JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s a house where the former owners went to jail for making methamphetamine and one the city was planning to tear down.

Now neighbors are wondering why the Cedar Hills home is being renovated.

A sign outside the house reads, “Condemned. Do not enter.” However, city permits say putting a new roof on the home is OK, even though the city said last summer the house was going to be torn down.

Neighbor Frank Pagington said months ago he was fed up with the home.

“I made the statement that I would burn the house down,” Pagington said. “Yes, I would totally burn it down.”

He said the reason is that since the city raided the house and arrested its residents on meth charges, nothing had happen. The lawn became overgrown and a big mess.

At that time the city said the house was slated for demolition. But instead of seeing bulldozers, Pagington said now he’s been seeing hammers as workers have been fixing up the house.

Pagington said he hopes the house doesn’t become a problem again.

“I want somebody to come in and buy this building and be good neighbors, but right now I’ve seen this happen so many times over and over again,” he said.

Pagington said when he checked with the city’s Code Enforcement Office, it was not aware of what was going on.

According to records with Duval County Property Appraiser’s Office, the home is now owned by JWB Real Estate, and a division of that company is doing the renovations on the house, which was sold in November for $7,500.

City records show the house was taken off the demolition list in October, but it’s unclear why.

Pagington said he still has his doubts and hopes this time the house will turn around.

“I have seen this happen so many times before and it does not get fixed,” he said.

The owner of the company that owns the house said it did put on a new roof and maybe should have waited until it got clearance.

But as for those inside, he said they are people who are certified and that should not be a problem. He said some tests came back earlier that showed contamination but they are cleaning it up now.







SWANTON, Vt. - A fight in Swanton led police to an alleged meth lab. The men involved were working on the Vermont Natural Gas Pipeline. Court papers claim that drugs may have been on site and that pipeline workers were allegedly high on the job.

What began as an argument between two roommates led police to a meth lab in Swanton.


“Disagreement broke out between Mr. Davis and Mr. Hollis, and Mr. Davis assaulted Mr. Hollis. Mr. Hollis brought that to the attention of the police, and that led to them both being arrested,” Franklin County State’s Attorney Jim Hughes said.

Dustin Hollis, 25, and Charles Davis, 45, were already being monitored by Vermont State Police since November for allegedly buying lithium batteries, household lye, drain opener and other common ingredients to make meth. But it was a fight between the two men and Hollis’ call to police that eventually led investigators to his home.

“That led to an interrogation, and then led to a search warrant of the home and the vehicles, where some other materials that are used in the cooking of methamphetamine was located,” said Hughes.

The out-of-state men were living in a rented home in Swanton while in Vermont for work. Court papers show that the men were making meth out of the basement. Hughes says the operation was small.

“It’s not typically a big money maker; it’s to supply habits. So it looks like these guys were cooking and using. And potentially supplying other people that were working on the job site,” said Hughes.

At the time of their arrests, both Davis and Hollis were working for C&G Pipeline, a company contracted by Vermont Gas to build the natural gas pipeline through Franklin County. Vermont Gas says both men were working on the pipeline, one as a welder and the other as an welding assistant.

The two men may not have been the only ones on the crew allegedly using drugs. According to court papers Davis’ girlfriend and co-worker, Adonia Grant, claims that most of the people working the pipeline were using meth.

Grant also claims that Hollis was fired from the job but was rehired after he agreed with the C&G foreman that he would make him more meth.

“We’re obviously disappointed that this would happen. The project is too important,” said Marc Teixeira, the vice president of operations for Vermont Gas.

Vermont Gas officials say the company is now calling in a third party to investigate the allegations about drugs use, and make sure the natural gas pipeline stretching five miles from St. Albans to Georgia has not been compromised.

“We already have protocols in place when we build the pipeline that look over what the welders do. Everything from the visual inspection of the weld, then we have a third party not associated with the contractor come and examine the weld,” said Teixeira.

In a statement received by WCAX News, C&G Pipeline says the company is conducting an internal investigation to make sure all safety protocols were followed. The company also says that any claims that workers were on meth is just not true.







GRAYSON CO., Va. – Another meth lab bust that shows methamphetamine is a problem in nearly every region of our viewing area.

The Grayson Inn and Suites in the tiny town of Independence is where the latest meth arrest took place.

Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughn spoke with me inside his office.


“Most of our meth in this area is trafficked in from super-labs in Florida and Mexico and we see a great deal of it,” Vaughn said.

Methamphetamine is a blue collar drug, meaning it’s cheap to make; Draino, lantern fuel, anti freeze and battery acid.

Police say last Friday, a police dog sniffed out that drug smell from the motel room.

