Comments Off on Megan Wells, 23, of Milaca, found driving with child in car on day she used Methamphetamine

Two devices used to ingest drugs were located next to a child in the back seat of a vehicle when a 23-year-old Milaca woman was pulled over for speeding in the early morning hours of April 29 on Seventh Avenue North in Princeton.

Megan Wells, of Milaca, has been charged with two felonies with the incident: fifth-degree possession of drugs, and storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child. She also faces misdemeanor counts of possessing hypodermic needles, driving after suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia.wells-megan-240x300

The incident unfolded at about 12:40 a.m. on April 29 when a Princeton police officer allegedly observed Wells approach an intersection at a high rate of speed and then cross over the fog line on the right side of the road. The officer initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle, which contained Wells in the driver’s seat, a front-seat passenger and a child in the back seat behind the driver.

Wells allegedly told the officer she used methamphetamine a week earlier. She then allegedly changed her story to a few days ago, before finally admitting she had used meth earlier in the morning of April 28. She also stated that inside her purse were small bags containing methamphetamine and a needle, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court. The needle contained a liquid, the complaint states.

The officer retrieved a bag from the back seat of the vehicle next to where the child had been sitting that allegedly contained a red tube and a blue tube that the officer believed were used to snort controlled substances. Substances found inside the tubes field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the complaint.

Wells was taken into custody and booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail. The child was released to its father.

A driver’s license check revealed that Wells’ license was suspended. She also failed to produce proof of insurance, the complaint states.

Comments Off on Kelly Hayes, 40, and Anthony Innis, 36, of Scott accused in theft from Goodwill drop box, possession of Methamphetamine

SCOTT, La. (AP) – Scott police have arrested a couple in the theft of $700 worth of items from a Goodwill drop box.

Police arrested 36-year-old Anthony Innis and 40-year-old Kelly Hayes on Tuesday.7681022_G

Investigators say they also face drug counts after narcotics were found in their vehicle.

The Advocate reports  police found in the vehicle items matching the description of those stolen from the Goodwill drop box and also two glass smoking pipes and five small plastic bags filled with suspected crystal methamphetamine.

Innis and Hayes were booked with theft, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Innis remains in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center in lieu of $46,500 bail. Hayes also remains in jail in lieu of $57,500 bail.

Online jail records did not list an attorney for the couple.

Comments Off on Aundrea Waddell, 29, and Adam Waddell, 32, both of White Oak Arrested for Alleged Mobile Methamphetamine Lab in Kilgore

KILGORE, TX — Two people have been arrested in Kilgore after allegedly running a mobile meth lab.

On Tuesday, around 10:25 a.m., Kilgore Police investigators went to 605 Kay Street in Kilgore after receiving a tip of a possible drug lab operation in an RV.Adam Waddell, 32, and Aundrea Waddell, 29, both of White Oak

Upon arrival police located an RV parked on the street. Two occupants of the RV were identified as Adam Waddell, 32, and Aundrea Waddell, 29, both of White Oak. After initial investigation and a utilization of KPD K9 Jinto by Officer BJ Burns, a warrant was obtained to search the RV.

The RV was searched with the assistance of the DEA Task Force from Tyler. During the search, numerous chemicals and items used to manufacture methamphetamine were discovered. Police also found chemicals which were in the beginning stages of the methamphetamine manufacturing process. Both parties were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession or transport of certain chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance. Aundrea was also found to have an outstanding Gregg County Warrant for felony forgery.

The RV was seized pending possible asset forfeiture proceedings. The suspects were both booked into the Kilgore Municipal Jail.

Comments Off on Susanna T. Manor, 29, and Clint A. Manor, 35, of Leesburg indicted in alleged Methamphetamine by mail case

A Leesburg couple have been indicted by the May session of a Highland County grand jury for possessing methamphetamine, which was allegedly received through the mail from out of state.manor s

Clint A. Manor, 35, and Susanna T. Manor, 29, are each charged with third-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor child endangering.

The Manors were arrested in April at the Leesburg Post Office following multiple tips to Leesburg police, and a subsequent investigation, that the pair had been receiving meth in the mail from a relative in Colorado.manor c

The Manors were arrested in April and remain in jail at the Highland County Justice Center, each with a $30,000 bond.

Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab explodes in Ada residence; Julie Music arrested

ADA — An Ada woman has been charged with illegal manufacturing of drugs while an adult male was hospitalized for severe burns after a fire broke out in their duplex apartment on 4781 State Route 235 in Ada on Monday evening.11452

Julie Music was taken into custody and charged with complicity to illegal manufacturing of drugs, according to the Hardin County Sheriff ‘s Office.

Firefighters from the Ada, Alger and McGuffey Fire departments responded to the call at 6:30 p.m. and arrived to find the house fully engulfed. The cause of the fire was determined to be from an active methamphetamine lab. Music’s boyfriend, Charles Thomas Louden was airflighted to the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center for treatment for severe burns covering 30 percent of his body. According to Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, charges will be filed against Louden should he survive.

Four children between the ages of 10 and 15 were living in the house. Children’s Services has taken custody of the children.

According to Brad Bailey of the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office, the illegal manufacturing of drugs is a felony of the first degree, with a sentence of three to 11 years and possible fines.

Arraignment for Music is scheduled for Thursday.

The incident remains under investigation.

Comments Off on Mississippi County Sheriff’s Deputies find “enormous” amount of crystal Methamphetamine in Mississippi County home; 50-year-old Darcy Boyer and 55-year-old Edward Boyer arrested

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO – A Mississippi County couple has been charged with several felonies after deputies found a “significant amount” of narcotics in their home.

Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore says the investigation began last month when his department received information that narcotics were being distributed by Edward “Eddy” Boyer.7680011_G

Boyer’s East Prairie home was placed under surveillance and deputies noticed several indicators of illegal drug activity. The department was able to obtain a search warrant for the home and served it on Monday.

Inside, deputies seized several thousand dollars in cash, an “enormous” amount of crystal methamphetamine, and “significant” quantities of heroin, marijuana, and prescription pain pills.

