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The woman called police after ‘recognising him from his profile picture’

An optimistic robber friend requested his alleged victim on Facebook the day after he attacked her, according to police.

Riley Allen Mullins, 28, was identified by the woman as her possible attacker after she recognised him from his profile picture, the Kitsap Sun reported.

He has been charged with attacking the woman as she waited at a ferry terminal in Washington on Tuesday.

She was sitting at the Bremerton terminal listening to music through headphones when she was hit in the head from behind, authorities said.

After being struck, a man grabbed her iPod and purse and ran away. She did not recognise the man but noticed a tattoo of a triangle on his neck during the attack.

The next day, the woman received a Facebook friend request and thought she recognised the sender as the man who robbed her.

Police confirmed the Facebook account belonged to Mullins and said his picture showed the triangular neck tattoo.

The woman is not thought to have accepted his request.

Additional reporting by AP

Alleged robber ‘sent victim Facebook friend request after attack’

simply inbelievable-A 70-year-old man in Washington D.C. has spent more than 40 years locked away in a D.C. hospital for the criminally insane. His crime: stealing a necklace worth $20.

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article-0-1AE7EB8200000578-232_634x422Thief, 70, has spent 43 YEARS locked up in psychiatric hospital for stealing a necklace worth $20
Franklin Frye has been locked away in the St Elizabeth’s psychiatric facility since 1971
A motion for his release was filed six years ago but is yet to be heard by a judge
The man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is housed at the same facility

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 10:07 EST, 23 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:13 EST, 23 January 2014

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A 70-year-old man in Washington D.C. has spent more than 40 years locked away in a D.C. hospital for the criminally insane. His crime: stealing a necklace worth $20.

Franklin H. Frye was sent to the psychiatric wing of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in 1971 after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity for stealing the necklace.

Six years ago, a public defender filed a motion asking a federal court to grant Mr. Frye an unconditional release. In the motion, attorneys for Mr. Frye cited his recovery over the last four decades he spent in psychiatric captivity as grounds for his release.

Frye’s case, however, is yet to be heard by a judge.

Psych ward: Franklin Frye has spent more than 40 years in the St. Elizabeth’s psychiatric facility for stealing a $20 necklace
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Psych ward: Franklin Frye has spent more than 40 years in the St. Elizabeth’s psychiatric facility for stealing a $20 necklace

In what the Washington Times – which broke the story about Mr. Frye after reviewing his case and federal court records – describes as ‘a serious judicial breakdown,’ Mr. Frye’s case seems to have slipped through the cracks.

According to the paper, the original judge assigned to Mr. Frye’s case died in 2007 – when the motion for Mr. Frye’s release was first filed.

The case wasn’t transferred to a judge who is still breathing until the last few weeks.

‘Mr. Frye has been waiting over five years to have this motion heard by the court,’ Silvana Naguib, a lawyer now representing him, wrote in a Jan. 8 legal filing.

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‘Mr. Frye was accused of stealing a necklace that was valued at approximately twenty dollars,’ Ms. Naguib continued in the motion. ‘He has been at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital almost continuously since.’

Glacial pace: Frye’s most recent motion for his release was filed six years ago – but is yet to be heard by a judge
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Glacial pace: Frye’s most recent motion for his release was filed six years ago – but is yet to be heard by a judge

Like St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s most famous resident, John Hinckley Jr. – the man who infamously shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 – Mr. Frye has been permitted to spend short amounts of time out of the hospital. Until December, he was part of an outpatient program at Washington Hospital Center. That program ended because of funding problems – and Mr. Frye was sent back to the psychiatric ward.

Frye has filed several motions for his release over the last 40 years, including one two years after he was committed. In that motion, the hospital director recommended that Mr. Frye be unconditionally released. The judge, however, approved a conditional release so Mr. Frye could look for a job.

‘In the early years of Mr. Frye’s hospitalization, Mr. Frye would sometimes get in fights with other patients, often over money, food, clothing and the other hotly desired commodities of institutional life,’ Ms. Naguib wrote in her motion. ‘However, in the last decade, as Mr. Frye has aged, these conflicts have all but vanished. Now, nearly 70, Mr. Frye displays no dangerous behavior of any kind.’

Infamous: John Hinckley, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan, is also held at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
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Infamous: John Hinckley, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan, is also held at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

In his latest motion, Mr. Frye’s attorneys reiterate the claims made in the 2008 motion that was never heard by a judge: ‘Mr. Frye has recovered his sanity and no longer suffers from a mental illness as defined by law.’

