SPANAWAY, Wash. — A 21-year-old man who attacked two deputies in a “vicious fight” after being caught driving a stolen car admitted to taking meth 10 minutes before the incident, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, two Pierce County Sheriff’s Office deputies spotted the stolen car around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday and pulled it over near 158th Street East and B Street East in Spanaway.

When the deputies got out of the patrol car with their guns drawn, the driver in the stolen car accelerated, made a U-turn and headed back at the deputies, according to the charging documents.

The deputies used their car to block the stolen car and pin the driver’s door closed. The driver, later identified as Jacob Bolstad, reportedly climbed over a person sitting in the passenger seat and ran from the car.

One of the deputies chased after Bolstad and tackled him when his Taser failed to stop Bolstad. According to the charging documents, a “vicious fight” ensued in which Bolstad punched, kicked, elbowed and body slammed the deputy while also attempting to grab the deputy’s gun.

The second deputy pulled his gun on Bolstad, who stopped fighting. According to the charging documents, the deputies were on top of Bolstad and trying to handcuff him when he lifted both of them off of him and resumed fighting.

The deputies were eventually able to get Bolstad handcuffed at gunpoint.

According to the charging documents, Bolstad admitted the car was stolen and said he tried to run because there is a warrant out for his arrest. He also reportedly admitted to taking meth about 10 minutes before the deputies stopped him.

Bolstad has been charged with assault, possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude a police vehicle, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.



KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI — Deputies have discovered three methamphetamine lab operations in the past three days in Kalamazoo County.

When the investigations are complete, several suspects will be charged with meth-related felonies, according to a news release from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office.

In the first incident, deputies found the meth lab while investigating an unrelated crime in the 8000 block of Douglas Avenue at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the news release. During that investigation, police observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation.

The deputies contacted the occupants of the vehicle behind a home in the 8500 block of Douglas Avenue, where they found remnants of meth production and components used to cook meth.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is seeking multiple charges against the resident of the home.

Then at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, while deputies were trying to arrest a man with outstanding warrants in the 1000 block of Colonial Trail in Oshtemo Township, they found several one-pot meth labs and a suspected marijuana grow operation.

Deputies also found methamphetamine and components used to produce the drug. One Kalamazoo-area resident was inside the home and arrested on outstanding warrants. Several suspects are expected to be charged, police say.

The third incident took place Thursday at about 12:30 a.m. when deputies received a tip about drug activity at a home in the 5400 block of Market Street in Comstock Township.

Investigators found remnants from one-pot meth labs and components to produce meth near the home. Several suspects will be charged, according to the sheriff’s office.

There have been 70 meth busts through the end of July this year. There were 84 busts in all of 2013.



BAYOU VISTA, LA (WAFB) – Authorities said a man was arrested on multiple charges after nearly three dozen meth labs were found in his home, which is near an elementary school.4599983_G

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Justin Scarbrough, 22, of Bayou Vista, was taken into custody Wednesday night. He was booked into the parish jail on the following charges:

Operation of a clandestine laboratory

Operation of a clandestine laboratory within 2,000 feet of a school zone

Manufacturing methamphetamine

Possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Resisting an officer

Criminal trespass

No bond was set.

Narcotics detectives said they were investigating possible illegal drug activity at Scarbrough’s home, when they reportedly saw him throwing a bag into a neighbor’s yard and run off. They said they chased Scarbrough through several yards, but caught him shortly after the chase started.

Deputies said a search of Scarbrough’s home yielded 34 plastic bottles commonly referred to as “shake-n-bake” labs used to make meth. They said a loaded shotgun was also found. They also reported the bag that was thrown and items used to make meth were located.

According to detectives, Scarbrough’s home is within 2,000 feet of the Bayou Vista Elementary School Zone and Bayou Vista Recreational Center.



MIDDLETOWN — A traffic stop led to the discovery of a mobile meth lab and the arrest of three men and a woman, who remain in the Middletown City Jail on drug charges.christiane

Middletown police said the four were in a Mercedes stopped by a police detective around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on Manchester Avenue at Leibee Street.

