RACINE — A man charged with more than 40 felony counts related to fentanyl distribution was in Racine County Circuit Court on Thursday for arraignment.
Steve Ivory, 50, pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of delivering narcotics, 11 counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place, 18 counts of felony bail jumping, possession of THC, and two misdemeanor counts relating to controlled substances and paraphernalia.
He remains in custody at the Racine County Jail, where cash bail is set at $25,000.
Investigator Gerard Wroblewski testified at the preliminary hearing held Thursday that the Metro Drug Unit investigated Ivory’s actions from May 2021 to April 7, 2022, when the defendant was arrested. Wroblewski said on 11 separate occasions a confidential informant working with investigators purchased fentanyl and/or heroin from Ivory. According to the criminal complaint, the defendant was arrested on April 7 as he arrived at the Anthony Lane COP (Community Oriented Policing) House where he was scheduled to meet with his probation officer.
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When investigators searched the defendant’s vehicle after the arrest, they said they discovered several knotted plastic baggies that contained a brown, chunky substance that later allegedly tested positive for fentanyl.
The substance was packaged to be sold, according to the criminal complaint. Investigators also searched the defendant’s residence in the 1200 block of Wolff Street. In Ivory’s bedroom dresser, Wroblewski reported that he discovered a digital scale as well as a plastic baggie that contained 20 pills identified as Gabapentin pills, which are sometimes used to cut or mix drugs like fentanyl.
Additionally, investigators said they recovered 14 grams of marijuana and a small amount of cash.
Package labeled 'Bag Full of Drugs' leads to drug arrest in Florida, and more weird news
Package labeled 'Bag Full of Drugs' leads to Florida arrests
MIAMI (AP) — Two men charged with drug trafficking could have done a better job hiding their wares than using a package labeled "Bag Full of Drugs," Florida authorities said.
Ian Simmons and Joshua Reinhardt, both 34, were pulled over in Santa Rosa County on Saturday after a trooper clocked them going 95 mph (153 kph) on Interstate 10 on the state's Panhandle, according to a Florida Highway Patrol arrest report.
The trooper determined that Reinhardt was the subject of an active felony warrant for violation of probation in Orange County. He requested backup.
A Santa Rosa County Sheriff's deputy arrived to assist, and a K-9 alerted to the presence of contraband in the vehicle, the arrest report said. Authorities found approximately 75 grams of methamphetamine, 1.36 kilograms of the date-rape drug GHB, 1 gram of cocaine, 3.6 grams of fentanyl, 15 MDMA tablets and drug paraphernalia.
Both men were taken into custody and taken to jail. They are charged with trafficking in methamphetamine and GHB, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"Note to self- do not traffic your illegal narcotics in bags labeled 'Bag Full Of Drugs,'" deputies wrote on Facebook. "Our K-9's can read."
Jail records did not say whether the men had attorneys who could comment.
Woman sees missing dog on beer cans promoting shelter dogs
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida brewery that recently began placing shelter dogs' faces on beer cans helped reunite a Minnesota woman with her dog, Hazel, who went missing three years ago.
Earlier this month, Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton teamed up with the Manatee County Animal Shelter to turn beer cans into adoption flyers for shelter dogs. Monica Mathis of St. Paul, Minnesota, told KSTP that she couldn't believe it when she spotted Hazel's face on a beer can that had been photographed and posted on social media.
Hazel, a terrier mix, was among the dogs featured on beer cans called "The Four Packs."
Mathis saw the post and something about one dog's eyes caught her attention.
"Oh my gosh that looks like my dog, I think that's my dog,'" Mathis said. But the featured dog's name was Day Day.
Mathis contacted the shelter, which needed proof that Day Day was in fact Hazel.
"I sent everything I could find — all the pictures so I could stop an adoption process from happening because I could've lost her again," Mathis said.
Mathis said she was living in Iowa when Hazel disappeared in 2017.
"She was on a leash outside and I went to get her and she was gone from our yard," Mathis said. She searched, called shelters, but never found the dog.
She said she has no idea how the dog got to Florida.
Then, a new job took her to Minnesota. Several years went by until she saw the beer can campaign on Jan. 24.
The shelter confirmed that Day Day is Hazel.
"I was amazed, I was crying. An emotional wreck," Mathis said.
Mathis said animal services couldn't immediately find her because the contact information on Hazel's microchip was out of date.
"Keep track of exactly what company you use, make sure your stuff gets updated, especially if your pet goes missing and don't ever give up," Mathis said.
Hans Wohlgefahrt of Manatee County Animal Services, said they saw the photos and vet records, which provided proof Hazel belonged to Mathis.
"This dog was such an important part of her family that she had everything to prove she was her owner," Wohlgefahrt said. "There was really no way we could trace her back to that particular owner. It's a great reminder to people when they do these things to go into their profile and make sure all their contact information is up to date."
The nonprofit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services will cover the cost of transporting Hazel to Minnesota, which Mathis says will be in time to celebrate the dog's seventh birthday.
Scary paint job makes $500k Florida home look like cartoon
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Florida residents in an upscale community are seeing red over a paint job on a half-million-dollar home.
The home was painted in large patches of extremely bright primary colors with random splatters throughout. The home in the Il Regalo Circle Community in Naples resembles a pre-school play toy or cartoon home.
Even the trees, lawn and mailbox were splattered with paint. Neighbors said the paint job got worse over the course of a week.
WBBH News reports that Collier County Code Enforcement are investigating the paint job.
Jeffrey Leibman, 40, is listed as the owner of the home, according to property appraiser records cited by WBBH. The management company for the neighborhood said he no longer lives there.
The station said Leibman could not be reached for comment.
Police: Worker stole $17,000 worth of stuff on first shift
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut are trying to identify a man they say got a job at a gas station and proceeded to steal $17,000 worth of merchandise and cash on his first, and only, solo overnight shift before disappearing.
The man also stole his employment folder, which contained his personal information, so the store's owner does not even know the worker's name, Hamden police said in a statement Tuesday.
Police responded to the Go On Gas store late last month.
The owner told investigators he used an app on his cellphone to view the store security cameras and noticed that the new employee had left.
The owner went to the store and determined that the worker had stolen lottery tickets, 89 boxes of cigarettes and money worth a total of more than $17,000. The employment file was also missing.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect in a surveillance image released by police is asked to contact investigators.
Family gets 55,000 duplicate letters from loan company
An Ohio man is pondering what to do with the 55,000 duplicate statements addressed to his home by a student loan company.
Dan Cain said he was suspicious when a postal worker in Twinsburg, Ohio, told him recently that his mail wouldn't fit through the front door of the office. When Cain drove his truck around to the back of the building, he found a postal worker wheeling out two large bins of letters, WOIO-TV reported.
It turned out that there were a total of 79 bins of the letters, and it took Cain two trips to deliver them to the garage of his family's home in the city roughly 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland.
Officials from College Ave Student Loans said in an email Monday that it apologized for the error in its mailing system and was putting corrective measures in place to prevent it from happening in the future.
"We are working with Dan directly on a remedy, including picking up the mail from him if possible and a statement credit for the inconvenience," the company's chief operating officer, Tim Staley, said.
"I just hope it doesn't happen again," Cain said. "I might just have to return to sender."
The duplicate statements were for a loan Cain and his wife had taken out for college tuition, Cain said. He also indicated that the statement was wrong and believed the company used the wrong interest rate to calculate the payment.
College Ave Student Loans said in the email Monday that there wasn't an error in the calculation.
"The rate matches what was disclosed when the loan was originated," Staley said, adding they also were working with Cain to resolve his questions regarding the interest rate.