Militia group agrees to leave their encampment in New Mexico near US border

first_imgKVIA-TV(SUNLAND PARK, N.M.) —  An armed militia group of private citizens has agreed to leave their encampment near the U.S.-Mexico border after officials expressed concerns about them brandishing weapons on public property.“They decided it wasn’t worth the fight,” Sunland Park, New Mexico, Police Chief Javier Guerra told ABC News on Tuesday.Members of the group, which calls itself the “United Constitutional Patriots,” were seen using military-style attire and firearms to detain dozens of migrant families last week. Video of the encounter was shared widely on social media.The group has remained camped out near the border in New Mexico and plans to leave the area Wednesday morning, Guerra said.The group’s leader, Larry Mitchell Hopkins, was arrested Saturday after he was charged in a criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of New Mexico.“Pointing a weapon at an unarmed individual is assault,” Guerra told reporters in Sunland Park on Tuesday. “Now that I know there was an ex-felon over there, it does bring worry to me.”Federal officials also issued a warning to militia members over the weekend.“Interference by civilians in law enforcement matters could have public safety and legal consequences for all parties involved,” a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official said in a statement.Private citizens have organized along the southern border for years in attempts to stop immigrants. A group known as the Minuteman Project coordinates volunteers looking to spot and report people that they believe to be crossing into the United States illegally.“It’s our job to support law enforcement, not to be law enforcement,” said Howie Morgan, a Minuteman Project leader.Despite public warnings from federal and local officials, Morgan said that their group only reports what they believe to be illegal activity.CBP did not respond to follow-up questions from ABC News about border agents’ interactions with civilians offering unsolicited help and members associated with United Constitutional Patriots could not be reached for comment.Hopkins, the group’s leader, allegedly said the that United Constitutional Patriots had also plotted to assassinate Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, according to a 2017 criminal complaint.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico declined to comment further.Hopkins will appear in court next week and, if convicted, faces up to 10 years in prison.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Man Used Forged Credential to Work as Paramedic

first_imgDENVER — A man used a fake credential to work as a paramedic on the Front Range for 17 months before the forgery was discovered, KUSA-TV in Denver reported. AMR reported its discovery to the state, which confirmed Teel was not a certified paramedic, and to the Longmont Fire Department, KUSA reported. Entry-level EMT certification requires far less medical knowledge than the paramedic certification, which is generally offered as a two-year degree program, Kuykendall said. AMR said it has since enhanced its process for verifying credentials. ”The gulf between the two in terms of skill, knowledge and critical thinking is definitely huge,” he told KUSA. Randy Kuykendall, head of the state health department’s Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Section, said AMR should have checked Teel’s documentation against state or national records available online, which would have revealed the forgery. Todd Teel, 40, worked as a paramedic at Greenwood Village-based American Medical Response from July 2006 until December 2007 at AMR’s Denver and Longmont divisions, the station reported. Teel did not respond to requests for comment, KUSA said.center_img The registry said Teel forged a paper credential indicating he had received the required 1,200 hours of training needed to be a paramedic. It is not illegal in Colorado to impersonate a paramedic. The company did not say whether Teel injured or killed a patient in his care and did not reveal how many calls Teel responded to as a paramedic. It also did not say what steps initially were taken to verify Teel’s credential. AMR told KUSA that Teel’s doctored documents were discovered when he requested a transfer from the metro area to Longmont. AMR said Teel was immediately placed on unpaid leave, and he ended his employment shortly after that. Teel was a certified emergency medical technician from 2004 to 2007, but the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians reports Teel was never a certified paramedic, KUSA reported Thursday. KUSA reported that Teel tried to use his forged credential to get a job in Wyoming in February, but the document was flagged and he was rejected.last_img read more

CWC 2019: Kevin Pietersen vouches for the inclusion of Vijay Shankar in the line-up

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleAdvertisement 9eNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsq03vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ev6y8( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ce6Would you ever consider trying this?😱cgr20Can your students do this? 🌚nemRoller skating! Powered by Firework Vijay Shankar has been a polarising figure for the fans and critics alike after a series of sub-par performances. The all-rounder was slotted in the line-up after Shikhar Dhawan’s tournament came to a premature end owing to a hairline fracture. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleThe all-rounder’s World Cup journey has been off to a rough start. After bagging a wicket off his very first ball, things have gone only downhill for Shankar. The right-arm medium pacer is yet to deliver a solid outing in the crucial No.4 position for the Men In Blue. Shankar could only manage a couple of patchy innings’ against Afghanistan and West Indies.While many have voiced their opinion about replacing Shankar off the line-up with either Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant, Kevin Pietersen is not one of them as he pleaded Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri to back the 28-year-old in a tweet. He said:Advertisement “Dear Virat and Ravi (Shastri) — please don’t drop Vijay Shankar,” Pietersen said in a tweet on Saturday. “I think he’s coming into his own and would potentially win you tomorrow’s game.”Pietersen also voiced his concern about Pant being thrown away right into the World Cup mix. He added:Advertisement “Don’t think about Pant. He needs another three weeks preparation before I think he can get into your World Cup side.”Check out the tweet below:Read Also:  Advertisementlast_img read more