The detective who made the stop found an “active one pot methamphetamine lab” in the back seat, police said.

Middletown Police Detective Kristi Hughes stopped the car for making an improper turn near the intersection of Manchester Avenue and North Leibee Street.

Sgt. David Birk said it was a routine traffic stop until Hughes saw a small refrigerator in the backseat of the car.

“The fridge was somewhat opened and she observed the bottle and the bottle was bubbling,” Birk said. “They were in the process of cooking methamphetamine at the time.”

Firefighters and the Middletown Special Operations Unit were dispatched to dismantle the meth lab, and the road was shut down for at least three hours, according to police.

“Fortunately nobody was hurt,” Birk said. “We were able to disassemble the meth lab before it caused any significant harm to anybody.”

“With an active meth lab you actually have lithium inside a two liter (bottle) and when the lithium reacts with water that’s when you get the explosion and this was actually reacting,” Birk said. “If you don’t release the gas from the bottle that’s when it catches on fire and explodes.”


Police said they also discovered several syringes, digital scales, chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and several marijuana and methamphetamine pipes inside the vehicle.




Arrested were:

  • Richard Gilbert, 34, of Middletown,charged with felony illegal manufacturing of meth, felony illegal assembly of chemicals used to make meth, misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments, and several unspecified warrants.
  • David Dietz, 40, of Middletown. Dietz, who police said was the driver, was charged with felony permitting drug abuse, misdemeanor possession of drug abuse instruments and minor traffic violations.
  • Robert Wilson, 37, of Middletown, charged with misdemeanor possession of drug instruments.
  • Christiane Fields, 24, of Middletown, charged with two outstanding warrants. Police did not release details of the warrants.


Rodney Capps, who works at a car wash near the corner of Manchester Avenue and North Leibee Street, watched the mobile meth lab being disassembled.


“I saw them put orange suits on. I didn’t know what was happening,” Capps said. “They could’ve blown up by having it in the car.”

Gilbert, Dietz and Wilson are scheduled to appear in Middletown Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. Friday for arraignment, according to court records. No court date had been set for Fields as of press time.



A 47-year-old Sharon Township woman is accused of trying to buy an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Sandra Nash was arrested Wednesday on an outstanding warrant after Medina County Drug Task Force agents, assisted by county sheriff’s deputies, executed a search warrant at her home in the 6500 block of Ridge Road.

Task force agents are looking for another resident, Richard Bostwick, 40, who was not home at the time of the search but also is wanted on outstanding arrest warrants accusing him of attempting to purchase an illegal amount of pseudoephedrine.

Nash was taken to the Medina County Jail, where she was video arraigned Thursday before Wadsworth Municipal Judge Stephen B. McIlvaine.

She pleaded not guilty and was released on a personal recognizance bond.

The search warrant was issued after task force agents said they developed information that led them to believe that the residents of the home were involved in manufacturing methamphetamine.

Agents conducting the search reported seizing several chemicals commonly used in manufacturing methamphetamine. Additional items seized were submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab for testing.

While the charges against Nash and Bostwick are misdemeanors, a task force spokesperson said county Prosecutor Dean Holman may present the cases to a grand jury, which could return felony indictments.

The spokesperson added that the investigation is ongoing and additional people may face criminal charges.



Six Sacramento-area residents were indicted Thursday in a case involving drug-trafficking in Sacramento, Yolo and El Dorado counties.

A federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment against Kenneth Tam, 53; Gerald Osborne, 56; Sherlynn Charles, 52; Marco Antonio Borja, 38; Adalberto Valenzuela-Ruiz, 30; and Nelson Gutierrez, 26. They are charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin, and possession and distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

According to court documents, a seven-month investigation began in January after law enforcement officials received reports that Tam was trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin throughout Sacramento, Yolo and El Dorado counties. Tam allegedly acquired large amounts of methamphetamine from Borja, Valenzuela-Ruiz and Gutierrez, as well as heroin from other sources, and used sub-dealers, including Osborne and Charles, to distribute the drugs.

