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Man with 3 mobile meth labs caught

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE -A man allegedly driving around town with three mobile meth labs in his vehicle was caught by police Monday evening.

Jonathan Knauer of Lebanon Junction was arrested by the Shepherdsville Police and the Bullitt County Drug Task Force.

According to Kenny Hardin, director of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force, said that about 6 p.m. on Monday the Shepherdsville police stopped Knauer.

Upon making the stop, police noticed an active methamphetamine lab in a one-gallon jug on the floorboard of the vehicle.

Inspecting further, Hardin said two more active labs were in operation in the trunk.

He’s never seen three mobile meth labs in operation at the same time. If the vehicle was involved in a simple accident, Hardin said it would have been a fatal explosion.

Knauer, 25, is housed in the Bullitt County Detention Center on charges of manufacturing meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic offense of operating on a suspended license.

This was the 36th lab seized by the drug task force in 2008, 12 more than found all of 2007.

PV police make bust

Pioneer Village police officer Neil Bowen was going home on Saturday when he was following a vehicle driven by Kenneth D. Wynn, 35, of Louisville.

The vehicle was slowly driving on Highway 245 and then began to speed up when the officer tried to pass.

A chase ensued, according to Pioneer Village chief David Greenwell, with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour before Wynn turned on Harrison Fork Road and then abandoned his vehicle.

Bowen pursued on foot before catching the suspect.

Greenwell said the police found 270 grams of crack cocaine and $5,000 in cash. A search with a drug dog later found additional cocaine that had been discarded out the vehicle windows.

Wynn was charged with fleeing or evading police, criminal mischief, tampering with physical evidence, trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, operating on a suspended license, speeding, reckless driving and fleeing or evading police on foot.

Bond was set at $100,000 which was posted on Monday.

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A 16-year-old girl has been returned to the state and a man has been charged in an unrelated matter.

Greenwell said Pioneer Village police were notified on Oct. 12 that a teenage girl had not returned home and left a note stating that she was leaving.

Through some investigative work over the following days, Greenwell said the girl’s former boyfriend was located near New Orleans.

The girl was found and returned to Kentucky on Saturday.

She was placed in a safe home through the Cabinet for Protective Services.

Following her return, Greenwell said a man was arrested on sexual abuse charges.

With the investigation continuing, Greenwell would only say that the 34-year-old man was accused of improper contact with the teenager.