Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Let's face it; life's not fair!

What?

That's just wrong!

I've never even gotten to ever sit in a Ferrari much less getting to drive one.


Indian arrested for letting son, 9, drive Ferrari
Associated Press -

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in India have arrested a man who allowed his 9-year-old son to drive his Ferrari.

Mohammed Nisham was arrested on charges of endangering the life of a child and allowing a minor to drive, said Inspector Biju Kumar. He was released after posting bail of 5,000 rupees ($92), Kumar said.

Nisham's wife filmed the boy driving the sports car on his 9th birthday two weeks ago with his 5-year-old brother in the passenger seat. The video was widely watched on YouTube and created an outrage across India, causing police to file charges.

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Brother, can you spare a dime?

Okay, how about just a nickel?

By the way the value from $0.05 to $3.11 Million is an increase in value of  62,200,000 !

Whatever, its a lot.


1913 nickel fetches more than $3.1 M at auction
Associated Press -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Four Virginia siblings who never let a rare 5-cent piece slip through their fingers, even when it was declared a fake, have been rewarded for their devotion to a humble family heirloom after the century-old coin sold for more than $3.1 million.

The 1913 Liberty Head nickel, one of only five known to exist, was sold to two bidders for $3.17 million at an auction Thursday night in suburban Chicago.

The children of the late Melva Givens of Salem will divide $2.7 million, before taxes.

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Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion

I hope all goes well in the future for him.


D.A. dismisses Rockett charges
By Jerry Briggs - Express-News

A felony burglary case against UTSA senior baseball standout Daniel Rockett has been dismissed, a spokesman for the Bexar County district attorney's office said Monday.

“The case against him has been rejected,” First Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg said in a telephone interview. “That was basically at the request of all the alleged victims involved.”

Rockett said through a team spokesman that he is “thankful” for the outcome.

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Get well Judge

Hoping for a speedy and complete recovery Judge Schroeder.


Kendall Judge struggling to rebound
By Zeke MacCormack - Express-News

BOERNE — Kendall County Judge Gaylan Schroeder appeared frail, and at times disoriented, upon returning to the dais Monday from a four-month medical leave after having seizures in January.

“Somebody tell me what we just did,” he said after joining commissioners in voting to not pursue the creation of a new state district court here during the current legislative session.

Schroeder, 73, had largely recovered from two strokes in late 2011 before the setback, which limited his recent service to infrequent courthouse visits and briefings at home.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Far-out Man!

The last high?

Death Row Inmate’s Last Words: ‘Wow! That Is Great’

CBSHouston -
 
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate was executed Thursday evening for fatally shooting one of three people he and a partner abducted during a convenience store robbery nearly 11 years ago.

Richard Cobb, 29, didn’t deny using a 20-gauge shotgun to kill Kenneth Vandever in an East Texas field where two women also were shot and one was raped. He was convicted of capital murder.

“Life is death, death is life. I hope that someday this absurdity that humanity has come to will come to an end,” Cobb said when asked if he had any last words. “Life is too short. I hope anyone that has negative energy towards me will resolve that.

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Kid Tossing

A wee bit of an over-reaction I'd say.


Bradenton teacher accused of throwing student

By Gabrielle Russon - Herald-Tribune

BRADENTON - A Bradenton teacher was charged with child abuse after he carried a student out of the classroom and threw him outside, authorities said Friday.

Colby Ray Cadwell, 32, a teacher at Horizons Academy, faces a third-degree felony charge with a maximum penalty of five years in prison if he is convicted.

The alleged incident took place April 23 as the 13-year-old student stood in class, waiting in line.

Fatherly love

My guess?

It was a prized possession of the Dad's or he's done it before.


Police say man stabbed son over pawned property
By Guillermo Contreras - Express-News

San Antonio police said an argument between a father and his son early today led to a stabbing that hospitalized the younger man and left the dad facing charges.

The stabbing occurred in the 400 block of San Blas about 2:30 a.m. when the father became upset that his 22-year-old son had pawned property. The son was taken to University Hospital in critical condition and the father was being investigated on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

Their names were not immediately released by police.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Are they nucking futs?

WTH California?

Just. What. The. Hell?

Non-citizens serving on juries?  You certainly are the land of fruits and nuts.


Calif. bill would let non-citizens serve on juries


SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to allow non-citizens who are in the country legally to serve on jury duty.

Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, said his bill, AB1401, would help California widen the pool of prospective jurors and help integrate immigrants into the community.

It does not change other criteria for being eligible to serve on a jury, such as being at least 18, living in the county that is making the summons, and being proficient in English.


The rest of the story:

Not above the law

I guess the president cannot basically issue "Blanket Pardons" or turn a blind eye to illegal immigration.

