GREENSBURG – A Laurel man confined, threatened, battered and attacked a woman with an electronic stun weapon during a domestic dispute that began at a residence Friday in Greensburg and culminated in the suspect’s arrest two days later, police said.

David W. Napier, 36, of 9142 Longbranch Road in Laurel, was arrested Sunday following an alleged violent incident that led to six felony and two misdemeanor charges being filed in Decatur Superior Court.56a999550b10e_image

Napier was charged Tuesday with two counts of criminal confinement as well as intimidation, dealing or manufacturing methamphetamine, battery, and strangulation. All are felonies of varying severity.

Napier also faces misdemeanor counts of domestic battery and possession of marijuana, according to court documents.

Police arrested Napier following an apparent series of violent incidents that occurred at a Greensburg residence over the weekend. Court documents state that Napier confined a woman to a bathroom “while armed with a TASER or electronic stun weapon,” and injured that same female acquaintance at some point during the altercation.

Additionally, investigators allege Napier threatened to kill the woman if she reported the battery to police; used the stun weapon on the female victim; impeded the woman’s ability to breathe by “applying pressure to [her] nose and mouth;” struck the woman “resulting in redness, pain and bruising;” manufactured methamphetamine in a cellar of the Greensburg home, and was in possession of marijuana.

Greensburg Police Captain Bill Meyerrose said the incident was reported to police Sunday afternoon after the woman was able to escape from the home. Investigators subsequently obtained three separate search warrants, the last of which stemmed from the discovery of a purported meth lab in the home’s basement or cellar.

Meyerrose said the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Team disposed of the suspected meth lab in the home Sunday evening.

It was not clear how the long the woman was detained against her will, investigators noted.

Meyerrose said a large screw was inserted into the home’s bathroom door by Napier in order to keep the woman from leaving. The suspect eventually removed the screw partially to allow her to leave the room, the police captain said. The incident began with an argument Friday that escalated into threats and the eventual use of a weapon. Investigators believe the physical violence stopped at some point between late Friday and early Sunday.

The victim was taken to the emergency room at Decatur County Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries and was later released, the veteran police captain said Wednesday.

“She did have some injuries,” Meyerrose said. “Nothing severe, thank goodness.”

Napier made his initial court appearance Tuesday. During that session, a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf and a counsel status hearing that will lead to the appointment or hiring of a defense attorney was scheduled for March 2.

The case is set to go to trial at 8:30 a.m. May 18 in Superior Court.

Napier remained incarcerated in the Decatur County Jail Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Matthew Bailey set the suspect’s bond at $100,000 Tuesday.

An order preventing Napier from having contact with the victim was issued Wednesday as well. The suspect was previously convicted of visiting a common nuisance in 1999 and served supervise probation. He successfully completed community service, according to court records.




CONWAY, Texas (AP) — A Texas Panhandle traffic stop has yielded $3 million worth of methamphetamine hidden in the frames of religious-themed pictures.ryjrtfjxrhxrtf

The Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday announced two people were arrested during the stop near Conway while bound for Georgia.

A DPS trooper on Tuesday morning pulled over the vehicle for a traffic violation on Interstate 40, in an area about 25 miles east of Amarillo.

The trooper found 27 bundles of methamphetamine, about 35 pounds, inside the structure of several picture frames portraying images of religious figures.

The driver and the passenger, both from Tijuana, Mexico, face felony charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Investigators believe the meth was being hauled from Mexico to Atlanta.




LEESBURG — A 26-year-old homeless woman faces multiple charges after a juvenile allegedly found her trying to cook methamphetamine in his grandfather’s shed on Orange Grove Lane on Friday.56a7c54035805_image

Nicole Misso was charged with attempted manufacturing of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She remained jailed Tuesday under a $32,000 bond.

The juvenile said Misso was in the shed without permission, trying to cook meth and asked if he wanted to help her. When the boy said “No” and told her Sheriff’s deputies were called, Misso took off into the woods with her cooking materials.

Deputies later caught up with Misso and found all the materials needed to cook meth in two backpacks she was carrying, according to an arrest affidavit.




