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    Three inmates have been indicted in connection with the prison murder of infamous Boston Irish mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger. The US Department of Justice has charged Fotios Geas, 55, Paul J. DeCologero, 48, and Sean McKinnon, 36, for conspiracy to commit first degree murder of Bulgar, 89, in a West Virginia prison in 2018.  Geas, known as 'Freddy,' and DeCologero, known as 'Pauly,' are accused of striking Bulger in the head multiple times, eventually leading to his death in October 2018 while incarcerated at the US Penitentiary Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. The two men have also been charged with aiding and abetting first degree murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury, with Geas facing an additional charge for murder by a federal inmate serving a life sentence.  McKinnon has also been accused of making false statements to a federal agent.  Fotios Geas (right) and Paul DeCologero (left) are accused of striking James Bulger in the head multiple times, eventually leading to his death in October 2018 while incarcerated at the US Penitentiary Hazelton in Bruceton Mills,...
    Nearly four years after notorious Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was beaten to death in his cell with a padlock stuffed in a sock, three men have been indicted in connection with his murder. Fotios Geas, 55, Paul J. DeCologero, 48, and Sean McKinnon, 36, were charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Geas and DeCologero allegedly hit Bulger, 89, in the head “multiple times,” killing him in his cell at United States Penitentiary Hazleton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, on Oct. 30, 2018. They also face charges of aiding and abetting first degree murder, along with assault resulting in serious bodily injury, the Department of Justice said in a press release. Geas and DeCologero are both still behind bars, while McKinnon had been on supervised release and was arrested in Florida on Thursday.
    A grand jury has indicted three Hudson Valley men in the fatal shooting of a beloved 17-year-old high school student. Rockland County resident Treynahel Cineus, age 17, of Spring Valley, was found shot to death at around 2:30 a.m. on July 8, in a parking lot on West Eckerson Road. Cineus, who was about to begin his senior year at Ramapo High School, later died at Good Samaritan Hospital, according to police. On Thursday, Aug. 11, a Rockland County grand jury indicted three Haverstraw men on murder and other charges related to the boy’s killing. They were identified as Anthony Mitchell, age 23, Ahmad Williams, age 21, and Brian Thomas, age 20. All three were charged with six criminal counts, including second-degree murder, attempted murder, and criminal possession of a weapon. A judge ordered them held at the Rockland County jail while they await their next court appearance on Wednesday, Aug. 17. “The senseless killing of a high school student with such a bright future ahead of him has left our community shocked and in...
    A 19-year-old accused of killing 10 black people in a racist attack on a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, in May has been indicted on more than two dozen federal hate crime and firearm charges. Payton Gendron has been charged with 27 counts, including 10 counts of hate crimes resulting in death, three counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill, and 13 counts of using, carrying, or discharging a firearm in relation to the hate crimes. FULLY RENOVATED BUFFALO SUPERMARKET TO REOPEN TWO MONTHS AFTER MASS SHOOTING "The Justice Department fully recognizes the threat that white supremacist violence poses to the safety of the American people and American democracy. We will continue to be relentless in our efforts to combat hate crimes, to support the communities terrorized by them, and to hold accountable those who perpetrate them," Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement. Payton Gendron is led into the courtroom for a hearing at Erie County Court, in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, May 19, 2022. He was charged federally in a...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a former eastern Indiana police officer with civil rights violations, alleging that he used excessive force during three arrests, including by kicking a man in the head and shooting another with beanbags from close range. The U.S. Attorney’s office announced Friday that former New Castle police officer Aaron J. Strong has been indicted on three counts of “deprivation (of civil rights) under color of law” and a single count of witness tampering. According to the charging documents, Strong, 44, kicked a man “in and about the head” during an arrest on July 12, 2017, The (Muncie) Star Press reported. On the same day, he used a beanbag shotgun to shoot another man “at close range” in the back during an arrest, prosecutors allege. The federal grand jury that indicted Strong found that both of those incidents took place “without legal justification” and resulted in injuries to both men. The third incident Strong was indicted for stemmed from a 2019 arrest in which he allegedly used an expandable baton to repeatedly strike a man...
    PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man charged with killing three officers in an ambush while police were serving a protective order has been indicted on 20 charges. Lance Storz, 49, was indicted by a grand jury Monday on three counts of murder of a police officer and six counts of attempted murder of an officer, according to media reports. Storz opened fire on a group of officers on June 30 at his home in Floyd County, a rural hilly county in Appalachia, according to police. Storz was also indicted on seven counts of wanton endangerment against a police officer, three counts of assault and one count of assaulting a service animal. A police dog was also killed in the ambush. The slaying of three officers was the deadliest for law enforcement in a single incident in Kentucky since a prison riot left three guards dead in 1923. Storz’s wife had sought to get away from him, according to an emergency protective order, and he became irate and wouldn’t let her leave, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. She was...
