Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Another pretty average day for Deputies

Monday was a somewhat typical day for Leelanau County deputies.  There were no major felonies or serious crashes reported.  An overview of the 24 hour period beginning Monday morning at midnight showed:

  • 16 traffic stops resulting in 6 citations and 10 warnings
  • 3 citizen reports of traffic violators
  • 2 car/deer crashes
  • 6 animal complaints, including lost & found dogs, animal welfare concerns, dogs at large and a utility worker being bit
  • Illegal dumping complaint
  • Threatening behavior reported
  • 911 hang-up
  • Motorist assist by a deputy
  • 3 suspicious incidents/vehicles investigated
  • An overdue high school student who eventually returned home
  • Assist Antrim County by contacting a person in Suttons Bay
  • Purse larceny investigated by Suttons Bay Police

Monday, April 29, 2013

Man arrested from 2003 case

A 54 year-old man was arrested in Grand Traverse County Sunday on a 2005 probation violation bench warrant.  Stephen M. Thompson who told jail officers he is homeless, was originally convicted of domestic violence in 2003.  Part of his probation was to not consume alcohol and to attend an anger management program.  The bench warrant was issued when he failed to appear regarding the alleged probation violations.  He remains in the Leelanau County jail pending a District Court appearance Friday. 

Fraudsters defeated by Glen Arbor Township man

A man reported that he was not duped by a scammer Sunday.  He said the crook pretended to be his grandson who said he was in trouble in Mexico and needed cash.  The potential victim did not fall prey to the well-used ripoff, knowing that no family members were out of the country.

More than a few county residents have reported that they did not sniff out a scam and did send money to fraudsters who were using this story.  Citizens are reminded to check the location of loved ones before believing the story that they are out of the country and in trouble.  For more tips on this and many other scams, go to the Canadian Mounted Police's website at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/index-eng.htm.

Friday April 26, 2013


3 lodged for contempt of court charges Friday

Three females were given sent to jail for a variety of bond and probation violations in unrelated cases. 

Paola T. Collazo, 33, Suttons Bay, was found in contempt and given a weekend in jail.  She was arrested for Operating while Intoxicated with a High BAC >.17% in May 2012.  She was stopped in Elmwood Township at 2:07 am for erratic driving.  Her blood test showed a .257% blood alcohol level.

Shanda R. Hendershot, 24, Honor, pleaded guilty to Larceny over $200 after being charged originally with Larceny from a Motor Vehicle.  She was re-sentenced to 180 days in jail after a pleading guilty to a probation violation.  Hendershot and Mackenzie W. Blodgett, 28, also of Honor, broke the window of a van parked on LaCore St. in Empire in July 2012.  They stole a purse and DSI gaming system.

Blodgett was found guilty at trial of Attempted Larceny from a Motor Vehicle and is currently serving a 16-30 month sentence in the Michigan Department of Corrections.  Hendershot will serve the 180 sentence in the Leelanau County Jail but is eligible for the Community Corrections program. 

Laura H. Irvine, 46, Northport, was given a weekend in jail for a bond violation.  She was arrested by the Traverse Narcotics Team for Possession and Use of Marihuana in March.

Suttons Bay man arrested on GT warrant

Cody J. Mikel, 26, was arrested Friday morning on a misdemeanor bench warrant from Grand Traverse County.  He was taken into custody and later picked up by Grand Traverse County deputies to serve 10 days there on the probation violation.

Maple City man sentenced to 10 days for stalking

Kevin C. Holman was given 10 days in jail after pleading no contest to stalking.  In September 2012, a woman who he was formerly in a relationship with reported that she and her new boyfriend had received vulgar and unwanted text messages from Holman.  The 39 year-old man continued to contact the two after being told not to have any communications with his ex-girlfriend by deputies.  Stalking carries a potential penalty of 1 year in jail.  Being charged with stalking after being previously convicted is a 5 year Felony.


Door to door salesmen reported as suspicious

An Elmwood Township resident reported Friday that 4 door to door salesmen in a white van were suspicious.  The Harry's Road man said they were selling Kirby vacuums and paper towels.  There were no other complaints from citizens nor any reason to believe the 4 were doing anything illegal.  This information is being passed on for citizens' information only.

Leland man reports telephone fraud

A man said someone purporting to represent CitiBank convinced him to give his personal information as well as his wife's social security number Friday.  When he called CitiBank a short time later, they denied ever contacting him. 

Residents are reminded that banks, credit card companies and other financial entities that you deal with already have all of your account information and personal information so they do not need to solicit it from you.  Financial institutions will never call and ask you any personal information by phone, nor will they do so over the Internet.  When you receive such a request, do not give out any personal information.  Call the institution at a number that you have, not one given by the person making the request, if you want to confirm the legitimacy of the request.

