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Scene from a Honolulu Police training video

​It’s hard to blame Honolulu police officers Shayne Souza and Kevin Fujioka. They’re in Vegas for a police softball tourney. And anyone who’s played softball knows about the long delays between games at these things. So they thought to themselves, “Hmm, perhaps we shall repair to our van for some trusty herb?” After all, they’re Honolulu cops. They’re supposed to be laid back.

That’s when Vegas PD approached. The van was parked illegally and the responding officer only intended to ask the cops to repark. Unfortunately, this is when our heroes panicked and drove away. Vegas police followed; Souza and Fujioka jumped from the van, hoping to escape on foot. But apparently they didn’t make the Honolulu PD softball team on he basis of their speed. Both were caught, and Souza — a SWAT team veteran — had to be pepper sprayed to be subdued. 

They were charged with possession of narcotics, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, and DUI narcotics. Though a Honolulu police spokesman praised both officers for their work on the job, he added that they’ll likely be fired.


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Alfonzo Castro, comic book and meth enthusiast

​You might say brothers Aaron and Alfonzo Castro were an enterprising pair. When Colorado officials took down their meth ring, which imported dope from Phoenix to Colorado, 41 people were indicted and 200 cops were needed for the mass roundup.

Police say the brothers used women to distribute the drugs via bodily cavities, which usually isn’t recommended in personal hygiene texts.

But the more interesting part of the case is how the Castros laundered their money. According to the Denver Post, police seized $500,000 worth of rare comic books in the raid. Officers believe the brothers planned to open a comic book company that dealt in first-edition and high-end books.

Now in jail on $1 million bonds, they’ll likely have to settle for work in the prison library.


News story from earlier in the summer, when Linzy Earles’s case first hit the news.
Zane Earles was partially eaten by a puppy. The sick story of baby Zane’s demise first hit the news this summer, and it was one of those things I tend to read about and think, “I really can’t deal with that,” and just move on.
Here’s what may have happened in the home Zane shared with his mother Linzy Earles (17 at the time) and other family members on July 28 in Tulsa County, OK. Around half-past 8 in the morning, Baby Zane was placed in an infant swing by his grandfather. His grandfather then left for work.
A little less than 2 hours later, someone called 911 to report that something had happened to Zane Earles. The 2-month-old baby had been attacked and mauled by a black lab puppy. Zane’s mother was asleep the entire time. Zane was dead.
Police officers questioned Linzy Earles, asking why she’d left the baby and then gone to sleep in a room at the other end of the house. She reportedly became defensive, cussed them out, and told them she didn’t “need this shit.”
Last week, Linzy Earles was charged with second degree manslaughter. Investigation into her son’s death showed that no one in her family could remember the last time the puppy had been fed. After the puppy was euthanized, a necropsy was performed, and no sign of food of any kind was found in the animal’s stomach.
Linzy Earles may have smoked marijuana the night before her son was mauled, as well. Police reports related to the case stated that she “had a history of drug abuse.” Linzy was taken off probation for a drug offense on June 2, 2008.
In a MySpace profile she last used in 2007, Linzy Earles wrote the following: “Im a girl who cant seem to get my life straight. im currently on house arrest. partying used to be my life. but it cought up to me. and im learning the hard way….. i still love to “have fun” but to an extent. my life currently revolves around my best friend Tyler Ogden cuz hes the only person who truely cares and understands me. i love everybody and it doesnt seem like it cuz i can be kinda shady. so if your reading this ….I LOVE YEW!”
(Yeah — there were too many spelling errors to bother with [sic].)
Should Linzy Earles have even been allowed to keep her baby in the first place? Even she called herself “shady.” I guess there are no laws against such a thing. Still, when I read stories like hers, where it is clear that there were constant problems with the young person for years before they ended up in jail, I find myself asking questions like that. Zane Earles didn’t have to die such an awful death.
Here’s the thing — because she was 17 when her baby was mauled, Linzy Earles will be tried as a juvenile. She’ll be out of jail and ready to have more babies before you know it, if she is convicted of the manslaughter charges against her.
Linzy will be back in court on December 3rd.
[NewsOK.com. See also: Affidavits and warrants, via TulsaWorld.com. Etc: DreaminDemon.com.]

laydenpope.jpgAccording to authorities in Illinois, Father Christopher Layden, age 33, didn’t just dispense forgiveness and hear confession — he may have been dealing coke along with the eucharist and blood of Christ.
As a result of an investigation into Layden’s time at the Newman Center at the University of Illinois, the priest has been transfigured from clerical authority into accused drug dealer and user. On Thursday this week, Father Layden pled innocent to two counts of delivery of less than 1 gram of coke within a thousand feet of a church and another count of possession with intent to deliver. According to the News-Gazette, Layden’s alleged possession and use of drugs in or around church property makes the allegations all the more serious.
Here’s what supposedly happened — an informant gave police a “detailed taped statement” regarding “a priest at the Newman Center Catholic Church” dealing coke out of offices there. The informant said the priest was Christopher Layden. The informant also told of snorting lines with Layden off the surface of a framed photo of Layden standing with a bishop.
The police informant also told of going to Chicago with the priest to buy cocaine. But the real kicker may have been those times the cops monitored the informant buying coke from Father Layden.
So the priest who claimed he would take casual walks with no less than Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — now Pope Benedict XVI — during his 5 years studying in Rome was given a $50,000 bond. He met the bond and was released.
In a 2003 editorial in the Madison Catholic Herald, Fr. Layden was quoted in reference to the sexual abuse scandals that have dogged the Catholic Church in the last decade. He spoke of “asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in what we can do to assist our brother priests.” To that end, Layden helped write a novena for priests to affirm the working clergy who felt so under siege by that scandal.
Looks like he could use his own special novena, now.
[News-Gazette.com]

laydenpope.jpgAccording to authorities in Illinois, Father Christopher Layden, age 33, didn’t just dispense forgiveness and hear confession — he may have been dealing coke along with the eucharist and blood of Christ.
As a result of an investigation into Layden’s time at the Newman Center at the University of Illinois, the priest has been transfigured from clerical authority into accused drug dealer and user. On Thursday this week, Father Layden pled innocent to two counts of delivery of less than 1 gram of coke within a thousand feet of a church and another count of possession with intent to deliver. According to the News-Gazette, Layden’s alleged possession and use of drugs in or around church property makes the allegations all the more serious.
Here’s what supposedly happened — an informant gave police a “detailed taped statement” regarding “a priest at the Newman Center Catholic Church” dealing coke out of offices there. The informant said the priest was Christopher Layden. The informant also told of snorting lines with Layden off the surface of a framed photo of Layden standing with a bishop.
The police informant also told of going to Chicago with the priest to buy cocaine. But the real kicker may have been those times the cops monitored the informant buying coke from Father Layden.
So the priest who claimed he would take casual walks with no less than Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — now Pope Benedict XVI — during his 5 years studying in Rome was given a $50,000 bond. He met the bond and was released.
In a 2003 editorial in the Madison Catholic Herald, Fr. Layden was quoted in reference to the sexual abuse scandals that have dogged the Catholic Church in the last decade. He spoke of “asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in what we can do to assist our brother priests.” To that end, Layden helped write a novena for priests to affirm the working clergy who felt so under siege by that scandal.
Looks like he could use his own special novena, now.
[News-Gazette.com]

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