Tuesday, February 25, 2014



Note: As usual, if not reported, homicides, robberies, etc. didn't happen.

No homicides, but other crime on rise in county
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 8:25 am | Updated: 9:17 am, Tue Feb 25, 2014.
By Curt Prendergast
Nogales International


The areas outside Nogales and Patagonia remain homicide-free and non-violent crime is declining, but other types of crime are creeping back up.

"We're seeing a lot of fraud," said Lt. Raoul Rodriguez of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office. "That just keeps popping up and popping up."
The Sheriff's Office reported 79 cases of fraud last year compared to 71 in 2012. The schemes range from fake lotteries to stolen Social Security numbers to people selling property they don't own, Rodriguez said.
The Sheriff's Office responded to 2,209 total incidents in 2013, down slightly from 2,250 in 2012, according to statistics released on Friday. Those incidents resulted in 494 arrests in 2013, compared with 513 arrests the previous year.
The Sheriff's Office numbers reflect crimes reported in the unincorporated areas of the county and do not include the Town of Patagonia or the City of Nogales.
For the second year in a row, the Sheriff's Office did not report a homicide, but reports of sexual offenses rose from 16 in 2012 to 21 last year and assault cases rose from 30 in 2012 to 34 in 2013.
The number of DUI incidents dropped from 28 in 2012 to 25 in 2013. Two people died from traffic accidents in 2013, the same number as 2012, but traffic accidents caused 24 personal injuries in 2013, down from 31 in 2012.
On the bright side, cases of domestic violence declined from 77 in 2012 to 58 in 2013 and non-violent family fights dropped from 20 to eight. However, domestic disorderly conduct increased from 35 cases in 2012 to 44 in 2013.
Rodriguez attributed the decline in domestic violence to education efforts and community rallies to shed light on the problem. "Awareness in general has been outstanding," he said.
'Proactive approach'
The number of non-violent crimes dropped from 164 in 2012 to 130 last year.
Theft reports held steady at 28, compared with 29 in 2012, while the number of burglaries reported in the county declined from 119 in 2012 to 79 last year.
"We're very pleased," Rodriguez said. "That means active patrols and community policing with the public is working,"
He pointed to a "proactive approach" from deputies as an important reason why burglaries are on the decline. "They're so visible, it's a deterrent for criminals," he said.
When a burglary is reported, deputies increase patrols and welfare checks in the area, he said. Deputies also watch for signs that vacant properties have been taken over, such as broken windows used to gain entry or trash piling up.
In addition, deputies check up on repeat offenders to see if they are getting into trouble again, he said, adding "being able to disrupt that is a big help."

Ongoing problems
Human and drug trafficking on county roads and in desolate areas remain a problem in the county, Rodriguez said.
The most recent homicides in the unincorporated county area occurred in November 2011, when the bodies of three suspected drug-smugglers were discovered in the Tumacacori Mountains after being shot execution style.
Border-crosser deaths rose from nine to 10 last year, though Rodriguez noted that most bodies discovered in 2013 were found as skeletal remains, indicating they were not recent deaths.

Statistics for smuggling activities are maintained by the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force, which is run by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.
Locally, busts for possession of drugs rose last year. The Sheriff's Office had 38 incidents of narcotics possession in 2013, up from 33 in 2012. Marijuana possession also rose from 26 in 2012 to 33 last year.

Vandalism also remains an issue in the county, Rodriguez said, giving the example of vehicles damaged by rock throwers. Luckily, vandalism by spray-painting is not yet a widespread issue, he said.
In the coming year, deputies will continue to focus on community policing, trying to minimize DUIs, and training to be more aware of what is happening in neighborhoods, he said.


Sonora , prepared for reactions of the Sinaloa Cartel
Details Published on Tuesday 25 February 2014 ,
Written by Jesus Esquer / El Diario

Army is aware of possible acts of violence from the capture of "El Chapo" Guzman.

The commander of the Fourth Military Zone accepted that Sonora is on alert following the arrest of Joaquin Guzman , in addition to possible violent actions or flight -related 'El Chapo ' people, but said that it should also remain calm.

"We are prepared , we deploy , considering what could be if flee these people flee , by air, by road , could take any violent action against any authority , then all we warn , we all prepared for it, "said Servando Pérez Centella .

The military command said that with everything that it has to reassure citizens , keep the peace , and that they are prepared for any contingency and said that since last Saturday the three levels of government met to coordinate in this topic .

The commander of the Fourth Military Zone called the cartel of 'El Chapo ' as one that not only very strong presence in Mexico , but can also be seen internationally , so Sonora does not escape being part of the entities in which operates the criminal group .

" There are cells that are related , not just controlling it directly , but are related to the Sinaloa cartel ," Centella Pérez agreed , adding that capturing the offender is a sign that the state applies for no crime growing .
He explained that law enforcement agencies must comply with the five areas presented Enrique Peña Nieto , all related to having a peaceful Mexico , at every level must fulfill their work, from municipalities , state and federation .


Bill making human smugglers eligible for death passes
By Associated Press
Originally published: Feb 25, 2014 - 4:21 pm

PHOENIX -- The Arizona House has approved a bill that would make human smugglers convicted of murder eligible for the death penalty.

The bill was proposed by Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles. According to state law, a person can only receive a death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder and jurors find at least one aggravating circumstance associated with the crime.

The bill adds to the list of aggravating circumstances whether it is probable that a defendant would commit another crime. It also designates smuggling as a serious offense. Arizona currently lists 14 aggravating circumstances.

The House approved the bill by a 35-24 on Tuesday. It will now go to the Senate.

Sonora, preparada para reacciones del Cártel de Sinaloa
Detalles Publicado el Martes 25 de Febrero de 2014,
Escrito por Jesús Esquer / El Diario

Ejército está atento a posibles acciones de violencia derivadas de la captura de 'El Chapo' Guzmán.

El Comandante de la Cuarta Zona Militar aceptó que Sonora está en estado de alerta ante el arresto de Joaquín Guzmán, además de posibles acciones violentas o huida de personas relacionadas con 'El Chapo', aunque aseveró que también se debe mantener la calma.
"Estamos preparados, nos distribuimos, tomando en consideración qué es lo que pudiera ser que pudiesen huir estas personas, por vía aérea, por las carreteras, pudiesen tomar alguna acción violenta en contra de alguna autoridad, entonces todos nos alertamos, todos nos preparamos para ello", declaró Servando Centella Pérez.
El mando militar aseguró que con todo lo que se tiene para darle seguridad a los ciudadanos, se debe mantener la tranquilidad, ya que están preparados para cualquier contingencia y adelantó que desde el pasado sábado se reunieron los tres niveles de gobierno para coordinarse en este tema.
El Comandante de la Cuarta Zona Militar calificó al cártel de 'El Chapo' como uno muy fuerte que no solo tiene presencia en México, sino que también se puede ver a nivel internacional, por lo que Sonora no escapa de ser parte de las entidades en las que opera ese grupo delincuencial.
"Hay células que son afines, no es precisamente que la controle directamente, pero que son afines al Cártel de Sinaloa", aceptó Centella Pérez, quien agregó que la captura de ese delincuente es una muestra que el Estado se aplica para que la delincuencia no crezca.
Detalló que las agencias del orden deben cumplir con los cinco ejes que presentó Enrique Peña Nieto, todos relacionados con tener a un México en paz, por lo que cada nivel debe cumplir con su trabajo, desde municipios, estado y la federación.


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