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Tip Leads to Three Meth Arrests

An anonymous tip that meth was being cooked at a Bowling Street home in Manchester led to three arrests Tuesday.



An unknown caller phoned Kentucky State Police Post 11 in London to complain about an ether-like odor issuing from a residence.

KSP Trooper Josh Wilson went to investigate at the residence and noticed a strong ether-like odor. After knocking on the door, he says a woman answered it and the smell became noticeably stronger.

Wilson says that Brenda Wagers, 40, was in a utility room in the house. When she opened the door to exit the room, a fog of smoke bellowed out.

Wilson evacuated the people from the house. With help from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and the Manchester City Police, the house was searched. Manchester Police Officer Jason Combs discovered a one-step active methamphetamine lab in the utility room, which was being cooked inside a mason jar.

Trooper Wilson explains that the chemical reaction that occurs in the manufacturing of meth creates oxygen. When manufactured in a plastic container, the plastic either melts or expands.

“Glass cannot expand, so when the oxygen levels build, it can only explode, sending shrapnel everywhere,” said Wilson. The area around the home was evacuated until Officer Combs could disassemble the lab.

Terry Bowling, 45, Gary D. Bowling, 21, and Brenda Wagers, 40, were all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

The three had to be decontaminated at the scene before being taken to the Clay County Detention Center.

Trooper Wilson is in charge of the investigation. He was assisted by Manchester Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and the Manchester Fire Department.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:00


Council Approves Citywide Smoking Ban

The Manchester City Council approved a ban on smoking in public places in the city Monday night.

“Smoking is a privilege, and breathing is a necessity,” said Councilman John Ed Pennington, after going on record as sponsoring the smoking ban.

The city council voted unanimously to pass the ban against smoking and met applause from local citizens in doing so.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 13:53

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Island Creek Crash Injures Four


Four people were injured in a wreck on Island Creek Monday afternoon.

Around 1 PM, just three miles north of Manchester, a black four-door sedan, driven by Mary Burns, 78, of Manchester, collided with an S10 pick-up driven by Bertha Rogers, 39, of Manchester.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 13:52

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Woods Dies in Highway 80 Wreck


A Manchester man was killed in a Laurel County wreck Monday morning.

According to Sheriff John Root, Laurel Sheriff’s Sgt Josh Gaylor is investigating a vehicle fatal traffic crash, which occurred on Ky 80, 8 miles east of London on Monday morning at around 11:38 A.M.

A 2001 Chrysler Town and Country van was westbound on Ky 80 in a curve and on a hillcrest when the van slid sideways on the rain slick roadway, and slid into the path of an eastbound 1988 Ford Ranger Pickup.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 13:48

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Fusner Behind Bars for Double Shooting

KSP Find Gun in Pond


The gun suspected to have been used in a double shooting on Roots’ Branch last week has been found by Kentucky State Police Friday in Jackson County.

After investigating the shooting, KSP Trooper Jeff Senters determined the shooter to be 21-year-old Jeremy Fusner of Clay County.

Officers responded to the incident, which occurred around 10:52 AM Thursday morning. A neighbor had called 911 after one of the shooting victims, Michael D. Jones, 33, stepped out on the front porch, asking his neighbor to call police, saying there’s been a shooting.

Trooper Senters, along with Sheriff Kevin Johnson and Deputies Brian Jackson and Dewey Grubb, were the first to respond and contained the scene until other officers arrived.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 13:23

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