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Brett Favre’s Sister Arrested in Drug Raid

January 13, 2011

From The Associated Press

The arrest of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre‘s sister during a drug raid in southern Mississippi isn’t the first time she’s been in trouble with the law.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Karl said officers are ”very familiar” with 34-year-old Brandi Favre.

”She’s always in trouble,” Karl said.

Brandi Favre was among five people arrested in the Diamondhead bust Wednesday and was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and generating hazardous waste, Karl said.

”She happened to be there and she was arrested along with the others,” Karl said.

Two of the other suspects face the same charges as Favre. The other two were charged with sale of a controlled substance. And one of them also faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

About nine grams of the drug – worth about $1,000 – was recovered and hazardous materials teams had to clear the condo, Karl said.

The arrest was first reported by WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Miss.

Brandi Favre has been in trouble before.

In 1999, Favre, her sister-in-law and another woman were booked with felony shoplifting. In 1996, she was charged with unlawful use of a weapon in connection with a drive-by shooting at a motel in Slidell, La. At the time she was a student at Southern Mississippi, where Brett Favre played.

She completed a program in Louisiana that allowed her criminal charges to be erased.

Brandi Favre was in custody early Thursday and had an initial court appearance scheduled for later in the day.

A message left for Brett Favre’s agent James ”Bus” Cook wasn’t immediately returned.


San Francisco Man Wrongfully Convicted of 2 Murders is Freed

January 13, 2011

Justin Berton, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer

To the cheers of family and friends, Caramad Conley took his first steps as a free man outside San Francisco County Jail on Wednesday after serving 18 years for a double-murder conviction that a judge ruled had been arrived at through perjured testimony.

Lance Iversen / The Chronicle

Family members hug Caramad Conley, who a judge said last month had been wrongfully convicted of double murder in 1989.

Conley, 40, clutching a sack filled with his personal items and dressed in a white T-shirt and white sweat pants, was ushered into the backseat of a waiting Hummer H2 a little after 4 p.m.

Before the SUV sped away from the jail at Seventh and Bryant streets, Conley said of his newfound freedom, “I’m going to take it one day at a time.”

Conley’s attorney Dan Purcell declined to comment on the occasion. “I’ve said enough to newspapers,” he said. “I’ll let it be.”

Last month, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Marla Miller ruled that San Francisco police and prosecutors had failed to reveal to Conley’s defense team before his 1994 trial that the city had paid thousands of dollars and provided the use of a house to the star prosecution witness, police informant Clifford Polk.

Miller cited what she called “voluminous evidence” that Polk, who is now dead, had lied on the stand when he said he was not in a city witness protection program and therefore receiving benefits.

Polk testified that Conley had confessed to him about the April 8, 1989, drive-by shooting on Third Street that killed Roshawn Johnson and Charles Hughes and injured 13 others.

Miller also found that then-homicide investigator Earl Sanders, who would later become police chief, had stood by in court while Polk lied.

“I find that Sanders knew the testimony was false and did not correct it,” Miller wrote.

Conley was sentenced to two life terms without parole. He had been housed until recently at Calipatria State Prison.

San Francisco prosecutors said in court Tuesday that they would not retry the case. A spokesman said the decision had been made by newly appointed District Attorney George Gascón.

Former Miami Hurricanes Star Joins ‘ICE’

January 13, 2011

By Jim Weber via

Between the finger-wagging, the media had their fun with Miami during the Hurricanes’ heyday in the late ’80s, when The U’s penchant for winning national titles (four from 1983-91) was matched for its reputation for having no respect for rules, laws or authority of any kind.

Miami was so good and so bad at the same time, went the joke, that it topped the polls of the AP, UPI, SI and FBI. How do the Hurricanes take their team picture? From the front, then to the side. When their rivalry with Notre Dame hit a national note in 1988, the label was inevitable: “Catholics vs. Convicts.”

One of the most flamboyant ‘Canes of the “U” era was wide receiver Randal Hill, whose post-football career track has led him down the only logical path: To that of a federal agent for the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Yes, he passed the background check.

“The biggest part of it is background, making sure you are a person who is upstanding, staying out of trouble,” Hill said last week of the process involved before he became an agent in 2003. “Contrary to what you used to see me do on the field.”

He knows the job isn’t exactly what you’d expect from the hot dog they called “Thrill Hill,” a 5-10, 180-pound wide receiver with a huge chip on his shoulder to go along with his blazing speed.

