Latest news: 08-17-2010
Ala. county awarded meth, crime prevention grants
AL - The Baldwin County District Attorney's Office recently received grants totaling $44,000 for substance abuse and juvenile crime-prevention programs. District Attorney Judy Newcomb received a $16,000 Zerometh campaign grant last month from the Alabama District Attorneys Association to educate the public on the dangers of methamphetamine. The office is sponsoring a countywide anti-meth campaign using television public service announcements, billboards, literature, T-shirts, and DVDs that are provided to counselors and schools, according to Trisha Lo Porto, special projects director with the Baldwin County District Attorney's Office.
Colo. auditors claim state not tracking 'dangerous' fertilizer
CO - Colorado auditors claim the state lost track of hundreds of tanks of fertilizer that can be used to make methamphetamine. "Anhydrous ammonia is a very effective and very good fertilizer for farmers to use, but it's quite dangerous," said Jim Miller, Colorado Department of Agriculture deputy commissioner. It's highly corrosive and volatile, but a legislative audit found the department could not account for hundreds of tanks of the colorless gas. State lawmakers said they became concerned after the agriculture department admitted it does not have an accurate inventory of all anhydrous ammonia tanks in Colorado, which is in violation of state law.
Dozens of meth pots found in trunk of car
AL - A tow truck driver made discover 14 meth labs in the trunk of a car late Monday morning on Bass Circle in Northwest Huntsville. Steve Bradford works for a towing service on Bass Circle off Oakwood Avenue in Huntsville. "We were getting a car ready to scrap. The city only lets us hold them for 60 days," said Bradford. When Bradford popped the trunk of the Volvo, he found 14 one-pot meth labs stored in everything from suitcases and garbage bags to buckets.
Man allegedly attacks officers while high on meth
UT - A Provo man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly attacked two police officers, was subdued with a Taser and then tried to escape custody. According to a police affidavit, officers were called to a home in Springville on a report that Douglas Roy Springer was assaulting individuals at the home, where he was staying. Springer had allegedly pushed four people, including a pregnant woman, and threw a soda can at a man. When officers arrived, Springer reportedly would not speak to them and continued to yell at other people at the residence. He also reportedly threw another soda can at the house. Officers tried to handcuff Springer after telling him he was under arrest, but he pulled away, according to the affidavit. He then punched one officer in the face below his eye and swung at a second officer.