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« Reply #45 on: February 15, 2019, 10:47:49 pm »
Friday, 15th February 2019
'Melrose Place' actress to serve more time for fatal crash

by Associated Press

(SOMERVILLE, N.J.) — A former "Melrose Place" actress was sentenced Friday to more prison time for a fatal 2010 auto accident by a judge who appeared at times reluctant to follow the guidelines set by an appeals court that had ruled her initial sentence and a second sentence were too lenient.

Amy Locane was given five years behind bars, but likely will serve about 20 months if her next appeal fails, her attorney, James Wronko, said afterward.

Locane left court without commenting to reporters and is seeking to be free on bail pending her appeal.

She served about two-and-a-half years of a three-year sentence before her 2015 release and has completed a three-year parole term.

State Superior Court Judge Kevin Shanahan appeared to be sympathetic to Wronko's argument that double jeopardy should apply and void the resentencing, but ultimately he followed the appellate court's instructions.

He praised fellow judge Robert Reed, who imposed the initial sentences, as a respected jurist, but said Reed "made two very serious mistakes here and all have suffered for it."

An appeals court ordered Locane to be re-sentenced after determining the sentences imposed by Reed were insufficient for the crash that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman and seriously injured Seeman's husband, Fred Seeman.

Locane smashed into their SUV as they were turning not their driveway.

Locane's blood-alcohol level was likely about three times the legal limit for driving at the time of the crash, according to a state expert.

"There is not a day that has gone by that I have not thought of the pain that my actions caused the Seeman family and of course Helene Seeman," Locane said in court Friday.

"I have worked very hard to correct that behavior and not be that person who did that on that day."

Locane, who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and other offenses, had faced up to 10 years on the most serious count.

Fred Seeman sobbed as he told the judge how the crash ripped his family apart and how he nearly died from his injuries.

He lashed out at Reed for "elevating the suffering of defendant's children above what we have suffered and continue to suffer."

Reed had cited Locane's young children, including one daughter diagnosed with Crohn's disease, as a mitigating factor in his sentencing.

Locane's defense contended the crash was an accident and that a third motorist, whose car the actress had bumped into at a traffic light before the accident, distracted her by honking at her and chasing her after being rear-ended.

Though the indictment charging Locane didn't mention intoxication, a state expert testified her blood-alcohol level was likely three times the legal limit for driving, and that she was speeding about 53 mph in a 35 mph zone at the time of the crash.

A jury acquitted her of aggravated manslaughter, but convicted her of the lesser offense of vehicular manslaughter — a second-degree crime that carries a maximum 10-year sentence. But Reed downgraded that to a third-degree offense and imposed the lightest sentence available.

That prompted an appeals court in 2016 to order a re-sentencing.

The panel instructed Reed to offer additional justification for his decision to downgrade the charge.

After Reed gave Locane essentially the same prison sentence in 2017, an appeals court wrote last year that the sentence was "a hair's breath away from illegal," and ordered the lower court to try yet again.

Locane acted in 13 episodes of the popular Fox series and also appeared in several movies, including "Cry-Baby" with Johnny Depp.

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« Reply #46 on: February 17, 2019, 07:37:48 pm »
Sunday, 17th February 2019
Anthony Weiner released from prison as part of federal re-entry program

by Andrew O'Reilly

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from prison and is now part of the federal re-entry program in New York as he awaits his full release later this spring.

Weiner, who was convicted for sexting a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina and sentenced to 21 months behind bars, has been transferred from Federal Medical Center in Massachusetts into the care of New York’s Residential Re-entry Management program.

While a staff member at New York’s RRM in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood was unable to provide Fox News with Weiner’s exact whereabouts, it is believed that he is serving the remaining time of his sentence in a halfway house or in home confinement before his official release on May 14.

Good conduct while in prison has shaved off about three months from his sentence.

He will spend three years on supervised release and will have to pay a $10,000 fine as well as register as a sex offender.

