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Terrapin turtle trafficker gets 6 months in prison — and he’ll have to shell out $250G

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced this week to six months in prison — and he’ll have to shell out $250,000 — for illegally trafficking thousands of threatened diamondback terrapin turtles, prosecutors said.

David Sommers, 64, of Levittown, poached the protected turtles and their eggs from New Jersey marshes, sold them online and illegally shipped them over the course of nearly six years, from November 2011 until October 2017, the Justice Department said Thursday.

A grand jury indicted him on July 10, 2018. On Feb. 4 he pleaded guilty to falsely labeling packages containing the protected critters.

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Turtle advocate Karen Testa feeds diamondback terrapins at her group’s rehabilitation center in Jamesport, N.Y. (AP)

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“The defendant had a simple business plan: Poach protected turtles and their eggs from their natural habitat, advertise them for sale online and then illegally ship them to customers by concealing the actual contents of the packages,” U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said. “Sommers represented himself as a legitimate reptile breeder when he was, in fact, endangering the lives of these animals and breaking the law.”

Diamondback terrapin turtles are native to the eastern and western U.S. and are known for their diamond-shaped shell markings. While coveted, their population is shrinking, and New Jersey banned the collection, transportation and possession of diamondback terrapins in 2016.

GREEN TURTLES ARE DYING BECAUSE THEY’RE EATING PLASTIC THAT LOOKS LIKE FOOD

The turtles are protected by New Jersey state law, as well as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which listed the species as threatened in 2013.

“Sommers used a sham business to shamelessly mask an illegal trade in threatened and protected species,” Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark said. “The Justice Department and our law enforcement partners will safeguard our nation’s natural resources and biodiversity and prosecute wildlife traffickers to the fullest extent of the law.”

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Pennsylvania woman, 19, wanted in stabbings of 2 sisters turns herself in, faces murder charge: police

The Pennsylvania woman accused of stabbing two sisters, killing one and critically wounding the other, turned herself in and has been charged with murder, the Philadelphia Police Department announced Thursday.

The department told Fox News that Tiana Thomas, 19, who was wanted in connection with the Aug. 19 attack, surrendered herself to Philadelphia homicide detectives Friday evening.

Investigators said Thomas stabbed 23-year old Shawntae Garrison multiple times in the chest, back and legs during a clash investigators believe started as a neighborhood dispute.

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The Philadelphia Police Department told Fox News that Tiana Thomas, 19, who was wanted in connection with two stabbings, surrendered herself to Philadelphia homicide detectives and has been charged with murder.  (Philadelphia Police Department)

PENNSYLVANIA WOMAN, 19, WANTED IN STABBINGS OF 2 SISTERS; 1 KILLED 

Garrison was rushed to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead about half an hour later.

Thomas also allegedly stabbed Garrison’s 28-year-old sister, who police said “sustained lacerations to her lip, forehead and wrist.”

The sister, whom police did not name, was transported to the same hospital and was listed in critical condition. Her current condition was not immediately known.

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Investigators said video showed as many as seven other women with Thomas at the time of the stabbings, taking part in the attacks, Fox 29 reported.

Thomas lived across from the sisters in the Brewerytown neighborhood of West Philadelphia, WPVI-TV reported.

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Thomas also has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, simple assault and related offenses.

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Uber driver bitten in Georgia attack that left car damaged, woman arrested

A Georgia woman was arrested after police say she was caught on camera attacking an Uber driver — by biting him and trying to damage his car.

Tasheena Campbell, 26, was taken into custody Aug. 20 — days after the incident in which she allegedly attacked driver Yasser Hadi in midtown Atlanta on Aug. 18.

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A video uploaded to Twitter of the attacks begins with a woman — identified by WAGA as Campbell — sitting on the hood of a car, breaking off a windshield wiper. Bystanders and Hadi encourage her to stop, before the woman throws a punch at Hadi.

