Monday Morning Mugshot: Father/Son Meth Cookin’ Operation Goes Belly Up

Despite his son having been sentenced to 5 years in prison for pleading guilty to manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine just two weeks ago father Richard Dean Bailey Sr, 56, of Lesslie, South Carolina kept cookin’. Despite police checking in on his household at least 6 times in the previous two years he decided to maintain his meth-making operation that posed a threat to not only his and his family’s life but those of his neighbors.

After a month-long investigation police swooped in on Bailey Senior at his mobile home where, among other incriminating items, they found a mason jar filled with the drug, 295 grams-worth, which authorities claim could “cause nearby homes to be knocked off their foundations if there had been an explosion.”

Also found in the home was a 1-year-old, and two other adults who face related charges.

Because of the volume of the drug seized by police Bailey Senior faces up to 30 years in prison.

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Family Of 5 Found Shot To Death In Maine Apartment Building, Police Suspect Murder-Suicide

Authorities are searching for answers about a family of five, including three children aged 4, 7 and 12 years old and two parents in their 30’s, found shot to death in their Maine apartment on Sunday. The father of the family is identified as a maintenance worker at the apartment complex where they lived. No names have been released to the press at this time.

Saco police reportedly discovered the bodies in bedrooms, as well as a “long gun” and shell casings. They believe the shootings took place around 11:30pm on Saturday night.

Because investigators found the firearm near one of the bodies, police suspect that the shooting may have been murder-suicide. The official determination will be made by the medical examiner’s office. Autopsies are scheduled to take place today.

Neighbor Heather Nason, who used to babysit the children told AP, “I still don’t want to believe it. I love those children like they were my own.”

Investigators say a family friend contacted a worker at the apartment complex to report that they were concerned about the family’s well-being. The worker reportedly entered the family’s apartment, saw one body, and contacted the Saco Police Department immediately.

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Photo: AP/Robert F. Bukaty

Salmonella

     HACKENSACK, N.J. – Raw Deal Inc. supplied black raspberry extract contaminated with salmonella, Naturex claims in Bergen County Court.

Rio Grande

ALBUQUERQUE – The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Army Corps Of Engineers’ poor management of the Rio Grande imperils the protected silvery minnow and the willow flycatcher, the Wildearth Guardians claims in Federal Court.

TLC Wrongly Accused Hundreds of Being Illegal Cabbies in Past Year

NEW YORK CITY — Kareeal Akins still gets chills thinking about the long, frigid walk home that he and his then-pregnant wife were forced to make this past winter after the city seized his car.  

At about 9 p.m. on Jan. 24, he drove his white 2002 Honda Accord from his Sheepshead Bay apartment to the corner of Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway in Kensington to pick up his wife, Natalie, from her friend’s home.

He remembers pulling up to the intersection, his wife getting into his car and then a vehicle behind them flashing its sirens.

It wasn’t police officers stopping them. It was two Taxi and Limousine Commission inspectors, enforcement agents tasked with policing livery cars and yellow taxis to protect New Yorkers from dangerous and uninsured illegal cabbies.

What many New Yorkers don’t know is TLC inspectors also have the power to seize a vehicle they suspect of operating as an illegal cab.

The inspectors separated Kareeal and Natalie. They accused him of being an unlicensed hack. They asked Natalie whether she was a paying passenger and, if not, to prove how she knew him.

“She told them my name, address, Social Security number,” Kareeal, a Barclays Center security guard, recalled. “They didn’t want to hear it. They still took the vehicle.”

The inspectors seized Kareeal’s car and issued him a summons for being an unlicensed cabbie. Stranded, the Akins made the hour-and-a-half walk back to Sheepshead Bay as temperatures hovered in the low teens.

“By the time I got home, I had like frostbite,” Natalie said.

Read past coverage of people wrongly accused of being illegal cabbies.

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Asian Man Accused of Being Illegal Cabbie is Latest to Say He Was Profiled

A week later, a city administrative judge dismissed the summons, siding with the couple. They had submitted Kareeal’s Barclays Center pay stubs as evidence and stated he had never been a livery driver. They also testified how they were raising three children together.

In her decision, the judge noted that the inspector’s testimony seemed inconsistent. The inspector initially said that, aside from Natalie, Kareeal had a male passenger. He later said there was a second male passenger, even though the couple had a babyseat in the rear. 

“It was a ridiculous situation,” Kareeal said. “I was stressed out, and [my wife] was stressed.”  

The Akins aren’t the only ones to have their lives upended by TLC inspectors. A DNAinfo New York review of decisions by the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings’ Taxi and Limousine Tribunal judges shows that in the past year and a half, hundreds of people going about their daily routines had their cars seized because TLC inspectors suspected they were unlicensed cabbies.

