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Town is without a Police Force and Several city Officials!

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Ringling Police Chief, City Officials Resign

RINGLING — A dispute between officials has left a small southern Oklahoma town without a police force, and the mayor, vice mayor and city attorney have decided to quit, too.Ringling Mayor Jerry Reid said he and police Chief Jeremy Wilson were among those who resigned from their positions on Tuesday. Reid said his resignation won’t be effective until he provides something in writing.

“There are things that I need to tie up before it’s official,” Reid said by phone Tuesday night.

According to Reid, Wilson was the only paid member of the force and nine others “didn’t draw a penny.”

Reid said he tried to talk Wilson out of quitting, but after five other meetings regarding his employment, Wilson was “tired of being on the chopping block.”

A few weeks ago, the council held an emergency meeting to consider a request to fire the entire police department.

“He’d managed to get past it, but this time it looked like the three council members were getting together and were going to fire him over some crap that wasn’t true anyway,” Reid said. “I resigned, the vice mayor resigned and the city attorney resigned.”

Phone calls to council members Terry Blackwell and Mary Elliot went unanswered Wednesday. There was no telephone listing for the third council member, Tony Bortz, and a message left at Ringling City Hall also was not immediately returned.

The Jefferson County sheriff’s office will take over patrol duties until a more permanent solution is found.

Reid said part of the dispute involves a “dope problem” in the town of about 1,100.”We’ve got these special interest groups that got aggravated that there were too many patrolmen on the streets. To me, when a police officer is patrolling the streets, I feel safe. For people who got something to hide, it’s worrisome when a police officer patrols on the streets.”

There also has been controversy surrounding the investigation into the family of two teenage girls who, along with a relative, were killed in a fire last month.

“Maybe this will wake up the town,” Reid said. “Local governments don’t get the very best people at times because nobody wants to do it.

“Constantly, you’re stuck with dummies.”

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Jason R. Bootie

Corruption in the Judicial System!!

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Pa. judges accused of jailing kids for cash

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – For years, the juvenile court system in Wilkes-Barre operated like a conveyor belt: Youngsters were brought before judges without a lawyer, given hearings that lasted only a minute or two, and then sent off to juvenile prison for months for minor offenses.

The explanation, prosecutors say, was corruption on the bench.

In one of the most shocking cases of courtroom graft on record, two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers.

“I’ve never encountered, and I don’t think that we will in our lifetimes, a case where literally thousands of kids’ lives were just tossed aside in order for a couple of judges to make some money,” said Marsha Levick, an attorney with the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, which is representing hundreds of youths sentenced in Wilkes-Barre.

Prosecutors say Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan took $2.6 million in payoffs to put juvenile offenders in lockups run by PA Child Care LLC and a sister company, Western PA Child Care LLC. The judges were charged on Jan. 26 and removed from the bench by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court shortly afterward.

No company officials have been charged, but the investigation is still going on.

The high court, meanwhile, is looking into whether hundreds or even thousands of sentences should be overturned and the juveniles’ records expunged.

Among the offenders were teenagers who were locked up for months for stealing loose change from cars, writing a prank note and possessing drug paraphernalia. Many had never been in trouble before. Some were imprisoned even after probation officers recommended against it.

Many appeared without lawyers, despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1967 ruling that children have a constitutional right to counsel.

The judges are scheduled to plead guilty to fraud Thursday in federal court. Their plea agreements call for sentences of more than seven years behind bars.

Ciavarella, 58, who presided over Luzerne County’s juvenile court for 12 years, acknowledged last week in a letter to his former colleagues, “I have disgraced my judgeship. My actions have destroyed everything I worked to accomplish and I have only myself to blame.” Ciavarella, though, has denied he got kickbacks for sending youths to prison.

Conahan, 56, has remained silent about the case.

Many Pennsylvania counties contract with privately run juvenile detention centers, paying them either a fixed overall fee or a certain amount per youth, per day.

In Luzerne County, prosecutors say, Conahan shut down the county-run juvenile prison in 2002 and helped the two companies secure rich contracts worth tens of millions of dollars, at least some of that dependent on how many juveniles were locked up.

One of the contracts — a 20-year agreement with PA Child Care worth an estimated $58 million — was later canceled by the county as exorbitant.

