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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Public Safety

Patrick Sullivan - August 29th, 2011
ROCK THROWN AT COP
A Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputy who was driving down High Lake
Road near Supply Road was surprised by an object that was apparently
thrown from another vehicle and struck his windshield.
The deputy turned around, stopped the vehicle and interviewed the
occupants of the car after the incident, which happened after midnight on
Aug. 23.
A 19-year-old backseat passenger first told police that he threw a piece
of candy out of the window, Capt. Randy Fewless said. He later admitted to
throwing a rock at the marked patrol car, and he added that he did not
realize the car was a police car when he threw the rock.
The teenager was arrested on a charge of throwing an object at a vehicle.
The windshield needed to be replaced, Fewless said.

ROW-BOAT CHASE
Police who responded to a report of a break-in in Green Lake Township
wound up using a row-boat to chase down a suspect who attempted to flee by
swimming.
State police were called to a residence early on Aug. 20 where a man told
them he’d interrupted a burglary attempt by a former employee who stole
money and fled in a stolen vehicle.
The vehicle was discovered in Fife Lake Township. When troopers activated
their overhead lights, the suspect drove faster. A pursuit ended at the
end of a two-track, state police said in a press release.
The suspect got out of the car and jumped into Headquarters Lake. Troopers
followed in a rowboat and when the man was ready to give up they threw him
a lifejacket and told him to get to the shore where he was arrested and
taken by rowboat back to the patrol car.

CAR-CYCLIST CRASH
A woman riding her bike across South Airport Road near Lafranier Road in
heavy traffic wound up with serious injuries after she was struck by a
car.
Crystal Marie Wright, 19, of TC, attempted to cross in a spot that wasn’t
a marked intersection at 3:24 p.m. on Aug, 23, Grand Traverse Sheriff
Capt. Randy Fewless said. Wright was struck by a car and suffered several
broken bones and internal injuries, but the injuries were not considered
life-threatening.
A 76-year-old woman from Rapid City was driving the car. A passenger in
the car, an 82-year-old man from Rapid City, was injured by glass from the
windshield after it was crushed by the cyclist, Capt. Randy Fewless said.

MACKINAW STABBING
Police called to a seasonal housing complex in Mackinaw City discovered a
37-year-old man had been stabbed in the back.
Mackinaw City Police learned the stabbing had occurred at another location
in the city. After an investigation, a 29-year-old woman from St. Ignace
was arrested on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting
and obstructing police, Sgt. Todd Woods said in a press release.

POT BUSTS
Charlevoix County authorities swept through the countryside and discovered
marijuana plants.
The Charlevoix County Drug Team and the National Guard found 364 plants at
a dozen and a half locations during an Aug. 18 air search.
Some of the plants were discovered to be in medical marijuana grow sites,
officials said.
On the same day, police searched a Boyne City home and seized 304 plants,
guns, prescription narcotics, and spoons used for cooking narcotics.
A resident of the home was arrested on multiple felony charges, including
maintaining a drug house and manufacture of marijuana, police said.

BREAK-IN SOLVED
A July burglary of an apartment in Petoskey where thieves made off with
laptops and other items has been solved, police said.
While officers investigated the break-in at an apartment complex at 1112
Emmet Street, officers with the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Department,
working on a separate investigation, found evidence in the Petoskey case.
The departments worked together and arrested Charles David Pratt Jr., 27,
of Charlevoix, who was arraigned on Aug. 22 on charges of home invasion,
larceny and receiving and concealing stolen property, according to a
Petoskey Department of Public Safety press release.

WOMEN SAVED FROM WRECK
A bystander pulled two 18-year-old women from a vehicle that had rolled
over near I-75 in Crawford County.
Moments later, the vehicle burst into flames, Sheriff Kirk Wakefield said
in a press release.
The rollover crash occurred on the Lewiston Grade at the I-75 overpass on
Aug. 22 at around 6:50 p.m. The women were taken to Grayling Mercy
Hospital and the driver was cited for careless driving.

ERRATIC DRIVER STOPPED
Antrim County deputies were called to US 131 near Alba after witnesses
reported someone was driving an SUV in an unpredictable manner.
The vehicle was swerving into ditches and into oncoming traffic and nearly
caused several collisions on Aug. 22 at around 10:45 a.m., according to a
statement from Sheriff Daniel Bean.
A deputy located the SUV on US 131 and “took every means possible short of
deadly force to stop the vehicle” to prevent a head-on collision.
The car was eventually stopped and it was discovered the driver was
suffering through a “medical episode” and required hospitalization, Bean
said.

ATTEMPTED MURDER
Reports of shots fired north of Houghton Lake led police to a 60-year-old
man who had been shot in the back.
Police were called Aug. 20 at around 10 p.m. to East Houghton Lake Drive
and learned that the suspected shooter, a 54-year-old Higgins Lake man,
had fled the scene.
During the investigation police were called to Lyon Township for a report
of a suicidal person and when they arrived there they discovered that
person was the same one they wanted in connection with the shooting.
The suspect was taken to Munson Medical Center in TC to be treated for a
self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, according to a state police
press release. Both the suspect and the victim are expected to recover.

INFANT KILLED
A Peshawbestown man faces federal charges after authorities said he killed
a girl during a sexual assault.
Steven William Deuman, 26, allegedly killed his daughter Aug. 12, a
three-and-a-half-month-old identified in the complaint only as ED.
Deuman told investigators from the FBI he left his daughter in bed and she
died of an apparent accident while he went outside and smoked a cigarette.
Authorities say an autopsy revealed the girl died during a sexual assault,
according to the complaint.
Deuman is scheduled to appear at a detention hearing Sept. 2 in federal
court in Grand Rapids.
The case was investigated by federal authorities because it occurred on
tribal land.

MAN FALLS FROM LADDER
A 65-year-old Petoskey man who worked for a pest control company fell from
a ladder and needed to be rescued.
Police were called to the 900 block of Townline Road Aug. 24 at 10:35 a.m.
after the man, who was removing bee’s nests, fell to a second-floor roof
and injured his head, arm, leg and shoulder, according to the Petoskey
Department of Public Safety.
The man was unable to move and needed to be stabilized by emergency
responders on the roof. An aerial platform truck and a Stokes basket were
eventually used to remove the man from the roof.
The rescue was performed during a heavy rainfall, further complicating
matters, police said.
The victim was taken to Northern Michigan Hospital where he was treated
for non-life threatening injuries. Police were assisted by Resort-Bear
Creek Fire and Allied ambulance.





 
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