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Latest news: 03-20-09

Toddler found on street, meth and snakes in home

ASPER, Texas - A Southeast Texas woman was arrested after deputies reported finding her toddler wandering a street alone and methamphetamine and more than a dozen snakes in their home.

Tamara Jones, 28, of Buna was charged with endangerment of a child by criminal neglect and possession of a controlled substance, Jasper County Sheriff Mitchell Newman told Beaumont television station KFDM-TV.

A jail official said Jones was released Thursday. The official had no information about an attorney for Jones. A phone listing for Jones couldn't be found.

Neighbors reported the wandering toddler Tuesday afternoon, and a deputy went to find his parents. He was met at one door by Jones, who said she didn't know where her son was.

Newman said the deputy reported that after he was let in, he found a small amount of methamphetamine and cages filled with as many as 16 snakes, one dead. Newman said one snake was about 8 feet long.

Child Protective Services has turned the child over to his grandmother until caseworkers finish their investigation.

From the Houston Chronicle


Police arrest homeless man making meth in shelter

OWENSBORO, KY - An Owensboro homeless shelter had to be evacuated overnight because one of the residents was cooking meth inside.

The Owensboro Police Department said they were called to St. Benedicts Homeless Shelter around 11:00 p.m. Thursday.

When they got there, officers said they found 41-year-old Stephen Myers making meth. OPD said Myers was making the meth while all the other residents were asleep. They said other residents apparently though the ether smell was bug spray.

Police said there was a fog of chemicals in the shelter, and 17 residents and 2 workers had to be evacuated. Hazmat crews were called in to clean up the shelter.

Myers was arrested and charged with manufacturing meth. The Big Rivers Red Cross chapter put the other 16 residents in a hotel for the night.

From WEHT-TV


Man gets 20 years for cooking meth

A Berea man will serve 20 years in prison after a jury convicted him of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Garrett Adams, 25, was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, while a co-defendant, Gary Owens, was convicted of unlawful possession of a methamphetamine precursor, and another co-defendant, Rebecca Adams, was convicted of unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor.

Full story, Richmond Register

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