GLENWOOD — What began as a search for a suspect wanted in an alleged robbery and malicious wounding case ended up with the discovery of what deputies say was a “shake and bake” meth lab.
On Monday, deputies J.N. Lee, J.T. Veith and J.L. Cavender, of the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, were searching for Christopher L. Sturgeon, 34, of Apple Grove, for questioning in the alleged robbery and malicious wounding case.
According to the official criminal complaints filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, Sturgeon was alleged to have taken part in a physical altercation Sunday with a male victim at the intersection of Huntington Road and Crab Creek Road in Apple Grove. The victim told deputies the altercation began as a verbal argument with Sturgeon over money and an ex-girlfriend. Also, Alfred W. Dalton, 54, of Glenwood, allegedly pulled a gun on the victim as well, according to the victim’s statement in the criminal complaint.
The victim went on to say Sturgeon kicked him in the face with a pair of steel-toed boots. The complaint says the victim was treated at Pleasant Valley Hospital, where he stated he was kept overnight for a concussion. The complaint also states the victim had “severe swelling to his facial area.”
Also contained in the complaint is an accusation by the victim that Sturgeon and/or Dalton took approximately $60 from him but he did not know which of the two men allegedly took the money.
On Sunday, deputies located what they described as a “suspect vehicle” in the alleged robbery and malicious wounding incident. The vehicle was found parked at 2102 Rocky Fork Road, Glenwood, which the criminal complaint states is the home of Dale Hughes, 51. When asked if Sturgeon was in the home, Hughes stated he was in the back bedroom, according to the complaint. Deputies state they located Sturgeon in the back bedroom but while locating him, observed a Gatorade bottle in the bedroom that appeared to have lithium battery strips floating in it, as well as what appeared to be crystals in the bottom of the bottle.
Also located in the home was Brenda Hale, 35, of Glenwood. After locating what they believe were meth-making materials, deputies placed Sturgeon, Hughes and Hale under arrest and also ended up removing four juveniles from the residence.
Meth tech Lt. S.L. Greene was called to the scene to take samples and clean up what deputies described as a “shake and bake meth lab.”
After obtaining a search warrant, also found in the residence according to the complaint, were a grinder with white residue in it, one bag containing coffee filters, tubing with a lid, one empty pack of 12-hour decongestant tablets, one filter with two empty blister packs, one bag of ammonium nitrate, and a bag containing multiple lithium batteries.
Sturgeon was charged with malicious wounding, robbery, operate or attempt to operate a clandestine lab, and possession of altered pseudoephedrine. Hughes and Hale were each charged with operate or attempt to operate a clandestine lab. Dalton was charged with malicious wounding and robbery. All suspects were arraigned before Magistrate Gail Roush, who set Sturgeon’s bond at $150,000; Hughes’ bond at $75,000; Hale’s bond at $75,000; Dalton’s bond at $100,000.
All were transported to the Western Regional Jail where they remained incarcerated as of Tuesday afternoon.
Reach Beth Sergent at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.