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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.

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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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Ex-Google engineer charged with stealing self-driving car technology

Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski, who quit the tech giant before merging his own startup with Uber, has been charged with stealing Google’s self-driving car trade secrets, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Levandowski, 39, who served as the head of Uber’s self-driving project, had been named in a 2017 lawsuit brought against Uber by Waymo, Google’s former self-driving car unit, claiming that the popular ride-sharing app stole trade secrets from Google. That suit ended in a settlement of $245 million.

At the time, federal judge William Alsup, who was overseeing the case, recommended criminal charges against Levandowski.

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In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, Anthony Levandowski, seen here in 2016 speaking about Uber’s driverless car in San Francisco, was charged with stealing closely guarded secrets that he later sold to Uber.

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Levandowski faces 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets. Each count carries a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to an indictment unsealed Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of California.

“All of us have the right to change jobs,” U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson said in a statement Tuesday. “None of us has the right to fill our pockets on the way out the door. Theft is not innovation.”

The indictment makes similar allegations to the earlier civil suit against Uber; namely that Levandowski, who at the time was the lead of Google’s Light Detecting and Ranging (LiDAR) engineering team, stole 14,000 confidential files about Waymo’s self-driving technology before he quit the company in 2016.

Levandowski turned himself in Tuesday. Attorney Miles Ehrlich told The Associated Press, “He didn’t steal anything, from anyone. This case rehashes claims already discredited in a civil case that settled more than a year [ago].”

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David L. Anderson, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, left, and FBI Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett at a news conference to announce charges against Levandowski in San Jose, Calif.

The indictment alleges that in the months prior to his resignation, Levandowski downloaded “from secure Google repositories numerous engineering, manufacturing, and business files related to Google’s custom LiDAR and self driving car technology. The files downloaded included circuit board schematics, instructions for installing and testing LiDAR, and an internal tracking document.”

Federal prosecutors said Levandowski worked with two would-be competitors of Waymo, Tyto LiDAR LLC and 280 Systems Inc.

The latter, a self-driving truck startup founded by Levandowski and another former Google employee after they resigned, was renamed Ottomotto and acquired Tyto LiDAR LLC in May 2016. Shortly after, Uber acquired Ottomotto for $680 million and hired Levandowski. He was fired a year later after Uber was slapped with a civil suit from Waymo, although Uber denied knowing anything about the alleged stolen documents.

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In a separate case following the civil suit against Uber, Levandowski was forced to pay Google $127 million in arbitration proceedings, according to a disclosure made by Uber leading up to its IPO, the AP reported.

Although Google and Uber both have participated in the investigation, prosecutors have not yet announced whether Uber and its former CEO, Travis Kalanick, will face criminal charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Texas woman seen breaking into Botox clinic with saw, police say

Police in a Houston suburb are looking for a woman who they say used a saw to break into a Botox clinic last week so she could pilfer anti-aging products.

Surveillance cameras captured the Aug. 23 episode at Botox RN MD Spa in Sugar Land, police said in a news release.

The woman was seen approaching a locked door and trying to pry it open.

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A security camera captures what police are calling a break-in at a Botox-clinic in a Houston suburb. (Sugar Land Police Department )

When that failed, she left and came back in a light-colored Mercedes-Benz and a battery-powered grinding saw, police said.

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She used the tool to open the front door, police said. She then left with an undisclosed amount of products.

The woman is said to be 35 to 45 years old; her vehicle did not have a front license plate.

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NASA astronaut spouse’s family claims they were ‘frightened’ by demands during bitter custody battle

The estranged wife of Anne McClain said she went public with the NASA astronaut’s alleged financial and identity theft crimes — which may be the first criminal offenses to occur in space — after her family became “frightened” by McClain’s demands during a bitter custody battle.

Summer Worden, a former Air Force intelligence officer from Kansas, claims McClain stole her identity and accessed her bank account without permission — while she was orbiting the Earth during a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station — as part of her attempt to gain custody over Worden’s 6-year-old son, Briggs, who Worden gave birth to about a year before meeting McClain.

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Worden told KTRK in an interview released Monday she wanted to keep quiet about the divorce and custody situation, following the advice of her attorney.

“We really didn’t want it to come back in my face and make it look like I was trying to retaliate against Anne or to ruin her career, which is obviously what she is stating now, that I’m trying to ruin her career,” Worden explained.

