(NEW YORK) Justice Dept Report: Man Sentenced to 35 Years for Sexual Exploitation of a Child including sex-abuse of a child #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.02: According to court documents, on July 22, 2015, Scott Lane, 37, of New York, New York, and others were on a particular video-conferencing platform when a man in Pennsylvania, co-conspirator William Augusta, began sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy:

Project Safe Childhood: ‘A former executive director for a university’s donor relations and fundraising programs in New York was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for multiple child pornography crimes, including his participation in the sexual abuse of a 6-year-old’

Lane and others encouraged Augusta to sexually abuse the boy for everyone to watch live. Specifically, Lane, using the alias “NYC Perv,” instructed Augusta to “make out with him,” and further instructed Augusta to engage in specific sexual acts with the boy. An undercover Toronto Police detective constable observed the sexual abuse via the video-conferencing platform, and the following day, law enforcement rescued the child and arrested Augusta, who had been sexually abusing the child for approximately two years. A subsequent search of Lane’s electronic devices revealed that Lane possessed multiple videos of prepubescent child pornography.

“The successful prosecution of the 15 individuals in this case, many of whom were responsible for the reprehensible sexual abuse of a 6-year-old child on a live-streaming, video-conferencing platform, demonstrate the Department of Justice’s unwavering commitment to targeting dangerous sexual abusers of children, however they commit their crimes,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “We will continue to work closely with our domestic and foreign law enforcement partners to identify, prosecute, and hold accountable those who exploit children, no matter the technological means they use to commit their heinous crimes.”

“This defendant and his co-conspirators engaged in truly hideous behavior toward a child,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. “The lengthy sentence imposed today, and the lengthy sentences imposed earlier, reflect our office’s commitment to protecting vulnerable victims and punishing individuals who engage in this type of abhorrent behavior. I want to thank all the prosecutors and law enforcement agents who worked tirelessly to make sure justice was served in this case.”

“Today’s sentence demonstrates the severity of the crimes committed in this case,” said Special Agent in Charge Brian A. Michael for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Philadelphia. “The defendant perpetuated unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims, a child. Homeland Security Investigations and our law enforcement partners are devoted to identifying, investigating, and prosecuting offenders like the defendant ensuring they will never harm another child. We hope today’s sentencing can bring some solace to the victim in their recovery.”

In May 2016, 15 individuals were charged in an 18-count superseding indictment by a grand jury in the Middle District of Pennsylvania with multiple child exploitation offenses, many of which related to 14 co-conspirators’ involvement in using the video-conferencing website to produce, advertise, distribute, and/or receive child pornography. Twelve of the defendants pleaded guilty prior to trial, and two went to trial in January 2018. The defendants were sentenced to between six and a half years and 60 years. One defendant died after pleading guilty but before sentencing, and another defendant died before trial.

Lane pleaded guilty to six counts of child pornography crimes on Jan. 11, 2018, including conspiracy to produce and production of child pornography. In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to serve 15 years of supervised release and to pay $50,000 of restitution to the then-6-year-old victim as well as $476.95 to another victim.

HSI Philadelphia, the Toronto Police Service, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, and the North Middleton Police Department investigated the case, with assistance from the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section’s (CEOS) High Technology Investigative Unit.

CEOS Trial Attorney Austin M. Berry and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Ford of the Middle District of Pennsylvania prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc.

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(NEW YORK) JUST IN: NYPD REPORT: Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a brutal assault in Hell’s Kitchen on Monday night in the latest attack on an Asian woman #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.30: The victim, a 65-year-old woman on her way to church, was hospitalised with serious injuries, police said:

Asian Woman On Her Way To Church Brutally Attacked In Hell’s Kitchen; Suspect Reportedly Told Her, ‘You Don’t Belong Here’ – CBS New York: ‘VIDEO: Asian Passenger Brutally Beaten Unconscious On Subway

March 30, 2021 at 6:32 am:

Surveillance video shows a man kick the woman to the ground, stomping on her several times before police say he made anti-Asian statements. Sources told CBS2 he also told the woman, “You don’t belong here,” then ran off: It happened on West 43rd Street just before noon Monday.

Help identify the below individual wanted in connection to an assault. On Monday, March 29th at 11:40 AM, at 360 West 43rd St, a female, 65, was approached by an unidentified male who punched and kicked her about the body and made anti-Asian statements. Info?☎️1-800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/LkwfYhMCLr

— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 29, 2021

The Asian Hate Crimes Task Force tweeted the video, saying in part, “The cold hearted building security guard not only failed to render aid, he closed the door on the victim.”

Overnight, the management company of the building said it suspended the staff members who witnessed the attack, pending an investigation.

“The Brodsky Organization condemns all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia and violence against the Asian American,” the Brodsky Organization said in a statement. “The staff who witnessed the attack have been suspended pending an investigation in conjunction with their union.”

The hate crimes task force is also investigating an attack on the J train.One man beat and choked a man until he became unconscious. Police believe the victim is Asian.

Fellow riders watched without intervening.

Video of the attack has been viewed over one-million times on social media. Police are trying to track down its origin and identify both the victim and suspect.