He'll ignore it is my prediction.


Judge says Obama reprieves lacked legal basis
By Jeremy Roebuck - Express-News

The Obama administration overstepped its authority last year in granting deportation reprieves to thousands of immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, a federal court in Dallas has found.

But U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor stopped short of ordering a stop to the program in a preliminary ruling this week, saying he was not sure he had the jurisdiction to do so.

Even so, his opinion offered a strong rebuke to an initiative President Barack Obama touted throughout his re-election bid to woo Latino voters and comes amid a White House push to legalize millions more immigrants living in the country illegally.

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I wonder who he pissed off

Won't be singing any more Narco songs no more.

Is he like the canary in the mine?  In other words is he one of the victims of the Drug Cartel Wars as the violence spills north of the Border?

RIP Chuy.


S. Texas singer found dead
By Aaron Nelson - Express-News

South Texas balladeer Jesus “Chuy” Quintanilla, known for the narcocorrido storytelling that mythologizes drug cartels, was found shot to death Thursday in the citrus groves north of Mission, authorities said.

Quintanilla's body, discovered by irrigation workers, was in a pool of blood next to his SUV. He was shot at least twice in the head, according to Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño.

Quintanilla's family informed the department that they hadn't been able to reach the singer since Wednesday evening.

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Down but not out

Still breathing on life-support.


Scooter Store settles dispute
By Patrick Danner - Express-News

The Scooter Store appears to have resolved a dispute that could have forced it to shut down and liquidate its business.

After The Scooter Store's bankruptcy last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services froze all Medicare payments due the New Braunfels supplier of power wheelchairs and scooters on April 17.

CMS contended it was entitled to take Medicare payments owed The Scooter Store for pre-bankruptcy services to offset millions in overpayments the agency previously made to the company.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

In the pink

A nice story.


Ore. department's concrete police pig back in pink
Associated Press -

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Astoria Police Department's concrete pig is back in the pink and ready for another 20 years of duty.

The Daily Astorian reports the pig was dropped off at the station in 1993 by someone who didn't stay to explain the gift.

Unoffended, the police promptly adopted the animal and left it in place.

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Has the Jury reached a verdict? Why yes, they did

Well, that certainly didn't take a jury long to reach their conclusions as to punishment did it?

Good Job Jury and to the Bexar County DA's Office.


Rapist sentenced to life after second victim revealed
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News
A Leon Valley man already serving a 20-year sentence for the 2008 rape of one woman was ordered Wednesday to serve life in prison for the beating and rape of another woman months later.

It took jurors 25 minutes to determined Richard M. Lopez's sentences, which also included a maximum 20-year term for the aggravated assault. The group also ordered $20,000 in fines.

State District Judge Ron Rangel ordered the sentences to be served concurrently with each other and with Lopez's previous sentence. Lopez, 26, won't be eligible to apply for parole for 30 years.

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A cautionary tale

Just what she didn't need.

Another criminal charge.


Attorney accused of drunken driving
By Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News

Add “drunken driving” to the criminal charges lodged against high-profile attorney Hilda Quesada Valadez, who faces 46 felony counts of courthouse fraud.

Valadez, 52, was released around 3 a.m. Tuesday, hours after she was arrested on one count of driving while intoxicated. Although San Antonio police could not immediately find the report from her arrest, a spokeswoman said police detained her around 7 p.m. Monday in the 13,000 block of Blanco Road.

Once known for defending more indigents than any other attorney in town, Valadez made headlines last year when she was indicted on allegations that she forged judges' signatures and double-billed Bexar County. She faces 46 felony counts in courthouse fraud.

No lawyer was listed for Valadez, who has previously said that she was broke and couldn't find local legal representation.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

More tensions increase in a volatile area

Anyone ready for a Sino-Japanese war?

I thought not.

I hope cooler heads prevail.


Japan PM Abe warns China of force over islands landing

Japan would respond with force if any attempt is made to land on disputed islands, PM Shinzo Abe has warned. 

BBC News -

His comments came as eight Chinese government ships sailed near East China Sea islands that both nations claim.

A flotilla of 10 fishing boats carrying Japanese activists was also reported to be in the area, as well as the Japanese coastguard.

Mr Abe was speaking in parliament hours after dozens of lawmakers visited a controversial war-linked shrine.

A total of 168 lawmakers paid their respects at the Yasukuni Shrine, which commemorates Japan's war dead, including war criminals, in a move likely to anger regional neighbours who say the shrine is a reminder of Japan's military past.

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Turned a blind eye

Unbelievable in so many ways.

No suspicions?  You hire a convicted felon and he starts driving around in cars costing $200,000 each?

