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ROME – A Rome woman has been arrested after a methamphetamine operation was discovered, city police said.

Erin Gillespie, 31, was charged with felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, police said.AR-150709946

Shortly after noon Wednesday, the Rome Fire Department and Police Department were sent to 1003 West Dominick St. for a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, fumes were observed in the first-floor apartment.

Once firefighters entered the unoccupied apartment, they discovered there was no fire but a possible methamphetamine lab, police said.

The New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team were notified and responded to render the operation safe.

Police recovered eight one-pot method meth labs, a small amount of meth, and numerous items used in the production of methamphetamine, police said.

Gillespie was not home when police and firefighters arrived but drove up to the scene shortly after their arrival.

She faces an additional charge of aggravated unlicensed operation for operating her vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, police said.

She was being held in the city lockup pending her arraignment.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two young children have been placed in foster care after police say an Elgin man was found earlier this week passed out in a hotel room while one of his kids wandered the lobby alone.

Michael John Alexander, 39, faces gross misdemeanor charges for child neglect and endangerment, as well as a felony drug charge for possessing meth, documents filed in Dakota County say.

According to a criminal complaint, an Eagan police officer was patrolling around 2 a.m. Monday when an employee at the Extended Stay Hotel flagged him down. The employee showed the officer surveillance video of a girl, who looked to be about 4 years old, crawling over the hotel’s front desk.

Hotel staff picked up the girl, whose diaper was full to the point of leaking, and tried to find her parents.

After talking with other guests, it was determined which room the girl’s father was staying in. At first, hotel staff tried to call the registered phone number, but no one answered. Then they tried to knock on the door. Still, there was no answer. Finally, hotel staff opened the door and went into the room.

Inside, hotel staff found a 1-year-old child sleeping on the floor and a man, identified later as Alexander, sleeping in the bed. When hotel staff were finally able to wake him, Alexander appeared to be on drugs.

That’s when the police officer was called into the room, and he, too, thought Alexander was high.

In a search of the room, the officer found pipes and what appeared to be plastic bags in the garbage. When the officer asked Alexander whom the drug paraphernalia belonged to, Alexander said, “Just arrest me,” the complaint states.

Alexander had about $2,500 in cash on him when he was arrested, and the substance found in the plastic bags later tested positive for meth.

If convicted of all charges, Alexander faces a maximum sentence of 7 years behind bars and/or a $16,000 fine.

The two children, both of which had extremely full diapers when authorities found them, were placed in foster care.

Virginia Beach, Va. – A Virginia Beach man says his wife’s call to police about a possible home invasion last month led to officers searching his home for methamphetamine.

In an Affidavit for Search Warrant filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court, a detective wrote that officers responded to James Fuller’s home on Overman Drive in Aragona Village in reference a home invasion on June 11th.

A spokesman for the Virginia Beach Police Department tells NewsChannel 3 the case was reclassified as trespassing and a weapon’s violation and no charges were filed in the incident.

“I came home from eating dinner at Plaza Azteca and there was a weird car in my driveway and a guy I’ve never seen standing in my doorway,” Fuller told NewsChannel 3’s Todd Corillo Wednesday.

Fuller admitted the men were apparently let into the house by his babysitter, but that when officers arrived they began questioning everyone who was present.

“Another set of police officers showed up and they separated all of us. Started questioning us and going through my house.”

According to the affidavit, “responding officers initially observed items that they believed to be precursors for manufacturing methamphetamine.”

Additionally, two people inside the house at the time “were both interviewed and admitted to smoking methamphetamine inside the residence earlier in the evening with James Fuller.”

However, Fuller adamantly denies those claims.

“Do you use meth?” Corillo asked.

“No, I do not,” Fuller responded.

“Do you make meth?” Corillo asked.

“No, I do not,” Fuller responded.

“They said they would leave and everything would be okay if I just admitted to it and I wouldn’t admit,” he continued.

According to the search warrant, officers seized paper work, a scale and packaging materials.

“The scale – yes I have scales. In my kitchen that I use for things. You’ll go most houses in America and you’ll find a scale,” he explained.

“There were baggies – my wife does arts and crafts – and she has a tons of little baggies where she keeps all her little hooks and stuff for making jewelry.”

Virginia Beach Police would not comment on the search warrant, citing an ongoing investigation, but did say no one has been charged.

A Rome man and a Cave Spring woman remained in jail without bond Wednesday after being accused of having methamphetamine at Redmond Regional Medical Center.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Ethan Isaac Milliman, 24, of 403 Bolton Drive, and Carolyn Elice Breeden, 20, of 388 Buttermilk Road, were 55943c5560194_image55943c349603a_imagearrested Wednesday afternoon at Redmond after police found methamphetamine and marijuana in their possession. Milliman also had a gun and he is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in addition to felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. Breeden is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

SALEM, Ore. —New details emerged Wednesday at a bail hearing for Deen Castronovo, the 50-year-old drummer for the rock band Journey, who attorneys said was high on an overdose of methamphetamine at the time of his June 14 arrest on charges that he assaulted a woman.

