OMAHA, Neb.Omaha police say they are searching for a man accused of using methamphetamine and stabbing a friend in April.

Shawn Horton, 52, is a suspected meth attacker, accused of stabbing a man in the neck and arm on April 11 near 51st and Walnut.

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In the court affidavit, the victim admitted “he had smoked methamphetamine with Horton earlier,” but then “Horton began arguing” and “then produced a folding knife and stabbed (the victim).” The victim htfhsrhsrzehstrhsjumped off a balcony to get away.

Horton served time in 2010 for domestic assault and spent more than five years in prison in the 1980s for felony assault.

He’s 6 feet tall, weighs about 205 pounds, and has thinning brown hair and green eyes. He used to live just north of 65th and Sorenson.

The Omaha Police Department and Crime Stoppers are asking for the community’s help in finding him.

All tips go through a process in which the person supplying the information is given a code word and number so he or she can’t be identified.

If a suspect/suspects are caught and charged, the tipster could be eligible for a cash reward. You can tip by calling 402-444-STOP, by using the mobile phone app “P3Tips” or by emailing to:


Tulsa, Okla. — A 52-year-old man was taken into custody late Friday night, after Tulsa officers found a lot of drugs inside his Motel 6 room.

The incident happened around 10:41 p.m., near East Independence and North Garnett.  Varner

Police say Donald Varner told them about drugs in his pocket, when they confronted him.  Officers found  three baggies containing meth.

However, he wasn’t completely truthful.

“Inside the drawer was a black scale with a large clear bag with a white crystal like substance inside it,” police said.  “Through training experience, I believe that Donald Ray Varner is trafficking meth.”

In all, police found 38.29 grams of meth.

Varner was taken to the Tulsa County Jail.


An Oklahoma sheriff faces allegations that he let his son deal meth from his police car, that he rounded up women for strip teases—and that he covered up a missing-persons case.

Molly Miller was only 17 when she vanished in a high-speed police chase down a rural Oklahoma road. She was riding in a car driven by a local meth-head, James Conn Nipp, and he gunned it at 120 mph to leave cops in the dust.48981333_cached

Nipp was allegedly the last person to see Miller alive that summer night in 2013. Her family never heard from her again. And they say the sheriff of Love County, where Miller went missing, never fully investigated the girl’s disappearance—perhaps because he is Nipp’s own cousin.

But Miller’s family may be one step closer to justice. This month, a grand jury filed charges to remove the Love County lawman from office, as the FBI investigates allegations that he assisted his 38-year-old son’s meth dealing.

Sheriff Marion “Joe” Russell was cuffed on corruption charges last week stemming from a flurry of bizarre allegations, including that he allowed a fugitive to stay at his home and “booty bump” methamphetamine with his son.

The 62-year-old constable, with his cowboy hat and white Kenny Rogers beard, was released from jail shortly after his arrest and is back on the job. Since then, he’s evaded reporters seeking comment on the case.

A multi-county grand jury filed removal proceedings against Russell on July 14, court records show. He’s charged with two counts of corruption in office and two counts of habitual or willful neglect of duty.

Another charge, willful maladministration, relates to the Nipp car chase. Russell allegedly allowed Nipp to meet with his family members, unsupervised, in a deputy’s office where evidence was stored, court papers show. (The accusation for removal does not specify whether evidence in Nipp’s own case was stored there.)

Nipp was never charged in Miller’s disappearance, and cops haven’t made any arrests in her case. A fellow passenger that night, a 21-year-old father named Colt Haynes, also vanished and was never found.

According to Miller’s family, Nipp knew her for years. Yet the 25-year-old—and his sheriff cousin—have done little to help find her, relatives claim.

Messages left with relatives of Nipp, who is currently in prison, were not returned. One family member hung up on a Daily Beast reporter.

“From the beginning, I’ve known in my heart… we’re not dealing with just a missing persons case,” said Paula Fielder, a cousin to Miller who’s spearheaded search efforts. “Something’s not right about this.”

“I’m hoping with [Sheriff Russell’s] arrest, it will finally bring us some more answers into what has happened to Molly and Colt,” Fielder told The Daily Beast.

It’s unclear why Miller and Haynes were Nipp’s passengers on July 7, 2013. Relatives of the missing Oklahomans, as well as investigators, have speculated the mysterious rendezvous may have been drug-related.

Police say Nipp was driving his girlfriend’s 2012 Honda Accord around 10:46 p.m., and recklessly spun toward two parked patrol cars in Wilson, Oklahoma—a town in Carter County with a population of 1,700 people.

According to the Daily Ardmoreite, Nipp raced through a downtown area before turning on State Highway 76 and turning off his car’s headlights. Then Nipp entered a Love County road, his vehicle spewing gravel at cops, who eventually lost him.

The wrecked Honda was discovered in Love County two weeks later. In September 2013, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol launched an investigation to determine who was driving the vehicle when it crashed, according to the Ardmoreite.

OHP investigators soon learned that Nipp’s car was parked at an associate’s home around 9 p.m., just before the wild spree. The man told cops he saw Haynes in the front passenger seat and Miller in the back seat before they left with Nipp, the Ardmoreite reported.

Meanwhile, the OHP analyzed cell phone records showing that Nipp, Haynes, and Miller were traveling together when the police chase started. Their phones pinged the same cell towers, according to the Ardmoreite.

Miller’s relatives say she dialed 911 at 12:57 a.m., in what was a five-second call. The dispatcher did not try calling her back, they say.

An arrest warrant for Nipp was issued in January 2014. He surrendered to police, with Sheriff Russell taking him into custody. At the time, Nipp allegedly told Russell he had “no idea” where Miller and Haynes were, KFOR reported.

Nipp’s girlfriend, Sabrina “Shelby” Graham was also arrested and charged with making a false insurance claim and filing a false police report. One day after the chase, Graham tried to shield Nipp by reporting her Honda stolen, prosecutors say. She pleaded guilty, and received a three-year deferred sentence, records show.

Nipp pleaded guilty to eluding, assault with a dangerous weapon and unauthorized use of a vehicle and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, KXII reported.

Both Haynes’s and Miller’s kin believe Nipp knows what happened to their missing loved ones, and accuse the sheriff of helping him cover it up.

Monique Stewart, Haynes’s sister, said Sheriff Russell was chummy with her cousin and attended family reunions when she was growing up. But when her family tried meeting him over her missing brother, he “avoided us at all costs,” she said.

“We’re hoping that with [the sheriff] being arrested, the people that were scared to talk will come forward now,” Stewart told The Daily Beast.

“What’s most important is to find my brother,” the sister added. “I don’t want any family to have to go through this again. What’s done in the dark always comes into the light. And we won’t stand for corruption.”

Fielder says Sheriff Russell, elected in 2001, refused to allow her family to file a missing person report within days of Miller’s disappearance. The Love County dispatcher told relatives they needed to file a report with the Wilson Police Department because it was not Russell’s “problem,” Fielder said.

So Fielder did her own detective work, and hired a private eye, before the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation took over.

“I questioned Conn [Nipp] back in 2013,” Fielder recalled. “My sister, my cousin and myself went to his house. At that point, no one [in law enforcement] questioned Conn and they still haven’t to this day. I said to him, ‘Conn, we know she’s dead.’ I was just lying. ‘I know how it happened. The thing we don’t know is where she is now. Please tell us where she is.’”

Fielder claims Nipp teared up and said, “I don’t want to go to jail,” before his family ushered him away. “He was showing some sort of remorse at that moment for something,” Fielder said of the Labor Day weekend encounter in 2013. “They shut him down.”

Since Miller’s disappearance, Fielder has remained a thorn in Sheriff Russell’s side. In May, she ran into him at a convenience store and questioned him about his claims that he forwarded tips he received on Miller and Haynes to state investigators.

“He said, ‘Paula, I’ve tried looking for those kids,” Fielder told The Daily Beast. “I said, ‘Where have you tried looking for them at?’ I said, ‘To my knowledge, you have not given [OSBI] one tip, not one that involves something happening to Molly and Colt.’

