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Some of the most violent criminals in Nebraska at large today and in our prisons are illegal aliens who have committed drunk driving, robbery, murder, shootings and drug trafficking.

Because of so-called “sanctuary policies”, a city’s employees, including the police, generally are prohibited from reporting immigration violations to federal authorities.

Local Nebraska governments must end their criminal-protecting sanctuary directives. Such public policy insanity is directly responsible for terrible crimes to innocent victims, as well as making the jobs of police far more difficult.

Two Arrested In Lincoln Machete Assaults

One victim hospitalized
Posted: 4:04 PM Aug 9, 2008

Last Updated: 9:45 PM Aug 9, 2008

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A violent start to the weekend in Lincoln where police made two arrests involving separate assaults with machetes.

Police arrested 48-year-old Mario Hernandez for attacking a 46-year-old man, nearly severing his thumb with a machete near Goodhue and D streets around 10 p.m. Friday.

The two had gotten into an argument. The victim was taken to the hospital where he received several stitches. Hernandez was charged with second-degree assault.

Then at around 2 a.m. Saturday, Casey Musgrove was arrested after threatening a 22-year-old man with a machete. The victim was not hurt.

Musgrove was booked on several charges, including attempted assault.

070308 Lincoln County: 3 sentenced in District Court

n Jeremy B. Torres, 22, 1310 W. Ninth, was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail for three counts of criminal mischief $1,500 or more. He was given credit for three days and must report to serve out his sentence July 7 at 6:30 p.m.

n Floriberto N. Parra-Munoz Jr., aka Robert Munoz, 23, 315 E. Ninth appeared in District Court for two counts of use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and two counts of second degree assault. His case was continued to July 21 at 11 a.m. According to court reports, Munoz was at a party and was asked to leave. When Munoz wouldn’t leave, a male escorted him out Munoz allegedly stabbed the male in the abdomen and the thumb. Another male came to assist and was also stabbed in the lower and upper back and in the abdomen.

n Ryan B. Lujan, 21, of North Platte appeared in District Court Monday for possession with intent to deliver – cocaine a class two felony. He pleaded guilty to the possession with intent charge. County Attorney Rebecca Harling dismissed his other case of burglary. Judge Murphy set Lujan’s sentence date for Aug. 11 at 9 a.m.

LINCOLN: Hispanic male involved in early morning assault & robbery

Lincoln, Neb.
Posted: 10:16 AM Jun 12, 2008
Last Updated: 10:16 AM Jun 12, 2008

Lincoln police are looking for a heavy set Hispanic male dressed in white shorts and shirt. A man was assaulted and robbed early Thursday morning while the victim slept. See KOLN/KGIN story

Omaha: Sudanese immigrant sentenced for cowardly act that killed 4-year-old son

The judge said, “it was a cowardly act — and a small child paid the price for it.” Changkouth Kor, a Sudanese immigrant was sentenced to 20 years in prison, the maximum for the Christmas Eve manslaughter conviction in the death of his 4 year-old son.

The Nebraska Observer would like to know if this immigrant was legal or illegal. If he was legal, did he contract HIV prior to being diagnosed? If so, why are people with HIV being routinely admitted into the United States? It is our understanding that, some Sudanese routinely filter through the Douglas County court system for “wife beating” and “drugs”.

In the two years he has been in the United States, he has had two DUI convictions so who watches over that? Why doesn’t the World-Herald delve into the “real story” behind the Sudanese? What church sponsored them, if any? Why aren’t they coached in our customs? the way, if you haven’t noticed, most Sudanese man are tall and thin! World-Herald story

Public’s help sought in finding man’s attackers


A Bellevue man hit in the head with a baseball bat during an attack early Monday appeared to be doing better Tuesday, one of his brothers said. But the injuries Buna Wurok suffered are still life-threatening.

Although Wurok, 20, is awake and can speak to his family, he is in pain, his brain is swelling and he cannot move the left side of his body, said Shan Wurok, 32.

“The condition is not good right now,” he said.

Buna Wurok told officers a group of men approached him at 30th and Burt Streets and challenged him to a fight. After Wurok declined, one man bashed him in the head with a baseball bat. He is hospitalized at the Creighton University Medical Center.

Police did not announce any arrests in the case Tuesday.

Buna Wurok was born in Sudan. He and others in his family immigrated to the United States in 2004, Shan Wurok said. Buna Wurok graduated from Papillion-La Vista South High School in December and worked at Tyson Foods at the time of the assault.

Wurok’s family is asking for the public’s help in locating his attackers. Those with information that could help police can call Crime Stoppers at 444-7867.
• Contact the writer: 444-3106,

Man shot by Omaha officer won’t face another trial

BY Todd Cooper – WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER – Published Friday May 23, 2008

The prosecution of Koko from Togo is a no-go.

The Douglas County Attorney’s Office on Friday dropped its remaining attempted first-degree assault charge against Koko Sessou, 24. Prosecutors had accused the immigrant from West Africa of trying to run down an off-duty Omaha police officer who had ordered him to leave the parking lot outside Eli’s Bar and Grille in Rockbrook Village.

