Welcome to this edition of the El Paso News Week in Review for the week of January 20, 2023. In this week we look at who was behind secretive mailers on the November elections. We look at the latest on the case against Patrick Woods Crusius, the death of El Paso Police Chief and a dubious donation to the El Paso Children’s Hospital.
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As we reported on Tuesday, Joe Pickett is the individual behind the secretive mailers sent out during the November elections last year against Claudia Rodriguez and Isabel Salcido. According to the financial reports, Pickett spent almost $7,000 in mailers targeting Rodriguez and Salcido.
Although Pickett has not announced his future political plans, it should be noted that his state campaign account has over $250,0000 dollars in his account.
In other local news, the mayor of New York City visited El Paso on Sunday. Eric Adams was hosted by Oscar Leeser in his tour of El Paso. While in El Paso, Adams promised to form a coalition of mayors to pressure the federal government to address the immigration issue.
In the courts, federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday that they will not seek the death penalty against Patrick Wood Crusius who is accused of killing 23 people at a Walmart in 2019. Crusius has been charged on hate crime charges for targeting Mexicans, according to court records.
El Paso Police Chief, Greg Allen died on Tuesday. He was 71 years old. Allen, who joined the department in 1978, became the police chief in 2008.
And in other local news, 27-year-old Abner Tinoco pleaded guilty to a Ponzi scheme. According to federal officials, Tinoco took in $9 million in fraudulent investments. Tinoco, who is awaiting sentencing faces 20 years in jail.
We reported on December 15, 2021 that Abner Tinoco had donated $10,000 to the El Paso Children’s Hospital. The El Paso Children’s Hospital has refused to tell us what they did with the donation from illegal funds.
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