If Hill didn’t personify the “convicts” half of the equation – he was the son of a high school principal and an elementary school teacher – he was front and center when it came to swagger. He told reporters he dreamed of running with cheetahs and being pulled over by police for speeding on foot. He was so fast, he said, he needed to run with a parachute to slow him down, like a drag car. During a 1990 game at Cal, Hill threw his arms into the air after each of his six first-half catches and embarked on a high-stepping celebration that, well, can’t be really described in words. (Good thing it’s on YouTube.) The “dance” earned him a postgame reprimand from Miami’s athletic director and then-coach Dennis Erickson, but Hill loved the spotlight, and the crowd at the Orange Bowl loved him.

And then, of course, there was Hill’s last collegiate game: The infamous 1991 Cotton Bowl, the best (or worst, depending on who you ask) of Miami football.

On a day in which the Hurricanes set a bowl record for penalties – 16 for 202 yards, nine of which were for unsportsmanlike conduct – and knocked out Texas‘ return man on the opening kickoff, Hill was the star of the show. He scored on a 48-yard touchdown pass and ran all the way up the tunnel of the Cotton Bowl, only to return firing imaginary six-shooters at the Longhorns:

Unsurprisingly, the NCAA instituted a new rule that offseason assessing a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebrations, also known as the “Miami Rule.”

During a seven-year career in the NFL, Hill started looking for his next occupation by getting involved in public-speaking engagements, including speaking before several state and federal law enforcement agencies. He was so enticed that he decided to become a police officer at the Sunrise (Fla.) Police Department, and then a deputy sheriff with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He joined the Department of Homeland Security in September of 2003.

Although the two professions appear completely unrelated, Hill sees a lot of similarities between the two.

“It’s very competitive, which is like the NFL,” Hill said. “You have to be a hyperactive nut, like the NFL. You have to be a go-getter, like the NFL. And you can’t settle for being second best, like the NFL. The only difference with being a federal agent is that if you settle for being second best, then people’s lives are in jeopardy, and you don’t want that to happen.”

As a special agent, Hill’s job includes everything from financial investigations to issues of national security to busting drug lords and counterfeiters. He was part of a team that cracked down on counterfeiting at last February’s Super Bowl in Miami, a game that is always full of fake tickets and merchandise.If it sounds glamorous, don’t be fooled. Hill takes special precautions as a federal agent and former high-profile athlete. He keeps a gun by his bed at night and likens it to the American Express card: “Don’t leave home without it.”

“The Internet is a very powerful thing,” Hill said. “For example, I still get cards where fans have actually researched and looked up my address and sent cards for me to sign and send back. That’s kind of scary. So you never know who’s watching you, who’s trying to locate you.”

On the plus side, Hill has found his crazy antics that made him such a memorable player at “The U” have helped make his new profession a little easier when working in the community.

“If I’m out in public and people bring [the 1991 Cotton Bowl] up and I tell them what I do now, they’re a little more willing to help me and help the Department of Homeland Security,” Hill said.

As for the criminals that make his job so demanding, they would be ill-advised to try and run from a one-time runner-up as the NFL’s Fastest Man, even though he’s now 41. Just how fast can he still fly these days? “I haven’t been timed recently,” he said. “But since I work for the government, I have to say that if I did have a time, that’s classified.”

For Photographs and video of Agent Hill playing for the ‘Canes’ click the link below:

For the top ten most notorious moments in the history of ‘The U’ click the link below:

Minnesota Wrestling Coach Put on Leave for Reportedly Insulting Obama, Challenging Him to a Fight

January 13, 2011

By Todd Starnes /, January 13, 2011

 An Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter has been placed on administrative leave from his job at a Minnesota high school after he insulted President Obama’s intelligence and challenged the commander in chief to a fight.

Jacob Volkmann told Fox News Radio that he is under investigation by White Bear Lake High School, where he has worked as a part-time assistant wrestling coach for three years.

“They didn’t like how I was representing the school,” he said. “They said I was representing them bad because of what I said about the president and his policies.”

Marisa Vette, the school district’s director of communications, confirmed to Fox News Radio that Volkmann is on paid leave. She refused to say if his comments about President Obama sparked the investigation.

“We have an employee who is on leave and the district is investigating in accordance with the law,” Vette said. She declined to elaborate on the investigation or any complaints that were made against Volkmann.

Volkmann’s comments came during a New Year’s Day interview after he had won a fight. A reporter asked who Volkmann would like to fight next and he replied, “Obama.”

“He’s not too bright,” Volkmann told MMA Fighting. “Someone’s got to knock some sense into that idiot.”

The comment prompted a visit by the U.S. Secret Service after they received several calls accusing the fighter of threatening the president. However, Volkmann said the comments were tongue-in-cheek.

