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Greek man detained in US scientist’s murder in Nazi bunker on Crete

Police on the Greek island of Crete reportedly detained a man Monday in connection with the killing of an American scientist found dead this month in an abandoned bunker used by the Nazis during World War II.

The 27-year-old man held Monday was one of 10 people interviewed during the weekend as part of the investigation into Suzanne Eaton’s slaying, officials said.

Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany was last seen July 2 near the port of the Crete city of Chania.

US SCIENTIST WAS SUFFOCATED IN GREECE, BODY FOUND COVERED WITH BURLAP IN NAZI-ERA BUNKER

Police found her body last week in a man-made cave that had been used as a bunker during the Nazi occupation of Crete. The cave is located about six miles from where Eaton was last seen. She had been suffocated and the coroner ruled her death a “criminal act.”

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In this undated photo provided by her family, showing Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist. (AP Photo)

ABC News on Monday quoted a high-level police source as saying the suspect claimed he committed the murder and intentionally hit Eaton with his car.

BODY BELIEVED TO BE AMERICAN SCIENTIST DIED IN GREECE BY ‘CRIMINAL ACT,’ CORONER SAYS

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, is reported to be a local farmer, who is also the father of two children, according to the Greek Reporter.

The search for Eaton involved police and volunteers who staged a massive effort to find her.

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The European Molecular Biology Laboratory announced that flags would be flown at half-staff Monday in Eaton’s honor.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case draws his New Mexico ranch into investigation

A sprawling desert ranch south of Santa Fe is tied to a New Mexico state attorney general investigation targeting financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to reports.

News of the probe comes as Epstein, a 66-year-old registered sex offender in Florida and New York, faces new charges of sex trafficking underage girls in an indictment Manhattan federal prosecutors obtained last week.

Also drawing scrutiny is a New Mexico law that allowed Epstein to avoid having to register as a sex offender in the state.

“New Mexico continues to lag behind the rest of the country in strengthening outdated and weak laws that fail to protect our children from abuse,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas told The Associated Press in an emailed statement. “This is a huge black eye for our state.”

LABOR SECRETARY ACOSTA ANNOUNCES HE WILL STEP DOWN, AMID CRITICISM OVER EPSTEIN PLEA DEAL

A Balderas spokesman confirmed his office had interviewed possible victims of Epstein who visited the ranch, the AP reported. The office has not said how many accusers were interviews or elaborated on what they say took place at the property.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in Stanley, N.M. is shown Monday, July 8, 2019. Epstein is entangled in two legal fights that span the East Coast, challenging his underage sexual abuse victims in a Florida court hours after he was indicted on sex trafficking charges in a separate case in New York. (KRQE via AP)

In a 2015 court filing in Florida, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Epstein said she had been abused at several locations, including the New Mexico property, according to the AP.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty in Florida to state charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution under an agreement that required him to spend 13 months in jail and register as a sex offender. The agreement has been widely criticized for secretly ending a federal sex abuse investigation involving at least 40 teenage girls at the time that could have landed him behind bars for life.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN PAID $350G TO POTENTIAL WITNESSES IN SEX TRAFFICKING CASE, PROSECUTORS SAY

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he’s stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of the 2008 deal with Epstein. Acosta was the U.S. attorney in Miami when he oversaw the non-prosecution agreement.

Epstein purchased Zorro Ranch from the family of former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King years ago.

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This March 28, 2017 image provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. The wealthy financier pleaded not guilty in federal court in New York on Monday, July 8, 2019, to sex trafficking charges following his arrest over the weekend. Epstein will have to remain behind bars until his bail hearing on July 15. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)

In 2010, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety sent Epstein a letter saying he had to register as a sex offender and then sent a second letter a month later saying that he did not have to register, KOAT-TV reported.

Epstein wasn’t required to register because the age of the victim in the Florida prostitution case involved a girl who was 17 and the rules are different for that offense in New Mexico, according to the station.

He would have been required to register if the victim was 16 or younger, according to reports.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges.

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A judge will hear his application for bail on Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida ‘doomsday prepper’ couple charged with abusing 2 women on farm for years

Florida authorities raided a farm and arrested a “doomsday prepper” couple on physical and sexual abuse charges.

The two female victims say they were abused for years while under the care of Mirko Ceska, 58, and his wife, Regina, 55, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office said Friday in a news release.

