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Grand Traverse County, Crime Reports (2011)
Total Violent Crime:92
Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:0
Forcible Rape:26
Robbery:3
Aggravated Assault:63
Total Property Crime:739
Burglary:128
Larceny Theft:594
Motor Vehicle Theft:17
Arson:4
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, 200077,655
Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 201012%
Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 20109,332
April 1, 2000 complete count of Countywide resident population77,654
Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age4,984
July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age6%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age18,622
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 older15%
July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older13,177
July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents51%
County's white resident population recorded in 201082,334
County's black resident population recorded in 20101,033
County's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 20101,010
County's Asian resident population recorded in 2010601
County's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 201038
Countywide 2010 resident population of two or more races1,480
Countywide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin1,874
Non Hispanic white resident population in 201081,188
Countywide percentage of white residents in 201095%
Countywide percentage of black residents in 20101%
Countywide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 20101%
Countywide percentage of Asian residents in 20101%
Countywide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 20100%
Countywide percentage of Two or more races in 20102%
Countywide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 20102%
Countywide percentage of non Hispanic white in 201093%

Vital Statistics

Births and deaths occurring in Grand Traverse County
Births 2007988
Deaths 2007695
Infant death occurring within the County of persons one year of age or less in 20077
Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 200985

Resident Background Information

Education and background history of Grand Traverse County Residents
Percentage of foreign born population in the County from 2005 to 20092%
Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 20094%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 200992%
Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 200929%
Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 20097,521

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 2005-200919
Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 200941,018
Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 20096,175
Housing unit estimates - percent change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 200918%
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 $174,800
Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 200916%
Total number of households between 2005-200934,193
Average size of households between 2005-20092

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 200911%
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 200948,330
The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 20095,722
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 20072,586,430
Average earnings per job in all industries in 200738,743
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 -3%
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 2007237,714

People and Businesses

Firms and companies of Grand Traverse County
Total number of firms located in the County for the year 200710,508
Total percentage of black owned private firms in 20070%
Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 20070%
Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 20070%
Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 0%
Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 20070%
Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 200725%
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 2007424,979
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

Land Valuation

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 farms62,577
Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year581,729
Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year6,759
Size in square miles of land as of 2000465
Population per square mile in the year 2010187
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Suspected drunken driver urinates in police car, injures sergeant's tooth, authorities say
An arrest for drunken driving resulted in a urine-soaked seat and a tooth injury for a sheriff's sergeant in Grand Traverse County. MLive File Photo  GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI -- An arrest of a drunken driving suspect resulted in a urine-soaked car seat and a tooth injury for a sheriff's sergeant in Grand Traverse County, authorities said. The sergeant stopped a 38-year-old Traverse City woman for suspected drunken driving about 1:50 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2. While traveling to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City for a blood-draw, she urinated in the patrol vehicle's backseat, police said. At the hospital, the woman, who was not identified in a press release, allegedly resisted and struggled with officers and staff. The woman thrashed while the sergeant restrained her, causing an injury to his tooth, authorities said. She was later jailed for operating while intoxicated and resisting and obstructing police. Angie Jackson covers public safety and breaking news for MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. Email her at ajackso3@mlive.com, and follow her on Twitter.
Happening April 03 2014 - Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/04/suspected_drunken_driver_urina.html

