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DA Will Seek Death For Fratto/Patten Web Exclusive DA Death Penalty Motions Published

Posted on 26 August 2011 by Howard Copelan

Death Notice – Fratto

Death Notice – Patten

Elko District Attorney Attorney Marc Torvinen filed late Wednesday afternoon his motion of intent to seek the death penalty for confessed teen murderers Toni Fratto and Kody Patten.

Both have confessed to the brutal March 3, killing of 16 year old West Wendover High School student Micaela “Mickey” Costanzo.

If Torvinen is successful the two both 19 years old will be the youngest Nevadans ever sentenced to die in the history of the state.

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The Train That Was Not There May Clear Fratto, Another Accomplice Involved?

Posted on 26 August 2011 by Howard Copelan

In a case that has already seen more than its share of twists and turns the High Desert Advocate has learned of two more involving the murder of Micaela Costanzo one could lead to the exoneration of Toni Fratto at least of the actual murder while the second could lead to the arrest of another unknown accomplice in the crime.

Wendover teens Kody Patten and Toni Fratto will stand trial next year for the March 3 murder of Micaela “Mickey” Costanzo. In two separate and sometimes contradicting confessions both admitted to killing 16 year old Costanzo after abducting her from West Wendover High School around 5 pm the afternoon of March 3.

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One of the most glaring differences in the two confessions is the actual time of the killing, according to Patten’s account he killed Costanzo within a half an hour of her disappearance from West Wendover High School in a self described state of panic after first to shoving the girl who then fell hitting her head on the cars bumper. Patten then told police he pushed Costanzo again, and again she fell down and hit her head on a rock. Patten then said he panicked when Costanzo went into convulsion and struck her with a shovel that happened to be in his hand. The shovel sliced through the young woman’s neck.

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Fratto parrots Patten’s confession in most details except to say that it was she not her boyfriend who struck the killing blow and the fact that the murder occurred well after 7 pm after Patten picked her up from a meeting of the West Wendover Recreation District she attended with her mother Cassie Fratto. In deed according to sources familiar with the case up until her meeting with Patten after 7 pm Fratto’s alibi has been described as rock solid.

There is however a curious mention in Fratto’s confession where she mentions a train passing by. The gravel pit where the murder occurred is less than 500 yards north of the Central Pacific rail road tracks and any locomotive passing by would be easily scene. However according to rail road logs there was no train on the tracks when Fratto claims to have been killing Micaela Costanzo.

 

According to the log of Central Pacific there was no train anywhere near Wendover at the time Fratto claim to have seen it reported a Central Pacific engineer in a subpoena to Fratto’s attorneys:

“In response to your subpoena, I pulled what is called a CTC log.  It’s a report of trains that go by designated control points on our system in CST.  

 The data in the attached file called NV v Fratto CTC Log shows the time that trains went by control points F806 and F808.  You can see these control points on the map that I’ve attached in the file called NV v Fratto System Map.  In the CTC log I highlighted the activity on control points F806 and F008 between 18:04:02 and 18:33:11 in CST.  This corresponds to 5:00 and 5:30 pm MST on 03/03/2011.  Based on the information in the log, there was no activity at the control points between 18:33:11 and 21:46:43 which corresponds to 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm MST.  

From the highlighted data, what it looks like is that a train with the ID OSTIS 01 entered control point F806 at 18:26:16.  It cleared F806 at 18:27:24.  Then the OSTIS 01 entered control point F808 at 18:28:55.  It cleared F808 at 18:29:59.  Since F806 is west of F808, the train was moving from west to east.  

Please let me know if you have any further questions.”

As the report indicates the log not only shows that there was not a train passing when Fratto claims she saw one it also shows one was passing when Patten said he was at the gravel pit killing Micaela Costanzo between 5:00 and 5:30 pm.

The train reports beg the question why would Toni Fratto add an inconsequential detail about the train in her confession when she could not have seen one?

Fratto’s attorneys have contended that her confession is not only false but was drilled into her  by Kip Patten, Kody’s father.

