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1 Wanted Fugitives Pages 3 & 4 ON THE POLICE NEWS VOLUME V, NUMBER 1 GULF COAST EDITION January 2008 By Marie Beth Jones The side road in the Hastings Oilfield between Alvin and Pearland was well known as a spot for partying. When an oilfield worker passing near the area at 7:30 on Sunday morning, Aug. 22, 2004, noticed a man lying in the road it was natural to assume that partying had reached the sleep-it-off stage, so the driver just went on about his business. But an hour later another driver passed directly by the prone figure lying in the road in front of a pickup truck. As this driver got nearer, he saw blood beside the body and called the Brazoria County Sheriff s Department. Patrol deputies arriving at the scene found the man dead. His side pockets had been turned inside out, and he had no identification, driver s license, or money. Reporting back to headquarters brought Criminal Investigator Eddie Rogers to the scene. Since the first order of business was to identify the victim, Rogers ran the license plates on the pickup truck parked just behind the body, and was informed it was registered to a woman named Rhodes, whose address was listed as an Alvin post office box. Rogers called the Alvin Police Department for assistance in finding a physical address for the truck s owner. While the search was under way, Rogers noted that the victim, body lying face up and with both arms outstretched, was still clutching a water bottle cap in one hand, and a crushed bottle of Deja Blue water in the other. A weed with flowers on it, apparently pulled up by the roots was laying on the victim s chest. It wasn t anything he could have WEST END ELECTRIC Sex Offenders Pages 20 & 21 The Cash Killing He Shot Himself to Cover Up Murder Zona Leggett in 2007 Prison Mug Shot grabbed as he fell and have it land on him, Rogers said. He also saw that the victim had what looked like a gunshot wound near his left ear. The wound looked as though the bullet had entered at an angle, probably fired by someone standing over him as he was lying on the ground. This was the only wound visible at this point, Rogers said. We could see a small hole over the right shoulder of his shirt, but no wound to correspond with it. A box of ammunition lay on the ground, but no weapons were found at the scene. Tools and construction materials were in the back of the pickup, and the truck s seat had been pulled forward, as though someone had checked behind it to see if he could find anything, Rogers said. When the funeral home moved the body, Rogers discovered the man had two bundles of cash in his left hip pocket. The bills were folded in half and wrapped with rubber bands. continued on page 5 (Cash Killing) Subscribe to THE POLICE NEWS Page 10 THE SCENE with The Police News Lying In Wait, To Murder He Killed His Parents Neighbor By Breck Porter On the morning of September 21st, 1994, Robert Alan Shields, Jr. then 19, broke into the Friendswood home of Tracy and Paula Stiner. He waited for several hours until Paula, 27, came home from work then he beat her with a hammer, and stabbed her to death. Shields then stole the Stiner s credit cards, checkbook, and car keys from her purse, and fled in her car. When he came home from work about an hour later, Tracy Stiner discovered his wife s bloody body lying on the laundry room floor. There were 28 stab wounds on the victim s body. Police found a bloody footprint and bloody fingerprint at the scene. They also found a woodenhandled screwdriver outside a broken window, and another screwdriver on the carpet inside the window. About an hour and a half after the murder, Shields used one of Stiner s credit cards to buy a suit in a north Houston mall. The manager, Mark Lang, told police that he noticed a cut on one of Shields fingers, and a bandage around another. He testified in court that Shields told him he cut his fingers splicing wires at work. Robert Shields parents lived next door to the Stiners, and were informed of the murder by the police the day it happened. The next day, his mother, Christine Shields, noticed that some cushions in her garage had been arranged to form a makeshift bed, and some drinks were nearby. She also found her son s pager and one of his shirts near the cushions, even though he had not lived with them for several months. When Mrs. Shields heard from neighbors that a woodenhandled screwdriver had been used Robert Alan Shields, Jr. death row photo to break into the Stiner s home, she suspected the tool came from her home and that her son was involved. She contacted the police and gave them the phone numbers of some of Shields friends. Three days after the murder, Shields was arrested in The Woodlands after police spotted him driving the victim s car. Evidence presented at Shields trial showed that, at the time of his arrest, he had cuts on his fingers and chin. His underwear was saturated with blood, and he had blood on his shoes. His fingerprints were matched to the prints found at the scene, and his shoes matched the bloody shoeprints found at the scene. He was also wearing some of Tracy Stiner s clothing. A cigarette butt found at the scene contained his DNA. Five of Shields friends testified that on the day of the murder, they either saw him driving the victim s car or continued on page 12 (Lying in wait) 24 hr. Service The Right Repair The Right Price Right Now!

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5 continued from page 1 (Cash Killing) That s typical of drug activity, Rogers said. It s not always the case, but it is typical. Alvin Police called with more information about the Rhodes surname listed on the truck s registration, giving investigators a possible address outside Alvin. At about the same time the Sheriff s Office dispatcher reported that she had just received a call from a woman concerning a missing person named Paul William Rhodes Jr., whose description roughly matched that of the victim. Although officers had no positive identification, they were pretty sure at this point that the victim was Paul Rhodes Jr. Rogers, BCSO Investigator Ryan Batson, and Judge Jerome Jozwiak, who had performed the inquest at the scene, went to the Rhodes home. It so happened, that Jozwiak was a personal friend of the Rhodes family. Noticing a brown Dodge truck abandoned on the roadside at the edge of the oilfield, they stopped to look it over. Inside, in plain view were bottles of Deja Blue water, the same as the victim had in his hand, Rogers said. When the patrol deputies had run plates on the pickup earlier, it came back to an owner in Denton, Texas, but it had not been reported stolen. No one was around the pickup, and officers were more concerned with the body at this point. When Rogers, Batson, and Jozwiak reached the Rhodes house, Mrs. Rhodes told them her husband had gone to try to find their 22-year-old son, Paul. In response to their questions, she said that either her son or his girlfriend might have been driving the pickup. Paul, his girlfriend, and several other people were living in a rent house in Pearland, and the girl had called earlier that morning to tell them Paul had not come home the night before. Rogers said Paul s father knew immediately why we were there, even though the victim had not been positively identified. They learned that Paul had last been seen between 9 and 10 o clock Saturday night. After Paul s girlfriend called early Sunday morning, Rhodes went to a construction site where his son had been working, but did not find him there. After getting information about Paul s housemates, the officers went to the construction site then received a call from dispatch that someone wanted to give them information about the case. They learned that 24-year-old Zona Leggett had been working for Paul on construction jobs, and a man named Ramon Ruiz was currently being held in the Brazoria County Jail for violating parole in a past drug case. Although Zona and Paul had a fallingout the previous week, they were to meet in the Hastings oilfield Saturday night, the caller said. Paul was obviously concerned about the situation, however, and had borrowed a pistol and told a friend who to call if anything happened, Rogers said. Zona, who had recently been shot in the left arm, had told Paul and others that someone robbed him in Alvin, and had taken $3,000 belonging to Paul, Rogers said. Zona said he did not report the incident to police because he was wanted for murder in Dallas. Paul s girlfriend and one of his friends confirmed that Paul had most likely been dealing drugs in the area, and Zona was working for him. The officers also learned that Ramon Ruiz s sister, Guadalupe, who worked as a nurse s aide, had helped Zona treat his injured arm. Witnesses said Zona had apparently felt Paul was setting him up, and shot himself in the arm to bolster his story of being robbed. Initial suspicions of Zona s part in Paul s death were