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PALATINE, IL, Sep 18, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Acura Pharmaceuticals, Inc. /quotes/zigman/108745/quotes/nls/acur ACUR +4.40% today announced its next generation pseudoephedrine hydrochloride tablet, NEXAFED, is now being sold in over 2,600 pharmacies nationwide. Since its introduction in December 2012, NEXAFED has become the standard of care in many pharmacies, including all Fruth Pharmacies and all the independent pharmacies of Scott County, Tennessee, who stock NEXAFED as their only 30mg pseudoephedrine product. NEXAFED not only contains the unique methamphetamine-resistant IMPEDE(R) Technology but also meets a key Food and Drug Administration human clinical efficacy standard.

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WARREN, Ohio- Bond is set for pair of Howland siblings, charged with drug trafficking.

A not guilty plea was entered on their behalf by the Warren Municipal Court Thursday for the felony charges.

Bond was set at $10,000 for Rachel Chew, and $7,500 for Michael Chew.



The siblings were charged with drug trafficking after they were found with methamphetamine.

charged with drug trafficking, drug possession and possession of materials for manufacturing drugs.

Michael Chew, 22, is charged with drug trafficking.

According to Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force Lt. Jeff Orr, the arrest was made at 3836 Highlawn Avenue, around 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17th.

At the residence, police found methamphetamine, scales, and the remnants of chemicals involved in making the drug.

There were two children living in the home at the time of the arrest.

They have been placed in the custody of family members.



Police uncovered drugs, guns and a large amount of cash during an Aug. 8 bust in Blaine.

Jeremy Bisceglia

Jeremy Bisceglia


Jeremy Bisceglia, 48, of 116th Avenue in Blaine, and Jordon Marie Cihak, 22, of Circle Pines, are each facing a felony charge for a first-degree controlled substance crime.

The pair were arrested after police executed a search warrant at 113 116th Ave. NE in Blaine. Discovered were approximately 3.4 pounds of methamphetamine, two military-style rifles, four handguns, six grams of marijuana and $134,534 in cash, according to Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart.

The bust was a collaborative effort involving the Anoka Hennepin Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force, Ramsey County Violent Crime Enforcement Team, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, Blaine Police Department and a K-9 unit from the Minnesota State Patrol.

According to the criminal complaint, the narcotics and violent crimes task force executed a nighttime, no-knock search warrant.

The SWAT team led the entrance at 1:45 a.m. because of Bisceglia’s history as a violent criminal, according to the complaint. After ramming open the door, police discovered Cihak inside.

According to the complaint, inside the mobile home police discovered a large flat-screen TV in the south bedroom, displaying a split screen of four different camera views inside and outside of the mobile home.

In a bedroom, officers found surveillance equipment, Bisceglia’s clothing and mail and 29 grams of methamphetamine. According to the complaint, inside the walk-in closet, officers found two large safes containing six firearms and $133,240 in cash.

Jordon Cihak

Jordon Cihak


Inside the laundry room, a detective discovered plastic bags inside a tube sock hidden in the water softener, containing an additional 53.8 ounces of methampehtaime, according to the criminal complaint.

A Blaine Police officer waited outside for Bisceglia, who was known to ride a motorcycle, to return home. Police reported a motorcycle approached the resident and turned around. The officer chased the suspect, eventually catching and arresting Bisceglia, who had $1,294 in cash on him.

Bisceglia and Cihak remain in Anoka County Jail. Bail for Bisceglia is set at $750,000 and $100,000 for Cihak.



SAN DIEGO – Federal agents nabbed three would-be drug smugglers attempting to sneak millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine over last weekend, authorities reported Tuesday.

Meth behind passenger backrest, Sept. 15Liquid meth hidden in juice cans, Sept. 15Liquid meth in gas tank, Sept. 15Meth draining from gas tank, Sept. 15

The first suspected trafficker, a 32-year-old El Monte woman, drove a black 2008 Chevrolet Malibu into Otay Mesa Port of Entry from Tijuana about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, according to Customs and Border Protection public affairs.

After noticing suspicious-looking items in the car, inspectors searched it with a service dog, finding 22 pounds of liquid methamphetamine inside nine juice cans in the trunk and another 51 pounds of the drug in 34 packages hidden in a non-factory compartment behind the rear passenger seat.

The narcotic haul had a total estimated street value of roughly $1.03 million.

