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RV Park and Campground Briefs

January 20, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

ILLINOIS

From the Business Wire:

Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS) announced on Thursday (Jan. 19) the tax treatment of its 2011 dividend distributions.

Click here to read the details of the ELS news release.

FLORIDA

From the Miami Herald:

A 65-year-old man was found dead inside a burning motorhome at a campground in the Florida Keys.

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a fire at Seahorse Campground on Big Pine Key late Thursday (Jan. 19). They spotted a body on a mattress inside the motorhome, but couldn’t get inside because of intense smoke and heat.

Fire rescue officials later retrieved the body of the man, whose name has not been released.

A neighbor told deputies he had spotted the smoke and put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. Another neighbor called 911.

The state fire marshal’s office will investigate.

MICHIGAN

From the Huron Daily Tribune:

Police will be seeking criminal charges against two juveniles and one adult, all of whom are from the Caseville area and are suspects in a string of break-ins and reported vandalism at the Caseville County Park.

According to Caseville Police Chief Jamie Learman, the three suspects allegedly ransacked more than 30 RVs and mobile homes, vandalizing and stealing property at places in the park.

“We had an individual come forward with information (about the break-ins) which helped us identify a possible suspect,” said Learman, who was joined by detectives from the Huron County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the case. “That (suspect) then indicated a couple more people who were involved.”

Learman said he will be seeking charges of breaking and entering and malicious destruction of property against three men, two who are 16 years old and the other who is 18 years old.

“Both the victims and the suspects helped us narrow down the time frame to the end of November when this occurred,” said Learman. “From the information that we’ve gained, there are somewhere in the area of 37 places that had reported damage or had things stolen.”

Learman said one problem he had when investigating the crime spree was that the owners of the RVs and mobile homes haven’t been back to Caseville to check on things since the tourism season ended.

“We thought the number of places involved were around 22 because a few went unreported at first. We know it is more like 37 places,” he said. “We even have an item that has been recovered and we are still trying to identify the owner.”

The vandalism initially was reported to Caseville police in late December when a Consumers Power meter reader noticed a table from one of the RVs/mobile homes had been thrown through a window.

“There were broken windows on RVs and some mobile homes had the (door) handles pried open,” Learman explained in an earlier interview about the vandalism. “Some were entered with little damage.”

“In some cases, it looks like once they got inside and the door was shut, they ransacked the place. We have five or six places that reported their TV’s, jewelry and change had been stolen.”

Learman is asking RV and mobile home owners who are victim’s of the vandalism and theft and have not yet reported the matter to call the Caseville Police Department at (989) 856-3304.

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