    Three Florida Republicans have been charged with multiple counts of election fraud relating to the 2020 cycle. A dozen charges against "Seminole County Republican Party Chair Ben Paris, political consultant Eric Foglesong, and former independent candidate Jestine Iannotti from Senate District 9 came down through indictments sought by the State Attorney for Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit after a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigation," Florida Politics reported on Tuesday. "The investigation began in July 2021 after JC 18 State Attorney Phil Archer requested the FDLE look into the election." Prosecutors allege that Iannotti ran as an independent “ghost candidate” to funnel votes away from Democrat Patricia Sigman in favor of Republican Jason Brodeur, who ultimately prevailed with 50.3 percent of the vote over Sigman's 47.5 percent. Iannotti, meanwhile, received 2.1 percent. “Some NPA candidates, commonly referred to as ‘ghost’ candidates, have been used by political parties as a way to close elections or siphon off votes. While not illegal per se, many have questioned the ethics of the practice. However, when the candidate and the partisan political operatives involved...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A northern Wisconsin man was indicted this week on federal charges for allegedly producing child pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Minnesota said Thursday that 48-year-old George Francis Deppa, of Superior, Wisconsin, is charged with three counts of production of child pornography. According to prosecutors, Deppa coerced a 15-year-old minor in 2008 into engaging in sexually explicit conduct “for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.” Authorities believe there could be other victims in the case. The Superior Telegram reports that Deppa was a former gymnastics coach and was accused last summer of having sexual contact with three teenage students. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.
    Two North Texas police officers and a former police officer were indicted Friday on felony charges accusing them of using excessive force against demonstrators protesting against police brutality in May 2020. Dallas police officer Ryan Mabry and former Dallas officer Melvin Williams were indicted on multiple felony counts of aggravated assault by a public servant and deadly conduct for their involvement with the protests, according to a press release from the Dallas County district attorney’s office. Garland police officer Joe Privitt was indicted on one felony count of aggravated assault by a public servant. The indictments come after nearly two years of investigation, District Attorney John Creuzot said in the release. Mabry is accused of firing or threatening to fire so-called less-lethal projectiles at three people, according to some of his indictments. The projectiles are a crowd control measure meant to injure, not kill, but their colloquial name acknowledges their capability to kill depending on where a person is hit. They have also caused serious injuries. “The full story hasn’t been told; you have to look at everything that went...
    A grand jury in Dallas County, Texas, indicted three police officers for allegedly assaulting protesters in the wake of the George Floyd murder. The grand jury handed down multiple indictments against two Dallas Police Department officers and an officer from the Garland Police Department, WFAA ABC8 reported. The two Dallas officers were previously charged in February. The Dallas County grand jury indicted Dallas Senior Corporal Melvin Williams, and Senior Corporal Ryan Mabry — both assigned to the Dallas SWAT team. Friday’s indictment also included Garland police officer Joe Privitt. NBCDFW NBC5 reports that Maybry faces eight indictments including six for aggravated assault by a public servant and two for deadly conduct. These charges are in addition to three counts of official oppression which were handed down in February. Williams faces six counts — four for aggravated assault by a public servant and two for deadly conduct — on top of the two official oppression charges announced in February. Officer Privitt faces a single count of aggravated assault by a public servant. Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia appeared to support his...
    Three former executives for a defense contractor were indicted on Thursday following an investigation into an alleged scheme to illegally make donations to Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOn The Money — Lawmakers closer to government funding deal Lawmakers rolling out Violence Against Women Act without 'controversial' provision Economist Susan Collins named Boston Fed president MORE's (Maine) campaign and a political action committee (PAC) supporting her during her 2020 reelection bid.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a press release that Martin Kao, Clifford Chen and Lawrence “Kahele” Lum Kee, all of whom the department said were employed by a defense contractor prohibited from making contributions in federal elections, had been indicted for allegedly making unlawful campaign contributions to a candidate for Congress and a PAC. The release alleged that Kao, Chen and Kee made a shell company so they could use government contractor funds to donate to a PAC aimed at getting a person elected to the U.S. Senate. Although the indictment did not mention Collins by name, Axios reported in May 2021 that it had obtained a search warrant request showing the FBI believed Kao, previously the CEO...
    The couple at the center of the Houston House of Horrors case have been officially indicted in the death of an eight-year-old boy who was beaten to death and left to rot in an apartment alongside his three surviving brothers for nearly a year. The Harris County Grand Jury on Tuesday indicted Brian Coulter, 32, on a charge of capital murder for the November 2020 killing of his girlfriend's autistic son, Kendrick Lee.  Meanwhile, Gloria Williams, 36, Kendrick's mother and Coulter's girlfriend, was indicted on counts of injury to a child, serious bodily injury, and tampering with a corpse. Scroll down for video  The Harris County Grand Jury has indicted Brian Coulter (left) on a capital murder charge and Gloria Williams (right) on counts of injury to a child, serious bodily injury, and tampering with a corpse Coulter is accused of beating and kicking to death Williams' autistic son, eight-year-old Kendrick Lee (pictured), and leaving his body to rot for nearly a year  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Homeless man is charged murdering LA nurse, 70,...
