SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Their grief, they are sure, will never go away. They try to help each other live with it.webphoto_1466895513468_3425118_ver1_0

Hayden and Taylor Shaw lost their only child, their 9-month-old son, Kobe, in March. Kobe had been born with an undeveloped brain. Doctors said he would die within five years.

The Shaws thought that’s the reason that Kobe suddenly died in the middle of the night.

They were living temporarily with her mother, Tonya Monroe, at her apartment at the Legends at Dunwoody Apartments in Sandy Springs.

Monroe woke them up.

“She had walked in,” Taylor said, “she walked over to his crib and she said, ‘He’s blue, Taylor, he’s blue!’ So I automatically jumped out of bed, ran over… and I looked down and automatically ran away, screaming and crying, ‘No!'”

They were calling 911, while trying to revive Kobe. They could not revive him.

“At first the investigation did not reveal anything out of the ordinary,” said Sandy Spring Police Captain Mike Lindstrom; everyone thought Kobe’s death was related to his debilitating medical condition.

Capt. Lindstrom said the Fulton County Medical Examiner ran routine tests on Kobe, not expecting to find anything unusual. The tests just came back.

“Toxicology results came back positive for methamphetamine,” he said. “Something that should not have been in a 9-month-old child.” Lindstrom said Kobe’s cause of death was a meth overdose.

Taylor said her mother Tonya Monroe has a history of meth arrests.

Taylor was reared not by her mother, but by her grandmother. Since Kobe’s yeogyw7q38tg7q3tbirth, Taylor and Hayden wanted to believe her mother when she said she was clean. They wanted to give her a chance to be part of Kobe’s life for as long as possible.

Detectives now believe Monroe, for some reason, intentionally forced meth into Kobe to kill him. Motive, unknown.

They also believe it would have been physically and medically impossible for Kobe to have accidently crawled into any meth that Monroe might have left within his reach; Kobe was so limited in his ability to move, he could not crawl, could not touch his hands to his face, could not do anything on his own. He stayed in his crib except when others picked him up to hold him and cuddle him.

A detective just told the Shaws about the Medical Examiner’s findings.

“He just looked at us,” Hayden said. “Said I’m a homicide detective — and as soon as he said that…” Hayden broke down, recalling the moment the homicide detective told them that Kobe’s grandmother was responsible. Hayden and Taylor clutched each other’s hands, and Taylor wept with him.

Tonya Monroe has disappeared. Sandy Springs Police hope someone will tip them off about where she is.

She was driving a silver 2004 Toyota 4-Runner with a Georgia license tag, RAL9819.

“I hope you rot in jail,” said Hayden, as if speaking to Monroe. “I hope she spends the rest of her life in there, to be honest with you.”

“I could still have my son,” Tonya said through her tears, speaking about how they treasured every moment of what they expected would be only a few years with Kobe, and how they were looking forward to some special days ahead. “We could have spent Mother’s Day with him, Father’s Day. And his birthday. His [first] birthday was May 31st.”

They hope someone will tell Sandy Springs police where her mother is. Catching her, they say, won’t take away their grief. They do believe it will give justice to Kobe.

Anyone with information about Tonya Danyial Monroe, 45, can contact the Sandy Springs Police Department Criminal Investigations Division’s Detective Ortega — at 770-551-6949, or by email at

To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta by phone at 404-577-TIPS (8477), on the internet at, or text the tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).



A Wilton woman was arrested today after authorities said she tried to smuggle drugs into the Shelby County Jail.

Rachel Elaine Elledge, 32, tried to sneak methamphetamine in to the jail while she was being booked in on a charge of unlawful possession of a controlled 20642846-mmmainsubstance. She was arrested by the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, said Lt. Clay Hammac.

Her smuggling efforts were thwarted by the use of the jail’s full body X-ray machine that each inmate passes through prior to entering the jail, Hammac said. The meth was concealed in a body cavity.

Elledge is now charged with promoting prison contraband in additions to the drug possession charge. At the time of her arrest today, she was already awaiting trial on a charge of identity theft, for which she was arrest on May 26.

Court records show she’s had multiple arrests and convictions ranging from drug trafficking to burglary dating back more than a decade.

She is being held in the Shelby County Jail with bond set at $10,000.



Police at Louisville International Airport arrested a Bardstown woman Thursday accused of bringing methamphetamine and a pipe into an airport, court records show.636023583544043972-TawnyWarren

Tawny Warren, 28, of the 1000 block of Leigh Terrace, is facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance, according to an arrest citation released Friday.

A spokeswoman for Louisville International Airport said the incident occurred in the terminal of the airport Thursday afternoon.

Police said Warren was stopped by a Transportation Security Administration screener in reference to what appeared to be a pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine.

Investigators found the pipe and a small amount of a white crystal substance in a bag that later tested positive for methamphetamine, police said.

Warren was arrested around 3 p.m., court records show. She was scheduled to be arraigned in Jefferson County District Court Friday.



DICKINSON (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday arrested a homeless woman after deputies say she damaged a room at a local hotel.loretta+parliman+web

According to a news release, Loretta Parliman, 42, was under the influence of methamphetamine when she was chasing people with a knife and metal pipe at the Red Roof Inn in the town of Dickinson. The sheriff’s office says she was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Deputies say Parliman was later found to be in possession of narcotics that were hidden in a body cavity.

She’s facing the following charges:

  • Criminal mischief, second degree, class D felony
  • False impersonation, class B misdemeanor

Deputies say additional charges are pending.



ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) – Two people are behind bars Friday after a federal search warrant lead to the discovery of 950 grams of methamphetamine and a stolen handgun in Odessa.

Francisco Larez Jr., 37, and Ashely Putty, 26, were arrested after the search was carried out in the 2800 block of Henderson.

The week-long investigation was carried out by the Ector County Sheriff’s Office, Odessa Police Department, Midland Police’s K-9 Unit and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Both Larez Jr. and Putty each have federal charges pending and are currently in custody at this time.



OWATONNA — Two Rochester residents were arrested Wednesday after police found a massive stash of methamphetamine in their vehicle at a traffic stop.

