Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 23, 2013

Accused stalker faces more charges

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — A Grawn man who already is facing stalking charges is accused of breaking into the home of the female victim and attempting to take her dog.

Larry Joe Butcher, 67, was arraigned this week on felony first-degree home invasion and aggravated stalking charges. He could face up to 20 years if convicted.

Butcher was arrested Saturday outside the 47-year-old victim’s Long Lake Township house.

Police reports state the victim heard her dog bark and noticed her garage door was wide open. She then saw Butcher carrying her dog to a van parked outside her house.

Butcher gave the dog back and drove away when the woman confronted him. Authorities found him outside Addiction Treatment Services in Traverse City, where he must give daily portable Breathalyzer tests under court conditions imposed in another stalking case involving the same female victim.

The victim told investigators in February she received numerous harassing phone calls from Butcher and he made unwelcome visits to her workplace.

Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said the case led to misdemeanor stalking and malicious use of telecommunications charges. That case is in 86th District Court.

“She has a personal protection order as result of prior contact with him,” he said.

Police reports state when Butcher was arrested Saturday he told investigators he was disoriented and unaware he was at the victim’s residence when he saw a dog running loose.

“Butcher stated since he loves animals, he felt sorry for the dog, pulled into the driveway, picked it up and was waiting for its owner,” the report states.

The victim told investigators the only way Butcher could end up with the dog was by entering her house or opening her door.

Butcher was being held in Grand Traverse County Jail on a $100,000 cash surety bond.