Officer to be honored today; suspect due in court Tuesday
(Note: This is what comes of erasing sovereign borders and turning a blind eye to the INVASION by ILLEGAL ALIENS -- more than one third of them from Other Than Mexican -- that appears to be motivated by a desire to get more votes FROM these ALIENS. Tom Tancredo understands the scope of this INVASION. So does Michael Peroutka and Team America understands: Do you understand? If you were a member of Brandy Winfield's family -- or Kris Eggle's -- or an ever-growing number of other families that have needlessly lost their loved ones through such DOMESTIC TERRORISM, you'd understand. I hope you never have to understand that way, but every day that passes with 'elected officials' voting to destroy the sovereignty of my country and yours, increases that likelihood. I live 1,300 miles from the Mexican border, and this MURDER of an Ohio policeman happened just forty miles from my home. Do I understand? You bet I do!)
October 17, 2004
By Kurt Moore
The Marion Star
Marion, Ohio
Marion, Ohio - Marion County's law enforcement community is preparing to say good-bye to a fallen officer while a man accused of killing a sheriff's deputy remains behind bars.

Juan C. Cruz, 20, is being held at the Multi-County Correctional Center. He was arrested Friday evening at Professional Park Apartments on Crescent Heights Road on charges related to the Thursday killing of Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Brandon "Brandy" Winfield. "Brandy" Winfield (shown with his young son), officer slain by ILLEGAL ALIEN

Marion Municipal Judge William Finnegan said Cruz's initial court appearance will be Tuesday in Marion Municipal Court. One of two suspects in the murder of Winfield, he faces a charge of aggravated murder and a three-year firearm specification.

Acting on 9-1-1 calls, officers with the Marion Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and Marion post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol surrounded the apartment complex at 9:25 p.m. Friday. Cruz, who authorities said broke a window in one apartment and entered another, was found in a third apartment fighting with Mariono Cortez, 38.

Cortez was charged with felony obstructing and felony assault and is also being held at the Multi-County Correctional Center. His initial court appearance has not yet been determined.

Officers had been searching for Cruz in connection with the death of Winfield, 29, 1008 Stonewall Court, who was found shot in his cruiser Thursday morning on Ohio 423 just north of Waldo. Another suspect in the case is detained as an illegal immigrant [ALIEN] through federal law at the Delaware County Sheriff's Office. His identity has still not been released because he has not been charged in the case.

The unnamed suspect was not armed when taken into custody.

Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey could not be reached for additional information on Saturday. He said Friday that local residents and officers cheered when Cruz was apprehended. Juan C. (Carlos) Cruz, ILLEGAL ALIEN and cop killer Juan C. (Carlos) Cruz, from a PREVIOUS ARREST.

"It was just an unbelievable release of emotion," Marion Police Chief Tom Bell said on Saturday. "It was such a relief to get this guy off the street."

Winfield's father, Rick Winfield, is a city police detective and his brother, Cory Winfield, is a city police officer. Bell said the morale of the police department was more upbeat after Cruz's capture.

"We can finish up our investigation and get ready for the funeral," he said.

Calling hours for Brandon Winfield will be held 2-8 p.m. today at Marion Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 220 E. Fairground St., where funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday. Burial with honors will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Bell said there will be a motorcade traveling from the coliseum to the cemetery following the services. He estimates the motorcade may leave the fairgrounds around 12:30 p.m., traveling west on Fairground Street to North Prospect Street where it will turn south and continue to Walnut Street. It will turn east on Walnut Street to Delaware Avenue, where it will travel south to Vernon Heights Boulevard and head east to the cemetery entrance.

Bell cautioned residents that the procession may interrupt traffic for as long as 30 to 40 minutes. Vernon Heights Boulevard, from Leetonia Road to Delaware Avenue, will be closed during the graveside service to accommodate hundreds of cars that are expected to park in the area.

"It is my hope that the citizens of Marion will understand the reason for these road closures and traffic delays," Bell said, "as we accompany our fallen hero to his final place of rest."

Copyright 2004, The Marion Star.
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