(PHOENIX, Ariz.) JUST IN: A man in a pick-up truck drove into cyclists taking part in a charity bike ride, that left at least six of them in a critical condition #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.20: Kristine M Sleighter, a spokeswoman for the Show Low Police Department, told reporters: “Our community is shocked at this incident and our hearts and prayers are with the injured and their families at this time.”

Arizona police shoot driver who crashed into charity bike ride when the incident happened at about 07:25 (14:25 GMT) in Show Low, a city about 180 miles north-east of Phoenix

Fire service vehicles and police vehicles at the scene of the incident in Show Low, Arizona
The cyclists were doing a 58-mile bike ride to raise money for a local school

Police said the suspect, described as a 35-year-old white male, fled the scene and was pursued by officers: Police then shot him behind a hardware store over a mile away, leaving him in a critical but stable condition.

The department added that the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office was assisting them, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety was investigating the shooting of the suspect.

Six cyclists were rushed to hospital after the crash, four of whom are in a critical condition, while the other two are critical but stable. Police said another two or three victims took themselves to hospital and are in a stable condition.

Local cycling shop owner Mike Godwin, who sponsored the race, told the New York Times that the group of cyclists who were hit by the vehicle were in the men’s master class group, aged 55 and above.

The race, Bike the Bluff, is a 58-mile (93 km) cycle ride through eastern Arizona to raise money for Mountain Christian School, a religious primary school in Show Low.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.20: 2021:

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(TUCSON, Ariz.) CBP REPORT: Agents in southern Arizona rescued 26 illegal – migrants Wednesday afternoon in the Tabletop Mountains, approximately 6 miles south of Interstate 8. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.08: Of the 26 migrants located, several required immediate treatment for heat related illnesses. Four were flown to a local hospital for severe dehydration. Temperatures that day surpassed 95 degrees Fahrenheit:

CBP, AZDPS Report: Rescued 26 Migrants Near Gila Bend: After receiving a 911 call from a group of migrants in distress, agents from the Casa Grande Border Patrol Station and Tucson Sector BORSTAR responded to the area, assisted by Air and Marine Operations Tucson Air Branch and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Agents rescued 26 migrants who were stranded south of Gila Bend

As the peak of summer approaches, heat becomes a major concern. Anyone in immediate distress in Arizona’s vast outdoor recreational and wilderness areas is urged to call 911 or to seek out a rescue beacon. U.S. Customs and Border Protection works closely with other federal, tribal, state and local partners to resolve search and rescue operations across southern Arizona.

For more details regarding this news release, contact the Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office at tca-pao@cbp.dhs.gov or by phone at 520-748-3210. Tucson Sector is also LiveU capable. Contact us to schedule an interview.Agents rescued 26 migrants who were
stranded south of Gila Bend

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.08: 2021:

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(TUCSON, Ariz.) Court Report: Last week, a Mexican citizen was sentenced to 46 months in prison for attempting to smuggle ammunition from the U.S into Mexico following an investigation by (HSI) with the assistance of (CBP) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.01: HSI is firmly committed to combating the illegal smuggling of ammunition that undoubtedly is used to fuel violence both domestically and abroad,” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix. “Together, with our law enforcement partners, we will aggressively apprehend and investigate those who attempt to circumvent our nations customs law by concealing illicit goods destined to cross our borders.”

ICE REPORT: ARIZONA: ‘Ammunition smuggler sentenced to nearly 4 years in federal prison: Jorge Armando Lopez-Espinoza, 42, of Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez. Lopez-Esponza previously pleaded guilty Nov. 25, 2020’

In May 2020, Lopez-Espinoza conspired with others to smuggle 8,000 rounds of ammunition in his tractor trailer from Nogales, Arizona to Mexico. Law enforcement agents intercepted the shipments of ammunition before Lopez-Espinoza acquired them. On May 14, 2020, Lopez-Espinoza picked up the boxes he believed contained the 8,000 rounds of ammunition, hid them in his tractor trailer, and attempted to enter Mexico through the Nogales Port of Entry. Lopez-Espinoza later admitted he believed he was smuggling ammunition in the boxes, expected to be paid for doing so, and had previously smuggled ammunition into Mexico in exchange for payment.