The woman hops off the car and enters the vehicle through the driver-side door while Hadi tries to stop her. “Get out my car!” he shouts, as he pulls the woman out to the ground. The woman tries punching the Uber driver — before biting him, prompting him to scream.

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Tasheena Campbell, 26, was charged with battery and criminal trespass following the incident. (Atlanta Police Department)

It’s unclear what sparked the altercation. Hadi said Campbell appeared out of nowhere and randomly attacked him.

“She’s acting weird, she’s acting wild, and she’s on the car hitting it, telling me I need to die, to kill me,” Hadi told WAGA of the encounter. “The pain, I said, “God, just let her take my flesh, I don’t care. I want her to go away from me.”

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The Uber driver said the situation is “horrible.”

“She’s hit me in my job, my health and my financial pocket money, it’s hard,” said Hadi, noting he doesn’t have insurance. “I’m in a bad situation. I wish people see this and help.”

Campbell was arrested and charged with battery and criminal trespass, according to online records from the Fulton County Jail. She was still in custody as of Thursday.

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Kentucky mother Andrea Knabel, a volunteer who searches for missing people, reported missing

A Kentucky mother-of-two who searches for missing people has now seemingly disappeared herself.

Andrea Knabel, 37, was last seen leaving a relative’s home in the Audubon Park neighborhood of Louisville around 1 a.m. on Aug. 13, according to Missing in America, the organization for which she volunteers.

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Andrea Knabel, 37, was last seen around 1 a.m. on Aug. 13 before she was reported missing.  (“Finding Andrea” Facebook page)

Around 1:30 a.m., she used her cellphone to call her friend and ask for a ride, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Several security cameras are located in the neighborhood, but many weren’t active when she was in the area.

A friend of Knabel’s told WAVE the single mother “was upset and she needed a ride” — and was too trusting of other people.

“Obviously she was trying to get ahold of people, maybe she got in the car with the wrong person,” said Maricia Kidd, who has known Knabel for 30 years. She noted Knabel’s car was recently totaled in a hit-and-run accident and said she’d been laid off at work.

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“Here she is helping to locate people and she comes up missing herself,” said Tracy Leonard, a private investigator and friend of Knabel. “She’s just a super great girl. She helped me locate a missing teen about a year and a half ago.”

The group’s founder, Nancy Schaefer Smith, said that Knabel, a “dedicated member” of Missing in America, is the first volunteer ever to disappear like this.

“She is loved by so many people,” Smith told the Courier-Journal. “It’s all hands on deck. She’s my girl…We’re going to find her.”

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Knabel is described as a white female with light brown hair. She weighs between 190 to 200 pounds and is around 5 feet 7 inches tall. She was last seen wearing a “light color tank top and white shorts.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Leonard at 502-618-9337 or Smith at 502-500-3026, or the Louisville Metro Police at 502-574-5673.

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Ex-Secret Service dog credited with saving Obama from White House intruder to receive British award

A dog who is credited with saving former President Barack Obama from an intruder at the White House will be honored for his heroism.

“Hurricane,” a former U.S. Secret Service dog, will be awarded the Order of Merit from PDSA, a British veterinary charity that equates the honor with the “OBE,” or “Order of the British Empire,” during a special ceremony in London in October. He will be the first-ever foreign animal to receive the award.

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The four-legged hero stopped an intruder who in October 2014 scaled a White House fence. The intruder swung Hurricane around, and punched and kicked him — but the dog dragged the man to the ground, allowing Secret Service agents to intercept him, the PDSA explained in a news release. Obama, who was home at the time, was not harmed.

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Hurricane was credited with assisting Secret Service agents to stop an intruder at the White House in October 2014.  (U.S. Secret Service)

Hurricane’s handler, Marshall Mirarchi, who worked with the Belgian Malinois for four years, described the dog as a “legend” within the Secret Service after the attack.

“He loved working and his talent for the job impressed me every single day. That night, he stepped up and delivered under circumstances that no amount of training could prepare him for,” Mirarchi told the PDSA. “I have never witnessed such violence toward a dog before but it didn’t stop him from doing his job.”