About 90 minutes later, officers staffing San Ysidro Port of Entry were looking over a white 1995 Ford F-150 when they noticed that the driver appeared nervous.

They referred the 32-year-old woman and her 36-year-old female passenger, both U.S. citizens who live in San Bernardino County, to a secondary search area. There, the personnel discovered 107 pounds of liquid methamphetamine worth about $2.14 million concealed in the gas tank of the pickup truck.

All three suspects were turned over to Homeland Security Investigation agents. The women’s names were not released. CBP officers seized the vehicles and narcotics.

GEELONG police say ice addicts and dealers are increasingly trying to cook methamphetamine in kitchens and car boots – a spike they’ve dubbed ‘the Breaking Bad syndrome’.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave McTaggart told The Geelong Advertiser that his officers are cracking down on an increasing number of addicts and dealers who have created backyard drug labs. The Geelong Police Divisional Response Unit has executed 15 raids in the past year and drug offences in the area rose 36.3 per cent from 2011 to 21012. Police are also uncovering more small-scale operations devised by addicts to “feed the habit”.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad’s Walter White played by actor Bryan Cranston and Jesse (Aaron Paul) cook up drugs in a backyard lab on the hit TV show. Police in Geelong say they have seen a spike in ice users copying the plot of this show and cooking up drugs at home


“Most ice is still imported, but we are also seeing people with the Breaking Bad syndrome, where every idiot thinks they’re a chemist and can cook up their own drugs with no regard for how incredibly dangerous it is,” Sen-Sgt McTaggart. Some may be copying the plot of hit TV show Breaking Bad where struggling high school chemistry teacher Walt turns to a life of crime and begins cooking up methamphetamine to make money to secure his family’s future.

“For the past three years, ice has been far and away the biggest problem we’ve faced and it drives almost all crime in our community, so there will always be people thinking they can do it themselves or make a buck.

“There are some sophisticated operations, but you see others doing it from their kitchens or even the boot of their cars, driving around with the equipment all set up in the back.”



(New Braunfels, TX) — A Pittsburg, Texas, man was arrested here in New Braunfels early yesterday morning on a laundry list of charges including Possession of a Controlled Substance, Child Endangerment, and Tampering with Evidence.

The arrest came after officers stopped a vehicle in the parking lot of the Motel 6 in the 12-hundred block of I-35 North.

The vehicle had 5 people inside including an adult female driver, 3 teenagers (ages 14, 16, and 17), and an adult male riding in the backseat. T

he man was holding a Styrofoam cup with a lid and appeared nervous while talking with officers so they had him step out of the vehicle.

The man couldn’t produce any identification and at one point he whispered something to one of the teenagers and tried to hand her the Styrofoam cup.

He also tried to put the cup on the ground next to the car, but officers instead asked him to open up the cup.

That’s when they discovered a glass pipe hidden inside the red slush and he was placed under arrest.

A K-9 unit was called to the scene and the dog alerted on the car where, inside of a flashlight, they found a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamines.

50-year old James Allen Davis from Pittsburg, Texas, was then taken to the Comal County Jail and charged with Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Child Endangerment, and Tampering with Evidence.


At last check his bond had not yet been set and he remained in custody.



Crystal meth was seized for the first time in Charlottetown as two men were arrested Friday night following an investigation by the city police street crime unit.

Police pulled a vehicle over and seized a quantity of drugs, which included crystal meth, cocaine, speed pills, marijuana and hashish.

Police said the total street value was $15,000.

RAW: Crystal meth hits Charlottetown

Crystal meth hits Charlottetown



A 40-year-old man from Ontario and a 23-year-old man from New Brunswick face five charges each of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

“The aggravating thing about this seizure is, on top of an already volatile opiate prescription drug problem, these two had crystal meth on their person — approximately 9.7 grams — as well as speed pills, hashish and cocaine,” said deputy police chief Gary McGuigan.

“So that’s alarming to police to see the introduction of crystal meth into the community. This quantity here would lead us to believe that they were trying to introduce crystal meth into the community.”

Crystal meth is highly addictive, said McGuigan.

The two men remain in custody and will appear in court Tuesday.



ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) - A meth lab was discovered after a man called police to report a battery.

Chief Aaron Hoock with Prairie du Pont Fire says crews were called to the home in the 400 block of McBride after a man said he was battered. Chief Hoock says EMS crews were not able to tend to the victim because of a possible meth lab inside the house.

