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  • Lost City of Atlantis found – again – this time in Guatemala

    04/19/2011 9:17:29 AM PDT · by Palter · 31 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 17 April 2011 | Will Evans
    Retired German math teacher Joachim Rittstieg says ancient Dresden Codex and Mayan priests guided him to the legendary Atlantis in eastern Guatemala. A retired German math teacher has spurred a national hubbub in Guatemala by claiming to have discovered an ancient underwater city laden with treasure. Joachim Rittstieg grabbed headlines in March with his visit to Lake Izabal in eastern Guatemala. Buried there, he claims, are eight tons of gold tablets in Plato’s legendary Atlantis. Instead of being dismissed, Mr. Rittstieg has garnered a lot of interest. Guatemalan newspapers called him a “German scientist” and followed his expedition with enthusiasm....
  • Immigrant households have higher usage rates of welfare than native households, report finds

    04/10/2011 5:54:28 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10 Apr 2011 | Alexis Levinson
    Households headed by immigrants have a substantially higher rate of welfare use than native-headed households, according a report released by the Center for Immigration Studies this week. The report examined census data about the use of welfare programs – cash assistance, food assistance, housing assistance, and Medicaid – and compared usage by immigrant headed households with at least one child – those headed both by legal and illegal immigrants – with usage by native headed households with at least one child. 57 percent of immigrant headed households participate in at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent of native...
  • Mexican Cartels Get Heavy Weapons from Central America, U.S. Cables Say

    04/02/2011 7:27:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | March, 2011 | NA
    MEXICO CITY – The most fearsome weapons wielded by Mexico’s drug cartels enter the country from Central America, not the United States, according to U.S. diplomatic cables disseminated by WikiLeaks and published on Tuesday by La Jornada newspaper. Items such as grenades and rocket-launchers are stolen from Central American armies and smuggled into Mexico via neighboring Guatemala, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City reported to Washington. The assertions appear in embassy cables written after three bilateral conferences on arms trafficking that took place between March 2009 and January 2010 in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Phoenix; and Tapachula, Mexico, respectively. The cables’ authors...
  • Girl returns to US after erroneous deportation (illegal Guatemalan parents hide from cameras)

    03/31/2011 10:09:14 AM PDT · by Liz · 14 replies
    A 4-year-old girl who was deported was reunited with her parents. Emily and her grandfather were traveling from Guatemala when their flight was diverted due to bad weather. The grandfather apparently had immigration infractions dating from the 1990s on his record, but it is not yet clear if he reentered the US later with expired documents; the family's lawyer said that he has a valid H-2B visa. Customs agents told the girl's father that they could transfer Emily to a detention center for minors in Virginia or send her back to Guatemala with her grandfather. US authorities did not permit...
  • Murder suspect is an alleged illegal immigrant

    02/27/2011 3:07:29 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Mohave Valley News ^ | February 26, 2011 | Jim Seckler
    KINGMAN — A Bullhead City man was indicted for first-degree murder for the alleged shooting death of another man. A Mohave County grand jury indicted Carlos Elisianio Gomez, 24 of first-degree murder. He is expected to be arraigned on the charge Thursday before Superior Court Commissioner Derek Carlisle. Originally from Guatemala, Gomez is being held in county jail without bond. He also has a border patrol hold for being an illegal immigrant, according to the county jail. Gomez is charged with shooting Daniel Mares Lopez on Feb. 17 while Lopez was in the street at Coronel and Coronado drives. He...
  • Che Guevara Ordered His Father's Death, So Gustavo Villoldo Promised Payback

    08/05/2009 3:30:39 AM PDT · by BGHater · 20 replies · 2,191+ views
    Broward-Palm Beach ^ | 04 Aug 2009 | Tim Elfrink
    Ernesto "Che" Guevara's famous beret is gone. His iconic beard is filthy and matted against skeletal cheekbones. One bushy eyebrow arches over his half-open eyes. As a Bolivian country surgeon methodically saws off his lifeless hands, Che appears vaguely amused. Gustavo Villoldo, a stocky figure in green army fatigues, stands just inside the tiny laundry room where the Cuban revolutionary's corpse rests atop a sink. For five months, the CIA operative has led soldiers hunting Guevara through the rough crags and valleys of southern Bolivia. Less than 24 hours ago, his team had captured and executed him in a village...
  • Over the Weekend: Increased Violence Leaves More Police Dead or Kidnapped

