17-year-old charged for possession of weapon in school zone.

September 19, 2019


17-year-old charged for possession of weapon in school zone.


SCOTTVILLE — Zachary Allen Baugus, 17, of 96 N. Dennis Road, Amber Township, was arrested on Sept. 12, 2019 by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office on felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possessing a weapon in a weapons-free school zone. Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said the suspect was carrying a large knife.

According to Cole, deputies were in the vicinity of Mason County Central High School investigating a drug complaint when the arrest occurred off campus. Cole said Baugus, who is a minor according to the marijuana law, was allegedly in possession of marijuana. 

MCC Superintendent Jeff Mount said he cannot comment about specific student cases due to privacy laws but said that students who carry concealed weapons or drugs in school will be disciplined according to school policy and state law.

Carrying a concealed weapon is punishable to by up to five years in prison. In Michigan, an individual can be charged with a felony as an adult at age 17.

The incident is not related to an arrest that took place at the school on Wednesday, Sept. 18. See that story here.

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