April 30, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Hate Crime-General

WASHINGTON, [DC]--The anonymous email arrived on a Saturday afternoon, its message jumbled, misspelled, in capital letters. It was not addressed to a specific individual at the Birmingham Islamic Society. Rather, its hateful message was directed at African-Americans, Mexicans and Muslims in general. Three words stood out: “run or die.” About 10 miles away, the telephones on the campus of the Levite Jewish Community Center rang four times in six weeks with bomb threats, the third call resulting in the evacuation of children just after morning prayer at the day school. The interfaith threats were enough to prompt the introduction of a bill in the Legislature expanding Alabama’s hate crim  

April 30, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Antigovernment Extremism-General

LAS VEGAS, [NV]--Federal prosecutors throughout the West have struggled recently to win conspiracy convictions against groups of loosely organized individual rights activists who identify with an anti-government movement best known for staging armed protests on federally managed land. The first blow for the federal government came in the fall, when Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of notorious anti-federalist rancher Cliven Bundy, were acquitted along with several others of charges that they conspired to intimidate employees out of doing their jobs at an Oregon national wildlife refuge. Then, last week, in the first test of how a Nevada jury would view the armed standoff in Bunkerville three years  

April 29, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson White Supremacist Movement

BETHLEHEM, [PA]--Five members of a white supremacist group called the Aryan Strike Force have been indicted on weapons, money laundering and drug charges. The group's online mission statement is "to protect the honor of our women, children and the future of our race and nation" using violence as a necessary tool. An indictment returned Thursday by a federal grand jury in Pennsylvania accused them of selling methamphetamine, laundering the proceeds and receiving and storing machine gun parts and firearms. Indicted are Jacob Mark Robards, 40 of Bethlehem; John Michael Steever, 37, of Manville, New Jersey; Henry Lambert Baird, 40, of Brown Mills, New Jersey; Justin Daniel Lough, 26, of Waynesbo  

April 29, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Antigovernment Extremism-General

MILFORD, [PA]--Eric Frein was sentenced earlier this week to death for murdering Cpl. Bryon Dickson. The Dickson children, Bryon III, 10, and Adam, 8, sat down next to their mother, surrounded by troopers. There were high spirits in the gallery over the jury's decision. In the back of the courtroom some jury members hugged and shook hands with Trooper Alex Douglass, who was permanently disabled in Frein's shooting ambush. The prospect of Frein's death brought solace to the victims, their families, and the troopers of the Blooming Grove barracks, who lived through the horror of Sept. 12, 2014, when shots blasted out of the dark woods. Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker thank  

April 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Hate Crime-General

FAIRFIELD, [CA]--Northern California man was arrested Friday after authorities say he launched firebomb attacks on police and two black neighbors. Matthew Scott Jones, 39, was arrested at 1:40 a.m. on suspicion of attempted murder, committing a hate crime, arson and possessing destructive devices with the intent to injure people and commit murder, Fairfield police Sgt. Matt Bloesch said. Police think Jones was acting alone and had used small propane tanks in the attacks, he said. The chaotic scene unfolded Thursday night in Fairfield, a Solano County city east of Vallejo. The first attack occurred about 10 p.m. Thursday when a device was thrown into the window of an apartment, police said. F  

April 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Antigovernment Extremism-General

ARAPAHO, [OK]--Prosecutors say a Texas man accused of fatally shooting two people driving along a western Oklahoma highway identified with an anti-government "extremist movement." Custer County prosecutors plan to use evidence about Jeremy Doss Hardy's political beliefs during his June trial to show a possible motive for the 2015 shootings. Prosecutors allege Hardy identified with a group that believes the federal government is plotting to take away American citizens' rights. Hardy is being represented by court-appointed attorneys. A phone message seeking comment from them wasn't immediately returned Monday. Investigators say the 37-year-old Hardy drunkenly shot at vehicles on Interstate 40  

April 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

LACKAWANNA, [NY]--The investigation into an early morning fire Saturday in Lackawanna is currently labeled as suspicious. There appears to be more than enough reason for that. This is the second fire at the four-unit apartment building at 97 Ingham Street. A couple of weeks ago, someone set fire to a phonebook found burning on the front porch. That small fire only caused minor damage. Saturday’s fire was different. That fire started in a common hallway and stairwell used by all four apartments. Fire investigators confirm that at least one neighbor heard what sounded like splashing noises before the fire was discovered. Was this a person or persons spilling a flammable liquid? Samples from  

April 22, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Suspicious Activity

BROOKLYN, [NY]--Fire officials are investigating after a fire broke out at a Brooklyn building housing a mosque and deli. The fire broke out on the first floor of Brooklyn Broadway Jame Masjid and Islamic Center on 986 Gates Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The store on the first floor and the mosque on the second floor were both damaged. The fire is under investigation. No injuries were reported. View More>>  

April 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Hate Crime-General

WEST PALM BEACH, [FL]--The Martin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man Wednesday for stabbing a Stuart business owner because he said he thought he was "Arab." Deputies say Jeremiah Hendrix is being charged with a hate crime and is being held on a $40,000 bond. The owner of the Family Discount Dollar store on Dixie Highway in Stuart, Shinoy Mailackel, is recovering with 12 stitches in his arm. He says what Hendrix did not know is that he is not an Arab. “He probably thinks that because of my skin color that I am an Arab, but I’m not an Arab,” Mailackel said. The incident started Wednesday morning. Mailackel said Hendrix, who had been at the store in the past, came to the store to b  

April 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson Sovereign Citizen Movement

SUFFOLK, [NY]--One day after skipping jury selection at his own murder trial, a man accused of firing the fatal shot in a January 2013 Flanders home invasion returned to the courtroom. Messiah Booker, 32, informed attorneys and the judge presiding over the case that he would attend the second day of jury selection Wednesday after exercising his right to be absent a day earlier. Booker again referred to himself as “the beneficiary of the trust” and a “sovereign citizen,” while this time ultimately deciding that he wished to remain in court. Booker is one of four people charged with second-degree murder and first-degree burglary — and the first to stand trial — following the Prisc