PBUS News Update
Nov. 21, 2012

Utah bounty hunter coordinates arrest of fugitives
in Mexico

KSTU-TV
VideoBriefTwo Utah fugitives wanted on thousands of dollars in felony drug warrants were arrested in Mexico after an intense high-speed chase that came after cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican governments and a bail enforcement agent. Jacqui Randall and Lorin Fiene were arrested for allegedly selling meth out of their Layton, Utah, home, but after bailing out of jail, police say they skipped out on their bond and made a run for the Mexican border. New cooperation between Davis County drug officers, U.S. Marshals, Mexican police and the work of Jim Elliot, a Utah bail enforcement agent, helped crack the case.More

Top fugitive may be in New Mexico
KRQE-TV
The U.S. Marshals say one of the 15 most wanted suspects in the country may be hiding out in New Mexico. Detectives believe Corey Gaston could be in Albuquerque or Las Cruces, N.M. Gaston is wanted for breaking into a family's home, kidnapping a 10-year-old girl and raping her in a back alley in 2007. That happened on the east side of Detroit, and he was connected by DNA and a cellphone he dropped at the scene. He was in jail but came up with $20,000 cash to bond out; then he went on the run.More

Manslaughter sentence: 10 years of going to church
CBS News
In the category of alternative sentencing, you can now add "going to church." A judge in Muskogee, Okla., sentenced 17-year-old Tyler Alred, of Muskogee, to attend church for 10 years as part of his probation for a manslaughter conviction stemming from a drunk-driving crash.More

Group debates electronic monitoring bracelet issues
The Janesville Gazette
Members of Wisconsin's Rock County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council talked about two ways electronic monitoring bracelets are used or could be used for repeat intoxicated drivers. One question is whether people convicted of third-offense intoxicated driving would be willing to choose treatment court rather than time in jail when that time is likely to be spent at home on a bracelet. The other issue is the possibility of using electronic monitoring to keep people sober while they wait for an intoxicated driving ticket to work its way through the court system. More

Florida fugitive wanted for killing teen brothers denied bond
WBFS-TV
VideoBrief After nearly two months on the run, U.S. Marshals captured one of South Florida's most wanted fugitives in Miami with help from a television viewer, and now he's locked up in the Miami-Dade County jail. Barton Hill, 19, charged with two counts of murder, was denied bond and forbidden from contacting two surviving victims during his first court appearance.More

California seeks extension to comply with prison population caps
Los Angeles Times
Admitting once again to federal judges that California won't be able to reach goals set for reducing crowding in its prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has asked for a delay while it works on alternatives. In legal filings, the state corrections department said the number of inmates in its 33 prisons has remained roughly unchanged for two months. More

Brothers accused of stealing $5 million lottery ticket state their innocence
The Post-Standard
Two brothers accused of trying to rip off a $5 million lottery payoff were ordered to surrender their passports — and jailed with bail set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond — at their arraignments in Onondaga County Court. Defense lawyer Robert Durr said Andy and Nayel Ashkar are "adamant" in maintaining they are innocent of any criminal wrongdoing in connection with the scratch-off ticket that is at the heart of the case in Syracuse, N.Y.More

Washington fugitive freed on furlough suspected in carjacking
The Associated Press via The Oregonian
Yakima, Wash., police are irked that a man who pleaded guilty to car theft charges was released the same day to see his mother because he said she was dying. Jacob John Lucey has been a fugitive since Nov. 1 when he failed to return to the Yakima County Jail from a 24-hour furlough. He remained at large and is suspected in a subsequent carjacking.More

Texas authorities say suspect is a serial burglar — and a serial escapee
The Dallas Morning News
According to authorities, Billy Clay Wade likes two things: stealing and escaping from authorities who want to put him behind bars for stealing. For now, at least, Wade is in custody in Parker County, Texas, where he faces a laundry list of charges — everything from burglary of a habitation to evading arrest to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle to bail-jumping. He's being held without bond, because this time authorities aren't about to lose track of the wily Wade.More

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