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Follow up on Buffalo killing in Park County, Colorado (0)

Posted in Misc Crime October 8th, 2008 @ 10:45 am by Linda 

Back in June 2008, this web blog wrote about the senseless killing of buffalo in Park County earlier this year. This week, Jeff Hawn, an Austin, Texas software CEO and property owner, allowed hunters to kill 32 of his neighbor’s buffaloes, was in court to consider a plea agreement to settle the case. A plea deal according to local news sources was offered and the judge agreed to give Hawn 30 days to consider the plea agreement.

The owner of the slain buffaloes, Monte Donware, didn’t know what the offer entails but hopes that Hawn will pay restitution to help replace the animals killed – an estimated amount worth at $77,000. He also would like to see Hawn spend some time in jail and be convicted of a felony because Donware believes that this type of crime is similar to robbing a bank. In addition, this would send a strong message about the importance of Colorado fence out law.

Colorado as most states in the West, requires property owners who want to keep livestock off their land are the ones responsible for building and maintaining fences in order to keep the animals out. Livestock owners, such as Donware, don’t have to keep their animals fenced in. However, many livestock owners do in order to protect their animals because of growth in the area.

We’ll keep you posted on the result of this plea deal agreement.

Can you help solve this crime? (0)

Posted in Solving Crime October 7th, 2008 @ 10:52 am by Linda 

It was August 27, 2008, the week of the Democrat National Convention in Denver, Colorado when a young, up and coming District Attorney was viciously gunned down in his own backyard. The murderer shot Sean May in the back of his head and lower back. Because the Democrat National Convention was being held in Denver that week, his murder didn’t get a lot of attention.

However, an article that week in the Rocky Mountain News wrote about Sean May as “one of the best.” He was smart and personable who chose a career in public service in the Adam’s County District Attorney’s office instead of a lucrative job with a big law firm. He worked with child victims to help prosecute pedophiles. The tragic part of this story is that he and his wife were expecting their first child this fall.

The only clues police have was that someone saw a white or Hispanic man in his 20’s, 5-foot-11 with a medium build flee the scene soon after the shooting. They also believe that his work as a prosecutor may have played a role in his murder.

Police are offering a $125,000 reward for information about the shooting. If you have any information call Denver police at 720-913-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Let’s get Sean May’s killer off the street and in jail and give some closure to his family.

Former NFL Running Back busted on cocaine dealing (0)

Posted in Illegal Drugs October 2nd, 2008 @ 2:20 pm by Linda 

According to sources at the DEA, Travis Henry, former Denver Broncos running back has been arrested on alleged cocaine dealing. He and an accomplice, James Mack, met with a drug informant who was cooperating with the authorities to buy cocaine. The arrest took place in Montana where authorities also found six pounds of marijuana and three kilograms of cocaine in their car.

The informant was being supplied with drugs by Mack and Henry and was suppose to deliver the drugs to customers in Billings, Montana. The informant was to be paid $5,000 for delivery and transportation of the drugs. However, there were some problems involving threats from Travis Henry because the informant owed Henry $40,000 in drug proceeds. The informant decided to cooperate with authorities in setting up a sting to arrest Henry.

Travis Henry played for the Broncos but was released in June 2008. During his time with the Broncos he was suspended for testing positive for drugs, had injuries, and was the center of attention in child support cases – he fathered nine children with nine different women. After he was released in June from the Broncos, reports came out that Henry had again tested positive for marijuana. This was his third offense that could have resulted in a one-year suspension from the NFL if he signed on with another team.

Arrests of criminal gang members seen as a success (0)

Posted in Misc Crime October 1st, 2008 @ 2:51 pm by Linda 

Recently the Star Tribune reported that Federal officials have arrested more than twice as many gang members this year compared to last year. This year nearly 1,500 gang members were arrested nationwide. The arrest of the gang Surenos 13 has increased this year. This indicates the far reaches of this gang as well as better classification of those arrested.

Surenos means “southerner” and is often used in California prisons to refer to any gang member from southern California. The number 13 represents the letter M which is the 13th letter of the alphabet and symbolizes the gang members’ alliances to the Mexican mafia. Officials have also arrested 273 gang members from MS-13, one of the nation’s largest gangs with 10,000 members in the U.S., Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. There are about 1,000 gangs across the country with the same signifiers as MS-13.

Since 2005, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has arrested more than 11,100 gang members and associates from about 890 gangs. The federal government has partnered with state and local law enforcement throughout the country in arresting gang members on administrative violations that resulted in deportation. Over the past three years, not only has ICE arrested gang members and 145 gang leaders but also has seized 388 firearms.

Even though the number of these arrests seem to be successful, law enforcement agrees that there is more work to be done. With the cooperation of the public working with law enforcement, we can get gang members off the streets, in jail or deported.

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