55-year-old Edward Boyer and 50-year-old Darcy Boyer were arrested.

Edward is charged with three counts of distribution of a controlled substance near a school and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He was charged with distribution of narcotics in a school zone due to the home’s close proximity to A.J. Martin Elementary.

Darcy is charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

Edwards in in the Mississippi County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash only bond.

Darcy is also behind bars on a $250,000 cash only bond.

Comments Off on Melissa S. Foster, 36, of Logan, arrested after 90 grams of Mexican Methamphetamine seized from residence

LOGAN — Melissa S. Foster, 36, of Logan was arraigned in Hocking County Municipal Court Wednesday afternoon on drug-related charges.

Foster was charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony; having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony; trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony; and possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.554a89bd67863_image

According to the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were notified Tuesday of a possible assault and were informed that there were both firearms and narcotics at the Maysville-Williams Road residence.

A search warrant was obtained and executed by the sheriff’s office and the Major Crimes Unit detectives with the assistance of the Logan-Hocking Special Response Team.

During the search, approximately 90 grams of a narcotic that is believed to be methamphetamine, a firearm, and cash were allegedly recovered from the house.

“We did a field test on it and it indicated positive for meth, but it will have to be sent to the lab first for verification by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation,” stated Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North. According to North, the type of meth discovered at the residence is called Shard, and is not manufactured in the United States. The approximate street value of that amount of methamphetamine is $10,000.

“That is a large amount of meth to be recovered anywhere, probably statewide, not to mention just Hocking,” said North. “That’s the most we have ever recovered at one time, especially meth of that nature, from the Mexican Cartel.”

According to North, the intelligence that they’ve received from MCU is that the suspects were the major distributor for the Logan area.

According to the sheriff’s office, Foster’s husband, Reggie L. Foster, 38, had already fled the residence by the time the officers arrived on scene, and a warrant for felonious assault has been issued for his arrest.

Comments Off on 23 women and men arrested in Putnam County Methamphetamine bust

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. — Twenty-three people were arrested after a two-month drug investigation in Putnam County.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Vice Unit, the Street Crimes Unit and the Methamphetamine Lab Response Team ran an almost two-month long investigation.

Nineteen people were arrested for drug charges. Four others were charged with incidental crimes that police discovered during the investigation.

Officers seized 134 grams of meth, 228 pills and 61 items used to manufacture or consume narcotics.

The estimated street value of the drugs is $14,000.

The following people were arrested during the drug investigation:

  • George William Hand, 55, Salt Springs, Fla. charged with manufacture of methamphetamine
  • Kristy Michelle Josleyn, 40 Salt Springs, Fla. charged with manufacture of methamphetaminemeth_arrest_pics
  • Melissa Marie Montgomery, 40 Salt Springs, Fla. charged with manufacture of methamphetamine
  • Krystanna Marie Modlin, 30 Palatka, Fla. charged with attempted manufacture of methamphetamine and driving while license suspended/revoked
  • Jason Mark Tibbs, 40 Interlachen, Fla. charged with attempted manufacture of methamphetamine
  • Thomas James Carpenter, Jr., 31 Interlachen, Fla. charged with attempted manufacture of methamphetamine
  • Elizabeth Ann Jarvis, 26 Interlachen, Fla. charged with driving while license expired > 6 months, attempted manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Michael Allan Johnson, 55 Interlachen, Fla. charged with attempted manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Matthew O’Malley, 39 St. Augustine, Fla. charged with possession of methamphetamine, tampering/destruction of evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Brian Kevin Davis, 47 Tarpon Springs, Fla. charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of new legend drug without prescription
  • Mirenda Gail Phillips, 54 Palatka, Fla. charged with possession of methamphetamine
  • Jason Lee Crews, 44 Fort McCoy, Fla. charged with carrying concealed weapon
  • Tisha Lynn Tillman, 35 Salt Springs, Fla. possession of methamphetamine possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Christina Lee Barber, 26 Palatka, Fla. charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Russell Allen Hutson, 19 Palatka, Fla. charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation ref., trafficking in stolen property
  • Calvon Estmond Jones, 32 Palatka, Fla. charged with driving while license suspended/revoked (third or subsequent)
  • Jeremy Loper, 41 Palatka, Fla. charged with driving while license suspended/revoked (third or subsequent)
  • Charles Kenneth Bradley, 18 Interlachen, charged with possession of cannabis under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Brandon Lee Shope, 23 Palatka charged with possession of cannabis under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Brandi Tyre, 19 Palm Coast wanted on a warrant for violation of drug offender probation ref., providing false owner information to pawn <$300
  • Nelle Ard, 39 Palatka charged with driving while license suspended/revoked, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Joseph McKee, 34 Hollister charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Carol Tonya Bias, 29 Ocala, charged with driving while license suspended/revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia

Comments Off on Crystal Methamphetamine use in Hamilton on the rise

A significant boost in crystal meth use in Hamilton is drawing concern from police and medical professionals as they try to figure out why more people are using the powerful stimulant.

Though usage levels are still well below other drugs like opioids and crack cocaine in the city, the concern is significant enough that health care officials are meeting with police and paramedics next week to figure out what to do about this jump.

“We’re seeing some pretty dramatic behaviors,” said Debbie Bang, the manager of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Womankind addictions service.

“I’m hoping it’s just a blip. Hamilton has been pretty good at keeping it out of our community until now.”

Last year (2013-2014) men who were seeking treatment for crystal meth addiction at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton represented 4 per cent of the hospital’s addictions patients. This year (2014-2015), that number jumped to 11 per cent.

Those numbers are rising for women too, though not as sharply. In 2011/2012, 2 per cent of female patients at St. Joe’s were seeking treatment for crystal meth addiction. In 2014/2015, that number was at 6 per cent.

Police also seeing rise

Hamilton police vice and drugs Staff Sgt. Paul Downey told CBC News that police are seeing a similar spike. “We’re definitely seeing a lot more of it,” he said.

Meth is a stimulant that creates a euphoric high that lasts around eight to 10 hours and increases sexual desire. In high doses, it has been linked to violent behavior and psychosis.

