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Latest news: 04-16-09

Oregon legislature moves to stop metal theft

SALEM - The Senate Judiciary Committee passed out legislation this morning that strengthens deterrents to and penalties for drug-related crime.

Senate Bill 570, sponsored by 89 legislators from both chambers, will create significant obstacles to persons who have long used the sale of stolen scrap metal to finance their drug habits.

The legislation is of special interest to North Coast residents who recall the loss of the statue of Sacagawea.

Full story, The Daily Astorian

Meth lab dismantled, police find infant in home

PHENIX CITY, Ala. - A methamphetamine lab dismantled this week in the Phenix City area landed two people in jail.

The Russell County Sheriff's office said a tip led to Tuesday night's raid where a newborn baby was found in the residence.

Sheriff's Lt. Heath Taylor said a city/county drug team arrested 31-year-old Jeremy Eugene Whiting and the infant's mother, 21-year-old Jessica Lynn Bowden.

Both were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, chemical endangerment of a child and other drug offenses.

The 2-week-old baby was turned over to the Department of Human Resources.

It was the drug team's third meth lab bust since April 1.


Police find evidence of methamphetamine after man seriously injured in fire

PORTAGE - A Portage man was badly burned late Wednesday in a fire police believe was ignited by a methamphetamine lab, authorities said.

Portage police officers and firefighters found the man, whose name and age were not released, after responding at 11:21 p.m. to a report that a man had been burned in the 2100 block of Corstange Road, a news release said. Police said the man had second-degree burns to about 50 percent of his body, including his face, torso and arms.

The man told police he had been trying to start a car with starter fluid when the can ignited. Police said during their investigation of the incident, they found evidence of suspected meth manufacturing and use.

Police said the man was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital's burn unit in Kalamazoo where he was listed in serious condition.

From Kalamazoo Gazette

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