A Greenwood woman pleaded guilty Friday morning to manslaughter in the July 2014 death of her 10-month-old son in the Ouachita Mountains.

Brooke Sueann Floyd, 22, entered her plea during a pretrial hearing in Paris. She was sentenced to 10 years of probation and fined $1,000.resized_99263-floyd_brooke_15-20004_t300

Authorities have said they believe methamphetamine-induced hallucinations led Floyd to abandon her son, Harper Alexander Floyd, and her husband, Brian Floyd, 33, in the woods. She was not charged in her husband’s death.

“It’s just a tragic situation,” Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II said. “It was a very difficult case for myself and law enforcement and everyone involved. … I think but for drug abuse by both [Brooke] Floyd and Brian Floyd, this wouldn’t have happened.”

The terms of Brooke Floyd’s probation include her continuing mental-health counseling for one year.

“We thought we could beat the case, but you just don’t know,” said her attorney, Bill James of Little Rock. “It seemed like in the end, this was the best way for her to make sure that her life kept moving in a positive direction.”

Floyd, who is living in an apartment with a roommate, had been out on bond after pleading innocent by reason of mental disease or defect.

Last month, a judge found Floyd competent to stand trial after a mental-evaluation report showed that she did not show symptoms of mental disease or defect at the time of the events.

A jury trial was set for Floyd on Sept. 21-22 in Yell County Circuit Court in Danville.

“You never know what’s going to happen in a case like this,” James said. “You never know what the jury is going to do.

“We’ve got the emotion of a dead child. Our client has done very, very well since this has happened. She’s got herself clean and away from the problems that she had gotten into with her husband. She just wanted this opportunity to continue going forward in the way she was.”

A scratched, bruised and barefoot Brooke Floyd was found in a ditch in the Ouachita National Forest by U.S. Forest Service personnel on July 25, 2014, according to an affidavit signed by Yell County sheriff’s office Capt. John Foster Jr.

When authorities first located her, she told officers that she had left her son with her husband in the forest so she could seek help because people were chasing her family, according to the affidavit.

A ground and air search by the Arkansas State Police, the FBI, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and other law enforcement agencies for her husband and son followed.

Later, she said she and her husband had taken methamphetamine and been hallucinating and fighting, the affidavit stated. The truck the family was riding in had gotten stuck in the forest, and she decided to walk out for help.

The bodies of Harper and Brian Floyd were found about one-tenth of a mile apart four days later in a remote area of the Ouachita Mountains.

Preliminary autopsy results released after Harper’s body was found indicated his cause of death was “exposure and abandonment.”

Brian Floyd also died of exposure, Tatum said.


BAYBORO | Three Pamlico County residents have been arrested on drug trafficking charges as a result of sheriff’s investigations of six drug overdoses in the past two weeks that have left three people dead.

According to Lt. Scott Houston of the Pamlico Sheriff’s Department, the first of the overdoses involved a man who was found unresponsive in his car on Aug. 26. He survived, he added.

Lt. Houston noted that the three arrests were not directly related to the overdoses.

He added that pure heroin is being brought into the county from an unknown source in New Bern, and that Pamlico and New Bern law enforcement agencies are working to track the source down.

“Investigators conducted interviews and collected evidence from each scene,” according to a Pamlico County sheriff’s news release. As a result, several suspected heroin and methamphetamine dealers were identified and, on Thursday, three were arrested.

Amanda Joy Potter, 27, of Alliance, was charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance, possess/distribute methamphetamine precursors, possess drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.

According to Houston, investigators determined that she had been supplying raw materials for a methamphetamine lab at 373 Hidden Lane, Merritt, that was broken up in a July 28 raid.

She was placed in the Pamlico County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Nagi Abdo Alhaji Ali, 52, of Bayboro, was arrested after investigators made a controlled purchase of prescription medication from Ali’s Seven Eleven store in Vandemere. He was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail.

John Pernell Harrison, 29, of Oriental, was arrested after investigators allegedly purchased suspected heroin from him in Stonewall. He is charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver a counterfeit controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Sheriff Chris Davis stated, “I made a promise to the citizens of this county that I would do everything possible to rid this county of dangerous drugs and I intend to keep my promise.”


A man and woman were arrested Saturday afternoon after police found a potential methamphetamine lab in a Lone Tree hotel.

Lone Tree police responded to the Extended Stay America hotel at 8752 Yosemite Street at 10:40 a.m. on a report of a “possible” meth lab, according to a City of Lone Tree news release.

The two people arrested have not been identified.

South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, the Lone Tree Police Department and the Douglas County Impact unit remain on scene, the release said.

The incident is under investigation and additional details were not released.


Rodrigo Vallejo Mora, son of a former governor of the western Mexican state of Michoacan, has been convicted of covering for a drug gang and sentenced to 11 months and seven days in prison, the top administrative body of Mexico’s judiciary said in a statement.

A federal court in this capital handed down the sentence against Vallejo Mora, son of former Gov. Fausto Vallejo Figueroa, for failing to provide information in an organized crime investigation, the Federal Judiciary Council said Friday.

He also did not provide information that could have helped investigators pursue members of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, specifically top leader Servando Gomez Martinez, alias “La Tuta,” the statement read.

