Middleport Meth Bust

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Three people are facing charges after a meth lab bust at a home near Middleport.

Sheriff Keith Wood says deputies responded to a home in the 28000 block of State Route 7 Saturday evening, to find a suspect wanted for questioning for a breaking and entering. When they got on scene, deputies found marijuana at the house. They executed a search warrant and found 51-year-old Tony Chapell, the homeowner, Stephanie Lyons, 33, and Michael Napper, 31.

Deputies were advised there was an active meth lab in the home. A one-pot lab was found cooking, according to investigators.

All three were charged with manufacturing meth, drug possession and illegal assembly of chemicals.

Napper is also wanted on similar charges out of Vinton County, as well as endangering children, and drug possession in Meigs County. He was recently indicted on another meth charge in Meigs County. The suspects are being held in Meigs County until they can be arraigned on the charges next week.

Middlepot Police and Middleport Fire Department assisted in the case.

The original suspect wanted for the breaking and entering was not at the home at the time of the search.

Article Courtesy of WSAZ.com. 

Marijuana Bust Leads to Findings of Explosives

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Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood reports that deputies with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and the State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Middleport Police made two arrests Wednesday, July 23, 2014 after conducting marijuana eradication in Meigs County.

Suspects were charged for the alleged possession and Illegal manufacturing of explosive materials. Deputies were alerted to the materials while conducting a search warrant at 30766 Pilgram Ridge Rd. Langsville, Ohio. While conducting Marijuana Eradication with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. Marijuana plants were found in the immediate vicinity of the home, allowing deputies to obtain a search warrant for the home. Once inside, Carolyn Lambert, age 65, was taken into custody, along with her husband James Lambert, age 60, who arrived sometime after. While conducting a search for other individuals inside the residence, deputies were alarmed to find several containers labelled with chemicals consistent with ingredients for explosives. Deputies then secured the scene awaiting the arrival of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad. Once on the scene, Bomb Techs were able to identify several compounds and chemicals, along with other materials consistent with those used for explosive devices. Bomb Techs removed and neutralized large amounts of chemicals and materials from the home. On the scene assisting with the investigation and neutralization of the harmful materials, were agents from the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), FBI, Ohio BCI&I, Franklin County Bomb Squad, and Rutland Squad, along with Salem, and Rutland Fire Departments.

Officers over a two day period eradicated nearly 1000 marijuana plants Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Both James and Carolyn Lambert were incarcerated pending arraignment in the Meigs County Court.

Article courtesy of the Meigs Independent Press. 

Independence Day 2014

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independence-day-special-tanoa-tusitala-hotel-samoaThe Meigs County Sheriff's Office would like to wish everyone a very safe and fun Independence Day and weekend. As we celebrate our Nation's freedom this weekend, please remember to act, drink and plan responsibility. Have a fun and safe weekend, and remember, "Freedom isn't free."  

Fireworks Dates and Times (updated 7/3/2014)

Middleport:  Friday, July 4, 2014 at 10PM
Racine:  Friday, July 4, 2014 at 10PM
Rutland:  Satuday, July 5, 2014 at 11PM