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California man who fatally shot mountain lion gets 30 days in jail, 240 hours of community service

The Southern California man charged with shooting and killing a protected mountain lion this summer has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and was ordered to serve 240 hours of community service in an animal shelter after pleading guilty, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, of Simi Valley, Calif., will have to serve the community service at a Los Angeles County animal shelter, Senior Deputy District Attorney Karen Wold in Ventura County told Fox News.

Gonzalez will have to pay restitution that will include the cost for the collar he removed, which will be more than $2,300, Wold confirmed.

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Gonzalez was also placed on three years of probation and the rifle he used to shoot the mountain lion was declared a nuisance by the court and ordered to be destroyed, according to the District Attorney’s office.

“The weapon that was used was also ordered destroyed and that means it will never be used again to kill another animal,” Wold told Fox News.

Gonzalez admitted to shooting the collared mountain lion known as P-38 in the head after National Park Service biologists discovered the lion’s body in the Simi Valley area.

“The National Park Service got a mortality signal from the collar indicating that the lion was dead and they eventually went out to the location where the signal stopped and recovered the collar and discovered that it had been cut,” Wold told Fox News last month. “That’s when the Department of Fish and Wildlife started their investigation and after they located the mountain lion, they contacted our office.”

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The Southern California man charged with shooting and killing protected mountain lion P-38 (pictured here) this summer has been sentenced. (National Park Service)

The male lion was born in 2012 and was collared four years ago, she said, adding that he mainly roamed areas of the Santa Susana Mountains and the Santa Monica Mountains.

It is illegal to kill a mountain lion in California without a permit, but there are some exceptions. Wold said mountain lions are on the verge of becoming endangered in California.

Gonzalez had been charged with two misdemeanor counts, one for the unlawful taking of a protected mammal and one for vandalism of National Park Service property over the cutting of the lion’s collar, which Wold said was “very sophisticated” and is worth more than $2,300. The collar maintained data on the mountain lion.

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Gonzalez’ attorney, Shanit Frydman, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

He is expected to begin his jail sentence on October 25, followed by 30 days of work release and then 240 hours of community service.

“Because the defendant took early responsibility for his actions and has no prior criminal history I think it [the sentence] is fair and reasonable on the part of the court,” Wold said. “I think that this particular case is a great deterrent that will send a message to anyone who would want to kill a protected mountain lion.”

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Child rape suspect wanted for more than 10 years is nabbed in Mexico

A fugitive who was on America’s Most Wanted list for more than 10 years – and had escaped custody twice – over kidnapping and rape allegations involving a Detroit girl was caught in Mexico this week, authorities said Thursday.

Corey Deshawn Gaston, 41, had eluded authorities for over a decade as a manhunt crisscrossed from Michigan to San Diego to Alabama, the Detroit Free Press reported. He is accused of being the stranger who on June 27, 2007, kidnapped a 10-year-old girl from her home in Detroit and raped her in a nearby field.

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Corey Deshawn Gaston has been wanted by U.S. Marshals since 2008. (U.S. Marshals Service)

Gaston was arrested after his cellphone and DNA were found at the scene. He was released from custody after posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bond, then fled the state. U.S. marshals apprehended him in Georgia days later and brought him back to Michigan. Despite prosecutors’ wishes, he was released again on bond, though, and again left.

Federal authorities were alerted by their Mexican counterparts last month that they had arrested Gaston, the U.S. marshal for the eastern district of Michigan said in a press release.

“It brings great satisfaction when we make an arrest like this,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington. “Corey Gaston’s alleged horrific crimes earned him a spot on our 15 Most Wanted list. From that point forward, he was put on notice that we would never stop looking for him.

“We made good on that promise.”

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U.S. Marshal Aaron Garcia said Gaston has been uncooperative and has denied being the rape suspect.

“The fingerprints and photos we have prover otherwise,” Abdullah said. “We have the right person.”

Gaston arrived in the U.S. Thursday morning, Garcia said. He is now in Chicago, waiting to be extradited to Detroit, a process that could take up to a month.

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He is facing multiple charges including first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a child under 13, kidnapping, home invasion and child endangerment.

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Saudi man sentenced to 12 years for hiding attendance at Al Qaeda training camp

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A former Oklahoma resident was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for visa fraud and concealment of his attendance at an Al Qaeda training camp, authorities said Thursday.

Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 35, a Saudi Arabian citizen, was arrested on February 2018 based on a criminal complaint in Oklahoma alleging he’d lied to the FBI and attended terror training sites in Afghanistan.

