Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Marijuana-hating granny jailed in dispute

United Press International

NEWTON, W.Va., Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A West Virginia grandmother thinks justice went astray when she spent a night in jail because she told off a family member for growing marijuana.

Linda Beglar, 54, said she "just came unglued" when she confronted the family member about the discovery of a marijuana patch on the family farm in Newton.

But, she insists she didn't become physical with the unidentified 41-year-old relative, the Charleston Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

The relative complained to police that Beglar had ripped his shirt and scratched him, and State Trooper G.K. Walsh arrived at her door with a warrant for her arrest.

Walsh agreed not to handcuff Beglar in front of her visiting granddaughter, and took her to a county jail, where she was held overnight.

"I cried and we talked," Beglar said. "He was sympathetic and said, 'You know the law doesn't always work for the innocent.'"

The marijuana patch has since disappeared, the report said.


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