Shawn Reilly, 45, of Rochester was charged Friday with first-degree controlled substance possession, which can carry up to 30 years in prison or $1 million in fines. Katie Johnson, 33, also of Rochester, was charged with fifth-degree 576d9d7684f52_imagepossession, which carries up to five years imprisonment.

According to the complaint against Reilly, Owatonna Police were contacted Wednesday afternoon by an agent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension advising of a car traveling from Rochester to Owatonna on Highway 14 that was suspected to be involved in a Rochester narcotics investigation. An Owatonna officer positioned by the highway saw a vehicle matching the BCA’s description traveling west at 76 mph and pulled it over for speeding.576d9d7633441_image

Police determined that the driver, Reilly, had had his driving privileges cancelled in 2011 for multiple DUIs and arrested him for driving after cancellation. An officer asked Reilly’s passenger, Johnson, if he could check her purse to make sure she’d not taken anything from the car. With her consent, an officer searched the purse and reportedly found syringes, a pipe and a digital scale with crystalline residue, leading to her arrest.

An officer then conducted a K9 sniff of the vehicle which reportedly led to a tool bag in the truck containing approximately 2,000 grams, or 4.4 pounds, of methamphetamine, with an approximate street value of $200,000. The threshold to be charged with first-degree meth possession in Minnesota is 25 grams. Officers also seized $1,060 in cash between the two suspects.

In court Friday, bail for Reilly was set at $200,000, while Johnson’s was set at $2,000 with conditions or $10,000 without. Both are represented by public defenders.



PASADENA, TEXAS – Pasadena Police evacuated some units at an apartment complex after suspicious chemicals were found early Friday.

The complex is located at 1744 Jenkins, about a mile south of Red Bluff and Highway 225.pasadena%201_1466773177869_3393697_ver1_0

According to a police spokesman, an officer responded to reports of a domestic disturbance at one of the units and subsequently discovered the chemicals. The bomb squad was called in as a precaution, and nearby units were evacuated due to concerns about possible explosives.

Police later said it appeared the chemicals may have been used to manufacture meth.

One person was taken into custody, but it’s unclear what charges he or she may face.

As of 8:45 a.m. the investigation at The Crossings Sun Meadow apartments was still active with officials securing the scene.

Views from Air 11 showed a section of the complex taped off with several residents waiting in front of the property.



On Thursday afternoon, five people were arrested in La Porte County on charges related to dealing methamphetamine.

All five suspects are from Fort

According to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, the arrests were a planned and controlled event that took place in the parking lot of the La Porte Wal-Mart at SR 2 and Boyd Blvd.

“In addition to taking more dealers off of our streets, this case also resulted in a firearm being seized” said La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd. “Drug dealers from out of town, bringing firearms, makes for a dangerous combination. We are very pleased that not only the drugs were seized but a firearm as well.”

The five people arrested include:

  • Oscar K. Griffin, a 36-year-old man from Ft. Wayne – Aiding/Inducing Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Mario Hanserd, a 25-year-old man from Ft. Wayne – Aiding/Inducing Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Gina Holliday, a 36-year-old woman from Ft. Wayne – Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Dovie Neer, a 26-year-old woman from Ft. Wayne – Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Cahniqua Sparks, a 23-year-old woman from Ft. Wayne – Dealing Methamphetamine Level 5 Felony

All five are currently being held at the La Porte County Jail on a hold pending the filing of further charges.

“We are once again pleased with the safe and effective outcome of this planned operation into illicit drug sales in La Porte County,” said Sgt. Harlan Williams, Commander of Metro Operations. “We are sending a message that such actions will not be tolerated in our community and that the public and law enforcement will partner together to rid our community of these dangerous substances. We thank the public for their continued support and assistance in our endeavors.”



A little over a year ago Josh McClain was sitting behind bars facing a 24-year prison sentence.

He knew he needed help with a drug addiction that had sent him down a dangerous path of nonviolent crime and unruly behavior; but McClain had already accepted that he had gone too far. The damage was already done.E0014299611--605795

That was until Teen Challenge of Western Kentucky came along and offered McClain the second chance he thought he’d never have.

“I went to a court date, and my lawyer said if I signed a plea deal I would start the program at 8 a.m. the next day,” McClain recalled. “If I hadn’t done that, I would be sitting in jail right now.”

Today, McClain, 27, is the store manager at the Teen Challenge Car Care in downtown Henderson. The store in Henderson is one of several business operations based out of Teen Challenge of Western Kentucky, which is located in Dixon.

Teen Challenge of Western Kentucky is an affiliate of Teen Challenge USA, a 12 to 14 month discipleship program that offers faith-based, residential treatment to men 18 and older and facing “life controlling issues” such as substance abuse. Currently, there are around 30 men enrolled in the program.

McClain, originally from Ballard County, knew nothing about Teen Challenge before agreeing to participate. But the program has changed his life.

“I knew when I got out of jail to come here, I was going to stay here, and I was going to do this right,” McClain said. “They picked me up and helped dust me off after I fell really hard.”

Students must pay tuition and fees to stay in the program. Those fees are often supplemented by family members as well as the support from local churches and businesses.

And while students do not earn any of the money made through the business operations such as the one in Henderson — the work experience program is designed to teach students work ethic and responsibility. The money earned at the businesses — such as Henderson’s Teen Challenge Car Care — go to support the program including housing, classes and treatment.

“The money being made from these operations is going directly to their sobriety,” events coordinator Dawn Gallagher said. “They’re essentially going home with empty pockets. But they know this money is going toward the program and their own individual futures.”

As Gallagher watched five different men from the program, including McClain, work in Henderson last week, she came to a realization.

“It just hit me that these guys are basically volunteering their hours because they’re not making any money here. That says a lot about how motivated they are to get themselves back on track and get their lives back together,” Gallagher said.

Students in the program maintain a daily schedule of devotionals, followed by work or classes. The curriculum used in the program is derived from Biblical teachings and covers a wide variety of issues and is often tailored to individual students depending on what their needs are.

Teen Challenge of Western Kentucky also has a car detailing business operation in Madisonville as well as a landscaping business that offers services in Henderson, Madisonville and other areas of the Western Kentucky area.

“I know firsthand what this program can do for an individual,” said Scott Lipinsky, executive director of Teen Challenge of Western Kentucky, a former graduate of the program in Florida.

