Monthly Archives: June 2017

Most Wanted: an old method that still works today

Most Wanted posters have been used for many years as a way of letting the public know the names of those wanted for committing criminal acts. These posters were often distributed by town marshals and sheriffs, and it was common for bounty hunters to make a living hunting down the wanted. Some of the famous fugitives who had wanted posters for their capture included John Dillinger, Billy the Kid, Bonnie and Clyde, Jesse James, and Al Capone. Although these posters were commonly used, it was not until 1950 that a program with a list of most wanted was formed.

In 1949, a reporter asked the FBI, Who are the 10 toughest guys you are looking for?. The reporter was able to obtain 10 names from the FBI along with their photos for his article. The article was published by the Washington Daily News and became an instant success. It

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Report Uncovers DEA Involvement in Mexico Massacre

The US Drug Enforcement Administration has offices in 69 countries, on every continent. 

Given the anti-drug agency’s far-reaching presence around the world, we don’t often hear much about its successes nor its disastrous blunders in “fighting” drugs outside of the US.

Last month, The Guardian reported the shocking findings of an investigation into one of the agency’s bungled operations in Honduras. According to investigators, the US DEA lied about its role in a 2012 mission where Honduran officers working under the DEA shot at a taxi boat, killing four innocent villagers, including two pregnant women and a young boy.

A year

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Northampton County authorities seek Jonathan Vazquez – fugitive of the week

Jonathan W. Vazquez (Courtesy photo | For 

Jonathan W. Vazquez, 37, is wanted to appear for trial on theft and conspiracy charges, according to the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department and court records.

A Northampton County top-10 fugitive, Vazquez is also wanted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on a charge of false statement, by Lehigh County probation and by Palmer and Bethlehem township police, according to the sheriff’s department.

He should be considered armed and dangerous, and anyone coming in contact with him is advised to use caution, sheriff’s officials said.

Vazquez, last known to frequent the Bethlehem area, is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 300 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

The sheriff’s department asks anyone with information about Vazquez to call Sgt. Michael Orchulli at 610-829-6520.

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Warren County authorities seek Anthony Waln – fugitive of the week

Anthony D. Waln (Courtesy photo | For 

Anthony D. Waln, 25, is wanted on a narcotics charge under a warrant dated May 4, 2017, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

Waln, whose last-known address was in the first block of East Grand Street in Hampton, is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and 135 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

The prosecutor’s office asks anyone with information about Waln to contact investigators via a tip line at 908-475-6643, the fugitive unit at 908-475-6272 or via

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9 women on FBI’s Most Wanted List

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has 514 people listed on its Most Wanted List, as of April 18, 2017. The list was created on March 14, 1950.

“A reporter for the International News Service (the predecessor to United Press International) asked the Bureau for the names and descriptions of the ‘toughest guy’ the Bureau would like to capture,” according to the FBI’s website.


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Chicago PD, ATF team up to stop spread of illegal guns

(CNN) — The Chicago Police Department and Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will announce Friday a new task force aimed at decreasing the spread of illegal guns throughout the Windy City.

The team will consist of Chicago police officers, federal agents, Illinois state troopers, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors.

“This new strike force will significantly help our police officers stem the flow of illegal guns and create a culture of accountability for the small subset of individuals and gangs who disproportionally drive violence in our city,” said Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday to tout federal involvement.

“Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year,” he tweeted.

The President threatened to send in help early in his administration after months of campaigning against crime in Chicago

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Chicago police, feds team up on new effort to curb violence

Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors are launching a new initiative Friday to stem the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at “epidemic proportions.”

Trump’s remark on Twitter came ahead of an announcement by Chicago police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about the formation of the Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office acknowledged that an additional 20 ATF agents have been sent to Chicago.

State police, intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors will target illegal guns and repeat gun offenders, Chicago police said. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday night that “we are foundationally changing the way we fight crime in Chicago.”

Trump tweeted Friday morning that “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions

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Sex Offender Theft Suspect, NH Fugitive Arrested In Concord Gardens

CONCORD, NH — This week’s New Hampshire Fugitive of the Week was quickly scooped up by the U.S. Marshals Service, hiding out in an apartment on the Heights of Concord this afternoon, according to a press alert. Ronaldo L. Towers, 32, was arrested without incident on Christian Avenue in the Concord Gardens Apartment Complex. According to Deputy Marshal Jeffrey White, Towers was wanted on outstanding warrants for probation violations stemming from a prior conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, issued by Merrimack County, and failure to register and theft by the Concord Police Department.

Editor’s Note: This post was derived from information supplied by the U.S. Marshals Service. It does not indicate a conviction. This link explains the name removal request process for NH Patch police reports.

Mr. Towers is required to register as a sex offender as a result of a 2007 conviction in the

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The guilty man: Moncks Corner man pleaded guilty to murdering a cop in 1989, but says that’s because he didn’t …

Editor’s note: This part one of a three-part series looking into the 28-year incarceration of Jason Matthews. 

“Don’t kill me; I won’t say anything,” the police chief said from the ground, blood pooling around him. At least three, maybe four, .45 bullet wounds had ripped through his body. One of those bullets would be the one that ultimately killed him.

“Why did you do this?” Jason Matthews said, standing over him, the .45 no longer in his hand. Or maybe he didn’t say that. He could be remembering it wrong. It was 28 years ago March 25, and daily prison life has left Matthews anxious and sometimes forgetful.

He says he doesn’t belong in prison, that murder wasn’t the right charge, and that his civil rights have been violated. He has less than two years before he’s eligible for parole, but parole means admitting guilt and he did that once before, when he

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