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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Arrest 1 month after father of 3 found with fractured skull in front of Bronx home

March 21, 2018 0

Police have made an arrest one month after a 35-year-old father was found fatally struck in the head in Bronx.

Phillip Roseburgh was discovered by a relative unconscious and bleeding in front of his Garden Street home in the Belmont section around 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 20.

Authorities say he was ambushed and beaten.

He had been relaxing in the small courtyard of the building and had been talking to a neighbor named Afiya about his children and her son.

"Right before the situation happened he was coming in the building to get the kids and within a couple of minutes, it just happened so fast," she said.

But what happened precisely, no one is sure. "I know that he got into an altercation in front of the building, I don't know with who, but he hit his head and once he hit his head he fell unconscious," said Afiya.

Roseburgh hit his head on the pavement and was out cold. Family members found him and he was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition with what is believed to be a fractured skull. He died days later from his injuries.

Neighbors described him as a loving father of three who could regularly be seen walking his two sons and daughter to school.

"It's crazy," an area resident said. "It's scary, disgusting. I feel so bad for him, because he's a single father. He was raising a girl and two boys, and it's sad."

The suspect fled the scene, but was arrested on Monday, March 19.

Police arrested Ceasar Johnson, 19, and charged him with murder.

Detectives did not immediately have a motive for the assault, and anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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Teen who used the moniker ‘NickCruz’ is arrested for Snapchat threat

March 21, 2018 0

Three students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were arrested this week as a Florida sheriff reveals a school deputy has been placed on leave for sleeping on the job. 
The Broward County Sheriff's Office said a sophomore student was arrested Tuesday for posting threatening messages on Snapchat, including one of a gun.
In one image, the teen was pictured with a weapon tucked into the waistband of his pants. The second photo was of bullets, the department said. 
Detectives said both photos had threatening messages, and one was directed at someone named 'Josh'.

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BREAKING NEWS: Police 'shoot dead Austin bomber as they attempt to arrest him and he detonates a bomb'

March 21, 2018 0

The Austin bomber has been shot dead as police FBI agents were trying to arrest him, it is reported.
The suspect detonated a device before gunfire rang out along Interstate Highway 35 in the early hours of Wednesday, according to KVUE anchor Kris Betts.
Austin Police Department tweeted that they were working on an officer-involved shooting near the highway, but gave no further detail

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Monday, March 19, 2018

27-year-old man killed in Bronx New York hit and run, gun found at scene

March 19, 2018 0

Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver who struck two people, one fatally, before fleeing the scene in the Bronx early Monday.

The pedestrians were struck by a white BMW on Third Avenue in the Tremont section just before 5:30 a.m.

They were pinned between the vehicle and a van, and one of them -- 27-year-old Wally Dominguez -- was pronounced dead at the scene. The second victim, his 23-year-old cousin, suffered an ankle injury and was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital.

The driver of the BMW, described as being 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans, fled on foot along with another person in the vehicle.

Later Monday, Jason Rivera stood and stared in disbelief at the sidewalk memorial for Dominguez. He couldn't believe his friend since childhood was gone.

 "I woke to a phone call at 6 this morning, talking about this happening," he said. "I have no idea who would, everybody liked him, a likable dude. If you didn't have it and he had it, you had it."

Police say a nearby ShotSpotter detected shots fired, and investigators found shell casings under the BMW. They also recovered a gun, which authorities say belonged to the victim.

Back at the Dominguez home in Fordham, there was grief and sorrow for the father of a young girl -- a father who celebrated his birthday just a few days ago.

"Loving, always making people laugh," the victim's cousin, Laisha Castillo, said. "This is crazy. I wasn't expecting this...I don't know. I really don't."

The anguish of his friends and family was apparent at a massive tribute outside the home Monday night.
Investigators are looking through security footage in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Correction officer burned, punched by inmate at Rikers Island

March 18, 2018 0

Another correction officer was attacked at Rikers Island - making it the fourth attack by an inmate in just over a month.

The Correction Officer's Benevolent Association, the union representing correction officers, said the inmate, who was in jail on murder and assault charges, threw hot water at the officer's face and repeatedly punched him.

The assault happened Saturday night in an enhanced supervision housing unit.

The union said the inmate was also responsible for assaulting a different correction officer last year.

"We are heading down a real slippery slope, down a real dark alley," said COBA President Elias Husamudeen during a Sunday evening press conference called in response to the number of recent attacks. "We need these jails to be safe and we need these jails to be safe today."

