14-day operation nets 210 arrests in Arizona

14-day operation nets 210 arrests in Arizona
ABC15 News
By: Katie Fisher

Photographer: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

TUCSON, AZ – A two-week, multi-agency operation has netted more than 200 arrests across Arizona, according to officials.

According to a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, the Alliance to Combat Transnational Threats (ACTT), which operates ongoing multi-agency enforcement in Arizona, conducted the Silver Bell operation from November 6 through November 19.

The multi-agency operation, concentrating efforts in the Silver Bell and Sawtooth Mountain areas, culminated in the arrest of 210 undocumented immigrants and the seizure of more than 6,000 pounds of marijuana.

Five vehicles and five firearms were also seized in the operation, officials said.

The operation included participation from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, and several southern Arizona Border Patrol stations, among others.

“The coordination and partnership among the agencies helps to provide a safer and more secure environment for the public, employees and users of public lands; it also helps protect public land resources and values from the effects of smuggling,” said Jon Young, Bureau of Land Management, State Chief Ranger – Arizona

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2 more bodies found linked to Craigslist ad

2 more bodies found linked to Craigslist ad
CBS News
November 25, 2011

(AP Photo/The FBI)

(AP)  COLUMBUS, Ohio – The discoveries of two new bodies could bring to three the death toll from a Craigslist ad that police say lured victims into a lethal robbery scheme.

A body found Friday in a shallow grave near a mall in Akron may be that of a missing man who answered the ad, the FBI said. And a sheriff in a rural county said later in the day that the body of a white male without identification was found in a shallow grave about 90 miles away.

The FBI is working on the supposition that the body found near the Rolling Acres shopping mall in Akron may be that of 47-year-old Timothy Kern, who hasn’t been seen in more than a week, agency spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said.

“Do we think it might be? Maybe,” Anderson said. “He’s missing. We haven’t been able to find him. It could possibly be, but we just don’t know that yet.”

Anderson declined to specify how authorities discovered the body.

Is missing Ohio man 3rd victim of Craigslist help-wanted scam?

2 arrests made in Ohio in suspected murder plot

Kern, of Massillon, answered the same ad for a farm hand that authorities say led to the shooting death of Norfolk, Va., resident David Pauley, 51, in a rural area of Nobel County 90 miles south of Akron. A South Carolina man reported answering the ad and being shot Nov. 6 but escaping.

Noble County Sheriff Steve Hannum is under a judge’s gag order and can’t comment on the case, but the title of his emailed announcement late Friday — “second body” — implied the discovery was connected with Pauley’s death.

Neighbors where Pauley’s body was found last week and the second body was found Friday said police had been in the area and a helicopter had been overhead most of the day but the scene was quiet late in the day.

Two people from the Akron area are in custody: a high school student who has been charged with attempted murder and 52-year-old Richard Beasley, who is in jail on unrelated charges.

Beasley’s mother has said he has “a very caring heart” and she prays that newspaper reports he is a suspect are wrong.

FBI agents have contacted people to check on their well-being, FBI spokesman Harry Trombitas said Friday in an email.

One was Heather Tuttle, of Ravenna, who applied for the job Oct. 7 but never got a response. She had forgotten about the posting until an FBI agent called and left a message for her Monday.

When she called back, she was stunned at what the agent told her.

“It could have been me,” said Tuttle, 27, who has since taken work as an assistant manager at a gas station.

“When the situation was explained to me, it just instantly made me sick and made me realize how lucky I am that I didn’t get a response back,” she said.

Another man who responded to the ad has said he met Beasley at a food court at a different mall in the Akron area on Oct. 10. Ron Sanson, of Stow, was told the man was looking for an older, single or divorced person to watch over a 688-acre farm in southeast Ohio — the kind of man, Sanson said, whose disappearance might not be quickly noticed.

Sanson and Kern are both divorced. So was Pauley.

Sanson, 58, said he filled out an application and talked for about 20 minutes with Beasley about a $300-a-week job overseeing a swath of land a mile from the nearest neighbor and living rent-free in a two-bedroom trailer with opportunities to hunt and fish and free access to ATVs and snowmobiles.

The farm advertised on Craigslist does not exist; the area where the bodies were found in Noble County is property owned by a coal company and often leased to hunters.

Law enforcement officials have released few details because of the gag order. Hannum, the sheriff in Noble County where Pauley and the South Carolina man were shot, previously said it was unclear how long the ad was online or whether there were other victims.

