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#109 Sep 2, 2009
Massive Drug Operation Sold Drugs in Value Meals, Police Say
Thousands of illegal drugs and stolen items were seized from one home in what police are calling one of the biggest drug busts in Pike County, Kentucky.
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 22 Comments Font Size: PIKE COUNTY, Ky.(WSAZ)-- Thousands of illegal drugs and stolen items were seized from one home in what police are calling one of the biggest drug busts in Pike County, Kentucky.

Police say Gary and Billie Helen Spears, both 65, ran an extensive drug operation out of their home.


They even offered "value meal deals of drugs" and traded stolen items if a buyer did not have cash.

“I haven't seen anything like this in ten years of police work that has equaled this amount of prescription medication,” Coal Run Village Police Chief Jeremiah Blair said.

Police say Friday night they saw a woman buy drugs at the home. That led to a traffic stop and a search at the home where Blair says they found illegal pills everywhere.

“They were Velcroed underneath tables. They were Velcroed and hidden in various places throughout the home,” Chief Blair said.

Officers also found hundreds of stolen items in the home.

“It resembled a flea market or a warehouse, there was so much merchandise. They were using a barter system where they would trade drugs back and forth, and trade drugs for merchandise,” Chief Blair said.

The items are guns, cell phones, tools, jewelry, antique money, and computers, according to Blair.

The Spears are charged with drug trafficking and tampering with physical evidence.

Two people from the traffic stop that led to the search, 36-year-old Betty Hamilton and 32-year-old Brian Thacker, were also arrested.
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#110 Sep 2, 2009
LEWIS CO. KY.-- Another weekend, another drug round-up in Lewis County Kentucky.
20 people were arrested Saturday morning after a nine month FADE Task Force investigation into the abuse of prescription pills.
Members of the FADE Drug Task Force and the Vanceburg Police Department say the drugs came from a pain clinic in South Florida.
This is the second drug-round up in a month's time in Lewis County.
Here's a list of the suspects charged during the round-up:
Stella Colegrove
Eddie Howard
Aaron Evans
James Hill
Nakala Bloomfield
Susan Bailey
Denver Carroll
Tara Burriss
Michael Hobbs
Kayla Johnson
Sylvia Gibson
Michael Gibson
Debra Johnson
Eric Taylor
Eimothy Evans
Mitchesll Cooper
Michelle Vienneau
Chris Lacy
Charles Gilliam
Kippy Clark
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#111 Sep 2, 2009
Posted: 2:56 PM Aug 26, 2009

Five Ohioans Arrested During Traffic Stop in Grayson
Officers say they seized more than $2,100 in cash, a quantity of various pills including Oxycodone, Xanax, Ecstasy, and drug paraphernalia.
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 8 Comments Font Size: GRAYSON, Ky.(WSAZ)-- Five people are under arrest following a traffic stop on Interstate 64 in Grayson, Ky. shortly before midnight Tuesday.

Grayson Police tell WSAZ.com the five are charged with engaging in organized crime, and trafficking in a controlled substance


Officers say they seized more than $2,100 in cash, a quantity of various pills including Oxycodone, Xanax, Ecstasy, and drug paraphernalia.

The five arrested are:

Robert Ruhe, 29, of Columbus, Ohio

Amanda Catterson, 24, of Marysville, Ohio

Tracy Montgomery, 21, of Columbus, Ohio

Timothy Gouch, 27, of Columbus, Ohio

Nicholas Lyons, 26, of Grove City, Ohio

The five are being held in the Carter county Detention Center.

Members of the FADE Task Force and Kentucky State Police assisted in the arrests.
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#112 Sep 2, 2009
Combating Prescription Drug Abuse
Police from three states were in Gallia County, Ohio, Tuesday learning new tactics in fighting the war on prescription drug abuse.
Posted: 1:28 PM Aug 18, 2009
Reporter: Carrie Cline
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 23 Comments Font Size: UPDATE @ 6pm
GALLIPOLIS, Ohio (WSAZ)-- Law enforcement officers in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky took a day Tuesday to say this: prescription pill abusers may put up a fight, but we're reloading and doubling our efforts to win the war.

The officers attended a seminar sponsored by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and Purdue Pharma.


Local residents such as Joe Davis know the horror of drug abuse. When we talked to Davis, he was down and out and behind bars because of his addiction to prescription drugs. Jails across the region are packed with many people similar to Davis.

That's why the fight is on -- how does law enforcement keep up with this changing powerful beast that's infiltrating every corner of our communities?

Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin, offered the free seminar in Gallipolis. Officers from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky received an inside look at how the usual suspects are turning to new trends. They assembled an online network called Rx patrol to consolidate information on pharmacy crimes and help police and pharmacists track the problems.

