Crime

New Jersey Police Chief Busted Buying Cocaine [VIDEO]

The North Jersey Record reports: Michael Coppola, the chief of the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department, was arrested Thursday for allegedly buying cocaine and having it shipped to a Passaic County post office box, authorities said in a news release. Investigators believed Coppola was ordering drugs through the internet and having it delivered to the post office box, according to …

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FLORIDA: University Graduation Ceremony Canceled After Note Found Threatening Mass Shooting [VIDEO]

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Florida Atlantic University canceled tonight’s graduation ceremony after a “credible threat” was found in a note stuck to a mirror in a women’s bathroom on campus. A staff member found the small sticky note at about 4:15 p.m. in the Business Building. “It was a threat specific to our graduation tonight,” said Chief of FAU …

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Rick Gates Flips On Manafort: We Committed Crimes

CNN reports: Rick Gates, the key prosecution witness in the tax and fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, told jurors Monday he had committed crimes alongside — and at the direction of — his former partner. Gates stated he and Manafort had 15 foreign accounts they did not report to the federal government, and knew it was …

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NASCAR CEO Name-Drops Trump During DUI Arrest

TMZ Sports reports: Brian France — the CEO and Chairman of NASCAR — was arrested for DUI on Sunday evening in The Hamptons and cops say he was also in possession of oxycodone, TMZ Sports has learned.  The 56-year-old — one of the most powerful people in professional sports — was initially stopped in Sag Harbor, NY while driving a …

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Former GOP State Chair Arrested For Killing Mother’s Dog, Claimed He Is Jesus Christ

South Carolina’s The State reports: The former leader of the South Carolina Republican Party was recently arrested after police said he “cruelly” killed his mother’s dog, and told them he did it because he was acting on a command from God — and that he was the second coming of Jesus Christ. It was the latest in a downward spiral …

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CALIFORNIA: Social Media Posts Spur Hate Crime Charge For Man Accused In Murder Of Gay Student

The Los Angeles Times reports: A 21-year-old Newport Beach man charged with murder in the stabbing death of former high school classmate Blaze Bernstein will also face a hate crime sentencing enhancement, the Orange County district attorney announced Thursday. Orange County District Atty. Tony Rackauckas said prosecutors added the hate crime enhancement based on allegations that Samuel Woodward killed 19-year-old …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Priest Pleads Guilty To Molesting 4th Grader In First Conviction Of Massive Probe [VIDEO]

Penn Live reports: At a news conference Wednesday in Westmoreland County, Attorney General Josh Shapiro called Father John Sweeney of the Greensburg Diocese a predator. Sweeney, 75, is the first priest convicted as a result of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, which recently concluded an investigation into sexually abusive priests and clergy in six of the state’s eight Catholic …

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Founder Of Nation’s Largest Christian Festival Gets 18 Years In Prison For Molesting Multiple Preteen Girls

The Christian Post reports: A former New Jersey pastor who co-founded the Creation Festival, which bills itself as the country’s largest Christian music festival, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting multiple young children. Harry Thomas, 75, who formerly pastored Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford and went on to help create the popular music …

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VIRGINIA: First Federal Trial Begins For Paul Manafort

The Associated Press reports: Two questions loom large as Paul Manafort prepares to walk into a federal courtroom Tuesday: Will Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman spend what effectively could be the rest of his life in prison? Or will special counsel Robert Mueller be handed a defeat in his team’s first trial since his appointment more than a year ago? …

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Accused Capital Gazette Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

Reuters reports: The man accused of shooting five people to death last month at a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, entered a plea of not guilty on Monday to all 23 felony charges against him, including five counts of first-degree murder. The plea was entered on behalf of Jarrod Ramos, 38, by his lawyers in a filing with the Anne …

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Mueller Docs: Paul Manafort Was Paid $60M By Ukraine

Bloomberg reports: Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s onetime campaign chairman, earned more than $60 million as a political consultant in Ukraine, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller said on the eve of his criminal trial, providing the first tally of Manafort’s income there. Prosecutors intend to prove that Manafort made that much and “failed to report a significant percentage of it …

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LOS ANGELES: Man Arrested With Explosives On Way To 2016 LGBT Pride Event Sentenced To Seven Years

The Los Angeles Times reports: An Indiana man who was headed toward L.A. Pride two years ago in a car filled with weapons, explosives and high-capacity magazines was sentenced to seven years in state prison on Thursday, officials said. James Wesley Howell, 22, pleaded no contest to possession of an explosive chemical, malicious possession of a destructive device and illegal …

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TORONTO: Cops ID Mass Shooter As Faisal Hussain

The Ottawa Citizen reports: Ontario’s police watchdog has identified the man responsible for a shooting rampage in Toronto’s Greektown as Faisal Hussain. The Special Investigations Unit says Hussain is a 29-year-old from Toronto. Police have said he was found dead after exchanging fire with police during the shooting on Sunday night. Two people were killed and 13 others injured in …

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First Manafort Trial Pushed Back Until July 31st, Five Witnesses Named, All Work For Financial Institutions

Bloomberg reports: The trial set to begin this week for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was delayed until July 31 by a judge who separately granted immunity to five witnesses who said they would have remained silent without the protection. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III on Monday pushed back Manafort’s bank- and tax-fraud trial after defense …

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Man Charged For Smashing Dem Senator’s Window

Roanoke’s ABC affiliate reports: The Roanoke Police Department is investigating after they said someone threw a brick into Sen. Mark Warner’s office. Warner’s press secretary said the individual threw the brick through the front office window around 7:30 a.m. Monday, July 23. Police said officers were called to the office on 2nd Street and Kirk Avenue, S.W. after a person …

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TORONTO: 13 Wounded, 2 Dead Including Gunman In Mass Shooting At Crowded Restaurant District [VIDEO]

The Globe & Mail reports: A young woman is dead and another 13 people are injured, including a child in critical condition, after a lone gunman walked along Toronto’s busy Danforth Avenue on Sunday night, randomly shooting pedestrians before opening fire on crowded restaurants. The 29-year-old shooter died in a nearby alley after an exchange of gunfire with police, though …

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Hate Crime Charge For Man Who Screamed Racist And Anti-Gay Slurs At Christian Youth Group [VIDEO]

The Idaho Inlander reports: A Hayden, Idaho, man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime stemming from an incident at a McDonald’s in Coeur d’Alene on July 12. Richard Sovenski, 52, was booked into Kootenai County jail Tuesday on one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of felony malicious harassment, Idaho’s hate crime statute, according to Coeur …

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Mueller Posts 500 Items Of Evidence Against Manafort

Politico reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller released an itemized list Wednesday night detailing well over 500 pieces of evidence that his prosecutors are considering presenting during their upcoming criminal trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. To make its case that Manafort committed bank and tax fraud, the lead Russia investigator signaled his intention to share with a …

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Mueller Seeks Immunity For Five Manafort Witnesses

The New York Daily News reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking immunity for five potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Mueller’s office told a federal judge in Virginia on Tuesday that it was seeking to compel the witnesses to testify under condition of immunity. Prosecutors have not identified the witnesses and …

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NEW YORK: Former Senate GOP Leader Found Guilty Of Bribery And Extortion After Retrial Because SCOTUS

The New York Times reports: Dean G. Skelos, once one of the most powerful political figures in New York State, was found guilty of bribery, extortion and conspiracy on Tuesday, marking the fourth time in five months that a major federal case targeting corruption in Albany has ended in a conviction. The jury in Federal District Court in Manhattan deliberated …

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