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    LOS ANGELES -- Federal prosecutors have charged four people in connection with the robbery and killing of an off-duty Los Angeles police officer and allege the suspects are tied to a street gang, authorities said Thursday.Officer Fernando Arroyos, 27, was fatally shot at about 9:15 p.m. Monday in an unincorporated area of south Los Angeles County.Authorities have said Arroyos was shopping for a house with his girlfriend when a pickup truck approached, several suspects got out, there was an argument and gunfire was exchanged between the assailants and the officer. Arroyos was shot once; his girlfriend was not hurt.The U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles announced the charges on Thursday night ahead of a press conference scheduled by the Los Angeles County sheriff. The sheriff's department was investigating the case, and took the suspects into custody on Wednesday, because the crime occurred in an unincorporated area of the county.The defendants are charged with violent crime in aid of racketeering; they are allegedly connected to the Florencia 13 (F13) gang. They could face the death penalty, or the minimum sentence of...
    The man who allegedly killed four people and wounded one other in Florida on Sunday said he believed he was on a mission from God to save an imaginary girl from sex traffickers, authorities said Thursday. Brian Riley, the 33-year-old alleged shooter and ex-Marine, went to the victims' residence because he said he received a message from God to save a young girl, investigators said . "God told me to kill everyone and rescue Amber because she is a victim of sex trafficking," he reportedly told authorities. FLORIDA SHERIFF CALLS SHOOTING SUSPECT A 'COWARD' AFTER ARRESTING HIM Riley spoke with one of the victims, Justice Gleason, before the shooting occurred outside the residence, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. He then said God told him Gleason's daughter "Amber" would kill herself, Judd added, citing a witness. Gleason, 40, replied there was no "Amber" and that he would call the authorities, to which Riley allegedly replied, "No need to call the cops, I'm the cops for God," and left. "There were no victims...
    A Marine veteran who identified himself as a “survivalist” with visions from God told police that he didn’t know the four members of a family he brutally murdered over the weekend—and admitted he shot a 3-month-old baby because he’s a “sick guy,” according to court documents. The suspect, 33-year-old Bryan Riley of Brandon, Florida, was ordered held without bond during his first court appearance on Monday. He requested his own lawyer and will be appointed one until he can secure his own, a judge said, according to the AP. Riley allegedly told authorities he was high on meth when, while clad in camouflage, he murdered four people—including a mom who was found dead with her slain infant in her arms—at two homes outside of Tampa, Florida, on Sunday morning, claiming that he had been sent by God. He also gunned down the family’s dog. “When you see somebody so heartless, so calculating, that they will shoot a mother clinging to her three-month-old baby, and kill the baby, and shoot the family dog—this guy is heartless and calculating with his...
    More On: shootings Shocking video shows gunman opening fire outside East Village bar Army vet sentenced for shooting black teen at Trump rally Georgia boy, 9, killed in drive-by shooting while sleeping in bed Chicago cops turn backs on mayor after fatal police shooting A suspect was busted for gunning down a man whom he accused of hitting on his girlfriend earlier this month, authorities said.  Casey Bryan, 30, was arrested Monday in connection to the Aug. 1 slaying of Kelvin Mussonguela at the corner of Utica Avenue and Sterling Place, cops said.  Bryan had previously gotten into a spat with Mussonguela at a deli — where he accused the victim of making unwanted advances toward his gal pal, police said.  Bryan shot Mussonguela in the torso around 4:50 a.m., cops said. He was taken to the Kings County Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.  Bryan was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said. Filed under brooklyn ,  crime ,  shootings ,  8/11/21
    The woman who called New York City police over a Black birdwatcher in Central Park said that she doesn’t think she had “another option” besides seeking authorities, NBC News reported. In a Tuesday episode of the podcast “Honestly with Bari Weiss,” Amy Cooper told host Kmele Foster that she had “no choice” to call 911 on birdwatcher Christian Cooper, stating he was trying to offer her dog a treat after he told her to put her dog on a leash.  “He’s holding these dog treats in one hand and a bike helmet in his other hand and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my god, is this guy going to lure my dog over and try to hit him with his bike helmet?’” Cooper told Foster.  “And if I end up over there, am I going to get hit by this bike helmet?” Cooper later said that since she was a woman alone in the park, she had no choice but to call authorities on Cooper.  “I don’t know that as a woman alone in a park that I had another option,” she said. ...
    An Alabama man was arrested on July 21 on dozens of charges, including attempted rape and voyeurism, for allegedly breaking into a woman’s house to sexually assault her, according to police. Police said John Thomas Uda, 27, allegedly broken into the house of a female acquaintance and attacked the woman, inflicting minor injuries, the Dothan Eagle reported. Dothan Police Lt. Scott Owens, who responded to the crime scene,  said reporters that the victim, “Received treatment at a local hospital.” Following a search of Uda’s house, authorities said they discovered over 400 female undergarments ranging from bras to panties, according to Fox News. (RELATED: US Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Attacking Three Women In Manhattan Park) While he has been accused of stealing many of the pieces of underwear from other burglaries and community laundromats, Owens says many of them may have been purchased online, AL.com reported. “We have a theory that some were bought online because there is a marketplace for that,” he said.  Say What Now? Alabama Man Wanted for Attempted Rape Caught with 400 Pairs of Women’s Underwear...