heightened when officers learned that he drove a brown Dodge truck like the one parked near the oilfield. They again ran the registration on that vehicle, which came back to Josh Leggett of Denton, Zona s father. Because of this and the water bottles, the Brazoria County investigators seized the vehicle as evidence. Associates described Zona as someone who had made comments in the past about shooting someone, and said that he had offered to take care of a situation in which a friend was having trouble with a business partner. One of them commented that Zona was good at what he knows how to do, which is construction work and kicking ass. Investigators found no outstanding warrant when they checked on the Dallas murder story, but they did find that Zona, a former Liverpool resident, had old warrants for bad checks in Brazoria County. They visited Ramon Ruiz in jail in search of Zona s address, and explained that the man might pose a threat to Ruiz s sister and her family. We could tell Ramon was fond of Zona, Rogers said. He told us about the alleged robbery, and explained that Zona actually shot himself in the arm and took about $3,000. He said Zona gave most of the money to Guadalupe to pay bills she owed, and also gave money to their mother, with whom he had stayed for a time, and to another of their relatives. Essentially, he gave the whole $3,000 away instead of delivering it as he was supposed to do, Rogers said. Ramon told the officers that Paul distributed drugs, but had cut them down so much trying to increase his profits that the drugs had lost potency and customers were complaining. Obtaining photos of both Zona and Guadalupe, the officers went to the Pasadena apartments where Guadalupe and her family lived, but the manager there said he had not seen Zona. The apartment maintenance man and a couple of officers from the Pasadena Police Department helped at that point, going to Guadalupe s apartment to ascertain if she and her family were safe, and to confirm that Zona was not there, Rogers said. Through interviews there, investigators learned that on the night of the murder, Zona telephoned Guadalupe and her sister-in-law, Alicia, to pick him up at Woody s Ice House on SH 35 and Greenhouse Road, explaining that his truck had run out of gas. They drove him to Texas City, where Alicia rented a room for him in her name at the La Quinta Inn. Rogers contacted Texas City Police continued on page 7 (Cash Killing) LOAN COMPANY 2327 Broadway Galveston, Tx (409) W. Main St. League City, Tx (281) Palmer Highway Texas City, Tx Broadway Galveston, Tx am 6pm Chandara & Eric are not responsible for any COP jokes told in this donut house. Do a Friend a Favor Hello, is this the Sheriff s Office? Yes. What can I do for you? I m calling to report bout my neighbor Virgil Smith...He s hidin marijuana inside his firewood! Don t quite know how he gets it inside them logs, but he s hidin it there. Thank you very much for the call, sir. The next day, the Sheriff s Deputies descend on Virgil s house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana. They sneer at Virgil and leave. Shortly, the phone rings at Virgil s house. Hey, Virgil! This here s Floyd... Did the Sheriff come? Yeah! Did they chop your firewood? Gulf Coast Police News - Page 5

6 The Mailbox Editor I guess I understand the reason for keeping Mr. Zeigler segregated, now, but I hope after he is convicted you place him in the general population. If he did in fact treat that poor child (Baby Grace) like I am reading, the jail population will treat him like he deserves. Once convicted, don t give him rights. The only thing he is entitled to is three hots and a cot. Just the point of view from a concerned citizen in Denver, Co. Dear Editor Many years ago, I was on evening patrol, in the downtown area I and my partner spotted a white male, possibly in his 30 s, look at us, and take off running down the street, all the time looking back over his shoulder at us. He got to the corner of the street, and turned, still running. Finally he stopped, we pulled up, got out to talk to him, and he took off running again, going back in the direction he had come from. We turned around and were now Page 6 - Gulf Coast Police News more determined than every to capture this fleeing felon. Finally, after several other stop and gos, we managed to capture and handcuff him. We asked why he ran, and he said he was scared of us. He gave us the name of a detective he knew, who was on duty that night, so we took him to the station. When we finally located the detective and he told us that this guy is harmless and always runs when he sees a police car. The detective had a mano on mano with the guy and told him, Don t you remember what I told you last time? If you keep running everytime you see a cop, one day one of them is going to shoot you! The suspect nodded. We returned him to the area and let him go with a warning. I still sometimes remember that guy and I wonder if he s still alive, and running. Dan Doetterl Dan Doetterl retired from The Houston Police Department in 1989 with almost 30-years of service. He still resides in Houston with his wife Margery. Dear Editor I do a lot of driving sometimes and notice numerous drivers which appear to be DUI/DWI. In the past month I have called in on two. Both were arrested and both occured before midnight. I think you should consider posting some stats on DWI/DUI s to let the public know just how many there are that are out there on the streets. Also that if you spot one and call 911 they repsond to it very quickly. So you don t actually have to be a police office to stop one but you can sure call in on one and have them stopped before someone is injured or possibly killed. NOAH S SERVICE CENTER & TIRES Noah S. Rice Owner Your Satisfaction is our Pride J.G. Galveston Thanks for the tip J.G. As soon as the stats are available for 2007, we will report them in The Police News. Editor To : The Editor Regarding Police Pursuits My name is E.D. Lucas, I am the Chief of Police for the very small city of Bayou Vista on the outskirts of Galveston Texas. I was a patrol lieutenant, patrol sergeant and patrol deputy for the Harris County Sheriff s Department for over 20 years.. I mention this to show that I have actually been on the streets and involved in many pursuits. In 1982, I shot and killed a young boy that was fleeing in a stolen vehicle. In 1991, I was the lead vehicle in a pursuit that reached speeds of 100mph+ and the suspect went the wrong way on Interstate 45 towards Dallas. I have witnessed pursuits that ended with deputies dying after a crash. I could mention other pursuits that ended in injury or death but it is not necessary at this time. The penalty in Texas for Fleeing, evading arrest is a State Jail Felony. The punishment is very minor considering the risk to police officers and the general public. I contend that until the Texas Legislature enacts laws that truly punish the fleeing drivers, protect the police officers from lawsuits and allow deadly force then there should not be another vehicle chase in Texas. Example of truly punishing drivers Stewart Road Galveston, Tx that flee from the police. 1. Life in prison 2. Seize all of his assets. 3. If he is released because we all know (life does not mean life) he shall never be able to purchase or own any large items, home, vehicle, etc. I know all the arguments about the consequences for allowing criminals to flee however ask the family of a victim that was killed in a pursuit crash if they think the pursuit was worth it. How about the officer that was paralyzed or the child that lost her legs. The list goes on and on of carnage and damage caused during a vehicle chase. Look at what happens to police officers that use excessive force after a chase. I will not allow my officers to get involved in a vehicle chase for any reason. There is not a crime that a criminal can commit that is worth the life of an officer or innocent civilian. Thank you Ed Lucas Chief of Police Bayou Vista, Texas Good morning Mr. Porter I just finished reading as much of the article concerning Jim Stevenson and the cat killing as I could due to the extreme laughing fits causing my eyes to water, thus I only read enough to know for a fact that you have been had. He reeled you in, scooped you up and ate you for dinner. Hopefully you will not encounter another person in your career with the ability Stevenson has to make even the most educated but not intuitive persons believe his stories. Trudy Belz To The Police News, I have fought off 2 rape attempts by illegal s: one in my back yard by my lawn man, and the other in the Ladies Room of the Dollar Cinema. My neighbor s daughter was almost kidnapped by coyotes, gathering chil- A-ALTERNATOR & STARTER REBUILDERS Alternators Starters Generators Auto Truck Industrial Marine Automotive Air Conditioning Engine Diagnostics Voltage Regulators 900 Grand Ave. Bacliff Tx continued on page 10 (Letters) Rebuilt Installed Exchange Danny Hudson

