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Hilliard man accused of growing pot

A Hilliard man faces felony charges for cultivating marijuana at his residence in the 5000 block of Singleton Drive.

Officers from the Hilliard Division of Police arrested Nathan Monford, 45, on May 12 and charged him with illegal cultivation of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony.

"We received a tip and our own investigation provided us enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the residence," Hilliard officer Hyda Slone said.

Police found 87 plants at the residence, an amount Slone said was considered typical for marijuana-growing operations.

"It wasn't the largest bust or the smallest we've encountered," Slone said.

Monford was issued a summons and he is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. May 28 in Franklin County Municipal Court, according to court records.

In other recent news from Hilliard police:

* Officers lured a 19-year-old man out of hiding with the threat of a K9 unit after a resident reported the man was looking into vehicles and checking door handles late May 13 in the 2900 block of Linda Road.

Police arrested Rickie E. Crouch Jr., 19, of Lacon Road, for receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony.

Arriving officers saw Crouch hiding in bushes, police said, and ordered him to come out or a police dog would be used.

Crouch allegedly said, "Not the dog," and came out of hiding, police said, although no dog had yet been brought to the scene.

Crouch had a stolen credit card and a laptop computer that had been taken from a nearby vehicle, police said.

Crouch was arraigned May 14 in Franklin County Municipal Court. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. May 23 in Municipal Court.

According to Municipal Court records, Columbus police arrested Crouch three times in 2013 on drug-related charges, and another time for criminal mischief and receiving stolen property in December 2013.