Through controlled purchases, searches and other law enforcement activity, investigators seized more than 9 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly 2 pounds of heroin, authorities said.

The case resulted form an investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.





The best quality of methamphetamine, a highly-addictive narcotic with no known medical treatment, has been trickling into India from Myanmar and caused panic in Mizoram, where large consignments are regularly being intercepted, the latest during the weekend of 20,000 pills worth Rs 70 lakh.


“We are facing an onslaught of a narcotic that is more harmful than any we have experienced so farMethamphetamine is not to be taken lightly, and every family should prepare itself to counter it, every community-based organisation should make battling it a top priority,” the state’s excise and narcotics department (END) said in a public appeal issued last month. Local newspapers frequently carry opinion articles about the narcotic while the Young Mizo Association and church organisations have regularly held awareness campaigns.

The narcotic is not really new to Mizoram. The first seizures were made in the first two years of the last decade, with over 1,600 pills apprehended. For the next 10 years, however, meth disappeared from law-enforcement agencies’ radar. Since 2011, Mizoram has seen huge seizures of pseudoephedrine, a legal drug prescribed for colds and allergies, but which can be processed into methamphetamine. Close to 100 pseudoephedrine traffickers have been arrested and roughly 20 million tablets intercepted in three years by police, END officers, customs and even community-based organisations, but officials estimate just 10 to 20 per cent of all the consignments passing through Mizoram have been detected.

Most of it came from pharmaceutical companies in north and west India. Taken out of their strips and transported in gunny bags and polythene bags, they were being sent to Myanmar where, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says, these apparently harmless drugs are processed into methamphetamine by cartels and ethnic armies that, until a few years ago, supplied the drug to the “Golden Triangle” of Southeast Asia and used the money to buy arms.

These drugs have recently begun returning west, and India’s eastern borders and Bangladesh seem the main corridor. In the last two years in Mizoram, police and END have seized more than 2.5 lakh methamphetamine tablets and arrested 20 traffickers, half of whom are Myanmar nationals, while a police inspector has been suspended and an inquiry instituted against him.

The pseudoephedrine racket, meanwhile, has also brought in the names of a former health minister, political leaders, government officials, and some police and law enforcement officials, with consignments found in parcels sent through India Post, trucks, cars and even suitcases of students flying home from Delhi and other metros.

High and low

Methamphetamine pills come in bright red, pink, green and orange coatings and are invariably stamped with the insignias of cartels in Myanmar. These include “WY” (a brand the UNODC considers the “most popular, of highest quality and the most expensive” meth pills from Myanmar), “88” and “R”.

A teenage user says he has been hooked to meth for a year-and-a-half; he was introduced to it at a Valentine’s Day party. “The high… I danced the entire night, then I went to another party and danced and danced,” he said. “There was a feeling of confidence, and my sexual appetite has increased but I have also developed a dysfunction, so that does not make any sense.”

He came in touch with dealers and now buys pills almost weekly. He has also tried methamphetamine “chewing gum”, tablets he inserts into the anus and a powdered form that he injects into his veins.

Each pill costs him Rs 250. He admits to stealing from his father’s debit card. He used to be a good student but is now struggling to finish XII. He has trouble sleeping — “just two to four hours, if at all”— and complains of severe body pains and restlessness, conditions that have forced him to seek treatment at a daytime drug addiction cessation unit for opiate addicts.

“Sometimes I keep chewing my pillow because the pain is difficult to bear,” he said. He has been prescribed a strip of 100 mg painkillers and seven sleeping tablets a day.

Treatment challenge

Dr Lalchhanhima Ralte admits treating a methamphetamine addict is a new challenge, one he and colleagues are ill-prepared for. Synod Hospital, where he works, has been treating drug addicts for decades through a specialised division that has also caught the attention of the UNODC, which plans to set up India’s first methamphetamine treatment centre there.

“There is no treatment for methamphetamine addiction. At most, we prescribe antidepressants. There is no substitute like in the case of opiates,” Dr Ralte admits.