In addition to being a UFC fighter and assistant wrestling coach, Volkmann is a chiropractor and he said his comments were about the president’s health care reform policies.

In a later interview, he backed off the “idiot comment,” telling The MMA Hour, “The only regret I have is calling him an idiot. I don’t think he’s an idiot, but I do think he’s making a lot of mistakes.”

Volkmann was not arrested and he was not charged, but on Monday he was told to report to the school district’s human resources department. After a half-hour interview, he said he was put on paid administrative leave. Volkmann said several parents had called to complain that he was wearing a school shirt and a hat during one of his interviews.

“It’s a little irritating to be honest,” he said. “I think it’s kind of ridiculous that the school is pretty much saying you can’t voice your opinion and if you do voice your opinion you definitely can’t voice it against the policies of the president.”

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Three Illinois Teens Arrested in Gang Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl

January 13, 2011 / January 13, 2011

Three Illinois teenagers and a 22-year-old man have been arrested and charged with gang raping a 14-year-old girl and recording the incident on a cell phone, reports.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Picallo, 18-year-old Majeed Khalifeh, 19-year-old Jonathan Leanos, and 22-year-old Vicente Hernandez were all charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, says Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Leanos, Majeed Khalifeh, Vicente Hernandez and Alex Picallo.

Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Leanos, Majeed Khalifeh, Vicente Hernandez and Alex Picallo.

Leanos allegedly met the victim on MySpace last summer and had several meetings with her before Leanos took her to his house last Saturday.

Authorities say when the girl refused to have sex with him, Leanos told her to have sex with his friends. The alleged rape was caught on a cell phone.

The girl was treated and released from a local hospital after the incident.

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Arrested for Harboring Illegals, Including His Dad

January 13, 2011 / January 12, 2011

A U.S. Border Patrol agent is in custody for allegedly harboring illegal immigrants, including his father, in his San Ysidro, California, home, Fox5 San Diego reported Tuesday.

Marcos Gerardo Manzano Jr., 26, was arrested Monday at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station, according to the FBI.

Marcos Gerardo Manzano Jr., a Border Patrol Agent, was taken into custody by the FBI for allegedly harboring illegals.

FBI/Fox5 San Diego

Marcos Gerardo Manzano Jr., a Border Patrol Agent, was taken into custody by the FBI for allegedly harboring illegals.

Shortly before sunrise Tuesday, a federal SWAT team raided Manzano’s house and arrested suspected undocumented immigrant Jose Alfredo Garrido-Morena, also 26.

According to a complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Diego Tuesday afternoon, Garrido-Morena had been living at the residence since at least November along with Manzano and the accused agent’s 46-year-old father, Marcos Gerardo Manzano Sr.

The elder Manzano, who faces federal immigration-violation charges in the case, remains at large, the FBI said.

In addition to purportedly harboring undocumented immigrants, Manzano Jr. allegedly lied to a fellow Border Patrol agent when asked while on duty if he knew the whereabouts of his father, who was convicted four years ago in a U.S. court of possessing marijuana for sale and was twice deported to his home country of Mexico.

Manzano Jr. and Garrido-Morena were being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego pending their initial appearances in federal court, scheduled for Wednesday.

Authorities declined to reveal why they felt it necessary to deploy the heavily armed SWAT squad, backed by San Diego police, Customs officers and Border Patrol personnel, to serve the warrant at Manzano Jr.’s home.

During the raid, agents detained a second man and three women for questioning, and then released them. A year-old boy also was present during the search, according to the FBI. The relationship of those people to the defendants was unclear.

Maricopa Co., AZ Sheriff Arpaio: Pima Co., AZ Sheriff Dupnik Should ‘Shut Mouth’ on Political Agenda in Tragedy

January 13, 2011

By Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter / of Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio tells Newsmax that, if his fellow Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik were an appointed chief of police instead of an elected official, he would be “fired tomorrow” for comments he’s made about the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others on Saturday.

Arpaio also complains that people are using the tragedy “for their own political agenda,” and says officials such as Dupnik should “shut our mouth” about the case.

Arpaio, whose county includes most of the Phoenix metropolitan area, has been called “America’s toughest sheriff.” He has limited county inmates to two meals a day, banned “sexually explicit material” in prison, reinstituted chain gangs, and set up a “tent city” as an extension of the Maricopa County Jail.

Pima County Sheriff Dupnik has sought to link vitriolic rhetoric in politics, and talk radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh, with the actions of Jared Loughner, who is accused of killing six and injuring 14 in Tucson.

Asked about Dupnik’s efforts, Arpaio says: “I don’t like to criticize my colleagues, but he’s elected and I presume he says what he wants to say. I don’t agree with it.

