A Discussion of Criminal Justice Issues and Other Things

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Officer Memorials

Border Patrol Agent David Tourscher, 24, of the US Department of Homeland Security Border Patrol died on March 15th as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident in New Mexico.

Agent Tourscher had served his agency for six months. He is survived by his parents, brother and sister.

Game Warden Justin Hurst, 34, of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department died on March 17th of a gunshot wound received following a high speed pursuit with a suspect who had been illegally hunting on the roadside on March 16th.

Warden Hurst had been with his agency since he graduated from the academy in August of 2002. He is survived by his wife, 4-month-old son, parents and a brother.

Deputy Sheriff Manuel Villegas, 33, of the Riverside County, California Sheriff's Department was killed in an automobile accident on March 19th, while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Deputy Villegas had served his department for 17 months. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Deputy Sheriff Eric Sikes, 24, of the Richmond County, Georgia Sheriff's Office was died on March 21st of injuries he sustained on March 20th in an automobile accident.

Sikes had served his agency for just under 2 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Senior Corporal Mark Timothy Nix, 33, of the Dallas, Texas Police Department died March 23rd when he was shot and killed while trying to apprehend a murder suspect.

Senior Corporal Nix had been a member of his agency for 7 years. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He is survived by his parents and fiancee.

Officer Daniel C. Martinez, 33, of the Fort Smith, Arkansas Police Department was shot and killed on March 23rd while trying to help a mother retrieve her child from a residence.

Officer Martinez had served his agency since July 2006. He is survived by his wife and five children.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Officer Memorial

Deputy Phillip Michael Deese, 38, of the Dorchester County, South Carolina Sheriff's Department died on March 9th from injuries he suffered in a head-on vehicle accident when the other vehicle crossed the median and hit his vehicle.

Deputy Deese had served his agency for 6 years and 10 months. He is survived by his wife, child, and two step-children.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Sandhill Cranes

Those of you who are interested in crane migrations will want to check out this link there is a short commercial at the front but the review of the migration is good. March starts the spring migration of the Sandhill Cranes back north (at least it's considered north if you live in Nebraska) through that state.

Spring and fall bring some of the most spectacular migration roosts along the Platte River which winds its way from North Platte about 150 east to Grand Island. The largest accumulation of roosting occurs between Lexington and Grand Island.

This will be the first time in a number of years we won't be able to get back to get a peek at green grass and leaves on trees while checking out the cranes. But knowing that it's taking place 500 miles south of us does give hope of Spring's arrival here.