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« Reply #90 on: April 23, 2019, 04:03:31 am »
Monday, 22nd April 2019
White Woman In Coachella Was Arrested After She Was Seen On Camera Tossing 7 Puppies In A Dumpster
by Tanya Chen


A 54-year-old woman suspected of tossing seven puppies into a trash can in Coachella, California, was arrested Monday after authorities linked her to disturbing security footage of the act, authorities said.

Deborah Sue Culwell was identified as the woman seen in the security camera footage that was released Friday.


In the video, a woman driving a white Jeep is caught quickly chucking a bag with the puppies inside trash can.

Officials at the Riverside County Animal Services worked with the local sheriff's department to identify and take the woman into custody Monday.

She was arrested at 5:30 p.m. at her home in Coachella, a spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Animals Services said.

In a second video released Monday by Riverside County Animal Services, Culwell can be seen being handcuffed just outside the door of her home.

"Debbie, why did you do that?" someone can be heard asking her in the video. Culwell does not appear to respond.

"Where they your puppies?"

On Friday, the center received a call from an employee of a local auto parts store that a man had discovered a trash bag in on of their dumpsters that contained seven newborn puppies.

Animal services officials estimated the terrier mix puppies were about three days old.

An officer was then able to obtain surveillance footage from the store that showed a woman driving up to their trash site with a bag.

A man in the area whom described as a transient was rummaging through the dumpsters when he came across the bag of puppies and brought them into the auto parts store.

John Welsh, a spokesman for animal services, told BuzzFeed News that because the puppies were dumped in a sealed plastic bag, had they not been discovered as soon they had, they would not have survived.

Temperatures in Coachella that day were in the mid-90s, he added.

"That’s a window of 15 minutes — had he not called us, those dogs are dead," Welsh said.

"That guy is a hero in our mind."

The puppies have since been transported to a local rescue group, where they're being bottle-fed.

"There is no excuse for dumping puppies, especially in today’s age, when we or other shelters would be willing to get these animals to foster parents or rescue partners," Riverside County Animal Services Commander Chris Mayer said in a news release.

"This was a shameful act."

Officials said they were planning to pursue a felony charge of animal cruelty against the woman.










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« Reply #91 on: April 24, 2019, 02:14:00 am »
Friday, 19th April 2019
Trial set for Indiana white woman charged in 3 students' bus stop deaths

by WLWT (NBC affiliate)


A judge has set a trial date for a northern Indiana woman accused of striking and killing three children with a pickup truck as they crossed a highway to board a school bus.

Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs tells WSBT-TV the October 5th 2019 trial date for Alyssa Shepherd of Rochester was set during a closed pretrial hearing.

Shepherd has pleaded not guilty to three counts of reckless homicide, criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of passing a school bus when an arm signal device is extended.

The October 2018 collision killed 6-year-old twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl.

Shepherd has told authorities she didn't realize she was approaching a stopped school bus, despite the activated stop arm and flashing lights.











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« Reply #92 on: April 24, 2019, 02:22:32 am »
Wednesday, 4th April 2019
2 idiots put on bulletproof vest, then shot each other
by ABC News


Deputies arrested two Rogers men accused of putting on bulletproof vests and shooting each other.

Charles Eugene Ferris, age 50, was on his back deck drinking with his neighbor, Christopher Hicks, age 36, on Sunday, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Ferris was wearing a bulletproof vest and told Hicks to shoot him with the vest on.

Hicks shot Ferris in the chest one time with a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, according to the report.

The bullet hit him the top left corner of the chest, and the vest stopped the bullet.

The shot still hurt Ferris and left him with a red mark on the chest.

Ferris then took the vest off, and Hicks put it on.

Charles Ferris was "pissed" about getting shot and how much it hurt, so he "unloaded the clip into Christopher's back," according to the report.

None of the rounds penetrated the vest, but Christopher Hicks suffered bruises.

Ferris went to Mercy Hospital, which notified law enforcement.

Ferris initially told deputies a story about being paid $200 to protect an "asset" and that he was shot guarding the "asset" from a man wearing a white suit near at the Wan Winkle trailhead.

