Thursday, January 5, 2017

Big Pot bust in Genoa

By Will Bublitz

Two local men are facing multiple felony charges after last week’s discovery of a large illegal marijuana operation on their property within the town of Genoa.

Arrested were 44-year-old William Glazier and 29-year-old James Melone. Both are recent residents of the town.

William Glazier

The chain of events that led to the arrest of the two men  began Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7:25 p.m. when the Lincoln County Dispatch Center received a 911 call about the theft of a black pickup truck in Genoa.

“Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Colpitts and Deputy Ryan Erwin immediately responded to locate the stolen vehicle,” Capt. Michael Yowell said. “While they were en route, our Dispatch Center received multiple calls from Genoa residents that a black pickup was intentionally ramming parked vehicles within the town. Those calls prompted multiple deputies as well as Sheriff Tom Nestor to respond to the scene.”

James Melone
Before the other deputies could arrive, Colpitts and Erwin arrived in Genoa, located the stolen black pickup, pulled it over and detained Glazier who was driving it. Sheriff’s investigators later determined the black pickup was the one that had crashed into the parked vehicles.

Also responding to Genoa was the Hugo Ambulance Service which was dispatched to assist two individuals who had been injured when the parked vehicle they were sitting in had allegedly been struck by the stolen pickup. They were transported to Lincoln Community Hospital in Hugo where they were treated and later released.

“The Sheriff’s Office launched an immediate investigation that ultimately led to Glazier’s arrest on multiple felony charges,” Yowell said. “Glazier was transported to the Lincoln County Jail in Hugo where he is awaiting trial on a $250,000 bond.”