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(Riverton, Wyo.) – Two women have been charged with child abuse and neglect after school officials alerted police to a 5-year-old boy who was bruised and who had an open wound on his head that was not healing. Charged were Cheryl Willow, 55, of Riverton and Rosalie Willow, 29, of Ethete. Cheryl Willow was also arrested on two outstanding failure to appear warrants and Rosalie Willow was found to have four outstanding warrants, also for failure to appear. The abuse charges were lodged after officers found numerous methamphetamine paraphernalia, including uncovered hypodermic needles, a spoon with meth residue and a light bulb that had been fashioned into a meth pipe. Cheryl-Willow

The little boy had bruising on his face, under his left eye and on his left cheek, bruising on the middle of his back and the laceration on his head.

According to a Riverton Police Department Report, officers were called to the Ashgrove School on Tuesday where social workers and school administrators had noticed the child’s condition. The report indicated the laceration on the boys head was not clean and had not been cleaned in some time, with crusty blood and dirt inside the wound.

Officers went to the boy’s residence in the 500 block of South 3rd West and discovered a house in disarray with clothes, trash, and dried food on the floor and furnishings, empty cupboards and a refrigerator that only contained old leftovers that had dried out and that were inedible. Police also learned that 17 people lived in the three bedroom home, including 12 children ranging in age from 11 months-old to 15. The children had four different last names. Police were told that Cheryl Willow was looking after the five year-old boy, since his mother was incarcerated. She was listed in the report as the boy’s grandmother.

Also found in the house, in a backpack out in the open was two syringes with the needles exposed sticking out of a pocket. Also found was a bundle of small clear plastic bags used to package drugs, a spoon with suspected methamphetamine in it, a light bulb converted to a smoking pipe with methamphetamine residue inside and a pill cutter. One of the males inside the house was also found to have a MRSA infection. According to WebMD, “MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is one of many strains of a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus — or staph, for short. Staph bacteria are common on skin and in noses.”

Northern Arapaho Department of Family Services was contacted to take the children into protective custody and the two women were arrested and taken to jail.Rosalie-Williow

The children inside the home were an 11 month-old male infant, a 1 year-old male, a 2 year-old female, a 4 year-old female, a 5 year-old female, a 7 year-old female, an 8 year-old female, a 9 year-old female, a 12 year-old male, a 13 year-old female and a 15 year-old male. The children were not found to have any visible injuries.




PEORIA, Illinois — A central Illinois woman and her son are charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, according to federal prosecutors.

U.S. Magistrate Jonathan Hawley ordered Denise Taylor of Mason City held by the U.S. Marshals Service and set a detention hearing for Oct. 9. Her son, 23-year-old Brendin L. Williams, is in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections and is scheduled to appear in court with his mother.

U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois Jim Lewis said Wednesday that Taylor was arrested Tuesday. He did not give details of the case against the woman and her son. However, Lewis said the two allegedly distributed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine from 2010 to September 2014.

It wasn’t immediately known if Williams or Taylor have legal representation.





Kirsten Edmondson, 43, was picked up Wednesday in Bullitt County on drug trafficking charges.Kristen-Edmonson-PNG

Police said Edmondson has been under surveillance for months.

When they searched her Taylorsville home, the Spencer County sheriff said six methamphetamine labs, including three that were still cooking, along with raw meth, were discovered.

She has been charged with drug manufacturing, trafficking and possession.








A LaGrange woman was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana after a traffic stop on Whitesville Road on Tuesday evening.

Veronica L. King, 22, was approached by officers around 9:30 p.m. after they saw her vehicle northbound on Whitesville Road with the vehicle’s emergency flashers activated, according to a police report.

When LaGrange Police officers made contact with King, they wrote in their official report that she appeared nervous and was shaking. She allegedly told police that her vehicle’s flashers were on because of faulty wiring in the car’s electrical system. Based on her demeanor, officers asked King to exit her vehicle and questioned the woman, the report read.

When asked why she was shaking, the woman allegedly told police that her medication, used to treat asthma, sometimes makes her shake. Officers asked the woman if the medication was in the vehicle, and while she was retrieving it, officers noticed what they believed to be a partially smoked marijuana cigarette in the vehicle.

The suspect told officers that she’d had several people in her vehicle a few days prior, and that she’d picked up the alleged marijuana and was holding it there until she found a proper place to dispose of it, the report said.

The woman was handcuffed and asked if she had anything else in the vehicle that the officers should know about, according to the report. The report said the woman told officers she had “two bags of something in her cigarette box.”

