The Arrest of Mack Middle School’s Teacher’s Assistant on Lewdness Charge

The Arrest of School Teacher Assistant in Las Vegas


A special education teacher’s assistant at Mack Middle School was arrested Monday on a charge of lewdness with a child under 14, according to the Clark County School District.

An affidavit supporting an arrest warrant for Fausto Barraza-Balcazar, 59, said a teacher caught the man pressing his body against a 13-year-old student with autism in a laundry room at the school on May 10.

According to the affidavit, the student has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old. The teacher told police that Barraza-Balcazar and the student looked startled, and the student immediately ran to the bathroom.

The teacher reported the incident to the school principal, who reported it to school police that day. School police Lt. Darnell Couthen said a detailed investigation began the next day and continued until the beginning of June when an arrest warrant was requested.

Joseph Chu, of Ladah Law Firm, said the 13-year-old victim’s mother reached out to his firm after the incidents that led to Barraza-Balcazar’s arrest. The mother asked about legal options for pursuing recourse on behalf of her daughter.

According to the affidavit, police suggested a charge of unlawful contact with a child with a mental illness, in addition to the lewdness charge. Barraza-Balcazar is being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail. He is due in court for a felony arraignment Wednesday morning.

Barraza-Balcazar has been employed with the school district since 2011, according to public records.

Suspect in York County woman’s homicide waives extradition from Nevada

Photo of Family and Friends gather for a candlelight vigil for the 27 Year Old Amanda Kay Strous.[/caption]

Reported by Barbara Miller of

The man accused of killing a former York County woman and setting fire to her apartment in Charlotte, North Carolina, last weekend has waived extradition from Nevada.

Arrest warrants on murder and first-degree arson were issued Monday for Mathew Benner, 28, on charges he killed Amanda May Strous, 27, in her Charlotte apartment.

Benner, who confessed to the murder, was taken into custody around 4 a.m. Monday in Nye County, Nevada, where he was found asleep in his vehicle, the Nye County sheriff said.

The Charlotte Fire Department’s report of the June 18 incident says the fire at Strous’ apartment was arson. Strous was pulled from the fire and taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Steele Creek, where she was pronounced dead.

A spokeswoman in the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office said no charging documents are being released from that office. The York Dispatch reports a spokeswoman says North Carolina rules forbid prosecutors from discussing details of open criminal cases.

The motive and how Strous was killed have not yet been released by police. An autopsy was performed Monday, but results could take 60 to 90 days to be completed, said Eric Wheeler, Mecklenburg County medical examiner.

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Strous, a Shippensburg University graduate and former assistant field hockey coach, was going to be married July 30. Funeral services are being planned for Saturday in Dallastown, said the York Daily Record.

Strous had moved to Charlotte in February to be near her fiancé, her mother has said. She was working as an academic student counsellor at Central Piedmont Community College’s Harper Campus.

More than 100 people attended a vigil in her memory Monday at her parents’ home.

Drug Lord Palma Arrested In Mexico On Return From U.S.

The Arrest of Teacher’s Assistant on Lewdness Charge
Photo of Drug lord Hector “El Guero” Palma

Reported by E. Eduardo Castillo and Mark Stevenson of Associated Press

Drug lord Hector “El Guero” Palma, one of the founders of the Sinaloa Cartel, returned to his native Mexico after serving almost a decade in a U.S. prison and was immediately transported to another maximum-security lockup where he will await trial for two murders.

U.S. Authorities handed over Palma in Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, according to a statement from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office. Palma had been released from federal prison in California on Friday and put into the custody of U.S. immigration officials.

The drug lord was flown to Mexico City late Wednesday and then transported to the Altiplano prison outside the capital, the same prison that Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from in 2015.

Palma was detained under an arrest order from the western state of Nayarit. He is accused of ordering the 1995 killings of a deputy police chief and a person who was with the officer, a federal official with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press on Thursday. The official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

He was arrested in June 1995 in western Mexico and later extradited to the U.S. where he pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking charges and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. The U.S. Embassy said Palma received early release for good behavior.

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Some experts believed that Palma could have returned to drug trafficking if allowed to walk free, but would have faced a world that has changed since he helped Guzman found the Sinaloa cartel in the early 1990s.

Freed by apparent judicial misconduct in 2014, and currently sought on a re-arrest warrant, Caro Quintero hasn’t been seen since. Given that he participated in the 1985 torture-slaying of U.S. DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, Caro Quintero’s release was a major embarrassment for the Mexican government.

Even before he was extradited to the United States in 2007, Palma had compiled an excellent track record of beating charges in Mexico. He was acquitted, or had the charges dismissed, for accusations including multiple counts of murder, kidnapping, robbery and drug possession.

In Mexico, Palma, known as “El Guero” for his fair hair, served only a 2 1/2-year sentence for minor convictions including weapons violations. He essentially fell into the hands of law enforcement in 1995 when his plane crashed. And with all the trouble that Mexico is currently experiencing to extradite Guzman, Palma’s return raises the unnerving possibility that some day “El Chapo” could be sent back.

He’s experienced savagery as well. His wife was seduced by a rival trafficker, who had her withdraw a purported $7 million from Palma’s bank accounts, then beheaded her and sent her severed head to Palma. Venezuelan trafficker Rafael Clavel then allegedly took Palma’s two children, aged 4 and 5, and threw them off a bridge.


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