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Illegal Immigrant Freed by Feds Suspected of Murder:  An illegal immigrant, released earlier this month by Ohio sheriff's deputies after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents instructed them not to hold him, is now suspected of murdering one woman, wounding another and attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl.  Edmund DeMarche of Fox News reports that Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti says he doesn't understand how federal authorities could have ordered the release of 35-year-old Juan Emmanuel Razo on July 7, considering he had no green card, birth certificate or driver's license to verify his identity.  At the time, Border Protection officials informed local deputies that Razo was an illegal immigrant from Mexico, but would not pick him up for deportation because he hadn't committed a crime at that point.  Razo is being held on $10 million bond.  His public defender entered a not guilty pleaTuesday, despite Razo's confession.

Rumored Threats of Gang Violence Spread on Social Media:  A rumored competition spreading on social media under the hashtag #100Days100Nights has South Los Angeles residents afraid to step outside.  The objective is to pit gangs against each other to see who can murder 100 people first.  Amy Powell of ABC 7 reports that the hashtag started appearing online over the weekend while police responded to several shootings in the area resulting in a tactical alert.  LAPD Assistant Chief George Villegas says that the post has spread in circular, word-of-mouth manner that creates a challenge for law enforcement to identify any one particular gang or gang member as the original poster.  LAPD officials have increased patrols throughout the South Los Angeles area in case the threats are carried out.

MS-13 Recruiting Newly Arrived Migrant Children in NY:  Latin street gangs, chiefly MS-13, are seeking more than 3,000 new recruits, targeting Central American migrant children under the age of 18 who have recently settled in the Long Island, New York area, according to authorities in Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Fox News Latino reports that departments across Long Island have been closely monitoring other Latin American gangs such as the Latin Kings, Netas and Surenos, but MS-13, with as many as 10,000 members in 46 states, is the most concerning.  Like most immigrant organized crime groups, MS-13 starts by targeting their own community, and the vulnerability and susceptibility of the young migrants from Central and South America gives the notorious and ruthless gang the advantage to expand.

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CA Teen Arrested After Body of Missing Girl Found:  A 15-year-old male neighbor was arrested after authorities discovered the remains of who they believe to be an 8-year-old Santa Cruz girl that disappeared on Sunday.  Fox News reports that Madyson Middleton was last seen on Sunday riding her scooter around the Tannery Arts Center, an artist community and housing center where she lived with her mother.  The suspected teen, who lives at the complex with his family, is described by neighbors as "polite and well-liked," and his relationship with Madyson is not yet clear.  The housing center is located in a busy area populated by businesses, and a major construction project is going on nearby.

Prison Worker Pleads Guilty to Aiding Escapees:  The former prison employee accused of helping two convicted murderers escape from a maximum security prison in upstate New York last month plead guilty to the charges on Tuesday.  Emily Shapiro of ABC News reports that 51-year-old Joyce Mitchell allegedly provided tools to two inmates serving life sentences, Richard Matt and David Sweat, by concealing them in hamburger meat.  A three-week manhunt, which began on June 6, ended with Matt fatally shot and Sweat shot and apprehended with non-fatal injuries.  Mitchell pleaded guilty to first-degree promoting criminal contraband and fourth-degree criminal facilitation, facing a sentence of 2 ½ to seven years.  She will be sentenced on September 28.  David Sweat's case for first-degree escape will go to a grand jury early next month.

Attacks by Homeless Increase in NYC:  Two recent violent attacks perpetrated by homeless persons in New York City have prompted City Hall and NYPD to urgently address homelessness in the city.  Arthur Chi'en of Fox 5 reports that one of the attacks involved a 72-year-old architect, who was stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors by a homeless woman while waiting on a street corner; the other victim was a tourist leaving his hotel, who was clubbed in the face by a homeless man.  The NYPD plans to put one-third of its officers through intensive training over the next year to deal with the homeless problem, but Police Commissioner Bratton says that handling this generally non-criminal crisis will be difficult because "we can't arrest out way out of this problem."

Man Killed by WV Escort Possible Serial Killer:  A man who was shot and killed by a West Virginia escort after he attacked and attempted to strangle her is being eyed as a possible serial murderer in three states.  Cristina Corbin of Fox News reports that 45-year-old Neal Falls knocked on the door of a Charleston, West Virginia prostitute on July 18, asked her "live or die?" when she answered, and attempted to assault her.  She shot and killed him with his handgun that he put down during the altercation.  Upon inspection of his vehicle after the crime, authorities say they discovered an arsenal of items that aroused suspicion that he could be responsible for the killings of sex workers in Nevada, Illinois and Ohio.  Falls has no known criminal history.  The FBI is assisting in the multi-state probe.

U.S. Spent Nearly 2 Billion Jailing Criminal Aliens:  A new study of state and federal data reveals that in fiscal year 2014, American taxpayers paid approximately $1.87 billion to incarcerate illegal immigrants, almost all of which was shouldered by the states.  Joel Gehrke of the National Review reports that 92 percent, or $1.71 billion, came from the states, while the other eight percent was paid for by federal-government reimbursements administered through the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP).  However, SCAAP's funds have declined in recent years, leading many state and local jurisdictions to opt out of the program, which causes the cost of holding inmates to rise.  This financial burden is also "exacerbated by policies designed to defy federal immigration status."

