|Grand Traverse County, Crime Reports (2011)
|Total Violent Crime:||92|
|Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:||0|
|Total Property Crime:||739|
|Motor Vehicle Theft:||17|
|Grand Traverse County, Census Data
|Information About People and Demographics|
|Total population of persons residing within the County in 2010 ||86,986|
|Estimate of the County's total residency as of April 1, 2000||77,655|
|Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 2010||12%|
|Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 2010||9,332|
|April 1, 2000 complete count of Countywide resident population||77,654|
|Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age||4,984|
|July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age||6%|
|July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age||18,622|
|July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age ||22%|
|July 1, 2009 percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older||15%|
|July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older||13,177|
|July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents||51%|
|County's white resident population recorded in 2010||82,334|
|County's black resident population recorded in 2010||1,033|
|County's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 2010||1,010|
|County's Asian resident population recorded in 2010||601|
|County's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 2010||38|
|Countywide 2010 resident population of two or more races||1,480|
|Countywide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin||1,874|
|Non Hispanic white resident population in 2010||81,188|
|Countywide percentage of white residents in 2010||95%|
|Countywide percentage of black residents in 2010||1%|
|Countywide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 2010||1%|
|Countywide percentage of Asian residents in 2010||1%|
|Countywide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 2010||0%|
|Countywide percentage of Two or more races in 2010||2%|
|Countywide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 2010||2%|
|Countywide percentage of non Hispanic white in 2010||93%|
|Births and deaths occurring in Grand Traverse County|
|Infant death occurring within the County of persons one year of age or less in 2007||7|
|Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 2009||85|
Resident Background Information
|Education and background history of Grand Traverse County Residents|
|Percentage of foreign born population in the County from 2005 to 2009||2%|
|Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 2009||4%|
|Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 2009||92%|
|Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 2009||29%|
|Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 2009||7,521|
Current Housing and Real Estate Data
|Households located in Grand Traverse County|
|Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence between 2005-2009||19|
|Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 2009||41,018|
|Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009||6,175|
|Housing unit estimates - percent change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 2009||18%|
|Percentage of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 ||77%|
|Median value of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009
|Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 2009||16%|
|Total number of households between 2005-2009||34,193|
|Average size of households between 2005-2009||2|
Grand Traverse County Employment Data
|Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the County|
|Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation in 2009 ||$26,352|
|2009 Countywide income of median households in Grand Traverse County||$49,076|
|Percentage of persons living in poverty in the year 2009||11%|
|The personal income of persons employed in 2007||$3,033|
|Per capita income of persons employed in 2007||$35,520|
|Labor force of civilian workers in 2009||48,330|
|The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 2009||5,722|
|The rate of unemployed civilian labor force in 2009 ||12|
|Employment of person relating to all industries in 2007 ||66,759|
|Net change of employment in all industries between 2000 and 2007 ||4,563|
|People employed by the government in 2007 ||6,743|
|Earnings by persons working in all industries in 2007||2,586,430|
|Average earnings per job in all industries in 2007||38,743|
|Number of private non farm establishments in 2008 ||3,531|
|The employment of non farm pay for the period of March 12, 2008 ||42,246|
|Percentage change of private nonfarm employment for the pay period of March 12, 2008
|Total of non employer establishment in 2008 according to NAICS ||8,240|
|Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls in 2007||237,714|
People and Businesses
|Firms and companies of Grand Traverse County |
|Total number of firms located in the County for the year 2007||10,508|
|Total percentage of black owned private firms in 2007||0%|
|Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 2007||0%|
|Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 2007||0%|
|Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 ||0%|
|Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 2007||0%|
|Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 2007||25%|
|Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33 in 2007 ||1,160,721|
|Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42 in 2007||424,979|
|Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 ||1,570,064|
|Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 ||18,415|
|Property value and Grand Traverse County territory|
|2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units in 2009 ||202|
|The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits in 2009 ||33,325|
|Adjusted 2007 acres of land in farms||62,577|
|Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year||581,729|
|Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year||6,759|
|Size in square miles of land as of 2000||465|
|Population per square mile in the year 2010||187||
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| Sheriff alerts public: Northern Michigan killer, rapist leaving prison|
Leelanau County sheriff alerts residents that man who killed a woman and sexually assaulted another decades ago is on the verge of release from prison.