“You know full well Molly and Colt did not leave Long Hollow Road alive,” Fielder recalled telling the sheriff. “You need to stop protecting your family, because we’ve had enough.”

Even then, in the midst of an FBI investigation relating to his son’s drug-dealing, Russell allegedly vowed to stay in office. The sheriff allegedly told Fielder, “Y’all can say all you want. The FBI has been investigation me and they ain’t gonna find nothing.”

Fielder replied, “You just hide and watch, buddy. They’re coming for you.”

Messages left at Russell’s office were not returned. “Thank you. I ain’t got nothing to say,” the sheriff told a reporter for the Oklahoman last week.

In 2014, Russell denied allegations that he knew of possible evidence—a machete and a pistol—in the Miller case but did nothing about it.

“It’s like they don’t care that Molly and Colt are missing. It’s like it’s ‘Oh well, it’s somebody else’s problem,’” Philip Klein, the Miller family’s private investigator, told local TV station KXII.

Russell defended himself at the time, telling KXII, “Every time I try to do something on the investigation, I was accused of trying to cover something up, so I just took myself out of action. If I get a tip of any kind, I call OSBI.”

He added, “You know, not just their family needs closure, my kinfolks, they need closure too, ’cause they don’t know what happened to them either.”

Still, the Russell clan might know more than they let on.

The feds claim the sheriff’s son, George “Willie” Russell, 38, was connected to the rural county’s criminal elements—selling meth and using his father’s police truck to transport it back to his home, court papers allege.

Willie Russell pleaded guilty in federal court to methamphetamine distribution and awaits sentencing, records show. His crank-peddling is also mentioned in a probable cause affidavit for Sheriff Russell’s corruption charges.

From March 2015 and May 2015, Sheriff Russell allegedly harbored a fugitive named Sara Bamburg—who was dating his son—and “willfully maintained a dwelling where drugs are kept,” the affidavit states.

At the time, Bamburg was wanted in Carter County for violation of probation and false personation of another. She also had a warrant in Love County for knowingly concealing stolen property, the document says.

But her drug-dealing boyfriend, Willie, allegedly vowed that she was safe as long as she stayed at the family home. Willie told Bamburg “she would not be arrested as long as she was dating him,” the affidavit states.

Bamburg told authorities Willie Russell stored meth for sale at the sheriff’s house. She and her beau also allegedly chatted up the sheriff while they were high on the drug. Sheriff Russell gave his son the keys to his Love County patrol truck—which Willie would allegedly use to sell meth, the affidavit says.

The gal pal claims she snorted a “line” of methamphetamine on the center console of the sheriff’s patrol truck’s, court records show.

Indeed, Willie Russell was a known meth dealer in Love County, prosecutors say. Since 2011, drug users would come to the sheriff’s house and use meth while the sheriff was home, the affidavit states.

Sheriff Russell allegedly sent Bamburg and his son to different locations to pick up methamphetamine for distribution and bring it back to their residence, one informant told investigators.

But in April 2015, Bamburg left Russell and moved in with another man. Two days later, Love County deputies knocked at her new residence to arrest her. She eluded them on April 8 but was arrested by Sheriff Russell the next day, the affidavit states.

Russell arrested Bamburg on all four felony arrest warrants, then presented charges to the district attorney against her new roommate for harboring a fugitive, court records show.

Court transcripts from Willie Russell’s drug case provide even seedier details on the small-town corruption.

In November 2015, an FBI agent testified the new roommate was arrested after he questioned the sheriff for coming after Bamburg.

The roomie asked “why is it okay for her to live at your house with Willie and get high and have warrants and not be arrested, but then when she comes here, everybody is after her and she gets arrested,” the agent recalled.

The FBI agent testified that Willie Russell would administer meth to Bamburg through “booty bumping,” which involves mixing up the drug, placing it in a syringe, and shooting it into the rectum so that it’s absorbed through the intestines.

Bamburg was allegedly coerced into sex with Willie Russell, the agent said.

“Anytime she said that she would try to stop his advances or not want to have sex with her, he would remind her that… you’ve got warrants and as long as you are here dating me, you are not going to get arrested,” the G-Man testified.

Willie Russell’s takedown came in May 2015, after he sold 2.8 grams of crystal meth, or an eight ball, to a confidential informant at a Carver County corner store for $200, court records show.

According to the FBI agent, the deal “took quite a while” to arrange because Russell was insistent on staying in Love County, where his sheriff dad could apparently protect his illegal activity, transcripts reveal.

Drug-dealing isn’t the only criminal activity that allegedly occurred on Russell’s watch.

The FBI agent testified that on two occasions, the sheriff arrested bikini-clad women who were drunk or high and partying on the Red River. Instead of taking them to jail, he transported them to his home, the agent said.

Then he made them dance.

Russell would “basically arrest them for public intoxication and then… take them to his house where Willie was and either have—it has been reported to have them dance, strip,” the agent testified.

“Either Willie would strip them, sometimes Joe would. And these were apparently the kind of girls that once they realized that they weren’t going to go to jail, that they were just at another party, they would then go ahead and partake of the meth that Willie would offer them and stay and party,” the fed added.

At one point during the testimony, assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Horn asked the agent about the county’s missing persons cases.

The agent said Miller and Haynes were involved with drugs before they disappeared, court transcripts show.

“Were they involved with people associated with Joe Russell when they disappeared?” the U.S. attorney asked, to which the FBI agent responded in the affirmative.

Then the federal prosecutor asked about the investigation being faced with “the real fear” of confidential informants or anyone with information disappearing too.

In response, the FBI agent mentioned Jordan Buckaloo, a Love County man who vanished in July 2011. His remains were found seven months later but his suspicious death was never solved, according to news reports.

The agent also said the C.I. who busted Willie Russell was “worried” because Russell and his father’s associates tried luring her into Love County, the agent testified.

“That has been an overlying theme of all of the interviews we have done,” the agent said. “Everybody is very hesitant to talk. They don’t want Joe Russell knowing that they are talking. So, yes, I would say they are all scared.”


Graham appears in court, search ongoing for Nipp

As law enforcement agencies continue a search for Conn Nipp, 22, of Overbrook, ad­ditional details regarding the events that led to the arrest warrants for both Nipp and Shelby Graham, 32, of Lone Grove were obtained by The Ardmoreite Monday.AR-140109826

Graham has been charged with felony fraudulent claim upon insurance contract for payment of loss as well as mis­demeanor false reporting of a crime. Nipp is wanted for felony eluding an officer while endan­gering another.

The arrest warrants were filed in connection into the disappearance of both Molly Miller and Colt Haynes.

Capt. Ronnie Hampton, Oklahoma High­way Patrol Troop F, said the search for Nipp is ongoing with no new updates. He did confirm the OHP has received some tips on Nipp’s whereabouts.

“We were hoping he would turn himself in at 5 p.m. to­day (Monday) and we will get the Marshall Service to begin a fugitive investigation on him,” Hampton said.

Graham appeared in court Monday and a preliminary con­ference was scheduled for 9 a.m., Feb. 18.

The affidavits filed by the Oklahoma High­way Patrol in district court indicate a 2012 Honda Accord was driven in Wilson at 10:46 p.m. July 7 and was driven in a reckless manner while spinning and slinging rocks toward two stationary marked Wilson Police vehicles.

Officers Richard Parsley and Brandon Ding­man began a pursuit, which started westbound through city streets into the downtown area as the Honda began increasing speed. The vehicle turned south on State Highway 76 and, during the pursuit, continued to increase speed while turning off its headlamps. The vehicle also turned into the opposing lane of traffic east­bound on County Line Road, throwing gravel at the police vehicles as it accelerated.

The Wilson officers ended the chase as they were unable to safely maintain the pursuit be­cause of the high rate of speed as well as dust generated on the dirt road.

The OHP was able to determine through its investigation that the car had been seen at the residence of Josh Davis at 9 p.m. July 7 in Ardmore. The driver was identified as a white male, approximately 6 foot tall weighing approximately 200 pounds with white hair. The affidavit stated the description matched Nipp. Davis also said when the Honda left his residence, Colt Haynes was the front seat passenger and Molly Miller was the rear seat passenger.