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In China, Google Earth reveals unidentified structures

In China, Google Earth reveals unidentified structures
Washington Post
By Melissa Bell

Few roadways cross the wide expanse of the Gobi desert, but thanks to Google Earth satellite technology a few structures have been spotted dotting the arid landscape. Against a background of brown, the glowing blue squares and criss-crossed lines have spurred heavy Internet speculation as to what China has built out in the emptiness of Mongolia.

(Screengrab Google Earth)

Malcolm Moore at the Telegraph writes, “All of the sites are on the borders of Gansu province and Xinjiang, some less than 100 miles from Jiuquan, the headquarters of China’s space programme and the location of its launch pads.”

Speculation as to what the buildings are ran from water purification plants to weapons testing sites to training facilities. In one Google Earth closeup there is debris scattered in a systematic way, possibly suggesting a weapons training facility. In another closeup, there appear to be large manmade bodies of water.

Scanning Google Earth and Google Street View has become a popular and obsessive pastime for some Internet denizens, who enjoy discovering crop circles, Chinese pyramids, and smiling faces on top of water towers, previously only known to the random pilot passing by.

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China: Google Earth spots huge, unidentified structures in Gobi desert

China: Google Earth spots huge, unidentified structures in Gobi desert
By Malcolm Moore, Shanghai and Thomas Harding, Defence correspondent
14 Nov 2011



China: Google Earth spots huge, unidentified structures in Gobi desert

Vast, unidentified, structures have been spotted by satellites in the barren Gobi desert, raising questions about what China might be building in a region it uses for its military, space and nuclear programmes.

In two images, available on Google Earth, reflective rectangles up to a mile long can be seen, a tangle of bright white intersecting lines that are clearly visible from space.

Other pictures show enormous concentric circles radiating on the ground, with three jets parked at their centre.

In one picture from 2007, a mass of orange blocks have been carefully arranged in a circle. In a more recent image, however, the blocks, each one the size of a shipping container, appear to have been scattered as far as three miles from the original site.

Another image shows an array of metallic squares littered with what appears to be the debris of exploded vehicles while another shows an intricate grid that is some 18 miles long.

All of the sites are on the borders of Gansu province and Xinjiang, some less than 100 miles from Jiuquan, the headquarters of China’s space programme and the location of its launch pads.

The two reflective rectangles lie 70 miles from the nearest main road and there is no sign of any surrounding activity. However, Ding Xin military airbase, where China carries out its secret aircraft testing programme, is relatively nearby, at a distance of some 400 miles.

400 miles in the other direction is Lop Nur, the salt lakes where China tested 45 nuclear bombs between 1967 and 1995.

The purpose of the structures is unknown, but some experts suggested that they might be optical test ranges for Chinese missiles, to simulate the street grids of cities.

Tim Ripley, a defence expert from Jane’s Defence Weekly, compared the structures to similar grids in Area 51, the secret United States military test base in Nevada. “The picture of the circle looks very like a missile test range, with target and instrumentation set out to record weapon effects. The Americans have lots of these in Nevada – Area 51!” he said.

Conspiracy theorists believe that Area 51 is home to the remains of an alien spacecraft found at Roswell, and there was no shortage on Monday of similar hypotheses about the Chinese sites.

“It looks like our own Area 51,” said one commenter on Baidu, a Chinese website. “Can it be an alien base,” asked another. “It looks like solar energy facilities, with a walkway along the side,” said a third.

Direct Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8888909/China-Google-Earth-spots-huge-unidentified-structures-in-Gobi-desert.html



credit: Walter Hain

Interesting You Tube Video

These pyramids are located in China, but up until a few decades ago, China has denied the existence of them. Chinese scientists claim that the pyramids are burial mounds, but since these pyramids have never been (officially) excavated, it is pure speculation that these pyramids are part of the tombs mentioned in written records. Most of what you read about these pyramids is based on speculation and anecdotal evidence, they could be much older than China reports them to be.

Maoling Mausoleum 1: size 222 x 217 m, 34°20’17″N 108°34’11″E

Pyramid 6: size 153 x 158 m, 34°21’47.16″N 108°37’49.80″E

Pyramid 7: size 149 x 155 m, 34°21’42.48″N 108°38’24.36″E

Pyramid 11: size 155 x 154 m, 34°22’29.64″N 108°41’51.36″E

Pyramid 15: size 219 x 230 m, 34°23’52″N 108°42’43″E

Pyramid 31: size 126 x 149 m, 34°14’09.00″N 109°07’05.00″E

Pyramids 33,34,35: bigest 160 x 167 m, 34°10’45.00″N 109°01’41.00″E

Huang-ti Mausoleum 37: size 354 x 357 m, 34°22’52″N 109°15’12″E

Link: http://web.utanet.at/mahain/Pyramids_in_China.htm