July 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

OAKLAND, [CA]--The grueling task of determining what sparked a massive construction fire in Oakland is now underway. More than 20 federal fire investigators are looking into the cause of the fire that broke out early Friday morning on Valdez Street. The blaze forced hundreds of people to leave their homes and businesses. One man is calling this fire a war on housing. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigators still haven’t been able to safely enter the structure since the fire started Friday. They have yet to determine what caused the fire. But nearby developers are convinced it’s arson and they aren’t wasting no time protecting their own construction sites  

July 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

BIXBY, [OK]--Prosecutors say a 28-year-old man facing federal charges in a pipe bomb explosion outside an Air Force recruiting center in Oklahoma left that branch of the military when he couldn't complete the training required to become a certified electrician. Authorities offered a first glimpse Wednesday of what they believe might have driven Benjamin Don Roden to plant the bomb late Monday at the recruiting center in suburban Tulsa. Roden made his first appearance in federal court Wednesday, acknowledging before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank H. McCarthy that he understood the charges against him, which include using an explosive to commit a felony. Roden will remain in custody at least unti  

July 11, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Animal Rights Extremism

LIVINGSTON PARISH, [LA]--A woman who rescues horses is facing felony charges in Livingston Parish. A Sheriff's Department spokesperson says she used his name and uniformed officers to bully a man into handing over his horses. Alysia Maloney has a way with horses. The former equestrian says she now spends most of her free time rescuing horses. “I get calls all the time with people wanting to surrender horses,” said Maloney. Maloney says on Tuesday, June 6, a man in Maurepas surrendered three of his horses to her. One of them, a mare named Baby, she says was in danger of dying. She showed a picture she said she took of it when she visited the property last week. According to the police re  

July 5, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in White Supremacist Movement

GETTYSBURG, [PA]--One man was wounded after he shot himself in the leg when his revolver accidentally discharged during a free speech rally held at Gettysburg National Military Park on Saturday. Some protesters went to the battlefield in anticipation that anarchists were planning to burn Confederate flags at the site during the battle anniversary . Those protests did not materialize. Officials in Gettysburg are bracing for protests this weekend coinciding with the 154th anniversary of the Civil War battle. The Sons of Confederate Veterans and a group called Real 3% Risen have received special use permits for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in a special section north of Meade’s Headquarters. Of  

June 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

GRAND RAPIDS, [MI]--Kent County jurors on Wednesday will begin deliberating the fate of a Grand Rapids man accused of making threats of mass shootings and harassing an anti-genocide activist using social media. Trial got underway Tuesday, June 27 for David Lenio, 31, on three criminal charges, including aggravated stalking. Both sides rested their cases Tuesday afternoon; the case will go to jurors on Wednesday. The charges stem from Lenio’s online activity involving Jonathan Hutson, a communications consultant from Washington, D.C. who also worked with the Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Lenio was ordered not to have any contact with Hutson as part of a criminal case   

June 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in White Supremacist Movement

BURNS, [TN]--A group labeled as having a White Nationalist agenda is scheduled to hold its annual conference here in Middle Tennessee beginning Wednesday. The Southern Poverty Law Center says the organization American Renaissance “promotes pseudo-scientific studies and research that purport to show the inferiority of blacks to whites.” On its website, the group says it has filled all the available rooms at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson County for the three day conference. On the flyer for the gathering Renaissance asks “Was Donald Trump’s victory the turning point we’ve been hoping for?” View More>>  

June 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

WEST CHESTER, [OH]--White powder delivered to an Islamic center in West Chester is not hazardous, fire officials said Tuesday. Hazardous materials crews investigated an envelope that was sent to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, in the 8000 block of Plantation Drive. They were dispatched at about 11:25 a.m., and a large crew remained on the scene for several hours. Investigators said the envelope also contained a written threat. Officials said that they did not evacuate the center. As a precaution, four employees were placed in isolation, and about 15 children attending a youth basketball camp were contained to one room. A criminal investigation is ongoing. View More>>  

June 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

BURNS, [OR]--An FBI agent has been indicted on federal accusations that he lied about firing at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum last year as police arrested the leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation. The agent will face allegations of making a false statement with intent to obstruct justice, according to sources familiar with the case. The indictment stems from a more than yearlong investigation by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Justice. The agent will be identified when he's summoned to appear in U.S. District Court in Portland at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators said a member of the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team fired at Finicum as his 2015 Dodge pickup tru  

June 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

BROOKLYN, [NY]--The torching of a multicolored “mitzvah” minibus in Brooklyn has left local kids “devastated” — with some staying up all night, crying their eyes out — after hearing what happened, a rabbi says. The wacky whip had become a staple in the Jewish community thanks to its religious imagery and vibrant colors. It was created by Crowns Heights artist Leviticus Schieber about a year and a half ago as a way to make children and other residents feel proud about their heritage. Cops have been investigating the bus fire as a possible hate crime after surveillance footage showed a man standing near the vehicle before and after the fire. The bus had been parked near the corner  

June 22, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in White Supremacist Movement

KNOXVILLE, [TN]--A Knox County man convicted of murdering his mother in a high-profile cold case is now up for parole after just a few years in prison. The cold case of the September 1986 stabbing death of Bobbie Lou Hill was finally cracked in 2012 with the arrest of her only son, Billy Ray Hill. A jury convicted Billy Ray Hill in 2014 of second degree murder and he was sentenced to 24 years in prison with a minimum sentence of 20 years. Cold case coverage focuses heavily on the years of work to make an arrest and then convict the criminal. Sending a convict to prison may seem like a tidy conclusion, but the reality is years of work are still required to keep the criminal behind bars. Bill