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SPRINGVILLE — Springville officers arrested a 19-year-old woman for allegedly trying to shoplift several items from Walmart.

According to a police report, officers received a report Tuesday from store employees that the woman allegedly selected several items, concealed them and entered a family restroom in the store.


Police reported that while Aleesha Drake was observed, she was recognized from previous dealings, so police ran a warrant check and discovered there were several warrants for her arrest.

Police reported that Drake remained in the restroom for more than 30 minutes. When she exited the restroom, police reported that it was checked, and empty packaging for several items of merchandise were located in the restroom.

Police stated Drake passed all points of purchase and walked into the vestibule area, where she was approached by an officer and placed under arrest for her warrants.

Police asked Drake if she had any items in her bag and belongings for which she had not paid. Police reported Drake admitted to stealing the items in question. She admitted to being in the restroom and removing the items from their packaging and concealing them.

Police reported that during questioning, Drake changed her story several times as to why she was stealing. She first told police she had been held for a week and forced to steal or the people who took her were going to kill her family, police stated. Drake then told police she was forced to steal to pay off a debt a family member owed.

Drake again changed her story and stated to police she had been approached at her home by people she owed money to and was given the option to steal items they wanted in exchange for paying money she owed them for drugs.

Drake told police that while she was stealing for these individuals, she decided to take items for herself as well.

Police reported the value of the items taken by Drake totaled $1,167.

Drake also admitted she had methamphetamine in her pants pocket and a syringe in her bra. A small baggie containing a white crystal-like substance was removed from her pocket, and police reported it tested positive for methamphetamine.

Police reported that Drake was uncuffed and allowed to retrieve the syringe from her bra. Drake admitted to being a heroin user, but stated the methamphetamine belonged to the people she owed money to and she was holding it for them.

Police stated they also located a small scale with white residue in Drake’s belongings that also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Drake was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of retail theft, possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free zone, possession of methamphetamine in a drug-free zone, and three warrants for retail theft, knowingly producing, dispensing or manufacturing a controlled substance, and not having a valid license.




An Anaheim, California teen died on Monday after possibly overdosing on drugs at an electronic music festival over the weekend.

The Los Angeles Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 19-year-old Emily Tran, who tested positive for methamphetamine and ecstasy at the hospital before her death.article-2718591-2052145B00000578-614_306x423

Tran was first admitted to the health tent at the HARD Summer music concert around 8:30pm on Sunday, the second day of the event which showcases electronic and hip-hop musicians at Whittier Narrows Regional Park in South Menlo.

Officials say Tran started having seizures and was taken to the Greater El Monte Community Hospital where she later passed away around 5:40am Monday morning.

An official cause of death has not yet been reported, as the coroner must first conduct toxicology tests which could take weeks.

Tran was the only fatality at the two-day festival, but someone did die of natural causes at the event last year.

The event’s organizers confirmed Tran’s death saying she ‘had seizures’ on Sunday ‘and sadly passed away’.

‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends,’ the statement added.

One part of the security included a place to anonymously dump narcotics before entering the event.

The concert was held on Saturday and Sunday and featured 75 hip-hop and electronic performers and was attended by more than 35,000 people.


There were a total of 140 arrests at this year’s event, 20 of which were narcotics related.

A YouCaring page has been set up to raise money in Emily’s honor.




China yesterday executed two South Korean men in Jilin Province for drug trafficking and trading convictions, the first death sentence for Korean citizens carried out in the country in a decade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The two men, a 52-year-old identified only by his surname Kim, and a 44-year-old identified only as Baek, were arrested in April 2011 in the northeastern province for smuggling and selling methamphetamine, a serious crime in China.

Another Korean man, a 55-year-old surnamed Jang, is likely to be executed later this week for selling 11.9 kilograms (26.2 pounds) of methamphetamine, the ministry said.

Between 2010 and 2011, Kim and Baek, whose occupations are unknown, were involved in smuggling around 14.8 kilograms of methamphetamine – also known as philopon – from North Korea into China.

Baek sold the supply to Korean drug organizations as well as other circles.

Chinese officials notified the Korean Consulate in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, in northeastern China, shortly after the two were arrested. After Kim and Baek were sentenced in a lower Chinese court, the Korean government continuously requested a suspension of the sentence on humanitarian grounds, though to no avail.

Chinese authorities relayed that in regard to crimes involving drugs, the country applies identical standards to foreigners and its citizens alike, a Korean foreign affairs official said.

“We tried our utmost to prevent the death sentences from being carried through,” the official said ahead of the execution. He added that it looked like it would also be difficult to overturn the third man’s execution ruling.

Further details of the execution were not provided yesterday, but a Korean official said that Kim and Baek’s families had been informed of the executions beforehand.

The last time a Korean was executed in China for a drug-related crime was in September 2001.

The case drew strong public backlash in Korea because of the government’s failure to detect and block the death sentence of the 41-year-old man, who was arrested in 1997 in Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang Province, for producing and selling methamphetamine. The Chinese government informed the Korean Foreign Ministry with just a fax. He was sentenced to death by a Harbin court in 1999.

