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Security measures heightened as thousands head to Richmond for large gun rights rally

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RICHMOND, Va. — Stacks of chain-link fencing, white-covered tents and rows of metal detectors were in place Sunday night around Richmond’s Capitol ahead of Monday’s widely-publicized gun rights rally. 

Thousands of people from across the country are expected to attend the demonstration demanding state Democrats drop a push for comprehensive gun control in the commonwealth.

Richmond, once the capital of the Confederacy, has been on high alert for days following threats of violence, including claims of a militia storming the Capitol to protesters weaponizing drones.

The fear, though, wasn’t enough to keep Maryanne Martin or her husband William away.

“All of our freedoms as Americans are under attack. We have to stand up for our rights.”

— Maryanne Martin, protester 

“All of our freedoms as Americans are under attack,” Martin told Fox News. “We have to stand up for our rights.”

The Martins, who live in Baltimore, Md., drove 160 miles to Richmond Sunday morning and spent much of the afternoon walking around the barricades in place around the Capitol.

“We wanted to check it out today,” she said. “If you ask me, it’s a bit of overkill.”

There had been concerns that white supremacists and anti-fascist activists would face off in Richmond but one of those activists, Molly Conger, tweeted Sunday that “there is no counter-demonstration planned for the january 20 convergence of armed militias on virginia’s capitol. please, please encourage anyone you know who is thinking about counter protesting this event to stay away from downtown richmond on monday.” (sic)

Also seen Sunday roaming the Capitol grounds was Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist being InfoWars.

Members associated with the Light Foot Militia, some of whom were banned from Charlottesville, Va., following the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, are expected to attend Monday’s rally.  Richard Spencer, a prominent white nationalist, has also indicated he might make an appearance.

Security concerns have also led to road closures as well as a ban on firearms in the Capitol and on its grounds.

“A ban on guns at a gun rally… I’ve heard it all now,” Martin said.

An event memorializing victims of gun violence, and another honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., were also canceled due to safety concerns. The Federal Aviation Administration has banned drones within a 2-mile radius of the Capitol and nearby students at VCU and the Medical College of Virginia have been encouraged to stay indoors.

Virginia Citizens Defense League President Philip Van Cleave told Fox News it’s not the pro-gun groups that are stoking fear.

“It’s the Democrats,” he said. “It’s almost like they want something to happen. It sounds crazy but they keep doing it and you have to start wondering if that’s intentional.”

Cleave said membership in his organization has tripled in the past six weeks and that 10,000 people have signed up for free email alerts. He attributes the spike in popularity to Gov. Ralph Northam and Democrats in the state legislature. Van Cleave believes they have “declared war on gun owners” and is counting on gun-rights advocates to show up Monday to have their collective voices heard.

“It’s woken up gun owners across the state,” he said.

Jaylynne Sensy, a mother of three from Chesterfield County, told Fox News she’s planning on coming to the rally and bringing her three children with her.

“They’re trying to take our guns and that’s not going to happen,” she said. “We won’t stand for it. This wouldn’t happen if Republicans were still running things.”

In November, Democrats flipped the state Senate and the House of Delegates, giving them control of both the governor’s office and the legislature for the first time in a generation.

Following his re-election, Northam vowed to push through new gun-control measures, saying it was a top priority for Virginia Democrats. In doing so, he angered gun-rights advocates who believe he is trying to take away their rights.

That suspicion was fueled further on Friday when President Trump warned in a tweet that Virginia Democrats were threatening Americans’ right to bear arms.

“Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away. Republicans will win Virginia in 2020. Thank you Dems!” he tweeted.

Last week, three gun-control bills advanced in the General Assembly, setting the stage for a contentious showdown between gun-rights advocates and the Democratic lawmakers who campaigned on bringing changes to the state following last year’s mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal complex.

The bills that sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee would require background checks on all firearms purchases, allow law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from people deemed to be a risk to themselves or others, limit handgun purchases to one a month and let localities decide on whether to ban weapons from certain events. To become law, the bills would have to pass the full Senate and the House of Delegates before going to the governor for his signature.