Angela W. Woolridge, assistant U.S. attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson handled the prosecution.

As the primary federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating international smuggling operations and enforcing U.S. export laws, HSI is committed to combating illegal firearms, ammunition and explosives smuggling activities that fuel violence both domestically and abroad. HSI fulfills this commitment by relying on the agency’s extensive legal authorities and unique expertise in conducting illegal export and contraband smuggling investigations.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.01: 2021:

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(PHOENIX, Ariz.) ICE REPORT: Special agents from the Phoenix office of (HSI), with assistance from the Mesa Police Department (MPD) arrested an alleged child sexual predator on May 13. The defendant faces multiple counts of state child sexual exploitation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.25: HSI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners at the local level to strengthen our resources to getting alleged predators out of our communities,” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix. “By working together, we quickly identified and arrested an individual whose perverse behavior will be dealt with in court.”

PHOENIX: HSI agents arrest alleged sexual predator: Justin Hansing, 36, of Mesa, was arrested by HSI special agents and MPD officers, May 13 based on a referral from the HSI Pretoria office who detected explicit sexual conversations traced to Hansing’s residence. HSI special agents quickly determined the location and executed a state search warrant. Based on the interview and images of sexual assault of a minor found on his electronic devices, Hansing was arrested. At the time of the arrest, Hansing admitted to the possession of numerous images of child sexual abuse material:

A forensic review of his cellular telephone revealed sexually abusive material of children under the age of 10.

This case is being prosecuted by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Like all defendants, those accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

HSI is a directorate and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.25: 2021:

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(PHOENIX, Ariz.) ICE/HSI REPORT: Special agents from the Phoenix office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from the Mesa Police Department (MPD) arrested an alleged child sexual predator on May 13. The defendant faces multiple counts of state child sexual exploitation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.23: HSI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners at the local level to strengthen our resources to getting alleged predators out of our communities,” said Scott Brown, special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix. “By working together, we quickly identified and arrested an individual whose perverse behavior will be dealt with in court.”

Phoenix HSI: Justin Hansing, 36, of Mesa, was arrested by HSI special agents and MPD officers, May 13 based on a referral from the HSI Pretoria office who detected explicit sexual conversations traced to Hansing’s residence.

HSI special agents quickly determined the location and executed a state search warrant. Based on the interview and images of sexual assault of a minor found on his electronic devices, Hansing was arrested. At the time of the arrest, Hansing admitted to the possession of numerous images of child sexual abuse material.

A forensic review of his cellular telephone revealed sexually abusive material of children under the age of 10.

This case is being prosecuted by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Like all defendants, those accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

HSI is a directorate and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.23: 2021:

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(YUMA, Ariz.) CBP Report: Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a MS-13 gang member early Monday morning #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.30: Record checks conducted on the group revealed that Harry Williams Payes-Mejia, 46, is an active MS-13 gang member with previous removals from the U.S. Payes-Mejia has several felony convictions and served time in prison. He also has an outstanding warrant for a probation violation:

CBP Agents encountered the migrant as part of a group of three who illegally entered the United States east of the San Luis Port of Entry has been arrested the group and transported them to the Yuma station for identification and further processing.

Payes-Mejia will be prosecuted for re-entry and will subsequently by turned over the U.S. Marshals Service for his warrant.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life:

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.30: 2021:

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(PHOENIX, Ariz.) FBI REPORT: Thirteen Count 13-Indictment charges two men with ‘Multiple Robberies Valley-Wide’ with Hobbs Act Robbery’ charges #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.28: The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and Phoenix Police Department arrested Bejarano without incident on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Bejarano will remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing:

Two Men Charged with Multiple Robberies Valley-Wide: ‘On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Francisco Bejarano, 32, of Phoenix and Richard Pratt, 36, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, were federally indicted on a 13 count indictment which includes bank robbery and Hobbs Act robbery charges’

The indictment charges Bejarano with one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and two counts of bank robbery in connection with the following incidents:

  • January 22, 2021: Chase Bank, 9490 West Camelback Road, Glendale, Arizona:
  • January 26, 2021: Chase Bank, 3502 West Bell Road, Phoenix, Arizona:

On Monday, April 5, 2021, the Goodyear Police Department, with assistance from the Phoenix Police Department and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, arrested Richard Pratt without incident in Goodyear, Arizona. He remains in federal custody following a detention hearing.

