Menominee County Sheriff's Department

MENOMINEE, MI--   The former Menominee County Sheriff’s deputy charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy has been bound over to circuit court.

A preliminary hearing for Brian Helfert, 56, was held Tuesday in Menominee. He’s charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. A Menominee High School student told city police the sexual contact occurred on November 10 while he was at Helfert’s home.

Helfert was bound over to Menominee Circuit Court on all charges. His arraignment is set for March 17.

MENOMINEE, MI (AP)--  A former Menominee County Sheriff’s deputy has been charged in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy. 

Brian Helfert, 56, faces arraignment January 22 on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was arrested Monday and released after posting a $5,000 bond.

A Menominee High School student told city police the sexual contact occurred on November 10 while he was at Helfert’s home.

Helfert was fired December 19 from the Sheriff’s Office, where he worked as a school liaison officer and juvenile crime investigator.

MENOMINEE, MI--   The Menominee County Sheriff’s deputy under investigation for possible criminal sexual conduct has been fired. 

The Sheriff’s Office says Sergeant Brian Helfert was terminated “for violating Sheriff's Office policies, procedures and rules of conduct."

Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Rogg says Helfert is under investigation for CSC against a 16-year-old Menominee High School student. Earlier this month the Menominee Police Department received information from Child Protective Services regarding the allegations.

MENOMINEE, MI--   A Menominee County Sheriff’s deputy is being investigated on allegations of criminal sexual conduct against a 16-year-old Menominee High School student. 

The Menominee Police Department says it received information from Child Protective Services regarding the allegations. Officers conducted an investigation and submitted a warrant request to the Prosecutor’s Office for review and the potential authorization of criminal charges.

LAKE TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Menominee County Monday.

WLUC-TV reports it happened around 1:35 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 356 and County Road 577 in Lake Township. The Menominee County Sheriff’s Office says the vehicles were driven by Croy Smith, 36, of Niagara, Wisconsin; Perry Kelly, 59, of Daggett; and a 19-year-old Stephenson man.

INGALLSTON TOWNSHIP, MI--   A man has died in a Menominee County house fire.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in Ingallston Township Tuesday around 3:15 p.m. They found flames coming from the basement and engulfing the building. Officials were told the homeowner was still inside.

Firefighters from the Menominee-Ingallston Township Fire Department and Mellen Township Fire Department battled the blaze. When they entered the house they discovered a man inside. He was taken to Aurora Medical Center Bay Area in Marinette, where he was pronounced dead.

MENOMINEE, MI--   A high-speed chase that started in Menominee County ended in an arrest in Delta County Monday. 

Around 12:50 a.m. Delta County deputies responded to assist Menominee County deputies involved in a pursuit. It started in Mellen Township, south of Stephenson, and continued on US-2 toward Delta County.

Deputies deployed “stop sticks” in the area of US-2 and County Road 557. After a tire on the suspect vehicle deflated the vehicle pulled over and its occupants were taken into custody.

INGALLS, MI--   One person was taken to the hospital following a car/train crash in Menominee County Thursday.

State Police from the Gladstone Post say the accident happened around 9:35 a.m. on County Road 348 in Ingalls.  A southbound Canadian National train struck a Ford station wagon driven by Adolf Jerger, 74, of Cedar River.

Jerger’s passenger, Carol Truitt, 64, of Menominee, was taken to Bay Area Medical Center by Mid-County Rescue Squad #114.  Jerger sought his own treatment for injuries.  Nobody on the train was injured.

DAGGETT TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Menominee County man is jailed in connection with a stabbing incident in Daggett Township.  

The Escanaba Daily Press reports Sheriff’s deputies responded Sunday around 2:35 p.m. to the scene and found Rey Alberto Rios, 31, of Daggett had been stabbed several times with a pair of scissors.

Investigation led to the arrest of Giovanny Hernandez-Rosa, 31, also of Daggett.  Officials say the crime appears to have stemmed from a workplace-related altercation. 

Rios was taken to Bay Area Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.

STEPHENSON, MI--   A delivery truck driver sustained serious injuries after his vehicle hit a train in Stephenson Tuesday. 

The Menominee County Sheriff’s Department says the accident happened around 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of River Road and Willow Street.  The Coca-Cola truck apparently tried to stop as the train passed, but slid on the snowy roadway and struck the train.  The driver was ejected from the vehicle and taken to the hospital for treatment. 

The accident remains under investigation. 

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