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The Suburbanite
  • Lake man arrested; police seize gun, fake ROTC M-16s

  • A Lake Township man was arrested when he drove the wrong way down a one-way street Thursday. Police found him with a loaded gun, military equipment and several fake M-16s belonging to the University of Akron's ROTC unit.

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  • A Uniontown-area University of Akron student who had resigned from the university’s ROTC program was arrested Thursday after police found him with a loaded gun and several fake ROTC-owned M-16s.
    Nicholas Pearson, 22, of 3112 Hampton St. NW, was heading south on Exchange Street and turned onto South Broadway when a detective and a police officer spotted him. South Broadway is a one-way street and Pearson was driving the wrong way, said Lt. Rick Edwards of the Akron Police Department.
    They pulled Pearson over and found a fully loaded Glock 19 pistol in the center console of the car, Edwards said. A round was already in the chamber.
    The officers also seized a second magazine, several fake M-16s and several more pieces of military equipment.
    Edwards said Pearson had resigned from the university’s ROTC program, and he did not know whether the items had just not yet been returned.
    But they were turned over to police from the University of Akron who were also at the scene, Edwards said. The Glock 19, however, was confiscated by city police and tagged as evidence.
    Pearson also was driving under a suspended driver’s license.
    Pearson was convicted a month ago in Stark County of driving under suspension for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and for failure to obey a traffic control device, Stark County court records show. These are misdemeanor charges for which he was ordered to serve a three-day jail sentence starting Feb. 8. The court records show he complied.
    His driver’s license was also ordered suspended for 180 days.