We need the public’s help. The NYPD is aware of this video and is investigating. Anyone that has information regarding this incident is urged to call or DM @NYPDTips 1-800-577-TIPS and provide additional details including the date and time of occurrence.  @NYPDTransit@NYPDnews https://t.co/fJmZC1QJac

— NYPD Hate Crimes (@NYPDHateCrimes) March 29, 2021

Dozens gathered in Queens on Monday night for a candlelight vigil honoring the lives lost in the Atlanta shooting and standing will all victims of hate.

“What kind of hate is displayed in this kind of attack?” said State Sen. John Liu.

“Asian Americans for too long in this country have been shamefully scapegoated because of ignorant fear,” said Rep. Grace Meng.

NYPD numbers show at least 31 anti-Asian hate crimes citywide so far in 2021. But the department admits crimes against Asian Americans have long gone underreported.

“We’re just starting to learn to speak up about something that’s been happening for as long as we can remember,” said Kim.

The Asian Hate Crimes Task Force told CBS2 bystanders too often do not intervene when witnessing an attack.

“Being silent is being complicit when we see our brothers and sisters being attacked,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards.

“It doesn’t get easier, but it’s helpful when people gather together,” said State Sen. Liu.

Starting this week, undercover Asian American police officers will be walking the streets with the purpose of preventing and responding to hate crimes.MORE

Meantime, investigators are asking anyone with information on these latest attacks to contact police.

LINK: Stop Asian Hate Resources

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(NEW YORK) #Peace Talks Report: It is an impending disaster that looms large over any talk of peace in Yemen, humanitarian efforts and ecological concerns #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.29: The vessel is a floating storage and offloading (FSO) terminal that was used as an offshore platform for ships loading crude oil from the Marib-Ras Isa pipeline:

“A ticking time bomb”: how FSO Safer became a ‘bargaining tool’ for Houthis: ‘The Safer oil tanker has been moored in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen, near the Ras Isa oil terminal, for more than five years’

March 28, 2021 00:09

It is owned by Yemen’s national oil company, the Safer Exploration & Production Operation Company, but fell into the hands of the Houthis in 2015, early in the Yemeni civil war. Since then, no maintenance work has been carried out on the aging tanker.

When Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan announced on March 22 a new initiative to bring peace to Yemen, Arab News asked him what could be done to defuse this ticking time bomb.

“We are extremely concerned about the Houthis continuing to put up obstacles to the UN doing what it needs to do to safeguard this oil tanker that threatens a true ecological disaster of unprecedented scale in the Red Sea,” Prince Faisal replied.

#LISTEN@UKUN_NewYork Permanent Representative @BWoodward_UN says #Houthis must urgently facilitate UN’s FSO Safer assessment & repair mission https://t.co/XoOVYcLgCapic.twitter.com/ttk8reeASO

— Arab News (@arabnews) March 28, 2021

“It is something that is extremely concerning. It’s very, very disheartening that the Houthis are using the environment and the livelihoods of hundreds, if not thousands, of fishermen as a bargaining tool.

“And, therefore, we call on the international community to do all it can to ensure that this situation is addressed forthwith, (so) that this issue is not used by the Houthis to blackmail the international community.”

This image provided by I.R. Consilium taken in 2019, shows the external piping system of the FSO Safer and the hose failure that led to a spill, moored off Ras Issa port, Yemen. (AFP/File Photo)

FSO Safer’s structure, equipment and operating systems are deteriorating, leaving the tanker at risk of springing a leak, exploding or catching fire.

With 48 million gallons of oil on board, the UN warns a potential leak would be four times bigger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster off the coast of Alaska, considered the world’s worst oil spill in terms of environmental damage.

Experts estimate a major leak could severely damage Red Sea ecosystems, upon which some 30 million people depend, including 1.6 million Yemenis, according to the UN.

#LISTEN: Inga Rhonda King, @SVG_UN Permanent Representative, says “politicizing and weaponizing” the FSO Safer issue poses a threat to the #Yemeni people https://t.co/XoOVYctFdApic.twitter.com/ua4dAYki6P

— Arab News (@arabnews) March 28, 2021

A spill would devastate fisheries along Yemen’s west coast and destroy the livelihoods of fishing communities, many of which are already dependent on humanitarian aid to survive. If a fire occurs, more than 8.4 million people could be exposed to toxic pollutants.

Most concerning of all for the UN, however, is that an oil spill would lead to the closure of Hodeidah port, which would cause food and fuel prices to soar and lead to a blockage of humanitarian aid to millions of Yemenis.

This is at a time when Yemen faces the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster and stands on the brink of famine.

This handout satellite image obtained courtesy of Maxar Technologies on July 19, 2020 shows an overview of the FSO Safer oil tanker on June 19, 2020 off the port of Ras Isa. (AFP/File Photo)

A potential spill could also disrupt commercial shipping routes on the Red Sea, one of the world’s busiest waterways that accounts for 10 percent of global trade. It could also adversely impact littoral countries including Saudi Arabia, Djibouti and Eritrea.

Since 2019, the UN has been lobbying to deploy a team of experts to assess the condition of the tanker and conduct initial repairs. The first mission, which was deployed to Djibouti in August that year, was cancelled at the last minute when the Houthis abruptly withdrew their consent.

