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Apex Freon-theft suspect faces more charges

Posted March 27, 2011

— An 18-year-old from Apex faces more charges amid accusations that he helped three juveniles steal Freon in air-conditioning units and inhale it to get high.

Lanious Hume III, of 2008 Jerimouth Drive, was arrested Friday on three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He already faced five larceny charges.

An arrest warrant states that Hume helped 12-, 13- and 15-year-old boys steal the Freon from homes in the Crockett's Ridge subdivision last Sunday. They then inhaled the chemical refrigerant from plastic bags, the warrant states.

Hume was given a $5,000 secured bond and ordered to have no contact with the juveniles, court records show. He was scheduled to appear in court April 19.


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  • untiltheyallhaveahome Mar 28, 2011


    Repeat this again when it's 96 degrees outside and your air conditioning won't work because someone stole your freon to huff! I bet you'd rather HAVE your AC then! But you had already asked for gov't control and now they won't give you any! Hot much!

    Seriously - we have way too much gov't control already. If kids want to try it, they will find a way, good parenting or not!

  • SmarterThanAvgBear Mar 28, 2011

    Hans - It is long past time for government to do something about this dire threat.

    I completely agree with you. When I see stories like this it reminds me of just what a poor job the government is doing when it comes to raising our kids. And don't get me started on the fact that so many people still don't have the luxury of air conditioning, while the elite of Apex sit back and enjoy their cool air, ignoring the harm they are doing to the kids who are not smart enough to resist stealing and huffing. It is a shame.

  • hckyplyr72 Mar 28, 2011

    There is dumb then there is this guy. Wow...parents these days are horrible.

  • bottleworks Mar 28, 2011

    "This drug marketed as a refrigerant needs to be banned immediately. It's for the children."

    Now that's funny!

  • no contest Mar 28, 2011

    People ask if parents are involved BECAUSE if the parents are involved from birth you can instill values, morals, common sense, education, discipline, respect and so on.

    The ACTIONS of the parents speak louder than their words. With good parenting a child has a much better chance of becoming a responsible adult. Just having kids or being buddies with them is one thing. Parenting is much different, and it takes effort.

  • kre2 Mar 28, 2011

    Why is that people automatically blame the parents for "poor" parenting? The parent can teach the difference from right and wrong, good and evil: but, in the end all a parent can do is hope and pray.

    I read of this a couple of years ago and I couldn't believe that people are actually doing it. Who would have ever thought that someone would be enhaling this stuff. It had to be over the internet...kids that do it don't last long enough to pass along the information. Who in the heck thinks of these things?

  • Hans Mar 28, 2011

    How long are we going to allow this dangerous drug to sit there waiting for some poor child to come along and huff it? It is long past time for government to do something about this dire threat. This drug marketed as a refrigerant needs to be banned immediately. It's for the children.

  • maduda Mar 28, 2011

    Seriously, when will kids learn that huffing is deadly??? Sounds like if it's not already, huffing should have big coverage in D.A.R.E. classes, and D.A.R.E. needs to expand its programs a LOT. I still blame poor parenting on things like this. The parents of the under-age kids should be allowed to go corporal on this person individually and behind closed doors.