7 continued from page 5 (Cash Killing) Sergeant Ross Clements, asking for help in finding a murder suspect. I told him we didn t know what to expect, but thought the suspect knew we were looking for him, Rogers said. I also told him that both Zona s father and grandfather were in law enforcement, so he would know how we were thinking, and that he might be under influence of narcotics. From the Texas City motel manager, Rogers and Batson learned that Alicia had rented Room 122 for two days, and that Zona had been seen there. Both Brazoria County Sheriff s deputies and Texas City Police undercover narcotics officers kept the motel room under surveillance until we could come up with a plan, Rogers said. Obtaining an arrest warrant Monday night for probable cause, based on both the Deja Blue water bottles and interviews with Guadalupe and her family, sheriff s investigators took the warrant to Texas City, where they met with Captain Pete Carroll, who assembled that department s SWAT team. They made a hard entry into the motel room with flash-bangs, and a battering ram for us, Rogers said, adding that entry was difficult, because it was a very stout door. They had to ram the door several times to gain entrance, and team members also tried to go through the window before they finally got in, Rogers said, but added that the arrest was peaceable. Zona was alone in the room, he said. Several firearms were in plain sight, strategically placed on a nightstand by the bed, by the front door, and in the bathroom, but he didn t fight. Eventually we found another weapon in a drawer. Zona still had a bandage on his arm, Rogers said. He told us he had cauterized the wound the old way with gunpowder to prevent bleeding. Rogers and Captain Chris Kincheloe brought Zona back to the Brazoria County Sheriff s Office, where he agreed HUMOR to make a statement, providing he could start from the beginning and tell the story his way. In his written confession, Zona said Paul had threatened him and he had shot Paul in self-defense. Rogers pointed out, however, that when Paul s body was found, he was clutching the cap of a water bottle in one hand and a crushed plastic bottle of Deja Blue water in the other. Zona also claimed that he believed someone else was following him when he went to the oilfield, but officers found no evidence to substantiate that. After obtaining Zona s statement, the sheriff s investigators returned to the motel in Texas City with a search warrant and seized evidence. The weapons there included the one used in the murder. The medical examiner confirmed that Paul was shot three times in the back and the shoulder, both of which would have been fatal and in the left side of head. Rogers said he believes the shots were fired in that order, first in the back, then as Paul turned, in the shoulder. He thinks the head shot was fired last. Judging from the angle, it was fired from above, as Paul was lying on his back, Rogers added. Some 14 months after Paul s death, a jury of seven women and five men found Zona guilty of the murder, and sentenced him to 55 years in prison plus a $10,000 fine. Assistant District Attorney Teri Holder prosecuted the case, and Stan McGee was Zona s defense attorney. From what I picked up from the jury after the trial, the third shot in the head probably added several years to Zona s sentence, Rogers said. Zona Joshua Nathaniel Leggett is now 26-years old. He is serving his sentence in the Stiles Prison Unit at Beaumont, Texas. He will become eligible for a parole hearing on February 21, His projected release date is August 22, Jim and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day they were walking past the hospital swimming pool. Jim suddenly fell into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there! Edna promptly jumped in and saved him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim out. When the Director of Nursing became aware of Edna s heroic act, she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable. When she went to tell Edna the news, she said, Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you re being discharged. Since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of another patient, I have concluded that your act displays sound-mindedness. The bad news is that Jim, the patient you saved, hanged himself in his bathroom with the belt of his robe, right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he is dead. Edna replied He didn t hang himself...i put him there to dry. How soon can I go home? 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Citizens have debated my case across America, but let s take a look at another player in the fray law enforcement. First, I was stopped in my van near my house by Galveston Police responding to John Newland, who (we now know) leaves food for the cats under the bridge. Unfortunately, he has been hiding the food up behind huge sand bags, making it invisible from passersby. His fear of people poisoning the food (which, to my knowledge, has not happened) led to my inability to know anybody cared for the cats in any way. Upon my being stopped, I was asked if my vehicle could be searched. Exercising my constitutional rights, I declined. Officers then cuffed me, placed me in the back of a hot cruiser for quite some time, didn t allow me to make a phone call, and searched my van anyway. They said they had a right to search it because they were impounding it, and were required to do an inventory. This, they allegedly did because they would have to tow the van from the roadside, but my neighborhood (Indian Beach) was adjacent the parked van. It was clearly a rouse to get around a citizen s constitutional rights. The police officer who transported me was on his last day, with balloons in the car. He never wore his seat belt, didn t use his blinker, and swerved right and left on the road as he was typing into his dashboard computer while driving. I was taken to jail and held for two days, without being able to make a phone call. Nobody knew where I was until the case was all over the news. Finally, friends heard the reports and bailed me out. No explanation was offered for the delay, but Galveston Police and a member of the District Attorney s office called that treatment by the Galveston County Sheriff Office (who managed the jail) totally inexcusable. For a year, this felony charge for animal cruelty hung over my head. There was a grand jury in April 2007 and a trial date set for late September, but the case was finally heard on the week of November 13. It took four days and cost the taxpayers an estimated quarter of a million dollars. In the end, the jury was hopelessly deadlocked, with some believing I had broken no laws, and others simply seeing the act as cruel, regardless of burdens that had to be met. At the trial, though, one criterion that had to be proven was that I knowingly killed a person s cat, which was attempted to be shown by photographs of bowls of food which existed at the site at the time of the shooting. However, the officers didn t bother to mention that the bowl was impossible to see from the service road under the bridge, thus offering testimony designed to aid the prosecution. Worse, another policemen identified pictures of bowls of food by the road at the toll bridge, in an attempt to show that conspicuous bowls were in evidence. However, cat man John Newland s own testimony stated that these bowls were not made until four months after the shooting, thus showing the policemen s testimony to be, well, false. As the trial culminated, death threats both in and snail mail had become numerous, and the Galveston Police Department was notified. A visit was made, a case number was assigned, and the information was passed onto a detective. No further contact was made to me about the threats, but on Wednesday night, November 28, someone nearly shot me in the head on my front porch. I immediately called 911 and the Galveston Police Department responded. I was obviously fearing for my life, but also the police were (apparently) already investigating these death threats. I explained exactly what happened and they walked outside to search for clues. I called my attorney, and he suggested the matter be investigated by the FBI. It was then that I overheard two officers talking outside, saying that with no evidence from the scene, they had little to go on. Then, one said that it would look better if I was suspected of setting the thing up, shooting my glass door, all for publicity. All I could think of was how the police had tried to aid the prosecution in my conviction, even to the point of dishonesty, and I became very fearful of what was to come. Sure enough, officers came back into the house stating that some thought I had faked the shooting, and they wanted to conduct forensics on me. I told them I was distrustful of the police after the trial, the officer said he continued on next page (Cat Case Cops)

