Kendra St. Claire was a twelve-year-old girl who lives with her mother and a sibling. She is in sixth grade but was on fall break this week. Her mother has a job and had to let Kendra spend some time alone inside her house in Durant, Oklahoma, just north of the Texas border. While there, on Wednesday morning, one Stacey Adams Jones, 32, broke into the house.
The intrusion began at 9:30 with Jones banging on the door and ringing the doorbell. Kendra, “frightened out of [her] mind” as she later said, called her mother. Her mother instructed her to go get the .40 caliber Glock and hide in the closet in their bathroom.
Jones kicked in the back door and came in. Kendra suspects that he knew someone was home because he heard the TV. She stayed still in her hiding place until she saw the door knob begin to turn as Jones attempted to open the closet door. She shot through the door and wounded him. He fled outside to be arrested by police. He had to be flown to Plano, Texas for emergency medical treatment.
Police in Texas arrested a man who allegedly lured a teenage girl into his home under the pretense he knew black magic and then sexually assaulted her.
Mario Munoz-Verudes, 60, was booked into the Harris County Jail on Saturday on rape charges.
The alleged sexual assault happened on Sept. 23. Investigators said Munoz-Verdures invited a 17-year-old church member into his home, claiming he could rid her of bad spirits.
“[He] proclaimed himself to be a religious man, attended church regularly, supposedly, and was able to do some witchcraft or some spells,” Detective Ron McGullion with the Tomball Police Department told ABC News’ Houston station KTRK-TV.
He then allegedly raped the teen and “threatened to put a curse on her if she told anyone,” according to court records obtained by the Houston Chronicle.
Police caught up with the suspect, who had been missing, on Saturday, after he allegedly got into an altercation with the victim’s father.
Munoz-Verudes is being held on $60,000 bail.
Parents have always tended to teach their kids not to talk to strangers; whether they listen, is up to them…
Didn’t the fact that he claimed to BOTH be a church attender AND a practitioner of ‘black magic’ not make her suspicious? Any properly brought-up girl would know NOT to dabble in the ‘black arts’, anyway. Magick, in terms of spells, etc., is NOT a Christian activity.
Either her parents were dumb for not teaching her right or she was dumb. The guy, if he did it, is still evil. But she and/or her parents are fools, and that’s how she ended up victimized, if this story is true.
Dozens of residents in a County Donegal housing estate have had the doors to their houses glued tight in an act of vandalism.
Over 25 homes in Letterkenny were targeted as well as some cars.
One of the residents, John McGeever from Ballymacool Terrace in the town, said he believed industrial strength glue must have been used by the culprits.
“Some people went out of their homes and couldn’t get back in again.
“Then some people realised when they were in they couldn’t get out.
“Whoever did this must have a lorry load of glue because it was running down the doors.
“When we got down to the local locksmiths he had to replace most of the locks because he said whatever way this glue was inserted it actually went into the springs in the doors.”
Mr McGeever said it was a shock to him and his neighbours to find what had happened.
“Most of the houses here are over 100 years old and most of the families were born and raised there.
“One pensioner was locked in her house and she couldn’t get out so we have to break the glass door at the back to get her out.”
Mr McGeever said there are no major problems with anti-social behaviour in the area, but Ballymacool Terrace was not the only street targeted.
“There was another area where I was told there was about 90 houses done. The people responsible probably thought it was funny but the Gardai have carried out forensics examinations.”
Don’t mess with the Gardaí, Irishmen. You Irish should know better than that…
A woman who sold brass flower urns stolen from a cemetery to support a drug habit has been sentenced to 45 days in jail.
Leanne Vansickle, 21, pleaded guilty Thursday in Sarnia, Ont., court to theft, use of a stolen credit card, possession of the stolen urns, failing to attend court and a court-order violation over the past eight months.
Vansickle was “hooked” on prescription drugs and her crimes were feeding the habit, said defence lawyer Robert McFadden.
On Jan. 24, Vansickle and two other people sold 16 brass flower urns to a scrap dealer. They’d been reported stolen earlier in the day by a cemetery caretaker.
One of the trio was sentenced to 85 days in jail and the other is still before the courts.
Vansickle’s jail time includes 17 days of pre-sentence custody and will be followed by a year’s probation when she must take substance-abuse counselling.