The St. Clair County Drug Scene Unit was called to the home.

Police secured the home, and firefighters were able to treat the man, who was conscious. He was transported to an area hospital.



WAYNESBORO — Police raided a home on Sherwood Avenue on Tuesday and took a man and woman into custody on suspicion of running a methamphetamine lab at the house.

Hours later, April Riddle, 38 years old, and Jesse Balin, 23 years old, both of Waynesboro, were charged with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

April B. Riddle, 38

Jesse H. Balin, 23.

Jesse H. Balin, 23



The Waynesboro Police Department blocked off a portion of the road for hours as authorities removed and treated five people for fumes coming from inside, said Sgt. Brian Edwards, department spokesman. Charges were expected to be leveled against the two suspects early Wednesday, he said.

Waynesboro police and the Virginia State Police followed up a joint investigation with a 4:45 p.m. raid at 682 Sherwood Ave. The State Police brought in its Clandestine Lab Team to take down suspected meth lab equipment for analysis, Edwards said.

The suspects had to be hosed down as fumes from inside the house could be detected from the street, he said.

“Many of the SWAT team members experienced some minor throat irritations,” Edwards said. “Even some people out here outside the (police) tape experienced some … from the fumes inside.”

The State Police lab members and firefighters with the Waynesboro Fire Department worked for more than two hours to decontaminate and vent the house, he said. The male suspect lived at the home, which is owned by a family member, Edwards said.



Results of a hair follicle test received Tuesday show that an eight-month-old boy tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine, after he was found in a south side Abilene apartment where methamphetamine was present.

Results of a hair follicle test received Tuesday show that an eight-month-old boy tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine, after he was found in a south side Abilene apartment where methamphetamine was present.

The boy’s mother, Maggie Burchett, 29, of Abilene, was arrested by TCSO narcotics agents on September 10 for misdemeanor warrants.

Methamphetamine was found in the home, as was the child.

Child Protective Services was called, and took custody of the infant.

Burchett has since bonded out of the Taylor County Jail, but will now face additional charges of 3rd Degree Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Endangering a Child, and Injury to a Child.

It is believed that the child tested positive for amphetamine because of inhaling “second hand” smoke from the drug.




JOHOR BARU: The Johor Customs Department foiled an attempt to smuggling in methamphetamine worth almost RM1 million through the Sultan Ismail International Airport in Senai last week. 

In the September 12 incident, Customs officials at the airport scanned a suitcase belonging to a 22-year old South African woman who had just arrived in a flight from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
“The result of the scan revealed that there was a suspicious object hidden in the suitcase. Further inspection was done in front of the suspect where we found two packages wrapped in aluminium foil hidden in the sides of the suitcase,” said Johor Customs deputy director.Abdullah Sidik,
He said the packages contained crystals believed to be methamphetamine and weighs a total of 4.9 kilogrammes. The drug is estimated to be worth about RM931,000.
“The suspect has been remanded to facilitate the investigation,” said Abdullah, adding that the case has been classified under Section 39B (1) of the Dangerous Drugs Act.



Read more: Meth worth RM1 million seized from South African woman – Latest – New Straits Times

A Scotts Bluff County District Court jury returned a guilty verdict against a Colorado woman on drug charges Tuesday.

The trial of Lorraine Foster, 46, began Monday morning. The jury found Foster guilty on a charge of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, a Class IC felony. 

Foster was charged in April 2013 after officers received information that a Colorado driver had been en route to Scottsbluff from Kimball to either purchase or drop off narcotics.

A Scottsbluff Police officer stopped the vehicle in Scottsbluff and Foster was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle gave officers permission to search the vehicle and officers located large quantities of methamphetamine in the vehicle and drug paraphernalia. Officers seized a total of 38.5 grams of methamphetamine.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Oct. 13. Foster faces a sentence of five to 50 years imprisonment.

The driver of the vehicle, Tina Venzor, 39, agreed to a plea agreement in August. She faces sentencing on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony, on Oct. 1. She can receive a sentence of up to five years in prison.




COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus Police arrested five individuals yesterday, September 16, 2013, all charges with Trafficking in Methamphetamine among several other crimes.