That was really turning the cheek brothers.


Beloved church member also stole from it
By Abe Levy and Guillermo Contreras - Express-News

Leonard Meyers, the finance director of Harvest Fellowship Community Church, was known for driving flashy cars.

He often parked his maroon Corvette at the church, but he also had a Jaguar and two high-performance Mercedes SLS AMGs, each worth at least $200,000 and capable of speeds approaching 200 mph. He spoke of his big-screen TVs and the latest computers.

Congregants figured extra income from personal investments paid for the sweet life, but he was actually an embezzler, church leaders say.

He died this month at 59, apparently of natural causes, just weeks after they discovered he had stolen at least $491,000 since 2010, according to a San Antonio police report and a church lawyer. It might be closer to $750,000.

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Two times a killer

The photo is of the two victims who were murdered.

Bexar County's first "DWI Murder" trial resulted in two 30 year sentences to run concurrently (at the same time).

Good job, by the Bexar County ADA's and DA Susan Reed.


Drunken driver gets 30 years for double murder
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

A habitual drunken driver who swerved off of Interstate 10 last year while speeding and texting, killing a 10-year-old and her mother as they sat in their disabled vehicle, was ordered by jurors Monday to serve 30 years in prison for each death.

The terms will be served concurrently.

Christopher Hughes Lamar, 27, last week became the first person in Bexar County ever convicted of felony murder instead of intoxication manslaughter because of prior DWI convictions. The unique prosecutorial tactic allowed jurors to consider an expanded punishment range of up to life in prison instead of the usual maximum of 20 years.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Step away from the phone!

Really?

How stupid can some folks be?

No, don't answer that, it was just a rhetorical question.


Oregon juror jailed for texting during trial
Associated Press -

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A judge in Oregon noticed an unexpected glow on a juror's chest while the courtroom lights were dimmed during video evidence in an armed-robbery trial.

The juror, it seemed, was texting.

Marion County Circuit Judge Dennis Graves cleared the courtroom and excused all jurors except 26-year-old Benjamin Kohler.

According to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Kohler had no explanation for his actions.

Jurors in Oregon are given explicit instructions at the outset of each trial not to use cellphones in court.

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Ain't gonna resta til after Fiesta

Yup, goes without saying.

More car accidents and in this case, I'd imagine someone was shit-faced.

No, I do not know that for certain, but the odds are pretty high that he was intoxicated.


Four injured in head-on crash on South Side
By Hollie O'Connor - Express-News

Four people were injured, including two children, in head-on collision on the South Side Sunday afternoon.

Two cars on South Flores Street near Kendalia Avenue crashed head-on around 2:30 p.m., causing one to flip onto its roof. A woman was driving one car with her 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son inside, authorities said. The woman and boy were taken to University Hospital by ambulance, while the girl was taken to the same hospital by Air Life helicopter.

The driver of the other car also was taken to University Hospital, officials said. Blood tests will determine if he was intoxicated, officials said.

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Not gonna happen, not from these two for sure

And how exactly would have gun registration and/or an "assault weapons" ban prevented this?

The weapons were not registered and were obtained on the street apparently.

Good police work and help from witnesses prevented other tragedies from ocurring.

Police: Bombing suspects planned more attacks

BOSTON (AP) — As churches paused to mourn the dead and console the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing Sunday, the city's police commissioner said the two suspects had such a large cache of weapons that they were probably planning other attacks. The surviving suspect remained hospitalized and unable to speak with a gunshot wound to the throat.

After the two brothers engaged in a gun battle with police early Friday, authorities found many unexploded homemade bombs at the scene, along with more than 250 rounds of ammunition.

Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the stockpile was "as dangerous as it gets in urban policing."

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

A tireless advocate for abused children and victims of family violence

That she is a zealous advocate on the behalf of children and victims of family violence is an understatement.


DA: Serving as advocate for kids, families ‘serious’ task

Special to New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
 
Comal County Criminal District Attorney Jennifer Tharp has long advocated for the rights of abused children and victims of family violence.

Her  focus on children and their families was recognized by the state last June, with an appointment to the Governor’s Parental Rights Advisory Panel. This panel of nine members, chaired by Gregory Wilhelm of Midlothian, was created after an upsetting search and arduous court battle where a Dallas father, desperately sought law enforcement’s help to locate his missing child.


The incident, underscoring Texas parents’ lack of legal standing where court orders are not in existence was reported to District 63 state Rep. Tan Parker who, with the findings and recommendations of the Parental Rights Advisory Panel, authored House Bill 1206.

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Keep this up and all they'll have left are flying carpets

Those planes are getting pretty old.

At least 34 years old.

