Meth Lab - January 22, 2015

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Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood reports on January 21, 2015 deputies conducted a search warrant on Bucktown Rd, Racine after receiving information that methamphetamine was being manufactured at a residence. Upon arrival deputies located Terri L. Carmichael (Age 57 of Racine) Mark W. Russell (Age 42 of Portland) and Susan G. Evans (Age 42 of Portland) in the residence using methamphetamine. All three individuals were then taken into custody and searched at which time a loaded handgun and methamphetamine was located on Russell. During a search of the residence and vehicles two one pot methamphetamine labs were located as well as numerous chemicals to produce methamphetamine. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by the Middleport Police Department, Racine Volunteer Fire Department, and Meigs County Emergency Medical Services.

Carmichael and Evans are currently being housed at the Middleport Jail on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possessing chemicals to produce methamphetamine.

Russell is also being held at the Middleport Jail on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing chemicals to produce methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm under disability. 

Sheriff Wood also advises deputies have been locating discarded one pot methamphetamine labs along roadways in Meigs County and would like to remind citizens that if they spot any type of suspicious bottle or devices to contact the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office at 740-992-3371.  

Addiction Counselor Arrested on Charge of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of the Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia and Meigs Counties announced today the arrest of an addiction counselor on a felony charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Roberta Payne, 52, of Cheshire, was arrested Friday evening in Pomeroy after she allegedly sold an undercover task force officer more than 2,000 morphine pills and 30 milligrams of liquid morphine.  The street value of the drugs exceeds $36,000.

Authorities began investigating Payne, who is employed as an addiction counselor in Gallipolis, after receiving a tip that she offered to sell morphine to a drug counseling client.

"This case is especially disturbing because the suspect was trusted to help those suffering from addiction, but instead investigators found that she used her position of trust in an attempt to push more pills into the community," said Attorney General DeWine.

Sheriff Soulsby

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The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and citizens of Meigs County have lost a cornerstone of the community. Sheriff Wood said with the passing of former Sheriff James M. Soulsby it leaves our hearts very heavy. Wood said he taught us the values of life, and to be a hard worker.

James M. Soulsby passed Monday December 22, 2014 and is survived by his wife of 62 years Clara “Susie” Will Soulsby and a large family that loved him dearly.

Sheriff Soulsby became a deputy in 1960 and served as Meigs County Sheriff for three terms from 1988 to 2000. Not only did Sheriff Soulsby serve his community by being a deputy and sheriff but also served in The United States Navy during WWII, was the Pomeroy postmaster, a police officer for the Village of Pomeroy and was President of the Pomeroy Fire Department and Emergency Squad.

Sheriff Soulsby also devoted a large amount of time to the Meigs High School athletic programs, where he served as president of the Meigs Athletic Boosters, was the Voice of the Marauders and was active in the Pomeroy youth leagues.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at Ewing-Schwarzel Funeral Home in Pomeroy. Friends may call for visitation from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office will post officers in honor of the former sheriff. Military services will be conducted by the Pomeroy American Legion Post 39 following the service Saturday.