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Ex-follower in case of branded women: Leader was a con man

Westlake Legal Group ex-follower-in-case-of-branded-women-leader-was-a-con-man Ex-follower in case of branded women: Leader was a con man TOM HAYS fox-news/us/crime fnc/us fnc d8f541fb-6719-577b-bc08-f0e7f0d1264f Associated Press article

Self-help guru Keith Raniere was brilliant – so brilliant that the government considered him a threat and that his energy could impact weather.

Those myths and other oddities about the spiritual leader of the secretive upstate New York organization called NXIVM were detailed on Thursday by a former group official testifying at Raniere’s federal trial.

Filmmaker Mark Vicente also took the chance to describe his despair over learning about allegations that Raniere put his power to a darker use by assembling a harem of sex slaves branded with his initials. The NXIVM (NEX’-ee-um) defector and former board of directors member took off his glasses and appeared to wipe away tears when a prosecutor asked him to read to himself a copy of the group’s mission statement about Raniere’s prescription for enlightenment.

“It’s a fraud,” he said after he composed himself. “It’s a lie.”

Vicente’s testimony came on the third day of the trial in federal court in Brooklyn, where the 58-year-old Raniere has pleaded to sex-trafficking and other charges. His lawyers have claimed that any sexual contact he had with female followers was consensual.

Earlier in the week, a woman testifying using only her first name claimed that she was groomed by a “master” working under Raniere to become his “slave.” She testified that the man known within the group as “Vanguard” performed unwanted oral sex on her and afterward told her it meant that he was her “grand master.”

Vicente, 53, had served on NXIVM’s board along with Seagram liquor fortune heiress Clare Bronfman . He wasn’t charged in the case, but Bronfman and TV actress Allison Mack are among five co-defendants of Raniere who have pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors used Vicente to describe how NXIVM members used a “sales pitch” promising Raniere’s new age methods would help them cast off their irrational fears. He said they paid $6,000 tuition to take the first of a series of courses that would elevate them to different levels of achievement as long as they also recruited new members – what prosecutors have described as pyramid scheme.

There were various ploys and constant paranoia: Raniere cooked up new curriculums as a way to bolster finances that were kept secret. Cameras and other technology – portrayed to followers as an internal communications system – actually was used to spy on them, just as Raniere believed the government was spying on him because he knew too much.

“He told me he was being watched all the time,” Vicente said.

Members of Raniere’s inner circle spoke in hushed tones “about how he could affect the weather,” he said. Lower-level true believers who got a chance to meet him acted as if he was “some kind of god,” he added.

Asked how he feels now, Vicente didn’t mince words.

“I feel bamboozled,” he said. “I feel fooled.”

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Rural border city of Yuma in emergency humanitarian crisis with surge of migrants

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YUMA, Ariz. — A rural border city in Arizona sees no end in sight to the surge of migrants and families crossing the border into their community.

Yuma mayor Douglas Nicholls issued a proclamation of emergency at the border in April, declaring a “humanitarian crisis” that is still affecting the community.

“This is a federal issue,” Nicholls said. “This is not a local issue. So, it needs a federal level response. We’ve had 2,500 people come through our shelter system. In a community of 100,000 people, that’s a large number that comes through a shelter system in a little over a month (April – May 2019). So, with that number, that volume, it’s a national issue. It’s not just Yuma’s issue.”

YUMA, ARIZONA MAYOR DECLARES EMERGENCY OVER MIGRANT SITUATION

It’s put a strain on the Yuma Food Bank, which has turned into a migrant donation center.

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There were four volunteers at the Yuma Food Bank on Wednesday to sort through the donations for the migrants. (Fox News)

“Our primary mission is to get food out into the community,” Shara Whitehead, Yuma Food Bank president and CEO, said. “This other part of it is problematic for us…it has definitely added a different level of stress to us. This time of the year, we’re going into summer and that is a time when there is a higher level of unemployment. So, we have natural, reoccurring issues that occur at this time of the year that put more stress on our food bank to have enough food to be able to provide for those needs. Then you couple that with the humanitarian effort with the migrants and it has just become a very big burden.”

