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Parole Blocked for Killer of CA Man Buried Alive:  California Gov. Jerry Brown has blocked parole for the man responsible for the murder of a developmentally delayed man in 1980, who was beaten and buried alive.  Don Thompson of the AP reports that Brown ignored a state panel recommendation for 52-year-old David Weidert's parole, deeming him too dangerous to be released.  Initially sentenced to life without parole, an appeals court reduced Weidert's sentence in 1984 to 25 years to life with the chance of parole after striking down two special circumstances.

Unmonitored, Undocumented Sex Offenders Roam Freely:  Eleven convicted sex offenders living in the country illegally are residing in several western Washington neighborhoods without being monitored by authorities.  KIRO 7 reports that despite efforts to deport them, a Supreme Court ruling requires them to be released from custody if their home countries refuse to take them back. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement admit that they do not track these criminals once they're released onto American streets.

Raise the Age NY Campaign Fails:  New York lawmakers were unable to reach a decision regarding changing the age of criminal responsibility in the state in legislation which sought to raise the age of criminal responsibility from ages 16 and 17 to age 18.  Jackie Davis of the Legislative Gazette reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who proposed the legislation in his State of the State address, plans to take executive action to remove 16-and 17-year olds from state prisons and into separate facilities.  The 'Raise the Age NY' campaign advocates that changing the age of criminal responsibility would produce results that echo those of an Illinois study, which concluded that when teens are charged as juveniles the adolescent crime rate goes down.

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Second NY Prison Escapee Captured Alive:  Relief overwhelmed residents of upstate New York after the second prison escapee was captured alive near the Canadian border on Sunday after 22 days on the run.  Fox News reports that law enforcement spotted convicted murderer David Sweat on Sunday afternoon before hitting him with two non-fatal gun shots as he dashed for a line of trees.  Sweat's accomplice, Richard Matt, was fatally shot by police last Friday after failing to obey law  commands.  Sweat will face charges of escape and burglary, among others, when he recovers from his injuries.

CA Counties Must Examine Sex Offender Registration:  An April ruling by the California Supreme Court overrides justices' earlier decision regarding mandatory sex offender registration that allowed judges to exempt offenders who committed certain child sex crimes from registering, forcing counties to examine their sex offender registration requirements.  Brad Branan of the Sacramento Bee reports that the new ruling was in response to the case of Mike Grandinetti, convicted in 2006 of oral sex with a 17-year-old foster child under his care, exempted from registering as a sex offender under the previous ruling.  That decision allowed him to participate in the Miss Rio Linda Pageant with teenage girls, as well as in a program with at-risk juveniles.  Because exemption from registration was part of his plea agreement, Grandinetti may have a strong legal argument should prosecutors ask him to register as a sex offender.

Florida Death Penalty Faces Scrutiny from SCOTUS:  Florida's unique system of capital punishment, in which juries provide mere 'advisory' decisions to the judge's ultimate determination of whether to sentence someone to death, will be reviewed by  the U.S. Supreme Court.  Elaine Silvestrini of the Tampa Tribune reports that Florida is the only state among the 33 with a death penalty that permits judges to impose sentences different from jury recommendations and does not require juries to reach unanimous decisions on the existence of specific aggravated factors.  The U.S. Supreme Court will consider this fall whether 'the outlier state' needs to change their system.

Measure Introduced to Preserve Integrity of Jessica's Law:  New legislation authored by Senator Sharon Runner of California would make sex offender residency more "workable," but still maintain the integrity of the voter approved Jessica's Law, which lays out a 2,000 foot residency restriction from schools and parks for sex offenders.  Sacramento Today reports that SB 54 clarifies how 2,000 feet should be measured, ensures that only violent sex offenders are subject to the restriction and states that the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of each county has the primary jurisdiction to consolidate and hear petitions challenging the distance restriction.  The Senate Public Safety Committee will hear the bill on Tuesday.

Sonoma County Car Thefts on the Rise:  So far in 2015, at least five vehicles were stolen each day in Sonoma County, California, a sharp uptick in a crime that has already been on the rise in the county since 2013.  Julie Johnson of the Press Democrat reports that the AB 109 Prison Realignment program is believed to be responsible for the upswing, as researchers estimated that the measure increased the auto theft rate by about 17 percent from 2012 to 2013.  Rohnert Park Public Safety Sgt. Jeff Justice says that the "people being released from prisons early are the people who commit property crimes out on the streets."

