Man indicted on Pelham hotel meth lab charges

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

A 25-year-old Homewood man has been indicted on charges of operating a meth lab in a Pelham hotel and sending several Pelham police officers to the hospital, according to court documents.

Mykicz

Mykicz

During its January term, a Shelby County grand jury returned an eight-count indictment on Jacob Kenneth Mykicz. He has been indicted on charges of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a noxious substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts of third-degree assault and one count of harassing a police animal.

Gilley

Gilley

Mykicz also was indicted on one count of promoting prison contraband for allegedly possessing marijuana in the Shelby County Jail on Nov. 8, 2013 and one count of destruction of prison property by an inmate for allegedly destroying a light fixture on the same day.

The Pelham Police Department arrested Mykicz and Kristie Marie Gilley, 36, of Pelham in early September 2013 after officers responded to the Oak Mountain Lodge on a juvenile pickup call.

After responding to the scene, officers allegedly discovered a meth lab in the suspects’ hotel room bathroom. According to department, four Pelham police officers and a K-9 officer inhaled fumes coming from the suspected meth lab, and were transported to Brookwood Medical Center and a local veterinary clinic to be treated.

All officers and the K-9 involved in the incident made full recoveries and returned to work within a few weeks of the incident.

Gilley faces charges of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, chemical endangerment of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a noxious substance, harassing a police animal and four counts of third-degree assault.

As of Feb. 20, Gilley had not been indicted on any charges, and faced a March 3 preliminary hearing at the Shelby County Courthouse.

Mykicz is scheduled to appear at the Shelby County Courthouse for an arraignment on Feb. 24, according to court records.

Mykicz has remained in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $316,000 and Gilley has remained in jail on bonds totaling $322,000.