PORTALES, NEW MEXICO — A multi-agency effort in Portales has resulted in the arrest of several suspects in connection with drug trafficking.

Police officers and deputies from the Portales Police Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office, Region V Drug Task Force, the ENMU Police Department and the Portales office of the State of New Mexico Adult probation and Parole are involved.

Seventeen warrants were issued for Portales residents.

After a briefing about 9 mountain time, the officers were dispersed and they gradually returned with suspects.

Portales Police Chief Doug Jones says methamphetamine has been a problem in the city. “Methamphetamine seems to be the primary drug of use. It’s been extensive. We hope the arrests this morning will put a large dent in the distribution of that drug and heroin.”

The investigation has lasted four months and is not complete.

Prosecutors say, if convicted, the suspects could receive up to nine years in prison on each count.

Ninth District Attorney Matt Chandler says, “If there’s a second offense…if the individual has had a prior conviction in drug trafficking, then they get a mandatory 18 year prison sentence. So we’re going to strive for the maximum.”


Yesterday at approximately 9:40 am, members of the Barren-Edmonson Drug Task Force, Probation and Parole, and the Barren County Sheriff’s Department went to 1275 Old Edmonton Rd on a drug complaint. Officers made contact with 47-year-old Jeff Perkins of Glasgow. Officers noticed a strong chemical odor coming from the residence upon entry and everyone was evacuated from the residence. Mr. Perkins gave consent to search the residence. Officers discovered seven shake and bake methamphetamine labs and three HCL generators. According to the evidence, Mr. Perkins was in the middle of a methamphetamine cook when officers arrived. Numerous chemicals and equipment used to manufacture meth was found inside of the residence. Mr. Perkins was arrested and charged with Manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance 1st degree, and parole violation and was lodged in the Barren County Jail. A Notice of Meth Contamination was placed on the residence.


Investigating a pickup abandoned in a pasture and stuck in mud uncovered a methamphetamine lab and brought about the arrest of suspects in burglaries in Hempstead and Nevada counties.

A Ford F-150 was confiscated after it was stuck in a pasture in Hempstead County. The pickup is suspected of being used by a man and a woman who were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine and residential burglary.

Barry Leon Richardson, 58, and Ursula Schlemmer, 46, were arrested Wednesday morning in a pasture.



LUCEDALE, Miss. (WALA) – Lucedale, Miss., Sheriff Dean Howell said a dog is dead after and a man was arrested after an anonymous 911 call at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 to the sheriff’s office concerning a man who had set his dog on fire. According to deputies the caller said the suspect was, “going psycho while crazy on meth” at a residence on Greenwood Road in Lucedale.

Officials said the suspect was identified as Brandon Pierce, 20, who lived with his family. Deputies said once allowed into the home, the suspect was found in the bedroom acting erratically. Officials said he told the deputies he “wanted to help the dog go to heaven.”

Deputies said they observed Pierce acting out of control, and decided transport him to George Regional Hospital. He was checked, released, and then transported to George County Regional Jail with old warrants and facing a new charge of animal cruelty.

Deputies said the dog, a small breed may have been doused with a flammable, and lit, but was still alive. A local animal hospital, the George County Animal Clinic was willing to see the animal. On May 23, according to a clinic representative the dog “is critical, may lose a front left leg, may lose eyesight due to the burns on the face, and the tip of its nose is burned off.”

Pierce, at the time of this arrest, was wanted on two outstanding FTA warrants and was also charged with a count of animal cruelty. He remains in jail at this time.







RAINELLE – A sharp increase in the number of meth labs over the past few months is bringing a call to action by all law enforcement agencies in parts of our area.

State troopers and Sheriff’s deputies are being sent off to become meth tech’s in hopes of saving the community one lab at a time.

 In the past three months there have been seven meth labs busted in the area.

