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Trial Scheduled For School Lock-Down Suspect

The case against an Atlantic Mine man who caused a lock-down at an elementary school last November may be headed to trial.

30-year-old Niles Nathan Rothenberger appeared in Houghton County Circuit Court Monday for a pretrial.

He has pled Not Guilty to the high court misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana on school grounds.

That charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine if convicted.

He was arrested after school officials told police he was acting suspicious and sent Houghton Elementary School into a “shelter in place” situation.

Rothenberger’s attorney said they have been unable to come to a resolution with the prosecution and requested a final pretrial before the case heads to trial.

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