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December 10, 2013

Coming Wednesday: GT Sheriff's Dept. closes lobby — "last resort" to homeless

TRAVERSE CITY — For years, the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department's lobby informally served as the “last resort” for a small number of street homeless people too belligerent and drunk to stay at church shelters.

But in mid-September, Sheriff Tom Bensley approved jail staffers' request to lock the lobby doors after daytime hours. Now with the wind chill dropping to sub-zero, he stands by his decision.

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