Meth items found in car at Northumberland County office building
SUNBURY - A Northumberland County office building was evacuated and three people were decontaminated after the remnants of a methamphetamine lab were found in a vehicle Wednesday afternoon.
More than a dozen emergency response units were dispatched to what's known as the Seiple complex, south of Brewers Outlet, on Second Street, where the situation began at approximately 4:30 p.m.
According to Sunbury acting police chief Brad Hare, the two individuals who were in the vehicle were taken to a local hospital to be examined before being placed in Northumberland County Prison for probation violations. A child in the vehicle was taken into custody by Children and Youth Services officials.
County Chief Probation Director Jim Cortleyou said the two individuals were Corey Hollenbach and Lacey Haines, of Milton.
Cortleyou said Haines was at the office Wednesday afternoon to meet with her probation officer, and underwent a drug test, which tested positive for methamphetamine.
"During the course of our interview, she informed us that Hollenbach was in the vehicle in the parking lot and that there was meth in the car," Cortleyou said.
Probation officers searched the vehicle, found suspicious material and called emergency personnel.
"Police determined that the materials in the vehicle were consistent with making the drug," Cortleyou said.
The area was cleared at approximately 5:45 p.m.
"The building was fine, but they would be checking the elevator," Cortleyou said.
Northumberland County Commissioner Vinny Clausi said at the scene a crew would be called in to clean up the areas that Haines entered, and expects the building to be open for business today.
Neither the probation officers nor a children and youth worker that had contact with the child were found to be contaminated, but they were given white haz-mat coveralls to wear home over their clothes.
Sunbury City Police will take over the investigation, and Hare said charges are pending.
Cortleyou thanked all of the firefighters and police officer for their assistance in the incident.
"I have to give credit for our officers for knowing what to look for and for finding the waste material in the car," the probation director said. "Also, the firefighters and police worked to secure the area and kept everyone safe while the situation was under control."