Graham, the owner of the vehicle, told Capt. Ronnie Hampton, Commander of Troop F, and representatives of State Farm Insurance, that she had loaned the Honda to Nipp and he had lawful possession of the vehicle on July 7. She said Nipp had returned the vehicle to her residence 15 to 30 minutes prior to the pursuit in Wilson.

The OHP interviewed neighbors of Graham that were awake and outside at that time and they stated the vehicle did not arrive back at her residence at the time in question.

Graham went on to tell investigators she went to sleep shortly after the car arrived and woke up at 6 a.m., July 8 to discover the car was stolen.

Cell phone records obtained by the OHP paint a different picture. The affidavit indicated cell phone records show considerable phone and text message communication with Melissa Greenroyd, Nipp’s mother, as well as Jennifer Nipp, the aunt of Conn Nipp.

The activity began within minutes of the pursuit ending, continuing through the evening of July 7 into early morning July 8 leading to Graham’s phone call to the Lone Grove Police Department to report her vehicle stolen.

Additional cell phone records belonging to Conn Nipp, Haynes and Miller were analyzed. The locations of the phones struck cellular towers with their wireless signal. The mapping of the information shows the devices were traveling together at all times before the police chase and moments before it started in Wilson. The information also indicated that Nipp, Haynes and Miller traveled from Ardmore and were near Wilson at the time the pursuit started.

Further investigation into Graham’s claim of a stolen vehicle indicated she told State Farm that once she discovered her car was stolen, she went across the street to ask a neighbor if they had seen or heard anything.

The OHP canvassed the neighborhood asking every resident if Graham contacted them on the morning of July 8 and none of the residents had contact with her prior to the report of a stolen vehicle.

It was confirmed by the OHP that a State Farm representative relied on an affidavit of vehicle theft and two recorded statements by Graham to process the claim, at which point the insurance company provided payment in excess of $18,000 based on the information provided by Graham.

The OHP filed the charge of falsely reporting a crime after it was determined that initial information, in addition to a handwritten statement, were false.


Love County Sheriff Joe Russell arrested – FBI: Booty bumping Methamphetamine, harboring fugitive, Sara Bamburg, at sheriff’s house


Following several hours of testimony over two days, Magistrate James Stow found probable cause Friday to send Shaun Patrick Kelly’s murder case to District Court for a future trial.

During the preliminary hearing, Stow also raised Kelly’s bond amount from $100,000 to $150,000, a move Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said is unusual.Kelly_Shaun_P_t1140

Kelly, 43, is accused of forcing Evan Mychal Larkin, 22, of Post Falls, to eat a fatal dose of methamphetamine at gunpoint last August to prove he was not a police informant. Larkin remained unconscious in the hospital for three days after the incident and died Aug. 23. Kelly was arrested July 1 in Spokane and is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Deputy Prosecutor Donna Gardner requested the bond be raised to $1 million out of concern the witnesses and Larkin’s family could be in danger, and based on Kelly’s criminal history which includes failing to appear for court dates multiple times.

Gardner said Kelly has commented to his girlfriend during telephone conversations that he “really needs to find out who told the police where he was.”

Stow said $1 million was excessive but agreed Kelly’s history required the bond amount to be higher.

Kelly’s defense attorney, Anne Taylor, said the state’s “best case” is Josh Brown, the man who told police he was with Larkin when the incident occurred. He also admitted to leaving Larkin, who was unconscious, in his truck parked in the emergency room parking lot at Kootenai Health. Brown, currently incarcerated on unrelated charges, testified Friday after he was given immunity by the prosecution regarding any self-incriminating statements he might disclose about the events leading to Larkin’s death.Evan-Larkin_t1140

Brown testified in detail to much of what he told the police after they questioned him in September, including how he went with Larkin to meet Kelly at a Post Falls residence so they could “get high.” He said Kelly acted aggressively, was yelling and forced them to undress and hand over their keys and cellphones.

Brown said, when asked why he complied with Kelly’s demands, “There were no threats or anything like that. I guess I was nervous … He thought Evan was a cop. (Kelly) was sketched out on the whole situation so he was looking for wires.”

Taylor asked Brown why he and Larkin did not leave the residence when Kelly left the room, and Brown said because they did not have the keys to Larkin’s truck. He said Kelly could not find the keys either and later started the truck with some sort of tool, possibly a screwdriver, after Larkin became unresponsive. Kelly allegedly told Brown to take Larkin out to a field somewhere and leave him there.

Taylor argued against Brown’s credibility, stating he “is trying to pin it on Kelly.” Gardner said that did not make sense.

“Why would he go through the effort of making up this story against a person who appears to be a person that delivers drugs, a drug dealer, and risk his own safety and future by providing these kind of details about a person he doesn’t even know?” Gardner said.

Taylor also argued in the case of the second-degree murder charge, the state cannot prove implied malice because “it was all about getting high” and not about “getting dead.”

Stow said although some of the prosecution’s witnesses “are not the highest members of society,” he found credible evidence in the testimony and exhibits that support Brown’s story and affirm the three felony charges.

McHugh said the next step is for the assigned District Court judge to schedule an arraignment where Brown will be able to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.



COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – There is enough evidence for a trial in the death of a 22-year-old who was forced to eat a lethal amount of methamphetamine.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports Magistrate James Stow found probable cause to send the case to district court for trial.

Authorities say Evan Mychal Larkin was held at gunpoint and forced to eat the lethal dose to prove he wasn’t a police informant.

A witness testified 43-year-old Shaun Patrick Kelly thought Larkin was an officer.

Defense attorney Anne Taylor argued the witness was trying to pass blame.

A judge will schedule an arraignment when Kelly can enter a plea.

Prosecutors said Kelly had failed to appear in court before and bail was raised to $150,000.

Larkin is the grandson of a former Post Falls mayor.


Police arrested a man Saturday after receiving a 911 call from his girlfriend, who told them he had been holding her against her will and threatening to kill her for two days.

James Overton, 28, was arrested Saturday while hiding inside a bowling alley636049093613605884-jamesoverton after a struggle with police, during which he bit an officer in a QuikTrip parking lot, according to a Des Moines police report.

The victim told police that the following events took place, according to the report:

Overton had jumped into the victim’s car as she was leaving work Thursday. She said she had broken up with him that day and, after leaving a drug treatment facility, he calmly asked her to drive him to see his children one last time before he goes to prison.

Overton had been released from the Polk County Jail three days earlier, after an April 7 arrest.

Overton then asked the woman to drive him to a hotel in Altoona, and along the way he was threatening to kill her. She told police she was afraid and didn’t get a chance to make a phone call. He later took her cellphone from her.

The next day, Overton ordered the woman to take the children to a babysitter because he didn’t want the children to see him kill her. Overton forced her to have sex with him when they returned to the hotel, and threatened to take her to Tulsa, Okla., and force her into prostitution.

In the hotel room, Overton was smoking methamphetamine and threatening to kill her and any police officer that she tried to call for help.

On Saturday morning, Overton told the woman to pick up the children so they could go camping, and held a knife in his lap while she drove.

“If you do anything slick, I will stab you and slice your throat,” Overton said.

He ordered her to drive to a QuikTrip in the 4000 block of Fleur Drive to pick up food. She went inside and called police, who were dispatched to the store about 12:20 p.m.

Officers tried to detain Overton while he was sitting in the passenger seat of a minivan. There was a struggle, during which the van rolled back and into the police car and Overton bit the officer in an arm to evade his grasp.

He took off on foot and ended up in the Air Lanes bowling alley, where he was arrested.

Overton was initially charged with five offenses: first degree kidnapping-sexual abuse/torture; assault on peace officers; simple assault on a police officer/firefighter; second-degree criminal mischief with damage between $1,000 and $10,000; and interference with official acts. But officials at the Des Moines Police Department told The Des Moines Register on Saturday night that those charges may change.