Lipinsky moved to Dixon from Pensacola, Florida, to take over the program almost a year ago.

“It was just something that I know God was calling me to do,” he said.

Gallagher is also a graduate of a New York-based Teen Challenge program for women. There’s also a program for women in Evansville.

“I was battling a 15-year opiate addiction,” she said. “I had been through so many drug programs, and I felt like I was out of options and out of time, you know? And then I found Teen Challenge.”

McClain said the faith-based curriculum is what makes the program succeed for those who want to rectify their situations. The program can be court ordered or self-referred. And participants must be accepted.

“This isn’t exactly easy,” McClain said. “You need to want to change and want to have Christ in your heart.”

Gallagher and Lipinsky said having a supportive environment and a supportive curriculum was critical.

“Many of us come into this program not knowing the Lord and what else is out there, and we’re too focused on the drugs, the alcohol, whatever it is that is tying us down,” Gallagher said. “Then they discover that there is something bigger and better they can depend on and rely on.”

As the men worked on cars, greeted customers and bantered back and forth with each other in the detailing shop in Henderson — Gallagher noted that while they might have a past it doesn’t mean they can’t turn their lives around.

“It’s never too late if you want to change,” Gallagher said. “Some people some might see these guys and label them as thieves, liars and criminals. At one point they were. But then you get to see them in environments like this, and they are getting their lives back on track.”

She also said the program is successful at preparing students for “real life” after finishing the program.

“They’re getting up, going to work, going to class, doing chores; they’re doing activities that they’ll need to know how to do to function back in the real world,” Gallagher said.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t difficult days for the students in the program.

“There are days when I know it’s really hard for them,” Gallagher said. “Sometimes they want to go back to the drugs, the alcohol, whatever it might be. Just a couple of weeks ago, Josh (McClain) was having a hard time. But our job is to help them realize they can push through whatever that might be.”

While McClain is celebrating nearly a year in the program, he is planning on completing a re-entry program, which is a little less structured. But he will still be held accountable.

“I need that accountability for right now,” McClain said. “In the re-entry program I’ll be expected to pay rent, pay a phone bill, work, all of that, but they’ll keep me safe. They’ll keep me accountable and on a safe path.”

As he continues through the program, McClain said he continues to be grateful for the plea deal that brought him here.

“This program showed me that a second chance, even a third or a fourth chance, does exist for some of us,” McClain said.


Meth in the News – June 24, 2016

Posted: 24th June 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

I know that I have said several times in this Meth in the News column that methamphetamine is a world-wide problem of epidemic proportions. One of the countries where meth is especially problematic is Australia.

Back in February of 2016, I reported that one of the largest shipments ever seized in Australia occurred when the Australian federal police, the New South Wales police, the Australian Border Force and the Australian Crime Commission discovered 720 liters of liquid meth hidden in bra inserts and art supplies that were being imported from Hong Kong.

Four people from Hong Kong were arrested in the case. The value of the drug was placed at $1B in Australian currency, which is $742.5M US dollars by today’s exchange rate.

Well, there has been another huge seizure of meth down under.

This time, the meth was discovered approximately 2,500 miles southeast of Australia, in New Zealand.

Earlier last week, on June 14, it was reported that police in Northland had recovered a whopping 494 kg (that’s 1,089 pounds or half a ton!) of meth.

The story all started when Northland Police found a boat abandoned on the Ninety Mile Beach on Sunday, June 12.

Ninety Mile Beach is on the western coast of the far north of the North Island of New Zealand and is renowned for spectacular sunsets and “one of the best left hand surf breaks” in the world.

Police found a number of bags containing meth on the abandoned boat. They also learned from people in the area that there were two men, one driving a Toyota Prado and the other a rental campervan, who were seen nearby acting suspiciously and offering large amounts of cash to locals for assistance in launching boats off the beach.

Police were planning to search for the two vehicles in question, but as luck would have it, the Toyota just happened to drive past while they were still securing the abandoned boat.

The police initiated pursuit and quickly caught up with the Toyota. After questioning the driver, they soon found the campervan as well. More meth was discovered in the campervan.

A 31-year-old man and a 26-year-old man from Auckland were arrested and taken back to the Kaitaia Police Station.

After questioning the men, police discovered another abandoned boat containing meth. They soon found even more meth that the men had buried in the sands along Ninety Mile Beach.

Northland Police District Commander Superintendent Russell Le Prou told reporters, “This is without a doubt, the largest ever seizure of methamphetamine in New Zealand, and what is so great about this is that it’s not only the result of hard work by the Northland Police, but it’s the result of information we got from the community.”

Estimates for the value of the meth is $448M New Zealand (that’s $316M US dollars).

In news closer to home, how many times have I warned the readers of this column about the dangers associated with the remnants of meth labs that are sometimes discarded along a roadside, in the woods or wherever?

Faith, NC, is a small little town of 807 souls located Rowan County.

On June 6, 6-year-old Stephen Pueschel found a backpack abandoned in his backyard. When he picked up the backpack, his face and chest began to sting. The little boy thought that he had been stung by bees.

The boy ran screaming to his father, Chris Pueschel, who could not understand how his son became injured.

Then he saw a container that had fallen out of the backpack when little Stephen picked it up. He also noticed that the grass was burned in the area where the backpack and container landed. So he called the Sheriff’s Office

Rowan County Sheriff’s investigators determined that the backpack contained precursor materials used in one-pot meth labs.

Stephen spent time in the hospital where he was treated for burns to his eyes and face that had been caused by sulphuric acid from the backpack, but he has since returned home.

Stephen’s parents are angry that someone would leave something so dangerous in their own back yard. To tell you the truth, so am I.

And it just so happens that I know about at least one person who would do such a thing!

On June 16 in Meadville, PA, Shawn Paul Powell, 43, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Sam Pendolino on charges of a second degree felony count of operating a meth lab, a felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, a third degree count of depositing, storing or disposing of chemical waste, a felony count of possession of red phosphorous with intent to manufacture controlled substances, a third degree felony count of risking a catastrophe and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.


You see, Mr. Powell was seen throwing a bottle from a red Saturn Vue into a yard on Lord Street on May 28. He then got of the car, picked up the bottle, returned to the car and threw it out a second time.