AKRON, Ohio — An Akron couple is accused of making methamphetamine in the basement of their home where a 19-month-old boy also lived.

The boy’s mother, Jennifer Scott, 39, and her boyfriend, Octavio Juarez, 45, face first-degree felony charges of making meth and fifth-degree felony child endangering charges.dgv znzddf

A third man, Ervin Webb, 56, of Akron is charged with first-degree felony meth possession. All three are scheduled for their first court appearance Wednesday.

Webb brought a UPS package with a half-pound of meth to the couple’s home in the 1100 block of Smith Farm Avenue. The delivery was coordinated by Juarez, according to court records.

Akron and Summit County drug detectives arrested Webb about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday at the home. Scott allowed the investigators to search her home, court records say.

Investigators found a meth lab in the basement, court records say. They also found the 19-month-old boy who is now in custody of Summit County Children Services.

Scott was convicted in 2012 of illegally purchasing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth.



The Stepfather of a 10-year-old girl, who with the assistance of her family, reported allegations of sexual assault by him over the space of 2 months, has been arrested and claims he was in a consensual relationship with the girl and in no way forced her to have sex.

The claims were made by Khun Panlawee aged 33, who was arrested in South Pattaya on man-2-2Tuesday afternoon on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by the Pattaya Provincial Court.

He was questioned at Pattaya Police Station and revealed that he had been in a relationship with the girls’ Mother for the last 2 years and had been in a sexual relationship with her 10-year-old daughter for 2 months.

He said that it began one night when he was asleep in his room and the girl’s mother was out working. The girl allegedly entered the room and made advances towards Khun Panlawee which he could not resist, despite her young age.

Police tested the suspect for drugs and found he had recently consumed Methamphetamine and did not believe his story. Khun Panlawee, who works as a squid vendor on the Thepprasit Road, was charged with sexual assault of a minor under the age of 13 and consumption of class 1 drugs. He awaits a Court appearance and will be held on-remand until then.




GALVESTONSyringes filled with liquid methamphetamine and tens of thousands of dollars in cash were found inside a woman’s car after a chase through Galveston County, investigators said.

The incident started as a routine traffic stop in the 4600 block of Bayshore Drive on Saturday.

According to reports, 54-year-old Deborah Broussard refused to stop and led deputies on a short chase.DEBORAH%20BROUSSARD_1453832269276_1929166_ver1_0_160_902

Deputies said they saw Broussard reach into the back of her vehicle, and later, during a search of her car, found three syringes loaded with methamphetamine and $38,441 in cash.

Broussard was charged with evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle and jailed in Galveston County on a $50,000 bond.

Deputies said other charges are pending based on an analysis of the liquid in the syringes.




HARTSVILLE, SC (WBTW) – Two people were arrested Tuesday after agents with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit discovered a meth lab in Hartsville.8irim de56

According to Sheriff Wayne Byrd, officers found what they believed to be hazardous material from a meth lab in a home on Davidson Street. After further investigation, the officers also discovered a meth lab on the property, adds Sheriff Byrd.

Two Hartsville residents, 34-year-old Kelli Leigh Weaver and McKenzie Albert Atkinson, 37, areeth4 yw4yw34 each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine within proximity of a school and disposal of methamphetamine waste.



UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) – Union County deputies said a man and woman were arrested Monday after their 10-month-old and 2-year-old children tested positive for methamphetamine.

Deputies said DSS tested hair specimens collected from the two children on Jan. 11, which tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.9731649_G

A hair specimen was also collected from the father, Ethan Smith, which also tested positive for the drugs.

Smith lives with the children and their mother, Alaina Hines, at a home on Fairview Church Road.

Smith and Hines, both 25, were each charged with two counts of exposing a child to methamphetamine.




LINCOLN, Neb – United States Attorney, Deborah R. Gilg, announced in a release Tuesday that on January 21, 2016, an indictment was unsealed charging Tiffany Alice Wolfe, 32, of Lincoln, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a substance containing methamphetamine between September 1, 2013, and December 8, 2015.

The charge carries a possible penalty of not less than 10 years, and not more than life imprisonment, and a fine of up to $10,000,000. Following any prison term, there would be a term of supervised release of at least five years.

