Five people have been indicted in a methamphetamine ring in the Ozarks.

The U.S. Attorney is charging Brooke Beckley, Nathiel Lee and Jourdan McGinnis, all of Nixa, Anthony Donovan of Springfield, and Yovanny Aroldo Mendivil-Balderrama, a citizen of Mexico.

They’re charged in the case that resulted in the death of another man from Mexico, Oscar Adan Martinez-Gaxiola.

The U.S. Attorney says they operated a methamphetamine ring in Greene, Dallas, Webster and Christian Counties from April 28, 2015, to April 26, 2016.

In addition to the conspiracy, Beckley, Donovan, Lee and Mendivil-Balderrama are charged together with using firearms in relation to a drug-trafficking crime, resulting in the murder of Martinez-Gaxiola on April 25, 2016 in Webster County.

A Stoeger .40-caliber pistol, a Glock .40-caliber handgun and a Taurus 9mm handgun allegedly were used during the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Beckley and McGinnis are also charged together in one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. Beckley is also charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Beckley allegedly was in possession of a Sears Roebuck & Company 20-gauge bolt-action shotgun with a sawed-off barrel and stock and a Phoenix Arms .22-caliber pistol on April 8, 2016, in furtherance of the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt.

Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Garrison.

It was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Christian County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Greene County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Lawrence County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Webster County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Seymour, Mo., Police Department, the Rogersville, Mo., Police Department, the Springfield, Mo., Police Department and the Combined Ozarks Multijurisdictional Enforcement Team (COMET).


Erik Bringswhite is a former Rapid City gang member who now works to stop meth use in .  Bringswhite uses Lakota culture and spirituality to reach out to those who are struggling with addiction.

Bringswhite is a meth prevention coordinator with the Oglala Sioux Tribe.   He stopped by the McCabeBringswhiteVargasStandingSoldierRapid City studio for an interview with a group of individuals working to curb the use of the addictive drug in the state.

Bringswhite was joined in studio by Sergeant Dale McCabe, Rapid City Police Department, Norman Standing Soldier, Oglala Lakota Housing, and Vaughn Vargas, Community Advisory Coordinator with the Rapid City Police Department.

Rapid City police officials and others dealing with meth use in the state are critical of recent reforms in South Dakota aimed at reducing the number of people in prison.   They say the reforms have lead to a spike in meth in the state and increased crime is a result.


The testing for methamphetamine in Manawatu homes has doubled for at least one agency in the past two years.

NZ House Surveys has seen requests for inspections spike amid growing awareness and concern for illnesses related the manufacture of the drug.1469083563659

Founder Jeff Twigge said more than 100 houses had been tested in Manawatu so far this year, already surpassing the total number of homes checked in 2015.

He said the number of people wanting tests spiked after the Fair Go television program reported bank notes testing positive for methamphetamine, a class A drug.

“It’s remarkable actually how much the numbers have increased. We average about six properties testing positive a month.”

Twigge said most houses tested by the agency were rental properties.

Of homes tested this year, 18.8 per cent were returning positive results. This is slightly up on 2015, when 17.8 per cent were found to be contaminated.

REINZ Manawatu spokesman Andy Stewart said more people wanting tests completed out of concerns for their family’s health and the value of their homes.

“People are basically concerned about the value of their homes falling after realizing it’s contaminated. Even after going through the decontamination process, there’s a stigma there that can affect the value.

“They’re also concerned about the health effects of living in a home that’s contaminated with P. If you’ve got a family then you’re going to be thinking about your children.”

Palmerston North City Safety coordinator Alane Nilsen said she had seen an increase in people wanting their houses tested and asking questions about the class A drug.

“I do get a lot of inquiries from people who have just bought a home or are renting a new home and are wanting to make sure it’s not P contaminated.”

She said renters in particular had shown concern about moving into a home with high levels of contamination.

She said more people were aware of P contamination following media coverage and conversations taking place.

Massey University senior lecturer and toxicologist Nick Kim from the School of Public Health said the use of methamphetamine was “certainly a problem” in New Zealand.

He said while smoking P in a property and handling money could leave traces of the drug, these instances were at the “low end” of the scale and there were minimal health risks associated with it, in comparison to “high end” P labs.

“People are worried about it, if you’ve been told that your house is contaminated then your world will fall apart. It’s a little bit like saying your house is full of asbestos, you don’t know too much about it but it sounds scary.

“My view is that in reality I think the industry has gone a bit overboard.”

