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Alabama Man Gets 20 Years in Prison for Assaulting Border Patrol Agents, Causing Deadly Crash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Alabama man who assaulted Border Patrol agents in Texas and then caused a crash that killed two people and severely injured another, will spend 20 years in prison, Al.com reports.

David Steiner, 39, charged at three Border Patrol agents with a stolen car while trying to flee from a traffic stop in May 2012. He later crashed into an oncoming car.

A U.S. District judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison, AL.com reported.

Steiner pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding an officer by using a deadly or dangerous weapon.

Dallas Morning News: City Will Never Truly Get Beyond Nov. 22, 1963

Dallas Morning News
Editorial

Fifty years is a relative blip on the grand timeline, barely a rounding error between your genesis point and the end of life as we know it. Yet in human terms, 50 years is longer than many life spans, past and present.

In Dallas terms, 50 years is five decades of exploration, examination and grinding introspection about what happened, and why, on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza.

John F. Kennedy’s slaying was a seminal event in our city’s history, encapsulating too much that came before and influencing much that would follow, and here we are. We have considered it, studied it, reflected and grieved.

It’s tempting to acquiesce after all these years, to step away from the pain and sadness and horror of a president’s murder on our streets, and say, finally: “Enough. We are past that now.”

That many of us have obsessed about this single moment for so long says something. Dallas today bears little resemblance to 1963 Dallas. Divisions and demarcations, fading away by the decade, were stark. Today’s politics may have troubling elements, but they are a shallow dive compared with the dangerous extremism then.

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Sharp Rise in Border Patrol Apprehensions along New Mexico Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol is experiencing a sharp increase in apprehensions at the New Mexico border, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The Border Patrol took into custody nearly 8,000 people for illegally crossing the border in fiscal 2013 – compared to about 5,700 in fiscal 2012.

Although the New Mexico numbers were on the rise, Texas and Tucson saw declines, Albuquerque Journal wrote.

It may be the success in places like Tucson that are prompting immigrants to try the New Mexico border, said Joe Romero, acting special operations supervisor in the Border Patrol El Paso sector’s public affairs office..

“The success of neighboring sectors, such as Tucson Sector, may lead people away from that area in hopes of possibly finding a greater chance for success in our area,” Romero said in an emailed response to questions from the Albuquerque Journal.

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Chinese Immigrants Are Crossing Texas Border By Hundreds a Year

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hundreds of Chinese immigrants are crossing the Texas border annually, prompting the Border Patrol to erect signs in Mandarin, Fox San Antonio reports.

“We have had on occasion a number of Chinese in the groups that we have called in and reported to border patrol,” said Jim Gibson, with the Texas Border Volunteers.

Border Patrol estimates about 500 Chinese immigrants try to cross the border in South Texas every year.

To curtail the number of immigrant dying trying to cross the border, the feds posted Mandarin-worded rescue beacons, Fox San Antonio reported.

“The fact that the federal government put the chinese language on a rescue beacon is significant and tells us there are a significant number of people from China coming through or else they wouldn’t have bothered with it,” Gibson said.

Brothers, Father Accused of Running Small Texas Town with Retaliation, Intimidation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When it comes to politics in the small Texas town of Progreso, it’s safe to say the Vela family flexed some muscle.

Omar Vela, 35, is the town’s mayor. His brother, Michael Vela, 28 (pictured), is the president of the school board. And their father, Jose Guadalupe Vela, 64, works in management at the school district.

All three are accused of participating in a “pay-to-play” scheme involving contractors, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

Following an FBI investigation, the trio were charged in federal court Wednesday with conspiracy, mail fraud, theft and bribery.

Special Agent Ricardo Ale testified in court Wednesday that the men ruled through intimidation and retaliation.

The border town of Progreso has a population of about 5,000.

Texas ATF Agent Shoots Burglar As He Searched Home for Valuables

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A burglar chose the wrong house to rob early Sunday.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the homeowner, an ATF agent, shot the suspect as he entered the home in Spring, Tex. in search of valuables.

Wounded, the suspect fled in a car but was stopped by police shortly after, The Houston Chronicle wrote.

The suspect had nonfatal wounds to his arm and was taken to a hospital.

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Ex-Justice of Peace Questioned in Slayings of Two Texas County Prosecutors

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 46-year-old man questioned in the killings of two Texas county prosecutors remained behind bars Sunday following an arrest on charges of making a terrorist threat, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Investigators have questioned Eric Williams, a former justice of the peace, several times but authorities have not identified him as a suspect in the murder of Assistant District Attorney Mark Haase or the slayings of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife. 

“We have not named any suspects, prime suspects, or persons of interest in the case,” Lt. Justin Lewis, a spokesman with the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, said on Sunday. “The investigation continues and all leads and tips continue to be worked.”

Who is the Aryan Brotherhood? May Be Tied to Prosecutor Murders


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are trying to determine whether the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas played a role in the murders of two Texas prosecutors. 

CNN explores who the Aryan Brotherhood is.