    Wife of the now-deceased software mogul John McAfee claimed that U.S. authorities were “determined to have John die in prison,” in a tweet posted three days prior to what Spanish authorities called “death by suicide.” Janice McAfee wished her husband a happy Father’s Day in a Sunday tweet, attaching two screenshots of a lengthy text, where she complained that “there is no longer justice in America.” Happy Father’s Day @officialmcafee. Though you are spending the day in prison know that you are loved and appreciated. #FreeJohnMcAfee #FreeMcAfee pic.twitter.com/YFmB36KWfb — Janice McAfee (@theemrsmcafee) June 20, 2021 She claimed that statements made by her husband that allegedly exposed corruption in the government, along with his “refusal to be extorted, intimidated or silenced,” got him in trouble. “Now the US authorities are determined to have John die in prison to make an example of him for speaking out against the corruption within their government agencies,” Janice speculated. The post was retweeted by John McAfee himself the same day. The creator of the anti-virus software was found dead in his prison cell Wednesday...
    Authorities are investigating vandalism at a Popeyes in Missouri, where a sign appeared at the drive-thru Wednesday telling customers that new management would 'reserve the right to refuse service to white people.' Lake Saint Louis police reported that the sign was placed, 'unbeknownst to the business,' and that it could be related to vandalism at the same Popeyes earlier this month when several drive-thru menu signs were spray-painted. Photos of the sign caused a furor on social media. Police are investigating the appearance of this sign on Wednesday at a Popeyes in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri. Authorities say they believe it was vandalism, and that it was placed without the restaurant's knowledge    Furor over the sign reached the point where the Popeyes was forced to close for a day 'If you're Caucasian you may not get chicken at this restaurant,' Missouri resident Kimberly Stowers-Collier posted on Facebook. 'What is going on at your store?' Michelle Murray asked the restaurant's official Facebook page. 'Please advise. This is utter BS.' 'Wow is all I can say,' Shane Kirk posted. ...
    The FBI seal is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington, DC on July 5, 2016. - The FBI said Tuesday it will not recommend charges over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, but said she had been "extremely careless" in her handling of top secret data. The decision not to recommend prosecution will come as a huge relief for the presumptive Democratic nominee whose White House campaign has been dogged by the months-long probe. Photo by YURI GRIPAS/AFP via Getty Images The FBI has determined that the 2004 death of Alonzo Brooks was a a homicide. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The mysterious 2004 death of Kansas man Alonzo Brooks has been ruled a homicide by the FBI, 16 years later. Brooks, a Black man, was found dead in a creek in La Cygne, Kansas, in 2004, and authorities for years investigated whether his killing was racially motivated or a hate crime. "We knew that Alonzo Brooks died under very suspicious circumstances," said Acting US Attorney Duston Slinkard. "This...
    PITTSBURG — A Pittsburg man has been charged with attempted kidnapping after authorities said he followed a person’s Uber ride to a BART station last weekend and tried to pull her into a vehicle he was driving. Chavez Yarbrough, 30, also has been charged with possession of a firearm, which is also a felony, along with misdemeanor petty theft, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a smoking device, Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office spokesman Scott Alonso said. The charges stem from a March 6 encounter in which the victim, a female whose age wasn’t revealed, left her undisclosed residence to head to the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station. She called for an Uber to pick her up. As she left, authorities said Yarbrough offered her a ride to the station that she declined. After the Uber picked her up, Yarbrough got in a car and followed it, authorities said. Yarbrough is accused of following her down an access road after the Uber driver dropped her off at the station. Authorities said he tried to entice her to enter his car, then...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Two people were critically injured in an overnight crash on the Bay Bridge, the San Francisco Fire Department said Sunday. At about 12:49 a.m. Sunday, crews responded to a vehicle collision on the Bay Bridge near the Treasure Island exit. On arrival, emergency personnel found two adults critically injured and used the “jaws of life” tool to extract one person trapped inside a vehicle. The vehicle collision shut down several lanes off traffic toward San Francisco and backed up traffic into the city as seen on videos uploaded to Citizen, an app that lets users take video of fires, car crashes, crimes and emergency events. The San Francisco Fire Department did not give more details on the crash.
