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13 members of MS-13 gang arrested in Ohio

Police One - 35 min 4 sec ago

By Earl Rinehart The Columbus Dispatch

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For more than a decade one of the most notorious and murderous gangs in the United States has operated in central Ohio unbeknownst to most people outside of law enforcement.

That was until Tuesday, when local, state and federal officers arrested 13 alleged members of MS-13, a "transnational" gang that favors executions by machete.

"That's the bad news, that MS-13 has been in Columbus, Ohio," said Benjamin Glassman, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Ohio. "The good news is what we're doing today, taking the first steps ... to dismantling this group in the Columbus area.

Ten defendants were indicted as gang members on charges of extorting protection money from businesses and individuals and laundering it back to the organization's headquarters in El Salvador. The other five are alleged "associates" of the gang who were named in criminal complaints with being in the country illegally.

The indictment and complaints were issued in July and kept sealed until Tuesday.

Two defendants remained at large Tuesday afternoon.

Glassman emphasized that the five alleged associates are facing deportation because of their criminal connection, not because they are in the country illegally.

The 13 in custody appeared in U.S. District Court in Columbus Tuesday to hear the charges against them. All were being held without bond until a detention hearing is held Friday.

Asked if any homicide has been linked to the local group, Glassman said the case was still being investigated.

Some of the defendants were arrested in a Northeast Side mobile home park off Innis Road near Innis Park, where the skeletal remains of a Latino man and a juvenile were found buried in March 2016. The two victims were stabbed.

Thirteen of the men charged are from El Salvador, two are from Honduras. Only one is a naturalized U.S. citizen; he is from El Salvador.

The men were members of the gang's Columbus chapter, or "clique," which includes members from Dayton and Indianapolis and is part of MS-13's East Coast "program," according to court documents.

MS-13 traces its origins to Salvadoran immigrants fleeing civil war in the 1980s who settled in Southern California and formed the gang to protect themselves from rival gangs. After many were deported back to El Salvador, the gang established its headquarters in that Central American country.

MS is shorthand for Mara Salvatrucha. Mara is the Salvadoran word for "gang." Salvatrucha is a combination of "Salva" for Salvadoran and trucha for "fear us, look out, or heads up."

Glassman called MS-13 "an incredibly violent gang" whose motto is "mata, viola, controla," translated as "kill, rape, control."

Last year, more than a dozen gang members met in a wooded area of Long Island, New York, surrounded four young men suspected of belonging to a rival gang, then beat, stabbed and hacked them to death.

Authorities said MS-13 has become one of the largest and most violent criminal organizations in the United States, with more than 10,000 members and associates operating in at least 40 states.

In Ohio, the clique used intimidation and guns to demand protection money from mom-and-pop shops, other businesses and individuals, Glassman said.

Unlike some local gangs who go by the Bloods and the Crips but have no real connection with those Los Angeles gangs, the 15 defendants are genuine members of MS-13, Glassman said.

The Columbus clique funnels extortion proceeds back to the leadership in El Salvador and to members around the world, he said.

The money is used to buy cellphones, narcotics and weapons; to financially support MS-13 members, including those deported or incarcerated in El Salvador and the United States; and aid families of deceased MS-13 members, according to the indictment.

Tuesday's arrest is part of an ongoing effort to shut down the gang, officials said.

In Cambridge, Ohio, Isaiah A. "AJ" Groves, 25, of Zanesville, who claims to be affiliated with the MS-13 gang, is facing one count each of corrupting another with drugs, a third-degree felony, and disrupting public services, a fourth-degree felony. Cambridge police said he and Shannon Hupp, 23, a Byesville woman identified as Groves' girlfriend, are facing potential manslaughter and drug trafficking charges in connection with the death of a 35-year-old Cambridge resident who died at the Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after being hospitalized for several days following an alleged overdose.

In 2012, the federal government designated MS-13 as a "transnational criminal organization" operating in several countries. It is the first and only street gang to receive that designation.

The crackdown began under President Barack Obama, and President Donald Trump vowed in June to eradicate the gang, whose members he called "animals." Glassman said his boss, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has made that a top priority.

Angela L. Byers, FBI special agent in charge of southern Ohio, urged victims of MS-13, or anyone with information about the gang, to call the bureau at 614-849-1765.

"We can help you," Byers said.

The FBI also put its offer to victims in Spanish: Se busca información de victimas de la MS-13. Linea anónima del FBI: 614-849-1765.

