UPDATE: Names released in Middleport meth arrests
Residents allowed to return home
by Sarah Hawley
MIDDLEPORT — Middleport Police Chief Bruce Swift and Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood are on the scene of meth lab in the Village of Middleport.
Officers responded to 60 1/2 Cole Street following up on a tip received through Meigs County Children Services regarding a methamphetamine lab at the residence.
Joseph Stewart and Brenda Stewart were arrested on charges of illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine, a felony of the first degree; illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony of the second degree; and child endangerment, a felony of the third degree.
The Stewarts live in Apartment 5 of the building according to Swift.
Upon arrival at the scene officers discovered methamphetamine, chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine and four reactionary vessels.
The apartment building with around 25 residents — including some children according to the sheriff — had to be evacuated due to the dangers from the methamphetamine lab.
Once the lab was neutralized and the building cleared of the chemicals, residents were allowed to return to their homes. This occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m.
It is not known at this time when they will make an initial court appearance in Meigs County Court.
Both individuals are being held in the Middleport Jail at this time.
Child Protective Services along with the Middleport Police Department, Meigs County Sheriff's Office and the Middleport Fire Department responded to the scene.