According to CPD, officers were patrolling the area of 30th Street when they located a vehicle with a stolen tag at approximately 3:30 p.m. yesterday. The stolen vehicle led to the discovery of methamphetamine.

Carly Owsiak. Photo Courtesy Muscogee County Sheriff's Dept.Brandy Price. Photo Courtesy Muscogee County Sheriff's Dept.

                    Carly Owsiak                                   Brandy Price

Jack E Perkins, Jr. Photo Courtesy Muscogee County Sheriff's Dept.Christopher Flinn. Photo Courtesy Muscogee County Sheriff's Dept.

                  Jack E Perkins, Jr.                     Christopher Flinn

 William Johnson. Photo Courtesy Muscogee County Sheriff's Dept.

William Johnson

Jack Perkins Jr. was arrested and charges with Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Firearm or Knife During Commission of Crime, Possession, Manufacture, Distribution of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, and Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

Christopher Flinn was arrested and charged with Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana (less than one ounce), Possession, Manufacture, Distribution of Controlled Substance, Sell, Manufacture Any Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, and Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

William Johnson was arrested and charged with Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Marijuana (Less than one ounce), Sell, Manufacture Any Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, and Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

Brandy Price was arrested and charged with Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects, Possession of Firearm or Knife During Commission of a Crime, Possession, Manufacture, Distribution of Controlled Substance, Sell, Manufacture Any controlled Substance With Intent to Distribute, and Trafficking in Methamphetamine.

Carly Owsiak was arrested and charged with Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of Firearm or Knife During Commission of a Crime, Sell, Manufacture Any Controlled Substance, Sell Manufacture Any Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute Trafficking in Methamphetamine.




RALEIGH — Wake County sheriff’s deputies said they found more than a half-million dollars worth of methamphetamine when they stopped a Yadkin County man’s car on Interstate 40 in Raleigh.

Carlos Eduardo Segura Olivares, 26, had 3,465 grams of the drug in a Toyota sedan when deputies stopped him Monday afternoon near Aviation Parkway because they had found a traffic violation, they said.

Carlos Eduardo Segura Olivares


That quantity – about 7.6 pounds – has a street value of roughly $504,000, officials said.

Sheriff’s office investigators work with other local agencies and state and federal agents in an ongoing anti-drug task force in the region, though they did not say if Olivares’ arrest stemmed from that effort.

Sgt. W.R. Harding of the sheriff’s office IMPACT anti-drug unit said a deputy was writing Olivares a traffic citation when he ran.

Two deputies stopped him, and Olivares told them he had bricks of cocaine in the car.

One of the sheriff’s office’s drug-sniffing dogs, Hydro, who was there when the car was stopped, alerted to a narcotics odor, Harding said.

Because of the dog’s action, deputies searched the car and found the methamphetamine shoved into open spaces underneath the carpeting in the car’s trunk, they said.

Olivares was charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling drugs and with driving without a license and resisting officers.

He was also charged with having missed court dates in connection with charges from 2010, according to jail records.

Olivares was schedule for a Tuesday afternoon court appearance and was being held in lieu of $151,000 bail.


There’s a new way to make meth that is becoming popular in the South and Midwest, and it’s more like a ticking time bomb. It’s called ‘Shake and Bake’ meth, because users put the ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle and shake. This is a very dangerous and explosive way to make methamphetamine, and has some dangerous consequences.

“It’s a really insane method of doing it,” said Jeff Moore, executive director of the Sheriff’s association in South Carolina. This state is a real “hotbed for meth labs,” so he’s seen his share of shake and bake meth labs already. And the deadly consequences that are a result.



There was a flash fire in a car last month that killed 5 people, and local law authorities believe shake and bake meth was what started the fire. Those people were taken to a local hospital, but their condition is not known at this time. “We knew who they are,” Lake Worth officer Don Price said.

Shake and bake meth, when shaken in the soda bottle, can create an explosion when one tiny mistake is made. It’s just not worth it, but people love the energy, alertness, and vigor that the meth gives them. It’s becoming a very popular and dangerous method among so many users, that it is overflowing into Texas and Mexico as well.

Labs used to take up lots of space in a cook’s garage or other space. Now, all they need is a Coke bottle. Inside, they add pseudoephedrine pills, some household chemicals, and the soda bottle. That’s it. Because of its simplicity and the lack of space it requires, more and more cooks are using the shake and bake method.