They’ve received around 90,000 pounds worth of clothing, food, hygiene and baby product donations the past two months but with few volunteers to help sort through it all.

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“As a rural community we’re looking to try to make sure that we meet all the needs of our community,” Whitehead said. “But, with this we don’t know when this is stopping and it’s almost like it’s another mission statement. We’re hoping that our congressmen can work through this so that it does have an end because it’s hard for us. We can’t keep this up.”

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“This is a federal issue,” Nicholls said. “This is not a local issue. So, it needs a federal level response.” (Fox News)

Maria Ramirez, her sister, niece and niece’s friend were the only volunteers on Wednesday to sort through the donations for the migrants.

“To me, it doesn’t matter who is getting the benefit,” Ramirez said. “As long as it helps someone, that’s all that matters to me. If the community gets some help, too, or the migrants get the help, it doesn’t matter to me, they’re just people.”

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“To me, it doesn’t matter who is getting the benefit,” Ramirez said. “As long as it helps someone, that’s all that matters to me. If the community gets some help, too, or the migrants get the help, it doesn’t matter to me, they’re just people.” (Fox News)

But Whitehead said this has been “highly emotional” with families in the community they’re already serving, as she said they are a community of veterans that need additional resources that the “government can better provide for them.”

“Yes, it could be going to those in need in our community right now but we’re focusing on those that are passing through our community and we want to facilitate that to get them out of here,” Whitehead said.

Terry Wood is an Air Force veteran who has lived in Yuma since 1956. Wood said the situation is getting to be a disaster.

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Terry Wood is an Air Force veteran who’s lived in Yuma since 1956. Wood said the situation is getting to be a disaster. (Fox News)

“Naturally, they (the migrants) need some help,” Wood said. “There’s no doubt about that. And so do some of the veterans. So, you’ve got to take one way or the other. I mean, you can’t do (an) equal amount for each one. You’ve just got to figure out which one needs the most…there’s a lot of people that need help in Yuma and the migrants coming through, something has got to be done about it.”

And because the migrants are on-the-go, it adds to a different kind of issue for Whitehead, as the food they donate to them needs to be mobile, where migrants can eat it without having to cook if travelling to their destination.

So far this fiscal year, there has already been over 40,000 illegal migrant arrests according to Yuma Border Patrol, which is almost double the total of all of the fiscal year 2018. In FY 2018, there were over 26,000 illegal migrant arrests with around 20,000 being families and unaccompanied children. And in comparison, in 2017 there were 12,867 illegal migrant arrests, with around 10,000 of those being families and unaccompanied children.

Yuma Border Patrol agent Jose Gaibay said they need more manpower to deal with the “large influx”. Agent Gaibay said even though they do background checks, they don’t have criminal history in their country of origin so they rely on what the migrants are telling them. They have concerns with some migrants abusing the US immigration system—that they’ve found criminals bringing kids over, hoping to get released into the community.

Agent Gaibay said the problem is getting worse. Their detention centers are over capacity, so for the past month-and-a-half, migrants have been sent to a make-shift shelter at an old Salvation Army thrift store in Yuma. But, at a capacity of 200, they are now over-capacity.

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“…The mission of the Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination,” Salvation Army’s territorial commissioner of the USA western territory, Kenneth G. Hodder, said. (Fox News)

Salvation Army’s territorial commissioner of the USA western territory, Kenneth G. Hodder, said it’s an honor to help. He also said that “at this point, we don’t know how long this will be” and that monetary donations will help them as they are being strained in paying for the cost of transportation for the migrants, food, and utilities and costs for operating the shelter.

