Tag: Crime and Criminals

5 Killed in Indianpolis Shooting That Mayor Condemns as ‘Mass Murder’

Five people were found shot to death in a home in Indianapolis on Sunday morning, a crime that the city’s mayor denounced as an evil act of “mass murder” that amplified a recent spate of gun violence there. One of the victims was a pregnant woman, according to the authorities, who said that efforts to […]

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‘Cannabis Factory’ Is Found in London’s Deserted Financial District

LONDON — The normal bustle of London’s financial district has been quieted by the latest national lockdown, with businesses shuttered and work shifted to home. But the sudden lull and the unexpected vacating of prime real estate has seen at least one venture (albeit an illegal one) thrive: an indoor weed farm. That ended this […]

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California Man Lived Undetected at O’Hare Airport for 3 Months, Officials Say

As the global pandemic ground many aspects of life to a standstill, millions of people still managed to fly around the country, including more than 29 million on U.S. airlines in October alone. Among those passengers was Aditya Singh. But on Oct. 19, he did what few passengers had ever done: He walked off his […]

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The Homicide Spike Is Real

In 2016 — the year before New York City posted a modern-era record-low 292 homicides — the citywide poverty rate was 19.5 percent, almost a full point higher than it was in 1989, the year before the city posted a record-high 2,262 homicides. And in 2016, Black New Yorkers experienced poverty at a lower rate […]

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Violence Surged in N.Y.C. in 2020 Amid Pandemic and Protests

Despite the violent summer, crime numbers in the city remained well below the dark days of the 1980s and 1990s, when New York saw more than 2,000 murders a year. Homicides and shootings have plummeted in recent years, even in some of the city’s most notoriously dangerous corners. Had 2020 not been such an anomaly, […]

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Worker Ran Illegal Winery in Alabama Sewage Plant, Sheriff Says

A municipal worker in Alabama was arrested after he was caught running an illegal winemaking operation inside a sewage treatment plant, the authorities said. The employee, Allen Maurice Stiefel, of Fyffe, Ala., was charged with unlawful possession of an illegally manufactured alcoholic beverage, a misdemeanor, and use of official position for personal gain, which is […]

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The Man I Saw Them Kill

You could miss the Federal Correctional Institution at Terre Haute from the flat strip of State Road 63 along its eastern perimeter. From that remote vantage, its buildings are nondescript, red brick and beige stone rising up on the plains. The Wabash River runs along the campus’s western side, carving a ravine between stands of […]

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D.C. Passes Bill to Give Young Offenders Chance at Reduced Sentences

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia Council passed legislation on Tuesday that would give people who committed crimes as young adults a chance to have their sentences reduced, reflecting a growing national debate over whether offenders in their late teens and early 20s should be treated the same as older people when it comes to […]

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Japan’s ‘Twitter Killer,’ Takahiro Shiraishi, Is Sentenced to Death

TOKYO — A Japanese court on Thursday sentenced to death a man who had confessed to stalking and murdering women who had expressed suicidal thoughts on social media, bringing an end to a grisly case that played to many of the country’s social anxieties. The court in Tokyo said the sentence against Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, […]

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Crime Wave Hits Bodegas, Threatening a Lifeline in the Pandemic

“We didn’t mind,” he said. “Why would we bother the cops for that?” By late October, however, Mr. Parekh said he and his store clerks knew they could not sustain the losses. One of the repeat shoplifters was a man who had been living in a van near the store, Mr. Parekh said. The man […]

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Rapper Casanova Is Accused of Conspiring in ‘Terrible Acts of Violence’

The conspiracy Mr. Senior is charged in began eight years earlier, in 2010, according to the indictment that was unsealed this week. At that point, state records show, he was in prison after a robbery conviction. He had turned to stealing by the time he was 11 because of the “corrupting allure of instant gratification […]

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Ex-Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter in 2017 Killing of Suspect

A former rookie police officer in San Francisco was charged with manslaughter on Monday, nearly three years after he fatally shot an unarmed carjacking suspect, the authorities said. The ex-officer, Christopher Samayoa, who was on his fourth day of field training after graduating from the police academy, shot and killed Keita O’Neil, 42, on Dec. […]

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Fugitive Arrested After Remains of 3 People Are Found in Colorado

A man wanted on homicide charges in connection with the recent discovery of the skeletal remains of three people in a remote Colorado town was arrested on Thursday at a motel in Gallup, N.M., the authorities said. The man, Adre Jordan Baroz, 26, of Sanford, Colo., was arrested without incident after a manhunt and was […]

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A Third Member of the Cincinnati City Council Is Charged With Corruption

For Cincinnati, it’s been a one-two-three punch. The first blow came in February when Tamaya Dennard, the president pro tem of the Cincinnati City Council, was arrested and charged with accepting $15,000 in bribes in exchange for a vote on the Council. She pleaded guilty in June and faces up to 20 years in prison […]

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Ponzi Scheme Suspect Uses Underwater Scooter to Flee F.B.I.

