Friday, April 27, 2012

Deputy Jason Alexander - Crawford SD

Deputy will be pulled from area drug enforcement team

by Dan Sanderson-Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:01 AM EDT
http://www.crawfordcountyavalanche.com/articles/2012/09/19/news/doc5059cadedc36b579429320.txt

For the first time in just over two decades, the Crawford County Sheriff's Office will not have a deputy devoted to a multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement team due to budget constraints.

The budget proposed by the Crawford County Board of Commissioners for the 2012-13 fiscal year, calls for eliminating a sheriff's deputy devoted to the Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group (STING).

County officials budgeted $86,000 to balance the road patrol budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Eliminating the deputy devoted to STING would result in a savings of $85,500 for the road patrol next year, but continued shortfalls in the fund are expected, according to county officials.

The county board is expected to adopt the proposed budget at its next regular meeting, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27. A required hearing, where the public will be allowed to comment on the budget recommendations, will be held at 10 a.m.

Earlier this year, Detective Lt. Jeff Keister, the commander of STING, said funding for the drug enforcement team would drop from between $115,000 to $200,000 for the next fiscal year.

The funds were diverted by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm to cover the costs to establish drug courts. The drug courts have more extensive programs and probation officers to deal with repeated offenders. Crawford County does not have an established drug court through the program.

Current state officials have focused on stepping up drug enforcement efforts in urban areas including Detroit, Flint and Saginaw.

STING covers a six-county area, which includes Arenac, Crawford, Iosco, Ogemaw, Oscoda, and Roscommon Counties.

Crawford County Sheriff Kirk A. Wakefield said a deputy from the county has been assigned to the team for 21 years.

While STING will have a presence in the area, the cuts result in a deputy from Crawford County no longer being devoted to enforcement efforts.

"The bad part is, I'm not going to have anybody out there full-time, making the bad guys looking over their shoulder all the time," Wakefield said.

The deputy currently assigned to STING will return to the road patrol.

The deputy will fill the spot of former Crawford County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Alexander, who resigned from his position in June.

"I didn't want to fill his position because I knew it was going to be short lived, anticipating something was going to happen to my budget," Wakefield said.

County officials will address the issue of having an officer assigned to STING since officers working undercover handle cases involving stolen property and help solve other crimes.

"It's something that we need to look at bringing back in the future for that reason," said Crawford County Administrator Paul Compo.

The school liaison officer position, now held by Deputy Ryan Finstrom, will continue to be funded for the current school year.

The county is paying $40,000 to maintain the position, while the Crawford AuSable School District is paying $27,000 for the officer.

"It's not going to be touched this year, but it is very unlikely that it will be there next year," Compo said.

County cuts will also force Wakefield to cut hours for two part-time corrections officers in the jail. The officers will be reassigned to serve as bailiffs and court officers.



"My biggest burden in the jail is the court system," Wakefield said. "If I don't have part-time people to fill in as court officers and bailiffs, I have to take my road patrol officers off the road and come in and sit in the courts. I don't like that. That's depriving the citizens of what I'm supposed to be giving them."



Wakefield said $35,000 in his budget, which will be used to purchase a patrol car and two digital cameras to take footage from the patrol cars, was saved from the budget ax. Crawford County Undersheriff Shawn Kraycs was successful in obtaining a grant through an insurance company to obtain two additional cameras for the patrol cars.

The cameras will replace VHS cameras, which were used in the patrol cars in the past.

"They are so old and antiquated, I can't get parts for them and I can't keep them repaired so we need to upgrade to digital," Wakefield said.

Compo said purchasing the squad car and cameras are the only capital expenditures included in the budget for the county. He said the cameras will cut down on expenses in the courts and prosecutor's office.







Crawford County Deputy on Leave, Faces Charges

Posted: May 03, 2012 1:23 PM CDT
Updated: May 10, 2012 1:23 PM CDT
http://www.9and10news.com/story/18105567/crawford-county-deputy-on-leave-faces-charges

9 and 10 News has confirmed a Crawford County Sheriff's Deputy is on leave from the department.

Roscommon County deputies are handling the investigation.

We're told Jason Alexander's leave stems from an incident on April 27.

Court records show that a warrant was issued for Alexander on April 30 for a domestic violence charge.

Alexander is scheduled to appear in court on May 14.

We will have more on this story for you tonight on 9&10 News.









Crawford County Deputy May Face Charges for Domestic Violence
Posted: May 14, 2012 4:33 PM CDT
Updated: May 21, 2012 4:33 PM CDT
http://www.9and10news.com/story/18387000/crawford-county-deputy-may-face-charges-for-domestic-violence



A Crawford County deputy is facing charges of domestic violence.

The incident happened in Roscommon County's Lyon Township on April 27th.

The Crawford County sheriff has since put the deputy on unpaid leave.

Today, Jason Alexander pleaded not guilty to the charge.

His wife sent a friend a text message saying she was being assaulted by her husband.

If convicted, Alexander could spend up to 93 days in jail and/or pay a $500 fine.



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Judge David Stowe - Cynthia - DV probation

After Cynthia Stowe's  assault on her teenage son and husband Judge David Stowe [January 30, 2012], a year was added to her DUI probation. A stipulation that Cynthia not consume alcohol was added to the conditions of her probation after her DV arrest.

April 26, 2012: Cynthia Stowe was charged with perjury for lying under oath about a positive alcohol test. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail and was given a $500,000 bond.









Wife of Traverse City Judge Admits to Assaulting Husband

Posted: May 15, 2012 10:24 AM CDT
Updated: May 22, 2012 10:24 AM CDT
9 and 10 News
http://www.9and10news.com/story/18424456/wife-of-traverse-city-judge-admits-to-assaulting-husband

The wife of a Grand Traverse County judge has admitted to assaulting her husband.

Court records show that Cynthia Stowe failed an alcohol breath test back in April, violating her probation.

