'Remarkable' Officer Laboy Is Alive Following Shooting
Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy remains in critical condition, according to the chief medical officer attending him. He suffered a 'catastrophic gunshot wound to the head.'
By Sharon McLoone
February 28, 2013
Peter Laboy was shot in the temple Wednesday morning and it’s “remarkable” he’s alive, according to the chief medical officer of Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Janis Orlowski.
Laboy suffered a catastrophic gunshot wound to the head,” she said in a news conference in front of the trauma center in Northwest Washington, DC. “It’s remarkable he’s alive today.”
Orlowski told reporters that she remained “cautious and concerned” about Laboy’s condition, explaining that after a brain injury of this type there is significant swelling around the injury about 24 to 72 hours later.
“This is a difficult time to manage,” she said, adding, “We’re very experienced in this kind of injury.”
Orlowski said Laboy has not regained consciousness, but he has moved his arms and legs and “that remains remarkable.”
She explained that survivors of this type of injury typically require months of recovery and rehabilitation as well as physical and speech therapy.
The bullet did not exit his head, she told reporters. “This kind of bullet breaks into fragments and some of the fragments were removed…It’s obvious he’s a fit gentleman and most people would not have survived this injury.
No such thing as a 'routine' traffic stop ... regardless of what the media might call 'em.
A cab driver is accused of shooting the officer. He has some past traffic tickets, and 'other charges' (unspecified).
The charged cab driver is of middle-eastern descent.
Police Report: Chicken Plucked from Crock Pot
How did the chicken get out of the pot?
By Rachel Hatzipanagos
February 25, 2013
A chicken cooking in a crock pot was plucked from an Arlington home.
Arlington Police report that the chicken was nabbed from the cooker sometime between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 from the home on the 600 block of South Carlin Springs road.
There is no subject description available.
Guess the thief was hungry ..?? LOL
Line of Duty Deaths Down 23 Percent
Report: Line of Duty Deaths Down 23 Percent
Created: December 27, 2012
The number of LODDs is on track to see a year-to-year decrease for the first time since 2009.
The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty is on track to see a year-to-year decrease for the first time since 2009.
With only a few days remaining in 2012, 127 federal, state and local officers have paid the ultimate sacrifice, which is a 23 percent decrease from 2011, according to preliminary data released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
There were 165 officer fatalities last year, 154 in 2010, 122 in 2009 and 141 in 2008.
"The loss of any officer is unacceptable and devastating to their family, their community and our nation. However, I am encouraged to see a significant decrease in the number of law enforcement officers killed in 2012 after two years of alarming increases in the number of fatalities." NLEOMF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Craig W. Floyd said in a statement.
"The law enforcement community has banded together with laser-like focus on peace officer safety at the federal, state and local levels and I believe these numbers are reflective of those combined efforts."
The top cause of officer fatalities in 2012 was traffic-related incidents, which claimed 50 lives.
Forty-nine officers are killed by gunfire while 28 others died due to other causes.
This year saw significant decreases compared to 2011 in several areas following two years of alarming increases.
Traffic-related fatalities declined by 17 percent while firearms-related fatalities decline by 32 percent.
Of the 50 officers killed in traffic-related incidents, 30 were killed in automobile crashes, 14 were struck outside their vehicle, and six were killed in motorcycle crashes.
Of the 49 officers killed in firearms-related incidents, 15 were killed in ambushes, nine were killed during traffic stops or while in pursuit, five were killed in drug-related incidents, five were killed responding to a robbery, four were killed while investigating suspicious persons or circumstances, three were killed responding to domestic disturbance calls and two each were killed while attempting an arrest, responding to a disturbance call or from accidental shootings.
One officer was killed responding to a burglary in progress and one was killed during an investigative activity.
Of the 28 officers who died due to other causes, 14 were caused by job-related illnesses, five were stabbed, three fell to their death, two each were killed in helicopter crashes and beatings, one was killed in an aircraft crash and one was killed in a boating incident.
The state that had the most officer fatalities was Texas (10), followed by Georgia (8), Maryland (6).
Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania all saw five officer died in the line of duty.
Nine officers killed in 2012 served with federal law enforcement agencies and seven served with correctional agencies.
Thirteen of the 127 officers who died were female and the average age of all of the officer was 41 with an average time served of 12 years.
"We are closer to being below 100 peace officer fatalities than we have been for many years. But I am still painfully aware that 127 families will celebrate the New Year without their officer," National President of Concerns of Police Survivors Madeline Neumann said in a statement.
"I find comfort knowing that these families will be embraced by the law enforcement community and given the support and love they will need as they embark on their journey through grief."
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In Remembrance Of Memorial (Decoration) Day
How To Observe Memorial Day
This information is from the USMemorialDay Web site from their page on How To Observe Memorial Day at: www.usmemorialday.org. We share some of observance guidelines so more citizens will become familiar with the proper way to observe this holiday when we remember and honor "our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice". Please visit www.USMemorialDay.com for a wealth of information about this important day of remembrance.
Memorial Day should be observed:
· by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
· by visiting memorials.
· by flying the US Flag at half-staff until noon.
· by flying the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).
· by participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance": at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.
· by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
History of Memorial Day
Historic New York - Memorial Day
On May 5, 1866, the residents of Waterloo held the first complete, community-wide observance of Memorial Day. They dedicated the entire day to honoring the Civil War dead in a solemn and patriotic manner. Throughout the village, flags, draped in mourning, flew at half mast. Ladies prepared wreaths and bouquets for each veteran's grave. Businesses closed, and veterans, civic organizations and townspeople marched to the strains of martial music to the village cemeteries. There, with reverent prayers and patriotic ceremonies, the tradition of Memorial Day was born.
Henry C. Welles, a prominent citizen, first proposed the idea for a day completely devoted to honoring the Civil War dead. General John B. Murray, the Seneca County Clerk, who had commanded the 148th New York Infantry Regiment in the war, quickly advanced the thought and marshaled community support. Since that year, Waterloo has annually observed Memorial Day. New York, in 1873, became the first state to proclaim Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, as it was originally called, a public holiday.
In May, 1966, a joint resolution by the United States Congress and a proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson officially recognized Waterloo as the birthplace of Memorial Day.
More History of Memorial Day
Memorial Day was originally known as "Decoration Day" because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was instituted in 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers and has since grown to honor all those who have given their lives in services to their country.
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states.
Quotes For Memorial Day
"Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation's flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth."
Henry Ward Beecher, from " The American Flag"
"Yesterday, the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that those United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States."
John Adams - Letter to Mrs. Adams, July 3, 1776
"Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking."
Sir Walter Scott
Memorial Day Poems
Eulogy for a Veteran
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
Freedom Is Not Free
By LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG
I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Service man saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.
I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.
I Stand Before You
Written by Roger J. Robicheau - The Poetic Plumber
I stand before you all today
But not one eye can see my way
My time arrived, to leave this earth
A fact so planned, to every birth
It happened where I had to go
My torch for life was so aglow
I transferred while in uniform
Protecting freedom, through a storm
Should I resent I died for you
Not on my life, red white and blue
Please help my family through each day
Tell all my friends, try not to stray
And of the country I did love
Do think of me, through God above
Your memories, brought forth this day
Send love to us, who could not stay
Day is done
Gone the sun
From the Lakes
From the hills
From the sky.
All is well,
God is nigh.
Dims the sight
And a star
Gems the sky,
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise,
For our days,
Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.
NOTE: The above information was gathered and slightly edited by me from a site with more to offer:
It Is With True Appreciation I Say To All Who Have, Will and Do Serve, As Well As To All of Their Loved Ones, For They Too Serve and Have Served, Thank You! ~ Gary
Progressiveness Must Die Today,
In Order That We May Be Free Tomorrow!
Oh yes, plenty of time!
I'm putting max effort into this shoulder rehab, for sure. While I doubt I'll be shooting my 308 anytime soon, I can still enjoy my 22s and 223s! Lots of therapy, and going every day since they put me on 'independent study'!
