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  1. Witnesses describe Castle Heights Place homicide RAPID CITY, S.D. – Authorities have released interview details from a fatal stabbing that happened at a Castle Heights Place home over the weekend. A woman called police at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, saying a man had been stabbed. When an officer arrived, the defendant, 32-year-old Lorraine Swallow, opened the door and said, “I’m sorry, self-defense.” Swallow said she stabbed her nephew, 28-year-old Tyrell B. Bull Bear, in the chest after he tried to fight her. The officer detained Swallow and went inside the home. He found three people trying to help Bull Bear, who was found on the floor, in the doorway of an upstairs bedroom. The officer had them step back as he performed CPR. Other officers and medical crews arrived to help with life-saving measures, but ultimately, Bull Bear was declared dead at the home. The three people left in the house were taken in for interviews. Police learned that Swallow lived at the home, and she and her nephew were involved in a verbal altercation. Below are witness accounts: Witness #1 (female): According to this witness, the Bull Bear tossed a knife in his aunt’s direction, saying something to the effect of, “You think you’re tough? Go ahead and stab me.” The witness saw Swallow stab him twice. The witness was back and forth on whether she felt Swallow was justified and ultimately said she probably would’ve done the same thing in Swallow’s position. She said Bull Bear was in Swallow’s face and wouldn’t allow her to leave the room. She described him as belligerent, upset and “miserable,” saying he was egging Swallow on and putting his chest toward her. Witness #2 (female): This witness said she heard Bull Bear encourage Swallow to stab him if she was tough enough. She heard this through the neighboring bedroom but did not see the stabbing. Witness #3 (male): This witness spoke with investigators three times, saying he was under the influence of marijuana the first two times. The witness said he was in a bedroom at the time of the stabbing. He said Bull Bear fell into the partially closed bedroom door, and that was when the witness realized he’d been stabbed. He saw Bull Bear fall backward into the doorway of another bedroom, where he was found. He said he arrived at the home shortly before the stabbing. When he arrived, he heard Bull Bear talking loudly in Swallow’s bedroom, as if he was trying to prove a point. When he got to the bedroom, it was 5-10 minutes before Bull Bear fell into the door. In a second interview, the witness said Bull Bear came into the bedroom and threatened to beat him up. Swallow and the first witness came into the room and the victim also threatened to beat them up. He said Bull Bear knocked Swallow to the floor twice by pushing her with his shoulder. After the second time, Swallow came up with a knife and stabbed Bull Bear once. He recalled that Bull Bear had asked Swallow if she was tough but didn’t see him with a knife. The witness called back and asked to speak with investigators again, saying he was high on marijuana when he spoke the first two times. He said he had eaten some marijuana to destroy it after officers arrived. He again said he was in the bedroom and that Bull Bear came in with Swallow and the first witness, making verbal threats toward him. But the witness said he didn’t act on the threats. He said Bull Bear was clenching his fists and jumping around but never came toward him. He said Swallow intervened and an argument broke out between her and Bull Bear. He confirmed that Bull Bear pushed Swallow to the floor with his shoulder but that she then pushed him back. Bull Bear became more upset, took his shirt off and pushed her down again. He said the first witness grabbed Bull Bear and held him against the door, telling him to calm down. He calmed down, stopped clenching his fists and put his hands down. The witness saw Swallow grab a knife from the TV stand in the bedroom and said Bull Bear said something like, “Are you going to stab me with that knife?” Swallow took a couple steps toward Bull Bear and stabbed him once. When she grabbed it, the blade was pointed up, but when she stabbed him, she was holding it down. The witness thought Bull Bear was calm before the stabbing and that Swallow didn’t have to stab him. Evidence agrees with witness accounts that Bull Bear was stabbed in the entry area of one bedroom and fell into the entryway of another bedroom. Several knives were found that could potentially be the murder weapon. Swallow is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
  2. OMAHA, Neb. — A 14-year-old will be sentenced as an adult with second-degree murder. Zachary Parker, 17, died in February, after gunfire from near 25th Street and Crown Point Avenue. Detectives believe a drug deal led to the shooting. Defense attorneys tried to move the case against Tyon Wells to juvenile court, but the Nebraska Court of Appeals sided with prosecutors. Prosecutors argued Wells' motivation for committing the crime was to buy marijuana and support his drug habit. Neuropsychologist Colleen Conoley evaluated Wells while he was at the Douglas County Youth Center. She told the court Wells began smoking marijuana at 12 years old. Conoley also told the court Wells smoked marijuana multiple times a week, and that it resulted in a "poor ability to regulate anger." What Conoley said is less obvious, are the after effects from smoking marijuana. "I've used the term 'marijuana hangover' to explain those silent, or after effects that aren't so obvious," she said. "It's that downgraded effect that tends to happen. For days afterwards, there's almost a dulled effect, or a 'fog.' Most importantly, is that it really interferes with the brain's ability to make and form new connections that represent memory," she