Police catch jail inmate

MANISTIQUE – A 25-year-old Schoolcraft County Jail inmate who disappeared while on an approved community service pass was taken into custody on the west side of Manistique Monday evening.

The man, a sentenced inmate, was granted the community service pass by the court and program pass by the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Office to attend a counseling program at a church.

The inmate was released at approximately 7:25 p.m. to attend the 7:30 counseling session on Main Street in Manistique. Deputies discovered at 7:45 that the inmate had not shown up at the counseling session.

Deputies immediately began searching for the inmate. The Manistique Public Safety Department, the Michigan State Police, and the Sault Tribe Police Department assisted in the search.

The man was found at 10:05 p.m. in a parking lot on the west side of Manistique and was taken into custody. The incident is still under investigation by the sheriff’s department.

“The criminal complaint is now being handled by our department,” said Sheriff W. John Norrington in a press release. “This inmate was classified minimum security and was approved by both the courts and I to participate in community service and counseling programs to better himself. Unfortunately, it seems that the opportunity was taken advantage of.”

Norrington noted the investigation will take time.

“I will say that the incident was handled by our staff quickly and efficiently. Our department coordinated with other law enforcement agencies to conduct an expansive and thorough search of the city,” Norrington added.

The sheriff’s office declined to release the inmate’s name or what offense he was serving a jail sentence for.