Thursday, May 21, 2015


The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office will conduct the 2nd in a series of directed safety belt enforcement zones, funded by the Office of Highway Safety and Planning, tomorrow afternoon.  This enforcement zone will be highly visible with signage and marked patrol units.  The main purpose of these enforcement zones is to increase awareness of safety belt use in the prevention of personal injury auto accidents.

The Sheriff Office has three more enforcement zones scheduled next week and we always encourage everyone to use the safety belts in their vehicles while driving the roadways.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Help needed to identify dog owner who's pet was involved in SB bite

Please help identify a dog and it's owner by clicking over to the Eyes and Ears page of this blog for the details of a Tuesday dog bite.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

LL woman on OWI bond arrested again

A 58 year-old Lake Leelanau woman who was arrested in Empire last Wednesday afternoon for Operating While Intoxicated is in jail again.  Susan J Mekula was out on bond after last week's arrest when she appeared in District Court on Tuesday showing signs of intoxication.

The court bailiff notified Leelanau Dispatch and a road deputy responded.  It was determined that the woman had been drinking prior to driving to court and field sobriety tasks and breath tests determined that she was under the influence.

The suspect was arrested again and is being held until she is able to post $100 interim bond. 

Parole absconder back behind bars

A 41 year-old Wellston man who ditched his tether in April 2014 is back behind bars.  Craig A Tyndall was arrested in Mason County by Michigan State Police troopers and then transported to Leelanau County.  He was on parole in Leelanau County beginning in December 2013 for Passing 3 Non-Sufficient Funds Checks within 10 days and Possessing Contraband as a Prisoner.

Tyndall cut his tether and stopped reporting to his parole agent in April 2014 and was arrested in Mason County in February 2015.  He is being charged with Tampering with an Electronic Monitoring Device which is a 2 year felony.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office conducted the first in a series of grant funded safety belt enforcement zones yesterday in Elmwood Township.  The highly visible enforcement zone was set up on M22 in the area of Grandview Road and Cherrybend Road.  During the four hour enforcement period three deputies stopped a total of 24 vehicles for safety belt violations, issuing 16 citations and eight verbal warnings for various violations.

Below is a photo of the safety belt enforcement zone signs and the area of yesterday's enforcement zone.  This is the first in a series of grant funded enforcement efforts through funding from the Office of Highway Safety and Planning.  These zones will continue through the Memorial Day Holiday weekend targeting enforcement of the safety belt laws.

The next enforcement zone is scheduled for Friday, May 22nd in the Glen Arbor area.  The Leelanau County Sheriff's Office encourages everyone to use their safety belts while driving in an effort to prevent injuries during motor vehicle collisions.