ADAMS COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV)—Three people face drug charges, and authorities search for a fourth person after an investigation into a fire on Monday afternoon in Adams County.
According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, crews were called a home in the 100 block of S. Main Street in the City of Adams just after 1:00 p.m. When crews arrived on scene, they found one of the upstairs apartments was fully engulfed in flames. All residents of the apartments and occupants of the businesses on the first floor were able to get out. Officers made contact with a 32-year-old Adams man who lived in the apartment and reported the fire. He told officers that the fire was caused by his handling of chemicals associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine. He was transported to the hospital for his injuries caused by the fire.
Sheriff officials said the investigation lead to the execution of a search warrant at a home in the City of Adams. Additional methamphetamine manufacturing paraphernalia were found there. Law enforcement made contact with the suspect at an area hotel where another methamphetamine manufacturing location was discovered.
31-year-old Natalie R. Kaehler of Adams was arrested for manufacturing/distribution of Methamphetamine, two counts of possession of material used to manufacture Methamphetamine, neglect of a child, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia – Methamphetamine.
23-year-old Melissa D. Walton of Adams was arrested for manufacturing/distribution of Methamphetamine and two counts of neglect of child.
32-year-old Kenneth E. Newell of Arkdale was arrested for manufacturing/distribution of Methamphetamine and possession of Schedule II Narcotic - Methamphetamine.
Authorities continue to search for 34-year-old Manuel Garcia of Adams for his alleged involvement in the investigation. He faces a charge of manufacturing/distribution of Methamphetamine – party to a crime.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), State Fire Marshalls, Central Wisconsin Drug Task Force, Adams Police Department, Adams Fire Department, New Chester Fire Department, City of Adams Public Works, and Adams County Highway Department assisted the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.
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