Neighbors talk after Louisville man accused of manufacturing meth


by WHAS11

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police arrested Michael Lyle after a meth lab inside his apartment exploded Sunday night, Sept. 22.   He lives in Jude Place, which is a facility for the disabled run by The Cain Center for the Disabled, a non-profit.

Tina Story lives about thirty feet from Lyle’s blown out window in the same apartment complex.

“One minute you think they’re the nicest person–and the next minute their windows are blown out because they’re doing meth,” Story said. 

The neighbor never had a bad experience with Lyle.

“Goes to show you really don’t know what people are really doing inside the home,” said she.

Police say Lyle built a meth lab.  They found all the right materials: pseudoephedrine, lithium batteries, and open cold packs. 

Lyle first moved into the building three years ago, according to the building’s manager.  Problems with his lower right leg rendered Lyle disabled. 

The Cain Center’s Executive Director Linda House toured the apartment with clean-up crews on Monday, but did not want to comment.  According to the building manager, the non-profit will need to front the cost to repair the damage from Sunday’s explosion.

None of the other units were damaged, which means people like Tina Story can stay.

"It's just a big shock,” she said.

It is still unclear if Lyle has a history of these charges.  WHAS11 is waiting for a copy of his criminal record.