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« Reply #195 on: July 25, 2019, 05:34:40 am »
Thursday, 25th 2019
2 white teen suspects charged with murder of man found dead near burned camper
by ABC News

The two missing teen suspects wanted in connection to the murders of a young couple from the U.S. and Australia have now been charged with the murder of a man whose body was found near the suspects' burned camper, Canadian authorities said.

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, nearly crossed Canada in the last two weeks, according to authorities, starting out from western British Columbia.

They allegedly killed Chynna Deese, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, who is from Australia, near the Liard Hot Springs in British Columbia. Their bodies were found on July 15, 2019.

Days later, the duo torched their camper before popping up in Northern Saskatchewan.

Then, witnesses placed the duo overnight in Manitoba, more than 2,000 miles from where Deese and Fowler were found dead, police said.

Later on Wednesday, officials announced the suspects had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found approximately 1.2 miles from the camper.

"As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large," police said.

The body was identified as Leonard Dyck from Vancouver, British Columbia, according to a news release.

A burning car, found in the Gillam area of Manitoba, Canada, was also confirmed as belonging to the two missing teen suspects, authorities announced Wednesday afternoon.

"Based on this information, we have sent a number of resources to the Gillam area," said Cpl. Julie Courchaine, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, during a Wednesday news conference.

"This is a complex, ongoing investigation involving multiple jurisdictions. We are engaged with police forces across Canada. We are investigating all tips and are continuing to ask for the public's assistance. We are also reminding everyone that these suspects should not be approached and if you do see them, to call 911 or your local police immediately."

Chief Walter Spence, of Fox Lake Cree Nation, which is northeast of Gillam, said in a statement Tuesday that a burned and discarded car had been found nearby on that day, according to CTV News.

Before Wednesday's news conference, authorities had tweeted that they had reason to believe the pair were in the Gillam area but would not confirm that the car was linked to them.

Dyck's body was found on July 19 2019.

 Police released his photoin the hopes someone will come forward with info or may have spoken to him.

"We are truly heart broken by the sudden and tragic loss of Len. He was a loving husband and father. His death has created unthinkable grief and we are struggling to understand what has happened," Dyck's family said in a statement released by police.

"While we understand there will be interest in knowing more about him and the impact he had during his life, we are asking for the public and the media to please respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Schmegelsky’s father, Alan Schmegelsky, told the Times Colonist that his son was a "good kid."

"I don’t know what to think anymore," Alan Schmegelsky said.

"I'm in disbelief. I didn't see any signs of violence."

He said that his son was interested in air-soft pellet guns but that he did not believe his son ever shot a real gun, according to the Times Colonist.

He said Bryer Schmegelsky would play war games in the woods with friends.

"That was their outdoor video game. You know, a real-life video game," he said.

In a statement to ABC News, McLeod’s father, Keith McLeod, said in a statement:

"To the people who truly care; I am sitting at home worrying about my son. Relentless media [are] hounding us for answers we don’t have. My family and I do know that Kam is a kind, considerate and caring young man who has always been concerned about other people’s feelings. As we are trapped in our homes due to media people, we try to wrap her head around what is happening. We hope that Kam will come home to us safely so we can all get to the bottom of this story."

"I am staying close to the phone because I don’t want to miss a call if it is word about Kam," he said.

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« Reply #196 on: August 07, 2019, 02:13:44 pm »
Wednesday, 7th August 2019
White teen pleads no contest in fatal stabbing

by WXMI-TV, Grand Rapids, Michigan

(IONIA, Mich.) — A man has pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the fatal 2017 stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in Ionia.

Kyler Bogert, 19, entered the plea Wednesday in the death of Daniel Johnson, who he was accused of stabbing in the neck during a fight.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal sexual conduct from an unrelated May 2017 incident.

He was originally charged with second-degree murder, but prosecutors dropped that charge after receiving a report that provided more information on Bogert’s state of mind and mental illness diagnosis.

Prosecutors said the manslaughter charge was more appropriate.

Bogert won’t be sentenced for another six to eight weeks, but prosecutors said he will likely receive a sentence equal or less than the 26 months he has already served, meaning he will be on probation.

