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Latest news: 05-01-09

Commissioner officially resigns

David Decker has officially resigned from his position as a Vigo County Commissioner.

This comes just days after Decker signed a plea deal with the US Attorney's office. US Attorney Brad Blackington says Decker faces one count of dealing 3.25 grams of a mixture containing methamphetemine.

The resignation letter was received by Vigo County Clerk Pat Mansard Friday morning. It will now be sent to Democratic Party chair Joe Etling. Etling has 30 days from receiving the resignation to call a party caucus.

"All the committeeman who are eligible to vote will be notified," Mansard said. "They will be given ten days before the caucus they will then be the ones to select the person who will replace David Decker."

Vigo County Commissioners Judy Anderson and Paul Mason released a statement Friday morning. The statement says through this case county business will continue without interruption.

It goes on to say Decker's conduct did not occur during working hours.


Man gets 14 years for making meth

Another man has been sentenced in the federal government's Operation Juiced Out aimed at the methamphetamine trafficking problem in Sampson County.

Senior District Judge James C. Fox sentenced Steven McClenny, 52, of Roseboro to more than 14 years in federal prison followed by three years supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $5,055.89 in restitution.

Full story, The Daily Record

Toddler discovered in back of rolling meth lab

The face of methamphetamine users in Arkansas is changing — it’s no longer necessarily a toothless drug-aged person living in the country.

A recent law enforcement bust of a rolling methamphetamine lab had all the ingredients of the new face of meth in Lonoke County: The arrests occurred in downtown Cabot and one woman arrested had her 1-year-old toddler along for the ride.

Full story, Cabot Star-Herald

Twin infants tested positive for meth

An Easley woman has been charged with child neglect after authorities said her twin infant daughters tested positive for drugs.

According to Pickens County Sheriff's Office incident reports, the two 4-month-olds were removed from the home in Easley on March 22. Detective Rita Burgess wrote in the report that the state Department of Social Services notified her Tuesday that one of the babies tested positive for methamphetamine, while her twin sister tested positive for meth and cocaine.

Full story, The Greenville News

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