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Police are investigating sexual abuse allegations after a man confessed the crimes against multiple children over 10 years in at least four different jurisdictions, including the city of Lacy Lakeview and the Texas State Technical College campus.

Damian R. Jensen, 37, had two indecency with a child sexual contact warrants issued under his name Friday afternoon after an investigation was opened by Lacy Lakeview police on alleged crimes stretching back to 1999, Chief John Truehitt said.544ac9bbcc03e_image

Police were called to a church in the 2200 block of Air Base Road on Sunday evening after Jensen told his preacher about the alleged crimes, Truehitt said.

Officers arrested Jensen at about 8:45 p.m. Sunday on the charge of possession of a controlled substance after police reportedly found methamphetamine on him, and he allegedly confessed to the sexual abuse crimes on Monday. Lacy Lakeview officers turned over details of the confession to numerous other jurisdictions, including TSTC police and another department out of state.

If they are true, “the crimes are egregious,” Truehitt said. “We’re talking about victims who are adults now and were family members.”

“His confession is that he has molested kids in numerous locations over a long period of time,” Truehitt said.

TSTC served Jensen with a continued sexual abuse of a child warrant Monday while he was in custody at the McLennan County Jail, TSTC spokeswoman Eliska Smith said.

Smith said the warrant was based on part of the confession that involved two years, 2005 and 2006, while Jensen was attending the school and living on campus.

Truehitt said officers are committed to corroborating Jensen’s confession through other interviews and forensic evidence. He said the investigation is still in the early stages.

Truehitt said at least three incidents occurred on the TSTC campus, but he would not disclose more information about the other jurisdictions.

Jensen remained in the McLennan County Jail on Friday afternoon in lieu of a $110,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

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CAMP VERDE – Jeffrey Balys, who was under indictment for child sex charges since 2011, pleaded guilty to three felony charges Thursday in Yavapai County Superior Court.

Balys, 49, was arrested after YCSO Detective Pam Edgerton, playing the role of a 13-year-old girl, said she had conducted several Internet chats of a sexual nature with Balys between January 2009 and January 2011, and that he wanted to set up a meeting with the girl she was portraying.137594a

Prosecutors claim he had approximately 32 chat sessions with Edgerton in which he “offered or solicited to engage in various sexual acts with a person he believed to be 12 to 14 years of age,” according to a statement released Friday by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk.

The county attorney explained Balys sent an explicit webcam image to Edgerton on Jan. 11, 2011, after which he was arrested at his Cordes Lakes home.

“During a search of the residence, sex toys, a substantial amount of pornography and a small bindle of methamphetamine were found in his home,” Polk said.

Balys pleaded guilty to attempted luring a minor for sexual exploitation, furnishing harmful items to minors and possession of dangerous drugs, all class 4 felonies.

Polk said he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 1 before superior court Judge Michael Bluff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • A whopping 500 pounds of methamphetamine was seized as part of a drug bust in California’s Contra Costa County
  • Twenty-two people were arrested and $723,635 was also seized by authorities
  • The Nitro gang reportedly traveled to Contra Costa County, where the drugs were distributed

500 pounds of methamphetamine was seized as part of a drug bust in California’s Contra Costa County, it has emerged.

Twenty-two people were arrested and $723,635 was also seized by authorities, the Office of the Attorney General said in a Monday news release.

‘The takedown, named Operation Road Trip, represents the culmination of several related investigations targeting California-based Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO) connected to Mexico’s Sinaloa Federation drug cartel,’ the release said.

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Seized: Over 1100 pounds of methamphetamine were recovered during the investigation, along with drugs and thousands of dollars

It emerged that the Nitro gang would receive the drug, and ‘would make regular “road trips” to Contra Costa County in order to distribute to other DTOs, including the Urtiz gang based in Northern California,’ the release from the Office of the Attorney General said.

Four vehicles as well as a gun were also seized during Operation Road Trip, it stated.

As part of Operation Red Reach, which ran for two years, 135 pounds of meth was seized, along with 26 illegal guns and about $150,000, the office said. 26 people also were convicted.

‘This operation [...] shut down a network of local and transnational gangs, including a Nortenos gang in western Contra Costa County,’ the release said.

The drug trafficking connection between the Nitro and Urtiz gangs then emerged in Operation Crystal Lens, according to the release.

 

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‘Road trip': The Nitro gang reportedly traveled to Contra Costa County to distribute the drugs

It stated that the West Contra Costa County Narcotic Enforcement Team (West-NET) Task Force was the leading group for both Operation Red Reach and Operation Crystal Reach.

WEST-NET Task Force also reportedly worked with the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT) along with other groups on Operation Road Trip.

The Office of the Attorney General said ‘In total, the three linked investigations, Operation Red Reach, Crystal Lens and Road Trip, have resulted in the total seizure of 1109 pounds of methamphetamine, for a street value of $40,242,504, the seizure of 48 firearms, 10 vehicles, $1.82 million in U.S. Currency and the total arrests of 67 individuals for drug, and firearms related violations.’

 

 

 

 

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stahlST. GEORGE – The Washington County Drug Task Force arrested a St. George woman Friday on two felony counts of distribution of methamphetamine within a drug-free zone.

Melody Stahl was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility on Friday after being apprehended on the 1400 North block of 1540 West, according to a probable cause statement.

She is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail.

Stahl’s arrest culminated an investigation that started in July when task force operatives conducted a controlled buy of meth using a confidential informant, court papers indicated.

The alleged illicit sale took place within 1,000 feet of a preschool, authorities wrote in the probable cause statement.

 

 

 

 

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A father, son and the son’s girlfriend were charged with multiple counts of felony drug possession adnand other charges according to court records.

Israel Rojas, Fernando Rojas and Faviola Tinajero made their initial appearances before Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen on Friday.Israel-Rojas-Faviola-Tinajero-Fernando-Rojas-Moreno

Israel Rojas was charged with three felony counts of aiding and abetting the delivery of cocaine, one felony count of conspiracy to deliver cocaine, one felony count of possession of cocaine, one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of child endangerment with methamphetamine in the same room as a child, and one felony count of possession of marijuana.

If convicted on all counts, he faces more than 100 years behind bars.

Patchen set Israel Rojas’ bond at $100,000 for these charges, plus another $20,000 because he is wanted on a criminal warrant out of Colorado.

Fernando Rojas was charged with three felony counts of aiding and abetting the delivery of cocaine, one felony count of conspiracy to deliver cocaine, and one felony count of possession of marijuana.

If convicted on all counts, he faces up to 85 years behind bars.

After Patchen read the charges, Fernando Rojas said he was just accompanying Rojas and did not know of his drug activity. Patchen interrupted him and told him not to talk.

The judge set his bond at $100,000.

Tinajero was charged with one felony count of possession of cocaine, one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of child endangerment with methamphetamine in the same room as a child, and one felony count of possession of marijuana.

If convicted on all counts, she faces up to 24 years behind bars.

Patchen set her bond at $50,000.

According to an affidavit filed with circuit court by an agent with the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, two confidential informants told the DCI they bought cocaine and marijuana hundreds of times from Israel Rojas for about 10 years.

The DCI, with the help of the confidential informants who were wearing wireless transmitters, recorded sales of drugs on Oct. 10, and monitored calls for drug deals from then to Thursday, according to the affidavit.

