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Last of 3 people arrested for Ravenna meth lab in August 2012 sentenced

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published: March 3, 2013 4:00 AM

A Ravenna woman has been sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to allowing a couple to use her residence to make methamphetamine last year.

Megan L. Myers, 31, of 825 Cleveland Road, pleaded guilty to permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony, in October. Recently, she was sentenced by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman to probation, ordered to obtain substance abuse and mental health evaluations and to follow recommendations stemming from those evaluations.

Pittman also ordered Myers to find and keep a full-time job throughout probation, fined her $300 and suspended her driver's license for one year with privileges for work, probation and counseling appointments and addiction recovery meetings.

Myers was indicted by a Portage County grand jury in August on five felony drug manufacturing and child endangering charges that could have sent her to prison.

Myers, Bruce L. Riley, 30, and Natalia N. Ellis, 26, were arrested after a Ravenna police officer and a caseworker from the Portage County Department of Job and Family Services went to Myers' residence on Aug. 9, 2012, to conduct a welfare check on children living there. Riley and Ellis also were living in the home at the time.

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The agency had received a complaint that methamphetamine was being "cooked" inside the residence, according to Ravenna police.

Myers let the caseworker and the officer inside, and they found chemicals typically used to manufacture methamphetamine inside the house, along with some of the finished drug, police said.

Four children belonging to the two families living in the house were exposed to the chemicals and drugs and officers removed them from the home for their safety, Ravenna police said.

Ellis and Riley, now both of 7353 S.R. 14, Shalersville, pleaded guilty in November to one count each of attempted illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, both fourth-degree felonies. Pittman sentenced Riley to five years probation on Jan. 11, with orders to get a substance abuse evaluation, find a full-time job he can keep throughout probation and attend addiction recovery meetings twice per week for a year. His driver's license also was suspended for one year, and he was fined $300.

Ellis received an identical sentence from Pittman on Jan. 22, along with orders to continue counseling at Coleman Professional Services, according to court records.

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anonymous Mar 3, 2013 7:11 PM

@dowhatsright, the drug cases that are brought forth by the portage county drug task force are very weak at best. The task forces' inability to put a good drug case together is evident as the attorneys have now gotten wind of the "shotty" police work that involves their investigations. The Portage County Judges have no choice, other than follow sentencing guidelines. The Prosecutor's Office is scrambling just to try and get a plea agreement because these cases are very weak and lack a tremendous amount of credibility. The person responsible for this is in fact the Sheriff as he is the "head honcho" that chairs the Portage County Drug Task Force Board. It just makes "CENTS"!

anonymous Mar 3, 2013 5:02 PM

**** this was not a sentence; it was pat on the head. These people should go to jail for Child Endangerment and additional time added for the drug charge. Then we should have a law that you have to pass a drug test to get any type of Welfare.

Read the other story in this paper where people were on probation for making meth and were busted again for making meth. It sure says a lot for the Portage Court System even the criminals that are convicted think the court sentencing is a joke. Way to put fear into the criminals judge.

anonymous Mar 3, 2013 10:56 AM

Uh, Lollipops, :yawn: .

anonymous Mar 3, 2013 9:02 AM

Great job again agents!!! Letting JFS lead you to meth labs since you can't get probable cause on your own!!! PRICELESS...

Meth lab takedown # 963 in portage county this year.

Money confiscated -$4.00

House seized- 0

Vehicles seized-0

Man hours wasted -14432hrs

County cost for clean up - $96.433

Laughing at the portage clownty drug task farce - PRICELESS