Both in motions to the court and in the line of questioning of Kip Patten during Fratto’s preliminary hearing Fratto’s attorneys have strongly implied that for the six weeks he drove Toni Fratto to visit his son at the Elko County Jail, Kip Patten pressured the girl to confess to the murder.

 

The reason she mentioned the train that could not have been there at 7 pm was because Kody Patten saw it at 5:30 pm and she was repeating his account too perfectly.

 

In addition to the train logs, the Advocate has learned that investigators are looking into rumors that Fratto and Patten had help in cleaning up the crime scene after the killing took place by an unidentified third party.

Police, prosecution and both defense teams have already commented on the tremendous lake of forensic evidence linking either Patten or Fratto to the crime scene or even the SUV.

“You don’t expect that from a so called panic murder by one or two teenagers,” said a source close to the case. “But the car was almost spotless. There was no trace of Fratto at the scene not even a footprint and very slight DNA evidence putting Patten there either. It just doesn’t fit the knocked drag out fight account in their confessions.”

According to as yet substantiated reports the reason for the lack of evidence is that the killers may have had help after the murder but before Patten’s confession to clean up by an adult who may or may not have known about the killing three days before Micaela Costanzo’s body was found.

If true, and that is a big if, that helper could find him or herself facing murder charges. According to Nevada law there is no lesser charge of aiding and/or abetting after the fact.

“If one is a principal before during or after the fact in a murder one is a principal in the murder,” said Fratto’s attorney John Springgate.

However, despite their ages Kody Patten and Toni Fratto may have had enough knowledge on how to clean a crime scene without adult supervision. According to teachers at west Wendover High School Kody patten’s senior English report was on modern American serial killers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lesbian Murder Trial Part 5 In Ely, Bartlett Guilty 2nd Degree Murder exclusive video

Posted on 26 August 2011 by Howard Copelan

PENNY WAS FOUND GUILTY OF 2ND DEGREE MURDER WITH THE USE OF A DEADLY WEAPON BY WHITE PINE COUNTY JURY.  SENTENCING SET FOR 11/22/11 AT 10AM

 

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New Mine in the Pequops?

Posted on 26 August 2011 by Howard Copelan

Golden Dory Resources Corp. (“Golden Dory” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that drilling has commenced on its JT target area, Pequop South project, Elko County, Nevada. Pequop South lies southwest of, and on trend with, the Long Canyon gold deposit presently being explored by Newmont USA Limited.

 

The 8000 feet of reverse circulation drilling at JT will test a multi station gold-in-soil geochemical anomaly overlying a system of hematitic cave collapse breccias and associated jasperoid within the Long Canyon structural trend. JT is one of three high priority target areas, with geological, geochemical and structural similarities to Long Canyon, identified by Golden Dory on its Pequop South property.

 

Golden Dory is project operator and may earn a 70% interest in the Pequop South Property from Newmont USA Limited by spending US$2.85 million in exploration and by delivering a bankable feasibility study on or before August 2016. The drilling has been contracted to Ace Drilling of Polson, Montana and is expected to take about 4 weeks to complete operating on a one shift per day basis.

 

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Kevin Keats, President and CEO of Golden Dory states, “We are extremely pleased to be drilling the first holes ever on this exciting project. We look forward to the results and will apply what we learn to our exploration efforts as we move this project forward over the coming months.”

 

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Golden Dory Resources Corp. (TSX.V-GDR) is primarily focused on gold exploration at the Huxter Lane-Brady Project in Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada; and in the Long Canyon district (Pequop South), and Reef properties in the state of Nevada, USA.

 

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Donna’s Working Girls Fight Back

Posted on 26 August 2011 by Howard Copelan

A Twin falls man learned the hard way that while the working girls at the Wells brothel donna’s Ranch might be friendly they don’t take kindly to threats or bullying.

 

Michael  McLimans, 62 years, of Twin Falls Idaho was arrested Monday and charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon, $5,000 bail following an afternoon fracas at the historic brothel.

 

According to Elko County Sheriff’s reports the incident began when drinking in the brothel’s bar McLimans began to complain about the choice of music playing on the juke box.