A Housing New Zealand spokesperson said the number of state housing drug tests nationally had increased.

In Palmerston North, nine state houses tested positive in 2015.

In Manawatu, Taranaki and Wairarapa regions the number of state houses testing positive spiked from three in 2013/2014, to 45 in 2014/2015 and 63 in 2015/2016.

The spokesperson said there was increased awareness by staff of what to look for, such as signs of cooking P and use. There was also increased collaboration across agencies and raised awareness of the issue in New Zealand.


Border patrol agents seized 57 pounds of methamphetamine stashed in the roof of a woman’s car Saturday after she tried to cross the Del Rio International Bridge.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the meth has an estimated street value of $800,000.1469024336-POLL-BORDER_RESIDENTS_51684069

The 29-year-old woman, from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, had stashed 41 packages of meth in the roof of her 2007 Honda Civic, according to authorities. Her name was not released.

A Border Patrol agent referred her to a secondary inspection, where drug dogs and imaging devices discovered the packages.

Border Patrol agents turned the case over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.


TUCSON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested five women in separate weekend drug-smuggling attempts involving marijuana and methamphetamine at Arizona border crossings, authorities said.

Officers at the Port of San Luis first arrested a 30-year-old Yuma woman Friday after a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted to the back flooring area of a Mazda sedan she was driving. Officers searched the vehicle and found 28 pounds of methamphetamine, valued at 578fa49ba1176_imageapproximately $85,000.

On Sunday, a CBP narcotics-detection canine alerted officers to a Dodge sedan occupied by a 19-year-old driver from Pasadena, California and her 21-year-old passenger.  Officers searched the vehicle and found more than 300 pounds of marijuana, valued in excess of $150,000, in the vehicle’s trunk.

Officers also arrested two female Mexican nationals during separate attempts to smuggle marijuana and methamphetamine through the Dennis DeConcini crossing in Nogales.

The first incident occurred Saturday when officers referred a 41-year-old woman from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, for a secondary inspection of her Ford SUV and discovered nearly 162 pounds of marijuana, worth almost $81,000, within the roof and seats.

On Sunday, officers referred a 30-year-old woman from Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico for an inspection of her Chrysler van and found close to 37 pounds of methamphetamine, worth close to $111,000, inside non-factory compartments located in the firewall.

Officers seized the vehicles, all discovered narcotics, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.


BELPRE, Ohio (WTAP) Washington County deputies were told about a car that had been parked on the side of the road for several hours in Belpre.

Brandie Lamp and Ted Nutter, who initially provided a false name to deputies, were Nutter+Lampoccupants of the car.

After questioning, Lamp agreed to a voluntary search of the car and admitted to being addicted to meth.

She told deputies there was a meth lab in a duffel bag in the trunk.

Agents found hydrogen peroxide, acetone nail polish remover, denatured alcohol, two boxes of match books and a blister pack of medication containing pseudoephedrine in the vehicle.

Both are charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs and obstructing official business.

Both are being held without bond pending initial appearance in Marietta Municipal Court.


A Fort Smith couple faces a total of nine felonies in a methamphetamine case, according to the Fort Smith Police Department.

Miranda L. Black, 36, of Fort Smith was arrested on felony parole violation and suspicion of two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jason A. Falconer, 40, also of Fort Smith was arrested on numerous warrants, as well as on suspicion of two counts of felony possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of felony possession of methamphetamine with the purpose to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

The two were arrested shortly before 10 p.m. Friday at the Knights Inn Motel, 3810 Towson Ave., according to a police report.

An officer stated in the report that while patrolling the vicinity of the motel, he saw Falconer in front of room No. 127 acting suspiciously by attempting to avoid eye contact. The officer stated it appeared as if Falconer was trying to hide something. The officer spoke with the motel manager to see whose name(s) was listed on the guest list for that room.

The two checked in under the name “Terry Moore,” a parolee. Additional police arrived at the motel room for a parole search. The motel room door was answered by who they assumed was Moore. In actuality, Moore was never at the motel room but rented the room for the couple, and Falconer assumed his identity while speaking with police, according to the report.

During the search, police seized 31 illicit pills, two bags of methamphetamine, syringes, scales, packaging materials commonly used for drug sales, along with additional drug paraphernalia items and $460 cash as evidence, according to the report.

Both Black and Falconer were being held Tuesday in the Sebastian County Detention without bond, a deputy said.


MONTGOMERY Co., Va. (WSET) – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have arrested and charged three people on manufacturing meth charges after a traffic stop.

