October 1, 2015
Jeremy David Dunton, 33, found passed out in McDonald’s fast-food drive-thru in Hillview with Methamphetamine in his car
HILLVIEW, KY (WAVE) – A man was arrested after police said he was passed out in the drive-thru of a fast-food restaurant with thousands of dollars of drugs in his car.
Hillview police officers were called to the McDonald’s at 1911 Old Preston Highway at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday following a report of an intoxicated man in the drive-thru. When they arrived, they found Jeremy David Dunton, 33, passed out in the driver seat of his vehicle. As they tried to wake him, officers said they saw a handgun and what they suspected were illegal drugs in plain view.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found a loaded handgun and also recovered $1,810 in cash. They also found five bags of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine, one bag of pills believed to be Pseudoephedrine (key ingredient for manufacturing methamphetamine) and another bag believed to contain psychedelic mushrooms.
“It’s a big arrest for any agency,” Chief Bill Mahoney said.
Mahoney said the Hillview Police Department has been working hard to curb drug use in the community.
“It’s a problem in every community. Wherever you are across the nation, it’s becoming increasingly difficult because we are seeing more and more of it now,” he said.
“I’m really proud of the officers and their attention to detail,” Mahoney said, “they we’re able to observe the methamphetamine in the bag and the firearm and we’re attentive enough to keep themselves safe and also recover the drugs I’m really proud of them.”
Dunton was booked into the Bullitt County Detention Center on charges of trafficking in controlled substances, possession of meth precursors, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
Hillview police are still investigating to find out whether Dunton was selling or manufacturing meth.
September 30, 2015
After fake bills used at Springfield strip club, police allegedly find more fake currency during strip search of Julia Thea Dora Dorfler, 22, of Eugene; Also charged for Methamphetamine
SPRINGFIELD — Nine Springfield police officers responded to a strip club early Sunday morning after it was reported that a couple had attempted to pass fake $20 bills.
David Joseph Essary, 22, and his girlfriend, Julia Thea Dora Dorfler, 22, both of Eugene, were each charged with first-degree forgery and first-degree criminal possession of a forgery instrument.
The fake dollars were reported at Sweet Illusions on A Street just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Dorfler and Essary allegedly had left the scene separately before police arrived. Dorfler was found a block away while Essary allegedly returned to his home in Eugene, police said.
Dorfler initially “denied everything,” Sgt. Rich Charboneau said, but as officers were talking to her, Essary allegedly called the police department from his home and asked to speak with an officer.
Essary allegedly told an officer that he had been the one attempting to pass fake $20 bills at the strip club. He then provided additional information that prompted police to search Dorfler’s backpack, in which they found methamphetamine, Charboneau said.
Both Essary and Dorfler were taken to the Lane County Jail, where police allegedly found more money on Dorfler — real $20 bills in her bra and fake $20 bills during a strip search, Charboneau said.
September 29, 2015
“Rather high” amount of Methamphetamine in system of 4-month-old girl found in dead in her mother’s bed in Newnan; Jazmen Hazelrigs, 22, arrested
NEWNAN, Ga. — A Newnan woman was arrested Saturday after toxicology reports revealed a “rather high” amount of methamphetamine in the body of her 4-month-old’ child, authorities said.
Jasmen Nicole Hazelrigs’ two surviving children — ages 2 and 4 — allegedly tested positive for the drug as well.
Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Col. James Yarbrough said deputies initially responded to a 911 call at Hazelrigs’ Crawford Circle home in Newnan on the morning of Sept. 7. Roommates had made repeated attempts to wake Hazelrigs by banging on her bedroom door before entering the room to find the dead infant, Yarbrough said.
An exact cause of death has not yet been determined, but Yarbrough said the fact that the deceased child and both of its siblings tested positive for meth was enough to arrest Hazelrigs on three counts of child cruelty.
The 22-year-old woman was also charged with possession of meth after the drug was found in the bedroom she and her children shared, Yarbrough said.
Authorities were waiting on blood and hair analyses to come back before charging Hazelrigs, authorities said. She is being held at the Coweta County jail without bond.
The two surviving children are in state custody. Yarbrough said the Division of Family and Children Services had previously “looked at” Hazelrigs “for the living conditions of the children.”
It was not known Tuesday how the children may have ingested the meth. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending, Yarbrough said.
NEWNAN, Ga. — Authorities say an infant found dead in her mother’s bed in Coweta County had methamphetamine in her system.
Coweta County Sherriff Mike Yeager tells local media outlets that all three of 22-year-old Jazmen Hazelrigs’ children — her deceased 4-month-old girl, her 2-year-old daughter and her 4-year-old son — tested positive for the drug last week.
Hazelrigs is charged with three counts of felony child cruelty and possession of methamphetamine, but could face more charges if investigators determine the drugs caused the baby’s death.
Authorities were called Sept. 7 to Hazelrigs’ Newnan home after the infant, Harmony B. Hazelrigs, was found unresponsive.
Yeager says Hazelrigs’s two surviving children have been placed in foster homes. It is unclear whether Hazelrigs has an attorney.
September 27, 2015
Brandy N. Smith, 36, of Slocomb, arrested after infant girl tests positive for Methamphetamine at childbirth
A Slocomb woman faces a felony charge after her baby girl tested positive for methamphetamine at childbirth.
Bruner said the charge stemmed from hospital officials notifying officials with the Geneva County Department of Human Resources who notified the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office. Bruner said the charge stemmed from Smith giving birth to a baby girl last month who tested positive for methamphetamine.
Bruner arrested Smith on Thursday. She was booked into the Geneva County Jail on $30,000 bail.
September 26, 2016
Loralyn Boudreaux, 34, of Thibodaux, drives off in a Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol car after falsely reporting a homicide; Also arrested for Methamphetamine
THIBODAUX, La. — A 34-year-old woman is behind bars Friday after falsely reporting a homicide and then driving off in a deputy’s cruiser.
According to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Thursday afternoon Loralyn Boudreaux, of Thibodaux, approached deputies in the 100 block of Waverly Road while they were on an unrelated call and began screaming that a homicide had just occurred at a home nearby. She told the deputies that the victim and the suspect were both inside the home.
When the deputies went inside the home to investigate, Boudreaux hopped into a Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol car and sped off from the scene.
“Deputies tracked the vehicle to a residence on Asphondel Drive in Thibodaux approximately 1.5 miles from the Waverly Road residence. Upon arrival to Asphondel Drive, deputies discovered Boudreaux had abandoned the patrol car and was involved in a verbal altercation with a male subject outside the residence. While attempting to apprehend Boudreaux, she began resisting, and at one point, she struck a deputy in the face with her fist,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office.
At the home on Asphondel, deputies found firearms and drug paraphernalia in plain sight. With a search warrant, deputies also discovered a small bag containing suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and several firearms.
She was booked with possession of methamphetamine, illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony unauthorized use of a movable, resisting an officer with force or violence, and reckless operation.
September 25, 2015
Martin Eugene Hoyer, 51, shoots self in scrotum trying to ‘save’ others from hallucinatory “Mexicans” while under influence of Methamphetamine in Chelan County,
WENATCHEE — Authorities say Martin Eugene Hoyer was on the second day of a methamphetamine binge when he decided to kick in a neighbor’s door to rescue her from hallucinatory “Mexicans.”
Hoyer, 51, survived the gunshot and now is charged with first-degree assault, felony harassment and four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. He faces arraignment in Chelan County Superior Court on Monday.
Wenatchee police said Hoyer first threatened a female neighbor with the .45-caliber Taurus revolver, pointing it at her through the picture window of her apartment on South Cove Avenue around 7 p.m. Sept. 13.
According to police court affidavits, Hoyer told investigators he heard “a bunch of Mexicans and white guys” plotting with his neighbor to steal his truck and cash. Hoyer said their voices carried through an air vent from the woman’s apartment to his.
The neighbor told police Hoyer stood outside her apartment armed with the revolver, aimed it at her through the window and threatened to shoot her for planning to rob him. He then returned to his own apartment next door.
Hoyer told police he saw “Mexicans in the trees” outside his apartment complex “getting ready to jump out and attack him,” and said two more “Mexicans” went to a second neighbor’s apartment downstairs from his own, urging her to open Hoyer’s door so they could rob him.
Hoyer said he went to his downstairs neighbor’s apartment with the pistol in his waistband to “save” her from the “Mexicans.” When he raised his leg to kick the door, the firearm went off.
The downstairs neighbor told police she heard the banging on her door. As she opened it she heard a loud bang, saw Hoyer fall to the ground and heard him say, “Ow.”
When police arrived they found Hoyer walking from his apartment to his truck, with a gunshot wound in his left front hip. He remained conscious and communicative throughout treatment at Central Washington Hospital.
Medical imaging showed the intact bullet had skipped off the ball of his hip joint and plunged directly downward into his scrotal region, where it lodged. He suffered no apparent organ damage. It was one of two projectiles found in Hoyer’s body — the other bullet, he told police, was from a previous gunshot wound.
Hoyer has four prior felony convictions. He admitted having smoked about $50 worth of meth that day, and another $50 supply the previous day, police said. A search of his home found two .45-caliber revolvers, a rifle and ammunition, plus small amounts of methamphetamine, according to an inventory sheet.
Hoyer remains in custody on $50,000 bail.
September 24, 2015
Sasha Oster, 35, of Hillsboro, accused of fleeing police with Methamphetamine, 3-year-old child in car
FARGO — A Hillsboro woman is accused of being involved in a police pursuit here Tuesday that ended with officers searching her vehicle and discovering methamphetamines, a weapon and a 3-year-old child inside her vehicle.
Sasha Oster, 35, was charged Wednesday in Cass County District Court with one count of possession of methamphetamines and one count of meth paraphernalia, both Class C felonies, and one count of marijuana paraphernalia, a Class B misdemeanor.
A West Fargo police officer found Oster and her vehicle in the 800 block of Homestead Court in West Fargo about 2:25 a.m. Tuesday after Fargo police asked his department for help in a pursuit of Oster’s vehicle, documents say.
Oster, who had an outstanding warrant and a suspended license, consented to a search. The officer found a weapon and her 3-year-old child, and meth and drug paraphernalia, documents say.
Oster told the officer that two men had fled the car just before he arrived, documents say. She identified them as Jordon Phillip Overmyer and Gene Oscar Wilkie of Hillsboro, documents say. They were charged in January in connection with a high-speed pursuit in Clay County that ended with police allegedly finding an explosive device in the car.
September 23, 2015
Cracked windshield leads to arrest of Jessica Earls, 36, of Wynne, for Methamphetamine
Early on the morning of Sept. 12, Deputy Allen Clanton stopped Jessica Earls, 36, on County Road 625, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.
After learning she was wanted on a warrant, Clanton arrested Earls and took inventory of her personal items.
Clanton took Earls to the jail where she charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also cited for defective equipment.
Earls is currently free on $5,000 bond.
September 22, 2015
Sweet tooth leads to Methamphetamine charges for Charlene Ann Stuart, 43, of Faribaultt
A Faribault woman is being charged with a felony count of fifth-degree controlled substance after allegedly getting caught attempting to steal a $3.99 bag of chocolate from Fareway.
Charlene Ann Stuart, 43, of Faribault, also faces two misdemeanors, theft and possession of hypodermic syringes or needles.
The charges follow a botched attempt to steal a bag of chocolates from Fareway Stores in Faribault on Saturday.
On Saturday, shortly before 11 p.m., a Faribault police officer was dispatched to Fareway where he was met by an employee and a shoplifting suspect, later identified as Stuart.
The officer asked if there were additional items in her purse other than those from the shoplifting incident. Stuart admitted there was an unused syringe and a meth pipe. The pipe, made out of clear glass, field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Stuart told the officer she went to Fareway to buy cigarettes and other items, and saw a large bag of chocolate, but didn’t think she had enough money to buy.
She said she did not intend to take the chocolate, but rather did so by mistake. She admitted to smoking meth an hour before she met with the officer.
The Fareway employee told the officer that he saw Stuart put the chocolate in her purse and go through the check-out line without purchasing the chocolate so he stopped Stuart before she could exit the store. The value of the chocolate was $3.99.
According to court records, Stuart was convicted of possession of meth, a felony, in Wisconsin in July.
At her arraignment Monday, her bail was set at $3,000 without conditions and $500 with conditions.
Stuart will next appear in court on Oct. 1.
September 21, 2015
Angelia K. Gibson, 36, gets vehicle stuck on railroad tracks in Parkville while high on Methamphetamine
Gibson allegedly had accelerated the vehicle while it was in park, inadvertently revving the engine. She placed the vehicle in drive and traveled eastbound before her vehicle became wedged on railroad tracks north of English Landing Park.
Authorities say Gibson left the vehicle and hid behind a tree adjacent to Riverpark Drive. When police caught up with her, she was asked to perform a standardized field sobriety test. Gibson allegedly said, “No. I am dizzy and I don’t feel like it.”
Authorities say Gibson agreed to submit to a breath test and recorded a .000% She was transported to North Kansas City Hospital to have a voluntary blood test.
Police say they recovered a syringe filled with methamphetamine from Gibson’s purse.
The Platte County Prosecutor’s Office charged Gibson of Kansas City with a class C felony of possession of a controlled substance and a class D felony of driving while under the influence. Court reports indicate Gibson has three prior arrests for drinking and driving.
Gibson remains in custody on a $20,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 22 at 9 a.m.
September 20, 2015
What Methamphetamine Made Gerald Kimble Do With a Chainsaw and Yoga Pants in Colorado Springs
Have you been thinking about trying meth?
But maybe, just maybe, the story of Gerald Kimble will give you pause, since it involves a chainsaw, a weed wacker, muddy footprints, a terrified child, a pissed-off mom, yoga pants and an impressive level of meth-fueled jackassery.
At about 1 p.m. on May 5, Kimble, 49, broke into a home on the 100 block of North 12th Street in Colorado Springs — and he wasn’t exactly looking his best. He was reportedly covered with mud.
Inside, Kimble soon encountered a five-year-old boy, who was laying on a couch.
What to do? Shout at him, of course — which is what the Colorado Springs Gazette’s account says Kimble did.
Presumably, the noise alerted the child’s mom, who quickly dragged Kimble outside.
But Kimble wasn’t done. He grabbed the family’s weed wacker and chainsaw and proceeded to break into three more homes.
Kimble is said to have used the tools to startle residents in at least two of the other residences he entered. In addition, he also went shopping in a closet along the way, emerging clad in a T-shirt, a sweater and a pair of yoga pants.
It didn’t take members of the Colorado Springs Police Department long to find Kimble, since he was leaving muddy footprints every step of the way.
But he wasn’t done making trouble. After being transported to a local hospital, a police report cited by the Gazette reveals that Kimble “picked up a chair and twice hit a Colorado Springs police officer in the head with it.”
What inspired all this behavior? Well, Kimble is quoted as telling a nurse he’d used meth the day before.
This week, Kimble pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree burglary in association with his spree, which provides us with an opportunity to share his booking photos — a pair of shots that show him looking a lot older, rougher and thinner than the 2013 Facebook image seen above.
The meth weight-loss method at work again. Here are Kimble’s mugs.
September 18, 2015
Joel Hostetter, 37, of Palmyra, arrested for child pornography and giving Methamphetamine to, having sex with 13-year-old girl
A Palmyra man has been arrested on child pornography and related charges, including several for providing methamphetamine to a 13-year-old girl with whom he was having sex, according to Palmyra police.
Joel Hostetter, 37, of 961 E. Oak St., was arrested Thursday following an investigation that began on Monday after his wife came to borough police with suspicions that he was having sex with an under-aged girl. They included finding intimate photos and texts between the two on his cellphone, according to the criminal complaint.
After hearing from Hostetter’s wife, police spoke with a man who told them Hostetter confided in him that he was having sex with someone young, and that he had previously noticed the girl on several occasions coming and going from the house during overnight hours, according to the criminal complaint.
Police obtained a search warrant and went to Hostetter’s home about 9 p.m. Wednesday, where they found him and the girl in his parked car. Police had actually discovered Hostetter in his car with the teen last week when an officer stopped it in the 900 block of East Oak Street at 2:24 a.m. after noticing the car’s rear window was fogged. Hostetter was shirtless and sweaty, but he and the girl denied any wrongdoing, according to the criminal complaint.
When the pair were found on Wednesday, they were told to get out of the car and were searched. Police found two glass pipes and a plastic bag containing what was later determined to be methamphetamine. Also found in the car was a bag of marijuana.
Police also confiscated Hostetter’s cellphone and found more than 100 photos and videos of him engaging in sex acts with the girl.
When interviewed, the girl, who is now 14, said she began having sex with Hostetter this summer when she was still 13. She said the pair engaged in intercourse and oral sex more than 100 times, usually in Hostetter’s car, which he parked on back roads in the area, according to the criminal complaint.
When questioned by police, Hostetter admitted to having sex with the girl, but told them it began about a year ago. He also told police that he was addicted to methamphetamine and either snorts or smokes it about four times a day. He admitted giving methamphetamine and marijuana to the girl approximately five times each.
Hostetter was charged with 21 counts of production of child pornography, 114 counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of corruption of minors/unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of endangering the welfare of children, two counts of statutory sexual assault, four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, two counts of aggravated indecent assault; two counts of indecent assault, indecent exposure, possession of crystal methamphetamine, possession of marijuana; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arraigned before District Judge Thomas Capello and is being held in Lebanon County Correctional Facility on $250,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 25.
September 17, 2015
Mother, 33-year-old Jill Louise Waffle, of Jacksonville, arrested for smoking Methamphetamine in front of her 1-year-old daughter sitting on her lap
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville mother is behind bars Wednesday after police said they found her doing drugs in her car with her 1-year-old daughter on her lap behind a Social Security office.
When the officer arrived he noticed a gray Pontiac Vibe with 33-year-old Jill Louise Waffle seated in the driver seat with her 1-year-old daughter on her lap and the car running and the windows rolled up.
The officer said when he approached the car he also noticed a small pipe on the front seat with smoke still coming from it.
Officials said that the officer had the woman roll down her window while asking her for her driver’s license but was confronted with such a strong smell of smoke from the pipe that he asked Waffle to step out of the car.
After asking Waffle if she was smoking crack the officer said that she said no, but said that there was meth in the pipe, the officer said.
When asked if she was smoking meth in front of her daughter Waffle broke down in tears and said yes, that she was a drug addict who had fallen off the wagon and was doing drugs while waiting for her boyfriend, who was in the Social Security office, police said.
While the officer was searching Waffle he found meth and needles, both secured and unsecured, in her purse that the toddler could have stuck herself if she had gotten inside the bag.
Waffle was arrested and charged with intent to purchase methamphetamine, child abuse, DUI accompanied by a minor and driving with a suspended license.
September 16, 2015
Melissa Christian Pendarvis, 37, spits out Methamphetamine and drugs in Thomas County
THOMASVILLE — A Thomas County Sheriff’s Office deputy looking for a vehicle that struck a fixed object encountered an unexpected situation when the driver was confronted.
The vehicle was located about 1:30 a.m. at a U.S. 319 service station/convenience store. Melissa Christian Pendarvis, 37, 277 Old Boston Road, was the driver.
“The deputy knew the driver from past dealings,” said Kevin Lee, Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division commander.
When Pendarvis talked to the deputy, it appeared something was in her mouth.
Said Lee, “The deputy ordered (Miss) Pendarvis to spit, which she did.”
In her mouth Pendarvis had a plastic wrap of methamphetamine and a Schedule IV drug — Clonazepam, an anti-anxiety medication. Lee said the suspect had 1 1/2 pills of the drug in her mouth.
“These items were recovered by the deputy,” the commander explained.
The suspect is charged with methamphetamine possession, possession of a Schedule IV drug and driving while license suspended/revoked.
Bond was set at $4,100, but Pendarvis remains behind bars at the Thomas County Jail on a probation violation charge. She was on probation for a forgery conviction.
September 15, 2015
Michelle M. Schliessman, 36, and Daniel Schliessman III, 45, of Chillicothe, the parents of 14-year-old autistic boy found roaming street naked accused of Methamphetamine use, neglect
CHILLICOTHE, MO (KCTV) – Authorities say the parents of four children allowed them to live in filthy, nasty conditions and one child was nearly hit by a car while the parents were using drugs.
Daniel Schliessman III, 45, and his wife, Michelle M. Schliessman, 36, were charged with child endangerment involving drugs, a felony. The woman also was charged with drug possession after meth was found. Police sought to have the father charged with marijuana possession.
Just after 7 a.m. Sunday, police went to the couple’s home at 1628 Fair St. in Chillicothe in Livingston County after receiving calls about their 14-year-old son running naked down the street. It was about 48 degrees when the boy, who has autism, was spotted about eight houses from his own residence.
The boy has a history of leaving his home unsupervised and darting into traffic, according to police. On Sept. 7, the boy was found U.S. 65 near the National Guard Armory.
“Multiple 911 calls were received by Chillicothe police dispatch advising that KEB (child’s initials) had nearly been struck by vehicles,” according to the police report.
It wasn’t clear why the home wasn’t searched then or any arrests were made. The boy turned 14 on Sept. 10.
After the naked boy was spotted on Sunday morning, police went to the home and found what they described as disgusting conditions.
In addition to meth, items were found in the house that are traditionally used to cook meth. Those items and a propane style-blow torch where near where the children had access to, according to court records.
“Inside the residence, dog feces, cat feces and vomit from dogs and cats were found in multiple areas of the house on the floor, including the children’s bedrooms,” according to court records.
While the house was in disarray and filthy, the parents claimed they had moved in just four days earlier, according to court records.
The children didn’t have toothbrushes and hadn’t brushed their teeth in four days. In addition to the 14-year-old, the children in the home were a teen girl who is nearly 15 years old, a 6-year-old boy and a girl who will turn two years old on Oct. 5.
“All four children were dirty and it appeared the children had not bathed for an extended period of times,” according to court documents.
The oldest child had open sores on her arms and legs. The youngest children had untreated bug bites on their legs.
Social workers took the children into their care.
According to court records, the mother admitted to using meth while their father was in jail for the past seven months. Michelle Schliessman had open sores on her body.
Residents were shocked by the accusations.
“It’s sad . . . to know that kids are living in such conditions like that and I understand addictions but you have to come to a point where it’s either your addiction or your kids,” Jennifer Hague said.
Michael Bosley said he lived with the couple for a time and never noticed any neglect. He said the teen with autism can be difficult, but added that he’s a sweet boy.
“He’s a handful but once you get to know him he’s really loving and caring,” Bosley said. “I’ve known them very well. They are very good parents. It’s sad to hear how everything went down.”
Both parents remain in jail as of Monday night.
September 14, 2015
Seven POUNDS of Methamphetamine found hidden WITHIN 25-year-old Mexican woman’s body at the Hidalgo International Bridge
Officers arrested a Mexican woman Thursday after finding about seven pounds of meth concealed within her body at the Hidalgo International Bridge.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers encountered the 25-year-old woman when she attempted to cross into the United States, according to an agency news release.
During the secondary inspection, officers discovered three packages of meth concealed within her body.
“These drug seizures our officers effected at our international bridges, although not substantial in quantity are very significant in that the concealment methods utilized are quite elaborate at times,” said Acting Port Director Javier Cantu, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry, according to the news release.
Officers arrested the woman after seizing the meth and vehicle. The woman was released into the custody of Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
September 13, 2015
Brooke Sueann Floyd, 22, of Greenwood, guilty of Methamphetamine-fueled abandonment death of her 10-month-old son in the Ouachita Mountains
A Greenwood woman pleaded guilty Friday morning to manslaughter in the July 2014 death of her 10-month-old son in the Ouachita Mountains.
Authorities have said they believe methamphetamine-induced hallucinations led Floyd to abandon her son, Harper Alexander Floyd, and her husband, Brian Floyd, 33, in the woods. She was not charged in her husband’s death.
“It’s just a tragic situation,” Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II said. “It was a very difficult case for myself and law enforcement and everyone involved. … I think but for drug abuse by both [Brooke] Floyd and Brian Floyd, this wouldn’t have happened.”
The terms of Brooke Floyd’s probation include her continuing mental-health counseling for one year.
“We thought we could beat the case, but you just don’t know,” said her attorney, Bill James of Little Rock. “It seemed like in the end, this was the best way for her to make sure that her life kept moving in a positive direction.”
Floyd, who is living in an apartment with a roommate, had been out on bond after pleading innocent by reason of mental disease or defect.
Last month, a judge found Floyd competent to stand trial after a mental-evaluation report showed that she did not show symptoms of mental disease or defect at the time of the events.
A jury trial was set for Floyd on Sept. 21-22 in Yell County Circuit Court in Danville.
“You never know what’s going to happen in a case like this,” James said. “You never know what the jury is going to do.
“We’ve got the emotion of a dead child. Our client has done very, very well since this has happened. She’s got herself clean and away from the problems that she had gotten into with her husband. She just wanted this opportunity to continue going forward in the way she was.”
A scratched, bruised and barefoot Brooke Floyd was found in a ditch in the Ouachita National Forest by U.S. Forest Service personnel on July 25, 2014, according to an affidavit signed by Yell County sheriff’s office Capt. John Foster Jr.
When authorities first located her, she told officers that she had left her son with her husband in the forest so she could seek help because people were chasing her family, according to the affidavit.
A ground and air search by the Arkansas State Police, the FBI, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and other law enforcement agencies for her husband and son followed.
Later, she said she and her husband had taken methamphetamine and been hallucinating and fighting, the affidavit stated. The truck the family was riding in had gotten stuck in the forest, and she decided to walk out for help.
The bodies of Harper and Brian Floyd were found about one-tenth of a mile apart four days later in a remote area of the Ouachita Mountains.
Preliminary autopsy results released after Harper’s body was found indicated his cause of death was “exposure and abandonment.”
Brian Floyd also died of exposure, Tatum said.
September 12, 2015
Former Aynor teacher of the year, Robert Dean Johnson, 51, of Galivants Ferry, arrested after receiving Methamphetamine sent via mail
A former Horry County Teacher of the Year is free on $5,000 bail following an arrest on a drug charge that stemmed from a package sent to him through the mail that contained methamphetamine, according to authorities.
Robert Dean Johnson, 51, of Galivants Ferry was charged Tuesday with first-offense manufacturing, distribution or possession with intent to distribute crank or crack cocaine, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. He was released Thursday on bail.
Johnson was named Aynor High School’s Teacher of the Year in 2012, five years after he was hired by the school district as a substitute teacher.
Johnson began teaching at Aynor High School in 2009 as a career and technology teacher, Horry County Schools spokeswoman Teal Harding said. He is on administrative leave with pay until an administrative review is complete.
The police report and arrest affidavit show that Horry County police worked with the U.S. Postal Service to investigate a suspicious package that arrived Tuesday at the Aynor Post Office.
An Horry County police dog alerted to the package that drugs were inside and a postal inspector obtained a federal search warrant, according to the report. Inside, officers found a bag of crystal substance that tested positive as methamphetamine.
About 4 p.m. Tuesday, Johnson came to the Post Office to pick up the package and officers confronted him, according to the report. Johnson told officers the package was his and he knew it contained drugs.
September 11, 2015
Mother, Savannah Jacobs, 28, of Pueblo, accused of choking her seven-week-old son, took Methamphetamine hours before
PUEBLO, Colo. – A mother accused of trying to choke her seven-week-old son to death told police she took meth hours before.
Savannah Jacobs, 28, appeared in court Thursday and waived her right to hear the charges against her.
According to Jacobs’ arrest affidavit, she told police the night before the incident she “ate a small chunk of methamphetamine” and three hours before that “she did a line of meth.”
When she woke up Tuesday morning, Jacobs told police she started to hear voices saying she had forgotten someone’s birthday. She told police, “I hurt my child. I almost tried to kill him.”
Police received a call at 7:36 a.m. Tuesday, but the caller hung up. When dispatch called back, Jacobs answered and said she had just called 911 and said, “I need to call and tell I just tried to kill my son.”
Jacobs told police her son was sleeping when she placed her hands around the baby’s neck.
Noel Baros, a prevention coordinator at the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, said other parents can learn something from Jacobs’ case.
“Having a new child or even being a mom with a toddler or older kid is always a life-changing event,” Baros said. “It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed in situations while taking care of your children.”
In Jacobs’ case, police said her son didn’t suffer any serious injuries. But child advocates say there are signs to watch for if you suspect abuse.
“If the child is not wanting to go with the parent or they’re lashing out at school — those are usually signs that will start in at the beginning,” Baros said.
Jacobs faces several charges including attempted second-degree murder and child abuse.
A statewide campaign launched by the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year aims to get more people to report child abuse. Most of the people who report suspected child abuse are mandated by the state to do so.
“I just think people don’t realize that they can call if they’re not a mandated reporter or more or less they don’t want to be the one to be like, ‘oh you reported me,'” Baros said.
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call 1-844-CO-4-KIDS to report abuse.
Additionally, if you know someone who needs help dealing with a mental health issue, there is a crisis hot line number they can call at 844-493-8255 (TALK).
September 10, 2015
Richard Fleener, 46, and Timothy Lee Crummie, 25, charged with making Methamphetamine in 80-year-old’s Orangeburg County home
A tip from a concerned citizen led to the arrest of two men and the shutdown of a methamphetamine lab being operated inside a home, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.
“It’s calls from concerned community members such as this one that helps us make the county safer,” the sheriff said. “We appreciate and encourage anyone who sees illegal activity such as this to call us immediately. This meth lab closure is the result of your calling.”
Richard Fleener, 46, of the residence, and Timothy Lee Crummie, 25, of Hickory Hill Road, Orangeburg, were both charged with disposal of meth waste.
Fleener was also charged with first-offense manufacturing meth. Crummie was charged with second-offense manufacturing meth.
A narcotics team member asked the court Wednesday to deny bond on Crummie, citing an apparent disregard for the well-being of the 80-year-old home owner, the public and the environment. The officer added that Crummie is out on probation for manufacturing meth as he now faces a new charge.
“That tells me right there, he’s not going to stop,” the officer told the court.
Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus denied bond, ordering Crummie from the courtroom when he began to balk.
Fleener’s bond hearing was postponed until Thursday morning.
OCSO narcotics teams were notified by the concerned citizen just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. The caller said a meth lab was in operation off Cordova Road at a Lyons Road residence. The teams mobilized and converged on the residence at 851 Lyons Road where they immediately made contact with the homeowner, an 80-year-old resident who was moved to safety.
Officers asked one of two men inside the home where his bedroom was located. The man pointed it out but said the other subject was the meth cooker, according to an incident report.
Multiple containers of chemicals known to make methamphetamine were located inside and around the residence, the report said.
At one point, the Orangeburg County officers called for a State Law Enforcement Division team to assist in cleaning up the volatile chemicals.
“This stuff is simply dangerous,” Ravenell said. “It is harmful not only physically, but explosive and a danger for the environment.”
September 9, 2015
Jason Robert Mortimore, 34, of Simpsonville, on stolen motorcycle, leads deputy on 100 mph chase, Anderson County deputies say; Also charged with possession of Methamphetamine
ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. —Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Simpsonville man who they say led them on a 100 mph chase on a stolen motorcycle in Anderson County.
The deputy followed the motorcycle, and when he checked the license number, he found out that the motorcycle was reported stolen from Simpsonville.
The deputy turned on his lights and siren and tried to stop the motorcycle, but the motorcyclist fled at speeds of about 100 mph. The motorcycle then turned onto Green Street in Williamston and stopped.
The deputy ordered the rider, later identified as Jason Robert Mortimore, 34, of Simpsonville, off the motorcycle.
Deputies said a cigarette box containing a crystal-like substance was found in Mortimore’s pocket. The substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Mortimore also possessed a screwdriver, which he had been using to start the motorcycle, deputies said.
Simpsonville City Police Department was notified that the motorcycle had been recovered. The Yamaha, which deputies said had a strong odor of spray paint, was taken into evidence and towed for processing.
Mortimore was taken to the Anderson County Detention Center, where he was held pending a bond hearing.
He has been charged with failure to stop for blue lights, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.
September 8, 2015
Christina Lee Bradshaw, 36, Allegedly Asks Her 16-Year-Old Daughter To Hide Methamphetamine, Cash, Paraphernalia In Her Shorts In Greeneville
A woman who allegedly gave her daughter drugs to hide following a traffic stop Friday was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, aggravated child abuse or neglect, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Trooper Vince Mullins, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said in a report.
Charged with the offenses was Christina Lee Bradshaw, 36, of 915 Roaring Creek Road.
Passenger Ethan E. Starette, 20, of 150 Horse Creek Road, was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, another report said.
Bradshaw and Starette have first scheduled General Sessions Court appearances on Wednesday.
HORTON HIGHWAY STOP
Troopers pulled over a Saturn sport utility vehicle on Horton Highway and received permission to search from the occupants.
A plastic bag containing about 4 grams of “a white milky crystal substance” and a scale, along with a large quantity of cash and “other paraphernalia,” were found, a report said.
Bradshaw told troopers the drugs were hers. Bradshaw’s 16-year-old daughter was also a passenger in the SUV.
“I saw (her) stuffing items in her shorts as I approached,” the report said.
The plastic bag containing the drugs was found next to one of the wheels of the SUV, near where the occupants were standing, the report said.
Bradshaw was charged with aggravated child abuse or neglect for allegedly giving the teenager “a large quantity of methamphetamine and $1,840 in cash” to conceal “in an attempt to avoid detection, placing the child in imminent danger of serious injury and bodily harm.”
A “green glass stem with residue” and other drug paraphernalia items were found in Bradshaw’s purse, a report said.
Bradshaw was also carrying $1,088 in cash, the report said.
Starette was a passenger in the SUV “where his girlfriend and her mother were concealing a large quantity of methamphetamine, cash, and other paraphernalia,” a report said.
A small zipper case was found next to Starette that held a clear glass pipe containing residue and a razor blade, a report said.
Bradshaw was also cited for having no proof of insurance, driving an unregistered vehicle and speeding.
Bond for Bradshaw was set at $61,000. Bond for Starette was set at $51,000.
September 7, 2015
Robert Guzman, 50, arrested after allegedly assaulting 29-year-old woman in Moses Lake, and for Methamphetamine possession
MOSES LAKE — A man was arrested in Moses Lake Wednesday night after allegedly assaulting a woman while she was holding a small child.
About 6:40 p.m. the Moses Lake Police Department received a domestic violence report at a residence in the 800 block of South Winona Street, according to police records.
Police learned that Robert Guzman, 50, of Moses Lake, allegedly assaulted a 29-year-old woman during an incident.
Guzman allegedly grabbed the woman by the hair and slammed her head into the ground. He also reportedly slammed her head into the side of the house.
Guzman reportedly struck his fingers in the woman’s mouth causing the roof of her mouth to start bleeding, according to police records.
When the woman attempted to go inside the residence Guzman reportedly followed her in and pushed her down into a wall, causing her to injure her hand.
The woman was reportedly holding a 2-year-old child when Guzman pushed her into the wall .
The child reportedly hit his head on the wall, causing him to cry.
Guzman was booked into the Grant County Jail on suspicion of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), possession of methamphetamine, obstruction and for a valid misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).