The fraudsters are very good at what they do and very convincing to trusting people.  Don't be the next victim.  Don't ever give out any personal information by phone or on the Internet.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Tribal Police make arrest on Grand Traverse County warrant

Grand Traverse Band Tribal Police arrested Cecilia A. Aguayo, 23 of Suttons Bay Thursday.  GTB police were asked to assist by Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office.  Aguayo was wanted on a misdemeanor contempt of court bench warrant.  She was arrested on Stallman Road at 3:17 pm and was taken to the Leelanau County jail where she was picked up by Grand Traverse County deputies.

Hot PBT lands probationer in jail

A 19 year-old Traverse City man on probation for Operating While Intoxicated and Use of Marihuana is in jail after failing a daily preliminary breath test.  Jared J. Chouinard violated terms of his probation when he blew a .07 at a daily PBT testing in Traverse City Thursday.  He was placed under arrest for a probation violation by Traverse City Police and turned over to Leelanau County corrections officers for transport to the Leelanau County jail.

Chouinard was stopped for erratic driving at 2:40am on November 24, 2012 on W. Traverse Highway near Carter Road in Elmwood Township.  Deputies observed signs of intoxication and Chouinard failed field sobriety tasks.  He was arrested for Operating while Intoxicated and blew .12% on the Datamaster breath test.  Deputies also discovered marihuana, a digital scale, 10 used marihuana pipes and various drug paraphernalia in the suspect's vehicle.  He later pleaded guilty to OWI and Use of Marihuana and was given 1 year of probation.

Chouinard remains jailed until he appears in District Court later today.

Gas drive-off in Cedar reported

You may know the couple that drove off without paying for fuel in Cedar Thursday.  Click on the Eyes and Ears of the County for more.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cedar man jailed after failing Sobriety Court

Gregory S. Peplinski, 55, was sentenced to six months in the Leelanau County jail after a failed attempt in Sobriety Court.  He was stopped for an equipment violation in Centerville Township on March 29, 2013 at 8:48pm.  The deputy determined Peplinski was intoxicated and he was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense.  His Datamaster breath test result was .16%.

Peplinski pleaded guilty to OWI II in Sobriety Court but failed the program.  He was resentenced to 180 days in jail with Community Corrections possibility after 30 days.

$2,500 fraud reported

A Leelanau Township resident reported to the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office that he was defrauded out of $2,500 recently.  The victim said he was instructed to wire $2,500 by Western Union to a person in Florida in order to receive the Mercedes Benz and $100,000 he won in a sweepstakes.  He never received either prize and told a deputy that he now believes he has been defrauded.  An investigation will be conducted but the chance of locating the fraudster is remote as they are often located off-shore in foreign countries.

Citizens are reminded to never send money in order to receive sweepstakes winnings.  Requests to wire the money using Western Union or Moneygram are red flags of a scam as well.  Call the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office with any questions on the validity of a contest or promotion.  The old adage of "If it seems to good to be true, it probably is" is certainly the case with Internet, phone or mail scams. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Man arrested in Isabella County on Leelanau warrant

Leelanau County corrections officers returned Neebin M. Floyd to the County after he was picked up on a Friend of the Court warrant Monday.  Floyd, 34, was arrested on a Contempt bench warrant for unpaid child support.  He will serve 60 days in jail unless $600 bond is posted. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Co-defendants all lodged in Empire home invasion case

Two defendants in the daytime Home Invasion of an Empire Township home were jailed by Judge Thomas Power on Monday.  Samantha R. Brown,19 of Traverse City, had her bond revoked and a higher bond set at $25,000/10%.  She can be released if $2,500 is posted.

Brown is charged with Home Invasion 2nd degree for her involvement in the home invasion on January 5, 2013.  She is accused of driving two co-defendants to and from the crime scene in her vehicle.
Cameron V. Schocko, 22, was sentenced by Judge Power to 24-60 months in Michigan Department of Corrections after a guilty plea to Home Invasion 2nd degree, a 15 year felony.  Schocko and Mauricio L. Southbird entered the home and stole items including a shotgun, clothing and computer monitor and tower.  They put the property into the trunk of Brown's waiting vehicle.

Southbird,18, is serving an 11 month sentence in the Leelanau County jail after pleading guilty last month to Larceny in a Building, a 4 year felony.  Leelanau County deputies stopped the suspect vehicle several miles from the crime scene and recovered all the stolen property thanks to a watchful neighbor who called 911 to report the suspicious activity.

Drug defendant jailed for contempt of court Monday

Judge Thomas Power jailed accused drug dealer Tyler G. Morris when Morris told the judge he was unable to make drug screenings as ordered by the court.  Morris was on bond for Delivery of a Schedule 4 Controlled Substance, a 4 year felony.  He and three others were arrested by the Traverse Narcotics Team in March after an investigation into illegal prescription pill deliveries.  He is jailed without bond.