    Three women from New York are facing charges for allegedly assaulting a security officer after refusing to leave a jetway at JFK Airport after unsuccessfully attempting to head on a flight to Puerto Rico, federal officials announced. Long Island residents Janessa Torres, age 21, Johanna Zavala, age 44, both of Central Islip, and Bay Shore resident Jordan Nixon, age 21, were charged in federal court for allegedly assaulting the officer and second employee on Sept. 22, 2021. Prosecutors said that the three women refused to leave a jetway at JFK Airport after they were informed that they would be denied boarding for a Delta Airlines scheduled flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico. US Attorney Breon Peace said that the women “were belligerent, with one appearing to be visibly disoriented and possibly intoxicated, and another who was refusing to properly wear her mask.” A gate agent proceeded to notify the flight crew of the three women, and it was determined that they should not be permitted to board the flight. However, it is alleged that when an airline security officer...
    Cleanup following the October oil spill near Huntington Beach, California is ongoing, as are repairs. A federal grand jury indicted three companies on Wednesday for their role in the October pipeline rupture in Orange County, California that spewed 25,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean near Huntington Beach. Amplify Energy Corp. and two subsidiaries—Beta Offshore and San Pedro Bay Pipeline Co.—face one misdemeanor count of negligent discharge of oil. Amplify owns and operates the 17-mile-long San Pedro Bay Pipeline believed to have been ruptured by an anchor strike, though the root cause is still under investigation. The pipeline had a faulty leak detection system, according to an internal report obtained by the Associated Press, and Amplify failed to properly act. Despite the system’s failings, Justice Department officials found that the leak detection system issued eight alarms over the course of more than 13 hours. The first five alarms led to operators shutting down and restarting the pipeline repeatedly over the course of three hours, then continuing to pump oil over the course of an additional three hours as a manual leak test...
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A grand jury in Texas has returned a capital murder indictment against a man authorities have said confessed to killing five people, including three whose dismembered bodies were found in a burning dumpster earlier this year. Jason Thornburg, 41, was indicted Monday on a charge of capital murder in the deaths of David Lueras, 42, Lauren Phillips, 34, and Maricruz Mathis, 33, the Tarrant County district attorney’s office said. Their bodies were discovered in a burning dumpster in Fort Worth in September. Thornburg remains jailed on $1 million bond. Jail records do no list an attorney for him. Surveillance footage of a vehicle at the site of the dumpster led authorities to Thornburg. During an interview with police, he confessed to killing the three people found in the dumpster as well as his roommate and girlfriend, according to his arrest warrant. He told officers that he had in-depth knowledge of the Bible and believed he was being called to “commit sacrifices,” according to the arrest warrant. Police have said that when they...
    Two Rockland County building inspectors have been indicted on felony charges involving the filing of false inspection reports in connection with a massive fire that killed two people, including a firefighter. Spring Valley Building Department chief Wayne Ballard and Assistant Building Inspector Raymond Canario, were indicted by a grand jury on Monday, Nov. 15 following an investigation into the March fatal fire at the Evergreen Court Home for Adults, said Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh. Canario, age 45, was indicted on: Three counts of offering a false instrument for filing/first-degree Three counts offering a false instrument for filing/second-degree Three counts of falsifying business records  Ballard, age 64, was indicted on: Offering a false instrument for filing/first-degree Offering a false instrument for filing/second-degree Falsifying business records "These indictments are a result of the continuing investigation into the fatal fire that claimed the lives of a volunteer firefighter and a resident of the Evergreen home," said Walsh. "My office continues to work hard, following through on our commitment to leave no stone unturned in this tragic incident.” Related Story: Father, Son Charged...
    (CNN)Federal prosecutors indicted the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery on hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was out for a jog near Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, 2020, when he was chased down in a truck by three men and fatally shot. Two of the three men -- Gregory and Travis McMichael -- claimed to be conducting a citizen's arrest and acted in self-defense.A third man, William "Roddie" Bryan Jr., who recorded video of Arbery's death, allegedly hit Arbery with his truck after he joined the McMichaels in the chase. (L-R) Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan, Jr.All three men were charged with one count of interference with rights and with one count of attempted kidnapping, according to a news release from the Justice Department. Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, were charged with one count each of using, carrying, and brandishing (in Travis's case discharging) a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.Read More"It's one step closer to justice," Wanda...
    Three men have been charged for their alleged involvement in a scheme involving two unlawful political action committees that swindled $3.5 million during the 2016 presidential election campaign. Matthew Nelson Tunstall, 34, Robert Reyes Jr., 38, and Kyle George Davis, 29, are accused of soliciting contributions to two fraudulent PACs — dubbed Liberty Action Group PAC and Progressive Priorities PAC — which posed as being affiliated with presidential candidates, but were actually vehicles for the three men to pocket funds, according to an indictment returned on Nov. 2 that was unsealed on Tuesday. Between January 2016 and April 2017, the three men allegedly received roughly $3.5 million from donors who thought they were contributing money to presidential candidates, according to a statement from the Justice Department. The indictment did not specify which candidates the two PACs were pretending to support, but Politico noted that the indictment suggests that Liberty Action Group PAC was posed to support the-candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFederal judge rejects Trump effort to block Jan. 6 docs Sununu exit underscores uncertain GOP path to gain Senate majority Trump endorses Idaho...
