Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

May 1, 2013

Jury gives convicted meth maker 20 years

By CHRISTIN COYNE

One of six people indicted in May 2011 on charges of making methamphetamine and distributing it in Parker County pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony charge and received 20 years in prison from a Parker County jury last week.

Shannon Lewis Burns, 44, of Arlington, pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity by conspiring to manufacture more than 400 grams of methamphetamine, court records indicate.

Department of Public Safety CID investigators reportedly began a months-long investigation in 2010 after area pharmacies alerted authorities that individuals were buying products to make methamphetamine.

“Runners” in the group were purchasing pseudoephedrine pills in Parker County and bringing them to Arlington, DPS reported.

Investigators executed search warrants in October 2010 at two Arlington homes, one in the 4500 block of Trowbridge Drive and one in the 4600 block of Oak Creek Drive, and located meth labs at both addresses, according to DPS.

Though they didn’t find large amounts of methamphetamine, investigators did reportedly locate supplies to make the drug and glassware used in the process, along with extensive surveillance equipment.

Some of the large amount of methamphetamine being produced in Arlington was returning to Parker County, according to DPS.

Burns, along with Weatherford residents James Michael Wiley and Peggy Colleen O’Kelley and Arlington residents Sheila Jane Smith, Geral Ray Pearce and Melinda Nell Pearce, were indicted on the charges.

Meth labs are uncommon, DPS Lt. Doug Wood told the Democrat at the time, adding that meth made in Mexico and transported across the border to the Dallas/Fort Worth area before being purchased by area residents is cheap.

Cases against the other five defendants remain pending, according to court records.

1
Text Only
Front Page
  • CPS data.jpg Case overload

    Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • City to transfer bond funds to cover street project

    Per the recommendations of City of Weatherford staff, the Weatherford City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance amending the fiscal year 2014 budget to transfer monies from various bond funds into the general capital improvement projects fund. The reallocation of funds are from bonds designated to various street construction projects and will be consolidated into one more street construction project: the access road between Bethel Road and South Bowie Dr.

    July 23, 2014

  • Richard Adams Sr. Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges

    A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period. 

    Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0723 one trooper.jpg Living up to his name

    For a dog that has survived all odds, Trooper, a three-legged dog that is now seen at fundraisers and other Weatherford events, really does live up to his nickname, Super Trooper.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Macedo, Kelly.jpeg Couple arrested for stealing from elderly woman

    A Weatherford man and woman were arrested last week on charges that they burglarized the house of a woman in a nursing home, making off with books of checks and a rifle found by police during a traffic stop in May. 

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0723 one solar power car.jpg Powered by the sun

    About a half dozen solar-powered cars racing cross county began arriving in Weatherford late Monday afternoon. 

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cole Pritchard.jpg Becoming tech savvy

    Monday afternoon, Weatherford Public Library was home to local teens with a “techie” appetite. As a part of the library’s Young Adult Summer Reading Club, the library hosted a Teen Tech Challenge was hosted to inspire teens with desires of becoming animators and designers. Beyond just technology as a draw, those with a creative mind or a passion for storytelling were also invited.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0722 one puppy bag bikers.jpg A case for comfort

    Weatherford’s VFW Post 4746 R.D. Nelson Memorial and Guardians of the Children motorcycle club gave Hope for Tomorrow employee Heather Dezomits a helping hand Saturday when she introduced Operation Sweet Cases, a program designed to give foster kids a place to store their belongings as they travel from placement to placement.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Purple Heart recipients wanted

    Parker County Judge and Commissioners Court are encouraging all local Purple Heart recipients to attend commissioners court on Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m., as the court designates Parker County a “Purple Heart County.”

    July 21, 2014

  • 0720 one swim rescue 2.jpg Safety first

    As has become a yearly routine, Cherry Park lifeguards and first responders teamed up Friday to conduct a safety drill in response to a simulated drowning.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks