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Guns found in car at Alburquerque high school, suspect released

This past Friday, an anonymous tip led to the discovery of two Glock handguns in the car of a 16-year-old student at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in Alburquerque, New Mexico. Two full ammunition clips were also said to be found in the car. You would think that these guns being found on school grounds would lead to a suspect being held on a rather pricey bond but no. Instead, the suspect was released into house arrest. Don’t worry though, he’s been barred from possessing any more guns and he has a 6pm curfew. I guess there’s no way he can get his hands on a gun before 6pm.

While it’s not believed that the suspect was planning a school shooting he was known to police because of Snapchat posts that allegedly showed the suspect flashing guns and firing them out of a moving vehicle. So more than likely he was probably looking to sell the guns if the Snapchats above are any indicator. That still puts two guns very close to a school and if those guns fell into different hands we could be talking about a much more tragic story.

Also, it’s a joke that the suspect was placed under partial house arrest. What is that going to accomplish? It’s obvious he has no supervision, to begin with. Just because the suspect doesn’t have a prior criminal record that doesn’t mean he’s an angel. It just means he’s never been caught.

So far there has been no mention of where the suspect got the guns. I bet there are some ‘responsible gun owners’ out there who don’t even know their coward’s toys are missing.

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KRQE
Alburquerque Journal
KOB

Father of Dixon High School shooter arrested on murder for hire charges

Matthew Milby Sr.

When the Dixon High School shooting happened back in May of 2018, I didn’t post about it. I was not in a good place mentally as far as writing went and only the shooter was injured so I decided to forego the story.

To summarize, 19-year-old Matthew Milby entered Dixon High in Dixon, Illinois with his mother’s semi-automatic rifle. He opened fire during graduation practice. Milby was shot by the school’s resource officer before he could hurt anyone. Milby has yet to go to trial.

Now he may have some company because his father was recently arrested for allegedly trying to solicit the services of a hitman. Dixon police say that Matthew Milby Sr. allegedly tried to hire someone to assassinate two people. The person Milby Sr. tried to hire went to the police. This all took place in July of 2019. Fast forward to February of 2020 and Milby Sr. has been arrested and charged with two counts of solicitation of murder for hire. For obvious reasons, his proposed targets have not been identified.

So why is this important? Milby Jr.’s mother says her son was a good kid and was bullied, however, it appears more like that the criminal apple doesn’t fall too far from the rotten tree. Let’s also add a dash of a  possibly unsecured firearm in the home. According to reports at the time, even though Milby’s mother ‘legally’ owned the gun, her criminal record should have prevented her from owning a gun. She even allegedly denied there ever being a gun in the home.

Christ, what a family.

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MyStateline.com
KWQC

Florida 'Safe-School' officers are more like Keystone Kops

Since May, Florida schools have had to notify the state when one of their ‘Safe-School’ Officers has what you might call a mishap. Now, these aren’t police officers but armed security hired by the various school districts. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has gotten a hold of the reports of these mishaps.

One officer was practicing their draw in front of a mirror and discharged a round into the mirror thinking the gun was unloaded. Another officer pawned their service weapon and was carrying a pellet gun on duty. A female officer went into a school restroom and recorded herself naked for her husband. One more officer left his loaded service weapon inside his locked office laying in a duffle bag, There were other incidents in the Sunshine State, but you get the idea.

To make matters worse, Broward County lowered the standard requirements for these officers because they were having trouble filling the positions. This happens to be the same county that Parkland is in. Palm Beach County schools allegedly used a security company that used unqualified instructors and passed applicants that had failed their firearms training.

How long will it be before one of these barely trained ‘good guys with guns’ allows their service weapon to fall into the hands of a student? In my opinion, this is just putting guns closer to any potential school shooters that might be attending one of these Florida schools.

Columbine 'stans' have been a thing for over 20 years

Recently, The Daily Dot published an article entitled ‘People are shook to discover Columbine stans are a thing.’ For us olds, a stan is a superfan of something. The term came from the Eminem song Stan which is about an obsessive stalker-like fan.

But getting back to the Daily Dot article, apparently, #Columbine was trending on Twitter recently because of a tweet that someone posted asking others to supposedly join them in a school shooting group.

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This led to a lot of people on Twitter finding out for the first time that there are fans of the Columbine shooting. The author of the Daily Dot article was one of those people who just found out. He traced it back as far as Tumblr which is admirable considering that’s where most of these stans seem to congregate.

