Monday, August 13, 2007

There's going to be a new sheriff in town

An excellent request from Rick Hickey. If you can't attend the public meeting you can copy and paste the below letter and email the commissioners. It's time to enforce the law.

Your voice is needed as the Marion County commissioners are now in the process of selecting a new Chief of Marion County Police. The Murder of Dani Countryman by two Illegals, of which one had been detained four times by Police and let go, is a painful reminder that the 287 g program could have stopped this from happening.

Please consider attending a Public Meeting this Wed. 8/15/07 at 9:00 a.m., Marion Co. Courthouse (building is in the Bus Depot downtown across from Statesman-Journal) 555 Court st. n.e., Salem.

Sam Brentano
Janet Carlson
Patti Milne

Marion County Commissioners
PO Box 14500
Salem OR 97309

Re: Request for Marion County Police Agencies to join Federal 287(g) Program

Dear Marion Co. Commissioners:

We are requesting that the Commissioners of Marion County enter into agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to designate a group of County police officers via selection of the New Chief, to participate in the law enforcement partnership authorized by Section 287(g) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

The 287(g) program utilizes federal monies for local law enforcement officers to be trained and authorized to perform immigration law enforcement functions in the regular course of duty, such as identifying and detaining illegal aliens. Why is this in the interests of public safety? Even a simple traffic infraction could reveal that the violator is a fugitive from justice.

“There are about 3,500 fugitive immigrants in Oregon,” according to A. Neil Clark, Dept. of Homeland Security/Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Director. (Statesman-Journal, 1/23/06), and over 500,000 nationwide. These are persons convicted of a crime and released on their own honor to leave the country. At present, they all know that a Marion County police officer will not check federal criminal data bases and that he/she may be released to commit even more crime. These fugitives are fleeing many other areas of America, knowing that any interaction with police could result in detainment and deportation.

“Sheriff's deputies in North Carolina (Mecklenburg County) have joined with federal agents in the detention and pending deportation of nearly 1,000 (now over 2,400) illegal aliens as part of a local-federal partnership,” reports an article in the Washington Times (11/28/06). "The mission of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office is to protect the citizens of Mecklenburg County," said Sheriff Jim Pendergraph. "I take those words very seriously. The 287(g) program is just another way to successfully remove from our country illegal aliens who prey on our citizens and commit crimes in our community."

This 287(g) program is now in effect in 22 Municipalities with another 75 recently applying. Waukegan, Illinois, just voted 8-2 to instruct police to use 287(g). This is an effective way for our police services to shift the financial burden of dealing with illegal aliens, since the Federal Government has largely abandoned its responsibilities for interior enforcement of the immigration laws, leaving state and local governments burdened with the consequences of out-of-control illegal immigration. Illegal alien criminals know where they can hide and where they cannot, and Oregon is quickly becoming the last place they can hide in America.

This 287(g) program will bring ICE cooperation with local authorities to remove criminal illegal aliens promptly from our jail system, saving us money and reducing the overcrowding of our jail space. Maricopa County in Arizona is also utilizing 287(g), and has saved millions of dollars via reduced need for bed space, health care, and legal representation expenses for illegal aliens.

Many illegal alien criminals are repeat offenders. “Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine examined the criminal histories of 100 illegal immigrants arrested and then released by local and state authorities in 2004, the latest complete data available,” according to an Associated Press article of Jan. 9, 2007. “Of the sample group of 100, according to the audit, 73 immigrants were later arrested a collective 429 times – on charges ranging from traffic tickets to weapons and drug charges”.

You should also be aware that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on local police authority to inquire of immigration status several times, and said that it is a basic right. Here is the most recent example, a case involving Iris Mena: The Court of Appeals determined that the officers violated Mena’s Fourth Amendment rights by questioning her about her immigration status during the detention. 332 F.3d, at 1264—1266. This holding, it appears, was premised on the assumption that the officers were required to have independent reasonable suspicion in order to question Mena concerning her immigration status because the questioning constituted a discrete Fourth Amendment event. But the premise is faulty. We have “held repeatedly that mere police questioning does not constitute a seizure.” Florida v. Bostick, 501 U.S. 429, 434 (1991); see also INS v. Delgado, 466 U.S. 210, 212 (1984). Hence, the officers did not need reasonable suspicion to ask Mena for her name, date and place of birth, or immigration status. - SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, No. 03—1423, DARIN L. MUEHLER, et al., PETITIONERS v. IRIS MENA, ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT [March 22, 2005]

Commissioners, I know of many Oregonians who are sick of reading about victims and their families suffering needlessly ( Dani Countryman for example), who would not have had a tragedy occur, if the criminal illegal alien had been deported, as per the laws of the United States. We hope that you seriously discuss and vote to require our New Chief to join the 287(g) program and help stop the tragedies occurring to law-abiding citizens in our County. We want these criminals to understand that they are not welcome in Marion County, that they will be held for ICE to pick up, and that they will be deported.

