State, federal authorities arrest 26 suspected gang members in Bay Area; charges include 4 homicides
SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty-six suspected Sureño members and associates have been charged with serious crimes, including murder, according to Bay Area officials who Tuesday announced the arrests after a years-long law enforcement operation targeting the Southern California-based gang that has earned a reputation for violent reprisals against informants and rivals.Known as Operation Boulevard Blues, the FBI and Concord police-led operation brought four Contra Costa homicide investigations to a close and resulted in 11 suspected Sureños facing murder and gang charges in state court. Authorities serve...
The Mercury News
US attorney says Philly DA's 'radical experiment has failed,' announces new charges
PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain on Monday announced federal charges against two Philadelphia men in gun-related cases — because, he said, District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office bungled their prosecutions.McSwain also highlighted 10 other defendants he said received lenient treatment from Krasner in gun possession, drug or assault cases and who later were charged with murder.Speaking Monday at a news conference, McSwain said Krasner’s policies “create a culture of lawlessness” and “leave criminals emboldened.”“The staggering homicide and shooting rates in Philadelphia are proo...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Disabled homeless woman severely beaten in downtown attack
SAN DIEGO — A homeless woman was hospitalized with severe assault injuries Friday night, and homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the man suspected of unleashing the attack.A 911 caller reported the assault at 10:10 p.m. at Fourth Avenue and B Street downtown, San Diego police said. Officers found a 73-year-old disabled woman with significant trauma to her upper body. She was taken to a hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.Homicide detectives were called to investigate because of the severity of her injuries. Witnesses said a man was seen in an altercation...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Pastor who shot, killed wife threatened to kill her during argument the day before, police say
ORLANDO, Fla. — A pastor and self-proclaimed prophet who shot and killed his estranged wife outside her job at a bank near the Mall at Millenia Tuesday morning threatened to kill her during an argument the day before, a newly released affidavit showed.Shortly after Sylvester Ofori shot Barbara Tommey, 27, in the head multiple times outside Navy Federal Credit Union just before 9 a.m., detectives from the Orlando Police Department contacted Tommey’s sister, who had recorded a fight between the two on Monday.Tommey’s sister showed detectives the video, in which Ofori threatened to kill Tommey wh...
Senior Washington AG criminal investigator placed on leave after restaurant flap
SEATTLE — The Washington Attorney General’s Office has placed a senior criminal investigator on paid administrative leave while it investigates an incident at a Tacoma restaurant in which a server said the man made a scene and stiffed her on her tip for wearing a Black Lives Matter button.Cloyd Steiger, a former Seattle police homicide detective and now the chief criminal investigator for the AG’s Homicide Investigation Tracking System (HITS), was placed on leave Tuesday after the AG’s office Human Resources Department “initiated an investigation into his conduct,” said Dan Jackson, a spokesma...
The Seattle Times
Protesters gather as attorneys argue key issues in Floyd case
MINNEAPOLIS — Highly organized, peaceful protesters took over the block in front of the heavily fortified Hennepin County Family Justice Center Friday morning where the pretrial hearing was underway for four former Minneapolis Police officers charged in the May 25 killing of George Floyd.The group swelled throughout the morning to a peak of several hundred as the hearing began inside and out of sight at 9 a.m. Throughout the morning, they chanted: “indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail. The whole damn system is guilty as hell.”The protesters wore black face masks with white writing t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
With their homes in ashes, and injured animals roaming, victims of Washington state wildfires wonder what's next
OMAK, Wash. — The fire crested the hills above Luke McKee’s home with little warning.Driven by high winds and fed by drought-baked shrubs, flames ripped down the hillside and cut an unpredictable, horseshoe-shaped path that overwhelmed his attempts, aided by a local fire truck, to save the ranch house where he and his wife and two sons had lived for 11 years.On Thursday afternoon, McKee stood by the ashes of his property south of Okanogan, just off State Route 97. The house, designed by his late grandfather, had burned to the foundation.“It looked like, for a while, with a little bit of grace ...
The Seattle Times
Portland shooting suspect's death officially ruled homicide, autopsy finds he was shot multiple times
The man suspected of fatally shooting a right-wing activist during racial injustice protests in Portland last month was killed by multiple shots to his head and torso, the Thurston County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday.Michael Forest Reinoehl’s death officially has been ruled a homicide, ruling out any possibility he may have turned his own gun on himself, Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock added.The official cause and manner of Reinoehl’s death came after a pathologist conducted an autopsy on his body six days after officers shot him outside an apartment near Lacey on Sept. 3. Warnock said...
The Seattle Times
Attorney General William Barr credits Operation Legend for recent dip in homicides at Chicago briefing
CHICAGO — Sounding the Trump administration’s tough-on-crime theme, Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday during a visit to Chicago that the federal Operation Legend program has led directly to a significant drop in shootings in the violence-torn city over the past five weeks.Since Operation Legend launched in Chicago on July 22, homicides have dropped by 50%, Barr said in a news conference with other federal law enforcement leaders at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.A total of 124 defendants have been charged with federal felonies under the program, including 90 who face firearms-related c...
Attorney for ex-officer wants separate trial in George Floyd murder case
MINNEAPOLIS — An attorney representing one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd wants his client tried separately.Earl Gray, who is representing Thomas Lane, filed an objection Tuesday to an attempt by the prosecution to join all four cases in one trial.“Thomas Lane enjoys the right to a complete defense and will not be afforded this right should his case be joined with the other three officers,” Gray wrote. “There are very likely going to be antagonistic defenses presented at the trial. It is plausible that all Officers have a different version...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)