Latest Extortion and threats News

Mayor's killing in Poland sparks anger against hate speech

Jan. 16, 2019 5:23 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles on Wednesday heatedly condemned the power of hate speech to trigger real-life violence after the slaying of a popular liberal mayor, with many calling for stronger actions against those who threaten others. Not only did the killer, an ex-convict, take the life of the 53-year-old...

AG: Lawmaker was victim of racial harassment; no charges

Jan. 14, 2019 6:54 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An ex-Vermont legislator who resigned after receiving racial threats was the victim of racial harassment and crimes but no charges will be filed because of free speech protections and insufficient evidence, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Monday. To address incidents...

Man pleads guilty after alligator threat

Jan. 11, 2019 5:55 AM EST

BRIDEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man who police say placed a 3-foot alligator on top of another man in Connecticut as part of an extortion attempt has pleaded guilty to reduced charges. The Connecticut Post reports 30-year-old Isaias Garcia, of Garland, Texas, entered his plea Thursday to unlawful restraint....

The Latest: Aeromexico passengers released

Jan. 11, 2019 12:55 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of two passengers from a diverted Aeromexico flight (all times local): 10 p.m. Two passengers who were detained after becoming unruly on a diverted Aeromexico flight in Oakland have been released. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office says Flight 622 from...

FBI takes on case of threats hurled at activist's family

Jan. 10, 2019 8:27 AM EST

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — The FBI is now investigating the case of a Florida man accused of making death threats against the family of a Purdue University superfan and cancer activist who died last week. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that 39-year-old John Pinkham will...

The Latest: Illinois officials review R. Kelly-related calls

Jan. 9, 2019 8:43 PM EST

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a documentary detailing abuse allegations against R. Kelly (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The state's attorney's office for Cook County in R. Kelly's hometown of Chicago says it is looking into calls it has received after State's Attorney Kim Foxx asked the public to...

Ex-New York state Senate leader starts prison term

Jan. 8, 2019 6:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos began serving his four-year and three-month prison term Tuesday after he was convicted on corruption charges by a jury for a second time. Skelos, 70, reported to the federal prison at Otisville, New York, which has a medium security facility...

Man charged with threatening dead cancer activist's mother

Jan. 7, 2019 8:34 PM EST

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man has been charged with making death threats against the mother of a Purdue University superfan and cancer activist who died last week. A Volusia County Sheriff's Office news release says 39-year-old John Matthew Pinkham was arrested Monday at a Deltona,...

Family returns from holiday trip, finds man staying in home

Jan. 7, 2019 11:28 AM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — An Atlanta-area family says they returned home from holiday travel to find someone else living in their house. WSB-TV quotes Janice Henson as saying the key wouldn't turn when they returned Wednesday. A man who came to the door told her to leave and said it was his home now. She called...

Corruption case injects uncertainty into Chicago mayor race

Jan. 4, 2019 6:40 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal corruption case against a powerful City Council member has rocked the crowded race for Chicago mayor, as some hopefuls sought Friday to distance themselves from Alderman Ed Burke while others painted their rivals as part of the city's notorious machine politics he embodied for...