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BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Two Bellingham business owners have until early October to decontaminate more than a dozen meth-laden motel rooms, health officials said Friday.


Fifteen rooms at the Aloha Motel and Villa Inn were red-tagged and labeled unfit to occupy by officials from the Whatcom County Health Department after testing positive for methamphetamine, said Jeff Hegedus, environmental health supervisor for the department.

One room was 90 times the legal limit for the drug and had a 10-year old child living in it, Hegedus said.

Both motels are along Samish Way, a thoroughfare leading toward Western Washington University and a long-time hotbed for crime, said Kelli Linville, Bellingham’s mayor. The city’s crackdown on crime in the area is part of a 2009 plan to turn the area into an urban village, Linville added.

 “This has now been a fairly long-standing problem and it has gotten worse,” said Linville. “We’ll be looking at everything. We’re determined there will not be illegal activity going on along Samish Way.”

The 15 rooms were known spots for drug activity, added Lt. Bob Vander Yacht with the Bellingham Police Department. Laws limit the police and other officials from doing a building-wide test for methamphetamine, added Hegedus.

The owners of both motels said Friday they are working to decontaminate the flagged rooms and clean up the properties.

Drugs aren’t the only issue impacting the area, frustrated business owners added.

 “They had a dead body last week pulled from the motel across the street,” said Sterling Fisher, who has owned an auto body shop in the neighborhood for about seven years. “A month ago there was a gentleman OD’ing on heroin, so we had to run out there and call 911, keep him up on his feet until the ambulance gets there. It’s kind of a common occurrence.”

Fisher said he was vigilant about protecting customers’ property by parking their cars inside overnight. He still lamented what he said were lagging response times by the police department.

 “It’s not getting better. We call the cops a lot,” Fisher said. “Whatever it is, enforce something, because right now, nothing is enforced.”

His neighbor, restaurant owner Jozef Bosman, echoed similar complaints.

 “At times it feels unsafe. I’m concerned some of my customers are scared to come here when it’s night because they don’t want to deal with some of the drug issues happening in the street,” said Bosman, who owns Diego’s Mexican Grill. “I’ve had my life threatened many times when I’ve asked people to leave the parking lot from them doing drug deals. I’ve had my front window smashed in at night in retaliation.”

Bosman saw the meth testing as a start, and hoped city and county officials would continue to remain vigilant.

 “I hope it’s a start and I hope it continues,” Bosman added. “I think it’s a good thing that people see it.”




Sept. 13


  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry referred an 18-year-old Mexican man for further inspection as he attempted to enter the United States. When officers searched the man, they found two packages of methamphetamine wrapped around his waist. The drugs, weighing more than three pounds, are worth approximately $9,700.
  • CBP officers at the Mariposa port arrested a 33-year-old Mexican man after finding nearly 47 pounds of meth and more than 3 pounds of heroin hidden in his vehicle. A drug-sniffing dog assisted officers in finding the stash, which was valued at nearly $187,000.
  • A 19-year-old Nogales, Ariz. man was referred for additional inspection of his Pontiac sedan when he attempted to cross into the United States at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry. After a drug dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the sedan, CBP officers removed almost 19 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $198,000, from the dashboard area.

Sept. 11

  • A 46-year-old Mexican woman was referred for additional inspection of her Buick SUV at the DeConcini port. After a drug dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle’s trunk, officers located more than 22 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $67,000.541ca6b214da8_image
  • CBP officers at the DeConcini port referred a 29-year-old Mexican woman and her 27-year-old female Mexican passenger for further inspection of a Buick SUV. A search then led to the discovery of 39 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $116,000.

Sept. 10

  • A 42-year-old Mexican man was sent for further inspection of his Lincoln SUV at the Mariposa port. During the inspection, officers found nearly 37 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $385,000, inside the vehicle’s rocker panels.





LAWRENCEVILLE — Retaliation, five kilograms of meth and as much as $100,000 cash fueled the August home invasion that left a Duluth man dead, a detective testified Friday.

Brian Brewner, Devon Jenkins and Pierre Scott are three of the four men charged in the Aug. 6 incident on Duluth’s Summercrest Lane, during which 37-year-old Adam Schrier was killed. All three suspects were in Gwinnett County magistrate court alongside their attorneys Friday afternoon as Duluth police Detective Bobby Johnson outlined his department’s preliminary case against them.