Also arrested were Amber M. Stein, 27, of Fife Lake, Raymond J. Stein, 30, of South Boardman and Jennifer A. Stein, 31, also of Fife Lake.  They are charged with various counts of Delivery of Controlled Substances to an undercover drug agent.  All three defendants remain free on bond pending future Circuit Court action.

Citizen report of suspected drunk driver results in High BAC arrest

A call to Leelanau 911 at 1:50am Tuesday about a suspected drunk driver landed a 42 year-old Traverse City woman in jail.  She was arrested for Operating while Intoxicated with a High Blood Alcohol Content >.17%.

The caller reported that the driver was too intoxicated to be driving.  Deputies were advised and located the vehicle southbound on S. West Bay Shore Drive near Grandview Road in Elmwood Township.  They observed signs of intoxicated driving and made a traffic stop.  It was determined that the woman was believed to be intoxicated after failure of field sobriety tasks.

She was taken into custody and offered the Datamaster breath test.  Her result was .23%.  She remains lodged pending bond being set by the magistrate. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

McBain man charged with additional drug crimes

A 73 year-old Missaukee County man currently being held in the Leelanau County jail after a drug conviction has been charged again.  Dale L. Youngs was arrested and arraigned on 4 count felony warrant charging him with three counts of Delivery of a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Drug House and being a Habitual Offender Third Offense. The habitual offender conviction could double the potential 7 year penalty for each drug charge.  Maintaining a drug house carries a 2 year penalty.

The charges stem from a Traverse Narcotics Team investigation in Missaukee County in early 2012.  Youngs is being held on a probation violation after a conviction of a 7 year Delivery charge.  He remains lodged with no bond on the Leelanau County probation violation and $25,000 cash/surety on the Missaukee charges.


Saturday April 20, 2013

Deputies respond to report of domestic assault

Leelanau County deputies were sent to Glen Arbor Township at 1:35 am Saturday to investigate a domestic assault complaint.  The 21 year-old man had gone to his parents residence in Glen Arbor after the fight with his 19 year-old wife at their home in Kasson Township.

The man told deputies he returned home from a trip to the Upper Peninsula around midnight.  He picked up their infant child in his arems and then took his wife's cell phone from her in order to check past text messages and call logs.  He said he believed she was being unfaithful.

After discovering a text he believed was from another man, he smashed the phone.  While still holding the child, the two became involved in a physical confrontation and the woman bit the man on the face.  The injury was not serious and since the parties were separated, the Leelanau County prosecutor advised deputies to submit the report for his review without an arrest.  It was also determined that the child was safe and in the care of grandparents.

Friday April 19, 2013

Three nabbed for driving with a suspended license

Leelanau County deputies were busy with traffic enforcement Friday and discovered three drivers operating with suspended licenses in the process.

The first was a 46 year-old Bingham Township man stopped at 1:23 pm on E. Lincoln Road.  His license was expired, denied and revoked.  He was arrested for driving on a suspended license, second or subsequent offense, and was released after posting a $100 interim bond.

A 46 year-old Elmwood Township man was stopped for speeding on Cherrybend Road near Center Highway at 7:05 pm Friday.  His driving privileges were suspended.  He did not have a prior conviction for DWLS to he was cited and released with a date to appear in District Court.

At 3:14 am Saturday, deputies stopped a 30 year-old Onekama woman for a traffic violation on S West Bay Shore Drive near Lakeview Hills Drive.  She had multiple convictions for driving with a suspended license so she was taken into custody and released after posting $100 interim bond.

Leland Township man surrenders on felony warrant

Charles J. Sienkwicz, 43, turned himself in at the Leelanau County jail Friday afternoon after learning that a 5 count probation violation bench warrant had been issued.  He was on probation after pleading guilty in September 2010 to Third offense Operating While Intoxicated.  Sienkwicz had two prior conviction in New York state for drunk driving.

He was originally arrested in Leland Township on July 22, 2010 after being discovered passed out behind the wheel by a Leelanau County deputy at 10:51 pm.  Sienkwicz appeared intoxicated and failed all sobriety field tasks given.  After his arrest an inventory search of his vehicle located approximately 5 grams of marihuana as well.  A blood test was performed after he refused to take the breath test that was offered.  His blood alcohol content was .24%.

Sienkwicz remains jailed without bond pending a hearing on the probation violations.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Larceny from autos reported in Bingham Township early Thursday morning

Leelanau County Sheriff's Office deputies investigated 2 reports of stolen items from cars. The first was reported at 10:49 am Thursday morning and occurred on S Country Lane.  A guitar and a bag of change were stolen from an unlocked car sometime after midnight. 

