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October 10, 2013

Charges against meth lab suspect dropped

NEW CASTLE — Charges against a man accused of operating a suspected methamphetamine lab have been withdrawn a second time.

A Lawrence County assistant district attorney Wednesday withdrew all charges against Jeffrey Shelpman, 25, of 814 W. Washington St., because charges against his co-defendants had been dismissed, and his charges also would have been dismissed at his preliminary hearing.

That hearing was scheduled for Wednesday. He has been released from jail.

Shelpman was one of five people arrested Sept. 19 when police served a search warrant at an apartment in the Brinton Hill housing project and confiscated items they believe were used in making home-cooked methamphetamine.

One of those arrested is a juvenile.

Some charges against Victoria Grace Pappas-Pappakostas, 21, of Apt. 309, 3315 Cloverlane Drive, who allegedly had some of the items in a backpack, were held for court last week. Charges against the two other adults were dismissed last week by District Judge Jerry G. Cartwright.

The district attorney’s office previously had withdrawn charges against all four and refiled them.

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