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Latest news: 8-3-2009

Man's meth use under scrutiny in murder case

CA - Opening statements are scheduled today in a trial that will determine whether an Indio man who beat his mother with household objects and then strangled her was sane at the time of the slaying.

Efrain Gutierrez, 43, was convicted of first-degree murder Friday of killing his mother on May 29, 2006.

Full story, The Desert Sun

Children, meth materials removed from home

Akron, OH - Ronald Copeland and Sasha Archer, both 37, face multiple drug and child endangering charges after officers found the makings of a methamphetamine laboratory in their West Waterloo Road home.

Officers went to their house after getting a tip. Copeland gave them permission to search Friday. They confiscated chemicals, glassware, tubing and other paraphernalia used to make methamphetamines and a .45-caliber pistol.

Full story, The Plain Dealer

Repeat meth cooker sentenced to 16 years

Abingdon, VA - Tony Richardson’s mother broke down in tears when he walked into the courtroom for his Thursday sentencing wearing shackles and an orange prison jump suit.

Her outburst exemplified what Richardson’ family and friends described as a deep-seated feeling of loss they have suffered since the former Damascus police chief was caught selling prescription drugs and methamphetamine to a police informant two years ago.

Full story, The Cincinnati Enquirer

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