The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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July 13, 2011

Five go to court in meth lab bust

MADISON TOWNSHIP —  Five people arrested in the raid of an alleged methamphetamine lab at 6876 Claymoor Ave. will have preliminary hearings Monday in Painesville Municipal Court.

Madison Township police Saturday shut down what they say was a meth lab operating inside the home. The five were arrested on charges ranging from the illegal manufacture of drugs to child endangerment, which are all felonies. All five were arraigned in Painesville Municipal Court on Monday at 1 p.m. They are: Gail A. Williams, 45, and Richard D. Williams, both of 6876 Claymoor Ave., Christopher A. Williams, 23, , Ravenna, Gregg A. Crute, 26, and Kristie L. Lewis, 21, both of 2720 State Route 307 east, Austinburg.

 Each suspect was represented by a public defender.

Detective Tim Doyle, Madison Township police, said the individuals arrested were manufacturing methamphetamine (cooking crystal meth,) from the home, creating a hazard for the community due to the risk of fire or explosion.

“There was a fire they had just put out in one of the bedrooms where the cook was, just prior to our arrival,” Doyle said. “This had been going on for a while. It wasn’t just one cook.” Some of those arrested were also charged with child endangering as there was a 13-year-old in the home at the time of the cook, Doyle said.

Chief Leonard Del Calzo, Madison Township police, confirms police have been aware of the possibility the residents at the home were cooking meth so his department has been watching the home and gathering evidence for about four months.

The Lake County Narcotics Agency was called to assist in the removal of chemicals from the home. John Germ, director, said they have an employee specially trained and with the appropriate protective equipment to handle dangerous chemicals used in the manufacturing of meth to assist the Madison Township police.


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