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Person of interest in custody in women’s deaths in Detroit

Police concerned that a possible serial killer is on the loose in Detroit began inspecting hundreds of vacant homes Friday for more victims and identified a person of interest, two days after the decomposed body of a third woman was discovered.

Mayor Mike Duggan predicted it would take two weeks to check 1,000 properties on Detroit’s east side. Other crews then will board up the houses, a job that could last through July, before they’re eventually demolished.

The bodies of three women have been found in separate vacant houses since March, the latest one Wednesday. Only one so far has been ruled a homicide. But Duggan said there’s a “strong possibility” that one person is responsible for the deaths.

Police Chief James Craig believes the women could have been lured into blighted houses, raped and killed. He suspects two worked in the sex trade.

“It appears we may have a serial killer,” Craig said.

Craig said investigators were seeking a person of interest in the case: a man in his mid-30s who’s known to be homeless and who frequents the east side. Police released two photos of the man in an effort to generate tips from the public, and he was taken into custody Friday night.

Craig did not say why the man was considered a person of interest.

The chief said the third victim was a 55-year-old woman whose name he declined to release because her family had not yet been notified. The other women have been identified as Nancy Harrison, 52, and Trevesene Ellis, 53.

“We have been getting regular leads, tips” about the deaths this week, Craig said. “We’re following up on each and every one. … We’re going to find this violent predatory criminal.”

Abandoned houses have marred Detroit for years. The city has demolished about 18,000 properties since 2014 and has another 18,000 houses to go, Duggan said.

“Getting these houses down is absolutely critical,” the mayor said.

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Lawyers for church leader decry Becerra’s comments on client

Remarks by the California attorney general regarding the arrest of the leader of a Mexico-based megachurch charged with human trafficking and child rape may have tainted a potential jury, defense attorneys said Friday.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra spoke at a news conference Thursday and described La Luz del Mundo leader Naasón Joaquín García as “sick” and “demented.”

“No law of California, no law of humankind and certainly no law of God would permit to occur what Naasón Joaquín García is alleged to have committed in this case against young girls and others,” Becerra said.

Attorneys Ken Rosenfeld and Allen Sawyer decried the language used to describe their client Joaquín García.

“Yesterday was a sad day for the criminal justice system in California,” Sawyer said.” ”How is Mr. García’s supposed to get a fair trial?”

Joaquín García and two co-defendants were arrested in California this week, and a fourth remains at large. They face a 26-count felony complaint that alleges crimes including child rape, statutory rape, molestation, human trafficking, child pornography and extortion.

Becerra disputed the lawyers’ claims, saying in a statement Friday evening that “while we are going to vigorously prosecute this case, these defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

Joaquín García was originally being held on bail of $25 million, but that amount was increased to $50 million — believed to be the largest ever set in Los Angeles County — after prosecutors argued the church’s millions of followers could raise the money and free Joaquín García, who they say might flee the country.

Rosenfeld and Sawyer say Joaquín García and his family are paying their legal fees and the evangelical church’s finances are not involved. The lawyers spoke Friday at a bilingual press conference outside an east Los Angeles temple of La Luz del Mundo with Joaquín García’s family and church followers standing beside them.

Bibiana Ochoa, 42, a member of the church from Salt Lake City, said Friday the “false allegations” have caused La Luz del Mundo “a deep sadness.”

“We will return the apostle to his flock,” Rosenfeld said. “Five million faithful stand behind a wrongly accused man.”

The three defendants in custody made their first court appearance in Los Angeles on Wednesday. They did not enter pleas. They will return to court Monday for arraignment.

Joaquín García was originally represented by Dmitry Gorin and Alan Eisner. But he has since changed his lawyers to Rosenfeld and Sawyer, who said the other lawyers only handled the first appearance.

The Sacramento Business Journal called Rosenfeld “one of the most successful criminal defense lawyers in the state” last month after he defended “tax lady” Roni Deutch from a lawsuit filed by former Attorney General Jerry Brown. He also represented former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield in a rape case.

Sawyer was counsel to former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva, who pleaded no contest last month to a conflict of interest charge after prosecutors dropped other financial malfeasance counts, the Stockton Record reported.

The attorneys said high-profile figures can often be targeted with false accusations. Rosenfeld said Joaquín García is the “victim of technology, a high-tech hit job.”