September 6, 2015
Six children taken to hospital after Methamphetamine lab found in Williamsburg apartment complex; Krysten M. Stevens, 25, Lakin P. Ayers, 23, Darren L. Canada, 26, and Steven B. Perkins, 28, arrested
Six children were taken to the hospital early Friday morning after Williamsburg police discovered a methamphetamine lab inside the apartment complex where they were living.
Williamsburg police charged Lakin P. Ayers, 23, Darren L. Canada, 26, Krysten M. Stevens, 25, and Steven B. Perkins, 28, all with first-offense manufacture of methamphetamine, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
All four were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
About 6 a.m. Friday, Williamsburg Police K-9 Officer Jason Strunk and Officer Cody Jeffries received a report through 911 about a strong chemical odor coming from 55 Crisp Court in apartment number two.
Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said the apartment buildings at Crisp Court are very small, and the building in question only had four apartments inside it.
Bird said that the minute the officers went into the enclosed breezeway, they were overwhelmed by the chemical smell.
“The officers knew they would have to get out pretty quickly,” Bird said. “When they knocked on the door of apartment number two they quickly learned that is where it was coming from so they secured everybody. There was an active one-step meth lab in the bathroom.”
Williamsburg police also recovered six grams of finished methamphetamine in addition to the active meth lab inside the apartment.
Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations officers responded to the scene to clean up the meth lab.
Bird said that the wanton endangerment charges stem from six children being present in the building although they weren’t in the actual apartment where the methamphetamine was being manufactured.
“A couple of children woke up that morning showing effects from the chemical odor,” Bird said. “You have to understand these apartments are two on the bottom and two on the top.
“The apartment where the meth lab odor was located was on the bottom so that odor was traveling up through the exhaust vents in the apartment and was filling the building. There were some kids directly above it.”
In addition to the methamphetamine fumes, which can be damaging to one’s health, Bird said the wanton endangerment charge was also filed because meth labs tend to be discovered when they blow up.
“This one was an extreme fire hazard,” Bird added. “These people had acid inside of Ziploc baggies that is definitely not the proper container for it. Had that acid leaked through those bags then you had major potential for a fire.”
Parents took all the children to the hospital and Bird said it appears that all six children are OK.
September 5, 2015
Raleigh Police: Trafficking suspect, Billy Brian Roberson, 42, was coast-to-coast commuter to get Methamphetamine
RALEIGH — Information that police disclosed Thursday shows that a man they charged in July with trafficking in methamphetamine had spent six months going back and forth between Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Los Angeles, where he shipped FedEx packages back to himself in Raleigh about every 10 days.
Citing from his informants and from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Detective B.V. Johnson wrote, “Roberson was alleged to fly to L.A. to purchase pounds of methamphetamine and then ship the drugs back via mail or FedEx.
“Over a period of approximately six months, flight records for Roberson showed multiple trips to L.A., where he would stay for a few days and then return to Raleigh. These trips occurred, on average, once every 10 days,” Johnson told a magistrate who granted the search warrant.
Johnson said he also had examined trash bags that were put out on city property for pickup in May and June and found material every time that tested positive for traces of methamphetamine.
Also in a bag one time were discarded FedEx packages that each had weighed 1.1 pounds and had been sent by overnight express from California, Johnson said.
With the search warrant in hand, detectives went to the house at 2627 Van Dyke Ave. late on July 9.
An inventory of what they found, returned with the search warrant to the Wake County court clerk’s office Thursday afternoon, showed that the officers confiscated more than $6,000 in cash, 197.87 grams of methamphetamine (about 0.43 pounds) and a bit under a half-ounce of marijuana.
There also was a digital scale, shipping labels and packaging materials listed.
Roberson was charged shortly after midnight with trafficking in methamphetamine and using the house to keep and sell drugs.
The magistrate before whom police took Roberson after his arrest said he was a “high flight risk, frequent traveler with travel plans in the near future” and had “access to large amounts of cash.
Roberson was initially held on $1 million bail, but he had been released as of Friday. He is scheduled for another court appearance on Oct. 6.
September 4, 2015
Sumter County deputies charge Brandi Bone, 24, and Jamey Koon, 35, both of Sumter, for manufacturing Methamphetamine, five-year-old boy treated for Methamphetamine exposure
SUMTER COUNTY, SC — Two people have been charged, and one child is now in protective custody, after an anonymous tip regarding a wanted fugitive led Sumter County deputies to uncover a meth lab at a home in Sumter Thursday morning.
Braden Bunch, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said 35-year-old Jamey Koon and 24-year-old Brandi Bone, both of Sumter, are facing manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment charges in connection with the case.
Bunch said investigators received an anonymous tip that Koon, who was wanted in Berkeley County for manufacturing methamphetamine charges, was located at a residence in the 3400 block of Ramsey Road in Sumter.
Sumter County deputies arrived at the home at 6:30 a.m. to look for Koon and located him walking along the street near the home, Bunch said. As Koon was taken into custody, deputies were granted access into the residence with permission of one of the residents and discovered evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing hidden in the floor vents.
Bunch said the residence was evacuated and Sumter firefighters, Sumter County EMS, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents and members of the Sumter County Emergency Management Division were called to the scene to assist in decontamination efforts.
In total, 12 people had to go through decontamination at the scene for exposure to a meth lab, including a five-year-old boy who lived at the home, Bunch said. The boy was traveling to school at the time of the lab’s discovery.
The boy has since been placed in emergency protective custody by the South Carolina Department of Social Services, Bunch said.
Both Koon and Bone were decontaminated and transported to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center, Bunch said.
Sumter County officials will continue to investigate the case and more charges and arrests could be forthcoming, Bunch said.
September 3, 2015
Amanda Battles, 27, of Williston, arrested for allegedly smuggling Methamphetamine into Williams County jail using a Kool-Aid pouch hidden in her vagina
Williston– A Williston woman already on probation for a drug conviction is facing more trouble for allegedly tucking a pouch full of drugs into her private parts and smuggling it into jail.
Amanda Battles, 27, was booked into the Williams County jail Saturday after police made a traffic stop on the car she was riding in and allegedly found methamphetamine, marijuana and a loaded gun.
Battles allegedly shared other Kool- Aid pouches containing methamphetamine with two other inmates.
Brianna Lizotte, 21, of Williston, who’s been behind bars since April awaiting trial on drug charges, had one of the packets in her bra, and Ashlee Wegley, 28, of Williston, who was incarcerated on Aug. 19 and also has an upcoming drug trial, had a pouch in her underwear.
Wegley told jail officials that drugs are “periodically brought into the jail, and that they did not last long when they are brought in,” the record said.
She added that drugs are brought in by one of the three of “us” – either herself, Battles or Lizottte, documents said.
Court records show that when Wegley was arrested on drug charges in June, corrections officers found heroin and marijuana in her underwear.
Battles, who’d pleaded guilty to a variety of drug charges in July, received a suspended three-year prison sentence and was put on probation.
On Saturday, she was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after the traffic stop, along with two counts of possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility after she was searched on Sunday.
The car’s driver, Joshua Jones, 37, of Williston, was also arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a controlled substance and driving under suspension.
If convicted, Battles could face up to 40 years and 30 days in prison.
She is being held at the Williams County Correctional Center on $100,000 bond.
September 2, 2015
Sex offender, Lonnie Lee Lunsford, Jr., 31, accused of repeatedly injecting Texarkana teen girl with Methamphetamine
A registered sex offender accused of repeatedly injecting a teen girl with methamphetamine at his Texarkana, Ark., home is facing 40 possible life sentences.
Lonnie Lee Lunsford, Jr., 31, is required to register as a sex offender because of a 2003 conviction for coercion in Clark County, Nevada. In June, prosecutors in Miller County charged Lunsford with 40 counts of introducing a controlled substance into the body of another.
According to court records, Lunsford repeatedly gave the teen injections of meth at his home in the 500 block of Orleans Street in Texarkana, Ark. Counts one through ten accuse Lunsford of injecting the girl with meth in June 2014. Counts 11 through 20 allege Lunsford shot the girl up with meth in July 2014. Counts 21 through 30 allegedly occurred in January and counts 31 through 40 in February of this year.
Lunsford entered a not guilty plea to the charges at an arraignment hearing before Circuit Judge Brent Haltom June 30. Lunsford is scheduled to appear with Texarkana lawyer Garnet Norwood for a pre-trial hearing before Haltom next week.
The girl told investigators she wasn’t able to inject herself because of the pain but that Lunsford was able to shoot her up with the drug more easily. The girl reported that Lunsford used a standard insulin syringe to administer “30 unit bumps,” of methamphetamine.
Each of charges involving the teen girl in Texarkana is punishable by 10 to 40 years or life in prison. Because of Lunsford’s prior criminal history however, prosecutors are seeking to increase the range of punishment to 10 to 60 years or life.
Lunsford’s bail is set at $250,000 on the controlled substance introduction charges. But even if he could come up with the cash for a bond, Lunsford won’t be released from the Miller County jail. He is being held without bond on two pending probation revocation petitions in Miller County. Lunsford received a 5-year probation in February 2014 for residential burglary. In October 2014 Lunsford received another 5-year probation for failing to register as a sex offender.
If Lunsford’s burglary probation is revoked, he could be sentenced to five to 20 years in prison. If his probation in Miller County for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements is revoked, Lunsford faces another three to 10 years.
September 1, 2015
Mother, Chardae Rose Warren, 29, charged with using Methamphetamine while handling her 6-month-old infant at Billings Rimview Motel
BILLINGS – A mother was arrested at a Billings hotel on Sunday and faces criminal charges for allegedly using methamphetamine in the presence of her infant.
Chardae Rose Warren, 29, was charged in Yellowstone County Justice Court on Monday with felony counts child endangerment, criminal possession of dangerous drugs. She was also charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Warren was arrested after her two sons, ages 10 and 8, told their father they did not feel safe staying with their mother because she was using drugs with her boyfriend, court documents state.
The children’s father contacted police and asked for a welfare check.
When police arrived at the Rimview Motel, they found a man in the room who was high on drugs. He was arrested on warrants from another state.
Warren was also in the room, and officers said they observed with scratch marks on her face that are consistent with methamphetamine use, court documents state.
Officers reported finding several needles, spoons, and prescription bottles.
Warren allegedly admitted she had smoked methamphetamine earlier in the day before handling her 6-month-old baby.
During a search of the room officers found more prescriptions and spoons with methamphetamine residue, as well as a scale dusted with a white powder.
The powder tested positively for methamphetamine.
Warren is being held at the Yellowstone County jail on $620 bond.
August 31, 2015
Adrian Woody was arrested after a police chase in Tulsa; found more drugs at home
TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:
- A police chase ended at an east Tulsa QuikTrip
- Officers said Adrian Woody refused to pull over for speeding
- Police say he threw meth from a window before stopping
It began near 31st and Memorial when police saw a car speeding past.
Officers tried to pull the car over, but the driver refused. That is when police say Adrian Woody sped up to 90 miles an hour, trying to avoid arrest.
He stopped at a QuikTrip near 21st and 129th East Avenue after seeing stop sticks.
August 30, 2015
Discovery of Methamphetamine lands Brittany Nicole Morgan, 31, of Eaton, in jail on her birthday
The discovery of methamphetamine in her pickup truck landed an Eaton woman in jail on Thursday, her 31st birthday.
Deputy Marshal Chris Liggett wrote in an affidavit that a tearful Morgan told him she hadn’t had a driver’s license for 10 years, and urged him “to not be an a—–e and take me to jail.”
Liggett wrote that Morgan gave him permission to search her vehicle, and that he found a plastic bag containing meth inside.
Morgan — preliminarily charged with possession of meth, driving while suspended and identity deception — was being held in the Delaware County jail on Friday under a $12,500 bond.
Since 2009, Morgan has been convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery, driving while intoxicated and conversion.
August 29, 2015
South Dakota State Officials: Jennifer Darger, who ran Methamphetamine operation, won’t be able to run day care again
“Pursuant to South Dakota laws and regulations, Jennifer Darger will not be eligible to provide registered child care (services) in South Dakota,” Tia Kafka, a spokeswoman for the state agency, said in an email to the Argus Leader.
Questions about whether Darger would be able to be a day care provider arose after officials failed to detect her previous drug conviction before allowing her to open an in-home day care in Sioux Falls.
Background checks for in-home day care providers won’t catch a felony conviction older than five years.
Darger pleaded guilty on Wednesday to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and contributing to the abuse and neglect of a minor. She will be sentenced in October.
In March, Jennifer Darger’s daughter told a counselor that her mother and Adam Darger had been selling methamphetamine and that her mother recently relapsed into addiction.
The daughter told authorities she was often asked to watch the children while her mother sold drugs.
Officers with the Sioux Falls Drug Task Force served a search warrant at the couple’s home at 6605 W. 53rd St.
Three children younger than 2 were being cared for when the officers arrived. They were turned over to their parents.
Authorities found methamphetamine in the home during a search.
August 28, 2015
Naked man on Methamphetamine, Brian Creamer, 34, of Jemison, caught on camera trashing Wetumpka gas station
WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) – Police say a naked man high on methamphetamine is to blame for ransacking a local business, leaving thousands of dollars’ worth of damage in his wake.
Security cameras were rolling as the man broke into a Wetumpka convenience store sans clothing and started tearing things apart. He later told officers that he had no memory of his destructive rampage.
Brian Creamer, 34, of Jemison, was arrested Thursday for burglary, criminal mischief, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and is being held in the Elmore County Jail.
At 5:10 am, Wetumpka police received a call from a clerk at the Chevron at the corner of U.S. Highway 231 and Redland Road. She had arrived to open the store and noticed that things did not look right when she saw that a newspaper stand and garbage can outside had been moved. She went in and started about her routine, turning on the gas pumps and readying in the store for the day ahead. Suddenly, she saw a completely naked man standing on top of the ice machine outside. Scared, she ran to her car and drove to another nearby gas station to call the police.
Officers arrived within minutes and found the window near the ice machine shattered and Creamer behind the counter of the store, rummaging through things. When approached by police, Creamer threw his hands up and was arrested without incident.
It was then that authorities were able to survey the damage inside and outside of the business. Before the clerk arrived for her shift, police believe extensive damage was done to the exterior. Nozzles on gas pumps were removed from their cradles and put in trash cans and on the ground, causing a large gas spill when the clerk turned the pumps on. After the employee spotted Creamer and left in fear, officials believe he then broke the window and crawled through it and went about causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage inside.
Lt. Ed Gumpf with the Wetumpka Police Department said the bathroom was destroyed and sinks were turned on, causing the store to flood. A large sink in the back room was filled up and electronic devices that were still plugged in were placed in the water. According to Gumpf, Creamer also damaged the thermostat, alarm system and security cameras, ripping them out of the walls.
Creamer also sprayed the fire extinguisher everywhere, leaving footprints in the residue since he was not even wearing socks or shoes.
Drinks were smashed and turned over inside the store. Fluorescent light bulbs were shattered out in the parking lot.
“It looked like a demolition crew came in,” Lt. Gumpf said.
Creamer’s car was found next door at a vacant gas station, and officials say they found drug paraphernalia and possible methamphetamine inside the vehicle, along with his clothes.
Detective Clarence Reid said Creamer told officers that he got hot and thirsty as he headed to the Wetumpka casino from his hometown in Chilton County. He stopped at the vacant gas station and shed his clothes and ended up going to the Chevron when he realized the first gas station was closed. He reportedly has no recollection of committing the burglary or ransacking the Food Mart and gas station. He also had no idea where he was.
Reid says Creamer told him that he was high on ICE, a pure and potent form of methamphetamine. He was not injured as the bizarre burglary unfolded.
“The subject advised that he was on some ICE, which is a very potent drug that’s starting to frequent our area. The downfall of using drugs is that he can’t remember anything. He actually doesn’t remember doing any of the crimes he committed,” Reid said. “You don’t normally catch a lot of naked people breaking into buildings. Because of the way he did it, he broke the glass and crawled through the window so he took the risk of getting cut but at the time, he was not in his right mind.”
Creamer may not remember what happened, but police have the footage thanks to CNS Systems, a local company that installed the surveillance cameras.
As for damage estimates, police say it is so extensive, they cannot yet provide an amount. There was so much flooding inside the store, that water was coming through the bricks on the back wall.
The fire department was called to assist with the fuel spill.
As cleanup and repairs continue at the gas station, the owner, Sam Patel, had a message for his customers.
“It’s been a horrible day. We had an incident this morning which left a lot of damage to my property so we had to shut it down for a couple of hours but we’re on and working now so I would request all my customers to get back and give us all the business they did,” he said. “We’re open for business. We’re getting all the cleaning up done but we’re still open for business.”
August 27, 2015
Ashley Miller, while nine months pregnant, stole man’s car, pants to buy Methamphetamine in Springfield
Deputies say a Springfield woman who was nine months pregnant and desperate for money to purchase meth stole a man’s car — and his pants.
Miller asked if she could have a ride, and the victim agreed. Miller began giving directions to the victim, who became concerned when he realized she was leading him to a remote location.
When the victim asked where they were going, court documents say Miller pointed what appeared to be a gun at him. The victim, fearing for his life, continued following Miller’s directions.
When they reached a dead end near Fellows Lake, documents say Miller told the victim to get out of the vehicle and remove his pants. Miller then took his pants, which still had his wallet in them, and drove off in his car.
The victim then walked to Fellows Lake and got someone to call 911.
Deputies say the car was located on Aug. 6, in the possession of Tony Scott. Scott told authorities that he had borrowed the car from Miller on Aug. 4.
Springfield police say they contacted and arrested Miller on Aug. 22. Court documents say she told police in an interview that she had asked the victim for a ride, and then parked and entered an abandoned house.
Miller then said the victim took off his pants and began making sexual advances toward her, so she left in his car. Miller also told police Scott had allegedly taken the car without her permission.
Later, court documents say Miller allegedly told police she was using meth — while nine months pregnant — and was desperate for money to buy more, so she decided to steal the victim’s money and car.
Miller told police she did not have a gun with her at the time, and said she knew the victim’s wallet was still in the abandoned house.
When authorities searched the abandoned house, they found the victim’s wallet, missing money the victim said was in it at the time of the theft.
Miller’s bond was set at $5,000. She has three pending cases in Missouri courts, and is on probation in three separate cases, according to court documents.
August 26, 2015
Hawkins County Sheriff’s deputies arrest Michael James Caldwell, 24, and Kyle Thomas Dishner, 21, for giving Methamphetamine to two 14-year-old girls and a 17-year-old boy
HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two men after they reportedly gave methamphetamine to juveniles as young as 14 years old.
When deputies arrived, they made contact with Michael James Caldwell, 24.
Caldwell told deputies that he was homeless and had been staying at the home for around five weeks.
An investigation revealed a one-pot methamphetamine lab outside of the home and Caldwell admitted to knowing about the lab and said it was two to three weeks old.
Deputies searched the home and located Kyle Thomas Dishner, 21, 140 Beechwood Hills, Lot. 19, a 17-year-old boy and two 14-year-old girls.
According to the release, deputies found and seized approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine packaged in six individual bags and numerous empty gram size baggies.
The sheriff’s office’s narcotics unit was called to the scene and determined that Dishner and the three juveniles had come to the home to visit Caldwell.
Deputies said the juveniles appeared to be under the influence of a drug and all three later admitted to smoking and/or snorting methamphetamine with the adults.
One girl was found in possession of methamphetamine during the investigation, and both Caldwell and Dishner admitted to knowing that three others will them were juveniles.
According to the release, Dishner told deputies the methamphetamine and baggies were his and said he delivered it to the home.
The three juveniles were arrested and taken to the Johnson City detention center.
Caldwell was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and criminal trespassing.
Dishner was arrested and charged with delivery of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Caldwell was being held on $50,000 bond and Dishner was being held on $75,000 bond in the Hawkins County Jail.
August 25, 2015
Pennsylvania State Police called for domestic dispute find alleged Methamphetamine lab – Jason M. Trinkle, 38, of Lehighton, arrested in handcuffs, jumps over railing, falls about 15 feet to the ground
EAST PENN TWP., Pa. – State police responding to a domestic dispute stumbled upon an alleged meth lab and chased a wanted man, who leaped, handcuffed, from a second-story deck .
Pennsylvania State Police were called to a home in the first block of Christman Road about 6 p.m. Saturday for a reported domestic dispute, according to a news release from the Lehighton barracks.
Troopers arrested Jason M. Trinkle for failing to appear in Lehigh County Court on an outstanding drug possession charge. After authorities placed Trinkle under arrest, a search of the home turned up an active methamphetamine lab, according to police.
A 37-year-old woman and 5-year-old boy were in the home at the time.
With his hands handcuffed behind his back. Trinkle allegedly jumped up from chair in which he was sitting, ran across the second-floor deck and jumped over the railing, falling about 15 feet to the ground, police said.
As Trinkle tried to stand up and run, troopers used a Taser to apprehend him. The 38-year-old was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital for treatment of the injuries that he sustained in the fall, police said.
The Pennsylvania State Police clandestine lab team responded to the home and dismantled the lab.
Trinkle faces several charges, including simple assault, escape, child endangerment, resisting arrest and dumping meth waste. He was sent to Carbon County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2.
A man wanted for skipping his Lehigh County court appearance on drug possession charges was busted by state police for allegedly operating a methamphetamine laboratory.
Jason M. Trinkle, 38, in Carbon County, had skipped a July 15 preliminary hearing before a Lehigh County district judge on various drug possession and drug paraphernalia charges.
Lehigh County Judge Robert L. Steinberg then approved a bench warrant for Trinkle’s arrest.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police in Lehighton responded to a report of a domestic fight between Trinkle, a 37-year-old woman and a 5-year-old boy at a home in the first block of Christman Road in East Penn Township.
As troopers were arresting Trinkle on the bench warrant, police saw indicators of criminal activity at the home, according to a news release. Troopers searched the residence.
During the search, troopers found an active methamphetamine laboratory, which included products and ingredients to make meth, police said. Trinkle, who was handcuffed behind his back, then jumped off the chair he was sitting on, ran outside and attempted to leap off a second-story deck, falling 15 feet to the ground, police said.
Police said they had to use a stun gun on Trinkle as he tried to get up. Trinkle was then transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital for injuries sustained in the fall.
Trinkle was charged with felony operating a methamphetamine laboratory, illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, felony escape, felony and misdemeanor drug offenses, misdemeanor resisting arrest, misdemeanor terroristic threats, misdemeanor simple assault, misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child and summary harassment.
Trinkle was arraigned before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford, who set bail at $100,000. Trinkle failed to post bail and was taken to the Carbon County Correctional Facility.
The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab Team also responded to the call and dismantled the methamphetamine laboratory, state police said.
August 23, 2015
Skye Stricker, 28, crashed car in Salt Lake City, offered Methamphetamine to random driver to take her away
SALT LAKE CITY — A woman caused a DUI-related crash Thursday and tried to get away by jumping into the car of a witness and offering him meth, according to police.
The driver refused and was arrested for investigation of several charges, including receiving or transfer of a stolen vehicle, negligent collision, marijuana possession, driving on a suspended license, disarming a police officer, drug possession, and leaving the scene of an accident.
About 4:15 p.m., Salt Lake police detective Dennis McGowan said Stricker was swerving across several lanes of 5600 West and going on and off the road before running a red light at California Avenue and crashing into another vehicle.
Stricker then got out of her car and ran to a nearby vehicle, jumped in and offered the driver methamphetamine to take her away from the scene, McGowan said.
When the driver refused, Stricker got out and started running. She was confronted by a Unified police officer and tried to take his Taser, McGowan said. Other officers soon arrived and took her into custody.
Stricker “was found to be in possession of meth in large quantities” and told officers she was “doing a drug run” and that she was high on meth when the accident happened, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.
August 21, 2015
Tyler Shane Grant Blair, 26, of Duncan, high on Methamphetamine, cited for indecent exposure at local Safford motel
SAFFORD — A registered sex offender was caught with his pants down while in a public area at a local motel.
Tyler Shane Grant Blair, 26, of Duncan, was arrested and booked into the Graham County Jail in the early-morning hours of Aug. 13 after officers found him on a public balcony wearing only a hat and a pair of shoes.
When the officers located Blair, he was holding his pants in his hand and allegedly said he had taken them off because he had defecated in them. Officers could not find any evidence of the “accident.”
According to a motel employee, after checking that a reserved room was clean, the employee spotted Blair while heading back to the main office. Blair was allegedly unclothed and apparently touching himself.
Blair is a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty in June 2011 to three counts of sexual conduct with a minor. He said he wasn’t aware of what happened at the motel because he was high on methamphetamine and hadn’t slept in several days, according to a Safford Police report.
The employee was issued a victim’s rights form, and Blair was taken to jail without further incident.
August 19, 2015
Cortney Hillis, 25, and William Duke, 30, face Methamphetamine drug charges after DeKalb County deputies find couple apparently passed out in vehicle sitting in road
DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – DeKalb County Deputies were called to County Road 50 in the Grove Oak area for a vehicle sitting in the road. The occupants appeared to be passed out.
The search revealed the handgun with an altered serial number, spice, drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and marijuana.
William Duke, 30, and Cortney Hillis, 25, face charges of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (Spice), Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Trafficking in any Illegal Drug.
Both were taken to the DeKalb County Detention Center.
August 18, 2015
Monroe County Sheriff: Georgia attorney, Holly Hogue Edwards, 35, of Macon, sold pills, Methamphetamine to undercover agents
A Georgia attorney was arrested Monday after an investigation revealed her alleged involvement in the use and distribution of illegal drugs.
About 8:30 a.m. , drug agents from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Holly Hogue Edwards on multiple charges, including four counts of distributing oxycodone and one count of distributing methamphetamine, Monroe sheriff’s spokeswoman Allison Willis said in an emailed statement.
“Edwards was indicted last week by a federal grand jury after she sold to undercover drug agents during the course of the investigation,” Willis said.
Edwards, 35, of Macon, who was is in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Office, was released on $15,000 unsecured bond Monday afternoon, according to The Telegraph of Macon..
Edwards graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and earned her law degree from Mercer University School of Law, according to her law firm’s web site.
She worked as a law clerk for Hogue & Hogue, a Macon criminal defense firm, “where she developed a passion for defending the accused,” the site states.
Edwards went to work for the Houston County public defender’s office, then left to become an associate lawyer at Hogue & Hogue for more than two years, practicing criminal defense. She left the firm in 2009 to form her own criminal defense firm, the website says.
Macon attorney Franklin J. Hogue told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Edwards, his former daughter-in-law, was fired in August 2009 from the law firm he and his wife, Laura Hogue, operate. He declined to say why.
According to Edwards’ website, she is president of the Macon Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
August 17, 2015
Homeless mom, Sarah Jane Robinson, 34, who got diapers, wipes and shoes from charitable police officer is arrested on federal Methamphetamine charges in kansas City
Last month, Sarah Robinson made national headlines after she was caught stealing a few hundred dollars’ worth of diapers, children’s shoes and other items for her six children from a Wal-Mart outside Kansas City, Missouri.
The police officer who responded didn’t arrest Robinson, who said she was a widow, homeless and living in her car. Instead, he paid for the stuff himself and issued a minor ticket. Afterward, an outpouring of support left her with gift cards, food and thousands of dollars in donations.
Friday, Robinson, 34, was arrested on federal methamphetamine charges out of Missouri, her lawyer in the theft case, David Langston, told NBC News on Sunday. The indictment, which was issued by a grand jury in March 2014, alleges that she possessed and intended to distribute the drug.
Langston didn’t know any details about Robinson’s drug case, and he isn’t representing her, but he said that she may have been a peripheral player in a large meth operation and that the authorities could have arrested her as part of a legal strategy.
“They indict people at the fringe to strengthen the indictment,” he said, noting that it’s unlikely she would have spoken to reporters last month if she’d been a hardened drug dealer.
Langston was among the people who was moved by Robinson’s story last month — when he heard that she was trying to reuse diapers, he said, “it broke my heart” — so he decided to donate his services pro bono in her theft case. He didn’t know much about Robinson’s background, but he suspected that she had been living perilously close to homelessness before her husband died in a swimming accident a few years ago.
“There are people who find themselves in a desperate situation who do desperate things,” Langston said. The accident may have been “the last straw,” he said, adding, “These allegations may change people’s minds.”
The homeless mom who got help from a Kansas City-area cop when she tried to steal from Wal-Mart for her kids has been arrested on federal methamphetamine charges.
U.S. Marshals collared Sarah Jane Robinson, 34, on Friday after a grand jury indicted her for “knowingly and intentionally possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it,” The Kansas City Star reported.
Officials in the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Robinson was the same woman who was apparently caught trying to take $300 worth of diapers, wipes and shoes from a Roeland Park, Kan., Walmart last month, according to KSHB-TV.
Roeland Park police officer Mark Engravalle cited her, but he also bought the widow and mother of six the supplies out of his own pocket instead of cuffing her.
News of the deed spread quickly and one local radio station’s listeners even donated a collective $6,000 towards helping her 2-year-old twin daughters and four others aged 4, 12, 13 and 15.
But the St. Louis grand jury had already indicted Robinson on July 1, according to the Star. She’s accused of meth dealing in March 2014 in neighboring Lincoln County, the Star reported. She could draw a jail sentence of up to 20 years if she’s convicted, federal prosecutors said.
A lawyer who is representing Robinson in the citation case told NBC News that the feds may just be prosecuting her in order to pursue more serious drug dealers. And Robinson probably wouldn’t have spoken with local reporters if she were running a meth operation, said David Langston. Robinson, a widow with six daughters, reportedly faces up to 20 years in jail if she’s convicted.
“My experience has been: if you’re the target of a drug investigation, you don’t want to draw the spotlight to you,” Langston said.
Robinson will be held in the Wyandotte County jail in Kansas until the feds transfer her to the St. Louis area for her trial in the U.S. District Court, the Star reported.
August 16, 2015
Dansville Dad, John Young, 30, Charged with Making Methamphetamine in Home in the Presence of his Three Children
DANSVILLE – A Meter Road resident whose home was the site of last weekend’s investigation by State Police was arrested Friday evening on felony charges relating to the manufacture and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine, or cooking meth.
John Young, 30, was arraigned on Criminal Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the Third Degree, a C felony, and Unlawful Disposal of Methamphetamine Laboratory Equipment, an E felony, in Dansville Village Court Friday evening, for allegedly cooking meth in the presence of his three children at the home, who are all under age 16.
“I’m not currently working because our one son was recently diagnosed with cancer,” said Young to Judge Joshua Weidman. “My wife and I have been at Strong for months. Would it be possible to waive bail? My son is at Strong, severely sick.”
The charges, which also allege that Young disposed of three containers of meth in a fire pit, were brought by felony complaint from New York State Police based in Rochester.
Young’s wife, Emily Young, appeared in court to support her husband.
Judge Weidman said that as a result of Young’s 9 prior arrests, including failing to appear at court, 7 felony arrests and one felony conviction, he would be remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond.
According to the NYS Department of Correctional Services, Young served 1 1/2 years in prison starting in 2009 for an Attempted Burglary conviction out of Livingston County.
August 15, 2015
Nicholas Champagne, 23, of East Millinocket, allegedly cooked Methamphetamine 100 times over the past seven months
Nicholas Champagne, 23, of East Millinocket, was charged Thursday with Class A aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and violation of bail after local police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency shut down Champagne’s alleged methamphetamine lab on Main Street.
MDEA Commander Peter Arno said Friday in an email the call from East Millinocket police for assistance was the 30th time this year officers have responded to a “meth-related incident.” In 2014, MDEA agents assisted in 37 such incidents, he said.
Champagne remained Friday night at the Penobscot County Jail on the bail violation charge. He is accused of violating his bail on a methamphetamine possession charge that stemmed from an incident in July. A hearing on that charge is scheduled for next week. Once the bail violation charge is resolved, Champagne would have to post $50,000 cash to be released.
In a separate case, three people arrested earlier this week in Brewer for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine 390 feet from St. Teresa’s Park on South Main Street also made their first appearances Friday before Justice Ann Murray.
Jennifer Beaulieu, 21, and Benjamin McGary, 22, both of Brewer, and Adam Freeman, 29, of Hampden, were arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs. It is a Class A crime because the alleged meth lab was so close to a park, which is considered to be a “safe zone.”
Brewer police began investigating activities at the house after neighbors reported a lot of activity there at odd hours, according to the affidavit. On Tuesday, police went through the trash for that address and found items used to manufacture methamphetamine, including cut lithium batteries, empty blister packages for pseudoephedrine, empty Coleman fuel containers and empty muriatic acid containers.
Police searched the residence the next day and arrested the trio.
Bail on Friday was set for Beaulieu, McGary and Freeman at $25,000 cash.
None of the defendants were asked to enter pleas to the charges because they have not yet been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury. Their next court dates are in October.
If convicted on the Class A trafficking charge, Champagne, Beaulieu, McGary and Freeman all face up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $50,000.
August 14, 2015
Travis A. Joy, 45, of Spokane, accused of videotaping himself having sex with 3 dogs and a horse; Said to be addicted to Methamphetamine
A Spokane County man faces animal cruelty charges after seven videos allegedly showing him having sexual contact with three dogs and a horse were turned over to law enforcement.
Travis A. Joy, 45, was arrested Wednesday on investigation of animal cruelty. He also faces harassment charges for allegedly threatening to kill the people he believed reported him to law enforcement, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory said.
Joy’s bond was set at $50,000 during a brief court appearance Thursday. He is also banned from owning animals or being around animals.
According to a search warrant filed July 15, Joy left a video camera with the recordings on it behind when he moved out of a house in Elk. His roommate found the footage on July 10 and turned it over to SCRAPS.
Investigators used the scenery shown in the videos to track down owners of the animals and develop probable cause to charge Joy. Tattoos visible in the video match the tattoos that Joy has on his arms, according the court documents. Detectives were able to determine that the incidents occurred in the Hillyard and Elk areas.
Gregory said one of the dogs in the videos belonged to Joy. That dog, and another one owned by Joy, have been turned over to SCRAPS.
Another dog Joy is accused of molesting has since died. According to court documents, the dog’s owners reported that they once left Joy alone with the dog for several hours and when they arrived home the dog was cowering in a corner, shaking and bleeding from her genital area.
People who know Joy told police that he has been living in his car or with friends for several years and is addicted to methamphetamine, according to court documents. The animals Joy reportedly molested belonged to people who allowed him to live at their homes.
On Wednesday, just before 8 a.m., one of the victim dog owners reported Joy was at that person’s property in North Spokane County. Deputies arrested Joy at that time.
Joy reportedly admitted he recorded himself having sex with the animals so he could view that and not need to repeat the acts, according to court documents.
Joy has a prior felony conviction for assault. He was sentenced to three years in federal prison in 1997 after pleading guilty to two Spokane bank robberies.
August 13, 2015
North Pole man, Travis Lee Fugate, 34, charged after assaulting girlfriend with sword while high on Methamphetamine
FAIRBANKS – A North Pole man faces multiple charges for allegedly beating his girlfriend and threatening her with a sword while high on methamphetamine Tuesday night.
Travis Lee Fugate, 34, is charged with two counts of felony second-degree assault, felony coercion and misdemeanor fourth-degree assault for the incident.
The victim’s children were present in the home during the assault, according to charging documents.
Alaska State Troopers received a report from the victim’s employer on Tuesday morning that she had called in sick to work and seemed to be in distress, according to charging documents. The caller was aware the victim had problems with Fugate and was concerned he was holding her against her will.