    01/31/2011 10:25:26 AM PST · by AuntB · 4 replies
    NAFBPO M3 Foreign News report ^ | Jan. 31, 2011 | National Assn. of former Border Patrol Agents
    Cuarto-Poder (Mexico) 1/30/2011 Cops Go to War Without a Gun (Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas) “They send us to war without guns,” said a police officer while nostalgically looking at new, unused patrol vehicles. Nearby, six vehicles have been scrapped, while others are being repaired. From December through January 15, there were only 5 patrols circulating with the remainder in repair. This officer is patrolling on foot, while nearby are 14 new units and 15 motorcycles, all ready for use. They either lack the plates or fuel. ______________________ El Universal (Mexico) 1/29/2011 Mexico grows despite violence: Calderón (Davos, Switzerland) President Felipe...
  • Police chief: Officer justifed in use of deadly force against knife-wielding man(S. TX illegal)

    01/31/2011 10:55:49 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 31, 2011 | Jared Taylor
    McALLEN — A police officer who shot a man while responding to a domestic dispute late Sunday night was justifed in using deadly force, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Monday. Officer Richard Villarreal fired one shot at the man after the suspect allegedly failed to put down two butcher knives while investigators tried to quell a domestic situation. The shooting occurred when McAllen police responded to a domestic dispute at 904 Redwood Ave., No. 1, about midnight Sunday, the chief said. Carlos Esquivel, 47, allegedly assaulted officers as they attempted to enter his apartment to respond to the dispute,...
  • Mexico investigates report of 50 missing migrants

    12/22/2010 1:47:57 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 2+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Dec. 22, 2010
    MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities said Wednesday they are investigating the possible kidnapping of 50 illegal migrants in the southern state of Oaxaca, a day after saying there was no evidence of the crime. Honduran, Guatemalan and Salvadoran migrants were being interviewed by officials at the federal Attorney General's Office about an assault last Thursday, the National Migration Institute said in a statement. The migrants — 30 men, 15 women and five children — were held up by gunmen while trying to cross the country by train and are now missing, said the Foreign Ministry of El Salvador, which first...
  • America's Third War: Fighting Drug Cartels in Guatemala

    12/14/2010 9:30:09 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 13, 2010 | Jennifer Griffin
    ... The murder rate in Guatemala is already double that of Mexico, where more than 10,000 drug-related murders have taken place this year. Now there is evidence that one of Mexico’s most vicious cartels, the Zetas, are setting up bases in Guatemala as they come under increasing pressure from Felipe Calderon’s government. The Zetas have set up training camps and are trying to intimidate Guatemalan cartels. So far they’ve forced at least one Guatemalan drug family to leave the country. “When you have drug traffickers afraid of other drug traffickers, you know its getting pretty bad,” U.S. Ambassador Stephen McFarland...
  • Guatemalan consulate comes to serve (Illegal aliens in GA)

    11/14/2010 2:18:08 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 5 replies · 1+ views
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | November 14, 2010 | Perla Trevizo
    Guatemalan Jose Vicente, 31, has lived in the United States for 15 years but never applied for a passport to his home country until this weekend. The closest Guatemalan consulate is in Atlanta, and "It's really hard for people to go to Atlanta, especially if you don't have a driver's license," said the Chattanooga resident, who had a work permit until recently and now needs official identification. But this weekend, for the first time in almost four years, the consulate came to Vicente. A mobile Guatemalan consulate came Chattanooga on Saturday and remains today to process passports, birth certificates and...
  • Earthquake felt in Guatemala and El Salvador

