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Key witness in Oakland’s ‘Ghost Ship’ fire trial dies before he’s able to testify

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A man scheduled to testify this week as a witness in the “Ghost Ship” trial — involving a fire at a Northern California warehouse that killed 36 partygoers — has died before he was able to take the stand.

Robert Jacobitz died Sunday after collapsing in a parking lot in San Pablo, Calif., the East Bay Times reported. Police said they do not suspect foul play, as the man had suffered from extensive health problems.

Alameda County prosecutors had planned to call Jacobitz to testify this week in the trial of Derick Almena and Max Harris, who are each charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Dec. 2, 2016, fire in an Oakland art collective warehouse known as the Ghost Ship. The fire erupted during an unpermitted music concert.

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Officers responded to the parking lot Sunday around 2:40 p.m. where they found Jacobitz unconscious. Emergency workers tried to resuscitate him for 30 minutes before pronouncing him dead.

Prosecutors announced the death of their key witness in court on Monday, saying the man had died from “an accident.” Police spokesman Capt. Brian Bubar told the East Bay Times that news reports claiming Jacobitz died in a car crash were not accurate.

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Max Harris, left, and Derick Almena, each face 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the Dec. 2, 2016, “Ghost Ship” fire in Oakland, Calif. (Alameda County Sheriff’s Office)

“All I can say about it at this point is that we responded to no other fatal incidents that day,” Bubar said, adding that “there is nothing suspicious” about Jacobitz’s death.

Alameda County deputy district attorney Casey Bates told jurors last week that Jacobitz was an unlicensed contractor who performed inexpensive work at the warehouse soon after Almena rented it in November 2013.

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Prosecutors allege that Almena, 49, stuffed the space full of highly flammable furniture, pianos and other material and failed to provide smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinklers and other required safety equipment. Prosecutors say Harris, 29, helped Almena convert the warehouse, collect rent and schedule concerts.

Bates said during opening statements last week that Almena turned to Jacobitz for inexpensive help with the warehouse’s conversion after another contractor told Almena it would cost at least $5,000 to install a fire door and new stairs to the second floor.

Prosecutors have also said Jacobitz performed electrical work at the warehouse. Investigators looked closely at the warehouse’s electrical system before concluding the cause of the fire could not be determined.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Principal resigns amid probe of Maryland locker-room attack

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The principal of Maryland high school has resigned months after several junior varsity football players were accused of raping or attempting to rape teammates with a broomstick.

News outlets report Casey Crouse announced her resignation from Damascus High School on Tuesday, saying new leadership is needed to move beyond the October attacks.

The Washington Post reports five teens are charged as juveniles in the attacks, which suspects and victims have said were a lock-room hazing ritual.

The school says desire for an objective and efficient investigation led to the school athletic director, Joseph Doody, being put on leave Tuesday. Team coach Vincent Colbert was put on leave last month. The Post has said the school waited hours to alert police, and county prosecutors are investigating if similar attacks have happened.

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ICE nabs illegal immigrant who allegedly drove into California home, killing 3 sleeping family members

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A suspected drunken driver who was free on bail after being charged with plowing into a Northern California trailer home and killing three sleeping family members was in the U.S. illegally and was apprehended Tuesday, federal immigration agents announced.

“Ismael Huazo-Jardinez is an illegally present Mexican national.  The U.S. Border Patrol apprehended him in Arizona and granted him voluntary return to Mexico in February 2011.  He illegally re-entered at some point thereafter,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Paul Prince said in a statement to Fox News. “On Tuesday, May 7, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (San Francisco) Fugitive Operations Team members apprehended Huazo-Jardinez. ICE used available resources to locate and detain him.  He will remain in ICE custody pending the disposition of his immigration proceedings.”

Huazo-Jardinez was first arrested Saturday night in the rural community of Knights Landing outside of Sacramento. The California Highway Patrol said Huazo-Jardinez was intoxicated and speeding when the truck he was driving missed a sharp curve and slammed into the Pacheco family’s live-in trailer.