“We called in a canine officer,” said Vaughn “and searched the outside area of the motel and it hit on a motel room. During a search warrant we ended up seizing 3 ounces of methamphetamine.”

Inside the room, police say they found meth and prescription pills.

Tabitha Phipps, Tara Kennedy, Angela Clontz, Timothy Clontz, and Bradley Cox were flushing the drugs down the toilet. All were arrested and hit with drug charges.

Last month, a gas station in Christiansburg was sealed off until hazardous material teams removed meth found inside a car.

Statistics show most meth-heads are white, working-class folks. Sheriff Vaughn said meth has been a steady problem in his county.

“You know sometimes we’ve made major methamphetamine busts of up to two pounds of methamphetamine just right here in Grayson County,” Vaughn said.

That was within the past couple of years, according to Vaughn.

So how did investigators retrieve the evidence the suspects flushed down the toilet?

Vaughn said maintenance workers pulled out the commode and the drugs were right there, clogging up the toilet.



Five suspects have been arrested on drug charges at a Grayson County motel. Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan said in a news release that county deputies recently observed suspicious activity during the early morning hours at Grayson Inn & Suites on Rainbow Circle in Independence. Cpl. Alan Graham, along with deputies Jordan Johnson and Eric Testerman and drug-sniffing dog Gauge, investigated the case further. Suspects tried to dispose of meth, but police seized clogged toilet. Vaughan said that, while conducting exterior sniffs of motel room doors, Gauge gave a positive alert for the odor of narcotics coming from one of the hotel rooms. Investigator Adam Horton obtained a search warrant for the room. While knocking on the door, officers heard the sound of running water and the commode flushing. Once inside the motel room, it was determined that the commode was stopped up. Vaughan said the commode was removed by members of the Grayson County Maintenance Department, and three ounces of methamphetamine were recovered. The Twin County Drug Task Force responded to the motel to assist with the investigation. According to Vaughan, the investigation netted the arrest of five subjects, the seizure of three ounces of meth, seizure of prescription medication and drug paraphernalia and more than $1,200 in cash. Five suspects were arrested and transported by the New River Valley Regional Jail, including: • Bradley Evan Cox, 31, of Powerhouse Road, Independence • Timothy Eric Clontz, 33, and Angela Danielle Clontz, 30, both of Gooseberry Lane in Fries • Tara Danette Kennedy, 34, Old Quaker Road, Galax • Tabitha Rose Phipps, 33, Beaver Dam Road, Independence. Cox was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a schedule II drug (meth), the Clontzes each were charged with attempted possession of a controlled substance, Kennedy was charged with one count of possession of a schedule II drug, and Phipps was charged with one count of attempting to sell schedule III narcotics. “I would like to commend everyone involved with this case,” Vaughan said. “Everyone from the initial officer that started the investigation to the members of the Twin County Drug Task Force that investigated the case further did an outstanding job.” Vaughan also commented that he hoped a new bill now before the General Assembly would pass. House Bill 676 would raise the punishment for possession with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of methamphetamine to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections.


HAVANA -  A 64-year-old Topeka man faces serious methamphetamine production charges after neighbors complained to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office about the chemical smells coming from the man’s house.
Responding to the smell complaint, a sheriff’s office detective and a deputy knocked on the door at 21990 Hickory St. Sunday after learning that the owner of the house, Gary R. Bookout, had purchased pseudoephedrine cold pills from a Havana pharmacy Jan. 14.
Topeka man faces man's house
According to court records, Bookout answered the door but refused to produce the container of pills to show that he still had them. When told that a search warrant was being prepared, Bookout said it was unnecessary and consented to show the officers his lab.
Beneath the man’s computer was a bottle filled with a smoking material, which was apparently a meth batch that was still cooking. In a closet was a cooler filled with everything needed to cook meth: lye, cold pack, ammonium nitrate, coffee filters, funnel, spoon, pliers, drain cleaner, lithium batteries and sea salt. Bookout said the cooler belonged to 24-year-old Jacob Morris, who is in jail on unrelated meth possession charges. Bookout told the officers that Morris came over about once a week to cook meth.
The officers found a video monitor connected to a camera that was trained on Hickory Street, court records said. Due to the presence of the surveillance system, Bookout has been charged with aggravated unlawful participation in methamphetamine production, which is a Class X felony that comes with a possible prison sentence of up to 30 years upon conviction. He has also been charged with simple unlawful participation in meth production and unlawful possession of meth manufacturing materials.
According to court records, Bookout constantly thanked the officers for finding him and saving his life by catching him and preventing him from doing more meth. He reportedly said he had been on the drug for six years and he wanted to stop.
In other Mason County meth news, 32-year-old William M. Bollegar of Havana faces nine counts of using a false identification to acquire meth precursors and one count of resisting a peace officer. October through January, Bollegar allegedly used a fake identification to purchase pseudoephedrine from a Havana drug store. The charges are all Class 4 felonies, each of which carries a possible prison sentence of one to three years.

