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Two ATF Agents Wounded in Oklahoma Shooting While Trying to Arrest Suspect

Steve Neavling 

Two ATF agents were wounded in Oklahoma after trying to arrest a man wanted in a shooting, the Associated Press reports.

The agents, whose names were not revealed, were treated and released and sustained no serious injuries.

Seventeen-year-old Henry Jackson was shot and killed by local police after he opened fire on them at 9:30 p.m. Thursday in Ardmore, according to police.


Parker: Some Quirky Ways to Reduce Crime

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.

Ross Parker

By Ross Parker

Some Quirky Ways to Reduce Crime

There are scores of proposals for methods and programs to reduce crime. And there is no shortage of criminologists, sociologists, social psychologists and criminal justice experts who make their living making these proposals. No doubt some of these “traditional” theories and projects deserve serious consideration.

But what about the nontraditional, the unorthodox proposals? The unusual, the out there and downright flaky-sounding suggestions—don’t they deserve a public outing?

The purpose of this column is not to review the oft-presented methods, like increased (or) decreased punishment, stronger community policing, an improved social safety net, and the like. Plus any discussion of gun control and immigration reform is way above my pay grade.

Instead presented in a nutshell for readers with shorter attention spans are some crime reduction proposals that are out of the mainstream, sometimes way out. These may or may not represent the views of the author or publisher.

1. Eat Healthy

Food Scientist Dr. Silvia Onusic has catalogued some myriad connections between aggressive behavior and nutritional deficiencies. In her article “Violent Behavior : A Solution in Plain Sight,” published by the Wilson A. Price Foundation, she presents an interesting study that the modern diet lacks vital vitamins and minerals necessary for the brain and nervous system to develop and function properly. The loss of nutrients in the diets especially of children and teenagers result in an unhealthy mental capacity and a tendency toward poor decision making.

For example she notes several studies demonstrating that insufficient vitamin A especially during gestation can contribute to symptoms of schizophrenia and problems with learning ability. Similarly vitamin D-3 deficiency can cause the increased risk of panic and depression. She proceeds through a dizzying number of other vitamins, K and several of the Bs, as well as minerals like iodine, potassium, iron, magnesium and others, that, when inadequate in the diet, can result in negative mental symptoms and violent behavior.

The article also takes aim at junk food diets filled with carbohydrates, sugar and thousands of food additives. For example several studies have shown that lowering sugar consumption can curb antisocial behavior.

A dozen other studies from research around the globe have linked inadequate diets with crime, psychosis, depression, violence and ADHD.

So I guess Mom was right.

2. Eliminate Lead in the Environment

Awhile back this column explored the proposition that even moderate lead exposure can be a primary cause of crime. Several studies, especially one by Professor Jessica Wolpaw Reyes of Amherst College, compared juvenile lead exposure with test scores and behavior problems. Her conclusion, even moderately elevated blood levels could be responsible for increased aggressiveness and violent criminal behavior, even years later.

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A Mexican Militia, Battling Michoacan Drug Cartel, Has American Roots

By Joshua Partlow
Washington Post Staff Writer

LA ESTACION, Mexico — Jorge Rios, 11 rifle rounds and a silver cross decorating his black flak jacket, lost his job as a dishwasher in Tucson for driving without a license. Santos Ramos Vargas, at 43 the oldest of this gang, got deported from Menlo Park, Calif., when he was caught carrying a pistol.

Adolfo Silva Ramos might be with his 2-year-old daughter in Orange County rather than wearing a camouflage cap and combat boots if he hadn’t been busted selling marijuana and crystal meth while in high school there. The two dozen men standing guard on a rutted road that cuts through these lime groves and cornfields are just one small part of a citizen militia movement spreading over the lowlands of western Mexico. But as they told their stories, common threads emerged: Los Angeles gang members. Deported Texas construction workers. Dismissed Washington state apple pickers.

Many were U.S. immigrants who came back, some voluntarily but most often not, to the desiccated job market in the state of Michoacan and found life under the Knights Templar drug cartel that controls the area almost unlivable. They took up arms because they were financially abused by the extortion rackets run by the Templars. Because they had family killed or wounded by their enemies. Because carrying a silver-plated handgun and collecting defeated narcos’ designer cellphones as war booty is more invigorating than packing cucumbers. Because they get to feel, for once, the sensation of being in charge.

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Weekend Series of Crime: The Witness Protection Program


President Obama to Announce Safeguards to Prevent Abuse of Domestic NSA Data

Steve Neavling 

A secret court must grant permission for the NSA to tap into its vast database of telephone data under a new requirement expected to be announced by President Obama today, the New York Times reports.

The move comes after Obama’s administration came under intense criticism for how easily the NSA could access a trove of domestic phone information.

“The president will say that he is ordering a transition that will end the Section 215 telephone metadata program as it currently exists and move to a program that preserves the capabilities we need without the government holding this bulk metadata,” said the official, who insisted on anonymity to preview a part of the 11 a.m. speech in advance.

“The president believes that the 215 program addresses important capabilities that allow us to counter terrorism but that we can and should be able to preserve those capabilities while addressing the privacy and civil liberties concerns that are raised by the government holding this metadata,” the official added.

Obama also is expected to announce to an audience of the Justice Department that the administration will provide more safeguards for foreigners, such as heads of state, the Times wrote.

FBI Agent Feared Trenton City Hall Was on Verge of Becoming Controlled by Criminal Element


Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling 

Something had to be done in Trenton.

That much was clear less than three months into Mayor Tony Mack’s administration when a government informant told the FBI that he feared the mob had taken over city hall, the Trenton Times reports.

FBI Supervisor Special Agent Mike Doyle was listening into a conversation between the informant and city hall insider Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni. 

The surveillance prompted deep concerns that the Mack administration could potentially extort millions from city taxpayers, the Trenton Times wrote.

“Based on the allegations that Mr. Giorgianni made during those … initial meetings, I was fearful that an organized criminal element had taken over City Hall,” Doyle said. “And if so, I believe the cost to the taxpayers would be in the multi-million dollars as part of a criminal arrangement that had been inherent in the city.”

“That is the reason we had such a robust investigation,” said Doyle, who is a 17-year veteran of the FBI and was the lead agent on the case.

Justice Department: Head of Philadelphia Gun Buyback Effort Accused of Excessive Raises, Expenses

Steve Neavling

The head of Philadelphia’s gun buyback program is under intense scrutiny over excessive raises and expenses, Reuters reports, citing a U.S. Department inspector general report.

Raymond Jones, executive director of Philadelphia’s Safety Net, did not receive authority for the expenses by the group’s board of directors, which included his sister.

The audit found that Jones received $82,000 in unauthorized raises over four years. Jones’ salad in 2010 was $146,378, compared to his authorized salary of $90,000.

“We believe the executive director’s compensation was unallowable and unreasonable,” the audit report said.

Border Patrol Agent Suffers Head Trauma After Rock Strikes Him in California Near Mexico Border

Steve Neavling 

A U.S. Border Patrol agent suffered head trauma after he was struck by a large rock hurled from over the international border fence in the Tecate area in California, CBS8 reports.

The agent, whose identity wasn’t revealed, was patrolling the area on an all-terrain vehicle with other agents when the 6-inch rock struck him in the head at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The agent was rushed to the hospital for trauma to the head and arm, CBS8 wrote.

Border Patrol agents are still looking for the suspect.