Racine Co. couple attempts to use children as collateral in drug deal

CREATED Jun 20, 2014

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  • Ross Weber was charged with two counts of burglary.

  • Daiveon Moore was charged with four counts of retail theft.

  • Laurel A Harris was found guilty of Theft-Movable Property fr. Person/Corpse and Forgery-Uttering.

  • Walter Jenkins, Jr was found guilty of Manufacture/Deliver Heroin (<3g).

  • Nicole La Fratta was charged with possession of narcotic drugs.

  • Ryan Kohlman was charged with forgery, a class H felony.

  • Michael J.D. Canales was found guilty of 1st-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.

  • Simon Cabrea Barrueta was found guilty of aggravated battery.

  • Marion Crawford was charged with human trafficking, pimping, 2nd degree sexual assault of a child, and other charges.

  • Diamond Johnson was charged with human trafficking and pimping.

  • Katie Nesberg was found guilty of retail theft and possession of methamphetamine.

  • Paul Negron was found guilty of possession of burglarious tools, possession of cocaine and possession of an illegally obtained prescription.

  • Laurel Jeff was charged with theft of movable property.

  • Corey Jackson was charged with knowingly violating a domestic abuse order.

  • Amanda Rhyner is accused of stealing three laptops from classrooms at New Berlin Eisenhower High School.

  • Anderson R Dasilva was found guilty of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault

  • Do Thao was charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide.

  • Octavia Burton was charged with seven counts of child neglect.

  • Deniece Luckett was charged two counts of recklessly endangering safety, physical abuse of a child, reckless injury while armed, and domestic violence - battery.

  • Jerimiah Gebel was charged with adjudged delinquent possession of a firearm and possession of narcotic drugs.

  • Keithany Brodie was charged with first degree intentional homicide, robbery -- use of a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm.

  • Owen B. Halverson was charged with an OWI (5th or 6th),

  • David Halase was charged with receiving Stolen Property (>$2500-$5000)

  • Jay Effenberger was charged with OWI (7th, 8th, or 9th offense).

  • Edi Gomez was charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.

  • Chadley Falconbury was charged with aggravated battery.

  • Devin Faasr was charged with disorderly conduct.

  • Jordan Ebbott was charged with OWI (3rd offense).

  • Matthew Gleissner was charged with five felony counts of arson.

  • Christian Daak was charged with theft of movable property <=$2500

  • Todd Daase was charged with battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

  • Donald Dagen was charged with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

  • Octavio Ramos-Perez was charged with manufacture/deliver cocaine.

  • Levonte Mitchell was charged with felony possession of a firearm.

  • Paul Negron was charged with possession of burglarious tools, possession of cocaine, and possession of an illegally obtained prescription.

  • Tydis Odom was charged with two counts of 4th-degree sexual assault, as well as false imprisonment and substantial battery.

  • Nestor Ortega was charged with take and drive vehicle without consent.

  • Elmer Ratliff was charged with disorderly conduct.

  • Dean Rauch was charged with a 3rd OWI offense.

  • Jessie Haggard was charged with two counts of "intentionally contact - order for misdemeanor conviction".

  • Antoine Harris was charged with robbery of a financial institution.

  • Robert Lawson was charged with armed robbery, as well as possession of firearm by a felon.

  • Robert Lesure was charged with possession of cocaine (2nd offense), as well as OWI (2nd offense).

  • Kenneth Long was charged with 1st degree sexual assault with use of a dangerous weapon, as well as kidnapping/carry without consent.

  • Edwin Maldonado was charged with possession with intent - THC (>200-1000g).

  • Floyd Matlock, Jr. was charged with OWI (2nd offense).

  • Artavious Miller was charged with armed robbery.

  • Davonnis Mitchell was charged with felony possession of a firearm.

  • Young Choi was charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

  • Michael Dixon was charged with sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age, first degree sexual assault, and other charges.

  • Scott Wimer was charged with using a shotgun to rob the New Berlin Pharmacy.

  • Logan Rivers was charged with armed robbery, resisting or obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, and probation violation.

RACINE COUNTY -- As Racine County built their case against the couple, they had an informant set up drug deals on three separate occasions. Deputies say all three times, right in the back seat of the parents' minivan, sat two little girls.

Ashley Fay and her boyfriend Blair Larose live in Salem. Deputies searched their home this week after busting them for allegedly trying to sell heroin.

"I've been told that the house was in deplorable condition, so what kind of life were those two children expected to have?" questioned Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth.

A neighbor, who didn't want to go on camera, has been concerned for the children for some time. He noticed a lot of traffic in and out of the home, and many times, saw the toddlers unsupervised in the back yard.

The alleged drug deal happened in Burlington right here, about ten miles from the couple's home. The conversation so shocking, the couple allegedly suggested they'd leave one of their children as collateral to ensure they'd be back with more heroin.

"Personally, I have worked undercover narcotics. I have been on a number of investigations myself and I have never heard even joking someone saying that they would be willing to leave their child behind as collateral in exchange for narcotics," said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.

Sheriff Schmaling says the couple admitted to using heroin daily and selling it to support their habit.

"It's literally incomprehensible to me. It's numbing to think that whether you have an addiction or not that you would actually bring your children into that environment," said Sheriff Schmaling.

As the heroin epidemic spreads, Sheriff Schmaling has this warning. Don't ever try it, not even once. In his words, you're going to get hooked if you try it and the end result is death.