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Man brings drugs… to drug court

EAGLE, CO. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was in a Colorado court for violating his bond on a drug charge is in even more trouble after a wad of cocaine fell from his hat while he was in front of the judge. is back.

The Vail Daily reported Wednesday that 43-year-old Juan Jose Vidrio Bibriesca was in court for violating his bond on a drug charge when he removed his hat and held it behind his back. when he took his hat off and a square of folded paper fell out. A police officer watched the paper filled with cocaine fall to the floor, and after reviewing surveillance footage, authorities determined it fell from Bibriesca’s hat.

Bibriesca was then walked to the county jail. He was charged with narcotics possession and another bond violation.

Booking documents don’t indicate if he has hired an attorney.

Conman convicted of running scam while in prison

Conman Jimmy Sabatino says he can’t keep himself from committing crimes — even when he’s locked up in prison.

Sabatino pleaded guilty to running a $10.4 million fraud from inside his cell at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami earlier this year.

Sabatino will serve his time in the notorious “Supermax” federal prison in Colorado and be banned from having any contact with anyone except his stepmother and his two attorneys. He asked for special restrictions that would prohibit him from having any kind of contact with other prisoners and from calling, exchanging letters or speaking to anyone else.

The judge sentenced him to the maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and recommended he be locked up essentially in solitary confinement at “Supermax.” She also imposed the special, and extremely unusual, limitations on his ability to communicate with the outside — or inside — world “until such time as the defendant demonstrates that his communications no longer pose any kind of threat.”

Sabatino, who is associated with the Gambino organized crime family, is also prohibited from communicating with any member or associate of the Mafia.

“I don’t apologize to nobody,” Sabatino, 41, told Senior U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard when she asked if he had anything to say before sentencing. “As far as the government is concerned, they allowed this case to happen … they should be embarrassed,” he said.

Sabatino, who has spent most of his life since age 19 in prison, persuaded two federal corrections officers at the detention center to provide him with a total of five cellphones, one Samsung and four iPhones. The officers lost their jobs but have not been criminally charged.

Sabatino then used the phones  in a scam in which he duped luxury retailers into sending expensive jewelry, watches and other items to his associates. The retailers were told the items were on loan and would be featured in music videos and promotional videos that were being shot in Miami. The items were never returned and instead were sold and pawned by Sabatino’s allies, who sent some of the money to his prison commissary account. Some of the money went to the mob,while some went to the co-defendants, investigators said.

Sabatino, who ran the fraud with the Gambino family associates, another inmate, two women who lived in Broward County and some other helpers, obtained close to $10.4 million worth of items, as well as accommodation and other services from luxury hotels, according to his plea agreement.

Sabatino admitted he used the phones in his cell to call and send texts and emails posing as employees of Sony Music Entertainment and RocNation, which was founded by Jay Z. His associates hired limousines and stayed at luxury hotels in Fort Lauderdale, South Beach and Atlanta, according to court records. Sabatino was ordered to pay full restitution to more than a dozen businesses, including Van Cleef & Arpels jewelers, Piaget watches, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik.

After Sabatino was caught, investigators said he threatened to kill some of the people that he suspected had cooperated against him. On Monday, he complained in court that the people who informed on him — he called them “all my rats” — were sentenced to less than half the amount of time he will serve in prison.

In one note that investigators found in his cell, Sabatino wrote instructions to one of the corrections officers who had helped him “to take certain steps to conceal evidence of the fraud, including an explicit command to move fraud proceeds out of the officer’s house. The defendant stated that he was ‘trying to clip’ a government witness’s family, and further directed the officer to ‘take care of’ government witnesses on the defendant’s behalf,” according to court records.

The “Supermax” facility in Florence, Colorado where he will be held houses the most notorious federal inmates, including the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and dozens of other high-profile inmates convicted of international and domestic terrorism and other serious crimes.

Sabatino, who grew up in Staten Island, New York, spent a lot of time in South Florida. His stepmother, with whom he is allowed to communicate, lives in Broward County.

His criminal history dates back to the 1990s when he called the FBI from an English prison and threatened to kill then-President Bill Clinton. He was sent back to the U.S. to face that charge and operated several other scams.

Just a few years ago, he underwent surgery to fix his “lazy eye” at taxpayer expense after managing to convince Miami-Dade corrections officials that he had suffered a stroke.

His latest crimes were committed after he was sent back to the Federal Detention Center in 2014 to face allegations he had violated the terms of his supervised release by committing other crimes.

Sabatino’s attorneys, Joe Rosenbaum and Kimberly Acevedo, said Sabatino has told them he wants to change his criminal ways but has been unable to do so.

“He can’t control himself,” Rosenbaum told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “He said he does it because it’s fun, because he can do it, because he beat the system.”

