CALDWELL COUNTY, KY (KFVS) – The Kentucky State Police arrested a Fredonia man on drug and traffic charges after a trooper stopped to help a driver broken down on the interstate.

On Sunday, February 9, at around 3:51 p.m., a trooper stopped to help a driver who was northbound on Interstate 69 at around the 78 mile-marker. The driver, Mark D. Baize, 48, of Fredonia had lost a tire to the trailer he was pulling behind his pickup truck.

While the trooper was helping him, Baize granted the trooper consent to search his vehicle.

The trooper found suspected methamphetamine inside Baize’s pickup truck.

Baize was arrested without incident and charged with possession of controlled substance 1st degree 1st offense – meth, failure to notify DOT of address change, and no registration plate.

Baize was taken to the Caldwell County Jail.



TAHLEQUAH — A 23-year-old Tahlequah woman was jailed on a $10,000 bond Friday after police allegedly found her to be in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Erica McGregor was booked into jail for possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tahlequah Officer Cory Keele said he responded early Friday morning to a convenience store on East Downing, where a vehicle had been parked at a gas pump for at least half an hour.

Keele said he arrived and saw McGregor slumped down, appearing to be asleep. Officers knocked on the window several times before McGregor awoke.

McGregor told Keele she was waiting on a friend, but her friend would not answer the phone. She allegedly told the officer she was going to get a ride so she could leave her vehicle behind for another friend.

Keele saw a small jar in McGregor’s back seat, and the jar appeared to contain a bag with a green, leafy substance. She handed the jar to Keele, and he identified the substance as marijuana.

Keele then deployed canine officer Bo around McGregor’s car, and Bo gave a positive alert.

“I opened the driver’s side door and K-9 Bo jumped inside the vehicle and began to sniff the driver’s seat… ,” Keele said.

Police looked inside McGregor’s vehicle and found several syringes, a light bulb that had been made into a smoking device, and other items. Keele found a clear bag of meth in the driver’s seat; and a metal container attached to a key ring contained three bags of a white, crystal substance.

After she was arrested, McGregor allegedly admitted to police she had marijuana inside her bra. Officers at the Cherokee County Detention Center later retrieved the marijuana. –



CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In two years, a state fund set up to help the victims of violent crimes has paid out $1.2 million to clean up West Virginia’s meth mess.

Last year, the West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund distributed $849,146 for methamphetamine lab cleanup costs, up from $378,404 in 2012, according to a Charleston Gazette analysis of Court of Claims data.

Out-of-state landlords who own meth-contaminated properties in West Virginia received more than $100,000 of those payouts for cleanup expenses since January 2012. Payments went to property owners in Kansas City, Mo.; Surfside Beach, S.C.; Arlington, Va.; and Cincinnati.

West Virginia is the only state that reimburses property owners for meth lab cleanup costs through a crime victims compensation fund.

Meth labs are having a substantial financial impact across the state,” said Delegate Don Perdue, D-Wayne. “The numbers are accelerating.”

In 1981, state lawmakers set up the West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund to help “victims of crime, particularly violent crime.” The fund typically pays for crime victims’ medical and funeral expenses.

Six years ago, as meth labs began to proliferate in West Virginia, the Legislature passed a law that allows property owners to file claims with the state to help pay for meth cleanup.

Perdue said the drain on the Crime Victims Compensation Fund should alarm all West Virginians — even those in counties with no meth labs.

“There have been arguments represented this is a very localized problem,” Perdu said. “Irrespective of whether a county has meth labs or not, its citizens are losing the opportunity to access victims fund monies because it’s being depleted by meth lab claims. This is proof positive that it’s a statewide issue for taxpayers.”

The crime victims fund will only pay for cleanup expenses if landlords didn’t know that meth was being manufactured on their properties. The program’s purpose is to make rental properties livable again.

Initially, the fund paid $5,000 for cleanup costs. State lawmakers raised the reimbursement amount to $10,000 two years ago.

Since 2012, the fund has paid more than $668,000 directly to companies that specialize in meth cleanup, according to the Gazette’s analysis.

Simon Environmental, a Jackson County company, collected $423,845 for cleanup expenses — five times more than any other firm.

