Friday, October 30, 2009
New Jersey - A gunshot was fired at the New Jersey home of CNN’s Lou Dobbs after a series of threatening phone calls earlier this month. Dobbs, a fervent proponent of U.S. border enforcement, told listeners that the incident is part of an ongoing assault against anyone who opposes amnesty or leniency toward illegal immigrants. “They’ve created an atmosphere and they’ve been unrelenting in their propaganda,” Dobbs said in reference to pro-immigration groups like the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Council of La Raza and America’s Voice.....More
LOS ANGELES, California - For a group of Hollywood-obsessed teens, entertainment news on the Internet offered more than a glimpse into the lives of stars. It helped them break into celebrities’ homes. The teens tracked the movements of stars such as Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton and broke into their houses, making off with millions of dollars in stolen possessions in a spree that lasted almost a year. With a few clicks on the Internet the suspects developed a wish list of designer clothes and jewelry, then raided the homes while celebrities were away....More
Canada - Fans are mourning a 19-year-old folk musician who died this week after being attacked by two coyotes in her native Canada. Taylor Mitchell of Toronto reportedly was hiking by herself in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia when the animals attacked. Other hiker called for help after hearing Mitchell’s screams. Police responded and had the singer flown to a local hospital, where she died from her injuries.....More
Thursday, October 29, 2009
TRENTON, New Jersey - A Florida man accused of killing his son-in-law in New Jersey is arguing that he was unable to commit the crime because he was too fat. When Edward Ates takes the stand in his defense he’s expected to tell jurors he wouldn’t have had the energy needed to climb and descend the staircase where prosecutors say the killer was perched when he shot Paul Duncsak, a 40-year-old pharmaceutical executive, in 2006.....More
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - A Canadian judge agreed to release a troubled 12-year-old boy in Winnipeg on condition he post his most valued possession — a Wii gaming console — as bail. The unidentified youth has been arrested several times for vandalism, assault and breaching court orders in the past nine months. In his most recent court appearance on charges of assaulting a fellow student and teacher, prosecutors asked the judge to deny bail, saying the boy was out of control....More
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia police said a misdialed number led two strangers to trade hostile calls and text messages before arranging a meeting where one shot the other. Savannah-Chatham police spokeswoman Veda Lamar Nichols told the Savannah Morning News in a Wednesday story that man, 22, faces an aggravated assault charge. The 22-year-old suspect was jailed after a 24-year-old man was shot in a CVS parking lot around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday....More
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Police arrested a 56-year-old man accused of threatening another man with a corkscrew at a public restroom in Riverfront Commemorative Park. A witness told police he saw a man holding a corkscrew in his hand while kicking the bathroom door and threatening to kill the man inside. No one was injured....More
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) -- Guards at a northern Indiana jail face disciplinary action and will receive additional training after a man was accidentally trapped inside a cell for 12 hours. Elkhart County Sheriff Mike Books said officers and supervisors on the jail's first and second shifts "failed to account" for 40-year-old Scott Roberts and that their actions were unacceptable...more
Feds say goal was Islamic nation in U.S.
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After a 2-year investigation, FBI agents descended on a Dearborn warehouse Wednesday hoping to capture the suspected head of an Islamic fundamentalist group.
The scene quickly turned chaotic, however, in a shootout that caused agents to gun down Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, leader of the Masjid Al-Haqq mosque in Detroit. Abdullah is accused in a federal complaint of heading a Sunni Muslim group with the mission of establishing a separate Islamic nation within the United States.
Eleven other men were criminally charged in the raids, which also occurred in Detroit.
Abdullah, known to some as Christopher Thomas, died after firing on officers during the raid, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. An FBI dog also was fatally wounded.
The suspects "are members of a group that is alleged to have engaged in violent activity over a period of many years and known to be armed," a joint statement from the Detroit FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Abdullah and the others were charged with conspiracy to commit several federal felonies, including illegal possession and sale of firearms and theft from interstate shipments.
Three of the men charged were at large Wednesday night. The others are expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Detroit today for detention hearings.
