2017-03-23 / Courts

Cement company bookkeeper arrested for embezzlement

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 52-year-old Empire Township woman who is suspected of embezzling a large sum of money from a county business.

Representatives of Leelanau Redi- Mix reported in July that they suspected an employee may be stealing money, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation has been ongoing since then and has determined that the woman has allegedly been taking money from the business since 2008, the report said.

The investigation led to the Friday arrest of the woman on a felony charge of embezzlement, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

The woman is currenly out on bond. Her arraignment has been set for Tuesday.

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Deputies arrested a 48-year-old Suttons Bay man on Monday for drunken driving with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

The man, who was driving a 2013 black Ford, was pulled over for speeding at about 2 a.m. on South West Bay Shore Drive in Elmwood Township, according to a report.

Upon contact, the deputy saw signs of intoxication. After an investigation he was arrested and taken to the Leelanau County Jail, where his BAC was determined to be two and 1/2 times the legal limit, the report said.

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Sheriff’s deputies responded to two rollover accidents early Monday when drivers were caught off guard by slippery road conditions.

At about 7:20 a.m. deputies and Elmwood Township emergency personnel responded to East Fouch and Mann roads for a single vehicle rollover accident.

Upon arrival, they found a Chevrolet Trailblazer on it’s side in the ditch, according to a report.

The driver, a 17-year-old Traverse City man, was uninjured. He told deputies that he was eastbound on Fouch Road when he lost control of his vehicle, sliding on black ice, the report said. The vehicle left the roadway and overturned in the ditch.

About an hour later, at 8:18 a.m., deputies along with Leland Fire and Rescue responded to South French Road near M-204, where another rollover had taken place.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel found a green Chevrolet SUV that had overturned and was sitting off the road, according to a report.

The driver, a 35-year-old Cedar woman, had been heading south on French Road when she also slid out of control on black ice, left the road and rolled over, the report said.

She also was uninjured.

The Sheriff’s Office is reminding drivers that when temperatures are in the low to mid-30s road surfaces can be slippery from dew or fog freezing upon contact with the road or from standing water that refreezes overnight.

Drivers need to be aware of this possible hazardous driving condition and adjust their speeds accordingly.

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Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the Suttons Bay Montessori School parking lot at about 1:15 p.m. Thursday, according to a report.

As deputies arrived the suspicious vehicle, a 2002 green Pontiac, was leaving the school property and heading north on St. Joseph Street, the report said.

A deputy located the vehicle and made a traffic stop, after which one of the vehicle’s occupants attempted to leave on foot, but was stopped by other deputies who were responding to the call, the report said.

An investigation determined that all occupants of the vehicle had been drinking alcohol.

The driver, a 32-year-old Traverse City man, was determined to be intoxicated and was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Emmet County, the report said.

He was arrested for third offense drunken driving; driving on a suspended license, second offense; and transporting open alcohol in a motor vehicle. He was also arrested on the outstanding warrant and was lodged in jail.

A passenger in the vehicle, a 30-year-old Traverse City woman, was arrested on a warrant out of Grand Traverse County, the report said.

She was lodged in jail before being transferred to Grand Traverse authorities.

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The Sheriff’s Office is seeking charges on a 28-year-old Suttons Bay man who was found passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the Speedway Gas Station parking lot.

At about 9:10 p.m. on March 14, deputies and Elmwood Township rescue personnel responded to a call from Speedway regarding the man who was passed out while sitting in a running vehicle, according to a report.

Upon arrival, deputies located the man, who was in the driver’s seat with his seatbelt on and the vehicle running in neutral. A strong odor of alcohol could be detected and an open pint of whiskey was found in the passenger seat, the report said.

The man was transported to Munson Hospital for observation and treatment. A report has been sent to the prosecutor requesting a charge of felony drunken driving, driving on a suspended license and open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.

The man was previously convicted of operating while intoxicated in 2004 and 2009, both 86th District Court, the report said.

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At about 10:50 p.m. on March 14, deputies responded to a domestic dispute at a residence in the 4900 block of South Maple City Road in Cleveland Township.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered that a verbal altercation had taken place between a man and woman, a report said.

It was determined that the male, a 23-year-old from Cedar, had driven to the Maple City Road address and was intoxicated, the report said.

He was arrested for drunken driving and taken to jail.

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