In a symbolic sign of defiance, more than 100 municipalities in Virginia have designated themselves as a save haven or sanctuary for the Second Amendment. Lawmakers and authorities in those areas have said they will refuse to enforce new gun control laws the Virginia legislature passes.

WHITE SUPREMACIST CONVICTED OF MURDER IN CHARLOTTESVILLE ATTACK GETS LIFE IN PRISON

Monday’s rally comes about 2 1/2 years after a deadly incident in Charlottesville, Va. In that case, hundreds of white nationalists and their supporters gathered in Charlottesville – about 70 miles from Richmond – to demonstrate over plans to remove a Confederate statute. They were met by counter-protestors and violence quickly erupted. At one point, a vehicle drove into a crowd of counter-protestors killing one and injuring more than a dozen others.

Fearing a similar scenario, Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of Richmond’s rally.

“We have received credible intelligence from our enforcement agencies that there are groups with malicious plans for the rally that is planned for Monday,” Northam said during a press conference on Wednesday.

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert called the upcoming rally “a time for people to peacefully assemble and petition their government.”

“It is not a place for hate or violence… any group that comes to Richmond to spread white supremacist garbage, or any other form of hate, violence or civil unrest isn’t welcome here.”

— Todd Gilbert, House Republican leader 

“It is not a place for hate or violence,” he said in a statement. “Any group that comes to Richmond to spread white supremacist garbage, or any other form of hate, violence or civil unrest isn’t welcome here.”

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On Thursday, authorities announced the arrest of three men linked to the Base, a white extremist, anti-government group that has been tracked by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The men, who obtained weapons and discussed going to the Richmond rally, were charged with a number of federal crimes in Maryland.  A day later, law enforcement announced the arrest of at least four other men tied to the group.

Northam later said the majority of those planning to attend Monday’s rally had no interest in fanning the flames of hate but acknowledged there were still a few hellbent on it.

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SamTrans accused of playing ‘musical chairs’ with homeless, busing them to San Francisco and abandoning them

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The blame game is in full swing in the Bay Area following allegations that counties are playing “musical chairs” with their homeless population – using resources to shuttle transients, drug addicts and the mentally ill to San Francisco and abandoning them.

San Mateo County’s newly-expanded SamTrans bus service starts at the Peninsula and ends at the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

SamTrans was recently caught on camera dropping off groups of homeless men and women onto city streets and parks at the end of the line near the waterfront.

HOMELESSNESS CRISIS: FROM HOUSEBOATS TO BUILDERS, UNCONVENTIONAL METHODS USED TO TACKLE PROBLEMS IN 2019

Some of those same passengers had been put on the bus at the San Francisco International Airport, which is located in San Mateo County, by cops seen handing out free bus tokens to keep the homeless from sleeping in the terminals.

The late-night shuffle ends when the homeless are kicked off the bus at the last stop around 2:30 a.m. From there, they are often dazed and confused about where they are and how they got there. They then spend time wandering aimlessly along the tourist-heavy areas in the early-morning hours.

“It’s unconscionable that agencies are playing what appears to be musical chairs with the homeless,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin, whose district includes the location where the SamTrans line ends, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “This is just the type of homeless dumping that we sued the state of Nevada over a few years back.”

He was referring to the 2015  “Greyhound therapy” lawsuit that found Nevada was giving unwanted psychiatric patients one-way tickets to California.

“It’s unconscionable that agencies are playing what appears to be musical chairs with the homeless.”

— Aaron Peskin, San Francisco City Supervisor

SamTrans Public Affairs Specialist Dan Lieberman says the situation isn’t as cut and dry as people think and believes that many of the homeless who are put on the buses at the airport are actually from San Francisco.

“From what we understand these are homeless people who end up at SFO and are specifically given a SamTrans token to go back to San Francisco,” he told ABC7.  “Giving people rides is what we do here. If someone pays their fare and wants to get on the bus we are going to take them on the bus.”

The result has been a sloppy, dangerous game with homeless people stuck in the middle.