Ferris later told deputies about drinking with Hicks and how they shot each other with bulletproof vests on after deputies spoke with Ferris' wife.

Both Charles Ferris and Christopher Hicks were arrested on suspicion of Aggravated Assault.

They were given a court date of May 13, 2019 at 8 a.m.













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« Reply #93 on: April 24, 2019, 02:40:08 am »
Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
Ex-CEO charged in New York, becomes 1st drug executive indicted in opioid crisis
by WABC News


(NEW YORK CITY) -  One of the nation's largest distributors of opioids has entered into a non-prosecution consent decree with the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York, which accused the company, Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC), of failing to properly report thousands of suspicious orders of oxycodone, fentanyl and other controlled substances.

At the same time, the company's former chief executive, Lawrence Doud, has been placed under arrest by federal drug agents.

Doud is the first pharmaceutical executive associated with the nation's opioid crisis to face a criminal charge of diverting drugs for an illegitimate purpose.

The indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges Doud ordered subordinates to ignore red flags about certain pharmacy customers to maximize company revenues and his own pay, which more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 as the company's sales of drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl skyrocketed.

RDC agreed to a deferred criminal prosecution agreement, admitted to a detailed statement of facts, and consented to three years of independent compliance monitoring by an expert who will report regularly to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Additionally, RDC will pay a $20 million fine to the federal government over a five-year period.

If RDC complies with the terms of the agreement, it will not be prosecuted for its conduct during the relevant period.

"We made mistakes, and RDC understands that these mistakes, directed by former management, have serious consequences," RDC spokesperson Jeff Eller said.

"We accept responsibility for those mistakes. We can do better, we are doing better, and we will do better."

In the nation's opioid epidemic, RDC is a middleman that buys controlled substances from manufacturers and sells them to individual pharmacies.

As one of the nation's 10 largest drug distributors, it delivers to more than 1,300 pharmacies.

Along the way, federal prosecutors said it ignored certain pharmacies that were placing suspicious orders.

"RDC was well aware that many of its largest pharmacy customers exhibited red flags associated with the diversion of controlled substances, but failed to report these customers or their orders to the DEA as required," court records said.

RDC was among the drug distributors named last month in a civil lawsuit by the New York Attorney General's office, which alleged fraud, willful misconduct, and gross negligence.

Between 2010 and 2018, the company sold more than 143 million oxycodone pills to customers in New York alone, the attorney general's lawsuit said.

The DEA has been investigating for years whether RDC failed to comply with pharmaceutical reporting laws.

The company has previously paid to resolve claims it failed to properly report the theft of opioids.

According to court records, from 2012 to 2016, RDC filled more than 1.5 million orders for controlled substances from its pharmacy customers but reported just four suspicious orders to the DEA.

In reality, federal prosecutors said, there were at least 2,000 suspicious orders in those four years.

"During this period, RDC shipped large quantities of opioids to pharmacies that RDC knew exhibited dispensing patterns that suggested the pharmacies were dispensing controlled substances for illegitimate medical purposes," court records said.

"They did not report suspicious orders or pharmacy customers to the DEA because they did not want to risk losing revenue from these customers."







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« Reply #94 on: April 25, 2019, 03:19:54 am »
Wednesday, 24th April 2019
White Woman Arrested, Accused of Faking Cancer Diagnosis for Money

by WXII


The Randolph County Sheriff's Office has charged a second woman in a matter of weeks for faking cancer in order to get money.

The Sheriff's Office said officials at a local recreational club told them that they suspected Hannah Hume was falsely claiming to have kidney cancer after talking to her about her medical bills.

Deputies said the club had planned a June 15 benefit and charity ride in her honor.

Hume was interviewed by Investigators and admitted she did not have kidney cancer.

She was arrested Tuesday and charged with a felony for attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Hume is being held on a $5,000 bond and is expected in court May, 13 2019.












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« Reply #95 on: April 25, 2019, 03:30:14 am »
Wednesday, 24th April 2019
Parents face charges in death of 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy after remains found
by Mike Ewing, Marcella Raymond, Julian Crews, Mike Lowe and Tom Negovan


(CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.) — Nearly a week after they reported 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund missing, his parents are now facing multiple charges in his death, after investigators found his apparent remains in a remote area near Woodstock, Ill.