“There are lots of issues associated with this crisis but for us, the most significant issue is the people who are involved,” Hodder said. “The ordinary individuals who are simply looking for help…the mission of the Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

Mayor Nicholls met with President Trump in DC last week and said Trump requested over $4 billion from Congress for humanitarian issues along the border a day after they met.

“The community responds in two different ways,” Nicholls said. “There’s people that want to help. They want to make sure that the humanitarian needs of these people are taken care of. And so they volunteer, they provide resources. The other response is generally people that are concerned, usually not happy with the current immigration system. And so that aggression is understandable. But we look to channel that towards those that can make the decision—the people in Congress.”

That’s been a common theme from those in Yuma—that the nation’s eyes should be on this humanitarian crisis at the border—and that they need help from the government.

“The Democrats and the Republicans have got to come to a compromise but there just doesn’t seem like they want to, especially the Democrats,” Wood said. I don’t know what can be done but something’s got to be done, really. Because you got migrants down there, hundreds, thousands of them and somebody’s got to take care of them…the United States…Mexico doesn’t seem like they care.”

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“We stand here ready to serve,” Whitehead said. “We just need to have our federal government act in a manner that is more towards those that are here in the community, all the time that are in need and not those that are in transit throughout the community,” Whitehead said.

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Woman convicted of keeping Sri Lankan national as ‘slave’

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A federal jury convicted a New Jersey woman Thursday of forcing a Sri Lankan national to work for her for nine years without pay and even marry her so she could stay in the country.

Alia Imad Faleh Al Hunaity brought the woman to the U.S. in 2009 and forced the victim to clean her houses in Woodland Park and Secaucus and care for her three children without pay, prosecutors said. They also alleged that Al Hunaity forced the victim to sleep in the kitchen and in other common areas of the house.

Al Hunaity made the victim overstay her visa, prosecutors said, and they presented evidence that Al Hunaity eventually forced the victim to marry her in 2018 so she could obtain legal residence and not risk being deported.

“The defendant in this case treated the victim as a slave,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.

After a six-day trial, the jury deliberated for two hours before finding Al Hunaity guilty of forced labor, harboring an alien for financial gain and forced marriage. The forced labor count carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence, while the other two counts each carries a maximum of five years.

An email seeking comment was sent to Robert Kovic, Al Hunaity’s lawyer, who has previously said his client was not guilty.

Sentencing is scheduled for September.

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High schools across US hosting ‘military signing days’

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High schools across the country are highlighting their soon-to-be graduating students’ intentions to join the military.

Similar to college or athletic “signing days” — in which high school students officially or ceremonially declare the place of higher education they’ve committed to — schools are increasingly hosting “military signing days.”

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At Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, Ala., on Thursday, 28 students enlisted in the military, according to Fox affiliate WALA-TV. It was the school’s first such event, where the students signed paperwork to join various branches including the Alabama National Guard, the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.

Four students at Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford, N.J., did the same on Wednesday, also the school’s inaugural “military signing” day.

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Four students at Becton Regional High School in New Jersey signed their intent to join the armed forces at the school’s first “military signing day.” (Dario Sforza)

Dario Sforza, the school principal and acting superintendent, told Fox News on Thursday, “We hope this inspires leaders to have the courage to recognize and celebrate all students’ skills, abilities, talents and post-secondary selections — not only the academically and athletically gifted.”

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The principal told NorthJersey.com that the four students — 4 percent of the 100-student class — make up the largest amount of graduating seniors he’s seen enlist in the military during his time at the school.

Another eight students in Clarkston, Mich., committed to the armed forces once they graduate from high school during a ceremony at Clarkston High School on Wednesday.

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Alex Hunt, a student who will join the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Alabama, told WDIV-TV he feels as though his enlistment will be “more of a betterment for me.”

“I’m growing as a person,” he told the news outlet. “I’m going to become a better human being by coming through this. It’s going to make me grow.”

