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Phoenix police: Man injures victim with metal letter opener

Jan. 19, 2020 12:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Police in Phoenix say a suspect is in custody on suspicion of stabbing a man with a metal letter opener. They say 36-year-old Anastacio Blanco Jr. was booked into jail Saturday on one count each of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault. It was unclear Sunday if Blanco has a...

Mistake leads to huge water bills in Florida city

Jan. 19, 2020 12:15 PM EST

OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (AP) — A mistake by Miami-Dade County utility officials has let to sky-high water bills this month for many property owners in the South Florida city of Opa-locka. The Miami Herald reports that some residents have had their water shut off because owners haven’t paid the bills, At one...

Ex-TSA screener facing enticement charges back behind bars

Jan. 17, 2020 11:58 AM EST

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A judge has revoked the bail of a former TSA screener charged with luring teenage girls into participating in sexual acts and posing for lewd photos because he contacted one of the alleged victims on social media in an effort to get the case dropped. Corey Chambers, 25, of Methuen, had...

Additional charge filed in threats to Maryland synagogue

Jan. 17, 2020 4:49 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A man who prosecutors say made threatening telephone calls to a Maryland synagogue is facing an additional charge. The office of the U.S. Attorney in Maryland said a federal grand jury on Thursday returned a superseding indictment against Stephen Lyle Orback. Prosecutors accuse him of...

Woman blackmailed into assaulting young child pleads guilty

Jan. 16, 2020 5:29 PM EST

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who was blackmailed into sexually assaulting an 18-month-old child in her care pleaded guilty, officials said. Erica Emerling, 31, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty Tuesday to indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and reckless endangerment of a child,...

LAPD officer charged with extorting, hitting ex-girlfriend

Jan. 16, 2020 4:29 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles police officer has been charged with extorting an ex-girlfriend over compromising photographs and attacking her outside a restaurant, prosecutors said. Danny Lee Reedy allegedly threatened to release photos of the victim unless she returned gifts he had given her...

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2018 file photo, a banner to welcome immigrants is viewed through a fisheye lens over the main entrance to the Denver City and County Building inDenver. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has subpoenaed Denver law enforcement for information on four foreign nationals wanted for deportation and could expand the unusual practice to other cities, an escalation of the conflict between federal officials and so-called sanctuary cities. And if the city officials don't respond, ICE, the Homeland Security agency responsible for arresting and deporting people in the U.S. illegally, could take the subpoena to a federal judge who can order compliance, and find them in contempt.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Immigration agency subpoenas sanctuary city law enforcement

Jan. 15, 2020 7:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has subpoenaed Denver law enforcement for information on four foreign nationals wanted for deportation and may consider expanding the unusual practice to other locations if necessary. It's an escalation of the conflict between federal officials and...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York following a hearing. Avenatti has been rearrested for alleged bail violations, prosecutors in New York told a judge late Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Judge revokes bail for Avenatti, cites new crime evidence

Jan. 15, 2020 5:36 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge revoked attorney Michael Avenatti's bail Wednesday, forcing a delay of his New York extortion trial set for next week after prosecutors said he was hiding assets from creditors to live lavishly. U.S. District Judge James Selna said Avenatti, best known as the...

Police: Mafia ripped off EU for millions in farm aid

Jan. 15, 2020 1:59 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Crime clans of the Sicilian Mafia working in cahoots with public officials defrauded the European Union of more than 10 million euros ($11 million) in agricultural aid, Italian authorities said Wednesday. Officers from Italy's paramilitary Carabinieri and financial police fanned out across...

FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti leaves a courthouse in New York following a hearing. Avenatti has been rearrested for alleged bail violations, prosecutors in New York told a judge late Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Prosecutor: Avenatti arrested on alleged bail violation

Jan. 15, 2020 1:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the embattled former attorney for the porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Tuesday evening in California for alleged bail violations, according to a court filing by federal prosecutors. The arrest came as Avenatti was appearing before the State Bar Court in Los...