Marion County Circuit Judge Channing Bennett ordered that Castronovo remain in jail without bail, noting that he was a danger to the victim.635714031069234708-B9317936664Z_1-20150701211450-000-GH1B84HPQ_1-0

At the hour-long hearing, Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner said police had to break down the door of Castronovo’s Southeast Salem, Ore. home to arrest him on June 14. Castronovo’s attorney, Jeffery Jones, said he was first taken to Salem Hospital because of his overdose condition before being booked at the Marion County jail.

Castronovo was initially charged with fourth-degree assault and menacing, and he posted $20,000 bail. On June 29 he was arrested again — this time on a grand jury indictment stemming from the same incident.

The indictment charged him with five counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of first-degree rape, two counts of menacing, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree sex abuse, one count of coercion, one count of second-degree criminal mischief, and three counts of contempt of court.

The indictment indicates the alleged abuse took place between April 25 and June 29.

Gardiner said Castronovo’s arrest stemmed from a week-long series of violent events during which he threw the victim into a wall 14 times, pulled her hair, sexually assaulted her and forced her to have sex with him. Gardiner said the assaults left large bruises on the victim’s legs, arms and breasts.

As Gardiner read details of the alleged incident, Castronovo talked to himself and sometimes looked toward the ceiling. He appeared weary and took deep breaths and seemed to shake. At one point Castronovo wobbled and nearly fell over. Three deputies helped him to sit in a chair as he closed his eyes.

Gardiner played two voice mails at the hearing to showcase Castronovo’s mental and emotional state.

After Castronovo was released from jail June 15, he called the victim 35 times and text messaged her 122 times, Gardiner said, despite being under a court order to have no contact with her. He also left voice mails during which he threatened to kill himself and told the victim he wanted her to suffer.

In the first voice mail, Castronovo apologized to the victim and then threatened her.

“I’m sorry, (victim’s name),” he said. “You should call me. On Friday you will be forcibly removed from my house. My life is ruined. You didn’t have to call the cops. I’ve suffered and now you’re going to suffer. I love you.”

The second voice mail features a hysterical Castronovo. The message is directed at police officers, who had previously answered one of Castronovo’s calls while interviewing the victim.

“I don’t care anymore,” Castronovo cried. “I’m going to kill myself …”

He then pleaded for help from police.

“I wish the officer who answered the phone would call me back,” Castronovo cried. “Give me some (vulgarity deleted) help. You think this is a joke? I’m sick and I need help!” he screamed.

Two former wives of Castronovo’s were present at the courtroom. Jones said the women attended to show the judge there had been no previous reports of domestic abuse while they had been in relationships with the drummer.

Jones also highlighted some of the ways Castronovo had been involved in the community.

“He’s been a productive part of Salem,” Jones said. “He donated to South Albany High School, he befriended a boy named Austin who was involved in a car accident in Keizer. He gives back to the community.”

Castronovo donated $10,000 to the South Albany band program after a fire leveled the building that housed the band room, which contained all of the program’s instruments.

Following the arraignment, Castronovo’s friend, Antonio Mata, 42, of Salem, said he was disappointed in the outcome of the hearing.

“I think that there are two sides to every story,” Mata said. “I was really hoping they would let him go so he could get some help. That process needs to start sooner rather than later.”

Mata, who is a drummer for the band Cryhavok, said Castronovo was a big inspiration to him.

“He’s human, he makes mistakes,” Mata said. “I still look up to him and he’s going to take this as a man. Even though he makes mistakes we’re here to support him — we love him.”

Jennifer Nugent and her three kids are throwing a big, blue ball around in the small living room of their rental home.

The kids are happy, but Nugent isn’t. She planned to raise them in a place with much more room to play.

And she was. That is, until she learned that home was uninhabitable.

Donetta Held unloads needles and pipes confiscated from a contaminated meth home. She owns an environmental decontamination company and says meth tests are their most demanded service.

Donetta Held unloads needles and pipes confiscated from a contaminated meth home. She owns an environmental decontamination company and says meth tests are their most demanded service.

Two years ago, she and her husband bought a country home in the small central Indiana town of Mooresville.

“It was blue and it had a lot of potential for us to add on,” she says. “We really, really wanted that house.”

But shortly after the Nugent family moved in, their dream home became a nightmare.

The kids were constantly sick and struggling to sleep. The Nugents puzzled over their children’s health problems until a neighbor mentioned that the previous homeowner referred to the bathroom as his “smoke shop.”

That’s when Nugent paid $50 for a methamphetamine test. The first test revealed meth levels three times the legal limit. When meth is smoked, dangerous chemicals are released into the air that can cling to clothing, carpets and walls.

State police here have busted more than 11,000 meth labs since 2007. Indiana leads the nation in the number of meth lab seizures, causing hundreds of homes to be contaminated with dangerous chemicals each year.

Contaminated houses are listed on the state’s public online database and properties are removed from the list only after they’ve been cleaned by a qualified inspector. The Drug Enforcement Administration keeps a national registry that logs the locations of known contaminated homes as reported by law enforcement.

