Mother turns in sons on marijuana-growing charges

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A mother fed up with her sons called police and told them the young men were growing marijuana in her home.

Todd Cernava, 20, and Nicholas Cernava, 18, were arrested Tuesday night.

"I love them with all my heart and soul but I am not going to watch them destroy themselves," their mother, Debra Cernava, said Wednesday. "I do not want any part of them unless they change their ways."

Nicholas was charged with cultivating marijuana, possession of criminal tools and disrupting public service. Todd was charged with cultivating marijuana, possession of criminal tools and possession
of methamphetamine allegedly found in the house.

Debra Cernava said she had forced Nicholas to move out of her house in the summer because he was growing marijuana. He moved to his father's house but wanted to return.

Todd, who lives with his mother, allegedly had started his own marijuana plot in the basement.

The mother said she called police after the brothers argued about the marijuana because Nicholas wanted to tear out Todd's plants and grow his.

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