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Press Releases

In an effort to keep the public informed on incidents occurring in the county, information is released to local media outlets regarding Kalkaska Sheriff Office investigations.  The same press releases are linked below.
February 6, 2023

Gary Sherman was traveling north on Kalkaska Snowmobile Trail 76, parallel to Johnson Lake Road, just south of M-72 with his son and a family friend.  Gary was last in the group when the ski of his 2016 Arctic Cat snowmobile became stuck in the snow, forcing the machine one way, and Gary the other.  Gary was thrown from the snowmobile and struck a tree.  His snowmobile continued for some distance before coming to a stop on the trail.  Gary was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash. 

January 25,2023
On January 11,2023 the Kalkaska Sheriff Office was made aware of two deceased bodies at a residence in Coldspring Township. 

A search warrant was obtained for the residence. Kenneth Roy Wilke, a property owner, and another male were subsequently arrested after leaving the residence. Wilke was originally arrested for a Kalkaska County warrant and the other male was arrested for suspected narcotics charges. Drug paraphernalia was located near the deceased, leading investigators to suspect a possible drug overdose. 

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Deadly Car Crash

August 15,2022 
On August 13,2022 Kalkaska County Sheriff Deputies conducted a traffic stop for a suspected OWI; during this traffic stop deputies observed a TWS sign and flags in the vehicle which appeared out of place. While questioning the individual about the out of place sign and flags the individual confessed to stealing them from the RV park on M-72. Along with admitting to being the one who damaged and vadalized the sign outside of the RV park a few week priors. 

August 12th, 2022
Kalkaska County Sheriff's Deputies recently responded to multiple break-ins within the Rapid City area. These break-ins occurred in the middle if the night of 8-11-22. The suspects took high-dollar items such as tools, tool batteries, gasoline and welding equipment. The suspects cut locks and pried open dead-bolted doors throughout these acts. This leads to the public service announcement reminding the public to ensure doors are locked securely and to ensure possible target areas are well-lit as a deterrent. The use of motion activated cameras is highly advised in an effort to catch suspects in the act. If you have been the victim of a break-in the Rapid City area between the dates of      8-11-22 though 8-12-22 please contact Deputy Farrier at