- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A former city manager has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges in an alcohol-related incident at his Traverse City home.

Jered Ottenwess is charged with domestic violence and attempted resisting, obstructing or assaulting a police officer. He entered his plea Thursday, three days after Traverse City commissioners accepted his resignation. The judge denied his request to contact his wife and children, who are staying with family downstate.

Police were called Feb. 16 after Ottenwess’ mother reported he had been drinking for four days and “ripping up our house.”

Officer Mark Witczak says he was poised to use his Taser after Ottenwess clenched his fists. He says Ottenwess then “fell to his knees and started to cry.”

Sentencing for Ottenwess is scheduled on March 16.



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