Fallen TCU football star Trevone Boykin gets prison time after guilty plea for assault
FORT WORTH, Texas — In a plea arrangement with Tarrant County prosecutors, Trevone Boykin was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and tampering with a witness.Boykin, 26, is a former quarterback who played for TCU and the Seattle Seahawks. He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor theft charges — theft of services $100-$750, and theft of property $100-$750 — and was sentenced to 180 days in Tarrant County Jail.“Mr. Boykin has failed to take responsibility for any of his assaultive and criminal behav...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Huge US money laundering probe targets widening circle of Venezuelan elites
MIAMI — For two years federal investigators in Miami have patiently waited for reams of Swiss bank records to be turned over so they could bring a monumental money laundering case against a wealthy circle of Venezuelan businessmen and ex-government officials.Finally, those secret bank records have arrived, due to a major decision to release them by Switzerland’s highest court.With that critical evidence in hand, U.S. prosecutors can now move forward and decide on filing a long-planned indictment charging four members of Venezuela’s young business elite — known as “boliburgueses” — and two form...
FEMA wants billions for helping after California wildfires. Victims plead with judge to stop them
SAN FRANCISCO — PG&E Corp. and lawyers for wildfire victims urged a bankruptcy judge Wednesday to reject FEMA’s demand for a $3.9 billion reimbursement from the troubled utility, saying the government’s claim could undermine a carefully crafted plan to compensate victims and exit bankruptcy.“There’s no question this is a cloud over the entire case,” said Eric Goodman, a lawyer representing victims of the 2017 wine country fires and 2018 Camp Fire.The Federal Emergency Management Agency filed a $3.9 billion claim in PG&E’s bankruptcy, saying taxpayers deserve to be reimbursed for the assistance...
The Sacramento Bee
FBI arrests 'violent extremists' after threatening posters sent to minorities, journalist
SEATTLE — The FBI has arrested four people described by the agency as “violent extremists” with ties to the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division after an investigation into threats mailed to people in Washington including a journalist and racial and religious minorities.The complaint names Cameron Brandon Shea, 24, of Redmond, Wash., described as a primary recruiter for the domestic terrorist organization; Kaleb Cole, 24, of Montgomery, Texas; Taylor Ashley Parker-Dipeppe, 20, of Spring Hill, Fla.; and Johnny Roman Garza, 20, of Queen Creek, Ariz. All were taken into custody Tuesday or Wednesday...
The Seattle Times
Gunman kills 5 coworkers, then himself, in shooting at Milwaukee brewery
A worker at a Milwaukee brewery shot five coworkers dead before killing himself Wednesday, authorities said.The shooting sent the sprawling Molson Coors beer factory on the city’s west side into lockdown and generated a furious response from police and first responders.Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales identified the shooter as a 51-year-old Milwaukee man. The names of the attacker and his victims were not immediately released by officials.“This is a tragic day for our city,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters. “This is a tragic day for our state.”Milwaukee police responded to the...
New York Daily News
'Violent extremists' from neo-Nazi group targeted journalists and activists, feds say
Five “extremists” from the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen were arrested on Wednesday and four are accused of targeting journalists and activists, according to the Department of Justice.Cameron Brandon Shea, 24, of Redmond, Wash.; Kaleb Cole, 24, of Montgomery, Texas; Taylor Ashley Parker-Dipeppe, 20, of Spring Hill, Fla.; and Johnny Roman Garza, 20, of Queen Creek, Ariz., have been charged with “a conspiracy to threaten and intimidate journalists and activists,” according to a press release.They allegedly focused on Jewish people and journalists of color, according to the criminal complaint. Cole a...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Trump administration can withhold crime-fighting funds as punishment for immigrant-friendly policies, appeals court rules
NEW YORK — The Trump administration can withhold millions in crime-fighting grants from states to force cooperation with immigration enforcement, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.The decision reversed a lower court decision on the money named for New York police officer Edward Byrne, who was killed in 1988 while guarding the Queens home of an immigrant targeted by gangs for reporting crimes.The decision by the three-judge panel hinged on the federal government’s broad authority to enforce immigration policy, even when those policies are opposed by cities and states.“We cannot agr...
New York Daily News
Grandfather charged in toddler's cruise ship death reportedly accepts plea deal
The man accused of dropping his granddaughter from the 11th floor of a cruise ship window in Puerto Rico last year has reportedly accepted a plea deal.Salvatore Anello initially didn’t want a plea and maintained his innocence, but recently changed his plea to “guilty” and said he wanted to put the matter to rest, according to a report by ABC News.Anello, of Indiana, was charged with negligent homicide after Chloe Wiegand’s death aboard the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas, which was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in July.Anello was holding 18-month-old Chloe and placed her on a wood raili...
Federal commission highlights harms and civil rights violations for women in prison
PHILADELPHIA — When Naomi Blount was sentenced to the State Correctional Institution Muncy in 1982, there were maybe 300 or 400 women there, and she had a cell to herself.“Then as the years passed by and the population stated growing, that’s when they started doubling us up — and then quadrupling us up,” said Blount, a former lifer who received commutation after 37 years, and now works for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons.What she witnessed firsthand was a 600% increase in the female prison population in Pennsylvania — a trend mirrored in many other parts of the country.A report from the U.S....
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Movie review: Leigh Whannell's inventive twist on 'The Invisible Man' empathizes with heroine's domestic abuse horror
“I see you.”This simple statement of fact might be the most powerful and the most dangerous thing an abuse victim can say to their abuser. Because abusers operate in the dark, away from prying eyes, twisting their own warped reality into the truth. Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) shouts “I see you” to a seemingly empty room. And although it comes at her lowest moment, the declaration is the first step on her road to redemption in Leigh Whannell’s inventive and utterly riveting twist on “The Invisible Man.”To reinvent H.G. Wells’ 1897 story, which is best known as the 1933 James Whale classic horror f...
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