The second theft was called in at 3:47pm on E Fort Road in Bingham Township.  A purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in that case.

There was no physical evidence left at either scene but the two are believed to be related given the time frame and location of the thefts.  Anyone who believes their vehicle was entered or may have had items stolen Wednesday evening/Thursday morning is asked to call Leelanau County Dispatch to make a report.  Reports of suspicious vehicles or other information that may help solve these cases may be sent to tips@co.leelanau.mi.us, the confidential tip line 231-256-8696 or Silent Observer at 231-947-TIPS (8477).

Citizens are reminded that something as simple as locking your vehicle and not leaving valuables in plain view will deter the majority of thieves in Leelanau County.  Very few larceny from autos reported to the LCSO involved forced entry.  Most situations allowed the thief to simply open the unlocked door to gain access. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Suttons Bay man headed to prison for passing bad checks

Mark J. Plagens, 50, was sentenced to 16-24 months in the Michigan Department of Corrections for passing No Account Checks in 2010.  Plagens pleaded guilty to the charge in 2010 but was sentenced Monday after violating terms of the two years probation which were imposed.

He wrote checks totalling $2,000 to Susan A. Petty, 45, from his Peshawbestown Cab business account which had been closed by the bank.  4 checks were written and passed at various Northwestern Bank locations in Traverse City on June 7, 2010.  Petty pleaded guilty to writing 3 checks within 10 days in 2010 and was sentenced to 1 year in jail.

Plagens' wife Theresa A. Plagens, 37, was also convicted of writing a non-sufficient funds check over $500 relating to this case and received 64 days in jail.

All three suspects were ordered to pay $2,157 in restitution to Northwestern Bank.

Deputies and area law enforcement officers get tactical training

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pretty quiet in the Land of Delight

It was a pretty slow crime day In Leelanau County on Tuesday.  Deputies made 14 traffic stops and policed 2 car/deer crashes.

There was also a grass fire that was extinguished by Leland Fire Department at 9:23 pm.  Residents are reminded of the fire hazard of newly exposed dead grass and foliage as spring approaches.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Two arrested and returned to Leelanau County

Leelanau County corrections officers travelled to Gratiot County Monday to retrieve two subjects who were arrested there on Leelanau County warrants.

Nancy A. Shomin, 49, of Grand Rapids, was returned to the County on 2 Circuit Colurt probation violation warrants stemming from an Operating While Intoxicated 3rd offense conviction. 

Shomin was arrested in February 2010 in Centerville Township and later pleaded guilty to the felony charge.  She remains in the Leelanau County jail pending a Circuit Court appearance.

Kurt A. Hettler, 54, formerly of Northport, was being held in Gratiot County on two Leelanau County warrants.  He failed to appear in 2005 for 2 show cause hearings that were scheduled to determine why he hadn't paid fines and costs as ordered as part of his probation. 

Hettler, now of Wildwood, GA. was arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Driving while License Suspended in Elmwood Township in 2004.  Hettler remained at large until his arrest in Gratiot County.  He remains jailed pending a District Court appearance or payment of the previously assessed fines and costs.

Lake Leelanau man asks for his own bond revocation

Brandon J. Schaub, 31, surrended at the Leelanau County jail Monday after making arrangements in Circuit Court to have his bond returned so he could be lodged.

Schaub was arrested and charged with felony Operating while Intoxicated in March 2013 in Centerville Township after driving his vehicle in the ditch.  His Datamaster breath test results were .26%.  He remains jailed and will get credit for time served going forward against any jail or prison sentence if convicted.

Suspicious package is actually a weather transponder

Leelanau County deputies and Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore rangers responded to the report of a suspicious package Monday.  It was located off the shoulder of Voice Road near LaCore St in Empire Township.

A park ranger was first to respond at 4:15 pm and believed it was similar to a weather transponder he had located in the park in the past.  The instruments are used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a variety of weather tracking purposes.

Glen Arbor/ Empire Township fire department was also dispatched and assisted in keeping the area free of citizens until it could be determined that the item was not an explosive of some sort.  The ranger was able to photograph the item and upload the image to NOAA.  Officials there confirmed that they believed it was one of their weather transponders which all eventually come down somewhere when the floatation device used to keep them airborne fails.

The item will be returned to NOAA by park rangers.

Two drunk drivers arrested Tuesday morning

Leelanau County deputies arrested two drivers for Operating while Intoxicated in separate incidents Tuesday.  The first resulted from the traffic stop of a 21 year-old Interlochen man on S. West Bay Shore Drive in Elmwood Township at 2:00 am.  He was stopped for a traffic violation and failed field sobriety tasks.  He was arrested and his 18 year old passenger was cited for being a Minor in Possession of Alcohol and was released.  The driver's Datamaster results were .15% & .14%.