It said Vallejo Mora committed the crime on Aug. 1, 2014, when he was questioned as a witness by the federal Attorney General’s Office’s special unit for the investigation of terrorism and weapons stockpiling and trafficking.

The defendant was arrested in July 2014 after he was seen in a video talking to Gomez Martinez, who was captured in February. Vallejo Mora had been released on bail pending trial.

The ex-governor’s son could face additional charges after appearing in a second video with La Tuta that surfaced this year.

The Caballeros Templarios cartel, an offshoot of the Familia Michoacana criminal organization, came to public attention in December 2010.

Besides its drug-trafficking activities, it also runs kidnapping and extortion rackets and engages in illegal mining, among other crimes.


FARGO – An expectant West Fargo mother faces felony drug possession charges after deputies bringing her into the Cass County Jail found her with methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia wrapped in a baby’s sock.

Charging documents filed Thursday in the Cass County District Court case against Amber Jay Sandhu state that Sandhu was picked up by a Cass County deputy July 28 on an unrelated warrant for a court-ordered examination.

As she was being brought to the jail in preparation for going the the State Hospital in Jamestown, Sandhu asked to go to the restroom, documents state. The deputy searched her purse.

In an interior pocket, Deputy Tom Hall found a plastic bag full of methamphetamines and a clear meth pipe with residue tucked in next to it, wrapped in an infant’s sock.

Sandhu then informed deputies she was five months pregnant, court documents state.

Jail officials forwarded her case to Cass County Child Protective Services.

She is charged with one count of Class C possession of methamphetamines and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

Her first court appearance has not yet been set.


A former Horry County Teacher of the Year is free on $5,000 bail following an arrest on a drug charge that stemmed from a package sent to him through the mail that contained methamphetamine, according to authorities.

Robert Dean Johnson, 51, of Galivants Ferry was charged Tuesday with first-offense manufacturing, distribution or possession with intent to distribute crank or crack cocaine, according to records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. He was released Thursday on bail.9-9-15%20Robert%20Dean%20Johnson

Johnson was named Aynor High School’s Teacher of the Year in 2012, five years after he was hired by the school district as a substitute teacher.

Johnson began teaching at Aynor High School in 2009 as a career and technology teacher, Horry County Schools spokeswoman Teal Harding said. He is on administrative leave with pay until an administrative review is complete.

The police report and arrest affidavit show that Horry County police worked with the U.S. Postal Service to investigate a suspicious package that arrived Tuesday at the Aynor Post Office.

An Horry County police dog alerted to the package that drugs were inside and a postal inspector obtained a federal search warrant, according to the report. Inside, officers found a bag of crystal substance that tested positive as methamphetamine.

About 4 p.m. Tuesday, Johnson came to the Post Office to pick up the package and officers confronted him, according to the report. Johnson told officers the package was his and he knew it contained drugs.


A traffic stop led to the arrest of a Stockton man who was driving a vehicle with about 26 pounds of methamphetamine stashed in a hidden compartment, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Jose J. Piedra, 26, was booked into the John Latorraca Correctional Facility on Thursday on Piedrasuspicion of possession of more than 25 pounds of a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance and concealing a controlled substance, all felonies, according to booking records.

Piedra remained in custody Friday with bond set at $270,000.

Officer Moises Onsurez said the driver of a 2012 Jeep Liberty was stopped for speeding on Highway 99, between Chowchilla and Merced, about 2 p.m. Thursday.

“The officer approached the vehicle and smelled the odor of burned marijuana,” Onsurez said.

A law enforcement canine was brought to the scene and alerted investigators to an area in the back of the vehicle. Officers found about 26 pounds of suspected methamphetamine in numerous plastic bags.

Onsurez said it was unclear where Piedra was coming from, but noted that he lives in Stockton and was heading north toward that city when he was stopped.


WEINER, Ark. (AP) – Two members of Weiner’s city council have been arrested in separate incidents this week.

An incident report says Poinsett County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic dispute at a home Tuesday. The report says 34-year-old council member Reagan Bodeker was arrested after her husband called police and said he was holding onto her to prevent her from retrieving a handgun and shooting him. Bodeker has been charged with terroristic threatening and third-degree domestic battery.

Authorities say 42-year-old council member Timothy Jessup Hewitt was arrested during a traffic stop Tuesday when officers found methamphetamine and prescription narcotics in his possession. Hewitt was charged with possession of less than 2 grams of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance.

Hewitt posted a $2,000 bond.

It was not immediately clear if Bodeker or Hewitt has an attorney.

Mayor Todd Bartholomew declined to comment on the incidents to the Jonesboro Sun.


A man carrying $13,600 worth of the stimulant methamphetamine who fought with a police officer was jailed for two years in Sarnia court.

Morgan Gear, 26, of Sarnia previously pleaded guilty to the Jan. 18 possession of methamphetamine for trafficking, assaulting a police officer and violating a court-ordered drug ban, but sentencing was delayed until Thursday.1337854066825_ORIGINAL

Court was told that at 2 a.m. on Jan. 18 a Sarnia police officer spotted a taxi at a residence known for drug activity. Gear, who the police officer knew was under custody-release conditions, was approached by the officer.

Gear ran from the officer but was grabbed. During the ensuing struggle, Gear was tasered three times.

A subsequent search found the shell of a computer device stuffed with 13 bags of methamphetamine weighing a total of 91 grams. The shell also contained a weight to create the impression it was a legitimate device.

