Archive for August, 2011

Steven Seagal Threatened With Lawsuit Over Police Raid Taped for Reality Show (Report)

August 31, 2011

The Hollywood Reporter – Tue, Aug 30, 2011

Steven Seagal is being threatened with a lawsuit over his part in a police raid that was taped for his A&E reality show, TMZ reported.

The actor, who has served as a reserve deputy sheriff since the mid-’80s, was part of a team that arrived at Jesus Sanchez Llovera’s Arizona house in March with a tank and armed in full riot gear, Llovera alleges in his legal documents.

Steven Seagal Threatened With Lawsuit Over Police Raid Taped for Reality Show (Report)


Llovera claims that the raid, carried out by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, was “unfounded” because they believed Llovera was raising roosters for illegal cockfighting. But he says the roosters are only “for show.”

Additionally, he says the police rammed the tank into a gate on his property and that his home suffered “substantial damage.”

Llovera is seeking $100,000 in damages and wants a “formal written apology” from Seagal to his children for the death of their puppy, “a beloved family pet.”

According to TMZ, the entire incident was recorded for Seagal’s reality show, Steven Seagal Lawman.

A&E declined comment when contacted by The Hollywood Reporter. Seagal and the Maricopa County authorities have yet to comment.





Texas Deputy Constable Killed in Crash

August 31, 2011

By Simon Gutierrez
Story by – August 29, 2011


A Bexar County deputy constable died when his car veered into a light pole and caught fire, a sheriff’s lieutenant said.

The constable was driving on Lockhill-Selma late Saturday night when he lost control of his car, slammed into the pole and tore the car in half, Lt. Dale Bennett said. The car then caught fire.

The deputy constable was ejected and died at the scene. He was identified as 49 year-old Sgt. Mark Scianna.

Precinct 3 constable Mark Vojvodich said Scianna had just received a call for a traffic accident and was responding when he crashed.

Vojvodich said a San Antonio fire unit also responding to the accident came upon Scianna’s burning car.

The sheriff’s office is now investigating how Scianna’s car slammed into the pole.

Vojvodich said Scianna had been with the constable’s office for 22 months, and before had served as a Castle Hills police officer.

He also said Scianna was the father of a special needs son. Funeral arrangements for Sgt. Scianna were pending Sunday evening.

York Co., SC Deputies Take Down Murder Suspect

August 31, 2011

From – August 29, 2011

ROCK HILL, S.C. — York County police shot and killed a murder suspect who was accused of killing his girlfriend.

 Police were called to 129 Midwood Lane late Sunday night where they found 34-year-old Christina McCall shot dead in the driveway.  On Monday, authorities found suspect Franklin Janell White, 39, just before noon at 3161 Leslie Highway in Rock Hill.

Members of the York County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and other deputies shot and killed White after they saw him armed and presenting a handgun while entering a vehicle during the police’s attempt to arrest White.

McCall lived with her parents in the house where she was killed.  She has two children, a 13-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.  The son is the one who found McCall’s body in the yard.

Police said the couple had an off and on relationship for three years.

Per normal procedure, the State Law Enforcement Division will conduct an investigation in to the murder of White and deputies involved in the shooting will be on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

Wrestling Sisters Take Down Hit-And-Run Suspect In Oklahoma

August 27, 2011
From By Victor Chi, Thursday, August 25, 2011

An alleged hit-and-run driver proved to be no match for a pair of wrestling sisters who used their grappling skills to score a roadside takedown.

Brittany and Brienna Delgado, members of the Oklahoma City University wrestling team, then held the suspect with wrestling techniques until police arrived.

“My sister and I are very proficient wrestlers and also played football in high school, so we know about tackling,” Brittany Delgado (right) told The Oklahoman.

The sisters were driving with their grandmother Saturday night when there was a collision with another car. The other driver got out of his car and started running away. Both Delgados pursued him with Brienna in the lead.