She's the wife of Probate Judge David Stowe. Cynthia pleaded guilty to the assault to avoid a felony charge.

Last summer she was arrested for drunk driving and in January she appeared in court for assaulting her husband.

She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, she has already served 22.

She will spend a year on probation and attend a substance abuse and mental health program.











Judge's wife takes a plea deal
BY BRIAN McGILLIVARY
The Record-Eagle
Tue May 15, 2012, 07:14 AM EDT
http://record-eagle.com/local/x227513877/Judges-wife-takes-plea-deal

TRAVERSE CITY — A judge's estranged wife pleaded guilty to assault and contempt of court in a plea deal to avoid a felony perjury charge.

Cynthia Marie Stowe, 50, appeared in 86th District Court on Monday morning and initially denied any inappropriate contact with Grand Traverse County Probate Court Judge David Stowe on the January night police were called to their Long Lake Township home. She told District Judge Thomas J. Phillips her 16-year-old son was the one pushing and shoving.

Defense attorney Craig Elhart coaxed Cynthia Stowe to acknowledge there had been physical contact between her and David Stowe during the incident.

"A textbook domestic violence case," said Special Prosecutor Charles Koop of Antrim County. "She had to acknowledge her behavior. That's very important. She never acknowledged her behavior before."

She admitted to the contempt of court charge. She tested positive for alcohol while on bond from a domestic violence charge, and testified under oath she had dinner at a restaurant with her oldest son and consumed a dessert that included alcohol. The son denied he had dined with his mother and Koop obtained evidence showing she had dinner on Valentine's Day with her husband. That violated a standard bond requirement for a domestic assault case, Koop said.

Phillips sentenced Cynthia Stowe to 30 days in jail with credit for 22 days served. She also must take part in a 90-day in-patient substance abuse and mental health treatment program and a year's probation.

"I think you need help and a lot of help," Phillips said.

Koop said allowing Stowe to plead to a misdemeanor will help her receive treatment which he said would be best for her and the community.











Cynthia Stowe's bond set at $500K
BY ART BUKOWSKI
The Record-Eagle
Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:14 AM EDT
http://record-eagle.com/local/x1914775202/Cynthia-Stowes-bond-set-at-500K

TRAVERSE CITY — A judge set a high bond for a woman charged with lying under oath.

Cynthia Marie Stowe, 50, is charged with a felony perjury count. District Judge Thomas J. Phillips set her bond at $500,000 when he arraigned her on the charge Thursday morning.

Stowe is the estranged wife of Grand Traverse County Probate Judge David Stowe. He filed for divorce in March.

Phillips said he set a high bond because he had concerns about Cynthia Stowe's history of violating bond on other criminal matters and the seriousness of the offense, among other items.

She remained in the Grand Traverse County Jail Thursday afternoon. The bond is set to be reviewed today at 8:45 a.m.

Grand Traverse Sheriff's Department investigators said Stowe lied under oath during a Feb. 22 bond violation hearing. She was out on bond after a January domestic violence arrest, and authorities said she violated bond by drinking alcohol.

She failed an alcohol test on Feb. 14, authorities said. At the bond violation hearing, she testified she was at a dinner with her son that night and failed the alcohol test because she ate a dessert containing alcohol.

Authorities later interviewed her son, who said he wasn't at the dinner. Instead, authorities found the dinner was paid for with a credit card belonging to David Stowe. The signature on the bill matched a known signature of David Stowe, court documents show.

The domestic violence charge ultimately was dismissed as part of a plea deal.





86th District Court
April 26, 2012
Leelanau News
http://www.leelanaunews.com/news/2012-04-26/Courts/86th_District_Court.html

Cynthia M. Stowe, 50, 9524 Echo Valley Dr., Traverse City — Probation violation hearing; pleaded guilty; sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for 9 days served, balance held in abeyance; must immediately upon release from jail check into Center One and complete successfully, and then check into residential treatment and complete successfully or return to jail and wait for a bed to become available; $200 fines, $200 costs, $125 arresting agency fee.









Cynthia Stowe to be arraigned for Perjury
Charges stem from testimony at hearing
April 26, 2012
The Record-Eagle
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:7edjRWAksQYJ:record-eagle.com/local/x1199104645/Cynthia-Stowe-to-be-arraigned-for-perjury+&cd=43&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Traverse City - A local judge's wife faces a felony charge because investigators believe she lied under oath.

Cynthia Marie Stowe, 50, estranged wife of Grand Traverse County Probate Judge David Stowe, is charged with a felony count of perjury during court proceedings. Traverse City police arrested her Wednesday, and she is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. today.

The charge stems from statements she made at a Feb. 22 bond violation hearing. She was out on bond after a January domestic violence arrest, and authorities said she violated bond by drinking alcohol.

She failed an alcohol test on Feb. 14, authorities said. At the bond violation hearing, she testified she was at a dinner with her son at a restaurant at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville that night. Cynthia Stowe said at the hearing she failed the alcohol test because she ate a dessert containing alcohol.

Authorities later interviewed her son, who said she wasn't at the dinner. Instead authorities found the dinner was paid for with a credit car belonging to David Stowe. The signature on the bill matched a known signature of David Stowe, court documents show.

David Stowe declined comment when investigators tried to interview him, court documents show.

Antrim County Prosecutor Charles Koop - who is acting as special prosecutor - eventually dismissed the domestic violence charge against Cynthia Stowe in a plea deal that added one year probation to a September drunken driving conviction.

David Stowe couldn't be reached for comment late Wednesday. He filed for divorce in March.











Judge’s wife fails test, violates probation

April 19, 2012
Leelanau Enterprise
http://www.leelanaunews.com/news/2012-04-19/Courts/Judges_wife_fails_test_violates_probation.html

The wife of a Traverse City judge will appear today for a arraignment on a charge of violating probation on a drunk driving case in Leelanau County.

