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Five indicted in DR explosion

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Five indicted in DR explosion

By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Five Dry Ridge residents were indicted by a Grant County grand jury last week for their involvement in an explosion that ripped the back wall off of Locust Ridge Apartments.
Indictments for wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, possesion of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were returned against:
• Jarrad S. Browning, 28
• Zachary S. Kennedy, 23
• Jeffery J. Combs, Jr., 31
• Kayla J. Piper, 21
• Niki M. Carmack, 25
Combs was also indicted for being a persistent felony offender.
Police said all five were involved in an explosion on Oct. 7 when they were “making hash oil” in the bathroom of the apartment.
The three males were seriously burned, but Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells said he believes they have since been released from University Hospital in Cincinnati.
At the time of the explosion, Carmack and her 1-year-old infant were also in the apartment at the time of the explosion were not injured.
Piper, also a resident of the apartment, was originally believed to have not been home, but Kells said the investigation determined she was home at the time the blast knocked out the back wall, blowing out windows and brick from the foundation.
After interviewing the men at the hospital, Kells said they admitted they were in the bathroom at the apartment attempting to make “budder,” which is the concentrated form of THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana. This process involved marijuana buds and a butane torch. The end result or hash oil can be inhaled by smoking or ingested.
Locust Ridge is owned by Wallack Communities. Kells said a damage estimate was set at $50,000.
A large quantity of marijuana was also found inside the apartment, as well as other drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun.