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    AMERICA'S Got Talent Extreme has been hit with serious violations in a federal investigation after stuntman Jonathan Goodwin was left paralyzed from a 30-foot fall on set.  In a statement given exclusively to The Sun, the Department of Labor's occupational safety division said: "OSHA has completed the investigation into this horrific incident involving Marathon Productions, Inc. and issued a citation on April 13, 2022 for two Serious violations."  5America's Got Talent and Britain's Got Talent star stuntman Jonathan Goodwin was paralyzed after an on set accident 5A federal investigation found serious violations on the AGT set in GeogiaCredit: Getty Just last week the popular 42-year-old stuntman said the October 2021 accident during AGT Extreme's rehearsals in Georgia left him paralyzed.  The basis for citations in OSHA's report is that "an employee was exposed to a fall hazard of approximately 30-feet to ground level, in that; the employer did not ensure an adequately sized airbag or (safety net) was used and correctly positioned to protect the employee from contacting the lower ground level."  The basis of the first citation was that...
    The U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona filed charges against two Mexican nationals for their roles in an alleged human smuggling scheme that included extorting family members for the release of migrants being held for ransom. The suspects allegedly demanded a payment of $8,000 for each migrant being held against their will in Arizona. Following the April 8 arrest of two Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States by federal and local police, a federal grand jury handed down indictments against Olegario Lares-De La Rosa, 29, and Ivan Heriberto Borboa-Ruiz, 28, for Conspiracy to Commit Hostage Taking, Hostage Taking, Conspiracy to Commit Transportation of Illegal Aliens for Profit, Transportation of Illegal Aliens for Profit, and Prohibited Possessors of Firearms and Ammunition, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed that on April 6, a family member of a migrant smuggled illegally into the United States received a phone call from the cell phone of his cousin who he knew was being smuggled into Arizona from Mexico....
    Delta Air Lines is restoring flight privileges to about 2,000 customers who previously did not comply with mask rules. The airline announced Wednesday that barred customers will be allowed to fly once again on a case-by-case basis following a Florida federal judge’s decision on Monday to overturn the extended federal face mask mandate for planes and public transportation. “Only after each case is reviewed and each customer demonstrates an understanding of their expected behavior when flying with us,” Delta told Reuters. “Any further disregard for the policies that keep us all safe will result in placement on Delta's permanent no-fly list." The decision, however, does not affect Delta’s separate “permanent no-fly list,” comprising customers who committed “egregious behavior.” ‘PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER’: TRAVELERS REACT TO NO MASKS ON PLANES, BUT WHAT ABOUT CRUISES? Delta previously encouraged the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland to place any person convicted of creating a disruption aboard a flight on a national “no fly” list. United Airlines also announced Tuesday it would reinstate about 1,000 of its...
    The ACLU of D.C. on Wednesday pushed for a federal judge to authorize an appeal allowing the civil rights organization to revive claims against federal officials for the violent clearing of protesters from Lafayette Square on June 1, 2020. Those claims, which the ACLU says will hold federal officials financially accountable, were dismissed last summer. But because the court’s order did not dismiss the entire case, the plaintiffs need the court’s permission to appeal and filed a motion. More Government News More D.C. News Former Attorney General Bill Barr, who ordered the clearing under then-President Donald Trump, is among those named, as is Trump, Park Police Commander Mark Adamchik and individual officers the ACLU said it has identified. The plaintiffs include Black Lives Matter D.C. and individuals who attended the protests. “We are seeking the court’s permission to appeal the decision dismissing the constitutional claims for damages against the federal officers who violently and without provocation cleared civil rights protesters from Lafayette Square,” Scott Michelman, legal director for the ACLU of D.C., told WTOP. “Last week, we settled...