    A retired New York firefighter from Long Island has been arrested for being part of the MAGA mob that stormed the US Capitol on January 6. Thomas Fee, 53, of Freeport, Long Island, surrendered to authorities on Tuesday.  Fee, who retired from the FDNY last October after 22 years of service, faces charges in Washington of disorderly conduct and entering a restricted building without permission.  He texted a selfie of himself to his girlfriend's sibling from the Capitol rotunda when a stream of Trump supporters stormed into the building. He described himself as part of the 'tip of the spear,' prosecutors say. Retired New York firefighter Thomas Fee, 53, of Long Island, surrendered to authorities on Tuesday for his role in storming the US Capitol on January 6. He texted a selfie of himself (right) to his girlfriend's sibling from the Capitol rotunda when a stream of Trump supporters stormed into the building. He described himself as part of the 'tip of the spear,' prosecutors say. The FBI in New York shared this statement following his arrest He also...
    It is exactly one year after the WHO opinion in which it cites an investigation by the Chinese government: COVID-19 is not transmitted between humans. And good… The position of the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding COVID-19 has always been in the eye of criticism. There was talk of protecting the Chinese government during the first few occasions. And there is a tweet, a post, which is a small reflection of the case. On January 14, 2020, the WHO noted that COVID-19 is not transmitted between humans, according to the investigation by Chinese authorities. A year later there are 1.98 million deaths, the product of 92.3 million infections. What did the WHO say? « Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no evidence of human transmission in the new coronavirus identified in Wuhan. » Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, # China????????. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG – World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020 The first to die from COVID-19, an outbreak...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police on Thursday arrested a lawyer and 10 others on suspicion of helping 12 Hong Kongers try to flee the city, local media reported in the latest arrests in an ongoing crackdown on dissent. Police arrested eight men and three women aged 18 to 72 for “assisting offenders,” according to the South China Morning Post, which cited unnamed sources. District councillor and lawyer Daniel Wong Kwok-tung posted on his Facebook page that national security officers had arrived at his home, although he did not know yet to which police station he would be taken. Wong, a member of the city’s Democratic Party, is known for providing legal assistance to hundreds of protesters arrested during the anti-government protests in Hong Kong in 2019. Those arrested were suspected of helping the 12 Hong Kong youth who were detained at sea by mainland Chinese authorities while attempting to sail to Taiwan last August. Some of them were wanted in Hong Kong for offenses related to anti-government protests in 2019. Last month, 10 of them were sentenced to...
    Large groups of Proud Boys join tens of thousands of Trump supporters rallied to declare the 2020 Presidential election results a fraud on November 14, 2020 in downtown Washington, DC. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images Washington, DC, is bracing for possible violent clashes after a wave of pro-Trump protesters is expected to descend on the city this week. The National Guard has been activated to assist with crowd control and Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued reminders that guns are not allowed at rallies. The protests are expected to coincide with members of Congress meeting on Wednesday to confirm the presidential election results. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As Washington, DC, prepares for a wave of pro-Trump protesters due to arrive in the city on Tuesday and Wednesday, the city's mayor ramped up warnings for residents and measures to tamp down potential violence. Supporters of President Donald Trump who hold the delusional belief that President-elect Joe Biden's election victory was fraudulent are expected to make their last stand in the nation's capital this week. Trump last month...
    A Staten Island bar was closed down and the defiant owner led away in cuffs Tuesday night after he said his business was an 'autonomous zone' and refused to stop indoor dining despite multiple warnings from authorities.  Mac's Public House on Lincoln Avenue was slapped with several violations for ignoring local and state coronavirus restrictions when officers from New York City Sheriff's Department descended on the business Tuesday night.   Co-owner of the bar Danny Presti was arrested and his attorney Lou Gelormino said he was issued three summonses, while customers protested outside in a show of support for the local business.  Under New York law, indoor dining is banned on Staten Island as it is classed as an orange zone. Daily coronavirus cases have reached their highest level since April in the borough and last week Governor Andrew Cuomo opened a field hospital there amid fears the healthcare system could soon be overwhelmed. But Mac's has defied the ban with Presti and co-owner Keith McAlarney taking inspiration from Seattle's CHOP zone set up back in June amid George Floyd protests. ...
    Authorities predicted months ago that the homeless man who allegedly shoved a straphanger onto Manhattan subway tracks would become a serial subway menace, The Post has learned. Law enforcement had told another subway-attack victim — a retired postal worker who was allegedly slugged in the face on an F train in Chelsea by Justin Pena on Jan. 16 — that the unhinged shelter resident would soon be back out on the street, free to terrorize again. “They told us he’s going to get a slap on the wrist and be back on the street and do the exact same thing,” victim Anthony Lion’s son Herman Leung recalled. “It’s very upsetting.” Ten months later, the prediction came true, police now say. Pena, 23, allegedly sucker-punched a 36-year-old stranger multiple times on a platform of the 42nd Street-Bryant Park, and then shoved the randomly targeted man onto the tracks. That victim was able to pull himself back onto the platform before a train arrived; he suffered only minor injuries to his knee and hands, becoming the latest in a spate of attacks...
