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updated: 11/8/2012 2:41 PM

Son of Gurnee mayor pleads guilty Thursday to possession of cannabis

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The son of Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik has pleaded guilty in Lake County court to one count of possession of cannabis, prosecutors said Thursday.

Jared Kovarik, 19, of the 0 to 100 block of Silo Court in Gurnee, must serve one year on court supervision and pay court costs after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge, Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Paul Bishop said.

In addition, Jared Kovarik must complete a substance abuse course at the College of Lake County and 30 hours of public service, Bishop said.

Jarek Kovarik also was charged with possession of a fake I.D. when police arrested him and four friends outside of KeyLime Cove in late June, Bishop said. However, the state was willing to drop the fraudulent ID charge in exchange for the guilty plea on cannabis possession, Bishop added.

Authorities were called to the water park off Dilley's Road after security guards found Kovarik and four others in the parking lot with a green leafy substance believed to be cannabis, police said.

Officials said the call started as a suspicious vehicle complaint for five individuals in two cars when security guards noted a strong odor of cannabis from inside a vehicle, police said.

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