Working on it, gp. I have a few trial loads ready to test, but will probably put off doing any shooting until the shoulder is healed. No hurry. I intended to use the new rifle on my trip to South Carolina in October so there is plenty of time.
Well, I know he wouldn't do anything intentionally, but I'm just wondering how the heck it happened .. It was crazy .... my signature just changing like that, and the I-box of the safety board ..
Oh well, I never understood these blasted things anyway!
No worry, I think I got it pretty well fixed.
Worked up any loads for that new rifle yet?
How's your shoulder?
The big guy do something wrong? Be still my heart. Not possible is it?
Something happened to my signature ... had a "Shop Wiki.com" logo in it .... no idea where it came from, unless Gary has changed something .. I had a couple things linked to pics he had stored on his web site, and maybe he did something???
Down here in Arizona, everyone needs an AK 47 because the feds gave them to the Mexicans and our 357M ain't enough firepower.
Brian Terry could tell you that as the agents fired "beenbags" at the smugglers. He lost!
Special Report: Bloomberg reloads in push for gun control
By Emily Flitter | Reuters – 11 hrs ago.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Among the slick, million-dollar ads for the likes of Pepsi and Honda during the Super Bowl this Sunday, viewers in Washington will see a far more modest spot. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will be sitting on a couch touting an issue most politicians avoid like the plague: gun control.
The two mayors, whose local teams face off in the big game, are making the pitch for Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), the organization they co-founded in 2006.
Murder has been on the decline in New York and other major American cities for years, but the mayors say they still see too many dead cops and teens. On Tuesday night, Bloomberg was at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan visiting a New York police officer who had just been shot in the face in Brooklyn.
"We have someone who's dedicated his life to protecting all of us, who has had a much too close brush with death tonight because of what appears to be an illegal gun," Bloomberg told a news conference. He added that more Americans have been killed by illegal guns since 1968 than were killed in World War II.
Candidates for local and national office in the U.S. have faced sharp backlashes for advocating restraints on gun ownership, such as assault weapons or guns on campus. Such pushes draw fire from the well-funded National Rifle Association (NRA) and its allies. For many defenders of the Constitution's Second Amendment - the right to bear arms - guns are the single issue on which they vote.
"We have to face the fact that both Democrats and Republicans have for a while viewed this as the third rail of American politics," said John Feinblatt, who helps run MAIG as Bloomberg's chief advisor for policy and strategic planning. (Bloomberg is an independent; Menino is a Democrat.)
Democrats, who are more likely than Republicans to favor some restrictions on gun ownership, made a conscious decision to stay away from the gun issue in the 2010 midterm congressional elections. The aim: protect the so-called Blue Dog conservative Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, who didn't toe the party line on gun control. Most were defeated anyway.
If the Democratic Party hoped to keep the gun issue off center stage in the 2012 presidential race, MAIG's campaign makes that unlikely. So does the fact that the NRA and the gun industry's trade group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), have announced they will have a combined war chest of $225 million.
"We are anticipating having a voter-education effort that will be our largest effort ever," said Lawrence Keane, senior vice president and general counsel at the NSSF.
NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre echoed the sentiment.
"I don't think this is going to be an apathetic year for American gun owners."
NO MORE CANDLES
New York's activist mayor cannot simply restrict handguns in his city - as he has done with smoking and transfats. Two Supreme Court decisions - District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago - have declared such local initiatives unconstitutional. Instead, Bloomberg launched MAIG, which now has 600 members nationwide. Although it has a handful of private donors, the bulk of MAIG's $4 million budget comes out of the mayor's own pocket.
"He's putting his money where his mouth is," said Carolyn McCarthy, a Democratic congresswoman from Long Island. She entered politics after a 1993 shooting spree on the Long Island Rail Road left her husband dead and her son severely injured.
Bloomberg, in his third and last term, is free from concerns about electability and can tap a personal fortune of $19.5 billion, according to a November estimate by Forbes. As for speculation that he might mount a presidential bid this round or next, his leadership on such a divisive issue makes that look less likely.