The second arrest occurred at 2:29 am on S. West Bay Shore Drive near Revold Rd. in Bingham Township.  A 21 year-old Lake Leelanau man was arrested for OWI after being stopped and failing field sobriety tests.  He had a Datamaster result of .11%.

Both men remain lodged pending bonds being set by the magistrate.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Saturday April 13, 2013

Elmwood traffic stop results in High BAC arrest

Leelanau County deputies stopped a vehicle on S. West Bay Shore Drive near Crain Hill Road at 12:21 am Saturday after it almost struck a guardrail.  The 32 year-old Lake Leelanau man admitted to drinking before driving and failed field sobriety tasks that were administered.  He was arrested for Operating while Intoxicated.

His Datamaster breath test result was .23% and he was charged with OWI with a High Blood Alcohol Count >.17%.  The man was released on a personal recognizance bond pending a District Court appearance Friday.

Driver arrested for driving with a Mexican driver's license

A 38 year-old Suttons Bay Township man was arrested for never having obtained a valid driver's license.  He was stopped for erratic driving on S. West Bay Shore Drive near Deer Path in Suttons Bay Township at 10:16pm Saturday.

The driver said he had never obtained a driver's license and was then taken into custody.  Another law enforcement agency has placed a hold on the man so he remains lodged in the Leelanau County jail.

Friday April 12, 2013

Bingham Township man lodged for bond violation

Daniel E. Burrell, 17, of Suttons Bay, was arrested for violating conditions of his bond on a domestic violence case.  He will remain in jail until a District Court appearance.  Domestic Violence is punishable by maximum 93 days in jail and $500 fine. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Freezing rain, slushy roads and high winds create concerns

Another blast of winter weather has made Leelanau County roads a challenge once again.  Not only has there been freezing rain and several inches of slushy accumulation, but there were 10 reports of trees down in the roadway across the county beginning Thursday night.  The road hazards have all been removed by area fire departments and the Leelanau Road Commission.

Motorists are asked to continue to use caution as winter weather drags on just a bit longer.  Snow plows were out early Friday morning making all roads passable but still slushy in spots.  All county schools were cancelled Friday due to the slushy and icy road conditions.

Suttons Bay man arrested on Tribal assault charges

Grand Traverse Band police arrested a 40 year-old Suttons Bay Township man at his home Thursday on multiple assault charges.  The man is accused of assaulting three people at a gathering at a home on GTB tribal land in Peshawbestown in March.  He faces Assault with Intent to do Great bodily Harm less than Murder, Aggravated Assault and Simple Assault.  The charges have penalties of 10 years, 1 year and 93 days respectively.

He remains lodged in the Leelanau County jail on $3,000 cash bond. 

Felony drunk driver jailed on Contempt charge

Joseph M. Crowther, 31, of Maple City, was arrested Wednesday for Contempt of Court after missing court ordered drug screen.  He is jailed until a Sobriety Court hearing next week when it will be decided if he will be allowed to remain in Sobriety Court or will be returned to Circuit Court on Operating While Intoxicated 3rd Offense charges.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cedar man arrested for drunk driving

A 44 year-old Cedar man was stopped for a traffic violation on W. Traverse Highway near Angus Rd. at 9:41pm Tuesday.  The Leelanau deputy discovered signs of intoxication and field sobriety tasks were conducted.  The driver was then arrested for Operating while Intoxicated.  His Datamaster breath test results were .16% and he remains jailed pending bond being set.

Tornado Exercise held at Lake Leelanau St. Mary's today

A planned tornado disaster exercise coordinated by the Leelanau County Emergency Management was held Wednesday at Lake Leelanau St. Mary's school.  It is an annual exercise which was held at Northport School last year.

Multiple county fire agencies and law enforcement participate, with students participating as injury victims to add realism to the exercise.  The event is monitored and critiqued by Emergency Management experts to maximize performance of all first responders to an actual disaster.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Deported drug conspirator arrested in Leelanau County

A Texas man, convicted in Federal Court on drug conspiricy charges in 2005, was arrested in Leland Township on new drug charges and for returning to the United States after being deported.  Raul T. DelToro, 34, of Texas, was arrested by Leelanau County Sheriff's deputies and members of the Traverse Narcotics Team Monday evening.  

A Leelanau investigator received information Monday that DelToro had returned to the county.  The suspect was located in the Lake Leelanau apartment of a relative.  He was in possession of a small amount of marihuana at the time of his arrest.  Federal ICE agents have placed a hold on DelToro pending federal prosecution involving his re-entry into the country after being deported in 2006.

DelToro was sentenced to federal prison in 2005 after pleading guilty to Interstate travel in aid of Racketeering, involving drug conspiracy and trafficking with convicted murderer Matthew O'Non of Suttons Bay.  Eight men were indicted and convicted in Federal Court involving drug conspiracy and related charges in an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Leelanau Sheriff's Office.