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US military veteran sues twice after being denied a passport

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A Minnesota man and military veteran whose request for a passport was denied twice is now asking a federal court to intervene and declare that he is a U.S. citizen, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

The complaint, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, says the U.S. State Department has required information from Mark Esqueda that is burdensome and goes beyond what is legally required. Both of his passport applications were made during President Barack Obama’s administration.

Esqueda’s lawsuit says that he was born in the U.S. and is entitled to rights of citizenship, including the right to travel freely across U.S. borders. The suit names Secretary of State Michael Pompeo as a defendant.

“To have them question my citizenship is an insult,” Esqueda, 30, of Lake Huron, said in a statement. “I was born here, raised here and served my country here.”

The State Department says it does not comment on pending litigation.

According to the complaint, Esqueda was born in Hidalgo, Texas, in 1988 and a midwife and police officer were present during his birth. He spent most of his childhood in Minnesota, served in the Marines from 2007 to 2011 and later served in the National Guard. While in the Marines, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan and held a military clearance level of “secret,” which the lawsuit says is given only to U.S. citizens and required a thorough background check.

Esqueda applied for a passport in 2012 and included a copy of his birth certificate. The State Department requested additional information, but Esqueda did not have it and his application was denied, the lawsuit says.

He spent the next several years gathering more documentation and applied for a passport again in 2015. This time, he also provided a signed report from the police officer who was at his birth, documentation about his military security clearance and information about government benefits his family received when he was a child.

The complaint says the State Department demanded more information, alleging the midwife at Esqueda’s birth was unreliable. Esqueda then submitted five affidavits from friends and family in Hidalgo, but his application was ultimately denied in January 2017.

The lawsuit says Esqueda is concerned that questions about his citizenship will put his other rights in jeopardy. He’s asking a judge to declare that he is a U.S. citizen and is entitled to a passport.

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Faux German heiress gets 4 to 12 years in prison for defrauding NYC banks, hotels

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A faux German heiress, found guilty last month of swindling some $200,000 through a series of scams, was sentenced Thursday to four to 12 years behind bars.

Anna Sorokin, 28, was convicted of grand larceny and theft of services.

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Moments before she was sentenced, Sorokin briefly addressed the court, saying, “I apologize for the mistakes I made.”

At the sentencing Thursday afternoon in Manhattan state court, Judge Diane Kiesel said she was “stunned by the depth of the defendant’s deception” in her defrauding of New York banks and hotels.

Sorokin’s attorney insisted she intended to pay the money back. But prosecutors said she has “not a cent” to her name.

Sorokin went by the alias Anna Delvey when she defrauded financial institutions and Manhattan celebrity circles into believing she had a fortune of about $67 million overseas that could cover her jet-setting lifestyle, high-end clothing and lavish hotel stays.

The 28-year-old falsely claimed her father was a diplomat or an oil baron, and falsified bank records and forged her identity to further the scam.

Her ruse included an application for a $22 million loan to fund a private arts club, complete with exhibitions, installations and pop-up shops, prosecutors said.

She was denied that loan but persuaded one bank to lend her $100,000 that she failed to repay.

In all, prosecutors accused her of stealing some $275,000, including $35,400 for a plane she chartered to and from the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it will seek to deport Sorokin to Germany following her release from state custody. ICE said Sorokin had overstayed her 2017 visa.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California dog walker, 5 dogs killed after car is struck by motorist in police chase

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A California dog walker and five dogs were killed Tuesday morning when the car they were traveling in was stuck by another motorist involved in a police chase.

Officers with the Long Beach Police Department discovered a vehicle that was reported stolen at an intersection about 11:30 a.m. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver, later identified as 43-year-old Javier Olivarez, refused to stop.

A short police chase began, but abruptly ended when Olivarez allegedly crashed into a black 2013 Ford Escape driven by 41-year-old Jessica Bingman.