Iran F-5 fighter crashes killing two crew

Arab News -

TEHRAN: An Iranian US-made F-5 fighter plane crashed Sunday after hitting a mountain in the west of the country, killing both crew members, Iranian media reported.

The two pilots were killed upon impact as the jet fighter hit the mountain near Abadan town of Ilam province, town governor Morad Naseri was quoted as saying.

Naseri said the crash was being investigated by authorities.

Iran’s air force retains an aging fleet, including US-manufactured aircraft purchased before the 1979 Islamic revolution.

In January 2012, a US-built F-14 fighter crashed minutes after takeoff, also killing both crew.

Are they concerned?

What are they saying in the Arab News?


Russia, US to bolster ties after Boston
Arab News -

MOSCOW: Russia and the United States agreed yesterday to step up cooperation in their fight against terror in the wake of news that two ethnic Chechens were suspected of organizing the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

The Kremlin said Russian leader Vladimir Putin called US President Barack Obama to once again express his condolences and discuss ways the two sides can work more closely on security in the runup to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

"Both sides underscored their interest in bolstering the close cooperation of Russian and US special services in the fight against international terrorism," the Kremlin said in a statement.

Obama said victims of the Boston Marathon explosions still deserve to know the motives and the planning behind the deadly blasts. He acknowledged that the capture of a second suspect in Boston brought to a close a trying five days for his presidency and for the nation.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Why is this man smiling?

Will the Judicial Conduct Commission remove him from the Bench?

After all the Judge presiding over the Court of Inquiry made a finding that Judge Anderson subverted justice while he was the DA in Williamson County.

Will he be punished by a system he swore to uphold?

Will he be punished because his actions caused an innocent man to spend 25 years in prison for something he did not do?

Naaah, the good old boy system will probably protect him.

Judge finds that Anderson hid evidence in Morton murder trial

By Chuck Lindell - American-Statesman Staff

Georgetown — Former Williamson County District Attorney Ken Anderson was arrested and booked into jail and then released on bail Friday after a specially convened court found that he intentionally hid evidence to secure Michael Morton’s 1987 conviction for murder.

In a blunt and scathing ruling, District Judge Louis Sturns said Anderson acted to defraud the trial court and Morton’s defense lawyers, resulting in an innocent man serving almost 25 years in prison.

“This court cannot think of a more intentionally harmful act than a prosecutor’s conscious choice to hide mitigating evidence so as to create an uneven playing field for a defendant facing a murder charge and a life sentence,” Sturns said.

Sturns, presiding over a court of inquiry that examined the Morton prosecution, found probable cause to believe that Anderson broke two state laws and committed criminal contempt of court for lying to Morton’s trial judge. He then signed a warrant for Anderson’s arrest as required under state law governing courts of inquiry.

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Is this the end?

Good luck.

The newspapers are calling for her to step down, a law suit has been filed to remove her from office.

Is this how her 35+ years as a prosecutor will end?


Jail report says DA was handcuffed and ‘leg-ironed’

By Ciara O'Rourke - American-Statesman Staff

3:50 p.m. update: Jailers placed Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg in restraints early Saturday morning after her drunken driving arrest to protect her from harming herself, according to jail records.

Lehmberg had been placed in an isolation cell for protective custody but she refused several orders to stop kicking the cell door and was put in “the emergency restraint chair,” the records say.

According to an inmate incident report, Lehmberg also resisted a pat-down, refused to comply with officers, tried to scratch and grab an officer’s hand and yelled.

She was handcuffed and “leg-ironed,” according to the report.

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Drunk murder

But he did nothing to stop drinking did he?

He continued to drink, he continued to drive and in the course of committing a felony, DWI 3rd or more, two people were killed.

That made it murder.


DWI felon's mom had troubling prediction
By Craqig Kapitan - Express-News

Long before alcoholic Christopher Hughes Lamar caused the deaths of a fourth-grader and her mother on a San Antonio freeway last year, his own parent had predicted the devastating wreck.

“I felt in my heart ... something very bad was going to happen,” teacher Linda Lamar told jurors Friday during the punishment phase of her son's double murder trial. “I told Chris that he was either going to maim or kill somebody if he didn't stop drinking and driving.”

Christopher Lamar, 27, on Thursday became the first person in Bexar County to be convicted of felony murder instead of intoxication manslaughter because of his previous driving while intoxicated offenses.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

From Chechnya?

I sure hope they take the last one alive so we can figure out who is behind all of this.  (The one in the black hat is now dead)

Like why are Chechnyans coming here and doing this?


1 of 2 Mass. bomb suspects dead; suburbs shut down



WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle overnight that left one of them dead and his brother on the loose, authorities said Friday as thousands of officers swarmed the streets in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the Boston area.

