It was 2AM Saturday morning. I was wide-awake, lying on my bed near a window that afforded an unobstructed view of the road that winds past my house. For several weeks now a shiny new car has been traversing the narrow country roadway that runs through the small community where my family and I reside. It happens like clockwork, at about 2:10 each weekend night, the same car appears suddenly, it’s lights on high beam, cruising very slowly as if looking for something or someone. As I saw the lights of the car coming around the curve about a hundred yards away, I arose quickly and went to the front porch for a closer look at the vehicle. As I stood on my porch the car made three runs past my property, and on the third pass it went up the road about 100 yards, turned around and stopped. The lights went out and two males stepped out onto the highway. They walked back towards my house but stepped out of the road onto the property of a neighbor across the road. As they did that I called to them in a loud voice, Hey, what are you guys doing over there? Upon hearing my voice they proceeded to retreat back to the point where their car was parked – one broke into a fast trot, while the other one walked very slowly, yelling back at me, It’s none of your damn business what we’re doing. At this time I took my trusty flashlight and walked to the end of my driveway to wait for them to pass my house again. Sure enough, the engine started, the lights came on, and I could hear the car being put into gear. I turned on the flashlight and proceeded to flag them down as they moved slowly towards me. Stop the car, I shouted, and the car came to a stop just a few feet from where I stood. Down came the window on the passenger side and once again the same voice said, It’s none of your damn business as to what we’re doing here. This is a public highway. So, in my most authoritative voice, I told those two, Don’t come back up here again or you’ll have trouble. At that, the car sped away at high speed. The story goes on to a chance encounter the next day, the contents of which we will not have time to disclose, but, suffice it to be said, those two were not seen in that neighborhood again.
It was community knowledge that the house across the road was occupied by a known dope dealer, who was out of town that weekend, and those boys were simply availing themselves of an opportunity to get a free fix. But their presence was just another incident in middle America that has blown into a full fledged battle between the forces of evil and those who would like to be able to enjoy their labors by living peacefully in their neighborhood.
Today, that battle has erupted into war status. With hundreds of substances being pandered about the street scene is transformed into an ugly, mind-bending mass of human degradation. Forty-five years ago I heard about government efforts to control what was then a generation of ‘lost souls’ who were on an endless treadmill of addiction, hospitalization, more addiction, and still more medical treatment. Even then we heard of methadone clinics, established, it was said, to ease people off the hard stuff. Today such clinics are spread out over the landscape like candy stores, and still the problems stemming from abuse of drugs keeps growing by leaps and bounds. Methadone kills more than Oxy, the headlines trumpet. Oxycontin, a highly effective painkiller, we are told is being abused now more than any other in West Virginia, Kentucky, and other southeastern regions. And deaths are counted in the hundreds. God, this (methadone) is worse than Oxycontin ever dreamed of being, said C.J. Smothers of the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. Since 2001 seven for-profit methadone clinics have been established across this state. Methadone, which is merely a synthetic opiate (emulates the real thing) which is just as addictive as heroin or Oxycontin, is probably worse because once the manufacture of such substances are licensed to private industry we can be assured that the supply will continue to grow. Unless those who use it come to their senses and realize that, once again, some folks are becoming wealthy on the misery of others. If YOU are reading this, and you are one of those who are being used in this game of big fish eating little fish, then a step back to view the situation and all that it portends for you as a citizen of this nation and the welfare of our social system as a whole is in order. History shows that great societies usually fall of their own weight – from within – not from some perceived threat from the outside. Drunkenness (of whatever substance) is not
: Slack – Donna Wilmoth, grand larceny (07/23/03), preliminary hearing – joint motion to continue; state/victim to confer in regards to dismissal.
: Bailey – Dencil Pritt, breaking and entering (06/12/03), preliminary hearing continued by Def. to 09/11/03.
: Slack – Donna Carte, wanton endangerment, arrested.
: Delk – Robert Aarn Holley, petit larceny, arrested, ROB, trial 09/11; Delk – Joseph Murphy, possession of controlled substance, appeared, ROB, Def. to appear 09/05.
: Delk – Johnny L. Taylor, warrant issued for battery; Delk – Erika Shawn Keener, warrant issued for assault; Clay Farm Cooperative – Jerry Boggs, warrant issued for worthless check complaint.
: Bailey – Nathan S. Baird, DUIA under 21, appeared 08/18- Def. pled guilty, assessed fine and costs.
: Light – Robert Earl Stutler, possession of marijuana, appeared 08/18, ROB.
: IGA – Mary E. Shafer, warrant issued for worthless check complaint; King’s Trucking and Wrecker – Michael L. Holcomb, warrant issued for worthless check complaint; Connie Brown – Richard E. Sandy, warrants issued for worthless check complaints X 4; Connie Brown – Gary E. Nelson, warrant issued for worthless check complaint; Roebuck Agency – Chester E. Boggs Jr., warrant issued for worthless check complaint; J & S Grocery – Sherry Jo Mullins, warrants issued for worthless check complaints X 2.
