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BAD AXE — The homeowner of a house police report is the scene of meth lab says it is not a day care facility.

And the address, 316 Whitelam St., is not registered as a licensed day care facility.

However, neighbors told police the home — which sits behind a slew of children’s play equipment — is a day care site.

Kandi Kivel, the homeowner, denies those claims. She told the Tribune that there are three children who live there, and there is a neighbor child who comes over to play.

She says she had no idea methamphetamine was being produced in her home.

“Apparently when I went into the breezeway, I was standing right in front of it (the meth lab),” she said. “I didn’t know.”

Kivel was referring to an area of the home that was being lived in by her son, Jonathon Boyce. He had moved into the basement a week ago from Mount Pleasant.

Kivel said Boyce, along with a friend from Mount Pleasant, were two people arrested in connection to the investigation.

Police reported an active meth lab was discovered at the house after authorities executed a search warrant there following a two-week investigation between the Bad Axe Police Department and the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. Bad Axe Police Chief David Rothe told the Tribune a total of three persons have been arrested following the search.

Rothe said there were children in the home at the time of the search that were members of the family living there.

Kivel said her daughter, Cassandra, Cassandra’s three children, and Cassandra’s husband also live at the home.

At the time of the search, Rothe told the Tribune neighbors reported the home also served as an active day care facility.

“What really bothers me is, according to the neighbors, this is a licensed day care center,” said Rothe. “So the state will be contacted on that and the health department will be notified because as an active lab, the entire house is contaminated now.”

Rothe and Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson later said police have still not confirmed whether it’s a day care facility (licensed or unlicensed). Rothe was relying on statements from neighbors when he was first interviewed by the Tribune this morning.

Police remain at the scene. The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force is in the process of dismantling the lab inside the home, where Rothe said methamphetamine was in the process of being produced.

The block of Whitelam Street in front of the St. Hubert (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church remains sectioned off as officials canvassed the scene. Rothe said the cleanup process would take at least a couple more hours.

Several people were interviewed at the scene, and Rothe is unsure at this time if there will be further arrests or if additional warrants will be sought. The investigation is ongoing.

Also assisting at the scene was the Bad Axe Fire Department.

 

 

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