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Houston Man Charged with Planning to Blow up Confederate Statue

Andrew Schneck in his high school yearbook.

Andrew Schneck in his high school yearbook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 25-year-old accused of planning to blow up a Confederate statue in Houston has been arrested after authorities found high-powered explosives in the home he shares with his parents.

A park ranger discovered Andrew Schneck hiding in the bushes near a 112-year-old Confederate statue with explosives, the Houston Chronicle reports. 

Nearby Tony Rice University was evacuated after the explosives, which were detonated by bomb squad experts, were found inside his home.

Schmeck was charged Monday with attempting to maliciously damage property and was placed in federal custody. He faces up to 40 years in prison.

Border Patrol Finds 60 Immigrants inside Refrigerated Trailer Loaded with Ice-Covered Broccoli

About 60 immigrants were found in this frigid trailer. Photo via CBP.

About 60 immigrants were found in this frigid trailer. Photo via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents found 60 immigrants in a refrigerated trailer loaded with ice-covered broccoli at a South Texas border checkpoint.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested the trucker at the Falfurrias checkpoint in Texas on smuggling charges. No one was injured, according to a CBP statement.

The temperature inside the trailer was just 49 degrees.

The immigrants, who came from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, were detained and face deportation.

Other Stories of Interest

Video: Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Saves Child from Churning River

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent rescued a girl trapped by churning water in a river in Texas.

Agent Adan Sanchez junked into the top of a dam on the Comal River in New Braunfels and save the stranger, News 4 San Antonio reports. 

“She could have drowned. She was going under. I think her feet were sideways, and she was just rolling and rolling,” Sanchez said.

The agent clutched onto the girl and rescued her from the strong current.

“Kind of hoping somebody would have done it if my child was drowning as well. So, I don’t know. I just reacted. I just did it. I don’t know why. I just did it,” he said.

Other Stories of Interest

Border Patrol to Test New Drones in Arizona, Texas And Vermont

drone-1142182_960_720By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol plans to test new drones in Arizona, Texas and Vermont in September as part of an increased effort to curb illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

The different models range from quadcopters that are capable of flying for 30 minutes to larger aerial vehicles that can stay airborne for hours, Arizona Public Media reports

Border Control currently uses large drones that are flown out of an airstrip at Fort Huachuca in Cochise County.

No specifics were given about the time and locations of the tests.

Other Stories of Interest

Driver in Smuggling Operation Said Bodies Were ‘Lying on the Floor Like Meat’

James Matthew Bradley Jr.

James Matthew Bradley Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

They were packed inside a sweltering, pitch-black tractor-trailer, taking turns breathing from a small hole in the semi. The immigrants had no water and banged on the walls of the trailer in vain.

Then they started dying.

James Matthew Bradley Jr., the 60-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer, told authorities Monday he had no idea there was anyone in the truck until he arrived at a Walmart in San Antonio on early Sunday morning. When he opened the door to the trailer, he said “he was run over by ’Spanish’ people and knocked to the ground,” the complaint reads, according to CNN

The Florida man said bodies were “lying on the floor like meat.”

Ten people died. More than a dozen more were in life-threatening condition.

If convicted, Bradley could be sentenced to death on one count of transporting illegal immigrants for financial gain, resulting in death.

Truck Driver Arrested After 9 Immigrants Found Dead in Sweltering Trailer

Tractor trailer found with 39 people packed inside at a Walmart parking lot in Texas.

Tractor trailer found with 39 people packed inside at a Walmart parking lot in Texas.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida truck driver was arrested Sunday after a Walmart security guard discovered nearly 40 people packed into a sweltering tractor trailer parked outside of a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas.

Nine of the people died and more than a dozen others suffered life-threatening injuries in what authorities are describing as a “horrific” case of human trafficking, the Washington Post reports

The driver, James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, of Clearwater, Fla., is expected to be charged as early as Monday.

The people were discovered at 12:30 a.m. Sunday by a Walmart security guard who was tipped off that immigrants appeared to be inside a tractor trailer in the parking lot.

San Antonio police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Salame said the case is being handled by ICE because of suspected international smuggling.

“They have to be turned over to the custody of somebody,” he told the Post. “They don’t have anywhere else to go.”

Poll: Republicans Lost Faith in FBI Amid Investigation of Trump

fbi directorate-of-intelligence-seal-on-wall-1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s handling of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election has spurred distrust in the bureau among Republicans, at least in Texas, according to a new poll.

The poll of 1,200 registered Texas voters found that 35% of Texas Republicans have an unfavorable opinion of the FBI, while 43% have a favorable view. About 22% had no opinion.

The results surprised many GOP officials because conservatives typically have favorable opinions of law enforcement.

“I think all of this reflects the fact that almost everything connected with Donald Trump being in the White House right now is falling into an intensely partisan field” Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas, which designed and analyzed the poll, told NPR. 

“On a deeper level, it means one more institution that is the subject of a real crisis in faith in the general public,” Henson said. “And I think it is worrisome.”

Pollsters believe the eroding support among Republicans is the result of disparaging remarks by Donald Trump and his supporters, who have blasted the bureau by suggesting it’s on a “witch hunt” to unseat the president.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Dies After Being Stabbed in the Face in El Paso

Border Patrol Agent Issac Morales, via Gofundme.

Border Patrol Agent Issac Morales, via Gofundme.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent has died after he was stabbed in the face early Saturday morning in front of his girlfriend in El Paso, Texas. 

Issac Morales, 30, was pronounced dead Wednesday.

Police said Morales was walking to his car in the parking lot of Union Drafthouse Bar shortly before 2 a.m. when 39-year-old Hisais Justo Lopez allegedly stabbed him. Police said the stabbing occurred after Morales identified himself as a Border Patrol agent.

Lopez was arrested and later charged with murder after Morales died.

To donate to the family, visit their Gofundme page.