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Seven arrested after meth lab bust

Suspects are from area or have local ties

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Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012 1:00 am

JASPER COUNTY — Seven locals were arrested for dealing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine after police received information regarding a possible meth lab on Saturday.

    Police said Philip L. Baker, 48, of Rensselaer, Jasper L. Howard, 25, Rensselaer, Dallas R. Bigbie, 28, of Wheatfield, Ryan M. Hornbeck, 26, Rensselaer, Joseph J. Jesuit, 45, of Rensselaer, Tracy VanWienen, 34, of Valparaiso, and Brittney N. White, 21, of DeMotte, were arrested after police found an active meth production lab at 5530 South County Road 850 West after 8 p.m.

For more information see the Tuesday, May 8 edition of the Rensselaer Republican.

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  • posted at 11:45 am on Tue, Jul 17, 2012.


    I would also love to see an update. tried to get info on this but have been unsuccessful. As a mother to one of these men's son I am curious to see what happens. Can't even get info on court dates. My son would like to know as well.

  • posted at 9:09 am on Mon, Jun 11, 2012.


    Would love to see an update on this situation.

  • posted at 8:43 pm on Sun, Jun 3, 2012.


    As a relative to one of the persons arrested, I'm truly embarrassed. I hope they all get jail time, including my family member.

  • posted at 3:26 pm on Mon, May 28, 2012.


    Wow this is what he's been doing for the past many years I've been raising our kid!! I can struggle to provide while he's makin "good money", I'd rather struggle!!

  • posted at 6:42 am on Wed, May 16, 2012.


    amen!!!! to that honest taxpayer. our prosecutor sucks!!!! if you want to commit a crime and not get in trouble for it, by all means come live in Jasper County! "Where you can flourish and live like trash!!

  • posted at 5:14 pm on Thu, May 10, 2012.


    stop selling sudafed elimnate meth labs

  • posted at 12:15 pm on Thu, May 10, 2012.


    As a former addict I know how hard it is to overcome the addictions and as a former rensselaer resident and trouble maker I know how easy it is to plea bargain my way out of trouble with jasper county.. I know all the males that were involved in this and I know it won't be long until they are back on the streets using I pray for all involved and the families .. I thank God daily that I no longer live in that county...

  • posted at 10:23 am on Thu, May 10, 2012.


    Whats the chances we will provide most of these people if not all, thousands of tax payer dollars in actual court cost and appointed atty's and their fees? Whats the odds our Prosecutor will plea it down to just above an inconvenience and these people will be right back at it so Law Enforcement gets to redo the job they just did? Since a couple of these are familiar names from prior drug arrest, what are the odds these people will be walking town again soon just like they did before?

  • posted at 9:12 am on Thu, May 10, 2012.


    Meth is the devil. It will never be eradicted from any place it invades. When an addict can take $50, make his own drugs and profit $500 it will be around for a while. Sad.

  • posted at 3:24 pm on Tue, May 8, 2012.


    Much respect to the officers who put these people in jail. Hope you catch all of the ones making this stuff and use it!!! The ones who no longer take care of their children and families. The ones who have teeth rotting in their mouth. Shame on you for hurting your kids !!!!


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