Daily Commentary – Thursday, July 2, 2015 – Recreational Marijuana is Now Allowed in the State of Oregon
- People 21 and older can now possess up to an ounce of pot when away from home and up to 8 ounces at home. They can also grow up to 4 plants.
Cornell Haynes, aka Rapper Nelly, Arrested on Felony Drug Charges in Tennessee Saturday after Hwy Patrol Found Drugs & Handguns on Tour Bus
40 year old Cornell Haynes, better known as the rapper Nelly, was arrested in Tennessee Saturday morning on felony drug charges. According to reports, Tennessee Highway patrol pulled the bus over that Nelly was traveling in around 9:20 AM in Putnam County on Saturday because a U.S. Department of Transportation International Fuel Tax Association sticker wasn’t displayed on the vehicle. Upon inspection, a highway trooper smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and the bus was searched where upon authorities found five crystalline rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and three handguns. At the time of the arrests, six people in total were on the bus. Nelly’s lawyer said that “there had been 15-20 people that had access to the bus prior to the stop.” The rapper had on Friday performed at the North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington. Nelly and Brian Jones, were detained at Putnam County Jail and released later that day after posting 10,000 bail.
Nelly – mugshot, Putnam County Sheriff’s Dept
The rapper known as Nelly was arrested on felony drug charges in Tennessee on Saturday after highway patrol troopers said they found drugs and handguns in the bus he was riding in.
A Highway Patrol trooper pulled over the bus at around 9:20 a.m. in Putnam County Saturday because a U.S. Department of Transportation International Fuel Tax Association sticker wasn’t displayed, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security said in a statement.
The trooper said he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and the bus was searched, the department said. Troopers found five crystalline rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and three handguns, the department said. The department said the drugs were found inside a plastic bag in the sleeping area of the bus.
Nelly, 40, is charged with felony possession of drugs and lesser charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, authorities said. Another man, Brian Jones, was arrested for allegedly having a handgun as a convicted felon, the department said.
Nelly and Jones were booked and taken to the Putnam County Jail, and both men posted $10,000 bail and were released at 5:45 p.m. local time (6:45 p.m. ET), jail officials said.
TDOS said in the statement that a state trooper stopped a Prevost motor coach bus the two were riding in on Interstate 40, a highway that connects Nashville and Knoxville, for “failure to display a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) sticker on the vehicle.” He smelled pot emitting from the bus, the statement said. The trooper, assisted by another one, then “conducted a probable cause search” of the vehicle.
“The troopers discovered in the sleeper area a plastic bag that contained five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia,” police said.
“Allegedly, a small quantity of contraband (MDMA aka Molly or Ecstasy) was discovered during the routine search,” Nelly’s lawyer said in his statement.
Authorities also said that “further investigation revealed approximately 100 small Ziploc bags that are commonly associated with the sale of narcotics and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Taurus pistol, and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson.”
22 year old Alyssa Whitcomb has been missing since March 4, 2015 in Toledo, Ohio. Whitcomb was on her way to a job interview at Downtown Latte Coffeehouse on St. Clair Street around 2 p.m. that Wednesday, but never showed up. Whitcomb is part of the Toledo Volunteers of America, where she had been in a drug rehab program.
Whitcomb is described as 5 feet 3 inches, weighs 150 pounds, has brown eyes and brown hair with blond highlights in the front. She has a diamond piercing below her lip and a piercing on her chest. She also had three tattoos: Chinese writing on her shoulder, purple lilies down her left side, and green Chinese writing on her lower back.
Whitcomb disappeared March 4 from the Toledo Volunteers of America, where she had been in a drug rehab program. As part of the program, they help the participants find jobs to pay off their court fees.\
The 22-year-old had been on her way to a job interview at Downtown Latte Coffeehouse on St. Clair Street around 2 p.m. that Wednesday, but never showed up, according to information family said they received from Toledo police. Detectives at the station are not releasing information to media.
