HURLEY, N.Y. (AP) – Art Garfunkel pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in upstate New York and paid $200 in fines.

The singer’s attorney was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday but instead entered a guilty plea Feb. 4, the Daily Freeman of Kingston reported.

Garfunkel paid a $100 fine and $100 in costs, court officials said Wednesday.

Garfunkel, 62, of Manhattan, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after state police stopped his limousine for speeding Jan. 17 in Hurley, 55 miles southwest of Albany.

The trooper who stopped the limo, in which Garfunkel was the lone passenger, smelled marijuana and found a bag containing 6 grams of the drug in Garfunkel’s jacket pocket, police said.

Garfunkel recently completed a U.S. concert tour with Paul Simon, their first in 20 years. Simon and Garfunkel produced a string of hits in the 1960s, including “The Sound of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Old Friends” and “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).”

Love no show in court for drug case

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – Courtney Love failed to show for a court hearing on drug charges Wednesday, and a judge issued a bench warrant but put it on hold after getting an explanation from the rocker’s lawyer.

Attorney William Genego told the judge that Love couldn’t make it due to a “security” issue. He did not elaborate but said she was on call to appear as necessary.

The judge agreed to put the warrant on hold until Feb. 17. It was the third postponement of a pretrial hearing concerning felony charges that Love was in illegal possession of two painkillers.

Authorities say they discovered the painkillers when Love was taken to a hospital Oct. 2 after being found outside an ex-boyfriend’s house where she allegedly smashed windows.

Separately, she was charged with a misdemeanor of being under the influence of a drug. That case, being heard in a downtown Los Angeles court, was postponed later in the day to Feb. 23.

Love, lead singer of the group Hole and widow of grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, has a new album, “America’s Sweetheart,” out this month.


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