Johnson presented the timeline of events as follows:

— Brewner, who allegedly acted as the robbing crew’s ringleader, was originally tipped off to “five kilos of meth that belonged to someone else” by a man named James Staples. Staples reportedly told Brewner that the drugs had been stolen from another man and were in Schrier’s home, along with plenty of cash.

Brewner, Jenkins, Scott and fellow suspect James Stokes — who has not yet been detained — had recently robbed Staples. Staples suggested to Brewner that the same crew carry out the robbery at Schrier’s home.

— After they assembled a “duffel bag full of handguns and weapons” in a room at the Congress Hotel and Suites near Norcross, Brewner picked up Jenkins, Scott and Stokes and they headed to Schrier’s home early on the morning of Aug. 6. When they arrived, Stokes had second thoughts and fled on foot.

— Jenkins and Scott, meanwhile, broke into the back door of the home. Schrier confronted them and struggled over a gun with Jenkins, who ultimately shot him once in the chest.

— Schrier’s girlfriend, Jami Smith, came downstairs after hearing the struggle and was accosted at the foot of the stairs. Jenkins hit her in the head with his gun several times before Smith’s 8-year-old daughter woke up.

Smith attempted to protect the child when Jenkins shot her in the back and thigh. One of the bullets passed through her and hit her daughter. Both survived.

“They were threatening to kill (Smith) if she didn’t give them the money or the drugs,” Johnson said.

— Smith’s purse was stolen. It contained cards, cash and approximately four ounces of methamphetamine. Other bags with drug residue inside were later found inside the home.

— Brewner picked up Jenkins and Scott and they returned to the Congress Hotel and Suites at about 6:30 a.m., half an hour after the home invasion. Surveillance footage captured all three men together.

Johnson’s investigation was aided by a vigilant neighbor, who jotted down the license plate number on a truck leaving the scene. That truck was eventually tied to Brewner, who had reportedly borrowed it from a friend in Chattanooga, Tenn., and refused to return it.

Over the ensuing days and weeks, Duluth police made contact with Brewner, Jenkins and Scott. According to Johnson, Brewner admitted his role in the home invasion and identified Jenkins as the shooter. Scott reportedly did the latter as well.

Jenkins allegedly confessed to his girlfriend’s sister and was overheard admitting to the shooting by Brewner’s girlfriend.

Following Friday’s hearing, Gwinnett County Chief Magistrate Judge Kristina Blum bound over all charges against the defendants to superior court.

When naming Brewner, Jenkins, Scott and Stokes as suspects in the case last month, Duluth police said they would seek charges against a fifth suspect via indictment. Johnson’s testimony Friday suggested that the fifth man is Staples, who is currently being held in the Gwinnett County jail on unrelated charges.




A Paris woman was arrested Thursday for possession of methamphetamine after two different forms of the drug were found in her car.

Miranda A. Barnett, 33, of 6090 Highway 69A east of Paris was stopped on Highway 77 south of Paris by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Jenkins at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday. 

She was stopped because of dark window tint on the car she was driving.

Jenkins wrote in his report he found a bag containing a gram of methamphetamine, a bag containing a half-gram of methamphetamine ice, a razor blade and a straw.

Barnett was charged with a felony count of possession of a Schedule II drug with intent.

She was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license.

She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — A meth-den sting at a beach condominium complex yielded four arrests Friday and prompted one cuffed man to jump from the second story in an escape attempt.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division was conducting a search of an unnamed condominium complex in Panama City Beach when they located about a quarter-ounce of methamphetamine in ice form in the possession of Mikeal Meadows, 39. As they swept the residence, deputies found 41-year-old Angela Dotson trying to flush evidence into a toilet.

The sweep continued, and deputies found Barry Roberts, 42, in possession of an opiate. As investigators were conducting the search, Zachery Jenkins, 32, showed up at the condo. A warrants check was run and authorities discovered Jenkins was wanted on an active warrant for escaping the law.

Jenkins was detained and placed into handcuffs, but Jenkins, with hands handcuffed behind him, in another escape attempt jumped from the second floor of the complex and hid under a car at the condos.

Jenkins was quickly located and arrested on attempted escape.

Meadows was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of MDMA. Dotson was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, possession of MDMA and tampering with evidence. Dotson was also on probation and charged with violation of probation. Roberts was charged with possession of a controlled substance.




INDIANA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – An Indiana mom is facing several charges.

Police say the 21-year-old attempted to have her baby in the front yard of a home.

The women eventually ended up at a hospital.