“At some point, someone has to ‘burp’ the bottle or loosen the cap to let out gas, and if it isn’t done right, it’ll explode,” said Sgt. Erik Eidson.

It just goes to show how dangerous the drug scene is in this country. People will go to great lengths to make their drugs, even if it could cost them their lives. If it is an easier method to cook meth, that’s all they care about. We need to enforce our drug laws in this country to prevent innocent bystanders from getting hurt.





Montecito – When it comes to property values, there are few places throughout the nation that exceed those of Santa Barbara County’s celebrity-filled Montecito and the classic ocean view neighborhood of Summerland—with one of the highest per-square-foot residential costs on the California coastline–immediately adjacent to the estates of Oprah Winfrey and her billionaire ilk. But Alejandro Jaimes Lopez found a way to make those exclusive land parcels more valuable.


Alejandro Jaimes Lopez


Lopez, an area landscaper, had been the subject of on ongoing “investigation by the Sheriff’s Department for more than a year” according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover in her report to the media. That protracted investigation was pursuant to a case in which three pounds of methamphetamine were seized by local law enforcement authorities; as the prime suspect in that case, Lopez had reportedly left the U.S. and fled to Mexico.

But when Lopez returned to the area to continue his work as a landscaper—and perhaps as a meth dealer—SBSD Narcotics Investigators were alerted to his local presence and surveillance of his movements was begun. When Lopez was spotted in Summerland’s Lookout Park—unique in its access to a popular beach—he was contacted by detectives and taken into custody on the warrant for the prior investigation. Immediately thereafter, Lopez’s vehicle was searched and more than two pounds of methamphetamine were quickly discovered. Further investigation led detectives to an exclusive Montecito home where Lopez had worked as a gardener, and additional methamphetamine was found on the premises, with evidence that he had been burying it in his client’s back yard.

Confiscated meth stash


“The homeowners were unaware of the criminal activity,” Hoover said.

Lopez was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of possession and transport of a controlled substance for sale, with his bail set at $250,000.

Photos: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Narcotics United Reporting

Read more:

Santa Barbara Independent: Summerland Meth Arrest

Noozhawk: Deputies Arrest Suspected Meth Dealer




One man has been charged, but not yet arrested after police found an old style meth lab at a Lincolnton home.

The meth lab was found in the home of Charles Montgomery Fitzgerald, 57, of Fitzgerald-Stowe Lane, Lincolnton. He faces numerous drug charges and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.

Meth lab


An anonymous tip led officers to the home on Thursday where they found the meth lab. Police say the old style of cooking meth is more dangerous and takes a lot longer to finish.

The lab was stashed in a backpack so that it could be easily set up at another location.

Officers are searching for Fitzgerald to arrest him.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said this is the 17th meth lab bust this year.




ONAWA, Iowa | Monona County Auditor Brooke Kuhlmann has pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine.

Kuhlmann entered her written plea to one count of possession of a controlled substance — a serious misdemeanor — Thursday in Monona County District Court. A trial date has yet to be set.

 Brooke Kuhlmann
Monona County Auditor Brooke Kuhlmann was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia

She previously pleaded not guilty to a simple misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. That case remains on hold pending the drug possession case.

Kuhlmann was arrested July 29, when, according to police, she bought meth from an undercover state trooper. She was then arrested during a traffic stop in Onawa.

Kuhlmann remains in office. A Democrat, she was elected to the auditor position in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.







ONAWA, Iowa | Monona County Auditor Brooke Kuhlmann was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Monday after she allegedly bought methamphetamine from an undercover state trooper.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a release that law enforcement officials watched as Kuhlmann, 27, got the meth after she unknowingly scheduled a purchase and pickup with the trooper, who had seized a dealer’s phone Sunday.

Onawa police then executed a traffic stop and Kuhlmann was taken into custody for questioning, the release said. After her arrest, Kuhlmann was released on a promise to appear.

Kuhlmann did not immediately respond to requests for comment Monday. 

County Supervisor Brady Hanson said when reached by phone that he was not aware of the arrest and referred questions to the county attorney.

County Attorney Michael Jensen said he was aware of Kuhlmann’s arrest but could not say how it would affect her position as county auditor.

“It depends on the nature of the charge,” Jensen said. “And it depends on the nature of the disposition.”

Kuhlmann, a Democrat, was elected to the auditor position in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.