The judges are accused of taking payoffs between 2003 and 2006.

Robert J. Powell co-owned PA Child Care and Western PA Child Care until June. His attorney, Mark Sheppard, said his client was the victim of an extortion scheme.

“Bob Powell never solicited a nickel from these judges and really was a victim of their demands,” he said. “These judges made it very plain to Mr. Powell that he was going to be required to pay certain monies.”

For years, youth advocacy groups complained that Ciavarella was ridiculously harsh and ran roughshod over youngsters’ constitutional rights. Ciavarella sent a quarter of his juvenile defendants to detention centers from 2002 to 2006, compared with a statewide rate of one in 10.

The criminal charges confirmed the advocacy groups’ worst suspicions and have called into question all the sentences he pronounced.

Hillary Transue did not have an attorney, nor was she told of her right to one, when she appeared in Ciavarella’s courtroom in 2007 for building a MySpace page that lampooned her assistant principal.

Her mother, Laurene Transue, worked for 16 years in the child services department of another county and said she was certain Hillary would get a slap on the wrist. Instead, Ciavarella sentenced her to three months; she got out after a month, with help from a lawyer.

“I felt so disgraced for a while, like, what do people think of me now?” said Hillary, now 17 and a high school senior who plans to become an English teacher.

Laurene Transue said Ciavarella “was playing God. And not only was he doing that, he was getting money for it. He was betraying the trust put in him to do what is best for children.”

Kurt Kruger, now 22, had never been in trouble with the law until the day police accused him of acting as a lookout while his friend shoplifted less than $200 worth of DVDs from Wal-Mart. He said he didn’t know his friend was going to steal anything.

Kruger pleaded guilty before Ciavarella and spent three days in a company-run juvenile detention center, plus four months at a youth wilderness camp run by a different operator.

“Never in a million years did I think that I would actually get sent away. I was completely destroyed,” said Kruger, who later dropped out of school. He said he wants to get his record expunged, earn his high school equivalency diploma and go to college.

“I got a raw deal, and yeah, it’s not fair,” he said, “but now it’s 100 times bigger than me.”

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Jason R. Bootie

A Shot for Freedom In South Carolina!

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Via(The Lone Protester)

A Shot for Freedom in South Carolina

I received some news this past week that has put a smile on my face that will not go away. My lawyer, Rich Bolen of Lexington , SC ( shades of the first Lexington ) filed a lawsuit in the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court. This time around yours truly is not the defendant. The defendants are Larry McDaniel, the man that lied about hiring a company that employs illegal aliens. Police Officer Gregory James, the law enforcement official that took me to jail while ignoring all the crooks hard at work on the job site that I protested. The city of Columbia , South Carolina and Richland County are also defendants because of their willful acts in trying to shut me up.

These four defendants are facing a multitude of charges which include malicious prosecution for attempting to force me to plead guilty and when I refused improperly filed an additional charge against me. Abuse of process, false arrest and imprisonment, civil conspiracy, assault and battery and violation of my civil rights. Larry McDaniel and PO James, if found guilty face a fine of $2000 dollars and/or five years in prison. Richland County and Columbia conspired with these two individuals to violate my civil rights as guaranteed under the US Constitution and the South Carolina Constitution.

I have always been a big believer in karma. Whatever you do to people, be it good or bad, will come back on you some day. That’s why I will usually go out of my way to avoid getting into an argument with anyone. But every once in a while something happens that makes you put your foot down and say ‘to hell with this crap’, if these guys want to treat me like a common criminal for standing up for my constitutionally guaranteed rights, then they most definitely picked the wrong guy to try to push around.

That is what I was thinking a year and a half ago, while handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser, on my way to the Richland County Detention Center to spend a glorious night in jail. At that point I had completely given up on my politicians, my government and my law enforcement agencies. Why have faith in a system that will throw you in jail for speaking out against it? Why have faith in a government that has become corrupt? Why have faith in a police department where the chief is a personal friend of the man I was protesting? Why should I have faith in any department of the American government when they are more interested in feathering their own nests than they are in our Constitution and protecting the rights of American citizens.