There is no properly compiled data to ascertain how many methamphetamine addicts live in Mizoram. “They are all definitely younger than 25. Their symptoms are all the same, but there is little we can do. The problem is that these few who have come are just those who have already tried methamphetamine long enough to want to quit it. We have no idea how many are hooked to it but have not thought about quitting,” said Lalrinawma Chhakchhuak, project manager at the cessation units.

Estimates put the number of opiate and pharmaceutical drug abusers in Mizoram at about 20,000 while END records show that since 1984 at least 1,240 people have died due to overdose, mostly of opiates such as heroin.

“When heroin began to be detected in Mizoram in the early 1980s, everyone said it’s a western drug and for developed countries. That was proved completely wrong,” said Chhakchhuak. “The fear is that it is going to be the same story for methamphetamine.”




A Jonesville woman is charged with child neglect after her 2-year-old tested positive for methamphetamine, according to an incident report from the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Peggy Elise Collins, 26, of 111 New Hope Church Road, was arrested early Thursday after a state Department of Social Services follow-up investigation.

DSS conducted a hair drug screening on the child Aug. 15, and the results showed the child tested positive for methamphetamine.

The report states Collins admitted to the social worker that she had a history of methamphetamine use.




Two men were arrested in Eureka early Monday morning on suspicion of possessing 11 grams of methamphetamine after they were stopped for speeding and their car was searched, Eureka Police Department’s Sgt. Steve Watson said Tuesday.

Officials said Citrus Heights resident Rodney Tindell, 48, was driving a car with passenger Timothy Driscoll, 45, when they were stopped by an officer on Broadway and West Cedar streets for speeding 10 mph over the limit around 5 a.m.

“The officer noticed both of them displayed characteristics of being under the influence of a controlled substance and found suspected methamphetamine and a pipe on Driscoll, more suspected methamphetamine and pipes throughout the car, a pistol that had a lock on it and was locked in the trunk, and apparently a digital scale but no sales case,” Watson said.

Tindell was arrested on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance. Driscoll, a Carmichael resident, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Both were booked into the Humboldt County jail.





A 24-year-old Santa Rosa woman was arrested again on drug possession charges Wednesday after showing up at the Santa Rosa Police Department with methamphetamine and three outstanding warrants for her arrest, police officials said.

Patricia Holmes went to the station on Sonoma Avenue at about noon to ask for a receipt to show the court that she registered as a drug offender with the Police Department as required by the terms of a court agreement, Sgt. Eric Goldschlag said.

An officer found that there were three outstanding warrants for prior drug possession cases requiring her arrest, two of which were no-bail warrants and the other for $10,000, Goldschlag said.

As Holmes was being arrested, an officer found she had brought meth and a needle to the police station, according to Goldschlag.

Holmes was booked into the Sonoma County Jail and was scheduled to appear in court Friday.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) –  A Region 8 woman was arrested after police said her purse contained more than cash and credit cards.
According to a court document, Cheryl L. Sutfin is charged with possession of meth with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jonesboro Police arrested her at a home on the 500 block of E. Johnson Avenue on Tuesday. During a search of that home, police said they methamphetamine, including 1.4 grams in a q-tip container in her purse.
Police said they also found several baggies of meth in a bedroom, which they believe was use to deliver meth and three syringes.
Three others were in the home during the search, they don’t face charges related to Sutfin’s arrest.
If convicted, she could for three to ten years in prison for possession of meth and up to six years in prison for possession of drug paraphernalia.




 WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) – Sources say a former high school volleyball coach on Maui has been indicted on meth charges.4595726_G

A drug bust executed by the Maui Police Department led to the arrests of Kauila Houpo, Garrick Kanae, Chester Mahuna and Vernon Vierra back in June.

All four of them were indicted by a grand jury on Friday.

Houpo has been charged with attempted meth trafficking and another drug-related charges.

Houpo was the head girls’ volleyball coach at Baldwin High School from 2007 until last season.