His reward that night for his heroic behavior was two McDonald’s cheeseburgers — the first human food the handler had ever given Hurricane — that he devoured in just a few bites, Mirarchi told Maria Goodavage, author of the book, “Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States.”

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Mirarchi said Hurricane didn’t have obvious signs of trauma after the attack, but did have “some cuts and significant bruising,” and that ultimately, injuries stemming from the incident contributed to Hurricane’s retirement in 2016.

“He had an outstanding career with the U.S. Secret Service, and went above and beyond the call of duty when an intruder tried to gain access to the White House,” Jan McLoughlin, director-general of PDSA, said in a statement. “Despite suffering a ferocious assault he never faltered from his duty.”

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Florida woman angry that illegal immigrant was deported instead of tried on rape charge: report

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An illegal immigrant arrested in Florida on a sexual battery charge has been deported to Guatemala, according to authorities.

But the woman who claims she was his victim says she would have preferred that he be held in Florida and prosecuted.

“I was in shock. He’s still free,” the woman told the Miami Herald. “He didn’t get in trouble for anything. It didn’t make me feel better. It made me feel worse.”

“He didn’t get in trouble for anything. It didn’t make me feel better. It made me feel worse.”

— Florida woman who was allegedly raped by an illegal immigrant

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT RAPED MARYLAND GIRL, 16, AT KNIFEPOINT IN HER BEDROOM, POLICE SAY

The woman asked that her name not be published because she was involved in a sex-crime case.

Michael Meade, a field operations director for enforcement and removal operations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said it was against ICE policy to discuss details of the specific case. But he said ICE tries to work with prosecutors to find the best solution for when to deport a detainee versus when to hold that person for trial.

“It’s a risk assessment we do on every case, especially on a case in which someone has been arrested on a serious, violent crime,” Meade told the Herald. “It’s a balancing act. We are very cognizant of victims’ rights.”

“It’s a balancing act. We are very cognizant of victims’ rights.”

— Michael Meade, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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ICE says more than 1,300 people were deported last year from Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands even though they had “pending criminal cases,” according to the Herald.

One advantage of deportation, however, is the savings for taxpayers, said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies.

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North Carolina college student studied mass shootings, kept guns in dorm, prosecutors say

A North Carolina university student who studied mass shootings planned to shoot himself and his roommate if he didn’t get accepted to a fraternity, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Paul Steber, 19, of Boston, Mass. was arrested Tuesday and charged with two felony counts of having weapons on campus and a charge of making threats of mass violence, High Point police said in a statement. The 19-year-old is a freshman at High Point University.

Steber was found with a double-barrel 12-gauge shotgun and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. It wasn’t clear what type of ammunition was retrieved.

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Paul Steber, 19, has been charged with having a gun on campus and making threats of mass violence.  (High Point Police Department via AP)

Students reported the weapons to school security, which confiscated the firearms and alerted law enforcement.

“This incident illustrates the importance of the public reporting suspicious activity to authorities,” the police statement said. “Information from the public is often the critical first step in preventing acts of mass violence.”

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In addition to having the weapons, Steber watched videos on how to carry out a mass shooting, Assistant District Attorney Lori Wickline said in court.

“He told officers that he definitely had a plan, something that he had been thinking about since Christmas of last year,” she said.

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Police said Paul Steber had a gun, shotgun and ammunition inside his High Point University dorm room. (High Point Police Department )

“And, he had been recently watching videos of the Charleston mass shooting down in South Carolina and other mass shootings so that he could learn what to do and what not to do,” she added.

She said Steber planned to shoot himself and his roommate if the roommate was accepted into a fraternity and Steber wasn’t. She said Steber bought the weapons within the past week, but it wasn’t clear if they were obtained legally.

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Police said Steber was ordered held without bond for a maximum of ten days and must undergo a mental health examination during that time.