Israel Rojas lived with his girlfriend Tinajero in the 2900 block of East 12th Street, where they had a 15-month-old daughter, according to the affidavit.

Fernando Rojas, who lived in the 200 block of West Seventh Street, often would drive his son Isreal Rojas around Casper, but claimed he didn’t know what his son did during those excursions, according to the affidavit.

DCI agents arrested the suspects on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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A Binghamton man has been charged with felony drug possession after Broome County sheriff’s deputies say they recovered more than 2 pounds of methamphetamine from his car during a traffic stop.losito

Joseph Losito, 24, was pulled over Friday while driving a 2001 Honda Civic on Upper Front Street in the Town of Chenango, after a deputy saw him using a portable electronic device while driving. He was found to have a suspended driver’s license for failing to answer a summons out of the City of Binghamton Court, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies say the substance in his car tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine, and also found $1,500 in cash.

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Broome County sheriff’s deputies found this methamphetamine and cash during a traffic stop Friday.

Losito was arraigned in Town of Fenton Court and sent to the Broome County jail. He is charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A-1 felony.

 

 

 

 

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DENVER — A Jefferson County jury has found Robert Felix Gonzales guilty of prostituting a 14-year-old girl over a period of two years.

Authorities say Gonzales met the teen in 2011 through a foster home placement and began having sex with her, grooming her to believe that she was in love with him.

Authorities also say Gonzales provided her with methamphetamine and alcohol and forced her to have sex with other people for money or drugs.

Sentencing has been set for Jan. 7. Gonzales remains in custody on a $500,000 cash bond.

 

 

 

 

 

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  •  Teacher Jake Contreras arrested when police searched his backpack
  • Officers allegedly discovered a set of brass knuckles and a meth pipe
  • Search was carried out at Frank Madla Elementary School following tip
  • Contreras has been charged with possessing a weapon in a prohibited place, as well as possessing controlled substance in a drug-free zone
  • He has been freed on $30,000 bond; jail records did not list an attorney

A teacher has been arrested after allegedly bringing brass knuckles and a methamphetamine pipe into an elementary school in Texas.

Jake Contreras, a ‘paraprofessional redirection aide’ who worked on student behavior, was detained when police searched his backpack at Frank Madla Elementary School in San Antonio.

In the bag, officers reportedly found a set of brass knuckles and a pipe that tested positive for traces of methamphetamine after receiving an anonymous tip earlier this week.

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Arrest: Jake Contreras was arrested after allegedly bringing brass knuckles and a methamphetamine pipe into Frank Madla Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas. Above, the teacher is seen in his mugshot

Contreras, who may have also been carrying a knife, was taken into custody and questioned following the discovery by South San Antonio Independent School District officers.

He was later charged with possession of a weapon in a prohibited place and possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.

The teacher, who was seen staring forlornly at the camera in a red top in his mugshot, resigned immediately from his job following his arrest on Wednesday, police told KENS-TV.

He has been released from the Bexar County Jail on $30,000 bond. Online jail records did not list an attorney.

 

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Scene of the arrest: Contreras, a ‘paraprofessional redirection aide’ who worked on student behavior, was detained when police searched his backpack at Frank Madla Elementary School in San Antonio (pictured)

It is not the first time an American teacher has been charged in relation to methamphetamine.

Earlier this month, Alexander Rudine, 38, from Portland, Oregon, was arrested on suspicion of possessing, delivering and manufacturing the drug near an elementary school.

The chemistry teacher at Mount Hood Community College has denied the felony charges.

 

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In the bag, officers reportedly found a set of brass knuckles after receiving an anonymous tip

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They also discovered a pipe that tested positive for traces of methamphetamine, it is said

 

 

 

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SANFORD – A Sanford restaurant owner was charged Thursday with selling methamphetamine out of his business, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said.

Armando Moreno Sanchez, 44, of the 100 block of Moody Road, was charged with two counts each of trafficking methamphetamine by possession, trafficking methamphetamine by selling, trafficking methamphetamine by delivery, maintaining a store being used for unlawfully keeping or selling a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sanchez is the owner of La Sirenas restaurant at 2902 Industrial Drive, a Sheriff’s Office news release said.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the State Bureau of Investigation, the Moore County Sheriff’s Office, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security, and the Sanford Police Department.

Bail was set at $25,000.

 

 

 

 

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ICE has become the leading driver behind thefts in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area, as police report a four-fold increase of methamphetamine problems in just two years.

Local service providers have seen the rate of ice abuse rise, leading to an increase in violent and non-violent crimes, relationship breakdown and homelessness.935889-8cc151d2-5b15-11e4-9353-adbcffafddf7

Superintendent Neil Paterson, division commander of the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston area, said the prevalence of ice and associated offences had grown significantly in both areas and had among the highest detection rates of ice among all police service areas.

“Particularly over the past 18 months, the detection of the drug methamphetamine and the trafficking of that drug has increased four-fold in our division, which is a significant increase,” he said.

“Ice absolutely drives the volume crimes we’re currently experiencing.”935943-b0a4fb62-5b15-11e4-9353-adbcffafddf7

He said there had been an increase in violent crimes, robberies and what police call volume crimes, such as thefts of and thefts from cars.

Salvocare Eastern crisis centre coordinator Lizette McCasker said there had been a “massive increase” in ice addicts using the service.

“I’ve been in this centre for 10 years and in the past 12 months, we’ve noticed an incredible increase in the violence and aggression that comes with ice,” she said.

“We have single people coming in using ice, but we also have mums sometimes coming in saying their money is going on ice, which is leading to housing breakdown.” She said ice users were known to spend their rent on the drug and finding housing for users could be difficult due to the aggressive behavior associated with it.

Peninsula Health’s ­alcohol and other drug service program manager Stephen Bright said most people were treated for ­alcohol use, but the number of people seeking treatment for amphetamine use had ­increased from 15 per cent in the first half of 2012 to 20 per cent for the same period in 2014. (Only amphetamine use was recorded by the centre, instead of methamphetamine.)

Supt Paterson said tradesmen and vulnerable youth were the top two groups of ice users and identified Rosebud, then Hastings and Mornington, as the areas with the biggest problems on the peninsula, while in the Frankston area it was led by Frankston, then Seaford and Langwarrin.936686-163ce6e0-5b18-11e4-9353-adbcffafddf7

Families to get support

Empowering families with information and support is helping fight the scourge of ice.

Drug and alcohol outreach centers provide life-changing support to users, but the Family Drug Support service has focused on helping the users’ loved ones.

The service is coming to Frankston for information sessions and support group meetings until February.

“The heart and soul of FDS is supporting families experiencing the issues that arise with people who use substances,” project officer Michael Miller said.

“Alcohol is the largest problem we have in ­society, but we are seeing a spike in family members coming to us in ­regards to the methamphetamine ice.”

He said changing the conversation from blaming ­addicts and saying “you have a problem” was ­important.

Family members should tell their loved ones dealing with addictions how it ­affects them personally.

There will be three FDS ­information sessions at Frankston Hospital on October 14, 21 and 28, 6-8pm.

Fortnightly support group meetings will follow on Tuesdays, 6-8pm, from November 11.