Abdullah spoke of attacking Super Bowl XL
Abdullah believed he and his followers were soldiers at war against the government and non-Muslims......More
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio man was shocked to have his high school ring back after 57 years and was surprised by where it was returned: at the wake for his high school sweetheart. Joe Lepera, 75, had dated Sharon Coddington Gainer for two years, but they broke up when he joined the Air Force following his 1952 graduation from Akron Central High School....More
NEW YORK - Death doesn’t erase the online footprints that people leave in life and Facebook won’t either, though it will make some changes. The five-year-old social network will “memorialize” profiles of the dead if their friends or family request it. Such accounts will be different from regular Facebook profiles. Only the deceased person’s confirmed friends will be able to find them in a search....More
NEW YORK - Officials at a New York elementary school have promised to investigate after a visit by TV chef Rachael Ray was briefly interrupted by a lone cockroach. The roach was spotted crawling across a countertop a few feet from where Ray, who was visiting Public School 89 Monday to unveil her “sizzling soft tacos” school lunch, was espousing the health benefits of her food. Ray said she did not see the roach, which was swatted by her publicist, Charlie Dougiello....More
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Police said a one-legged suspect was caught after only one shoe went missing in a store in Belgium. An amputee was an immediate suspect when a store attendant found one shoe missing from a shop in the western Belgian town of Maldegem. Police spokesman Rik Decraemer said Monday authorities were alerted and quickly found the man who fit the description by shopkeepers. The shoe was also recovered....More
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) -- Motorists in Mendota Heights might have seen a group of residents picking up trash while packing heat this weekend. About a dozen people spent nearly three hours picking up litter Sunday along a 2-mile stretch of highway. All legally carried guns on their hips. It was the inaugural trash cleanup event for the group that calls itself the Minnesota Carry Permit Holders....More
SARASOTA, Florida - A Florida couple said they are considering going to health authorities with a sandwich from Subway that had a knife baked into the bread. Richard Curtin, 70, of Sarasota, said he purchased a foot-long chicken teriyaki sub for his wife and she discovered the 5-inch knife baked into the bread just as she was about to take her first bite....More
Monday, October 26, 2009
PALM BEACH, Florida - Jeffry Picower, a philanthropist accused of profiting more than $7 billion from the investment schemes of his longtime friend Bernard Madoff, was found at the bottom of the pool at his oceanside mansion. Police said. He was 67. Picower’s wife discovered his body and pulled him from the water with help from a housekeeper, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Medical Center. Palm Beach police are investigating the death as a drowning, but have not ruled out anything on the cause of death....More
Iowa City, Iowa - Iowa City police are investigating an early morning assault in which a man accused another of being a zombie, then punched him twice. Police said the assault occurred at an Iowa City restaurant south of the University of Iowa campus. A man was ordering food when he was approached by another man who called him a zombie, then hit him in the eye. When the victim tried to call police on his cell phone, the man punched him again, breaking his nose....More
Indonesia - Plans to open branches of a Malaysian “Polygamy Club” in Indonesia have upset women’s groups and religious leaders in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, who say the search for multiple wives should be handled privately - not by a matchmaking service. Under Islamic law, Muslim men are permitted four wives. The club claims a noble aim of helping single mothers, reformed prostitutes and women who feel they are past marrying age meet spouses. It also offers counseling to people facing problems in polygamous households.....More
Friday, October 23, 2009
UNION, S.C. (AP) -- Authorities say a South Carolina man's good intentions almost caused an explosive situation.
After the man's uncle died, he discovered that his relative had collected potentially explosive materials including grenades, dynamite and black powder...more
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to driving his motorized La-Z-Boy chair while drunk. A criminal complaint says 62-year-old Dennis LeRoy Anderson told police he left a bar in the northern Minnesota town of Proctor on his chair after drinking eight or nine beers....More
Kyrgyzstan - An ice-skating bear with a visiting Russian circus turned on its trainers killing the circus director and seriously wounding another man during a rehearsal in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. Kurmangazy Isanayev, the director of the arena in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, said workers with the visiting Russian troupe managed to drag the two men away from the bear and closed the exits until rescue workers arrived....More
UK - A stunned shopper bought a chicken from Preston’s Asda store only to find its head still attached. Helen Kirby, 27, of Thistlecroft in Ingol, was horrified to discover it tucked under the body of the bird. She brought the ‘whole chicken’ from the Asda store at Fulwood and immediately froze it. Bosses at Asda have apologised to Miss Kirby and confirmed they have given her 100 pounds and a new vacuum cleaner in compensation....More