When Mr. Powell threw the bottle the second time, it caught on fire. That’s when multiple witnesses called 911.

Meadville Central Fire Department personnel recognized the bottle was a meth laboratory, and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab was contacted to secure the site and collect evidence.

Mr. Powell will have the opportunity to explain his actions on July 22.

And keeping things in the spirit of meth labs and fires, Edward Hill, 21, was spotted screaming and throwing burning items out of a second-floor window on Main Street in Concord, NH on June 16.

When Concord police arrived on the scene, they found a female sitting in a car out front. When police searched the car, they found sodium hydroxide, a professional-strength drain cleaner, pseudoephedrine tablets, Coleman fuel, and Nalgene bottles in the trunk.

The female said that Mr. Hill removed the items from his apartment and told her to hide them in the trunk.

Concord police Lt. Tim O’Malley told reporters that the responding officers noticed that all of the items in the trunk were “precursor chemicals” for cooking meth. “They kind of put that together pretty quick,” he said. “We notified the state police, who have a representative on the clandestine laboratory team. He came down, did a cursory check and determined the full team needed to be mobilized.”

A neighbor who saw the smoke billowing from the apartment window told the authorities that he broke into the apartment in an effort to save anyone who might be inside. He found “several small plastic items burning and melting” that he assumed were drug paraphernalia, according to a press release issued by Lt. O’Malley on June 19.

Mr. Hill was arrested and charged with two felonies for the manufacturing of meth and possession of Suboxone. He was also charged on a Concord warrant for receiving stolen jewelry.

What a week!

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A Washington County grand jury indicted two former Department of Human Services foster parents accused of abusing children and forcing them to ingest drugs.

Dawnyle and Darren Durham were arrested June 9. They face charges including criminal mistreatment, delivery of a controlled substance to a minor and causing another person to ingest a controlled substance.durham%20double%20mug_1466723803083_3355306_ver1_0

Dawnyle Durham was also charged with possession of methamphetamine.

The Durhams were DHS certified foster care providers from 2001-2013.

The couple adopted four of the foster children prior to their certification being revoked in 2013.

“There was yelling but they kept to themselves pretty much,” said neighbor Donnie Long.

Long and other neighbors aren’t surprised that Dawnyle and Darren Durham are in jail.

The couple’s four adopted kids, ages 11-17, were taken away earlier this year.

Court documents described horrific living conditions. The children said the Durhams’ Forest Grove home was filled was with drug use, from meth to prescription pills. Neighbors, took note.

“We had some challenges in the neighborhood with some unsavory characters coming in at early hours and so contacted the police a couple of times,” said Michelle Rydman, who lives behind the Durhams.

The kids told investigators they found syringes inside their home, and that their mother Dawnyle hit them. The children described one instance where their mother used a belt and hit one of her daughters so hard “that one child was unable to stand.”

The children said one of the daughters was even forced to take percocet and do a urine test for her mother. In an interview with police, Dawnyle admitted to having her daughter to a urine test for her because she was using marijuana and would not be able to get any other prescriptions if it showed up in the test. When asked if she told her daughter to take Percocet, she said she could not recall.

Another child said he had thought about killing himself, telling investigators “hell would be better than my life.”

“The kids were sad all the time,” said Long, whose children also played with the Durham’s kids.

Long said the kids appeared lonely and didn’t spend much time outside.

“They weren’t allowed to play sports, no after school activities, things that kids like to do,” said Long.

“They were always very sweet and polite to us. They would say hi through the fence,” said Rydman.

The children also said they didn’t get enough food and sometimes would have to steal food from their home. The kids said they were made to stay home and clean before DHS came to their house.

“I hope the state helps these kids and … doesn’t let this happen again,” Long said.

Washington County investigators couldn’t go into many details, but said the case is complex.

“They were foster parents from 2001-2013 so we have a 12 year time span there. During that time span they were foster parents for more than 50 children,” said Sgt. Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Ray said they’ve contacted half of the kids so far and are looking for other possible victims.

“We really don’t know how far reaching it may be,” he said.

DHS said they’ve asked for a review of the case because abuse in foster care continues to be an issue in the child welfare program.

Both parents are still in jail. Bail for each of them is at more than $100,000.

In court documents, Dawnyle denied the allegations. She said the syringes weren’t hers and that they belonged to a homeless couple she allowed to stay in the family’s guest house. She said her kids had plenty of food and she did not abuse her kids.

Though she told an officer she “is not a bad mother but she is not proud of what she’s done.”

According to court documents, Dawnyle’s mother said her daughter’s son was murdered 16 years ago and she has also been going downhill ever since her brother died three years ago. She also said Dawnyle struggles with mental health issues.

Washington County detectives are asking anyone with information about unreported crimes by the Durhams to call 503-846-2500.



Officers with the Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested three people on drug charges Monday after receiving a tip that two people were smoking methamphetamine in a hotel room with a baby present.

Daniel Joseph Barton, 31, of Centralia, was charged Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court with delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, and possession of a controlled substance — hydrocodone.

Deangelo O’Brian Dunn, 32, and Kelly Renae White, 22, both of Chehalis, were each charged with possession of methamphetamine and endangerment with a controlled substance.

Dunn and White were granted $5,000 unsecured bail at their first court appearances Wednesday. Barton was granted $10,000 bail. The three were charged as co-defendants and are scheduled to make their next court appearances on June 30.

Acting on a tip that Dunn and White were using methamphetamine in the same room as their 3-month-old baby at the Chehalis Econo Lodge, and that Barton was their drug supplier, JNET officers went to the hotel where Dunn and White were staying on Monday, according to court documents.

Officers reportedly saw Barton enter and leave the hotel room. They stopped him in his vehicle, and he reportedly admitted to selling the couple methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Officers reported finding 6.7 grams of methamphetamine in Barton’s possession, a pipe used for smoking the drug, a digital scale, pills identified as hydrocodone, and a substance identified as heroin.

Officers contacted Dunn and White, who allegedly admitted they had a meth pipe in the room. Officers searched the room and found the pipe, a digital scale and less than 1 gram of meth.

Both admitted to officers they smoked the drug in the presence of their daughter, according to court documents. The baby was taken into custody by Child Protective Services.



