Friday, March 19, 2004

New Southwest Landmark
alarms block ammonia theft



By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

PLEASANT PLAIN - New security measures recently stopped thieves who may have been after anhydrous ammonia at a farm fertilizer plant in this Warren County community, authorities said.

Thieves hit the Southwest Landmark plant about 10 days ago, but were thwarted by a new alarm system, said John Burke, commander of the Warren Clinton Drug Task Force.

Southwest Landmark has been targeted more than 20 times by thieves seeking to siphon the ammonia, which is a main ingredient in methamphetamine and used in making fertilizer.

"There is obviously an alarm system up and a fence almost totally up," Burke said. "(Thieves) made entry onto the property but tripped the alarm."

The increased security comes after about 520 gallons of anhydrous ammonia leaked in an attempted theft on Feb. 18. The release left a toxic cloud over Pleasant Plain for several hours and forced the evacuation of about 300 people.

No arrests had been made Thursday in either attempted theft.

Authorities who urged company officials to secure the plant after the February leak said they were pleased with the new measures.

"I think it's going to go a long way in solving this problem at Southwest Landmark," Burke said.




TOP STORIES
Iraq campaign altered warfare
Pride mixes with pain of losing a son
Careless teenage drivers on collision course
1 month: 6 wrecks, 7 deaths
Tougher teen-driving laws sought for Ohio, Ky.
Trustee not guilty of gun charge

McCoy may be in Ohio soon
Hands-on fair teaches students about health
High schoolers enter science tournament
Language festival fosters fluency
'Friendly cod' signs reel in people for church fish fry
Youth drama group hopes play helps teens deal with emotions
Retail departures don't alarm Springdale

IN THE TRISTATE
Enquirer honors 10 women at luncheon
New Southwest Landmark alarms block ammonia theft
Prosecutor opposes Broadnax expungement
Jarvi leads dramatic preview of CSO tour
Attorney-client case again before court
Group steps up for extracurriculars
Academic all-stars
Public safety briefs

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
Maggie Downs: 'Lips' finally puts a chick in White House
Good things happening

LIVES REMEMBERED
Richard H. Fletcher, 88, avid swimmer
Samuel Gamble, 91, was mayor, business owner

KENTUCKY STORIES
First Baptist lawyers quit
Probe targets closed center
Teacher charged with 10 more instances of molestation
Letter said 'Try to catch me'; cops did
Fletcher plan hits wall in House
Robberies may have tie, police say
Young GOP group formed
Firefighters battle fires at plant, empty house
Principal-hiring bill seems dead
Voters approve of cocktails at country club in Mayfield
State asks hearing on perjury charge
Court: County notified public of tax

Kentucky obituaries
Kentucky briefs