You are in the position to activate 287(g) in Marion County, and you have the overwhelming support of voters to take advantage of this opportunity to reduce criminal activity.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,

[Put your name here]
Original author:
Rick Hickey, Vice President
Oregonians for Immigration Reform


Save OUR Children said...

We also need to be sure the new Chief of Marion County Police will be willing to investigate the pro-pedophilia and rape platform that seems to be a part of the Republican Party. We already know that Louis Beres was a Republican and there are rumours he is still tight and in communication with members (including elected officials) of the ORGOP. We can't let our children be destroyed by the Grand 'Ol Pedophiles. Write a letter today to the Marion County Commissioners:

Marion County Commissioners
PO Box 14500
Salem OR 97309

Send them this list and link below:

• Republican legislator Ted Klaudt was charged with raping girls under the age of 16.
• Republican city councilman Joseph Monteleone Jr. was found guilty of fondling underage girls.
• Republican congressional aide Jeffrey Nielsen was arrested for having sex with a 14-year old boy.
• Republican County Commissioner Patrick Lee McGuire surrendered to police after allegedly molesting girls between the ages of 8 and 13.
• Republican prosecutor Larry Corrigan was arrested for soliciting sex from 13-year old girls.
• Republican Mayor Jeffrey Kyle Randall was sentenced to 275 days in jail for molesting two boys -- ages ten and 12 -- during a six-year period.
• Republican County Board Candidate Brent Schepp was charged with molesting a 14-year old girl and killed himself three days later.
• Republican Congressman Mark Foley abruptly resigned from Congress after "sexually explicit" emails surfaced showing him flirting with a 16-year old boy.
• Republican executive Randall Casseday of the conservative Washington Times newspaper pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a 13-year old girl on the internet.
• Republican chairman of the Oregon Christian Coalition Lou Beres confessed to molesting a 13-year old girl.
• Republican County Constable Larry Dale Floyd pleaded guilty to charges of soliciting sex from an 8-year old girl. Floyd has repeatedly won elections for Denton County, Texas, constable.
• Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
• Republican Party leader Bobby Stumbo was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.
• Republican petition drive manager Tom Randall pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 14, one of them the daughter of an associate in the petition business.
• Republican County Chairman Armando Tebano pleaded guilty to fondling a 14-year-old girl.
• Republican teacher and former city councilman John Collins pleaded guilty to sexually molesting 13 and 14 year old girls.
• Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted child molester.
• Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.
• Republican Mayor Tom Adams was arrested for distributing child pornography over the internet.
• Republican Mayor John Gosek was arrested on charges of soliciting sex from two 15-year old girls.
• Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
• Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.
• Republican Committeeman John R. Curtin was convicted of molesting an underage teenage boy and sentenced to serve six to 18 months in prison.
• Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.
• Republican zoning supervisor, Boy Scout leader and Lutheran church president Dennis L. Rader pleaded guilty to performing a sexual act on an 11-year old girl he murdered.
• Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.
• Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.
• Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.
• Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.
• Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
• Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer was sentenced to six years in prison for molesting two 8-year old girls, one of whom appeared in an anti-Gore television commercial.
• Republican fundraiser Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
• Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
• Republican Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.
• Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.
• Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.
• Republican campaign chairman Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child and was arrested again five years later on the same charge.
• Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.
• Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.
• Republican Judge Ronald C. Kline pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer.
• Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.
• Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.
• Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.
• Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.
• Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.
• Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced prison after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.
• Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.
• Republican anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.
• Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.
• Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.
• Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.
• Republican legislator Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).
• Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was found guilty of molesting a 15-year old girl.
• Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.
• Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.
• Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two daughters.
• Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl.
• Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.
• Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.
• Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.
• Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.
• Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.
• Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
• Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.
• Republican campaign worker, police officer and self-proclaimed reverend Steve Aiken was convicted of having sex with two underage girls.
• Republican director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.
• Republican president of the New York City Housing Development Corp. Russell Harding pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer.
• Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was found guilty of raping a 15-year old girl. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.
• Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape of children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into providing information about the anti-American insurgency. See excerpt of one prisoner's report here and his full report here.