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« Reply #197 on: August 07, 2019, 02:33:21 pm »
Wednesday, 7th August 2019
Manhunt ends: Bodies believed to be B.C. murder suspects found in northern Manitoba
by The Canadian Press

(WINNIPEG, Canada) — Two bodies believed to be British Columbia murder suspects who were the focus of a massive manhunt have been found in dense brush in northern Manitoba.

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« Reply #198 on: August 07, 2019, 05:08:02 pm »
Wednesday, 7th August 2019
Students for Trump founder pleads guilty to posing as lawyer in $46,000 scam
by Stephen Rex Brown

The founder of Students for Trump pleaded guilty Tuesday to running a $46,000 scam in which he posed as a lawyer and gave legal advice.

John Lambert, 23, created a website for a fake law firm called Pope & Dunn and claimed to be Eric Pope, a graduate of NYU Law School with a finance degree from the University of Pennsylvania and 15 years of experience in corporate and patent law, prosecutors said.

In brief remarks in Manhattan Federal Court, the babyfaced fraudster from Knoxville, Tenn. said he engaged in the scheme with an accomplice who was not identified.

Lambert said they represented themselves as “qualified lawyers...providing legal services."

He said he was living in North Carolina when he ran the scam between 2016 and 2018.

“Are you an attorney?” Judge Valerie Caproni asked.

“No, your honor," he replied.

He pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy.

Under his plea deal with prosecutors, he will not appeal a sentence that is 21 months or less.

He also agreed to forfeit $46,654.

“John Lambert represented himself to clients as a prominent New York attorney with a law degree from an elite law school. But Lambert’s de facto career was one of a grifter: he had never been to law school and certainly wasn’t an attorney. Today, Lambert admitted to his crimes and faces time in prison for his misdeeds," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.

Lambert achieved notoriety during the presidential campaign for the group he founded with classmate classmate Ryan Fournier at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., in 2015.

They made frequent media appearances and ran a Students For Trump Twitter account featuring photos of bikini-clad women and pics of themselves at political events.

Lambert even shook hands with future Attorney General Jeff 'Granny' Sessions in May 2016.

“We’ve been told that we’re more organized than the actual puppetine campaign,”

Lambert told The Chronicle of Higher Education before the election.

Students For Trump distanced itself from Lambert after his arrest in April, noting he’d left the group after puppetine’s election.

“We are highly disappointed in his actions and fully condemn the path which John Lambert decided to take after departing from Students for Trump’s executive board,” the group said.

The Students For Trump website indicates it was acquired last month by another right-wing student organization, Turning Point Action.

Lambert will be sentenced on Nov. 18 2019

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« Reply #199 on: August 08, 2019, 04:03:06 pm »
Thursday, 8th August 2019
White guy assaulted a boy for ‘disrespecting’ the national anthem
by Michael Brice-Saddler

An attorney for the Montana man accused of slamming a 13-year-old boy’s head into the ground for not removing his hat during the national anthem says puppetine’s “rhetoric” is partially to blame for his client’s actions.

Earlier this week, Mineral County Sheriff Mike Boone identified 39-year-old Curt James Brockway as a suspect in the alleged Saturday night assault.

According to court documents filed in Mineral County, Brockway reportedly told investigators that he asked the boy to take off his hat as the anthem began to play at a local rodeo.

When the youth cursed back at him instead, Brockway claimed, he “lifted him into the air, and slammed the boy into the ground.”

The attack reportedly fractured the boy’s skull and left him with a concussion.

Brockway was apprehended Saturday at the fairgrounds, located in the western Montana town of Superior, and charged with assault on a minor — a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

The man’s attorney, Lance Jasper, told the Missoulian on Wednesday that his client is a U.S. Army veteran who was honorably discharged for disability after sustaining a traumatic brain injury in 2000 while on active duty in Fort Lewis, Wash.

As a result, Jasper said, Brockway believed he was following orders from “his commander in chief” while attacking the teenager.

“[drumphf] is telling people that if they kneel, they should be fired, or if they burn a flag, they should be punished,” Jasper told the Missoulian.

