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Rhea Homeland Security Team to hold fundraiser

The Rhea County Sheriff’s Department’s Homeland Security Team is hosting a hot dog/chili fundraiser on March 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rhea County Welcome Center in Dayton.

Homeland Security officials said the event will also feature a silent auction on cakes, pies, tools, knives and more and that a drawing will also be held for a La-Z-Boy recliner.

Officials said the drawing will take place at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the fundraiser and that you do not have to be present to win.

“Our local sheriff’s department’s Homeland Security team is a group that [Rhea County Sheriff Mike Neal] formed himself in 2002,” Homeland Security Director Jim Conner said. “We have used the money from our fundraisers to buy generators, portable lights, safety vests and training equipment.”

Conner said that funds raised at this year’s event will be coupled with half of the funds from last year’s fundraiser to outfit all law enforcement with small trauma kits and tourniquets.

Neal formed the county’s Homeland Security team following the 9/11 tragedy. Neal, foreseeing the need to have trained volunteers ready to step in to assist with emergencies that might deplete the sheriffs department’s resources, formed this group from volunteers interested in helping their community.

Over the past several years, these teams have assisted in the state’s small pox inoculation drill, Watts Bar response drill, evacuation drills at Spring City Elementary School and Rhea Central Elementary School, and have coordinated various Neighborhood Watch programs around the county.

In addition, the team has assisted in search and rescue, crime scene security, security for a variety of public events and has conducted dozens of public services including CPR and first aid classes around the county. The team has also assisted in with various natural disasters within the county including providing medical assistance.

The Homeland Security Team has annual training in handgun qualification, National Weather Service Weather Spotters, OC pepper spray, extendable baton and emergency vehicle operations.

For more information, contact Conner at 423-255-2200 or via email at [email protected][1].

References

  1. ^ [email protected] (www.rheaheraldnews.com)
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Police: Man killed by Homeland Security was convicted sex trafficker

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The man shot and killed by an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in the parking lot of a Scottsdale Whataburger Friday had recently been convicted of human trafficking, police said in a statement released Saturday morning. 

Scottsdale police spokesman Sgt. Ben Hoster said the Arizona Attorney General’s Office obtained a warrant for the arrest of 48-year-old Erik Dunham after he failed to appearfor sentencing for a recent human-trafficking conviction.

Special agents from Homeland Security Investigations had been attempting to serve the felony warrant on Friday.

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Homeland Security agent fatally shoots suspect in Scottsdale parking lot
2 arrested in Tempe sex-trafficking ring with Thai connections[1][2]

Prior arrest in Tempe sex-trafficking ring with Thai connections

Dunham was arrested in 2016 for operating a Tempe-based sex trafficking ring[3], the state Attorney General’s Office confirmed Saturday.

On April 19, a Tempe police officer working undercover in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security responded to the “Thai escort” online advertisement, The Arizona Republic reported in a 2016 story. He had to undergo a background check by a third-party site, as escort services will attempt to weed out the possibility of a police officer being able to secure services.

According to court documents, Dunham and a co-defendant smuggled the women out of Thailand where their travel documents were withheld “until the debt was repaid for bringing them to the United States.”

The women were placed in an apartment and forced to perform sex acts for money.

Dunham was described as a “go-between” for the human-trafficking organization in court records. Following his arrest, he told police he helped “maintain” the victims by paying their bills, getting them food and transporting new arrivals from the airport.

During a search of one of Dunham’s rental properties, investigators netted more than $20,000 in cash and found four Thai women who told police they were prostitutes for Dunham and his partner, according to court documents. 

He pleaded guilty to two felony counts—one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and one of facilitation to commit sex trafficking as part of a plea deal in November 2017, Mia Garcia, director of media relations for the Arizona Attorney General, told The Republic on Saturday.

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Two suspected co-managers of a Tempe-based sex-trafficking ring with connections to Thailand were arrested in April 2016 after a months-long investigation by authorities. Wochit

The plea deal included a stipulated sentence of up to three years in prison.

The initial sentencing was scheduled for January, but Dunham’s attorney requested a continuance because his client was sick, Garcia said. He also missed a second scheduled sentencing date a week later as he was in the hospital with pneumonia.

Dunham failed to appear at the third sentencing three weeks later on Feb. 21. A warrant was issued for his arrest, Garcia said.

“He was then facing more than eight years in prison for failing to show,” she said.

Dunham was located in the parking lot of the Scottsdale restaurant[4] when he was approached by an agent at approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday — nine days after the missed court date, Hoster said. Police said Dunham pulled out a handgun, prompting the agent to draw his own weapon and shoot the man. 

