In less than five minutes, a Glen Rock man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine signed the needed papers allowing him to waive his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday.
Richard Daniel Boone, 43, of the first block of Water Street in the borough, remains in York County Prison on $85,000 bail, awaiting trial, which is scheduled for Oct. 5, in York County Common Pleas Court.
He is charged with operating a methamphetamine laboratory, causing or risking a catastrophe, manufacture of a controlled substance, recklessly endangering another person, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After the hearing, Boone's defense attorney, Michael Carrucoli, said Boone has been battling demons.
"My client is battling some demons with mental health issues and drug issues," he said.
What happened: Police were dispatched to Boone's apartment just before midnight on July 19 for a dispute between Boone and his girlfriend that turned physical, Southern York County Regional Police had said.
Officers found a bag containing meth that Boone dropped as he was leaving the apartment.
The woman told officers that Boone was operating a meth lab in the couple's former apartment, which is now vacant, across the street at 30 Water Street.
She took officers to the apartment and showed them where to find chemicals and equipment used to make the drug.
Police evacuated the building and called in the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team to process the scene, police said.
Arrested: Boone was arrested about 5:15 a.m. July 20 when police spotted him walking near the apartment.
Boone admitted to police that he had been making and using meth for about a year, according to court documents.
He is also charged with simple assault, harassment, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in relation to the domestic dispute and for allegedly having a bag containing a white powder on him when he was arrested, documents state.
Boone also waived his right to a preliminary hearing on those charges on Thursday.
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