Officers searched the cigarette pack and allegedly found multiple bags that contained suspected methamphetamine residue. According to the police report, the woman told police she’d also picked up the bags of suspected methamphetamine residue and was holding it until she found a place to properly dispose of it.

King’s vehicle was searched more thoroughly by officers and they wrote in their official report that they found several pieces of suspected “marijuana ‘shake.’”

Police placed the woman under arrest and transported her to the Troup County Jail. The evidence was placed in the LaGrange Police Department evidence locker.





A 50-year-old Parker County grandmother who had methamphetamine in the home she shared with her grandchildren was convicted of methamphetamine possession and sentenced to 18 years in prison by a Parker County jury in a trial that concluded Tuesday.

A Crime Stoppers tip last February led the Parker County Special Crimes Unit to the home of Carol Cruz in southern Parker County. During a conversation with the officers, Cruz admitted she had meth, syringes and needles in the home and showed officers where they were hidden.

“The defendant told the officers she had been shooting meth for a long time,” said Assistant District Attorney Abigail Placke, who tried the case with Assistant District Attorney Nikki Grote Rhodes. “During the trial, we showed the jury five felony convictions over the course of about 25 years for drug offenses which indicated that she was both using and selling narcotics.”

During her testimony, Cruz, a home healthcare provider, testified she used methamphetamine before driving her car on numerous occasions. During closing arguments, Placke emphasized the number of lives put in danger every time Cruz used drugs before driving.

During her testimony, Cruz also indicated that she had been successfully rehabilitated over the years through numerous drug treatment programs both in and out of prison.

On cross-examination, Placke questioned how she could claim success in light of the repeated drug arrests, including the current one as well as urinalysis tests while on parole that indicated she was using methamphetamine.

 “The jury’s verdict will keep Cruz from hurting herself and also protect the community, including her own grandchildren, from the negative effects of her drug use,”  Rhodes said. “If she wants to, she can seek drug rehabilitation while in prison. Hopefully, she’ll do better when she gets out next time.”

Cruz will be eligible for parole in approximately four years, Rhodes said.



NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) — New Albany police have charged two people on drug charges after agents saw the driver of a car punch a woman while traveling down the roadway.

Investigators say they were following a vehilce Monday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. when they saw Joey Carroll, 38, of Alpine hit Amanda Roberson, 36, of Alpine twice while driving down the road.

The officers stopped Carroll because he was driving erratically.

During the traffic stop, agents found seven grams of methamphetamine bagged for sale, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Carroll, who was on probation on drug charges in Pontotoc County, faces charges of possession of meth with intent to distribute.

Roberson also faces charges of possession with intent.

Both remain in the Union County jail.





Michael Lyon, the disgraced former head of Lyon Real Estate, was arrested Wednesday on felony drug possession and eavesdropping charges, according to online booking records from the Sacramento County jail.

Lyon, a one-time Sacramento philanthropist and Boy Scout leader, fell from grace in 2010 when he was arrested and charged with secretly filming women and himself engaged in sex acts in his home.

The arrest spawned revelations that Lyon was under investigation for allegedly filming family friends and a nanny through cameras hidden in his Arden area home and his Lake Tahoe family retreat.

Lyon, 58, pleaded guilty in 2011 to felony counts of electronic eavesdropping and served a portion of his one-year sentence in the county jail and on home detention. He later settled a civil suit for $2.5 million and an apology to former nannies, baby sitters and friends who said he had secretly taped them in bathrooms, bedrooms and showers.

Lyon is being held at the Sacramento County jail without bail following his arrest by probation officers.

He faces a felony count of possession for sale of a controlled substance, non-narcotic; a felony count of possession of a dangerous drug; and a felony eavesdropping count.

A source said Lyon was found to be in possession of an ounce of methamphetamine.

The eavesdropping count lists Lyon as being ineligible for bail, and a law enforcement source indicated that it is related to the original charges to which he pleaded guilty, not allegations that he was taking new videos of victims.

“He’s got major problems that will never go away,” said Sacramento attorney Bob Zimmerman, who represented victims in the civil action. “This just confirms that this stuff has been going on for two decades.”

A family member of one victim said Wednesday she was stunned by news of Lyon’s latest arrest, adding that she hopes “the entire truth comes out.”

“People need to understand that he is a predator and a dangerous man,” said the family member, who is not being named to protect the identity of the victim.

Lyon is due to appear in court Friday afternoon, and at his sentencing in 2011 Superior Court Judge Gary Ransom sternly warned him of the consequences of re-offending.

“I can’t stress this enough, partner,” Ransom told him. “If you do it, I’m going to send you to prison.”