Troopers responded to a North Pole address and the victim ran outside and said “thank God you guys are here,” according to charging documents. The victim was very emotional and said Fugate was high on methamphetamine and armed with swords.
Fugate appeared at the door and was unarmed. He exited the house at police command and was detained and read his Miranda rights, according to charging documents.
The victim told troopers she had gone to Fugate’s house the previous evening to have dinner. Fugate confronted her and accused her of conspiring against him online, then threw her to the floor. Fugate got on top of the victim and punched her, then drove his forearm into her neck when she tried to defend herself, according to charging documents.
The victim tried to roll over and Fugate placed her in a chokehold until she was unconscious, according to charging documents. She woke to find herself on the floor up against a wall with Fugate repeatedly punching her in the face.
Fugate grabbed a sword and put it to the victim’s neck and said this was the end for her, according to charging documents. The victim believed Fugate was going to kill her and begged him not to because her children needed her.
Fugate took the sword away and told the victim he would have killed her if it weren’t for the children.
The victim told troopers Fugate made her smoke meth with him by forcing her to breath in his exhalations after he took a hit off of his meth pipe. The victim said she inhaled about four or five hits of meth because Fugate told he would assault her if she didn’t.
Fugate told the victim she was going to stay at the house for one week, insisted on being within touching distance of her at all times and would not let her go to the bathroom without him present, according to charging documents.
Troopers found the victim’s three children playing video games in one of the bedrooms. They appeared to be safe and in good health, according to charging documents.
A meth pipe was found on a dresser in Fugate’s bedroom. A samurai sword was found under his bed and another samurai sword was found between the dresser and the closet. A set of brass knuckles was found on top of the bed.
The victim’s house keys and car keys were found in a seat cushion in the living room and her cell phone was found under Fugate’s bed, according to charging documents.
August 12, 2015
Claudia E. Payes and Louis James Vetrano II found with baby next to mobile Methamphetamine lab in car in Interlachen
A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant stopped Louis James Vetrano II for driving with a suspended license in a shopping center in Interlachen. Claudia E. Payes was in the passenger seat.
A K-9 officer named Zeke alerted deputies to illegal drugs in the back seat of the car.
Vetrano told police that there were syringes in the driver’s side door and was arrested.
Drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine were found in the back seat.
Police also found a baby beside a methamphetamine bottle known as a “gasser” that can release dangerous hydrochloric acid gas, which is dangerous for infants.
Vetrano and Payes were both charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle used in the process of manufacturing a controlled substance, child neglect without great bodily harm, possession of chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Vetrano was also charged with driving with a suspended license while being a habitual traffic offender. He was booked into the Putnam County Jail without bond.
Authorities arrested a Palm Coast couple early Monday on charges of possession of methamphetamine after investigators found a baby in their car with a bag of the drug and portable meth lab container next to the child, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.
Meanwhile, investigators found a 32-year-old man in Interlachen who was wanted for months on multiple warrants after methamphetamine and hydromorphone were sold to undercover detectives in the Palatka area, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The first incident occurred about 9:30 a.m. in Interlachen when Louis Vetrano and Claudia Payes, both 34 and of Ruth Drive in Palm Coast, each were charged with meth possession, possession of drugs and drug manufacturing equipment, and production of drugs, the Sheriff’s Office said. Both also were charged with child neglect. Payes remained in jail on $23,000 bail while Vetrano is in without bail, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
A sheriff’s lieutenant stopped Vetrano in a shopping center for driving with a suspended driver’s license. During the traffic stop, K-9 “Zeke” alerted deputies to drugs in the car. Syringes were found in the driver’s door, with other drug paraphernalia, chemicals to make drugs and methamphetamine in the rear seat, investigators said. Found next to the baby was the methamphetamine bottle, known as a “gasser,” which can emit hydrochloric acid gas, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The couple’s infant son was turned over to a Division of Children and Families investigator while Vetrano was also charged with driving while license suspended for being a habitual traffic offender, investigators said.
Meanwhile, Calvon Estmond Jones was arrested early Monday afternoon in Interlachen on warrants for two counts of sale of methamphetamine, two more for sale of hydromorphone and one for failure to appear in court on a suspended license charge, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Jones was initially charged in May after a county-wide undercover investigation called “Operation Spring Cleaning” that targeted neighborhood drug dealing, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators couldn’t find him until Monday, when drug and vice detectives learned he was hiding in a Magnolia Street home.
When detectives got to the scene, they found Jones inside a locked metal shed refusing to come out, the Sheriff’s Office said. Detectives forced their way in and arrested Jones.
He remains behind bars on no bail, according to jail records.
August 11, 2015
Bail Bondsman, Joshua Bradley, 29, Entered Benton County Sheriff’s Office High On Methamphetamine
BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — The Benton County Sheriff’s Office arrested a bail bondsman Monday (August 10) after he entered the sheriff’s office while intoxicated on methamphetamine, according to the sheriff.
Joshua Bradley, 29, came to the sheriff’s office to bond out a client when a clerk at the jail noticed he was displaying signs of someone under the influence of drugs, Sheriff Kelley Cradduck said. Deputies then searched Bradley’s vehicle and found he was carrying shotguns and other weapons, according to Cradduck.
When Bradley was brought inside for booking, deputies also found a small bag of methamphetamine, the sheriff said.
“They took off his socks and about a gram to a half a gram of methamphetamine fell out of his sock,” Cradduck said. “His life is now changed forever.”
Bradley is facing felony charges of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of a controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor charges of DWI drugs and public intoxication, according to the sheriff’s office.
“I am grateful for the fact that we had a deputy and a clerk that noticed his actions were so strange that they confronted him and did not allow him to leave before he could hurt himself or someone else,” Cradduck said.
Bradley is also a former Conway County deputy and was carrying a badge, which he should not have, the sheriff said.
“Maybe this [arrest] gets his life back on track,” Cradduck said. “If he was an officer before, he had interest in helping people and being a bondsman, maybe this is something that will help him.”
Jail records show Bradley’s bond has not yet been set.
August 10, 2015
Jeronimo Juarez, 47, distributed pounds of Methamphetamine in southwest Missouri
Federal investigators say they arrested a “multiple pound distributor” of meth in southwest Missouri.
Documents indicate Juarez lives in Joplin, but the criminal complaint was filed in Greene County.
According to the complaint, Juarez was stopped while traveling along I-40 in central Oklahoma on July 27. Authorities searched his vehicle and found about six pounds of meth, the complaint says.
Juarez was charged in Canadian County, Oklahoma and released on bond, the complaint says.
Nine days later, Juarez was involved in another traffic stop. This time, authorities set up surveillance outside of his home in Joplin and stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation shortly after it pulled away from the residence, according to the complaint.
Juarez was the passenger in the vehicle, and authorities found about two ounces of meth in his pocket, the complaint says.
In an interview with authorities, Juarez said he had recently received a shipment of about five pounds of meth from California, the complaint says. Authorities searched his house and found 5.7 pounds of meth in the bedroom in addition to four weapons, the complaint says.
The complaint says Juarez has a prior conviction from 2007 for being in the United States illegally. Court documents do not say where he is from originally.
Federal investigators say they believe there is probable cause to charge Juarez with possession of meth with intent to distribute.
Online records indicate Juarez is being held in the Phelps County Jail.
Dropped bag ends with Methamphetamine drug charges for 32-year-old Torren Dejuan Newman, of Alexandria
An Alexandria man remains in jail on a parole violation hold after tips about drug sales led Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office agents to a MacArthur Drive motel, according to a release.
The agents from the office’s Metro Division went to the Alexandria Inn Wednesday after “numerous tips” about alleged drug sales from a specific room. Once at the room, agents contacted 32-year-old Torren Dejuan Newman and, as they were explaining the complaint, Newman dropped something from one of his pockets.
It was a bag containing smaller bags of suspected meth weighing about an ounce, according to the release.
Newman, of Leonard Street, was arrested and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. He was charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute and parole violation.
Bond was set at $10,000, according to the release.
August 8, 2015
Manchester Police stop bicycle mobile Methamphetamine lab; Nicholas Walls, 28, arested
MANCHESTER, Ohio | A Manchester man was arrested for allegedly transporting a mobile methamphetamine lab on a bicycle in Manchester.
Officers observed Nicholas Walls, 28, with a bicycle at the First Stop store and noticed the odor of a chemical odor emitting from the area of Walls, which indicated a possible methamphetamine lab, police said.
Officer Joshua Hayes was on bike patrol and ordered Walls to stop, Bowling said.
“At the time the suspect dropped the bike and took off running; he was apprehended after a short foot pursuit by Officer Jason Mallott and K-9 Elko,” Bowling said.
Officers went to the area where Walls had dropped his bike and discovered a plastic bag hanging on his bike with a plastic bottle that contained an active methamphetamine lab.
The area was sealed off and a hazardous materials team was requested, and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was contacted to have the materials safely removed, Bowling said.
Walls was treated at the scene for injuries received from the K-9 apprehension then taken into custody.
Walls is in Adams County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond, charged with illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
He was arraigned Aug. 3 and a hearing date was set for Aug. 10 in Adams County Court.
A second suspect was detained but later released after police determined they were not involved in the incident, police said.
August 7, 2015
Jacklyn Suzanne Stacey, 29, Destin says she thought Methamphetamine was beach sand
DESTIN – A 29-year-old woman is accused of having methamphetamine in her purse.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Destin store on July 21 around 10:15 a.m., according to the arrest report. The storeowner said two people were in the store who had previously stolen items.
She pointed out the two, Jacklyn Suzanne Stacey and a man, the report said. Stacey was crouched at a rotating display with her bag open between her legs.
Deputies asked Stacey to step outside and she agreed, according to the report. Investigation found that the man with her was not the man involved in the previous theft.
Deputies asked Stacey if she had anything in her bag that had been stolen while in the store, the report said. Stacey said she did not and told deputies they could search the bag if they wanted to.
While looking in the bag, deputies noticed a Crown Royal bag that they believed could have held jewelry from the display Stacey had been crouched in front of, according to the report. Deputies saw a small plastic bag with what they believed was methamphetamine inside the bag.
Stacey “quickly grabbed” the bag from them, stating “I use that for my face,” and then said deputies no longer had permission to search, the report said. She was detained and the substance was identified as methamphetamine.
After being arrested, Stacey said she’d found the bag on the side of the road while walking from the beach, according to the report. She allegedly said she’d found it on the corner of Mountain Drive and Marler Drive, then said it was around Harbor Boulevard.
She then said she had through that the substance in the bag was beach sand, the report said.
She is charged with possession of a controlled substance.
She is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 8.
August 6, 2015
Illegal immigrant, Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez, 29, held in rape, murder of 64-year-old California woman was on probation for committing battery against woman while in possession of Methamphetamine
One of two men charged in connection with last month’s home invasion, rape and fatal bludgeoning of a 64-year-old California woman was in the U.S. illegally and on probation, the News-Press has learned.
Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez, 29, who is charged along with Jose Fernando Villagomez, 20, in the July 24 attack in Santa Maria, Calif., was on probation for committing battery against an unidentified woman on May 22, 2014, while in possession of methamphetamine. He was charged twice this year for violating probation, once for possessing a concealed knife and the other for drugs, but a Santa Barbara judge allowed him to enter a substance abuse center in Santa Maria in lieu of jail. According to County Jail officials, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to issue an immigration detainer that would have required local authorities to hold him for deportation.
Police say Marilyn Pharis was beaten with a hammer and sexually assaulted in the morning attack, and died later at a local hospital. An autopsy was set for Thursday.
Ramirez fled, but was tracked from the scene by a police dog to a nearby home, according to authorities.
Ramirez pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, first-degree burglary, and assault with intent to commit rape. Those charges could be upgraded to murder following Pharis’ death. He was being held on $1 million bail.
Villagomez was booked Tuesday into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of sexual assault and attempted murder. He was already behind bars after a July 28 arrest over a probation violation.
In May, Villagomez allegedly committed battery against Miguel Angel Romero and was found in possession of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to three years of supervised probation June 17 and was also allowed to enter a drug treatment center in Santa Maria.
Both men will next appear in court on Aug. 13. The autopsy findings could result in murder charges against both.
August 5, 2015
Shirtless ‘Tarzan’ on Methamphetamine, John William Rodenborn, 37, arrested at Santa Ana Zoo after swinging from trees, trying to get into monkey exhibit
SANTA ANA – Meth sometimes leads to monkey business.
A shirtless man covered with mud and claiming to be Tarzan was arrested Tuesday morning after he was found swinging from the trees and trying to get into a monkey pen at the Santa Ana Zoo, police said. He was found to be in possession and under the influence of methamphetamine.
At around 10:30 a.m., officers were called to the zoo at 1801 E. Chestnut St. by an employee reporting a disturbance, said Cmdr. Jeffrey Smith of the Santa Ana Police Department.
When officers arrived they found that the disturbance was 37-year-old John William Rodenborn.
“He was trying to get into some of the monkey enclosures,” Smith said.
Zoo director Kent Yamaguchi said Rodenborn jumped over the safety fence that prevents people from going into the exhibits.
“We do have training for if animals ever come out of their cages, but we haven’t had people trying to go into the cages.”
Rodenborn, who police said was a local transient, tried to run off when confronted by the officers but was quickly captured.
He was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Smith said he would be issued a citation and was to be released Tuesday. Court records show Rodenborn has previously pleaded guilty to being under the influence of drugs and burglary charges.
The park was open at the time of the debacle but authorities said Rodenborn did not disrupt park activities or patrons.
Yamaguchi said the monkeys weren’t disturbed nor were their cages damaged.
The zoo is famous for its unique rule regarding primates. The land for the zoo was donated by Joseph Edward Prentice in 1952 on the condition that it house at least 50 monkeys at all times, Yamaguchi said.
“It has to be non-human primates,” he said. “(Rodenborn) would not have counted.”
August 4, 2015
Akron police investigate 1-year-old toddler eating charcoal, find Methamphetamine lab; Mother, Heather Sandau, 25, and Nicholas Anton, 23, arrested
A meth lab was uncovered after cops in Ohio spotted a 1-year-old boy chewing on charcoal and walking alone around an apartment complex.
They located the infant, who had black stains on his mouth, and noticed an open apartment door.
The officers found the child’s 25-year-old mom Heather Sandau and her boyfriend Nicholas Anton, 23, asleep upstairs.
Cops believed there was a strong chemical smell coming from the property. After returning soon afterwards with a search warrant, they reportedly found an active meth lab.
Anton was arrested and charged with illegal manufacturing of meth, illegal assembly of meth, child endangering, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sandau was not at the home when cops returned. A warrant has been issued for her arrest on the same charges.
The boy was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital for evaluation. He currently remains in the custody of children’s services.
Police in Akron, Ohio discovered a meth lab while responding to reports of an unsupervised child who was seen eating charcoal.
Heather Sandau and Nicolas Anton, both 25, were arrested Sunday night in connection with the incident. Both are charged with child endangering, felony drug possession, and illegally possessing chemicals used for methamphetamine, Cleveland.com reported.
Police were responding to a report of a 1-year-old who was seen eating charcoal. Inside the home police found a meth lab, as well as syringes used for other drugs.
Heather Sandau was identified as the toddler’s mother.
Anton, Sandau’s boyfriend, was previously sentenced to 10 months in jail in 2011 for theft, eight months in 2013 for attacking an acquaintance and 10 months in 2014 for possession of methamphetamine and forging checks.
Both are expected in court Monday.
The toddler was taken to the hospital for evaluation and is in state custody, according to Fox 8.
August 3, 2015
Cindy Soeder, and Samuel Rayof Douglasville, and David Price, of Powder Springs, busted for selling 2 gallons of ‘date rape’ drug, crystal Methamphetamine
WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) – Three people from Georgia were arrested Friday in Warren County after an investigation into the trafficking of GHB, also known as the “date rape” drug, and crystal methamphetamine.
Officials say the three traveled from Georgia to sell two gallons of GHB and a half-pound of crystal meth to an undercover detective for $10,000.
According to the Warren County Drug Task Force, the drugs involved have an estimated street value of $150,000. The bust represents one of the largest seizures of GHB ever in the region.
All three are being held in the Warren County jail.
August 2, 2015
Eric Johnson, 27, of Syracuse, had Methamphetamine in underwear, Taser in shorts
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — First, police said they found a stun gun in Eric Johnson’s shorts. Then they reportedly found meth in his underwear.
Johnson was initially arrested at 11 p.m. on July 28 for possessing a Taser and a folded piece of paper containing methamphetamine in the right front pocket of his cargo shorts, said the Syracuse Police Department in court records. He was arrested on the 400 block of Rich Street and transported to the Onondaga County Justice Center.
While Johnson was being processed at the jail, officers asked the 27-year-old Syracuse man if he had any contraband, police said. Johnson denied possessing any contraband.
But while processing Johnson, police said officers found a sandwich bag filled with 40 doses of meth in Johnson’s underwear.
Johnson, of 119 Whittier Ave., was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first-degree promoting prison contraband, all felonies. He was also charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
Johnson was remanded to the jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or a $50,000 bail bond. He is due to appear in court on Monday.
August 1, 2015
Dale Andrew Mitchell, 55, of Muncie, found making Methamphetamine in open garage
A Muncie man was arrested Thursday after a police officer drove by his garage and saw him allegedly making methamphetamine in plain view.
An Indiana State Police trooper drove past his residence attempting to locate him on those outstanding warrants when he allegedly saw Mitchell standing in the open garage with fresh burns over his upper body.
A quick investigation determined a “one pot” meth lab had just exploded, burned Mitchell around his neck and shoulder. The trooper also found chemicals used in the manufacture of methamphetamine in plain view in the garage.
After being transported to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for treatment, Mitchell was arrested on additional charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of the precursors with intent to manufacture, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
July 31, 2015
Thomas Franklin Norris, 59, charged with running Methamphetamine lab in Cumberland County
Cumberland County authorities have arrested a 59-year-old man and charged him with running a methamphetamine lab.
Thomas Franklin Norris, 59, was charged with running a methamphetamine lab. Agents said they found a fully functioning methamphetamine lab as well as three firearms. The State Bureau of Investigations hazardous materials agents collected, and stored the dangerous chemicals and dismantled the lab.
Norris, who has a previous conviction for Possession and Distribution of Precursors Methamphetamine, was again charged at the time of this arrest with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession and Distribution of Methamphetamine Precursors, Maintaining a Dwelling for the sale of Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
Norris received a $ 50,000 secure bond.
July 30, 2015
Newborn buried in yard tests positive for Methamphetamine and drugs, mom Tara Ostrowski, 37, of York County charged with unlawful conduct toward a child
ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) —A newborn baby, who police say was buried in a backyard by his mother, tested positive for hydrocodone and methamphetamine, according to the York County coroner.
According to a police report, Ostrowski gave birth to the boy at home sometime around May 18, but the baby did not survive. Ostrowski says the baby, born at least a month early, was alive after his birth.
Officers were called about the incident about a week later.
The police report says that when detectives went to the home to investigate on May 28, Ostrowski admitted to burying the baby in the yard and showed officers where the body was located.
Rock Hill police arrested Ostrowski on Tuesday on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.
Ostrowski is being held without bond at the Moss Detention Center.
Toxicology tests showed the infant had hydrocodone, methamphetamine, and its metabolite amphetamine, in his system.
Investigators say the cause of death could not to be determined, but the death is being called a homicide.
July 29, 2015
Shealee Henigar, 25, of Clover, admits cooking Methamphetamine 30 times in front of her children
YORK CO. — Defense lawyer Chris Wellborn described the living conditions in Shealee Henigar’s home as “a terrible situation for children.”
“It’s just a sad situation where a drug addiction spiraled out of control,” said Deputy Solicitor Leslie Robinson.
York County drug agents found the “shake and bake” style meth lab at the home in Clover in December 2013.
The drugs, and drug-making chemicals, were found in the same room with Henigar’s children. She and others were cooking the highly dangerous drug only feet from the nine month old’s crib.
In the home, officers found all the ingredients for a meth lab, including pseudoephedrine, camp fuel, denatured alcohol, scales, coffee filters, acetone, sulfuric acid, instant cold packs, funnels, and other materials.
One child even swallowed some of the chemicals at one point after taking a drink from a container that was used to mix them. Another child tested positive for meth following Henigar’s arrest.
On Tuesday she was sentenced to eight years in prison. She had no criminal record before this drug arrest. Robinson said the negotiated sentence sent a message.
“Manufacturing methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous process regardless of whether children are involved, but the children just took it to another level,” she said.
In May, the father of the children, David Lee Ray Jr., also pled guilty, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the same case.
Robinson told Channel 9 the couple cooked the drug every day, hoping to stay high all the time.
Henigar, now 25, has since had a fourth child, who was born since she’s been in jail.
That child and the three others are still in Department of Social Services custody.
July 28, 2015
Ten pounds of ‘candy’ seized in Broward was Methamphetamine; Jorge Maldonado, 24, of Okeechobee, arrested
It looked like 10 pounds of candy, but investigators say what they seized earlier this month during a drug sting in Lauderhill was methamphetamine.
Federal authorities say what looked like a bag of candy, from related drug seizures this month in Bradenton and Lauderhill, was actually methamphetamine disguised as hard candy and lollipops.
Investigators from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Sunrise police arrested and traced the source of the drugs to a Bradenton home.Maldonado was indicted last week on federal charges of conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute the illegal stimulant. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court in Fort Lauderdale and is locked up in the Broward jail system.
If convicted, Maldonado could face 10 years to life in federal prison.
After his arrest on July 7, Maldonado admitted that he was being paid $2,000 to drive the methamphetamine to what he thought was a Broward drug dealer, according to court records.
His lawyer, Robert Resnick, said he could not comment Monday because he has not yet received the evidence in the case.
Federal authorities arrested a Bradenton man earlier this month in a related case. They said they seized another 19 pounds of meth, also disguised as candy and hidden in plastic tubs in a closet in the man’s home. The man’s wife told investigators he had told her the “candy” was methamphetamine and not to allow their 1- and 6-year-old children to eat it.
Jesus Casteyano, 53, is also fighting charges he possessed and distributed the drug, authorities said.
In a third related case, authorities arrested three men on Thursday in Tamarac and seized more than 8.5 pounds of heroin that was delivered to South Florida from Georgia, authorities said. The men have been identified as Antonio Rivera-Valencia, 55, Miguel Abreu-Pena, 35, and Antonio Rodriguez-Adame, 32.
Law enforcement authorities in South Florida have raised the alarm in recent weeks about various kinds of drugs they say have been manufactured to look like hard candy. They say it is particularly dangerous because children, and adults, could unwittingly take drugs.
Last month, Miami-Dade police seized “candy” that turned out to have a coating of ethylone, a synthetic drug that is similar to the hallucinogen known on the street as “flakka.”
July 27, 2015
Szophia L. Kress, 22, Heidelberg, Pa., and Haley LeBlanc, 23, Pittsburgh, arrested with 2 pounds of crystal Methamphetamine in Putnam County
Based on conversation with the two female occupants, Dravigne suspected possible criminal activity and requested assistance from Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Simmons and K-9 Officer Bo.
After arriving on scene, Bo immediately indicated the scent of narcotics on the vehicle.
Officers located approximately two pounds of crystal methamphetamine in two locations inside the vehicle.
Both the driver, Szophia L. Kress, 22, Heidelberg, Pa., and her passenger, Haley LeBlanc, 23, Pittsburgh, were taken into custody and booked into the Putnam County Jail at 2:30 p.m.
Upon review by the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office, each woman faces three felony charges: Two counts of Level 2 Felony dealing in methamphetamine and one count of Level 3 felony possession of methamphetamine.
No court date had been set as of 1 p.m. Monday.
The street value of the methamphetamine is approximately $30,000.
Dravigne told the Banner Graphic the women were apparently en route from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh.
July 26, 2015
Jerrid W. Logan, of Delphos, accused of rape, kidnapping while under the influence of Methamphetamine
A Delphos man who allegedly raped a female convenience store employee in Salina purchased a carton of cigarettes from the store afterward with money she’d paid him not to hurt her, according to an arrest affidavit.
The affidavit written by law enforcement at the time of Jerrid W. Logan’s July 3 arrest said the woman offered Logan money after he threatened to stab her with his pocket knife and locked her in a bathroom with him at about 5 a.m.
When police attempted to interview Logan after his arrest, he said he was under the influence of methamphetamine. He said he injected meth after getting off work shortly after 1 a.m., and he did not remember anything after that, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, Logan took more than $150 from the woman before sexually assaulting her, then allowed her to get dressed and wait on another customer. After the customer left, Logan used $60.15 of the money she’d given him to buy a carton of Marlboro Red cigarettes, the affidavit said.
When he tried to get her into his car, she refused and backed away, writing down his tag number as he left, the affidavit said.
Later that afternoon, when the woman came to the police department to report that she’d been raped, Logan had already been arrested in connection with an incident at Wal-Mart alleged to have occurred about half an hour before he entered the convenience store.
Police had responded to Wal-Mart at 4:36 a.m. after a man threatened a customer and an employee with a knife. A female customer there said she had been shopping in the electronics section of the store when a man walked up behind her and held a pocket knife to her side.
The man told her not to scream and to “ditch the cart” and come with him, the woman told police in an interview. He began walking her toward the rear of the store.
The woman pulled away from him and screamed, and the man pushed or hit her, causing her to fall to the floor. The man dropped his knife and punched her in the face at least twice as she lay on the floor, according to the affidavit.
A Wal-Mart employee approached, and the man picked up his knife and pointed it at the employee, who allowed him to pass. He told the employee to help the woman because she needed help.
Police reviewed surveillance video of the incident and saw that the man left the store traveling west on Schilling Road in a white late 1990s Ford Crown Victoria.
An officer paused the video as the man was leaving Wal-Mart and realized the baseball cap he was wearing and his shirt had a restaurant chain’s logo on them. A co-worker shown the footage identified the man as Logan and said he worked as a dishwasher.
An officer found Logan’s car parked along a Salina street. The name of the street was redacted from the affidavit. Officers knocked on several doors in the area of the car. Logan was found in a bedroom of a residence in the vicinity, after a woman allowed police to search.
The affidavit said officers found a new carton of Marlboro Red cigarettes in a dresser drawer, and a receipt time stamped at 6:04 a.m. July 3 for $60.15 was in his property. He had $85 to $90 on his person, as well as a folding knife with a black plastic handle and a 2 1/2 inch blade in his pocket, the affidavit said.
July 25, 2015
Amber Pangborn, 35, who became stranded and gave birth in a Northern California national forest took Methamphetamine for “energy boost” after delivering her daughter
A woman who became stranded and gave birth in a Northern California national forest says she took methamphetamine to get an energy boost after delivering her daughter.
Amber Pangborn, 35, told the Chico Enterprise-Record that her daughter is healthy, but Butte County Child Protective Services placed the baby in foster care. She says she’s trying to regain custody after both she and her daughter tested positive for meth.
Pangborn said staff at the hospital where she was treated notified social workers because of the nature of the birth. Pangborn delivered in the backseat of her broken-down car in Plumas National Forest in June.
Pangborn said she got lost while travelling back roads between casinos in her native Paradise, a small town about 90 miles north of Sacramento.
She said she fended off insects, hunger and thirst for three days before lighting a brush fire to summon help. The quarter-acre fire worked and she and her baby were rescued.
She told the paper she voluntarily gave up parental rights to three older daughters after her husband killed himself. Butte County Child Protective Services officials declined to discuss Pangborn’s case.
Pangborn said she got the methamphetamine from a man whom she had given a ride the night she got lost. She said she used it to keep up her energy while stranded.
Pangborn said the experience has been devastating and depressing. She said her baby is healthy and thriving and she doesn’t pose a danger to her daughter.
“There’s no risk to my daughter or anything,” Pangborn said.
July 25, 2015
Frances Lea Branton, 59, and Penny Sue Decosta, 54, and Gary Dean Nofziger, 57, of Lebanon, arrested on Methamphetamine, child endangerment accusations
Linn County sheriff’s deputies, Lebanon area police and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration on Friday morning announced the arrest of three Lebanon residents on accusations of methamphetamine possession and child endangerment.
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said deputies served a search warrant at 7 a.m. Thursday at a residence in the 30100 block of Horseshoe Loop and seized methamphetamine, packaging material, digital scales, surveillance equipment, drug paraphernalia, a police scanner and $550 in cash.
They also seized three firearms and property allegedly stolen from Linn, Lane and Marion counties, including 36 street and road signs, two all-terrain vehicles and a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.
Gary Dean Nofziger, 57, was arrested on accusations of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, three counts of felon in possession of a firearm, first-degree child neglect and three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle. He is held on $56,000 bail in the Linn County Jail.
According to court documents, Nofziger was convicted of assault and menacing in 1996 and felon in possession of a firearm in 1997. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Linn County Circuit Court.
Frances Lea Branton, 59, and Penny Sue Decosta, 54, were both arrested on accusations of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a minor. They were both booked into the Linn County Jail and later released.
Branton was convicted of interfering with a probation officer in 2010. Court records show that Decosta was convicted on drug delivery charges in 2000 and first-degree forgery in 1988.
Riley said a 16-year-old girl who lived there was released to the custody of her mother.
July 24, 2015
Jeremy Shane Fogleman, 36, of Gulfport, flees Gulfport police with Methamphetamine in Camaro, crashes into car and kills man
GULFPORT, Mississippi — A Gulfport man who fled police and crashed into another motorist earlier this month had his charges upgraded this week after the wreck victim died in the hospital.
Fogleman’s charges have been upgraded to felony fleeing and eluding causing death, felony fleeing and eluding causing injury, possession of methamphetamine and no proof of insurance.
On July 8 around midnight, a Gulfport patrol officer attempted a traffic stop for observed violations at 28th Street and Pass Road. Fogleman, who was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, accelerated to a high rate of speed and refused to stop.
The patrol officer deactivated his blue lights and chose not to pursue the vehicle.
Moments later, Fogleman’s Camaro was involved in a motor vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of Pass Road and 8th Avenue.
During the crash investigation, it was learned that Fogleman disregarded the red traffic signal on Pass Road and struck a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu that was northbound on 8th Avenue. The two vehicles then struck a 2011 Nissan Murano that was stationary in the westbound lane of Pass Road.
Fogleman was found to be in possession of methamphetamines and was arrested.
American Medical Response transported the drivers of the Chevrolet Malibu and the Nissan Murano to area hospitals for treatment of injuries received during the crash. Fogleman was also transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.
After booking and other procedures, Fogleman was transported to the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility to be held on $350,000 in bail, set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray.
Fogleman was also given bail of $639 for no proof of insurance, which was set by the Gulfport Municipal Court.
During a follow up investigation, information was received that the driver of the Chevrolet Malibu was transported to a Mobile area hospital, where he later died as a result of injuries received during the crash.
Based on that information, Fogleman’s charges were upgraded to felony fleeing and eluding causing death, felony fleeing and eluding causing injury, possession of methamphetamine and no proof of insurance.
On Monday, the Gulfport Police Detective Division served Fogleman with the updated arrest warrants at the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility.
He was then given bail of $1.25 million, set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray and $639 bail set by the Gulfport Municipal Court.
The investigation is ongoing.
July 19, 2015
Domestic situation leads to Methamphetamine arrests of Cassie Michaele Oliver, 27, Robert G. Oliver, 23, of Trinity, his father, Robert Oliver 48, of Killen
MOULTON — A domestic incident that started in Lauderdale County has resulted in the arrest of a Lawrence County man, his wife, and his father on manufacturing methamphetamine charges, authorities said.
Robert G. Oliver, 23, 164 Lawrence 316, Trinity; his wife, Cassie Michaele Oliver, 27, same address; and his father, Robert Oliver 48, 6723 Lauderdale 94, Killen; are each charged with first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and chemical endangerment of a child, Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said.
Dennis Sharp, director of the Lawrence County Drug Task Force, said the arrest came after agents were notified by members of the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force concerning Oliver’s possible involvement in manufacturing meth.
Sharp said agents searched the residence and found 38 used homemade gas generators. Drug agents said the gas generators are made by mixing liquid drain cleaner and salt. The gas the mixture gives off is used to solidify the liquid meth from a one-pot cook.
“They had no regard for safety,” Sharp said of the couple. “There were three of the homemade generators laying on the front porch in plain view when we drove up. And some of them still had gas in them, and they can be volatile.
“Plus, there were used syringes laying everywhere, and other items and paraphernalia all over the house.”
Lauderdale County Drug agents said they were called to Lauderdale 94 after Killen police received a call about a couple walking down the road arguing and fighting, and carrying a child.
Drug agents said the couple admitted to police they had been using meth.
“The Lauderdale agents also found out that they had been buying a lot of pseudoephedrine (the key ingredient in the manufacturing of meth),” Sharp said.
Lauderdale County agents reported finding evidence of meth cooks at Robert Oliver’s house in Killen. They also reported they uncovered information that Robert Oliver had been purchasing pseudoephedrine for his son and daughter-in-law.
Mitchell said after his agents searched Oliver’s East Lawrence residence, they contact the Lawrence County Department of Human Resources because of the conditions the child was living in.
“They were putting the child’s health at risk,” Mitchell said.
He said agents found meth-related items in the child’s car seat inside the residence.
“There’s no telling what that child had been exposed to before the arrest was made,” Sharp said.
“Working together with other agencies get good results,” said Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Richard Richey. “Just because someone lives in Lauderdale County doesn’t mean they’re not selling it somewhere else. They’re mobile, and they’re going to go wherever to sell their drugs, or get what they need to make it.”
July 18, 2015
Not happy to see Ashtabula County Sheriff’s deputy: Shane M. Klein, 22, of Ashtabula, tries to hide Methamphetamine lab in pants
ASHTABULA — An Ashtabula man was arrested and jailed Wednesday after a sheriff’s deputy discovered he was hiding an active meth lab — in his pants.
According to a county sheriff’s department report, Shane M. Klein, 22, of 5255 State Road Apt. 74, Ashtabula, was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over at the intersection of Grove Drive and Main Avenue at about 1:07 p.m. Wednesday when the driver ran a stop sign.
Klein reportedly would not make eye contact with the deputy, according to the report, and had to be asked twice to give personal information for a warrant check. Noting Klein’s nervousness, the deputy frisked the driver and all passengers. Klein, who was reportedly slow to exit the vehicle and appeared to be carrying several unknown items in his pockets, was handcuffed after trying to stop the officer from patting him down.
The deputy discovered Klein was attempting to conceal a 2-liter bottle containing a murky white substance down the front of his pants, identified by the deputy as an active “one-pot” methamphetamine lab. The deputy also confiscated other items from Klein’s person, including a syringe and a pill bottle containing what Klein believed was sulfuric acid, he later told the deputy.
A Drug Enforcement Agency remediation officer was called to the scene. Ashtabula Fire Department also arrived for additional safety precautions. The scene was remediated a half-hour later.
Klein told the deputy the driver and other passengers were unaware of the drug materials he was carrying. The driver claimed Klein had asked him to drop him off at a Grove Avenue home. They had picked up Klein from the home when the driver was pulled over. Klein told the deputy he was asked to dispose of the materials by people living at the Grove Avenue home, but he did not name them.