Police say she was high on meth and delivered a baby who was addicted to the drug.

The baby is in the custody of Child Protective Services and remains in serious condition.

The mother is being held without bond.



A 47-year-old woman is facing DUI and drug charges in connection to a crash Thursday in the area of Second Avenue North and North 22nd Street.541cbcf5d9128_preview-620

On Friday, Sandra Jean Wilson made an initial court appearance on a felony drug possession charge and misdemeanor counts of DUI and drug paraphernalia possession.

Charging documents say police arrested her after responding a report of a “tweaked out” woman at the scene of the crash.

Police talked to a driver involved in the crash, identified as Wilson, who appeared to be intoxicated, court records say.

Wilson performed poorly on field sobriety tests and a drug recognition expert concluded that she was high, according to prosecutors.

A search of Wilson turned up a glass pipe with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine, charging documents say.

Justice of the Peace David A. Carter set Wilson’s bond at $7,500 and ordered her to appear for arraignment in District Court on Oct. 2.



Seattle man accused of stabbing two people and holding another up at knifepoint allegedly gets a sick thrill from bloodshed.


“I’m going to stab one person every day,” the suspect told police, according to charging papers. “It is better than doing meth.”

John Fecteau, 22, who is homeless and has a lengthy rap sheet, admitted to the violence on Sept. 10 and told the arresting officer he hoped he severed a victim’s spine, King County prosecutors said.

Just before noon, the suspect allegedly accosted a woman, 19, he said was sitting on a piece of cardboard he owned, reported Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Fecteau stabbed a 22-year-old man, with whom she was sitting, in the back of the neck and behind the ear before slashing her hand, a detective said.

The couple was transported to Harborview Medical Center to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, reported KIRO-TV.

Both victims identified Fecteau, who has distinctive tattoos of horns on his forehead and devilish bolts under his mouth, as the attacker.

They recognized him from a program dedicated to helping young homeless people, according to the local online paper.

The suspect had fled the scene by the time officers arrived but they found him about 2:30 p.m. after receiving a call of another robbery, the CBS affiliate said.

Fecteau allegedly used a knife to demand that another victim empty his pockets. An arresting officer said he admitted to the stabbings immediately.




Police suspect that a Casper woman rolled a hot saucepan on an infant’s face and shook the baby with enough force to require trauma care.

Authorities also accuse Stephanie Shirts of suffocating the 14-month-old girl with a blanket, according to an officer’s report. The infant was taken Tuesday by Lifeflight to the children’s hospital in Aurora, Colorado, with a brain bleed and bleeding in the eyes.


Police say the girl is in stable condition.

Prosecutors have charged Shirts, 25, with four counts of child abuse, four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count of aggravated child abuse. She faces 65 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Two adults who live with Shirts also face child endangerment charges related to the case.

Bobbi Humphreys, 24, faces four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count of misdemeanor child endangering.

Jason Cathcart, 37, is charged with four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine and one count each of felony and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

An emergency room doctor at Wyoming Medical Center contacted Casper police at 7 p.m. Tuesday about a patient with injuries indicative of child abuse.

The baby, who was brought to the hospital by Humphreys, her mother, was lethargic and unresponsive when officers arrived, the report states.

Detectives saw burns on the baby’s face and head and bruises on her face, abdomen, pelvis and legs. A neurosurgeon suggested the infant be transferred to a children’s hospital in Colorado because of the child’s level of trauma.

Three other children, all under the age of 5, reside with Shirts, Humphreys and Cathcart. Police say the children did not have any injuries. They were placed in foster care by the Department of Family Services.

Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Michael Patchen forbade the defendants to see the children except under the supervision of DFS. Patchen said Shirts should have no contact whatsoever with the 14-month-old girl.

Shirts told police she caused the burns to the girl’s face about two weeks ago, the report states. She was cooking mac and cheese at their home, and the child was crying in her highchair.

Shirts “rolled the side of the pan across (the child’s) forehead, cheek and side of her head,” the report states. She claimed that the pan wasn’t very hot and that she didn’t think the baby had been burned until she saw blisters on the child the next day.

When asked about the bruises on the infant’s face, Shirts told police she held the infant down by her head while she scrubbed the burns with a plant extract sometimes used for medicinal purposes.

The bruises to the child’s legs occurred when Shirts held the baby upside down and shook her, according to the report. In another instance, Shirts picked up the infant under her arms and violently shook her back and forth.

