2018-08-16 / Courts

Sugar Loaf trespassers charged $200 each

A group of five adults was fined $200 each for trespassing last month at SugarLoaf Resort.

The parties were the subject of a complaint called into the county dispatch center about 10 p.m. on July 10. The caller said he had observed four people with flashlights “meandering” around the resort.

Deputies found people inside the long-closed lodge and others on resort property, which has been fenced off for several months and marked with “no trespassing” signs.

Misdemeanor trespass charges were levied against Justin A. Choate, 18 of Traverse City; Christopher L. Fawcett, 18 of Traverse City; Kaitlynn R. Pataky, 19, of Honor; Lauren G. Schoonover, 17, of Williamsburg; and Maren J. Schoonover, 17, of Williamsburg.

Charges were also sought in Probate Court for juvenile court for a 16-year-old female from Fife Lake. She was also with the group.

Initially members of the group were charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor punishable by 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $250.

However, they pleaded guilty to a civil infraction on Aug. 8 and were fined $200 each.

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