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High Court Strikes Down 'Vague' Part of Career Criminal Law:  Part of a law intended to keep violent repeat criminals in prison longer was struck down Friday by the Supreme Court in a ruling which states that the law's catchall phrase is too vague.  The AP reports that the Armed Career Criminal Act includes burglary, arson, extortion and the use of explosives as past crimes that can lead to a longer sentence, but then adds a crime that "otherwise involves conduct that presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another."  Six justices agreed that the phrase was unconstitutional, determining that defendant Samuel James Johnson's prior convictions, which added five additional years to his 2012 sentence in which he pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges, does not qualify as a felony under the law.

Drug Smugglers Using the Skies:  Small, homemade planes flown  by drug smugglers have twice dropped bales of marijuana, totaling at 400 pounds, onto Arizona soil over the past week, indicating that drug cartels have taken to the skies.  Morgan Loew of KPHO reports that authorities believe that drug smugglers are experimenting with much even smaller aircraft  such as drones.  As technology advances, it is expected that drones will be able to "carry enough of a payload to make them viable drug smuggling vehicles."

ISIS Expansion Along U.S. Borders:  The U.S.-Mexico border has growing appeal for the Islamic State, the terrorist organization known as ISIS, due in part to the presence of powerful drug lords.  Siouxland News reports that the labyrinth of tunnels used by drug cartels to transport product from Mexico to the U.S. discreetly could easily turn into an "underground highway" for ISIS to gain access to the U.S.  Mexico's unstable leadership and ruthless drug cartels is creating an opportunity for terrorist organizations.  

Gov. Brown Considers Parole For Brutal Killer:  California Gov. Jerry Brown has until midnight to decide whether to block the parole for a man who buried alive a developmentally disabled Fresno-area man in 1980.  Don Thompson of the AP reports that 52-year-old David Weidert was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 20-year-old Michael Morganti, who Weidert forced to dig his own grave before beating, stabbing, choking and burying him alive, to keep Morganti from testifying against him about a burglary.  A state panel has already granted Weidert parole, but Morganti's family, state lawmakers, Fresno County Sheriff and the California State Sheriff's Association are urging Gov. Brown to have it revoked.

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Prop 47 Blamed for Increased Thefts:  Law enforcement officials in a Central California town are pointing at Proposition 47, the voter-approved "Save Neighborhoods and Schools" initiative that reduced several felony offenses to misdemeanors, as the culprit in the rise of thefts.  Jackson Moore of the Dinuba Sentinel reports that Dinuba Police Chief Devon Popovich says that his department has seen a significant spike in thefts and drug offenses since Prop 47 passed last November.  Popovich acknowledges that while it has reduced the prison population, it certainly has not reduced crime or made neighborhoods safe.

Released Illegal Aliens Not Tracked or Registered:  Illegal immigrants convicted of rape, child molestation and other sex crimes are free in American communities without being tracked or registering as sex offenders.  Katie McHugh of Breitbart reports that the issue has been worsened by the 2001 Supreme Court ruling Zadvydas v. Davis, which determined that immigrants convicted of violent crimes can't be held for more than six months if their home country refuses to take them back.  Under the ruling, 134,000 criminal aliens have been released onto American streets is just three years.

Suspect in Fatal Crash Deported Three Times:  A man accused of causing a crash that killed a sports journalist in an Oklahoma town had previously been deported three times.  News 9 reports that 26-year-old Gustavo Castillo Gutierrez, driving without a valid driver's license, made an illegal U-turn in front of Bob Barry Jr. who was thrown off of his motorcycle, sustaining fatal injuries.  Gutierrez had been voluntarily returned to Mexico three times, twice in 2010 and again in 2013.