Another Korean man was executed in China in 2004 for murdering two people and chopping up their bodies.

Under Article 347 of China’s Criminal Law, those found guilty of smuggling, trafficking or transporting more than 50 grams of heroin or methamphetamine or other narcotic drugs in large quantities can face life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Chinese criminal law is applicable to anyone who commits a crime in the country.

According to the Korean Foreign Ministry, there are about 20 additional Korean nationals who have received death sentence suspensions in China for drug-related offenses or murder crimes. Capital punishment for foreigners for drug dealing is not uncommon in China.

Within the past five years, foreign nationals from other countries, including the United Kingdom, the Philippines, South Africa and Pakistan, have also been executed in China for drug-related crimes.

“Most of those cases involved a much smaller amount of narcotics, on average between 3 to 4 kilograms,” the foreign affairs official pointed out.

Noh Kwang-il, the Foreign Ministry spokesman, said yesterday that it was “regrettable that our people were executed in China for drug crimes.”

He said the ministry will “continue to take all measures to assist Korean citizens abroad no matter what difficult situations they face.”

Amnesty International lists China as having the highest number of executions, estimating that thousands of sentences are carried out each year.



A Belle, WV man previously convicted of a felony has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for having 80 guns in his possession.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Dorsey Woolwine Jr., 63, had admitted in January to being a felon in possession of firearms.


Agents with the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team searched Woolwine’s residence on Simmons Creek Road in March 2012, seizing 29 guns, including a sawed-off rifle. Then, in May, state troopers searched his home and found 52 more guns plus methamphetamine and scales.

Two of the guns had been reported stolen, Goodwin said.

Woolwine told police he’d been selling meth from his home for about six years, Goodwin said.

MDENT and the West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Hanks handled the prosecution. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr.




A gang who killed two British medical students serving at a hospital in Borneo were high on Crystal Meth, a police report has revealed, as the men arrested admit committing the crime. borneo-victims_2999108b

Neil Dalton, 23, and Aidan Brunger, 22, who were in their fourth year studying medicine at Newcastle University, were stabbed to death while out celebrating the completion of a six-week stint at Sarawack General Hospital in Kuching.

Three of the four men arrested all tested positive for Methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant which is also known as Crystal Meth.

The police report revealed one of the suspects had a previous conviction for drug dealing while another had been convicted of gang robbery. All suspects have admitted the crime. Kuching-locator_2998416c

Deputy police commissioner Chai Khin Chung said police in Borneo had now finished their investigation, as the men confessed, and they would now be passing on their evidence for prosecution.

“We have finished our investigation, the crime has been solved,” he said.

“The suspects have been apprehended and they have admitted the crime. We have recovered the weapons from the crime.

“We are waiting for the corpses in the hospital mortuary to have the post-mortem carried out. We have all the major evidence in our hands which we will send to the prosecution.”

Mr Dalton and Mr Brunger, who were described as brilliant students with glittering futures ahead of them, were chased by the gang and stabbed multiple times, before being left in the street just yards apart.

Police arrested the first three suspects at their respective homes within the first two hours of the killing (Borneo Post)

The deputy police commissioner said the pair had got into an argument with the men on the table next to them in the bar and after leaving on foot, they were followed by car and then attacked from behind.


“They were having a drink and got into an argument with the next table. After a prolonged argument they left the bar on foot and were followed in a car. They came from behind and stabbed them”, he said.

“The four people, who are local men, will be charged with murder. It’s very unusual for Kuching, it’s always very peaceful.

“It’s very unfortunate and we were very surprised this kind of thing happened in our city.”

Malaysia’s The Star newspaper has said the main suspect is a 23-year-old fishmonger, one a 29-year-old mechanic, the others 19 and 35 and both unemployed.

Mr Dalton who has an older brother, grew up in Belper in Derbyshire where he attended the local school, achieving four A* grades at A –Level.

Friends described him as a “true gentleman” who had always dreamed of becoming a doctor.

Mr Brunger from Gillingham in Kent was a pupil at Rainham Mark Grammar School before winning a place at Newcastle University to study medicine.

His mother and stepfather still live in Gillingham, but his father and stepmother moved to Alnwick in Northumberland.

Both parents were too upset to comment, but a neighbour in Gillingham described him as a “lovely” young man with a close and loving family.

Friends of the pair have been offered counselling in the wake of the tragedy.

Posting on a Facebook group for elective students of Sarawak General Hospital, Professor Michael Smile wrote: “To all elective medical students in Kuching, I am sure, by now, all of you would have heard about the tragic deaths of two of your colleagues/friends.

“Some of you have messaged me expressing anxiety and concern about your safety. If any one needs counselling etc, please let me, Dr Wong Jin Shyan or one of the physicians in the hospital know and we can see about hopefully providing this.

“From the police investigations, this was not a random crime. The two students apparently got into a quarrel with four locals who had been drinking.”

Mr Dalton’s former headmaster Martyn Cooper said the whole community was saddened by the news of his tragic death.

