No alerts were sent to community during manhunt

Posted at 6:21 PM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 18:21:06-04

Gina Dunn is one of many people who had no clue what was going on during the manhunt for David Sprague in Delta TWP on Sunday morning.

"It was kind of scary. You know cause we weren't sure if it was a person, or multiple people, what the situation was," explains Dunn.

Dunn just subscribed to Nixle alerts, and she was surprised that there weren't any sent:

"My husband was talking about it and I asked 'well is there anything on that?' and he said 'No, I don't see any postings on that.' so I was kind of wondering why that hadn't been posted."

Those Nixle alerts are in place to make sure people know what's going on. But Michael Armitage of the Eaton County Central Dispatch says there was a malfunction that caused dispatch to not send a Nixle on Sunday.

"There's a new system with the state that sends emergency alerts to--it's just like an amber alert. We did notify the state police to activate that system, however, at the time we did not realize that there was a problem with the system itself so state police went to go put that activation out and for whatever reason it did not go out to the public."

Armitage says the events on Sunday have been a learning experience, and dispatch is reviewing the policy for sending Nixles.

"Even if we're sending out one of these alerts through the emergency alert system and through the cell phones, that we also send it out through the Nixle moving forward," states Armitage. "Because I know we'd rather have somebody get notified twice than not get notified at all."