An extortion case against a Traverse City resort owner may not go to trial. Yesterday, Judge Thomas Phillips said he’s not convinced that accusations against the owner of Park Shore Resort amount to extortion.
Prosecutors say Bryan Punturo threatened a competing parasailing business, saying he would put them out of business if he wasn’t paid $19,000 a year. They say Punturo made statements that he would “crush” or “bury” the victim’s business.
State’s attorney Matthew Payok said Punturo’s threatening statements were caught on email and voicemail.