Crime

Texas “Private Plane” Capitol Rioter Pleads Guilty

NBC News reports: A woman who flew on a private plane to the nation’s capital ahead of the Jan. 6 riot pleaded guilty Thursday to engaging in disruptive or disorderly conduct in a restricted building. Katherine Schwab of Texas, who said she accepted an offer to fly on the personal aircraft of a Facebook friend, admitted writing in messages before …

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Judges In “Kids-For-Cash” Scandal Told To Pay $206M

The Associated Press reports: Two former Pennsylvania judges who orchestrated a scheme to send children to for-profit jails in exchange for kickbacks were ordered to pay more than $200 million to hundreds of people they victimized in one of the worst judicial scandals in U.S. history. U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner awarded $106 million in compensatory damages and $100 million …

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Texas “Pleatherman” Rioter Pleads Guilty To Felony

Law & Crime reports: The Texas man who wore a conspicuous orange jacket to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6 — and was later identified to authorities by his ex-girlfriend — has pleaded guilty to a felony. Geoffrey Samuel Shough, 38, admitted Tuesday to one count of civil disorder, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and …

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Cultist Charged With Threatening AZ Elections Official

From the Justice Department: A Missouri man was indicted yesterday for allegedly leaving a voicemail containing a threat on the personal cell phone of an election official in the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Maricopa County, Arizona. Walter Lee Hoornstra, 50, of Tecumseh, is charged with one count of communicating an interstate threat and one count of making a threatening …

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FL Gay Bar Patron Tackles Man With Grenade [VIDEO]

Fort Lauderdale’s ABC affiliate reports: A man was tackled outside a bar Tuesday in Wilton Manors after witnesses say he carried a grenade into the business. The incident happened at The Corner Pub, which is located at 1915 N. Andrews Ave. “He showed me a grenade. He said, ‘Don’t be scared.’ It kinda freaked me out a little bit,” bartender …

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MI Pastor Guilty Of Paying Boys To Have Sex With Wife

Kalamazoo’s CBS affiliate reports: A Kalamazoo pastor accused of paying teen boys for sex pleaded guilty Tuesday. Stricjavvar “Strick” Strickland pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly offering to sell transportation services for the purpose of engaging in prostitution, according to prosecutors. As part of the plea deal, Strickland will spend one year in jail and he will not have …

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Ontario Megachurch Pastor Accused Of Sex With Minor

The Christian Post reports: One of Canada’s largest megachurches says it has substantiated sexual abuse allegations against former pastor Bruxy Cavey, including one involving a minor. Cavey, who was arrested and charged with sexual assault in June, was the former pastor of The Meeting House, which has multiple campuses across the Toronto area. Ontario police arrested the 57-year-old on May …

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Salman Rushie Taken Off Ventilator, Now Able To Speak

USA Today reports: Salman Rushdie, “The Satanic Verses” author who was stabbed Friday as he prepared to give a lecture in upstate New York, has been taken off a ventilator and is able to talk. Rushdie, 75, remains hospitalized with serious injuries, but is “on the road to recovery,” Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency, confirmed Sunday to …

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Man Kills Himself After Crash Into US Capitol Barricade

From the United States Capitol Police: Just after 4:00 a.m., a man drove his car into the vehicle barricade at East Capitol Street and Second Street. While the man was getting out of the car, it became engulfed in flames. The man then fired several shots into the air along East Capitol Street. When our officers heard the sound of …

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Rushdie’s Attacker Charged With Attempted Murder

ABC News reports: A suspect has been charged with attempted murder in the attack on author Salman Rushdie at a speaking event in New York state. The alleged attacker is Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, a law enforcement official told ABC News. He was arrested at the scene and is currently in New York State Police custody. Matar …

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Salman Rushdie’s Agent: His Injuries Are Very Serious

The New York Times reports: On Friday morning, any sense that threats to Salman Rushdie’s life were a thing of the past were dispelled when an attacker rushed the stage of Chautauqua Institution here in Western New York, where Mr. Rushdie was scheduled to give a talk about the United States as a safe haven for exiled writers. The assailant …

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Wisconsin Pastor Convicted Of Possessing Child Porn

The Appleton Post-Crescent reports: A 48-year-old pastor has been convicted of four counts of possession of child pornography and one count of meth possession. Rick E. Haberland, former pastor of Oneida United Methodist Church, pleaded no contest to all five charges Friday morning during a plea hearing in Outagamie County Circuit Court. Haberland also formerly served as a pastor at …

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Man Stabs Author Salman Rushdie On New York Stage

Bloomberg News reports: Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York. An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced. The author …

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Wisconsin Youth Pastor Arrested On Child Sex Charges

Madison’s CBS affiliate reports: Criminal charges have now been filed in Portage County against a former youth pastor. Jordan Huffman, 51, is expected to be charged with eight counts including first-degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement and contributing to the delinquency of a child. Huffman was arrested Aug. 9 in Florida, where he is currently living. He has …

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Man Guilty Of Threat To Kidnap GOP Rep And His Wife

Yahoo News reports: An Oklahoma man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to threatening to kidnap and assault Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.) and his wife as well as to charges of cyberstalking. Keith Eisenberger, 39, entered a plea agreement after prosecutors said he called for Hern’s execution, threatened to kidnap him and his wife and angrily yelled at the congressman’s staff over …

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Suspect Nabbed In Killings Of Four NM Muslim Men

The Associated Press reports: Albuquerque police say they have detained the “primary suspect” in the killings of four Muslim men in New Mexico’s largest city. Police Chief Harold Medina on Tuesday announced the update on Twitter. The killings have sent ripples of fear through Islamic communities in New Mexico and beyond and fueled a race to find who was responsible. …

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NJ Shoppers Have Stolen Thousands Of Baskets

NBC New York reports: Call it an unintended side effect of the state’s plastic bag ban. New Jersey supermarkets say shoppers are walking off with baskets and are loading up the store baskets and taking those home, instead. Statewide, supermarkets and grocery stores are reporting that handheld baskets have gone missing by the thousands. Forgetful shoppers who might be trying …

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New Hate Crime Sentences For Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers

USA Today reports: The three Georgia men serving life in prison for Ahmaud Arbery’s murder were again handed lengthy prison sentences Monday on federal hate crime charges. Travis McMichael, who fatally shot Arbery, will serve his federal sentence of life plus 10 years. His father, Gregory, who initiated the deadly pursuit of the jogger, will serve life prison plus seven …

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Rioter Brothers Plead Guilty To Felony Obstruction

The Great Falls Tribune reports: Two Montana brothers whom the FBI has said were among the first people to break into the U.S. Capitol while Congress was certifying the 2020 Electoral College vote have reached agreements calling for them to plead guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding. Jerod and Joshua Hughes climbed through a broken window and Jerod Hughes …

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GOP Michigan AG Nominee Breached Voting Machines

Reuters reports: The Republican nominee for Michigan attorney general led a team that gained unauthorized access to voting equipment while hunting for evidence to support former President Donald Trump’s false election-fraud claims, according to a Reuters analysis of court filings and public records. The analysis shows that people working with Matthew DePerno – the Trump-endorsed nominee for the state’s top …

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