Neighbors react to possible meth lab bust

Author: , Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published: Mar 08 2013 10:41:52 PM EST

Neighbors react to possible meth lab


People living in one Bethlehem neighborhood say they are shocked after finding out police were going to raid a home that could have been a possible meth lab.

The only problem, there was an explosion in the home before police could serve the search warrant.

Neighbors tells us the owner, Elaine, used a wheelchair to get around and had some financial trouble.

They tell us she rented out rooms to people to make extra money.

Now her home is condemned.

For part of the day Friday, men in Hazmat suits collected a lot of evidence inside of 1965 Greenleaf Street in Bethlehem.

"I never thought this would happen in this neighborhood," said Tony Giannantonio, who lives down the street. "It's scary, very scary."

In a written statement, the Bethlehem Police Department, wrote an investigation into methamphetamine sales led to an individual inside the home.

Three hours before cops were supposed to serve the search warrant, an explosion.

Seven people went to the hospital, five in the home and two Bethlehem police officers.

One person was the owner.

"It's a shame, it's a shame," said another neighbor, Judy Hoffert. "She is a handicap woman. She is in a wheelchair half the time."

"It makes us nervous because we have young children in our home and I was aware that there has been drugs in this home," added another neighbor who didn't want to be identified.

The house has been boarded up and crime scene tape still drapes the from porch.

"I'm afraid of people maybe even coming after you. You don't know how deep this really was."

One neighbor says she is scared, but admits she was close to calling the police just a few months ago.

"What kept me from calling the police was that I really didn't have valid proof. I didn't want to make accusations.

Police haven't made any arrests in the case. They tell us if there are criminal charges they will announce that at a later date.

Neighbors react to possible meth lab bust


Legal issues to keep Peterson off the field

Running back indicted on felony child abuse charges

Author: By Ed Payne CNN
Published: Sep 17 2014 02:16:41 AM EDT   Updated:  2 HR. AGO
Adrian Peterson

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

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Running back Adrian Peterson will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved, the team said early Wednesday.

It's a reversal of course for the Vikings. The team had earlier said that Peterson, who is facing a child abuse charge, would practice this week and could play in Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

In a statement early Wednesday, the team said Peterson has been placed on the NFL's Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which will require him to "remain away from all team activities."

"While we were trying to make a balanced decision (Monday), after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian," said a statement from owners Zygi and Mark Wilf. "We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right."

Peterson is considered one of the best running backs in the NFL -- if not the best. His absence was probably felt during the Vikings' 30-7 loss to the Patriots last Sunday.

In 2011, he agreed to a lucrative contract, which NFL.com reported would be worth $100 million over a 7-year period.

Turn for the worse

But his fortunes have taken a turn for the worse since his indictment last week on a felony charge of causing bodily injury to his son.

On Tuesday, he lost one of his most significant endorsement deals when Castrol, a major producer of motor oil, pulled out.

Castrol used Peterson in commercials for its Edge performance oil product and on social media. Many recent social media posts of his likeness had been pulled down, and the commercials were no longer available on YouTube. (His other major sponsor, Nike, said late last week it would stand by its athlete for the time being.)

One of the team's sponsors, the Radisson hotel chain, announced Monday night that it was suspending its "limited sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings while we evaluate the facts and circumstances."

Also, the website for his All Day Foundation was taken off line after the charities represented on the site were getting "harassing" calls from gossip sites, his philanthropic adviser, Bruce Richmond, said.

"We took the website off line because the charities that Adrian supports were getting calls from the media and were getting harassed by the media," Richmond told CNN. "I spoke to one communication director saying she had received about a dozen calls today from the same gossip site."

Legal process

Following his indictment, Peterson turned himself in to East Texas authorities Saturday and was released on a $15,000 bond.

The next step is a preliminary court hearing on October 8.

According to Texas law, people can be convicted of injury to a child if they cause bodily or mental injury "intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence" or cause such harm by omission. The crime is punishable by up to two years in a state jail and a $1,000 fine.

Authorities haven't divulged the details of what led to the charge. But Peterson's lawyer said the "charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son" -- explaining that his client did so while doling out discipline "much like "he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas."

Rusty Hardin said "Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."

Peterson defended himself on Monday, saying he is "not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser."

Other allegations

The developments came as CNN affilaite KHOU reported this week that Peterson allegedly abused another one of his children -- a 4-year-old son.

Sources told KHOU that the mother of the child filed a complaint with Child Protective Services in Texas because she alleged that Peterson beat the child, while visiting his father at his Houston-area home.

According to the report, text messages between Peterson and the boy's mother show that Peterson admitted disciplining the child, but he claims the child hit his head on the car seat in the process.

No charges were ever filed, according to KHOU.


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