Orlando Ricardo Thompson was found guilty Thursday in the 2015 death of his co-worker Caleb Joshua Halley. Thompson faces up to life in prison.
Panama City police say 33-year-old Halley was working at Buddy’s Seafood Market when he and the 27-year-old Thompson began arguing about how much spice to add to the restaurant’s gumbo. Authorities say Thompson slashed Halley across the torso. He died two days later. The two had also been roommates at one point. Read the rest of this entry »
ALERT: Police Evacuate UPS Facility in San Bernardino After Driver Discovers Package Addressed to ‘Suspect’ ResidencePosted: December 5, 2015
‘Isolating package to be safe’
Multiple police vehicles were seen shortly after 8:30 p.m. outside the UPS customer center in the 1400 block of East Victoria Avenue (map).
The evacuation was ordered out of an abundance of caution, according to San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.
“Package with delivery address to suspect res (sic) in Redlands,” Burguan said on Twitter. “Isolating package to be safe.”
Althought the item was from a “reputable vendor,” UPS officials called police “just to be safe” after noticing its delivery address, the police chief tweeted.
It was unclear if the item had been sent to a particular suspect, according to Burguan.
The officer was shot from behind while filling up his vehicle
Officials say a suspect has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a deputy at a suburban Houston gas station.
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman was scheduled to hold a news conference at 4:30 p.m. CDT to discuss the arrest.
Officials with the sheriff’s office declined to comment on details of the arrest or what charge the suspect might face until the news conference….(read more)
HOUSTON, Texas — A Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot execution style at a gas station while reportedly in full uniform. The deputy was filling up his patrol car. Witnesses told Breitbart Texas the shooter shot the deputy in the back of the head and then three times in the back. This tragedy comes within days of a group of Black radicals calling for “lynching whites and killing cops,” as Breitbart Texas recently reported. Witnesses also told Breitbart Texas that the shooter was a black male…(read more)
Man airlifted to a nearby hospital, jaw wired shut
DALLAS (Reuters) – Lisa Maria Garza reports: An East Texas man was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said on Friday.
Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said the man, who was not identified, went outside his home in Marietta, southwest of Texarkana, at around 3 a.m. on Thursday morning. He spotted the armadillo on his property and opened fire.
“We didn’t find the armadillo.”
— Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe
“His wife was in the house. He went outside and took his .38 revolver and shot three times at the armadillo,” Rowe said.
The animal’s hard shell deflected at least one of three bullets, which then struck the man’s jaw, he said. Read the rest of this entry »
CIENEGA SPRINGS, Ariz. – A man snorkeling in the Colorado River near the Arizona and California border was terrified — and later embarrassed — when he came across two fake human skeletons sitting in lawn chairs about 40 feet underwater.
The man reported the skeletons to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, launching a hunt for what authorities believed could be real bodies.
It turned out the skeletons were fake and had been strategically placed to appear as if they were sitting together, their lawn chairs bound to large rocks. A diver from the Buckskin Fire Department captured the scene on a video camera attached to his head. The sheriff’s office called the scene a tea party.
The skeletons are wearing sunglasses, and one is holding a sign that includes the words “Bernie” and “dream in the river,” although the entire sign is not legible. Read the rest of this entry »
Rogue Police Home Invasion: Marijuana Grower Shot SWAT Cops Who Kicked Down His Door, Jury Says They Don’t Blame HimPosted: March 30, 2015
(CCN) Recently, there has been some talk about places that allow you to shoot officers if they are in the wrong when they enter your home. Our friends at The Free Thought Project write the following about the steps that one state has taken in this direction:
Indiana has taken action to “recognize the unique character of a citizen’s home and to ensure that a citizen feels secure in his or her own home against unlawful intrusion by another individual or a public servant.”
While Indiana may appear to be the only state to so publicly announce legislation that permits self-defense against rogue police home invasions, there are other courts which have ruled in favor of recognizing this right.
One of the most striking examples is that of a Texas man who says he was the victim of a home invasion in the middle of the night. But that home invasion was carried out by SWAT officers.
In the pre-dawn raid, that occurred on December 19th, 2013, Henry Goedrich Magee, like many residents of Burleson County, Texas, had a gun in the house. When Magee heard his door being broken down, he reached for his gun.