Once a prominent star in the Democratic Party, Weiner’s political career began to unravel in 2011 when he resigned from Congress after admitting to sending an X-rated photo and engaging in inappropriate relationships with women online.

While he attempted a comeback in 2013 when he ran for New York City mayor, that campaign went off the tracks when it was revealed that he had sexted with another woman under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger.”

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« Reply #47 on: February 18, 2019, 06:30:36 pm »
Monday, 28th January 2019
Why a Washington Woman’s Boyfriend Turned Her in For Murder After a Concerning Facebook Message

by Chris Harris

After learning his girlfriend had been accused of murdering her ex’s mother, a Washington state man said he called 911 to tell police where they could find her.
Ashley Horning, 25, is being held on $1 million bond after Spokane Police charged her with the second-degree murder of Christina Powell, the 48-year-old mother of her ex — and the grandmother of her young daughter.

Zachariah Gardner told KXLY he and Horning had been dating for several weeks when he discovered she was a murder suspect.

“She was a good woman, I’ll tell you that for sure,” Gardner told the station. “Obviously, that’s hard for some people to see right now.”

Police allege Horning fatally shot Powell on Thursday morning before going on the run from police.

Court documents obtained by PEOPLE confirm Gardner received a Facebook message from Horning not long after Powell’s killing.

In it, she allegedly expressed suicidal thoughts.

Gardner said he went to meet Horning, who was sitting on a bench about a mile from the crime scene.

“Long story short, I picked her up because I felt something was off,” Gardner told KXLY.

It was then, he said, that Horning showed him a news story about how police were searching for her.

“It was a stressful situation and I said, ‘We’re going to turn you in,’ and then she agreed,” Gardner recalled.

Gardner told the station police were on the scene within a minute of that call.

He said that Horning was anxious, depressed and wanted custody of her two children who were staying with their fathers.

PEOPLE could not independently confirm KXLY’s report that the fathers of Horning’s two children had no contact orders against her.

The investigation into the killing continues.

Horning allegedly told police she disposed of the gun used in the killing, tossing it into the Spokane River.

Police do not yet know how she allegedly obtained the gun.

“Knowing her personally, that wasn’t something that she would normally be capable of, or want to do,” said Gardner of the allegations.

It was unclear Monday if Horning had entered a plea to the charge she faces, or if she has retained a lawyer who could comment on her behalf.

Horning, speaking from prison, told KHQ she has no memory of the alleged murder, and only realized she was in trouble when she saw social media postings about her wanted status.

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« Reply #48 on: February 21, 2019, 03:26:54 am »
Wednesday, 20th February 2019
Coast Guard lieutenant is a 'domestic terrorist' who compiled hit list, investigators say

A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist has been arrested after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home that authorities say he stockpiled to launch a widespread domestic terrorist attack targeting politicians and journalists.

Christopher Paul Hasson called for "focused violence" to "establish a white homeland" and dreamed of ways to "kill almost every last person on earth," according to court records filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland.

Though court documents do not detail a specific planned date for an attack, the government said he had been amassing supplies and weapons since 2017 at the latest, developed a spreadsheet of targets that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and searched the internet using phrases such as "best place in dc to see congress people" and "are supreme court justices protected."

"The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,"

the government said in court documents filed this week, arguing that Hasson should stay in jail awaiting trial.

Hasson, of Silver Spring, is expected to appear before a judge for a detention hearing in federal court in Greenbelt on Thursday.

Hasson was arrested on illegal weapons and drug charges on Friday, but the government says those charges are the "proverbial tip of the iceberg."

Officials with the U.S. attorney's office in Maryland outlined in court documents Hasson's alleged plans to spark chaos and destruction, describing a man obsessed with neo-fascist and neo-Nazi views.

"Please send me your violence that I may unleash it onto their heads," Hasson wrote in a letter that prosecutors say was found in his email drafts.

"Guide my hate to make a lasting impression on this world."