Lori Endris, who heads a drug testing lab for the state of Indiana, says that doesn’t mean people can still end up living in a contaminated house without realizing it.

“If you look at the numbers of properties versus the numbers that have been properly cleared by a qualified inspector, you’re talking an [8,000-] to 9,000-house difference and I don’t believe that all of those are sitting empty,” she says.

A recently passed state law aims to protect homebuyers from unknowingly buying homes contaminated by meth.

Just like checking a box to indicate if there’s lead or asbestos on a property, homeowners must disclose whether meth was manufactured there. Just over half of states have similar disclosure laws.

But, of course, they depend on the seller’s honesty.

“I field a lot of calls from Realtors wanting to know if a property has been cleaned or cleared because people aren’t wanting to tell the truth,” Endris adds.

Indiana-based Crisis Cleaning has a special team that works solely on decontaminating meth homes.

Meth tests are the company’s most in-demand service, according to Donetta Held, the firm’s owner.

“We’ll do a floor, a ceiling and two walls. And we’ll take a pre-wetted alcohol wipe and we’ll wipe within that square, put that in the jar. We label that ‘came from the kitchen’ and we do that in each room and we overnight that to the lab,” she says. “They analyze how much meth, if any, is in that.”

It can cost tens of thousands of dollars to decontaminate a property.

That means some people just don’t bother, leaving behind dozens of toxic chemicals that can contribute to lasting health problems.

Short term health risks include headache, nausea, and eye irritation. Long-term effects are unclear, but children are particularly vulnerable. That’s why Nugent wants Indiana to strengthen its laws.

In her case, she says the previous homeowner didn’t disclose that meth was in the home.

“You’re relying on a criminal to disclose his criminal acts to a buyer and lose the sale,” she says. “So I don’t think that’s enough.”

Nugent wants the state to require homeowners or real estate agents to have methamphetamine tests performed on all listed properties.

Even after having it decontaminated, the Nugent family decided to sell their dream house. As a result, they took a significant financial loss.

Methamphetamine, or ice, has been detected in the system of as many as one in every three drivers tested as part of a police operation in regional New South Wales.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said the recent operation in central western NSW turned up an alarming number of motorists with illegal drugs.6023790-3x2-340x227

“Mudgee had an operation at the weekend. One in three drivers had ice in their system,” he said, adding that drivers in Orange returned similar results.

Assistant Commissioner Hartley told a Senate hearing into road safety an increasing number of regional police stations now had testing equipment to detect drugs like methamphetamine, cannabis and MDMA.

He provided some test results from June, which he said illustrated the problem.

June drug driving figures:

  • Goulburn – 109 positives from 820 tests
  • Lismore – 170 positives from 633 tests
  • Newcastle – 278 positives from 1360 tests
  • Macquarie Fields – 178 positives from 780 tests

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said the number of drivers testing positive for illegal drugs was increasing across the state.

“In 2014, our detection was one in 25 across the state generally, so far this year it’s one in 13,” he said.

In contrast, drivers detected drink driving numbered one in 250.

“We do see a big issue with people driving with illegal drugs in their system and it’ll only get worse,” he said.

Assistant Commissioner Hartley said the police were aiming to carry out 100,000 drug tests annually by 2016-2017, from a base of 15,000 in 2007.

“There’s so much coverage of drug wars and narco-violence through different media that I really wanted to go beyond the headlines and put myself right in the middle of the action to see the effect of this narco-violence in every-day people and to see the response of every-day people rising up to fight back.” With those words, director Matthew Heineman began our conversation about his new award-winning documentary film “Cartel Land,” a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy: Mexican drug cartels.cartel-land_2

On the Mexican side of the border, specifically in the state of Michoacán, Dr. José Mireles, a small-town physician known as “El Doctor,” leads the “Autodefensas” group, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar cartel. Meanwhile, in the United States, Tim “Nailer” Foley, an American veteran, heads a paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon in Arizona’s Altar Valley, a narrow 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley. Their goal: to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across the border.

“I think getting access for the filming was the biggest challenge,” Heineman says. “I really wanted to show people a world they had never seen before and to get the access that I wanted took time, effort and there were obviously challenges getting that.” Eventually, as Heineman spent at least two weeks of the month for almost a year filming, people started getting acquainted and opening up more and more, resulting in a compelling film that shows you a reality you never imagined existed.

Once he was “in,” he started to realize that the so-called good guys might not necessarily be “good.” “When I first started making this film, especially on the Mexican side of things, I started with a simple story: guys in white shirts fighting guys in black masks, and over time, I realized that the lines between good and evil were much more blurred,” Heineman explains. “It was frightening. You often didn’t know, as the film progressed, if you were with the good guys or the bad guys.”

But even so, and being part of shootings between vigilante groups and cartels, the scariest moment for the director was when he met one particular woman who had a hair-raising story. “One of the scariest moments for me was the moment that I talked to the young woman,” Heineman began explaining. “Her husband was kidnapped with her by the cartel and she witnessed them chop the husband’s pieces and burn him in front of her, and to see this woman in front of me who was there, but her whole soul had been sucked out of her, with deeply hollowed eyes, and hearing this guys and the horrors of what happened and to think we’re the same species of human beings that would do that to people, that scares me much more than anything.”

