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Latest news: 04-17-09

Police warn public of fugitive believed to be on meth

A man to be tried this week for allegedly assaulting another man, woman and child with four different objects, jumped bond and remained at-large Wednesday as authorities continued to search for him.

Kenneth Wayne Marion, 44, allegedly struck both a man and a woman who was holding a child on May 27 with a tire iron, a lug wrench, a four-way wrench and a crow bar, according to a grand jury indictment.

He is being charged with a second-degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a third-degree felony of injury to a child.

Full story, Midland Reporter Telegraph


Murder charge filed in fatal meth lab fire

Tulsa - A murder charge has been filed against three people in connection with a meth lab fire that killed one person last month.

Court records show 28-year-old Amber Dawn Ketcher, 26-year-old Christopher Stinson, Sr. and 18-year-old Bobby Warren were each charged Friday with one count of felony murder for the March 30th fire that broke out at the Comanche Park Apartments near Peoria and 37th Street North.

The trio are also charged with first-degree arson and manufacturing a controlled substance. Ketcher is also charged with three counts of child endangerment.

Twenty-eight-year-old Sean Ketcher suffered severe burns and died two days after the fire. Another victim was hospitalized in serious condition.

Two children were at home at the time. Both those children and two others were taken into protective custody by police.

During their investigation, authorities were able to identify materials in an apartment as those used to make meth. They also determined those materials, along with a blow torch, caused the fire.

From KTUL-TV


13 yr. old hospitalized after ingesting toxic substance

A Hastings teen is hospitalized after police say he ingested a toxic mixture of drugs being sold as methemphetamine.

Hastings police are warning of this toxic substance saying its extremely dangerous and can even cause death. A 13 year old Hastings male exhibited violent behavior and was later hospitalized with hallucinations.

Police say evidence shows the teen ingested the drugs that he thought was meth. Police say it was most likely laced or manufactured with pesticide.

Law enforcement officials have interviewed several people, obtained at least one arrest warrant and have executed a search warrant. Police say there are likely to be other victims.

If someone is exhibiting similar symptoms they're urged to seek immediate medical attention. If you have any information about the substance you're urged to contact the Hastings Police Department, Adams County Sheriff or call 402–461 DRUG.

From KHAS-TV


Gang members sentenced for meth distribution

Ten men, some of them local, were sentenced this week for their roles in a gang-related conspiracy to import and distribute multi-kilo quantities of methamphetamine from Los Angeles to Acadiana.

U.S. Attorney Donald Washington of Lafayette and members of the South Central Louisiana Safe Streets Gang Task Force made the announcement on Thursday.

The case was the result of an investigation by the FBI Gang Task Force, which is federally funded, into the trafficking of crystal methamphetamine in Lafayette and Iberia parishes.

Full story, The Daily Advertiser

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