DENVER – A Denver grand jury has returned a 142-count indictment against eight people accused of stealing cars, electronics and money from victims all over the Denver metro area to help pay for methamphetamine.

The charges allege that the defendants worked together to commit scores of crimes, which reportedly affected nearly 100 victims and resulted in losses totaling more than $600,000.6y7brtu6reuw4s

The Denver District Attorney’s Office says Jesus Luna-Rodriguez, Lucio Sierra-Camarena, Luz Lomeli-Lucio and Ivan Lopez-Banuelos are all charged with violating the Organized Crime Control Act.

They’ve also been charged with multiple felony counts, including conspiracy, identity theft, aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession of forged instruments and burglary.

Lomeli-Lucio is also accused of multiple counts of possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute after authorities say they seized more than 500 grams of meth from her home.

The district attorney’s office says four other defendants are also accused of aiding the alleged crime ring and have been charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, identity theft and credit card fraud.



A sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol noticed a registration violation as a motorcycle passed his vicinity. When he attempted to stop the driver, the motorcyclist fled at a high rate of speed, leading to new charges and the seizure of components for a clandestine methamphetamine lab.

Anthony Scott Woody, 43, 11 Claysville Rd., is charged with promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, altering, falsifying or forging an auto title, driving under the influence, evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Woody was also served an indictment charging felony failure to appear to answer a theft of property of more than $1,000 charge, and was served an attachment for failure to appear in General Sessions Court to answer charges two counts of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputy Lucas Turner wrote he was on routine patrol on Plateau Rd. Saturday when he attempted to stop the motorcycle. Instead of yielding to blue lights, the driver fled at speeds up to 100 mph, according to the report. The driver fled to Hwy. 127 N, and then south where he lost control attempting to turn onto Maynard Rd.

Woody was taken into custody without further incident and during the resulting search, components for a clandestine meth lab were found in a duffle bag in the rear compartment of the motorcycle. The Meth Task Force lab response team was dispatched to the scene to take care of the components.

Woody was taken to the Justice Center where he was formally charged. Woody was placed under $34,600 bond and faced a first appearance in General Sessions Court yesterday.

CUT OFF, LA (WVUE) – Police arrested five people in Lafourche Parish after connecting them to a stolen watercraft and trailer out of Galliano.

According to Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre, the investigation began in early September when a Sea-Doo personal watercraft and trailer were stolen in Galliano. Later that month, 6e7n 6e e4d67476detectives found the watercraft and trailer on an unidentified Galliano property.

Through their investigation, detectives learned that 29-year-old Christopher Doiron allegedly transported the watercraft and trailer to where police found them after several parts were allegedly removed by 46-year-old Tilden Billiot Jr.

Detectives then obtained a search warrant for Billiot’s property on East 75th Street in Cut Off and executed the warrant on Sept. 29. Once inside, police say they detained several people after discovering parts from the stolen watercraft, counterfeit motor vehicle inspection stickers, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia. Police say there were several other items inside they believe to be stolen as well.

Detectives determined that Billiot, Doiron and 40-year-old Thomas Cedotal Jr. were all directly involved with the watercraft’s theft and arrested them on related charges.

Police also arrested a man and woman inside the building on drug charges. 29-year-old Kendall Hebert and 26-year-old Amber Carter were carrying drugs including methamphetamine and Suboxone.

All five people present were arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center.

Thomas Cedotal Jr. is charged with Felony Possession of Stolen Things, Forgery, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Legend Drug and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also found to have four outstanding warrants.

Tilden Billiot Jr. is charged with Felony Possession of Stolen Things and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Christopher Doiron is charged with Felony Possession of Stolen Things.

Kendall Hebert is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. He is also being held for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Amber Carter is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of Suboxone.


Two people wanted in a home invasion and shooting death in South Carolina have been arrested in Effingham and Chatham counties.

Authorities learned that Grayson Brandt Griffin and Gabrielle Olivia Davis were at a house on rr atwa4w6w3ataw34Shellie Helmey Road in the Guyton area on Thursday, according to Effingham Sheriff’s Sgt. Don White.

White said Griffin, 28, left the house and was pulled over by deputies at Ga. 30 and Kelly Drive. He tried to flee, but drove a stolen Dodge Charger into a ditch and after a short foot chase, was caught.

Effingham Sheriff’s deputies interviewed people remaining at the house on Shellie Helmey Road and learned that Davis, 35, was in Chatham County. She was found and arrested.

Griffin and Davis were wanted for murder in a home invasion on Sept. 27 in Moncks Corner, S.C., in which Mark Luther Connor, 32, suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

Two people already had been arrested for murder in the Berkeley County, S.C., case – Matthew Granger and Glenn Randall Lane II.

White said several ounces of methamphetamine/ICE were found in the car Griffin drove and a meth lab was found in the trailer he owned.

Also arrested Thursday during the investigation in Effingham were William Eric Malphus, for a probation violation warrant; Lisa Price Waters, for parole violation warrant; and Lamar Gerald Mongin, for possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Local charges against Griffin include manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and trafficking methamphetamine.

Davis was being held in the Chatham County Jail. Griffin and Davis were awaiting extradition to South Carolina.