Last year, the Bay Area Rapid Transit also came under fire for how it handled transients. The train had become a temporary shelter for the area’s homeless, which led to many homeless riders being stranded at the end of the night on the last stop on the BART line, with the nearest shelter about 5 miles away.

Democratic Mayor London Breed said this week she couldn’t confirm allegations that the homeless were being bused into San Francisco – though there is recorded proof of it happening multiple times – and said the city attorney’s office would look into the matter.

“It’s unfortunate, if it is happening and our goal is to address it appropriately,” she told ABC7. “There will have to be an investigation because we would need to determine whether or not there’s evidence that this has occurred.”

San Francisco native Robert Holt told Fox News he doesn’t expect much from the mayor’s word to look into the situation.

“We’ve gotten used to pledges and promises from her but there seems to be more homeless people on the street than ever,” he said.

SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS STATS SOAR: CITY BLAMES BIG BUSINESS, RESIDENTS BLAME OFFICIALS 

Former mayoral candidate Richie Greenberg agrees.

“Elected officials like Breed are less likely to speak out against other elected officials because it would hurt them politically or make it look like their colleagues aren’t doing their jobs,” he told Fox News.

The disturbing new allegations that nearby counties are dumping their homeless in San Francisco come at a time when the city has been struggling with a double-digit jump in its homelessness rate and residents are turning on elected officials for their inability to reverse the trend.

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A preliminary homeless count released in May showed the number of homeless had jumped 17 percent from 2017. However, when the final report was released a couple of months later, it showed the street count increase would have been 30 percent if the city had stuck to the same definition of homelessness as they had in the past.

Critics claim the city chose to use the federal definition of homelessness instead of the one they wrote themselves in order to look like progress was being made. City officials have denied those allegations.

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SamTrans accused of playing ‘musical chairs’ with homeless, busing them to San Francisco and abandoning them

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The blame game is in full swing in the Bay Area following allegations that counties are playing “musical chairs” with their homeless population – using resources to shuttle transients, drug addicts and the mentally ill to San Francisco and abandoning them.

San Mateo County’s newly-expanded SamTrans bus service starts at the Peninsula and ends at the Embarcadero in San Francisco.

SamTrans was recently caught on camera dropping off groups of homeless men and women onto city streets and parks at the end of the line near the waterfront.

HOMELESSNESS CRISIS: FROM HOUSEBOATS TO BUILDERS, UNCONVENTIONAL METHODS USED TO TACKLE PROBLEMS IN 2019

Some of those same passengers had been put on the bus at the San Francisco International Airport, which is located in San Mateo County, by cops seen handing out free bus tokens to keep the homeless from sleeping in the terminals.

The late-night shuffle ends when the homeless are kicked off the bus at the last stop around 2:30 a.m. From there, they are often dazed and confused about where they are and how they got there. They then spend time wandering aimlessly along the tourist-heavy areas in the early-morning hours.

“It’s unconscionable that agencies are playing what appears to be musical chairs with the homeless,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin, whose district includes the location where the SamTrans line ends, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “This is just the type of homeless dumping that we sued the state of Nevada over a few years back.”

He was referring to the 2015  “Greyhound therapy” lawsuit that found Nevada was giving unwanted psychiatric patients one-way tickets to California.

“It’s unconscionable that agencies are playing what appears to be musical chairs with the homeless.”

— Aaron Peskin, San Francisco City Supervisor

SamTrans Public Affairs Specialist Dan Lieberman says the situation isn’t as cut and dry as people think and believes that many of the homeless who are put on the buses at the airport are actually from San Francisco.

“From what we understand these are homeless people who end up at SFO and are specifically given a SamTrans token to go back to San Francisco,” he told ABC7.  “Giving people rides is what we do here. If someone pays their fare and wants to get on the bus we are going to take them on the bus.”

The result has been a sloppy, dangerous game with homeless people stuck in the middle.