Just one day after Naguib filed the most recent motion on Frye’s behalf, his case was transferred to a living judge. It’s unclear when – or if – the judge will rule on the motion for Mr. Frye’s release.

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A FEDERAL AGENT WHO BUSTED BIG DRUG RINGS TURNS TO LUCRATIVE MARIJUANA INVESTMENTS

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Patrick Moen built an impressive reputation as a federal agent, busting big drug rings that peddled everything from meth to ecstasy on the streets of Oregon.

Moen’s decade-long career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ended last month when he took a job with Privateer Holdings, a Seattle-based private equity firm that invests in the fledgling, but lucrative marijuana industry.

Instead of listening to wiretaps and tracking illegal drug money, Moen now vets potential marijuana-related ventures as investment opportunities for the Yale-educated backers of enterprises like Leafly.com, a website offering reviews of marijuana strains.

It’s a radical departure for a 36-year-old lawyer who once toyed with the idea of becoming a federal prosecutor.

“It wasn’t an easy decision,” said Moen, who is in the process of relocating from Portland to Seattle. “It’s not one I took lightly. I talked with friends, family and coworkers. I sought out opinions. When it comes down to it, this is an incredible opportunity for me professionally and personally.”

The switch from law-and-order agent to marijuana industry booster raised eyebrows among Moen’s colleagues. Police generally take a dim view of marijuana; the DEA’s own “threat assessment” calls it “the most widely available and commonly abused illicit drug in the United States.”  In Oregon, federal authorities have aggressively pursued large-scale marijuana producers and traffickers.

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John Deits, an assistant U.S. attorney who oversaw federal drug prosecutions in Oregon until his recent retirement, said Moen was a sharp-eyed agent who “understood the mission” of federal law enforcement when it came to illegal drugs. Though marijuana is legal for recreational use in Washington and Colorado and medical marijuana is allowed in 20 states and Washington, D.C, it’s illegal under federal law.

“I think it was surprising to me that Pat would want to do what he is doing,” Deits said. “I think it was surprising to a lot of people within his own agency.

“But obviously they are the ones that know a lot about the laws and a lot about marijuana,” Deits said.

Moen is the second DEA agent with Oregon ties to make the move to the marijuana industry. Paul Schmidt, who until 2010 served as the highest-ranking DEA agent in Oregon, now works as a medical marijuana business consultant.

Hiring government regulators and enforcement officials is a common strategy among American corporations, said Pete Tashman, an assistant professor of management at Portland State University’s School of Business Administration.  The pharmaceutical industry, for example, is famous for hiring former government regulators, he said.

“It’s a revolving-door strategy,” Tashman said.

Former government officials offer businesses an insider’s view of how to navigate regulations and shape future ones, he said.

“Folks that have experience on the legal end of it will help their employers lobby for the right kinds of policies that might emerge in the future,” Tashman said.

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Schmidt, 54, acknowledged that some former colleagues consider advising the medical marijuana industry a move to the “dark side.”

“A lot of people say, ‘How could you be so against it Monday and then on Tuesday you are all for it?” said Schmidt, who worked in law enforcement for more than three decades and lives in Canby.

Schmidt has long been interested in the drug’s botanical background and its medicinal potential, he said. And though as a federal drug agent, he testified in marijuana cases in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Wyoming, he said he viewed the drug as less harmful than heroin, meth and cocaine.

“It was the least of the evils,” he said.

Many officers, particularly younger ones, agree with him, he said.

“If you go to the newer law enforcement – somewhere 45 years and younger – and you talk to them about cannabis, they are just like, ‘Man, why isn’t it legal? I have got other things to do.’”

After Schmidt retired from the DEA, he worked for the Colorado Department of Revenue, the agency charged with ensuring medical marijuana dispensaries comply with state regulations. He returned to Oregon and this year sat on the panel that drafted rules for the state’s medical marijuana retail industry.

Next month Schmidt will hold a series of seminars around the state advising prospective medical marijuana retailers about Oregon’s new dispensary law. The $95 per-person seminars will include “fresh perspectives on the developing cannabis market,” according to the flier.

Steve Fox, a Washington, D.C.-based marijuana lobbyist who helped coordinate Colorado’s successful cannabis legalization campaign, said bringing DEA agents into the industry is “politically savvy” and likely intended to put investors and political officials at ease. Hiring a former drug cop also may help foster a company’s reputation as mainstream, he said.

But Fox doesn’t see the move as a necessarily positive one in general.

“This industry now is about producing and marketing a product and the people who work for the DEA have experience in a different industry, which is arresting and prosecuting people for marijuana,” he said.

