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GoFundMe campaign to help homeless vet was 'predicated on a lie,' prosecutor says
The "heartwarming tale" of a New Jersey couple helping drug-addicted homeless veteran Johnny Bobbitt took a stone-cold twist Thursday when a prosecutor said it was "predicated on a lie" designed to dupe thousands of people into contributing to a GoFundMe campaign.
Bobbitt, and the couple, Kate McClure and Mark D'Amico, allegedly conspired to concoct a story to tug at the hearts and wallets of kind-hearted individuals, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said at a news conference Thursday. They initially sought to raise $10,000, but the wildly successful GoFundMe campaign brought in over $400,000 and triggered an "international media blitz" that furthered the fraudulent campaign, Coffina said.
Every shred of the trio's story, including the part that Bobbitt used his last $20 to help McClure out of a roadside jam when she ran out of gas, was all bogus, Coffina said.
Hate crimes are surging under the Trump presidency. Maybe there’s a reason.
The FBI is reporting that last year saw the highest increase in hate crimes since 9/11.
Under the Trump presidency hate crimes incidents have spiked by 17 percent this year alone with antisemitic attacks rising by double digits. Trump has repeatedly supported white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and anti-LGBTQ hate groups while holding office.
The massive increase in reported hate crimes has coincided with Trump’s ascendency to the presidency. This is the third year in a row the number of incidents has grown.
Religious leader pleads guilty to sending dirty pics and trying to seduce teen boy he met on Grindr
A former rabbi from St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, just pleaded guilty to grooming a teenage boy who he met online for sex.
44-year-old Aryeh Leiv Cohen entered guilty plea last Friday on one count of engaging in electronic communication describing sexual conduct with a child.
Prosecutor: Altar girl in relationship with priest pregnant
Authorities are investigating whether a Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio responded appropriately last November when it learned that a priest for two of its parishes had taken a now-pregnant altar girl to a wedding reception, Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn told The Associated Press.
Blackburn's office on Tuesday charged the Rev. Henry Christopher Foxhoven with eight counts of sexual battery for his relationship with the girl, who is 17. He is being held on a $1 million bond and doesn't have an attorney.
Revelations about Foxhoven's behavior have shaken Catholics in the two small former mining towns where Foxhoven ministered, Blackburn said. The story began to unravel Oct. 26 when the 45-year-old priest and the teen told her parents she was two months pregnant. A spokesman for the Diocese of Steubenville said Foxhoven called Bishop Jeffrey Montforton the next day to tell him about the relationship.
Parents urged to learn signs of sexual grooming after man who abused teenage girls is jailed
Police are urging parents and teenagers to know the signs of grooming after a man was jailed for targeting girls as young as 13.
Jamie Gillett started relationships with underage teenagers and became “threatening, controlling and obsessive” when they tried to leave him.
The 21-year-old from Reigate in Surrey was a teenager himself when the offences were committed between 2012 and 2016. His victims were 13 and 14.
Teenage girl ‘raped for two years by Bolton grooming gang’
Gillet pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child, sexual assault of a child under 13 and a breach of a sexual risk order.
Determining Jail Time for Sexual Assaulters Is an Imperfect Science—One That Often Favors Well-to-Do White Men
Five Proud Boys arrested in connection to homophobic assault in NYC
Five members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group founded by Gavin McInnes, were arrested in connection to a recent assault in New York City.
The Proud Boys is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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Police: High, naked woman tried to bite off man's genitals
Police in South Carolina say a naked woman tried to bite off a man's genitals and then rushed on all fours at responding officers, who shocked her with a stun gun.
WCSC-TV reports that a man called police for help, saying the woman tried to bite off his penis during sex with him and another man Monday night.
Police: Woman accused of killing son searched ways to do it
A 19-year-old woman accused of drowning her month-old son in a bathtub did more than 100 online searches for ways to kill an infant, police in a Phoenix suburb said Thursday.
