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Latest news: 10-7-2009

Support for Missouri meth database still high

Sikeston, MO - A Sikeston man is behind bars in the Scott County jail facing charges in connection with a meth raid Monday night.

Brandon Berry, 35, faces charges of meth possession. Berry is behind bars on $25,000 cash only bond.

Full story, KFVS-TV

Meth use down among Calif. region's inmates

San Diego County, CA - Fewer women arrested in the county tested positive for illegal drugs in 2008 compared with the year before, while the number of male inmates testing positive for drugs stayed the same, according to a study released Tuesday by the San Diego Association of Governments, a regional planning agency.

Meth use for both groups hit a three-year low, with overall drug use hitting a nine-year low for women and tying last year's low for men.

Full story, North County Times

Children found in home during meth lab bust

Rockledge, FL - Two children are in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families Wednesday morning, after they were found inside a home where Rockledge police busted a meth lab.

Police arrested three people at the house on Luther Drive in Rockledge Tuesday night. Detectives say 51-year-old Melissa Brant, her son Randall McCoy and his wife Rebecca Minyard were making the drugs while the children, ages 6 and 3-years-old, were there.

Police say it was a dangerous situation.

"There are some very, very dangerous chemicals in here that could raise a problem for the family as well as the nearby neighbors," said Michael Cadore, Rockledge Police Department.

All three people who were arrested are being held without bond.


Woman pleads guilty in toddler's death

Dubois County, IN - A Wabash Valley woman pled guilty to killed her son.

On Monday, 23-year-old Vadney Blake appeared in a Dubois County courtroom. She pled guilt to one count of battery resulting in the death of her son, 2-year-old Jalen Blake.

As part of her plea agreement, Blake admitted to hitting the toddler three times in the head with a candle. Autopsy reports revealed Jalen died from blunt impact to his head.

Authorities said the toddler tested positive for meth just weeks before his death.

Sentencing for Blake is set for Nov. 2.


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