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Suffield couple pleads guilty to making meth around kids

By Dave O'Brien | Staff Writer Published: January 28, 2013 4:00 AM
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A Suffield couple caught manufacturing methamphetamine in their residence and in the presence of children in July 2012 have pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Briana A. Park, 33, and Robert D. Tompkins, 32, both of 767 Mishler Road, recently pleaded guilty in Portage County Common Pleas Court to drug-related charges, as well as one count each of child endangering.

Park pleaded guilty to illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony, and a bill of information charging her with child endangering, a third-degree felony. Tompkins pleaded guilty to one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony, as well as a bill of information charging him with child endangering, a third-degree felony.

A bill of information is a charging document similar to an indictment. Sentencing in Judge John Enlow's courtroom is pending pre-sentence investigations.

Park, Tompkins and Michael C. Stewart, 48, of Akron, were arrested at 767 Mishler Road on July 19, 2012, after the drug task force served a warrant there based on a two-month investigation into illegal methamphetamine manufacturing.

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Stewart pleaded guilty to illegal manufacturing of drugs, a second-degree felony, and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, just prior to the start of his trial on drug charges in Portage County Common Pleas Court on Dec. 19, 2012.

Judge John Enlow then sentenced Stewart to a total of three years and six months in prison on both charges. Enlow also fined $7,500, but later waived those fines and court costs because under Ohio law, Stewart was indigent and unable to pay, according to court records.

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anonymous Jan 30, 2013 11:41 PM

Apparently the attorney for these two didn't know the history of "LYIN" Larry Limbert. Otherwise they would have gotten treatment in lieu of conviction! It's nice to know we now have an "OFFICIAL" Methamphetamine labratory clean-up task force. Makes "Cents"!

anonymous Jan 30, 2013 1:13 PM

Are you kidding me? They all are indgent. Why you think they makin meth. Make more license plates. Break up more rocks. Now if he woulda gone the Obama route coulda had a house, cell phone, food, smokes, and sold his food card for beer and more smokes.

anonymous Jan 28, 2013 4:18 PM

It would depend on how they were cooking the meth, but either way if the children visited the house of had to live there. It is dangerous for them. The children may have been away at the time of the arrest but maybe they slept there at night or something. Either way these scumbags should loose their kids.

anonymous Jan 28, 2013 2:08 PM

I haven't read the police report, but just read their guilty plea to cooking meth and child endangerment. It doesn't go into great detail as to whether they were actually in the home during the cooking. Police reports don't always go into great detail either.

anonymous Jan 28, 2013 2:03 PM

Me might be family, but not so at this end - don't know them. Okay, I am not disputing what you stated, but the paper said, "A Suffield couple caught manufacturing methamphetamine in their residence and in the presence of children in July 2012" - is that accurate "presence of children"? No, not according to the police report. All I say is to give the facts fair and accurate and this paper/reporter has a very hard time doing that.

anonymous Jan 28, 2013 1:53 PM

Me & Get must be friends and/or family. And neither one of you have a clue. The chemicals stay within the walls, air and floors of the home. Which could have long term effect on the children. Making them sick or even death. So lets not play "Oh they were good parents" That is such BS! They are losers that didn't think about anybody but themselves NOT EVEN THEIR CHILDREN! Think about it, why do you think they wear Hazmat Suits to clean the stuff up? DUH

anonymous Jan 28, 2013 1:23 PM

You are right, according to police reports, the children were not home when they were arrested.

anonymous Jan 28, 2013 12:52 PM

I know this couple and NEVER was there anything going on around their children. Even though their choices were irresponsible and dangerous to themselves, their children were always safe and well taken care of. For once, why don't you get it right? You may as well have printed the kids names and posted pictures.