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CA Parolees Continue Removing Tracking Devices:  Paige St. John of the Los Angeles Times reports, enhanced by this article by Jessica Chasmar of the Washington Times, that thousands of California child molesters, rapists, and other sex offenders have been released under AB 109 have been tampering with or removing their tracking devices. Arrest warrants for such cases went up by 28 percent to about 3,400 in the first year after Realignment. Investigations have found that parole violators in some jurisdictions are set free in less than 24 hours. Continued from this News Scan.

OR 2014 Ballot May Include Death Penalty Repeal Measure:  Jonathan J. Cooper of the Associated Press reports that Oregon's House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony Tuesday for a measure to abolish the state's death penalty. The measure's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Mitch Greenlick, hopes to get it on the 2014 ballot. A similar measure, Proposition 34, was rejected last year in California. The CJLF's statement on the defeat is here.

CA Parole Board Backs Santa Rosa Killer's Release:  Chris Smith of the Press Democrat reports that the California State Parole Board voted Wednesday to release murderer Roger Lee Hill. His parole was denied multiple times in the late 1990s. He was convicted of the Nov. 23, 1980 murder of Ralph Currier, 47, in Santa Rosa. Barring an overturn or amendment from the Governor, Hill could be free in June.

CA Death Penalty Sought for Halloween Killer:  Sarah Burge of the Press-Enterprise reports that alleged killer Marquise D. McGlown will face the death penalty in California if convicted. McGlown, 22, is accused of the rape and murder of Shanae Wesley, 23. Prosecutors say that on Oct. 31, 2012, shortly after meeting through a mutual acquaintance, McGlown stole Wesley's keys. Soon after, he returned to the apartment where she and her 3-year old son were living. He raped and murdered Wesley, then set the apartment on fire in an attempt to cover his tracks. Wesley's son was rescued by neighbors. McGlown has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.

CA Gang Member Sentenced to Death:  KESQ News reports that gang member Emilio Manuel Avalos, 35, was sentenced to death Friday in California. Avalos killed Marine Cpl. Henry Lozano, 20, on Dec. 19, 2001. He had also fatally shot Jahi Collins, 17 on Dec. 21, 1994. In addition, Avalos was convicted for the attempted murder of Bobby Wilson, Collins' friend, who was paralyzed after the attack.

TX Student Arming Neighborhoods to Reduce Crime: CBS News reports that graduate student Kyle Coplen, founder of the Armed Citizens Project, is giving single-shot shotguns to qualified residents in major crime areas in Texas. Coplen wants to see what effect the presence of more guns will have on crime rates in mid to high crime level neighborhoods. The group is looking to see if there is a causal link between rates of gun ownership and crime.

CA Robber Charged in TN Double-Homicide Cold Case:  Fox News reports that Patrick Lamonte Streater has been charged with the 1996 murders of two 18 year old women in Tennessee. Streater, 37, allegedly fatally stabbed Melissa Chilton and Tiffany Campbell over 100 times. Recent evidence points to Streater as the killer. Streater is currently serving a 12 year sentence in California for a 2002 series of violent robberies in Sacramento involving elderly women.

CO Ridgeway Killer Facing Additional Charges:  P. Solomon Banda of the Associated Press reports that alleged Jessica Ridgeway Killer, Austin Sigg, is facing three additional sexual exploitation charges. Sigg is also charged with murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, and robbery. More on Sigg and his crimes in this News Scan.

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