    Alexander Flores lost to Luis Ortiz. Photo by PBC on Fox / Twitter Alexander Flores suffered a 46-second loss to the former heavyweight title challenger Luis Ortiz on Saturday. Flores threw only one punch in the fight, which did not land, and was hit in return with three of Ortiz's 10 punches, according to Compubox data. The final blow was a glancing strike to the side of the body, which was enough to put Flores down and out for the count. The nature of the defeat has raised questions as the California State Athletic Commission is now reviewing the match to ensure Flores fought to the best of his capabilities. Until the review is complete, the commission is withholding the $80,000 Flores was due to receive. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A heavyweight boxer's salary is being withheld after a commissioner said the way he lost so easily in 46 seconds on Saturday "raised some questions." Alexander Flores was beaten by Luis Ortiz during a Premier Boxing Champions event held behind-closed-doors at the Microsoft Theater in...
    Roy McGrath at a State House news conference earlier this year. Photo by Patrick Siebert/Executive Office of the Governor. (Courtesy Maryland Matters) This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. State prosecutors and federal authorities are investigating Roy McGrath, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s former chief of staff, Maryland Matters has learned. McGrath stepped down as Hogan’s top aide in August, following media reports that he pressed his prior employer, the Maryland Environmental Service, into awarding him a year’s severance when he left the quasi-governmental agency to join the governor’s team. McGrath spent three years as CEO of the public works and environmental services agency before being tapped to serve as Hogan’s chief of staff. The severance payout of $234,000 — along with more than $50,000 in travel, training and other expenses he was reimbursed for upon his departure — quickly became a source of controversy, and McGrath abruptly stepped down as chief of staff after just 11 weeks on the job. Part of the controversy...
    Sonia Kennebeck begins her documentary Enemies of the State with an epigraph from Oscar Wilde: “The truth is never pure and rarely simple.” By the conclusion of Kennebeck’s film, which premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, the convoluted series of events she recounts reveal that nothing is straightforward about the case her documentary dissects—the strange saga of Matt DeHart, a man hailed by his supporters as a whistleblower and denounced by his detractors as a sex predator. Instead of assuaging the audience’s curiosity and providing a clear-cut resolution to this murky scenario, Kennebeck, whether courageously or perversely, leaves her viewers hanging. Perhaps the opaque nature of the DeHart controversy, replete with unyielding positions from partisans on both sides, leaves her no choice. The legal and ethical quandaries posed by DeHart’s case seemed tailor-made to polarize opposing political factions, even though the terms of the debate reflect a pre-Trump era when the FBI and CIA were still mistrusted by liberals and Julian Assange and WikiLeaks were not presumed to be linked to Russian disinformation schemes. The...
    Michael Reinoehl is seen during a protest in front of Mayor Ted Wheeler's residence Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Reinoehl, suspected of fatally shooting a supporter of a right-wing group in Portland last week, was killed Thursday, Sept. 3, as investigators moved in to arrest him, a senior Justice Department official told The Associated Press. Reinoehl, 48, was killed as a federal task force attempted to apprehend him in Lacey, Wash., the official said. Reinoehl was the prime suspect in the killing of 39-year-old Aaron “Jay” Danielson, who was shot in the chest Saturday night, the official said. Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP Michael Reinoehl, who is suspected of fatally shooting Aaron Danielson in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, spoke to a freelance journalist before he was killed by law enforcement officers on Thursday night.  Reinoehl told freelance journalist Donovan Farley, in footage that was shared with Vice News. that he shot the man because he feared for his life and his friend's life, and didn't see any police officers who could intervene. Danielson was taking part...
    Michael Reinoehl in an interview shared by Vice News on Thursday. Vice News Michael Reinoehl, who is suspected of fatally shooting a member of the right-wing Patriot Prayer group in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, spoke to a freelance journalist before he was killed by law enforcement officers.  In video later shared with VIce News, Reinoehl told the journalist that the shooting death of Aaron Danielson, who was taking part in a caravan supporting President Donald Trump, put on by Patriot Prayer, was "totally justified." "Had I not acted, I am confident that my friend, and I'm sure I, would have been killed. I wasn't going to stand there and let something happen," he said. Reinoehl was later killed by federal agents as they tried to arrest him. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A man suspected of fatally shooting a member of the right-wing Patriot Prayer group in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday defended his actions, calling the incident "totally justified" in an interview that took place before he was killed by authorities on Thursday night. Michael Reinoehl,...
    People march in support of Jacob Blake and his family to the Kenosha County Courthouse on August 29, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Scott Olson/Getty Images Members of Riot Kitchen, an organization that provides free meals to protesters based in Seattle, were arrested in Kenosha on Wednesday, NBC News reported.  Nine people were arrested for disorderly conduct by the Kenosha Police Department and US Marshals after they received a tip about "several suspicious vehicles without of state plates," authorities said. The crew members were released on Friday on bond. Riot Kitchen released a statement highlighting that they were not in Kenosha to "incite violence" and that the organization "has always been and will always be about feeding people." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Volunteers from Seattle who were handing out food to Kenosha protesters were detained by police on Wednesday, NBC reported. Video of the incident was posted online by Riot Kitchen — an organization based in Seattle that serves free meals to protesters during demonstrations—  shows crew members getting arrested by authorities in "unmarked vans," according...