However, I remember back to web 1.0 before there was social media and there were these Columbine stans back then as well. When I first discovered them, I called them ‘mutants’ the CHUD variety not the X-Men. At first, they would congregate on pro-Columbine message boards. This is where I read the story who claimed to have sex with Dylan Klebold’s ghost and was carrying his ghost babies. This was only three years after Columbine. I also saw them put up fan sites on places like Geocities. It wasn’t long before they all started amassing on LiveJournal. It wasn’t until a few years later when they started to refer to themselves as Columbiners when they migrated to Tumblr. Today, the majority of these Columbiners weren’t even born when Columbine happened.

From what I’ve seen over the years, the Columbiners identify with the Columbine cowards of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold because they buy into the myth that Columbine happened because Harris and Klebold were supposedly bullied. Spoiler alert: they weren’t. This is also where the trope of the bullied school shooter comes from. The truth is that the majority of school shooters were bullies themselves.

So why is this important? Since Columbine, the overwhelming majority of school shooters were influenced or outright copied Columbine. I even had a Columbiner who committed a school shooting interact with my website in the form of Kimveer Gill who killed Anastasis DeSousa at Dawson College in Montreal before he took his own life. Most Columbiners today are kids in middle school or high school. That leads me to believe that their parents are definitely not checking on their kids’ social media habits, or they just don’t care.

As I’ve been saying for almost 20 years, this isn’t just a phase with kids and too many of them have gone on to commit mass murders of their own. In my opinion, it’s a sign of mental illness that leans toward violence. If your kid is one of these Columbiners get them the help they need before it’s too late.

Guam craigslist creeper sentenced

You can catch up on the story of Michael Louis McCarron here. To summarize, McCarron was a naval defense contractor working in Guam when he was arrested in 2017 for soliciting a 13-year-old girl he met through craigslist. The girl was actually an NCIS investigator.

Back in October, McCarron was convicted in federal court of attempted enticement of a minor and attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.  During his trial, McCarron’s defense was said to be that since there was no actual girl involved, no crime was committed.

This week, McCarron was sentenced to 120 months behind bars.

The FBI was also investigating McCarron for allegedly prostituting his new wife online.

 

Why you should lock down your kid's Facebook

25-year-old Jonathan Pagan of Bridgeport, Connecticut was recently arrested for allegedly sending explicit pictures of himself to a 14-year-old girl. Pagan is said to have seen a picture of the girl wearing a party dress on Facebook. Pagan reportedly responded to this picture by telling the girl he wanted to have sex with her.

As most adult women can probably tell you, it doesn’t take much for creeps to leave unwarranted and explicit messages and comments. A lot of these creeps don’t discriminate by age. While the article is light on details, I have to wonder if the girl’s picture was posted publicly on Facebook. That means that anybody could see the picture.

My advice to parents is to review the security settings of your children’s Facebook profiles to make sure they’re posts can’t be viewed by the general public or shared with strangers. Otherwise, you’ll have random dudes (mostly) telling your kids they want to have sex with them.

STEM school shooter pleads guilty

This past Friday in Colorado an almost unheard of rarity occurred. 16-year-old Alec McKinney pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for last year’s school shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch. McKinney, along with cohort Devon Erickson, started shooting up the school and before it was all over 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was dead and several other students were injured.

McKinney was set to be tried as an adult prior to Friday’s guilty plea. McKinney pleaded to 17 counts which not only include the aforementioned first-degree murder charge but also six counts of attempted murder among various conspiracy and weapons charges.

McKinney could be sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 40 years under Colorado law which prohibits minors from being sentenced to life without parole. However, on one hand, McKinney could be sentenced to an additional 408 years behind bars for the various additional charges. But on the other hand, he could be entered into a specialized program after serving 20 years which could see him paroled shortly after.

A guilty plea is almost unheard of when it comes to school shootings. The only one I can remember off the top of my head is when Kenny Bartley originally pleaded guilty to killing his principal in the Campbell County School shooting. Even then, the plea was thrown out after the courts ruled Bartley had ineffective counsel.

McKinney is set to be sentenced in May. Meanwhile, Devon Erickson is still awaiting trial. Since Erickson was 18 at the time of the shooting, and the fact that he fired the fatal shot that killed Kendrick Castillo, he could be potentially facing the death penalty. While prosecutors have said that no deal has been offered to Erickson so far, I could see Erickson taking a plea to avoid a death sentence.

