Friday, August 29, 2014

Cyclist injured after being hit by car

A 29 year-old Naperville IL man was taken to Munson Medical Center yesterday after being struck by a vehicle.  Neil C. Hoffman was riding on the eastbound shoulder of N River Road near N Oak St. in Glen Arbor Township at 5:43 pm when he was struck by a vehicle that turned into him.

The driver, Shirley J. Cheney, 65, of Maple City, told Leelanau County Sheriff's deputies that she was headed west on River Road and was waiting for an eastbound car to clear so she could make a left turn into a private drive.  After the vehicle went by, she made the turn but did not see the cyclist and struck him.

Cheney was cited for making an improper turn.  Hoffman was transported by Glen Arbor/ Empire EMS for possible injuries.

Two arrested on bench warrants

Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office arrested Danny Merchant on a Friend of the Court bench warrant Thursday morning.  Merchant, 52, of Traverse City, was transported to Leelanau County, unable to post $3736 bond.  A hearing was held and the bond was reduced to $500 or 30 days served if bond could not be posted.

Leelanau County Sheriff's deputies returned the favor by arresting26 year-old Noodin Shomin of Suttons Bay later in the afternoon in the Village of Northport.  Shomin had 5 misdemeanor warrants out of Grand Traverse County and was transported there after being booked in the Leelanau Jail.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Two more IRS scam attempts reported

Citizens are reminded to remain diligent as two more attempted scams were reported yesterday.  Both potential victims reported that the caller had a foreign accent and was calling from a 202 area code.  Neither citizen gave out any personal information.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Drivers identified from Monday crash On E Traverse Highway

Those involved in the two car crash which occurred on E Traverse Highway near Cedar Valley Road are being released.  A vehicle driven by Amanda D. Loucks, 26, of Ceres, CA, lost control of her westbound vehicle during a heavy downpour.  The vehicle slid across the center line and struck a vehicle driven by Annett Goetze, 40, of Frankfort Germany.  Goetze and her three did not need medical attention.

Loucks was transported to Munson Medical Center by Northflight ground ambulance with serious injuries.  Cedar/Solon Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and assisted with stabilizing the victim before transport.

No citations were issued and safety belts were worn by both drivers. 


Beware of phone scammers claiming to be IRS

It is not a new scam, but if the calls to Leelanau Dispatch are any indication, the scammers have been working Leelanau County hard lately.  4 different complaints were received from citizens yesterday involving shady phone calls from foreign-sounding callers claiming to be with the IRS. 

The theme is a common one.  The person that has been called owes money to the IRS and they are in criminal jeopardy if they don't pay up.  Some of the callers say they are law enforcement, some IRS agents.  None of the County residents who reported these incidents gave any personal information to the scammers.

All the calls were received on home phone lines and not cell phones.  It is unknown how many residents received the same scam calls and didn't report it to law enforcement. 

Citizens are reminded to never give any personal information over the phone.  If it really was the IRS, they already have all your information and they wouldn't need to ask you for it. If the IRS truly had issues with your recent tax return, they would be sending you correspondence by mail and wouldn't be calling you on the phone.

Congratulations to the citizens that refused to be duped by these thieves.  Don't be bullied into giving away any of your personal information by pushy scammers posing as someone they are not.

Benzie County gets confession from suspects stealing from cars

The Benzie County Sheriff's Office has solved a rash of larceny from auto complaints and as a result, believe that the thieves were active in Leelanau County as well.  The suspects confessed to going into three unlocked cars in the village of Empire over the weekend and stealing cash from one car.

The thieves said they took $8 from a gold money clip with a horse emblem on it and left the money clip behind.  If anyone had anything stolen from their vehicle or believes that their vehicle was entered even if nothing was taken, please contact the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office at 256-8800.