Couple faces meth charges in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Dennis Calkins

Tammy Kuhns-Calkins

ALBION An Albion couple faces charges of felony unlawful possession of meth lab materials, punishable by up to seven years in prison, and misdemeanor counts of obstruction of governmental administration and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Dennis Calkins, 34, of Hamilton Street and his wife Tammy A. Kuhns-Calkins, 44, of Elba were arrested on Feb. 13 after a vehicle stop on Route 31 near the Save-A-Lot grocery store, the Albion Police Department is reporting.

Mr. Calkins jumped from the car while it was in motion and fled to a wooded area behind the grocery store, Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni said.

The Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit helped to track down Calkins who also was charged with use of a car without an Interlock device, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation, unlawful fleeing from a police officer and resisting arrest. He also was wanted on a parole warrant.

Mrs. Kuhns-Calkins attempted to drive away in the car but stopped by an officer, police reported.

Police searched the car and also found hypodermic needles as well as  the components for a meth lab, police reported.

The husband and wife were sent to Orleans County Jail.

Mr. Calkins served about a year in prison for a felony DWI. He was released from Gowanda Correctional Facility on July 18, 2013 and was on parole until July 2015.