Negotiations about another mission have been going on ever since between the UN and the Houthis. These talks increased in urgency in May 2020 when seawater was reported in the Safer’s engine room.

#LISTEN: Geraldine Byrne Nason, @irishmissionun Permanent Representative, warn #Houthis a catastrophe caused by FSO Safer would be unforgivable when help is being offered https://t.co/XoOVYctFdA pic.twitter.com/Ej9F7OoDD5

— Arab News (@arabnews) March 28, 2021

Even though it was a relatively small leak, it took divers more than five days to contain it. The UN says it is unclear how long the patch will hold.

Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, and the Security Council have pleaded with the Houthis to allow access to the tanker for assessment and repairs.

“It’s a bit of a cat-and-mouse (situation),” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, after a new list of Houthi demands relating to “logistics and security arrangements” caused fresh delays last month.

“We hope that these discussions conclude quickly so we can move forward with booking the mission’s vessels.

This image provided by I.R. Consilium taken in 2019, shows the deck of the FSO Safer, indicating the lack of basic maintenance for several years, leading to incidental smaller spills, moored off Ras Issa port, Yemen. (AFP/File Photo)

“The environmental and humanitarian disaster that is waiting to happen in case of an oil spill is entirely avoidable. We are doing everything possible to deploy this mission at the earliest possible opportunity as an important step toward averting this catastrophe.

“We understand that many member states, including donors to the project, are extremely concerned by these new delays.  We of course share those concerns.”

Referring to the Houthis’ demands, Dujarric said: “We are working as diligently as possible on a field where sometimes the goalposts seem to shift.

#LISTEN@IndiaUNNewYork Deputy Permanent Representative @NagNaidu08 calls for urgent resolution of all pending issues related to FSO #Safer’s logistical & security arrangements. https://t.co/XoOVYcLgCa pic.twitter.com/GmayoZH1BP

— Arab News (@arabnews) March 28, 2021

“By the grace of God, there has not been a major leak. The more we wait, the chances of a major leak are increasing. Time is not on anyone’s side.

“The mission will give us the assessment we need to formulate a permanent solution. It is already two years late and cannot not be stalled any longer.

“This is not a matter of just sending UN staff to an area. This is having to procure highly specific and technical equipment, and getting people with very, very pointed experience who are able and willing, from a private sector company, to go on this first assessment mission.”

Asked whether enforcement action might be appropriate under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter — which provides a framework for the Security Council to act in response to threats to peace and acts of aggression, or to prevent the aggravation of a situation — Dujarric said this would be for member states to decide.

This image provided by I.R. Consilium taken in 2019, shows the internal decay of inside the FSO Safer and the lack of a functioning cathodic protection system, moored off Ras Issa port, Yemen. (AFP/File Photo)

The international community has made its stance clear. At the latest Security Council meeting on Yemen on March 16, the 15-member body spoke in unison against Houthi stalling.

“The Houthis are now threatening irreversible catastrophe delaying the UN’s assessment and initial repair of the Safer oil tanker. It is well past time for the Houthis to quit stalling,” said Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the UN.

Her UK counterpart, Barbara Woodward, said: “The Houthis must urgently implement the multiple Security Council calls for them to facilitate the UN assessment and repair mission.”

#LISTEN@NorwayUN Ambassador @mona_juul warns #Yemen’s #Houthis that the “environmental and humanitarian consequences” of FSO #Safer leakage “will be tremendous.” https://t.co/XoOVYctFdApic.twitter.com/FHUph1wP3B

— Arab News (@arabnews) March 28, 2021

Ireland’s top UN envoy Geraldine Byrne Nason said: “We have seen previous explosions and oil spills in recent memory cause tremendous devastation and lasting impact” — a reference that included the devastation caused by the Beirut port blast in August 2020.

“For the Houthis to allow this catastrophe to unfold, when help is being offered, would be simply unforgivable.”

#WATCH#SaudiArabia‘s FM Prince @FaisalbinFarhan responds to question from @arabnews‘ @NoorNugali on Safer tanker #SaudiInitiativeForPeaceInYemen #Yemen https://t.co/lOuL6Hx21Npic.twitter.com/VbjyPdAMg8

— Arab News (@arabnews) March 22, 2021

In the meantime, UN talks with the Houthis to resolve “logistical and security” arrangements are continuing, according to Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the UN chief.

“We hope these discussions will come to a conclusion soon so we can get a timeline for deployment.

“There is also a technical meeting with the government of Yemen to brief them on the efforts to deploy the mission at the earliest opportunity.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.29: 2021:

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(TONAWANDA, N.Y.) CBP Marine Unit Report: Agents from the Buffalo Station responded to a distress call and rescued two persons from a sinking pleasure boat in the upper Niagara River #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.27: The U.S. Border Patrol vessel quickly reacted, as they were the closest first-responder in the area. Agents noticed a male and female aboard the disabled vessel and observed the vessel’s anchor was down but not holding due the strong current.U.S. Border Patrol Marine Unit, Buffalo, N.Y:

Boaters Rescued by U.S. Border Patrol Agents in the Upper Niagara River: ‘Yesterday, at 6:13 P.M., agents assigned to the Marine Unit were patrolling the upper Niagara River and received a radio-distress call from the U.S. Coast Guard. The distress call stated that a vessel, in the vicinity of Smith Boys Marina, was taking on water and two persons were aboard’

U.S. Border Patrol Marine Unit, Buffalo, N.Y.