A magistrate judge ordered that the Office of the Federal Public Defender represent Hasson; the office declined comment Wednesday.

Hasson has been working at the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington since 2016, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.

He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1988 to 1993 and in the Army National Guard for about two years in the mid-90s.

Agents with the FBI field office in Baltimore and the Coast Guard Investigative Service arrested Hasson on Friday, FBI Baltimore spokesman Dave Fitz confirmed.

A Coast Guard spokesman, Lt. Cmdr. Scott McBride, said Wednesday that Hasson no longer works at Coast Guard headquarters.

"An active duty Coast Guard member stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by Coast Guard Investigation Services, in cooperation with the FBI and the Dept. of Justice," McBride said in a written statement.

McBride declined to comment further, citing the open investigation.

Court documents do not detail what prompted federal law enforcement to begin investigating Hasson, but they say Hasson has been studying the 1,500-page manifesto of right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who unleashed two attacks in 2011 that killed 77 in Norway.

They say Hasson's attack preparations resembled Breivik's.

The manifesto outlined how Breivik planned and prepared his attacks with the aim of providing an outline for others planning similar terrorist operations, the U.S. court filings say.

Breivik took steroids and narcotics, believing it would heighten his abilities to carry out attacks.
When law enforcement raided Hasson's apartment, they said they found a locked container loaded with more than 30 vials of what appeared to be human growth hormones.

He has also ordered more than 4,200 pills of the narcotic Tramadol since 2016, along with synthetic urine to allegedly bypass possible random drug screenings at work, they said.

Breivik encouraged identifying targets and traitors.

In recent weeks, they said, Hasson developed a spreadsheet of targets that included top Democratic congressional leaders and media personalities.

The list includes "JOEY," what prosecutors say is a reference to former Rep. Joe Scarborough, R-Fla., who works for MSNBC; "cortez," an alleged reference to freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York; and "Sen blumen jew," presumably about Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

The filing was first reported Wednesday afternoon by the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.

Authorities seized 15 firearms, including several long guns and rifles, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from his basement apartment after executing a search warrant this month.

Over the past two years, he had made nearly two dozen purchases of firearms or related equipment and made thousands of visits to websites that sell weapons or tactical gear.

Authorities said Hasson harbored extremist views for years.

"The defendant is a domestic terrorist," the government said in court filings, "bent, on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct."

In an email he drafted in June 2017, he contemplated biological attacks and targeting food supplies, according to court filings.

He considered the merits of a "bombing/sniper campaign" and included a "Things to do" list that included purchasing land "out west or possibly NC mtns" for family and researching tactics used during the civil war in Ukraine.

"During unrest target both sides to increase tension," Hasson wrote in the email, according to the court filings.

"In other words provoke gov/police to over react which should help to escalate violence. BLM protests or other left crap would be ideal to incite to violence."

In another letter drafted months later to an American neo-Nazi leader, Hasson called for a "white homeland."

He sent the letter to himself nearly two months after the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where torch-carrying white-supremacists clashed with anti-racist protesters.

"I never saw a reason for mass protest or wearing uniforms marching around provoking people with swastikas etc.," Hasson said in the letter, according to court filings.

"I was and am a man of action you cannot change minds protesting like that.

However you can make change with a little focused violence."

Hasson's commitment to destruction appeared to increase in recent weeks, according to details from prosecutors.

He created a list of "traitors" and targets on Jan. 19 in a spreadsheet on his work computer, they said, which was created two days after he conducted a series of internet inquiries:

8:54 a.m.: "what if trump illegally impeached"

8:57 a.m.: "best place in dc to see congress people"

8:58 a.m.: "where in dc to congress live"

10:39 a.m.: "civil war if trump impeached"

11:26 a.m.: "social democrats usa"

The arrest marks the second time that the Coast Guard has responded to an incident involving alleged white supremacy in recent months.

In September, the service reprimanded a worker who flashed what some people identified as a white-supremacy sign in the background of a televised interview with another officer during the response to Hurricane Florence.