"It is with heavy heart that the Crystal Lake Police Department has located what we believe to be the body of Andrew 'AJ' Freund earlier this morning,"

Crystal Lake Police Chief Jim Black said during a press conference Wednesday.

Black said information discovered through "forensic analysis of cell phone data" led investigators to speak with both AJ's father, Andrew Freund Sr., and his mother, JoAnn Cunningham, overnight Tuesday.

During their interviews, Black said the parents separately shared details that led investigators to search a rural area near Woodstock, IL Wednesday morning.

"Investigators located what they believe to be AJ's body buried in a shallow grave, wrapped in plastic in a remote area of Woodstock, Illinois," Black said.

The McHenry County Sheriff and Coroner said the remains were found in a "makeshift grave" near a farm access road west of Dean Street in unincorporated Dorr Township.

The location is about 15 minutes away from Freund's Crystal Lake home.

The McHenry County Coroner's Office and FBI Recovery Unit removed the remains from the scene, and will work to definitively identify the body and determine a cause of death during an autopsy tentatively scheduled for Thursday morning.

Both parents now face multiple counts of First-Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery, and a count of Failure to Report a Missing Child or Death.

In total, Cunningham is charged with 12 counts, while Freund faces 11, including additional charges of Concealment of Homicidal Death.

Both are in police custody, and will be taken to McHenry County Jail to await a bond hearing Thursday morning.

During a Wednesday press conference, FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Sallet expressed condolences to AJ's family while praising the joint law enforcement effort, saying they were working "24 hours a day" on the investigation.

"It was apparent to me that nobody was going to sleep, and nobody will sleep until justice is brought for AJ," Sallet said.

As the search was ongoing, details emerged about the family's history with DCFS and Crystal Lake Police, including multiple reports of abuse, neglect and drug use.

DCFS involvement with AJ dated back to 2013, when he was born with opiates in his system.

He was taken into protective custody less than a month later, and spent seven months with a foster family before being returned to his mother.

He was involved with DCFS "on and off" through the end of 2018, according to the agency.

Freund Sr. was formerly Cunningham's divorce attorney. While the two never married, they were said to be living together with their children and no longer dating.

Their other son has been in protective custody since AJ was reported missing.

DCFS Acting Director Marc Smith said in a statement that AJ's younger sibling will remain in their custody, and the agency plans on reviewing its practices and potential improvements in a "transparent" manner.

"Protecting vulnerable children who come to our attention is at the core of our mission at DCFS. All of us feel this loss," Smith said.

"The Department is committed to conducting a comprehensive review of the entirety of our work with Andrew’s family to understand our shortcomings."














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« Reply #96 on: April 25, 2019, 03:44:28 am »
Thursday, 25th April 2019
Bridget 'Bridgegate' Anne Kelly Goes To Prison
by Mike Kelly


(NEWARK, NJ) — Courtrooms are supposed to offer answers. Or perhaps guidance, solace and insight on complicated questions of life and justice.

But once again, as another chapter in the Bridgegate case unfolded on Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Newark, we were left with a sense that the full story has still not been told about the alleged political payback plot to create traffic gridlock in Fort Lee near the George Washington Bridge.


The occasion was a hearing to resentence Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff for Gov. Chris Christie and author of the infamous email, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” which touched off the massive jams on Fort Lee’s streets during portions of five days in September 2013.

After her conviction in 2016, with former Port Authority deputy executive Bill Baroni, on multiple charges for their roles in the Bridgegate scheme, Kelly was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton.

On Wednesday, Wigenton reduced Kelly’s prison time to 13 months, citing a ruling by a three-judge federal appeals panel in December that dismissed several counts against Kelly and Baroni but left intact the most serious charges.

Kelly, 46, who lives in Ramsey and is a single mother of four children, is being allowed to remain free on bail while she appeals her case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Baroni, 47, opted to enter a federal prison in Pennsylvania this month, after Wigenton shortened his sentence from two years to 18 months.

