2016-10-20 / Courts

Noverr arraigned on one misdemeanor

Controversial Elmwood Township “wedding barn” owner Frank Noverr was arraigned in 86th District Court on Tuesday morning on one misdemeanor count of “attempted resisting and obstructing” a police officer who was responding to an emergency on Noverr’s property in August.

Noverr has pleaded “not guilty” to the charge. If he is convicted, he could face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Noverr remains free on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.

Judge Larry Nelson also granted a request from Noverr’s defense attorney, Shawn Worden, to allow Noverr to leave the state for several days on vacation in November following his appearance at a pre-trial hearing on Nov. 1 in 86th District Court.

The status of Noverr’s farm in the northwestern corner of Elmwood Township remains a source of controversy involving neighbors who say Noverr is violating not only the township Zoning Ordinance but also an agreement with the township. In that agreement, Noverr promised to cease holding “commercial” events on his property.

Noverr has insisted that he is operating in compliance with the agreement.

During a wedding reception on his property in August, a 9-1-1 call resulted in a Leelanau County Sheriff’s Deputy and an Elmwood Township ambulance being dispatched to deal with a woman who had apparently overdosed on drugs. A police report indicated that Noverr interfered with emergency responders, resulting in two felony charges.

Following further investigation, however, the charges were reduced to one misdemeanor.

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