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Moen, who started his career as a beat cop in upstate New York, where he grew up, joined the DEA in 2003 and spent eight years in the gritty city of Bridgeport, Conn. He earned a degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

About two years ago, Moen, who developed an expertise in wiretaps, was promoted and posted to the agency’s Portland district office, where he had a hand in the region’s biggest drug investigations as a task force supervisor. Those cases uncovered major meth, oxycodone and ecstasy rings and marijuana, too.

Moen said marijuana ranked “pretty low” among the DEA’s priorities. And while marijuana cases weren’t routine, his work gave him a close-up view of how drug traffickers exploit Oregon’s medical marijuana law, which he said “needs a complete overhaul.”

“The system is just widely abused,” he said. “It’s set up in theory as a nonprofit situation, but there are tons of people making a living off the system and enforcement of compliance is left up to law enforcement.”

Moen, whose salary as an agent was about $130,000, said he recently began considering job options beyond the DEA. Budget woes and congressional gridlock took a toll on the agency, resulting in “a bit of a brain drain,” he said.

“Really, really talented people were leaving,” Moen said.

Over the summer he heard Privateer Holdings CEO Brendan Kennedy talking on NPR about the company’s mission: investing in the nascent marijuana industry. Impressed, the veteran cop gave Kennedy a call and the pair met at a Portland area Starbucks in late summer.

The agent slid an envelope across the table.

“I am not ashamed to say I was a bit nervous at that point,” Kennedy said. “I wasn’t sure what was going to be in the envelope. Ultimately, it was his resume.”

Kennedy, who has a background in venture capital, said Moen helps the company manage risk associated with the cannabis industry.

“Patrick’s role is to help us navigate a very complicated environment, to help us be in compliance with all of the local, state and federal regulations,” said Kennedy, whose company gets about five pitches daily for marijuana-related businesses.

Marijuana’s legal ambiguity isn’t clouding its business potential. One recent estimate puts the value for the legal marijuana market nationwide at $1.44 billion. The State of Legal Marijuana Markets, a publication produced by Arcview Market Research, estimates that market will grow 64 percent by 2014.

Moen said the challenges of getting the marijuana industry off the ground and helping create mainstream brands appealed to him, but he wasn’t sure how the news would go over with his DEA colleagues.

“Nobody hung up on me,” he said. “That was good.”

It’s been about a month since he quit the DEA. Moen said he’s been surprised to learn how many people he knows consume marijuana.

“Now that people can open up,” he said, “I realize this is a product that someone’s parents use, someone’s friend uses. People that are professional and that have families and that they all view it as an acceptable, better than acceptable, as a better alternative than other options: That was an eye opener.”

– Noelle Crombie

IMAGINE RUNNING OR RIDING SWEATY,NAKED IN A FIELD OF WILD MARIJUANA

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Imagine running or riding sweaty, naked in a field of wild marijuana: That’s how they harvest the good stuff

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Picture-810Merkhat Sharipzhanov/ www.rferl.org, -- Kyrgyz officials announced on August 29 that 4.5 tons of marijuana had been confiscated from illegal drug traffickers in the last seven days. It was specifically mentioned that the majority of the marijuana was confiscated in Kyrgyzstan’s northern Chui Valley (known as the Chu Valley in Kazakh).

Shared between southern Kazakhstan and northern Kyrgyzstan, the Chu Valley has been one of the most infamous sources of marijuana in the former Soviet Union for as long as anyone can remember.

The Chu Valley’s wild marijuana — well known among drug users in the former Soviet republics as “dichka” — was always of the “highest quality.”

It was prized throughout the vast territory of the Soviet empire, which stretched from Brest (Belarus) to Vladivostok (Russian Far East) and from the Russian town of Salekhard in the north to the Turkmen city of Kushka in the south.

The Soviets did a lot to eliminate wild “dichka” plantations in the region. They burned the fields, used all possible and impossible pesticides, but it grew even better after all those measures.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Chu’s “dichka” continues to be in demand on both the territory of the former Soviet Union and beyond.

August is the month for marijuana harvesting in the region, as that is when the marijuana starts producing the resin that has such a narcotic effect on the human brain.

For mass producers of marijuana, the easiest way to process the drug is to cut the buds in August, dry them, and then sell them as “grass.”

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Sweating To Make Hash However, the most concentrated and popular form of marijuana is so-called “plastilin” (plasticine), and the way it is harvested and produced has not changed for centuries.

It begins with a freshly showered person riding naked for hours on a clean, washed horse inside a two-meter-high “forest” of marijuana.

Afterwards, the human body and that of the horse are covered with a thick layer of resin mixed with sweat.

