BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Dec 19 2010 (AP) — An Alabama sheriff’s deputy who had to chase down a swerving garbage truck found something unexpected inside — a plastic bottle being used to cook methamphetamine.
Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jack Self says a deputy tried to pull over the garbage truck Friday after seeing it veer into oncoming traffic and then jerk back to the right.
After a brief chase, the driver pulled over. Self says the deputy found methamphetamine and drug paraphenalia on the driver. A search of the truck also turned up a plastic soda bottle, swollen under pressure from meth cooking inside.
The driver, Jeffrey Palmer of Dora, and a passenger, Lesley Jay Carver, were arrested on drug charges. Palmer also faces several traffic violations.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department launched an investigation months ago into the operations at Mentone Patients Association, 1944 Mentone Blvd.
Deputies served five warrants at the collective, two homes – one in Yucaipa and another in San Dimas – and a warehouse in Santa Fe Springs.
Deputies arrested Shannon Troncoso, 38, Luis Albert Hernandez, 40, Jason Craig Ramsey, 40, Gail Marie Shea, 38, Mayra Agueda Godoy, 25, and Tod Lee McDonald, 43.
Sheriff Rod Hoops called the collective’s operation a “flagrant abuse of the medical marijuana laws.”
Investigators seized about 10 pounds of marijuana, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.
Investigators also found handguns, rifles and shotguns, and about $15,000 in cash.
Investigators launched a probe after they identified that the collective was violating Proposition 215, a California law passed in 1996 that governs the use and sale of medical marijuana. Collectives under Proposition 215, are required to provide medical marijuana to members and take donations, Bachman said.
“They were operating a business and were selling marijuana for profit, and that’s illegal,” Bachman said.
The collective also failed to report income and pay proper taxes to the State Board of Equalization, according to a news release.
Troncoso was arrested at the collective and was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, unlawful marijuana distribution and possession of marijuana.
Shea, Troncoso’s girlfriend, was arrested at the couple’s San Dimas home on the same charges.
Godoy, a salesperson at the collective, was arrested on the same charges.
Hernandez, worked as a security guard at the collective, was arrested at his Yucaipa home on the same charges. He was also arrested on outstanding warrants for driving under the influence, failure to appear, driving with a suspended license and a handful of minor traffic violations, Bachman said.
Ramsey, also a security guard, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of a firearm, Bachman said. He also received a street gang enhancement for allegedly being a member of the Diablos motorcycle gang.
Deputies did not find clear evidence that McDonald was involved with the collective, Bachman said. He was at Hernandez’s home when deputies served the warrant. McDonald was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. His bail is set at $25,000.
Bail for the five other suspects was set at $500,000 each.
Shea was booked at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. The other four suspects were booked at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.
Source:Redlands News Facts
CLEARWATER Fla Dec 19 2010 – A shoplifter nabbed a pair of boots from a Marshalls department store and then tried to run over a store security guard who tried to catch her, police said.
Santana Gamble, 25, was arrested Thursday on charges including theft, aggravated assault and felony battery. At one point, Gamble bit a security guard, said Joelle Castelli, spokeswoman for the city of Clearwater.
Gamble went into the Marshalls at 21323 U.S. 19 before 7 p.m. Thursday, took an anti-theft device off a pair of boots, then walked out with them, Castelli said. Security guards tried taking her into custody, but she got into her 1994 Honda and hit two parked cars before stopping.
Authorities found about 70 items that had been stolen from Ross or Family Dollar department stores, Castelli said.
Sheriff’s officials say 48-year-old Stephen Wolford, a teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Corona, was arrested Thursday at his home on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under age 14 with force.
Investigators at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s station received a report of possible child molestation in June and conducted an investigation. The district attorney’s office reviewed the case and issued an arrest warrant.
Wolford was booked and released from jail on $25,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 10. He could not be immediately reached for comment.
JOHNSTON COUNTY NC Dec 19 2010 — A former West Johnston High School resource officer faces charges after allegedly sending photos of himself to a student at the school.
As ABC11 reported in October, Todd Fair, 40, was fired by Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell after an investigation was launched into the alleged incident.
Bizzell called Fair’s behavior unbecoming of an officer, but declined to say exactly what was in the photographs.
He said Fair admitted sending photos to the student.
Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle was asked by Bizzell to investigate the incident, and her department called in the SBI.
Fair is now charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a child, and two counts of disseminating obscenities to a minor.
He was released on a $24,900 bond.
Warrants allege the incident occurred on March 1, 2009.
Fair had been with the sheriff’s office for 10 years.
Gulf Breeze Fla Dec 19 2010 The Gulf Breeze Police Department is looking for a woman who has been posing as a nurse and stealing women’s wallets.
There have been two recent incidents in Gulf Breeze — one at Andrews Institute and another at the women’s clinic near Gulf Breeze Hospital.
The woman also is believed to have committed similar thefts at medical facilities in Alabama and Georgia, Gulf Breeze police investigator Chris Henderson said.
The woman targets her victims while walking through the facilities dressed in scrubs, he said.
When the woman gets the victims’ wallets, she mostly uses their credit cards to buy American Express gift cards, Henderson said.
She uses the gift cards to pay for things like hotel stays, he said.
Henderson said he is not sure of the woman’s identity.
“I am dying to get her identified and ruin her Christmas,” he said.
INDIANAPOLIS IN DEC 19 2010 — A man robbed an Indianapolis fast food restaurant Saturday, firing shots at a security guard who tried to chase him down, police said.
Workers at the Long John Silver’s restaurant at 10030 E. 38th St. told police that a man held up the business just before 6 p.m., pulling a handgun and demanding money.
After getting an undetermined amount of cash, the man ran from the building, but was chased by a private security guard who had heard workers’ screams for help, police said.
The guard told police that he chased the man for a short distance before the man turned around and fired what the guard believed was two shots.
The security officer, who was not struck, said he returned two shots of his own, but he did not hit the robber, police said.
Indianapolis and Lawrence police searched the area for several hours but did not find the man.
The robber was described as black, between 6 feet 1 inch and 6 feet 3 inches tall, wearing all black and missing a front tooth.
No one was injured in the robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to call Indianapolis robbery detectives at 317-327-3733 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.
ST. LOUIS MO Dec 19 2010 (AP) — The St. Louis Police Department says a 16-year veteran of the department found dead at the riverfront apparently killed himself.
The department said the body of Sgt. William Vize was found early Saturday outside his squad car on a street near the Mississippi River. The Police Department said an investigation was being conducted, but the death appears to be a suicide.
Police said Vize apparently used his duty weapon to shoot himself. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the pistol was found near the body.