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Finally. The Feds — including ICE — appear to be investigating Ilhan Omar. – TheBlaze

On Oct. 30, I reported that the Department of Justice had assigned an FBI Special Agent in Charge, or SAC, to review Rep. Ilhan Omar’s apparent, astonishing spree of felonies from 2009 to 2017.

At least three departments are reviewing what could be the worst-ever crime spree by an elected US official

1. Department of Education Inspector General

This is related to evidence suggesting that Rep. Omar’s 2009 marriage to a UK citizen may have been an attempt to facilitate federal student loan fraud, or other fraud involving higher education.

● Shortly after Omar’s 2009 marriage, the new couple moved to Fargo, North Dakota. Omar enrolled at North Dakota State University in August 2009. Her husband enrolled the following year.

Omar received a degree in June 2011. According to Omar herself, she and her husband then permanently separated in June 2011. The marriage’s start and end coincide with the start and end dates of Omar’s NDSU enrollment.

Incredibly — according to address records, and a statement from Omar herself — she was also still living with her first husband, and their two kids, throughout this second marriage.

● In 2017, Omar finally filed for divorce. Under penalty of perjury, she submitted a nine-question form to the court attesting to having lost all contact with her NDSU husband in June 2011.

Dozens of verified social media posts, photos, and even a 2016 interview with the NDSU husband indicate otherwise. It appears Omar perjured herself eight times answering those nine questions.

(Click here for analysis of an additional court document Omar submitted, which suggests the likely motive for Omar taking such a risk. Each instance of perjury in Minnesota can receive a sentence of five years.)

2. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

● This is related to evidence suggesting a breathtaking number of possible immigration-related felonies. As I stated in an introductory passage within my July 18 article:

The [following] answers to those questions about [Rep. Omar’s 2009 marriage] appear to give probable cause to investigate Omar for eight instances of perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, up to eight years of state and federal tax fraud, two years of federal student loan fraud, and even bigamy.

To be clear: The facts describe perhaps the most extensive spree of illegal misconduct committed by a House member in American history.

The involvement of ICE with a possible criminal investigation could hardly be of greater political import to Omar.

For several years, Omar has vigorously supported the abolishment of ICE. Her 2020 re-election platform — featured on her campaign site, and pictured below — targets ICE agents with vicious rhetoric that simply must be read by interested parties.

States Omar’s site: “Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is an unreformable organization that has become increasingly militarizedbrutal, and unaccountable.”

Source: Finally. The Feds — including ICE — appear to be investigating Ilhan Omar. – TheBlaze

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Police: Man Shot In The Back Walks Into Pittsburgh Hospital

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police are investigating after a man walked into a Pittsburgh hospital with a gunshot wound in his back.

Pittsburgh Police responded to reports of a male with a gunshot wound who had walked into a hospital around 1 a.m. Thursday morning.

When they arrived to talk with the victim, police say he told them he was leaving a bar on the 2600 block of California Avenue when he heard gunfire.

He told police that’s when he realized he’d been shot in the back.

The victim was last listed in stable condition.

Police say they are investigating.

Source: Police: Man Shot In The Back Walks Into Pittsburgh Hospital

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Homestead man accused of pointing shotgun at police responding to a loud music complaint

David Randolph, 57, facing several charges

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AG: Woman kept sister in wooden cage inside Washington County home

A western Pennsylvania woman is suspected of keeping her sister inside a wooden cage in the living room “with only a dirty mattress and little to no medical care,” the state attorney general says.

Source: AG: Woman kept sister in wooden cage inside Washington County home

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Investigators say a man tried to break into a home, said he was a firefighter, and then ran off. Now he’s in the Westmoreland County Prison.

Charles Beiter, 33, facing several charges

Police said after the confrontation, Charles Beiter, of Delmont, tried to break into a detached garage and then ran off.

Police said Beiter was wearing firefighter apparel and was driving a silver Mitsubishi SUV.

Investigators said home surveillance video helped them identify Beiter as the suspect.

Louis Gradisek lives in the home and told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that he was home as this all was unfolding.

“I just happened to look out on the deck and I just happened to see him walking around out there,’ Gradisek said.

