R. Kelly lawyers denied chance to question inmate who attacked singer in federal lockup
CHICAGO — Attorneys for R. Kelly will not get the chance to question an inmate who confessed to attacking the singer at a downtown jail in August, a federal judge ruled Monday.And Kelly’s beating behind bars is not enough, on its own, to merit his release from the Metropolitan Correctional Center, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber wrote.It was the latest rejection of Kelly’s many attempts to be released from custody while he awaits trial in several jurisdictions on sweeping charges related to sexual abuse.Despite pleading poverty after he was charged last year, bank records show Kelly has ...
Indiana cop fired over ties to neo-Nazi website
An Indiana police officer who posted frequently on a now-defunct neo-Nazi forum has been fired after his online predilections were exposed.Officer Joseph Zacharek, who joined the Lafayette Police Department in June, admitted to his supervisors that the posts on Iron March were his, the police department announced Saturday.Zacharek’s ties to the site, which was taken down in 2017, never came up in a background check.“I know the question everyone will have is, how does something like this get missed in a background investigation,” Police Chief Pat Flannelly told the Journal & Courier. “How is it...
New York Daily News
'Home Improvement' actor Zachery Ty Bryan is arrested, faces assault charge
Zachery Ty Bryan, who played the character Brad on the sitcom “Home Improvement,” was arrested overnight in Eugene, Oregon, after allegedly assaulting a woman he’s been in a relationship with, police said Saturday.Bryan, 39, was booked into the Lane County Jail and faces charges of strangulation, assault in the fourth degree and interfering with making a report, according to authorities.The Eugene Police Department said officers responded to a report of a physical dispute around 10:24 p.m. local time Friday night.Officers arrived to find Bryan sitting outside a residence while the victim, 27, ...
New York Daily News
14-year-old arrested after rabbi was punched outside University City synagogue, police say
UNIVERSITY CITY, Calif. — A 14-year-old boy was arrested Friday on suspicion of a hate crime, a week after a rabbi was punched near his University City synagogue.The boy was booked into Juvenile Hall on battery and hate crime charges, San Diego police Lt. Shawn Takeuchi said.Hours before the arrest was announced, Rabbi Yonatan Halevy spoke with The San Diego Union-Tribune about the Oct. 10 encounter on Governor Drive.Last weekend, he and his father were walking toward the synagogue when a teen rode past on his bike, then abruptly turned around — and brought a clenched fist down on top of the r...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Whitmer kidnap evidence shows accused plotters shooting, threatening, Tasing
DETROIT — Photos and videos released by federal prosecutors Friday showed members of an alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer firing weapons, threatening to kill law-enforcement officers and testing an 800,000-volt Taser that was supposed to be used to subdue Michigan’s highest-ranking politician.The videos and photos are evidence that helped convince a federal magistrate judge to order five of the accused plotters to stand trial following an FBI investigation that revealed a broader plot to kidnap the governor and spark a civil war. In all, 14 people have been charged with crimes in st...
The Detroit News
Woman who gave birth in jail cell: 'They just wanted me to see how much pain I could endure'
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony is “highly disgusted” over allegations he’s heard so far from an internal investigation after an inmate gave birth in a cell.The woman who recently gave birth to her baby boy in a Broward jail cell says she begged in vain for anyone to come help. She says she was terrified of having a miscarriage — left alone until minutes before her child was born.Stephanie Bretas, in an exclusive interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, on Friday gave a harrowing account of delivering her son in jail, describing squalid conditions and decrying...
2020 is officially deadliest year in Kansas City, Mo., after victim dies in double shooting
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are investigating a deadly double shooting late Thursday in Kansas City’s historic Northeast area, which makes 2020 the deadliest year in the city.Officers responded to the shooting about 10:45 p.m. at a home in the 5200 block of Norledge Avenue, said Officer Doaa El-Ashkar, a spokeswoman for the Kansas City Police Department.Witnesses told officers that they heard gunshots and then found a male and female victim shot inside their home, El-Ashkar said.Both victims were taken to hospitals, where the male victim was pronounced dead. The female victim had non-life-threat...
The Kansas City Star
Seattle has seen 110 police officers depart this year, department says
SEATTLE — Seattle has had 110 officers leave the Police Department this year, including 39 officers last month, according to an update from the department.That’s more departures than in any year since at least 2012, according to the department. There were 92 last year, 109 in 2018 and 79 in 2017.The department made 51 hires earlier this year, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Mayor Jenny Durkan implemented a temporary hiring freeze.The separation numbers may elicit mixed reactions and interpretations as city leaders and residents continue to debate whether Seattle’s police force should be r...
The Seattle Times
Shooting at motorcycle club leaves 3 dead, 1 injured
ORLANDO, Fla. — Detectives are investigating a shooting that left three people dead, and one person in the hospital, in Orange County, Fla.The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened on the 2000 block of North Forsyth Road, according to an official press release.OSCO stated they received a call about the shooting at 1:56 a.m. on Friday.During a Friday press conference, Sheriff John Mina says the shooting happened during a large gathering at a warehouse that changes into a motorcycle club.There was a fight over a motorcycle and that’s when numerous shots were fired, according ...
Gov. Pete Wilson statue gone from San Diego's downtown after advocates call for removal
SAN DIEGO — The statue of former California Gov. Pete Wilson in downtown San Diego has been removed.The 13-year-old statue, which had been at Broadway Circle near Horton Plaza Park, was removed by Horton Walk, the nonprofit that owns the statue. Steve Williams, its president, wrote in an email Thursday that no decision has been made about if it will be returned.“All property … whether statues or real property … must be protected,” he wrote. “With this in mind, we have decided to secure and protect the statue in a place of safekeeping.”Recently, local racial justice and gay rights groups have c...
The San Diego Union-Tribune