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Mother and son arrested on meth charges

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

When Clay County Sheriff's deputies and Indiana State Police officers were called to a home at 7940 N. CR. 650W on Friday, they thought they would be investigating a case of battery. Instead, they found themselves in a standoff while protecting two women and two children from a man inside the home.

Two arrests were made. A mother and her son were charged by police on a variety of alleged crimes. Justin L. Myrtle, 19, was charged with felony counts of domestic battery, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana, possession of two stolen guns and taking a child to a nuisance, a misdemeanor.

His mother, Virginia Myrtle, 39, was also arrested on a meth charge. The mother and son could each face up to 30 years in prison, if convicted.

On arrival at the scene, Deputy Matt Weber removed Virginia, Justin Myrtle's girlfriend, Tatum Ochs, and two children, a 12-year-old and an infant, from the residence for their safety, according to information supplied by Sheriff Rob Carter.

Ochs, told police that she and Justin had lived together for about a year and had a two-month-old daughter. The family lived in a home owned by Virginia.

Ochs told police Justin had taken a handful of Zanex on Thursday night and slept until noon on Friday. When he awoke, he became abusive when Ochs refused to let him touch her.

Justin then grabbed Ochs by the hair and began choking her. When Justin's mother tried to make him stop, Justin knocked his mother down and began choking her, Ochs said. Both Ochs and Virginia had bruises, police reported.

Ochs told police Justin had two rifles and a handgun, but no ammunition in the house.

Ochs further stated there had not been meth in the house for two weeks.

While police tried to telephone Justin, who was still inside the home, Virginia left the police car in which she was sitting and ran back into the house, disregarding police orders to stop.

Police followed her into the house to protect her and to locate Justin.

During the investigation, officers found bags of meth, $250 cash, scales, capsules, sheets of aluminum foil and two panes of glass with powder residue on a table in a basement bedroom. Police also found a hypodermic syringe, spoon and a cotton ball with residue in the master bedroom's bathroom medicine cabinet.

When Detective Troy Stanton told Ochs that Virginia said there was an eight ball (a slang term for meth) in her bedroom, Ochs said the drugs belonged to Justin.

Both Virgnia and Ochs told police Justin had made death threats against them and the baby.

Police found Justin hiding under a bed.

Bond was set at $2,500 for each person. Virginia Myrtle posted bond at the Clay County Jail; Justin was still incarcerated this morning. Both are expected to appear in court today.



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