O'Non is serving two life sentences for the murders of Manuel Longoria and Raul Ramirez in May 2004 over a $30,000 unpaid marihuana debt. 

DelToro was deported to Mexico after serving his federal prison term because he was in the United States illegally.  The suspect remains in the Leelanau County jail on the local drug charge pending federal action for illegal re-entry.

Elmwood Township man arrested for assaulting roommate

A 42 year-old man was arrested for second offense Domestic Violence after his room mate said the suspect punched him in the face over unpaid rent.  Deputies from the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office responded to the home at 8:18 pm Monday. 

The 35 year-old victim had broken eye glasses and a bloody nose when deputies arrived.  He said his room mate punched him in the face after being confronted about rent money owed.  Medical treatment was refused.

Alcohol may have been a factor as the suspect's blood alcohol content upon arrival at the jail was .29%.  He remains jailed pending a bond being set by the magistrate. 

The suspect was arrested for Domestic Violence because the victim and he reside in the same residence.  The man has a prior conviction for Domestic Assault.  Second offense Domestic Violence carries a 1 year maximum sentence and $1,000 maximum fine.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Man arrested for assaulting neighbor

A 30 year-old Elmwood Township man was arrested for hitting his landlord's son after an argument Sunday.  Leelanau deputies were called by the 36 year-old son of the homeowner.  He lives in the basement of his mother's home and the upstairs is rented to the suspect, his mother and sister.

At 11:30 am Sunday, an argument occured between the suspect's mother and the downstairs neighbor over unpaid rent and other tenant-related issues.  The suspect took exception to how the man was speaking to his mother and admitted to slapping the man in the face.  The victim said he was punched in the face and received a bloody nose.  No medical treatment was sought.

The suspect was arrested for simple assault and posted $100 cash bond pending a court appearance Friday.

 Friday April 5, 2013

Maple City youth jailed for probation violation

Angel M. Allen, 18, was given 10 days in jail with school release after being sentenced on another charge Friday.  She was convicted of Larceny <$200 in early 2013.  Allen was given probation on that charge, with 10 days in jail held in abeyance.  She was re-sentenced to 10 days in jail on Friday during sentencing after pleading guilty to a new Illegal Entry charge. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Traverse City man charged with under new strangulation law 

A 35 year-old Traverse City man was arrested by Leelanau County Sheriff's deputies at his home Thursday morning after a domestic violence investigation in Elmwood Township.  Investigators learned that the man had been leaving threatening text messages to his former girlfriend earlier Thursday morning.  He showed up at her home at 4:30 am and demanded entry to the home.  The ex-girlfriend and her sister refused the man entry but he was able to crawl through an unlocked window and gain entry into the house.

A struggle ensued and the both women were slightly injured while attempting to force the man out of the residence.  After he put his ex-girlfriend into a choke hold, she yelled for her young son to call 911.  The man then fled but was contacted and arrested several hours later at his Grand Traverse County home.

This is the fourth report of domestic violence/ harassing contact involving the suspect and his 31 year-old ex-girlfriend received since June 2012.   There was no prosecution in the previous three cases.

The man is being held in the Leelanau County jail after being charged with Home Invasion 1st degree and Assault by Strangulation charges by the Leelanau County Prosecutor's office.  He is also being charged as a Second Offense Habitual Offender because of a prior felony conviction.

First degree home invasion involves breaking into or illegally entering a residence without permission and, in this case, committing an assault. The strangulation charge became law April 1 and the suspect is the first person charged with the crime in Leelanau County.  A habitual offender conviction would enhance the maximum sentence of the underlying offense one and a half times. 

Home Invasion First degree carried a 20 year maximum prison term and Assault by Strangulation or Suffocation has a maximum 10 year penalty.  Bond has not yet been set by the Magistrate.

Peshawbestown man arrested for unpaid child support

Gregory A. Petoskey, 42, was arrested on a bench warrant for Contempt of Court/ unpaid child support by Grand Traverse Band Police on Thursday.  It was the 30th time Petoskey has been booked into the Leelanau County jail since 1992, with at least 12 of the arrests as a result of unpaid child support.  The bench warrant indicates that the court previously determined that Petoskey will serve 45 days in jail if he is unable to post $500 bond.

Elmwood Township man ends birthday night in jail

A 29 year-old county man was arrested on the way home from Traverse City early Friday morning.  It is unknown if he was celebrating his Thursday birthday, but regardless, Leelanau County deputies determined that the man had consumed too much alcohol to be driving and he was arrested. 