On June 15 at about 4:45 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Airport Park, 3201 Airport Ave., regarding a subject “rolling around” in the nude.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the suspect was completely nude and agitated. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

A search of the suspect’s belongings and clothing led to the recovery of methamphetamine.

Duran Penamante, 39, homeless, was arrested for public nudity, possession of methamphetamine and a probation violation. Bail was set at $500.


(BEDFORD) – A Bedford woman was arrested after police say she sold meth to a confidential information on two separate occasions this month.

On Monday afternoon, Bedford Police Department arrested 32-year-old Melissa A. Phillips of Bedford on three counts of dealing meth and two counts of maintaining a common nuisance.mel%20phillips-thumb-250xauto-7278

According to a Lawrence Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, Phillips sold the confidential informant nearly 3 grams of meth.

On Monday, officers stopped Phillips’ vehicle near Ruler Food Store and searched her vehicle, finding two pipes with meth residue, a scale and $413. She admitted to dealing the drug.

Phillips also told officers she had more meth hidden in her clothing. A female jail officer retrieved more than 16 grams of meth from Phillips’ clothing.



EL DORADO — Officials from multiple law enforcement agencies announced Wednesday three arrests and the seizure of 1,000 grams of crystal methamphetamine and over three dozen firearms following a months-long drug trafficking investigation.

The El Dorado Police Department initiated the investigation and executed it with assistance from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, Arkansas State Police, and U.S. Marshals.wyvy45sstrdfthth

Law enforcement officers declined to release the names of the suspects or further details about the case, citing an ongoing investigation.

David Butler, 13th Judicial District prosecuting attorney, said two of the suspects were taken into custody Wednesday as a result of a traffic stop that was conducted in Union County by state police.

Butler said the drugs and firearms were seized through the traffic stop and a search warrant that was subsequently issued for the suspects’ residence.

Police said the crystal meth that was seized in the operation had an estimated street value of more than $100,000. Butler said the drugs will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for further analysis.

Also recovered were 37 rifles, shotguns and handguns, several rounds of ammunition, and drug paraphernalia, including scales and plastic baggies.

The suspects face felony charges of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to deliver and maintaining a drug premises.

Butler said his office will also pursue drug trafficking charges, explaining that per state law, such charges apply if the amount of Schedule I narcotics exceeds 200 grams.

He said officers recovered more than 1,000 grams of crystal meth in the operation.



In one of the biggest cases of its kind in Shanghai in recent years, three people have been detained after being caught with 50 kilograms of methamphetamine, officials said.

A woman from Guangdong Province, surnamed Lu, and her accomplices allegedly transported the drug to Shanghai in a fruit van.20160624001123

Police officers intercepted the van at the Fengjing toll gate on the G60 Shanghai-Kunming Highway on May 20 and found bags of the drug stuffed in metal cans, said officials.

Suspicions were aroused when Lu, who lived in Songjiang District, started selling fruit at a wholesale produce market in Putuo District at prices significantly lower than the market value.

“Because Lu used fruit to sneak the drug into Shanghai, she was eager to get rid it in case the presence of a large amount of fruit in her apartment made neighbors suspicious,” said Shen Yi, a Putuo police official.

In another case, eight suspects have been detained after police seized 43.9 kilograms of methamphetamine and shut down two drug manufacturing operations in Chengdu and Suining in Sichuan Province in May. One of the suspects is believed to have been in contact with known drug addicts in Shanghai.

Police said that in about 80 percent of cases involving trafficking and transporting drugs, the illegal substances have entered Shanghai by road.

“We have stepped up checks at highway crossings,” said Ye Feng, head of the Drug Combating Department at Shanghai Public Security Bureau.

Under Chinese law, manufacturing, smuggling, transporting or selling over 50 grams of methamphetamine or heroin carries a sentence ranging from 15 years in prison to death.

Between January and May this year, 849 suspects were held in 833 drug cases and 179 kilograms of drugs were seized, police said.

Yesterday more than 1,600 kilograms of illegal drugs seized since May 2012 were destroyed at a facility at Shanghai Chemical Industry Park.



“If I didn’t use drugs, I’d put a gun in my mouth and kill myself,” Graham says.

Looking at his surroundings you can understand why.

Graham lives in the homeless camp in the woods near Wal-Mart, inhabiting the log cabin built by his late friend Red.99659chilliwackGrahamFraserWeb

He talks about drugs and suicide as he sits on the dirt floor, looking up at a hole in the roof. Shortly after Red passed away, the pipe that vents hot air from the wood-burning stove sparked a fire that left a charred two square foot gap up there.

Outside his door, rats scurry around. He says they’ve moved in big time since the fire, and now he’s started digging a trench around the foundation, installing mesh he hopes will keep them from digging their way in.

The camp is just as filthy as it was when Red lived here, and more people are showing up as the weather turns nice.

But it’s not his surroundings that make Graham feel like checking out.

It’s mental illness.

Graham says he’s suffered from severe anxiety and panic as long as he can remember.

“I’ve got almost an insane need to be doing (something),” he says, trying to explain what he feels. “And when I’m not high or trying to get high, I don’t know what it is that I’m supposed to be doing.”

He can’t or won’t discuss the cause of these issues, and honestly, he’s not sure he even knows.

The slightest mention of it causes him to fidget.

“I don’t know if I can explain it, and even right now, just thinking about it, I’m close to getting up and going for a bike ride,” he says, looking very uncomfortable. “It’s just that I’ve spent so long trying to avoid it.”

This camp that he calls home, with conditions unthinkable for most of us, is Graham’s safe haven.

When he visits the outside world to earn a living searching through dumpster bins, he has to deal with people.

They make him uncomfortable, and he embraces making them uncomfortable.

Graham claims to hate beards, yet cultivates a tuft of thick Duck Dynasty chin hair.

“I don’t wash my hands,” he adds, smiling as he holds them up, showing two palms caked with enough grease and grime to make a mechanic blush.

Anything he can do to make people cross the street when they see him coming.

“It keeps people away,” he says. “And I’m aware I’m presenting the cover of the book that I accuse them of judging me by, but in some respects I want that.”

“I’m doing my thing. I’m not hurting anyone and I just want them to leave me alone.”