Last year, the Bay Area Rapid Transit also came under fire for how it handled transients. The train had become a temporary shelter for the area’s homeless, which led to many homeless riders being stranded at the end of the night on the last stop on the BART line, with the nearest shelter about 5 miles away.

Democratic Mayor London Breed said this week she couldn’t confirm allegations that the homeless were being bused into San Francisco – though there is recorded proof of it happening multiple times – and said the city attorney’s office would look into the matter.

“It’s unfortunate, if it is happening and our goal is to address it appropriately,” she told ABC7. “There will have to be an investigation because we would need to determine whether or not there’s evidence that this has occurred.”

San Francisco native Robert Holt told Fox News he doesn’t expect much from the mayor’s word to look into the situation.

“We’ve gotten used to pledges and promises from her but there seems to be more homeless people on the street than ever,” he said.

SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS STATS SOAR: CITY BLAMES BIG BUSINESS, RESIDENTS BLAME OFFICIALS 

Former mayoral candidate Richie Greenberg agrees.

“Elected officials like Breed are less likely to speak out against other elected officials because it would hurt them politically or make it look like their colleagues aren’t doing their jobs,” he told Fox News.

The disturbing new allegations that nearby counties are dumping their homeless in San Francisco come at a time when the city has been struggling with a double-digit jump in its homelessness rate and residents are turning on elected officials for their inability to reverse the trend.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

A preliminary homeless count released in May showed the number of homeless had jumped 17 percent from 2017. However, when the final report was released a couple of months later, it showed the street count increase would have been 30 percent if the city had stuck to the same definition of homelessness as they had in the past.

Critics claim the city chose to use the federal definition of homelessness instead of the one they wrote themselves in order to look like progress was being made. City officials have denied those allegations.

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Hanukkah stabbing suspect pleads not guilty to hate crimes, says he’s on Prozac

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The man accused of stabbing five people in a brutal machete attack at the home of a Hasidic rabbi during Hanukkah celebrations pleaded not guilty on Monday to 10 federal hate crime charges.

Grafton Thomas, 37, appeared in court wearing an orange prison top and pants along with slip-on blue sneakers. He told the judge he was on medication at the time of the attack, including Prozac.

HANUKKAH STABBING SUSPECT CHARGED WITH HATE CRIMES AS FBI FIND JOURNALS IN HOME THAT APPEAR TO ‘EXPRESS ANTI-SEMITIC SENTIMENTS’

Thomas was indicted last week on additional hate crime charges for the Dec. 28 stabbings, bringing the total number of federal charges against him to 10. He also faces state charges and has been held without bond on the federal charges.

He is expected to appear for an initial hearing Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors allege Thomas targeted his victims because of their faith. In a criminal complaint filed in December, prosecutors said they seized journals from his home that referenced Adolf Hitler, Nazi culture and the Black Hebrew Israelites movement, which has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

The federal indictment charged Thomas with five counts each of attempting to kill victims based on their religion and obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by attempting to kill with a dangerous weapon.

“We now allege that he did this with the intention of targeting his victims because of their religion,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said last week in a news release. “Thomas faces life in prison for his alleged violent acts of prejudice and intolerance.”

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Thomas’ family pastor, the Rev. Wendy Paige, said Thomas has been suffering from mental illness and that his family believes that condition was the cause of the alleged stabbings — and not hatred toward Jewish people.

Fox News’ Lissa Kaplan contributed to this report.

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Estranged husband of missing Connecticut mom arrested, charged with murder

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Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of a Connecticut mother of five who went missing in May after dropping her children off at school, has been arrested and charged with murder, his attorney Norm Pattis said Tuesday.

Two others have also been arrested and charged in connection to Jennifer Dulos’ death, one with murder and the other conspiracy to commit murder, Pattis said.

He did not give their names.

Pattis said Dulos will likely be in court this afternoon.

During a morning press conference Pattis said he does not believe the state has enough evidence to convict his client and that he would “be surprised if the state can win it.”

Dulos – along with his girlfriend Michelle Traconis – were charged earlier with evidence tampering and related offenses in Jennifer Dulos’ disappearance.

This is a developing story.

