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Latest news: 02-26-09

3 women die in fire caused by suspected meth lab explosion

Walla Walla - A suspected meth-lab explosion triggered the fire that killed three women and injured a man in a Walla Walla motor home, authorities said.

“It had to have been fast and overwhelming,” said Walla Walla police Sgt. Randy Allessio. “…It doesn’t take much to make volatile vapors in such a confined space.”

Full story, Tri-City Herald

Bill allowing shorter meth sentences to be applied retroactively

LITTLE ROCK - Convicted meth manufacturers sentenced under a 1997 law requiring them to serve at least 70 percent of their sentence would be eligible to serve less time under a bill the Senate passed Thursday.

Senate Bill 444 would make meth convicts sentenced under the 70 percent rule eligible to serve 50 percent of their sentence if they complete a series of requirements.

The sponsor, Sen. Jim Luker, D-Wynne, said “several hundred” beds could open if his bill becomes law.

Full story, Arkansas News

Parents on meth with 5 kids in car

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - Five children who were unrestrained in a moving vehicle were taken by DHS after their parents were discovered to be under the influence of methamphetamine, police said.

William and Tracy Duncan, who are both 38, were arrested on charges of possession of meth and child endangerment after police stopped their vehicle when they saw that none of their children, who range in age from 5 to 10 years old, was wearing a seat belt, police said.

A McMinnville police officer saw the vehicle driving on Highway 99W with the five unrestrained children at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday and pulled it over near the Paragon Motel.

The officer realized that the Duncans were both under the influence of methamphetamine and after investigating further found meth inside the vehicle and in a motel room the couple had rented, police said.
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The five children were taken into protective custody and the parents were taken to Yamhill County Correctional Facility.


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