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400-year-old Pilgrims Bible stolen from US as part of $8M heist returns home: FBI

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A rare Bible, stolen in the 1990s from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh as part of an extensive years-long heist with an estimated $8 million worth of items, has returned home, according to the FBI.

The 1615 Breeches Edition Bible was traced to the American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden, Netherlands, which had purchased it for $1,200. A former archivist at the Pittsburg library and a rare book dealer are accused of stealing it along with over 300 rare books, maps, plate books, atlases, and more that were discovered missing last year.

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The 17th century Bible is “more than a piece of evidence,” Jones said Thursday. “From a dollar-figure sense, it is not priceless. From a history perspective, it is priceless.”

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The word “breeches” is visible as the last word in verse 7 of chapter 3 in Genesis in the theft recovered Bible shown during a news conference, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Pittsburgh. The word gives the 1615 Breeches Edition Bible that stolen from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh in the 1990’s its name. The stolen Bible was traced to the American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Jones explained the first edition of the Geneva Bible was published in 1560. This particular edition, published in London four years after the first King James version, is similar to a Bible known to have been brought over by the Pilgrims in 1620.

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Prosecutors say 18 of the stolen books have been recovered thus far, including one copy of Isaac Newton’s “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,” a watershed of science valued at $900,000, and John Adams’ “A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America,” valued at $20,000.

The FBI hopes news of the recovery of this Bible will prompt others to look at their collections for any possible items stolen from the Pittsburgh library, including “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” the magnum opus by philosopher Adam Smith, valued at $180,000.

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“Some probably are in private collections,” Jones said, adding, about the Bible: “I am happy to say it has finally made its way back to its rightful owner here in Pittsburgh.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Theft of 18 colonoscopes worth $450G under probe, police say

It’s the type of crime that doesn’t happen every day.

Police in the suburbs of Philadelphia say three suspects broke into a medical facility in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, last Saturday and fled with 18 colonoscopies – devices used for examining the health of patients’ colons.

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Suspects are seen leaving a medical facility in Wynnewood, Pa., allegedly carrying 18 colonoscopes worth about $450,000. (Lower Merion Police Department)

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The devices were reportedly worth a total of about $450,000, authorities said.

But police were perplexed about what the suspects might have planned to do with the instruments.

“This is not something that a typical pawn shop might accept,” Lower Merion Police Detective Sergeant Michael Vice told Philadelphia’s WCAU-TV. “My feeling would be that it was some type of black market sales.”

Such a market apparently does exist, Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael J. McGrath told Philly.com.

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“They appeared to know precisely where to go, and they pried the door open,” McGrath said of the suspects, who were captured on surveillance video leaving the facility, carrying bulging backpacks.

Police are hoping the suspects will be caught in the end.

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Arrest made in double homicide of ex-pro hockey player, community advocate, police say

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A man who was already in custody on suspicion of burglarizing two homes in Irvine, Calif. was arrested Thursday in connection with the slayings of a former professional hockey player and a mother of two in Newport Beach, Calif.

Wendi Miller, 48, and Darren Partch, 38, were discovered dead in Partch’s condominium Sunday evening when his roommate returned home from an Easter weekend getaway. Police were called to the home around 9:30 p.m. and did not detect any sign of forced entry.

Police said suspect Jamon Rayon Buggs, 44, of Huntington Beach, was being held at the Orange County Jail on suspicion of breaking into two homes in Irvine on April 20-21 when police charged him in the double homicide case, FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported.

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Jamon Rayon Buggs, 44, of Huntington Beach, Calif. is charged in the double homicide case involving a former professional hockey player and a community advocate. (Newport Beach Police Department)

Buggs was booked on suspicion of attempted burglary, shooting into an inhabited dwelling, and possession of a firearm by a felon, and hit-and-run for a previous incident before being slapped with the double murder charges, KTLA-TV reported.

He was being held on $1 million bond.

Friends told police they last saw Miller and Partch early Saturday morning when Miller offered to give Partch a ride home from a bar. Authorities announced Monday they were investigating the deaths as homicides without disclosing the nature of the relationship between the two.

Partch previously played minor league hockey as a forward for teams including the Waterloo Black Hawks and San Diego Gulls, according to Hockeydb.com.

Miller was the CEO of Wings for Justice, a nonprofit organization that advocates for children in the family court system. She worked for more than 12 years as a licensed psychologist in California and Michigan counseling children, individuals, couples and families and authored two books related to treating domestic violence victims, according to her online biography.

Luke Carpenter, identified by the Mercury News of San Jose as Miller’s son, wrote on Facebook that his mother was fatally shot. He added, “It was told to us that she did not suffer. The police are still investigating all the details.”