Lee Seale, chief probation officer for Sacramento County, said in a statement that probation officers went to Lyon’s home at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.

“Mr. Lyon had missed a scheduled visit at the probation department and as a result of his non-compliance, was contacted … by a team of probation officers at his residence,” Seale wrote. “Subsequent to the compliance search, Michael Lyon was arrested for violation of Health and Safety Code section 11378 (possession of methamphetamine) and for violation of probation.

“Also arrested was Shannon Campbell for violation of section 11378 and an outstanding warrant. Both were transported and booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail.”

Campbell, 40, has previous arrests on charges of burglary, forgery and theft of utility services, according to online Sacramento Superior Court records.

She is being held on two felony drug counts and a probation violation.

Lyon’s former spokesman, Sacramento crisis communications expert Doug Elmets, said the arrest was “surprising but not shocking.”

“I think that given his previous arrest, one would have thought that being sent to jail was sufficient,” Elmets said. “But clearly he has been living on the edge and now he is going to suffer the consequences, which presumably will be as severe if not more than his previous punishment.

“It’s a sad tale, not only for him but for the agents and brokers who work for Lyon Real Estate and ultimately his family, who have repeatedly had his back.”

Lyon’s attorney, William J. Portanova, said he believes “there’s hope for Mike, and we’re going to get him there.”

“Mike Lyon has suffered through more than his share of tragedies, and while some may have been self-inflicted, he is still a man worth saving, even from himself,” Portanova said.




BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – Husband and wife, Eric and Amanda Wells, along with John Cox and Holly Ethridge found themselves on the wrong side of the law when Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputies came knocking at their mobile home last night.

“An anonymous complaint stated that he believed some methamphetamines were being produced in this trailer and there was possibly a child present when the production was taking place,” Major Anthony Lowery said.

Turns out a four-year-old girl was present at the time later tested positive for meth at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. They also found parts of a recently active meth lab.

“Further investigation actually revealed that they had disposed of part of the lab in the toilet while deputies were outside trying to get inside the residence,” Lowery said.

Lowery said they couldn’t conduct the interviews inside the home because the stench was just too overwhelming.

“The vapors coming off the meth lab were so bad the deputies couldn’t actually stay inside the residence either. They had to remove all the parties and especially the child outside for their safety,” Lowery said.

Sad as it was to find the child in the home, Lowery said it’s unfortunately not that uncommon.

“I wish that I could say that it’s unusual, it’s not. It happens quite frequently. Fortunately it just doesn’t happen all the time,” Lowery said.

“We’re seeing this more and more where we’re finding these children in these hidden production sites, especially in the county areas and we really don’t know what type of long term effects this can have on children,” Dr. Jose Murillo, a doctor with Baptist Medical Group, said.

Murillo said there aren’t many studies on children who are exposed to high doses amphetamines. But he said that brain health is a big concern for them.

“At that age, the brain isn’t fully developed and so that can cause changes in brain chemistries, function, even the structure. In the future, that can cause that not to develop correctly,” Murillo said.

The child is now in the care of her grandmother. Those four who were arrested are facing the following charges:

  • Eric Wells – Unlawful Manufacture of a controlled substance 1st, Chemical Endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia
  • John Cox – Unlawful Manufacture of a controlled substance 1st, Chemical Endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Amanda Wells – Chemical Endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Holly Ethridge – Chemical Endangerment of a child, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia




Cops crack down on peddlers, users in south Mumbai as drug use spreads from elite circles to streets.

A rampant increase in the peddling and consumption of the drug methamphetamine in south Mumbai has led to two police teams conducting several raids of late. In two months, from August 1 to September 29, around 40 cases were filed against people for consumption of methamphetamine and five cases for possession. Teams from the Dongri police station and the south region’s special squad conducted the raids.

This is a departure from the earlier scenario when methamphetamine would be made in bulk quantities and smuggled to foreign countries. The accused would be booked for illegal sales to countries where it is banned, under Schedule II of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

However, authorities always found it difficult to lodge local cases of possession and consumption because methamphetamine is not banned under Schedule II of the NDPS Act. This is because it is an ingredient in drugs used for medicinal purposes, like for cough and bronchial ailments.

However, additional commissioner of police (South), Krishna Prakash, said, “When we probed, we found that despite the drug not being banned, possession is only allowed for those having the license to manufacture it.” Similarly, consumption is also illegal as it is allowed only as an ingredient in medicine.

Recently, meth has started circulating in the local market, which is what led to police looking for ways to crack down on its sales and consumption. It is peddled at rave parties with street names like MD, Meow Meow and Crystal. Law enforcement agencies initially found it very difficult to lodge cases that didn’t involve bulk quantities being smuggled abroad.

Methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug in the NDPS Act, so it became very difficult to book the accused and prosecute them. Top law-enforcement agencies, like the Narcotics Control Bureau, would register cases against those involved in bulk manufacturing and smuggling to foreign countries,” said a senior police officer.

However, now youngsters from affluent families are addicted to the drug. Many undergo de-addiction and rehabilitation. The market for the drug has also moved from elite circles to areas like Dongri, Madanpura, Pakmodia Street, Temkar Street, Nagpada, Abdul Rehman Street and various other such south Mumbai areas.

Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Himanshu Roy met several leading psychiatrists and planned operations to control the growing menace in the city.

“I received information from local informers about several youngsters consuming the synthetic drug called MD across localities under the Dongri police station, in Pydhonie and nearby areas,” said Prakash. “Our teams from police stations as well as special squads did recces of the places where it was being sold. Packets of 1 gram were sold for Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 depending on the customer. But the challenge was to initiate legal action against them. Possession cases have been made under sections 8 and 22 of the NDPS Act, while Section 9 was used to book those consuming the drug. The menace was growing at alarming levels and there was an urgent need to control it.”

Meanwhile, six people arrested for possession have revealed that the supplier never identified himself, but delivered the drug to selected spots. Investigations are being carried out to trace the manufacturer and laboratory where the drug is being manufactured.





A Fresno police officer was injured Tuesday by a man under the influence of methamphetamine during a wild melee that shut down Clinton Avenue under Highway 41. wOPwv_AuHeEm_8

The incident began with a call to police shortly before 11 a.m. Gang member Jerry Ramirez, 19, was bloody and “running in the street, hitting cars” and a witness believed he was struck by a vehicle — which turned out to not be the case, said Fresno police spokesman Lt. Joe Gomez.

Ramirez was standing in the street with blood on him when the first officer arrived, Gomez said. Believing Ramirez had been struck by a vehicle, the officer approached to help, and Ramirez punched him several times in the face and head and tried to take the officer’s gun from its holster.

The officer sprayed Ramirez with pepper spray, but it had no effect. Ramirez got into the officer’s patrol car — which was running — and pushed on the gas pedal in an attempt to take it. Ramirez also tried to take a shotgun out of the car, but couldn’t figure out how to release it from its rack.

During Ramirez’s attack, a citizen got out of his car and struck Ramirez with a crowbar — but that blow to the head still didn’t stop the onslaught, Gomez said.

Arriving officers removed Ramirez from the patrol car and Ramirez “viciously” attacked them, punching them, too, Gomez said.


A traffic officer used his baton to try and subdue him, but Ramirez brushed it aside and tried to run, Gomez said. Officers then finally forced Ramirez to the ground and handcuffed him.

The injured officer — who has worked for the Fresno Police Department for 28 years — was taken to Saint Agnes Medical Center for a split and swollen lip and bruising to his face and head. He is in stable condition, Gomez said.

Ramirez was taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment of cuts to his knees, a cut to his forehead (from the crowbar strike) and swelling to his face.

Gomez said it’s not known which of Ramirez’s injuries were sustained prior to police contact.

When Ramirez is released from the hospital, he will be booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of the following charges (two counts each): felony assault on an officer, attempted auto theft, and attempting to take an officer’s gun; along with one count of being under the influence of methamphetamine, and misdemeanor assault on an officer.




A 46-year-old Arleta woman was arrested Monday night after police reportedly discovered methamphetamine in her car with her four children, police said.

Police approached Tina Marie Bayardo in the parking lot of Logix Federal Credit Union in Burbank at 9:30 p.m. because it appeared her car had broken down, since it was parked with an open hood, said Burbank Police Lt. Eddie Ruiz.

Upon approaching her, the officer noticed Bayardo appeared to be under the influence of drugs, as she reportedly couldn’t stand still, was speaking rapidly and scratching her body, and had open sores on her arms, Ruiz said.

During the conversation, she reportedly told the officer she might have a bag of methamphetamine in the car that belonged to her friend.

A search of the vehicle yielded a backpack with containers of methamphetamine, scales, packaging and cash. Also in the car were her four children, who were 2, 4, 10 and 12 years old, respectively, Ruiz said.

Bayardo was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and child endangerment. The children were released to the custody of a family member, Ruiz said.



CHARLESTON — A man could receive a prison sentence after he admitted making methamphetamine, causing a fire and damaging a Mattoon home last year.

Lewis D. Ferguson pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful use of property for methamphetamine manufacturing in connection with drug production that caused the fire on Aug. 9, 2013.