Global Environmental of Kearneysville was paid $81,526, followed by Astar Abatement of Sissonville ($56,495), Affordable Cleanup of Scott Depot ($54,139), and Meth Lab Cleanup LLC of Athol, Idaho ($35,612). Several other firms received smaller amounts.

The remaining meth lab payouts went to landlords, including 16 who live outside the state but own property in West Virginia. Out-of-state property owners and meth cleanup companies are eligible to receive money from the victims compensation fund.

To pay for the increase in meth lab claims, the Court of Claims has tapped a reserve fund for the past several years. The reserve account was set up to pay out injury claims after a catastrophic event, such as a school shooting or terrorist attack.

Because of meth lab claims, the reserve fund has dropped from $6 million to $3 million during the past four years.

West Virginia law enforcement authorities seized 533 meth labs last year, nearly double the 288 labs found in 2012. Police busted meth labs in 45 of West Virginia’s 55 counties.

The Crime Victims Compensation Fund is on pace to pay more than $1 million on 200 claims during the current fiscal year, which ends in July.

“In so much as the cleanup costs are going up and the number of labs are going up, it’s only logical to assume that other costs, like children going to foster care and hospitalizations, also are going up,” Perdue said.

Perdue supports legislation (SB6) designed to reduce meth labs and their cleanup costs. The bill would require people to secure a prescription before they could buy most cold medications containing pseudoephedrine, a key meth-making ingredient sold under brand names such as Sudafed and Claritin-D.

The legislation exempts so-called “tamper-resistant” pseudoephedrine products — Zephrex-D and Nexafed — which can’t easily be converted to meth.

The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee advanced the bill last week, and the Senate Judiciary Committee could take up the legislation within days.

Drug industry lobbyists oppose the bill, saying it would inconvenience consumers and drive up health-care costs.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse has recommended that state legislators pass a pseudoephedrine prescription law. The panel released its final report last month. Council members gave more votes to the prescription requirement than any other proposal designed to curb substance abuse in West Virginia.





A Dayton man and woman were arrested during a meth lab bust on Dayton Mountain on Thursday, Feb. 6, and were using illegally obtained electricity to power the meth lab, according to arrest reports released to The Herald-News on Monday.
Bradley Shane Hickman, 26, and Shanna Brianne Millsaps, 18, were arrested last week after a raid by the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department at a home on Ogden Road that deputies said was being used to house a meth manufacturing operation.





Two people were arrested Sunday afternoon by Auburn Police and charged with three crimes each related to methamphetamine.

At about 3:15 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at Indiana 8 and Interstate 69 for traffic violations.

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Officers report that a search of the vehicle yielded a white powder believed to be methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and several precursors associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine including lithium batteries, camp fuel, lye, plastic tubing, coffee filters and several other items.

Jackie K. Bess and Bobbie R. Bess, both of Auburn, were arrested for possession of methamphetamine, a Class B felony; possession of precursors, a Class C felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.



Lincoln County Sheriff’s investigators discovered five methamphetamine labs at a grandmother’s residence in Elora on Friday.

Based on an investigation and information they received, investigators and a SWAT team went to the residence just as the woman’s daughter and grandchildren were leaving the house. The team obtained a warrant to search the property located at 6 Laymon Road, where Diddie Denise Smith, 45, lives.

“We found one meth lab in the house, and there were four found in a well,” said Investigator Jubal Ragsdale.

Smith, along with Stephen Doyle Hillis, 46, of 8 Laymon Road, allegedly had been making meth and throwing all of the packaging trash from the ingredients and meth oil down the well.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was contacted to clean up and neutralize the chemicals in the house. Also on the scene were Lincoln Emergency Management Agency (EMA) officials Mike Hall and Kathy Hovis.

Hall stated that American Environmental of Murfreesboro, a Haz-Mat clean-up company, was called in to clean up the well and test the ground water. Hall said he is hoping there was enough water in the well to neutralize the chemicals but won’t know until he receives the test results.

“We have no way of knowing where that ground water and (well) water is going to,” said Hall. “They can neutralize that kind of thing.”

There is also a branch of a creek nearby that runs through Elora, he said, going on to say he couldn’t estimate the cost of the cleanup to the county.

Hillis is the owner of both 6 and 8 Laymon Road properties, according to authorities.