The director went on saying that the making of this film was definitely life changing for him and that it’s more than just a typical cartel movie. “On some levels this film is about what motivates man and women to take up arms, to sort of fight for what they believe in,” Heineman said. “It’s also about the dynamics of this group, the dynamics of what makes a group successful and what ultimately happens when men and women take up arms and walk outside of the law.”

Last, but not least, Heineman has a message for everyone who’s going to see the movie, in theaters July 3. “I would like the people to look at this film and to really see a war that they’ve never seen before, that instigates a conversation about this war that’s happening, this war in Mexico that’s approximately killed 80,000 since 2007; 20,000 plus have disappeared since 2007, and this is a country that’s south of us, we share a border with this country. We talk about ISIS and everything happening around the world, but this is right on our doorstep and I hope it instigates an important dialogue about what’s happening down there.”

CALLAO, MO. —  A Macon County woman is behind bars facing multiple drug charges.

On Monday, Macon County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Sarah Hughes, 45, of Callao, for possession of methamphetamine, illegal possession of prescription Adderall and hydrocodone, and felony tampering with physical evidence.Sarah-Hughes

The arrest was the result of an investigation following a traffic stop near Callao.

During the investigation, deputies discovered Hughes was in possession of methamphetamine.  The methamphetamine was located with aid of the Macon County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit.  It was also found during the initial stop that Hughes attempted to burn the methamphetamine inside the car.

A subsequent search of Hughes vehicle revealed illegally possessed Adderall and hydrocodone.

Hughes was transported to the Macon County Jail and later transferred to the Randolph County Jail.

Two women were arrested last week by Gibson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force agents in connection with a methamphetamine investigation.

Goldie Hairrell, 39, of Cedar Grove, and Laurent Luther, 30, of Springville, were arrested after officers found them sitting in a car in Trenton, according to a news release.635712684299664038-meth

Officers used a dog to search the car. After a dog indicated a positive response, officers searched the car and found paraphernalia used to smoke meth and a substance initially believed to be meth underneath a seat, according to the release.

Police also found $7,416 in the car.

The cash was seized as part of an ongoing meth case, according to the release.

Hairrell and Luther were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hairrell has been released on $20,000 bond. Luther is held in custody at Gibson County Correctional Complex on $20,000 bond.

Both women will appear in Gibson County General Sessions Court in Trenton.

A 53-year-old convicted sex offender and kidnapper who kept showing up at a Multnomah County prosecutor’s home was arrested on accusations of misdemeanor stalking last week.

Shane Vondel Michael Greene, 53, first encountered Deputy District Attorney Nicole Jergovic on June 19 or 20 as she was walking her dogs, according to a probable cause affidavit. He began petting her dogs and asked if she was in law enforcement, to which she replied that she was, according to the affidavit.18228017-mmmain

Greene asked which branch — and when Jergovic said she was a prosecutor, Greene began yelling that Jergovic had a secret indictment out against him, the affidavit states. Jergovic “was alarmed by the defendant’s behavior” and walked away, but Greene followed and Jergovic told him to stop, according to the affidavit.

Over the next several days, Jergovic said she spotted Greene outside or near her home several times.

In one instance when Jergovic was leaving for the gym, Greene stood outside her home and yelled “Hey prosecutor, are you out to get me?” the affidavit said. Greene said he didn’t like law enforcement, and Jergovic responded “You leave me alone, I’ll leave you alone,” according to the affidavit.

In another instance, Jergovic reported that she saw Greene across the street and outside her house, staring at it. When she made eye contact with him, he walked away, she said. Later that day, she left her home, spotted Greene apparently urinating next to a tree and ignored his attempts to talk to her, according to the affidavit.

Jergovic encountered Green yet again last Tuesday.

“Jergovic was crossing the street and was again approached by the defendant,” stated the affidavit. “He said hello to her and she asked why he was doing this again. Jergovic left the area and contacted police.”

Portland police officer Rick Doran arrested Greene.

It’s not clear if Greene lives near the prosecutor: Authorities weren’t able to verify his address.

Greene faces allegations of stalking as well as felony methamphetamine possession after police say they found a baggie of meth on him during his arrest. He also is expected to be charged with failing to register as a sex offender. He is being held in Multnomah County jail, with a court appearance scheduled Thursday.

A Clackamas County deputy district attorney has been assigned to the case, to avoid any perceived potential conflict of interest.

Although prosecutors routinely come in contact in the courtroom with angry defendants, they’re rarely contacted by defendants outside of court.

Greene was convicted of first-degree kidnapping, unlawful sexual penetration and other crimes stemming from a 2007 incident. He was prosecuted by one of Jergovic’s colleagues. In 2008, he was sentenced to 6 ¼ years in prison, plus 10 years of post-prison supervision.