A jury acquitted Sessou of trying to assault a DJ who was standing near Officer Dave Brumagen that night in April 2006. Sessou’s attorney, James Martin Davis said, Sessou is relieved that he no longer faces felony charges — charges that he feared could affect his immigration status in the U.S.

Trooper finds $50K worth of marijuana in stop

By the Lincoln Journal Star -Thursday, May 22, 2008 – 12:04:09 pm CDT

The Nebraska State Patrol says a traffic stop for speeding Tuesday on Interstate 80 in Lancaster County led them to find 46½ pounds of marijuana.

State Patrol Spokeswoman Deb Collins said at 10:55 p.m., a trooper stopped a 2008 four-door Chevrolet for speeding near the downtown Lincoln exit.

She said a State Patrol canine indicated the scent of drugs coming from the car.

to the seizure of 46½ pounds of marijuana in two suitcases and a duffle bag in the trunk.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of nearly $50,000, she said.

The driver, 22-year-old Ray Merheb of Greenville, S.C., was lodged in the Lancaster County jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

See Ray Merheb’s MySpace

Hispanic teenager shot in leg during drive-by shooting

Wounded in leg
Posted: 10:28 PM May 20, 2008
Last Updated: 4:01 PM May 21, 2008

A 16-year-old remains hospitalized in stable condition after being wounded in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night.

Jose Mendoza of Omaha told officers he was standing outside of 3410 Cass Street near Gifford Park just after 10 p.m. when a red Chevy Blazer came westbound on Cass Street. A single shot was fired from the vehicle, striking Mendoza in the leg.

Medics transported Mendoza to the Nebraska Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made.

IA: Driver arrested after long chase

Published Thursday May 15, 2008
ATLANTIC — Jose Miguel Cisneros-Ballesteros, 26 and wanted in California, was arrested Tuesday by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office after a high-speed chase through three Iowa counties.

A Cass County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a Dodge Charger with no license plates about 6:10 p.m. on Interstate 80 at the 57-mile marker. The Charger sped away.

Three Iowa State Patrol troopers joined the Cass County deputy in the chase. The fleeing driver avoided spike strips set up at two locations, and the pursuit continued east on the Interstate through Adair County before ending in Dallas County just east of mile marker 110.

The driver was arrested on an outstanding auto theft warrant and was being held Wednesday pending further investigation.

The Iowa State Patrol, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and Stuart Police Department assisted the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. — The Daily Nonpareil

Jury Splits on Assault Decision

Posted: 4:06 PM May 9, 2008
Last Updated: 4:06 PM May 9, 2008
WOWT story

A jury has convicted a heartland man on one of three counts related to his alleged attack on a heartland officer.

Carlos Rosado was found guilty of obstructing a police officer but he was acquitted of a resisting arrest charge and the jury couldn’t come to any decision on the charge of assault.

The case relates to a fight at the Southgate Apartments in Bellevue last year.

Relatives of Rosado claimed the officer overstepped his bounds and never identified himself to the family.

Wife Testifies In Assault Trial

Husband accused in apartment melee involving officer
Posted: 5:40 PM May 6, 2008
Last Updated: 12:15 AM May 7, 2008
Reporter: Gary Smollen

Lincoln: Three arrested in connection to break-ins

By the Lincoln Journal Star – Tuesday, May 13, 2008 – 10:55:33 am CDT

Deputies arrested two men and a teenage boy in connection to two rural residential break-ins in March.

Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner asked for helping finding a third man, 46-year-old Robert Rice, who he described as a “person of interest” in the case.

Deputies have arrested Jose Granado, 22, and a 15-year-old relative on suspicion of break-ins March 6 at two homes near Conestoga Lake, Wagner said.

In the first break-in, a door was forced open and a 40-inch LCD widescreen TV and alcohol taken, adding up to a $1,050 loss. About that same time, a couple of rifles and jewelry were taken from a nearby home. The loss was estimated at $13,650.

On April 30, deputies searched a duplex at 1619 S. 29th St., which led to the recovery of some of the stolen property, Wagner said. In all, investigators have found two rings, two firearms, the TV and power tools at four addresses, he said….story & pictures

NebraskaObserver Editor’s Note: At the time of this posting, Jose Granado’s citizenship, nationality or immigration status has not been determined.

Kearney: Illegal Guatemalan alien sentenced to 18-20 years in prison for bloody attack on girlfriend

An illegal Guatemalan alien, Mauro Yos-Chiguil, was sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison for attempting to kill his girlfriend in a bloody November attack in north Kearney. Court records say Yos was drunk in the early morning hours of Nov. 30, 2007 when he came home to the apartment he shared with the woman. Yos became upset with his girlfriend when he asked her to come into the bedroom where he was drinking.

When the woman didn’t respond, Yos grabbed a knife from the dining room table and stabbed the woman in the head, shoulder, chest and stomach. (That’s probably their local custom in Guatemala when the bitch doesn’t respond! Shouldn’t we should respect other cultures customs?)