    RIVERSIDE, Ohio (AP) — An early morning shooting in a city near Dayton left two women dead over the weekend, authorities said. Riverside police say the gunfire was reported shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, and arriving officers found one woman dead and another injured. The Montgomery County coroner's office said the two women were 27, and the injured woman was taken to a local hospital but also did not survive her injuries. No arrests were immediately reported and information about the circumstances of the shooting wasn't immediately available. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Ohio
    CHCIAGO (CBS) — A woman has been arrested and charged after authorities said she posted Facebook Live videos of herself looting two stores a week ago Monday morning. A tip to the Looting Task Force police set up after the chaos led to the arrest of Taeshia Rochon, 22, police said. Rochon was charged with two felony counts of burglary and two felony counts of looting. In Central Bond Court Monday, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said Rochon posted two Facebook live videos of herself inside a Nordstrom and Sunglass Hut during the looting on Monday, Aug. 10. The video of the looting was reposted to YouTube. The Looting Task Force got an anonymous tip about her videos and tracked her down, prosecutors said. Rochon was given a $4,000 D Bond, meaning she has to post $400 to be released pre-trial, and she will be on electronic monitoring if she posts bond. She does not have a criminal record, officials said. The rash of looting took place early this past Monday morning in the Loop, the Gold Coast,...
    "If there was a shred of evidence," the administration would have presented "fact witnesses to support this gaslighting," Rep. Jared Huffman, a California Democrat, said. Republican Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah said the committee hearing, which featured an Australian journalist and a military veteran injured in authorities' routing of demonstrators, but no administration officials, amounted to "political theater" and "good drama." The forceful clearing of protesters from Lafayette Square came during weeks of massive street demonstrations around the country against police killings of Black Americans. More recently, sporadic protests nationally have sought to take down statues of Confederate generals and other monuments that are seen as glossing over historic wrongs to U.S. Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans. The clearing of Lafayette Square is the subject of an Interior Department inspector general's review and at least one lawsuit brought by those wounded. One of those, Navy veteran Kishon McDonald, told lawmakers Monday of being hit by the shrapnel from flash-bang grenades that authorities fired to chase away what he said were peaceful protesters. "It hurts as a Black man to see...
    CORRALES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities are investigating after a horse was found stabbed in the chest and partially butchered in his stall in Corrales. Inspectors with the state Livestock Board say the Welsh pony named Rocky had flesh cut from his body and removed from the scene. Investigators are looking for witnesses and any video footage that was taken in the area between 10 p.m. on June 24 and 7 a.m. the next morning. Livestock Board Deputy Director Shawn Davis called it a brutal crime and issued a plea Monday to the public for help. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible. “Whoever committed this cruel and senseless crime constitutes a danger to the people and animals of the community,” Davis said. Alan Edmonds, a case manager with Animal Protection of New Mexico, said the crime amounts to extreme animal cruelty under state law. He urged anyone with information to call the organization's animal cruelty hotline. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material...
    A San Francisco man has been charged in federal court with wire fraud after authorities said he took part in several schemes that netted him nearly $20 million in illegal money. Michael Rothenberg is accused of raising millions of dollars in Silicon Valley start-ups but taking fees that exceeded what agreements allowed, authorities said. He is alleged to have participated in several schemes spanning from 2013 to 2016, authorities said. The charges were announced Monday by David L. Anderson, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. In all, authorities said Rothenberg obtained $18.8 million illegally. He appeared in federal court June 26 and is next scheduled to appear on Aug. 27. He was released from custody after posting $250,000 bail. According to the complaint, Rothenberg, 36, founded Rothenberg Ventures Management Company, a venture capital company that he used to raise and manage four annual funds between 2013 and 2016. Authorities said the purpose of the funds was to invest in Silicon Valley start-up companies in the field of virtual reality technologies. Authorities said information filed Monday alleges that...
    A Texas man has been charged in federal court with defrauding an Alameda-based union of approximately $4.5 million, authorities from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California said. Federal agents arrested Scott A. Wilson, 52, of Corsicana, Texas, on June 26, U.S.Attorney David L. Andersen said. Wilson is alleged to have stolen from the Operating Engineers’ Local Union No. 3, according to a complaint unsealed in Oakland that day, According to authorities, the complaint alleges that Wilson was the director of the union’s information technology department and had the authority to purchase goods and services. Authorities said Wilson set up a front company called OST and used the alias “John Lasson” to make his illegal transactions. Wilson is alleged to have used OST to receive funds from the union. Initially, those funds came in directly, authorities said. Later, they said, Wilson directed a friend and a relative to set up two other front companies that also funneled funds. The complaint alleges that Wilson used these front companies to involve the union for IT-related goods and services that...