Cynthia Stowe turned herself in to the County Jail last week after allegedly failing an alcohol screening. The failed test would constitute a violation of the terms of her probation on a September drunk driving conviction in Leelanau County.

The Grand Traverse County woman assaulted her husband, Probate Court Judge David Stowe, in their home in January. That case was resolved through a plea agreement that added one year of probation on to her drunk driving arrest in Leelanau County.

Nineteenth Circuit Court Judge James Batzer of Benzie County held the hearing on the probation violation via telephone Friday afternoon. Batzer was appointed by the state court administrator’s office as the local judges all recused themselves because of their relationship with Judge Stowe, Magistrate Norene Kastys said.











Judge's wife arraigned on probation violation
The Record-Eagle
April 14, 2012
From staff reports
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Pjldgm3l10AJ:record-eagle.com/local/x333969105/Judges-wife-arraigned-on-probation-violation+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Traverse City - A local judge's wife was arraigned on a probation violation.

Cynthia Stowe turned herself in Thursday and on Friday was arraigned in 86th District Court.

Court officials said the violation was issued because she failed an alcohol test.

Stowe, wife of Grand Traverse County Probate Judge David Stowe was on probation for a drunken driving conviction.

A probation violation hearing is set for April 19.










Judge's wife allegedly violation probation
Bench warrant issued for arrest of Cynthia Stowe
April 12, 2012
Art Bukowski
The Record-Eagle
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:8IuujLfYZV4J:record-eagle.com/local/x333968864/Judges-wife-allegdly-violated-probation+&cd=4&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Traverse City - A local judge's wife might go back to jail after authorities said she violated probation.

Cynthia Stowe recently failed an alcohol screen, court officials said. Circuit Judge James Batzer on Monday issued a bench warrant for her arrest because a failed test constitutes a violation of her probation on a September drunken driving conviction.

Stowe, the wife of Grand Traverse County Probate Judge David Stowe, hadn't yet been arrested Wednesday afternoon.

Stowe assaulted her husband in their Long Lake Township home in January. That case was resolved in a plea deal that added one year probation on to her drunken driving arrest.

David Stowe was elected to the probate judge post in 200, and Cynthia Stowe - known as Cynthia Curry prior to her marriage to Stowe - is a former family court employee who worked under Stowe from 2002 to 2005.

The two began a relationship while they both worked in the court, and David oversaw child custody matters in Cynthia's divorce case. David Stowe subsequently fired the county's family court administrator for reporting the relationship to county officials. The county later paid a $69,000 settlement to that employee.

David Stowe filed for divorce on March 16, court records show. His term is up this year, and he previously said he won't run again.

Cynthia Stowe's attorney, Craig Elhart, declined comment.









Warrant out for arrest of judge's wife
April 11, 2012
The Record-Eagle
Art Bukowski
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:sjaWSdR3plUJ:record-eagle.com/local/x611950094/Warrant-out-for-arrest-of-judges-wife+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Travese City - A judge's wife has a warrant out for her arrest after authorities said she violated probation.

Cynthia Stowe failed an alcohol screening, and a judge issued a warrant for her arrest Monday. She hadn't been arrested as of this morning. Stowe is the wife of Grand Traverse County Probate Judge David Stowe.

Stowe in August was arrested for drunken driving, and in January was arrested after she assaulted David Stowe at their home. A year of probation was added to her drunken driving conviction after the assault.







Police Have an Arrest Warrant Out for the Wife of a Grand Traverse County Judge
Posted: Apr 11, 2012 6:09 PM CDT
Updated: Apr 18, 2012 6:10 PM CDT
9 and 10 News
http://www.9and10news.com/story/17389068/police-have-an-arrest-warrant-out-for-the-wife-of-a-grand-traverse-county-judge

Police have an arrest warrant out for the wife of a Grand Traverse County judge.

Court records show Cynthia Stowe failed an alcohol breath test, violating her probation.

Cynthia is probate Judge David Stowe's wife.

Last summer, she was arrested for drunk driving, and in January, she was in court for assaulting her husband.

A judge added an additional year of probation following the attack.











Judge's wife released from jail

February 25, 2012
Brian McGillivary
The Record-Eagle
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:JZTVAwa2a3YJ:record-eagle.com/local/x1513923359/Judges-wife-released-from-jail+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Traverse City - Authorities dropped domestic assault charges against a local judge's wife and released her from jail after she agreed to stiffer probation requirements tied to a previous drunken-driving conviction.

Cynthia Stowe allegedly assaulted her husband, Grand Traverse County Probate Judge David Stowe, on Jan 30 at their Long Lake Township home. On Friday, she agreed to an additional year of probation in a plea agreement with Special Prosecutor Charles Koop of Antrim County.

The defendant, in the people's opinion, has an alcohol problem that was not under control," Koop said. "The family was in crisis and needed some outside help. This will be addressed by the modified probation terms."

The new probation is stiffer than what's normally meted out for a first-time domestic violence conviction, Koop said. It also includes provisions for Cynthia Stowe, 50, to undergo substance abuse and domestic violence counseling and monitoring until August 2013.

Cynthia Stowe stood in court alone on Friday, dressed in jail orange and an oversized jail coat, and dabbed at tears. She spent two days in jail because she consumed alcohol, a violation of bond conditions placed on her after the domestic violence arrest.

David Stowe, in his courtroom one floor above the courtroom where his wife appeared, did not attend the hearing.

"It's a family matter and as much as I wanted to be there, it's not something I can involve myself in as a judge," David Stowe said.

Defense attorney, Craig Elhart called the plea deal a "satisfactory resolution for everyone," and said Cynthia Stowe would return home on Friday.

David Stowe and Elhart denied an assault occurred on Jan. 30.

Koop said he believes otherwise, but said it would be difficult to prove the case because David Stowe refused to cooperate with authorities and Cynthia Stowe's 16-year-old son - who called 911 that evening to report the incident - changed his story.

"These are hard cases and I didn't do this just because she is married to a judge," Koop said.

The son called 911 that evening to report his mother was drinking heavily and hitting his stepfather, David Stowe.

"She attempted to hit me," the son told the 911 dispatcher. "I blocked, and Dave has been getting in the way and she keeps hitting him across the face, like punching him hard."

"Yeah, I just had to do this," he told the dispatcher. "This has happened way too many times and it's gone too far this time."

When David Stowe discovered his stepson called 911 and deputies were on the eay, he told the boy he was leaving the house and that the teen should, as well. The boy pleaded for David Stowe to stay, according to the 911 recording the Record-Eagle obtained through a state Freedom of Information Act request.

"You can't leave," the boy said. "You have to stay, please. I need somebody to back me up, Dave."

David Stowe agreed to remain in the house after he spoke with the dispatcher.

Sheriff's deputies reported David Stowe was bleeding from scratches on his neck, but he refused to allow officers to photograph his injuries, Koop said.

The boy changed his story in a follow-up interview that didn't occur until Thursday because deputies couldn't locate him, Koop said.

"This is not uncommon in domestic violence cases where the person who is assaulted doesn't want to go forward," Koop said. "This is a good example of how domestic violence crosses all stratum. A lot of time we don't think of professional people being battered.

David Stowe said the incident provided him a sense of empathy for what others encounter in the criminal justice system, but he declined to discuss the incident.

"We all have issues in our personal life like anyone else and I'm hopeful that we respect the personal lives of people," David Stowe said.

David Stowe was elected to the probate judge post in 2000. Cynthia Stowe is a former family court employee who worked under Stowe from 2002 to 2005.

The two began a romantic relationship while she worked for him; previous to Stowe's hiring of the then-Cynthia Curry, David Stowe oversaw child custody matters in her divorce case. David Stowe and Cynthia Curry married in early 2009.

Benzie Circuit Court Judge James Batzer in September sentenced Cynthia Stowe to a day in jail and a year of probation after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle with a high blood-alcohol content.

She was arrested Aug. 6 and police reported her blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the state's legal limit for intoxication.

She may yet face a probation violation hearing for that charge, and if she again violates her probation Koop can reinstate domestic violence charges.

Eighty-Sixth District Court Judge Michael Haley brokered Friday's plea deal through a phone conference with Batzer, but the deal doesn't take effect until Batzer signs the modified probation terms.









Judge's wife violates bond, goes to jail
February 23, 2012
Art Bukowski
The Record-Eagle
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Eu2Baf62i7IJ:record-eagle.com/local/x1222572165/Judges-wife-violates-bond-goes-to-jail+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Traverse City - A local judge's wife went to jail after authorities said she violated her bond on a domestic violence arrest.

Cynthia Stowe, wife of Probate Judge David Stowe, tested positive for alcohol consumption on two separate breath test this month, authorities said. Bond set after a Jan. 30 domestic violence arrest required her to periodically blow into a home testing device.

Her bond included a provision that she not consume alcohol, among several other restrictions.

District Judge Michael Haley on Wednesday revoked Stowe's bond and sent her to jail pending the outcome of the domestic violence charge. She also was arraigned on that charge Wednesday.

Grand Traverse County Sheriff's deputies arrested Stowe after a January altercation at the Long Lake Township home where she lived with David Stowe. her son called police to say she had assaulted David Stowe, police said.

Defense attorney Craig Elhart on Wednesday asked for a hearing on the alleged bond violations. Cynthia Stowe, 50, blamed the failure of the alcohol tests on a dessert that contained rum and a medication given after a dental appointment. Haley wasn't sympathetic.

"That's just inane to offer that as an excuse," he said, of the rum dessert explanation.

David Stowe was elected to the probate judge post in 2000. Cynthia Stowe - known as Cynthia Curry prior to her marriage to Stowe - is a former family court employee who worked under Stowe from 2002 to 2005.

The two began a relationship while they both worked in the court, and David oversaw child custody matters in Cynthia's divorce case. David subsequently fired the county's family court administrator for reporting the relationship to county officials. The county later paid a $69,000 settlement to that ex-employee.

David and Cynthia married in early 2009.

A Benzie Circuit judge in September sentenced Cynthia Stowe to a day in jail and a year probation after she pleaded guily to a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle with a high-blood alcohol count.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

THANK YOU, CLOUD :)

Cloud
http://www.behindthebluewall.blogspot.com/

Thank you so very much for setting aside the important things in your life during the past several weeks to help me get caught up on the MIOIDV website.
Much love, Renee'


"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each one of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." [Albert Schweitzer]


Michigan Officer Involved Domestic Violence

Thank you Trooper Travis Peterson [Traverse City Post]



On September 18, 2012, "someone" left a comment slamming Trooper Travis [see comments below].  Gee, I wonder who Annoymous could be [rolling my eyes here].







On November 29, 2012 someone left a very threatening post to Trooper Peterson [see below]. They of course didn't have the balls to sign their name. Here is the poster's IP address and location.









TROOPER TRAVIS PETERSON

On June 01, 2011 Trooper Peterson answered an officer involved domestic violence call at the home of Deputy Kipp Needham [Grand Traverse SD].
When Trooper arrived at the domestic, he found Deputy Needham to be intoxicated...combative...and in possession of a firearm.

In protecting the OIDV victim, Trooper Peterston was punched and choked by Deputy Needham.

Deputy Needham was originally charged with assaulting, resisting or obstructing a polcie officer causing injury [a felony], possessing a firearm while intoxicated, and 2 counts of domestic violence.

This is how the Traverse County Prosecutor thanked Trooper Peterson for risking his life to save a victim of OIDV: the prosecutor dropped Deputy Needham's attack on Trooper Peterson down to a misdemeanor attempted resisting & obstructing a police officer. The Prosecutor dropped all the other charges against Deputy Needham.