Agents maneuvered alongside the disabled vessel and observed it was in disrepair with no safe points to tie off or engage a tow. Due to the strong current and no other viable options, agents determined it was too dangerous to leave the boaters aboard and transferred them to the safety of the Border Patrol vessel. Agents then informed the U.S. Coast Guard that the disabled boat was still adrift, and they had transferred all persons to the Border Patrol vessel.

A short time later, the U.S. Coast Guard arrived and took control of the disabled vessel. The boaters had no apparent injuries nor required medical attention but were exhausted due to an unsuccessful attempt to paddle the boat to shore.

 “Another great job by our agents,” said Patrol Agent in Charge Jeffrey Wilson of the Buffalo Border Patrol Station, “It shows the importance of having a well-maintained boat, because things can go real bad real-quick when the water is still cold, and the river current is unforgiving”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-800-331-0353 toll free.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.27: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) ICE REPORT: A man was arrested today for his role in a conspiracy to commit health care fraud and to pay kickbacks and bribes to customers for expensive prescription orders in connection with more than $4 million in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.18: Sabet also allegedly conspired to pay kickbacks and bribes to customers to convince them to fill prescriptions at his pharmacies, and to pay customers cash in exchange for the ability to bill Medicare and Medicaid for over-the-counter health care-related products on their behalf:

Pharmacist Charged in $4 Million Health Care Fraud and Kickback Scheme: ‘According to an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of New York, Robert John Sabet, 44, of Brooklyn, was the owner of Brooklyn Chemists in Gravesend, Brooklyn, and Lucky Care Pharmacy in Flushing, Queens. Since September 2016, Sabet allegedly conspired to bill Medicare and Medicaid for expensive prescription drugs that were not eligible for reimbursement because, among other reasons, they were not needed or not dispensed’

In December 2020, Sabet allegedly wired nearly $100,000 from Lucky Care’s bank accounts to an automobile dealership to pay for a luxury car. Investigators conducted a search warrant at Sabet’s home at the time of his arrest and seized a 2020 Porsche Taycan worth over $250,000, as well as cash and luxury goods.

Sabet is charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States by paying kickbacks and bribes in connection with the provision of health care services, and unlawfully spending the proceeds of his fraud. The defendant is scheduled for his initial court appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, five years in prison for conspiracy to pay kickbacks and bribes, and 10 years in prison for unlawful spending. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Seth D. DuCharme of the Eastern District of New York; Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert of the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), New York Regional Office; Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen of IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), New York; and Acting Medicaid Inspector General Frank T. Walsh Jr. of the New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) made the announcement.

HHS-OIG, IRS-CI, and OMIG are investigating the case.

Trial Attorney Miriam L. Glaser Dauermann of the Justice Department’s Fraud Section is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.18: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) Federal Court Report: Panama Papers Case: Third person has pleaded guilty secretly to financial crimes as part of the investigation according to newly released documents show #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.11: The unexpected guilty plea by Joachim Alexander von der Goltz was revealed by a federal court order in the Southern District of New York on Thursday:

Secret guilty plea revealed in US Panama Papers criminal probe: ‘Joachim Alexander von der Goltz repaid the U.S. government more than $230,000 after admitting to financial crimes revealed by the ICIJ investigation’

A third person has pleaded guilty to financial crimes as part of a probe sparked by the Panama Papers investigation, newly released court documents show.

March 5, 2021

Von der Goltz is the son of Harald Joachim von der Goltz, the 83-year old former U.S. resident who pleaded guilty to tax evasion and fraud in 2020 and was sentenced to four years in prison.

For 16 years, Joachim Alexander von der Goltz and others attempted to evade paying U.S. taxes, according to prosecutors. In 2003, von der Goltz sent an email with identification information from Guatemala “in an effort to conceal the United States residence of the beneficial owner” of an offshore shell company, prosecutors said.

In 2016, when questioned by U.S. officials after the release of the Panama Papers investigation, von der Goltz falsely claimed that he was unaware of the requirement to report a foreign bank account.

Von der Goltz pleaded guilty in December 2019 to conspiracy to commit tax evasion, fraud and submitting false documents. He has already repaid the government more than $230,000.

Von der Goltz’s guilty plea is the third since U.S. officials launched an investigation on the heels of the 2016 Panama papers investigation, which was led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Süddeutsche Zeitung. In December 2018, prosecutors announced charges against Harald Joachim von der Goltz, his accountant Dick Gaffey, and former attorneys with the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, Dirk Brauer and Ramses Owens. The attorneys remain wanted.

Files from the Panama Papers show that Joachim Alexander von der Goltz was the director of the Panama company, Brecknock Corporation. He wrote to Mossack Fonseca with an address at the Massachusetts company, Boston Capital Ventures. The law firm referred to him internally as “Baron,” according to emails.

