2007-08-09 / Front Page

Police say increased patrols kept Bud Bash more orderly

Law enforcement agencies say beefed up patrols led to a more orderly crowd at last weekend's Bud Bash at the Limberlost at Houghton Lake.

Lt. Mark Chapman of the Roscommon County Sheriff's Department said although this year's Bud Bash crowd appeared to be as large as last year's, the number of arrests made by his department was down. Houghton Lake State Police also reported fewer criminal complaints.

Five boats, two personal watercraft and 15 officers from the Roscommon County Sheriff's Department patrolled the area. Troopers from State Police posts at Houghton Lake, Kalkaska, Reed City and Gaylord were on duty, along with three State Police boats operated by four members of the Michigan State Police Underwater Recovery team. The Gladwin County Sheriff's Department provided two boats and four officers, and Department of Natural Resources officers also assisted.

"It is hoped that the increased enforcement efforts are having a significant effect on those who would violate the law and jeopardize the safety of the general public," Chapman said. Det. Sgt. Tim Lenhard of the Houghton Lake State Police Post said, "Bud Bash went pretty smoothly. Enforcement efforts helped keep the party under control." However, a number of people ended up in jail or with citations to appear in court.

Sheriff's deputies are continuing to investigate a report that one 36-year-old Houghton Lake woman punched another in the nose during an argument at the Limberlost Saturday. The alleged victim told deputies the argument started when the offender became upset because the 18-year-old daughter of the other woman's boyfriend was dancing provocatively.

Several people were arrested after deputies observed them drinking in the parking lot of Houghton Lake High School, across M-55 from the Bud Bash site.

A 31-year-old Lakeview woman was arrested for indecent exposure after deputies saw her pull down her shirt, exposing her breasts, near the Limberlost.

Deputies also arrested six people for being minors in possession of alcohol, five for consuming alcohol on school property, three for possession of open alcohol on a roadway, two for operating boats while under the influence of liquor, four for disorderly conduct and one for furnishing alcohol to a minor. Two hit-and-run property damage accidents were reported.

State Police reported making 194 traffic stops and 68 arrests, including three felony arrests, 60 misdemeanor arrests, four fugitive arrests and one OWI arrest. Of the 68 arrests, 57 were classified as "other alcohol arrests" which include violations such as open intoxicants on a public sidewalk, minor in possession of alcohol and consuming alcohol on school property. Troopers issued 98 traffic citations and 75 incident complaints were initiated.

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