left turn is to be completed. Conversely, the center lane is NOT to be used as a merge lane for traffic entering the roadway.

*****UPDATE******* This vehicle has been located. Thank you for your assistance. The Gladwin County Sheriff's Office is seeking information. A silver and black in color Chevrolet Silverado, extended cab,4x4 was reported stolen from a residence on Weber Road in Gladwin County. The vehicle was reported stolen sometime between June 14, 2018 and June 25, 2018. Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Rodney Foster at 989-426-9284.

THIS SUBJECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. Thank you to all for your assistance! The Gladwin County Sheriff's Office is seeking any information in regards to the identification of the male subject in the photograph. And the owner of the passenger vehicle in the two additional photographs. Contact Deputy G. Guild at the Gladwin County Sheriff's Office with any information (989-426-9284).

On April 28th 2018, at 0405 hrs. Dispatcher Veasna Seng received a 911 call from a female he quickly identified to be having some type of medical issue. He could only hear the female coughing and gasping for breath numerous times. The call came in on a cell phone and did not give an address. He used all his resources in locating the caller, narrowing it down to the Beaverton area within the fist two minutes of the call. He then set up a ‘button pushing’ code with the caller, advising her to ‘hit the button on her phone once for a yes response and twice for no.” He located her at the Beaverton Manor and went step by step with the caller using this ‘button method’ to locate what floor and what apartment she was currently in and also verifying her phone number, name and age. He had transferred the call to EMS and EMS took over this method of communicating with the caller to ask her further medical questions. Veasna stayed on the line with the caller until rescue was on location. NO WORDS WERE EVER SPOKEN BY THE CALLER. Veasna was awarded the Sheriff Medal of Merit due to his outstanding performance of duty.

Please have a safe Memorial Day weekend and take time to acknowledge the true meaning of the holiday.

Michigan may be a no-fault insurance state, but that doesn’t mean it’s a no-reporting accident state! No-fault simply means that parties involved in a car accident are entitled to benefits from their own auto insurance companies no matter who caused the accident. You must still IMMEDIATELY call the police when there is a serious accident, and an accident report will need to be made. Waiting several hours or days to report an accident is a violation of law and may result in Misdemeanor charges being issued against the operator of the vehicle. WHEN TO REPORT AN ACCIDENT - More than $1,000 in property damage - A person injured or killed as a result - A parked vehicle damaged and the owner can’t be immediately contacted - Unattended property damaged in an accident - A mechanic receives a vehicle for repair that was damaged in an accident 257.618 Accidents; damage to vehicles; stopping required; reporting to police agency or officer; penalty. Sec. 618. (1) The driver of a vehicle who knows or who has reason to believe that he has been involved in an accident upon public or private property that is open to travel by the public shall immediately stop his or her vehicle at the scene of the accident and shall remain there until the requirements of section 619 are fulfilled or immediately report the accident to the nearest or most convenient police agency or officer to fulfill the requirements of section 619(a) and (b) if there is a reasonable and honest belief that remaining at the scene will result in further harm. The stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary. (2) If an individual violates the requirements of subsection (1) and the accident results in damage to a vehicle operated by or attended by any individual, the individual is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $100.00, or both.

NATIONAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WEEK---- Each day across this country, correctional officers enforce laws within their facilities, yet some deny their role as law enforcement officials. Each day across this country, correctional officers, armed with little more than a can of pepper spray a pen, walk a beat surrounded by violent criminals, yet some question their courage. Each day across the country, correctional officers offer aid and assistance and direction to those who are unable to help themselves. They constantly place themselves in danger to protect individuals whom society has discarded, yet some question their compassion. All of this is done behind the walls hidden from the public’s admiration and while being outnumbered thirty, forty, fifty or even one hundred to one. Each day across this country, correctional officers work double shifts, miss out on family events and explain to their children why they will miss another game because they have to work, yet some question their dedication. Each day across the country, too many correctional officers go to work thinking that they are unappreciated and that what they do doesn’t matter. On behalf of your fellow employees of the Gladwin County Sheriff's Office would like to say THANK YOU to our Corrections Staff for all they do.

Deputy Recognized--- On 4-21-18, Deputy Greg Guild responded to a possible drug overdose in Buckeye Township. Upon arrival, Deputy Guild located a 24 year old male that was unresponsive and having difficulty breathing. The subject appeared to have injected Heroin intravenously. Deputy Guild rendered aid and administered two separate doses of Narcan two the subject. The subject regained consciousness and was later transported to the Gladwin Emergency Room for medical care. Pictured below is Sergeant Steve Townsend presenting the award to Deputy Guild. We encourage anyone with a substance abuse issues to reach out for help. Individual's can contact Ten16 Recovery Network, call 989.772.5938 and ask to speak to an Access Manager, or search through Substance Use providers within the MidState Health Network. You can also contact The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or contact 211 locally for a link to services.