“The U.S. government identified the defendant after finding his fingerprints on an application to join Al Qaeda that the U.S. military had gathered from the battlefields of Afghanistan,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers of the National Security Division said in a Justice Department statement.

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Alfallaj pleaded guilty to possessing a visa obtained by fraud from March 2012 to 2018 and making false statements to the FBI.

Federal prosecutors said he came to the U.S. in 2011 on a nonimmigrant visa based on his wife’s foreign student status. He allegedly lied on his visa application about whether he supports terrorists or terror groups.

The FBI said it found 15 of Alfallaj’s fingerprints on an application to an Al Qaeda training site in Afghanistan leading up to the 9/11 attacks. American forces found the document in an Afghan safe house. It included an emergency phone number associated with Alfallaj’s father in Saudi Arabia.

“We were able to match those fingerprints with fingerprints taken for his U.S. visa application and to determine that he had made false statements in that application in order to conceal his attendance at an Al Qaeda training camp in 2000,” Demers said.

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“He also admitted he falsely told federal agents during the December 2017 interview that he had never visited Afghanistan or participated in religious, tactical, or military training outside Saudi Arabia, and otherwise affirmed falsely that all of the answers on his nonimmigrant visa application were true and correct,” the news release states.

In 2013, Alfallaj inquired in an online forum about fighting in Afghanistan or Chechnya, prosecutors said.

He will be deported once he completes his prison sentence.

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Atlantic City mayor admits to stealing $87,000 from youth basketball team

The mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey admitted in federal court on Thursday that he stole $87,000 from a youth basketball team he founded.

The admission puts the mayor on a long line of corrupt leadership in the city, which has been riddled with chronic budget problems.

Frank Gillam Jr. told the judge he stole funds raised from donors in Atlantic City and Philadelphia for the Atlantic City Starz for personal expenses between 2013 and 2018. He was elected mayor in 2017 after serving as a City Councilman.

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April 23, 2019: Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. speaks at the Atlantic City Implementation Plan. Frank Gilliam Jr. Gilliam Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 to wire fraud, admitting he defrauded a basketball club out of $87,000.(Craig Matthews/The Press of Atlantic City via AP, File)

He was released after posting a $100,000 bond with the court, but New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and other elected officials quickly called for him to resign. Plans were already being made for the City Council president to assume Gillam’s position.

Gillam, 49, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted in his trial, which is set for Jan. 7. Half of the money he stole was recovered from his home when FBI agents raided it in December, and he’s agreed to pay restitution for the fraud.

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According to prosecutors, Gillam used the money for personal expenses such as luxury clothing, expensive meals and trips. He had solicited the donations using his political office under the false pretense they were for the youth basketball team or for school supplies for underprivileged children.

“When a scheme depletes (a) charity for children, it’s unconscionable,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Gregory Ehrie. “But when the fraud is perpetrated by someone the public trusts, it damages the community’s confidence in their public servants. This defendant betrayed the trust of his community and of people who wanted to improve the lives of children.”

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Gillam’s lawyer, Harry Rimm, issued a defense that Gillam only admitted misusing private funds, not public money, which he argued made the mayor better than many of his predecessors. The city was on the brink of bankruptcy when Gillam took office in 2017 as its casino industry struggled.

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The Atlantic City mayoral office has a long history of rampant corruption, lending ground for the 1920s-era hit HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.”

As of 2007, four of the city’s last eight mayors had been arrested on corruption charges and one-third of the nine-member City Council was either in prison or under house arrest.

Robert Levey, mayor of the city from 2006-2007, admitted in court to falsifying his military record to receive $25,000 worth of benefits. In 1991, former mayor James Usry admitted to a campaign finance violation of accepting $6,000 in exchange for supporting an ordinance that would benefit the company that offered the money.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘El Chapo’ paid $1 million bribe to fund sitting Honduran president’s campaign: prosecutors

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Convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán allegedly used the brother of the current Honduran president as the go-between in a 2013 bribe scheme trading $1 million for cartel protection, U.S. federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández, 41, was accused in a Manhattan courtroom of using his connections in the Honduran government to smuggle cocaine through the country, knowing the final destination for the narcotics would be the United States.

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In his opening statement, federal prosecutor Jason Richman said Tony Hernández was “protected by and had access to his brother, the current sitting president of Honduras, a man who himself has received millions of dollars in drug money bribes — bribes he received from some of the largest cocaine traffickers in the world, bribes he received from men like El Chapo and the Sinaloa cartel, who personally delivered $1 million to the defendant for his brother.”