Here is Trooper Travis Peterson's incredible victim impact statement that he read at Needham's sentencing:

“My name is Travis Peterson, and I am a member of the Michigan State Police Trooper’s Association. I am here today to address the court, not in my capacity as a trooper with the Michigan State Police, but as the victim of a violent assault and battery committed by the defendant. I have many valid concerns and fears. I take no pleasure in my duty to stand before this court, but I feel this whole incident has been minimized. I am not here to drive a wedge between the Michigan State Police and the Grand Traverse County Sheriff Department.

“I have nothing but the highest respect for the deputies that I interact with on a daily basis.

“On the early dark morning hours of June 1, 2010, while my partner, Tpr. Richards and I were performing the lawful duties of Michigan State Police Troopers, the defendant confronted us with his duty-issued loaded and cocked pistol. The defendant only dropped the pistol due to his intoxication. The defendant then punched me in the face, choked me with his hands, all the while berating me and the Michigan State Police. The defendant yelled, ‘I’m going to fu-----kill you!’ as he choked me. I was forced to take action that saved my life and potentially could have cost the defendant his life that horrific morning. My wife and two young children almost lost their husband and father due to the actions of the intoxicated defendant.

“I received minor physical injuries that have since healed (a laceration to my right hand, a laceration to my mouth and red strangulation marks to my neck). I will forever carry the many complicated emotions that accompany almost losing my life and having to defend my life with a deadly force response, all of this against a sworn police officer.

“I was satisfied with the charges the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor’s Office originally authorized against the defendant in this case. I did not object when the prosecutor decided to reduce the charges to misdemeanors, but I made it clear I did not want the defendant to have the possibility of retaining his job as a law-enforcement officer. It is obvious my request was not honored as I was made aware of the plea offer and agreement through the media.

“I realize the defendant was formerly a well-respected member of the law-enforcement community, and he at one time had the trust of the community he swore to protect and serve. Due to his drunken and violent actions, the defendant lost all the respect he gained over his 12 years of public service.

“The defendant has failed to accept full responsibility for his drunken/violent actions and has even gone as far as to claim temporary mental insanity. Tpr. Richards and I were there. Tpr. Richards and I were threatened with a loaded and cocked pistol. I was violently punched in the face and choked by the defendant. Tpr. Richards and I know the facts of this case, and his defense only shows his failure to accept responsibility.

“I stand before this court today hoping the defendant will accept full responsibility for his drunken/violent actions on June 1, 2010. I also respectfully request that you, Judge Haley, help me protect my family and myself from the defendant.

“If the defendant chooses to surrender his badge and resign from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff Department, I would fully support a decision to sentence him to probation with the appropriate conditions to include: The defendant is not permitted to possess a firearm, and the defendant is not permitted to have any contact with me or Tpr. Richards. But if the defendant denies responsibility, I would respectfully request the court sentence him to the maximum jail time allowed under this plea agreement.

“My greatest concern is the defendant will retain his position as a deputy with the Grand Traverse County Sheriff Department and possibly be sent as Tpr. Richards’ or my backup to a critical incident. It is not fair to ask Tpr. Richards or me to put our lives in the hands of the defendant who attempted to end them. Due to his own actions, the defendant no longer has our trust or respect.





Post on Deputy Kipp Needham's OIDV:
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2010/06/deputy-kipp-needham-grand-traverse.html







Michigan Officer Involved Domestic Violence

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

[former] Officer Matthew Thompson - Charged w/CSC [Manistee PD]

FORMER MANISTEE POLICE OFFICER MATTHEW THOMPSON CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT OF RELATIVES BETWEEN 1987- 1994: APRIL 17, 2012.


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On November 19, 2014, the following comment was left on this post, demanding to know who the heck I thought I was and wanting to know why this case is still important. 

You see, Officer Thompson plead guilty to the CSC, under the conditions that he would not have to register as a sex offender and that the charge would be wiped clean from his record once he finished probation. Therefore the newspaper articles and the MIOIDV contain the only records of this case. Apparently, from the sounds of this comment, the fact that the records of the  CSC charges cannot be erased from MIOIDV as was done with  his criminal record - either has Officer Thompson or someone close to him pissed off.

 Anonymous said...
Also, If you think about it this all could have been a lie from the females who charged. If it wasn't important then, why is it important now? I know this man And he is a great role model to his kids. So is his brother who was charged. My question is who are you?  November 19, 2014 at 7:42 AM

WHO  IS  THE  ANONYMOUS POSTER?



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Thompson had been dismissed from the Mainstee Police Department in 2006, following a domestic violence assault.













[former] Manistee Officer Matthew Thompson [Facebook]










 [former] Manistee Officer Matthew Thompson [Facebook]













[former]  Manistee Officer Matthew Thompson [Facebook]











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[former] Manistee Officer Matthew Thompson [Facebook]



ALSO SEE:
January 19, 2006: Sergeant Matthew Thompson, Manistee Police Department. Domestic violence charges.










Former Manistee Police Officer Faces Judge For Sexual Assault Accusations
Posted: Apr 19, 2012 6:44 PM CDT
Updated: Apr 19, 2012 6:44 PM CDT
FOX 32
http://www.mifox32.com/story/17589794/former-manistee-police-officer-faces-judge-for-sexual-assault-accusations










A former Manistee police officer who police say sexually assaulted members of his family went in front of a judge for the first time today.

Matthew Thompson was arrested for the sex crimes last week.

Police say it all happened more than 10 years ago in both Florida and Benzie County.

Thompson was officially charged today.

His brother, Michael is already in jail for the same crime.

Police say Thompson sexually assaulted the victims for roughly a decade.













Former Manistee Police Officer Faces Judge For Sexual Assault Accusations
Posted: Apr 19, 2012 5:55 PM CDT
Updated: Apr 19, 2012 5:55 PM CDT
http://www.9and10news.com/story/17589516/former-manistee-county-police-officer-goes-infront-of-judge-for-sexual-assault-accusations







A former Manistee police officer who police say sexually assaulted members of his family went in front of a judge for the first time today.