said. Conoley said, in a developing teenage brain, that can affect the brain long-term. "There can be lasting changes and less brain development: fewer verbal skills, less of an ability to pay attention; to consolidate memories, to learn things -- versus an established adult," she said. Research from the late 1980's showed scientists an early use of marijuana in teens results in less gray and white matter -- meaning, less volume in the brain, versus another teenage who didn't smoke. "But it also severely increases the likelihood of developing all sorts of mental problems," Conoley said. She clarified marijuana is not the primary cause of mental health issues, even as extreme as schizophrenia and psychosis; rather, Conoley said, it would be considered a 'component' cause. "In people who are vulnerable to psychosis, that can start the onset of psychosis. Marijuana can intensify it and sustain it over time," she said. Documents from the Nebraska Court of Appeals showed Conoley testified that her own testing revealed Tyon Wells "scored high on a scale measuring violent and aggressive tendencies and psychopathic features." Still, Conoley recommended Wells' case be moved to juvenile court, after Wells told her he recognized he needed to address his anger problem and marijuana use. "In a perfect case scenario, I would like to have one last shot at that juvenile," Conoley said. "My job is behind treatment, my job is behind trying to create change." Conoley wants parents and teenagers to have as much information as possible, so they can have a real conversation about the substance. "I think it's important to have an informed society. I'm not for criminalizing it. I'm not for throwing more people in jail, or saying that marijuana's a bad drug, but I do think it's important for adults and parents, to understand that it's not completely a benign substance. Not that marijuana is a bad substance, it's just that it's not a consequence-free substance," she said. Wells was found guilty of second-degree murder Nov. 8. He pleaded no contest to the murder charge, and the state of Nebraska dismissed both a second-degree assault charge and weapons charge. Wells will be sentenced Jan. 30. https://www.ketv.com/article/how-to-protect-package-deliveries-from-porch-pirates/25450952
  3. Eli Gutierrez AR-15 brandished during shootout SANTA CRUZ — One of two men initially accused of killing a robber at a Watsonville pot grow-op in June was charged with murder this week in the city’s first homicide this year. Eli Gutierrez, 26, was charged Wednesday — five months after 32-year-old Dominic Quintana was shot dead — with murder with a firearm and possession of an illegal assault weapon, according to court documents. Shell casings from multiple weapons littered the grow-op, a home on the 100 block of Lawrence Avenue, after a failed robbery triggered gunfire shortly before 8 p.m. June 30. Gutierrez fired an AR-15 assault weapon, according to court documents. Authorities initially arrested another man, Elias Gutierrez, who was at the scene but did not face charges in connection with the shooting. Assistant District Attorney Celia Rowland, when asked in July whether murder charges would be filed, said it was being discussed but declined to elaborate on a pending investigation. Two suspected robbers Two men — Quintana and Louis Ledesma, 50, of Watsonville — were suspected of stealing a lot of cash and marijuana from the pot shop, authorities have said. “They went out running,” police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido has said. Quintana was struck multiple times. He died in the driveway about 1 mile south of Watsonville Municipal Airport, police have said. Ledesma faces three charges of first-degree residential robbery, attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree burglary and assault with a firearm. He is accused of using a firearm and promoting a criminal street gang, according to court documents. Ledesma pleaded not guilty to the six charges in July. Ledesma pointed a gun at pursuing officers, who were close enough to knock the firearm from his hands before he ran from the home, police have said. A police dog and Taser stopped the escape less than 1,000 feet west of the crime scene. The California Department of Justice provided a crime lab to process the large crime scene, Pulido has said. Ledesma was convicted of burglary in Santa Cruz County in November 1989 and October 1994, according to court documents. Deputy Public Defender Stephen Prekoski was appointed to represent Ledesma. Ledesma has been held at Santa Cruz County Jail since he was booked July 1. Bail was $1 million. Superior Court Judge John Salazar set bail at $1.5 million Wednesday forGutierrez. Superior court records list two previous traffic cases for Gutierrez but no criminal cases. No court dates were listed for Gutierrez. A procedural hearing for Ledesma slated for 9 a.m. Feb. 6 is expected to last at least two days, according to court documents. Previous encounters The Sentinel previously reported that the shooting happened a few years since Lawrence Avenue and South Green Valley Road had a series of violent crimes that appeared in headlines. On Dec. 23, 2015, 15-year-old Aaron Lopez of Watsonville was shot several times on the sidewalk and died while walking home near Magnolia Drive and Lawrence Avenue. Police said the attack was gang motivated. On July 7, 2011, a seven-hour standoff with police ended in an apparent murder-suicide of a father and son, Stephen Hull, 62, and Aaron Hull, 36, who died by gunfire in the 100 block of Lawrence Ave, police told the Sentinel. In June 2011, two suspected gang members attacked and brandished a gun at a man who sustained minor injuries on Lawrence Avenue, the Sentinel reported. In October 2009, police said a registered sex offender was suspected of groping girls on Lawrence Avenue and Green Valley Road.