    Three men from Central Jersey have been indicted for attempted murder and armed robbery, authorities said. Thaddeus West Jr., 21, and Suncere Smith, 27, both of Neptune City; and Kingphess Gomez, 21, of Woodbury in Gloucester County, all are charged with first-degree armed robbery, first-degree conspiracy, first-degree attempted murder, second-degree certain persons not to possess a firearm, and other related second-degree weapons offenses, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. About 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 22, a ShotSpotter notification showed multiple shots fired on the 300 block of Fisher Avenue in Neptune City.  Minutes later,  Wall Township police stopped a vehicle and found  a 19-year-old shooting victim in the front passenger seat, Linskey said. The victim was rushed to Jersey Shore University University Medical Center for emergency treatment. A joint investigation by detectives in the Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Bureau and the Neptune Township Police Department led to the discovery that the three co-defendants lured the victim to the area in a conspiracy to rob him at gunpoint. With help from the U.S. Marshals Regional Task Force, all three  defendants were arrested in August. The case is being handled...
    A former sheriff's officer from New Jersey busted in an undercover Pennsylvania child sex sting was indicted on accusations he videotaped himself sexually assaulting three unconscious women. A Monmouth County, NJ grand jury returned a 20-count indictment against Joshua Padilla, 36, for the incidents that spanned three years, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Monday. In February 2019, members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Bureau arrested Padilla, of Eatontown, in relation to an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Padilla in March admitted trying to have sex with what he thought was a 14-year-old Pennsylvania child who turned out to be an undercover detective, authorities said. Padilla -- formerly a Middlesex County Sheriff's officer -- was found in possession of numerous videos of himself performing sexual acts upon women who were clearly unconscious and unresponsive, Linskey said.  He also was found to be in possession of child sexual abuse materials, she said. Many of the crimes took place at the his home in Eatontown, with others occurring in Middlesex County. The sexual assault charges outlined today relate...
    A former Middlesex County Sheriff's Officer was indicted on accusations he videotaped himself sexually assaulting three unconscious women. A Monmouth County grand jury returned a 20-count indictment against Joshua Padilla, 36, for the incidents that spanned three years, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Monday. In February 2019, members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Bureau arrested Padilla, of Eatontown, in relation to an investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Padilla in March admitted trying to have sex with what he thought was a 14-year-old Pennsylvania child who turned out to be an undercover detective, authorities said. Padilla was found in possession of numerous videos of himself performing sexual acts upon women who were clearly unconscious and unresponsive, Linskey said.  He also was found to be in possession of child sexual abuse materials, she said. Many of the crimes took place at the his home in Eatontown, with others occurring in Middlesex County. The sexual assault charges outlined today relate to three different adult victims and crimes taking place from 2016 into 2018, but investigators continue to seek...
    Reuters legal reporter Jan Wolfe revealed Monday evening that two Republican Party operatives have been indicted after helping Russians donate to political campaigns in 2016. The Justice Department revealed in a statement that Kentucky's Jesse Benton and Florida's Roy Douglas "Doug" Wead were "charged with one count of conspiracy to solicit and cause an illegal campaign contribution by a foreign national, effect a conduit contribution, and cause false records to be filed with the FEC, one count of contribution by a foreign national, one count of contribution in the name of another and three counts of making false entries in an official record." Benton was just pardoned by former President Donald Trump for a bribery scandal while working for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in Iowa in 2012. In that scheme, Benton and colleague John Tate bribed state officials to change their endorsements to Paul for the Iowa Caucus. After being pardoned for that, Benton is now being indicted again along with Wead for arranging for a Russian National who wanted to donate to a 2016 presidential campaign to be able...
    Gleason’s city recorder has been indicted after being accused of misappropriating more than $12,000, Tennessee Comptroller Jason Mumpower said Thursday. Angela Hunt resigned Dec. 28 and was indicted this month on two counts of theft over $2,500, one count of theft of services and three counts of official misconduct. Comptroller investigators said Hunt took $8,101 from Gleason and the Weakley County Municipal Electric System by not depositing $7,992 in collections and never recording more than $100 in cash payments from customers. “Our investigation discovered a number of oversight and policy weaknesses within the Town of Gleason,” Mumpower said. “A few of these deficiencies include: policies were not followed; bank statements were not reconciled; money was not deposited within three days of collection; time sheet records did not match with payroll records; and the town’s credit card policy is inadequate.” Officials from Gleason said they found Dec. 16 the deposits had not been made into the accounts they were supposed to have arrived in. The comptroller’s office expanded the investigation and said it found Hunt did not...
    A Colorado grand jury indicted three Aurora police officers and two paramedics in connection to the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man who was placed in a chokehold and injected with a strong sedative, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced on Wednesday. Officers Nathan Woodyard and Randy Roedema, former officer Jason Rosenblatt, and paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Lt. Peter Cichuniec were indicted on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Roedema and Rosenblatt also face a count of second-degree assault and one count of a crime of violence related to the second-degree assault of bodily injury charge. Cooper and Cichuniec each face additional counts of second-degree assault, which include intent to cause bodily injury and recklessly causing bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon. Arrest warrants for all five individuals were issued Wednesday morning, according to the Daily Camera . OFFICER WHO SHOT ASHLI BABBITT SAYS HE WAS 'PREPARED TO DO THE SAME THING' TO PROTECT TRUMP In August 2019, a 911 caller reported a man wearing a ski mask who appeared...