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Shattered mother a witness to son’s sad decline

A Bayside mum says her 28-year-old son is a shadow of his former self after turning to ice three years ago.

The drug has claimed his marriage and now the tradesman only works sporadically because he can sleep up to 48 hours at a time.

It has been devastating for his mum, Sue (not her real name).

“You can feel very helpless, not all the time, but sometimes,” she said.

“As a parent, no matter how old your child is, you still want to help them, but you can’t.

“They’re adults and they make their own choices.”

A cruel twist has been the lasting effects that has left her son quieter, constantly fatigued and slightly more hostile when he is not using the drug.

“When he’s had some (ice), he’s normal and he’s like my son from five years ago,” she said.

“Families can influence. I firmly believe I can make a difference.

“I’m not sure how long it will last, but as a parent I’m in it for the long haul.”

Sue attends the Family Drug Support service. She said many parents were in worse situations than hers.

“You’re not the only one ­experiencing this,” she wanted to tell other families.

“There’s just so many people affected.

“Learning about ice helps me feel more settled. It doesn’t change the situation, but it helps.

“Ice doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter what your background is.”

Sue said she concentrated on having an open and honest relationship with her son, but had cut him off financially.

“I feel like it’s a war,” she said.

“I don’t win the battles, there’s a lot of battles, but I feel like it’s not about winning the battles, it’s about winning the war … but I don’t know when that will happen.”

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DID YOU KNOW?

Ice is a stimulant drug, which means it speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the body. It is a type of methamphetamine, which is generally stronger, more addictive and has more harmful side effects than the powder form known as speed.

 

Source: Australian Drug Foundation.

 

FIND HELP

Frankston and Mornington Drug and Alcohol Service provides counseling and treatments. Contact 1300 665 781.

Stepping Up Consortium in Frankston provides alcohol and drug counseling services. Contact 1800 888 236.

The Family Drug Support Service hotline is 1300 368 186 and provides information to help people understand different stages of drug abuse.

 

 

 

 

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WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — A witness testified during a preliminary hearing she saw Arnold Mark Stevens, Brittany Danielle Thompson and Jason Neal “Earl” Daniel carry Sammy Mac Brewer into a house in a barrel after they had beaten him with a gun for two days.

Wayne County resident Amanda Brewer told Wayne County General Sessions Judge James Ross she heard Stevens admit to cutting Sammy Brewer’s leg and Thompson say she “cut off one of his toes.”

Amanda Brewer and Sammy Brewer are not related, according to court officials.

According to court officials, Amanda Brewer said the torture continued while the three suspects sat around the barrel smoking methamphetamine.

Brewer told Ross the assault happened because Stevens believed Sammy Brewer was seeing Stevens’ ex-wife.

After hearing the testimony, Ross said there was enough probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.

Stevens, 44, 199 Jennifer Lane, Collinwood, and Thompson, 27, 1963 Collinwood Highway, Collinwood, are each charged with an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

Daniel, 32, 2506 Collinwood Highway, Collinwood, is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

They are charged in connection with the incident that began Oct. 6 and ended Oct. 8 with Sammy Brewer being dropped off at a Waynesboro residence and eventually taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

Thompson pleaded not guilty during her arraignment Tuesday. She will have a preliminary hearing next week.

Wayne County Sheriff Ric Wilson said during the course of the two-day attack, Sammy Brewer, 41, was beaten, cut, had a toe cut off and was tied to a tree in a wooded area and left overnight. He is back home recovering.

“What they did to him is the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen,” Wilson said.

Wilson said all four were riding around in Stevens’ extended cab pickup, and “(Sammy Brewer’s) in the back seat, and they attack him. They would take turns beating him with a pistol,” Wilson said.

Investigators said, early on the morning of Oct. 7, the suspects stopped in a wooded area near Waynesboro, where they continued to beat the man and then cut his left leg from his groin to his knee.

“Apparently, that’s when they put him in the barrel, and put him in the back of the truck,” Wilson said. “Now, they’re riding down the road with (Brewer) in the barrel, and the barrel (is) rolling around in the back of the truck as they’re going to Stevens’ house.”

Authorities said at some point they left Stevens’ house, with Brewer still in the barrel and put back in the truck. He was taken to a wooded area off U.S. 64 between Waynesboro and Clifton, where he was tied to a tree and left all night.

Wilson said the trio came back Oct. 8, got Brewer, drove him back into Waynesboro, dropped him off at a house and told the people there they needed to take the man to the hospital.

“Still to me, the most unbelievable part is that he lived through it,” Wilson said.

During the preliminary hearing Ross agreed to reduce Stevens’ bond from $750,000 to $250,000 and Daniel’s from $425,000 to $150,000.

In his order, Ross pointed out if they made bail, they must be placed on an ankle monitor and could not be more than 50 yards from their house.

Thompson is being held in the Wayne County Detention Center on $750,000.

 

 

 

 

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Three charged in beating of Wayne County man

WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — A Wayne County, Tennessee, man is in critical condition at a Nashville hospital after authorities said he was beaten for two days, had his leg cut, one of his toes severed and was left tied to a tree in a wooded area overnight.

“This is one of the most brutal things I’ve ever seen,” said Wayne County Sheriff Ric Wilson. “It’s a miracle (the man) is still living.”

He said the victim, a 41-year-old Collinwood, Tennessee, man, is in Vanderbilt Hospital.

Arnold Mark Stevens, 44, 199 Jennifer Lane, Collinwood, Brittany Danielle Thompson, 27, 1963 Collinwood Highway, Collinwood, and Jason Neal “Earl” Daniel, 32, 2506 Collinwood Highway, were arrested in connection with the incident that began Monday night.

Courthouse officials said Stevens and Thompson are each charged with an ex-felon in possession of firearm, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

Daniel is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

Wilson said the incident began Monday night when the victim and Thompson, who was staying with the man, were picked up by Stevens and Daniel and went riding around.

“They all knew each other and they went to his house which is in the Woodland community, just outside of Collinwood,” Wilson said.

Wilson said while riding around, an argument erupted and Daniel and Stevens started pistol-whipping the victim while all four were riding in a truck.

“From what we’ve found out, they were riding down the road in the truck and they were beating him,” Wilson said. “Apparently, they beat him all night long.”

According to reports, at some point early Tuesday morning, they stopped in a wooded area near Waynesboro where they continued to beat the man and then cut the man’s left leg from his groin to his knee.

“At some point, they get back in the truck and they drive to Stevens’ house,” Wilson said.

He said while at Stevens’ house, the beating continued and at some point one of the man’s toes was cut off.

“They load him back in the truck, and take him to a wooded area at Arnolds Hollow, which is off of U.S. 64, between Waynesboro and Clifton,” Wilson said. “They tied him to a tree out there in the woods and left him all night.

“I guess they got to feeling bad about what they had done and went back out to the wooded area Wednesday, picked him up, drove him back into Waynesboro, dropped him off at a house and told the people there they needed to take him to the hospital.”

Wilson said the man was taken to Wayne County Medical Center and then flown by helicopter to Nashville.

The sheriff said the victim is listed in critical but stable condition. “Which is amazing after all he went through,” he said.