Authorities from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Task Force provided the initial information that led to the arrests.


  • Matthew Luke Humphreys had been released from state prison a day earlier
  • Man broke into two Bellingham homes, masturbated in front of one stranger and fondled another, police say
  • Prosecutors charged him with six felonies; he’s already been convicted of eight.
  • Matthew Luke Humphreys, 32, a level III sex offender.

BELLINGHAM — A Bellingham sex offender broke into two homes to masturbate in front of a stranger and to sexually touch a young man last week, according to charges filed late Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Matthew Luke Humphreys, 32, a Level III sex offender, was released from a state prison in Monroe on Oct. 1, according to the state Department of Corrections. Around 3 o’clock the next morning, he opened the unlocked front door of an apartment in the 1000 block of York Street in Bellingham and walked inside, charging papers allege.trhs5yhs 5e

A 62-year-old woman who lives there ordered the man, a stranger, to leave. Instead, Humphreys sat down on a chair, put his hands down his dark gray sweatpants and masturbated, according to the charges. The man then pulled down his pants. He asked the woman if she was “old school,” a remark that’s not explained further in charging papers, and asked how old she was. Humphreys fled when the woman called 911, according to police.

Forty minutes later, as patrol officers searched the neighborhood, Humphreys broke into a two-story house on Gladstone Street that’s roughly 500 feet, as the crow flies, west of the York Street apartment, police said. The intruder crept into the bedroom of a young man, a teenage college student, who later reported the stranger knelt down and started fondling the teen’s genitals. The teen was “so terrified he was unable to open his eyes and pretended he was asleep,” according to the charges.

Afterward the intruder got up and rummaged through the bedroom. He stole a backpack, keys, an ID card and a debit card, then left, according to police. The young man dialed 911 at 4:06 a.m.

Hours later officers were alerted to a man trying to use a debit card — the teen’s card, police said — to buy a few things from a gallery in the 300 block of West Holly Street.

The man did not know the card’s pin number. He had a “tear drop tattoo,” wore a black hat, a gray zip-up sweatshirt, and dark gray sweatpants, as the woman on York Street had described Humphreys earlier, according to the charges. Two uniformed officers walked up to the suspect. Once he saw them, he ran — about a quarter-mile, through parking lots, down an embankment, dropping things as he went, court papers say.

Police caught him kneeling behind a trash bin, said Bellingham Police Sgt. Mike Scanlon. Officers retraced the path of the chase to find he’d ditched about a half-gram of methamphetamine, and property that belonged to the teen on Gladstone Street: his driver’s license, his student ID card, a debit card and keys.

Humphreys has been charged with six felonies: burglary in the first degree with a sexual motivation; residential burglary with a sexual motivation; indecent exposure with a previous sex offense conviction; unlawful possession of meth; possession of stolen property in the second degree; and for the alleged touching of the teen, assault in the fourth degree with a sexual motivation.

Humphreys has a history of sex crimes dating back to 1999, when he sexually assaulted a sleeping girl, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office sex offender database. Since then he’s been in and out of jail for felony theft, felony drug crimes, attempting to elude and vehicle theft.

He’s been convicted of eight felonies, the latest of which for having unwanted sexual contact with a neighbor in December 2007.

At the time Humphreys lived in a trailer park on Axton Road. He drunkenly went over to the woman’s home around 1 a.m. to apologize for causing a disturbance a week earlier, when he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend. Humphreys started making sexual advances toward the neighbor, a woman in her 50s, and he would not listen when she said she wasn’t interested. She called police while he was in another room, and sheriff’s deputies arrived to find him on top of her, his pants down. He tried to run when he saw police. They arrested him, and he pleaded guilty a few months later to indecent liberties without force.

Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig sentenced him to 6 ½ years in prison. Humphreys finished serving that sentence in July 2014.

Humphreys is registered as a Level III sex offender, meaning he’s the kind most likely to offend again. He has violated his probation several times in the past year, said Andrew Garber, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. The latest violation landed him in the Monroe state prison until last week.


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa —Cedar Rapids police responding to a report of a suspicious subject found a walking meth lab Monday, KCRG-TV reported.

Police spokesman Greg Buelow told KCRG that 46-year-old Genio Ruiz and a woman were srgswgrrgwgrrwegfwalking in the area. When stopped by officers, they noticed Ruiz had a “chemical odor.”

KCRG reported that police searched Ruiz and found 16.5 grams of marijuana on him and a 20 ounce pop bottle tucked in the waistband of his pants.

The bottle contained a “cloudy substance” and lithium battery strips.

Police told KCRG that it is what is known as a “one pot” style meth lab.

Ruiz was arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of meth precursors.


A woman’s relapse into meth use after two years of sobriety left her so bewildered that she questioned whether an Omaha police precinct stationhouse was fake after going there Sunday for help.

Fire Department paramedics and a member of the police crisis response team joined officers in trying to help a woman who was struggling to answer why she had gone to the southwest precinct stationhouse at 9864 M St. about 3 p.m.

The woman, 31, “looked confused and disoriented,” according to the incident report. She told officers that she believed they “were not real police officers and she was at a fake police station.”