He said: “Neil was always a fully engaged and promising student, whose decision to enter the medical profession was encouraged by Belper School.

“Our memories of him are of a vibrant and interested young man, who enjoyed his studies and made contributions to many events. He was a particularly-able mathematician, winning several awards during his school years.”

His parents were too upset to comment, but a family friend and neighbour described him as “very bright and self-motivated” young man who had the world at his feet.

Sue Barltey, 50, said: “While other kids might be lying in bed he was always up early doing something sporty. He had always said that he wanted to be a doctor, and he studied very hard.

“He was a true gentleman. If he saw me on a night out in Belper, he would offer to walk me home. When he did that, he always saw me safely to my door. He was a big part of the local community. It is a terrible, terrible loss.”

Their murders came just days after two Irish medics were attacked and beaten up in a bar, prompting staff at the teaching hospital to warn all visiting students to be on their guard while socialising in an area which is popular with backpackers.

The pair had been part of a large group of overseas students based at the hospital, who had arranged a night out in the Travillion pub in the Jalan Padungan area of the city.

Many of those gathered were coming to the end of their placement and were preparing to return home or head off to do some travelling for the remainder of the summer.






Niagara Gazette — BUFFALO — A Cambria couple have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges they were running a meth lab out of a mobile home in the Town of Tonawanda while they were out on bail on similar charges in Niagara County.

Thomas McCabe III, 36, and his wife Leah, 34, are charged with conspiracy and manufacturing methamphetamine. The latest charges stem from an encounter in May between the McCabes and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Niagara County Drug Task Force.

The agents had gone to the Tonawanda mobile home to arrest the McCabes on a Niagara County grand jury indictment charging them with third-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully dealing with a child.

Those charges were the result of a December 2013 investigation by Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies who went to the McCabes’ home at 4980 Saunders Settlement Road after receiving a tip that methamphetamine was being manufactured there.

Deputies said they found items commonly used for making meth and an active meth lab near the home’s furnace. The home was evacuated and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team responded to clear out the home and secure hazardous materials inside.

Leah McCabe was arrested at that time. Her husband was picked up two days later after being found in the Town of Tonawanda by members of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Warrant Unit, the federal Violent Felony Fugitive Task Force and agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

The couple was arraigned on the charges in Niagara County Court and posted bail. When the DEA and Drug Task Force agents went to arrest the pair, at the mobile home on Ritchie Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda on May 22, they found what was described as a “clandestine methamphetamine laboratory.”

When the agents searched the mobile home, they found methamphetamine residue and ingredients used in the manufacture of the drug.

Thomas McCabe is currently being detained without bail on the federal charges. His wife is being detained while undergoing in-patient drug addiction treatment.





LOGANOne-pot shake-n-bake meth labs are becoming more popular, but can prove to be dangerously explosive.

One local resident found several suspicious bottles while routinely cleaning in the yard and quickly responded by delivering the bottles to the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office.53e17ecb62a80_image

“They had been there for about three days,” the resident noted in the report. After noticing some water in the bottles the resident deemed it suspicious and took it to the HCSO.

According to the report, the bag of components contained a methamphetamine lab.

Deputies, Logan Fire Department and Major Crimes Unit responded to the HCSO office to neutralize the vessels.

Across Ohio, these extremely dangerous labs have become the preferred method of manufacture for clandestine laboratory operations. A quick and efficient process these labs pose a high risk of flash fire and explosions. Citizens and first responders are advised not to handle these highly volatile containers.

Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North said not to touch “bottles with lids containing liquid if found.”

According to Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, those cooking meth combine ammonium nitrate from cold packs with lye, and over the counter cold medication in a plastic or glass bottle. They add highly flammable Coleman fuel and water reactive lithium metal to the container.

A highly volatile chemical reaction occurs converting the cold or allergy medication into methamphetamine. The reaction vessel is prone to catching on fire when the lithium metal from lithium batteries reacts with water causing an ignition.

This source of ignition is exposed to the fuel causing catastrophic failure of the bottle spraying flaming liquid or exploding if pressure exists in the container.

Meth lab waste is dangerous. North advised not to attempt to remove unknown or suspected toxic substances. Notify the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office of the location of these items immediately at 740-385-2131.





THREE RIVERS, MI – A 55-year-old Three Rivers man was arrested Tuesday in a Lockport Township home after police received information about methamphetamine manufacturing there, police said.

Authorities from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics Unit along with the St. Joseph County Special Response Team executed a search warrant in the 57000 block of Patterson Lane and located methamphetamine waste, a news release from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office said. The hazardous waste was neutralized and removed from the property.

The St. Joseph County Health Department declared the residence “unfit for human habitation” and condemned it. Adult Protective Services officials  “removed a vulnerable adult,” the news release said.

The Three Rivers man, whose name was not released, was arrested on charges of operating/maintain a methamphetamine lab involving hazardous waste, felony firearms and maintaining a drug house, the sheriff’s office said.




