Police: Man with forgery warrants had blank checks in truck

SOLON -- Just after 9 p.m. March 30, police on patrol ran a registration check on a white Chevy Truck and learned that the listed owner had multiple felony warrants.

The officer stopped the truck as the vehicle pulled into the 7-Eleven at 34050 Aurora Road. The reporting officer made contact with the operator and learned that he was not the owner of the vehicle.

Police then learned that the driver, Richard Holland, 40, of Streetsboro, was driving with a suspended driver's license and had two felony warrants for forgery of checks. Holland was placed under arrest and charged with driving under suspension, drug paraphernalia and on warrants from other law enforcement agencies.

The front seat passenger was identified as Ashley Bartlett, 28, of Bedford. Bartlett was found to have an outstanding warrant for drugs from Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office so she was arrested.

Then Solon police K-9 Stryker was deployed and alerted on the passenger door area, indicating the presence of illegal narcotics. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of seven yellow and two blue/green pills in a pill bottle that was found in the purse of the rear seat passenger, Candace Colonie, 22, of Garfield Heights.

The pill bottle had the label torn off. The pills were identified by their markings as Diazepam 5mg and Diazepam 10mg, a schedule IV controlled substance.

Colonie was placed under arrest. While booking Colonie into the Solon Jail, she told the corrections officer that she had a few illegal items stuffed in her pants.

The corrections officer recovered one hypodermic syringe and one glass crack pipe.

Colonie was charged with drug possession, possessing drug instruments and drug paraphernalia.

Officers also discovered binders filled with blank checks in the vehicle. Given the nature of Holland's warrants, the checks were returned to the station and placed into property for safekeeping.


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