The police wanted to throw the proverbial book at him, but after hearing the evidence, a grand jury determined that Magee should not be charged in the shooting death of one of those officers.
The ruling was clear that Magee would not be charged with capital murder for the death of Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, who was part of a SWAT team which attempted to raid Magee’s rural home, in the execution of a search warrant.
The officers did in fact have a warrant, but a key factor in the grand jury’s decision was that they did not knock before entering.
The warrant says that they were primarily looking for marijuana primarily, and also for illegal guns. Read the rest of this entry »
(CNN) — The man who attacked a security area at the New Orleans airport with a machete and wasp spray also had a bag of Molotov cocktails and a car containing smoke bombs and gas cylinders, authorities said.
The suspect, Richard White, 63, died Saturday after treatment for three bullet wounds he suffered when a sheriff’s lieutenant fired at him to halt the Friday night attack, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff Newell Normand said earlier that investigators hadn’t been able to talk to White, who officials said suffered from some type of mental illness. He said White’s wife and children had been very cooperative.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport was back open and fully operational, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. He praised security officials for acting quickly and heroically and doing everything they could to stop the attack.
Agent told everyone to ‘run, run’
The incident began when White, carrying a bag, entered one of the lanes at the security checkpoint for Concourse B and began spraying Transportation Security Administration agents and bystanders with a can of wasp spray, the sheriff’s office said.
He then pulled a machete from his waistband and began swinging it at agents and others in the area.
“What I saw originally was one of the officers getting sprayed with the wasp spray,” said TSA agent Caroll Richel, whose arm was hit by one of the bullets fired at White.
The officer being sprayed with wasp spray picked up a bag and threw it at White to slow him down, but the suspect still barged through, Richel told reporters.
Richel, who was not armed, yelled for everyone to run as she made her way toward the sheriff’s lieutenant, who she knew had a weapon.
“I was calling, ‘Run, run’ for them to get away from him, and I was calling for the (lieutenant) so she was there and alert,” Richel said.
“I didn’t hear him say anything,” she said. “Once I yelled for the checkpoint to be cleared, I looked over my shoulder and he was coming after me. And I ran as fast as I could and thank God the officer was as close as she was, because I wouldn’t be here today.”
She said the man came “within inches” of whacking her with the machete. Read the rest of this entry »
Manhunt for man accused of murdering five people in Georgia
DEVELOPING – Murder suspect Thomas Jesse Lee, who allegedly killed his wife and four others in Georgia, was taken into custody in Tupelo, Miss., Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff announced Monday on the department’s official Facebook page.
Officials launched a nationwide manhunt Monday for a 26-year-old Georgia man suspected of murdering five people, including his wife and other family members, whose bodies were discovered in their suburban home Saturday evening.
“In law enforcement, you see bad things every day. But I’ve never seen a crime scene like this in my 25 years or so in law enforcement — never a scene with five victims inside a home.”
Thomas J. Lee, of Troup County, is wanted for the murders of four family members and a family friend. The bodies were found Saturday night but authorities believe the deaths occurred Wednesday, Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff told Lagrange Daily News. Woodruff added that the U.S. Marshals Service has been called in to assist in the search.
According to Lagrange Daily News, the victims were identified Sunday as Thomas J. Lee’s wife Christie Lee, 33; her daughter Bailey Burtron, 16; Christie Lee’s parents, Sheila Burtron, 68, and William Burtron, 69; and family friend Iiaonna Green, 18, who recently moved into the home located in a suburb outside LaGrange, about 80 miles southwest of Atlanta and just east of the Alabama state line. Read the rest of this entry »
Body of missing real estate agent found in shallow grave
(CNN) — The body of missing Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter has been located north of the Little Rock area, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said early Tuesday.
Her body was found in a shallow grave near Cabot, about 20 miles northeast of central Little Rock.
Arron Lewis, of Jacksonville, will be charged with capital murder, the sheriff’s office said.
The 33-year-old was arrested by authorities Monday.
“Lewis admitted … to kidnapping Beverly Carter, but would not divulge her whereabouts,” the sheriff’s office said. After he was booked into the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility, investigators said they obtained information that led them to the property where the grave was located. Read the rest of this entry »
NY Daily News reports: A sharp-shooting Oklahoma food company executive who enjoys quail hunting and leading Boy Scouts is being hailed a hero.
