IN COURT: Meth precursors warrant 2-year sentence

COLUMBIA CITY— A Columbia City man who was arrested on meth charges with his mother was sentenced in Whitley County Superior Court.Robert W. Barnett, 22, was sentenced to two years at the Whitley County Jail, with 180 days to serve and the balance suspended, for possession of two or more precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.Barnett was released from the Whitley County Jail Oct. 22, having served half of his time under the day-for-day credit system.He was also fined $200. A charge of unlawful sale of a precursor was dismissed against Barnett by the state.Barnett was arrested with his mother, Melodie Meyer, in July at their residence on East Van Buren Street in Columbia City. Two minor children were taken into custody as well at the time, but later released to their mother.Meyer is scheduled to plead guilty Jan. 6, 2014.At the time of the arrest, three adults were taken into custody, according to case reports. To read the rest of this story, see the Nov. 4 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.