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Slater woman arrested July 15, charged with drug possession

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Amie M. Calder, 23, of Slater, was arrested Tuesday, July 15, in connection with a report of "suspicious activity" at Bogey's Restaurant, 259 E. Morrow St., in Marshall.

According to a report from the police department, Calder has been charged with class C felony possession of a controlled substance, a violation of Revised Missouri Statute 195.202.

Bond has been set at $10,000 cash or surety, contingent on participation in random drug testing.

Calder remains in custody at Saline County Justice Facility.

Contact Kathy Fairchild at marshallhealth@socket.net

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As they say in Australia, "Good on ya mate!!!"

You fought the hard fight and you won! Your the kind of success story we need our young people to hear about. Everyone makes mistakes and no one is beyond redemption.

God bless you, Troy and good luck in all of your endevours!

-- Posted by news across the neocon empire on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 6:14 AM

When I first commented on this subject I wrongly assumed that this was a first offense for Ms. Calder. Obviously she seems about as messed up as I used to be. I have come a very long way and am very proud of myself. I realize that those who have known me in Marshall or heard of me might not believe that I could have done a complete turn around and am living drug free since Dec. 28, 1999. I do owe it all to going to prison and to the treatment programs I voluntarily completed while there. My experience, although hard at the time, was a balance of a relatively short prison sentence coupled with treatment and other programs which helped me gain the tools I desperately needed to live a productive life without being high all the time. If I were to have been caught for some of the things I was doing I would still be in prison I'm sure. I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to get my wife and kids back and I thank the department of corrections for making available the programs that helped me get on the path I am on today. A lot of people in Marshall, including some members of law enforcement, really wanted me to get a life sentence. I would have never gotten my family back and knowing that I would have never tried to turn my life around. If I were to be sitting there waiting for 20 years to go by then what would have been the use of participating in treatment?

I ended up serving 28 months of a 6 year sentence. After the first few months all drugs were out of my system, my mind was clear and I "woke up". I looked around and really decided that I cannot continue to live like that anymore. As I've said before, the threat of a long prison sentence is NOT going to deter anyone from using drugs. A couple years is what an addict needs, not 20. When there is NO HOPE of getting your family back or not being able to have a chance at living life in the near future then the addict just gives up and does not give a crap and just gives up. I was in there with many many people in that situation. I asked some guys in my housing unit why they weren't participating in any of the many programs available and all of the ones with long sentences didn't care at all about reforming. Their kids were growing up without them and wives had moved on, ect. Most of these guys just continue to get high in prison and stay very bitter and angry at the world. A long prison sentence is a WASTE all the way around and the people who really suffer are the dependents left behind who have to live on welfare and grow up without a parent. So YES, a prison sentence with treatment can indeed save lives and families, but there has to be some HOPE of getting out before your life if half over.

-- Posted by troygilpin on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 1:24 AM

No appologies necessary Sir.

I was never offended anyway. I was glad to have the opportunity to tell my hometown how much I love Marshall and miss Marshall. In fact, the only reason I am living in Australia is because my wife is an only child. Her Pop passed away last year from age and cancer and her Mom (they call their moms "Mum" in Australia) is pretty elderly too and if the Good Lord should decide to take her, my wife and I will be moving back to Marshall. There is no place on Earth this Marshalite loves more than Marshall -- greatest town in the World!!!

-- Posted by news across the neocon empire on Sat, Jul 26, 2008, at 6:22 PM

Smokin' Cheetah,

I agree with you for the most part.

One thing though, even though circumstances in some people's lives are such that they leave Marshall, thier hometown and the hometown of their family for 4 generations -- in the same home ontop of the same big hill just out of town -- and move not 1500 miles, but 14 thousand miles away to the other end of the earth, to live with their Australian wife because they arent willing to deprevive her parents of their only child does not mean they necessarily stop caring about their hometown and the fine people that live there. That's an important thing to undestand sometimes. With the advent of the internet, the World is in fact a much smaller place and allows a good Marshall fellow like me, who loves Marshall and loves the good folks who live there more than any other place on Earth, to keep in touch with his home town and the good people that live there.

Yes, I left Marshall, but my heart will always be up on top of Montegue hill, and, the Good Lord willing, I will always come back home to visit as long as I have breath in my body. It may interest you to know that though I have seen many places in my life, and though I may live in one of the most interesting countries in the World, Marshall is still the best, the finest Town, I have ever known.

Granted Marshall has its problems -- trust me, every place has its problems -- never-the-less, for this Marshalite their truly is no place like home -- Marshall, Missouri USA.

