Latest Extortion and threats News

Sheriff: Student with steak knife threatened to kill teacher

Oct. 21, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

PELION, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a seventh grader bragged about planning to kill a teacher and then was caught with a steak knife at school. News outlets report the Pelion Middle School student was arrested Thursday and charged with bringing a weapon to school and threatening a teacher. Lexington...

Man who threatened Trump family, media figures gets 5 years

Oct. 18, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle-area man with a history of severe mental illness has been sentenced to five years in prison for making threats against President Donald Trump's family, synagogues and media figures. Chase Bliss Colasurdo was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in May. He was arrested after...

Ex-law student arrested for email, video threats to college

Oct. 17, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey law student accused of sending a threatening email to students and making a video referencing a shooting has been arrested. A Rutgers University spokesman says 28-year-old Patrick Kelly, of Harrison, has been charged with making terroristic threats Thursday.

Alabama student accused of making LSU bomb threat over bet

Oct. 17, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A University of Alabama student allegedly called in a bomb threat against Louisiana State University's stadium during a football game because of a bet. News outlets report 19-year-old Alabama freshman Connor Croll of Crozet, Virginia, is charged with making the threat during LSU's...

14-year-old charged with making threat against former school

Oct. 17, 2019 1:51 AM EDT

SEMINOLE, Fla. (AP) — A 14-year-old Florida boy is accused of threatening a shooting at his former school. The Tampa Bay Times reports the teen was arrested Wednesday and charged with making written threats to kill or do bodily harm. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says the teen is accused of texting...

Man accused of making racist threats pleads not guilty

Oct. 16, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The white man accused of cyberstalking and making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia has pleaded not guilty. The Daily Progress reports that 31-year-old Daniel McMahon entered his plea Wednesday in federal court in Charlottesville. McMahon was indicted last...

Kansas man gets prison term for threats to Operation Rescue

Oct. 15, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man who admitted threatening workers of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue has been sentenced to federal prison. The U.S. attorney's office in says 22-year-old Christopher M. Thompson was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day on one count of making a threat. Operation...

Embattled Massachusetts mayor takes leave of absence

Oct. 15, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor facing federal fraud and extortion charges who has consistently resisted efforts to remove him from office has taken a voluntary leave of absence. Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia also announced Tuesday that he will suspend his reelection campaign and hand most...

Mayor facing federal charges announces leave of absence

Oct. 14, 2019 10:11 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The embattled mayor of Fall River has announced he plans to take a leave of absence from office and suspend his reelection campaign as he faces federal charges. In an interview with The Boston Globe , 27-year-old Mayor Jasiel Correia says he plans to retain the title of mayor as...

Cops: Florida woman pushed amputee out of wheelchair

Oct. 12, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities arrested a Florida woman they say pushed an amputee out of his wheelchair during an argument. Escambia County Sheriff's officials say the victim reported that he and 28-year-old Ashley Hacker had been arguing over clothes when Hacker allegedly threatened to push the...