Police say its Street Crimes Unit was conducting a methamphetamine related investigation on Sunday around 5:55 p.m. During the course of the investigation, police say deputies and officers from the Christiansburg Police Department were able to locate and conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle on West Main Street.2ee4cfa3-f58e-4888-9324-023f5bd9f216-large16x9_meth

The suspects were driving an SUV.

Police say during the traffic stop, they found two firearms, one active one-pot methamphetamine laboratory, methamphetamine related precursor chemicals, and methamphetamine.

David Andrew Hodge, 32, of Salem, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine over 28 grams, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine over 28 grams, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm while possessing methamphetamine.

Kara Beth Burton, 20, of Blacksburg, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine over 28 grams, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine over 28 grams, and possession of methamphetamine.

Richard Skyler Helm, 34, of Shawsville, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine over 28 grams and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine over 28 grams.

All three are being held without bond.

Police say additional charges are pending.


A Cheyenne woman is behind bars after her and her newborn tested positive for methamphetamine.

Cheyenne Police arrested 24-year-old Tralia Rose-Ann Evans at her apartment on E. 12th Tralia-Evans-20162Street on Monday.

“The mom was actually charged with child endangerment,” said Officer Dan Long. “We took the kid into protective custody.”

Evans was also arrested on a warrant for probation violation. She is being held in the Laramie County Detention Center.



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The woman who reported two men broke into her Lafayette house last month — triggering a four-hour SWAT standoff — has been cited after investigators say she admitted to using methamphetamine before making the report, which is now believed to be unfounded.

Trisha Chavez, 36, was cited on suspicion of one count of child abuse, according to Lafayette police Cmdr. Brian Rosipajla.20160629__30DCALAFw~1

According to Colorado law, a parent who “knowingly allows the child to be present at or reside at a premises or to be in a vehicle where the parent … knows or reasonably should know another person is engaged in the manufacture or attempted manufacture of methamphetamine commits child abuse.”

Police responded to a 911 call at 10 a.m. June 29 in the 700 block of E. Geneseo Street after Chavez said two men she didn’t recognize tried to break into her home. Police were able to establish a perimeter before persuading Chavez and her two children to get out of the house.

Police and SWAT officers surrounded the house for several hours while they used robots and drones in an attempt to determine whether anyone was inside. When police made entry into the house they did not find anyone inside or any evidence that shots had been fired.

“There was nothing found confirming any part of her story that she told,” Rosipajla said.

Investigators say Chavez admitted to being high when she made the report.

“By her own admission, she stated that she was using meth at the time,” Rosipajla said.

However, in the course of the investigation, police arrested Michael Gipson, 39, at a separate location on an unrelated warrant that stemmed from a previous domestic violence incident involving Chavez.

Chavez is due for a hearing in September, while Gipson has a hearing in August.


LLANO COUNTY, TEXAS –  A woman is facing felony drug charges after she was pulled over for allegedly carrying over 70 grams of methamphetamine Tuesday morning.

The Llano Police Department said they stopped Tanya Lynn Slaughter, 35, in the 600 block of Sheffield Ave. at approximately 4:00 a.m.

While police searched the vehicle, they said they found 73 grams of methamphetamine. Slaughter was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

Police added Slaughter, along with two other Llano residents, Courtney Slaughter, 17, and Austin Miller, 21, were arrested July 12 after a traffic stop. Police said with the help of the K-9 unit they seized approximately eight grams of methamphetamine from their vehicle.


Two men and two women face preliminary hearings next month after they were arrested Tuesday by Pennsylvania State Police in connection with an alleged methamphetamine making operation in West Mead Township.

All four were arraigned Tuesday evening before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino on multiple drug-related charges filed by Pennsylvania State Police for an alleged methamphetamine making lab at 79 Echnoz Ave., just north of Meadville. Police allege the quartet was manufacturing methamphetamine and burning chemical waste in fire pit at the property.

Those charged were: Travis Allen Lintz, 27, of 17631 Semerad Road, Meadville; Michael Thomas Luciano, 30, of 18583 Marshall Road, Cochranton; Crystal Renee Dickey, 41, of 5214 Homestead Ave., Linesville, and Kelly Ann Maxwell, 48, of 79 Echnoz Ave., Meadville.

Lintz, Luciano, Dickey and Maxwell were charged with one count each of possession of red phosphorous and chemical precursors, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture of methamphetamine, operating a methamphetamine laboratory, illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, risking a catastrophe, possession of pseudoephedrine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless endangerment.

