SWAINSBORO, Ga. – The death of a baby in Emanuel County is under investigation by the Sheriff’s department.

Four-month-old Rosalynn Fullmore was found unresponsive by her parents on Tuesday afternoon, May 21.

Police discovered the parents, Robert Michael Benton and Melissa Faye Fullmore, had ingested methamphetamine overnight and woke up from a late-morning nap to find the baby, WJBF reported.

Melissa Faye Fullmore and Robert Michael Benton
Melissa Faye Fullmore and Robert Michael Benton

A search of the home revealed meth, marijuana and a handgun.

The child was transported to Emanuel Medical Center by ambulance and pronounced dead by Emanuel County Coroner Jeffery Peebles.

Investigators from the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were called to the scene to investigate the death.

The investigation revealed that both Benton and Fullmore had ingested methamphetamine during the overnight hours and had fallen asleep at approximately 9 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies said.

Benton and Fullmore awoke sometime after 2 p.m. and found the child unresponsive, deputies said.

While searching the residence, investigators found quantities of suspected marijuana and methamphetamine, and evidence that the drugs were being used in the residence. A handgun was also located in the residence.

According to Emanuel County Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens, both Benton and Fullmore are currently being held without bond in the Emanuel County Jail.

Both have been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

Benton and Fullmore have previously been convicted of felony crimes, including possession and distribution of methamphetamine.

“Chief Investigator Rocky Davis and GBI Special Agent Josh Alford are working with the GBI Medical Examiner and Coroner Peebles and are awaiting autopsy results. All agencies involved are working closely together and are sharing all information immediately with the District Attorney’s Office, ” Sheriff Stephens said.

According to Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney Hayward Altman, charges related to the death of the infant may be forthcoming, pending autopsy results.

The East Central Georgia Drug Task Force is also assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information related to or helpful to this investigation is asked to call the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 237-7526 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at (478) 364-6988. Benton and Fullmore face various drug and weapons charges and are being held without bond.






Shortly after 10pm, officers observed a traffic violation in the 700 block of Manzanita Avenue and initiated a traffic stop. The officer’s investigation revealed that both the driver and passenger had open traffic warrants. Additionally, the passenger (female 35 years of age) displayed symptoms of being under the influence of a narcotic. The officers determined that she had ingested a combination of Methamphetamine, Hashish and Marijuana off and on throughout the day. The officers also recovered a small amount of Hashish from the interior of the vehicle. She was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.





THOMASVILLE – The State Bureau of Investigation dismantled a suspected meth lab in Thomasville today, police said.

Police discovered the lab Wednesday and arrested William Jerome Smith, 49, of 325 Taylor St. He was charged with possession of precursors to the manufacture of methamphetamine. More charges are pending the investigation.

Investigators searching Smith’s home Wednesday evening found pseudoephedrine pills and camp fuel, ingredients used in manufacture of methamphetamine, police said.

Smith’s bond is $10,000.







WILSON – Components used to make methamphetamine were removed from the scene of a house fire in Wilson this week, according to the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET), which cleaned up the suspected meth lab. No injuries were reported in the blaze.

Harris Township Fire Department and Hannahville Tribal Police were dispatched to a structure fire located on tribal land on Casino Lane on Monday, said a news release from UPSET Commander Det. Lt. Tim Sholander.

“Once on the scene, they noticed suspected meth components near the structure fire,” Sholander stated.

Tribal police contacted UPSET detectives to clean up four “one pot” plastic bottles and seven “HCL gas generators” which are used to make meth. The combination of these materials creates hazardous waste, said Sholander.

“UPSET detectives secured the hazardous waste and transported it to a container facility in Negaunee,” he said. UPSET is the only response team in the Upper Peninsula which can clean up such hazardous materials.

Harris Township Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the blaze at around 6 p.m. EST on Monday, said Fire Chief Jeff Yagodzinski this morning. No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured while putting out the blaze, he said.

The home suffered major damage and will likely be a total loss, added Yagodzinski. Gourley Township Volunteer Fire Department provided mutual aid at the scene and Rampart Emergency Medical Services were there on standby.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Yagodzinski said.

It is unknown if any arrests have been made in connection with the fire. Hannahville Tribal Police and UPSET could not be reached this morning by the Daily Press.

The public is encouraged to contact local police or UPSET at (906) 346-9289 with any information on illegal drug activity in the U.P., said Sholander, noting the agency is funded solely on grants, community donations, and forfeiture funds.






