Threat made against workers of Homestead Resort in call to Senator's office
A staff member at Senator Debbie Stabenow's Traverse City office reported receiving a phone call Friday afternoon that made threatening statements about workers at the Homestead Resort.
According to the Leelanau County Sheriff, the Stabenow staffer said a woman called the office and asked Stabenow to "stop illegals from coming into the country and taking away jobs from local workers." References were made to Jamaicans who were hired by the Homestead Resort. The caller also referenced employees being shot on sight when they got off the bus if something was not done by the Senator.
Investigators were able to determine that the call came from a cell phone registered in Oregon, but was being used in the Cedar/Maple City area. They found it was being used by a 61-year-old Kasson Township woman.
The woman did admit to making the calls.
The case will now be turned over to the Leelanau County Prosecutor's Office for a review of potential charges. No arrests have been made.
Investigators do not believe the woman had the means to carry out the threat.
The sheriff's department says they spoke with representatives from the Homestead and learned that housekeeping positions were advertised locally and Michigan Works! was involved.
They say only one application was turned in and no one showed up for that interview.