Gear, who was under a court-ordered drug ban, also had $465 in cash.

Gear had been addicted to methamphetamine and had turned to selling it to feed his habit, said defence lawyer Robert McFadden.

Since his arrest, Gear has made an 180-degree turn to get on the right track, including ongoing substance abuse treatment, said McFadden, who sought leniency in the jail time to be levied.

Gear’s criminal record includes a June 2014 charge of methamphetamine possession.

Given the positive changes indicated in a pre-sentence report, penitentiary time of two-and-a-half to three years was not being sought for the “very serious” matter, said federal prosecutor Michael Robb.

A sentence of two years less a day was suggested by Robb to keep Gear from penitentiary time that starts at two years.

Courts hear tragic stories regarding drug abuse every day and a significant jail sentence is required due to the harm done to the community by Gear, said Justice Deborah Austin.

“I just want to say I am sorry to the community for the harm I’ve done,” said Gear.

Gear’s jail time includes the equivalent of 66 days of pre-sentence custody and will be followed by a year’s probation when he must take substance abuse counselling while staying away from drugs.

Austin recommended Gear serve the sentence at a facility equipped for drug-abuse treatment.


While the news about the effectiveness of Hawaii drug treatment programs has been positive, there has been one disturbing trend: the percentage of adults 50 years and older that reported methamphetamine as their primary substance has nearly doubled in the past five years.

This is according to the state Dept. of Health’s newly published 2015 Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services Report.9-11-crystal-meth-use

Over the past five years, more than half of the adults and adolescents who participated in a substance abuse treatment program and completed a six-month follow-up survey had remained clean, reporting no substance use in 30 days prior to the follow-up. The majority had managed their lives well without any arrests, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits since they had been discharged from the treatment programs.

In a six-month follow-up study in 2014, almost all adolescents were attending school and nearly 70 percent of adults were employed.

The report is being released to coincide with National Recovery Month, a nationwide recognition of various alcohol and drug treatment programs and initiatives focused on recovery efforts. This year’s theme is: “Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal and Valuable!”

The state Dept. of Health commissioned University of Hawaii’s Center on the Family to conduct the extensive research and analysis to assess the alcohol and drug problem in our state.

The success of the recovery programs in Hawaii has largely been the result of collaboration. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Hawaii Department of Health remains the primary source of public funds for substance abuse prevention and treatment services in Hawaii.

Over the past five years, from 2010 to 2014, Hawaii invested an average of $17 million in state and federal funds each year to address alcohol and drug abuse. In 2014, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division provided funding for 24 agencies at 52 sites to provide treatment for adults, and 10 agencies at 107 sites to offer services for adolescents. In the five-year period, there was a 26 percent increase in sites for adolescents and a 16 percent increase in sites for adults.

“There is still much more work that needs to be done in our community in terms of prevention and treatment,” said Alan Johnson, chief executive officer of Hina Mauka, Hawaii’s largest alcohol and drug treatment program that has provided recovery treatment and ongoing support for adults, teens and families for more than 40 years.

“However, we have a stronger, more comprehensive system of care to address the needs of our community,” added Johnson, who also serves as chairman of the Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition, which consists of about 20 treatment programs.

The Hawaii State Department of Health is now in the planning stages for transition and case management services as a next step in the treatment and recovery process to fill the community’s need. A request for proposal for these services will be issued in 2016 for services that begin 2017.


Young people addicted to crystal meth are more aggressive and impulsive, creating extra challenges for the Guelph outreach workers who are trying to help them, according to one agency in the city.hi-crystal-meth

Debbie Bentley-Lauzon is the executive director of Wyndham House, a short-term shelter and outreach centre that works with with youth, and she says that she has seen meth use rise over the past two years.

“Once a young person starts to use it, we do see changes in their behaviours, their aggressiveness, their impulsivity, as well as a lot of, from an agency perspective, a lot of theft and property damage because they’re just really focused on using meth, finding ways to purchase it and keeping that going,” said Bentley-Lauzon.

Guelph Police say meth seizure rates have swelled by 1500 per cent between 2012 and 2014 and youth outreach workers say that would coincide with the growing number of young people becoming hooked on the drug.

Meth is a problem in Guelph right now, as police work to stop the steady flow of the drug into the city and agencies such as Wyndham House work to help people who’ve become addicted to the drug.

Data on meth seizures from Guelph police show the city saw a rise of over 1500 per cent in the amount of meth seized by police in the city in just two years, from 2012 to 2014. That has coincided with growing use among younger people, and Lauzon-Bentley says she has seen meth addicts as young as 16 and 17 years old.

“I’m always shocked at how easy it is to get [crystal meth].” Debbie Bentley-Lauzon, executive director of Wyndham House in Guelph.

“Quite frankly, it can be very overwhelming for staff when you see that our aim is to provide a space where young people can take a breath out of the crisis of homelessness or whatever the immediate crisis is,” said Bentley-Lauzon. “Our aim to create that stable place for clients where they can envision that they have a bright future is made very difficult by the use of meth.”

She said Whyndham House has had to re-examine their training and expand the services and training they offer to staff, as well as bringing in outside addictions counselors to work with clients and provide staff education and training.

“We have seen some of our young female clients, in this community, become involved in sex work to finance their addictions. They recognize often that it’s very devastating to their future, but at the same time they’re really stuck in such a corner that they can’t see beyond that that’s really what they need to do, ” said Bentley-Lauzon.

