LISBON - A man charged with falsification could not appear in Columbiana County Municipal Court Tuesday, because he was reportedly served a secret indictment in another county.
Larry Dayton, 36, Louisville, is additionally charged with following too close, reckless operation, lane violations and speeding.
Dayton is represented by Canton attorney Frederick Pitinii II, who told Judge Mark Frost Tuesday Dayton was unable to appear here on Tuesday because he was currently posting bond in Stark County. When pressed, the attorney said he believed it was a charge of marijuana cultivation.
"I don't know if he is growing marijuana or not, but he is certainly growing his problems," Frost remarked.
A motion was also filed on Dayton's behalf requesting some funds be released, which were not reportedly in the police report filed by Detective Sgt. Steven Walker of the Columbiana County Sheriff's Department. A motion hearing was set for Oct. 2.
At the time the charge was issued, sheriff's reports indicated Walker seized $1,800, all in $100 bills, from the vehicle. Dayton was stopped reportedly for numerous traffic violations and the car he was driving was a rental from the Canton-Akron Airport and was overdue to be returned. The rental car company requested Walker have their vehicle towed.
Walker also reportedly found what appeared to be a trace amount of marijuana on the carpet between the front seats and center console and some laying loose inside a golf bag in the back seat. No canine unit was available at the time to more thoroughly search the vehicle.
Dayton was charged with falsification after he reportedly attempted to hitchhike away from the scene then lied to Walker, who stopped him. Dayton reportedly claimed to know the man picking him up, but gave the wrong name, and the driver of the vehicle confirmed he did not know Dayton.