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  • Homeland Security names illegal immigrant to 10 most wanted fugitives list

    03/31/2016 6:33:08 AM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    Homeland Security officials Wednesday named an illegal immigrant whom police accuse of killing a young woman in a drunken-driving accident to their list of 10 most wanted fugitives, hoping to capture a man who’s become a black eye for immigration agents. Agents failed to respond in February to pick up Eswin Mejia, 19, after he was charged with vehicular homicide by Omaha, Nebraska, authorities. . . . ICE Director Sarah Saldana appeared to stumble in testimony to Congress about the incident, saying that agents would have responded if the victim of the crash, 21-year-old Sarah Root, had already died, rather...
  • Trump: Illegal immigrants killing “thousands of people"

    12/02/2015 11:25:04 AM PST · by springwater13 · 22 replies
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that "illegal immigrants are killing thousands of people." Trump was appearing on Fox & Friends and talking about 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw, Jr., who was shot and killed in 2008 by a Mexican immigrant brought to the U.S. illegally as a child named Pedro Espinoza. Espinoza, who killed Shaw because he mistakenly believed he belonged to a rival gang, was sentenced to death in 2012. Shaw's father, Jamiel Shaw, Sr., supports Trump's presidential campaign because of the businessman's positions on immigration. "The gangbanger who shot my son was in this country illegally. He was...
  • Border Patrol Ordered to Release Drunk Drivers, “Allow Them to Go On Their Way”

    02/13/2015 11:02:40 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 13, 2015
    The Obama administration has ordered federal agents responsible for protecting one of the nation’s busiest and most crime-infested regions near Mexico to stop apprehending drunk drivers, according to an internal government memo that also concedes an officer that elects to detain them is “acting within the course and scope of his employment.” Obtained by Judicial Watch this week, the notice is titled “Enforcement Options With Alcohol-Impaired Drivers” and directs the 4,000-plus U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson, Arizona sector to “release” individuals under the influence and “allow them to go on their way.” The document acknowledges that this feels...
  • Feds released hundreds of immigrant murderers, drunk drivers, sex-crimes convicts

    05/12/2014 8:16:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Immigration officials knowingly released dozens of murderers back into the U.S. in 2013, according to Obama administration statistics detailing all of the criminal convictions of the more than 36,000 immigrants released from custody last year. The numbers show that the criminals released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had amassed more than 15,000 drunken-driving convictions, 1,317 domestic violence convictions, 727 sex crimes convictions and even four that the statistics listed as “treason, sabotage.” The immigrants were in deportation proceedings, meaning ICE was trying to remove them from the country and could have held them in detention, but released them anyway,
  • Deportations of parents can cast the lives of U.S.-citizen kids into turmoil

    12/29/2013 5:38:43 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 70 replies
    Washington Post. ^ | December 29,2013 | Michael Alison Chandler
    Twelve-year-old Jason Penate spent the holidays hanging close by his father. They picked out a Christmas tree and decorated the front window of their Gainesville, Va., home with candy canes, and Jason tried very hard not to think about whether his father would still be here in the new year. Jorge Penate, a Guatemalan national who came to the United States illegally in 1997, has a hearing scheduled Monday that will determine whether he can stay in the country. A drunken driving arrest two years ago launched deportation proceedings and cast his family’s future into uncertainty.Jason wrote a letter to...
  • Refusing a sobriety test during the holidays not an option

    12/16/2013 8:56:37 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 150 replies
    Valleycentra ^ | 12.15.2013 | Valeria Aponte
    Troopers all across Texas are going after drunk drivers this holiday season. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is aiming to lower the amount of drunk drivers across the state by increasing the amount of troopers, working overtime, and enforcing stricter rules. No refusals are among the stricter rules being enforced, meaning if an officer believes you are drunk and asks you to take a blood test you will most likely have to still take one. If you say no, the officer will get a warrant from a judge immediately to get your blood specimen. Saying no to a...
  • Illegal immigrant in Milford death ruled incompetent

    04/11/2013 6:37:36 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies ^ | Apr 11, 2013 | FOX 25's /Melissa Mahan
    ( – The illegal immigrant who was drunk driving when he hit and dragged a Milford man to his death has been ruled incompetent to stand trial. Judge Janet Kinton-Walker says Nicolas Guaman's "unique cultural background" and language barrier means that he doesn't understand the court process. The court also said that he lacks the ability to consult with his attorney properly. The judge ordered Guaman's attorney to find an interpreter and educate him on the court process.
  • The Tea Party and the Drug War

