Call of elder abuse leads to meth arrest

December 26, 2012

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

Additional details about last week’s Minford meth lab arrest have emerged.

A report of elder abuse that had a County Health Department official on the scene turned up no evidence last week, but did lead the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office to a home where meth was being manufactured.

According to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Steven Vanhoose was dispatched to the meet the Scioto County Health Department worker at a home on Taylor Hill Road in Minford concerning an elderly woman who reportedly lived there without heat or running water and who was reportedly being abused.

Arriving at the home at 11:21 a.m. on Dec. 21, they were met by the woman’s son, Michael Holsinger, who told officers his mother no longer lived at that address. Officer Vanhoose asked Holsinger if they could search the apartment, and he allowed them. While inside, Vanhoose smelled an odor that led him to a small room where he found chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

The officer asked Holsinger if it was meth, and Holsinger said it was. He also reportedly told officers that he did not sell meth, but did use it.

Detectives from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist, and Holsinger was arrested for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals, and illegal manufacture of drugs. Each is a felony charge. He was taken to the Scioto County Jail.

Holsinger’s arraignment was set to take place Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@portsmouth-dailytimes.com.