DNAinfo found that, between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 13, 2014, the tribunal adjudicated 7,187 cases involving accusations that a driver was operating an illegal cab or the owner of the car allowed someone to use their vehicle as one.

Tribunal judges — who are independent decision makers — dismissed 1,442 of those cases. Many of them were dismissed because the inspectors didn’t follow the law or ignored the explanation of the driver or passenger. Of those, 176 drivers had their cases dismissed after proving that their passengers were family members, friends or neighbors.

They included a retired MTA worker dropping off his girlfriend at her job at the Queens racino, an Astoria dad taking his teenage daughter and her friend to school and a Brooklyn retiree who volunteers at a convent giving nuns a lift to JFK Airport in his minivan. 

While the drivers proved their innocence, they still had their vehicles temporarily seized and either went without a car for weeks while they awaited their hearing at the tribunal in Long Island City or shelled out hefty sums to get it back from the impound lot

A review of the 1,442 decisions also showed:

• Many times the driver, the passenger or both didn’t speak English and the inspectors did not have a translator, muddying the accounts of what transpired. In one case, inspectors seized the car of a Japanese man who was showing his three non-English-speaking friends visiting from Japan around the city. The inspectors relied on the passengers’ English-Japanese translation book to question them. With the help of an interpreter and copies of his friends’ travel itineraries, the driver later proved at his hearing that they were friends.

• The inspectors frequently didn’t know the rules or ignored them. Judges dismissed 108 cases because, while the driver was a non-TLC-licensed cabbie, the pick-up occurred outside New York City. The law permits these drivers to pick up passengers outside city limits and bring them into the boroughs. Yet, in many instances, the inspectors provided exculpatory evidence in their summonses by noting that the trips originated outside the city.

• Judges faulted hundreds of inspectors for either changing their testimony during hearings, failing to recall key details about the seizures or not having adequate legal cause to make an initial car stop. In a Nov. 14 decision, a judge wrote that an inspector who didn’t speak Spanish admitted to lying about hearing a driver who only spoke Spanish confess to being an illegal cabbie. The judge dismissed the case.

• In 68 tribunal decisions, the judges threw out the cases because the defendants proved they were private chauffeurs or drivers working solely for one business — both of which are legal. A dozen of these cases involved non-English-speaking drivers who worked for restaurants or nail salons and picked up their co-workers as part of their job.  

TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg defended the agency’s vehicle seizures, noting that the system works because each accused driver or owner gets a day in court.

“It‘s true that there are occasions when a situation is not always as it might appear to an inspector, even after establishing a basis of reasonable suspicion, investigating what facts are available and interviewing those involved,” he said.

“That’s precisely why they do not adjudicate these matters in the field … that’s a job for the administrative law judges at [the TLC tribunals], where respondents have the option to be represented by attorneys and present evidence and/or witnesses.  While the vast majority of cases — more than 80% — are prosecuted as written, the fact that there are a certain number of cases that are dismissed means that the system works for everyone.”

The TLC has roughly 170 enforcement inspectors. They wear badges and bulletproof vests and can make arrests, but they do not carry guns.

The inspectors generally work in pairs within a squad of 10, fanning out across a swath of the city.

Sometimes they partner with the NYPD, whose officers also have the power to seize a car suspected of being an illegal for-hire service. Port Authority officers can also make seizures — but they and NYPD officers only account for a small percentage of cases.

TLC inspectors frequently make seizures at popular pick-up and drop-off spots, including Midtown hotels, the cruise terminals on the west side of Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport. The No. 1 spot, though, is JFK Airport.

Inspectors seized Cirilo Fortunato’s son’s minivan last year when he borrowed it to drop off nuns who were visiting from another country at JFK.

The 70-year-old retiree volunteers for an order of Catholic nuns who run Centro Maria, a Hell’s Kitchen residence for young women. Every Friday, Fortunato drives 29 miles outside the city to pick up bread that’s donated to the sisters. However, last July the order asked him to take two nuns to the airport because its car wasn’t working that day.

“The way it was explained to me, some of [the nuns] come from countries with a lot of crime so they don’t feel safe getting in a taxi,” said Fortunato, who speaks limited English. “The nuns ask me to drive them so that they don’t have to get a taxi.”

When they arrived at the terminal, he went to get the nuns luggage out of the trunk and inspectors stopped him. Fortunato said since the inspectors didn’t speak Spanish, he didn’t fully understand what was going on.

Fortunato’s son’s car was seized and he spent three hours getting back to his Coney Island home.

A July 10, 2013, decision regarding Fortunato’s case said the inspectors claimed they witnessed an exchange of money. Through an interpreter, Fortunato explained his affiliation with the order and got the case dismissed.