2nd Officer Accused of Helping NY Inmates Escape:  A corrections officer at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York was charged on Wednesday with bringing a screwdriver and pliers into the maximum-security prison in exchange for paintings given to him by the two convicted murderers who escaped earlier this month.  Tom Winter of NBC News reports that 57-year-old Gene Palmer's arrest suggests that the escape may be part of a larger conspiracy involving multiple prison workers, who worked together to carry out the Shawshank Redemption-style breakout of David Sweat and Richard Matt.  Palmer faces charges of promoting prison contraband, two counts of tampering with evidence and official misconduct.  The massive manhunt for the two escapees is still ongoing.

Cop-Fleeing Car Jumps Curb, Kills 2 Children:  A driver fleeing Detroit police officers killed two children and injured four other bystanders when the car jumped a curb after a 75-second high speed chase that reached speeds of 80 MPH.  Daniel Bethencourt of the Detroit Free Press reports that the chase ensued when the two officers decided to pull the vehicle over after spotting one of the two occupants with a handgun.  The two children that died were ages two and six.  The driver and passenger of the fleeing vehicle were arrested at the scene.

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U.S. Won't Prosecute Hostages' Families Who Pay Ransom:  Families of Americans held hostage by terror groups will not face prosecution if they communicate with or pay ransom to captors, outlined in a broad review of U.S. hostage guidelines released Wednesday.  The AP reports that there will be no formal change to the law, but the Obama administration has clarified that the Justice Department will not prosecute anyone for paying ransom.  The government is still banned from directly paying ransom or facilitating payments for families.  Four Americans have been killed by the Islamic State terror group since last summer, and two other American hostages have been killed in recent months.

DHS to Release More Illegal Immigrant Families:  Even though a recent report revealed that 84 percent of Central American families who illegally entered the U.S. last year seeking asylum failed to appear in court, the Obama administration proceeded to further reduce family detention.  Caroline May of Breitbart reports that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Security Sec. Jeh Johnson has approved a new plan which allows U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to offer release on monetary bond to illegal immigrant families who state a credible fear of persecution in their home countries.  Family detention will continue for those who are not seeking relief.

NY Prison Worker Hid Tools in Meat:  The prison tailor accused of assisting murdererss David Sweat and Richard Matt in the escape from a New York prison reportedly smuggled tools in hamburger that made it through the main gate.  Shimon Prokupecz, Steve Almasy and Jethro Muller of CNN report that Joyce Mitchell admitted to putting hacksaw blades and drill bits into hamburger, placed it in a freezer in the tailor shop after getting it through the main gate, and passed it off to corrections officer Gene Palmer to bring to the inmates' cell area.  Palmer did not put the package containing the meat through the metal detector - a violation of prison policy - though prosecutors don't believe he had any knowledge of what was concealed in the meat.  Convicted murderers Sweat and Matt are still on the run after 19 days.


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Policies, Criticisms Hinder Border Protection:  The El Paso-area U.S. Border Patrol union is calling on the National Border Patrol Council to address policy changes that limit agents' ability to do their jobs and that open them up to public scrutiny.  Aaron Martinez of the El Paso Times reports that the biggest issue facing Border Patrol agents is that they are being "vilified" for incidents involving use of force, despite the fact that their use of lethal force is seven times lower than the national average.  Another problem involves recent policy changes, one in which restricts agents from searching for drugs at train and bus stations.

Most Illegal Immigrants Skipped Court Date:  New data reveals that the policies implemented last year to address the surge of Central American immigrants across the border has failed to stop the influx of thousands more this year, the majority of whom don't show up to court when charged with a crime.  William La Jeunesse of Fox News reports that according to statistics released by the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review, 84 percent of those adults with children who were allowed to remain free pending trial absconded.  The "credible fear" argument often used by Central American immigrant women and children is rejected by judges 92 percent of the time, making running away is a good option.

Dallas Murder Rate on the Rise:  The month of June in Dallas, Texas has been a violent one, with 22 homicides in 22 days, an 18 percent increase.  J.D. Miles of CBS DFW reports that last June, there were only seven homicides.  The Dallas Police Department has not yet commented on possible causes or solutions.

Stabbing Suspect Released Then Rearrested:  A Sacramento man, arrested Sunday for attacking three men with a knife, was released on bail Monday.  Ben Egel of the Sacramento Bee reports that Timothy Brownell 25, assaulted three local musicians in midtown at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday evening stabbing one man in the side, one in the arm and cutting a third in the hand.  Following Brownell's release on bail Monday, police issued a new warrant for his arrest after learning that the assault may have been a hate crime.  One may ask why was this clearly dangerous suspect granted bail in the first place?    