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Eddie Gallagher’s fellow SEALs describe him as ‘toxic,’ ‘evil’ in leaked videos

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The Navy SEALs who served beside Special Operations Chief Eddie Gallagher described their platoon leader as “toxic,” “freaking evil” and a “psychopath,” in new video recordings obtained by The New York Times.

The recordings are part of the Navy’s investigation into Gallagher, who was accused of war crimes stemming from a 2017 deployment to Iraq. Gallagher in July was found not guilty of murder and premeditated murder but was convicted of a lesser charge of posing for a photo with an Islamic State (ISIS) fighter’s corpse.

NAVY SEAL EDWARD GALLAGHER FOUND NOT GUILTY ON MURDER AND ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES

In one of the recordings, Special Operator 1st Class Craig Miller, one of the most experienced SEALs in the group, can be seen weeping.

“The guy is freaking evil,” Miller told investigators.

In a separate interview, Special Operator 1st Class Joshua Vriens, a sniper, called Gallagher “toxic.”

The platoon’s medic, Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, described Gallagher as the type of person who was “perfectly OK with killing anybody that was moving.”

The videos are the first time the public has been able to hear directly from the members of SEAL Team 7’s Alpha platoon, whose damning testimony about their platoon leader was dismissed by President Trump and eventually led to the November firing of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer over his handling of the case.

Gallagher’s attorney Timothy Parlatore slammed The New York Times for selectively picking and choosing from the video recordings to make his client look bad.

“The [New York] Times show is a clear demonstration of irresponsible and knowingly false propaganda masquerading as journalism,” he told Fox News on Friday.

He also took aim at the Navy lawyers.

“There were sections where the video inexplicably cut off, sections where you could hear the investigator coaching the witness in the hall, and probably the most unprofessional witness interview technique that any of us have ever seen,” he said, adding: “The interviews really provided us with a clear road map to the acquittal.”

During Gallagher’s trial over the summer, a key witness for the prosecution — another Navy SEAL — testified to killing the ISIS captive but said he saw Gallagher plunge his knife into the man’s neck. Other members of his platoon struck down claims that Gallagher was a hero who was unfairly punished for making “tough calls.” Instead, they painted him as a “disgraceful” leader who took pleasure in targeting women, children and the elderly.

There had been debate on whether the Navy would strip Gallagher of his Trident pin, ousting him from the prestigious SEALs after he was demoted from chief petty officer to a 1st class petty officer following his July conviction.

FIRED NAVY SECRETARY CRITICIZES TRUMP FOR ‘SHOCKING’ INTERVENTION IN SEAL CASE

His case caught the attention of President Trump, who demanded Gallagher’s rank be restored and ordered that the Navy halt its internal review of Gallagher’s actions that resulted in the high-profile war crimes case.

Spencer asked Trump to let the Navy review board go forward with its internal investigation, promising that the board would, in the end, allow Gallagher to keep his Trident and rank, effectively alluding to his willingness to fix the results of the board usually comprised of the defendant’s peers. Trump, though, rejected the offer and said, “No, we’re done.”

Trump then fired off a series of tweets doubling down on his demands to halt the peer review.

NAVY SEAL EDDIE GALLAGHER’S FAMILY PLEADS WITH MILITARY AFTER TRUMP DEFENSE: ‘LET MY BROTHER GO!’

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper ordered that Gallagher be allowed to keep his Trident pin, noting that it would be nearly impossible for him to get a fair hearing from the military in light of the events that had unfolded.

Gallagher enlisted in the Navy in 1999. He served a medic and in 2005 completed the Basic Underwater Demolition course to become a Navy SEAL, one of the most elite special operations forces in the U.S. military. He served eight tours and was highly decorated, including being awarded two Bronze Stars with V for valor. He was arrested in September 2018 while receiving treatment for a traumatic brain injury at Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corps base north of San Diego.

Trump initially took interest in the Gallagher case after Bernard Kerick, a former business partner of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, became an advocate for the family and made television appearances on behalf of Gallagher. In the spring, Gallagher shuffled his defense team to include Marc Mukasey, a lawyer for Trump’s real estate company.