The indictment charges Pratt with one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery, six counts of bank robberies, and five counts of Hobbs Act robberies in connection with incidents that occurred in the valley between January 21, 2021, and April 5, 2021, to include the following:

  • January 21, 2021: First Convenience Bank, 2020 North 75th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona
  • January 26, 2021: Chase Bank, 3502 West Bell Road, Phoenix, Arizona
  • February 5, 2021: Desert Financial Credit Union, 5845 West Bell Road, Glendale, Arizona
  • March 6, 2021: Family Dollar, 3555 West Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona
  • March 18, 2021: Safeway, 5035 West Baseline Road, Phoenix, Arizona
  • March 23, 2021: Fry’s, 3949 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona
  • March 26, 2021: First American Credit Union, 1001 North Pinal Avenue, Casa Grande, Arizona
  • March 26, 2021: Bank of America, 1691 East Florence Avenue, Casa Grande, Arizona
  • April 2, 2021: U.S. Bank, 16380 West Yuma Road, Goodyear, Arizona
  • April 4, 2021: Walmart, 2555 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, Arizona
  • April 4, 2021: Safeway, 3185 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, Arizona

No one was physically injured during the crimes.

The Hobbs Act is a federal statute that, among other things, prohibits robbery affecting interstate commerce (e.g., robbing a business).

This indictment is the result of the extraordinary collaboration and coordination of our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners. The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force would like to thank the Goodyear Police Department and the Phoenix Police Department for their outstanding work on this case, along with the Glendale Police Department, Chandler Police Department, Casa Grande Police Department, Apache Junction Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Arizona.

Indictments are only accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for Arizona at https://www.azd.uscourts.gov/ or on PACER https://www.pacer.gov/.

The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force is comprised of the Phoenix Police Department, Peoria Police Department, Scottsdale Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office FATE team, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, and the FBI.

Magistrate Number: 2:21-cr-00292

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.28: 2021:

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DHS: ‘ MY E-VERIFY CHECKING YOUR IMMIGRATION RECORDS AND RECORDING YOUR DATA ON LINE ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – October 26 – USCIS is always looking for ways to support jobs in the United States. Also at the same check your immigration records and qualification for work.   

' MyEVerify Checking Your Records and Data Online '

‘ MyEVerify Checking Your Records and Data Online ‘

They have call it myE-Verify. It’s a free and secure way to be part of the E-Verify process for confirming employment eligibility.

MyE-Verify was launched on Oct. 6 in five states and the District of Columbia, and will be rolling it out nationally in future releases. 

With myE-Verify, anyone in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia and Washington, D.C., can:

  • Create a personal account to manage how their information is used in E-Verify and easily access Self Check, where any U.S. workers can confirm their employment eligibility themselves;

  • Use Self Lock, a feature we created just for myE-Verify that lets users lock their Social Security numbers in E-Verify, preventing fraudulent use in the system in the future;

  • Get resources explaining employee rights in the employment eligibility process.

While myE-Verify is currently only available to a limited audience, all workers and job seekers in the U.S. can still use the Self Check system and check out helpful materials in the myResources section.

More than half a million U.S. employers already use E-Verify to check that their new hires are authorized to work in the United States. Almost 1,400 more employers are joining this free on-line service each week.

If you get a job anywhere in the country, it’s more and more likely your employer will use E-Verify to quickly confirm your employment eligibility.