“When I was chasing him I was still yelling, ‘You need to come back,'” Brienna told The Oklahoman. “I wasn’t wearing the proper footwear. I got a little road rash when I tackled him.”

Brienna said the man had his hands beneath him when she tackled him. Then, in case he had a weapon, she concentrated on securing his hands and brought them behind his back with a wrestling move (hammerlock or chicken wing, depending on your terminology or interpretation).

“If Brienna wouldn’t have tackled him, I’m pretty sure he would have gotten away,” Brittany told The Oklahoman.

The sisters are originally from South Carolina. Brittany, a senior, began wrestling when she was 3 and is a two-time national champion in the Women’s College Wrestling Association. Brienna will be a freshman this year.

“They’re typical young women wrestlers,” Oklahoma City coach Archie Randall told The Oklahoman.

“They’re very aggressive and determined with what they’re going to do.”

He also said the Delgados are shooting for the Olympics, which introduced women’s wrestling as an official sport in 2004.

“America’s Sheriff” Seeking Help with Obama’s Deportation Changes

August 27, 2011

August 25, 2011

“Bowing to pressure from immigrant rights activists, the Obama administration said Thursday that it will halt deportation proceedings on a case-by-case basis against illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria, such as attending school, having family in the military or having primary responsible for other family members’ care.” – Washington Post, August 19, 2011.

Translated, this means the administration will grant backdoor amnesty to illegal immigrants by making changes to internal enforcement policies rather than an act of Congress.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano even had the audacity to say, “This case-by-case approach will enhance public safety.”

So while the Obama administration seeks to grant a back-door amnesty program to those who break the law – they come after me for enforcing existing immigration laws!

How, you might ask? Barack Obama’s Justice Department has sued me for enforcing illegal immigration laws here in Arizona…They even opened a “civil rights” investigation into my policies…They even worked hand-in-hand with the ultra-liberal ACLU to bring a lawsuit against Arizona for passing a tough anti-illegal immigration law.
I won’t be intimated by the Obama Justice Department…just as I won’t be intimated by the Mexican Drug Cartel’s placing a $1 MILLION bounty on my head…and just as I won’t be intimated by the daily death threats I receive…all for doing the job I was elected to do!
Nothing – not even Barack Obama’s back-door amnesty scheme – will keep me from doing my job of enforcing the laws on the books.  Our great nation was founded on the rule of law – not of men!
I made it clear that the Justice Department can make whatever threats they want to, but I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitutions of both the state of Arizona and the United States.  As long as the laws are on the books, I’m going to enforce them unapologetically.
But I desperately need your help. It’s going to take a lot of resources to combat the attacks and false allegations against me and my deputies. We anticipate a very expensive campaign to defend myself and my record.
I cannot compete with the local and national media machines that distort my record and the job I’m doing to protect this country. And, I don’t have the personal resources to defend myself from these vicious attacks. I have to go directly to the people for their support. I need good people like you in this country to stand behind me and help me fight this fight.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Maricopa County, Arizona

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Former Anchorage, AK Officer Sentenced in Stolen ID Case

August 26, 2011
From The Associated Press By RACHEL D’ORO; August 26, 2011
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A former police officer in Alaska was sentenced Thursday to three months in federal prison and fined $10,000 for living in the country illegally under a stolen identity for more than two decades.

Mexican national Rafael Mora-Lopez was sentenced under a plea deal in which prosecutors sought a year in prison and a $250,000 fine after all sides in the case noted his outstanding record as an Anchorage police officer.

  • FILE - In this undated photo provided by the Anchorage Police Department, Rafael Mora-Lopez is shown. Mora-Lopez, a former Anchorage police officer convicted of living in the country illegally under a stolen identity for more than two decades, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. Federal prosecutors are requesting a year in jail and a $250,000 fine for Rafael Mora-Lopez, who was born in Mexico and has lived in Alaska for years as Rafael Alberto Espinoza. (AP Photo/Anchorage Police Department, File)

    FILE – This undated photo was provided by the Anchorage Police Department

In court, the 47-year-old Mora-Lopez asked for leniency and repeatedly apologized to the public, friends, family, the police department and the court.