Von der Goltz had a unique level of knowledge about his father’s offshore affairs, according to leaked documents. No other beneficiary of the $50 million Revack Holdings Foundation was allowed to know of its existence, according to a “due diligence memorandum” prepared by Mossack Fonseca lawyers.

Von der Goltz was also a beneficiary of a trust that owned an apartment in Miami, a house in Massachusetts and investments in Boston Capital Ventures, according to the memorandum. He was entitled to assets in Germany and Guatemala and to assets from a trust in the Bahamas.

Attorneys for von der Goltz did not reply to ICIJ’s request for comment.

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(NEW YORK) US Marshalls Cold Case Report: Have taken into custody on Mar.02: two high-profile fugitive drug traffickers wanted by the DEA & U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO SDNY). #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.10: The USMS adopted the Sanders case in December 2004. The investigation was deemed a USMS Major Case and was added to the New York State top 100 list and the case went cold:

U.S. Marshals Service Report: ‘Solves 2 Cold Cases & Arrests 2 Fugitives After 17 Years on the Run: In November 2004, Thomas Sanders was indicted in the SDNY on narcotics conspiracy charges after he led the NYPD Queens Gang Unit on a high-speed chase in the town of Valley Stream, N.Y., before crashing his vehicle and fleeing on foot: Investigators searched the vehicle and found 69 kilograms of cocaine’

‘Reggie Chin, wanted by the DEA and the USMS on firearms charges and narcotics conspiracy charges, was a member of the John Shop Crew, an organized drug trafficking ring with concentrated operations in the northern Bronx from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s’

USMS investigators recently developed information that Sanders had assumed the new identify of Franklin Maldonado Santos and was residing in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with a new wife and two children. 

On March.01: Members of the Special Directorate for the Search of Rebels and Fugitives (SDSRF), an elite fugitive apprehension unit composed of Dominican military members and federal agents, located and arrested Sanders in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Sanders had no legal status in the Dominican Republic and was deported the following day, via John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, where he was met by members of the USMS NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force who transported him to the Southern District of New York for processing:

In 2002: DEA began arresting John Shop crew members, leading to the indictment on federal charges of more than 20 members, all of whom were found guilty at trial, except for Chin, who was already on the run:

The USMS determined that Chin was using multiple aliases and had a record of multiple arrests by the NYPD and Philadelphia Police Department for firearms violations and narcotics conspiracy and distribution. 

A major break in the case came in January from a positive ID on an arrest photo that helped investigators identify Chin’s family members and close associates. The team developed information that a female associate had recently traveled to Kingston, Jamaica, and was due to return to the United States on March 2. 

Acting on the possibility that Chin would be at the airport, USMS investigators set up surveillance at the airport and observed the woman exit the terminal and walk toward a blue BMW sedan. DUSMs recognized an individual matching Chin’s description step out of the vehicle and he was taken into custody without incident.

“This cold case achievement demonstrates the interminable determination of the United States Marshals Service’s commitment to the capture of fugitives,” said Ralph Sozio, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of New York. “It is through the dedicated, determined and coordinated efforts of the United States Marshals Service, along with our law enforcement partners that two dangerous fugitives were apprehended after evading capture for 17 years.”


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NEW YORK: ‘ Flights out of New York & Washington delays due to computer glitch on air-traffic control ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:NEW YORK:Aug.15: Flights in and out of New York and Washington, D.C., area airports are affected by an automation problem at an air traffic control center Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

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VIDEO: #Update ‘ Search for escaped murderers enters 7th day in northern NY ‘

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DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) – Squads of law enforcement officers on Friday began a seventh day of trying to track down two murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northern New York and could be hiding out in swampy terrain swarming with blood-sucking insects.

Armed officers in body armor boarded New York state prison system buses soon after dawn in the village of Dannemora, where…

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#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – A college professor has been brutally beheaded by her mentally-ill son, who left her body in the middle of the street before taking his own life. 

Pictured: The language professor who was beheaded by her son and dragged into the street before he jumped in front of a train

Pictured: The language professor who was beheaded by her son and dragged into the street before he jumped in front of a train

Patricia Ward, 66, was a much-loved teacher of language arts for 28 years at Farmingdale State College, a colleague told Mail-Online today.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Patrick Calabria, said: ‘Patricia Ward was a member of the campus for 28 years. She was well-known, well-liked, and well-respected. The campus is a very sad place today.’

She was found by residents, decapitated in front of her apartment building in Farmingdale, New York on Tuesday night.

Neighbours initially thought the body was part of a Halloween prank. The suspect, believed to be the victim’s son, kicked her head 20 feet and then jumped in front of an oncoming Long Island Rail Road train minutes later.

Beheading victim Patricia Ward taught language arts for 28 years at Farmingdale State College in New York.


Brutal killing: Police were investigating on Tuesday after a man beheaded a woman and kicked her head 20 feet down a Long Island street

Brutal killing: Police were investigating on Tuesday after a man beheaded a woman and kicked her head 20 feet down a Long Island street

The female victim's body lay in the street on Tuesday night as horrified residents looked on from their homes

The female victim’s body lay in the street on Tuesday night as horrified residents looked on from their homesA police officer surveys the horrific scene in Farmington on Tuesday night where a mentally-ill son beheaded his college professor mother 

The 35-year-old suspect jumped in front of the train a mile away and died around 8.15pm, half an hour later.

