2017-05-25 / Courts

Beware of strange bills and separate cars, trees


PHONY $100 BILLS that can be purchased off the internet have been spotted being passed in a couple of area businesses. The bills, which are clearly marked as movie props, are handed off face down. PHONY $100 BILLS that can be purchased off the internet have been spotted being passed in a couple of area businesses. The bills, which are clearly marked as movie props, are handed off face down. The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office is warning area businesses that fraudulent $100 bills have been passed at businesses in Suttons Bay and Greilickville.

During the past month the Sheriff’s Office has handled a couple of complaints in which businesses have accepted the bills and then realized they were phony.

Most recently, during the early evening hours of May 17, a suspect attempted to pass a fake bill at a gas station in Elmwood Township, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.

The clerk was observant and realized immediately that the $100 bill was fake and called the Sheriff’s Office, which has identified the suspect. The case is currently under investigation, the report said.


A TRAVERSE CITY woman is in the Leelanau County Jail after crossing the centerline and hitting an oncoming vehicle before nosediving into some trees and then fleeing the scene Sunday in Bingham Township. A TRAVERSE CITY woman is in the Leelanau County Jail after crossing the centerline and hitting an oncoming vehicle before nosediving into some trees and then fleeing the scene Sunday in Bingham Township. The bills in question can be purchased cheaply off the internet. Except for printing that identifies them as “for motion picture use only,” they look authentic. The person presenting the bill will usually place it face down, making it harder to detect as fraudulent, the report said.

The Sheriff’s Office is advising businesses to check closely any larger denomination bill they receive.

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Two people were arrested for driving while intoxicated over the weekend, according to reports from the Sheriff’s Office.

A 37-year-old Suttons Bay man was arrested Saturday after a deputy found him passed out in his truck, which was stopped in the road on South Lake Shore Drive in Solon Township.

The deputy came upon the 2000 white Chevrolet pick-up at about 7:40 p.m. near the intersection with Schomberg Road. Legal and illegal drugs were confiscated from the truck along with a number of syringes.

After an investigation the man was arrested for suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs and lodged at the Leelanau County Jail.

He will be charged with operating while intoxicated, second offense, and drug possession, a report states. He will also be charged with a bond violation as he is currently out on bond from an arrest for aggravated domestic assault in Leelanau County.

The man was convicted in 2003 of operating while intoxicated in Traverse City.

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A 44-year-old Traverse City woman was arrested early Monday after allegedly crashing into another vehicle on M-22 in Bingham Township and then fleeing the scene, according to the report. At about 10 p.m. Sunday, a witness called 9-1-1 to report that a black 2011 Cadillac heading south on M-22 near East Lakeview Hills Road was driving erratically and crossed the center line. It collided with a 2017 Subaru headed north before leaving the road and coming to rest in a group of ornamental trees, the report said.

The woman driving the Cadillac fled the scene on foot, the report said.

Leelanau County sheriff’s deputies searched the area with the assistance of the Michigan State Police, but did not find the woman.

Then, at about 1:50 a.m., a deputy patrolling the area spotted the woman walking on M-22 a long distance from the original crash site, the report said.

She showed signs of spending a period of time in the woods, as she was dirty and had abrasions on her lower legs, the report said.

The woman was arrested for suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. She was lodged in jail.

Both the driver and passenger in the Subaru were transported to Munson Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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