-- Posted by news across the neocon empire on Fri, Jul 25, 2008, at 6:29 PM

Well Smokin' Cheetah,

I don't know Mr.troygilpin, and its not my place to judge other people -- I think I will leave that to the Good Lord. However, most treatment programs are 12 step programs -- the kind AA uses -- and its generally regarded as the best approach. Statisticaly, its been the most successful. Of course, one of the mandatory requirements of a successful 12 step program is STAYING WITH IT. In order to be successful, the patient has to be committed to the program and live it everyday. Many times folks find they revert back to their old ways, and then its time to start the program at the 1st step again. However, just because one fails the first time around is no reason for us to give up on them nor should they give up on themselves. After all, we are but mere human beings and none of us are at all perfect.

In addition, 12 step programs require that the patient surrender themselves to a higher power -- for most folks that higher power is God. With out His help, there can be no success. If anyone is suffering from an addiction, then I urge that person to seek help from a good AA program and if there is no good AA group locally, then may I suggest they go and talk with some of Marshall's local church ministers. We have a number of excellent churches in Marshall and I am sure they would find our good Ministers and Priests very happy to help get them started on the right path.

In any case, I wish anyone who does have an addiction the best of luck, and I hope everyone who needs help finally finds the help they need... if they need help at all. Either way, it probably wouldn't hurt any of us to go to the church of our choice and seek God's blessings. That is probably the best place to get started on the road to recovery and a lot of folks who don't have addictions report that becoming part of a good congregation or parish has helped them in their lives and ultimately gives them the direction they need in their daily struggles.

As to obeying the law, yes of course everyone should obey the law -- that is absolutely correct -- and there are consequences for failing to do so, but I don't think the law itself is enough in every case. Sometimes we need to turn to a higher authority. For a lot of us that Authority is God. If one is living a life that is God centered, then everything else will follow.

-- Posted by news across the neocon empire on Fri, Jul 25, 2008, at 4:52 AM

In the end no matter if you have strong reform programs or not, the choice comes down to her. Will she want to change? Will she reach out for help when she feels that slide back into her addictions? Will she fall back in with the same group of people out of ease?

If she can not make the choice to make a change in her life, no matter how stong the reform program it is, it just will not matter.

I think society has created part of the problem with light penalties for first time offenders. Some think that if this is all they are going to get is a slap on the wrist for future offenses they continue with that lifestyle. When they are further into their addictions it is hard for them to crawl out of the hole. Then when the possibility of prison time exists in their future they fall into that cycle that notgvnasht talks about because the addiction has become a solid part of their life.

Addiction to anything is a hard battle to overcome but I have seen it done, not often but it can be done.

-- Posted by Concerned007 on Thu, Jul 24, 2008, at 4:28 AM


In one breath you say, "She needs to go to jail for a long time...," then in the next breath you say, "She will go to jail meet more people like her,gain more connections get out and go right back to what she was doing."

Well according to your own words, sending her to prison would be pointless -- other than satisfying some kind of strange lust you have for "vengence" and "retribution".

Punishment WITHOUT reform programs will ensure that my hard earned tax dollars will be paying for her going in and out of prison for years and years. Instead of that failed approach, I recomend we use the time she is in prison the first time around to help her deal with her drug addiction and learn to be a productive citizen -- and I do mean a REAL drug addiction program that works, not some minimally funded program that has a track record of failure. That would be tax money wisely spent, but if we follow your advice, notgvnasht, then in your own words, "She will go to jail meet more people like her,gain more connections get out and go right back to what she was doing."

notgvnasht, I prefer my hard earned tax dollars be spent trying something new -- a strong prison drug treatment program with an emphasis on reform coupled with a continued community supported drug treatment program upon her release.

notgvnasht, we have tried things your way in the past with other prisoners and it cost me and other tax payers a bundle in paying to send repeat offenders back to prison over and over again. As they say in AA, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Its time we try a SANE approach for a change. This taxpayer supports the reform approach. Minimal prison time with strong emphasis on reform!

-- Posted by news across the neocon empire on Mon, Jul 21, 2008, at 7:14 PM


I am sure her family are fine people, and I am sure they appreciate you pointing that out.

You also make a good point about "druggies" being everywhere and, yes, most people have no further to look than their own family to find good people troubled by the illness of drug addiction or alcholism. Sometimes folks find that pointing their finger at someone else helps them ignore their own difficulties (just take a look at some of the comments in this forum). That is not the kind of help this young gal desperately needs.

Its a shame that in our society we seem to look only to legal punishments for the solution to illness such as drug addiction or alcoholism -- when in fact, often times such an approach only makes the problem worse. Perhaps Nancy Reagan could "just say no" to drug addiction, but most drug addicts find that approach just fails them over and over again. It seems, if what I have been reading in the comments here are accurate regarding her past offences, her legal problems may land her in prison for a while. That probably can't be avoided as society has a right to see that its laws are obeyed by everyone, and after all, the Judge has given her several opportunities to seek help with out being incarcerated.