AMARILLO – A DPS traffic stop Friday on I-40, yielded over 12 pounds of methamphetamine valued at over $460,000.

 At 7:36 p.m., a DPS trooper pulled over a 2013 Kia Optima for a traffic violation, near Conway in Carson County.

The occupants of the Kia were identified as Alejandro Garcia-Gordillo, 28, of Los Rancho, N.M. and Carlos Vasquez-Mendoza, 25, of Albuquerque, N.M. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered 12 bundles of methamphetamine in a door structure.

 Both of the occupants were placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, and booked into the Carson County Jail.

The illegal drugs were allegedly being transported from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City.



Hendersonville Police arrested a man impersonating a police officer while trying to break into a home. Glora Gonzalez says the man tried to get into her house and when she tried to push him out and lock the door he started screaming he was an officer.

Gonzalez called police who showed up and confronted 41-year-old Kenneth Strickland just outside her home. Police say Strickland challenged officers to a fight and was visibly intoxicated or impaired. Officers tazed Strickland when he refused to comply with orders and engaged them in an altercation. Stickland was eventually taken into custody and officers say he admitted to being high on methamphetamine.

Strickland was charged with assaulting a woman, breaking and entering, possession of methamphetamine and impersonating an officer. He remains in the Henderson County Jail under $8,100 bond.




(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing woman — arrested by Cushing Police Chief Tully Folden for stealing a boy’s bicycle from the Cimarron Towers — pleaded guilty Friday to that theft, as well as possessing methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia found on her during the jail booking process.

Ashley Renee Isreal, 23, who has an eighth-grade education and was already on five years’ probation for possessing the same drugs last year, also pleaded guilty Friday to stealing two bottles of whiskey from the L&N Liquor Store in Cushing in June.

Isreal, who had been jailed since her Aug. 5 arrest outside the Cimarron Towers, was released Friday on a personal recognizance bond — with an order to report to the Payne County Drug Court by Wednesday.

Isreal remains free pending her Dec. 13 sentencing by District Judge Phillip Corley, who ordered a background report on her Friday.

Isreal was arrested on Aug. 5 after Cimarron Towers apartment director Kim Collier reported that Isreal was observed on video at 3:30 a.m. that day in the act of stealing a boy’s bicycle and items from the trash room on the first floor, an affidavit said.

After the police chief was told that Isreal was in a second-floor apartment and then that she left through a window, “I observed Ashley standing on the north side of the building,” Folden wrote in an affidavit.

Isreal said that she got into the apartment building with a key given to her by a male resident, the affidavit said.

“I then asked her where the bicycle was she stole. Isreal said that she thought the bicycle was one that belonged to a friend and was going to return it later today.

“When asked where the bicycle was, Isreal said at a friend’s house. I advised Isreal that she was under arrest for the larceny of the bicycle,” the police chief wrote in his affidavit.

“Isreal then immediately stood up and said she was going to talk to her mother. I advised Isreal to sit down, which she refused. I then told Isreal again and she complied.

“Once seated, Isreal jumped up and tried to run towards the door. I then physically restrained Isreal and placed her in handcuffs,” the police chief wrote in his affidavit.

While Isreal was transported to the Cushing police station by Officer Rachel Hentges, the chief and Officer Matt Piatt attempted to locate the stolen bicycle, the affidavit said.

The stolen child’s bike, which was later released to its owner, was found outside the Cushing apartment of Isreal’s friend, Jaden R. Derycke, 24, who said Isreal brought it there earlier in the day, the affidavit alleged.

As the police chief went inside Derycke’s apartment, he smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana in the living room — where her baby was asleep in his swing, the affidavit alleged. After Derycke was arrested, her baby was left with his father at the apartment, the affidavit said.

During a search of Derycke’s apartment, police found a wooden box containing marijuana and rolling papers, a non-functioning revolver and a smoking pipe with methamphetamine residue, the affidavit alleged.

Derycke was charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana in the presence of her child, along with drug paraphernalia. She remains free on $2,500 bond pending an Oct. 7 court appearance.




NESCOPECK — State police at Shickshinny arrested John Seltzer, 32, after his mother allegedly found a bottle of suspected methamphetamine in his dirty laundry Sunday.