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« Reply #97 on: April 26, 2019, 03:37:07 am »
Friday, 19th April 2019
White Woman In Jail for Threatening Someone by Text Messages

by Perry Vandell


A woman accused of sending a man more than 159,000 text messages and breaking into his Paradise Valley home wants her case to go to trial, believing a jury will find her innocent while also ordering her and the man she's accused of stalking to wed.

Those were among the comments made by Jacqueline Ades in a recent phone interview with The Arizona Republic from Maricopa County's Estrella Jail, where she has been held since May 2018.

Ades' case has garnered national attention after authorities said she continued to stalk a Paradise Valley man after a single date, broke into his home and sent thousands of text messages to him over the course of 10 months — including some in which she threatened to wear his flesh and devour his organs, according to Maricopa County Court records.

Ades was incredulous that her actions warranted incarceration.

"I just think it's ridiculous," Ades said. "I can't believe that it turned into this. I can't believe that I'm actually in jail over some text messages."

She maintained that her threats against the man's life were jokes that she would never act on.

She said the man responded to her texts for three months but stopped after she sent the threats.

Ades said she threatened the man after a fight with her mother and took out her anger on him.


"I said, 'If I had a perverted imagination, what would I think?' " Ades said.

"And then I wrote all these weird things. Just, like, I was literally playing with my imagination and it turned out that that scared him."

Her attorney, Matthew Leathers, requested a Rule 11 hearing in January to evaluate her mental competency to  ensure she understood the charges and the proceedings against her and to assist in her own defense.

Ades was deemed mentally incompetent at a Rule 11 hearing in March.

Leathers told The Republic that two of the three mental-health professionals who met with Ades found her mentally incompetent to stand trial, but restorable.

One diagnosed her as being mentally competent.

He said the trial was ordered delayed by at least 60 days earlier this month as psychologists attempt to restore her to competency.

"The idea is to get her restored to competency so she's able to assist in her own defense," Leathers said.

Ades, who is being held in a Maricopa County jail without bond for nearly a year, has pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking and criminal trespassing.

Ades could have walked out of jail several months ago by accepting a plea deal that called for her release with time served, Leathers said.

The catch is she would have been on probation for 10 years and barred from contacting the man at the center of her obsession.

But Ades told The Republic she refused to take the deal because she didn't believe it was real.

She thought it might be the victim's way of testing her resolve, she said.

Ades said she wants to go to trial, where she's positive the jury will not only find her not guilty, but will order her and the man she's accused of stalking to marry her.

"They're going to say, 'You're not guilty and on top of it we, like, demand that you two get married,' " Ades said.

Leathers made the motion for a Rule 11 hearing after her decision not to accept the plea deal.

The Republic spoke to Ades as she was being evaluated but before she was found not competent.

She claimed she had been abducted by Walt Disney, whom she believes is a member of the Illuminati and manned a spaceship, "Does that sound crazy?" Ades asked.

"It sounds like I'm crazy. My mom says, 'They're going to put you back in Rule 11 court if you go around telling people.' But this is a true story — I'm not lying."

Ades lamented the jail's living conditions, saying she slept on a thin yoga mat and wasn't allowed to go outside.

Though Ades is certain she will be found not guilty, she said she'd be fine with prison time if the jury felt otherwise.

Ades said she most likely would move back to Florida once she was released and go to school to become a Pilates instructor.

She said she wouldn't contact the man again because she believes he would reach out to her on his own.
Stalking became more intense, records say.

The victim has not been identified in court records.

According to the documents, Ades met the man on a dating website and began stalking him soon after, flooding him with text messages, sometimes as many as 500 in a single day.

The man called police after he found her parked outside his Paradise Valley home, records say.

Police, in a statement submitted to court, said she began sending more-threatening messages after that, including death threats.
 
"Oh what would I do w ur blood! ... Id wanna bathe in it," was an example listed in court documents.

Police later found her taking a bath in the man's home, with a large butcher knife in her car, court documents said.

Ades' next hearing is scheduled for May 21 in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Amanda Steele, a spokeswoman with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, told The Republic that Ades had been placed into the Restoration to Competency program where an appointed psychologist will oversee the restoration process.

