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Day-care provider faces drug charges

August 8, 2002

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— A woman who ran a day-care center in her home was arrested on drug charges after police found a methamphetamine lab in her house.

Police Chief Jim Hill said Aleisha H. Gremmel, 24, and her common-law husband, Ronald W. Holcom, 38, were arrested on numerous drug and child-endangerment charges Monday after authorities found evidence of a recent methamphetamine operation in the house.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued an emergency order Tuesday suspending Gremmel's license to provide child care, said Mike Heideman, spokesman for the agency.

Lt. Joe Garman, commander of the I-135/I-70 Drug Task Force, said officers were sent to the house Monday after a neighbor called about suspicious activity at the home.

Garman said police removed seven children, ages 1 through 8, who were inside the house. Three of the children were Gremmel's and were taken by her family members.

Hill said officers have no way of knowing if the children had been exposed to the toxic chemical fumes, or how it might have affected them.

"Our people entered the house in protective gear, which included respirators," Hill said. "These children didn't have any of that gear. They were eating, breathing and sleeping in the same rooms where these chemicals were present."

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