    Three Denver police officers and two paramedics were indicted on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of Elijah McClain, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Aurora police officers placed 23-year-old McClain in a chokehold and fire paramedics injected the black man with a sedative on Aug. 24, 2019, he died shortly after, the AP reported. Each of the five officials involved in the incident face one count of manslaughter and one count of homicide and two of the police officers face additional charges of second-degree assault. McClain’s story was frequently told during protests against police brutality following the murder of George Floyd, the AP reported. Floyd died after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite telling officers he couldn’t breathe. People shut down I-225 in both directions as they demand justice for Elijah McClain on June 27, 2020 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) McClain told the officers who responded to the 911 call reporting a suspicious man walking down the street and wearing a ski mask, “I’m just different,”...
    A grand jury has returned a 32-count indictment against two Aurora police officers, one ex-officer and two local paramedics in the death of Elijah McClain, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said on Wednesday. All five face charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Some face additional assault charges. McClain was walking home from a convenience store on Aug. 24, 2019, after buying ice tea for his brother, when Aurora police tackled him to the ground, handcuffed him, and put in carotid holds that restricted blood flow to his brain. Paramedics decided to sedate McClain with a high dosage of ketamine and he suffered cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital. He was declared brain dead and removed from life support days later. The officers stopped McClain after a 911 call about a “sketchy” individual, according to reports about the call. McClain was wearing a ski mask and listening to music, and did not immediately yield to officers. His family later said he often wore the ski mask because he had anemia and would sometimes get cold. Wednesday’s indictment...
    Three Illinois residents are facing charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer during a traffic stop. Sheba Taylor, 26, Jennifer Taylor, 24, and Paul Sherrod Taylor, 28, were all indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday, according to CNN. They are currently facing charges including aggravated battery, felony attempted murder and aggravated assault. During the June 21 incident, Aurora Police officer Joaquin Miranda pulled over a vehicle driven by Paul Sherrod Taylor after he allegedly ran a stop sign. When Miranda approached the car, Taylor then began shouting profanities refused to comply with his requests. A female passenger then repeatedly asked for the presence of a female officer, telling Miranda not to touch her, the news outlet reported. Aurora Police shared a Facebook post including dash-camera footage of that night and a detailed caption outlining what occurred. "Moments later, the rear passenger exited the vehicle," police said of a female passenger. "The officer ordered her back into the car several times before informing her that she was under arrest for obstructing. However, before the rear passenger was in custody, the driver also exited the vehicle,...
    An Illinois police department released dashcam footage this week that purported to show three suspects, who have been indicted on attempted murder charges, beating and strangling an officer during a traffic stop last month. Video shows an officer with the Aurora Police Department pulling over a vehicle at around 10 p.m. on June 21 when Paul Sherrod Taylor, 28, hops out of the car and allegedly says, "I'm gonna knock you out, bro." The officer repeatedly tries to tell the man to "get back into the vehicle," though when he tries to place him under arrest, he walks away and two women are seen exiting the car. He eventually takes off running, and the officer pursues before the alleged attack occurs off camera. THREE CHARGED FOR ALLEGEDLY BEATING AND STRANGLING OFFICER ILLINOIS OFFICER DURING TRAFFIC STOP Law enforcement said the two females "began striking the officer with closed fists and kicking his body and head." One of the two women purportedly "placed her forearm around the officer’s neck and applied significant force to his windpipe, causing...
    A 30-year-old woman from Ocean County has been indicted for allegedly abandoning three dogs at a vacant home, authorities said. Lacey Township police, responding to a 9-1-1 call about possible abandoned dogs, found their remains at the residence, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. Allissa DeStefano of Toms River was indicted by a county grand jury earlier this week on three counts of animal cruelty, Billhimer said on Friday. On Nov. 11, 2019, police were called to a residence in Lacey Township on a report that dogs may have been abandoned,, Billhimer said. The house was abandoned, the prosecutor said, and police found the remains of three dogs on the property.  An investigation by detectives from Lacey Township and the county Prosecutor’s Office found DeStefano was responsible for caring for the dogs and allegedly left them in the abandoned house, which resulted in their death, according to Billhimer. DeStefano was arrested without incident, Billhimer said, and processed at the Lacey Township Police Department. She was released on a summons pending a future court date, he said. Assistant Prosecutor Kimberly Carr is handling the case.
    Six California men, four of whom identify as members of "Three Percenter" militias, have been indicted for conspiring to obstruct congressional proceedings on January 6, the Justice Department announced. The indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, alleges the group coordinated travel to D.C. with a stated intention to "fight," heeding President Trump's call to protest the results of the presidential election. Some defendants wore tactical gear and at least one, prosecutors said, carried a knife while he pushed past a police line on Capitol grounds. The case marks the first conspiracy indictment filed against members of the Three Percenters, an anti-government extremist group that, according to the Anti-Defamation League, derives their name from an inaccurate claim that only 3% of American colonists fought against the British during the Revolutionary War, and likens today's U.S. government to British colonialism. They are the third militia or extremist group to be cited in a conspiracy case connected to the Capitol riot. Already, federal prosecutors have indicted 16 alleged Oath Keepers in a single conspiracy case, and 15 alleged members or affiliates of the...