The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and a family member as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1 and seen in surveillance footage in a black baseball cap, was killed in a gun battle with police in Massachusetts overnight, officials said. His 19-year-old brother - dubbed as Suspect No. 2 and seen wearing a white, backwards baseball cap in the images from Monday's deadly bombing at the marathon finish line - escaped.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Law of Unintended Consequences at work

Law of Unintended consequences at work here.

Use extreme caution.


CinemaCon: Theater Owners Begin Cutting Employee Work Hours To Avoid Paying For Health Care

By DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor - Deadline New York

The Affordable Care Act — also known as ObamaCare – is designed to help provide health insurance coverage for those who are least able to pay. 

But exhibition execs attending CinemaCon this week are quietly planning to minimize the law’s impact on them when it takes full effect in 2014, even if it means penalizing part time employees who might stand to benefit.

Theaters are most concerned about a provision that requires companies to provide coverage for those working at least 30 hours a week, not just full-time employees who work at least 40 hours. So, guess what? Theaters are beginning to reduce part timers’ to less than 30 hours a week. 

“All of [the major theater companies] are making adjustments in the workforce,” Stephen Gooding, President of Reynolds & Reynolds — an insurance firm that specializes in exhibition concerns — tells me. When it comes to preparing for the changes “the very large circuits are ahead of the curve, but the smaller and midsized ones are just realizing and going ‘Oh, my’.” 

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To procure warrant or to not procure warrant, that is the question

I do not think this will too big a problem to over come.

Man o" Law thanks Judge Melisa Skinner for making the right call in the case before her.


Supreme Court ruling already felt in San Antonio
Express-News

The fact that alcohol dissipates from the bloodstream over time does not by itself give police the right to draw blood without a warrant in drunken-driving investigations, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The ruling immediately got the attention of attorneys in Texas, where warrantless blood draws are allowed by state statute for intoxication manslaughter cases, third-time driving while intoxicated offenses or intoxication assault cases in which someone has been sent to the hospital.

While the court's ruling appears to be “extremely narrow” and not pertaining to Texas law, it does leave a lot of questions unanswered, said Cliff Herberg, Bexar County's first assistant district attorney.

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Find him!

It always amazes me what gets found through diligent and persistent Law Enforcement investigation.

Hundreds of hours of scouring video footage and apparently they find the image of the guy leaving what may have been one of the bombs.

Catch the Bastards who did this.


Boston official:  Video footage shows bomb suspect
By DENISE LAVOIE and RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — In what could be a major break in the Boston Marathon case, investigators are on the hunt for a man seen in a department store surveillance video dropping off a bag at the site of the bombings, a local politician said Wednesday.

Separately, a law enforcement official confirmed that authorities have found an image of a potential suspect but don't know his name.

The development — less than 48 hours after the attack, which left three people dead and more than 170 wounded — marked a possible turning point in a case that has investigators analyzing photos and videos frame by frame for clues to who carried out the twin bombings and why.

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Shining light into the dark places in Comal County

Seeing what is scurrying about.


Almost like spelunking or turning on the light in your New York City Apartment's kitchen at night..


Kidnapping case among indictments
By Dalondo Moultrie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
 
A Canyon Lake man faces felony indictments for kidnapping and assault for crimes authorities said he committed earlier this year, according to court documents filed April 10.

Also, a mother and son are accused of teaming to steal thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from an elderly woman, the documents show.


Indictments for the three were unavailable earlier in the week after Comal County Criminal District Attorney Jennifer Tharp released a list of those grand jurors indicted April 10.

On that day, the panel handed up indictments accusing Zachary Alexander Woods, 18, of Canyon Lake, of assaulting one man with a knife, another man with a “tire checker” and a third man with a metal pipe. The court documents show that the grand jury found enough evidence existed to charge Alexander with kidnapping a woman and the man he assaulted with the metal pipe.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

You can't fix stupid

This is just a breathtakingly stupid thing to say.

I wasn't aware that the Second Amendment allowed us to detonate IED's at public gatherings.

To conflate this act of terrorism into an attack on a fundamental  constitutional right is just. plain. wrong.

He is one sick fuck.

Actor blames Boston attack on gun culture: ’2nd amendment must go’

The Daily Caller -

Actor and comedian Jay Mohr waded into the gun debate on Twitter after Monday’s deadly terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon. “What bothers me most about today is that we’re getting used 2 it.

