Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 5, 2013

Former judge's ex-wife arrested, will remain in jail

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — A former judge’s ex-wife’s legal troubles continued after authorities said she drunkenly drove on a suspended license and with an plastic cup of red wine in her vehicle.

Cynthia Marie Stowe, 52, of Florida, was pulled over Sept. 26 at Three Mile and South Airport roads in Grand Traverse County by a state police trooper who responded to a report of a suspected drunken driver.

Stowe initially denied drinking, but later told the trooper she drank wine and had a glass stashed inside her Jeep Wrangler’s center console.

“When asked how much wine she consumed ... Stowe stated, ‘Apparently enough to get pulled over,’” the police report states. “Stowe also stated the following, ‘My ex-husband told me not to come to Traverse City or this would happen.”

Stowe is the ex-wife of former Grand Traverse County Probate Court Judge David Stowe and had several run-ins with the law prior to and after their divorce. Local judges allowed her to move to Florida, but later issued bench warrants for failing to comply with terms of her probation for drunken driving and contempt of court.

She will remain in Grand Traverse County’s jail until Dec. 4 after the 86th District Court revoked her probation following her most recent arrest.

The police report states on Sept. 26 witnesses and the trooper observed Stowe driving erratically as she applied make-up. The trooper reported Stowe refused a preliminary breath test, but later submitted to a chemical breath test that registered a .21 percent blood alcohol content.

Stowe was arraigned Wednesday in 86th District Court on misdemeanor charges of second-offense operating while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license and an open-alcohol container. Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney said no judges have filed paperwork to recuse themselves from the case based on Stowe’s prior relationship with a local judge.

Cynthia Stowe’s legal troubles began with a 2011 arrest for drunken driving. In 2012, she was accused of assaulting her husband, but the charge was dropped in a plea deal that added a year to her probation. She later faced a perjury charge when authorities said she lied during a bond violation hearing. That charge was dismissed when she pleaded guilty to contempt of court.

Florida authorities in 2012 dropped felony child abuse and battery domestic violence charges against Stowe after she was accused of getting into a physical confrontation with her sons over her drinking.

Stowe’s defense attorney Craig Elhart said he needed to review the police report before he could comment on the September arrest and charges. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Oct. 17.