Pubdate: Mon, 20 Aug 2012
Source: Clare County Review (MI)
Copyright: 2012 Clare County Review


Family leaves State, Warrant issued

Billie Jo Hogan, 36, scheduled to be a on a reduced misdemeanor charge
of possession of marijuana, failed to appear in court Monday. She and
her family have fled the State.

A bench warrant was issued for her arrest, Clare County Prosecutor
Michelle Ambrozaitis said Tuesday, adding that the new bond on the
bench warrant is $7,500/10%.

Both she and husband Donald were arrested in June. Together the couple
owned the Mid Michigan Care Givers Club in Harrison. They were both
arrested June 14 on felony charges of illegal sales of Marijuana.

A June release from the Clare County Sheriff's Department said they
had received numerous complaints that Marijuana was being sold from
the Hayes Township business to individuals who were not patients of
the caregiver.

Donald Hogan challenged the charges, saying they stemmed from a
meeting with an elderly woman whose caregiver had died to see about
transferring her to his care. "We have only tried to help out our
community by offering a much needed legal service," he said in June.

Drug charges were dropped against Donald Ray Hogan, 36, on July

Ambrozaitis said last month that the charges against Billie Jo Hogan
had been reduced to a misdemeanor because she is a licensed caregiver
and has patients who use medical Marijuana. If convicted of a felony,
she would no longer be eligible to be a caregiver.

Ambrozaitis said Wednesday, "We had some of her family contact us from
Colorado saying that she, her husband, and their kids showed up out
there and asked to stay with them until they found a place to live.

Hogan is the brother of Vickie Lynn Hogan, better known as Anna Nicole
Smith, an American Model, actress and television personality who died
from an overdose of prescription drugs at age 39.
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