A Hannibal husband and wife facing felony charges of controlled substance possession and child endangerment stemming from a December warrant search on Ely St. will appear for preliminary hearings in Marion County Associate Court.

A Hannibal husband and wife facing felony charges of controlled substance possession and child endangerment stemming from a December warrant search on Ely St. will appear for preliminary hearings in Marion County Associate Court.

William Gauch II and Brandy Gauch each appeared before Judge John Jackson for arraignment hearings Friday, Jan. 26, in Marion County Associate Court. Eric Bond represented Brandy Gauch. Patrick Ochs represented William Gauch II. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state.

William and Brandy Gauch were each charged with two Class D felonies of child endangerment involving drugs. William Gauch II was also charged with the Class D felony of possession of meth; Brandy Gauch was charged with the Class D felony of possession of meth and a second Class D felony for possession of an Aprazolam pill.

The charges stem from a stemming from a Dec. 12 warrant search at 1328 Ely St. According to a Hannibal Police Department probable cause statement, officers heard shuffling sounds inside the house and heard someone flush a toilet after they attempted to contact the residents inside the house.

When they entered the front door, officers found William W. Gauch II, of Hannibal, sitting on the kitchen floor and holding his four-year-old son. His wife, Brandy L. Gauch, of Hannibal, was also in the kitchen holding her two-year-old daughter and a dog.

During the search, officers found Eric J. Powell laying on the floor in a nearby bedroom. Powell was arrested for active Marion County warrants, and officers located a small plastic baggie which tested positive for the presence of meth. Powell appeared before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd in Marion County Circuit Court Wednesday, Jan. 3. He was transported to Harvest House to begin treatment the following day.

William Gauch II admitted that he was selling meth since he was released from prison, and he said that “panicked” and flushed about one quarter-ounce of meth and the pipe down the toilet. He said that his wife was not involved with the meth he was selling and he took responsibility for everything located in the house. Officers also located a broken glass meth pipe in the toilet, a digital scale, syringes, a pipe and a scale, a meth water pipe, marijuana, a green pill, a grinder and rolling papers.

William Gauch II and Brandy Gauch are each scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before Jackson at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Both defendants were released from the Marion County Jail after posting $25,000 surety bonds Friday, Jan. 5.