Leelanau County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Leelanau County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 8527 E. Government Center Dr, Suttons Bay, 49682 MI
  • Chief:
Phone: 231-256-8800
Fax: (231)256-2611
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Leelanau County Sheriff's Office is located at 8527 E. Government Center Dr, Suttons Bay, 49682 MI. The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office phone number is 231-256-8800.

Leelanau County Sheriff's Office News

CLOSE CALL LEADS TO ARREST An intoxicated driver's near miss of striking a patrol vehicle leads to an arrest in Elmwood Township. On 10/22/18, at 2057 hours, a patrol Sergeant was parked stationary on M-22 in Greilickville, running radar. The patrol vehicle was approximately 8 feet off the roadway from the fog line facing northbound. A northbound 2015 silver Nissan Suv traveling northbound passed the cruiser nearly sideswiping it. The patrol sergeant pulled out and attempted to stop the Nissan. While doing this the Nissan continued northbound before veering sharply to the right and striking a guardrail and a mailbox. The driver, a 70 year old man from Holly, Michigan, was uninjured in the traffic crash. He was found to be intoxicated and placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle intoxicated. He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail. Below is a photo of the damaged guardrail.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Saturday, October 27th. Our Agency will have personnel manning the lobby of the Sheriff's Office from 10 am-2 pm to take any unwanted prescription pills for disposal. The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office participates in these DEA National Take Back Days to further educate the public of the dangers of keeping unwanted/unused prescription medicines in the home where they may fall into the hands of people they were not intended for. We also have available our 24/7 prescription pill drop box in our lobby that we encourage the public to use anytime they wish to dispose of unwanted pill medications.

DRIVER ARRESTED FOR ZERO TOLERANCE The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office arrested a driver and cited a passenger after a traffic stop in Elmwood Township. On 10/21/18, at 0131 hours, a deputy patrolling South West Bay Shore Drive in Greilickville, clocked a 2006 black Infinity traveling northbound near East Carter Road, at 71mph. The posted speed limit in this location is 40 mph and the deputy did not catch up to the Infinity until he reached East Grandview Road near Eitner Road, where a traffic stop was made. The driver of the vehicle was identified as a 20 year old man from Maple City. There were three other passengers, two under the age of 21 years. The deputy detected an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and after an investigation the driver was placed under arrest for suspicion of consuming alcohol before operating a vehicle. He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail. He was also cited for speeding 70 mph in a 40 mph zone. A 18 year old passenger, who was from Maple City, was cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol.

NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK In cooperation with the Office of Highway Safety and Planning, the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office is reminding the public that this week is Teen Driver Safety Week. This is a good time to remind teen drivers of the sobering fact shown below. Speeding is a big factor in teen fatal traffic crashes and although still to young to legally consume alcohol, this also factors into a percentage of the fatal crashes. Distracted driving due to cell phones is also a very dangerous problem. As parents we know driving is one of the most dangerous things we let our teenagers do. Let's take the time to remind them that it is a big responsibility and to always focus on the task at hand, which is driving.

INCIDENTS FROM THIS PAST WEEKEND The following incidents were among the number of things the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office handled during this past weekend. On 10/12/18, at 1946 hours, deputies responded to a report of a trespassers on the old Sugar Loaf Property in Cleveland Township. Upon arrival, deputies located two people nearing the base of the old ski hill and they were identified a 20 year old man from Ann Arbor and a 20 year old female from Flint. Both subjects were issued recreational trespass citations and instructed to appear in 86th District Court at a later date. On 10/13/18, at 1937 hours, a deputy patrolling Glen Arbor observed a 2016 Chevrolet pick up truck backing from a private drive. This pick up backed into the roadway directly in the path of the patrol vehicle causing the deputy to stop in the middle of the lane. A traffic stop was made and the driver identified as a 67 year old man from St. Johns, Michigan. Upon contacting the driver the deputy smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana. The driver admitted to recently smoking marijuana and a small amount of marijuana was located in the center console of the pick up truck. The driver was cited for failing to yield the right of way and a report was completed seeking possession of marijuana charges also. The man agreed to park his vehicle for the night. On 10/14/18, at 2008 hours, a deputy patrolling M-22 near McAllister Road in Bingham Township, clocked a 2016 black Audi traveling northbound at 85mph. A traffic stop was made and the driver identified as a 26 year old female from Gaylord. A witness stopped shortly thereafter to complain that the Audi had passed him in a no passing zone while traveling at 90mph. The deputy smelled a strong odor of intoxicants from the inside of the vehicle and the driver admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana. After an investigation, the driver was placed under arrest for operating a motor vehicle intoxicated. She was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