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Court: Prop 47 Applies Equally to Minors:  A three-judge panel of the California State District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that Proposition 47, the November 2014 voter-approved initiative that reduced some low-level felonies to misdemeanors, applies equally to juvenile offenders as well as adults.  Kristina Davis of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the ruling, in the case of one San Diego County teen convicted of commercial burglary in 2013, sets a new precedent for more than 100 other minors in the county, who can now petition to have their previous qualifying convictions reclassified as misdemeanors.  The teen in this case has also requested to have his DNA expunged from the state database since DNA collection does not apply to misdemeanors.  The District Attorney's office has yet to announce if it will appeal the ruling.  

Another Bloody Weekend in Baltimore:  Baltimore saw 15 shootings, three of them fatal, and at least one stabbing between Friday evening and Monday morning, culminating in yet another violent weekend in the struggling city.  Colin Campbell and Sean Welsh of the Baltimore Sun report that seven of the shootings occurred between 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.  Police are still seeking information related to all of this weekend's incidences.

Youngest Juveniles Ever Charged As Adults for 1st-Degree Murder to be Released:  The youngest Americans ever to face adult charges for first-degree murder are set to be released from prison in two weeks, sixteen years after their crime.  Fox News reports that Curtis and Catherine Jones, Florida siblings who were 12 and 13 when they killed their father's girlfriend, claiming that she did nothing to protect them from sexual abuse by a male relative.  They had initially planned to kill the male relative as well as their father.  They pleaded to second-degree murder in 1999 and received 18-year sentences.  They will both be on probation for the rest of their lives.

Body Count on the Rise in St. Louis:  The homicide rate in St. Louis, Missouri is on track to reach its highest level in 20 years, putting increased pressure on Mayor Francis Slay, who won control of the police department two years ago in order to hold it more accountable, to take action.  Nicholas J.C. Pistor of St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that murders have already surpassed 100 this year, 60 percent higher than the same time last year, thrusting Slay into "unfamiliar territory."  However, most of the pressure to fix the homicide problem will fall on Police Chief Sam Dotson, who unveiled a crime-fighting partnership Monday, involving 50 police officers from St. Louis and St. Louis County that will work with federal agents to reduce the bloodshed, focusing on violent offenders and drug traffickers.

Gang Crime Down in Dallas:  Police officials in Dallas, Texas say that gang-related crime is down in the city despite recent, high-profile violence, but gang experts are not convinced that the trend is permanent.  Tristan Hallman of the Dallas News reports that gang expert Greg Knox of the National Gang Crime Research Center says that federal authorities have managed to weaken the centralized hierarchy of gangs, making them more of a neighborhood clique rather than a regional or national power, but cautions that "their networks still exist."  Another expert, Pastor Omar Jahwar, a former gang member who now participates in gang intervention, says that gangs of today lack leadership and understanding of gangs' histories and "rules of the game," leading to reckless, reactive violence.  

Chicago Bloodshed Continues:  Reeling in violence along with several other major cities across the nation, Chicago ended its weekend with seven dead and 35 wounded from shooting incidents.  Peter Nickeas and Megan Crepeau of the Chicago Tribune report that the weekend's close has brought this year's total homicides in the city to 263 and total gunshot victims to 1,532.  Both homicides and non-fatal shootings have increased over the previous years in the city.

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Three Killed, Including Gunman, at a Louisiana Movie Theater:  A lone gunman opened fire inside of a packed Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater Thursday evening, killing two and injuring several others before turning the gun on himself.  Tom Winter, Tracy Connor and Erik Ortiz of NBC News report that 59-year-old John Russell Houser was described as a drifter, and his former wife told authorities that she had all guns from their home removed due to his history of "extreme erratic behavior" and mental problems.  Police are still investigating a possible motive for why Houser gunned down moviegoers during the 7:10 p.m. screening of the comedy "Trainwreck."  Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft says that, due to the recovery of disguises and license plates in Houser's motel room, they believe that the event was planned and he intended to leave alive.

Sanctuary Cities Become Havens to Avoid Lawsuits:  Some sanctuary cities become havens for illegal immigrants and refuse to enforce federal immigration policies "not because of any moral obligation to immigrants," but rather, for fear of lawsuits.  The AP reports that sanctuary cities across the nation are under fire since July 1, when Kathryn Steinle was shot and killed while walking on a San Francisco pier by an illegal immigrant with seven felonies and five prior deportations.  He was released into the community even though U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sought to deport for a sixth time.  House Republicans passed a bill Thursday to push cities that refuse to share information with federal immigration authorities, and plan to introduce legislation that specifically addresses the release of immigrants sought by federal authorities for deportation.   

Prop 47 Plays 'Significant' Role in LA County Crime Rise:  Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell says that Proposition 47, the voter-approved initiative that downgrades certain felonies to misdemeanors, plays "a significant role" in the rising crime rate throughout Los Angeles County, and has eliminated incentive for drug addicts to seek treatment.  Tami Abdollah of the AP reports that so far this year, violent crime has increased 3.39 percent and property crime has gone up 6.9 percent, while county treatment rolls for drug addicts are down 60 percent.  Los Angeles County was experiencing a 10-year trend of crime reduction and was at 50-year lows in many areas, up until the passage of Prop 47 last November.  "It would be naïve to say that 47 didn't play a major role in that," McDonnell adds.

87% of Illegal Immigrants to Remain in the U.S.:  A new report by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) concludes that President Obama's executive action on immigration enforcement will provide "a degree of protection" to an estimated 87 percent of illegal immigrants in the U.S., who in turn, will not face threat of deportation.  Caroline May of Breitbart reports that the Obama administration's plan to replace the Secure Communities program with the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) will have a significant impact on immigration enforcement, with an estimated reduction of 25,000 interior deportations from the U.S. annually.  MPI also estimates that only 13 percent of illegal immigrants would be considered enforcement priorities under the new policy guidelines, compared to 27 percent under the 2010-11 guidelines.

