Friday, July 31, 2015

Final Swan Song for this Blog Administrator

It is with mixed emotions that I sign on for the final time on the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office blog.  I hope it hit the mark that was intended when we started it nearly 3 years ago; to inform the public and media of the happenings in Leelanau County and the involvement of the Sheriff's Office with those events.  Some were tragic, much was mundane and some was silly and light.  I hope it all was appetizing enough to bring readers back for another look the next day.

What started as a project for my MSU Staff & Command in 2012 has become reality and hopefully a mainstay that informs the public of what goes on in the County and in our Agency.  There hasn't been as much interactive feedback as I would have anticipated but our Facebook page seems to be a more interactive tool.  The blog has developed into more of a news source and that's just fine.

Undersheriff Steve Morgan will be taking over blog responsibilities as I retire into a new season of life.  It has been fun and challenging to put the blog out daily (usually!) in a way that was appealing, accurate and informative.  I wish Undersheriff Morgan the best of luck in carrying on the literary torch for the Sheriff's Office.  It has been a pleasure to speak to you all every day.

Lt Clint Kerr
November 22, 1986- July 31, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"Squirrel Whisperer" deputy helps out Leland Township family

A compassionate Leelanau County deputy was a hero for a Leland Township family Wednesday night.  A man called from downstate stating that his wife and 3 children were in their summer home with a squirrel running loose.  The deputy responded at 10:04pm and after much herding and coaxing, was able to get the flying squirrel to exit out of an upstairs bedroom window.
Not the actual flying squirrel that was in the home

No shots were fired and the squirrel was not injured in the successful eviction.  Only in Leelanau County!  For more information on Michigan flying squirrels click here.


Two arrested on warrants

Two women were arrested recently on a Leelanau and a Grand Traverse County warrant:

Meghan E McKillip, 36, of Interlochen, was arrested in Grand Traverse County on a Friend of the Court warrant.  McKillip was arrested on a Contempt of Court bench warrant for unpaid child support.  She was transported to Leelanau County and was released after posting $550 bond.  Total arrears for the case are $2,038.

Angela R Alcaraz, 44, of Suttons Bay, was arrested at her home by Leelanau County Sheriff's deputies on a Grand Traverse County warrant for Failure to Produce Proof of Insurance.  She was released after posting $100 interim bond and will have a court date in Grand Traverse County.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Two Separate Incidents on Saturday lead to Arrests

The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect after a traffic stop in Elmwood Township.  On Saturday, 7/25/15, at approximately 0208hrs, a deputy on patrol clocked a vehicle traveling 51mph in a 40 mph zone.  A traffic stop was made and a 24yr old female was identified as the driver. The deputy detected an odor of alcohol upon contact with the driver and an investigation showed the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

The driver was taken into custody and lodged at the Leelanau County Jail for operating while intoxicated.  She was a 24yr old female from Traverse City.

Later that day at around 2115hrs, the deputy assigned to patrol Suttons Bay Village received a complaint from a home owner that their dog had been taken.  Three women had been down at the Village Marina and witnessed a man trying to give away or sell the reporting parties dog.  The three women had taken the dog from the man at the Marina and taken back home to it's owner.

The deputy responded down to the Marina and located the suspect whom was intoxicated and admitted to having the dog but stated he had found it wandering and was trying to take it home.  When confronted with the witnesses accounts of the man trying to sell the dog the man would not answer the deputy.  With information reference this complaint along with multiple reports of this man being intoxicated and causing issues, he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.  He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

The suspect is a 50yr old male from Traverse City.