Investigators said troopers searching nearby heard about a man with the same description stealing items from a car and then running away.

Police also said Beiter was streaming on Facebook live around the time of the incident but attempts to locate him based on that were unsuccessful.

Police said he was later discovered in the area and taken into custody after a traffic stop.

Beiter is now in the Westmoreland County Prison facing several charges including attempted burglary and impersonating a public servant.

He is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Jan. 23.

Source: Investigators say a man tried to break into a home, said he was a firefighter, and then ran off. Now he’s in the Westmoreland County Prison.

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Police: Alleged Armed Intruder Shot, Killed At Baldwin Apartment – CBS Pittsburgh

BALDWIN (KDKA) — Allegheny County Police say the man shot and killed last night in Baldwin was armed and allegedly trying to break into a family’s apartment.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has now identified the alleged intruder as 22-year-old Joshua Brandon Long of West Mifflin.

According to police, Long was shot and killed just after 7 p.m. Sunday while attempting an alleged armed robbery at an apartment on Rosewood Court.

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Police say the 25-year-old man living in the apartment retrieved his own gun during the incident and shot the suspect. The man was at home with his 24-year-old fiancée and their 10-month-old child.

Officers took a 19-year-old man into custody nearby shortly after arriving at the scene. He is facing drug charges.

Allegheny County Police detectives continue to investigate the incident.

They will be working with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether any charges will be filed in the incident.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477).

Source: Police: Alleged Armed Intruder Shot, Killed At Baldwin Apartment – CBS Pittsburgh

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Police: Man steals cash register in Pittsburgh robbery | TribLIVE.com

A man took a cash register from a market during a robbery Saturday night, according to Pittsburgh police.

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Officers were called to the Brighton Road store around 8:15 p.m. in the city’s Brighton Heights neighborhood. Police said the suspect went inside the store, grabbed the cash register and fled on foot.

No one was hurt. Neither the suspect nor the cash register were found by police who searched the area.

Source: Police: Man steals cash register in Pittsburgh robbery | TribLIVE.com

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Johnstown man still at large following altercation, chase with police | WJAC

Police in Cambria County continue to search for a man following an altercation with an officer earlier Friday.

The Ferndale police chief says an officer suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon after getting into a struggle with a man who said he had a weapon.

Chief John Blake says the officer responded to the 100 block of Quaker Avenue in Ferndale for a parking complaint and reports of a man, who Blake identified as John Hoffman of Middle Taylor Township, trying to unsuccessfully carjack a vehicle.

Blake says the officer noticed Hoffman was intoxicated; Hoffman told the officer he had a gun, and they began to struggle.

According to Blake, Hoffman ran away, and a chase ensued involving other officers.

The injured officer was treated and is okay.

Hoffman remains at large and the Ferndale Police Department is currently consulting with the Cambria County district attorney to press charges.

Source: Johnstown man still at large following altercation, chase with police | WJAC

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10 charged in Pittsburgh prostitution sting | TribLIVE.com

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By Tom Davidson

Pittsburgh police arrested 10 people in an undercover prostitution sting this week at a city hotel.

Among those charged were:

• Moriah Asefi, 29, of Jeannette, charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.

• Heather Madhat, 49, of Akron, Ohio, was charged with promoting prostitution.

• Scott Porter, 40, of Pittsburgh’s Sheraden neighborhood. Porter is charged with prostitution. He worked under the name “Desire” and was billed as a female, according to a complaint.

• Clara Bass, 40, South Union Township, Fayette County. Bass is charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.

• Patricia Scarlett, 43, of Farmington, was charged with promoting prostitution.

• Two passengers in a car, Brian Funk, 26, of Uniontown, and Joseph Chism, 22, also of South Union, were charged with prohibited acts after marijuana and a pipe allegedly were found by police.

• Cody Singletary, 24, of Mt. Oliver. Singletary is charged with prostitution and possessing instruments of crime.

• Two others, Russell Hogue, 39, of Petrolia, and Kalil Bryant, 26, of Emsworth, were charged with patronizing prostitutes and possessing instruments of crime.

.Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, tdavidson@tribweb.com or via Twitter .