Maxwell also was charged with two additional counts — one each of hindering apprehension and possession of marijuana.

All four were taken to the Crawford County jail in Saegertown following arraignment after failing to post bond. Maxwell is being held in lieu of $70,000 bond while Lintz is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond, Luciano in lieu of $30,000 bond and Dickey in lieu of $25,000 bond.

All four are scheduled to have preliminary hearings on their respective charges before Pendolino on Aug. 2.


MADISON, W.Va. (AP) – A motorist who was high on methamphetamine when his truck crashed and killed four people has been sentenced to life in prison.

Media outlets report 41-year-old Frank Thompson of Danville was sentenced Tuesday in Boone County Circuit Court to life with mercy, meaning he would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

Thompson was convicted in March on multiple counts including DUI causing death, negligent homicide and child neglect causing death.

Boone County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Chad Barker has said a toxicology report showed Thompson was high on methamphetamine during the September 2014 crash on U.S. 119 in Danville. Four others in the truck were killed — 5-year-old Alyssa Bowman, 1-year-old Nathaniel Thompson, the children’s mother, Betty Holstein, and family friend Rebecca Bias.


Making it After Methamphetamine

Posted: 20th July 2016 by Doc in Uncategorized

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – It’s one of the most addictive drugs in the world, crystal meth. It’s one of the most common and deadly drugs here in Northwest Florida. It destroys the lives of those who try it, who say after a few hits they’re hooked.

“Everyone was doing it and it was cheaper and the people around me were not what you would typically think of as a ‘meth head’ so it made it seem less scary I guess,” said Daphne.1280x960_40224P00-AZEOF+(1)

Most people think of drugs as an urban problem. Cocaine in Miami, ecstasy in New York, acid in San Francisco, but methamphetamine is not a rich man’s drug. It’s being consumed by working class people, and can be made in your own backyard.

It’s become a huge problem that no one talks about and everyone’s doing,” said Daphne, a recovering meth addict.

It’s something the Bay County Sheriff’s Office battles. In 2003, Sheriff Frank McKeithen created a methamphetamine drug unit to crack down on the problem. Bay County became a state leader in shutting down meth labs.

“We saw a transition probably four or five years ago to the one pop method or shake and bake method where meth was then being manufactured in a Gatorade bottle or a soda bottle,” said Major Tommy Ford. “So it went from that elaborate lab set up to where they could manufacture smaller quantities but in these one pop method or just in a soda bottle.

“What we’re seeing right now is the ice form and it comes from across the southwest border, and what we’re seeing is when somebody here that’s a dealer, or finds a source of supply where that person travels to them with quantities of methamphetamine, we see an increase in the availability on the streets until we’re able to identify that person and their source, take them off the streets, and then we’ll see our incidents involving meth will kind of calm down for a while so it’s just a cycle.”

This former meth addict does not want to be identified. For this story, we’ll call her Daphne. She grew up in Bay County, and took her first hit, when she was 18.

“It’s like being super awake and on top of the clouds and you have this willpower to get things done and I felt like I was always getting things accomplished but in reality we weren’t getting much accomplished. You’d do things halfway, then quit, and then go do another thing.”

Daphne and her boyfriend would spend at least $300 a week on meth.

“We counted out his child’s piggy bank to afford a bag,” said Daphne. “That’s the things that meth will turn you into to. Doing things that you don’t even really realize are bad. Later on, you look back and you’re like, I can’t believe I did that.”

Not only was Daphne drowning in addiction, she was also stuck in an abusive relationship.

“The violence increased 100 percent. I was getting beat up four to five times a day and I was okay with it.”

After a year of addiction, she got pregnant. Her unborn child inspired her to pull her life together.

“I went from going where I’d work two weeks and switch jobs to having an actual career. I don’t even have a job anymore I have a career. I’m working on owning a house, I own my car. I have a bank account that’s never under $1,000. It’s just the hard things that I never imagined possible back then.”

Daphne stopped using meth when she got pregnant and her son was born with no adverse effects. She considers herself one of the lucky ones. In part of two of our special report: Making it After Meth, we’ll introduce you to Jay Strickland, who spent years battling his addiction, was arrested and lost everything before he changed his life.


China has become a major source of methamphetamine transported into the United States from Mexico, according to a congressional commission.

“While Mexican cartels produce the majority [around 90 percent] of meth used in the United States, around 80 percent of precursor chemicals used in Mexican meth come from China,” 2750D9CF-7509-42CC-9F0D-620A886D4758_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy5_cw0said a report issued Monday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Precursor chemicals are increasingly being shipped from China to Mexico and Central America, where they are manufactured into meth, transported across the southern border of the United States, and brought into southwestern states — Texas, Arizona and California — before being shipped across the country,” it said, adding that China has become a major global supplier of crystal meth precursor chemicals.

While Beijing has tried to reduce domestic meth production and curb precursor chemical exports, the report said, its vast pharmaceutical and chemical industries remain largely unregulated.

“As a result, meth precursor chemical flows — along with other dangerous synthetic drugs — from China into the Western Hemisphere continue to increase, contributing to a growing drug problem in the United States,” it said.

The report recommended that U.S. legislators consider measures to encourage China to modify its laws governing chemical exports, and that they encourage the U.S. government to strengthen cooperation with China on drug control issues.

Congress established the USCC in 2000 to monitor and investigate national security and trade issues between the the U.S. and China.


Reporter: Juan Alberto Cedillo

The Mexican narco trafficker Marciano Millan Vazquez was declared guilty of the 10 charges that he faced in the United States, among them various homicides and drug trafficking.
The ex member of Los Zetas will be sentenced this coming October, and he is looking at a life sentence.san-antonio
Millan Vazquez is a ruthless killer, who in Piedras Negras prison, Coahuila, who with a machete, dismembered a young girl in front of her parents, he killed and “cooked” no less than a dozen victims, at the same time as attending mass on Sundays in San Antonio.
In order to judge him for crimes committed in Mexico, the Prosecutors of the Court of Texas utilized a special pact of the law that permits them jurisdiction. This made him a mark to hit for the USA justice department.
Pleading in defence of Millan, Jaime Cavazos, alleged that all of the testimony admitted into the trial lacked evidence, Russell Leachman, and assistant prosecutor said evidence in their possession ranged from recorded phone calls to the death of an informant that who condemned the accused.
During the trial, various witnesses that gave testimony described the activities of Millan Vazquez in the criminal organization of Los Zetas, and gave account about the subalterns that bought authorities in the State.
For example, Adolfo Efren Tavira Alvarado, ex chief of programming for Televisa, giving his testimony to the Judge and confessed that “Los Zetas control the Municipal Police of Piedras Negras. Also the bought Federal Police Commanders and some members of the Army and had arrangements with the PGR, with the Marines”, he couldn’t he said.
He added:” I knew of a contribution that was handed to the Governor in 2012. He was Governor Ruben Moreira but I do not know how much money was handed over. I was present at the delivery but got out before the delivery was made. It was in Rancho Beto Casas,” He was handed suitcases of money but did not know the amount inside them.
Other witnesses, Rodrigo Humberto Uribe Tapia, son of an ex mayor of Piedras Negras that has two disappeared brothers, assured that Millan operated as a financier of Los Zetas, and that he gave four million dollars to functionaries of the administration of Humberto Moreira to buy protection for the criminal organization.

Zetatijuana put the number of assassinations at 300 that he is responsible for, and they report that the female child was 6 years old, and was killed as part of a zeta purge. (Otis: I think this killing was carried out as the zetas purged Allende, see link to an article by BB reporter Valor on Allende).

Original article in Spanish at Proceso

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A 32-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly breaking into a stranger’s car, taking his pants off and masturbating in the front seat.

Corvallis Police responded to Carmike Cinemas on NE Circle Boulevard when a couple 9e89cfc1-6f6b-4235-a85f-275d35004f40-large16x9_MorganMorrisPhotocourtesyCorvallisPDwatching a movie came back out to their car to find a naked man sitting in the front passenger seat.

They called 911, and once officers arrived, they saw the man sitting in the car masturbating. He appeared to be under the influence of drugs, police said. Officers found meth paraphernalia and a bottle of vodka in the car.

The suspect, later identified as Morgan Morris of Corvallis, was arrested for unlawful entry into a car, public indecency, criminal mischief and unlawful possession of meth.

He’s behind bars on a $53,000 bail.


A Greene County native who sexually assaulted a woman last year in Oregon will spend more than 20 years in prison after being sentenced Friday on crimes that include attempted first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

William Thomas Cooter II, 48, was sentenced to a total of 270 months in the Oregon prison system in Gilliam County Circuit Court, in the county where the crimes occurred.

Cooter’s sentence totals 22.5 years.578e39a43d804_image

Most of that time is designated as a determinate sentence, meaning Cooter will not be eligible for probation.