Matthew Thompson was arrested for the sex crimes last week.

Police say it all happened more than 10 years ago in both Florida and Benzie County.

Thompson was officially charged today.

His brother, Michael is already in jail for the same crime.

Police say Thompson sexually assaulted the victims for roughly a decade.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Report: Former Manistee police officer facing sexual assault charges
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 5:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 5:23 PM
By Heidi Fenton
The Grand Rapids Press
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/04/report_former_manistee_police.html






BENZIE COUNTY, MI-- A former Manistee police officer is facing two felony sexual assault charges resulting from alleged assaults on relatives dating back more than a decade, a northern Michigan newspaper is reporting.

Matthew Shane Thompson, 39, faces two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from assaults police allege happened in Benzie County between 1987 and 1994, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported today.

The charges come after a Michigan State Police investigation involving Thompson's brother, Michael Thompson, who has been charged with several assaults against two of the same women.

Matthew Thompson worked for 10 years as a Manistee city police officer. He left the department in 2006 around the time he was convicted of domestic violence, Police Chief David Bachman told the Traverse City paper.

Thompson, a Manistee resident, was arrested Friday and is free on bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on the charges, the Record-Eagle reported.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Former police officer faces sex charges
Matthew Thompson allegedly assaulted two female relatives
BY ART BUKOWSKI
The Record Eagle
Tue Apr 17, 2012, 07:14 AM EDT

BEULAH — A former Manistee city police officer faces two felony sex charges.

Matthew Shane Thompson, 39, is charged in Benzie County with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charges stem from alleged assaults of two female relatives between 1987 and 1994, court documents show.

Thompson's brother, Michael Thompson, was sentenced in March to a minimum of 10 years in prison on five counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. A Michigan State Police trooper investigating Michael Thompson learned of alleged wrongdoing by his brother and started another investigation.

Matthew Thompson for 10 years worked as a police officer at the Manistee City Police Department. He left the department in 2006 about the time he was convicted of domestic violence, Manistee Chief David Bachman said.

Thompson lives in Manistee, but is charged in Benzie County because authorities believe the crimes happened when he lived there several years ago.

Trooper Rick Doehring, who handled the investigation, said he believes Thompson hasn't engaged in inappropriate activity with the alleged victims in recent years. He isn't aware of other victims.

"If something were to come forward we would certainly investigate it, but I have nothing to indicate there is anyone else out there," he said.

The two victims connected to Matthew Thompson's charges also were assaulted by Michael Thompson, Doehring said. They represent two of his five criminal charges.

Thompson was arrested on Friday and is free on bond. He's scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Thursday.

He couldn't be reached for comment.









ALSO SEE: MANISTEE OFFICER MATTHEW THOMPSON, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES [ JANUARY 19, 2006]:
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2006/01/january-19-2006-sergeant-matthew.html







Michigan Officer Involved Domestic Violence

Friday, April 13, 2012

River Rouge Firefighter - Sentenced

Also See:
River Rouge Firefighter: Arrested for CSC of daughter



Briefs: Ex-River Rouge firefighter faces 25-38 years for child sex abuse
March 31, 2012 at 1:00 am
The Detroit News
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120331/METRO/203310338

A former River Rouge firefighter will serve at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to charges he sexually abused his teenage daughter. Officials with the 3rd Circuit Court said the 48-year-old man from Romulus entered the plea on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under 13 and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child 13-15, and one count of possession of child sexually abusive material. He'll be sentenced by Judge Lawrence S. Talon on April 13 to a term of 25-38 years. The man's name is not being released because The Detroit News doesn't identify victims of sexual abuse.








Ex-firefighter to get at least 25 years in sex abuse case
By Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News
March 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120330/METRO01/203300451/1361/Ex-firefighter-to-get-at-least-25-years-in-sex-abuse-case

Detroit— A former River Rouge firefighter will serve at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to allegations he sexually abused his teenage daughter.

Officials with the Third Circuit Court said the 48-year-old man from Romulus entered the plea Friday on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under 13 and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child 13-15, and one count of possession of child sexually abusive material.

He'll be sentenced by Circuit Judge Lawrence S. Talon on April 13 to a term of 25 to 38 years in prison, court officials said.

The man's name is not being released because The Detroit News doesn't identify victims of sexual abuse.

Ronald French, the Ecorse-based attorney representing the firefighter, could not be immediately reached Friday for comment.

He previously told The News that his client had no criminal history.

The man was charged in January after prosecutors said his daughter reported in December that her father allegedly took nude photographs of her and forced her to engage in sex acts, including intercourse. The incidents are alleged to have occurred over the course of several years.

River Rouge Police and Fire Chief Jeffrey Harris declined comment Friday, but did confirm the man was a firefighter with the department for 16 years and is no longer employed with the department.

The man was remanded to Wayne County Jail pending sentencing.








DETROIT: Former firefighter pleads guilty to sexual assault of daughter
Published: Friday, March 30, 2012
By Alan Burdziak
The News Herald
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/03/30/news/doc4f761f505fc1e890265037.txt

DETROIT— A former River Rouge firefighter accused of sexually assaulting his teenage daughter pleaded guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court today.

He faces between 25 and 38 years in prison. He was taken to the Wayne County Jail pending sentencing April 13.

The 48-year-old Romulus resident pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and one count of possession of child sexually abusive material.

He had previously waived his right to a preliminary examination of the evidence against him in 34th District Court.

The man’s daughter walked into the Romulus Police Department on Dec. 21 to report the assault. The man was arrested later that day.

The News-Herald does not publish the names of victims of sexual assault. Also to protect the girl’s identity, her age and her father’s name are not being released.