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Two Teen Relatives Held in Fatal Stabbing Deaths of Family:  A silent 911 call led police to a suburban Tulsa home, where the bodies of five people were discovered with fatal stab wounds, and apprehended two teenage male relatives of the victims who attempted to flee in nearby woods.  The AP reports that the deceased include adults and juveniles, though a girl survived but is in critical condition with stab wounds, and another child was left unharmed.  According to neighbors in the upper-middle class neighborhood of Broken Arrow, where violent crime is rare, the children in the family were home-schooled and "kept on a tight leash."  Broken Arrow police have sought the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for assistance.

Man with Gang Ties Arrested in CA Police Officer's Shooting Death:  A police sergeant in Hayward, California was shot and killed Wednesday during an early morning traffic stop by a man with alleged gang ties.  Fox News reports that 21-year-old Mark Estrada fatally shot 48-year-old Sgt. Scott Lunger, a 15-year veteran of the force, without warning after he was pulled over for swerving and driving erratically.  Estrada received non-fatal gunshot wounds that Lunger's partner, who was unharmed, fired.  Lunger is the second San Francisco Bay Area officer killed in the line of duty this year.  Estrada has been arrested for the shooting and is currently under police watch in a hospital while he recovers from his injuries.

Illegal Alien Crime Wave in Texas:  An internal report by the Texas Department of Public Safety reveals that illegal immigrants are responsible for thousands of crimes in the state, many of them violent.  J. Christian Adams of PJ Media reports that according to the report's analysis, illegal immigrants committed 611,234 unique crimes, 2,993 of which were homicides, in Texas alone.  Between October 2008 and April 2014, 177,588 criminal alien defendants were booked into Texas county jails, according to the Secure Communities initiative, an information-sharing program between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.  However, the actual number is likely much higher, as the Secure Communities initiative is only able to tag and identify criminal aliens that have already been fingerprinted.

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Thousands of Violent Felons to be Released in November:  As a result of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's decision to lower federal sentencing for all drug trafficking and distribution crimes, thousands of dangerous felons will be released from federal prison this November.  Kerry Picket of the Daily Caller reports that among the potential released are inmates with violent backgrounds that committed crimes ranging from assault to murder.  In early 2014, the Sentencing Commission made a two-level reduction in the base offense levels for all drug trafficking and distribution offenses that could impose mandatory minimum sentences.  The result "will be to reward drug traffickers and distributors who possessed a firearm, committed a crime of violence or had prior convictions," says House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

Charleston Shooter to Face Hate Crime Charge:  The man accused of gunning down nine black church members at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina is to be indicted Wednesday on a federal hate crime charge.  The AP reports that 21-year-old Dylann Roof is already facing state charges including nine counts of murder for the June 17 shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a bible study.  It has not been said whether state prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

U.S. Attempts to Revoke Citizenship of Imam:  Justice Department officials are hoping to win denaturalization of a Somali-born man because he attempted to conceal past associations with Islamic groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Bryan Denson of Oregon Live reports that Mohamed Sheikh Abdiraham Kariye, the imam of Portland, Oregon's largest mosque, failed to tell immigration officials that he raised money, recruited fighters, and provided training for insurgents battling the Soviet military during the 1980s war in Afghanistan, and possibly had direct dealings with Osama bin Laden at a time.  The revelation of Kariye's deception came out of a joint investigation conducted by the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Killing Prompts Wyoming Tribe to Seek Hate Crime Prosecution:  The Northern Arapaho Tribe is imploring federal authorities to file hate crime charges against a Wyoming man after he fatally shot one tribe member and wounded another at a detox center on Saturday.  Ben Neary of the AP reports that 32-year-old city parks worker Roy Clyde told investigators that he shot the victims as they lay in bed at the Center of Hope detox center in Riverton, Wyoming because he was "incensed by homeless people drinking and relieving themselves in local parks."  Chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council Dean Goggles says that violence against Indian people is a growing trend in the city of 11,000 residents, and tribal leaders intend to travel to Washington, D.C., next week to address the matter with federal officials.  Clyde has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

Investigators Ponder Niagara Falls Serial Killer:  Two slayings in Niagara Falls occurring nearly three years apart but showing strikingly similar circumstances, has New York investigators wondering whether a serial killer is in the community.  Kevin Conlon of CNN reports that the dismembered remains of 30-year-old Loretta Gates were found in various areas of the city in September 2012, and last month, the headless, limbless torso of Terri Lynn Bill, who "was like an aunt to Gates," was discovered.  Niagara Falls Police Capt. Kelly Rizzo says that nearly 100 investigators canvassed targeted areas around the city on Tuesday and are "definitely closer to figuring out who did it based on the information we got."

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Suspect in 5 Homicides Believed to Have Killed Toddler:  Police in Northern California say that a suspect in the murders of five people whose bodies were found in a Modesto home over the weekend is also believed to be responsible for the death of a two-year-old left in his care last year.  The AP reports that Martin "Marty" Martinez had been under investigation for the toddler's death since October 2014, and was being sought by law enforcement for arrest this weekend when the bodies of Martinez's mother and daughter, an unidentified five-year-old girl and the mother of the toddler he killed last year were discovered in his home.  Martinez was taken into custody early Sunday morning, and authorities are preparing to formally charge him with five homicides.

New Bill Would Withhold Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities:  New legislation to be voted on this week by the House would punish sanctuary cities by withholding federal funds, in an effort to incentivize them to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.  Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times reports that according to the Migration Policy Institute, more than 350 jurisdictions across the U.S. have some sort of sanctuary policy limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities.  The issue has heated up quickly since the July 1 shooting death of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco by a five-time deported criminal alien, who admittedly chose San Francisco due to their sanctuary status and lenient policies that allowed him to remain in the country without fear of deportation.  Steinle's father testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in support of the bill.  See this post earlier today.