  4. steve4102

    Police Cops Shoot/Kill Wrong Man

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/12/02/trevor-noah-the-second-amendment-isnt-for-black-people-n2536845?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=&bcid=f3b32cb9739f7ac823837210e9d3eaf4&recip=27116010 There was a tragic shooting in Alabama over Black Friday. Two people were wounded and one person killed. The deceased was first reported to be the shooter; Hoover Police declared that in a statement. It turned out that wasn’t the case. He wasn’t he shooter (via NYT😞 An Alabama police officer fatally shot a 21-year-old black man on Thursday night who the police initially said shot at least one person at a mall near Birmingham, turning a Thanksgiving holiday shopping scene into chaos. But on Friday the police said evidence suggests that the man actually was not the gunman and that the true gunman remained at large. The Hoover Police Department said on Twitter that the man who was killed, Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr., “may have been involved in some aspect” of an altercation at the mall, the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala., that preceded the shooting. But, they said, he “likely did not fire the rounds” that struck an 18-year-old man as they had originally indicated. Another victim, a 12-year-old girl, was an “innocent bystander,” the police said. Both were hospitalized but their conditions on Saturday were unavailable. “We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not,” the police said, adding that the conclusion was based on interviews with witnesses and “critical evidentiary items.” Is this tragic? Yes. This is a total fumble by the police—and similar incidents are equally egregious. If you have to define me on this issue, yes, I would be what you would call a law and order conservative. I support law enforcement to the hilt, but I also excoriate them for when they misbehave or charged with straight up murdering people. Walter Scott and Laquan McDonald are two other instances where the police went way beyond the use of force and killed people—and those officers were brought up on charges. Both officers either plead out or were found guilty of murder charges, and rightfully so. The footage from both shootings is horrific.
  5. A man armed with a knife took a hostage in the street of an Iron Range city and was fatally shot in the head by a local police officer, authorities said. The incident unfolded shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday in Virginia, Minn., and started as a report of “suspicious activity” near Holy Spirit Catholic Church in the 300 block of 2nd Street S., where a man ordered a woman out of her vehicle, according the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The man then entered the vehicle but later got out and grabbed a male bystander on the sidewalk. Virginia police officers and St. Louis County sheriff’s deputies responded and soon afterward the suspect had a knife and was “running at us,” an officer on the scene reported to dispatch. Moments later, an officer reported that “we got a hostage situation,” the emergency dispatch audio revealed. “Get a rifle out here. ... He’s got a male hostage.” Shots were fired, and an officer was heard telling dispatch that the suspect has a “gunshot wound to the head. ... Labored breathing, unresponsive.” The subject was taken by ambulance to Essentia Health-Virginia Hospital and declared dead, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), which is heading the investigation. The man was later identified as 41-year-old J Scot Alan Widmark, of Virginia. An autopsy at the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Widmark died of a gunshot wound. Crime scene personnel recovered a knife at the scene of the shooting, the BCA said. Officer Nick Grivna, who’s served at the Virginia Police Department five years, was placed on standard administrative leave. Officers were not wearing body cameras, according to the BCA. Investigators were checking on whether squad cameras captured the incident. http://www.startribune.com/officer-involved-shooting-in-virginia-minn-leaves-one-dead-bca-says/501407712/
  6. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/minneapolis-police-erected-a-‘racist’-christmas-tree-in-a-majority-black-neighborhood/ar-BBQpZVa?li=BBnb7Kz wondering who come up with " hey this will be funny "
  7. https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/crime-and-courts/4538747-video-shows-encounter-superior-shooting
  8. Joshua Stemen and Valerie Hatfield SALMON — A man and woman accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenager were arraigned Tuesday in Lemhi County. Joshua Stemen, 39, and Valerie Hatfield, 26, are accused of holding a 15-year-old girl against her will for five hours beginning on Oct. 29 and ending on Oct. 30. Court documents obtained by EastIdahoNews.com show Stemen allegedly performed sexual acts on the teenager. Investigators say Hatfield then forced the girl to perform sexual acts on Hatfield. Documents do not indicate how the victim met the suspects. The victim went to Steele Memorial Hospital in Salmon for a sexual assault exam on Oct. 30 and met with police the next day. Stemen and Hatfield were arrested and booked into the Lemhi County Jail on Oct. 31. Stemen is charged with two felony counts of lewd conduct with a minor, one felony count of first degree kidnapping, possessing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Hatfield is charged with one felony count of lewd conduct with a minor, one felony count of first degree kidnapping, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The pair are scheduled for separate jury trials in March. https://www.eastidahonews.com/2018/11/couple-charged-with-kidnapping-sex-crimes-involving-teenager/