Source: 10 charged in Pittsburgh prostitution sting | TribLIVE.com

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Greensburg man charged with raping two young girls

Police say suspect met victims through Snapchat

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Ottawa shooting: 1 dead, 3 injured as police search for suspect – CNN

(CNN)Police are searching for a suspect after a shooting Wednesday left one person dead and three injured in Ottawa.

Police tweeted they believe the shooting was targeted. They’ve given no description of the suspect.
This is not considered an active-shooter situation, police said in a statement. They’ve urged residents to avoid the area.
Officers responded to a call of shots fired downtown shortly after 7:30 a.m., Ottawa Police Acting Inspector Francois D’aoust told reporters.
They found four victims with gunshot wounds at a home. One person died at the scene.
One victim is a 15-year-old boy, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario tweeted. He is in stable condition at the hospital.
The other two victims are in critical condition at The Ottawa Hospital, spokeswoman Michaela Schreiter told CNN.
Anyone with information about the incident or suspect are asked to contact the Major Crime Unit of Ottawa Police Service or call 613-236-1222, extension 5493.

Source: Ottawa shooting: 1 dead, 3 injured as police search for suspect – CNN

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Police Chief U. Renee Hall reacts to shooting that killed 1-year-old – YouTube

Police Chief U. Renee Hall speaks during a press conference following the death of 1-year-old Rory Norman, who was fatally shot early Sunday morning at a home in South Dallas, on Jan. 5, 2020 at the Jack Evans Police Headquarters. (Juan Figueroa/ The Dallas Morning News)

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Rockford man charged with armed robbery after hours-long standoff

Nicholas August, 39, is in jail on a $2 million bond. His charges include armed robbery, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated unlawful restraint.

Source: Rockford man charged with armed robbery after hours-long standoff

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Texas Stabbing: At Least 1 Dead, 3 Injured in Austin – YouTube

One person was killed, three others hurt and a suspect was in custody following a “stabbing incident” Friday morning in downtown Austin, police and emergency officials said.

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A gunman holding a woman hostage inside an Illinois bank has surrendered – CNN

A man was arrested Friday after he held a woman hostage for more than six hours inside a Rockford, Illinois, credit union, police said.

Source: A gunman holding a woman hostage inside an Illinois bank has surrendered – CNN

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Texas sheriff’s deputy, an Army vet, fatally shot during traffic stop; suspect arrested | Fox News

A Texas sheriff’s deputy died in a hospital Tuesday after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop, authorities said.

Source: Texas sheriff’s deputy, an Army vet, fatally shot during traffic stop; suspect arrested | Fox News

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North Hills Special Response Team And SWAT Officers Respond To Domestic Situation In McCandless – CBS Pittsburgh

According to the McCandless Police Chief Ryan Hawk, the call came in just before 2:30 p.m.

He said a man and a woman got into an argument outside of the home and the man went back into the home.

That’s when Hawk said the woman heard a gunshot and immediately called 9-1-1. McCandless Police and the North Hills Special Response Team arrived at what they believed to be a domestic situation. They treated this as a barricaded situation, not knowing what was happening inside.

When they were able to get into the home, they found the man dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“Deceased since that gunshot was heart,” said Chief Ryan Hawk. “At this time, we can say this was not a situation where anyone was barricaded.”

Source: North Hills Special Response Team And SWAT Officers Respond To Domestic Situation In McCandless – CBS Pittsburgh

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1 Person Hospitalized After Shooting In Uniontown – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are investigating an overnight shooting in Fayette County that sent one person to the hospital.

It happened just after 2 a.m. along North Gallatin Avenue in Uniontown, near the Family Dollar store.

Police responded to the area and spent more than two hours at the scene.

One person was taken to the hospital with injuries. That person’s condition has not been released.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

Source: 1 Person Hospitalized After Shooting In Uniontown – CBS Pittsburgh

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1 man arrested after shots fired incident in Mingo Junction | WTRF

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UPDATE:

One man was taken into custody yesterday after the shots fired call in Mingo Junction.

Dennis Bernardi Jr. , 20 of Mingo Junction was arrested with charges pending and public intoxication.

The call came in around 1 am in Mingo on Grandview Avenue.

Stay with 7News for updates.

