MIDDLEPORT — Three separate incidents involving police assistance have occurred recently in Middleport, according to a news release.
The first incident took place Aug. 13 when Howard Cecil, of 254 Mill St., Middleport, reported that his home had been broken into and approximately 20-25 military bayonets had been stolen. On Aug. 16, officers investigating the burglary located the stolen items at a campsite in the woods in the dead end area of North Fourth Street in Middleport. Officers arrested Josh Cremeans, of Middleport, and charged him with burglary in connection with the incident.
On Aug. 19, Meigs County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Middleport police responded to a Broadway Street incident in Middleport in reference to a possible methamphetamine lab. Suspected chemicals and equipment used to produce meth were found in the garage at the residence. Deputies arrested Joey Kimes, 25, of Middleport, and charged him with illegal assembly.
On Aug. 20, the Middleport Police Department responded to a call about the building that formerly housed Vaughan’s Grocery Store to investigate a report from a neighbor that juveniles were seen entering the building. As previously reported in The Daily Sentinel, upon arrival, officers determined that there was smoke coming from the building and contacted the Middleport Fire Department. After the fire was extinguished by Middleport, Pomeroy and Rutland fire departments, it was determined that several small fires had been set inside the building.
Charges against several juveniles are pending in Meigs Juvenile Court in reference to this incident.
The departments thanked the concern citizen for calling, and said the situation could have become much worse without their concerned emergency call.