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Adolph Coors III is kidnapped - 1960
Sat, 02/09/2013 - 08:51, - 0 Comments

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Adolph Coors III

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 9, 1960, Adolph Coors disappears while driving to work from his Morrison, Colorado, home. The grandson of the Coors' founder and chairman of the Golden Colorado Brewing Company was kidnapped and held for ransom before being shot to death.

Man arrested in alleged bomb plot at Calif. bank
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:10, - 0 Comments

Feb. 8, 2013 Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — The FBI arrested a San Jose man as he went through the motions of detonating what he believed to be a car bomb in front of a Northern California bank, federal authorities said Friday.

FBI agents arrested Matthew Aaron Llaneza, 28, Thursday night near a Bank of America branch in Oakland as part of a sting operation.

Llaneza had minutes earlier parked an SUV in front of the bank believing the vehicle contained an explosive rigged to detonate from a cellphone command, authorities said. Llaneza was arrested as he stood nearby and tried to detonate the device with a cellphone.

The FBI says Llaneza expressed support for the Taliban and had hoped the bombing would be blamed on anti-government activists and would somehow spark a civil war after a severe government crackdown. The FBI said Llaneza expressed a desire to travel to Afghanistan to train Taliban fighters.

Miami police lieutenant relieved of duty in fallout from FBI corruption investigation
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 18:05, - 0 Comments

An FBI corruption investigation has taken its toll on the Miami Police Department. The latest touched by the scandal: a lieutenant relieved of duty, and an officer who resigned.

A Miami police lieutenant suspected of participating in an alleged protection racket for a sports-betting ring in Liberty City was relieved of duty Friday.

Bernard Johnson, 44, who joined the police force in 1998, was relieved with pay while the FBI and Miami police internal affairs detectives continue their joint investigation into the gambling operation, which operated out of a Liberty City barber shop.

Another veteran officer, Rashad Jabbar, 50, retired last month after he was implicated in the same protection scandal.

Both are among 11 Miami police officers relieved of duty in recent months who face potential criminal charges or the loss of their jobs in connection with the federal corruption investigation targeting extortion and other illegal activity.

On Wednesday, a Miami police officer who wore a wire for the FBI pleaded guilty to an extortion charge. Nathaniel Dauphin, 41, admitted he received between $4,000 and $5,000 from the owner of the sports-betting business from November 2010 until March of last year.

Stabbing, Trampling Dim Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Parade
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:52, - 0 Comments

Feb. 8, 2013 Huffington Post

The revelry turned to tragedy.

Amid the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl parade on Tuesday, a teenager was fatally stabbed, and an 11-year-old suffered head trauma when he was trampled outside M&T Bank Stadium, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The stabbing victim, Deontae Smith, 15, was just a few blocks away from the route where he was shown in police video being attacked by someone in purple as others in Ravens apparel watched, the Sun notes.

"He was a wonderful young man," Smith's uncle, Chris Jackson, told WBAL. The station said that police believe Smith knew his assailant. Two other teens were hospitalized in the assault.

The boy who was stomped, 11-year-old Tyrek Hodge, recounted his terror to the Sun. (Watch the video above.) As unruly throngs stormed the gates of the stadium, he tripped and fell, and then his mother hit the ground. A stranger pulled her son to safety, she said.

First execution by lethal gas in U.S. - 1924
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 07:40, - 0 Comments

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Gas Chamber

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 8, 1924, the first execution by lethal gas in American history is carried out in Carson City, Nevada. The executed man was Tong Lee, a member of a Chinese gang who was convicted of murdering a rival gang member.

Ex-cop manhunt: Read the manifesto
Thu, 02/07/2013 - 18:22, - 2 Comments

February 7, 2013 | LA Times

Authorities continued to comb Big Bear on Thursday as an intensive manhunt for an ex-Los Angeles police officer suspected in a series of shootings stretched into late afternoon.

Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, is suspected of shooting three police officers, one of whom died, in Riverside County early Thursday. Police say he also shot and killed the daughter of a former LAPD captain and her fiance in Orange County earlier this week.

DOCUMENT: Read the manifesto

The Los Angeles Po­lice De­part­ment is ex­amin­ing a mani­festo it said was pub­lished on what the agency be­lieves is Dorner's Face­book page.

Ohio Amish set for sentencing in beard attacks
Thu, 02/07/2013 - 16:47, - 1 Comment

Feb. 7, 2013 Associated Press

BERGHOLZ, Ohio — More than 50 Amish children could lose one parent to prison — and most of the youngest could lose both — on Friday when 16 men and women are sentenced in beard-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio.

Most defendants could face as long as 10 years in prison and are asking the judge for leniency so they can return to their homes and farms, teaching their sons a trade and their daughters how to sew, cook and keep house.

But their bid faces an uphill battle. Victims of the 2011 attacks, which the government called a hate crime and an attempt by a splinter group to shame members who left or denounced it, say justice is needed, especially for the ringleader.

In a rare interview last week in Bergholz at the community's sprawling farm amid rolling hills in eastern Ohio, unmarried 19-year-old Edward Mast, grandson of ring leader Sam Mullet Sr., said he is anticipating a life of mentoring Amish children and sharing in child-rearing if the parents go to prison.

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