Klein was transported to the Ashtabula County Jail and charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony, and possession of drug abuse instruments through Ashtabula Municipal Court.
Klein has previous convictions in that court for theft and criminal trespass.
July 17, 2015
Christian M. Berger, 32, of Decatur, accused of Methamphetamine, sex with an underage teen girl, child porn, and other offenses
DECATUR – When members of the Decatur Police Department Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant at a house on the city’s near northside, they found a small quantity of heroin, methamphetamine and an alleged meth lab.
They also found that Christian M. Berger, a 32-year-old man with an extensive criminal history, allegedly was in a sexual relationship with an underage teen girl.
Berger, who is being held in the Macon County Jail on $250,000 bond, entered a not guilty plea in circuit court Wednesday on six felony charges.
He is charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacture, a Class X felony; child pornography, a Class 1 felony; aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony; and three other narcotics offenses.
Officers found Berger and the teen girl in Berger’s bedroom after entering the residence at 10:40 a.m. June 18.
On a shelf in the bedroom, detectives found two baggies that field tested positive for meth, as well as a baggie containing a small amount of heroin, said an affidavit by Decatur police detective Paul Vinton. A digital scale was on a bed.
In a police interview, Berger admitted that the meth and heroin belonged to him.
He said he and the teen girl “started sleeping together a month previously” and that they “had sexual intercourse at least 10 times” at the Water Street residence during the past month, the affidavit said.
“During an examination of Berger’s cellphone, detectives located a video which showed Christian Berger and (the juvenile) having sexual intercourse.” Berger told police the video was shot in Decatur during the past month.
In the basement of the residence, officers found meth lab components, including 20 or more empty pseudoephedrine pill wrappers, used coffee filters with suspected meth residue, a Coleman fuel can with fluid remaining, two full lighter fluid containers, an empty heavy duty drain cleaner container and a gallon of muriatric acid.
The Illinois State Police meth team helped process the scene and dispose of hazardous waste products.
At the time of Berger’s arrest, he was out on bond in connection with a 2014 Macon County narcotics case. He was charged Dec. 18 with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with a prior conviction for heroin possession. That case is pending.
He is due in circuit court for a pretrial hearing in his most recent case Aug. 11.
July 16, 2015
Fort Morgan Police find 16 pounds of Methamphetamine after confused suspect, Jonathan Potzler, 28, high on meth, calls 911 to complain about other suspect, Jazmin Elguezabal, 21
FORT MORGAN, Colo. – Police said they found 16 pounds of methamphetamine in a car, the biggest bust Fort Morgan police can recall, after one of the accused traffickers called 911 while high on drugs.
Police said Jonathan Potzler, 28, called 911 Saturday afternoon saying he was in the Wal-Mart parking lot and a woman he didn’t know refused to get out of his car. He also told the dispatcher he believed he was in Arizona.
When police arrived, they found Potzler and Jazmin Elguezabal, 21, who said she was Potzler’s cousin. According to arrest documents, it didn’t take long for the pair to confess to carrying drugs.
The packages of crystal meth investigators found resemble huge foil-wrapped breakfast burritos covered in slime. Police said grease and other agents were used on the packages to throw off drug-sniffing dogs.
“I’ve been with the department 28 years, and this is the biggest bust I’ve been involved in,” said Fort Morgan Det. Todd Zwetzig.
He said he doesn’t believe the pair’s final destination was Fort Morgan, and that they were just stopping off from Interstate 76.
“Because of the interstate, we have mass amounts of drugs that go through all the time that we don’t know about,” Zwetzig said. “Just because we don’t have the intelligence on them or we don’t have a reason to contact those persons.”
Potzler and Elguezabal were both charged with multiple felonies, including unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful distribution, manufacture and dispensing or sale of a controlled substance. Both are being held without bond at the Morgan County Detention Center.
Potzler declined to be interviewed Tuesday.
Fort Morgan Police are still investigating the case, and trying to determine where the drugs originated and where they were being transported.
July 15, 2015
Social Services worker, Amanda Celeste Szemak, 38, and Billy Marlow, 42, arrested on Methamphetamine charges in Middlesboro
Middlesboro, KY (WYMT) A duo from Middlesboro have been arrested for trafficking in crystal meth.
Police say 42-year old Billy Marlow handed his 38-year-old passenger Amanda Celeste Szemak an ounce of what is believed to have been crystal meth during the traffic stop.
In an arrest citation, police say the crystal meth was concealed inside Szemak’s pants.
Arrest records show Amanda Celeste Szemak is employed by Lee County, Virginia Social Services.
WYMT contacted the Lee County, Virginia Social Services office and spoke with agency director Trevor Hensley, who would not confirm or deny Szemak’s employment directing all inquires to be made to agency attorney Greg Edwards, he was not available to comment.
Marlow was charged with trafficking in meth and several traffic related charges. He was driving on a suspended license.
Szemak was charged with one count of trafficking in meth.
Both were taken to the Bell County Detention Center.
July 14, 2015
Cassandra Cookson, 32, of Springville, Arrested After Selling Methamphetamine To Informant – Twice
According to a probable cause affidavit, an ISP trooper took a confidential informant twice in March to meet with 32-year-old Cassandra Cookson at her home in Springville to purchase meth.
Each time, the informant returned with a baggy filled with 1.5 grams of meth.
A warrant was issued for Cookson’s arrest charging her with two counts of dealing meth, two counts of possession of meth and two counts of maintaining a common nuisance.
July 13, 2015
Trespass complaint turns into Methamphetamine and drug charges for Bonnie Lee Baggs, 31, of San Mateo, and Matthew Willis, 52, of Hollister
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — A local couple was arrested following what was originally only a trespass complaint but turned into drug charges after deputies allegedly found morphine, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia on the pair.
According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Bonnie Lee Baggs, 31, of San Mateo, and Matthew Willis, 52, of Hollister, were arrested after police found morphine and drug paraphernalia on them before they tried tampering with the evidence. Willis is also accused of possessing methamphetamine.
Police were called out to a Dollar General store because of a third person in the store who’d been told not to come back. The employee asked deputies to also trespass Willis and Baggs from the store,too, because they were waiting for the third person.
All three were suspected of shoplifting from the Dollar General.
After a pat down by officers, one deputy found wet coffee filters in a plastic bag in Willis’ pocket. Another deputy, a member of the sheriff’s office methamphetamine response unit, recognized that the filters were probably used to help make ‘one pot meth.’
The filters tested positive for meth.
Deputies found several syringes on Baggs that she claimed she used to ‘inject pills.’
Both were then arrested without incident.
While in the back of the patrol car, both suspects could be seen fidgeting around.
When police arrived at the sally port of the jail, they found 3 syringes shoved in the back seat of their patrol car.
The syringes tested positive for morphine.
Baggs is being held on a $3,516 bond and Willis is being held on a $4,520 bond.
July 12, 2015
Ex-con, Jason Jermaine Gray, 35, of Stillwater, Gets 5-Year Prison Term for Conspiracy to have Methamphetamine Brought into the Payne County Jail in Bible by Mother
(Stillwater, Okla.) — An ex-convict jailed on $500,000 bail on a robbery charge has been given a five-year prison term for conspiring with his sister to have their mother deliver a Bible containing methamphetamine for him into the Payne County Jail.
Jailers discovered the methamphetamine hidden in the spine of the Bible, an affidavit by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Gregg Russell said.
“It is standard operating procedures for jail staff to check all properties for contraband before giving the property to inmates,” the affidavit said.
Jason Jermaine Gray, 35, of Stillwater, who has been jailed for nearly 18 months, was scheduled to stand trial this week in connection with the theft of a cell phone from an Oklahoma State University student near the campus in January 2014, court records show.
Gray was originally accused with another ex-convict of robbing the student, but after Gray was charged with conspiracy in the methamphetamine jail incident, he accepted a plea bargain in both cases for two concurrent five-year prison terms followed by five years of probation, court records show.
Gray pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit a felony in the methamphetamine jail incident, and also to a reduced charge of being an accessory to theft from a person at night, as well as concealing the stolen cell phone from the OSU student in the January 2014 case, court records show.
Gray had been in the Payne County Jail for more than a year when jailers found methamphetamine in the spine of a Bible on March 2 that had been brought in for him by his mother, an affidavit alleged.
When jailers showed the Payne County deputy a rolled-up piece of paper wrapped in clear tape, Russell examined the contents, a white powder-like substance that tested positive as being methamphetamine, the affidavit said.
A sheriff’s employee who “takes in the property that people drop off for the inmates and controls visitation for the jail,” told the deputy that Gray’s mother dropped the Bible off for him, the affidavit said.
The employee thought it was odd that Gray’s mother dropped off a Bible and thought she was acting odd, the affidavit said.
When Gray’s mother pulled the Bible out of a bag and fanned the book open to see if anything was inside the pages, she said, “There’s nothing in there,” the affidavit said.
The employee didn’t find anything inside the pages before placing the Bible in the jail’s box with Jason Gray’s name on it as standard operating procedure, the affidavit said.
After the jailers found methamphetamine in the Bible’s spine, the sheriff’s deputy examined surveillance footage showing Gray’s mother in the courthouse, the affidavit said. The sheriff’s deputy then obtained the phone numbers of Gray’s mother and Gray’s sister, the affidavit said.
“I then searched the two phone numbers in the jail’s phone system and found where Jason Gray calls the number (for his sister) almost on a daily basis from the phone located in his jail cell,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.
In the recorded conversations, Gray’s sister said, “I’ll have Mom bring it onto you,” the affidavit alleged.
Gray asked, “What is it? Bible?” to which his sister answered “yup,” the affidavit alleged.
Gray asked, “Is Momma going to bring it in?” to which his sister answered, “She going to have to. I always bring it in. They know me,” the affidavit alleged.
Gray’s sister asked their mother, “Mom, can you take something in for him in the morning?” to which she agreed, the affidavit alleged.
Although the deputy requested arrest warrants for both Gray’s mother and his sister, no charges were filed on Gray’s mother, court records show
Gray’s sister, Lashonda Renae Davis, 32, of Stillwater, who was already on probation for a drug conviction, was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony in the methamphetamine jail incident on which she was scheduled to appear in court his week.
In October 2013, Davis had been given a six-month jail term followed by nine and one-half years of probation for possessing cocaine in Stillwater, court records show. Davis was ordered to have random drug tests and a substance abuse evaluation as well as follow-up, court records show.
In that cocaine case from 2013, Davis was also ordered to pay the cost of her incarceration, as well as $1,550 in fines and assessments, and to perform 100 hours of community service, court records show.
Davis also had been charged with making a false declaration of ownership in pawn regarding a Sony PlayStation 4 that had been stolen in a Stillwater burglary in July 2014, a felony case on which she was also scheduled to appear in court his week.
Her brother, Jason Gray, had been released from prison in 2013 after serving about six years of a 10-year sentence for drug possession with intent to distribute in 2005 in Bryan County, state Department of Corrections records show.
Gray had also been given a concurrent 10-year prison term for robbery in 1999 in Bryan County after his probation was revoked in 2007, DOC records show.
Gray had also served about four years of a five-year prison term for second-degree burglary in 1998 after he was found in violation of his probation in Bryan County, DOC records show.
July 11, 2015
Justin Quintana, 18, and Erasmo Mercado, 18, charged with doing Methamphetamine with two underage girls who were 14 and 15 years old in Georgetown, west of Crescent City
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. – Two Putnam County men are facing serious charges Friday after deputies said they were found in a condemned home with methamphetamine and two underage girls who were 14 and 15 years old.
Deputies were called to the home on Douglas Street in Georgetown, west of Crescent City, just before midnight Thursday.
The two men are 18-year old Justin Quintana and 18-year old Erasmo Mercado.
Quintana has bonded out of the jail, but Mercado is still behind bars. Mercado listed the condemned home as his address, but since it was condemned by the county, no one had a legal right to be there.
Neighbors in the area have said that the house has been a problem for quite a while.
Friday afternoon, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the home on Douglas Street to give the final all clear, hours after authorities said that Mercado and Quintana were found inside with two young girls and about a gram of methamphetamine. Neighbors said they weren’t surprised.
“The police have been aware of that house for at least 8 months. But they’ve been monitoring it, and they rely on citizens to make calls,” neighbor Michael Rock said.
One of the people to call 911 Thursday was Rock’s neighbor, who heard Quintana and Mercado arrive to the home with the two girls. Because it was condemned, they knew no one was supposed to be there.
“Well, the girls were laughing and carrying on. They went to the back door first and then they went around the front,” Rock said.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Quintana was found inside the house, but once deputies went searching, they said they spotted Mercado and the two girls in the garage hiding under a counter. Police later found the methamphetamine and a credit card used to cut it.
In the incident report, the sheriff’s office reported one of the girls was found wearing only a t-shirt.
When she was asked about it, the deputy said she quote: “admitted she had intentions to have sexual intercourse with Erasmo, however, our presence interrupted that.”
That detail is especially upsetting to those in the area and now that this has happened, neighbors are hoping to see this house gone.
“I just, I hope they tear the place down,” Rock said.
Mercado and Quintana are both charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, plus trespassing. The girls were released to their parents.
July 10, 2015
Arrest in Miami leads to Methamphetamine-laced candy in Bradenton; Jesus Casteyano, 53, arrested
BRADENTON — A Bradenton man has been charged with distributing methamphetamine disguised as candy, according to federal prosecutors.
According to a complaint, Jesus Casteyano, 53, and others distributed more than 500 grams of a mixture containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine that was contained and packaged as retail candy.
Casteyano faces charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. If convicted he faces a mandatory sentence of 10 years to life in federal prison, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Tampa.
Casteyano made his first appearance in court Wednesday, and was ordered held without bond.
The complaint states that authorities began investigating Casteyano after Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Miami arrested a man with 5 kilograms of methamphetamine disguised as candy. The man told agents he had picked up the drugs from a residence in the 100 block of 59th Avenue Drive West in Bradenton.
Casteyano was among the people at the residence when authorities went to investigate on Tuesday. He and his wife were found in a bedroom with a 6-year-old and a 1-year-old. His wife confirmed that the four of them stayed in that bedroom of the home.
When law enforcement asked his wife if there were drugs in the home during a search, the woman said there were bags of candy in a storage tub in their closet. She said Casteyano had told her not to give the candy to her son because it was methamphetamine, according to the complaint.
Law enforcement found 19 pounds of a substance packaged as candy but tested positive for methamphetamine in the tub she indicated.
In interviews with officers, Casteyano confirmed that he was aware the candy was methamphetamine and that it belonged to him. He said there was one more processing step to complete for it to be usable meth.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
July 9, 2015
Tiffany Nancy Mae Piper, 24, of Casper, high on Methamphetamine, arested for swinging her infant child by ankles
Casper police arrested a woman Tuesday after she was found swinging her infant child from its ankles while she was under the influence of methamphetamine.
Piper, 24, had been living at the Self-Help Center’s Ivy House on Ash Street with her baby, who was born in 2014. Someone at the house called police about 2:30 a.m. to report Piper was “running around erratically” and “holding her baby by its ankles.”
The woman said Piper told her the baby’s head “was smashed in and cut open.” The woman believed Piper was hallucinating.
Piper told officers she was sleeping and had a bad dream and that when she woke, she believed it was real.
When asked by police, Piper denied ingesting any drugs. However, Piper gave police permission to search her room and they found meth and the pain killer Tramadol. Piper admitting to smoking the meth on Monday. She also admitted to smoking spice, or synthetic marijuana.
Piper’s sister took custody of the baby.
July 8, 2015
Grand Forks County Authorities: Driver, Scott Wayne Srnsky, 41, of Thief River Falls, killed friend, Jacob James Kasprowicz, 29, in Methamphetamine-fueled game of highway chicken
Authorities are searching for a Thief River Falls man in connection with a May 26 fatal car crash that claimed the life of a friend.
A warrant has been issued for Scott Wayne Srnsky, 41, who is facing a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Jacob James Kasprowicz, 29, whose address was listed as Warren, Minn.
Srnsky had been arrested June 30 in Grand Forks and booked into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center on a charge of driving under suspension/revocation. He posted bond and was released the same day, according to jail records.
A warrant was issued for Srnsky the following day in Pennington County, according to court documents.
When Srnsky was arrested in Grand Forks, he was wearing a cast. When officers asked why he had a cast, he responded, according to the complaint, that he “was injured in a crash when he was playing chicken with a friend, and his friend died.”
The criminal complaint alleges Srnsky was operating a vehicle in Pennington County while under the influence of methamphetamine when the head-on collision occurred on 190th Street Northeast near U.S. Highway 59, north of Thief River Falls.
The complaint states as Srnsky turned onto 190th Street, he accelerated his vehicle, which crossed the center line and struck the oncoming Kasprowicz vehicle head-on. Rescue techniques were used in attempts to save the lives of both drivers. However, Kasprowicz died at the scene.
A Minnesota State Patrol investigation, which included evaluations of black boxes located on both vehicles, revealed that Srnsky “accelerated at a high rate of RPMs” once he turned onto 190th Street Northeast.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension report stated, through examination of a blood sample, that Srnsky was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the crash.
A felony conviction of criminal vehicular homicide carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
The sheriff’s office requests that anyone with information about Snrsky’s whereabouts to call 911 or the Pennington County Sheriff’s Department at (218) 681-6161.
July 7, 2015
Nacogdoches County constable: Naked man, Oreen Rogers, 31, of Arizona, running around road blames mom’s Methamphetamine; Sherrina Sanchez, 52, of Lufkin, also arrested
Pct. 4 Constable David Stone said he received a call at 10:16 a.m. of a naked man running in and out of the woods along County Road 475.
When deputies arrived, Stone said the man resisted arrest and even chased a citizen in the area. He said they had to use a Taser to subdue him.
“I was going to visit a friend. When I turned down the road, I observed a naked body in front of me walking down the road,” said Nathan Alders, a witness. “He made a dash for me and tried to get a hold of me.”
Stone said deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office came to the scene to assist. He said the man, identified as Oreen Rogers, 31, of Arizona, said he was high on meth which his mother gave to him.
“I knew something was wrong with him,” Alders said.
Stone said he admitted to being out of control and shedding his clothes and talking to God. Deputies found marijuana in his clothes along the road.
Stone said sheriff’s deputies went back to the home Rogers was staying and found seven-tenths of a gram of meth in the home. They arrested Rogers’ mother, Sherrina Sanchez, 52, of Lufkin, on a charge of state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance.
Rogers is charged with misdemeanor offenses of resisting arrest, public intoxication, possession of marijuana and disorderly conduct.
“It’s not normal in Etoile to see someone walking down the middle of the road with their clothes off,” Alders said.
July 6, 2015
Couple’s car was a Methamphetamine lab, Sandusky police say; Ashley Walter, 27, and Andrew Spitzer, 29, of Clyde, arrested
Ashley Walter, 27, and fiancee Andrew Spitzer, 29, face multiple felony charges after a search was conducted in which officers recovered plastic bags with residue. Walter admitted to officers that the residue was methamphetamine, according to the police report.
Officers also recovered metal boxes, plastic straws and needles containing residue in a search of a vehicle belonging to Walter.
According to the report, Walter admitted there were materials for a meth lab inside the vehicle, and investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation confirmed there was an active meth lab in the car.
“Due to the vehicle being in the vicinity of Adams Junior High, the charge (cultivating methamphetamine) was upgraded to a felony 1,” the report said.
In Ohio, the drug-free zone is considered to have a 1,000-foot perimeter.
The report says the vehicle, driven by Spitzer, was southbound on Hancock Street in Sandusky when it made several turns attempting to evade police before coming to a stop on East Adams Street.
Police identified the vehicle as registered in Walter’s name, with an active warrant for her arrest.
When officers approached the car, Walter and Spitzer were not in the vehicle and had entered a nearby library.
Both were stopped by an officer on duty at the library, and Walter was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant.
The report said Spitzer continued reaching into his pocket when police stopped him. He consented to a search and the plastic bag with residue was found, the report said. He was also charged with possession of drugs, a felony, a misdemeanor count of possession of a drug instrument and a misdemeanor charge of driving under suspension.
Walter is being held without bond while Spitzer’s bond was set at $27,500.
Walter and Spitzer will appear in Erie County Municipal Court at 10 a.m. July 8.
July 5, 2015
Robert Lee Kearse IV , 34, and Dilon Malcolm Padgett, 21, arrested after Bamberg police find active Methamphetamine lab “bubbling” in vehicle
Officers in the process of serving warrants on a Faust Street man on June 28 discovered he had an active methamphetamine lab “bubbling” in his vehicle.
Robert Lee Kearse IV , 34, 388 Faust St., was charged with possession/manufacturing of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Dilon Malcolm Padgett, 21, of 219 Apache Road, Bamberg, who was with Kearse, was charged with possession/manufacturing of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The two men were arrested when officers went to serve warrants on Kearse related to a June 1 incident after spotting him in a vehicle with Padgett on June 28.
The warrants stemmed from an incident in the parking lot of the New China restaurant when officers had approached Kearse after seeing him driving erratically and then parking in a manner as to take up multiple spaces. He was compliant but fidgeting and “tweaking” as officers questioned him about his involvement with methamphetamines, the report states. Kearse admitted he had recently smoked some meth and had some in his possession, the report states.
A search of the vehicle turned up meth, Xanax and drug paraphernalia, according to police. There were three juveniles in the vehicle with the man during the June 1 incident. Warrants were sought at that time.
On June 28, officers approached Kearse in the Bi-Lo parking lot to serve the warrants. While being placed under arrest, he told officers that he had a “bottle” in the vehicle, the report states. Due to their meth training, officers understood that “bottle” meant a pot lab which, if active, could explode, the report states.
Donning protective gear, officers searched the vehicle and located an active lab in the process of bubbling and “cooking” behind the front passenger seat, the report states. Additional drug paraphernalia was located in the vehicle, according to police.
July 4, 2015
Former Klamath deputy, Darin Lee Mullica, 41, sentenced to 7 years for more than 30 sex crimes; Also gave 17-year-old girl Methamphetamine
A Central Point man and former Klamath County jail deputy arrested in February on more than 30 sex-crime charges was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to 13 of them.
Darin Lee Mullica, 41, had sexual relations with a 17-year-old girl over several months in 2013 and 2014 and made video and photos of the encounters, according to a 32-count indictment filed Jan. 21. Investigators also believe Mullica had given the girl methamphetamine, the indictment states. Mullica was arrested by authorities in Littleton, Colo., on Feb. 22 on a Jackson County warrant and had been held on $1 million bail. Sheriff’s investigators said they believed Mullica had shared some of the images with other people in person and online.
Mullica unsuccessfully attempted to have evidence seized by investigators under a search warrant thrown out, and had planned to present an affirmative defense to the charges at trial, saying he didn’t know the girl was a minor and was thus unaware he was producing sexually explicit images of a child.
Mullica pleaded guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to five counts of second-degree sexual abuse, four counts of first-degree encouragement of child sexual abuse, three counts of first-degree possession of material depicting the sexually explicit misconduct of a child and delivery of methamphetamine. Other charges were dismissed under the plea agreement.
Judge Kelly Ravassipour sentenced Mullica to a total of 84 months in state custody. He’ll also have to register as a sex offender.
Under his plea, Mullica will be eligible for sentence reductions and alternatives and may receive credit for time already served. He avoided a potential Measure 11 sentence of 70 months in prison without parole or early release consideration.
The Herald and News in Klamath Falls reported in 2001 that Mullica, a former corrections deputy in Klamath County, had been arrested on charges of official misconduct and coercion for allegedly pressuring two female inmates into having sex with him. In 2002, he was convicted of two counts of first-degree official misconduct and sentenced to 30 days in jail and 48 months’ probation. He was later named a defendant in a lawsuit brought by one of the inmates against the county, which was later dismissed. State records show Mullica’s law enforcement certification was revoked in 2002.
July 3, 2015
Lugenea Vollmar, from Idaho, claimed shape shifters forced her to ingest Methamphetamine in Casper
CASPER, Wyo. — Casper police arrested an Idaho woman for methamphetamine use Wednesday after she said shape shifters had forced her to ingest the drug, according to a police report.
Lugenea Vollmar is charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, the report states.
Vollmar went to Wyoming Medical Center shortly after 9 a.m. She asked for her car to be checked and had a large kitchen knife with her, according to the report. She also had more than $2,500 in her purse.
Hospital staff alerted police. When officers arrived, Vollmar told them “her story was going to be difficult to believe.” Vollmar said she was driving through Casper on her way to Idaho from Denver. She had been in the Wal-Mart parking lot on CY Avenue when several people she didn’t know began harassing her, she told police.
The people were dressed like “Criss Angel” and were hiding behind trees and under her car, the report states. Vollmar accused the people of stealing a shotgun and a BB gun from her car. She also said they were shape shifters and turned into trees and other objects.
Vollmar told police these people went under her car and blew methamphetamine vapor in her car, which caused her to unintentionally ingest meth.
Hospital staff diagnosed Vollmar with amphetamine-induced delirium and anxiety, the report states.
Before being taken to the Natrona County Detention Center, Vollmar told police that people try to get her to deliver drugs because “no one would suspect an old, white, fat woman.”
July 2, 2015
Journey drummer, Deen Castronovo, 50, on Methamphetamine during arrest on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in Salem
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.
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.”
July 1, 2015
53-year-old sex offender, Shane Vondel Michael Greene, who reportedly became fixated on Deputy District Attorney Nicole Jergovic in Multnomah County — showing up at her home — arrested; Also charged for Methamphetamine
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.
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.
June 30, 2015
Matthew Hughey, 25, high on Methamphetamine, Pulls Down Pants at the Exxon Station on Upward Road in Henderson County
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.
June 29, 2015
Brandy Ray Bradford, 36, of Rome, accused of having Methamphetamine, other drugs at Rome home
According to reports:
Brandy Ray Bradford, 36, of 2531 Shorter Ave., Lot 31, was arrested at her home at 5:10 p.m. Sunday after police found plastic bags of methamphetamine and two different pill bottles without labels containing Trazadone and Seroquel in her bedroom.
She is charged with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine, two misdemeanor counts of possession of a dangerous drug and drugs not in the original container.
June 28, 2015
Jason Gauthier, 40, of Marshalltown, who hid Methamphetamine in fake leg to remain in jail
CEDAR RAPIDS | A man who was found with meth hidden in his prosthetic leg will remain in jail until his trial for federal drug charges.
Authorities allege they intercepted 11 phone calls between Gauthier and the person at the head of the alleged meth ring, 39-year-old Mario Murillo-Mora, discussing repayment of debts. Authorities also claim Gauther had sold about 17 pounds of meth he received from Murillo-Mora, and officers found a pound of meth when they searched his home May 18.
Even after the search, Gauthier was caught with more meth a month later.
“When defendant was arrested on the instant charge on June 17, methamphetamine was found in his artificial leg,” according to court records.
One of Gauthier’s legs was amputated above the knee following a 1994 car accident, court records state.
Others charged in the case include Austin Michael Bertch, of Waterloo; Jessica Acosta; Vania Guadarrama; Rachel Berrones; Gustavo Gonzalez-Torres; and Jeff Richardson.
In 2005, Gauthier was arrested in connection with a federal counterfeiting probe. Marshalltown police found $1,890 in fake money along with two pounds of marijuana while searching another person’s home, and the investigation led them to Gauthier’s home.
There, authorities discovered remnants of a counterfeit bill and computer equipment.
June 26, 2015
Solicitation for Murder Discovery In Marshall County Comes From Methamphetamine Drug Investigation; 59-Year-Old Karen Pickens Arrested
MARSHALL COUNTY, OK— Oklahoma narcotics agents say they discovered a lot more than they bargained for when they busted a local woman for meth.
They posed as customers, but during the exchange they say she asked them to do more than just buy drugs.
“The defendant said she was looking for somebody that she’d like to hire, to kill the ex-husband of her niece,” Mark Woodward, OBN Public Information Officer said.
Agents say she offered the drugs as payment in exchange for their acceptance to be hired hit-men.
“She provided methamphetamine as a down payment for him carrying out this murder for hire,” Woodward said.
59 year-old Karen Pickens was arrested Wednesday.
She’s charged of solicitation to kill in the first degree, as well as distribution of methamphetamine.
Neighbors who know Picken’s say they’re shocked to hear what went on so close to their homes.
“I know the lady and I never would’ve dreamed that she would do anything like that,” Allen Henry said.
Pickens was taken into custody after the second meeting, her bond is set at 1 million dollars.
“Can’t believe she’s been involved in it and now she’s messed up her life,” Henry said.
Pickens is set to be back in Marshall County Court tomorrow morning with a hired attorney.
Marshall County woman arrested in murder for hire scheme
MADILL, Okla. — A Marshall County woman is in jail after allegedly hiring an undercover agent to murder her niece’s ex-husband.
Karen Pickens, 59, of Madill offered an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics officer methamphetamine and cash to kill Darren Bailey two days ago. Her bond is set at $1 million.
She faces two felony counts, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and soliciting for first degree murder.
“Our undercover agent met with the defendant again on Wednesday of this week at her home and she provided methamphetamine as a down payment for him carrying out this murder for hire,” OBN spokesperson Mark Woodward said. “After the exchange she was arrested and taken into custody without incident.”
June 25, 2015
Fargo police: ‘Good young man’ murdered randomly – one of two people murdered by a man, Ashley Hunter, 35, while high on Methamphetamine
Fargo police say a man high on methamphetamine murdered two people this week, and one attack appears random.
Officers responded to the first killing on Monday afternoon. They found 45-year-old Clarence Flowers dead with more than 50 stab wounds. Early Tuesday morning, police were called to a second location where 24-year-old Samuel Traut, a Sartell Minn., native, was found beaten to death with a hammer.
Ashley Hunter, 35, faces two felony murder charges. Police say Hunter and Flowers knew each other and had been involved in drug deals.
Traut, however, appears to be a random victim — “A good young man unknowingly opened his door to a monster,” Interim Police Chief Dave Todd said.
“We do believe Ashley Hunter was using methamphetamine which produces symptoms such as paranoia and for some reason he ended up at the back door of Samuel Traut’s residence,” Todd added.
Traut graduated from North Dakota State University in 2013 and took an engineering job in Fargo. He was active at the NDSU Catholic center where he led Bible studies, said the Rev. James Cheney, who called Traut “a man of tremendous courage and virtue.”
Police say Hunter has admitted killing both victims.
June 24, 2015
Alexandra Torcerro, 4, was 15 pounds when she died in Surprise, Ariz; Had Methamphetamine in her system; Both mother, Rosemary Velazco, and the baby’s father, Carlos Cruz, arrested
It was back in 2011 when DCS was contacted after methamphetamine was discovered in 4-year-old Alexandra Torcerro’s system. Her mom, Rosemary Velazco, admitted to using the drug. It now appears that 2011 case wasn’t the first time.
This past May 23, dispatchers took a call that would lead to an extremely disturbing case of child abuse and neglect. By the time paramedics arrived at the Surprise home, Alexandra was dead. Her parents now sit in jail awaiting trial.
But there are new revelations that DCS might have known about Velazco as far back as 2009. Velazco’s 6-year-old son would likely have been a baby.
“I can only say that there was nothing in the record that indicates a child, this was a situation in which an adult was brought to our attention and we do not have jurisdiction over adults,” said DCS spokesman Doug Nick.
A newly obtained Surprise police report says in August 2009, Velazco was arrested for using meth, that DCS was contacted but that DCS only took information and never investigated.
Surprise police said it was the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s case. MCSO pointed to the El Mirage Police Department. But none of those agencies could figure out why DCS was contacted back in 2009.
“There are very strict guidelines under the law as to when we can intervene,” Nick said. “There has to be an allegation of neglect or abuse and the ‘09 case is something I really can’t comment on.”
Both Rosemary Velazco and the baby’s father, Carlos Cruz, entered not guilty pleas. They are due back in court July 28.
June 23, 2015
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies find Methamphetamine lab near Corner Middle School during domestic-violence call; Johnnie Thomas McCormick, 31, of Empire, arrested
Deputies responding to a domestic-violence call Sunday night found a little more than they bargained for.
Johnnie Thomas McCormick, 31, of Empire was arrested on charges of first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree domestic violence, after Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies found an active methamphetamine lab in his home.
Deputies received a call at about 10 p.m. that a man had assaulted his girlfriend at a house located in the 10000 block of County Line Road, about a mile and a quarter west of Corner Middle School.
When deputies arrived, they talked with the victim, but in the process they noticed the active meth lab. The deputies then evacuated the home, and narcotics investigators then dismantled the lab.
The victim told deputies that her boyfriend became angry with her, and struck her in the face with his hand, knocking her to the floor.
McCormick is in the Jefferson County Jail on bond totaling $66,000.
June 22, 2015
Louisville Metro Police say Jessica Schipler, 28, cooked Methamphetamine while living in garage with her 3 children
Jessica Schipler, 28, was arrested Sunday evening at a home in the 10000 block of Lankford Lane, near Mt. Holly Road.
According to official police records, Schipler cooked meth inside a garage where she was living with her three children.
Authorities responded after receiving a call that an active meth lab was suspected to be in the garage.
When officers arrived at the scene, they met with the homeowner, who said Schipler – who is his son’s girlfriend – and their three children were living in the garage.
Officials say the homeowner said he could smell chemicals coming from the garage. Officials also state the homeowner confronted Schipler and she then left the residence with her three children and two other people.
Police say the homeowner consented to a search of the garage and authorities uncovered several items that are used to make meth. During the search, police also say they found a box with Schipler’s name on it that contained a substance suspected to be meth.
Schipler was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of controlled substance endangerment to a child.
She is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections.
June 21, 2015
Johns Creek police find 20 pounds of crystal Methamphetamine in raid on home; Mary Jessica Flores, 40, and her boyfriend, Hector Valle-Gomez, 38, arrested
A 40-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were arrested and booked at the Fulton County Jail, facing five felony charges for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Investigators said they found 20 pounds of crystal meth, along with the tools to make it and a loaded gun, inside the house.
“We also found about $15,000 of drug money at the location,” Capt. Chris Byers, with the John Creek Police Department, told Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes.
“I don’t even know what they look like at all,” neighbor Jay Schofield said.
Schofield has lived across the street from the couple since they moved into the neighborhood about eight months ago.
Schofield told Fernandes he didn’t know there was an alleged meth operation going on until he saw police and the DEA raid the home.
“We had no idea. I never even knew them honestly. I’ve seen them maybe twice,” Schofield said.
The process of manufacturing methamphetamine has several different stages. Police said the operation wasn’t at the explosive stage.
“When methamphetamine is turned into crystal methamphetamine, it’s not the process where you hear of things exploding, there’s no heat used in that,” Byers said.
“Our canine unit hit on the vehicle so we knew that drugs had been transported in that compartment as well,” Byers said.
Police told Fernandes many residents in Johns Creek enjoy living there because it’s one of the safest cities in Georgia.
But they want people to keep in mind that drugs can make their way into any community.
At last check Flores had bonded out of jail, but her boyfriend is still locked up.
June 20, 2015
Mother, Lexis Fay Russell, 23, and her boyfriend, Jacob Drew Harris, 26, both of Martinez, charged in the death of the woman’s 5½-month-old son; also charged with manufacture of Methamphetamine in the presence of a child
Columbia County authorities charged a Martinez couple with murder Friday in the death of the woman’s 5½-month-old child, two days after he was found lifeless by emergency crews.