“I’m so sorry,” he told U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess.

Under the law, Mora-Lopez could have faced a maximum sentence of 13 years in prison.

More than 40 pages of “glowing letters” of support were submitted to the court about the defendant, assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Bradley said. Many supporters attended the sentencing.

“This is a very, very hard case because he was such a good person,” Bradley said, adding that the flip side of the defendant was a life based on lies.

Mora-Lopez pleaded guilty in June to federal counts of passport fraud and false claim of U.S. citizenship. He had lived in Anchorage for more two decades posing as Rafael Alberto Espinoza, a U.S. citizen who lives in Mexico and works as an attorney.

Bradley said Mora-Lopez received a degree in chemical engineering in Mexico.

Authorities said Mora-Lopez’s true identity was discovered after he applied for a passport renewal and the State Department noted someone else appeared to have applied under the same identity.

Defense attorney Allen Dayan sought five years of supervised release for his client without incarceration. He said Mora-Lopez was a good man who worked hard all his life and ultimately came to think of himself as Espinoza.

“He built his foundation on sand,” Dayan said in court. “No matter how good a house, how good a person, it was built on sand. Once it was built on sand, he couldn’t figure out a way out.”

Burgess noted the outstanding reputation of Mora-Lopez as a police officer but said his life was built on a lie. Mora-Lopez was in a much better position to obtain legal residency than the vast majority of illegal immigrants who come to the U.S., the judge said.

“I do think there has to be some consequences for your actions,” Burgess said.

Mora-Lopez, who is married and has a child, has been out on bail under home confinement and electronic monitoring. After the hearing, Bradley said Mora-Lopez will remain under the same conditions until the federal Bureau of Prisons decides when and where he will serve his term outside Alaska, which does not have federal prisons.

Mora-Lopez and his attorney declined to comment after the sentencing.

Until his April arrest, Mora-Lopez had worked as a police officer for six years. He previously worked as a city bus driver for six years.

A pre-employment background check by police on Mora-Lopez had found nothing because neither he nor Rafael Espinoza had any known criminal record. Mora-Lopez also passed a polygraph test, authorities said.

Mora-Lopez also was sentenced Thursday to 750 hours of community service and three years of supervised release.

Authorities said deportation issues are a separate matter under the jurisdiction of federal immigration officials.

The case raises questions about arrests and court cases Mora-Lopez was involved in under the assumed name, as well as his pension earned under the false identity. The Police Department has been preparing a spread sheet of all the cases he worked on in anticipation about potential challenges.

“Every time he came to court, the first thing he said was not true,” Bradley told Burgess, referring to the practice of police officers stating their names when they are sworn in.

During his long residency in Alaska, Mora-Lopez also collected thousands of dollars in dividends from Alaska’s oil-rich savings account available only to legitimate residents.

In June, he pleaded guilty to a state felony count of unsworn falsification. The charge applies to someone who knowingly submits a false application for dividends from the Alaska Permanent Fund, according to state prosecutors.

Mora-Lopez, who has paid more than $27,000 in restitution to state revenue officials, is set for a Sept. 16 sentencing in that case and faces as much as two years imprisonment.

State charging documents say Mora-Lopez was acquainted with Espinoza’s sister and somehow obtained Espinoza’s identity papers. Federal documents say Mora-Lopez’s wife, Margarita Cynthia Espinoza, had been a neighbor of the real Espinoza in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the 1980s.

Mora-Lopez was born in Mexico City and later lived in Guadalajara, according to the state court documents. Federal documents say Mora-Lopez entered the U.S. under his real name on a temporary visa, illegally overstayed the visa, then assumed the false identity.