“This is any parent’s worst nightmare,” defense attorney John Bryson said about Steber’s father, who had appeared in court. “He’s obviously very concerned about his son.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Eight men accused of running illegal TV and movie streaming service

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A federal grand jury in Virginia indicted eight men Tuesday on charges of conspiring to violate federal criminal copyright law by running an illegal streaming service that cost television and film copyright owners millions of dollars.

The suspects operated Jetflicks, a Las Vegas-based subscription service that allowed users to download hundreds of thousands of programs without permission for a monthly fee, the Justice Department said in a statement.

The eight defendants have been identified as Kristopher Lee Dallmann, 36; Darryl Julius Polo, 36; Douglas M. Courson, 59; Felipe Garcia, 37; Jared Edward Jaurequi, 38; Peter H. Huber, 61; Yoany Vaillant, 38; and Luis Angel Villarino, 40. Each is charged with conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Dallman and Polo additionally were charged with two counts of criminal copyright infringement by public performance, four counts of money laundering and two counts of criminal copyright infringement by reproduction or distribution.

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“The defendants allegedly used sophisticated computer code to scour global pirate sites for new illegal content to download, process and store the shows, and then make those episodes available on servers in the United States and Canada to Jetflicks subscribers for streaming and/or downloading,” the DOJ said.

None of the defendants were in custody, prosecutors said. The Washington Post reported the case is connected to the Eastern District of Virginia because several of the users who paid for the services lived in the area.

Polo left the Jetflicks programming team to start his own illegal competing service called iStreamItAll, investigators said. The service claimed to offer more than 115,000 TV episodes and more content than Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, prosecutors said.

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They added that both services were available on various platforms, including video game consoles and smart TVs.

Jetflicks claimed to offer more than 183,000 episodes of TV content.

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LA Lakers’ DeMarcus Cousins allegedly heard threatening to shoot ex-girlfriend in the head: reports

Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has been accused of threatening to shoot his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his child, according to reports.

The unidentified woman filed a protection order request Monday in Mobile County Court in Alabama, The New York Times reported. The document asked the court to bar Cousins, 29, from “committing acts of abuse” and to issue a restraining order to keep him from contacting her or their child.

According to the filing, the four-time All-Star threatened to shoot the woman Friday, the day before Cousins got married to another woman.

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DeMarcus Cousins, the six-time All-Star big man, has been accused of threatening to shoot the mother of his child, according to reports.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

TMZ, which first reported on the accusations, published an audio recording of a phone call allegedly between Cousins and his ex-girlfriend in which Cousins asks for the couple’s son to be allowed to go the wedding.

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“I’m gonna ask you this one more time before I take it to another level,” the man alleged to be Cousins says. ” … Can I have my son here, please?”

“No, he’s not coming,” the woman responds, to which the man on the phone says: “I’m gonna make sure I put a bullet in your f—ing head.”

In the court filing, the woman also accused Cousins of choking her in the past.

Representatives from the Lakers and the NBA told The Times they were investigating the allegations.

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Cousins has averaged 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds over parts of nine NBA seasons with Sacramento, New Orleans and Golden State. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lakers as a free agent earlier this summer, but tore his ACL during preseason workouts earlier this month, leaving his season in doubt.

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Police expect case of heat-related deaths at Florida nursing home to yield more arrests

Police in Florida said Tuesday that more arrests are expected in connection with the heat-related deaths of 12 patients at a nursing home after Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Hollywood Police Chief Chris O’Brien said during a news conference that Jorge Carballo, the facility administrator of the now-shuttered Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, has been arrested, along with supervising nurse Sergo Colin and nurses Althia Meggie and Tamika Miller.

All four have been charged with aggravated manslaughter.

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Chief Chris O’Brien speaking during a news conference in Hollywood, Fla. on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Carballo and Colin each face 12 counts of aggravated manslaughter. Miller has been charged with six counts of aggravated manslaughter and three counts of tampering with evidence in connection with patient medical records. Meggie has been charged with two counts of aggravated manslaughter and two counts of tampering with evidence.

