A 25-year-old Mt. Sterling woman was arrested  April 9 while in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine at Blackhawk Park.

According to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office in Viroqua, a deputy was patrolling the park, in Wheatland township, when he spotted a suspicious vehicle.

The deputy discovered Ashlyn Dawn Roney using the “shake and bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamine.


“Shake and bake” involves mixing cold pills with common, though noxious, household chemicals in a two-liter soda bottle.

The method is designed to circumvent laws restricting the sale of ingredients used in making methamphetamine. However, it is extremely dangerous. Authorities say the concoction can explode into a fireball if mishandled.

Roney’s automobile was impounded, and the Vernon County Hazmat team and the Sheriff’s Office neutralized the components being used in manufacturing  the drug.

According to the Vernon County Brodcaster of Viroqua, Roney has three previous misdemeanor convictions listed in her Wisconsin Circuit Court record–two for disorderly conduct and one for obstructing an officer.

Charges had not yet been filed against Roney as of  press time.

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears is asking citizens to stay alert and be aware of suspicious activities in their neighborhoods, rural or otherwise.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the sheriff or Vernon County Crime Stoppers at 608-637-8477.







When a Canadian woman dropped her purse, she wrote it off as gone for good.

So she was more than a little surprised when she got a call from her bank a few days later to say it had been handed in.

And more surprised still when inside she found an apologetic note from the person who had found it.

was discovered in a lost purs

The heart-warming note, posted on Imgur, explains that the purse was picked up by a crystal meth addict. Although they took the cash inside, after keeping hold of the purse for a couple of days they were so racked by guilt they decided to hand it in.

Returned the credit cards and ID, the note’s writer begged the owner: ‘Please never do meth’.

They rounded off the note with the line, ‘you are very beautiful’, on the back.

A lesson for us all.








Starkville police officers arrested a Stewart woman Monday after discovering she had methamphetamine and methamphetamine paraphernalia after a morning incident at Wal-Mart.

Police arrested Melody Rushing Stagg, no age given, of 2480 Tally Road, Stewart, after a 911 call reported suspicious activities at the store about 5:30 a.m.


When officers arrived on the scene, they made contact with Stagg, who according to a release appeared to have slurred speech, constricted pupils and poor motor skills.

Officers observed paraphernalia while speaking with Stagg, according to the release, and discovered methamphetamine in her possession.

Stagg was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

She made an initial appearance in Starkville Municipal Court later that day, where her bond was set at $5,000.








ABINGDON, Va. — Officers from eight law enforcement agencies began a roundup of illegal methamphetamine dealers and producers early Wednesday morning in a two-state sweep called Operation Salt Vegas, Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman said.

A report that originated from the U.S. Attorney’s Office about the sting revealed that two separate meth organizations operating in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia were targeted.

Newman said search warrants were executed at seven unspecified locations and a total of 23 people were arrested and charged. All of those involved were heavily involved in various stages of manufacturing and distribution of meth in the Mountain Empire, authorities said.

“We started just after 6 a.m. and had several in custody by 2 p.m.,” the sheriff said. “I think what we did today after a couple of years of investigating these particular dealers and manufacturers that it will have a major impact on meth in the region.”

Those suspects were booked into the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon on a variety of charges including conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other associated illegal activity, the report said.

Those agencies involved in the apprehension of suspects included sheriff’s office personnel from Russell, Smyth and Washington counties in Virginia and Carter and Johnson counties in Tennessee, the Virginia State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.










CHESTER – A Hancock County man is in police custody on charges related to the manufacturing of methamphetamines.

According to information provided by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Eric Jason Ulbrich, 40, of Chester, was arrested Tuesday after members of the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force, Hancock County Special Response Team and clandestine lab specialists with the West Virginia State Police executed a search warrant issued by the Hancock County Magistrate office.


Also assisting with the scene was New Cumberland Ambulance Service and the New Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, according to the report.

Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said the drug task force received a tip that Ulbrich was manufacturing methamphetamines at 300 Arner Road in Chester.

An investigation was conducted based on the information provided which led to the search warrant, he said.

 “Officers conducted the search of the residence and surrounding property and recovered several items indicative of methamphetamine production and the operation of a clandestine drug laboratory,” said Fletcher.

According to drug task force officials, the items were photographed and samples were submitted to the West Virginia State Police Crime Lab for testing.

Official reports stated Ulbrich admitted to manufacturing methamphetamines to officers during the interview.

He is being charged with operating/attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory.

Ulbrich, who has prior criminal history with illegal methamphetamine production in Georgia, is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Northern Regional Jail to await arraignment.







Housing New Zealand has tested 19 of its houses in Wanganui for the presence of methamphetamine after traces of the drug were found in three properties.

The houses, in various parts of the city, were among those the corporation was offering for sale under its FirstHome programme, aimed at making it easier for people to get into their first home.

The Chronicle has learned that a Wanganui woman and her partner were looking at buying a house in Wembley Place but were suspicious because some of the carpet had been removed and the interior newly-painted.


In an email to a number of MPs, including Labour housing spokesman Phil Twyford, the woman said she spent $250 on tests to see if the property had been used as a meth lab. Those tests were positive and showed slight to moderate levels of methamphetamine.

She was not prepared to spend another $4000 to have more extensive testing done and, although she had entered into a sale agreement with the corporation, said she was working with her lawyer to have that revoked.

“We then requested pre-emptive testing which confirmed the presence of methamphetamine in two locations in the house,” Mr Bosch said.

He said there were two phases of testing for methamphetamine. The first is a pre-emptive test that determines whether it is present or not; the second is a comprehensive test (including air and surface testing) that determines the level of contamination and results in recommendations for repairing the property.

Mr Bosch said readings of less than 0.5 micrograms per 100sq cm were deemed safe.

“Readings of 0.5 micrograms per 100sq cm or greater indicate steps must be taken to make the property safe for habitation, if that’s possible.”

Remedial measures can range from specialised cleaning through to re-fitting a property or even demolition.

On April 8 the corporation requested comprehensive testing of the property and preliminary results indicated the presence of meth at a negligible level of less than 0.02 micrograms per 100sq cm. The air test results are pending.

Mr Bosch said on the same day the prospective purchaser was offered the opportunity to exit the sale and purchase contract they had signed.

“As this is the third instance of methamphetamine being identified in a Wanganui house we have on the market, we have been trialling a pilot programme in Wanganui that will test homes for methamphetamine to determine whether they are fit for sale on the open market,” he said.

“The 19 Wanganui properties already listed with real estate agents will have been tested by April 17. No sale and purchase agreements will be entered into until the properties have received a clear (negative) test reading.

“To date we’ve tested seven vacant properties in Wanganui with three positive readings for the presence of methamphetamine. We’re still awaiting results for one property.”

Mr Bosch said Housing NZ placed great importance on the safety of its properties and tenants and would not knowingly place a methamphetamine-affected property on the market.







WAUSAU (WAOW) – The Oneida County Sheriff’s Department says two suspected labs for making methamphetamine were discovered in the search of a rural Rhinelander home.

Four people were arrested following an undercover operation, Lt. Dan Hess said Wednesday.

Hess said those arrested on suspicion of various drug charges included the home’s owner, Scott Dumpprope, 40, and three people who were there “making the stuff” – Gerry Frederick, 38; Thomas Franz, 55; and Carrie Steinmetz, 46.

No charges had been filed Wednesday.

Hess said a “small amount of methamphetamine” was seized at the home. during Tuesday’s search.

No other details were immediately released.