“He certainly didn’t understand it was a crime”

Jasper did not return several phone calls from The Washington Post requesting comment on the case Thursday.

Brockway served in the U.S. Army for more than two years as a metal worker, said Will Sharp, an Army spokesman.

He was discharged in May 2001, though Sharp declined to describe the nature of his discharge, citing privacy reasons.
A witness mostly corroborated Brockway’s description of the incident, according to the affidavit, though she did not hear him ask the boy to remove his hat.

Taylor Hennick, who attended the event, told local news outlets that she overheard the incident, which took place near the Mineral County Fair and Rodeo’s entrance, just as the national anthem began to play.

The woman said she heard a “pop” and turned to see the boy writhing on the ground.

She did not return messages from The Post requesting comment.

“He was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent,” Hennick told the Missoulian.

As startled spectators closed in on Brockway, she said, he told them “[the boy] was disrespecting the national anthem, so he had every right to do that.”
According to the affidavit, Brockway told investigators that when he asked the child to remove his hat “because it was disrespectful,” the child replied, “F--- you.”

Police said the boy was flown to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Wash., for emergency treatment.

The 13-year-old suffered a concussion and fractured skull, according to the affidavit.

In a hospital interview with local media, he said he can’t “remember anything” from the rodeo.

The boy’s mother, Megan Keeler, told KPAX that her son’s ears bled for six hours after the alleged attack.

“All of the witnesses I have talked to said this was completely random,”

Keeler told KPAX, a CBS-affiliated news station.

“He targeted [my son], grabbed him and took him down.”

Keeler declined a request for comment from The Post, citing an ongoing investigation into the case.

The boy was reportedly released from the hospital Tuesday and is recovering at home, his mother said.

Controversy surrounding the national anthem dates back to 2016, when then-National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick called attention to police brutality and racial injustice by kneeling as the song was performed before games.

The silent protests were largely condemned by many on the right, including puppetine — who in September 2017 encouraged team owners to fire NFL players, like Kaepernick, who knelt and otherwise protested the anthem.

During a 2017 rally in Alabama, puppetine said:

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

Speaking with fox news later, puppetine suggested NFL players who don’t stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” shouldn’t be in the United States at all.
“You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. You shouldn’t be playing; you shouldn’t be there. Maybe they shouldn’t be in the country,” he said.

Jasper told the Missoulian he will seek a mental health evaluation for Brockway, whose brain injury affects his frontal lobe and impairs his cognitive function.

Jasper likened puppetine’s words surrounding the anthem and those who protest it to a presidential order.

The Executive Mansion did not immediately return a request for comment on Jasper’s claim that his client was motivated by the acting-president.

“Obviously, [Brockway] owes a big portion of accountability for what took place, but it’s certain that there was other things at work here that definitely contributed,” he told the newspaper.

“puppetine never necessarily says, ‘Go hurt somebody,’ but the message is absolutely clear. … I am certain of the fact that [Brockway] was doing what he believed he was told to do, essentially, by the acting-president.”

The accusation from Jasper’s attorney comes as the nation reels from two weekend mass shootings that have renewed conversation surrounding puppetine’s rhetoric.

Authorities have looked closely at an anti-immigrant screed allegedly written by the suspect named in Saturday’s attack on a Walmart in El Paso, which warned of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

puppetine has used the word “invasion” repeatedly to describe immigrants who enter the United States through the southern border, and some El Pasoans believe the acting-president’s rhetoric has heartened anti-immigrant groups.

The Missoulian previously reported that Brockway was charged with assault with a weapon in 2010, resulting in a 10-year probation sentence.

Jasper told the outlet Brockway’s brain injury was considered during his sentencing in that case.

He was granted early release from the probation after seven years for good behavior.

“Obviously it’s a tragedy whenever someone is injured, especially a young kid, but with my client being a veteran with a traumatic brain injury, it is absolutely fair to say he got caught up in a heightened animosity and a heightened rhetoric that too many people are engaged in,”

Jasper said, according to the Missoulian.
Brockway’s arraignment in the latest charge is scheduled for Aug. 14 2019

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« Reply #200 on: August 09, 2019, 06:14:40 pm »
Friday, 9th August 2019
Felon & Fugitive Jailed For Threatening Representative AOC
by Michael Brice-Saddler

An Ohio man was charged with making threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, authorities say, after he wrote on Facebook the New York Democrat “should be shot.”

