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Michigan family mourns death of son they say was pushed to the breaking point by stop in high school sports – MLive.com01.31.21

NORTON SHORES, MI Brennan Dethloff could always count on hockey to help him in his battle with depression and anxiety.

But when the coronavirus pandemic took hockey away, it was too much for Brennan to take.

The 18-year-old senior at Mona Shores High School died Jan. 18. His parents believe his death was linked to his depression.

Brennan was excited to be back on the Sailors varsity hockey team this season. Slipping on that No. 22 sweater alongside his teammates meant everything to him, said his parents, Brian and Rona Dethloff. His hockey team was an extension of family and it carried a far greater impact than any win or loss ever could.

It was his outlet.

But once winter high school contact sports seasons were pushed back not once, but twice, that in turn pushed Brennan close to his breaking point, according to his parents.

You could see it in his face and his body language and his demeanor that it just took it out of him. We both noticed it and did what we could and ultimately that night, something set him off, said Brian Dethloff. You know, unfortunately, he chose to do what he did.

In the days since Brennans death, the Dethloffs have been filled with grief and they search for explanations as to why high school sports and young peoples lives are still being interrupted even though coronavirus numbers are on the decline.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has barred ice hockey, boys and girls basketball, wrestling and competitive cheer from competition. All winter contact sports are only allowed to perform non-contact activity during team practices. Until Jan. 22, winter contact sports were set to resume in full capacity on Feb. 1. However, the MDHHS extended those orders until Feb. 21. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said high school sports could return in a matter of weeks or days.

During a virtual press conference Friday, Michigan High School Athletic Association executive director Mark Uyl said he believes that now is the right time to take the next step and allow those aforementioned four winter sports to begin immediately.

While the Dethloffs say they are proponents of the Let Them Play movement, which is a voice of students, coaches, administrators, parents and fans who want the games to go on, they are trying to be careful as to not point a finger in blame at any specific person or group.

Brian and Rona Dethloff are pictured with their son, Carter, 16, inside their Norton Shores home on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. Brennan Dethloff, an 18-year-old Mona Shores hockey player, died on Jan. 18, 2021. His parents believe his death was linked to his depression. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)Cory Morse | MLive.com

An emotional Rona Dethloff said she wishes Brennan could have realized how loved he was and how much he meant to others, but he carried a burden and pain in his heart.

We want people to know that they shouldnt be ashamed of (depression and anxiety) and that they should talk about it and get help if they need the help, she said.

On the surface, Brennan Dethloff seemed to have everything going for him. School came easy and he carried a 3.8 grade-point average. Sports came more difficult, but he worked for his spot on the Mona Shores hockey team as a gritty defenseman who had his teammates backs. His parents described him as an extrovert, who enjoyed playing disc golf and video games with buddies, as well as hunting, fishing and jet skiing. He would go for beach drives as a means of escape.

Brennans No. 1 quality was the way he looked out for others before himself, according to his parents, but it also came as a detriment. It was difficult to tell how much he was hurting on the inside.

His parents knew it, but others may not have recognized it.

You always think, What could we have done different? or What didnt he have that would have helped? It wasnt anything about that. It was about, he truly had a depression issue and we helped as much as we could, Brian Dethloff said.

But, at the end of the day, everyone on the outside thought he had everything going for him and What did he have to worry about? So, I think thats what the message really is: You dont know what somebodys going through. You dont know everybodys backstory.

Courtesy photo of Brennan Dethloff, right, and family member Luke Forton, a tattoo artist who did the work on Brennan's "WARR;OR" tattoo on his ribcage. Brennan, an 18-year-old Mona Shores senior hockey player, died on Jan. 18, 2021. His parents believe his death was linked to his depression. (Courtesy of Dethloff family)Courtesy of Dethloff family

Last year, Brennan got a tattoo over his ribcage that read WARR;OR. His mothers stepbrother, Luke Forton, is a tattoo artist and he did the work. The semicolon in place of the letter i in the tattoo was the focal point, a symbol of solidarity designed to fight the stigma around suicide, depression and mental-health issues.

As Rona Dethloff stated, a period ends a sentence, while a semicolon means youre not done you continue on, and your story is not over.

Brian Dethloff said his son was a warrior, and that the tattoo was a constant reminder of that when Brennan looked in the mirror at himself.

An important thing for me, and I said it a while back, we never wanted his depression or his anxiety to define who he was, you know. He was so much more than that, Rona Dethloff said as tears filled her eyes and she became choked up. " But it was a part of him and, you know, we werent ashamed of it.

Its nothing to be ashamed of theres so many kids struggling right now and its not their fault, she continued, emphasizing that point through inflection. You know, they dont ask for it they didnt ask for anything thats happened this last year and theres so many people who will listen and who will do so much for them, but they just have to they have to reach out and its hard its hard to tell people that youre struggling and that things arent as perfect as they might seem and that you want everybody to believe that they are. So I think it was easier for him to kind of pretend things were OK you know, help everybody else and pretend he was fine.

