Crime

ALABAMA: Former State Rep Testifies Having Accepted Coal Company Bribes To Oppose EPA Efforts [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Former state Rep. Oliver Robinson testified Tuesday that he accepted money to oppose federal environmental cleanup efforts in north Birmingham, telling jurors that in doing so that he felt like he sold out the people who had elected him. Robinson, a former basketball star and one-time rising star in the Alabama House of Representatives, took to ...

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BRITAIN: Police Confirm Couple Was Sickened By Same Russian Nerve Agent As In Previous Incident [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: A man and woman found unconscious in Wiltshire were poisoned by Novichok, the same nerve agent as ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police say. The couple, believed to be Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess, are in a critical condition having been found unconscious at a house on Saturday. Police say no one else has presented with the same ...

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ALABAMA: Man Pulls Gun At Immigration Rally After Taunting Protesters With Shouts Of “Womp, Womp”

Politico reports: A man who mimicked the derisive remarks of former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and brandished a handgun at immigration protesters in Alabama over the weekend was charged with menacing and reckless endangerment, AL.com reported Sunday. With a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants, Shane Ryan Sealy shouted “womp womp” and carried a sign that said ...

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VIRAL VIDEO: Security Cameras Catch Comically Wild Arrest Chase Scene At Canadian Convenience Store

Deadspin reports: A man and a woman visited the King Street Reddi Mart in Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada on Monday afternoon, and the convenience store owner eventually called the police on suspicion that the man had been using a stolen credit card. By the time the couple left the store, they had lost a shirt and a shoe, gained a ...

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Manafort Assistant Gave FBI Access To Storage Locker

Reuters reports: A personal assistant to Paul Manafort granted an FBI agent access to a storage locker in Virginia, allowing the government to secure evidence that President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager is trying to suppress, according to testimony Friday in a federal court hearing. FBI special agent Jeff Pfeiffer made the disclosure at a hearing to consider whether evidence ...

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MIAMI BEACH: Gay Father Of Pride Parade Bashing Suspect Defends Son, Says Son “Loves LGBT” [VIDEO]

NBC News Miami reports: The gay father of one of the men accused of beating a gay couple after Miami Beach’s Pride Parade in April is defending his son, arguing he did not act out of hate toward the LGBT community. Juan Lopez, the father of Juan Carlos Lopez, said that he raised his son along with his partner of ...

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Five Murder Charges Filed Against Maryland Shooter

The Associated Press reports: First-degree murder charges were filed Friday against a man with a grudge against Maryland’s capital newspaper after police said he shot his way into the newsroom, killing four journalists and a staffer and wounding two others. Jarrod Warren Ramos was swiftly arrested, interrogated and jailed pending a 10:30 a.m. hearing in Annapolis. A court document classifies ...

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Limited Details Emerge On Maryland Mass Shooter

CBS News reports: The suspect accused of killing five people in a shooting at a Maryland newspaper had damaged the tips of his fingers in an apparent attempt to thwart efforts by police to identify him by his fingerprints, a law enforcement officials tells CBS News. Authorities said the suspect is a white male in his 20s who they have ...

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CALIFORNIA: Mother’s Boyfriend Charged In Torture Murder Of Child Who Said He “Liked Boys” [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A man described as a member of a violent gang was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the death of a 10-year-old boy in Southern California, officials said. The boy, Anthony Avalos, had recently come out as gay, a county official said, and some suspect that homophobia played a role in his death. Anthony Avalos was ...

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Two More Bishops Resign Over Molestation Scandal

The Associated Press reports: Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, the latest fallout from a sex abuse scandal whose scope and gravity were initially underestimated by the pontiff. Last month all 31 of Chile’s active bishops offered to quit for collectively failing to protect children from pedophile priests. The Vatican announced that Francis allowed ...

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CALIFORNIA: Mother Suspected In Torture Death Of Ten Year Old Who Reportedly Said He “Liked Boys” [VIDEO]

The Los Angeles Times reports: Anthony Avalos came out as gay in recent weeks, and authorities are now investigating whether homophobia played a role in the death of the 10-year-old Lancaster boy, a county official said. Anthony was found mortally wounded at his home last week with severe head injuries and cigarette burns covering his body. Brandon Nichols, deputy director ...

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ITALY: Vatican Tribunal Sentences Former Diplomat Priest To Five Years In Prison For Child Porn Possession

The Associated Press reports: The Vatican tribunal has convicted a former Holy See diplomat and sentenced him to 5 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such trial of its kind inside the Vatican. Monsignor Carlo Capella admitted to viewing the images during what he called a period of “fragility” and interior crisis sparked by ...

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WEST VIRGINIA: Anti-Gay Supreme Court Justice Who Wrote Book On Corruption Indicted On 22 Counts Of…

You knew how to finish the headline before you clicked. Law & Crime reports: West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry, who authored a book on political corruption in his home state, was indicted on 22 federal charges, ranging from fraud to witness tampering, for alleged corruption of his own. According to the indictment, Loughry fraudulently used a government-issued credit ...

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Top Cardinal Booted Over “Credible” Abuse Claims

CBS News reports: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington DC, has been removed from public ministry after an accusation he abused a teen nearly 50 years ago while serving as a priest in New York archdiocese. McCarrick, now at age 87, previously served as archbishop of Newark in New Jersey. The cardinal maintains his innocence but has accepted the ...

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Virginia Jail Denies Giving Manafort “Special Privileges”

NBC News reports: Paul Manafort may be in the VIP cell at a Virginia jail — the same one where ex-NFL star Michael Vick once did time — but the superintendent said he is not getting any “special privileges.” The jail’s online database listed Manafort’s name and inmate number and showed he was assigned to the “VIP-1” housing unit in ...

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KENTUCKY: Rand Paul Disappointed After Neighbor Sentenced To 30 Days In Prison For Assault [VIDEO]

The Bowling Green Daily News reports: Dr. Rene Boucher will serve 30 days in prison for the assault of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, bringing to an end a case that attracted considerable intrigue for several months. Special Judge Marianne Battani sentenced Boucher, 60, on Friday in U.S. District Court on the charge of assaulting a member of Congress, levying a ...

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BREAKING: Paul Manafort Ordered To Jail Pending Trial

The Daily Beast reports: Paul Manafort is going to jail. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday morning to revoke his bail, meaning the president’s former campaign chairman will be incarcerated until his July trial. The move came after Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s team moved for the judge to change the terms of Manafort’s bail. Mueller’s team alleged that ...

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TODAY: Paul Manafort To Plead For Continued Bail

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is set to ask a federal judge on Friday not to revoke his bail and send him to jail pending trial after Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed new charges of witness tampering last week. Manafort, whose charges arise from Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential ...

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NORTH DAKOTA: GOP Secretary Of State Nominee Withdraws After Revelation Of 2006 Peeping Tom Arrest

The Forum reports: Will Gardner has made it official: The endorsed Republican candidate in the North Dakota secretary of state race filed notice that he’s withdrawing from the field. Gardner’s official exit, filed Thursday, June 14, according to a Facebook post by Gardner, was expected after he announced he would withdraw shortly after The Forum reported that, in 2006, he ...

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Track Palin Loses Bid To Block Media From Assault Trial

Anchorage’s CBS affiliate reports: The Anchorage’s Veterans Court judge has denied Track Palin’s request to ban the media from covering his hearings, but cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom. Track Palin, the son of former Alaska Governor and nominee for vice president, Sarah Palin, is facing charges for a run-in with his father that happened in December last ...

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