    The 2024 presidential election is more than a year away and former President Donald Trump is already being accused of violating campaign finance laws. According to HuffPost, the former president is at the center of the allegations because he is reportedly "raising and spending political funds for a 2024 presidential bid without declaring his candidacy in order to dodge reporting regulations and restrictions." In a complaint filed to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) this month, the Democratic-backed super political action group (PAC), American Bridge 21st Century, detailed Trump's alleged violations ahead of the upcoming presidential election. "Trump has been illegally using his multi-candidate leadership PAC to raise and spend funds in excess of [Federal Election] Commission limits for the purpose of advancing a 2024 presidential campaign,” the complaint said. The complaint also notes that funds have already been put toward “payments for events at Trump properties, rallies featuring Mr. Trump, consulting payments to former Trump campaign staff, and digital advertising about Mr. Trump’s events and his presumptive 2024 opponent.” Under the commission's legal requirements, Trump was required to complete a...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Salvation Army was accused in three federal lawsuits filed Wednesday of violating federal labor law by not paying minimum wage to participants in its work-based rehabilitation programs. The lawsuits, filed in federal courts in New York, Illinois and Georgia, accuse the organization of working the programs’ enrollees full time and even longer in its thrift stores, but only paying them a fraction of what federal law requires as a minimum. “Despite the substantial benefit The Salvation Army derives from the labor of these vulnerable workers, who form the backbone of its lucrative thrift store operations, The Salvation Army pays them almost nothing,” the attorneys filing the suits said in a statement. An email was sent to The Salvation Army seeking comment. According to the lawsuits, there are about 120 of the rehabilitation centers around the country, separated into 4 territories for administrative oversight; the suits were filed in three of those territories. Participants in the programs, who live and work through the centers, suffer from substance abuse, homelessness, criminal justice concerns and other life obstacles....
    A Missouri lawmaker who is charged in a fraud scheme involving medical treatments in her job as a physician assistant reached a settlement with the state health department that puts her narcotics license on probation for three years. The agreement with state Rep. Tricia Derges, first reported Monday by the Missouri Independent, was reached Jan. 28 but not announced. Her attorney, Al Watkins, provided The Associated Press with a copy of the deal with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Derges is a first-term Republican from Nixa. She also operates Life Up, a nonprofit medical and dental clinic in Springfield that serves poor, homeless and uninsured people. The settlement does not address many of the charges cited in a 23-count criminal case against Derges. She has pleaded not guilty in the federal case. Instead, it states that an investigation “revealed violations of state and federal controlled substance laws,” such as illegally prescribing amphetamines and opioids. The agreement says Derges committed the crimes because those laws were not taught at the Caribbean Medical...
    (CNN)A former Tennessee law enforcement officer was convicted Friday of federal civil rights offenses for using excessive force against two suspects, federal prosecutors said.Anthony "Tony" Bean, 61, faced a bench trial on charges related to separate incidents in 2014 and 2017. In 2014, when he was acting as the Tracy City police chief, Bean used excessive force twice during an arrest, a statement from the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee said.In 2017, when Bean was the chief deputy at the Grundy County Sheriff's Office, he used excessive force against another arrestee, the statement from prosecutors said.CNN has reached out to Bean's lawyer for comment on the convictions. Read More"Civil Rights violations are always of great concern, particularly when an officer betrays the oath to protect and serve," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Joseph E. Carrico. "When that trust is violated, the law enforcement community is tarnished, and the community's confidence is broken."Bean will be sentenced in June and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for each of the three counts for which...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A coalition of community activists and faith leaders are calling for the Chicago Transit Authority to shut down in protest if former Jason Van Dyke isn't charged with federal civil rights violations for the 2014 slaying of a Black Chicago teen.The former Chicago police officer was convicted in October 2018 for killing Laquan McDonald and is scheduled for release early next month.In 2014, Van Dyke shot the Black teen 16 times. Video of the shooting from a police dashboard camera, released more than a year later, was a key piece of evidence in the trial and inflamed public reaction across the country. Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery, one count for each shot that hit McDonald."We want Local 241 and Local 308 -- the trains and the buses -- we want them to stand with us. We want them to stand in solidarity with us," said community activist William Calloway.Calloway, who help make the dashcam video of the shooting public, said it's unclear if the transit unions will participate...
    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated safe handling policies at a helium plant in the Texas Panhandle, federal work-safety investigators reported Thursday. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a statement that it is the first time it has invoked its egregious violation policy in citing unsafe conditions at a federal facility. OSHA said it issued 21 notices of unsafe working conditions to the bureau related to the handling of chemical materials at the Cliffside Helium Enrichment Unit in Amarillo. The violations would carry a penalty of more than $1 million in the private sector, but monetary penalties are not assessed to federal agencies for failing to comply with OSHA standards, the agency said. The Amarillo plant refines and sells helium products to private entities. OSHA said it found five egregious willful violations for failure to perform inspections and tests on process equipment, as well as six willful safety violations that included failing to train workers to understand the purpose and function of the energy control program. OSHA also cited serious violations for process...
