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    Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and his real estate company are the focus of a criminal investigation to see if they misused any public money in their failed effort to build a practice facility for the NFL team in South Carolina. The York County Sheriff's Office said state agents and local prosecutors are aiding its investigation, and that the probe does not mean that any crime happened. 'An investigation is simply an inquiry and should not create any inference that wrongdoing has been committed by any party,' York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson and Solicitor Kevin Brackett said in a joint statement Thursday night that named Tepper and GT Real Estate, the company created to oversee the construction project. Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper (pictured) and his real estate company are the focus of a criminal investigation to see if they misused any public money in their failed effort to build a practice facility for the NFL team in South Carolina RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Russell Wilson's 34th birthday party on Tuesday night is... ...
    The Justice Department wants to question Mike Pence as a witness in its investigation into Donald Trump's efforts to stay in the White House after he lost the 2020 election. Pence is considering the request, The New York Times reported. The former vice president has refused to cooperate with the special House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, but he sees the DoJ criminal investigation as another matter, officials close to him told the newspaper. Trump would likely try and invoke executive privilege to stop Pence or limit his testimony. The former president has invoked the privilege with other former officials with limited success. Pence would be the highest-ranking official investigators spoke to during the probe of Trump's actions. He was present for many meetings and conversations in which Trump and his allies are charged with trying to keep the former president in office and nullify Joe Biden's victory. He also was under heavy pressure from Trump not to recognize the electoral college count on January 6th, which Pence was overseeing in a ceremonial role as vice president.  The request occurred...
    The man believed to have fatally shot a New York City father on his 21st birthday in the region has been captured by police months after the killing. Anthony Romero, age 24, was arrested without incident by the US Marshall’s Task Force in Albany on Monday, Oct. 31, in connection with the May 2022 murder of Treavine Tate in Schenectady, police said. Earlier Report: Suspect Sought After Man Fatally Shot In Schenectady On 21st Birthday On the night of Tate’s death, Schenectady Police were called at around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, May 30, with reports of shots fired near State and Hulett streets. They later learned that Tate had been taken to Ellis Hospital by private vehicle, where he was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Police did not provide a possible motive in the killing or say what connection, if any, the two men had. Romero is now facing multiple charges, including second-degree murder, criminal use of a firearm, and criminal possession of a weapon, all felonies. Following his arraignment, he was ordered held at...
    Jim Harbaugh said he expects the four Michigan State players suspended for their involvement in roughing up two Michigan players to be charged.  Scuffles broke out in the Michigan Stadium tunnel after fourth-ranked Wolverines beat the Spartans 29-7 Saturday night in Ann Arbor. Social media posts immediately following the incident showed Michigan State players pushing, punching and kicking Michigan's Ja'Den McBurrows in and near a hallway that doesn't lead to either locker room.  Spartans coach Mel Tucker announced Sunday night that linebacker Tank Brown, safety Angelo Grose, defensive end Zion Young and cornerback Khary Crump were suspended immediately for their involvement in the tunnel altercation.  'Michigan State University football core values include integrity, discipline, unselfishness, toughness and accountability,' said Tucker, who made the decision after 'reviewing the disturbing electronic evidence.'  However, Michigan coach Harbaugh believes the four should be punished further, saying he 'can't imagine that this will not result in criminal charges.'  'Right now we have an ongoing police investigation,' Harbaugh said Monday. 'What happened in the tunnel was egregious. Sickening to watch the videos, the ones that are...
    The reexamination of the case concluded that Harris was not the gunman who murdered Porter. According to the Michigan State University College of Law, the objection from the DA's Conviction Integrity Unit stated, "Harris did not participate in the shooting death of Porter. In fact, shortly after Porter was shot, law enforcement had strong evidence implicating A.J. as the lone shooter." Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi was highly critical of the CIU's findings. "This court wonders how the commonwealth felt confident in releasing a murder suspect from prison when the commonwealth said one page earlier that the criminal investigation in this matter was still ongoing," said Judge DeFino-Nastasi during the hearing in 2021. Harris' sentence was ultimately vacated, and he was released from prison that same year. In a statement to WTXF-TV on Wednesday, Krasner defended his decision to exonerate Harris. "Wrongful convictions warrant correction by the criminal justice system because they undermine confidence in the system, and because the actual persons responsible for serious and violent crime are not held accountable," said Krasner. "The facts alleged in...
    Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Actor Kevin Spacey offered a bizarre defense in the civil trial filed by Anthony Rapp alleging sexual assault, claiming during his testimony that his father was an avowed neo-Nazi and white supremacist who had verbally threatened him when he suspected his son might be gay. The federal trial in New York stems from Rapp’s accusations in a 2017 Buzzfeed article that Spacey had attempted to “seduce” him at a party when Spacey was 26 years old and Rapp was only 14. Spacey issued a statement claiming “I honestly do not remember the encounter…[b]ut if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior.” In that statement, Spacey publicly acknowledged for the first time that he was a gay man. Spacey’s acting career was largely derailed in the wake of Rapp’s allegations. Other accusers made claims against Spacey in that Buzzfeed article and in the years since, but for the most part, efforts to pursue criminal prosecutions have mostly floundered, with one accuser dying, two criminal...