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Summer Worden, left, claims her estranged wife, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, stole her identity while aboard the International Space Station. (LinkedIn/NASA)

But two weeks ago, when a judge granted McClain a visitation schedule, Worden said she felt she “had to come forward and tell my story because the momentum of the case was not going in the direction we were hoping it to go in accordance with the law and preserving my rights as a parent.”

Worden filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, and her parents filed a complaint with NASA’s Office of Inspector General, accusing McClain of assuming her identity and gaining improper access to her private financial records while orbiting Earth. She previously told The New York Times she was tipped off when McClain somehow had knowledge about her private spending while on a mission with no way to know otherwise.

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She said she contacted her bank and was informed that her sign-in credentials had been used on a computer registered to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

“I was pretty appalled that she would go that far,” Worden said. “I knew it was not O.K.”

Worden’s mother, Beth Worden, said that before McClain was set to come home from space, Worden “was becoming more and more frightened and let us know about that…We were thinking, ‘What on Earth is going to happen?’ Surely there’s no way a third party can take our grandson. He’s our firstborn grandson.”

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Anne McClain, pictured here, denied the allegations against her and described the situation as “painful, personal separation.” (NASA)

When Worden and McClain wed in 2014, Worden refused McClain’s request to adopt the child. The Worden family told KTRK that McClain demanded she be allowed to legally adopt the 6-year-old child — despite Worden telling her no.

She took Worden to court in 2018 to get shared parenting rights after accusing Worden of having a temper and making poor financial decisions — but Worden filed for divorce after now-deleted pictures of her son and McClain were posted to her Twitter.

Not long after, McClain left for space.

“I just felt that she was almost held hostage,” Beth Worden said. “She was demanding that she had Briggs, this time, that time, and I could see how it was affecting Briggs.”

She added: “It seems like right now Anne controls our life. We have to be home at 7 o’clock, three nights a week, so she can FaceTime with him. Well, that’s the time that we’re eating dinner, just getting home from soccer practice, and then every other Saturday she gets to see him so that takes him away from us.”

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McClain tweeted Saturday there’s “unequivocally no truth to these claims.”

“We’ve been going through a painful, personal separation that’s now unfortunately in the media. I appreciate the outpouring of support and will reserve comment until after the investigation,” the astronaut wrote. “I have total confidence in the IG process.”

Worden wants McClain to “take the pressure off and drop the case and be a nice person,” and said the right thing to do, in order for her to have any type of relationship with Briggs, “is to stop trying to force and take through the court system.”

While on the ISS, McClain reportedly tried to secure a gag order to seal the court battle, but was denied. Their divorce trial is scheduled to begin in Houston, Texas, in September.

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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Cal Thomas: San Francisco has a new definition of political insanity – (You won’t believe this one)

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San Francisco, a city described in song for its natural beauty, is descending into an abyss of homelessness, the use of sidewalks as toilets and a place you might not want to visit, much less live.

The latest, but surely not the last demonstration of insanity, is San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors’ adoption of new “person first” language guidelines meant to “change the public’s perception of criminals.” The words “convicted felon,” “offender,” “convict,” “addict” and “juvenile delinquent” are out. These individuals will henceforth be referred to as a “justice-involved person.” Someone previously called a “criminal” will now be referred to as “a returning resident,” or “a formerly incarcerated person.”

Supervisor Matt Haney told the San Francisco Chronicle the intent is to keep people from being “forever labeled for the worst things that they have done. We want them, ultimately to become contributing citizens, and referring to them as felons is like a scarlet letter that they can never get away from.”

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A noble objective, to be sure, but language has — or used to have — a purpose beyond interpersonal communication. Like so much else today, language has now been appropriated to advance political agendas.

The encroachment of euphemisms on common sense is everywhere. Illegal immigrants have become “undocumented workers.” Babies in the womb lose their humanity when they are labeled “fetuses.”

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Euphemisms are most used to hide a more accurate description of behavior or status in order to avoid conflict, or not injure someone who might be offended or hurt. It fails to communicate anything meaningful, while claiming to do so. George Orwell called it “Newspeak,” or “doublespeak.”

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Too often, euphemisms are used to make bad behavior appear good, or at least tolerable, and to allow one to avoid responsibility and accountability. They are interpreted according to one’s personal wishes. As Humpty Dumpty told Alice in the Lewis Carroll classic: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

The English language once conveyed meaning. Properly written and spoken, it suggested one was educated and capable of conversing in polite company. Today, it is often used to cover up true intentions. Consider how often “racism” is misapplied.

