Archive for December, 2006

From the  Pocono Record

BLAKESLEE — A grand jury investigation into a $4 million theft ring in Hamilton Township has led to a suspect in a gruesome, 13-year-old murder near Bartonsville, the state attorney general announced Wednesday.

Police have arrested Gary Gerber Jr., 34, of Edwardsville, and his brother, Warren Gerber, 32, who is held in the Luzerne County Jail on theft charges; a third brother, Richard Gerber, 33, is still at large. All three have been charged with multiple counts of theft, conspiracy and other charges.

Gary Gerber has also been charged with the 1993 murder of Robert Hagan, a New Jersey beautician who was repeatedly stabbed and run over with his own car. Hagan’s body was found along Rimrock Road near Bartonsville at a site once popular for homosexual trysts.

To view the Pocono Record’s archived coverage of articles related to the Hagan murder, click here

This article describes something that is all to rare in efforts to efforts to curb illegal immigration. Criminal Prosecution of those who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. To be effective in addressing illegal immigration we have to not only make it harder for illegals to cross the border, but we also have to reduce the incentive for them to come here to begin with.  

The only honest way to combat illegal immigration 

SAN DIEGO — Christmas came early for those of us who believe that the only honest way to combat illegal immigration is to bring criminal charges against the employers who hire illegal immigrants.

That’s what happened recently in a case involving Golden State Fence Co., a Southern California-based company that has built fences on the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants. The company and two of its executives recently pled guilty in U.S. District Court to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants in violation of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

Perfect. And don’t kid yourself. This doesn’t seem to be a case of a well-meaning employer who tried to do the right thing but couldn’t tell a fake ID from a real one. According to federal investigators, Golden State Fence Co. had repeatedly been warned not to hire illegal immigrants but did so anyway. The company even rehired some workers after being told not to because the workers were here illegally.

How brazen. It’s as if company officials either didn’t care about the law or perhaps never thought they’d get caught. Now that they have worked out a plea agreement with the government, the company and top executives have openly admitted to repeatedly hiring illegal workers between January 1999 and November 2005.

During roughly the same time period, Golden State Fence Co. — which now employs about 750 people — enjoyed a boom in business. According to The Associated Press, sales for the company went from $60 million in 1998 to $150 million in 2004.

As part of the plea, the company agreed to pay a penalty of $4.7 million. In addition, Mel Kay, company founder, chairman and president, will hand over $200,000, and office manager Michael McLaughlin agreed to pay $100,000.

The charges also call for potential jail time, anywhere from six months to five years, for the two executives. Sentencing is set for March 28.

Michael Williams said it best.

Building fences to keep out illegal immigrants won’t work unless we also go after the companies that employ them. As long as there are jobs and government benefits to be had, people will find a way to come get them.

Some other recent CAII Posts on similar topics:

InMuscatine provides some more information about going after the employers of illegal immigrants, as Judicial Watch files FOIA lawsuit to seeking documents identifying the top 100 corporations in the United States receiving the highest number of “no match” letters from the Social Security Administration.

Leaning Straight up Points out that while no criminal charges have been filed against Swift company executives as of yet, there is a civil suit pending aginst them brought by former employees who claim that the Swift company favored illegal workers to lower wage costs.   

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.

 

 

 

 

 From BBC 

Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command has suggested the US will be forced to talk to al-Qaeda if it wants to extricate itself from Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Speaking in a video aired on al-Jazeera TV, Ayman al-Zawahiri said the US was not talking to “the real powers” in the region and its negotiations would fail.

He also said al-Qaeda would continue to strike on US soil so long as Muslims came under attack in the Islamic world.

Analysts say this may be the first time al-Qaeda has hinted at talks.

Zawahiri must have been inspired by Hanoi John Kerry, Bill Nelson, and Chris Dodd’s meeting or planed meetings with with Syrian President Assad.  Kerry does have a history of meeting with our nations enemy.   