He was identified as Derek Ward by the Daily News. The 35-year-old had a criminal history and psychiatric problems spanning a decade. 

He was found to be carrying a pistol and 100 valiums when he died. 

Ms Ward was believed to have suffered multiple stab wounds and broken ribs were among her injuries before she died.

She was an assistant professor of language arts at the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center on campus where she worked with high school students who need help to become prepared for college, Mr Calabria added.

Neighbours told the Post that they initially believed the headless corpse, dressed only in a bra and pants, was a Halloween joke – only to lift the body and find out it was real.






#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 29 – The U.N. special rapporteur on North Korea’s human rights situation called Tuesday for referring the communist nation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to show that the international community takes the issue seriously.

“This would send an unequivocal signal that the international community is determined to take the follow-up to the work the Commission of Inquiry on the DPRK (North Korea) to a new level,” Marzuki Darusman, the special U.N. investigator, said during a presentation of his latest report to the U.N.

He also urged the U.N. General Assembly to submit a U.N. Commission of Inquiry report to the U.N. Security Council for further action. That report, issued early this year, concluded that the ICC should handle human rights abuses in the North as “crimes against humanity.” 
   Darusman’s presentation came a day after he held the first-ever meeting with North Korean officials on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. The two sides discussed the possibility of the U.N. investigator visiting the North.

The meeting came as North Korean diplomats have been struggling to spare the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, from a U.N. General Assembly resolution, led by the European Union, which calls for referring North Korean leaders responsible for violations to the ICC.

Sources: Yonhap News Agency – AFP – AP – UN News Centre 


#dprk, #international-criminal-courticc, #new-york

‘ Government-Enforced Medical Quarantines Just Went From ‘Conspiracy Theory’ to Official Policy in NJ and NY ‘

#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – October 27 – State leaders in New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola as the states’ governors back 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa, while the nation’s top infectious-disease expert warns that such restrictions are unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from aiding disease-ravaged countries.

The two governors late Sunday night emphasized separately that their policies permit home confinement for medical workers who have had contact with Ebola patients if the workers show no symptoms.

Are you awake yet? Government-enforced medical quarantines just went from ‘conspiracy theory’ to official policy in NJ and NY

They will receive twice-daily monitoring from health officials.



#ebola, #new-york


#AceWorldNews – NEW YORK – October 26 – The nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa criticized the way her case has been handled, raising concerns from humanitarian and human rights groups over unclear policies for the newly launched quarantine program.

' UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine '

‘ UTA grad isolated at New Jersey hospital as part of Ebola quarantine ‘

Kaci Hickox, the first traveller quarantined under Ebola watches in New Jersey and New York, wrote the first-person account for the Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1w4Vi4J), which was posted on the paper’s website Saturday.

Her preliminary tests for Ebola came back negative. 



#ebola, #new-york, #quarantined, #west-africa


#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 26 – Assistant Attorney General for National Security  John Carlin, United States Attorney Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York, Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Commissioner William J. Bratton of the New York City Police Department (NYPD):

' Haroon Aswat  is Extradited to United States on Charges of Terrorism '

‘ Haroon Aswat is Extradited to United States on Charges of Terrorism ‘

Announcement of the extradition of Haroon Aswat from the United Kingdom to face charges of conspiring to provide and providing material support to al Qaeda and terrorists for attempting to establish a terrorist training camp in the United States. 

Aswat was arrested in Zambia in July 2005, and in August 2005, Aswat was deported from Zambia to the United Kingdom, where he was arrested pursuant to a provisional warrant that was issued in response to a request by the U.S. government in connection with this case. 

On Sept. 4, 2014, the United Kingdom ordered Aswat extradited to the United States on the charges described below: 

In coordination with British authorities, Aswat was extradited from the United Kingdom to the Southern District of New York on Oct. 21, 2014.  Aswat will make his first court appearance later today before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest.

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment, statements made at related court proceedings, and evidence presented at prior trials:

In late 1999, Aswat, along with co-defendants Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, aka Abu Hamza (Abu Hamza), Ouassama Kassir, and Earnest James Ujaama, attempted to create a terrorist training camp in the United States to support al Qaeda, which has been designated by the United States Secretary of State as a foreign terrorist organization. 

Aswat conspired with Abu Hamza, Kassir and Ujaama to establish the terrorist training camp on a rural parcel of property located in Bly, Oregon.  The purpose of the Bly, Oregon, camp was for Muslims to receive various types of training – including military-style jihad training – in preparation to fight jihad in Afghanistan. 

As used by the conspirators in this case, the term “jihad” meant defending Islam against purported enemies through violence and armed aggression, including, if necessary, by using murder to expel non-believers from Muslim holy lands.

In a letter faxed from Ujaama, in the United States, to Abu Hamza, in the United Kingdom, the property in Bly was described as a place that “looks just like Afghanistan,” and the letter noted that the men at Bly were “stock-piling weapons and ammunition.”  

Haroon Aswat, accused of conspiring to launch a terrorist training ...