Smith was charged with child endangerment, possession of a schedule II drug, initiating the process of methamphetamine and promotion of methamphetamine. She was held at the Lincoln County Jail on $130,000 bond.

Hillis was charged with possession of a schedule II drug, intent to manufacture meth and promotion of the manufacture meth. Hillis was released from jail on $60,000 bond.

Deputy Mike Pitts was the arresting officer.




A Kilgore woman was jailed Sunday after police found 56 grams of methamphetamine in a plastic bag during a traffic stop.

Kimberly Kay Hasson, 47, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and two misdemeanor traffic charges, according to Kilgore Police Department. She was booked into the Kilgore Municipal Jail.


Hasson was pulled over during a traffic stop, and a police sergeant found her driver’s license was expired and the vehicle was uninsured, police said.

Hasson told police she had a syringe in her waistband. Police then searched her vehicle and found the methamphetamine.




BAILEYTON, AL (WAFF) – The Morgan County Sheriff’s office arrested a man and a woman Monday night on drug related charges.

Morgan County DHR along with Morgan County Drug Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a welfare check at a home on Holcomb Road in Baileyton. The Sheriff’s Office said they obtained and executed a search warrant for the residence.

Agents allegedly recovered chemicals and equipment associated in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine, along with a large quantity of meth. Christopher Larry Beshears and Tonya Nicole Beshears were arrested and charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance 1st degree – Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Possession of Felony Drug Paraphernalia.

Morgan County DHR arranged a safe plan for the children. The Bethel-Gum Pond VFD responded to the scene to assist in the decontamination process.

Christopher and Tonya Beshears were transported to Morgan County Jail where their bonds were set at $575,000.





Port Orange police on Monday arrested three people after finding them cooking meth in a South Ridgewood Avenue motel room, a police spokesman said.

Melissa Seay, 21, Jennifer McFarren, 39, and Peter Atwood, 66, were arrested and each charged with the manufacture and possession of methamphetamine, said Port Orange police spokesman Lt. John Jakovenko.

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Police went to the Town and Country Motel at 5384 S. Ridgewood Ave. in Port Orange at 9:30 a.m. Monday after getting a call about narcotic activity in Unit 2 of the motel.

When officers arrived at the room, they detected a strong chemical odor associated with a possible meth cook. The officers found an active methamphetamine lab in the unit. The area was evacuated due to the potential hazard and the Volusia County Sheriff Office methamphetamine team was called to help with the removal and disposal of the hazardous material, Jakovenko said.



A Spartanburg man admitted Monday that he had a methamphetamine lab in a car parked outside a Spartanburg Walgreens this past March.

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Michael Kevan Amburn, 35, of 268 Canaan Church Road pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine in connection to that incident. He also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in another case.

Circuit Judge Mark Hayes sentenced Amburn to three years, suspended to the 168 days he has served in jail and 18 months of probation. Hayes’ orders included that Amburn stay drug free, undergo evaluation to see what substance abuse counseling he may need and also be screened to see if he needs grief counseling.

Amburn and his attorney, Spartanburg County Public Defender James Cheek, told Hayes that Amburn developed a drug problem after his mother’s death.

Amburn told Hayes that drugs led him to make poor choices, and he had never imagined developing an addiction to methamphetamine.

Seventh Circuit Assistant Solicitor Samuel Bass II told Hayes that Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputies responded to a shoplifting at the Walgreens on Southport Road. A woman told officers there could be stolen items in her friend, Amburn’s, car, the Herald-Journal previously reported.

Officers found stolen batteries and a cell phone, as well as a mobile meth lab inside the car, Bass said.

Spartanburg deputies arrested Amburn less than eight months later after receiving a tip he was making and selling methamphetamine, Bass said.

Officers followed up on the tip and saw Amburn and others standing around a burn barrel, before he left the location on a moped, Bass said.

The moped was stopped and a search of Amburn revealed a syringe and white powder that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Amburn’s prior criminal record included a shoplifting conviction.






Ogden • Jury selection began Monday morning in the trial for Eric Millerberg, accused in the 2011 drug-related death of his children’s 16-year-old baby sitter.