The future of Bailey’s Motor Inn on Martin Way in Olympia is in doubt after its former owner Tony Kim confirmed Wednesday that he has sold the property and will shut down lodging operations on May 31.


Olympia Police officer Rick Smith guards the doorway as officers perform a room-by-room search of the Bailey’s Motor Inn for a murder suspect who shot and killed a man behind the Bailey’s Restaurant

The future of Bailey’s Motor Inn on Martin Way in Olympia is in doubt after its former owner Tony Kim confirmed Wednesday that he has sold the property and will shut down lodging operations there on May 31.

The Thurston County Assessor’s Office confirmed Wednesday that Kim sold Bailey’s Motor Inn to Circadia Management LLC of Seattle on April 26 for $850,000. Kim purchased the property at 3333 Martin Way E. in 2006 for $2.3 million, according to records filed with the Assessor’s Office.

Bailey’s Motor Inn was constructed in the late 1940s. A bar formerly located at the property has been closed for at least two years. The location also formerly had a restaurant. Olympia Police Lt. Jim Costa said that he remembers the location used to have a swimming pool.

“The only thing that’s left right now are the rooms,” Costa said. “And inexpensive rooms have a tendency to attract problematic people. It got to a point where the motel kind of started to attract people who are drug users.”

Bailey’s was the location of a narcotics bust Tuesday.

Lacey Police Lt. Phil Comstock confirmed Wednesday that Lacey police do sometimes seek suspects at Bailey’s. Comstock added that when he was on the drug task force on the 1980s, he and other detectives would sometimes serve search warrants for narcotics at Bailey’s.

Comstock said that as a local resident, he hopes that the Bailey’s property is refurbished, or becomes the site of some kind of business that continues to contribute to the county’s tax base.

A phone number for Circadia Management in Seattle could not be located Wednesday. Kim said he believes there is a “50-50” chance the new ownership might continue to rent rooms as a motel. But, he added, it’s also possible the new owners could tear it down.

When asked why he decided to sell the motel, Kim said, “I couldn’t make any money.”

The inn has a history of more than drug cases. Notorious serial killer Michael “Cowboy” Braae met one of his victims, Lori Jones of Lacey, at the bar at Bailey’s Motor Inn in 2001. Braae was a frequent customer of the bar and wooed women there with his guitar playing. Jones was last seen alive leaving the bar with Braae the night of July 6, 2001. Braae was later convicted in connection with the homicide and was sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence.

Bailey’s also has been the location of a number of drug overdose deaths in recent years, Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock said.

In 2004, Austin Hardison was shot to death outside the restaurant, Warnock added. A former Bailey’s manager, Michael J. Reise, was later sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in connection with Hardison’s death.

Bailey’s was subsequently closed and sold to Gary and Hoak Oak of Elma.

On Tuesday, detectives with the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force arrested a Mexican national and his girlfriend at Bailey’s on suspicion of drug-related charges after they were found in a room with methamphetamine and heroin, court papers state.

In addition to the narcotics seized from the room, detectives also located a loaded Sig Sauer handgun that was reported stolen out of Lakewood, according to court papers. The stolen handgun was found in a car belonging to the male suspect.

Both suspects were being held Wednesday at the Thurston County Jail.

The male suspect, 26, was being held on suspicion of possession of a stolen firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and two counts of possession of heroin with intent to deliver. The female suspect, 23, was being held on suspicion of two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and two counts of possession of heroin with intent to deliver.

The male suspect additionally had an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold placed on him for being in the country without documentation, according to court staff.

Detectives with the task force had developed a information that a couple was dealing “weight” out of Bailey’s Motor Inn on Martin Way, and that the Hispanic man who was selling narcotics “was really into guns,” according to court papers.

Also according to court papers:

A task force detective went to the Bailey’s Motor Inn based on the information about a couple dealing drugs out of a room there. The couple were already known to detectives, task force Commander Capt. Dave Johnson said Wednesday.

The detective spoke to the owner, Kim, and he said the occupants the detective was inquiring about “often stay at the inn and only stay for one or two nights,” court papers state.

During a “knock and talk” investigation, detectives recognized the couple staying as members of “an upper-level methamphetamine distribution network in the Olympia area.” Detectives obtained search warrants and found the drugs and the stolen firearm.


PHOENIX (AP) — A woman is facing a child abuse charge after police say she tried to give her baby to strangers outside a Phoenix convenience store.

