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Westerville: Two juveniles charged with marijuana possession

On the afternoon of July 2, Westerville police responded to a report of two boys selling marijuana at the Westerville State Park in Alum Creek Park South, 535 Park Meadow Road.

An unrelated juvenile pointed responding officers in the direction of two male juveniles, 17 and 13, who he said were smoking marijuana in one of the park's tunnels.

When officers found a juvenile in the tunnel, he initially denied smoking marijuana, but eventually admitted to having a small amount (2.3 grams) of marijuana in his backpack, and pointed out another juvenile who was also involved, who had 6 grams of marijuana in a bag.

Both were found to have marijuana pipes with burnt residue in their possession, and the drugs and pipes were confiscated by police.

The juveniles were released to their parents, and will both be charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, one through the Franklin County Juvenile Court, and the other through the Licking County Juvenile Court, police reports said.

In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:

• A residence in the 200 block of Storington Road was burglarized sometime during the afternoon of June 29.

The homeowners returned to the house to find their garage door open and garbage cans inside the garage knocked over.

After inspecting the house, they found a 46-inch television, a tablet computer, a laptop computer and a small amount of cash were stolen.

Doors to the house were locked, and police found no evidence of forced entry, and no point of entry was determined.

Police were unable to find any information from neighbors, and have no suspects or leads.

• The contents of a Dumpster were set on fire in a parking lot in the 100 block of East Broadway Avenue the afternoon of July 1.

The Dumpster was nearly full at the time, and sustained "heavy cosmetic damage" despite maintaining its structural integrity.

The Westerville Division of Fire was able to extinguish the fire before contacting police. Firefighters told officers that witnesses at the scene reported seeing juveniles launching bottle rockets toward the trash receptacle.

Another witness said he saw two juveniles standing next to the Dumpster while it was on fire. The witness said the juveniles asked, "What should we do?" They were last seen riding away on long skate boards, reports said.