Although details of those crimes weren’t immediately available in court records, Greene told a counselor that he was on post-prison supervision for sexually assaulting a drug treatment employee.

Jergovic, who has been a licensed attorney in Oregon for 13 years, prosecutes an array of serious crimes, including murder and animal abuse and neglect cases.

Police have detained a 24-year-old man, surnamed Moon, for breaking into a women’s bathhouse in Busan after allegedly snorting methamphetamine.

According to Yeonje Police Station, Wednesday, Moon took methamphetamine around 6:00 a.m., Tuesday, at a motel in Suyeong-gu, southern Busan.

He then broke into a women’s bathhouse in Yeonje-gu, prompting screams.

Moon reportedly said at the women’s changing room that someone was trying to kill him. He was apprehended by police immediately.

Police requested an arrest warrant for Moon on drug charges, Wednesday.

Kayla Nason, 25, is hospitalized after being exposed to the chemicals and she is later charged with trafficking, along with James Anthony, 30.Kayla-Nason

Police have charged two people with manufacturing methamphetamine in Ludlow after a woman was taken to a hospital in Houlton after being exposed to the chemicals used to make the drug.

Kayla Nason, 25, of Houlton was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital after an accidental exposure to the toxic chemicals used in making the drug, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Police say manufacturing methamphetamine also can lead to fires and explosions.James-Anthony

Nason was treated and released but police launched an investigation that led to the seizure of a vehicle. A search of the vehicle Monday uncovered evidence related to making meth, police said.

Nason was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, a class B felony, and James Anthony, 30, of Ludlow was charged with aggravated trafficking of methamphetamine, a class A crime because of a prior felony drug conviction.

The seizure was the 26th methamphetamine lab incident in the state this year, the sixth in Aroostook County.

LaSALLE PARISH (KNOE 8 News / LPSO) –  At 6am last Thursday morning, LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies began a narcotic round-up including cases narcotic detectives have been working on for several months, obtaining evidence for warrants to be issued through 28th Judicial District Court.

The round-up was dubbed “Operation Fielder’s Choice” because of the three choices that Sheriff Franklin issued to drug dealers and users when he became Sheriff seven years ago. Those three choices were (1) Quit; (2) Move Out of the Parish; or (3) Go to Jail.

By Sunday morning, a total of 19 people had been arrested, with 17 of those facing distribution charges.

Those arrested and charged since last Thursday, include:

  • James Rosier, age 27, of Trout, was charged with Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana) Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS I (Marijuana) and Contempt of Court.
  • Blain Bass, age 32, of Urania, was charged with Distribution of CDS I (Synthetic Cannabis) and Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS I (Synthetic Cannabis).
  • Charles Keene, age 42, of Tullos, was charged with Distribution of CDS III (Hydrocodone) and Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS III (Hydrocodone).
  • Sherie Keene, age 36, of Tullos, was charged with Distribution of CDS I (Synthetic Cannabis), Distribution of a Legend Drug, Distribution of CDS III (Hydrocodone), and Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS III (Hydrocodone).
  • George Nobles, age 60, of Jena, was charged with Distribution of a Legend Drug.
  • Teresa Vanmeter, age 51, of Jena, was charged with (2 counts) of Distribution of CDS IV (Clonazepam).
  • Becky Dyess, age 43, of Olla, was charged with (2 counts) of Distribution of CDS II (Lisdexamfetamine), Distribution of CDS IV (Clonazepam), and Distribution of a Legend Drug.
  • Melissa Danielle Lisenby, age 31, of Olla, was charged with Distribution of CDS II (Methamphetamine), Illegal Carrying of a Weapon during Distribution of CDS, and Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS I (Marijuana).
  • James Boyett, age 33, of Jena, was charged with Distribution of CDS III (Hydrocodone).
  • Gusty McPherson, age 27, of Rhinehart, was charged with (2 counts) of Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana) and Theft of Goods.
  • Jada Mcbroom, age 35, of Olla, was charged with Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS I (Synthetic Cannabis).
  • Brittany McLaughlin, age 29, of Tullos, was charged with Distribution of CDS III (Hydrocodone).
  • James Kimball, age 31, of Jena, was charged with Distribution of CDS II (Methamphetamine).
  • Samantha Peppers, age 24, of Jena, was charged with (2 counts) of Distribution of CDS I (Marijuana), Distribution of CDS II (Methamphetamine), and (2 counts) of Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS II (Methamphetamine).
  • Karen Johnston, age 47, of Jena, was charged with (3 counts) of Distribution of CDS II (Methamphetamine) and (3 counts) of Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS II (Methamphetamine).
  • Shawn Johnston, age 45, of Jena, was charged with Distribution of CDS II (Methamphetamine) and (2 counts) Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS II (Methamphetamine).
  • Robert Randall, age 33, of Olla, was charged with Distribution of CDS II (Methamphetamine) and Criminal Conspiracy to Distribute CDS II (Methamphetamine).
  • Porsha Solis, age 29, of Jena, was charged with Possession of CDS II (Methamphetamine) and Possession of CDS in the presence of a minor.
  • Robert Bordelon, age 53, of Rhinehart, was charged with Possession of CDS I (Marijuana), Possession of CDS II (Methamphetamine), and Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a convicted felon.