    06/07/2010 11:20:04 AM PDT · by bamahead · 100 replies · 144+ views
    National Review ^ | June 7, 2010 | Jeffrey A. Miron
    Voter dissatisfaction with Republicans and Democrats is at historic levels, and the tea-party movement is hoping to play kingmaker in the November elections. The country’s current breed of discontent is ideal for the tea parties, because economic concerns are foremost, allowing the movement to sidestep the divisions between its libertarian and conservative wings. As the elections near, however, voters will want to know where the party stands not just on the economy but on social issues. A perfect illustration is drug policy, where conservatives advocate continued prohibition but libertarians argue for legalization. Which way should the tea party lean when...
  • Melee of cyclists / Ogden incident leads to four arrests [Cyclists on a Rampage]

    08/09/2009 9:21:20 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 184 replies · 5,292+ views
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | 8/9/2009 | Trent Toone
    OGDEN -- Was it a friendly group bicycle ride through downtown Ogden or a confrontational melee that included obstructing traffic, assault, obscenities and alcohol? Depends on who you talk to. Numbers vary from 35 to 70, but a large group of cyclists, referred to as Critical Mass, was taking a monthly ride to celebrate cycling and assert their rights to the road on Friday when Ogden police say things got out of hand. Four individuals were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, failure to disperse and public intoxication. Matt Hasenyager, owner of Skyline Cycle and one of the bicyclists, said...
  • Omaha driver pleads not guilty in fatal crash

    05/15/2009 2:23:33 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 17 replies · 874+ views ^ | 5-15-09 | STAFF
    A 27-year-old Omaha man has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a collision that fatally injured a 4-year-old Omaha girl this week. Eleazar Rangel-Ochoa appeared in Douglas County Court on Friday to enter his plea on charges of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide and felony driving under suspension. His bail has been set at $1 million. He also waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Police say he ran a red light and struck a minivan driven by Jayme Bluhm on a west Omaha street early Tuesday. Bluhm’s 4-year-old daughter, Josie, was thrown from the van and suffered critical injuries....
  • Another Drunk Alien .... Another Dead American

    01/23/2009 8:41:35 AM PST · by AuntB · 29 replies · 837+ views ^ | Jan. 23, 2009 | Editorial
    The federal government’s abdication of border control has yet again become plain. Yet again, another drunken illegal immigrant is on trial for killing an American citizen. And yet again, we learn that he had been deported repeatedly. This case of vehicular homicide involves one Eulalio Haro, a 36-year-old illegal resident of Woodstock, Ill. Haro, authorities allege, was stinking drunk when he killed 71-year-old motorcyclist Dean Knospe. Authorities believe Haro’s blood alcohol registered at least 0.27 at the time of his arrest. Unhappily, nothing is unusual about this case. As newspapers across the country have reported, Hispanics being arrested for DUI...
  • Hard numbers: Illegal alien drunk drivers in North Carolina

    04/19/2008 1:30:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 52 replies · 211+ views
    Hard numbers: Illegal alien drunk drivers in North Carolina By Michelle Malkin • April 19, 2008 WRAL reports on a new statistical breakdown of illegal alien drunk drivers in North Carolina. It’s a blood-pressure-raising look at the deadly revolving door, catch-and-release, the deportation abyss, and the danger of sanctuary policies embraced by those sworn to defend and protect the public: Seven-year-old Marcus Lassiter won’t see his eighth birthday. George Smith was on his morning commute to Duke University but never made it to work. Betty Coates might struggle with daily tasks for the rest of her life. Johnston County Sheriff...
  • Hispanic DWIs rooted in immigrants' culture

    04/07/2007 6:01:30 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 33 replies · 1,037+ views
    News Observer ^ | 04/01/07 | Marti Maguire and Kristin Collins
    When Eliseo Hernandez came to the United States 30 years ago, he thought he drove better after a few beers. Driving drunk had been normal back in Mexico, he said. But Hernandez, 54, learned of its perils firsthand. He quit the practice after falling asleep at the wheel and hitting a tree 18 years ago. Then, last year, a young Hispanic man who authorities say was drunk nearly killed Hernandez's only son, Diego, in a crash on a rural Johnston County road. Eliseo Hernandez's daughter, who was nine months pregnant, lost her unborn child in the accident. Hernandez has spent...
  • Talking Urinal Cakes Offer Drinking And Driving Advice (Talking Urinal Cakes? BRILLIANT!)

