Waveland Manor residents can return

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Hancock County man is still sitting in the Pearl River County Jail, six days after his arrest during a meth bust. Investigators say Jonathan Alexander is unable to make his $50,000 bond.

Alexander was arrested at the Waveland Manor Apartment Complex last Thursday when he tried to cook meth at the home of Mary Tarver, when the meth lab exploded. Tarver was also arrested, but she made bond the following day.

The meth explosion forced 20 people out of their homes. Wednesday, those families were able to move back in.

"She helped us. We helped her. Just like neighbors," Patsy Thompson said.

Patsy and David Thompson were friendly with Mary Tarver. Tarver lived next door to the couple and said they had no idea what was going on in her home.

"I didn't believe any of that would ever happen," Thompson said. "Not a clue, not a smell, not a clue. Nothing."

The Thompsons have only lived in Manor Park for six months. The day they went to get the rest of their things out of storage was they day they found out they were homeless.

"There were police and ambulance and first responders and they had the place tapped off," David Thompson said. "Everybody was standing on the street."

Police charged Mary Tarver and her friend Jonathan Alexander with manufacturing methamphetamines.

"People who live here were mad," Albert Biehl said. "They were totally disgusted. They thought is was terrible that they would make the meth and threaten everybody else's life."

Albert Biehl and his wife manage the complex. For six days, they shut down the building where police found the meth lab. The building was inspected and cleared. Now, everyone is being welcomed back to the community. Everyone except Mary Tarver and Jonathan Alexander.

"The first thing I tell people when they come in here is that their friends and family will get them kicked out of here quicker than anything else," Biehl said.

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