Police in the southern Russian region of Dagestan say a female suicide bomber has injured at least 11 police officers and civilians.Full Story >
A female suicide bomber blew herself up in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on Saturday injuring at least 18, including two children and five police officers, police said. The attacker was later identified as a widow...Full Story >
Gay rights campaigners and their opponents clashed at an unsanctioned rally in Moscow but a heavy police presence in Ukraine kept the two sides apart at a demonstration which went ahead despite a court order.Full Story >
Gay-rights campaigners and their opponents clashed at an unsanctioned rally in the Russian capital on Saturday, but a heavy police presence in Ukraine kept the two sides apart at that country's first-ever gay pride march.Full Story >
The Diaguita Indians live in the foothills of the Andes, just downstream from the world's highest gold mine, where for as long as anyone can remember they've drunk straight from the glacier-fed river that...Full Story >
The Diaguita Indians live in the foothills of the Andes, just downstream from the world's highest gold mine, where for as long as anyone can remember they've drunk straight from the glacier-fed river that irrigates...Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:00:14 GMT
(RNN) - An active six months is predicted for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center has called it an "extremely active"Full Story >
An active six months is predicted for the 2013 North Atlantic hurricane season.Full Story >
MESA, AZ (CBS5) -
Not much has changed, by way of state law, since a group of bounty hunters forced their way into a Phoenix home in August of 1997 - shooting an innocent couple to death in what was said to be a case of mistaken identity.
While bail recovery agents can no longer enter homes without permission, Arizona's requirements to become one are still lax.
"You don't have to have weapons training; no education," said John Burns, president of the Arizona Bail Bondsmen Association. "You basically can go down, get your registration, go down to the local gun store, buy a gun, handcuffs and walk out and now you're a bail recovery bounty hunter."
For the past three years, Burns said he's been fighting an uphill battle to toughen the standards for bail recovery agents.
"I don't believe the Arizona Department of Insurance looks toward public safety," he said. "They're reactive when a complaint comes in. But, they're not being proactive to making sure the higher caliber people are bail recovery agents and bail bond agents."
The state's department of insurance is responsible for registering bail recovery agents - who are not required to be licensed in this state.
The only mandates: registrants must be at least 18 years old and "never have been convicted of theft, any felony or any crime involving carrying or the possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument."
Those who register must also submit to a fingerprint check.
"You go to California, they require pre-education and then continued education each year," Burns pointed out.
That's the case in most other states and that's what he wants to see happen in Arizona.
Burns has worked on several bills that would require bail recovery agents to be at least 21 years of age, reside in Arizona for at least one year, and possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. - along with 40 hours of pre-license training, to include courses on weapons safety and apprehension techniques.
He told CBS 5 News, it's education that might have prevented the mistaken identity case of a Phoenix woman in 2011 – where a bail recovery agent nearly kicked her fingers off as she fought off what she believed was a kidnapper.
"There are techniques you use, that if you're trained correctly, that would've taken her hands off that wheel well - without a single injury," said Burns.
But, none of his bail recovery agent related bills have made it through the legislature and Burns blames the department of insurance for blocking his efforts.
"People are put in harm's way when people are not trained correctly to do their job," he said. "And, I come back again and say Arizona Department of Insurance either stand up and do your job or get out of the way."
Burns suggests if industry regulation needs to be transferred to another agency for improvement, so be it.
CBS 5 News has made several calls to Arizona's Department of Insurance to get their side of the story and their take on the bail recovery industry. So far, those calls have not been returned.
Friday, May 24 2013 10:11 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:11:14 GMT
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m. TheFull Story >
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."Full Story >
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:19 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:19:48 GMT
Last week, Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller said "two rouge IRS employees" were responsible for targeting conservative groups in 2012, something the IRS admitted to. However, the Exempt OrganizationFull Story >
The IRS worker says an Exempt Organization Specialist's job is to ask questions to those applying for 501(c)4 status, but there was never any intent to target conservative groups. The worker says this is not the conspiracy some are making it up to be.Full Story >
The Village of Morrow: 2013 Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 27, 2013 Participants must line up at 10 a.m. at the former Morrow Elementary School located on Pike St., the parade is to start at 11 a.m. ContactFull Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:23 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:23:38 GMT
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report. According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police report, officersFull Story >
A Charlotte mother is teaching her young son a lesson, by having him arrested, after he stole her Pop-Tarts, according to a police report.Full Story >
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