Houston County Sheriff’s deputies arrested four people Friday and charged them with trafficking nearly 4 ounces of meth at or near a local motel.

Court records show deputies arrested Jason Edward Campbell, 44, of Eufaula, 33-year-old Michael Lane Price, 35-year-old April Lashea Watson and 17-year-old Austin Wayne Sanford all of Midland City.5793cf6b1066e_image

Records show deputies charged all four people with trafficking meth. Deputies also charged Campbell with felony chemical endangerment of a child and felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Price was also charged with two felony counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Records show deputies charged all four people with trafficking 110 grams or 3.8 ounces of methamphetamine at or near the Days Inn motel located at 3071 Ross Clark Circle in Dothan on Friday.

It appears the 17-year-old Sanford is being charged as an adult with the class A felony crime of drug trafficking since the charges were made available in court records.

Price was booked into the Houston County Jail and held on bail totaling $1,510,000.

Sanford was booked into the county jail and held on $100,000 bail.

Campbell was booked into the county jail and held on bail totaling $80,000.

Watson was booked into the county jail on $25,000 bail.


A woman was arrested and accused of trying to tow a disabled vehicle from in front of her home while the owner of the vehicle waited for a tow truck, according to Louisville Metro Police.

Sheila Schepers, 52, of Louisville, is facing a charge of theft by unlawful taking of an automobile, a felony, according to an arrest citation released Friday. She is 636047801336193155-SheilaSchepersalso facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance after police said they found methamphetamine in her pocket.

Police said they received a report of a woman trying to tow a vehicle parked in the road in front of her home around 1:45 p.m. Thursday. The owner of the vehicle was waiting on a tow truck after an earlier incident.

Upon arrival, officers said they found Schepers in her vehicle with a tow strap hooked from the rear of her car to the front of the other vehicle. Part of the rear vehicle was pulled off.

After the owner of the vehicle said property from her car was missing, police said they located the vehicle’s CD player in Schepers’ yard on a table. They also located a large methamphetamine rock, pills, a small amount of marijuana and rolling paper in her pockets.

Schepers was arrested around 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the home in the 1000 block of Sarah Drive. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Jefferson County District Court on Saturday.

No other information was provided in the post-arrest complaint.

She in being held in Metro Corrections on a $10,000 cash bond, court records show.


MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KYA property manager at Carson Park in Paducah is accused of supplying an inmate laborer with methamphetamine, according to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department.11059404_G

Deputies say McCracken County deputy jailers conducted a spot check at Carson Park on inmate 28-year-old Harold Fletcher Friday afternoon, and they found him in a locked office building with the property manager, 49-year-old Mary Jennett.

After Jennett unlocked the building, deputies say they found Fletcher in a bathroom with meth. They also say Jennett had been supplying meth to and smoking it with Fletcher.

The meth and a pipe were seized from the building during a search of the office, investigators say.

Fletcher was charged with first degree possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jennett was charged with first degree meth trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of meth.


PADUCAH, KY – Two people face drug charges, after a Paducah woman was allegedly caught trafficking meth to a McCracken County Jail inmate.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says deputy jailers did a spot check Thursday afternoon at Carson Park on an inmate that was working there. Deputies reportedly found the inmate, 28-year-old Harold Fletcher, in a locked office building with Carson Park Property Manager 49-year-old Mary Jennett. Deputies said it took a while for Jennett to open the door, and they found Fletcher in a bathroom with meth.

Deputies said they learned that Jennett had been supplying Fletcher with meth and using it with him. They seized meth and a smoking pipe during a search of the building.

Jennett is charged with first-degree meth trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of meth. Fletcher faces charges of possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

The investigation is continuing according to the sheriff’s office, and more charges are possible.


According to a press release, the Street Enforcement Narcotics Team, MCSENT, arrested two brothers Friday for the trafficking of crystal methamphetamine into the Mobile area.a43b5a69-3d55-45b9-aded-1ee400e47918-large16x9_Methandmoney

During the drug investigation conducted on July 21-22, officers executed search warrants at three locations and apprehended Lorenzo Hickman and Dangelo Hickman. The brothers were transporting a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine from Mississippi into Mobile.

Over $3,000 in cash, multiple pistols and a Chevy pickup truck were seized along with the kilogram of crystal methamphetamine.

The Hickman brothers were charged with trafficking methamphetamine and carrying a pistol without a permit. They also face numerous federal drug and firearms charges in Alabama and Mississippi.


Waveland – The man accused of fatally shooting Jeremy Fountain in Waveland remains in custody in Jefferson Parish, where he faces drug and firearm charges.

Drew Daniel “Creep” Bourgeois, 28, of Bay St. Louis, faces a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of Fountain, found dead July 11 in the woods in Shoreline Park.drew%20daniel%20bourgeois

Bourgeois will face the Louisiana state charges before he is brought to Waveland on the murder warrant, Waveland Police Chief David Allen said Friday.

It’s unclear how long it will be before Bourgeois is extradited.

“It could take some time, but I can’t even give a ballpark time estimate right now,” Allen said.

Bourgeois was found in a Metairie motel room July 14 with his girlfriend and meth, marijuana, digital scales and a pistol, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department. Deputies went looking for him on a fugitive warrant on the murder charge.

His felony charges in Louisiana are possession with intent to distribute meth, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Bourgeois’ bonds in Jefferson Parish total $110,500. He is held with no bond on the fugitive warrant on the Waveland murder charge.

Two men’s deaths linked

Police have linked Fountain’s death with the July 6 fatal shooting of Matthew Spooner in New Orleans.

Both men were 35, knew each other and were from Hancock County. They also reportedly knew Bourgeois.

Fountain, whose nickname was Huggies, and Spooner each died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Spooner was found in a New Orleans home when police responded to a call of a shooting.

Fountain’s remains were found in woods off Chesapeake and Coral streets while relatives and others searched for him. He had been dead several days, Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said.

Friends of Spooner have said he was a member of the Simon City Royals, but wanted to start a family-oriented group, the Sip City Royals, with some of his SCR friends.

Allen has said he could not comment on whether the killings were gang-related.

Waveland police continue to work with New Orleans police on Spooner’s unsolved killing, he said.

Felony arrests since he was 17

Bourgeois was 17 when he was arrested on an armed robbery charge in Marion County, Fla., in 2006. He was later convicted.

At the time of Fountain’s killing, he was under the supervision of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He had been convicted in Hancock County on meth-manufacturing and precursor chemical charges.

Bourgeois absconded from supervision, according to the MDOC website. His probation was tentatively scheduled to end June 12, 2017.

The father of a murder defendant faces at least five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Greeneville.

Marcas Smith Jr. was one of two charged in the federal case to enter guilty pleas so far. He pleaded guilty June 23 in federal court to conspiracy to manufacture five grams or more, but less than 50 grams, of methamphetamine. The crime carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison up to 40 years. The plea agreement document did not state if there was an agreed sentence. A sentencing hearing will be held in October.

Marcas Smith’s son, Denver Christian Smith, is also charged in the indictment. Denver Smith faces felony murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon charges in state court. The charges stem from two shootings on Nov. 13, one outside Smith’s apartment and another at the intersection of West Market Street and John Exum Parkway.

The shooting killed Tiaria Miller, 19, of Johnson City, who was a passenger in a 2007 Suzuki driven by her friend, Chelsey Scott. As Scott drove down John Exum Parkway and approached the West Market intersection, Smith stood in the road trying to stop motorists as they passed by, but Scott drove around him.

The federal case against the Smiths involve three other defendants. All five were charged with conspiracy to distribute meth and manufacture of meth in a six-count indictment. Each also had one count of possession of the necessary materials to manufacture the drug. Some of the charges date back to February 2011 and extend through July 2014.

The Smiths’ co-defendants in the federal case are Joey Edward Holmes, Whitney Nicole Taylor and Sylena Jo Coffie. They have all been arraigned on the charges and remain in custody. Coffie also pleaded guilty last month to the same charge as Marcas Smith.