Jody Seltzer told police she gathered up dirty clothes in her Nescopeck house and, with her granddaughter, drove to a laundromat. When she emptied her son’s basket of dirty clothes, she allegedly noticed a 2-liter bottle containing a white powder and liquid that had a strong odor of ammonia, according to charges filed.


A state police clandestine response team removed the bottle from the vehicle along with numerous items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, state police said.


Seltzer, of East Front Street, Berwick, was arraigned Monday by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville on three counts of manufacturing a controlled substance and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.


State police said Jody Seltzer called them after finding the suspicious bottle. She said her son’s behavior changed within the last eight months. She said he claimed her diamond ring was bugged and he had unplugged all electronics in their house because he believed the FBI was monitoring him, state police said.


A search of their house late Sunday night revealed numerous items of methamphetamine production in Seltzer’s bedroom and attic, state police said.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Oct. 2 before District Judge John Hasay in Shickshinny.





ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) – A St. Charles day care operator is accused of selling marijuana and smoking methamphetamine in the same house where she cared for her two children and the children of other local families.

Brooke Mitchell, 29, of the 1200 block of Parody Lane in St. Charles was released from jail Monday on $25,000 bail. Mitchell was charged Sept. 4 with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.



On July 20, a St. Charles County sheriff’s deputy responded to a disturbance at Mitchell’s home. Mitchell gave the deputy permission to search the home and he discovered meth.

“In the course of that search,” said St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, “found the methamphetamine as well as the paraphernalia and it was obvious the methamphetamine had just been smoked.”

Authorities delayed filing charges because Mitchell said she’d assist detectives in a narcotics investigation. When she didn’t cooperate, Lohmar says the sheriff’s department went back to the house on Sept. 3. Five pre-school aged children were escorted outside before deputies found more illegal drugs, according to Lohmar.

“They found several individually wrapped baggies of marijuana which apparently were intended for distribution purposes,” he said.

The prosecuting attorney says the Victims Advocate Unit has been in touch with two of the parents whose children attended Mitchell’s daycare.


“These parents have every right to be outraged,” said Lohmar. “You’d certainly never expect that somebody that you’re going to entrust your kids every day while you’re at work is going to be doing these sorts of things while you’re not there. This is a very disturbing situation and I feel very sorry for these parents.”

Meanwhile, authorities are searching for a man named Joshua Pilger of O’Fallon, who has an outstanding warrant for parole violation. When Brooke Mitchell told deputies the marijuana in her home belonged to Pilger, he escaped from a second story window Sept. 3 and has been on the run since.





MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (9/16/13) – In week nine of an ongoing series of informative meth-related articles supplied by Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee, the topic for discussion this week is starting drug prevention by beginning with our children.

Sometimes it becomes difficult to be positive when writing or speaking about methamphetamine. As mentioned in other articles, meth is dangerous and often ends up being the final drug that a user abuses. It is no secret that meth has scourged many rural communities. Deceptive, toxic, dangerous, evil, and a host of other words could be used to describe methamphetamine. The community seems to be somewhat aware of the evils associated with meth, and many citizens have a desire to engage the problem.

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It has been reported that involvement in community based organizations are essential. I cannot overstate the significance of community wide projects. It is often these efforts that bring people and innovative ideas together that are used successfully at solving area wide problems. For example, Nelson Creek and Mill Port have recently begun Neighborhood Watch programs that are aggressively working to prevent crime, violence, and illegal drug activity in their communities; there are other communities that already had Neighborhood Watch in place. Others are involved in Celebrate Recovery meetings or Champions. While these organizations and others are crucial in the fight against meth; concerned individuals from the community must be innovative and involved in their own personal approach to drug prevention. For example, some concerned persons may not be comfortable in a large community setting, but might find that participation on a personal basis is somewhat easier. Some prevention experts believe that personal involvement is also more effective.

Perhaps you have considered being active in prevention efforts but you just can’t seem to find a place where you fit in. Fighting the drug epidemic, and having a part in building lives, might not be as difficult as one might think. One specific way that we can all be involved is through positive influence. This is not difficult, nor is it costly, however it does take time. It might surprise many of us to find out how much positive influence we have on others by spending time with them. Certainly we can reach out to our own family, but we must not stop there, we should strive to impact others that may not be fortunate enough to have concerned family members.

