Domestic incident leads to two arrests

PARKERSBURG – Officials made two arrests Thursday morning, one involving the production of drugs.

The Parkersburg Police Department said shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to 1006 Williams St. in reference to a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, officers searched the residence for a person that was allegedly hiding, officials said.

During the search, officials said, chemicals and items commonly used in the production of methamphetamine were discovered.

Jack Lee Poland, 45, 3611 Rollins St., Parkersburg, was charged with felony possession of a precursor to the manufacture of methamphetamine. According to police reports, Poland admitted to purchasing boxes of Pseudoephedrine and selling them for $50 to $100 each.

With the domestic incident, Parkersburg police arrested Melissa Jill Grass, 40, 1006 Williams St., Parkersburg, on a domestic battery charge. Poland and Grass were involved in a verbal altercation when Grass struck her boyfriend and father of her children in the face with a frying pan, police reports said.

Agents with the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force were called to assist with the investigation.

Investigators said they discovered an “active clandestine methamphetamine drug laboratory inside the home.” Task force agents worked to process evidence and hazardous materials at the scene for about seven hours Thursday.

Poland and Grass were transported to police headquarters and processed without incident. Both were arraigned Thursday morning in Wood County Magistrate Court. Poland was released on $5,000 bond and Grass was released on a $500 bond.

The Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Parkersburg Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Vienna Police Department and West Virginia State Police.