Hospital officials notified the sheriff’s office. Authorities said a tip with a description of a vehicle that could have possibly been involved, lead to the arrests.

Wilson said investigators were able to developed Stevens and Thompson as suspects and took them into custody Wednesday night.

“Then, as the investigation progressed, Daniel became a suspect and he was located and taken into custody late Thursday,” Wilson said.

Thompson and Stevens are being held in the Wayne County Detention Center on bail of $750,000 each.

Daniel is being held on bail of $425,000.

“It’s just sad that all of this is over some kind of misunderstanding that escalated,” the sheriff said.

 

 

 

 

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Man critical after gruesome, 2-day beating; 3 charged

WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — A Wayne County, Tennessee, man is in critical condition at a Nashville hospital after authorities said he was beaten for two days, had his leg cut, one of his toes severed and was left tied to a tree in a wooded area overnight after a disagreement with three people he knew.

“This is one of the most brutal things I’ve ever seen,” said Wayne County Sheriff Ric Wilson. “It’s a miracle (the man) is still living.”

He said the victim, a 41-year-old Collinwood, Tennessee, man, is in Vanderbilt Hospital.

Arnold Mark Stevens, 44, 199 Jennifer Lane, Collinwood; Brittany Danielle Thompson, 27, 1963 Collinwood Highway, Collinwood; and Jason Neal “Earl” Daniel, 32, 2506 Collinwood Highway, were arrested in connection with the incident that began Monday night.

Courthouse officials said Stevens and Thompson are each charged with an ex-felon in possession of firearm, especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

Daniel is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder.

Wilson said the incident began Monday night when the victim and Thompson, who was staying with the man, were picked up by Stevens and Daniel and went riding around.

“They all knew each other and they went to his house, which is in the Woodland community just outside of Collinwood,” Wilson said.

Wilson said while riding around, an argument erupted and Daniel and Stevens started pistol-whipping the victim while all four were riding in a truck.

“From what we’ve found out, they were riding down the road in the truck and they were beating him,” Wilson said. “Apparently, they beat him all night long.”

According to reports, at some point early Tuesday morning, they stopped in a wooded area near Waynesboro where they continued to beat the man and then cut the man’s left leg from his groin to his knee.

“At some point, they get back in the truck and they drive to Stevens’ house,” Wilson said.

He said while at Stevens’ house, the beating continued and at some point one of the man’s toes was cut off.

“They load him back in the truck, and take him to a wooded area at Arnolds Hollow, which is off of U.S. 64, between Waynesboro and Clifton,” Wilson said. “They tied him to a tree out there in the woods and left him all night.

“I guess they got to feeling bad about what they had done and went back out to the wooded area Wednesday, picked him up, drove him back into Waynesboro, dropped him off at a house and told the people there they needed to take him to the hospital.”

Wilson said the man was taken to Wayne County Medical Center and then flown by helicopter to Nashville.

The sheriff said the victim is listed in critical but stable condition. “Which is amazing after all he went through,” he said.

Hospital officials notified the sheriff’s office. Authorities said a tip with a description of a vehicle that could have possibly been involved, led to the arrests.

Wilson said investigators were able to develop Stevens and Thompson as suspects and took them into custody Wednesday night.

“Then, as the investigation progressed, Daniel became a suspect and he was located and taken into custody late Thursday,” Wilson said.

Thompson and Stevens are being held in the Wayne County Detention Center on bail of $750,000 each.

Daniel is being held on bail of $425,000.

“It’s just sad that all of this is over some kind of misunderstanding that escalated,” the sheriff said.

 

 

 

 

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meth24n-2-webLori Potarf was charged with drug possession despite claiming that her religious rights as a Wiccan entitled to her to use the illegal drug.

Witchcraft made her do it.

An Oklahoma woman tried to get out of a drug bust by saying meth was perfectly OK for her to use because it was part of her Wiccan religion.

Yeah, right, said cops who arrested the self-proclaimed witch and charged her with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lori Potarf and Richard Lee Henderson were stopped while driving on U.S. Highway 91 because their vehicle had a broken tail light, The Duncan Banner reported.

Both had Crown Royale liquor bags containing syringes, a spoon and traces of methamphetamine, the paper said.

Henderson did not claim he was a witch, police said.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/okla-woman-claims-meth-part-wiccan-article-1.1985068

 

TULSA – A mobile meth lab blew up Thursday night at a west Tulsa motel.

Police say a woman was making meth in her room at the Economy Inn on Skelly Drive, using what’s known as a “shake-and-bake” device, when it blew up, catching her pants on fire.

Police say the woman threw the mini-lab out the window, hopped in her car and took off.

The extent of her injuries were unknown.

One neighbor thought someone was grilling something.

“First, we saw a fire reflecting and we thought maybe they were grilling and we look out the door and my son sees her run to the car and burnt and on fire,” said Leona Bilbrey.

Police told 2NEWS reporter Nathan Edwards these types of meth labs are becoming more popular in Green Country because it’s easier to use and makes meth faster than a larger lab.

In 2012 there were 678 meth lab incidents in Oklahoma, according to the latest numbers available from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Texas recorded only 32 meth lab incidents, while there were 100 in Arkansas and 136 in Kansas. However, Missouri had a much higher number with more than 1,800.

 

 

 

 

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635496842725954369-methlabsBANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officials are cracking down on meth labs and this year alone there have been 12 meth labs in Aroostock County. About 43% of the methamphetamine busts have happened in northern Maine.

On Tuesday, East Millinocket Police Department and the MDEA placed two people in custody following a meth lab raid in East Millinocket – the first, in Penobscot County for this year. In 10 months, 28 meth labs have been raided with the majority of them centered in Aroostook County.

Acadia Hospital Psychologist, David Prescott said depressed areas with strong social communities have a higher chance of getting involved with drugs.

Methamphetamine addiction tends to run a tight social network and the close social nature of our rural areas kinda lays the ground work to where these things can happen.”

Through his years of treating adolescents and adults, Prescott said smaller towns that are drying up are at greater risk to getting involved with manufacturing meth.

MDEA officials said all the ingredients you need to make meth can be bought at your common drug store. And in a few hours with the correct materials you can make a meth lab. This week alone, there were two busts, Monticello and East Millinocket.

And Prescott said it’s not surprising to hear communities like East Millinocket have members creating methamphetamine’s, especially since the down turn of their economy.

“Places where people are struggling for jobs or struggling for good jobs, there is always the potential for addiction you see higher addiction in those places probably correlating with those people depressed or hopeless.”

MDEA agents said meth labs are a public safety threat. They are easily flammable, give off toxic fumes and if exposed can cause serious harm. Officials said it doesn’t require a chemistry background; meanwhile the production can cause extensive injury to those near the meth lab. Some signs of methamphetamine use are open sores, tooth decay, mood swings, hallucinations and excessive panic.

 

 

 

 

 

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10_23-arrestMADISONVILLE, Ky. (10/23/14) — Madisonville Police responded to a complaint of trespassing at a Meadowlark Lane residence Wednesday, Oct. 22.

According to a Madisonville Police report, officers met with the complainant and she advised them that there were people in her house and drugs laying everywhere. She also asked the officers to get all drugs and needles out.

