Saturday, August 2, 2014
Loading...



Celebrate Elkhart



Featured

Meth blaze leads to charges

Two Elkhart Community Schools teachers face felony charges after a methamphetamine lab was found burning in their home Tuesday morning.

Posted on Nov. 7, 2008 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 7, 2008 at 4:29 a.m.

Two Elkhart Community Schools teachers face felony charges after a methamphetamine lab was found burning in their home Tuesday morning.

According to a press release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, Michelle M. Stancati and Maria M. Stancati, both 35, each face one count of dealing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school property, a Class A felony.

The two were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon when firefighters contacted police after a meth lab was found in their burning home at 511 E. Woodside St., South Bend.

According to police reports, Michelle Stancati admitted to manufacturing meth just before the lab caught ablaze and later exploded. Both sisters told police they were meth users.

A large quantity of marijuana also was found in the home.

An 11-year-old boy -- the son of a subletter identified by police as Lisa Kitch -- was sleeping in the home when the fire department responded to the blaze.

Doug Thorne, director of employee-student relations for ECS, confirmed the women are employed as teachers. Michelle Stancati is employed at North Side Middle School as a special education teacher, and Maria Stancati is employed as a ninth-grade teacher at Memorial High School.

Thorne said the women were placed on administrative leave Tuesday, and an internal investigation is pending.

Bond for the two women is set at $5,000. They will be arraigned at 1 p.m. today in St. Joseph Superior Court.




Loading...
Loading...
Loading...

Updated 55 minutes ago
 FILE - This June 30, 2014 file photo shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, pausing while making a statement about immigration reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. What can Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Updated 58 minutes ago
 This Oct. 7, 2013 photo provided by Jeremy Writebol show his mother, Nancy Writebol, with children in Liberia. Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia that have been diagnosed with Ebola. Plans are underway to bring back the two Americans from Africa for treatment. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jeremy Writebol)

Updated 1 hour ago
Back to top ^