“The females described Mr. and Mrs. Ceska as doomsday preppers who had getaway properties located throughout the United States and food rations and weapons stored in the event of a major calamity,” the news release said. “The females stated they had been trained to raise pigs, raise sheep, grow various fruits and vegetables, sheer sheep, utilize a loom, and sew.”

2 UTAH GIRLS FOUND AFTER KIDNAPPING BY ‘DOOMSDAY PREPPER’ DAD WHO WED DAUGHTERS TO CULT LEADER, FAMILY SAYS

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Mugshots for Regina Ceska, 55 and Mirko Ceska, 58. (Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office)

They stated that if they didn’t smile they would be punished, the news release said.

The investigation began July 1 after the women escaped the Ceskas’ custody three days earlier, according to the news release. Their identities, ages and relationship to the Ceskas was not disclosed.

The search of the farm Friday in Crawfordvile led to the discovery of large quantities of food rations and other survivalist items, the news release said. Detectives also seized dozens of high quality firearms and many cases of ammunition. Some of the firearms were hidden behind fake walls or a staircase.

The women said they endured various punishments, including having their food withheld, physical beatings where they said Mirko Ceska would hit them with a metal rod and sexual episodes where Mirko Cesko forced sex acts upon them, “some with the support of Regina Ceska,” according to the sheriff’s office.

SELF-DRIVING SPACECRAFT MAY SAVE EARTH FROM DOOMSDAY

The Ceskas were quoted in a 2009 Associated Press article about the over-medication of children in the Florida foster care system, the Tallahassee Democrat reported Saturday. The Ceskas said they had adopted 12-year-old twin girls a year earlier.

The Ceskas, who met then-Gov. Charlie Crist, were critical of the foster care system for medicating children in transitional care, the paper reported.

“The foster people that are taking care of these kids, many of them that we have seen don’t want these kids to have too much to do,” Mirko Ceska told the AP, according to the paper. “So they really put them asleep. They really do.”

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Mirko Ceska was charged with sexual battery, sexual assault, abuse and neglect. Regina Ceska was charged with two counts of neglect and two counts of failure to report abuse.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas woman lived with mother’s skeletal remains for 3 years

A Texas woman who worked as a police dispatcher lived in a home with her mother’s remains left on the floor for the past three years, authorities said.

Jacqueline Crayton, 71, died in a fall inside the home in Seguin that she shared with her daughter and granddaughter, a disabled 15-year-old girl, according to news reports.

“They were in a bedroom on the floor in plain view,” Seguin Police Chief Terry Nichols told reporters Thursday, referring to the remains.

NEW MEXICO PARENTS CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE AFTER MISSING APPOINTMENTS FOR BABY WHO HAD LIVER TRANSPLANT: REPORT

Police found Crayton’s skeletal remains Sunday after going to the house on a child abuse complaint called in by the 15-year-old, Nichols said.

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Mugshot for Delissa Crayton, 47. (Seguin Police Department)

According to Fox 7 Austin, police said Jacqueline Crayton could have survived if her daughter had attended to her injuries.

The daughter, Delissa Crayton, 47, was arrested on a felony charge of injury to a child, police said.

The chief told reporters that Delissa Crayton worked as a dispatcher for the Seguin Police Department until she quit in 2014.

CHINESE BILLIONAIRE WANG ZHENHUA ARRESTED OVER CHILD MOLESTATION ALLEGATIONS

Fox San Antonio reported that Jacqueline Crayton worked as a secretary and a teacher’s aide for the Sequin school district for 35 years. She retired in 2000.

Nichols said the dead woman was well-known and respected in Seguin.

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Family members have taken in the 15-year-old, he said.

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Tropical Storm Barry: Coast Guard rescues 12 trapped on remote Louisiana island

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A dozen people stranded on a remote Louisiana island by Tropical Storm Barry were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, according to a report Saturday.

The rescue was carried out on Isle de Jean Charles, a Terrebonne Parish community that was cut off by rising water from the storm. Isle de Jean Charles is about two hours south of New Orleans.

The Coast Guard reported that none of the rescued strandees, including four who were elderly, were injured, WWL-TV reported.

TROPICAL STORM BARRY: HURRICANE STRENGTH LIKELY WHEN STORM HITS LAND; 50,000 WITHOUT POWER – SO FAR

Isle de Jean Charles and other low-lying areas in Terrebonne Parish were under a voluntary evacuation order Friday, the station reported.

Isle de Jean Charles, home to fish camps on stilts, is a narrow stretch of land with only one road in and out, according to reports.

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Tropical Storm Barry is forecast to make landfall as 2019’s first hurricane near Morgan City, La. It is expected to dump up to 20 inches of rain in the region.