The three adults admitted to smoking methamphetamine Tuesday morning in their home on South Fairdale Avenue. Humphreys allegedly left the 14-month-old in her playpen while she went to Wal-Mart.

Cathcart and Shirts heard the baby crying and took her out of the playpen to change her diaper. Shirts said she put a blanket over the child’s face because she wouldn’t quit crying.

The child quit breathing and turned blue, Shirts told police. She gave the baby CPR, and the infant started breathing again. Humphreys arrived home shortly after and took the baby to the hospital, the report states.

Authorities searched the home and found several bags of synthetic marijuana. They also found glass pipes containing meth residue and meth in the closet in Cathcart and Shirts’ room.



LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – A husband and wife who were caught making meth at a home in Lockport were caught five months later making meth at a trailer in Tonawanda.

Thomas McCabe, 37, and Leah McCabe, 35, were arrested in December after deputies found a meth lab in their home on Saunders Settlement Road in Lockport. Officers say Leah gave them permission to search the home and they found the lab in the basement.

Five months later, warrants were issued for the McCabes when they failed to appear in court. Officers went to a trailer on Ritchie Avenue in Tonawanda to arrest the pair and inside they found another meth lab.

Both McCabes pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. They will be sentenced in January and face a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, a $5,000,000 fine, or both.




ASHEBORO, N.C. —A man faces charges following the discovery of methamphetamine inside his home Wednesday, Asheboro police said.


Otoniel Recardo Reta, 44, was arrested after a search in the 200 block of West Presnell Street near White Oak Street.

Detectives found 1 pound of meth hidden in a wooden statue inside the home, police said. The estimated street value of the meth was $55,000, police said.

Reta was charged with trafficking in meth, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver meth and felony possession of meth. He was held under a $1 million secured bond in the Randolph County Jail.





It costs more than gold, and it’s causing major issues in the Billings area.

Whether it be burglaries, violent encounters or theft — methamphetamine-related crime is on the rise, according to the Billings Police Department and its Drug Task Force.

Methamphetamine has made a resurgence in the Billings area,” Billings Police Chief Rich St. John said. “We know that there is a large quantity moving through town to the Bakken, and we have our own problems here as well.”

He says recent shootings and violent crimes, such as the Michael Sample stabbing and Heights Sonic shooting, are directly related to meth use, and, “unequivocally,” St. John adds that at least 90 percent of the problems the force deals with are drug related, with the majority dealing with meth in particular

Sgt. Brian Korell of the Drug Task Force says they’ve seized ten pounds of meth so far this year — more than last year at this time. He says the drug is primarily coming from Mexico, and while a lot of the meth is passing through to the Bakken, it’s being sold right here in Billings, too. For perspective, one ounce sells for $200 in Mexico, but here, it sells for over $2,000, making it more expensive than gold.

Chief St. John says the meth problem is not going away, but the task force is very active, very productive, and targets mid-level and higher-up dealers.

With the safety levy vote approaching, St. John has talked about the crime uptick at community discussions. The levy would add more than a dozen officers over the next few years, allowing proactive programs like the task force to avoid downsizing.



A man is facing sentencing for carrying 18 pounds of crystal meth in a backpack that he knew would be sold in Hawaii.

Antonio Perez Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Honolulu. He previously pleaded guilty to charges that he was involved in a drug trafficking ring.

According to court documents, another man brought the meth in luggage when he flew from San Diego to Honolulu last year. Perez’s plea agreement says he met that man in a Waikiki hotel, where Perez loaded his backpack with 18 pounds of meth.

The agreement says Perez carried the backpack to a Waikiki apartment, where he hid the drugs in a clothes dryer.

Authorities estimate the Honolulu street value of 18 pounds of crystal meth to be $360,000.



A man in Mesa County, allegedly mixing driving and television, was arrested Wednesday after authorities say he was found in possession of methamphetamine, the county sheriff’s office said.20140918__GEORGE%20GONZALEZ%20MCSO%20PHOTO%20091814~p1_200

George Gonzalez, 30, of Grand Junction, faces charges relating to methamphetamine possession, drug paraphernalia possession, driving restraint and television visible to vehicle operator, the office said.

Deputies stopped Gonzalez after they saw him watching television on a “mobile device” as he attempted to drive, the office said.

Gonzalez is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond.




FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) – A man headed back to his native Mexico has been arrested near Eloy after authorities found about two pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

Pinal County Sheriff’s officials say 30-year-old Anibal Ayala-Mascareno is being held on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale.

