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Multiple Shooting Victims in El Paso (UPDATE: Dayton Mass Shooting)

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 12:50 pm

[Headline from DRJ]

El Paso Times:

A shooting at the Walmart in the Cielo Vista Mall area has left multiple people dead, an El Paso police officer said Saturday.

An El Paso police spokesman said a suspect is in custody and the shooting has ended.

He said there are two scenes being investigated: at the Walmart and the nearby mall.

The first alert came at 11:03 AM MST. The Walmart and Cielo Vista Mall are in East El Paso on/near IH-10 and Hawkins, just South of the airport and Fort Bliss.

This is a breaking news story and early reports are subject to change. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

UPDATE: 9 killed in Ohio in second US mass shooting within 24 hours

A gunman wearing body armor and carrying extra magazines opened fire in a popular nightlife area of Dayton, Ohio, killing nine and injuring dozens, authorities say, in the second U.S. mass shooting in less than 24 hours.

Dayton police patrolling the area responded in less than a minute to the shooting, which unfolded around 1 a.m. Sunday on the streets of the Oregon District, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said at a press conference.

Whaley said if the police had not responded so quickly, “hundreds of people in the Oregon District could be dead today.”



NY Post: NYPD judge recommends Daniel Pantaleo be fired over Eric Garner’s chokehold death

Filed under: Crime,Law — DRJ @ 12:45 pm

[Headline from DRJ]


Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo should be fired for the chokehold incident involving Eric Garner, an NYPD judge ruled. NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado had been weighing whether Pantaleo, who a grand jury declined to indict and who the feds chose not to hit with civil rights charges, should face department discipline.


Under NYPD rules, the verdict will now go to the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which prosecuted the case, according to Stuart London, Pantaleo’s lawyer. Each side will have two weeks to submit responses to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, who can go along with or overrule Maldonado’s verdict.

“This decision is pure political insanity. If it is allowed to stand, it will paralyze the NYPD for years to come,” Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said. “This judge ignored the evidence and trampled P.O. Pantaleo’s due process rights in order to deliver the result that the grandstanding politicians and protesters demanded.




Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 7:00 am

[Headlines from DRJ]

Let’s talk about hacking and hackers … like the news that Capital One target of massive data breach:

A security breach at Capital One Financial, one of the nation’s largest issuers of credit cards, compromised the personal information of about 106 million people, and in some cases the hacker obtained Social Security and bank account numbers.

It is among the largest security breaches of a major U.S. financial institution on record.

Authorities have already made an arrest of a transgender ex-Amazon employee, 33, in Seattle who had boasted about the hack online:

Thompson allegedly pulled it off between March and July of this year by breaking into the bank’s servers through a misconfiguration in its firewall.

The data was being stored on Amazon’s Web Services cloud but Amazon insists it is not to blame for the hack and that she exploited Capital One’s systems to access it. Capital One admits that it was a fault in its infrastructure, and not Amazon’s, which led to the breach.

After allegedly stealing the data, Thompson left authorities a trail of breadcrumbs, posting online about the hack so much that other hackers warned her she was facing jail.

Her online postings about the hack were reported to Capital One on July 17 in an email from a white hat hacker who had seen the information on a website called GitHub alerted the bank to it in an email.

There are also warnings about a different kind of hacking:

The Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a security alert Tuesday for small planes, warning that modern flight systems are vulnerable to hacking if someone manages to gain physical access to the aircraft.

An alert from the DHS critical infrastructure computer emergency response team recommends that plane owners ensure they restrict unauthorized physical access to their aircraft until the industry develops safeguards to address the issue, which was discovered by a Boston-based cybersecurity company and reported to the federal government.

Most airports have security in place to restrict unauthorized access and there is no evidence that anyone has exploited the vulnerability. But a DHS official told The Associated Press that the agency independently confirmed the security flaw with outside partners and a national research laboratory, and decided it was necessary to issue the warning.

A hacker would need to have access to the plane, which seems harder (but not impossible) given post-9/11 security measures.

Let’s end with a Georgia Tech study about hacking our cars:

In the year 2026, at rush hour, your self-driving car abruptly shuts down right where it blocks traffic. You climb out to see gridlock down every street in view, then a news alert on your watch tells you that hackers have paralyzed all Manhattan traffic by randomly stranding internet-connected cars.

Flashback to July 2019, the dawn of autonomous vehicles and other connected cars, and physicists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Multiscale Systems, Inc. have applied physics in a new study to simulate what it would take for future hackers to wreak exactly this widespread havoc by randomly stranding these cars. The researchers want to expand the current discussion on automotive cybersecurity, which mainly focuses on hacks that could crash one car or run over one pedestrian, to include potential mass mayhem.

