Saturday, March 10, 2007


Driver Gets Max Sentence In Crash That Killed Officer
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Published: Mar 7, 2007

TAMPA - To Jose Luis Espinoza, the death of city police Detective Juan Serrano last year was just an accident.
To Judge Ronald Ficarrotta, the accident was a horrible crime.
Ficarrotta on Tuesday sentenced Espinoza to 30 years in prison, the maximum. Espinoza was convicted in January of driving-under-the-influence manslaughter for the February 2006 car crash that killed Serrano, who was Mayor Pam Iorio's bodyguard and driver.
"I'm really sorry for what happened," Espinoza, 36, an illegal Mexican immigrant, said through an interpreter before he was sentenced.
"I'm very sorry. I'm not a bad person. I don't have a record. I've never done anything like this. … We all make mistakes. Nobody's perfect."
Espinoza drove a 1996 Pontiac that crushed the city-issue Ford Taurus Serrano drove that day after driving Iorio home from the Gasparilla Distance Classic.
"This was a tragic, tragic accident," the judge said Tuesday. But this accident was a crime, he told Espinoza, pointing out that he was intoxicated, chose to drive and fled after the crash.
"Everyone in this courtroom makes mistakes," the judge said. "To characterize your actions that day in February as a mistake is to grossly underestimate it. You committed a crime. You took the life of another human being … who by all accounts was an outstanding police officer, an outstanding family man, an outstanding human being."
Assistant State Attorney Kim Seace said Espinoza's apology was worthless. She said Espinoza was given an opportunity to show remorse when interviewed for his presentence report and instead invented a new story, claiming he was a backseat passenger in the car that hit Serrano's.
"He has no remorse, and this apology today, I think, is an empty one," Seace said, asking Ficarrotta to impose the maximum sentence.
Serrano's widow, Mylin Matos Serrano, told Ficarrotta her husband was important to a lot of people.
"My husband's watch ended tragically on Feb. 25, 2006, as he made his way home to the family he loved, after doing the job he loved," she said. "He will be forever missed. The void in my life will never be filled."
Juan Serrano protected foreign dignitaries visiting Tampa, infiltrated drug-trafficking organizations and helped start the department's gang-suppression unit. Serrano worked as a police officer in Puerto Rico for several years before joining the Tampa police in 1989.
After the hearing, Mylin Serrano was asked whether she accepted Espinoza's apology or agreed with the prosecutor that it was not sincere. A little bit of both, she said.
"I'm pretty sure he had time to remorse," she said. "I can't judge him, but he might be remorse, and I hope he was."
Police Chief Stephen Hogue attended the hearing and later said, "It's kind of a sad day, but by the same token, I think justice was serviced." Hogue said he came to court to represent law enforcement and be there for Serrano's family.
"We also lost a family member of our own," he said.
Reporter Elaine Silvestrini can be reached at (813) 259-7837 or
Mylin Matos Serrano read this statement to Judge Ronald Ficarrotta:
Juan Serrano was a quiet and humble man, a family man, a father to his children and mine, an attentive son to his parents, a loving man all around. He was my best friend, my soul mate and partner in life. Juan paid attention to all the details, and I never had to. Now, at times, they overwhelm me.
He also belonged to the Tampa community. He was first and always a police officer, and I knew and understood that. He was completely dedicated to the job that he loved and was so proud of. He was fiercely protective of Mayor Iorio and was so honored to be not only her bodyguard, but also her friend.
My husband's watch ended tragically on Feb. 25, 2006, as he made his way home to the family he loved, after doing the job he loved. He will be forever missed. The void in my life will never be filled.
From my heart, I thank you for your time and consideration, and I have complete faith in your discretion.

Sunday, March 4, 2007


The Officer Down Memorial Page
Police Officer Daniel Howard Golden
Huntsville Police Department Alabama
End of Watch: Monday, August 29, 2005
Biographical InfoAge: 27
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: 411
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, August 29, 2005
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Charged with capital murder

Officer Daniel Golden was shot and killed when he responded to a domestic disturbance call at a restaurant on Jordan Lane. The officer was shot in the head when he arrived at the scene. He was transported to Huntsville Hospital where he died a short time later.One suspect, who was an illegal alien, was taken into custody at the scene and charged with capital murder.Officer Golden had served with the Huntsville Police Department for 3 years, and was assigned to the West Precinct. He is survived by his wife and two children.