He was living in a first-floor apartment of the two-story home at 2512 Pine Ave. at the time and used the unoccupied second floor apartment for the methamphetamine production, according to records in his case.

Ferguson, 50, who listed a current address of “homeless” in court records, entered the guilty plea with no agreement on the sentence he will receive. The charge can result in a prison term of three to seven years, though prison time won’t be required.

The agreement reached in his case included dismissal of a charge of aggravated methamphetamine manufacturing, alleging the drug production took place in a “multi-unit dwelling.” A conviction for that offense would have required a prison sentence of six to 30 years.

Coles County Circuit Judge Mitchell Shick scheduled Ferguson’s sentencing hearing for Dec. 5. Assistant State’s Attorney Bryant Hitchings is prosecuting the case and attorney Jeannine Garrett represents Ferguson.

Also with the agreement, a charge of driving while license revoked in connection with a traffic stop on July 1 of last year was dismissed. That charge was a felony because Ferguson has prior license revoked convictions, including one in 2001 for which he received prison time.

Ferguson also has a prior felony drug possession conviction from Cumberland County, according to that county’s court records.

Records in Ferguson’s Coles County drug case indicate that he was already under investigation by police for suspected drug activity at the time of the fire.

Items related to methamphetamine manufacturing were found in the house’s second-floor apartment after the fire, the records show.




LANSING — A bill to help prevent the illegal production and distribution of methamphetamine was passed by the Michigan State Senate.

House Bill 5615 was introduced by Representative John Kivela back in June. The bill looks to amend the Criminal Enterprises Chapter of the Michigan Penal Code to include a provision for racketeering involving illegal methamphetamine production. This bill is part of a greater legislative effort to prevent the production and distribution of methamphetamine in Michigan, including a new meth offender registry which will block sales of products containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) for individuals appearing on the registry.

“I am proud that my colleagues in the Legislature could see the importance of this bill, and voted to send it to the governor for his signature,” said Kivela. “Meth is a growing problem in our state, and it is extremely important to act quickly to stop it from wrecking Michigan’s many wonderful communities.”

Earlier in this legislative session, the Legislature also passed House Bills 5089 and 5090, which work to tackle the practice known as “smurfing.” Smurfing involves a group of people purchasing the daily, or 30-day, per-person limit, of PSE, then combining the drug to make a larger quantity of methamphetamine. The two bills were signed by Governor Snyder and are now Public Acts 217 and 218, respectively.

“Illegal drugs have no place in Michigan, and this is one more way we can ensure our families and community members are protected,” said Kivela. “However, this is just one step in a great battle. I look forward to continue the fight with my colleagues to keep drugs off our streets.”



MORGAN COUNTY, Alabama–Two people are in jail after Morgan County deputies say they found a meth lab in a tree and ingredients for meth at a Priceville hotel Monday night.


Sheriff Ana Franklin said in a release that the sheriff’s department and Priceville police were called to the Days Inn Hotel on Marco Drive for a possible methamphetamine lab.

Hotel staff told deputies that several patrons saw someone running through the parking lot with a plastic bottle that was on fire, and then saw them throw the bottle behind the dumpster.

The Drug Task Force responded and found a one pot meth lab in a tree in a wooded area behind the dumpster, said Franklin.

According to the release, agents were then were directed to room 127, where they found Shawn Caudill, 27, and Sarah Moore, 27, with chemicals and materials associated in the making of meth being: acid, drain cleaner, cold packs, Lithium Batteries, Coleman Fuel and Claritin D which contains pseudoephedrine.

“Adjacent rooms above and below room 127 were evacuated due to the chemical hazard and explosive nature of methamphetamine laboratories,” said Franklin.

Caudill and Moore were arrested and charged with first-degree unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Bond was set at $500,000 each.





FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. – Nearly nine pounds of crystal methamphetamine was intercepted late last week in Franklin County.


Det. Sgt. Jason Grellner with the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit says the drugs were seized by police after they were delivered to a Union business by an over-the-road truck driver from Brownsville, Texas, who was acting as a drug courier.

The driver, identified as Juan Jiminez, was taken into custody and charged with trafficking.

Grellner says the crystal meth was going to be distributed around the area and has a street value of $500,000.





The Baton Rouge Police Department confiscated three dozen bottles of liquid methamphetamine early Monday from the suitcase of a Houston woman who was en route to Atlanta on a commercial bus.vanessahernadez

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Police stopped the Tornado Bus Co. vehicle about 12:15 a.m. Monday on Interstate 12 between Airline Highway and Sherwood Forest Boulevard, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman, said Tuesday afternoon.

