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Man waives hearing on meth lab charges

December 30, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - One of two North Carolina men charged in connection with a suspected methamphetamine lab in a Waynesboro, Pa., hotel last week waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Franklin County Central Court.

Patrick Keith Butterwick, 24, of Greensboro, N.C., was charged by Waynesboro police with causing or risking a catastrophe and possession of red phosphorous with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance.

He was jailed on $25,000 bond after the incident at the Best Western, 239 W. Main St., shortly after midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Butterwick was still in Franklin County Prison Thursday, although his attorney, Eric Weisbrod, said his bail was reduced to $10,000.

Butterwick was found lying on the balcony of the motel and began yelling and grabbed an officer by the leg when police arrived, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

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A room key card was found next to Butterwick and police took him to the room where another man, Jeffrey Craig Miller, 45, of Wilkesboro, N.C., was also staying, police said.

Once inside the room, police found two containers of red phosphorous liquid, numerous matchboxes and two bottles of rubbing alcohol, the affidavit stated.

Police said some of the strike plates off the match boxes had been removed and the red phosphorous removed. The affidavit stated that alcohol is used to strip phosphorous off of striker plates.

The substances found in the room are among ingredients that can be used to make methamphetamine, police said.

Miller, who was released on $10,000 bail shortly after he was charged, had his preliminary hearing postponed until Jan. 24, according to court records.

Both men were in Waynesboro working for a company doing work in the area and had been at the hotel for about a week, Chief Ray Shultz said last week.

- Don Aines

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