Denver Smith’s attorney in the federal case, Dan Smith, has filed a motion asking a federal judge to order a mental evaluation for his client. In that motion Dan Smith said he met with Denver Smith and had “grave concern that the defendant may be suffering from some mental disease or defect that renders him mentally incompetent to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him and/or the ability to properly assist in his defense.”

Marcas Smith and Coffie’s plea agreements also call for the other charges they faced to be dismissed.

In Smith’s plea agreement, it states that investigators obtained records from the Tennessee pseudoephedrine registry as well as pharmacies to determine Smith Jr. purchased 80 grams of the cold medication from February 2011-16 and used it to make meth.

During that same time period, pharmacies blocked his attempt to purchase an additional 115 grams of pseudoephedrine.

Coffie’s plea agreement indicates she purchased 32 grams of pseudoephedrine between July 2014 and February 2016. She will also be sentenced later this year.

The remaining cases are still pending.


  • Police stop man using his mobile phone, find three kilos of meth on Friday
  • Saturday a man was caught moving 10 kilos in a suitcase in St John’s Park
  • Hours later they recovered $1.4 million in cash in a house on Canberra St
  • Afterwards, a raid on a house in Marrickville uncovered 76.7 kg of meth

A routine traffic stop by police of a driver who was talking on his mobile phone has led to the seizure of nearly $45 million worth of methamphetamine.368C28E200000578-0-image-a-15_1469341729204

Police said they pulled a 26-year-old man over in Haymarket, in inner Sydney, on Friday after they spotted him using his phone while driving.

Superintendent Danny Doherty, operations manager for the Central Metropolitan Region, says the man’s demeanor prompted officers to take a closer look.

‘His behavior, mannerisms and certain other information they had formed an opinion they had to search the vehicle – three kilos of meth were allegedly found in the car,’ Superintendent Doherty told reporters on Sunday.368C27C300000578-0-image-a-12_1469341693348

The discovery led police to stop a 30-year-old Marrickville man carrying a suitcase along Canberra Street in St Johns Park, in the city’s west, on Saturday afternoon.

Inside the suitcase was another 10 kilograms of meth, police say.

Within hours police swooped on a home in the same street, where they arrested a 21-year-old man and allegedly seized $1.4 million cash.

‘That equates to 900,000 street deals that have been prevented from hitting the streets, with an estimated street value of $45 million. So that’s a significant impact on this network, he told reporters.

‘I was there last night, and to see nearly 77 kilos of meth in a room – that’s the largest amount of meth I’ve seen in 31 years in policing.’368C27BF00000578-0-image-a-14_1469341723770

The 30-year-old and the 21-year-old are in custody and will face Parramatta Local Court later on Sunday over proceeds of crime and drug charges.

The 26-year-old man, from Hornsby in the city’s north, has already appeared in court and is expected to remain behind bars until he reappears in Central Local Court on Thursday.

He has been charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.



  • Tonya Monroe, 45, was arrested on Thursday in suburban Atlanta in the March 11 overdose death of her grandson, Kobe Shaw
  • She is charged with murder, possession of methamphetamine and first-degree cruelty to children
  • In March, officers were called to an apartment in Dunwoody about an unresponsive baby and said they found Kobe dead
  • Medical examiner determined he died of methamphetamine overdose
  • While motive has not yet been determined, detectives believe Monroe intentionally forced meth into Kobe to kill him

A woman accused in the overdose death of her nine-month-old grandson has been hjdjdjdhjdghjdarrested in suburban Atlanta after authorities have been looking for her for more than a month, police said.

Tonya Monroe, 45, was arrested on Thursday and is charged with murder, possession of methamphetamine and first degree cruelty to children in the March 11 death of her grandson, Kobe Shaw.

Monroe was identified as the suspect at the start of the murder investigation and warrants were obtained on June 14 for her arrest, but authorities did not know her whereabouts, the AJC reported.

Following a search spanning at least three counties, Monroe, who had changed her hair color from blonde to brown, was taken into custody in Paulding County on Thursday.gnfnnfnxc

Back in March, Sandy Springs police received a call about an unresponsive baby at the Legends at Dunwoody Apartments, authorities said.

When officers arrived, they said the baby boy was dead, WXIA-TV reported.

Initially, it was believed his death was the result of medical conditions as a result of being born with an undeveloped brain.

However, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Kobe died of a methamphetamine overdose, which led detectives to open a murder investigation.

The child’s mother, Taylor Shaw, told WXIA-TV they had been living temporarily at her mother’s apartment and noted her mother had a history of meth arrests.

While the motive has not yet been determined, detectives believe Monroe intentionally forced meth into Kobe to kill him, according to the station.

On Friday, a Facebook post written by Kobe’s father, Hayden, detailed his heartbreak of losing his son but that he was glad Monroe was finally caught.

‘Everything is really startin (sic) to set in… This pain and depression is so dark that i cant understand how somebody pulls thru (sic) this kinda situation,’ he wrote.

‘I’ll probably never know why or what you thought you might accomplish by doing this to our son…im glad they finally caught you because now your gonna think everyday about how badly you have hurt us.

‘Idk (sic) how you could do that to such a sweet innocent baby…not even just that but your grandson…justice is and will be served for my son.

‘I love you kobe!… i need you to get me through all this baby boy daddy misses you so bad its unbearable… R.I.P KOBE CONLEY SHAW!!!’

Monroe is being held at the Fulton County Jail and it is unclear if she has an attorney.


A woman sought for murder in the death of her 9-month-old grandson has been arrested outside Atlanta. Police believe she killed the baby by forcing methamphetamine into his body.

Local news media say 45-year-old Tonya Monroe has a history of drug abuse, and the baby had been born with brain damage. his parents, Taylor and Hayden Shaw, thought he died in his sleep.

Then, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office found methamphetamine in Kobe Shaw’s system. Monroe disappeared.

Taylor Shaw tells WXIA-TV they only agreed to stay with her mother in Sandy Springs because she promised she was clean.

According to WXIA, detectives believed Monroe intentionally forced meth into the baby to kill him. A motive wasn’t yet determined.

Now Monroe is in the Fulton County Jail on charges of murder, drug possession and cruelty to children. It’s unclear if she has an attorney.


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — A woman sought for murder in the death of her 9-month-old grandson has been arrested outside Atlanta. Police believe she killed the baby by forcing methamphetamine into his body.

Local news media say 45-year-old Tonya Monroe has a history of drug abuse, and the baby had been born with brain damage. His parents, Taylor and Hayden Shaw, thought he died in his sleep.

Then, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office found methamphetamine in his system. Monroe disappeared.

Taylor Shaw tells WXIA-TV they only agreed to stay with her mother in Sandy Springs because she promised she was clean.

Now Monroe is in the Fulton County Jail on charges of murder, drug possession and cruelty to children. It’s unclear if she has an attorney.


Sandy Springs Police Police searching for Tonya Danyial Monroe, 45, accused of murdering her own infant grandson with Methamphetamine


SHERMAN, Texas — Michael Garnet McGraw, 53, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of injury to a child and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.l;.uljkfhjkg

McGraw was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for a separate charge of possession of a controlled substance — Methamphetamine.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

The injury to a child charge is a first degree felony, punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison and a $10,000 fine. McGraw will be eligible for parole after 10 years in prison.

In 2013, a girl living in Omaha, Neb., reported to authorities she had been sexually assaulted several times by McGraw when the family lived in Denison in 2005-06. The girl reported that she was a friend of McGraw’s daughter and that the incidents took place when she would spend the night at McGraw’s home.

Nebraska law enforcement contacted the Sherman police department.

McGraw was originally charged in April 2015 with five counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, but reached a plea agreement with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office the week before he was to stand trial for the charges.

“We consulted at length with the family of the girl who was the victim in this case, and they felt strongly that this was a good outcome of the case,” said Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown. “Mr. McGraw will be in prison for at least 10 years, and potentially more. We avoid the uncertainty of a trial and appellate issues, and the young lady does not have to go through the difficulty of a trial and re-living this experience.”


A 44-year-old Helena man is accused of raping a woman.