The psychologist will have up to 21 months to restore Ades to competency or deem her not restorable, Steele said.
 
Ades' case will go back to trial if she's deemed restored.

It will be dismissed without prejudice if found not to be restorable.

Leathers and the prosecutor can request an additional hearing should one disagree with the psychologist's conclusion.

If Ades is ultimately deemed to be mentally incompetent and unrestorable, Steele said the court could commit her to a mental institution, appoint her a legal guardian or simply dismiss the charges and release her.

Leathers said the psychologist will likely walk his client through the legal process, explaining to her what a prosecutor is and the charges against her — among other things.

Some experts consider this to be a flawed approach.

Joel Dvoskin, a clinical and forensic psychologist who teaches at the University of Arizona, said any belief that most people are deemed incompetent because of ignorance of the legal system is a myth.

"The reason they're incompetent has much more to do with being acutely psychotic than it does with not knowing about courts," Dvoskin said.

"And so for those people, the main way they need to be restored to competency is by having their acute psychotic situation resolved."

Though Dvoskin said he wasn't familiar with Ades' case, he noted that problems can arise when those deemed mentally incompetent receive treatment while incarcerated.

"It's expensive to keep people in a psychiatric hospital," Dvoskin said.

"So what Arizona did some years ago was that they would keep people in jail while they were being purportedly restored to competency — and there's a lot of problems with that."

Dvoskin questioned the adequacy of mental health services, conditions and safety of inmates suffering from mental illness within jails compared with a dedicated treatment facility.

"All of those things are relevant to what a person's circumstances (are) in a jail and the degree to which it's realistic for them to be restored to competency in a jail."













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« Reply #98 on: April 26, 2019, 04:04:46 am »
Thursday, 25th April 2019
Massachusetts Judge & Court Officer Charged with Obstruction of Justice
by WCVB (ABC News affiliate)


(BOSTON, Mass) — Federal authorities are charging a Massachusetts District Court judge and a trial court officer with obstruction of justice and other crimes, according to an indictment obtained by 5 Investigates.

Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph was suspended without pay Thursday, just hours after the federal indictment was announced.

Joseph and Wesley MacGregor, the trial court officer, are accused of conspiring to prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement from taking an immigrant into custody at Newton District Court on April 2, 2018.

Both were allowed to surrender themselves to face the charges, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling's office said.

They appeared in federal court for a hearing Thursday afternoon. Both pleaded not guilty and were released without bond.

The immigrant, who had been deported twice before, was arrested four days earlier for narcotics possession and being a fugitive from justice in Pennsylvania.

When his fingerprints were taken, ICE became aware of the arrest.

ICE issued an order for a federal immigration detainer and sent an officer to the courthouse.

In the courtroom, Joseph ordered the courtroom recording device to be turned off for 52 seconds in order to conceal a conversation about getting the immigrant out of the courthouse, the indictment said.

According to the indictment filed by Lelling's office, MacGregor agreed with the immigrant's defense attorney to release the immigrant through a rear door in order to evade the federal officers.

Joseph participated by creating a pretext for the immigrant to be brought downstairs for "further interview" so he could be released through that door, the indictment said.


Joseph and MacGregor face charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of a federal proceeding, the indictment said. MacGregor is also charged with perjury on suspicion of giving false testimony to a federal grand jury that was reviewing the case.
 
“The allegations in today’s indictment involve obstruction by a sitting judge, that is intentional interference with the enforcement of federal law, and that is a crime," Lelling said.

"We cannot pick and choose the federal laws we follow, or use our personal views to justify violating the law."
Gov. Charlie Baker had previously called for Joseph to be removed from the bench.

"Today's indictment is a radical and politically-motivated attack on our state and the independence of our courts," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement about the case.

"It is a bedrock principle of our constitutional system that federal prosecutors should not recklessly interfere with the operation of state courts and their administration of justice. This matter could have been appropriately handled by the Commission on Judicial Conduct and the Trial Court. I am deeply disappointed by U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s misuse of prosecutorial resources and the chilling effect his actions will have."

