Stow Woman Arrested on Meth-Making Charges near Kent School

Two others arrested on unrelated charges

A Stow woman is facing a charge of making methamphetamine in a Kent house less than two blocks from .

Lori L. Claeys, 37, of 2412 Echo Valley Drive, Stow, was being held in the Portage County jail Thursday after being arrested for making meth in Kent's South End.

Claeys was arrested Wednesday at 319 W. Elm St. after a joint investigation by the , Ravenna Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Youngstown Task Force. She is charged with one count of illegal manufacture of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, in the vicinity of a school.

Kent Police Lt. Paul Canfield said the house was not a full-blown lab in the sense it was not filled with drug manufacturing tools.

"There’s a process they use now that’s fairly simple, and it’s also fairly compact,” Canfield said. “It was a simple, small, they call it a ‘one-pot’ manufacturing system."

Canfield said the Portage County Drug Task Force handled the removal of the chemicals and tools associated in the drug manufacturing. Any further charges related to the meth-making would be filed by the county drug task force.

Two men also were arrested during the meth-lab bust Wednesday.

Kenneth J. Brewster, 45, of 319 W. Elm St., was arrested and charged with permitting drug abuse, a first-degree misdemeanor. And Joshua B. Tipton, 27, also of Stow, was arrested on a warrant for a charge of obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony.

The house is owned by Susan Brewster of Streetsboro, according to Portage County Auditor's Office online records.

Claeys is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on the meth-making charge on Dec. 23.

Chris (Kit) Myers December 16, 2011 at 01:11 PM
Good work officers. Now, if and when convicted, you get to watch one of our judges sentence them to drug treatment, probation, and if they are not working, order them to get full-time jobs. Does anybody really hire these people?
Bryn Oldham December 16, 2011 at 02:24 PM
It is very difficult for people with drug charges to get jobs. It's not impossible though. Meth manufacturing goes beyond drug addiction, too. There is an addictive component to the manufacturing as well. It's a tough cycle to break. I am relieved the police busted it. I would hate to think what could have happened if there had been an explosion so close to Holden Elementary. Scary stuff.
Missy December 16, 2011 at 03:50 PM
sad part is there are two head shops right around the corner from Holden schools that the police have done nothing about. One by the tanning salon and the Twilight boutique in the plaza. It amazes me as an employee of a store in that plaza how many people visit the boutique day in and day out, show their wallet going in but never come out with a bag that is visible. 1/2 the kids walking out of their look like they are on drugs - very sad and only around the corner from an elementary school
Michael Pacifico December 16, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Wow, what a trash job on the "head" shops. So you know by looking at someone whether they are on drugs? These are legitimate businesses that sell consumer items, not drug havens that the police need to do something about. You are erroneoulsy connecting a lifestyle that you apparently don't approve to criminal and behavioral misconduct.You are showing your intolerance and it doen't look pretty.
Bryn Oldham December 16, 2011 at 05:07 PM
I agree with Michael to a point. However, with the recent surge in "spice" and bath salts (especially with the underage or on probation population), the head shops are going to be looked at negatively. They are the ones selling the "legal" pot and designer stimulants hence they are (at least somewhat) responsible for the distributing and profiting from other people's addictions and sometimes law breaking behaviors. It's a complicated issue.
robert December 16, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Go Bryan !!!! If the state does not outlaw bath salts the city should !!!
Chris (Kit) Myers December 16, 2011 at 09:43 PM
The peddlers of DEATH!!!
Tiffany Jones December 19, 2011 at 03:44 PM
ok but the state HAS outlawed the "bath salts" and the like, hence these stores are not peddling (selling) them. Here is a link to the story. http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-bath-salts-ban-ohio-law-txt,0,3341386.story


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