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Man arrested near Traverse City for carrying concealed pistols

Driver, 35, told trooper water bottle in vehicle contained 'rum and Coke'

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY – On Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, at approximately 9:24 p.m. a trooper from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Traverse City Post stopped a vehicle on E. Front Street near Grandview Parkway in Traverse City.

The driver, 35-year-old Kevin James Stachnik from Bellaire, did not have his driver's license with him. There was also an odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle.

The trooper noticed a water bottle in the center console and asked Stachnik what was inside it. Stachnik stated rum and Coke.

Further investigation revealed he was in possession of two loaded handguns and ammunition. Stachnik did not have a license to carry a concealed pistol. Stachnik was lodged in the Grand Traverse County Jail. 

Stachnik was arraigned in the 86th District Court in Grand Traverse County on one count Carrying Concealed Weapon, and two counts Possession of Firearm by a Felon.

His bond was set at $10,000 10% cash surety. His next scheduled court appearance is on Dec. 6, 2023, at 2 p.m.