    MOUNT VERNON, Westchester County (WABC) -- The Mount Vernon Police Department, which has been accused of pervasive misconduct, particularly the singling out of Black residents for abuse and excessive force, is the focus of a newly announced federal investigation into alleged civil rights violations.The investigation, announced Friday by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams along with Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, will look into the Mount Vernon Police Department's use of force, strip and body cavity searches, and how it handles evidence."When officers break the law they violate their oath and undermine a community's trust. The investigation we are announcing today will assess whether the Mount Vernon Police Department engages in discriminatory conduct, singling out Black residents for mistreatment," Williams said.The investigation would also work to determine whether the department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing, including the use of excessive force and falsifying evidence.The mayor of Mount Vernon, Shawyn Patterson-Howard, pledged cooperation, Williams said.Just a few months after she took office in...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The operators of the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens will pay $500,000 to settle violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. The casino accepted responsibility for failing to properly file reports for a Chinese national who conducted millions of dollars in cash transactions back in 2016, which violates a number of federal anti-money laundering rules, according to federal prosecutors. Bicycle Casino also agreed to strengthen its anti-money laundering practices. READ MORE: LADWP Employee Electrocuted In Underground Wilmington Vault BELL GARDENSS, CA – APRIL 4, 2017 Federal authorities executed warrants early Tuesday as part of a criminal investigation at The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens. Details about the investigation were not immediately available, but authorities with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed the warrants are related to the Internal Revenue Services. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) READ MORE: Riverside Police: Eddie Flores, Arrested In Rape Of Woman He Met Through Apps, May Have More VictimsThe investigation into the Bicycle Casino concerned a...
    The gun control group Giffords filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Tuesday, alleging the advocacy group violated campaign finance laws by illegally contributing tens of millions of dollars to GOP Senate and presidential candidates. The lawsuit — which was filed by the nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog Campaign Legal Center on behalf of Giffords — alleges that the NRA funneled up to $35 million in illicit contributions to GOP candidates through a number of shell corporations. The group, which was founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), alleges that the NRA made illegal contributions to candidates running in elections in 2014, 2016 and 2018, in addition to former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe, Youngkin hold final campaign rallies ahead of tight Virginia governor's race Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don't believe their vote will be counted accurately Overnight Defense & National Security — Sparring over sub deal intensifies MORE’s 2016 bid. “Over the past seven years, the National Rifle Association has engaged in an ongoing scheme to evade campaign finance regulations by using a series of shell corporations to illegally...
    Biden campaigned against Trumps Mexico border policy. Now hes relaunching it Aides say Sinema didnt interact with guests at wedding who wore disrespectful and racist costumes A campaign finance watchdog filed a complaint against former Missouri governor and U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens on Thursday, alleging his campaign illegally spent more than $100,000 and calling for a federal investigation and penalties. © Nathan Papes/Springfield News-Leader Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and 2022 U.S. Senate candidate speaks at the Taney County Lincoln Day event on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at the Chateau on the Lake in Branson. Writing to the Federal Elections Commission, the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center says Greitens used cash from his campaign for governor to help kick-start the early stages of his U.S. Senate campaign, and that the Republican falsely characterized that spending as a personal contribution. Under federal law, money designated for a statewide campaign (such as for governor) cannot be used for a federal campaign (in this case, for U.S. Senate).  Load Error The watchdog alleges that Greitens made potentially illegal payments to a staffer, PR...
    Democrats passed legislation Tuesday that would federalize America’s electoral system, giving President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) significant control over election law. The House passed H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021. The bill passed 219-212, with Democrats strongly in favor of the bill and Republicans largely against the bill. Democrats named the bill after the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a prominent civil rights activist. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights movement, is flanked by Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., left, and Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., right, as he joins the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee in endorsing Hillary Clinton as prominent African-American Democrats rush to her aid ahead of the Feb. 27 Democratic primary in South Carolina, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee, said that Clinton has been a long term partner who understands the racial divide. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The legislation would radically transform America’s electoral system. The...
