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Suspended NJ deputy facing federal charges in teen sex case

Jul. 15, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A suspended New Jersey sheriff's deputy accused of having sex with a 17-year-old Pennsylvania girl and posting the video online is now facing federal charges. NJ.com reports that 33-year-old Joshua Padilla of Eatontown was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pennsylvania on charges of...

6 men arrested in child predator sting

Jul. 12, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — Six men accused of talking to minors online and going to a location for sex were arrested after a targeted effort by the Washington County Sheriff's Office near Portland, Oregon. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the men were arrested Thursday. The sheriff's office says deputies posed...

Veteran officer used police computer for personal reasons

Jul. 12, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

LONG BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A longtime southern New Jersey police officer has admitted accessing information from a secure departmental computer for personal reasons. Ocean County prosecutors say Gerard Traynor pleaded guilty Thursday to computer criminal activity. He's expected to get a probation term when...

Ex-IT worker who hacked former company's website gets prison

Jul. 9, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Arizona man has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for hacking into computer systems operated by his former California employer and then deleting its website and marketing materials. The Los Angeles U.S. attorney's office says Nikishna Polequaptewa was sentenced Monday and...

Double slaying at Ohio internet cafe leads to man's arrest

Jul. 5, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of two married employees at an internet cafe in Ohio during an apparent armed robbery. The Jan. 20 shooting at Players Paradise Internet Cafe in Columbus killed 52-year-old Karen Arrington and 38-year-old...

Russia outraged by case of sisters who killed abusive father

Jul. 5, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — One evening last summer, Mikhail Khachaturyan decided that his living room wasn't tidy enough, so he summoned his three teenage daughters one by one and doused each with pepper spray. Such violence and abuse was not unusual in the Khachaturyan household, according to court records. But Maria,...

Arrests made over Hong Kong protests, legislature break-in

Jul. 3, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Police said they had arrested 13 people after the protests on Monday's anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, including one man accused of storming the legislature building in a break-in involving hundreds of pro-democracy protesters who vandalized offices and the main chamber. The...

Hacker who disrupted Sony gaming firm gets federal prison

Jul. 3, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A hacker who disrupted Sony Online Entertainment and other gaming companies has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison. Twenty-three-year-old Austin Thompson of Utah received the 27-month sentence on Tuesday in San Diego. Prosecutors said Thompson carried out a series of...

Wyoming man charged with firing guns at woman he met online

Jul. 2, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man is charged with two counts of aggravated assault for firing shots at a woman he met on an online dating site when she showed up near his house. The Casper Star-Tribune reports 44-year-old Bryan Dunihoo did not enter a plea during a court appearance Monday. The woman told...

Ex-university staffer pleads guilty in computer theft case

Jun. 30, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A plea agreement has been reached in the case of a former University of Minnesota employee accused of using school money to buy dozens of computers that he resold. The Star Tribune reports that 34-year-old Michael McDaniel, of Lilydale, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by swindle....