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Ismael Huazo-Jardinez was in the U.S. illegally and was apprehended Tuesday, immigration officials said. (Sutter County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The crash killed Jose Pacheco, 38, Anna Pacheco, 34, and their son Angel Pacheco, 10. The Pachecos’ 11-year-old daughter remained in critical condition.

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Huazo-Jardinez had been released from the Sutter County Jail on $300,000 bail Sunday after a judge refused CHP’s request for a $1 million bail.

Jail records showed Huazo-Jardinez listing a Yuba City address as his residence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Suspect in Philadelphia sought for opening fire on car waiting for AAA, police say

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Authorities in Pennsylvania are on the hunt for a shooting suspect caught on video over the weekend opening fire on a car that was waiting for AAA to arrive, police said Tuesday.

The violence unfolded around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night “when two unknown black males initially walked past” an occupied vehicle on North 16th Street, Philadelphia police said in a news release.

Surveillance video released by police showed two men walking along the sidewalk and around a corner near where a vehicle was seen with its hazard lights on.

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“Suddenly one of the suspects produces a black handgun and fires into the back window of the vehicle then fled the area on foot and was last seen south on 16th Street from Butler Street,” police said.

The vehicle’s occupants suffered gunshot wounds and were brought to a local hospital, according to the news release.

The suspect was described as a 20-to-30-year-old black male with a light complexion and a beard, police said. He was wearing light-colored shorts, a light-colored T-shirt and sneakers. He also may have had two tattoos, police said.

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Authorities warned that the suspect was “armed and dangerous.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department’s Northwest Detective Division at (215) 686-3353.

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The Latest: Police: Stepfather of missing girl changed story

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The Latest on the search for a 4-year-old girl who was reported missing in Houston (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Police in a suburb of Houston say a Texas man who reported his 4-year-old stepdaughter missing Saturday repeatedly changed his story during initial interviews.

Houston police say Darion Vence told investigators Maleah Davis was abducted more than 24-hours earlier by men in a pickup truck who knocked him out but then let him and his 2-year-old son go.

But Vence was first interviewed by Sugar Land police, and a spokesman for that city’s department says his account “changed several times.”

Houston police are leading the investigation. They say it is ongoing and that they don’t identify “persons of interest or suspects unless charges are filed.”

A phone message requesting comment left at a number listed for Vence was not immediately returned.

Sugar Land is about 22 miles (35.4 kilometers) southwest of Houston.

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A 4-year-old Houston girl who has been missing since her stepfather reported she was abducted had previously been removed from her home by state workers concerned about allegations of physical abuse.

Officials with state Child Protective Services in Houston say Maleah Davis was removed from her home in August after she suffered a head injury and was then returned to the home in February. Her two brothers also were removed over that period. All three were placed with relatives.

CPS caseworkers have been monitoring the home since the children were returned.

Searchers are looking for the girl after her stepfather reported he stopped their vehicle Friday night to check a tire when the men pulled up behind them.

Darion Vence told authorities he was knocked unconscious and when he awoke the next day, Maleah was gone.

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Witness testifies on secret society’s ‘sex slave’ initiation

A woman testified on Tuesday that shortly after being recruited for a secret “master-slave” society within an upstate New York self-help group she got a disturbing message from her handler: It was her turn to “seduce” the group’s leader, Keith Raniere.

The witness at Raniere’s trial at federal court in Manhattan said she thought to herself, “Oh God. This is not what I want to do. . What does this even mean?”

The 32-year-old woman from England testified in federal court in Manhattan only using her first name — Sylvie — to protect her privacy. She was to return to the stand Wednesday as the first of several women expected to testify about the dark underbelly of NXIVM, a group that’s been compared to a cult.

Raniere, 58, has pleaded not guilty to sex-trafficking and other charges. He claims his encounters with the alleged victims were consensual.

