A Nebo, Clay County couple were arrested today by the WV State Police on felony charges related to the operation of a meth lab and for allegedly possessing stolen goods.

Kristin Nicole Melrath, 30, and Joshua Allen Tanner, 29, of Brentwood Lane, near State Rt. 16 and the Clay-Calhoun line, were taken to Central Regional Jail.

Melrath and Tanner are each being held on $105,000 bond.

Cpl. B. E. Young of the Clay Detachment responded to a burglary call at Nebo at 1:30 a.m. to the residence of Debbie Hutchinson, who complained that someone had entered her house and taken items.

The criminal complaint says "Kristin Melrath came to the residence two days prior...made comments of how nice these items were," indicating Melrath was "acting suspicious."

State Police then went to a residence about 1/8 mile away where Melrath and Joshua Tanner were living.

Melrath, according to the complaint, told officers Tanner was not home and knew nothing about the burglary, telling officers they were free to search the house.

During the search, the officers discovered an active meth lab in a back bedroom, according to the complaint.

State Police then discovered Tanner hiding under clothes in a closet.

During a continued search, officers discovered several items reported missing from the burglary.


An 85-year-old Orma woman, who lives along Rt. 16, has been the victim of a second home invasion in less than a month.

Individuals broke through a back door, bursting the frame and casing about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, one month to the day following the earlier invasion.

The suspects were apparently looking for prescription medications, and took an inner-ear prescription.

The elderly woman called 911 after seeing a light in the crack of her bedroom door.

Family members, who live several miles away, said 911 called them to check on the woman, with the State Police from the Grantsville Detachment being called about two hours later regarding the incident.

The incident is one of several home invasions in Washington District, some of which have not been reported to authorities.

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