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Iowa man pleads guilty to making bomb threats against Trump

Nov. 13, 2019 9:14 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill President Donald Trumps with homemade bombs. The Gazette reports that 25-year-old Christian Delatorre, of Dubuque, entered the plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. The charge: willfully threatening to take the...

Louisiana man accused of threatening president, denied bond

Nov. 12, 2019 6:29 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to set bond for a Louisiana man accused of threatening President Donald Trump via social media posts last week. KTBS-TV reports U.S. Magistrate District Judge Mark Hornsby told 31-year-old Friedrich Ishola that bond couldn't be set Tuesday because of a...

Record: Officer tried to keep victims quiet after cop threat

Nov. 11, 2019 3:09 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — An off-duty Kansas police officer who was sentenced to probation for drunkenly threatening to shoot a bar server was initially allowed to keep his service weapon after a responding officer urged witnesses not to press charges, according to court records. The Kansas City Star obtained...

Kentucky woman charged in South Carolina airport bomb threat

Nov. 11, 2019 1:32 PM EST

GREER, S.C. (AP) — A Kentucky woman is charged with making a bomb threat at a South Carolina airport. Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport Police arrested Laura Snyder Jones of Anchorage, Kentucky, on Saturday, charging her with a first-offense bomb threat. Airport spokesman Tom Tyra tells local...

Police arrest 2 in Reno in connection with abduction case

Nov. 10, 2019 12:37 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno police have arrested two men in connection to an abduction and extortion case. The Reno Gazette Journal reports that police officers and SWAT team members swarmed an area east of downtown Reno. Neighbors reported hearing multiple shots fired in the area. Deputies with the Washoe...

Florida man pleads guilty to bomb threats

Nov. 8, 2019 3:27 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to threatening to blow up courthouses and other government offices across northern Florida. U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe announced the guilty plea on Friday. Noah Stirn pleaded guilty to twelve separate charges stemming...

Officer convicted of extortion in vehicle referral scheme

Nov. 7, 2019 6:33 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer has been found guilty in connection with a scheme where bribes were given by collision shop owners in exchange for referrals of stolen and abandoned vehicles recovered in the city. The U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit says 47-year-old Deonne Dotson was convicted...

Florida man pleads guilty to texts threatening Jews

Nov. 7, 2019 3:19 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to sending text messages threatening to kill Jewish people. The Miami U.S. attorney's office said in a news release Thursday that 26-year-old Hanson Richard Larkin admitted sending the texts to another person. Larkin faces up to five years in prison at...

Athens man accused of threatening to kill Illinois judge

Nov. 6, 2019 10:29 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man faces felony charges for allegedly threatening to kill a judge from Illinois' 7th Judicial Circuit. Twenty-four-year-old Cody Ray Martin of Athens is charged with one count each of threatening a public official and telephone harassment. A complaint filed in...

Mayor indicted for fraud, extortion tossed out of office

Nov. 6, 2019 9:27 AM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Voters in Massachusetts have tossed a mayor under federal indictment out of office. Paul Coogan, a two-time member of the city's school committee, cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday's election in Fall River. Incumbent mayor Jasiel Correia (JAY'-zel koh-RAY'-uh) had remained on...