Charles Edward Joiner Sr. faces a felony charge of sexual intercourse without consent. Helyhlgkkjhkghhjkyjhfb also is jailed on a felony charge of methamphetamine possession.

Joiner is being held in lieu of $40,000 bond.

Court documents state the alleged sexual assault occurred at Joiner’s residence on the 300 block of Lawrence Street on Saturday. Authorities arrested Joiner on Thursday afternoon.

The alleged victim told investigators Joiner held her down on the bed and had sex with her. She said “she was scared for her physical safety due to his actions and stated he was much bigger and stronger than her,” according to documents filed in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court on Friday.

“Joiner stated the female never told him ‘no,’ but her body language made him feel like she didn’t want to engage in the sexual activity,” the documents say.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A family charged with making methamphetamine in May has been indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury.jmgjjdefghdf

Chetara, James and Deann Bevins are charged with illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, endangering children, aggravated possession of drugs and possessing criminal tools.

Police said multiple loaded guns and drugs to make meth at the family’s home on S. 15th Street. They said James Bevins admitted to making meth in the attic, and investigators found residue in a room just 10 feet from where his two grandchildren were staying, boys ages 4 and 6.



Sebring family indicted on meth-making charges


MOODY, Ala.Moody police arrest four people Tuesday on suspicion of manufacturing crystal methamphetamine.

Moody police officers had discovered signs of the possible production of crystal jkyktykjkfmethamphetamine at a house on U.S. Highway 411 during a night patrol.

Authorities obtained a search warrant for the house and found weapons, crystal meth and chemicals used in the manufacturing of crystal meth.

Police arrested Caleb Lee, 34, Jeremy Cardwell, 35, Jennifer Ramey, 34, and Joseph Weems, 34. All have been charged with first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance.


BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old George Denty is accused of dragging his two children through the woods while being high on meth. 8iuiyiyfiofjkgh

The arrest report states Denty admitted to being high on meth and leaving his home late at night dragging his two children with him through the woods in a panicky state of mind.

The man told deputies he thought people were out to harm him.

His daughter was found wearing a soaked flower dress with shorts and wearing no shoes, deputies say. Her brother was wearing a soaked t-shirt, pair of swimming trunks and was also barefoot.

Both children sustained dozens of cuts to their back, legs, arms and face. Both were treated by Fire Rescue.

Denty admitted to snorting a one-inch length line of meth prior to leaving his home. He is being held at the Hernando County Detention Center.


A Michigan inmate who was killed last week after he grabbed an officer’s gun in a courthouse and shot dead two bailiffs had earlier written a letter to his ex-wife vowing to escape or to die trying, the sheriff’s department said on Friday.

Larry Gordon, 44, killed the two bailiffs and shot and injured two other people in the Berrien County courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan, on July 11.

Gordon, who was in custody and faced multiple sex-crime charges and a potential life sentence, was handcuffed in the front as he was being moved from a courtroom to a holding cell in the courthouse.

On Friday, investigators distributed to news media an unsent letter found in Gordon’s jail dorm after the attack. In the letter he apologized for causing his family harm, and wrote “I’m sorry” many times.

“I’m just trying to get free and I’ll die trying,” he wrote in the letter, dated the same day that he died. “They want to send me away for the rest of my life, I don’t deserve that. That’s not living. I’m not going to do it.” He said he would be in hiding and living on the run.

Gordon faced multiple criminal charges related to allegations that he had held a teenage girl captive in a shed on the property where he lived with his former wife.

Prosecutors said he gave the girl drugs and coerced her to have sex with him. Methamphetamine was found in the shed.

The charges against Gordon included five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, three counts of production of child sexually abusive material, two counts of assault by strangulation and others.

Investigators also released a time-line on Friday detailing three minutes of chaos in the courthouse after Gordon attacked a bailiff in a hallway outside a courtroom and began shooting. Gordon, who was handcuffed and holding the revolver he had grabbed from a deputy, briefly took a number of hostages and at gunpoint forced them to break out glass doors where he wanted to escape.

Gordon killed bailiffs Joseph Zangaro and Ron Kienzli, and wounded sheriff’s deputy James Atterberry and a civilian woman.

The sheriff’s department has said it will review the procedure of handcuffing prisoners in front for court hearings.


Larry Darnell Gordon, 44, of Coloma, who fatally shot two bailiffs, wounded deputy, had been charged with violently holding a 17-year-old girl captive for two weeks, giving her Methamphetamine and raping her



A traffic stop in Dowagiac resulted in one woman going to jail on multiple felony drug and gun charges early Thursday morning.

Police say 20-year-old Cheyenne Kiggins of Dowagiac was arrested on charges related to methamphetamine, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a ujtyjrjtyrtdangerous weapon, felony firearms and driving while license suspended.

The traffic stop was on Edwards St. near East Division St.. Kiggins was pulled over at about 1:18 a.m.

Police say once officers learned the driver’s license was suspended, they brought out their new K-9 Tole. K-9 Tole then alerted officers to the presence of suspected controlled substances, which prompted a vehicle search.

According to police, the vehicle search revealed two loaded handguns, multiple knives, brass knuckles, over 30 packages of suspected methamphetamine, a small amount of suspected heroin, and various methamphetamine related items.

Police suspected the illegal items were evidence of street level drug dealing.

The Cass County Drug Enforcement Team was contacted and assisted Dowagiac officers with the investigation.

Police say Kiggins was arrested and taken to the Cass County Jail.

Kiggins’ bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety.

Police are still investigating the case. Additional charges are believed to be pressed.


Two women were arrested by the Boise Area Narcotics and Drug Interdiction Team on Tuesday night for trafficking methamphetamine.

Nampa resident Debra Faye Payton, 58, and 32-year-old Maira Alejandra Alvarado of dvsdvSdvgvaPorterville, California, were arrested and booked into the Canyon County jail after police served a search warrant at a Nampa home, according to a Boise Police Department press release. The warrant and arrests were completed without incident.

Three pounds of methamphetamine and $10,000 cash were found in the suspects’ possession.

Police estimate the methamphetamine has a street value of $15,000.

The operation was part of a lengthy investigation, and the police warrant was served by Boise police officers with assistance from the Nampa Police, dsFsdsxcvsvNampa SWAT, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Idaho State Police.



BOISE – Two women -– one of from Nampa; one from Porterville, California -– are in the Canyon County Jail after police say they were trafficking meth.

On Tuesday night, members of BANDIT (Boise Area Narcotics and Drug Interdiction Team) found the two women reportedly in possession of three pounds of methamphetamine and $10,000 in cash. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $15,000, police said.

They arrested Maira Alvarado, 32, of Porterville, California and Debra Payton, 58, of Nampa.

“This arrest comes after a lengthy investigation that began in Boise and led officers to a Nampa home. The suspects were arrested after Boise Police served a search warrant with the assistance of Nampa Police, the DEA, Idaho State Police and the Nampa SWAT team,” a Boise Police Department news release stated. “Upon arrest, the suspects were booked into the Canyon County Jail. Both the search warrant and the arrests were completed without incident.”


VIRGINIA — Four friends, a drug-induced rage, a brutal murder and four young lives forever changed by the circumstances of a night gone horribly wrong.

At one point the friends, who all shared an apartment in the heart of downtown Hibbing, functioned cohesively until methamphetamine use supposedly tore at the fabric of their relationship.egjir[tj[we

On May 19, Jaysen Greenwood’s body was found by a dog walker in the Mott Pit area near Mountain Iron. The 20-year-old Hibbing man had been beaten, stabbed and burned, with a knife blade still lodged in this chest.

An ensuing investigation netted his friend and roommate, Dylan Gilbertson, 19, for his murder. A month later, Sean Powers, 19, and a 16-year-old juvenile female, also roommates, were charged with felony aiding an offender.

Details about how the friendship between Greenwood and Gilbertson turned so seemingly upside down were left to speculation as the early case unfolded, but came closer to the surface Thursday in the first publicly accessible defense filing in the case.