The report said when officers went into the residence, they found three individuals, Tabitha Rose Harp, 30, Madisonville, Joseph Edward Richardson, 50, Madisonville and Robert Charles Strader, 30, Madisonville, under the influence of narcotics. All three advised officers that the drugs were not theirs.

During a search of the home, officers located suspected methamphetamine, a loaded needle of meth, pills and a suspected synthetic blunt, the report said.

Harp was charged with possession of controlled substance, methamphetamine, first degree, second offense, possession of synthetic cannabinoid agonists or piperzines, possession of controlled substance-drug unspecified, third degree and drug paraphernalia buy or possess.

Richardson was charged with possession of controlled substance, methamphetamine, first degree, first offense, possession of synthetic cannabinoid agonists or piperzines, possession of controlled substance-drug unspecified, third degree and drug paraphernalia buy or possess.

Strader was charged with possession of controlled substance, methamphetamine, first degree, second offense, possession of synthetic cannabinoid agonists or piperzines, possession of controlled substance-drug unspecified, third degree and drug paraphernalia buy or possess.

All three are being lodged in the Hopkins County Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

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An Ardmore man is facing charges in what Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony says could be one of the largest drug trafficking cases ever filed in Carter County.

Officers assigned to the narcotics divisions of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and Ardmore Police Department, served a search warrant about 6 p.m. Monday at a residence located at 309 Stolfa St. Reports revealed the officers made “forcible” entry after the occupants of the house refused to answer knocks on the door and repeated announcements of law enforcement presence. Michael Jones, 45, the occupant of the residence and the target of the investigation, a female, also identified as living at the residence, and James M. Watson, 35, were all found inside.

While serving the search warrant officers found an estimated 79 grams of an “ice/crystal substance that field tested as methamphetamine under a bed, as well as marijuana and items used to sell the drugs. In addition, what was described as “500 Xanax bars (five baggies containing 100 pills in each bag) were found stashed in a freezer.

Watson was arrested without incident pending charges of trafficking methamphetamine, possession of Xanax with intent to distribute and possession marijuana with intent to distribute.

Watson was arrested when marijuana was found inside his vehicle, which was parked in the drive way of the residence. He was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending possession of marijuana and attempting to obtain marijuana.

More than $1,300 was also seized during the investigation.

Both men, who reportedly made statements to investigators, remain jailed pending court appearances.

“This is one of the largest, if not the largest meth trafficking cases for Carter County. In addition, this appears to be crystal meth a particularly potent and strong form of meth that is associated with numerous physical and mental health problems,” Anthony said. “Methamphetamine continues to be one of the biggest drug problems in the county and will therefore remain one of our top priorities.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two people were arrested after police found almost $300,000 worth of methamphetamine in two St. Cloud-area homes.

A search conducted Thursday at 23692-69th Avenue in St. Augusta yielded 6 pounds of meth, about $3,500 in cash and a handgun that had been reported stolen in Wright County.

According to a Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force news release, the meth has a $125,000 wholesale value and about a $260,000 street value.

Joseph McMahon, 34, of the St. Cloud area, was arrested. He faces numerous possible charges including possession of stolen property, first-degree possession of controlled substance and a felon in possession of a firearm.

McMahon was taken to Stearns County Jail. Other family members were home at the time of the warrant but are not subject to criminal charges.

A second warrant was conducted at 215 Sixth St. NE in St. Cloud. There police found one pound of meth, 6 grams of the drug Molly, 125 grams of marijuana, $4,150 in cash and a handgun reported stolen out of Sauk Rapids.

The estimated street value of the meth is $38,000.

All currency is subject to forfeiture, according to the release.

Alyssa Jarecki, 25, of St. Cloud, was arrested for outstanding warrants and was taken to Benton County Jail. She could possibly be charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance, fifth-degree possession of controlled substance and possession of stolen property.

The task force conducted the investigation and was assisted by the Stearns-Benton SERT team, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Cold Spring police canine unit, St. Cloud police, St. Cloud canine unit and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2014/10/23/arrested-police-find-almost-meth/17788411/

 

A Great Falls woman faces multiple charges after a drug task force raid on the Fox Farm home where her husband was shot and killed by police last year.

Kayla Dutton, 31, is charged in Cascade County District Court with one felony dangerous drug possession charge, as well as two misdemeanor charges for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. If convicted of the felony, she faces up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.duttonkayla

According to charging documents, Russell Country Drug Task Force officers serving a search warrant on Dutton’s home in the 2700 block of Carmel Drive on Wednesday located methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as scales and other drug paraphernalia.

The warrant, charging documents say, was executed shortly before 9 a.m. when Dutton’s two elementary-school-aged children were known to be in school.

When interviewed by police, Dutton allegedly admitted to being a drug user and owning the drugs found inside the residence. Some of the drug items found were in parts of the home accessible to children, including the kitchen table, police say.

Dutton’s husband, Thomas Pulst, 29, died from multiple gunshot wounds in the backyard of the home in May 2013, according to testimony at a hearing last January that saw a jury clear law enforcement of wrongdoing in his death. He had reportedly shot two guns at officers as they approached the home to take him into custody for failing to check in with his probation officer, and was killed when officers returned fire.

A medical examiner testified at the hearing that toxicology reports indicated Pulst had methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death, and police said a young child was in the residence at the time of the incident.

Tribune birth records from 2006 and 2009 say that a son and a daughter were born to Pulst and Dutton.

Prosecutors have asked that Dutton, set to make an initial court appearance Thursday, be held on $7,500 bond.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/crime/2014/10/23/woman-charged-raid-fox-farm-home/17800769/

 

BUTTE – A 29-year-old woman who fled the Anaconda hospital after she and her newborn tested positive for methamphetamine was one of 17 people arraigned in a conspiracy that federal prosecutors say brought meth from Los Angeles and distributed it in Great Falls, Havre and Butte.

Michelle Renee Yallup of Butte is charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, conspiracy involving firearms and drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit money laundering, The Montana Standard reported.

Federal court documents state that many of the 17 defendants have asserted their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. If conviced of the most serious charges, each defendant faces possible penalties of life in prison, five years’ supervised release and $10 million in fines.

Operation Highline Crystal Highway” is a cooperative effort between the Russell Country Drug Task Force which includes law enforcement officers from the Great Falls Police Department, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Border Patrol, as well as the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation and U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Yallup was served with a warrant Thursday, but remained in the Anaconda jail on a forgery charge. Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said he expected she would be transferred to federal custody late in the day.

Yallup has pleaded not guilty to the state charge that she signed her sister’s name when she checked into the Anaconda hospital on June 17. Her hospital bill was nearly $13,400. Officials say Yallup fled with the baby against medical advice. She was arrested at a truck stop near Willard, Utah after a monthlong search.

Officials have not released an update on the child, who was in the care of Utah child protective services after Yallup’s arrest.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/crime/2014/10/23/butte-woman-faces-federal-drug-charges/17785281/

 

Three people are facing methamphetamine-related charges after they were allegedly caught cooking meth in an Elkhart hotel room and parking lot.

At 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, Elkhart police were called to Travelodge, the former Day Lite Inn, at 2820 Cassoplis St., for a report of a suspicious person in the motel parking lot, Sgt. Chris Snyder wrote in an email to The Elkhart Truth.Elkhart-meth-bust-trio

Police made contact with 28-year-old Matthew John Milton, of Nappanee, in the parking lot with what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab in a vehicle, Snyder said.