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Teen arrested in Houston road rage shooting that burned tots in fireworks explosion

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A teen was arrested Monday in the Texas Fourth of July road rage shooting that caused fireworks to explode inside a moving pickup, burning two small children and their parents.

Bayron Rivera, 18, was charged with four counts of aggravated assault in connection with the incident near Ella, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told a news conference. Rivera was arrested after surrendering to deputies Sunday night.

“This started as a road rage incident,” Lt. Jeff Stauber, commander of Gonzalez’s Violent Crime Unit. “Both parties had an opportunity to break it off somewhere during the incident.”

Gonzalez said about 20 minutes elapsed between the initial encounter and the gunfire.

TEXAS TODDLERS CRITICALLY BURNED AFTER ROAD RAGE SHOOTING SETS OFF FIREWORKS IN FAMILY TRUCK

The shots were fired from an AR-15 rifle, which was recovered, the sheriff said. The shots set off fireworks the family had just purchased.

A day after the shooting, Gonzalez released surveillance video showing the pickup pulling out of a gas station after being shot at and then bursting into flames as the fireworks ignite.

Investigators said they looking for a Ford Expedition seen in the video that they believed the gunman was driving and that fled the scene.

WOMAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING HUSBAND WHILE TRYING TO SHOOT SOMEONE ELSE IN ROAD RAGE INCIDENT

The children, a one-year-old and a two-year-old, were severely burned. They were due to have surgery Monday and have a long road of recovery ahead of them, the sheriff said.

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At the news conference Gonzalez also told reporters that a high-powered AR-15 rifle was recovered that investigators believe was the weapon involved in the shooting.

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NHL players facing assault charges after New York City arrests

The penalty box for two NHL players arrested on assault charges Sunday in New York City could be a jail cell.

Sonny Milano of the Columbus Blue Jackets and A.J. Greer of the Colorado Avalanche were charged after a dispute over money, NYPD spokesman Detective Ahmed Nasser told Fox News.

A 28-year-old man said he was injured when the dispute turned into a physical altercation, Nasser said. The man refused medical attention when cops arrived.

NEW YORK RANGERS SUFFER APPARENT MISCUE WHILE TRYING TO COURT TOP FREE AGENT

Milano, 23, and Greer, 22, were issued desk appearance tickets ordering them to return to court Sept. 4, Nasser said. The charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail.

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A.J. Greer, left, of the Colorado Avalanche, and Sonny Milano, right, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, were arrested in New York City on misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a dispute over a bar tab at a nightclub. (Getty, File)

It all started with an argument over a bar bill at a nightclub and celebrity hangout in Manhattan, 1 Oak, The New York Post reported citing police sources.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS MASCOT SURPRISES 7-YEAR-OLD SUPERFAN WHO REQUESTED CUSTOM GRITTY-THEMED PROSTHETIC

The three left the club, went to a Greenwich Village apartment and about an hour later started arguing, the paper said.

Milano, of Long Island, N.Y., and Greer, of Joliette, Quebec, played in a limited number of games for their respective teams last season.

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The two teams issued statements saying they were aware of the allegations and were investigating, according to reports.

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Thousands of motorcyclists ride in honor of 7 bikers killed in NH crash

A long procession of motorcycles participated Saturday in a memorial ride in New Hampshire to remember seven bikers, including five Marines, killed in a collision with a truck last month.

The 90-mile “Ride for the Fallen 7” attracted more than 3,000 bikers, some as far away as Florida and California.

Organizer Steve Allison said the event to honor the victims who rode with the Jarheads Motorcycle Club “was a statement,” the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

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Motorcyclists participate in the Ride for the Fallen 7 on Saturday in New Hampshire. Thousands of motorcyclists traveled through parts of New Hampshire as a tribute to the seven bikers killed in a collision with a pickup truck last month. (Paul Hayes/Caledonian-Record via AP)

“My eyes are burning because I was crying all the time on the road,” he said.

NEW HAMPSHIRE HIGHWAY COLLISION LEAVES 7 MOTORCYCLISTS DEAD, 3 INJURED

Participants braved a violent thunderstorm and were urged on by bystanders with American flags.

The seven bikers were killed last month when a pickup truck hauling a flatbed trailer crashed into the group. The pickup driver, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide and remains behind bars.

