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Call for fight leads to meth lab discovery

URBANA — An investigation by officers of the Urbana Police Department of a possible fight Wednesday afternoon led to the discovery of a sizable meth lab on the city's northwest side.

Officers were dispatched about 3:20 p.m. to a possible  altercation outside an apartment building in the 300 block of south Main Street. During investigation of the incident, officers learned of a connection with an ongoing drug investigation at 1046 N. Russell St.

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Urbana police discovered a meth lab at 1046 N. Russell St. Wednesday afternoon.
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Additional investigation led  to the discovery of a meth lab operation at the residence. Officers found numerous items that indicated possible methamphetamine production in the home.

The residence has been part of an ongoing drug investigation since early February, officers report.

Police believe three children — ages 9, 10, and 13 — were living in the home while the lab was in operation.

Also living in the house at various times during the investigation were Anthony L.  Cole, 39, Lisa D. Cole, 36 and Timothy J. Salyer, 33.

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Authorities wearing haz-mat suits work outside the residence at 1046 N. Russell St. in Urbana, where a meth lab was discovered Wednesday.

Charges have yet to be filed, police said, and the investigation continues.

Assisting with the investigation is a detective with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and Patrolman Jim Jennings of the Sidney Police Department, both of whom have specialized training in the clean-up and neutralization of meth labs. The Urbana Fire Division also assisted in the clean-up.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Urbana Police Division at 652-4350 or the Urbana Police Division Crime and Drug Tip Line at 652-4357.  Callers may remain anonymous.

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