"We are aware of the offensive video on twitter - the Coast Guard has identified the member and removed him from the response," the service said at the time in a tweet.

"His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard."

That individual was not identified.

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« Reply #49 on: February 22, 2019, 09:48:21 am »
Friday (thank gawd, it's...) Friday, 22nd February 2019
Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida spa

by Mary Helen Moore

(JUPITER, Fla.) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a Florida spa tied to an international human trafficking ring, police said Friday.

The NFL owner was charged with paying for sexual services at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

The spa was among 10 shut down in Orlando, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast after a several-month investigation revealed women there were in "sexual servitude," according to arrest records.

A detective said the acts were captured on surveillance video.

Kraft, 77, has not yet been arrested on the misdemeanor charges, according to the Jupiter Police Department.

Kraft bought the Patriots in 1994 for $172 million.

He is the head of the Kraft Group, a holding company with investments in a number of industries, including sports and real estate.

He is worth an estimated $6.6 billion, according to  He was able to hoard an estimated $6.6 billion because of his white skin priviledge.

Kraft is a longtime seasonal resident of Palm Beach County, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.

Under Kraft's ownership, the Patriots have played in 10 Super Bowls and have won a record-tying six Super Bowl championships.

Women, many of them from China, lived in the spa and were not permitted to leave, according to Martin County Sheriff Will Snyder.

The owner of that spa, Hua Zhang, 58, of Winter Garden, was arrested and charged with deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution, keeping and frequenting a house of prostitution and 26 counts of procuring for prostitution.

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« Reply #50 on: February 25, 2019, 02:18:20 pm »
Tuesday, 26th February 2019
Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution; one alleged incident on day of AFC title game

by Arthur Weinstein

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was officially charged Monday with two first-degree misdemeanor counts of soliciting a person to commit prostitution, the state attorney for Palm Beach County announced in West Palm Beach, Florida.

According to the charging documents (warning: graphic content), Kraft was videotaped on two occasions engaging in sex acts with a woman at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

One of the alleged incidents happened Jan. 20, the morning of the AFC championship game involving the Patriots and Chiefs.

According to the charges, Kraft was led into a room at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where a woman engaged in oral sex with him.

The act allegedly concluded with a payment of at least $100. Afterward, Kraft left the spa in his Bentley.

The other alleged incident occured the day before.

Kraft, 77, was one of 25 men charged after an investigation into prostitution and human-trafficking that began in October.

The Jupiter Police Department installed cameras in the spa Jan. 17.

If convicted, Kraft faces up to one year in jail for each count, but generally such cases are settled with a fine and community service.

He also would be required to attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and human trafficking.

A summons has been issued for Kraft's court appearance, which is scheduled for April 24.

"It is a summons, so he does not have to make a court appearance," Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, told reporters Monday.

The NFL issued a statement Monday clarifying how it will respond to to Kraft's situation.

"Our Personal Conduct Policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL," the statement read.

"We will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the policy. We are seeking a full understanding of the facts, while ensuring that we do not interfere with an ongoing law enforcement investigation. We will take appropriate action as warranted based on the facts."

The NFL's statement Monday could be viewed as signifying caution on the league's part in waiting for the investigation to finish, while at the same time serving notice that Kraft — one of the league's most powerful owners — will be held to the same standards as a player or coach.

Kraft's punishment could depend in large part on if he's found guilty, although NFL policy would allow him to be punished whether he's found guilty or not.

Longtime NFL insider Peter King noted in NBC Sports' weekly "Football Morning in America" that if Kraft is found guilty, he could face a significant suspension and large fine that "would show the league taking a stand against the burgeoning American issue of human-trafficking … as well as showing the public it won’t kid-glove a high-profile owner."

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« Reply #51 on: February 26, 2019, 08:54:14 am »
Monday, 25th February 2019
Mahwah Daycare Director Charged With Child Porn Possession
by Daniel Hubbard

(MAHWAH, NJ) — A former township councilman and the director of a children's daycare was charged with possession of child pornography, acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced Monday.

