Gwinn man gets weapons charges

GWINN — A Gwinn man was arraigned in court Thursday on various weapons charges following a late-night incident Wednesday in Forsyth Township.

Township police officers responded to the area of Ace Hardware at about 11:25 p.m. Wednesday on a tip that 26-year-old Steven David Baker was believed to be on methamphetamine. In addition, there was a warrant for his arrest for allegedly being a parole absconder, according to a press release from the Forsyth Township Police Department.

When responding to the scene, officers located Baker in a nearby laundromat. When approached by police, Baker tried to elude them by going out another door of the business, the release states, though officers were able to stop him.

A search of Baker uncovered a stolen handgun that was loaded and in his front pants pocket. A check on the gun showed it had been reported stolen to the Forsyth Township Police Department in 2013.

The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office authorized charges of carrying a concealed weapon, a five-year felony, and firearms possession by a felon, a five-year-felony.

Baker was lodged in the Marquette County Jail.