    Eight people have been arrested in connection with a joint state and federal wiretap investigation into a major heroin trafficking operation in Western Mass. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Friday, June 11, the men had been arrested, and that as a result of the investigation, more than today 4 kilograms of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine, six illegal firearms – including three that are considered untraceable “ghost guns” –, more than $200,000 in cash, jewelry, three cars, six motorcycles, and four all-terrain vehicles were seized. The charges are the result of an extensive investigation involving state, local, and federal investigators. The investigation began in 2020 and culminated in arrests and the execution of search warrants after months of undercover operations and electronic surveillance of a sophisticated drug distribution enterprise, the Attorney General's office said. Those arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin and fentanyl, as well as possession of firearms included: Josue Figueroa, aka Bebo, 28, of Springfield  Angel Guzman, aka Lingy, 23, of Holyoke Abdul Mendoza, aka Kob, 23, of Holyoke Mark Marcano, 20, of Springfield Anthony...
    The driver of a vehicle going 119 miles per hour that crashed and killed three people in the Hudson Valley has been indicted on multiple manslaughter charges, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office announced. Bronx resident Yordany Bautista-Hernandez, age 20, was traveling 119 mph in a 50 mph zone eastbound on the Cross County Parkway in Mount Vernon shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 when his 2019 Toyota Camry struck a guard rail and rolled over between the Exit 9 ramp for the Hutchinson River Parkway and Exit 10 for New Rochelle Road, police said. Hernandez’s passengers, Garibaldi Reyes-Jerez, 22, of Manhattan, and Bronx residents John Pena-Martinez, 24, and Maria Vasquez-Guzman, 16, all died as a result of the crash. Bautista-Hernandez was transported to Westchester Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. This week, Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah announced that Bautista-Hernandez has been indicted and charged with three counts of second-degree manslaughter. “This tragedy has caused enormous sadness and pain for the families and loved ones of the three victims,” she...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The former chief of staff to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan was indicted Wednesday for allegedly lying under oath to a federal grand jury and attempting to obstruct its investigation into allegations of public corruption.Tim Mapes, 66, of Springfield, is charged with one count of making false declarations before a grand jury and one count of attempted obstruction of justice, according to an indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Chicago.RELATED: Mike Madigan confidant and ex-ComEd CEO charged with bribery in lobbying scheme; speaker denies wrongdoingMapes was indicted for lying to a federal grand jury even after he was granted immunity for his testimony in the ComEd probe.As Madigan's top lieutenant, Mapes served as the gatekeeper for the long-time, powerful Illinois Speaker of the House who is currently under investigation in a ComEd bribery investigation.Mapes was ousted as Madigan's Chief of Staff three years ago in a sexual harassment investigation, and also lost his position as the executive director of the Illinois Democratic Party.According to the 11-page indictment, Mapes was charged with lying to the grand jury...
    Derek Chauvin and three former Minneapolis police officers were indicted Friday on federal civil rights charges after the death of George Floyd. CBS News reported the indictment claims Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane “deprived Floyd’s rights when they saw him lying on the ground ‘in clear need’ of medical care, but ‘willfully failed to aid Floyd, thereby acting with deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm.'” The indictment continued: Chauvin held his left knee across George Floyd’s neck, and his right knee on Floyd’s back and arm, as George Floyd lay on the ground, handcuffed and unresisting, and kept his knees on Floyd’s neck and body even after Floyd became unresponsive. This offense resulted in bodily injury to, and the death of George Floyd. The report also said Kueng and Thao are additionally charged separately by a grand jury “in count two of the indictment for depriving Floyd’s rights,” blaming them for being “aware that [Chauvin] was holding his knee across George Floyd’s neck as Floyd lay handcuffed and unresisting,” the indictment reads. “And that Defendant Chauvin continued...
    A federal grand jury in Minnesota has indicted Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis officer convicted in the death of George Floyd, and three other ex-officers on civil rights charges. The federal indictment accuses Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, the three fired officers who are awaiting trial on state charges of aiding and abetting in Floyd's death, of depriving Floyd of his civil rights under color of law, meaning while acting in their capacity as police officers. It accuses Chauvin of willfully depriving Floyd of the Constitutional right to be protected from illegal search and seizure, which includes the right to be free from unreasonable force by a police officer. It says Chauvin did so by pinning Floyd to the ground with a knee on his neck as he was handcuffed and unresisting, resulting in Floyd's death. It accuses Tao and Kueng of failing to intervene, and it accuses all four officers of depriving Floyd of liberty by not providing him medical attention. Chauvin is also charged with deprivation of civil rights under color of law...
    A mural painted by artist Kenny Altidor depicting George Floyd is unveiled on a sidewall of CTown Supermarket on July 13, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough New York City. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers on civil rights violations tied to the 2020 killing of George Floyd. The indictment names the other three officers as Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao, who were all at the scene when Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for nine minutes during an arrest.  This is a developing story. Please check back for more updates.  Sign up for notifications from Insider! Stay up to date with what you want to know. Subscribe to push notifications
    Eight men have been charged in the hazing death of an Ohio fraternity pledge who was found unconscious after an off-campus party, prosecutors said Thursday. The suspects were indicted on charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to hazing in the death of Bowling Green State University sophomore Stone Foltz in March. Foltz, 20, died three days after he and other students pledging the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity were encouraged to finish an entire bottle of alcohol at a March 4 party, university officials have said. He was dropped off at his apartment by fraternity brothers and his roommate later found him unconscious, according to an attorney for Foltz’s family. He was brought to the hospital, where he was placed on life support and later died. Six of the people indicted were charged with involuntary manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison, prosecutors said. Reckless homicide, felonious assault, hazing, violating underage alcohol laws and obstructing official business are among some of the other charges. It’s unclear what the relationships are between the fraternity and the eight indicted...
    Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery at the Glynn County Courthouse on May 8, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. The three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery after spotting him running near a home under construction in their coastal Georgia neighborhood were indicted on Wednesday on federal hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges. Travis McMichael, 35; his father Gregory McMichael, 65; and William “Roddie” Bryan, 51, were each charged with “one count of interference with rights and with one count of attempted kidnapping,” the Department of Justice announced in a news release. ”Travis and Gregory McMichael were also charged with one count each of using, carrying, and brandishing—and in Travis’s case, discharging—a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence,” federal officials said in the release. Bryan and the McMichaels are accused of using "force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race" on Feb. 23, 2020. The Department of Justice wrote in the release: Specifically, Count One of the indictment alleges that as Arbery was running on...
    More On: hazing Ole Miss student allegedly sprayed bleach into frat pledge’s mouth during hazing Cuomo allegedly demanded accuser sing ‘Danny Boy’ in Albany ‘hazing’ incident: report College student dies after alleged fraternity hazing incident No charges to be filed in death of Cornell freshman ‘hazed’ at frat party Eight men have been charged in the hazing death of an Ohio fraternity pledge who was found unconscious after an off-campus party, prosecutors said Thursday. The suspects were indicted on charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to hazing in the death of Bowling Green State University sophomore Stone Foltz in March. Foltz, 20, died three days after he and other students pledging the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity were encouraged to finish an entire bottle of alcohol at a March 4 party, university officials have said. He was dropped off at his apartment by fraternity brothers and his roommate later found him unconscious, according to an attorney for Foltz’s family. He was brought to the hospital, where he was placed on life support and later died. Six of the people indicted...
    Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has vociferously denied any involvement in the underage sex trafficking scandal swirling around former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, but it seems that there are receipts. Literally. On his public-until-very-recently Venmo account. According to a report by The Daily Beast, Gaetz paid Greenberg $900 through the phone payment app Venmo late one evening in May 2018. The next morning, Greenberg then used Venmo to pay three young women separate sums of money that added up to exactly $900. In the field on the app to describe the purpose of the payments, Greenberg said that the funds were for “Tuition,” “School,” and “School.” One of the women who received one of these payments from Greenberg was just over 18 years old at the time, and reportedly now works in the porn industry. The Daily Beast reviewed Gaetz’s Venmo payments while his account was still public, and a source provided them with records from Greenberg’s Venmo account. Greenberg is facing indictment for 33 federal charges, and news broke earlier Thursday that he...
    EVERETT (CBS) — Three men are facing charges after a cheating scheme was discovered at Encore Boston Harbor, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Friday. The Baccarat scheme netted $23,000 in profits over two nights. Authorities said 53-year-old Jianming Li, a dealer at the casino, colluded with 41-year-old Jun Zhang, a former Maryland casino dealer, and 46-year-old De Lin. All three men are from out of state. READ MORE: Stores Are Closing But This Discount Chain Plans To Move In “It is alleged that while he was dealing the cards, Li exposed a series of playing cards, memorized them, marked them with a ‘bookmark’ card, then used his cell phone to communicate the cards and their order to Zhang, when both excused themselves to use separate bathrooms,” said a statement from the A.G.’s office. READ MORE: 103-Year-Old Man Celebrates Birthday While Getting COVID Vaccine At Lowell General Hospital Li and Zhang were indicted Friday on the two counts of cheating under the Gaming Act, two counts of conspiracy, and larceny by a single scheme. Li was also charged with making false...
    More On: serial killers California serial killer Roger Reece Kibbe slain in prison How I discovered my babysitter Tony Costa was a serial killer Serial killer known as the ‘Cleveland strangler’ dies in prison UK serial killer offered COVID vaccine, sparking outrage A Brooklyn handyman accused of the serial slayings of three elderly women who lived in his building has been indicted for the brutal slayings, authorities announced. Kevin Gavin, 66, was arraigned Tuesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court on one count of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder, for which he faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He pleaded not guilty before Justice Vincent Del Giudice and is being held without bail. “These victims were mothers, grandmothers and beloved friends whose violent deaths have had a chilling effect inside their housing complex and on the Brownsville community,” said Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez. The maintenance man, who did odd jobs for his three victims at the Carter G. Woodson Houses, allegedly confessed to each of the killings, claiming the women owed him money,...
