Friday, December 7, 2012



Note: Off Calif. but not getting much coverage. AZ

Coast Guard Member Killed When Smugglers Ram Boat
Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne, 34, with his wife and child. (KTLA-
6:17 a.m. PST, December 3, 2012,

PORT HUENEME (KTLA) -- A member of the U.S. Coast Guard was killed in
the line of duty when suspected drug smugglers rammed his vessel near
Santa Cruz Island.

Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, of Redondo Beach was
second in command of the Halibut, an 87-foot patrol cutter based in
Marina del Rey.

Early Sunday morning, the Halibut was dispatched to investigate a
boat operating near Santa Cruz Island, which is the largest of the
Channel Islands.

The boat, a "panga"-style vessel commonly used by smugglers, was
first detected by a patrol plane. It had fallen under suspicion
becasue it was operating at night without any lights.

The Coast Guard cutter contains a smaller boat -- a rigid-hull
inflatable used routinely for search-and-rescue operations and
missions that require a nimble approach.

When Horne and his team approached in the inflatable, the suspect
boat gunned its engine, maneuvered directly toward the Coast Guard
inflatable, rammed it and fled.
The impact knocked Horne and another Coast Guardsman into the water.

Both were rescued, but Horne suffered a massive head injury.
Paramedics met the Halibut at the Port Hueneme pier at declared him
dead at 2:21 a.m.

"Chief Petty Officer Horne was an outstanding Coast Guard member,"
said Coast Guard Capt. James Jenkins. "He gave his life in service,
enforcing the laws of this nation. Our hearts go out to the family
and loved ones of Chief Petty Officer Horne," Jenkins continued.

"All of the members of team Coast Guard grieve along with them, and
are so very sorry for their loss," he said.

Horne's shipmate suffered minor injuries and was treated and then
released on Sunday. He was not identified.

Using a helicopter and a 45-foot boat stationed in Los Angeles, the
Coast Guard later found the panga and stopped it.

Two men were detained. The Coast Guard declined to identify them or
say whether drugs were found aboard the boat.

Horne arrived in Southern California last summer after serving for
two years as an executive petty officer in Emerald Isle, N.C., the
Los Angeles Times reports.
There, he received a Coast Guard Commendation Medal for his
leadership in 63 search-and-rescue cases, in which 38 lives were saved.

Horne leaves behind a wife and a young child. According to neighbors
in Redondo Beach, Horne's wife is pregnant with the couple's second

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano released the
following statement:
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of U.S. Coast Guard
Boatswains Mate Chief Terrell Horne during a counter-drug operation
yesterday morning near Santa Cruz Island, California."

"BMC Horne and his fellow crew members of the USCG Cutter Halibut
were engaged in an at-sea interdiction when they came under threat by
a small vessel that rammed their small boat. "This tragedy reminds
us of the dangers our men and women in uniform face every day, and
the great risks they willingly take, as they protect our nation.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of BMC Horne and all of
our Coast Guard personnel at this difficult time."

Note: just had to add this one. Paz Sinaloa and mean old police chief?

It was this weekend in Juarez, the first in five years without
executions: Attorney
Ramón Chaparro
El Diario de Juarez | December 3, 2012 | 14:38 pm

Ciudad Juarez. - For the first time in the last five years, there was
a weekend without executions in Ciudad Juarez.

At the end of November, on Friday 30, Saturday, 1 and 2 December were
days with a clean balance, in which there were no killings
documented by the Public Ministry.

Although Friday night was the death of a man who exchanged gunfire
with police officers and subsequently died Municipal, this event was
not considered a murder. According to staff of the Attorney General's
Office (FGE) of the case will not open a folder, because the officers
responded to aggression.

The weekend that included the 26, 27 and 28 October, and the 16, 17
and November 18 were the periods with lower crime rate in presenting
both periods only a violent death.

Also, in the first three days of this month have not registered yet
any decease in violent circumstances. Just last weekend, ranging from
23 to 25 November had received reports of five deaths, which ranked
as the most violent period of the month.

From January 1 to November 25, 2012 it had recorded 724 deaths in
violent circumstances in Ciudad Juarez. Just this past weekend was
one of the two least violent of the year with a single documented death.

In January there were 118 deaths, including 12 women and two children
and eight policemen, a custodian and an agent of the FGE. In
February there were 82 deaths, of which 10 women, a child and a
policeman. In March there were 105 murders, of these 15 women, four
children and nine police. In April were 108, of which 18 were women
and six children. In May there were 74 homicides of which six
women, two children, two policemen and a skeleton. In June there
were 49 murders, two children. In July there were 45 deaths of
which three were women and two children, while in August were 38,
four women and three children. During the month of September the
incidence of deaths rose to 48, of these eight were women, two
children and two policemen.

El Diario de Chihuahua

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