  9. Police find man who lost engagement ring while proposing over a Times Square grate NEW YORK - Just before midnight, a man standing on a sidewalk near the Olive Garden in Times Square decided that the spot was romantic enough. The sidewalk itself is nondescript. It is wide enough for shoppers to hustle down the street. The gutters sparkle with trash. And then, the proposal turned south. His girlfriend said yes, the New York Police Department said Saturday, but the unidentified man fumbled the engagement ring. It bounced eight feet into a utility grate. A short surveillance video released by the department show the apparently flustered man, his hands thrust out like a comedian pleading with a crowd after a bad joke. The unidentified woman bent down to assess the fall. The man lay down to peer into the abyss. The couple flagged down officers in the area for help, Sgt. Lee Jones, a department spokeswoman, told The Washington Post on Sunday. But they could not retrieve the ring. The couple left without filing a police report or providing their contact information. Officers returned to the scene on Saturday morning, removed the grate and recovered the ring, then launched a social media campaign to find the couple. Nearly 12,000 people have retweeted the video since Saturday, drawing numerous puns from the public. One choice response, channeling Beyoncé: "He should have put a string on it." The department cleaned the ring and posted photos of it taped to a chair on social media, along with surveillance photos of the couple. But there have not been any promising leads, Jones said. The woman is just over 5 feet tall and has blond hair, the department said. The man is about 5-foot-10 with a "manicured beard." The story has grabbed headlines, with one calling it a "romantic" proposal. It's also 2018, when prosecutors alleged that the tale of a generous homeless man giving his last few dollars to a stranded couple - captivating the nation and cajoling it into giving him $400,000 - was an elaborate hoax. There was room for doubt early on. The moment would be groan-worthy in a made-for-TV rom-com. And maybe just as predictably, their story has a happy ending. On Sunday afternoon, New York police said the unfortunate pair, who are from England, had heard the authorities "were looking for them." "We're making arrangements to get them their ring back. Congratulations!" the police tweeted. link
  10. Marisela Lopez, Christopher Scott and Lauren Stevens. ODESSA -- A woman wanted for murder and two other suspects were arrested following a kidnapping call on Thursday. Marisela Lopez, 29, was arrested for a felony warrant out of Amarillo for Murder, a 1st Degree Felony. Christopher Scott, 31, and Lauren Stevens, 32, were also charged and arrested. According to the Odessa Police Department, their officers were called out to 2833 East IH-20 early Thursday morning for a report of a possible kidnapping. The person involved in the call left the scene but was found by the Ector County Sheriff's Office and turned over to Odessa police. The woman reportedly gave police a false name before she was eventually identified as Lopez. Police then learned that Lopez had a warrant for murder out of Amarillo. Police say their investigation then led them to a motel room where they found Scott and Stevens. The duo reportedly had methamphetamine, multiple scales, several plastic bags, marijuana and a firearm in their possession. They were also found to be convicted felons. All three members of the group were then charged and arrested accordingly. Police say that more charges are expected in the case. link
  11. charged with murder , https://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-dallas-officer-indicted-20181130-story.html
  12. Silentpoet

    Police Cop sex

    Cop sex and stupidity in my old stomping grounds. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/28/former-missouri-sheriff-deputy-had-affair-now-indicted-on-multiple-felonies.html
  13. Employees at a Canadian jewelry store took matters into their own hands and fended off would-be robbers with swords during a midday burglary attempt, police said. The employees at Ashok Jewelers in Mississauga, about 15 miles southwest of Toronto, were captured on video on Nov. 21 confronting four people who attempted to force their way into the store just after 12 p.m., Peel police said. The would-be robbers smashed a store window and one person was spotted trying to climb inside when employees charged at him with sabre-style swords. "When we saw them coming in, that's when we really took action and we rushed them," the storeowner’s son told CBC News. "They had a gun, but my main concern was, I wanted them to not get into my store.” "I was willing to do anything to keep them out. Even if it meant me getting shot, not a problem,” he added. The four men fled the store in a dark-colored SUV empty-handed. Police said none of the employees were injured in the incident. The storeowner’s son said the swords were gifts from a family friend. He added that the weapons were “good luck” for the store. Authorities are still searching for the four suspects and urged the public to think about safety first before confronting attackers. https://www.foxnews.com/world/sword-wielding-jewelry-store-employees-fend-of-would-be-robbers-in-canada
  14. Santa Rosa police arrested two Stockton residents for allegedly kidnapping a man Sunday who was brokering a marijuana deal between two groups of people, a police sergeant said. During the marijuana deal on Slater Street in Santa Rosa, one group fled without paying for about five pounds of pot, and the other group held the 20-year-old broker at gunpoint when they realized their marijuana had been stolen, Sgt. Josh Ludtke said. The group drove the broker to the 300 block of Taylor View Drive and ordered him to undress and get into the vehicle's trunk, Ludtke said. When one of his captors became distracted, the broker fled in his underwear through an apartment complex, jumped into a car driven by strangers and asked them to drive him where there were many people, according to Ludtke. The broker was driven to a Target store at 1980 Santa Rosa Ave. where he ran through a parking lot asking for someone to call police, Ludtke said. Police found him a short time later. Police investigated the case into Monday evening and identified the kidnappers as Stockton residents. Santa Rosa and Stockton police contacted two suspects as they left a Stockton residence in a vehicle. Seth Willden, 38, and Misty Lovecchio, 39, both of Stockton, were arrested on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a firearm and making terrorist threats, Ludtke said. Both were booked into San Joaquin County Jail. link
