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PIKE COUNTY —Eight people were arrested in Pike County Friday night and Saturday morning in two separate cases involving the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

According to the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, deputies first arrived at 2315 McCoy Road, in Peebles, at 8:40 p.m. on Friday to investigate a complaint of methamphetamine being manufactured at the premises. Upon arriving, deputies reportedly smelled a strong odor of chemicals and saw individuals fleeing into a wooded area and into a mobile home on the property.

Richard Brushart, Jr., 43, of Waverly, was apprehended in the woods with a duffle bag containing an active methamphetamine lab.

Rodney Chandler, 47, of Waverly, and Maria Pennington, 31, of Lucasville, were found hiding inside the mobile home.

A search warrant was granted and executed at the property, resulting in the seizure of multiple items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Deputies, along with Benton Township Volunteer Fire Department and Benton Squad 8, neutralized the laboratories on the scene and they were safely disposed.

Brushart, Chandler, and Pennington were arrested, and charged with illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture methamphetamines, and possession of criminal tools. Brushart was also charged with tampering with evidence. All three were taken to the Scioto County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Several hours later, at 12:44 a.m. Saturday morning, deputies responded to another unrelated report of possible drug manufacturing inside a home with a juvenile present.

Upon arriving at 2359 Buchanan Road, in Waverly, deputies once again smelled an odor of chemicals and saw individuals running through a mobile home and out the back door. They were all apprehended in a field behind the house. A search warrant was granted and executed at the property, resulting in the seizure of multiple items used it the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

Deputies arrested Timothy Sines, 43, of Waverly, for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs, and having arrest warrants for illegal manufacture of methamphetamines, and illegal assembly and possession of criminal tools.

Also arrested was Donald Henson, 37, of Hilliard, for obstructing official business, and possession of drug instrument; Franklin Boggess, 41, of Chillicothe, for obstructing official business; David Laudermilt, Jr., 20, of Waverly, for obstructing official business and possession of drug abuse instruments; and Ryan Speirs, 29, of Waverly, on a warrant for no operating license.

Pike County Sheriff Richard Henderson said both cases will be presented to the upcoming term of the Pike County Grand Jury.

Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 235, or rottney@heartlandpublications.com.

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