It’s considered extremely addictive, and is usually smoked, snorted or sometimes injected.

Other stimulants like cocaine tend to be more popular, though coke is usually more expensive and the high lasts for a much shorter period. Bang says she’s hearing meth is being laced with cocaine in the city.

Downey says part of the reason some users may be turning to meth is it’s a drug that can be made locally instead of imported like cocaine. “You don’t have to go through the hierarchy like you have to with cocaine,” he said.

Street chemists can mix the chemicals fairly easily — all you need is a mixture of chemicals from over the counter medications, fertilizer and other chemicals.

The process is dangerous, though. The mixture can easily catch fire, explode or create toxic vapours. A U.S. man was arrested in 2013 after police found him cooking meth in the back of his car on the east Mountain.

Prescription pills also a target

Police have seen a recent jump in pharmacy robberies this year, as Hamilton has seen twice as many robberies for prescription pills just halfway through 2015 as we did in all of 2014.

In those cases it’s much easier to correlate crime with addiction, as drugs themselves are being stolen. It’s more difficult to connect meth use and crime, Downey says.

“But that said, I don’t know of too many meth users who aren’t also committing crimes.”

While crystal meth is a rising concern, Hamilton faces other drug related problems, too. The city’s treatment admission rates for alcohol, opioids and crack cocaine are all higher than the provincial and regional LHIN averages.

Bang says there are a number of reasons for that. Hamilton has a “great system” full of quality physicians, she says, and that may elevate our admissions numbers. The numbers could also suggest we have high levels of drug use in the city, she says.

“It’s hard to tell if these two things are connected,” she said.

Comments Off on China Methamphetamine Drug-Smuggling Trial: New Zealand-Born Australian Man, 25-year-old Peter Gardner, Could Be Executed If Found Guilty

A New Zealand-born Australian man, who was arrested in November in China after allegedly trying to smuggle methamphetamine out of the country, has gone on trial Thursday. If found guilty, 25-year-old Peter Gardner could be executed.

Gardner was arrested at Guangzhou airport last November while attempting to board a flight to Sydney. Customs officials found 66 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in two sealed pieces of luggage belonging to Gardner, who holds citizenships of both Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported.

“I’m really sorry, I really regret it… I have broken the law and there’s no getting out of it,” BBC quoted Gardner as saying during a live broadcast of the court proceedings on Thursday.

Gardner, who admitted that he had made “a really big mistake,” said that he would cooperate with local authorities in identifying Chinese drug traffickers. He also added that he had no previous drug convictions in Australia and New Zealand, BBC reported, adding that New Zealand’s foreign affairs and trade ministry were supporting Gardner.

Gardner’s Australian girlfriend, Kalynda Davis, who was traveling with him at the time of his detention, was released in December, after authorities decided that she was not involved in the smuggling of the drugs.

Gardner’s trial closely follows the executions of two Australian drug smugglers — Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran — in Indonesia. Several appeals by Australia for Indonesia to commute their death sentence were unsuccessful.

China is also known to have strict anti-drug laws and anyone found carrying more than 1.7 ounces of methamphetamine potentially faces a death penalty or life imprisonment.

According to a recent report by Chinese state news agency Xinhua, more than 168,000 narcotic-crime suspects were arrested in 2014, while nearly 70 tons of drugs, including 26 tons of methamphetamine and 9.3 tons of heroin, were seized by police last year.

Drugs such as methamphetamine have become common even in remote Chinese towns and villages, with some experts saying that “the era of synthetic drug abuse is arriving secretly” in China, The Christian Science Monitor reported, citing Zhang Yongan, a drug policy expert at Shanghai University. The report also cited Chinese officials as saying that methamphetamine, which is easy to produce, had overtaken heroin as the addiction of choice in China.

Comments Off on DEA finds 50 kilos of Methamphetamine, heroin hidden in Mexican candy in southwest Atlanta

ATLANTA — DEA Agents and Atlanta police raided a house in southwest Atlanta Tuesday night and seized over $8 million in illegal drugs, including methamphetamine and dozens of kilos of pure brown Mexican heroin packaged as candy. DSC00777

 “When we see this kind of packaging, it’s a great concern to us because obviously candy is appealing to young and small children, and that’s a concern. Now do I believe this specifically was going to children in Atlanta? I don’t. I do believe they were concealing it to bring it into the U.S. as such,” said DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Dan Salter. DSC00780

Channel 2’s Tom Regan was there as investigators laid out the heroin packaged in 14 candy boxes each weighing one kilo. In all, agents seized 14 kilos of heroin and 50 kilos of meth.

Investigators told Regan that drug cartels south of the border are increasingly smuggling meth in liquid form and later converting it into crystal form.

 “It can come in a gas can. It can come in vehicles. It’s concealed a lot of times as beer,” Salter told Regan.

The DEA said metro Atlanta has become a major distribution hub for Mexican drug cartels and heroin seizures at the border have risen 70 percent in the last two years.

 “With the prescription drug abuse problem in the U.S., you’re seeing more people exposed to heroin,” Salter said.

Police arrested one man during the raid and expect to make additional arrests.

 “This is the second meth lab we’ve been able to take down in the past six weeks, and it’s through the partnerships with federal agents we’ve been able to do this,” Atlanta Assistant Police Chief Shawn Jones told Regan.

Comments Off on Alice Mildred Barron, 52, sends Greene County Sheriff’s deputies to save cats after house fire — and they find Methamphetamine instead

An Arkansas woman was arrested Saturday on drug charges after pleading with officers to enter her burning home to rescue her cats.

Alice Mildred Barron, 52, begged two deputies from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office to enter her home in the northeastern city of Paragould to “save her babies” from a house fire.Alice Mildred Barron

“After getting the female to calm down and tell us where her babies were, she stated that she had three cats in the house inside her bedroom and they were her babies,” Deputy Mike Wess wrote in his incident report.

After the fire was extinguished, Wess and his partner went into the house to search for the cats.

“While inside the bedroom we noticed some drug paraphernalia at the right side of the bed and several items scattered across the bed,” Wess wrote, alleging meth was among the items discovered.

