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March 16, 2011

Hartshorne girl hospitalized after smoking ‘incense’

HARTSHORNE — On Thursday, 16-year-old Autumn Williams, of Hartshorne, was taken to the hospital because she was having difficulty breathing and experiencing hallucinations.

According to Williams’ mother, Mary Kilcrease, the girl was treated over night and released the following day. When Williams’ parents went to file a police report with the Hartshorne Police Department, charges or a report could not be filed because there was no crime.

Williams said she had smoked “Cloud Nine,”an incense that is not a controlled substances or illegal, but the packaging states that the product is not meant for smoking.

At the time of Williams’ hospitalization the product was being sold at Funky Monkey in McAlester, according to observations at the store on Friday. It was also being sold through an independent distributor, “Lucidity Herbal,” that can be found online at www.lucidityherbal.com, but will also instruct you how to buy locally.

The owner of the Funky Monkey, a woman named Marlene who declined to give her last name, has declined to comment at this time.

The Lucidity Herbal website reads, “If within the McAlester, Oklahoma, area text ‘Herbal Incense’ to 918-421-1346 to recieve information on recieving our product locally without having to order online.”

A business card for Herbal Lucidity’s says that Cloud Nine is just like the substance “K2” that has been banned in almost all of the continental United States.

And although the substance is not controlled, it requires that the buyer be 18 years old and up to purchase it.

Williams said that she went with friends out to Hartshorne Lake where she was offered what she said appeared to be a marijuana cigarette. She asked what it was and was told it was Cloud Nine.

Williams said at first she felt “high,” but then as she kept smoking she started to hallucinate and could see herself dying in a series of car accidents.

“I just felt and knew that I was dying,” Williams said. “My step-mom said I stopped breathing a few times.”

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s edition of the McAlester News-Capital.

MJ Brickey is editor of Hartshorne Sun. Contact her at mjbrickey@journalist.com.

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