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Newcomerstown man denies gun charge

By CHRISTINE L. PRATT Staff Writer Published: May 6, 2017 5:00 AM

MILLERSBURG -- A Newcomerstown man denied criminal charges he was in the possession of drugs and a gun during a March traffic stop.

Kristopher L. Lanning, 31, of 420 Pearl St., pleaded not guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to trafficking in marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle and turning at an intersection.

If convicted, Lanning faces up to 18 months in prison for the most serious offense.

The charges stem from a March 19 traffic stop near the intersection of County Roads 160 and 77, where a deputy observed a driver failing to yield from a stop sign and then execute a U-turn in the middle of County Road 77, according to Chief Deputy Richard Haun.

Approached by a deputy, Lanning opened the vehicle's glove box to retrieve the registration, at which time the officer observed a .45-caliber in the compartment, said Haun.

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During a subsequent search of the vehicle, deputies found three magazines of ammunition in the center console and marijuana, to which a K-9 alerted, on the passenger seat.

They also found paraphernalia indicative of drug trafficking.

Lanning is next scheduled to appear in court for a June 15 pretrial conference. A jury trial is scheduled for July 31.

Reporter Christine Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or cpratt@the-daily-record.com.

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