The state separated charges against Cooter into two separate cases. At a June settlement hearing, Cooter entered guilty pleas in one of the cases to attempted first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

He was sentenced Friday by Circuit Court Judge John A. Wolf to a prison term of 100 months on the sodomy conviction, and 50 months on the attempted first-degree rape conviction.

In the second case, Cooter was sentenced to 90 months in prison on a conviction of first-degree kidnapping, and 18 months on a felony count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Cooter received 12 months jail time on each of three misdemeanor counts connected to the crime: fourth-degree assault, menacing and providing false information to a peace officer for issuance of service of a citation.

Sentences on all convictions with the exception of the menacing and false information misdemeanors are to be served consecutively, according to Circuit Court documents.

Cooter’s court-appointed lawyer worked out a plea agreement with the state before trial. The case was prosecuted by an Oregon state assistant attorney general.


Cooter was indicted in July 2015 by a grand jury in Gilliam County on 12 crimes, including kidnapping and rape.

He was arrested on June 27, 2015 on westbound Interstate 84 after the victim called 911, Gilliam County District Attorney Marion T. Weatherford said after Cooter’s arrest.

The victim was driving to Montana when she stopped to rest in her car early on the morning of June 27, 2015, in the small town of Arlington, Ore.

Cooter broke into the victim’s car, then struck her and bound her hands and mouth with electrical tape before driving to a remote road along the Columbia River, Weatherford said.

Cooter threatened to kill the woman and her dog in order to force sexual contact upon her, Weatherford said.

The victim’s car had a flat tire, and as Cooter attempted repairs, the woman called 911, Weatherford said.

He was taken into custody a short time later by Oregon State Police. He has remained in custody on $125,000 bail since his arrest.


The victim and members of her family made statements about the effect the crime had on their lives to the judge before Cooter was sentenced, Gilliam County Circuit Court Clerk Marybeth Jaeger said.

After Cooter is released, he will be subject to a lengthy period of post-prison supervision, according to court documents.

Wolf also ordered other requirements for Cooter.

He must undergo an HIV test, the results of which will be passed on to the victim’s doctor.

Cooter was also ordered to have no contact with the victim, to pay $1,500 restitution, complete sex offender treatment in prison and register as a sex offender upon release from prison.

Cooter was not convicted of charges he was indicted on by the Oregon grand jury. Some were “dismissed without prejudice,” according to court documents.

In addition to first-degree kidnapping, Cooter was also indicted on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unauthorized use of a vehicle, fourth-degree assault and menacing.

He was also indicted on charges of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, interference with making a report, false information to a peace officer for issuance or service of a citation and second-degree criminal mischief.

Authorities have not disclosed why Cooter was in Oregon or how long he had been there before last June 2015.


Cooter served prison time in Tennessee after being convicted in 2002 on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to records on file with the court clerk’s office in Bledsoe County, Tenn.

He has been jailed for violation of probation several times in recent years, most recently after an August 2013 appearance in Greene County General Sessions Court, according to court records.

Cooter was also charged in February 2014 with domestic assault and in May 2015 with theft of property, cases that were both pending in Greene County at the time of his arrest in Oregon.

Hearing dates were set for June 24, 2015 in General Sessions Court on the domestic assault charge and in September 2015 on the theft of property charge.

Because of the crimes Cooter was convicted of in Oregon are more serious than the pending charges in Tennessee, prosecution here may not occur for years, if at all.



William T. Cooter, 46, of Greeneville, Tennessee, charged with kidnap, rape of woman traveling in north-central Oregon; Methamphetamine possession

(Stillwater, Okla.) – A Drumright woman was charged Monday in Payne County District Court with possessing methamphetamine for the third time – two months after she was placed on two consecutive five-year suspended sentences for possessing the same drug in Creek County on two separate occasions.
    Faye E. Coldren, 35, remained in the Payne County Jail today on $5,000 bond with an order to appear in court Wednesday with an attorney, a sheriff’s spokesman told KUSH.
    Coldren was accused of possessing methamphetamine, as well as drug paraphernalia, on Saturday in a case investigated by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Myers, court records show.
    If convicted of possessing the drug as a subsequent offense, Coldren could be given a prison term of four to 20 years and a maximum fine of $10,000. If convicted of possessing baggies and a cut straw with a burnt end as drug paraphernalia, Coldren could be given a one-year jail term and $1,000 fine.
    According to Creek County court records, eight months ago Coldren was placed on five years’ probation under a deferred sentence for possessing the same drug in 2015. But two months ago, when Coldren was found in violation of her probation, that was changed to a five-year suspended sentence.
    Also in Creek County, two months ago, Coldren was given a consecutive five-year suspended sentence for possessing the same drug this year, court records show.

