Latest Extortion and threats News

Editorial Roundup: Missouri

Jun. 28, 2022 07:15 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. June 24, 2022. Editorial: After abortion ban, do you think Missouri and Kansas right-wingers will stop there? The U.S. Supreme Court — untethered to facts, precedent, the law or the Constitution — has declared all American women second-class...

Cyberattack hits Lithuania after sanctions feud with Russia

Jun. 27, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A cyberattack temporarily knocked out public and private websites in Lithuania, the country's Defense Minister said Monday, with a pro-Moscow hacker group reportedly claiming responsibility. A distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attack targeted a secure...

Threats testimony rings familiar for election workers

Jun. 22, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — This week’s gripping testimony to Congress about threats to local election officials after the 2020 presidential election had a rapt audience far beyond Washington — secretaries of state and election clerks across the U.S who said the stories could easily have been their...

Widow in alleged murder-for-hire case sues suspect

Jun. 22, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

The widow of a Vermont man killed in 2018 in what federal prosecutors say was a murder-for-hire is suing the California man accused of arranging to have her husband killed. Melissa Davis and the estate of her late husband Gregory Davis filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in...

Colorado guilty plea a first for US election task force

Jun. 20, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Nebraska man has pleaded guilty to making death threats against Colorado’s top elections official in a what officials say is the first such plea obtained by a federal task force devoted to protecting elections workers across the U.S. who have been subject to increasing threats...

Cyprus investigates prison director's blackmail allegations

Jun. 20, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus launched an investigation on Monday into allegations by the country’s prisons’ director that a senior police officer had recruited an inmate to gather information or video about her private life that could be used to blackmail her. Attorney General...

Man arrested for alleged gun violence threat at bus yard

Jun. 17, 2022 22:16 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A transportation worker was arrested Friday for allegedly threatening gun violence at a Northern California rail yard, authorities said. Deputies were called to the Chaboya Division bus yard of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in San Jose...

Man accused of threatening to ‘shoot up’ elementary school

Jun. 17, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

A man is facing a federal charge stemming from what FBI agents said were his emailed messages to federal law enforcement about his desire to kill children at an elementary school in Sherwood, Oregon. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a federal grand jury has indicted Braeden Richard...

Man avoids prison time in extortion case involving ex-mayor

Jun. 17, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to conspiring with a former Massachusetts mayor to extort a marijuana vendor has been sentenced to three years of probation. David Hebert was sentenced this week in the case involving former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, who is serving...

Nebraska man pleads guilty to threatening election official

Jun. 16, 2022 19:05 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man pleaded guilty Thursday to posting several threats on an Instagram page associated with an election official in Colorado. Travis Ford, 42, of Lincoln, posted the threats in August 2021. The official was not identified but U.S. Attorney Cole...