By Gary Garton
Globe Staff Writer
MIAMI, Okla. - Five people were arrested in two separate incidents at a Quapaw residence over the past weekend.
Three were arrested Friday night for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab, in the presence of children, at the house. Two other people were arrested Saturday for allegedly burglarizing the house after police had taken its residents to jail.
Facing the drug-related charges are: Toni Jo Wallace, also known as Toni Riley, of 508 S. Cherry in Quapaw, where the incidents occurred; Teddy D. Lawson, 43, and Lori Catherine Rhoades, 37, both of Baxter Springs, Kan.
The trio received initial court appearances Monday morning and are being held under $30,000 bond each. They are to return to court for assignment of attorneys.
Two minors who were living at the residence, ages 14 and 2, were turned over to their father, who does not live at the house and was not involved in the drug operation, according to Capt. Bob Ernst with the Ottawa County Sheriff's office.
Ernst said that someone contacted Lance Fields, with the Bureau of Indian Affairs police, about a methamphetamine lab at the house in Quapaw. A search warrant was obtained and served at the house about 10:30 p.m. Friday.
Ernst said that the sheriff's office was contacted Saturday to report two people had broken into the house. The witness named the two, who were later arrested at a residence in Cardin.
In jail facing second-degree burglary charges are Kim Dixon, 33, and David Earl Simmons, 43, both of Cardin.
Ernst said they got into the house by cutting off the plastic weather covering over one window. Items from the house were found on the ground outside, where the pair were surprised by the witness who called authorities.
At their initial appearance Monday, District Judge Robert Haney set their bonds on the burglary charge at $5,000 each. He cautioned bail bondsmen in the courtroom, however, that if the district attorney's office files revocation and acceleration motions for the pair, "those bonds are going to increase significantly."
Dixon has prior charges from 1999 through 2002 for child abuse, manufacturing methamphetamine, grand larceny and burglary. Simmons has prior charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and burglary.
By Gary Garton