“I’m a former top federal law enforcement official and understand you have to be very careful when you’re conducting an investigation to make sure there’s no pretrial publicity that may affect the case and give the perpetrator a chance to use comments made, especially by the chief investigator, which happens to be the sheriff.

“Sheriffs are elected, like I am, thank God. I’m sure if he was a police chief he’d probably be fired tomorrow. I’m not trying to defend him, but he’s the one that runs that sheriff’s office. I do not.

“I don’t want to keep talking about politics. I don’t think we should do so over this tragedy.

“But I think this has gone into politics now. People are using this for their own political agenda. I don’t think that’s right. I think we should let the criminal justice system do its job and not have too much pretrial publicity to help this guy and give him a chance to defend himself, and probably utilize statements that have been made to his benefit to try to get out of this.

“I think we have to very careful about what we say, especially law enforcement officials or government officials. I think right now I think we ought to shut our mouth and let the justice system take its course.”

Referring to assertions by some that Sarah Palin and others on the right are somehow to blame for Loughner’s actions, Arpaio tells Newsmax: “I don’t think it’s fair.

“I have to say that I have been threatened constantly, threatened by elected officials, calling me Nazi, Hitler, every name in the book. Yet I haven’t heard anybody speak out in the Democrat administration saying that’s not right.

“Why are they blaming her? They put me in [cross hairs]. They put me in KKK uniforms. They call me Hitler and everything else. They say I should be dead. They’ve got rewards out for me. So why isn’t anybody talking about this sheriff? I’m talking about the Democrats. They’re investigating me, the Justice Department, but why aren’t they concerned about this sheriff?”

Sheriff Dupnik said after the shootings that Arizona is a mecca for anger, hatred, and bigotry. Asked whether his claim is related to supporters of Arizona’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants, Arpaio responds: “I imagine he’s talking about illegal immigration because he opposed the new law and said he was not going to enforce it.

“I don’t know what he’s thinking about, but if I were a betting guy, I probably would believe that he’s talking about the rhetoric dealing with the illegal immigration problem.”

Early in Dupnik’s career, he suggested that citizens in parts of Pima County should buy guns to protect themselves because his department lacked the resources. Now he is highly critical of Arizona’s gun culture, while Arpaio is critical of efforts at gun control.

“I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe citizens should have the right to carry a weapon if they want to,” Arpaio says.

“I don’t know why the sheriff is worried about the weapons. But he’s not alone. The majority of police chiefs will say the same thing.

“I don’t say the same thing.”

Heil Hound: Nazis Dogged By Mocking Mutt

January 13, 2011

Historians Shocked By ‘Completely Bizarre’ Episode

KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press Writer

BERLIN — Newly discovered documents have revealed a bizarre footnote to World War II: the Nazis’ dogged obsession with a Finnish mutt who gave not a howl, but a heil.

 And, just as absurdly, the totalitarian state that dominated most of Europe was unable to do much about the canine’s paw-raising parody of Germany’s Fuehrer.

 In the months preceding Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union, Berlin’s Foreign Office commanded its diplomats in the Nazi-friendly country to gather evidence on the dog and its owner – and even plotted to destroy the owner’s pharmaceutical business.

 Historians were unaware of the scheme until some 30 files containing correspondence and diplomatic cables were found by a researcher in the Foreign Office archives.

 Klaus Hillenbrand, an expert on the Nazi period who examined the documents, called the episode “completely bizarre.”

 “Just months before the Nazis launched their attack on the Soviet Union, they had nothing better to do than to obsess about this dog,” he told The Associated Press.

 The Dalmatian mix named Jackie was owned by Tor Borg, a businessman from the Finnish city of Tampere. Borg’s wife Josefine, a German citizen known for her anti-Nazi sentiments, dubbed the dog “Hitler” because of the way it raised a paw high in the air, much like Germans greeting the Fuehrer with a cry of “Heil Hitler!”

 In one photo, Borg, a jovial businessman known for his sense of humor, appears with Jackie by his side wearing a pair of round sunglasses.

 On Jan. 29, 1941, the German vice consul in Helsinki, Willy Erkelenz, wrote that “a witness, who does not want to be named, said … he saw and heard how Borg’s dog reacted to the command ‘Hitler’ by raising its paw.”

 Borg was ordered to the German Embassy in Helsinki and questioned about his dog’s unusual greeting habits.

 The businessman denied ever calling the dog by the German dictator’s name, but acknowledged that his wife called the dog Hitler. He tried to play down the accusations, saying the paw-raising only happened a few times in 1933 – shortly after Hitler came to power.