Timothy James Ireland Jr., 41, was indicted in Toledo for making interstate threats in addition to separate counts of being a felon and fugitive in possession of a firearm, the U.S. attorney’s office in the Northern District of Ohio announced Friday.

Officials say a concerned citizen reached out to U.S. Capitol Police July 23 2019 to warn of the threatening Facebook post, which they later confirmed was written by Ireland.

“She should be shot. Can’t fire me, my employer would load the gun for me,”

Ireland wrote, according to police.

The statement was apparently posted to Facebook along with a news story about the congresswoman.

On Aug. 2 2019, Capitol Police called Ireland after finding his phone number in public records.

The man took full responsibility for the statement while speaking with police, adding he was “very proud” of his work, according to a criminal complaint.

Ireland also admitted to having firearms that he “always carries concealed," police say.
An FBI criminal history check revealed Ireland had two outstanding warrants:

one was a felony failure to appear in Sarasota County, Fl., after violating probation in a felony case; the other was a misdemeanor failure to appear bench warrant related to a possession of marijuana charge in Cook County, Ga.
Ireland was also convicted in 1996 on four felony counts of dealing in stolen property in Sarasota County, according to the criminal complaint.

The man was present when police raided his Toledo home five days after the phone call, the complaint read.

He was detained for the active warrants and admitted to having ammunition inside his house.

Investigators say they found the ammo in kitchen drawers:

three rounds of .32-caliber ammunition, and four rounds for a .45-caliber gun.

“There is absolutely no place in the marketplace of ideas for threats of violence against any person, especially those who are elected to represent the American people,”

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a release.

“Disagreement on political issues cannot lead to acts of violence, and if it does, we will seek federal prison time.”

A spokesman for the Department of Justice said Ireland waived his hearing and will remain in custody at least until a bond hearing next week.


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« Reply #201 on: August 10, 2019, 11:55:13 am »
Saturday, 10th August 2019
Tennessee escaped inmate was at a prison official's home hours before she was found dead

by Faith Kirimi


An inmate who escaped from a Tennessee prison while on mowing work detail was at the home of a corrections official three hours before her body was discovered, investigators said.

A manhunt is underway for Curtis Ray Watson, who escaped Wednesday from West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, and is considered extremely dangerous.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has said he's a suspect in the death of Debra Johnson, a longtime corrections official who was found dead in her home on the prison grounds.


Johnson's co-workers discovered her body about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after she didn't report to work.

Hours earlier, at 8:30 a.m., corrections officers saw Watson on a facility golf cart at her home, the TBI said Friday.

Authorities believe Johnson, 64, was killed and Watson is a suspect in her death.

Watson was serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated kidnapping.

He was discovered missing about 11 a.m. Wednesday, when officials conducted a check of inmates.

He fled the area in a tractor, which was found just over a mile from the crime scene, along with his prison identification.

The TBI said it has received 250 tips and zero credible sightings of him, and is offering a reward of $52,500.

It's warned people in the immediate prison area to be on the lookout and double-check their property, crawl spaces and dog houses -- anywhere someone could hide.

Those with trail or property surveillance cameras should check those too, officials said.

"He could be anywhere," TBI Director David Rausch said.

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« Reply #202 on: August 12, 2019, 07:19:24 am »
Saturday, 10th August 2019
White woman facing multiple drug charges in Randolph County is Rude

The Randolph County Sheriff's Office Criminal Interdiction Team has arrested a woman on multiple drug charges.

The team was called to a suspicious vehicle near Loflin Pond Road on Friday, according to deputies.

Maryrose Rude was being searched for weapons when she admitted to having drugs in her pocket, according to officers.

Methamphetamine was located in her pocket.

Deputies said they located additional methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the car.

Rude was arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance, felony to maintain a vehicle for a controlled substance and a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to deputies.