    02/11/2007 4:48:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 1,025+ views
    KFDA NewsCheannel 10 ^ | 2/11/07 | AP
    SANTA FE New Mexico is taking its fight against drunken driving to men's restrooms around the state. The state has ordered 500 talking urinal cakes that will deliver a recorded anti-D-W-I message to bar and restaurant patrons who make one last pit stop before getting behind the wheel. The top of the devices feature the state D-W-I slogan -- "You drink, you drive, you lose." Some Albuquerque bars installed the devices this week. And the state Transportation Department plans to distribute them to Santa Fe bars and restaurants as well as establishments in Farmington, Gallup and Las Cruces. The state...
  • Request To Change Plea Outrages Victim's Family

    01/18/2007 9:44:50 AM PST · by Mrs.Liberty · 16 replies · 1,037+ views
    NBC 7/39 ^ | 18jan07 | NBC739
    Woman Was Killed In 4-Vehicle Crash In October POSTED: 5:45 pm PST January 17, 2007 UPDATED: 6:58 am PST January 18, 2007 SAN DIEGO -- An illegal immigrant accused of driving drunk and killing a 22-year-old woman changed his guilty plea while in court on Wednesday. During what was supposed to be his sentencing, Rafael Ramirez Perez, 22, told the court that his public defender misadvised him and that his family had hired a new attorney. He had pleaded guilty to two counts -- to second-degree murder and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury -- and, according to...
  • Hit with a DWI, many pick jail [TEXAS]

    09/24/2006 6:16:50 PM PDT · by Dubya · 67 replies · 2,244+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 23, 2006 | BRIAN ROGERS
    So you had a few drinks too many and, for the first time in your life, got pulled over on your way home. The prosecutor offers a simple deal: Instead of going to trial, you can plead guilty to driving while intoxicated and get probation. That's an easy one, right? For a surprising number of first-time DWI offenders in Harris County, however, the choice isn't so clear. Facing the stiff costs and strict rules that come with probation, thousands of convicted drivers in recent years have decided spending time behind bars is the better option. And in a county already...
  • Kennedy Blames Accident on Sleep Medicine

    05/04/2006 7:06:03 PM PDT · by Jean S · 635 replies · 19,040+ views
    AP ^ | 5/4/06 | ANDREW MIGA
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy (news, bio, voting record) crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police official said he appeared intoxicated. Kennedy said he had taken sleep medication and a prescription anti-nausea drug that can cause drowsiness. Kennedy, D-R.I., addressed the issue after a spate of news reports. His initial statement said: "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident."'Later, however, he issued a longer statement saying the attending physician for Congress had prescribed Phenergan on Tuesday to treat Kennedy's gastroenteritis.Kennedy said he returned to his Capitol Hill home on Wednesday evening after a final series of votes...
  • Hispanics Carry Lopsided Share Of DWI Arrests

    05/03/2006 2:55:27 AM PDT · by SirJohnBarleycorn · 58 replies · 1,242+ views
    WRAL ^ | May 2, 2006 | Amanda Lamb
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- WRAL has learned that 33 percent all drunken drivers arrested in Wake County are Hispanic, although the latest census numbers indicate that Hispanics make up only 7 percent of Wake County's population. This past weekend in Wake County, 69 people were arrested and charged with DWIs. Twenty-three of those drivers were Hispanic. While DWI is the most common charge, many of those charged with that face additional charges, such as driving without a valid license. People on both sides of this issue say more education is the key to helping solve this problem. “We've known for some...
  • When drivers are distracted

