With so much crime in this country, it is truly inspiring to hear about how ordinary people come to the rescue of those in need. Heroes come in all sizes and shapes but this hero is more than just a hero he just may be an angel in disguise.
According to a report by a local TV station in Denver, Colorado, a man working at a Comcast table in front of a Walmart stopped an alleged child molester from leaving the store.
Kevin Salyers who was allegedly grabbing and molesting a little girl in the store, bolted out of the Walmart but Cameron Aulner tackled him before he could leave. What makes this so amazing is that the man, Cameron Aulner, is a disabled man who is wheel chair bound. He lost the use of his legs when he fell off a roof installing Christmas lights years ago. Nevertheless, that did not stop Mr. Aulner from doing the right thing.
Mr. Aulner kept the alleged child molester pinned on the ground until police arrived. According to the story, police are considering giving Mr. Aulner an official commendation. Mr. Aulner said that he didn’t feel like a hero, he just did what you’re supposed to do – help out.
Outside of Atlanta, Georgia, there is no other place for sex offenders to live but in a wooded area behind an Atlanta office park. Probation officers say it’s a place of last resort for them. Nine sex offenders live in tents surrounding a makeshift fire pit in the trees. They are waiting out their probation sentences as they face numerous living restrictions.
Georgia has one of the nation’s toughest sex offender policies. The law bans the state’s 16,000 sex offenders from living, working or loitering within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, parks and other spots where children gather. These Cobb County sex offenders living in the woods is the only place homeless offenders can stay in order to comply with the law.
Probation officials closely monitor the sex offender camp because public safety is the chief concern. The sex offenders are required to report once a week and a field agent is sent to the camp at least twice a week. When a sex offender lands a job, he can move into permanent housing.
This wooded outpost also illustrates the unique dilemma the law creates for homeless sex offenders, who unlike other homeless people, cannot take shelter in a church or curl up in a park because they are barred from both. South Florida also has a tent city for dozens of homeless sex offenders. They moved under a remote bridge because it was among the few places that complied with local ordinances.
There are stupid criminals who do stupid things, there are dumb criminals who don’t think out their crime and then there are vicious criminals who seem to be the most violent criminals of all. The Sun Newspaper reported that the Brooklyn Park Police along with the Secret Service is investigating an alleged hate crime that took place last week.
Two white men from Minneapolis allegedly attacked and beat a black 18-year old man. They yelled racial epithets as well as vowing to kill President Obama and his family. What makes this hate crime so egregious is that the 18-year old man is a vulnerable adult with the mental capacity of an 8 to 10 year old. These thugs allegedly pushed the teen off his bike and called him the N-word. Then the men about three or four of them beat him, made him strip naked and robbed him. They stole his cell phone and some other personal items from the young man.
These vicious criminals armed themselves with an axe or hatchet and a handgun. Police found two unloaded gun magazines in their car when they arrested them. Police arrested two 21-year old white men from Minneapolis, Anthony Peter Kilpela and Bryan Charles Westerlund, and charged them with assault and robbery.
There is no logical reason for this type of crime to be committed. Why did they pick on a vulnerable young adult? Did this make them feel big and important? This is not only a crime against a person but also a crime against humanity.
A part-time Census Bureau worker, Bill Sparkman, was found hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery. On his chest was scrawled the word “fed”. This bizarre crime was committed outside of Manchester, the main hub of the southeastern Kentucky County. Just off the highway, the town has a Walmart, a few hotels, chain restaurants and a couple gas stations. Sparkman’s body was found on September 12th in a forested area of the Daniel Boone National Forest that is sparsely populated.
Mr. Sparkman was a substitute teacher and was doing census work as a part-time job. Friends and family say that he was a kind and gentleperson, perhaps even a bit naïve. He had worked for the Census Bureau since 2003 and conducted interviews over five counties in the surrounding area. His most recent work has been in Clay County.
Law enforcement officers call this “an apparent homicide.” Unfortunately, the area where Sparkman was conducting his census is known for drug activity. The person or persons responsible for the death of Mr. Sparkman are facing federal indictment for attacking a federal worker during or because of his federal job.
Law enforcement needs your help. If you know anything about this federal crime, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI.
Fairplay, Colorado is a small mountain town nestled in the Rocky Mountains. The past few years it has seen its share of criminals who have been involved in burglaries, robberies, as well as illegal hunting. This area is known for excellent hunting and many outfitters are available for hunters to hunt on private land. However, this time, a criminal named Michael Wright who lived east of Colorado Springs did the unthinkable crime of illegally outfitting for hunting.
According to a Denver Post article, Mr. Wright, who carries a multitude of aliases, advertised that he was a hunting guide and would provide hunting on private property. Two men from Texas contacted him and arranged a hunt with him on private land. However, when the two men from Texas arrived at the designated hunting area, Mr. Wright was not there. You see, as a guide he has to bring all the necessary paperwork and of course be there to guide them during the hunt. When he finally showed up, he refused to leave the landowner voucher license with the men. As a result, the landowner called police and the two Texas men were arrested for illegally hunting.