Haroon Aswat, accused of conspiring to launch a terrorist training …

In late 1999, after transmission of the faxed letter, Abu Hamza directed Aswat and Kassir, both of whom resided in London, England, and attended Abu Hamza’s mosque there, to travel to Oregon to assist in establishing the camp. 

On Nov. 26, 1999, Aswat and Kassir arrived in New York, and then traveled to Bly.

In September 2002, special agents from the FBI recovered a ledger, among other items, from an al Qaeda safe house in Karachi, Pakistan.  The ledger listed a number of individuals associated with al Qaeda, including Aswat.

The al Qaeda safe house was used by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda’s chief operational planner and the alleged planner of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Source: Ace News Services – DOJ – Sunday Express  


#al-qaeda, #fbi, #karachi, #new-york, #pakistan, #terrorist-attacks


#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK – October 25 – Detectives in New York City are probing whether an axe-wielding man who attacked four policemen in broad daylight was motivated by radical Islamic views.

' NYC Axe Attacker Zale Thompson: Are Islamic 'Lone Wolves' Roaming North America? '

NYC Axe Attacker Zale Thompson: Are Islamic ‘Lone Wolves’ Roaming North America? ‘

Zale Thompson, 32, charged at the the officers as they posed for a photograph on a Queens street, injuring two.

He was subsequently shot dead.

Footage of his afternoon attack in Queens’ Jamaica Avenue was captured by a security camera.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said that although there was no immediate indication it was an Islamist attack, terrorism was not being ruled out as motive.

“I think certainly the heightened concern is relative to that type of assault based on what just happened in Canada,” Bratton said.

Two Canadian soldiers were killed in separate attacks carried out by two radicalised Muslim converts this week.

The killings came after the Isis (Islamic State) group called for jihadi sympathisers across the world to launch ‘lone wolf’ attacks on Westerners “wherever they can be found”.

Friends of one of the two Canadian extremsits said his actions came in response to the appeal.

Jihadi monitoring group Site said Thompson’s social media postings suggested he also had “extremist leanings”.

His statements on YouTube and Facebook “display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimately hint at his extremist leanings,” SITE said.

In September an account believed to be that of Thompson posted a comment to a YouTube video supporting ISIS, seemingly justifying the group’s atrocities.

“If you’re looking for ‘perfect’ Muslims who never make any mistakes in their Jihad, then you will be looking in vain,” he wrote.

“If the Zionists and the Crusaders had never invaded and colonised the Islamic lands after WW1, then there would be no need for Jihad! Which is better, to sit around and do nothing.”

' Zale Thompson's Facebook Page '

‘ Zale Thompson’s Facebook Page ‘

In another posting on Facebook Thompson discussed the possibility of attacks on US soil, Fox News reported.

“America’s military is strong abroad, but they have never faced an internal mass revolt,” he wrote.

“They are weaker at home. We are scattered and decentralised, we can use this as an advantage.

“Helicopters, big military will be useless on their own soil,” he added in another post.

“They will not be able to defeat our people if we use guerrilla warfare. Attack their weak flanks… If you get wounded, who cares.

If you die, who cares.

Eventually they will surrender and then the war will be over.”

A law-enforcement source told the CNN that Thompson had a criminal record in California and was discharged from the Navy for misconduct.

A classmate at the College of New Rochelle in Harlem told The New York Post that Thompson was a “very educated” proponent of “black power” who “always spoke positively” and had shown no signs of sympathy for jihadist movements.


#islamist, #new-york


#AceBreakingNews – NEW YORK – October 24 – A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation’s most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents not to be alarmed by the doctor’s diagnosis Thursday, even as they described him riding the subway, taking a cab and bowling since returning to New York from Guinea a week ago.

De Blasio said all city officials followed “clear and strong” protocols in their handling and treatment of him.

“We want to state at the outset that New Yorkers have no reason to be alarmed,” de Blasio said. “New Yorkers who have not been exposed are not at all at risk.”

The doctor, Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders, reported Thursday morning coming down with a 103-degree fever and diarrhea.

He was being treated in an isolation ward at Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, a designated Ebola center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will do a further test to confirm the initial results, has dispatched an Ebola response team to New York.

President Barack Obama spoke to Cuomo and de Blasio on Thursday night and offered the federal government’s support.

He asked them to stay in close touch with Ron Klain, his “Ebola czar,” and public health officials in Washington. 

Health officials have been tracing Spencer’s contacts to identify anyone who may be at risk.

The city’s health commissioner, Mary Bassett, said Spencer’s fiancee and two friends had been quarantined but showed no symptoms.



#ebola, #new-york


#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 23 – One of the first Apple computers ever built has sold in New York for $905,000, AFP reported.



It was bought by the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, Bonhams auction house said, declaring the purchase the world’s most expensive computer relic.

The Apple-1 computer was built by hand in 1976 by Steve Wozniak in Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ garage or his sister’s bedroom.

The computer fetched nearly twice its pre-sale high estimate, Bonhams said.



#apple, #henry-ford-museum, #new-york, #united-states


#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 21 – Legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82 The Associated Press reported. 



He is well  remembered for the dazzling and sumptuous designs that adorned some of the most famous celebrities and well known women.  



