UPDATE: Anonymous tip led to alleged meth lab discovery, not student's odor

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UPDATED FEB. 21

Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker said initial information suggested the alleged meth lab was discovered following an investigation spurred by reports that a 12-year-old student of Lakeview Intermediate School came to school smelling of chemicals possibly related to the production of meth.

Dirker clarified today a Stow resident’s anonymous tip led to the lab discovery.

He said an individual had called Kimpton Middle School to report a student who the person believed was enrolled there was living in a possible meth house.

Faculty determined the student was enrolled at Lakeview Intermediate School, and the tip was passed along from Lakeview's DARE Officer Jim Barker to police investigators who then followed up by going to the suspect's residence.

The 12-year-old student who reportedly smelled of chemicals was never actually examined, Dirker said.

“[Barker] did not tell [faculty] to check the kid out. Nobody really did,” Dirker said. “So there was some confusion there.”

When the tip reached investigators, Dirker said Stow police and the Summit County Drug Unit went to the residence together for a “knock and talk” slightly before 2 p.m. Feb. 19.

“They talked to the residents and got permission to go in there, and that’s when they found the meth lab,” Dirker said.

Check out the Stow Sentry in print or online this weekend for an even more detailed story of the incident.

THE ORIGINAL STORY POSTED FEB. 20

Five Stow children have been removed from an alleged meth house, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a press release, on Feb. 19, the Stow Police Department received information from Lakeview Intermediate School that a 12-year-old student came to school with the odor of chemicals possibly related to production of methamphetamine. There was a suspicion that methamphetamine was being manufactured in the child’s home.

The Summit County Drug Unit and Stow police conducted a search at a residence in the 1800 block of Lillian Road yesterday afternoon where an active one-pot methamphetamine lab — commonly known as a “shake-and-bake” lab — chemicals and lab components were allegedly found in the basement of the residence. Methamphetamine waste and other related items also were reportedly found in the attached garage.

Other items allegedly seized by police included receipts for pseudoephedrine and cold compresses, a digital scale, plastic baggies containing an unidentified white powder, a plastic bottle with an unknown liquid and $379 in cash, according to the related police report.

Jason Little, 37 and Brandi Little, 28, both of Stow, were arrested and charged with illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine in the vicinity of a minor, illegal assembly of chemicals/components for the manufacturing of methamphetamine in the vicinity of a minor, and endangering children. Both individuals were booked into the Summit County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office.

Five children, ages 2, 8, 9, 11, and 12 were taken into custody by Summit County Children Services and were transported to Akron Children’s Hospital for evaluation.

The suspects have an arraignment scheduled for later today.

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