Five of Raniere’s co-defendants, including TV actress Allison Mack, have pleaded guilty. Mack is a possible government witness at a trial expected to last six week.

Testimony from the first witness came after opening statements in which Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Hajjar described Raniere as a master manipulator who used “shame and humliation” to force women to have sex with him while he was a spiritual leader known as “Vanguard.” The prosecutor alleged that Raniere really was a “con man” and “predator” whose offenses included having sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 45 and having some female followers branded with his initials.

“The defendant pretended to be a guru,” Hajjar said, “but he was a criminal.”

Defense attorney Marc Agnifilo conceded the evidence, including that some slaves had abortions, could be offensive. But he insisted his client’s intent was to help his devotees by teaching them lessons about achieving inner strength through vulnerability.

“This is something these people signed up for,” Agnifilo said. “They were there to make their lives better.”

The first witness painted a different picture, saying that when she was told to seduce Raniere in 2015, she couldn’t refuse because another woman who was her “master” had collected embarrassing material from her. The so-called “collateral” included a letter written to her parents where she falsely claimed she was a prostitute.

As a slave, “I had to do what my master said to do or my collateral would be released,” she said. Another purpose was to “basically make me keep my mouth shut,” she added.

She said she tried to flirt with Raniere by text only to have him respond: “You’re going to have to do better than that.” He soon was demanding that she send him nude photos, she said.

Since she was married, “It was a freaky thing,” she said. “I had to do it in secret.”

At one point, she was “horrified” to learn that her father had stumbled across a computer file of her deleted photos and immediately stopped sending them, she said. She started to cry on the stand while describing how her “master” scolded her for not getting Raniere’s permission first.

She concluded her testimony for the day by saying she was informed that when it came to Raniere, “the next thing would be in person.”

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More weapons found in Delaware prison 2 years after riot

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More than two years after a fatal riot, investigators have found more homemade weapons in a building at Delaware’s maximum-security prison where a guard was killed and other staffers taken hostage.

Delaware State Police Cpl. Roger Cresto testified Tuesday that the weapons were found recently at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center and were sent to a forensics lab for DNA testing.

Cresto’s testimony came in the trial of Roman Shankaras, one of 18 inmates who were charged in the February 2017 riot, during which prison guard Steven Floyd was killed. Two other guards were released by inmates after being beaten and tormented. A female counselor was held hostage for nearly 20 hours before tactical teams burst through a wall with a backhoe and rescued her. Sixteen of the inmates were charged with murder.

Sgt. Richard Bratz, a spokesman for Delaware State Police, and Carl Kanefsky, a spokesman for Delaware attorney general, refused to answer questions Tuesday about the discovery of the weapons, which were found more than two years after investigators began executing searches of inmates’ cells following the riot.

Meanwhile, the prosecution’s star witness, a former Baltimore gang member who is serving a life sentence for murder, took the stand Tuesday in Shankaras’ trial.

As he has in the trials of other inmates charged in the riot, Royal Downs testified that in the days leading to the uprising, he and other prisoners were upset about the way they were being treated and discussing a possible protest.

Downs testified that he advocated for a peaceful protest, by having prisoners refuse to come back into the building when their recreation time was over. After he and other inmates couldn’t agree on that strategy, Downs suggested having inmates refuse to come out of their cells.

“It would have been a peaceful protest,” he said, adding that he did not agree with other inmates who instead wanted to overcome guards and take over the building.

“I truly, truly didn’t want to be part of it, no way. I didn’t even want to get caught up in it,” Downs said under prosecution questioning.

Downs said he even wrote a note to Floyd warning him of an impending uprising, and threw it out on the hallway of his cell tier, but fished it back into his cell after it landed in the wrong place so nobody else could see it.

After having his memory refreshed by a prosecutor, Downs testified that he talked to Shankaras and another inmate, Jarreau Ayers, the night before the riot.

