Latest Extortion and threats News

Woman charged with making threat before youth game shooting

Sep. 18, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Authorities have arrested the mother of a suspect they say opened fire at a North Texas youth football game. Fort Worth police say 39-year-old Chanita Nichole Holly called her son from Saturday's game involving 8-year-old players, and that he later arrived and started shooting....

Florida man charged with racially threatening black activist

Sep. 18, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he cyberstalked and made racist threats against a black activist in Virginia to interfere with his plans to run for a seat on Charlottesville's city council. Daniel McMahon, 31, of Brandon, Florida, was indicted in Virginia on charges that include...

'Death Note' Snapchat post yields terroristic threat charge

Sep. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a University of South Alabama student has been charged with making a terroristic threat, accused of posting a picture of a book titled "Death Note" on the social media app Snapchat. Court records filed Wednesday say 21-year-old Jaleel Hughes' post included the caption,...

Ukraine: Police seize man threatening to blow up Kyiv bridge

Sep. 18, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in Ukraine's capital say they apprehended a man who allegedly threatened to blow up a major bridge and shot down a police drone monitoring him. Police said the man made the threat while standing on a major bridge in Kyiv. They say that along with bringing down the drone, he...

Correction: Mayor Charged story

Sep. 18, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — In a story Sept. 17 about a preliminary mayoral election in Fall River, Massachusetts, The Associated Press reported erroneously that embattled incumbent mayor Jasiel Correia will face Paul Coogan and Erica Scott-Pacheco in the Nov. 5 general election. He will face only Coogan. A...

Texas man arrested in threat to kill stepson, classmates

Sep. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who was jailed for fighting with his 16-year-old stepson is accused of threatening to kill all the students at the Arkansas high school the teen attends, causing multiple lockdowns on campus. Police in Austin, Texas, arrested Patrick Pleasant last Thursday and charged him...

Oklahoma woman accused of threatening to shoot up old school

Sep. 16, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old Oklahoma woman accused of threatening to carry out a mass shooting at her old high school. Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris says Alexis Wilson, of McAlester, was arrested Monday after a co-worker told investigators that Wilson had said...

Judge refuses to toss charge over threat to Muslim candidate

Sep. 16, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

A federal judge refused on Monday to throw out a case in which a North Carolina man is charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia. Joseph Cecil Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person in connection...

North Macedonia prosecutor dismissed over corruption scandal

Sep. 14, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in North Macedonia have dismissed a special prosecutor tasked with investigating high-level corruption who herself has been detained under suspicion of involvement in a high-profile graft scandal. All 102 lawmakers present at the session in the 120-member parliament...

Woman accused of sending threats, powder to Florida schools

Sep. 12, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman mailed threatening letters containing white powder to elementary schools where she previously worked as a teacher. Federal prosecutors say FBI agents arrested 65-year-old Maria Bassi Lauro at her Davenport home Wednesday. Records show she made her initial...