  15. SHARPSBURG — Authorities said six people kidnapped, robbed and beat a man when he arrived at a rural Wilson County home to meet a woman after exchanging Facebook messages with her. Suspects in the Wednesday morning robbery were arrested on Thursday when sheriff’s deputies found them with a car that had been reported stolen from the Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, according to Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Staff Wanda Samuel. The victim, a 25-year-old man, had communicated with a woman on Facebook and arranged to meet her at a home on the 9000 block of County Line Road just outside the Sharpsburg town limits. Samuel said he was attacked when he showed up about 9:15 a.m. “He reported to deputies that he was pulled from his vehicle, taken inside the abandoned residence, held at gunpoint and beaten by the suspects,” Samuel said in a news release. Deputies said the assailants robbed the man of his cellphone, $25 in cash and a prepaid debit card with a balance of $287. He was beaten and held at gunpoint for at least 20 minutes before being released. Samuel said one of the victim’s eyes was bleeding and his face was swollen after the attack. He drove to the Sharpsburg Police Department to report the kidnapping and robbery. The following day, deputies were dispatched to a home on the 8100 block of Town Creek Road northeast of Elm City where the stolen car had been spotted. Deputies surrounded the home and took six people — including a 14-year-old and 15-year-old who are not named because they are juveniles — into custody. Samuel said deputies “were able to identify the suspects in possession of the stolen vehicle as the suspects involved in the armed robbery that occurred on County Line Road.” Jessie Lamont Jenkins Jr., 26, of 125 B. St. in Sharpsburg, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, misdemeanor larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny and possession of between one-half ounce and one ounce of marijuana. Diamond Bullock, 17, of 715 Kenan St. in Wilson, faces charges of kidnapping, misdemeanor larceny, conspiracy to commit robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle, felony larceny and possession of between one-half ounce and one ounce of marijuana. Telyzuan Jakeith Hawkins, 20, of 107 Martin Luther King Jr. Circle in Sharpsburg, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, misdemeanor larceny and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Karson Bailey Saunders, 17, of 9052 Brookfield Drive in Sharpsburg, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, misdemeanor larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony larceny and possession of between one-half ounce and one ounce of marijuana. Each of the two juveniles faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, misdemeanor larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony larceny and possession of between one-half ounce and one ounce of marijuana. Jenkins, Bullock, Hawkins and Saunders each received a $110,000 secured bond, and all four were booked into the Wilson County Detention Center. The 14-year-old and 15-year-old suspects were taken to the Pitt Regional Juvenile Center in Greenville. http://www.reflector.com/Crime-and-Rescue/2018/11/21/Six-charged-with-kidnapping-robbing-man.html
  16. News that a prominent San Diego marijuana investor had been arrested for plotting to kidnap and murder a business partner stunned the local marijuana industry, whose members have tried hard since the passage of Proposition 64 to shed the image of lawlessness. Federal authorities accused Salam Razuki, a prominent San Diego property owner and marijuana investor, of plotting with two of his associates to kidnap and murder a business partner in Mexico. Razuki was arrested Friday, and by Monday the allegations of a criminal conspiracy had left members of San Diego’s marijuana industry stunned. They’ve tried hard since the passage of Proposition 64, which legalized marijuana statewide, to shed the industry’s image of lawlessness. The heads of most major marijuana trade groups in San Diego declined to talk about what Razuki’s arrest means for the industry at large. It’s likely to reflect poorly on them all, giving ammunition to the region’s band of traveling prohibitionists, who continue to lobby city councils against the creation of new marijuana markets. As it is, the public safety concerns raised by the opponents of legalization have not come to fruition. Very few crimes were reported in San Diego’s legal marijuana dispensaries during the first half of 2016, and the notable instances of violence have occurred among illegal dispensaries, which are unregulated. Earlier this summer, Razuki sued his business partner, Ninus Malan, for control of several legal marijuana businesses in San Diego, including the Balboa Avenue Cooperative. The Kearny Mesa dispensary’s ownership has been in dispute for more than a year, leading to multiple lawsuits. Razuki has said he put up the capital for the Balboa Avenue Cooperative and its related marijuana businesses — including distribution, manufacturing and cultivation companies — but kept his name off the state and local applications because he wanted to avoid scrutiny by officials. His lawsuit inadvertently exposed a loophole that allows certain types of financiers in the marijuana industry to remain in the shadows. State regulators have since moved to fix that. The court filings between Razuki and Malan have sounded increasingly bitter in recent weeks. Malan filed a restraining order in August, alleging that Razuki and his associates had been stealing his mail and had hired gang members to intimidate him. “I have information of possible life threats,” Malan wrote, and provided a photograph to the court showing spray paint on front a restaurant that Malan managed. It read, “snitch.” Until then, the dispute had seemed bitter but still professional. Now it’s taken a dark turn. A criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of California alleges that Razuki and two of his associates, Sylvia Gonzales and Elizabeth Juarez, met at various points