Garcia said that when the warrant was issued there was no indication Dunham was armed or posed any threat to law enforcement.

“This is a reminder of the dangers our officers face everyday as they work to put human traffickers behind bars,” Garcia added. 

The shooting is still under investigation at this time, Hoster said. 

Valley police shoot three men in crime-filled Friday

The incident was one of three police shootings in the Valley Friday[5]. Eight people have been shot dead in 13 total incidents since the start of the year.

Friday’s total accounts for nearly half of the fatal police shootings in Maricopa County in 2018.

RELATED: Phoenix-area officers kill 3 within 2 hours Friday morning[6]

The last time there were three police shootings in one day was on July 27, 2016. Two of those shootings were fatal.

A special agent with Homeland Security investigations fatally shot 48-year-old Erik Dunham in the parking lot of a Scottsdale restaurant. Dunham was facing up to eight years in prison after he failed to appear for sentencing for a recent human-trafficking convictions.[7][8]

In Mesa, the East Valley fugitive-apprehension team shot 36-year-old Christopher Race, who was suspected of fatally stabbing a woman in a nail salon last month.[9] 

Race had been under surveillance by police and a U.S. Marshals Service task force, officials said. Police said he was shot outside of his home near Baseline and Ellsworth roads after he charged at officers while holding a knife.[10] 

READ MORE:
Glendale officer seriously wounded in shooting; suspect dead
Nail-salon murder suspect killed by police in Mesa[11][12]

 

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References

  1. ^ Homeland Security agent fatally shoots suspect in Scottsdale parking lot (www.azcentral.com)
  2. ^ 2 arrested in Tempe sex-trafficking ring with Thai connections (www.azcentral.com)
  3. ^ Dunham was arrested in 2016 for operating a Tempe-based sex trafficking ring (www.azcentral.com)
  4. ^ Dunham was located in the parking lot of the Scottsdale restaurant (www.azcentral.com)
  5. ^ one of three police shootings in the Valley Friday (www.azcentral.com)
  6. ^ Phoenix-area officers kill 3 within 2 hours Friday morning (www.azcentral.com)
  7. ^ 48-year-old Erik Dunham in the parking lot of a Scottsdale restaurant (www.azcentral.com)
  8. ^ he failed to appear for sentencing for a recent human-trafficking convictions. (www.azcentral.com)
  9. ^ fatally stabbing a woman in a nail salon last month. (www.azcentral.com)
  10. ^ outside of his home near Baseline and Ellsworth roads after he charged at officers while holding a knife. (www.azcentral.com)
  11. ^ Glendale officer seriously wounded in shooting; suspect dead (www.azcentral.com)
  12. ^ Nail-salon murder suspect killed by police in Mesa (www.azcentral.com)
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Police: Man killed by Homeland Security was convicted sex trafficker

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What is a Silent Witness and how do you become one? Wochit

The man shot and killed by an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in the parking lot of a Scottsdale Whataburger Friday had recently been convicted of human trafficking, police said in a statement released Saturday morning. 

Scottsdale police spokesman Sgt. Ben Hoster said the Arizona Attorney General’s Office obtained a warrant for the arrest of 48-year-old Erik Dunham after he failed to appearfor sentencing for a recent human-trafficking conviction.

Special agents from Homeland Security Investigations had been attempting to serve the felony warrant on Friday.

RELATED: 
Homeland Security agent fatally shoots suspect in Scottsdale parking lot
2 arrested in Tempe sex-trafficking ring with Thai connections[1][2]

Prior arrest in Tempe sex-trafficking ring with Thai connections

Dunham was arrested in 2016 for operating a Tempe-based sex trafficking ring[3], the state Attorney General’s Office confirmed Saturday.

On April 19, a Tempe police officer working undercover in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security responded to the “Thai escort” online advertisement, The Arizona Republic reported in a 2016 story. He had to undergo a background check by a third-party site, as escort services will attempt to weed out the possibility of a police officer being able to secure services.

According to court documents, Dunham and a co-defendant smuggled the women out of Thailand where their travel documents were withheld “until the debt was repaid for bringing them to the United States.”

The women were placed in an apartment and forced to perform sex acts for money.

Dunham was described as a “go-between” for the human-trafficking organization in court records. Following his arrest, he told police he helped “maintain” the victims by paying their bills, getting them food and transporting new arrivals from the airport.

During a search of one of Dunham’s rental properties, investigators netted more than $20,000 in cash and found four Thai women who told police they were prostitutes for Dunham and his partner, according to court documents. 