Wolfe had an initial appearance in federal court in Lincoln on January 25, 2016. She is scheduled for trial beginning on March 28, 2015. She was ordered detained pending trial.

This case was investigated by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Drug Task Force.



Two Central Texas residents are each facing a charge of possession of more than 4 grams of a controlled substance.

Stephen Angel Hernandez, 30, of Temple, and Ashley Mendoza, 28, of Killeen, were both arraigned Monday.

According to an arrest affidavit, on Saturday, police said they “received information” about a black truck traveling in the area of Cody Poe Road and Smallwood Street “with a large amount of methamphetamine in the vehicle.”

Police made a traffic stop after the truck allegedly ran a stop sign and soon identified the driver as Hernandez, who they said “kept reaching toward the center floor board where (police) observed a small safe that was partially open,” the affidavit stated.

Officers said Hernandez eventually pushed on the safe with his foot, which revealed “a silver and black handgun,” according to the affidavit.

Once backup arrived, police removed the safe. That’s when, the affidavit stated, they found “several baggies containing a crystallized substance believed to be methamphetamine.”

Police soon learned the passenger, identified as Ashley Mendoza, “possessed an additional amount of methamphetamine,” according to the affidavit.

“(Mendoza) stated that Hernandez had come to the residence on Littlewood to purchase methamphetamine and that she weighed out under 14 grams of methamphetamine to give to Hernandez and left 3 grams at the residence for ‘Ant,’” the affidavit stated. “Mendoza stated that she was selling methamphetamine because she had lost her job and was trying to earn a dollar.”

Police said the total weight of the drugs found was 11.6 grams.

Mendoza and Hernandez were booked into the Bell County Jail on Monday. Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin set their bonds at $50,000 each.



The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday night that a 37-year-old Gassville woman was arrested after allegedly selling methamphetamine to a person cooperating with local authorities.

Danielle M. Wilkinson was arrested and transported to the Baxter County jail on Monday. She was charged with three counts of delivery of methamphetamine, unlawful use of a 635894034386000408-20160151Fcommunication device and possession of drug paraphernalia — all felonies. As of Tuesday morning, she remained in the jail on a $53,000 bond.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery stated investigators used a cooperating individual to make controlled buys from her during the past month.

The first two controlled buys took place on Dec. 22, 2015 at the Walmart parking lot in Mountain Home, according to Montgomery. The individual first bought approximately one gram of methamphetamine from Wilkinson for $100. Later on the same day, at the same location, the individual bought approximately 9.1 grams of methamphetamine from Wilkinson for $500.

A third controlled buy was made from the suspect by the same individual two weeks ago on Jan. 11, also at the Walmart parking lot where 14.4 grams of methamphetamine was purchased for $1,000, according to authorities.

BCSO says each transaction was monitored and recorded by investigators, and authorities say Wilkinson utilized a cell phone to facilitate these transactions. While searching the suspect’s residence Monday at 336 Stephanie Drive in Gassville, investigators also found a set of digital scales containing methamphetamine residue.

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At the same address, BCSO made a second arrest on Monday.

A man currently on parole, 40-year-old Joseph Allen Bermingham, was arrested Monday afternoon on drug paraphernalia charges after investigators conducted the home visit at 336 Stephanie Drive. Bermingham was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and also remains in the Baxter County jail as of Tuesday morning.

He is being held in lieu of a $3,000 bond on this charge. Montgomery says he is also being held without bond for violating his parole.

Agencies participating in both investigations and arrests were the BCSO, Gassville Police Department, 14th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the Mountain Home Police Department. The Arkansas Department of Community Corrections also assisted in the home visit and subsequent arrest of Bermingham.




Agents with the Madison-Morgan County HIDTA Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Agency and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency made two trafficking arrests in Huntsville on Tuesday.

The suspects are Sergio Motuto Silva and Vicente Paniagua Aguilar, both 28. They are charged 19623589-mmmainwith drug trafficking and are being held in the Madison County Jail on a $100,000 bond each.

