Two people were arrested Thursday after Greenwood County narcotics investigators discovered a meth lab at the Greenwood Motel.  Larry Benton Jr., 42, of Cross Hill, and Vanessa Minor, 28, Honea Path, were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine in connection with the incident.

Larry Benton Jr.
Larry Benton Jr
Vanessa Minor
Vanessa Minor

Agents from the county drug enforcement task force spotted the male suspect Thursday at Walmart after receiving several complaints he was staying at the motel on Montague and cooking meth. Officers tracked him to his room at the inn and questioned the two suspects. Officers searched the room and found several items commonly used to cook meth, as well as an active “one pot” batch of meth cooking in a soda bottle.

The male suspect told officer the bottle was a meth lab and said he had been cooking it for about two hours. Agents then evacuated the motel rooms as the drug task force decontaminated the area.

The Lompoc Police Department’s Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team seized $10,000 worth of drugs and $11,000 in cash after a narcotics search Friday night.

It happened in the 400 block of North K Street at 10:30 p.m.

 Lompoc Police find $10,000 worth of drugs and $11,000 cash after narcotics search Lompoc drug arrests



Officials say they searched several motel rooms and vehicles.

They found $7,000 worth of methamphetamine and $3,000 worth of heroin. Officials also found packaging materials, cell phones, scales, and a handgun, as well as $11,000 cash.

Officials arrested 35-year-old Guillermo Martin of Van Nuys (pictured), 43-year-old Ronald Gonzales of Lompoc, and 31-year-old Ernest Dawson of Lompoc for possession of methamphetamine and heroin for sale.

The Lompoc Police Department’s K-9 “Hank” searched the vehicles and found the hidden compartment filled with methamphetamine.

A Mitchell woman has been accused of distributing fake methamphetamine in an undercover drug investigation.

Elizabeth Mauer, 31, has been charged with distribution of a controlled substance, a Class II felony, and distribution of a controlled substance, a Class III misdemeanor. Mauer was arrested on Wednesday, May 22, after allegedly selling methamphetamine and a fake substance she passed off as methamphetamine to an informant.

According to an arrest affidavit, an investigator with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Department had been working with other Western Nebraska Intelligence and Narcotics Group task force investigators to arrange a May 22 controlled purchase with Mauer on Wednesday.

Mauer met with the informant in the parking area of a business in the 1400 block of East Overland. At the business, the informant purchased nearly two grams of methamphetamine from Mauer for $100.

A short time later, the informant made a second arrangement to purchase 12 grams of methamphetamine from Mauer at a cost of $400. The woman gave the informant more than double the amount sought, providing 25 grams of a substance that she represented to be methamphetamine. However, preliminary testing indicated that the substance was not methamphetamine.

During the second purchase, a team of investigators made contact with Mauer at the business and she was arrested.

She remains in the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center as of press time. She had been arraigned on charges Friday morning.


A 25-year-old Carson City man faces felony drug charges after a vehicle search netted, among other things, methamphetamine that was stashed inside a toy action figure.

Officers arrested Jesse Silis-Teran at 5:35 p.m. Thursday near Humboldt and Long streets. According to the arrest report, officers patrolling the area heard a group of people yelling at each other and met with three individuals at a parked car.

Silis-Teran was the driver of the parked vehicle and was with a known local gang member at the time he was stopped. He gave officers consent to look inside the vehicle for a weapon but told officers that if they wanted to search the vehicle for anything else, they would need to get permission from his mom or dad, the arrest report states.

Officers noticed a pipe in the passenger door and a water bong in the back seat. Officers stopped the search and again asked Silis-Teran about searching the car. As officers were talking to the man, his mother arrived and, on a recorded line to dispatch, gave officers consent to search the car, the arrest report states.

Officers retrieved the multi-colored glass pipe in the passenger side door. In the back seat officers located a bottle turned into a water bong. In a black nylon case that held two bags, officers found a large digital scale and several small pipe pieces and a baggie with marijuana. Under the driver’s seat officers found a small action figure that, when opened, concealed a small spoon and a clear plastic baggie with methamphetamine residue. In the center console, officer located several plastic baggies with methamphetamine residue.

He was arrested and faces charges of possession with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, both felonies; and possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors. Bail: $9,364.



Eight accused Raton drug dealers have been arrested as a result of a two-month, multi-agency investigation into narcotics trafficking in Colfax County.

The investigation by the Region IV Narcotics Task Force culminated in charges against 10 people from Raton. Seven of them were arrested last Saturday and one was arrested Wednesday. Two other remained at large as of Thursday morning.

The law enforcement effort by the task force — working in cooperation with the Raton and Las Vegas police departments and the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office — targeted methamphetamine distribution in Raton and the surrounding area, according to a statement from the task force, which draws on members of law enforcement agencies in Colfax, Union, Mora, Harding and San Miguel counties. The investigation was prompted by the “current drug activity” taking place in the Raton area, according to Raton police, who described those charged with crimes as a result of the investigation as “individual dealers” who “more than likely know each other,” but are not an organized drug ring.