9 continued from previous page (Cat Case Cops) understood, and they wound up their investigation for the night. I left with them, checked into the Super 8 on 61st Street, and had a bad feeling about what the police would say to the press. Those suspicions proved to be accurate, as they said I didn t cooperate with their investigation, leaving the clear impression they thought it was an inside job. For my part, I returned early in the morning, hurriedly packed some clothes, and left the state. I visited my mother in Florida and did some work for my business back East. I was called by the detective as I was almost to Louisiana, and he wanted to interview me. I told him I would be happy to answer any questions, but he insisted I return to Galveston. When I declined, he said the investigation was over and hung up. I am unaware of them ever approaching those who sent letters and s with threats. After newspapers milked the case for all they could, things have died down and life has returned to normal. While the cat case itself had very little effect on my business (in fact, it was a godsend for marketing), the attempt on my life at my house has created a huge impediment to birders visiting my bird-rich property. Frankly, it would have been insane for me to manufacture that incident. While we talk about cops, though, let s examine the role of Texas Parks and Wildlife. These cat colonies have existed for years, and game wardens have driven past the colony for some time, knowing what cats do to protected birds, but have done nothing. Both the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, as well as the Endangered Species Act, provide severe penalties for those whose actions deleteriously impact wild birds. If a person were to go out to San Luis Pass and shoot a Piping Plover, the full weight of the law would come down on his head. Tell me, then, why hasn t TPW become involved in the elimination of feral cat colonies, and/or the prosecution of those who create and support them? Along with TPW is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who was so scared of this case, they forbade the local official, Phil Glass an outstanding public servant to testify at the cat case trial. That didn t stop Capt. Eddie Tanuse of TPW from testifying for the prosecution, despite having absolutely nothing substantive to say. Upon cross examination, it became apparent that feral cats are not protected by game laws whatsoever, and this man s ongoing participation in this case added to a burgeoning debt for taxpayers that this case rolled up. Of course, returning to the Galveston Police Department, one can only wonder why their outstanding animal control officer, Leroy Cooper, was not allowed to do his job. He traps feral cats all over the Island, but was obviously told to stay away from those at San Luis Pass despite them breaking several City Codes. From the beginning, the issue of whether John Newland actually owned the cats there was paramount, as ownership is required for the charge of animal cruelty to be made. He claimed to own the cats, but already has four at his house the maximum allowed by law. Was the GPD simply looking the other way about this matter, or is our city s finest being a tad selective in their law enforcement? Perhaps the most entertaining moment in the trial was when my lawyer asked John Newland about all the laws he was breaking with these cats, like lack of registration, shots and tags, and JN suddenly exclaimed, Well, I don t OWN those cats! At that exact moment, the ADA hung her head. Now you see why the jury didn t convict. Despite an excellent Assistant District Attorney, Paige Santel, there were jurors who clearly saw that it was ludicrous to say that Newland owned the cat, or that I could have reasonably been expected to know anyone was caring for them (since the food bowls were hidden). There were, of course, some jurors who simply saw this as a cruel act, and were going to vote to convict no matter what the facts showed. As a taxpayer, the close look I ve received of law enforcement has been disturbing. If we should wear seat belts and use blinkers, cops should. If animal cruelty laws are enforced, city codes for proper care should be as well. If people are arrested for speeding on the highway, they should also be cited for destroying the dunes at San Luis Pass. If we have laws protecting birds from the hand of man, then let s enforce it. And if perjury is illegal, cops should be (at least) held to that standard. Otherwise, Operation Enduring Freedom needs to be fought in Galveston County. Jim Stevenson is President of the Galveston Ornithological Society and teaches various life science courses at Galveston College, and The College of the Mainland. He also does environmental consultant work, is a professional bird guide, has written books on wildlife and publishes nature newspapers such as the Galveston Bay Gull.. JANUARY SPECIAL H Fried Oysters or Fried Shrimp $9.99 (Combo Plate) Fried Shrimp & Fried Oysters $10.99 W/Salad & Baked Potato DICKINSON S FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOD GROCER Ziegler s Foods 2308 FM-517 Road East, Dickinson Store Open 7am to 11pm, 7 Days a Week Full Service Courtesy Booth OPEN 8am 9pm Daily Gulf Coast Police News - Page 9

10 New Years Party Crazy Oaks Stewart Road, Galveston Buffet Party Favors Dancing Live Music By Monday December 31 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM Per Person Advance Reservations $12.00 At the DOOR $15.00 Buffet Party Favors Dancing continued from page 6 (Letters) dren to take to Mexico for the cocaine fields and plants. I nearly escaped being abducted in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on FM 646 at I-45, again by illegal lawn men. These kinds of things need to be reported in Police News, as the news media aren t interested in giving illegal s a bad name. With the lives and well-being of our families at stake, people need to know what is going on. They need to know how many illegal s have auto accidents, without insurance or DL s, and never show up for court. They need to know that the lawn men have bought illegal guns and are armed within our neighborhoods. They need to know that many criminals leave Mexico to escape punishment there, and end up here mowing our lawns. It s time for someone to start telling the truth. I hope The Police News will do that. Victim in League City THE GETAWAY! A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS Police in Oakland, CA spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, Please come out and give yourself up. SUBSCRIBE TO GULF COAST POLICE NEWS YES - $30 a year. All subscriptions mailed First Class, 12 issues for Gulf Coast Police News Mail my Police News to: Name Address City State Zip Check Enclosed Money Order Charge my credit card Visa Master Card American Express Discover Credit Card Billing Address: Name Address City State Zip Expiration Date Card Number Signature < Make checks payable and mail to: P.O. Box 5879 Galveston, TX Call: or Call Toll-Free: Or subscribe online at: To Pay by Phone Call > Page 10 - Gulf Coast Police News

11 Across 1. Hocus- 6. Ranch vacationer 10. Poker ante, perhaps 14. -garde 15. Non-written test 16. Tennis s Mandlikova 17. Analyze, grammatically 18. Folklore meanie 19. May race, in brief 20. Tool with a hexagonal shaft 23. Fizzle out 24. Have at 25. First-rate 27. All-time greatest 32. Tart fruit 33. Tread the boards 34. Strung along 36. New Orleans sandwich 39. Nick Charles s wife 41. USNA part 43. California wine valley 44. Has down pat 46. Reason for a raise 48. Backboard attachment Across attachments 51. Brief outlines 53. Bargain hunter s stop 56. Clean air org. 57. alive! 58. Large companies, collectively 64. Museum guide s offering 66. Harvest haul 67. Nitpick 68. Pound or pint 69. Lotto cousin 70. Leave dumbfounded 71. Match components 72. Lee of Marvel Comics 73. Divided, like a swimming pool Down 1. One of the Three Bears 2. Cameo shape 3. Rob Reiner s dad 4. Topple from office 5. Casey, the Mets first manager 6. Way in 7. Advise strongly 8. Mends, in a way 9. Awards a seat tov 10. O Hare locale: Abbr. 11. Bicycle part 12. Kind of rubber or ink 13. Remittance sender 21. Crafted on a loom 22. Butler, maid, etc. 26. Bird on a Canadian dollar 27. Paris s Left 28. Bus. school subject 29. What you re best at 30. Red-coated cheese 31. Gads about 35. a soul (nobody) 37. Mayberry tyke 38. Starchy tubers 40. Leaves dumbfounded 42. Prompters utterances 45. Wild guess 47. Like some anesthetics 50. Oil (results of tanker mishaps) 52. Canal locale 53. Andronicus (Shakespearean tragedy) 54. Make amends 55. Plumed wader 59. fide 60. Well-informed about 61. Politico Bayh 62. up (appraise) 63. Iditarod vehicle 65. ACLU concern: Abbr. Solution on page 22 Coupon must be presented on first visit. Exp: 01/31/08 Gulf Coast Police News - Page 11