When the men explained to the authorities what happened, the police found Mr. Wright and arrested him and released the Texas men. This is where the story gets bizarre. Mr. Wright was released on bond but the next week he brought in other people for his phony outfitting scheme. He was arrested again.
Sadly, everyone involved in his scheme was stuck for the fees. Further investigation revealed that the licenses he sold were stolen and he forged DOW (Department of Wildlife) papers that where from a prior hunting season. In addition, Wright had prior felony convictions. However, he was still carrying a gun, which is illegal. As a result, Wright faced a number of other charges and that may have been too much for him to handle. He hung himself in jail.
During this hunting season, DOW is cautioning hunters to find reputable outfitters. You can check their references at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies web site to make sure your hunting outfitter is registered. However, if you go with an unregulated outfitter, you probably won’t get your money back and you will face criminal charges that may stop you from hunting in the future.
Recently in Chicago four former members of a now disbanded Chicago Police Unit admitted to taking part in home invasions and thefts. Even though these bad cops stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from suspected drug dealers and others, their conduct was unacceptable.
The prosecutor in the case read a 17-page synopsis of what they admitted to doing. The officers pulled over motorists without cause, grabbed their keys and stormed into their homes, falsified reports, pocketed huge sums of money and even shook each other down for money. In fact, they withheld insulin from a diabetic man until he told them where to find the cash.
Several of the former members of this elite drug and gang unit called the Special Operations Section still face charges that include plotting to hire someone to murder another member of the unit to keep him from talking to the government. All of this happened between 2003 and 2005.
Law enforcement is there to serve and protect the community. However, when rogue police officers use their authority to shake down people, steal and rob they are criminals just like any other criminal and should be prosecuted to the full extend of the law.
According to a United Nations report approximately 750,000 sexual predators are constantly prowling the Internet to gain contact with children. Sadly, the number of sites devoted to child pornography worldwide is growing larger every year as well.
UNICEF estimates that there are more than four million web sites featuring minors and that includes children under two years old. More than 200 new images are circulated daily with production and distribution of child pornographic images between 3 and 20 billions dollars each year. The images of sexually exploited children are also increasingly shocking. UNICEF estimates that between 10,000 and 100,000 minors are victims of child pornography networks.
Because the Internet provides no rules or regulations on what can and cannot be uploaded, child pornography will continue to be available on the Internet. Child pornography is a repulsive crime and those who participate need to be prosecuted.
Law enforcement is working hard to stop sexual predators. However, they need every parent to watch what and where your children are doing on the Internet as well as teaching your child to be aware of predators.
If you steal someone’s wallet and use their credit card you think you would make sure not to leave any trace of who you are – right? As you know, many criminals are not the sharpest pencil in the box.
Fannie Ophelia Henson age 46 was arrested and charged with credit card theft – a felony. She used a stolen credit card to make $400 in purchases from a gas station and a Kroger store. Through surveillance videos police saw her using the card during the purchases. But what sealed the deal was when she used her Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card along with the stolen credit card. She must have wanted those discounts on items she bought at Kroger!
Ms. Henson is now in jail awaiting trial.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently released the DWI end of summer crackdown report. From August 21st through September 7th statewide DWI arrests resulted in 1,873 DWI arrest or more than 100 DWIs per day. The average alcohol concentration of offenders was 0.16 – twice the legal limit of 0.08.
If you are arrested for DWI you will lose your license for at least 90 days and costs may be as high as $20,000 in fees and increased insurance rates. Sadly, each year in Minnesota up to 200 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes. More than 35,000 people are arrested for DWI.
Along with the DWI crackdown, police also cited 3,035 seat belt non-use citations. The report also stated that of the impaired drivers and their passengers killed in alcohol-related crashes during 2006-2008, more than 70 percent were not wearing seat belts.
Here is the breakdown of DWI arrests statewide:
The Minnesota State Patrol – 284
Minneapolis Police Department 55
St. Paul Police – 49,
Bloomington Police 37,
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office 31
In greater Minnesota, White Earth Tribal Police arrested 28 motorists for DWI, followed by Rochester Police Department (22), Cass County Sheriff’s Office (19), Mankato Police (19), and Stearns County Sheriff’s Office (18).
Police have been very aggressive in capturing online sexual predators. However, several Spanish-speaking web sites have flown under the radar until now. In Denver, Colorado, The Jefferson County Child Sex Offender Internet Investigators Unit has turned their attention to sex predators on one of the largest web site – Univision TV. According to a report by a local news station, police have arrested more than a dozen men in recent months.
These perverts log onto chat rooms on the Univision TV Spanish web site in Denver and look for young girls under the age of 15 to chat with in Spanish. An investigator posing as a young girl within minutes had numerous sexual predators hitting on her. Conversations start casually and then become sexual. One man even asked the investigator to call him on his cell phone to arrange a meeting. He also sent pictures of his private parts to her cell phone.
According to the TV report, most of the sex predators are illegal immigrants. When caught they are arrested and bond out and many leave the country or blend into the community. Then police have a difficult time finding them. However, this doesn’t deter the investigative unit that is still committed to aggressively finding and capturing the sex predators.