“[The inspectors] told me that [the nuns] gave me money, but they never gave me money,” he said. “They told me that the people I dropped off said they paid me. They definitely did not.”

Fortunato’s run-in with inspectors came during a dramatic increase in TLC vehicle seizures in 2013. The rise was due to the agency contracting with a Brooklyn towing firm to expand its impound storage space.

By December 2013, halfway through the city’s 2014 fiscal year, TLC inspectors had seized 4,470 vehicles, according to an agency press release. By comparison, inspectors seized 1,222 vehicles for the entire 2010 fiscal year, records show.

The seizures are a revenue producer for the city. Accused drivers or the owners of the allegedly illegal cab can plead guilty, but must pay a fine of at least $600 and hundreds of dollars more for the cost of towing and impoundment.

The accused also have the option of posting a $2,000 bond to get their car out of an impound lot while they wait for their day in court. If they win, they get the money back.

Retired MTA bus maintainer John Brunson, 65, said even though he won his case, he ended up spending $1,200 on a rental car, a lawyer and towing fees.

The South Ozone Park resident had his black 2005 Dodge Magnum seized on Sept. 19, 2013, after he dropped his girlfriend off at her job at the Resorts World Casino in Queens. When she got out of the front passenger seat, she handed him a flier from Wal-Mart, where the two had been earlier in the day.

TLC Inspectors believed it was dollar bills and, working with the NYPD, they stopped his car as he left the casino’s parking lot. 

“I told them, ‘Look I’ve been dropping off my girlfriend for almost a year now. I come here at least 10 times a week. I drop her off and pick her up,’” he recalled. “I said if you don’t believe me, let’s go back to the casino.”

Brunson said he tried to call his girlfriend on the phone, but her phone was off because casino employees aren’t allowed to keep them on. He offered the inspectors and the NYPD officer the personnel number at the casino, but they refused to call it.

He won his case at the Taxi and Limousine Tribunal on the afternoon of Oct. 11.

Normally, defendants who win get paperwork so they can immediately retrieve their cars. But when Brunson went the next day to Knights Towing’s impound lot in Bushwick, he was told that the TLC hadn’t signed off yet. He said he had to wait three more days and was forced to pay $320 in impound fees.

“The only thing they’re interested in is taking your car away and making you pay money,” Brunson said.

He and his girlfriend are both black. He believes that the TLC inspectors racially profiled him.

Last month, a black car salesman and his wife, who is biracial, sued the TLC for wrongfully seizing their car. They also accused TLC inspectors of racial profiling.

The TLC has said that its inspectors receive training and follow strict guidelines for vehicle seizures that do not refer to the race or ethnicity of a suspected illegal for-hire driver.

Brunson said at his tribunal hearing he reached a different conclusion.

“When I went to court, 95 percent of the people there were immigrants and minorities, just hardworking people trying to make a living,” Brunson said.

“I wasn’t surprised. Knowing the way this system works, it didn’t surprise me.”

Mom Left 2 Kids Alone In SUV While She Performed Oral Sex On Her Boyfriend

If the dad who left his twins locked in a hot car while he had sex up against a wall is the King of “hot car” shame, Louisiana mother, Princess Marks, is the Queen Princess.

According to a report by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, around 12:30am on Friday, cops found the 25-year-old’s children, aged five and seven, alone inside her SUV in a store parking lot. Reportedly the car was not running, but the windows were down.

And where was Princess? Deputies report that she was busy performing “oral sex on her boyfriend in his vehicle,” which just so happened to be in the same parking lot. Princess admitted to leaving her kids unattended while she pleasured her boyfriend and cops responded by arresting her for child desertion.

Princess’ children were placed in custody with family members, while she was booked and later released on $5,000 bond.

Royal screw up.

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Legal Pot In Colorado Helps Fill Tiny Rural Jails In KS, NE, WY

July 28, 2014 10:52:06 am

State lines can be symbols of divisions over values and cultures. The Washington Post says a three-hour drive from the profusion of pot shops in Denver (340 medical and recreational at last count) Colorado’s bold social experiment is confounding parents who have to explain to their children why this alluring but troubling substance is legal just down the road, a state line and a cultural divide away.

The same policy decisions that liberated pot smokers in Colorado are filling tiny rural jails in Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming. “Every time we stop somebody, that’s taking up my deputy’s time with your Colorado pot,” said Scotts Bluff County, Ne., Sheriff Mark Overman. “We have to pay overtime, pay the prosecutor, pay to incarcerate them, pay for their defense if they’re indigent. Colorado’s taxing it, but everybody else is paying the price.”