TRAFFIC CRASH LEADS TO ARREST A driver was arrested in Solon township after a single vehicle traffic crash. On 10/5/18, at 2325 hours, deputies and Cedar Area Fire and Rescue responded to a single vehicle, into a tree, accident on South Cedar Road north of Kasben Road. Upon arrival, emergency personnel located a white 2004 GMC off the west side of the roadway into a tree. The driver was identified as a 22 year old man from Cedar. After the driver was cleared by on scene medical personnel, an investigation into the accident was conducted. The driver admitted to consuming multiple alcoholic drinks prior to driving. He stated he was driving home when he lost control of his vehicle, crossing over the southbound lane, leaving the roadway and striking a tree. The driver was arrested for operating a vehicle intoxicated and lodged at the Leelanau County Jail.

TRAFFIC CRASH INVESTIGATION The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office is investigating a traffic crash which occurred in Elmwood Township last night. On 10/4/18, at 2322 hours, deputies and Elmwood Fire and Rescue responded to the 12000 block of South West Bay Shore Drive, on a report of a traffic accident. The caller explained a male subject was at their front door screaming that there was an accident and that someone was in their vehicle dead in the woods. Upon arrival, emergency personnel located the injured man, who had been at the front door of the residence, and a severely damaged white GMC pick up truck. No other victims were located. An investigation showed that the male driver, who was the person screaming at the front door of the residence, was driving his 2008 white GMC pick up truck, northbound on South West Bay Shore Drive when the pick up truck veered off the roadway. The pick up traveled some distance before striking some trees. The driver indicated he fell asleep but deputies located several items which are associated with drug use. The driver, a 26 year old man from Suttons Bay, was transported to Munson Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the traffic crash. He has an extensive criminal history which includes prior operating while intoxicated convictions and a 2016 conviction, in Leelanau County, for felony assault with a dangerous weapon. He remains at Munson Hospital and a report and associated paperwork will be forwarded to the Prosecutor's Office for review and possible charges.

REMINDER TO CHECK VEHICLE EQUIPMENT The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office would remind motorist to periodically check over your vehicle's equipment, especially the tires for wear. On 10/1/18, at 1748 hours, deputies responded to a single vehicle accident on North Manitou Trail, near Leland Estates drive, in Leland Township. Upon arrival, deputies located a 2002 silver Saturn with extensive damage. Fortunately, the 17 year old female driver from Cedar, was uninjured. The driver stated she was southbound on North Manitou Trail, when the decorative steering wheel cover slid around her steering wheel. The driver lost control of her vehicle, crossing the roadway and striking the guardrail on the east side. The deputy inspected the vehicle and observed the tires to be in very poor condition with little tread left. Keeping an eye on your vehicle's equipment can help prevent traffic crashes which are contributed to poor vehicle maintenance.

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ENTERING HOME A suspect was arrested in the Village of Northport after entering an occupied home on North Mill Street. On 9/28/18, at 0510 hours, the 911 Dispatch Center received a call from a male home owner who stated he had just been awaken by a man entering their home. The 55 year old man stated he was startled awake by the sounds of his dog barking and his wife yelling. The homeowner saw a male suspect inside their home down on the main floor. The suspect fled the home and entered the homeowner's pick up truck before fleeing on foot. Deputies arrived and searched the area and then returned to the home to interview the home owner. While speaking to the homeowner the suspect emerged from under some stairs back inside the home. The suspect was taken into custody after stating he did not know where he was or why he was in the victim's home. The suspect had been drinking prior to the incident and was intoxicated. The suspect, a 24 year old man from Northport, was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail for illegal entry into the home.

CAR/DEER Last weekend began the fall deer hunting season(s) which means deer will be on the move more and more. Most drivers in our County are aware that deer often cross our roadways and most times very unexpectedly. It is always a good idea to travel at reduced speeds especially during the dawn and dusk times of day. As more hunters enter the woods and November comes closer, the deer will move more frequently throughout the day and night. Below is a photo from a car/deer accident 9/19/18, at 0748 hours. This 2012 Buick was driven by a 22 year old man from Chicago, Illinois on South French Road, in Centerville Township. He was northbound when the deer came west across the road in front of him. Luckily, the driver was uninjured but as you can see the vehicle was heavily damaged. The fall season is a wonderful time of year in our County. By being extra careful and watchful of deer, maybe a few of these types of accidents will be avoided.