Teenager Latest Unintended Victim of Tulsa's Gang Violence:  A 16-year-old girl was shot and killed in the passenger seat of her boyfriend's vehicle by gang members who were attempting to aim at her boyfriend but killed her instead, making the teen the third unintended victim of gang violence in recent weeks around Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Lori Fullbright of News on 6 reports that Deouijanae Terry was inadvertently thrust into the middle of a gang rivalry, as Tulsa's largest gang, the Hoover Crips, continue to fight with three smaller gangs that have teamed up against them.  Terry's killer is still at large, and very likely may remain that way, since witnesses have a tendency to withhold valuable information regarding gang crimes, "which leads to more shootings, and the cycle continues."

The Revolving Door of Deportation:  Hillary Chabot of the Boston Herald highlights the latest deportation order failure and its revolving door effect in this piece, regarding two illegal immigrants who are currently under investigation in the shooting death of a Massachusetts grandmother on July 4.  Wilton Lara-Calmona and Jose M. Lara-Mejia, both Dominican Republic nationals, shot and killed 41-year-old nurse Mirta Rivera while she slept in her bed, after a bullet fired through the ceiling from the upstairs apartment where the men lived.  Both of the men were previously ordered deported, but remained in the country illegally.  Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies with the Center for Immigration Studies, says that considering the lax immigration enforcement on part of the Obama administration, "Basically, we're hanging a 'welcome back' sign" for illegal immigrants.  Lara-Calmona and Lara-Mejia have been charged with trafficking heroin and cocaine, and are the prime suspects in the death of Rivera, which authorities are still investigating.

Convicted CA Murderer Eligible for Parole:  A California man convicted murdering a Stanislaus County couple over three decades ago is now eligible for parole.  Rina Nakano of Fox 40 reports that in 1979, Jeffrey Allen Maria, just shy of his 18th birthday, and three accomplices knocked on the door of Phil and Kathy Ronzo's home and lied about their car being out of gas, then murdered Phil with a baseball bat and axe, and raped and killed Kathy.  Maria's parole eligibility resulted from Senate Bill 260, in effect since January of 2014, which gives relief to juvenile offenders charged with adult sentences.  The Parole Board has 120 days to review Maria's case, after which Gov. Jerry Brown will have up to 30 days to decide whether to uphold, deny or take no action.HaveH

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Over Half of New CA Driver's Licenses go to Illegals:  More than half of the driver's licenses issued in California this year went to illegal immigrants, reflecting the new law's success that extends licenses to people regardless of residency status.  Jeremy B. White of the Sac Bee reports that as of June, 687,000 illegal immigrants applied for licenses, and the DMV has issued 397,000 so far, which accounts for 52 percent of the total licenses issued.  Immigration advocates pushed the new law, which passed in 2013 and went into effect this year, to ensure that illegals "already on the roads undergo DMV training and buy auto insurance."

TN Shooter Had Depression, Used Drugs:  A person close to the family of the Kuwaiti-born man, who opened fire on two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week killing five people, says that he was treated by a psychiatrist for depression during adolescence, fought drug and alcohol use recently, and allegedly traveled to Jordan last year to "clean up."  Jay Reeves and Michael Biesecker of the AP report that the family of 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, fatally shot by law enforcement during one of the shootouts, believes his personal issues are at the root of last week's shootings, emphasizing his recent struggles including a drunken driving arrest and loss of employment due to a failed drug test.  Counterterrorism investigators continue to probe the engineering graduate's overseas travels to determine whether he was inspired or directed by any terrorist organization.  His family explains that although critical of U.S. policy in the Mideast, "His feelings didn't seem extreme."

Prop 47 Touted as Cause for Chino's Burglary Spike:  The police department in Chino, California has seen a spike in residential burglaries this year, receiving 88 reports of home burglaries compared with 65 during the same period in 2014.  Kevin J. Keckeisen of Champion Newspapers reports that Chino Police Chief Karen Comstock and Chino Hills Police Capt. Robert Guillen have noted the impact on crime since the passage of Proposition 47 in November 2014, which reduces certain felonies to misdemeanors, many of which are property and drug crimes.  Comstock says that criminals have become wise to the boundaries of the law, taking care to steal items valued at less than $950 in order to avoid being booked into jail.  Ultimately, "Prop 47 has been advantageous to the criminal offenders.  It has not been advantageous to the law abiding citizens in communities."

2.5 Million Illegal Immigrants Came to U.S. Under Obama:  Under President Obama, approximately 2.5 million illegal immigrants have flowed into the U.S. from 2009 to 2013, according to new analyses from the Center for Migration Studies and the Pew Research Center.  Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reports that the millions of illegal immigrants either snuck into the country illegally or overstayed temporary visas.  The Center for Immigration Studies says that had the U.S. not allowed so many new illegal immigrants to settle in the country since 2009, the total number would have fallen by 2.5 million, but the surge of new arrivals has resulted in the opposite effect.

AB 109, Prop 47 Contribute to Spike in Glendale Crime:  Violent and property crime have increased in the southern  California city of Glendale through June of this year when compared to the same period last year, according to the Glendale Police Department.  Alene Tchekmedyian of the LA Times reports that property crimes increased by 7 percent, with an 11 percent increase in grand- and petty-theft cases, and violent crime increased by 10 percent.  Police officials believe that the state's realignment program known as AB 109, which diverts low-level offenders from state prisons to county jails, and Proposition 47, a voter-approved initiative that reduces penalties for several criminal offenses, are responsible for the spike in overall crime around the city.

