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Latest news: 01-16-09

Mother reunited with daughter after graduating drug court

Kimberly Walker began using methamphetamine in 2000 after she was diagnosed with cancer -- and she lost everything, including her 11-year-old daughter.

The 50-year-old woman has come along way since then and on Thursday, became the first person to graduate from the drug court in Smith County, which began as a pilot program in 2007.

Full story, Tyler Morning Telegraph

Tax assessor arrested for meth after claiming recovery

LOS ANGELES —  The tax assessor for a Southern California county that's been hit hard by the housing bust was arrested Thursday after investigators found a substance believed to be methamphetamine at his home, authorities said.

Bill Postmus, 37, was arrested one week after he told San Bernardino County leaders he had overcome a substance abuse problem. The former chairman of the county Board of Supervisors was taken into custody at his Rancho Cucamonga home, said district attorney's spokeswoman Susan Mickey.

Full story, Fox News

Missing person probe leads to meth lab

HARRISON COUNTY — A visit to a Saucier home on a missing person complaint Thursday led to the discovery of a meth lab and the arrests of the homeowner and his guest, authorities said.

James Michael McDaniel, 43, is held under a $100,000 bond. However, a hearing is pending to revoke his probation on a felony conviction, said Sheriff Melvin Brisolara. McDaniel’s guest, Thomas Pete Ferguson, 36, was jailed on a $75,000 bond. Ferguson, of Oakridge Place, Biloxi, has posted bail.

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