 

“The female employees reported that McLimans was not happy with the choice of music playing on the juke box and became irate.  McLimans reportedly threw a large glass of bloody Mary at one of the employee’s. Two female employees then forcibly removed McLimans from the building.” The report said. “The female employees reported that moments later, McLimans tried to come back through the front door, but it was locked and he could not gain entry, employees told the deputies that McLimans was now in front of the large plate glass window, striking the window with his fist and a black in color pistol.”

 

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“They also reported that McLimans was pointing the pistol at the window. Police were called and McLimans was found hiding near the adjacent brothel Bella’s.

 

“Deputies recovered the pistol from McLimans vehicle.  The employee’s were able to identify the pistol closely by color and caliber.” The report continued. “McLimans told deputies that he was defending himself and that the he had been assaulted by female employees. McLimans told deputies that he retrieved his pistol to defend himself.”

 

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McLimans was arrested for Assault with a Deadly weapon and transported to the Elko County Jail, bail set at $5,000.00.

 

 

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Powell Search Ely Finds No Body, But Raises Questions

Posted on 26 August 2011 by Howard Copelan

West Valley Police search mines near Ely. photo courtesy SLC Tribune

White Pine County Deputies are still scratching their heads over last weekends “invasion” by a  small army of West Valley, Utah Police detectives and news crews that scoured the Ely area last weekend for the body of Susan Powell a Utah woman who disappeared from her West Valley home under suspicious circumstances two years ago.

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“Frankly I never saw anything like it,” said White Pine Sheriff’s Captain Scott Henroid. “We got a call (last) Wednesday from West Valley saying they would be out here. Of course we offered them our complete cooperation we sent out the press release Thursday they held a press conference Friday went looking into the hills and by Sunday they were gone.”

Susan Cox Powell, 28, a housewife and mother to two children was reported missing from her home in West Valley City on Dec. 7, 2009.

Susan’s husband Joshua Powell told police he last saw his wife getting ready for bed and then took the couple’s two boys, then ages 2 and 4, camping in the family’s van in a remote part of Tooele County. It was initially believed the whole family was gone, but only Joshua Powell and the boys returned the next day. A year ago, West Valley police identified him a person of interest in the case.

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However last December, some law enforcement sources began to link the disappearance of Powell with the disappearance of 30-year-old Steven Koecher of St. George Utah who also went missing at about the same time.

“I’m anticipating a very long, hot day today and possibly a long hot day tomorrow,” West Valley Police Sgt. Mike Powell said at the time, referring to numerous searches that detectives plan to conduct in the remote outskirts of Ely.

“The specifics I’m not able to discuss in any detail at all,” Mike Powell said at a news conference that prompted more questions than provided answers.

The sergeant attributed the lack of additional information to a court-ordered “secrecy order” and invited members of the media to join him and four police detectives on several searches in areas outside of town. The White Pines County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Bureau of Land Management were assisting in the searches.

Well over a dozen reporters and photographers were accompanied the searchers. White Pines County Sheriff Dan Watts estimated there are a couple hundred mine shafts in the area.

The two day search yielded nothing but given the number of possible locations where a body could be hidden that result was not unexpected by local law enforcement.

Officer Mike Powell indicated detectives are looking for something specific, but would not specify.

“This is the first time we’ve been here to follow up on information that led us out here,” the sergeant said, yet also said officers had earlier taken a “preemptive drive” to Ely. “This is definitely not a cold case.”

While Josh Powell has been named a person of interest in the case, but there have never been any official suspects. He and his father, Steve Powell, have since said they believe the woman ran away with another missing Utahan, Steven Koecher, and believe the pair may have been hiding out in Nevada.

“We’ve been working hard to bring Susan home,” Josh Powell told the Deseret News last Thursday. “Anything that gets us closer to that is a good thing.”

Koecher has been missing since Dec. 13, when he was last spotted on a surveillance video in a neighborhood outside Las Vegas.

Coincidentally trial is under way in Provo for a man accused of killing one of his employees and then dumping the body near West Wendover.