Graham won’t take medicine for his anxiety, mostly because he’s deeply suspicious of pharmaceutical companies.

“How can you trust anyone whose profit margin depends on people staying sick?” he asks.

When he returns to camp after a 10-14 hour day hunting for cans/bottles/scrap metal, crystal meth is what he turns to to prevent his otherwise razor-sharp brain from thinking itself to death.

“I don’t sleep at night, and often I’ll go eight or nine days with just a few naps before I crash,” the 47 year old says. “The way I abuse my body is probably what will get me in the end. I’ll never get to be 71 years old like Red because these stretches of nine, 12, 14 days will take their toll.”

Graham is a smart man.

Talk to him for an hour when he’s not using and you’re left with the idea that he could have been a doctor, engineer, lawyer or whatever else he put his mind to. He articulates strong thoughts about mental illness, even if he’d rather “run a knife through his forearm or shoot his foot off” than talk about his own.

“I see all of them out here, the whole spectrum of mental illness,” he says. “Everything from full-blown schizophrenic psychosis to mild cases of aggression, and everything in between. I doubt there’s one I haven’t seen.”

“Being face to face with it so much, it doesn’t phase me.”

It certainly phases other people.

Be honest now. What do you think when you see someone muttering to themselves in Safeway or yelling at passers-by on the street?

“The public’s not used to it because we’ve hid it away in asylums and shit for hundreds of years,” Graham says. “It’s only now that it’s barely entering the greater societal consciousness, and it’ll be a while yet before mainstream society can come to grips with the idea that what they see and react to is just a blown-up picture of what’s going on in their own head.”

“They need to be brought out of the dark ages.”

Graham’s voice rises as he talks about the stigma of mental illness, yet he understands why people react as they do.

Twenty years ago, he suspects he was the same, slapping the ‘crazy’ label on people he didn’t understand.

What confuses him is that the people who are supposed to care the most sometimes care the least.

Like his last trip to a hospital. He visited Abbotsford Regional Hospital not long ago because a urinary tract infection had spread to his testicles.

He claims they’d swollen to the size of a baseball.

“But the second I walked through the door I was labeled a drug seeker and the triage worker was snotty as hell,” he recalls angrily. “There was an assumption about who I was until she realized I actually had a serious problem.”

“She’s a health-care professional and if she can’t control her assumptions she’s in the wrong job.”

“I’m probably no better than the people I’m accusing, but we have to be on guard for that sort of thing. Otherwise, what’s the point of being human?”

Graham would avoid hospitals forever if he had his way, and for his mental illness and addiction issues he insists that he doesn’t want help.

He’s tried Prozac and it made him feel manic. He’s tried therapy and won’t talk enough to make it worthwhile.

Graham is fine doing what he’s doing, hiding in the woods and self-medicating.

“A mental health worker could come up the pathway right now and ask me to talk, and I’d say sure,” he says. “But they’d give up from boredom after a week or two because I won’t say diddly.”

“I’m just not gonna, period, and I’d be on my bike heading for the hills if it was ever enforced.”

Graham’s had lots of ‘traditional’ jobs, but couldn’t hold on to any of them.

Sometimes, when he’s out and about, someone will yell at him to ‘get a job’

“Well I’m dragging around 180 pounds of stuff and it feels like work to me,” Graham laughed. “I told one guy he should try it.”

He says he won’t collect Welfare, ever, even if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself showed up in the forest and begged him to take it.

“Taking free money to sit out here and do drugs would make me a hypocrite,” he explains. “I make it on the $20 to 40 a day from cans and scraps of metal, and I don’t need more than that.”

He doesn’t want a place of his own because that would mean dealing with a landlord, paying rent, paying bills.

All of it adding stress he can’t handle.

“Any one of those things is too much and could tip me over the edge,” he says. “What confounds so many people is that I can be content with so little.”

I don’t need a car, phone or TV, I like sleeping under the stars and the hole in the roof wouldn’t be an issue if I’d just get off my lazy ass and fix it.”

Graham admits he is in the minority.

He believes the majority of Chilliwack’s homeless and/or mentally ill want help and either don’t know how to get it, or are scared to.

He’ll talk at length about the need for more outreach workers and serious Welfare reform.

But Graham is cynical and world-weary. He doesn’t expect anything to happen because deep down, he doesn’t think anyone cares.

And even if they did?

“I don’t think that there would be a solution for me, because I’m not going to participate,” he says. “If people read that and say I deserve what I get, I say amen. I don’t argue that at all.”

A year from now Graham expects to still be in the forest, surrounded by filth and hopefully a few less rats, doing the only thing that works for him.

“People keep telling me I need to figure it out,” he says. “Well I’ve already figured it out. This keeps me sane and keeps a gun out of my mouth and this is what I’ll keep doing.”



LAKE COUNTY — It’s not like trying a beer.

“Methamphetamine changes brain chemistry,” said Dr. Paul Gochis of St. Luke Community Healthcare.

Methamphetamine abuse is a problem, according to health professionals,

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law enforcement, and county attorneys in Lake County, and in an effort to understand the problem, it’s important to know how the stimulant affects people.

A user can get meth into their blood stream in several ways. The digestive system absorbs it if it’s swallowed. Snorted substances get into the blood through mucous membranes in the nose. If it’s smoked, it gets into the lung tissue, or it can be injected directly into the bloodstream.

Once it gets into the blood, it travels to different organs, including the brain. The route the drug takes through the brain is complicated but Dr. Gochis simplified it. After meth gets into the brain, signals in the neurons (nerve cells) are sent to release a pleasure hormone called dopamine.

The brain naturally releases small amounts of dopamine when you do things like hug someone, eat something that tastes good or win at something like a game. Normal activities like that hug would rate at about a two on a dopamine scale, but meth surges to the top and ranks somewhere around 30 or higher.

“It causes an incredible high,” he said of the first time someone tries meth. “You can’t get that rush with normal things.”

Dr. Gochis explained that the difference between a dopamine rush from normal activity and meth is like a whisper and shout.

“Our brains were only designed to have whispers,” he said.

The explosion of pleasure from meth damages the dopamine pathway, which then makes it difficult for the user to feel pleasure. It’s even difficult for the user to feel that initial high.