    10/28/2010 1:21:30 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 4 replies
    Prensa Libre (Spanish-language news brief) ^ | October 28, 2010 | Agencia ACAN-EFE
    (English-language translation) An earthquake was felt this Thursday at 11:11 AM in the Pacific Ocean near Escuintla [Guatemala], the Seismology, Vulcanology, Meteorology & Hydrology Institute ([Spanish acronym] INSIVUMEH) reported. It measured 4.8 on the Richter scale and 1 on the Mercalli scale, although INSIVUMEH only has a report on its strength, none on damage or victims. In El Salvador, the earthquake was measured at 5 degrees Richter, the authorities not reporting on victims or property damage.
  • Resurrecting the Maize King [ Mayan funeral ]

    10/21/2010 8:11:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Archaeology ^ | September/October 2010 | David Freidel, Michelle Rich, and F. Kent Reilly III
    For two weeks we had been tunnelling beneath the surface of the acropolis hill at the ancient Maya city of Waká in Guatemala's Petén rainforest. It was the spring of 2006, and we knew that under the surface of the acropolis was a virtual layer cake of earlier structures. The acropolis had been one of the city's enduring spiritual centers before it was abandoned around A.D. 820. A large pyramid and several buildings still stand there today.We were at the bottom of a shaft we had dug the previous spring, working our way up the stairs of a buried building...
  • Outrage in Guatemala over US study on sex diseases

    10/02/2010 9:27:29 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 38 replies
    AFP ^ | 2 October 2010
    Guatemalans on Saturday slammed a US confession that it led a 1940s study in the Central American country in which hundreds of people were deliberately infected with sexually transmitted diseases. "No matter how much of a superpower it is, the United States cannot do this kind of experimentation," Nery Rodenas, the chief of the human rights office at the archbishop of Guatemala's office, told reporters. "They used Guatemalans as lab rats. It is important that family members receive some kind of compensation." Lawmaker Zury Rios also urged compensation for not only the victims, but the nation as a whole. "It...
  • U.S. apologizes for Guatemala STD experiments

    10/01/2010 11:04:43 AM PDT · by Redalways · 24 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10-1-2010 | By Robert Bazell
    U.S. government medical researchers intentionally infected hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental patients, with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or permission more than 60 years ago. Many of those infected were encouraged to pass the infection onto others as part of the study.
  • LAPD's Rampart station evacuated following threat connected to officer-involved shooting (Updated)

    09/28/2010 5:29:18 PM PDT · by AuntB · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | Sept. 28, 2010 | LA Times
    The Los Angeles Police Department evacuated its Rampart Area station Tuesday after an envelope containing an unknown powder was found at the station. The envelope contained a threat directed at one of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant earlier this month in the Westlake District, according to sources familiar with the incident who asked not to be identified because the investigation is ongoing. The nature of the threat was not specified. [Updated at 2:34 p.m.: Officials said they determined the white powder was not hazardous.] Manuel Jamines was shot and killed Sept. 5 at the...
  • Protests over police shooting resonate all the way to Guatemala

    09/26/2010 9:32:36 AM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | September 26, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Reporting from Caserio Xexac, Guatemala
    It was just before 11 a.m. when Isabel Marroquin Tambriz once more began to cry. Her wails were so piercing they rose above the brass band. They traveled down the dirt paths of the village, which grew ever more crowded with mourners. "Walijoq caewaj!" she yelled over and over in Quiche. Wake up, my love. Wake up, my love. In a casket outside her cinder-block home lay the body of her husband, Manuel Jaminez Xum. He was dressed in a pinstripe three-piece suit, finer than anything he'd worn when he was alive. Following Maya tradition, his family had filled the...
  • Another Wall Blocks Route to U.S.