12 Finally a Sheriff with Huevos We found him in Florida Polk County, Florida Sheriff Grady Judd Some dirtbag in Polk County Florida who got pulled over in a routine traffic stop ended up executing the deputy who stopped him. The deputy was shot eight times, including once behind his right ear at close range. Another deputy was wounded and a police dog killed. A statewide manhunt ensued. The low-life was found hiding in a wooded area with his gun. SWAT team officers fired and hit the guy 68 times. Now here s the kicker: Naturally, the media asked why they shot him 68 times. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, told the Orlando Sentinel: That s all the bullets we had! (Talk about an all time classic answer!!!) Wife, Mother, Cop. Officer of the Year I have a passion for my job. I love what I do, And that is why citizens of Officer Tammy McCullough Angleton, Texas voted Tammy McCullough the 2007 Blue Star Officer of the Year. Votes were dropped in boxes scattered throughout the city in October and the award was announced in December. The Blue Star program was started in 2001 by Dr. Chris Pangan, owner of angleton Chiropractic and Rehab Center as a way to thank Angleton police officers for their services. McCullough graduated from Angleton High School in 1983 and has been an Angleton police officer since She promoted to Patrol Sergeant in In addition to her police duties, she is also a wife and mother. She credits her family for making her dream of becoming a police officer come true. Police News Staff Report continued from page 1 (Lying in wait) they noticed cuts on his hands. Shields had a history of burglary and car theft. In 1992, at age 17, he was arrested for stealing a car and was given probation with deferred adjudication. In January 1994, he and two friends broke into a home and stole some cash and a car. They made their way to Florida, where they were arrested for grand theft auto. In July of that same year, he was involved in another car burglary. On August 10, 1994, Christine Shields asked the court to issue a warrant for her son s arrest, because he had stolen her car. She also testified that she and her husband had changed the locks on their house twice to keep their son from stealing from them. Another of his friends testified that in June 1994, Shields loaded a pistol and pointed it at him. When he objected, Shields stood up and shoved the gun in his face shouting that he could point the [expletive] gun in my face if he felt like it. He then went into the backyard and fired the gun twice over the fence. A jury convicted Shields of capital murder in October 1995 and sentenced him to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the conviction and sentence in February All of his subsequent appeals in state and federal court were denied. In his appeals, Shields lawyers claimed that he did not intend to kill Stiner, and was only defending himself. Shields gave one interview while on death row. In it, he said that he did not kill Stiner, although he admitted being in the house when she died. Shields wrote a letter to Governor Rick Perry, inviting him to witness his execution. I would ask that you be there to answer my loved ones [sic] questions, he wrote. Explain to them why they too had to become victims. It is time for you to have the courage of your convictions and stand there looking me in the eyes as those lethal drugs take my life. Governor Perry did not attend Shields execution or respond to the letter. Eleven years later Robert Alan Shields Jr. then 30, was executed by lethal injection on 23 August 2005 in Huntsville, Texas for murdering Paula Stiner. Both the killer s and the victim s families attended the execution. After Shields was prepared for the lethal injection, the warden asked him if he wanted to make a last statement. Shields answered, No. The lethal injection was started, and he was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. Murdered, said Robert Shields Sr., pointing at prison officials, after his son continued on next page ( Lying in wait) Page 12 - Gulf Coast Police News

13 continued from previous page (Lying in wait) stopped breathing. Murdered by the state. John Ross, Paula Stiner s father, watched and listened from the other witness chamber. After a few seconds of silence, he muttered, Bastards. Last Meal: For his final meal, Shields requested fajitas with flour tortillas, shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, diced tomatoes, diced onions, sour cream, pico de gallo, bacon, breakfast sausage, onion rings, French fries, barbecue sauce and picante sauce. Some of the information for this story was provided by Clark Prosecutor, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and others. These signs are not For laughs alone The face they save May be your own. THE POLICE NEWS Visit us on the Web New Recruits in Pearland Joe Carpet Cleaning Upholstery & Drapery Cleaning Stripping & Waxing 24 Hour Water Extractions Bonded & Insured ~ Galveston s Finest SHAMPOO & STEAM CLEANING $59.95 CAFE We Clean out of your carpet! FOR LIVING ROOM, DINNING & HALL Additional Rooms $12.95 (409) POLICE NEWS UPDATES Delivered to your FREE Open Monday Saturday 6am - 2pm (409) th Street Galveston VGSFASHIONS Men s Urban Wear and Old School Players CAPS HATS SHOES 25% OFF Summer Stock 10% Off Sales of $50 or More (excluding sale items) Coogl Phat Farm Sean John The Point Syllables LRG Ed Hardy MisKeen Enyce Indigo 30 Size: Regular Big & Tall 6X Store Hours Mon Thurs 12pm 6pm Fri Sat 12pm 7pm Sunday Closed 4605B Fort Crocket Blvd. Galveston Island, Texas Cell Officers Left to Right C. Liggit, A. Rudenko, C. Pledger and O. Perez Photo by Officer P. Anderson Pearland Police welcomes four new recruits to the department. The police recruits completed 18-weeks of training at Alvin Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy on December 11, They completed 668 hours, which included class time, inspections, and physical training accomplishing a strong foundation for their careers in law enforcement. The selection process for a cadet or probationary police officer position in the Pearland Police Department is a series of steps, each of which is designed to ensure that each person considered has the skills, background, and stability necessary to become a Police Officer. Assistant Chief J. Spires, said these new officers help move us toward better protecting the citizens of Pearland. Public safety is a huge priority and hiring qualified police officers is our goal. The new officers will now enter a field-training program partnering with an experienced training officer that generally lasts another 18 weeks depending on their experience. The Pearland Police Dept is looking to fill additional Police Officer positions. The City of Pearland is growing rapidly offering new hires the ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic community. Pearland is the fastest growing city in Brazoria County and the city has jurisdiction within Brazoria, Harris and Fort Bend Counties. The Pearland Police Dept offers competitive salaries and benefits. The department is a Civil Service agency of 110 sworn officers; we are currently seeking qualified applicants interested in a professional law enforcement career. For additional information, contact the City of Pearland, Human Resources Department at , , or the www. Service to all Houston Airports Joe Tramonte West 1802 Broadway Galveston, Tx Jeff s Cab Co. Let our family help your family Let us represent you Call the only mother & daughter team on Galveston Island to assist you in your buying and selling. Peggy Winchester (409) Becki Winchester-Habib (409) We accept most major credit cards JEFF (5333) Gulf Coast Police News - Page 13