Police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson says officers were called to the store Wednesday evening to check on 36-year-old Rozenna Luna and her 6-month-old daughter.

Witnesses told officers that Luna was asking strangers if they wanted a free child.

Police say Luna had been drinking and smoking methamphetamine two days ago and had made no attempt to contact any safe haven locations, government agencies or family members for help.

Luna ended up calling police herself. They say she knew she would be taken to jail on outstanding misdemeanor warrants and would not have to take care of her daughter.

The baby is in state custody.







Fremont County, Wyo.) – Undersheriff Ryan Lee has announced that an investigation concentrated against drug activity in Fremont County resulted in the arrest of four local residents who are alleged to have conspired in the delivery of methamphetamines in the Fremont County area. Local, State, and Federal Authorities apprehended the following individuals today, pursuant to state Arrest Warrants issued out of the 9th Judicial District Circuit Court.

Timothy Pitt, 31, Hudson; Travis Fauque, 21, Lander; Abigail White, 21, Riverton; and Shene Springfield, 37, Lander, have been charged with one count each of Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine, a Felony punishable by 20 years imprisonment and or a fine of $25,000 or both.

In conjunction with the arrests, Search Warrants were also conducted in both Lander and Hudson; one of which occurred in the 200 block of Coal Street in Hudson, the second at a home in the 1000 block of McDougal Street in Lander.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. Other Agencies playing a critical role in the investigation included, the Lander Police Department, Riverton Police Department, Washakie County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Worland Police Department, Wind River Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). All of these agencies worked in cooperation with the Fremont County Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office.

The arrests arrive as a result of an intensive two year investigation focused on the distribution of controlled substances in the Fremont County area. The investigation is considered ongoing and the identification of other Defendants and charges are pending.

“We are committed to the identification, apprehension, and dismantling of drug organizations in this county; we will not tolerate those that thrive off the distribution of controlled substances in our communities,” Lee said.

All named Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.







COLUMBIA, SC — A man arrested last year on drug charges has again been again accused of making meth in his Earlewood home.

Jerry Ward Galloway, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute and manufacturing methamphetamine, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department. Police arrested him after receiving a tip about a wanted person at a home on Lincoln Street Wednesday.



Someone gave officers consent to search the home, where they found Galloway, 36, hiding in a closet. Officers searched the rest of the home and found a small amount of liquid methamphetamine and several small plastic baggies containing heroin. The heroin had an estimated street value of $260.

Galloway was similarly arrested Oct. 29 after police searching the home found meth in a trash can in the home’s back yard and powdered meth in a plastic bag on the suspect. Also, Meth-making materials and marijuana were both found in plain view at the home.

In that incident, he was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. He hasn’t been tried on those charges yet.

Galloway is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. Columbia Police will ask that bond be revoked for the man.


PERRY — Forty people have been indicted in connection with a major drug ring operating in Houston County.

Three of the 40 people are accused of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine — including accused drug dealer Andrew Martin Holiday, 41, of Kathleen.

The other two indicted on the conspiracy charge include David Benjamin Baker, 31, of Kathleen, and Brittany Marie Baldwin, 22, of Centerville, according to the 54-page indictment.

Holiday also was indicted on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, sale of methamphetamine, possession of narcotic drugs, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Baker also was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of narcotic drugs, theft by receiving stolen property and sale of methamphetamine.

Baldwin also was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Among those arrested was Frank Fountain, 37, of Kathleen. Fountain is a former Eastman Regional Youth Detention Center officer. He was charged with felony possession of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana.

Others arrested in the sting face a variety of different charges from felony possession of marijuana to trafficking methamphetamine.

The indictment follows a three-month investigation by the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Warner Robins Police Department and Houston County District Attorney’s Office that culminated in January. Authorities held a joint news conference then, displaying marijuana plants, weapons, cash and pills seized.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. citizen who they say was carrying almost a half-million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine into the country.

On Tuesday morning, the 32-year-old man, who lives in Reynosa, drove a black 2006 Nissan Sentra across the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. He presented his U.S. birth certificate to the CBP officer working the checkpoint at the bridge, who referred him for additional inspection, CBP spokesman Phillip Barrera said in a news release.

Using a “non-intrusive imaging system,” officers at the secondary inspection discovered 32 packages of methamphetamine concealed in the car. The packages weighed a total of approximately 32 pounds. Officers seized the drugs and the car, and arrested the man.

The man is in the custody of agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, who are continuing the investigation.






KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A Klamath County grand jury has returned indictments against 47 people in last week’s drug raids in Klamath County.

The indictments handed up Tuesday show 28 people indicted on racketeering charges, which allege they were part of a criminal enterprise dating to last October that was devoted to selling methamphetamine.

District Attorney Rob Patridge says those facing racketeering charges could be sentenced to as much as 18 years in prison if convicted.

Fifteen people are facing drug charges, alleging they sold or possessed methamphetamine.

Four people were indicted on prostitution charges along with drug charges.

Some 300 police made a series of pre-dawn raids last week, primarily in rural parts of Klamath County, rounding up what authorities called a ring dealing in methamphetamine and guns.






A former state representative, who once chaired the ethics committee, busted for trafficking methamphetamine near a school was issued a monitoring bracelet if he could post his $10,000 bail after his attorney pleaded with the judge to release his client because he is stricken with cancer.

“His life is on the line here literally. This is a man who is being treated for stage three cancer at Mass General Hospital,” defense attorney Vincent A. Murray Jr. said of his client Stephen W. Doran, 57, of Dorchester who was arrested as he left the Match Charter Middle School in Jamaica Plain with a package containing 480 grams of crystal meth.

Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Rakhi Lahiri had asked West Roxbury District Court Judge Michael Coyne this morning to hold Doran on $500,000 bail, saying he posed a flight risk because of his possible lengthy sentence — Doran faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 12 years in prison if convicted.

Doran is charged with trafficking methamphetamine over 200 grams and a controlled substance within a school zone. State police investigators nabbed him at 12:23 yesterday afternoon as he left the Match School, where he works as a tutor, in his Jeep Cherokee.

Inside the Jeep investigators found a U.S. Postal Service express mail parcel containing heat-sealed freezer baggies with 480 grams of crystal meth, Lahiri said.

Later when police searched Doran’s Dix Street home they found 38 grams of crystal meth, $10,000 cash, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia, the prosecutor said.

Doran who pleaded not guilty to the charges, has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past 11 months and is not a flight risk, his attorney said.

“The cancer is so serious that his brother just recently died from the same cancer … Doran has,” Murray said.

“There is no question he has to return to Mass General on a regular basis otherwise he is going to die. So there is no question your honor that this man will be returning to court.”

A spokesman for the Match Charter Middle School said Doran had been a tutor at the school for nine months and passed a criminal background check. He is no longer working at the school, said the spokesman.

“We have no knowledge, nor any reason to believe, that any staff, teachers, or students were involved in this matter or were in danger in any way,” the spokesman said. “We are cooperating completely with the police investigation, and are conducting our own internally.”

Murray said that Doran, a father of four grown daughters, and who cares for his 93-year-old mother, worked 17 years as a mortgage executive at Bank of America and 14 years with the Commonwealth.

Doran, a Democratic state representative from 1980 to 1994, served on numerous legislative committees including education and government regulations, and chairing the ethics committee.

Prosecutors said he had an OUI arrest in Framingham in 1979 that was later dismissed, and a 2001 marijuana bust in Haverhill that was also dismissed.

Judge Coyne set Doran’s bail at $10,000 and ordered him to be fitted with an ankle bracelet and assigned to his home except for medical appointments.







An Atwater man is facing felony charges for operating a mobile meth lab driving through Smith Township with two small children inside the vehicle.

Stephen M. Kalcic, 27, of 5309 Waterloo Road, was charged late Monday with second-degree felony charges of illegally manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts of endangering children for a Sebring woman’s two small children inside the vehicle.

The charges carry a maximum 24 years in prison. He is scheduled for an initial appearance Thursday in Mahoning County Sebring Area Court.

Kalcic’s girlfriend, Megan Kiser, 28, of Sebring, was arrested on charges of possessing drug abuse instruments, though formal charges have not been filed. Reports said she owned the car and was a passenger when police stopped the vehicle.

Reports said Kalcic admitted to creating the mobile meth lab and Kiser told police she never would have allowed her small children in the car if she had known Kalcic put the meth lab in the trunk.

Officers spotted Kalcic driving erratically at about 9:15 p.m. Monday on Lake Park Boulevard. Reports said he swerved off the right side of the road several times.

Reports said officers pulled over the car and both Kalcic and Kiser allowed police to search the car. Officers reported they let the two small children remain in the car because of their age.

