News from Across eWashtenaw

These news stories come from all departments and sections of eWashtenaw.

WCSO Lobby Identified as a Craigslist Transaction Safe Zone

WCSO Lobby Identified as a Craigslist Transaction Safe Zone

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating several Craigslist robberies. The victims in these robberies were either selling or buying items through Craigslist ads. Many people post ads on Craigslist and other social media websites but this practice has proven, in some circumstances, not the safest way to do business. It is difficult to track or know who you will be meeting face to face.

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Register of Deeds Temporary Office Closure and Move to Lower Level of 200 N. Main St.

The Register of Deeds Division will be closed to the public on February 27 at Noon and will re-open on Monday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. in the lower level of 200 N. Main St. in downtown Ann Arbor.

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WCSO Notice of Holiday Office Closure

WCSO Notice of Holiday Office Closure

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office will be closing at 12 noon on Friday, April 3rd, 2015 in observance of Good Friday. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, April 6th, 2015.

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New Process for Immunization Waivers in Michigan

New Process for Immunization Waivers in Michigan

New requirements are in place for parents and guardians who opt not to fully vaccinate their children before the children enter school or childcare.

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Passing of Corrections Officer Chad Hilborn

Passing of Corrections Officer Chad Hilborn

It is with great sorrow and deep sadness that the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office informs you of the death of WCSO Corrections Officer Chad Hilborn. Chad died this morning shortly after 7:30 a.m. as the result of a multi-car crash, which occurred near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Arkona Road in Bridgewater Township.

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K9 DEFENDER’S INC, DONATES FIRST AID “BUDDY BAGS” FOR POLICE SERVICE DOGS

K9 DEFENDER’S INC, DONATES FIRST AID “BUDDY BAGS” FOR POLICE SERVICE DOGS

The Sheriff’s Office recently identified two (2) new police service dog (PSD) handlers who have been spending time building strong bonds and a solid training foundation with their new canine partners. The bond between the Police Service Dog Units (PSDU) and handlers from surrounding agencies is also very strong. This was made clear when our PSDU was contacted by Tracy Spader, Founder and President of the “K9 Defender Fund, Inc” www.k9defenderfund.org. Ms. Spader was made aware of our two (2) new handlers and canine recruits by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit.

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Washtenaw County Local Economies Economic Development Mini-Grant

Washtenaw County Local Economies Economic Development Mini-Grant

Washtenaw County Government is offering Washtenaw County non-profit groups the opportunity to apply for mini-grants related to economic development.

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Answer the Call - The 2015 HIP Survey is Underway

Answer the Call - The 2015 HIP Survey is Underway

The 2015 Health Improvement Plan (HIP) survey has started. More than 2,500 residents across Washtenaw County will be invited to participate in confidential phone interviews. Local HIP partners urge residents to “answer the call.”

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Ypsilanti Township Law Enforcement Center in Operation

Ypsilanti Township Law Enforcement Center in Operation

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has relocated its Ypsilanti Township community police operation to the new Ypsilanti Township Law Enforcement Center (LEC) located at 1501 S. Huron St. The LEC is just over a mile away from the original Township community station formerly housed at the Township Civic Center and District Court campus on S. Huron River Drive.

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Two (2) New K-9 Recruits Find Homes with the Sheriff's Office

Two (2) New K-9 Recruits Find Homes with the Sheriff's Office

Over the last several months, the Sheriff’s Office has identified two (2) new police service dog handlers and engaged in the search for police service dog candidates to serve with them; dogs that match the competencies required of a multi-purpose (patrol, tracking & detection) police service dog. On Thursday, January 10th, 2015, Sheriff’s Office Police Service Dog (PSD) trainer John Bochenek delivered our two (2) new police service dog recruits to their respective new partners and homes.

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Dental Clinic Now Open

Dental Clinic Now Open

Great news! The Washtenaw County Dental Clinic is now open. New patients may call 877-313-6232 to register.

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It's a New Year - Take the L.E.A.D.!

It's a New Year - Take the L.E.A.D.!

Sheriff Jerry Clayton and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Community join the Michigan Sheriff’s Association (MSA) in supporting Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) on January 9, 2015.

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Housing Affordability and Economic Equity Analysis for Washtenaw County now available

Housing Affordability and Economic Equity Analysis for Washtenaw County now available

Last completed in 2007, this new analysis examines the housing market through boom, bust and recovery.

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Underwater Search and Recovery Team Applicants Engage in “Practical Assessment Process”

Underwater Search and Recovery Team Applicants Engage in “Practical Assessment Process”

The Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search & Recovery Team (USRT) is comprised of law enforcement officers who are also highly trained professional divers. On December 3rd, 2014, prospective team member applicants from the Sheriff’s Office and Arbor City and Ypsilanti City Police Departments met to participate in the practical swim testing portion of the new member assessment process. The Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT) posted vacancies on the USRT for full-time Law Enforcement personnel employed in Washtenaw County. After receiving applications, applicants were tested for swimming proficiency and offered the opportunity to experience some of the specialized equipment utilized by the USRT.

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Sheriff Clayton Announces Three Special Assignment Appointments in Washtenaw Metro Dispatch

Sheriff Clayton Announces Three Special Assignment Appointments in Washtenaw Metro Dispatch

It is a sincere pleasure to announce the following special assignment appointments:

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Collaborative Inter-Agency Response & Investigation Leads to Arrest of B&E Suspect

Collaborative Inter-Agency Response & Investigation Leads to Arrest of B&E Suspect

At approximately 2:10 a.m., on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported breaking & entering in progress at the leasing office and maintenance garage of Eastwood Terrace Apartments, Ypsilanti Township. While responding, Deputies observed a gold/tan Buick Century driving eastbound away from the apartments. Upon arrival, they observed the office door had been kicked open and noted visible imprints from the suspect’s shoes. An on-duty Ann Arbor Police Department service dog was requested and responded to the scene.

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Getting the Whole Picture...Sheriff’s Office Acquiring Body-Worn Cameras

Getting the Whole Picture...Sheriff’s Office Acquiring Body-Worn Cameras

Deputies have used in-car video for a number of years to document their public contacts, enforcement activity, and response to both critical and more routine calls for service and self-initiated activity.

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Detective Thomas Boivin named Washtenaw One Hundred’s Police Officer of the Year

Detective Thomas Boivin named Washtenaw One Hundred’s Police Officer of the Year

At the Washtenaw 100’s Annual Dinner, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Detective Thomas Boivin was named their Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

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