Rory P. Durkin, the attorney for the 16-year-old juvenile, painted a picture in court documents of a suddenly-tumultuous relationship — rattled by unpredictable and violent behavior — that ultimately led to Greenwood’s death.

In early May 2016, the Hibbing juvenile moved in with Gilbertson and Powers, where Greenwood frequented the living room couch in the two-bedroom apartment on Howard Street. Greenwood and Gilbertson, the filing says, began using methamphetamine on a regular basis, and their behavior became erratic.

Gilbertson became volatile. He threatened Greenwood’s life on several occasions, and once broke down the door to the apartment after becoming locked out.

Greenwood began stealing from his friends — allegedly taking a tablet and cell phone from Gilbertson — and accidentally shot himself in the hand with a flare gun.

Then on the early morning of May 19, according to the story told in numerous court documents on the case, Gilbertson allegedly acted on those threats. Durkin described Gilbertson’s actions as a “dear friend — suddenly turned into a methamphetamine fueled monster.”

The 16-year-old stumbled that morning on a murder in progress. Records describe Greenwood as “beyond recognition” when she found him in the living room recliner, with Gilbertson leaning behind it strangling him with a cord.

Gilbertson is characterized as having a methamphetamine induced crazy look” in his eyes as he screamed at the juvenile to “hit him” with a wooden paddle, before he demanded she hand it to him to deliver a shot to Greenwood’s head.

Powers was then woken up, the filing says, to “clean up this mess” and “have it cleaned up by the time we get back.” Gilbertson took Powers’ cellphone, and told the juvenile to come with him, they picked up a gas can and traveled to Mott Pit.

To date, statements from the juvenile to authorities have recognized the stolen tablet and cell phone as the only known motive in the murder.

The extent of the juvenile’s involvement remains disputed in the courts. Durkin claims she never left the car in Mountain Iron, and acted out of “terror and fear for her life” and protection of herself.

She recently completed a probable cause hearing to determine if the charges will stick as commit-level felonies, but the result of the hearing was not available as of press time. An email to the Assistant County Attorney Karl Sundquist seeking details was also not returned as of press time.

If those charges progress at a level that would constitute jail time, a judge still has to rule if the 16-year-old will be tried in adult court, where she could face decades in prison with a conviction.

Gilbertson and Powers remain in the beginning stages of their defenses in court. Their attorneys have not filed any documents outlining a version other than what it is present in criminal complaints and Durkin’s court filing Thursday.

The juvenile is currently at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center. Gilbertson and Powers share the same roof in the St. Louis County Jail, on $1 million and $500,000 bail, respectively. Powers faces up to 20 years in prison, and Gilbertson 40, if convicted.

Details and arguments over the circumstances of Greenwood’s murder will shed more light on the case and friendship dynamics of the Howard Street roommates, but the remnants have left one young man dead, and the possibility that three other teenagers spend their youth in correctional centers.


Two people fishing at a pond along Park Hill Road were jailed early Tuesday morning when deputies found them in possession of methamphetamine and other items.

Deputy Richard Berry said he came across Donald Horney and Crystal Sampson around 4:30 a.m. at the pond south of Cherokee Springs Golf Course. According to Berry, he pulled up to the pond and Horney began to walk toward the patrol vehicle. Berry said he noticed Horney put his right arm behind his body and drop a small item onto the ground.

“I asked Donald if he caught any fish [and] he stated yes, and proceeded back toward the pond and showed me his fish,” Berry said. “I stopped near the item and looked down and [saw] a small baggy with a crystal-like substance in it believed to be methamphetamine.”

Horney claimed he found the baggy by the pond, but Berry also found a small smoking device and another baggy of a meth-like substance in Horney’s tackle box. Berry said Horney claimed he had “found” those items, too.

Sampson asked Berry if she could call for a ride, but Berry detained her. According to his report, Sampson voluntarily began to show the deputy what was inside her purse; she admitted there were drugs inside a red bag that she pulled out. Berry said a crystal-like substance, marijuana, a needle and a smoking device were in her possession.

Both people were booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on drug-related charges.


OWATONNAMethamphetamine abuse often brings devastating consequences for the user. The black market that transports, distributes and profits off of methamphetamine can have ugly consequences of its own.

Meth is the most common “hard” drug seen by police in Steele County (the most common narcotic overall is marijuana) can sell for $100 per gram or more. In 2014, for example, Steele County saw 104 narcotics arrests, including 63 for marijuana and 33 for “other,” which includes meth, far outstripping opioids and synthetic drugs, according to crime data supplied by Owatonna Police Chief Keith Hiller.

That demand brings a constant stream of meth suppliers despite potential prison sentences of 30 years or more for traffickers and sellers. Commander Jason Petterson of the South Central Drug Investigations Unit said that in the second quarter of 2016 alone, his task force seized 14 pounds of methamphetamine across its four-county service area.

That drug trade is now in the spotlight after the June murder of Richard Jurgensen, 22, of Medford, who prosecutors believe was killed because of the mistaken belief that he provided information to police leading to a large narcotics arrest. Cyrus Trevino, 24, of Owatonna and Gerald Blevins, 36, of Bemidji, have been charged in his death.

“I think unfortunately, it’s been there for decades,” Hiller said. “It’s just most recently, when you see a tragedy like a homicide that puts a nasty face on the drug abuse within our communities … we struggle sometimes communicating the devastation that drugs play on our families within our communities, and we also struggle with the community’s perception that there really isn’t a whole lot of harm that goes along with drug use.”

Where it comes from

According to prosecutors, Trevino blamed Jurgensen for the arrest of his uncle Jeremy Trevino of Dallas, who was charged last week along with Cecilia Boyd of Owatonna after he allegedly brought 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine to Owatonna on a trip north from Texas. But that’s far from the only route law enforcement officials have seen meth travel.

“I think it depends on the day of the week and the month of the year,” Hiller said. “I think it can come from the metro area, I think it can come from the Chicago area, I think it can come across the Mexican border.” (The west coast as well, Petterson noted.) “I think people are resourceful in procuring the drugs.”

Although police regularly bust both regular users and traffickers, Steele County Attorney Dan McIntosh said the potential rewards continue enticing people into the market.

“The problem right now is still a demand problem. There is such an appetite for methamphetamine, and not just in Steele County but in Minnesota, that it’s a very lucrative business and people are willing to take a lot of risks to bring it into the state because there’s a lot of money to be made,” he said. “Whoever brings it in, we take off some larger dealers and it seems the vacuum is filled pretty quickly by other distributors who want to be part of the business.”

The one place police don’t see a lot of meth coming from, they say, is locally. It’s rare for police these days to find a “Breaking Bad”-style home meth lab.

“I do know that the home-grown type of manufacturing locally has really dried up, and that’s mostly due to a simple step of making pseudoephedrine harder to get,” McIntosh said. “Most of it is being imported from elsewhere.”

And while many drugs are the product of large criminal organizations, those groups usually seem to work through local suppliers, McIntosh said.

“The people who are stopped in the interstate and have a quantity of meth on them are usually pretty low-level actors and are doing the bidding for someone else,” he said. “We don’t get a lot of the big players in random traffic stops.”

Even so, the high rewards and clandestine nature of the drug trade can spill into violence.

“If for example someone gets their drugs through some sort of international cartel, they’re associated,” McIntosh said. “I guess the question is how far they’ll go to protect the business and right a perceived wrong in the business.”

Collateral damage

McIntosh said crimes over drug profits or distribution aren’t unheard of in Steele County, although the Jurgensen homicide is much more extreme than other recent cases.

“There’s been some assaults, some robberies, things like that. Nothing to the extent of the Jurgensen case, but I think a lot of those crimes go unreported, too,” he said. “If both sides are involved in the trade, so to speak, it might not be something they want law enforcement involved in.”

Hiller said conflict between organized groups over the drug trade appears rare.

“I think it would be fair to say we don’t have a drug and/or gang war that has been in existence in our community in a prevalent manner in recent decades,” he said. “I think there are organized groups in the drug trade, but the outward violence that draws attention to their criminal behavior, we haven’t seen for as long as I can remember.”