It was unclear Wednesday if he has a lawyer.

The car Ayala-Mascareno was driving was stopped on Interstate 10 outside the Eloy city limits.

Sheriff’s officials say Ayala-Mascareno consented to a search.

They the packages of methamphetamine were found under the rear passenger seat and Ayala-Mascareno also was carrying $3,600 in cash.

He later told authorities it was his third time transported narcotics into Arizona and he was taking the money back to Nogales, Sonora.





The possession of methamphetamine and a prohibited knife earned a St. Thomas man a $700 fine in Sarnia court on Wednesday.

Nicholas Robert Schofield, 27, pleaded guilty to the July 14 possession of methamphetamine and the April 6 knife possession.

Court was told that on April 6 Schofield was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by police in Petrolia. Schofield told the OPP officer he had the knife.

The folding knife had a four-inch blade that could be opened with a flick of the wrist, making it a prohibited weapon.

On July 14, Schofield was one of six people at a home raided by Sarnia police. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were in plain view.

A search found .2 grams of methamphetamine in Schofield’s pocket.

Given the type of drug, a $500 fine was warranted for a first-time offender like Schofield, said federal prosecutor Michael Robb.

No good ever came from anyone dabbling in the insidious drug that should be avoided like the plague, said Justice Mark Hornblower.

Health Canada lists insomnia, loss of appetite, paranoia, severe tooth decay and brain damage as possible effects of long-term methamphetamine use.

Since his arrest, Schofield took steps to leave the drug behind, the court was told.

Fines for the two offences, totaling $700, were imposed by Hornblower, along with a year’s probation during which Schofield must take substance-abuse counseling.





FLINT, MI — Police dismantled another methamphetamine lab in Flint Thursday morning, Sept. 18, making it the third lab discovered by police in a week.


It’s not totally unbelievable, but highly uncommon that there would be three meth lab busts in one week, said Detective Sgt. P.J. Moore with the Flint Area Narcotics Group, a multi-jurisdictional task force operated by the Michigan State Police. Moore described the annual trend in meth lab discoveries as “sporadic” and “streaky.”

“While it’s not crazy to find three labs in a week, it is unusual,” he said. “I don’t think it’s an epidemic yet like it is on the west side of the state, but it is definitely an increasing problem.”


On the west and southwest parts of Michigan, it isn’t uncommon to bust a lab a day, Moore said, adding that a rise in meth use seems to be creeping across the state.

“I think as more people begin to use meth, they learn to cook for themselves, and then they teach their friends how to cook, and then those people show more people how to cook,” Moore said of the uptick in lab discoveries. “It also comes down to good, solid initial investigation and police work, as well as proactive patrol in high-crime areas. I hate to say it, but the police could just walk away (when they see indicators of a meth lab), but they diligently investigate every lead.”

Thursday’s discovery was a mobile meth lab, where three men were found driving around Flint, allegedly using the one-pot method to produce meth inside the car, Moore said.


A Michigan State Police trooper discovered the one-pots and meth cook components inside the cab of the car after pulling the driver over around 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of Iowa Street and Oklahoma Avenue for a dangling license plate light. The trooper discovered that one man in the car had an outstanding warrant, and began searching the car, immediately locating an active one-pot lab on the backseat.

FANG was called to the scene, and discovered an additional one-pot inside a backpack in the trunk of the car that was still active, along with all the rest of the components for more cooks.

“Usually, they’re at least missing the pseudo(ephedrine), because it’s the hardest component to get their hands on,” Moore said. “But, they’ve got everything here for more cooks.”


All three people in the car were taken into custody and lodged at Flint City Lockup while police prepare charges for prosecutors to review.

This comes just a day after FANG’s last meth lab bust, making it the third bust in a week.

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Flint police took three people into custody after discovering a meth lab in the garage of their home the 2200 block of Torrance Street near Bennett Avenue in the city’s east side. Police seized remnants of one-pot-method meth cooks and unused materials from the home.

Last Thursday, Sept. 11, Flint police took three others into custody after dismantling a lab in the upstairs of a home in the 2200 block of Corunna Avenue near West Court Street. Remnants from at least nine methamphetamine cooks, as well as unused supplies, were seized by police during that raid.

Michigan currently ranks sixth in the nation for the number of reported meth labs, equipment seizures and dump sites, according to statistics from 2013 compiled by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

In 2013, there were 11,573 incidents reported nationally, with 607 of those incidents occurring in Michigan, according to the report.

