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Shake & bake meth arrest in Franklin; why not in Saline?

Posted by on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 @ 11:23 am.

FRANKLIN CO.---Here's a story from The Southern Illinoisan about a meth lab arrest in Franklin County.

West Frankfort police chief Jeff Tharp advised that  Kristena J. Grant was burned by a "flash explosion" from a shake-&-bake meth lab going on at a residence on East Fourth Street in his town. She was taken to Herrin Hospital and subsequently to a hospital in St. Louis for treatment of her burns, which were qualified as "non-life-threatening."

Sound familiar?

Remember the shake-&-bake victim from last November, Mary Beth Hutchison?

Allow me to refresh your memory:

Mary Beth Hutchison mugshot from December

Mary Beth Hutchison mugshot from December









But that's not Mary Beth's mug from HER shake-&-bake arrest; that's from a POT BUST TWO WEEKS LATER.


So Franklin County authorities, for all their flaws, are going after Grant despite her injuries. Good for them. In the meantime, Hutchison was hemmed up for pot, and as of this morning, entered a guilty plea to Possession of Cannabis less than 2.5 grams and was placed on pay-or-appear status ($895.16 in fines and fees, which she'll never be able to pay per our prediction.)

Just thought we'd point out the disparity, and show you what a shake-&-bake injury looks like in color, as we had to run it in black and white in this month's issue.

If we're able to obtain a photo of Ms. Grant, we'll pop that on here as well.

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3 Comments for “Shake & bake meth arrest in Franklin; why not in Saline?”

  1. spike92

    might want to look into the huge federal bust meth-related guys. 17 people got indicted I think a few days ago. But at least Frankfort cops are doing their job….for once.

    • I wish I had put up that press release when I got it…I didn’t have any mugs, and we were having site problems at the time. That was a good bust. I might go ahead and feature it in the print version…which means you’ll be able to read it here as well, at the e-Edition.

  2. spike92

    Check Franklin county jail for possible mugs. A few of them already had pending meth charges in Franklin County prior to this. Another thing I should note. Scott Webb is a judge now in Franklin County instead of Vaughan (he’s in jefferson county now along with hamilton) Are you guys still needing someone to cover Franklin? I’m very interested and plus I need some excitement in my life for once…..lol

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