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Latest news: 12-21-2010

Students get lessons on effects of meth addiction

MO - An increasing number of children in Missouri are trying methamphetamine for the first time in grade school.  John Horton, president of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast, says the average age of a first-time user is just over 12 years old. To fight the trend, Horton spearheaded an effort to show hundreds of Springfield School District students exactly what meth can do to a person's body and life.  It's a program called Don't Meth With Us.  Horton's Rotary Club hopes 5th graders will learn that message by seeing just how destructive the drug is. Students at Disney Elementary gasped last Thursday while looking at the before and after pictures of meth addicts.  The dramatic change and “gross factor” is what grabbed their attention in the gym as they watched the slide show.

Full story, KY3 - TV

Five-year-old in car during meth bust

IN - While his mother was in the Kosciusko County Jail on drug-related charges, her boyfriend took a 5-year-old boy to a drug sale, the county sheriff’s department said in a written statement. Kosciusko County Drug Task Force officers bought about 3.2 grams of purported methamphetamine about 4:30 p.m. Monday at U.S. 30 and County Road 250 East. Officers reported that Jason Robert Bell, 30, of Pierceton, sold them what was presented as finished methamphetamine while the 5-year-old was inside his vehicle. Child Protective Services were contacted and the boy was given into his grandmother’s custody.

Full Story, Journal Gazette

Don't monkey around with meth

TN - The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office is well trained and experienced in a variety of meth lab scenarios, but they entered uncharted waters Friday afternoon with the added element of four live monkeys. While conducting investigations on the far western edge of Hawkins County on Friday afternoon, deputies with the HCSO Narcotics Unit visited the home of William Alan “Monkey Man” Givan, 40, 139 Grassy Valley Road, Whitesburg.

Full story, Times News

Meth-fueled trucker led officers on three-state chase

PA - Police said a tractor-trailer truck driver led officers on a chase through three states on Monday morning, hitting several vehicles in the process. Mississippi resident Thomas McNeel, 42, was the alleged driver, now under arrest.  Police chased him on I-81 through parts of West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, before capturing him in Antrim Township. According to the State Police report, McNeel struck numerous vehicles in the attempting getaway, hitting both police and civilian vehicles.  Police deployed stop sticks, which the truck hit, sending it crashing into the median near mile-marker 5.

Full story, CBS21 - TV

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