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Analyst: Bypass study is flawed By Heather J. Smith hsmith@theej.com

The updated environmental study for the proposed bypass contains flaws, according to a transpor tation planner who analyzed the EIS on behalf of the Southern Environmental Law Center. David Hartgen, a transportation planner and head of a transportation consulting group in the Charlotte area, prepared an analysis of the bypass EIS on behalf of the SELC, the law firm that success-

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Waddell shines light on town’s secrets By Dan Way

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fully sued to stop construction of the bypass in 2012. He states that the EIS does not properly explain the need for the bypass. The primar y stated need is to “improve mobility and capacity within the project study area.” But the study spends more time expounding the second and third purposes, high-speed regional travel and maintaning access to businesses along existing 74.

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When Indian Trail Councilman David Wa d d e l l c h o s e t o submit his resignation from the council in Klingon — the fictional language of the

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aliens from the “Star Trek” franchise — it was just one of many unusual things going on in the bedroom community near Charlotte. Waddell’s of f-beat, viral letter, which drew attention from ABC News, the tech site CNet.com, and the London Daily See Waddell/Page A8

Obituaries Brenda Ann Barrino, Wingate Carol Chambers, Monroe John Freeman, Monroe Roy Lynn Horne, Peachland Susie Huntley, Peachland Jennifer Jones, Monroe Bernice Montgomery, Monroe Joseph Newton, Monroe Bobby Simpson, Monroe Norma Sledge, Monroe Martha Tucker, Kannapolis Philip Whitaker, Calabash

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OUR TOWNS Miss North Carolina, Village Green Band will entertain at annual Crime Stoppers Barbecue. Page A3

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Meth busts

Map depicts the number of clandestine meth lab responses broken down by county. Anson County has the third most with 30.

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he number of methamphetamine labs found in Union County in 2013 has reached an all-time high. Investigators found 20 meth labs last year, a 54 percent increase from the previous year. The State Bureau of Investigation investigated a total of 561 meth labs throughout the state last year. That is up from 460 labs found in 2012. The largest number was in Wilkes County with 50 labs. Anson County’s total of 30 labs was the highest in the Charlotte region and third highest in the state. The higher number means there are still too many meth manufacturers in the county, but law enforcement is better able to find and arrest the people running those labs, Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey said. A new method of making meth in plastic bottles means the larger labs were pushed out in favor of smaller, more numerous operations, Cathey said. More than 80 percent of the labs found statewide last year used the “one-pot” method, according to a N.C. Department of Justice release.

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“Technology is leading us to meth labs we otherwise wouldn’t know about.” — Roy Cooper, N.C. attorney general “One thing that’s helped us is the tips through informants and Crimestoppers,” Cathey said. “Our patrols are also effective. The deputies are trained in what to look for.” Explosions and fires are a major risk in meth manufacturing. Fire fighters and other rescue personnel are trained to look for chemicals and equipment used to make meth while responding to fires. Tracking the purchase of medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the main precursor for meth manufacture, has also helped law enforcement find people who make meth. Rep. Craig Horn R-68 championed restriction of pseudoephedrine purchase by the public, specifically for tracking pseudoephedrine purchases. More than 400 law enforcement officers in the state use the National Precursor Log Exchange, which tracks who buys pseudoephedrine in 23 states. “Technology is leading us to meth labs we otherwise

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Due to the heavy rainfall, Cane Creek Park’s boat docks are under water, creating a severe safety hazard to boaters. The lake is closed to all boat traffic until further notice. Please call 704-843-3919 for updates.

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wouldn’t know about,” N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper said in the release. “We want to encourage all law enforcement agencies in North Carolina to take advantage of this tool to protect their communities.” Horn also introduced a bill passed by the N.C. General Assembly that made it illegal for those previously convicted of making meth to possess pseudoephedrine. The law also added stricter sentencing when children or the elderly were exposed to meth during its manufacture. More meth labs are being discovered, despite the challenges. But more needs to be done to wipe out meth manufacture for good. “Certainly our education process helps. Our training we give to the firemen and the others helps with enforcement and as more people come through the court system, there will be stronger sentencing. The legislature will pass stricter laws,” Cathey said. “This is a very dangerous drug and it’s a threat for the whole community.”

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Today in history 1773: The first public museum in the U.S. was established in Charleston, S.C. 1896: H. L. Smith took the first X-ray photograph. It was a hand with a bullet in it. 1915: The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give women the right to vote. 1932: Hattie W. Caraway, a democrat from Arkansas became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. 1964: One month after Zanzibar became independent, the ruling Zanzibar Nationalist Party was overthrown in a violent coup.

Children’s bath toys may seem an unlikely source of oceanographic data, but that is just what they have been since 1992, when a shipment of Friendly Floatees from China was lost while en route to Tacoma, Washington, when 12 shipping containers went overboard during a storm in the Pacific. One broke open, releasing 28,800 toy ducks, beavers, frogs, and turtles into the water.

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