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Friday, May 18, 2012

Former TV Cop, Michael Glaser, David Starsky Of “Starsky & Hutch”Fame Is Chrged With Drug Possession In Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Former TV cop hit with drug charge in BG
Glaser slated to appear May 31 in Warren court

Glaser charged with charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia
Glaser charged with charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia
By DEBORAH HIGHLAND

Just hours after Paul Michael Glaser – an author and actor best known for his portrayal of 1970s television cop David Starsky in the show “Starsky & Hutch” – read excerpts from his book to schoolchildren here last week, Bowling Green police Officer Michael Rexroat busted him on a drug charge.

Glaser, 69, of Venice, Calif., is charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, according to Warren Circuit Court records. He was cited to appear in Warren District Court in front of Judge John Brown at 1:30 p.m. May 31. City police spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward confirmed that the man cited here is the same man who portrayed the TV police officer.

Glaser was in Bowling Green on May 10 promoting his young adult fantasy novel, “Chrystallia and the Source of Light,” which was released last fall. He read to children at Moss Middle School and Bowling Green Junior High School. He also spoke at the Warren County Public Library.

The book is about a girl and her brother who are about to lose their mother and their house. It’s their last Christmas together, and the children discover an underground world of crystals and minerals. Glaser told students at both schools that he based the story on his own life experiences and interests. He lost his first wife and a daughter to AIDS.

City police were called to Glaser’s hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, 1020 Wilkinson Trace, on the afternoon of May 10 after an anonymous complaint “of a person named ‘Paul Glaser’ smoking marijuana near the elevators,” Rexroat wrote in the citation.

Rexroat knocked on Glaser’s hotel room door, Room 444. Glaser opened the door, allowed Rexroat to enter the room and consented to a room search, according to the citation.

Rexroat found an object that appeared to be a box in the front pocket of a pair of blue jeans. The “box turned out to be a pipe” and Rexroat alleges that “the box” contained burnt marijuana residue, according to the citation.

Glaser acknowledged that the substance was medical marijuana prescribed to him in California, according to the citation.

Kentucky does not recognize medical marijuana licenses from other states and does not issue any, Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force Director Tommy Loving said. No amount of marijuana is legal for possession in Kentucky.

If convicted as charged, Glaser could receive a 45-day sentence for the marijuana possession charge, a class B misdemeanor, and up to 12 months on the paraphernalia charge, a class A misdemeanor, Assistant County Attorney Jill Justice said.

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