    Harvey Weinstein today appeared in a Los Angeles court looking ghoulish ahead of his rape trial later this month. The disgraced producer, 70, will face 11 counts of sexual assault, including forcible rape from Monday. Court was in session today to hear the 'conditional examination of a witness,' a clerk for the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center told DailyMail.com. Weinstein was extradited last summer form New York to LA following claims he attacked five women in hotels in LA and Beverly Hills between 2004 and 2013. He pleaded not guilty to those crimes in July 2021, just one morning after he had been transferred to California. Weinstein appears at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Tuesday in Los Angeles ahead of an upcoming trial on 11 counts of sexual assault Court was in session to hear the 'conditional examination of a witness,' a clerk for the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center said Last July Weinstein appeared frail. Sheriff's deputies rolled him into court in a wheel chair to the arraignment hearing in which he pleaded not guilty. He looked...
    Donald Trump's lawyers have for the first time admitted that the former president could face criminal prosecution for his actions with the Mar-a-Lago document stash. In a letter to Raymond Dearie, the special master - independent adjudicator - appointed to oversee the FBI investigation into the documents, Trump's team on Monday outlined concerns about the inquiry. Trump's lawyers wrote that they do not want Dearie to force Trump to 'fully and specifically disclose a defense to the merits of any subsequent indictment without such a requirement being evident in the District Court's order' - a statement indicating that Trump or his aides could be criminally charged. The FBI are investigating how more than 300 classified documents ended up in Trump's Florida estate, and why they were removed from the White House when he left, rather than handed over to the national archives. Donald Trump is seen on Saturday at a rally in Ohio. On Monday his lawyers wrote to the special master, Raymond Dearie, to set out their requests for the investigation into the Mar-a-Lago documents Raymond Dearie, a veteran...
    ANTIOCH — Days after this news organization reported that the eight Antioch officers under criminal investigation include a K9 cop whose dog bit 22 people over three years, the city’s police chief announced he is conducting a “top down assessment” of the use of police dogs. At a City Hall news conference next to two City Councilwoman — including one of the city’s biggest police critics in past years — Chief Steven Ford said he hopes to implement an “early intervention system to better track and monitor” the use of police dogs in Antioch. The FBI and Contra Costa District Attorney are investigating eight Antioch officers and three Pittsburg officers for suspected crimes of moral turpitude, including police violence, illegal drug use, and other potential offenses, and a grand jury has convened to consider an indictment against multiple officers. “This will allow the organization to identify potential patterns, and more importantly develop corrective measures when necessary,” Ford said. Ford said he is also exploring options with the city’s IT department to ensure department-issued cellphones are “exclusively used in a business capacity.”...
    Rudy Giuliani has now been told he is the target of a criminal probe in Georgia surrounding his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election on behalf of former President Donald Trump.  The New York Times reported Monday on the development. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and an election lawyer for Trump, is due to testify in Atlanta later this week.  Rudy Giuliani has now been told he is the target of a criminal probe in Georgia surrounding his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election on behalf of former President Donald Trump The ex-mayor has emerged as the central Trumpworld figure in Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis' investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election in the Peach State.  The Times reported in June that investigators have been focusing in two state legislative hearings Giuliani made appearances at in December 2020.  There he peddled conspiracy theories about rogue voting machines and suitcases stuffed with Democratic ballots, telling lawmakers they couldn't 'possibly certify Georgia in good faith.'  Giuliani was also involved in the scheme to have...
    A Wisconsin man has been charged with the double homicide of a woman and her boyfriend in 1992, in apparent revenge for a fatal snowmobile accident that killed the suspect's father when he was just seven years old. Tony Haase, 52, of Weyauwega, faces two counts of first degree intentional homicide in connection with the stabbing deaths of Tanna Togstad, 23, and her boyfriend Timothy Mumbrue, 35, in March 1992. Investigators have been working the case for decades, and eventually identified Haase as a possible suspect, though it is unclear how they came to that conclusion. But according to a criminal complaint, Haase admitted to investigators on Thursday that he had gotten drunk on March 20, 1992, and started thinking about the 1977 snowmobile accident involving Togstad's father, a friend of Haase's father. He said he went to Togstad's home that night, insisting he did not plan to hurt anybody, but had 'snippets' of memories of knifing Togstad and Mumbrue. An autopsy later concluded that Togstad died of one stab wound to the chest, while Mumbrue suffered multiple stab wounds....