Officers found a red cut straw with white residue on it that Kiser told police was likely methamphetamine. Officers also found a tinfoil ball with coffee filters inside that contained a gray powdery substance and a hypodermic needle inside an old cigarette pack in the pocket of the passenger side door.

Officers also found a black bag in the trunk. Officers reported they found a large glass or plastic jar inside containing a yellow liquid that produced “a slightly pungent odor,” reports said.

Clear plastic tubing sat on top of the jar officers noted was “consistent with the ‘one-pot method’” of making meth. Officers also found iodine, lye, acid in a shampoo bottle, lithium batteries, tubing, coffee filters, foil and a glass beaker in the bag.

Agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency seized the items, photographed and destroyed them, reports said. A crew from Chem-Pack cleaned up the remnants of the lab, reports said.

The children, officers noted, were “highly upset and their stress levels were very elevated due to this trauma” and were released to Kiser’s mother-in-law.

This is not the first time Kalcic has been charged with methamphetamine production. According to the Record-Courier newspaper in Ravenna, Kalcic is on parole after serving three years in prison for a 2010 conviction in Portage County for illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacturing methamphetamine.







After the fire was extinguished, officials quickly determined the fire began inside the home and police found the remains of meth-making materials inside

May 21–Just hours after a fire Sunday in a Lansford home that contained a methamphetamine lab, police arrested three people and shut down a second meth lab in the small Carbon County community.

“In four hours we took down two suspected meth labs,” Lansford police Sgt. John Soberick said Monday.

One arrest warrant was issued as police searched into Monday evening for 20-year-old Tyler Strawdinger, who has no known address and is suspected of manufacturing the drug. Officers, he said, searched for Strawdinger but were unable to locate him even after checking hospitals, thinking he may have been burned in the fire. Charges are pending against four others as police continue to investigate the cooking of meth in a borough about one-square mile in size, with a population of 3,941 people, according to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau figures.

Police described Strawdinger as a black male with black hair and blue eyes. He stands 5 foot, 6 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds.

Strawdinger has pierced ears and tattoos on both his right and left knuckles that spell the word “five,” police said.

There is a warrant for his arrest in Schuylkill County, police said, in addition to the one stemming from the meth incident in Lansford.

Anyone with information on Strawdinger’s whereabouts is asked to contact police at 570-645-5844. All calls will be kept confidential.

Soberick said two people — Jacqueline “Jackie” Slaven, 37, and her boyfriend, Kyle Frantz, 19, both of Lansford — were taken into custody Sunday at the scene of the fire at 117 E. Patterson St. for harboring a wanted person in the home.

Charges against Slaven and Frantz related to the meth bust are pending further investigation, police said.

Frantz’s father, Scott, 44, was found outside the home on Patterson Street after the fire and was taken into custody, police said. Scott was also allegedly found with meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia on him, police said.

All three were arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge William Kissner, who set bail at $20,000 for each. They were lodged at Carbon County Prison.

At least one additional woman will face charges in connection with the meth bust. Police said that woman, whose name is withheld until she is formally charged, was inside the Patterson Street home with an 8-month-old baby. Charges against her are pending further investigation, police said.

The arrests and dismantling of two meth labs came after firefighters were dispatched to a house fire Sunday night.

Police said 911 was initially told something flammable was thrown into the home at 117 E. Patterson St.

After the fire was extinguished, officials quickly determined the fire began inside the home and police found the remains of meth-making materials inside. Police also said they had been investigating that house for suspected drug activity.

Investigators working on the case were also led to another home about two blocks away from the fire at 245 E. Ridge St., where police said they found meth actively cooking in a bottle inside a structure to the rear of the property.

The Carbon County decontamination team and Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab team were called to the home to remove the hazardous materials. The state attorney general’s office also assisted.

Firefighters from Lansford and surrounding communities, such as Summit Hill, Coaldale and Tamaqua were dispatched to the blaze.







Mountain Home, AR – A former Baxter County Jail inmate was arrested on additional charges after jailers found contraband concealed in her jail uniform after she was released from custody on May 19th. BETHANY NICOLE WILLIAMS, 24 years old of Flippin, called the Detention Center several hours after being released saying she had left a small container in her jail uniform when she was booked out and wanted to retrieve it.