Never-the-less, I hope the Judge in this case will make every effort to minimize the punishment and emphasize reform. Reform will mean this young woman will have to meet the community half way. She is going to have to acknowledge her addiction, and be willing to undergo intensive treatment for her addiction. This will mean a strongly monitored, 12 step program, and it will mean staying on that program for life. However, she can, with the right compassionate help, the right effort, and a strong desire to become well again, learn to deal with her illness in a positive way. It is my sincere hope this will happen. She is young and has a lot of life left to live, and happiness is something that she will never find in drugs, alcohol, or prison -- but happiness is something she is entitled to -- its something we are all entitled to.

Perhaps with a lot of compassion on our part in the community, the appropriate, firm community emphasis on treatment, and a sincere williness by her to confront and treat her illness, we can all contribute to saving this young lady's life and help her become a good and productive citizen.

-- Posted by news across the neocon empire on Mon, Jul 21, 2008, at 1:40 AM

Lets not start with the Slater crap, this girl is from Iowa and is just here to staying with her grandmother. I know the family well and she is a very troubled woman, but don't blame Slater, she is a visitor of very good people. Troubled druggies are everywhere and could be your mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son. OldOwl is right stupid should be a felony!!

-- Posted by Laura1 on Sun, Jul 20, 2008, at 11:11 PM

How sad and disapointing it is to read about someone so young, with their whole life ahead of them, so apparently addicted to drugs. I hope the Judge can find someway to go beyond mere punishment of this young woman and get her some help. Of course, any good 12 step program requires that the Individual WANT to become well again (drug addiction and alcoholism are both treatable illnesses).

Can anyone suggest a good treatment program that is available in which this young gal could find treatment for her addiction while she is in jail/prison? Clearly, with her record she will be going to prison this time. Do the prisons have GOOD drug addiction treatment programs with a successful track record?

Anyway, I sure hope she finds the help she clearly needs to get her life on track. May I suggest that she perhaps find a good church, devote her life to God, and seek His blessings and His guidance.

-- Posted by news across the neocon empire on Sun, Jul 20, 2008, at 10:41 PM

hey JJ who were "they" and how come we havnt heard anything bout it. You know ALL why dont you please tell all, You probably know it isnt a lie cause you were holding the belt and then you go a snitch them out just sounds like something you would do.

-- Posted by bc65340 on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 11:21 AM

That's not the same Troy Gilpin that's on casenet w/ over a page of criminal history, assault on law enforcement officer, drugs (not marijuana), marijauna, paraphernalia, driving while suspended............is it? Surely not. Can't imagine why he don't like "5.0".

-- Posted by cutler06 on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 8:05 AM

Job well done by Marshall PD...Maybe she will get to see some prison time!!

-- Posted by Get A Grip on Fri, Jul 18, 2008, at 3:08 AM

The girl needs help..

-- Posted by Construction on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 8:41 PM


-- Posted by onpoint on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 7:28 PM

sounds like she needs to go visit DOC for a few years.

-- Posted by Happy EMT on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 6:20 PM

HERE WE GO AGAIN is right. In October of 2007, this same person pleaded guilty to felony forgery and received probation. THEN, while on probation, she was arrested earlier this year when she was caught with materials used to manufacture meth. She was charged with 2 more felonies. While still on felony probation and while out on bond on two new drug felonies, she gets caught with more drugs! This newest case is not a case of simple possession of less than 35 grams of MJ. That would not be a felony. She has been charged with a felony of possession of drugs OTHER THAN 35 grams of MJ. Good thing being stupid isn't a felony! Anyone who thinks this person is simply being picked on for having a little stash of MJ is sadly mistaken.

-- Posted by OldOwl on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 5:52 PM

Oops, posted twice.

-- Posted by troygilpin on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 5:10 PM

Oh God, here we go again. Of course she was acting suspicious. The fact that she had a little stash on her probably made her paranoid as hell knowing that the cops would make a big ordeal over it, tear her car apart, arrest her and then plaster her name all over the newspaper like she just committed the crime of the century. Once again, the ONLY time weed ruins someone's life is when the cops get involved. And now she doesn't even have any weed left to smoke when she gets out to deal with all the stress that that 5-0 has created, because they took it all. Everyone should keep their stash at home.

-- Posted by troygilpin on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 5:09 PM

wasn't she in the paper in March of this year for the same thing-- the article says she was arrested with Joel Harris

-- Posted by workingmom on Thu, Jul 17, 2008, at 4:51 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
According to Casenet, in March she was charged with:

Class B felony possession with intent deliver a controlled substance

Class D felony possession of a methamphetamine precursor drug

Class D felony unlawful use of drug paraphernalia

Class C felony possession of a chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance

She's also on probation for an October 2007 forgery conviction.


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