“Once the damage is done, it’s tough not to use,” he said. People can experience an intense drive to seek more just to feel normal with a damaged dopamine receptor. That hug that once created a sense of joy feels flat.

“It’s like the worst depression,” he said explaining that people sometimes do anything not to feel bad.

Research around meth and the changes it causes in brain structure have many healthcare providers classifying the problem as a disease.

“Most medical experts say it’s a disease and not a moral choice,” Dr. Gochis said. “Many people are inherently good, but they have this disease and are prone to addiction and the behaviors that come with it.”

The National Institute on Drug Abuse also classifies addiction as a disease that is defined by chronic, relapsing behavior despite harmful consequences.

“When addiction takes over, a person’s ability to exert self-control can become seriously impaired,” according to an NIDA document. “Brain imaging studies from people addicted to drugs show physical changes in areas of the brain that are critical for judgment, decision making, learning, memory, and behavior control.

“Scientists believe that these changes alter the way the brain works and may help explain the compulsive and destructive behaviors of an addicted person.”

Lake County Deputy Attorney James Lapotka says the drug problem isn’t slowing down.

“We can’t punish addiction out of people,” he said. “It’s a mental illness and we can’t prosecute people out of it. We need to focus on treatment.”

Many other drugs have similar effects on the pleasure center of the brain, but meth is cheap and easy to get, he said. The problem is made worse by the chemicals used to make meth.

The National Meth Project says that meth is usually made with several key ingredients including sulfuric acid, which can also be used to clean toilets; hydrochloric acid, used to make plastic; toluene, an ingredient in brake fluid; phosphorus, the stuff in matches; lithium, as in batteries, and the list goes on.

Dr. Gochis said that the toxic nature of the ingredients in meth makes it one of the worst drugs people can ingest.

“Imagine what that would do to your brain,” he said.



More than 30 teens from affluent Bay Area communities who planned to celebrate on the first day of summer were busted Monday when police stopped their rented party bus and found it loaded with booze, methamphetamine, prescription drugs, marijuana and fake IDs, police in Marin County said

The teens had intended to party for six hours as the bus tooled around Marin and San Francisco on Monday evening, but their plans were undone by an anonymous tipster who warned the Central Marin Police Authority that a bus full of juveniles and alcohol was about to leave Larkspur Ferry Terminal, police said in a statement.

One of the teens, a 16-year-old boy from Tiburon, had reserved the bus online and paid $900 cash and didn’t have to provide ID, police said.

Officers arrived about 5:40 p.m. as the bus was pulling away from the terminal with the passenger door still open and swinging wildly, authorities said. Officers immediately pulled the vehicle over.

Inside, police said, they found a trove of illegal contraband.

The bus reeked of alcohol and pot and was loaded with 33 boys and girls la-1466613012-snap-photowho ranged in age from 15 to 17 and were residents of Larkspur, Tiburon, San Rafael, San Anselmo, Kentfield and Mill Valley, according to police. Officers found 30 separate containers of hard alcohol, a case of hard lemonade, a jar of marijuana hidden under a seat and half-filled and empty alcohol containers in the trash.

One 16-year-old girl had a purse full of various prescription drugs, marijuana and fake IDs.

The bus driver, 63-year-old James Greene, had methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs and alcohol in the driver’s compartment and was carrying a switchblade, police said.

On Monday, Marin County prosecutors charged Greene with several misdemeanors related to the teens drinking on the bus, along with misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine and carrying an open container in the driver’s compartment. He denied knowing alcohol was on the bus to police, officials said.

After the stop, police took all the teens off the bus and called their parents, who either picked them up or made arrangements for them to get home, officials said.

The girl with the pills, marijuana and fake IDs was cited for possession of a controlled substance and marijuana and possession of false identification cards and was released to her parents.

Police notified the bus company about the incident and alerted the California Public Utilities Commission, which oversees passenger carriers.



SOUTH ROXANA — A South Roxana woman is in custody after allegedly delivering methamphetamine to a confidential informant at a public park with her seven-year-old daughter present.

Stephanie L. Bull, 34, of South Roxana was charged Wednesday with web1_00290095692A00001aggravated unlawful delivery of methamphetamine at a park, a Class 1 felony, and unlawful possessing of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony, for allegedly delivering less than five grams of meth to a subject at South Roxana’s Dad’s Club Park on Tuesday. According to a press release from South Roxana Police Chief Bob Coles, Bull’s seven-year-old daughter was with her at the time of the incident.

Bull was out on bond at the time of her arrest after she was previously charged with aggravated delivery of methamphetamine near a school and another methamphetamine delivery charge. Her $100,000 bail was revoked as a result, and she is being held at the Madison County Jail.



Three people are dead and another is recovering from a gunshot wound following a shooting in Washington State, authorities said Wednesday.

Thurston County Chief Deputy Dave Pearsall said that investigators found Washington%20Shootinghalf a pound of methamphetamine, heroin, thousands of dollars in cash and about half a dozen firearms in a travel trailer where two men and a woman were found dead.

Investigators don’t believe that any of the weapons found were involved in Wednesday’s shooting, Pearsall said.

“We’ve developed information that these folks inside this trailer, two of them lived there, and it was a place that drugs were being dealt out of,” he said.

He said that they’re not yet calling it a drug-related crime, but noted “this is a known area for some narcotics being sold.”

He said that a 911 call was received at 5:17 a.m. Wednesday from a 30-year-old man from Olympia who said that he had been shot, his friends were dead and that he didn’t know where he was.

Dispatch was able to use the caller’s cellphone to find his general location — on a property on the east side of Lacey, just north of the state capital of Olympia.

“We found him collapsed on the driveway,” Pearsall said.

Pearsall said that the man had a gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to the hospital, where he was in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

The three people found dead in the trailer were a 31-year-old woman, a 28-year-old Olympia man and a 36-year-old Elma man, and they all appeared to have died from gunshot wounds, Pearsall said. Their names have not yet been released.

Pearsall said that there was no sign of a struggle in the trailer, and that the two men were both shot in the head and the woman was shot in the back.

Investigators have talked with the man who survived the shooting, but 383Washington%20ShootingPearsall said he’s still not coherent following surgery. He hasn’t been ruled out as a suspect at this time, but is not currently a suspect, Pearsall said.