Millerberg, 38, of North Ogden, is charged with first-degree felony child-abuse homicide in the September 2011 death of Alexis “Lexi” Rasmussen. He is also charged with felony counts of obstructing justice, desecrating a body and having unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

Fifty potential jurors were brought in Monday, and another 50 will be considered on Tuesday. Opening statements and testimony were scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Six days were scheduled for trial testimony over the next two weeks.

Millerberg’s wife, Dea Millerberg, 40, is charged with desecration of a human body related to the girl’s death. A two-day trial for her is scheduled in April.

Her attorney said she plans to testify against her husband at his trial, and that she is planning to divorce him.

Dea Millerberg testified last April at her husband’s preliminary hearing that he injected a fatal mix of heroin and methamphetamine into the teen, and that the couple, in a panic, then dumped the girl’s body in a remote part of Morgan County.


CLARKESVILLE – A year-long investigation into illegal drug trafficking activity between Rabun and Habersham counties wrapped up last week.

Monday evening, Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell, in conjunction with Rabun County Sheriff Frank Andrews, reported that members of the Mountain Circuit Narcotics Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team agents, working in conjunction with the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and K-9 units, executed a search warrant at about 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at 701 Hollywood Church Road near Clarkesville.

“The search warrant resulted in the seizure of approximately one pound of methamphetamine, having a street value of approximately $14,000, and one handgun,” Terrell said.

Lance Owenla Vannortwick, 28, of Clarkesville was arrested for one count of trafficking methamphetamine, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He also faces a parole violation, detention center records show.

Brandon Zackary Coalley, 28, of Tiger, was arrested for one count of trafficking methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Coalley also had outstanding warrants out of Rabun County.

Shana Levista Sigmon, 23, of Tiger, was charged with one count of trafficking methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

At about 5 p.m. Thursday, agents and deputies executed a search warrant at 480 Old Historic Highway 441, Clarkesville regarding an outstanding arrest warrant on Levis Allen McCoy, 29, of Clayton.

McCoy attempted to flee from law enforcement, but was caught and arrested without incident within minutes of the search warrant execution, Terrell said.

“In his possession was a quantity of methamphetamine, smoking devices, digital scales, and packing materials,” a statement from Terrell reads.

McCoy was charged in Habersham County with one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and one count of obstruction. He also faces the outstanding warrant in Rabun County.



HONOLULU (AP) — There was something unusual about three mannequin heads found inside a UPS parcel being mailed from San Bernardino, Calif., to Hawaii: They each had two pounds of methamphetamine stuffed inside them, authorities said.

Now, three men in face drug charges in Hawaii. One of the men, Anthony Buzio Sanchez, pleaded guilty in federal court in Honolulu on Monday to a charge of attempted possession with intent to distribute.

Through a Spanish-speaking interpreter, Sanchez said he intended to sell the drugs to pay for his father’s cancer treatment. Sanchez, who said he was born in Mexico and is living in the United States illegally, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced in June.

On May 6, a Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy intercepted a cardboard box being mailed from San Bernardino to Honolulu, according to a criminal complaint.

Once a deputy sheriff got a California search warrant, investigators found inside shirts, shorts, slippers, towels and three boxes individually wrapped in pink and gold paper. The wrapped boxes “each contained a mannequin head with about two pounds of methamphetamine inside, totaling 2,932 grams of methamphetamine,” the court document said.

After the drugs were discovered, the contents were mailed by FedEx to federal agents in Honolulu, where an undercover agent posing as a delivery man brought the parcel to the Honolulu address for which it was originally destined.

No one answered the door during two attempts to deliver the package. On the third attempt, a man identified in court papers as Carlos Gallego signed for the parcel.

On May 9, agents followed Gallego as he drove the box about 19 miles to a home in Waipahu, where the other men were arrested.

Sanchez, Gallego and Miguel Angel Rios Ruiz were indicted that month. They initially pleaded not guilty to the meth-distribution charge. Gallego was scheduled for a pretrial conference on Monday and his attorney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Ruiz is scheduled to change his plea on Friday.

“He had nothing to do with this,” Sanchez said of Ruiz but didn’t elaborate.

Sanchez told the judge he paid Gallego $5,000 to receive the parcel and deliver it to the Waipahu home.





HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Police in Hobbs are identifying a man whose body was found in a kitchen freezer and they say he died accidentally from methamphetamine.

According to police, the body of 22-year-old Everett Willford was found in the freezer on Sept. 3 when officers responded to a call about a suspicious odor coming from the home.

The body was taken to the state Office of the Medical Investigator to determine identification and cause of death.

Officer Mike Stone says the home was vacant and didn’t have power and that neighbors started smelling the odor about 10 days before calling police.

Stone says circumstances of how Willford’s body ended up in the freezer remain unknown and that there may be no further action in the case.



STURGIS, MI — Five children had to be removed from a Sturgis home after a methamphetamie bust Friday.

The St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit executed a search warrant in the 200 block of North Clay Street, acting on tips of meth activity, according to a news release.

During the search, officers found methamphetamine and evidence of use of meth. Three men and three women were arrested and taken to St. Joseph County Jail.

Five minor children were removed from the home by Child Protective Services, police say.



The residents of a home at 836 Blue Springs Road were relocated Saturday  evening and two people who had been visiting the residence were arrested by the  Carter County Sheriff’s Department on methamphetamine charges.


Sheriff Chris Mathes said in a news release that the residents are not  suspected of being involved in the meth making, but were not able to stop the  visitors from setting up the lab in a bathroom of their home.

The visitors, who were arrested, were identified by Mathes as Travis Don  Hodge and Courtney Nicole Oliver.

Both were charged with initiation of a process intended to result in the  manufacture of methamphetamine, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture and  knowing physical abuse or gross neglect.

The last charge was placed for allegedly subjecting a disabled person to the  toxic effects of an active meth lab.

A Carter County Jail official said Sunday evening that the woman in the case  will pick up an additional charge after she gave police a false identity.

The official said the woman’s name is Courtney Nicole Williams.

Mathes said his deputies were alerted to the operation by 911. When officers  arrived, they found the active lab, and heavy vapors were visible inside the  residence.

Mathes said deputies evacuated everyone from the residence and detained them  until the Carter County Rescue Squad could respond with its decontamination  operation. The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force and the sheriff’s  department’s Special Operations Unit also responded.

Mathes said further investigation revealed family members were inside the  home when Oliver and Hodge arrived at 8:30 p.m. Investigators said at one point  the family was told no one was to leave the house. Meth making material was  allegedly brought inside the house by the visitors.

Mathes said the family objected and an argument started. One family member  escaped the house and went to a neighboring home, where 911 was called.

Because there had been an active meth lab inside the home, Mathes said the  residence was quarantined. The family members were relocated from their  home.

Mathes said the investigation is continuing and other arrests are  expected.





NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) – Ground Zero of the North Dakota oil boom is in tiny Williston.

Tens of thousands of Americans have been drifting into Williston which is now  America’s fastest growing city.


Preacher Ron Evitt is a local guy who struck it rich on oil. And now he’s  using that oil money to buy religious radio spots on 36 stations across the  Great Plains, encouraging men to come. You might say he’s prospecting for  Jesus.

“The United States is set to become the world’s top oil producer” Evitt said.  “I’ve never seen anything like this ever happen before here.”

In his radio spots, he says “we know that this is a tough life. We’re out  here to encourage you, let you know The Lord’s in on the whole thing.”

Tens of thousands of men have come, hoping to get a piece of what the  preacher’s got; not so much Jesus, but money. You can make $100,000 a year here  if you’re willing to work 100 hours a week. They come from everywhere in the US  looking for a second chance, maybe their last chance.

One person said it reminded him of the stories they tell about the Great  Depression when everybody headed west to California… Except, this place is  colder and harder.

Steven Harrison is an oil worker from Mississippi and he said it’s tough and  puts a lot of strain on things, but the money is what keeps him and his wife  together. “It’s really hard cause me and my wife was already going through hard  times. Doing this here puts an extra strain on it. But at the same time, the  money brings you back together.”

“Every rig hand knows the deeper you get the hotter it gets” said Evitt. “And  guess where the bible says hell is? In the center of this earth. It kind of  makes sense”

The influx of men from America’s big city has brought big problems to tiny  Williston.

There is a lack of housing but not a lack of crime. The county jail is  overflowing.
The preacher goes there every Sunday.