At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings, where he could carefully inspect each model just as she was about to emerge in one of his sumptuous, impeccably constructed designs.

At the end of the show, the legendary designer himself emerged, supported by two of his models.

He didn’t walk on his own, and didn’t go far, but he was beaming from ear to ear.

He gave each model a peck on the cheek, and then returned to the wings, where models and staff could be heard cheering him enthusiastically.


#new-york, #united-states

‘ Ali Khamenei Accuses Western Countries of Instigating a Rift Among Muslims by “Creating the ISIS in Iraq and Syria ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (New York) – October 18 – On the day before the most crucial round of Iran’s diplomatic talks with world powers on achieving a solution to the impasse of its nuclear program, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has found time again to bash the Western countries involved in the talks by accusing them of instigating a rift among Muslims by “creating the ISIS in Iraq and Syria.” 

Behrooz Behbudi, Founder of the Centre for a Democratic Iran, Comments:

Behrooz Behbudi, Founder of the Centre for a Democratic Iran, Comments:

“The evil Britain has created the ISIS and al Qaeda to confront the Islamic republic of Iran and the Islamic awakening across the world,” Khamenei claimed in a speech on Monday.

Khamenei’s paranoia of “the enemy”

Khamenei’s paranoia of “the enemy”


“America, Zionism, and especially the veteran expert of spreading divisions – the wicked government of Britain – have sharply increased their efforts of creating divisions between the Sunnis and Shia,” he said. 

The speech, marking the Shia Muslim religious holiday of Eid Al Ghadir, was posted on his website, where he has also published video footage showing his recovery from a recent prostate surgery.

The Centre for a Democratic Iran, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote and pursue an independent, peaceful and democratic Iran, followed these events with great interest.

CDI Founder, Behrooz Behbudi, offered his thoughts:

“In parallel with every foreign and domestic policy that the self-declared moderate administration of Hassan Rouhani has been taking to get Iran out of the socio-economic calamities that the eight years of Ahmadinejad rule has created, one can clearly see a deliberate hard-line policy by Khamenei to derail a return by Iran and the Iranians to peace and prosperity, however minimal given Rouhani’s allegiance to the regime. 

However, Khamenei’s “radicalism” and ranting against Western powers is in fact a facade that is aimed at concealing his political and leadership weaknesses, as well as demonstrating his paranoia about the roots of the problems among the Muslims of the Middle East. 

In raging against the US and Britain in his speech Khamenei is deliberately acting as a political player to distance himself from the behind the scene deals that his regime officials are making with world powers, with the help of the Russians as their mediators. 

Islamic State is undoubtedly a threat to the peace and security of the Middle Eastern nations as well as the West, as we have watched their barbaric acts with horror on our TV screens. 

However, by claiming that “the ISIS has been set up to confront the Islamic republic,” Khamenei – who incidentally refers to himself as the Caliph of Shia Muslims – wants us to forget that a similar type of extremist ideology in the name of Islam has for long actually been practiced by the very regime that he leads in Iran.

Furthermore, it is a well-known fact among Iran’s political forces that Khamenei owes his leadership status more to behind the scene power broking tactics by former president Rafsanjani than anything else, as his credentials as a cleric have never been accepted by Iran’s religious establishment, a complex that he has long concealed by advocating his bankrupted “political Islam”.

Since ascending to power and turning into an absolute religious leader and skilled political player, Khamenei has managed to dominate the political scene of Iran by empowering the Revolutionary Guard, the Basij militias and the security and intelligence organs of the regime around his “anti-American-Israeli” paranoia.

In reality, as world powers begin a new round of negotiations with the Islamic republic over the nuclear issue, they are effectively trying to reach a deal with another fundamentalist “Islamic State” that is ruling Iran with Khamenei at its Caliph in the name of the medieval system of Velayat-e Faqhi, or the Islamic government.

The irony remains however that Western powers are at the same time mulling over whether to involve the military forces of this dictatorship in Iran to help them overthrow the barbarism of the ISIS in its neighboring country in an act of appeasement to Khamenei and his associates in the Revolutionary Guard.

You cannot ask one dictator to join your forces to fight against another dictator in defence of freedom and humanity. 

NEW YORK, October 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —



#ali-khamenei, #britian, #iraq, #isis, #islamic-state, #middle-east, #muslims, #new-york, #syria, #united-states, #us


#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 16 – A prominent Capitol Hill newspaper has republished a host of previously private emails from some of the most active and influential Democratic Party operatives in the country.

What they reveal is a nearly universal dislike and lack of support for presumed Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

The unsuspecting authors include journalists, editors, union leaders, fundraisers, `progressive leaders and Party strategists. 

According to an exclusive report from The Hill, the name of the semi-secret online group of progressive political leaders is Gamechanger Salon.

Showing the club’s exclusivity, to join, one must be sponsored by a current member.

The account describes the 1,500-member on-line group saying, ‘The group includes prominent Democrats, Sierra Club officials, journalists who work for The Huffington Post and The Nation magazine, senior union representatives, leaders at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the president of NARAL.’



#capitol-hill, #democratic-party, #hilary-clinton, #new-york, #united-states