Investigators suspect Bentley Reeves was smothered to death by his mother’s boyfriend in the mobile home he shared with the couple and a 2-year-old sibling, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.
Investigators obtained warrants Friday afternoon charging Jacob Drew Harris, 26, with malice murder in the boy’s death. The child was the son of Lexis Fay Russell, 23, who was charged with felony murder, Morris said.
Morris said the murder charges resulted from new evidence obtained in the days since the child’s death and the subsequent arrest of Russell and Harris on numerous drug charges, including the manufacture of methamphetamine in the presence of a child.
According to the warrant, Harris “placed the body of Bentley Reeves face down on a mattress because Bentley would not stop crying. He placed a blanket and a pillow on top of Bentley and pressed down until Bentley stopped crying.”
Russell was charged with felony murder because the death happened during the commission of a felony – her use of illegal drugs in the home, police say. She is also charged with cruelty to children in the second degree.
The child’s grandmother, Lill Reeves, said her son Jeremy Reeves had an on-and-off relationship with Russell and was the father of two of her children, including Bentley. She said her son was out of town working when they learned of Bentley’s death.
She was stunned at the new charges.
“That baby was the most beautiful, happy, healthy little baby,” Lill Reeves said Friday. “I had him all last weekend and he was just starting to roll. He was rolling all over my floor.
“He was so precious, I just don’t know how anybody could hurt him,” she said. “I just can’t believe it.”
The charges come a day after sheriff’s investigators spent the afternoon searching the couple’s residence in M&M Mobile Home Park at 4222 Wheeler Road.
Russell and Harris called 911 early Wednesday after Russell woke about 4:35 a.m. and found her son unresponsive and not breathing, they said. They moved the baby to the living room and began CPR, a sheriff’s report said. The coroner pronounced the child dead at 5:21 a.m.
Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said results of an autopsy performed Thursday in Atlanta were inconclusive, and it could be weeks before toxicology results are ready and an official cause of death is announced.
Russell is also charged with possession of synthetic marijuana, also known as spice. Harris is also charged with possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. Both were being held Friday at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.
Baby found dead in Martinez trailer park; Mother, boyfriend, Lexis Fay Russell, 23, and Jacob Drew Harris, 26, facing Methamphetamine and drug charges
Lexis Fay Russell, 23, and Jacob Drew Harris, 26, were charged this afternoon with manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child and other drug possession charges, according Columbia County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Emergency officials were summoned to their residence in M&M Mobile Home Park at 4222 Wheeler Road early today where they found Russell’s infant son, Bentley Reeves, unresponsive and not breathing, according to a Columbia County sheriff’s report.
Russell told police that she and her boyfriend went to bed about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday with the infant sleeping between them. She awoke about 4:35 a.m. and found that Bentley was not breathing. Russell and Harris immediately moved the baby to the living room, called 911 and began CPR, the report said.
Columbia County Deputy Coroner Bonnie King pronounced the child dead at 5:21 a.m. King said that there was no evidence of trauma or foul play and that the boy’s body will be sent to Atlanta for an autopsy scheduled today.
Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Russell and Harris were later arrested on narcotics charges after illegal drugs were found in the home. Russell also is charged with possession of synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as spice, and was being held at the Columbia County Detention Center on bonds totalling $17,800. Harris also was charged with possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. He was being held on bonds of $16,200, Morris said.
June 19, 2015
Jolene Miguel, of Maricopa, arrested after 2-year-old son found with Methamphetamine pipe in mouth
Detectives say a family member of Jolene Miguel found Miguel’s son with a meth pipe in his mouth and traces of what appeared to be meth on his clothing at her home. She also found a bag of meth on the living room floor near the children.
The mother was asleep on the couch, according to authorities. The family member took the two children to a local urgent care where they were then transported to a children’s hospital. The children did not have any drugs in their systems and are expected to recover.
Miguel told deputies that she smoked meth the night before. She admitted to smoking meth for last 2 years, which caused one of her children to reportedly be born with meth in his or her system.
She was arrested by Pinal County Sheriff’s Office detectives on June 11 and booked on charges of child abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of dangerous drugs.
June 18, 2015
Ronny Larkin Banks, 56, of Liberty, charged with sexually assaulting minor under the age of 11 at his home over a period of five months; Also charged with Methamphetamine possession
Ronny Larkin Banks, of 624 Mauldin Lake Road in Liberty, was taken into custody and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, a charge that stems from a separate incident.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office initiated the investigation on May 15.
PCSO officials said the in-depth investigation revealed a minor child under the age of 11 was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Banks at his home between November 2014 and April 2015. The victim was not related to Banks.
The drug charges pending against Banks stem from an April 15 incident in which he was found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine and paraphernalia routinely associated with the distribution of methamphetamine.
Arrest warrants said Banks was in possession of more than one gram but less than 10 grams of methamphetamine at the time of the April 15 incident.
Banks is being held without bond in the Pickens County Detention Center until an appearance before a General Sessions judge.
June 17, 2015
Tammy Gadd, from Laurel County, tells sheriff’s deputies she smoked Methamphetamine, then saw ghosts
Deputies arrested Tammy Gadd Monday morning.
They say she admitted to smoking meth, taking muscle relaxers, and drinking alcohol.
We are told Gadd told them she was happy to be arrested. They charged her with public intoxication.
They also arrested Linda Johnson, who admitted to taking meth.
She faces public intoxication along with resisting arrest charges.
June 16, 2016
60-year-old homeless man, Billy Mullins, raped, threatened to kill 12-year-old girl in Phoenix; Found in possession of Methamphetamine
PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) – A 60-year-old homeless Phoenix man is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl not far from her home.
According to police, the victim and her family had known Billy Mullins for about four months. He is a homeless man who frequently collected cans and plastic bottles in their neighborhood.
On Saturday night, the victim walked with Mullins to a Circle K to get some change for cans.
The two were seen leaving the store shortly after 8 p.m., with Mullins directing the girl to walk east with him.
The girl told police that he led her to a walkway behind the Family Dollar Store and then pulled her over to the trash bin, took off her clothes and sexually assault her. She said she tried to yell for help, but Mullins covered her mouth with his hand.
While Mullins was getting dressed, the girl threw on her clothes and ran to a nearby parking lot and got help from a stranger.
The girl’s mother positively identified Mullins in a photo lineup, telling police that he was the man whom her daughter had gone to Circle K.
According to court paperwork, Mullins told the girl he would kill her if she told anyone what he had done.
When police contacted Mullins, he had drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine on him.
Once at the Phoenix Police Department, Mullins immediately requested a lawyer.
Officers booked him on suspicion of sexual abuse and sexual assault, as well as multiple drug charges
June 15, 2015
Martha Blake Ashworth, 33, of Silver Creek, stole candles, $35 flip‑flops, and a sports bra from Belk; had Methamphetamine in purse
According to Floyd County Jail and Rome police reports:
Martha Blake Ashworth, 33, of 41 Woodberry Drive, Apt. C, Silver Creek, was arrested Sunday at 3:15 p.m. at Belk at Mount Berry Mall after she put into her purse a pair of Yellow Box flip-flops valued at $35, two Yankee candles valued at just over $10, and a sports bra valued at $24.
During a search of her purse, police found two glass pipes with methamphetamine residue inside them.
She is charged with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of theft by shoplifting.
June 14, 2015
Nancy Helfrich, 68, and her son, James Helfrich, 39, from Cabot, ordered to spend time in federal prison on Methamphetamine and gun charges, 21 years after being convicted together of first-degree murder
Twenty-one years after being convicted together of first-degree murder, a mother and son from Cabot were ordered to spend time in federal prison on drug and gun charges.
The sentences were handed down Tuesday to Nancy Helfrich, 68, and her son, James Helfrich, 39, who have been in custody since their arrests on federal charges after a June 19, 2013, raid of their home at 27102 Arkansas 107 in Cabot by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The agents reported finding methamphetamine and a loaded rifle inside the home.
At the time, the mother and son were on parole from the Arkansas Department of Correction, where they had been serving sentences of 50 years for her and 30 years for him, since 1994. That’s when they and Helfrich’s daughter, Sheri Copeland, pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court to murder charges in the Nov. 3, 1992, baseball-bat beating death of a “friend,” 36-year-old Juanita Bearden.
Kimberly Rena Forrester, then 26, also pleaded guilty in 1994 to first-degree murder, admitting that she waited in an isolated area of Camp Robinson with Nancy Helfrich and Copeland while James Helfrich, then 18, and his girlfriend, 16-year-old Christie Lunsford of Jacksonville, lured Bearden there on the pretext of helping her find her stolen credit cards, which they said they knew had been discarded there.
Forrester said she ran up to the car and hit Bearden over the head with a baseball bat three times, as planned by Nancy Helfrich, who police called the “mastermind” of the murder. Forrester said the plan was to rob Bearden of $6,500 that the killers believed Bearden had received as a life insurance payout after her husband’s death.
The group believed the three strikes from the bat had killed Bearden, but as they started to leave, Bearden got up and began walking toward her assailants, bleeding from the head, according to testimony. Forrester said she hit Bearden with the bat four more times and the woman finally died, but the assailants never found any money.
North Little Rock police said Bearden’s body was moved to a pond in Burns Park a few days later after Forrester, who lived nearby, began having “irrational fears” that Bearden would rise again. Police found the body in the water on Nov. 10, 1992.
Forrester also received a 50-year prison sentence, and Lunsford’s case was transferred to juvenile court, where proceedings aren’t public.
According to federal court documents, the 2013 raid in Cabot was the result of a task force investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine, which led agents to focus on James Helfrich. Agents reported kicking the door down after investigators and parole officers announced their presence and ordered James Helfrich to emerge, and then heard someone lock the front door. Inside the house, according to the documents, James Helfrich resisted arrest, and his parents, Nancy and Bill Helfrich, emerged from the master bedroom yelling at officers, then resisted arrest as well. Several other people ran out of the home.
Agents reported finding marijuana, drug paraphernalia, ledgers, ammunition and gun accessories throughout the home, as well as a loaded rifle under the bed in the master bedroom. Nancy Helfrich said it belonged to her grandson.
Earlier this year, James Helfrich pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, and his mother pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes cited their murder convictions, and the fact that they were on parole at the time of their arrest in the federal case, as reasons behind sentences of 17 1/2 years for James Helfrich and 45 months for Nancy Helfrich. Holmes gave Nancy Helfrich credit for 21 months she has spent in prison after her parole was revoked as a result of the gun possession, leaving her to serve the remaining two years in federal prison.
June 13, 2015
Pasco carjacking suspect, Kenneth Brown, 30, of Spring Hill, a “known” Methamphetamine user, found naked in Crystal Springs
After a 14-hour search, Pasco deputies captured a carjacking suspect who may have fired a shot at a deputy as he was fleeing, authorities said.
Kenneth Brown, 30, of Spring Hill was found naked around 1:15 a.m. Friday along the railroad track near the east end of Pattie Road in Crystal Springs.
Sheriff Chris Nocco said Brown’s crime spree actually began Wednesday, when he broke into a house in Zephyrhills and stole three handguns and a bag of coins. Brown was a known methamphetamine user who had 22 prior arrests and numerous probation violations, Nocco said.
Over the course of the next two days, Brown led authorities from multiple agencies on a manhunt through southeast Pasco County. At one point, he aimed his gun at a 10-year-old boy and tried to force his way into the child’s apartment, Nocco said.
“This guy was a time bomb about to explode and in our minds about to take somebody’s life,” Nocco said.
An anonymous tip helped lead detectives to a remote area of Crystal Springs where people are known to hide out. Sgt. Chad Tadlock said a seven-man team, with K-9 “Ace” and his handler, silently tracked Brown using night-vision goggles and long-range rifles until the dog surprised him and bit him on the leg. At that point, officers were able to take Brown into custody without incident. He was still armed at the time.
“If that K-9 hadn’t taken him down, there could have been gunfire,” Nocco said.
Nocco released body camera video showing the lethargic and still naked Brown being led away in handcuffs. Tadlock said Brown had minor injuries to his feet, apparently from running, and was likely still under the influence of methamphetamine.
Brown was examined at an area hospital before being transported to the Land O’ Lakes Jail for booking. He is charged with armed burglary, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of armed carjacking, but he could be facing other charges.
Deputies said Brown stole a car at gunpoint in the area of Belmont Place near Eiland Boulevard in Zephyrhills around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Shortly after driving off in the vehicle, deputies spotted Brown driving the car. When Brown abandoned the car and ran away on foot, he may have fired a shot at a deputy who was pursuing him. The deputy was not injured and investigators are still trying to determine if he was firing at them.
Sgt. Dean Quinlan said they still don’t know how Brown got from Zephryhills to Crystal Springs, but once he was there he forced a female acquaintance at gunpoint to drive him to another location in the area.
Nocco said officers from New Port Richey, Polk and Hillsborough counties and Florida Fish & Wildlife played a key role in the search and helping his team maintain the perimeter. He also thanked the Dade City Police Department for being the first agency to provide a K-9 unit Thursday afternoon. “Even with the limited resources they have, they sent numerous people,” he said.
The Zephyrhills Police Department, which has a mutual aid agreement with Pasco County, did not provide any assistance, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.
ZPD Chief David Shears said the sheriff’s office requested a K-9 unit Thursday afternoon, but he didn’t have one on duty at the time. “If he was working, we would have sent him over,” Shears said.
After that, ZPD received no further requests for assistance.
“All it takes is a phone call from a sergeant or above,” Shears said. “It was kind of unusual that they didn’t ask for our assistance. We’re here as a law enforcement partner to help anybody. We’d have loved to have been out there, trust me. But we can’t leave our jurisdiction because of liability reasons.”
Shears said his officers set up check points at the city limits, in case Brown somehow escaped the sheriff’s perimeter.
June 12, 2015
Akron police checking on 6-year-old girl find Methamphetamine, seven guns; Belinda Cooper 32, Richard James, 34, and Gregory Wade, 31, arrested
Gregory Wade, 31, is charged with trafficking drugs, possessing drugs, illegally possessing a gun as a felon and child endangering. His bond on Thursday was set at $50,000 during his initial appearance in Akron Municipal Court.
Two others at the home — Richard James, 34, and Belinda Cooper 32 — were charged with crimes in connection with the Wednesday raid. James is accused of possessing a gun as a felon and Cooper is accused of possessing drugs.
Akron police went to the home about 9 a.m. in the 100 block of Roger Street to check on the girl’s welfare, according to court records.
Wade answered the door and allowed police to look through the home, police said. Officers noted that the walls were lined with aluminum foil and had pots and fertilizer, which indicated a marijuana growing operation.
Police also reported seeing marijuana, prescription painkillers, ammunition and two shotguns in plain sight, according to court records. Wade also told police he had a half-ounce of meth in a safe in the basement.
James told police that he had a gun in his room. Akron police found a total of seven guns in the house. Investigators seized $201, five containers of marijuana, two containers of meth, prescription painkillers, ammunition and four digital scales.
Cooper lied to police about her identity, court records say. She has an outstanding warrant that accused her of stealing hamburgers from a Dollar General in Ravenna Township.
The 6-year-old girl was in the home at the time, according to court records.
Wade and Jones were arrested together in 2008 at a home in the 100 block of South Portage Path where they were making meth.
Two children, ages 3 and 2, were inside the home at the time. Jones was caught with a stolen handgun during that raid.
Both were sentenced to three years in prison.
June 11, 2015
Miranda Ford tries to steal deputy constable’s car during Methamphetamine bust in Porter; Walter Starkey also arrested
A deputy pulled the driver over for speeding on Sorters Road in Porter. The deputy reports both the man and woman, identified as Walter Starkey and Miranda Ford, seemed extremely nervous. The deputy then searched the vehicle and located 15 grams of methamphetamine.
Starkey and Ford were both detained, and the deputy called for backup. Starkey was placed in the back seat of the patrol vehicle. Ford was told to stay put about 20 feet from the car along a fence until another deputy arrived to take her to jail.
When the deputy looked away to secure the drugs in the suspects’ vehicle, Ford slipped one hand from her handcuffs and ran and entered the deputy’s car in the front passenger seat. She locked the door.
Deputies say Ford then unlocked the door as she tried to get into the driver’s seat. She was re-secured at that time.
Both Ford and Starkey now face charges of manufacturer/delivery of a controlled substance.
June 10, 2015
Mark Steven Crompton, 34, of Borup, allegedly fights police dog, loses, tries to eat Methamphetamine in front of officers after high-speed chase
MOORHEAD – A Borup man faces several charges after allegedly trying to fight a police dog and eat nearly 3½ grams of methamphetamines in front of arresting officers who confiscated it from him following a high-speed chase.
Mark Steven Crompton, 34, was charged Monday in Clay County District Court with third-degree and fifth-degree possession of methamphetamines and fleeing a police officer, all felonies, plus two misdemeanor charges of fleeing on foot and obstructing justice.
Court documents filed with the charges say Glyndon police noticed Crompton speeding along Highway 9 about 3:55 Sunday morning. When they tried to pull him over, Crompton took off, court documents allege, almost losing control of his Chevy Malibu and hitting a bridge over the Buffalo River.
The car sped away and was discovered sitting wide open in a driveway at 550 125th St. N., documents state.
A K-9 officer tracked Crompton to where he was hiding in a stand of grass near the river. Crompton tried to fight off the dog, which had seized him by the arm. When the dog eventually let him go, Crompton fell into the river, where officers were able to arrest him, documents state.
As officers were putting him into a squad car, Crompton tried to eat the baggie containing 3.4 grams of meth officers seized from him, forcing officers to wrestle him to the ground and pry the baggie out of his mouth, documents state.
His next court date is June 29.
June 9, 2015
Naked man, Chan Saechao, 31, tells Cottonwood police he was out for a walk at 3 a.m. and had used Methamphetamine earlier
But, he also told police he had used methamphetamine earlier in the night and might be “a little high,” officers said.
Chan Saechao, 31, who police said appeared to be attempting a type of meditation walk around 3:45 a.m., was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of methamphetamine and public intoxication.
His clothes were found in a nearby gas station parking lot.
May 30, 2015
West Alabama Narcotics Task Force Police rescue 6-month-old twins from Methamphetamine lab in Cottondale; Sunny Leigh Anne Ward, 22, Terry Lynn Jordan, 44, and Jerry Wayne Grimball, 47, all of Cottondale, charged with endangerment, Methamphetamine-related offences
Sgt. Alex Miles said an anonymous caller tipped the sheriff’s office and the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force off to drug activity at a home Canyon Lake Road.
Agents and deputies responded Friday morning, and while they spoke with the residents of the home, they noticed the strong chemical odor typically associated with manufacturing methamphetamine.
On further investigation, agents discovered a meth lab with 116 grams of methamphetamine oil, less than a gram of finished crystal meth and associated paraphernalia.
Miles said agents also found two 6-month-old twins in the residence and turned them over to the custody of the Department of Human Resources.
A man and two women were arrested in the home and charged with endangering the children as well as manufacturing methamphetamine.
47-year-old Jerry Wayne Grimball of Cottondale was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, first-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of chemical endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia; his bond was set at $1,035,000.
Sunny Leigh Anne Ward and Terry Lynn Jordan, also of Cottondale, were charged with the same offenses, but their bonds were set at $331,000. Ward is 22, Jordan is 44.
May 29, 2015
Linda Sonsoucie, 63, Amanda Fears, 34, Zachary Johnson, 36 and Jeremy Jordan, 43, accused of cooking Methamphetamine in trailer in St. Clair County where children live
Zachary Johnson, 36 and Amanda Fears, 34, are charged with aggravated participation in meth manufacturing. Jeremy Jordan, 43, and Linda Sonsoucie, 63, are charged with unlawful procurement of meth precursors.
Authorities allege the four were cooking meth at a trailer at the Castle Acres mobile home park in the 1700 block of West Hwy 50. Police said they searched the trailer and found material and equipment for making meth.
All three children were found playing at the trailer park and were taken to a hospital as a precaution because authorities found volatile chemicals inside the trailer. The children have been placed in state custody.
May 28, 2015
Semi truck driver, Bart A. Bandstra, Chattanooga Tennessee, arrested for DUI and Methamphetamine Trafficking
Chattanooga Tennessee’s Bart A. Bandstra is being charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (Methamphetamines) and driving while under the influence, KSP reports, as well as speeding and improper use of the left lane.
KSP officer reported they had noticed the driver’s unusual speed, and later his nervous behavior and bloodshot eyes before administering field sobriety tests and arresting the man.
Later investigation resulted in the discovery of two or more grams of Methamphetamines, materials used for the sales, and evidence that the driver had also taken methamphetamines, KSP says.
The State Police says Bandstra was taken to Richmond’s Baptist Health for a blood test, and then lodged in Madison County Detention Center for his numerous charges.
May 27, 2015
Kelli Noelle Smith-Durham, 27, and Shane Ray Fuller, 42, of Greenville County, Face Murder Charges After Drugging Their 2-Day-Old Baby With Methamphetamine and Killing Her
A South Carolina couple faces charges in connection with the death of a 2-day-old little girl and the newborn’s mother faces a murder charge. Officials say the mother drugged her infant with meth, killing her.
Kelli Noelle Smith-Durham, 27, charged with with murder by child abuse and four counts of unlawful neglect of child and her boyfriend Shane Ray Fuller, 42, is charged with child neglect. The couple’s daughter Gracie Mae Fuller was born November 17 and died just two days later.
The county coroner determined cause of death to be drug intoxication after discovering high levels of methamphetamine in newborn’s system. They were arrested in February and investigators said the 2-day-old baby died at a home in the Simpsonville area, which Fuller and Smith-Durham shared with three other children, ages 2, 3 and 7.
Deputies said the death happened at a home on Harrison Bridge Road in the Simpsonville area.
Fuller and Smith-Durham and three other young children lived in the home, which deputies said was deplorable and had no electricity.
The three other children, ages 2, 3 and 7, were placed in DSS custody.
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – A Greenville County mother and a man who were charged in connection with a 2-day-old baby’s death are expected to appear in court on Tuesday.
According to court dockets, Shane Ray Fuller and Kelli Noelle Smith-Durham are expected to have a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning at the Greenville County Courthouse.
Smith-Durham was charged with murder/ homicide by child abuse and four counts of unlawful neglect of child.
Fuller was also charged with four counts of unlawful neglect of child.
Greenville County deputies filed the charges following the investigation into 2-day-old Gracie May Fuller’s Nov. 19, 2014 death.
Coroner Parks Evans determined the cause of death to be drug intoxication.
Deputies said the baby had high levels of methamphetamine in her system.
Deputies said the death happened at a home on Harrison Bridge Road in the Simpsonville area.
Fuller and Smith-Durham and three other young children lived in the home, which deputies said was deplorable and had no electricity.
The three other children, ages 2, 3 and 7, were placed in DSS custody.
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Greenville County deputies said a mother and her boyfriend have been charged in a 2-day-old baby’s death, which occurred in Nov. 2014.
Deputies said they were called to an address on Harrison Bridge Road in the Simpsonville area on Nov. 19 after the baby girl passed away.
Subsequent tests showed the baby had high levels of methamphetamine in her system, deputies said.
Greenville County coroner Parks Evans identified the baby as Gracie May Fuller. Evans determined the cause of death to be drug intoxication. The manner of death was ruled as homicide.
The mother, Kelli Noelle Smith-Durham, also tested positive for the drug, deputies said.
Deputies said the boyfriend, and Shane Ray Fuller, and three young children were all living in the house, which deputies said was deplorable, had no power and was being heated by propane canister heaters.
The children, ages 2,3, and 7, were placed in an alternate caregiver’s custody by DSS.
After a full investigation, deputies said Smith-Durham was charged with murder by child abuse and four counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.
Fuller was also charged with four counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.
Both are being held in the Greenville County Detention Center on a $40,000 bond.
May 26, 2015
Laurel County Sheriff: Keresia Botner, High On Methamphetamine Destroys Merchandise At Corbin Wal-Mart
Laurel County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Wal-Mart after a call indicating that an intoxicated female was damaging merchandise. Upon arrival, officials say they found Keresia Botner eating cabbage plants. When officers asked why she was doing this, she responded that she wanted to see if they tasted like cabbage.
Botner was also surrounded by women’s clothing.
As deputies investigated, they learned that the total merchandise destroyed totaled $160. In addition, Botner was found to be in possession of two syringes and admitted to shooting up meth prior to the incident.
Botner had been previously arrested for shoplifting at a Wal-Mart store in London and had been banned from all Wal-Mart stores.
Botner was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, driving on DUI suspended license, improper parking in a fire lane, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.
May 25, 2015
Alfio Anthony Granata, 47, sentenced to 17 years in Melbourne over 6-week rape ordeal of 21-year-old Dutch woman after smoking Methamphetamine
Melbourne – An Australian man who repeatedly raped and degraded a terrified Dutch tourist during a six-week ordeal, including carving a cross into her forehead, was sentenced to 17 years in jail Monday.
Alfio Anthony Granata, 47, pleaded guilty to 14 charges, including multiple rapes, threats to kill and intentionally causing serious injury over a six-week period in 2012.
Victorian County Court Judge Frank Gucciardo said Granata’s behavior was “vile and repulsive” and had dehumanized his 21-year-old victim.
“The victim was in constant pain,” he said. “She was degraded and humiliated.”
An earlier hearing was told Granata and his former partner Jennifer Peaston met the young bisexual backpacker at a party in Melbourne and they became friends, having consensual sex while smoking the drug ice, or crystal methamphetamine.
Granata later became obsessed that the two women were having sex behind his back and turned violent, threatening to kill the young woman if she left the hotel room where he and Peaston were living.
He was accused of attacking her, with the help of Peaston, with objects including a rolling pin, vacuum cleaner and a gas torch lighter in a pattern of escalating attacks.
The Melbourne Age said that on one occasion Granata carved a cross into the victim’s forehead, saying it meant she belonged to him and was “marked for death”.
In another bizarre ritual, Granata sealed her photograph, fingernail and hair clippings and blood in an envelope and poured hot wax over her body.
The harrowing ordeal culminated in the tourist stabbing Granata as he slept and then attempting to kill herself. Granata and his girlfriend panicked and called emergency services, bringing an end to events that the judge said would scar the woman for life.
Police said Granata shot extensive video footage of the attacks and it had taken officers six months to sift through it all. Chains, blindfolds and sex toys were also seized from the hotel room.
The defense argued that the offences were linked to Granata’s ice addiction, but the judge rejected this.
Earlier this year Peaston avoided jail after pleading guilty to two charges of intentionally causing injury. She was placed on a good behavior bond after the court decided that she too had been the victim of sustained abuse.
May 24, 2105
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Deputies say Mariah Ne’Shelle Brewington, 19, of Cowpens, exposed child to Methamphetamine
A Cowpens woman is accused of exposing a child to methamphetamine and marijuana.
The state Department of Social Services opened an investigation into the child’s family amid allegations of the use and sale of illegal drugs, according to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office report.
The child was placed in the care of Brewington and Brewington’s girlfriend, but both refused to take drug tests, the report states.
They later moved from their residence and DSS was unable to find them and the child. DSS officials notified law enforcement.
The suspects and child were located at a Spartanburg restaurant. The child was removed from Brewington’s custody and a drug test revealed she had been exposed to methamphetamine and marijuana. Brewington tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, a report states.
Brewington’s girlfriend refused to be tested.
Brewington was booked and released from the Spartanburg County jail Wednesday, according to online jail records.
May 23, 2015
Candida Velazquez, of Groton, charged in 2 Methamphetamine lab busts in one year
Candida Velazquez has pleaded guilty to felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. She was scheduled to be sentenced Friday but could not find transportation to Ithaca from her Cortland home.
Records state that Velazquez was charged at 8:20 a.m. on Oct. 24 at 177 Main Street in Groton after police say they found materials used to make methamphetamine in her home.
Court records show that police found the following:
- 96 pills of pseudoephedrine
- Drain opener with sulfuric acid
- 24 ounces of sea salt
- sterno cooking jelly
- a digital scale
- Other materials such as tubing, a funnel and residue crusted blender
She and her co-defendant and boyfriend, Kenneth O. Bush, admitted to the making methamphetamine, police said in court records.
Velazquez was also convicted of felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine June 7 in Cortlandville, according to WGN.
She and her husband Ramon Velazquez were pulled over by a police officer saw contraband and methamphetamine in the vehicle, the report says.
Court records show that her sentence will be served concurrently with her Cortland County charge.
May 22, 2015
Bridget Nicole Eisele, 33, of Roberts, Wisconsin, allegedly taught 12-year-old sister to inject Methamphetamine
A Roberts woman accused of burglary and teaching a child to inject methamphetamine was sentenced last week to jail time, probation and enrollment in drug court.
Vlack sentenced her to three years on probation, a year in jail and restitution costs. A five-year prison term was stayed.
The 33-year-old was charged in January after her mother, Lisa Burns, reported her Roberts home had been burglarized. Authorities later learned Eisele had been staying at the home and was suspected in the burglary.
A missing safe that had contained jewelry, knives, about $2,900 in cash and pain medication was found days later in Minnesota, so authorities went to check back at the Burns home, where they found Burns’ 12-year-old daughter — Eisele’s sister.
The child allegedly told police how Eisele had prepared and used “oxy” or “meth” in front of her and demonstrated to her how to inject drugs. According to a criminal complaint, Eisele helped the girl shoot up drugs on at least one occasion.
“Facts alleged in the complaint are disturbing, shameful and, frankly, just plain sad,” Assistant St. Croix County District Attorney Matthew Hartung said at Friday’s hearing.
Eisele was later found at a River Falls hotel, where she was arrested on Jan. 20. Police said Eisele was in possession of jewelry that was reported missing from Burns’ safe at the time of the arrest.
Burns described feelings of victimization to Vlack during Friday’s sentencing hearing, noting that she changed the locks at her house in response to the burglary.
Burns said she feared Eisele hadn’t yet hit “rock bottom” and asked the judge to issue jail time in the case.
“I just wish Bridget would get the help that she needs,” Burns told the court before offering that Eisele had yet to offer a face-to-face apology.
Burns said the burglary and its fallout came after a difficult stretch for her that included two bouts with cancer.
“It’s just caused me so much more stress,” she said.
Hartung said that in spite of the plea agreement calling for jail time and other penalties, he thought the circumstances of the crime warranted prison time.
If Eisele was willing to burglarize her own mother’s home, Hartung said in court, “who won’t she steal from?”
Eisele’s attorney, Julie Weber, said her client is aware the sentence represents her last stop before prison.
Eisele told Vlack she has “lots of regret” and that she sees drug court as a privilege — not a punishment.
“I can prove to you that I am ready,” she said.
Vlack said he would wait until May 29 to tell Eisele how much time he would stay from her one-year jail sentence, a portion of which she was already served in custody.
Numerous charges were dismissed under the plea deal, including delivery of meth, child abuse and intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a child. Charges in a Pierce County case alleging meth possession and possession of drug paraphernalia were also dismissed.
Roberts woman charged with burglary
A Roberts woman was charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Friday, March 6, with burglary and felony theft along with assorted misdemeanors.
The next court appearance for Bridget Nicole Eisele, 33, is a status conference scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday, March 30. In addition to the felony charges, Eisele was also charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and criminal damage to property.
According to the criminal complaint, Roberts police and St. Croix County deputies were dispatched Jan. 13 to 105 W. Graham St. for a burglary complaint.
Upon their arrival, Lisa Burns, Eisele’s mother, told law enforcement they departed her house at approximately 10:10 a.m., for an appointment. Burns said she locked the front door and entered her van through the garage. Minutes later, Eisele entered the van.
When they returned, Burns noticed a chair from her bedroom was now located in the kitchen and her black safe was missing from the closet. She also noticed the front door was slightly open. As a result, she called law enforcement.
Burns told law enforcement that while they were en route, Eisele, who had a warrant for her arrest, drove off with Burns’ van.
Burns told law enforcement the contents inside the safe were — a pair of diamond earrings, seven rings, knives, approximately $2,900 in cash and 120 pills of Oxycodone. Burns added she had tried to reach Eisele multiple times since she left, but Eisele didn’t answer.
Another one of Burns’ daughters told law enforcement Eisele told her she wanted to steal her mother’s safe because it contained money and pain medication. A week later, Roberts police received word they knew where Eisele could be located — which was in River Falls, where she was subsequently arrested.
As she was being arrested, River Falls police noticed she had multiple pieces of jewelry on her, which some of the pieces Burns confirmed originated from her safe.
Two individuals also talked to Roberts police about their role in the burglary. Randy L. Meyer, 27, of South St. Paul, Minn., said he was contacted via text by Eisele who said the door was open and now was the time “to do it.” He said he took the safe and met Eisele later in River Falls where he gave Eisele the money and pills.
The other individual, Charlene Stuart, 42, of River Falls, said after taking the safe, they drove to Minnesota to get rid of the safe. Eisele gave this person a couple pieces of jewelry, which she later disposed of. For their involvement, the pair were charged Monday with burglary, felony theft and receiving/concealing stolen property while Meyer was also charged with criminal trespass of a dwelling.
The burglary charge is a Class F felony which carries a maximum penalty of $25,000 and/or 150 months prison. The theft charge is a Class I felony, with the maximum penalties of $10,000 and/or 42 months prison.
According to Wisconsin online court records, Eisele is also facing charges of child abuse to reckless cause harm, contributing to the delinquency of a child, manufacturing or delivering amphetamine and possessing drug paraphernalia in St. Croix County and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in Pierce County.
May 21, 2015
Sherri McMaster, 56, and her husband Wallace McMaster, 59, from Arkansas, caught transporting Methamphetamine through Yavapai County in Arizona
Deputies arrested an Arkansas couple traveling through Yavapai County last week after a traffic stop and search netted more than half a pound of methamphetamine hidden inside a cooler in their vehicle, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Wallace McMaster, 59, and his wife, Sherri, 56, were pulled over for a traffic violation by a county deputy while traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 shortly before 8 a.m. on May 14, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies talked to the McMasters and noted their nervousness and multiple signs of deception when they asked the couple about where they were going, the Sheriff’s Office said.
During a consented search, a K-9 deputy noticed a couple of containers in the bed of the McMaster’s red Chevrolet pickup truck and had his canine partner sniff the exterior of the truck bed, which caused the dog to alert investigators to the tailgate area and door seams, the Sheriff’s Office said.
In addition to the meth, officers discovered a joint in the cab of the truck, authorities said.
The McMasters were arrested on suspicion of possession and transportation with means to sell a dangerous drug.
The Sheriff’s Office said Wallace has admitted to their involvement in transporting meth with the intent to sell it in Arkansas.
The couple remained in-custody Wednesday at the Camp Verde Detention Center and are each being held there on $80,000.
May 20, 2015
Kristen Winters, 21, and David Wayne Custer, 44, face Methamphetamine-related charges after child is found in Montgomery County road
An off-duty police officer found the child after coming back from a training session.
Kristen Winters, the child’s mother, was arrested and has been charged with felony child endangerment and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
David Custer was also arrested on several charges, including possession of methamphetamine.
The incident happened around 9:45 a.m. Friday on Den Hill Road.
Winters and Custer are being held without bond.
Here is the full press release:
At approximately 09:45 a.m. on May 15th, while returning from a training session an off-duty patrol deputy from our office found a small child (approximately 2 years of age) standing in the middle of Den Hill Road in Montgomery County.
