McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Police/Courts

January 2, 2014

Drug lab explodes near Savanna school

McALESTER — An explosion of a “clandestine drug lab” just 200 feet from Savanna school has resulted in arson charges against three suspects, officials say.

Mary Kay Darrell, of Savanna and Robert Wayne Zerbe, turned themselves in Wednesday afternoon, while another person charged in the explosion, Cassie Dawn Isaac, of McAlester, remains at large, according to Savanna Police Chief David Spears.

Thursday Spears said he had been working on the case since explosions heard during an August house fire less than 200 feet from Savanna school, brought investigators to the scene.

Felony charges of first degree arson, endangering human life during arson and manufacturing a controlled substance were filed against the three suspects in Pittsburg County Court on Dec. 17, court records state.

Savanna police reported hearing explosions at a house fire at 208 A St., according to an affiavit filed in the case.

Zerbe, Darrell and Isaac and one other person were inside the home at the time of the fire, the affidavit alleges.

Because of the explosions investigators were called to  the scene where a burned metal container with burned lithium remnants and other burned items were found, the affidavit alleges.

Zerbe was hospitazed and later released for injuries suffered during the fire. No other injuries were reported.

Neither Zerbe or Darrell could be reached for comment.

The two are being held are being held at Pittsburg County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

If convicted of the the charges against them, Zerbe, Darrell and Isaac face up to 49 years in prison and $75,000 in fines, court documents state.

A future court date was not set as of press-time today.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Police/Courts
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
NDN Video
Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man Explosions as hot air balloon crashes in Clinton DUI Driver Dragged to Safety by Officer After Walking Onto Busy Freeway
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.