ORIGINAL:

According to Jefferson County 911 police were called to Grandville Avenue in Mingo Junction after getting reports of shots fired.

Police arrived at the scene and found no activity.

7News will update this story if more details become available

Source: 1 man arrested after shots fired incident in Mingo Junction | WTRF

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Man Who Murdered 90-Year-Old Was Walking His Dog, Stole Victim’s Wedding Ring – CBS Pittsburgh

 

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — New details have emerged in the murder of Samuel Rende, including possible motives and bizarre details about the suspect himself.

90-year-old Samuel Rende succumbed to his injuries after being shot in the head by 27-year-old Anthony Miller yesterday. He died at 12:59 p.m. at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. Medics transported him there from his pickup truck after having been found in critical condition.

Source: Man Who Murdered 90-Year-Old Was Walking His Dog, Stole Victim’s Wedding Ring – CBS Pittsburgh

Samuel Rende was among those charged in 1981 in the murder-for-hire slaying of Norman McGregor. He pleaded no contest in 1985 to conspiracy.

In a bygone era when guys involved in questionable business dealings sported memorable monikers such as “Egghead,” “Codfish,” “Monster” and “Snooky,” Samuel Rende was just plain Sam.

The 90-year-old Mr. Rende — who was shot to death Saturday near the same Hazelwood streets where he grew up, in what police said was a targeted killing — never had a nickname. He was a man who had long stayed out of the public eye after doing time in the 1980s for his alleged involvement in a murder-for-hire scheme.

Source: 90-year-old homicide victim was once linked to contract killing | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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2 Dead, 1 Critically Injured After Shooting At West Freeway Church Of Christ In White Settlement

Two people are dead and another person is critically injured after a shooting at a church in the Tarrant County city of White Settlement, officials said.

During the incident, two men died from their injuries and another man was critically injured. Fort Worth spokesman Mike Drivdahl said in a news conference that they believe the gunman is among the three but it’s unknown if he was killed or is injured.

“When White Settlement PD and White Settlement Fire Department arrived on scene, they did find a total of three patients that have been transported in critical condition. That includes who they do believe is the shooter, so that is a total of three, including the shooter, who have been transported.”

MedStar has since said the third man in critical condition died en route to the hospital but was resuscitated and is currently undergoing surgery. Two other victims were injured trying to duck and cover but have been treated and released.

Source: 2 Dead, 1 Critically Injured After Shooting At West Freeway Church Of Christ In White Settlement

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Alleged assault at SCI-Somerset under investigation | News | tribdem.com

SCI-Somerset’s investigation into an alleged Christmas Day assault on a corrections officer by an inmate is still ongoing, Susan McNaughton, communications director for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, wrote on Friday.

McNaughton wrote in an email to The Tribune-Democrat that the officer who allegedly was assaulted has returned to work. That officer reportedly had been transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation after the assault on Wednesday. 

The housing unit where the assault allegedly took place was briefly locked down afterward.

Pennsylvania State Police will determine whether criminal charges will be filed in connection with the incident, according to McNaughton.

Source: Alleged assault at SCI-Somerset under investigation | News | tribdem.com

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New York City mugging victim, 60, dies 3 days after brutal Christmas Eve beating over $1 | Fox News

A 60-year-old New York City man died in a hospital Friday, three days after unidentified suspect brutally beat him, demanding money while he walked down a Bronx street early Christmas Eve morning,  police said Saturday.

Source: New York City mugging victim, 60, dies 3 days after brutal Christmas Eve beating over $1 | Fox News

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No injuries after shots fired incident in Steubenville | WTOV

 

A shots fired incident on Friday night in Steubenville has left a community on edge.

The incident happened at Sixth Street and Ross Street just after 9:00 p.m.

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A bullet pierced a window at Catherine’s Care Center which is an assisted living center located on Sixth Street.

No one was injured in the incident.

According to police, no arrests have been made.

Source: No injuries after shots fired incident in Steubenville | WTOV

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2 killed, 7 injured in drive-by shooting while filming music video: Sheriff | abc7chicago.com

A group of men were shooting a music video when they were “basically ambushed.”