Why have faith in an American criminal justice system where the prosecutor is more interested in forcing me to plead guilty than he is in finding out the truth? Why have faith in a criminal justice system where the prosecutor threatens me to plead guilty or the crook that I was protesting will level another charge of cursing against me? Why have faith in a corrupt system, where the prosecutor forgets to insure that there is an adequate supply of jurors in the pool? Why have faith in a system where I am forced to go to court six different times even though I am guaranteed a quick and speedy trial?

Why have faith in any of this? Simple, it is because all of my faith was in the American people and the United States Constitution. I did not and do not have faith in my courts, police or politicians because they are the ones that have sanctioned the wrongs that have been done to this country and the American people. The First Amendment guarantees my rights to free speech no matter that I spent a night in jail exercising it and it was a night well spent. My forefathers were prepared to sacrifice their lives and the least that I could do was spend a few uncomfortable hours in jail.

Well, my faith in America , its people, and Constitution did not let me down. I was found not guilty by a jury of my peers even though the prosecutor did everything possible to threaten me into pleading guilty. My faith always rested with the American people because I knew they would see through the lies. My faith rested with the US Constitution because I knew it spoke the truth unlike my prosecutor and the man I protested for admitting to me that he employed illegal aliens. And they came through for me.

On Feb. 21st, 2008, I was found not guilty of all charges leveled against me by people that have forgotten our Constitution and what it stands for. These people were so awed by their power and the money in their bank accounts that they figured a jury would convict someone, solely on the basis of their lies and threats. They figured wrong and now it is time for them to pay the piper.

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Jason R. Bootie

Intruder Gets the Squeeze!!

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Well a new requirement for any man stupid enough to try and break into a house.  Must wear a CUP!  LOL  What kind of fool tries breaking into a house in his birthday suit?

Troutdale police arrest suspect in attack on elderly woman

By: Stephen Beaven, The Oregonian

A Gresham man accused of bursting nude into an elderly woman’s home and attacking her Tuesday morning faces accusations of burglary, harassment and private indecency.

Michael G. Dick, 46, was arrested by Troutdale police a short time after the attack, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

The 88-year-old woman told police that a naked man entered her home in the 2500 block of SE 287th Avenue through an unlocked sliding door around 6:30 a.m.

She said the man backed her into the living room and pushed her face-down on a chair.

But when she grabbed the man’s crotch and squeezed, he ran away, the sheriff’s office said.

A county code enforcement officer who heard the call on his radio spotted a car near the woman’s house and passed on the license information to police.

— Stephen Beaven; stevebeaven@news.oregonian.com

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Jason R. Bootie

The Dangers and Risks of Cyber Crimes!!

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Cyber Crime: The 2009 Mega Threat

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The 2009 Security Mega Trends Survey was conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Lumension to better understand if certain publicized IT risks to personal and confidential data are, or should be, more or less of a concern for companies. We asked 577 IT security practitioners to consider how 10 Security Mega Trends affect companies today and to predict their impact during the next 12 to 24 months. The opinions of these experts, we believe, will be helpful to companies that are struggling to understand how they should allocate resources to the protection of data during these difficult economic times.

We selected the following mega trends for this study based on input from a panel of experts in IT security. They are: cloud computing, virtualization, mobility and mobile devices, cyber crime, outsourcing to third parties, data breaches and the risk of identity theft, peer-to-peer file sharing and Web 2.0.
The study examined the risks posed by mega trends that exist today and how the risk will change over the next 12 to 24 months. According to an overwhelming 77 percent of individuals in IT security responding to our survey, cyber crime will become a high or very high risk over the next 12 to 24 months.

The selection of cyber crime as the mega trend most likely to be a high or very high risk in the next 12 to 24 months can be partly based on the fact that 92 percent of respondents in our study reported that their companies have had a cyber attack. The biggest security risk associated with cyber crime is that such an attack will cause a business interruption followed by the theft of customer and employee data.

Other mega trends becoming more risky are cloud computing, malware, web 2.0 and mobile devices. In the case of cloud computing, it is the inability to assess or verify the security of data centers in the cloud and protect sensitive and confidential information. IT security practitioners see the risk of malware and Web 2.0 as resulting in the loss of sensitive or confidential business information including trade secrets.