    04/21/2006 10:57:09 AM PDT · by JZelle · 59 replies · 728+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-21-06 | Ken Thomas
    BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Eight out of 10 crashes involve drivers who are drowsy, chatting on a cell phone, applying makeup or otherwise distracted from the road ahead, according to a government study released yesterday that videotaped people behind the wheel. Reviewing thousands of hours of video and data from sensor monitors linked to more than 200 drivers, researchers found that a wide range of distractions can lead to crashes or near crashes. Reaching for a moving object while driving increased the risk of a crash by nine times, while reading or applying makeup from behind the wheel enhanced the risk...
  • Miller Brewing Co. Responds to Immigrants Boycott to Beer

    04/02/2006 5:27:20 PM PDT · by HEMICRASHBOX · 100 replies · 4,094+ views
    Marketing y Medios ^ | March 16, 2006
    Miller Brewing Co. put out an unusual one-page advertisement in Thursday's edition of Hoy in Chicago. The headline reads: "Miller Brewing Company se opone a la legislación HR4437 contra la inmigración" (Miller Brewing Company Opposes HR4437 Anti-Immigration Legislation). The ad is in response to growing support to boycott Miller products after a group of pro-immigrant organizations in Chicago found out the company has contributed to the political campaign of Republican Sen. James Sensenbrenner, of Wisconsin. The senator is behind the HR4437 bill, which calls for strengthening the anti-immigration laws in the United States, including the construction of a wall along...
  • Fresno bar stings will continue (Some modifications, however!)

    03/15/2006 8:31:04 AM PST · by Enterprise · 17 replies · 606+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 3-15-06 | Tim Eberly
    "Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer announced Tuesday that his department will continue undercover bar stings targeting drunken drivers, but some changes were made to the program. The next operation is scheduled for Friday, which is St. Patrick's Day. Police have not yet determined which establishments will be monitored. Dyer said undercover officers will not be positioned inside bars or restaurants. They will only be outside the bars and in parking lots. The chief also said officers — preferably uniformed — will approach people who appear to be intoxicated to dissuade them from driving."
  • Illegal Immigrants Also Illicit Drivers (Illegal kills Tampa Mayor's Police driver)

    03/04/2006 5:45:12 AM PST · by devane617 · 44 replies · 2,335+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 03/03/2006 | CHRIS ECHEGARAY
    TAMPA - Florida law bars undocumented immigrants from obtaining driver's licenses, but in countless cases that doesn't keep them off the road. Arrests of unlicensed drivers by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies rose 71 percent from 2001 to 2005. The agency doesn't track how many of those drivers were undocumented, but anecdotal evidence suggests those numbers are rising as more immigrants arrive. A high-profile accident is drawing attention to the issue: A Tampa police detective died in a crash Feb. 25 when one such driver ran a red light and plowed into the detective's city-owned car, the sheriff's office has...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 6-23-2006

    02/23/2006 5:34:21 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 1 replies · 262+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 2-23-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Maryland might make your license plate read "DUI"--would be your fate if you've driven drunk. But--Darn it! That Skunk Ted Kennedy's in the wrong state!
  • New law seeks to separate drunken drivers from their vehicles

    09/11/2005 8:04:00 AM PDT · by radar101 · 37 replies · 885+ views
    SAC BEE ^ | Sept. 11, 2005 | Marjie Lundstrom
    Amid the flurry of big-deal bills whipping around the Capitol - same-sex marriage, driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, regulation of dietary supplements - it's the little ones, too, that bear notice. The little ones that promise to make our lives better. Or living hells. So here's a heads-up to the 35-year-old Sacramento woman, nailed by the California Highway Patrol last weekend for weaving down K Street, then turning her Volvo the wrong way onto 15th. Apparently too smashed to answer simple questions, the woman also had a suspended driver's license, having been convicted of driving under the influence four times...
  • Man convicted in teen's death arrested for drunken driving again

    08/13/2005 2:33:39 PM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 8 replies · 489+ views
    AP ^ | August 13
    Man convicted in teen's death arrested for drunken driving again IOWA CITY, Iowa A man who spent more than two years in prison for drunken driving after killing a teenage boy on a bicycle has been arrested again after a minor accident. Police say Lawrence Henning, of North Liberty, was given a field breath test after the accident on Thursday in North Liberty. Officers say Henning smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and had difficulty balancing. The blood-alcohol test at the scene showed a zero-point-one-six percent reading, twice Iowa's legal limit of zero-point-oh-eight. Henning, who is now 48, was convicted...
  • State Grants Man's License After He's Accused Of Killing 2

