Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 22, 2013

Couple accused of running meth lab indicted

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

GREENUP —  A man and woman accused of running a methamphetamine lab with children present were among those indicted last week by a Greenup County grand jury.

Nick L. Kintigos, 44, and Melissa J. Gillum, 27, both were charged with manufacturing meth and two counts of controlled substance endangerment to a child. Kintigos also was charged with first-degree drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, menacing and second-degree persistent felony offender.

The meth charge alone is a Class B felony that carries a 10- to 20-year prison sentence.

Kintigos and Gillum were arrested Jan. 4 after deputies and Kentucky State Police troopers went to their home on Water Street in Greenup to serve papers. When the officers entered, they discovered a meth lab in a back bedroom, Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper said.

The officers immediately evacuated the two children that were in the residence and secured the lab and the product, Cooper said.

As deputies were arresting Kintigos and Gillum, Kintigos became violent and had to be subdued, Cooper said. As Deputy Cody Fuller was conducting a search of Kintigos, he was jabbed by a hypodermic needle in the suspect’s pocket, the sheriff said.

After securing the scene and contacting a KSP meth lab cleanup team, Fuller drove himself to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital for treatment and testing, Cooper said. He was released after treatment.

The children were also taken to OLBH by family members for decontamination, Cooper said.

Fuller being stuck was one in a series of recent on-duty mishaps experienced by Greenup sheriff’s deputies.

A grand jury indictment is a formal accusation of a crime and does not establish guilt.

Others named in indictments returned last week by the grand jury were:

‰ James M. Baker, 25, of Wurtland, charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of first-degree criminal mischief.

‰ Larry J. Madden, 49, of Greenup, charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, fourth-offense driving under the influence and driving on a DUI-suspended license while intoxicated.

‰ James A. Conley, 30, of Flatwoods, charged with first-degree drug trafficking and second-degree wanton endangerment.

‰ Aaron M. Black, 43, of Greenup, charged with first-degree drug possession, menacing and resisting arrest.

‰ Seth K. Morris, 29, of Lloyd, charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.

‰ Lester E. Sowards, 44, of South Shore, charged with second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault and two counts of third-degree terroristic threatening.

‰ Rose M. Francis, 30, of South Shore, charged with receiving stolen property.

‰ Joshua J. Francis, 30, of South Shore, charged with theft.

‰ Aaron K. Francis, 23, of South Shore, charged with theft and with two counts of second-degree burglary.

‰ Lindsey Spradlin Jr., 33, of Westwood, charged with receiving stolen property and third-degree criminal mischief.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.