April 18, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

PORTLAND, [OR]--It’s Tax Day and the federal trial against a man accused of trying to illegally obtain trillions of dollars is set to begin. According to court documents, Winston Shrout, of Hillsboro, is representing himself. He is charged with multiple counts of willful failure to file return and fictitious obligations. The government alleges that Shrout operated a business using the name “Winston Shrout Solutions in Commerce.” He reportedly received payments for services as a presenter at seminars, received licensing fees and received regular pension payments from a pension trust. Starting sometime in 2008, and continuing through 2015, Shrout came up with a scheme to defraud banks an  

April 17, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

AUSTIN, [TX]--A man is facing firearm charges after the Federal Bureau of Investigation received a tip he was planning a mass shooting. According to a criminal complaint filed with the U.S. District Court, a source told the FBI that Steven Boehle, 50, was showing signs he supported a “sovereign citizen extremist ideology” that holds anti-government views. The complaint didn’t release any other details about Boehle’s ties to a potential shooting, but it did say he attempted to buy a gun multiple times in the Austin area but was denied because of his criminal history. Last week, Austin police and several other agencies got a search warrant for Boehle’s apartment on St. John’s Avenu  

April 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

JACKSONVILLE, [FL]--A 53-year-old Jacksonville woman has been indicted with 10 counts of possession of counterfeit government checks in connection with her involvement in an anti-government group, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. If convicted, Verdell Terria Jones faces up to 25 years in federal prison on each of count. Jones was arrested on April 11 at her home in Jacksonville. According to facts presented at the detention hearing Thursday, this scheme is part of Jones’ involvement with the Sovereign Citizen Movement and her attempts to pass counterfeit government checks in order to pay off various loans. The movement involves citizens who do not believe they are subject to gove  

April 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

BURNS, [OR]--A year ago, this corner of rural Oregon became center stage in the drawn-out drama over public lands when armed militia leaders seized a national wildlife refuge, arguing that the government had too much control of land in the West. Now that President Trump is in office, people here and in other parts of the 11 states where 47 percent of the landmass is publicly owned are watching to see what he will do on everything related to public lands, from coal mining and cattle grazing to national monuments and parks. In Burns, some ranchers and others are feeling emboldened, hopeful that regulatory rollbacks by the federal government will return lands to private use and shore up a long-  

April 15, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

KNOXVILLE, [TN]--Lee Howard Cromwell doesn't believe a state-issued driver's license is valid for traveling on public roads. The 67-year-old self-proclaimed "sovereign citizen" also doesn't believe attorneys represent the court system, which he considers to be under the domain of maritime law by order of the the 28th Congress in 1845. But he does appear to believe in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Cromwell for 30 minutes Wednesday invoked the right against self-incrimination for almost every question posed to him during a deposition at the Anderson County Courthouse. Cromwell in February was one of 11 people indicted by a Davidson County grand jury on felony charges of forgery  

April 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

READSTOWN, [WI]--A fugitive from Janesville that sparked a nationwide manhunt has been taken into custody in western Wisconsin. Officials in Vernon County received a report late Thursday night about a suspicious person on a farmer's property on Estes Road near Readstown. At 6:00 a.m. Friday, authorities made contact with the suspect and took him into custody without incident, according to a press release. The suspect was later identified as Joseph Jakubowski. Arrangements are being made for Jakubowski to be returned to Rock County for further investigation and charges. Jakubowski, of Janesville, has been on the run since April 4 when officials say he broke into The Armageddon Gun Shop and st  

April 13, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Antigovernment Extremism-General

JANESVILLE, [WI]--The Wisconsin man suspected of stealing guns and threatening attacks in an anti-government manifesto has now been on the run for a week. 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski is the subject of a nationwide manhunt. The nationwide manhunt for Joseph Jakubowski is a growing concern with each new day. Federal and local police assume Jakubowski is armed with a fully automatic machine gun. He’s now charged in the burglary of this Janesville gun store last week and a fully auto m-16 and 17 other firearms were stolen. Jakubowski also had himself videotaped mailing a lengthy anti-religious, anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump. Chief David Moore, of the Janesville Police s  

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  

April 13, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Hate Crime-General

ANNANDALE, [VA]--A 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with hate-motivated vandalism at a church and Jewish Center in Annandale, Virginia, Fairfax County Police reported. A number of bias motivated words and hateful symbols were spray painted all over the premises of the Little River United Church of Christ and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia sometime overnight on Tuesday, according to authorities. Dylan M. Mahone of Annandale, Va. was arrested Wednesday evening in connection with the vandalism at the church and the Jewish Community Center. Meanwhile, Northern Virginia Community College Police have also been investigating anti-Semitic flyers posted at one of thei  

April 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

OAK RIDGE, [TN]--The sentencing of a man convicted of a fatal drive through a crowd of people at a fireworks show was postponed Tuesday after relations soured between the man and his attorney. After victims waited more than an hour in Anderson County Criminal Court for Lee Howard Cromwell's sentencing hearing to begin, they were told the proceeding was postponed. Cromwell's relatives also waited in the courtroom. No new date for hearing has been set. Cromwell, 67, was convicted Feb. 15 on one count of vehicular homicide and eight counts of aggravated assault for driving a truck into a crowd gathered to watch fireworks at A. K. Bissell Park in Oak Ridge on July 4, 2015. Julia Robinson was amo