in October and November with a confidential FBI informant to sketch out plans for getting Malan into Tijuana, where he’d disappear for good. Federal prosecutors say on Nov. 5, Gonzales told the informant that Razuki had $44 million tied up in marijuana businesses and the civil dispute with Malan was costing them both money. Several days later, according to prosecutors, Juarez and Gonzales agreed that the murder should be done in Mexico, before Thanksgiving, and they took a photo together to commemorate the moment. The following day, prosecutors allege, the informant met with all three of the defendants, and Gonzales went across the street to the Goldn Bloom dispensary — another legal marijuana business with financial ties to Razuki — and came back with $1,000 cash as a deposit for the hit. The dispensary’s managers did not return a request for comment Monday. Prosecutors went on to allege in legal filings that Gonzales wrote down the addresses for two businesses that Malan frequents, and later helped the informant identify Malan as he left a court hearing downtown. The FBI spoke to Malan on Thursday, the same day that the informant paid a visit to Razuki and allegedly informed him that the job was complete. When the informant asked Razuki whether he wanted to see some proof, he responded, according to the complaint, “No, I’m okay with it. I don’t want to see it.” Gonzales and Razuki were arrested late last week and denied any involvement in a criminal conspiracy. Juarez, on the other hand, told prosecutors, according to the complaint, that she didn’t think the group’s conversations about kidnapping and murder were serious — that they weren’t intending to follow through. Civil and criminal attorneys for Razuki declined to comment. The criminal complaint notes that he’s been an FBI informant himself since May 2014, but it’s unclear what kind of information he’d been providing to federal authorities. Another of his associates, Tony Avila-Martin, who attended Razuki’s arraignment Monday, said the whole incident appears to have been a joke, taken out of context. “Salam is a businessperson who puts God first,” he said. “I’ve known him for two years and he’s never once asked me to do a violent thing.” Razuki has been on the radar of local officials for years. A blighted strip mall he owns in Lincoln Park has been rife with code and construction problems. In 2017, the city intervened by filing misdemeanor criminal charges, and Razuki pleaded guilty to a single count. Malan didn’t respond to messages Monday. The news of Razuki’s arrest comes at a high point for the legal industry in Southern California and beyond. President Donald Trump forced out U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a move that was greeted warmly by people in the marijuana industry because Sessions considers marijuana a dangerous drug that “good people” avoid. Sessions’ departure has relieved investors who were looking and waiting from the outside, said Sam Humeid, president of the San Diego Cannabis Delivery Alliance. “The gold rush is in full swing again,” he said. But in San Diego, Humeid fears, the charges against Razuki and his associates could harm the prospects for reform. He and others have argued that the legal industry in San Diego meets the definition of an oligarchy, concentrating permits in the hands of a lucky few who can find the financial backing. Making the case for a larger legal industry — for the City Council to expand the number of dispensaries and businesses citywide — is probably going to be harder now, Humeid said.
  17. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/cotton-candy-mistaken-as-meth-put-a-woman-in-jail-for-months/ar-BBQ7g0D?li=BBnbfcL some people in this article are gonna get paid ,
  18. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/massachusetts-mayor-first-buy-legal-weed-758774/
  19. A major investigation dubbed “Operation Red Eye” resulted in the arrests of three people and the seizure of more than five pounds of methamphetamine, Duluth police said Wednesday. Members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Superior and Hermantown police departments executed five search warrants in Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor and Canosia Township as part of a weekslong investigation into meth distribution in the area. All three suspects formally charged in the case have prior criminal history involving controlled substances. The operation also turned up over $7,000 in cash, as well as drug packaging, paraphernalia, digital scales and other evidence, police said. The warrants were executed at a business on the 5300 block of Miller Trunk Highway and a residence in the 4900 block of Martin Road in Hermantown, a residence on the 100 block of Fourth Street in Proctor, a residence on the 2900 block of West Second Street in Duluth, and a residence on the 5700 block of Kehtel Road in Canosia Township. The three suspects were arraigned Monday in State District Court in Duluth, each on a felony charge of first-degree sale of a controlled substance. Todd Richard Carter, 48, of Hermantown, has four prior drug-related convictions, as well as burglary, battery and attempting to disarm a police officer, among other offenses dating back as far as 1993 in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. His bail was set at $400,000. Ashley Ann Moravitz, 36, of Tower, has three prior drug-related offenses dating back to 2007 in Minnesota. Her bail was set at $125,000. Jesse Andrew Gallant, 39, of Proctor, has two prior marijuana-related offenses dating back to 2001. His bail was set at $75,000. Moravitz and Gallant had posted bond as of Wednesday afternoon; Carter remained in the St. Louis County Jail. All three are set to appear in court again on Dec. 11. At a budget presentation to the Duluth City Council earlier this month, Police Chief Mike Tusken said the city has experienced a major increase in meth cases this year. Combining meth and opioids, he said police had seen a 61 percent increase in volume over the amounts seized at the same point in 2017. link ---------------------------------------------- I was shocked, shocked I tell you, when I saw the mug shots! :rofl:
  20. TBO

    Police Simon says...

