Top 3 Headlines on WHSV.com September 18

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Two Charged in Meth Lab Investigation

WAYNESBORO,Va. -- The Waynesboro Police Department has confirmed it is investigating an alleged meth lab at 682 Sherwood Avenue.

The road was closed much of Tuesday evening, but reopened at 9 p.m.

Waynesboro police made two arrests. April Riddle, 38, and Jesse Balin, 23, both of Waynesboro each face a charge of manufacture of methamphetamine. Riddle and Balin are being held at the Middle River Regional Jail without bond. 

 

Neighbors React to Meth Lab Bust in Waynesboro

Reporter: Estephany Escobar

WAYNESBORO, Va.--- Waynesboro Police Department arrested two people following meth lab bust on Tuesday afternoon.

38-year-old April Riddle and 23-year-old Jesse Balin have been charged with the manufacturing of meth. They are being held at Middle River Regional Jail without bond.

The Waynesboro Police Department raided the home located at 682 block of Sherwood Avenue, shutting down the road for more than five hours.

At the time of the raid, police detained five people from the home. Sergeant Brian Edwards said an officer found hazardous material in the house, which could be very dangerous in a residential area.

"There have been times that the way a meth lab has been found is that there has been an explosion," said Edwards.

He said the Virginia State Police Clandestine Lab and the Waynesboro Police Department decontaminated the house and collected materials for the criminal investigation. According to Edwards, this is the third meth lab in Waynesboro this year.

"We know that methamphetamine is in Waynesboro. We know that is being manufactured in Waynesboro. We know that is being sold and used in Waynesboro. We are just in the process of aggressively tracking it down," said Edwards.

Stacy Anthony who lives on Sherwood Avenue said she is surprised it happened in her backyard. " It's pretty scary, considering I have a two-year-old. Anything could happen and if something happened to him I wouldn't know what to do," said Anthony.

However, she said she is not surprised it happened at that home. "The cops are there all the time, for domestics, fights you name it. They are there all the time," said Anthony.

The case still remains under investigation.

 

Parents Upset over Bomb Threat Evacuation Procedures

Reporter: Anna-Lysa Gale

GRANT COUNTY, W. Va. -- Parents are upset about how their school system handled three consecutive bomb threats at West Virginia's Petersburg High School.

Parents said the threats began on the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. "There was no teacher, there was no one supervising these children as they left," said Dorene Van Meter, a parent of a Petersburg High School student.

"I'm asking the Superintendent to redo her policy of the evacuation and the care of our children while they are under the bomb threat," said Van Meter.

Parents are asking for a comprehensive list of safety plans. "As to what they're going to do, what there preparedness is for these children in the event of an emergency," said Dewayne Thompson, who is a parent of a Grant County Elementary School.

The current evacuation plan, The Safe Schools Plan, requires existing students evacuate from the building that is compromised and check that every student is accounted for.

"And then proceed from there to a sheltered location where we can make sure everybody is fed and warm and safe," said Deedra Bolton, a Superintendent of Grant County Schools.

Bolton said she addressed parent's concerns at a meeting on Sunday, but parents are still not satisfied with her response.

"They don't even call the EMS or anything like that, probably don't even have a first aid kit on the field," said Thompson.

Superintendent Bolton said the West Virginia State Police, the Sheriff's Office and the city police are currently investigating the threats.

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