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Mary Ellen Blankenship

Friday, April 11, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Glade Hill woman has been indicted on four firearms charges for allegedly brandishing and discharging a firearm during an altercation with her ex-husband in April.

Mary Ellen Blankenship, 49, was indicted Monday on two felony and two misdemeanor firearms charges.

Blankenship was arrested in April after she allegedly fired a handgun at her ex-husband at his residence beside the old Kwick Kitchen on Route 40 East.

That arrest on April 17 led to a search of the residence, during which investigators found evidence of a suspected meth lab on the property, according to Lt. Justin Sigmon.

Then in May, Mary Blankenship and Michael Blankenship were both charged with brandishing a firearm after an altercation when deputies responded to a residence on Old Franklin Turnpike for a fight in progress, according to Major Harry Clingenpeel with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. When they arrived, the deputies found the couple outside and a shotgun laying in the yard.

Both were arrested and a search warrant was obtained for the residence. During that search, investigators discovered ingredients commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine inside the house.

Mary Ellen Blankenship, 49, pleaded guilty in February to possession of methamphetamine and possession of ingredients used to make methamphetamine.

She is serving 30 days of an eight-year sentence on those charges. She was also sentenced to two years probation, ordered to be of good behavior for 10 years and ordered to pay $2,070 in restitution to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office for the cost of cleaning up and disposal of the hazardous chemicals.

Four charges against Michael Dennis Blankenship, 54, were dismissed in February after investigators determined the meth and ingredients found at his residence belonged to his ex-wife, according to prosecutor Cooper Brown.

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