Marijuana growing in dorm
Mary Jo Denton
COOKEVILLE -- Marijuana was being grown -- and sometimes smoked -- in a dormitory at Tennessee Tech, and five students got arrested for it last week, police said. It took place on the fifth floor of Marshall Hall, a floor that has been closed off and unused for some time by order of the State Fire Marshal, TTU officials said.
On Feb. 21, TTU Police Officers Charles Davis and Sgt. Buck Fowler received information alleging that students were "on the fifth floor which was closed due to a fire hazard," according to warrants on file in the case.
The officers went to investigate and say they walked past a room on that floor which had "a heavy odor of burnt marijuana" and where smoke was visible, the warrants say.
The officers peeped in and saw a young man "in the bathroom standing on a cinder block reaching for marijuana plants."
There were 10 plants, six of them in water bottles and four in cups containing soil, the officers allege.
After further investigation, the officers took warrants against five students.
Arrested in the case and charged with criminal trespassing, possession of marijuana, and manufacture of a controlled substance were the following:
* Steven Hale Apa, 18, of McEwen, Tenn.
* Travis John Bonar, 19, of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
* Lars Winston Patrick, 20, of Oak Ridge, Tenn.
* John E. Chapman, 22, of Gray, Tenn.
* William R. Hedderick, 19, of Newton, New Jersey.
Steven Hale Apa was also charged with evading arrest, according to court records.
The five were booked into the Putnam County jail and were released after posting $5,000 bond. They go to court on March 12.
At TTU, they also face disciplinary action, officials said.
The fifth floor of Marshall Hall was closed a couple of years ago because state fire inspectors said it does not have sufficient means of exit in case of fire, but the other four floors are considered safe and are occupied, TTU spokesperson Monica Greppen said.
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