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Grace, Kara and Trichelle were created to fill a void for young black girls who for so long have been playing with dolls that don’t look like them. The new black Barbies released by Mattel have fuller lips, curlier hair and other features that the company says more accurately represent African-American women. Some have cheered the new dolls. Others jeered them, saying they’re not black enough....More
St. Charles, Illinois - A 5-year-old Illinois boy who apparently sleepwalked to his elementary school was safely returned to his family. Kane County sheriff’s deputies said the boy was discovered unharmed but disoriented at Anderson Elementary School 1:30 a.m. Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said the boy was having trouble remembering his address and told officers he was at the school to watch a movie with his mother....More
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
RIDGE MANOR, Fla. (AP) -- A Gulf Coast man was arrested after falling asleep in the freezer of a shuttered pub he was trying to rob. Investigators said the man hopped a fence in Ridge Manor and pried open a locked storage shed. He allegedly ate a can of tomatoes, entered the walk-in freezer and took a nap....More
UK - Doctors blame a British man’s 20,000-calorie a day diet for causing him to balloon up to a whopping 980-pounds and leaving him in need of a life-saving operation. Paul Mason, 48, needs a nearly $33,000 life-saving operation after a compulsive eating disorder left him “super-obese.” Mason scoffs three family-sized takeout meals a night and wolfs down roasts like snacks. He has spent much of the past eight years in bed at his home in Ipswich in Suffolk, England....More
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man on a police ride-along was found guilty of animal cruelty after he jumped out of the police car and stomped an opossum to death. The Danville Register & Bee reported Tuesday that 23-year-old Evan Bryce Schuler saw the opossum run along a fence. A police officer testified that Schuler ran up to the fence, grabbed the links and "started stomping."...More
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) -- Talk about a tough kid: A California toddler is alive after falling 30 feet from an apartment window and landing on concrete and rocks. Contra Costa County Fire Capt. Charles Thomas said the 22-month-old boy was alert and crying after the three-story plunge Sunday in Antioch that left him with just a cut on his abdomen, a bruised lung and a bump on his head....More
VERSHIRE, Vermont - A Vermont man is behind bars after police say he stabbed his son with a corkscrew over a clogged toilet. Nazeih Hammouri, 53, of Vershire, faces a first-degree assault charge in connection with the stabbing. Vermont State Police said they were called to Hammouri’s home on Parker Road just after midnight and their investigation revealed Hammouri had stabbed his 19-year-old son in the stomach after an argument over a clogged toilet....More
USA - The H1N1 vaccine will arrive too late to help most Americans who will be infected during this flu season, according to a study conducted by scholars at Purdue University. The study also estimates that the virus, commonly referred to as the swine flu bug, will infect about 60 percent of the U.S. population, although only about 25 percent of Americans will fall ill....More
Monday, October 19, 2009
UK - The BBC has defended a decision to change the ending of nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. A version used on the CBeebies channel was altered so rather than “couldn’t put Humpty together again” all the King’s horses “made Humpty happy again”. Labour MP Tom Harris told the Independent: “For goodness sake. Obviously children will find it far too violent, distressing and horrific that Humpty should not be put back together again.....More
University of Connecticut - The starting cornerback for the University of Connecticut football team died after an on-campus stabbing just hours after the team’s victory over Louisville. Jasper Howard, 20, was airlifted to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Howard was reportedly stabbed near the university’s student union at the center of campus at about 12:30 a.m....More
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) -- A 65-year-old Maine woman was jailed for allegedly assaulting a state trooper with a stun gun during an investigation into whether she was hoarding animals at her house. The woman pleaded not guilty to multiple charges Thursday in Superior Court in Farmington. The woman was under a court order barring her from keeping animals after nearly 70 animals were found at her home in 2004 and she was convicted of animal cruelty....More
Saturday, October 17, 2009
LOS ANGELES, California - Residents of a Southern California apartment complex say they saw a lifeless body slumped on a neighbor’s patio, but didn’t call police because they thought it was part of a Halloween display. Cameraman Austin Raishbrook said he was at the scene in Marina del Rey when authorities arrived. The 75-year-old Zayed was slumped over a chair on the third-floor balcony of his apartment with a single gunshot wound to the eye....More
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- San Antonio police are investigating the wounding of a man after his elderly father allegedly opened fire when the victim refused to stop drumming. Police said the son, in his 50s, suffered a non-life threatening head wound early Friday while at the home the men share. Police said his 83-year-old father was detained on an aggravated assault charge...More