Lieutenant Royce Crone, from the Williams Country Sherrifs Department says  it’s nice to have the prosperity in the oil and the money lately but there is  the darker side to all of it. “You know the trouble that comes with it. A lot of  these problems are meth. Meth related. They’re either in here for meth charges  or they’re in here for charges while they were doing meth. Meth is a big, big  problem” he said.

Of course, we all wish we had an oil well; it’d make life a whole lot easier.  But Preacher Ron says if you don’t have an oil well, come on down to North  Dakota and get one.

There are oil jobs to be had, and even more jobs that support the oil  industry.




A shake and bake meth lab was discovered as lake area residents were treated for injuries Sunday afternoon.
On Feb. 9 at approximately 10:42 a.m., the Osage Beach Police Department began receiving calls of a west bound 2004 Dodge Stratus that was on fire that was being driven erratically between O’Reilly Automotive and The Puppy Stop.
The vehicle purportedly struck the west bound guardrail at which time all occupants two males and a female jumped from the vehicle. The driver, one of the male subjects was reportedly on fire. He took off his shirt and threw it over the guardrail and then jumped back into the vehicle and guided it into the Dugan’s Paint parking lot. The male and female passengers were seen running to Wal-Mart. The driver abandoned the vehicle and ran to Murphy’s Express.
As officers began arriving, the male driver began running through the Wal-Mart parking lot and was apprehended. At the time of his apprehension, the driver was identified as a 39-year-old Osage Beach resident.
An ambulance was called to treat the burns sustained by the driver who was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital. The driver was later transported to a Springfield Hospital.
Shortly after making contact with the driver, the other two passengers, a 20-year-old female from Osage Beach and a 22-year-old male, also from Osage Beach were located inside Wal-Mart. The 22-year-old male was identified as, Joshua T. Healey, and was taken into custody on Probation Violation Warrant out of Warren County, original charges assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
The cause of the vehicle fire was determined to be a shake and bake bottle style meth lab that was being held by the driver at the time it exploded. Healey and the 20-year-old female passenger sustained minor injuries and were taken to Lake Regional Hospital where they were treated and determined fit for confinement. The 20-year-old female was not taken into police custody. A 10-year-old female was placed in the care of the Division of Family Services until a suitable family member could be located.
The Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Unit was called to assist and two Osage Beach residences were searched and additional drug and lab evidence was located.

Overnight residential fires in Florence and Burlington Township Sunday sent two firefighters to the hospital with minor injuries and led to a meth lab bust, authorities said.

The first incident was a one-alarm fire reported at around 1:30 a.m. in a rental home on Bodine Avenue, near the railroad tracks in Burlington Township.

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Police arrested the occupant, Mark Payne, 29, after hazardous materials crews from Burlington County and the New Jersey State Police found chemicals believed to be used to make methamphetamine, said Lt. Bruce Painter. Charges are pending.

“(Hazmat teams) have identified it as a meth lab,” Painter said.

Payne and his unidentified girlfriend, who was not charged, along with a Burlington Township firefighter who had a medical emergency at the scene, were treated at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Willingboro and released, police said.

Painter said the damage was contained to the room being used as the methamphetamine laboratory.

In addition to the hazmat teams, the fire drew the Burlington Township Fire Department and Endeavor Emergency Squad.

The second incident was a one-alarm fire that started at about 3:30 a.m. in a two-story home on Kings Court in Florence. The blaze, which was contained within two hours, consumed most of the second floor and forced the evacuation of two residents, said Florence Fire Chief Keith Scully.

“(Crews) found heavy fire coming out the bay windows and front door,” Scully said.

A Florence firefighter was hospitalized for minor injuries, according to Scully.

The township fire department was assisted by crews from Beverly, Bordentown Township, Burlington City and Mansfield. Scully said the American Red Cross had been called to help the residents. Both fires are under investigation.



BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP — Police are investigating an apparent methamphetamine lab fire that broke out early Sunday.

Police said that the initial call was for a fire in the second floor of a home on Bodine Avenue, a neighborhood situated between Route 130 and the railroad in the township, at 1:29 a.m. Police said that two people inside the home at the time of were reported to have minor injuries after being treated at Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro. One firefighter was taken to the hospital on report of a medical emergency during the incident, there was no word on his condition.

