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McAllen Monitor (Newspaper) - September 13, 2014, McAllen, Texas
So the Monitor i saturday september 13, 2014 . Border patrol i investigation Agency says 155 use of Force cases need More review critics say cup acting too slow lacks transparency by Elliot s Page at the associated press san Dieck the Agency that oversees the . Border patrol said f riday that an initial review of cases involving use of Force and alleged misconduct by agents and inspectors found 155 that Merit further investigation. Mark Morgan interim head of customs and Border protections in Vertial affairs office said there was no timeline to Complete the review and commissioner in Iii Kei Likowski had not decided what information to release on individual cases. One Case resulted in a death. Morgan an acting assistant commissioner is a longtime i by official who was named to the Job in june amid widespread criticism that Border patrol agents use excessive Force and that tip is slow to investigate and lacks transparency. Cup examined 860 cases since 2009, including most of the 67 involving deadly Force that Are and Guillermo Arias the associated press a . Border patrol vehicle drives along the .-Mexico Border Fence july 28, 2010, near Yuma ariz., As seen from the outskirts of san Luis Rio Colorado Mexico. Customs and Border protections internal affairs office is investigating alleged cases of Force by the . Border patrol. Dressed in a highly critical cup commissioned report released in May. That report by the police executive research Porum said some agents were suspected of intentionally placing themselves in the escape route of fleeing vehicles to create justification to fire weapons and that some shootings of Rock throwers were questionable especially when attackers hurled projectiles from across the Border in Mexico. Cup also reviewed cases in a report by the american immigration Council that details a wide Range of alleged abuses from agents kicking a pregnant woman who later miscarried to knocking someone a head against a Rock. Reasons for further investigation May include questions about whether a Case could have been handled differently perhaps by not standing in the Way of a fleeing vehicle abandoning a High Speed Pursuit or using a nonlethal weapon Morgan told reporters in Washington. Morgan acknowledged criticism of the slow Pace of investigations blaming a Long standing arrangement within the depart ment of Homeland Security that requires another Agency immigration and customs enforcement to investigate cup employees for possible criminal misconduct before cup gets its turn. Morgan said cup won investigate wrongdoing that does no to Rise to the level of a crime until All Federal state and local authorities Complete criminal investigations. Cup has not yet reviewed 11 cases in the police executive research Porum report because they Are still under criminal investigation and it does no to want to influence the outcome. A this has resulted in very unintended consequences hut nevertheless consequences in terms of efficiency timeliness and transparency a not Quality a he said. Morgan replaced James Tomsheck who has recently Given interviews saying he was a Scapegoat and that some deaths Are highly suspect. It is unclear How Long Morgan will stay. A eve got no legacy mindset a Morgan said. A live got no skin in the territorial ism within cup in Man outside Guy coming investigation awaits autopsy of baby by Christina r. Garza staff writer Brownsville a authorities have ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death of an 8-month-old who died thursday. Officials received a Call regarding a medical emergency thursday from the infants parents who sought help for their unresponsive infant in the 6100 Block of Lynx Street in Brownsville. The infant was transported to a local Hospital and later died police said. Authorities confiscated a vehicle at the location hut would not confirm that the death of the infant was related to the vehicle. Police spokesman . Trevino said the parents of the infant Are cooperating with the ongoing investigation. Authorities maintained that the Case remained under investigation Friday. Garza a a it Era id. Co n i Texas Man faces trial Over Park slaying Thi associated press Sinton a a South Texas Man accused in a 2012 Park attack that left a woman dead and her Girlfriend Hurt has pleaded not guilty to capital murder. The Corpus Christi Culler limes reports David Malcom Strickland faces trial oct. 27 in Sinton. Strickland who waived arraignment on thursday has been held without Bond since his june arrest in Helotes near san Antonio. Investigators say the two women were sexually assaulted and shot at a Park in Portland near Corpus Christi. Authorities say 19-year-old Mollie Olgin of Ingleside died. Her 18-year-old Girlfriend was critically Hurt hut survived. Strickland also faces felony charges of kidnapping aggravated sexual assault and robbery. His wife Laura has been charged with evidence tampering in the Case. She a free on Bond. Tex Asb Wiersman gets prison in id theft cases Houston a Houston Auto related store owner has been sentenced to four years in Federal prison in a wire fraud and identity theft Case involving his business. Austyn Ena Horo afe Khena of Houston was also ordered thursday to pay nearly $246,000 in restitution. Prosecutors say the 53-year-old businessman was convicted of la counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft in a scheme since 2008.16 indicted in id theft Bank scam Sherman prosecutors say 16 people have been indicted in a North Texas identity theft and fraud scheme blamed for More than $1.3 million in Hank losses. Details were announced thursday on the 76-count Federal indictment returned last month in