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Active meth lab found during traffic stop

April 24, 2017 GMT

Two people were behind bars after a traffic stop yielded an active methamphetamine lab, the Steuben County sheriff’s department said.

Police stopped a vehicle shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday on County Road 50 West, just north of Indiana 127, north of Angola, the sheriff’s department said.

The driver, Tammy Kimbrough, 48, of LaGrange, was charged with driving with a suspended license. There was also an outstanding warrant from Clark County, charging her with failure to appear to appear in court. The passenger, Rian Houser, 28, also of LaGrange, was charged with domestic battery.

During the process of having the car impounded, officers found an active meth lab inside, along with chemical precursors used to manufacture meth, paraphernalia used to ingest meth and what police believe to be meth, the sheriff’s department said.

Kimbrough also was charged with manufacturing and possession of meth, possession of two or more chemical precursors and possession of paraphernalia. Kimbrough was being held in lieu of $16,000 bail in Steuben County and will be transferred to Clark County when bond is posted, police said.


Houser was charged with manufacturing and possession of meth, possession of two or more chemical precursors, possession of paraphernalia and carrying a handgun without a license. He was being held without bail.

The lab was disposed of by the sheriff’s detective bureau and the Indiana State Police clandestine lab team.

LaGrange man hurt in ATV accident

A LaGrange man was injured Saturday after the all-terrain vehicle he was driving hit a guardrail on Noble County Road 150 East, south of Northport Road in Rome City, state conservation officers said.

Ryan Frye, 28, and Mallory Frye, 26, both of LaGrange, were riding in the ATV shortly before 5 p.m. when the vehicle hit a gravel patch on the road, conservation officers said.

Ryan Frye had injuries to his head and neck, officers said, and was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Mallory Frye was not injured.