Volume 51, Number 43

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, October 23, 2014

House explodes due to meth cooking

House explodes due to meth cookingOn Monday, June 21st at around 10 a.m., Clinton County 911 notified the Pickett County Sheriff's Department of a house explosion in the Wolf River Dock area.
The residenct address is located at 243 Lakeview Terrace, Albany, Kentucky but is actually in Pickett County.
Chief Deputy Dana Dowdy and Deputy Jeff Flowers responded to the scene and found an occupant of the residence, Michael Bowlin, 36, to have severe burns on face, neck, ears and arms.
A strong chemical odor was being emitted from the home and deputies then suspected that the explosion was the result of possible meth being cooked in residence.
DEA Clan Lab Certified Office Chico Conner and the Meth taskforce truck were called to help process the scene along with a meth clean up crew.
According to Chief Deputy Dowdy, the chemical odor was so bad, no one could enter the home and that Officer Conner had to wear a suit and respirator to observe the damage and collect evidence. The home is contaminated and quarantined until it is assessed by the state to determine if clean up is even possible.
Witnesses stated to the deputies that a neighbor was seen leaving from behind the home carrying something to his home next door before the deputies arrived. Further investigation of the statements lead to the finding of parts of the meth lab which were found under the neighbors porch.
Craig McAdams, 49, 241 Lakeview Terrace is charged with tampering with evidence.
During the time of the explosion, two children ages four and 14 were at home and the Department of Children Services were contacted to investigate and the children were removed and placed with family members.
Michael Bowlin and Michelle Bowlin, 41, are both charged with manufacturing meth and two counts each of child endangerment. They are scheduled to appear in General Sessions court Friday, July 9th.
Albany Fire Department and the Clinton County Sheriff's Department assisted with the investigation.

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