    A 20-year-old man who has been charged over the shooting of a McDonald's worker in a case of cold French fries has also confessed to the NYPD of his involvement in a separate murder in 2020. Michael Morgan, 20, who is facing charges of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon following Monday's fast food shooting has also been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in relation to a killing in October 2020. Morgan had previously been arrested several times, including for grand larceny in 2019 and assault and theft of service in 2018, police sources said. He also has numerous sealed arrest cases. Michael Morgan, 20, is charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting outside a McDonald's in Brooklyn on Monday Morgan did not speak as officers led him out of the 79th Precinct stationhouse on Wednesday afternoon Morgan is alleged to have killed 28-year-old Kevin Holloman after being shot three times in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn  Holloman was shot in front of an apartment building on Herkimer St. near Rochester Avenue. He...
    ALEX Jones could face criminal trial over perjury claims after his texts were mistakenly exposed to an opposing attorney, a legal expert said. Jones, the shock jock Infowars founder, is standing trial in Texas to determine how much he has to pay in damages for defamation in the case of the Sandy Hook shooting. 3Alex Jones could face a criminal trial over perjury claims after his texts were mistakenly released to an opposing attorneyCredit: Alamy 3The Infowars founder had previously claimed that he could not locate any emails concerning the Sandy Hook tragedyCredit: Reuters 3Jones is standing trial to determine how much he has to pay in damages for defamation in the case of the Sandy Hook shootingCredit: AP:Associated Press On a dramatic Wednesday in court, the Infowars host looked dumbstruck when told his attorney had accidentally exposed his text message records to the opposition lawyer representing the parents of a murdered child. "Did you know 12 days ago your attorneys messed up and sent me an entire digital copy of your entire cell phone with every text message you've sent for the past...
    Former Trump White House communications director Alyssah Farah said Wednesday that she knows of former Trump staffers who have been contacted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and are willing to cooperate in a criminal probe into the January 6 attack and Trump's actions. The Washington Post first reported that the DOJ is now looking into Trump's response leading up to and during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.  'I am aware of other White House officials who have been reached out to by DOJ and are planning to cooperate,' Farah said on CNN's New Day.  Hinting at who that might be, she said: 'I think you could piece it together based on who has testified before the January 6th committee.' Former deputy communications director Sarah Matthews and Matthew Pottinger, a member of the National Security Council, testified at the committee's last hearing on July 19. Their deposition came after bombshell testimony from former aide to White House chief of staff Mike Pence, Cassidy Hutchinson, about Trump throwing plates of food against the wall and lunging for the steering wheel when...
    The jury is out for deliberations in the misdemeanor contempt of Congress charge against former Trump aide Steve Bannon after prosecutors and defense wrapped up their closing arguments Friday.  If convicted, the former Trump advisor would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days incarceration and up to one year behind bars. He could also face a fine of up to 1,000.  Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors told the jury that ignoring a congressional subpoena is like ignoring a parking ticket. DOJ prosecutor Molly Gaston said that with a parking ticket, there are two options: show up to court and try to fight it or pay it.  'What he doesn't get to do is ignore the order to pay it,' Gaston said, noting that if you don't pay a ticket or show up for a subpoena, there are consequences.  She argued that Bannon's excuse that he thought he was barred from testifying due to former President Trump asserting executive privilege did not carry weight. Gaston said that Bannon made an 'intentional' choice not to cooperate and cited quotes Bannon made...
    A man well-known to police in Maryland is wanted on multiple open warrants, according to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office. An alert was issued by the sheriff’s office for the second time regarding Stephen Knowles-Petrolis, who has dozens of past arrests in Cecil County on charges ranging from assault and burglary to drugs and arson. “If you name it, he’s probably done it,” a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office posted two years ago in the initial alert declaring him a wanted fugitive. Officials said that as of Monday, July 11, Knowles-Petrolis has 10 open warrants for his arrest, including seven in Cecil County, and one each by state police in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. No descriptive information regarding Knowles-Petrolis was provided by the sheriff’s office. Anyone with information regarding Knowles-Petrolis or his whereabouts has been asked to contact the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office by calling (410) 618-3694 or by sharing a private message to the agency’s Facebook page.
    A New York City bodega worker who stabbed a career criminal to death in self-defense will not be returning to work because his coworkers fear for his safety after he was freed on bond.  Jose Alba, 62, was released from Rikers Island on Thursday evening after his bail was lowered from $250,000 to $50,000, and returned to his Hamilton Heights home wearing an electronic monitor and accompanied by one of his sons. He was only required to pay $5,000. His fellow bodega workers are now saying they will not let him return to work because they fear the victim's friends will come to harm him.  'We’re not letting him come back,' a Blue Moon Convenience store worker named Wilson told the New York Post.  Wilson said his victim's 'friends and family' now know where Alba works and his coworkers fear it's a 'death sentence' if he returns to his post.   Alba was arrested on Friday for stabbing Austin Simon after the 35-year-old charged into the Harlem bodega where he worked and attacked him after Alba refused to open a tab for...
    A grand jury in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani, Lindsey Graham and other Trump allies as it continues its criminal investigation of interference in the 2020 election. The names targeted include lawyers and advisers including John Eastman, Kenneth Cheesebro and Jenna Ellis who worked on strategies to overturn Joe Biden's win in key swing states. It shows that the investigation has moved to Trump's inner circle. Copies of the subpoenas, signed off by Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney and obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, also list conservative lawyer and activist Cleta Mitchell as well as attorney and podcast host Jacki Pick.  Mitchell advised Trump during the infamous phone conversation with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Trump used the call to urge him to 'find' 11,780 votes - enough to give him the state. Raffensperger also said he was contacted by Graham 10 days after the election asking if he was had the power to reject mailed ballots in certain counties. Graham later denied that he was doing anything improper, and was simply asking for information to understand how...
    (CBS4) – A key witness in one of the state’s biggest election scandals is speaking out on the eve of the primary election. Jerry Wood says Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who is in the running to be the state’s chief election officer, is a thief and a liar who just wants attention. Peters says Wood is an opportunist who is just trying to prevent her from winning the Republican nomination for Secretary of State. In March, Peters was indicted by a Mesa County Grand Jury on felony charges including criminal impersonation and identity theft. Wood was initially a suspect in the case. He and his wife, Wendi, a church pastor, say the controversy has turned their lives upside down. They say law enforcement has been to their house twice to search the place and seize all their electronics. (credit: CBS) Wendi says they and their five kids were sleeping when FBI agents showed up at 6 a.m. last November. “You could hear pounding and yelling, and I just ran out and could see tactical shield in window that said FBI across...
    BRONX, New York (WABC) -- A man was indicted on trafficking charges Wednesday after police found $1 million worth of drugs in his home in the Bronx last month.Authorities said they found 29 pounds of heroin and 300 grams of fentanyl inside the home of 43-year-old Carlos Munoz on May 12 at 1908 Barnes Avenue, in the Van Nest section.Much of the drugs were discovered hidden behind a wall and a bathroom light fixture.Investigators also allegedly found a 400-pound kilo press, and other equipment to traffic the drugs.An additional 150 grams of heroin were also allegedly recovered from Munoz's car, which was found with the help of drug-detecting dogs."Heroin and fentanyl are killing New Yorkers and destroying our communities," Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said. "Getting these deadly and highly addictive drugs off the streets, along with holding accountable the people who care nothing about getting Bronxites hooked, is how we fight back and reclaim our community."Munoz appeared in court on charges of operating as a major trafficker, several counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use...
    Michael Avenatti, the Southern California lawyer who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in a legal fight against former president Donald Trump and later was convicted of bilking her out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, announced on Sunday that he will plead guilty in the last of three criminal cases against him. Avenatti submitted his intention to plead guilty to multiple charges in a federal case in the Central District of California that accused him of over 30 counts of embezzlement, perjury and tax-related felonies, according to a court document filed on Sunday. He already is serving five years in prison, following his conviction in two other cases. Avenatti, who once had offices in Newport Beach and Los Angeles, has been accused of stealing settlement money from several clients to help rescue his law firm from bankruptcy and to pay for other expenses. “Despite repeated efforts over the last year by Mr. Avenatti and his counsel, including substantial efforts made in the last 30 days, defendant has been unable to reach a plea agreement with the government,” Avenatti’s defense team...
    U.S. District Judge Tilman E. “Tripp” Self III sentenced Macon native Shelley Johnson on Tuesday to three year plus one month in prison for his participation in a dogfighting and cocaine distribution ring based in Roberta, Georgia. “Johnson participated in a brutal criminal enterprise that profited from the suffering of animals,”  Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division said. Johnson is also subject to a $25,000 fine and three years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to participate in an animal fighting venture. He is the twelfth defendant that was sentenced in the conspiracy, and his sentence stipulates that he is prohibited from owning or possessing dogs. “Dogfighting is a crime, and also closely associated with other serious crimes. The sentences in this prosecution show those who engage in this cruel and inhumane practice face significant prison time,” Kim said. Authorities executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence in Macon on February 26, 2020, where they recovered 13 “pit bull terrier-type dogs” that all had scars that were consistent with...
    The sheriff of Los Angeles County has called out the District Attorney saying the police were 'never consulted' in the 'lightweight sentence' handed to a teen who hit a mother and her child while high on drugs. Alex Villanueva, 59, wrote in a Facebook statement that George Gascon, 68, 'released a statement claiming that the Sheriff's Department was okay with the lightweight sentencing' handed to the now 17-year-old criminal.  'We were never consulted as we were not the investigating agency. Sheriff's Investigators would never be ok with the lightweight sentencing in this hit and run case,' he siad.  'Stop empowering and encouraging criminal behavior. Hold them accountable. #VictimsMatter.' Gascon - who has been met with severe criticism in the last year as Los Angeles experiences heighten crime, said the sentence was 'an appropriate resolution.' His office has been accused of being light on crime sentencing and letting criminals back out on the streets.  The teenager was charged to five to seven months in a juvenile probation camp for the August crime. Prosecutors have criticized LA's probation camps, calling them 'less than...