A man who was allegedly high on meth grabbed the wheel of a Greyhound bus en route from Los Angeles to Dallas last night, crashing it and injuring 24 passengers.

Police are claiming that Maquel Donyel Morris, a 25-year-old man from Los Angeles, started punching the bus driver and grabbing the wheel, creating a terrifying scene where the driver and passengers tried to wrestle control of the bus away from Morris, the Los Angeles Times reports.


“He was actually hitting the bus driver—hitting him hard to the face,” passenger Gregory Frost said, according to NBC 4.  “[The driver] was saying, ‘Help me, help me. Somebody come up here and help me.’”

The bus crashed through a dirt median and stopped jest before encountering oncoming traffic on I-10 in Tonopah, Arizona, which is about 50 miles away from Phoenix, the Times reports. After the bus crashed, Morris and his girlfriend took off into the desert. They returned about a half hour later, where they were arrested by police.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said that Morris’ girlfriend told police that he “smoked a lot of meth” before the bus trip, City News Service reports.

Overall, 24 passengers were hurt, and three of them had to be airlifted to local hospitals.

Morris faces a long list of charges—48 counts of felony endangerment, 24 counts of assault and three counts of aggravated assault, NBC 4 reports.









PEKIN  – Another four months may pass before Stacy Maneno — the alleged meth conspirator also accused of spying on Pekin police investigators while cleaning their office — goes to trial in federal court.
Stacy Maneno
Her former husband and another man, however, have begun the prison sentences they received last week for their own conspiracy to make and sell the highly addictive and damaging drug.Chad Maneno, 42, was sentenced to five years in federal prison and Terrance Watson, 32, received a 10-year term for their roles in operating the conspiracy in Tazewell County for at least a year prior to their arrests in fall 2012.
Two others also pleaded guilty in that case earlier this month. Terry Coen, 31, remains free on bond pending his sentencing scheduled for April 23. Sentencing for Ailene Maneno, 31, Chad Maneno’s current wife, was deferred and she was accepted into the federal Central District of Illinois’ new treatment program designed to keep non-violent drug offenders from prison.
Stacy Maneno, 38, was scheduled to be tried next month in her separate federal case. The trial was continued Thursday to May 19, with a pretrial court hearing May 8. Federal prosecutors did not object to the continuance request by Maneno’s attorney.
She was arrested 13 months ago for allegedly conspiring with unidentified others to make and sell as much as 500 grams of methamphetamine. Details of her alleged drug affairs have remained general in federal court records as the case has progressed.
Within days after her arrest, however, police and prosecutors revealed their claims that Maneno not only took part in the conspiracy while working as a Pekin city custodian assigned to police headquarters, she also collected information about meth-related investigations that was left on detectives’ desks and a whiteboard in the department’s conference room.
After she was charged in federal court last January, Maneno was permitted to remain free on bond but under strict home confinement monitored by a GPS tracking device attached to her ankle.On Thursday U.S. District Judge James Shadid granted a prosecutor’s motion to remove the device.
By obeying her bond restrictions throughout the year, including home confinement and no alcohol or other drugs, she has shown federal probation officers they can remove the ankle bracelet and assign it, along with the time needed to monitor the device, to another case, the prosecutor told Shadid.
“I don’t do this lightly,” Shadid said, noting the allegations of spying on police against her. “I caution you to continue complying with all of the (bond) conditions so that I don’t have to deal with this again.”http://www.pekintimes.com/article/20140123/NEWS/140129509/1002/NEWS

CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — The fourth quarter report by the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG) shows authorities found more meth—but less marijuana—compared to the previous quarter.

From Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2014, LANEG reports officers seized 6,148.5 grams of methamphetamine, compared with 538 grams in the third quarter (July – September).

By comparison, marijuana seizures amounted to 230 grams—down from 6,235 grams in the previous quarter.

LANEG also reported seizing 11 firearms and disassembling nine meth labs between October and December.

The group credits its success to cooperation from local and surrounding law enforcement agencies and the public.

The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG) is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force which serves Camden, Crawford, Gasconade, Laclede, Maries, Osage, and Pulaski Counties. Additionally, the task force serves the cities of Lebanon, Osage Beach, Camdenton, Cuba, Steelville, Bourbon, Conway and Belle. The task force encompasses seven counties with an approximate population of 200,000 residents. LANEG employs four Task Force Officers and is coordinated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who additionally supplies one Trooper to the task force.