Barron was then taken to the local jail, where she remains in custody, Deputy Chief Rick Mellow said.

She has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Mellow added.

Wess wrote that Barron told him she had been out on bond for drug charges.

“Ms. Barron then stated that she had been clean for over 10 years and she didn’t know why she started back using meth,” Wess wrote.

Barron’s cats survived the fire.

Comments Off on Heather Nicole Richmond, 34, of Church Hill, who made false 911 stabbing call, admits to using Methamphetamine

CHURCH HILL — A Church Hill woman who allegedly made a false stabbing report to Hawkins County 911 Monday morning was charged with misuse of 911, public intoxication, and other charges.

Around 6:15 a.m. Monday Church Hill Police Department Officer Ethan Mays was dispatched to a double stabbing complaint at 508 Short Street.1557f2e486b60250ade0f6c3a10313ac

The female caller reportedly told Hawkins County Central dispatch that there were two victims, but she was “difficult to understand and could not give them an exact location.”

Mays was able to locate the caller after the dispatcher “pinged” her cell phone, which indicated she was at 508 Short Street.

“Upon my arrival a male exited 505 Short Street and advised me that the female was behind his residence,” Mays stated in his report. “I made my way to the back of the house and initially did not see anyone, but a female identified as Heather Nicole Richmond stood up from a prone position in the tall grass of a field. Mrs. Richmond was detained and asked where the stabbing victims were located.”

Mays added, “She initially said they were in a barn on the other side of the field. A search of the barn yielded no one inside.”

Richmond, 34, 202 Jefferson Drive, Church Hill reportedly showed signs of being under the influence of a stimulant.

Mays said she admitted to using meth a few days prior.

She also reportedly made several “odd statements” including stating that her husband was one of the stabbing victims — when in fact her husband is incarcerated in the Hawkins County Jail.”

A purse located on the back porch of 505 Short Street contained Richmond’s ID and other personal effects, as well as several cut straws commonly used to ingest narcotics.

She was also allegedly in possession of a pill identified by Richmond as Methocarbamol.

Several residents on Short St. were contacted and residences searched for potential stabbing victims, but none were found.

“While en route to the jail, Mrs. Richmond spoke to herself, would not remain still, and stated that she had insects on her, all of which are commonly associated with meth use,” Mays said.

Aside from misuse of 911 and public intoxication, Richmond was charged with simple possession of a legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another charge of filing a false report is pending completion of the CHPD investigation.

Comments Off on Mother, 33-year-old Gina Villalobos of Pella, arrested after Methamphetamine found in dresser drawer, which also contained children’s clothing

PELLA, Iowa —A Pella mother is facing child endangerment charges after authorities found meth in a drawer that contained children’s clothing.Villalobos

Court documents say 33-year-old Gina Villalobos was arrested Sunday after police executed a search warrant on her home.

Authorities found meth in a dresser drawer, which contained children’s clothing.

Villalobos is also facing charges of possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She is currently being held in the Marion County Jail.

Thanks to a new, cheapo way of manufacturing meth, labs are sprouting up in motels around the country—and blowing up next to unwitting guests.

The sex cost $100. Cooking motel meth was the bonus.

Steamy snaps of “Amy,” clad in a scanty white negligée and a black-and-red trimmed number, and splayed across the patchwork quilt in various positions, surely watered the mouths of Wade Weierbach and Norman Samuels.

And the online ad was all about fun. “Hey guys I’m amy I’m still in the area lol looking to have some fun last night wasn’t so fun so let’s hope today is I’m white girl 5’5 thick fat white ass hmu.” (As in: Hit Me Up.)

Both men apparently did just that. After texting back and forth with Amy, the men appeared to agree on a date and time to consummate.

Around dinnertime on April 29, cops in a sting waited as Samuels, 21, entered Room No. 228 at the Super 8 Motel in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Once inside the room, cops say Amy, who was already undressed, agreed to have sex with Samuels for $100.

Money changed hands and before the deed was done, cops entered the room. But they also tacked on a narc charge after discovering Samuels was allegedly pocketing 20 bags of heroin, according to the court papers.

When pressed about the ad, Amy gave up her tech-savvy pimp named “Lil Man” who, according to police reports, “takes her photos, posts her ads, rents the motel room, arranges dates with his phone and collects a percentage of the money she earns.”

Moments later, Weierbach, 48, clearly ready to party, strolled into an all-time buzzkill. The sex police were front and center. And in his hands was what could be considered a cop’s version of a happy ending. Weierbach was lugging a brown cardboard box filled to the brim with methamphetamine ingredients, along with “numerous mason jars” that contained “cloudy liquid” giving off a “very strong chemical odor,” court papers say.

Pressed about what was in the box, Weierbach allegedly told cops he suffered from ADD and that the jars contained fuel, not meth. He later “admitted he was indeed making methamphetamine,” records show. They’re both being held on prostitution and drug charges in Lehigh County after failing to post bail.

The Allentown incident is just one in a string of makeshift motel meth labs cropping up countrywide. And while cops managed to swoop in before meth was batched in Allentown, often they’re too late. Then it’s only after a big bang occurs that the clandestine cookers’ lab is unveiled.

On Monday, 38-year-old Derek Anthony Gonzales was convicted in Santa Rosa Circuit Court in Florida after his meth went boom inside the Emerald Sands Luxury Inn last May. “The lab exploded and caught on fire, burning contents in the room,” according to a statement by the State’s Attorney’s office. “After the explosion, Gonzales fled the motel.”

He could face up to 70 years for the meth snafu.

Inn manager Charlene Ford downplayed the incident as isolated and overblown. “I’ve been here 11 years and this is the first time this situation happened,” she told The Daily Beast. “It was a bottle that was fizzling, not smoldering flames like the fire department was saying,” she said.

Few doubt the case back in March, when two Indiana transplants in Charleston, South Carolina thought they’d try cooking their poison in their motel room in the presence of their two children, ages 6 and 12.

The room was set alight and hundreds were forced to evacuate the motel.

Joshua Earl Lantz, 33, and Jamie Lynn Lantz, 37, who had been calling InTown Suites their home for almost a year, saw their stash in the third-floor bathroom go up in smoke.

