Latest Extortion and threats News

2 officer-involved shootings in St. Louis County

Mar. 19, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two men are hospitalized after separate and unrelated officer-involved shootings a few hours apart in St. Louis County. A 61-year-old man was shot by a University City officer around 6 a.m. Tuesday. A woman told police her husband was armed and making threats. She escaped the house but the...

Reputed Gambino crime boss shot to death in New York City

Mar. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family was shot to death in front of his home by a gunman who may have staged a car accident to lure him outside, dying a virtual unknown compared with his swaggering 1980s-era predecessor, John Gotti. Police said Thursday they were reviewing...

No charges for Texas deputies who unwittingly killed boy

Mar. 14, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

SCHERTZ, Texas (AP) — Four Texas sheriff's deputies won't face charges for opening fire on a suspected car thief, killing her and a 6-year-old who they didn't know was nearby, a grand jury decided this week. A Bexar County grand jury declined to indict the deputies more than a year after they shot at...

Rutgers basketball player dismissed, faces deportation

Mar. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University basketball player Issa Thiam has been dismissed from the team and faces deportation after his arrest on domestic violence charges. Thiam, a junior forward from Dakar, Senegal, is accused of slapping a woman and swinging a knife at her after she refused to give...

Man who allegedly threatened Google arrested in California

Mar. 12, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A man who said he drove cross-country to confront Google officials has been arrested in California with three baseball bats in his car's trunk. Police in Mountain View, the San Francisco-area city where Google's based, were warned by two other agencies that Kyle Long was on his...

Prosecutors: 6 accused of corruption in Chicago suburb

Mar. 6, 2019 8:33 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors accused six people of government corruption Wednesday, including alleging that the brother of a suburban Chicago mayor extorted payments from a strip club in order to keep its doors open. The Justice Department announced the six were charged as part of an ongoing...

Ex-sheriff admits taking bribes; could get 15-year sentence

Mar. 4, 2019 5:10 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff who resigned amid an FBI investigation has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from people arrested in prostitution and gambling stings. Authorities say former Allen County sheriff Sam Crish also took $50,000 from someone who was later hired to work at the county jail. Crish...

FBI, other agencies investigate graffiti threat against Omar

Mar. 4, 2019 12:53 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are looking into a report of a threatening graffiti message directed at U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar retweeted a photo showing the words "Assassinate Ilhan Omar" that were posted to Instagram on Feb. 22. The Star Tribune reports the...

'Sanctuary' cities are getting their grants despite threats

Mar. 2, 2019 8:53 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — About 18 months after the Trump administration threatened to withhold law enforcement grants from nearly 30 places around the country it felt weren't doing enough to work with federal immigration agents, all but one have received or been cleared to get the money, the Justice...

Man indicted for Snapchat threat that panicked Ohio school

Mar. 2, 2019 10:53 AM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities say a man has been indicted for threatening to shoot Ohio school students on Snapchat. Authorities say the April 2018 threat targeted Parma High School in suburban Cleveland and led to hundreds of students missing classes over several days. The U.S. Attorney's Office in...