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Violent Crime Up in Sacramento:  A spike of assaults and robberies has brought violent crime in Sacramento, CA to a 25 percent increase this year, though it "doesn't necessarily point to a yearlong trend."  Richard Change of the Sacramento Bee reports that aggravated assaults and robberies have both risen by 23 percent, rapes have increased by 59 percent and homicides jumped 27 percent in the first five months of 2015.  Former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness believes that the AB 109 prison realignment program and Prop 47 are the cause of the city's growth in crime.

SC Continues to Fight for Drug Supply:  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley publicly stated that the 21-year-old man who shot dead nine churchgoers during a Bible study at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina "absolutely" should be put to death, though the state continues to struggle to secure one of the drugs needed for lethal injection.  Seanna Adcox of the AP reports that the state's supply expired in 2013 and is not permitted to purchase any more, according to Corrections Director Bryan Stirling.  The state currently has 44 inmates on death row and carried out its last execution in 2011.  The church shooter, Dylann Roof, is due back in court in October.  His execution order is still years away.

Manhunt for Escaped Killers Heats Up:  The manhunt for escaped New York murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat has energized after their DNA was reportedly found in a burglarized cabin 20 miles west of the Clinton Correctional Facility from where they escaped.  Law enforcement has neither confirmed nor denied the new information while the investigation is still active.  Matthew Diebel of USA Today reports that law enforcement has encouraged the public to be vigilant and on high alert for the two suspects, but to remain extremely cautious.  The two inmates used power tools to break out of the maximum-security prison near the Canadian border on June 6 and have been at large ever since.

Five States Have No Hate Crime Laws:  In the wake of the tragic shooting last week in which a white man shot and killed nine black parishioners inside of Charleston's historic Emanuel AME Church, the state is unable to pursue hate crime charges against defendant Dylann Roof because there is no such law on the books.  Rudy Williams of Local Memphis reports that South Carolina is one of just five states that have no hate crime laws, along with Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan and Wyoming.  . 

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Texas Murderer Executed:  A Texas murderer was executed Thursday evening for the 2001 murder of a 75-year-old auto repair shop owner.  Michael Graczyk of the AP reports that Gregory Russeau robbed James Syverston at his shop in East Texas, fatally beat him and stole his vehicle before being apprehended at a drug house.  He became the 17th convicted killer to die by lethal injection in the nation this year and the ninth in the state.

High Court Reinstates CA Murderer's Death Sentence:  In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court justices reinstated the conviction and death sentence of a California murderer on Thursday, ruling that the defendant was not entitled to argue that prosecutors excluded minority jurors from his 1989 trial.  Sam Hananel of the AP reports that Hector Ayala was sentenced to death for a triple murder that occurred during a drug robbery in San Diego.  The court determined that while there were trial errors, such as the trial judge allowing prosecutors to explain their reasons for excusing jurors when Ayala's lawyers were not present, they were ultimately harmless.

Three L.A. Gangs Unite to Control Trafficking:  A racketeering indictment against 22 gang members says that three rival Los Angeles gangs formed a rare alliance to control drug trafficking and crime in Northeast Los Angeles.  The AP reports that 55-year-old alleged Mexican Mafia member Arnold Gonzalez, serving a life sentence for murder, ordered the truce from his prison cell, uniting the Frogtown, Toonerville and Rascal gangs to divvy up profits.  The unification is described as a "unique and dangerous turn of events."

4 Shootings in 28 Hours in Fresno:  Four people have been shot in four separate shooting incidents over the last few days in Fresno, California, all occurring within a 28-hour period.  Corin Hoggard of ABC 30 reports that police attribute drug and gang problems to the increased violence in some areas, and also see "a multitude of issues" stemming from AB 109 and Prop 47.  Suspects from some of the shootings are still at large.

