Latest Extortion and threats News

Teacher accused of making terroristic threat fights for job

Jun. 19, 2019 1:42 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia school teacher charged with making terroristic threats is fighting to keep her job after her school system didn't renew her contract. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Tymille Baker appealed the loss of her job Tuesday before a three-member Cobb County School District...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Utah man pleads not guilty to threatening US lawmaker

Jun. 13, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of threatening to kill a member of Congress during thousands of phone calls to the U.S. Capitol. Scott Brian Haven, 54, entered his plea to one count of interstate transmission of threats to injure during an arraignment in a federal...

Mississippi sheriff admits guilt in corruption case, resigns

Jun. 12, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi sheriff pleaded guilty to four felony charges Wednesday and resigned from office, becoming the state's second sheriff in the last year to be deposed by criminal troubles. Webster County Sheriff Tim Mitchell pleaded guilty in Ackerman to two counts of trafficking in...

Man pleads guilty to threatening Congress members over phone

Jun. 11, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

TAMARAC, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to leaving threatening rants about gun control, illegal immigration, homosexuals, black people and Muslims for three Democratic members of Congress. Federal court records show that 49-year-old John Kless pleaded guilty Tuesday to making threatening...

Police detail man's threat behind panic at DC LGBTQ parade

Jun. 9, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man threatened another person with a BB gun during an LGBTQ pride parade in the nation's capital and set off a panic that sent hundreds of people, who mistakenly believed gunshots were fired, running in fear, police said Sunday. Aftabjit Singh, 38, was arrested on weapons possession and...