When the body was first discovered in Wendover yet unidentified, there was rampant speculation that it belonged to Powell.

 

 

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These Olden Days

Posted on 26 August 2011 by Howard Copelan

Our 11-year-old son is often amazed by our tales of the depravations we lived through when we were his age.

 

Of course we did not know we were being deprived in 1972 because the internet had not been invented.

 

We do remember being bent out of shape living in Boise that boasted two television channels (three if you counted PBS but who ever counts PBS?) When our California cousins bragged about have 20 with cable and seven without.

 

But on the whole we were pretty satisfied with our lives and the level of technology way back when. What fools we were. No e-mails, no cel phones, no texting, no facebook, who could be happy? No dvd’s not even the video tapes, there weren’t even any fax machines though we heard rumors about something like that.

 

We used to be similarly regaled by tales from our parents’ or our grandparents’ childhoods. For them in door plumbing was new, as was television, radio, and talking pictures.

 

We laughed at them and considered ourselves lucky. But thinking back our childhoods were much more similar to our parents and grandparents than our son’s is to our past.

 

Apart from not having to use an outhouse we pretty much had the same constraints. We went to school to learn, the library for books, we consulted a many volumed encyclopedia for information we knew might be outdated. The only way to stay in touch with far away friends and relatives was either a costly long distance phone call or writing letters. Mostly we just saw them on summer vacations. Besides being the grandchildren of immigrants our family was none too large, at least not large just by counting the people our parents stayed in contact with.

 

We wonder what tales our son will regale his children or grandchildren with?

 

We think it highly likely that our future descendents will only know of the postal service from the memory of their father, the same might be true of the local library, perhaps schools, the brick and mortar and prefab buildings will also live only in quaint tales of a past age gone by.

 

Actually going away to another city to go to college might also become just something that will not be done anymore.

 

People being people will still want to meet other people, see other people but with communication so easy and information so readily available the difference between wanting to and needing to will become greater and greater, especially if there is money involved.

 

Already our new age of information has meant a growing number of people who can work quite comfortably from home and it will only grow larger. Perhaps in our son’s grandchildren’s time the phrase: Honey, I’m home will no longer be commonly heard because they will already be home when they finish work.

 

While it is just speculation on our part perhaps seasoned with optimism of the future we foresee a brave new world that less resembles our lives today than it does of the daily lives of the ancient world.

 

Back then most people lived in pretty much self sufficient families a mile or more away from each other.

 

Cities existed but not the metropolises of the last 200 or even 500 years.

 

And as for keeping in touch, today our son knows the names, ages and location of some of his third cousins twice removed. Who knows what tomorrow may bring?

 

Perhaps when he speaks of the olden days it will be in real time to his grandchildren on Mars. And like him today we doubt very much they will look on the past with any envy.

 

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Lesbian Murder Trial Part 5 In Ely, Bartlett Guilty 2nd Degree Murder exclusive video

Posted on 25 August 2011 by Howard Copelan

PENNY WAS FOUND GUILTY OF 2ND DEGREE MURDER WITH THE USE OF A DEADLY WEAPON BY WHITE PINE COUNTY JURY.  SENTENCING SET FOR 11/22/11 AT 10AM

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Breaking News DA Will Seek Death For Fratto/Patten Web Exclusive DA Death Penalty Motions Published

Posted on 25 August 2011 by Howard Copelan

Elko District Attorney Attorney Marc Torvinen filed late Wednesday afternoon his motion of intent to seek the death penalty for confessed teen murderers Toni Fratto and Kody Patten.

Both have confessed to the brutal March 3, killing of 16 year old West Wendover High School student Micaela “Mickey” Costanzo.

Mickey Costanzo

If Torvinen is successful the two both 19 years old will be the youngest Nevadans ever sentenced to die in the history of the state.

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Death Notice – Fratto

Death Notice – Patten

 

Other details in the case will be published today in the High Desert Advocate.

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Lesbian Murder Trial Part 4 In Ely, Bartlett Claims Self Defense exclusive video

Posted on 24 August 2011 by Howard Copelan

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