Ace News Services – USCIS – Department of Homeland Security

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WASHINGTON: ‘ FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL RECOGNISE SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN SIX NEW STATES ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 26 – In the latest development following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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ARIZONA: Case of Sex Trafficking Ring Recruiting Teens Leads to Charges for Ring-Leaders ‘

A 17-year-old Lansing girl is one of at least two people officials say recruited local teens to work as prostitutes in a sex trafficking ring that stretched to Arizona.

lansing-underage-sex-trafficking-girls- 16612253- Screenshot from 2014-10-03 10:40:08

The case — which is being prosecuted in both local and federal courts — so far has led to charges against the 17-year-old, Mariah Haughton, and 24-year-old Christopher Turryle Bryant of Lansing.

Officials expect to announce charges against a third person today.

Haughton is charged as an adult in Lansing’s 54A District Court with multiple counts, including human trafficking. She also is charged with recruiting minors to work as prostitutes and with creating child porn.

Her attorney, Barbara Herdus, could not be reached Thursday.

Bryant is charged in federal court with multiple counts of sex trafficking. Three of the counts involve girls under the age of 18.

According to court documents, one of the girls was lured by the promise of earning “easy money.” In March, the documents say, she was taken to unnamed Lansing motels, given drugs and alcohol, and had sex with multiple men who paid between $100 and $200.

That girl, who is not named, told investigators about others she believed were taken to Arizona and Alabama to work as prostitutes, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

Bryant is being held without bond at the county jail. A federal indictment was unsealed last week, court records show, and Bryant was arrested at the jail on the federal charges. Bryant already was in jail on local charges including home invasion and assault by strangulation.

In addition to multiple sex trafficking counts, Bryant is charged in the federal case with transporting someone for purposes of prostitution. That charge involves an unidentified person who was allegedly taken to Arizona.

Bryant’s attorney, Sharon Turek, declined to comment.

Some of the allegations are detailed in an FBI search warrant application seeking to obtain information from Facebook accounts belonging to Bryant, Haughton and two others investigators believe were part of the prostitution ring.

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‘ California Battling with Renewable Energy Paradox ‘

#AceNewsServices – CALIFORNIA – September 24 – That giant sucking sound you hear on the West Coast these days is the state of California, hoovering up as much renewable energy as neighbouring states can produce.

' Giant Wind Farm in Wyoming '

‘ Giant Wind Farm in Wyoming ‘

The latest development: a proposal from four major energy companies to build an $8 billion wind energy farm in Wyoming to power the city of Los Angeles.

' Wyoming Wind Farm to Los Angeles Homes '

‘ Wyoming Wind Farm to Los Angeles Homes ‘

Within the next decade, some cities like L.A. are expected to see power needs increase by as much as 18 percent, and a lot of that energy needs to be clean. The state has some of the most ambitious renewable standards in the entire country: By 2020, nearly a third of its power has to come from renewable sources.

Though the wind project would be supplying power to Southern California, all of it would be sourced from outside the state. Bloomberg reports:

The project includes a 2,100-megawatt wind farm in Wyoming, a 525-mile (845-kilometre) power line and a $1.5 billion storage facility, the developers said today in a statement. Duke-American Transmission, a joint venture of Duke Energy Corp. (DUK) and American Transmission Co., Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (DRC) and two others will propose the project to the Southern California Public Power Authority by early 2015.

This project would be the 21st Century’s Hoover Dam — a landmark of the clean energy revolution,” Jeff Meyer, managing partner of Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, said in the statement. 

All told, the wind project is expected to produce about 9.2 gigawatt-hours per year.

' Hoover Dam '

‘ Hoover Dam ‘

To compare, the Hoover Dam, which supplies hydroelectric power for Nevada, Arizona, and California, produced an annual average of 4.2 gigawatt-hours of electricity from 1999 to 2008.

Officials are still grappling with the “renewable energy paradox” — finding the balance between the push for clean energy and its unintended environmental consequences. A day before Bloomberg’s coverage of the proposed wind project, officials announced plans to parcel out 22.5 million acres across southern California deserts like the Mojave for large-scale energy projects and new habitat conservation areas, amid reports birds being scorched mid-air at the state’s Ivanpah solar plant near the Nevada border.

There’s no word yet on the potential environmental impacts of the proposed wind farm and if passed, it probably would not be completed until at least 2023. 

But for now, Hoover Dam, enjoy the limelight as one of America’s most beloved feats of engineering.

Your days as a tourist trap could be numbered.

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UNITED STATES: ' New Joint Watershed Restoration Agreement Piloted As Part of Presidents Obama's Climate Action Plan'

#AceNewsServices (Exclusive) – UNITED STATES (Arizona) City of Payson – August 30 – A Press-Release on August 27 confirms that Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor and Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie joined state, local and private partners today to mark the signing of a new joint watershed restoration agreement for C.C. Cragin Reservoir in Central Arizona.

​The agreement is a pilot project of the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership, aimed at reducing the risks of costly wildfires and their impact on western watersheds as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

"This agreement reflects our commitment to work with state and local partners in restoring and improving the health and resiliency of priority watersheds in Central Arizona," Deputy Secretary Connor said. "Restoration activities and proactive planning help minimize the impacts of the hotter and longer wildfire seasons on western reservoirs and other critical infrastructure, and help water managers avoid costly repairs in the future."

"USDA and the Obama Administration are working with partners across the country to restore the health of our forests and watersheds across public and private lands," Under Secretary Bonnie said. "Given longer fire seasons and increased fuel loads in our forests, increasing the pace and scale of forest restoration is critical to reducing the threat of catastrophic fire and protecting watersheds."

This new partnership joins the Salt River Project, National Forest Foundation, City of Payson, Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service in collaborative efforts to assess and implement treatments that protect the municipal water supply and minimize wildfire and flood risks. Potential projects include forest thinning, prescribed fire, tree planting, riparian vegetation improvements, stream, spring and channel restoration and other forest and watershed health improvements on National Forest System lands within the area.

The partners will develop a collaborative five-year action plan specifying the treatment zones and planned restoration and protection activities, as well as accomplishment goals and funding commitments.

Deputy Secretary Connor and Under Secretary Bonnie were joined by Payson Mayor Kenny Evans, Salt River Project Deputy General Manager John Sullivan and National Forest Foundation’s Colorado Program Director Marcus Selig.

Since 2002, three large fires have threatened the watersheds that contribute to C.C. Cragin Reservoir, burning more than 10,000 acres. The location of these fires was of great concern due to their potential to quickly progress through a large part of the watersheds. There have been several small fires near C.C. Cragin Reservoir itself, including one last year that burned 40 acres and one this year burning close to ten acres.

The Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership was formally established in July 2013 by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Its goal is to restore forest and watershed health, and proactively plan for post-wildfire responses to protect municipal and agricultural water supplies. Flows of sediment, debris and ash into streams and rivers after wildfires can damage water quality and often require costly emergency measures at treatment plants to repair damage to habitat, reservoirs and facilities. Restoration projects aim to maintain reliable, clean and sustainable water supplies in the West by reducing wildfire risk through forest thinning, prescribed fire and other forest health treatments, minimizing post-wildfire erosion and sedimentation and restoring areas that are currently recovering from past wildfires through tree planting and other habitat improvements.

Interior and USDA are working with state and local stakeholders on five additional pilots across the West, including:

  • Colorado-Big Thompson Headwaters in Colorado;
  • Boise River Reservoir Partnership in Idaho;
  • Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region in California;
  • Yakima Basin in Washington State; and
  • Hungry Horse Reservoir/Flathead River in Montana.

C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir, part of the Salt River Project since 2005 when the Arizona Water Settlements Act was implemented, is part of a system of reservoirs in two watersheds encompassing 8.4 million acres. It impounds water from East Clear Creek, a tributary to Clear Creek and the Little Colorado River. Virtually all of the land surrounding the reservoir is owned by the USDA Forest Service. The Reservoir and Dam are owned by Reclamation but operated by the Salt River Project.

