Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 851 Woodmere Avenue, Traverse City, 49686 MI
  • Chief:
Phone: 231-995-5000

Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office is located at 851 Woodmere Avenue, Traverse City, 49686 MI. The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office phone number is 231-995-5000.

Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office News

Related to the fatal car crash last Friday evening on East Silver Lake Road, the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor's Office has charged Michael Alain Greenshields, a 20 year old from Maple City, MI, with OWI causing death and Flee and Elude in the 1st Degree. He was arraigned earlier today.

Related to the fatal car crash Friday evening on East Silver Lake Road, the victim has been identified as 20 year old Anthony Dane Case of Maple City. Our condolences go out to the family.

On 11/2/18 at approx. 11:40pm, a Sheriff’s Office Deputy observed a northbound vehicle traveling on US 31 South near Sundowner Dr. in Garfield Township traveling at a high rate of speed. This vehicle’s speed was captured on the radar at approx. 123mph in a 55mph zone. The Deputy initiated his emergency lights and siren attempting to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle attempted to evade the Deputy traveling on McRae Hill Rd, Silver Pines and E. Silver Lake Rd. The vehicle extinguished its running lights during this time. The Deputy with his emergency lights and siren on attempted to follow the vehicle on E. Silver Lake Rd and lost sight of it near Rennie School Rd. The Deputy eventually found the vehicle crashed on E. Silver Lake Rd. south of Rennie School Rd. in Blair Township. Northflight, Metro Fire and Blair Township Fire and EMS responded to the scene. The Michigan State Police responded to the scene to investigate the crash. The vehicle contained four occupants. A 20 year old female passenger from Kingsley was transported to Munson with non-life threating injuries, a 16 year old male passenger from Traverse City was transported with non-life threatening injuries, and a 20 year male passenger from Maple City was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver a 20 year old male from Maple City was transported to Munson with non-life threatening injuries. Prior to being transported he provided a PBT sample of .099. The 20 year old male driver from Maple City was arrested for the charges of Flee and Elude Causing Death and Operating While Impaired Causing Death. The incident is still under investigation.

Friday and Saturday the Sheriff’s Office arrested one female for Operating While Impaired High BAC, one female for Driving While License Suspend and 2 Misdemeanor Warrants, one male for a Misdemeanor Warrant and Assault and Battery, one male for Assault and Battery and 4 males for Misdemeanor Warrants.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the crash that occurred on Friday, Nov. 2nd at approx. 2:30pm on M72 East and Bates Rd. in Acme Township. There were four vehicles involved and all parties were transported to Munson for injuries. One of the vehicles was witnessed travelling at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. The Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Team responded to the crash and it is currently under investigation. No further details are available at this time.

The Sheriff's Office is currently on scene of a multiple vehicle crash with serious injuries to the occupants on M 72 East near Bates Rd in Acme Township. The Sheriff's Office Accident Investigation Team is responding and further updates will be communicated once they are received. Please seek an alternative route.

This weeke we were invited to provide personal safety and active shooter awareness training to staff at the Copper Ridge Surgery Center. We thank Copper Ridge Surgery Center for the opportunity to speak on an important topic and hope that those in attendance found the information valuable and relevant as everyone tries to improve their personal safety.

This evening at approx. 7:30pm, the Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau, Explosive Detection K9 Team, Interdiction Team and MSP Bomb Squad executed a search warrant at a residence in East Bay Township in relation to the incident that occurred at the Republican Party Office yesterday. No explosives or bomb making materials were found and the incident will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for review.

The Sheriff's Office is speaking with the subject involved in the incident at the Republican Office. Upon completion of this interview and additional followup the incident will be reviewed by the Prosecutor's Office. Throughout most of today the Sheriff's Office has been providing additional patrols in the area of the office.

Today at approx. 3:15, the Sheriff’s Office responded to the Republican Office Campaign Quarters in Garfield Township for the report of a white male 6ft tall, heavy set wearing a ball cap and a Carhart coat that entered the Office holding a sign that said “Trump is Satan”. The subject was angry and on his way out the door made a statement “Someone should bomb this place” or “I should bomb this place”. Deputies arrived moments after the call was made to Central Dispatch and were told the subject left in an unknown direction possibly west. Sheriff’s Deputies checked the surrounding area for the subject and any additional information or evidence. A Sheriff’s Office Explosive Detection K9 checked the office for safety purposes. The Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident.