Later, at a local hospital, according to the report, she said she had had a methamphetamine relapse after being clean for two years.

According to the report, the woman said that at an event Saturday night a man told her: “I am smoking meth. Want some?” The woman said “she could not resist the urge to smoke” and ended up smoking the drug until 6 a.m.

The woman admitted herself for treatment, and the police crisis team member agreed to help in her recovery effort.



A Bismarck woman who is accused of threatening another woman with a knife was arrested Wednesday, according to the Mandan Police Department.eyq vq3563qw 636

Kayla Lee Bruning, 27, was charged Thursday in South Central District Court with felony terrorizing and possession of methamphetamine. If convicted on both counts, she could receive up to 10 years in prison.

Mandan police were called Wednesday to an area business to take a report from the victim, a Menoken woman.

The woman told police she was waiting at the business when an unknown woman, later identified as Bruning, approached her and started talking without making any sense.

“The woman (Bruning) got up very close to her and was ‘in her face,'” according to Mandan Police Lt. Lori Flaten.

When the Menoken woman got uncomfortable and tried to walk away, Bruning allegedly followed her and pulled out a knife. The Menoken woman said she fled and alerted an employee, who called the police.

Bruning walked outside and got into a vehicle, where Mandan police found her after they arrived.

“According to the officer, what Bruning told him did not make much sense,” Flaten wrote, and the officer suspected that Bruning was under the influence of drugs.

Bruning allegedly denied having a knife but a search of her body revealed a folding knife with a 4-inch blade, as well as three bags of suspected methamphetamine.

Bruning is in custody at Morton County Correctional Center.


Firefighters responding to a reported blaze at a west Tulsa motel discovered a meth lab inside the burning room, leading to the arrests of a man and woman.


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The Tulsa Fire Department was alerted to a fire inside a room at the Royal Inn, 2222 W. Skelly Drive, about 3:40 a.m. Friday. Once there, firefighters observed a “1-pot meth lab” in front of the room, a police report states.

They also reportedly found components for a methamphetamine lab inside the room, police said.

Police were called to the motel and detained Edward Hamilton and Elizabeth Adams, who were believed to be involved in the fire, which was extinguished within minutes. TFD spokesman Stan May said he believed the fire was contained to the motel room.

Earlier in the morning, police responded to a domestic call at the same motel room. Hamilton, 39, and Adams, 35, were involved in the domestic call, police said.

After extensive questioning, Hamilton and Adams were arrested and booked into the Tulsa Jail on a complaint of endeavoring to manufacture.


Brittany Renee Penley, 24, of 3475 Gap Mountain Road, was charged Wednesday night with simple possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after sheriff’s deputies conducted a welfare check at the address.

Penley was found with suspected meth and a meth pipe, Deputy Travis Hoxie said in a report.

Penley was found “with a clear pipe in her hand with what looked like meth inside the pipe,” the report said.

Other drug paraphernalia was found in a bedroom in the house, including a bong, meth pipe and marijuana pipe, the report said.

Deputies were called to the scene by a person who said Penley “had been outside screaming at the house and thinks there is someone inside when there was not,” the report said.

Deputies on the prior patrol shift had been called to the address by Penley on what was reported as a domestic disturbance.

“They did state that Ms. Penley was hallucinating by seeing (a man) and her daughter when the two were not on the scene,” the report said.

Bond for Penley was set at $3,500 pending a first scheduled General Sessions Court date on Friday.


A 48-year-old woman was charged with drug-related offenses following her arrest Sept. 18 in Cass County.

Members of the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team went to the 20000 block of Bulhand Road in Calvin Township after receiving a number of tips regarding the suspected manufacturing and use of methamphetamine at the residence.

Following a search of the home, several items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine were located. Investigators also discovered paraphernalia items for using methamphetamine.

The suspect was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. She was also wanted on a felony warrant out of St Joseph County, Ind., for manufacturing methamphetamine, according to authorities.


As a young teenager, Jana Murphy could most often be found practicing alto parts for honors choir, training for barrel riding competitions or devouring one paranormal novel after another.

“I love the mysterious, forbidden love stories,” she said. “I love ‘Twilight,’ even though it’s not very popular anymore. It’s really what got me into reading.”

In school, Jana enjoyed her English and history classes the most and, at one time, she thought she might become a history teacher. Now 20, most of Jana’s time these days is spent not planning her future career, but maintaining sobriety and learning to love herself – something she hasn’t felt in a long time.

“All I want to do with my story is to help other people to know that they’re not alone, that there’s help out there and that you can find it,” Jana said. “You just have to be willing to run through the darkness, and hopefully you can escape.”

Jana’s personal darkness was marked by homelessness, methamphetamine addiction and sexual exploitation. The young woman has endured gang rape, beatings that led to hearing and taste loss and sexually transmitted disease that robbed her of the ability to have children of her own.

Jana is a survivor of sex trafficking, one of the millions of young people across the United States coerced into engaging in commercial sex against their will.

Girl, interrupted

The moments that led to Jana’s descent into darkness began innocently enough. When she was 15, she began exchanging messages through Facebook with a man named Keith, who’d recently commented on Jana’s beauty in a photo of her shared by a friend. Keith, whom she’d never met in person, was 26 years old and gave Jana the attention she said she was not getting from others.