Anonymous said...

delete this off topic crap please!

Anonymous said...

Hey save our children this is the third time this crap has been cut and pasted on this site.Which just proves you liberals are all midless sheep following each other around.As far as saving children Dani Countryman was a child killed by two people who should not even been in this country to begin with.Party affiliation has nothing to do with pedophilia you idiot I'm sure if you look hard enough you will some who are democrats too,be careful that may be some research you are'nt bright enough to do.

tom alexander said...

wasn't miss countryman dating an "illegal alien"? at the very least, she was hanging around in a drug house partying with them. where is the personal responsibility? maybe i am just too much of a libertarian to buy into all of this illegal immigration garbage from the nativists.

anyways, i believe it is important to note that these "repubicans" listed above are in fact american citizens and should be held to a higher standard. the fact that i see so many of them on the list is tragic regardless of who posted it and how many times. the poster makes a great point and I am fully in agreement. call me a "liberal" if you wish, as i would rather be a liberal than a pedophile apoligist like i see on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Tom first off her older sister took her to that party second even if she was dating one of them they had no right to rape and kill her.What type of society do want us to live in where that is the price for dating.

Anthony DeLucca said...

I absolutely agree with the post. Any new Law Enforcement Official, either elected or appointed, should be required to enforce Local, State and FEDERAL law.

Anyone who commits a crime and is caught, should have their citizenship / immigration status questioned. If they are here legally, they get the same treatment as anyone: Booking, Bail, Court Date, Jury Trial. If they are not here legally, and it's a relitavely minor crime (theft, public intoxication, etc) save the taxpayer money and simply deport them.

The fact that the Police are PROHIBITED from inquiring about immigration status is just plain stupid.

Tom Alexander said...

i am just saying where is the personal responsibility? me thinks it matters not about who dani countryman was, more that the nativist right can use her dead body for their own agenda. just another bumper sticker for the cause.

if what you are saying is correct, it appears that her sister has not owned up in this. several reports, i know, have the two at a druggy party house with people of a criminal flavor. again, where is the personal responsibility?

if i walk down a dark alley to get home quicker and i am mugged, am i not responsible for my own safety? you can't ride the pie-in-the-sky notion that the world should be free from all criminals. it is then you who sounds like a clueless liberal. besides, it appears we can't even trust the political party that stands for familiy values as they are molesting our children. what has the world come to???

Tom Alexander said...

one more thing. so should the government raise our children then? where was dani countryman's parents? apparently they cared little about where she was and what she was doing. all the while the nativist right is foaming at the mouth that they have a poster child for their cause. what a bunch of vulture scumbags you have all become.

Anonymous said...

Where is Neil Goldschmidt’s name? After all was a former mayor of Portland and former governor of Oregon. He got busted for screwing his baby sitter. Or was that just the Democrats way of early sexualizing the youth of Oregon????

Your ad hominem attack and circular reasoning, on and about the Republican Party is very weak to say the least.

Perhaps when you grow up you might realize it is not the Party, but the person that commits crimes.

This is at least the second time I have read your ranting. Frankly, stay on point or don’t post!

Daniel said...

I'm always encouraged by the cut and paste posters. It just means they have nothing meaningful to contribute.

Liberals positions are only supported by mindless repetition.

Anthony DeLucca said...

Tom Alexander:

You almost seem like a moderatly intelligent man. Almost.

Read your post again. You accuse a Political Party of molesting children (not individuals). You alsosay that there is no way the world can be free of crime. Well, we aren't talking about the world here are we? And we aren't saying that there would be NO crime if the Illegals were gone. We are saying (if you bothered to actually read and understand the posts) that THIS particular crime, and hundreds of others would not have happened if the Illegal Aliens that committed the crimes were not allowed entry into the country, and weren't given un-molested safe haven while here.

Simply put: If the border had been closed, and the immigration laws were enforced, chances are good that Dani Countryman would be alive today.

Anonymous said...

Tom her parents live in Texas she simply here to visit her family.I don't know if actually watch the news if so pay more attention.As far as personal responsibility the girl is dead how can she take it? I don't know about you but I don't think any child should die for simply going to a party. I not dumb enough to think that bad things can happen at any time my question is why invite it in.

when daniel miglavs said...