Tony Hernández was arrested in 2018 in Miami. He’s the brother of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. The Honduran president is listed as a co-conspirator in the case but hasn’t been charged, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Prosecutors also alleged the Honduran president took an additional $1.5 million in drug trafficking money in 2013 to finance his election campaign in exchange for providing protection for other drug traffickers, the Los Angeles Times reported. Juan Orlando Hernández was reelected in 2017 despite a constitutional ban on him serving another term. Guzman was captured in Mexico on Jan. 8, 2016.

According to prosecutors, Tony Hernández first began trafficking narcotics in 2004, eventually becoming “a violent drug trafficker of epic proportions” who carried out murders and smuggled “massive” amounts of cocaine as the “untouchable” brother of the head of state.

The Honduran president denied the prosecutors’ Twitter claims Wednesday, writing: “The allegation in itself is 100% false, absurd and ridiculous…this is less serious than Alice in Wonderland.” He also said drug cartels in his country were seeking revenge on the government for cooperating with U.S. officials to extradite suspects.

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He previously stated the allegations against him were supported by testimony from people in his country who wanted to retaliate against him for his policies to clean up corruption within the police force and fight organized crime, The Times reported.

It was unclear from the prosecutors’ statements when did Tony Hernández receive the alleged $1 million payment from El Chapo to pass along to his brother. Guzmán infamously escaped prison in Mexico twice before his eventual capture and extradition to the U.S. He was convicted of a slew of federal charges earlier this year related to his time as head of the Sinaloa cartel and is currently serving a life sentence at a maximum security prison in Colorado.

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Tennessee man left child alone in hot car while he bought cocaine: cops

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A Tennessee man was charged with felony child neglect Wednesday after he allegedly left his 23-month-old great nephew unattended inside a hot car in a fast food restaurant parking lot and went to buy cocaine, police said.

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Shawn Barber, 42, left the child inside his vehicle outside a Jack in the Box in Nashville on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Employees brought the child inside the restaurant, telling police they found him unattended in the vehicle, which had the windows rolled down and keys still inside, FOX 17 Nashville reported.

Responding police officers said they questioned Barber once he returned to the vehicle. He allegedly admitted leaving the child alone and went to another location to buy cocaine.

The child’s mother told police Barber came to her apartment to babysit her son while she left to pick up her other children from school. Barber drove off with the child after she left, according to FOX 17. The Nashville Fire Department transported the child to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital to be evaluated. He was unharmed, authorities said.

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Temperatures reached as high as 90 degrees in Nashville on Wednesday, according to Time and Date. The National Security Council reports 47 children across the country perished in hot car deaths in 2019. Last year marked the highest year on record for hot car deaths in two decades after 53 children died from vehicular heatstroke.

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Menstrual cup hurled at California lawmakers by anti-vaccine protester contained human blood

The California state Senate confirmed Wednesday that red liquid inside a menstrual cup hurled at lawmakers from a viewing gallery by an anti-vaccine protester last month was human blood.

“While lab tests confirmed that the substance thrown from the Senate Gallery was human blood, it was negative for any blood borne [sic] pathogens or infections,” Erika Contreras, secretary of the Senate, wrote in a letter to staffers.

Contreras also wrote that an environmental hazard company was hired to “ensure complete remediation and decontamination of both the chamber and the gallery,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which obtained a copy of the letter.

Rebecca Lee Dalelio, 43, allegedly hurled the blood onto the Senate floor in opposition to Senate bills 276 and 714 on Sept. 13, the final day of the legislative session,

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Rebecca Lee Dalelio, 43, allegedly threw a menstrual cup filled with human blood at California lawmakers over he opposition to a pair of vaccine bills. (Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office)

She allegedly yelled: “That’s for the dead babies” before throwing the cup at lawmakers. At least six senators were hit by the menstrual cup or the blood. A menstrual cup is a silicone or latex cup that collects menstrual fluids.

Democratic State Sen. Steve Glazer underwent a series of tests after he said he was hit in the head with blood, the Sacramento Bee reported.

“A couple hours of sleep since our Senate adjournment around 3am [sic] and I’m at a doctors [sic] appointment to follow safety protocols from blood exposure,” Glazer tweeted.

Both bills, which give the state the power to review medical exemptions for vaccines, were signed into law earlier that week by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, prompting vaccine skeptics to flood the state Capitol in Sacramento.

Investigators initially called the substance a “feminine hygiene device” containing what appeared to be blood. The Senate chamber was evacuated and the session resumed three hours later in another room.

