Friday, June 22, 2012
Fenton residents allegedly stole 30 containers of K2 from shop on Silver Lake Road.
Two Fenton teens have been charged with stealing K2 from Smoker's Hub in Fenton. Zackery Thomas Lloyd, 17 and Thomas Dean Williamson, 19, were arraigned on breaking and entering charges and have a preliminary exam scheduled for June 26. Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro said two Fenton teens crawled through a vent at Smoker's Hub on the 2800 block of Silver Lake Road and took 30 containers of K2, three pipes and some cash. Police responded to the scene after an entry alarm around 4 a.m. June 16 at the business and saw two males behind the store in the field. The suspects ran when they saw the lights and police said they could not locate them. Police found two abandoned bikes at the scene, however, and Aro said an officer recognized the bikes …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign into law a ban on K2/Spice Tuesday.
While Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign into law a ban on K2/Spice Tuesday, a couple of Fenton teenagers tried to get their hands on some of the synthetic drug. Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro said two Fenton males, ages 17 and 19, were arrested on charges of breaking and entering after they crawled through a vent at Smoker's Hub on the 2800 block of Silver Lake Road and took 30 containers of K2, three pipes and some cash. Police responded to the scene after an entry alarm around 4 a.m. June 16 at the business and saw two males behind the store in the field. The suspects ran when they saw the lights and police said they could not locate them. Police found two abandoned bikes at the scene, however, and Aro said an officer recognized the …
Monday, June 11, 2012
What do you want to know about Spice and other synthetic drugs? Our team of experts will be here live Tuesday with the answers.
Expert says ban in other counties could result in synthetic drugs being more widely distributed around Fenton, Genesee County.
While other counties in Michigan have banned sales of K2 and Spice, it is still legal in Genesee County and that has local officials worried. Fenton Township drug prevention group Community Parent member and Brighton addiction outreach specialist Scott Masi warned that since Livingston, Macomb and Oakland Counties have passed or plan to pass ordinances to ban the synthetic drugs, it could lead to wider distribution in Genesee County. “These guys are drugs dealers,” Masi said. “I’ve went into these places and bought it after negotiating the price.” State Rep. Joe Graves (R-Argentine Township) recently wrote a letter asking the Genesee County Board of Commissioners to ban the drug like other counties have done. Genesee County Health Officer …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Addiction team from the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital answers viewers questions during live web chat. Check out the chat transcript.
It was a lively and infomative debate between viewers and a team of addiction specialists from the Brighton Center for Recovery Tuesday during the one-hour live web chat on about K2 on Patch.com. Dr. David Yanga, addictionoligist and family practitioner, along with John Furey, Brighton counseling supervisor and Scott Masi, Brighton addiction outreach specialist, were on hand from noon to 1 p.m. to field readers' questions. To read a transcript of the chat, click on the Cover It Live box. For more information, visit the Brighton Center for Recovery Hospital.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
With so much being said in the media about Spice, Patch takes a look at some cold hard facts about the synthetic drug. Also, listen to a young adult's first-hand account with the deadly substance.
It’s been cited as the cause of 18-year-old Bloomfield Township resident Oliver Smith’s death and is alleged to have influenced 19-year-old Farmington Hills resident Tucker Cipriano’s fatal attack on his family. It's also been on the shelves of Fenton stores and played a role in a physical confrontation for a Fenton family. It’s called Spice, or K2, but what exactly is this increasingly infamous substance? The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines “Spice,” as “a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as ‘safe,’ legal alternatives to that drug.” However, NIDA, law enforcement officials and doctors in the Metro Detroit area say the substance is anything but “safe.” …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
State, local officials fighting the spread of K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs.
The push to limit the availability of synthetic drugs continues for local legislators, law enforcement and a drug prevention group. State Reps. Joseph Graves (R-Argentine Twp.) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint) urged the Genesee County Commission Tuesday to consider adopting an emergency ordinance to fight the spread of K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs. The makers of synthetic drugs, known as K2, spice, and bath salts, have found loopholes in current state laws that allow them to continue making these substances available. As the Legislature swiftly moves on additional protections at the state level, a number of communities across Michigan are pursuing local measures as well. "It's important that we all work together to keep our communities …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Incident with 14-year-old boy prompt Fenton Police to ask business not to sell synthetic marijuana.
Problems with synthetic marijuana, known as K2 or Spice, have been popping up seemingly everywhere and after one scary incident on Memorial Day, Fenton Police are hoping the substance won’t end up in Fenton. Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro sent out a letter to area businesses recently asking for cooperation in preventing the sale of synthetic marijuana. The notice came after an incident on Memorial Day where Aro said a 14-year-old Fenton boy met some strangers at Bush Park who offered him a sample of what they said was Spice. Aro said the boy called his mother and told her he was disorientated and when he came home he became agitated and had stomach cramps. Aro said his parents told police he woke up the next day and was still agitated …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
A state representative is proposing that K2—a synthetic form of marijuana known as Spice—be banned in Michigan.
The sale of K2—a synthetic drug also known as Spice—has drawn much attention throughout the state of Michigan in recent weeks. Many parents have expressed concern about Spice in the wake of several incidents. Most notably, Tucker Cipriano, 19, of Farmington Hills is believed to have been high on synthetic marijuana in April when he was accused of attacking his family, killing his father and severely injuring his mother and brother. On Wednesday, Michigan state Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn) introduced legislation aimed to combat the sale and use of synthetic marijuana in the state of Michigan. Darany’s proposal comes after many local communities have rallied to have Spice banned. Facebook groups have been formed in White Lake, protests …
House Bill 5709 would require the state to analyze and report on synthetic marijuana.
Michigan state Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn) on Wednesday introduced legislation aimed to combat the sale and use of synthetic marijuana in the state of Michigan, according to Darany's office. The legislation–House Bill 5709–would require the Michigan Department of Community Health in cooperation with the State Police to analyze the content of the herbal mixtures and create a written report of its findings. The bill concerns rampant sale and use of the synthetic drug known commonly as K2 or Spice. The drug has stirred up opposition in Michigan–especially recently, with several highly publicized cases of violence or health problems resulting in teens who used the drug. Several groups in Michigan–including one started by a Dearborn …