    09/21/2010 8:36:24 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 6 replies
    IPS ^ | Sep 15, 2010 | Danilo Valladares
    GUATEMALA CITY, Sep 15 , 2010 (IPS) - Travelling without documents to the United States from Latin America can turn into an odyssey, in which migrants have to elude common criminals and drug traffickers along the way, not to mention the laws on migration. But now another obstacle is emerging: a wall between Guatemala and Mexico. According to the head of customs for Mexico's tax administration, Raúl Díaz, in order to stop boats carrying contraband, the southern Mexican state of Chiapas is building a wall along the border river Suchiate, similar to the one the United States is building along...
  • TV News Blackout: Los Angeles, 3rd night of violence and disturbances

    09/08/2010 9:27:44 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 148 replies · 1+ views
    KFI Los Angeles ^ | 9/8/2010 | kfi
    For the most part, people from Mexico and Central America just attempted to torch an apartment building 40 minutes ago so this is ramping up a few notches. This is the 3rd night in a row...Their current excuse for taking to the streets is the fatal shooting by LAPD of a drunken Guatemalan, who was likely here illegally, was threatening people with a knife 3 days ago, in broad daylight. Generally this would not be breaking news, but since television news media in LA is all but ignoring this, I thought it should go in breaking news. This is occurring...
  • Villaraigosa call officers who fatally shot man 'heroes'

    09/09/2010 10:52:54 PM PDT · by UncleHambone · 27 replies
    Losa ANgeles Wave ^ | September 9, 2010 | Wire Services
    Los Angeles police who confronted and fatally shot an apparently drunk man with a knife who was threatening a pregnant woman and her child is a hero, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asserted Wednesday. The mayor also defended police Chief Charlie Beck, who was shouted down at a community meeting meant to calm residents in the neighborhood where the officer-involved shooting occurred Sunday afternoon near MacArthur Park. Protesters have taken to the streets in anger three nights in a row — setting fires, dumping garbage and throwing rocks and bottles at police — since an LAPD bicycle patrol officer shot and killed...
  • 100 protesters throw rocks, eggs at LAPD station

    09/07/2010 10:30:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 34 replies · 1+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 9/7/10 | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON
    Protesters on Tuesday night pelted a police station with eggs, rocks and bottles despite Police Chief Charlie Beck's plea for calm earlier in the day and his promise to thoroughly investigate an officer's fatal shooting of a Guatemalan immigrant wielding a knife. At a late-afternoon news conference, Beck said only 40 seconds went by between the time officers made contact with Manuel Jamines on Sunday and the moment an officer shot him twice. The shooting prompted demonstrations Monday near MacArthur Park, a densely packed neighborhood west of downtown populated with recent immigrants from Central America. Four people were arrested on...
  • Suspects in Bizarre Guatemala Murder Case Surrender

    06/28/2010 11:26:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 29 June 2010
    Two Guatemalan brothers who allegedly helped a prominent lawyer organise his own murder, and then blame the president of Guatemala for the crime, have turned themselves in. Francisco and Jose Valdes Paiz were said to have hired a contract killer to murder Rodrigo Rosenberg. An international commission found in January that Mr Rosenberg had organised his own killing. He is said to have wanted to highlight unsolved murders in Guatemala. Before he was shot dead in May 2009, Mr Rosenberg had warned in a video that he would be murdered on the orders of President Alvaro Colom. Mr Colom was...

    06/11/2010 1:42:45 PM PDT · by AuntB · 22 replies · 448+ views
    National Assn of Former Border Patrol Officers ^ | June 11, 2010 | NAFBPO- M3 Foreign News Report
    Friday, 6/11/10 NOTE: The recent deaths of two Mexican citizens, one at the San Ysidro, CA, Port of Entry, the other between El Paso, TX, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, have resulted in ongoing investigations and ample coverage by the media on both sides of the border. The M3 Report will not repeat the fast moving and abundant claims and counter claims, and obviously biased and critical articles and opinion columns. A Mexican congressman, Ricardo Lopez Pescador, is now demanding that the “homicidal agents of the Border Patrol” must be extradited to Mexico and put in the hands of Mexican judges....
  • Flooding opens up sinkholes in Guatemala

    06/01/2010 10:01:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 1,291+ views
    yahpo ^ | 6/1/10 | reuters
    Pictures of the biggest scariest sinkhole I have ever seen.
  • Giant sinkhole in Guatemala looks as if it goes to centre of the Earth