Vicky Yonts and Gail Johnson serve as Mentoring Coordinators for the Muhlenberg County School system. These ladies know the power of influence and often encourage responsible and caring adults to get involved in the lives of youth in the area. In speaking with Yonts, she explained that mentoring has been proven to make a difference in the lives of children. She also remarked that “often children need a male or female figure in their life, and one hour a week on school premises can make a big difference.” Yonts pointed out that mentoring is not tutoring; it may involve activities such as basketball or other enjoyable events.

Johnson says that, “We can always use more mentors-we are now in the process of recruiting mentors for this year.” She hopes that anyone that feels passionate about this issue will contact her or Yonts for additional information. Both Johnson and Yonts agree, that in addition to being helpful to the children, those who mentor find the experience very rewarding.

Of course there are other avenues of mentoring, but working with the school system seems like an almost perfect situation. Often those who work with our children on a daily basis are able to determine which children are in need of special consideration.

Perhaps your work schedule or other activities may prevent you from working with children during school hours. Consider other options; there are opportunities to get involved in various youth organizations. If you cannot be directly involved, then encourage children and youth to be involved in productive activities and organizations that encourage good decision making. There are many organizations that encourage youth to make good, positive decisions; and many of the people which lead those organizations do so because they want to be a positive mentor. So encourage youth to connect to church, school, and, or community youth groups.

While we may never keep every person from making bad decisions, we can make a difference. It is important for all concerned citizens to be involved in positive influence.

For additional information about mentoring, please contact Vicky Yonts at 270-543-0255 or Gail Johnson at 270-338-2871 Ext. 39.




Jonathan Harty, 31, wore a woman’s blouse, prosthetic breasts and no pants as he pinballed across at Seattle highway at 100 mph. The frantic father’s young daughters, ages 6 and 4, were in the back seat.

He had fake breasts, no pants and a heavy foot.

Jonathan Harty was living a meth-addict’s fever dream when he careened at 100 mph down a Seattle highway with his two daughters in the back seat.


Jonathan Harty appears fully clothed for sentencing in front of a Washington judge, nearly five months after he put on a set of fake breasts and took his young daughters on a meth-crazed thrill ride down a Seattle highway.
Jonathan Harty appears fully clothed for sentencing in front of a Washington judge, nearly five months after he put on a set of fake breasts and took his young daughters on a meth-crazed thrill ride down a Seattle highway



Now he’s headed to jail, preparing to serve the maximum sentence for his third DUI conviction, KOMO News reported.

“I’d like to apologize to my family and my two daughters,” Harty, 31, of Lake Steven, Wash., said Friday in court. “I don’t have any excuse for what I’ve done. There’s no excuse for it. I’ve made a life-altering decision for a lot of people by my selfish actions.”

Harty reportedly told his daughters, ages 6 and 4, they were going to buy toys on Apr. 20 when he put them in the car.

The meth-crazed dad sped off on a terrifying thrill ride, crashing into three cars before the nightmare ended.

Washington state troopers found him dressed in a lady’s blouse and a set of prosthetic breasts. He was naked from the waist down.

A nearly full bottle of urine and a pair of panties sat on the floor of the car.

A passerby rescued the little girls from the backseat.

The girls, who are half-sisters, suffered bruises.

Jonathan Harty hit three cars as he sped along an interstate at 100 mph in Washington state.
Jonathan Harty hit three cars as he sped along an interstate at 100 mph in Washington state



Harty cried in court, but that did little to cool the rage of relatives.

“It makes me sick to my stomach to know Emily and her half-sister were exposed to such inappropriate behavior, and what you put them through,” said Amy Harty, the mother of one of the girls.

Paul Cooper, Harty’s father-in-law, brought the girls home from the hospital.

“She clutched me so tight it seemed like she couldn’t get close enough to me,” Cooper said. “And Emily pressed against me and said, ‘Grandpa, I don’t have to go back to my daddy’s anymore do I?’ Your honor, at that point I broke down and cried.”

Cooper had little sympathy for his son-in-law.

“Jon, your actions that night came not from a father but from a cowardly monster,” Cooper said. “You put drugs above your daughters.”

Judge Ken Schubert sentenced Harty to the maximum of 29 months in jail and revoked his license for seven years.

He said he wished he could take Harty’s license for longer.

“I hope that the fact that your daughters were at-risk and could have been killed in this incident is going to finally be the thing that wakes you up,” Schubert said.

Relatives said the little girls continue to suffer nightmares.