Two Kearney, MO, residents are among five defendants who have been indicted for their roles in a $2.6 million conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Kansas City, MO – infoZine – Sabrena Lynn Morgan, 37, and Elgin Eugene Dothage, also known as “Butch,” 38, both of Kearney, Steven Lee Schreier, Jr., of Excelsior Springs, Mo., Ronald Louis Roberts, 51, of Lathrop, Mo., and Franklin Charles Carter, also known as “Frankie,” 25, of Grandview, Mo., were charged in a five-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on July 29, 2014. That indictment has been unsealed and made public following the arrests and initial court appearances of several defendants.


The federal indictment alleges that all five defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine between Jan. 1, 2010, and July 29, 2014. According to the indictment, the drug-trafficking conspiracy was responsible for the distribution of more than 50 kilograms of methamphetamine. Based on a conservative street price of $1,500 per ounce, the indictment says, the conspiracy took in $2,650,000.

The indictment also alleges that all five defendants participated in a money-laundering conspiracy during the same time period. According to the indictment, conspirators conducted financial transactions that involved the proceeds of illegal drug trafficking. Conspirators allegedly obtained cash from illegal methamphetamine sales and used those proceeds to further promote the buying and selling of additional methamphetamine. Conspirators allegedly used items of value they obtained from methamphetamine distribution as collateral for various purposes, including drug debt reduction and obtaining additional methamphetamine for use and distribution.

In addition to the drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracies, the indictment charges Morgan and Dothage together with one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. The indictment alleges that Morgan and Dothage were in possession of a pink pump-action shotgun, a loaded 9mm Hi Point pistol and a loaded Smith & Wesson .22-caliber pistol.

Morgan and Dothage are also charged together in one count of maintaining their residence in Kearney as a place for distributing and using methamphetamine.

Dothage is also charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that Dothage, having been convicted of a felony, was in possession of firearms and ammunition during the time of the conspiracies. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition.

The federal indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require the defendants to forfeit any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged violations, including a money judgment of $2,650,000, which was received in exchange for the unlawful distribution of methamphetamine.

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. It was investigated by the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Clay County Sheriff’s Department and the Clay County Drug Task Force.





The Lincolnton Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a one-pot meth lab that was found on South Poplar Street on July 24.cirillo
Detectives Dwayne McAllister and Dennis Harris conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of Joseph Scott Cirillo, 19 on July 31. Cirillo was charged with possession with intent to sell, manufacture or distribute methamphetamine and possession of precursor chemicals.
According to a press release, detectives utilized a national database that tracks methamphetamine precursors in their investigation.
He was placed in custody at Harven A. Crouse Detention center without bond.





SEPANG – A 27-year-old muscular Iranian salesman thought he could get past airport security by storing 9.85kg of methamphetamine in three whey protein containers, disguised as fitness supplement.

However, enforcement officers proved too good for the foreigner when they found the drugs stashed in the containers on Aug 2, said Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Customs director Datuk Chik Omar Chik Lim.

“His suspicious demeanour led our officers to inspect him.”

“They found the drugs hidden in the tightly shut containers and arrested him,” he said.

Chik Omar added that the salesman’s travel documents showed it was his fifth time in the country.

“He had just arrived from Doha, Qatar, when he was arrested.

“We are still establishing whether this was his first attempt at smuggling drugs,” he said.

Chik Omar explained that the Iranian was among three foreigners nabbed in separate occasions since July for drug smuggling offences. The three arrests resulted in the seizure of a total of 15.56kg of drugs worth nearly RM3 million.

Last month, cops nabbed another foreigner on suspicion of smuggling in methamphetamine. Chik Omar said a 34-year-old Nigerian man was arrested at 11.40pm on July 20 for attempting to smuggle in 2.75kg of methamphetamine worth RM522,500 (S$204,046) from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


A 22-year-old Thai woman, arriving from Abu Dhabi, was detained at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur around 8.30pm on July 1 for smuggling in 1.672kg of cocaine worth RM334,400.

Another 1.284kg of methamphetamine worth RM243,960 (S$95,271) was found in a parcel arriving from Lagos, Nigeria, at 9.30am on July 1. Chik Omar said out of 12 cans of sweet peas, only five of them contained the vegetable.

“Drugs were stored in the remaining seven cans.

“We weren’t able to track down the owner as the address and contact number provided on the parcel do not exist,” he added. All four cases are being probed under Section 39b of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.






  • Shawn Ussery, 42, of Florida, charged with sexual battery and aggravated child abuse
  • His 37-year-old live-in girlfriend is facing counts of failure to protect children and lewd and lascivious exhibition
  • Arrests reports state the mother performed oral sex on Ussery in front of a child because she was jealous and said: ‘he was mine first’
  • Ussery is accused of smoking meth with one of the kids just three days before his arrest 

A 42-year-old Bradenton man sexually abused his live-in girlfriend’s children multiple times and smoked methamphetamine with at least one child there, while the woman did nothing to protect her children, authorities alleged Tuesday after arresting the couple.4407304_G

Shawn Ussery, of the 2300 block of 53rd Avenue West, was taken into custody and charged with 10 counts of sexual battery by a familial authority, 16 counts of capital sexual battery and 1 count of aggravated child abuse, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman, Amy Muse, 37, also was arrested and charged with child abuse, failure to protect the children, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.