Over the last three years, the number of reported incidents in Michigan has increased while the overall number of incidents has declined nation-wide.




A joint drug operation in Henry County resulted in 94 felony and four misdemeanor state criminal charges being issued on 32 adults.

Indictments were issued Monday as a result of the drug operation; 17 of those indicted were arrested Thursday, according to a news release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Fifteen people still are being sought under sealed indictments on 53 felonies and one misdemeanor, it stated.

The joint drug operation took place between October 2013 and May 2014 in known drug areas of the county, the release stated. Undercover drug purchases, search warrants and vehicle stops occurred in Bassett, Axton, Ridgeway, Collinsville and Spencer, according to the release.

The targets of the joint operation were individuals allegedly distributing cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as manufacturers of methamphetamine and marijuana, the release stated.

Quantities of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, methamphetamine precursor chemicals, marijuana and pharmaceutical pills were seized during this operation, the release said.

Assets connected to narcotics trafficking seized during the operation include 19 vehicles, three ATVs, electronics and U.S. currency, it added.




Phoenix murder suspect told police he had used meth for five days before attempting to disrobe a woman and force her into an apartment.


Phoenix police arrested a man in connection with an east Phoenix homicide that took place Tuesday night, and investigators believe the suspect is the same person who tried to disrobe a woman and force her into an apartment moments before the murder, according to police.

Stanley Brown, 21, told police he had been using methamphetamine for about five days before the crimes took place Tuesday night, according to a Phoenix police spokesman.

Police initially responded to an apartment near 48th Street and McDowell Road at about 8 p.m. Tuesday after a woman said a man walking through the neighborhood pointed a gun at her and demanded money, said Sgt. Trent Crump, a Phoenix police spokesman.

The woman told the man that she didn’t have any money and he demanded she take her clothes off and tried to force her into an apartment, Crump said. The woman told police she fumbled with her keys and was able to let herself in the unit before the man followed her in, Crump said.

While police were investigating the attempted armed robbery, officers heard shots fired at an apartment unit around the corner, Crump said.

Police found Juan Guerava-Martinez, 21, dead inside his apartment and witnesses told investigators that they saw a gunman running north away from the scene. Witnesses told police that Martinez had been talking on his cell phone outside his apartment when he was shot. Martinez collapsed inside his apartment, Crump said.

Officers saw Brown running through an alley near 49th Street and Willetta Street and arrested him, Crump said. Investigators identified a Brown as a suspect in both cases and recovered a weapon, Crump said.




A former Montesano police chief had a busy day in court, after he was arrested Tuesday for the second time this year in Tacoma.

Ray Sowers attended his drug court hearing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was there because of January charges that he stole more than $1,500 in liquor from a grocery store.

At 1:30 p.m. the same day he pleaded not guilty to new accusations that he’s been trying to sell methamphetamine and heroin.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies searched the 51-year-old’s apartment Tuesday as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, according to charging papers.

They found 158 grams of suspected meth, 38.2 grams of heroin, a loaded 9mm handgun, crib notes and a digital gram scale, the court documents state.

Sowers allegedly told investigators he didn’t use the drugs, but admitted selling them.

As a convicted felon he cannot legally own the handgun, prosecutors said.

The search of the apartment left Sowers charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and bail set at $50,000.

Possessing controlled substances violates the rules of drug court, which means Sowers has a hearing Oct. 14 to determine whether he’s kicked out of the program.

His second-degree theft charge for the liquor incident would be dropped if he completed the drug court program successfully. People kicked out instead face sentencing, and prosecutors asking for the high end of the sentencing range for the crime.

Sowers ended a 26-year career in law enforcement in 2010, when he pleaded guilty to charges that he used department credit cards to buy $17,000 in home electronics and other items.

He was sentenced to six months in jail for that crime.

The public defender for Sowers, Joseph Evans, declined to comment on his behalf Thursday.




Melbourne men believe they contracted HIV through ice use, with a ground-breaking study finding a “convincing significant association” between the drug and soaring rates of the infection.

The Prahran Market Clinic study found almost 85 per cent of the HIV postive patients at its medical practice believed methamphetamine use was a significant cause for contracting HIV.

“This study showed a convincing significant association between methamphetamine use and recent HIV diagnoses in MSM [men who have sex with men] in Melbourne,” clinic director Dr Beng Eu said.

