Latest Extortion and threats News

Man pleads not guilty to threatening Globe journalists

Sep. 24, 2018 5:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Los Angeles man has pleaded not guilty to making a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe. Robert Chain made his first appearance in Boston's federal court Monday. Chain was arrested last month in California and indicted by a federal grand jury last week....

Deputies: Man threatened to shoot helicopter flying overhead

Sep. 22, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing a felony charge after authorities say he told a television station and sheriff's deputies that he was going to shoot down the sheriff's helicopter if it didn't stop flying over his house. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Saturday that 54-year-old Robert...

18 more convictions tied to corrupt Chicago cop to be tossed

Sep. 22, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors are set to dismiss convictions against 18 more people that resulted from investigations by a corrupt Chicago police sergeant and his crew of tactical officers. The exonerations will take place Monday and will bring to 42 the total number of overturned convictions linked to...

FBI arrests Oregon man over alleged YouTube threats

Sep. 21, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Federal agents arrested an Oregon man who threatened to kill YouTube employees and specifically threatened the CEO of the company, saying he was coming for her, the FBI said Friday. William Gregory Douglas, 35, of Cave Junction, faces charges of cyberstalking and transmission of threats...

Under right terms, Kavanaugh accuser may testify after all

Sep. 21, 2018 12:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said Thursday, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford's accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school. The preference...

The Latest: Trump says Kavanaugh delay has gone on too long

Sep. 20, 2018 10:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 10:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says the delay over his Supreme Court nominee following a sexual assault allegation has lasted long enough. Trump...

Florida Woman charged with threatening coworkers in emails

Sep. 20, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman threatened to kill her coworkers in a series of emails. A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest report says 20-year-old Tamera Roberta Monique Gibson was arrested last week and charged with a felony count of sending written threats. The report says...

Texas man allegedly sent threatening letters to Taylor Swift

Sep. 20, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 26-year-old Austin, Texas, man has been arrested on federal charges for allegedly sending threatening letters to pop star Taylor Swift and showing up at her record label in Nashville, Tennessee. Federal prosecutors in Nashville said in a press release Thursday that Eric Swarbrick...

Police kill gunman who shot 4 in Pennsylvania court lobby

Sep. 20, 2018 2:12 AM EDT

A gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom Wednesday afternoon, shooting at police and others before an officer fired multiple shots at him, killing him. Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower said Wednesday evening that a German Township police officer shot and killed the gunman after...

Police: Man threatens to shoot child after losing video game

Sep. 18, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man was arrested Tuesday after threatening to shoot an 11-year-old boy after losing to him in the video game "Fortnite," according to police. Suffolk County Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said Michael Aliperti, 45, of Long Island, threatened to go to the boy's...