Morton man sentenced in meth case

Michael Smothers TimesNewspapers

While a Morton man will serve a strict probation term for making meth in his home, years in prison await two Pekin men if they’re convicted of the same act.

Their cases differ primarily in the type of residences involved, a single house in the case of Nathan Rink and a duplex in Pekin, where residents of the adjacent dwelling were endangered by the volatile, toxic ingredients of the alleged meth lab.

Rink, 37, was sentenced this week to four years of probation, the first of which he must serve under home confinement and curfew restrictions, after he pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine. He had served 74 days in custody on bond.

Two co-defendants, Teresa Shumaker, 42, and her 18-year-old son, Brandon Bland, were scheduled to appear Monday in Tazewell County Circuit Court for reviews of their cases on the same charge.

Pekin police, following an investigation that led them to Morton, raided the home where the three lived at 750 Nebraska Ave. on Aug. 13. They found multiple items connected with meth manufacturing, including some the defendants allegedly sought to burn in a wood stove, the charges allege.

On Thursday, a judge set bond at $150,000 for Eric Dzinglewski, 46, and $125,000 for Paul Klawer, 50, when they were formally charged with aggravated meth manufacturing. A third defendant, Austin Hale, 21, remains held on $75,000 on a charge of possessing meth manufacturing materials. All three are next due in court on Nov. 19.

Informants told investigators they bought ingredients to make meth for Klawer and Dzinglewski, a prosecutor’s affidavit stated. That led police to stop Klawer’s car for a traffic violation Tuesday morning and, a short time later, visit the home where he and Dzinglewski lived at 205 Fleischmann St.

The car, in which Hale and a woman were passengers, contained a variety of meth lab materials, the affidavit stated. The home revealed a meth lab virtually still smoking.

Chemical fumes and smoke wafted from a kitchen sink drain when the police arrived, and meth-making materials were located in the residence, the affidavit stated.

Dzinglewski acknowledged that Klawer, Hale and the woman were on a trip to buy more meth ingredients when police stopped them. He said he and Klawer had “cooked” the highly addictive drug well more than a dozen times in the duplex, the affidavit stated.

The woman has not yet been charged in the case. A fourth man, Austin Doman, 20, was arrested on a drug charge unrelated to meth production in the home.