During a search of the man’s house and his work locker, detectives said they found evidence that supports the girl’s accusations. Police said they also have received video and written statements from the man admitting to some of the crimes. The man reportedly began to assault his daughter when she was 13.

He is a 16-year veteran of the River Rouge Fire Department.








ROMULUS: Firefighter accused of sexual assaulting daughter bound over for trial
Published: Friday, January 27, 2012
By Alan Burdziak
The News Herald
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2012/01/27/news/doc4f2341e950674590431493.txt

ROMULUS — A River Rouge firefighter accused of sexually assaulting his teenage daughter was bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

He waived his right to a preliminary examination of the evidence against him. He is to be arraigned in circuit court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Thirty-fourth District Judge Brian Oakley ordered him to stay on a tether between court dates.

Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney Kinga Gorzelewski asked Oakley to reinstate the man’s bond of $250,000, which he denied.

The man, 48, is a 16-year veteran of the River Rouge Fire Department. He is charged with numerous crimes, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

To protect the identity of the girl, The News-Herald Newspapers is not publishing the name of the suspect or the victim’s current age. Police said the man had forced the girl into sexual acts for years, beginning when she was 13.

He was arrested Dec. 21 after the girl went to the Romulus Police Department.

During a search of the man’s home and his work locker, detectives said they found evidence that supports the girl’s accusations.

Police said they also have received video and written statements from him admitting to some of the crimes.

He was suspended from his job without pay pending a termination hearing.




Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Judge David Stowe - Cynthia - DV probation

After Cynthia Stowe's  assault on her teenage son and husband Judge David Stowe [January 30, 2012], a year was added to her DUI probation. A stipulation that Cynthia not consume alcohol was added to the conditions of her probation after her DV arrest.

April 11, 2012: Arrest warrant for Cynthia Stowe after she violated her DUI / DV probation  by testing positive for alcohol consumption on two separate breath tests in April.








Judge’s wife fails test, violates probation

April 19, 2012
Leelanau Enterprise
http://www.leelanaunews.com/news/2012-04-19/Courts/Judges_wife_fails_test_violates_probation.html

The wife of a Traverse City judge will appear today for a arraignment on a charge of violating probation on a drunk driving case in Leelanau County.

Cynthia Stowe turned herself in to the County Jail last week after allegedly failing an alcohol screening. The failed test would constitute a violation of the terms of her probation on a September drunk driving conviction in Leelanau County.

The Grand Traverse County woman assaulted her husband, Probate Court Judge David Stowe, in their home in January. That case was resolved through a plea agreement that added one year of probation on to her drunk driving arrest in Leelanau County.

Nineteenth Circuit Court Judge James Batzer of Benzie County held the hearing on the probation violation via telephone Friday afternoon. Batzer was appointed by the state court administrator’s office as the local judges all recused themselves because of their relationship with Judge Stowe, Magistrate Norene Kastys said.











Judge's wife arraigned on probation violation
The Record-Eagle
April 14, 2012
From staff reports
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Traverse City - A local judge's wife was arraigned on a probation violation.

Cynthia Stowe turned herself in Thursday and on Friday was arraigned in 86th District Court.

Court officials said the violation was issued because she failed an alcohol test.

Stowe, wife of Grand Traverse County Probate Judge David Stowe was on probation for a drunken driving conviction.

A probation violation hearing is set for April 19.










Judge's wife allegedly violation probation
Bench warrant issued for arrest of Cynthia Stowe
April 12, 2012
Art Bukowski
The Record-Eagle
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Traverse City - A local judge's wife might go back to jail after authorities said she violated probation.

Cynthia Stowe recently failed an alcohol screen, court officials said. Circuit Judge James Batzer on Monday issued a bench warrant for her arrest because a failed test constitutes a violation of her probation on a September drunken driving conviction.

Stowe, the wife of Grand Traverse County Probate Judge David Stowe, hadn't yet been arrested Wednesday afternoon.

Stowe assaulted her husband in their Long Lake Township home in January. That case was resolved in a plea deal that added one year probation on to her drunken driving arrest.

David Stowe was elected to the probate judge post in 200, and Cynthia Stowe - known as Cynthia Curry prior to her marriage to Stowe - is a former family court employee who worked under Stowe from 2002 to 2005.

The two began a relationship while they both worked in the court, and David oversaw child custody matters in Cynthia's divorce case. David Stowe subsequently fired the county's family court administrator for reporting the relationship to county officials. The county later paid a $69,000 settlement to that employee.

David Stowe filed for divorce on March 16, court records show. His term is up this year, and he previously said he won't run again.

Cynthia Stowe's attorney, Craig Elhart, declined comment.









Warrant out for arrest of judge's wife
April 11, 2012
The Record-Eagle
Art Bukowski
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Travese City - A judge's wife has a warrant out for her arrest after authorities said she violated probation.

Cynthia Stowe failed an alcohol screening, and a judge issued a warrant for her arrest Monday. She hadn't been arrested as of this morning. Stowe is the wife of Grand Traverse County Probate Judge David Stowe.

Stowe in August was arrested for drunken driving, and in January was arrested after she assaulted David Stowe at their home. A year of probation was added to her drunken driving conviction after the assault.







Police Have an Arrest Warrant Out for the Wife of a Grand Traverse County Judge
Posted: Apr 11, 2012 6:09 PM CDT
Updated: Apr 18, 2012 6:10 PM CDT
9 and 10 News
http://www.9and10news.com/story/17389068/police-have-an-arrest-warrant-out-for-the-wife-of-a-grand-traverse-county-judge

Police have an arrest warrant out for the wife of a Grand Traverse County judge.

Court records show Cynthia Stowe failed an alcohol breath test, violating her probation.

Cynthia is probate Judge David Stowe's wife.

Last summer, she was arrested for drunk driving, and in January, she was in court for assaulting her husband.

A judge added an additional year of probation following the attack.