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©2017 The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio)


Categories: Law Enforcement

Man arrested on hindering charge in Mo. officer killing

Police One - 35 min 4 sec ago

By Heather Hollingsworth Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man charged with hindering prosecution in the killing of a western Missouri police officer told an informant that he dropped the suspected gunman off at a nearby marina after the shooting, according to court records.

Jacob Johnson, 27, of Clinton, was arrested Tuesday on the hindering charge. He remained jailed Wednesday on a $25,000 cash bond. Online court records don't list an attorney for him.

The charge stems from the Aug. 6 killing of 39-year-old Clinton police officer Gary Michael Jr., who was shot after he stopped a car for a traffic violation. Investigators say Ian McCarthy, who is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting, drove away and crashed a few blocks from the scene in Clinton, a community of about 9,000 residents about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.

McCarthy fled on foot and was captured Aug. 8 after a manhunt. He has entered a not guilty plea.

Michael was able to return fire. A Missouri State Highway Patrol sergeant wrote in the probable cause statement that Johnson told an informant on Aug. 7 that McCarthy had been shot in the "butt" and was no longer in town. The statement said that Johnson also told the person "the less we know the better."

When authorities interviewed Johnson on Aug. 8, he denied seeing or having any contact with McCarthy after Michael was killed and denied that McCarthy owned a firearm, the probable cause statement said.

But another informant told authorities that Johnson was surprised Aug. 9 when told that McCarthy had been arrested in Urich, west of Clinton. McCarthy, who is from Clinton, actually was captured while walking along a state highway near a marina in Bucksaw, just east of Clinton.

According to that informant, Johnson said, "How did he walk from Bucksaw, that's not where I dropped him off?" Another person, whose name was marked out in the court document, loaned Johnson a vehicle to take McCarthy to the marina, according to the probable cause statement.

The sergeant wrote in the statement that Johnson was interviewed again on Aug. 9 and admitted that he saw McCarthy with an AR 15 rifle about two months earlier.

A third person, 35-year-old William Grant Noble, also of Clinton, is charged with supplying the weapon used to kill Michael.

The patrol, which announced Johnson's arrest in a tweet Tuesday, said in the posting that the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.


Categories: Law Enforcement

Call the fashion cops: 'Jorts-wearing bandit' hits St. Louis

Police One - 35 min 4 sec ago

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Anyone who recognizes a man accused of robbing stores in the St. Louis area while wearing jean shorts is being urged to call "the fashion police."

St. Louis County Police dubbed the suspect the "jorts-wearing bandit" in a tweet on Monday, and included a photo. The tweet says the suspect's "disregard for the law is as offensive as his disregard for fashion trends."

Officer Ben Granda said the unarmed suspect approached a cashier at a Walgreens store in Lemay with merchandise on Aug. 8, and then overpowered her when she opened the cash drawer. The man is also suspected of targeting at least two Walgreens stores in the city of St. Louis. No serious injuries have been reported.

Police said in an earlier tweet that anyone who recognizes the man should contact law enforcement or "the fashion police."

Although the man's identify remains a mystery, the robberies have been getting publicity. Granda said officers were passing ideas back and forth when they came up with the moniker.

"We try to have a little fun with it to draw more attention to it than it normally would have," said Granda.

Jorts have been denigrated as a holdover of '90s men's fashion, but they've recently regained some popularity. Granda said he himself hasn't worn jorts since around 1997.


Categories: Law Enforcement

SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook

Weather - Fire Weather - 1 hour 25 min ago
SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook
Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0305 AM CDT Thu Aug 17 2017 Valid 181200Z - 191200Z ...Synopsis... A rather strong mid/upper trough is expected to move eastward from British Columbia into the Canadian Prairie provinces on Friday. In conjunction with this trough, a surface low is expected to move across southern AB/SK, with a surface trough extending southward into portions of the northern Rockies/High Plains. Continued warming and drying is expected across most of the interior Northwest into the northern Rockies and High Plains, leading to an elevated fire weather threat where winds are sufficient. ...Montana... Modest westerly flow will result in continued warming/drying across MT on Friday, and critically low RH is possible over much of the state during the afternoon. The primary uncertainty regarding the fire weather forecast is whether wind speeds will be sufficient for at least an elevated threat. While the region will only be glanced by stronger flow associated with the trough to the north, at this time it appears sufficient flow will exist at the top of the boundary layer to support sustained winds of 15-20 mph (with higher gusts) over much of MT. Combined with minimum RH values of 10-20% and receptive fuels, these winds appear sufficient for an elevated fire weather threat. ...Portions of Northern OR...Central/Eastern WA... Warm, dry, and breezy conditions are expected across portions of the Columbia Gorge and in the lee of the Cascades across WA and northern OR. While wind speeds may be somewhat marginal, the potential exists for sustained winds exceeding 15 mph to combine with RH values of 10-20%, resulting in an elevated fire weather threat. ..Dean.. 08/17/2017 ...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product... Read more
Categories: Weather

SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook

Weather - Fire Weather - 1 hour 26 min ago
SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook
Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0304 AM CDT Thu Aug 17 2017 Valid 171200Z - 181200Z ...Synopsis... As one mid/upper trough shifts eastward into the northern Plains and another trough approaches the British Columbia coast, a mid/upper ridge is expected to briefly build into portions of the Northwest today. A cold front is expected to move through portions of the northern Rockies and northern High Plains, resulting in some increase in the fire weather threat. ...Montana into the far western Dakotas... A relatively dry and breezy post-frontal regime will result in a threat of elevated fire weather conditions across much of Montana east of the Continental Divide, potentially spreading eastward into the western Dakotas. Sustained winds of 15-20 mph are possible as RH values drop to near or below 20% during the afternoon. While locally critical conditions are possible, especially from central into southeast MT, confidence in sustained winds exceeding 20 mph is too low for an upgrade at this time. ...Washington/Oregon/Idaho... Locally elevated conditions will be possible across portions of central/eastern WA/OR in the lee of the Cascades, and also across portions of the Snake River Valley in Idaho. RH may fall to near critical thresholds across these areas, though wind speeds are expected to remain relatively light outside of localized terrain-favored locations. ..Dean.. 08/17/2017 ...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov/fire for graphic product... Read more
Categories: Weather

Evacuation Information as of August 17, 2017 at 12:45 a.m. (Lolo Peak Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - 2 hours 7 min ago
NEW EVACUATION ORDER for Hwy 93 Lolo Peak Fire, 10:00 PM WED 8/16/17: As of 10:00 PM on Wednesday, August 16th there is an Evacuation ORDER to immediately leave the area per the Missoula County Sheriff's Office. Do not delay, wildfire conditions present an immediate threat to people and homes west of the Hwy 93 Corridor from mile post 78 to 82. This includes all homes from SUN VALLEY RD to just north of MACLAY RANCH ROAD west of Hwy 93. Evacuees must check in at the trailer located at the intersection of Hwy 93 and Hwy 12 at the weigh station south of Town Pump. NEW EVACUATION ORDER for Hwy 12 As of 10 PM on Wednesday 8/16, there is an EVACUATION ORDER to immediately leave the area per Missoula County Sheriff's Office. Do not delay, fire conditions present an immediate threat to people and homes from mile post 31.5 to 29.5 on both sides of Highway 12. This includes Fort Fizzle to Balsam Root Road on both sides of Highway 12 as well as Portions of Mormon Creek Road past and...

NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion

NWS Weather - 3 hours 28 min ago

000
AXNT20 KNHC 170605
TWDAT

Tropical Weather Discussion
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL
205 AM EDT Thu Aug 17 2017

Tropical Weather Discussion for North America, Central America
Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, northern sections of South
America, and Atlantic Ocean to the African coast from the
Equator to 32N. The following information is based on satellite
imagery, weather observations, radar and meteorological analysis.

Based on 0000 UTC surface analysis and satellite imagery through
0545 UTC.

...SPECIAL FEATURES...

Hurricane Gert is centered near 40.1N 58.4W at 17/0300 UTC or
about 350 nm SE of Halifax Nova Scotia and about 460 nm SSW of
Cape Race Newfoundland moving ENE at 32 kt. Estimated minimum
central pressure is 967 mb. Maximum sustained wind speed is 90 kt
with gusts to 110 kt. Numerous moderate convection and scattered
tstms are from 37N-42N between 54W-59W. Scattered moderate
convection is elsewhere from 36N-46N between 50W-60W. See latest
NHC forecast/ advisory under AWIPS/WMO headers MIATCMAT3/WTNT23
KNHC for more details.

A 1011 mb low is located about 560 nm east of the Lesser
Antilles near 13N50W. Intrusion of Saharan dry air and dust to its
environment is noticed in GOES-16 experimental imagery and CIRA
LPW imagery, however the system looks a little more concentrated.
This being favored in part by low vertical wind shear. Scattered
moderate convection and isolated tstms are within 220 nm W
semicircle from low center. Isolated showers are within 220 nm SE
quadrant of the low. Upper-level winds are forecast to become
more conducive for development during the next day or so while the
low moves westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean, crossing
into the Caribbean Sea on Friday. Regardless of development,
locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected to spread
across portions of the Lesser Antilles on Thursday night and
Friday. This system has a medium chance of becoming a tropical
cyclone in the next two days.

