April 13, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

NEW ORLEANS, [LA]--Threats of physical violence have been made against contractors and city employees associated with the effort to remove New Orleans monuments to high Confederate officials and a white supremacist militia, prompting renewed security measures, a senior city official said Thursday. Those threats, as well as lower-level harassment of contractors and other organizations, have come throughout the lengthy process of trying to remove the four monuments, said the official in Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration, who couched them as extensions of tactics used against civil rights efforts for more than a century. Landrieu first proposed taking down the monuments nearly two years a  

March 26, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

FORT COLLINS, [CO]--Fort Collins police are searching for a man they say vandalized the Fort Collins Islamic Center by throwing cinderblocks through the windows around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. Surveillance footage from the mosque shows a man in a sweatshirt with the hood up pacing around the mosque’s exterior before he kicks one of the building’s glass doors. Then, he goes around tipping benches before finding two cinderblocks and throwing them through the doors, shattering them. The man then hurled a bible into the mosque’s prayer room. Fort Collins police are stopping short of calling this a hate crime, although they say they are not ruling it out. That didn't stop those who gathered   

March 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

KANSAS CITY, [MO]--Employees at the IRS building have returned to work after an envelope containing a white powder triggered an alarm Thursday, officials said. KCFD responded to the building at 333 W. Pershing Rd. around 2:15 p.m. to a substance alarm activated in the mail room. According to an IRS spokesperson, it has been determined there is no threat to public safety. The Missouri Department of Public Health lab in Jefferson City will determine the type of substance. Besides KCFD, the FBI, IRS, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service were part of the response. View More>>  

March 23, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

NEW YORK CITY, [NY]--A teenager with dual Israeli-U.S. citizenship was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of hoax bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The suspect, whose identity remains sealed pursuant to a court order, is 18, Jewish and a dual U.S.-Israeli national, a police spokesman said. The teenager's alleged motives were not immediately clear. At a court hearing near Tel Aviv, the suspect's defense attorney, Galit Bash, said the young man has a growth in his head that causes behavioral problems. She later told Reuters he has a brain tumor, which "may affect his behavior, his ability to understand right  

March 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

LIVINGSTON, [NJ]--Threats to the Jewish community continued in Livingston on Tuesday morning as the Livingston police and fire departments responded to a bomb threat at Temple Beth Shalom, located at 193 E Mt Pleasant Avenue. According to police, the building was evacuated and secured, but the investigation is continuing. The Essex County Sheriff’s Department, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and Homeland Security were all notified. The Essex County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene to follow routine protocol. The building was cleared and the children were allowed back inside the school. Cpt. Gary Marschuetz said the threat came in as a phone call. This threat comes a mont  

March 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

MORTON COUNTY, [ND]--Recent “coordinated physical attacks” along the Dakota Access Pipeline route have posed threats to life, physical safety and the environment, Dakota Access LLC said in court records filed late Monday, March 20. The company filed a sealed motion late Monday to keep most its latest construction status report confidential, citing the recent attacks. The document, which is mostly redacted, did not specify where or when the attacks have occurred. Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, previously said oil could be introduced in the pipeline under Lake Oahe between Monday and Wednesday of this week. The next status update will be filed March 27. The 1,172  

March 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

DES MOINES, [IA]--A handwritten letter calling Muslims “vile” and “filthy” was delivered to a mailbox at the Islamic Center of Des Moines this weekend, shaking the Muslim community. The letter was not contained inside an envelope, was addressed to the "Children of Satan" and was only signed by “Americans for a Better Way.” The note appears to have been written by someone who claims to support President Donald Trump, saying Trump is “going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews” and that it “would be wise to pack your bags” and leave. While it isn’t the first incident of anti-Islamic sentiment at the Islamic Center of Des Moines, spokesperson Esam Boraey said i  

March 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

TUCSON, [AZ]--A man broke into an Arizona mosque earlier this week and desecrated copies of the Quran, the Islamic Center of Tucson said Tuesday. The suspect entered the mosque on Monday around 3:30 a.m. and ripped copies of the Quran before throwing them on the floor, according to a post on the center's Facebook page. "He ripped copies of the Qur'an and threw them around the prayer room before leaving the building," the center wrote. "Thankfully no one was hurt. The Tucson Police Department are looking for him." Surveillance footage circulated by the center showed the suspect wearing a red University of Arizona T-shirt and a baseball cap. The center described it as an "isolated incident."   

March 13, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

PORT ST. LUCIE, [FL]--A man mad at Arabs, "due to what they are doing in the Middle East," tried to set fire to a St. Lucie County convenience store that he mistakenly thought was owned by a Muslim, according to the sheriff's office. The intended target was the Met Mart store at 100 Prima Vista Blvd. in Port St. Lucie. Deputies were called to the business Friday morning. “When the deputies arrived, they noticed the dumpster had been rolled in front of the doors and the contents were lit on fire,” Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said in a statement. “Upon seeing our deputies, the man put his hands behind his back and said ‘take me away.’” The store was closed at the time. Deputies booked L  

March 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Suspicious Activity

YPSILANTI, [MI]--Federal law enforcement was on the scene Sunday to lead an investigation into a fire at an Ypsilanti mosque. Pittsfield Township Fire Chief Sean Gleason said there is no indication this early in the investigation that the cause of a fire at the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti on Saturday is suspicious. But because of its designation as a mosque, officials contacted the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked local, state and federal fire investigators and law enforcement authorities to probe the fire as a possible act of arson. CAIR-MI is offering a $1,000 award for information given to