By Bobbie Poynter
A Barbourville man was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 11, after receiving treatment for burns he allegedly received during a meth lab explosion.
Following a lead in the case, Knox County sheriff’s deputies, along with Social Services, paid a visit to a home on First Street in Barbourville. There, Social Services removed a five-year-old child who had been living at the home where the meth lab exploded so they could place him in a safe environment.
Scottie Reeves, who was burned during the explosion, was found hiding in a closest. Reeves was arrested and charged with manufacturing meth, unlawful possession of meth precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia, five counts of wanton endangerment – which was later amended to four counts – and resisting arrest.
Upon further investigation, authorities learned Shannon Reeves, wife of Scottie Reeves, had lied to the police about who all was living at the home where the meth lab exploded, including the five-year-old child. Deputies returned to the house on First Street Tuesday afternoon and arrested Shannon Reeves. Like her husband, Shannon Reeves was charged with manufacturing meth, unlawful possession of meth precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia, and four counts of wanton endangerment. She was also charged with falsely reporting an incident.
Both Scottie and Shannon Reeves were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.
Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Buster Liford is continuing the investigation.