“The suspect is still at large, we don’t know who the suspect is at this time,” he said, noting that the person “could be armed with the weapon that was used to kill these people.”

Investigators at the scene were observed going in and out of the trailer and walking around the property. Authorities are working on search warrants to follow up on leads as they work to establish a suspect, Pearsall said.

“We’re doing everything we can to follow up on some leads,” he said.


A 33-year-old man faces multiple felony charges — including murder — in connection with a fatal multi-vehicle crash that ended a high-speed police pursuit in March in Central Lubbock.15448193

Jonathan Lovato, who has been at the Lubbock County Detention Center since his March 17 arrest, was served with four warrants on Wednesday. The charges also include felon in possession of a firearm, five counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and evading police in a vehicle.

Bond amounts for those charges are $500,000 for the aggravated assault, $100,000 for the weapons charge, $500,000 for murder and $100,000 for evading.

Lovato led police on a high-speed vehicle chase March 17 after officers tried to stop him at a motel during an undercover narcotics investigation, according to warrants.

The chase ended with a multiple-vehicle wreck about 11:45 a.m. at the intersection of 19th Street and Avenue Q that left 54-year-old Ngoc Dung Tran dead.

Lubbock police officers believe Lovato’s actions fleeing police resulted in Tran’s death.

The chase began about 2 miles west of the crash site at the 4105 19th St. America’s Best Value Inn, where plainclothes officers in unmarked police vehicles approached a man and a woman entering a Chrysler Sebring. Lubbock narcotics investigators believed the man driving the Sebring, later identified as Lovato, was carrying a substantial amount of methamphetamine.

A warrant states Lovato sped east on 19th Street to escape police officers, drove into oncoming traffic and went through at least two red lights. Investigators used security cameras from businesses near the crash to calculate the Sebring’s speed, which reached nearly 60 mph. The speed limit of the section of 19th Street near the crash was 35 mph.

Witnesses told police the driver of the Sebring ignored the red lights for east- and westbound traffic on the Avenue Q intersection where it crashed into two other vehicles. Investigators believe the Sebring was struck first by a blue Mazda 3 traveling south, causing it to spin. It was then struck by the maroon Ford Mustang that Tran was driving in the northbound middle lane of Avenue Q. A red GMC Sierra pickup truck struck the Mazda, which was also spinning after the initial crash.

The driver of a black GMC Sierra to the right of the Mustang told police she swerved to avoid the Sebring and hit the Mustang.

None of the police vehicles in the pursuit were damaged.

Lovato and his passenger were taken to University Medical Center before they were taken to the detention center.

An April grand jury indicted Lovato on a first-degree felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver 4-200 grams of methamphetamine. Investigators searched the Sebring and found about 120 grams of methamphetamine. His bond for that charge is set at $500,000.

Investigators also found a pistol in Lovato’s vehicle. Lovato has previous convictions for forgery and burglary of a habitation.



WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) — Two Wausau men are behind bars after they are accused of selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant– before leading police on a high speed chase.

Maxwell Philavanh, 27, and Ben Johnson, 42, are both charged with JOHNSONPHILAVANHdelivering methamphetamine and resisting an officer. Philavanh is also charged with fleeing an officer, possession of amphetamine with the intent to sell, and bail jumping.

According to court documents Johnson and Philavanh agreed to sell nearly four grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant on June 20. Court documents state the three were being monitored by police when they got into a vehicle and headed to an unknown location from the 400 Block in Wausau. Police began following the vehicle. Investigators said as soon as the sirens were activated, the vehicle sped up, at one point reaching speeds of 50 mph, then 70 mph through residential areas.

The pursuit ended at Franklin St. and 14th Streets. Investigators stated the the vehicle was parked and left running in the road near the 700 block of 14th Street. According to court documents, Philavanh and Johnson fled the vehicle. Both were arrested a short time later.

In court Wednesday, prosecutors said Philavanh fought with officers during arrest and had 12 grams of methamphetamine on him. He remains in custody on $10,000 cash bond. He was released from prison in December and remains on extended supervision.

Johnson remains in custody on $5,000 cash bond.



A concerned citizen’s report of someone dropping bottles near Hartford Pike led to the arrests of four individuals for methamphetamine-related felony charges, said Ohio County Chief Deputy Chad Oakes.gfhe4h54h3aq5y

Monday, June 20, deputies investigated suspicious activity in the 4,000 block of Hartford Pike. A caller had reported a silver passenger car stopped in the roadway and one of its occupants left three bottles near the roadside, said Oakes. A deputy observed the bottles appeared to contain chemical precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine.

While investigating the bottles, the deputy saw a car matching the description given in the original call. The driver ignored the deputy’s commands to stop and fled the scene, said Oakes.

Ohio County Deputy Jason Turner then pursued the vehicle for about 2 miles on Hartford Pike before the driver stopped. When the pursuit ended at 9:41 p.m., all four occupants of the car were taken into custody, said Oakes. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team from the Versailles District, called to assist at the scene, confirmed one of the bottles contained an active methamphetamine lab and the other two held chemical precursors used in manufacturing methamphetamine.

The driver of the car, Adrienne D. Johnson, 44, of 2277 S.R. 156, Rising Sun is being charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors, Resisting Law Enforcement and Maintaining a Common Nuisance, all Level 6 felonies, said Oakes.

The remaining occupants of the car, Lacey L. Louden, 36, of 9406 Smiley Hill Road, Aurora (but in Ohio County,) Clifford S. Louden, 50, homeless, and Heather D. Ascherman, 44, of 14402 Poplar St., Aurora, are being charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 Felony, and Possession of Methamphetamine and Possessions of Precursors, both Level 6 felonies, said Oakes.

The Ohio County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public a person who has been charged with a crime merely faces an accusation and is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty.




GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) — For the second time this week, the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for meth debris.gallia+meth+bottle

Tuesday evening deputies responded to an abandoned vehicle on SR 160 in Ewington after reports there could be a meth lab in the car.

Wednesday, deputies responded to SR 279 after the report of a suspicious bottle.

The Sheriff’s Office says the bottle was meth lab debris.

Deputies say if you see items you feel are suspicious, report them to the Gallia County Communications Center at 740-446-1221.