A drug-sniffing dog, Ruckus, searched the bus and alerted police to at least one suitcase in particular. In it, police found numerous soda bottles filled with clear methamphetamine in liquid form below a pile of clothes, McKneely said.

It is nothing new for methamphetamine to be found in liquid form, McKneely said.

However, the department believes Monday’s seizure was one of the largest confiscations of liquid meth in the country, McKneely said.

Police arrested Vanessa Hernandez, 34, following the seizure of the drugs. Hernandez, of 10161 West Park Drive, Houston, Texas, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of possession of Schedule II narcotics in excess of 400 grams.

The 36 bottles of liquid meth have an estimated value of $700,000, McKneely said.

The department declined to say exactly why the traffic stop was initiated. However, such traffic stops generally are done either following a tip of some kind or because police periodically check commercial passenger vehicles as they are sometimes used to transport drugs, McKneely said.

The bus driver consented to the search, McKneely said.




A Colorado funeral home is hoping to get back the cremated remains of humans found in a Louisiana man’s vehicle last week.


The remains were found by a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy after Louisiana Police arrested James Robert Lee II, 39, at his home on Prospect Drive for possession of methamphetamine and pipes to smoke it.

The story began to unfold on Tuesday, Sept. 23 when Lee arrived at city hall and told two officers out in the parking lot that his GPS showed that someone was following him.

At that time, a third officer observed Lee and “noticed he had signs of methamphetmine use such as constant movement, constant scratching and very small pupils,” according to a Louisiana Police probable cause statement.

The officer who wrote the statement went by Lee’s home at 3:48 p.m.  after Lee called the police dispatch to say someone was following him and near his house.

The officer met Lee outside the home and “he told me he believed a black Dodge Charger was following him around,” the statement said.

When the officer told Lee he knew he had methamphetamine, the defendant “reached in his right front poclet and handed me a pink pipe generally used to smoke methamphetamine,” the statement said.

That led to a search of Lee’s room, where “various pipes were found throughout,” the statement said. Also found were baggies scattered throughout the room, some of them with methamphetamine residue in them.

One baggy had a small amount of methamphetamine that Lee said he bought in St. Louis, the statement said.

Remains found

While two Louisiana officers were securing the evidence from Lee’s room and putting him in a patrol car, a sheriff’s deputy searched his vehicle, the statement said.

The deputy then walked up to the officer who wrote the statement and said “There are remains of four people in the trunk of the car.”

The cremated remains were in four plastic boxes with bags of powdered remains in them, the statement said. The labels on the boxes said Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, of Grand Junction, Colo.

The boxes had labels with the names of the deceased on them and dates of their cremation ranging from 2005 to 2008, the statement said.

Lee then told the officer that he worked at a funeral home in Colorado “and the ashes were to be scattered in the Rocky Mountains but in the interim he got fired and had them in his car for several years,” the statement said.

The officer called the funeral home and a spokesman confirmed that Lee had worked there as a funeral director.

Callahan-Edfast General Manager Gary Blackburn confirmed Lee’s employment there on Monday, Sept. 29. Blackburn said Lee had worked for a prior owner and he did not know exactly when.

Blackburn said the firm is trying to get the remains back from Pike County “so we can take care of what needs to be done,” by spreading the ashes in the Rockies. He did not think charges would be filed in Colorado against Lee.

Lee is now incarcerated at the Pike County Jail on a bail of $10,000  cash only, awaiting future court dates.



A Kona woman was charged with several narcotics offenses after she was found in a stolen vehicle in North Kona on Wednesday.


On Wednesday afternoon, Kona Patrol Officers stopped a vehicle on Maiau Street in the Kaloko Light Industrial area after the vehicle was reported to be stolen, according to the Hawaii Police Department. Within the vehicle officers located the operator, a juvenile, as well as 20-year-old Andrew Osoro, 35-year-old Sharon Pihi, and 36-year-old Davy-Ann Gouveia, all of Kailua-Kona. The four individuals were placed under arrest and taken to the Kona police cellblock as Area II Vice Officers continued the investigation.

Upon executing a search warrant on the vehicle, Hawaii Police Department officers reportedly located 1.5 ounces of a crystalline substance, 24 various prescription pills, 6.7 grams of a dried green leafy substance, and paraphernalia associated with narcotics distribution and use. Officers also seized for forfeiture currency totaling $850.00, according to police.

The juvenile was released, pending further investigation on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Osoro was released, pending further investigation on Thursday evening and Gouveia was released, pending further investigation on Friday morning.