Many drug investigations rely heavily on confidential informants, either to supply information about drug transactions or to conduct controlled buys from suspected dealers. A tip from an informant led to Jeremy Trevino’s arrest, although police have said elsewhere that Jurgensen was not an informant, and prosecutors have already filed notice that they will not identify the informant or informants in the case prior to trial.

“We have to have an identified risk of harm to that individual, or other investigations will be compromised,” McIntosh said. “The high majority of those cases, we disclose witnesses right away. This case, obviously, is different.”

McIntosh said officials are careful to be upfront with potential informants about what they are asked to do.

“If it’s more of a risk than they’re willing to take, they don’t do it,” he said. “Some have their own charges, to be sure. Some have been in the business and are just sick of it, some happen on some information … We expect honesty from them, we give them honesty.”

Hiller said police make every effort to ensure the safety of informants.

“We always revisit and revise policy to maintain a level of safety for all parties involved for criminal investigations,” Hiller said. “If anyone thinks we would say anything to compromise an informant, to get any amount of drugs off the street, they are sadly mistaken. We value all life.”

How to stop the trade

Police admit meth is prevalent in the community despite their best efforts.

“No matter how much we take, there’s probably twice as much coming in,” Petterson said.

McIntosh said there’s more hope to address the issue from the demand side, by keeping people off meth and helping those that are addicted get sober. He said recent research shows that many people using meth have underlying mental illnesses or past childhood trauma that can be addressed in other, healthier ways.

“Strange as it sounds, they are self-medicating with methamphetamine,” he said.

Efforts to provide earlier, better treatment for these issues can keep vulnerable people from turning to drugs, he said, and provide better options for those already addicted. He pointed in particular to a dual-treatment program at South Central Human Relations Center specializing in addressing co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency issues.

The Steele Waseca Drug Court is another program that aims to tackle the underlying issues leading to addiction.

“One of the things I’ve learned from [Drug Court] is the importance of understanding what addiction is, in that addiction can’t be treated when there’s other issues that need to be treated first,” Petterson said. “You can’t just treat the addiction and ignore the mental health side of things.”

McIntosh said he hopes further efforts along those lines can reduce the demand for methamphetamine, and by extension, the drug trade and the crime it brings with it.

“That’s where the current state of the art is going,” he said. “That’s where we’re at here, not perfect by any means, but we’re trying to be smarter about both chemical and mental health in the criminal justice system.”



Meth in the News – July 22, 2016

Posted: 23rd July 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

Meth in the News

Professor Nicholas E Goeders

I sat down on Sunday, July 17, 2016 to start this week’s Meth in the News column, but I just could not come up with the words. My heart went out to the families of the three brave law enforcement officers who were senselessly murdered in Baton Rouge.

And I also remembered the five brave men who were murdered in Dallas on July 7.

My prayers go out to the families and friends of all who were murdered and injured in these horrific attacks on the very people who serve and protect each and every one of us.

But because we were still in shock due to the shootings in Dallas, many of us may not have been aware of another shooting of multiple civil servants and a law enforcement official that transpired at the Berrien County courthouse in Michigan just four days later on July 11.

On that Monday, Larry Darnell Gordon, 44, of Coloma Township, Mich., was being transported within the courthouse for a court proceeding. While being transferred between his holding cell and the courtroom, Gordon attempted to escape.

Even though he was handcuffed with his arms in front, Mr. Gordon was able to disarm Berrien County Deputy James Atterberry Jr. Gordon took Deputy Atterberry’s service revolver and began shooting, wounding the deputy.

Gordon then shot and killed two court bailiffs, Joseph Zangaro, 61, and Ronald Kienzle, 63. He also shot and wounded a civilian, Kenya Ellis, who was a security guard at Benton Harbor High School.

Gordon was still holding a hostage when he was finally shot and killed by other officers who responded to the scene.

How terribly tragic and senseless!

What were Gordon’s charges? If you guessed that meth was probably involved – right you are!

It all started back on April 20 when Coloma Township police went to a home that Gordon shared with his ex-wife, Jessica Gordon, 39, on Tannery Drive to arrest him on a domestic-violence misdemeanor warrant.

When they arrived at the home, the police thought that they heard a woman crying in a shed located on the property, and as they approached the shed they noticed that a light was on inside.

Gordon was in the shed, and when he saw the police approaching, he ran and climbed over a privacy fence. Police found him under a neighbor’s backyard deck and arrested him there.

They also found a frightened 17-year-old girl inside the shed.

Apparently the teenage girl and Gordon had been in some sort of sick, meth-fueled relationship since October of 2015. Court documents revealed that Gordon gave the girl meth in exchange for sex.

According to a statement by Berrien County Prosecutor Michael Sepic, “He gave her methamphetamine in exchange for sex, forced some penetrations, and assaulted her with weapons, and assault by strangulation. He also video recorded the sexual activity.”

Police reports documented that, “(The victim) stated Gordon would lock her in the shed when he would go away, keeping her from leaving and (to) hide her from Gordon’s wife.”

On at least one occasion, Gordon stuck a staple gun to the girl’s head and then threatened her with a folding knife while he sexually penetrated her against her will.

The girl told authorities that Gordon was convinced that she had hidden his drugs in her vagina, and on four to five occasions sexually assaulted her while accusing her of taking his drugs.

When they searched the shed, police officers found eight grams of crystal meth, about 30 grams of marijuana resin, a digital scale, two marijuana pipes, a glass pipe with burnt residue, a metal straw with white residue, a plastic straw with residue, a cell phone, a digital camera, binoculars, a folding knife, a collapsible baton and cash.

Police also found four videos on his cell phone showing Gordon and the girl involved in sex acts while inside the shed.

Gordon was facing a host of charges, which almost certainly prompted his ill-fated escape attempt. These charges included five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, three counts of production of child sexually abusive material, two counts of assault by strangulation and single counts of kidnapping, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Prosecutor Sepic told reporters that Gordon was facing up to life in prison.

Prosecutors were also investigating a similar incident involving a 16-year-old girl in 2006 in Berrien County, but they had not yet filed charges.

Nevertheless, no one needed to die in the Berrien County courthouse that day. How tragic!

This next case was hard for me to believe. In fact, I made sure to verify the facts in this case through multiple sources before I decided to report it.

This case comes to us from Star Prairie, Wis., a village of 561 souls located along the Apple River in St. Croix County.

Sarah Bradehoft, 27, had recently moved to Star Prairie from Florida, ostensibly to start a new life. She had been living in a residence there with three other adult women and four of her six children since Easter.

Local undercover officers were conducting a prostitution sting based on advertisements placed on the website, Apparently prostitutes use this website to solicit men seeking their services.

Ms. Bradehoft was using the alias ‘Sabrina Clark’ and unknowingly exchanged several messages with an undercover officer. She directed him to meet her at her residence located in rural Star Prairie.

Imagine their astonishment when the undercover officers raided the residence on May 12 and discovered that Ms. Bradehoft had been conducting her “business” out of a chicken coop on the property.

Yes, you read that correctly – a chicken coop!! Have you ever smelled a chicken coop?

Perhaps the other “ladies” at the residence did not want her to conduct her “business” inside the house. But in a chicken coop? I am at a loss for words.

Ms. Bradehoft admitted to performing sexual acts on at least five “clients” inside the chicken coop in exchange money, which she called a ‘donation.’ How appropriate!

Ms. Bradehoft claimed that she needed the money to return to Florida. I guess she was not happy in Wisconsin. I would be unhappy too if I had to conduct my “business” in a smelly chicken coop.

The other ladies told the officers that they were concerned for the welfare of Ms. Bradehoft’s four children. A hair follicle test of her two-year-old revealed the presence of, you guessed it, methamphetamine and amphetamine. Cocaine was also found.

Ms. Bradehoft was charged with three counts of misdemeanor prostitution, one count of felony neglecting a child, and one felony count of second-degree reckless endangerment. She was released after posting a $500 cash bond.

Her children were removed from the residence. Thank God!

Remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. No one! Don’t try it – not even once!

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