Tonight our streets will be filled with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating. To help ensure this Halloween is safe for your children, Sheriff Bensley offers the following safety tips: • Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping. Masks should not be too restrictive with adequate holes for proper respiration and peripheral vision. Consider using cosmetics to create fun or scary faces instead of masks. • Watch costumed children around pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened, especially if the child is using a prop such as a sword or dagger as part of their costume. • Avoid hard plastic or wooden props, opting instead for items made of foam rubber which is soft and flexible. • To help make the child more visible after dark, trick-or-treaters should carry a brightly colored bag and a flashlight or glow stick. Add reflective tape to the sides, front, and back of the child’s costume. • At all times, watch for traffic and avoid walking in the street whenever possible. • An adult should always accompany young children. A parent should stay within close range of young children at all times and children should never be allowed to go down a street alone. Walk with your children to each house and wait near the porch or front entrance of the home until they return. • Older children should travel in pairs or in groups at all times while trick-or- treating and never venture down a dark, empty street. • Parents should know the route that their children are following. Children should always walk together to the front door of each house and only cross the street at crosswalks. • Dark, unlit homes should be avoided.

On 10/28/18 at approx. 2am, Deputies responded to the location of Huellmantel Lake Rd and East Long Rd in Long Lake Township for the report of a one car crash. Deputies arrived on scene and observed the vehicle in the ditch and the driver in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The driver seemed somewhat unresponsive and in the possession of a handgun. Deputies identified themselves and ordered the 33 year old Traverse City man to put the handgun down. Information gathered from the scene led the Deputies to arrest the 33 year old Traverse City man for Operating While Impaired 3rd Offense, Driving While License Suspend 2nd Offense, Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated and Resisting and Obstructing.

Last evening we were invited to provide personal safety and active shooter awareness training to security, staff and congregation at the Central United Methodist Church in Traverse City. We thank CUMC for the opportunity to speak on an important topic and hope that those in attendance found the information valuable and relevant as everyone tries to improve their personal safety. Visit our website for more information related to active shooter awareness:

The US Drug Enforcement Agency sponsored National Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday, October 27th 2018. On this day between 10am and 2pm, our agency will collecting expired/unused medications at various locations in Grand Traverse County including at the Law Enforcement Center (Staffed by TCPD), Grand Traverse Mall (Drive up in the parking lot adjacent to the food court entrance), Blair Township Hall, Peninsula Township Fire Department, Paradise Township Emergency Services, Acme Township Hall and Fife Lake Township Fire Department. For additional take back location information visit our website: Learn more about the DEA Take Back Day:

On Thursday, October 18, 2018 at about 10:30 AM, Grand Traverse Sheriff deputies responded to an emergency in East Bay Township with fire and EMS. A 32 year old Kingsley man was repairing a tire on an RV when the jack tipped causing the RV to collapse. The reporting person was inside the RV and heard calls for help and dialed 911. Two deputies arrived within minutes and dug out space for two jacks and raised the RV again, allowing the man to be pulled out and taken to Munson Hospital. Follow up with the man at the hospital revealed no broken bones, just soreness and bruising.

CPAM (Crime Prevention Association of Michigan) is hosting their annual conference at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City this week. Police officers from various agencies around the state are in attendance, including several of our own. We appreciated CPAM for allowing us to welcome attendees and present colors at tonight's opening event. Click for more about CPAM: Click for more about GTSO Honor Guard:

Keystone Road/Cass Road Closure Update: Keystone Road has been opened to through traffic in both directions. Cass Road between Broad Road and Keystone still remains closed as utility crews make repairs.

Shortly before 7:30am this morning, a power pole was knocked down due to a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Keystone Road and Cass Road. The driver of the empty tanker truck (used for transporting corn syrup) was not injured and the trailer received minor damage. It appears that the pole was hit as the driver attempted to turn southbound on Keystone from Cass Road. Sections of Keystone Road and Cass Road are closed to through traffic. Road closure barricades have been placed at the following intersections with the help of the GT Co Road Commission: Keystone Road and Birmley Road Keystone Road and Hoch Road Cass Road and Broad Road Please use an alternate route while utility crews repair the damaged power line/pole. The closure is expected to last several hours or even longer. Drive safely and thanks for your patience!!!