Deputies stopped the vehicle for excessive speed and an equipment violation on Cherrybend Road near Sunset in Elmwood Township at 1:41 am.  The driver showed signs of intoxication and admitted to just leaving a downtown Traverse City establishment after consuming intoxicants.  He failed field sobriety tasks and was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated. 

The man was able to post $100 interim bond later Friday morning and will appear in 86th District Court next week.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

California fugitive arrested at father's Elmwood Township home

The Michigan State Police Fugitive team arrested a 29 year-old El Dorado California woman Thursday.  Brandi M. Thomas was taken into custody by the fugitive team at 10:00 am at her father's Elmwood Township home.  Arrangements had been made by her family's California attorney and the fugitive team for her surrender at that time and location.  She was believed to have only been in this area for a short period of time.  El Dorado County investigators contacted Leelanau County Sheriff's Office earlier in the week to attempt to locate and arrest the suspect after they developed information that she may be in Michigan.

Thomas was wanted for a parole violation stemming from a 2009 conviction for felony Driving Under the Influence with injuries.  She was sentenced to 7 years in state prison after running into two female bicyclists in El Dorado Hills, CA on June 18, 2008.  Both women suffered critical injuries, included a broken back and traumatic brain injury. The sentence was suspended and Thomas was given 1 year in jail and five years of formal probation with a condition to obey all laws.  She was also ordered to pay the victim's medical expenses of $1.4 million dollars.

Thomas was arrested on burglary charges in August 2011, resulting in the probation violation.  She was also charged with forgery and conspiracy to commit a crime.  Those charges are pending in Placer County California.

The suspect was transported to the Leelanau County jail and will be held pending extradition hearings in Leelanau County and transport back to California. 


Man arrested after attempting to drive through SB bank with no drive thru


Leelanau Dispatch received a report at 1:15am Thursday that a black pickup had just run into the front of the Fifth Third Bank on St. Joseph's St. in Suttons Bay.  There is no drive thru service at that branch.

Leelanau deputies arrived and could not locate the suspect vehicle at the scene but did observe significant damage to the bank.  A witness said he was sitting in his vehicle along the southbound shoulder of St. Joseph's St., just south of the bank.  He heard squealing tires behind him and looked in his rear view mirror and saw a black pickup fishtailing and out of control.  He then saw it crash into Fifth Third Bank.  He said the vehicle backed away from the building after the crash and drove away, turning onto Broadway St.

Another Leelanau County patrol unit was responding to the area and located the suspect vehicle near Suttons Bay high school.  It was black with fresh damage to the front of the pickup truck.  The 24 year-old driver said he was going back to a Suttons Bay establishment to retrieve his cell phone.  He denied crashing into Fifth Third Bank.

The driver showed numerous signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking and smoking marihuana earlier in the evening.  Field sobriety tasks were performed and the man was arrested after failing the tasks.  His Datamaster breath test result after his arrest was .25%.

He eventually admitted to crashing into the bank, saying he got into a disagreement with a fellow patron at a local establishment and was afraid he was going to be assaulted.  He lost control of his vehicle as he sped away from the establishment.  When asked why he didn't report the accident he said he said he didn't call because he was drunk.  He was not injured and no damage estimate has been received from Fifth Third.

The Suttons Bay man was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated with a High BAC >.17% and leaving the scene of an accident.  He was also charged with Possession of Marihuana after the drug was discovered in his possession.  He remains jailed until bond is posted. 

Found Northport hound now available for adoption

The found dog shown last week in the Eyes and Ears of the County portion of this blog has not been identified or claimed by its owner and is now available for adoption.  Contact the Cherryland Humane Society at 946-5116 with questions about the process.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

TC man arrested for passing bad checks

A 31 year-old Long Lake Township man was arrested in Grand Traverse County Tuesday on Leelanau County warrants for passing Non-Sufficient Funds checks under $100.  He is being held in the Leelanau County jail.

The man wrote checks to two Lake Leelanau and Suttons Bay businesses in the fall of 2012.  The checks were returned non-sufficient funds and efforts to have the man make the checks good were unsuccessful.  The charges carry a maximum 93 days in jail and $500 fine.

Spring weather also brings more car deer accidents
Since this signage is not really practical, it is up to motorists to
 remain alert for deer crossing Leelanau County roads

As the temperatures rise and the snow melts, the deer population also becomes more active.  There have been 20 car/deer crashes and injured deer reports made to Leelanau County dispatch since March 21. 

Motorists are reminded to be aware of large numbers of deer crossing county roads at all hours.  Remember that when you see deer by the road or crossing, there is often more that you don't see.

If you should have a deer collision, Leelanau County dispatch should be called immediately to report the crash, regardless of what time it occurs.  A deputy will be sent to complete a crash report.