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Wendi Miller, 48, and Darren Partch, 38, were found dead in his home in Newport Beach, California, on Sunday, officials said. (YouTube/Facebook)

According to police, Buggs’ first attempted burglary occurred Saturday evening. He allegedly tried to break into a home in Irvine around 11:35 p.m. before the homeowner confronted him. Police said Buggs fled the scene, firing a single round outside the residence, KTLA reported.

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A second homeowner reported an attempted burglary Sunday after reviewing surveillance footage that allegedly showed Buggs trying to force his way into the front door around 5 a.m. before fleeing, police said.

Police attempted to pull over a suspicious vehicle in the area around 12:15 a.m. Monday. The driver, later identified as Buggs, refused to stop before crashing his vehicle and running into an unoccupied home. Irvine police SWAT officers, the Anaheim Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the scene before Buggs eventually surrendered around 4 a.m.

Anyone with information about Buggs’s location before his arrest, or the case in general, are encouraged to call Detective Rick Henry at 949-644-3797. The investigation is ongoing.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report. 

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Ex-Minneapolis officer resumes testimony in woman’s death

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A former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman will be back on the stand Friday.

Mohamed Noor hadn’t spoken publicly about the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond before taking the stand Thursday.

Damond, a dual U.S.-Australia citizen, had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. She was shot minutes later when she approached Noor’s squad car.

Noor testified Thursday that he and his partner were startled by a loud bang on their car. He said he saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair at his partner’s window, raising her right arm, and fired his gun “to stop the threat.”

He said his “world came crashing down” when he realized he’d shot an innocent woman.

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Report: Chicago officer distraught after killing black teen

A white former Chicago police officer convicted of killing a black teenager was emotionally distraught in the days that followed the 2014 shooting, according to a newly released psychologist’s report.

The report was among nearly 90 unsealed court filings related to Jason Van Dyke’s prosecution released Wednesday in response to a lawsuit by media organizations.

Dr. Laurence Miller, a psychologist hired by the defense, worked with Van Dyke as he prepared for trial. In April 2016, the Florida-based psychologist interviewed Van Dyke via Skype.

Van Dyke told Miller that “time froze” when he shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, the report said. The 41-year-old officer added that he was “not that good a shot with the handgun” and thought the shots may have missed the 17-year-old as he walked down the road while holding a small knife.

“He (recalled) thinking, ‘Why isn’t (McDonald) falling, why isn’t he stopping?'” the report said.

Dashcam video of the shooting shows Van Dyke continued firing when McDonald was on the ground.

Miller noted Van Dyke said he didn’t feel like himself upon returning to work. He told Miller that when co-workers came to shake his hand, “I just felt shell-shocked.” The officer declined to join his partner days later in pursuing a gun-wielding suspect after the call for help came from the same 7-Eleven where they had parked before pursuing McDonald, Miller said.

“His partner ran after the suspect while Van Dyke stood by the car ‘pretending to be looking,'” wrote Miller.

A key moment from the trial excluded from the psychologist’s report was when prosecutors cross-examined Miller. Just before arriving to the scene, Van Dyke told his partner, “Oh my God, we are going to have to shoot the guy,” according to Miller.

Van Dyke was sentenced in January to nearly seven years in prison. With credit for time served while awaiting his sentencing and projected day-for-day credit for good conduct, records show Van Dyke is scheduled to be released in February 2022.

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‘Whitey’ Bulger’s cause of death in prison revealed

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The death certificate of Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger revealed that the notorious criminal died last year from “blunt force injuries of the head.”

The document obtained by Fox News from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on Thursday showed that the 89-year-old was found dead on Oct. 30, 2018 at 8:21 a.m.

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The death certificate of Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger revealed that the notorious criminal died last year from “blunt force injuries of the head.” (West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources)

He sustained injuries as a result of being “assaulted by other(s),” which occurred in his “prison cell” at the U.S. Penitentiary, Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, W.V., the certificate said.

The “final manner of death” was deemed to be a homicide, according to the document.

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The death of Bulger, who was a fugitive for 16 years and sentenced to life in prison in 2013, came after he was moved from a prison in Florida and had a stop in Oklahoma City before arriving at the high-security facility in West Virginia.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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Puppy stuffed into bag, dumped near Coachella dumpster has died, officials say

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One of the seven puppies that were rescued after being dropped behind the back of a dumpster in California last week has died, according to animal services.

The foster volunteer who took in the pups said they believe the one who died was either the runt of the litter, or might have been at the bottom of the plastic bag that was dumped behind an auto parts store in Coachella on April 18.

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“He was just so weak and held on for as long as he could,” the foster wrote in a Facebook post. “When I got him he was pale and kind of flat looking, so I think he was the cushion that saved his siblings.”

The volunteer believes “he was at the bottom and took the hit when all of his siblings landed on him,” but the other six dogs, who were around 3 days old when they were discovered last week, are “thriving.”