“My mother and I were not doing so well, our relationship kind of fell apart. My step-dad ended up being everything he said he wasn’t going to be. My dad wasn’t around. I didn’t really have friends – not real ones,” Jana said.

Shortly after Jana’s 16th birthday, Keith invited her over to his home to celebrate. She accepted the invitation and arrived to what seemed like a party, with several people there she did not know.

“I got over there and he went to feed me something off of a fork,” Jana said. “Instead, he popped two meth rocks into my mouth and forced me to swallow them. As I seized out on the floor, he had 14 men gang rape me. My life has been significantly changed from that one experience.”

Jana left Keith’s house ashamed and filled with guilt. Overwhelmed by the feeling she had brought it upon herself, she did not report the rapes.

Although Jana said she did not use meth again for several months after her traumatic meeting with Keith, she eventually returned to the comforting embrace of what people call “the devil’s drug.”

“The pain was really starting to get to me,” Jana said. “I was really struggling with the idea of my self worth and what I was doing with my life and who I had become. The anger was eating me alive. You go to what works. So I started using again by choice. … It was still the sensation of, I don’t have to feel it, I don’t have to feel pain, I don’t have to feel bad. I just have to stay moving, stay high, stay afloat.”

Jana’s meth use was contained to smoking with others more experienced with the drug, she said, since she did not know how to “spin the bubble” of the meth pipe.

“I was usually having people spin the bubble for me and light it for me. All I had to do was inhale,” she said.

STDs, addiction and impulse

Nearly two years passed before Jana realized she may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease from the rapes she endured at Keith’s house. She made an appointment at Planned Parenthood in a city in central Minnesota where she learned she had chlamydia, a disease that caused permanent damage to Jana’s reproductive system and rendered her incapable of pregnancy.

As she left the parking lot, Jana said she had the sudden urge to call Keith – whom she had not spoken with since the birthday party – since he lived in the same city.

“I don’t know what possessed me to do so, but I called him,” Jana said. “I met a couple other of his friends. We ended up smoking (meth) together. I told myself I wasn’t going to, that I didn’t want to, but it happened. They went into the bathroom and I couldn’t help myself from going to knock on the door. In that bathroom, he (Keith) taught me how to spin my own bubble, so I started using on my own.”

Jana began hanging around Keith and his friends regularly, sleeping on couches, in churches, hotel rooms, even under bridges at times. It was not long before she began to run out of money. She was so broke she could not afford to fill her gas tank. She obtained a gas voucher from a homeless shelter in town, although the gas it helped her purchase did not last long.

“It was gone within the next day because of trying to run and get a bag (of meth),” Jana said. “My car was sitting in one place and I couldn’t afford more gasoline.”

One of Keith’s friends, Shane, offered Jana a possible solution to her predicament.

“He started to ask me what I wanted to do with my life, who I wanted to be, if I wanted to have money in my pocket, how I wanted to afford my drugs,” Jana said. “When you’re high, you don’t think of anything. You just do it.”

Shane told Jana if she performed oral sex on him, she could earn the money she desperately needed.

“That’s kind of what started it. It didn’t really end there. It progressed, because the guy … was a pimp,” Jana said.

Body for rent

Before long, Shane posted an ad with photos of Jana on, a classified advertising website the National Center on Sexual Exploitation says generates nearly 80 percent of all online commercial sex advertising revenue. He began to book her three or more appointments each night to sexually gratify older men.

“He dropped me off in my car. And he’d tell me that he’d be back when the guy called him and told him it was done. These are people that he usually knew well. Usually they were people who were often …” Jana paused for a moment, before continuing, “ordering women, I guess.”

Jana said most of the men she had sex with were significantly older than she, although occasionally younger men responded to her ad.

“Some of the younger ones were crazy,” Jana said. “I’ve had men look at me and tell me that they wish they could lock me in their basement and keep me. I’ve had people respond to my Backpage ad and say that they’d give me $1,000 for the entire night. He (Shane) usually didn’t go for that, because he knew better. He’s lost women that way, he used to say.”

Jana was not the only woman Shane posted ads for. Several others worked for him as well, women Jana would regularly smoke meth with in hotel rooms. Shane did not allow them to discuss business, however, so she did not know whether the conditions she faced were the same as others. She was not allowed to have a cellphone and had not spoken to her mother for nearly a year.

“He ran a good business. It was $150 for a half-hour, $300 for an hour. Everything over that was a $25 extra charge,” Jana said.

Despite the steep rates, Jana saw barely any of this cash directly.

“I’d get $20 a week. And usually, I’d go and buy myself some new underwear, since usually they didn’t last long. Then, it got to the point where it was more comfortable just not to wear underwear, because the pain of wearing them and having them ripped off and rubbed against everyday left rashes on my skin.”

Throughout her time working as an escort, Jana endured physical beatings from Shane and sometimes the men she serviced, known as “johns” in the escorting world.

“You never say anything about the cops because they (the johns) get sketched out,” Jana said. “There are a lot of people there who are made of money and there are a lot of people there that barely have any. Some of the older men, if you didn’t do as you were asked, you were hit.”

