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News from Your Sheriff-May 2021


Happy May Clare County.  I’m going to start right off by telling you a success story from just one of over 2,900 incidents we received during the month of April.  On April 28 at 2:49 a.m. our Central Dispatch received a call of a male on an overpass with a noose around his neck, getting ready to jump and take his life.  Deputies responded to the area while our dispatcher stayed on the line talking to the male.  Deputies at the scene were able to talk the male off the ledge and get him to the hospital to get some help.  No matter who it is we are here to help you.  We have seen a lot of suicide and drug overdoses this last year.  If you need help, please call and let us help you.

During the month of April our Central Dispatch loaded 2,930 incidents for Clare County.  2,578 of those calls were handled by law enforcement, 164 by fire and rescue, and 188 were handled by MMR ambulance service.  We had several drug related arrests where larger amounts of methamphetamine and heroin were found.  We have seen an increase in the amount of methamphetamine out on the street.  We currently have 88 subjects in our jail which consist of 49 local, 7 Diverted Felons, and 32 Federal renters.  We have 25 inmates now that have tested positive for Covid since this epidemic started.  With the lesser amount of people in our jail since this started, we have been able to quarantine in separate areas of the jail in order to stop it from spreading to other individuals.  I have been in communication with several other Sheriffs who have been seeing a rise in their Covid cases in the jails.  To date, we haven’t had any that had to be hospitalized because of the virus.  Our facility has a nurse on staff 40 hours a week who monitors all medical cases within the facility.  We have had the health department in a couple of different times and offered a vaccine shot to those who wished to have one.

The weekend of May 15, our Mounted Volunteers conducted a 3-day training at the Clare County Fair Grounds.  We had 12 riders from other counties who participated in the training.  The main topic/training covered was what it takes to have a horse to do mounted police work.  There were extensive drills to desensitize and build the horses confidence along with the riders.  I want to thank the head of our Mounted, Jess Loudenslager and all the other members for putting on this training.  This group is made up of all volunteers who are dedicated in helping our and other counties when needed.

We at the Clare County Sheriff’s Office would like to take this time to honor those military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.  We honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of our freedoms.  How soon we forget what has been sacrificed so that we may remain a free country.  Please remember and honor those who have died while enjoying your Memorial Day Weekend. 

God Bless America

Sheriff John S Wilson


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