    Two men told Elmwood Park police they were robbed of cash, iPhones and sneakers after two women they’d recently met lured them to the spot. Both said they were waiting for the women when a silver sedan (no further description) pulled up next to them on Doremus Place around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Police Chief Michael Foligno said. The pair, ages 25 and 29, told police that one of two men who got out of the sedan pointed a handgun at them. “At gunpoint the victims were robbed of a combined $1,300 in cash, 2 iPhones and Yeezy sneakers,” the chief said. The robbers also “removed the keys from the ignition and threw them into the bushes of a nearby house,” he said. The pair described one robber as thin, wearing all black clothing and a facemask, and the other as short, with a medium build, wearing a white sweatshirt blue jeans and red and blue sneakers. Their fleeing sedan was last seen heading east on Doremus Place towards Mola Boulevard, Foligno said. Any witnesses or those with surveillance images,...
    BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in western Germany said Monday they have evidence that tens of thousands of people may have been involved with an online child sex abuse network uncovered last year. The justice minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, Peter Biesenbach, said that allegations against members of the pedophile ring include possession and distribution of child sex abuse images, and serious abuse. “I didn’t expect, not in the slightest, the extent of child abuse on the net,” Biesenbach told reporters, adding that specialist investigators have so far counted “more than — and I hope you’re sitting down — 30,000 unknown suspected perpetrators.” Officials later added that members of the network might have used several pseudonyms, reducing the actual number of suspects. Authorities first stumbled across the network, which was centered on German-speaking countries, last October, after searching the premises of a suspect in Bergisch Gladbach, near the western city of Cologne. Vast amounts of electronic evidence seized indicates members of the pedophile network exchanged tips on how to commit abuse and urged each other on. Some allegedly arranged to meet...
    Oklahoma authorities launched a manhunt Monday morning for an “armed and dangerous” suspect who allegedly shot two cops during a traffic stop, police said. David Anthony Ware was stopped around 3:30 a.m. in east Tulsa and a “scuffle” ensued between him and the cops, the Tulsa Police Department said. Ware allegedly pulled out a gun on the officers and fired multiple times, authorities said. Both cops were rushed to the hospital, where they are in critical condition and undergoing surgery, police said. Ware fled on foot from the scene and remains on the loose, prompting authorities to warn residents to be “very aware of your surroundings.” “If your dogs are barking, call us and we’ll come check it out,” police wrote on Facebook. “If he is willing to shoot at us, he is likely willing to shoot at anyone.”
    TORRANCE, Calif. (KABC) -- A suspect was injured in a deputy-involved shooting Torrance Sunday night, authorities said.The incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m. near Redondo Beach and Crenshaw boulevards, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.Authorities said the shooting happened at the end of a pursuit.No deputies were injured.Further details regarding the shooting were unavailable.The identity of the suspect was not known.DEVELOPING: We will add more details to this report as they become available.
    Andrew Jackson The Department of Justice announced Saturday that four men have been charged with trying to tear down the statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. by the White House. Each of the defendants face a count of destruction of federal property. Their actions were all caught on tape, and happened amid protests, authorities said. Virginia man Lee Michael Cantrell, 47. Authorities say he used a wooden board trying to pry the Jackson statue off its base, and attempted to pullthe statue down using a yellow strap. D.C. man Connor Matthew Judd, 20. He was trying to pull down the statue, authorities said. This defendant was arrested Friday, according to the DOJ. Maryland man Ryan Lane, 37. He tied a rope to the statue, and pulling on another rope, authorities said. Maine man Graham Lloyd, 37.  He allegedly broke off wheels of cannons at the statue’s base, and destroyed them. The defendant also pulled on ropes trying to tip over the statue, and gave a hammer to an unidentified person who was involved. It’s unclear...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A third person who was critically wounded in a shooting at a warehouse in central Illinois has died.Authorities announced the third death Saturday afternoon, a day after a suspect fatally shot two coworkers before apparently killing himself.Police believe Michael L. Collins opened fire on three of his coworkers Friday, killing two at the Bunn-O-Matic facility in Springfield, Illinois, shortly after 11 a.m.The victims who died Friday are Christopher Aumiller, 25, and Bill Gibbons, 61, both of Springfield, according to Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon. Their autopsies conducted Saturday morning concluded both died of multiple gunshot wounds, Allmon told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register.RELATED: Springfield police say workplace shooting suspect killed 2 coworkers, himselfThe third victim is a 54-year-old woman, who died Saturday just after 4:30 p.m. at HSHS St. John's Hospital. Her identity hasn't been revealed because her family hasn't been notified of her death, Allmon said. The woman's autopsy is scheduled for Monday, Allmon said.Collins and his coworkers had all arrived for work at about 7 a.m. Friday in the welding area of the facility, Springfield Police...