Huntsville police say this was the result of an extensive investigation involving large amounts of methamphetamine known as “ice” being trafficked in the area.

Agents reported that they seized more than three pounds of meth with an estimated street value of over $153,000 during Tuesday’s bust.19623619-large

STAC, DEA and ALEA agents took Vicente into custody in the parking lot of a business on Bailey Cove Road. Silva was taken into custody at a home on Cypress Avenue a short time later.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about illegal drug activity is encouraged to contact the STAC office at 256-427-5456.



Four people were arrested in Worthington Tuesday after deputies found materials for a methamphetamine lab in a vehicle.

Travis Canaday, 23, of Clarksburg, Justin Reed, 25, of Clarksburg, Robert McNeil, 21, of Ohio, and Ann Sandy, 34, of Wyatt, are each charged with conspiracy to operate a clandestine dghea ty easyelaboratory.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department pulled over the vehicle at the intersection of Route 19 and Bingamon Road for an expired registration. Sandy was unable to provide proof of insurance, so deputies called for a tow truck and checked ID’s.

A deputy then noticed materials used for a methamphetamine lab in the vehicle, including a Gatorade bottle with active ingredients.

Chief Deputy Ralph Wright was called to the scene to dismantle the lab.

The group said they were planning to cook more and were driving while cooking the meth, deputies said.

Deputies then closed down the road due to risk of fire and explosion and took two people to the Worthington Fire Department for decontamination.

All four individuals are awaiting transportation to jail from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.




BRISTOL, Tenn.—The Bristol Tennessee Police Department discovered a large methamphetamine dump site inside a vacant home on Arkansas Avenue on Tuesday.

“The owner of the property got some information from neighbors that kids had been going in and out of the house and she come over here to check on it and found a bunch of trash in the building,” Lt. Brad Tate said. “Then she called a patrol officer to come and check it. That’s when he found that it was what he believed to be meth.”

The officer was called to the site about 1 p.m. Tuesday.56a841cbafd8b_image

Tate said it was a very large dump site, but he did not have an exact measurement.

The Tennessee Dangerous Drug Task Force and a contractor were called to clean up the site. The investigation continues, Tate said, and police do have leads. The waste did not appear to be new, he added.



A 32-year-old woman was arrested Friday after Corpus Christi police Narcotics and Vice investigators searched her Southside home and found drugs.C0012596155--329163

About 3:14 p.m. investigators served a search warrant at the home in the 5000 block of Cain Drive, according to a Corpus Christi police news release. During the search of the home investigators found and seized about 15 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 1.42 grams of brown powdered heroin.

Crystal Maldonado was arrested on suspicion of manual manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, the release states.

Maldonado remained in Nueces County Jail on Monday. Her bail is set at $25,000, jail officials said.



HANSEN • Two women who stashed guns and methamphetamine in a hotel safe were arrested in the South Hills after a chase and 40-minute standoff early Monday, police said.

The driver, 22-year-old Sinthia Ramirez, of Kimberly is being held without bond in Twin Falls County Jail. Prosecutors are expected to charge her with felony eluding Tuesday. Her passenger, 26-year-old Brooke Elena Gee, of Pocatello, was released after posting $300 bond.


But both are likely facing more serious charges in Jerome County after deputies there found nearly three pounds of methamphetamine and two guns in a hotel room where the women stayed over the weekend, Jerome County Sheriff’s Lt. Dan Kennedy said.

Deputies were called to the Days Inn, 1200 Centennial Spur, about noon Sunday for a disturbance, Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall said. The women were staying in a room registered to a man who was not there and became angry with hotel staff when the workers wouldn’t let the women access the room’s safe.

“The staff didn’t feel comfortable letting them in because they didn’t know the code,” Kennedy said.

A hotel employee called the sheriff’s department, and “while the deputy was following up with hotel staff, the women slipped out,” McFall said.

Hotel employees cleaning the room later Sunday called the sheriff’s office again after they found the drugs and guns in the safe.

Deputies learned one of the guns was reported stolen in a Twin Falls burglary. Jerome deputies alerted nearby agencies to be on the lookout for the car the women were driving, a red Dodge Charger with a black hood.