With a resurgence of methamphetamine cases in past months, it’s no surprise local law enforcement was able to make 10 arrests in a recent investigation.

At around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Rapid City Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit and the Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at 121 E. Knollwood Drive apartment #23. All four occupants inside the apartment – William Scott, Marcella Adams, Cyril Black Spotted Horse and Kayla Gay were arrested on drug charges after police found methamphetamine, marijuana, and a pistol inside the residence.

While investigating the apartment, police were led to apartment #16 at the same address. Saul Crowe, Jacob Jones, Doris Romero, Greg O’Kelley, Danielle Running Shield and Katelyn Tordsen were located inside, where authorities located more drugs and paraphernalia in plain view. A search warrant was obtained, and all six people were arrested.

“This was an incredible effort by all agencies and units involved,” said Police Chief Karl Jegeris. “These personnel were able to identify two criminally-active residences in our community and safely orchestrate the investigation and subsequent arrests of these offenders. We have once again demonstrated the benefit of interagency teamwork and its power to keep the citizens of Rapid City safe by removing dangerous drugs, people, and weapons from our streets.”


  • Marcella Adams (20 of Rapid City) – Ingestion of Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Place Where Drugs are Kept/Sold, Ingesting Substance to Intoxicate, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Cyril Black Spotted Horse (36 of Colorado Springs, CO) – Ingestion of Controlled Substance, Ingesting Substance to Intoxicate, Warrant
  • Kayla Gay (32 of Rapid City) – Ingestion of Controlled Substance, Ingesting Substance to Intoxicate, Warrant
  • William Scott (34 of Rapid City) – Ingestion of Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Place Where Drugs are Kept/Sold, Ingesting Substance to Intoxicate, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Warrant
  • Jacob Jones (25 of Rapid City) – Ingestion of a Controlled Substance, Ingesting Substance to Intoxicate, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Doris Romero (29 of Rapid City) – Probation Hold
  • Greg O’Kelley (43 of Rapid City) – Parole Violation
  • Saul Crowe (21 of Rapid City) – Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Place Where Drugs are Kept/Sold, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Warrant
  • Danielle Running Shield (34 of Rapid City) Ingestion of a Controlled Substance, Ingesting a Substance to Intoxicate, Warrant
  • Katelyn Tordsen (18 of Rapid City) Ingestion of a Controlled Substance, Ingesting a Substance to Intoxicate

A Hong Kong man charged with importing an estimated $4.7 million worth of methamphetamine hidden in toys has been remanded in custody in Melbourne.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers arrested Long Sang Cheuk, 22, at a games store on Swanston Street in the CBD on Saturday night.

It is alleged seven kilograms of drugs were hidden in a shipment of toys delivered to the store by a courier in 11 boxes.

Staff members who opened the boxes found a crystalline substance in a toy drum, it is alleged.

Staff raised the alarm after becoming suspicious when Cheuk later went to the store to ask about the boxes.

The AFP said the drugs were methamphetamines.

Cheuk was charged with attempting to possess and import a commercial quantity of border-controlled drugs.

If proven, the importation offence carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Cheuk was assisted in court by a Cantonese interpreter.

His lawyer said it was his first time in custody and the judge noted his age and potential vulnerability in prison.

Cheuk did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody to return to court in October.

Prosecutors have filed drug and spousal battery charges against a Cuesta College employee already under investigation for allegedly sending private college personnel data to a personal email account.

Lacey Fowler, who is on leave from her position as a human resources analyst at Cuesta College, had already been charged with one felony count of illegally accessing computer data.BQXSU_AuSt_76

She was scheduled to be arraigned on that charge Monday morning in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, but a judge continued the hearing to allow Fowler more time to hire an attorney, Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham said.

Early this month, Cuesta College administration sent an email to its staff alerting them of a security breach in the college’s employee database and that personal employee information had been sent to one employee’s personal email account. That information included home addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and Social Security numbers.

A Cuesta College Police Department investigation into the breach led investigators to serve a search warrant at the Paso Robles home Fowler shared with her husband, Chad Lee Fowler.

During the search, officials allegedly discovered 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine and about 7 ounces of heroin, worth a reported $27,000, in a storage container on the property.

Chad Fowler was arrested on suspicion of possessing the drugs and has since been charged with felony possession of heroin and methamphetamine with an enhancement for possessing more than a kilogram.

The District Attorney’s Office formally added Lacey Fowler to that case when it filed similar charges against her on June 25, according to court records.

In addition, prosecutors filed misdemeanor drug and paraphernalia possession charges against her on June 23 for an offense that allegedly occurred May 30 — one day before the suspected data breach.

No other details of that case have yet been made public.

Furthermore, prosecutors on June 18 — the same day Lacey Fowler was arrested on suspicion of the data breach — filed another misdemeanor charge of battery on a spouse over an unspecified June 5 incident. According to court records, Lacey Fowler is suspected of violating a restraining order, filed by her husband, the same day as the alleged battery.