Rude is being held at the Randolph County Detention Center on a $7,500 bond.

Her first appearance in court is scheduled for Monday, 12th August 2019.


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« Reply #203 on: August 12, 2019, 10:00:50 am »
Monday, 12th August 2019
White guy Arrested For Threatening To Shoot Up Walmart After El Paso Massacre
by Sanjana Karanth

Police said they’ve arrested a Florida man suspected of being a white supremacist for allegedly threatening to shoot up a Walmart a day after a gunman killed nearly two dozen people at one of the superstores in El Paso, Texas.

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested the 26-year-old from Winter Park, Florida, on Friday on charges of making written threats last week to kill or do bodily harm, according to the department.

Police said Richard Clayton allegedly posted his threat on Facebook on Aug. 4 2019, a day after a white supremacist fatally shot at least 22 people and injured dozens more at a Walmart in El Paso, a border town with a large Hispanic population.

According to investigators, the post read, “3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Don’t go to Walmart next week.”

The FBI received a tip about the post on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

A spokeswoman with the department told the AP that Clayton was not on probation.

Investigators also said the suspect “appears to believe in the white supremacist ideology and has a history of posting threats on Facebook using fictitious accounts.”

The ideology is similar to the El Paso shooter, who police say confessed that he was specifically targeting Mexican people.

When police arrived at Clayton’s parents’ home, the suspect repeatedly asked an officer if he was Hispanic, saying,

“They are what is wrong with this country. They come in and are ruining everything,” court documents show, according to WKMG-TV.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement launched a joint investigation with the Winter Park Police Department and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Clayton is currently being held at the Orange County Jail on $15,000 bond, according to ABC News.

His case is the latest in a series of cases where police have tracked down domestic terror threats.

Police arrested a 20-year-old man at a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, on Thursday and charged him with making a terrorist threat in the second degree.

Dmitriy Andreychenko said he was conducting a social experiment when he caused panic at the Walmart by wearing a ballistic vest and carrying a loaded rifle just days after two mass shootings.

Police also on Thursday arrested a 23-year-old Las Vegas man, who is now facing a federal weapons charge after authorities said he discussed making explosives and was planning an attack on a local synagogue and an LGBTQ bar.

The Justice Department said Conor Climo promoted white supremacy and communicated with people who identified with a white supremacist extremist organization.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate last month that white supremacy was responsible for the majority of the FBI’s domestic terror-related cases this year.

puppetine blamed the El Paso attack on white supremacy, among other issues, though he has refused to acknowledge his role in promoting those ideas himself.

A manifesto authorities believe the El Paso shooting suspect wrote echoed puppetine’s own racist rhetoric.

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« Reply #204 on: August 12, 2019, 11:36:09 am »
Monday, 12th August 2019
Friend Of Dayton Shooter Charged With Lying On Firearms Form
by Associated Press

A friend of the Dayton gunman was charged with lying on federal firearms forms, the Justice Department said Monday.

The U.S. Attorney's office for Southern Ohio said more information about the charge that is being unsealed will be released at a news conference Monday afternoon.

The charge comes just over a week after the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, where 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire in a popular entertainment district, killing his sister and eight others.
Officers shot Betts within 30 seconds, killing him just steps outside a crowded bar.
Authorities have said hundreds more people may have died had Betts gotten inside.

Police have said there was nothing in his background that would have prevented him from buying the AR-15 style gun used in the shooting.

The weapon was bought online from a dealer in Texas and shipped to another firearms dealer in the Dayton area, police said on the day of the shooting.

Federal authorities also say Ethan Kollie bought Betts body armor and a firearm accessory earlier this year.

Investigators have not released a motive for the shooting.

Eight of the victims who died were shot multiple times, according to the Montgomery County coroner's office.

More than 30 others were left injured, including at least 14 with gunshot wounds, hospital officials and investigators said.

Just days after the shooting, Ohio Republican Gov. mike dewine announced a package of gun control measures, including requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales in Ohio and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats.

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« Reply #205 on: August 12, 2019, 12:01:40 pm »
Monday, 12th August 2019
Kentucky white man faces 38 child porn charges

by Chris Mayhew

A Crescent Springs man pleaded not guilty Monday in Kenton Circuit Court to 38 charges of either possessing or distributing child pornography.