West Virginia State Troopers said they believe outsiders are to blame.
Before they didn’t know how to do it now someone has come in and showed them how easy it is, the material is easy to get and it’s cheaper,” said Trooper William Snyder.
But now, with more local meth tech’s they’re able to bust the labs as quickly as they can find them.
“Everyone was pretty scared of it at first because they think of a chemistry set but it’s really not that technical and once you’re made more aware of it you’re more aggressive to find it,” said Snyder.
Whipping up a batch of meth can be as easy as one person with a few ingredients and small bottle.
But most of the labs busted in Greenbrier County have put four or five people behind bars.
That’s thanks to one special ingredient from the pharmacy.
“It takes several people to buy the Pseudoephedrine and get the materials together to where it’s looking not all on one person,” said Snyder. “They’re going on 4 wheelers up in the woods, if you see someone going into a wooded area with a suitcase or backpack, more than likely something is up,” he added.
If you see any suspicious activity, report it to your local law enforcement immediately.

A Huntington couple lost their cars, jobs, and children after a 10 year drug addiction. They are now thankful for the drug free life they are living. Jason and Donna Holtzclaw have survived their back and forth addictions.

In 2010, authorities discovered a meth lab after raiding the home of Jason and Donna Holtzclaw.

“They said that he was selling and he was. You know we were to support our habit,” Donna said.


Meth was a drug Jason knew little about but ended up cooking. The two were each charged with possession with intent to manufacture and possession of meth. Their two children were taken away by CPS.

“We got them back but we never stopped using,” Donna said. “I believe it was December of 2009 was the first bust and February of 2011 was the second one.”

Their addiction came to an end once they realized their drug of choice was ruining their lives.

“We had just one day decided that we weren’t going to use anymore. We were tired of it. And we did. We stopped,” Donna said.

The Holtzclaws stayed away from meth for four years until Jason had an accident with his double barrel shot gun.

“When I got out of the truck somehow the gun went off and I blew out six and a half inches of my femoral artery and almost blew my leg off,” Jason said.

That’s when the prescription drug abuse began.

“It just kind of went downhill from there and the prescription pills weren’t doing what I wanted them to,” Donna said. “I kind of thought that we’d been off it long enough that I could probably control it.”

Controlling a drug they had been addicted to for so long was not easy and they began using meth again.

Donna was served with papers threatening to terminate her parental rights. She realized they had hit their rock bottom.

“Whenever we got out of jail we asked to go to treatment. We had both agreed that we were done but we didn’t want to fall back into the same thing that happened the first time,” Donna said.

After voluntarily going to treatment and learning the tools needed to overcome their addiction, the two decided to go to the Angelina county drug court to strengthen their new life style.

“It’s not easy. I would just want you know other addicts to know that you didn’t become addicted in one day. You know it’s a process just like being sober is a process,” Donna said.

The Holtzclaws are now the president and vice president of the alumni drug court group and active in church through the most excellent way program. Courage, commitment and change is what keeps them going.

Donna currently has a full time job and Jason is disabled after his accident, but the two say they would never give up the drug free life they share with their kids.







MEYERSDALE — A methamphetamine dump found last week near Meyersdale has led state police to two women they accuse of helping to supply ingredients to the meth-makers.

Investigators charged two Meyersdale women with buying pills containing pseudoe­phedrine, an ingredient in meth, for the men accused of operating the lab busted last month.

Police allege that Debra Ann Custer, 48, traded the pills to one of the alleged meth-makers – her son, Jordan O’Donnell, 22 – in exchange for meth.

The other woman, Vanessa May Housel, 25, was paid $50 to go to pharmacies in Somerset County and Maryland to buy similar nasal decongestant pills, state police said.

Cpl. Edward R. Thomas said investigators connected the women, O’Donnell and another alleged Meyersdale drug-maker, Matthew Bowman, 29, through receipts tossed in the meth dump on Sand Spring Road in Summit Township.

Police said that during interviews, Custer said she regularly bought heroin from Bowman, and Housel said she tried meth with O’Donnell in December.

Both women are charged with conspiracy in the manufacture of a controlled substance, a felony.

Both were released on $10,000 unsecured bond following arraignments Wednesday before District Judge Douglas Bell.







A Sioux Falls woman who lost her children in a pre-Christmas house fire last year is facing jail time for falsely accusing her husband of domestic assault.

Rhiannon White, 35, was in court Thursday morning to answer for those charges and accusations she’d continued using drugs while participating in the 24/7 sobriety program.

