Latest Extortion and threats News

The Latest: Cejudo defends 125-pound belt with 1st-round win

Jan. 20, 2019 12:46 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the UFC card in New York with T.J. Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo fighting for the 125-pound title (all times local): 12:35 a.m. Henry Cejudo did his part to defend the UFC 125-pound title and perhaps the fate of the flyweight division with a punishing first-round win over...

Man accused of threat linked to R Kelly turns self in

Jan. 18, 2019 4:04 PM EST

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A man accused of threatening a father who says singer R. Kelly kept his daughter from her family has turned himself in. Henry County Sheriff's Office Maj. Bobby Sloan says Henry James Mason turned himself in around 8:30 a.m. Friday. A judge had issued a warrant for Mason on charges of...

Mayor's killing in Poland sparks anger against hate speech

Jan. 16, 2019 5:23 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles on Wednesday heatedly condemned the power of hate speech to trigger real-life violence after the slaying of a popular liberal mayor, with many calling for stronger actions against those who threaten others. Not only did the killer, an ex-convict, take the life of the 53-year-old...

AG: Lawmaker was victim of racial harassment; no charges

Jan. 14, 2019 6:54 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An ex-Vermont legislator who resigned after receiving racial threats was the victim of racial harassment and crimes but no charges will be filed because of free speech protections and insufficient evidence, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Monday. To address incidents...

Man pleads guilty after alligator threat

Jan. 11, 2019 5:55 AM EST

BRIDEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man who police say placed a 3-foot alligator on top of another man in Connecticut as part of an extortion attempt has pleaded guilty to reduced charges. The Connecticut Post reports 30-year-old Isaias Garcia, of Garland, Texas, entered his plea Thursday to unlawful restraint....

The Latest: Aeromexico passengers released

Jan. 11, 2019 12:55 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of two passengers from a diverted Aeromexico flight (all times local): 10 p.m. Two passengers who were detained after becoming unruly on a diverted Aeromexico flight in Oakland have been released. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office says Flight 622 from...

FBI takes on case of threats hurled at activist's family

Jan. 10, 2019 8:27 AM EST

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — The FBI is now investigating the case of a Florida man accused of making death threats against the family of a Purdue University superfan and cancer activist who died last week. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that 39-year-old John Pinkham will...

The Latest: Illinois officials review R. Kelly-related calls

Jan. 9, 2019 8:43 PM EST

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a documentary detailing abuse allegations against R. Kelly (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The state's attorney's office for Cook County in R. Kelly's hometown of Chicago says it is looking into calls it has received after State's Attorney Kim Foxx asked the public to...

Ex-New York state Senate leader starts prison term

Jan. 8, 2019 6:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos began serving his four-year and three-month prison term Tuesday after he was convicted on corruption charges by a jury for a second time. Skelos, 70, reported to the federal prison at Otisville, New York, which has a medium security facility...

Man charged with threatening dead cancer activist's mother

Jan. 7, 2019 8:34 PM EST

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man has been charged with making death threats against the mother of a Purdue University superfan and cancer activist who died last week. A Volusia County Sheriff's Office news release says 39-year-old John Matthew Pinkham was arrested Monday at a Deltona,...