Wayne Frank PorterMichigan Department of Corrections
Leelanau County Sheriff's Department is alerting the public that a man convicted of second-degree murder in 1971 and first-degree sexual assault eight years later is being released from prison this week.
'We feel that his health is such that he's not a threat to society right now,' Sheriff Mike Borkovich told MLive and The Grand Rapids Press on Wednesday, Nov. 6.
But, he said, only Wayne Frank Porter knows that.
'We do hope he's reflected ... and changed his ways,' Borkovich said.
'Obviously, we're going to keep a very close eye on him, whether it's in Leelanau County or Traverse City. We'll keep a short tether.'
Borkovich, who did not investigate either of the crimes, said Porter, 63, served two tours in Vietnam, where he was seriously injured by a grenade and landmine. He probably suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome without getting any help, the sheriff said.
'Obviously, he was not right in the head' after being injured, the sheriff said.
Borkovich said it hurts to see a veteran return from war and commit a vicious crime. He hopes and prays that Porter stays out of trouble. But his biggest concern is for the victims of the crimes, their families and the community.
'What he did is inexcusable. There's just no other way to say that.'
Here's the alert Lt. Clint Kerr released on Wednesday, Nov. 6:
Suttons Bay killer released from prison
A man convicted of murder in Leelanau County in 1971 and of First Degree Sexual Assault in 1979 will be released from prison tomorrow. Wayne Frank Porter, 63, will be turned out with his maximum sentence served. He will not be on parole so the Michigan Department of Corrections will not have supervision of him nor does he have to advise them where will live. Porter will be released from Cooper Street Facility in Jackson on November 7th.
Porter's Offender Profile located on the Michigan Department of Corrections Offender Tracking Information System shows an Earliest Release Date of October 31, 2026. Click here for Wayne Frank Porter's OTIS information It also shows his Maximum Discharge Date of November 7, 2013. It is possible that Porter was given extra good time by Michigan Department of Corrections officials in order for him to be released early to avoid excessive medical costs the state is incurring as a result of his treatment for an undisclosed illness. He has reportedly loss nearly 100 lbs. as a result health issues.
Porter will be required by law to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life with the State of Michigan. It is believed that he will reside with a sister in Traverse City. His mother resides in a senior living facility in Traverse City. Porter has 3 days after his release from prison to register his new address with the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. Click here for the Michigan Sex Offender Registry
Porter was 21 years old in December 1971 when he pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder. The Suttons Bay High School graduate admitted to strangling Barbara Belfour, 43, whose body was found covered in snow behind her home on Valentine's Day 1971. Porter went to high school with Belfour's children and was home on leave from the Army at the time of the homicide.
Michigan State Police located Porter in Montreal, Quebec Canada and brought him back to the County several weeks after the murder. Porter was AWOL when located in Canada. He had served two tours in Vietnam and was seriously wounded by a grenade and land mine in combat.
Barbara Belfour was found buried in a snow bank on the ice on the frozen waters of Suttons Bay behind her home. Porter had attempted to chop a hole in the ice with an ax in order to hide the body but was unsuccessful. Police were called when Belfour did not show up for work the next morning. State Police determined that she was strangled with a rope and was found with her hands bound behind her back.
Wayne Porter was sentenced to 12 to 25 years in prison. It was Porter's first criminal conviction although he was charged with Felonious Assault by Traverse City Police Department in June 1968 but those charges were dismissed. He was released on parole on March 23, 1979 after serving 7 years 3 months and he returned to Suttons Bay.
