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May 21, 2014

Poison near kids’ office

County building evacuated: meth materials found, cops say

— SUNBURY — A Northumberland County office building that houses Children and Youth Services was evacuated and roped off Wednesday afternoon after police say two people entered with what may have been methamphetamine-producing materials.

First responders, hazardous-materials crews, city police and state troopers rushed to 322 N. Second St. around 3 p.m. Police detained two visitors to the adult probation department under the suspicion of possessing materials consistent with the production of methamphetamine.

City police would not identify the suspects pending arraignment, Chief Brad Hare said, nor would they respond to reports that the material was brought into the building in a backpack.

Methamphetamine-producing materials were found, Hare said.

A male and female from Milton were apprehended and taken to Northumberland County Prison on probation violations. They will face additional charges, Hare said.

According to Northumberland County Commissioner Vinny Clausi, who was called to the scene with Commissioner Rick Shoch, the two individuals might have contaminated the elevator and other areas of the structure.

City police searched a car parked about 50 feet from the building’s entrance.

The building was evacuated by 4 p.m. and the entire area was cordoned for residential safety.

A state police mobile analysis lab arrived, and several troopers carried equipment to the building, presumably to test for dangerous materials inside.

The two individuals remained in custody inside the building as of 4:30 p.m., Hare said.

He would not say when an arraignment might occur.

The hazardous materials crew left after five hours.

Francis Scarcella, a reporter with The Daily Item, contributed to this report.

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