2 killed, 7 injured in drive-by shooting while filming music video: Sheriff

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Two men were killed and seven others were injured in a drive-by shooting while they were filming a music video in Texas, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

Gonzalez said a group of men were in the area filming a music video in the parking lot of a nearby business park off of I-45 N.

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Update: we are now at 9 total gunshot wound victims: 2 were confirmed deceased at scene, 1 was critical, the others remain hospitalized. Anyone with info is urged to call @CrimeStopHOU at 713-222-TIPS. https://twitter.com/sheriffed_hcso/status/1210782457634541568 

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@HCSOTexas are at the 500 block of Smart Street, reference a drive-by shooting. Initial report indicates 4 gunshot wound victims. Of the 4, two have been confirmed at the scene and the other two are wounded. Still an active scene. Details are limited. #HouNews

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“All of a sudden, basically, they were ambushed,” he said.

A total of nine people were shot. Two men were found dead on the scene, and the others were hospitalized, some in critical condition.

Gonzalez described the victims as young Hispanic males in their 20s.

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Update: we now believe the number of gunshot victims to be at least 8. A group of Hispanic males (in their 20s) were filming a music video in the parking lot when unknown suspects possibly drove by and opened fire on the group. https://twitter.com/sheriffed_hcso/status/1210782457634541568 

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@HCSOTexas are at the 500 block of Smart Street, reference a drive-by shooting. Initial report indicates 4 gunshot wound victims. Of the 4, two have been confirmed at the scene and the other two are wounded. Still an active scene. Details are limited. #HouNews

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“We believe there could still be more (victims) that are injured that happened to leave the scene before we got here,” he said.

Gonzalez also said the shooters were in cars and others may have been on foot. A description of the suspects was not immediately released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office or Houston Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.

Source: 2 killed, 7 injured in drive-by shooting while filming music video: Sheriff | abc7chicago.com

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Man arrested after deadly double shooting on Pittsburgh’s North Side

PITTSBURGH — A man wanted for a deadly double shooting that occurred during a blinding snow squall earlier this month was arrested at his mother’s house in Pitcairn, police said.

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Investigators said Maurice Demond King, 26, of Turtle Creek, was arrested on Dec. 26. He was charged with homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, tampering with evidence and other charges in connection with the double shooting on Dec. 18.

Source: Man arrested after deadly double shooting on Pittsburgh’s North Side

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Police looking for men accused in assault on juvenile at Westmoreland Mall

The female’s condition wasn’t immediately known

State Police announced Friday night they’re looking for three men in connection with the assault on a female juvenile inside the Westmoreland Mall.

The assault was reported just before 7:00 Friday evening. The victim’s condition wasn’t immediately known.

Anyone with information is urged to call PSP Greensburg.

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pictured Males assaulted a juvenile female inside Westmoreland Mall on 12/27/19 at approx. 1845 hours. They fled possibly in a blue Jeep Cherokee. If anyone can identify the 3 males, especially the male in the red shirt please contact Tpr. PARKER at PSP Greensburg 724-832-3288

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Source: Police looking for men accused in assault on juvenile at Westmoreland Mall

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City and state cops investigate four antisemitic attacks in NYC in 24 hours – amNewYork

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed a state hate crimes task force to investigate the assault this week of an Orthodox Jewish man in Manhattan — the latest in a string of antisemitic attacks in the area.

“This horrific and cowardly act of antisemitism is repugnant to our values, and it’s even more despicable that it occurred over the holidays,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We have absolutely zero tolerance for bigotry and hate, and we will continue to call it out whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head.”

New York City police said the attack happened Monday morning on the Upper East Side. They said Steven Jorge, 28, of Miami, Florida, made antisemitic remarks and punched the 65-year-old man in the face with a closed fist.

Source: City and state cops investigate four antisemitic attacks in NYC in 24 hours – amNewYork

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Boston police investigate after woman and children found dead – YouTube

Boston police investigate after woman and children found dead

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High-profile Pittsburgh attorney accused of hit-and-run weeks after being charged with smuggling drugs into county jail

A well-known Pittsburgh attorney is in trouble again weeks after being charged with smuggling synthetic marijuana into the Allegheny County Jail.

Source: High-profile Pittsburgh attorney accused of hit-and-run weeks after being charged with smuggling drugs into county jail