A Mansfield friend in the program went with Whitcomb to the interview, Long said. Both were supposed to return to the VOA by 4 p.m. The friend returned, but Whitcomb did not, Long said.
The friend said they don’t know what happened to her, Long said.
Then, around 7 p.m. that night, another friend in Mansfield reported getting a call from someone they believed to be Whitcomb. The caller asked for a ride from Toledo, but the woman said she didn’t have money to make the drive. The caller hung up.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact their local police station. Toledo police can be reached at 419-245-3142; Ashland police can be reached at 419-289-3639; Mansfield police can be reached at 419-522-1234.
Marion Barry dead at age 78.
Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, DC has passed away at the age of 78. Hospital spokeswoman Natalie Williams said Barry arrived at the hospital around 12:30 a.m. and died at 1:46 a.m. He had been released from Howard University Hospital on Saturday following a brief stay. There was no cause was given, but he had suffered from many health problems over the years, including diabetes, prostate cancer and kidney ailments. Barry was married four times and is survived by one son, Marion Christopher Barry.
Barry was first elected mayor in 1978, then re-elected in 1982 and 1986. However, Barry was probably most famous when he gained international notoriety in 1990 when he was videotaped in an FBI sting smoking crack in a downtown Washington hotel room with a female friend. He was convicted on one count of drug possession and sentenced to six months in prison. Unbelievably, after getting out of prison, Barry was elected to a fourth, and final, term as mayor in 1994. It probably spoke more to the disarray of DC than anything else.
Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, died Sunday morning. He was 78.
Barry D.C. council spokeswoman LaToya Foster says he died shortly after midnight Sunday at a hospital in Washington. He had battled kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure and underwent a kidney transplant in February 2009.
But he gained international notoriety in 1990 when he was videotaped in an FBI sting smoking crack in a downtown Washington hotel room with a female friend. He was convicted of a single count of drug possession — jurors had deadlocked on most counts — and sentenced to six months in prison.
Despite the embarrassment, Barry’s political career was far from over. In 1992, he made it back to city government, winning a council seat representing the poorest of the city’s eight wards. That victory helped propel him to a fourth, and final, term as mayor in 1994.
UPDATE I: Barack Obama paid tribute to the late mayor:
President Obama on Sunday paid tribute to the late Marion Barry, saying the former Washington, D.C., mayor and councilman made a mark fighting against poverty and spearheading other initiatives that earned him the respect of his city.
Daily Commentary – Thursday, November 13, 2014 – According to the United Nations, U.S. States Pot Legalization Not in line with International Law
- Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said he didn’t see how the laws can be compatible with existing conventions
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25 Year Old Jaimee Mendez Missing Since 11/6/14 in Swampscott, MA (Update: Last Seen with Level 3 Sex Offender Jason Fleury)(Update: Found Deceased)
25 year old Jaimee Mendez has been missing since Thursday, November 6, 2014 in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Jaimee Mendez is a Type 1 diabetic who is in need of her medication and cannot go for this many days as she has been missing without it. Also, according to her family, she is the mother of a severely autistic 5 year old boy. Her family stated that she would never leave him for this long. Making matters worse, the family says police found items, including shoes, believed to belong to Mendez in a dumpster behind a Lynn, Mass CVS.
Law enforcement officers from Swampscott, Lynn, Salem, state police and The North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council are involved in the search for Jaimee Mendez. A search in Salem around 11:49 Sunday morning was conducted in a wooded area behind Technology Way (Map).
Missing – Jaimee Mendez
Jaimee Mendez, 25, of Swampscott, has been missing since Thursday afternoon, according to family members.
Swampscott police confirmed they were searching for a missing 25-year-old Swampscott woman Sunday.
Officials said Mendez’s family reported her missing Saturday afternoon.
The Essex County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Sunday they were assisting in the search for Mendez.
Family members said police were searching a dumpster at CVS on Eastern Avenue in Lynn Sunday, where they found some of Mendez’s belongings.
Mendez’s family said they know who she was last seen with.
Twenty-five-year-old Jaimee Mendez of Swampscott was last heard from on Thursday. Family members say she called two friends, telling them she was with a male and felt uncomfortable.
“She was worried, she was freaked out, she was with this guy, he was acting weird, she wanted to get out of there,” said sister Alyssa Mendez. “The guy that she called went to pick her up and she never showed. And that’s it. That’s the last time anyone heard from her. Her phone’s been off, until they found her phone – they found her phone and her jacket, and her ID … in Salem.”
A missing 25-year-old Swampscott woman was last seen with a Level 3 sex offender, according to the missing woman’s sister and a law enforcement source.
The search continued today for Jaimee Mendez with police reporting no new breaks in the case.
Her sister, Alyssa Mendez, 27, told the Herald Jaimee was wary of being with the man they later learned is a Level 3 sex offender.
The sex offender who admitted being with missing Jaimee Mendez says, he doesn’t blame the family for looking for answers? Because a sex offender wouldn’t be the first place to look.
The level 3 sex offender who was reportedly the last person to see a missing Swampscott mother, said he has nothing to do with her disappearance.
The man said he last saw 25-year-old Jaimee Mendez walking away from his car during a drug deal.
The man told the Lynn Daily Item newspaper he didn’t blame the family for looking for answers.
Jason Fleury insisted he did not kill Jaimee Mendez. Fleury stated he had no motive to hurt her. He said the last saw the woman walking away from his car after a drug deal. He said he believes the drug supplier is the person who knows what happened to Mendez.
The Level 3 sex offender with whom a missing Swampscott woman was reportedly last seen said he had nothing to do with her disappearance and last saw the woman walking away from his car after a drug deal.
“I didn’t hurt the girl. She and I are friends; unfortunately a little mom is missing, and I’m a Level 3 sex offender,” the man, Jason Fleury, told The Item in an exclusive interview Thursday. “I don’t blame [the family] for being angry, they’ve got to take blame on somebody and a Level 3 sex offender is a hell of a target.”
Fleury, who has not been charged in connection with the incident and has not been identified as a suspect by police, agreed to an interview after being approached outside of Lynn Police Headquarters on Thursday where police confirmed he had met with an officer but would not specify the reason for the meeting. Fleury said he had been interviewed by various police agencies three times and gave the same story on each occasion.
Fleury acknowledged he was with Mendez the night of her alleged disappearance. He said that Mendez was the go-between for him and a heroin dealer and, on the night of her disappearance, he picked up Mendez at 5:30 or 6 p.m. to buy drugs.
Fleury said they took the same trip they had taken twice before: Fleury said he would pick Mendez up at her Swampscott residence and drive her to the area of a Rite Aid on Lewis Street in Lynn. She would call somebody to arrange the drug deal when they arrived at the store, although Fleury said Mendez used his cell phone to make calls on Nov. 6 because hers was running out of battery power. He would then allegedly give her the money and she would bring him drugs. Fleury said he last saw Mendez walking away from his car at approximately 6:30 or 7 p.m. on Nov. 6.
UPDATE IV: Criminal history of sex offender Jason Fleury:
As for a criminal record that includes 22 cases in Lynn since 2002, according to court records, Fleury said he is a heroin addict and “petty criminal,” but not violent. He said he was convicted in Virginia in 1997 when he was 18 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, and that he was designated a Level 3 sex offender after a conviction in 2007 for failing to register in Massachusetts. (The 1997 conviction is recorded on the sex offender registry website but does not cite the age of the victim). Fleury served six months in a house of correction for the 2007 conviction, according to a spokesperson for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
As Massachusetts State Police divers searched a pond along Route 107 in Lynn Tuesday, the family of a missing Swampscott woman said they believe she is dead.
Divers were looking for evidence connected to her disappearance at Floating Bridge Pond near the Salem line.
AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Arrested in New Zealand for Attempting to Arrange a Murder, Threatening to Murder and Drug Possession (Update: Tauranga Crown Solicitor Withdraws Attempt to Procure Murder Charge)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap …
60 year old Phil Rudd, the longtime drummer of AC/DC, has been arrested in New Zealand for allegedly trying to have two men killed and charged with attempting to “procure” a murder. Rudd was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis and threatening to kill. According to the charges by police, Rudd had tried to get two men killed, their names and that of the intended hitman were all suppressed by the judge. Rudd has yet to enter a plea and is due back in court again on November 27.
AC/DC – Guns For Hire
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in New Zealand on Thursday morning local time and charged with attempting to procure a murder, as first reported by Stuff.co.nz. A member of the Tauranga Central division of New Zealand Police confirmed Rudd’s arrest to Rolling Stone, but did not provide any additional details. According to Stuff, Rudd allegedly tried to have two as-yet-unidentified men killed and was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.
The longtime drummer appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday afternoon local time and was released on bail. He is due back for his next hearing on November 27th and faces up to 10 years in prison on the murder-for-hire charge if convicted. New Zealand police have yet to reveal any details behind Rudd’s arrest or who were the intended victims. According to New Zealand news outlet The Sun, Rudd was “accused of procuring murder” between September 25th and 26th.
The drug charges pertain to a raid on the 60-year-old drummer’s house conducted by police on Thursday.
AC/DC are due to release a new album later this year.
A statement on the band’s website said: “We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment.
“Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year.”
A New Zealand crown solicitor withdrew the most serious charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd on Thursday, dropping the attempting to procure murder charge in an alleged murder plot involving “working girls.”
A disheveled Rudd, 60, appeared “thunderstruck” in Tauranga District Court on Wednesday, hours after his waterfront mansion was raided by police and faced several charges, including threatening to kill as well as possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
Paul Mabey, Rudd’s attorney, said in a statement that an overzealous New Zealand police investigation pushed their case without consulting Tauranga Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones, who agreed Thursday to strike the attempting to procure murder charge.
“The charge alleging an Attempt to Procure Murder should never have been laid,” Mabey said. “The Crown Solicitors opinion was not sought. The charge is now withdrawn — within 24 hours of Mr. Rudd’s first appearance in court.”
This should make his dad so proud …
Hunter Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has been discharged from the US Navy after testing positive for cocaine. Hunter, a lawyer and former lobbyist, was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve in 2013. The 42 year old Biden applied for a commission into the reserve as a public affairs officer. But because of his age, Biden needed a waiver to apply. The WAPO reported he needed a second waiver because of a drug-related charge when he was younger. Oops, wanna get away. It was not clear what type of discharge he received … I would like to think it was a dishonorable one.
What a trio, Obama, Joe Biden & Hunter
The Navy Reserve discharged Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter this year after he tested positive for cocaine, U.S. officials confirmed.
The discharge of Biden, a 44-year-old lawyer and managing partner at an investment firm, was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. He confirmed the report in a statement to CNN.
“It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge. I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward,” he said.
Biden was commissioned as an ensign in May 2013 and assigned as a public affairs officer in a Norfolk, Virginia-based reserve unit. A month later, he tested positive for cocaine, and he was discharged in February, according to the report.
He was discharged in February of this year.
In a statement, Biden said it was “the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge. I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward.”
It was not clear what type of discharge he received. Military personnel discharged for drug usage usually do not receive honorable discharges, although Biden’s statement says he received an “administrative discharge.”
- Because of the marijuana laws, some move to Colorado so they can smoke pot
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Daily Commentary – Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – Woman Steals and Crashes a Police Cruiser in Atlanta
- After driving at speeds as high as 130mph, she was found to be under the influence of synthetic marijuana
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