They warn that even with increasingly tighter cyber defenses, the amount of data breached has soared in the past four years, but objects becoming hackable can convert the rising cyber threat into a potential physical menace.

“Unlike most of the data breaches we hear about, hacked cars have physical consequences,” said Peter Yunker, who co-led the study and is an assistant professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Physics.

It may not be that hard for state, terroristic, or mischievous actors to commandeer parts of the internet of things, including cars.

“With cars, one of the worrying things is that currently there is effectively one central computing system, and a lot runs through it. You don’t necessarily have separate systems to run your car and run your satellite radio. If you can get into one, you may be able to get into the other,” said Jesse Silverberg of Multiscale Systems, Inc., who co-led the study with Yunker.

Why do hackers hack? Money/criminal gain, to leak information or disrupt services, attention/fun, ideology or to make a political or personal point. In other words, hackers are going to hack. We live in wonderful times but we need to stay smart.



Active Shooter in Gilroy CA; Multiple Victims reported (Updated)

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 8:28 pm

[Headline from DRJ]

Multiple Injuries Reported in Shooting at Gilroy Garlic Festival:

Police and emergency personnel late Sunday responded to reports of a shooting involving multiple victims at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California.

Ambulance crews were told 11 people were down in an active shooter incident at Gilroy’s Christmas Hill Park. As of 7:30 p.m. the situation was still active, according to Gilroy police.

This is a breaking news story so reports may be unreliable. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

MORE: CNN has live updates, including that the San Francisco FBI is responding. As of now, there is one confirmed fatality.

UPDATE 7/29/2019: The shooter was reportedly an angry 19-year-old male. Law enforcement shot and killed him within minutes. As bad as this was, this could have been much worse .



Federal Government to resume Executions

Filed under: Crime,General,Law — DRJ @ 10:25 am

[Headline from DRJ]

Trump Justice Department to resume federal executions:

Attorney General William Barr has directed that executions for five death-row inmates be scheduled. If carried out, they will be the first federal executions since 2003.

Only three federal executions have taken place since 1988, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. All five of the death-row inmates named in Thursday’s release were convicted for the murders of children.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has adopted a regulation that will require federal authorities to use a single drug, pentobarbital, in federal executions, according to the DOJ release. That drug is used by several states for lethal injections.

The names of the five inmates are in the DOJ Press Release, and I think this is a list of federal inmates on death row.



Teenage Trend in Texas?

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 4:55 am

[Headline from DRJ]

I recently posted on a story about a teenager opening, licking and returning a Blue Bell ice cream container to a Lufkin, Texas, grocery store shelf. If two is a trend, this is a depressing and disappointing Texas teenager trend:

15-year-old Texas boy arrested for spitting in Arizona tea bottle, returning product to supermarket shelf

Police have arrested and charged a Texas teen after he was caught spitting into an Arizona Tea bottle and placing it back on a store shelf for someone else to drink.
Before police arrived, the teen reportedly told the asset protection manager he had spit in the drink.

The boy told police he put the tea back after taking a drink because it was “gross.”

Not cool. Stop it.



El Chapo Sentenced Today

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 9:27 am

[Headlines from DRJ]

Earlier today — Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ faces sentencing in US case:

NEW YORK (AP) — Will the notorious Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” go quietly?

For Joaquin Guzman, that’s the biggest question at his sentencing in New York City on Wednesday. The highly-anticipated hearing could be his last chance to speak publicly before spending the rest of his life behind bars at a maximum security U.S. prison.

Guzman, 62, was convicted in February on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case. The guilty verdict at an 11-week trial triggered what the government says is a well-justified mandatory sentence of life without parole .

Around 11:00 AM EST — ‘El Chapo’ was sentenced to life in prison after saying his trial was unjust and slamming his prison conditions:

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years and was ordered to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture on Wednesday in what is likely the last time he’s seen in public before he goes to Colorado’s Supermax prison.

Guzman, wearing a gray suit and dark tie, spoke for about 10 minutes in court before the sentence was handed down and called out issues with the jury.
El Chapo, who infamously escaped prison twice in Mexico, also slammed the conditions of his incarceration in New York. “It’s been torture, the most inhumane situation I have lived in my entire life,” he said. “It has been physical, emotional and mental torture.”

What is it like in a Supermax prison?

How does a prison prepare for the arrival of known escape artist and Mexican drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera?

For the ADX “Supermax” prison in Florence, Colo., former warden Robert Hood said administrators will likely stick to the a formula that’s prevented any jailbreaks for 25 years.