Also on Friday morning, Vice officers charged Pihi with methamphetamine trafficking, promoting dangerous drugs, promoting harmful drugs, promoting detrimental drugs, and drug paraphernalia. Her bail for those offenses was set at $302,000. Pihi was also arrested and charged for revocation of probation; bail for that offense was set at $25,000. Pihi remained at the cellblock until her initial court appearance on Monday.





A 24-year-old West Salem woman was charged Friday with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine after jailers discovered nearly 2 ounces of the drug in her bra. 542989157e284_image

Police were called Wednesday to the Shadow Run Lodge in Onalaska where the innkeeper said that people were in and out of one room and wanted the occupant removed.

According to a criminal complaint, Melissa Ozleplebici let them into the room, where police saw a digital scale and a large quantity of gem bags and a small bag with what appeared to be meth at her feet.

Ozleplebici refused to let officers search the room until they returned with a search warrant, which turned up a meth pipe and Adderall and oxycontin pills.

As she was being booked into jail, a jailer heard a crinkling plastic sound coming from Ozleplebici’s bra, and she eventually produced two bags containing a total of 53 grams of meth.

In addition to possession of meth, Ozleplebici was charged with possession of narcotics, drug paraphernalia and an illegally obtained prescription as well as felony bail jumping for violating the conditions of bond in an earlier drug case.

The meth charge carries a prison term of 1 to 25 years and up to 15 years on supervision.

Ozleplebici is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.





A La Crosse man was busted for drugs when he fell asleep before he managed to get high, authorities reported.

According to a complaint, someone called police early Saturday to complain about a man sleeping on a table surrounded by drug paraphernalia in the Giant Wash laundromat on Charles Street.

Police found Cheng Xiong, 30, sitting in a chair with his face on the table with a ziplock bag of meth by his foot.

When woken, Xiong said he came to the laundromat around 11 p.m. to smoke meth but passed out. Police confiscated 1.1 grams of meth and a pipe. He was charged Friday with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor bail jumping.

A $5,000 warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court.




COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Behind the mug shots and crime scene tape that surround busted meth labs are the faces not seen. These young faces have seen things far beyond their years.


“I was pregnant when I was 15 and had (a baby) when I was 16, so we kind of grew up together. I started using crack cocaine when I was 17,” said a recovering meth addict who only wants to be identified by the name Michelle.

Michelle and her son went down a path that kept them going into and out of motels.

“We went from hotel to hotel,” she said. “I let him do drugs. He knew that I was doing drugs. He was pretty much on his own at 14 years old.”

Soon, Michelle found herself using meth and making it.

“All day, looking for ingredients and people to help with ingredients,” she said. “I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t eating. It was very obvious that I was on something. He knew what I was doing.”

Michelle was stuck living with the consequences when something went terribly wrong.

“Um, basically the way meth is made now, you basically build a bomb,” she said. “The whole thing exploded. I spent my 31st birthday in a hospital in Augusta in the burn center. The whole left side of my body and my abdomen and both of my legs were burned pretty bad.”

But there’s more than one way meth can disrupt a childhood.

“When I saw it on the news, I laid down on the floor and started crying,” said Summer Reynolds, a daughter of a former meth addict.

Summer’s mother, Shannon Gleaton, said she did her best to shield her children from her meth addiction, which meant telling her children lies.

“I mean they know when they are not coming first,” Gleaton said. “And they know when their parents are sick.”

That leaves children with unanswered questions.

“Sometimes I would wonder where she was living,” said Vivian Sheppard, Gleaton’s daughter.

Eventually, the S.C. Department of Social Services stepped in and removed both Michelle and Gleaton’s children. Both mothers soon found themselves behind bars.

“They showed up at a hotel, and they took him that day,” Michelle said. “I remember that day. That was a really bad day. There was nothing that I could do. I knew that the situation that we were living in was not good.”

Gleaton remembers DSS’ involvement in her family as well.

“They said someone called DSS on me,” Gleaton said. “They gave me a hair follicle, and I didn’t pass it.”

Vivian remembers leaving her mother.

“It was hard,” she said. “They didn’t tell me anything, but my Dad put me in my Aunt Jessie’s place, and I just stayed there.”

Summer wondered when she would see her Mom again.

“I always hoped that she would come back,” she said. “I knew she would. I figured she wasn’t just going to abandon all her kids.”

Michelle and Gleaton had to fight to get their children back in their care. And the impact of what their children saw and the contaminants they were exposed to may have consequences far beyond what doctors or social workers can gauge.



WINONA, Minn. — Winona County officials say two people have been taken into custody and one of them has been hospitalized for suspected methamphetamine ingestion following a high-speed chase.

