2017-03-16 / Courts

Man who fled drug raid arrested 4 days later in Lake Ann


BOWER BOWER Michigan State Police have arrested a man who had been at large since Friday, when he fled an Elmwood Township home during a Traverse Narcotics Team (TNT) raid.

Jeremy A. Bower, 25, was taken into custody by a state trooper on Tuesday afternoon in the village of Lake Ann in Benzie County, where he was found in a home after an exensive investigation.

Illegal drugs and stolen weapons were recovered during the Friday raid, according to a TNT report.

Bower was wanted on more than a dozen outstanding warrants, the report said. He will likely have several more charges from Friday’s incident added to his record.

Bower fled a home at 10010 S. Center Hwy. during the execution of a search warrant on Friday by TNT personnel with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police K9 unit, the report said.

The raid netted about 50 grams of cocaine, marijuana, packaging material, a loaded hand gun that had been stolen in Grand Traverse County, and several hundreds of dollars in suspected drug proceeds, the report said.

A 30-year-old Traverse City man and a 27-year-old Traverse City woman were in the home, as well as a 2-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy, the report said.

In questioning the man and woman, police learned that Bower had fled the home through a back window. It was also learned that he is the father of the 2-year-old, the report said. The MSP K9 was assisted by Leelanau’s team of Greg Hornkohl and his dog, Nico, who began tracking the suspect through the woods around the home. But the dogs lost the scent after several miles due to poor weather conditions.

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A 42-year-old Wyoming, Mich., man was arrested for felony drunken driving after a traffic stop on Friday in Solon Township.

Roman G. Gonzalez was spotted by a deputy patrolling South Good Harbor Trail north of Cedar traveling at a speed of 72 mph, a report said.

After stopping Gonzalez in Cedar, the deputy detected the smell of alcohol and conducted an investigation. Gonzalez was determined to be intoxicated, a report said.

He also has three prior drunk driving offenses from 1999, 2002 and 2011, all out of the Grand Rapids area. He was driving on a suspended driver’s license.

Gonzalez was arraigned on Tuesday for felony drunken driving and for being a habitual offender.

He was lodged in the Leelanau County Jail, and is being held on a $50,000, 10 percent bond.

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