“We’re always in the lime light. It doesn’t take much for any coaches doing anything in public that’s gonna be recognized by somebody in the community,” said former Baldwin High School Girls’ Basketball Coach Angel Kalehuawehe.

Kalehuawehe has been coaching basketball at the school for more than 40 years. He said he watched Houpo grow up, coached him in school and later, Houpo coached under him as the Girls’ Assistant Basketball Coach in the early 2000’s.

“He was a great person. Real understanding, good coach, he was mellow,” Kalehuawehe said.

One of Houpo’s former players says his arrest caught her off guard.

“I am surprised. I wouldn’t have thought he was like that. Especially through high school where he was such a good coach. I had him as a head coach and he assisted with basketball so I’m like when I started to see those changes…I was just very surprised,” said former player Kaira Kaya.

Kanae is a janitor for Maui County Parks and Recreation. He’s been with the county since 2007.4595759_G

Sources say he was served his arrest warrant on the job while working Tuesday afternoon at the Waiehu Golf Course.

Baldwin High School declined to comment. Maui County did not have an update on Kanae’s current employment status.




HILLSBORO — Two Montgomery County women have been arrested for allegedly cooking methamphetamine inside a rural Hillsboro church.

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Judith L. Hemken, 53, of Litchfield and Tiffany L. Burton, 26, of Hillsboro are each facing a charge of participation in manufacturing methamphetamine in a church. Hemken’s bond was set at $200,000, and Burton’s bond was set at $100,000, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Both were still in jail Wednesday night.

Undersheriff Rick Robbins said that a member of the Waveland Church on Waveland Road, which is south of Hillsboro, noticed activity at the church about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The church member knew that no one was supposed to be on the property, so he stopped to investigate.

He found one woman outside the church and another in the basement with what appeared to be components of a meth lab. The two women then left the church in a vehicle, and the man called police.

As deputies were on their way to the church, they spotted the vehicle the caller had described and stopped it. The two women inside, identified as Hemken and Burton, matched the description the caller had given to police dispatchers.

Deputies and members of the South Central Illinois Drug Task Force searched the church and reportedly found a clandestine meth lab inside the building. While they were dismantling the lab, a fire started that was quickly extinguished by the officers.

No one was injured.

Robbins said he has investigated meth being produced in cemeteries before, but never at a church. He added that he also has never run across a supposed meth lab where there were only two women at the location.

No information was immediately available on what, if any, link the two women have to the church.

“We don’t know if they were members,” Robbins said. “There was no conversation on why they chose the church.”

Robbins did note that the church is in a “very rural” area.

Due to the alleged meth lab being in a church, the two women face enhanced prison sentences of nine to 40 years if found guilty.




GROVER – Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies found numerous one-pot meth labs Wednesday at a home in Grover, according to authorities.meth-labtrser

Authorities found multiple mini meth labs at a home at 223 Watterson Road on about an acre of property. The home was located in a residential area with a house on one side and a small wooded area on the other.

The sheriff’s office found out about the meth lab operation on Tuesday night.

Representatives from the State Bureau of Investigation and deputies were on scene all day Wednesday cleaning up the labs and gathering evidence.

As of Wednesday evening, no additional information in the case was available.

Sheriff’s office officials said more information would be released Thursday after warrants were taken out on the suspects.



A woman was arrested Monday on an allegation she was manufacturing methamphetamine in a Bellevue apartment.


Julie A. Singleton, 43, of 115-B Thomas Drive, Bellevue, was charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs, illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs, deception to obtain a dangerous drug and three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested and transported to the Sandusky County Jail.

“Additional charges for felony possession are pending test results from the laboratory at BCI,” said Bellevue Police Chief Mark Kaufman, referring to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

At 5:38, a woman notified police she was at a friend’s house “when she found out that the individual had a meth lab in her house,” according to the initial police report. The tipster couldn’t provide Singleton’s last name, but she knew the suspect’s first name was Julie.

