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Meth lab starts fire that injures 4 people

Authorities say a meth lab is to blame for a fire at the Royal Arms Apartments near 51st & Peoria in South Tulsa.

Investigators say items related to the production of methamphetamine have been located near where the fire started.  Four people were injured. Investigators aren't saying how they are related to the meth lab.

Flames were shooting from the building when firefighters arrived around 4am Thursday.  It took crews more than an hour to bring the fire under control.  At least eight apartments were affected.  Several residents were displaced. Officials say fire walls in the building kept the flames from spreading to more units.

Two burn victims were reported in serious condition while a third was in critical condition early Thursday morning.


Meth lab explosion critically injures one man and lands another in jail

SPRINGFIELD, LA - Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies say two men were cooking meth Thursday night at an abandoned trailer near Springfield when it exploded and nearly killed one of them.

They say the other guy took off running from the West Street location, but was eventually caught and arrested.

Deputies say 25-year-old Wayne Mangerchine of Holden was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on one count of creation or operation of a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory. His bond was set at $500,000.

The man injured in the blast, 25-year-old Jessie Soley of Springfield, was taken to the burn unit of a Baton Rouge hospital. He was listed in critical condition with life threatening injuries. Deputies say if he recovers from his injuries, he will be booked on similar charges.

They say the pair was in the abandoned trailer using the "shake-n-bake" method to make meth when they mistakenly used the wrong amount of camp fuel, which is highly flammable. The explosion and fire destroyed the trailer, leaving only a few charred remains.


Former mayor pleads not guilty

Court officials say former Maddock mayor Kevin Winson has pleaded not guilty to theft and drug charges.

Winson, 47, is accused of raiding farms and conspiring to make methamphetamine. Benson County authorities say he was part of a group that stripped electrical wiring and plumbing fixtures from farm buildings.

Winson is charged with theft of property, conspiracy to make meth, criminal trespass and ingesting a controlled substance. His trial is scheduled for June 29.


The Partnership for a Drug-Free America plans national anti-meth campaign

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Publicis & Hal Riney today announced that it has been selected to create an anti-meth campaign in conjunction with The Partnership for a Drug-Free America (PDFA) on behalf of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

This assignment will include creative development and execution of a campaign primarily focused around television and out-of-home components.

Full story, MSNBC

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