The proper use of language can also be redemptive. That used to be a major goal, along with punishment, of penitentiaries — the word being derived from “penitent,” suggesting the possibility of changing one’s life after admitting wrongdoing and repenting so as not to repeat bad behavior. Is anything “bad” today, or has that also become subjective?

In our muddled language and culture, one dare not suggest anyone has done anything wrong lest negative labels be attached to them. Such labels are unevenly applied. The political left often retains them to attack the right, but should the right seek to use words that accurately describe the conduct or status of another they are condemned as old-fashioned, rigid, judgmental, or worse.

“Wardrobe malfunction,” has been a recent favorite, a euphemism for showing off what were once considered “private” body parts.

If you are unemployed, you are “between jobs” or a “consultant.” “Underserved community” means the politicians aren’t getting all the money they want. A corollary: you are no longer poor, you are “economically disadvantaged.” The list is endless.

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Instead of applying euphemisms, San Francisco should be seeing to the homeless (“previously housed individuals”?) and the filthy streets that now require maps so people can avoid stepping in human waste.

Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, but the city seems to have lost its mind there too.

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2 dead, 10 injured, after stolen police car slams into parked cars outside library: cops

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Two children were killed and about 10 people injured after a stabbing suspect driving a stolen police cruiser crashed into parked cars outside an Ohio public library Monday evening, officials said.

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Police said officers responded to a call about a stabbing at a home in Riverside, Ohio, Monday evening. The suspect fled the scene and crashed into a tree miles down the road, police said. At some point, the suspect allegedly jumped behind the wheel of a responding officer’s empty police cruiser and took off. He crashed into another police cruiser before slamming into two occupied cars outside the Dayton Metro Library, officials told Cleveland’s Fox 8 reported.

Twelve people, including the suspect, were rushed to the hospital. Several sustained life-threatening injuries. It was unclear how many children were involved and their ages.

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Two children later died from injuries sustained in the crash, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office told WHIO-TV. Two officers were also injured in the incident and were treated for minor injuries.

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Brawl involving dozens at water park was over a towel: report

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An alcohol-ridden brawl involving dozens at a California water park Sunday was sparked after two families got into a confrontation over a beach towel, police said.

The brawl left one man in critical condition and closed business operations for the rest of the day, police said.

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Police responded to Raging Waters, a water park located in Sacramento, Calif., around 3:28 p.m. Sunday. Christopher Neves, 35, of Modesto, was found unconscious and without a heartbeat, officials said.

Paramedics performed CPR on Neves and regained his heartbeat. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was listed in a coma, according to Fox8.

Everest Robillard, chief of the Cal Expo Police Department, said officers broke up a fight between about 40 people. Two families, each with about 15 to 20 people, began arguing when an individual from one family allegedly took a beach towel belonging to a member of the other family.

“It started over a beach towel and then escalated into verbal insults and profanity — one family getting angry because of profanities being said in front of children,” Robillard told the newspaper. “The next thing we know of, it became physical.”

Robillard said alcohol was involved. One witness described how someone cracked a chair over the head of another person during the fight, the Sacramento Bee reported. It was unclear how Neves was injured and if anyone was charged in the incident.

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The water park was closed down for the rest of the day and guests were escorted off the premises. The investigation is ongoing.

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Texas men arrested after allegedly damaging headstones at historic cemetery, causing $120G in damage

Two men have been charged with vandalizing a historic cemetery in Texas earlier this month, allegedly causing an estimated $120,000 worth of damage after breaking or knocking over several grave markers.

Chandler McKinney, 22, of Eustace, who’s the son of the Henderson County judge, as Fox 7 Austin reported, was charged with felony criminal mischief between $30,000 and $150,000. McKinney was released Friday after he posted bail on a $50,000 bond amount.

Tristian Mikel Castillo, 19, of Eustace, was charged with felony criminal mischief between $30,000 and $150,000, KLTV reported. His bond amount was set at $50,000.

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The suspects damaged about 35 of the historic gravesites at the Goshen Cemetery.

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Chandler McKinney, 22, left, and Tristian Mikel Castillo, 19, were charged with vandalizing a historic cemetery in Texas earlier this month. (Henderson County Sheriff’s Office)

“The board members gave us an estimate of probably $3,500 per site,” Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse told KLTV. “So, we’re looking at over $120,000 worth of damage.”

The cemetery is a historical site that is the last physical evidence of the historic town of Goshen, established after the Civil War.

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The first documented burial was in 1869.

Many of the roughly 450 graves at the cemetery have been unmarked. Settlers and veterans of various American wars were among the dead buried in marked graves.

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