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Saying they were high on Xanax and meth, Chelsie Barry and Jared Prier told police they couldn’t decide what to do when their friend, Dennis Meyer, died from an overdose of Dilaudid.
Their ultimate solution?
Take a selfie with the corpse and post it to Facebook.
The pair then dumped Meyer’s body in a rural area and drove away. During the investigation, Missouri police were alerted to the Facebook photo. (It has since been removed.)
Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland told the Joplin Globe, Berry admitted knowing Meyer was dead when they took the picture and left the body.
Berry reportedly told investigators Meyer injected himself with the painkiller and then began “acting crazy." The pair said they were driving around "looking for a place to dump the body" after it began to stink.
Both Berry and Prier face a charge of abandonment of a corpse.
Residents in a Gastonia community are worried that the sound of gunshots could disrupt their quiet neighborhood. A group wants Gastonia City Council to consider building a 300-acre gun range behind their homes.
The range would also be near W.A. Bless Elementary School and Forestview High School.
Protesters greeted parents dropping students off at Forestview with warning signs.
“We are totally opposed to it,” said Dean Auten.
They said a committee of shooting enthusiasts considers 314 acres near the schools a good location for an outdoor gun range owned by the city to replace the one near Rankin Lake Park.
Parkgoers complain about the noise. Richard Sarver said the land for the proposed range would border his backyard.
“With human beings running the ranges and human beings doing the shootings, mistakes can be made,” Sarver said.
Vincent Blake has four children and lives near the property.
“What if a stray bullet hits a kid?” Blake said.
Neighbors have hundreds of signatures on a petition to block construction of a range off Union Road. Two City Council members said the investigations into a new gun range were conducted by a group of private citizens, including a few council members.
The private group said it will be a skeet and trap-shooting range; there will be no long-distance shooting or police training. They decided that the property on Union Road would cost the city too much money.
Councilman Todd Piercall backs the group.
“It has definitely been ruled out. We’re not even considering it,” Piercall said.
Although the committee has ruled the location out, city staff could still present it as an option.
“We are in what would be considered an early fact-finding phase,” said Walter Kimble, who is working with the private committee. He said the committee is looking at other locations and public safety is a key consideration.
Protesters said they will not feel like they have won until the city staff or City Council formally rules out their neighborhood.
Sources told Channel 9 a suspect has escaped in Lancaster County.
The sources said the suspect was being brought into the county detention center Friday afternoon when the man escaped.
Sources said deputies are looking for a black male, about 6 feet tall wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
The man is handcuffed, sources said.
CHOPPER IMAGES OF SEARCH
The South Carolina State Police helicopter is also being brought in to help in the search.
An automated call went out to homes and businesses in the immediate area.
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Channel 9 is working to find out what the suspect was arrested for and how the person escaped.
Chopper 9 is flying over the scene where the search has picked up.
Stay with wsoctv.com for more on this story.