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Saturday, June 29, 2013

How to Undress a Cop


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The July 6, 2013 episode of American Heroes Radio features a conversation police officer and poet Sarah Cortez, the author of How to Undress a Cop.

Program Date: July 6, 2013
Program Time: 1500 hours, PACIFIC
Topic: How to Undress a Cop

About the Guest
Sarah Cortez has been in law enforcement since 1993.  She began her career as a full-time police officer with the University of Houston Police Department and then went to work at Harris County, Precinct Four.  She is currently a reserve deputy with the Harris County, Precinct four. During her career she has worked as a patrol officer, field training officer and sexual assault investigator.  After her writing career began, she continued in law enforcement as a reserve police officer and been assigned as a juvenile bailiff, worked undercover during alcohol stings and assisted with the service civil processes.   Sarah Cortez is the author of How to Undress a Cop: Poems and Cold Blue Steel, and a coauthor/editor of Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery and You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens.

According to the book description of Cold Blue Steel, it “contains fifty lyric poems set in the world of the urban street cop in Houston, the nation’s fourth largest metropolis. In the patrol car, at scenes of suicides and DOAs, in the overtime reality of aching feet and sweating torsos, the reader experiences the hard realities and unexpected luminosities of doing America’s most dangerous job.

About the Watering Hole
The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life.  Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

About the Host
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, law enforcement technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement.

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Abundance of Tips Leads to the Arrest of U.S. Marshal's 'Fugitive of the Week'



Concord, NH – This morning in Salem, NH, “Fugitive of the Week” James Chase, 45, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force at a residence on Friendship Drive. Chase was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants issued by both the Rockingham County Superior Court and the Salem Police Department. Rockingham County wanted Chase for failing to appear on a probation violation. Chase had been on probation as part of a sentence for second degree assault by strangulation. The Salem Police Department was seeking Chase on another arrest warrant for assault by strangulation.

Today, as part of this investigation Chase was featured as the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force’s weekly feature known as the “Fugitive of the Week.” The “Fugitive of the Week” is broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, the Union Leader, the Nashua Telegraph and is prominently featured on the internet. This feature caused numerous tipsters to call the U.S. Marshals. These tips, along with the investigative efforts of all of the agencies involved ultimately led investigators to the Friendship Drive address, where Chase was arrested. Chase was transported to the Salem Police Department, where he is being held for processing on these arrest warrants, pending his initial court appearance.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force that assisted in this arrest included; Rockingham & Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Offices, the Salem, Greenfield & Manchester Police Departments, NH Probation and Parole, as well as deputy U.S. Marshals.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,370 arrests. These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

Friday, June 21, 2013

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrest Fugitive Wanted on Drug Crimes;



Other for Alleged Sexual Solicitation of Minor

Pensacola, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested two wanted men in the past 24 hours, one a convicted felon wanted to face drug charges in Pensacola; the other a man who faces charges for child pornography and traveling to meet a young boy to purportedly engage in sexual activity. Robert Lee Hawthorne Jr., 28, was being sought by the Marshals Task Force who spent most of today following leads throughout Pensacola. They finally caught up with fugitive Hawthorne at about 2 o’clock this afternoon where they tracked him to a home on the 2300 Block of Jordan Street. Marshals and Task Force Officers from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office and arrested him without incident. Hawthorne is wanted by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office for Failure to Appear on Cocaine Possession charges. Hawthorne has an extensive criminal past that includes violent crimes and violence toward law enforcement. Hawthorne is being held in the Escambia County Jail.

Yesterday evening, U.S. Marshals and Task Force members from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 79 year-old Norman Rushton in a Hotel in Crestview, Fla. Rushton is wanted by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office on a revoked bond warrant for Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation, as well as Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sexual Activity. The Marshals Pensacola Task Force was asked to help the Marshals in Panama City last week; following leads that led them to Costa Rica and finally found him back in the Panhandle yesterday. Rushton was arrested without incident and brought to the Okaloosa County Jail where he remains until he is brought back to Bay County.