Bethany Nicole Williams (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
Bethany Nicole Williams

Jail staff searched the uniform BETHANY WILLIAMS had been wearing. They found a small plastic container in one of the pockets. This container had inside of it eight (8) white pills identified as Trazadone and one clear rock substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

BETHANY WILLIAMS returned to the Detention Center on May 20th at approximately 3:30 PM to retrieve the container. She identified the container as hers and laid claim to it. Thereupon, deputies arrested BETHANY WILLIAMS on two charges. Her probation officer was then called to the Detention Center to administer a drug test. The results of WILLIAMS’ drug test was positive for methamphetamine.

BETHANY WILLIAMS is being held on charges of:

Possession of Controlled Substances – Felony
Furnishing Prohibited Articles – Felony

She remains in custody in lieu of $15,000 bond on the new charges with a court appearance set in Circuit Court for May 23rd. She also has a hold for a probation violation.






Five men and one woman have been arrested and a 3-year-old girl placed into state Department of Children’s Services custody following a Monday investigation of two methamphetamine labs in Seymour, according to Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong.

The episode began at 3 a.m. Monday with a call about a robbery on Equestrian Circle in Seymour. Deputies found no one at the residence, but saw signs of a meth lab inside of the residence. The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force arrived to dispose of the hazardous waste, and investigators found methamphetamine at the residence.

Deputies discovered an inactive meth lab at the next door residence, where Ford was arrested and where the girl was found.

Deputies arrested four people hiding in the nearby woods. A fifth person, who was walking along Burnett Station Road, was also arrested.

The suspects, their charges and bond amounts are as follows:

* David Bryan Ford Sr., 52, of Seymour; initiating the process of manufacture of methamphetamine; $50,000 bond;

* David Bryan Ford Jr., 33, of Seymour; served with outstanding Sevier County warrant;

* Nicole Leanne Veals, 26, of Knoxville; promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine; $25,000 bond;

* Edmund James Conger, 33, Seymour; promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine; $25,000 bond;

* Jeremy Allen Miscichoski, 30, Dandridge; violation of probation out of Jefferson County;

* Patrick Ray Sweany, 43, Seymour; initiating the process of manufacture of methamphetamine; $100,000 bond.

Veals, Conger, Sweany and Ford Sr. are set to appear in Blount County General Sessions Court on Wednesday.






PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ — The professionals at KLEAN Treatment Center, which is a drug and alcohol treatment facility that offers individualized treatment programs, are issuing comment on a new study that suggests that teen girls will face a more difficult time when it comes to beating an addiction to methamphetamine. A small study shows that new methods are required in order to successfully treat meth addiction in girls. The study took a look at ten girls and nine boys, with the average age of the participants being 17. These individuals struggled with methamphetamine addiction and were undergoing counseling, as well as receiving either the antidepressant bupropion or a placebo.

 The young people who took bupropion were found to offer far fewer methamphetamine-free urine samples than those who took the placebo. The researchers explain that this piece of information suggests that bupropion did not work as a way to treat an addiction to methamphetamine. The study also found that the males in both groups provided more than twice as many methamphetamine-free urine samples as the females in both groups. The findings of the study were published in the April issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

 Dr. Keith Heinzerling, who is the lead author of the study and a health sciences assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, states, “The greater severity of methamphetamine problems in adolescent girls compared to boys–combined with results of studies in adults that also found women to be more susceptible to methamphetamine than men–suggests that the gender differences in methamphetamine addiction observed in adults may actually begin in adolescence.”

 The team at KLEAN Treatment Center comments on the findings. “This information proves useful to those who care for and frequently interact with teenage girls. While drug use in any group is alarming, it is especially disturbing that these young girls are falling victim to such a problem. It is important that researchers and addiction professionals work to find a way to help these girls get and stay sober, therefore enabling them to accomplish goals and lead productive, happy lives.”

 Those who conducted the study explain that the research’s findings indicate the need for new ways to improve addiction treatment for young women.

 The team at KLEAN Treatment Center notes, “As scientists continue to learn more about substance abuse and addiction, it is important to continue to focus on how these issues affect various groups, especially young men and women.”






CURRY COUNTY — On Monday, Curry County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Marcel Cooper, 37, for an outstanding arrest warrant for disorderly conduct.

Following the arrest, Cooper attempted to hide a baggie containing 2.4 grams of suspected methamphetamine in the back seat of the deputy’s patrol vehicle.

Deputies searched Cooper’s residence at the Zia Lodge on US 70. Inside the apartment, deputies found a portable methamphetamine lab, with all the precursor ingredients to produce methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

The New Mexico State Police – Meth Lab Team responded and processed the scene. The Clovis Police Department provided K-9 assistance.