Courtesy photo of Mona Shores hockey player Carter Dethloff wearing his brother's jersey number and nameplate. Brennan Dethloff, an 18-year-old Mona Shores senior hockey player, died on Jan. 18. His parents believe his death was linked to his depression. (Courtesy of Dethloff family)Courtesy of Dethloff family

Carter Dethloff is not pretending everything is fine. He looked up to his older brother. Even though they were opposites in many ways, there was a mutual admiration and respect. They loved each other.

Carter, 16, is a tall, athletically gifted goaltender, who played Triple-A hockey for the last four years. He opted to join the Mona Shores team this season so that he could play hockey with Brennan for his senior year. He will not get that chance now, regardless of when or if the puck drops on the Sailors season.

One week after his brothers passing, Carter Dethloff tweeted that he was going to honor his brother this season by wearing No. 22 and his brothers nameplate.

It will mean the world to me its playing for something, someone, more than just playing the game, Carter said. He was someone I could trust as a player and someone that you could come to and just trust.

Carter also had some strong words in the tweet directed at the decision-makers, calling into question the science being used and hopping on board the Let Them Play movement.

Let Them Play is hosting a rally at noon today at the State Capitol. The organization is urging the state to reconsider and re-open all winter sports.

Brian Dethloff is confounded by what he sees as a lack of transparency when it comes to the decision making behind suspending high school sports and he said some groups do not understand the ramifications and mental-health impact that those interruptions are having.

You can call any one of your local health departments, mental health departments, Health West or wherever youre at, and theyll tell you the stats. Theyre there and its unbelievable the difference its been over the last year and actually the last six months, the amount of cases of depression and suicide. Where are those numbers? They dont show em, he said.

We want (Brennans) story to help shine a light on what is actually going on. What he needed was what all these kids needed -- a little bit back to normalcy and to get his life back.

The Dethloffs have been moved by the outpouring of support from the community, family and friends.

More than 1,000 people attended Brennans visitation, while 340 showed up for his funeral and 150 more watched live online.

From the Mona Shores hockey team posting on Facebook a plea for people to place a hockey stick on their porches in honor of Brennan, to the Sailors football team wearing helmet decals remembering Brennan during their state championship game last Friday at Ford Field, to dozens of hockey players from nearby schools showing support outside the church, plenty of love was shown for Brennan.

He always looked out for others, but now it was time for an entire community to wrap its collective arms around Brennans loved ones.

Brian Dethloff knows his family has a difficult road ahead, but he takes some solace in the fact that Brennan will continue to watch over them.

Friday, Carter looked out the window as his father spoke about his brother and saw a cardinal in the backyard.

(Brennan is) listening, Rona Dethloff told Carter with a reassuring tone.

It wasnt the first indicator that Brennan is still with them in spirit, according to Brian Dethloff.

Rona was down in the hot tub down below our deck a couple nights ago, or last week. She was down there by herself, the lights off, fire was on, talking to Brennan, Brian Dethloff said. When she got out we have lights that line underneath the deck and they werent on and as she was leaving one light just flashed. Not all of them, she didnt turn them on one flashed and that was it. Just saying, Im here with you, I heard you.

In lieu of flowers, the Brennan Dethloff Memorial Scholarship Fund has been set up at ChoiceOne Bank, 1030 W. Norton Ave., Muskegon, MI 49441.

Anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, which is a 24/7 service.

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Illinois CEO, tattoo artist among those arrested at US Capitol riot – Fox 5901.09.21

by: Mike Lowe and Nexstar Media Wire

WASHINGTON (WGN) Two men from the Chicago suburbs were among those arrested amidst the chaos at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

Brad Rukstales, CEO of tech company Cogensia, was one of the people arrested by police after entering the Capitol building.

No one answered the door at Rukstales home on Thursday. Several neighbors declined to speak on camera, but one told WGN News Rukstales had a Trump campaign sign in his yard recently.

Campaign finance records shows Rukstales made several donations to Trumps campaign.

Rukstales holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and is an expert in data-driven marketing strategies, according to Congensias web site. His bio was removed from the site Thursday afternoon.

Brad Rukstales, as an employee of Cogensia, was acting as an individual during his arrest, nothing related to Cogensia. Were currently taking the situation seriously, and were working with our attorneys and were investigating it, and hes currently on an indefinite leave of absence from the company, a Cogensia spokesperson said.

Another suburban Chicago man was arrested in the aftermath of the storming the Capitol.

Police said 48-year-old tattoo artist David Fitzgerald, from Roselle, was also arrested. He posted on his Facebook last night that he was under arrest and to tell my wife.

Fitzgerald has been charged with unlawful entry and breaking curfew at the Capitol.

Other Chicago area residents who took part in the chaos are suffering the consequences.

No charges have been filed yet against Chicago real estate agent Libby Andrews, who posted a selfie saying stormed the Capitol. On Thursday, her employer, At-Properties, fired her.