"The Department of Justice’s decision to bring this case is preposterous, ironic, and deeply damaging to the rule of law," Carol Rose, of ACLU of Massachusetts, said in a statement.






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Friday, 26th April 2019
Texas Border Mayor Charged With Trying To Rig Own Election

by Associated Press


(AUSTIN, Texas) — A Texas mayor on the U.S.-Mexico border was charged Thursday with trying to cheat his way into office through an illegal voting scheme in a region long plagued by public corruption scandals.

The arrest of Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina also comes at a time of heightened tension over voting in Texas, where Republicans in the coming weeks want to toughen penalties for election crimes over opposition from Democrats.

Meanwhile, a bungled search in January for non-citizens on Texas' voter rolls set off lawsuits and questions from Congress.

Edinburg is a city of about 90,000 people and is headquarters for U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations in the Rio Grande Valley.

Molina unseated the city's longtime mayor by about 1,200 votes in 2017, and prosecutors say Molina tried to tip the scales by having voters change their addresses to places they didn't live, including an apartment complex he owned.

Molina was charged with engaging in organized election fraud, a first-degree felony, and two counts of illegal voting.

He surrendered to authorities Thursday along with his wife, Dalia Molina, who was charged with one count of illegal voting.

City spokeswoman Cary Zayas told reporters outside the courthouse in Edinburg that the mayor "very adamantly" denies wrongdoing.

"Voter fraud is an affront to democracy and places the decision-making authority of the Texas electorate in the hands of those who have no right to make those choices," Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement.

"Voter apathy is caused by rigged elections with guaranteed outcomes."

Paxton's office, which investigated the case, declined to say whether the number of allegedly fraudulent votes affected the election's outcome.

Municipal elections in Texas are nonpartisan, and Zayas said she does not know whether Molina has a party affiliation.

Eighteen people have been arrested in connection with the alleged scheme.

South Texas has long carried a reputation as a hotbed of bad-behaving officials at all levels of government, and in 2013, the Justice Department reported there were more public corruption convictions in the state's southern district than anywhere in the U.S.

The charges against Molina mark a high-profile arrest for Paxton, who has made prosecuting illegal voting cases a priority and has touted tough prison sentences handed down in election fraud cases.

His office prosecuted nearly three dozen people in 2018 for election fraud violations and asked lawmakers this year for more funding and staff.

A federal judge in February said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Texas after the state wrongly questioned the U.S. citizenship of thousands of voters.

Republicans are also trying to get a bill on Gov. Greg Abbott's desk before the end of May that would, among other things, make it a felony to put false information on a voter registration form.

Democrats say the bill could punish people for making honest mistakes.












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« Reply #100 on: April 27, 2019, 05:29:38 am »
Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Louisiana white man charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape

by Associated Press


(PINEVILLE, La.) — A 71-year-old Louisiana man has been charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape over allegations of criminal sexual conduct involving minors.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office tells news outlets the allegations against Harvey Joseph Fountain date to the 1970s.

The sheriff's office says deputies received a tip on April 1 that Fountain was sexually involved with juveniles, and an investigation found evidence supporting the allegations.

Fountain was arrested on 50 counts of first-degree rape on April 9.

Days later, additional victims were identified -- the sheriff's office isn't saying how many -- and 50 more counts were added.

Deputies say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

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Saturday, 14th April 2019
Minnesota White Woman with 64 Dead Cats, 43 live Cats Sentenced

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(FARMINGTON, Minn.) — A Minnesota woman who was found to have 64 dead cats, 43 live cats, a 400-pound pig and other animals on her property has been sentenced.
Twenty-five-year-old Caycee Bregel, who ran an animal rescue nonprofit out of home south of the Twin Cities, pleaded guilty Friday to 13 counts of animal cruelty.
Bregel was ordered to serve 200 hours of community service, two years of probation and 90 days of electronic home monitoring.
She must also receive a psychological examination.
Court documents say complaints about the pig running loose led investigators to the house.
They found numerous cats and dogs in poor health and said they emitted an "overpowering smell of urine and feces."

Dead cats were found in shallow graves across the backyard, in freezers and refrigerators, and in the garage.
