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Deborah Sue Culwell, 54, was arrested at her home in Coachella, California, on Monday, officials said. (Riverside County Animal Services)

Surveillance footage was released of 54-year-old Deborah Sue Culwell allegedly dumping the litter of pups. She was arrested at her home on Monday, where Riverside County Animal Services found and impounded 38 dogs living in squalor.

“Most of the dogs appeared to be in somewhat healthy condition, but some were aggressive or fearful,” John Welsh, of Riverside County Animal Services, said in a news release. “The house was in a state of disrepair.”

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Authorities impounded 38 dogs from Culwell’s home. (Riverside County Animal Services)

The 38 dogs are currently being cared for at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, where veterinarians said none of the dogs appear to have serious illnesses.

Culwell, meanwhile, still maintains ownership of the dogs, according to Welsh. He said that each day the 38 dogs remain in the care of Riverside County Animal Services, Culwell is billed $570 in boarding and care fees. That number excludes the cost of “vaccinations, examination fees, medications, nor state-mandated fees” that are necessary for the dogs.

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Officials said Culwell has 10 days to request a hearing to maintain or relinquish ownership of the dogs, but after that period is over, animal services can work to rehome the dogs.

Culwell faces up to seven felony counts of animal cruelty. According to online records from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, she’s scheduled to appear in court on June 18.

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DA: Man ran prostitution ring out of parents’ basement

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A Long Island man ran a prostitution ring out of his elderly parents’ sprawling suburban home, enticing women with drugs and locking them in a basement where he forced them to use a bucket instead of a bathroom, prosecutors said Thursday.

Raymond Rodio III, 47, used social media to recruit and advertise the women, got them hooked on heroin or crack cocaine, and forced them to have sex with men in the basement of the home, in Sound Beach, or at nearby motels, Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said.

“This is a dangerous and depraved individual,” Sini said after Rodio’s arraignment. “He kept women locked up in the basement of his parents’ house. He used the basement of his parents’ home as a dungeon.”

Rodio operated the ring for about four years and victimized more than 20 women, Sini said.

Rodio’s parents, who are in their 70s, may have known “something untoward” was going on, but not necessarily that their son was running a prostitution ring, Sini said. They are not charged with a crime.

Rodio pleaded not guilty Thursday to sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and other charges. He remains jailed because he hasn’t posted $1 million cash bail or $2 million bond.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 21. If convicted of the top charge, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

A message seeking comment was left with his lawyer.

Police uncovered the alleged prostitution ring after a routine traffic stop last August. Officers recognized that a passenger in the car appeared to be a victim of human trafficking, Sini said.

“As chilling and cruel as this case is, sex trafficking would not be possible or lucrative if not for the people who pay to the opportunity to sexually degrade the women being kept in these conditions,” said National Sexual Violence Resource Center spokeswoman Kristen Houser.

From the outside, Rodio’s parents’ home appears typical of Sound Beach — a quiet, waterfront community about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of midtown Manhattan on Long Island’s north shore. Recent photos show a half-dozen American flags in the home’s spacious, meticulously manicured yard. There are birdhouses, wagon wheels and a driveway basketball hoop.

Inside, through a door and down the stairs from an unfinished garage, was a vile, windowless hellscape where Rodio held women for long stretches without access to a shower, a bathroom or the outside world, Sini said.

Rodio’s makeshift brothel featured a bed with a leopard-print comforter, but also walls lined with family portraits and Jesus on a prayer card, Sini said. There were shelves full of lotions, a bottle of chocolate syrup and “all sorts of items that one could suspect were used in sex acts,” Sini said.

“It’s disgusting,” he said.

In recruiting women, Sini said, Rodio targeted women who appeared to have drug dependence or who were somehow otherwise vulnerable. He would initially supply them with drugs for free so they would be dependent on him, the prosecutor said. Then, after setting them up with clients, he’d give them heroin or crack to impair their judgment, Sini said.

Rodio would use the money the clients paid to buy the women more drugs and underwrite his own crack habit, Sini said. If they resisted seeing a client or didn’t fork over enough of the fees, he’d scream at them, Sini said. The flow of drugs made the women indebted to Rodio, Sini said, and the only way they could repay it was by performing sex acts.

“This is a common tactic used by traffickers. They essentially force their victims to become addicted to drugs, then use that addiction — that illness — to keep victims under their control,” Sini said.

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Report: Chicago officer nervous after killing black teenager

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A white former Chicago police officer convicted of killing a black teenager in 2014 was emotionally distraught in the days that followed the shooting, according to a newly released psychologist’s report.

The report was among nearly 90 unsealed court filings related to Jason Van Dyke’s prosecution released Wednesday in response to a lawsuit by media organizations.