The woman’s teenage sister grabbed one of the boys, while the woman’s younger niece tried to stop Yos from stabbing the woman.

Public defender, Jeff Wirth of Kearney said “he just lost his mind,” said Wirth. Yos has only a third-grade education and Wirth isn’t convinced Yos completely understands the seriousness of his actions. (When all else fails, pull out the victim card! Why do we allow uneducated people to stay in the U.S.?)

Yos will be eligible for parole in 9½ years and could be discharged in 16 years. However, the Guatemalan also is being held on an Immigration Customs Enforcement warrant. Typically, ICE doesn’t take illegal immigrants into custody until they have completed their state sentence. (The Nebraska Observer would like to know if the ICE warrant was in force prior to Yos arrest or it is a new warrant. Also, how about the nationality and citizenship of the girlfriend and her relatives? Enquiring minds want to know.)

Fremont: Suspected (hispanic) gang (Esco 13) harasses teen

By Tribune Staff
Monday, Apr 28, 2008 – 10:54:59 am CDT

Suspected gang members are accused of threatening a Fremont teenager and throwing stones at his home Saturday night, Fremont police reported….story

Seward County Sheriff arrests 14 illegal immigrants

By the Lincoln Journal Star – Sunday, Apr 27, 2008 – 07:35:04 pm CDT

Seward County Sheriff deputies arrested 14 illegal immigrants Friday night and Saturday morning during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 80….story

Kearney: 200 lbs. of pot in speaker get duo in trouble

KEARNEY — A Phoenix man and his nephew face drug distribution charges after a traffic stop Sunday on Interstate 80 for speeding and not having a front license plate turned up more than 200 pounds of marijuana. ….more

Police release IDs of two men found dead

Omaha police this morning released the identities of the two men who were found dead in their south Omaha duplex on Tuesday.Francisco Lemus-Torres, 34, and Jose Manuel Silva-Esparza, 18, both of Arizona, were found dead at 3125 S. 16th St. on Tuesday afternoon. Police say they consider the deaths a double homicide.

A man who lives next door to the duplex said Wednesday that he may have heard the fatal gunshots.

Kenneth Coup said he thought he heard two gunshots come from the duplex about 7:30 a.m.

“It sure sounded like gunshots, but I couldn’t swear to it,” Coup said. “I was getting my son ready for school, and that’s when I heard two loud pops from over there.”

Coup said the people who lived in the duplex had moved in about six months ago. Once in a while, he said, they would sit in the backyard, but they generally kept to themselves.

“The folks over there looked to be in their mid-30s,” Coup said. “I saw a lot of different people coming and going all the time.”

The duplex is in the Deer Park neighborhood, just north of Interstate 80 and across the street from Fire Station No. 3.

Police said today that the investigation into the deaths is continuing.

Illegal immigrant arrested in traffic stop wanted for murder
Associated Press – January 7, 2008 6:05 PM ET

PLATTSMOUTH, Neb. (AP) – Authorities who detained an illegal immigrant during a traffic stop in Plattsmouth found he’s wanted for murder in El Salvador.

The Plattsmouth Police Department says a background check on 35-year-old Mario Ramirez-Canizales revealed that he is in the U.S. illegally and is wanted by Interpol for homicide.

He and three other men found to be illegal immigrants were reported to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement following Monday morning’s traffic stop.

Gerardo Acacia-Cortes, a fifth man who was driving the vehicle, was arrested for suspicion of driving with a suspended license. There is also an outstanding warrant for the 24-year-old’s arrest by Omaha Police.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Illegals and Homicide Suspect Arrested in Plattsmouth

Tuesday, January 08 2008 @ 03:46 PM CST

Contributed by: Admin

A routine traffic violation Monday morning led Plattsmouth Police to hold five individuals on various charges. A vehicle driven by 24-year-old Gerardo Acacia-Cortes was stopped, and he was arrested on a warrant from Omaha Police and for Driving Under Suspension. Investigation determined that the other four occupants were illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America.
Plattsmouth authorities received help from Customs law enforcement and determined that one of the passengers was 35-year-old Mario Ramirez-Canizales, and he was wanted by Interpol for a homicide in El Salvador.

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Police find suspect in El Salvador murder

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Police seek assistant from immigration enforcement
Plattsmouth police contacted Immigration Customs Enforcement, a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, regarding passengers in a vehicle stopped Monday.

Police arrested the driver of the vehicle, Gerardo Acacia-Cortes, 24, for suspicion of driving under suspension, and report that four occupants in the vehicle are illegal immigrants.

Federal authorities requested a hold be placed on the men, Jose Rivera, 29; Jose Antonio Velez-Romero, 38; Gonzalo Chavez-Hernandez, 20; and Mario Ramirez-Canizales, 35.
Police say Ramirez-Canizales originally identified himself as Felix Acacia-Salinas, 47. With the assistance of an ICE agent it was determined that Ramirez-Canizales is wanted by Interpol for a homicide in El Salvador.

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