The Deputy removed the child from the roadway and requested assistance from on-duty personnel.
Upon further investigation, Deputies arrested the child’s mother 21 year old Kristen Winters charging her with felony child endangerment and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
In addition, David Wayne Custer, 44 years old, was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule II prescription narcotics, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm while possessing a Schedule II narcotic.
Both Winters and Custer are currently being held in jail without bond.
May 19, 2015
Kristene Brooks, 25, of West St. Paul , Entangled in $1 Million Methamphetamine Bust, Has Been Living Hard for a While
Kristene Brooks of West St. Paul has been living at a pace no one can possibly maintain.
According to public documents, the 25-year-old single mom, who was in Adan Margritos Flores-Lagonas’s vehicle last week along with almost 18 pounds of meth, has a history of courthouse woes that outstrip her biological years.
In addition to being named as the defendant in five housing-related lawsuits, Brooks
has been caught driving with a suspended license, DUI, and using an identity card “issued to another.”
Earlier this year, she was also picked up on a drug charge in Bloomington.
But her biggest crime might be the dubious company she’s keeping.
During a major drug sting operation last Wednesday night involving multiple agencies in various states — including the Rochester Police, the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension — Brooks was in a car driven by 39-year-old Adan Margritos Flores-Lagonas of Apple Valley.
Authorities had arranged to make a major meth buy. They’d agreed to meet the dealer at a parking lot outside Dick’s Sporting Goods on Rochester’s south side.
As law enforcement closed in, Flores-Lagonas sped off, colliding with an unmarked police vehicle in the process. He drove west as police made chase before finally losing control of his vehicle near Olmsted County Road 8.
Flores-Lagonas then tried to escape on foot, but was soon apprehended. According to police records, he had good reason to flee. Inside the car was a handgun and almost 18 pounds of meth.
According to various news reports, Rochester Police Spokesman Capt. John Sherwin says the drugs have an estimated street value of roughly $1 million.
Flores-Lagonas faces multiple felony counts.
Olmsted County records show he’s already been charged with attempting to evade police and possession of a handgun by an ineligible person, apparently having had a prior firearm conviction.
Federal drug charges are likely forthcoming.
It’s possible that Brooks, riding shotgun to last week’s drug drama, won’t be charged in connection with meth. She reportedly told police she had no knowledge of the drugs.
If she does walk away without criminal entanglement, perhaps the incident will serve as a wake-up call for the young woman, if not for herself, then for her little one.
According to state records, Brooks and Jesus Santos Quintanilla share a child.
May 18, 2015
Matthew “Blake” Smithhart, 19, of Henderson County, charged with sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old female and supplying her with Methamphetamine, and theft
HENDERSON CO., KY (WFIE) – A Henderson County man was arrested on several felony warrants Friday evening.
Investigators tell us Smithhart was involving in multiple crimes, including having sex with a 14-year-old female and supplying her with methamphetamine over a period of time.
Deputies say he was also involved in the thefts of two handguns and receiving stolen property.
Smithhart was arrested on the following charges:
- Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 1st (Felony)-5 counts
- Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 1st (Felony)-3 counts
- Sexual Misconduct (Misdemeanor)-9 counts
- Theft by Unlawful Taking (Firearm) (Felony)
- Receiving Stolen Property Under $500 (Misdemeanor)
Smithhart was lodged in the Henderson County Detention Center under a $28,000 full cash bond.
May 17, 2015
Jacksonville Police: Methamphetamine was cooking in van, Cynthia Lowe, 35, and Camille Victor Careme Jr., 48, arrested
When officers stopped a van Friday afternoon in Jacksonville, the man and woman inside allegedly were cooking methamphetamine in the vehicle, according to a release by Jacksonville Police Department.
Cynthia Lowe, 35, also of no known address was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine by chemical synthesis.
At 4:23 p.m. Friday, a Jacksonville patrol officer observed a “traffic violation” and stopped a white Chevy Astro Van in a parking lot on Yopp Road.
After occupants consented for a search of the van, “the officer located what he believed to be an active methamphetamine ‘cook’ in the vehicle,” according to the release.
Detectives from Jacksonville Police Department responded and confirmed the van held an “active meth lab,” according to the release. “Jacksonville Fire and Emergency Services personnel responded to decontaminate the occupants of the vehicle.”
State Bureau of Investigation was contacted and the agency advised officers to secure the van for processing.
Careme’s bond was set at $105,000 secured.
Lowe’s bond also was set at $105,000 secured.
May 16, 2015
Wake County North Carolina third grade elementary school teacher, Lori Riley Whitley, 38, and her husband, Gary Nelson Whitley, 41, had Methamphetamine lab in Zebulon home with 8-year-old son, Johnston County Sheriff’s deputies say
ZEBULON, NC – A Wake County school teacher and her husband were arrested Friday after a methamphetamine lab was found in their Zebulon home — where their young son was also present, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said.
Lori Riley Whitley, 38, and Gary Nelson Whitley, 41, of the 100 block of Big Branch Court, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for distribution of a controlled substance and child abuse.
Deputies say the couple’s 8-year-old son was in the home.
Wake County schools officials say Whitley has been a third-grade teacher at Wendell Elementary School since 2002.
Meth lab found in teacher’s home, deputies say
ZEBULON, N.C. —Deputies say they found a meth lab inside the home of a 38-year-old elementary school teacher near Zebulon.
Johnston County deputies said the equipment to make methamphetamine was found Friday morning when officers served a search warrant on the home.
Investigators said Lori Whitley and her husband, Gary, 41, face a number of charges including manufacturing methamphetamine and child abuse.
Deputies say the couple’s 8-year-old son was in the home.
Wake County schools officials said Whitley has been a third-grade teacher at Wendell Elementary School since 2002.
May 15, 2015
Michael A. Pierce, 27, of Norwich, made Methamphetamine in Norwich Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot
A 27-year-old Norwich man was arrested Thursday after allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine at a Lowe’s Home Improvement parking lot.
During an investigation into the making and selling of meth in the Chenango County area, sheriff’s deputies and state police located Michael A. Pierce at the town of Norwich Lowe’s with several items used to make meth using the “one pot” method in his possession, according to a release from the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office.
As the investigation continued, several dump sites and used “one-pots” were located in the Pharsalia and Preston State Lands, the release said. All dump sites were properly cleaned by the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.
After being arraigned at the Town of Norwich Court, Pierce was sent to the Chenango County Correctional Facility on $50,000 cash bail, according to the release.
Pierce has been charged with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material and criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, the release said. Additional charges are pending.
The Sheriff’s Office worked closely with District Attorney Joseph McBride during the investigation, the release said.
May 14, 2015
Kanawha County Deputies Say Two Small Children, Ages 2 And 3, And Methamphetamine Found Inside Van In Elkview While Ayla Ross and Greg Ross Were Passed Out In Front Seats
ELKVIEW, W.Va. — Two people were arrested Wednesday after drugs and two small children were found in a van that was in drive while the two suspects were passed out in the front seats, court records said.
Ayla Ross and Greg Ross are charged with child neglect creating risk of injury, a felony, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Gregory Ross also is charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Deputies said they were called to the scene on Rossville Lane in Elkview after receiving a call that a van was parked in the middle of the road. Deputies said Gregory Ross was found sleeping in the driver’s seat, and Ayla Ross was found asleep in the passenger’s seat. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department tweeted out that the van was in drive. Two small children, ages 2 and 3, were in the back of the van, deputies said. Gregory Ross told deputies he stopped on the side of the road to go to the bathroom and when he got back into the van he had fallen asleep. Ayla Ross said she was unaware that the two were asleep.
A K-9 search was conducted on the van. Deputies said they found what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine, and a field test for the drug was positive. Several articles of drug paraphernalia also were found in the van.
Both were transported to the South Central Regional Jail, where they are being held on $10,000 bond each.
May 13, 2015
Crystal Gerald, 27, of South Congaree, facing child endangerment charges after exposing her two children to Methamphetamine, other drugs
A South Congaree woman is facing multiple charges including child endangerment after she allegedly exposed her two small children to methamphetamine and other drugs in their mobile home, according to an incident report filed with the South Congaree Police Department.
The report, filed on April 29, said 27-year-old Crystal Gerald was charged with drug equipment violations, disorderly conduct, public nuisance, two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child and two counts of exposing a child to methamphetamine after South Congaree officers responded to her home located in the 100 block of Genesis Circle in West Columbia.
When officers arrived, they located Gerald standing in the doorway of her mobile home without pants, shoes or socks on “screaming about something that we could not understand,” the report said. When officers approached Gerald, she said that her ex-boyfriend came to her home and trashed it.
Officers described Gerald as being “very hyperactive,” the report said. “Her pupils were dilated, her words were hard to understand, almost gibberish, she was jumping around, her jaw was going back and forth, left to right and she was grinding her teeth, all of which is indicative of someone tweaking off an upper such as crack cocaine or methamphetamine,” the report said.
Neighbors also told the officers that they observed Gerald running around the trailer park without her pants on 30 minutes before the officers arrived. Officers later located Gerald’s two children in her car, and they had “no pants or diapers on and almost no covering. The doors of the vehicle were wide open and the temperature outside was about 55 degrees,” the report said. The officers requested for Emergency Medical Services and the Department of Social Services to respond to the scene to secure the children.
When the officers investigated Gerald’s home they located needles, rolling papers, glass pipes and scales all commonly associated with crack cocaine and methamphetamine use that were within the childrens’ reach. The house was also in disarray with clothes and trash scattered about the floor and bottles that had mold in them, plus old food and other dirty dishes on the counters, the report said. Gerald was arrested, and the children were taken into DSS custody.
After a five panel drug test was conducted on the children, both came back positive for methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs.
As of Tuesday, Gerald was being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on bond totaling $30,997 for her various charges, according to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Maj. John Allard.
May 12, 2015
“Crotch Area” of Her Shorts Reportedly Proves Ineffective Hiding Place For Pipe, Methamphetamine Belonging to Rachel D. Burlson, 37, of Greeneville
Rachel D. Burlson, 37, of 600 Choctaw Drive, was charged Wednesday afternoon with drug-related offenses, Greeneville police Officer Larry Gilbert said in a report.
Burlson was charged with simple possession of a Schedule II, III and VI drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police were called to Lee’s Food Mart on West Summer Street on a report of a woman kicking the door of a car “that looked like it had been in an accident,” the report said.
The car had been at the gas pumps and was pulling out of the parking lot when police arrived.
A man identified as Cory R. Mathes, 22, of 1520 Nolichuckey Road, was driving.
A records check showed that Mathes’ driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay a citation, another report by Gilbert said.
Mathes was charged with driving on a suspended license.
He gave officers permission to search the vehicle and the passenger, Burlson, was asked to step out of the car, the report said.
Officers noticed Burlson “was trying to hold something in the crotch area of her shorts,” the report said.
Burlson told officers “it was just a pipe,” the report said.
Burlson was asked to remove the pipe from her shorts. When she did, a “small zipped up bag” fell to the ground, the report said.
Methamphetamine, Suboxone and marijuana was found inside the bag, the report said.
During the car search, a bag of unused syringes was found, the report added.
Bond for Burlson was set at $4,000, with a first General Sessions court appearance scheduled for Friday.
Bond for Mathes was set at $1,000. His first court appearance was also scheduled for Friday.
May 11, 2015
Tulsa deputies find Methamphetamine in a private place of Stephanie Almy during routine traffic stop; Courtney Smith also arrested
Tulsa deputies say Courtney Smith was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign around 7:50 p.m. Smith was quickly arrested after not having a driver’s license.
Still, that was the least of his troubles.
Deputies found a pellet gun inside Smith’s vehicle and he’s a convicted felon. Plus, when a deputy went back to their squad car, they discovered baggies on the floor.
Smith quickly apologized for the meth on the floor and was quick to point out his passenger, Stephanie Almy, made him hide the drugs. He also told the deputy Almy was hiding more meth in a private area.
Deputies say they found a small amount of marijuana by Almy in the vehicle.
They asked her about the meth and at first she was defiant. Eventually, she removed a clear bag containing meth from the front of her pants.
Both suspects were taken to the Tulsa County Jail where they face multiple drug related counts.
May 10, 2015
Two-year-old toddler left alone in tent in Multnomah County; Mother, Taylor Marcus, found sleeping in car with Methamphetamine pipe
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A Portland mother was arrested for allegedly leaving her toddler by herself in a tent while she smoked meth, police said.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court, neighbors called police to a home on North James Street in the St. Johns neighborhood around 3:30 a.m. Friday after they heard a toddler crying in the back yard. The neighbor reported that the child had been crying for about an hour.
The responding police officers found a two-year-old alone in a tent in the back yard of the home, shivering and cold to the touch with a soiled diaper. The child was wearing only thin pajamas and wasn’t covered by any blankets. The outdoor temperature at the time was about 45 degrees.
An officer took the toddler to his patrol car to warm up and called for an ambulance. When paramedics arrived, they said the child’s body temperature and blood sugar were too low. They took her to Randall Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Police said they found the child’s mother, Taylor Marcus, also known as Taylor Kuhn, sleeping in a car parked on the street with a meth pipe in her possession.
Marcus told police she usually slept in the tent with the child and had only been asleep in the car for about an hour,. She told police she had last seen the toddler when she put her down to sleep at 10 p.m.
Police said they found a bag of meth in Marcus’ mouth when admitting her to jail.
Marcus faces charges of reckless endangering, criminal mistreatment in the first degree, child neglect in the second degree, and possession of meth.
May 9, 2015
Jimmy Loyd Brown, 36, of Whitt, sentenced to 65 years for selling Methamphetamine to 16-year-old teen
After hearing evidence in the punishment phase, 29th State District Judge Michael Moore sentenced Brown to 65 years in prison.
The eight-man, four-woman jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Brown guilty. The case stemmed from an incident occurring April 4, 2014, in the Graford school. Testimony in the case indicated that Graford Elementary School Principal Wes Corzine discovered a small baggie of suspected drugs on the floor of the hallway in the elementary school.
After checking the school video surveillance recordings, Corzine determined that the suspected drugs fell from the pocket of a high school freshman student. Corzine notified Pct. 2 Constable Marc Moon, who responded to the school.
Moon testified he examined the substance and believed it was methamphetamine. Moon said he notified Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Deputy Job Espinoza of the City County Narcotics Unit, who tested the drugs and determined it was methamphetamine.
The 16-year-old student testified he bought the methamphetamine from Brown the night before and took it to school the next day.
Following the jury’s verdict, District Attorney Michael Burns presented evidence that Brown had previously been convicted on three occasions of drug-related offenses and had been to prison on each of the three prior convictions.
“Methamphetamine continues to be a plague on our community, and it is especially concerning that there are people like Brown who indiscriminately make it available to children,” Burns said following the verdict and sentence. “We are pleased that this jury and this court continue to take a stand against those who continue to deal in this drug.”
Brown will be eligible for parole after serving one-fourth of the sentence after taking into consideration any good conduct credit he might receive.
May 8, 2015
Sara Kiser, 37, and 35-year-old Douglas Bokker, 35, of Forrest City, Charged After Daughter, 11-week-old Luceilla Bokker, Dies From Methamphetamine Overdose
FORREST CITY, AR (localmemphis.com) – A Forrest City mother and father have been charged in the death of their 11-week-old daughter.
Her parents, 37-year-old Sara Kiser and 35-year-old Douglas Bokker, were arrested yesterday.
It happened in 100 block of Heights Street in Forrest City Arkansas, that’s 47 miles away from Memphis.
The couple is locked up at the St. Francis County Jail with bond set at $250,000 each.
“It was a nice neighborhood. It was a shock to hear it,” said neighbor Gloria Hill.
Hill has lived here for four years and she remembers seeing a lot more activity in front of the home on November 30th.
“Why is there an ambulance by the house? They said, well, the baby died. And I said, what baby? And she said, you know, the girl had a baby. And i said, I didn’t even know she was pregnant,” recalled Hill.
Police say Sara Kiser and Douglas Bokker were staying here at their daughter’s grandparents house.
They told police they fed Lucy and then went to the bed.
Bokker told police that he went to Lucy’s bedroom and told Kiser that she stopped breathing.
Hill thought something else took the life of this infant.
“I just assumed the baby died of SIDS, so I heard the mother was devastated,”
But the coroner determined it was a meth overdose.
They arrested Kiser at their home and Bokker at work.
It was a twist in the story that Hill didn’t see coming.
“That’s just something I could never ever get over, losing a child. I don’t think any parent does, especially if you had any part of it,” said Hill.
We dug into their past and found that Bokker has been arrested before on drug charges before.
The couple is expected back in court in June.
May 7, 2015
Megan Wells, 23, of Milaca, found driving with child in car on day she used Methamphetamine – hypodermic needles also found
Two devices used to ingest drugs were located next to a child in the back seat of a vehicle when a 23-year-old Milaca woman was pulled over for speeding in the early morning hours of April 29 on Seventh Avenue North in Princeton.
Megan Wells, of Milaca, has been charged with two felonies with the incident: fifth-degree possession of drugs, and storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child. She also faces misdemeanor counts of possessing hypodermic needles, driving after suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The incident unfolded at about 12:40 a.m. on April 29 when a Princeton police officer allegedly observed Wells approach an intersection at a high rate of speed and then cross over the fog line on the right side of the road. The officer initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle, which contained Wells in the driver’s seat, a front-seat passenger and a child in the back seat behind the driver.
Wells allegedly told the officer she used methamphetamine a week earlier. She then allegedly changed her story to a few days ago, before finally admitting she had used meth earlier in the morning of April 28. She also stated that inside her purse were small bags containing methamphetamine and a needle, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court. The needle contained a liquid, the complaint states.
The officer retrieved a bag from the back seat of the vehicle next to where the child had been sitting that allegedly contained a red tube and a blue tube that the officer believed were used to snort controlled substances. Substances found inside the tubes field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the complaint.
Wells was taken into custody and booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail. The child was released to its father.
A driver’s license check revealed that Wells’ license was suspended. She also failed to produce proof of insurance, the complaint states.
May 6, 2015
Alice Mildred Barron, 52, sends Greene County Sheriff’s deputies to save cats after house fire — and they find Methamphetamine instead
An Arkansas woman was arrested Saturday on drug charges after pleading with officers to enter her burning home to rescue her cats.
“After getting the female to calm down and tell us where her babies were, she stated that she had three cats in the house inside her bedroom and they were her babies,” Deputy Mike Wess wrote in his incident report.
After the fire was extinguished, Wess and his partner went into the house to search for the cats.
“While inside the bedroom we noticed some drug paraphernalia at the right side of the bed and several items scattered across the bed,” Wess wrote, alleging meth was among the items discovered.
Barron was then taken to the local jail, where she remains in custody, Deputy Chief Rick Mellow said.
She has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Mellow added.
Wess wrote that Barron told him she had been out on bond for drug charges.
“Ms. Barron then stated that she had been clean for over 10 years and she didn’t know why she started back using meth,” Wess wrote.
Barron’s cats survived the fire.
May 5, 2015
Madeline Shaw, 19, of Santa Maria, Stabs Elderly Woman with Pitchfork in Methamphetamine-Fueled Attack
A 19-year-old woman was arrested for attempted murder Sunday after she stabbed an elderly woman with a pitchfork at a residence on Gato Avenue in Goleta.
Madeline Shaw of Santa Maria was visiting with her family at a nearby restaurant when she began exhibiting “disruptive behavior,” according to Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover. She was believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine.
A little while later at about 2:00 p.m., a resident on the 5600 block of Gato Avenue heard a noise on his roof and ran outside to discover Shaw holding a pitchfork that she had taken from his yard. She was waving it in a threatening manner, so the man ran inside and locked his door, Hoover said.
From there, Shaw ran inside another residence and grabbed a cell phone from a woman in the house. The woman sought to grab it back from her, but Shaw ran out the door and toward a third house.
Shaw confronted an elderly resident who was getting into her car in her driveway. Shaw verbally threatened the woman before stabbing her in the arm and the stomach with the pitchfork, Hoover said. The woman suffered superficial wounds and did not request to be transported to the hospital.
Shaw took off from there, stealing a bike from the elderly woman’s house. Sheriff’s deputies apprehended her a few minutes later at a 7-11 located on the corner of Hollister and Nectarine avenues. She was on probation for a previous burglary charge, Hoover said.
In addition to attempted murder, Shaw is charged with resisting arrest, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and entering a non-commercial dwelling without permission. She was booked in County Jail without bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning.
May 4, 2015
Keeley Christianson, 37, of Billings faces charges – Methamphetamine suspected factor in 2-vehicle Heights crash in Billings
The collision on Wicks Lane near the intersection of Lake Hills Drive occurred after a Chrysler passenger car, traveling eastbound, entered the westbound lane and struck a Dodge pickup, according to Sgt. Scott Conrad.
That impact crumpled the rear of the pickup on the driver’s side, tearing off a tire.
The front end of the Chrysler ripped off as it looked to have bounced off a nearby wooden fence.
No injuries were reported, but as officers arrived at the scene, the female driver of the Chrysler was seen walking away from the crash.
She ditched a coat and other items, Conrad said.
A search of the area turned up a baggy of methamphetamine and three glass pipes.
Conrad identified the woman as Keeley Christianson, 37, of Billings.
Christianson faces possible charges of Criminal Possession of Dangerous, Criminal Possession of Paraphernalia, as well as other traffic offenses.
Witnesses told police Christianson appeared to be driving as fast as 50 miles per hour and did not brake when she drove toward the pickup.
Meth use is suspected to have led to the crash.
May 3, 2015
Cammie Lee Peters, 50, of Sebeka, Glenn Alan Johnson, 40, Wadena, and motel manager Gregory Duane Hanson, 56, of Wadena, arrested for llegedly selling Methamphetamine at Wadena motel
The arrests were made by the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force.
Motel manager Gregory Duane Hanson, 56, of Wadena, was arrested for probable cause of first-degree sales of a controlled substance. This arrest is based on sales that took place at the motel in Wadena.
was arrested for driving after cancelled-inimical to public safety and conspiracy to commit first-degree sales of a controlled substance.
All individuals were transported to the Wadena County Jail awaiting formal charges by the Wadena County Attorney’s Office.
On Thursday, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and an agent with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force executed a search warrant at the motel. Deputies recovered several items related to methamphetamine sales and distribution.
May 2, 2015
Pursuit of up to 120 mph in Marshall County lands Leslie Williams, 18, of Harrisburg, Illinois, Tony D. Patrick, 30, of Lucedale, Alabama, behind bars for Methamphetamine
According to the sheriff’s office, on Friday shortly before 3 a.m., Marshall County dispatch that McCracken County dispatch was reporting that they had an officer trying to stop a car on Interstate 24. The car had been clocked at nearly 100 mph and the car was not stopping.
An officer watched the vehicle exit I-24 onto the Purchase Parkway and tried to make a traffic stop when the vehicle accelerated and refused to stop.
The vehicle was finally stopped by officers at exit 27.
There was a woman driving and a man was also in the vehicle.
The sheriff’s office say speeds during the pursuit exceeded 120 mph at times while weaving in and out of lanes around other cars.
There was also a large sum of money in the car.
The driver Leslie Williams, 18, of Harrisburg, Illinois, was charged with speeding 26 mph or > speed limit, fleeing or evading police 1st degree, wanton endangerment 1st degree, possession controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana and failure of owner to maintain required insurance.
The passenger, Tony D. Patrick, 30, of Lucedale, Alabama, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance 1st degree (methamphetamine).
Both Williams and Patrick were taken to the Marshall County Detention Center.
May 1, 2015
Twin Cities sports radio personality, Jeff Dubay, 47, arrested for possessing Methamphetamine, 31 syringes
Twin Cities sports radio personality Jeff Dubay is charged with felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance following his arrest Wednesday for allegedly possessing methamphetamine and approximately 31 syringes after a traffic stop for speeding in Cottage Grove.
Dubay, 47, who was formally charged Thursday in Washington County, was stopped by police around 5 p.m. after he was clocked at 50 mph in a 35-mph zone near a school, according to Cottage Grove police. Dubay was driving after suspension and had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant out of Wright County for no insurance.
During a search as part of his warrant arrest, Dubay was found in possession of two unused hypodermic needles in his pocket and a folded piece of paper that contained a trace amount of substance believed to be methamphetamine, according to the complaint. Police said more syringes were found in his vehicle, for a total possession of approximately 31. One of the syringes contained a liquid substance believed to be a controlled substance, the complaint says.
Dubay was booked into the Washington County jail for the warrant and the felony charge. He could face misdemeanor charges for possession of a hypodermic needle, speeding and driving after suspension.
A jail spokeswoman said no court hearing was set for Thursday, but a Friday hearing was possible.
The traffic stop occurred as Dubay was driving westbound on 80th Street at Ideal Avenue, near Park High School. He lives in Cottage Grove.
A longtime co-host on sports radio station KFAN, Dubay was convicted of felony crack cocaine possession in 2009. He was fired from KFAN after the arrest. He later was hired to co-host a show on 1500 ESPN, but in 2014 was let go in what the station described as a cost-cutting move. He runs a sports-themed podcast called the Jeff Dubay Show.
April 30, 2015
Jacob Harvey, 25, of Shickshinny, smoked Methamphetamine before causing fatal crash on Lee Road in Conyngham Township
A Shickshinny man admitted he smoked methamphetamine shortly before he caused a fatal car crash in February, police say.
Jacob Harvey, 25, was arraigned Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge John Hasay on charges of homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle and DUI.
Harvey was involved in a violent two-vehicle accident on Lee Road in Conyngham Township shortly after 11 a.m. on Feb. 8, according to state police at Shickshinny.
Harvey’s eastbound Ford Ranger crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a westbound Mitsubishi Galant driven by Matthew Ruch, who later died of injuries from the accident, police said in a criminal complaint.
According to the complaint:
A trooper responded to a report of a vehicle on fire following a crash. The trooper found two smoldering, badly damaged vehicles and saw Ruch lying in the road as medical crews attended to him.
Police credited a passing motorist, Wayne Chonko, with pulling the occupants of both vehicles to safety.
Harvey, when questioned by police, said he did not remember what happened. Matthew Ruch’s daughter, Rachel Ruch, a passenger in the Mitsubishi, also said she could not remember.
Matthew Ruch was air-lifted to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
At the hospital, police interviewed Harvey again.
When asked if he had taken drugs or alcohol, Harvey said he smoked “meth” prior to the crash, and a trooper noticed that Harvey’s pupils were dilated.
Harvey consented to a chemical test of his blood. Test results showed he had amphetamines, cannabinoids and morphine or codeine in his system, according to police.
Rachel Ruch suffered broken bones and post-concussion syndrome, police said.
Matthew Ruch died of crash-related injuries on March 30, according to police.
The Luzerne County Coroner’s Office ruled Ruch’s death a homicide, caused by multiple traumatic injuries due to a motor vehicle accident.
Following his arraignment, Harvey was sent to Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $15,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before Hasay is scheduled for May 13.
Court papers do not provide age or address information for Matthew and Rachel Ruch.
April 29, 2015
Wanted sex offender, David Wheeler, 27, busted with Methamphetamine in Alexander County
The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for David Wheeler, 27. Wheeler is a convicted sex offender, who authorities say did not update his registered address.
On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office said they received information that Wheeler would be coming into Alexander County from Catawba County on NC 16.
Taylorsville Police intercepted Wheeler’s vehicle, took him into custody, and reportedly found Wheeler to be in possession of methamphetamine.
His bond was set at $77,000.
April 28, 2015
Working mom finds her two young children home alone in Riverton; Babysitter, 18-year-old Tialyssa Armour, on Methamphetamine and drinking alcohol shooters had left
(Riverton, Wyo.) – A teenager babysitting two young children in Riverton has been charged with Minor In Possession and Child Endangerment after admitting that she had taken methamphetamine earlier in the day and then drank six “shooters” of alcohol while looking after the kids.
Riverton Police identified the teen as 18-year-old Tialyssa Armour. The incident allegedly took place at a home on Heather Drive.
The mother of the children came home at 9:21 p.m. Saturday and found Armour gone from the house, vomit on the back door and her two children all alone inside. She told police she had hired the teen to look after her kids while she was at work. The kids were okay.
Police found Armour “in the area” laying in the back seat of a small pickup truck. A breath test revealed her blood alcohol level was .20% BAC. The legal level is .08%.
Inside the home officers found several broken items, including a mirror and a coffee cup and an overturned coffee table in the living room.
When questioned, Armour allegedly told officers that she started drinking at 4 p.m. and that she had used meth earlier in the day.
It was not reported if the alcohol came from the home or if the teen brought it with her.
Armour was arrested and taken to the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander.
April 27, 2015
Former Buford Drive Checkers Employee, Derek Stargell, 34, Dealt Methamphetamine and other Drugs on the Job in Gwinnett County
A Gwinnett County hamburger joint likely won’t be appealing to drug buyers anymore after the arrest of a man who police say was dealing while at work at a Buford Drive Checkers.
Derek Stargell, 34, is facing multiple charges after his arrest on April 16, the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
He was arrested by the Gwinnett Metro Task Force after he had sold drugs to an undercover cop on three occasions at the Checkers located at 919 Buford Drive near Lawrenceville, the sheriff’s office said. Stargell was in possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin when he was arrested.
He is charged with selling marijuana, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Stargell is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail with no bond.
The Gwinnett Metro Task Force is comprised of deputies from the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and officers from Lilburn, Lawrenceville, Duluth and Suwanee police departments.
The Gwinnett Metro Task Force can be contacted by the Drug Tip Line at 770-670-5180 or by email at email@example.com.
April 26, 2015
Mark Cecil Hawkins, 49, of Eugene killed in 7-hour standoff with Salem cops; Wanted on Methamphetamine charges
Before Friday’s tense, hours-long standoff ended with the gunman mortally wounded in a Wal-Mart parking lot, he had repeatedly fired his weapon at police while ignoring their demands to surrender, Salem police said.
His shots wounded a police dog in the head and narrowly missed a SWAT officer during the standoff before he was hit with a hail of police gunfire.
He was taken to Salem Hospital. Salem police said Friday night that he had died.
State police on Saturday identified the man as Mark Cecil Hawkins, 49, of Eugene. An autopsy conducted Saturday by Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson determined that Hawkins was shot nine times. The cause of death was gunshot wounds to the chest.
These and other details from the daylong confrontation that took place in the Wal-Mart Super Center on Turner Road SE in South Salem began to emerge Saturday.
The incident was the first fatal shooting by Salem police since May 2014. One of the officers involved in Friday’s shooting, Officer Trevor Morrison — as well as police dog Baco — were involved in the earlier shooting, too.
Lt. Dave Okada, a spokesman for the Salem Police Department, said Saturday that the investigation of the shooting has been turned over the Oregon State Police, which is standard procedure. Any further details about the incident would be released by state police or the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.
Okada gave this account of Friday’s standoff:
It began shortly after 11 a.m. when Salem officers approached a man they believed to be wanted near the parking area of the Wal-Mart at 1940 Turner Road SE. The man was later identified as Hawkins.
During that initial contact, the man fled into a bus that had been converted into a recreational vehicle and refused to comply with commands to come out.
Morrison and Baco also responded to assist. The suspect came out of the vehicle, and there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officers. No officers were injured, but Baco was shot in the head. The suspect retreated back into the bus.
Baco was evacuated for emergency veterinary care as officers secured the area. Baco was released a short time later with only minor injuries.
Officers from Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police all responded to the scene to set a safety perimeter and assist.
The Salem Police Department SWAT Team responded, secured the area and immediately began negotiating with the man. Negotiators spoke with the suspect for several hours, trying to get him to surrender. During the negotiations, the man fired shots from the vehicle toward officers, at one time narrowly missing a SWAT officer.
As the negotiations and shots continued, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Portland Police Bureau sent additional tactical officers and equipment to assist in the situation.
After several hours of negotiations, tactical officers used armored vehicles equipped with battering rams to rip open up the walls of the vehicle in order to be able to see where the suspect was and what he was doing. Once the inside of the vehicle was exposed, the gunman refused to comply and had a handgun.
At that time, 6:28 p.m., officers fired at the suspect. He was struck several times and fell out of the bus, and he was taken into custody and transported to Salem Hospital.
The Salem Police officers involved in the initial incident were Officer Chad Galusha, Officer Robert Owings, Cpl. Tim Dezotell and Morrison. The tactical officers involved in the shooting of the suspect were Officer Joshua Edmiston, Officer Vincent Dawson and Officer Sean Bennett.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, which also is standard procedure.
At the Wal-Mart parking lot on Saturday, few clues of the tense standoff remained, except for police crime-scene tape. The bus had been towed to an impound lot, and a street sweeper was cleaning up small debris left over from the attempts to end the standoff by ripping open the bus.
April 25, 2015
Grandmother Lycrecia Vernon, 60, on Methamphetamine at time of Phoenix crash that killed her 3-year-old grandson Lucious, seriously hurt another woman
Lycrecia Vernon, 60, was reportedly driving erratically near 35th Avenue and Greenway Road, weaving through lanes and oncoming traffic in the early afternoon of February 18. She collided with a car driving the opposite direction near Beverly Lane, causing her car to roll and the victim’s car to catch fire.
A sample of Vernon’s blood found amphetamines, methamphetamines and alprazolam in her system.
Her 3-year-old grandson Lucious, who was in the car with her at the time, died nearly a month later after being on life support. He had been improperly buckled in the vehicle and suffered a severed spine, according to court documents.
The driver of the other vehicle had life-threatening injuries including several broken bones and internal complications. She had to be placed on a ventilator.
Vernon was arrested Thursday on counts of manslaughter, child abuse, aggravated assault and endangerment.
April 24, 2015
Krystal Scroggs, 30, of Pleasant Hill, found guilty of murder in the Methamphetamine intoxication-induced death of her newborn baby found in a tub of concrete
WARRENSBURG, Mo. — A Pleasant Hill woman was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder in the October 2013 death of her newborn baby from methamphetamine intoxication.
A Johnson County, Mo., jury, which heard the case after a change of venue, also convicted Krystal Scroggs, 30, of endangering the welfare of a child and abandonment of a corpse. All are felonies. Her husband is still awaiting trial on the same charges.
As Judge R. Michael Wagner read the verdict, Scroggs stood quietly with her hands clasped behind her back.
The baby died because Scroggs did not seek medical attention for him, Cass County assistant prosecutor Jamie Hunt argued during the trial. Scroggs feared authorities would learn of her drug use if she sought medical care, Hunt said.
“She knows when that baby is born, it will have methamphetamine in its system,” Hunt said during closing arguments. “Questions will be asked, tests will be run. … It was more important to her to protect her secret (drug use) than to protect her child’s life.”
Scroggs’ defense attorney, John Picerno, contended that the state did not prove that the baby would have survived had he received medical care because of the elevated levels of meth found in his system.
“You tell me how a baby is supposed to survive that,” Picerno said during his closing argument. “It’s impossible.”
Under the law, Scroggs could not be tried for the damage her drug use did to the baby while it was in her womb. But after he was born, Scroggs became legally responsible for his well-being.
Scroggs delivered the baby on the floor of her bedroom. He struggled to breathe initially, according to the prosecution. Shortly after giving birth, Scroggs fell asleep. When she later awoke, the baby had died.