It is interesting to note that in our study IT security respondents perceive the risk of a mobile workforce as decreasing but mobile devices remaining a high or very high risk for many companies. According to respondents, the most risky mobile device is the laptop computer and the number one concern is the inability to properly identify and authenticate remote users.

Find out more about Cyber Crimes and what to watch for here:

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Jason R. Bootie

Police Try to Use You Tube to Catch Fugitives!

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Hey I’ll be the first to say, I’m all for it if it can help solve criminal cases.

Ore. police use YouTube to catch fugitives

By Rick Bella
Oregonian

OREGON CITY, Ore. — The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is using a popular video-sharing Web site in hopes of catching criminals.

The sheriff’s office has started its own YouTube page, where deputies are posting videos on open cases, as well as public service announcements.

“It’s a Web site that many people already are familiar with,” said Detective Jim Strovink, sheriff’s spokesman. “We hope to use the site to present information that will be useful to the public and open a two-way dialog with our deputies.”

The Web page opened for business earlier this month. Deputies have posted videos on the sheriff’s department’s Air Patrol and Domestic Violence Unit, along with videos on the county jail and boating safety. A video by Sheriff Craig Roberts announces that the sheriff’s office is hiring.

The first video deputies posted on a criminal case is a 4-minute piece on Leonard Weston Ramey Jr., who is on the FBI’s Most-Wanted List for white-collar crimes. Ramey faces felony charges of securities fraud, money-laundering, racketeering and aggravated theft for allegedly scamming would-be investors in Clackamas County out of $600,000. Authorities believe he also pulled similar scams in Tacoma and California.

Strovink said Ramey is accused of running elaborate Ponzi schemes, using money from new investors to pay off older investors. He said Ramey fabricated financial reports to convince investors to give him more money, then left town.

He was last seen in the San Francisco Bay area in 2006.

“This is one of those cases that people may forget unless we bring it to their attention,” Strovink said. “We’d like nothing better than to get a good tip from our YouTube page.”

Copyright 2008 The Oregonian

Christmas Eve Tragedy in CA.

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Nine Dead in Los Angeles ‘Santa’ Massacre

COVINA, Calif. —  The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office says eight bodies have been found in the rubble of a home set ablaze after a Christmas Eve shooting massacre.

Investigators ended their search Thursday night for other possible victims of the rampage. Authorities planned to return to the scene Friday.

Police say the only suspect in the shooting and fire killed himself several hours later.

Bruce Pardo set the home ablaze using a bizarre homemade device that sprayed flammable liquid. Stinging from an acrimonious divorce, Pardo, plotting revenge against his ex-wife, dressed up like Santa, went to his former in-laws’ Christmas Eve party and slaughtered the victims before killing himself hours later.

Pardo, 45, had no criminal record and no history of violence, according to police, but he was angry following last week’s settlement of his divorce after a marriage that lasted barely a year.

“It was not an amicable divorce,” police Lt. Pat Buchanan said.

The massacre began when an 8-year-old girl answered Pardo’s knock at the door. Pardo, carrying what appeared to be a large present, pulled out a handgun and shot her in the face, then began shooting indiscriminately as about 25 partygoers tried to flee, police said.

A 16-year-old girl was shot in the back, and a 20-year-old woman broke her ankle when she escaped by jumping from a second-story window. Those two, and the 8-year-old, remained hospitalized Christmas Day.

The gift-wrapped box Pardo was carrying actually contained a pressurized homemade device he used to spray a liquid that quickly sent the house up in flames, police said.

When the fire was extinguished early Thursday, officers found three charred bodies in the living room area.

“They were met with a scene that was just indescribable,” police Chief Kim Raney said. Investigators found three more bodies amid the ashes later in the day.

None of the dead or missing have been identified.

Following the shootings, Pardo quickly got out of the Santa suit and drove off, witnesses told police. He went to his brother’s home about 25 miles away in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles. No one was home, so Pardo let himself in, police said.

Police were called to the home early Thursday, and officers found Pardo dead of a single bullet to the head.

Click here for more coverage from MyFOXLA.com.

Please pray for the victims and their families and help Jesus lift their spirts any way possible.

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Jason R. Bootie

Justice for the Walsh Family!!