From the Blotter

With European law enforcement officials warning of an imminent holiday terror attack, Web sites associated with al Qaeda announced today that the group’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is about to issue a new statement entitled “the truths about the clash between Islam and atheism.”

According to the Associated Press, John Reid, Britain’s top law enforcement official, said Sunday that it was “highly likely” that terrorists would attempt to mount an attack over the holiday period, when the number of travelers swells. He gave no other details.

The head of Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, has said her agents are tracking almost 30 terrorist plots involving 1,600 suspects, and that at least five major terror plots had been thwarted since the July 2005 transit bomb attacks in London.

Sounds like Al Qaeda is planning its own Christmas Special

Updated: 21 December:

 Search ends for missing person

The search for a Sedalia man whose disappearance led to a police investigation ended Monday in Sweet Springs.

A Sweet Springs police officer stopped Fredrick Debulten in his pickup truck about 7 a.m. on state Route 127, according to Sedalia Police Department reports.

Mr. Debulten told police he left because he had “personal issues at home he was dealing with,” said Chief John DeGonia.

Mr. Debulten’s wife, Patricia, reported him missing Friday afternoon when he failed to return home from work for a lunch break.

He was last seen on a bank surveillance video withdrawing money from an automated teller machine, with what appeared to be a cloaked passenger in his truck.

Officers investigated Mr. Debulten’s disappearance.

Chief DeGonia said the stop at the bank was staged to look like an kidnapping.

Mr. Debulten, 55, will not face charges, he said.

From Kmbctv News Video included 

SEDALIA, Mo. — Police believe a 55-year-old Sedalia man, who was last seen on Friday, may have been abducted. Sedalia detectives said Fredrick Debulten did not report for work, where he was considered a reliable employee.”We had a 16 to 18-inch snowstorm, he was one of the few people who showed up for work,” Sedalia Detective Monte Richardson said.

Surveillance tape from a bank showed Debulten making a withdrawal from an automated teller machine Friday morning.

A passenger in Debulten’s truck appears to be shielding himself or herself from the camera.

“(There’s) a screen that hides whoever is in here with him. It goes from the back of the cab up to the visor and it screens out this person,” Richardson said.

Police said that they’re leaning toward a “criminal aspect” in the case.

Authorities said that they have an unconfirmed report that Debulten’s pickup was seen on Interstate 70 Saturday morning near Sweet Springs.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sedalia police at 660-827-TIPS.

Other News articles on Fredrick Debulten

Police seek missing man Sedalia Democrat
Police following up leads in missing man case Sedalia Democrat
Officials still seek missing person Sedalia Democrat 

I grew up not far from Kirksville.  It is a small community in North East Missouri where crime is not unheard of but rare. Speculation in the local media is that the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning, though none will speculate if it was intentional or accidental.    

From The Kirksville Daily Express

Seven people were found dead Sunday afternoon inside a Kirksville duplex, but a cause of death will not be known until a preliminary autopsy Monday morning.

Police Chief Jim Hughes said a 911 call came in at 2:26 p.m. reporting “a number of unresponsive individuals … and a strange odor,” inside the home, located at 704 Erin Place.

When paramedics arrived, they found seven dead. Their names and ages have not been released pending notification of their families.

“We haven’t ruled anything out nor have we ruled anything in,” Hughes said regarding the investigation into the deaths. “We are in the very beginning, basic stages and we are taking it very carefully.

“As you can imagine, this kind of incident with seven victims is something we take very serious. We are being very meticulous.”

At this time, the case is being investigated as “unattended deaths,” Hughes said, adding no suspects are being sought.

Police did obtain a search warrant Sunday evening, and a Dodge minivan was towed from an enclosed garage located on the ground floor of the duplex.

As law enforcement conducted their investigation, the residence was secured and as time passed, more and more people gathered outside, many of which were friends and family of the victims.

AP Article Here

Cross Posted from DeMediacratic Nation

“I’m here and here I’ll stay until the government reforms laws that tear families apart.” – Elvira Arellano (oddly enough spoken in Spanish)

Elvira Arellano, “immigrant rights activist” has sent the prodigal son out again; this time to Miami to join the protest against the Swift & Co. raid that netted 1,300 “undocumented” workers.