Dr. Laurence Miller, a psychologist hired by the defense, worked with Van Dyke as he prepared for trial. In April 2016, the Florida-based psychologist interviewed Van Dyke via Skype.

Van Dyke told Miller that “time froze” as he fired 16 shots at Laquan McDonald, the report said. The 41-year-old officer added that he was “not that good a shot with the handgun” and thought the shots may have missed the 17-year-old as he walked down the road while holding a small knife.

“He (recalled) thinking, ‘Why isn’t (McDonald) falling, why isn’t he stopping?'” the report said.

Miller noted Van Dyke said he didn’t feel like himself upon returning to work. He told Miller that when co-workers came to shake his hand, “I just felt shell-shocked.” The officer declined to join his partner days later in pursuing a gun-wielding suspect after the call for help came from the same 7-Eleven where they had parked before pursuing McDonald, Miller said.

“His partner ran after the suspect while Van Dyke stood by the car ‘pretending to be looking,'” wrote Miller.

A key moment from the trial excluded from the psychologist’s report was when prosecutors cross-examined Miller. Just before arriving to the scene, Van Dyke told his partner, “Oh my God, we are going to have to shoot the guy,” according to Miller.

Van Dyke was sentenced in January to nearly 7 years in prison. With credit for time served while awaiting his sentencing and projected day-for-day credit for good conduct, records show Van Dyke is scheduled to be released in February 2022.

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Ex-cop: Saw woman at window, fired ‘to stop threat’

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A former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman testified Thursday that he saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair at his partner’s window, raising her right arm, before he fired his gun “to stop the threat.”

Mohamed Noor refused to talk to investigators after the July 2017 shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond , a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia, making his testimony his first public statements since her death.

Damond had called 911 minutes earlier to report a possible sexual assault behind her home, and was shot as she approached Noor’s squad car as he and his partner slowly rolled down her alley looking for evidence of a woman in distress.

Noor testified that he fired to stop what he thought was a threat to him and his partner, Matthew Harrity, after he heard a loud bang on the driver’s side of the squad car.

Noor said he saw fear in Harrity’s eyes and saw that Harrity was trying to pull his gun but was having difficulty.

He described putting his left arm over Harrity’s chest, and seeing a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair outside Harrity’s driver’s side window raising her right arm.

“I fired one shot,” Noor said. “My intent was to stop the threat.”

When he realized he had shot an innocent woman, Noor said, “I felt like my whole world came crashing down.”

“I couldn’t breathe,” Noor said. “I felt great pain.”

Prosecutor Amy Sweasy attacked Noor in cross-examination, noting that Noor didn’t see Damond’s hands or a weapon.

“You meant to shoot the woman to stop the threat?” she asked. “You knew you were shooting a person?”

“Yes ma’am,” he answered.

Earlier Thursday, Noor described the unorthodox path he took to becoming an officer — he was working as a pharmaceutical analyst before deciding to switch careers — and then detailed his 29-week cadet training in 2015.

Noor was fired from the force soon after being charged. His attorneys have said he was spooked by a noise on his squad car right before the shooting and feared an ambush.

Noor described “counter-ambush” training that included scenarios such as two officers in a squad car, doing routine tasks, and an instructor yelling “Threat!” The officers had to make a quick decision about whether to shoot, Noor said.

“Action is better than reaction,” Noor said. “If you’re reacting, that means it’s too late … to protect yourself … you die.”

Noor described another training exercise where he was sent to a location, heard gunshots and instead of assessing the threat, he ran toward it. An instructor shot him with a paintball gun, he said.

“So the point is if you don’t do your job correctly, you’ll get killed,” defense attorney Thomas Plunkett said.

“Yes sir,” Noor answered.

The death of Damond, a 40-year-old life coach who was engaged to be married a month after her death, sparked anger and disbelief in both the U.S. and Australia, cost the city’s police chief her job and contributed to the mayor’s electoral defeat a few months later.

Prosecutors have questioned the supposed noise, presumably from Damond slapping the car as she approached, by noting that investigators didn’t find forensic evidence of Damond’s fingerprints on the car. They also questioned the timing of Harrity’s first mention of the thump — not the night of the shooting, but a few days later, as he was being interviewed by state investigators.

Neither officer had their body cameras running when Damond was shot, something Harrity blamed on what he called a vague policy that didn’t require it. The department toughened the policy after Damond’s death to require that the cameras be turned on when responding to a call.

Damond was white. Noor, 33, is a Somali American whose hiring two years before the shooting was celebrated by Minneapolis leaders as a sign of a diversifying police force in a city with a large population of Somali immigrants.

Noor testified earlier Thursday about immigrating from Somalia to the U.S., where he became a citizen in 1999. He lived first in Chicago, then moved to Minneapolis, where he said he fell in love with the city.

He said he became a police officer because he “wanted to serve.”

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