    NEW YORK -- Former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in New York state's civil investigation into his business practices, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.A four-judge panel in the appellate division of the state's trial court upheld Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron's Feb. 17 ruling enforcing subpoenas for Trump and his two eldest children to give deposition testimony in Attorney General Letitia James' probe.Video in player above is from previous reporting.Trump had appealed, seeking to overturn the ruling. His lawyers argued that ordering the Trumps to testify violated their constitutional rights because their answers could be used in a parallel criminal investigation."The existence of a criminal investigation does not preclude civil discovery of related facts, at which a party may exercise the privilege against self-incrimination," the four-judge panel wrote, citing the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.Message seeking comment were left with lawyers for the Trumps and with James' office. The Trumps could still appeal the ruling to the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals.James, a Democrat, has said her investigation has uncovered evidence Trump's company, the Trump...
    (CNN)Grammy-winning rapper Young Thug's lyrics are being cited as evidence in a sweeping 56-count gang indictment, again raising a debate over whether lyrics are protected free speech.According to the 88-page indictment obtained by CNN, lyrics from the rapper's popular songs -- including "Slime Sh*t," "Original Slime Sh*t," and "Anybody" -- were used as examples of "overt acts," some of which constitute racketeering. Prosecutors allege that Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, founded the gang Young Slime Life in late 2012 and was a key figure in various YSL activities. Rapper Gunna, real name Sergio Giovanni Kitchens, is also charged in the document. Williams was arrested at his home in Atlanta on Monday, police said.Most notably, prosecutors said that in 2015, Williams rented an Infiniti Q50 sedan from Hertz, which was later used in the murder of a rival gang member. There are also references that paint Williams as the leader of the YSL gang, as two associates discussed how to obtain his permission to attempt to murder rapper YFN Lucci while he was incarcerated."I'm prepared to take them down," "murder...
    Three members of an Idaho family were killed in a tragic car crash while on vacation in Las Vegas last year after police stopped, searched and ultimately released a driver they had reason to believe was high on fentanyl, a new investigation revealed.  Tyler Kennedy, 33, was going 90 mph when he rammed his Ford F-150 into an SUV carrying a family of five on March 27, 2021 - just hours after police stopped him and discovered drug paraphernalia, tin foil and pills in his car.   The accident killed Michael Durmeier, 39; his daughter Georgia, 12; and his fiancee Lauren Starcevich, 38, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Two other children survived, though one suffered lasting brain trauma as a result of the crash that left him unable to play contact sports. The family was headed to Vegas to stay with an uncle as part of a Spring Break trip. The night before, they had been to the hot springs in the city of Elko.  Kennedy, a drug user with a history of shoplifting and traffic violations dating back a...
    A Pennsylvania woman, with a history of assault, is facing charges again after a fight with her boyfriend escalated to her stabbing him in the chest on Wednesday, according to a report by PennLive and court records. Shakyra Ann Marie Clark, 34, of Harrisburg, had been arguing with her boyfriend in a car and when they got out, she stabbed him near 14th and Market streets on Mar. 24 around 12:36 a.m., the outlet says citing police. The knife was four or five inches deep in the man's body, just missing all of his vital organs, the outlet reports citing the affidavit of probable cause filed by Harrisburg police. Clark fled the scene but was arrested in the 1400 block of Zarker Street— while her boyfriend called 911 for himself and was taken to Holy Spirit Hospital, according to the affidavit. She was charged with the following, according to court documents: F1 Criminal Attempt - Criminal Homicide F1 Aggravated Assault - Attempts to cause serious bodily injury or causes injury with extreme indifference F2 Aggravated Assault - Attempts to cause or causes...
    The driver of the Dodge Challenger that caused the crash, Gary Dean Robinson, 59, (pictured) of North Las Vegas , was found to have high levels of cocaine and the hallucinogenic PCP in his system. He was among the nine pronounced dead at the scene.  A career criminal who killed seven members of the same family and two others - including himself - when he sped through a red light at 100mph was high on cocaine and hallucinogenic PCP, an autopsy has revealed.  Gary Robinson, 59, was found to have high levels of both drugs in his system after causing Nevada's deadliest crash in 30 years at the intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and Commerce Street, north Las Vegas, on January 29 this year.  A former prosecutor said he had 'never seen' such levels in a DUI death case and believes Robinson was doing 'bumps of cocaine' in his Dodge Challenger moments before he ploughed into a minivan, which was carrying children as young as five.  Robinson, who had also consumed alcohol, and his passenger Tanaga Ravel Miller, 46, were pronounced...
