Friday, May 31, 2013

Fear in the forest

Read about a guy that was charged with criminal trespass for driving on a public road here and later where the charges were dismissed here

This Northern Express Article informs the reader of just what can happen if you find yourself lost in the woods in Northern Michigan while out exploring nature. You could be prosecuted and have your life turned upside down for making a wrong turn.
Fortunately for this victim of our justice system, he had the support of powerful people in the area and The Northern Express covered his story and charges were dropped.
Someone less fortunate than Mr. Roote would find themselves still entangled in a legal nightmare and more than likely would end up in jail when they can't pay up. This is just business as usual in our local court system.


On a whim, Terry Roote and his brother and their wives decided to try to get a look at Northern Michigan’s famous elk herd last fall.
Roote had never been to Montmorency County before, and since he was already in Gaylord, where his brother lives, it sounded like something fun to do. Atlanta, the county seat, bills itself as Michigan’s “elk capital,” after all.
“I said, ‘Let’s go out and see if we can spot some,’” Roote said. “We thought we would just cruise around and see if we could see any elk.”
If you look at a map of that part of the state, the remote reaches of the county are a patchwork of state and private land where minor county roads seem to trail off into nowhere.
They wound up on just one of those roads.
It was Sept. 15 when Roote and his family drove down Island Hill Road in Vienna Township.
Roote said it was just a series of random turns that led them to that spot. It is a bumpy dirt road that winds east and then north and then just ends, not far from state land considered by area hunters to be prime territory.
On the way through the woods, past small oil rigs, rustic cabins and old homesteads, Roote and his party wound up at a dead end where Island Hill Road runs into a gate in front of someone’s house. There was a “for sale” sign up ahead. Roote, owner of Great Northern Benefits in Traverse City, a healthcare consulting business and insurance agency, said he decided to have a look.
As his GMC Sierra Denali pickup rolled forward, though, the vehicle thumped into something in the road.
There was a metallic screeching sound followed by the hiss of flowing air.
Roote was terrified. He would later learn someone had laid stop-strips across the road, the kind used by police to blow tires to catch runaway scofflaws.
“I’m like, ‘Wow, who would do something like that?’ You know?” Roote said. “I’m like thinking, ‘’Someone’s sniping us.’ Keep in mind: we were 20 miles from the closest town.”

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New lawsuit filed against the Charlevoix County Prosecutor

The Boyne City Gazette put the article on their front page this week.

You can read it on their website but it is one of those painful pay-to-read-more links.

It is on the PNR today but you have to dig to find it, the link is here.

Exerpt from the Petoskey News Review article:
Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof and his wife, Judy are being sued by a former landlord in Charlevoix County's 90th District Court over a dispute about alleged back rent, missing property and property damages.

The lawsuit was filed against the couple in January by David and Laurie Kane. The Kanes are being represented by Robert Mendham Jr., a law partner of John Jarema, former county prosecutor and opponent of Telgenhof in last November's election.
Funny that the landlord filing the suit would have somehow found Jarema's new firm to file the lawsuit?

Credit the BCG for the photo.

Amazing how many hits that last post recieved!

Update: A well written piece from Michigan Lawyers Weekly Prosecutors at opposite sides ... again