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Last week a female officer was reportedly punched in the face while escorting an inmate out of a Bronx criminal court and into a DOC vehicle, and in a separate incident the day before, a male officer was reportedly cut in the face by another inmate.

The attacks follow the violent assault on Officer Jean Souffrant, 39, who was hospitalized with a fractured spine after several inmates ruthlessly attacked him in February.

In another brutal attack caught on surveillance video last year, the inmate responsible for the beating of an officer had even called 311 threatening to kill an officer before the attack.

Husamudeen accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of failing to look out for the safety of correction officers and as a result allowing inmate assaults on officers to increase under de Blasio's watch.

"Do I think de Blasio wants to see anyone of us to get killed? No," Husamudeen said. "But, I don't think he cares enough to do anything to stop it from happening."

Husamudeen said COBA is calling on the city to remove hot pots freely accessibly by inmates immediately from Rikers to prevent another scalding water attack. He also called on the city to admit restrictions on punitive segregation for violent behavior hasn't worked and has led to an increase in officer assaults.

"We need stiffer penalties. We need harsher penalties," Husamudeen said.

In response to Saturday's attack DOC Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Peter Thorne wrote in a statement, "Outrageous attacks like this, on an officer just doing his job helping keep the rest of us safe, are exactly why this inmate was immediately placed into more restrictive custody. This inmate will also be arrested and face serious charges."

Thorne's statement did not directly address Husamudeen's criticism of the Mayor's policies or concerns about what COBA calls an uptick in officer assaults.

A Mayor's Management Report by the Department of Correction examining the first part of fiscal year 2018 identified a 21.1% increase "serious injuries to staff as a result of inmate assaults compared to last year."

Thorne couldn't comment directly on the Mayor's Management Report Sunday night but provided alternative statistics indicating that while overall assaults on staff were up 2% in 2017 compared to 2016, assaults on staff resulting in serious or minor injury have decreased 16% in the last three years.

According to COBA more than 2,000 officers have been assaulted in the last four years, meaning on average more than one officer is assaulted in NYC a day.
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Two men in their 20s seriously injured in Austin Texas bomb blast

March 18, 2018 0

Two people have been seriously injured in an explosion in Austin, Texas just hours after the police chief appealed to a mad package bomber to explain their 'message'.
Police and paramedics responded to an explosion at around 8.32pm local time on Sunday in a residential area of southwest Austin.
Two male victims in their 20s were transported to South Austin Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries, officials said. 
Residents in the area of the 4800 block of Dawn Song Drive were advised to remain inside their homes until police gave the all clear, with officials saying that would likely not be until daybreak on Monday. 

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Mother, 29, who was shot dead at her workplace in a busy California mall by her former Disney child actor ex-husband

March 18, 2018 0

Police have identified the woman who was shot dead in a busy mall and the ex-husband they say killed her before turning the gun on himself. Parisa Siddiqi (pictured right with her children and main with ex-husband Kevin Crane, 29, was slain around 2.17pm on Saturday in The Oaks mall (left) in Thousand Oaks, a wealthy city on the outskirts of Los Angeles, by 33-year-old ex-husband Kevin Crane (inset), cops said. Crane survived after attempting suicide inside Paper Source, the stationary store where Siddiqi worked, and remains hospitalized in critical condition, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The couple had two young sons who were not present at the shooting, and have been found safe.
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Friday, March 16, 2018

Official statement by Andrew McCabe on his firing.

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Corrupted FBI Andrew McCabe is fired a little more than 24 hours before he could retire

March 16, 2018 0

Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire.
Sessions announced the decision in a statement just before 10 p.m., noting that both the Justice Department Inspector General and the FBI office that handles discipline had found “that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”
He said based on those findings and the recommendation of the department’s senior career official, “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”
The move will likely cost McCabe a significant portion of his retirement benefits, though it is possible he could bring a legal challenge. McCabe has been fighting vigorously to keep his job, and on Thursday, he spent nearly four hours inside the Justice Department pleading his case. A indictment maybe coming.
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CIA SOURCE:"Plans to implement martial law in America in the works"

March 16, 2018 0

The plans to implement martial law in America have been taking shape the last few months per a CIA source, hidden behind Continuity of Government contingency planning. Now, with public outcry over mass shootings and other caos, all of the pieces are in place for the U.S. Army to start policing American citizens. The CIA source stated that:" there is going to be a bomb attack a huge bomb explotion ..people are going to be arrested placed in camps in the us along criminals..there is not going to be food...there is going to be caos in the United States people are going to be arrested...banks are going to be shut down coming this is real"

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NYPD hunt for man who 'masturbated in front of a female passenger on a Manhattan subway'

March 16, 2018 0

New York cops are searching for man who allegedly masturbated in front of a fellow passenger on a Manhattan subway.
The victim was on a southbound No. 5 train, at around 4am on Saturday, when she says she looked up and saw the man sitting across from her, touching himself inappropriately.
The 27-year-old woman snapped a photo of the suspect on her cellphone. She says he then exited the train at Grand Central, NBC News reports.