: Bullard’s Exxon & Quick Stop – Gary M. Payne, warrants issued for worthless check complaints X 2; Bullard’s Exxon & Quick Stop – Jessica L. Swift, warrant issued for worthless check complaint; Clay Supermarket – Nancy Brown, warrant issued for worthless check complaint; Clay Supermarket – Regina Ranson, warrant issued for worthless check complaint; Elswick – William Lanham, fail to stop for P/O, appeared.
: United Bank – Henry L. White, money due, subpoena; After Hours/Alma Jarrett – Mary Hall, money due, Leslie White, money due, Joshua Thacker, money due, and Paul Dotson, money due, subpoenas.
: Bankers Trust Co. of Cal – James A. Myers and Judith Myers, money due, subpoenas; Jeffery Davis – Cindy Dotson, wrongful occupation; Jesse Rogers – Oscar Sizemore and Nancy Sizemore, wrongful occupation.
: Valley Gas Company – Rick’s Laundry and Body Shop, money due, subpoena.
: Marty Schoonover – John Friddie Joe Johnson, money due?, subpoena; Chilton H. Nichols/DBA Nichols Furniture – Michael W. Duffield and Beverly Duffield, breech of contract, subpoenas; Chilton H. Nichols/DBA Nichols Furniture – Don F. Stutler and Cathy J. Stutler, breech of contract, subpoenas.
: Clara Holcomb – Bobby Moore, money due, summons.
: Valley Gas Co. – Donna M. Smith, money due, The Kitchen/ Trina Ramsey, money due, Darrell Pritt and Nancy Pritt, money due, Teresa Blankenship and Tim Carte, money due, Rosetta Asal (Café), money due, Teresa Bird, money due, Eric’s Tire, money due, subpoenas; Wagner Gas Co. – Ivydale Auto & Body Repair, money due, subpoena; Beechy Gas Co. – Timothy Taylor and Stephanie Taylor, money due, subpoenas.
Worthless Checks Notices issued –
: Bullard’s Exxon & Quick Stop – April K. Fitzwater X 5 (paid 08/15), Jennifer D. Grose (paid 08/15), Thomas E. Simmon (paid 08/15), Valerie Samples X 5 (paid 08/15), Arthur G. Samples II (paid 08/15), Anita S. Blankenship (paid 08/18), Frances E. Dobbins X 2 (paid 08/15); Lizemore Grocery – Deana B. Hudnall (paid 08/15).
: IGA – Mark R. Holcomb, Mary Sue Murdock (paid 08/20), Rosalie Keen, Dustin Tanner X2 (paid 08/18), Michael L. Holcomb, Donnie Welch, Phillip Bartsch X 2, Angela D. Gill, Jeremy J. Cummings, Regina F. Ranson, Ronnie D. Beasley, Harold L. Ramsey X 3, Deloris Berger.
: Bullard’s Exxon & Quick Stop – Gary M. Payne X 2, misdemeanor files opened, Jessica L. Swift, misdemeanor file opened; Clay Supermarket – Nancy Brown, misdemeanor file opened, Regina Ranson, misdemeanor file opened.
: State Police – Linda F. Townsend, driving under the influence.
: State Police – Christine R. Acja, speeding; Randall A. Cottle, speeding; Stephen M. Lykins, speeding; Randall G. Weese, speeding and no POI.
: State Police – James E. Armstrong, speeding; Mark G. Collins, speeding; Cindy M. Faircloth, MVI, driving susp/revoked non-DUI, no POI, and registration violation; Paul E. Mount, speeding; Sanjay T. Patel, speeding; Marsha L. Tracey, speeding; Sheriff’s Dept. – April Dawn Hinkle, improper tint and defective equipment.
: Sheriff’s Dept. – Joseph Murphy, possession of controlled substance.
: State Police – Bobby A. Stilwell, driving susp/revoked non-DUI and registration violation.
: State Police – Paul Lester Byers, speeding; Amanda M. Levesque, speeding; Chazwick W. Reckell, possession less than 15 GMS; Sheriff’s Dept. – Helen Ann White, speeding.
: State Police – Misty D. Winebrenner, no POI and seat belt violation.
: Sheriff’s Dept. – Richard W. Cummings, no POI, registration violation, driving susp/revoked non-DUI, and defective equipment; State Police – Shannon L. Gibson, speeding; William H. Harding, speeding; Sam Harrold, speeding and no POI; Jamie R. Jarvis, speeding; Jeffrey M. Leon, speeding; Kiffin D. Steurer, speeding.
: Sheriff’s Dept. – Joseph L. Moore, no POI and speeding; Samuel A. Nottingham, no POI.
: Sheriff’s Dept. – Mary E. Stutler, MVI; Ariel J. Taylor, registration violation and MVI.
: Sheriff’s Dept. – Christopher Blankenship, MVI; Ryan W. Reckell, registration violation and operator’s.
: Sheriff’s Dept. – Keith Owen Arbogast, speeding; George R. Henigin, speeding; Eric D. Meador, speeding.
: State Police – Nathan S. Baird, DUIA under 21; Sheriff’s Dept. – Benjamin T. Legg, speeding and registration violation.
: Municipal Police – Raymond Lee Brown, defective equipment.
: State Police – Joshua M. Rucker, speeding; Robert Earl Stutler, possession of marijuana; Municipal Police – Michael J. Rucker, failure to stop/yield.