The task force’s “Operation Crystal Clear” involved a series of “hand-to-hand” drug transactions between drug dealers and undercover officers, the task force said. Some of the transactions occurred “in the vicinity of” Columbian Elementary School in north Raton, according to the task force and Raton police.

Arrested last Saturday after warrants were approved by the Eighth Judicial District Attorney’s Office were Lawrence W. Martinez, 23; Justin Martinez, 30; Sara Martinez, 33; Fernando Olguin, 36; Marty Avila, 42; Thomas Vargas, 36; and Marcelino Zambrano, 25. Arrested Wednesday night was Robert Gallegos, 29. Police on Thursday afternoon were still seeking Patricia Mastrantoni, 37, and Tim Samora, 29. Anyone with information regarding their whereabouts is asked to call Raton police at 445-2704.

Each of the defendants faces charges of trafficking a controlled substance, with the drug being methamphetamine in all instances but one. One defendant faces a trafficking charge involving cocaine. Some defendants also face charges of attempting to commit a felony and conspiracy.

The arrests “will strike a significant blow” to the drug dealers involved and “will have an immediate, positive impact in local neighborhoods where the abuses of these drugs take a tremendous toll,” the task force statement said.






Hidalgo, Texas— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge seized alleged methamphetamine valued at approximately $485,000 and arrested a man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in connection with the failed smuggling attempt.

The seizure/arrest occurred on Tuesday morning, May 21 when CBP officers working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge encountered a black 2006 Nissan Sentra driven by a 32-year-old male United States citizen who resides in Reynosa. The driver and lone occupant who arrived from Reynosa presented a U.S. birth certificate to a CBP officer who proceeded to refer him to secondary for further inspection. In the process of the secondary inspection and with the use of a non-intrusive imaging system, officers discovered packages of suspected narcotics concealed within the vehicle. Officers removed and seized a total of 32 packages weighing approximately 14.68 kilograms (32.36 pounds) of alleged methamphetamine and seized the vehicle as well.

CBP arrested the adult male and subsequently released him to the custody of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents for further investigation.

“Once again our frontline officers have intercepted a significant amount of hard narcotics through exceptional teamwork and the utilization of all available tools and resources,” said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

A MATHS teacher with cancer has been caught trafficking methamphetamine at a Boston school, in what appears to be a real-life version of the hit TV series, Breaking Bad.

Police have charged Stephen Doran, 57, after he allegedly had a package containing around half a kilogram of the drug sent to him at Match Charter Middle School in suburban Boston, where he had been working as a maths tutor.

Real life Walter White, Stephen Doran

Real life ‘Walter White’, maths teacher Stephen Doran has cancer and has been caught trafficking meth

Doran had been undergoing months of chemotherapy for stage III cancer.

The hit TV show Breaking Bad’s central character, Walter White, played by Emmy award-winning actor Bryan Cranston, is a school teacher who starts trafficking drugs after being diagnosed with stage III lung cancer.

Walter White cooks and sells meth to pay for medical bills and to support his family after his death.

Police say Stephen Doran left his school at around 12.30pm on Tuesday and was driving in his car when Massachusetts state troopers pulled him over.

In the car, they found a package with two heat-sealed bags containing 480 grams of a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine.

When police searched his home, they found evidence consistent with a drug dealing operation, including $10,000 in cash, a digital scale and 38 additional grams of the drug.

They charged Doran with trafficking methamphetamine and violating the state’s drug laws in a school zone.

Doran was ordered to remain on home confinement with a GPS device attached to him.

He is allowed to leave his house for medical appointments if he posts $10,000 bail.

A spokesman from Doran’s school, Mike Larsson, told CBS television he had “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 West Central Illinois Task Force and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant late Wednesday afternoon at 518 Van Buren Street in Quincy.  Police say that, during the search, they seized a shake and bake methamphetamine laboratory, methamphetamine, and cannabis.  

Task Force agents arrested Terry W. Hodges, 21, of the residence on charges of Unlawful Participation in Methamphetamine Production, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, 10-30 grams and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Also arrested at the time of the warrant was Jarred T. Cosgrove, 21, John J. Cosgrove, 25, and Jonathan R. Motley, 20, all of Quincy, for Unlawful Possession of Cannabis, 10-30 grams, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


MIAMI, Okla. — A former Ottawa County sheriff’s detective will be sentenced in August after being found guilty of selling methamphetamine near a school.

Troy Leroy Wilmoth, 46, of Miami pleaded no contest May 17 in Ottawa County District Court to two counts of delivery of a controlled dangerous substance within 2,000 feet of a school. He also pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine within 2,000 feet of a school, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Associate Judge Robert Reavis found Wilmoth guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation. He will be sentenced on Aug. 7, records show.

The former detective sold a half-gram of methamphetamine for $40 to an undercover narcotics agent, according to an arrest affidavit. Five hours later, the undercover agent bought a gram of methamphetamine for $120 from Wilmoth, the affidavit states.

During a search of Wilmoth’s house, agents found a working methamphetamine lab, an unloaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the affidavit states.



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.