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Over the weekend, Gallagher met with the president and first lady Melania Trump at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Photos captured the 40-year-old and his wife, Andrea, chatting with the first family.

In the Instagram post shared on their joint account, they said: “Finally got to thank the President and his amazing wife by giving them a little gift from Eddie’s deployment to Mosul.”

Fox News’ Melissa Leon, Vandana Rambaran and Andrew O’Reilly, contributed to this report, as well as The Associated Press.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell under FBI investigation

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Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime friend and alleged enabler of disgraced sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, is being investigated by the FBI, according to a report Friday.

Maxwell, the daughter of late British media magnate Robert Maxwell, has been accused in court filings of facilitating a sex-trafficking operation that brought girls — some as young as 14 — to Epstein’s Manhattan home, though she has not been formally charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

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Reuters reported that several others who “facilitated” Epstein’s alleged sexual abuse are also being investigated, though the main focus is on Maxwell. 

Maxwell, 58, dated Epstein more than a decade ago and became a member of his tight inner circle until his Aug. 10 jail-cell suicide earlier this year. In a 2003 Vanity Fair article, Epstein referred to Maxwell as his “best friend.”

Epstein, 66, faced sex-trafficking charges at the time of his death and was awaiting trial in a case that, if convicted, could have put him behind bars for several years.

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Last month, Maria Farmer, one of Epstein’s accusers, told “CBS This Morning” that Maxwell had been directly involved in peddling young women for Epstein and his high-profile friends.

“All day long, I saw Ghislaine going to get women. She went to places like Central Park. I was with her a couple of times in the car. …She would say, ‘Stop the car.’ And she would dash out and get a child,” Farmer said.

During an interview in August on “The Daily”, Farmer claimed Maxwell threatened her.

“She says, ‘You’re going out to jog on the West Side Highway every day and I know this. You need to be very careful because there’s so many ways to die there. So you have to be really careful. Look over your shoulder.'”

Another alleged Epstein victim, Virginia Giuffre, accused Maxwell of recruiting her as a masseuse for Epstein when she was only 15.

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Sarah Ransome, another alleged victim, told the BBC that Maxwell “controlled the girls.”

“She was like the madam,” Ransome said. “She was like the nuts and bolts of the sex trafficking operation.”

Calls to Maxwell’s lawyers for comment were not returned.

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California porch pirate caught stealing surveillance cameras installed to catch him

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A California Christmas thief was caught on camera stealing the very same surveillance equipment that was installed to catch people like him.

The victim, who asked not to be identified, told KTVU that he was away with his family on vacation when an alert on his smartphone around 2:30 a.m. informed him that a porch pirate had been spotted outside his door.

The footage shows a white sedan backing up on a street in Alameda, Calif., and then pulling over. A man wearing a blue coat is seen leaving his car, climbing up the stairs, walking past two packages left on the porch and instead snatching a home surveillance camera.

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A few minutes later, he can be seen again, this time with a black crate in his hands.

He’s caught on camera giving himself a boost before snatching and stealing a second Bing wireless camera. A third camera was out of reach but wasn’t in place to capture the crime.

Alameda Police told KTVU that the crime was an unusual one but warned it could have been an attempt to scout and prep the empty place for a future home burglary.

“The point of having a camera is to prevent or deter this kind of crime.”

— Alameda Police Lt. Matt McMullen

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“The point of having a camera is to prevent or deter this kind of crime,” Alameda Police Lt. Matt McMullen said.

The camera’s owner and his family cut their vacation short and returned home. They shared photos and videos with police and said nothing other than the two cameras were taken.

“We want to create a safe environment and we encourage people to have surveillance cameras,” McMullen said. “The last thing we want is for them to be stolen.”

Porch pirate thefts have been on the rise across the country as more and more people buy holiday packages online.