On August 6, 1979, a 16 year-old runaway reported that she was hitch hiking on S Airport Road in Grand Traverse County. The child was in foster care and had snuck out of her foster home in an attempt to return to her mother in Reed City.
She later told her social worker that she was picked up, kidnapped and raped. The victim was interviewed by Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Detectives who determined that the assault occurred in Leelanau County. The victim was taken to Leelanau County by the detectives and showed investigators where the crime took place. Because of the physical description of the suspect, the vehicle used in the crime, the location of the assault and the case facts from the 1971 homicide, Leelanau County Sheriff's Detective Robert Russell suspected parolee Wayne Frank Porter.
Porter's mother had a yellow Volkswagen Beetle which was described by the victim as the vehicle that picked her up. His grandparents had property on the Lake Leelanau Narrows which contained an abandoned trailer that the victim identified as the place where the sexual assault occurred.
The victim said that she was picked up by a white male with black hair and a stocky build. The man was Wayne Porter. He drove towards Interlochen and then north on S Long Lake Road. He pulled off into a subdivision, saying he had to go to the bathroom. When he returned, he held a knife to her throat and told her that if she moved she was dead.
Porter tied her hands behind her back with a rope he had and made her sit on the floor of the car while he held the knife to her throat. The kidnapper tried to cram a towel down the victim's throat as he drove. He tried to choke her into unconsciousness several times while driving as well. The victim was not cut or stabbed with the knife.
After he drove to Leelanau County, Porter stopped the car and attempted to choke her out again and used both his thumbs, one in each eye, to attempt to push her eyeballs back into her head. The victim remained bound with her hands behind her back while still seated on the Volkswagen floor. The man continued to choke her into unconsciousness as he removed her clothing and sexually assaulted her. He told her that he was raped in prison, his girlfriend had just left him and he could not have regular sex as he assaulted the victim.
The suspect took her out of the car after the assault and took her to a creek that ran into the Lake Leelanau Narrows. Porter grabbed her by the hair and forced her head into the water multiple times while telling her he was going to drown her. Thinking she was going to die, the victim decided to start talking about anything that came in her head. She said 'Daddy, what are you doing to me'? Wayne Porter immediately stopped trying to drown her and said 'Oh my God, what am I doing?' He then untied her and took her into an abandoned trailer that was on his grandparents' property. The Volkswagen that he kidnapped the victim with was stuck in sand so he could not drive away.
The victim said Porter laid newspapers, plastic and old life jackets on the floor and she slept on and off throughout the night. In the morning they were not able to get the vehicle unstuck. Porter asked her why she didn't scream so the neighboring house could hear her. She told him that there was no need because he would get his punishment when he died. He then for some reason showed her his driver's license and asked if he took her to a phone, would she want him to wait for the cops to come.
The victim said Porter then gave her the knife he had held to her throat earlier and told her if she was going to use it on him, to do it quickly. She gave him the knife back and began to talk to him about God and how her foster father was a preacher. He agreed to talk to her foster dad sometime.
Porter then took her to a boat that was tied on the Narrows and rowed her across to the village of Lake Leelanau. They walked to the grocery store and she used the payphone to call her case worker. Porter went into the store and bought her cigarettes and a pop.
As they sat on the curb in front of the store, Porter told the victim that her case worker would call the cops and they would know where to find him. He went back to the boat and the victim did not see him again.
The initial investigation by Leelanau County identified Wayne Porter as the suspect. They staked out his mother's home in Suttons Bay and located him there. He let investigators into the home but chose not to speak with them about the crime. He was arrested for Attempted Murder and First Degree Sexual Assault.
Porter pleaded guilty to the 1st Degree CSC in return for the Attempted Murder charge being dropped. He was sentenced on April 29, 1980 by 13th Circuit Court judge Charles Forster to 60-90 years in prison. The sentence was imposed prior to 1995 when truth in sentencing was enacted. The law in 1980 allowed for good time and credit for disciplinary credits. The law did not require prisoners to serve the mandatory minimum sentence as is now the case and has been since 1995. He served 33 years 5 months on the 60-90 year sentence imposed.
