2nd Person Arrested in Connection With Main Street Meth Lab Explosion
Cortland City Police have made a second arrest in connection with a meth lab that exploded Monday afternoon in downtown Cortland.
Cortland Police have arrested 38 year old Christian Loveless of 61 LaFayette Road, Cortland which is in the Hamlet of McLean was arrested today and charged with with a felony count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a misdemeanor charge of drug possession. and a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment.
Investigators say Loveless along with 30 year old Kimberly Cummings of 132 Main Street, Cortland Apt.12 were both responsible for a Meth lab that exploded Monday sending three people including two County D-S-S workers to the hospital.
Just after 2 o'clock Monday afternoon City Police and Firefighters were called to the Main Street building for a possible fire. Inside they found what appeared to be the items and ingredients used in the manufacture of the drug methamphetamine.
Prior to police arrival two unidentified Cortland County Social Service workers had entered the building and were headed to Cummings apartment for an unrelated matter, as they made their way to residence an explosion rocked the the building sending ceiling tiles crashing to the floor.
The Social Workers and another unidentified person were taken to the Cortland Regional Medical Center for treatment after they were exposed to noxious odors from the suspected meth lab, they were all treated and released.
The State Police CCSERT (Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team) was brought in to help investigators process and remove items found at the scene.
Investigators say Loveless is Cummings boyfriend and they believe the couple were both involved in the clandestine lab.
There were no other people living in the home according to police.
Cummings was arraigned in Court Tuesday and sent to the county jail on $25 thousand dollars cash or $50 thousand dollars bail bond, she's due back in Court Friday.
Loveless is still awaiting arraignment today in City Court.