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities are urging the public for help in the unsolved killing of a Cambridge man four years ago. Anthony Clay was fatally shot on June 25, 2016 on Harvard Street in Cambridge just after midnight, officials said. No one has been charged in the 49-year-old’s killing. Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement that authorities know people were in the area at the time of the shooting and believe someone may have information. “I want to once again call on anyone that may have witnessed or heard anything that day to come forward. Our investigation of this matter continues and we would like to talk to anyone who may have seen anything in that area at the time that Mr. Clay was killed,” she said in a statement. People with information should contact the Massachusetts State Police or Cambridge Police. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Massachusetts, Rhode Island
    SAN ANTONIO – One man was hospitalized after he and another passenger crashed into a wall divider on I-35 on the Northeast Side, according to San Antonio police. The crash happened around 4 a.m. at I-35 and O’Connor. Officials said two people were in the vehicle, exiting I-35 at O’Connor when they hit the wall divider. The driver was found in the middle of the road when officers arrived, according to police. He was taken to the Brooke Army Medical Center and his condition is unknown. The passenger was uninjured and alcohol and high speed are suspected factors in the crash, police said. Charges for the driver are still pending. RELATED: Woman hospitalized after overnight rollover crash, police say Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
    A man drove into the side of a Walmart distribution center in northern California Saturday evening and shot at people with an "AR-type weapon," dispatchers said. Authorities have not yet confirmed how many people were killed or injured in the incident, but officials at the hospital treating victims told The New York Times that two people were dead and four people who were injured were in fair condition. "It went on and on — I don't even know how many times he fired," Scott Thammakhanty, an employee at the facility's receiving center, said. "I just know it was a lot." Another employee, Frank Lister, told The Times that he was just about to clock into his afternoon shift when he heard a coworker yell "Active gunfire! Active shooter!" Lister said he saw one of his coworkers bleeding from the debris thrown by the car crashing into the center, and he heard 50 to 60 gunshots in the 45-minute ordeal. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Authorities shot a man who drove into a distribution center Saturday south of...
    A 35-year-old Bloomfield man who sexually assaulted a woman at a Jersey City party then tried hurting someone else attempting to keep him from fleeing the scene, authorities said. The 24-year-old victim was sexually assaulted by Olumuyiwa Olumodeji at a Manila Avenue party Tuesday, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said. Olumodeji is also facing a charge of aggravated assault for trying to cause serious bodily injury to a man at the party who tried to keep him from leaving the scene, Suarez said. He was arrested at the Jersey City Prosecutor's Office just after 9 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.
    DENVER (AP) — Seven people died in a head-on collision crash on a highway in eastern Colorado, authorities said. The Colorado State Patrol said the two trucks crashed Friday around 4:40 p.m. on U.S. Highway 40 between Limon and Kit Carson in Cheyenne County. A white Ford F-150 pickup truck towing a boat was attempting to pass a semi-truck heading in the same direction when it crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a green Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, the department said. The Ford truck burst into flames and all four people in the truck died, authorities said. Four people were in the Chevrolet truck. Two of them died at the scene, another died en route to a hospital and the fourth person suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital by helicopter, authorities said. The condition of the fourth person was not immediately known Saturday. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Colorado
    A young driver was killed when he lost control of his SUV and smashed into two parked cars in the Bronx, police said. Jeramiah Hamilton, 21, and an unidentified front-seat passenger were headed northbound on Crotona Avenue around 7:50 p.m. Friday in a 2005 Hyundai SUV when Hamilton swerved right and hit the other vehicles, authorities said. Police found the SUV flipped over, resting on the driver’s side near the Fairmount Place intersection. Hamilton was discovered unconscious and with severe head trauma, police said. An ambulance took him to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His 23-year-old passenger was uninjured, according to authorities.
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities said they “categorically reject” an Amnesty International report claiming the government used surveillance software to spy on the phone of a prominent journalist and human rights activist. In a report published this week, Amnesty said forensic analysis it carried out on the cellphone of Omar Radi indicated that his communications were monitored from January 2019 using technology developed by Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group. In a statement released late on Friday, Moroccan authorities rejected Amnesty’s “baseless allegations,” saying that the report serves agendas motivated by hostility against Morocco and competitors in the intelligence market. Amnesty’s local director, Mohamed Sektaoui, was summoned by authorities Friday and asked to provide evidence “as soon as possible,” the statement said. Radi was questioned by police on Thursday on suspicions of receiving funds linked to foreign intelligence services. He dismissed the allegations as “ridiculous.” Radi was arrested last year after a tweet that defended anti-government protesters. He was subsequently put on trial in March this year, accused of insulting a judge with his tweet that slammed the prison...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two businesses were ordered to shut down and another fined along Las Olas in Downtown Fort Lauderdale on Friday. “All of a sudden we can’t even have a cocktail outside. I’m not even near anybody. This is really getting out of hand,” one bar patron said. “I was enjoying my evening sitting outside with some fresh air.” This was after Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar on Las Olas Boulevard was ordered to close. “They’re actually being shutdown. They’re a bar,” Code Compliance Manager Porshia Williams said.“Once they’re shut down, they will not be allowed to reopen.” Fort Lauderdale’s code compliance team and Mayor Dean Trantalis spent Friday cracking down on businesses during a weekly spot check. “We all mean business. Not just the city. But everybody who lives here is entitled to a safe space,” the mayor said. They even closed Piazza Italia again. The restaurant is a repeat offender and was given a $15,000 fine. The harshest finds. It was most recently closed last weekend. Friday, city officials say they found tables...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man who authorities say claimed to use explosives to blow up at least one cash machine in Philadelphia was hit with additional charges after 30 more sticks of homemade dynamite were found in his home, Pennsylvania's attorney general said Friday. Talib Crump, 26, was charged with additional counts of felony possession of weapons of mass destruction, risking a catastrophe and more. Crump was initially arrested June 2 during an undercover buy and his car was found to have enough dynamite to blow up at least four ATMs. Crump had bragged on social media about using dynamite to steal money from an ATM and posted instructions on how to best set up dynamite to blow up an ATM, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said earlier this month. Officials searched Crump's Philadelphia home and found 30 more sticks of dynamite and two magazines loaded with live rounds of ammunition, they said. The dynamite found in his home matched the explosives he advertised on social media before his arrest earlier this month, they added. The Defender Association of Philadelphia...
