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May 11, 2012

Burned-out headlight leads to felony charges

NEW CASTLE — Union Township police who saw a burned-out headlight found drugs, a gun and money.

Officers charged Zachary Alan Glaude, 18, of 699 Arlington Ave. and Zachary Ryan Loughner, 18, of 712 Etna St. after they stopped the one-headlighted car about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday on West State Street near Upper Idlewild Drive.

The police officer said while speaking with Glaude he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and noticed Glaude had bloodshot, glassy eyes. He said the teen admitted he had smoked a little marijuana.

As he was preparing to arrest Glaude and release the three passengers, the officer said, a 17-year-old who identified herself as Glaude’s girlfriend arrived and started to scream and yell in the middle of the highway.

She did not leave when asked to do so, the officer said, so he cited her for disorderly conduct and obstructing justice.

As the others were being released, the officer said, he noticed one of the backseat passengers smelled of marijuana, as did the bag she carried. The officer said he asked her what was in the bag and she placed it on the trunk of the car.

The officer said he opened the bag and saw drugs and the black handle of a revolve. At that point, he said, he took everyone into custody.

At the police station, the officer said, Loughner admitted the loaded gun, scales, pills, marijuana, Ecstasy and pipe were his . He told police he had found the gun in the garbage during trash pickup, but later said he had purchased it for $50 in Westview Terrace.

The gun, the officer learned, had been reported as stolen. State police took custody of the weapon.

Glaude does not have a valid driver’s license, police said. He was charged with manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver; possession of a controlled substance; and driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoked.

Loughner is charged with prohibited possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm without a license, receiving stolen property, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and manufacture, delivery of possession of a controlled substance.

Both were arraigned before District Judge Jennifer Nicholson. Loughner remains in the Lawrence County jail on $25,000 bond. Glaude was released after posting a $10,000 bond.

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