When the authorities went to arrest Matthew Piercey on Monday for what they said was his role in running a $35 million Ponzi scheme, he took off in his truck and led them to Shasta Lake, the largest man-made reservoir in California. Tracked by air and trailed by F.B.I. agents and members of the California […]

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Manhunt in Colorado After Remains of 3 People Are Found

A manhunt was underway in Colorado on Wednesday after the authorities recently discovered the skeletal remains of three people in a tiny rural town near the New Mexico border. A warrant for homicide was issued for Adre Jordan Baroz, 26, after investigators said they had found the remains on two properties near Los Sauces, in […]

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Justice Dept. Plans 3 Executions Before Biden’s Inauguration

WASHINGTON — In the final weeks of President Trump’s term, his administration intends to execute three inmates on federal death row, the last scheduled executions by the Justice Department before the inauguration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has signaled he will end federal use of capital punishment. Since July, when it resumed carrying […]

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Police Chief Who Backed Charges Against Lawmaker During Protests Is Fired

The police chief in Portsmouth, Va., was fired on Monday, the same day that criminal charges she had supported against 19 people — including a state senator — for damaging a Confederate monument during a June protest were dropped. The former chief, Angela Greene, told an NBC affiliate that she had been fired by the […]

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Can America Restore the Rule of Law Without Prosecuting Trump?

Why President Trump’s Legacy May Be Decided in Court Early in November, as President Trump challenged the integrity of the election with baseless lawsuits, Joe Biden delivered his first speech as president-elect, declaring it a “time to heal.” It was a phrase that many Americans were surely longing to hear, given the precarious state of […]

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Police Pin a Rise in Murders on an Unusual Suspect: Covid

OAKLAND, Calif. — Family and friends of Aaron Pryor say they may never know exactly why the 16-year-old star football player, a lightning-fast running back, was killed in broad daylight on a Sunday in September in a driveway near his Oakland home. Video of the shooting viewed by family members shows an assailant, who has […]

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Ken Kurson, a Trump Family Ally, is Arrested on Cyberstalking Charge

Ken Kurson, a close friend of President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, was taken into federal custody on Friday and charged with cyberstalking in connection with his divorce. Mr. Kurson, who now runs a media company and works in the cryptocurrency industry, helped write a speech for the president’s 2016 campaign. When Mr. Kushner owned The […]

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U.S. Schedules First Execution of a Woman in Nearly 70 Years

A date has been set for the execution of a Kansas woman who was convicted of killing a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from her abdomen in what would be the first federal execution of a woman in nearly 70 years, officials said on Friday. The inmate, Lisa Montgomery of Melvern, Kan., was convicted […]

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Man Sentenced to Life Over Theft of Hedge Clippers Is Granted Parole

A Louisiana man whose life sentence for attempting to steal hedge clippers in 1997 drew a national spotlight to the state’s habitual offender law has been granted parole, according to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. The Louisiana Committee on Parole voted 3-0 on Thursday to release Fair Wayne Bryant, 63, who was […]

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U.S. Attorney Moves In on Brooklyn D.A.’s Territory, Citing Crime Surge

Federal authorities in New York have traditionally touted big organized crime and drug-trafficking cases, using powerful racketeering laws to arrest kingpins and dismantle criminal enterprises that drive violence. But the acting United States attorney in Brooklyn, Seth DuCharme, announced on Wednesday that his office will also now focus on lower-level gun cases that were once […]

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Murders Are Rising. Blaming a Party Doesn’t Add Up.

Violent crime is expected to be addressed during the first presidential debate Tuesday, and President Trump has long attacked “Democrat cities” for not doing enough to stop it. In the run-up to the 2018 midterms, he called Democrats the “party of crime.” Moreover, last week the Department of Justice branded three cities with Democratic leadership […]

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What Is ‘Wanton Endangerment’?

A grand jury in Kentucky has indicted a former Louisville police detective, Brett Hankison, on three counts of “wanton endangerment in the first degree” for his actions during the raid of Breonna Taylor’s apartment. What does that mean? Under Kentucky law, a person commits that crime when he or she “wantonly engages in conduct which […]

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Black New Yorkers Are Twice as Likely to Be Stopped by the Police, Data Shows

When Bill de Blasio first ran for mayor in 2013, he promised that under his administration New York City police officers would patrol residents less aggressively than in the past, especially in predominately Black and Hispanic neighborhoods. Five years later, with the help of the police, the City Council and the city’s district attorneys, Mr. […]

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Why French Politicians Can’t Stop Talking About Crime

PARIS — In the Babel Tower of French politics, everyone agrees at least on this: Crime is out of control. The leader of the far right warned recently that France was a “security shipwreck’’ sinking into “barbarity.” A traditional conservative conjured up the ultraviolent dystopia of “A Clockwork Orange.” On the left, the presumed Green […]

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Barr Told Prosecutors to Consider Sedition Charges for Protest Violence

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr told federal prosecutors in a call last week that they should consider charging rioters and others who committed violent crimes at protests in recent months with sedition, according to two people familiar with the call. The highly unusual suggestion to charge people with insurrection against lawful authority alarmed […]

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