" ... I'm always encouraged by the cut and paste posters. It just means they have nothing meaningful to contribute ..."

It obviously did not occur to him that the entire point of his post today was to encourage politically like-minded fools to ... let's see, what were his exact words? Oh yes ... "copy and paste the below letter and email the commissioners."


Anonymous said...

That's called a mass email idiot.

Anonymous said...

The Illegals are going nuts in the Salem/Keizer area in the last few days and are acting as they are in control and can do what ever they want and where ever they want.

I think they are right.

Salem Police will likely have 500 hours of investigation time into this afternoon's shooting alone and that's 500 hours away from stopping other crime.

Now, total in the over-time pay and/or comp-time vacations and we have a problem in River City and more coming here every day by the hundreds.

Calhoun said...

There's a long, long, kinda interesting article over at Willamette Week : Jackpot --
A bar owner who sold coke and a mom who sold meth are two of the lucky few to get a pardon from the governor.

(Notice that the bar owner/coke dealer is pals with Sec. Bradbury. Pays to know the right Democrats, I guess.)

Kulongoski has only pardoned six people. Four of them were foreigners facing deportation. (Scroll down towards the end, subheading "the fantastic four".)

One was Mexican; one Norwegian; one Welsh; one Guatemalan. All facing deportation because they committed crimes here.

Anonymous said...

A guy in Portland was killed this morning by a man with a spanic name. It's not clear at this point if he was here legally. I'm not keeping score but even liberal MSM can't help it and when they deliver new more names sound spanic than not. People will tired of this eventually. A Republican in the white house in 2009 is not a foregone conclusion yet.

R Huse said...

Actually I consider pedophile guy very on topic for this post as his actions are directly related in terms of the lefts argumentative position.

Basically the left has no argument in support of illegal aliens. In the end what they resort to is name calling, everyone is a racist who doesn't agree with them.

The same attends to pedophile guy, he has no argument so he just calls everyone a child molester. In keeping true to the tradition of absolute humourlessness on the left, the irony of the situation is completely lost on pedophile guy. I would fully expect he will continue his ranting for some time before catching on.

So in the end, it really is the same thing. Insult the opposition when your logical position is weak. The fact that this is about as effective as "I know you are but what am I" does seem to get lost in the shuffle as stunning defeats of recent legislation show. Calling everyone a racist certainly didn't accomplish much for the left in that case, I wouldn't expect pedophile guys silliness to fair any better. I would encourage both the left and pedophile guy to continue their practices. The masturbatory effect of this practice, neutering them while at the same time making them feel really good about being morally superior, keeps them occupied and removed from the chance of accomplishing anything substantive.

Anthony DeLucca said...

Well said R Huse. Well said.

Anonymous said...

Police Officer SHOT in Salem, He shot back and killed one, the other two ran away.
This all because of an attempt to just pull them over.

3 Hispanic guys...

Anonymous said...

See, Republicans love pedophiles and pedophilia. Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy GOOL-iani ladies and gentleman. Investigations people, investigations of the RNC and GOP for conspiracy and organized crime.

Giuliani has connection with accused pedophile priest


Republican presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani has close ties to a Catholic priest accused of sexually molesting boys and who also was the lawyer for a now-closed Whitinsville counseling house for troubled priests that has been described as the center of a pedophile sex ring.

Anonymous said...

These left wing nuts are so worried about the republicans and their association with pedophilia where's all that left wing understanding they have like the understanding they have for two illegal's that murdered a fifteen year old kid.

Tom Alexander said...

The 15year old was partying at a drug house and dating one of the "illegal aliens". Again, where is the personal responsibility? Where were her parents? Apparently they could care less where their daughter was. Apparently, the nativist crowd doesn't care where her parents were, as they would much rather have her dead so they can put her on a bumper sticker.

As for having sympathy for "Republican" pedophiles and "Illegal Alien" murderers, maybe the anon5:30pm of this blog and the "save our children" campaign can trade sympathies. I would actually like to see both the Republican Pedophiles and the Illegal Alien Murderers do very hard and tall time. How about you? (and no I am not talking to the GOP Pedophile appoligists on this one. We know your position.)


Anonymous said...

Tom first off what makes you think this was a drug house? Second as you were told yesterday her parents live in Texas.Third daing consists more than a chance encounter with two people who should'nt be in the country to begin with.I guess if you have or had a daughter she should be murdered for kissing them as well.Lastly as I said yesterday hard to take personal accountability when your dead.One more small point even though she to young to drink I do admit that being intoxicated clouds everbody's judgement.Still none the less it should'nt carry a death sentence should it?

