BREAKING NEWS : Police searching for missing 89-year-old Wabash County woman Full Story

Meth lab forces WWII veteran out of his home

Glenn Rieben, 91, purchased his Sebring home in May. The welcomes he received from his neighbors were warm, but came ...

Posted: Jan 4, 2018 9:16 AM
Updated: Jan 4, 2018 9:16 AM

Glenn Rieben, 91, purchased his Sebring home in May. The welcomes he received from his neighbors were warm, but came with a warning.

"He just said 'they cooked meth in there,'" Rieben said.

Rieben said he thought about the cough he developed after moving in and then called a company to test his home.

ABC Action News obtained copies of the report showing the wipe residue test for methamphemtamine in the home was 1,180 times the safe reporting limit.

"I sleep in the trailer just to keep out of here because the man that tested it, Dan, he said that he wouldn't let his mother stay in this house. He said, if I were you I wouldn't be in here anymore and certainly not anymore than you have to."

So, now the WWII veteran that served in the Navy is basically camping in his RV in his backyard to avoid the potential health risks of living in a home where meth was cooked or used in abundance.

"Last night got awful cold. I did come in here middle of the night," Rieben said.

When Rieben does go inside his Sebring home on the 3500 block of Aston Martin Dr. he wears a mask and limits his time inside the home.

A meth cleanup company estimated it would cost more than $3,500 to deep clean the house.

Rieben said he purchased the home from the bank "as is" and there is nothing they can do to help.

The home was renovated and put on the market, the listing agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services has not responded back to ABC Action News request for comment.

There is no law requiring homes be tested for possible methamphetamines. That is up to the prospective buyer. Kits can be purchased online for less than a $100.

"It just seems to me they would've checked it," Rieben said. "Seems to me they would've known about this meth before they started rebuilding the house. They put a new roof, new air conditioner, new floors. I was hoping they'd take the house back and if that's not possible they should at least have it in shape to live in I mean I would think they would pay for the cleaning of it."

According to the Highland County Sheriff's Office, they never responded to any calls for service at the home for drugs. However, one of the previous renters was recently arrested for drug possession.

Meth residue can cause chronic sickness and in some cases kill family pets.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 918230

Reported Deaths: 15011
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1252491952
Lake623371084
Allen52301746
Hamilton43009443
St. Joseph41155584
Elkhart32831485
Vanderburgh29698436
Tippecanoe26442247
Johnson23106414
Hendricks21708338
Porter21255340
Clark16988222
Madison16899378
Vigo15562272
Monroe14186190
LaPorte13961235
Delaware13613215
Howard13531258
Kosciusko11150134
Hancock10534159
Warrick10431174
Bartholomew10233166
Floyd10099202
Wayne9557216
Grant8858194
Morgan8654158
Boone8231109
Dubois7521123
Henry7391126
Dearborn734186
Noble7208100
Marshall7168127
Cass7060117
Lawrence6803150
Jackson638980
Shelby6386106
Gibson5999105
Harrison587984
Huntington586490
Montgomery5663101
DeKalb555691
Knox532999
Miami523183
Clinton522464
Putnam519067
Whitley509851
Steuben480267
Wabash470192
Jasper465760
Jefferson456091
Ripley439074
Adams435565
Daviess4008106
Scott389563
White383457
Decatur376895
Clay376455
Greene375589
Wells375183
Fayette363074
Posey351841
Jennings341756
Washington324046
LaGrange312074
Spencer310734
Fountain306553
Randolph302087
Sullivan294947
Owen275961
Orange269659
Starke268961
Fulton264451
Jay248134
Perry244950
Carroll239926
Franklin229337
Vermillion225850
Rush225530
Parke212020
Tipton205354
Pike200938
Blackford163834
Pulaski155250
Crawford140818
Benton138316
Newton138141
Brown130646
Martin124416
Switzerland122310
Warren112616
Union92211
Ohio75811
Unassigned0461

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1319265

Reported Deaths: 21265
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1480641537
Cuyahoga1311202313
Hamilton948871307
Montgomery647451122
Summit548531041
Lucas49502853
Butler45993649
Stark39954963
Lorain30438525
Warren29170326
Mahoning25988629
Clermont24726278
Lake24088411
Delaware21722140
Licking19822239
Fairfield19780218
Greene19671266
Medina19208285
Trumbull19195506
Clark17188321
Portage15585224
Richland15540228
Wood15187208
Allen13654254
Miami13283244
Muskingum11821148
Wayne11448234
Columbiana11100239
Tuscarawas10388264
Marion10273144
Pickaway10162128
Scioto9766124
Erie9479170
Ross8979172
Lawrence8225116
Hancock8105140
Ashtabula8083184
Geauga7976155
Belmont7791183
Jefferson7093168
Huron7087125
Union703549
Washington6823116
Athens666163
Sandusky6608132
Darke6394135
Knox6308120
Seneca6113135
Auglaize569888
Ashland5631110
Shelby555799
Mercer545188
Brown533067
Defiance5278100
Madison527368
Crawford5148113
Highland514876
Fulton508781
Clinton505379
Logan494582
Preble4788110
Putnam4733106
Guernsey439057
Williams437281
Champaign426463
Ottawa425783
Perry414051
Jackson402259
Pike367140
Morrow359149
Fayette353951
Coshocton345064
Hardin341868
Adams338864
Gallia329254
Holmes3148107
Henry312668
Van Wert299269
Hocking280467
Wyandot271858
Carroll250451
Paulding231742
Meigs197842
Monroe178649
Noble160340
Morgan153528
Harrison145740
Vinton130217
Unassigned05
Fort Wayne
Clear
81° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 80°
Angola
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 79°
Huntington
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 79°
Decatur
Partly Cloudy
81° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 80°
Van Wert
Partly Cloudy
82° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 82°
Friday is the beginning for a more summer-like forecast, with more heat and humidity returning to the region.
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events