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Chattanooga Shooter Traveled to Middle East:  The gunman who opened fire at a military recruitment center and a Naval Operations Support Center Thursday, killing four Marines, allegedly took multiple trips to the Middle East, authorities say.  Fox News reports that 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abulazeez, a Kuwaiti-born Chattanooga resident, stayed in Jordan for seven months in 2014 and may have also traveled to Yemen.  Federal authorities are looking into the possibility that the shooting was an act of terrorism, but have not yet uncovered any evidence that connects Abulazeez directly with Islamic extremists.  Abulazeez opened fire from his vehicle at a military recruitment center Thursday morning, then drove to a Naval Operations Support Center, crashed through the gate and gunned down four Marines.  He was fatally shot by police.

Cops Hunt Sex Offender After Four People Shot in Three Towns:  A massive manhunt for a registered sex offender is underway in northern Maine, after he fled in a stolen pulp truck following the shootings of four people in three towns.  Fox News reports that 35-year-old Anthony Lord, a lifetime registrant on the Maine Sex Offender Registry list, is considered armed and dangerous.  Maine State Police have converged on one of the three towns, locking it down completely, while they continue to track him down.

Lawmakers Shelve Bill to Change Part of Prop 47:  A bill intended to fix an "unintended consequence" of Proposition 47, a voter-approved initiative that reduced criminal penalties for some non-violent offenders, has been shelved by California lawmakers, passing the Assembly but failing in the Senate Public Safety Committee.  The AP reports that Assemblyman Jim Cooper's AB390 would allow authorities to continue collecting DNA samples from criminals convicted of crimes that were previously felonies but have since been classified as misdemeanors under the initiative, which was passed in November 2014.  Cooper says that nearly 80 percent of DNA involves crimes that are now misdemeanors. 

AB 109 Probationer Arrested in Robbery of Elderly Woman:  A man being supervised under California's realignment program, known as AB 109, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a home invasion robbery of an elderly Burbank woman who was left with a fractured clavicle, broken nose and bruises all over her body.  The Burbank Leader reports that 27-year-old Lonnie Garcia, who was released from prison about one month ago, knocked on 89-year-old Gerri Dickinson's door, forced his way inside, tied a sheet around her neck, knocked her to the ground, threatened to shoot her and ransacked her home.  Garcia's criminal record includes two burglary convictions, one in 2010 and the other in 2012, as well as a conviction for possessing a controlled substance for sale.  "If it wasn't for AB 109, the gentleman would still be in custody," says Burbank Police Sgt. Claudio Losacco.

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Shootings Occur at Two Naval Reserve Centers in TN:  Lockdowns at a community college and a hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee ensued after a police officer was reportedly wounded and four Marines killed when a gunman opened fire at a Naval Reserve Center on Thursday.  Fox News reports that law enforcement says that the shooter was in his car, stopped in front of the recruiting facility, shot at the building and drove off.  John Harmon, spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol, says that several shootings have occurred in several different locations, though it is not known if they are related.  The alleged shooter is confirmed to be dead.

Texas CO Killed by Inmate:  A corrections officer at a northeast Texas prison was beaten to death Wednesday by an inmate he was escorting to his cell.  The AP reports that 37-year-old Billy Joel Tracy, whose criminal record shows seven felonies of which three involve assaults on corrections officers, was serving a life sentence for robbery and aggravated assault when he fatally attacked 47-year-old Timothy Davison with an object.  A prison agency spokesman says that the facility, the Tedford Unit, was properly staffed and had not been the scene of recent serious security problems.  The incident is still under investigation.

Convicted Felon Immigrant Accused in Fatal Stabbing:  An immigrant released from prison in January after serving a sentence for attempted murder is back in custody, charged with murder in the death of a Connecticut woman last month.  The AP reports that 40-year-old Jean Jacques of Haiti stabbed 25-year-old Casey Chadwick to death in her apartment, stuffing her body into a closet and stealing drugs.  Jacques was qualified for deportation due to the illegal use of a gun during a 1996 deadly shooting, and state officials have said that he was released from prison into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but somehow managed to find employment rather than be returned to his home country.

Another CA County Feeling the Effects of Prop 47:  Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean is "convinced that Prop. 47 is having a significant impact on the increase in not only property crimes but violent crimes, too."  Chris O'Neal of the VC Reporter reports that since the passage of Proposition 47 in November, a measure that reduces certain felonies to misdemeanors, misdemeanor warrant arrests are up by 18 percent, while misdemeanor filings are projected to increase by 30.5 percent in 2015.  Sheriff Dean says that many of the increasing crimes involve substance-abuse offenders committing robberies and assaults.  Since they no longer face jail time or are required to attend treatment programs for drug offenses, they remain on the streets committing crimes to support their habit.   

Man Faces Weapons, Drug Charges After 41st Arrest:  A Rhode Island man faces drug and weapons charges after being arrested for the 41st time.  The AP reports that 30-year-old Brandon Haynes was charged with several drug offenses and with being a felon in possession of a firearm after the police found a loaded handgun, three bags of marijuana and drug packaging material in his vehicle.  His criminal history includes 38 arrests in Massachusetts and two in Rhode Island, and he recently served an 18 month sentence for assault and other crimes.

Felon Immigrant Arrested for Rape, Beating:  A foreign-born alien with four felonies in four states and seeking help with his immigration papers has been arrested in South Carolina for raping and beating the woman who was helping him.  Brandon Darby of Breitbart reports that Zenen Alvarez-Alguezabal threatened to kill the victim if she told police, but she managed to escape and report the incident.  The Senaca Police Department has been contacted for comment regarding the suspect's immigration status.