Kristopher Crawford, 44, was arrested May 21 by Kenton County Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

He was initially charged with four counts of first-degree distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and one count of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

A grand jury indicted Crawford on additional charges on July 18.

All of the charges are based on events that happened between Sept. 19, 2018, and Sept. 24, 2018, according to the indictment.

Crawford is accused of 19 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and 19 counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Each felony charge can bring between one to five years in prison with a conviction.

Crawford faces up to 70 years in prison, the maximum sentence in Kentucky if convicted on all charges.

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« Reply #206 on: August 13, 2019, 03:15:57 pm »
Tuesday, 13th August 2019
White man closer to death by firing squad after losing appeal
by Brady McCombs

(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) — A Utah death row inmate featured in the popular book "Under the Banner of Heaven" after killing his sister-in-law and her child for resisting his polygamist beliefs inched closer to becoming the first American to be executed by firing squad in nearly a decade after losing his latest appeal Monday.

Ron Lafferty could be executed as soon as next year after his latest legal setback, said Andrew Peterson, assistant solicitor general at the Utah attorney general's office.

Lafferty's lawyer, Dale Baich, said in an email that he will use all options to challenge the ruling and will likely ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

Lafferty chose the firing squad decades ago when he was sentenced to die — before Utah changed its law to use it only as a backup method if lethal injection drugs aren't available.

The last time a firing squad was used in the U.S. was in 2010, when Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed in Utah for the 1984 murder of an attorney during a failed courthouse escape.

Lafferty was convicted in the 1984 slayings of his sister-in-law and her baby daughter, which he carried out with his brother.

He claimed to get a revelation from God to kill the two because of her resistance to his fundamentalist beliefs in polygamy.

His case became well known nationwide when it was included in Jon Krakauer's 2003 book about radical offshoots of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Krakauer also wrote the popular books "Into Thin Air" and "Into the Wild."

Lafferty's lawyers have argued that he suffered from mental illness, and his punishment was out of line with the life sentence given to his brother Dan Lafferty, among other objections.

The ruling Monday by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver backed lower-court judges in their previous rejections of the arguments.

His lawyer, Baich, expressed disappointment that the court relied on what he described as "procedural technicalities" to deny Lafferty a complete review of his case.

"When the most severe penalty a state can impose is at stake, we look to the courts to be the safety net to ensure that the full protections allowed by the constitution have been met," Baich said in a statement.

Peterson, the prosecutor, said he's pleased Lafferty's countless appeals have nearly run their course.

He said he considers it a long shot that the U.S. Supreme Court would take the case.

"Five judges have said there's nothing in this case worth spending any more time on," Peterson said.

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« Reply #207 on: August 14, 2019, 07:26:29 am »
Wednesday, 14th August 2019
White man who admitted to killing former Iowa State golfer apologizes
by Phil Helsel

A 22-year-old homeless man who pleaded guilty to killing an Iowa State University golfer has reportedly apologized for the slaying.
Collin Richards in June pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Celia Barquín Arozamena, 22, whose body was found at a golf course about two miles from the university in Ames on Sept. 17, 2018.
"I want to show remorse for stripping a life from society worse from a loving family," Richards said in a handwritten letter to Judge Bethany Currie on Tuesday, according to NBC affiliate WHO of Des Moines.
"I want the family and you to know im sorry."
Richards also wrote that "change is my mission" and "I will use all resources and steps" and "if there is anything I can do I will."
He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Aug. 23, the station reported.
The letter appears unlikely to change his sentence.
Richards was homeless and staying at a homeless camp when he was arrested, officials said at the time he was charged.
Richards had scratches on his face “consistent with a fight” and a cut on his hand, and a knife was found, according to a criminal complaint.
Barquín Arozamena was a top golfer in Spain as a teenager and was pursuing her career at Iowa State, the Associated Press reported in June when Richards pleaded guilty to murder.

