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Man arrested for possession of gun in school zone

VERONA (WKOW) -- A Madison man was arrested for possession of a gun in a school zone in Verona on Friday.

According to the Verona Police Department, they received information that Antonio J. Hopkins, 21, had been in possession of a handgun and controlled substances inside a vehicle, in a parking lot at the Verona Area High School, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Officials say they were not able to find Hopkins and his vehicle on either day.

However, on Friday, Hopkins and his vehicle were seen and stopped by police in a parking lot at the Verona Area High School.

Police did not find a gun inside Hopkins' vehicle, but he was arrested for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the Verona Police Department.

Officials learned that Hopkins previously had the gun at the school, for protection, and that he did not intend to cause anyone harm at the school.

The Verona Police Department said they did find a gun later at Hopkins’ home during the execution of a search warrant.

Hopkins is facing the charge of possession of a firearm in a school zone.

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