    Former President Donald Trump's potential legal culpability in last year's insurrection was boosted over the weekend when Representative Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) revealed that the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is exploring "enhanced criminal penalties" for his role in the deadly riot. Speaking with MSNBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday's edition of Meet the Press, Cheney said that the mountains of evidence amassed by the Committee indicate that Trump was intimately involved with planning and executing the violent attempt to topple American democracy. "Should we expect criminal referrals on this? And should we expect something – how much new do you think the public will learn that will actually change the way they thought about January 6th?" Todd asked Cheney, who is one of two Republicans serving on the bipartisan panel. Cheney explained that Trump's decisions (and lack thereof) were egregious violations of his oath of office that may result in severe consequences for the ex-commander in chief. "Our first priority is to make recommendations and we're looking at things like do we...
    The attorney for Lunden Alexis Roberts - the mother of one of Hunter Biden's five children - revealed he turned over to federal investigators a 'significant amount' of Hunter's financial records and said he would be 'surprised' if he was not indicted.  Clint Lancaster, who represents Roberts, said that he was complying with a subpoena in turning over 'a significant amount of Hunter's financial records,' and that both he and Roberts were interviewed by investigators.  Lancaster told CNBC that he and Roberts had spoken with an assistant U.S. attorney, an FBI agent and an IRS agent — 'one that carries a badge and gun' over a year ago in Little Rock, Ark. 'I expect him to be indicted,' the attorney said of Biden. 'Just based on what I saw in his financial records, I would be surprised if he's not indicted.'  Still, Lancaster said that he and Roberts 'don't want Hunter to go to jail.'  If Biden were indicted, it's likely he'd be convicted - federal prosecutors tout an over-95 percent conviction rate.  DailyMail.com exclusively reported that Roberts had testified before a...
    Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev delivered the latest Kremlin threats against the U.S., accusing the U.S. of fueling anti-Russian feeling and saying Russia has the ability to put enemies 'in their place.' Medvedev, who now serves as deputy secretary of Russia's National Security Council, made the comment a day after President Joe Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal. That assessment came on a day of new revelations of attacks on Ukrainians in Mariupol and other cities, as well as an AP report on children being buried in mass graves and residents unable to get food or medical attention.   Medvedev warned that Moscow had the might to put the world's pre-eminent superpower in its place, following U.S. and British assessments that the Ukrainian resistance has killed thousands of Russian troops, and indications that it has stalled Russia's advance.    Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Russia will put 'brash enemies in their place,' and accused the U.S. of trying to bend Russia Medvedev, who served as president from 2008 to 2012 and was once viewed as a potential reform element...
    Former President Trump appealed a New York judge's order for him and his two eldest children to testify as part of a civil investigation into his business practices on Monday.  Lawyers for Trump, Don Jr. and Ivanka filed papers for a review from state apellate court after Judge Arthur Engoron compelled them to testify in a Feb. 17 ruling. The ruling gave the Trumps 21 days to appear, and the appeal is likely to back up the fight over the former president's testimony for months.  The lawyers argue ordering the Trumps to testify violates their constitutional rights because anything Trump says in a civil deposition could be used against him in the criminal probe being overseen by the Manhattan district attorney´s office. At a hearing prior to Engoron´s decision, Trump´s lawyers argued that having him sit for a civil deposition is an improper attempt to get around a state law barring prosecutors from calling someone to testify before a criminal grand jury without giving them immunity. A federal judge has ruled that former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and...
    WHEN Maia Miller met her app date at a bowling alley, the flight attendant thought things were going well. But it all went downhill when Maia, from North London, popped to the toilet and returned to find he'd bought himself a drink, without waiting or offering to get her one. 2Maia Miller once went on an awful date with a former criminal - who then spoke about their WEDDING on the first dateCredit: Collect The night continued to flop and the now 29-year-old was convinced she never wanted to see her date again - when he asked her to take a picture with him, to share on their wedding day. Maia says it was one of her worst ever dates, happening in LA in 2015 when she was there for work. She tells Fabulous: "I met this guy on a Jewish dating app called J-Swipe, but when we met he said 'I've got a confession, I'm not actually Jewish'. "I thought ‘I appreciate the honesty but he maybe should have told me that before’. "We went bowling which was...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Spokesperson says top Manhattan prosecutors investigating Donald Trump and his company in criminal probe have resigned. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    In a column for Politico, former prosecutor Renato Mariotti suggested that a decision by Donald Trump to have his attorney attempt to smear New York Attorney General Letitia James in a New York courtroom was a fatal mistake that likely placed him in even greater legal peril. According to Mariotti, Trump tried to bring politics into the courtroom which, in turn, opened the door for the sitting judge to rule against the former president, as well as Ivanka Trump and Don Trump Jr., on the matter of being questioned that could lead to a devastating criminal indictment. "Maybe it was Trump’s ego or his insistence that his lawyers make the question of the deposition a political battle rather than a legal one. But while Trump’s attorneys argued that James was using the civil investigation to develop evidence that could be used against Trump in a criminal case, they downplayed his potential criminal liability," he wrote adding that, "Alina Habba, an attorney for Trump, spent much of her time arguing that James was pursuing a “vendetta...
