Friday, March 1, 2013

Tribune: Tiny Idaho Towns' 'Terrible Meth Problem' Triggering Multiple Crimes

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 9:17 AM

The tiny Latah County, Idaho, hamlets of Kendrick and Juliaetta, known primarily as rest stops on the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, have been shaken by a mini-crime wave, according to this morning's Lewiston Tribune.

In fact, the Red Cross Pharmacy in Kendrick—where there have been a number of drug thefts—has a sign on the counter that reads, "Due to the Price Increase On Ammunition ... Do Not Expect a Warning Shot!"

In addition to the pharmacy, the Kendrick post office, library and public schools have also been the sites of break-ins or attempted break-ins, according to the Tribune. The pharmacy has gone as far as nailing and screwing an outside door shut.

"We've got a terrible meth problem," said Tina Franklin, an employee at the pharmacy. "And it's getting out of hand."

Latah County Sheriff's deputies have encouraged more neighborhood watch programs.

"Our town's only 350 people," Aaron Heinen, owner of the local grocery store, told the Tribune. "But if you've got 350 eyeballs watching at all times, it would make a big difference."

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