“I think what is kind of an unacknowledged or a hidden secret is that at Wyndham House not all of our young people knocking on a shelter door come from homes where poverty is experienced. We have young people from every postal code and every income level,” said Bentley-Lauzon.

She encourages parents and community leaders to talk to kids early and to be open about the problem.

“I think it’s the idea that, maybe as a parent or as a community, if we don’t talk to them in advance, they won’t know about it and it’s not going to enter their world, but it is here and it is prevalent and I’m always shocked at how easy it is to get it,” said Bentley-Lauzon.


ANGOLA, Ind. (21Alive) — A Wednesday morning traffic stop in Angola led to the arrests of three people after a K-9 found a meth lab in the vehicle.

Police arrested Robert Phibbs and Casey Shuffstall on manufacturing in methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringes, and maintaining a common nuisance.Phibbs+Shuffstall+and+combs+mugs

Mindy Combs was arrested on manufacturing in methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringes and visiting a common nuisance.

Around 8:38 a.m., Angola Police K-9 named “Yogi” alerted officers, and after a search of the car, police found a meth lab, syringes, methamphetamine and other paraphernalia.

A small child was also in the car and was placed in the car of family members.

As the investigation continued, a search warrant was served at a 600 E. Brad Street house in Angola, where officers found more methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.


PUEBLO, Colo. – A mother accused of trying to choke her seven-week-old son to death told police she took meth hours before.

Savannah Jacobs, 28, appeared in court Thursday and waived her right to hear the charges against her.

Magistrate Kelle Thomas said it appears Jacobs is suffering from some mental health issues.Savannah-Jacobs-Mugshot-jpg

According to Jacobs’ arrest affidavit, she told police the night before the incident she “ate a small chunk of methamphetamine” and three hours before that “she did a line of meth.”

When she woke up Tuesday morning, Jacobs told police she started to hear voices saying she had forgotten someone’s birthday. She told police, “I hurt my child. I almost tried to kill him.”

Police received a call at 7:36 a.m. Tuesday, but the caller hung up. When dispatch called back, Jacobs answered and said she had just called 911 and said, “I need to call and tell I just tried to kill my son.”

Jacobs told police her son was sleeping when she placed her hands around the baby’s neck.

Noel Baros, a prevention coordinator at the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, said other parents can learn something from Jacobs’ case.

“Having a new child or even being a mom with a toddler or older kid is always a life-changing event,” Baros said. “It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed in situations while taking care of your children.”

In Jacobs’ case, police said her son didn’t suffer any serious injuries. But child advocates say there are signs to watch for if you suspect abuse.

“If the child is not wanting to go with the parent or they’re lashing out at school — those are usually signs that will start in at the beginning,” Baros said.

Jacobs faces several charges including attempted second-degree murder and child abuse.

A statewide campaign launched by the Colorado Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year aims to get more people to report child abuse. Most of the people who report suspected child abuse are mandated by the state to do so.

“I just think people don’t realize that they can call if they’re not a mandated reporter or more or less they don’t want to be the one to be like, ‘oh you reported me,'” Baros said.

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call 1-844-CO-4-KIDS to report abuse.

Additionally, if you know someone who needs help dealing with a mental health issue, there is a crisis hot line number they can call at 844-493-8255 (TALK).


COLUMBUS, Ind. (Sept. 10, 2015) – It started as a simple check on some travelers who ran out of gas and ended with three people in jail on methamphetamine charges.

Around 3 a.m. Wednesday, officers from the Columbus Police Department stopped to check on three people who were Ashley Georgestranded after their van ran out of gas on I-65 near mile marker 62.

They spoke to Alexander Piano Jr., 45, Indianapolis, who told police the van ran out of fuel a few miles south from their current location. Officers said Piano looked extremely nervous when they talked to him and noticed he was carrying a handgun.

He informed officers he didn’t have a permit for the firearm; police took him into custody.

Police also found Billy S. Patterson, 32, Indianapolis, and Ashley George, 28, a small bag of methamphetamineBeech Grove, inside the vehicle. While officers talked to them, a police K-9 indicated there were drugs inside. A search turned up a small bag of methamphetamine, syringes, electronic scales, a shotgun and a small safe.

After getting a search warrant, police opened the safe, where they found 2.3 pounds of meth valued at more than $100,000.

Piano, Patterson and George were taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine. Piano also faced a charge of possessing a handgun without a permit.


A 30-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing, delivering and possession of several controlled substances after investigators found six different types of narcotics in an apartment on Weber Road Thursday.865293

Tawanya Rabb was arrested after an investigation into neighbors’ complaints of drug dealing at an apartment in the 5200 block of Weber. The Corpus Christi Police Department Narcotics Vice Investigations Division served the warrant about 12:15 p.m.

Investigators seized 0.4 ounces of crack cocaine, 0.25 ounces of methamphetamine, 9830100.34 ounces of Alprazolam, 0.048 ounces of acetaminophen/hydrocodone, 0.33 ounces of hydrocodone and 0.14 ounces of Tramadol, according to news release.

Rabb is charged with manufacturing and intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Her bail is set at $41,000.


UNION Parish — Two out-of-state residents were arrested by the Union Parish Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents Tuesday Night.