DRIVER ARRESTED A driver was arrested in Solon Township after a traffic stop on M-72. On 9/19/18, at 2210 hours, a patrol sergeant working M-72 stopped a 2014 green Ford Escape for failing to dim it's bright lights. The driver was identified as a 70 year old man from Traverse City. The patrol sergeant could smell an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and the driver admitted to consuming alcohol in Glen Arbor. After an investigation, the driver was placed under arrest for operating a vehicle intoxicated. He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office arrested a female suspect after an altercation in the Village of Cedar. On 9/20/18, at 2012 hours, deputies responded to a residence on South Kasson Street in Cedar, on a report of an altercation in the front yard. Upon arrival, deputies located a 60 year old man with injuries to his face. Deputies spoke to a witness who had observed a female suspect pushing a man around and when the witness went to break up the altercation, the female, who appeared highly intoxicated, attempted to enter a vehicle. The witness stopped her and things remained calm until deputies arrived. After interviewing the 60 year old man, it was discovered that his wife had become angry and assaulted him by pushing him and scratching him around both eyes. The wife, a 48 year old woman, was placed under arrest for domestic assault. She was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

FOUND RAFT Along with the many trees that have been blown over today the raft below was found near the Bingham boat launch on Lake Leelanau. If this raft is yours or you know the owner please contact Deputy Dion at 256-8800.

JUVENILE INJURED IN MOPED CRASH A 16 year old male was injured in a moped traffic crash in the Birch Point Trailer Park. On 9/16/18, at 1914 hours, deputies and Elmwood Fire and Rescue responded to the Birch point Trailer Park reference a two vehicle traffic accident. Upon arrival, emergency personnel located an injured 16 year old male. The investigation determined that the 16 year old had been operating a Yamaha Razz moped westbound on a service road within the trailer park. At an intersection, the moped operator failed to negotiate a turn striking a southbound vehicle broadside. The moped operator, a 16 year old male from Lake Leelanau, was transported to Munson Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the southbound 2008 Pontiac, a 27 year old woman from Traverse City, was uninjured.

DRIVER ARRESTED The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office arrested a driver after responding to a roll over accident in the Village of Maple City. On 9/14/18, at 2130 hours, deputies along with Cedar Area Fire and Rescue, responded to a single vehicle roll over accident on East Bellinger Road near the Cedar/Maple City Lion's Club. Upon arrival, deputies found a 2010 red Audi passenger car off the south side of the roadway with extensive damage. The driver, a 29 year old man from Maple City, was being attended to by Fire Personnel. The driver stated he had left a friends house in Cedar and while traveling west on East Bellinger Road he swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway. The driver lost control of his vehicle leaving the roadway where the vehicle rolled over. The driver suffered minor injuries that did not require further medical treatment. Deputies determined the driver had been drinking prior to operating his vehicle. After an investigation, the driver was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle intoxicated. He was lodged at the Leelanau County jail.

TWO PEOPLE ARRESTED The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office arrested two females after a traffic stop in Elmwood Township. On 9/13/18, at 0146 hours, a patrol Sergeant stopped a red 2003 Dodge Caravan for speeding 73 mph on M-22 near Crain Hill Road. A traffic stop was made and the driver identified as a 25 year old Suttons Bay woman. After identifying the driver, a check through Dispatch revealed she had an outstanding warrant our of Grand Traverse County for Retail Fraud. The Sergeant placed the driver under arrest for the outstanding warrant. During the arrest the Sergeant smelled alcohol coming from the driver. After field tests were conducted, the driver was also arrested for suspicion of operating a vehicle intoxicated. While identifying passengers in the Dodge, the Sergeant identified a 24 year old woman from Suttons Bay who was found to have an outstanding bench warrant out of Grand Traverse County. She was also arrested. Both suspects were lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

*****Update-the owner has been located and he is back home safe**** FOUND DOG-ELMWOOD TWP This male black and tan Shepherd mix was found today on E Harrys Rd in Elmwood Township. If you have any information on where he calls home, please contact Leelanau Central Dispatch at 231-256-8800.