Sherman. The defendants face charges of conspiracy to commit Hank fraud and aggravated identity theft in a ring that also operated in the Dallas fort Worth area. Assoc Atell press reports sgt. Jacob de la Garza Center Breaks ground with his wife Priscilla were presented with a new Home Friday by operation finally Home Gabe Hernandez from left son Jayden and daughter Braelynn As they in from Page i b about Days before his birthday in late May 2011 when he got a Call from Jacob about a special Mission in Yarigin a town 60 Miles Northwest of Kandahar during his brother a fourth deployment after serving three terms in Iraq. Sgt. Jacob de la Garza 32, sustained injuries from an improvised explosive device and lost his left leg from the knee Down As a result of the explosion while on patrol during his first tour in Afghanistan. During the follow ing Days he said news of his brother a critical condition at a Hospital in Germany was heart wrenching. Quot it Felt like it was the end of the world we be there with him while he was hurting a my hero is my Over the course of Jacobs eight year tenure he was reported to have saved several fellow service members during War. Sgt. De la Garza was featured in a Book by Patrick k. Of Donnell titled we were one shoulder to shoulder until the marines who took fal Lujah about his Friendship with his Best Friend Nick Larson of Illinois who was killed during Battle in Iraq while he survived. A never since i was Small i always wanted to be a Marine especially after 9/11 happened it made me want to join even More a said he after the whirlwind of ceremonies joined by his wife Priscilla daughter Braelynn 3 and son Jayden 8. A a in a very excited thank you for everyone a the Home near Canton Road and expressway 281 was provided by operation finally Home a National nonprofit focused on building mortgage free houses for War veterans. The project came to fruition with help from h e a affordable Homes of South Texas and numerous contributions from local companies. Edinburg mayor Richard Garcia said the custom built free House is just a Small Token of appreciation. A these Are things that we can to repay but this is a Good Down payment a he said of efforts to support service members across the nation. Since 2005, operation finally Home has built nearly 80 across the county including one in san Antonio last year. Jose Vielma co chair of the operation finally Home Rio Grande Valley said the nonprofit plans to build More Homes for veterans in the Valley. A this is All personal help and the Community saying you deserve this a said Vielma a Vietnam War Veteran. A it s for people who Are willing and Able to put their lives Back together and this is the key to doing mos trucker i rom Page i b world War la veterans now in their 80s and 90s, Are dying at a rate of 500 to 600 each Day. Of the 16 million americans who served in world War ii sometimes called t he greatest generation there Are now just More than a million alive today. There Are 300 to 400 world War la veterans living in the Rio Bande Valley. The first flight will take place oct. 4 with to veterans including Light who served in the . Marine corps As a radioman and now uses a wheelchair. I in said lie served in several areas of the Pacific theater including Guadalcanal and Bougainville. He appreciated the gesture of Honor plight Rev to Fly him to Washington it. A this is the first time i have been honoured a Light said. A this is Alvarado said Honor flight Rev Hopes to have three flights next Spring and three More in the fall. Each flight he said is expected to have 25 veterans. The Cost for each Veteran is $1,000, which includes airfare hotel and meals. The organization is looking for sponsors. Allen Bergeron chairman of Honor plight Austin said the veterans waited 60 years to see the memorial built. It opened in 2004. Allowing them to see it is a Quot pressing Issue a he said. Bergeron said 400,000 american military personnel were killed during world War ii. Honor flight Rev is part of a larger organization called Honor flight from Page in Tittle said Cordero a wife was sought because she was the Home healthcare provider for the residents robbed during the Home invasion. Police said they now believe Hernandez did not have any knowledge of the planned robbery state sen. Eddie Lucio lr., i Brownsville said the new flights hold special significance for him. His father fought German Field marshal Erwin Rommel known As the Quot desert Fox a in North Africa. Quot my dad was an army vet a he said. Quot this is somewhat emotional to me. I think of life what it Means to us. Ile emphasized the importance of family god and country All packed together in one big Ramon Abote 87, was also honoured by the gesture. Hell be on the flight next month. Quot we talk about what people did Back then and i still think Young people would still do the same thing a he said. Quot other countries done to have the same freedoms we Howdy Smith who served on iwo Lima wont be on the first flight next month. Tie Only heard about the program a few Days ago but he said he wants to go. Other world War la veterans can apply As Smith will at wow. to fill out an application. The website also has a function to donate to sponsor veterans making the flights. Some at Friday ceremony made donation on the spot. Ricky Cepeda marketing director of Chick Fil a in Harlingen said the restaurant wout provide breakfast of All passengers on the oct. 4 flight. American Legio Post 37 from Mcalle donated $10,000. T Whitehead Valley Star co and will not be charged Tittle said Cordero w charged with aggravate robbery. Bond was set $500,000. If convicted of t first degree Feloi Cordero faces five 99 years in prison Anc $10,000 Fine. Zazuet
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