FLORIDA NURSING HOME EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED MANSLAUGHTER IN PATIENT DEATHS DURING HURRICANE IRMA

Meggie, 36, of Broward County, surrendered to police around noon on Monday after she and three other employees were notified last week “that charges were being brought,” Meggie’s attorney, Lawrence Hashish, told Fox News.

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Althia Meggie, 36, of Broward County surrendered to police Monday. Former home administrator Jorge Carballo, 62, was also charged in the case. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

Colin, 45, and Carballo, 62, also surrendered to Hollywood police on Monday, Hashish said. As for Miller, 31, she was behind bars in Miami-Dade County, according to jail records. The North Miami Beach Police Department arrested her on Saturday on a warrant issued in Broward County, Miami-Dade police told Fox News.

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Tamika Miller and Sergo Colin were charged with aggravated manslaughter in connection with the slew of heat-related deaths. (Miami-Dade County and Broward County Sheriff’s Offices)

The arrests marked the first criminal charges connected to patients’ heat-related deaths in September 2017. O’Brien called the criminal investigation, which spanned two years, “one of the most extensive in the history of our agency.”

He told reporters on Tuesday, “Since the emergency evacuation of the facility on the morning of September 13, 2017, investigators have conducted hundreds of interviews to gather witness statements; searched, collected and closely analyzed more than a thousand pieces of evidence; and painstakingly reviewed countless case files.”

Police stressed that more arrests were anticipated.

FLORIDA NURSING HOME DEATHS DURING HURRICANE IRMA RULED HOMICIDES

Patients, ranging in age from 57 to 99, started dying three days after Hurricane Irma tore through the area in September 2017, knocking out power and affecting air-conditioning at the nursing home, which housed about 150 patients at the time.

Twelve of those deaths were ruled homicides due to heat exposure, and two other people died from causes not related to the heat, The Sun-Sentinel reported.

Investigators said workers at the facility did not evacuate patients as temperatures inside started rising, even though a fully functional hospital was across the street.

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A family member of one of the patients who died crying while hearing the names read aloud at a news conference Tuesday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

O’Brien said Tuesday that the patients’ families “placed their faith and trust in the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, its medical and administrative staff, and that trust was betrayed.”

“They have been living a nightmare,” O’Brien told reporters. “The four individuals now facing criminal charges failed to take the actions needed to protect their patients and render aid at a time when they needed it the most.”

Hashish said his client “did not neglect any of her patients.”

“My client and the people she was working with were caring for residents under natural-disaster conditions created by Hurricane Irma. No one could have anticipated the tragedy to come and, as always, hindsight is 20/20,” Hashish said. “The real crime is that the state is looking to blame selfless caregivers.”

Hashish said his client, Colin and Carballo made their first court appearances Tuesday in Broward County.

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Defense attorneys Lawrence Hashish, left, David Frankel, right, and paralegal Juliana Marulanda, center, walking into the Broward County Jail on Monday.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

He said on Tuesday bond was set at $7,500 per count for the aggravated manslaughter charge and $1,000 for tampering with or fabricating evidence. All three former employees were released on bond on Tuesday, according to Hashish.

He said Miller has not yet been transferred to Broward County.

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Attorney Jim Cobb, who was representing Carballo, said none of the employees understood why they were being charged. Cobb told The Associated Press that Carballo and other administrators were told repeatedly before the storm that they could call then-Gov. Rick Scott’s personal cellphone for help. Cobb said they called five times but never heard back from Scott.

Attorney David Frankel, who represented Colin, said the defendants did everything to keep the patients cool and hydrated. He said they brought in small air-conditioners and fans.

Frankel added that the staff did not evacuate patients to the hospital across the street because it had been sending them patients.

“They were calling the emergency operations center for the governor’s office and they were calling the governor himself who was posting his cell phone number on television saying for people to call if there was an emergency. Those people never responded and never came,” Frankel said Tuesday.

In a statement, Scott, now a U.S. senator, said the nursing home should have called 911.

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The nursing home’s license was suspended days after the storm and it was later closed.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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