LIVONIA – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Livonia man and a Rochester man for allegedly crashing the Hemlock Fairgrounds’ golf carts into each other.
According to a press release from Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, Robert Krause Jr., 44, and Richard Franklin, 33, were arrested for felony Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree and misdemeanor Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree.
On Sept. 18, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office was contacted to conduct an investigation into damage to property at the Hemlock Fair Grounds. It is alleged that Krause and Franklin jumped the fence to the Hemlock Fairgrounds and drove around in five separate golf carts, crashing them into each other and concrete barriers in the Hemlock Fairgrounds Derby Pits and Antique Tractor Pulling area.
The estimated damage to the golf carts is $14,667.
The arrest and investigation was handled by Sheriff’s Investigator Dan Rittenhouse of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of Deputy Bryan Mann of the Road Patrol Division. Deputy Mann is also a Crime Scene Technician and did process the scene to recover fingerprints, collected possible DNA via swabs and took photos to document the damage.
Krause and Franklin were both arrested and transported to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail for Corrections Deputies to process them and hold them in pre-arraignment detention. The District Attorney’s Office recommended that both be held on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond.
Livonia Town Justice Robert Lemmen arraigned both men. The Justice ordered Krause held on $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond and ordered Franklin held on $1,500 cash or $3,000 bond.