14 What Lies Behind the Case of Lethal Injection? Th i s is a peculiar era for capital punishment in the United States and not simply because there is a de Frank Zimring facto moratorium on execution while the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether the chemicals used in lethal injections pose an unreasonable risk of excessive pain. The legal fight about lethal injections is really one symptom of a much broader set of concerns about the death penalty, and two puzzles in the lethal injections cases illustrate the larger confusion and mixed feelings. While support for the death penalty remains a majority sentiment, most citizens worry about the fairness of the justice system and the execution of innocent defendants. These mixed feelings produce odd patterns of public opinion. In one set of surveys six years ago, 63 percent supported the death penalty, but 51 percent favored a moratorium on executions until research proved that the system was fair and reliable. Perhaps this indicates that few people are in a great hurry to execute prisoners, particularly in California. The state has the largest death row in the United States and has averaged fewer than one execution a year since executions resumed in However, two executions in late 2005 and a cluster of four scheduled last year, created palpable anxiety and discomfort about a more frequent spate of executions. One sensed a sigh of relief when the execution of Michael Angelo Morales, who murdered a 17-year-old Lodi girl, was postponed in February after a federal district court judge in San Jose set new restrictions on lethal injection procedures. Perhaps the ambivalent public in California is more comfortable with a death penalty that produces no executions than with stories about pending lethal injections covered regularly on the nightly news. That ambivalence is a necessary backdrop to understanding the oddity of the lethal injection controversy. FRESH MEXICAN CUISINE 15% Off For All First Responders & UTMB employees Ask About Our $1.99 Margaritas Come and Enjoy Our Fresh Cut Steaks and Fish Everyday Across From Churches Chicken COME AND ENJOY OUR FRESHLY PREPARED DAILY SPECIALS, ( LUNCH AND DINNER) 4901 BROADWAY GALVESTON,TX Mixed feelings about the brutality of executions inspired the idea of lethal injection. Gov. Ronald Reagan first suggested in 1973 that the painfree injections veterinarians used to put down injured horses might be a more humane way to carry out capital punishment than the gas chamber and the electric chair. Oklahoma first authorized lethal injection in 1977, and Texas carried out the first lethal injection in Yet the procedures used in Texas and all the other states that adopted lethal injection differed from Reagan s 1973 suggestion in two critical respects. First, doctors have not been involved in an execution of a human by lethal injection. Because doctors are forbidden to assist in executions for ethical reasons, no physician checks dosages or looks for indications of pain or assures proper methods of administration. The second difference between putting pets to sleep and lethal injection of humans is the chemicals used to take life. Vets put down animals with a large dose of a sedative, such as sodium pentothal. It may take a while, but it is painless. The people who created the lethal injection cocktail used a more complicated three-drug sequence thiopental as a sedative, then a paralytic agent, and then a drug to stop the heart and end life. The advantages of three drugs over one are cosmetic the process can be swifter and somewhat less discomforting for observers. But the process is complex, leaving many more ways that the plan can go wrong. Too little sedative followed by paralysis can produce horrible pain well before death but no capacity for the prisoner to express it. The first round of lethal injection litigation to be argued before the Supreme Court in January, Baze v. Rees, will probably only decide technical questions about who has the burden of proof on the risks of specific execution methods. But the fact that the court has stopped the execution process to consider the risks of lethal injection reflects a large set of second thoughts about the need and cost of capital punishment. Two puzzles in the current litigation before the Supreme Court deserve public scrutiny. One is why it took so long for any court to pay close attention to the problems. No state By Franklin E. Zimring Special to The Police News or medical organization conducted a serious medical evaluation of the practice. This unevaluated execution mix was used 900 times before the courts called time out. Why? A second mystery is the unwillingness of states to simply change to a single sedative injection so that executions can resume. Why do California officials persist in submitting a three-drug protocol to the federal court when the court has indicated that the combination is dangerous? Almost three quarters of the states that have the death penalty use it infrequently or not at all. Death sentences and executions have been declining in the United States for almost a decade. Last week, both houses of the New Jersey state legislature passed a bill to abolish the state s death penalty, a measure the governor has promised to sign. Executions reached their peak at 98 a year in 1999, but then dropped to 53 by 2006 even before objections to lethal injection arose. The number of death sentences sought by prosecutors and imposed by juries has dropped as well. The highest level of death sentences in the past 15 years was 317 in In the next nine years, the number of death sentences dropped 60 percent to 128 in Prosecutors and juries now issue fewer than half the death verdicts they did only a decade ago. Have people gone soft on public safety? Public safety has little to do with this debate. Whether the state of California has no executions next year instead of one or two has little or no impact on the crime rate. We lock up 250,000 people in this state each year to protect the public and none of the 650 people on death row will become a threat to the public because they won t get out. The fact that public safety doesn t require executions turns out to be a crucial flaw in the argument for the death penalty. Why should we run the risk of injustice and brutality for punishment we don t really need? About the writer: Franklin E. Zimring is the William G. Simon Professor of law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at Boalt Hall, at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Contradictions of American Capital Punishment. Page 14 - Gulf Coast Police News

15 Police seek public help in 12 year old murder case GALVESTON - The body of 16-year old Daniel Ruiz was found on September 22nd, 1995, with a gunshot would to his head inside a Galveston home located in the 2200 Block of 59th Street. The original report was called in by Rene Alegria, who found the body before 4:00 PM, and was one of the last known persons to see Ruiz alive. Alegria told police that he left Ruiz with another juvenile friend of his and went to go eat at a local restaurant. Alegria told police that when he returned to his home he found Ruiz on the floor. The other Juvenile was quickly rounded up by police investigators and told police that he left shortly after Alegria and Ruiz was still alive. Captain Phillip Morris with the Galveston Police Department, then an investigator, conducted the initial investigation and has publicly stated that the story given by Alegria and his friend did not add up. Captain Morris questioned a neatly folded bath towel being placed under the head of Ruiz and the supposed suicide weapon being found in the wrong hand. The homicide of Bruce Ochoa, which occurred on September 5th, 1995, involved some of the same persons around Ruiz at the time of his death. Street gossip was abundant and some of it pointed to Ochoa s killers as the same persons involved with Daniel Ruiz the death of Ruiz. This information is unfounded. The gun used to kill RUIZ was kept in the house where he was found. Witnesses did come forward with information about this case and made sworn statements about suspicious circumstances pointing to foul play being involved. Conflicting statements made by the persons last with RUIZ have clouded the issue of who pulled the trigger and why. Investigators including myself, always thought that someone would come forward and bring closure to the family of Daniel Ruiz. Persons with information in this case are urged to contact the Galveston Police Department or Crime Stoppers at TIPS (8477) or Detective Fred Paige at When Cops Retire When a good man leaves the job and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder. We wonder if he [she] knows what they are leaving behind, because we already know. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the law enforcement life there is a fellowship which lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breath that remains in his frame. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is. These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always will look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing. Never think for one moment you are escaping from the life. You are only escaping the job and we are merely allowing you to leave active duty. So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God, and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known. VISIT US ON the WEB at E. R. Johnson Family Mortuary Eddie R. Johnson Owner/Funeral Director Cremation, Monuments, Pre Arrangements, Insurance and Notary Services MR. ELECTRIC EXPERT ELECTRICAL SERVICE Dudley Moeller Owner License # TECL Licensed Bonded Insured P.O. Box 396 League City, Texas Office Fax Cell Independently Owned and Operated Franchise Th Ink Twice Tattoo Removal/Lasercare Have You Re-thought That Ink? ONLY $49/SQUARE INCH! 20% DISCOUNT LAW ENFORCEMENT WE ALSO OFFER LASER HAIR REMOVAL AND FACIAL REJUVENATION ***CALL TODAY FOR A FREE CONSULTATION!*** Before Quality, Distinctive, Professional Service 3828 Avenue O/PO Box 5 Galveston, Tx After Sean D. Wengroff, MD Phone: (409) Fax: (409) Memorial Drive Texas City, TX INK-TWCE Gulf Coast Police News - Page 15