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Families, PBA outraged over parole for cop killer Herman Bell

March 16, 2018 0

Convicted cop killer Herman Bell's pending parole is drawing outrage from Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA), the family of one the officers killed 47 years ago, and even the mayor.

"I'm very troubled by it," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "This was a premeditated killing of the police officer. That should be life in prison, period."

Surrounded by a blue wall of NYPD officers, the wife of one of the officers killed and her two daughters, Deborah and Mary, condemned parole board members who are releasing Bell.

"They were assassinated only because they wore the blue uniform," said Diane Piagentini, widow of slain NYPD Officer Joseph Piagentini. "No other reason."

Answering what turned out to be a bogus 911 call in May 1971, Officer Piagentini and his partner, Officer Waverly Jones, were ambushed by Bell and two other members of the Black Liberation Army, a militant group.

"This animal took his weapon and pumped 22 rounds into him," PBA President Pat Lynch said. "One. Two. Three. Four. If you ever shot a gun, you know how difficult that is."

Herman Bell and the two others were convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life, the most serious penalty at the time. Now, police and the victim's families are demanding the two parole board members be fired.

"The parole board has chosen to release one of the most dangerous criminals of our time," Diane Piagentini said. "Commissioner Otis Cruze and Commissioner Carol Shapiro, they should be fired."

Bell's supporters, including relatives of one of the slain officers, said the 70-year-old was a model inmate who deserved freedom. The union disagreed.

"They've lost the vision of what's right and what's wrong," Lynch said. "This decision is wrong."

Bell had been denied parole seven times before. But in a decision released Wednesday, a parole board said Bell's "debt has been paid to society" after he admitted his crime, was productive in prison and amassed supporters

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NYPD truck catches fire in Columbus Circle

March 16, 2018 0

An NYPD truck hauling metal barricades caught fire in Columbus Circle on Thursday morning.

The FDNY quickly responded to put the fire out.

The fire caused a smoky condition in the area. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

There is still no word on what sparked the fire.

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NYC Mayor pushes for tougher penalties after Broadway star's daughter, friend's son killed in Brooklyn

March 16, 2018 0

There is a new attempt to crack down on dangerous drivers in an effort to make streets safer across the five boroughs, with local leaders calling for new laws after a deadly crash in Brooklyn claimed the lives of two young children.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said these types of horrific car crashes cannot and should not be regarded as normal in New York City before announcing a number of legislative goals on the heels of the latest crash in his old neighborhood of Park Slope.

A driver with a medical condition plowed through a crosswalk last week, killing 1-year-old Josh Lew and 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein. Both young children with their mothers at the time.

The driver, 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns, of Staten Island, told police she had a seizure at the time of the accident.

In the days that followed, details emerged that the driver's car had been cited eight times in the 19 months leading up to the crash, four times for running red lights and four for speeding in school zones.

As a result, de Blasio pushed for legislation in Albany that would achieve three goals:

First, he wants to double the number of cameras in school zones, saying they have been proven to reduce crashes.

Second, he wants an increase penalties for camera violations so that car owners could potentially lose their registrations.

Third, he wants to require drivers' doctors to notify the DMV of certain medical conditions that could cause them to lose consciousness.

"These are the kinds of measures that are going to make us safer," he said. "Obviously, these are the kinds of measures that could have averted the tragedy that happened in this community."

There is still a massive memorial in honor of the two children, and many parents are supportive of the calls for tougher laws.

Safe Streets Activist Cara Cancelmo said she moved to Park Slope under the delusion that it would be safer than in Manhattan, where she says she was almost killed by a speeding cab driver. But like many, she was heartsick over the deadly accident.

"I was horrified and broken when I learned two young children were killed just blocks from my new home," she said. "But I was not surprised."