In Alaska, Mora-Lopez used Rafael Espinoza’s name, Social Security number and date of birth to apply for a state driver’s license, according to authorities. Besides receiving permanent fund dividends, Mora-Lopez also used the false identity to vote in national and local elections, according to the federal court papers.

Mora-Lopez also used the assumed identity and citizenship to bring his future wife to Alaska and help her obtain naturalization as a U.S. citizen, the documents say. It was not immediately clear if charges have been filed against Margarita Cynthia Espinoza.

In 1998, Mora-Lopez and his wife filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 in the Espinoza name, according to federal court records posted online, which show the case was closed later the same year. Documents filed in the stolen-identity case say Mora-Lopez faced nearly $300,000 in debts and obtained a discharge of indebtedness.

The stolen identity case is similar to one involving a Mexican national who took the identity of a dead cousin who was a U.S. citizen in order to become a Milwaukee police officer. Oscar Ayala-Cornejo was deported to Mexico in 2007.

New Rides “Hit The Street”

August 26, 2011
Ford Police Interceptor Utility

Ford Police Interceptor Utility

By James Tate of MSN Autos

A new era for the police vehicle is upon us. The age of the tried and true Ford Crown Victoria is finally drawing to a close, and there is no shortage of suitors — ranging from awe-inspiring to yawn-inducing — lining up to replace it as Johnny Law’s preferred transport. Here’s a quick rundown of what will be protecting tomorrow’s streets, as well as what you should be keeping an eye out for on the side of the road and in your rearview mirror.

Ford Police Interceptor Sedan

Ford Police Interceptor Sedan

The official replacement for the Crown Vic Interceptor, this new sedan features all-wheel drive and an available EcoBoost V6 engine to replace the tired V8 of yesteryear. The new engine offers direct injection and turbocharging, making the new Interceptor good for a 5.8-second romp to 60 mph. Based on the latest Taurus, it has posted record performance figures among police cars, handily beating out V8 competition. Get used to these headlights, people — they’ll be your new cue to check your speed.

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Dodge offers a law enforcement version of its deceptively enormous Charger model, dubbed the Charger Pursuit. The new patrol car comes with an all-new 3.6-liter 291-horsepower V6 engine and available 5.7-liter Hemi V8. Both offer competitive power and are mated to a 5-speed AutoStick automatic transmission with a relocated column-mounted shifter. Along with a power driver’s seat and keyless access, the Charger Pursuit includes the Police Equipment Interface Module as standard equipment, a unique perk for budget-conscious local governments.
Chevrolet Impala Police VehicleWhile GM offers no fewer than eight vehicles outfitted for police duty, the 2011 Chevrolet Impala will likely be the one most commonly seen roaming neighborhood streets. It is available both marked and unmarked, but unfortunately carries a much more mediocre drivetrain than its competition; its 3.9-liter 230-horsepower V6 and 4-speed autobox are quaintly reminiscent of American sedans of yore. At least its 5-star safety rating will help keep both cops and robbers as safe as possible.
Chevrolet Caprice PPV

Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle

Perhaps in an effort to compensate for the lackluster and underendowed Impala, Chevy will also offer an all-new Caprice outfitted for police duty, complete with a 6.0-liter 355-horsepower V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. While still technically down in horsepower compared with its competitors, the V8 should be more than adequate to keep up with renegade criminals who somehow believe they can make a clean getaway.
Chevrolet Tahoe Police Vehicle

Chevrolet Tahoe Police Vehicle

The Chevy Tahoe, hugely popular among housewives, will also serve and protect in the police force during the next year. Obviously not intended for high-speed chases, the SUV will most likely be used for hazardous materials response or K-9 or tactical operations — so if you’ve got one of these on your tail, you’ve done something really wrong. Rear-wheel drive with StabiliTrak is standard, while the 4WD version is a logical option for rural areas and off-road duty. Roof rail airbags and rollover sensors are standard, too. Both come with a 5.3-liter V8 engine, good for 320 horsepower.
Chevrolet Express Prisoner Transport