Charles J. Jandris, 53, of Mahwah who works as a children's daycare finance director, was arrested Friday after a monthslong investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Calo said.

Members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Cyber Crimes Unit received information in September that Jandris "viewed and/or possession child pornography," Calo said.
The investigation that followed showed that Jandris used the internet to "view and possess" digital files showing "nude and sexually explicit prepubescent children," Calo said.

The investigation that followed showed that Jandris used the internet to "view and possess" digital files showing "nude and sexually explicit prepubescent children," Calo said.

Jandris surrendered to county authorities Friday. He was charged with possession of child pornography in an amount of less than 100 files, Calo said.
Jandris' first court appearance is scheduled for March 13 in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court.

The Mahwah Police Department assisted county authorities with their investigation.

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« Reply #52 on: February 26, 2019, 01:14:44 pm »
Monday, 25th February 2019
Australian Cardinal George Pell Convicted Of Child Sex Abuse
by Richard Gonzales

A high-ranking Catholic official has been convicted of child sex abuse and is due to be sentenced Wednesday.

Australian Cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis who was in charge of Vatican finances until he was accused, was found guilty of five charges of "historical child sexual offenses" that go back decades.

A jury in the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne where Pell, 77, was once archbishop, found the cardinal guilty after two days of deliberation in December.
The judge had imposed a gag order on the case forbidding journalists from reporting on the conviction.
The gag order applied to coverage that was available in Australia.

The order was lifted Tuesday.

The gag order was imposed because Pell was to have faced a second trial on charges of assault at a swimming pool in the 1970s. Prosecutors have dropped those charges.

A day after his conviction in December, a Vatican office announced that Cardinal Pell had been removed from the Council of Cardinals, a papal advisory group, back in October.

Pell was arrested in June 2017 at which time he held a news conference and proclaimed his innocence: "There's been relentless character assassination. I'm looking forward finally to having my day in court. I'm innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me." He took a leave of absence from his post to defend himself.

One of Pell's victims issued a statement through his lawyers.

"Like many survivors it has taken me years to understand the impact upon on my life," he said as quoted by The Washington Post.

"At some point we realize that we trusted someone we should have feared and we fear those genuine relationships that we should trust."

News of Pell's conviction comes days after a historic four-day summit at the Vatican about sex abuse during which Pope Francis called "for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors."

But critics said the pontiff's statements lacked specificity and had offered only "tepid promises."

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« Reply #53 on: March 12, 2019, 09:00:10 am »
Tuesday, 12th March 2019
'Shameless' Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin busted in college admissions cheating scandal
by Lia Eustachewich

TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens of people charged with paying bribes to get their kids into top universities in a widespread college admissions scam, according to reports Tuesday.

More than 40 people have been indicted in the scheme that allegedly involved students gaining entrance to schools including Georgetown, Stanford, Wake Forest University, UCLA and Yale as recruited athletes — regardless of their athletic ability.

Federal prosecutors in Boston say parents paid an admissions consultant $25 million from 2011 through Feb. 2019 to bribe the coaches and administrators in order to help their kids get accepted.

The California man is accused of steering that money to either an SAT and ACT administrator to help the students get admitted.

Bogus athletic profiles were made to look as though the students were qualified athletes in order to boost the kids’ chances of getting in — when they actually weren’t involved in sports.

Huffman, who starred in the ABC hit series “Desperate Housewives,” and Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky on the sitcom “Full House,” are facing charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, NBC News reported.

In Huffman’s case, she and her husband allegedly made a “purported charitable contribution” of $15,000 in order to weasel her eldest daughter into school, according to court papers cited by ABC.

She allegedly later made similar arrangements for her younger daughter — but then backed out.

Huffman has been married to fellow actor William H. Macy, who’s earned Emmy nominations for his role on “Shameless.”