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Bikers at the memorial site where seven bikers riding with the Jarheads Motorcycle Club were killed in a collision last month Saturday. (Paul Hayes/Caledonian-Record via AP)

Those killed were: Michael Ferazzi, 62, of Contoocook, N.H.; Albert Mazza Jr., 59, of Lee, N.H.;  Aaron Perry, 45, of Farmington, N.H.; Daniel Pereira, 58, of Riverside, R.I.; and Edward Corr,, 58, of Lakeville, Mass.; who all served in the Marines.

Also killed were Perry’s girlfriend, Desma Oakes, 42, of Concord, N.H., and Corr’s wife, Jo-Ann Corr, 58.

ICE PUTS DETAINER REQUEST ON UKRAINIAN CHARGED IN DEADLY NH BIKER CRASH

The procession began in Laconia after an offering of prayers and the singing of the Marines’ Hymn.

It concluded at the crash site in Randolph, where a memorial of flags and a color guard stood.

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A woman views a memorial at the site where seven bikers riding with the Jarheads Motorcycle Club were killed in a collision last month Saturday. Thousands of motorcyclists converged at the crash site at the conclusion of the 90-mile Ride for the Fallen 7 to remember the riders who were killed. (Paul Hayes/Caledonian-Record via AP)

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The event ended with more prayers at a memorial service in a field just beyond the crash site.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Video captures American flag burning at Walmart, prompts arrest

An American flag burning caught on video in the parking lot of a Walmart in southern Virginia on the Fourth of July has led to the arrest of 23-year-old man.

Mitchell Lee Stauffer was not arrested over his First Amendment-protected right to burn a flag, but rather for allegedly burning an object in a public place with intent to intimidate, York-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs said.

“The burning of our great American Flag is very offensive to most people including me,” Diggs said in the Facebook post. “That being said, the courts have ruled that act alone is an expression of free speech and not per se illegal.”

“This charge is appropriate under the Code of Virginia,” he said. “It is fortunate that no one was injured today.”

FLAG BURNED IN FRONT OF WHITE HOUSE AS TENSIONS MOUNT AHEAD OF TRUMP’S ‘SALUTE TO AMERICA’

The statue Stauffer was charged under has been used in the past in cross-burning cases.

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Mitchell Lee Stauffer, 23, charged with trying to intimidate people by burning an American flag in the parking lot of a Virginia Walmart.  (Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

The incident took place around 9 a.m. Thursday at the Walmart in Yorktown.

The video shows a man in a hat and shorts throwing an American flag on the ground, pouring gas on it and setting it on fire.

CLEVELAND TO PAY $225G TO AMERICAN FLAG BURNER AT 2016 GOP CONVENTION

“This county f—— hates you,” the man is heard yelling. “It wouldn’t give a s— if you die.”

The yelling made those who heard it very nervous, the sheriff’s office said.

“We think this was to induce fear,” Diggs told Fox News Friday. “It’s really irrelevant if it was an American flag. He could have set fire to a towel and he would have been charged.”

The video was shot by a Walmart manager who hung up the phone when contacted by Fox News.

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The Newport News Daily Press reports that the torching left a large scorch mark in the pavement.

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Marathoner Frank Meza, 70, found dead in river after his disqualification for cheating

A 70-year-old man found dead in the Los Angeles River on Thursday had been disqualified last week after appearing to set a new record for his age group in the city’s March marathon.

Frank Meza, a retired physician who has denied the cheating accusations, died Thursday after telling his wife he was going for a run.

“I said, ‘It will be good for you,’ and he said, ‘I‘ll see you later,’” Tina Meza told the Daily Beast.

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Runners climb First Street during the 2019 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon March 24, 2019. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES MARATHON RUNNER, 70, WHO SET RECORD TIME DISQUALIFIED AFTER OFFICIALS DETERMINED HE CHEATED

She said all she knows is that he was found in the river.

KABC-TV reported his body was found in shallow water Thursday morning and cited officials as saying the cause of death was not suspected to be from drowning.

Meza’s L.A. Marathon time was questioned after he finished in 2 hours 53 minutes and 10 seconds — the fastest ever for a man his age.

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Organizers of the race on June 28 accused Meza of leaving the course at one point and re-entering at another after conducting an investigation and reviewing video. Marathon officials awarded Dan Adams first place in the 70-74 age group. He finished with a time of 4:10:07.

Meza told the L.A. Times he left the race to use a bathroom and “didn’t cut the course.”

His wife told the Daily Beast that running was very important to him.

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“He had been running marathons for the last 30 or 40 years,” she said. “He was very fast, quite fast, and now, unfortunately, he won’t run marathons anymore.”

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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