Four people have been arrested on various charges in Cheboygan County, according to the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies say Wednesday at 8:12 p.m., they received information from the Michigan State Police Cheboygan Detachment that there was a car in the Walmart parking lot that had narcotics and a firearm from an investigation that started with Michigan State Police in the Upper Peninsula.
Deputies and MSP Troopers investigated and found the car in the parking lot of the Family Fare Plaza in Cheboygan. They say they observed someone inside the car, and they were detained.
They say also found two women and a man inside the Dollar Tree at the plaza, and upon contact, the man fled out of the back of the store. Deputies say this gave them indication that he may have had a weapon.
Deputies say the man was identified as Dale Paavilainen, 52, of Gwinn. They say Paavilainen continued to flee, and disobeyed commands from deputies.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, the Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department K-9 was released, and made contact with Paavilainen behind Dunham’s Sports, leading to his arrest.
Deputies say Paavilainen was arrested on a 10 count warrant: five counts for possession/delivery of narcotics including meth, three counts for assaulting and resisting arrest, one count injure/harass a police dog and habitual fourth degree.
If convicted, Paavilainen could face life in prison. Deputies say his bond has been set at $100,000, his next court date is in mid-Dec.
Shelby Moilanen, 43, of Gwinn was charged with one count possession of meth/ecstasy, a 10 year felony. Her bond has been set at $5,000, and her next court date is next week.
Stacie Johnson, 44, of Gwinn was charged with one count possession of meth/ecstasy, a 10 year felony and habitual second offense, which can enhance the sentence. Her bond has been set at $10,000 and her next court date is next week.
Brian Todd, 33, of Rock was charged with one county disorderly person, which is a 90 day misdemeanor. His bond has been set at $5,000, and he is due in court in January.
Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Claremont states that a firearm was not found.