World Net Daily
A Huntsville, Ala., police officer, Daniel Howard Golden, 27, was shot multiple times by Benito Albarran, 31, an illegal immigrant in August 2005.


Reverand William Huang - Life Story (edited)

William Huang was born on November 20, 1944 in Henyang, Hunan, China. His family fled to Chunli, Taiwan to escape war when William was 8. His love of music first attracted him to the local Baptist church, where he was baptized in 1956. He received a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master's in Communication, worked not only in egineering but led a very active life in the church. He also served in the Republic of China Air Force. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1970, married his wife Lena in 1978. They had 4 children, Jade, Shane, Charlotte, and Christian. In 1988 he received his Master's Degree of Divinty and started Melody of Life Ministries, am inistry to reflect his passion for both missions and music. He frequently served overseas to provide relief to the poor and weak, especially after disasters.
He was also very extremely involved in the Asian community and served as an MC, comedian, talk show host, play actor, etc. at many events in the states as well as overseas. He took all these opportunities to reach out to those that would not have ever set foot in church. To reach out beyond church doors was not only his passion, but his vision.

William purchased the Lucky Seafood Market in December 2005 in an attempt to financially support the family and his ministry. There he found himself extremely happy, singing to every customer that walked in and shared the gospel to anyone that cared to listen. He came home every night with stories of the different people he met and sang to. He had intended to raise funds to serve in Henan Province, China, where his heart was touched by the suffering caused by the high rate of HIV infection and AIDS related deaths among people too poor for treatment.

Reverand William Huang - Murder Case Information (edited)

"On the night of the murder, our family was celebrating my youngest brother’s 10 th birthday. At around 8:45pm , my father informed us and the guests that he was going to go close up the store. Leon Lugo Andradé, a man with a history of violence, had a protective order against him for over a year for regularly beating his wife and children throughout their relationship. Just in Houston alone, Andradé has a long criminal record starting with a murder/manslaughter 15 years, continuing with numerous DWI’s, firing a weapon and carrying a shotgun in a public place. When the wife finally left him, he became increasingly threatening, forcing his ex-wife and children to move every few months."

Andrade finally located his wife and followed her to the Huang household where she and her children had fled for protection. Reverand Huang distracted Andrade from his wife and children and Andrade finally chased Reverand Huang around a car with a machete, hacking him to death.

"Eventually, my father fell. Andradé forced him into the alley next to the restaurant and struck him with multiple blows to the head. My father attempted to defend himself by putting up his arms to block the machete, and received large gashes on his hand and forearm and losing his thumb. The right side of his face had been split open in 3 places. The back of his skull had been shattered leaving a gaping hole in the back of his head. Andradé immediately drove off in his green van when witnesses started to show up after hearing the screams from the women. My father’s actions bought enough time to save the life of the woman and her daughter. "

Shelly Moore Capito's website

As a result of this and other murders committed by illegal aliens, Reprsentative Shelly Moore Capito sponsored and worked to pass 3 major pieces of legislation:

H.R. 6094, The Community Protection Act of 2006
H.R. 6095, The Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006
H.R. 4830, The Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2006

"A nation without borders is not a nation," said Rep. Capito. "For too long, we have not paid attention to the battle being waged on our southern border. That battle is real, and we must do everything in our power to win it. The federal government has the duty to protect our citizens by securing our borders. "


llegal Alien Arrested In Connection With Fatal Hit And Run
POSTED: 7:50 am EST November 29, 2005
UPDATED: 9:16 am EST November 29, 2005

A man is now under arrest in connection with the hit and run that killed a 14-year-old boy in Bucks County.Police said Carlos Reyes, 37, is an illegal alien.
The accident happened on Sunday night on Street Road at Kingston Way in Bensalem.
Reyes entered district court Monday night in Bristol borough.
Police said he ran down 14-year-old Rasheen Newkirk, then took off.
The teenager was run over by a second vehicle, but that driver stopped.
The family said Rasheen was a special needs child, who was going to the store at the time of the accident.
"He loves school. He loves to sing. He just love to dance," Rasheen's aunt Sharon Newkirk said.
Police found Reyes' car early Monday morning in Bensalem.
They said he bent the license plate to elude authorities, because he did not have a driver's license.
"He is very sorry of the accident. He really feels bad about the family. He doesn't know what to do," translator Esthella Forget said.
"He is remorseful. He's afraid understandably so," Officer Tim Clark said.
A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 7.
Bail was first set at $100,000, but was increased to $500,000 after Reyes couldn't remember where he lives.


