News Scan

This post, News Scan,  by CJLF Staff, first appeared on  at http://www.crimeandconsequences.com/crimblog/.

Illegal Kills Toddler in DUI Crash:  An illegal alien from El Salvador was driving drunk at 1:00 a.m. Sunday when he broadsided an ambulance in North Carolina, injuring three and killing a three-year-old child.  Robert Gearty of Fox News reports that Jose Duran Romero, 27, blew .19 on a breathalyzer, twice the legal limit, two hours after he was arrested for crashing into the ambulance, causing it to roll over, injuring two paramedics and a woman passenger whose little boy died of injuries on Monday.  After the crash, Romero and a passenger tried to run away, but one was held by a citizen who observed the accident and police caught the other a short time later.  In addition to being very drunk, Romero was driving without a license.  He was charged with drunk driving, but could face the charge of vehicular manslaughter because of the child’s death.  ICE has placed a detainer on Romero.  Fortunately, there are no sanctuary cities in North Carolina.

Death Sentence Upheld for Craigslist Killer:  The death sentence given to an Ohio man convicted of murdering three men who answered a job offer posted on Craigslist, was upheld in a 7-0 decision by the state Supreme Court last Friday.  Eric Heisig of Cleveland.com reports that habitual criminal Richard Beasley was convicted of the 2011 murders of Ralph Geiger, 56, David Pauley, 54, and Timothy Kern, 47. Marylin Miller of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that along with a 16-year-old accomplice, Beasley posted an offer of $300 per week and free housing for the caretaker of a 600-acre ranch in rural Noble County.  Beasley, who had priors for drug dealing and pimping, arranged interviews with four applicants at the ranch.  Three were shot and buried; one was shot but escaped and later testified at trial.

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