 Borg assured the Nazi diplomats that he never did anything “that could be seen as an insult against the German Reich,” according to the documents.

 The zealous diplomats in Helsinki did not believe him and wrote back to Berlin that “Borg, even though he claims otherwise, is not telling the truth.”

 The ministries involved – the Foreign Office, the Economy Ministry and even Hitler’s Chancellory – meticulously reported all their findings about the hound.

 The Economy Ministry announced that the German chemical conglomerate IG Farben, which supplied Borg’s wholesale trade with pharmaceuticals, agreed to cut all ties, which would have destroyed his business.

 Meanwhile, the Foreign Office was looking for ways to bring Borg to trial for insulting Hitler. But in the end, none of the witnesses were willing to repeat their accusations in front of a judge.

 So, when on March 21, 1941, the Foreign Office asked the Chancellory whether to press charges against Borg, the reply came back: “Considering that the circumstances could not be solved completely, it is not necessary to press charges.”

 There’s no evidence Hitler, who owned a German Shepherd named Blondi, was ever told of the case, even if it made it all the way to his Chancellory, Hillenbrand said.

 Finland cooperated with Nazi Germany during WWII, and Helsinki was one of the few European capitals the Nazis never occupied.

 As for Borg, he and his company survived the war unscathed. He died in 1959 at age 60; his wife Josefine passed away in 1971.

 Borg’s company Tampereen Rohduskuppa Oy went on to become Tamro Group, the leading wholesale company for pharmaceuticals in the Nordic countries.

 And Jackie, the Hitler-saluting canine, also died a natural death, according to Tamro spokeswoman Margit Nieminen.

 She said the company was not aware of the dog’s place in history until the recent archive discovery.

Man Tells U.S. State Dept. What He Thinks of ‘The Process’

January 13, 2011


 This  letter is a thing of beauty (even if the language is a bit rough) You definitely feel the guy’s pain! An actual letter to the passport office…

Dear  Sirs,

I’m in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this. How is it that Radio Shack has my  address and telephone number and knows that I bought a cable T.V. from  them back in 1987, and yet, the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born and on what date.

For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand? My birth date you have on my social security card, and it is on all the income tax forms I’ve filed for the past 30 years. It is on my health insurance card, my driver’s license, on the last eight damn passports I’ve had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I’ve had to fill out before being allowed off the plane over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable census forms that are done at election times.
Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother’s name is Maryanne, my father’s name is Robert and I’d
be absolutely astounded if that ever changed between now and when I die!!!!!!
I apologize, I’m really pissed off this morning. Between you an’ me, I’ve had enough of this bullshit!  You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my address?
What is going on? Do you have a gang of Neanderthal asses working there!

Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden?  I don’t want to dig up Yasser Arafat, I just want to go and park my ass on a sandy beach.

And would someone please tell me, why would  you care whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got the urge to do something weird to a chicken or a goat,  believe you me, I’d sure as hell not want to tell  anyone!

Well, I have to go now, ’cause I have to go to the other end of the city and get another copy of my birth certificate, to the tune of $60. Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot to assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day?

Nooooo, that’d be too damn easy and maybe make sense. You’d rather have us running all over the  place  like chickens with our heads cut off, then find some idiot to confirm that it’s really me on the damn picture – you know, the one where we’re not allowed to smile?! (bureaucratic  morons)
Hey, you know why we can’t smile?  We’re totally pissed off!
Signed – An Irate Citizen.
P.S.. Remember what I said above about the picture and getting someone to confirm that it’s me?  Well, my family has been in this country since 1776 ……..I have served in  the military for something over 30 years and have had security clearances up the yingyang……….However, I have to get someone  ‘important’ to verify who I am – you know, someone like my doctor WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN INDIA !
You Sure In The  Hell Should Know Who I  Am.

…………..And you want to run our health care system?!?

Obama Eyes Internet ID for All Americans

January 13, 2011

From, Monday, 10 Jan 2011

Government monitoring of what Americans are doing in cyberspace has moved a bit closer to reality, as President Barack Obama announces plans to hand over authority to create an Internet ID for all Americans to the U.S. Commerce Department, a White House official tells CBS News.

The plan, touted as the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, is raising eyebrows about privacy issues over concerns that creating a centralized database is an infringement on Americans’ rights. It is expected to be released in the next several months.

Calling it an “absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to create an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said Friday during a business and academics forum at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research that issuing digital identities for web usage to all Americans will reduce cybersecurity vulnerabilities and improve online privacy protections.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke agrees. “We are not talking about a national ID card,” Locke said at the Stanford forum. “We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.”

Schmidt added that his office will work with the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration to implement the Internet ID strategy.