A Twin Falls County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the Charger about 2:30 a.m. at Kimberly Road and Trade Street, said Lori Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office. Instead of stopping, Ramirez turned right on Eastland Drive and led deputies and a Kimberly police officer on a chase southeast through the county toward the South Hills.

The Charger slid on an icy patch and landed in a snowbank on Rock Creek Road about a mile south of Third Fork Campground, Stewart said. For 40 minutes, the women refused deputies’ commands to get out of the car.

Ramirez eventually rolled down her window, stuck her hands outside and got out about 3:45 a.m., court documents said. Gee got out through the driver’s door because the passenger door was blocked by snow.

Deputies found two large, flat-screen TVs inside the car along with other electronics, court documents said. They also learned the car had different license plates on the front and back.

Ramirez was arraigned Monday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on a misdemeanor charge of driving without privileges. Paperwork for the felony count of eluding was not prepared in time for a Monday arraignment.

Charges for possession of the drugs and guns are pending in Jerome County, McFall said.




A registered sex offender who injected teen girls with meth at his home in Texarkana, Ark., was sentenced to 25 years at a hearing in Miller County Monday morning.

Lonnie Lee Lunsford, 31, pleaded guilty to 40 counts of introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another. He was assessed a 10-year suspended sentence in addition to the 25 years.offender-696x365l

Lunsford began giving a 16-year-old girl intravenous doses of methamphetamine at his home in the 500 block of Orleans Street in Texarkana beginning in June 2014, according to a probable cause affidavit. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Cotten said other girls would have testified against Lunsford as well if the case hadn’t resolved with a plea.

The girl told investigators she was unable to inject herself when Lunsford offered to do it for her. The victim reported that when Lunsford injected her, she felt high for several days.

“The victim told me that she was almost perpetually under the influence of methamphetamine for two months prior to Lunsford going to jail, and this fits the frequency that she had mentioned to me in an earlier interview of at least 20 injections over a two-month span of time,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Lunsford was serving a five-year probation for residential burglary and a five-year probation for failing to register as a sex offender when he was jailed last year on the controlled substance charges. Lunsford is required to register as a sex offender because of a 2003 conviction in Clark County, Nev., for coercion.

Lunsford received a 15-year sentence Jan. 11 for the probations he failed to successfully complete. Johnson ordered him to serve that sentence at the same time he is serving his sentence for injecting minors with meth.


PERU – A recent traffic stop led to the arrest of a Kokomo woman on charges that she was manufacturing meth.

Officers of the CLEAN team stopped a pickup truck driven by Jackie Wingard, 56, after learning she was a habitual traffic violator and shouldn’t be driving, police said in a press release.

Wingard was arrested on a felony charge of driving while being a habitual traffic violator. A passenger in the vehicle, Sherry Cunningham, 47, Rossville, was also taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.

Police impounded the truck, and during an inventory of the vehicle, officers found meth, syringes and items commonly used in meth manufacturing, police said.

After the search, Wingard was additionally charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a syringe.

Cunningham was also charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In a separate investigation, officers with the CLEAN Team also arrested Josey Kenworthy, 28, after serving a search warrant at his residence in Denver, Indiana.

During their search, officers found numerous items associated with the use and manufacturing of meth, police said.

Kenworthy was arrested on charges of manufacturing of meth, possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The CLEAN Team is a task force with 11 law enforcement entities that have dedicated resources to fight narcotics in Fulton and Miami counties. CLEAN stands for Combined Law Enforcement Against Narcotics.

Law enforcement officers encourage anyone with information about the possession, distribution, or manufacturing of narcotics to call their local law enforcement agency or the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Information can be reported anonymously.



MEDFORD, Ore. (KOIN) – Police arrested a man who is accused of luring a minor to engage in sexual conduct.

Zachariah J. Carnegie is also charged with one count each of using a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct and unlawful delivery of meth to a minor.iopl;gul;gu;o

In a probable cause statement, police claim Carnegie admitted he knew the girl was a minor and said he used to deliver meth to her and her mother.

According to police, the crimes occurred between June 2015 and January 2016.