Porter was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluations after both Leelanau County arrests and was found competent to stand trial. Although no one but Wayne Porter knows for sure, he does not appear to be an immediate threat to society due to his deteriorating health and physical condition.
John Agar covers crime for MLive/Grand Rapids Press E-mail John Agar: firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ReporterJAgar
Happening November 06 2013
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/11/post_454.html
| Traverse City election: Mayor re-elected after pleading to impaired driving|
Incumbent Mayor Michael Estes will continue his tenure after winning Tuesday night.
View full sizeA sign directs voters outside of Coit Creative Arts Academy in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Lauren Petracca | MLive.com
TRAVERSE CITY, MI — Incumbent Mayor Michael Estes will continue his tenure after winning Tuesday night.
Unofficial results from Grand Traverse County give Estes 57 percent of the vote with 2,080 ballots cast. His opponent, Rick Buckhalter secured 1,357 votes, or about 37 percent.
No more than 212 ballots were cast in support of a write-in candidate.
WLUP-TV reports similar numbers with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Estes pleaded guilty to impaired driving Monday, a little more than a week after he was arrested on Oct. 23, according to previous reports.
His pursuit for re-election took a bit of a twist soon after when a self-identified homeless man named George Golubovskis declared his candidacy for mayor. He claimed two degrees from the University of Michigan and said he spent time in Washington, D.C., and overseas.
However, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported Golubovskis is not a registered voter in the city, making him ineligible to receive any valid votes.
Andrew Krietz covers breaking and general police/fire news for MLive | The Grand Rapids Press. Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter.
Happening November 06 2013
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/11/traverse_city_election_mayor_r.html
| Authorities identify 69-year-old Fowlerville resident killed while crossing U.S. 31|
Authorities released the name of the Fowlerville resident killed Friday night when he was a struck by a pickup truck.
A 69-year-old Fowlerville man was killed Friday night in East Bay Township.MLive.com File Photo
EAST BAY TOWNSHIP, MI — Authorities released the name of the Fowlerville resident killed Friday night when he was a struck by a pickup truck.
Richard Lee Carson, 69, was crossing U.S. 31 at Four Mile Road when he was struck by the passing vehicle, according to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department.
Carson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The pickup truck was driven by Donald John Nowka, 59, also of Fowlerville, authorities said. Nowka and his passenger were not injured.
Police said another person walking with Carson was not injured.
Andrew Krietz covers breaking and general police/fire news for MLive | The Grand Rapids Press. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter.
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Happening October 14 2013
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/10/authorities_identify_69-year-o.html
| Paul Butterfield, Michigan State Police trooper killed during traffic stop, was athlete, role model|
Friends remember Michigan State Police Trooper and class of 1988 Bridgeport High School graduate Paul Butterfield as a great athlete who was loved by everyone throughout the community.
BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, MI — Friends remember Michigan State Police trooper and class of 1988 Bridgeport High School graduate Paul Butterfield as a great athlete who was loved throughout the community.Kelvin Atwater, 43, of Saginaw grew up in Bridgeport Township with Butterfield.“I’ve known him since ’76,” Atwater said. “We went to first grade at Thomas White Elementary.”Atwater said in high school they would often wrestle, and Butterfield would always win.“He was a good wrestler and cross country runner in high school, and I would wrestle with him, but I could never get him down,” Atwater said. “I was bigger and stronger than him, but he was too slick for me. I used to tell him that in a real fight, ‘You know I will beat you.’”Paul Butterfield Atwater last saw Butterfield about a year ago when he went to Manistee for a job.“He came to see me,” Atwater recalled. “We were just talking and chitchatting.”A shockwaveAtwater said he wish he had known that was the last time they would see each other, especially since he counted on seeing Butterfield at their 25th class reunion in September.Butterfield stopped a vehicle on Custer Road near Townline in Mason County about 6:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9. At 6:23 p.m., a passing motorist called 911 to report finding Butterfield on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head. Butterfield was airlifted to Munson Hospital, where he died during emergency surgery, police report.“About a month in a half ago, I contacted him to tell him I was going to be in the area, but I never made it because I had a death in the family,” Atwater said. “That could have been my last time seeing him, and I thought I was going to see him in a few weeks. I feel bad now.”Maurice Hopgood, pastor of Newer Dimensions Church in Carrollton and a
teacher’s aide at Bridgeprot High School, said everyone in the
neighborhood knew Butterfield during their school years.“It was a shockwave,” said Hopgood, who graduated a year after Butterfield from Bridgeport High School. “We looked up to Paul.”He was always in trainingIn 1988, Butterfield’s graduating year, he was awarded the Herb Korf
Scholarship, an award presented annually to a Saginaw County
track athlete, according to Saginaw News archives.“He was always training,” Hopgood said. “He would run through the neighborhood. Everybody knew him because he ran everywhere. He would run through, swim a few laps in our pool and continue running.”Butterfield was the dominant long-distance runner in the county in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter events in 1987 and 1988. He also was the White Pine Conference champion in two races for three years running during his high school years, and won Class A state cross-country championship. Butterfield graduated with a 3.47 grade point average, according to newsreports.
Terran Houston, 43, graduated with Butterfield and was also on the track team with him. He said Butterfield was a talented leader of the team. When Houston moved to Florida in 1994, Butterfield was one of few friends from high school with whom Houston still spoke, he said. When he found out Butterfield was becoming a police officer, Houston said he was 'sort of surprised.''I would have though he would have been in the Olympics or a track coach, he was just that good,' Houston said.Facebook friendsHopgood said his mother called him after watching the morning news, and the news of Butterfield's death was confirmed by school officials when he came to work Tuesday, Sept. 10.“I was hoping it wasn’t him,” Hopgood said.Atwater said he learned of Butterfield’s death through Facebook.“I was looking at the second football game (Monday night), and I saw it on Facebook, so I pulled it up on the Internet and saw that it was true,” Atwater said. “I didn’t want to believe it.”Atwater often kept up with Butterfield through Facebook. He said Butterfield didn’t have any children and was recently engaged. “He had a dog and a cat that he loved and would always post on Facebook how good the dog and cat got along, and how they were best friends forever,” Atwater said.Cherianne Burmeister-Kida said she met Butterfield in the seventh grade, and they often sat together because of the order of their last names.
'Whenever we had to sit in alphabetical order we would talk,' Burmeister-Kida said.Burmeister-Kida said she left Saginaw and lived in Flint for 20 years before moving to Grand Traverse County, close to where Butterfield and his fiancee lived. She said she caught up with him on the social networking site MySpace and then later on Facebook.'He
used to be a short kid, and I haven't seen him in a while, so I don't know if he
has grew any,' she said. 'He was a small guy, but he could hold his own.'The last interaction Burmeister-Kida said she had with Butterfield was the a few days before he died.
'The day before, or maybe Sunday, he posted a picture of his dog and cat, and I commented on the photo and he liked the comment. That was
the last time I heard from him.'A true heroHopgood and Atwater said Butterfield wanted to be a police officer like his dad.
“Paul was so bright that anything he wanted to do, he could’ve done,” Hopgood said. 'I remember him talking about being a police officer. His father was an officer.”Atwater added, “His dad was a state trooper in Bridgeport.”“In my opinion, he is a true hero, and I appreciate the service he gave to our country and state, and we will never forget him,” Atwater said.Burmeister-Kida, a disabled vet, said Butterfield also served in the U.S. Army.
