Preliminary hearings postponed in Coal Township meth case
SHAMOKIN - Preliminary hearings for two men accused of cooking methamphetamine in the basement of a Coal Township home were continued Tuesday and rescheduled for Aug. 26.
Thomas Reddinger, 31, and Roger J. Shaw, 42, both tenants of 1012 W. Spruce St., who were arraigned Aug. 5 on 13 felonies, remain in Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, on $75,000 cash bail each.
Their hearings before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III were continued at the request of the commonwealth.
Police said a confidential informant tipped them off after being asked by Reddinger to purchase materials used to cook meth, including cold packs and lighter fluid. The informant, who met Reddinger at 1012 W. Spruce St. Aug. 4, later told police the drug had been manufactured in Reddinger's basement.
A search warrant was obtained and officers from Coal Township, Shamokin and Northumberland County Adult Probation entered Reddinger's home at about 8:40 p.m. An adult female, identified in the warrant as April Stahl, and children ages 8, 10, 11 and 13 were on the first floor while Reddinger and Shaw were in the basement.
Northumberland County Children and Youth Services were brought on scene to help with the children. The home was evacuated and the 1000 block of West Spruce Street was closed to traffic. The men were decontaminated at the scene.
Reddinger and Shaw are charged with possession of liquid ammonia gas, methamphetamine production, operating a methamphetamine laboratory, four counts of manufacturing with children under the age of 18 in the home, four counts of causing or risking a catastrophe, criminal conspiracy to produce methamphetamine and manufacture with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
Charges against Reddinger were filed by Coal Township Cpl. Joshua Wynn and Shamokin Cpl. Bryan Primerano. Township detective Jeff Brennan and city Cpl. Jarrod Scandle are the arresting officers in Shaw's case.