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Man charged in Hanukkah attack pleads not guilty

Jan. 16, 2020 3:02 PM EST

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The man charged in an attack at a suburban New York Hanukkah celebration that left five people wounded, one critically, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges on Thursday. Grafton Thomas appeared in Rockland County Court. On Monday, he also pleaded not guilty to...

Police: Swastika painted on Jewish temple steps in Lincoln

Jan. 15, 2020 6:31 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Police are investigating the vandalism of a Jewish temple in Lincoln as a hate crime. A passerby reported Wednesday morning that epithets had been painted on the front steps of the South Street Temple, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. A responding officer also discovered a swastika...

Judge: Hanukkah attack suspect may need death-penalty lawyer

Jan. 13, 2020 1:49 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A man charged in a bloody attack at a Hanukkah celebration may need attorneys specializing in death penalty cases if a stabbing victim dies, a judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel raised the subject during a court hearing for Grafton Thomas after he pleaded not...

Police: Anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed at Brooklyn school

Jan. 11, 2020 11:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti, including a swastika, found sprayed in a stairwell of a local high school. An employee of Brooklyn Tech High School found the message scribbled in black marker inside the third-floor stairwell, police said. No arrests have been...

Jewish neighborhoods in NYC to get 100 new security cameras

Jan. 10, 2020 4:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will install 100 new security cameras in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in an effort to prevent anti-Semitic attacks, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. Fear has gripped the city's Orthodox Jewish community since the the fatal Dec. 10 attack at a kosher grocery store...

Grafton Thomas is led from Ramapo Town Hall in Ramapo, N.Y. following his arraignment Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Thomas was charged in the stabbings of multiple people as they gathered to celebrate Hanukkah at a rabbi's home in Monsey, an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City.  (Seth Harrison/The Journal News via AP)

Hanukkah stabbing suspect indicted on federal hate crimes

Jan. 9, 2020 5:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal grand jury handed up hate crime charges Thursday against the man accused of stabbing five people with a machete during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City. The indictment charges Grafton Thomas with five counts each of attempting to kill victims based on their religion...

This Dec. 31, 2019 booking photo provided by the Deschutes County, Ore., Jail shows James Lamb, who has been charged with attempted murder and hate crimes after prosecutors say he broke into a motel office in a predawn attack, beating and strangling a 70-year-old woman who owns the motel with her husband, both immigrants from India. (Deschutes County Jail via AP)

Man charged with hate crimes in beating of 70-year-old woman

Jan. 7, 2020 2:27 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man was charged with attempted murder and hate crimes after breaking into a motel office and attacking a 70-year-old immigrant from India who owns the business with her husband, also an immigrant, prosecutors said Tuesday. Meena Puri remained in the hospital with injuries to her...

Democrats signal opening for changes to New York bail reform

Jan. 6, 2020 5:51 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Democrats, amid mounting political pressure, are opening the door to changes on New York's bail reform law as the legislative session begins this week. New York's bail law, which went into effect at the beginning of the year, did away with money bail and pretrial detention for a wide...

Doctor finds Milwaukee acid attack suspect fit for trial

Jan. 6, 2020 11:46 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 61-year-old Wisconsin man accused of throwing acid in a Latino man’s face during a racist attack is competent to stand trial, according to a doctor's report released to court Monday. Clifton Blackwell, who is white, is charged with first-degree reckless injury in a case...

Woman accused of using Muslim student's hijab to attack her

Jan. 4, 2020 3:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities issued an arrest warrant Friday for a woman accused of trying to choke a Muslim student with her headscarf and then harassing her by stripping down at a train station in Portland, Oregon. Jasmine Renee Campbell, 23, has been indicted on hate crime, attempted strangulation,...