A tropical wave is in the central Atlc associated with a 1009 mb
low pressure located near 14N38W. The wave axis extends from
21N38W to the low and has been moving W at 15 kt. The wave is in
a region of low to moderate vertical wind shear, however intrusion
of Saharan dry air and dust to the wave environment limit
convection to scattered moderate within 245 nm W semicircle of
low pressure center. Gradual development of this system is
possible during the next few days while it moves WNW, but upper-
level winds are expected to become less conducive for tropical
cyclone formation when the disturbance moves north of the Leeward
Islands this weekend. This system has a medium chance of becoming
a tropical cyclone in the next two days.

...TROPICAL WAVES...

A tropical wave is in the E Atlc associated with a 1013 mb low
near 08N20W. The wave axis extends from 18N18W to the low center.
The CIRA LPW imagery show dry air intrusion to the wave
environment, which has significantly reduced the convection this
wave had when it was coming off the W African coast yesterday.
GOES-16 experimental and Meteosat SAL imagery show Saharan dust
and dry air engulfing this wave. Monsoon moisture and middle to
upper level diffluent flow support scattered moderate convection
and isolated tstms from 06N to 15N E of 25W. Environmental
conditions are forecast to become more conducive for development
over the weekend while the system moves WNW.

A tropical wave is in the E Caribbean with axis extending from
23N61W to 12N66W, moving W at 15-20 kt. There is abundant moisture
associated with this wave that along with upper level divergent
flow support scattered to isolated moderate convection and tstms
from 16N to 24N between 61W and 69W, including Puerto Rico.

A tropical wave is in the W Caribbean with axis extending from
19N85W across Honduras to 10N87W, moving W at 20 kt. The wave is
in a region of low vertical wind shear, however dry air
subsidence continue to limit convection to isolated showers within
90 nm of its axis.

...ITCZ/MONSOON TROUGH...

The monsoon trough extends from the African coast near 11N16W to
09N30W. To the west, the monsoon trough and ITCZ is disrupted due
to the tropical lows and tropical waves mentioned above.
Otherwise, scattered moderate convection is from 05N-09N between
25W-45W.

...DISCUSSION...

GULF OF MEXICO...

Except for scattered showers over the E Bay of Campeche associated
with a surface trough along 93W, the remainder basin in under the
influence of a surface ridge anchored by a 1019 mb high near
28N85W. This setup is prividing ESE gentle to moderate flow across
the northern half of the Gulf, except for light to gentle variable
flow in the NE basin around the high center. Otherwise, NE fresh
winds are off the W Yucatan Peninsula coast associated with the
surface trough. The high is expected to persist across the NE
Gulf waters through early Saturday. A surface trough will develop
each evening across the Yucatan peninsula shifting W into the Bay
of Campeche during the overnight hours. Locally higher winds can
be expected in the vicinity of the trough axis.

CARIBBEAN SEA...

A tropical wave is moving across the NW basin and Honduras
supporting isolated showers. A second tropical wave is in the E
Caribbean with axis near 64W, which is supporting scattered to
isolated showers and tstms over the NE basin including Puerto
Rico, the Mona Passage and the Virgin Islands. See tropical waves
section for further details. Genearally, diffluent flow is
obserseved in the SW Caribbean, which is supporting scattered
showers S of 13N W of 70W. Lastly, a diffluent flow pattern
persist between an upper level ridge anchored over S Georgia and a
low centered N of the Windward Passage. This continue to support
scattered to isolated showers across central Cuba. Otherwise, dry
air subsidence and strong vetical wind shear support fair weather
elsewhere W of 70W. Fresh to strong winds in the south-central
waters and in the vicinity of the tropical wave in the eastern
waters are expected through Thursday with moderate to fresh trades
elsewhere.

...HISPANIOLA...

An upper level low is centered N of the Windward Passage ahead
of a tropical wave that is forecast move over the central
Caribbean Thursday. The approaching wave is already supporting
isolated showers over the Dominican Republic, but the activity
will increase during Thursday and into early Friday.

ATLANTIC OCEAN...

The basin N of 23N continue under the influence of the Azores
subtropical high which supports fair weather. For information
about tropical waves, see sections above.

For additional information please visit
http://www.hurricanes.gov/marine

$$
Ramos
Categories: Weather

The HazMat Guys Nation Roundtable – Stay tuned for new format and time!