Agents booked John R. Devaul, 44, of Virginia, and Gloria A. Gilmore, 44, of Wyoming into the Union Parish Detention Center.

They were charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. No bond has been set.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said the agents were on State Line Road north of Marion and observed a vehicle parked in the northbound lane.

Because there is a lot of logging operations in that area and logging equipment, the agents made contact with the couple.

A resulting search of the vehicle turned up one ounce of meth.


The Williamson County Sheriff’s office interdiction team is hard at work busting drug runners along Central Texas’ stretch of I-35.

“We’ve had a banner year in the last 12 months, actually probably in the past two years,” said Captain Mike Gleason. “Our loads have consisted of 20 plus gallons of meth oil, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pounds of marijuana,” he says of the drugs they’ve seized, that also includes “12-20 pounds of methamphetamine, it’s a lot.”

I-35 has also been called the “Cartel Corridor.” It runs from near the Southern tip of Texas to Canada’s border. In Texas, it’s one of many State Highways The Department of Public Safety is responsible for patrolling, highways that some say have become dangerous.

“I am not insinuating, I know that it’s a fact in Central Texas that people are dying because our Troopers are no longer here locally,” said Bill Gravell. He is Williamson County’s Precinct 4 Justice of The Peace. He is one of 4 J.P.’s in the county who certify deaths, including those at vehicle crash scenes.

As our FOX 7 investigation revealed, according to three different internal DPS highway reports, there’s been a dramatic rise in crash fatalities on State Highways over the past two years. In Central Texas, they’re up 71%. But, records show speeding tickets in the area are down, by 50%. The internal crash reports also show the border region is one of the only areas in Texas where crashes are down, 33.8% in 2 years.

“When the troopers are not on the road, people don’t obey the laws, when they’re not obeying the laws, people die,” Gravell says.

And he adds, “They have made a decision at the Capitol to shift all of our assets to South Texas, and here in Central Texas in the past year, it’s cost us an additional 85 lives on the highway.”

But, state highways aren’t the only Texas roads the DPS has been tasked to protect. During our 3-month long FOX 7 uncovered a contract between TXDot and the DPS. It required troopers to patrol the 49 miles of SH130 that runs through Central Texas. In late July. FOX 7 got a copy of the contract from TXDot through an open records request. It began in 2006, and it paid the DPS $6.7 million dollars over 5 years to employ 13 full-time troopers, 11 hired to cover the 49 mile Central Texas stretch of SH130.

“It wasn’t unusual at all to have 8-10 troopers here in our community everyday patrolling our streets and today a great day is if we can have 2 or 3,” says Gravell.

The contract expired in 2011. FOX 7 asked TXDot why it wasn’t renewed. Agency spokesperson Nick Wade told FOX on the record that TXDot was looking to cut costs and had proposed a lower amount but the DPS didn’t accept the new offer.

But in a written statement emailed later in the day on August 7th, TXDot backtracked saying quote “TXDot chose not to extend the contract in an effort to reduce costs and save taxpayer dollars.” We asked about the discrepancy, Wade said the agency never made an offer, they only proposed the scope of work. When the DPS told them how much it would cost, TXDot chose not to renew. FOX 7 immediately filed an open records request for those proposals but we have yet to receive them.

“Consequently SH130 & 45 doesn’t have a unit working them specifically,” says Judy Hobbs. She’s served Williamson County as a Justice of the Peace for Precinct 4 for more than 3 decades.

In 2014, TXDot did hire the Williamson County Constable’s office to go after habitual toll runners on the same 49 mile stretch of SH130. County records show Constables terminated the 5 year contract earlier this year after catching only 1 repeat offender, leaving no law enforcement agencies contractually obligated to cover that stretch of SH130.

“We go out there on the tollways and we work out there because you are trying to prevent, you are trying to prevent that 150/140 mile an hour collision,” says Captain Gleason. He runs the Williamson County Sheriff’s office traffic unit. Like other local agencies, his deputies are not required to work the tollway but do so anyway.

“When it’s quiet on the radio and there’s nothing going on, then they’ll venture out there and go looking for mules,” Gleason says of his deputies. That’s because, he adds Mexican drug cartels use the Tollway now instead of I-35. They, too, have noticed less law enforcement on there gives them more freedom to operate.

“Basically you can now mitigate travelling through San Antonio, New Braunfels, Austin, Hays County Sheriff’s Office, just every city along Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown and then drop in right to Dallas,” Gleason says of the thruway SH130 has created. “So you’ve defeated all interdiction units working that IH-35 by getting on a toll road that basically has no one on it,”

Alleged mules took SH130 in late July, sending Williamson County deputies on a wild chase. “Once they made it to 45,” says Gleason, “the suspects start throwing cell phones, guns, a half pound of methamphetamine out the window.”

The driver was caught but the passenger took off. Dozens of officers from several agencies were called in for the pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody hours later. “It sets a more dangerous tone because of the people you are dealing with,” Gleason says of the drug runners. “The people that deal large numbers of narcotics, such as the mules that come out of the border area, they all normally all have cartel ties to them.”

But being at the border is State Law Enforcement’s main priority, as DPS director Colonel Steve McCraw has testified on record. A directive ordered in June 2014 by then Governor Rick Perry. “They weren’t hired to be border patrol agents,” Bill Gravell says.

But that depends on who you ask. During the 2015 legislative session Governor Greg Abbott signed HB11, a bill that gives DPS roughly eight hundred million dollars to secure the border, including adding 250 troopers to the South Texas region by 2017. Supporters included Republican State Representatives and Senators from Williamson County.

“My motivation is simple,” says Gravell. A former pastor who is also a Republican is firm that his frustration isn’t political. “I am tired of getting up in the middle of the night and going to fatality accidents and seeing more dead people,” he says

And he’s worried he will see many more, “I would call on our Governor to really reconsider the deployment to South Texas of our DPS Troopers, let’s bring our men and women back home.”

FOX7 reached out to Governor Abbott’s office, they did not respond to our request for comment.

We also reached out to the Department of Public Safety for initial investigation into crashes on Williamson County Highways. They declined an interview but did send a statement,

“DPS was specifically directed by state leaders to begin the border surge in June 2014 to combat drug and human smuggling along the border.

Subsequently, DPS informed state leaders that the rotation of troopers from all across the state to the area of operation on the border was creating patrol gaps in other areas of the state. The Texas Legislature and Leadership responded by authorizing 250 additional trooper positions to be permanently stationed in the border area by August 2017.

It is important to note that all area law enforcement agencies play a role in reducing crashes in a given area, as does driver behavior. History has shown that most wrecks are preventable, so it is critical that all drivers pay close attention while driving and adhere to traffic laws at all times.

There is no evidence to suggest that border rotations played a role in the crashes you outlined.”


A new book proves a long-discussed rumor that Hitler’s Nazi soldiers were addicted to Pervitin, a pill form of crystal meth.

Adolf Hitler was intoxicated with drugs—nearly all of them. Throughout his reign of terror, he shot up anything from steroids to heroin before sending Nazis 35 million pills of meth—on one occasion alone.

The fact, long discussed in Nazi lore, has resurfaced with new details in a book out Thursday by German writer Norman Ohler titled Der Totale Rausch (The Total Rush). Ohler, an award-winning novelist and screenplay writer, spent years sifting through German and U.S. records to uncover more details about the Fuhrer’s drug-induced genocide, which led to the death of six million Jews.

To keep up with Hitler’s fast-paced killing machine, Nazis relied on what was essentially a pill form of crystal meth, called Pervitin. Synthesized by a chemist in Berlin and marketed for alertness, the drug was initially sold over the counter in pharmacies across Europe. Just one pill, says Ohler, gave the Nazis the alertness they needed to remain awake for hours.

A major report in Der Spiegel from 2005 initially told the story of how the drug was initially introduced to the German military force (Wehrmacht) after a military doctor’s experimentation of it on 90 college students led him to the conclusion that it would “help win the war.” Less than six months later, millions of the pills were flown to the front lines and handed out to the Nazis before invasions.

Overtime the habit turned to an addiction, as evidence in letters from the time. In November of 1939, one Nazi in Poland sent a letter to his family with a note that read: “It’s tough out here…Today I’m writing you mainly to ask for some Pervitin.” Six months later, he wrote again: “Perhaps you could get me some more Pervitin so that I can have a backup supply?” Then two months later: “If at all possible, please send me some more Pervitin.”

Ohler says the drug was used specifically for Blitzkreigs, including the invasion of Sudetenland, Poland, and France. The Nazis found Pervitin effective at keeping them awake for “days at a time,” allowing them to hike as many as 36 miles in a day.

Thanks, in part, to the ease with which they could obtain it, the Nazis believed it to be just “like coffee.”

Their use of the drug was no secret, at least in the beginning. Ohler found British press at the time glorifying the drug as a “miracle pill.” While use of the drug began to diminish once it was outlawed in 1941, Ohler spoke with one general who said it continued much longer.

It’s unclear whether or not Hitler used meth, but Ohler suggests he didn’t use Pervitin. If so, it was one of the few things he didn’t try. Based on the personal notes from Hitler’s own physician, Dr. Theodor Morrell, Hitler was “ceaselessly” injected with doping agents, dubious hormones, and hard drugs. By the time of his last offensive in the winter of 1944, Hitler had “long known no more sober days.”

Meth undoubtedly played a role in the Nazi’s ruthless and murderous rampage, at first flooding their brains with serotonin and dopamine, then later (when it began to wear off) sending them into fits of severe irritability, anger, and rage. Hitler’s use of heroin could have done even more damage. Entering his bloodstream near-instantly, the drug would have delivered him a rush of euphoria before spiraling him into a bleary-eyed state of delirium. But when the drug’s effects wore off it would give way to profuse sweating, severe agitation, and uncontrollable anger.

Both drugs cause significant long-term damage—specifically neurological. Continued use of meth can lead to mental deficiencies, aggressive behavior, and psychosis. Chronic use of heroin has been shown to deteriorate the brain, impairing decision-making and fueling irrational responses to stress.

But while other armed forces have been known for using drugs, it’s Hitler’s rampant drug use that Ohler says shocked him the most—an addiction that he says led him to “maintain his delusion until the end.”


A Salem man has been charged with several sex abuse crimes, as well as drug delivery crimes, after police say he delivered and administered heroin and methamphetamine to a girl under the age of 18, and raped and sodomized her.635774923389514304-635769531691641352-marion-mugs-016

Charles Raymond Allen Kline, 34, was formally charged September 4 with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance to a minor and two counts of application of a controlled substance to a minor.

