The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

July 4, 2013

Felony drug charges face Conneaut man

Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — A Conneaut man facing three felony charges, two of them drug-related, will have a preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon in Conneaut Municipal Court.

Shawn Elliot, 40, 401 Buffalo St., has been charged with illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly of drugs and child endangerment — all felonies — as well as misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, a court spokeswoman said. The charges followed the discovery of methamphetamine-making components by police at Elliot’s home on Monday afternoon.

Elliot had his initial court appearance Wednesday, a court spokeswoman said. He will be represented at next week’s hearing by a public defender. Elliot is being held at Ashtabula County Jail, officials said.

On Monday, police received information that prompted them to obtain a search for Elliot’s home, said Chief Charles Burlingham. “We had been watching the house,” he said.

Behind the house, officers found trash bags that contained the remnants of meth-making laboratories, Burlingham said. Elliot was at the scene when the warrant was served and arrested, police said.

At least one child was also at the house at the time, prompting the endangering charge, officials said. Carly Prather, acting law director, could not be immediately reached Wednesday for comment on the endangering charge.