After the blast, the mother moved her kids to another guest’s room and was seen slowly sauntering out of the room clad in only a shirt and underwear. She began whining about how she felt like her legs were on fire and lamenting, “The chemicals got me!”

The couple is being held on $500,000 bail after being slapped with charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and child endangerment and neglect. The judge lit up when the Lantzes appeared, saying “Well, you hit the big time today.”

The couple blew it, according to court documents, by trying to make their meth using a technique known as “one pot,” which is a sort of like the instant oatmeal version of meth manufacturing.

In the past, producing meth required a laborious step-by-step process and a cook would set several jars in various levels of gestation to reach crystallized meth climax.

The soda bottle method is far more streamlined. A drug fiend can now nix the multiple stages of cooking, and the deviant on a time crunch can chuck the blenders, beakers, pails, and proverbial hot plate (hence the cooking). All you need, experts say, is a 2-liter soda bottle and the right chemical mix.

“You have gas inside the bottle and there’s acids and bases and solvents in there and you mix and twirl that and it reacts,” said Larry Souther, a longtime environmental scientist with the Minnesota Department of Health.

“The material inside in the liquid is floating around and it’s reacting and getting real hot,” he said.

An exothermic reaction occurs when heat rises not from a Bunsen burner but simply by swirling around inside the bottle. This requires the meth maker to untwist the cap from time to time to release pressure.

Fail to do that and, well, pop goes the weasel.

The process takes only a few hours, Souther said, and delivers “a couple day’s worth” of meth.

Explosions happen often when a hopped-up meth head neglects to unscrew the bottle. “The people out on meth aren’t thinking very well and they’re doing things that don’t make much sense,” Souther said.

That may have been the case with two Alabama outlaws who, on Thursday evening, hastily ditched their third-floor suite at the Cartersville North Inn in Cartersville, Georgia without checking out. That’s because their room and their meth combusted.

They were regulars, a witness told The Daily Beast. “I’m supposed to just say we had a water leak,” the worker said.

But the worker acknowledged the inn had in fact experienced a meth lab explosion.

The “one pot” method is one of the main reasons meth has become so mobile.

The culprits were apparently husband and wife and regular guests. “They had stayed here a couple of times,” said the witness, a motel employee who spoke on the condition of anonymity, and who added that the couple paid cash and the husband flashed an Alabama driver’s license. “The man was in his 50s and the woman was a lot younger. They are what we called weeklies.”

The motel worker said the address, like many motels, is a hub for many travelers heading to, or from, Florida. But it also is a mainstay for transient workers who rent out a room by the week or sometimes for the month.

The blast knocked the couple’s hotel door off its hinges and afterwards investigators found strewn on the carpeting lithium batteries and other meth paraphernalia, officials confirmed. Cartersville Battalion Fire Chief David Levey said that there was enough paraphernalia discovered that “we made the determination it was a drug lab,” he said in a phone interview.

Apparently the couple headed to a hospital where they were treated for burns and then slipped away when the fuzz arrived. It’s unclear if the couple has been nabbed since numerous messages to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office were not returned.

The DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) counted 1,321 meth lab incidents in the U.S. recorded from 2008 through 2013.  That’s just the ones that are discovered.

How did the meth lab leap from trailer parks in the sticks to populated motels or the trunks of cars or even Wal-Mart?

The “one pot” method is one of the main reasons meth has become so mobile. “Meth labs these days don’t require much of the beakers and canisters like they used to. All it takes is a soda bottle to make meth,” DEA Special Agent Matthew Barden told The Daily Beast.

After all, the motel rooms are more than just a place to crash for a night or two. They’ve become semi-permanent homes. And the establishments where meth labs are exploding or cooking on the sly are not necessarily five-star joints.

“Motel rooms are nasty as it is even when they clean them,” Barden quipped, before stressing that the lethal nature of the practice is nothing to snicker at. “It’s one thing to do this behind your own closed doors but when you do it in a motel you are putting so many people in danger.”

And while the soda-bottle crystal meth product is pretty pure and potent, most of the best product, Barden said, is still being shuttled across the border from Mexico. “The Mexican product is 95 percent pure and it’s made cheaply in massive quantities,” he said.

The artisanal batches of meth in motel rooms make up “a small portion of complaints” Barden said and the DEA must keep on going for bigger game. “The meth [in motels] is a threat but in the eyes of the U.S. Government the biggest threat is still to investigate and target the largest drug traffickers.”

You have to wonder how many clueless motel guests are resting their heads inside rooms next to meth labs right now, or renting rooms that were drug joints just days ago, perhaps still caked with chemicals.

The exposure to the jugs of ether and anhydrous ammonia can do real damage to unwitting neighbors. “If you’re breathing the chemicals being cooked or being vented it can travel in the air and into your mucus membrane and it burns,” Souther said. Cleaning companies have begun specializing in meth eradication but there are strict guidelines that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set out.

When asked about the motel meth lab phenomena, an EPA spokeswoman confirmed to The Daily Beast their agency “is aware that meth labs may be found in all possible locations, including hotels, motels and other multiple unit dwellings.”

And motel meth cleanup is no joke.

“When I enter a motel room with meth and get a whiff of the stuff, I know to quickly shut the door and run to get a hazmat team in there,” one cop who has encountered several meth labs in motels over the years told The Daily Beast.

It’s dangerous and can break the bank. A meth motel room can run as much as $10,000 to sterilize. And that includes a very intricate cleanup effort.

“The meth, whether it’s cooked or bottled, it gets everywhere, the same as someone who smokes in a house,” Souther said.

There’s spillage from the chemicals and the fumes that stick to the walls. Not to mention the potential chemical reactions to strong cleaning products.

Carpet, curtains, bed and furniture must be removed, Souther said, along with a proper scrubbing. “You go in and wash everything once with water and detergent and then rinse and wash it and rinse and wash it three times with just water,” he said.

The potent drug is something that few can resist once they’re hooked.

