2017-02-16 / News

State police arrest motorist for marijuana possession

State Police from the Houghton Lake Post arrested two motorists during the past week for possession of marijuana.

On Feb. 13, a 24-year-old Pon­tiac woman was arrested after being stopped on northbound I-75 near the St. Helen exit when stationary radar recorded her speed at 86 mph in a 70 mph zone. The woman initially gave police a false name and a vehicle search turned up a small amount of marijuana, as well as papers which confirmed her real identity.

Police found that her license was suspended, and she was charged with operating a motor vehicle while license suspended and possession of marijuana, then given an appear­ance date in 82nd District Court, Roscommon. The woman’s car was towed from the freeway, and police gave her a ride to the Houghton Lake Walmart store where she was to wait for a ride.

On the evening of Feb. 12, State Police stopped a driver after wit­nessing him make an improper left turn onto westbound M-55 from the southbound US-127 exit ramp. Troopers noticed drug parapherna­lia when they approached the ve­hicle, and the driver, a 19-year-old Marquette man, admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle.

The driver was issued a misde­meanor citation for possession of marijuana and given a court date in 82nd District Court, Roscommon.

State Police also handled the reported theft of a telephone at a Houghton Lake business Feb. 8. According to Sgt. David Johnson, a 49-year-old female clerk report­ed her phone had been stolen, and that she suspected a 15-year-old Roscommon boy, who was in the store shopping with his mother, had taken it.

The suspect was confronted by police, and initially denied any knowledge of the missing phone, but was found to have it in his posses­sion. He was apprehended by police on a charge of theft from a building, and then handed over to his mother. The youth was given a court date in Roscommon County Probate Court.

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