“This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it. It could have gotten a lot worse.”
— Sgt. Jeremy Lewis
Mark Vaughan — who also happens to be a reserve officer with the sheriff’s office — leapt to action when his business was under siege by an apparent ISIS copycat.
The chief operating officer of Vaughan Foods Inc. opened fire on Alton Nolen at the food distribution plant in Moore after the lunatic attacked two employees, beheading one and leaving the other in critical condition.
Vaughan is being heralded as a hero by authorities.
“This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it,” Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told the Associated Press. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”
Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel released a statement Friday afternoon saying Vaughan joined the reserve in June 2010 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division, is a member of the Fast Action Support Team and is a “highly trained member” of the Tactical Team.
“I am extremely proud of the actions of Deputy Vaughan and I am convinced those actions saved the lives of several other employees.”
— Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel
“Mark put an end to the threat by shooting the suspect and saving the life of a second victim who was being actively attacked by the suspect. There is every reason to believe that the lives of untold others were saved who would have been targeted by the suspect if it hadn’t been for Deputy Vaughan’s actions.” Read the rest of this entry »
Examiner.com reports: The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS), the state’s largest and oldest law enforcement group representing more than 4,500 active duty police officers and sheriff’s deputies, dealt a serious blow to Evergreen State gun prohibitionists this morning, confirming to Examiner via telephone that it will oppose Initiative 594 and support Initiative 591, making it the second statewide law enforcement group to take that position.
WACOPS Executive Director Jamie Daniels told this column that a position statement from the organization will be released shortly. Examiner will update when that statement is available.
“Under I-594, every time a handgun is transferred, the person receiving the handgun will have their name added to the government database being maintained by the state Department of Licensing.”
WACOPS joins the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (WSLEFIA) in opposing I-594, the 18-page gun control measure sponsored by the Seattle-based Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR). By also supporting I-591, it lends important credibility to the argument by backers of that measure that there is a right way to conduct checks and keep guns out of the wrong hands, and I-594 is not the answer.
This announcement could be a serious blow to gun control proponents who have already spent more than $1.5 million to push their measure, which mandates so-called “universal background checks.” At the same time, the WACOPS vote comes as a major morale boost to the financially-strapped grassroots supporters of I-591, which is a far simpler measure, covering a single page that requires background checks to comply with a uniform national standard….(read more)
The only thing that I-594 would accomplish is the creation of a government record of all lawfully transferred handguns in Washington, which would facilitate their future confiscation.”
MORE: WACOPS opposes Initiative 594: Initiative 594 is the latest and most comprehensive attempt to restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners in the Evergreen State. Although proponents describe it as a “universal background check” measure, Initiative 594 is in reality a universal handgun registration scheme. Under I-594, every time a handgun is transferred, the person receiving the handgun will have their name added to the government database being maintained by the state Department of Licensing.
Under I-594, every time a handgun is transferred, the person receiving the handgun will have their name added to the government database being maintained by the state Department of Licensing. Read the rest of this entry »
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. Confirms that Suspect in Bellflower Standoff was Shot and Killed During Hostage RescuePosted: August 18, 2014
— Robert Holguin (@ABC7Robert) August 18, 2014
For the Los Angeles Times, Julie Cart reports: A federal officer attempting to break up an altercation during a pro-Israel demonstration Sunday at the federal building in Westwood fired a single shot but no one was harmed, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said. Read the rest of this entry »
From http://www.loudlabs.com – ISLA VISTA – A UC Santa Barbara police officer was seriously injured and at least five Santa Barbara sheriff’s deputies were hurt after a campus-wide spring break party known as Deltopia turned ugly Saturday night in Isla Vista.
The UC officer sustained a “significant” head injury when a partier hit him with a backpack stuffed with bottles of alcohol at around 9 p.m. Saturday, near the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive, according to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department (SBSD). During the ensuing arrest, some in the crowd of about 15,000 began throwing bottles, rocks and bricks at law enforcement personnel, the department said.