Court documents indicate the alleged abuse took place in Marion County between August 21, 2015 and Aug. 23, 2015. According to the documents, the victim could not consent to the sexual intercourse by reason of “physical helplessness.”

At Kline’s arraignment, Marion County Circuit Judge Channing Bennett ordered bail be set at $1 million. Kline is set to appear for a plea hearing at the Marion County Courthouse Annex at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 15.


Among many scary things about the drug ice or methamphetamine, the scariest might be the way it makes users crazily violent.

So what’s going on in the mind of someone “crazed” on ice? The experts wish they knew for sure, but it’s hard to study the brains of people in a highly agitated ice-induced state.

Scientists doesn’t know exactly how drugs act on brain chemicals.

The full effects vary between individuals, and may be as complex as the brain itself.

The best knowledge so far:

▪ Ice stimulates the release of the release of two neurotransmitters or brain chemicals: dopamine and noradrenaline. These lead to intoxication similar to being drunk, making people feel excited, alert and euphoric but also, potentially, hyper-aroused, anxious and irritable.

▪ Depending on the dose, the effect can last between four and 12 hours, although it can take up to two days for the drug to leave the body completely.

▪ Noradrenaline increases the “fight or flight” reaction, which can make people respond aggressively if they feel threatened. They can also experience heightened strength, stamina and confidence, so other people feel more threatened by them.

▪ In some people – seemingly those who have heightened sensitivity to dopamine – ice causes psychosis.

▪ Agitation levels in ice-induced psychosis seem to be higher than in “normal” psychosis but otherwise the symptoms are indistinguishable.

▪ Common symptoms of psychosis are paranoia such as feeling as if you are being picked on or your mind is being read, and hallucinations such as smelling things that aren’t there or feeling you have bugs under your skin.

▪ The proportion of people who experience psychosis from ice use is unknown, although it is more common among long-term, heavy users. People with a family history of psychosis appear to be genetically predisposed to ice-use psychosis, although this is not yet certain.

The federal government is counting on the fear in its 30-second TV ad “Ice Destroys Lives”, which shows a well-dressed young man breaking free from police in a hospital; corridor and wreaking havoc among patients, staff and passers-by.

The real-life stories are no less frightening.

To take a recent sample:

▪ Billy Nicholls, former Hawthorn and Richmond footballer of “exemplary” character, is sentenced to 11 years’ jail after shooting two men in the leg in separate incidents while in an ice-induced psychosis.

▪ Police investigate the ice usage of John Torney, 31, charged with murdering his girlfriend’s two-year-old daughter after her body is discovered in the roof cavity of their house in Mildura, Victoria, with evidence of a blunt force injury.

▪ A 35-year-old man with a history of ice use is charged with stabbing his mother and seven-year-old nephew to death outside their home in Lalor Park in Sydney’s west.

Lawyers and judges are warning that newly addicted people, not previously known to the criminal justice system, are increasingly being charged with highly violent crimes on their first offences: armed robberies, aggravated burglaries, serious assaults and sex offences.

Professor Michael Farrell, director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, says he would love to know what proportion of ice users experience psychosis. .

“Initially we thought it was dose related, that when you take a lot, you go mad.”

But it turns out to be more complex than that. One of ice’s unusual attributes is that, in contrast to some other drugs, the brains of long-term users become more rather than less sensitized to it, so that smaller doses can have bigger effects.

“It’s important not to be too simplistic about these chemicals in the brain,” Professor Farrell said.

The “incredibly complex connections” between all the different brain parts are not well understood, but overactivity in one part of the brain can lead to underactivity in another part.

The combination of paranoia and hyper-arousal can add up to violence, he said.

“Basically, when you are in this psychotic state because of these chemical imbalances, you are under the influence of delusions,” Professor Farrell said.

Without referring to any specific cases, he said: “You have diminished responsibility because you are completely deluded.”

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Erica Gilbert, 24, of Oak Crest Lane in Gilmanton, was arrested at 3:40 p.m. on July 25, 2015, on a felony possession of controlled drugs charge and a bench warrant. An officer on patrol on Pleasant Street saw a woman who appeared to be 20150955f0cd4e54db9passed out in front of the Irving gas station slumped over. Since the weather was hot, the officer drove over to make sure she was OK. The woman, Gilbert, woke up and reportedly told the officer that she had been released from Concord Hospital earlier and was waiting for a ride. She stood up and was allegedly unsteady on her feet. A check yielded a bench warrant out of Laconia District Court for nonappearance in court from July 1, 2015, so she was arrested. During a search of a bag, the officer allegedly found five used hypodermic needles, a bottle cap, four spoons with residue, an Altoids case with numerous small baggies, and two strings in the form of a lasso. Gilbert allegedly admitted that the needles were used for methamphetamine, according to the report.


URBANA — A Kentucky woman found inside an apparent rolling methamphetamine lab is due back in court in November.

Lisa M. Amedick, 43, of Columbia, Ken., was charged Tuesday in Champaign County with unlawful possession of methamphetamine materials in connection with her arrest Monday night in Urbana.0910_loca_Lisa_Amedick

A Champaign County sheriff’s deputy’s report said a deputy ran a check of the license plates of a car driven by a man who was with Amedick on South Cottage Grove Avenue at Illinois Street about 8:45 p.m.

