Police: Fraternity in resort vandalism had previous problems

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GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — A police report says a University of Michigan fraternity whose members were accused of helping cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in vandalism at a northern Michigan ski resort was allowed back at the resort following problems a year before.

The Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1L3DLzj ) says Sigma Alpha Mu paid Treetops Resort $11,500 for damages and for having too many guests in 2014, but the resort in Otsego County's Dover Township welcomed the fraternity back.

Treetops attorney Paul Dillon says the fraternity was invited back because 2014 problems weren't seen as "intentional acts."

Three members of the now-closed fraternity chapter face charges. John Minock, a lawyer for two of them, says hotel guards didn't try to intervene to curb damage.

Treetops estimates $430,000 in costs from the Jan. 17-18 vandalism.


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