Hillman woman charged with drug possession and child endangerment

Candice Marie Wehlage, 34, Hillman, was charged Jan. 17, in District Court, with one felony count of drug possession and one gross misdemeanor count of endangering a child.

On Nov. 6, 2012, deputies from the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department responded to Wehlage’s residence three times after she continued complaining there were people outside her home.

On the third trip, a deputy went inside and found Weh-lage hiding with a loaded deer rifle, claiming there were people outside her residence.

The deputy could not find anyone and, according to the criminal complaint, said it was clear Wehlage was paranoid, delusional and he suspected under the influence of a controlled substance.

When Wehlage allegedly admitted there was a pipe inside her purse, she pulled out a prescription bottle containing the pipe which contained residue that later field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

The deputy took the pipe into evidence and removed the firearms from the residence. He also noted Wehlage’s two children, both under the age of 10, were in the home at the time.

If convicted, Wehlage faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.