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Denver Post
CBS Denver
9NEWS

'Please be young' craigslist ad leads to child porn arrest

Robert Birchett

31-year-old Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Houston Birchett of Portsmouth, Virginia was charged back in January for allegedly being in possession of child porn. The investigation into Birchett started back in November of 2018 when authorities were notified about a craigslist ad that was placed in the personals before they were shut down. Here’s what the ad reportedly said…

“Please be young or willing to play with young,” one ad read, indicating the poster was 29. “Be real and willing to please.”

Shockingly, the ad was actually reported by craigslist users.

This led federal investigators to search Birchett’s home where they say they discovered child porn on some of Birchett’s devices.

A U.S. Magistrate Judge was about to release Birchett on his own recognizance until his sister allegedly claimed that federal agents planted child porn on her brother’s devices. I always said that blood is dumber than water.

Anyway, this is just another reason why craigslist should have been moderating its personals sections before they shut them down and why they should still be moderating the missed connection section. While the ‘community policing’ actually worked in this instance, this is more the exception than the rule.

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New York Post
The Virginia-Pilot

Admitted NJ pedophile wins appeal

Gary Wolchesky

I originally posted about Gary Wolchesky of Middletown, New Jersey here and here. Back in 2009, Wolchesky was arrested for going on Xbox Live and getting his underage victims to perform explicit acts while on camera. To make matters worse, Eolchesky would take to YouTube to brag about his exploits. He used such screen names as PEDOTeenTech, GaryGodx, MyIDisPhat, MyIDisCool, TeenTech and Genetic Supremacy. This led police to search his home where a substantial cache of child porn was found.

He didn’t go to trial until 2016 where he represented himself. His defense was that his crimes were an act of ‘civil disobedience’ to ‘advance the cause of pedophilia’. Wolchesky is said to believe that pedophiles are ‘persecuted minority.’ He also claimed that he should not be charged with any crime since his underage victims, one as young as ten, ‘consented’ to the act. Thankfully, in 2017, he was convicted of child exploitation charges and was sentenced to 46 years in prison.

That was until last week when Wolchesky won an appeal. He didn’t win the appeal on his ludicrous defense but because he did not receive a speedy trial according to a three-judge appellate panel decision.

In a 44-page decision released Jan. 28, a three-judge appellate panel said that part of this delay was the fault of Wolchesky, who insisted on representing himself. But part of the delay also was the result of the investigation and new charges that were later added on.

The decision orders a lower court to examine in order to determine whether any delays in the trial attributed to prosecutors were legitimate.

I highly doubt that this will result in Wolchesky being set free before his prison sentence is up. However, this is New Jersey and they are the state that let Megan Kanka’s killer, Jesse Timmendequas, off of death row.

UPDATE 2/4/2020: We now have some clarification on Wolchesky’s appeal. According to the Asbury Park Press, if a judge rules that Wolchesky did not receive a speedy trial his charges could be dismissed. However, before everyone starts distributing pitchforks, the appellate panel who approved the appeal even said that the seven-year delay from Wolchesky’s arrest to trial was mostly because of  a “high volume of defense motions.”

 

Armed guard at STEM School Highlands Ranch will not face criminal charges

I guess I have some apologies to make and some crow to eat, but first a little backstory.

During last May’s school shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, there was an armed security guard who fired at police thinking they were one of the suspects. The bullets missed the officers but went through a classroom wall injuring two students. Due to the contract the school had with the security company, the guard was not supposed to be armed. In my zeal, I portrayed the guard as a loose cannon Jesse James-type with an itchy trigger finger. As it turns out, the guard, Shamson Sundara, is actually a hero since he was able to disarm one of the suspects. I was unaware of this fact until recently. I could blame it on the fact that the news sources I used did not report that but ultimately it’s my fault for not doing further research and for that I apologize.

Anyway, on to the heart of the matter. Sundara will not face criminal charges after reaching an agreement with the victims.  He has agreed to enter into an adult diversion program and complete 50 hours of community service.  Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May believes there should be no criminal charges since there were lives in imminent danger.

A few days ago, I spoke with a parent whose child attended STEM at the time of the shooting. When I asked them their opinion on the guard not receiving charges, I was given the impression that the community was largely behind Sundara.

However, having said all that, I still don’t believe that having armed civilians in our schools is the way to prevent school shootings. Not only would it put the guns closer to the hands of school shooters, but it would also put the lives of police and students in danger. The solution to guns in schools isn’t more guns. That’s like trying to cure cancer with more cancer.