A newly reported case of krokodil in Ohio has a local sheriff offering drug users shocking advice.
A needle drug user in Athens County who had pus-filled, scaly scars where she had injected told detectives that she bought what she thought was heroin from a dealer who had in turn got his supply from Columbus.
After seeing the wounds, Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly told 10TV that he’s convinced the drug she got was krokodil, an injectable heroin substitute with impurities that destroy blood vessels and cause flesh to rot off the bone. That concern has led the sheriff to advise users to get their drugs from a source that they trust.
“I’m hoping that they won’t use heroin at all, but I’m not that naive. To say ‘get your heroin from a trusted source’ sounds ridiculous coming from a sheriff,” Kelly told the station. “But if you’re going to have to get your fix, you’re not going to want to get ahold of krokodil.”
Krokodil, a street drug that is made by cooking crushed codeine pills with household substances like paint thinner or gasoline, leaves green, scaly scars on users. Although multiple cases of the drug have been reported by doctors and local law enforcement across North America since September, the Drug Enforcement Administration has yet to confirm that the drug is present in the United States.
In order for the DEA to confirm krokodil’s presence in the United States, agents would have to catch the drug in production or confirm the presence of desomorphine (the active ingredient in krokodil) and household hydrocarbons in a sample, an agency spokesman told The Huffington Post on Friday.
But to Kelly, the threat is real and a cause for concern.
“I’ve been worried about methamphetamine and heroin for years,” Kelly told the station. “This just gives us another drug to be worried about.”
Officials skeptical of the drug, which was first reported in Russia several years ago, have suggested that the sores on users’ skin could come from bacterial infections spread by using dirty needles.
If that is the case, harm-reduction practices such as using clean needles from needle exchanges could help reduce the incidence of the gangrenous sores. But with krokodil, the damage to the body occurs from the impurities in the drug itself.
“If it’s on the table of our drug users, it’s gonna get out there,” Roger Lowe, who runs a traveling needle exchange in Northeastern Ohio, told WKYC in October. “I think we’re gonna see more of it and I’m terrified of what’s gonna happen.”
“It was hard, it was tough. Being in jail for something you didn’t do,” Bryant D. Davis explains. Davis would have never imagined something like this happening to him-especially NOT in front of his own house in Little Rock.
Davis continues, “He asked me, did you have any warrants? I was like no. He ran it and was like man, I thought you didn’t have any warrants and I said I don’t. He said it shows that shows that you have a warrant out of Bastrop, Louisiana.”
Falsely accused, arrested and extradited to Morehouse Parish Jail in Bastrop, Louisiana, Davis spent a total of seven weeks behind bars, charged with bank fraud and attempt to commit bank fraud. He says, “I told him that day, that moment, I’m a victim of identity theft.”
In surveillance video from September of 2012 in Bastrop Super Food, you can see a black male cashing a fraudulent check. This man used Davis’ license, but that man is not Bryant Davis. Davis explains, “No one would help me in the situation, no one would talk to me or anything like that. They wouldn’t even point me in the direction to go in.”
Feeling like he had nowhere to turn, Davis reached out to his father to see what he could do. His dad, Bryant K. Davis says, “My main goal was to get him back here with us. We weren’t stopping until we got him here.”
Getting no cooperation from officials in Bastrop is what led Davis’ dad to enlist help from a special investigator at the Arkansas Attorney General’s office. He explains, “Got them to actually look at the video. And after they looked at the video, there was no question that they had the wrong person.”
After spending nearly two months behind bars for a crime he did not commit, Davis and his family are thankful for the people who helped him prove his innocence. Now, he is on a mission to make sure this does not happen to anyone else. He says, “There’s got to be a way, something that can be done to stop it.”
A woman whose husband was convicted of starting a fire that killed three of their children and badly burned her is accused of identity theft while was she was recovering.
Sharon Wand, 28, was charged earlier this month with six felony counts of identity theft and one count of misdemeanor theft in Iowa County, according to the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/17XwviY).
Wand sustained third-degree burns over much of her body during Argyle fire in September 2012. Killed were 7-year-old Allen Wand, 5-year-old, Jeffery Wand and 3-year-old Joseph Wand. Her 2-year-old daughter, Jessica, survived. Her husband, Armin Wand III, and his brother, Jeremy Wand, were eventually convicted.
Wand was pregnant at the time and lost the fetus.
According to the criminal complaint, while recovering at a Dodgeville nursing home the 28-year-old allegedly ordered flowers for herself for Mother’s Day from two different florists using names of at least five different people. The florists later learned that the addresses were incorrect.
Two of the orders included two bouquets and totaled $47.20 each, a third order for three bouquets totaled $82.52, and a fourth order for three bouquets totaled $88.31.
Police interviewed Wand with her guardian present at her room May 20, and Wand said she was shocked when she received all the flowers.
Wand said three of the people whose names were used to charge for the flowers were her cousins and she didn’t know the other two names.
In May, Wand was charged with three counts of misdemeanor theft after police said she stole jewelry, a ceramic figurine and other items at the same facility.
A status conference is set for Nov. 12 for all the charges.
A message left Sunday for Wand’s attorney was not immediately returned.
Two billboards have been put up asking for information in the disappearance of Madison County teen.
Brookelyn Farthing, whose 19th birthday was August 19, was last seen in a Berea home on June 22, a home that was damaged by fire the same night she went missing.
Officials have searched several square miles in the area where Farthing , but they have not found any clues.
Farthing’s stepfather told the Huffington Post that Farthing sent texts to friends asking for a ride home the night she disappeared. Her ex-fiancee agreed to pick her up when he got off work, but before he could, another text was sent from her phone saying she was fine and going to another party.
Soon after, crews responded to a fire at the Berea home. The teenager was nowhere to be found, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Her stepfather told the Huffington Post he doesn’t believe that last text was from Farthing, and that something happened to her before it was sent.
Farthing’s family is offering a $2,000 reward leading to her return.
Police in Jessamine County are searching for a prisoner who escaped custody from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Monday afternoon.
Fayette County Sheriff officials they are searching for Christian Lynn Cox. Earlier, Monday, a deputy with the Office of the Fayette Sheriff was transporting Cox from the Jessamine County Detention Center to the Lexington Division of Community Corrections when he exited the vehicle and escaped the custody of the transporting deputy. This escape occurred in Jessamine County and the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff has received assistance from the Nicholasville Police Department and the Lexington Division of Police.
Cox is wanted on an outstanding warrant for Probation Violation and additional charges are pending. The search is continuing and anyone with information should immediately call the Office of the Fayette County Sheriff at 859-252-1771.
Authorities today resumed their search for a 19-year-old woman who vanished into a Washington forest on a “spiritual quest” sporting only a fanny pack, three days after they had to suspend the rescue effort because they didn’t have enough people to look for her.
Maureen Kelly of Vancouver, Wash., has not been seen since she left Canyon Creek Campground at Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington on Sunday evening, according to Skamania County Undersheriff Dave CoxGifford Pinchot National Forest.
Cox said there were “very limited resources during the week” to continue to search for Kelly. While organized search efforts were suspended on Wednesday, approximately 50 state-certified searchers have made themselves available for an all day search effort today, he said.
“It should be a good day to go find her,” Cox told ABCNews.com today. “Right now we’re hoping she wants to be found.”
Cox said friends of Kelly’s who were with her at the campsite expected her to return within a few hours. While she did not indicate when she would return, her friends called the sheriff’s office just after midnight Monday morning to report her missing.
“She had talked about doing this spiritual quest for evidently quite some time,” he said. “The folks that she was with, they felt that this was something she needed to do.”
Cox said it is believed Kelly only had a knife, a compass and matches with her in the fanny pack.
Weather in the forest has been on the cooler side since Kelly went missing, Cox said. The region has received a good amount of rain and temperatures have dropped as low as the mid-40s at night.
In addition to hypothermia, Cox said there are a number of hazardous conditions that could endanger Kelly’s life.
“There’s always a risk of injury in the territory she’s in — it’s very deep and rugged,” he said. “There’s a lot of debris on the forest floor, so she could slip on moss, or break a leg. There are a lot of different scenarios you could run into.”
The sheriff’s office does not have photos of Kelly for identification purposes, but authorities are aware of Kelly’s physical characteristics.
“There aren’t too many folks we know of that are missing here without clothes on,” Cox said.
A Lexington woman has apologized after racking up nearly $3,000 in purchases on an elderly woman’s credit card.
LEX 18 first brought you this story Sunday and showed you surveillance pictures taken from inside a Lexington Walmart. The pictures show Mabel Sifuentes, April Jasso and Todd Thomas buying hundreds of dollars worth of items on a credit card the group allegedly stole from their employer.
Police say they also used the card to take a trip to Florida. after our story aired on LEX 18 Sunday, Sifuentes reached out to us to tell her side of the story and apologize. “I guess I wasn’t thinking, ” she said. “I was at fault. I am an adult and I do have an adult mind and I did make a mistake. I will pay back everything that I am guilty of.”
Sifuentes says the trip to Florida was not a vacation, but a trip to pick up her belongings as she moved to Lexington.
Regardless she says that she will take responsibility for her actions in court later this month.
Police and FBI agents across the country are receiving reports of a disturbing video depicting child pornography on Facebook that has spread on the social network like a poisonous weed.
Reports began last week of a video showing a white male with brown hair and a dark circular mark on his right forearm sexually abusing a young girl — a video that was reportedly shared tens of thousands of times and received 4,000 “likes” on Facebook.
The pornographic video itself is old and was first spotted online in May 2005, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed to FoxNews.com. Authorities are still searching for the perpetrator, known only as “John Doe 8.”
‘Don’t comment on it. That’s like adding gasoline to the fire.’
– Sgt. Byron Fassett of the Dallas police child exploitation unit
Fred Wolens, a Facebook spokesman, told FoxNews.com the company has removed all known instances of the video from the site. Yet disgust and outrage have spread from Las Vegas to Dallas to Connecticut as users post notes to each other’s walls, comments expressing revulsion and outright anger.
That visceral need to respond is unfortunately part of the problem, helping to spread the video, said Sgt. Byron Fassett of the Dallas police child exploitation unit.
“Don’t comment on it,” Fassett told the Dallas Morning News. “That’s like adding gasoline to the fire.”
With the viral power of Facebook and social media, the video made its way across walls and the Internet like a creeping weed, often shared unwittingly by users. Gary Mala, superintendent of schools in Avon, Conn., sent a letter on Monday to parents and staff warning about the video. He called it a “virus.”
“The video is quite graphic and it will be very disturbing. If your child has a Facebook account, please tell your son or daughter to refrain from clicking and opening any shared videos. Students should delete any shared videos upon their receipt to avoid viewing the disturbing images and downloading the virus,” he wrote in a letter dated March 25.
Mala was not immediately available to comment.
The latest reports of the nearly 8-year-old video began in Las Vegas before spreading to Dallas, the paper reported. Police in Naugatuck, Conn., are also warning about the video, according to local reports, and a number of other police departments in Connecticut have reported receiving similar complaints.
Facebook’s Wolens stressed the company’s no-tolerance approach to such material.
“This material has absolutely no place on Facebook. We have zero tolerance for child pornography being uploaded onto Facebook and we are extremely aggressive in preventing and removing child exploitive content,” he told FoxNews.com.
Outrage about the disturbing video has crossed country boundaries as well, said Michelle Collins with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
“This is a global issue,” Collins said on Friday. “We’re getting inquiries from this all over the world.” The volume of reports had slowed down by Tuesday, she told FoxNews.com, but continued to come in — too often fueled by social media.
“A lot of people were sharing the file under the misguided hope of trying to identify the child or offender. And unfortunately, that’s not the best way to go about it,” she said. A better approach is to contact the site hosting the file, or visit the FBI’s Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP), which shows pictures of unknown perpetrators from videos.
Anyone with information about the video can definitely help, said Katherine Chaumont with the FBI’s Dallas Field Office.
“The FBI is requesting that in this matter (like the other John Does on the ECAP portion of the FBI Web site) that if the public has any information regarding the identity of the toddler girl depicted in the video, the identity of the individual known as John Doe 8, or the location/jurisdiction of where the two might be located to contact their local FBI office,” she told FoxNews.com.
The head of the Colorado Department of Corrections has been shot and killed on his own doorstep.
Authorities in Monument, north of Colorado Springs, are warning that the gunman is still on the loose.
They are are looking for a dark-coloured “boxy” car seen near Tom Clements’ house on Tuesday night.
He was shot at around 8.30pm when he answered his front door.
The vehicle’s engine was running and a witness reported seeing one person driving away in the car.
A family member called the emergency services to report the shooting of the 58-year-old.
“We have no known suspect at this time,” Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Kramer told reporters.
“Whether he was specifically targeted or this was random, we don’t know,” he added.
“We know of his position and realise that it is a possible motive for a crime such as this.”
Search dogs were brought in to search a surrounding wooded area, while police went house-to-house trying to find out what neighbours knew about the shooting.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Mr Clements in 2011.
“I can hardly believe it, let alone write words to describe it,” he said in a statement to corrections department staff early on Wednesday.
“As your Executive Director, he helped change and improve DOC in two years more than most people could do in eight years. He was unfailingly kind and thoughtful, and sought the “good” in any situation,” he added.
Prior to his move to Colorado, Mr Clements served for more than three decades in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa, their two daughters and their family.
Flags will fly at half-mast at all public buildings statewide until the day after his funeral.
The shooting came just hours before Governor Hickenlooper signed new gun laws for Colorado.
They are aimed at limiting ammunition magazines and expanding background checks, in light of the Aurora movie theatre massacre last July.