 

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Inmate Praises Death Penalty Before Execution:  A Missouri death row inmate, convicted of the 2001 rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman, was executed Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court rebuffed the last of his appeals and Gov. Jay Nixon rejected his request for clemency.  The AP reports that 55-year-old David Zink, in a final written statement, says that he hopes his execution will bring peace to the victim's family, offering his "sincerest apologies" for his actions.  He also had this to say to fellow death row inmates:

"For those who remain on death row, understand that everyone is going to die. Statistically speaking, we have a much easier death than most. So I encourage you to embrace it and celebrate our true liberation before society figures it out and condemns us to life without parole and we too will die a lingering death."

Baltimore Joins Forces with Feds to Curb Crime:  Baltimore city authorities have teamed up with federal authorities, creating a "war room" to curb the crime wave that has plagued the city since the April death of a young black man in police custody.  Maggie Ybarra of the Washington Times reports that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Black, interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced at a Sunday press conference their plans to establish an around-the-clock fusion center focused on violent crime, stating that the police department has identified "four different groups of bad guys who are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violence."  Over the weekend, 20 people were shot, and 24 have been killed in July.  The city's homicide toll has reached 168 since the start of the year.

Sanctuaries Release 8,000 Criminal Aliens:  During an eight-month period covered by a Freedom of Information Act, "no less than 276 state and local jurisdictions with immigration sanctuary policies released 8,145 criminal aliens who were facing deportation," according to the Center for Immigration Studies.  Elizabeth MacDonald of Fox Business reports that 1,900 of the released offenders were arrested for other crimes, while two-thirds had serious, prior criminal histories at the time of their release.  The report comes in response to immigrants' continued abuse of non-immigrant work visas, 9.9 million of which were issued in FY 2014.  Approximately 40% of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. overstayed their non-immigrant visas.

TX Murderer Set to Die Thursday:  A Texas death row inmate is scheduled to die this Thursday for the 2005 murder of an elderly woman in East Texas.  Michael Graczyk of the AP reports that 31-year-old Clifton Lamar Williams broke into the home of 93-year-old Cecelia Schneider to steal money for cocaine, fatally beat and stabbed her, set her body and bed on fire, and fled in her vehicle.  He will become the 10th inmate put to death in the state this year.

Indiana Man Convicted of 53 Counts in Deadly Home Explosion:  Now that a jury convicted an Indiana man of murder, arson, and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud, a judge must consider his eligibility for a life without parole sentence for a 2012 home explosion that gutted a subdivision and killed two people.  The AP reports that the jury convicted 46-year-old Mark Leonard of the 53 counts against him after deliberating for just under four hours total.  He waived his right to have the jury decide whether to recommend a sentence of life without parole on the two counts of murder in the deaths of John and Jennifer Longworth.  In 2012, Leonard masterminded a plan with his then-girlfriend and half-brother to blow up the home for $300,000 in insurance.  Half-brother Bob Leonard will face a trial in mid-January on the same charges, and trials for two other individuals are to be scheduled.

San Jose Police Utilizing New Tactic for Suppressing Gang Violence:  Violence had been declining in San Jose, California until the summer arrived, prompting police to launch a new tactic that aims to stem the sudden spike of gang-related crimes in the city.  Chris Nguyen of ABC 7 News reports that the San Jose Police Department implemented a gang suppression staffing model, ramping up enforcement efforts in five different areas throughout the city "with the goal of being highly visible to help deter more crimes from happening."  The department plans to use the strategy for the duration of the summer, and adjust it depending on the program's results.

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MO to Execute Man who Killed Teen:  A Missouri death row inmate who was convicted of murdering a teenage girl in 2001 to avoid going back to prison after rear ending her vehicle is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday evening.  Sarah Forhetz and Gene Hartley of KY 3 report that 55-year-old David Zink murdered 19-year-old Amanda Morton, whose body was discovered strangled in a cemetery with a broken neck, and her spinal cord had been sliced with a knife.  Zink is part of a lawsuit along with a group of other death row inmates filed against state officials, alleging its lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional.  He will become the fifth inmate executed in Missouri this year.

Gang Violence in Chicago Continues to Claim Lives:  The body count continues to rise as gang violence surges in Chicago, with 28 shot and six killed before the weekend even came to a close.  Warner Todd Huston of Breitbart reports that one of the victims is a one-year-old who was being pushed in a stroller by his mother when a car fleeing a gang shooting jumped a curb and ran him over.  Another victim, a 12-year-old, was shot in the leg in a South side neighborhood, but survived.  Since the start of the year, 1,416 people have been shot in the city.

Lawyer Charged in CA Kidnapping that Police Called a Hoax:  A disbarred Harvard-trained attorney has been charged with the March kidnapping of a California woman that law enforcement initially determined was a hoax.  Fox News reports that Matthew Miller was charged last month in a home-invasion robbery that shared similarities to the kidnapping, which alerted authorities to his possible involvement.  In March, the 29-year-old woman was abducted in Vallejo by kidnappers who demanded an $8,500 ransom, though she turned up safe in her hometown of Huntington Beach hours before the ransom was due, claiming to have been dropped off.  The victim's boyfriend, present in the Vallejo home during the time the woman was allegedly abducted, maintains that the kidnapping was real.  Law enforcement continues to investigate.