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Amber Alert issued in Mexico for missing American 16-year-old

March 16, 2018 0

An Amber Alert was issued in Mexico late Thursday night for Amy Yu, the Pennsylvania 16-year-old missing since March 5.

Police believe she may be with Kevin Esterly, 45, with whom she allegedly had a secretive relationship, according to Allentown police.

In a criminal complaint filed with the department, Esterly's wife said he withdrew $4,000 from her bank account and that his car and personal documents were gone.

Yu and Esterly met at church.

Yu is about 4 feet 11 inches tall and 90 pounds, while Esterly is 5 feet 9 inches tall and 185 pounds, according to police.

Authorities believe they may be driving a 1999 red, two-door Honda Accord with the Pennsylvania plate KLT 0529.

Anyone who sees either of them is asked to call 911, local police or the Allentown Police at 610-437-7751.
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Images from the Holocaust are even more chilling in color

March 16, 2018 0

These harrowing pictures of a teenage girl awaiting her torture and death at the hands of Nazi torture specialists lay bare the tragic human toll of the Holocaust.
The gaunt face of 14-year-old prisoner Czesława Kwoka stares back through time in a haunting Auschwitz mugshot restored this year by Brazilian artist Marina Amaral.
Taken just minutes after she was beaten to within an inch of her life, the images give a human face to one of the concentration camp’s 1.1 million victims.
The painstakingly recolored photos show the teenager trying to hold back tears after being repeatedly struck by a guard’s club.
Kwoka was dragged away from her home in southeastern Poland to create living space for ethnic Germans at the height of Nazi domination.
She had the number 26947 tattooed on her arm on arrival, before being savagely beaten by guards as she was dragged off to have her photo taken.
She died 67 days later after Auschwitz scientists injected deadly phenol directly into her heart without using an anesthetic.

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Bridge that collapsed was built in just ‘a few hours’: school

March 16, 2018 0

The walkway was supposed to link FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus to the Miami suburb of Sweetwater, where roughly 4,000 students reside.
Workers installed the main span, which collapsed Thursday, over the Tamiami Trail and expected to open up the entire bridge by early 2019.
The piece measured 174 feet from end-to-end and was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) methods, which are being “advanced” at the FIU’s Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC).
“This method of construction reduces potential risks to workers, commuters and pedestrians and minimizes traffic interruptions,” the school said in a press releasefollowing Saturday’s installation.
“The main span of the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity Bridge was installed in a few hours with limited disruption to traffic over this weekend.”
Workers constructed the large stretch of walkway on the side of the Tamiami Trail, while the support columns were said to have been erected in place. The main span was then picked up by special gantry cranes and lowered into position.
Atorod Azizinamini, chair of FIU’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department and one of the world’s leading experts on Accelerated Bridge Construction, hailed the $14.2 million project — calling it an “outstanding example of the ABC method.”
“Building the major element of the bridge — its main span superstructure — outside of the traveled way and away from busy Eighth Street is a milestone,” he said.
Local officials closed traffic along Southwest Eighth Street on Friday night until 5 a.m. Monday before eventually opening the road back up to the public. It’s unclear if any testing was done to ensure that the area was safe.
Both FIU and the companies involved in the bridge’s construction have released statements, saying they were “stunned” and “shocked” by what happened Thursday.
The cause of the collapse remains unclear. The National Transportation Safety Board plans to send a 15-person team down to Miami to investigate.
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Penn State student claim teacher Brenda Coe had sex with students

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A longtime teacher at Penn State University with the name of Brenda Coe is in problems after students leveled claims that she engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct with a female student and other students in a twitter post that was erased.
The female former student went public with her claims in a March 1 twitter post in which she said the  teacher “used her position of power to take advantage of me and my fellow classmates.”
In the post, the student wrote she and a friend “had sexual encounters with the teacher at diferent times.”
The woman did not name the location or provide more details about her personal claims against the teacher. She could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Gay reporter Anderson Cooper with new gay lover

March 16, 2018 0

A spokesperson for gay reporter Anderson Cooper has confirmed that he has split from his longtime boyfriend Ben Maisani after  it was revealed he had taken at least five trips to Dallas where he has been having sex with 33-year-old doctor Victor Lopez. 
'Benjamin and I separated as boyfriends some time ago. We are still family to each other, and love each other very much,' said Cooper in a statement.
'We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together.' 
Cooper and Maisani do appear to still be living together, and were photographed leaving their Greenwich Village home together just two days ago on their way to the gym.  

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