He pleaded guilty to two felony counts—one count of illegally conducting an enterprise and one of facilitation to commit sex trafficking as part of a plea deal in November 2017, Mia Garcia, director of media relations for the Arizona Attorney General, told The Republic on Saturday.

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Two suspected co-managers of a Tempe-based sex-trafficking ring with connections to Thailand were arrested in April 2016 after a months-long investigation by authorities. Wochit

The plea deal included a stipulated sentence of up to three years in prison.

The initial sentencing was scheduled for January, but Dunham’s attorney requested a continuance because his client was sick, Garcia said. He also missed a second scheduled sentencing date a week later as he was in the hospital with pneumonia.

Dunham failed to appear at the third sentencing three weeks later on Feb. 21. A warrant was issued for his arrest, Garcia said.

“He was then facing more than eight years in prison for failing to show,” she said.

Dunham was located in the parking lot of the Scottsdale restaurant[4] when he was approached by an agent at approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday — nine days after the missed court date, Hoster said. Police said Dunham pulled out a handgun, prompting the agent to draw his own weapon and shoot the man. 

Garcia said that when the warrant was issued there was no indication Dunham was armed or posed any threat to law enforcement.

“This is a reminder of the dangers our officers face everyday as they work to put human traffickers behind bars,” Garcia added. 

The shooting is still under investigation at this time, Hoster said. 

Valley police shoot three men in crime-filled Friday

The incident was one of three police shootings in the Valley Friday[5]. Eight people have been shot dead in 13 total incidents since the start of the year.

Friday’s total accounts for nearly half of the fatal police shootings in Maricopa County in 2018.

RELATED: Phoenix-area officers kill 3 within 2 hours Friday morning[6]

The last time there were three police shootings in one day was on July 27, 2016. Two of those shootings were fatal.

A special agent with Homeland Security investigations fatally shot 48-year-old Erik Dunham in the parking lot of a Scottsdale restaurant. Dunham was facing up to eight years in prison after he failed to appear for sentencing for a recent human-trafficking convictions.[7][8]

In Mesa, the East Valley fugitive-apprehension team shot 36-year-old Christopher Race, who was suspected of fatally stabbing a woman in a nail salon last month.[9] 

Race had been under surveillance by police and a U.S. Marshals Service task force, officials said. Police said he was shot outside of his home near Baseline and Ellsworth roads after he charged at officers while holding a knife.[10] 

READ MORE:
Glendale officer seriously wounded in shooting; suspect dead
Nail-salon murder suspect killed by police in Mesa[11][12]

 

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References

  1. ^ Homeland Security agent fatally shoots suspect in Scottsdale parking lot (www.azcentral.com)
  2. ^ 2 arrested in Tempe sex-trafficking ring with Thai connections (www.azcentral.com)
  3. ^ Dunham was arrested in 2016 for operating a Tempe-based sex trafficking ring (www.azcentral.com)
  4. ^ Dunham was located in the parking lot of the Scottsdale restaurant (www.azcentral.com)
  5. ^ one of three police shootings in the Valley Friday (www.azcentral.com)
  6. ^ Phoenix-area officers kill 3 within 2 hours Friday morning (www.azcentral.com)
  7. ^ 48-year-old Erik Dunham in the parking lot of a Scottsdale restaurant (www.azcentral.com)
  8. ^ he failed to appear for sentencing for a recent human-trafficking convictions. (www.azcentral.com)
  9. ^ fatally stabbing a woman in a nail salon last month. (www.azcentral.com)
  10. ^ outside of his home near Baseline and Ellsworth roads after he charged at officers while holding a knife. (www.azcentral.com)
  11. ^ Glendale officer seriously wounded in shooting; suspect dead (www.azcentral.com)
  12. ^ Nail-salon murder suspect killed by police in Mesa (www.azcentral.com)
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Burkina Faso President Urges Public to Cooperate With Military After Twin Attacks

Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore urged the public Saturday to cooperate more closely with the country’s military, one day after an armed group carried out coordinated attacks on France’s embassy and cultural center and on the West African country’s military headquarters in the capital of Ouagadougou.

“I would like to encourage the population to reinforce collaboration with our defense and security forces in our common fight against terrorism,” he said in a speech on national television.

Authorities continued to search for clues Saturday about those responsible for the deadly twin attacks, which coincided with a meeting of regional anti-jihadist forces.

The government said eight soldiers were killed, as well as eight assailants — four at the embassy and four at military headquarters. Eighty others were wounded.

