The Sheriffs Back to School Safety Tips


Summer days are waning away and kids across Michigan go back to school next week.  The Mason County Sheriff’s Office encourages drivers to cut down distractions and concentrate on the road as kids of all ages get back to school. 

Children are often eager to get on and off the bus because they are excited to get to school and they are also excited to get home and tell their parents about their day.  Sheriff Cole has some safety measures for both students – and motorists – to help ensure safety for everyone.

Tips for Students

·         Always arrive at the bus stop early.

·         Prior to boarding, wait until the bus has some to a complete stop, the door is opened and the bus driver says that it’s OK to board.

·         Once on board proceed quickly to your seat and stay sitting until the bus arrives at your school or other drop off location.

·         Do not move around on the bus. 

·         Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus.  Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.

·         Never walk behind the bus.

·         If you are walking beside the bus, make sure you are at least 10 feet (10 “giant” steps) away.

·         Take extra precaution to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door.

·         Never stop to pick something up you have dropped while the bus is stopped.  Wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver.

Tips for Motorists

·         Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions.  Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.

·         If you live in an area where there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously.  Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.

·         Be more aware of children playing near school bus stops.

·         Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

·         Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully

·         Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. 

·         Put down your phone – don’t talk or text while driving!

·         Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights flashing.

·         Never pass a school bus when there are flashing red lights.  This is a sign that children are getting off the bus – and it’s the law!


Traveling to and from School

·         Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop.  Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.

·         Walk the route with your child beforehand.  Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.

·         Teach your child never to talk to strangers, accept rides from strangers or accept gifts from strangers.  Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.

·         Be sure your child walks to and from school or the bus stop with a sibling, friend or neighbor.

·         Teach your kids – whether walking, biking or riding the bus to school – to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers.  Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.

·         When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible.  Don’t leave until they are in the schoolyard or building.

·         If your child bikes to school make sure he wears a helmet that meets safety standards.  Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85%.

·         If your child rides a scooter to school, make sure she wears sturdy shoes, al helmet, kneepads and elbow pads.  Children under 12 should not ride motorized scooters.

·         Be sure your child knows his or her home (or parents’ cellular) phone number(s) and address.  They should also know where you work, your work phone number, the phone number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.

Manistee Police Dealing with Home Invasion Surge.

The city of Manistee has been hit with a series of home invasions.

Manistee police have found the man they believe is connected to some of the recent home invasions in the city of Manistee. Christopher Ryan Perski was arraigned September 4th in the 85th District Court in Manistee. Perski is currently charged with one count of larceny from a building, one count of receiving and concealing stolen property, and one count of possession of marijuana.  Perski’s bond is currently set at $25,000 / 10%.

In a separate incident two male individuals invaded a sleeping home owners residence through an open window around 1am early Sunday. The homeowner and dog were both struck with the hand gun but no shots were fired. The female home owner was able to escape to a neighbors and call 911. The two individuals fled and were later tracked down and taken into custody. One of the suspects was taken to West Shore Medical and treated for a dog bite.  This Home Invasion appears to be drug related and as of now a suspected isolated incident.  Both suspects will be arraigned at the Manistee County Courthouse on Tuesday, September 8th.

The Manistee City Police Department is once again reminding all citizens to be diligent in reporting all suspicious activity in their neighborhood by calling 911 or Manistee Central Dispatch at 231-723-6241.

Hallucinating Man Has Four Hour Standoff With Deputies

A discharge of a firearm indoors was enough for Manistee Central Dispatch to receive a call at 1:35am early Wednesday. 
Manistee Sheriff Deputies found the family outside the home that sits just east of the village of Wellston. Family members notified the officers that the man was hallucinating that intruders were in his home. The hallucinations were reportedly brought on due to prescribed medication. 
While protecting his home from imaginary intruders the man reportedly discharged his firearm twice within the residence causing family members to fear for their safety.
The man refused to comply with the deputies request for him to drop his firearm inside his home.  Deputies did further negotiations to no avail. The call was made on the Northern Michigan Sherriff Emergency Response Team for assistance.
The team then executed a peaceful removal without incident four hours after the original call was made. 
The 66 yr old white male was treated at West Shore Medical Center, then Lodged in the Manistee County Jail; pending criminal charges.

K-9 Unit Tracks Down Rollover Suspects

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Numerous beer cans were discovered in the vehicle at the scene of a rollover crash on the US 31 off ramp on US10 at about 8:15 pm yesterday. All this, but no suspects in sight. 
It took just 30 min for Mason County Sherrifs K-9 unit to track and locate the suspects running through the woods where they were captured. Both suspects were arrested for disorderly and held on Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers at their request.
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