The Chicago Sun-Times reporter responsible for the article, Esther J. Cepeda just reports it like it is with quotes such as:

“Arellano spoke of the pain of separation Thursday afternoon, hours after sending her ambassador to the world — her 7-year-old son, Saul — on his fifth trip to spread her word.”

Do you envision the halo about her head? The heck with who “Jesus would deport,” who would the leader of the church of Elvira deport?

The paper further reports:

“In the last four months Arellano herself has missed her son’s parent-teacher conferences, the opening of Mel Gibson’s film ”Apocalypto,” and has gained 10 pounds from being limited to her small apartment above the church.”

This is the type of horrifying, grueling existence is what one lives in this country if found to be here illegally or I guess undocumentedly. Possible for sure, but I don’t know that I believe that she attended “parent-teacher” conferences prior to the ones she’s missed in the past 4 months.

As the leader of the Church of Elvira, Elvira herself said…”she’s here to stay” until we fix what’s broken. What if she doesn’t like how we fix it? Do we keep trying until she’s satisfied?
Some other CAII Posts:

Uncooperative BLogger with: Borfers Remain Secured by Minutemen During Holiday Season 

Take Back Georgia has Gang Related Stabbing, U.S. Law Enforcement Threatened

Common Sense America with Here We Go – Threats, Innuendos, And Murder

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian gunmen waged a street battle outside the residence of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas around dawn Monday, dashing hopes that an overnight truce would bring quiet to the Gaza Strip.

The rival factions Hamas and Fatah are fighting for control over the Palestinian government, and the volatile coastal territory was buffeted by violence all day Sunday. Three people were killed in Sunday’s fighting, in which gunmen shot up the Palestinian foreign minister’s convoy and militants launched mortar shells at Abbas’ office.

Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has accused Abbas of inflaming the political crisis by calling for early elections and said his Hamas group would boycott the poll. Abbas, a moderate from Fatah, called for new elections to resolve the political deadlock that has paralyzed the Palestinian government since the hardline Hamas militants won January parliamentary elections.

The Palestinian Authority keeps coming closer to dissolving into two separate governments and two major bases of operation for each. Hamas already has primary control of Gaza, while Fatah holds the West Bank, although each has plenty of representation in both places. Both have their own armies, and both seek to gain full control over the state apparatus. In short, this is the civil war in the Mid-east..

Over a decade ago Yassr Arafat had an oppertunity to work with Ehud Barak and achieve a two state solution. Doing so however, would have endangered his grip on power in the Palestinian Authority.  Terrorists, like Arafat then and Hamas now, need the conflict with Israel to continue for them to maintain their hold on power. Without that conflict Palestinians would be demanding their leaders address the deplorable conditions in which they live.  

How the Palestinian Family Feud plays out is anyone’s guess, but my money is on Hamas launching new and more lethal terror attacks on Israel sparking a response that distracts the media as well as the population from the internal differences, and failures of the current Hamas leadership.     

BEIJING (AP) — North Korea defiantly declared itself a nuclear power Monday at the start of the first full international arms talks since its nuclear test and threatened to increase its nuclear deterrent if its demands were not met.

Reiterating those demands in its opening speech, the North said the United Nations must lift the sanctions imposed on the communist nation for its Oct. 9 nuclear test. It also said the United States must remove the financial restrictions that led the North to break off the six-nation nuclear negotiations 13 months ago.

LONDON (Reuters) – Police arrested a 37-year-old man on Monday on suspicion of murdering five prostitutes in one of Britain’s most dramatic serial killings of recent times.

The naked bodies of five women, who all worked as prostitutes in the town of Ipswich in eastern England, were found dumped in the countryside over a period of 11 days this month, dominating television and newspaper headlines.

“He has been arrested on suspicion of murdering all five women — Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Paula Clennell and Annette Nicholls,” Police Chief Superintendent Stewart Gull told a news conference.