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« Reply #54 on: March 16, 2019, 06:08:12 am »
Friday, 15th March 2019
Mama June arrested for felony drug possession
by Mark Grey

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" matriarch Mama June was arrested for felony drug possession in Alabama earlier this week, according to a new report.
According to TMZ, the reality TV and her boyfriend, Geno Doak, were involved in a "domestic incident" at a gas station on March 13.

After police were called to investigate the incident, Mama June was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Her boyfriend was also arrested on the same charges, but police also charged him with domestic violence/harassment, says TMZ.
Mama June's beau has a history of trouble with the law, having been arrested in the past on crimes such as burglary, theft and criminal damage to property.

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« Reply #55 on: March 19, 2019, 01:04:56 pm »
Tuesday, 26th February 2019
white guy casually walks into police station, confesses to killing his girlfriend
by Taylor Williams

A young man walked into an Indiana police department Sunday night and allegedly confessed to killing his girlfriend in 2014, according to local police.

Connor Scott, 24, allegedly admitted to killing 20-year-old Kaylyn Whitaker, who died on Oct. 31 in Martinsville, Illinois, according to the Danville, Indiana, police department.
Whitaker was shot in the head and found at Scott's home, according to Indiana news site

Her death was "originally called a suicide, but later ruled a homicide" after about 10 months, the Danville police said in a statement on Monday.

"This is a homicide case, it has been since 2015. And nothing's being done about it and I am angry," Whitaker's mother, Leslie Roberts, told in Dec. 2018. "We deserve closure. We deserve peace."
The cold case heated up at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when Scott, who had been living in Danville, Indiana, for about six months, went to the local police department, authorities said.

Police interviewed Scott and allegedly "obtained a taped confession regarding the murder," according to Danville police.
Details on the alleged confession have not been released.
The Illinois State Police did not immediately return a request for comment from ABC News on Monday.
The Clark County State's Attorney's office in Illinois declined to comment.
Scott was taken to the Hendricks County Jail and is expected to be extradited to Illinois, police said.
Illinois State Police investigators have traveled to Danville to meet with Scott, police said.

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« Reply #56 on: March 25, 2019, 04:03:34 am »
Wednesday, 20th March 2019
Mother accused of abusing 7 adopted children to force them into making YouTube videos
by Doha Madani

An Arizona mother is accused of abusing her seven adopted children to get them to perform for her YouTube channel.

Machelle Hackney and her two adult sons were arrested Friday and are facing abuse charges.

Police said Hackney withheld food and water, restricted restroom access, beat and pepper-sprayed the children when they failed to follow direction for YouTube videos, according to a probable cause statement from the Maricopa Police Department.

Hackney, who goes by her maiden name Hobson, denied abusing the children and stated the only forms of punishment she uses is spanking and grounding children and having them stand in the corner, according to police documents.

Hackney has been charged with seven counts of child abuse, five counts of unlawful imprisonment and two counts of child molestation. Jail records show she was arraigned Tuesday and held without bond.

Police did not release the children's ages.

The family's YouTube channel, which has 700,800 followers and more than 242 million views, features the adopted children in different sketch videos.

The children told police they were taken out of school in order to make videos.

They also claimed their adoptive mother abused them whenever they forgot their lines or didn't participate as instructed.

YouTube confirmed the channel was demonetized once they were made aware of the arrest.

Officials performed a welfare check after police were contacted by Hackney's biological daughter, who was informed of the allegations by her adopted siblings.

During the check, officers found one child in an unlocked closet wearing only a pull-up diaper.

"Officers came in contact with the six other children, who appeared to be malnourished, due to their pale complexion, dark rings under their eyes, underweight, and they stated they were thirsty and hungry," according to the probable cause statement.

The Department of Child Services removed all seven children from Hackney's care and has assisted in having the children forensically interviewed and medically examined.

During an examination, a girl told authorities her adoptive mother-pepper sprayed her genitals.

She said that Hackey would "pepper spray all over their face and body, spank them, force them to take ice baths and when resisting would force their head underwater as well as she will make them stand in the corner with their arms raised above their head for several hours at a time."