CHP to Begin Testing Body Cameras Next Year:  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will begin testing body cameras next year under a proposal included in the state budget that is being considered today by lawmakers.  Don Thompson of the AP reports that the budget gives the CHP $1 million to develop policies that address law enforcement's use of body cameras by January 1 before a sampling of officers start testing the cameras in four areas of the state.  It will take an estimated $10 million to expand the program to every one of the state's 8,000 CHP officers.

Second Cartel Surveillance System Found Near Border:  Mexican authorities have dismantled yet another sophisticated video surveillance system set up by the Gulf Cartel near the U.S.-Mexico border to stay one step ahead of law enforcement, their rivals and their future victims.  Ildefonso Ortiz of Breitbart reports that 39 cameras were set up all around the city of Reynosa, just across the border from McAllen, Texas, under orders from the Gulf Cartel.  This discovery is similar to another seized in May which had 52 cameras placed around the city, some of which were wireless and controlled remotely.

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More Judges Sought for TX Immigration Backlog:  The number of Texas-based immigration cases gridlocked in federal courts has increased by 58 percent in less than two years, with a total of 77,000 pending cases.  Julian Aguilar of the Texas Tribune reports that a Texas Congressman has proposed securing money for an additional 55 immigration judges to make a dent in the backlog.  Texas currently has 31 immigration judges.  A member of the House Appropriations Committee predicts that "every court or processing center [in Texas] will go up" when the judges are hired.

Shooting Spree Kills 9 at SC Church:  The 21-year-old man who opened fire inside of a South Carolina church shortly after 9 PM on Wednesday evening, killing nine people, was captured and arrested in a traffic stop on Thursday over 240 miles away from the crime scene.  Fox News reports that Dylann Roof sat in the pews of the Emanuel Episcopal Church, a historic African American church, for an hour before opening fire with a .45-caliber pistol he received for his 21st birthday and fleeing the scene.  Since Roof is white and the shooting occurred at an African American church, the Department of Justice has opened up a hate crime investigation to determine if his actions were racially motivated.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of TX on Confederate Flag License Plates:  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Texas authorities were justified in refusing the issuance of specialty license plates bearing a Confederate battle flag.  David G. Savage of the LA Times reports that in a 5-4 decision, the justices determined that a state-issued license plate is government speech rather than the private speech of a motorist, and thus, not applicable to the free speech clause.  The dissenting justices argue the opposite, calling it "blatant viewpoint discrimination" to reject one group's message as offensive.

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Judge Rules MN Sex Offender Program Unconstitutional:  Minnesota's sex offender program violates the fundamental rights of over 700 people locked up indefinitely upon completion of their prison sentences, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.  Steve Karnowski of the AP reports that U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ordered legislators to reach a program remedy by August, which must include the creation of alternate less restrictive facilities, or he will impose his own.  The 2011 class-action lawsuit filed for residents of the state's two secured facilities argues that the commitment of sex offenders after they've finished their prison sentences is unconstitutional on the grounds that "hardly anyone ever gets out."

Man who Provided Guns for Texas Cartoon Contest Arrested:  A Phoenix man identified as the third person who helped orchestrate last month's shootout at the "Draw Muhammad" cartoon contest in Garland, Texas had aspirations to join ISIS and attack the Super Bowl.  Fox News reports that Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem provided the guns used by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi to attack the event, where they were both fatally shot by security guards.  Kareem was arrested last week on charges of conspiracy, making false statements and interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit a felony.

Senator Proposes GPS Implants to Track Violent Convicts:  With two escaped murderers from an upstate New York prison still on the loose, a New York Senator proposes implanting tiny GPS devices under convicts' skin to track them.  CBS New York reports that the proposal, introduced by State Sen. Kathy Marchione, is not only a way to improve public safety but also strengthen prison staff's ability to control inmates within institutions.  Local residents are split on the idea, with half believing the measure to be unconstitutional.  Legislators say that only the most violent convicts would be implanted.

FBI Targets ISIS Supporters:  The FBI is currently engaged in a broad campaign to disrupt potential terrorists inspired by Islamic State, a terrorist group also known as ISIS, and expects to make several arrests before July 4th.  Aaron Katersky and Pierre Thomas of ABC News report that hundreds of investigations are active in all 50 states, mostly targeting suspected ISIS supporters.  Authorities have arrested five suspected supporters since last month's attack at the "Draw Muhammad" event in Garland, Texas.