Dr Eu said there was no other research like it in Australia, and the findings meant work urgently needed to be done to reverse the recent trend towards increased HIV rates.

“Australian clinicians managing MSM with and without HIV infection need to actively screen for methamphetamine use and counsel patients on the importance of reducing high-risk behaviors,” he said.

Dr Eu started the research after doctors at his clinic, which specializes in sexual health and addiction medication, began to see new HIV patients who were also using ice.

The study surveyed 211 gay men between 2011 and 2013, 65 of whom had HIV and 146 who did not. Of the HIV positive men, 84 per cent who had used ice in the past month prior to their diagnoses believed their use of the drug led to their infection.

“Most of the HIV-positive subjects who had used methamphetamine thought that their methamphetamine use was a significant cause,” Dr Eu said.

He said most of the infections would have happened through unprotected sex, with the drug’s effects boosting libido and stripping inhibitions leading to more risk-taking behavior.

HIV rates in Australia are at a 20-year high, with Kirby Institute data showing 1235 new cases were diagnosed last year. Victoria had the largest rise in cases, with 16 per cent more HIV notifications, with the Prahran Market Clinic diagnosing 20 per cent of the new cases.

It comes as data released on Thursday showed the nation was also experiencing its highest recorded rate of syphilis, and more Australians were dying of hepatitis C than ever.

“The increase in syphilis reported may also be associated with this [ice use] too, but we have not studied this,” Dr Eu said.

“Talking about this openly is the first step towards thinking about how to manage the problem.”

Victorian Aids Council chief executive Simon Ruth praised the Prahran clinic’s initiative and called for the state government to fund a research project that encompassed all of the high case-load clinics in Victoria.

“This is the sort of information we need to have information campaigns, and the government need to start funding health promotion campaigns,” Mr. Ruth said.

“This is from one clinic, it’s a relatively small number [of men] and I would be encouraging the government to fund a research project.”

Dr Eu will present his findings to the Penington Institute’s Australian Drugs Conference next month on methamphetamine use.




An Enid woman arrested Wednesday told the deputy who arrested her she uses meth because she is fat.


Lynette Rae Sampson, 54, was arrested following a traffic stop by a Garfield County Sheriff Office deputy.

Sheriff Jerry Niles said Sampson was stopped at 1:40 p.m. in the 200 block of South Grand for not wearing a seat belt.

As Sampson got out of her vehicle, Niles said she threw out a plastic bag that contained residue of methamphetamine.

The sheriff said the bag field tested positive for methamphetamine and will be sent to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for further testing.

Niles said Sampson told the deputy who stopped her, “I just use meth because I’m fat.”

Sampson was arrested on a complaint of possession of CDS and issued a citation for failure to wear a seat belt.

Sampson arrested in July after telling police she believed her methamphetamine was lace with something and was free on $5,000 bond at the time of her arrest Tuesday.

Sampson was charged in July with felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

In that case, Sampson called the Enid Police Department and told a sergeant she had methamphetamine in a tin container on her kitchen counter.

An officer was sent to Sampson’s house and she told him she thought her drugs were laced with something. Sampson then showed the officer a tin containing meth and a hollowed-out light bulb that had been used as a pipe.




(KTVI) – No matter how often people are warned to be careful about what they post on social media, some just don`t get it.

And according to police, one such person appears to be Jennifer C. Harrington, 36, of Jefferson County.

Last week, the Franklin County narcotics unit got a tip from one of Harrington`s Facebook friends saying they had seen a video on her page allegedly showing a man making meth while Harrington assisted him off camera as she shot the minute-and-a-half long movie.

‘They were talking about the manufacturing of methamphetamine, they were using street slang terms we could actually hear the bottle being shaken in a one pot manufacturing process,’ said Franklin County narcotics officer, Sgt. Jason Grellner.

‘Some of the apparatus and chemicals we normally see in a meth lab could be seen in the video,’ she said.

After watching the video, officers went looking for Harrington at several addresses in Jefferson County and in Union, Missouri.

They did not find her right away, but along the way they found several other friends of hers and arrested them on suspicion of either using or making meth.

Police have yet to find the man in the video.

‘They said the people weren`t very happy that their friend had posted this video and was bringing this investigation down on all of them,’ Grellner said.

Jennifer Harrington was finally arrested not on a drug charge, but for an outstanding parole violation.  Ironically, she was picked up as she arrived to meet with her parole officer.