    Bayfield man goes to prison on federal meth charges A 42-year-old Bayfield man pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 90 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. The outcome for Simon Sayers was announced by Scott C. Blader, United States attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, in a news release on Wednesday. Sayers’ role in the conspiracy included wiring money to the California source of methamphetamine and accepting packages of methamphetamine in the mail. Sayers also distributed methamphetamine for a profit. Judge Conley stated he almost exclusively distributed methamphetamine on the Red Cliff Reservation. The amount of methamphetamine attributable to Sayers was approximately 756 grams, which Judge Conley described as a conservative estimate. Sayers and three other individuals were charged for their roles in this methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. Tyrone Butterfield, Ryan Witter, and Rita Witter are scheduled to go to trial before Judge Conley on Jan. 14, 2019. Rita Witter and Ryan Witter are mother and son. The charge against Sayers was the result of an investigation conducted by the Red Cliff Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Drug Enforcement Administration — Madison, Wis., and Fremont, Calif., Bayfield County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police Department, and the Fremont (Calif.) Police Department. The prosecution of the case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Diane Schlipper and Darren Halverson. link ---------------------------------------------------------- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECc9wDohTWE
  21. On a cool overcast day, Priscilla Mello sat in her Cranston home, just a few feet from a portrait of her now deceased son, Kerry. “Why? How could somebody do this to a human being, let alone my child?” she asked. More than three and half years have passed since Kerry, then 36, was the victim of a gruesome murder. On a cool overcast day, Priscilla Mello sat in her Cranston home, just a few feet from a portrait of her now deceased son, Kerry. “Why? How could somebody do this to a human being, let alone my child?” she asked. More than three and half years have passed since Kerry, then 36, was the victim of a gruesome murder. On August 20, 2015, fishermen discovered a dismembered torso in the ocean off Westport, Massachusetts. Saltwater had washed away the skin’s pigment. “So, the body, the skin color, was just milky white,” said Detective Adam Kennett of the Rhode Island State Police. Two days later, a severed pair of legs wrapped in a piece of black tarp washed up on a beach in Little Compton. A tattoo, the letter “K” in Old English script, helped police identify the victim. It was Kerry Mello. Mello, a Cranston father of three, had vanished 10 days earlier. His mother, Priscilla, reported him missing. “It was highly unusual for him not to call me for something,” she said. Rhode Island State Police soon took over the investigative lead and developed a suspect, someone Mello knew well. A friend. A drug lord wannabe named Jamie Barriera, 37, of Warwick. “He tried to take on this persona of Tony Soprano and he had aspirations of being a marijuana kingpin in Rhode Island. He thought he was going to be a big boss someday,” said Kennett. On July 4, Jamie Barriera was outraged and frantically texting friends. Someone had stolen 30 pounds of high-quality marijuana and cash from his state-permitted grow in Warwick on Byfield Street. Barriera suspected it was an inside job. He texted Mello that the thief is "going on ice." That suspicion quickly turned to Mello himself. “He begins surveillance on Kerry Mello. He starts watching where he's coming and going from, watches where he lives,” said Kennett. Barriera had help from buddies Frank Concepcion and Graig Bustillo. The NBC 10 I-Team reviewed text messages which show Barriera lured Mello back into the group with a summer cook out, while he secretly plotted his death. Barriera texted rat emogi's and the words "hook, line, and sinker" to Concepcion. The die was cast. Mello was executed on August 10. “We had a strong suspicion that his body was dumped out at sea somewhere in the area of Block Island,” said Kennett. But state police needed more than a hunch. They needed evidence. A search of Barriera's house on Louisiana Avenue in Warwick and a rented home on Stone Avenue turned up empty. So, too, did his Nissan truck, his boat, and the marijuana warehouse. Police were looking for a crime scene, the place where Kerry Mello was so brutally murder. They finally found it on Shannon Drive, at the home of Jamie Barriera's father, Albert. “When we executed the search warrant, we had a few surprises: the entire kitchen had been gutted,” Kennett said. In Albert Barriera's backyard, detectives combed through four tool sheds and hundreds of potential murder weapons. Then, they discovered a familiar black tarp. When rolled out, the cut lines matched perfectly. “The same exact material that Kerry Mello's legs were wrapped in,” said Kennett. The state police forensic services unit also tested tiny stains found on two wooden chairs in Albert Barriera’s basement. The blood spatter matched Kerry Mello's DNA. The case went to a grand jury. In all, police used 73 search warrants to crack the case, utilizing cell phone, internet data to re-trace the movement of suspects. On the night of the murder, surveillance