"There was a lot of political capital that was poured into this," one person who worked closely with MAIG said.
In the past, advocates for stricter gun controls held marches, rallies and candlelight vigils. MAIG has taken a far more activist approach, conducting undercover investigations and sting operations that are then dramatically revealed to the press.
In 2009, New York City contracted the security firm Kroll Inc. to send undercover agents to gun shows in Ohio, Tennessee and Nevada to show how people who could not pass a background check easily bought guns.
MAIG also used undercover investigators to expose gun dealers who sold to "straw purchasers," buyers intending to quickly resell the guns on the black market. Another investigation identified online gun sellers who did not require background checks.
Bloomberg launched another probe after the January 2011 shooting in Arizona that killed six people and wounded 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Using city money, he sent undercover investigators to Arizona to repeat the gun show sting and prove how easy it was for someone like Jared Lee Loughner, the shooter, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, to get a gun.
That move enraged supporters of unfettered gun rights.
"The 'sting' was a waste of money that misleads Americans and did nothing to reduce crime," wrote John Lott Jr., an economist who writes about guns, in a column on FoxNews.com. "Talk about an aggressive publicity stunt."
The NSSF's Keane said there are serious problems with many MAIG actions. He cited another investigation in which MAIG used gun data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to sue dealers found to be selling guns to straw buyers.
"The New York City police department went to the ATF, traced data, turned that traced data over to private investigators, violated federal law, and interfered in 18 ongoing criminal investigations," he said. "The ATF had to pull agents out of the field because they were placed at risk."
Marc Lavorgna, a spokesman for the New York City mayor's office, said in response: "They can't argue the substance, so they continue to make a false, tired claim that has been directly refuted by the ATF. And the courts have validated that our investigations were legal."
The ATF did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
Opponents of the mayors' efforts have also seized on a Department of Justice program codenamed "Fast and Furious" to discredit sting operations. Beginning in 2009, the ATF, investigating a gun-trafficking network in Arizona and Mexico, supplied 2,000 illegal guns they hoped to trace through the system so they could catch the leaders. Instead, they lost track of hundreds of the guns - two of which were found near the murder scene of Brian Terry, a border patrol agent, in 2010.
Last Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder was called before a congressional committee for a second time to explain how the program went bad. He repeated that senior Justice Department and ATF officials had not known about the operation until it was over.
Members of the MAIG say they are not trying to take guns away from their legal owners, just to close loopholes that allow criminals to get guns and move them around undetected.
"It's a serious safety issue," said Margaret Stock, the Democratic mayor of Butler, Pennsylvania, the town of 13,000 where Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum spent part of his childhood. "If an officer gets shot with an illegal gun I'm responsible."
Butler is in a sparsely populated area of western Pennsylvania where the first day of deer hunting season is often a school holiday.
"We're a big hunting community, but this is illegal handguns, it's a totally different issue," Stock said. "I had a little bit of backlash from local members of the NRA that I was somehow anti-gun. That was not the intent of the coalition."
MAIG's efforts have spurred some change. In 2008, Wal-Mart signed the voluntary 10-point code of conduct MAIG developed for gun sellers. It includes videotaping the area of a store where guns are sold, setting up a computerized gun tracing and alert system, and performing background checks on its employees.
An Ohio gun show operator identified in MAIG's 2009 sting began offering police and federal firearms agents a free booth at his shows to strengthen background checks and help dealers recognize straw buyers, according to the Dayton Daily News.
MAIG claims on its website that "four out of the seven gun shows and venues" fingered in the 2009 investigation "have changed their practices."
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
No one thinks gun control is going to be the most important issue in 2012, but there are specific races and constituencies where it certainly will matter.
One such race is northwestern Arkansas, where a 33-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran named Ken Aden is challenging his former battalion commander for a Congressional seat. Aden is running as a progressive Democrat; his Republican opponent, Steve Womack, is a freshman incumbent, part of the Tea Party sweep of the 2010 midterm elections.
