2010-08-12 / Front Page

Arrests down, party up at Bud Bash 2010


By Thomas Reznich

SPLASH AT THE BASH (Above) Revelers splash their approval as four dancers take to the pole during Bud Bash 2010 on Houghton Lake Saturday afternoon. Eric Clark of DeWitt said he and his friends had set up the pole near the end of the Limberlost dock, and were helping to keep the party rolling by encouraging fellow partygoers to take a turn pole dancing. He said the 2010 event was his 18th Bud Bash. This yearSPLASH AT THE BASH (Above) Revelers splash their approval as four dancers take to the pole during Bud Bash 2010 on Houghton Lake Saturday afternoon. Eric Clark of DeWitt said he and his friends had set up the pole near the end of the Limberlost dock, and were helping to keep the party rolling by encouraging fellow partygoers to take a turn pole dancing. He said the 2010 event was his 18th Bud Bash. This year Fewer arrests, better weather and a larger but more docile crowd were the hallmarks of the 2010 Bud Bash at Houghton Lake according to both the host of the event and area law enforcement officials.

Bob Hallauer, owner of the Limberlost, which hosts Bud Bash said the 2010 edition was a little bit better for his business than last year. He estimated that around 5,000 people attended the event, adding that their ages ranged from 21 to 80 and that his doormen, who were checking identifications said they came from “at least 30 of the 50 states.”

Hallauer said he heard reports of business being up all around Houghton Lake. “I talk to a lot of people who say they don’t know how their businesses would make it without the Bud Bash. I think it’s good for the community... it helps everybody,” he said.

State Police Acting Post Commander Sgt. Robert Green of the Houghton Lake Post said arrests were down from last year, and that increased enforcement efforts over the last few years appear to have lessened the negative impact of the event. “Our intent isn’t to ruin the party, but to impact the people who break the law,” said Green.

(Photos by Thomas Reznich, Aerial vantage point by Dave Tuck) (Photos by Thomas Reznich, Aerial vantage point by Dave Tuck) State Police made 86 arrests, and officers from the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Department, Denton Township Police Department and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment made 52 arrests during the four-day time period from Aug. 5 through Aug. 8 for a total of 138, down from 175 in 2009.

Alcohol-related arrests included 14 for operating either a motor vehicle or a watercraft while under the influence and 52 “other alcohol-related” arrestes.

In one case handled by State Police, Trooper Scott Bates was working on traffic enforcement when he observed a male and a female subject standing next to a vehicle “with their pants down around their ankles with their genitals exposed to the public.” The male suspect, a 24-year-old man from Wixom, was arrested for indecent exposure. The female suspect, a 20-year-old from Taylor, is alleged to have given police false information as to her identity, and in addition to being arrested for indecent exposure was also charged with alcohol purchase/consumption by a minor and furnishing false information to a police officer. She was lodged in Roscommon County Jail.

MISS BUD BASH Miss Bud Bash 2010 was Amanda Yaris, 28, of Northville. The Miss Bud Bash contest was one of many held throughout the day at the Limberlost.  (Photo by Thomas Reznich) MISS BUD BASH Miss Bud Bash 2010 was Amanda Yaris, 28, of Northville. The Miss Bud Bash contest was one of many held throughout the day at the Limberlost. (Photo by Thomas Reznich) Incidents handled by the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Department included one in which deputies ar- rested a 19-year-old Milford man for indecent exposure. Deputies patrolling the Bud Bash area in a boat said they observed the man standing on the bow of a pontoon boat with his back toward them. He bent over and pulled down his shorts, exposing his groin area to others on the boat and his buttocks to deputies.

In another indecent exposure arrest, deputies said a 27-year-old St. Charles woman was “yelling and shaking her breast back and forth to show it off.”

Deputies were on a patrol boat in a heavily congested area when one of them felt someone grab his duty belt. A 34-year-old Canton man told deputies he was trying to “fist bump” the deputy. He was arrested for assaulting a police officer.

Deputies on foot patrol at the end of Detroit Street cited a 19-year-old man for being a minor in possession of alcohol after receiving a report of possible alcohol poisoning. Deputies said the man fought and yelled at three others who carried him from a dock near the road end to shore. He was taken to a hospital.

Green said there weren’t many altercations between party goers, and those that did occur were less severe than in the past.

Roscommon County Sheriff Randy Stevenson said law enforcement from all agencies “worked well together at making sure the festival did not get out of hand. I believe we were able to save some people’s lives by keeping an eye on them and removing them from situations before it was too late.”

“The police kept things under control on the lake,” said Hallauer, “we kept things under control inside (the Limberlost).”

“It was a good party,” he said, “if arrests were down then so much the better.”

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