'I've been crying all day,' she said. 'I've only had three hours of
sleep. It was senseless. He was a good person. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to know him. We lost a good person.' Bob Johnson is a general assignment reporter for MLive/The Saginaw News. Contact him at 989-395-3295, by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. MLive reporter Brad Devereaux contributed to this report.
Happening September 10 2013
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2013/09/paul_butterfield_michigan_stat.html
| Deputy injured while tackling driver who fled traffic stop near Traverse City|
Man with outstanding warrants crashed SUV though yard before getting tackled by police, who allegedly found him carrying drugs.
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BLAIR TOWNSHIP, MI — A Grand Traverse sheriff’s deputy was injured this week while scuffling with an alleged drunk driver who was arrested after crashing through a Grawn area yard while fleeing police.
Deputies tackled the 23-year-old Grawn man on Wednesday, Aug. 28 after a foot chase through a residential neighborhood on South Needle Drive in Blair Township.
The man, whom deputies found carrying narcotics, allegedly fled a traffic stop on Vance Road about 6:46 p.m. Deputies were called to the area on reports of a reckless driver swerving around in a black SUV.
A Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Department release said the driver sped off in the vehicle while being approached by the deputy during the stop.
During the subsequent pursuit, the driver failed to negotiate a curve, crashed the vehicle through a fence into a yard, and then attempted to flee on foot. The deputy broke a finger while trying to put handcuffs on the man after tackling him.
The driver is awaiting arraignment in Grand Traverse County on charges of fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing police causing injury, possession of oxycontin, operating while impaired and driving with a suspended license.
Police said the man already had outstanding warrants in Grand Traverse and Ogemaw counties. A breathalyzer test showed his blood alcohol level at .15, which is nearly twice the legal limit in Michigan.
An occupant of the vehicle, a 24-year-old Mesick man, was also arrested and is awaiting arraignment for allegedly resisting and obstructing after deputies said he failing to comply with directions.
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Happening August 30 2013
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/deputy_injured_while_tackling.html
| Federal judge orders Brown Bridge Dam flooding case back to state court in Traverse City|
Property owners alleging flooding after dam failure constitutes taking of their property without just compensation.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The $3.6 million Brown Bridge Dam lawsuit is headed back to Traverse City following a federal judge’s order to remand the case to state court.
On Monday, Aug. 5, U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist agreed with plaintiff attorney Kristyn Houle’s argument that citation of an Alabama fish and game case in her filing did not constitutes a federal question that gave the higher court jurisdiction.
Filed in Grand Traverse County Circuit Court in May, the suit was sent to Grand Rapids federal court in June.
In the suit, a group of northern Michigan property owners are alleging the botched removal of a Boardman River dam has lowered their property values and exacerbated spring flooding.
Floodwaters inundated 66 properties down river from the Brown Bridge pond after a construction mishap during a removal project in October. The dam has since been removed as part of a large-scale river restoration project.
Houle argues the property damage from flooding in October and April amounts to a taking of her client's property without just compensation.
The filing names the City of Traverse City, contractors Molon Excavating and AMEC Engineering, and the Boardman River dam removal project team as defendants.
Plaintiffs include riverfront property owners Phil and Barbara Reneaud, Shelley Wesley, Edna Wilder, David and Pamela Hoyt, and the Boardman Plains Homeowners Association.
In the order, Quist rejected defendants written arguments that citation of the 2012 Supreme Court case warranted the suit’s removal to higher court, stating that “mere reference to federal law does not establish federal subject matter jurisdiction.”
Houle called the removal of the case to federal court in Grand Rapids a stalling tactic.
• $6.3M suit claims botched Traverse City project worsened April flooding
• Floodwaters inundate river valley after temporary dam fails
• Dam removals will restore 18 miles of river flowing into West Bay
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Happening August 06 2013
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/judge_orders_brown_bridge_dam.html
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