    06/01/2010 9:20:41 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 119 replies · 5,020+ views ^ | May 31, 2010 | Daniel Kaszor
    The sinkhole is a result of rainwater saturating the ground after tropical storm Agatha. The image is not a photoshop-job (see other angles of the sinkhole below) despite looking as if a giant hole had been punched in the Earth.
  • Tropical Storm Agatha blows a hole in Guatemala City (must see photo)

    06/01/2010 4:38:41 AM PDT · by Scythian · 32 replies · 2,495+ views
    Real Photo ...
  • Huge Sinkhole Emerges in Guatemala After Tropical Storm

    05/31/2010 9:19:59 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 70 replies · 3,398+ views
    Gather ^ | May 31, 2010
    A huge sinkhole has emerged in Guatemala after Tropical Storm Agatha pummeled the region. The photo released by the Guatemalan government is absolutely incredible. CNN is reporting that the sinkhole swallowed a three-story building and a house; killing a security guard. The huge sinkhole appeared in Zone 2 of Guatemala City, and reports have said similar sinkholes may be in the process of forming. Can you imagine the earth simply opening up and swallowing a building and a home? When you look at the width and depth of this massive sinkhole in Guatemala, it is actually quite difficult to fathom...
  • Charlotte ICE gang operation yields 12 arrests

    05/29/2010 3:28:51 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 336+ views - News Release ^ | May 28, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: May 28, 2010 Charlotte ICE gang operation yields 12 arrests CHARLOTTE, N.C. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents assigned to the Charlotte Gang Unit continue making arrests in North Carolina with its recent weekend effort yielding 12 arrests and the seizure of cocaine, marijuana and brass knuckles. Among the 12 arrests last weekend were four gang members and affiliates: one Asian Boyz gang member, two MS-13 gang members and one MS-13 affiliate. All four are foreign-born nationals from Vietnam, Uruguay and Honduras. One is a naturalized U. S. citizen, one has...
  • Pacaya Volcano Erupts in Guatemala. Tropical Storm...

    05/28/2010 10:57:03 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 9 replies · 686+ views
    Associated Content ^ | May 28th, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    As if the eruption of Pacaya Volcano erupting isn't enough, Guatemala is also experiencing a tropical storm and 2 earthquakes all at the same time.
  • Pacaya Volcano throws ash and small rocks, a number of municipalities affected..

    05/27/2010 8:21:47 PM PDT · by TaraP · 20 replies · 784+ views
    Google Translation ^ | May 27th, 2010
    After a las 19 hours, began a continuous period of volcanic activity at Pacaya which began releasing lava, ash in large quantities and even small rocks, the people close to the colossus, which at first refused to evacuate, and began to leave the place before the exits are blocked. Several residents of the capital municipalities near the volcano, including Amatitlán, Villa San Miguel Canales and Petapa, among others, reported being affected by increased volcanic activity, including the throwing of stones of regular size.
  • Mexican Navy reports four 'Zetas' killed, four arrested

    05/24/2010 3:17:40 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 402+ views
    KGBT ^ | 05.23.2010
    The Mexican Navy is reporting four deaths and four arrests of men believed to be part of the feared drug trafficking ring Los Zetas. The Mexican Navy reported its personnel were on a routine patrol this past Wednesday in the Town of Graciano Sanchez. The western Tamaulipas town is located in the mountains near the City of San Carlos, about an hour north of Ciudad Victoria. The Mexican Navy reported the patrol spotted a convoy of SUVs and trucks and become involved in a shootout with the drivers. Four of the armed men were killed and the following four men...
  • Driver Hits 4 Teens, Treats Them Like 'Debris'(Illegal Alien)

    05/20/2010 3:23:33 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 77 replies · 2,747+ views
    CBS ^ | May 20, 2010 | Sean Hennessey
    Illegal Alien Arrested After Striking Victims, Flinging 2 Of Them Off His Hood, Then Taking Off Good Samaritan Tracks Driver Down, Detains Him Until Police ArriveThey were clinging to the top of the hood, screaming for their lives, and police say they were treated like debris. Stunning revelations surfaced Thursday about the driver in the hit-and-run crash that seriously injured four high school students who were heading to the mall. "Thank God they're alive." That's the first thing Anthony Centamore said when he saw his daughter Stefanie in the hospital on Wednesday night, not yet aware of how she got...
  • Eritrean man pleads guilty to alien smuggling