    A Pennsylvania man who was caring for a child has been charged for assaulting them, according to the police. West Shore Regional police were dispatched to a report of an assault in the 400 Block of Herman Avenue in Lemoyne on Feb. 12 around 9:40 p.m., according to the release. Joshua Voght, 34, of Lemoyne, was arrested for assaulting a "juvenile victim causing minor injuries," police say. He has been charged with the following according to his most recent court docket: F3 Endangering Welfare of Children -Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense S Harassment - Subject Other to Physical Voght has a history of driving under the influence, mischief, harassment, and related offenses dating back to 2010, but this is the first crime involving a child in his court records. He has been released from the Cumberland County Prison on $1,000 bail, he court docket shows, after it was reduced from $6,000. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled with Magisterial District Judge Elizabeth S. Beckley on May 12 at 10:45 a.m., according to his...
    NEW YORK -- A judge is hearing arguments Thursday in former President Donald Trump's fight to avoid being questioned under oath in a New York investigation into his business practices.New York Attorney General Letitia James is seeking to enforce subpoenas her office issued in December to Trump and his two eldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.James, a Democrat, said her civil investigation has uncovered evidence Trump's company used "fraudulent or misleading" valuations of assets like golf clubs and skyscrapers to get loans and tax benefits.Trump's lawyers told Judge Arthur Engoron during the hearing that having him sit for a civil deposition now, while his company is also the subject of a parallel criminal investigation, is an improper attempt to get around a state law barring prosecutors from calling someone to testify before a criminal grand jury without giving them immunity."If she wants sworn testimony from my client, he's entitled to immunity. He gets immunity for what he says, or he says nothing," said Trump's criminal defense lawyer, Ronald Fischetti.If Trump testifies in the civil probe, anything he says could...
    "Peaceful protest" at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Only a white American man would get to keep his job after engaging in an act of domestic terrorism, threats to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and President Joe Biden. But that’s the case with one attorney in Georgia. William McCall Calhoun Jr. works in Americus, Georgia, and despite being arrested and forced to wear a court-ordered ankle monitor, remains a practicing criminal defense attorney. Calhoun faces charges related to the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. Calhoun defends his southwest Georgia clients in everything from speeding tickets to aggravated assault to low-level drug possession.  But, he wasn’t always a MAGA-sycophant. Before threatening to kill Democrats, the small-town lawyer was a once-committed Dem. He even ran for office as a Democrat.  “He was hardcore, there’s no doubt about it,” Dr. Michael Busman, a physician who has known Calhoun for years, told The New York Times. “He wouldn’t even want to talk to you if you were Republican.” But, something turned in Calhoun, and three months before storming the Capitol, he wrote on Twitter: “I have tons of ammo…  Gonna use it...
    A homeless career criminal with a history of more than a dozen arrests was led into a Manhattan courtroom in handcuffs to be arraigned on a hate crime murder charge for the savage beating of a Chinese immigrant, which left him comatose until his death eight months later.  Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Thursday announced the new charge of murder in the second degree as a hate crime against Jarrod Powell for the killing of Yao Pan Ma.  Powell, 50, has been accused of knocking Ma, 61, to the ground, stomping on his head a half-dozen times, and kicking him in the face and neck during an unprovoked attack that took place in Harlem on April 23, 2021.   Jarrod Powell is arraigned in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday on a hate crime murder charge for the stomping death of Yao Pan Ma in East Harlem Powell, 50, a homeless career criminal, is accused of attacking Ma, a Chinese immigrant, in April 2021, for no reason other than his race. He is pictured in court on Thursday   Ma is pictured...
    Newly released surveillance video shows a prolific shoplifter arrested in downtown Seattle after he stole a 70-inch television from a Target store last month, which staff claim was his 22nd instance of theft in just three months.  Career criminal John Ray Lomack, 55, who is believed to be homeless and has a rap sheet dating back to the '80s, was caught on camera eyeing the TV in the store, loading it into a shopping cart and walking out of the store without attempting to pay. He then drags the TV down the street, where he is met by police who advise him to 'unhand the property.' Lomack declines, alleging he purchased the item - valued at nearly $750 and on sale for $600 - but was unable to provide a receipt. Police attempt to arrest him, but he resists and a 'physical struggle' ensues. He was eventually taken into custody and later charged with burglary, 770 KTTH Radio reported. Judge Kuljinder Dhillon, who is notoriously lenient on homeless offenders, released Lomack without bond despite the fact that a King County prosecutor...
    (CNN)Michael Avenatti is now representing himself in the criminal trial against him after a judge approved the move Tuesday. Avenatti addressed the court in a measured tone, citing differences of opinion with his attorneys over "scope and method" of cross examinations among other issues like timeliness of applications to the court."There has been a breakdown in the relationship between me and my counsel that goes to the heart of my ability to mount a defense," Avenatti told Judge Jesse Furman in federal court in Manhattan.Avenatti said he wished to represent himself immediately without delay so he may cross-examine Judy Regnier, his former employee.Prosecutors allege that Avenatti -- who helped negotiate the $800,000 advance for Stormy Daniels' September 2018 book "Full Disclosure" -- defrauded her by instructing her literary agent to send two of the four installments of the book advance totaling nearly $300,000 to an account controlled by him, rather than directly to Daniels.Read MoreHe allegedly sent a fabricated letter to the agent with a manufactured signature from Daniels redirecting book advance payments from Daniels' account to another account he...