Police learned Carnegie was “in constant contact with the juvenile victim over Facebook,” according to court documents. Court records identify the victim as a 16-year-old girl.

Carnegie remains in custody in Jackson County Jail. His bail is set at $100,000.





An Armuchee woman was in jail Monday evening without bond after police found a bag of suspected methamphetamine under the driver’s seat of her car, reports stated.

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Ann Marie Faith Tant, 23, of 423 Rosedale Road in Armuchee, was arrested at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and East 20th Street. She is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine.





BOSSIER PARISH, La. (Bossier Parish PIO) – Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington says a Haughton woman has been arrested for multiple physical abuse charges on her own mother, as well as various drug charges.

Belinda Roberts, 43, of the 100 block of Taylor Road in Haughton, was arrested Jan. 22 and charged with physically abusing her 72-year-old wheel-chair-bound mother. She had been living at her mother’s residence as a caregiver for about four months.scottmcneelydrugs

Bossier detectives determined that in the early morning of Jan. 22, Belinda abused her mother in various ways, apparently after her mother refused to give Belinda some of her mother’s prescription medication.

Authorities say she removed her mother’s oxygen tubes, rammed her wheelchair (with her mother in it) into a door, struck her mother several times in the back of her head, twisted her nose, poked her in the chest and even forced her into the backseat of Belinda’s vehicle and drove down the highway with the window rolled down with outside temperatures in the 30s.

Belinda eventually robbed her mother of her prescription medication, and investigators also found her to be in possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

She was booked into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility Friday afternoon on the following charges:

  • Cruelty to the infirmed
  • Domestic abuse battery with strangulation
  • Aggravated battery
  • Robbery
  • Possession of marijuana 2nd offense
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

Her bond is set at $411,500.



New Tripoli —   A fire in Lehigh County left two firefighters injured and led to the arrest of a New Tripoli man on drug charges, authorities said.

William J. Riegel, 32, of New Tripoli was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance and related offenses.

State police from the Fogelsville station said they discovered a methamphetamine manufacturing operation in his apartment after it started the fire about 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Riegel also was charged with illegally possessing oxycodone, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to Lehigh County Central Booking for processing and was awaiting arraignment Monday night.

Crews from more than a dozen Lehigh County fire departments responded to a call of an apartment fire at 6719 Madison St., Lynn Township, said New Tripoli Fire Chief Peter Christ.

The apartment, part of a larger house, was extensively damaged by the fire, which took more than two hours to bring under control, the chief said.

Two firefighters were treated for injuries, including one who fell through the floor of the apartment, Christ said.

Fire crews were extra cautious going into the blaze because the apartment had been the scene of a meth lab bust back in November, according to authorities.

Troopers said Alfred N. Zotter III, 48, was cooking a batch of meth when authorities raided the apartment late last year. His case is still active.

Christ said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but members of the state police clandestine laboratory response team were on the scene in case problems arose.

“We were being vigilant and took extra precautions when we went in,” Christ said. “Obviously, there was extra guidance from the state police.”



POLK COUNTY – Four Falls City residents were arrested after a search warrant on Sunday. The search warrant was executed after a Dallas juvenile had seizures after using methamphetamine.

On Friday, at about 11:40 p.m., the Dallas Police Department responded to a Dallas address where a 17-year-old male was having seizures after using methamphetamine.

It was reported that the juvenile obtained the methamphetamine from a Robert Peters who lived at 200 Church St., No. 7, in Falls City.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office investigated this incident and obtained a search warrant to search Peters’ residence, a motorhome, parked at the Greenhaven RV Park.

The search warrant was executed on Sunday at about 6 p.m. During the execution of that search warrant, Peters and three other adults were arrested. All four subjects were lodged at the Polk County Jail.

Peters was charged with two charges of the unlawful possession of methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine, endangering the welfare of a minor and the unlawful possession of hydrocodone.

Jerry Carmickle was charged with the unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Pamela Elliott was charged with the unlawful possession of methamphetamine and second-degree child neglect for leaving her 6-year-old daughter alone at her trailer space as she was visiting at Peters’ space.