Her husband, Matthew Scroggs, allegedly placed the corpse in a large, rope-handled tub along with items such as a baby bottle, pacifiers and infant formula and filled the tub with concrete. The prosecution pointed to that as evidence the couple wanted to hide the baby.
“If the defendant … had her way, nobody would have ever known (the baby) even existed,” Hunt said.
Pleasant Hill police found the tub while searching the garage for drug paraphernalia.
Diane Peterson, a forensic pathologist for the Jackson County medical examiner, found that the baby had 751 milligrams of methamphetamine in his system, which is enough to kill a non-addicted adult.
When the jury left the courtroom to begin its deliberations, Scroggs asked permission to hug her grandmother. She was allowed to do so. Scroggs thanked her grandmother for coming and told her she loved her.
The jury deliberated for about four hours.
Scroggs’ sentencing was scheduled for 10 a.m. June 15. She faces up to life in prison. Her bond was enhanced to $500,000 following the conviction.
Scroggs also is charged with four additional counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree because it was discovered that her four other children had traces of methamphetamine in their hair. A trial date for those charges has not been set.
Those children are in the custody of extended family.
Matthew Scroggs is charged with second-degree murder, five counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, abandonment of a corpse and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. His trial is set for June 1.
April 23, 2015 (No punishment is too much!)
Marysville police: 16-Year-Old Girl drugged with Methamphetamine, raped, sold for sex for four weeks by registered sex offender Keith Eugene Crouch, 42, and his girlfriend, Esther Rose Campbell, 36, in Yuba County
Keith Eugene Crouch, 42, and his girlfriend, Esther Rose Campbell, 36, were arrested at their camp east of the E Street Bridge on Tuesday and booked into Yuba County Jail.
Crouch was booked with no bail on suspicion of human trafficking, along with furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, forcible rape, molesting a child, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, and attempted lewd acts with a minor.
Campbell was arrested on suspicion of forcible acts of sexual penetration of a minor. Campbell’s bail is set at $630,000.
The Yuba County District Attorney’s Office said they plan to file charges Thursday. Sex crimes are handled by Deputy District Attorney Shiloh Sorbello, who is currently involved in a trial for a forcible rape case that allegedly occurred near the same area in the river bottoms.
Crouch allegedly solicited other men for money and drugs in exchange for sex with the girl. He provided her with methamphetamine and heroin and threatened her with violence two times when she tried to escape from his tent and his car, according to a statement released from the Marysville Police Department.
The victim reported that Crouch claimed to be a tattoo artist, and drew on her genitals with ink pens for personal pleasure, police said.
Police first came into contact with the girl Feb.19 when a patrol officer stopped a sedan driven by a 60-year-old man leaving the Budget Inn on E Street and found it suspicious that the two claimed they didn’t know each other. The girl was released to Child Protective Services.
A month later Marysville police received a call from a detective in Idaho who said the same girl was reporting numerous crimes that occurred in Marysville between January and February, including rape, sex trafficking, and the furnishing of drugs to a minor.
Detective Sgt. Chris Miller and a Yuba County Victim Witness advocate boarded a plane and flew to Boise, Idaho, to interview the victim, where they learned she had come to the Marysville area after she’d fled from a life skills facility in Denver.
She lived with her uncle in Olivehurst for a week, then with her aunt at the Budget Inn until she saw Crouch and Campbell at a Marysville restaurant. She knew Campbell as a friend of her dead father and had lived with her before, according to police.
She went with them to their camp, where she was provided with an injection of methamphetamine. Several hours later, Crouch allegedly injected the girl with Dilaudid, an opioid pain medication. When she became sedated, the couple raped her, police said.
On Tuesday, officers were called to the river bottoms for a report of gunshots being heard in the area. They discovered Campbell and later found Crouch hiding in his tent. Both were arrested without incident.
Crouch has a significant criminal record both in and out of state.
In Yuba County, he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 1994, failure to register as a sex offender in 2007, burglary in 2011, and violation of community supervision in 2012. He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm in Oregon in 2014.
The details of his 1988 child molestation case were not immediately available.
April 22, 2015 (Yikes!!)
Kristen Emmons, of Norfolk, accused of using Samurai sword to steal Methamphetamine, money from roommates
ORFOLK, Va. — A Samurai sword was the weapon of choice for one Norfolk woman.
According to the Norfolk Sheriff’s Department, Kristen Emmons used the sword to attempt to rob her two roommates of crystal meth and money. Emmons admitted to using the sword, but says that she wasn’t trying to steal the drugs, she was trying to give them back.
“He [a roommate] had left me in the apartment and so I went into his room and there was a duffel bag in there, and I just threw it out the window,” Emmons told WTKR.
Emmons said she wasn’t in her right mind when she threw the duffel bag of drugs out the window. Once she realized what she did, she said she feared for her and her family’s safety and confided in the first person she saw — a man on the beach.
“The guy I met on the beach had a Samurai sword and he gave me the sword to protect myself, and he came back with me to my apartment and so I came there to bring the drugs back,” she said.
Emmons said when she was back at the apartment, her roommates began attacking her even though she was armed with the sword — that’s how one was injured. She also said the man who gave her the sword got in the middle of the action and was hurt. Court documents paint a different picture.
The search warrant states that Emmons wanted to rob her roommates of drugs and money. It says she started swinging the sword the moment her roommates walked in, also striking the man who gave her the sword in the calf.
Her roommate declined medical attention, but the man who owns the sword had to get 10 stitches.
Emmons admits that she should have just called the police, but says at the time she didn’t think it was an option.
“I guess the best idea would have been for me to bring the drugs back and leave them at the apartment. Now that I think of about it afterwards, I could have gone about it differently. I just felt like I had to protect myself. I didn’t know what was going to happen,” Emmons said.
Emmons was taken into custody and has been at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail since the incident. She is scheduled to appear in court in June.
April 21, 2015 (I have no words …)
Megan Huntsman, 40, Sentenced To Life In Prison After Murdering Her 6 Newborn Babies In Utah; Told police she was too addicted to Methamphetamine to care for more children
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman who pleaded guilty to killing six of her newborn babies and hiding their bodies in her garage was sentenced to up to life in prison Monday in a case that drew national attention and sent shockwaves through her quiet community.
Huntsman, 40, pleaded guilty to six counts of murder in February. She said in court papers she wanted to take responsibility in the deaths.
The judge gave her the maximum sentence – at least 30 years and up to life in prison. A parole board will decide her release date later.
The sentence brings closure to a case that shocked residents of Pleasant Grove, the mostly Mormon community where Huntsman stored her babies’ tiny bodies for more than a decade. Pleasant Grove is about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City and has a population of 35,000.
Huntsman’s estranged husband, Darren West, found the bodies in the garage in April 2014. A seventh baby found there was stillborn.
Authorities say West was the newborns’ father. The couple has three other children together.
Police say Huntsman gave birth to the babies over 10 years, from 1996 to 2006, and strangled or suffocated each child immediately after birth.
She wrapped their bodies in cloth, put them in plastic bags and packed them in boxes. She left them behind when she moved out of the house.
West found the bodies shortly after he finished an eight-year federal prison stint on meth charges. He lived with Huntsman during the decade when the babies were killed, but police have said they aren’t investigating him in the deaths. West has not spoken publicly about the case.
It remains unclear how Huntsman concealed the pregnancies, births and murders from family members and friends.
She agreed to plead guilty rather than go to trial under an agreement that reduced her minimum possible sentence to five years but left fewer options for appeal.
A parole board will make the final decision on how much time Huntsman spends in prison. Prosecutors say she is likely to spend the rest of her life behind bars.
April 20, 2015
Phuket Police bust major dealer, Amporn ‘Mem’ Krasorn, 27; Seize more than B7m of Methamphetamine (870 grams of ya ice)
Thammarat ‘Ken’ Matte provided police with the nickname and clues to the location of his supplier after he was arrested with 400mg of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine) earlier that day.
Police soon arrested Amporn ‘Mem’ Krasorn, 27, from Phuket in possession of 20g of ya ice. However, they suspected that she had more.
After about five hours of questioning, Ms Amporn confessed that she had more drugs hidden in a house on Narison Road, said Phuket Provincial Police Commander Patchara Boonyasit.
When police searched the house they found 36,000 ya bah (methamphetamine) pills and 850g of ya ice.
“Ms Amporn confessed that she was in charge of distribution, and named her supplier, but said she only knew him by the name ‘Mr Art’, Maj Gen Patchara added.
“That case is still open,” Gen Patchara noted.
Ms Amporn has been charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell.
“It was a big arrest this time. We will use information from this case to lead us to bigger drug dealers in the area in order to help make Phuket drug-free,” Gen Patchara said.
April 19, 2015
Richland County Sheriff’s Deputies: Aretha Steen, 27, and Tyler Atkinson, 31, Found Making Methamphetamine in Broad River Road Storage Unit
Columbia, SC (WLTX) – Richland County deputies have arrested two people after finding the pair making meth in a storage unit Saturday morning.
According to investigators, Tyler Atkinson, 31, and Aretha Steen, 27, were found inside one of the units making meth.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department hazardous materials team decontaminated the scene.
Atkinson has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and simple possession – 2nd offense. Steen has also been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
They are both being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
The incident remains under investigation.
April 18, 2015 (I could not declined on only 1 today!)
Wendy Butcher, 34, from Arkansas, Busted for Methamphetamine After Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy Finds Her With No Pants On
Mesa County, Colo. A pantless woman from Arkansas who was found with eight grams of methamphetamine in her car was arrested Tuesday night in Mesa County.
Officials said a Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy checking a vehicle in the parking lot of a closed Clifton business at 3210 Interstate 70 Business Loop, about 10 p.m., found the woman, who they said was also less than honest about her true identity.
Eventually, she was identified as Wendy Butcher, 34.
Butcher claimed her car had ran out of gas, adding that she was trying to make her way back to Arkansas.
Officials said the deputy who found Butcher also located multiple identifying documents with different names, social security numbers and more. Drug paraphernalia was found in the car, along with the meth. Butcher reportedly told the deputy that she had spent some time in Utah and thought she had a warrant out of Utah.
Butcher was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges related to the meth possession, drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of two or more financial devices, criminal possession of identification documents and driving under restraint/denied license.
She will appear in court on April 21.
Eight Grams Of Meth Found In Woman’s Possession
Mesa County, Colo. — A deputy checking a vehicle parked in a lot associated with a closed business, at 10 p.m., on April 14, found more than he was expecting. Initially, the woman in the vehicle identified herself multiple times with the wrong spelling of her supposed last name. She was parking at 3210 I-70 Business Loop and claimed her car had ran out of gas. She was not wearing pants and appeared to be trying to be less than honest about her true identity.
Ultimately, the deputy located multiple identifying documents with different names, social security numbers and more. Drug paraphernalia was found in the car, along with approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine. She was identified as Wendy Butcher, 34, of Arkansas, and eventually told the deputy she has spent some time in Utah and thought she had a warrant out of Utah. She claimed to be trying to make her way back to Arkansas.
Wendy was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility on charges related to the meth possession, drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of two or more financial devices, criminal possession of identification documents and driving under restraint/denied license. She remains in custody at this time on a $5,000 cash or surety bond, with her next court date scheduled for April 21, at 8:30 a.m.
April 18, 2015 (I don’t even know how this is possible!)
Karin Renae Cole, 47, of Washougal, suspected of dealing drugs from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center hospital room in Vancouver
A Washougal woman will likely face drug charges after she allegedly sold methamphetamine from her hospital room.
According to a press release, on Thursday, April 16 at approximately 4 p.m. Camas Police Department detectives executed a search warrant for drugs in a hospital room at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.
Law enforcement had received information that patient Karin Renae Cole, 47, was dealing methamphetamine directly out of her hospital room.
During the search, police recovered approximately 6.5 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, drug packaging materials, and other drug-related paraphernalia.
Cole was not arrested at the time of the search warrant, due to medical concerns. She is no longer a patient at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.
The case is being referred to the Clark County prosecuting attorney’s office requesting she be charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver – a class B felony.
The hospital staff was cooperative and unaware that the illegal activity was taking place, police said.
Camas police were already familiar with Cole from a different incident in January 2015. At that time, she was arrested on suspicion of dealing methamphetamine out of her home in Washougal, and is currently awaiting trial on those charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
April 17, 2015
‘Breaking Bad’ style mobile Methamphetamine lab bust in Yavapai County Arizona; Alexander Ebat, 19, from Colorado and Mark King, 37, from Oklahoma, arrested
YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) – In what may sound like a scene from the hit television show “Breaking Bad,” a deputy discovered a mobile methamphetamine lab during a traffic stop on Interstate 40, according to Dwight D’Evelyn with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy pulled over a white 1995 Buick LeSabre for moving and equipment violations.
There were four passengers in the car, including the owner, 19-year-old Alexander Ebat from Colorado.
Authorities said both King and Ebat exhibited physical signs of recent methamphetamine use. While searching the vehicle the deputies found a glass meth pipe and two plastic containers with meth residue inside the glove box.
In the trunk of the car, the deputy found a variety of items used to manufacture methamphetamine, including lighter fluid and bottles of sulfuric acid based drain cleaner.
A hazardous material team from the Arizona Department of Public Safety was called to the scene. The team determined the lab was not active, but all of the ingredients and necessary equipment were present to manufacture methamphetamine.
King admitted purchasing the seized items with the intention to “cook” methamphetamine as part of an arrangement with Ebat who also acknowledged the same.
King and Ebat were both booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including possession of equipment and chemicals to make dangerous drugs and possession of precursor chemicals.
Both remain in custody on a $5,000 bond.
April 16, 2015 (look strange to anyone?)
Stacey Marie Edgerley, 37, of Wagener, Jeffrey Tyler Wood, 19, of Aiken, and Colby Tyler Reed, 22, of Bath, arrested at Aiken motel for Methamphetamine
Jeffrey Tyler Wood, 19, of Aiken; Colby Tyler Reed, 22, of Bath; and Stacey Marie Edgerley, 37, of Wagener, were apprehended during a routine patrol of the 1800 block of Richland Avenue West, according to a press release.
Wood was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine within a half-mile of a school, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Reed was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half-mile of a school, possession of a controlled substance, possession of prescription drug without a prescription and providing false information.
Edgerley was charged with possession of a controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine and providing false information.
Officers made contact with both occupants of that vehicle, who were identified as Reed and Edgerley. Methamphetamine, controlled prescription medications and a firearm were found inside the vehicle, according to police.
Officers then obtained and executed a search warrant for a room connected to those suspects, where they found large quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, additional controlled substances and weapons. Wood was the occupant of that room.
All three suspects are currently being held in the Aiken County detention center.
April 15, 2015
Toddler drank juice laced with methamphetamine in Lubbock County; 35-year-old Jessica Ruiz and -year-old Sonny Lopez, arrested
According to the indictment, Lubbock police arrived at University Medical Center on Feb. 12 after 35-year-old Jessica Ruiz took the toddler to the emergency room.
Authorities arrested Ruiz on the same day, after she told doctors what happened.
She has since bonded out, but is charged with endangering a child.
Lopez was arrested on Tuesday and taken at the Lubbock County Detention Center. He bonded out at 3:25 a.m. Wednesday.
Lopez is charged with abandoning and endangering a child.
April 14, 2015 (Guess he didn’t have a glovebox)
Texting moped driver Shana Perry, 23, of Fayetteville, arrested on drug charges; Had 2 bags of Methamphetamine hidden in her rectum
FAYETTEVILLE — A Fayetteville woman police was arrested on charges Friday after police said they found drugs on her when she arrived at the Washington County Jail.
Police stopped Shana Perry, 23, who was driving a moped near College Avenue and Township Street at 10:49 a.m. Friday because they said she was texting while driving. They said she gave them a false name. She later told officers she’d given a false name because of a probation violation, according to arrest records.
Officers asked Perry if she had any illegal drugs on her and warned her that taking drugs to jail would be a felony charge of furnishing prohibited articles. After arriving at the Washington County Detention Center she said she had a bag of marijuana in her bra. A gram of marijuana was found.
Officers requested a strip search, and deputies discovered a bag in Perry’s rectum. She told police it had between a quarter to half gram of methamphetamine. Deputies also found a second bag they said contained 0.75 grams of methamphetamine.
Perry was arrested in connection with violation of probation or a suspended sentence, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, felony furnishing prohibited articles, tampering with physical evidence, texting while driving, obstructing government operations, driving on a suspended or revoked license, resisting arrest and no proof of insurance.
She was being held Sunday in the Washington County Detention Center on $7,500 bond.
April 13, 2015
Methamphetamine binge, domestic violence incident and gunshot ends in arrest of Rocky Byrd in Harrison County; Charged with shooting his own son
Rocky Byrd is charged with shooting his son Tad Byrd after police say the father had been on a meth binge for 6 days.
Deputies had to use a crisis negotiator to get Byrd to give himself up.
He’s facing attempted murder, aggravated battery, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness.
Byrd is currently booked at the Harrison County Jail.
April 12, 2015 (Ouch!)
Human tooth found lodged in Methamphetamine suspect’s hand at the University of Texas at Austin
AUSTIN — A first for campus police at the University of Texas at Austin — an officer found a human tooth embedded in the hand of a man arrested on drug charges.
The officer made the discovery at 3:37 a.m. on Friday after finding the man asleep at the wheel of a pickup that was parked, but running.
Inside the truck – next to the man – the officer saw a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue in it.
When the officer asked the man for his driver’s license, the officer said the man handed him a $20 bill and told him “he was used to being arrested.”
The officer also found a plastic bag containing .95 grams of methamphetamine in the truck.
But that wasn’t the most interesting thing the officer found.
While trying to book the man at the police station, they noticed he had a really bad infection in one of his fingers.
It turns out, he had a human tooth lodged in the finger.
The man told the officer it was from a fight he’d had the previous week.
He has been charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a dangerous drug.
April 11, 2015
Sentencing set for Ex-Murray County judge Bryant Cochran; Convicted of violating three women’s civil rights, conspiring to distribute Methamphetamine and tampering with a witness
Former Murray County Magistrate Bryant Cochran will learn how long he is going to prison in two months.
U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy set Cochran’s sentencing hearing for June 18. A jury convicted Cochran in December of six charges, including violating three women’s civil rights, conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and tampering with a witness.
Prosecutors convinced a jury that Cochran told one of his tenants in the summer of 2012 to plant methamphetamine under the car of Angela Garmley, a Chatsworth woman who publicly accused Cochran of sexually harassing her. Garmely said Cochran asked her to become his mistress and send him lewd pictures when she requested he issue arrest warrants against her neighbors, Cochran’s role as a magistrate.
After Garmley spoke out, a Murray County deputy stopped Garmley’s car in August 2012. A drug sniffing dog could not find any drugs on the vehicle. But a Murray County captain, who happened to be Cochran’s cousin, talked to the magistrate. Cochran told him to check under Garmley’s wheel well.
There, the sheriff’s office found the drugs. The deputy then wrote in an arrest report that he knew to check that location because of his extensive training. He did not mention Cochran.
The captain and deputy later pleaded guilty to lying to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, whom a prosecutor called in, skeptical of Garmley’s arrest.
One of Cochran’s friends testified during the December trial that Cochran asked him to lie to the GBI and tell them he was the source of the tip about Garmley carrying drugs.
After Cochran’s conviction, Murphy set a sentencing date for Feb. 20. But Cochran’s attorney, Page Pate, filed a motion for a new trial. He told Murphy that the judge erred when he did not let Cochran’s cousin testify that she heard Garmley had drugs from Cochran’s friend. Murphy ruled this testimony hearsay originally.
He upheld his ruling last week, denying Pate’s request for a new trial. He set Cochran’s sentencing hearing date Thursday.
April 10, 2015
Sanford John Golay, 46, of Sun Lakes, arrested on child prostitution and Methamphetamine charges
CHANDLER, AZ – A 46-year-old Sun Lakes man is headed back to prison after he admitted to attempting to set up a 16-year-old girl as a prostitute and offering her methamphetamine.
But the listing was posted to an undercover account by law enforcement.
Golay allegedly responded to the post by saying he lived in the Chandler area and was an avid user of methamphetamine.
Through online conversations over time, Golay was told the person he was chatting with was a female runaway living in hotels in Chandler.
Police said the conversations stopped in December 2014, but that when they revisited the site around March 30, 2015, Golay immediately contacted the fictitious teen and began recruiting her to work as a prostitute with him.
Golay allegedly claimed to have worked female prostitutes in California and began offering information to make the business successful.
At one point, the communications were transitioned to cell phone text messages, police said.
Golay agreed to meet the undercover female profile at a motel in Chandler on April 8, 2015, describing the vehicle he would be driving.
He was taken into custody in the parking lot and police reported they found meth, drug paraphernalia and a cell phone with the same number used for communicating with the undercover female profile.
Police say Golay confessed to trying to assist the juvenile in a prostitution business and to use the methamphetamine with her.
Golay also told police he was set to return to prison in the next few weeks for prior drug offenses.
Golay was arrested on one count of child prostitution, one count of induce to prostitute, transfer or sell drugs to a minor, drug paraphernalia possession and dangerous drug possession.
His next court date is set for April 16.
April 9, 2015
Homeless mom, Melba Lois Appleton, 27, kids found in stolen car with Methamphetamine pipe in Los Angeles County park
The shameful sight in a closed Los Angeles County park led to Melba Lois Appleton’s arrest about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Irwindale police said, according to KTLA.
The woman’s daughters, ages 6 and 4, were described by police as sitting near a methamphetamine pipe.
Additionally, the car had been reported stolen in February. Appleton was listed as a suspect in its theft, police said.
The girls were determined to have been neglected by their mother and taken into the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Family & Children Services.
Their mother was arrested for suspicion of vehicle theft, child endangerment and drug paraphernalia.
On a Facebook page appearing to belong to the troubled woman, she posted March 22 that she was moving to New York City.
That announcement, lacking any additional details and information, appeared to come to the surprise of several of her friends — one of whom asked about her kids.
April 8, 2015 (I have no words!)
Female defendant, “Leticia” 33, of Fort Worth, accused of trading sex with a 12-year-old gir for Methamphetamine
FORT WORTH — The defendant cried Tuesday after hearing testimony by the girl whom she is accused of prostituting for methamphetamine.
The girl cried, too.
Leticia is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14. Authorities say she turned a blind eye to the sexual assault in exchange for the meth that the assailant provided.
The maximum sentence is life in prison.
The Star-Telegram is using only the defendant’s first name to avoid identifying the girl because the newspaper generally does not identify victims of sexual assault.
The girl’s assailant, Thomas Crick, 31, of Fort Worth, was sentenced in September to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking of a child/engaging in sexual conduct.
In January 2013, authorities separated Leticia and the girl and arrested Crick after relatives of the girl began to suspect that Crick, who was supposed to be baby-sitting the girl, was sexually assaulting her.
The girl, then 12, told investigators that Crick had raped her repeatedly since September 2012. She said that he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood but that he was trying to get out of the group.
The girl first visited Crick’s Fort Worth home in September 2012 with Leticia. When the girl and Leticia returned home, the girl testified, she was told to pack a bag and prepare to spend the night with Crick.
The girl testified that she and Crick had sex that night and every night they spent together for nearly four months. Many of those nights, they smoked meth, the girl testified. Sometimes she stayed at his house for a week.
Sometimes Crick used a condom and sometimes he did not, according to an investigator’s report based on a Jan. 31, 2013, interview with the girl. Crick’s mother sometimes took the girl to a drugstore to get a morning-after pill so she would not get pregnant, the girl testified.
The girl told an investigator that the meth made her “feel weird” and that she “would have a tingle feeling in her arms and legs and that Thomas [Crick] would give it to her before they would have sex,” the report said.
Crick gave the girl the same drug to take to Leticia, the report said. Leticia never gave the girl money to give to Crick in return, the report said.
The girl described for the investigator an “Aryan Pride” tattoo on the back of Crick’s head and another across his back that said “something versus demons.” Crick also had a “Nazi sign” tattooed on his upper left arm and a picture of Hitler on his stomach, she told the investigator.
The girl told two aunts what was happening, and the aunts called authorities. One aunt took the girl to Cook Children’s Medical Center for a sexual assault examination and reported that her niece was disoriented.
“She reeked of drugs,” the aunt testified. “She was tired because she had been up all night before.”
“This is a sad reality in the life of some children. Their parents are not there to protect them,” said prosecutor Melinda Westmoreland, who is presenting the case with prosecutor Eric Nickols.
Leticia’s attorney, Wes Ball, told jurors in his opening statement that Leticia did not know about the drugs or the sex.
“Where’s the proof that she knew?” Ball asked the jury. “For a conviction, you have to know that the offense was committed and you have to know that the offense will continue to be committed.”
Testimony is scheduled to continue Wednesday.
April 7, 2015 (Tragic!)
Jessica Hodges Turner, 35, and Benjamin Allen Turner, of Franklin County, face charges tied to death of Jessica Turner’s father; Also charged with possession of precursors to Methamphetamine
A Franklin County woman and her husband have been indicted on charges related to the death of her father, whose partially decomposed body was discovered in their basement on New Year’s Day.
Jessica Hodges Turner, 35, is charged with one count of elder abuse leading to death, one count of concealing a body, possession of precursors to methamphetamine and 12 counts of fraud.
Six fraud charges involve Virginia Retirement System benefits and six involve Social Security payments, according to Franklin County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Patrick Nix.
The fraud charges stem from bank deposits made beginning Aug. 1 and running through Jan. 2, he said.
Nix said Benjamin Allen Turner has been charged with elder abuse leading to death, concealing a body and possessing precursors to methamphetamine.
As of late Monday afternoon, the couple had not been taken into custody, according to a deputy at the Franklin County Jail.
The indictments come several months after the body of Jerry Cleo Hodges, 69, was found in the basement of the Turners’ home on Mount Airy Road.
“The body of Hodges was discovered inside a free-standing Rubber Maid style closet wrapped in plastic sheeting and blankets,” an investigator wrote in a search warrant last month, adding that when the body was observed Jan. 4 at the Roanoke Medical Examiner’s Office, it “was a skeleton with little flesh or skin.”
The warrant said Jessica Turner told police that “Hodges lived in the basement of the Turner residence next to the room where his body was found. Hodges died sometime between September and October of 2014.”
That search warrant, filed in Roanoke County Circuit Court, sought details from Hodges’ insurance provider regarding his medical care history over the past three years. It said he had suffered from poor health and had required frequent and regular medications — specifically insulin to treat his diabetic condition.
In January, Franklin County sheriff’s Lt. Phillip Young said deputies — prompted by calls from relatives — had performed a well-being check at the Turner home and found Hodges’ body in the basement.
The relatives who reported Hodges missing had previously handled his finances and doctor visits, but the warrant said they last saw him in July 2014. More recently, Hodges had been living with the Turners for an undisclosed period of time.
“Neglect played a big role in his death,” Young said Monday.
The initial search warrant on the house, filed Jan. 5 in Franklin County Circuit Court, was sealed by a judge for a 90-day period and recently resealed, according to the clerk’s office.
April 6, 2015 (Seriously??)
Amber Benton, of Crockett, drove around with child hanging out window, Methamphetamine in car
HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – According to an arrest affidavit, a deputy with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Crockett woman on Friday after he spotted a woman driving around with a small child with her upper body hanging out of an open window on the car.
Later, when the deputy searched the vehicle, he allegedly found a marijuana cigarette inside a Sonic cup and a plastic bag containing methamphetamine in her purse.
Amber Benton is still being held in the Houston County Jail on three state-jail felony charges – two counts of endangering a child and one possession of a controlled substance. No bail amount information was available.
According to the arrest affidavit, a HCSO deputy was on patrol on Loop 304 in Crockett when he noticed a silver sedan driving north with a small child standing in the rear seat “with the upper portion of her body hanging out of the window with her arms out by her side.”
Fearing for the little girl’s safety, the deputy turned on his lights and pulled the driver, who was later identified as Benton, in the parking lot of Crockett’s McDonalds.
When the deputy approached the car to talk to Benton, he noticed that in addition to the unrestrained child in the back seat, there was a second little girl in the front seat who was also not buckled in either, the affidavit stated. In addition, the deputy allegedly noticed the smell of burned marijuana coming from the vehicle.
The deputy asked Benton why her kids weren’t properly restrained and one of them was hanging out of a window of her car, and she told him that the little girls had refused after she had ordered them to sit down and put their seat belts on.
The deputy learned that the children’s ages were 6 and 4.
Later, the deputy asked Benton to remove her children from the car after she gave him permission to search her vehicle.
According to the affidavit, the deputy found what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette with a burned end in a Sonic cup containing a cold, red liquid in the center console. In addition, the deputy found a small plastic baggie with a crystal-like substance that resembled methamphetamine in the side pocket of Benton’s purse, which was located on the passenger seat where the 6-year-old had been sitting, the affidavit stated.
At that point, the HCSO deputy took Benton into custody and asked her to explain how the drugs got into her car. The affidavit stated that Benton told the deputy that she had recently bought the drink from the Sonic in Crockett and didn’t know how the marijuana cigarette had gotten in her drink. She also allegedly said that she had recently borrowed the purse from a friend and didn’t know that it had the meth in it.
The deputy contacted Child Protective Services, and they told him to take the two little girls to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, where someone from their agency would pick them up, the affidavit stated. Benton was taken to the Houston County Jail.
April 5, 2015
San Jose: Police uncover suspected Methamphetamine lab in apartment after neighbor reports odor
SAN JOSE — Officers uncovered a suspected methamphetamine lab inside a South San Jose apartment after a neighbor smelled something suspicious in the building Friday morning, according to San Jose police.
A resident of an apartment complex in the 4900 block of Cherry Avenue called police about 10:10 a.m. to report a strong odor from a nearby unit, police said.
Police tried to contact anyone inside the apartment, but it appeared to be unoccupied.
“Officers made entry into the apartment after there was no response at the front door,” police said in a news release. “Officers secured the apartment and, while doing so, they discovered material and chemicals consistent with a possible methamphetamine laboratory.”
The San Jose Fire Department’s hazardous materials team was summoned to tend to the chemicals.
A tenant for the apartment was not immediately identified or located, police said. The case remains under investigation.
April 3, 2015
Arkansas State police seize $10M in Methamphetamine ( 276 pounds); Javier Leon-Garcia, 53, of Moreno, Calif., arrested
A state trooper on Monday noticed a tractor-trailer parked on the eastbound shoulder near Kerr Road and Interstate 40 and approached to check the driver’s well-being.
The driver gave the trooper permission to inspect the cargo trailer, where they discovered 276 pounds of methamphetamine in both liquid and crystal form, with an estimated street value of $10 million, Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said in a news release.
The driver, 53-year-old Javier Leon-Garcia of Moreno, Calif., was charged with trafficking a controlled substance and is being held in Lonoke County jail without bail, Sadler said.
April 2, 2015 (Yikes!)
Angela Renee Thompson, 39, Billings, accused of breaking man’s eye socket in Methamphetamine money argument
BILLINGS – A Billings woman was accused of punching a man in the face and breaking his eye socket Saturday.
An argument with a man claiming to be her boyfriend about money spent purchasing methamphetamine went south, court documents say.
Thompson punched the man, causing an orbital fracture and likely a broken nose, at her Zimmerman Trail residence. She told police that there had been a disturbance and that she did punch the man in the mouth. She said the man stole money from her, documents say.
Justice of the Peace David A. Carter set bond at $500 and ordered Thompson to appear in district court April 7. Thompson is charged with felony aggravated assault.
April 1, 2015
Phillip Ault, 19, of Anderson, high on Methamphetamine, attacks Anderson woman
Officers at about 10:51 p.m. went to the 2100 block of Knobcone Avenue, off Pinon Avenue west of Highway 273 and just north of the Shasta Outlets, for a report that a man had thrown a rock through a front window of a home was trying to climb inside.
Police located in the front yard of the home. He displayed symptoms of being under the influence of meth and refused orders from police to get on the ground and show his hands, Anderson police officer Tyler Finch said.
Officers hit Ault twice with a stun gun and were able to arrest him after a brief struggle, according to police.
Police interviewed witnesses and learned Ault followed a woman from the Tower Mart gas station just off 273 to her home and punched her in the face when she told him to leave, Finch said. The woman ran to a neighbor’s home but not before Ault punched her again and threatened to kill her, police said.
Neighbors let the woman inside their home and locked the door. Ault began yelling and claimed the house was now his and his mother’s mansion before throwing a brick through the window, Finch said.
A man inside the home stabbed Ault in the arm with a knife to defend himself and his family as Ault tried to enter through the window, police said. Ault retreated the home’s front yard before other neighbors cornered him and police arrived, Finch said.
Police took Ault to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries before booking him into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of criminal threats, residential burglary, vandalism, assault and resisting arrest.
The woman Ault is accused of attacking received minor injuries but didn’t require medical attention, police said.
March 31, 2015
Police find over 2 pounds of Methamphetamine in storage unit; David Mangum, 50, of Hurricane City, arrested
Washington City Police Officer Matt Page discovered slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle with the driver’s side door open, Page wrote in a probable cause statement supporting the arrest. After the officer made contact with him, Mangum said he was just leaving his storage unit and must have fallen asleep.
According to the statement, Mangum appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic. Page discovered Mangum had a history of narcotic arrests and also saw there were surveillance cameras on the exterior of the storage unit, so a K-9 unit was called to the scene.
“K-9 ‘Hunter’ responded and conducted an exterior sniff of the vehicle as well as the storage unit,” Page said in the statement, “indicating in both locations of the presence of a narcotic.”
Page then drafted a warrant to search Mangum, his vehicle and the storage unit, the statement said. A judge signed the warrant, and it was executed.
While searching Mangum, the statement said, police discovered a piece of tinfoil containing suspected methamphetamine. Mangum was placed under arrest at that point and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Upon searching the storage unit, the statement said, police discovered a metal safe, which members of the Washington City Fire Department pried open. Inside, police found much more than a piece of tinfoil.
2.5 pounds of methamphetamine was located inside the safe
“ … A suspected 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine was located inside the safe in several sealed packages,” Page said in the statement. “Officers located several suspected methamphetamine pipes as well and digital scales.”
Mangum was charged with one first-degree felony for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one class A misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia. Because his storage unit was located within 1,000 feet of a drug-free zone, all drug charges against him were enhanced.
His bail is set at $25,000 cash-only for the felony charge and $389 cash or bond for the misdemeanor charge.
As of this publication, Mangum is still incarcerated at Purgatory Correctional Facility, according to bookings information.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
March 30, 2015
Olmsted Township police find three children in mobile home with suspected Methamphetamine lab; Bonnie Skinner, 45, and Ryan Lacko, 39, arrested
Officers raided the Irma Lane home shortly after midnight March 23 and arrested Ryan Lacko, 39, and Bonnie Skinner, 45, both of Olmsted Township, police said.
The couple is charged with endangering children, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Their cases have been bound over to a Cuyahoga County grand jury.
Three girls living in the mobile home — ages 12, 14 and 16 — were turned over to their grandparents, police said.
Officers began investigating the mobile home after receiving an anonymous tip, Olmsted Township Police Lt. Matt Vanyo said.
“Once we found out there were three children in the home, we wasted no time (preparing for the raid)” he said.