For six months, Jana remained perpetually high and essentially captive. She did not know it, but an old friend was quietly orchestrating a plan to rescue her from Shane’s grasp.

An escape

One day in February 2014, Jana’s friend Brandon showed up and told her he needed to borrow her car. Shane allowed Jana to leave with Brandon under the promise she would return the following day.

Once in the car, Brandon told Jana he’d learned of her location from a mutual friend and offered to take her wherever she wanted to go. Jana asked him to drive her to her mother’s home in another city. While at the house, Jana decided to tell her mother about her drug use – a fact her mother did not take well at the time.

“She didn’t find it very funny, and she asked me to leave,” Jana said. “So I did. I slept in my car with this guy (Brandon) for the night because he refused to bring me back (to Shane). For that I was thankful, because I was done.”

The next day, Brandon bought a bottle of alcohol for the two to share. They spent the day getting drunk together and ended up having an argument when Brandon suggested Jana tell her mom about the escorting, too.

“When he said that, I dropped him off, drunk off my ass, started my car and was driving through a snowstorm when I crashed it. I ended up with a DWI and was placed in jail for the night. … They said I would have died if it wasn’t for the fact that I was drunk,” Jana said.

Jana’s mom picked her up from jail the next morning, and all Jana could think about was Brandon.

“He had just taken me out of this bad situation, wouldn’t take me back, and I ditched him,” she said. “He ended up walking 5 miles back to my mom’s house in the morning to help me clean out the back of my car. He stayed with me and held me while I cried. He ended up being a really good friend to me, which was totally weird, because the only thing I could think to ask him was, ‘What do you want?’ It was probably the most human kindness I’d had in a long time.”

Jana stayed at her mother’s for the night before returning the next day with Brandon. She did not, however, return to Shane, instead staying with Brandon, his girlfriend and a few other people in a trailer home.

Eventually, the question she felt compelled to ask Brandon – “What do you want?” – came back around.

“He did use it against me,” Jana said. “He said, ‘You owe me.’ That relationship ended very quickly after that.”

Jana was in a constant state of fear at the prospect of Shane finding her and forcing her to return to escorting.

“It was paranoia. And when you’re on drugs, there’s a lot of it. You’ll sit there in the mirror and you’ll pick your skin,” Jana said, tears beginning to flow down her face. “You’re afraid they’ll find you, and if you’re recognizable, they’ll bring you back. I dyed my hair all the time.”

Jana continued to avoid Shane, although her life was about to take another dark turn.

“And then I met another one just like him (Shane),” Jana said, adding her association with this other man led to further legal trouble.

Jana did not speak openly with the Brainerd Dispatch on this subject due to a pending court case. In May, police found a large bag of meth on Jana, and she is now facing drug charges.

“I struggle with that, the idea that I might become a felon because of my addiction,” Jana said.

On top of the drug charge, Jana also was on the run from probation in another county and was transferred to serve additional time there. When she got out of jail, an ex-boyfriend suggested she move to the Brainerd lakes area to remove herself from the environment that continually led to trouble for her.

“He said it would be a new start,” Jana said. “I thought it was a great idea.”

Into the light

After moving to the area, Jana found her way into the offices of an organization that, among many other things, assists homeless and at-risk youth.

“It was three days, and I had my own place,” Jana said. “I was so amazed with how quick the turnaround was. It was literally a miracle of God with how everything happened. … This was the first time I’ve ever actually received real help other than, ‘Hey, do you want to sleep in a church?'”

Now more than five months sober, Jana’s begun to build a life for herself – a future, one that does not include living on the edge.

“At the end of the day, the only thing that drugs and escorting and homelessness and the lies of it all gets you is death. That’s the only thing that’s going to come from it. That’s the only thing you’re striving to do is die. That sounds dramatic, it does. But when you reach a point where it’s no longer a choice, and you no longer have control, that’s exactly what happens,” Jana said. “Everything from here only gets better. My worst day sober will always be better than my best day high.”

As she re-learns how to live in the sober world, Jana said she is frustrated and hurt by the opinion that women working in the commercial sex trade are willing participants.

“I don’t know who would willingly put themselves in a position to be beaten by a man, to do criminal acts and not even receive any benefit from it,” Jana said. “The people (johns) knew what kind of circumstances I was under. They’re not clueless. When they walk into the room, they can see the bruises, they can see the pain, they can see what kind of person is standing in front of them. … I think the people who defend them are just as mentally ill. They’re (the johns) just as bad as pedophiles. And they could be considered a rapist. So why would somebody defend a rapist? You wouldn’t. It’s the same thing. In a lot of cases, it’s exactly the same thing.”

Jana’s hope is to one day play a role in preventing other young women and men from being trafficked. She no longer intends to be a history teacher; instead, she wants to become a guardian ad litem, advocates who represent abused or neglected children in the court system.

Jana’s advice for other young people who may find themselves in a similar situation could be considered profound and heartbreaking in the context of her life experience.

“Strive to get As and Bs in school. Strive to join a football team or cheerleading or tennis or something you enjoy. Strive to be a kid. Because when it’s over, it’s over, and there’s no going back.