ESTO, FL (WTVY) On July 18, 2016 Holmes County Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators arrested Miranda Wilkins from Elba, Alabama and charged her for trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.wilkins+drugs

The charges stem after narcotics investigators received information that Wilkins was headed to Holmes County to deliver a large amount of (ICE) methamphetamine.

A maroon Ford SUV being driven by Wilkins was stopped on Hwy 79 in Esto by a deputy and over an ounce of ICE was located on her person along with a pipe, a set of scales, and a syringe.


Charissa Frady, 35, was arrested after a two-year-old in her care fell out of a second-story window while she was under the influence of methamphetamine, police said.

Officers spoke to a child protective service investigator on Friday at the home of the victim. The investigator said she had received a call about a two-year-old in the hospital who had multiple injuries, including two possible broken legs, a fractured femur, a broken pelvis, article_328232spinal injury, and scratches and bruises.

The investigator said she was drug testing everyone in the home and retrieving the brother of the victim. She said the mother, Lakish Banther, 31, had told her that she had gone to the store and left her children with the suspect, who was her friend.

Ms. Banther told the investigator that she received a phone call from the suspect saying her child had fallen to the ground out of a window that is two stories high.

Ms. Frady told police she had not been watching the children, that she was in the kitchen while they were walking around the house. She said she was not sure how the victim fell or got out of the window, explaining that she had used meth that day and was currently under the influence.

Officers said they found meth on her person. The children were taken into custody by the Department of Children’s Services. Ms. Frady was charged on Saturday with aggravated child abuse or neglect and possession of methamphetamine.

The two-year-old was in surgery at the time police made their report.


A web of local suspected methamphetamine distributors has some fresh tears in its net today, with several of its suspected members having been charged late last week in an ongoing multi-agency case with more arrests expected in the near future, according to Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts.

Officials say those arrested are all believed to be part of the same network.

Anthony Scott Burgess, 41, of Marianna, Michael Wayne Chesson, 30, of Alford, Sherman Lamar Kornegay, 23, of Marianna, James Leon Williams, 29, of Marianna, and Christina 578d370a7a127_imagePeterson, 36, of Grand Ridge are all charged with the sale of methamphetamine. Peterson is additionally charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Amanda Lynette McClendon, 37, of Marianna, is also charged in the case with trafficking methamphetamine.

Several individuals were charged in the case with conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine. They are Chad Dickens, 37, of Bascom, Kenneth Lee McRoy, 42, of Cottondale, Amanda Michelle Taylor, 34, of Alford, and Larry Edward Rushin Jr., 44, of Cottondale.

Rushin is additionally charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An eight-month investigation into illegal drug activity led to the three-day round-up, which began Friday and resulted in the above 10 initial arrests.

Roberts said his Jackson County Drug Task Force was assisted in the case by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the State Attorney’s Office, the Cottondale Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice, and by K-9 teams with the Apalachee and Jackson Correctional Institutions.

“This is an organized group that we targeted,” Roberts said. “Hopefully, we’ll have some more arrests out of this in the coming days.”

The investigation started with tips about the organization and “spider-webbed” out from there, Roberts said.

Tips were very important to this case,” Roberts said. “It helped us identify problem people all over the county who we believe are involved. It just shows you the networking that goes into something like that, even in a county of our size. It’s not over; this is an on-going effort. The continued support of the community and the efforts of the officers work hand-in-hand in an ongoing battle against drugs. It’s in epidemic proportions everywhere in the world and if we can do our part here together, we’re making a dent. Citizens shared information about problems they were seeing in their community. They called and notified us. When the people get behind us, it makes it so much easier for us to try and put a stop to the agony and misery that these dangerous drugs are causing so many families. Nobody’s exempt from the threat of having someone in their lives get caught up and become a slave to these substances. It can happen to good people who make one terrible choice.”

Anyone who has family member with a suspected methamphetamine problem can call the sheriff’s office for information on programs that might be able to help their loved one work their way out of that trap if they’re willing to commit and do the hard work necessary, said Roberts. His office can be reached at 482-9648.