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Police: 1981 Murder of Son of America’s Most Wanted Anchor John Walsh Is Solved

Adam Walsh son of "America's Most Wanted", Anchor John Walsh!

Adam Walsh son of "America's Most Wanted", Anchor John Walsh!

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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. —  The investigation into the 1981 murder of Adam Walsh, the 6-year-old son of “America’s Most Wanted” anchor John Walsh, is finally closed.

Hollywood, Fla., Police Chief Chad Wagner announced Tuesday that the department had concluded that Ottis Toole, a serial killer who died in jail in 1996, was the man who kidnapped and decapitated the young boy.

Click here to see photos related to the case.

The announcement brought to a close a case that had angered the Walsh family for more than two decades, inspired the television show about the nation’s most notorious criminals and triggered changes in how authorities search for missing children.

“Who could take a 6-year-old and murder and decapitate him? Who?” an emotional John Walsh said at Tuesday’s news conference. “We needed to know. We needed to know. And today we know.”

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Jason R. Bootie

Beloved Angel Statue Destroyed!

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This is not a surprise, but is a despicable act that we should hope is not repeated.

2 charged with destroying angel statue

Via (Philly Inquirer)

State police arrested two 31-year-old men yesterday who troopers said stole a beloved winged statue from a Berks County shrine, cut it up, and sold the pieces for scrap metal.

Police at the Reading barracks charged John E. Hammond Jr. of Spring City and Jamie Lee Custer of Norristown with theft in the Sept. 24 disappearance of the Angel of the Roses.

The 1,200-pound, eight-foot-tall statue honoring a Roman Catholic saint was removed from its pedestal at the National Centre for Padre Pio on Barto Road in Washington Township. Police valued it at $60,000 to $100,000, though they said the thieves got only $952.

According to a police statement, Hammond and Custer backed a green Dodge Dakota pickup truck up to the statue and cut the four bolts that held it to a concrete urn, causing the figure to topple into the truck bed.

They drove the statue to Pottstown, where they rented a saw. They cut the angel into “manageable pieces,” and sold the brass chunks to a scrap dealer in Conshohocken, police said.

State police did not return phone calls seeking more details.

The angel, cast in the 1930s, once stood in front of a public building in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was acquired for $26,000 in 1999 by Vera M. Calandra, founder of the Padre Pio Centre.

Calandra’s daughter, also Vera M. Calandra, said her mother, now dead, wanted the statue because the angel held five roses – one for each of Christ’s wounds.

Padre Pio was an Italian friar born in 1887 in southern Italy. On Sept. 20, 1918, the five wounds of Christ’s passion on the cross appeared on the friar’s body, according to information on the center’s Web site, making him the first priest marked by the stigmata.

Padre Pio died in 1968 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

The angel greeted visitors to the center’s 100-acre property. “We are still very deeply saddened that she was not returned,” Calandra said.

There are plans to replace the statue, she added.

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Jason R. Bootie

UPS Delivering Drugs Now?

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Arizona Police Seize 2,118 lbs. of Marijuana from Cloned UPS Truck

2,118 lbs. of Marijuana from this Cloned UPS Truck

2,118 lbs. of Marijuana from this Cloned UPS Truck

We’ve mentioned the dangers of cloned vehicles and their potential for being used in a terror attack numerous times on this site. ( see Security Officials On The Lookout For Cloned Emergency Vehicles ). Although this truck was used for drug smuggling, it could just as easily been used for even more nefarious purposes. For this reason, we continue to encourage you to immediately report any type of suspicious activity regardless of how ‘authentic’ the vehicles, uniforms, people, etc… appear.

Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Detectives assigned to the Pima County Counter Narcotics Alliance (CNA) conducted an investigation which resulted in the seizure of about 2,118 pounds of marijuana from a cloned United Parcel Service (UPS) truck.

When a DPS officer and narcotics canine attempted to stop the truck, a suspect fled from the vehicle. A search of the truck found bundles of marijuana which were attached to burlap straps that human drug carriers known as “mules” use to carry the loads through the desert.

The suspects painted the truck to look similar to a UPS vehicle and attached reflective yellow decals as an authorized UPS truck would appear. The truck displayed a homemade Arizona license plate and the number was assigned to an actual UPS truck in Phoenix that services the Tucson area.

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Jason R. Bootie