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Texas man sent to prison for bomb threat to Federal Reserve

Nov. 30, 2020 4:03 PM EST

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man was sentenced on Monday to two years in federal prison after making online threats to bomb a Federal Reserve building, according to authorities. Joel Hayden Schrimsher had pleaded guilty on Aug. 24 to conveying false or misleading information through the...

Off-duty Kentucky police officer arrested after shots fired

Nov. 30, 2020 4:55 AM EST

FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say an off-duty officer allegedly fired shots at a sheriff's deputy and others during a domestic call. Jessie Pollitt, 28, of Maysville, was charged Sunday with attempted murder of a police officer, making terroristic threats, domestic violence, wanton...

El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala stage mass raids on gangs

Nov. 27, 2020 8:10 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Savador (AP) — The Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have rounded up hundreds of suspected street gang members as part of a U.S.-backed effort known as “Operation Regional Shield.” The attorney general’s office in El Salvador has taken...

Prison sentence for man who threatened Black renters

Nov. 26, 2020 9:16 AM EST

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who pleaded guilty three months ago to charges that he threatened to shoot an African American family for renting a home has been sentenced to more than two years in prison. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the prison sentenced handed down to Douglas...

FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, Cho Ju-bin, center, leader of South Korea's online sexual blackmail ring which is so called

South Korean chat room operator gets 40 years for blackmail

Nov. 26, 2020 5:31 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The operator of online chat rooms in South Korea was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison on charges of blackmailing dozens of women, including minors, into filming sexually explicit videos and selling them to others. The Seoul Central District Court convicted Cho Ju-bin, 24,...

Wayne County Board of Canvassers Republican chairperson Monica Palmer addresses the media, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Farmington Hills, Mich. Palmer defended her initial decision to decline to certify roughly 878,000 votes in Michigan's largest county. She later changed her vote in favor of certification and then attempted to rescind that vote. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Michigan AG investigating threats against county canvassers

Nov. 24, 2020 12:34 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Tuesday that her office is investigating threats against election officials in Wayne County, where two Republicans voted against certifying the results last week before reversing course. Monica Palmer, the chair of the county's canvassing...

Ohio man sentenced for shooting threat in Illinois

Nov. 24, 2020 11:22 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced an Ohio man who was charged with making an online threat to carry out a mass shooting in Illinois to six months in prison. Ryan Gagnet, 22, of Maumee, also faces six months of home incarceration following his prison term and three years of supervised...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Nov. 23, 2020 5:43 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: COVID-19 winning as Akron and Ohio politicians spin their wheels Akron Beacon Journal Nov. 22 Two votes in recent days illustrated how COVID-19 continues to exploit our divided politics as it sickens record numbers of people. With no...

Central Illinois man gets probation for threatening lawmaker

Nov. 23, 2020 2:27 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man who pleaded guilty to making a threat against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to undergo mental health counseling. The federal judge who sentenced Randall Tarr, 65, on Friday also also ordered the Rochester man...

Lincoln man accused of waving chain saw at neighbor

Nov. 23, 2020 7:48 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man is accused of waving a chain saw at a Black neighbor and yelling racial epithets at her. The Lincoln Journal Star reports a woman was entering her apartment building Saturday afternoon when a 41-year-old man allegedly confronted her with a chain saw, told her to leave the...