None of the others arrested can be charged with drug crimes until lab results come back from the Missouri Highway Patrol.




Law enforcement agencies have many tools at their disposal to fight crime.

Now, add Facebook to that arsenal.

Members of the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit acted on an email tip last week and went to the Facebook page of a woman who had posted a video of people in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine.

“Yep, that’s meth-making components,” Detective Sgt. Jason Grellner commented after viewing the woman’s Facebook page.

That posting eventually led to the arrest of suspects at a home in Union where meth-making equipment and paraphernalia were seized last Thursday.

The case was based on information developed by Officer Nathan Pinter and Detective Leon Burton with the task force, Grellner said.

Investigators learned the woman, identified as Jennifer Harrington, 36, was wanted on a probation violation charge and believed she was living in Jefferson County.

“We contacted our counterparts in Jefferson County who began searching for her,” Grellner told The Missourian.

The woman was not located there, but in the process of searching for her, investigators arrested several other people on drug charges, Grellner said.

Harrington was arrested later on the warrant.

Grellner said once she was in custody, narcotics officers went to a home on Washington Avenue in Union where they arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicion of manufacturing meth. Burton said the male suspect was getting ready to cook meth and investigators seized a one-pot lab, chemicals and components and a number of pseudoephedrine pills, the vital ingredient needed to cook meth.

Burton said a 49-year-old woman who was at the home at the time was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Evidence seized in the case will be analyzed at the Missouri Highway Patrol lab before a decision is made on issuing charges.

The name of the man arrested was not released because he has not been charged.

Grellner said the man told investigators that he had family members and friends purchase pseudoephedrine from pharmacies in St. Louis. He also was buying the drug from a source in St. Louis.

Harrington had been free on parole after serving part of a seven-year concurrent sentence for drug trafficking and stealing a credit card, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections.



Virginia, MN ( — The Boundary Waters Drug Task Force has arrested several suspected dealers following numerous investigations over the past several months.

Nine people have been charged in northern St. Louis County District Courts on drug–related charges:

  • Martell Kinard, 32–years–old, of Eveleth, and Alicia Cooper, 21–years–old, of Eveleth have both been charged for the seizure of seven ounces of heroin (street value of $40,000). Kinard faces charges of possession of heroin with intent to sell and 2nd degree sale of heroin. Cooper was charged with 1st degree sale of heroin.
  • Tara Waldvogel, 27–years–old, of Keewatin has been charged with 1st degree sale of methamphetamine.
  • Stephanie Stand, 35–years–old, of Calumet has been charged with 1st degree sale of methamphetamine.
  • Suzann Zidich, 31–years–old, of Hibbing has been charged with two felony counts of 5th degree possession of methamphetamine, and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child.
  • Justin Stauffer, 32–years–old, has been charged with obstructing the legal process with force or violence. He was also wanted for a warrant at time of arrest.
  • Teelyn Minkel, 21–years–old, of Hibbing was cited for misdemeanor obstructing the legal process.
  • Brooke Jensen, 17–years–old, of Hibbing has been charged with 2nd degree sale of methamphetamine in a public housing zone.
  • Aaron Olson, 29–years–old, of Hibbing has been charged with 5th degree possession of methamphetamine.

All of the above arrests were a result of the Boundary Waters Drug Task Force’s investigations.



A Parker County grand jury earlier this month indicted a woman whose 2-year-old son reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine in May 2013.   541900b7a38be_image

Delena Rochelle Pool, 39, has been charged with 2nd degree felony abandoning or endangering a child.

Pool admitted to smoking methamphetamine on weekends while the child was in her residence when CPS responded to a complaint of neglectful supervision in April 2013, according to court records.

Pool reportedly agreed to a safety plan with CPS requiring a family member to supervise contact between the mother and toddler. However, CPS reportedly discovered during an unannounced home visit in May 2013 that the mother and child were not supervised overnight and the boy was removed.

The boy’s foster parents reported that the child slept for 12 hours after his removal and then took a 3-hour nap the following day.

Several days after the boy’s removal, the boy’s hair was drug tested and showed positive for methamphetamine at the high end of “low” or “recreational” use, according to Weatherford police.

CPS removed Pool’s three older children in 2006 after Pool tested positive for methamphetamine use and missed an important medical appointment for one of her children, according to court records. A family member was reportedly caring for the older children when CPS investigated the 2013 incident.

Pool, arrested in March, was released three days later on $40,000 bond, according to jail records.