Milton ran away and resisted officers when they tried to arrest him.

The investigation led officers to a room in the hotel, where they found 35-year-old Kesha Anne Jastrzembski, of South Bend, and 37-year-old Joseph Allen Kenawell, of Goshen, with several items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine and what appeared to be a second active lab.

Officers got search warrants for the room and the vehicle, and removed the labs and other evidence with the help of Indiana State Police officers, who are specially trained to handle methamphetamine labs, Snyder wrote.

Milton was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of drug precursors, resting law enforcement and battery on a police officer.

Jastrzembski was arrested on a felony warrant and a preliminary charge of dealing in methamphetamine.

Kenawell was arrested on preliminary charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of drug precursors and dealing in methamphetamine.

All three suspects were booked at the Elkhart County Jail, and were still incarcerated as of Thursday afternoon, Oct. 23.

 

 

 

 

 

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FARMERVILLE, La. — One of two women observed removing items from road side trash bins ended up being arrested by Union Parish deputies for possession of methamphetamine.

A deputy was patrolling an area in the Hudson Road area near Farmerville when he noticed two women at the Dumpsters. He stopped to check out the situation and while talking with Katie Taylor Feazel, 28, of 301 Feazel Rd., Farmerville, noticed a smell of alcoholic beverage and Feazel being unsteady on her feet.

A female Farmerville police officer was called to the scene to search Feazel. When the search started the officer saw Feazel take a small plastic bag from the right side of her bra, drop it to the ground and then stepped on it.

The contents field tested positive as meth, Sheriff Dusty Gates said.

Feazel was booked into the parish detention center Oct. 17 for meth possession and for disturbing the peace by public intoxication. Her bond was set at $3,500.

 

 

 

 

 

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AMARILLO — More evidence that methamphetamine use is a growing problem in our area.

When the United Way of Amarillo and Canyon (UWAC) released its community status report Wednesday. One of the low points was the skyrocketing use of methamphetamine.  And, it’s wide spread.

The UWAC report indicates meth use rose by 70% in Randall county since 2009. It’s up 50% in Potter County.

Police say the rise in meth use mirrors the skyrocketing use of crack cocaine in the 1980’s.

The reason is because it’s cheap and easy to get.

Sergeant Brent Barbee says most criminals they run into have some connection to the drug.

“It seems like about everybody we arrest has a little bit of methamphetamine with them.   And it’s true, I look at these shift reports every day and it’s absolutely dirt common to see people arrested on all types of offenses who are carrying at least a little bit of methamphetamine.”  Barbee said.

The UWAC status report shows meth use in our area has surpassed all other drugs including marijuana and alcohol.

 

 

 

 

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Police in the Australian capital Canberra Friday said they had seized 28 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of around 25 million Australian dollars (22 million US dollars), media reported.

The drug, also known as ice or crystal meth, was found hidden in the car of a 51-year-old man, police spokesman Shane Scott told reporters, according to broadcaster ABC.drugs%20GALLO_post_detail_web

“This amount of drugs could equate to 280,000 street deals valued at over 25 million dollars,” Scott said.

The discovery prompted a search of four houses in Canberra suburbs, in which police seized one more kilogram of meth and other drugs, ABC said.

Experts say the use of the drug has reached “epidemic” proportions in parts of Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

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Police find 28 kilograms of drugs in vehicle in Curtin

Canberra police have seized a record 28 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine hidden in a car in Curtin on Thursday afternoon.

ACT Policing allege the drugs were destined for the Victorian market and had a street value of $26 million – or 280,000 street deals – and had an estimated purity of 80 per cent.

In the largest haul in the territory’s history, the drugs were seized at 1:30 pm when police searched a Volkswagen Passat after a 51-year-old man left an address in Curtin.Article%20Lead%20-%20wide6265862311b2mfimage_related_articleLeadwide_729x410_11azpb_png1414123380514_jpg-620x349

ACT Drug and Organized Crime team leader Detective Sergeant Shane Scott said the methamphetamine had been found in the boot and front of the vehicle.

“Upon inspection of the boot of the vehicle there were two locations with access panels [...] and as a result we located a quantity on either side of the vehicle and some hidden in the front of the vehicle as well,” he said.

“This investigation has been ongoing for 12 months and it is a targeted operation and we had some intelligence to support our actions yesterday.”

Later on Friday in court, police said Alexander Scott Hagan, 51, was involved in the transporting and trafficking of the drugs from the ACT to another location.

Hagan, of Curtin, did not apply for bail when he appeared before the ACT Magistrates Court on a charge of trafficking in a large commercial quantity of methamphetamine. He did not enter a plea and was remanded to reappear in court next week.

During the earlier press conference, Detective Sergeant Scott said it was likely more people were involved in the drugs syndicate and further arrests might follow in coming days.

“The investigation is ongoing at this point in time and we have a number of other inquires and matters that we need to chase up but we do believe there will be further arrests in relation to this,” he said.

Acting Deputy Chief Police Officer Paul Shakeshaft said ACT police had liaised with a number of jurisdictions during the investigation and police would continue to collaborate as investigations continue.Article%20Lead%20-%20narrow6265862311b2k1image_related_articleLeadNarrow_353x0_11azpb_png1414123380578_jpg-300x0

Officers also raided five properties in search of drugs on Thursday night and found another kilogram of methamphetamine, 500 tablets of suspected MDMA and an amount of cash at a premises in Curtin.

“We also seized a small amount of steroids from an premises in Holder and a premises in Lyons,” he said.

“This is a culmination of our commitment to prosecuting and pursuing offenders in this type of businesses.”

Detective Sergeant Shane Scott said police would continue to search for others involved in the largest drug bust in ACT history.

“We won’t leave any stone unturned in prosecuting offenders that may be involved in this syndicate,” he said.

Detective Sergeant Shane Scott said the estimated saving to the Australian community through the drug harm index was more than $5 million, including associated medical costs.

“This is a highly addictive drug that causes great grief to users and those around them,” he said.

Detective Sergeant Scott urged Canberrans to contact police if they had any information related to the drug trade, even if it was just a nagging suspicion.

“That little bit of information could be the key to another bust like this,” he said.

“In all our investigations a piece of information generally comes from the ACT public giving some sort of investigation or tip on where we need to go and look at.”

This latest drug bust follows raids in Goulburn earlier this week which saw 19 people arrested and more than 150 charges laid.

In August, police found 2.5 tons of chemicals in a clandestine Hume drug lab that was capable of producing “many, many millions of dollars” worth of ecstasy.

 

 

 

 

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/police-find-28-kilograms-of-drugs-in-vehicle-in-curtin-20141024-11azpb.html

 

meth-lab-e-39th-stSAVANNAH, Ga. (WJCL) — An elaborate methamphetamine lab was removed from an east Savannah residence following a search warrant conducted by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT).

Just before 9 p.m. Wednesday night, CNT agents, with the assistance of the Savannah Fire Department, executed a search warrant in the 1800 block of East 39th Street.

Upon making entry into the residence, agents encountered several small children and one adult female and safely removed them. Inside the residence, agents found a methamphetamine lab that appeared to have been active recently. They also found evidence that previous manufacturing had occurred at the residence.