U.S. Marshals Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Brooklyn, New York



Armed Robbery and Attempted Murder in York County - summer 2012

Harrisburg, PA – United States Marshal Martin J. Pane announced today that the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) arrested 38-year old Jesse A. Brewer in Brooklyn, New York.

On July 12, 2012, the York Police Department responded to the 200 block of Saint Charles Way for a reported armed robbery of a jewelry store. During the robbery the owner was shot multiple times. Three suspects fled the scene shortly after stealing an undisclosed amount of items from the jewelry store.

On May 8, 2013, an arrest warrant was issued by Magisterial District Judge Scott Laird, in York County, charging Brewer with:

    One (1) count of Criminal Attempt- Criminal Homicide
    One (1) count of Conspiracy – Aggravated Assault
    One (1) count of Robbery- Inflict Serious Bodily Injury
    One (1) count of Robbery – Threat Immediate Serious Injury
    One (1) count of Theft by Unlawful Taking – Movable Property
    One (1) count of Receiving Stolen Property

At the request of York City Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force in the Middle District of Pennsylvania (M/PA) began investigating the whereabouts of Brewer. The Task Force developed information that Brewer may be in New York. An investigative lead was sent to the USMS New York-New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, who began investigating the whereabouts of Brewer.

During the early morning hours of June 20, 2013, members of the USMS New York-New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Brewer at a location near the intersection of Wilson Street and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. The fugitive was taken into custody without incident.

Brewer was turned over to Rikers Island, NYC, for processing and court proceedings concerning his extradition to York County.

United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “The Fugitive Unit worked tirelessly on bringing this fugitive to justice. A case such as this one where the use of such violence against innocent victims occurs is a high priority for the Marshals Service and its Fugitive Taskforce partners. It is my sincere hope that the victim’s family can gain some measure of comfort knowing that the 3rd suspect is finally off the street.”

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in M/PA was assisted by personnel from the USMS New York-New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force in apprehending Brewer. The concept of all USMS-led fugitive task forces is to seek out and arrest the nation’s most dangerous offenders.

Monday, June 17, 2013

U.S. Marshals Add Alleged Murderer, Gang Member to 15 Most Wanted List



 Cameron Leezell Taylor

Washington – The U.S. Marshals Service today announced the addition of a suspected attempted murderer and violent gang member to their 15 Most Wanted fugitive list.

Cameron Leezell Taylor, a documented member of a Phoenix-based criminal street gang, is wanted in Arizona by the Phoenix Police Department on four counts of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated assault, endangerment, assisting a criminal street gang and a drive-by shooting. Taylor is also wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service District of Arizona for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

On March 23, 2009, Taylor, along with two other gang members, allegedly drove through a south Phoenix neighborhood in an attempt to locate and murder rival gang members including a pregnant female. Later that day, the group located a vehicle containing the targeted gang members. However, there was another vehicle between them, driven by Gilbert Leon. Taylor, and two other gang members, allegedly opened fire at the target vehicle, striking it numerous times. In the process, Leon was struck by a stray bullet and instantly died. One of the targeted individuals was struck in the back and a stray bullet struck another passing vehicle. At the time of the shooting, Leon was returning home from visiting his parents and spending time with his nephew.

“Cameron Taylor is the reason a national 15 Most Wanted list was created by the U.S. Marshals Service,” said David P. Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona. “Taylor’s contempt for social values and human life has resulted in him now being one of America’s most wanted fugitives.”

Taylor, 26, poses an extreme threat to the community and should be considered armed and dangerous. The two other gang members involved in the shooting have since been arrested and convicted for the crime.

“Through his alleged crimes, Cameron Taylor demonstrated a clear disregard for innocent bystanders that presents an immediate danger to society,” said William D. Snelson, Assistant Director for Investigative Operations. “This most recent incident earned him the full attention of the United States Marshals Service. We are committed to locating and apprehending this violent gang member. Taylor will not elude the long arm of the law.”

A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Taylor’s arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.