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The Davis County Metro Narcotics Strike Force arrested two people Wednesday and shut down a drug lab capable of making methamphetamine.

Following several months of investigation, the strike force served a warrant early Wednesday at 324 E. 650 North. Inside the house, deputies found a large meth lab, "pounds" of precursor chemicals, a half pound of finished product, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and weapons, said Lt. Ted Ellison, commander of the strike force.

A father, 49, and a daughter, 21, were arrested and booked into the Davis County Jail for investigation of a number of charges including manufacturing and possession of drugs and a weapons violation.

This is the second meth lab bust for the Davis strike force in a week. Two other people were arrested in a separate bust Jan. 4.

Salt Lake City

The neighbors are already hot about mile-long freight trains rumbling past their front doors. They plan to heat up even more Saturday, during the "Best Ever Chili Lunch" at the Sunday Anderson Senior Center, 900 S. 900 West.

The lunch, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, is a fund-raiser for the Poplar Grove Community Council. The neighborhood group is seeking to hold the Union Pacific Railroad liable for losses in property value and other damages that may result from the running of freight through the residential areas along the 900 South rail line.

Union Pacific reactivated the long-dormant line this week and plans to increase the number of trains to 12 per day within the next month. The trains pass near Parkview and Riley elementary schools and are expected to carry hazardous materials.

Mayor Rocky Anderson has castigated the railroad for disrupting the neighborhoods, and he urged Salt Lakers to attend the lunch.

The suggested donation for the chili feast is $10 per household.

West Bountiful

A Bountiful man's lawsuit against the West Bountiful Police Department and one officer will continue, although a federal judge has eliminated three defendants in the legal action.

U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell on Tuesday dismissed West Bountiful and two individual police officers from the suit. She also dismissed all claims by the man's grandson, whose Oct. 4, 1999, traffic stop led to the incident.

Dale Noorda, 66, and Kyle Webb were on their way to the city dump in separate vehicles when Webb was stopped by police. Noorda also stopped and approached officers to ask why his grandson had been pulled over.

Police reportedly told Noorda to return to his car, but he claims he did not hear the order. According to court documents, police officers slammed Noorda's upper body and face against the trunk of a police car, sprayed him with pepper spray until his shirt and hair were completely saturated, threw him to the ground and hog-tied him.

Noorda allegedly suffered cuts, scrapes, bruises and respiratory problems.

Noorda was criminally charged in connection with the incident. He pleaded guilty in June 2001 to disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor, and paid a $280 fine.