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About 92 percent of Americans were expected to receive at least one order online during this year’s holiday season, according to a report from C&R research of Chicago. In 2018, an estimated 36 percent of Americans have had at least one package stolen. On average, the stolen packages are worth $109. More than 80 percent of victims contact the seller about the issue while only 13 percent report it to the police. According to the report, only 11 percent of thieves get caught.

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State Dept opens massive new training center, complete with fake town, burning simulator

BLACKSTONE, Va. — It was the sound of rapid gunfire that punctured the air first. Then came the angry mob of protestors, their footsteps and chants growing louder and getting closer.

Next were the screams, the sirens and the smoke. A dire warning of an imminent attack blared over the speaker system and people came rushing out of buildings and running toward a safe house near the U.S. embassy. But inside, things were about to get much tougher.

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In an instant, the power was cut and the building went black. It started filling up with so much smoke that the people huddled inside were forced out. One by one, they fell to the floor, grabbed a hold of the pant leg of the person in front of them and crawled their way out. They ran to a second building but there were casualties there – bloody blown-off body parts were on the floor and people with varying degrees of injury were on stretchers. They worked together in small groups to help their wounded colleagues before running to a black helicopter waiting to take them to safety.

The entire exercise looked, sounded and felt like hell.

That was the point.

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People running during a drill at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The newly-opened center is designed to train overseas workers how to respond to security threats and embassy attacks. (Fox News)

This particular practicum was the culmination of a 5-day course at the new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) in Blackstone, Va. The massive 1,350-acre compound was approved by Congress and built to provide comprehensive lifesaving security training to Department of State personnel and members of the foreign affairs community. Their spouses and children over the age of 18 are also allowed to attend.

“Training is the bedrock to protecting lives,” Michael Evanoff, assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, told Fox News. “If you are a trained foreign service officer and you go through the training we give you, you will be better prepared to react.”

Constructed in three phases and fully operational in December, the FASTC hard skills training campus includes a rappel tower, a tactical maze, two smokehouses, an explosive demo range as well as a live-fire shoot house.

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A thermal image of “students” at the State Department’s new Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. Agents are seen crawling on the floor toward an exit during a drill that teaches them how to escape a burning building.  (Fox News/Barnini Chakraborty)

The facility also features two high-speed driving tracks and another that can be flooded with 96,000 gallons of water to give agents hands-on training to mastering rough road conditions. They are taught how to drive an armored SUV through a controlled skid as well as how to speed away from an ambush in reverse, ram vehicles out of the way and drive through just about every surface imaginable, including sand, mud, clay, gravel, over big rocks, over little rocks, up asphalt hills, down stairs and over logs. They are also taught how to detect surveillance, provide emergency medical care and root out improvised explosive devices.

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Students are taught defensive driving maneuvers at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The massive 1,350-acre compound features multiple tracks that feature all types of road surfaces and terrains. Participants learn how to drive over rocks, through sand, clay, mud and dirt. They are also taught how to maneuver moguls and drive a Jeep down a mound of asphalt. (Fox News) 

But perhaps most impressive is the military operations in urban terrain simulator, also known as MOUT. Based on blueprints from existing embassies, FASTC created an entire town on its campus to put agents through rigorous training on how to respond to everything from a post-election protest in a foreign country to a security threat on the chaotic streets of New York City. Paid actors play townspeople, protestors, journalists and merchants to add to the drill’s “real feel.”

“The world is becoming more unstable, with increasing terrorist attacks worldwide, growing instability in government and rising discontent in economically disadvantaged countries,” said Wendy Bashnan, deputy assistant secretary for training, adding that workers must be ready for anything and that FASTC training gets them there.

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Students are taught defensive driving maneuvers at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The massive 1,350-acre compound features multiple tracks that feature all types of road surfaces and terrains. Participants learn how to drive over rocks, through sand, clay, mud, and dirt. They are also taught how to maneuver moguls and drive a Jeep down a mound of asphalt.  (Fox News)

One senior officer, whose name has been withheld at the request of the State Department, told Fox that along with the hard skills training, students leave the course more confident in their ability to get out of an emergency situation safely.

