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Woman Charged in Meth Lab Case Denies Involvement

A Waynesboro woman accused of operating a meth lab that caused a house fire earlier this month was in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

WAYNESBORO, PA- A Waynesboro woman accused of operating a methamphetamine laboratory that caused a house fire earlier this month was in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

Josie Lee McCormick, 33, is facing several felony criminal charges, including operating a methamphetamine laboratory, possessing the precursors and chemicals necessary to produce methamphetamine, illegally dumping chemical waste, and causing or risking a catastrophe.

McCormick's public defender, Christopher Reibsome, said she could face up to 20 years behind bars if convicted.

Reibsome said McCormick is likely to plead not guilty during her mandatory arraignment, which is scheduled for September 4.

According to Reibsome, McCormick is denying any involvement in the meth lab explosion that happened in the Waynesboro home where she was living. 

McCormick has an extensive list of prior criminal charges from 2007 and 2008, including four counts of driving under the influence, the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, and three counts of aggravated assault and harassment. Her lawyer says her criminal record could affect her sentencing.

Logan Tyler Buchanan, 30, of Lemasters is also facing the same charges in connection to the meth lab fire. Buchanan is scheduled for a mandatory arraignment in court on September 11. 

Both McCormick and Buchanan are still being held at the Franklin County Jail.

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