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EDINBORO — Pennsylvania State Police troopers searching for a Springfield Township man wanted on charges of operating a methamphetamine lab in September said they found him, and others, in a Washington Township motel room where a suspected methamphetamine lab was discovered in the bathroom.

A 4-year-old girl was also found in the motel room, investigators said Monday.

Taken into custody and charged by state police Saturday were William J. Lahnan, 30, whom the troopers were looking for; Erika S. Mininger, 27, of Girard Township; and Shelby R. Humes, 24, of Franklin Township. They face charges including possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, operating a methamphetamine lab, manufacture of methamphetamine with a child present, risking a catastrophe and endangering the welfare of children.

Lahnan and Mininger were each placed in the Erie County Prison on $25,000 bond following their arraignments by Millcreek Township District Judge Paul Manzi on Saturday afternoon. Humes was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.

Police charge in the affidavit of probable cause filed with each of the criminal complaints that state police Troop E headquarters in Lawrence Park Township received an anonymous call Saturday from someone who reported that Lahnan, who was wanted by police, was staying in a room at The Wooden Nickel Cloverleaf Motel on Route 6N in Washington Township. Police checked with another source and confirmed that Lahnan was renting the room, according to the affidavit.

Lahnan was wanted by state police in Girard on charges including operating a methamphetamine for another incident that occurred on Sept. 5, according to court documents.

Troopers obtained a room key and entered the motel room where Lahnan was believed to be staying and found him, Humes and the young girl. While troopers were taking Lahnan into custody Mininger opened the bathroom door and was told to exit the room, and when she did a trooper spotted a suspected methamphetamine lab on the floor, according to the affidavit.

The child was placed in the custody of the Erie County Office of Children and Youth and was taken to the hospital for evaluation, according to troopers.

Investigators said they found a quantity of suspected methamphetamine on Lahnan and drug paraphernalia on Mininger. A vehicle was also searched and more drug paraphernalia, and a rifle that troopers learned was purchased by Lahnan, was found inside, according to the affidavit. Lahnan is prohibited from having a firearm because of a prior felony conviction, investigators wrote in the affidavit.


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