“I don’t care if you’re in Luxembourg or Lahore, there’s going to be a crisis and this prepares you for that,” he said.

FASTC — which will prepare 2,000 special agents to protect U.S. diplomats and citizens around the world and is expected to train another 10,000 people annually — was built out of necessity.

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Smoke billowing out of a mock U.S. embassy at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The 1,350-acre compound was built to train federal agents how to respond to security threats and attacks around the world. (Fox News/Barnini Chakraborty)

There were too many attacks on too many U.S. embassies and consulates that left employees, agents and officials scrambling for their lives.

In the mid-1990s, the State Department began pushing for a more efficient, consolidated training facility for diplomatic security service agents. Prior to that, hard skills training was spread out in 11 different sites across the country, which resulted in disjointed training exercises as well as costly travel expenses and a dependency on contract facilities.

“New threats are constantly changing… We feel that we can’t be stagnant. We have to be ahead of the curve.”

— Michael Evanoff, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security

The critical need for a new, state-of-the-art facility was underscored by almost-simultaneous attacks on Aug. 7, 1998 at the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as in Dar es Salaam, the capital of neighboring Tanzania. In all, 224 people died and another 5,000 were wounded. Among those killed in Kenya were 12 U.S. citizens.

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During President George W. Bush’s administration between 2001-2009, there were 20 fatal attacks on U.S.embassies that resulted in 87 deaths — 24 of them were either U.S. embassy workers or U.S. civilians.

Then came the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

In that incident, a U.S. government compound in Benghazi was ambushed in a coordinated attack by the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia. In the end, four Americans had been killed: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and CIA security contractors Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. Benghazi was among one of the worst tragedies and one of the hardest lessons the State Department has had to learn.

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Training exercise at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. This training is designed to help embassy workers overseas develop the practical skills necessary to operate during an emergency. During the drill, agents must find their way out of a smoke-filled mock embassy.  (Fox News)

In fact, FASTC’s “Fire as a Weapon” course is the direct result of Benghazi and teaches diplomatic staff how to respond to attacks on their compounds involving incendiary weapons and fires that are deliberately set.

“When a facility is attacked, they set fire to the facility,” Evanoff told Fox. “We need to learn how to get out of it.”

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Sign outside “Fire as a Weapon” course at the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center in Blackstone, Virginia. The 1,350-acre compound was designed to train agents following the 2012 Benghazi attacks against two United States government facilities in Benghazi, Libya. (Fox News)

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Evanoff also said the State Department has spent a lot of time understanding the science of compounds that have come under attack and said security procedures and training are always evolving. That’s why the new training facility in Blackstone is vital for America’s foreign service workers.

“New threats are constantly changing and we are constantly looking at the threat matrix,” he said. “We feel that we can’t be stagnant. We have to be ahead of the curve.”

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Nintendo Switch leads Alabama cops to suspects in killing of economics professor

A Nintendo console is being credited with leading Alabama authorities to two men accused of robbing and killing a University of South Alabama economics professor.

Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Keith Blackwood said that the burglar who broke into Matthew Wiser’s home on Nov. 20 stole a Nintendo Switch. After several weeks of investigating, police were finally able to track down suspect Tiquez Timmons by tracing the game system’s online activity, Blackwood said.

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Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said initially there wasn’t much evidence to go on but praised the investigators who “were able to pick out the most minute of things” and act on that to break the case.

Timmons and Derric Scott, both 20, were arrested and charged with felony murder on Friday. They pleaded not guilty in a Mobile courtroom Wednesday morning.

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Derric Scott and Tiquez Timmons have been charged with felony murder in the death of University of South Alabama economics professor Matthew Wiser. (Mobile, Ala. district attorney’s office)

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Prosecutors believe Wiser’s murder took place during a home invasion in West Mobile and that he was chosen at random.

“Timmons would drop off Scott to go burglarize houses and would pick him up and they would repeat the behavior somewhere else,” Blackwood said in court. He added that the burglary was a pattern and claimed it was Scott who fired the shot that killed Wiser.

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A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 16, 2020.

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