Moses Mahilal, 26, faces aggravated assault charges after he confronted an intruder with a kitchen knife in his partner’s west end home.
Another example of anarcho-tyranny: anarchy for criminals, and tyranny for ordinary, decent citizens…
Quebec police are on the hunt for a sticky-fingered thief after millions of dollars of maple syrup vanished from a Quebec warehouse.
The theft was discovered during a routine inventory check last week at the St-Louis-de-Blandford warehouse, where the syrup is being held temporarily. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, which is responsible for the global strategic maple syrup reserve, initially kept the news quiet, hoping it would help police solve the crime quickly.
About 10 million pounds of syrup was stored at the site, at a value of more than $30-million.
Anne-Marie Granger Godbout, executive director of the federation, said the organization is still trying to determine how much is missing and declined to offer an estimate. But a spokesman from the Sureté du Québec said the loss was significant.
“We know that it’s millions of dollars that was stolen,” said Sergeant Richard Gagné. “It’s a very large amount.”
All of the maple syrup inventories are fully insured, according to the federation, so there will be no loss to producers.
Ms. Granger Godbout said the theft shouldn’t put the global supply of maple syrup at risk, but warned it could allow the thief to undercut legitimate producers. The federation represents about 10,000 maple syrup producers in Quebec. “Obviously those people stole the maple syrup to sell it somewhere,” she said. “If it’s a big volume, it could be very harmful for the maple syrup industry. The companies that are working in this industry will have to compete with some company that didn’t pay for the maple syrup.”
Quebec produces between 70 and 80 per cent of the world’s maple syrup, with the bulk of export sales taking place in the United States, according to the federation.
A farmer in the US state of Vermont who was facing a minor drugs charge is now in more serious trouble after driving a tractor over seven police cars.
Roger Pion crushed the county sheriff’s cruisers on Thursday before making his getaway on the farm vehicle.
The 34-year-old was stopped by police in Newport city, northern Vermont, not far from the crime scene.
Sheriff’s deputies were unaware of the destruction in their department car park until a resident called 911.
Rene Morris, who saw the crash, told a local news station: “I felt like I was in a monster jam rally or something.
“I just couldn’t believe it, just backing up going over it, turns around makes his way to the other vehicles smashes those up.”
Mr Pion was detained last month accused of resisting arrest and marijuana possession, said police.
He was in custody on Thursday evening, facing a number of additional charges.
Ah well. On the bright side, he’ll have instant jailhouse cred – and he’ll get an unpaid holiday from farming, but with free room and board.
The recent shootings in Toronto have elicited a great deal of discussion about how to deal with gang violence. The elephant in the room is the extent to which such problems may be related to immigration and refugee policies.
When Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney declared themselves in favour of removing foreign criminals from the country, this was already too much for some of the opposition. They were quickly criticized by federal Liberals for “fanning the flames of ignorance and prejudice,” according to MP John McKay.
Jinny Sims of the NDP was only slightly more moderate when she described one of Kenney’s statements as “deeply disturbing.”
No one is suggesting we don’t have our share of homegrown criminal gang problems. It has to be asked, however, why we should want to bring in additional problems from abroad that could perhaps be largely avoided with better immigration policies.
All political parties are in favour of maintaining or increasing immigration levels, so we can expect the problem of gang-related violence in some immigrant communities to continue and perhaps increase.
Ordinarily, the story of a heroic citizen saving lives would be big news. But not when it demonstrates that an armed citizenry stops crime and saves lives. The national media will ignore this dramatic story. Don Hudson of ABC4 News in Salt Lake City reports:
A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith’s store.
A 65-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly ran over a man’s foot and leg in an attempt to stop the man from cutting down a sycamore tree in Windsor, Ont.
The incident happened Sunday morning when two employees of a tree removal company were about to cut down the stately tree on Roseland Drive in Windsor’s south end.
Police said one upset homeowner drove his vehicle towards the workers. One managed to jump out of the way. The other had his foot and leg run over. He was taken to hospital.
The car then drove forward toward the tree to block it and the tree service eventually left, according to police.
The driver was charged with dangerous driving and assault with a weapon.
As of Monday morning, the tree was still standing.
I suppose one can’t argue with success. Of course, the tree will likely end up removed anyway, but it has lived another day…
Some trees get to live a very long time; for instance, there’s this one…
Correctional Service Canada, which oversees federal prisons, “may consider” partnerships with private firms to provide “basic institutional services such as cleaning and food preparation,” says a memo prepared for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews in advance of a May 14 meeting with Crispin Blunt, U.K. Minister of State for Prisons in London.