“When you wash away the paint you put on your face and you wash away the hair dye and the nail polish and the drugs and the life and anything else, when you look in the mirror, can you say you’re proud of who you are? Because if you aren’t, you need to fix it now before it’s too late. I’ve watched a couple people in my life die very young due to drugs, and that game and that lifestyle and that way of thinking, and it’s not worth your life.”


BENSALEM, Pa. (WPVI) — Two men have been arrested for the 1984 rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl from Bensalem, Pa.

The suspects, George Shaw and Robert Sanders, were arrested within the past week, Bensalem w6uw4uw46u w6Police and the Bucks County District Attorney’s office announced on Friday morning.

Police say Shaw killed Barbara Rowan while she was babysitting his daughter and he was high on methamphetamine. Investigators believe she was suffocated.

Shaw was charged with criminal homicide and rape. Sanders was charged lying to protect Shaw.

But police say over time Sanders began to change his story and, last week, allegedly told detectives he was in Shaw’s apartment in the room next to where Shaw attacked Rowan.

“And ultimately acknowledging helping dispose of the body,” said Bucks County D.A. David Heckler.

Rowan was reported missing by her parents on August 3, 1984.

Her body was found in a wooded area between Route 1 North and North River Drive in Bensalem on August 16th.

Police said on Friday that Shaw was a suspect during the investigation, but no charges were filed due to insufficient evidence.

Investigators say the case was reassigned in 2002 and new leads were developed, leading to the arrests.

Shaw was arrested in Seminole County, Florida and Sanders was arrested in Monroe County, Pa. Both will be extradited to Bucks County in the new future, officials said.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – More than half the women booked into jails in San Diego County in 2014 had methamphetamine in their system, a 7 percent increase over the prior year, according to reports released Monday by the San Diego Association of Governments.

The 53 percent figure for female inmates who tested positive for meth was a 15-year high. For men, 40 percent had meth in their system, according to SANDAG.

The reports showed that the share of women arrested in the region who tested positive for meth rose from 29 percent in 2000. Since 28 percent of male inmates tested positive for meth 15 years ago, the rate of increase for women has been much faster, according to SANDAG.

On average, the adult arrestees reported they had been using meth for 16 years, and when they were on the drug, they used it five days in a row. One- quarter injected it at some point, and 49 percent reported using it before going to work or school.

Researchers approached inmates within 48 hours of being arrested and booked into jail and asked them if they were willing to be surveyed and provide a urine sample. More than 500 men were interviewed at jails in downtown San Diego and Vista, and 266 women participated at the detention center in Santee.

According to the reports, 69 percent of women and 68 percent of men tested positive for at least one kind of drug after being booked into jail, while 29 percent of men and 28 percent of women had more than one drug in their system.

“Regardless of why someone is booked into jail, substance use is an issue for many arrestees, with over two-thirds positive for at least one drug overall, and about one in three current poly-drug users,” said Cynthia Burke of SANDAG, the author of the reports.

“Offenders arrested for a property offense were more likely to test positive for any and multiple drugs,” she said. “Among poly-drug users, meth was used more than any other drug.”

The reports also found that 45 percent of men tested positive for marijuana, near a 15-year high, while 31 percent of women were on the drug. In 2000, the rates were 38 percent and 27 percent, respectively.

Use of opiates, like heroin, continued a recent climb to 15 percent for women and 13 percent for men. Cocaine use has dropped dramatically in the past 15 years, from 26 percent of women and 15 percent of men in 2000, to 6 percent of females and 5 percent of males, according to SANDAG.

HOLTVILLE, Calif. – A woman was arrested in the Imperial Valley after trying to swallow two grams of methamphetamine.

Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) deputies say Tina Sue Smith, was walking in the area of 6w yw4sw4Pine Avenue and 5th Street in Holtville over the weekend.

Smith was suspected of a theft that had been reported earlier in the area according to an ICSO report. When deputies were talking to Smith they noticed she tried swallowing but ended up spitting out multiple bindles filled with meth instead.

Smith was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sales.


A Centralia woman was charged Wednesday for allegedly planning to sell methamphetamine at Fort Borst Park, which is in a school zone.

Janet Lynn Gleason, 42, of Centralia, was arrested at 12:38 a.m. on Wednesday after detectives saw her driving, despite the fact that her license had been revoked.j eue6e6uue56

Detectives had been investigating Gleason for possibly selling methamphetamine.

Gleason reportedly told officers she was on her way to Fort Borst Park to sell 10 grams of methamphetamine. She told officers the drugs were in her car, and granted them permission to search the vehicle, according to court documents.

Detectives reportedly found a black, zippered pouch containing plastic packaging, a scale, more than $200 in cash and two bags of a crystal substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Gleason has been charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Additionally, because she planned to sell the methamphetamine at Fort Borst Park, her charge includes the assertion that she planned to sell the drugs “within one-thousand feet of a school bus route stop designated by the school district, contrary to the Revised Code of Washington 69.50.401 and 69.50.435(1).”

Superior Court Judge Nelson Hunt imposed $20,000 bail, refusing a defense request to allow Gleason unsecured bail, or a bail amount with no collateral required.