RECENT ARRESTS On Friday, 9/7/18, at 0041 hours, a deputy patrolling M-72 near Lautner Road observed a black BMW speeding 73/55 westbound. A traffic stop was made and the driver was identified as a 57 year old man from Traverse City. During the contact with the driver, the deputy smelled a odor of intoxicants and observed other signs of intoxication. After an investigation, the driver was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle intoxicated. He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail. On Sunday, 9/10/18, at 1855 hours, deputies responded to a residence in the 4000 block of North West Bay Shore Drive reference a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, deputies investigated what turned out to be a physical altercation. It was determined that a 57 year old man from Omena, had come home intoxicated, threw pop on his 17 year old daughter and then pushed her. He was arrested for domestic violence 2nd offense as it was found he had a prior conviction for this in 2006. He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office experienced a calm holiday weekend. The deputies handled a normal amount of calls for service, arresting a 26 year old man from Traverse City who was drunk driving on M-22 in Elmwood Township, 48 year old man from Traverse City, in Leelanau Township, for an outstanding warrant and several driving offenses, a 41 year old Maple City man, in Kasson Township for an outstanding warrant and a 34 year old man from Traverse City, in Kasson Township, for driving on a suspended license. Over the weekend, we had two additional OHSP grant funded patrols working our roadways targeting aggressive driving and seat belt violations. Only two seat belt citations were issued and one drunk driver was arrested. These will be our last OHSP grant funded patrols as our County will not be awarded grant funding for the 2018-2019 State fiscal year. As we ease into fall lets all be extra cautious when driving in a school zone or when a school bus is present. We can all help to make this a safe school year for all of our students! It is a beautiful County we live in and fall is a special time of year. Let all enjoy it!

TRAFFIC ISSUES The storm weather from last night has caused traffic issues around the east side of Big Glen Lake. County Road 675 (Dunns Farm Road) is closed between Trumball Road and Burdickville Road. We have trees and power lines down in this area. Glen Lake Fire is currently on scene at several locations including a vehicle at Old Settler's Park with two people inside and a power line down across their vehicle. Consumer's Power is aware of the issues and they have crews coming. The 911 Dispatch Center requests persons with questions about when their power will be restored should call the power company and not 911. Consumer's Power is aware of the issues and they will be working to restore power.

SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT RESULTS IN ARREST The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office is seeking charges on a driver after a single vehicle roll over accident in Centerville Township. On Saturday, 8/25/18, at approximately 1400 hours, a caller to the 911 Dispatch Center advised that an intoxicated female had just driven away from a residence on East Gauthier Road in a grey Chevrolet SUV. Apparently there had been an argument at the residence prior to the female leaving. Approximately 30 minutes later, a call came in reference a single vehicle roll over accident in the area of East Amore Road and South Popp Road. Emergency personnel arrived to find the grey Chevrolet off the west side of South Popp Road. The driver was identified as a 60 year old woman from Cedar. The investigation determined the woman had been traveling northbound on South Popp Road when her vehicle veered left, crossing over the southbound lane and leaving the roadway. The vehicle struck a tree and rolled over. The driver was transported to Munson Hospital by Leland EMS where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries from the accident. It was determined the woman had been drinking prior to the accident and most likely intoxicated. A report and associated paperwork will be sent to the Prosecutor's Office for review on the charge of operating a vehicle intoxicated 2nd offense.

SPEED VIOLATION LEADS TO ARREST The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office arrested a driver after he was stopped for speeding in Empire Township. On 8/17/18, at 2232 hours, a patrol Sergeant running stationary radar on M-72 near Plowman Road, clocked a 2017 white Chrysler which was eastbound at 70 mph. When the Sergeant attempted to stop the Chrysler it continued eastbound for quite a distance before pulling over. Upon contact with the driver the Sergeant noticed several signs of intoxication. The driver was identified as a 56 year old man from Riverview, Michigan. After an investigation, he was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle intoxicated. He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail where a breath test put his blood alcohol just short of three times the legal limit. A warrant was requested for operating with a high blood alcohol content.

IRS PHONE SCAM IN OUR AREA The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office is receiving information from citizens receiving a scam telephone call involving "major crimes" they have committed and the need to contact the IRS at 202.688.2962. This message is a scam. Please make sure any vulnerable adults in your family are aware of this tactic so they do not call back at the above number or give out any personal information.

TRAFFIC ALERT A semi-tractor trailer has rolled over at the intersection of M-72/M-22 at the Grandview Parkway in Traverse City. The obstruction is in the southbound lanes of the Grandview Parkway and is backing traffic up severely. Currently traffic stopped southbound all the way back to Cherrybend Road. Nickerson's heavy duty wrecker is on scene attempting to right the semi but even after this occurs there will be a period of clean up to be done. Please avoid southbound M-22 in Greilickville until further notice.

FOUND MONEY The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office has a sum of money that was turned in on 8/12/18. A citizen located the money outside near the Cheese Shanty in Leland around 430pm. If you are missing this money or know who is please contact the Sheriff's Office at 256-8800. We will need a description including the amount.