Wellston Acting Police Chief Tim Ackley is reporting the arrest of a Wellston man who was on probation from the Scioto County Municipal Court and who was supposed to be on house arrest.
Ackley reports the Wellston Police Department was alerted Wednesday, August 22, at about 2:45 p.m., that a catalytic converter had been stolen from a vehicle in the 1500 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue. Investigation, and the collection of evidence at the scene, implicated Marshall C. Hightower, 33, of Wellston.
When it was discovered Hightower was on house arrest it was also learned he was supposed to be wearing an ankle monitor.
An officer from the Wellston department attempted to make contact with Hightower at his residence, but was told he was not home. The Scioto County Municipal Court Probation Department was notified and was asked for assistance.
Scioto County Probation Officers responded to Hightower's residence in the 1400 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue and a search of the residence located materials used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine.
Residents of the home were evacuated and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Clandestine Drug Lab Team was called for assistance as was the Wellston Fire Department.
Ackley reports Hightower was ultimately arrested and was transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility. Charges are expected to be filed after the case is reviewed by Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jack Detty.
Ackley said, "I would like to commend all officers involved for doing an outstanding job of ridding our community of illegal drugs."
Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012
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Regarding this case of the arrest of Marshall Hightower, the Fire Dept and Children Services Bureau both determined there was not an active meth lab at the residence. The police department jumped the gun on this case. Just because someone has different items in and around thier home that just so happens to also be the same ingredients that can be used in the cooking of meth doesn`t always mean a meth lab is or was in progress. Most of the homes in America have the ingredients to make meth. The police dept just wanted to charge Mr. Hightower with this charge. His attorney is working to get the charge dropped.