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Texas game wardens fight poaching, illegal activity

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Texas Parks and Wildlife has released another edition of Game Warden Field Notes. Here are a few of the highlights:

A Cherokee County landowner called the department when he suspected a poacher was on his property after hearing three gun shots. Shortly after the warden arrived, the subject was found on the property dressed in camouflage and carrying a 17-caliber rim fire rifle.  The subject said he was lost — failing to mention he had to climb an eight-foot high fence to get to where he was apprehended.The subject was also found in possession of drug paraphernalia and was arrested

Two Harris County game wardens encountered an oyster vessel leaving a closed area in Galveston Bay. The wardens boarded the vessel and found seven sacks of oysters on the deck. The captain admitted to taking them from a closed area and the oysters were returned to the reef. The captain was arrested for oystering in a restricted/closed area.

If you’re curious what else happens in the life of a game warden, read the full report here. 

Newborn Miraculously Lives After Mother Wrapped Him In A Grocery Bag And Tossed Him In The Trash

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Just another in a string of mothers who do awful things, Sharon Ferguson of Greenville, South Carolina has been arrested after a newborn boy was found wrapped in a plastic shopping bag and blanket, just shoved inside a garbage can.  A neighbor saw the large amount of blood on the ground outside the garbage can and called 911.  When police arrived, they dug around in the garbage and found the infant. Somehow, the little boy was alive.

Ferguson was arrested, charged with unlawful neglect of a child and attempted murder. She reportedly admitted to giving birth to the baby on Monday, as well as putting him in the bin. No word if she cut the umbilical cord with her teeth. According to a family representative, Ferguson has an unspecified, but diagnosed mental illness, and is currently homeless.  Her spokesperson also said that Ferguson’s family was not even aware that she was pregnant. The woman had been spotted numerous times in the neighborhood, and was arrested near the location where the newborn was discovered. Her bail was set at $125,000.

The as-yet unnamed baby boy is currently listed in stable condition.

Read more:
GPD: Baby found alive in trash; mom charged (WYFF 4)
South Carolina woman charged after newborn found buried alive in trash can (NY Daily News)

Verdict Reached In Naeem Williams’s Hawaii Death Penalty Trial

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HONOLULU (AP) — A federal jury on Thursday convicted a former Hawaii soldier of murder in the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter.

Jurors in Honolulu also found Naeem Williams guilty of the other four counts against him: aiding murder, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements. Williams’ lawyers had argued that while Williams beat his daughter Talia Williams, it’s unclear whether he caused her July 2005 death.

The trial now moves to a penalty phase in which jurors will be asked to decide whether to sentence Williams to death. That phase starts Tuesday.

Hawaii doesn’t have the death penalty because the state abolished capital punishment in 1957. But Williams is being tried in the federal system because the crime occurred on military property.

Williams and the girl’s stepmother, Delilah Williams, have acknowledged beating, confining and restraining the child in the seven months before her death.

Delilah Williams made a deal with prosecutors in exchange for testimony against her husband. While on the witness stand, she testified she once stomped the girl until she felt bone crack.

Naeem Williams testified earlier this month that he beat daughter often because of her bathroom accidents and because he was taking out his marital frustrations on the child.

He told the jury of seven men and five women that the day Talia died, he had punched her repeatedly after a night of drinking. He hit her so hard in the back that she hit her head on the floor and appeared to have a seizure, he said.

Hawaii’s history with capital punishment predates statehood. There have been 49 executions in Hawaii, the first in 1856 and the last recorded in 1944, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

The last time the federal death penalty was approved for a Hawaii case was for a drug-related murder. But the defendant took a plea deal that gave him a life sentence, then died of an apparent suicide about three months later.

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Charges Dropped Against Tenn. Boy In Taos Minivan Chase

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TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a teenager whose mother led police on a high-speed chase in a videotaped incident during which a State Police officer fired at her fleeing minivan carrying five children.

The son of Oriana Farrell of Memphis, Tennessee, had been accused of battery and assault in connection with a scuffle with officers during a chaotic traffic stop near Taos last October. Nobody was injured by the officer’s gunfire.

The officer, who said he was aiming at a tire to stop the vehicle, was fired in December.

Taos-area District Attorney Donald Gallegos said charges were dropped against the youth because of concern for his future, the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1lIQYoN ) reported.

“We are not out to drag any child through the mud, so to speak,” the prosecutor said.

The Associated Press is not identifying the son, who was 14 years at the time, because of his age.

Charges of aggravated fleeing from a police office and child abuse remain pending against the mother. She has pleaded innocent.

The decision to drop the charges against the boy resulted from a three-hour meeting between the prosecutor, the mother and others, Gallegos said.

The meeting, called a “restorative justice circle,” was facilitated by a retired judge and was an attempt to come to some form of consensus about what transpired.

Dash-cam video of the incident garnered national attention.

Farrell has said she was trying to protect her family when she twice sped away from officers.

The incident finally ended when she stopped in front of a Taos hotel. That’s when then-Officer Elias Montoya learned that there were children in the vehicle.

Montoya, a father of three, later bought the entire family food from McDonald’s.

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Police: Officer-involved shooting is ruled as justified in Bourbon
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(KMOV) – New dashcam video is available for an officer involved shooting that took place in March. The video shows that a high speed chase took place, reaching up to speeds of 100 mph. The driver of the car, Gary Wenzel, eventually crashes his vehicle

Sacramento police questioning man in connection with South Natomas homicide

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Sacramento police have detained a man for questioning in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in South Natomas on Wednesday.

Detectives located and detained the man in Rocklin today and brought him to police headquarters to be interviewed, said police Officer Doug Morse.

He is a “person of interest” in the shooting of a 39-year-old man on Pebblewood Drive shortly after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The victim was brought to a local hospital, where he died later in the day.

Detectives are still investigating the motive behind the shooting and the relationship between the victim and the man being questioned, Morse said.

The victim has not yet been identified, pending notification of his family.


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