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Dalelio was arrested without incident on suspicion of six crimes, including assault and vandalism.

“This incident was incited by the violent rhetoric perpetuated by leaders of the anti-vaxx movement,” said Sen. Richard Pan, who wrote both bills to reinforce laws that ban personal beliefs from a list of reasons to obtain vaccine exemptions. “As their rhetoric escalates, their incidents of violence does as well. This is an attack on the democratic process and it must be met with strong condemnation by everyone.”

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Dem megadonor Ed Buck hit with additional federal drug charges in two overdose deaths

A federal grand jury in California has indicted wealthy Democratic megadonor Ed Buck on drug charges in connection with two overdose deaths at his West Hollywood apartment.

The indictment returned Wednesday charges Buck with distributing methamphetamine resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean in January and Gemmel Moore in 2017. Buck had previously been charged in Moore’s death after his arrest last month.

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Federal prosecutors said Buck, 65, preyed on vulnerable gay black men and pressured them to let him inject them with drugs as part of a sexual ritual.

Buck also is charged with providing meth to three more men, including one who overdosed twice in a week last month before escaping Buck’s home to get help and another man who said Buck threatened him with a power saw in December if he didn’t leave his apartment

Family members of the victims had criticized local prosecutors for not charging Buck in the deaths. Moore’s mother and her supporters have said Buck got favorable treatment because of his status and reputation and that the victims were ignored because they were gay black men, drug users and often sex workers.

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The indictment returned Wednesday in U.S. District Court charges wealthy Democratic megadonor Ed Buck, center, with distributing methamphetamine resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean, right, in January and Gemmel Moore, left, in 2017. (AP-AP-FB)

“If white gay men had been dying in a black man’s house or anybody’s house, rather, this case would have been taken a lot more seriously,” said Jasmyne Cannick, a communications strategist who spearheaded the effort to get justice for Moore. “Ed Buck knew who he was preying on, and he knew that people would not care. Or he thought that people would not care.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened the case after Dean’s death Jan. 7. In July, the U.S. attorney’s office took the case after sheriff’s detectives approached a federal task force investigating opioid overdoses.

Buck was arrested Sept. 17  and hit with state charges of operating a drug house. Two days later, federal prosecutors charged him with distributing methamphetamine resulting in Moore’s death.

The federal charges bring a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years if Buck is convicted. A defense lawyer has previously said Buck, 65, denies a role in both deaths.

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Buck has donated tens of thousands of dollars to California candidates, including Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and is well known in LGBTQ political circles.  According to federal records, Buck contributed more than $500,000 to Democratic groups, including $1,500 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and $2,950 to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Buck gained fame by leading a 1987 campaign to recall Republican Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, who was ultimately convicted in an impeachment trial and kicked out of office.

Buck had been a Republican but said he switched party affiliation to Democrat because he felt the GOP was intolerant toward the gay community.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Brother of NBA star Nikola Jokic arrested for allegedly choking, pushing woman

The brother of Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic was arrested last week for allegedly choking and pushing a woman as she tried to leave his apartment.

Strahinja Jokic, 37, was drinking with the unidentified woman in a Denver apartment and, when she tried to leave, he allegedly shoved her and wouldn’t allow her to leave, the Denver Post reported Tuesday, citing a probable cause statement.

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The woman reportedly went to the balcony to yell for help when Jokic allegedly choked her “until she fell asleep,” the Post reported, citing the document.

Her attempt to call 911 was thwarted when Jokic allegedly took her phone, but she was able send to a message through the computer to someone she knew and they called police, the paper reported.

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Jokic was charged with felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor false imprisonment and obstruction of phone surface, Denver District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Carolyn Tyler told the Denver Post.

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Suspect held in sucker-punch attack that left 71-year-old woman with broken jaw

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New York City police Tuesday arrested a suspect who allegedly sucker-punched a 71-year-old grandmother, breaking her jaw nearly two weeks ago, the NYPD reported on Twitter.

Joan Baptiste was walking to her Brooklyn home from her daycare job Sept. 19 when Jaquan Whittle, 27, allegedly knocked her to the ground, New York’s WPIX-TV reported.

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Whittle was charged with assault.

Baptiste said she doesn’t remember anything and originally thought she had simply fallen. A nearby deli worker came out to help her.

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Baptiste said she had surgery last Friday and can’t eat solid food for two weeks, WPIX reported.

She also doesn’t know when she’ll be able to go back to work.

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