cameras from a nearby restaurant captured Jamie Barriera's truck and Concepion's car driving to Barriera's boat in Warwick, at about 9:30 p.m. Four hours later, both are seen driving away from the boat. “Jamie Barriera was talking all summer in his text messages about not using the boat, about how he couldn’t afford to use the boat, that he had no money based upon the robbery. Yet, on the night of the homicide we see him going out to the boat, at nighttime and taking the boat out,” said Kennett. Priscilla Mello said Jamie Barriera sent her flowers after her son’s body was identified. She returned the gesture with a thank you card. “It was the viciousness you put upon him. It clearly has impacted my life and I know it will for the rest of my life,” she said. “And I hope it impacts theirs for the rest of theirs.” In 2016, five men were arrested and indicted for the murder of Kerry Mello. Frank Concepcion, 33, helped police but was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison. Graig Bustillo, 38, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for ditching Mello's car in Boston. Bustillo has already been released for time served. Meanwhile, 63-year-old Albert Barriera pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit felony assault and will serve 10 years in prison for his role in mutilating Mello’s body. Family friend and Albert Barriera’s roommate, Louis Geremia, 64, was sentenced to serve four years in prison for destroying evidence. Jamie Barriera, the ring leader, was sentenced to serve 35 years behind bars. But perhaps the cruelest twist of all, “this was done to the wrong person,” said Kennett. Someone else entirely has since come forward to police and confessed to stealing Jamie Barriera's pot. Kerry Mello had no involvement whatsoever, said police. link
  22. LAS ANIMAS — A father of three who killed his wife by shooting her in the head in 2014 insists the marijuana edible he ate made him do it. “There is absolutely no other situation that I can think of where I would do that,” said Richard Kirk, who was convicted of second-degree murder in 2017 for killing his wife, Kris. “For me, I know it’s 100 percent - it’s the marijuana and me ingesting it - is the reason that I did it.” For the first time since the killing, Kirk spoke exclusively to Rocky Mountain PBS from the Bent County Correctional Facility, where he lived at the start of his 30-year prison sentence. “I didn’t know it was my wife,” he sobbed when asked why he pulled the trigger. “I thought it was somebody else, I guess. That’s the only way I could have done it. I never ever once thought about even hurting my wife or pushing her or anything – let alone taking her life, taking her away from her three boys.” Kirk denied accusations that escalating marital conflicts and financial struggles could have been motives for murder and suggested that more studies and research about edibles and how they affect one’s body and mind would be useful. “I believe 100 percent that can trigger a psychosis in someone that is otherwise completely mentally healthy,” he said. To read more from this exclusive investigation and what the latest research shows click here: https://on9news.tv/2K6sTr5. https://www.9news.com/article/news/crime/rmpbs-exclusive-killer-blames-marijuana-edible-for-wifes-murder/73-615036436
  23. The media will now make a big deal about Kim Kardashian--or her insurance company--hiring private firefighters to battle the blaze and save her $50 million California mansion. Apparently, this exposes the disparity of how the superrich have advantages over the rest of us unwashed mass of humanity. Well, the media never had a problem with the superrich hiring armed bodyguards, even those who demanded the unwashed masses be disarmed. This little factoid never caused them the briefest of pause, wondering about "fairness" or "equality" or "equity" or it "expos[ing] the fault lines of America". Nope, the superrich are certainly entitled to have armies of armed guards surrounding them 24/7/365. The rest of us are expected to rely on the government to protect us; they're just a phone call away. I have no problem with people hiring private guards, or private firefighters. Hell, I wish I had enough money to live that way. I don't. I am my own bodyguard. I have a bunch of fire extinguishers around the abode, as well. Kim Kardashian's private firefighters expose the fault lines of America
  24. A woman was sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday for the stabbing death of a Forsyth County man in his home. Tonya Jane Tidwell, 34, was convicted Tuesday of malice murder, felony murder and aggravated battery in the death of David Eric Guice in December 2016, District Attorney Penny Penn said. Penn earlier told AJC.com that prosecutors planned to seek a sentence of life without parole. Tidwell and two other people went to Guice’s home on Odyssey Trail about stolen property, according to the prosecution’s closing arguments. They attacked him in his sleep with knives and blunt objects after smoking methamphetamine and marijuana. Ryan Lee Spark, 30, and Jimmy Lee Winkles, 24, pleaded guilty to murder charges and testified for the prosecution in Tidwell’s trial. https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/georgia-woman-who-stabbed-man-his-sleep-convicted-murder/P9HtpEaxtUKb8nnHryFpIP/
  25. https://www.foxnews.com/us/alabama-sheriffs-office-mistakenly-orders-24000-rolls-of-toilet-paper