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17 Where Do Convicts Go When They Get Sick? The Same Place Tourists Go For Fun in The Sun The TDCJ Hospital in Galveston provides patient care and effective security for Texas prison inmates through coordination of resources of the University of Texas Medical Branch and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The purpose of the TDCJ Hospital is to operate a secure medical facility for the provision of inpatient care as well as outpatient ambulatory care to the offender patients of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The University of Texas Medical Branch - Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital is an acute care inpatient and outpatient facility accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations located on the campus of the University Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. The UTMB-TDCJ Hospital was the first and remains the only one of its kind, specializing in offenders health care on the campus of a major academic medical center. The hospital opened in July 1983 and currently operates 172 inpatient beds, a multi-service ambulatory care center, a minor operating room with a recovery room, a telemetry unit of 12 beds, a medical intensive care unit of 6 beds and a 56-bed overnight holding unit. The UTMB-TDCJ Hospital provides a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services within the confines of a secured environment, which is staffed by Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division officers. On-site services (within the Hospital) include: Hemodialysis, Pulmonary Care, Digital Radiology imaging, Pharmacy Occupational and Physical Therapy, Infusion Therapy, Audiology testing booths, Ophthalmology examination suites with laser technology, GI endosocopy colonscopy, and Ultrasonography. Attached to the complex of UTMB hospitals, the UTMB-TDCJ hospital has access to the 20+ operating rooms, 7 intensive care units, a burn unit, and a Level 1 trauma center. Specialty medical services provided at UTMB include: EMG/NCV, EEG, and Evoked Potential, Non-invasive Cardiology (Echo, ECG, Stress testing), MRI & CT, Special Invasive Radiology, Speech Pathology Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratories, Pulmonary Function Laboratory, Radiation Oncology and Bronchoscopy. At UTMB-TDCJ Hospital Galveston, 2 floors each with three 24-bed nursing units -- are dedicated to inpatient care. Each 12-room nursing unit is secured behind a locked gate controlled by an officer in a security picket who has visual and auditory contact with all persons going in and out of the unit. Each room has doors that may be locked; beds with no removable parts; mirrors made of aluminum; and reinforced window glass. The nurses station allows visual observation of the rooms and state of the art nurse call system in each room allows verbal contact between the patient and staff. Offender holding areas, which accommodate the 120+ outpatients seen at UTMB-TDCJ Hospital Galveston each day, are staffed by correctional officers and UTMB nursing personnel. The University of Texas Medical Branch - Texas Department of Criminal Justice Hospital provides all services to UTMB-TDCJ offender patients under a capitated contract for all professional and technical services. The hospital is operated in a staff-model HMO environment. Medical, administrative, and support staff dedicated to this hospital are employees of The University of Texas Medical Branch. The UTMB-TDCJ Telemedicine network is the largest in the United States. Specialty medical and surgical clinics are held in the UTMB-TDCJ Hospital for patients throughout the UTMB-TDCJ and Federal Bureau of Prison Systems, allowing consultation without unnecessary transport of offenders. The Telemedicine network includes state and federal facilities throughout the State of Texas and specialist consultations are possible throughout the United States. This Telemedicine network supports teleconferencing for continuing medical and nursing education programs and grand-rounds style lectures. The system architecture allows TDCJ Hospital-Galveston or any site to be online with any other site or combination of locations. Information from the University of Texas, Medical Branch website. TONY & B R O S 24 HOUR WRECKER SERVICE WRECKER SERVICE & GARAGE Serving Galveston County Since 1933 Request Us Radio Dispatched Complete Motor Repairs Automatic Transmissions Recovery Large or Small we Tow them All 5907 Broadway Galveston, Tx or Smile Stupid, We re Taking Your Picture GALVESTON - On December 18th, 2007, Paul s Pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint by at least two black male suspects. CASE NO> The robbery occurred around 2:30 PM. The suspects were after Codeine (aka syrup or lean ) The suspects obtained 2 bottles of cough syrup and multiple bottles of Hydro Codeine. A witness observed a white colored four door Cadillac in the area. Anyone having information about this aggravated robbery please contact Fred Paige at or Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of any felony TIPS (8477) Surveillance photos courtesy Galveston Police Dept. Dumb Criminal (Donut Shop Robbery) If you were down and out and needed a warm place to stay and a hot meal you may choose to get arrested. And how best to get busted? Rob a donut shop! We all know that donut shops are sacred temples to cops. Well, that s what 23-year old Brandon Jermaine Branch did. He walked into a Galveston donut shop waving a pistol and demanding money. He took off running on foot with his bounty in hand but didn t make it two blocks before a local donut worshiper captured and cuffed him. Bankrobbers do better as most crooks know. ( Gulf Coast Police News - Page 17

18 CRUZ CORTEZ CLOTHIERS MORE THEN JUST A TUXEDO STORE Tremont (23rd) at Postoffice St FINANCIAL SUCCESS Page 18 - Gulf Coast Police News TUX RENTAL Community: Working together, helping each other, realizing goals, and reaching them. Serving our community s financial needs with lower fees, great rates and personal service all with people who make banking better. Galveston locations: 2302 Church Street, (409) th Street, (409) Join us today. Be a part of it. MONTHLY AUTO AUCTION IN HOUSTON AREA CARS FOR FULL LISTINGS CALL OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE: F Texas Auto Title & Registration Consultants, Inc. Donald McClure TXE Courtney McClure TXE Jim Heald TXE F 125 Years and Counting Local Cop Killers on Death Row Continue To Get Years-long Breaks while on Appeal By TOM KENNEDY Police News Contributor The 10 men facing the death penalty for killing Houston police officers have so far lived an average of 12.5 years longer than the brave men whose lives they took. Their tenure on Texas Death Row at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston will continue to grow much higher. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice had no names on this infamous roster on its 2007 execution list. Each of these men have an undetermined number of years left before they will be anywhere near execution. They are in various stages in the seemingly endless appeals process. Longevity Records While Carl Wayne Buntion, 67, enjoys writing poems and tending to his Website, Officer James Irby, the HPD solo officer he killed in cold blood on a hot June day in 1990, never lived long enough to learn about the Internet. Buntion has survived the criminal justice system in the Lone Star State for 17 years and counting. Buntion, a lifelong criminal, seeks pen pals and monetary contributions like many of his Death Row colleagues, while appellate attorneys in the office of District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal experience frustration with the amount of years that elapse so that death penalty inmates might exhaust their appeals. Several years ago, the TDCJ listed Excell White and Sammie Felder Jr. as holding the records for the longest time served on Death Row prior to execution. Then both were executed. Now, Arthur L. Williams has easily surpassed their records of more than 24 and 23 years, respectively. On Feb. 28, 1983, Williams received the prospects of a lethal injection for the senseless killing of Officer Daryl W. Shirley while scuffling with Shirley as the officer was serving a warrant at Williams apartment complex on April 28, This means Williams has lived at least 25 years longer than Shirley, the divorced father of two sons, both of whom wound up becoming law enforcement officers. According to records in Rosenthal s office, Williams can look forward to many more years. He is in the midst of his second round of state appeals, still an untold number of years before his appeals process will be nearly exhausted. While the DA s office counts Williams time on Death Row from the date of conviction in 1983, we count from the more appropriate date of the actual offense a