The advanced laboratory included an air filtration system that expelled the toxic gases from the lab into the open air outside the residence.

Several neighboring houses were evacuated for three hours as an added precaution. CNT agents specially trained in clandestine laboratories cleared the residence of all hazard materials in accordance with state and federal laws.  These types of hazardous material cleanups cost taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Wednesday night’s search warrant is the result of an ongoing investigation by CNT into a group of people believed to be involved in the possession, distribution, sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine throughout Chatham County. CNT continues its investigation into the group and arrests are expected to be made in the near future.

 

 

 

 

http://wjcl.com/2014/10/23/meth-lab-several-children-found-in-east-savannah-home/

 

Folks don’t make a great deal of money in Buffalo, Missouri, a town of less than 4,000 people in the Ozark Mountains in the southwestern part of the state. The median income for a household is less than $20,000 and close to 30 per cent of the town’s population lives in poverty. There’s one thing you can count on, though. Except during the periodic droughts, you can count on plenty of home-cooked meth being readily available. These days, Missouri, and particularly the Ozarks, is known as the world’s home-cooked meth capital.People in the Ozarks

People in the Ozarks once made moonshine whisky, but back in the 1950s, the locals started buying mail-order speed in pill form in large quantities. When the mail-order supply was eventually cut off, ingenious souls learned how to manufacture their own crude amphetamines. This in turn led to making meth which caught on quickly. Before long, the entire Ozark plateau found itself in a methamphetamine choke hold. 40 years later, the situation really hasn’t changed.

Although the meth plague is often associated with the rural folk — the so-called hillbillies — the reality is that meth long ago spread to the small towns and cities and as likely as not there’s somebody cooking meth right on your block — could even be your next door neighbor.

 

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Amy Lee Hartley is a meth addict

Amy Lee Hartley is a meth addict. Her home, which is located at 810 Locust Street in the town of Buffalo, has been described as an “uninhabitablemeth lab by the Associated Press. You see Amy — who sustained a brain injury in 2008 stemming from a traffic accident and struggles with short term memory problems — and her boyfriend, 47-year-old career criminal Anthony Balbirnie, have been in the news lately. On September 21, 2012 a 15-year-old girl named Khighla Parks, whom Amy had reportedly befriended at at a party, died of asphyxiation at Amy’s house while being raped by Anthony. Charges were filed against Amy in October of this year.

Khighla had been reported missing on September 20, 2012 after she left her grandparents’ home in Willard, Missouri to go for a walk. She was last seen at a party in Buffalo, which is probably where she met Amy.

According to a local newspaper, the News-Leader, Khighla died at Amy’s house on Locust Street on Sept. 21st within hours of meeting her during “asphyxiation sex” with Balbirnie.

After Khighla diedCourt documents outline a grim scenario. First Amy invited Khighla to stay at her home/meth lab, and “to engage in sex with multiple partners, some of whom were known by the defendant to engage in asphyxiation sex.” The court documents also state that Hartley, 37, engaged in “deviate sexual intercourse” with the teen. Her actual death, though, is thought to have occurred during asphyxiation sex while she was being raped by Balbirnie.

After Khighla died, the police allege that Amy helped dispose of her body. Balbirne allegedly weighted down the deceased victim and dumped her body in nearby Truman Lake, where, according to Ozarks First, it was found by a boater on Sept. 30, 2012.

Amy was arrested after the charges against her were filed on Oct. 17th, Ozarks First reports. She is charged with second-degree statutory sodomy, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse. Amy is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child by allowing Khigla into her home, where methamphetamine was made and used.

The charges against Anthony Balbirnie may stem from information provided to the police by Amy who reportedly told investigators that she saw him wrapping up a girl’s body and placing it in the trunk of his car in the early hours of September 21st. In addition to facing a federal charge of abandoning a corpse, Balbirnie is charged with Khighla’s murder, and faces additional counts of statutory rape and child molestation.Balbirnie

Balbirnie was released from prison on parole in August of 2012 after serving 15 months for possessing marijuana, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections. The 47-year-old has a long history of criminal charges ranging from drug possession to resisting arrest.

 

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Amy Lee Hartley and Anthony Balbirnie are not the world’s nicest people. Neither are the other “persons of interest” who are still being investigated by law enforcement. You put a bunch of meth freaks together in a group and God only knows what will happen. Khighla Parks found out the hard way. One can only surmise what was going through her head during her final moments after she made the foolish decision to accept Amy’s invitation “to party”.

Meanwhile, life goes on as always in the Ozarks and it’s not likely to change any time soon, not as long as people still cook up their homemade meth and smoke it in glass pipes or inject it into their veins.

 

Update:

SFGate reports that one of three suspects charged in the death of 15-year-old Khighla Parks will be sentenced in December for his role in her case.

Dallas County authorities report that 40-year-old Larry Warner of Springfield, who was originally charged with second-degree-murder, pleaded guilty last Friday to endangerment and conspiracy in Khighla Parks’ death in September 2012.

According to KYTV, Warner, who although apparently a person of interest was not technically a suspect when this story broke last fall, has stated that he took Parks and Anthony Balbirnie to the home of Amy Leigh Hartley in Buffalo but later left. Prosecutors allege Balbirnie killed Parks during sex and he and Hartley dumped her body in Truman Lake.

Balbirnie is scheduled for trial in March. Hartley is scheduled for a hearing next week on several charges, including statutory sodomy and abandonment of a corpse.

The fact Any Lee Hartley has a hearing scheduled a few weeks after Warner’s guilty plea leads me to believe that she will also probably enter a guilty plea one or more of the charges against her. And, I also think it’s very likely that she has agreed to testify against Anthony Balbirnie.

 

 

 

 

http://www.allthingscrimeblog.com/2014/10/22/ozark-mountain-meth-heads-charged-in-asphyxiation-rapedeath-of-15-year-old-girl-updated/

 

 

 

 

Amy Hartley & Anthony Balbirnie: 5 Facts You Need to Know

Amy Hartley, 37, is the second the person charged in relation the murder of 15-year-old Khigla Parks in Buffalo, Missouri in September 2012, reports The Springfield News-Leader.Barton County Jail

Last week, 48-year-old Anthony Balbirnie was charged with with the actual murder of Parks. It’s reported that Hartley and Balbirnie have been involved in a long-term relationship together, she is charged with helping him disposed of Parks’ body in Truman Lake, Missouri. She’s being held on $75,000 bond.

Here’s what you need to know:

 

1. Balbirnie is a Facebook Friend of Khigla Parks

 Balbirnie is a Facebook Friend

Although 48-year-old Balbirnie’s Facebook account has been inactive for some time, he is a friend of the 15-year-old Khigla Parks.

 2. Balbirnie is Charged With Murder

 Police are acting on the assumption that Parks died during “asphyxiation sex” with Balbirnie on September 21, 2012. The sex is reported to have taken place inside Hartley’s home in Benton County, Missouri, reports Ozarks First.

Hartley is charged with sodomy, tampering with physical evidence as well as the abandonment of a corpse. She’s been further charged with endangering the welfare of the child as she’s alleged to have facilitated the sex between Balbirnie and Parks.