PHOENIX, Arizona - An Arizona sheriff known for cracking down on people who are in the country illegally launched a crime and immigration sweep in northwestern metro Phoenix, a half day after officials in Washington limited his powers to make federal immigration arrests. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose sweeps have led to allegations of racial profiling, said the rebuff from Washington won’t stop him. He said he can still arrest immigrants under a state smuggling law and a federal law that gives all local police agencies more limited power to detain suspected illegal immigrants....More
WAREHAM, Mass. (AP) -- A Taunton man who has pleaded guilty to three charges relating to spitting in a woman's face now has 72 criminal convictions as an adult. Derek Lindsay pleaded guilty Thursday in Wareham District Court to assault and battery, disorderly conduct and threats to commit a crime. Police said the 36-year-old Lindsay spat in a woman's face in downtown Middleborough in June. A sentencing hearing is set for Dec. 17..More
Friday, October 16, 2009
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A man who found a green metallic tube while cutting trees on his Comal County property thought it had a military look, like a rocket launcher. He was right. He was wrong to pick it up, take it home and display it on his dining room table. A decal on the equipment discovered by Jarrette Schule said: "Guided Missile and Launcher, Surface Attack.....More
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Apparently one Sheboygan County Jail inmate isn't a fan of "The Office." Prosecutors said an argument over the NBC sitcom led to a scuffle that resulted in a fresh felony charge against one inmate. The criminal complaint filed this week says two inmates were watching the show last week when 18-year-old Shacoya S. Crawley told them she wanted to watch something else...More
Baltimore, Maryland - A Baltimore City paramedic has been suspended without pay after an investigation into an incident in which a man shot by city police was mistakenly pronounced dead and left on a convenience store floor for 30 minutes. Michael Richard Quarles, 51, was shot in the head by a police officer. Fire officials said Quarles’ body was awaiting transport to the medical examiner’s office when police observed the man either moving or making sounds, and requested the same medics return to the scene....More
Colorado - A massive hunt for a 6-year-old boy who was believed to have been trapped inside a flying balloon that crashed without him inside was found in his parents house, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department. “He’s been there the whole time,” said a sheriff’s department official. “He was hiding in a cardboard box in the attaic above the garage.”...More
Thursday, October 15, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - An Illinois bus driver said he was given a one-day, unpaid suspension for wearing a pink tie in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. William “Bill” Jones, 46, said he wore his pink tie to work with the Springfield Mass Transit District on the first Friday in October as part of a campaign encouraging men to wear pink on October Fridays as a reminder to women to get annual mammograms.....More
wiggle its way into as many of us as it can this flu season, there is another virus, H3N8, that is threatening dogs this year. H3N8, or Canine Influenza, is not contagious for us Homo sapiens, but for dogs it can be deadly. Fortunately, there is a new vaccine available to safeguard pooches. Fox News dropped into the Ridgewood Vet Hospital in New Jersey to see how they are combating the disease. A steady flow of dog owners and their barking companions braved the $20 shot, the first of a two-part inoculation process....More
BOISE, Idaho - A local high school math teacher has been arrested for obscene conduct in a public place. Chuck McClure, Boise Police public information officer, says Kyle Dennis, 37, was arrested after multiple instances of “obscene live conduct” that took place at two Boise retail outlets. According to court documents, Dennis “knowingly engaged in obscene conduct…by manipulating his penis with his hands while walking around a Costco store with an erection.”....More
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) -- The claws are coming out in court case over a Georgia cat. 86-year-old Fauniel Kliemt has been charged with stealing a long-haired cat she said was a stray. Kliemt pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of theft of lost or mislaid property. The case began in 2007 ago when a neighbor gave her the cat...More
BELTSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Prince George's County fire officials said a family's barking dog alerted them to a fire and enabled them to escape without injury. The fire was reported about 6 a.m. Tuesday in Beltsville. Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said the dog, Monster, a Doberman, was outside the house when the fire broke out....More
UTICA, N.Y. (AP) -- A 33-year-old upstate New York woman has been charged with driving while intoxicated twice in less than five hours. Utica police stopped Talitha Gorea just after 7 p.m. Monday for vehicle and traffic violations and found her with an open container of alcohol and an ecstasy pill. Gorea was charged with drug possession and DWI for having a blood alcohol content level above the legal limit....more
SLIDELL, La. (AP) -- Police in Louisiana say the pungent smell of pickles or jalapenos may lead to the perpetrators of a crime. Police in Slidell, a small town just east of New Orleans, are asking parents to call authorities if their children came home smelling like pickles or jalapenos over the weekend, or if they hear about students selling lots of candy....More