The Gallia County Sheriff's Department hosted and sponsored the seminar.
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#113 Sep 2, 2009
Prescription Pills Stolen From Floyd Co. Rite Aid; Two Arrested
Police say they caught the two men they believe broke into a Floyd County pharmacy and stole ten thousand pills.
Posted: 7:50 AM Aug 25, 2009
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 13 Comments Font Size: UPDATE: Tuesday, August 25 @ 7:50am

PRESTONSBURG, Ky.(WSAZ)-- Police say they caught the two men they believe broke into a Floyd County pharmacy and stole ten thousand pills.


Police charged Michael Kimmell of Betsy Layne and Larry O. Blackburn of Gulnare with the theft.

The two were already in the Pike County Detention Center after Kentucky State Police arrested them on unrelated charges last week.

Prestonsburg Police say five thousand pills were in their car during that arrest.

Investigators are trying to find out if the pills are from the Rite-Aid theft.
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#114 Sep 2, 2009
Posted: 10:24 PM Sep 1, 2009

Fighting the Influx of Illegal Florida Drugs
As police meet one threat, drug dealers use a different approach. A few surprise packages found during a recent traffic stop led investigators to a new wrinkle in the well known Florida pain pill connection.
Reporter: Randy Yohe
Email Address: [email protected]

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Fighting Influx of Drugs


Story 10 Comments Font Size: GREENUP COUNTY, Ky.(WSAZ)-- Stopping the flow of illegal drugs into our area is a battle with an ever-changing landscape.

As police meet one threat, drug dealers use a different approach. A few surprise packages found during a recent traffic stop led investigators to a new wrinkle in the well known Florida pain pill connection.


Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper has set up a special drug interdiction unit. As funds become available, deputies work on their off hours, using new intelligence in targeting suspected drug dealers.
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#115 Sep 2, 2009
Children Found in Home with Meth Lab, Parents Arrested
Two children were put in custody of their grandfather Monday afternoon after meth was found in their parents' home.
Posted: 9:24 PM Aug 24, 2009
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 12 Comments Map Font Size: ST. ALBANS, W.Va.(WSAZ)– Two children were put in custody of their grandfather Monday afternoon after meth was found in their parents' home.

Detectives from the Metro Drug Unit found a suspected meth lab at 2700 block of Bard Avenue. 30-year-old Matthew Utterback and his 28-year-old girlfriend, Rachel Haynes, were both arrested.


Both are charged in connection with the lab and for endangering their children. They are parents of an 8-year-old and 2-year-old. Some of the lab components were found in the 2-year-old’s room.

Detectives say one of the adults had been smoking meth in the house Monday around the children.

Utterback and Haynes were taken to Kanawha County Magistrate Court for arraignment on the charges.

The children were taken to a local hospital to be checked for meth-related symptoms. Child Protective Services placed them with their grandfather.
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#116 Sep 2, 2009
Pair Arrested on Meth Charges in Martin County
Two Martin County, Ky., residents are under arrest on various meth charges.
Posted: 9:28 AM Aug 12, 2009
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 1 Comments Font Size: MARTIN COUNTY, Ky.(WSAZ)-- Two Martin County, Ky., residents are under arrest on various meth charges.

Sheriff Garmon Preece says James Goble, and Jennifer Adams were arrested Monday after officers found a meth lab at a house at Little Laurel Creek on Rockcastle Road.


Sheriff Preece says Kentucky State Police sent a decontamination unit to the scene to dismantle the meth lab and remove all hazardous materials.

The couple’s 14-month-old child, who was at the house, was taken into custody by social services.

Goble and Adams are being held at Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.
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#117 Sep 2, 2009
Grayson Man Arrested in Connection with Subway Armed Robbery
A 22-year-old Grayson, Ky., man was arrested in connection with an armed robbery that occurred about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Subway restaurant along state Route 1947. Austin D. Burchett was charged with first-degree robbery and is in custody in the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson.
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 11 Comments Font Size: GRAYSON, Ky.(WSAZ)-- A 22-year-old Grayson man was arrested in connection with an armed robbery that occurred about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Subway restaurant along state Route 1947.

Austin D. Burchett was charged with first-degree robbery and is in custody in the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, according to a news release from the Grayson Police Department.


The release states that a man held a male Subway employee at gunpoint as he was taking out the trash. The employee was led back inside the business and his hands were tied behind his back. The suspect, who was wearing a "hoodie," jeans and a ski mask, emptied out the cash register drawer and took an undisclosed amount of money.

If convicted, Burchett faces 10 to 20 years in prison.

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#119 Sep 2, 2009
Jury Convicts Leader of Ohio Heroin Ring
A federal jury has convicted a man the government said was the leader of an Ohio ring that moved more than $1 million in heroin a year.
Reporter: The Associated Press
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 4 Comments Font Size: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)- A federal jury has convicted a man the
government said was the leader of an Ohio ring that moved more than
$1 million in heroin a year.

54-year-old Ronald Kelsor was found guilty Monday on all
22 counts against him, including conspiracy to distribute more than
1,000 grams of heroin, and possession of a firearm in the
furtherance of a drug crime.


Kelsor was arrested last year and was one of 32 people charged
in a ring that authorities said moved Mexican heroin between
Marysville and Nelsonville.

His was the only case to go to trial; 29 other defendants made plea
deals, and two died.

Kelsor faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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#120 Sep 2, 2009
Some of you people don't realize that a lot of eldery and just ordinary people in severe pain rely on presciption drugs. Why are you demoralizing prescription?

It could be a case of bad grammar. The term used should be "ILLEGAL prescription drugs." Okay?

Everyone reading this will or has taken a prescription drug for pain.
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#121 Sep 2, 2009
US Marshals Round Up 500 W.Va. Fugitives
The U.S. Marshals Service has rounded up more than 500 fugitives across West Virginia, including a man in Marshall County who tried to hide 25 feet up a tree. WEB EXTRA: watch Randy Yohe's exclusive behind-the-scenes report on this sting operation.
Posted: 12:25 PM Jul 9, 2009
Reporter: The Associated Press, WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 25 Comments Font Size: WEB EXTRA: watch Randy Yohe's exclusive behind-the-scenes report on this sting operations. Click on the video link above.

CHARLESTON, W.Va.(AP)-- The U.S. Marshals Service has rounded up more than 500 fugitives across West Virginia, including a man in Marshall County who tried to hide 25 feet up a tree.


Operation Falcon is an annual monthlong venture between the marshals and officers from state, federal and local agencies. Each is temporarily sworn in as a special deputy marshal for the project.

John Clark, director of the Marshals Service, says the goal is to keep communities safe.

Clark said Thursday the fugitives caught throughout June were wanted on warrants that included murder, sexual assault and robbery charges.

One suspect was captured July 1 after fleeing into the woods. K-9 teams found him hiding up a tree. The man had been charged with breaking into a home in Cameron and shooting the occupant.

According to published reports, 169 were arrested in central Ohio.

The Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Task Force cleared 188 warrants with the arrests. Some fugitives have more than one warrant out for their arrest.

During June sweep, 50 officers spent two weeks tracking down fugitives in central Ohio. The suspects are facing anything from murder and drug charges to charges related to sex crimes.
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#122 Sep 2, 2009
Anonymous Tip Leads Troopers to Marijuana Grow
Kentucky State Police received an anonymous tip of marijuana growing in and around a residence in the Brushy community of Pike County.
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: [email protected]

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Story 14 Comments Font Size: PIKE COUNTY, Ky.(WSAZ)-- Kentucky State Police received an anonymous tip of marijuana growing in and around a residence in the Brushy community of Pike County.

Troopers from Post 9 were able to locate and confiscate 116 marijuana plants in and around a residence.


No arrests have been made at this time, but troopers are still investigating

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#123 Sep 2, 2009
Deputies Seize 50 Marijuana Plants
50 marijuana plants are now in the hands of the Greenup County Sheriff's Department.
Posted: 7:12 AM Aug 1, 2009
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 76 Comments Font Size: GREENUP COUNTY, Ky.(WSAZ)-- 50 marijuana plants are now in the hands of the Greenup County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies took the plants from three different locations Friday - from a home on the Greenup-Lewis County line and a home in Beatyville.


A press release from Sheriff Keith Cooper says all the plants were about six feet tall and were being tended like a garden.

Arrests are pending in at least two of the cases.
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#124 Sep 2, 2009
Posted: 6:14 PM Sep 2, 2009

Man Charged For Selling Crack Cocaine
A man from Hurricane has been sentenced to 60 months in prison for selling crack cocaine.
Reporter: Kallie Cart
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 0 Comments Font Size: CHARLESTON, W.Va.(WSAZ)-- A man from Hurricane was sentenced to 60 months in prison for selling crack cocaine.

Twenty-eight-year-old Eric Neal was sentenced by a federal judge Wednesday.


Neal pleaded guilty to the charge in June.

In March, Neal sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Metro Drug Unit. After the sell, investigators stopped Neal on Kanawha Boulevard. They found money and 39 grams of crack in his car, which he admitted he had planned to sell.
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#125 Sep 2, 2009
Moonshine Still Found in Eastern Ky.
A moonshine still has been found in the eastern Kentucky hills.
Reporter: Associated Press
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 58 Comments Font Size: HAZARD, Ky.(AP)- A moonshine still has been found in the eastern Kentucky hills.

Kentucky State Police said they found it in the Rockhouse community of Leslie County.


They charged 66-year-old Lee Bray with making and selling unlicensed alcohol, illegally possessing and selling alcohol in a dry territory, cultivating marijuana and having controlled prescription drugs not in a proper container.

An anonymous tip led KSP officers and a Leslie County deputy to Bray's home on Tuesday, where they found the still, 28 gallons of processed moonshine whiskey, a few marijuana plants and 13 prescription pills that were not in a pharmacy container.
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#126 Sep 2, 2009
Updated: 11:43 AM Aug 29, 2009
POLICE: Teens Found Unconscious in Traffic, High on Inhalants
A bizarre traffic stop has put one teen in jail, and police say drugs are at the root of the problem.
Posted: 9:45 AM Aug 29, 2009
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: [email protected]
Story 92 Comments Font Size: ST. ALBANS, W.Va.(WSAZ)-- A bizarre traffic stop has put one teen in jail, and police say drugs are at the root of the problem.
St. Albans police say 18-year-old Jonathan Duff was behind the wheel of a car that was sitting in traffic on Park Street, not moving.
That's when police found Duff and a female passenger unconscious in the car. Officers believe they were both huffing inhalants. Police also found Oxycodone pills in Duff's pocket.
It all happened around 8 p.m. Friday night.
Officers also noticed that Duff's car matched the description of a car they were looking for. They believe Duff was also the one responsible for hitting and damaging a chain link fence at the Love Lexus car dealership in St. Albans.
Duff is in the South Central Regional Jail, charged with a handful of crimes. The most serious is DUI, but also include simple possession, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license. He was also out on bond for transferring and receiving stolen property.
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#127 Sep 2, 2009
Scioto County Ohioans Fighting Pain Pill Abuse
Despite the troubling local Florida connection to Miami area pain pill mills, one local county with a growing pain pill problem is fighting back. Scioto County Health Commissioner Dr. Aaron Adams said a local coroner's study shows a dramatic rise in overdose deaths from prescription painkillers.
Posted: 9:04 PM Aug 14, 2009
Reporter: Randy Yohe
Email Address: [email protected]


Story 73 Comments Font Size: PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ)-- Despite the troubling local Florida connection to Miami area pain pill mills, one local county with a growing pain pill problem is fighting back.

Scioto County Health Commissioner Dr. Aaron Adams said a local coroner's study shows a dramatic rise in overdose deaths from prescription painkillers. Furthermore, Scioto County's overdose death rate ranks second statewide to Montgomery County and the Dayton area.


Dr. Adams said the fact that local pharmacies refuse to fill these pain clinic prescriptions -- mainly because the clinic works on a cash-only basis with no health insurance and all the out-of-state customers -- highlights a countywide concern.

In October, the Scioto County Health Department will lead a community wide symposium, specifically targeting the epidemic of local pain pill abuse and how to fight back.

"We have to have a plan," Dr. Adams said. "Make sure the people who need pain medication get it and keep the rest off the street."

A spokesman with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency said the DEA is well aware of the new pain clinics in Scioto County but can not comment any further at this time on any possible ongoing federal investigation.
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#128 Sep 2, 2009
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Deputies Seize 50 Marijuana Plants
50 marijuana plants are now in the hands of the Greenup County Sheriff's Department.
Posted: 7:12 AM Aug 1, 2009
Reporter: WSAZ News Staff
Email Address: [email protected]
Story 76 Comments Font Size: GREENUP COUNTY, Ky.(WSAZ)-- 50 marijuana plants are now in the hands of the Greenup County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies took the plants from three different locations Friday - from a home on the Greenup-Lewis County line and a home in Beatyville.
A press release from Sheriff Keith Cooper says all the plants were about six feet tall and were being tended like a garden.
Arrests are pending in at least two of the cases.
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Finally after all the posting it looks like people are starting to listen and call. Thank GOD for them and keep up the calls people,it's working.

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#129 Sep 3, 2009
baffled at people wrote:
<quoted text> Finally after all the posting it looks like people are starting to listen and call. Thank GOD for them and keep up the calls people,it's working.
Ooooh, killer marijuana. I am sooo scared.

What a great beau coup, crimbusters. Meanwhile, you can always get all the crystal meth and crack that you want from your area. Pot heads are a lot easier to bust than speed freaks.

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