    03/31/2010 2:54:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 223+ views - News Release ^ | March 30, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: March 30, 2010 Eritrean man pleads guilty to alien smuggling WASHINGTON - Samuel Abrahaley Fessahazion, 23, an Eritrean national, has pleaded guilty to helping smuggle illegal aliens to the United States for private financial gain, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP). Fessahazion, aka "Sami," aka "Sammy," aka "Alex" and aka "Alex Williams" pleaded guilty on March 29, 2010, in Houston to one count of conspiracy and two counts of encouraging and inducing aliens to come to, enter or reside in the United...
  • Cokie Roberts: Glenn Beck 'Worse than a Clown... More like a Terrorist'

    Former ABC "This Week" co-host, now panelist on the program, Cokie Roberts does not pull any punches in the syndicated column she pens with her husband Steve. She writes about a recent panel discussion that Steve was participating in during which "a beefy guy" stood up and claimed health reform was akin to fascism. Roberts writes, "We don't know what the beefy guy reads or to whom he listens, but we would bet he's a disciple of Glenn Beck." She then goes off on Beck's "incendiary language" and his corruption of "the very essence of democracy." We defended Fox News...
  • Somalian Charged with Making False Statements on Application for Asylum...

    03/06/2010 12:36:28 AM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 590+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Somalian Charged with Making False Statements on Application for Asylum Defendant is Accused of Making False Statements Concerning Participation in Terrorist Organizations United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in San Antonio, a federal grand jury has indicted 24-year-old Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane, a citizen of Somalia, on two counts of making false statements under penalty of perjury to federal authorities concerning his association with global terrorist organizations. The indictment, returned yesterday and unsealed this afternoon, alleges that on October 28, 2008, the defendant falsely omitted on an application for asylum that from...
  • Guatemalan Women Arming Selves Because of Climate of Insecurity

    02/09/2010 3:59:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 344+ views
    Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | 9 February, 2010 | NA
    GUATEMALA CITY – The climate of insecurity in Guatemala is forcing women to arm themselves to protect themselves and their families, the official Diario de Centroamerica newspaper said Monday. A report by the daily says that, regardless of their profession, more and more women are acquiring weapons and are registering them with the Digecam regulatory agency. Some 9,200 weapons have been registered at that agency in the name of women, a figure that represents 4 percent of the total weapons registered. Digecam assistant director Guillermo Mejia said that while it is not very common for women to approach the institution,...
  • Magnitude 6.0 quake hits Guatemala coast: USGS

    01/18/2010 8:15:45 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 38 replies · 2,028+ views
    reuters ^ | Jan 18, 2010
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Guatemala's Pacific coast near the border with El Salvador on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
  • Ringleader of International Truck Theft Conspiracy Sentenced to Prison

    12/25/2009 11:07:50 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 818+ views - DOJ Press Release ^ | December 23, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Ringleader of International Truck Theft Conspiracy Sentenced to Prison HOUSTON—A Houston man who recruited others to steal and transport millions of dollars of truck tractors, trailers and other heavy equipment to Central America has been sentenced to prison, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. United States District Judge David Hittner sentenced Yuri David Melendez, 43, to a total of nine years in federal prison for his leadership role in the truck theft scheme and in an unrelated narcotics charge during a hearing today. Melendez, who was convicted of conspiracy to export and...
  • 286 arrested in ICE's largest ever enforcement surge targeting criminal aliens

    12/11/2009 6:11:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies · 1,006+ views - News Release ^ | December 11, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: December 11, 2009 286 arrested in ICE's largest ever enforcement surge targeting criminal aliens 2 convicted rapists and armed robber among those captured in 3-day California operation LOS ANGELES - Nearly 300 foreign nationals with criminal records have been removed from the United States or are facing deportation following a three-day enforcement surge in California, making it the biggest operation targeting at large criminal aliens ever carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). During the operation, which concluded late Thursday, ICE officers located and arrested a total of 280 criminal aliens...
  • Cluck of a find: Chicken filled with cocaine