According to reports, investigators moved to arrest Ussery after Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputies received information that he had sexually abused children at the residence for the past five years. The children, when questioned, told investigators that Muse, their mother, knew of the abuse but did nothing to stop it.

Instead, the children told deputies, Muse grew jealous, and forced one child to watch as she performed oral sex on Ussery, despite the child’s protests.

The children also told investigators that methamphetamine was smoked in the house, with one child smoking the illegal drug with Ussery as recently as three days ago. A drug test later confirmed the presence of the drug in the child, according to reports.

Both Ussery and Muse remain jailed with no bond, a sheriff’s office press release stated.





Man ‘sexually abused his girlfriend’s children for five years, smoked meth with one of them – and their mother did nothing to stop him but became jealous’

A Florida mother and her live-in boyfriend are facing a slew of child abuse charges after sheriff’s officials say the man repeatedly molested his girlfriend’s children – and she did nothing to stop him.

According to the Manatee County’s Sheriff’s Office, 42-year-old Shawn Ussery had not only sexually abused the minors for five years, but he also smoked methamphetamine with at least one of the victims.


Ussery was arrested Tuesday at his home in Bradenton on 10 counts of sexual battery, 16 counts of capital sexual battery and a single count of aggravated child abuse.

His 37-year-old girlfriend is facing charges of child abuse, failure to protect the children, and lewd and lascivious exhibition.

The couples’ arrest reports cited by Sarasota Herald Tribune indicate that Shawn Ussery was taken into custody after law enforcement officials received a tip that the 42-year-old man had been abusing his girlfriend’s children.

When interviewed by officers, the kids confirmed that information and revealed that their mother was aware of the molestation and did nothing to protect them from her boyfriend’s advances.

The children claimed that instead of turning her boyfriends in to the authorities, the 37-year-old mother grew jealous and forced one of her children to watch as she performed oral sex of Ussery.

MyFox Tampa Bay reported that the woman then allegedly declared in reference to Ussery: ‘He was mine first.’

Besides the alleged sexual abuse, the children living in the household were also exposed to drug use, with at least one of the kids allegedly smoking meth with Ussery as recently as three days before his arrest.

The arrest reports state that a blood test later confirmed the presence of methamphetamine in the child’s system.

Online jail records show that Ussery has a lengthy criminal record encompassing more than a half dozen arrests on DUI, cocaine, theft and burglary charges dating back to at least the late 1990s.

The couple are being held without bond at Manatee County Jail.





 Bradenton man accused of smoking meth with girlfriend’s kids, sexually abusing them

BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) –  A Bradenton man and his girlfriend are accused in a disturbing case of child abuse that investigators say involved children smoking meth and being sexually abused.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigators say Shawn Ussery, 42, and Amy Muse, 37, lived together in Bradenton with Muse’s children. Ussery sexually abused the kids for the last five years and Muse did not try to stop him or prevent it.article-2718033-204EFD0800000578-506_634x588

An arrest affidavit detailed the alleged abuse. It said that the children told investigators that Amy Muse was jealous of all the attention they were getting and she performed oral sex on Ussery in front of them, despite one child’s protest.

When the child protested, Muse said, “He was mine first,” according to the affidavit.

The children also told police the couple smoked meth in the house and one of the children smoked meth with Ussery, which a drug test confirmed.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Ussery and Muse Tuesday. Muse was charged with child abuse, child abuse failure to protect, and lewd and lascivious exhibition. Ussery was charged with 16 counts of capital sexual battery, ten counts of sexual battery by a familial authority and one count of aggravated child abuse.

Both are jailed without bond.





AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) — A Blooming Prairie women faces drug possession charges after police pull her over for crossing the center line while driving in Austin early Monday morning.

The Austin Police department says 32 year-old Nicole Cain is being charged with 1st degree possession of a controlled substance and a 4th degree DWI charge.

Cain was driving near the intersection of 4th Avenue and 5th Street Northwest when police pulled her over.  In the car, police found 27.5 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The passenger in the car, 20 year-old Chris Rickerl of Austin, was also taken into custody and held per review of the Mower County Attorney’s Office.

Austin Police say that both people appeared to be impaired.




HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — No charges will be filed against a Texas police officer who shot and killed a New Mexico woman during a car chase across state lines, prosecutors said.


Fifth Judicial District Attorney Jannetta Hicks announced in a recent letter Denver City police officer Ryan Taylor won’t be charged in the October 2013 shooting death of 35-year-old Amy Reyna, the Hobbs News-Sun reports ( ).

“After reviewing your thorough investigation including reports, witness statements and video, we decline to bring charges against officer Ryan Taylor,” the letter stated.

The letter addressed to New Mexico State Police Agent Jason Knapp was obtained from Taylor’s New Mexico defense attorney Barry Crutchfield and a copy that was emailed by Hicks to the News-Sun.

According to documents obtained through a public information request from state police, the chase began Oct. 27, in Denver City when a Yoakum County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop Reyna.

