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Sheriff Deputies Shoot Ax Murderer

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Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42

Man who murdered 4 in Oregon home,
trying to kill child shot dead by deputies,
police say

A man who killed four people, including a 9-month-old girl, in an Oregon home and was shot and killed by deputies as he was attempting to murder a child on Saturday, police said.

Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, was killed following the quadruple murder inside the home near Woodburn, located about 20 miles south of Portland.  Clackamas County deputies said they received a 911 call about 10:15 p.m. Saturday that appeared to be a domestic violence incident that sounded “dramatic, very intense.”

“Deputies knew it was going to be a bad scene,” Clackamas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Jensen said Sunday morning, KOIN reported.

Police arrived at the scene and found four people — identified as 9-month-old Olivia Lynn Rose Gago;  Shaina E. Sweitzer, 31;  Jerry William Bremer, 66;  and Pamela Denise Bremer, 64 — dead inside and Gago attempting to harm another girl. Authorities said all of the victims were related to Gago, but did not release additional information.

“Deputies saved the life of a young girl by using deadly force on the murder suspect as he was attempting to kill her.  All deputies were uninjured, suspect is deceased,” the sheriff’s office said in a tweet.

The child and a woman, who were not identified, survived the incident and were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Jensen said the four people were not killed by gunfire.  He added that he “cannot explain just how horrific it is inside” the house where the murders occurred.

“We’re not sure what was used at this time.  I’ve been told that there were numerous weapons, swords, things of that nature in the residence.  The investigators are trying to determine what exactly was used to kill each person,” Jensen said.

It’s unclear what led to the deadly domestic incident.

The deputies involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave as a standard protocol during the investigation.

New Boston TX Child Predator Indicted

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Robert Allen Smith, 34

Grand jury indicts New Boston man for
human trafficking, child sex abuse,
possession of child pornography

TEXARKANA, TX  –  A Bowie County grand jury Thursday indicted a New Boston, Texas, man for the alleged sexual abuse of his girlfriend’s teen daughter.

Robert Allen Smith, 34, was indicted for two counts of sexual assault of a child and single counts of continuous trafficking of persons and possession of child pornography.  The abuse allegedly occurred while the girl was 15 to 17 years old.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Smith would send the girl a text message telling her to take a shower when he wanted to sexually abuse her.  The girl told authorities that Smith would come in the bathroom and sexually abuse her.

The girl described being sexually assaulted and sodomized and alleged that Smith would ask that she urinate on his face.  The girl allegedly told a forensic interviewer at the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center that Smith took nude photos of her in the bathroom of her mother’s home with a drone that he held in one hand while working the controls with the other.

The girl reported that Smith traveled with her across state lines during a summer while he was working as a commercial truck driver and that he sexually abused her in various locations during the trip.  Images depicting the sexual exploitation of children were allegedly found after Smith’s electronic devices were seized by law enforcement.

If convicted of child pornography possession, Smith faces two to 10 years in prison. If convicted of sexual assault of a child, Smith faces two to 10 years on each of two counts.  If found guilty of trafficking, Smith faces 25 to 99 years or life in prison.

There is no parole eligibility from a sentence for human trafficking in Texas.  Smith must serve the entire amount of any sentence he receives.

The case is assigned to 202nd District Judge John Tidwell.  First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp and Assistant District Attorney Lauren Richards are prosecuting. Smith is represented by the Bowie County Public Defenders Office.

Making A Difference For Our Elders

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Texas Attorney General Logo

AG Paxton Issues Consumer Alert on
Social Security Scam

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans to beware of calls from scam artists pretending to be with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and attempting to fool unsuspecting people into giving them their Social Security number and money.

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received a large number of complaints from consumers targeted by the Social Security scam.  Crooks tell the would-be victim that their Social Security number has been used in a crime and they must pay a fee to reactivate it or to get a new number.  During the call, the person is asked to give out their Social Security number.

In other instances of the scam, individuals are told that their bank accounts have been seized and they should transfer their money to the caller for safe keeping, or that they could lose their Social Security benefits because their Social Security number was used to apply for credit cards.