“At some point we have to say, ‘No, stop,’” he said.

Gleason has a prior felony conviction for second-degree burglary, and five convictions for violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.


Tina R. Chavis, 46, of 1215 Bypass 72 NE Room 133, Greenwood, was arrested early Monday by Greenwood City Police and charged with possession of methamphetamine, according to a report.

Two officers walking through America’s Best Value Inn on Bypass 72 noticed through an open 6u6wn647uwe6757window on Room 133 a woman lying on the floor along with a number of items and pieces of drywall, according to the report.

An officer knocked on the door to check on the woman and she told the officer a friend had stolen $160 and eight grams of marijuana, according to the report, then she was beaten up when she confronted the person about the theft.

According to the report, the officer noticed syringes on the woman’s nightstand and, after receiving permission to search the room, found 0.46 grams of what appeared to be meth.–gets-arrested-on-meth-charge


HILLSDALE, IND. – Four people were arrested Thursday after Vermillion County deputies discovered a meth lab and six children living inside a rural Hillsdale home.

Vermillion County Deputies and an Indiana Conservation Officer arrived at the residence ysryuususyuThursday afternoon to serve an arrest warrant on John M. Hoffman, who was wanted for theft out of Vermillion County. Hoffman allegedly stole two televisions, DVDs and pizzas from Wal-Mart in early September.

After entering Hoffman’s residence, deputies discovered an active methamphetamine lab inside.

A 9-month-old infant and 18-month-old child were also located inside the residence, along with four children in a truck outside of the residence who lived there as well. A total of four adults and six children lived at the residence.

Hoffman, along with his four roommates, James L. Woody, 35, of Hillsdale, Ashley N. Pierce, 32, of Hillsdale, and Elizabeth L. Shagley, 45, of Hillsdale, were all arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of precursors, child neglect.

The four adults were arrested and transported to the Vermillion County Jail. All four are held on $50,000.00 bond. Hoffman also has an additional bond for $10,000.00 for the theft warrant, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

All the occupants were removed from the residence and the Indiana Department of Child Services were contacted. The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit was also called to the scene.

Arrest warrants have been signed for the mother of the infant who passed away unexpectedly in July.

Staci Lee Lashomb, 24, has been charged with one count of methamphetamine possession and tystryrstrytrtwo counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, according to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

“Deputies are currently searching for her, but have not been able to establish contact with her at this time,” said Yarbrough.

Lashomb was discovered lying on top of her 4-month-old daughter when Coweta County Sheriff’s deputies were executing an arrest warrant at a home on Smokey Rd. on July 25, according to Yarbrough. Authorities believed that Lashomb was under the influence of some kind of drug at the time.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Lashomb, they are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 770-253-1502.


Methamphetamine mom, Staci Lea Lashomb, arrested in Palmetto

Staci Lea Lashomb, whose infant died while in bed with her, was picked up on child cruelty arrest warrants Monday.

Staci Lea Lashomb has been charged with one count of methamphetamine possession and two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree.

Staci Lea Lashomb has been charged with one count of methamphetamine possession and two counts of cruelty to children in the first degree.

Authorities announced Tuesday that in addition to Lashomb testing positive for methamphetamine, so did her two-year-old child.

Back in July authorities were executing a search warrant on Smokey Road when they discovered the 24-year-old Lashomb lying on top of her four-month-old child. That child, Makaelyn Lashomb, was later pronounced dead at the scene.

“Toxicology results showed that Lashomb and her two-year old did test positive for methamphetamine,” said Kevin Yarbrough, lead investigator with the sheriff’s office “The infant, however, did not.” Autopsy results for Makaelyn are still pending. The two-year-old is in the custody of grandparents.

Lashomb was located in Palmetto on Monday night where she was arrested and taken into custody, authorities said.

During her interview with investigators, Lashomb admitted that she knew that she shouldn’t have had her children in that environment, Yarbrough said.

Lashomb is facing two counts of child cruelty and one count of possession of narcotics. She’s being held at the Coweta County Jail with a $13,000 bond.



Officials say that a man was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of methamphetamine in Taylor County.hrusruw4b 45w45

Police say that the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint about someone driving a loaded dump truck recklessly. After stopping the vehicle, police say the man failed several sobriety tests. While searching the truck police found methamphetamine, cocaine and a set of scales.

Christopher Coomer,43, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, first offense, possession of a controlled substance, first offense and trafficking a controlled substance, first offense.


A woman was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of possession of more than 4 grams of methamphetamine after Killeen police conducted a traffic stop at Veterans Memorial Boulevard and W.S. Young Drive.

Lisa Marie Nix, 32, was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke after police said they stopped the vehicle Nix was in for committing a traffic violation.

According to an arrest affidavit, Nix was the passenger in the vehicle and had an outstanding warrant for her arrest.

But when police put Nix in the back of a squad car, officers said in the affidavit Nix was acting suspicious.

“(Police) reported that the suspect made several movements while in the backseat of his patrol unit and further reported that he noticed the suspect shoving her hand down her pants,” the affidavit said.