    12/04/2009 3:53:26 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 28 replies · 997+ views ^ | 12/04/09 | Staff
    STERLING, Va. - A close inspection by Customs and Border Protection officers at Dulles International Airport turned up something unexpected. Inside a fully-cooked chicken they found cocaine with an estimated street value of $4,300. The 60.4 grams (2.3 ounces) of coke was found inside two small, clear plastic bags inside the chicken's cavity. Officers discovered the white powdery substance during a secondary inspection after a flight from El Salvador arrived shortly after midnight Saturday. It tested positive for cocaine. "CBP officers have seen many unique narcotics concealment methods, and they all present the same challenges to discover them. Our officers'...
  • 3 Houstonians charged in smuggling scheme that ended in wreck

    12/03/2009 4:05:53 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 440+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 3, 2009 | DALE LEZON
    Three Houston residents have been arrested and accused of transporting illegal immigrants after a pickup truck carrying the people plunged 40 feet from a roadway and injured them in Jim Wells County in South Texas. Patricio Rebollar Jr., 28, Herman Valdez, 29, and Nancy Martinez, 25, are charged in a criminal complaint with transporting undocumented immigrants, according to federal authorities. Of the 17 undocumented immigrants in the accident, five remain hospitalized with serious injuries and the others have been treated at hospitals and released into federal custody. Rebollar, who was allegedly driving the pickup, was hospitalized with unknown injuries.
  • Guatemala’s immigration reform plan is expected to be considered in the U.S. (AMNESTY!)

    11/28/2009 8:56:16 AM PST · by AuntB · 4 replies · 799+ views
    Guatemala City, Guatemala) 11/26/09 Guatemala’s immigration reform plan is expected to be considered in the U.S. [Sub-headline]: The National Council for Guatemalan Migrant Affairs (CONAMIGUA) produced a migratory reform proposal which could be strengthened by the inclusion of other Central American countries; the proposal has great possibilities of being taken into account regarding the highly desired reform which is being lobbied in the United States. Erick Maldonado, executive secretary of CONAMIGUA, stated that they are approaching leaders of Guatemalan migrants in the United States and Congressmen of that country [the U.S.] to be able to influence the approval of the...
  • Moonshine turns horse race rowdy

    11/04/2009 4:16:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 456+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/4/09 | Sarah Grainger
    TODOS SANTOS CUCHUMATAN, Guatemala (Reuters) – Despite a drinking ban mayhem erupted at a traditional Mayan horse race on Sunday with riders falling off their horses and drunken spectators stumbling through the mountain village. Hundreds of tourists and locals gathered for the annual spectacle in Todo Santos Cuchumatan on Sunday to cheer the dozens of riders charging back and forth along a 330-foot (100-meter) length of road for up to seven hours. But the macho test of stamina was marred, as it has been in the past, by the copious amount of homemade spirits the riders consume, sometimes for days...
  • Three Convicted in International Truck Theft Conspiracy Sentenced to Prison

    10/27/2009 12:42:45 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 474+ views - DOJ Press Release ^ | October 26, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Three Convicted in International Truck Theft Conspiracy Sentenced to Prison HOUSTON—Three men who conspired to steal and transport millions of dollars of truck tractors, trailers and other heavy equipment to Central America have been sentenced to prison, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. Rito Jasso-Zorilla, 32, Victor Antonio Garcia, 27, and Orlando Gonzalez Huerta, 29, all citizens of Mexico, were sentenced by United States District Judge David Hittner this morning for their respective roles in assisting Yuri David Melendez, 42, of Houston, with the far-reaching scheme. Beginning in 2001, Melendez received requests...
  • O'Hare Airport temporary staffing employees sentenced for harboring illegal aliens...