Details within the restraining order are not public.

Neither Lacey nor Chad Fowler have entered pleas in their cases yet, and both remain out of custody. Chad Fowler is scheduled for a further arraignment July 13; Lacey is set to be arraigned on all her charges July 6.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home invasion in Afton, followed van tracks in the snow to a homeless woman with drugs in her bra, and the suspect ended up with 68 days in county jail plus probation.

Kate Irene Oney, 34, of South St. Paul pleaded guilty to fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine. She was sentenced this month to 180 days in county jail, 112 of which she already served, and her sentence of one year, one day in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee was stayed for 10 years, pending compliance with supervised probation.

According to the complaint:

At 1:29 a.m. Dec. 20, 2013, a deputy responded to 15th Street South in Afton for a burglary involving multiple intruders walking around his home.

Tracks in the snow led to a van with license plates matching the description given by the complainant. Coming head on, the van tried to evade the squad car but ended up stuck in a snowbank.

As backup was on its way, the lone deputy handcuffed the driver, who possessed a cigarette pack containing a baggie of meth.

One of the three passengers in the vehicle was Oney, owner of the van, who was jailed. She admitted to having a glass bubble pipe in her bra. A female corrections officer removed a syringe from the woman’s bra, as well as the pipe, which contained meth residue.

Another passenger had given the group directions to a house she said was abandoned and she had visited before. Oney, whose license says South St. Paul but who told deputies she is homeless, was looking for a place to crash for the night.

Oney described previous burglaries that occurred at the Afton residence, including theft of guns, ammunition and copper jars of loose change. The other passenger had allegedly been involved.

A box containing other stolen items were in the van, which had been impounded and searched. Credit cards and checks were found with the complainant’s name on them. Under a purse was another small baggie of meth.

Knives, crowbars and assorted hand tools were located in the van.

A Tennessee man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman in north-central Oregon was arraigned Monday in Gilliam County Circuit Court.

William T. Cooter, 46, of Greeneville, Tennessee, was arrested east of Arlington on westbound Interstate 84 after the woman called 911 at about 6:12 a.m. Saturday.william-t-cooter-c6e7e1e4fe5a7f27

He is being held at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles and is facing charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, menacing, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle and interference with making a report, according to court documents.

Cooter is being held on more than $1 million bail, according to court documents.

Gilliam County District Attorney Marion Weatherford summarized the probable cause statement provided to the judge in a phone interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive on Monday.

He said the victim, who is not being identified because The Oregonian/OregonLive does not name victims of suspected sexual crimes, was reportedly driving to Montana when she stopped to rest in her car early Saturday morning. Cooter is suspected of breaking into her car, hitting her and binding her hands and mouth with electrical tape before driving to a remote road along the Columbia River near I-84, Weatherford said.

Cooter used threats to her life and to her dog in order to force sexual contact upon her, leading to rape, Weatherford said.

The car had a flat tire, and as repairs were being attempted, the woman called 911, Weatherford said.

Morrow County and Gilliam County deputies and Oregon State Police officers responded to the call and found the car traveling west on I-84 east of Arlington, according to the state police.

Officers pulled the vehicle over and determined Cooter had assaulted the woman and held her against her will, according to the state police. He and the woman did not know each other, the officers discovered.

Weatherford said evidence will be presented to a grand jury Wednesday. Cooter is scheduled to appear in court Thursday, according to court documents.

HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. — Police have arrested a man they say exposed himself to customers at a gas station.629-Hughey_21708

Matthew Hughey, 25, was arrested on Sunday at the Exxon station on Upward Road.

Police believe he was on meth when he pulled his pants down in the store. He allegedly ran outside and jumped a fence before officers tackled him.

Hughey, of Brevard, is charged with indecent exposure, possession of schedule II, resisting, delaying, or obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fayette County deputies arrested two Rio Grande Valley men Friday after finding about 20 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in their vehicle during a traffic stop.MEthfound

Deputies stopped a Ford F-150 truck on Interstate 10 at the 659 mile-marker at about 10:12 a.m., according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy observed one fire extinguisher inside of a tool box, and another hidden underneath it.

After opening the extinguishers, a deputy discovered about 20 pounds of methamphetamine wrapped in foil packaging, according to the news release.

Deputies arrested Juan Angel Dimas, 40, of Mercedes and Francisco Lopez Jr., 32, of Edinburg upon finding the narcotics, authorities said.

The bond for each man is set at $200,000.

LAPORTE | A husband and wife were charged Monday with dealing methamphetamine allegedly cooked inside a Kingsford Heights home where six children lived.

The six children did not appear harmed by the potentially deadly vapors created by a reaction of the chemicals used in making the narcotic, authorities said.

Ronald Walters, II, and Tammy Walters, both 37, are each charged with dealing in methamphetamine, neglect of a dependent and possession of the materials used to make the drug.

Early Friday, police responded to a home in the 300 block of Evanston Road after an anonymous caller stated ”a batch of methamphetamine is being made in the garage as we speak,” according to court documents.

