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Charlestown felon allegedly had 14 firearms, meth

Deputies arrest David Recklaw, 41, after finding guns on his property

By DAVE O'BRIEN Staff Writer Published: August 8, 2017 4:00 AM
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One month after he was placed on probation for breaking into a Suffield horse stable a year ago, a Charlestown man is back in jail on drug and firearms charges after deputies found 14 guns inside his residence.

David W. Recklaw, 41, is being held in the Portage County Jail on 10 percent of $35,000 bond following his arrest Sunday. He is charged with three counts of having weapons under disability, all third-degree felonies, and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Deputies allegedly recovered 14 guns during a search of Recklaw's property on Sunday, according to court records.

One deputy wrote in a criminal complaint that he found a loaded .25-caliber handgun inside Recklaw's vehicle at his last known address in the 6400 block of Newton Falls Road, according to a criminal complaint.

A loaded 9mm handgun also allegedly was discovered inside a black bag that Recklaw threw into some woods when a deputy approached him.

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A further search of Recklaw's residence allegedly uncovered 12 more firearms, firearm receivers and ammunition in a closet and in his basement, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

A small baggie containing suspected methamphetamine also was seized, according to the sheriff's office.

Convicted felons are forbidden by both federal and state law from owning or possessing firearms, even those belonging to someone else.

Additional charges are possible once the case is presented to a grand jury.

In the previous case, Recklaw pleaded guilty in May to breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, for entering a barn in the 1400 block of state Route 43 in Suffield on July 30, 2016, and stealing property worth $200. He was placed on four years probation in that case and fined more than $600.

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