ENOUGH. 2nd amendment must go. Violence has 2 stop. Culture MUST change,” the Jerry Maguire actor tweeted Monday night. What bothers me most about today is that we’re getting used 2 it. ENOUGH. 2nd amendment must go. Violence has 2 stop. Culture MUST change. — Jay Mohr (@jaymohr37) April 15, 2013

Mohr, who hosts a podcast and Jay Mohr Sports on Fox Sports Radio, followed it up with another tweet connecting the Second Amendment to a “culture of violence.” Ads by Google Following push back on Twitter, Mohr elaborated on his contention further, explaining that he finds it sad that gun massacres are becoming increasingly common.

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Unbelieveable? .... nope its what is politically correct think, apparently

Just what the hell goes through someone's mind when they write shit like this?

Is everything politicized?  Can we wait until we determine WTF happened?

I don't think that's too much to ask for.


Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American

There is a double standard: White terrorists are dealt with as lone wolves, Islamists are existential threats


As we now move into the official Political Aftermath period of the Boston bombing — the period that will determine the long-term legislative fallout of the atrocity — the dynamics of privilege will undoubtedly influence the nation’s collective reaction to the attacks. That’s because privilege tends to determine: 1) which groups are — and are not — collectively denigrated or targeted for the unlawful actions of individuals; and 2) how big and politically game-changing the overall reaction ends up being.

This has been most obvious in the context of recent mass shootings. In those awful episodes, a religious or ethnic minority group lacking such privilege would likely be collectively slandered and/or targeted with surveillance or profiling (or worse) if some of its individuals comprised most of the mass shooters. However, white male privilege means white men are not collectively denigrated/targeted for those shootings — even though most come at the hands of white dudes.

Likewise, in the context of terrorist attacks, such privilege means white non-Islamic terrorists are typically portrayed not as representative of whole groups or ideologies, but as “lone wolf” threats to be dealt with as isolated law enforcement matters. Meanwhile, non-white or developing-world terrorism suspects are often reflexively portrayed as representative of larger conspiracies, ideologies and religions that must be dealt with as systemic threats — the kind potentially requiring everything from law enforcement action to military operations to civil liberties legislation to foreign policy shifts.

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He took them with him

They do say suicide is a selfish act.

This is certainly a tragic situation.


Pa. man's apparent suicide leaves 3 others dead


QUAKERTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Friends and neighbors were stunned and saddened by the deaths of four family members who appear to have died of carbon monoxide fumes that resulted from the husband's apparent suicide.

Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Tuesday night that a state police investigation indicates that Gary Reitnauer went to the garage of an adjacent home on the family's property on Monday and started the car following a disagreement with his wife, Michelle.

He said it is believed that Michelle Reitnauer and the family's two daughters tried to rescue him and were overcome by the fumes. Fire department rescue crews were unable to revive the family.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The American Dream gone bad

Just like that (snap!) and its over.

My condolences to his family, may he rest in peace.


South Side store owner slain
By Sarah L. Tressler - Express-News

The owner of a South Side convenience store was fatally shot in an apparent robbery Monday morning.

An employee who came to work at Stanley's Ice Station just after 7 a.m. found Farouk Haifa's body facedown behind the front counter, said Azhr Haifa, a cousin of the store owner.

When the employee turned him over, he noticed multiple chest wounds, Azhr Haifa said.

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No self-defense here

Murdered two soldiers and got 99 year sentences to run concurrently (at the same time)

Still waiting on Major Nidal Hassan's turn.


Man gets 99 years for killing 2 Texas soldiers

Associated Press -

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A man who claimed self-defense has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for the fatal shooting of two West Texas soldiers in an argument over a woman.

A jury in El Paso on Monday sentenced Craig Allen Graham.

Jurors on Friday convicted Graham on two counts of murder in the 2012 gunfire outside a bar that killed two Fort Bliss privates — Preston Brown and Damien Bailey. Investigators say the victims were innocent bystanders.

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The spotlight is on

Welcome to the bigs Mr. Ortega.

You apparently played and now it may be time to pay.

71-year-old faces 16 counts of molestation

By Dalondo Moultrie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
 
NEW BRAUNFELS — For years, authorities have said, Refugio Ortega has been molesting little girls.

According to court documents, Ortega raped two of the girls, continuously sexually assaulted another and repeatedly touched two more improperly.


Last week, a Comal County grand jury indicted the 71-year-old New Braunfels resident on 16 counts of molestation crimes against children.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Self-contempt

I guess you have to admire the fact that he walks the walk and talks the talk.

But it seems a wee bit silly too.


Judge holds self in contempt for his smartphone
Associated Press -

IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge whose smartphone disrupted a hearing in his own courtroom has held himself in contempt and paid $25 for the infraction.

The Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and MLive.com report Judge Raymond Voet has a posted policy at Ionia County 64A District Court. It states that electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions will result in the owner being cited with contempt.