Drive safe, be alert and welcome spring!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Traffic stop lands driver and passenger in jail

The Leelanau County Secondary Road patrol deputy, whose focus is traffic enforcement, stopped a 34 year-old Traverse City man for a violation at 7:51 pm Monday.  The stop occurred on S. Lake Leelanau Drive near E. Duck Lake Road in Leland Township.  The driver was arrested because his license was suspended and his 26 year-old female passenger was also taken into custody when it was learned that there was a Friend of the Court warrant for her arrest.

Both were taken to the Leelanau County jail and the driver was released after posting $100 interim bond.  The female remains lodged until $550 bond is posted.

Driver goes to jail on his birthday

A 31 year-old Maple City man didn't get a very good birthday present when he was taken to jail for Operating while Intoxicated.  He was stopped on W. Traverse Highway near Solon Road in Solon Township at 2:45 am Tuesday by Leelanau County deputies.  The driver showed signs of intoxication and was put through field sobriety tasks.  He was arrested for OWI and is currently in the Leelanau County jail waiting for bond to be set.

Monday, April 1, 2013

2 car crash injures Jenison woman

An Easter crash at 1:46 pm on S. West Bay Shore Drive near E. Easling Dr. in Suttons Bay Township resulted in a minor injury.  Bette D. Essink, 89, of Jenison, was travelling behind a northbound vehicle driven by Jenna N. Lintelman, 20 of Suttons Bay.  Lintelman slowed and signaled to turn left into a private drive and as she made the turn, her vehicle was struck in the driver's side by Essink's vehicle.  Essink told a Leelanau County deputy that she may have been traveling too close to the turning vehicle. 

Mrs. Essink reported an injured wrist as a result of the crash but declined treatment by Suttons Bay Fire & Rescue. She was cited for violation of basic speed law, too fast for conditions.

Saturday March 30, 2013

Traffic stop results in OWI arrest and MIP citation

Leelanau County deputies stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at 5:16 am Saturday morning on Concord St. and St. Mary's in Suttons Bay Village.  After an investigation they arrested a 19 year-old Suttons Bay man for Operating While Intoxicated and cited his 19 year-old passenger for Minor in Possession of Alcohol.

The driver was released on personal recognizance bond later in the day Saturday.  Both men will appear in 86th District Court Friday.

Traffic stop nabs wanted man

Michigan State Police stopped Scott D. Agar for a traffic violation on Revold Road near S. Center Highway in Bingham Township Saturday at 9:35 am.  Agar, 36, of Traverse City, was wanted in St. Clair County for Contempt of Court.  He is being held in the Leelanau County jail until he is picked up by St. Clair County.

Northport house a total loss after daytime fire

Leelanau Township Fire Department battled a house fire on N. Manitou Trail Saturday.  They were assisted by Leland, Suttons Bay/Bingham and Glen Arbor fire departments. 

Tom and Amy Kohler were home when smoke and open flames were discovered in the garage at 11:45 am.  Mr. Kohler recently had knee replacement surgery and was assisted by a passerby from Northport in exiting the residence.  The Kohlers were able to escape the home safely.

The cause of the fire is undetermined until an investigation is completed.  The Red Cross supported fire fighters as they fought the blaze and the structure was a total loss. 

Friday March 29, 2013

Cedar man arrested for drunk driving

A 54 year-old Cedar man was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated after being stopped by Leelanau County deputies.  The man was stopped on Gatzke Road near Good Harbor Trail in Centerville Township at 8:48 pm Friday.  He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested.  He was released on personal recognizance bond Saturday pending a Friday court appearance.

Elmwood Township woman arrested in check case

A 39 year-old woman was arrested Thursday for her part in cashing a stolen check.  Leelanau County investigators determined that the woman was asked to endorse an $800 check that was made out to her by two Grand Traverse County women in July 2012.  They gave her $30 for cashing the check for them at a Traverse City bank branch.  She has been released on a $15,000 personal recognizance bond on Uttering and Publishing charges.  U & P carries a 14 year maximum prison sentence.

The check was written from a checkbook reported stolen in Suttons Bay Township.  Leelanau County Prosecutor's office has also charged a 25 year-old Kingsley woman and 43 year-old Traverse City woman with 2nd Degree Home Invasion and Closed Account Check felonies, respectively.  Both remain at large.

Home invasion carries a 15 year maximum penalty and Closed Account Check is a 2 year felony.

4th Leelanau's Wanted suspect arrested

Justin D. Holecheck was arrested in Grand Traverse County on Thursday on charges from that county and an outstanding Leelanau County warrant.  A bench warrant was issued for failing to appear for arraignment on a charge of Larceny <$200 as a result of Holecheck not paying for fuel at a Bingham Township gas station. 

Holecheck, 33, is scheduled to appear in 86th District Court on Friday.  He was posted on the Leelanau's Wanted blog page in February 2013.