News from your Sheriff

June 20, 2014

We currently have 180 Inmates lodged in the Clare County Jail which consist of 88 local, 16 Department of Corrections, 16 Federal, and 60 Renters.  During the month of May the Clare County Central Dispatch Center logged 3,580 incidents.  Of the 3,580 incidents, your Deputies handled 2,598 of those.  During the month of May 23 Home Invasions were investigated throughout the county.  6 were in Lincoln, 4 in Garfield, 2 each in Hayes, Summerfield, Hamilton, Greenwood, Frost, and 1 each in Harrison, Redding, and Surrey.

On Wednesday June 4, 2014 I was honored to go to Lansing and testify in front of the House Appropriations Committee on HB-5608.  I was in the company of Terry Jungel (Michigan Sheriff’s Associations Executive Director), Katy Sherwood (widow of Clare County Deputy Kevin Sherwood), Gene Wigglesworth (Ingham County Sheriff), and Kathy Cole, who had also lost her husband in a line of duty death.
This Bill is designed to provide continued benefits to surviving family members of those who are killed or disabled in the line of duty.  It not only includes police, but also fireman, and public emergency medical personnel.  When our Kevin Sherwood was killed in the line of duty in 2003, his wife and three daughters health benefits stopped at the time of his death.  Like many of counties we had never been through anything like this before.

At this time, the families of Michigan State Troopers killed or disabled in the line of duty receive this benefit.  HB-5608 would allow public safety families to receive the same benefit package that their spouse was provided through his/her employment.
I want to remind all ORV riders to please take time to read through the Clare County Ordinance.  The ordinance can be found by going to and click on “Ordinances” in the left hand column.  A common complaint we receive is the speed and careless operation of ORV’s.  The speed limit county wide is 25mph and in some areas the speed limit is decreased and posted.

A person 12 years to less than 16 years of age must have in his/her possession a Michigan issued ORV safety certificate or comparable ORV safety certificate issued under the authority of another state or a province of Canada, and is under direct visual supervision of an adult.  Again, please read through the ordinance and related State of Michigan laws prior to riding on trails and roads.

I know it seems like we just got rid of the snow but the 4th of July is just around the corner.  Please take extra precaution over the holiday when driving.  State wide we had a higher number of fatal accidents over the Memorial Day Holiday than in previous years.
Sheriff John S. Wilson

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