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« Reply #208 on: August 14, 2019, 01:07:26 pm »
Wednesday, 14th August 2019
Todd and Julie Chrisley are in custody after indictment on tax evasion and fraud
by Faith Karimi and Sandra Gonzalez

Reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley are in custody in Georgia, one day after they were indicted on tax evasion and fraud charges, according to the Northern District of Georgia attorney's office.

The couple surrendered to authorities early Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the attorney's office told CNN.

They're expected to appear before a federal judge later in the day, spokesman Bob Page said.

The Chrisleys are the stars of "Chrisley Knows Best," a USA Network reality series, which follows their family's over-the-top lifestyle and activities.

The 12-count indictment, obtained by CNN, also alleges the Chrisleys committed bank fraud and wire fraud conspiracy, among other offenses.

Peter Tarantino, the Chrisleys' accountant, also has been indicted on tax offenses.

Before the indictment was issued on Tuesday, Todd Chrisley denied the claims in a post on Instagram, implying the charges are based on evidence presented to investigators by a disgruntled former employee.

He alleged this employee, whom he did not name, was stealing from the family, created false documents, forged their signatures and bugged their home.

Chrisley said it's the employee's second attempt to get the family charged and called it an act of retaliation.

"I'm telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of," he wrote on Instagram.

"Not only do we know we've done nothing wrong, but we've got a ton of hard evidence and a bunch of corroborating witnesses that proves it."

Chrisley wrote that the former employee's alleged crimes included "all kinds of really bad stuff like creating phony documents, forging our signatures and threatening other employees with violence if they said anything."
In a statement announcing the indictment, US Attorney BJay Pak said the Chrisleys were charged "not only with defrauding a number of banks by fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans, but also with allegedly cheating taxpayers by actively evading paying federal taxes on the money they earned.

"Celebrities face the same justice that everyone does.

These are serious federal charges and they will have their day in court," Pak added.

The indictment says that between 2007 and 2012, the Chrisleys allegedly submitted fake bank and financial statements to get loans worth millions, the indictment says.

"During the conspiracy, Todd Chrisley directed a co-conspirator to send false information to banks," the indictment says.

For example, in 2008, a bank said it would not renew a loan without updated financial information and Chrisley allegedly ordered the co-conspirator to get it done, even though the couple did not have the funds.

"If you do not know how to do this, then find a crooked accountant to do it," he allegedly said, according to the indictment.

Throughout the conspiracy, they allegedly submitted false documents to banks listing inflated account balances, personal financial statements containing false information about available funds, false invoices and false audit paperwork.

"As a result of false representations ... a number of banks issued the conspirators millions of dollars in loans, much of which Todd and Julie Chrisley used for their own personal benefit," the documents allege.

In a sworn affidavit in 2012, Chrisley said that he did not know the co-conspirator had submitted the documents and accused him of using their accountant's stationery and signature without their consent.

Even after their relationship ended with the co-conspirator, the couple continued submitting false documents, the indictment alleges.

For example, during a lease application process for a home in California, the property owner wanted Julie Chrisley to provide a credit report and bank statements showing the couple had at least $486,000 in their accounts, the indictment says

"When applying to rent the home in July 2014, Julie Chrisley transmitted multiple fabricated documents that had been physically cut and then glued or taped together, and Todd Chrisley sent an email containing a false statement about the Chrisleys' available funds," it says.

"On July 23, 2014, Julie Chrisley sent an email to the realtor attaching a City National Bank account statement reporting a June 30, 2014 account balance of $86,790.86. In reality, the City National bank account had a balance of negative $14,530.89 in June 2014," the indictment alleges.
The numbers had allegedly been cut and glued or taped together to make it appear that the accounts had more funds, the indictment says.

On July 26, 2014, Julie Chrisley sent a copy of a bank statement for that month showing a balance of $409,738.85 while the account had zero balance, it said.

Julie Chrisley also sent a false credit report showing her scores were between the mid-700s and 800s, while they were actually in the 500s, the indictment alleges.

Again, the numbers had been cut out and taped to make it seem like her credit scores were higher, it says.

After they signed the lease and started using the property, they did not pay their rent in October 2014, the indictment says, and the property owner had to threaten them with eviction.