    In the United States, three North Korean military intelligence hackers are accused of attempting to steal more than a billion dollars. “Lazarus group“ Authorities in United States indicted, Wednesday, February 17, three hackers belonging to the North Korean military intelligence. From now on, Jon Chang Hyok, 31 years, Kim il, 27 years old and Park jin hyok, 36 years old are on the list “most wanted” of FBI, note the diary 20 minutes.These pirates belong to the elite group of Pyongyang that computer researchers called the “Lazarus groupFor the FBI, however, it is known under the nomenclature Advanced Persistent Threat 38, or APT 38. The number one robbers These three men are notably accused of having participated in the piracy from Sony Pictures in 2014, a massive extortion campaign via WannaCry ransomware in 2017. They are also involved in cyber attacks targeting banks and the cryptocurrency industry in an attempt to steal nearly $ 1.3 billion.According to the federal prosecutor John demers, these North Korean agents are the number one bank robbers in the world. “They...
    The U.S. Justice Department has indicted three North Korean computer programmers for trying to extort and steal more than $1.3 billion as part of a global cyber scheme that included the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment. A Canadian American who allegedly laundered some of the stolen money also pleaded guilty in the scheme. North Koreans Park Jin Hyok, Jon Chang Hyok and Kim Il are charged with criminal conspiracy, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Park, a computer programmer for North Korea’s intelligence service, was charged two years ago for his role in the Sony hack. That hack erased corporate data, obtained sensitive company emails among top Hollywood executives and forced the company to rebuild its entire computer network. The motivation for the hack was believed to be retaliation for the 2014 movie “The Interview,” which ridiculed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and even portrayed an assassination plot against him. As part of the scheme, the Justice Department said, the three plotted to steal more than $1.2 billion from banks in Vietnam, Mexico, Malta and other...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has indicted three North Korean hackers as well as an Ontario man for participating in a series of widespread and destructive cyberattacks. A federal indictment was unsealed in a DOJ press release on Wednesday morning, charging three computer programmers from the North Korean Reconnaissance General Bureau that engaged in criminal hacking. The indictment alleges that the three participated in numerous large-scale schemes that included the Sony Pictures hack in 2014 and the WannaCry ransomware attacks in 2017. The DOJ also alleged that the group was targeting cryptocurrency companies and spear-phishing campaigns. JUST IN: 3 North Koreans have been indicted for the crippling 2014 Sony hack and a wide-ranging scheme to steal and extort more than $1B of money and cryptocurrency from banks and companies based across the globe, federal prosecutors say. https://t.co/XLZZDkCXlr — NBC News (@NBCNews) February 17, 2021 “The scope of the criminal conduct by the North Korean hackers was extensive and long-running, and the range of crimes they have committed is staggering,” Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Wilikson said in the release....
    Robert Gieswein, a man the government says "appears to be affiliated with the radical militia group known as the Three Percenters," has been indicted on several felony charges, according to court documents unsealed on Thursday. Gieswein has been indicted on six counts, including obstructing an official proceeding before Congress and assaulting an officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon. Specifically, according to the indictment, "an aerosol irritant spray and a baseball bat." Gieswein potentially faces up to 20 years in prison for these charges, if convicted. CAPITOL POLICE UNION REBUKES TOP BRASS AFTER OFFICERS AT RIOT SUSTAIN BRAIN INJURIES, ONE WILL LOSE EYE Robert Gieswein seen at the U.S. Capitol (FBI) (FBI) The government describes "The Three Percenters" as a "domestic militia that advocates for resistance to the U.S. federal government policies it considers to infringe on personal, local and gun ownership rights," court papers state.  CAPITOL POLICE APOLOGIZES, ADMITS ADVANCED INTEL SHOWED CONGRESS WAS TARGET BEFORE INSURRECTION  Court documents include several photographs of the man alleged to be Gieswein inside and outside of the Capitol wearing "distinctive paramilitary gear," including a...
    Three people associated with the paramilitary organization, the Oath Keepers, were indicted in federal court in the District of Columbia on Wednesday in connection with the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots. Jessica Marie Watkins, 38, and Donovan Ray Crowl, 50 – both of Champaign City, Ohio – and Thomas Caldwell, 65, of Clarke County, Va., were charged with conspiracy, obstructing an official proceeding, destruction of government property, and unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds. FILE: Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington.  (AP) Bother Watkins and Crowl were arrested on Jan. 18, while Caldwell was arrested on Jan. 19, according to a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ). Per a criminal complaint filed on Jan. 19, all three were in communication before the Jan. 6 riot and coordinated their attack. The DOJ said all three are affiliated with the Oath Keepers, a paramilitary group that recruits current and former military, law enforcement, and first responder personnel. Watkins and Crowl are also members of the Ohio State...
    (CNN)A new federal criminal indictment against three alleged insurrectionists who plotted their trip to Washington, DC, reveals more about their preparations than was previously known, including their discussing or attending training camps.The Justice Department indicted Thomas Caldwell of Virginia and Jessica Watkins and Donovan Crowl of Ohio on Wednesday, alleging that the three are affiliated with the Oath Keepers, a right-wing extremist group, and that Watkins discussed a basic training camp in Ohio and Crowl attended training in North Carolina before January 6. The Oath Keepers generally believe the federal government has been corrupted and that former military and police can defend the Constitution as a self-styled militia, according to court records. Paramilitary groups have become a major focus of investigators as they work toward understanding why attendees of the Trump rally were armed and wore body armor, and how groups of extremists may have coordinated before the siege. And the mentions of training camps have dotted some of the early court records charging paramilitary-linked rioters with federal crimes.This is at least the second case related to the Capitol riots...
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