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Latest news: 04-06-09

Active meth lab tossed from apartment balcony

Four area public safety departments were involved in the Saturday afternoon arrest of a 25-year-old Sturgis resident.

Sgt. Richard Johnson of the Sturgis Police Department (SPD) said his department responded to a citizen’s complaint about drug activity at 302 Gateway Village, Sturgis.

“Officers took up an observation post behind the building while other officers approached from the front,” Sgt. Johnson said. “As officers attempted to make contact with the subjects at the front door of Apartment C, two subjects were observed discarding an active meth lab off the balcony.”

From The Daily Reporter

Violent rural crime tied to meth

A number of unsolved violent crimes in rural areas is an indication that times are changing and the country doesn't seem as safe as it once did, law enforcement officials say.

"I'm sure people are more alert — but not only in rural areas," Ottawa County Undersheriff Bob Ernst said.

People in rural areas and urban areas expressed worry after hearing about two Ottawa County home invasions last month, Ernst said.

Full story, Tulsa World

10 years for conspiracy to distribute meth

A Horton man has been sentenced in federal court for participating in a conspiracy to distribute millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine in Barton County and elsewhere, a news release from the office of the United State Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said.

Dustin L. Vittetoe, 34, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in federal prison without parole, the news release said.

Full story, The Springfield News-Leader

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