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Jessica Bingman, 41, died Tuesday after the car she was driving was struck by another motorist involved in a police chase.  (Facebook)

Bingman, a popular dog walker in the area, was transporting six dogs as part of a dog daycare service at the time of the accident.

Long Beach Fire Department transported Bingman to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead  after sustaining “major traumatic injuries,” police said.

Four of the dogs died at the scene and another two were taken to a local pet hospital where one dog later died. The sixth animal was released to its owners.

Ann Hovatter, whose dog Scout was among the pets that died, told KABC that Bingman was a “beloved human being.”

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In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019, photo flowers and cards rest on a memorial for Jessica Bingaman, a popular dog walker, who was killed along with five of six dogs she was transporting in Long Beach, Calif. (Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP)

“She loved Jessie so much,” she said of her German Shepherd.

Alisha Blanchard, a friend of the victim, said she created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Bingman’s 10-year-old daughter as well as the families whose dogs died.

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Bingman’s mother, Donann Lawson, told KCBS that seeing Olivarez in handcuffs following the pursuit “did not do justice” for her.

Olivarez was arrested on several charges including evading a police officer, felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter and grand theft auto. He is being held at the Long Beach City Jail with no bail as he awaits a court date.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US seizes North Korean ship amid tense moment in relations

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The U.S. said Thursday that it has seized a North Korean cargo ship that was used to violate international sanctions, a first-of-its kind enforcement action that comes amid a tense moment in relations between the two countries.

The “Wise Honest,” North Korea’s second largest cargo ship, was detained in April 2018 as it traveled toward Indonesia. It’s now in the process of being moved to American Samoa, Justice Department officials said.

Officials made the announcement hours after North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea, the second weapons launch in five days and a possible signal that stalled talks over its nuclear weapons program are in trouble. The public disclosure that the vessel is now in U.S. custody may further inflame tensions, though U.S. officials said the timing of their complaint was not a response to the missile launch.

Justice Department lawyers laid out the case for confiscating the ship in a complaint filed in New York, arguing that payments for maintenance and operation of the vessel were channeled through unwitting U.S. financial institutions in violation of American law. The coal trade itself is also believed to fund the isolated country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

“This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers, the Justice Department’s top national security official, told reporters. He later added: “The U.S. sanctions against North Korea reflect the threat these programs pose to U.S. national security.”

The 581-foot (177 meters) Wise Honest was used for coal transports to ports in China, Russia and other countries, according to the complaint, generating badly needed revenue to a country that is under U.N. sanctions because of its nuclear weapons program. The ship also delivered heavy machinery back to North Korea.

The vessel was owned by a subsidiary of a North Korean shipping company that is controlled by the country’s military and is on a Treasury Department sanctions list, officials said.

North Korea sought to disguise the nationality of the ship and the origin of its cargo, according to the complaint. The ship, in what U.S. officials say was a clear act of concealment, also turned off an automatic signal system intended to alert other ships of its course and location.

Indonesian authorities intercepted and seized the Wise Honest in the East China Sea a month after it was photographed at the port of Nampo, North Korea, where it took on a load of coal. The captain of the ship was charged in Indonesia with violating that country’s maritime laws and convicted, the complaint says. It was not immediately clear what happened to the rest of the crew, which at least at one time totaled two dozen members.

The U.S. has prosecuted people and businesses for violating sanctions but has never before seized a North Korean ship. The country will have an opportunity to contest the seizure in court. If the U.S. prevails, it will be able to sell the vessel.

“When nations who have stated an intent to do harm to the United States evade international sanctions, Americans become less safe,” said Geoffrey Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Asked whether North Korea’s largest merchant ship was similarly involved in illegal coal exports, Demers said that he did not know, but added, “If it is, we’d love to get our hands on it.”

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have held two summits focused on the North’s nuclear program but have made no discernible progress toward a deal that would eliminate its weapons. At the White House on Thursday, Trump said the U.S. was looking “very seriously right now” at North Korea’s recent military tests.