Some of the allegations appear to be documented by electronic evidence, but his client’s “identity has been assumed online at times,” Sawyer told The Associated Press Friday afternoon.

“There’s a lot of further investigation that needs to occur,” he said.

The case’s complaint does not mention the use of technology besides the production and distribution of child pornography.

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PG&E warns of power shutoffs to lower wildfire risks

Pacific Gas & Electric warned Friday it might turn off electricity to thousands of customers in Northern California this weekend to reduce the risk of wildfires like the one sparked by power lines last year that killed 85 people and wiped out nearly 15,000 homes in Paradise.

The warning came as forecasters issued the year’s first red flag warning of high fire danger in portions of the Central Valley and areas north of San Francisco starting early Saturday.

The National Weather Service said strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures could raise the risk of wildfires.

The nation’s largest utility said it might shut off electricity in several counties in the North Bay and Sierra Nevada foothills, areas where the state’s most devastating wildfires occurred the past two years.

“We know how much our customers rely on electric service and would only consider temporarily turning off power in the interest of safety during extreme weather conditions,” Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president of electric operations, said in a statement.

After PG&E power lines and equipment were blamed for previous fires, the utility has been under enormous pressure to avoid another deadly blaze.

Facing lawsuits from insurance companies and wildfire victims, the company filed for bankruptcy protection and replaced many of its top leaders.

The utility said it considers several factors when determining if power should be turned off for safety. They include periods of excessive winds and low humidity when vegetation is dried out and can easily ignite.

State fire officials said grass and shrub in the valley and foothills have dried despite an unusually rainy spring.

“The moisture stayed with us through May, but it dries out quickly due to our Mediterranean climate,” said Scott McLean, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The warning is in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday.

Once power is shut off, PG&E said its crews will inspect every de-energized line before they restore power, a process that can keep the lights out for days even after conditions improve.

The precautionary outages could inconvenience hundreds of thousands of customers while endangering some who depend on electricity.

Last week, state regulators approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity when fire risk is extremely high. The California Public Utilities Commission said utilities must do a better job educating and notifying the public, particularly those with disabilities and others who are vulnerable, and ramp up preventive efforts, such as clearing brush and installing fire-resistant poles.

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Mother says Utah officer pulled gun on her black son

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A mother wants an independent investigation Friday after she says a Utah police officer pointed a gun at her 10-year-old son’s head in what she calls a racially motivated incident.

Jerri Hrubes said at a news conference that she saw a white Woods Cross police officer pull his gun on her son, DJ Hrubes, who is black, while he was playing on his grandmother’s front lawn Thursday north of Salt Lake City. She said her son didn’t have any toys or objects in his hand.

The officer told DJ to put his hands in the air and get on the ground, she said. When DJ asked the officer if he did something wrong, the officer told DJ not to ask questions.

Jerri Hrubes said she raced outside of the house and screamed at the officer, “What are you doing? This is a 10-year-old child.”

She says the officer didn’t respond and got in his car and left.

Woods Cross police didn’t immediately return messages Friday about the events.

Police Lt. Adam Osoro told The Salt Lake Tribune Thursday that the officer mistook the boy for a potential suspect during a pursuit of two armed suspects. Osoro the officer pulled out his gun after the child ran to the side of the house. After getting closer, the officer realized Hrubes was not involved in the incident and left, Osoro said.

Osoro said the officer acted appropriately under the circumstances.

Hrubes said she called dispatch right away to complain about the officer’s actions, and the officer returned to the house later in the day. She said he apologized and DJ hugged him and said it was OK. She said her son doesn’t “have a mean bone in his body” and is mentally delayed and has issues with his sight.

She teared up recounting the encounter and said she’s thankful she taught DJ growing up to heed the commands of officers.

“I support all police officers. I see good in them,” Hrubes said. “But, I do not support putting a child of 10-years-old at gunpoint with no explanation. . . Does he look like he’s 30? Does he look like he’s 18? No.”

She said she doesn’t necessarily want the officer fired, but wants an outside review. She appeared alongside attorney Karra Porter at the news conference, but said she’s not considering any legal action at this time.

Hrubes, who is from Montana, said she was visiting her mother in the town where she grew up: West Bountiful, a suburb of Salt Lake City. She said the incident changes how she feels in Utah, a state where African Americans account for just 1.4% of the state’s population, according to U.S. Census figures.

