Two arrested on meth charges

Two people are in custody on charges they were making methamphetamine in a Pine Avenue home.

Mary A. Blackie, 34, and Shawn A. Amick, 37, were arrested Monday night at their 2827 Pine Ave. home after Altoona police allegedly found numerous items and equipment used to make methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia.

Police and deputies with the Blair County Sheriff’s Department were at the home because Blackie was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for retail theft and Amick was wanted by state police and the sheriff’s departments in Blair and Perry counties.

According to the charges, there was a large amount of drug paraphernalia sitting out in the open when police arrived, and after obtaining a search warrant, a list of items used to make methamphetamine were discovered, including 50 plastic bottles containing residue and a crystal substance just in the living room.

Cold medications, lithium batteries and six “one-pot method” bottles used to make methamphetamine were taken out of the home, along with camp fuel and other suspect ingredients.

Bail was set for Amick at $65,000 cash by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on Tuesday morning, and Blackie’s bail is $35,000 cash. Both are charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to methamphetamine.

A preliminary hearing is slated for March 14 at Central Court.