truer measure of the life extension of these Internet-connected defendants. Arthur Williams Website, several years old, quotes him as being on Death Row for 23 years and still counting as I struggle for justice and freedom in the courts for killing an undercover cop in Houston (a case of self-defense!). Both he and Robert M. Jennings are the two longest-tenured cop killers sent to Death Row from Houston. Jennings, who turns 51 this year, killed Officer Elston Howard while trying to write a city arcade ticket at an adult book store on Richmond Avenue on July 19, Jennings has lived 20 years longer than Howard. He will live even longer than that because of the slow appeals process. Roe Wilson, chief of Rosenthal s Post- Conviction Writs Division, said Jennings and Williams have finished their direct appeals and are now in state habeas corpus proceedings. Wilson cited many factors that affect the length of time it takes to exhaust the appellate process, especially the unique legal characteristics. Interestingly, both of these cases are in the court of 208th State District Judge Denise Collins and both defendants used the same defense attorney, Randy Schaffer. Buntion, the third longest-tenured individual in this distinguished group, writes poems one can read by going to his Website, Buntion s conviction from Jan. 24, 1991 was overturned and he was given a new trial; however, the state has the right to appeal the reversal. Tough Scheduling Prosecutor Lynn Hardaway, who keeps close tabs of Buntion s appeal as part of her duties in Wilson s office, is encouraged by the process as it affects Buntion. We went through state habeas and through the federal district court, Hardaway explained, detailing the crucial steps in the appeals process. Now what has happened is the attorney from the state attorney general s office continued on next page (125 Years)

19 continued from previous page (125 Years) has appealed to the Fifth Circuit. It does happen that reversals will get overturned. That happened in a case that resulted in an execution last week. The case was reversed and overturned by the Fifth Circuit. Will it happen in the Buntion case? Maybe. But when a defendant fails at this point, he has 90 days to go to the next appellate level, the U. S. Supreme Court. If the highest court in the land rejects him, the state then schedules an execution date. None of the 10 Houston cop killers on Death Row yet meet these criteria. Again citing the number of factors that affect capital murder case appeals, Wilson pointed out that victim families often get the mistaken impression that executions take place based on the chronology of the crimes. Instead, the timing depends on the complexity of the legal issues in the individual cases, she said. Anthony Cardell Haynes, 27, is awaiting execution for murder in the death of Sergeant Kent Kincaid on May 23, 1998 during a confrontation on Plum Forest near Forest Heights. Haynes was a teenager at the time. He has been on Death Row for only nine years. His (appeal) is fairly new, Wilson said. He s in federal district court on his writ. He s moving faster. It depends on whatever the issues are, the judge in the case and what s happening with the law. Haynes was convicted on Sept. 17, 1999 out of the 263rd District Court. He is like many Death Row inmates he also makes appeals on the Internet. I was convicted of capital murder on Sept. 17, 1999 and sentenced to death a week later in the city that I lived all but three years of my 19 free years, Houston, Texas, Haynes tells his Website readers. It was a tough blow for someone only 20 years of age. These past years on 'the row have been filled with many ups and downs, but at the end of every day I somehow make it. I would be lying if I tried to convey that these years have not been difficult. When you take away a man s power and make him almost impotent, it hurts." When you take that same man away from that which he loves (family, friends and human contact) it hurts. When you lock him away in solitary confinement for 23 hours everyday and force him to live under sub-human conditions, it hurts." When a man s own family is only willing to help when they are forced to, it hurts. When a grown man of age 25 can not even assist his own self financially, but must depend on others, it hurts." All these things describe aspects of my life and this kind of existence can get hard at times. But you know what? Through all the pains, struggles and calamity I go through here, I still do my best to remain positive and keep an optimistic outlook on life. I know that change will come one day and things will not be as bad. Doesn t Remember Victims This Mr. Haynes left out a very important hurt in his dissertation, which also seeks pen pals. He failed to detail the hurt still felt by Sgt. Kinkaid s wife Nancy and two daughters, Jena Lee and Courtney Deanne. Also there were his mother, Mrs. Myrna Kinkaid, and one sister, Mrs. Kathy Conway, as well as numerous other relatives and friends. The Haynes saga is easily rivaled by that of Edgar Tamayo, who turned 40 last July. This life-long criminal figured he could get away from Officer Guy P. Gaddis while handcuffed in the backseat of Gaddis patrol car on Jan. 31, Unknown to the officer, Tamayo had a gun that failed to turn up in an initial search. He shot Gaddis in the back of the head, causing a quick death. The patrol car crashed into a house, leaving Tamayo with trying to get away while still cuffed. Later, investigating officers asked themselves: Now, what person in his right mind would believe he could shoot the driver of a car with your hands cuffed behind you in a locked backseat, and still be able to escape safely? While the crash injured both Tamayo and a fellow prisoner, Tamayo was able to kick out the window glass of the left rear door and escape. He was caught and tried and convicted on Nov. 1, 1994 before Judge Michael McSpadden in the 208th District Court. Although raised in Texas, Tamayo was technically still a Mexican National and as such he was affected by the Vienna Convention, which gave him the right to be able to consult with the Mexican consulate for legal advice and a lawyer. Tamayo supposedly wasn t aware of these rights and went through the initial phase of the appeals process without using them as part of his argument. Wilson said the International Court of Justice in The Hague hears cases in which Mexican National defendants claim they weren t afforded rights guarantees by the Vienna treaty. Of course, she has argued before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that defendants like Tamayo are provided court-appointed attorneys and the full benefits of any indigent defendant in Texas. There were 51 Mexican Nationals whose cases wound up in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Wilson explained. Under the Vienna Convention, if there is a dispute, it s supposed to be settled through this court. Wilson contended that Tamayo should not have waited so late in his appellate process to cite the rights of the Vienna Convention, having brought it up after exhausting his initial stateintensive appeals route and while his second-line federal process was in effect. The international court gave Tamayo and the 50 others hearings. But Wilson said the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled that our courts are not bound by decisions of The Hague. We are supposed to follow our Supreme Court and earlier the Supreme Court said it (any Hague decision) didn t make any difference. She speculated that Texas highest criminal appeals court would dismiss Tamayo s appeal based on this ruling. Yet Tamayo still will have his federal appeals route. Empty Internet Pleadings That s not all he has, either. Tamayo has not one or two Websites; he has three in English, Spanish and German. Tamayo uses these worldwide forums to proclaim his innocence Through a series of illegal maneuvers by the police and the prosecutors, such as the use of manufactured and falsified documents and perjured testimony, I was not able to hire an attorney to defend me at trial, he says on his Websites. Therefore, I was given a court-appointed attorney. It s commonly known that defendants with court-appointed attorneys are at least 10 times more likely to be convicted because such attorneys are only permitted $500 for investigations, lab analyses and expert witnesses. Even if he wanted to use monetary terms, Tamayo fails to calculate the losses incurred by Gaddis wife, his parents, two brothers, two aunts and two uncles. Here are other HPD Officer killers on the Texas Death Row and the status of their cases: Shelton D. Jones shot Sgt. Bruno D. Soboleski to death on April 12, 1991 during a drug bust in the 6600 block of Calhoun. Jones turned 40 in November. He has been on Death Row for 17 years. Convicted out of continued on page 22 (125 Years) Gulf Coast Police News - Page 19

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