Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department

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Conversation continues in Washtenaw County about policing and community interactions.  It was the subject of a town hall forum moderated by 89.1 WEMU in July.  On Wednesday night in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County Sheriff held the first in a new series of community meetings .   

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department

One of the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department K-9 officers is getting some extra protection.

Washtenaw County Sheriff Department

It's been a volatile week of citizen and police shootings that impacts everyone on all levels.

Locally, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton sent a message to his deputies and employees of the sheriff's department telling them they must remain vigilant and committed to a strong partnership between law enforcement and the community.

Jerry Clayton
Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton is asking residents to become a 'interrupter' this Saturday, May 14th.

It's a grassroots effort aimed at getting neighbors talking to each other in hopes of making the community a safer place.

Volunteers will go door-to-door to help stem violence and make people more accountable for their behavior.

I spoke to the sheriff about several events going on in the community involving his department.

Washtenaw County Michigan Works

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, Michigan Works, and the Regional Chamber of Commerce have partnered to bring employment to young people in the area. 

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department

Local law enforcement is beefing up patrols and looking for impaired drivers now through early April.


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Low-income children got to shop for the holiday season through the Shop With a Cop program from the Washtenaw County Sheriffs' office. 


Michigan's next city could be in Washtenaw County.  Voters in the Village of Dexter decide in November if they approve of a proposed city charter.  Don't expect a lot of changes regardless of the outcome of the vote.

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department
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At least two Washtenaw County residents recently received phone calls claiming to be from the county's Warrants Division.  In reality, they were phone scams seeking a $500 money card. Washtenaw County Sheriff's officials say some simple guidelines should be followed when people receive suspicious calls.


UPDATE: At 8:28amA relative of a man who died after being pulled from a lake in Washtenaw County says the man had wandered away from a picnic.  

Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton
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Washtenaw County communities that contract with the Sheriff’s department for policing will likely see one percent increases in their bills in 2016 and 2017.  The County Commissioners vote on that proposal this week, but Sheriff Jerry Clayton is calling for a larger conversation on how law enforcement is funded. 

Clayton doesn’t believe the current model is sustainable.  He thinks a county-wide model could be designed to work for communities that contract with his department and those that have their own police departments.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department is looking for information related to an assault at Ypsilanti Township's Roundtree Apartments linked to recent same-sex marriages.  The attack took place Monday at around 6 PM.

The vicitim is in her late 20's and says she was punched in the face, knocked unconscious, then woke to being kicked in the torso.  She believes three males were involved in the attack.  The woman says the incident began with one of the men questioning if she was on the news because of her recent marriage.

One of the suspects is described as a white male, mid 20’s, 5’10 to 5'11 tall, heavy set, with a low or husky voice. The other suspects couldn't be identified.

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Washtenaw County authorities say two sheriff's deputies collided head-on while they were chasing a car theft suspect. WDIV-TV says no one was hurt in the crash Saturday evening in Ypsilanti. The station says the deputies began chasing the suspect on foot, then continued in their cruisers. Sheriff's spokesman Derrick Jackson says three deputies were in the cars. He says the crash happened about 6 p.m. and says the man who was being chased was arrested later. 

Michigan State Police

Law Enforcement in Washtenaw and three other counties are looking for a suspect in a rash of home invasions that target people attending funerals. Washtenaw is among four counties where homes of the recently deceased , or their family members, have been robbed. The others are Livingston, Monroe and Oakland counties.