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2 face charges after found with gun, shovels near airport

Sep. 21, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

LAKE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — Two Virginia residents were arrested Monday after authorities said they were found walking on railroad tracks behind an Ohio airport with shovels, a pitchfork and a backpack containing a gun and ammunition. John Davison, 38, and Vicki Davison, 33, both of Virginia Beach, were...

Missouri man given probation for shooting threat at Walmart

Sep. 18, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Jefferson City man charged with threatening to shoot people at a Walmart last year has been sentenced to probation. Nicholas Pratte, 39, was sentenced Tuesday to two years of unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of making a terrorist threat,...

Man gets 5 years for fatally punching fellow dog walker

Sep. 17, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

PHILIDELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who fatally punched another man while they were walking their dogs in Philadelphia has been sentenced to five years in state prison. Matthew Oropeza, who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the death of Drew Justice, said at his sentencing Wednesday that...

FILE - This Nov. 24, 2019 file photo shows Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. A Texas man is sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to stalking and sending threatening letters about Swift. A federal judge in Nashville, Tennessee handed down the sentence Wednesday to Eric Swarbrick, who sent over 40 letters and emails to Swift's former record label in 2018, asking the CEO to introduce him to Swift. Over time the letters became more violent and threatening. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Texas man sentenced to prison for stalking Taylor Swift

Sep. 16, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced an Austin, Texas, man to 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to stalking and sending threatening letters and emails to pop star Taylor Swift's former record label. According to records filed in federal court, Eric Swarbrick was given the...

SWAT officers search Fargo residence, baby removed

Sep. 16, 2020 7:19 AM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Five people will face charges after SWAT team officers found drugs, guns and cash after executing a high-risk search warrant at a residence in Fargo, according to officials. An infant in the home was taken into protective custody, police said. Red River Valley SWAT officers were called...

FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks at the opening of a national dialogue, in Managua, Nicaragua. Ortega spoke in a nationally televised address on Monday, May 18, 2020, and blamed health monitoring measures taken by Costa Rica for his country's decision to close their two border crossings. The dispute boiled over since Costa Rica began May 8 testing all truck drivers entering the country for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga, File)

Nicaragua's Ortega threatens life sentences for opponents

Sep. 16, 2020 12:21 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Tuesday he has proposed a legal reform to allow sentences of life in prison and threatened to use it against some government opponents, accusing them of committing “hate crimes.” The maximum punishment under Nicaragua's penal...

Bulgarian politician gets 4-year sentence for extortion

Sep. 15, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A district court in Bulgaria imposed a four-year prison sentence Tuesday on a deputy parliament speaker and head of a small opposition party who was convicted of extorting money from a restaurant owner. Veselin Mareshki heads the populist Volya party, which is closely linked to the...

Man charged for standoff outside Arrowhead Stadium

Sep. 14, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 33-year-old Kansas City, Kansas man on Monday was charged with three felonies for his alleged role in a daylong standoff at Arrowhead Stadium. Joshua D. Newton was charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with making a terrorist threat, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a...

Capt. Wayne Hudson of the Douglas County Sheriff's office speaks at a news conference in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, April 1, 2020, to announce that Ronald Penzkowski a former director of communications for then-Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle a decade ago, was arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats and stalking. Investigators say that Penzkowski sent at least 15 email messages to Dr. Adi Pour, Douglas County Health Director, threatening to

Ex-Omaha weatherman accused of targeting health director

Sep. 14, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Omaha TV weatherman and spokesman for a former mayor has taken a plea deal months after being accused of emailing death threats to a local health department director over her handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Ronald Penzkowski, 57, pleaded no contest Friday to two...

Queensland state Chief Health officer Dr. Jeannette Young speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Brisbane, Australia, on July 24, 2020. The Australian health official revealed Monday, Sept. 14, that she has been under police guard because of death threats and growing public anger over pandemic border restrictions. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)

Australian official under police guard over virus measures

Sep. 14, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian health official revealed Monday that she has been under police guard because of death threats and growing public anger over pandemic border restrictions. Queensland state Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said she now travels with a police escort because of the...