    10/01/2009 2:12:53 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 1,173+ views - News Release ^ | September 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: September 30, 2009 O'Hare Airport temporary staffing employees sentenced for harboring illegal aliens who were given access to secure areas Assisted illegal workers in obtaining unauthorized airport security badges CHICAGO - The owner of a Bensenville temporary employment agency and her assistant were sentenced in federal court Wednesday for harboring illegal aliens and assisting those workers in obtaining unauthorized access to secure areas at O'Hare International Airport, including the tarmac. The sentences resulted from a multi-agency federal investigation conducted in 2007 and led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Mary Gurin, 38,...
  • Zelaya, Micheletti, Prudence, and Sense [Guatemalan editorial]

    09/23/2009 6:44:18 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 8 replies · 424+ views
    Prensa Libre (Spanish-language editorial) ^ | September 23, 2009 | Editors
    (English-language translation) How future events develop in Honduras rests on Roberto Micheletti's and Manuel Zelaya's prudence and sense, and their first task is to ensure that the deposed President's surprise return does not become the reason for any type of violence, as several governments, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the European Union have unanimously requested. However, there is the possibility that things get out of control. Therefore, Brazilian President Lula asked Zelaya yesterday not to take actions that may provide a pretext for government forces to intervene, and not to put the Brazilian Embassy installations in harm's way....
  • Attacks kill at least 21 in Mexican border cities

    09/16/2009 3:30:06 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 380+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Sept. 15, 2009
    TIJUANA, Mexico — Firefighters found six bodies inside a burning car in Tijuana, and 15 people were killed in three separate shootings in another northern Mexican border town besieged by drug violence, authorities said Tuesday. Near Mexico's southern border, meanwhile, the bullet-ridden bodies of eight men suspected to be drug traffickers were found in a Guatemalan frontier town. In Tijuana, across the border from San Diego, four bodies were found in a burning compact car's seats and two in the trunk, according to a police report Tuesday. The victims' identities and the motive for the killings were not released, but...
  • Hunger in Guatemala

    09/09/2009 9:04:04 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 6 replies · 503+ views (Spanish-language news brief) ^ | September 9, 2009 | News Desk
    (English-language translation) Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a state of "public calamity" as a measure to face the food and nutrition crisis that affects 54,000 families and has claimed the lives of some 25 children. The declaration will allow the Guatemalan government to accept international aid for these cases and to mobilize resources from the national budget more promptly, according to the president's official address to the nation. "I have decided to use the public-order law and declare a state of public calamity throughout the entire national territory, since the consequences of food and nutritional insufficiency will affect not only...
  • Guatemala Mayan city may have ended in pyramid battle

    09/06/2009 10:00:03 AM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies · 911+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sep 3, 2009 | Sarah Grainger
    EL MIRADOR, Guatemala (Reuters) - One of Guatemala's greatest ancient Mayan cities may have died out in a bloody battle atop a huge pyramid between a royal family and invaders from hundreds of miles away, archaeologists say. Researchers are carrying out DNA tests on blood samples from hundreds of spear tips and arrowheads dug up with bone fragments and smashed pottery at the summit of the El Tigre pyramid in the Mayan city of El Mirador, buried beneath jungle vegetation 8 km from Guatemala's border with Mexico. Many of the excavated blades are made of obsidian which the archaeologists have...
  • Reynosa soldiers free more than 100 kidnapped immigrants[; arrested 7 kidnappers in Mexico]

    08/16/2009 4:39:31 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 3 replies · 655+ views
    The Monitor ^ | August 15, 2009 | Ana Ley
    REYNOSA — Soldiers on Thursday freed more than 100 persons who were being held against their will by a group of alleged kidnappers, authorities said. Military personell discovered the sequestered group's location through an anonymous tip, the Mexican Defense Ministry said in a news release issued Saturday. Soldiers checked out the area at Callejón Golondrinas about 11:30 p.m. and discovered a house with about 123 persons crammed inside. Soldiers interviewed several victims who told officials they had been abducted. The people found inside the house, all Central American, were described as follows: >> 94 Honduras nationals (24 females) >> 15...