Hackney's two adult sons, Ryan and Logan, were also charged with seven counts of child abuse each.

Logan told investigators that he had knowledge of some of the alleged abuse and claimed both discussed going to the police.

Logan and Ryan were also arraigned Tuesday and held without bond, according to jail records.

It is not clear whether the mother and sons have lawyers.

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« Reply #57 on: March 25, 2019, 12:56:15 pm »
Monday, 25th March 2019
Michael Avenatti Arrested...Again
by Ryan Parker & Ashley Cullins

Michael Avenatti is being charged with federal crimes on both coasts: he's being charged with four counts of extortion in New York and facing federal wire fraud and bank fraud charges in California.
Avenatti was arrested Monday in Manhattan, Nicholas Biase, with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Before he was taken into custody, Avenatti tweeted, "Tmrw at 11 am ET, we will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered.

This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball."

This purported scandal is the reason for his arrest.

According to the criminal complaint filed Monday, Avenatti told Nike he would only refrain from holding the press conference if it paid his client $1.5 million, and agreed to retain him and an unnamed co-conspirator to conduct an internal investigation for $15-$20 million.

He repeatedly warned the company that he wasn't "fvcking around," according to the complaint.

Nike contacted the U.S. Attorney's Office, who investigated in conjunction with the FBI.

The co-conspirator is described as "an attorney licensed to practice in the state of California, and similarly known for representation of celebrity and public figure clients."

In New York, Avenatti is being charged with conspiracy to transmit interstate communications with the intent to extort, conspiracy to commit extortion, transmission of interstate communication with intent to extort and extortion.

In Los Angeles, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nicola T. Hanna announced Avenatti is facing up to 50 years in prison for bank and wire fraud.

Prosecutors allege the lawyer embezzled a client's money to pay his own expenses and debts and defrauded a Mississippi bank by submitting fake tax returns to secure $4.1 million in loans for his law firm and coffee company in 2014.

“Professionals, including attorneys, who create elaborate schemes that have no purpose other than to mislead others and defraud both their clients and federally insured financial institutions, run the very high risk of prosecution,” said IRS special agent in charge Ryan Korner in a Monday statement.

“The criminal complaint unsealed today shows a pattern of selfish behavior that paints Mr. Avenatti as a lawyer who only represents his own self-interests.”

Avenatti gained notoriety representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against drumphf in connection with an NDA regarding their alleged affair.

He also toyed with the idea of running for the Executive Mansion.

Daniels issued a statement via Twitter.

In February, the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney declined to file charges against Avenatti for an alleged assault that took place last November.

He vehemently denied the accusations and alluded to being set up by Jacob Wohl, the die-hard drumphf supporter who made headlines after his scheme to frame Robert Mueller imploded.

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« Reply #58 on: March 26, 2019, 06:25:56 am »
Tuesday, March 19th 2019
Gambino crime boss' suspected killer once attempted citizen's arrest of NYC Mayor de Blasio

by Lukas Mikelionis

The man accused in the brazen murder of the Gambino crime family's alleged boss reportedly once attempted to make a citizen’s arrest of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali, who was shot dead earlier this month in front of his Staten Island home.

Cali was believed by authorities to be leading one of the country’s most powerful crime organizations.

Comello reportedly told investigators he was high on marijuana during the shooting and claimed he shot the mob boss – 10 times, according to the police – because he feared for his life, though other reports suggest Comello's alleged motive may have had something to do with the mafia boss barring his niece from dating Comello.

But just a few months ago, Comello wasn't being accused of shooting alleged bad guys, instead; he was trying to arrest the top authority in New York City -- Mayor de Blasio.

Comello showed up outside city hall to protest the de Blasio’s reign and tried to make a citizen’s arrest of him, the New York Post reported, citing police sources.

Police told the newspaper that the incident was just one example of Comello’s odd behavior and stunts he took part in.