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While fire crews were inside the residence, they located substances believed to be potentially hazardous.

Authorities told the Burlington County Times that they arrested 29-year-old Mark Payne, an occupant of the rented home, after hazmat crews said the chemicals found on the premises were believed to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamines. Police also told the paper that the fire was contained to the room believed to be the methamphetamine laboratory. Additionally, police said that charges against the 29-year-old are pending.

Hazardous Materials teams from both Burlington County and the New Jersey State Police were called to assist in identification of the materials. In a release issued by the police, they said hazmat officials do not believe there is a risk to the public and teams were collecting the purported illicit materials.

Materials were still seen being removed from the home late during the afternoon. Scanner reports indicated that both the victims and fire crews had to undergo decontamination at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation, police said.



An Evansville couple faces child neglect and conspiracy to deal methamphetamine charges after police said they found several items to make the drug in their northern Vanderburgh County home Friday evening.

John D. Mayer, 34, and Kimberly D. Frasier-Stumph, 38, both of Evansville, are preliminarily charged with Class B felony conspiracy to deal methamphetamine, Class C felony neglect of a dependent and Class D felony possession of methamphetamine.


According to an Evansville Police Department probable cause affidavit, police executed a search warrant Friday evening at the couple’s home on the 11300 block of Walnut Street.

According to the report, the couple successfully purchased pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient to making meth — at least 60 times since July 2013. During a search Friday, police said they found under a gram of meth, several items used to manufacture meth, digital scales and an open Mason jar of ether sitting on top of a furnace next to Frasier-Stumph’s juvenile daughter’s bedroom.

Police reported “deplorable conditions” at the home, including dirty clothes and dishes, with several items testing positive for trace amounts of meth. Child Protective Services took custody of the juvenile female and took her to the Deaconess Hospital to be evaluated, according to the report.

Mayer and Fraiser-Stumph are currently lodged at the Vanderburgh County Jail.



GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) — Galveston police says they’ve made an arrest in their ongoing battle against methamphetamines in the Island City.

On Thursday members of the Galveston Police Department Vice and Narcotics Division executed a search and arrest warrant at 5015 Crocket Boulevard.  Detectives seized nearly 12 grams of methamphetamines, narcotics sales paraphernalia, and a pistol.


Eric Mills was arrested and charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, greater than or equal to 4 grams, but less than 200 grams.  Mills has a bond assessed at $30,000.

  Chief Porretto said, “This case is but one example of the increasing methamphetamine use on the island. Our department will continue to work with UTMB Police to combat this growing issue through our investigative partnership. All officers are to be commended on a job well done.”



PALMER — Alaska State Troopers say they arrested a man because he showed up to visit a sick friend in the hospital with a greeting card.

Actually, he was arrested for what was inside the card — methamphetamine.

According to documents Alaska State Trooper Andrew Gault filed in the court case against Joshua D. Sherrick, 18, of Wasilla, the call about the meth came in at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 30. A nurse at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center reported it.

Gault happened to be at the hospital on an unrelated matter, so he took the call. The card had been destined for a patient hospitalized with an infection in her heart. The nurse handed Gault the card.

“I observed a greeting card that had a void space,” Gault writes. “In the void space, I observed a plastic baggie that was taped on the inside with electrical tape.”

The “white crystalline substance” inside the baggie later tested positive for meth.

The patient said she’d been calling people to try to get chewing tobacco — a can of tobacco was found with the card — and denied knowing anything about the meth.

Josh Sherrick had signed the card. Also, the patient’s cellphone had numerous calls to a “JD.” Gault looked over security camera footage of the person arriving with the card and showed it to another trooper who pegged the suspect as Sherrick and told Gault he also went by “JD.” Also, the nurse picked Sherrick out of a photo lineup.

So, having settled on a suspect, Gault went to find him — and it wasn’t terribly hard. Sherrick had since been locked up. Court records show a handful of open cases for Sherrick, all on low-level drug crimes or for driving without a license.

During their conversation, Sherrick identified the card he brought when he went to visit the patient. He said he signed it. He identified himself on the security tapes.

“Sherrick admitted to putting the methamphetamines in the card,” Gault writes.




