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Plea change set in African American church fire case

Jan. 23, 2020 6:52 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A suspect set for trial next month in a series of fires at African American churches in Louisiana is now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing. Holden Matthews has pleaded not guilty to federal charges arising from the arson fires at south Louisiana churches. However, a court filing...

Police investigating racist drawing at WVa high school

Jan. 23, 2020 3:36 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police are investigating what a prosecutor said was a racist drawing that was posted at a southern West Virginia high school and targeted a biracial basketball player from a rival team. West Virginia State Police spokeswoman Capt. Shallon Oglesby said in a statement that the...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 22, 2020 1:19 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Toothless cell-phone ban could make Pa. highways more dangerous Easton Express-Times Jan. 19 In trying to correct a weakness in Pennsylvania’s distracted-driving laws — drivers are still permitted to use hand-held...

Man charged in Hanukkah attack pleads not guilty

Jan. 16, 2020 3:02 PM EST

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The man charged in an attack at a suburban New York Hanukkah celebration that left five people wounded, one critically, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges on Thursday. Grafton Thomas appeared in Rockland County Court. On Monday, he also pleaded not guilty to...

Judge: Hanukkah attack suspect may need death-penalty lawyer

Jan. 13, 2020 1:49 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A man charged in a bloody attack at a Hanukkah celebration may need attorneys specializing in death penalty cases if a stabbing victim dies, a judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel raised the subject during a court hearing for Grafton Thomas after he pleaded not...

Jewish neighborhoods in NYC to get 100 new security cameras

Jan. 10, 2020 4:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will install 100 new security cameras in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in an effort to prevent anti-Semitic attacks, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. Fear has gripped the city's Orthodox Jewish community since the the fatal Dec. 10 attack at a kosher grocery store...

Grafton Thomas is led from Ramapo Town Hall in Ramapo, N.Y. following his arraignment Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Thomas was charged in the stabbings of multiple people as they gathered to celebrate Hanukkah at a rabbi's home in Monsey, an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City.  (Seth Harrison/The Journal News via AP)

Hanukkah stabbing suspect indicted on federal hate crimes

Jan. 9, 2020 5:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal grand jury handed up hate crime charges Thursday against the man accused of stabbing five people with a machete during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City. The indictment charges Grafton Thomas with five counts each of attempting to kill victims based on their religion...

This Dec. 31, 2019 booking photo provided by the Deschutes County, Ore., Jail shows James Lamb, who has been charged with attempted murder and hate crimes after prosecutors say he broke into a motel office in a predawn attack, beating and strangling a 70-year-old woman who owns the motel with her husband, both immigrants from India. (Deschutes County Jail via AP)

Man charged with hate crimes in beating of 70-year-old woman

Jan. 7, 2020 2:27 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A man was charged with attempted murder and hate crimes after breaking into a motel office and attacking a 70-year-old immigrant from India who owns the business with her husband, also an immigrant, prosecutors said Tuesday. Meena Puri remained in the hospital with injuries to her...

Doctor finds Milwaukee acid attack suspect fit for trial

Jan. 6, 2020 11:46 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 61-year-old Wisconsin man accused of throwing acid in a Latino man’s face during a racist attack is competent to stand trial, according to a doctor's report released to court Monday. Clifton Blackwell, who is white, is charged with first-degree reckless injury in a case...

Woman accused of using Muslim student's hijab to attack her

Jan. 4, 2020 3:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities issued an arrest warrant Friday for a woman accused of trying to choke a Muslim student with her headscarf and then harassing her by stripping down at a train station in Portland, Oregon. Jasmine Renee Campbell, 23, has been indicted on hate crime, attempted strangulation,...