Sheriff’s sergeant accused of crashing vehicle while super drunk sentenced to probation
FLINT, MI – A Genesee County Sheriff’s sergeant accused of crashing her county-issued vehicle while allegedly super drunk will be required to take part in a series of alcohol-related classes as part of her sentence after pleading guilty to a reduced charge. She was charged with misdemeanors of driving while super drunk and possessing a weapon while under the influence. Michigan’s “super drunk” law that applies in drunk driving cases in which the driver has a BAC of .17 or higher. Brian Johnson – the responding officer to Reeves’ crash – had its first recording on March 21. Read more on The Flint Journal:Genesee County sheriff’s sergeant crashes car, facing possible super drunk driving, gun chargesGenesee County sergeant’s BAC was three times drunk driving limit after crash, prosecutor saysGenesee County sergeant accused of crashing county vehicle while super drunk reassigned amid investigationmlive.com
Flint man used Snapchat to groom girls before sexually assaulting them, sheriff says
FLINT, MI – A Flint man used Snapchat to groom underage girls before sexually assaulting them, according to the Genesee County Sheriff. Bailey Michael Beckers, 23, is charged with 10 felonies and one misdemeanor after being accused of sexually assaulting multiple underage people and recording the assaults, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said Friday, May 27. A second file against Beckers charges him with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (victim below 13 years of age). Around April 14, Beckers allegedly convinced two 15-year-old girls to come over to the Kennelworth Avenue home where he lived. Beckers remains lodged in the Genesee County Jail on a $50,000 cash/surety bond, according to Genesee County court records.mlive.com
Genesee County sergeant accused of crashing county vehicle while super drunk reassigned amid investigation
GENESEE COUNTY, MI – What began as a night of drinks in January ended with Genesee County Sheriff’s Sgt. Reeves was charged under the state’s “super drunk” law that applies in drunk driving cases in which the driver has a BAC of .17 or higher. Deputies from the sheriff’s office responded to the crash, which was reported around 1 a.m., and found front-end damage to the vehicle. A lab report later revealed Reeves’ blood draw showed .253 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, the statement said. She does not have access to and will not be driving any county vehicles, Swanson said.mlive.com
Boy shoots man in hip amid dispute over hunting land in Genesee County, sheriff says
VIENNA TOWNSHIP, MI -- A 36-year-old Vienna Township man who was hunting in a field was shot Sunday afternoon after a land dispute between himself and two boys, according to the Genesee County Sheriff. The shooting occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, in a field off Hurd Road in Thetford Township, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson told MLive-The Flint Journal. It is unclear if the two juveniles had permission to be on the land, Swanson said. Contact was made with the homeowner, a 34-year-old Vienna Township man. The 17-year-old and 11-year-old were taken into custody at that home and later released because they are juveniles, Swanson said.mlive.com
2 Flint men arrested after shots fired at MSP helicopter
FLINT, MI -- Two Flint men have been arrested after they allegedly fired shots over the weekend at a Michigan State Police helicopter. The Trooper 3 helicopter was assisting Flint police officers and Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies who were responding at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 to the area of Miller and Hammerberg roads for a report of shots fired. The second man pointed the firearm at Trooper 3 and fired at least five shots at the aircraft. The two flight crew members were not injured and the Trooper 3 helicopter was not damaged in the incident. Both suspects remain at the Genesee County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.mlive.com
Man found dead in Atlas Township field was shot and killed, sheriff asks for help identifying suspect
ATLAS TOWNSHIP, MI -- The man found dead in an Atlas Township field was shot by an unknown suspect, the Genesee County Sheriff said in an update about the case. At a Friday, July 16 news conference, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said the Homicide of 34-year-old Jesse James Byars remains unsolved. Byars posted on Facebook a picture of himself at Outdoor Adventures in Richfield Township less than 24 hours before he was shot, Swanson said. “You may think it’s not a big deal but, in cases like these, it is a big deal.”Byars was last seen around 11 p.m. Saturday, July 11 driving on the 5100 block of South Vassar Road in Atlas Township, Swanson said. However, it did not appear there was any struggle before he was shot and nothing was stolen from his person.mlive.com