Attorney General Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division reminds Texans that the Social Security Administration will never call and ask for a person’s Social Security number, request money, or threaten someone’s benefits.  Be sure to follow these tips from the FTC:

  • Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you.  Don’t confirm the last 4 digits.  And don’t give a bank account or credit card number to anybody who contacts you asking for it.
  • Don’t be fooled by caller ID showing the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213).  Computers make it easy for scam artists to show any number on caller ID, a technique called spoofing.
  • Remember that anyone who calls and tells you to wire money, pay with a gift card or send cash is a scammer, no matter who they say they are.

If you get an unsolicited call from someone who claims to be from the SSA, get off the phone.  Then call the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213.  Or, if you’ve detected a scam, file an online complaint with the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint or with the Texas attorney general’s office at:
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/file-a-consumer-complaint

From Bad To Prison Time

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Lindsey Michelle Smith, 38

Police: Mom charged with abuse tried to
have child kidnapped

RALEIGH, NC  –  A North Carolina woman already charged with child abuse is accused of trying to convince someone to abduct her daughter from her foster home and hide her in Florida until she turns 18.

The News & Observer reports 47-year-old Russell Jay Smith and 38-year-old Lindsey Michelle Smith were charged earlier this year with child abuse for inflicting “serious mental injury” on their pre-teen daughter for more than two years.

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Russell Jay Smith, 47

They were accused of putting her through “extreme isolation,” forcing her to remain standing for hours, forbidding her from speaking to her siblings and failing to provide her with adequate education.

Lindsey Smith is now charged with soliciting someone to commit a felony and felony obstruction of justice.  She’s been ordered held without bail.

The report didn’t include comment from her.

TX Law Enforcement Investigating ExNurse

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The mother of one 2-month-old boy said he now has several fractured bones.

McKinney daycare worker suspected in at
least three Child Abuse cases

MCKINNEY, TX  –  New police documents show a former McKinney day care worker arrested for child abuse is suspected of hurting three infants.

Records show while police were investigating the first complaint against Jessica Wiese and looking at daycare surveillance video, they discovered two more possible cases that the babies’ parents didn’t even know about.

McKinney daycare worker arrested after baby goes home with broken bones

Six-month-old Henry is one of the babies former Joyous Montessori McKinney worker Jessica Wiese is accused of injuring.  His mother agreed to talk to FOX 4 as long as her face was not shown.

“I don’t know what to do, you know?  I don’t know what the next steps are.  This is all new to him.  This is what he thinks life is,” she said.  “And I can’t bear to think that anyone could hurt a precious baby.”

Henry’s mother said he has been in Wiese’s care since he was 8 weeks old.  Since then, she’s noticed him with a scratch.

“They said they would look into the video,” she said.  “I come back from work to pick him up.  ‘Oh, that’s not on the video.  There’s no video.’”

The first-time mom said on other occasions Henry came home with bruises and a bit of a black eye.

“At the time in my thinking, yeah he could’ve just grabbed the toy and hit himself,” she thought.

After another mother complained about bruises on her child, police investigated and arrested Wiese Monday for injury to a child.  The next day, Henry’s mother was contacted by Montessori management, Child Protective Services and police.  She said she was asked to watch video footage from the daycare to identify her son.

“It was her slapping the back of his head.  But that’s all I wanted to watch,” Henry’s mother said.  “I can’t watch any more than that.  It was pretty, pretty rough.”

An arrest warrant affidavit states that Wiese was caught on camera slapping Henry, “causing him to cry out in pain,” and then “slamming his head into the changing table” and finally covering his face “pressing down, crushing [his] face downward.”

Another affidavit states that Wiese was captured on camera that same day injuring another child by “body [slamming]” that baby onto the changing table.

Records reveal Wiese used to work as a labor and delivery nurse in North Texas but she had her license revoked for stealing and using drugs.

Henry and his mother spent part of Thursday at the hospital, getting a full body scan that will tell them whether he has any fractures as a result of her care.

“Just to think that someone has the nerve to hurt an innocent newborn baby,” she said.  “I can’t even put into words what should happen to her.”

The daycare said Wiese is no longer an employee.

McKinney police are still wanting to talk to the parents of any children who have been at Joyous Montessori since May 2016.