More than 1,800 Illegal Immigrants Committed Crimes After Release:  A report released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday reveals that more than 1,800 immigrants that the federal government wanted to deport were instead released into American communities only to be re-arrested for an array of offenses.  The AP reports that the top crimes for which illegals were re-arrested for included drug violations and drunk driving, though examples of more severe offenses were cited in the report as well.  Over 250 jurisdictions across the country, some of which are regarded as "sanctuary cities," have stopped honoring immigration detainers, a policy that led to the release of illegal immigrant Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who went on to murder 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in a busy San Francisco tourist area.

Son of Police Captain Charged in Connection with ISIS Terror Plot:  The son of a Boston police chief, who was one of the first responders at the scene of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, has been arrested and charged in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism on behalf of the Islamic State, or ISIS.  Dan Hausle and Victoria Warren of WHDH report that 23-year-old Alexander Ciccolo's conversation with a cooperating witness was audio-recorded, in which he shared plans to set off improvised explosive devices in crowded areas such as college cafeterias and attack police stations.  He is also charged with being a felon in possession of firearms.

Courts Could Give SF Sanctuary in Potential Suit Over Illegal Immigration:  The parents of Kathryn Steinle, the young woman killed this month by an illegal immigrant, say that they have not yet begun to consider legal action against the city of San Francisco for the immigration policies some are blaming for their daughter's death, though past attempts to sue "sanctuary cities" would indicate that the possibility of a lawsuit overturning the policy is miniscule.  Perry Chiaramonte of Fox News reports that if the Steinles decide to sue, criminal defense attorney Anna R. Yum says that the key to winning the case would be to show "that the city violated a state or federal law aimed at preventing violent crimes by illegal aliens."  Convicted felon and five-time deportee Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez shot and killed Kathryn Steinle on July 1 as she walked along a pier with her father.  

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CA County Struggles with Increased Service Demand from AB 109:  Spreading thin from California's prison realignment program, known as AB 109, millions of dollars in upgrades and more staff are needed in San Bernardino County jails to address the issues the measure has caused.  Joe Nelson of the Sun reports that new sergeants have been assigned to the county's busiest facility, and $3 million has been allocated for the FY 2015-2016 budget for staffing mental health workers alone.  Prison Law Office director Donald Spector blames realignment, noting "AB 109 exacerbated pre-existing conditions at some jails."

Girl Kidnapped and Assaulted by Illegal Immigrant:  A 13-year-old girl reported missing last Tuesday in Florida was found inside a Michigan home with a 23-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico.  WNDU reports that Aurelio Hernandez-Gomez allegedly sexually assaulted the young girl, was arrested for criminal sexual conduct and jailed.  Arrangements have been made to reunite the girl with her parents in Florida.

Cities Nationwide See Surges in Homicides:  After years of plummeting crime numbers in police departments across the county, homicides have spiked in several major U.S. cities such as Houston, St. Louis, New Orleans, Baltimore, New York and Chicago.  Don Babwin of the AP reports that concern surrounds whether the recent surges "reflect a confluence of recent shifts" such as distrust of police, apprehensive officers avoiding public condemnation, budget cuts within law enforcement agencies and lack of federal funding.  Additionally, the restrictions regarding the use of police stop-and-frisk tactics is believed to also be contributing to the intensified bloodshed, with Professor Peter Moskos suggesting that if we don't want thousands of people stopped for the seizure of a few guns, then "we will have to accept that murders are going to go up 10 percent."

Parents of Murdered NE Woman Joins Effort to Get DP on Ballot:  "There are a few individuals in this world who are just purely evil, and no amount of resources or medication provided to them is going to change it," says Teri Roberts, the mother of a murder victim and one of the people fighting to gather signatures of referendum petitions that will allow Nebraskan voters to decide the fate of the death penalty.  Matt Miller of the World-Herald reports before the Legislature repealed capital punishment in May, Nikko Jenkins faced the death penalty for murdering four people in Omaha shortly after being released from prison in 2013.  Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, a group formed after the repeal, are working diligently to meet the August 27 deadline of 57,500 signatures of registered voters in the state to qualify the issue for the ballot.

Obama Commutes Sentences of 46 Drug Offenders:  President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 drug offenders serving time in federal prisons as a part of his administration's effort to reform the criminal justice system, adding to the list of 30 individuals that have already received clemency since December of last year.  Sari Horwitz and Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post report that the president's decision to release the inmates aims to reduce operating costs and overcrowding in federal prisons, and to relieve inmates who were sent to prison in the 1980s under "harsh sentencing guidelines."  Over 35,000 inmates, or about 16 percent of the federal prison population, have applied for early release since Obama's announcement last year of his plans to grant clemency.

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NY Police Chiefs Fed Up with Parole System:  Police chiefs in Monroe County, New York are standing together to demand reforms to the state's parole system, following the violent arrest of a parolee that had been out on parole for just two months before committing a string of robberies.  Sean Lahman and Joe Hand of the Democrat & Chronicle report that Gates Police Chief James VanBrederode is exasperated by the lack of supervision violent offenders are receiving on parole, calling it "an embarrassment to the law enforcement community."  Police arrested parolee Shaun Zimmer, previously incarcerated on a 2008 burglary charge, for seven armed robberies after a violent confrontation involving an assault on a police officer with a knife.  Another incident occurred in April, in which a man out on parole for a violent offense opened fire inside of a pub, wounding six and killing one.

Woman Gave Vital Info that Led to Raid of Subway Spokesman's Home:  A woman who spoke to Subway spokesman Jared Fogle on several occasions more than a decade ago told investigators that he often made "surprising and inappropriate remarks" containing subject matter that was "similar to what the FBI found when they raided his home."  Fox News reports that authorities had the Florida woman wear a wire and record phone conversations with Fogle, leading to the FBI raid of his home this week.  The development follows the May arrest of Russell Taylor, the former executive of Fogle's charity, the Jared Foundation, on seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.  Subway has suspended its relationship with Fogle, who has not been charged with any crime at this point in the investigation.