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Hundreds of Murders Linked to Release of Immigrants:  New data reveals that 121 illegal immigrants released into U.S. communities by the Obama administration went on to commit murder.  Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times reports that most of the immigrants were released under the discretion of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who contest that a criminal record is not sufficient to qualify for mandatory detention under their policies.  ICE stiffened their policies this year, and now has a supervisor approve cases in which the agency plans to release immigrants with serious criminal records.

Gang Members Responsible for Violence in TN City:  After four people were injured in shootings over the past two days, law enforcement in Chattanooga, Tennessee believe that a rivalry between 12-15 gang members is driving the city's violence.  Sara Sidery of WRCB reports that according to Fred Fletcher, the city's Chief of Police, there is "a lot of mobility between traditionally established groups" with members breaking off and forming their own groups, igniting conflict.  The city has seen nine total shootings in recent weeks, six of which occurred all in the same week.

ICE's Sex Offender Policies Face Criticism:  A Boston Globe investigation found that hundreds of convicted rapists and child molesters who do not have American citizenship are released into U.S. communities because their home countries refuse to take them back.  Jeff Goldman of NJ reports on the Globe's findings, which show that after sex offenders complete their sentences, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fails to ensure that they register with local authorities.  A 2001 Supreme Court ruling, which states that ICE is not permitted to detain immigrants indefinitely once they complete their prison term, is at the root of the issue.

Actions of Social Workers Investigated After Beating of Boy:  The actions of social workers overseeing the family of a 13-month-old Los Angeles boy are being investigated after he was found brutally beaten last week.  Garrett Therolf of the LA Times reports that Fernando Garcia was found with bruises and burns on his body and the boyfriend of his mother, who Fernando was reportedly fearful of, was arrested on suspicion of child abuse.  Two domestic violence reports in the boy's mother's past leave the Department of Child and Family Services confused as to why the social workers didn't take a more "assertive and probing approach."  Fernando is not expected to survive his injuries.

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Escaped NY Prisoners Planned to Kill Prison Worker's Husband:  The two convicted murderers who escaped from a New York maximum security prison over a week ago were allegedly planning on killing the husband of the prison worker accused of helping them escape.  Fox News reports that 51-year-old Joyce Mitchell had planned on picking up David Sweat and Richard Matt in her vehicle to drive them to her home, but instead checked herself into a hospital after getting cold feet.  Mitchell reportedly befriended the inmates and smuggled in contraband and power tools for them.

Realignment Causes Violence, Smuggling in SLO Jails:  The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office continues to face challenges of violence and smuggling at the County Jail due to a changing inmate population that shifted after prison realignment, also known as AB 109, was passed in 2011.  Matt Fountain of the San Luis Obispo Tribune reports that an increased presence of dangerous AB 109 inmates has caused an uptick in assaults, violence and gang politics, and their proficiency in drug smuggling has caused a surge of contraband in the jail.  At any given time, 30 to 35 percent of jail inmates in the San Luis Obispo County Jail are AB 109 inmates.

Border Violence Spikes Due to Drug Cartel Infighting:  The bloody rivalry between Sinaloa cartel cells known as Los Memos and Los Salazar have caused violence and danger to surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, evident in a slew of gun battles that have occurred over the last few months.  Perla Tevizo of the Arizona Daily Star reports that the Sinaloa cartel has decentralized over the years, resulting in "sporadic, violent power struggles between plaza bosses in Northern Sonora" as the cells attempt to take control of drug smuggling areas.  The western corridor of the Border Patrol's Tucson sector has been the busiest drug smuggling route for years and the site of increasing violence.

Missouri Seeks Death Penalty for Illinois Murderer:  Prosecutors in Missouri are seeking the death penalty for a man serving multiple life sentences for six slayings in Illinois and is now accused of murdering an Arkansas couple.  The AP reports that 35-year-old Nicholas Sheley attacked Tim and Jill Estes as they left a graduation party at a hotel in Festus, Missouri in 2008, abducting and murdering them.  Sheley is currently serving six life sentences in Illinois for a string of slayings that began in his hometown.  He was extradited to Missouri in February.  An arraignment is scheduled in July.