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#US : “Law Makers `Make a Move’ to make `Revenge Porn’ Illegal” even though `ACLU’ Objects”

#AceNewsServices  `US Lawmakers Move to make `Revenge Porn‘Illegal Though ACLU Object on `Free Speech Grounds’

 

Reuters / Thomas Peter

Reuters / Thomas Peter

Lawmakers in several US states moved a few weeks ago to outlaw so-called “revenge porn” the act of leaking explicit sexual videos and other revealing information on-line without another person’s consent.

In Illinois, State Senator Michael Hastings submitted a bill recently, that would make it a felony for a person to knowingly place, post or reproduce on the Internet “a photograph, video, or digital image of a person in a state of nudity, in a state of sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct or sexual penetration, without the knowledge and consent of that person.”

The bill also would make it a crime to require a fee to get related content removed from a website. The maximum penalty would be up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine, though judges would be able to hand down more lenient sentences at their own discretion.

In the Pennsylvania State the Senate voted unanimously voted to approve a bill which would make revenge porn targeting minors a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Posting sexually explicit images of people without their permission who are 18 or older, meanwhile, would be a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries up to two years behind bars.

The bill will now be sent to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Lawmakers in Arizona also submitted a bill to the state’s House of Representatives which would make revenge porn-sharing a Class-5 felony – the second-lowest level of felony in Arizona. If the person depicted in the footage or pictures “is recognizable,” however, the charge would be upgraded to a Class 4 felony.

Revenge porn is often uploaded by jilted lovers, although hackers often obtain comprising images of individuals as well. The sexually explicit images and video are often accompanied by personal information, including the pictured individual’s full name, social media contacts and other personal information.

Apart from acute emotional stress which has pushed some victims to suicide, the practice has also contributed to offline stalking and physical assault.

AFP Photo / Pedro Armestre

AFP Photo / Pedro Armestre

 

 

Support for banning revenge porn, however, is not universal. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has often argued against it on free speech grounds, claiming the material should not be illegal as long as it does not violate child pornography or stalking laws.

Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida Executive Direct...

Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida Executive Director, taken at Amnesty International protest in Miami, May, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In regard to a recently introduced bill in Arizona, University of Arizona law professor Derek Bambauer says the bill has First Amendment problems and is “almost certainly unconstitutional,” The Phoenix New Times reports.

“This is the trouble with some of the draft legislation floating around out there that gets copied and pasted without the intervention of legal analysis. This bill is plainly unconstitutional – it offers no exception for matters of public concern or newsworthiness,” Bambauer said.

“Here’s the hypo that shows why it’s DOA: I have an image of Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton engaged in a sex act. I publish it in the newspaper. Can I be prosecuted? Clearly not – it’s a matter of public concern (the president is having an affair with an intern, a government employee), so the First Amendment blocks the prosecution.”

US courts have a tendency to overturn legislation that restricts free speech.

So far, New Jersey and California are the only states which have enacted laws to make revenge porn a criminal offense, although bills are pending in 13 other states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Chicago Tribune reports.

New Jersey’s law makes it a felony for a person to distribute “sexually explicit” photographs and films of an individual when they know they don’t have the subject’s consent.

California’s law, which was passed this past October, makes the distribution of “intimate” photographs or films taken of a victim “with the intent to cause serious emotional distress” a misdemeanor. Unlike New Jersey, however, in California the distributor must also be the photographer to be criminally liable, and the distribution of “selfie” images is still permissible.

Recently, the FBI arrested Hunter Moore, who has been dubbed the “king of revenge porn,” and an alleged accomplice in California on suspicion of hacking into email accounts to steal sexually explicit photos of their alleged victims.

Another alleged revenge porn godfather, Kevin Bollaert, was arrested in California in December on similar charges.

In January, Israel became the first country to pass a law that classifies revenge porn as a sex crime. Several EU states also have broad privacy statutes that may be applicable to revenge porn.

 

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