    SACRAMENTO — A federal grand jury has indicted five Bay Area residents for their alleged roles in the burglary of a Vacaville gun store during recent unrest over racial tensions, authorities said. Donte Marcel Anderson, 31, of Antioch; Desteny Salazar, 22, of San Francisco; Donley Thompson, 27, of Pinole, Tracy Whitfield, 31, of Pittsburg, and Adrian Duran, 23, of San Francisco, all were charged with possession of a stolen firearm and burglary of a federally licensed firearms dealer, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott of the Eastern District of California announced. All five of those who were indicted face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The indictment alleges that authorities seized 13 pistols from the defendants, all connected to the burglary. Authorities say, though, that there are at least three more suspects in the June 1 burglary. According to the complaint, video surveillance cameras caught burglars breaking the window of the front door. One of them then began using, “a metal-cutting tool to saw through the metal gate.” “At this point, at least...
    Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt said on Friday that the federal government will provide law enforcement the “manpower” to crack down on historic monument vandals. “We are ensuring we have an opportunity to arrest individuals. We were asking the Department of Justice to prosecute them to the full extent of the law,” Bernhardt told “America’s Newsroom.” Bernhardt said that there are severe punishments for criminals who deliberately destroy government property. “We will be asking the Justice Department to utilize that. In addition, we are providing our great law enforcement professionals with all of the tools they ask for to ensure they can do their job to protect these resources for the American public,” Bernhardt said. TRUMP SIGNS SOCIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT CALLS FOR REMOVAL OF LIABILITY PROTECTIONS OVER 'CENSORING' President Trump used much of his speech in Arizona Tuesday evening to deride his liberal opponents and criticize their rhetoric amid weeks of protests against police brutality and racial injustice. VideoSpeaking at a “Students for Trump” event inside a church in Phoenix, Trump railed against the “oppressive left-wing ideology” and criticized...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fight at a Philadelphia subway station early Friday ended with two people being stabbed, authorities said. It wasn't clear what sparked the fight, which broke out on a platform around 6 a.m. The two injured people were taken to hospitals, but their names and further details on their conditions were not disclosed. No other injuries were reported, authorities said, and no arrests have been made. The incident remains under investigation. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Pennsylvania
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A fight at a Philadelphia subway station early Friday ended with two people being stabbed, authorities said. It wasn’t clear what sparked the fight, which broke out on a platform around 6 a.m. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! The two injured people were taken to hospitals, but their names and further details on their conditions were not disclosed. No other injuries were reported, authorities said, and no arrests have been made. The incident remains under investigation. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press.
    Democrats say federal authorities should not intervene when crowds of protesters deface and destroy monuments. President Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday authorizing the federal government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument that resides on U.S. federal property. An individual could face up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. “It’s not our role, and that this was acting locally, and people are working on it. I don't feel the need to intervene,” Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer told the Washington Examiner. Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro said the protesters “ought to be protesting [Attorney General William] Barr” instead. Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Thursday, nearly a week after protesters tore down a Confederate statue in the district and set it on fire, that “a mob” should not determine what happens to statues in localities such as Washington. “This is what I think we need to do with statues … is to have a reasonable conversation on statues and other historical figures. Not have a mob decide they want to...
    HADDON, N.J. (AP) — A man who had raised concerns by walking around a southern New Jersey town dressed as “The Joker” while clad in the movie character's makeup is now accused of “menacingly waving” a pocketknife at some teenagers as he drove past the group, authorities said. Assoumou Diby, 25, of Haddon Township, was arrested on a weapons charge shortly after the incident occurred Tuesday. It wasn't known Thursday if he has retained an attorney. Camden County prosecutors said several people had contacted Haddon police about the man, but authorities said he was not breaking any laws just by being dressed as the character. A telephone number for Diby could not be located Thursday. He is due to make his initial appearance in municipal court next month. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: New Jersey