Another man, Larry L. Warner, has been charged in relation to the case but his court documents have not yet been unsealed.

  

3. Hartley Has Been Certified as ‘Disabled’ 

Due to a 2008 traffic accident where Hartley suffered a brain injury, it’s reported that she has short-term memory problems which is a permanent disability. She confirmed to investigators that Balbirnie was with Parks at her home on the day the 15-year-old was last seen. Her home has been described as a meth lab and “uninhabitable” by The Associated Press. The home is located at 810 Locust Street in Buffalo, Missouri (above)

 

4. Balbirnie is Being Held on a Parole Violation 

Thanks to his lengthy criminal record, Balbirnie is being held at Bowling Green state prison in Missouri. He has yet to be arraigned on charges of second-degree murder, statutory rape, child molestation, endangering the welfare of a child, tampering with physical evidence and the abandonment of a corpse.

The man charged with the murder of Parks last stint in prison ended in August 2012 when he did 15 months for weed possession. The Daily Mail reports: 

He was on probation for convictions in 2010 for unlawful use of weapons, manufacturing a controlled substance and resisting arrest with the intent to cause physical harm or death by fleeing.

It’s also reported that in 2006 he was a suspect in the attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl. He was later cleared on that charge because the girl told him she was 17. 

 

5. Parks Was Found Dead on September 30 2012

 

 Parks Was Found Dead

Her corpse was found in Truman Lake, Missouri where it had been weighed down. Police allege that it was Hartley who weighed her body down, it was found by boaters about ten days after Parks was last seen. The last confirmed sighting of the high-school sophomore came at a partyin Buffalo, Missouri on September 20.

 

 

 

 

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Another charged with sex crimes, cover-up of death

 

A second person — a Buffalo woman in her mid-30s — is accused of illegal sex with a Willard teen before allegedly covering up evidence of the girl’s death.

Amy Leigh Hartley was not charged with murder, but recently unsealed Benton County court documents say the woman was engaged in sexual activity with 15-year-old Khighla Parks just before her death.A second person

Hartley is also accused of moving the body after the death and washing bedding in an effort to thwart investigators, according to the documents.

Hartley has been described in earlier documents as the on-again, off-again girlfriend of Anthony Balbirnie.

It was revealed last week that Balbirnie, 48, who has a long criminal history, was charged with Parks’ murder.

Authorities believe Parks died during “asphyxiation sex” with Balbirnie on Sept. 21, 2012.

Court documents released Monday say the death occurred in Hart­ley’s Locust Street home.

Hartley is charged with second-degree statutory sodomy, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse.

She is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child by allowing Parks in her house “to engage in sex with multiple partners, some of whom were known by the defendant to engage in asphyxiation sex,” court documents read.

Documents that further detail evidence against Hartley have been sealed by a judge. Some documents concerning Balbirnie have also been sealed.

Although the probable cause documents are normally public records, Missouri Attorney General’s Office spokeswoman Nanci Gonder said documents are being kept secret “because of safety concerns to certain witnesses.” Gov. Jay Nixon in July appointed the Attorney General’s Office to aid county prosecutors in the probe of Parks’ death.

Previous reports describe Hartley as disabled from a traumatic brain injury in a 2008 traffic accident. Court documents say she has short-term memory problems and the disability is permanent.

It was Hartley who told investigators that Balbirnie was at her home with Parks on Sept. 21, the day after Parks walked away from her home near Willard, according to documents released previously.

Hartley allegedly said she saw Balbirnie participate in wrapping Parks’ body before putting it in the trunk of a car and driving away, bound for Warsaw on the shores of Truman Lake. Khighla’s body was discovered by boaters there on Sept. 30, 2012.

A third person, Larry L. Warner, is listed as a “co-defendant” in documents that began to be unsealed last week, but his alleged role in the case is not detailed. Presumably, details of the allegations against him are included in the sealed documents.

Early in the investigation of the death, Warner had been named as a person sought for questioning but was not criminally charged then.

Officers had questioned and taken DNA samples from Warner in the weeks after Parks’ body was found. Why remains unclear.

 

 

 

 

 

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Police charge drug-dealer with abandoning a corpse after his 15-year-old ‘Facebook friend’ found dead in lake with weights tied to her body

  • Anthony Balbirnie’s girlfriend told police she saw him ‘wrapping body and putting it in trunk of car’
  • Khighla Parks, 15, last seen at party in Buffalo, Missouri on September 20
  • Desiree Siddens, 24, and Larry Warner, 39, named as ‘persons of interest’ in murder investigation

A 47-year-old convicted criminal has been charged today after a teenage girl was found in a lake with weights tied to her body.

Anthony Balbirnie faces a federal charge of abandoning a corpse. His on-off girlfriend, who has not been named, told investigators she saw him wrapping a girl’s body and placing it in the trunk of his car in the early hours of September 21.

Khighla Parks, 15, was last seen on September 20. She was found ten days later in Truman Lake, southwest Missouri by fishermen. It is believed that she was already dead when dumped in the water but cause of death has not been released.

Dallas County Sheriff’s Office also announced earlier today they were seeking two persons of interest – Desiree Siddens, 24, and Larry Warner, 39 – in the murder investigation.

Anthony Balbirnie, 47 after 15-year-old Khighla

15-year-old girl was last

Balbirnie was arrested on Monday after a car chase that began in Greene County and ended in Dallas County, Kansas. Deputies said Balbirnie threw something from the car during the 45-minute chase but they don’t know what.

The abandonment charge had been filed on Sunday but was not revealed until today. Court documents said Balbirnie told a woman he was taking the body to Warsaw, close to Truman Lake.

The drug dealer had been the only suspect in the case but it was not known today if anyone else was being investigated.

The relationship between Balbirnie and Miss Parks is unknown although they were friends on Facebook. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department was unclear as to when Balbirnie’s path crossed with Miss Parks.

Desiree SiddensLarry Warner

The teenager was reported missing on September 20 after she left her grandparents’ home in Willard to go for a walk.

She was last seen at a party in Buffalo, Missouri with a crowd of people, around 40 miles away.

The girl’s grandmother Bonnie Adams told KY3: ‘She had taken off a few days, went to a friend’s house or something like that, so I gave her the 24 hours.

‘I always believed you need to give them some space, but you also need to know where they’re at.’

Balbirnie was released from prison on parole in August after serving 15 months for possessing marijuana, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections.

He was on probation for convictions in 2010 for unlawful use of weapons, manufacturing a controlled substance and resisting arrest with the intent to cause physical harm or death by fleeing.

The 47-year-old has a long history of criminal charges from drug possession to resisting arrest.

profile pictures of Miss Parksand Anthony Balbirnie

teenage girl's body was pulled from Truman

Friends and family of the 15-year-old had started a Facebook page in her honor. The teenager’s funeral is being held this Friday at Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Balbirnie’s Facebook page has a profile picture of a latex mask with swastika. He describes himself as ‘outgoing and energetic, likes to take long walks in the woods’.

Police considered him a suspect in an attempted abduction in 2006 when a girl was allegedly taken against her will from a hotel room.teenager's grandmother Bonnie Adams

The girl came home and although Balbirnie was the main suspect no charges were brought against him.

 

 

 

 

 

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