Criminal Charges Filed in Kellogg Street Fire

A fire yesterday in the 800 block of South Kellogg Street has led to an arrest according to Galesburg Police.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 2 a.m. Thursday to find heavy smoke coming from the residence. The family was able to escape, but investigators were allegedly able to locate evidence of methamphetamine production.

The materials were located on the second floor of the home which subsequently led to the arrest of 46-year-old Michelle Esp.

She and 27-year-old Richard Garza are facing charges of Aggravated Meth Production and Possession of Meth Manufacturing Materials.

According to a press release from the Galesburg Police Department, investigators are under the impression that both individuals were allegedly mixing ingredients when the fire started. Esp was transported to the Knox County Jail, but Garza is still at large in the investigation and police believe he may have suffered burn wounds.

Today during a video appearance in Knox County Circuit Court, Esp was appointed a public defender and saw her bond set at $100-thousand.

She will be facing a Class X felony count carrying up to 30 years in prison, and a Class Two felony count of up to seven years in prison.

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