“As a white mother to a black son, I don’t feel safe in West Bountiful anymore,” Hrubes said. “That changed after yesterday. I do not feel that he is safe. He has not left my sight. It just doesn’t feel like it used to.”

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Associated Press writer Morgan Smith contributed to this story.

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Gymnastics coach under restrictions for misconduct claim

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The organization tasked with policing abuse in Olympic sports has barred a Pennsylvania gymnastics coach from being around minors unsupervised while it investigates a misconduct claim.

John Holman’s interim restriction issued by the U.S. Center for SafeSport is a requirement when such allegations are reported, according to USA Gymnastics.

Holman has coached for about 40 years at Parkettes Gymnastics Club, which has trained thousands of gymnasts including several Olympians.

Messages seeking comment left at the club and at the 66-year-old Holman’s home weren’t returned Friday.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is investigating the allegations.

No details about the allegation are given in the restriction notice. A spokeswoman for Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin told The Allentown Morning Call his office is not aware of allegations against Holman.

The bylaw cited as grounds for the restriction refers exclusively to sexual misconduct, but USA Gymnastics said it could also refer to non-sexual misconduct allegations. The organization’s website was updated Friday to include a line that the bylaw is listed for any matter, not just sexual misconduct.

The Morning Call reported that the website was updated after its initial story on Holman. Leslie A. King, a representative for USA Gymnastics, said website updates had been in the works for some time.

Holman told the Orange County Register earlier this week he was unaware of the allegation and didn’t commit sexual misconduct.

Last year, The Morning Call reported that former U.S. National Team member Jessica Armstrong said she was sexually abused by a coach while training at Parkettes in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The coach Armstrong accused, who wasn’t named, has not worked for the club since the 1980s.

Parkettes co-founder Donna Strauss told the newspaper at the time she hadn’t received any other reports of abuse.

The club has not been embroiled in the investigation of sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.

Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar molested them when he was a physician, including while he worked at Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

He pleaded guilty in 2017 to multiple sex crimes and was sentenced last year to what amounts to a life prison term.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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Man sought guns, grenades for Times Square attack, feds say

A New York City man accused of plotting a terrorist attack on Times Square spent months trying to stockpile guns and grenades, heaped praise on the Islamic State group and Osama bin Laden, and feared being known as the “Looney Tunes Terrorist” if his glasses fell off and he couldn’t shoot straight, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Ashiqul Alam was arrested Thursday after arranging through an undercover agent to buy a pair of semiautomatic pistols with obliterated serial numbers, prosecutors said. Police Commissioner James O’Neill said that development was “a clear indicator of (Alam’s) intent to move his plot forward.”

Despite the grave allegations, the 22-year-old Alam is charged only with offenses related to the gun transaction. He did not enter a plea at an arraignment Friday and was ordered jailed without bail. Prosecutors argued he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Alam’s lawyer, James Darrow, declined to comment.

Court documents describe months of plotting for an attack Alam told an undercover agent would make them “legends.”

Alam spoke of plotting to kill civilians and law enforcement officers in Times Square and targeting a senior government official in Washington, according to the documents.

He talked about wanting to “shoot down” gays, referring to them with a slur; using a “rocket launcher, like a huge one,” to cause havoc at the World Trade Center; and obtaining an enhanced driver’s license so he could walk onto a military base and “blow it up,” the documents said.

Alam, born in Bangladesh, moved to the U.S. as a child about 12 years ago and has been living in Queens as a legal permanent resident, prosecutors said.

Alam started speaking with the undercover agent about his plans in August and went with him on reconnaissance trips to Times Square and to a shooting range in Pennsylvania, the documents said.

Alam “repeatedly expressed interest in purchasing firearms and explosives for a terrorist attack in the New York City area” during conversations with the agent and spoke glowingly about past attacks on the city, the court documents said.

Alam used his cellphone to take video of Times Square and “explained to the undercover that he was looking for potential targets,” according to the documents.

Alam also allegedly discussed buying a silencer, ammunition and hand grenades, which he said could each “take out at least eight people.”

In April, Alam told the undercover agent he was planning to get laser eye surgery so he wouldn’t have to wear glasses during the planned attack, the documents said.

“Let’s say we are in an attack, right, say that my glasses fall off. What if I accidentally shoot you? You know what I mean?” Alam said, according to the documents. “Imagine what the news channel would call me, the Looney Tunes Terrorist or the Blind Terrorist.”

