US supermarket chain halts Pokemon card sales after assault
Washington (AFP) - US retail giant Target announced Friday it was suspending sales of Pokemon and other trading cards amid concerns that a buying frenzy is threatening the safety of shoppers and staff. In an incident last Friday that US media said was likely behind the decision, four men attacked a 35-year-old shopper in the parking lot of a Wisconsin Target over his trading cards. "The safety of our guests and our team is our top priority," Target, which has more than 1,800 locations nationwide, said in a statement. The company didn't refer specifically to the Wisconsin altercation, which e...
Joel Greenberg to plead guilty to 6 counts, cooperate with federal investigators in plea agreement
ORLANDO, Fla. – Joel Greenberg, Seminole County’s disgraced former tax collector, has agreed to plead guilty to six federal crimes — including sex trafficking of a child — in a deal that calls for him to cooperate with federal investigators, according to a source with knowledge of the agreement. The deal, which will be made official during a Monday morning court hearing Greenberg is required to attend, marks a turning point in the sprawling federal investigation that has roiled Florida politics and reportedly taken aim at Greenberg’s friend and ally U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz. In addition to traffic...
Shootings of multiple victims are becoming commonplace in gun-plagued Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — The number of people killed and injured in shootings of four or more victims has spiked sharply in Philadelphia this year and is helping to push the homicide count to a record high, city crime data analyzed by The Inquirer indicate. As of Thursday, there had been eight shootings in which four or more people were struck by bullets, with a total of 42 victims. At the same time last year, there had been two shootings with a total of nine victims, according to the data. Seven people have died in shootings of four or more victims so far this year, while there was just one death in su...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Florida man pleads guilty to facilitating bomb-making video for ISIS
A Florida man is facing 20 years in federal prison for allegedly attempting to disseminate a bomb-making video for ISIS. Romeo Xavier Langhorne of St. Augustine pleaded guilty Thursday of attempting to provide material support and resources for the group, according to the Department of Justice. Authorities labeled ISIS a terrorist organization in 2014. Langhorne, 31, pledged his allegiance to them that year, prosecutors say. Throughout 2018 and 2019, he affirmed his support on various social media accounts, posted ISIS-produced videos on his YouTube account, and chatted with other like-minded ...
Meet the Chester County detective who taught Kate Winslet to be 'Mare of Easttown'
PHILADELPHIA — Christine Bleiler's name flashes by so fast in the credits of HBO's "Mare of Easttown," you'd need a quick finger on the pause button to catch it. But thanks to Kate Winslet, the Oscar winner who plays small-town police detective Mare Sheehan, Bleiler's name is getting out there. Winslet's been talking up the Chester County detective to reporters for months, calling Bleiler her "go-to person" to help her nail police jargon and procedure for the seven-episode murder mystery, which was largely filmed in Delaware and Chester counties. Bleiler is credited as one of the show's police...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Defense seeks to exclude phone calls made by father and son in Georgia jogger's shooting death
ATLANTA — The defense on Thursday asked a judge to exclude thousands of hours of jailhouse phone calls made by the father and son charged with murder in the 2020 death of Ahmaud Arbery. Prosecutors have made it clear they intend to use select phone calls, including one in which Greg McMichael disputes the any suggestion that race may have played in Arbery's death, calling it "bull----." Arbery was Black; the defendants, including neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan, are white. "You've heard the saying that no good deed goes unpunished?" McMichael said in a phone call to his brother. "Yeah, that's ...
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Ex-Chicago Blackhawks player sues the team for an alleged sexual assault by a former assistant coach
A former Chicago Blackhawks player from the 2010 Stanley Cup championship squad has sued the team, alleging negligence in their handling of a sexual assault complaint against a former assistant coach. The player, identified only as “John Doe,” alleges in the lawsuit filed April 30 that former video coach Bradley Aldrich also sexually assaulted a teammate. The player who filed the lawsuit is seeking $150,000 in damages. WBEZ first reported the lawsuit. The player is represented by lawyer Susan E. Loggans, who has represented several women in sex-based civil claims against singer R. Kelly. In th...
Chicago Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson pleads not guilty to federal charges in bank probe
CHICAGO — Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson, grandson and nephew of two legendary Chicago mayors, pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges stemming from an investigation into the collapse of a clout-heavy bank in his family’s longtime Bridgeport neighborhood. Thompson, 51, entered his plea during an arraignment by telephone before U.S. District Judge Franklin Valderrama, who set a recognizance bond for Thompson. The alderman spoke only briefly during the 30-minute hearing, answering, “Yes your honor” when asked if he was prepared to go forward with the arraignment remotely. Meanwhile, Thom...
Ex-Miami prosecutor who ran the US Capitol riots probe loved by Barr, but then hits snag
MIAMI — In September 2019, Michael Sherwin won a widely publicized criminal case against a Chinese woman accused of trespassing at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. Soon after, the seasoned South Florida prosecutor would get a call from the Justice Department about a temporary assignment advising U.S. Attorney General William Barr on national security matters related to China and other foreign countries. For Sherwin, who had served in the Middle East as a naval intelligence officer during the 9/11 era, it was an offer he could not refuse. It was also a first-time...
Online, mug shots are forever. Some states want to change that
After a weekend in the Burleigh County, North Dakota, detention center last summer, Dustin Gawrylow was relieved when the state’s attorney decided not to press charges against him. Gawrylow, 38, had been in a fistfight with his brother — a “brotherly scuffle,” he called it — and was surprised to be arrested after going to the police to explain what happened. But even though his charges didn’t stick around, his booking photo did. “In the meantime, my mug shot got out, and it circulated widely in political circles,” said Gawrylow, who in 2012 started the North Dakota Watchdog Network, a libertar...