2017-08-10 / Front Page

Most of Bud Bash complaints handled ‘on land’


MIXING IT UP Flannel shirts and hoodies mixed with bikinis and swim trunks at the 2017 version of Bud Bash on Houghton Lake. Temperatures on Saturday were slow to warm up with the high only reaching the low 70s. Despite the cooler temperatures, many attendees still spent the day in front of the Limberlost in the water. (Photo by Erick Simons) MIXING IT UP Flannel shirts and hoodies mixed with bikinis and swim trunks at the 2017 version of Bud Bash on Houghton Lake. Temperatures on Saturday were slow to warm up with the high only reaching the low 70s. Despite the cooler temperatures, many attendees still spent the day in front of the Limberlost in the water. (Photo by Erick Simons) Cool temperatures did not seem to keep people away from the annual Bud Bash on Houghton Lake Satur­day.

Roscommon County Sheriff Ed Stern said, overall, the day went well for law enforcement, as there were “very few incidences in the lake.” However, he said, there were many complaints handled on land.

In total, the joint approach result­ed in 10 arrests for operating while intoxicated, two arrests for operating while intoxicated on a boat, one ar­rest for possession of cocaine, five arrests for minor in possession of alcohol, one arrest for possession of marijuana, one arrest for consum­ing alcohol on school property, 10 arrests for indecent exposure, two arrests for disorderly conduct, one arrest for driving while license sus­pended and one arrest for a fugitive warrant, according to a press release from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Houghton Lake Post.


WATCHFUL EYE Law enforcement personnel including (left to right) RCSO Deputy Andrew O’Neil, Sheriff Ed Stern and Sgt. Dean Maeder kept an eye on the Bud Bash throughout Saturday. Multiple law enforcement agencies worked together to patrol the event, held in front of the Limberlost. “The teamwork is what really gets it done,” said F/Lt. Josh Lator, commander of the Houghton Lake State Police Post. (Photo by Erick Simons) WATCHFUL EYE Law enforcement personnel including (left to right) RCSO Deputy Andrew O’Neil, Sheriff Ed Stern and Sgt. Dean Maeder kept an eye on the Bud Bash throughout Saturday. Multiple law enforcement agencies worked together to patrol the event, held in front of the Limberlost. “The teamwork is what really gets it done,” said F/Lt. Josh Lator, commander of the Houghton Lake State Police Post. (Photo by Erick Simons) Between the afternoon of Aug. 4 and Aug. 6, Sheriff Stern said there were also arrests made for open in­toxicants in a motor vehicle, tres­passing, four assaults and another one for possession of cocaine.


CRUISING BY FOOT POWER A pair of Bud Bash attendees take a relaxed approach to cruising through the festivities as they use a paddle­boat to ply the waters around the annual event. (Photo by Erick Simons) CRUISING BY FOOT POWER A pair of Bud Bash attendees take a relaxed approach to cruising through the festivities as they use a paddle­boat to ply the waters around the annual event. (Photo by Erick Simons) “It was smaller than last year,” Stern said. “The crowd was good during the day. A majority of our is­sues started after seven, when people started coming off the water onto the land.”

Overall, he said those who showed up for Bud Bash were “very cooperative and helpful people.” He added the two most prominent issues were complaints of scattered trash and intoxicated people stumbling around.

There was a complaint of a man who had walked onto a Detroit Street resident’s property, who had passed out on the lawn. When of­ficers approached the 18-year-old Saginaw man, he had to be woken up. The man was described as hav­ing a strong odor of intoxicants emanating from him. He later took a preliminary breath test that had a result of .142.

With so many complaints, Stern said the entire Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) staff had been working over Bud Bash. He said there were five marine boats on patrols with 18 deputies on the wa­ter. He added there were also law en­forcement from the RCSO stationed at Detroit Street and Spicer’s Boat City’s dock.

On the road patrol side, the RCSO had three day cars and three night cars patrolling the area, as well two transport cars with correctional deputies transporting offenders to the Houghton Lake MSP Post.

Stern said there were also two correctional deputies stationed at the MSP, as well as five correctional deputies at the Roscommon County Jail during the day and six on the night shift. Overall, he said there were about 50 law enforcement em­ployees working during Bud Bash.

The sheriff’s office, MSP, Michi­gan Department of Natural Re­sources, Gerrish Township Police Department, Denton Township Po­lice Department, the MSP Seventh District Hometown Security Team and the MSP Marine Services Team cooperated to ensure the safety of those participating in the 2017 Bud Bash event.

According to a MSP press release from F/Lt. Josh Lator, commander of the Houghton Lake Post, agencies focused on the protection of life and property with a special focus on wa­ter safety and alcohol enforcement. The primary focus of this team ap­proach was Saturday, Aug. 5. The agencies cooperated to respond to emergencies, assist motorists, ensure participant safety and enforce appli­cable laws.

“The teamwork is what really gets it done,” Lator said, about Sat­urday.

He said no one agency can do it all.

“The weather didn’t play a huge role,” he said, adding that the num­ber of people was “about what we expected.”

One of the incidents that occurred on land was at a nearby Houghton Lake restaurant.

Roscommon County Sheriff’s deputies investigated an assault that occurred at Joe’s Coney Island Sat­urday, that left a male customer and a female employee injured.

The incident happened at about 6:30 p.m. outside the restaurant, lo­cated on M-55.

According to a sheriff’s report, a man from Eagle and his girlfriend, who is from Houghton Lake, were eating at a picnic table when several black males approached Joe’s Coney Island.

The male victim told police he was looking in their direction when one of them said “what’s up,” but he did not respond. He said all of the men went inside and he, himself, later went inside to get some water when one of them asked him if he had a problem.

He said the men followed him outside and were “in his face” screaming at him and accusing him of being a racist. He told officers he stuck his arm out to get away from the male in his face and that is when he was struck in the face. He said he tried to defend himself, but he was being assaulted by the men from all directions.

Someone yelled “cops,” he said, and the men ran off.

The second victim, a Joe’s em­ployee, told deputies all of the men were intoxicated. She said when the Eagle man came back into the restaurant, the other men almost immediately went outside. One of them said he was tired of the “racist [expletive]” and that the man outside needed to apologize.

When one of the men began punching the Eagle man, she said, two others joined in on the assault. She said she tried to pull one of the males off of the victim when she was elbowed and thrown to the ground.

Another employee told officers one of the males said they were not from Houghton Lake and needed to be shown respect. She tried to dis­tract the men inside the restaurant, but could tell they were getting up­set. Two of the four men continued to stare at the Eagle man and his girl­friend outside, she said, and she told the men that the man outside was intoxicated and to let it go.

However, when the man had come inside, two of the men con­fronted him and all four of the men followed him outside. Anticipating a confrontation, the employee went to grab her phone, she said, and when she came back all of the men were fighting.

Locating one of the suspects at the end of Detroit St., based on a description by witnesses, deputies learned from him that all four men had come up from Lansing to attend Bud Bash and wanted to get some­thing to eat.

The suspect told officers the Ea­gle man had been staring at him con­stantly and when he and his friends went inside, the Eagle man contin­ued to stare at them from the pic­nic table. The suspect said when he went outside, the man began yelling at him about looking at his girlfriend and when he confronted the man, he punched the suspect in the face.

He told deputies “it was on,” and his friends “had his back” and “did what they had to do.”

One of the suspects told officers he had driven the other three men up from Lansing and was not involved in the assault, but all four men were cited for assault, with one having been located behind the Houghton Lake Public Library and arrested for trespassing, littering and obstruc­tion.

Once at the jail, one of the sus­pects said he possessed marijuana and officers confiscated 7.1 grams of a suspected marijuana infused prod­uct.

In a separate incident that oc­curred on Houghton Lake, deputies reported a woman who had been repeatedly exposing herself as she danced at the base of a stripper pole with a confederate flag on top of it.

Because the area of boats was densely packed, the officers waited for the woman to return to shore to arrest her.

The woman started crying, beg­ging not to be arrested. She admitted to exposing herself and said she had a three-year-old at home and that her father was a retired police officer. She told officers they were ruining her life, but she was transported to the Houghton Lake Michigan State Police Post and arrested for indecent exposure.

Another woman, this one from Leroy, was arrested after she was observed lifting her bathing suit top, exposing herself while dancing on top of a pontoon. The woman told officers she was flashing her boy­friend, but surveillance taken earlier showed she had exposed herself to several individuals.

Two other women were arrested by State Police troopers after expos­ing their breasts and allowing others to spray whipped cream over them and having them lick it off.

Deputies arrested other intoxi­cated individuals over the weekend, including a Beaverton woman who had come from Bud Bash, whose blood alcohol content was .17, and a 19-year-old whose blood alcohol content was .242.

F/Lt. Lator said the law enforce­ment team encourages everyone to enjoy the beauty of Northern Michi­gan and all the great activities it has to offer while being safe and respect­ing others along the way.

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