“Nobody’s happy about it.”

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Woman faces murder count in death of man, 74, shoved off bus

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Security video recorded a woman shoving a 74-year-old man with a walker off a public transit bus in Las Vegas after he asked her to be nice to other passengers, and she’s facing a murder charge after the man died, according to court documents.

Serge Fournier hit his head on a sidewalk in the March 21 incident, police said, and the Clark County coroner ruled his death on April 23 a homicide resulting from his injuries.

Cadesha Michelle Bishop was arrested Monday on a murder warrant and was assigned a public defense attorney during her first court appearance on Tuesday. A Clark County public defender’s official did not immediately respond Thursday to messages.

A judge ordered Bishop, 25, held on $100,000 bail pending a preliminary hearing of evidence May 21.

A police report says Fournier was moving up the aisle of the Regional Transportation Commission bus when he asked a woman who had been cursing at other people to be nicer to passengers, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported .

Bishop was accused of shoving Fournier out the door “with enough force that he never touched any of the steps” before hitting his head about 8 feet (2.4 meters) from the bus.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that Bishop was identified in part by a “Love” emblem on her jacket and her son’s distinctive Spider-Man backpack. Police said she was seen in the security video, which has yet to be released, walking away holding the boy’s hand.

Court records show that Bishop was convicted twice, in 2014 and 2015, of misdemeanor domestic battery charges.

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Storms damage Arkansas apartments, leave damage in South

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Several people were injured when a possible tornado tore the roof off an Arkansas apartment building, part of a powerful line of thunderstorms that was dumping more rain Thursday on waterlogged areas throughout the nation’s midsection.

The severe weather moved eastward after forcing people from their homes in Kansas, soaking Houston once again , and straining levees along the surging Mississippi River on Wednesday.

The flooding has caused billions of dollars of damage to farmland, homes and businesses across the Midwest, with some rivers above flood stage for more than six weeks now.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings as more than 5 inches of rain fell in parts of Mississippi. The downpours swelled streams and made driving difficult.

Trees were down in north Alabama after the storm system moved through, prompting multiple tornado warnings. No injuries were reported but officials said several farm buildings were damaged.

In Arkansas, about 150 people were displaced Wednesday after the storm ripped the roof from an apartment complex in Pine Bluff, about 40 miles southeast of Little Rock.

Pine Bluff Police Chief Kelvin Sergeant said there was extensive damage to buildings, and four injuries at the apartment.

“One of those is probably going to be pretty severe,” Sergeant said of the injured people. “Three others walked out of the scene, and we may have had one who was having chest pains.”

Resident Carla Jackson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that she heard a loud boom and that the storm moved in quickly.

“First there were real high winds and then a loud boom, and next thing you know the lights started blinking. We heard the transformer blow, then another transformer blow, and then it just went black,” she said.

The weather service planned to send a survey team to Pine Bluff to determine whether it was a tornado or straight-line winds that caused the damage.

In Kansas, flooding waterways forced evacuations and school closures Wednesday. Problems continued Thursday, with a 19-year-old rescued from the roof of her car near Emporia. And the Kansas Turnpike remained closed near the Oklahoma border.

The weather service predicted the Missouri River would crest Thursday in St. Joseph, Missouri, at a level that causes parkland and a residential area to flood.

In northwestern Missouri’s Holt County, emergency management director Tom Bullock said a few people who had moved back home after March’s flooding busted levees were forced out again late Wednesday by rising water. His own home is now unreachable.

“The water won’t go away,” he said.

Wind-driven water caused more flooding in southeastern Michigan along western Lake Erie following recent rainfall that contributed to high water levels in the Great Lakes.

Firefighters in Monroe County’s Berlin Township used a boat to reach those stranded at homes by high water near Lake Erie. In nearby Frenchtown Township, pumps were used to clear roadways.

More severe weather is possible through the weekend.

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