When the plates came back as stolen, the deputy pulled the car over. Amedick, who was in the passenger seat, said the vehicle was hers but said she couldn’t provide insurance or registration for it. She told the deputy she had bought the vehicle in Minnesota but was coming in to town with it from Missouri.

The man with Amedick gave the deputy a different account of how they came to be in Urbana and where they were headed, prompting the deputy to call for more help.

A drug-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of drugs in the car so deputies searched it. They found less than a tenth of a gram of white powder that field-tested positive for methamphetamine but also found coffee filters, gas cans modified to hold anhydrous ammonia, a section of garden hose, drain cleaner, Coleman fuel, lithium batteries, funnels, tubing and glassware, all items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Deputies also found ledgers containing the names of stores the couple had visited in different states.

The man with Amedick ran from deputies before they could get him under arrest. A warrant has been issued for him.

Judge John Kennedy set Amedick’s bond on the Class 2 felony charge at $3,000 and told her to be back in court Nov. 3.

If convicted, she faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.


8761189_G8761192_GLAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – Two women were arrested after authorities found a “one-pot” meth lab at a local motel, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers said in a news release.

Drug paraphernalia and marijuana were also found in the motel room where Ashley N. Spearing, 29, and Dawn L. Robinson, 31, were staying, Myers said.

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force responded to the motel on Martin Luther King Highway after being contacted by a U.S. Marshall’s Task Force, which found an inactive meth lab while serving a warrant, Myers said. The meth lab was longer releasing any hazardous chemicals.

Spearing and Robinson were booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center on charges of operation or creation of a clandestine lab and possession of drug paraphernalia. Robinson was also charged with marijuana possession. Their bonds are pending.


An Iron Range woman has admitted that she brought in a hitman to kill her boyfriend in 2014, and told authorities she’s coming forward now because she can’t live with the guilt.

Second-degree murder charges were filed Tuesday against Janessa Lynn Peters, 21, of Eveleth in the death of Harley Joseph Jacka in April 2014.Peters,%20Janessa

According to the criminal complaint, Peters confessed to authorities in an interview in the St. Louis County Jail in Duluth on Aug. 24. She was in jail at the time on charges of possession of methamphetamine.

Peters appeared Wednesday in the Virginia courthouse on both the murder and meth charges. Assistant County Attorney Karl Sundquist said Wednesday that he couldn’t comment on whether Peters offered money in exchange for the murder.

Jacka’s body was found on April 29, 2014, in an apartment at 207 Fifth St. in Virginia. An autopsy found he had been stabbed 15 times in the head, face, neck and chest. Four knives were found at the scene.

Anthony James Isham was arrested in Duluth days later in connection with the death of Jacka, 28. Two other persons of interest in the case, Bartholamy Jake Drift and John Edward Isham, already were in custody on unrelated charges.

But according to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday against Peters, it was Peters who told Drift that she had been in a relationship with Jacka and wanted to get out.

According to the complaint, last month Peters told investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Virginia Police Department that she asked Drift to get rid of Jacka at a party on April 27, 2014. Peters told investigators that Drift agreed to do it and that she brought Jacka to the party with the intent of having him killed there.

Peters said she went back to the apartment the next day, looked in the window and saw blood on the floor. She then met with Drift who confirmed he had killed Jacka.

According to the complaint, Peters also told investigators she could “just about guarantee that it was John Isham and Anthony Isham who assisted in the stabbing.”

When asked why she was confessing more than a year after the murder, Peters allegedly told authorities that “she just can’t live with herself anymore.”

“She contacted them” to come to the jail and hear her confession, Sundquist told the News Tribune. Peters’ next court appearance on the murder charge is set for Sept. 21.

Peters is being held in custody with bail set at $1 million. She was charged by a warrant issued by State District Judge Gary Paglaiccetti, and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the charge.

John Edward Isham, 39, has accumulated a lengthy rap sheet, including a murder conviction in 1992. He’s been charged and convicted of numerous assaults, a handful of thefts and a series of DWIs, among other cases, mostly in St. Louis County.

A trial date has been set for Nov. 10 for Anthony Isham, Sundquist said. Trials are expected later for Drift and John Isham. All three remain in custody on second degree murder charges.

Sundquist said he couldn’t comment on whether first degree charges might be sought against any of the four suspects. A grand jury indictment is necessary to seek first degree charges.


A Methamphetamine lab was raided at 407 1/2 Main Street in Delavan by Walworth County Drug Unit and Delavan Police Department.

Inside the apartment, Deputies located signs of methamphetamine manufacturing. The Deputies vented the apartments, and removed themselves from the apartment and waited for DEA Clandestine Lab Team to respond along with the City of Delavan Fire Department for decon and possible fire suppression. The DEA processed the lab location and then cleared along with the Delavan Fire Department.

Danial J.Carpenter, age 30, Delavan, was arrested on two counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine, possession of Methamphetamine waste, Manufacture of Methamphetamine and possession of Methamphetamine paraphernalia charges.

Also arrested and confined in the Walworth County Jail was Jennifer Volp from Delavan on possession of Methamphetamine waste, manufacturing Methamphetamine, and possession of Methamphetamine paraphernalia charges.

Paul Schmitt will have charges forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for Manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, and possession of THC charges.