Cooper has been charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine (2nd or subsequent offence), a 1st degree felony and Tampering with Evidence, a 2nd degree felony.

Cooper was booked into the Curry County Detention Center and is being held on a $75,000 cash or surety bond.

THREE RIVERS, MI — What started as the investigation of a dump site for methamphetamine-related materials here ended with five arrests and the removal of a child from a home in Lockport Township where methamphetamine was being manufactured, authorities say.

According to a news release from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office, narcotics Investigators from St. Joseph County Area Narcotics executed search warrants Tuesday on two suspected methamphetamine production locations.

At the first, in the 58000 block of U.S. 131 in Fabius Township, investigators found components for manufacturing methamphetamine as well as methamphetamine use. Based upon what was found at that site, investigators were able to apply for a second search warrant for a home in the 18000 block of S. River Rd. in Lockport Township.

There, investigators found an inactive methamphetamine lab and evidence of prior manufacturing. Child Protective Services were called to the home to remove a child.

Five adults were arrested and taken to jail, charged with operating and maintaining a methamphetamine lab, possession of methamphetamine, and maintaining a drug house.

St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department, Three Rivers Police Department, Three Rivers Fire Department, and Child Protective Services worked together in the investigation.






MUNCIE — Two people were arrested Tuesday after police raided a southside Muncie home and reportedly found an active methamphetamine lab.

Officers were called to a home in the 2700 block of South Hoyt Avenue about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday after an “overwhelming chemical smell” was reported, according to emergency dispatch traffic.

Arrested was Ronald Lee Swift, 46, 2732 S. Hoyt Ave., who is preliminarily charged with manufacturing meth, possession of drug precursors and maintaining a common nuisance, according to Indiana State Police Trooper Nate Raney.

Woman flees from police after meth lab found in Mu...

 Woman flees from police after meth lab found in Mu…: Two were being detained by police after an active meth lab was reportedly found at a South Hoyt Street home Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Swift was one of two people detained for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon as officers awaited a search warrant to enter the residence. Also handcuffed during the detaining process was Barbara Ann Burnett, 46, who was separated from Swift as police continued their investigation.

0521 Muncie meth bust

An Indiana State Police trooper tightens the handcuffs on a woman who had fled from officers at the scene of a methamphetamine lab on South Hoyt Avenue in Muncie on Tuesday. A man and woman were detained after the active lab was found


After Swift and Burnett were seen quietly mouthing words to each other for about 20 minutes, Burnett made an attempt to run away — while still handcuffed — but was quickly captured by authorities. She is being preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement, according to Raney.

After obtaining and serving the search warrant on the home, members of the Indiana State Police’s Meth Suppression Section found materials used in the manufacture of meth in the residence, in its yard and in the garage, Raney said.

A 92-year-old woman was also in the home when officers arrived and was having trouble breathing, according to emergency dispatch traffic. She was given oxygen and taken from the scene, presumably by relatives. Emergency personnel at the scene said she would be OK.

Raney said he will also look into the possibility of pursuing neglect charges against Swift.

Local court records reflect a lengthy criminal history for Swift, who has recent convictions for driving while intoxicated (three times), leaving the scene of an accident, driving while suspended, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and battery with injury.

Charges of driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended are pending against Burnett in Muncie City Court. She has no other recent convictions, according to court records.







HE WAS a street-level drug dealer whose life spiralled out of control.

Yesterday, Shane Thompson, 34, pleaded guilty in the Mackay Supreme Court to 19 charges relating to the possession, trafficking and production of dangerous drugs, as well as weapons and explosives offences.

The court heard how Thompson’s methamphetamine and marijuana use had increased following his father’s death in 2008, and resulted in the breakdown of his marriage in early 2011.

Thompson faced charges spanning two years, with the earliest relating to trafficking about nine pounds of marijuana over a 10-week period beginning April 2011.

Crown prosecutor Matt Hynes said it was estimated Thompson was buying marijuana for between $3000 and $3700 a pound, and then selling it in smaller quantities.

Police first noticed Thompson’s activity after tapping his dealer’s phone.

On August 24, 2011, a search warrant was executed at Thompson’s home in Sarina, where police discovered a clandestine drug lab used to produce methamphetamine, marijuana seeds, syringes, a pistol and a sawn-off shotgun.

Both firearms were non-operational and a second person admitted to ownership of the drug lab.