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ron Ganrude told KTTC-TV ( ) Monday a Minnesota City gas station clerk reported a car had stolen gas multiple times in the past week. Deputies followed the car when the clerk called again Sunday.

The chase reached 100 mph before Wabash County authorities used spike strips to disable the car.

Ganrude says authorities found a scale and a small bag of meth outside the car. He says the driver told officials he had eaten some of the meth. The man’s condition worsened and he was flown to a hospital, where he was in custody.

The passenger was arrested on a previous warrant.




PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Deputies in Morgan County arrested two people on meth-related charges.

The arrests come after law enforcement authorities say they found materials used in a meth lab at a Days Inn in Priceville.

Police responded to the hotel just after midnight to check on a guest.

Officers smelled a meth lab coming from the guest’s room.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and drug task force were then called to the scene.

Law enforcement authorities say they found the materials used in a meth lab in the room and behind the hotel.

Deputies arrested Shawn David Caudill and Sarah Nicole Moore.

Both are charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance.




Meth is a huge problem across the nation, as highlighted by the plethora of methamphetamine-related news stories that flood the Internet every day.

This powerful, illegal substance can affect individuals and families in ways they might never suspect, as homes that were former meth labs are now being made available to the public. So-called “meth houses” may be offered at a steal of a price, but they aren’t necessarily every flipper’s or homeowner’s cup of tea.


Understanding the Issues with Meth Houses

While the meth and hardware used to produce it might be long gone from a house, the toxins that were used as part of the meth-creation process will always remain. These substances embed themselves into the walls, carpet, air ducts and even the ceiling. Not only can these dangerous substances linger for years, but they can cause serious illnesses to the inhabitants – or even the rehabbers – of a property that was formerly a place where methamphetamine was made.

Consequently, people cannot hope to purchase a former meth lab and simply move in. To be certain that the structure is safe, steps have to be taken to remove all the toxic materials from the home. This process is neither efficient, nor is it cheap; it can cost up to $25,000 to comprehensively rehab a home (or much more) and properly dispose of biowaste.


Three Considerations Before Rehabing a Meth House

Aside from the necessity of cleaning a place where meth was produced, it’s important to consider some other factors, including:

  • How you will find the right people to thoroughly clean and properly dispose of the materials. Many companies may claim to have the inside scoop on fixing meth homes, but that doesn’t mean they do. Be very careful; if you sell a known meth house and it isn’t healthy, you could be sued if the new owners become ill.
  • It may be tough to re-sell your investment because you will have to disclose it was a meth house to any potential investors. While some families feel comfortable living in this type of residence after it has been gutted and cleaned, others will not.
  • Some meth houses are located in neighborhoods where non-meth homes are tough to sell. If this is the case, you may be better off turning your former meth house into a rental property. You’ll still have to get a clean bill of health, but you won’t have to worry about trying to woo buyers who would rather not purchase this type of home. Plus, in some states, landlords do not have to disclose that their rental properties were meth houses.


Two Rehab Options

If you do decide to purchase and rehab a meth house, your costs will vary depending on how you decide to clean out the biowaste.

The less expensive option is to hire an experienced professional to clean the air ducts and wipe down every surface with a special meth cleaner. Make sure to test every room and the garage to confirm that all biowaste has been removed.

The second way to rehab a meth house is to completely gut the home. You will still want to do a detailed cleaning with a special meth cleaner before you gut the home. Flipping a meth home can be very profitable and new home owners will like that it is brand new inside.

Should you be tempted to invest your money in a meth house, it may be best to talk to other buyers who have expertise in this arena. That way, you can ensure that the process will go as smoothly as possible, and you won’t spend more time than is necessary making the property inhabitable and safe.




Alaska State Troopers reported that a 42-year-old Kodiak woman had been arrested on numerous charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance when investigators discovered she was concealing $24,000 worth of heroin and $2,500 worth of methamphetamines inside her body as she tried to board a plane from Anchorage to Kodiak.

Investigators with the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team contacted Tamra M. Jones at the Anchorage airport Saturday “as part of a long term narcotics investigation,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch. After contacting Jones, investigators obtained a search warrant and took her to a local hospital, where a scan was performed and “revealed that Jones was concealing in her body a balloon with smaller items inside it,” troopers said.

“Jones voluntarily removed the item which was turned over to law enforcement.”

Troopers said the balloon contained more than 24 grams of heroin and more than 8 grams of methamphetamine, and alleged the drugs were intended for sale in Kodiak.

Jones was taken to the Anchorage Jail, where her bail conditions were set at $25,000 and supervision by a third-party custodian.