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

A Hannibal husband and wife will appear for arraignment hearings in March for charges stemming from a December warrant search on Ely St.

William Gauch II and Brandy Gauch each appeared before Judge John Jackson on Monday, Feb. 26 in Marion County Associate Court. Patrick Ochs represented William Gauch II and Special Public Defender Eric Bond represented Brandy Gauch. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state.

Jackson found probable cause to bind each case over to the 10th Circuit Court for arraignment — or formal reading of charges. Brandy Gauch is scheduled to appear before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd at 9 a.m. Monday, March 5. William Gauch II is set to appear before Shepherd at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 19.

William Gauch II and Brandy Gauch were each charged with two Class D felonies of child endangerment involving drugs and a Class D felony of possession of meth. Brandy Gauch was also charged with a 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 sitting on the kitchen floor and holding his four-year-old son. His wife, Brandy L. Gauch, 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.

Both defendants were released from the Marion County Jail after posting $25,000 surety bonds Friday, Jan. 5.