Just after 9 p.m., police, BCI agents and the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office used a search warrant at 119 Thomas Dr. Apt. F. Authorities used information in their ongoing investigation to obtain the warrant approved and signed by Judge Tom Aigler of Bellevue Municipal Court.

“Officers executed this search warrant and secured the scene. Upon searching the apartment, officers located suspected methamphetamine cooking pots and BCI deemed the area to be unsafe,” Kaufman said in a prepared statement.

Police Sgt. Tom Saleski determined there were two juveniles in the residence, police said, and contacted Sandusky County Children Services.

“The Bellevue Fire Department was contacted and responded to assist with the scene. Officers evacuated residents from their apartments that were directly touching the affected apartment, for the safety of the residents,” Kaufman said.

BCI agents took over the scene and with the assistance of firefighters, removed the suspected meth cook pots along with other items involved from the apartment.

“The suspected methamphetamine cooking pots were neutralized by BCI and gathered for evidence,” Kaufman said.



MOBILE, Alabama — Mobile police arrested three people Tuesday night after finding a methamphetamine lab was in production at a home on Reynolds Drive.

Officers responded to the home around 11:30 p.m. after receiving a call about a possible meth lab, according to Ashley Rains with the Mobile Police Department public affairs.

Rains said when officers arrived they found methamphetamine, marijuana and several ingredients used to produce methamphetamine, as well as evidence that meth had been in production.

The three people arrested on scene were Jennifer O’Neal for possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, Lesa Sessions for possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, and Tabatha Eady for possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence, according to Rains.

Anyone with information about the use or sale of illegal drugs or guns is asked to call Mobile Police Intel at (251) 208-7000 or text to CRIMES (274637) and include the keyword CRIME 411.



A METHAMPHETAMINE user who raped and murdered a Christchurch woman before attacking two hitch-hikers on the West Coast of New Zealand has today been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 21 years.


Aaron Rhys McDonald, 39, spat on the courtroom floor after being sentenced in the High Court at Christchurch this morning.

As well as receiving a sentence on the murder charge of 21 years in jail before he can apply for parole, he was sentenced to preventive detention on the rape charge with a minimum non-parole period of seven years, eight months.

At the start of the sentencing, Justice Christian Whata imposed widespread suppressions, including the identity of victims, the full summary of facts, and victim impact statements.

After the March 29 murder in Christchurch of the 24-year old woman referred to in court today only under the name “Jane”, McDonald, a kitchenhand from Otaki, fled to the West Coast where he picked up two foreign hitch-hikers and assaulted them.

The court’s public gallery was packed with family and friends today.

Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier told the court that none of the victims or their families wanted to speak to the media.

The victims had suffered “immense personal tragedy” and media actions had only compounded their distress, she said.

“Poignant and heartfelt” victim impact statements were provided for the judge, but their details were suppressed.

Ms Boshier said the victim was “dearly loved” and had an exceptionally strong bond with her family.

She was a good person who took McDonald into her home because she wanted to help him.

But now her family would never see her again, never attend her wedding, or have her children around as part of their family.

The hitchhikers have also suffered physically and emotionally, Ms Boshier said, and the effects would be long-lasting.

The murder and rape of “Jane” was “brutal, callous and cruel” and amounted to mental and physical torture, the Crown said.

The Crown pushed for a sentence of preventive detention given his significant and ongoing to the community.

There was no doubt he would receive a lengthy period in jail before he could even apply for parole, and even then he might not get parole, the Crown admitted.

But he would still remain a risk given his “ingrained personality and character traits” which were at the root of his offending and are difficult to change.

Ms Boshier said McDonald “operates at a superficial level” and couldn’t meaningfully engage in treatment aimed to reduce his extremely high risk.

Throughout his 68 criminal convictions, he has only even shown a “minimal appreciation” that his actions has had on others.

Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger said that McDonald, who has grown a bushy beard while in custody, was high on methamphetamine at the time.

She accepted that life imprisonment with a lengthy period of non-parole was inevitable but argued that preventive detention was not necessary.

Justice Christian Whata said there was nothing in McDonald’s childhood that could possibly foreshadow his offending.