Flint man arraigned after financial exploitation of vulnerable adult, sheriff says
FLINT, MI -- A Flint man has been arraigned on multiple charges after he allegedly exploited a woman with special needs for money, according to the Genesee County Sheriff. At his Wednesday, July 7, news conference, Sheriff Chris Swanson said Smith took advantage of a 22-year-old woman with cerebral palsy. A local church tried to help the woman by paying for a hotel when they learned she had nowhere to stay, Swanson said. A $15,000 PR bond was set for Smith, according to district court documents. GHOST was started by former Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell to fight human trafficking in the area.mlive.com
Sheriff’s office identifies man who drowned in Atlas Millpond
ATLAS TWP, MI — The 21-year-old Southfield man who drowned in Atlas Millpond has been identified as NaQuan Khalid-William Baker, the Genesee County Sheriff’s office said Saturday. Baker drowned after the rowboat he and two others were fishing in capsized on Thursday night. The two others aboard the boat tried to help Baker swim to safety but were unable to save him after they lost sight of him, police said. A dive team with the sheriff’s office found Baker’s body about 1:30 p.m. today about 50 feet from the shore. Atlas Township Millpond is a small body of water between Gale Road and Perry Road in Genesee County’s Atlas Township, just east of Grand Blanc Township.mlive.com
Genesee County’s first female captain works to achieve her goals
Genesee County Sheriff’s Capt. Nelson, among others, was recognized for her accomplishments during a press conference held by Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson for Women’s History Month. In February of 2020, Nelson was promoted to captain of the law enforcement division within the sheriff’s office. “That’s where I learned about the [Genesee County] sheriff’s office paramedic division,” said Nelson, “how great it would be to work here.”Prior to the title of captain, Nelson put herself through paramedic school and the police academy. Nelson was promoted to a paramedic deputy on the road at the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and then promoted to sergeant in 2009.mlive.com
Michigan General Election Results for Genesee County Sheriff on Nov. 3, 2020
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17 arrested after child trafficking probe in Flint area
FLINT, Mich. Seventeen people have been arrested following an investigation into child trafficking in the Flint area, a sheriff said. A rescue operation Friday located seven children ages 17 and under, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said. He did not say which charges they are likely to face, The Flint Journal reported. The rescue operation included a search for 27 children known to have disappeared, according to information from schools, hospitals, probate courts, the foster care system and other human service agencies, Swanson said. It was the countys third such rescue operation, Swanson said.
Gennessee County Leaders stand up to racial inequalities
RELATED: A parade, not a protest: Genesee County Sheriff supports Flint demonstrators during peaceful marchThe meeting today was scheduled last Thursday. We didnt even know Saturday was gonna be the Saturday it was that changed the world, said Sheriff Swanson. Wednesdays gathering was apart of a discussion about certain systemic racial inequalities plaguing our nation. Shame on police if we ever go back to to the way things were before he met that officer, concluded Sheriff Swanson. Sheriff Swanson also tells Local 4 this is only the first meeting of many that they are planning to have in Gennessee county about equality.
A parade, not a protest: Genesee County Sheriff supports Flint demonstrators during peaceful march
Similarly in Detroit, 84 demonstrators were arrested Saturday night amid the citys second day of protesting. In Flint, however, Saturday protests remained peaceful as demonstrators welcomed an unlikely participant: Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson. I want to make this a parade, not a protest, Swanson said. In social media posts shared by Flint protestors, more police officers can be seen supporting the protest and even linking arms with black demonstrators in solidarity. EVEN SHERIFF Chris Swanson CAME OUT... Posted by Johnie Franklin III on Saturday, May 30, 2020Swanson made sure to condemn Chauvin and police brutality while showing support to the Flint demonstrators.