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Meth making charges dropped against Jefferson Township woman

April 5, 2019

Five felony charges related to operating a methamphetamine lab in a home were withdrawn Thursday against a 51-year-old Jefferson Township woman.

Tammy Lynn McMurtrie, Trent Road, waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Sandra Stevanus of New Centerville after the most serious charges were withdrawn by District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser. She still faces three misdemeanor offenses in county court.

“The information from the defendant was that she had nothing to do with the drugs nor did she know where they were hidden (in her home),” Lazzari-Strasiser said.

All but one of the felony charges against her co-defendant, Erik Von Stidsen, 46, were held for court after his preliminary hearing March 7. A felony charge of possession with the intent to deliver was dismissed by Stevanus. He is also charged with six misdemeanors and a summary offense in connection with operating a meth lab, domestic abuse and prohibited possession of guns.

“He (Stidsen) has provided information that corroborated that she (McMurtrie) had nothing to do with the drugs in the house,” the district attorney said.

According to court documents, McMurtrie called state police on Feb. 26 to report a domestic violence situation at her home.

During the investigation, McMurtrie said that Stidsen was manufacturing meth at the property along Trent Road in Jefferson Township.

Police searched the residence and found several precursors to manufacturing meth along with two rifles, two revolvers, a semiautomatic pistol and an air pistol, according to court documents.

Stidsen is in the Somerset County Jail without bond because he has no fixed address, claims another identity and is a danger to himself and others, according to Stevanus. McMurtrie is free on a $100,000 bond.

Public defender William Carroll, of Somerset, represents Stidsen. Somerset attorney Matthew Zatko represents McMurtrie.