February 12, 2009

Alleged Meth Makers Busted by Own 911 Call

When fire spread from burning trash into the adjoining natural cover, a call went out from a rural Scotland County residence to 911 at 5:14 p.m. on Friday, February 6th requesting the fire department respond.

A deputy from the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department answered the emergency call as did the Scotland County Fire Department.

The law enforcement officer was one of the first responders on the scene. He reportedly began assisting the property’s occupants in attempting to extinguish the fire by transporting buckets of water from a water hose at the residence to the neighboring burning field.

It was in this process that the deputy noticed a strong odor of anhydrous ammonia coming from the home. That combined with suspicious activity by the three individuals led the officer to question them after the fire was brought under control.

Christopher J. Armstrong, 23, was questioned in the deputy’s patrol vehicle, while the two other individuals were seated in an adjacent vehicle.

After consenting to be patted down for weapons, Armstrong reportedly fled from the scene into a wooded area. At that time the deputy discontinued a short pursuit and attended to the other two suspects, who were placed in handcuffs as the officer called for backup.

Armstrong was not located by the responding units and remains at large at this time.

The two other individuals, Jonnette M. Ott, 28, and Shane E. Krise, Jr., 24, both of Gorin were taken into custody. Ott was transported to the Clark County Detention Center and Krise was taken to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department.

A search warrant was obtained by the investigators for the property at Rural Route 2, Box 84, which is located near the intersection of Highway 15 north and Route EE near the Iowa stateline. The ensuing search of the home performed by the sheriff’s department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the NEMO Drug Task Force revealed a wide variety of precursors used in the manufacture of methamphetamine as well as a firearm and ammunition.

A second search warrant was executed at the residence the following day, at which time an ATV believed to have been stolen in Van Buren County, IA, was recovered as well as other evidence that was believed to be associated with other recent burglaries.

Armstrong, Krise and Ott all have been charged with felony possession of anhydrous ammonia in a non-approved container. Their bond has been set at $20,000 cash. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.

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