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Restitution hearing in Dickinson meth explosion case continued

Shane Cook

A Dickinson man whose methamphetamine lab inside a 2-liter bottle exploded earlier this year at the apartment building where he was a tenant was granted a 60-day continuance Tuesday in his restitution case.

At the hearing at the Stark County Courthouse, Kevin McCabe, attorney for the defendant, Shane Cook, 40, told Judge William Herauf that he and his client had received a total cost of the repairs at the apartment building.

But McCabe said he asked for the repair costs to be broken down to allow him and Cook time to review the work that was completed.

McCabe said he did not receive the repair cost breakdown until Tuesday, and he wanted more time to review the information with his client before proceeding.

"Before now, we did not have the actual bill breakdown," he said. "We believe that some of the repairs might have been billed twice."

McCabe added that the individual who was responsible for the repair work at the apartment building was not present in court Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, a Dickinson apartment building had to be evacuated in February when the methamphetamine lab in Cook's apartment exploded.

Cook pleaded guilty in July to two felony charges, uncluding Class A felony possession of a controlled substance schedule II and Class C felony reckless endangerment.

On top of the restitution, Cook was sentenced to 18 months in jail. He will receive credit days for days that he participates in Teen Challenge -- a "professional, Christ-centered recovery for adults with substance abuse issues."

At the July hearing, Stark County State's Attorney Tom Henning explained that when Cook's friends left his apartment the night of the incident, Cook used a 2-liter bottle and leftover ingredients to make meth. In the process, the bottle burst.

Henning agreed to the continuance in the restitution hearing.