Author Archives: Michael Shedd

Man faces judge after Spencer police officers hospitalized for methamphetamine exposure

    WHDH   SPENCER, MASS. (WHDH) – A man who was arrested Thursday night after three Spencer police officers were hospitalized for methamphetamine exposure faced a judge Friday, officials said. Scott Yerger, 48, was arraigned in East Brookfield District Court on drug and motor vehicle charges. Methamphetamine was discovered inside Yerger’s vehicle after officers stopped him for driving erratically with a ...

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Task force seizes 55,000 fentanyl pills, other drugs from international drug ring

  CBS46     ATLANTA, GA (CBS46) Approximately 50,000 counterfeit pills containing fentanyl are now off the streets. A local task force worked with federal partners to arrest a couple they say were pressing and distributing the pills from their home. Authorities said 35-year-old Frederick Michelsen and his wife, 28-year-old Elizabeth Ashely Michelsen, are now behind bars after their role in ...

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Kratom-Related Calls to Poison Control Centers on the Rise

Partnership For Drug Free Kids      Poison control centers report a growing number of calls related to the herbal supplement kratom, according to the Washington post There were more than 1,800 calls related to kratom exposures from January 2011 through December 2017, researchers report in the journal Clinical Toxicology. Sixty-five percent of the calls were made in 2016 and 2017. ...

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Gardener planted bombs, killed from beyond the grave police say. “We do not know how many more devices might be out there”

NBCnews    MAINZ, Germany — A vengeful landscape gardener planted bombs targeting people he was embroiled in disputes with before being found dead, according to police in Germany. Investigators are hunting for more devices after two booby-trapped logs were discovered, including one at a home owned by an American that is also inhabited by a U.S. family. Bernhard Graumann, 59, ...

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Pipe bomb explodes inside mailbox, damages residence after explosion

  BBC    A 65-year-old-woman is being treated for shock after a pipe bomb attack in Craigavon, County Armagh. The device was pushed through the letterbox of a house in the Burnside area at about 12:50 GMT on Thursday and exploded inside the property. The blast caused damage to the front door and hallway of the property. The woman was upstairs at ...

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FDA approves ketamine-like nasal spray for depression, “Esketamine“.

      FoxCarolina     The US Food and Drug Administration approved Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s esketamine on Tuesday for treatment-resistant depression; the drug is the chemical cousin of ketamine, the powerful anesthetic that has been used illegally as the club drug Special K. It will be sold as Spravato. More specifically, it’s for patients who have tried at least two ...

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Multiple explosive devices found at multiple transportation hubs including rail and city airports, believed to have Irish origin

TheGuardian.com    Three improvised explosive devices have been found at separate transport hubs in London in what Scotland Yard believes to be a series of linked incidents. The Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism command launched an investigation after the packages were found in the post room at Waterloo station, City Aviation House at City airport and the Compass Centre on the grounds ...

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Four transported after reported chlorine leak at chemical plant

WBRZ     GEISMAR – The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has confirmed reports of a chlorine leak at an Ascension Parish plant early Monday morning. At approximately 5 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a call regarding the smell of chlorine coming from the area of Highway 30 near LA 73 in Geismar. A preliminary investigation revealed the leak originated from Westlake ...

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Federal Agents; Local Task Force raid seizes over 11 pounds of Fentanyl in cutting lab operation

    WLOS13   A home in a quiet Westchester County, New York, neighborhood was hiding enough fentanyl to kill 2 million people, the US Drug Enforcement Administration said. Federal agents found five kilograms (just over 11 pounds) of fentanyl and six kilograms (13.2 pounds) of heroin Friday when they raided a fentanyl mill operating out of a home in Ardsley, ...

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2 women arrested after ‘clandestine’ meth lab discovered during search warrant

  ABC8      HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities in Hopewell arrested two women on Thursday after conducting an early morning search warrant and discovering a suspected “one-pot” clandestine methamphetamine lab. Hopewell detectives executed a narcotics-related search warrant in a residence in the 1000 block of Elm Street at 6:20 a.m., police said. Hopewell Fire, along with Ft. Lee Fire and Rescue ...

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