Sgt. Brett Swanson, while approaching the home, detected a chemical odor strong enough that when he went inside the garage he began coughing and choking on the noxious fumes, court documents revealed.

He also saw what he described as a white chemical haze inside the garage.

Six children and two young adults were sleeping inside the home attached to the garage by a breezeway.

Two of the children belong to the Walters while the remainder of the juveniles were with two other families living in the home, authorities said.

Four other adults, including a pregnant woman, were taken in for questioning. None of them have been charged.

Authorities wearing respirators and other gear as protection against the toxic vapors went inside the garage, finding items such as hydrochloric acid, camping stove fuel and lithium battery strips used in making the highly addictive drug.

Child protective services was brought in due to the presence of children inside the home, which had been the subject of anonymous tips about methamphetamine production numerous times in recent years.

If convicted, the couple each could face anywhere from a 2- to 12-year sentence.

RIVERSIDE ( — A Riverside family is suing a nurse and a home-health agency after a young special-needs boy was severely burned while under care.

Adam Bautista, 4, was born with an undeveloped brain, and requires constant medical care as he remains in a largely vegetative state.

In March, Bautista’s parents were told by a nurse that she had accidentally sprayed him with hot water while bathing him. Adam suffered blistered skin, covering his chest, as a result of the burns.

“It was just really stressful seeing him in that condition and knowing that he was hurting, and I couldn’t do anything for him,” Adam’s mother said.

However, it was the results of a forensic analyst test of Adam’s shirt that the boy’s parents say left them absolutely shocked.

The forensic analyst, tasked with investigating the boy’s shirt by attorney Mark Peacock. He says he discovered the presence of vomit on the front of the shirt, and traces of skin on the inside of the shirt, along with evidence of sodium hydroxide.

Peacock says the chemical was a red flag to him, as it is commonly used in making methamphetamine. The nurse, who lives in Yucaipa, had been arrested 20 years ago for manufacturing methamphetamine.

“There’s some evidence that there’s something sinister going on, so we want to find out exactly what that is,” Peacock said.

The nurse, meanwhile, maintains that the burning was an accident, and that she would never have intentionally harmed the child.

FAIRBANKS—The scales weren’t a tip-off, but the 8 pounds of methamphetamine allegedly found in a Fairbanks gold-buying office this month led police to suspect an ex-employee was distributing the drug.

Two Fairbanks men had federal court dates scheduled for this week on drugs charges that stem from the suspicions of a retail gold assessing store owner who reported finding drugs in a company safe earlier this month.

Federal charges accuse Robert Michael Curry and Matthew Paul Lugin of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. They’ve both been charged, but neither has been indicted. Lugin is in custody at Fairbanks Correctional Center. Curry has been released to a third-party custodian.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating June 6 when the Anchorage owner of Oxford Assaying and Refining reported drugs he found inside two small safes within a larger company safe, according to an affidavit filed in court from DEA Special Agent Daniel Lakin.

One safe contained 8.29 pounds of methamphetamine and $27,150, according to the affidavit. The other had “gold and silver coins, ivory and gemstones, along with a smaller bag containing a substance that tested presumptively positive for the presence of methamphetamine, as well as paperwork bearing the name of Robert Curry.

The owner of the business suspected Curry, who was the lone employee of the Fairbanks office and who the owner had recently fired because he suspected Curry was embezzling from the business.

Eight pounds of methamphetamine is a huge quantity of the drug, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Cooper, who’s prosecuting the case. It’s worth a few hundred thousand dollars, he said.

Federal agents executed a search warrant on Curry’s home in the Riverview neighborhood on June 16. The agents found a small amount of methamphetamine and a loaded pistol in a backpack with an Oxford Assaying and Refining logo. Curry said the backpack was his but that the safe belonged to his co-defendant, according to the affidavit.

“Curry stated he had stored a safe for Lugin on three other occasions and that he was not absolutely sure it contained methamphetamine but guessed it did,” according to Lakin’s affidavit.

Federal agents organized a sting in which Lugin allegedly met with Curry to pick up the safe and drop of 8 grams of meth.

Curry is represented by Fairbanks attorney Bill Satterberg, whose partner Thomas Temple said he had no comment on the case at this stage. Federal public defender MJ Haden is representing Lugin.

ELKHART — An Elkhart man was arrested Saturday night, June 27, on preliminary charges of meth manufacturing after a traffic stop near Main and Crawford streets.

Officers stopped a moped driver for a traffic violation at 9:57 p.m., according to Sgt. Chris Snyder of the Elkhart Police Department. Officers discovered that the driver, Lee Alan Stewart, 22, had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear at a court hearing and police began arrest procedures.

During a search of Stewart and the moped, Snyder said, officers found meth, heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a meth lab.

Stewart was booked at Elkhart County Jail on preliminary charges of manufacturing meth, possession of meth, possession of heroin and possession of a hypodermic needle, which are all felonies. Snyder said Stewart also faces preliminary misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Stewart’s bond was set at $7,500 for those charges, according to