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Man charged with drug possession

FAIRMONT – A 34-year-old Fairmont man, Anthony Wayne Smith, is charged with fifth-degree drug possession following a traffic stop Saturday evening.

According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:

Shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, an on-duty Fairmont police officer witnessed a vehicle fail to come to a complete stop for a stop sign on North Prairie Avenue. The officer initiated a traffic stop, and identified the driver as Smith. He did not have a driver’s license in his possession and the insurance card he provided was expired. A background check showed Smith was on federal probation for a controlled substance violation.

Smith said he was borrowing a friend’s vehicle. His speech was rapid and he appeared nervous. Smith consented to a search of the vehicle, and a plastic baggie that contained what the officer recognized as hallucinogenic mushrooms was on the floor by the passenger’s seat. Smith said he didn’t know anything about the mushrooms, and that he had not done any drugs for nine years.

Smith was placed under arrest for the possession of a controlled substance. When questioned, he continued to state the mushrooms did not belong to him, but since they were found in his vehicle he would “deal with it.”

The amount of hallucinogenic mushrooms found weighed about 18 grams. A drug test done on Smith at the law enforcement center tested positive for THC, or marijuana use.

Fifth-degree drug possession carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Two men charged with possession

FAIRMONT – Two Fairmont men – Chad Aaron Tolzmann, 39, and Jeremy Jonas Jones, 36 – face charges of fifth-degree drug possession and open bottle.

According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:

Around 11 p.m. July 10, Fairmont police responded to a call regarding a suspicious occupied vehicle parked in the area of North Dewey Street and Winnebago Avenue. As a Fairmont police officer approached in his squad car, he saw the passenger – later identified as Jones – attempting to hide something in his pants. The driver was identified as Tolzmann.

The officer ordered the men to place their hands on the dashboard of the vehicle. The two men had trouble complying, and would take their hands off the dashboard every time the officer gave another command.

Jones was ordered to exit the vehicle and given a patdown search for weapons. Instead, the officer felt a plastic baggie with a granular substance that was consistent with and later tested positive as methamphetamine. One baggie held about one gram of meth, while the other had residue. The officer also saw there was an alcoholic beverage in a cup near where Jones was seated.

Both men were placed under arrest. In police interviews, Tolzmann stated he and Jones had smoked meth together, and that Jones was planning to sell meth to someone else. He also admitted he knew Jones had alcohol in his vehicle.

Jones told police he had purchased the meth from Tolzmann, and he admitted he was trying to hide the meth in his pocket when the officer approached. He also stated Tolzmann knew he had the meth and alcohol in his vehicle.

Both face a fifth-degree controlled substance charge, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Both also face an open bottle charge; maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Fairmont Market Square seeks vendors

FAIRMONT – Vendor applications are being accepted for Fairmont Market Square community events that will be held Aug. 10 and Oct. 19 at Heritage Acres in Fairmont.

Artisan vendors of a variety of handmade products including pottery, soaps, woodwork, knitwear, glasswork, metalwork and more are encouraged to apply. Food trucks and vendors of all types are also welcomed, with preference given to local and sustainable food vendors.

Vendor application forms are available at by emailing kylie@ruraladvantage.org or stopping by Rural Advantage, 1243 Lake Ave., in Fairmont. If you have any questions, call Kylie at (507) 238-5449.