    05/09/2005 9:08:23 PM PDT · by zaxxon · 3 replies · 313+ views
    State Grants Man's License After He's Accused Of Killing 2 POSTED: 3:18 pm MDT May 8, 2005 UPDATED: 11:28 am MDT May 9, 2005 DENVER -- A husband and wife are killed in a car crash and the man charged with killing them did not have a driver's license. Yet, two weeks later, the state gave him one. How could this happen? Frederick Culp, 29, has amassed a long driving record. He has been involved in more than a dozen accidents and yet even after the elderly couple he hit died, Culp is still behind the wheel. What's worse, state...
  • Latenight rail service's fate riding on Metro evaluation Low ridership could spell end to last call

    12/05/2004 11:30:38 PM PST · by weegee · 15 replies · 697+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 6, 2004, 12:55AM | By LUCAS WALL
    RIDING THE RAIL Late-night rail service's fate riding on Metro evaluation Low ridership could spell end to 'last call' trains By LUCAS WALL Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle Late-night bar patrons downtown might be running out of time to use the train as their designated driver. Metro is reviewing whether to continue late rail service on Friday and Saturday nights. The extended weekend hours began in June at the request of city officials and downtown businesses who hoped the availability of the rail ride might lure more customers. It hasn't happened. "Ridership has been disappointing, but Metro leadership is now working...
  • UK's worst drink driver (Jailed 10 times, "worst menace in the history of British motoring")

    11/29/2004 7:57:39 PM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies · 344+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | November 20, 2004 | ANDY RUSSELL
    UK's worst drink driver By ANDY RUSSELL BRITAIN'S worst drink driver Howard Bloor has just been jailed for the TENTH time.Bloor, 61, has been boozing and driving since 1968, notching up a staggering 29 convictions.He was 1½ times over the limit when police stopped him earlier this month after spotting him hanging out of a car window in Manchester.The painter and decorator, from Eccles, has been banned from the road for 35 years but has repeatedly ignored the disqualifications. He also has 30 convictions for that and 30 for driving with no insurance.When Bloor was stopped for his latest offence, he...
  • I humbly ask for your prayers for my uncle

    01/17/2004 5:37:05 AM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 69 replies · 309+ views
    Myself ^ | 1 /17 /04 | Myself
    My uncle Paul was involved in a head on collision with a drunk unlicensed driver with no insurance he sustained a broken pelvis a cracked lower vertebra his right leg which hes had surgery on and was recovering from was crushed and his left ankle was broken. He was driving over to another relatives house which hes worked with for years it was a daily routine as Master Plumbers they are the best in their field. The doctors says if he makes it he may never walk again because of the broken vertibra as of yesterday he underwent surgury on...
  • DWI laws hit language barrier

    11/13/2003 6:51:13 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 62 replies · 653+ views
    News and Observer ^ | November 13, 2003 | AISLING SWIFT
    The light turned red just as Carlos Estudillo Pineda drove through the intersection, and within seconds the flashing blue lights were behind him. The Raleigh officer who pulled him over early one morning in September 2002 spotted three Bud Lite cans in the car's rear and smelled alcohol. Officer Mike Inguanta had Pineda perform the usual battery of sobriety tests, which the 27-year-old Chapel Hill man failed miserably. Walk nine steps in a straight line, turn around and walk back, Inguanta ordered. Pineda cried as he continued past nine steps without turning. Stand on one leg, Inguanta instructed. Pineda lifted...
  • Santa Fe Driver Has Had Seven DWIs

    10/01/2002 11:55:26 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 8 replies · 282+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal (subscription required) ^ | October 1, 2002 | Jeremy Pawloski
    Tuesday, October 1, 2002 Santa Fe Driver Has Had Seven DWIs By Jeremy PawloskiJournal Northern Bureau     SANTA FE — The Santa Fe man accused of driving drunk when his truck hit a Colorado couple, dragging the woman more than five blocks and critically injuring her Saturday night, has seven prior drunken driving convictions.     According to state Motor Vehicle Division records, John P. Chavez's drunken driving record dates back to 1982.     Despite six prior DWI convictions, Chavez was prosecuted as a misdemeanor DWI offender after a DWI arrest in September 1999, according to the state DWI Citation Tracking...