The remains of missing person Quey Laurence have been located by gardai. Your assistance in this matter is much appreciated.
Gardai in Portlaoise have this afternoon arrested a male (mid 20’s) in relation to the murder of Aoife Phelan.
The man is currently detained in Portlaoise Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.
Previous press release below refers.
Gardaí at Birr, Co Offaly are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 17 year old Quey Laurence from Spa Road, Portarlington, Co Laois.
Quey was last seen in the Ferbane area of Co Offaly at approximately 00.15hrs on Sunday 4th November 2012. When last seen he was wearing a black jacket with fur on the hood, white trainers, dark jeans and a white t-shirt.
Quey is described as being 5’5” in height, slim build, fairish brown hair and green eyes. He wears two gold rings on his left hand .
Anyone who can assist in locating Quey is asked to contact Birr Garda Station on 057 9169710 The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
Gardaí in the Cavan/Monaghan Division investigating the sale and supply of Ecstasy and other controlled drugs have this morning carried out a search and arrest operation.
During the course of this operation 9 people were arrested 3 females and 6 males all ranging in ages from their mid 20’s to early 40’s.
They are all detained in various Garda Stations throughout the Cavan/Monaghan division under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. A considerable amount of cash and controlled drugs were seized during this morning’s operation.
Cape Town – A Western Cape town was turned into a battlefield after fed up residents declared war on local cops.
The quiet town of Hawston was plunged into chaos after the latest clashes with police officers who locals say are members of the notorious “Slaan Squad” (Hit Squad).
In a weekend of drama:
* Shots and tear gas were fired at residents in running pitched battles;
* In one incident, an innocent 13-year-old boy was shot in both legs;
* Community members set fire to several police vehicles and the Overberg K9 Dog Unit headquarters in the town;
* Almost the entire town – young and old – rose up against the cops.
Two suspects will appear in court on Monday charged in connection with the violent disturbances.
People went on the rampage on Saturday following the funeral of a suspected poacher, Steven “Sai” Figaji, 19, and a separate incident in which two alleged poachers were arrested.
Figaji is believed to have drowned at Breakfast Bay in Vermont last week, while allegedly harvesting perlemoen illegally. However, people who were with him claim law enforcement officials played a role in his death. This will now be investigated.
There has been repeated claims over the years that law enforcement officials dealt heavily with alleged poachers.
The weekend’s violence was also sparked by a dramatic cop car chase through the town as alleged members of the “Slaan Squad” pursued two suspected poachers.
One of the men got away, but local sources say his accomplice was taken away and allegedly beaten up by the “Slaaners”.
“They took him into the bushes and roughed him up and the community got upset because of this,” one 50-year-old man, who did not want to be identified, explained.
A thick cloud of smoke hung over Hawston on Saturday as the mob blocked the R43 between Botrivier and Hermanus with burning tyres.
Shots were fired between police and members of the public as the cops called for back-up.
This quickly escalated out of control.
Some residents set fire to police vehicles outside the K9 Dog Unit headquarters, which was also set ablaze.
One SAPS officer was hurt as he tried to save the dogs from the flames.
Hawston community leader Jan Gelderblom said he returned from Cape Town on Saturday afternoon to find “the fishing village in flames”.
He acknowledged the rumours that police had allegedly assaulted poachers and that the community had retaliated.
“Tempers are flaring. I haven’t seen Hawston in this state in a very long time. The R43 is on fire, the police dog unit offices in Hawston are in flames, everything is burning,” he said.
Hawston resident and local councillor Maurencia Gillion added: “We condemn the violence and damage to state property, but there must be looked at the source of the problem which caused it.
“This is not about politics or religion, this is about the violation of human rights and it affects the whole community.”
Deputy Provisional Police Commissioner Major-General Peter Jacobs travelled to Hawston as cops desperately tried to restore calm.
During a press conference, Jacobs claimed the attack on the K9 Unit was “planned in advance” by criminal elements who wanted to exploit the deepening tensions for their own “agenda”.
“The speed at which the attack on the dog unit happened shows fine planning,” Jacobs said.
“To flip four vehicles and get petrol for petrol bombs so fast is not easy.”
Jacobs added that two suspects “specifically connected to the incident” were arrested late on Saturday night following a shootout with cops.
The top cop also vowed that the Independent Police Investigation Directorate would take over the investigation into Figaji’s death.
And he promised that any complaints of alleged police brutality would be fully investigated.
Meanwhile, cops also confirmed that two local suspects, aged 21 and 27, were arrested in possession of 55 abalone and 12 crayfish.
“The estimated street value is about R2 000. The suspects will appear in the Hermanus Magistrates’ Court on Monday,” said police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk.
Charges of arson, public violence and malicious damage to property are now under investigation.
“One SAPS member was injured and his private vehicle damaged while he tried to save the dogs after the K9 Unit was set alight,” he added.
“Various private vehicles were damaged – one was burned and others damaged by rock throwing.”
Daily Voice with additional reporting by the Cape Argus
A hacker by the name of ‘pyknic’ claimed credit Sunday for temporarily defacing several websites belonging to NBC and one Lady Gaga fansite.
