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June 2, 2010

Deputy arraigned; held on $250,000 bond

TRAVERSE CITY — A judge today arraigned a Grand Traverse sheriff's deputy on charges that he assaulted two female relatives and a state trooper.

Judge Thomas J. Phillips arraigned Kipp Alan Needham, a 12-year member of the sheriff's department and its 2007 employee of the year, on a count of assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer causing injury, possessing a firearm while intoxicated and two counts of domestic violence. Michigan State Police on Tuesday arrested Needham outside his Acme Township home.

"This is an isolated incident," said George Mertz, Needham's lawyer. "He's not a violent person or a danger to society."

Needham, 35, of Traverse City, remains in the Leelanau County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

"I'm concerned about Mr. Needham," said Phillips after he set the bond. "He could be a danger to himself."

Needham's preliminary examination is scheduled for June 16 in 86th District Court.

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