Times Square, the heart of the Broadway theater district and packed with tourists day and night, has been a target of attacks before.

In 2010, Faisal Shahzad, a U.S. citizen who had gotten explosives training in Pakistan, tried but failed to detonate a car bomb there. He was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2017, a Bangladeshi immigrant, Akayed Ullah, detonated a bomb in an underground pedestrian concourse linking the Times Square subway station to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Only Ullah was seriously hurt, though bystanders were injured by shrapnel.

That same year, a man who told police he was high on drugs and hearing voices drove his car into the square’s crowds, killing a teenager and injuring around 20 people.

Police always have a heavy presence in Times Square, and its sidewalks and plazas are partially protected with steel posts intended to stop vehicles.

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NYC man who wanted to carry out Times Square terrorist attack arrested, feds say

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The feds Friday arrested a 22-year-old man whom they say wanted to carry out a lone-wolf terrorist attack in New York City’s fabled tourist destination Times Square.

Federal prosecutors say Ashiqul Alam of Jackson Heights, Queens, was arrested Thursday in an FBI sting after agreeing to purchase, as part of his plan, a pair of 9mm Glock semiautomatic handguns whose serial numbers had been obliterated.

“As alleged, Ashiqul Alam bought illegal weapons as part of his plan to kill law enforcement officers and civilians in a terrorist attack on Times Square,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said.  “What he did not know was that he was buying weapons from government agents, who were monitoring his plans and intervening to prevent those plans from escalating into deadly violence.”

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The complaint says Alam repeatedly expressed a desire to purchase firearms and explosives to use in a terrorist attack.

He was also accused of identifying two targets, either Times Square or Washington, in order to kill a senior government official and of traveling to Times Square on “recon” trips.

He allegedly considered many ways to conduct such an attack, including by using a suicide vest and obtaining AR-15 assault rifles to kill law enforcement officers.

Alam was detained on a weapons charge and WNBC-TV cited federal law enforcement officials as saying he was not expected to face terrorism charges, although he made comments that were jihadist in nature.

The complaint says he praised the 9/11 terror attack with an undercover FBI agent.

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“The mission is a complete success, thousands of American soldiers died and trillions of their moneys are gone in the war,” the complaint quotes him as saying.

He is a legal permanent resident from Bangladesh with a green card, the station reported. He lives with his parents.

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Prosecutors said Alam underwent Lasik eye surgery in April, telling the undercover, “Let’s say we are in an attack, right, say that my glasses fall off.  What if I accidentally shoot you?  You know what I mean.  Imagine what the news channel would call me the ‘Looney Tunes Terrorist’ or the ‘Blind Terrorist.’”

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The Snowflake Test: ‘Fox & Friends’ visits firm behind job-seeker exam that went viral

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“Fox & Friends” correspondent Todd Piro visited the marketing firm whose “Snowflake Test” went viral a few years ago.

The Silent Partner Marketing firm, located in Manchester, Conn., made headlines in 2017 after its CEO Kyle Reyes announced he was making job applicants pass a 30-question “personality test” before they reached the formal interview process.

“After the Snowflake Test, we had a lot of people pretty angry,” Reyes said, explaining that the exam was designed to weed out “whiny, entitled” applicants.

The test came about after Hampshire College in Massachusetts generated outrage from veterans by briefly deciding not to fly the American flag on campus.

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Reyes explained that Silent Partner Marketing focuses on helping grow businesses associated with law enforcement and the military.

That includes a former Navy SEAL who started a coffee company and cafe called Battle Grounds Coffee and another company that sells portable products to detect drugs and explosives.

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In the past few years, Reyes said the “Snowflake Test” has evolved into a much more rigorous process, including a “high-stress” test for managers as a final interview.

“We put them way outside their comfort zone and conduct the interview during that process,” Reyes said.

For instance, a company manager explained that he was hired after he passed a test that included underwater helicopter rescue training.

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Police ID three bodies found inside barrels at New Hampshire state park nearly two decades later

Three decomposing bodies found inside two barrels at a New Hampshire state park between 1985 and 2000 have finally been identified as a mother and her two children who were last seen with a known serial killer in 1978, officials said Thursday.

Associate Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin announced at a press conference that all but one of the four the Allenstown victims found inside two barrels in the woods of Bear Brook State Park nearly two decades ago have been identified.

