Latest Extortion and threats News

California man arrested for thousand of harassing calls

Dec. 7, 2019 2:49 PM EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of making more than 10,000 harassing phone calls to government offices, including some that included death threats against those answering the phone, federal prosecutors said. Robert Stahlnecker, 48, was arrested at his home...

Man convicted of death threat against Muslim candidate

Dec. 6, 2019 4:38 PM EST

A North Carolina man was convicted Friday of a charge he anonymously threatened to lynch a Muslim-American man who ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, federal prosecutors said. Joseph Cecil Vandevere, 53, of Black Mountain, faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison following his conviction in federal...

Man arrested after alleged threat to shoot day care center

Dec. 6, 2019 3:24 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man was arrested Friday for allegedly threatening to shoot at a West Sacramento day care center, authorities said. No one was hurt. Officers responded to reports that a man was threatening a shooting at the Academy 4 Kids preschool and day care, and the day care center was...

Imprisoned pharmacist loses appeal in oxycodone case

Dec. 6, 2019 2:42 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey pharmacist whose comments to police about being extorted later helped lead to his conviction for illegally distributing oxycodone has lost a court appeal. Michael Ludwikowski claimed he made the comments involuntarily in 2013 when he sought the help of police...

Embattled mayor seeks postponement of federal trial

Dec. 6, 2019 2:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts mayor facing federal investment fraud and extortion charges as well as prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to delay his trial several months. In a joint filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, prosecutors and lawyers for 27-year-old Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia requested...

Report: Burundi's youth militia runs pre-vote extortion ring

Dec. 6, 2019 10:56 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Burundi’s ruling party is using its feared youth militia to extort money from citizens for next year’s elections, Human Rights Watch asserted Friday. The Imbonerakure youth militia, which the United Nations has blamed for killings, disappearances, torture and gang rape,...

Ex-Iowa law enforcement officer charged with child sex abuse

Dec. 6, 2019 7:51 AM EST

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa law enforcement officer who fled the state after allegedly threatening to kill several family members has been charged with sexually abusing children. Jonathan Wayne Bailey, 35, has been charged with eight counts of child endangerment, seven counts of second-degree...

Ex-Playboy model who claimed Trump affair sues Fox News

Dec. 5, 2019 5:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The former Playboy model who took a $150,000 payoff to squelch her story of an affair with a pre-presidency Donald Trump sued Fox News on Thursday, claiming prominent host Tucker Carlson slandered her by saying that what happened “sounds like a classic case of extortion." Karen...

Indicted jail officers faced earlier excessive force claims

Dec. 5, 2019 4:27 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — When a prisoner shattered glass panes in a control center at a Baltimore jail, the staff summoned a paramilitary-style tactical team to help quell the disturbance. Some inmates used pieces of shirts or bedsheets to hide their faces. What happened at the jail on that Friday afternoon in May...

Upstate NY police say they won't enforce anti-harassment law

Dec. 5, 2019 4:04 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in an upstate New York county say they will not enforce a controversial new law that makes it a crime to annoy a police officer. The Monroe County bill makes threatening, harassing or annoying police officers or emergency responders a crime punishable by...