Lacko and Skinner were arrested without incident and officers found evidence that they were cooking methamphetamine, Vanyo said.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Ohio Highway Patrol assisted in the raid, Vanyo said.
The ingredients to methamphetamine are potentially explosive and the Highway Patrol has troopers trained to safely raid and break down suspected labs.
March 29, 2015
Canton teens, Keith B. Christy, 18, and Logan K. Sibbitts, 19, charged with selling Methamphetamine to detectives
CANTON — An undercover drug bust landed two Canton teens behind bars.
Village police on Wednesday charged Keith B. Christy, 18, of 92 Morrill Road, and Logan K. Sibbitts, 19, of 414 Irish Settlement Road, each with a count of felony fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Police charge that about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the SUNY Canton footbridge on Riverside Drive, Mr. Christy and Mr. Sibbitts sold a black powder-like substance, identified as methamphetamine, to an undercover St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force detective for $100.
According to court documents, the two teens set up the drug deal with detectives before the initial sale. Mr. Sibbitts turned himself in Wednesday afternoon to village police and Mr. Christy was arrested in Massena and taken to the village police station that same afternoon.
Both teens were arraigned in Canton Town Court and each was sent to St. Lawrence County jail on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond. Mr. Sibbitts was bailed out after being processed at the jail and Mr. Christy was released Thursday under probation supervision by order of Town Justice James L. Monroe.
March 28, 2015 (Throw away the key)
Brandon Lee Pipkin, 38, Lufkin, forced two teenage girls, ages 17 and 15, to use Methamphetamine before he sexually assaulted them
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A Lufkin man who allegedly forced two teenage girls, ages 17 and 15, to use methamphetamine before he sexually assaulted them was one of the 66 people recently indicted by an Angelina County grand jury.
Brandon Lee Pipkin is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on two first-degree felony sexual assault of a child charges, two second-degree felony delivery of a controlled substance to a minor charges, a third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance charge, and two revocation of probation charges for theft. Collectively, Pipkin’s bail has been set at $525,000.
Pipkin was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Dec. 2, 2014 after he was arrested by Angelina County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
According to the arrest affidavit, members of the ACSO Criminal Investigation Division were notified of a 911 call in which a 17-year-old girl told the dispatcher that she had been drugged and sexually assaulted by Pipkin.
The girl told the dispatcher that Pipkin had forced her to take meth and then sexually assaulted her. When the ACSO investigators spoke to the girl and another 15-year-old girl that had been at the same location said they would either smoke the meth or snort the substance in its powdered form, the affidavit stated.
Both girls allegedly told the investigators that Pipkin had told them on numerous occasions how sexually aroused he got when he was high on the meth. The 17-year-old girl also told the investigators that on Nov. 30, she and Pipken snorted meth, and she passed out, the affidavit stated.
The 17-year-old victim explained that she was wearing less clothing than she had been when she passed out. She also told the ACSO investigators that even though “everything that had occurred was extremely blurry,” she remembered having sexual intercourse with Pipkin, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, the 15-year-old girl told investigators that sometime during the week of Thanksgiving, she snorted meth with Pipkin, the affidavit stated. She said she was intoxicated enough that her body felt “very heavy and weak.” At that point, the girl laid in the bed with Pipkin, and he allegedly began touching her inappropriately over and under her clothes.
A SANE exam conducted on the 17-year-old victim revealed that she had injuries consistent with recent sexual intercourse, the affidavit stated. In addition, a toxicology test taken on the day she made the 911 call revealed that she had methamphetamine in her system, according to the affidavit.
March 27, 2015 (Lucky that syringe in her bra did not go off!)
Provo Police: Deborah Dant, 39, high on Methamphetamine arrested for breaking into house
PROVO — A woman reportedly high on methamphetamine was arrested early Thursday morning after she broke into a man’s house before getting punched in the face.
According to police reports, the caller woke up in the middle of the night and saw a light flash on and off in his kitchen. He got up and found that a door he usually keeps open was closed. He looked inside and didn’t see anything suspicious. While he was looking around his apartment, the door he just opened was closed again.
He opened the door, looked behind the door and reportedly saw Dant hiding. The caller was startled by Dant, 39, and reportedly punched her in the face twice. Dant then ran out of the apartment and hid.
The caller said he didn’t know Dant.
Officers reportedly found Dant curled up in a ball, trying to conceal herself, near a fence bordering the residence.
Police reports state Dant was arrested immediately and appeared “extremely intoxicated and high.” As officers were taking her into custody, they reportedly found a small bag and syringe, which both tested positive for meth. She also had a loaded syringe in her bra when she was booked into the Utah County Jail.
Dant was arrested on suspicion of the following charges: one second-degree felony charge for possession of meth, one third-degree felony charge for burglary, and one class A misdemeanor for possession of paraphernalia.
Dant has an extensive criminal history and has been arrested for drug-related and burglary incidents several times in the past few years.
March 26, 2015 (Another mother …)
Diana Sunderhaus, 33, Miami Township, accused of making Methamphetamine while her three young children were in the home
Police said it was happening in the 4000 block of East Miami River Road in Miami Township.
Authorities said they received a tip Tuesday evening about drugs in the home and police found chemicals to make meth in the house.
Diana Sunderhaus, 33, was arrested and charged with manufacturing drugs and child endangerment.
The children, ages 4, 9 and 12, were removed from the home by Children’s Services.
March 25, 2015
Two separate violent Phoenix area Valley attacks likely fueled by Methamphetamine use
One, if not both, were likely fueled by methamphetamine – a drug that has long had a grip on Arizona.
“My son is very gentle and he’s very loving, and he’s a good boy,” said Victoria Mendez about her son, Hakeem Shawky. “But, that thing – that wasn’t him. Even the look in his eye was like there was someone else within him. It wasn’t him.”
But the person who slashed and stabbed at her throat with a box cutter Sunday night was, in fact, her 29-year-old son – who Mendez said was high on meth.
A neighbor came to her rescue.
She said Shawky ignored the unidentified hero’s orders to stop attacking her – so, the man was forced to shoot her son to death.
“Crystal meth is stealing our kids and turning them in to murderers,” Mendez said about her son’s attempt at taking her life.
She said Shawky struggled with meth addiction for about 15 years.
According to court records, that same drug had a 20 year grip on Ryan Giroux.
The 41-year-old is accused of a shooting spree in Mesa that killed a man and injured five other people last week.
Police said Giroux did not have drugs on him at the time of his arrest.
But they are still waiting to find out if he was high.
“We’ve always explained that the symptoms are: you are aggressive, you are violent,” said Stephanie Siete, director of Community Education for Community Bridges, Inc. – a nonprofit aimed at drug prevention and treatment. “You can be (aggressive and violent). It’s different in every case.”
She said meth still has a strong hold on the state.
“It’s a really cheaply processed drug,” Siete explained. “So it’s always going to be a problem. It’s always going to be available.”
And meth will always be dangerous.
Siete said the addictive, mind-altering drug can cause hallucinations, delusions and permanent damage.
“They’re destroying the brain, the physical appearance – everything,” she said. “That’s meth.”
Mendez wants other parents to know, as long as their kids are using meth – they’re in danger too.
“Once a delusion takes hold, they could very, very possibly hurt you,” she said. “And, you become the victim.”
March 24, 2015 (Lucky they were not hurt worse than this)
Sisters, Jewel Ross and Pearl Ross, both 31 and from Amelia, allegedly caught operating mobile Methamphetamine lab when vehicle caught fire on Morgan City highway
Morgan City Police Department officers responded around 2 a.m. Monday (March 23) to the fire on an elevated stretch of U.S. 90, where the Morgan City Fire Department and a hazmat team helped extinguish the flames.
Evidence allegedly showed sisters Jewel Ross and Pearl Ross, both 31 and from Amelia, had been operating “a functioning clandestine laboratory used in production of methamphetamine.”
Pearl Ross suffered severe burns and was airlifted to a hospital in Morgan City before she was transferred to a burn unit in Baton Rouge.
Jewel Ross refused medical treatment for minor burns. She was then booked into the MCPD jail on a charge of creating/operating a clandestine laboratory and given a bond of $100,000.
Additional charges are possible.
March 22, 2015 (Could have been an explosive situation!)
Lafayette Police arrest Sabrina Allen and Michael Budde for Methamphetamine lab at Marathon gas station
On Sunday evening the Lafayette Police Department received a call from a concerned citizen about two people possibly doing drugs near 9th Street and Ferry Street.
Police arrived at the Marathon gas station at that intersection and found two subjects in a vehicle parked in the gas station’s parking lot.
Police found an active meth lab, methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team was called and the lab was dismantled.
The two suspects, identified as Michael Budde and Sabrina Allen were arrested and taken to the Tippecanoe County jail.
Allen was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and several other charges. Budde was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lafayette Police ask if anyone has any further information about this investigation, to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78 Crime.
March 22, 2015 (In a word, WOW)
Stamford police officer, Darwin Earl Huston, 26, arrested, charged with possession of Methamphetamine
DPS said 26-year-old Darwin Earl Huston was stopped by a DPS trooper after a traffic violation on U.S. Highway 84 near Slaton Friday afternoon.
According to DPS, Huston is the son of Stamford Police Chief Darwin Huston.
During the traffic stop, the trooper noticed suspicious behavior, searched Huston’s vehicle and found Methamphetamine inside, according to DPS.
Huston was arrested and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center on a second degree felony offense.
The Stamford Police Department is not commenting on Huston’s arrest at this time.
March 21, 2015
Lori Lesaicherre, 51, LaPlace, found cooking Methamphetamine in Kenner Contempra Inn motel room, cops say
Kenner police arrested a LaPlace woman accused of cooking up methamphetamine in her motel room. Lori Lesaicherre, 51, was taken into custody after authorities discovered a drug-manufacturing set-up inside her room at the Contempra Inn, 2820 Williams Blvd., Kenner, on Thursday (March 19), said Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the department.
Investigators received the tip about Lasaicherre’s motel meth lab around 11:47 p.m. Detectives went over and paid a visit to room No. 116. When Lesaicherre opened the door, out wafted the smell of ammonia, a product used to cook meth, McGregor said.
Authorities searched her room and found plastic tubing, lighter fluid, camping fuel and pseudoephedrine caplets and other meth precursors. Lesaicherre confessed to making meth in the room and dumping the byproducts into a nearby dumpster, McGregor said.
Meth production includes volatile, toxic chemicals. Authorities called out a Jefferson Parish Hazmat crew to dispose of the byproducts, McGregor said.
Lesaicherre was booked with creation of a clandestine lab to manufacture illegal substances. No bond had been set as of Friday evening.
March 20, 2015 (Seal intercourse with an 8-year-old girl???)
Violent sex offender, Kenneth P. Fisher, 46, recently indicted on charges of selling Methamphetamine
St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies on March 9 charged Kenneth P. Fisher, 46, of 809 Pearl St., Ogdensburg, with felony failure to register change of address.
Deputies charge that on Dec. 15, Fisher was released from the St. Lawrence County jail and, as a registered sex offender with the state Department of Criminal Justice Services, failed to file a change of address after being released. He was required to file a change of address with the DCJS no later than 10 calendar days after any change. Deputies said 78 days passed since he was released from jail without registering.
On June 21, 1990, Fisher was convicted of having deviant sexual intercourse with an 8-year-old girl in Texas.
He was arraigned in Canton Town Court on Wednesday and was sent to St. Lawrence County jail without bail. He is being held at the jail on two counts of felony fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Fisher also is charged with selling methamphetamine June 17 and 19 in Ogdensburg.
He was picked up on an arrest warrant March 4 and taken to County Court, where the indictment against him was unsealed.
March 19, 2015 (neither snow nor rain nor …)
Former Lorena Mail Carrier, Edward Flores, II, 39, Indicted For Delivery Of Methamphetamine
Edward Flores, II, was named in a one-count indictment Wednesday charging him with delivery of a controlled substance methamphetamine in a drug-free zone, grand jury records show.
McLennan County deputies on November 13, 2014, seized methamphetamine valued at $17,000 and arrested Flores, a longtime U.S. Postal Service employee, in a raid on a home in Lorena that was the culmination of a 10-month investigation.
The home at 400 Greystone Dr. that deputies raided is near both Lorena Middle School and Lorena Elementary School.
Flores II, 39, is the husband of Lorena Postmaster Allena Wood Flores, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.
Allena Flores was named Lorena’s postmaster in April, 2014, according to online U.S. Postal Service records.
Edward Flores was charged with possession of a controlled substance over 4 ounces, but under 200 ounces in a drug-free zone.
He was freed in November after posting a $10,000 bond.
The investigation that led to the raid stemmed from allegations that methamphetamine was being distributed not only from the house, but also from a U.S. Postal Service vehicle by a uniformed post office employee, McNamara said at the time of the arrest.
March 18, 2015 (What a mother!)
Indiana State Police Discover Warsaw Mother, Janet A. Combs, 42, With Active Methamphetamine Lab And Her Two Children In Her Pickup
Last Saturday a Warsaw women was stopped by Indiana State Police on US 30 near Parker Street in Warsaw for running a traffic light. Indiana State Police Lt. Chad Larsh soon discovered after talking to the women that she was acting abnormal and showing signs of drug and alcohol impairment.
The driver of the pickup truck, Janet A. Combs, 42, was driving on a suspended driver’s license and had her two boys, age 10 and 12, with her.
Through the course of discussion with Combs, Larsh noticed drug paraphernalia located in the driver’s area, as well as items associated with drug use in Combs’ possession.
Combs claimed she had borrowed the truck to take her two boys to the movies. Larsh further uncovered a black bag in the bed of the truck during the vehicle inventory for impoundment. The bag was found to contain an active one pot meth lab and other items associated with methamphetamine manufacturing.
Combs was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital after a search warrant was obtained giving permission to collect blood and urine samples for analysis. Combs was incarcerated at the Kosciusko County Jail for possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and driving while suspended. Pending the outcome of the blood and urine tests, Combs may face additional charges.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
March 17, 2015 (Sounds suspicious to me)
Knox Township Police Say Trista Zickefoose, 31, high on Methamphetamine Admits to Shooting Her Husband Gregory, 40
KNOX TOWNSHIP, JEFFERSON COUNTY – Police say a local woman was smoking meth when she shot her husband, and she claims she thought he was an intruder.
Police charged Trista Zickefoose, 31, with Criminal Homicide. She called 911 and reported the crime just before midnight Monday morning. Zickefoose told police she and her husband Gregory, 40, had fought earlier in the evening and at some point she started smoking methamphetamine at their home on Markton Road in Knox Township, Jefferson County.
She said heard someone in the house and grabbed a 9mm pistol from underneath her pillow. Gregory allegedly saw her with the weapon and started walking towards her. She says she fired one warning shot and then another that killed Gregory.
State police say their investigation revealed the couple had been involved in a domestic dispute at the home in Knox Dale.
State police say Gregory saw her and began pursuing her to get the gun. Trista told police she fired one shot to warn the victim to leave her alone. Then he continued, and she fired a second shot.
Neighbors say there are at least two apartments in the building. They later spotted emergency vehicles.
“I saw some flashing lights and what not out back here and I was looking around and saw they were across the street and there was fire trucks and an ambulance,” says neighbor Nathan Britton.
“What woke me up was the flash of the cameras it was so bright and they were taking pictures over at this neighbor’s yard,” says neighbor Regina Sarvey. “I’ve seen them walking their dog and I’ve seen their little kids.”
“I heard a noise that sounded like a bang sometime around midnight or so but I can’t guarantee that that was anything to do with it. I mean, I was watching TV, getting ready to go to bed,” says neighbor Raymond Chappell. “I used to see her walk her little girl up and down the street.”
We saw a trooper unloading evidence from a forensic van at the Punxsutawney barracks this afternoon.
March 16, 2015 (Not long enough!!)
Rickey Harding Wagner Jr. of Rockwell sentenced to 77 years for assault on 14-year old girl; Also made her use Methamphetamine
Following a three-day trial, Rickey Harding Wagner Jr. of Rockwell was convicted by a jury last week in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of five counts of felony statutory rape/sex offense, three counts of felony indecent liberties with a child, and two counts of felony incest.
Judge W. David Lee sentenced Wagner to a minimum of 618 months (51 years) to a maximum of 932 months (77 years) in prison. Wagner, Jr. was further ordered to submit to mandatory lifetime satellite based monitoring and will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
On March 2, 2014, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to investigate a report of rape. Upon arrival, officers were advised that a 14-year old female had been raped by Wagner. Officers were informed that Wagner had been recently released from drug rehabilitation. The 14-year-old female reported that she had been forced to have sexual intercourse with Wagner approximately two years earlier. The victim reported that Wagner had committed various sexual offenses against her over a period of time and he told her that if she told anyone there would be consequences.
The victim stated that she didn’t initially report the offenses because she was scared and ashamed. The victim informed detectives that during some of the sexual offenses, Wagner made her use methamphetamine, even though the drug would hurt her chest and make her sick.
District Attorney Brandy Cook stated that “she appreciated the dedication of Assistant District Attorney Kristina Scally in preparing the case for trial, along with the thorough investigation conducted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department.”
“It can be extremely difficult for victims of these types of crimes to come forward and tell strangers what happened,”” Cook said. “However, in this case, the victim testified against her attacker at trial and our office was able to seek justice on her behalf.”
March 15, 2015 (People trusted their children to these people!)
Jennifer Darger, 33, and Adam Darger, 32, Arrested After Methamphetamine Drug Bust At Sioux Falls In-Home Daycare
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The couple arrested for selling meth out their home daycare appeared in a Minnehaha County courtroom Friday, where prosecutors say the woman’s teenage daughter tipped off a school counselor.
Thirty-three-year-old Jennifer Darger and 32-year-old Adam Darger are accused of selling meth out their home on the 6600 block of West 53rd Street, which is about a block away from JFK Elementary. It’s also the place where Jennifer ran a home daycare. Prosecutors say Jennifer admitted to police that she smokes meth about five times a day.
Police say they received a tip that led them to their home on Thursday.
“This one was very credible and that’s one of the reasons this happened so fast,” said Officer Sam Clemens.
That tip came from Jennifer Darger’s daughter. Prosecutors say the girl told a school counselor that her mother would often have the 16-year-old watch her daycare kids while she sold drugs. When police got the tip, they acted immediately.
Clemens said, “Sounds like normally she would have around seven or eight kids at daycare and I think, just because we were able to get there before the after school kids there, that’s why we had a small amount.”
“There were three children that were inside the house under the age of two, those were three daycare kids. There were two other children that belonged to Jennifer,” said Clemens.
Police say they found 5.9 grams of meth in the Darger’s basement. Prosecutors say police also found a pipe and a notebook with meth dealings in Adam’s truck.
Jennifer has a history with drugs. She pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance back in 2006. The city health department says when she applied for a home daycare license in February of last year, both Adam and Jennifer cleared a felony background check.
Todd Rhinehart with the City Health Department said, “City and state ordinance only allow us to check back five years so prior to that we would have no record of it.”
They say the daycare’s license has been suspended.
The Sioux Falls Health Department says they last did a check on this home daycare back in May. They say they didn’t announce their visit ahead of time. Everything at the home appeared normal and she passed inspection.
A judge set Jennifer’s bond at $25,000 cash and Adam’s at $15,000 cash. They are not allowed to have contact with their children or each other.
March 12, 2015 (Did not say if he was a chemistry/pharmacology graduate student)
Carnegie Mellon University grad student, David Holly, 44, of Squirrel Hill, charged with operating meth ring
A 44-year-old graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University was arrested today for allegedly operating a methamphetamine distribution ring stretching from Allegheny County to California, district attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said.
is charged with drug violations and criminal use of a communication facility, according to online court records.
Mr. Holly was arrested at his residence today following an investigation that started last year when officials learned that someone was attempting to establish an operation to distribute “ICE” – which is an addictive derivative of methamphetamine – in eastern Allegheny County, targeting Monroeville, Penn Hills, Delmont and Westmoreland County, district attorney spokesman Mike Manko said.
Detectives from the district attorney’s narcotics enforcement team and state police learned that Mr. Holly would make frequent trips to California to get the drug and then mail it back to himself in Pittsburgh, Mr. Manko said. In December, state police detectives intercepted two parcels Mr. Holly allegedly mailed to himself; one was addressed to his residence and the other was to his office at CMU. Both contained methamphetamine.
Mr. Holly was arrested, charged with multiple drug violations and released on bond in December. He was subsequently arrested today following an undercover purchase of what is believed to be an ounce of methamphetamines on Tuesday night, according to Mr. Manko.
CMU spokesman Ken Walters said the school has no comment on David Holly.
March 11, 2015 (That’s not nice!)
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office: Brenton Kenneth Mann, 30, of Ohio, breaks into home and cooks Methamphetamine
Brenton Kenneth Mann, 30, of Akron, Ohio, was charged Friday with burglary after he was found inside a home on Barbour Avenue, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. On Monday, he was charged in relation to the methamphetamine allegations.
Witnesses called the out-of-town home owner after noticing a man walking behind and inside the residence. No one was supposed to be there. When deputies arrived, they met Mann at the back door, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
While deputies checked the house during a burglary investigation, they found suspicious items in the bedroom, which tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the Sheriff’s Office. One of the vials exploded while being tested, deputies report. Deputies were wearing protective clothing, and no one was injured.
In addition to burglary, Mann is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of chemicals and possession of methamphetamine. He is being held on $70,000 bail at the Charlotte County jail.
March 10, 2015 (who can you trust?)
Ex-U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Officer, John Freehauf, aka “Johnnie Rocket,” 37, of Jersey City, Admits to Leading Methamphetamine Ring
A former officer with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services admitted to coordinating shipments of crystal methamphetamine from interstate suppliers and providing them to retailers in North Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced on Monday.
Multiple Belleville residents were also charged with conspiracy to distribute.
According to a release, John Freehauf, aka “Johnnie Rocket,” 37, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to one count of knowingly and intentionally conspiring with others to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.
According to court documents and statements, individuals operating in Arizona, California, Nevada and elsewhere sent parcels containing large quantities of methamphetamine through the U.S. mail to addresses provided by New Jersey-based conspirators, who would then repackage the methamphetamine and distribute it to lower level dealers in and around New Jersey. Conspirators working for the U.S. Postal Service would sometimes supervise receipt of the methamphetamine-laden parcels to ensure successful delivery.
Freehauf admitted that between July 2013 and June 2014, he conspired with others to distribute an average of three to five pounds of crystal methamphetamine per month in North Jersey, stated the release. Freehauf also admitted that he arranged the shipments from California, Arizona and elsewhere and repackaged the drugs for distribution to lower-level dealers.
Freehauf and several other defendants were charged by complaint on June 18, 2014, with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
Other named defendants include:
- John Freehauf, 37, Jersey City
- Benjamin Navarro, 44, Jersey City
- Maria Lisa Pascual, 37, North Bergen
- Arnold Balagtas, 55, Jersey City
- Margaret Tiangco, 39, Jersey City
- Javier Diaz, 31, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Candace Healy, 21, Fresh Meadows, N.Y.
- Ricce Anciado Jr., 44, Union
- Stephanie Luna, 36, Bergenfield
- Benedict Cipriano, 52, Jersey City
- Ricky Tulud, 44, Belleville
- Janice Vidallon, 32, Belleville
- Ryan Bontempi, 35, Phoenix, Ariz.
- Howard Taylor, 49, Phoenix
- Carlos Asturias, 43, Clifton
The conspiracy charge to which Freehauf pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison and a $10 million fine, according to a release.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 1, 2015.
According to a release, Diaz, Anciado, Cipriano, Tulud, Bontempi and Asturias have pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. Charges against Navarro, Pascual, Tiangco, Healy, Luna, Vidallon, and Taylor are still pending.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the DEA, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski; U.S. Postal Inspectors under the direction of Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates; law enforcement officers from the N.J. National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, under the direction of the Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Michael L. Cunniff; the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Rick Fuentes; the Edison Police Department, under the direction of Chief Thomas Bryan; and the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Chief Robert Cowan, with the investigation.
This case was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
March 9, 2015 (Why take such a chance when the penalty is death?)
Death sentence of Swedish national, Ferry Linnbark, 46, upheld in Thailand for possession of Methamphetamine
The panel, comprising Justices Wira Mohtaruddin Baki, Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and Zakaria Sam, unanimously dismissed Ferry Linnbark’s appeal.
When handing down the decision, Justice Mohtaruddin said after considering the evidence the court found that there was sufficient grounds to show possession of the drug.
He ruled that Linnbark’s conviction was safe and upheld the High Court’s decision in finding him (Linnbark) guilty on the drug trafficking charge and sentenced him to death.
Linnbark, 46, who owns a pub in Pattaya, Thailand, was found guilty and sentenced to death by the High Court in Shah Alam on April 23, 2012 for committing the offence at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang at 10am on December 6, 2011.
Linnbark has one final step to appeal against the appellate’s decision, which is to the Federal Court.
According to the facts of the case, Linnbark was heading towards the exit of the arrival hall when he was stopped for inspection of a bag he was carrying, which was found to contain a transparent plastic containing white substances, which when analysed by the chemist, was found to be methamphetamine.
Linnsbark was represented by counsel Gobind Singh Deo, while deputy public prosecutor Mohd Fairuz Johari prosecuted.
March 8, 2015 (the more I read about this case, the stranger it became!)
Bryan County Sheriff’s Office investigates kidnapping; Man forced to snort Methamphetamine; 40-year-old Jamin Brent Sims arrested
A man says he was kidnapped and forced to snort methamphetamine after he traveled from the Choctaw Casino with two women to Cartwright and then to Colbert, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies served multiple search warrants Thursday evening after receiving information about a kidnapping involving a firearm and methamphetamine. During a search of a Colbert residence, 40-year-old Jamin Brent Sims was arrested.
The victim, who is from out of state and whose name has not been released, said he met two women at the casino Wednesday afternoon and that he was invited to a woman’s home in Cartwright, according to Sheriff’s Investigator Nathan Calloway.
He then rode with the women who then took him to a friend’s house which was Sims’ residence in Colbert, according to statements made to investigators. They then went into an outbuilding where Sims started talking about a criminal investigation and then became concerned that the victim had heard too much, according to the sheriff’s office, and Sims asked the victim several times if he was a police officer.
The victim repeatedly said he was not, and Sims then put out a “line” of methamphetamine and told him that if he was not a cop, he would snort the methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office.
After the victim said he did not use methamphetamine, Sims chambered a round into a pistol, placed it on the table, and told him to ingest the methamphetamine, according to statements the victim gave investigators. He then said that due to fear, he proceeded to ingest the methamphetamine.
The victim told authorities Sims got him and one of the women to travel to a gas station in Denison, Texas, and that Sims had the gun during the trip. They then ended up back at the woman’s residence in Cartwright were the victim said he was given a pill and told to swallow it so he would relax. He said the woman checked his mouth to see if he swallowed it, however, he said he hid it between his cheeks and gums. He then pretended to pass out on the couch.
According to the sheriff’s office, the victim heard Sims and the woman arguing over what they were going to do with them. He then got up, ran out the back door and into the woods until he reached a home where he asked the resident to dial 911. A deputy then found him and brought him to the sheriff’s office.
“Based on the information provided by the victim, the sheriff’s office was able to obtain a search warrant for Jamin’s house in Colbert and one for the house in Cartwright along with the pickup truck he was transported in,” Investigator Calloway said, in a typed statement. “The sheriff’s office located meth, scales, marijuana and two firearms with one being loaded and matching the victim’s description. One unsnorted line of meth was also found in the area where this event reportedly occurred.”
During the execution of the search warrant of Sims’ house, he was discovered lying on his back in a bedroom with his pants pulled down with his genitals exposed holding onto a female pit bull, according to Calloway.
“We are unclear as to what was taking place just seconds earlier,” Calloway said. “Jamin was placed under arrest and transported to the Bryan County Jail where he was booked in for kidnapping, and possession of meth, and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony. Sheriff’s investigators are still reviewing surveillance video from multiple businesses. Based on extremely recent information obtained by sheriff’s investigators, this investigation could very well take a different turn.”
Sims was charged Friday with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing.
The sheriff’s office thanked Colbert Police for assisting with the search warrant in Colbert.
March 7, 2015 (Who can you trust??)
TSA Security Screeners, Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, and Amanda Lopez, 27, Accused Of Helping Smuggle Methamphetamine Through San Francisco International Airport
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Two security screeners at San Francisco International Airport were arrested and arraigned today on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and accepting a bribe from a third suspect, who is also in federal custody.
The alleged smuggling operation was coordinated, at least in part, through Facebook messages, which are quoted extensively in the criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
San Francisco resident Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, and South San Francisco resident Amanda Lopez, 27, were working as security screeners as contractors for the Transportation Security Administration, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The morning of September 17, FBI agents provided Anibal Giovanni Ramirez, a 28-year-old San Francisco resident, with two pieces of luggage containing packages filled with 20 pounds of methylsulfonylmethane, a common filler or cutting agent. One of the bags also contained 68.5 grams of pure meth, according to the criminal complaint.
Lopez allegedly overlooked the packages as they were smuggled through a security checkpoint at San Francisco International Airport in exchange for money. Sunux allegedly coordinated the operation, according to the U.S. Attorney.
Ramirez has also been arrested and arraigned.
All three defendants have been charged with conspiracy to distribute meth, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years to life in prison and fines up to $10 million.
Sunux and Lopez have been charged with agreeing to receive a bribe, and Ramirez has been charged with offering to bribe a public official. Those offenses carry a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
All three defendants are currently in federal custody. Sunux and Lopez are scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James on Monday in San Francisco. Ramirez will be in court on Wednesday.
Other agencies involved in this investigation include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the TSA’s Office of Inspection and the Oakland Police Department and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
March 6, 2015 (She was lucky to escape!)
oman beaten and raped – escapes days-long ordeal; Craig Alexander Lazon, 37, arrested on these and Methamphetamine charges
Craig Alexander Lazon, 37, was charged in Linn County Circuit Court with attempted aggravated murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, two counts of second-degree assault, strangulation and fourth-degree assault.
“The victim here had been tied up since Feb. 24, beat up daily, strangled several times” and repeatedly sexually assaulted, Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny said Wednesday afternoon during a court hearing.
The charging document states that the attempted murder charge came during the course of, or as a result of, Lazon intentionally maiming or torturing the victim, whom Lazon knows.
The Gazette-Times generally does not identify the victims of sex crimes.
Court paperwork also states that the victim was strangled with a phone cord. Lazon also strangled her with his hands. The bones in her face were broken, and Lazon was convicted previously of assaulting her.
Albany Police officers arrested Lazon, who was booked into the Linn County Jail, early Wednesday morning.
The situation came to light about 5:30 p.m. Monday, when police were alerted to an assault report from Lazon’s address in the 900 block of 21st Avenue Southwest.
The victim reportedly ran to a neighbor’s house, saying, “He’s going to kill me!” Lazon fled from the scene in an SUV, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
In a police interview at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, the victim said that during the beatings, every time she made a noise or cried out in pain, Lazon would hit her harder.
“She said that (her daughter) was still living in the residence when this was going on, but Craig would tell (her daughter) that (the victim) was sick,” according to the affidavit, which further noted that according to the victim, Lazon hit her in the back of a head with a screwdriver handle and repeatedly told her he would kill her during the week. At one point he reportedly said that nobody came looking for her because nobody cared about her.
On Monday, Lazon dressed her in a pair of pajama pants, a hooded sweatshirt and a jacket, put some sunglasses on her face and pulled the hood shut. He walked her out of the house and told the victim that he was taking her to the hospital. He then tied her to the passenger door of the car, and said he was planning to take her to the Calapooia River, drown her and dispose of her body, according to the probable cause affidavit, which further stated:
“She said that they started driving, but he had forgotten his phone. Craig drove back to the residence and went inside. She said that is when she was able to get away from the vehicle.”
During Wednesday’s court hearing, Lazon appeared via teleconference from the Linn County Jail. Judge David Delsman set his bail at $500,000, and appointed Tim Felling as his attorney.
The next hearing in the case was set for 8:30 a.m. March 23.
Neighbor saves beating victim; ‘He probably would have killed her’
ALBANY — The owner of a local security firm helped to save a kidnapping and rape victim after she escaped from her assailant Monday night, and he essentially stared down the suspect while calling 911 for help.
Frederick J. Edwards shuddered to think what might have happened if he wasn’t there.
Prosecutors Wednesday afternoon charged Craig Lazon, 37, of Albany with attempted murder and other charges, saying that he tied up the victim for about a week, repeatedly beat her, raped and sexually assaulted her.
The victim was his wife, and Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny said he had assaulted her on a previous occasion.
Edwards, who owns Knight Vision Security, was getting ready to go to a community meeting, sidearm strapped to his hip, when the frantic victim ran to his apartment and began banging on the door.
“At first, I was sort of startled,” said Edwards, who lives at Westside Villa, near West Albany High School. He said the woman probably went to his apartment for help because neighbors often see him in a security uniform and he has a work SUV parked outside.
“You could tell, she was in distress. … She just said, ‘I need help. Help me. He’s going to kill me,’” Edwards added.
The woman was barefoot, in pajamas, and bleeding from her face, which looked like it had been bashed in.
She said she had been tied up, and that Lazon had been binging on methamphetamine.
“You could tell she was strangled, you could tell she was beaten up for days,” Edwards said. “Her whole skin was disfigured. It was purple around her neck.”
He knew he had to protect her.
Edwards talked with the woman outside his apartment and called 911. Within three minutes, the suspect pulled up nearby in the victim’s Mercury Mountaineer.
“I don’t know if this guy’s coming with a weapon or anything,” Edwards said. “He looked at me. I didn’t know what he was going to do, so I held on to my sidearm without taking it out of the holster, and I told her, ‘Don’t worry.’”
Lazon peeled out and sped away, Edwards said.
Edwards said he was scared, but glad he could assist.
“I’m happy that she ran to me. The guy was on all kinds of stuff. Anything could have happened,” he added. “I thank Jehovah that he put me at the right place at the right time. … A few minutes later, I don’t know where she would have ran.”
Albany Police Detective Lt. Travis Giboney said he was thankful as well that Edwards was there to help.
Court paperwork indicates that Lazon dressed his wife Monday in pajama bottoms and a hoodie, which he pulled up, put sunglasses on her and walked her out of the house. He told her she was going to the hospital. The victim told investigators that Lazon then tied her to the passenger door of the car and said he was planning to take her to the Calapooia River, drown her and dispose of the body.
Lazon started driving but he had forgotten his phone, so he went back to his residence and his wife took the opportunity to escape, according to court paperwork.
Other details emerged about the case Thursday.
Giboney said that Lazon was arrested just after midnight at a Springfield motel with the assistance of the Springfield Police Department.
He declined to elaborate on how investigators learned Lazon was at the motel.
Search warrants have been served on Lazon’s person, the Mercury Mountaineer registered to the victim, which Lazon drove from his apartment, and Lazon’s motel room, Giboney said.
Lazon has previous convictions in Linn County for fourth-degree assault in 2012 and methamphetamine possession in 2013.
He also was convicted in Lane County of fourth-degree assault, methamphetamine possession and tampering with a witness regarding a June 2013 incident. A charge of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) was dismissed. A victim in that Eugene Police Department case is his wife, according to Oregon’s online court database.