Hazmatnation - 3 hours 45 min ago

HMN – The HazMat Guys and HazMatNation created an innovative training platform to bring HazMat responders together to discuss response, training, and current events.  With only a few hickups due to the fact that all five members of the  current roundtable are ‘active duty’ first responders the show assembled every week for discussion of HazMat. ...

The post The HazMat Guys Nation Roundtable – Stay tuned for new format and time! appeared first on HazMat Nation.

Categories: HAZMAT

Madison County Man arrested on Sex Abuse charges

State - NY Police - 3 hours 46 min ago
State Police in Oneida arrested Frank W. Stevens, age 43, of Bridgewater, NY for Sex Abuse, Forcible Touching, Unlawfully Dealing with a Child and  Endangering The Welfare of a Child.
Categories: Law Enforcement

Remsen Man arrested on Sex Abuse charges

State - NY Police - 4 hours 19 min ago
State Police arrested Jason P. Edwards, age 28, from Remsen, NY for Sexual Abuse 1st degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Categories: Law Enforcement

Appeal following violent disorder in Hackney

Metropolitan Police News (UK) - 4 hours 34 min ago
Police issue additional images of people wanted for questioning in Hackney violent disorder.
Categories: UK - Law Enforcement

Evacuation Information Highway 12 - 10:00 p.m. Wednesday August 16 (Lolo Peak Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:52
NEW EVACUATION ORDER for Hwy 12 As of 10 PM on Wednesday 8/16, there is an EVACUATION ORDER to immediately leave the area per Missoula County Sheriff's Office. Do not delay, fire conditions present an immediate threat to people and homes from mile post 31.5 to 29.5 on both sides of Highway 12. This includes Fort Fizzle to Balsam Root Road on both sides of Highway 12 as well as Portions of Mormon Creek Road past and including Vann Drive. This new Evacuation Order expands upon the previous evacuation order for Hwy 12. Evacuees must check in at the trailer located at the intersection of highway 93 and highway 12 at the Weigh station south of Town Pump.

Evacuation Information Highway 93 - 10:00 PM WED 8/16/17 (Lolo Peak Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:46
As of 10:00 PM on Wednesday, August 16th there is an Evacuation ORDER to immediately leave the area per the Missoula County Sheriff's Office. Do not delay, wildfire conditions present an immediate threat to people and homes west of the Hwy 93 Corridor from mile post 78 to 82. This includes all homes from SUN VALLEY RD to just north of MACLAY RANCH ROAD west of Hwy 93. Evacuees must check in at the trailer located at the intersection of Hwy 93 and Hwy 12 at the weigh station south of Town Pump.

Railroad Crossing Arms Confound Carrollton Drivers

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:06


A railroad crossing in Carrollton is causing big problems for some drivers.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Update August 16, 2017-PM (Falcon Complex Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:48
Falcon Complex Fire Update Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 8, Incident Commander, Tim Keith August 16, 2017 - 9:00 PM General Updates: A morning inversion moderated fire behavior today although the inversion limited helicopter use. Once the inversion lifted, the burning activity increased sharply. No new starts were located today but firefighters are keeping watch for “holdovers” from last week’s lightning. The forest visitors are asked to remain vigilant and watch for increased firefighter traffic on forest roads. Please stay informed as to weather, closures and road conditions. Closures and Use Restrictions: The Umpqua National Forest has implemented multiple Forest Road, Trail, and Public Use Restrictions. Check the Umpqua National Forest website for closure. The full Closure Order may be viewed at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/umpqua/notices/?cid=FSEPRD555249. Public Use Restrictions may be viewed at the following link:...

North TX City Displays Memorial to Its Confederate Namesake

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:37


The city of Cleburne, Texas, is named after Confederate Gen. Patrick Cleburne. The city displays a statue of Cleburne that was built in 2015.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

North Texas School District Re-Evaluating $350 Bus Fee

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:25


Parents in the Lovejoy Independent School District are concerned about a proposed $350 fee for children to ride the school bus.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Fort Worth's Las Vegas Trail Getting Task Force

Media - KXAS NBC5 DFW - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:23


Fort Worth City Councilman Brian Byrd is creating a task force to address a host of problems along Las Vegas Trail, a mile-long stretch of road in West Fort Worth.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Public Meeting on Thursday Aug. 17 at 6:00pm (Gibralter Ridge Fire Wildfire)

Wildland Fire Incidents - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 21:41
Public Meeting Announcement: We will be hosting another public meeting on Thursday, August 17th. It will be at 6 PM at the Lincoln County High School in Eureka. Operations personnel will be available to discuss the current fire situation and expected outlook. The Sheriff's Office will also be available to discuss the pre-evacuation

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