Judge's wife released from jail

February 25, 2012
Brian McGillivary
The Record-Eagle
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Traverse City - Authorities dropped domestic assault charges against a local judge's wife and released her from jail after she agreed to stiffer probation requirements tied to a previous drunken-driving conviction.

Cynthia Stowe allegedly assaulted her husband, Grand Traverse County Probate Judge David Stowe, on Jan 30 at their Long Lake Township home. On Friday, she agreed to an additional year of probation in a plea agreement with Special Prosecutor Charles Koop of Antrim County.

The defendant, in the people's opinion, has an alcohol problem that was not under control," Koop said. "The family was in crisis and needed some outside help. This will be addressed by the modified probation terms."

The new probation is stiffer than what's normally meted out for a first-time domestic violence conviction, Koop said. It also includes provisions for Cynthia Stowe, 50, to undergo substance abuse and domestic violence counseling and monitoring until August 2013.

Cynthia Stowe stood in court alone on Friday, dressed in jail orange and an oversized jail coat, and dabbed at tears. She spent two days in jail because she consumed alcohol, a violation of bond conditions placed on her after the domestic violence arrest.

David Stowe, in his courtroom one floor above the courtroom where his wife appeared, did not attend the hearing.

"It's a family matter and as much as I wanted to be there, it's not something I can involve myself in as a judge," David Stowe said.

Defense attorney, Craig Elhart called the plea deal a "satisfactory resolution for everyone," and said Cynthia Stowe would return home on Friday.

David Stowe and Elhart denied an assault occurred on Jan. 30.

Koop said he believes otherwise, but said it would be difficult to prove the case because David Stowe refused to cooperate with authorities and Cynthia Stowe's 16-year-old son - who called 911 that evening to report the incident - changed his story.

"These are hard cases and I didn't do this just because she is married to a judge," Koop said.

The son called 911 that evening to report his mother was drinking heavily and hitting his stepfather, David Stowe.

"She attempted to hit me," the son told the 911 dispatcher. "I blocked, and Dave has been getting in the way and she keeps hitting him across the face, like punching him hard."

"Yeah, I just had to do this," he told the dispatcher. "This has happened way too many times and it's gone too far this time."

When David Stowe discovered his stepson called 911 and deputies were on the eay, he told the boy he was leaving the house and that the teen should, as well. The boy pleaded for David Stowe to stay, according to the 911 recording the Record-Eagle obtained through a state Freedom of Information Act request.

"You can't leave," the boy said. "You have to stay, please. I need somebody to back me up, Dave."

David Stowe agreed to remain in the house after he spoke with the dispatcher.

Sheriff's deputies reported David Stowe was bleeding from scratches on his neck, but he refused to allow officers to photograph his injuries, Koop said.

The boy changed his story in a follow-up interview that didn't occur until Thursday because deputies couldn't locate him, Koop said.

"This is not uncommon in domestic violence cases where the person who is assaulted doesn't want to go forward," Koop said. "This is a good example of how domestic violence crosses all stratum. A lot of time we don't think of professional people being battered.

David Stowe said the incident provided him a sense of empathy for what others encounter in the criminal justice system, but he declined to discuss the incident.

"We all have issues in our personal life like anyone else and I'm hopeful that we respect the personal lives of people," David Stowe said.

David Stowe was elected to the probate judge post in 2000. Cynthia Stowe is a former family court employee who worked under Stowe from 2002 to 2005.

The two began a romantic relationship while she worked for him; previous to Stowe's hiring of the then-Cynthia Curry, David Stowe oversaw child custody matters in her divorce case. David Stowe and Cynthia Curry married in early 2009.

Benzie Circuit Court Judge James Batzer in September sentenced Cynthia Stowe to a day in jail and a year of probation after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle with a high blood-alcohol content.

She was arrested Aug. 6 and police reported her blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the state's legal limit for intoxication.

She may yet face a probation violation hearing for that charge, and if she again violates her probation Koop can reinstate domestic violence charges.

Eighty-Sixth District Court Judge Michael Haley brokered Friday's plea deal through a phone conference with Batzer, but the deal doesn't take effect until Batzer signs the modified probation terms.









Judge's wife violates bond, goes to jail
February 23, 2012
Art Bukowski
The Record-Eagle
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Traverse City - A local judge's wife went to jail after authorities said she violated her bond on a domestic violence arrest.

Cynthia Stowe, wife of Probate Judge David Stowe, tested positive for alcohol consumption on two separate breath test this month, authorities said. Bond set after a Jan. 30 domestic violence arrest required her to periodically blow into a home testing device.

Her bond included a provision that she not consume alcohol, among several other restrictions.

District Judge Michael Haley on Wednesday revoked Stowe's bond and sent her to jail pending the outcome of the domestic violence charge. She also was arraigned on that charge Wednesday.

Grand Traverse County Sheriff's deputies arrested Stowe after a January altercation at the Long Lake Township home where she lived with David Stowe. her son called police to say she had assaulted David Stowe, police said.

Defense attorney Craig Elhart on Wednesday asked for a hearing on the alleged bond violations. Cynthia Stowe, 50, blamed the failure of the alcohol tests on a dessert that contained rum and a medication given after a dental appointment. Haley wasn't sympathetic.

"That's just inane to offer that as an excuse," he said, of the rum dessert explanation.

David Stowe was elected to the probate judge post in 2000. Cynthia Stowe - known as Cynthia Curry prior to her marriage to Stowe - is a former family court employee who worked under Stowe from 2002 to 2005.

The two began a relationship while they both worked in the court, and David oversaw child custody matters in Cynthia's divorce case. David subsequently fired the county's family court administrator for reporting the relationship to county officials. The county later paid a $69,000 settlement to that ex-employee.

David and Cynthia married in early 2009.

A Benzie Circuit judge in September sentenced Cynthia Stowe to a day in jail and a year probation after she pleaded guily to a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle with a high-blood alcohol count.