Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Suspect Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, arrested a 22yr old male suspect on child pornography charges.

On Tuesday, 7/29/14, at approximately 0945hrs, Leelanau County Deputies and FBI agents served an arrest warrant at an Elmwood Township residence.  Michael Edward Burr Jr., a 22yr old male, was arrested on a four count warrant for possession and distribution of child pornography along with one count of using a computer to commit a crime.  A search of the residence was conducted and computers, computer components and cell phones were seized.  Mr. Burr was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail and will be arraigned this morning at 9am.

Such incidents regarding child pornography or any other type of physical child abuse should always be reported immediately to your nearest law enforcement agency.  Persons who report criminal activity may remain anonymous if requested.  Anyone with information on crimes related such as this are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office or the Silent Observer Tip Line.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Larceny Suspects Apprehended

The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office identified two juveniles responsible for multiple larcenies from watercraft docked in the Leland Marina.

On 7/27/14, at approximately 0244hrs, deputies responded to a report of a larceny in progress at the Leland Marina.  The reporting party stated they had observed two younger males breaking into their boat and they had chased the boys off.  One of the boys had jumped into the water to escape and had not been seen since. The other boy was seen running off.

The possible water emergency immediately took priority in this incident causing the Sheriff's Office Marine Division, Leland Fire and Rescue and the United States Coast Guard to be activated.  The Coast Guard responded with a helicopter out of Traverse City and a watercraft out of Charlevoix.  During the water search tennis shoes and a sweatshirt were found floating in the water.  The search for the missing teen concluded at 0510hrs when a witness contacted the Sheriff's deputies with information about the two juveniles involved.  Apparently the juvenile who fled into the water had shown up later at a friends house and was taken home by the parent at that residence.  This parent, upon returning home, saw the emergency personnel at the Marina and contacted them with this information. With this information deputies were able to identify the two juveniles and verify that they both were out of the water and safe.

Interviews with several victims of larcenies at the Marina over Friday and Saturday nights and with the suspects and their parents, revealed that 10 different watercraft had been entered over the two nights and items taken.  Most of the stolen items were returned to the owners.  The juveniles were identified as being a 15yr old and a 16yr old.  They were left in the custody of their parents.  Information will be turned over to the prosecutor for review for charges in probate court.

Domestic Violence Arrest

The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect after an incident at a residence in Centerville Township.

On 7/26/14, at approximately 1852hrs, deputies responded to Munson Hospital on the report of a domestic violence victim being treated for injuries in the Emergency Department.  Upon arrival, deputies spoke to the 43yr old female victim who was being treated for a neck injury.  She advised that earlier in the evening she was involved in a argument at  home with her husband.  During the argument the husband allegedly picked up the victim and threw her onto the bed injuring her neck.  The victim left the residence and sought help from a family member in bringing her to the hospital.

Deputies located the suspect at the Centerville Township home.  After being interviewed he was taken into custody on a domestic violence charge and lodged at the Leelanau County Jail.  The suspect is 39 yrs old.