Defence barrister Phillip Moore, for Morton Lawyers, said Thompson had inherited the weapons from his father.

Then in September 2011, Thompson was found in a shed at a West Mackay residence where a methamphetamine lab was also present.

The court heard when police arrived, Thompson poured a drink over the lab.

Despite being found guilty of aiding in the manufacture of methamphetamine, Justice Jim Henry said: “The evidence doesn’t support the inference you were aware you were aiding anything but (an operation) for personal use”.

Thompson’s explosive charges stemmed from offences in 2012 and 2013, including one incident in which he gave a parcel containing an improvised explosive device to his ex-wife. He was arrested in April 2013 after breaching bail. Justice Henry sentenced Thompson to three years and three months imprisonment, with parole from May 27, 2014.


  •  April 2011 – September 2011: Trafficked nine pounds of marijuana, found with firearms
  •   September 2011 – August 2012: Manufacture of methamphetamine, made explosives
  •   August 2012 to April 2013: Found with bullets, explosives, an air rifle and dangerous drugs.






A Wisconsin man allegedly forced his 8-year-old daughter to carry bags of suspected methamphetamine and ecstasy that he planned to sell, according to charges filed Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court.

Cheng Lor, 27, of Eau Claire, is charged with first-degree possession of meth with intent to sell, second-degree possession of meth and child endangerment.

Cheng Lor


According to the complaint:

Ramsey County sheriff’s deputies were called to a gas station in the 3400 block of Rice Street in Vadnais Heights about 7:22 p.m. Sunday. An employee called about a suspicious vehicle parked at a fuel pump, reporting that a man and young girl had been walking the area the past two hours.

Deputies separated the girl from Lor, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The girl had “cellophane baggies protruding from the front of her pockets,” the complaint said. The girl got teary-eyed when deputies asked what was in her pockets. She declined to hand the bags over, but nodded when deputies asked if they could retrieve them.

Deputies found a bag of blue and purple pills and another containing a white crystal substance, the charges said. The white substance tested positive for meth, and the pills were sent for further testing.

Lor was arrested and told police that he had asked his daughter to hold the bags, and that she had not consumed any of the contents. Lor told investigators that the bags contained meth and ecstasy, and that he planned to sell the pills for $7 to $8 each, according to the complaint.

Lor’s daughter was placed in the custody of relatives.

Lor has convictions for auto theft, domestic abuse and drug possession.






PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Agents with the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County have arrested Thomas Lee Cooper Jr. of Escatawpa and charged him with possession of methamphetamine.

The 39-year-old Cooper was arrested Monday in a secluded area on the Escatawpa River known as Pollock’s Ferry.

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Thomas Lee Cooper Jr.


Agents checked several suspicious suspects in the area and found Cooper to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Cooper is currently in the Jackson County Adult Detention Center awaiting an initial appearance in Jackson County Court.

Anyone with information about illegal drug activity should call the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County at 228-769-3302. All calls and information will remain anonymous.






MOUNT OLIVE — A 30-year-old man is facing methamphetamine and marijuana charges after a four-car crash, police said.

Police were dispatched to Route 206 in the area of Deerfield Place at 8:33 a.m. on Friday after reports came in about a multi-vehicle accident.

Officer Thomas Cuff arrived on scene and determined that four vehicles were involved in the crash and that three of the drivers were complaining of injuries, police said.

Cuff approached one of the drivers, Michael Prendergast, 30, of Hasbrouck Heights and during the crash investigation police were given consent to search his vehicle. During the search police located suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, suspected drug paraphernalia and a hypodermic syringe, police said.

Prendergast was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic syringe. Prendergast also was issued a summons for careless driving and was released from police custody on his own recognizance. He has a pending court appearance.







Baxter County Sheriff’s Office says a 35-year old Lone Rock (Arkansas) man was arrested Sunday evening, after he allegedly drove a vehicle without the owner’s permission.

On May 18th Mountain Home Police took a report of a vehicle being taken and not returned to the owner. On May 19th, police saw the vehicle travel down Baxter County Road 28.

A Baxter County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the car and arrested 35-year old Jonathan Nesting. Nesting allegedly told deputies there were drugs and needles in the car and that he injected himself with methamphetamine earlier in the day.

Officers found four syringes and suspected drugs. Nesting was arrested and is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center for driving while intoxicated by drugs, unauthorized use of a vehicle, driving while suspended and multiple drug related charges. His bond is $7,500 and he will appear in Circuit Court on Thursday (May 23rd).