Around 2010, the couple and a third person conspired to defraud the IRS, the indictment says.

The couple formed a company called 7C's Productions and directed third parties to send money there, the indictment alleges.

Todd Chrisley had control over the company and had access to its bank accounts, but he was not listed as the owner in documents filed with the Georgia and Tennessee secretaries of state, the indictment says.

The family owned homes in both states.

Julie Chrisley was listed on the company's corporate documents and had signature authority over its bank accounts, but Todd Chrisley controlled it, the indictment alleges.

His information was kept out of the documents to impede the IRS from determining his income, the indictment alleges.

They couple made large "personal expenditures" even though they had "significant tax liabilities," the indictment says.

They also failed to "timely file federal tax returns or pay income taxes for the 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 tax years," the indictment alleges.

"Chrisley Knows Best" has aired on the USA Network since 2014 for a total of seven seasons.

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Wednesday, 14th August 2019
Ex-Olympian Michael Barisone denied release after attempted murder charge

by Svetlana Shkolnikova

Michael Barisone, the former U.S. Olympic dressage athlete charged with attempted murder, will be held in Morris County jail without bail after a Superior Court judge deemed him a danger to others and perhaps himself.

Barisone, 54, was charged with two counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a weapon after he allegedly shot his tenant Lauren Kanarek twice in the chest last week at his Hawthorne Hill farm in Long Valley.

Barisone entered the courtroom wide-eyed in his first court appearance Wednesday, in a yellow Morris County jail inmate jumpsuit and a black sling on his left arm.

The injury was caused by an alleged scuffle with Kanarek’s fiancé, Robert Goodwin, who disarmed and pinned down Barisone as he attempted to shoot him after he fired two shots at Kanarek’s chest,according to court documents.

The spasm of violence was the result of a weeks-long landlord-tenant dispute, police say.

Judge Stephen Taylor denied Barisone release from jail based on his alleged decision to resort to violence and his repetition of the “fatalistic” phrase “I had a good life” after police responded to the crime scene.

“There are procedures in place by civil society in resolving those disputes and if Mr. Barisone had followed those procedures, we wouldn’t be here today,” Taylor said.

“I think he does pose a danger, perhaps to himself as well.”

Kanarek and Barisone called police to the two-story residence at Barisone’s farm multiple times in the days leading up to the shooting.

Barisone and his partner lived at the house with Kanarek and Goodwin, but relocated to a barn about a half-mile from the property in late July after the relationship between the couples turned sour, said Christopher Schellhorn, assistant prosecutor at the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

Kanarek and Goodwin had been training horses at the property for several months, said Jeffrey Simms, Barisone’s attorney.

They had a verbal agreement to stay at the residence until the training was completed but then refused to leave, he said.

Simms characterized the couple as “squatters” who did not pay rent and began to harass Barisone and his partner.

He said Kanarek and Goodwin refused to listen to fire marshals who responded to the residence and told them to leave.

On the day of the shooting, child services, allegedly contacted by Kanarek and Goodwin visited Barisone and his partner to investigate “phony” allegations of abuse of the partner’s two children, Simms said.

“This package of threats, harassment, standing outside his room at night screaming:

‘We’re going to do everything we can to destroy you, we’re going to do everything we can to hurt your children,’ may have culminated in a situation that was completely out of hand,” Simms said.

“Barisone was afraid, fearful for his life, fearful for his partner and fearful for the children.”

Outside of court, the attorney called Kanarek, a dressage rider who remains in critical condition at Morristown Medical Center, not a victim but a villain.

“She is known as a grifter in the community,” Simms said.

“These people would do anything they could to hurt Mr. Barisone and that will come out.”

Kanarek’s fiancé, father and sister attended the court hearing Wednesday but declined to comment.

Days before the shooting, Kanarek wrote “I’m being bullied by a 6’3” man. Bullied to the point I’m afraid,” on Facebook.

In other social media posts, Kanarek said she was “dealing with severely deranged people" and that “a certain known drunk has literally just informed me ‘sleep with one eye open.’”

She wrote that she planned to file a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a nonprofit organization that investigates abuse in Olympic sports.

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