At an Angola, Indiana Red Roof Inn, a trio was caught cooking meth last week, according to police. Christopher Moon, 32, and his 21-year-old pal Desiree Hull allegedly reached out to Tyranny Frye (also 21 years old) to help them cook up a batch last week before local sheriff’s deputies moved in.

Frye had been in and out of jail after trying to kick the meth habit. His mother had no idea that he somehow had managed to possibly learn how to make it.

“He progressed from buying the stuff to making it, which I’m not positively sure what’s going on,” Carole Frye said, relating the recent felonies Frye and the other two had racked up; which include producing meth and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Carole said she knew for certain that her son had gone from smoking to injecting himself with the drug. “Ty progressed to shooting it up,” the mother said through tears. “ I was heartbroken.”

Carole said her recent visit to see her son in jail revealed a broken boy who is losing hope.

“I talked to him and he was saying ‘I wish they would just shoot me,’” Frye said. “He doesn’t think there is any point in going on.”

Already Frye has lost his longtime girlfriend, whom his mom described as “the love of his life,” and was pleading with her how sorry he was for getting into trouble again.

Tragically, were it not for Indiana’s bureaucratic system being unable to help the mother and her son, the addiction may have been kicked long ago.

“I went before a judge and handed two typed pages proving that I had gone with Ty, [he] willingly with me, to find help and nobody would help us,” she said.

Carole says Frye from the first was bullied into becoming a meth addict.

“He was 15 years old the first time he got involved with meth,” Carole told The Daily Beast days after she visited her son behind bars. “He was at a house where he wasn’t supposed to be and he went into the other room to see what they were doing and that’s when he saw them smoking meth.”

The so-called friends then decided to force Frye to partake. “Because he had seen them they held a knife to his throat and made him smoke it too,” his mother said.

Frye’s dream in life was become a lawyer, not a law breaker. She believes he was trying to get on the straight and narrow path—but he strayed and was without many options.

“I think they run out of places to be,” she said of meth addicts who opt for motels. “They burn so many bridges that at a certain place they don’t have anywhere to go.”

Comments Off on Methamphetamine lab caused fire at Flint Township Motel 6; Two men arrested

FLINT TOWNSHIP — Flint police have made two arrests in connection to a meth lab being operated out of a motel in Flint Township.Motel%20Meth%20Lab%201

A call went out that there was a fire at the Motel 6 on Austin Parkway. Police say that the fire was because of a meth lab being operated out of a bathroom.

Two men were arrested. One of the suspects has minor injuries.

Nearby rooms were evacuated, but only the one room was damaged.

Comments Off on One woman arrested after Athens Budget Inn Methamphetamine lab explosion

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) – There was a confirmed meth lab explosion at the Budget Inn on Highway 31 in Athens on Wednesday morning, according to Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson.7680675_G

One person has been arrested, according to Athens police.

The Budget Inn manager said the alarm was triggered in room 123 for smoke around 4:45 a.m.

The manager said he ran into the room and saw smoke. He saw two people in the room, and the woman in the room told him it was just a grease fire and that she had been cooking hamburgers.

The manager said the man and woman looked frightened and he got them to come out of the room. He then called police and they discovered drugs. The manager said he is letting police handle the investigation.

The Budget Inn has not been completely evacuated, and other residents remain in the hotel.

No one was injured in the explosion, according to police.

Comments Off on Vanderburgh case could set precedent for evidence admission in Methamphetamine trials

EVANSVILLE – The appeal of a Vanderburgh County methamphetamine dealing conviction could set a precedent for the use of pseudoephedrine purchase logs as evidence in Indiana.

The Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case on Thursday in Indianapolis.

At issue is whether admission of National Precursor Log Exchange records violates a defendant’s right to confront witnesses and evidence under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Robin Eugene Montgomery, 57, of Newburgh, was convicted of dealing methamphetamine and other charges in a March 2014 jury trial in Vanderburgh Superior Court. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Montgomery appealed his conviction on several issues, including the admission of the precursor log records. An Indiana Court of appeals panel ruled against Montgomery in December.

However, the state Supreme Court took up the issue of the log’s admissibility — and vacated the appeals court ruling — because it is a question of law that has never been considered before in Indiana.

Pseudoephedrine from over-the-counter medications is used to make methamphetamine. Indiana law requires retailers to keep sales records of such medications, which is then shared with state police.

The Sixth Amendment guarantees the rights of criminal defendants, including the right to confront witnesses. Because of this, out-court-statements are barred from being used as testimony if the person making it is unavailable and the defendant has not had the chance to cross-examine the witness before the statement is admitted as evidence, according to the appeals Court ruling. The appeals court ruling sided with prosecutors, saying that it had previously ruled in other cases that National Precursor Log Exchange records qualified as business records. As such, according to the appeals court, they could be admitted as evidence because they were created for administrative use and not for proving something at a trial — a ruling the appeals court ruling said was consistent with federal court rulings.

Montgomery’s appeal argues that the precursor logs should not qualify as business records because they were not used for any legitimate business purpose — something the appeals court disagreed with.

Comments Off on Wendy Diane Webb, 40, already accused of evidence tampering in 2011 shooting death case now faces Methamphetamine drug charges in Warren Circuit Court

A Bowling Green woman accused of evidence tampering in connection with a 2011 shooting death was arraigned Monday on drug charges.

Wendy Diane Webb, 40, appeared in Warren Circuit Court on a pair of indictments charging her with manufacturing methamphetamine by complicity, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, first-degree promoting contraband, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Warren Circuit Judge Steve Wilson appointed Renae Tuck of the state Department of Public Advocacy to represent Webb, and Tuck entered not guilty pleas on Webb’s behalf.

Webb is scheduled to return to court July 6 for hearings in those cases and a 2011 case in which she is charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Police charged Webb in connection with the Nov. 10, 2011, death of Jonathan Havens, 32, of Bowling Green, who was shot on Red Pond Road inside a car driven by Webb, who is accused of cleaning the bloodstains after the shooting.

A jury convicted Randall Hester of first-degree manslaughter and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment in a trial last year. Hester, 27, of Bowling Green, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Webb testified at the trial, appearing under subpoena. She was jailed for contempt of court after her testimony following a positive drug test, a violation of her bond.

