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Published: Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 1:34 AM
— A man who is jailed in Washington State wants a judge to deport him so he can join his family as they return to Mexico.
Juan Pablo Chavira is at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. He said he stayed one day over his authorized time in the United States on his tourist visa. He had planned to go to Canada, visit the sights with his wife, and then come back and renew his visa at the border. However, because of his status, Canadian border agents did not let him in, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained him.
He now has a bond hearing before a judge on March 14.
“I feel very, very sad. He’s not a criminal,” said his wife, Nancy Juarez. “He’s not a bad person … We can pay for the flight on the airplane [to go home]. What is the problem?”
Chavira said he wants to go back to Mexico voluntarily, but instead, he was taken to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, where he has been the past three weeks.
KIRO 7 spoke with Juarez after she said goodbye to her husband with their three children, Leo, 11; Miranda, 4; and Paulo, 17 months. They are flying back to Mexico on Thursday evening. Their visas had not expired at the same time because Juarez and the children went home to Mexico in December without him and upon re-entry, they received another 180 days of authorized time.
“I just want to be happy with my mom and my family,” Leo Chavira said tearfully.
“It was hard to see my kids out there, and I'm here like a criminal, and I am not,” Juan Pablo Chavira said he was “Just waiting for an answer … I feel tired and worried about my situation. There’s not enough information here.”
Chavira owns and runs a small business that imports and sells hair accessories in Mexico. Juarez is fearful about how she will run the business and take care of her children without him.
“He was trying to play by immigration rules and he ended up in prison,” said Eleanor Hoague, a retired attorney and immigration advocate who has been helping Juarez.
Jorge Baron, executive director of the Northwest Immigration Rights project, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement pays a private contractor per day per person to keep people in detention, even if they want to simply go home and can pay their own way.
He believes the system would benefit from more judges and public defenders for all people detained to move their cases through quickly but with fair representation.
“The system is not set up not to have due process happen,” Baron said. “It’s just a machine … and in some cases it leads to what we see here, where we waste a lot of money before somebody gets to go back, which is what they want to do in the first place.”
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:58 PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is signing off on a measure that would let Florida stay on daylight saving time all year long.
Scott on Friday signed 74 bills into law, including the "Sunshine Protection Act." The measure won't take effect unless Congress also changes federal law.
But if Congress were to go along, Floridians would no longer set back their clock an hour each November.
That would translate into later sunrises and sunsets from November to March.
Scott in a statement said he supported the move because it would help the state's tourism industry. He said it would allow residents and visitors to "enjoy everything our beautiful state has to offer later in the day."
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:35 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — UPDATE @ 9 p.m.
The owner of two emaciated dogs, one still in critical condition, was arrested Friday night and charged with animal cruelty, according to Butler County Dog Warden & Humane Officers.
The “finder” of the dogs turned out to be the owner of the two female dogs that were brought Thursday morning to the Animal Friends Humane Society.
The Butler County Dog Warden & Humane Officers are reaching out to the community via Facebook to find the owners of two emaciated dogs.
The two dogs are female and appear to be older. One of the two appears to be extremely malnourished. They were found Thursday in the 1000 Block of Franklin Street in Hamilton.
“These dogs are safe at the Humane Society and are receiving medical treatment, but they have a long way to go,” the warden posted to Facebook.
One of the dogs needs timed feeding and monitoring and is receiving special treatment and care at the home of a deputy dog warden, the post said.
Those who feel they have information on who the owner is of either dog are asked to contact Supervisor Kurt Merbs at 513-785-6542.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 9:24 PM
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Police say a mother intentionally crashed her SUV into a pole to prove to her two small children that God is real.
Investigators say Bakari Warren, 25, told officers after the crash that she did it on purpose to show her kids that if they believe, God would protect them.
The crash and the 5- and 7-year-old kids’ explanation were all caught on camera.
Police say Warren was driving northbound on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard when she crossed into the southbound lanes and drove head on into a concrete pole.
Sitting in a police car, her children explained what happened before the crash.
“You think she did it on purpose?” the officer asked.
“Yeah because she turned. Her eyes was closed and she was saying, blah, blah, blah, ‘I love God,’” one daughter said. “She didn’t want us to just have a car accident. She wanted us to know that God is real."
Police said Warren told her children to buckle up their seat belts just before she accelerated into the pole. Warren was frisked and handcuffed right after she got out of the SUV.
“When the officers asked the driver of the vehicle what had happened her first statement was to check her Facebook, and it would explain what happened,” Norcross police Sgt. Eric Butynski said.
Nothing was found directly referencing the incident on what appeared to be her Facebook page, but police say she later gave the same reasons as her kids -- to prove that God will protect them.
No one was hurt in the accident, but officers say it could have been much worse.
“It could have been a lot worse. It could have been heavier traffic at the time, she could have hit the pole at such an angle that she did more damage to the car,” Butynski said.
Warren remains in jail on $22,000 bond. She is charged with two counts of child cruelty.
The children are now with their grandparents.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:47 PM
TULUM, Mexico — A Creston, Iowa, family of four that was previously reported missing in Mexico has been found dead.
KCCI reported that 41-year-old Kevin Sharp, his wife, 38-year-old Amy Sharp, and their children, 12-year-old Sterling and 7-year-old Adrianna were found dead on a tourist condo complex in Tulum, Mexico, a tourist area. The Associated Press reported that the developer of the complex declined to comment.
“The Sharps have been located. They were found last night in their condo deceased,” a relative named Ashli Peterson wrote on Facebook, according to The Des Moines Register. “There was no foul play! At this time that is all the information we have.
“Please respect the family at this time as they go through the grieving process. Thank you for all the posts, shares, and kind words,” the post said.
Tulum is in the Quintana Roo state of Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. A March 16 travel advisory from the U.S. Department of State said there was a level 2 advisory in the state due to crime. There were no restrictions on U.S. government employees for travel in that state, which has other tourist areas, such as Cancun and Cozumel.
On Thursday, relatives filed a missing persons report through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, KCCI reported. According to Peterson’s original post, the family had not been in contact with relatives after letting them know they made it to their condo safely.
Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer said the family had not boarded their flight from Cancun, Mexico, back to the U.S.
“It’s a very sad day for the Sharp family and the city of Creston as a whole,” Ver Meer said. “We’ll work through this together.”
"It’s a very sad day for the Sharp family and the city of Creston," police chief says after deaths of Iowa family in Mexico https://t.co/QzNwv5cNs0— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) March 23, 2018