Remarks by Associate Attorney General Tony West at the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council

Remarks by Associate Attorney General Tony West at the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council

Washington, D.C. ~ Monday, July 28, 2014


As Prepared for Delivery

Thank you, Kathi. As always, I greatly appreciate the opportunity to participate in this meeting with you, our federal and practitioner members, as we explore ways we can better address the critical needs of our nation

s youth and their families.

 

Just a few minutes ago, I had the chance to spend some time with Starcia Ague and Osbert Duoa.  You’ll hear from them directly in a moment, and I think you’ll find their life journeys as compelling as did I when I first read about them.  But meeting with them helped to remind me of the essence of why we’ve gathered here this morning.

 

Of course, we’re here as part of the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and in particular in response to
Attorney General Holder
‘s call to this Council four years ago that we make juvenile reentry a priority.

 

We’re here because all of you heeded that call and have been actively engaged in the type of effective interagency collaboration that is producing real results and making a positive difference in the lives of so many youth.  Because while fewer youth are coming into contact with the justice system — a development made possible thanks in no small measure to the efforts of folks around this table, as well as supportive private foundations such as MacArthur and Annie E. Casey — we know that notwithstanding that, the recidivism rates for those youth who do come under systems supervision are often quite high.

 

We’re here because, even though the last two decades have produced remarkable changes in state and local juvenile justice systems — with juvenile arrest rates, including those for violent crimes, falling by over 50 percent from 1997 to 2011 (their lowest level in over 30 years) and youth confinement rates declining by half during that same period — even with our success, we’re here because 60,000 young people are still confined in juvenile detention and correction facilities on any given day and when they are released they will need support to successfully make that transition to productive adulthood and stable lives.

 

We’re here because of young adults like Osbert and Starcia.  They remind us that at the end of all of the policy discussions and interagency collaborations, there are actual young lives that depend on folks around this table getting it right.  They remind us that each of these young lives has something of value to offer — something unique to express to the world — and through the work we do in these and other sessions — by working to expand the support that will reduce recidivism and enhance post-juvenile systems education, job-training, parenting skills, counseling and health care — we can maximize the opportunities for young people to express and be who they truly are; to find that inner strength, so clearly evidenced by Starcia, Osbert and so many others, to rise above circumstance and, as the English poet wrote, “open[] out a way/Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape.”

 

So that’s what brings us — and keeps us — around this table.  And today, we’ll talk about effective strategies that should be applied as soon as youth come into contact with the juvenile and criminal justice systems and approaches that involve meaningful engagement with families and caregivers, as well as multiple service systems.

 

We will hear from our partners around the table, including the Council of State Governments Justice Center, regarding their activities that can help state and local juvenile justice systems to positively impact the well-being of transitioning youth.  And the department

s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will discuss its strategic plan to position state and local governments in their efforts to support youth transition to a healthy, crime-free, and productive adulthood.

 

And it’s important to note that our conversations today take place against a backdrop of sustained commitment to these efforts by this Administration.  As many of you know, just last week, the White House announced the Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps program that is jointly funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and OJJDP.  It’s an effort that supports the My Brother

s Keeper Initiative and will enroll disconnected youth in national service programs such as AmeriCorps over the next three years, backed by funding of up to $10 million.  We are pleased that Melissa Bradley and Kim Mansaray from CNCS are here with us today and we thank the Corporation for its commitment to this innovative initiative.

 

I started my remarks by mentioning Osbert and Starcia.  And as remarkable as those two individuals are, we know that nobody makes it in this world alone.  So I also want to acknowledge Osbert

s mother, Saygba Carl, and Osbert’s
mentor
, Chef Jennifer Stott, who are both here with us today.

 

Thank you all for joining us.  It’s now my pleasure to turn the floor over to Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason.

  July 28, 2014  

Deadly Carjacking Incident Kills 3 Children, 2 Men In Custody

On Friday at 11:22 a.m., Philadelphia Police say a deadly carjacking and hit-and-run took the lives of three children. Now, FOX 29 is reporting a source confirms to them that police are questioning two persons of interest. Both of the men, reported to be ages 19 and 20, are from the neighborhood where the deadly incident occurred.

According to a police press release, on Friday, two male suspects described as African American and Hispanic approached a female real estate agent.

The men approached the woman and allegedly took her white Toyota 4Runner SUV and took off into a crowd of pedestrians. The SUV plowed into a crowd of people, including a mother with her three children reports FOX 29.

Those children were killed in this deadly incident and the suspects were on the run all weekend.

The children have been identified as 15-year-old Keiearra Williams, 10-year-old Thomas Reed and 7-year-old Terrence Moore, FOX 29 says. According to reports, the mother of the children is in critical condition and she is not aware her children have passed.

A reward quickly grew from a few thousand dollars to more than $100,000 as of Monday and citizens have been calling in leads.

FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

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