When they arrived at the police station, the affidavit said a thorough search was conducted on Nix’s person and that’s when police found a substance that field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Nix was placed in the Bell County Jail where she awaits trial on a $50,000 bond.


The cleaning staff at the Vacationland Inn reports the lab, and authorities charge Erica Hodgdon with drug trafficking.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says it has found another methamphetamine lab, this time in a hotel in Brewer.6yu647y67w357

The cleaning staff discovered the meth lab Thursday morning in one of the guest rooms at the Vacationland Inn on Wilson Street, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The woman who rented the room had been arrested earlier in the day by Brewer police on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Erica Hodgdon, 29, of Bangor was charged Thursday night with drug trafficking, according to an intake officer at the Penobscot County Jail. She was being held on $1,476 cash bail.

McCausland said the Vacationland Inn was evacuated when the MDEA’s meth lab team arrived Thursday afternoon. Drug agents wearing protective suits entered the hotel and confirmed that there was a meth lab in the room rented by Hodgdon.

It was the 38th time this year that the MDEA had responded to a meth-related incident – the most in any year in Maine.


Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh man and his 26-year-old daughter were arrested Thursday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine inside their home while young children were present.

Authorities said that methamphetamine was manufactured and sold inside a home at 6814 etyy35y35ttFayetteville Road while a 3-year-old and a 3-month-old child lived there.

Fred Bridges Stephenson, 57, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for keeping or selling a controlled substance, possession and distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and simple possession of a schedule four controlled substance.

Kelsey Rebecca Stephenson, Stephenson’s daughter and the mother of the two children, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for keeping or selling a controlled substance, possession and distribution of methamphetamine and child abuse creating a substantial risk and hazardous living environment for her children.

Dustin Lockamy, 27, the father of the two children, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, maintaining a dwelling for keeping or selling a controlled substance and possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

All three are slated to make their first court appearance on Friday.

Another man and woman were also charged in the incident, although their relationship to the Stephensons and Lockamy is unknown.4566y7536256

Kelly Lourie Bennett, 26, was charged with possession and distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and a probation violation.

Bobby Joe Wolffe, 27, was charged with possession and distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, carrying a concealed weapon and misdemeanor larceny.


A federal officer who, earlier this month, pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine in a government laboratory also allegedly had sex with a fellow employee while on duty and took credit for overtime hours he didn’t actually work.

Christopher Bartley, a senior officer with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Police Services, caused a massive explosion in a building on the NIST campus while trying to cook meth July 19, and now the agency is stonewalling congressional efforts to investigate.geterryhwrtywtrrwygeterryhwrtywtrrwygeterryhwrtywtrrwy

On Wednesday, Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which oversees the NIST, sent a letter to NIST Director Willie May demanding more information about the incident.

According to Smith’s letter, the NIST declined to provide his committee with building access records that would show where and when Bartley moved around the NIST campus while he was cooking meth.

“This Committee has a legitimate interest in the safety of NIST employees and ensuring that agency property is not used to produce illegal drugs,” Smith wrote. “The building access records are essential to the Committee’s oversight.”

In the letter, Smith asked the NIST provide the committee with the building records for the night of the explosion, all documents regarding Bartley and the decision to promote him, any communications regarding NIST’s internal investigation of the meth lab explosion and a plethora of other documents.

Jennifer Huergo, a spokeswoman for NIST said in an email that the agency received the letter and intends to provide all the information requested.

About a week after the explosion, NIST officials briefed the committee on what happened leading up to and after the explosion, but failed to include the building access records from the night of the explosion.

More recently, though, Smith wrote in the letter, the committee obtained documents that show “a culture of waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct at NIST Police Services.”

According to the documents, Bartley allegedly had sex with multiple other NIST employees “on agency property, in vehicles owned by the government, while on official duty.”

Despite agency officials’ knowledge of his alleged sexual misdeeds, Bartley was promoted to interim chief of police for a short time prior to the meth lab incident.

Smith also alleges that Bartley and others at the NIST Police Services regularly committed time and attendance fraud and it appears that police equipment worth thousands of dollars is unaccounted for or missing from the police force.

According to documents obtained by the committee, during April 2014, Bartley appeared to have worked 84 hours of overtime on top of his full-time shifts.

If the documents are accurate, that would mean Bartley worked 164 hours in two weeks.






A Midway City man faces up to 26 years in prison when sentenced later this month for paying four underage teen girls to have sex with him and taking pictures of them to use for his own child pornography, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Daryl Anthony Hicks, 57, was convicted Wednesday of three counts of human trafficking of a minor, four counts of statutory rape, a count of possession of a firearm by a felon, three counts of furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Hicks would have been eligible for a fourth conviction of human trafficking of a minor if he hadn’t failed to pay one of the teens as he said he would, according to Deputy District Attorney Bryan Clavecilla.

The victims were 16 to 17 years old, and the defendant gave them drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine, Clavecilla said. The unlawful sex happened at various times between February and July of last year, the prosecutor said.

Three of the girls complained to sheriff’s deputies in July of last year, Clavecilla said.

When Hicks was arrested investigators recovered three guns and cocaine in his apartment, Clavecilla said.

Hicks was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30.