Latest Extortion and threats News

Florida man charged with racially threatening black activist

Sep. 18, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Florida man has been arrested on charges he cyberstalked and made racist threats against a black activist in Virginia and tried to interfere with his plans to run for a seat on Charlottesville's city council. The Justice Department says 31-year-old Daniel McMahon, of Brandon,...

'Death Note' Snapchat post yields terroristic threat charge

Sep. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a University of South Alabama student has been charged with making a terroristic threat, accused of posting a picture of a book titled "Death Note" on the social media app Snapchat. Court records filed Wednesday say 21-year-old Jaleel Hughes' post included the caption,...

Ukraine: Police seize man threatening to blow up Kyiv bridge

Sep. 18, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Ukraine's capital say they apprehended a man who allegedly threatened to blow up a major bridge and shot down a police drone monitoring him. Police said the man made the threat while standing on a major bridge in Kyiv. They say that along with bringing down the drone, he...

South Carolina farmers say crops in danger as drought grows

Sep. 18, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Many farmers in South Carolina say a growing drought is threatening to devastate their crops right at harvest time and officials said there are plenty of indications the dry weather will spread. A special committee that reviews drought in the state voted Wednesday to classify 31 of...

Correction: Mayor Charged story

Sep. 18, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — In a story Sept. 17 about a preliminary mayoral election in Fall River, Massachusetts, The Associated Press reported erroneously that embattled incumbent mayor Jasiel Correia will face Paul Coogan and Erica Scott-Pacheco in the Nov. 5 general election. He will face only Coogan. A...

Texas man allegedly threatens 3 Las Vegas hospital shootings

Sep. 17, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a Texas man has been arrested for allegedly threatening mass shootings at three Las Vegas hospitals. Las Vegas Metro Police say 33-year-old Nicholas Encinias is jailed on $500,000 bond on suspicion of making terroristic threats. It was unclear Tuesday if he has a lawyer....

Texas man arrested in threat to kill stepson, classmates

Sep. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who was jailed for fighting with his 16-year-old stepson is accused of threatening to kill all the students at the Arkansas high school the teen attends, causing multiple lockdowns on campus. Police in Austin, Texas, arrested Patrick Pleasant last Thursday and charged him...

Song lyrics lead to terroristic threat charge at university

Sep. 17, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors say a University of South Alabama student is accused of making a terroristic threat after he wrote song lyrics by a popular rapper on a large flip chart in the school library — the second such case within a week on the campus. Jack Aaron Christensen, 21, wrote song...

Hobbs city commissioner facing assault charges

Sep. 17, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Police say a Hobbs city commissioner made threats against one of his commercial property tenants before choking him. The Hobbs New-Sun reports Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb is prosecuting the case against Dwayne Penick in connection with a Feb. 8 altercation at Curls &...

Students, 14, accused threats to Southern California school

Sep. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Police arrested three 14-year-old students and seized guns after threats of violence were made on social media against a Southern California high school. KESQ-TV reports Monday that two boys and a girl were held in juvenile hall and could face charges of making terrorist...