She was wanted for outstanding felony warrants in Texas and New Mexico.

Reyna then fled from officers, leading them on two-state chase that lasted for about 35 minutes. Taylor was among the officers in the case.

Authorities say Reyna eventually drove into a southeastern New Mexico pasture and stopped. A dash-cam video of the shooting shows Reyna’s car slowly backing away when Taylor fired three times at the car’s engine and four times toward the driver’s seat.

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The letter stated that Taylor feared for his life and the lives of the other officers and when he observed Reyna reach for what he believed was a gun, he fired his weapon, killing her.

An autopsy ruled she had methamphetamine in her system.

Hicks stated in the letter she did not believe her office could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Taylor did not act in self-defense.

“Given that law enforcement had information that Ms. Reyna was possibly armed, officer Taylor’s claim to see her reach out for what he believed to be a weapon and the necessity for another officer to jump out of the path of the vehicle to avoid being struck, the state would not be able to meet this high burden,” the letter stated.

In April, Reyna’s family filed a federal lawsuit accusing law enforcement agencies of violating her constitutional rights in the shooting.






The family of victim Amy Reyna have filed a lawsuit following her death, claiming excessive force by Texas police officer Ryan Taylor. Reyna was wanted for parole violations when she lead police on a chase across the Texas border into New Mexico in October 2013 before pulling off-road and blowing out her tires. article-2613344-1D5BC54600000578-528_636x382

As police tried to subdue her, officer Taylor fired warning shots into the car engine, moments before firing through the windshield, killing Reyna. Officer Taylor said he thought she was reaching for a gun but there were no weapons in the car. A lawyer for the Reyna family is claiming that, if officer Taylor really was scared she was armed, he would have taken cover.


Methamphetamine-induced hallucinations led a Greenwood woman to abandon her infant son and husband in the Ouachita Mountains, an affidavit filed Tuesday in Yell County Circuit Court said.


Yell County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II charged Brooke Floyd, 21, with manslaughter in the death of her 10-month-old son, Harper Alexander Floyd, whose body was found last week. The body of her husband, Brian Floyd, 33, was also found near their truck, which was parked on a remote road in the Ouachita National Forest.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate Harper Floyd’s cause of death was “exposure and abandonment.” Toxicology tests are expected to determine Brian Floyd’s cause of death.

Tatum declined to comment further.

Brooke Floyd’s attorney, Bill James, said he was disappointed about the new charge and that there is no evidence that she endangered her child.

She was scheduled to appear in Danville Circuit Court this coming Thursday but waived her arraignment, James said.

She has already entered a plea of innocent and has requested a trial.

Brooke Floyd surrendered to the Yell County sheriff’s office Criminal Investigation Division in Danville on Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release.

She was released on a $50,000 bond that she posted last week, when she was arrested on charges of hindering an investigation and endangering the welfare of a minor.

The sheriff’s office had no further comment.

According to the most recent affidavit issued for her arrest — the first description of events released in the case — U.S. Forest Service personnel found Brooke Floyd scratched, bruised and barefoot in a ditch in the Ouachita National Forest on June 25.

A widespread ground and air search for her missing son and husband ensued, which also involved the Arkansas State Police, the FBI and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

According to the affidavit, Brooke Floyd told officers that she left her son with her husband so she could seek out help because people were chasing her family. They had fled to the forest the previous day to escape, she said, but the people followed them and attacked them with guns and knives.

When officers suggested that Brooke Floyd had hallucinated the attackers and that her husband was the one hitting her, she said Brian Floyd would not hurt her. The next day, when she appeared more lucid, she said that both of them were hallucinating and that they had been fighting each other, the affidavit said.

Floyd said she and her husband had snorted “speed,” or methamphetamine, “the day before all this happened,” according to the affidavit.

Brian Floyd had also not slept for three days before they went to the woods, Brooke Floyd told authorities.

He had been taken into custody on July 20 on a misdemeanor count of communicating a false alarm after calling 911 repeatedly with complaints that people were on his roof and watching him. Family members said he also bought a gun — which Brooke Floyd said he fired in the woods — and continued to hallucinate.

Brooke Floyd also told authorities that she had taken Klonopin, a medication that treats seizures, panic disorders and anxiety. That drug was recently prescribed to Brian Floyd, and an empty bottle of it was found in a backpack near his body. The affidavit does not state whether she took his medication or her own.

While recounting the events to officers, Brooke Floyd noted on several occasions that Harper had cried, whimpered and struggled to breathe. She said they had taken diapers, baby food and formula with them, but the affidavit does not note that she fed the baby while they were in the woods.

Authorities located Harper lying facedown around 2 p.m. on July 29. Brian Floyd was found lying on his back about 0.13 mile southeast of where his son was found.

In Arkansas, manslaughter, a Class D felony, is defined as recklessly causing the death of another person.

“I think she did what she had to do under the circumstances,” James said. “I don’t think that fact [that she was on drugs] shows that she did anything to her child or husband. That may end up being more of a distraction than part of the case.”




