2018-01-10 / Community View


The County Press STAFF

Cody G. Bellefleur, 27, had a really bad day in Lapeer early Thursday morning. He lost control of his 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck on a snowy road and was rescued by the Marathon Fire Dept. before being ticketed by police for driving while intoxicated.

If you missed that on your scanner feed, don’t feel bad, it was first reported by FOX 40 in Vestal, NY, and the crash took place on Clark Corners Road in Cortland County New York.

While most of us are looking forward to spring, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. Lt. Andy Engster’s daughter, Samantha, is looking forward to fall this year for a chance to study marine biology in one of the most remote and fabled locales on the planet. The Central Michigan University junior left her family after Christmas to spend a month with a host family in Ecuador. After that it will be off to the Galapagos Islands for three months of field work. Samantha is a 2015 Lapeer High School grad.

On the subject of warmer climates, Heather Thompson of Mayfield Township sent pictures of her husband, Jerry, fishing from a boat in Arizona — wearing shorts and a T-shirt, to her daughter, Connie, in Lapeer. They winter in Arizona for four months. The photos were emailed to Connie on Saturday when Lapeer County was still experiencing sub-zero temperatures. Connie relayed the experience to The County Press. “My dad had to rub it in when he said he hasn’t worn long pants since they got there four weeks ago. I hope I can one day be a ‘Snowbird too,’ because right now I’m totally sick of winter already,” said Connie.

The water pipes at the home of Jeremy Lansford of Metamora Township froze on Saturday. A neighbor two doors away in his mobile home community noticed him struggling to shovel snow to get under his home to warm the pipes. “The man I’ve only waved at and didn’t even know his name came over with a propane-fueled shop heater unit and with about 12 hours we had our water flowing again,” Lansford told County Press Editor Jeff Hogan on Monday. “I was about to call a plumber who would charge me a lot of money, so Larry saved me a ton of money and time. I think we might become friends now, too.”

Another “good news” story related to the cold was shared by Janet Manner of Imlay City who said a total stranger made her day when he purchased a new car battery for her vehicle. She told Editor Jeff Hogan on Friday that she and her young son went to an auto parts store in Imlay City to buy a new battery after hers died due to the cold weather. They were unable to jumpstart the battery, so she figured she needed a new one. She was surprised by how much a battery would cost for her pickup, and was at least $30 short of what she needed to purchase even the least expensive battery. A man in the store heard the conversation and picked out the strongest battery and paid for it on his credit card.

“I was embarrassed, but grateful at the same time. I wanted people to know how kind and generous this man was. He helped me out and now I feel safe that my truck won’t die on me again,” Manner said in a recorded message.

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