His adult years had been blighted by drug use, in particular methamphetamine, the judge said.

Justice Whata said it was difficult to describe the level of McDonald’s depravity.




WASHINGTON, N.C.Deputies say they arrested two Aurora residents on charges related to meth.


It happened August 26 at an abandoned trailer on Dublin Run Road in Aurora.

36-year-old Michael Claude Myers and 29-year-old Tammy Rana Carawan are charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana.

The two were arrested after investigators conducted surveillance on the single wide abandoned trailer. Investigators say Myers and Carawan were using the abandoned trailer to cook Methamphetamine.  When they initiated a traffic stop a the pair, they found Methamphetamine, Marijuana and known items used to manufacture methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

A search of the trailer turned up known ingredients used in the ‘ One-Pot ‘ method to make methamphetamine such as Coleman Fuel, Sodium Hydroxide, Muriatic Acid, Lithium Batteries and Ammonium Nitrate.


Myers and Carawan were placed in the Beaufort County Detention Center under no bond.



LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A mother of three was arrested for smoking meth with her 16-year-old daughter and 15-year-old neighbor.


According to a police report, officers were called to the 6300 block of Doe Run Road where they found Lisa Gilmore, 32, smoking meth in her basement.

Gilmore’s neighbor’s daughter, 15, and Gilmore’s daughter, 16, were both with her. During that time, police discovered Gilmore’s other daughters, 6 and 6-months-old, had been locked out of the house. The temperature that evening, August 25, was very high and the little girls were dehydrated.

Gilmore is being charged with wanton endangerment, unlawful transaction with a minor and possession.




A 43-year-old Bellevue woman accused of manufacturing methamphetamine was arrested Monday evening after police found cooking pots in her apartment.

Julie Singleton, of Bellevue, was charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs, illegal possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs, deception to obtain a dangerous drug and three counts possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bellevue police along with the help of the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office and Bowling Green BCI obtained a search warrant as part of an ongoing drug investigation involving Singleton’s apartment at 119 Thomas Drive.

Police found what they suspected to be meth cooking pots and declared the area unsafe, evacuating apartment residents and removing the pots. Residents returned to their apartment shortly before midnight.

No injuries were reported.

Singleton was arrested at the scene and transported to the Sandusky County Jail.

Additional charges for felony possession are pending test results, according to a statement released by the Bellevue Police Department.

The Bellevue Police Department declined to release further details Tuesday afternoon.




CORTLANDThree people are arrested in Cortland after investigators found them with meth labs in their backpacks.


On Tuesday, at about 7:50 pm, a Cortland County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Investigator, acting on a tip, saw three people acting suspicious on Clinton Avenue, between Charles Street and Church Street.

The investigators called for backup from the Cortland City Police Department, and when they approached the three suspects, one of them took off. The suspect was found soon after hiding on a porch and was taken into custody. The other two suspects were taken into custody at the scene.

Investigators found that the suspects were carrying backpacks that had one active, one pot meth lab and another inactive, or spent one pot meth lab. They also had components used for manufacturing meth.

Neighbors in the immediate area were told to stay in their homes as environmental services removed the items from the scene.

27-year-old Holdan Hayes was arrested and charged with third degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration and criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.

22-year-old Nicholas Baldassare was arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

23-year-old Jacquelyn Scott was arrested and charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance.


The three did not give officers their home addresses.

The Cortland City Police Department, the Cortland City Fire Department and Fire Police, and the NYSP CCSERT assisted on the scene.



CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A six-unit apartment complex in Clarksville was quarantined Monday after a methamphetamine lab was discovered inside one.

A neighbor told News 2 he woke up around 3 a.m. Monday morning to a lot of commotion.

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“It was crazy there were all sorts of stuff going on over there,” said Aaron Martinez. “I saw HAZMAT suits and saw them have two guys in handcuffs.”


Joseph Fox, 47, who lived in the apartment on Baltimore Drive, was arrested on charges of promotion of meth manufacture.

