Photos: 2 Arrested for Meth Lab Operation with Young Child in Home

The following information was supplied by the Stow Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Two men were arrested Monday evening for manufacturing methamphetamines in their garage and home with a 2-year-old child in the house, according to .

When police arrived at 2106 Uniondale Dr., officers saw the men producing meth in the garage as well as throughout the home, said police. The department received an anonymous tip about possible illegal drug activity.

One of the men, Stephen Gene McKinney, 41, of Norman Drive, ran into the home with a loaded .40 caliber semi-automatic gun, said police. Police also found a loaded .38 airweight revolver in his truck.

McKinney and Lewis Gene Butler, Jr., 38, of Uniondale Drive were both arrested without incident. 

McKinney is charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs (first-degree felony), weapons under disability (third-degree felony), possession of drugs (fifth-degree felony). 

Butler is charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs. 

The charge of illegal manufacturing of drugs was elevated to a first-degree felony because of the presence of a young child in the home, according to police. 

The two men were taken to Summit County Jail and are awaiting video arraignment at  this morning.

Robin Limas September 13, 2011 at 04:03 PM
What is happening in Stow...People being locked in their laundry room while someone steals their car, calls to the police station saying they are going to blow it up, homeless living in a house that is on the market and a meth lab a stones throw away from the police department...good Lord I hate to ask what's next!
Karen Gonidakis September 13, 2011 at 05:19 PM
This is reality of life! This crud is everywhere. I think it's very important that people don't keep themselves locked up in their own little houses and little worlds, but that we all be willing to look past our noses and see what is happening every day. Then make that phone call if you suspect something wrong. It takes a whole community to take care of itself. Our police and other authorities are not the only ones with authority to make sure our neighborhoods are safe. Get and stay involved people! This is OUR community.
lissa bailey September 13, 2011 at 05:30 PM
As people suffer more and more financially some turn to drugs and alcohol. We must do everything we can, as a community, to make sure our citizens prosper, bring back jobs to Ohio and our area, keep property taxes low which encourages prospective homebuyers to choose Stow over other higher taxed areas and help keep our properties as well kept as possible. When neighborhoods start going down hill, properties not kept up, foreclosures a grim reality, it hinders everyone.
Leigh Peterson September 13, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Thank you to the anonymous caller!!!!
Diane Silbaugh September 13, 2011 at 09:39 PM
more people should turn people in it would make this area a much better place to live.


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