Internet users who visited the websites Sunday saw a message referencing the failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and King James VI of Scotland, also called The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, which involved English Catholic Guy Fawkes.
The hacker also claimed to have exposed the sites’ user information and passwords.
The Associated Press speculated that the hacker was potentially connected to the hacktivist collective Anonymous because of the Guy Fawkes mask symbolism often used by the group.
Anonymous did not claim responsibility for the attack, however. An Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account called YourAnonNews denied any involvement on the group’s behalf.
The hack also was not preceded or accompanied by one of the group’s trademark videos or press releases.
Still, the amorphous and decentralized nature of Anonymous leaves open the possibility that the hacker could claim a loose affiliation with the group.
Attacks by Anonymous are, however, expected on Monday, November 5 — Guy Fawkes Day in the UK — in protest of government regulation of the Internet and the captivity of several Anonymous members the group claims are being held as political prisoners.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/05/nbc-websites-lady-gaga-fansite-temporarily-defaced-by-hacker/#ixzz2BKtOYT00
Pablo Escobar is one of the best-known figures of Latin America. During his prime years as the head of the Medellin cartel, he had been enjoying ROI of as much as 20,000%, producing drugs in Colombia and selling it in the U.S. Here are 5 little known things about this drug lord.
1. Rats ate about a billion of his profits every year
You’ve read it correctly – a portion of Escobar’s profits were eaten by rats. According to one of his brothers Robert Escobar, at one point Pablo was earning so much that “each year we would write off 10% of the money because the rats would eat it in storage or it would be damaged by water or lost.” In addition, Roberto also said that the cartel spent as much as $2,500 every month on rubber bands to “hold the money together.”
2. Barrio Pablo Escobar
During his prime years, Escobar was a popular guy in Colombia having established food programs, building parks and soccer fields. However, his master piece is arguably the Barrio Pablo Escobar, a neighborhood of 450 red brick homes housing a couple thousand of Medellin’s most indigent who lived there free of charge. The only problem was that kids from other areas were coming to Barrio Pablo Escobar to peddle drugs.
3. Pablo Escobar was one of the suspects of the World Trade Center bombing
Pablo Escobar was named as an early suspect in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. However, it seems he has nothing to do with it, having sent a handwritten note to the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia, saying: “You can take me off the list, because if I had done it I would be saying why I did it and what I want.”
4. Escobar’s paradise is now a home for refugees and hippos
Pablo Escobar once built himself a vacation getaway near the small northwestern Colombian town of Puerto Triunfo. The so called Hacienda Napoles was just shy of paradise, spreading across almost 5,000 acres (7.7 square miles) and featuring (among other things) an exotic zoo with hippos, giraffes, elephants and more. This place was also known as home of big drug-fueled parties with some of Colombia’s most powerful and most beautiful in attendance. Today, that paradise is in ruins, with its only residents including families of refugees from the country’s war against guerrilla fighters and about 20 hippos which roam the area.
5. A bigger plane to carry all that cash
After seeing soaring profits rather quickly, Escobar and his cartel needed a better way to move money from the U.S. to Colombia. For a while, the small plane was sufficient, as it could hold about $10 million. However, an upgrade was needed and Escobar bought a Learjet, a substantially faster plane that could also carry as much as 10 times the amount of cash.
The nephew of serial killer John Wayne Gacy tearfully declared his innocence to a McHenry County judge Thursday and sought to distance himself from his notorious uncle before his sentencing for the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.
Judge Joseph P. Condon then handed down a 24-year prison term for Raymond Kasper, who was convicted in July of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse — even though the girl denied from the witness stand that the crimes took place.
While reading a letter to the court before his sentencing, Kasper never mentioned the name of his infamous uncle, who was executed in 1994 for the murders of 33 young men and boys, many of whom were found in his suburban home near Chicago’s Northwest Side.
But Kasper indicated his belief that the family connection played a role in his conviction.
“You cannot choose the family you are born into,” Kasper said. He added that his own children never knew about the family’s ties to Gacy until his trial. “I tried to protect them from that.”
Kasper’s trial jury was not told of his relationship to Gacy, but the connection was widely reported in the news media.
Kasper, 49, of Marengo, was arrested last year amid accusations that he assaulted the girl multiple times in her Algonquin home between June and October 2011. Though the girl said from the witness stand that she might have dreamed the abuse, prosecutors indicated that the girl had been pressured to recant her claims. A doctor who examined her also testified that the girl bore wounds consistent with sexual abuse.
Assistant State’s Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein argued Thursday that Kasper still was “not taking any responsibility for his actions or what he did to the victim. He believes he’s the victim.”
Kasper’s attorney Catharine O’Daniel argued that he deserves a new trial, in part because the girl recanted. The judge denied that, but O’Daniel said she would immediately appeal the conviction.
Several of Kasper’s relatives were there to support him and vowed to fight for his freedom. His lawyers have said he has health problems and suffered a heart attack while in jail awaiting his sentencing.
“It’s about him,” said Kasper’s son Steve, 24. “He’s not Gacy’s nephew. He’s Raymond Kasper.”
Article: Chicago Tribune