After authorities declared an unlawful assembly, “the situation escalated into a major disturbance,” said the SBSD. It said people ripped up stop signs, lit several small fires and damaged property, including several law enforcement vehicles.
He has a Pen, and a Phone…
Due to weather hammering the south, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry designated northern Georgia a “No Valentine’s Day Zone” in a Facebook post.
Intruder Stabbed to Death by Washington Woman: Attacker Planned to ‘Abduct and Rape wife’ Who He Attacked EarlierPosted: December 26, 2013
An intruder who was stabbed to death after breaking into a gym owner’s house had been planning to sexually assault his wife and video tape it, according to reports this week.
Ken Boonstra was stabbed to death by a 26-year-old woman while her husband struggled with him in their Washington home.
Police have now revealed that Boonstra, 48, had a camera and tripod in his pocket when he broke into the couple’s home.
The couple, who own a local branch of a gym, are not being identified because they are the victims of a crime. The wife’s mother and the couple’s seven-month-old daughter were both in the home at the time of the attack.
The Seattle Times reports that the fatal early morning break in on May 13 was not the first time that Boonstra had been in the couple’s home.
He went into the house 12 hours before the attack and threatened the wife, grabbing her by her ponytail and demanding all of her money.
She didn’t get a good look at him because her hair was grabbed from behind, West said. She was slapped and punched in the face and suffered an ankle injury as she was dragged by her hair.
‘This guy apparently grabbed her by the pony tail, swung her around, robbed her, and then either slapped or punched her in the face,’ said Sgt Cindi West, spokesman with King Country sheriff’s department.
At the time, that was $41 cash, and her left the house.
The wife called police to report the robbery and was understandably frazzled. The recording of the call hears the dispatcher tell her to take a deep breath and reassures her that police are on the way. She responds: ‘I just want them to be here… I’m sorry, I’m just so scared.’
The problem therein appears to be that he became familiar with both the house and the woman prompting him to return later that night with the apparent intention of sexually assaulting or abducting her.
The wife was not the only woman involved in the attack, as initial reports also stated that her mother was also involved, along with her husband.
The family went out to dinner that night and then went to bed by 10pm after ‘triple checking’ the locks on every door.
Hours later around 1.40am, the husband woke when their dogs started barking.
GREELEY, Colo. — Erica Goode writes: When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state’s new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines. One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession, sale or transfer of the large-capacity magazines went into effect. The other, he “maybe” obtained afterward.
He shuffles the magazines, which look identical, and then challenges the audience to tell the difference.
“How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?” he asks.
Colorado’s package of gun laws, enacted this year after mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., has been hailed as a victory by advocates of gun control. But if Sheriff Cooke and a majority of the other county sheriffs in Colorado offer any indication, the new laws — which mandate background checks for private gun transfers and outlaw magazines over 15 rounds — may prove nearly irrelevant across much of the state’s rural regions.
Some sheriffs, like Sheriff Cooke, are refusing to enforce the laws, saying that they are too vague and violate Second Amendment rights. Many more say that enforcement will be “a very low priority,” as several sheriffs put it. All but seven of the 62 elected sheriffs in Colorado signed on in May to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statutes.
Super-Militarization of Law Enforcement Agencies Continues: Dallas County Now Has Its Very Own Bulletproof, “Mine-Protected” Military SUVPosted: September 28, 2013
And so, for the past couple of months, news reports have been popping up announcing that places like Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Ohio State University have been receiving their very own military-grade armored SUVs.
Now, it’s Dallas’ turn. Read the rest of this entry »
Hildalgo County, Texas (CBS Houston) – The Houston Chronicle is reporting that a 43-year-old man has been arrested for the second time for having sex with the same horse.
The suspect, Cirilo Castillo, was reportedly released from jail in April having served time for the original equine violation which occurred in January of 2012 at a Hildalgo county ranch.
According to the report, Castillo returned to the same ranch and apparently the same horse, and was subsequently arrested on Wednesday.
Hildalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino shared some insight: “The guy is practically harmless, except for the horse.”
The owner of the horse allegedly has surveillance tape showing the suspect tying up the horse and then having his way with it. Castillo has been charged with cruelty to animals, criminal trespass, and is being held on $35,000 bond.
Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies – Aristotle
via Britebart.com — Yes, The Same Horse