At the start of the Friday attacks, witnesses said, armed men got out of a car and opened fire on passers-by before heading to the embassy. An explosion occurred at about the same time near the military headquarters and the French cultural center about a kilometer from the embassy attack, witnesses said.

Aristide Voundi, a milkman who was near the army headquarters when the attack occurred, told VOA, “I heard a loud noise in that area, and I saw black smoke. My ears were buzzing. I got scared. I took off, and I saw people running. It was panic in the city.”

Homemaker Sanou Safiatou said she was in the city when she heard an explosion, which triggered a scramble for shelter. “We were really afraid,” and “the traffic was dense,” she said. “It was chaos.”

A prosecutor in Paris said an investigation had been launched into “attempted murder in relation to a terrorist enterprise.”

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the incident. The city has been attacked at least twice in the past few years by Islamic extremists targeting foreigners.

Burkina Faso is among a number of vulnerable countries in the southern Sahara region that are fighting jihadist groups.

VOA French to Africa Service’s Bagassi Koura contributed to this report.

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Man killed in shooting with Homeland Security agent in Scottsdale

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An agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations shot and killed a known suspect in the parking lot of a Whataburger in Scottsdale on Friday morning, police said.

Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale police spokesman, said the suspect, whose name was not released, had been waiting in the parking lot for someone who was inside the restaurant when the agent approached him at about 9:30 a.m.

“As a special agent approached the male suspect, the male suspect produced a handgun, and the agent drew his service weapon and shot and killed the male suspect,” Hoster said.

Hoster said he didn’t know how long HSI had been looking for the suspect but that multiple agents were in the area Friday morning in search for him. He said the Scottsdale Police Department had not been made aware of the operation before the shooting occurred.

An ICE officials did not release further details about why special agents were searching for the man, or for how long, citing the ongoing investigation.

The agency referred questions to Scottsdale police as the lead agency investigating the shooting. However, the federal agency’s disciplinary office is reviewing the incident, ICE said. 

Police tape cordoned off the parking lot off Shea Boulevard and 90th Street.

Eight people have been shot dead by law enforcement in Maricopa County in 2018. Of the 13 police-involved shootings, five were not fatal.

SPD is investigating a shooting involving federal agents and a male subject in the parking lot at 9990 N 90th St. The male subject is deceased. No other injuries reported. PIO headed to the scene.

— ScottsdalePD (@ScottsdalePD) March 2, 2018[1]

Return to azcentral.com for updates.

Republic media reporter Rafael Carranza contributed to this article.

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Phoenix airport’s busiest month is March. These tips will ease your way.[2]

Want free Chipotle? Wear your favorite hockey jersey today[3]

YouTube 10-Minute Photo Challenge races into Arizona[4]

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Man killed in shooting with Homeland Security agent in Scottsdale

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What is a Silent Witness and how do you become one? Wochit

An agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations shot and killed a known suspect in the parking lot of a Whataburger in Scottsdale on Friday morning, police said.

Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale police spokesman, said the suspect, whose name was not released, had been waiting in the parking lot for someone who was inside the restaurant when the agent approached him at about 9:30 a.m.

“As a special agent approached the male suspect, the male suspect produced a handgun, and the agent drew his service weapon and shot and killed the male suspect,” Hoster said.

Hoster said he didn’t know how long HSI had been looking for the suspect but that multiple agents were in the area Friday morning in search for him. He said the Scottsdale Police Department had not been made aware of the operation before the shooting occurred.

An ICE officials did not release further details about why special agents were searching for the man, or for how long, citing the ongoing investigation.

The agency referred questions to Scottsdale police as the lead agency investigating the shooting. However, the federal agency’s disciplinary office is reviewing the incident, ICE said. 

Police tape cordoned off the parking lot off Shea Boulevard and 90th Street.

Eight people have been shot dead by law enforcement in Maricopa County in 2018. Of the 13 police-involved shootings, five were not fatal.

SPD is investigating a shooting involving federal agents and a male subject in the parking lot at 9990 N 90th St. The male subject is deceased. No other injuries reported. PIO headed to the scene.

— ScottsdalePD (@ScottsdalePD) March 2, 2018[1]

Return to azcentral.com for updates.

Republic media reporter Rafael Carranza contributed to this article.

READ MORE:

Phoenix airport’s busiest month is March. These tips will ease your way.[2]

Want free Chipotle? Wear your favorite hockey jersey today[3]

YouTube 10-Minute Photo Challenge races into Arizona[4]

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