(It only takes a few tiny pieces of “plastilin” to get high.)

This produces a substance that is usually dark brown in color, which is then thoroughly scraped off the human and horse’s bodies.

The mixture is subsequently pressed, molded into bars, and dried.

The “plastilin” that results from this process effectively comprises very concentrated marijuana bars.

A couple of small, pinhead-sized pieces from one of these bars added to a regular cigarette is enough to make the smoker happy.

This sort of marijuana is also very easy to carry or stash and is therefore very popular among drug users.

But it is a lot harder to produce this form of the drug because you need more time to make it.

Imagine 10, 20, or 30 individuals running or riding naked in a field of wild marijuana. It goes without saying that they are more exposed and it is easier to catch them. Nonetheless, people do it and they have been doing it since time immemorial.

And, of course, in Central Asia, there are people who can easily make local law enforcement officials “keep their eyes shut” during the harvest season, sharing with them either “plastilin” or the money earned from its sale.

For former Soviet citizens, it calls to mind a famous quote from the popular communist-era film “The White Sun of the Desert”: “The east is a strange place, Pete!” (“Vostok — delo tonkoe, Petrukha!”).

– Merkhat Sharipzhanov

Copyright (c) 2013. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted WWH/CJE with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.

 

APRIL 9,1961: THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED IN WASHINGTON SQUARE

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April 9, 1961: The day the music died in Washington Square.

After the city banned music in Washington Square in the spring of 1961, Israel Young — the owner of The Folklore Center on MacDougal Street — organized a peaceful protest. Filmmaker Dan Drasin, then 18, vividly captured the day’s events in his film, Sunday. Fifty years later, Drasin, in town for a screening sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation recalled how 3000 music-loving people were beat back by police.

 

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DEATH OF THE AMERICAN HOBO

AND A YOUNG MAN RIDES THE TRACKS TO NOWHERE

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Young Ride The Rails To Nowhere — New Hobos Find More Bleakness Than Romance

By Linda Keene

 HOPPING A TRAIN may sound like a romantic adventure. But for the teens and young adults forming a new generation of hobos, the reality is a rough, dangerous search for meaning beyond the streets.

With matted blond hair, soiled clothing and a faraway look, he stands on an overpass looking down on the Interbay rail yard and the freight trains he’s ridden for years.

But he is not an old grizzled tramp.

He is a homeless 22-year-old man named “Creek,” part of a new generation of young hobos riding the rails. Nevada, Utah, Nebraska and Iowa – he’s hopped trains to each state since he left his family’s West Seattle home at 14.

He and a friend peer into the rail yard as the setting sun glints off box cars and tracks that promise new sights and adventure. The young men won’t be riding tonight, but who’s to say what the future will bring? As hobos, freedom will call them again.

That may sound overly romantic, and it is. Although the notion of young hobos has a novel and appealing ring to it, the reality of their lives is bleak.

“Creek” and “Fre,” as the two call themselves, are homeless, jobless dropouts who drink away their self-doubts and ride the rails to escape dreary lives.

For years, they have slept in flop-houses or under freeway spans, as do many other young people now riding the trains.

Once the province of old tramps or immigrants who often found work at the end of the line, freight trains lure more and more teenagers and young adults who hop on in an elusive search for a life and meaning beyond the streets.

That’s how it is for the dozens who show up in Seattle each year, carrying little more than backpacks, bed rolls and maybe a guitar or skateboard. Usually, they make their way to the University District, where free dinners are served through the “Teen Feed” program run by the University Street Ministry.

It is there, in the basement of churches, where they meet and discuss their lives.

Fre and Creek, for example, both dropped out of high school and left home in their teens. Creek wears canvas tennis shoes wrapped in duct tape below yellow pants that are soiled and baggy. Fre has silver rings through his nose and ears. Chains encircle his neck and wrists.

Abby is another homeless rail rider, a 16-year-old girl with her long hair dyed purple and a ring through her nose.

In May, she took a freight train between Portland and San Francisco, carrying her farther from her home in Minneapolis. She sleeps at people’s houses, or in the parks.

Troy is 17. He rode into Seattle from Bellingham two weeks ago. He panhandles for food and alcohol. He has no idea where he’ll be in three years.

“Anything could happen,” he says with a shrug. “I could get run over by a train.”

There are dangers for young hobos, and Troy offers this advice: Bring warm clothing, food, water and a weapon for defense.

Rory Marcotte agrees there are hazards. “I’ve had to make bonfires to stay warm,” says the 21-year-old Spokane native, whose scalp is shaved in swaths between twigs of matted hair. “I’ve traveled with tramps, too – they’ll take your stuff and knife your throat.”