The Department of Human Services — Child Welfare Investigators responded to the scene of the search warrant and arranged for safe placement for the 6-year-old girl.

Shawn Russell was charged with the unlawful possession of methamphetamine and second-degree child neglect as he was Elliott’s boyfriend and lived with her and her 6-year-old daughter.



Illegal drug use, particularly the prevalence of methamphetamine, is fueling a rise in violent crime in Rapid City, according to the 2015 crime statistics released Monday by the Rapid City Police Department.

Substantial jumps in the numbers of robberies and murders in Rapid City in 2015 can be linked to a corresponding rise in drug arrests, which increased for the fifth straight year, Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris said. He added that the rise in violence mirrors a national trend.

For the third straight year arrests for drug violations outnumbered those for driving under the influence of alcohol.

“Most if not all of our violent crime has a nexus to our drug use,” Jegeris said after the annual report’s release on Monday.

Murders are up 75 percent over 2014, with three of the seven cases last year still unsolved. Over the preceding six years, the city has averaged slightly more than three homicides a year; with seven in 2015, the city’s increase was 120 percent above average.

Last year also saw a spike in robberies to 76, including a string of holdups at casinos and convenience stores over the last seven months of 2015, marking a nearly 29 percent increase over 2014.

Jegeris said the surge in casino and convenience store robberies can be traced to the rise in drug use.

“People involved with illegal drugs need quick money at times,” he said. “They view casinos and convenience stores as an opportunity.”

While methamphetamine use is on the rise, possession of marijuana remains a problem because of what Jegeris called the Colorado effect, with marijuana legally sold in that state making its way to South Dakota.

Arson crimes also rose substantially last year, with eight intentionally set fires doubling the average of four.

“It is a rarely occurring crime,” Jegeris said of the arson numbers. “The percentages can be easily thrown off in a year’s time.”

Categories showing moderate increases were aggravated assaults, with 315 cases in 2015 up 6.4 percent from 296 in 2014. Motor vehicle thefts increased slightly from 2014 to 2015, with 223 vehicles stolen, just four more than in 2014.

Despite the modest one-year increases, numbers of assaults and car thefts cases were still about 30 percent higher than the average over the preceding six years.

The increases in some categories come during a year in which police officers responded to a record 127,712 calls for service, up 7.6 percent from 2014. Detectives worked 17,162 cases and made 8,471 arrests.

One bright spot: Although burglaries stayed steady year-to-year, the trend seven-year trend shows improvement. In 2015, there were 453 burglaries in the city, but in the six preceding years, the average was 507.

Jegeris encouraged Rapid Citians to continue to be active participants in law enforcement and report any suspicious activities and also intervene with any family members or friends involved with high-risk activities.

“Family member are the most effective at intervening to stop violent behaviors. When that doesn’t work, the police need to get involved,” he said.

Jegeris said the new year shows some signs of promise of improvement of the crime rate.

“It’s very early,” he said, “but things are looking much better, and I’m hoping we’ll see a reduction in 2016.”

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In a continued effort to find the drugs responsible for killing two Freeport men this week the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division executed a search warrant resulting in the arrest of three individuals Thursday night.


For Thera Alise Norris, Christopher Johnson, and Angela Ward 10 o’clock Thursday night came much too early as a search warrant executed at 4738 U.S. Highway 90 uncovered numerous illegal drugs, pills, and paraphernalia landing all three behind bars. Two small children were also found inside the home.

The following items were located; several baggies containing finished methamphetamine for sale, a red glass smoking device, a small baggy of marijuana, a safe containing several Xanax pills, and numerous hypodermic needles. The meth and marijuana were located where both children had easy access to them.

A plastic container located in the living room area contained methamphetamine packaged in small baggies indicative of distribution that was accessible to all three adults.TRAILER-TRASH-1024x768

Norris and Johnson were charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute. Ward was charged possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and child abuse without great bodily harm.

Ward is the primary resident at the address.

“We are dedicated to the continued effort to take drugs off the streets in Walton County,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “These arrests just scratch the surface. The fight continues against those that put our children and communities at risk.”