Mary Shoemaker and Kenneth Wise, both of Cheshire, will appear in Meigs County Court Thursday. Tina Boothe, Cheshire, is scheduled for a court appearance on March 17.
A fourth defendant scheduled to appear last week, Alisha McDaniel, Middleport, has not been scheduled for a court appearance, according to a County Court clerk Tuesday.
The four were arrested late last month in a raid led by deputies with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Department and agents with Sheriff Robert Beegle’s Major Crimes Task Force, along with other law enforcement agencies. Sheriff Robert Beegle said then agents found many materials and tools used in the manufacture of the dangerous drug, including batteries and other acids.
Shoemaker and Mark T. Rathburn, Cheshire, were charged with illegal possession of a chemical for the manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile. Rathburn allegedly escaped arrest by jumping from a second-floor window of one of two residences searched during the raid. He remains at large.
Initially, preliminary hearings to show probable cause for indictment were scheduled for last week in all of the cases except that against Rathburn. Those hearings were continued.
Just after charges were filed against the five, Judge Steven L. Story set $25,000 bonds, with 10 percent cash permitted, for Wise and Shoemaker, and $10,000 personal recognizance bonds for McDaniel and Boothe, who were released from jail.
Two residences on Lower Ohio 7 between Middleport and Cheshire were searched through a warrant secured as part of an ongoing investigation relating to suspected activities at one of the homes.
A 13 year-old juvenile was taken into protective custody during the raid, which was the result of a long-term investigation, Beegle said.
Evidence is expected to be presented at the preliminary hearings in an effort to prove probable cause. If Story determines probable cause for the charges exists, the cases will be bound over to the grand jury for consideration.
According to records of the Meigs County Clerk of Courts, the grand jury will convene again next week, at which time indictments could be returned.