Most young rail-riders, however, save their most dire warnings for rail-yard security officers, known as “bulls.” Creek tells this story:

Two years ago, on a trip through North Platte, Neb., he had jumped off a train and was stopped by a rail-yard officer.

“I know you just got off the train and if I catch you again, you risk six months in jail,” the man told Creek.

Well, what is risk to a young transient?

Creek went for food, returned to the rail yard and hid under a bridge. He waited for a grain car, which has a small platform ideal for stowaways, but didn’t see one. So he and a traveling companion opted for a coal car. They climbed up and into the coal bin, wedging themselves down into a corner of the large, open container.

“The train started moving, and then it stopped,” said Creek. “All of a sudden, we saw two wrists come up over the edge, carrying guns. They told us to throw our backpacks out and get down. I was scared, man. I was scared.”

But rather than landing in jail, they were put in a truck and dropped off in a Nebraska corn field.

Jail time, fines await trespassers

Creek was lucky. Rail riding is criminal trespassing and punishable by varying jail terms and fines, depending on the local laws where the arrest is made.

Between May 1992 and May 1993, Burlington Northern Railroad discovered 6,656 trespassers on its trains or rail yards throughout the West.

Of those, 1,283 were arrested, said Bill Stairs, assistant chief special agent for the railroad. Most of those arrested were undocumented immigrants, but the company is starting to crack down on others.

“It’s really dangerous,” Stairs said. “The rail yards have a lot of heavy machinery; transients often get injured or run over by trains.”

Fatalities are high. Nationally, more than 500 trespassers are killed every year by moving trains or crushed between cars. In Washington, 36 trespassers have been killed in rail yards in the past two years.

More efficient than hitchhiking

Those dangers, however, don’t deter young riders who often have no other way to travel.

At Teen Feed, for example, most of the rail riders are jobless and homeless and live hand-to-mouth every day. They ride less for the glamour and thrill than the sheer necessity of getting a free ride somewhere. They are just as likely to hitchhike, although there are advantages to clambering aboard a train.

“You get there quicker,” Troy said. “Nevada, for example, would be impossible to hitchhike across.”

He has ridden freights across the desert there, or rumbled into the rail yards at Salt Lake City. The dry lands of eastern California have passed by his boxcar, as have the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Does that make him a hobo?

“Definitely,” he said. “If anybody’s going to call me anything, hobo’s the best.

 

A HOBO SONG

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DEATH OF THE AMERICAN HOBO

SEATTLE WASHINGTON – BOOZER DEFACE JIMI HENDRIX STATUE

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Dung Nguyen of Cleanscapes spreads a product called "Elephant Snot" onto graffiti sprayed on Capitol Hill's iconic Jimmy Hendrix statue on Broadway. The product helps remove spray paint. Two men were arrested for a blatant graffiti spree Wednesday night. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Dung Nguyen of Cleanscapes spreads a product called “Elephant Snot” onto graffiti sprayed on Capitol Hill’s iconic Jimi Hendrix statue on Broadway. The product helps remove spray paint. Two men were arrested for a blatant graffiti spree Wednesday night. (Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com)

Seattle police have arrested and jailed two men, ages 20 and 21, who defaced the statue of favorite son Jimi Hendrix on Broadway as part of a spray-painting spree.

The men were not criminal masterminds. There was the drinking before it all began. The security camera and Metro bus driver who photographed them, and the numerous witnesses who watched them. Then, too, they did have paint on them by the time Seattle police found them.

Before 8 p.m. Wednesday, police got reports of two drunk men painting the Hendrix statue and construction equipment in the 1600 block of Broadway.

You don't step on Superman's cape or mess with Mr. Hendrix in this town

You don’t step on Superman’s cape or mess with Mr. Hendrix in this town

Witnesses told police the men bought spray paint at a local store and came out to deface the statue.

Then they used the spray paint on construction equipment, a building, utility box and signs.

Their getaway: Take a Metro bus to downtown.

Of course, they used the paint on the bus as they got off at Eighth Avenue and Olive Way, police say. The Metro driver took their photograph and alerted authorities.

The two continued to paint buildings as they walked to downtown, police said.

Police checked surveillance video of the two buying the paint. Meanwhile, transit police stopped the men at Third and Pike.

Officers and witness on Capitol Hill went downtown. The witnesses identified the men.

Both men had paint on their hands and clothes, police say. And one had cans of spray paint in his pocket and backpack.

And to answer the musical questions, the two are now experienced. And then some.