The FBI is now asking the public for tips, information and videos that will help them identify people involved in the insurrection at the Capitol.

On Thursday night, Brad Rukstales apologized and issued the following statement.

In a moment of extremely poor judgment following the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, I followed hundreds of others through an open set of doors to the Capitol building to see what was taking place inside. I was arrested for the first time in my life and charged with unlawful entry.

My decision to enter the Capitol was wrong, and I am deeply regretful to have done so. Without qualification and as a peaceful and law-abiding citizen, I condemn the violence and destruction that took place in Washington.

I offer my sincere apologies to the men and women of law enforcement for my indiscretion, and I deeply regret that my actions have brought embarrassment to my family, colleagues, friends and fellow countrymen.

It was the single worst personal decision of my life; I have no excuse for my actions and wish that I could take them back.

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Tech company CEO, tattoo artist among those arrested at U.S. Capitol riot – NEWS10 ABC01.09.21

by: Mike Lowe and Nexstar Media Wire

WASHINGTON (WGN) Two men from the Chicago suburbs were among those arrested amidst the chaos at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Brad Rukstales, CEO of tech company Cogensia, was one of the people arrested by police after entering the Capitol building.

No one answered the door at Rukstales home on Thursday. Several neighbors declined to speak on camera, but one told WGN News Rukstales had a Trump campaign sign in his yard recently.

Campaign finance records shows Rukstales made several donations to Trumps campaign.

Rukstales holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and is an expert in data-driven marketing strategies, according to Congensias web site. His bio was removed from the site Thursday afternoon.

Brad Rukstales, as an employee of Cogensia, was acting as an individual during his arrest, nothing related to Cogensia. Were currently taking the situation seriously, and were working with our attorneys and were investigating it, and hes currently on an indefinite leave of absence from the company, a Cogensia spokesperson said.

Another suburban Chicago man was arrested in the aftermath of the storming the Capitol.

Police said 48-year-old tattoo artist David Fitzgerald, from Roselle, was also arrested. He posted on his Facebook last night that he was under arrest and to tell my wife.

Fitzgerald has been charged with unlawful entry and breaking curfew at the Capitol.

Other Chicago area residents who took part in the chaos are suffering the consequences.

No charges have been filed yet against Chicago real estate agent Libby Andrews, who posted a selfie saying stormed the Capitol. On Thursday, her employer, At-Properties, fired her.

The FBI is now asking the public for tips, information and videos that will help them identify people involved in the insurrection at the Capitol.

On Thursday night, Brad Rukstales apologized and issued the following statement.

In a moment of extremely poor judgment following the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, I followed hundreds of others through an open set of doors to the Capitol building to see what was taking place inside. I was arrested for the first time in my life and charged with unlawful entry.

My decision to enter the Capitol was wrong, and I am deeply regretful to have done so. Without qualification and as a peaceful and law-abiding citizen, I condemn the violence and destruction that took place in Washington.

I offer my sincere apologies to the men and women of law enforcement for my indiscretion, and I deeply regret that my actions have brought embarrassment to my family, colleagues, friends and fellow countrymen.

It was the single worst personal decision of my life; I have no excuse for my actions and wish that I could take them back.

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Mans body found in Whiteford Township – Detroit Free Press01.09.21

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Monroe News Published 7:40 a.m. ET Jan. 6, 2021 | Updated 8:03 a.m. ET Jan. 6, 2021

A mans body was found outside Tuesday afternoon in Whiteford Township, the Monroe County Sheriffs Office reports.

Deputies were sent to private property in the 4300 block of West Erie Road about 2:30 p.m. on a report of a deceased man located within a fenced area.

The victims identity is not known at this time. He was described as a Black male with black hair, 30 to 45 years of age. He had a 2-inch Afro haircut and his facial hair was in a goatee style. He also had a dragon tattoo that covered most of his back.

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The body was taken to the Wayne County Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact the Monroe County Sheriffs Office Detective Bureau at 734-240-7530.

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Search is on for man who hit Madison Heights officer while fleeing from police – WXYZ12.23.20

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) Authorities are on the lookout for a man who allegedly hit a Madison Heights police officer as he was fleeing.

The incident happened Monday in the 300 block of W. 12 Mile Road. Police arrived for a welfare check after learning that a man was slumped over his steering wheel.

When officers arrived to check on the man, who was in a 2013 white Chevy Equinox with Michigan plate #DAT166, the man put the car in gear and started to flee. He struck a Madison Heights police officer with his vehicle before heading toward I-75 southbound.

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There was a pursuit. The vehicle was last seen in the area of Seven Mile Road and Conant, where the suspect's vehicle was lost.

The officer, a four-year veteran of the department, suffered minor injuries.

The suspect is identified as 31-year-old Justin Crawford. He's 5 foot 11 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark knit cap and dark jacket with "Lowe's 48" written on it. He also had a cross tattoo on his left cheek.

If you know of his whereabouts, contact the Madison Heights Police Department at 248-585-2100.

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