Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Today is Constitution Day

There is nothing of interest to report from the crime blotter on this Constitution Day.  It is worth recognizing this somewhat obscure federal event, however.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S.
or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Prior to 2004, it was called Citizenship Day. It was changed to Constitution Day after an amendment to the Omnibus Spending Bill was passed in 2004. Today, Constitution Day is mostly celebrated by educating people about the importance of the Constitution and what it has meant for American citizens.

Today the Constitution is on display in Washington, DC at the National Archives Building. It has been there since 1952. It is kept under special conditions to preserve the four pages.

Because the Constitution did not contain a bill of rights, three of the 42 delegates did not sign the document.

Benjamin Franklin, at 81, needed assistance to sign the Constitution because of his failing health. He's said to have had tears streaming down his face as he signed the document. He was also the oldest person to sign while Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey, at 26, was the youngest.

Not once in the Constitution does the word ‘democracy' appear.

The Constitution has been changed 17 times since it was created.
Although Constitution Day is a federal event (not a holiday), federal employees do not get a holiday.

Click here for a list of the 39 Founding Fathers and their biographies.

May God Bless America on this Constitution Day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fuller sentenced to 12 months in jail

Jonathan J. Fuller, 33, of Lake Ann, was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to a probation violation.  He was originally convicted of Stealing a Credit Card without Consent, a 4 year felony.  In 2011, Fuller and a female accomplice stole a purse from a vehicle in Empire Township and used the victim's credit card to purchase items in Grand Traverse County.

Fuller served some jail time and was given extended probation, which included paying fines, costs and restitution.  He failed to do so and was also recently convicted of Forgery in Grand Traverse County. 

He will get credit for 256 days already served and will be discharged unsuccessfully from probation after serving the remainder of the 12 month sentence.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Suttons Bay Township man arrested for felonious assault

Leelanau County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call for service on Putnam Road in Suttons Bay Township Sunday night at 9:00pm.  After talking to witnesses, they determined that a heated argument occurred between a 30 year-old man who lived at the residence and his girlfriend who also lived there.  The victim told deputies that the suspect came out of the kitchen with a knife and she tried to wrestle it away from him.

Her finger was cut during the struggle but she declined any medical attention.  The suspect was arrested for Felonious Assault and Habitual Offender 3rd Offense.  He remains jailed until the magistrate sets a bond.

Felonious Assault is punishable by a maximum 4 years in prison and a $2000 fine.

Parolee arrested in GT County

Grand Traverse County law enforcement officers arrested Kitchi-Kishap Shomin, 28, at a Traverse City residence Saturday.  Shomin was wanted on a Circuit Court bench warrant for failing to appear at a show cause hearing resulting from a conviction for Unarmed Robbery.  Shomin remains in the Leelanau County jail until the $1450 bond on the warrant is posted.