For 23 hours out of the day, El Chapo would be in a soundproof, 7-by-12-foot cell. The bed, desk and stool are all made of poured cement. While most inmates are given a black-and white-television, it’s behind a special kind of glass and can be restricted to show old, never live, programs. Their only actual view of the outside world is a 4-inch window.

More about the Supermax at the link.



This Week’s Crime Survey

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 7:47 am

[Headlines from DRJ]

This won’t be an exhaustive survey but let’s look at some of this week’s crime headlines:

Machetes And Mayhem: DoJ Unveils MS-13 Racketeering And Murder Indictment:

Bet on this becoming a White House talking point by the end of the day. The Department of Justice unveiled an indictment against a virulent MS-13 gang in Los Angeles for racketeering and murder, but even those charges understate the bloodthirsty nature of the crimes. 

AP source: NY cop won’t be charged in Garner chokehold death:

Federal prosecutors won’t bring civil rights charges against a New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Discuss here: No Charges For NYPD Officer In Eric Garner’s Death.

Former South Pasadena nursing home recruited felons as patients, police chief says:

A nursing home that ran afoul of the state partly because it recruited convicted felons, probationers, rapists and robbers as patients is under new ownership, a city official said Wednesday.

Instead of a median age of about 75 years old, residents at the former South Pasadena Convalescent Hospital had an average age of 37, Police Chief Arthur Miller said. He accused the former nursing home of sending recruiting teams to Los Angeles to get new patients.

Fired Cleveland cop was ‘known associate’ of Norwegian chapter of the Hells Angels, records say:

Cleveland police became aware of his history after the city posted a photo of Simmons next to Mayor Frank Jackson on Facebook while being sworn in as a police officer, the records say.

Mats Bjornstad, a police superintendent with KRIPOS, the National Criminal Investigation Service in Norway, spotted members of the Hells Angels Orslo gang comment on the Facebook post, according to the records.

These families made a fortune with pot illegally. Now, pot is paying the bills again:

Smack in the middle of Brandie Lanier’s spare bedroom is something that underlines just how much America has changed in the decades since her famous father, a champion race car driver, was busted as one of the most prolific marijuana smugglers South Florida and the country have ever seen.

There, inside a special tent, is a bountiful crop of plants: cannabis, shining purple under bright artificial lights. Lanier lives in Colorado, where recreational marijuana has been legal since 2014. The plants are her personal stash, her “home grow.” She also makes her living in the state’s booming pot industry, providing medical marijuana to the ever-expanding Denver dispensaries.

‘Justice wasn’t served': 50 years since Chappaquiddick

The crash ended a young woman’s life, and with it, a man’s White House dreams.



Philly Carjacker beaten to Death

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 8:00 am

[Headline from DRJ]

Man beaten to death after stealing car with 3 kids inside:

Police say a 25-year-old woman left her car running in front of New Star Pizza at 28th and Dauphin streets to visit her 25-year-old boyfriend inside, just after 9 p.m. While there, a 54-year-old man jumped in her car and took off with three kids still inside.

However, the carjacker hit a bit of a roadblock: He got stuck in traffic just a few blocks away. The woman’s boyfriend was able to catch up to the car and pull the thief out.

The suspect tried to run away, but Chief Inspector Scott Small said the boyfriend, who is the father of two of the children, was able to catch up to him again, this time a half-block away, leading to a fight. “Then other males from the neighborhood intervened and began punching and kicking the male who took the vehicle,” he said, “to the point where he was rendered unconscious.”



Licker in Lufkin (UPDATED)

Filed under: Crime — DRJ @ 8:02 pm

[Headline from DRJ]

First the sale of Whataburger and now this:

Lufkin police are investigating a video of a serial Blue Bell ice cream licker and working to verify the identity of the female suspect before a warrant will be issued for her arrest on second-degree felony tampering with a consumer product charges.

On June 28, a video was released on social media of a woman licking Blue Bell ice cream before putting it back in the display case. Earlier this week, social media commenters identified the woman in the video as being from San Antonio, which led San Antonio law enforcement to believe it was from one of their Walmart stores. A store display case matching the one in the video could not be found. The search moved on to Houston Walmart stores after investigators learned the woman may be living with a boyfriend in that area, a release from Lufkin police states. Once again, the display case matching the one in the video could not be found.

Earlier Wednesday, Blue Bell corporate instructed all of its division managers to attempt to identify the store location. Within an hour, a Lufkin division manager called and said he believed it fit the Lufkin Walmart.

More here including a screenshot of “the lick.”

Word to the wise: Don’t mess with Blue Bell.

UPDATE 7/5/2019: Culprit identified but she is a juvenile (under 17) so this seems to be the end of story.


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