Officials in the department urged Toews to discuss Canada’s“interest in considering the privatization of penitentiary services on a limited basis,” according to the memo obtained by Bloomberg News under Canada’s freedom-of-information law.
A 64-year-old woman is facing an assault charge after allegedly striking a pastor in the head with a Bible during a dispute inside a Baptist church in Tennessee.
Cops busted Ina Garrett for the alleged Bible thumping of Rev. Leon Taylor, who heads the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Selmer (pop. 4396), a city 100 miles east of Memphis.
During the church confrontation, “Ms. Garrett took her Bible and threw it at Mr. Taylor hitting him in the face.” Taylor then took a swing at Garrett, but did not make contact.
Lucky he didn’t make contact, because we all know they’d have been far harder on him than on her. (Not to mention how his flock would react…)
The Justice Department now seems to be saying that prison rape accounted for the majority of all rapes committed in the US in 2008, likely making the United States the first country in the history of the world to count more rapes for men than for women.
A South Carolina woman faced tragedy last June when a drunk driver killed her oldest son.
But the still-grieving mother, Loretta Robinson, is now being billed for the various charges associated with the accident, including a $50 charge to clean her son’s blood off the road.
Justin Walker, Robinson’s deceased son, was not found at fault for the accident. The accused driver, Anna Gonzalez, tearfully pleaded guilty in court last Tuesday, the Daily Mail reported.
According to MSNBC, the undocumented woman had been living in the United States for 12 years, but never got a South Carolina driver’s license.
American citizens not only have no rights while illegals get away with much, but also have to pay for their victimization, adding insult to injury.
What the hell? Hello? National sovereignty, anyone?
Uncle Sam could soon be coming after you on Canadian soil.
According to an article in Embassy Magazine, the Harper government is moving forward on several initiatives that could give U.S. FBI and DEA agents the ability to pursue suspects across the land border and into Canada.
But, according to a RCMP officer, they’re doing it in “baby steps.”
“We recognized early that this approach would raise concerns about sovereignty, of privacy, and civil liberties of Canadians,” RCMP Chief Superintendent Joe Oliver, the Mounties’ director general for border integrity, told the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence on May 14.
“We said ‘Let’s take baby steps, let’s start with two agencies to test the concept, let’s demonstrate to Canadians and Americans that such an approach might work.”
What the hell is the RCMP doing, trying to sell Canadians on giving up our national sovereignty?
Why are they in bed with the government, in this?
Of course, I expect no better from Harper and his neo-con, American wannabe Tories…
What does celebrated Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa have in common with the president of Guatemala and the editors of The Economist magazine, not to mention a century-old U.S. toothache remedy?
Simple: legal cocaine.
The Peruvian is for it, as is Guatemalan leader Otto Perez, as well as a growing assembly of influential Latin Americans.
A welcome development, in my opinion.
Some idiot boomer old fart sells coke to pay his legal fees after being caught previously, selling coke.
Proving once again, crime tends to make one dumber (if you weren’t already dumb enough to start with, to try to make money that way).
Best line, from his current lawyer:
“He had other, more expensive counsel. I just wanted the record to show that,” current lawyer Andrew Burton said in court Wednesday.
And making the connection isn’t racist, says Walter Williams. Rather the connection is a problem for the black community—the primary victim of black crime.
The former Charleston, S.C., black chief of police, Reuben Greenberg, said the problem facing black America is not racial profiling. He said, “The greatest problem in the black community is the tolerance for high levels of criminality.” Former Los Angeles black police Chief Bernard Parks, defending racial profiling, said: “It’s not the fault of the police when they stop minority males or put them in jail. It’s the fault of the minority males for committing the crime. In my mind, it is not a great revelation that if officers are looking for criminal activity, they’re going to look at the kind of people who are listed on crime reports.” Are former police Chiefs Greenberg and Parks racist?
(HT: Lawrence Auster.)
From the BBC: ‘Is Africa on trial?‘
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was set up to try those responsible for the most serious crimes in the world – such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
So far, all 24 people facing charges – and the only person convicted – are from Africa, leading to accusations of bias. The African Union has said members countries should stop cooperating with the Court.