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Bodies found in Surrey dumping area ID'd

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Police have identified the two victims found Wednesday on a remote, dead-end stretch of Colebrook Road in Surrey, B.C.
Canada, British Columbia - Police have identified two bodies found Wednesday on a remote stretch of Colebrook Road in Surrey, B.C., the same spot where two other bodies were found earlier this year.

The bodies of Brett Sheldon Lietz, 54, and Nicole Madelynn Brochu, 40, were discovered around 2 a.m. by Surrey RCMP officers conducting a patrol of the area.

While Lietz was not known to police, Brochu had a criminal record dating from 1989 to 2003.

Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the integrated homicide investigation team released the information in a statement Thursday.

"We do know the two victims were known to each other, as they were living together as roommates," she said.

While police have yet to determine a motive for the homicides, Pound said the cause of death appears to be gunshot wounds.

Police say it is likely the shooting occurred on Colebrook Road where the bodies were found.

Autopsies will be conducted in the next two days.

Surrey's Mayor Diane Watts attended the scene and said people have been calling her, concerned about the bodies being discovered there on what seems like a regular basis.

"We were looking at a lot of different options in terms of lighting down there, looking at putting cameras and of course the RCMP increased patrols because we knew there were some issues with that area," she said.

Eye 2

Swiss police raid home of a 'healer' who injected 16 with HIV-tainted blood

Swiss police on Friday stormed the Bern home of a self-proclaimed healer who failed to turn up for his trial on charges of injecting 16 people with HIV-tainted blood.

Bern police arrested the unnamed 54-year-old man and a woman in the raid, they said in a statement, without providing further details.

The man had reportedly been holed up in the house for 24 hours as police tried to talk him out after he refused to attend a hearing in Bern.


'Trained Marine sniper' threatened to assassinate California Democrat over gun laws

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A man claiming to be a trained Marine sniper threatened to assassinate a California lawmaker if he supported an assault weapons ban, newly unsealed court documents obtained by the San Jose Mercury News reveal.

Everett Fred Basham, 45, was arrested in February after sending a threatening email to Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee. Police uncovered several homemade bombs and firearms, including a .416 Barrett sniper rifle, at his Santa Clara home.

"I have 39 confirmed kills in afganistan [sic]," Basham wrote in his email to Yee. "Don't make me get to 40."

His military service has not been confirmed. Police also found fake Army credentials in his home.

Bizarro Earth

Child Protective Services was warned of violence by alleged hatchet murderer

Phillip Raymond Hernandez is arraigned on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Sacramento, jail on murder charges in the hatchet death of his 9-year-old son Matthew Hernandez.
Sacramento County Child Protective Services received a report alleging violent behavior and drug abuse by Phillip Raymond Hernandez on Feb. 4, 22 days before he allegedly killed his 9-year-old son with a hatchet in their South Natomas home.

Despite the warnings about Hernandez, CPS didn't consider the situation serious enough to respond immediately, "as the children do not appear to be in imminent danger at this time."

The person who made the report to CPS, who was not identified in records, said Hernandez used cocaine and methamphetamine and is "very abusive verbally and physically." The report is contained in documents released by CPS in response to a Public Records Act request by The Bee.

The report goes on to say that "he has automatic rifles at his home even though (he) is not supposed to have weapons as (he) is a convicted felon," and that Hernandez let his two boys play with the guns.


Arkansas father arrested in deaths of 2 infant children

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Travis Fox
An Arkansas man accused of fatally shaking two of his infant children in separate angry outbursts was charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder.

A 7-month-old baby was brought Wednesday to Northwest Medical Center, where doctors found the boy to have suspicious injuries.

Under questioning, the baby's father, Travis Fox, 24, of Springdale, told investigators "that he violently shook the child for an extended amount of time because the child was 'fussing,'''police said in a news release.

"He demonstrated the shake and it was violent," the release said.


Man commits suicide in front of children during gun safety class

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A 50-year-old man shot and killed himself in front of a group of people, including children, who were attending a gun safety class Sunday in Bellevue, Washington, according to The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Brian J. Parry reportedly used a pistol provided to participants to end his life in front of about a dozen people. A coroner's report issued earlier in the week ruled his death a suicide, the Intelligencer noted.

Red Flag

25 disturbing facts about psych drugs, soldiers and suicides

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We are living in an age of upside-downs, where right is wrong, fiction is truth and war is peace. Those who fight the wars are subjected to their own house of mirrors via pharmaceutical "treatments." Instead of providing U.S. soldiers and veterans with actual health care, the government throws pills at them and calls it "therapy."

Stimulants, antidepressants, anti-psychotics, sedatives and pain meds are the new "fuel" for America's front-line forces. While the idea of sending medicated soldiers into battle was unthinkable just three decades ago, today it's the status quo. And the cost in human lives has never been more tragic.

Here are 25 disturbing facts about psych drugs, soldiers and suicides. They are disturbing because everybody seems to be pretending there is no link between psychiatric drugs and soldier suicides. So soldiers and veterans keep dying while the Pentagon (and the VA) keep pretending they don't know why.

Bizarro Earth

Fox station apologizes after celebrating Women's Day with footage of breasts

The Fox station in Connecticut is apologizing after its news team used generic footage of a woman's breasts for a report on International Women's Day.

On at least two occasions on Wednesday, Fox Connecticut marked an event hosted by the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women with B-roll of a woman in a low-cut top, but the shot was closely cropped to reveal only her breasts and cleavage.

"FOX CT apologizes for today's file footage error," the station tweeted on Wednesday afternoon. "We will continue to recognize great contributions of women in CT and around the world."


Over quarter of South African schoolgirls HIV positive: minister

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As many as 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive, according to figures from the country's health minister reported by local media on Thursday.

Unveiling statistics that minister Aaron Motsoaledi admitted "destroyed my soul," he added that four percent of schoolboys have the virus.

"It is clear that it is not young boys who are sleeping with these girls. It is old men," the Sowetan newspaper quoted Motsoaledi as saying.

"We can no longer live like that," he said.

Heart - Black

Study: blacks twice as likely as whites to be executed

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A new report, released on Wednesday, shows that African Americans are twice as likely as white to receive death sentences, according to Mother Jones.

The report, from University of Maryland criminology professor Ray Paternoster, examined the impact race had on sentencing in 504 cases. The findings are striking. From the report:
The probability that the district attorney will advance a case to a penalty trial is more than three times as high when the defendant is African-American than for white defendants (this includes Mr. Buck's case). This disparity by race of the defendant, moreover, cannot be attributed to observed case characteristics because these cases are those that were most comparable in terms of the estimated propensity score.

This racial disparity is only partially corrected at the jury sentencing stage...Ultimately, among this group of comparable cases a death sentence was twice as likely to be imposed on an African American defendant as a white defendant.