Indictments were handed down against seven individuals relating to the manufacture and possession of methamphetamine.

The results of one investigation led to the arrest of four individuals, all from Lawrence County, Brown said. Renee Loradell Smith, 43, and Karl Eugene Luna, 25, both of 30 Augustine Lane, Loretto; Brittany Lowery, 23, of 13 Sanders Lane, Leoma; and Danny Keith Staggs, 47, of 496 Old Jackson Highway were all arrested and charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, initiation of a process intended to result in methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brown said second, separate investigation led to the arrest of three individuals: Jason Ray Carter, 41, of Iron City; Derrick Balentine, 28 of McIntyre Road, St. Joseph; and Chastity Bromley, 34, of 236 Old Military Road, St. Joseph. All three are scheduled to appear in Lawrence County General Sessions Court in coming weeks.

All three arrested and charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and possession of drug paraphernalia, he said. Carter was also charged with being a fugitive from justice while Bromley faces an additional charge of driving under the influence.

Anyone with more information relating to these cases or others in Lawrence County are encouraged to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (931) 762-1608.







HICKORY, N.C. – Instead of a getting a late-night snack, a woman was arrested in a Wendy’s parking lot on drug charges early Saturday morning.


Angel Yvette Bruner, 43, of 71 Burette Fox Lane, Taylorsville, was charged with one count of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to her arrest report. She was given a $3,000 secured bond.

The wanted suspect was Gary Wayne Romska, Dieter said. He was charged with one count of felony breaking and entering, one count of felony larceny of a firearm and one count of felony larceny of a motor vehicle, stemming from an incident where a Porsche, among other items, was stolen from a business Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Officers said they noticed a plastic bag in the front passenger seat where Bruner was sitting, Dieter said. She was trying to conceal the bag in her pocketbook, Dieter said, and officers asked for her pocket book.

Methamphetamine was found in the bag, which resulted in a search of the vehicle, Dieter said. Officers also discovered two marijuana smoking pipes and one methamphetamine pipe in the vehicle, Dieter said.

Two Steuben County residents are in the county jail on charges related to a meth lab fire at a home in Bradford in February.

Brentin Austin, 36, and Sheila L. Radcliff, 35, were arrested on warrants on July 13 by the Horsham, Pa., Police Department. The couple waived extradition and New York State Police took custody of them on Tuesday.

Their arrests stem from an investigation into a fire at Radcliff’s then-residence at 9897 Carman Road in Bradford on Feb. 9, according to a press release for New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team and state police in Bath.

Police allege that the pair were in the process of cooking methamphetamine in Radcliff’s residence and a fire started. Two small children were in the home at the time but were uninjured.

Austin and Radcliff are each charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, and fourth-degree arson, all felonies.

Additionally, they are each charged with the following misdemeanors: endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, and reckless endangerment of property.

Austin was also charged with second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor.

Radcliff and Austin were arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

They are to reappear in front of Steuben County Judge Joseph Latham at 9 a.m. Wednesday.




ODESSA, TX (Local Big 2 News) – Odessa police find methamphetamine in an Altoids mint box after responding to reports of a prowler, leading to the arrest two people who both had outstanding warrants, according to officials.
Rayeanne Tuck, 35, and Cody Sellers, 27,
Rayeanne Tuck, 35, and Cody Sellers, 27, both face charges. Tuck is accused of possesion of methamphetamine. Sellers faces charges of false identification, among other charges, according to police.

Officers arrived on Tuesday morning to the 3700 block of North Texas after dispatch says that someone reported a suspect trying to break into a vehicle and then ran off once the alarm activated, according to police. Minutes later, police found two people walking in the 3600 block of McKnight.

The two suspects lied to officers about their identities once confronted, according to police. Once officers were able to confirm their actual identities,police realized that each of them had three outstanding warrants for their arrest.

Police say that while searching Tuck’s purse, they found methamphetamine hidden in an Altoids mint container.

Both were booked into the Ector county jail.




MARIANNA —  Officers have arrested a Marianna father and son for possession of controlled substances and attempting to manufacture methamphetamine, police reported Tuesday.

Officers with the Jackson County Drug Task Force Monday stopped a blue Nissan being driven by Ronald E. Grant Jr., 52, and his son, 27-year-old Ronald E Grant III, on a traffic infraction. During the traffic stop at the entrance to Commercial Park Drive , investigators found several items used to manufacture methamphetamine in a quantity large enough to warrant trafficking charges, according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

A search of the vehicle produced 42 grams of pseudoephedrine pills, five lithium batteries and a bottle of lye. A number of these items were concealed in the vehicle. Also, the search produced 14 loose pills deputies identified as hydrocodone, JCSO reported.

The total amount of pseudoephedrine pills located in the vehicle was in excess of the trafficking threshold, officers said.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the father and son duo were arrested and booked into the Jackson County Jail to await first appearance.

A 17-year-old was taking methamphetamine supplied by his mother’s partner the night he cut the throat of the family dog.

Jake Michael Didham’s mother is no longer with that partner, and he was not at the Christchurch District Court for the teenager’s sentencing today.