Aden, who has already met with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and other party officials in Washington, has strong views on guns. He collects them, and say he knows what damage they can do. When Aden was 16 his father was shot and killed by his stepmother in a domestic dispute, using his dad's own 357 magnum and his shotgun. The shooting was ruled a justifiable homicide, Aden says; his stepmother has since died."
"We've got to keep guns out of the wrong hands," Aden said.
He supports the background checks mandated by the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and has pledged in his platform to "fight to make sure that dangerous assault rifles and ammunition with no practical purpose in hunting, self-protection, or sport shooting ... stay off our streets."
Womack, for his part has co-sponsored several pieces of legislation to reinforce Second Amendment rights, including a bill that would force states to honor other states' concealed carry permits.
"New, more stringent gun laws will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals," Womack told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in January 2011, after the Tucson shootings. "Rather, proper enforcement of our current laws will provide the necessary mechanisms to ensure the well-being of the American people."
The NRA is telling supporters that President Obama will outlaw guns in a second term by appointing Supreme Court justices to reverse the gains made in the Heller and McDonald decisions. The White House denies that it has any such aim.
"The real threat to the Second Amendment is the reelection of President Obama," said LaPierre.
He believes that other Democratic candidates will stay away from gun issues so as not to draw attention to Obama's ultimate game plan.
"Their strategy is to fog the issue through the 2012 election, because they don't want the Second Amendment or guns to prevent the reelection of President Obama," LaPierre said of the Democrats.
Democratic strategist Celinda Lake, who has spent many years polling on gun issues, said her data suggest two audiences will be open to gun-control measures in the 2012 elections: Latinos and suburban women.
Her firm, Lake Research Partners, conducted a poll in late October for MAIG that found 76 percent of Latinos supported a new program requiring gun dealers in border states to report when someone attempts to buy more than one semi-automatic rifle within a five-day period.
Suburban women, Lake said, who are known to be swing voters, want guns kept out of their neighborhoods.
In addition to his work with MAIG, Mayor Bloomberg is keeping a close eye on elections all around the country. He has already backed six candidates for Virginia's state senate with contributions of $25,000 each, and may give to more candidates.
MAIG's Feinblatt said the group had not yet identified congressional races it wanted to support, but, he added, "We're always watching."
Man Dies After Eating Ounce of Cocaine Out Of Brother's Butt
By JULIA JACOBO
December 20, 2011
SOUTH CAROLINA (PIX11)— After eating an ounce of cocaine hidden in his brother's buttocks, a South Carolina man died soon after.
Deangelo Mitchell, 23, and his brother Wayne, 20, were in the back of a North Charleston Police Department cruiser on Nov. 30. The duo was being transported to jail when they began whispering about narcotics hidden inside the older sibling.
The Mitchells were arrested when a police officer found three small bags of cocaine underneath a rear seat of their 2001 Chrysler. It is evident in video footage that Deangelo Mitchell encouraged his younger brother to ingest the cocaine. The older Mitchell has a lengthy record and was concerned that he could face life in prison if convicted of a narcotics charge. "I can't get no more strikes," he told his brother.
He further directed his brother to "Eat that s***" and "Chew that s***."
In the footage, Wayne Mitchell can be seen, in handcuffs, reaching back to retrieve the cocaine from his brother. He then drops his head while he eats the cocaine.
Wayne Mitchell soon after began convulsing and bleeding from his mouth. "White powder residue" was found on the rear seat of the police cruiser, cops noted. Deangelo later said "he believed his brother swallowed an ounce of cocaine."
Wayne Mitchell died within an hour of ingesting the cocaine.
Deangelo Mitchell was initially charged with narcotics trafficking and was released from custody after posting $50,000 bond. But after a review of the police footage, authorities rearrested him Tuesday, charging him with involuntary manslaughter in connection with his brother's death.
A friend sent me a copy of a rather interesting article a couple of days ago. It covers the results of one man's study of 'stopping power' of individual calibers - that age-old subject of zillions of arguments. I thought it was extraordinarily well done, and most of all, the author has (or disclaims anyway) no sort of financial or proprietary interest in any certain ammo company. Go read it when you get time. You'll either agree with it (as I largely do) or disagree ... and the author has a good answer to those who disagree .....
