Police: Grow op found in teacher's home
POSTED: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 11:04pm
North Ridgeville, OH (WJW) — A man trying to help his neighbors inadvertently helped police uncover an alleged marijuana growing operation in their basement.
One of them is a local middle school teacher in Medina.
On Aug. 31, a man noticed that his neighbor's front door on Depot Street in North Ridgeville was open and unsecured.
Because of a rash of recent burglaries in the area, he called police.
When officers arrived, they checked the house.
No burglars were inside, but police said they discovered a marijuana cultivation room in the basement.
"If people are responsible for what they do, they have to handle the consequences of it," reacted Terry Sullivan, a resident of Medina.
Police charged Matthew Briggs, 35, with cultivating marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia.
His wife, Shannon Briggs, 34, was charged with complicity, or being an accomplice.
She is a special education teacher at A.I. Root Middle School in Medina and has been with the school district for twelve years.
Both were also charged with child endangering because their one-year-old daughter and three-year-old son lived with them in the home.
"My youngest one is one and my oldest one is almost three, so I have kids the same age, so that's just not called for, at all," said Medina resident Jason Reading.
"That's one and three reasons why she shouldn't be breaking the law, so it's not a good situation," said resident Rick Schroth.
Medina school superintendent Randy Stepp said that Shannon Briggs has been placed on paid administrative leave until the police and school investigations are completed.
Her husband has no connection to the school.
Although the alleged growing operation was discovered five weeks ago, the Briggs were not charged until earlier this week while police tested the seized materials.
No one answered the door when Fox 8 stopped by their house.
"The bottom line is, she's a person like any of us, but she's in a responsible position and it's against the law and on top of that, she shouldn't be doing that with teaching kids," said Schroth.
Matthew and Shannon Briggs are free on a personal bond.
They are due in court on Oct. 23.