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Latest news: 03-24-09

Meth not a major problem in area according to law enforcement

BRODHEAD - Two methamphetamine cases in counties on both sides of Rock County within a week don’t mean the highly addictive drug is moving into the area, officials say.

Law enforcement officials actually are seeing a drop in the number of cases statewide, said David Spakowicz, director of field operations for the state Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation.

Full story, The Janesville Gazette

Defendant in meth case fails to return to court

A regional and statewide manhunt is under way for a defendant in a methamphetamine case who walked away from his trial just as a Cumberland County jury had begun deliberations in his case.

Gary Thomas (Bulldog) Reed, 35, who gave a Moonlight Trail address in the DeRossett community in White County, but has also listed an Al Goss Rd. and a Lynch Rd. address in the past, must have had a premonition about how his trial was going Thursday when he walked out of court on a recess and failed to return.

Full story, Crossville Chronicle

Minors used meth, other drugs at teacher's parties

MANSFIELD - Another DeSoto Parish educator has been arrested.

This time, the teacher, Cindy Marlene Wyatt Cobbs, 30, was charged with drug possession and providing liquor to minors at her Grand Cane home, where weekend parties involving juveniles were commonplace, DeSoto investigators said.

The teacher's arrest is the second this month in the parish. A former North DeSoto Parish High School teacher was arrested March 3 in Mansfield and charged with computer-aided solicitation of a minor for allegedly participating in inappropriate communications with a 16-year-old student via a cell phone. Jada Hendrix, 23, of Shreveport, was charged a week later by Shreveport police with molestation of a juvenile for allegedly having sexual relations with the teen.

Full story, Shreveport Times

Three charged in manufacturing case

Three people have been charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance over 400 grams following an investigation at a property at 274 Cartwright, Wichita County Sheriff David Duke said.

James Norman Fairchild, 31, Alecia Star Arrington, 33, and Kurt Amos-Lee Wayne, 28, had bond set at $1 million each, Duke said. All three were in the Wichita County Jail Monday.

About 8:40 a.m. Friday, investigators from several agencies entered the property on Cartwright following a months-long investigation. The Wichita County District Attorney’s Office’s Drug Enforcement Division, the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Safety and the Wichita Falls Police Department took part in the case. Duke said the incident led to the seizure of $20,200 worth of powdered methamphetamine and $201,240 worth of liquid meth.

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