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Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Deputy Killer was half-brother of Man who shot Oregon Chief

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(KALAMA, Wash.) — A gunman who authorities say shot and killed a sheriff's deputy in rural Washington state was the half-brother of a man who killed an Oregon police chief eight years ago.

Brian Butts, 33, was shot to death Sunday by law enforcement officers as he emerged wet and dirty from woods following a manhunt.

Investigators say Butts killed Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier on Saturday night.

Butts was the half-brother of Daniel Butts, 29, who pleaded guilty last month to killing Police Chief Ralph Painter in 2011 in Rainier, Oregon, just across the Columbia River from Cowlitz County, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Daniel Butts is serving a life sentence with parole possible after 49 years. He grabbed Painter's sidearm and shot him in the head during a struggle at a car stereo shop.

Daniel Butts' father, Mikel Butts, confirmed the relationship, the news outlet said. He said Daniel and Brian had the same mother.

Mikel Butts said he hadn't seen Brian Butts in years.

DeRosier, 29, had been a Cowlitz County deputy since 2009 and was the married father of a 5-month-old daughter.

He responded alone Saturday night to a motorhome blocking a road near the tiny southwestern Washington city of Kalama and reported over police radio that someone was shooting at him.

Matthew Veatch, 25, an acquaintance of Brian Butts, was arrested after the shooting for investigation of helping Butts escape.

He told investigators he heard a gunshot from his home and that Butts showed up there minutes later, The Daily News of Longview reported , citing a police statement filed in court in support of Veatch's arrest.

Butts "appeared dirty and stated he needed to get out of there," and he gave Veatch a handgun to "get rid of," the statement said.

Veatch put the gun in a locked gun cabinet in his room, he told officers, and he led Butts on foot through the dark woods for several hours until they reached an abandoned barn, where they separated.

Along the way, Butts told Veatch he shot an officer, the document said.

The deputy died during surgery at a hospital in Vancouver, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.

Veatch is being held on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned April 30.

Brian Butts served five years in prison beginning in September 2012 for drug-related convictions, the Washington State Department of Corrections said. He was then on a year of post-prison supervision, ending in October.

Butts also had convictions for assault, burglary and marijuana possession, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

An autopsy for was set for Butts Tuesday night.

Investigators said he was armed as he emerged from the woods, but they didn't know yet if he shot at officers during the manhunt.






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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
California Lawyer Allegedly Uses Shoe Camera To Look Up Girl’s Dress At Apple store

by Danielle Wallace


A 66-year-old licensed Bay Arealawyer was arrested Sunday after he allegedly taped a camera to his shoe and then “moved his shoe so that the camera was under a female juvenile’s dress” at an Apple Store in Walnut Creek, Calif., police said.
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Jacques Bloxham, who is a personal injury attorney, was reportedly confronted by the girl’s father and fled the store.
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Officers said they found various cameras and recording devices in the suspect’s car in addition to the one attached to his shoe.
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Bloxham was arrested around 3 p.m. and booked into Contra Costa County Jail on suspicion of using a camera to secretly record the undergarments of another person, along with annoying or molesting a child under 18, San Francisco Chronicle reported.
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He later posted bail.
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Police are investigating whether Bloxham recorded others and urge anyone with information to call the Walnut Creek Police Department.
Bloxham was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1986.
"I'LL SHOE!!!"
He founded the Injury Law Center "in response to the public's need for a personal injury attorney with honesty, integrity and a new understanding of the needs of injured clients," according to his Yelp business profile.














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Friday, 26th April 2019
Straight Outta Siberia
by Sharon LaFraniere and Eileen Sullivan


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The Russian graduate student who tried to infiltrate conservative, influential Republican circles during the last presidential campaign was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison for serving as an unregistered Russian agent in the United States.

The student, Maria Butina, 30, pleaded guilty late last year to working on the Russian government’s behalf in the United States from 2015 to 2017 without registering with the Justice Department, as required.

Her defense lawyers cast her as an ambitious, well-meaning young woman who hoped to foster better relations between the United States and Russia.

In a tearful voice, Ms. Butina told Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, “I just didn’t register because I didn’t know to.”