The victims were confirmed to be Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, 24, and her two daughters Marie Elizabeth Vaughn, 6, and Sarah Lynn McWaters, who just a year old at the time of her death.

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Marlyse Elizabeth Honeychurch, 24, and her two daughters Marie Elizabeth Vaughn, 6, and Sarah Lynn McWaters, 1, were identified Thursday as three of the four bodies found inside barrels located in the woods of Bear Brook State Park beginning in 1985.  (New Hampshire State Attorney’s Office )

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The body of a third girl found in a barrel hasn’t yet to be identified and authorities said she was unrelated to the other victims.

All four are believed to be victims of known serial killer Terry Peder Rasmussen, who was suspected of killing at least six women and two children prior to his death in 2010.

“Together, we have been able to uncover the identity of the Allenstown killer, a murderer who tried erase his victims and hide in the process,” Strelzin said. “He tried to hide who he was and what he did but ultimately he wasn’t successful. We know what he was. We know what he did and now we know who his victims were.”

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Rasmussen, a Navy veteran who went by five different names during his life, has been linked to many murders across the country. (New Hampshire State Attorney’s Office )

Honeychurch, born in Stamford, Conn., in 1954, was married twice and had lived in California, Connecticut and Massachusetts throughout her life. She was last seen in California on Thanksgiving 1978 with her two daughters and Rasmussen.

Authorities said she got into a “trivial” argument with her mother and left. Her family attempted to locate her in 1985 to no avail.

That same year on November 10, the first barrel was found in New Hampshire. It would eventually be revealed that it contained the remains of Honeychurch and her oldest daughter Marie.

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The first barrel (left) was discovered in November 1985. The second barrel (right) was found nearly 15 years later in May 2000.  (New Hampshire State Attorney’s Office )

The second barrel was found nearly 15 years later on May 9, 2000. It contained the decomposing remains of Honeychurch’s youngest daughter Sarah and an unidentified girl who police believe Rasmussen was the biological father of.

Rasmussen, a Navy veteran who went by five different names during his life, has been linked to many murders across the country.

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In 1981, Rasmussen was living with girlfriend Denise Beaudin and her 6-month-old daughter, Dawn, in Manchester, N.H. All three disappeared that year, but Beaudin’s family never reported her missing, believing the couple left town because of money troubles.

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Rasmussen has been linked to the murder and disappearance of two former girlfriends Eunsoon Jun (left) and Denise Beaudin (right). (New Hampshire State Attorney’s Office )

Although her body has not been found, authorities believe Rasmussen killed Beaudin somewhere between New Hampshire and California.

“It is possible that Denise Beaudin is in fact somewhere in New Hampshire and we haven’t found her,” Strelzin said.

In 1986, Rasmussen abandoned the baby, whom he called Lisa, and fled. He later served about 18 months in jail for child abandonment but took off after being paroled in 1990, authorities said.

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Police believe Rasmussen was the biological father of the fourth victim found inside the second barrel. She has yet to be identified. (New Hampshire State Attorney’s Office )

In 2003, he was convicted of killing Eunsoon Jun, whom he had married two years earlier in an unofficial ceremony in Richmond, California. Her partially dismembered body was found in their basement, buried under cat litter.

Thursday’s announcement was a result of DNA testing and genealogical research that led investigators to confirming the three identities and at least the relationship of the last victim.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Maryland student, 15, pleads guilty to second-degree rape in HS locker room attack: report

A 15-year-old from Maryland has pleaded guilty in juvenile court during a closed hearing Thursday to second-degree rape and attempted rape in a high school locker room attack police said involved a broomstick last fall, according to a report.

The former Damascus High School football player was charged, along with four of his teammates, in the alleged assault of four 14-year-old teammates before practice on Halloween. They allegedly used a broomstick to rape or attempt to rape their victims after restraining them.

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Police reportedly said in court papers that one victim asked an attacker to stop but was told it was “tradition.” Defense attorney Daniel Wright called it “a hazing incident that went to an extreme.”

The Washington Post cited three people familiar with the outcome of the case.

The teen is excepted back in the Montgomery County Juvenile Courthouse to face sentencing in two months. He could be sent to a juvenile detention facility, placed on probation or both, The Post reported.

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The other four suspects have been charged as adults with first-degree rape and could face life in prison if convicted.

Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report. 

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