Tampering with physical evidence is a Class D felony that carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

Online Warren County Regional Jail records show Webb has been jailed since March 20. She was arrested that day by the Bowling Green Police Department following a traffic stop at Veterans Memorial Lane and Clay Street.

According to the arrest report prepared by BGPD Officer Colton Billhartz, Webb was found to be in possession of a small plastic tube with a pill capsule and a small plastic bag that each contained a powdery substance.

“Webb stated the drugs were fake due to her tricking her friends into thinking she had drugs,” Billhartz wrote in the arrest report.

The powdery substance tested positive for methamphetamine, and a brown pill in a change purse in the driver’s side door was suspected to be an amphetamine, according to the report.

The incident led to charges from the grand jury of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree promoting contraband.

The other indictment charging Webb with manufacturing methamphetamine by complicity and unlawful possession of a meth precursor accuses her of conspiring with three other people between Dec. 28 and March 4 to make the addictive stimulant in Warren County.

One of her co-defendants, Robert Thomason, 34, of Bowling Green, was arrested early March 4 at Louisville Road and Plum Springs Loop by Deputy Robert Jenkins of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

During a traffic stop, Thomason refused to consent to a vehicle search, leading Jenkins to contact Kentucky State Police for a K-9 unit. The dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, and a subsequent search resulted in the discovery of several items associated with the making of meth, according to an arrest report.

Thomason is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a meth precursor. Kelle Jo Pruett, 34, of Bowling Green, is charged in the case with manufacturing meth by complicity and unlawful possession of a meth precursor, and Melanie Windom, 33, of Bowling Green, is also charged with unlawful possession of a meth precursor.

Comments Off on Witnesses testify in murder trial that slain Ashdown couple, Brian and Shannon Day, used Methamphetamine

ASHDOWN, Arkansas — Witnesses have testified in the capital murder trial of a man charged in the 1997 deaths of an Ashdown couple that the deceased were methamphetamine users.

Timothy Lamont Howard is on trial for the second time in the deaths of Brian and Shannon Day and for attempted murder of the couple’s 7-month-old son. Prosecutors have said Howard killed Shannon Day because she thought she was pregnant with Howard’s child and that he killed Brian Day for money.

His convictions were overturned in 2013 because of new evidence the defense didn’t have in his first trial. Prosecutors are no longer seeking the death penalty against Howard, who now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if he’s convicted of the charges.

Witnesses testified Monday that Brian Day sold and used meth while his wife, Shannon Day, likely had suffered from meth-induced paranoia and delusions.

The trial began last week at the Little River County courthouse. An urologist testified Friday that he treated Howard in 1991 and 1992 and said it is unlikely Howard could have fathered a child.–Ashdown-Double-Murder/

Comments Off on Major cleanup after 28-gram Methamphetamine lab bust at abandoned Caroline home; Justin Ray, age 23, from Spotsylvania, arrested

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. — Caroline County deputies received a tip that something suspicious was happening at an abandoned trailer home on Stonewall Jackson Road, around 10 Sunday night.meth-mug

The location was just a half a mile away from the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors house.

Law enforcement found a meth lab at the scene.

Justin Ray, age 23, from Spotsylvania, was charged with manufacturing more than 28 grams with the intent to distribute, and with possessing two or more precursor drugs with the intent to manufacture meth. He was arrested at the property.

Ray is being held Pamunkey Regional Jail with no bond.meth-bust

Specialized Virginia State Police clandestine meth removal teams worked early Monday into Monday afternoon, decontaminating the lab.

Comments Off on Dozens of Containers Used to Make Methamphetamine Found in Portsmouth Home; Joshua Cox, 39, of Wheelersburg, arrested

SCIOTOVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) — After receiving a tip that someone may be squatting in a vacant home, police in Sciotoville made a major meth lab bust.sciotovill+meth+big

Portsmouth Police tell WSAZ they received a tip from the owner of a vacant home in the 500 block of Bloom Street that there had been complaints from the neighbors about someone coming and going from the house.

When police got on scene, they tell WSAZ Joshua Cox, 39, of Wheelersburg, was inside.

They say they could smell chemicals, typically associated with making meth, while they were walking through the home.

In the home, police tell WSAZ they found 40-50 containers used to make meth.

Captain Lynn Brewer tells WSAZ this is a “very large meth lab by our standards.”

Cox was arrested and charged with manufacturing meth and possession of chemicals used to manufacture meth. Both are felonies. More charges could be filed.

The Scioto County Drug Task Force was contacted and responded to the scene with a trailer that is especially equipped for cleaning up meth labs. The Portsmouth Fire Department was called to the scene along with an Ambulance and crew from Portsmouth Ambulance to stand by in case of an emergency.

The cleanup of the lab and the preparation for disposal of the chemicals took over 6 hours to complete due to the size of the lab.

Comments Off on Yisele Bautista, 21, and Soua Yang, 29, arrested in Loleta after search turned up Methamphetamine and drugs

LOLETA, Calif. – Two people were arrested Monday morning in Loleta on drug charges after a search of their vehicle turned up marijuana and methamphetamine.

At about 10:30 a.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy was on routine patrol on Cock Robin Island Road and noticed a black Lexus SUV parked on the Pedrazzini boat ramp, Lt. Wayne Hanson said.Yisele-Bautista-jpg

The deputy could see a female sitting in the passenger seat leaning over towards the driver’s seat, but could not see anyone sitting in the driver’s seat.

The deputy then made contact with the woman in the vehicle to see if she was OK. When the deputy approached the vehicle he could see a man sitting in the driver’s seat reclined all the way back.

According to Hanson, when the deputy made contact with the occupants of the vehicle he could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from inside of the vehicle.

The deputy identified the woman as Yisele Bautista, 21, and the driver as Soua Yang, 29. The deputy was told Bautista had a felony warrant for her arrest out of St Louis, Missouri for a narcotics violation and she was placed under arrest.

The deputy was also told Yang was on probation out of Sacramento County for domestic violence. The deputy then detained Yang and searched the vehicle, because of the odor of marijuana emitting from inside.

