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August 17, 1973 - Image 5

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Friday, August 17, 1973


Page Five

Friday, August 17, 1973 THE SUMMER DAILY Page Five

State rep
busted for
heroin use
LANSING (UPI) - State Rep.
Dale Warner, onetime chairman
of a House study committee on
drugs and alcohol, was arrested
at a downtown area motel Wed-
nesday on charges of possessin
and use of heroin.
A woman companion N a n c y
Witherspoon, whose husband Samo
is serving a prison term on a
narcotics conviction, also was ar-
rested and charged with heroin
possession. A third unidentified
man was also picked up, but no
charges were filed against him
and he was released.
caught Warner throwing a sy-
ringe into a toilet, said Ingham
County Prosecutor, R a y m o n d
Scodeler. They also found three
open tin foil packets containing
a powdery substance in Warner's
pockets, Scodeller said.
Scodeller said the officers did
not have a search warrant.
All of the items confiscated
were turned over to the State
Police crime lab for analysis. In
addition, Warner was submit-
ted to a blood test.
THE 32-YEAR-OLD, seven-year
lawmaker showed up for his ar-
raignment unshaven and wearing
cutoffs and a long-sleeve shirt
with the sleeves rolled up. Chew-
ing nervously on a finger, the
Eaton Rapids Republican smiled
and sometimes giggled at report-
ers' questions, withholding c o m-
ment on most of them saying,
"It's a judicial matter."
However, spotting one reporter
he recognized, he asked, "isn't
this interesting?"
Warner, stood mute to the
charges at his arraignment be-
fore District Court Judge James
Giddings. Innocent pleas were
entered in hissbehalf and he was
released on surety bonds total-
ing $3,500 pending a preliminary
CONVICTION ON the posses-
sion charge, a felony, carries a
maximum sentence of four years.
The charge of heroin use, a
misdemeanor, carries a one-
year sentence upon conviction.
Convictions also would result in
his disbarment as an attorney.
Warner has no prior arrest re-
Scodeller said Warner told ar-
resting officers he had arranged
to meet Witherspoon so that he
could take her to visit her hus-
band at Southern Michigan Pri-
son in Jackson.
THE ARRESTS, by two plain-
clothes members of the Ingham
County metro squad and two un-
iformed Lansing policemen, fol-
lowed a tip that a heroin sale
was to take place at the Lansing
Six Motel, Scodeller said.
"One of the officers observed
him entering that room, but
didn't even know it was him,"
the prosecutor said.
Warner, who six years ago
served as chairman of the spe-
cial house study committee, was
asked for his general views on
"I DON'T THINK I should say
anything on that," he replied.
When advised by his attorney,
David Lick,sto refrain from
answering such questions from
newsmen, Warner complained,
"They're all my friends, I know
them all."


AP Photo
STATE REP. DALE WARNER (R-Eaton Rapids) rubs his hands as he is confronted by reporters Wednesday as he was led to district
court in Lansing on a charge of possession and use of heroin.

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