Man charged with negligent homicide

GREILICKVILLE -- Leelanau County prosecutors authorized negligent homicide charges against a downstate man allegedly responsible for a crash that killed one person and hospitalized several others.

Robert Nadai, 55, of Royal Oak, allegedly drove through a stop sign on Hoxie Road at Bugai Road and into the path of a vehicle carrying five people. Five people were sent to the hospital after the Oct. 13 crash, and Claribel Crego Snyder, 91, of Traverse City, eventually died.

Chief Assistant Leelanau County Prosecutor Douglas Donaldson said his office authorized the warrant Thursday. Leelanau Undersheriff Scott Wooters was not yet aware of the warrant when reached by phone, but said his department likely would contact Nadai to arrange for an arrest.

Wooters didn't immediately know where Nadai is, but said he hasn't been considered a flight risk.

A negligent homicide charge is a high court misdemeanor, Donaldson said, and carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

Couple allegedly harbored runaways

TRAVERSE CITY -- A Blair Township couple is charged with harboring two local runaway teens.

Ray Alan Weber, 39 and Brenda May Bare, 43, both are charged with harboring runaways, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and furnishing alcohol to minors.

The two were arrested after a lengthy investigation into allegations they harbored the teens in their 1213 W. Silver Lake home, Grand Traverse County Undersheriff Nathan Alger said.

The pair allegedly housed a Blair Township girl, 15, and a Interlochen boy, 16, from Nov. 20 through Dec. 4 after the teens ran away from home. Police approached the couple multiple times to inquire about the missing teens, but they repeatedly denied knowing where they were, Alger said.

The teens eventually were spotted outside the residence by authorities and taken home, Alger said. They told investigators they were staying at the residence and even recalled overhearing conversations between police, Weber and Bare about their whereabouts, Alger added. The teens also said Weber and Bare gave them alcohol.

Alger declined to identify the teens, but said the Interlochen boy was friends with Weber's son. He did not know why the teens ran away, and said they were not related.

Weber and Bare were at the Grand Traverse County Jail Thursday afternoon.

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