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This Week's County Blotter and 911 Call Report

By Ticker Staff | March 31, 2021

The Leelanau Ticker's weekly look at the most alarming, offbeat, or otherwise newsworthy calls to the Leelanau Office of Emergency Management/911 dispatch. The following is excerpted from the March 23 to March 30 call reports:

03/23/21, 3:35pm – Citizen Assist, Pierce Stocking Drive. Group of hikers started at the Dune Climb and ended up at the top of 9 and 10 Overlook on the Scenic Drive and need assistance getting back to their car at the Dune Climb. Got half of the group to the Dune Climb and the other half will hike down to the gate and wait to be picked up.

03/23/21 7:44pm — Suspicious Incident, W. Fourth Street. Black and silver cars were in the parking lot. When reporting party approached them they said they were working on parking, however per the reporting party, it looked like they were waiting for them to leave. Caller requesting a drive through the area. Made contact with the vehicle in question. He was teaching his daughter how to drive a stick.

03/24/21 12:04pm — Traffic Violation, S. Lake Leelanau Drive. Vehicle speeding 65-70 MPH. White 4-door sedan, possibly a Mercedes. Just passed Maple Valley, northbound.

03/24/21 10:27pm — Dispatch, Deer, S. Bohemian Road and W. Hlavka Road. Wounded deer; needs dispatching. Gone on arrival.

03/26/21 7:42am — 911 Hang Up, S. Elk Run. No sounds of distress, made contact with reporting party, everything okay. Pendant went through the wash.

03/26/21 9:11am — Animal Control Officer Call For Lost Pet, S. Lake Shore Drive. Missing an 11-year-old Siamese cat named Buddy.

03/26/21 11:30am — Suspicious Incident, N. Jacobson Road. Reporting party does home demolition, found some questionable pictures/DVDs that he thinks should be brought to someone’s attention.

03/26/21 6:07pm — Motor Vehicle Crash, S. Lacore Road. Someone backed into reporting party’s car in the parking lot at the Village Inn in Empire.

03/26/21 8:21pm — Suspicious Incident, S. Schomberg Road and S. Pit Road. Someone running in traffic, jumped on reporting party’s car.

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office further reports that the disorderly subject walking in the area of S. Schomberg Road near S. Pit Road in Leland Township was apprehended. On Friday, March 26, at 8:21pm, deputies responded to reports of a male acting erratically in and around traffic, chasing and attacking cars as they passed. Deputies located the subject walking in the roadway without pants on, acting irrational and yelling. Deputies were able to ascertain that the male had taken hits of acid/LSD and was not acting normally. Upon making contact, the male, later identified as a 16-year-old male from Benzie County, rushed the first deputy on scene and assaulted him. After a short scuffle, the suspect was subsequently apprehended without additional injury to himself or the responding deputies. The subject was then transported to Munson Medical Center for treatment. He was later released to the custody of his parents. A juvenile request for action has been completed and forwarded to the Prosecutor and Leelanau County Probate court for review.

03/28/21 9:29am — Domestic, E. Traverse Highway. Brother freaking out, destroying the house, threatening reporting party and mother. 

According to the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office, once on scene at E. Traverse Highway in Solon Township, deputies learned that a 25-year-old male had recently assaulted his brother and his mother, who also reside in the residence. Evidence was gathered to support the investigation and contact was attempted with the suspect, who was barricading himself in a bedroom after having grabbed several household knives. The suspect was contacted verbally and was uncooperative with the deputies and family who were still at the residence. He also made threats toward law enforcement and family.

Deputies were able to exit the location and remove family members from the house. A short time later, deputies were also able to confirm that the suspect currently had an extraditable warrant out of the State of Alaska. Additional contact with the suspect broke down and additional resources were requested through the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Task Force (NMMATF). Operations through NMMATF and the Sheriff’s Office were able to ultimately take the suspect safely into custody without any injuries to staff or the suspect.

He was later transported to the Leelanau County Correctional Facility and lodged for Assault by Strangulation, Domestic Violence and one count of Fugitive From Justice. A report has been forwarded to the Leelanau County Prosecutor for review. The following agencies assisted in this complaint: Members of the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Task Force, Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Area Fire and Rescue, and Mobile Medical Response.

03/30/21 5:35am — Grassfire, N. Monique Drive. Possible unattended burn, looks like it’s getting out of control. Half acre of woods is on fire. 

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