Charleston Shooter Sold Gun Illegally:  Dylann Roof, the man who gunned down nine African American parishioners at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, should not have been able to purchase a gun, the FBI said Friday.  Pete Williams and Halimah Abdullah of NBC News report that an alleged background check flaw allowed Roof to illegally purchase a .45-caliber Glock handgun shortly after his 21st birthday in April, despite a pending drug charge.  Federal law prohibits the sale of a firearm to anyone who is "under indictment for" a felony, and a separate provision bars the sale of a firearm to anyone who is an "unlawful user" of any controlled substance.

SF Sheriff Defends Release of Illegal Immigrant Charged with Murder:  San Francisco's sheriff, under heavy fire for the release of an illegal immigrant who has been charged in the shooting death of a young woman, is defending his department's decision, claiming that federal authorities failed to provide legal basis to continue holding him.  Paul J. Elias of the AP reports that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi says that his department followed procedure and local laws when they released Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a five-time deportee and illegal immigrant with seven felony drug convictions, who went on to shoot and kill 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle while she walked along a busy pier with her father.  Information reveals that the San Francisco Sheriff's office released Sanchez despite a federal immigration request asking them to hold him until U.S. authorities could take him into custody for deportation proceedings.  Advocates for stricter immigration enforcement hope that this incident "leads to closer collaboration between local law enforcement and immigration authorities."

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OK Sets Execution Dates for Inmates who Lost Supreme Court Case:  The three Oklahoma death row  inmates who lost a battle to have the U.S. Supreme Court halt their executions, claiming problems with the state's lethal injection drugs, had their execution dates set on Wednesday by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.  Heide Brandes of Reuters reports that Richard Glossip will be executed on Sept. 16, Benjamin Cole on Oct. 7 and John Grant on Oct. 28 of this year.  In April 2014, all state executions were suspected following a problematic lethal injection of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett, igniting arguments over whether the anesthesia used achieved the level of unconsciousness required for executions.  Last month, the Supreme Court found that the drug did not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, allowing Oklahoma to resume executions.

CA County Jails Taking in More Repeat Felons:  According to a recent report, fewer ex-felons are returning to California state prisons - because they're going to county jails instead.  Brian Rokos of the Press Enterprise reports that the pattern coincides with the passage of AB 109, or prison realignment, in 2011, which sends parole violators back to county jail rather returning them to the prison system.  An influx of more serious criminals into county jails, along with rampant overcrowding as a result of realignment, has caused increased violence in the state's county jails.  Since Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 109 into law, the number of inmate-on-inmate assaults almost doubled, from the mid-300s to the 600s.  Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones responded to the report on KFBK radio this morning.

Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner:  Baltimore mayor fired the city's police commissioner Wednesday, citing the recent spike in homicides following the death of an unarmed black man in police custody as cause for a change in leadership.  The AP reports that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that increasing criticism of Police Commissioner Anthony Batts' leadership was becoming "a distraction that was preventing the city from moving ahead."  Arrests have plummeted and homicides have spiked since the city broke out into riots almost three months ago over the death of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries sustained while in police custody, for which six Baltimore police officers have been arrested.  Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who has been with the agency since January, will serve as interim commissioner.

Recent Homicide Spotlights Midwestern Gang Violence:  A fatal shooting in Omaha, Nebraska carried out by a 12-year-old boy with gang connections has called attention to gang violence in the Midwest, an area that is burdening a resurgence of gun assault incidents.  Erik Ortiz of NBC News reports that retaliation by nearly a dozen gangs have been blamed for Omaha's increase in violence, as Police Chief Todd Schmaderer emphasized that "what you're seeing is today's victim becomes tomorrow's suspect."  On June 29, 12-year-old Jerrell Milton, along with two teenage accomplices, fatally shot a 31-year-old man during an alleged drug deal before feeling 400 miles to Minneapolis, where he was eventually apprehended last Tuesday.  All three suspects have gang ties and have been extradited back to Nebraska to face murder charges.

TN Bank Exec and Family Kidnapped, Forced to Rob Bank:  A Knoxville, Tennessee bank executive and his family were held hostage by two armed home invaders Tuesday morning, who rounded up the family into their own vehicle and forced the executive to rob the bank where he works while his family was held at gunpoint.  Fox News reports that Tanner Harris was ordered by the masked robbers to withdraw an undisclosed sum of money while his wife, Abbey Harris, and their five-month-old baby were held in the car outside.  The robbers fled with Abbey and the child after receiving the money, but the two were left unharmed with the vehicle on an abandoned road.  FBI agents believe the same kidnappers may be responsible for a similar crime that took place three months ago, in which a credit union CEO's family was kidnapped in the same manner. 

Map Reveals Vast Network of Sanctuaries for Illegals:  Following the July 1 shooting death of Kathryn Steinle by criminal alien Francisco Sanchez in San Francisco, the U.S. Center for Immigration Studies published a map detailing counties, cities and entire states where officials are barred from cooperating with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Katie McHugh of Breitbart reports that policies vary from city to city and state to state, North Dakota's being particularly extreme, where state penitentiary policy forbids the state from honoring any ICE detainer and will therefore not cooperate with immigration officials, even if the detainee is a rapist or murderer.  The 2016 presidential election will give presidential candidates the opportunity to call for and outline reformation to the "immigration policies the elite of both parties designed without [Americans'] consent."

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