Judge Reduces Bonds for 'Waco 17,' Seizes Guns from President:  Of the 170 bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shoot-out in Waco, Texas last month, 120 of them are out of jail on reduced bonds, and the chapter president of one of the clubs is about to join them.  Lana Shadwick of Breitbart reports that Judge Ralph Strother reduced the bond of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club Waco chapter president John Wilson, but has ordered him to turn over all of the guns in his home, which total at around 30.  Other conditions of Wilson's release include wearing an ankle monitor and avoiding other members of the club.

Man Linked to Dallas Police HQ Shooting was Mentally Unstable:  The man who sprayed the front of the Dallas Police Headquarters with bullets before leading police on a car chase just after midnight on Saturday was mentally unstable, according to his family members.  The AP reports that James Boulware, who was fatally shot by police during the incident, was delusional and showed signs of violence in the past, including choking his mother in 2013.  Boulware's family says they tried to get him help, but he was declared sane.  No one else was harmed in the weekend shooting.  Fourteen officers who were involved are on standard administrative leave pending investigation.

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Federal Aid to Screen Illegal Aliens in Local Jails:  The sheriff in Harford County, Maryland has requested federal aid from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to participate in the Delegation of Authority Program, which helps law enforcement conduct more comprehensive reviews of the immigration status of people arrested and booked in their jails.  Allan Vought of the Baltimore Sun reports that part of the aid will be put toward training 10 correctional officers, who would screen every person arrested in the county in a uniform manner that will "unquestionably identify all illegal immigrants."  The program is believed to benefit the community by putting immigration and customs enforcement in the hands of the locals.

Killer Freed From Prison:   A man sentenced to life in prison for the 1985 murder of a Redding, California woman was released from the California Medical Facility in Vacaville on Monday after nearly 30 years behind bars.  Erika So of KRCR reports that 85-year-old Howard Glen Burgess murdered Ramona Young, whose body was dumped near a lake in a duffel bag with a strap wrapped around her neck.  Burgess was granted parole last year, had it overturned by Gov. Jerry Brown, filed a writ of habeas corpus and had it granted after a series of parole hearings.  Ramona Young's family members learned of Burgess' release just five days before he walked free.

Woman Murdered While Waiting For Gun Permit:  A New Jersey woman was stabbed to death by her violent ex-boyfriend on the driveway of her home last Wednesday, two days after checking the status of the gun permit she applied for in April.  Perry Chiaramonte of Fox News reports that 39-year-old Carol Browne had filed a restraining order against 45-year-old Michael Eitel and installed surveillance cameras around her home, fearing that he would harm her after several threats were made against her.  Legislators in New Jersey, a state that has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, are planning to introduce a bill that would fast-track the handgun permit process for applicants who have obtained restraining orders.  Eitel was discovered dead three days later of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the garage of another ex-girlfriend.  

Teenage ISIS Recruiter Pleads Guilty:  A Virginia teen pleaded guilty to federal charges of providing material support to the Islamic State (ISIS), facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted.  Wesley Bruer and Pamela Brown of CNN report that 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin helped another teen travel to Syria to join ISIS and also passed messages between the terror group's contacts.  The case further exemplifies the power of social media as a recruitment tool that is beginning to resonate with many Americans, and also shows that such a tool is equally powerful in intercepting terrorist activities.  Amin faces sentencing on August 28.

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State's Attorney Asked Police to Target Freddie Gray Corner:  According to an email sent to the division chief of the Crime Strategies Unit, Baltimore, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby requested that police focus drug enforcement efforts on the corner where Freddie Gray was chased by officers before allegedly suffering a fatal injury in police custody.  Kevin Rector of the Baltimore Sun reports that the new information reinforces the need to remove Mosby from the case because "this is a case where the witness and the prosecutor are one and the same."  Mosby's office has argued against previous requests for her removal from the case and had no immediate response to a request for comment regarding the new findings.

Amtrak Engineer Did Not Use Phone at Time of Crash:  Phone records show that Brandon Bostian, the Amtrak engineer who was operating the train that crashed near Philadelphia last month, was not using his phone at the time of the accident, which left eight people dead and hundreds injured.  Rene Marsh, Jason Hanna and Matthew Hoye of CNN report that Bostian claims no memory of the crash, saying that he is unable to recall anything that happened after he pulled the train's whistle three miles before the crash.  Though records indicate that he wasn't using his phone, investigators still need to determine whether the phone was turned off.

