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Latest news: 05-07-09

Kentucky counties get money to fight meth

Daviess County law enforcement now has $65,000. more to help fight the war on methamphetamine. It's a federal grant targeted for meth "hot spots" around the country.

Officials say the money will go toward paying overtime for deputies working meth lab cases. Investigations can be long and unpredictable. Meth labs are also very volatile. Detectives say the money will also pay for supplies to clean and decontaminate labs.

Second Congressional District Representative Brett Guthrie helped pushed the bill through. It gives $300,000 to the district. Locally, Hancock County and Ohio County will be receiving funds.


Man arrested in wife's assault, meth lab found in home

TECUMSEH, Okla. - A Pottawatomie County man has been arrested for assaulting his wife, burning the home of the wife's friend and running a methamphetamine lab.

Deputies arrested 33-year-old Charles Wilson after finding him hiding in a salvage yard near Tecumseh after a woman reported her husband was trying to kill her.

Undersheriff Dave Balleweg says Wilson got a gun and went looking for his wife Wednesday as she went to a friend's house where Wilson then set fire to the home.

Balleweg says deputies later found a working meth lab in Wilson's home and stolen property including tractors and pickup trucks.

Wilson is being held in the county jail on felony complaints including kidnapping, burglary and eluding police.


Gangs join to sell drugs in the region, prosecutor says

DANVILLE - Bloods and Crips make up the largest gang concentrations in the area with graffiti of the most violent gang, MS-13, found in Berwick and Williamport, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack McCann told a group of concerned residents Wednesday night.

Latin Kings have been seen in Williamsport as well as Shamokin and Mount Carmel, he said during the program in the Danville Middle School sponsored by Montour County law enforcement and the Danville Neighborhood Watch Program.

Full story, The Daily Item

20 arrests made in second wave of drug raids

ELIZABETHTON - The total number of arrests now stands at 20 in a series of drug raids by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department that began Friday. The department is still seeking six other individuals who have been indicted by a grand jury.

Sheriff Chris Mathes said the indictments were part of a two-year investigation that included assistance from both federal and local authorities as well as the 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force.

Full story, The Kingsport Times-News

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