But prosecutors argued that Ms. Butina forged links with National Rifle Association officials and other influential Republicans, aiming to create back channels of communication that could pay off if Republicans seized the White House.

They said a senior Russian official directed her activities and shared some of her reports within the Russian government.

A counterintelligence expert said her reports would have helped Russian intelligence “spot and assess” potential American recruits.

Judge Chutkan accepted the prosecutors’ sentencing recommendation, calling Ms. Butina’s conduct “a threat to our country’s democratic institutions.”

“This was no simple misunderstanding by an overeager foreign student,” she said.

“The conduct was sophisticated and penetrated deep into political organizations.”

Ms. Butina, a gun-rights enthusiast, began what she called her “diplomacy project” to infiltrate the Republican political scene in early 2015.

She attended N.R.A. conventions and arranged for prominent members of the group to travel to Moscow to meet Russian officials.

After obtaining a student’s visa in 2016 to study for a master’s at American University, she expanded her efforts.

She met the governor of Wisconsin at the time, Scott Walker, on the day he announced his presidential bid; posed for a photo with Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, at an N.R.A. dinner in 2016 in Louisville, Ky.; and questioned President Trump at a news conference in Las Vegas.

In early 2017, she helped set up meetings for a Russian delegation to the high-profile National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Ms. Butina reported to Alexsandr P. Torshin, then the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank, who had been attending N.R.A. conventions in the United States since 2011.

Prosecutors said her boyfriend, Paul Erickson, a longtime Republican operative, helped her build her network of political contacts.

While her case did not arise from the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, that inquiry hung over it.

Judge Chutkan noted that Ms. Butina was funneling political reports to Russia at the same time that Russian intelligence operatives were waging a covert campaign to illegally influence the 2016 race.

Her case also caused reverberations in Moscow.

The Russian Embassy claimed she was falsely accused, and the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that the prison term was politically motivated.

“Our countrywoman was sentenced only because she is a citizen of Russia,” it said.

After Ms. Butina pleaded guilty in December, an American businessman was arrested on espionage charges at an upscale Moscow hotel in what some American lawmakers suggested was a retaliatory move.

The businessman, Paul Whelan, is being held in solitary confinement in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo Prison.

Erik Michael Kenerson, an assistant United States attorney, said that although Ms. Butina did not seek to obtain or transmit any classified information, her case “really shows how easy it can be for a foreign government to target individuals in the United States.”

In a statement filed in court by the prosecution, Robert Anderson Jr., a retired F.B.I. counterintelligence official, said he believed that Ms. Butina was a part of a “spot and assess” Russian intelligence operation aimed at identifying Americans who later might be susceptible to recruitment efforts.

“Butina provided the Russian Federation with information that skilled intelligence officers can exploit for years and that may cause significant damage to the United States,” Mr. Anderson wrote.

He said efforts like hers helped Russians identify midlevel targets who lacked direct access to classified or sensitive information but had government or political connections that might later prove valuable.

Ms. Butina’s lawyers said she cooperated with prosecutors for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and with Senate investigators scrutinizing Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election, including providing copies of her communications with Mr. Torshin.

In return for her cooperation, prosecutors said, they shaved six months off their recommended sentence.

She will be given credit for the nine months she has already served — much of it in solitary confinement — and deported once her prison term ends.

Ms. Butina, clad in a green inmate’s jumpsuit, told the judge that she never intended to harm the American political process, but was a victim of her own ignorance of the law.

“The United States has always been kind to me,” she said.

Her defense team had argued for probation, saying Ms. Butina was not accused of espionage or any crime other than failing to register with the Justice Department.

“Nothing about Maria has been secret,” said one of her lawyers, Alfred Carry.

He sought to distinguish her from Russians who carried out the Kremlin’s plan to interfere in the 2016 race.

While “we feel wronged and we should feel wronged about the attacks on our democracy,” he said,

“she is not a proxy for the Russian government.”

Robert Driscoll, another defense lawyer, said the government’s expert “did not name anyone who was spotted or assessed” by Ms. Butina.

“Anyone who thinks that someone who wasn’t Russian would be in this situation is fooling themselves,” he said.












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