Downs said Ayers stayed behind with Shankaras to continue the conversation and later reported to him that Shankaras said inmates were going to seize the building the next day.

Downs admitted that, despite his previous calls for a peaceful protest, he became involved in hostage negotiations after inmates seized the building, taking a walkie-talkie from inmate Dwayne Staats so that he could communicate with law enforcement officials.

“Had I not, things would have gotten a whole lot worser in that building,” Downs said, adding that he was just trying to get “some kind of control.”

“I felt like I stepped up,” Downs said, explaining that he was concerned that inmates were going to get hurt.

Downs, who was first interviewed by investigators on the day the riot ended, met with authorities several more times before pleading guilty to a single count of riot just weeks after he and other inmates were indicted in October 2017. His cell mate, Kelly Gibbs, killed himself in November, days after pleading guilty to rioting, kidnapping, and conspiracy.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in March dismissed cases against six other defendants, opting to move forward only against Shankaras, Lawrence Michaels, and Alejandro Rodgriguez-Ortiz.

That decision came after the first two trials against seven inmates resulted in only Staats — who admitted planning the uprising knowing it could become violent — being convicted of murder.

With little physical evidence, and no surveillance camera footage, prosecutors have had to rely heavily on testimony from Downs and other inmates, whose credibility has been successfully attacked by defense attorneys.

Downs was to resume testifying Wednesday.

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Oregon man sentenced for trying to bribe ICE agent to deport wife, her daughter

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An Oregon man was sentenced to four months in prison on Monday for trying to bribe an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer to deport his wife and her daughter.

Antonio Oswaldo Burgos, 48, pleaded guilty in November to bribing the deportation officer in May 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon said in a news release, citing court documents.

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Burgos followed the officer from the ICE office in Portland, where Burgos is located, to Vancouver, Washington, a roughly 10-mile drive north.

He tried paying the officer to deport his wife, whom he met in El Salvador and was divorcing, and her daughter from a previous relationship. The ICE officer declined and reported Burgos.

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A week later, the officer, along with ICE investigators, made a recorded call to Burgos, in which he offered $3,000 to force his wife out of the U.S. A similar call took place the following week, and Burgos and the officer planned an in-person meeting.

When the two met as part of the sting operation, Burgos offered $4,000 to the ICE agent to deport his wife and her daughter.

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“Attempting to bribe a federal law enforcement officer is a serious crime and will be met with equally-serious consequences,” Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, said in November. “I commend the ICE officer involved in this case for responding to Burgos’ criminal proposition with the utmost level of professionalism and resolve.”

Burgos on Monday was sentenced to four months, and will also serve three years’ of supervised release, officials said.

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Diocese criticized for not listing some accused priests

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A lawyer representing victims of clergy sex abuse is criticizing the Archdiocese of Boston for not listing on its website the names of several priests who have faced accusations.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian said Tuesday that by not publicly listing the priests’ names, the diocese has “lost the ability to understand the need to protect children and help victims try to heal.”

The archdiocese says it immediately reported all allegations to law enforcement when it received them.

It says it does not list the names of priests who were dead when the allegations are received, as five of the latest clerics were.

The archdiocese says another priest, the Rev. Richard Donahue, is retired, and the allegations against him remain under investigation. It was not immediately clear if Donahue has an attorney.

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Milwaukee to pay $2M to family of man who died in squad car

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The city of Milwaukee will pay $2 million to the family of a man who died in the back of a police squad car in 2011.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the family of Derek Williams agreed to settle its civil lawsuit, with the money going to Williams’ three children.

Jon Safran, an attorney for the family, says the settlement means the city is being held accountable for Williams’ death.

The 22-year-old Williams had been arrested after fleeing police investigating a suspected robbery, and a police report said an officer placed his knee on Williams’ back during the arrest. Squad car video showed him handcuffed in the back of a squad car, struggling to breathe and begging for help.

No officers were charged or disciplined in the case.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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