Go read it when you have a few minutes. Let me know what you think. At the very least, it will get you to thinking a bit.
North Carolina Death Row Inmate Writes Letter About Life of 'Leisure'
By CHRISTINA NG | ABC News – 9 hrs ago...
A convicted murderer on death row in North Carolina wrote a taunting letter to his hometown newspaper about his life of "leisure" in prison and making a mockery of the legal system.
Danny Robbie Hembree Jr. was found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Heather Catterton in 2009 and was sentenced to death on Nov. 18, 2011.
Hembree, 50, is on death row at Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C., but he's not looking for any pity in the letter he sent to The Gaston Gazette.
"Is the public aware that I am a gentleman of leisure, watching color TV in the A.C., reading, taking naps at will, eating three well balanced hot meals a day," Hembree asked in the letter. "I'm housed in a building that connects to the new 55 million dollar hospital with round the clock free medical care 24/7."
He also asks if the public knows that the chances of his "lawful murder" taking place in the next 20 years, if ever, are "very slim."
Hembree has also been accused of killing two other women. One was 30-year-old Randi Dean Saldana, whose burnt remains were found near Blacksburg, S.C. in 2009. The other was 30-year-old Deborah Ratchford, whose body was found in 1992.
He admitted to taking drugs and having sex with Catterton and Saldana on the days they died, but told jurors he did not kill them or dispose of their bodies, according to ABC News' Raleigh-Durham affiliate WTVD. He is scheduled to go on trial for Saldana's killing in March.
Hembree confessed to killing the three women during recorded police interviews, but later said the confessions were an attempt to cover up a string of armed robberies, according to the Gaston Gazette.
In the letter, Hembree also mocks the judicial system.
"I laugh at you self righteous clowns and I spit in the face of your so called justice system. The state of North Carolina has sentenced me to death but it's not real," he wrote.
North Carolina State Representative Paul Stam told WTVD that the letter is a travesty of justice. He said that it is more likely that Hembree will die of natural causes than of the death penalty.
"His punishment does not fit his crime at all," Stam said.
Hembree tells the citizens of Gaston County, N.C., that they should petition that state and force them to carry out his "murder sentence."
The Gaston County District Attorney's Office did not immediately respond to request for comment.
"I am a man who is ready to except [sic] his unjustful punishment and face God almighty with a clean conscience unlike you cowards and your cowardly system," Hembree wrote. "Kill me if you can suckers. Ha! Ha! Ha!"
The letter is signed, "Sincerely, Danny Hembree."
Yet another 'accomplishment' of liberals in this country.
Anyone actually believe this guy could be innocent, and needs a 20 year appellate process?
Thank you sir - good post/information.
When Stopped By Police & Carrying
Tips When Stopped By Police
by Personal Defense TV
May 27, 2011
Lethal Force Institute’s Massad Ayoob gives Host Tom Gresham some essential tips for safely interacting with police when carrying a firearm while driving your vehicle:
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Oklahoma Mother, 18, Kills Intruder Breaking Into Her Home While on Phone With 911
11 hours ago - ABC News 2:11 | 4,115,421 views
911 operator told young mother she could not shoot until man entered her home.
Watch it here:
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This little gal doesn't take any crap!
Lost homework leads to NY boy's burglary arrest
AP – 4 hrs ago...
LIBERTY, N.Y. (AP) — A 12-year-old upstate New York boy may be wishing that his dog ate his homework.
Police in the village of Liberty tell the Times Herald-Record of Middletown that officers used math homework to track down a boy suspected of breaking into an auction house Saturday night.
The owner said he arrived Sunday morning and discovered that a window had been removed and jewelry, cellphones, video games and other items had been stolen from his business.
Police say homework with the suspect's name on it was found in the woods behind the auction house.
The youth has been charged with burglary. His case is being handled in Sullivan County Family Court.
Information from: http://news.yahoo.com/lost-homework-leads-ny-boys-burglary-arrest-134517671.html