On Friday afternoon, during a prosecutor's closing argument during a jury trial, Voet's new smartphone began to emit sounds requesting phone voice commands. Voet says he thinks he bumped the phone, and the embarrassment likely left his face red.

During a break in the trial, Voet fined himself. He says if he can't live by the rules he enforces he has no business enforcing the rules.

More butter please

Does the news story really have to say that "their lawyers maintain their clients are innocent"?

What do you expect them to say?  "My clients a lying POS"?

Bring your popcorn.


Trial expected to show how zetas operate
By Jason Buch and Guillermo Contreras - Express-News

A trial set to begin Monday in Austin promises an in-depth look at the Zetas drug cartel and the gang's reach into Texas, the Midwest and South America.

The chief defendant is José Treviño Morales, brother of the Zetas' brutal leader, Miguel Treviño Morales, who's a fugitive in Mexico. He'll be joined by four co-defendants, including Francisco Colorado Cessa, a Mexican businessman involved in the horse-racing industry but who made his money contracting for Mexico's state-owned oil company.

Their lawyers maintain their clients are innocent.

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Its more carnage on the streets of San Antonio

Boom!

And just like that another 4 lives are snuffed out and a young teen is left an orphan.

What will happen to the asshat that got drunk and decided to drive 18 wheeler?

Maybe 20 years in prison?  Just watch, this is San Antonio after all.  He'll maybe get probation if he's eligible.

The most disturbing part of the news article is it is only just mid-April and there have been 50 folks already killed on the roads in the city.  That's better than 15 souls lost a month.


Four in family killed in wrong-way crash on U.S. 90
By Michelle Mondo - Express-News

Police charged a Carrollton truck driver with four counts of intoxication manslaughter after he allegedly barreled down the wrong way on U.S. 90 West around midnight Saturday, slamming head-on into an SUV carrying a family of five from Brackettville, police said.

Seventh-grader Zachary Koontz, the youngest of the three children traveling in the vehicle, was the only survivor, according to police and school officials.

This is the deadliest crash in the city this year, which has seen 50 people killed on the roads, 12 more than at this time in 2012, according to police.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

The DA killer caught?

Can this be the DA killer?

A former, disgraced Justice of the Peace Judge?

After all this is that who did it?  I am assuming they have some pretty good evidence to tie this all up, convict him and give him the needle. 


Mystery Texas killings 'solved': Disgraced court official to be charged with murders of Texas district attorney, his wife and assistant DA after they convicted him of theft

  • Eric Williams, 46, set to be charged with three murders
  • DA Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were killed at their Texas home last month, and ADA Mark Hasse was shot dead in January
  • Authorities reportedly zeroed in on Williams after emails sent to other county officials were linked to him
  • Williams had been convicted of theft by McLelland and Hasse two years ago
By Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter

A former justice of the peace is reportedly set to be charged with three murders, including a former Texas district attorney and assistant DA, after he was arrested on Saturday.

Eric Williams, 46, has been arrested by authorities investigating the murders of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, last month - and the fatal shooting of ADA Mark Hasse in late January.

Williams was booked into Kaufman County Jail early Saturday morning for making terroristic threats and 'insufficient bond.' He is being held on a $3million bond.

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What happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas

What an ingrate.


RI Supreme Court settles $8,500 Vegas loan dispute
By David Klepper - Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — What happens in Vegas shouldn't necessarily stay in Vegas, the Rhode Island Supreme Court said Friday as it ruled a Providence man who called a friend from Sin City to borrow $8,500 for gambling losses must pay it back despite an old law that says otherwise.

The court opinion ends a long legal dispute over the money given to Juan Catala by David S. Vogel, a Providence attorney who ran for Congress last fall as an independent. But despite the ruling from the high court, Catala said he'll never repay his former friend.

"I'll go to jail before I give him a dollar," Catala told The Associated Press.

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A guy like this gives Peckerwoods everywhere a bad name

He confessed, stick a fork in him, he's done.


Cops say man hid girlfriend's body under bed for three days
By Michelle Casady - Express-News

A man who confessed to killing his live-in girlfriend hid her body under their bed for three days before moving it to a vacant house next door, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Saturday.

Robert Myers Jr., 40, has been in jail since April 2 on theft, criminal mischief and drug charges, but a murder charge was added Friday after police said he confessed to killing Cecelia Stegall, 50, whose remains were found Wednesday in the 200 block of Paschal Street.

On March 18, an anonymous caller reported to Crime Stoppers that three months earlier Myers had stabbed Stegall to death and hid her body under a nearby house or possibly a stairwell, the affidavit says. Searching the vacant house, police found Stegall's remains wrapped in a blanket in a closet under the stairwell.

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Murder in Seguin

If you have any information please call the Seguin PD or the anonymous hotline at 830-303-TIPS.