Illegal alien accused of triple homicidePennsylvania suspect says he'd been experiencing 'blackouts'
Posted: August 30, 200511:47 a.m. Eastern
© 2005

An illegal alien previously arrested on a domestic dispute but not deported is accused of shooting dead three men outside a bar in Altoona, Pa., after telling police he had been experiencing blackouts.
Miguell A. Padilla, 25, called police after the shooting and said he "believed he had hurt somebody but had been having blackouts," the Blair Country district attorney said yesterday.
He was caught shortly after Sunday's shooting and charged with three counts each of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person, as well as one count of illegal possession of a handgun. He was ordered held without bail.
Police and city officials in Altoona believe the case may be the first-ever triple homicide in the central Pennsylvania town of 50,000, located about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh.
The shooting occurred just before 2 a.m. Sunday after Padilla and two companions tried to enter the bar in the United Veterans Association Club in downtown Altoona, a 69-year-old institution known as a regular site for wedding receptions and reunions.
After Padilla was told the bar was members-only – a sign saying just that was posted in the window – he got into an argument, first, with the club's doorman, Frederick Rickabaugh, 58, and then with the club's owner, Alfred Mignogna, 61, both of Altoona. Padilla returned to his car, came back with a handgun and shot Rickabaugh and then Mignogna, police said.
Another shot hit Stephen Heiss, 28, a bar patron and state prison guard, who was entering the club with a female friend when he saw Padilla shooting and pushed his friend out of the way.
Mignogna, a longtime Altoona High School math teacher who also owned another bar in town, died at the scene. Rickabaugh and Heiss died later at Altoona Regional Health Systems hospital.
After he fled the scene to a home in Altoona, Padilla called 911 and said he knew police were looking for him, authorities said.
"He said he believed he had hurt somebody but had been having blackouts and maybe had some flashbacks about it," said Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman.
A year ago, Altoona Police arrested Padilla during a domestic dispute and Cooper said the department discovered that he was an illegal immigrant from Mexico. Cooper said he didn't know why Padilla wasn't deported after that.
"For the answer to that question, you'll have to call" U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which handles illegal immigration deportation, Cooper told the local paper. "They were notified."


Charges Filed In Wreck That Killed Ex-Coach
16-Year-Old Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter
POSTED: 1:20 pm CDT April 5, 2006

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Wyandotte County, Kan., prosecutors filed charges Wednesday in a wreck that killed a former football coach at Olathe North High School.
David K. Bassore, 51, of Liberty, was driving home from work Monday on Interstate 35 near the 18th Street Expressway exit when his pickup truck was clipped by a Dodge Neon. Bassore's pickup went off the road, rolling twice before it stopped on its side. Bassore was thrown from the vehicle. He died at the scene.
Prosecutors charged the driver of the Neon, 16-year-old Raul Cabrera, of Shawnee, Kan., with one count of involuntary manslaughter in juvenile court.
Officials said Cabrera is an illegal immigrant, and the judge decided the teen should remain in custody.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is still investigating the fatal wreck, but they suspect Cabrera was drag racing with another car.
KMBC's Maria Antonia reported that Cabrera's mother said her son was not racing; he was being chased by another driver and that he had been followed for several days.
Officials said they are considering charging Cabrera as an adult or upping the charge to second-degree murder.

Vigil Held For Coach

Bassore had recently resigned from his coaching position at Olathe after being at the school a year.Wednesday night, Olathe students held a vigil for their former coach.
"He'd probably say, 'What are you guys crying over me for? I want you guys to be positive and happy,'" football player Jarod Milo said.
"Really made you feel at home, at school, and made it a fun thing and brought a smile to everybody," student Kim Burnell said. "We just want to get people involved and let them know who he was and if they didn't know him, let them know what a great person he was."
"He loved every player on his team and we loved him back," football player Raymond Due said.
William Jewel College

"Our previous head coach, the late Dave Bassore, committed William Jewell football a few years ago to help teach football fundamentals to hundreds of children throughout the Della Lamb organization and Kansas City," said head coach Fran Schwenk. “It is our privilege to carry on this tradition of teaching the skills and fundamentals of the sport of football to the kids.” Coach Bassore’s son Aaron will be one of the many players helping to carry out the tradition that his father and the Della Lamb organization started a few years ago.