White has been charged on three separate occasions for drug-related offenses since the house fire at 1100 N. Main that took the lives of her three children: Alivia Coon, 6, Savannah Coon, 12, and Michael Hensley, 16.

Rhiannon White's booking photo from Iowa.

 Rhiannon White’s booking photo from Iowa

This time, White is accused of making a false report to police, failing to appear in court and possessing marijuana and methamphetamine while free on bond awaiting trial.

 The false report charge stems from a call to officers on the evening of March 24, police spokesman Sam Clemens said. White reported that her husband had “punched her in the face” sometime between 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on March 23.

 The husband had an alibi, Clemens said, although he admitted to have a non-physical argument with her three weeks before the night in question. He was never charged.

 White later told police she was “under a fog” at the time she made the report.

 “She said she wanted the case tossed out,” Clemens said.

 On April 10, Clemens said, officers were given the go-ahead to arrest White for the false accusation.

 White’s court appearance also dealt with an alleged violation of the 24/7 sobriety program.

 A drug patch White had been wearing as a condition of her pre-trial release tested positive for codeine and opiates on May 8, according to court documents.

 Judge Bradley Zell had allowed her to be released on a $10,000 cash or surety bond after she failed to appear in court on her child neglect charges in March. She was found in Iowa on the day she was meant to appear in court to answer for child neglect charges.

White, who turned herself in the night of the missed appearance, told Zell she’d been confused about the court date. Marijuana was found in her pocket at the jail, however, and her court service officer had concerns that she’d been using methamphetamine.

 Zell set White’s bond at $10,000 cash-only on the new charges, citing the May 8 drug patch violation as proof she’d had a chance to prove her good behavior.

 Her defense lawyer, Minnehaha County Deputy Public Defender Amber Eggert, said the failed drug test could likely be explained by a legitimate prescription. The patch did not show any methamphetamine or marijuana in her system.

Zell wasn’t convinced. He asked White if she remembered signing a 24/7 agreement to disclose all legitimate prescriptions. She had.

 “I said (last time) if there were further difficulties, I’d consider tweaking or changes to the bond,” Zell said.

 White originally was indicted on drug possession charges based on a urine test taken at the hospital on the night of the fire that showed methamphetamine in her system. The child neglect charges, which relate to the same test, came shortly afterward.

 Her jury trial date was set for August.







PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Port Charlotte man called the Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning when he found an unlocked safe containing what he suspected to be drugs in front of his house.

The resident of the home, on the 23000 block of Midway Blvd., told deputies he found a black bag in the county right-of-way in front of his house. When he looked in the bag, he found an unlocked small Sentry safe that had two plastic baggies of what appeared to him to be narcotics.

The deputy field tested the contents of the baggies which tested positive for methamphetamine. One baggie contained 86 grams of crystal methamphetamine and the other baggie had 57 grams of methamphetamine. All of the items were turned in to the CCSO Evidence Unit.

According to Narcotics detectives, the street value of the drugs would be between $5,000 and $7,000.

Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).





CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — State agents wore gas masks as they investigated what’s now being called the largest meth bust in western North Carolina this year.

They said they found hundreds of pounds of chemicals inside a home in Claremont.

Raymond Richardson is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after deputies and the SBI removed more than 300 pounds of chemicals from the residence.

Deputies say large meth lab found in Catawba Co. home


One woman watched from her front deck next door.

“It is amazing he didn’t blow himself up and half of the neighborhood,” she said.

It took several hours for the SBI to clean up the mess. Deputies said more than 12 pounds of the liquid tested positive for methamphetamine.

“The reason he kept the liquid is he didn’t know what to do with it he said, so he kept stocking it up,” said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

Less than 24 hours after his arrest, Richardson was out of jail and back at the house, but he left quickly after Eyewitness News arrived.

Neighbors hope he doesn’t return.

“Always quiet. You wouldn’t think anything like that would be going on around here. Just blows me away,” neighbor Ted Hartness said.

Eyewitness News checked Thursday, and so far police have found 225 labs statewide this year, including 14 in Catawba County.






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.