SALEM - A methamphetamine lab reportedly was located about two blocks from the Salem Police Department when authorities served a search warrant Monday at a West Pershing Street apartment.
Christopher Neiswonger and his girlfriend, Christy Schnader, live in apartment two in the home at 192 W. Pershing St., which lies at the corner of South Howard Avenue. The Columbiana County Drug Task Force, Salem police and the Drug Enforcement Agency searched that apartment on Monday.
The search warrant was issued to the task force following a seven-month investigation. Both the chemicals used to produce methamphetamines and evidence of a meth lab were located within the home, removed and turned over to a chemical disposal company, the DTF said in a news release.
During the search of the home and removal of the chemicals, the residents of the other apartments were ordered to leave their homes for their own safety.
Neiswonger appeared in Columbiana County Municipal Court on Tuesday, where an Oct. 17 pretrial was set for him on a domestic violence charge.
That charge also came from an incident that occurred earlier Monday.
According to court documents, Neiswonger on Monday was allegedly grabbing his girlfriend, Schnader, by the foot and the arm, dragging her through the house and out into the driveway where she reportedly was screaming, but no one heard her. She also reportedly had a bruise on her face, which she claimed she got when he hit her the day before the arrest.
Neiswonger remains in jail on a $100,000 cash or surety bond issued by Judge Mark Frost in connection to the domestic violence case.
Aside from the domestic violence charge, Detective Lt. Brian McLaughlin said on Tuesday the drug task force also filed charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to produce methamphetamine, a second-degree felony.