Just yesterday (9/15), Bill Strauss from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was on the Charles Goyette show (7-10am, 1100am KFNX in Phoenix) to talk about a neoNazi who is supposedly "recruiting" armed folks to work along the border, and the ADL implicated Casey Nethercott with Ranch Rescue (I have no idea/opinion as to if this is true or not). The ADL had pusshed this via a press release where they consciously linked Casey to an alleged Neo-Nazi named Kalen Riddle. Casey vehemently denounced this link on-air and Bill Strauss back-peddled when he was asked about it (he wouldn't appear on-air at the same time as Casey).
Isn't it interesting that the very same night, Casey is arrested by the FBI in Douglas?
Since there's no such thing as a coincidence, Ernest Hancock (Charles Goyette's producer) is trying to get to the bottom of what really happened before, as he says "the FBI writes the story". If you know anything, give him a shout via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Border militia backer arrested in Douglas; associate shot by FBI
by Ignacio Ibarra
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Convicted felon and would-be militia organizer Casey Nethercott was arrested in Douglas Wednesday night by FBI agents who shot and seriously injured a member of Nethercott’s fledgling Arizona Guard.
Douglas police were called to the Safeway parking lot at about 11 p.m. following the arrest and shooting, but their only role in the case is to assist the Federal Bureau Of Investigation, said Douglas Police Department spokesman Sgt. Mark Wilkinson.
He declined to release the name of the man shot, but other sources have identified him as Kalen Riddle, a member of the Arizona Guard, headquartered at Nethercott’s Ranch about three miles west of Douglas.
FBI officials could not be reached for comment this morning.
According to a spokeswoman for the Southern Arizona Medical Center, Riddle was flown to a Tucson area hospital, but she did not know his condition at the time.
Bill Dore, a friend and honorary member of the Arizona Guard, said Nethercott called him at about 1 a.m. and told him of the arrest and the shooting of Riddle, and asked him to watch after his ranch and dog.
He said he tried to go to the home at about 3 a.m. but was turned back by Cochise County Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Border Patrol agents who had cordoned off roads leading to the ranch.
Cochise County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carol Capas said deputies were called to assist the FBI and that Nethercott was booked into the Cochise County Jail on a federal hold. He is expected to be transferred to a federal facility later today.
Nethercott was convicted on federal weapons charges earlier this year and was free on bond pending a decision by Texas authorities on whether he would be retried on assault charges stemming from a 2003 incident in which he is accused of beating two illegal immigrants detained in a Ranch Rescue Operation in Hogg County, Texas.
On Sept. 10, the Arizona branch of the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release citing the relationship between Nethercott and Riddle as proof of links between extreme anti-immigration groups and neo-Nazi and white supremicist organizations.
The Arizona Guard’s Web site includes a mission statement that reads: “We are an Organized Militia Dedicated to the Defense of American Patriotism and to help local ranchers and citizens defend property from illegal alien
What a coincidence?!!!
This is all that PACER is showing at the moment.
Name Court Case No. Filed Closed
1 NETHERCOTT, CASEY JAMES azdc 4:2003m 05149 11/25/2003 12/10/2003
2 NETHERCOTT, CASEY JAMES txsdc 5:2003m 06351 11/14/2003 12/04/2003
3 NETHERCOTT, CASEY JAMES txsdce 5:2003mj06351 11/14/2003
Hmmm......thought Casey Nethercott was still in jail awaiting sentencing due to felon in possession conviction.
Odd that they gave him bail, I am sure it was no accident.
Last I read.........Casey Nethercott kicked Jack Foote of Ranch Rescue off his peoperty long ago.
Unsure of reason.
Wednesday, June 9, 2004
Douglas rancher on trial in migrants' assault
The Associated Press
HEBBRONVILLE, Texas - A member of a patrol group that says it protects property along the Mexican border recalled for jurors yesterday how Casey Nethercott showed off his weaponry and attack dog shortly before he allegedly assaulted two illegal immigrants.
Nethercott, 37, who owns a ranch in Douglas, Ariz., faces felony charges of assault and unlawful possession of a weapon in the March 18, 2003, attack. He has pleaded not guilty to both counts.
Nethercott was arrested in Arizona Nov. 25 by FBI agents and Douglas police officers. Ranch Rescue started operating in Arizona last year.
Yesterday, Jeremy Dombroski testified in Nethercott's trial that Nethercott "was showing off what he said was armor-piercing ammunition."
In opening statements, Assistant District Attorney Rudolfo Gutierrez described how the illegal immigrants thought Nethercott was one of a group of U.S. soldiers.
"They were dressed in camouflage, military clothing," Gutierrez told the jury. He said the illegal immigrants "were made to kneel on the ground and they were questioned about drugs."
Edwin Mancia Gonzalez of El Salvador was traveling with Fatima Leiva Medina, a fellow Salvadoran.
The two told officials they had crossed the Rio Grande and were on their way to jobs in Houston. Shortly before midnight, they were dropped off by the Sutton ranch and told to cross the property. They said they were hiding in brush when Nethercott set his dog on them and went on to pistol-whip Mancia.
Mancia and Leiva sat quietly in the courtroom during opening statements.
Defense attorney Joseph Jacobson told the jury the prosecution lacked proof.
"It was absolutely impossible for my client to have committed these crimes," he said. "It simply didn't happen."
Nethercott appeared in a suit and conferred frequently with Jacobson.
The night of the alleged attack, Ranch Rescue was staging Operation Falcon, a patrol of the Jim Hogg County ranch owned by Joe and Betty Lou Sutton.
The Suttons have said they were tired of illegal immigrants trying to dodge immigration checkpoints by passing through their ranch, leaving a trail of broken fences and empty food containers. They said calls to the U.S. Border Patrol were futile because agents would arrive too late.
Jack Foote, spokesman for Ranch Rescue, said previously that the group stopped supporting Nethercott months ago because he stole the group's stash of weapons and field gear. He said he did not know that Nethercott had been convicted of assault with a firearm in California and was on parole when he joined Ranch Rescue.
The first witness, Deputy Sheriff Guadalupe Rodriguez, described finding two camouflage-wearing suspects in the attack at the town's Dairy Queen the next day.
Rodriguez identified Nethercott as one of the men and said he consented to a search of his van, which contained at 360 rounds of rifle and shotgun ammunition. He said a shotgun magazine was found in a garbage can at the Sheriff's Department in a Dairy Queen bag that Nethercott was carrying.
In cross-examination, Jacobson suggested that the bag also could have belonged to Henry Conner. Charges against Conner, a Ranch Rescue member, have since been dropped.
Mancia and Leiva are expected to testify today.
They also are seeking damages in a civil lawsuit scheduled for trial in August, which accuses Nethercott as well as Ranch Rescue and the Suttons of human rights abuse.
I just heard about this on channel 12 at approx 6:05 pm. wtf, over?
No idea, but from what I have heard of Nethercott from folks that have met him he is not someone you want to be doing the "border thing" with.
I keep hearing about an Aug 31st "incident" on the news, anyone know what that is?