40-year-old mural discovered on historic Dunlop Motor Co. building in downtown Bay City
The original plan was to remove a portion of the metal siding to install some windows at the historic Dunlop Motor Co. building in downtown Bay City. But a discovery of 40-year-old paint has brothers Terry and Lee Spencer thinking otherwise. BAY CITY, MI — The original plan was to remove a portion of the metal siding to install some windows at the historic Dunlop Motor Co. building in downtown Bay City. But the discovery of a nearly 40-year-old painted mural on the building's bricks has brothers Terry and Lee Spencer thinking otherwise. “At first we saw this red border and thought it might be something bigger,” said Lee Spencer. “Then we saw the end of a quotation in big painted letters. Then we knew we had something that could be of historical importance to Bay City.” On Monday, March 31, Lee Spencer and two other men were working to remove the metal siding on the north end of the Dunlop Building, unveiling a mural that was painted by artist Terry Dickinson before the U.S. Bicentennial celebration in September 1974. Sometime in the 1980s, the mural was covered up by the siding. Terry Dickinson“When they covered it up, I always thought that one day it would come down and someone would be pleasantly surprised,” said Dickinson, who now lives in Kingsley, located in Grand Traverse County. Dickinson signed on as a teacher at Bay City Central High School in 1965 where he taught math. After the new year passed in 1974, he floated the idea to Bay City’s Downtown Development Authority about painting some murals downtown, in conjunction with the nation’s bicentennial celebration. The only problem was he had no experience in painting large murals. “The first question they asked me was, ‘How many other murals have you done?’” said the 72-year-old artist. “And my answer was, ‘None, yet.’ ” So, in the spring of 1974, he went to the Pontiac dealership with a water color rendering of what he would paint on the north end of the building and told the owners he would paint the 100-foot-by-25-foot wall for only the cost of materials. “The day I finished that mural, I had five more jobs lined up in the city,” he said. The mural features the Liberty Bell and an American flag waving in the background, and includes in large red letters the inscription found on the cracked bell, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all inhabitants thereof.” Dickinson went on to paint 52 murals in Bay City and Essexville, giving the city the monicker of “Mural City.” The mural on the Dunlop building is the largest one he painted in the city, he said. Ron Bloomfield, chief historian at the Bay County Historical Society, has said that people would drive from all over the state to Bay City just to see the murals. Dickinson’s work in Bay City caught on quickly in neighboring communities. In 1978, the owners of the Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth commissioned Dickinson to travel to Germany and study the murals that enhanced the landscape of southern Bavaria. Since then, he’s painted more than 200 images in Frankenmuth. As of Monday afternoon, about half of the siding on the Dunlop Building was removed, but the three-man crew was working quickly to rip off all the siding by the end of the day. “At this point, we’re halting our plans with the windows,” said Terry Spencer. “We’re really not sure what to do. This was certainly a pleasant surprise, and I guess we’ll see what the people of Bay City ultimately want us to do with the mural.”That section of the building has two doors that go into the Habitat for Humanity Restore shop. When the Spencers installed the doors, they saw some red paint from the border of the mural, but thought nothing of it. If the brothers opt to keep the mural, the old brick mortar would need to be repaired, and the mural would likely have to be repainted, said Lee Spencer. “People really seem to be into it,” he said. “You can see heads turning as they head out of town. There’s definitely a lot of interest in what we’re doing here.”
Happening March 31 2014 - Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2014/03/40-year-old_mural_discovered_o.html

Argument, struggle with gun preceded fatal shooting near Traverse City, deputies say
Traverse City man, 29, said he'd "rather die" than leave house of female acquaintance who shot him. Deputies have not made any arrests. MLive file photo GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI — Investigators say a man shot Friday in Northern Michigan told the woman who killed him he’d “rather die” than leave her house after an argument in the garage escalated into a struggle with a gun. Roger Rex Howard, 29, of Traverse City was pronounced dead at Munson Medical Center after Grand Traverse County deputies say Nicole Rachell Mitchell, 27, of Traverse City, shot him point-blank on Friday, March 21. Deputies did not specify the relationship between Howard and Mitchell beyond saying they were acquainted, according to a Sunday, March 23 news release. Mitchell shot Howard at her residence on Black Bear Drive in Long Lake Township just prior to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, police said. Autopsy results were pending Sunday. The woman, a mother of two children, was not arrested and deputies said they had not determined yet whether any charges would be brought. Mitchell told 911 dispatchers the shooting was accidental. Deputies found Howard collapsed in the upstairs hallway of her residence, shot once in the upper chest. There were three children in the home when the shooting occurred; ages 2, 7 and 9. Two of the kids were Mitchell’s, and one was a guest. Investigators said Howard called Mitchell earlier Friday evening and asked to come over. She picked him up at his apartment in Garfield Township and brought him back to her home on Black Bear Drive. Investigators said the two got into an argument in the garage, upon which she told Howard several times that he was not welcome and needed to leave. She went inside to check on the kids when she heard Howard enter and come upstairs, deputies said. She went for a semi-automatic pistol in a bedroom safe “because she was fearful that Howard was going to hurt her or the children.” She told deputies Howard entered the bedroom and “stated that he would rather die than leave.” He allegedly walked toward her and grabbed the pistol. “Mitchell stated that she then heard the gun discharge and saw Howard walk out of the bedroom,” read the release. Howard collapsed in the hallway. The sheriff’s department said more information would be released Monday. Garret Ellison covers business, government and breaking news for MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. Email him at gellison@mlive.com or follow on Twitter & Instagram
Happening March 23 2014 - Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/03/argument_struggle_with_pistol.html

Jackson-area obituaries: Dolores Taylor, 76, attended Jackson Community College and worked with the
Jackson-area obituaries for Thursday, Feb. 6. Dolores Taylor TAYLOR (HARRISON) (ARMSTRONG) (BASSO), DOLORES LOUISE MARY Of Westland, MI went home to be with the Lord Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the age of 76. Dolores was the daughter of Anthony and Emma (Cliche) Basso born October, 17, 1937 in Ionia, MI. She is survived by five children, David Michael Armstrong, Margaret 'Marti' Rose, Linda (Eddie) Gonzales, Robert Taylor, and Brenda (Robert) Cornell; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two sisters, Colleen Hathaway, and Bonnie Fort; sister-in-law, Marilyn Basso; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Ruth (Geno) Ball; grandsons, Tony and Jake, and her parents. Dolores was a graduate of St. Francis High School in 1955; she attended Jackson Community College for two years. Her working career starts with Electric Maintenance & Repair Company, Inc in Jackson / The Stage Coach Stop in Brooklyn for over 37 years with the Bahlau family as a bookkeeper, then with the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper, then finishing up her working career with the Crawford County Road Commission in Grayling. Dolores was a member of Grand Traverse Girl Scout Council and camp counselor at 1st Handicap Camp, established in Grand Traverse County, also a member of 1st Pioneer Camp Group. She enjoyed spending time with her family, bowling, and crocheting. She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her.View Dolores Taylor's full obituary.Visit Dolores Taylor's guestbook.Visit the Jackson Citizen Patriot obituary pageSee more obituaries from the Jackson Citizen Patriot:Bunker-Johnson, Hazel E.Conklin, ArleneCopeland, MargaretCrosby, JohnCross, Mary M.Michaelis, Katherine H.Patterson, Rankin E.Taylor, DoloresYork, Eugene
Happening February 06 2014 - Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2014/02/jackson-area_obituaries_dolore.html