The deputy located two one-pound bags of marijuana inside of a duffel bag in the back seat of the vehicle, as well as a glass smoking pipe for methamphetamine and a useable amount of methamphetamine inside of the vehicle, stated Hanson.Soua-Yang-jpg

In the center console of the vehicle the deputy located a 30 round magazine for a Glock, 9mm handgun. Hanson added this magazine is illegal to possess in the state of California.

Yang was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana for sales and possession of an illegal gun magazine.

Both Yang and Bautista were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka. During the booking process, correctional deputies located two grams of methamphetamine and two grams of cocaine hidden on Bautista body.

Bautista was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine and for bringing narcotics into a Correctional Facility. Bautista was also booked on the felony warrant out of St Louis, Missouri. Bautista bail is currently set at $50,000.Drugs-and-money-jpeg

Yang’s bail was set at $25,000.

Comments Off on U.S. Marshals say sex offender couple, Deanna Tampico, 33, and Glen Feinman, 33, who target teen girls using Methamphetamine is on the run together in Washington


The U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Branch in Seattle says police in Utah received a call Tuesday night that Glen Feinman and Deanna Tampico who cut off their GPS trackers in Seattle were running around the Walmart in Springvi‎lle. It is the city between Nephi and Salt Lake City. They tried running from the officers but that didn’t work out either. They are now in custody on the way to be booked into Utah County Jail.

NEPHI — With the help of the public, police captured two Washington state sex offenders who were wanted parolees Tuesday night.

Nephi police located the vehicle used by the two earlier and tracked them down. A Honda convertible connected to Glen Feinman and Deanna Tampico, both 33, was discovered overnight Thursday, according to Nephi Police Capt. Burt Wright.

Feinman and Tampico went missing from Washington on April 27 after ditching their ankle bracelets, Wright said. Detectives reportedly pulled up Feinman’s name after running the vehicle’s license plate number.

Passersby told police they saw two people duck down inside the vehicle after passing it about three blocks away from the highway interchange in Nephi. A local woman who had seen the couple in the area recognized them from a Facebook post and relayed the information to Springville police.

Feinman spent seven years in prison for the rape of a 13-year-old girl and was paroled in 2012, Wright said. Tampico was convicted of sexually exploiting a homeless teenage girl and is listed as a sex offender in Washington, according to media reports there.

Both missed court hearings in late April, according to Wright. Feinman frequently uses a woman’s name with the last name Sims as an alias and Tampico frequently uses the last name Bender, the captain said.

Wright was unsure of the relationship between Feinman and Tampico, but said Washington authorities were surprised to find their ankle monitors abandoned at the same location.

Wright didn’t believe Feinman and Tampico would stick around Nephi after their vehicle was discovered and impounded by police.

“We believe they were scared away by people reporting it or officers responding to the area. This isn’t a great place to get stranded. It’s hard to blend in in a small community,” Wright said.

The Honda was reportedly full of personal belongings, including clothing, hygiene items and camping equipment. However, the car was devoid of any wallets, cellphones or photo identification.

When the two were found, they gave false information to police and Feinman attempted to flee, according to the Springville Police Department. Officers had photographs identifying them, however, and took them into custody.

SEATTLE — U.S. Marshals say they are searching for these two convicted sex offenders, Glen Feinman and Deanna Tampico, who are dating.tampico

He is a convicted child rapist who served seven years in prison after sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

She is a level two sex offender who was busted with child porn after officers say she and her husband at the time lured a homeless teenage girl back to her house and then gave her meth, booze and marijuana. When the girl passed out, Tampico videotaped her husband and her having sex with victim.

U.S. Marshals say Tampico and Feinman met through a mutual acquaintance and took off from downtown Seattle last Saturday.feinman-web

“Both of them had GPS bracelets on and both of them cut their GPS bracelets off at the same time and it appears at the same location, so we know they are involved together in some sort of relationship and they are on the run together,” says Chief Inspector Tom Lanier with the U.S. Marshals Sex Offender Investigations Branch. “The viewers on Washington’s Most Wanted for years have contributed to the apprehension of many violent fugitives and many fugitive sex offenders. The sooner we can get these two back into custody, the safer all our communities will be.”

Glen Feinman is 33 years old, 5’10” and 133 pounds. He uses the aliases of ‘Trina Sims,’ ‘Janelle Simms’ and ‘Matt.’

Deanna Tampico uses the fake last name ‘Bender.’ She’s also 33 years old, 5’0” and 110 pounds.

If you spot them, know where they’re hiding, or know where they took off to, call an anonymous tip into:


You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.

Comments Off on Madeline Shaw, 19, of Santa Maria, Stabs Elderly Woman with Pitchfork in Methamphetamine-Fueled Attack

A 19-year-old woman was arrested for attempted murder Sunday after she stabbed an elderly woman with a pitchfork at a residence on Gato Avenue in Goleta.

Madeline Shaw of Santa Maria was visiting with her family at a nearby restaurant when she began exhibiting “disruptive behavior,” according to Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover. She was believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine.Shaw-Madeline

A little while later at about 2:00 p.m., a resident on the 5600 block of Gato Avenue heard a noise on his roof and ran outside to discover Shaw holding a pitchfork that she had taken from his yard. She was waving it in a threatening manner, so the man ran inside and locked his door, Hoover said.

From there, Shaw ran inside another residence and grabbed a cell phone from a woman in the house. The woman sought to grab it back from her, but Shaw ran out the door and toward a third house.

Shaw confronted an elderly resident who was getting into her car in her driveway. Shaw verbally threatened the woman before stabbing her in the arm and the stomach with the pitchfork, Hoover said. The woman suffered superficial wounds and did not request to be transported to the hospital.

Shaw took off from there, stealing a bike from the elderly woman’s house. Sheriff’s deputies apprehended her a few minutes later at a 7-11 located on the corner of Hollister and Nectarine avenues. She was on probation for a previous burglary charge, Hoover said.

In addition to attempted murder, Shaw is charged with resisting arrest, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and entering a non-commercial dwelling without permission. She was booked in County Jail without bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning.