Monday, July 15, 2013

STANDOFF IN HARBOR SPRINGS ( Mary Beth Kur Connection)


Despite wealth and privilege, David Whitlow’s life unraveled

Patrick Sullivan - September 10th, 2012

There is a quaint, old-fashioned sign outside of the arched stone gate at the entrance to the Harbor Point Association that reads “AUTOMOBILES NOT ALLOWED.”
Residents and guests drive up and are met by a horse and buggy, which takes them past the guardhouse and the rest of the way to their cottage on the nearly-mile-long fingerlike peninsula that stretches into Little Traverse Bay, south of Harbor Springs.
This is no ordinary gated community. And it is not the typical setting for an armed standoff with police.
But that’s exactly what happened here in June, when an increasingly unstable resident, David Cornell Whitlow, greeted police with a machete, said he could kill an officer by throwing a knife at him, and threatened to blow up his cottage after he filled it with natural gas from a stove.
Whitlow was taken by surprise during the standoff, tasered and arrested. He now sits in the Emmet County jail awaiting an examination to determine if he is competent to stand trial on the dozen felony charges he faces stemming from the incident.

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