Deputies seek suspects accused of stealing charity donation jar, lottery tickets from 7-Eleven
This is the second time the Meals on Wheels donation jar was stolen in a month, deputies said. Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department  GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY -- Sheriff's deputies in Northern Michigan are asking for the public's assistance in tracking down a trio who allegedly stole a charitable donation jar and lottery tickets from a convenience store. Surveillance footage captured the suspects entering a 7-Eleven on Barlow Street in Grand Traverse County's Garfield Township at 11 p.m. on Feb. 2 and 3 a.m. on Feb. 3. Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department  A donation jar for Meals on Wheels and lottery tickets were stolen, deputies said in a news release. Authorities said this is the second time the donation jar was stolen in a month. The suspects are described as two males and a female in their mid-20s. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call authorities at 231-995-5002. Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Department  Angie Jackson covers public safety and breaking news for MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. Email her at ajackso3@mlive.com, and follow her on Twitter.
Happening February 05 2014 - Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/02/deputies_seek_suspects_who_sto.html

Good Samaritan pinned between vehicles while helping at Northern Michigan crash scene
Good Samaritan hospitalized, but expected to survive. Good Samaritan pinned between two vehicles while helping another motorist.File photo  GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, MI – A man helping a motorist whose car left the road was injured when another vehicle slid and struck his pickup truck, pinning the good Samaritan between his pickup truck and the disabled vehicle. The good Samaritan, identified only as a 56-year-old Williamsburg man, was taken to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a multi-vehicle crash just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, on U.S. 131 near Elliott Road in Fife Lake Township. The good Samaritan had stopped on the road’s southbound shoulder to help a motorist whose vehicle left the road after another driver lost control of the slippery highway. He was trying to hook up a tow strap to a vehicle in the ditch when a northbound Honda went out of control and struck his Chevrolet pickup truck. The good Samaritan was then pinned between his pickup and the vehicle he was trying to help. The driver of the Honda, a 63-year-old Riverside, Ill., woman, was also injured and taken to Munson. Her passenger, a 44-year-old Los Angeles woman, did not require hospitalization. John Agar covers crime for MLive/Grand Rapids Press E-mail John Agar: jagar@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ReporterJAgar
Happening January 30 2014 - Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/01/good_samaritan_pinned_between.html

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Custodian's sentence upheld
The son of a former Traverse City school board president this month lost his final appeal to trim an eight- to 15-year prison sentence for his conviction on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a 13-year-old student.
April 15 2014 - Source: http://www.record-eagle.com/local/x1445046599/Custodians-sentence-upheld

UPDATE: 2 of 5 NMC Suspects in February Stabbing and Robbery Plead
Two people involved in the stabbing of a man in apartments on Northwestern Michigan's College campus now admit to being involved. This is an update to the crime that happened back in February. Police
April 08 2014 - Source: http://www.9and10news.com/story/25196671/update-2-of-5-nmc-suspects-in-february-stabbing-and-robbery-plead

Clearing the Record: 04/04/2014
Because of a reporter’s error an April 2 story should have said court documents stated Joshua Lee Bennett called Shawn Marie Worm from Grand Traverse County’s jail.
April 04 2014 - Source: http://www.record-eagle.com/local/x1445023518/Clearing-the-Record-04-04-2014

Two dead in Kalkaska crash
Two Kalkaska County residents died after a head-on collision today on Supply Road in Boardman Township.
April 03 2014 - Source: http://www.record-eagle.com/local/x1445022492/Two-dead-in-Kalkaska-crash

Kratky trial on hold
A private voice instructor’s sex crime trial is on hold until state appellate judges decide whether his charge aligns with a state law that bans educators from having sexual encounters with students.
April 03 2014 - Source: http://www.record-eagle.com/local/x539825487/Kratky-trial-on-hold

Suspect in 1996 murder pleaded not guilty
The new suspect in an old Kalkaska case pleaded not guilty to murder and sexual assault charges.
April 03 2014 - Source: http://www.record-eagle.com/local/x539825477/Suspect-in-1996-murder-pleaded-not-guilty

 

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