Judge Paul Kellar told Didham: “It’s a pity your mother’s ex-partner is not before me for sentence on charges today.”

He gave Didham a chance because of the circumstances, and ordered him to do 150 hours of community work.

The judge wondered whether a placement with the RSPCA would be appropriate for that community work, but then thought that work on the building refurbishment site at Rolleston would be a better idea.

He said Didham had been assessed as having a low-to-moderate risk of reoffending and there was now “hope for the future”. When he is able, he may join a couple who have taken him under their care and provided a job, but who have now moved to Australia.

Defence counsel Bryan Green said there would be work available for Didham in Australia, once he reached there, but for the moment he was back living at his mother’s house.

Didham has no recollection of the strange incident that took place on January 25, at a house in Linwood.

Judge Kellar said he had been drinking and using methamphetamine supplied by his mother’s partner. Didham had been released there after a long period in Child, Youth, and Family care. It was an environment where “the brakes were off“, the judge said. Substance abuse was accepted and actively encouraged by the ex-partner.

Didham and his mother went to a neighbouring property for drinks and he returned home alone. When his mother returned an hour later, she noticed the dog was missing.

When she asked Didham, he said: “I tried to kill her but she’s run off.”

The mother did not know what to make of that and went to bed. When she checked at 5.30am there was no sign of the dog but there was evidence of what looked like a shallow grave behind the garage.

She kicked Didham outside for a while and while he was shut out he kicked a hole in a fence. He was soon let back in.

About 10am, the mother noticed blood stains on the lounge carpet and in the driveway. She found the dog outside with cuts to its neck, head and body.

“I must say, judges and police see a number of very unpleasant matters in the course of their work, but the injuries to this dog can only be described as horrific and disturbing,” said Judge Kellar.

The dog survived, but has now been rehoused. He ordered Didham to pay $591 to the RSPCA for the cost of the veterinary fees.

He said that cruelty to animals was often an indicator of issues that would lead to more serious offending later on, but that did not seem to be the case for Didham.

He had completed courses on supervision, and completed an earlier community work sentence.

Didham had pleaded guilty to charges of ill-treating a dog by cutting its throat, and intentionally damaging a fence outside the house.




Tulsa, Okla. — A Commerce man was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on Monday, thanks to the help of a witness.Carrillo

Tulsa police say Cesar Carrillo was traveling down the wrong side of the road, when he hit another vehicle near Admiral and Garnett.  After the crash, he sped away from the scene.

A witness saw the crash and followed Carrillo.

Eventually, the suspect stopped and dumped two bags in a grassy area.

A short time later, officers showed up and took Carrillo into custody.  The witness showed officers where Carrillo had ditched the bags.

It turned out, the bags contained nearly 58 grams of meth.

Police say Carrillo faces multiple counts including DUI, hit and run, and meth trafficking.




POPE COUNTY —  Methamphetamine use continues to be a problem throughout southern Illinois. In Pope County, law enforcement officials say they have seen an increase in the number of meth-related crimes.

“We’ve spent thousands of dollars in staff, overtime, and jail bills while fighting that battle,” said Sheriff Jerry Suits. “It’s a battle for us.”
Since he became sheriff four years ago, Suits’ department has made 66 meth arrests.
“There are techniques that law enforcement has that I have learned, but I can tell you it’s not stopped here in Pope County,” explained Suits. “It may be getting worse.”
In recent years, state programs have been put in place to curb the trend. Pharmacies have been tracking all sales of the meth ingredient, pseudoephedrine, and sending the information to police databases.
However, Suits says it hasn’t been enough to put meth makers out of business. “Probably not a week goes by that we don’t hear something about some kind of meth.”
With only two detectives at his disposal, Suits says keeping up with the case load has been difficult, but it’s secondary crimes that he also has to worry about.
“We’ve had a lot of people call us and say that someone has broken into their house and all they stole was medication,” said Suits.
The sheriff estimates the county was more than $100,000 over budget last year. That’s money spent on jail bills and overtime, all in an effort to cut down on the county’s meth problem.

CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – A 33-year old man was arrested Monday morning for possession of a controlled substance after police received reports of a suspicious person at a trailer park in the 5900 block of Ayers Street. 4399610_G

Officers arrived at the trailer park at around 8:40 a.m. and found 33-year old Eric Garza crouching behind a vehicle that was parked in front of a trailer. After a quick check of the area Garza was hiding, the officers found a baggie containing methamphetamine.

Garza was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and was issued a criminal trespass warning.



KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A federal indictment accuses five western Missouri residents of taking part in a $2.6 million conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says the indictment was unsealed Tuesday after several defendants were arrested and made initial court appearances.

The indictment alleges that all five conspired to distribute more than 50 kilograms of meth from January 2010 until last week. Investigators said the scheme brought in $2.6 million.

Thirty-seven-year-old Sabrena Lynn Morgan and 38-year-old Elgin Eugene Dothage are also accused of using their home in Kearney as the distribution center. The other defendants are from Lathrop, Grandview and Kansas City.

The defendants did not have lawyers Tuesday.