Chevrolet Express Prisoner Transport

The name says it all — this is where you’ll find yourself if you failed to evade the Tahoe. This 1-ton Express van offers standard seating for 12 (an optional row adds three), and comes equipped with a 6.0-liter Vortec V8 engine connected to a 6-speed transmission. While capable of towing 9,300 pounds — 9,700 with the optional diesel engine — the van is not intended for high-speed operations, despite what you may remember from “The A-Team.”
Carbon Motors E7

Carbon Motors E7

Perhaps the most interesting of the bunch, and not yet production-ready, is the Carbon Motors E7. Packing a brilliant 6-cylinder diesel engine sourced straight from BMW, the E7 is expected to offer horsepower in the 250 to 300 range, with more than 400 lb-ft of torque to push the sedan around. This unique, purpose-built patrol car has yet to be delivered to any police stations, but orders are being taken and examples may be seen cruising public roads before long.

Kentucky Fugitive Captured on His Birthday in Cleveland Co., NC

August 26, 2011
From The Shelby Star of Friday, Aug 26 2011
By Corey Friedman

Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies have captured a Kentucky fugitive accused of jumping bail.

Gary James Justice of Latonia, Ky., was arrested on Thursday – his 22nd birthday. He is being held in the Cleveland County Jail on a magistrate’s order for a fugitive pending extradition to Kentucky, according to court documents.

                Gary James Justice
Photo From the Cleveland County, NC Sheriff’s Office

Justice faces a charge of first-degree bail jumping in Kenton County, Ky.

Charlotte, NC Mother Accused of Intimidating Witnesses

August 26, 2011

From The Charlotte Observer of Friday, Aug. 26, 2011

A federal grand jury has indicted a Charlotte mother on charges of trying to kill or hurt federal witnesses in the trial of men accused in a cross-country diamond heist ring, WBTV is reporting.

Citing records filed in U.S. District Court, WBTV is reporting that 22-year-old Brittany Ladd is accused by federal investigators of attempting “to kill V.L. with the intent to prevent the attendance and testimony of V.L. in an official proceeding.” The records also said Ladd wanted to have another witness intimidated with the “threat of physical force,” WBTV reports.

In a bond hearing in Charlotte this week, prosecutors said V.L. is Victor Lupis, 25, of Union County.

He is a cooperating witness, WBTV says, in a federal trial of three men accused of stealing nearly $2 million in diamonds and jewelry, in a series of crimes across Oregon, Nevada, California, Tennessee and Florida.

Charged in the case are Trey Adams, 27; Ernest Remor, 36; and Michael Young, 31. All are from Charlotte.

Soldier’s Best Friend Mourns his Death

August 25, 2011

By Claudine Zap | The Lookout, a Yahoo! News Blog

August 25, 2011

The photo showing the bond between felled Navy SEAL Jon Tomlinsonand his dog Hawkeye has captured the attention of the Web.

 The soldier was one of 38 killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6 when a rocket-propelled grenade took out a U.S. Chinook helicopter. He was mourned at a service in Rockford, Iowa, attended by 1,500 family members and friends, and Tomlinson’s loyal canine companion.

(Getty Images)

The Labrador retriever was such an important part of Tomlinson’s life that the San Diego resident called his dog “son.”

When Tomlinson’s friend Scott Nichols walked to the front of the room to give his eulogy, Hawkeye followed. As Nichols spoke, Hawkeye dropped to the ground at the foot of the casket and, according to observers, heaved a big sigh. The loyal pooch would not leave his owner’s casket during the funeral.

The heart-breaking photo above was taken by Tomlinson’s cousin and posted on Facebook, where it quickly went viral. She wrote on her Facebook page, “To say that he was an amazing man doesn’t do him justice. The loss of Jon to his family, military family, and friends is immeasurable.”