Anthony DeLucca said...


When you use the word "Apparently", it tells me that you havn't done your research.

I have. Here parents are in Texas, the same State where Dani was visiting from.

She wasn't "Dating" any of the subjects, they were ate the party and supplied Dani with beer.

As for your "Apparently the parents could care less where thier daughter was" statement.....well that just confirms to me that you are another knee-jerk reactionary who hasn't a clue about what he's talking about.

And your "Nativists would rather have her dead so they can put her on bumper sticker" statement: Explain this to me ..... What is your definition of a Nativist? And where have you seen that bumper sticker you're talking about?

It's hateful, bigoted, one sided people like you who give liberals a bad name.

Anonymous said...

Tom Alexander is a facist

Anonymous said...

Thanks anthony for backing up my point about Dani as we both know nobody wanted her dead except the two pieces of crap that killed her.may she rest in peace

Anonymous said...

The bumper sticker is all over the Lars Larson and Victoria Taft Shows. Mr Anthony "Fast Tony" Delucca, don't think we are so naive like the white trash saps that buy your junker cars.

Anonymous said...

Lars is not a bumper sticker he is a talk show host that talks about the news of the day.Somebody has to keep this kind of injustice in the forefront or the people like you who have more compassion for criminals than the victim's would just sweep it under the rug.

Anonymous said...

Wreck suspect here illegally, officials say

Accused drunken driver remains in custody in the accident, which killed 3 in a family

Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

A man accused of causing a fiery wreck that killed a family of three on the East Freeway is in the country illegally, authorities said.

Juan Felix Salinas, 42, voluntarily returned to his home in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, two years ago, officials said. But he returned to the U.S., eventually making his way back to the Houston area.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Monday they have placed an immigration hold on Salinas but had no other information about his past.

Salinas remained in police custody Monday, charged with three counts of intoxication manslaughter in the deaths of Tenisha Williams, 26; her husband, S.J. Williams; and her son, Xavier Brown, 2. His bail has been set at $90,000 — $30,000 for each death.

Houston police said Salinas was speeding and rapidly changing lanes about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when he rear-ended a Toyota Corolla in the 8700 block of Interstate 10.

The Toyota caught fire and eventually was engulfed in flames. The family was pronounced dead at the scene.

Salinas, who suffered minor injuries in the wreck, had a blood-alcohol level of .24 — three times the .08 legal limit for intoxication in Texas.

When the van slammed into the Toyota, Salinas had been free on bond from a March 31 family violence incident in Jacinto City.

The case remains open, authorities said.

On Saturday, bystanders struggled to save the young family. Some used hand-held fire extinguishers to hold back the flames while others attempted to pry open the doors.

Felinda Williams said she was grateful to everyone who tried to save her daughter, grandson and son-in-law.

"At least somebody cared enough," a grieving Williams said Monday. "They put themselves in danger trying to help them."

Williams said she will closely follow the case against Salinas as it progresses.

"When he's in court, I'm going to be in court," she said. "He tore a whole family apart."

Calhoun said...

The many contributions illegal aliens make to our society!

Anthony DeLucca said...


What's with the "Cars in Gresham" thing??

Do you think that I'm a car salesman or something? You're WAY off. I don't even live in Gresham. I don't know who it is you think that I am, but you're WAY off the mark on this one.

BEAR said...

hey, anthony delucca...maybe the lefties think you sell "save the turtles" buttons in Hawaii, but don't want to criticize you for that. Making up stuff helps them feel better. Or, MAYBE.....well, never mind.

Rick Hickey said...

Front Web Page -
Marion County 287 g request Mtg. -
KATU CH #2 Portland/Vancouver/Salem

Watch or read Retiring Sheriff claim we didn't call, e-mail, visit, rally, etc. our Legislatures
And Media does not include response from Commissioners?
Which was very positive by the way.

I.C.E. 287 (g) Is not about Illegal immigrants that are here for a better life, it is about Criminal Aliens here to destroy or take a life.

There over 620,000 Illegal Alien fugitives, a 100,000 increase in the last year and of 600,000 brought to Jail this year 300,000 will be Deportable but will walk away.

A left-wing commie rat who eats granola for breakfast and enjoys it said...