    A Mexican organized crime gang says it killed a city's mayor just 10 days after he was inaugurated - and warns it now plans to carry out further political assassinations.    Benjamín López Palacios was gunned down at his home in the municipality of Xoxocotla on Tuesday January 11. Local media reported that three men visited his home to seek aid for a bogus project when they opened fired and fled. López Palacios, who was sworn in on January 1 as mayor of the indigenous city of Xoxocotla , was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. No arrests had been reported as of Thursday, and a motive has yet to be shared.  Benjamín López Palacios mayor of Xoxocotla, a city in south central Mexican state of Morelos, was assassinated by three men at his home on Tuesday. A criminal organization came forward Wednesday and took responsibility for the murder. No arrest have been made  Morelos governor Cuauhtémoc Blanco called on Mexico's Office of the Attorney General to investigate the assassination of  Benjamín López Palacios, mayor of Xoxocotla. Blanco is pictured above...
    A MAN allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death and hid her body in a suitcase just days after he was released from jail for assaulting her. Montel Reed, 26, was arrested on charges of criminal homicide, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse on Sunday. 4Montel Reed, 26, was arrested on charges of criminal homicide, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpseCredit: Allegheny County Jail 438-year old Crystal Leschner's was found in a suitcase in a shedCredit: Facebook/Crystal Leschner The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police revealed in a Facebook post that the department's homicide detectives arrested Reed and transported him to Allegheny County Jail. Prior to Reed's arrest, police responded to a call for "a possible body found behind a home in the 300 block of Reifert Street" at around 4.30pm on January 8. The human remains — which were found in a shed behind a Knoxville, Pennslyvania home — were those of 38-year old Crystal Leschner, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. According to a criminal complaint, obtained by the Post-Gazette, Reed has been accused of stabbing Leschner multiple...
    A cleaning worker who was bitten by an endangered tiger at a Florida zoo after putting his arm into the enclosure could be criminally charged, police have said. Eko, an eight-year-old Malayan, was fatally shot by responding officers at Naples Zoo when it would not release the man's arm from its jaws. Horrific bodycam footage shows contract cleaner River Rosenquist, 26, bloodied and on the ground next to the enclosure as he screams out: 'Please help me! Please help me! Oh my God! Shoot it! I'm going to die!' After being shot the tiger let go of Rosenquist and retreated into its enclosure where it was later pronounced dead. The cleaner was taken to hospital on a trauma alert.  In a statement issued Thursday, Collier County Sheriff's Office said they would determine whether charges would be filed against the injured worker, but it did not say what the charges could be. 'Preliminary information indicates that the man was either petting or feeding the animal, both of which are unauthorized and dangerous activities,' it read. 'An investigation will determine whether criminal charges will be...
    Truckers and citizens alike are demanding clemency for the driver of an 18-wheeler sentenced to 110 years in prison for causing a huge crash that killed four on a Colorado interstate.  More than 4.4 million people have now signed a petition urging Governor Jared Polis to lessen the driver's sentence and social media users are calling on truckers to boycott Colorado. A protest in support of Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26 - the former truck driver who allegedly caused the crash - was held in Denver on Monday. Despite the outpour of support he has received online, only eight people turned up for the demonstration.  'Our goal is to bring local and national awareness so that we CAN find someone who will support Rogel in creating change in this sentencing,' protest organizers told CBS 4. 'Let's join together and RISE UP in support for Rogel! Let Governor Polis Know the TIME doesn't fit the 'Crime'. If we do not stand up for him, who will?' Meantime, relatives of the victims dispute the narrative circulating the internet and claim that Aguilera-Mederos is not a...
    By Michael R. Sisak | Associated Press NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump sued New York Attorney General Letitia James on Monday, resorting to a familiar but seldom successful strategy as he seeks to end a yearslong civil investigation into his business practices that he alleges is purely political. In the lawsuit, filed in federal court two weeks weeks after James requested that Trump sit for a Jan. 7 deposition, Trump contends the probe into matters including his company’s valuation of assets has violated his constitutional rights in a “thinly-veiled effort to publicly malign Trump and his associates.” The lawsuit describes James, a Democrat, as having “personal disdain for Trump” and points to numerous statements she’s made targeting him in recent years, including her support of “die-in” protests against him, her boast that her office sued his administration 76 times and tweets during her 2018 campaign that she had her “eyes on Trump Tower” and that Trump was “running out of time.” “Her mission is guided solely by political animus and a desire to harass, intimidate, and retaliate against...
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