DES MOINES – Home sellers would have to disclose to prospective buyers whether the property for sale had been used to make, use, store or sell methamphetamine drugs under a bill being considered by a state Senate subcommittee.

Authorities remove chemicalsAuthorities remove chemicals at a suspected meth lab in 2011. Home sellers would have to disclose to prospective buyers whether the property for sale had been used to make, use, store or sell methamphetamine drugs under a bill being considered by a state Senate subcommittee


Senate File 2001 would make it a fraudulent practice not to provide the information during the sale or transfer of real property. The bill, sponsored by Senate President Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque, also would require informational materials on the health risks associated with contaminated real property if the disclosure statement indicated the property had been used to cook, use, sell or store meth.

Jochum said she filed the bill after a northeast Iowa couple told her they bought a house and then were surprised to learn it had been used as a location for a meth lab.

“After they had purchased it, they found out that it had been a meth home and they had to spend thousands of dollars to decontaminate that home so they could live in it,” she said, “and until they decontaminated it, they weren’t going to be able to live in it because of public health concerns.”

Jochum’s bill got an initial look by a three-member subcommittee Thursday but the measure was table so lawmakers could gather more information.

Sen. Bill Anderson, R-Pierson, expressed concern the bill was broadly written so that “real property” could be construed to require disclosure for every structure on a property, not just a house. “If it’s a barn, clearly no one’s going to live in that barn,” he said. “Would this require me to disclose?”

Subcommittee chairwoman Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Cedar Rapids, said she believed the disclosure would protect the buyer, the seller and the bank that might have a financial stake in a property, but she agreed the panel needed more information before it would take action to advance it in the legislative process.

Jennifer Kingland, a lobbyist for the Iowa Association of Realtors, which opposed the bill as drafted, expressed concern that the disclosure would attach a stigma to the property that could lower the value of adjacent properties and cause it to be vandalized or sit vacant as unsellable.

Kingland noted that disclosure forms for property transactions already address potential environmental hazards that would apply to places where meth had been manufactured. She said realtors would prefer lawmakers focus create way for property owners to certify that a property where meth was made has been cleaned up and is livable.






With the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the power of addiction continues making national headlines.

And now, a tragic story with a deadly twist, is back in headlines locally.

In 2011 methamphetamine killed a 19-year-old pregnant girl and the baby she was carrying.


This case was anything but routine, especially with the latest development.

The mother of that 19-year-old girl kept using and selling meth even after her daughter’s death. It’s a drug with that kind of grip.

This afternoon, a drug treatment therapist for women said she’s met with many women who have expressed, “I love my children, but I love meth even more.”

Today, April Flood is in federal custody because she was a meth dealer.A notable one in Murray County. This even after what happened to her own daughter in September 2011.

NewsChannel 9 shared this story with  Ansley Silvers, a program director at Highland Rivers. It’s a drug treatment facility in northwest Georgia and Silvers deals with women. “One would think that would be your bottom and that you would quit using when you lost your child and your grandchild, but everybody’s bottom is different,” Silvers said.

Flood’s daughter, Megan Long, was a pretty 19-year-old girl with a two-year-old son Mason and another child on the way in September of 2011.

Long’s mother was in the car with her during a routine traffic stop.

Pregnant at the time, she stuffed a bag of meth inside of her. It burst and killed her and the baby. Allegations surfaced that her mother told her to do it, but Flood was never charged for that.

Now, Mason is almost five and living with Megan’s father and aunt Lynn Williams. This afternoon, Williams spoke about what meth has done to this extended family. “It’s torn this family completely apart you know. We all lost. She (Flood) even lost. But the main concern, he’s (Mason) lost a lot more than anybody.”

Last year, Flood lived at 826 Old Highway 411 in Murray County. Undercover drug agents started buying meth from her.
They made several buys and police say she was a longtime user, even after her daughter’s death.

Silvers said meth has that type of hold on users, “I’ve heard the women say over and over again that they just lost themselves to it. They existed because of meth.”

Williams agreed, “You think anybody that has been in this situation, it would at least open their eyes up and see what it has done, but it hasn’t in this case.”

Flood has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and eight years of probation after that. Meanwhile, the drug treatment therapist told us 67 percent of the women they see across at 12 county region of northwest Georgia are addicted to meth.