Thursday, May 16, 2013
A Caledonia detective conducting an investigation on an unrelated case happens to find a sex offender living close to two schools. Police Chief Toby Schey said the find exposes a problem with the state's sex offender registry program.
If a detective with the Caledonia Police Department hadn't inadvertently found Peter T. Baumeister — a registered sex offender — living near two schools in the Kremer subdivision, he probably would still be living there. Caledonia Police Chief Toby Schey said police would have never known about the man if not for the work done by the detective, but this case highlights a communications gap between the state's sex offender registry system and the department. Baumeister, 37, of Caledonia, is a sex offender who was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child in Texas. He had been living in a residence in the 1500 block of Ellis Avenue, in the Kremer subdivision, since February. He pleaded no contest to the charge in 2004 and served six …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Caledonia Police Chief Toby Schey: "When people stop and recognize the job we do with a simple ‘thank you,’ it helps to rationalize an irrational world.”
With this week being Police Week, a number of community members have offered their heartfelt thanks to the men and women in blue this week. The week includes area law enforcement officials honoring those who were disabled or died in the line of duty. More than 19,000 names of fallen law enforcement officers are etched into the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial — and more are added every year. So why is Police Week important? “Police officers are hired to protect the public,” said Caledonia Police Chief Toby Schey. “It’s important that the public realize the work we do to serve them. Sometimes we put our lives on the line and someone who goes into law enforcement understands that we may have to sacrifice our lives to …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Two youth are suspected of taking liquor from Pick'n Save on April 30 and police are asking for help in finding them.
The Caledonia Police Department is looking for males who allegedly took items from Pick’n Save, 5111 Douglas Ave. The manager of the store told police at 11:48 a.m. April 30 that two males took two bottles of vodka, according to a report by the Caledonia Department. The first male is described as being 16 to 18-years-old and having brown hair. The male was last seen wearing a blue New York Yankees hat with a white/grey bill with the size sticker still attached, a grey zip up hooded sweatshirt, khaki cargo shorts, and white and black tennis shoes. The second suspect was described as being 13 to 16-years-old and having longer dark hair. The boy was last seen wearing the same hat the first suspect was wearing, a black t-shirt, dark colored …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
A 61-year-old woman crashed her Mercedes into a tree to avoid hitting a deer. Caledonia Police arrested the woman for suspicion of drunk driving.
A 61-year-old Caledonia woman was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving after she crashed the Mercedes she was driving into a tree at 4:35 p.m. Friday on Hounds Trail at Highway 31. The woman told police she was trying to avoid hitting a deer when she swerved, left the roadway, and struck a tree, according to a report by the Caledonia Police Department. The woman, who was already wearing a “walking boot” on her left leg, complained about pain to her right leg. The front end of the car was significantly damaged. Smelling alcohol on the woman, the officer asked the woman if she had been drinking and she told him that she had had three glasses of wine at an area tavern. Because of her injuries, the officer conducted a partial field sobriety…
Monday, May 6, 2013
A family of four escaped their home after it started on fire Sunday night. Fire and police officials said they are lucky they got out in time.
A Caledonia family was rescued from a fire in their home thanks to the quick thinking of a neighbor and a Caledonia police officer Sunday night. Jim Rammelt happened to look out his sliding door at 11:52 p.m. and saw smoke and fire coming from Dustin and Jessica Morrison’s home next door at 5335 Count Drive, according to the Caledonia Police Department. “I saw that the whole back of the house was on fire – the back deck, patio door and fire went all the way up to the second floor of the house,” Rammelt said. “It was a pretty good fire.” Rammelt called 911 to make the report and then he pounded on his neighbor's front door. When that didn't work, he tried to wake up the Morrisons by ringing the doorbell, but they didn’t answer. When …
The Caledonia finance committee and village board meeting will be held on Monday. Here's what they'll be talking about.
Keep informed about what's going in Caledonia. Here's a partial list of some of the issues currently being discussed by your village board and in the committees. To see the full agenda, check out the village calendar. The Finance Committee Meeting will be held at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Avenue. The Village Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Side Community Center, 6156 Douglas Avenue.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Catch up on Caledonia Patch's top stories in April, which include several several crime stories and the spring election.
The top story of the month is about a car crash where a driver was having medical issues and caused a four-car crash. Other top stories include two men trying to take some fencing from Mulligan's and getting caught when they got their truck stuck in the mud, the local runners who were in Boston during the Boston Marathon bombing, a felony traffic stop that didn't go well following a night of drinking on a party bus and the spring election.
According to a Caledonia Police officer at the scene, the cause of the crash is unknown at this time. However, one person was transported to the hospital.
One person was taken to the hospital following a three-car crash that happened just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on Douglas Avenue just south of 4 Mile Road, said an official with the Caledonia Police Department. Two cars were facing south on Douglas and one was facing north in the turning lane. The crash remains under investigation. Check back for more information.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Youth taken to the hospital after a 12-year-old lab bit him in the face.
A 2-year-old boy suffered serious injuries to his face and was taken to Children’s Hospital after a relative’s dog bit the child, according to officials with the Caledonia Police Department. Police and rescue personnel responded to the call at 4 p.m. Sunday in the 13000 Block of 4 Mile Road. "The boy's injuries were pretty severe," said Lt. Gary Larsen, of the Caledonia Police Department. "And the child had to have surgery." The owner of the 12-year-old lab has signed the paperwork to euthanize the dog, Larsen said. The dog also bit the same child on the shoulder in July 2012, police said.
Punches flew between neighbors after one neighbor's dog urinated on the other neighbor's mailbox.
A 33-year-old Caledonia man, who was walking his dogs, punched a 73-year-old man in the face at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday in the 400 block of Hialeah Drive, according to a report by the Caledonia Police Department. The elderly man told police one of the young man’s dogs bit his pants and he kicked the dog off of him. The younger man yelled at him, punched the older man in the face, and broke his glasses. The younger man also took the older man’s glasses. The younger man told the police that his dog urinated on the older man’s mailbox and the older man had kicked the dog. The younger man struck the older man in the face and grabbed his glasses because he “knew that (the man) would not be an effective fighter if he was without his glasses,” …