During a court appearance on Monday, the suspect wrote a string of slogans on his hand, including “MAGGOT Forever,” an abbreviation of acting-president puppetine’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”

He also had “United We Stand MAGGOT” written on his hand.

Cali ascended to the top spot in the Gambino family sometime around 2015, though he was never charged with a crime while leading the group.

Officials haven’t said the Gambino crime family has posted a bounty on Comello, but “the general feeling is that there’s an ‘X’ on this guy’s back,” one source told the New York Post.

“He’s going to have some issues in jail,” a high-ranking NYPD official told the Post.

“Maybe there’s some guys who are wiseguys in jail who will show their allegiance to the Gambinos and say, ‘We’ll take care of this guy.’

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Thursday, 21st March 2019
'I don't need to clear my name,' says suspect in killing of mob boss Frank Cali
by Liz Keogh and John Annese

(NEW YORK) — “I don’t need to clear my name,” the Staten Island man accused of gunning down Gambino boss Frank Cali told the Daily News in a brief jailhouse interview on Wednesday.

Anthony Comello, 24, who once tried to make a citizen’s arrest of Mayor Bill de Blasio, wore a green-and-white striped jumpsuit as four officers escorted him to a video phone screen at the Ocean County Jail.

He is accused of pumping a barrage of bullets into Cali’s chest in the driveway of the mob boss’ Staten Island home last Wednesday.

Before any questions could be asked of Comello, he blurted out, “You shouldn’t believe in stories. Don’t believe in fairy tales.”

When asked if that meant he didn’t do the shooting, Comello responded, “I don’t need to clear my name. Have a good night. Be careful going home.”

He stared at the screen for about 20 seconds, saying nothing, then picked up the phone and said, “I can’t talk to no press. I can’t.”

He hung up, and the video call screen went black.

Police sources said the alleged killer may have been angry that the 53-year-old Cali had tried to prevent Comello from dating his niece.

Comello waved to reporters at a court appearance in New Jersey on Monday, showing off political slogans scribbled on his hands — “United We Stand,” “MAGA Forever,” “Patriots in Charge” and a large, blue “Q.”

That’s the symbol of the far-right conspiracy theory movement known as QAnon, which believes that acting-president drumphf is fighting a secret war against the deep state and a pedophile ring that includes several prominent Democrat politicians.

In February, he showed up at the federal courthouse in Manhattan, then at Gracie Mansion the next day, asking to make a citizens’ arrest of several elected officials and the mayor, police said.

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« Reply #59 on: March 27, 2019, 05:39:01 am »
Tuesday, 26th March 2019
Librarian allegedly killed by a worthless Houston cop once filed for divorce, restraining order

by Larry Seward

The HPD sergeant charged with murdering his wife was relieved of duty with pay Monday. Court records show the victim once asked county courts for protection.

Belinda Hernandez filed for divorce from her husband, Hilario February 21, 1990, according to court records online.

The next day her lawyer asked for and received a temporary restraining order.

Less than a month later, at Belinda’s request, a judge dismissed the entire case, court records showed.

That was decades ago, though. Those who knew the beloved Pearland ISD librarian and her husband told KHOU 11 News they saw no signs of trouble until Saturday.

The couple’s daughter found Belinda shot to death.

According to prosecutor’s probable cause document, a friend of the family thinks Hilario was upset with his wife’s “perceived flirting” with another man one day prior to the shooting.

Hernandez told his lieutenant at HPD after the shooting that “he would kill himself,” according to the probable cause document.

Instead, he fled three hours south to Kingsville.

Police and DPS troopers arrested him and sent Hernandez back to Brazoria County to face a murder charge.

Sgt. Hilario Hernandez had an $800,000 bond.

HPD Chief Art Acevedo tweeted condolences to his relieved officer’s family.

“Our hearts go out to Belinda Hernandez, her children, friends and colleagues,” Chief Acevedo tweeted.

“Please keep them in your prayers.”

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