“There are a lot of people out there who do need hope and help. There are several avenues, including some very good faith-based programs,” Roberts said. “It’s hard to convince someone who’s caught up in it because they don’t realize they have a problem until something of great magnitude happens. Once they make the choice to try it, they so often become addicted almost at once. We hope that anyone who was depending on this network can step up and ask for help to get free. If they don’t, it’s going to continue to be a problem for them, their families and society at large.”

Most of the arrests were made Friday, in a round-up that continued most of the day. One person in the group was arrested over the ensuing weekend.


A 32-year-old man who broke into a Northwest Portland home and climbed into bed naked with a resident was sentenced Monday to more than six years in prison.

Richard Dean Defeudis pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and sexual abuse for breaking into a home in the 2700 block of Quimby Street in October 2015.richarddefeudis32jpeg-132349dff96ac997jpeg-091772f6e0f6998d

The resident woke up with Defeudis on top of him, pinning his wrist down and holding a knife, according to court and police records. Defeudis kissed the man on the lips and told him, “I’m not mad at you, please call 911,” an affidavit said.

The man tried to grab Defeudis’s knife to prevent him from using it, the affidavit said. As Defeudis switched the knife to his other hand, the man grabbed a gun from under the bed.

Defeudis got up, pulled on his shorts and ran from the room. The resident chased him with the gun. When they reached the front door, the resident told Defeudis to put down the knife. When he refused, the resident fired the gun at the base of a tree outside. Defeudis ran and the resident fired two more shots, the affidavit said.

Police saw Defeudis jump over a wrought iron fence on Pettygrove Street and run into a vacant house, where he was arrested, the affidavit said. He wasn’t wounded.

Police found two laptop computers from the bedroom, a phone and several items of clothing in Defeudis’ backpack, the affidavit said. Defeudis told police he entered the house through an unlocked door and searched for electronics to sell.

Defeudis told police he uses methamphetamine and heroin daily and did bad things because of “evil spirits,” the affidavit said.

Thomas Hanrahan, Defeudis’ lawyer, said Defeudis didn’t understand what he was doing that night because of his drug use.

According to a police report, Defeudis has been in and out of inpatient treatment for drug abuse and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Defeudis has prior arrests in Alaska, California and Oregon, court records show, including five misdemeanor convictions for possession of a switch-blade knife, disturbing the peace and providing false identification.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Bronson James sentenced Defeudis to 75 months.


A 33-year-old Sioux Falls woman has been indicted on felony child abuse and drug charges after police allegedly found three children living in unsanitary conditions.

Rachel Ann Dixon was indicted on three counts of abuse or cruelty to a minor, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each child abuse charge.

According to an affidavit in support of an arrest warrant:

Police were called on June 12 to a home in the 1400 block of S. Main Avenue for a report of a theft and neighbor dispute.

Officers spoke with several people outside of the home who said methamphetamine use was taking place inside the home and that there were a lot of people coming in and out of the home at all hours of the day. Officers filled out reports on the allegations, but did not enter the home at the time.

An hour later police were again called to the home. The caller said several children were living in the home in unsanitary conditions. This time, the children and their mother, Dixon, were home.

Officers walked into the home and found animal feces all over the floor of the entire home, flying insects in every room and garbage strewn all over.

All three children were under 13 years old and were found “unkept” and covered in bug bites. Officers were told there were eight dogs that had been removed from the home, while two cats and a boa constrictor snake remained inside. Two dozen rats in cages were found in the detached garage.

“Inside the residence I encountered extremely unsanitary conditions,” an officer wrote in court documents. “There were animal feces and urine in every room of the residence to include all five bedrooms.”

Marijuana pipes, a marijuana grinder with residue, a digital scale with residue, and a spoon containing white residue were found in the home. Dirty dishes and rotten food covered a large portion of the sink area and counter in the kitchen.

Dixon told officers the items did not belong to her.

However, Dixon later admitted to child protective services workers that people had been using methamphetamine inside the home in the past.

A warrant was later issued for her arrest.


A Rome man and woman were in jail Monday after being accused of having methamphetamine.

According to Floyd County Jail reports:

Jerome Jonathan Means, 37, of 323 Ross St., and Jill Marie Witt, 34, of 579 Morton Bend Road, were arrested Monday at 12:36 a.m. at Means’ home after police found 578d225c257fc_imagemethamphetamine, plastic bags, a digital scale and a glass pipe on them.

Witt also had Oxycodone and Xanax in her possession.

Means is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and two probation violations. He is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects.

Witt is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. She is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug-related objects.

Means was being held without bond and Witt was being held pending a $10,100 bond.