By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
A Madison grand jury indicted seven people Wednesday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, including one man who was seriously burned while police say he was cooking meth at a local hotel.
Robert M. Maggard, 28, suffered burns to his face and arms July 7 and sought treatment at Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center, according to a Richmond police news release.
Shortly before that, Richmond firefighters and police had just responded to a call at the Super 7 motel room about a possible fire, the release stated.
When authorities arrived, they found smoke coming from the bathroom of a motel room, and inside was a melted plastic container that officers recognized as one-step methamphetamine lab, according to the release.
Police officers reported also finding drain cleaner, coffee filters, tubing and plastic bottles in the room, which are all items commonly used to make meth.
Maggard was transferred to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. He was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.
Other manufacturing methamphetamine indictments handed down Wednesday were:
• Thomas Bullen, Amy Lynn Thomas and Emmanuel Pugh. The three were arrested Aug. 16 by Berea police after officers reported finding rock salt, Coleman fuel, coffee filters, rubber tubing and a funnel in their vehicle, which are all common items used to make the drug, according to a BPD news release.
• Jason J. Dixon and John Wayne Dixon. The two men were arrested Aug. 16 after a traffic stop conducted by a Berea police officer. The officer reported finding a Coleman fuel container, rock salt, tubing, a funnel and liquid drain cleaner in their vehicle. John Wayne Dixon also was indicted as a second-degree persistent felony offender, which enhances the charge against him to a Class A felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison.
• James M. Jones. Jones was arrested by Richmond police Aug. 15 after officers investigated a report of drug-trafficking activity in the 300 block of West Kentucky Avenue. Jones also was indicted on a Class A misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. Class A misdemeanors have a maximum sentence of 12 months in jail.
The following people also were indicted Wednesday:
• Dale K. Cope Jr., second-degree burglary and fourth degree-assault. On or about Aug. 14, Cope unlawfully entered the dwelling of Evelyn Knuckles with the intent to commit a crime, and he also caused physical injury to Knuckles, according to the indictment.
Second-degree burglary is a Class C felony, which carries a sentence of five to 10 years in prison. Fourth-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 12 months in jail.
• Thomas Brent Crowe, third-degree burglary. Crowe could receive a maximum sentence of five years in prison if he is convicted.
• Therron H. Combs, flagrant nonsupport. The charge is punishable by up to five years in prison.