Parks, Madison Lake are ‘dry’
By Jane Beathard
State and local parks are not the places to unwind with drugs and alcohol on hot summer days.
That’s the message officials are driving home, following nine recent arrests at Madison Lake State Park and Prairie Oaks Metro Park.
Jennifer E. Cockerham, 23, 2854 LaVista Drive, Columbus; Danyeal Saleh, 23, 5816 Parkside Crossing, Dublin; and Clayton Williams, 30, 962 Campbell Ave., Columbus, pleaded not guilty in Madison County Municipal Court on Wednesday to marijuana possession charges, following a June 22 incident at Madison Lake. All three are slated for trials before Judge Eric Schooley on July 17.
Cockerham, Saleh and Williams were cited by Madison County Wildlife Officer Matt Teders about 7 p.m. on June 22 as the three allegedly shared a “joint” on the beach at Madison Lake.
Court documents said Teders was using a telescope to conduct surveillance from the west side of the lake when he spotted the three sitting at the base of a van in the beach parking lot and passing the hand-rolled cigarette. When he approached the group, they admitted obtaining the drug from a relative.
In addition, six other people were charged with drug and alcohol violations, stemming from two separate incidents at Prairie Oaks Metro Park near West Jefferson.
Shawn P. Finneran, 22, 5721 Bonaly Court, Dublin; Jacqueline K. Brumfield, 20, 175 Carpenter Road, Gahanna; and Patrick J. Rettig, 22, 8791 Morris Road, Hilliard, were convicted on Wednesday of possessing beer in the metro park about 6:30 p.m. on June 20. Each was ordered to pay $250 in fines and court costs.
Amber Nicole Purdin, 18, 2342 Myrtle Valley Drive, Columbus, was convicted of possessing a glass pipe with marijuana residue at the metro park on June 27. She was fined $250 and sentenced to 30 days in jail. The jail time was suspended and Purdin was ordered to serve 40 hours of community service.
Kyou Wilde Honma, 20, 2712 Goldenstrand Drive, Hilliard, was convicted of possessing marijuana at the park on the same day.
Honma was ordered to pay $250 in fines and costs. Nathan B. Stepp, 23, 1355 Brookforest Drive, Columbus, was convicted of possessing alcohol at the park. He was also ordered to pay $250.
Metro Park Ranger Joshua Hough was on routine patrol about 7:50 p.m. on June 27 when he spotted Purdin, Honma and Stepp in the park’s Beaver Lake parking lot with cans of hard cider on the hood of their car.
A subsequent search turned up marijuana in the car’s glove compartment, a pipe with marijuana residue in Purdin’s purse and a baggie containing marijuana buds on Honma.
Honma also produced a California medical marijuana card that carries no legal weight in Ohio.
A check of the rules showed alcohol is permitted only in Ohio State Park resort lodges and cabins, as well as in tents and recreational vehicles within the state park campgrounds.
A special permit is needed for alcohol use in Franklin County Metro Parks facilities, except for the golf courses where alcohol is generally allowed.