Police investigating 'suspicious' bottles found outside local cafe
Sheriff says there is no danger to the public
IRONS — Lake County Sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement agencies are investigating several "suspicious" bottles found near Irons Cafe Monday morning.
Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin said deputies were dispatched to the cafe after receiving a report of seven shampoo bottles with the words "toxic" and "poison" written on them in permanent marker.
Martin said no suspects have been identified at this point, but both the sheriff's office and the FBI are looking into possible reasons why the bottles were left at the cafe.
According to Martin, State Rep. Scott VanSingel was supposed to come to the cafe Monday for a coffee meet and greet.
"There are certain protocols that have to be followed since it involved a legislator or government official," he said.
Martin added there also have allegedly been some issues between community members and the owner of Irons Cafe, which he speculated could have been the reason the bottles were left outside the cafe.
In addition to sheriff's deputies, personnel with the Michigan State Police, the Lake County Emergency Manager and the Michigan National Guard were on scene attempting to determine what was in the bottles.
Due to the possibility someone was targeting a government official, Martin said the Michigan National Guard has taken custody of the shampoo bottles to run tests on the contents throughout the next couple weeks.
While the investigation is ongoing, Martin said law enforcement officials do not believe there was ever a danger to the public or the people who assisted at the scene.