Man sent to jail on drug charge

ESCANABA – A 64-year-old Rapid River man who was arrested for growing marijuana when police investigated a stabbing at his home was sentenced last week in Delta County Circuit Court.

Clyde Joseph Hardwick Jr. was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail on one count of maintaining a drug house, which he pleaded guilty to in January.

Hardwick also pleaded guilty last month to domestic violence but that judgment is unavailable to the public because of a delay of sentencing agreement made with the court during his plea hearing. Domestic violence is a 93-day misdemeanor.

Hardwick was arrested Aug. 28 after Michigan State Police from Gladstone responded to a stabbing incident at his home on 25 Lane.

Hardwick was injured during a domestic violence situation. He was transported to OSF St. Francis Hospital where he was treated. He was lodged in Delta County Jail and later released on a $5,000 cash/surety bond.

The stabbing involved a relative who was pushed by Hardwick when she intervened during an argument between the defendant and another person, Hardwick told the court at his plea hearing.

During a property search on the day Hardwick was arrested, troopers located the weapon – a knife – and also found an illegal marijuana grow operation and an undisclosed amount of pot which police seized.

In addition to the 30-day jail sentence, Hardwick was ordered to pay $988 in fines and costs on the drug house charge. He was given credit for 13 days already served in jail.

Hardwick will be placed on probation for 24 months. His drivers license was suspended for 30 days and restricted for 150 days.