POINT PLEASANT — A trial date has been set in a case involving a Pomeroy, Ohio man who allegedly operated a meth lab at a home on Viand Street - the main drag through Point Pleasant.
Back in January, a Mason County grand jury indicted Michael Bing, 30, Pomeroy, for operate a clandestine drug laboratory, conspiracy, two counts exposure of children to meth manufacturing and two counts child neglect creating risk of injury. Bing has pleaded not guilty.
According to records in Mason County Circuit Court, Bing’s pretrial hearing has been set for 3 p.m., May 21 with his trial date set for 9:30 a.m., June 5.
In May of last year, Bing, along with June Cremeans, 29, Gallipolis Ferry, were arrested for the operation of a clandestine drug lab at 1301 Viand St., a home across from the Go Mart convenient store. Bing and Cremeans were also arrested for child neglect with the potential of serious bodily injury.
According to a spokesperson with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department at the time, not only was the couple accused of making meth, but their two year-old and six year-old sons were inside the residence, where both used and uncapped hypodermic needles, as well as the chemicals used to make meth, were located.
Court records from Mason County Circuit Court show Cremeans pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy in the case on Jan. 20 and had been out on bond, awaiting her sentencing until last week. Last week, court records show her bond was revoked after she allegedly tested positive for drugs. Cremeans was taken back into custody and as of Tuesday was an inmate at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville. Her sentencing date for the conspiracy charge is May 3.
As for the home on Viand St., it has sat vacant since the meth lab bust last May. Point Pleasant City Inspector Jeremy Bryant said the city doesn’t have any ordinance or code dealing with homes which have been contaminated by meth making, saying the city relies on state law for guidance on these matters. Bryant explained the state says there are two options for this type of property - its either cleaned and tested as habitable again or it’s torn down. Bryant said at this point, no one has attempted to inhabit the property.