A second man, 28-year-old John Ketter, was also arrested on charges of initiation of the process with the intent to manufacture meth as well as unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both men were booked into the Montgomery County jail.

The landlord said a woman and her two children live in one of the units. They we’re displaced and now staying with the American Red Cross.

The landlord also told News 2 a woman who lives on the other end of the building, the only other resident, is currently staying with coworkers.

“It’s pretty saddening disheartening because this was their home,” said neighbor Martinez.

The landlord told News 2 he’s angry. He said he’s losing thousands of dollars in rent and now has to pay to clean the complex.

He said he brought in a certified hygienist Tuesday and it will take five to eight days to get test results back to ensure the area is clear of chemicals.

Cleaning can then begin and residents will be allowed to move back once the apartments are deemed safe.


The Montgomery County Sheriff said he has seen a spike in meth manufacturing in the last few months.

He encourages anyone who notices a strange smell or behavior to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office immediately so they can continue to tackle the problem.

Officials said the investigation is ongoing.


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI – A 28-year-old Holland Township man arrested after allegedly shooting at his ex-girlfriend over the weekend was already set to face trial on charges of operating a meth lab, court records show.15704886-small

Juan Casillas, who has a long record of court cases in Ottawa County, pleaded not guilty to the drug charges in June, according to court records. He is set to face trial Sept. 30.

Although Casillas was released on a personal recognizance bond for the meth lab charges, he is now being held at the Ottawa County Jail on $20,000 bond for his alleged weekend encounter.

Casillas was arrested early Sunday after a 24-year-old woman reported that he had threatened her with a gun at the Value Place hotel, 2630 Van Ommen Dr., before shooting at her as she drove away.

A description of his vehicle led police to a residence in the 1200 block of 136th Avenue, where the suspect fled from police, only to be tracked down by a K-9 unit.

The unit also discovered a gun police believe was used in the shooting.

Three others were also arrested at the residence for probation violations.

Casillas was arraigned Monday on charges of felonious assault, using a firearm to commit a felony and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also charged with probation violation. He is scheduled for a pre-preliminary examination on Aug. 29.

Felonious assault carries a maximum penalty of up to four years in prison and a $2,000 fine, while felony firearm carries a two year sentence and possessing a firearm as a felon holds up to five years and a $5,000 fine.




VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Two are in custody after a meth investigation in Vigo County by Indiana State Police.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts reports the investigation happened at 4692 Sumnyside Street in northern Vigo County just before 1 p.m. While serving a search warrant, ISP Troopers found evidence of recent methamphetamine production but they did not find an active lab. Watts also reports traces of methamphetamine were found.

Rodney A. Christenberry, 34 of Terre Haute, and Crystal D. Thomas, 35 of Terre Haute, were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of precursors and dumping controlled waste.

Five dogs were also removed from the home and taken to the Terre Haute Humane Shelter.



A bus driver who lit a pipe of synthetic marijuana before ploughing into the side of a house also had methamphetamine and morphine in his system, a court has heard.

Security camera footage tendered to the court shows Shaun Murphy behind the wheel of an empty bus, steering with his belly, as he stuffs synthetic marijuana into a pipe before appearing to fall asleep.

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His head then rocks back before the bus ploughs into a house.

The 57-year-old driver was on his way from Glendenning to Penrith when he lost control at Glenmore Park earlier this year.

Miraculously no one was injured. Inside, a family of five was lucky to escape.

Murphy pleaded guilty in court today to two serious counts, driving in a dangerous manner and driving under the influence of illicit drugs.

Synthetic marijuana is not illegal, but blood tests, taken in hospital when he was treated for head injuries, revealed he also had morphine and methamphetamine in his system.

Neighbours said they felt sorry for Murphy after the crash, imagining he had suffered from an ailment which caused him to lose control of the bus.

But today when asked their feelings, they were less forgiving knowing he had been high on drugs.

Murphy had nothing to say today when approached by 9NEWS outside court.

He will be back in court tomorrow when he is expected to be sentenced.