Seguin death ruled homicide
By Michele Casady - Express-News

A man who Seguin police found dead in his home Friday was killed by blunt force trauma to the head, an autopsy showed, and the death is being investigated as a homicide, officials said Saturday.

Capt. Maureen Watson said the man has been identified as Leslie “Adrian” Swenson, 62. He worked for an electrical contractor in San Antonio.

This is the first homicide in Seguin this year, Watson said. Police ask anyone with information about Swenson to call 830-303-TIPS, which can be done anonymously.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Yikes!

Don't do this ever!

Especially if you are the District Attorney or an Assistant District Attorney.

Never good.


Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg says she doesn’t plan to resign

By Tony Plohetski - American-Statesman Staff 

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, arrested and charged with drunken driving overnight, plans to remain in office and will not resign, according to a spokeswoman.

According to county records, Lehmberg, 63, was arrested by Travis County deputies in Northern Travis County near RM 2222 and FM 620 and booked into the county jail shortly after 2 a.m.

An arrest affidavit was not clear whether she took a breath test. She told deputies that she had consumed two vodka drinks earlier in the evening.

Lehmberg had been released as of 8:30 a.m. today.

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Farewell Jonathon, you will be missed!

He was truly a comedic genius.

Thank you for all the laughs.

Rest in Peace.


Groundbreaking improv comic Jonathan Winters dies
By John Rodgers - Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Winters, the cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. He was 87.

The Ohio native died Thursday evening at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes, said Joe Petro III, a longtime friend. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Winters was a pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy. Facial contortions, sound effects, tall tales — all could be used in a matter of seconds to get a laugh.

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Hears voices

Heightened awareness and some sort of action is needed.

There's quite a number of these folks running around.


'Voices' tell mentally troubled man to kill DA Reed
By Ana Ley - Express-News

A mentally unstable Army veteran who told officials he was hearing voices telling him to kill Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed with explosives was behind bars Friday morning.

John Pratt, 43, told sheriff's deputies he began feeling paranoid April 6 and believed he was being followed by the police everywhere he went, an arrest warrant affidavit says.

He said he went to the county jail to turn himself in, but was told no warrant had been issued for his arrest.

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He's checked out

Certainly not the way I would want to leave this plane of existence.


Man goes into cardiac arrest, dies after struggle with police
By Michele Casady - Express-News

A man who was stopped by police Friday night and handcuffed after running across several lanes of traffic on a Southwest Side highway apparently went into cardiac arrest and died shortly after at a local hospital, officials said.

Officer Matthew Porter, spokesman for San Antonio police, said the man, in his mid-30s, was driving in the area of Cupples Road and U.S. Highway 90 with his girlfriend when they got into an argument that eventually led to the car crashing into a fence.

Porter said the two got out of the car and continued arguing until the man ran away and the woman got in the driver's seat. People in the area stopped her and called police, he said.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Salt of the Earth

So glad to see that other folks have "nanny-state" folks as well.

But now mayor Bloomberg will probably want salt shakers removed in New York City.

WAIT!!  Will this also include Margaritas too!

Oh the Humanity!

Mexico City tries to shake residents out of salt dependency

Capital removes salt shakers from tables of city's eateries to lower average salt intake, which is double recommended level
 The Guardian -

With governments all over the world trying to get people to eat less salt, the local authorities in Mexico City are trying a particularly direct method – removing shakers from tables.

The Less Salt, More Health campaign has the backing of the capital's restaurant owners association and sets out to encourage diners to stop and think about their salt intake by making them have to ask for it.

"We want to raise awareness of the damage that we do to ourselves when we put salt on our dishes without even tasting the food first," the capital's health minister, Armando Ahued, said at the campaign launch last week.

Ahued said approximately 31% of Mexicans have high blood pressure, and average salt intake in the country was about 11g per day. This is around double the level recommended by the World Health Organisation for healthy adults, and far higher than the diets imposed on people with hypertension – many of whom go undiagnosed in Mexico because of a general paucity of preventative medical care.

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Tangled web

The ever-widening web of corruption from Maverick County now apparently has reached San Antonio.


Maverick case leads to S.A. arrest
By Jason Buch - Express-News

The investigation into public corruption in Maverick County has reached San Antonio.

On Thursday, FBI agents arrested German Garcia Cano, owner of a heavy equipment rental and sales company, at his Northwest Side home.

Cano, 53, is charged in a federal indictment out of Del Rio with two bribery counts.

Prosecutors allege that from 2009 to 2012 Cano dished out bribes to county officials. In return, they allege, his company, GGC Enterprises Inc., received hundreds of thousands of dollars to lease construction equipment.

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