Latest Extortion and threats News

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

Jun. 18, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti learned Tuesday that he faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. The Nov. 12 trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan. Avenatti participated by...

Federal jury indicts Delaware man on 'swatting' hoaxes

Jun. 18, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Delaware man accused of making hoax emergency calls to locations across the country, causing police and SWAT teams to respond. An indictment handed down May 16 against 29-year-old Rodney Allen Phipps of Georgetown was unsealed Monday. Prosecutors...

A prom moved at the last minute after social media threat

Jun. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

LOWVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A prom in northern New York was relocated at the last minute after a student's social media acquaintance threatened to "shoot up" the prom. The threat occurred shortly before the Lowville Academy prom was to start Saturday evening. Parents and school officials acted quickly to move...

Guilty plea to lesser charge in high school assault case

Jun. 18, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri high school graduate who was initially charged with sexually assaulting one classmate and threatening to assault another classmate has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. The Springfield News-Leader reports 21-year-old Tanner Brown pleaded guilty last week to peace...

The Latest: US Steel restores pollution controls at plant

Jun. 17, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a fire at U.S. Steel coke plant (all times local): 10:30 p.m. U.S. Steel says it has resumed normal operations at its coke plant outside Pittsburgh after fire knocked out an air pollution control system. The company said in a statement late Monday that it has completed...

Virginia Police respond to armed woman at war memorial

Jun. 17, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond Police say they've resolved the situation in which an armed woman was threatening to harm herself at the Virginia War Memorial and traffic is being reopened. News outlets report police responded to a "public safety incident" early Monday morning, in which a woman was...

Trial set for ex-driver accused of abusing disabled girl

Jun. 17, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a former Mississippi bus driver accused of sitting on and threatening to kill a disabled child. The Sun Herald reports Antioinette Jane Raymond is set to go to court in November. The former St. Martin Middle School bus driver opted for a trial after...

Authorities say Iowa man killed himself in Nebraska prison

Jun. 17, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa man accused of killing his former girlfriend's parents in Nebraska has killed himself in a Nebraska prison. The Nebraska Correctional Services Department says 36-year-old Brindar Jangir was found unresponsive in his cell around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Earlier...

Police: California man posted synagogue shooting threats

Jun. 16, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man posted anti-Semitic threats in an online chatroom and threatened to commit a mass shooting at a synagogue, police said. Ross Farca, 23, of Concord, is charged with making criminal threats, possession of an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing an...

Attorney gets 14 years in prison in porn trolling scheme

Jun. 14, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis attorney convicted of defrauding hundreds of people he threatened to expose as pornography customers has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. Paul Hansmeier's multimillion dollar fraud scheme from 2011 to 2014 involved seeding the internet with pornography so that he could...