Female Prison Worker Supplied Tools to Escaped Killers:  Sources say that a female prison work supervisor gave two convicted murderers the power tools used to escape from a New York maximum-security prison last Friday.  Fox News reports that 51-year-old Joyce Mitchell gave Richard Matt and David Sweat power tools that they used to cut through steel walls, and also planned to provide a getaway vehicle for the escape but instead checked herself into a hospital following a panic attack.  To date no charges have been filed against her.  The two escapees are still at large.

144 Illegals Arrested Near Border:  Two separate stash house raids conducted in Texas border cities have resulted in the arrests of 144 illegal immigrants.  Ildefonso Ortiz of Breitbart reports that authorities were alerted to the locations of the stash houses after a series of interviews with people in custody.  So far this year, the U.S. Border Patrol has processed approximately 96,000 detentions, numbers that indicate "the beginning stages of a new migration wave."

Drug Use the Root Cause of Portland's Crime Spike:  Drug use may be the root cause of Portland, Oregon's spike in violent crime, according to the city's police department.  David Hench of the Portland Press Herald reports that there have been seven incidents in which a perpetrator brandished a gun or a knife in the course of a robbery, which acting Chief Vern Malloch believes to be a way for criminals to feed their drug habit.  The department notes that there have not been any comparable upticks in crime in the past.

Gun Trafficking Bill Targets Police:  New legislation requires police departments to provide federal authorities with information regarding guns recovered at crime scenes before becoming eligible for federal funding.  Time Devaney of The Hill reports that police departments must indicate how many guns they recovered the previous year, how many were sent to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for tracing, and provide the reason why any guns were not submitted.  Currently, less than one-third of police departments use ATF's gun tracing database as a resource.

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Execution for Missouri Murderer Scheduled Tuesday:  A Missouri man who stabbed his girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter to death with a butcher knife in 2000 is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Tuesday evening.  The AP reports that 47-year-old Richard Strong will be the fourth inmate executed this year in the state.

Ohio Court Hears Arguments Over Repeat Execution Attempt:  Lawyers for an Ohio death row inmate argue that the execution of the country's only survivor of a botched lethal injection constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and double jeopardy.  Andrew Welsh-Huggins of the AP reports that Romell Broom, sentenced to die for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in 1984, was supposed to be executed in 2009, but the execution team's failure to find a suitable vein after two hours led to the governor putting it on hold.  Prosecutors say that double jeopardy doesn't apply in this case because the drugs never entered Broom's veins.  The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday.

El Salvadorian Teen Gangsters Rape NY Girl:  Three teenage MS-13 gang members from El Salvador have been charged with the rape of a 16-year-old New York girl, whom the gangsters forced into a wooded area near a golf course where she was brutally assaulted by two of them while the third kept watch.  Chelsea Schilling of WND reports that the three teens would have qualified as "unaccompanied alien children" under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if they had a parent in the U.S.  It is yet to be confirmed whether they were initially brought to the states as part of that program.  MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, is a "highly organized and well-funded" gang in Central America that has infiltrated at least 33 U.S. states.

Border Surge Resumes:  The National Border Patrol Council says that the numbers of unaccompanied minors and incomplete family units have begun to increase in what appears to be the "opening stages" of a major surge resembling last summer's soaring numbers.  Brandon Darby of Breitbart reports that Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera saw two groups of women and children, totaling 70, at the border in just one hour.  These illegal aliens are seeking out agents directly instead of trying to elude them, which is "really the mark that indicates a coming crisis," says Cabrera.

Tougher Parole Bill Moves Forward:  The Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by New York State Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, legislative colleagues and family members of murder victims that extends the time period that murderers and other violent felony offenders have to wait to apply for parole.  My Twin Tiers reports that S.1483/A.1680 would extend the time frame between parole hearings from two to five years for violent felony offenders.  Sponsors and supporters of the measure say that prolonging the time period helps to spare families of victims repeated anguish and pain.

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