    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- A federal judge has noted "serious ongoing" violations to the rights of transgender prison inmates in Illinois which must be "immediately addressed."Chief Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel in southern Illinois said in a memorandum and order earlier this month that the Illinois Department of Corrections has made some changes ordered in 2019 following a class-action lawsuit. But correctional officers and other staff have not had any training in new procedures regarding transgender inmates.RELATED: Transgender inmate who sued over alleged abuse released from prison"There are still serious violations of Plaintiffs' constitutional rights happening every day," Rosenstengel said. That includes delays in treating inmates and a failure to monitor the health of inmates receiving hormone therapy and properly adjusting the dosage.Rosenstengel also noted a lack of appropriate medical are and more suicide attempts, more threats of suicide and ongoing harassment."Our clients have endured years of suffering, waiting for IDOC to simply provide basic health care," said inmates' attorney John Knight, LGBTQ & HIV Project Director at the ACLU of Illinois.An Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman said the agency...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Douglas Williams Jr. of Penn Hills and East Pittsburgh will spend more than 18 years in prison after he was sentenced following a conviction of federal drug and gun crimes. READ MORE: Humane Animal Rescue Of Pittsburgh Hosting Dog Food Distribution Event Williams was on parole after he served a long sentence for a murder conviction in Allegheny County. While he was out, he opened a Boost Mobile store in Penn Hills. During that time period, the Drug Enforcement Agency was investigating overdoses of heroin, finding stamp bags marked “CEO.” READ MORE: White-Tailed Deer In Pennsylvania Tested Positive For COVID-19 Antibodies State police arrested a drug dealer who was in possession of these bags and notified the DEA. Through that investigation, the DEA was able to arrest and convict this dealer’s supplier. That arrest then led them to the next person up the ladder, who they learned was Williams. The DEA executed federal search warrants at the Boost Mobile store, where they found 123 grams of “black tar”...
    CHICAGO — Tank Noodle in Uptown already been slapped with a six-figure federal fine and had to pay back a grant due to labor violations — but its case may not yet be closed, city officials said Thursday. The popular Vietnamese restaurant, 4953 N. Broadway, was accused of violating federal labor laws and was forced to give 60 workers nearly $700,000 in back wages in March. Then, in April, it was ordered to return a $150,000 business interruption grant it’d received from the state. The city has not yet penalized the business — but Andy Fox, head of the city’s Office of Labor Standards, said officials are “interested in looking at it.” “Tank Noodle’s very egregious,” Fox said. “It’s very upsetting. … When we heard about, we said, ‘What’s happening there? What can we do?'” The state’s labor department has looked at the business, too, Fox said. But the city’s agencies has to manage a “balancing act,” Fox said: They don’t want to penalize Tank Noodle to the point it closes and workers are out of a job, but they...
    Only two people have agreed to pay fines to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) among more than 2,400 incidents of noncompliance since a federal mask mandate took effect this year, according to new data provided to The Hill. TSA said it has received referrals concerning 2,413 incidents of possible noncompliance and has completed investigations into 1,793 incidents.  The agency issued more than 1,690 warning notices and referred 38 matters for civil penalties. Only two individuals did not challenge their fines of $250 each, TSA said in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The eye-opening figures come amid an uproar over the federal mask mandate for transportation that has been linked to numerous reports of scuffles and obnoxious behavior by airplane passengers. “One explanation could be that the people who already violated it to start with are people who feel very strongly to begin with and don’t think the federal government could even mandate something like that. They do it partially as a protest, so it’s not surprising they haven’t paid the fine,” said Retsef Levi, professor at the...
    Three wheelchair users filed a class-action lawsuit against Baltimore, Maryland, alleging "widespread" violations of federal accessibility requirements by the city, such as failing to install and maintain curb ramps and sidewalks. "The issue is failure over time to bring sidewalks and curb ramps around Baltimore City into compliance with the Americans with Disability Act requirements," said Rebecca Rodgers, a senior staff attorney for the New York-based Disability Rights Advocates group. They filed their complaint in the District Court of Maryland on June 10 in conjunction with the IMAGE Center, a 501c3 nonprofit group dedicated to "new thinking about disability." The three plaintiffs affected by the alleged lack of ADA-required accessibility points across the city are Susan Goodlaxson, Janice Jackson, and Keyonna Mayo. The Washington Examiner reached out to representatives for the city of Baltimore for comment on the lawsuit but did not immediately receive a response. The city of Baltimore conducted a survey in 2019 of its curb ramps across the city and found only about 1.3% of the 37,806 ramps examined were in ADA compliance, Rodgers told the...