White man arrested for hurling racial slurs at black GOP campaign volunteer at North Carolina polling station
A white man was arrested for brandishing what turned out to be a BB gun and yelling racial slurs at a black campaign volunteer outside a North Carolina polling station, authorities said Thursday.
Jason Donald Wayne, 28, was booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail and charged with going armed to the terror of people, communicating threats, disorderly conduct and ethnic intimidation, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
“Whites Don’t Shoot Whites”: Gunman Who Killed Two in Kentucky Allegedly Let a Man Go Because of Race
Retired firefighter gets prison for hanging doll by noose outside black family’s home
Man Allegedly Tried to Find Girl on Dark Web to Kill, Rape, Cannibalize: 'How Old Is Your Daughter?'
A 21-year-old man is facing charges in Texas after an undercover investigation allegedly exposed his plans to kill and cannibalize a little girl.
'CAT DADDY' RAPPER Please Don't Bust Me ...
THAT CHICK'S GONNA HAVE SEX WITH ME!!!
One of the guys behind the "Cat Daddy" dance craze got busted in L.A. -- but, the ONLY thing on his mind at the time of his arrest was getting some action from a chick he'd just met ... at 2 AM.
TMZ obtained this video of Jovan "Pee Wee" Clayton -- formerly a member of The Rej3ctz -- getting arrested early Thursday morning by bounty hunters. They told him they were hauling him in for an outstanding domestic battery warrant, but you gotta see the vid.
Pee Wee couldn't care less about the charge, he was laser-focused on Lima, the woman he met on Instagram but had finally just met in person ... right before the bounty hunters took him down.
When they told him they found 3 boxes of condoms in her truck, he fired back ... "I know!!! I was about to f**k the s**t outta her!" His tone changed drastically when they told him she also had a particular sex toy. Just watch.
Black Teen Girl Caught On Camera Being Punched While Restrained By Florida Cops
Florida police officers were caught on camera violently restraining a 14-year-old Black girl after she tried to resist arrest on Thursday.
Many on social media are responding to the violent manner in which the officers dealt with the teen, who was arrested at the Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs.
Ryan Phillippe ordered to hand over Reese Witherspoon texts in assault case
SON OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS DIES MONTHS AFTER ALLEGED RACIALLY-CHARGED ASSAULT LEFT HIM ON LIFE SUPPORT
Jerry Wolkowitz, the son of Holocaust survivors who was the victim of an alleged racially charged attack, has died after five months on life support
On Thursday, the Asbury Park Press reported that Wolkowitz, who did freelance photography for the newspaper for years, passed away at the age of 56 after spending months in a vegetative state. In the weeks leading up to his death, his friends and family took turns visiting him.
On May 1, 25-year-old Jamil Hubbard allegedly approached Wolkowitz from behind and punched him in the head and face, according to WABC. Hubbard then allegedly pulled Wolkowitz’s body into the parking lot of his Freehold, New Jersey, apartment building and ran him over with his car.
While Wolkowitz lay unresponsive in the parking lot with severe injuries to his head and body, Hubbard allegedly stole his car and abandoned it in Sayreville, New Jersey.
Police Have Made Their Second Arrest Of Members Of The Far-Right Men's Group That Beat Up Protesters In New York
Two members of the Proud Boys, the far-right men’s organization that assaulted left-wing protesters after a Republican event last week in Manhattan, were arrested for the brawl, the New York Police Department said.
California 16-year-old fatally shoots father while defending his mother, police say
A California teenager was allegedly protecting his mother from physical abuse over the weekend when he shot and killed his father, according to police.
EX-3 DOORS DOWN BASSIST GETS 10 YEARS IN PRISON For Gun Charge
Blood-Covered Toddler Leads Police to Her Slain Grandparents After Being Tied Up in Burglary
Man Sexually Assaulted 1-Month-Old Daughter, Jailed For 244 Years
Parish council chairman, 49, and former DJ who sexually abused six children including 'offering' one boy to two men in a forest is jailed for 17 years