Sabatino hopes his charm and intellectual brilliance won’t work on guards at the Colorado prison, they said.

“He’s going to sit in a cell, alone, with a television,” Rosenbaum told the Sun Sentinel. “He can have reading materials but he’ll be sitting in Colorado for the next 20 years without ever seeing a mountain.”

Man shoots rats in his yard, accidentally causes 8 hour standoff

Stephen Jonas of Palm Harbor, Florida, allegedly took a rifle and began firing rounds around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, authorities said. At least one bullet struck a neighbor’s backyard, but no one was injured according to a statement by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies set up a perimeter around Jonas’ home and evacuated the neighbors. A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman told ABC News police attempted to use a PA system to get Jonas to come outside and surrender. But Jonas had apparently fallen asleep for eight hours, and not heard the police on the PA system the spokeswoman told ABC News.

The deputies were finally able to connect with Jonas, 51, who was impaired when he “walked out of his home and was taken into custody without incident,” according to the police statement.

A further search of the home turned up “many other weapons” that the spokeswoman described as at least 15 rifles, handguns, one shotgun and 1,300 rounds of ammunition. All were confiscated as evidence, she said. The spokeswoman also said that Jonas possessed more than 30 grams of marijuana and over 30 grams of pills that were believed to be Xanax.

While in custody, the spokeswoman confirmed Jonas was “cooperative” and allegedly “told deputies that he was shooting rats in his backyard.”

He faces one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling as well as felony possession of marijuana and felony possession of a controlled substance, the spokeswoman said.

He was brought to Pinellas County Jail but posted bail the same day, the spokeswoman said.

Becky Fries Matter

LAPD officer Samuel Lee left a Van Nuys courtroom Thursday after a defense attorney showed Los Angeles Police Department bodycam video that he says caught the officer in a lie. The officer had no comment.

A man accused of groping a boy during his sixth birthday party tried to escape a Queens apartment by going out the window — but instead plunged four stories to his death.

In an attempt to combat the rise of revenge porn on its platform Facebook is creating a new policy.

Most people know they can go to the state database and search a home address to find if any sex offenders live nearby. However, it may not occur to people that they should also search the addresses where they shop.

The Revolution Will Be Instagram Filtered.

The revolution will be filtered.
It will be hashtagged.
It will be posted in a secret group with 300 members.
The revolution will be shot from the most flattering angle.

Most important… The Revolution Will Not Be Revolutionary

 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. defends right to protest after NASCAR owners threaten to fire anyone who sits for anthem

Dale Earnhardt Jr. defends right to protest after NASCAR owners threaten to fire anyone who sits for anthem

The sport’s most popular driver responded to comments made by team owners and President Trump.

While some NASCAR team owners say they would fire anyone under their employment who didn’t stand for the national anthem, Dale Earnhardt Jr. offered a different perspective in a tweet posted Monday morning.
In expressing his viewpoint on those who choose to kneel for the playing of the national anthem, Earnhardt, NASCAR’s 14-time most popular driver, shared a quote attributed to John F. Kennedy:
Earnhardt’s tweet comes in the wake of team owners and NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Richard Childress both saying Sunday they expected their employees to stand for the national anthem and failure to do so would result in their termination. Petty and Childress made their respective comments prior to Sunday’s Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“Anybody that don’t stand up for that ought to be out of the country. Period,” Petty said, via USA Today. “If they don’t appreciate where they’re at … what got them where they’re at? The United States.”

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NASCAR team owners threaten to fire anyone who doesn’t stand for national anthem

Petty and Childress made their remarks on the same day many NFL players and owners staged silent protests before games across the country. Several owners locked arms with players during the national anthem and released statements supporting a player’s right to speak out on social issues.

“Get you a ride on a Greyhound bus when the national anthem is over,’’ Childress said on how he would deal with an employee not standing. “Anybody that works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people gave their lives for it. This is America.”

That NASCAR team owners reacted differently than their counterparts in the NFL wasn’t lost on President Donald Trump, who tweeted Monday morning he was proud of NASCAR and its fans for its stance on the national anthem:

On Friday, Trump said at a rally that NFL owners who have a player protest should say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired.” Those divisive comments elicited backlash from NFL owners and players, setting the stage for widespread protests before Sunday’s games.

NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, who won three Super Bowls as the head coach of the Washington NFL franchise, didn’t go as far as Petty and Childress in saying he would fire someone who didn’t stand. But Gibbs did praise the patriotism within NASCAR, which has not seen any protests of the national anthem.

“So much has been sacrificed for our country and that flag,” Gibbs said after his driver, Kyle Busch, won at New Hampshire. “I think we really feel that heart to heart, most people kind of feel like that are with us. It’s just a big deal for us and to honor America.

“I’m proud of the way we’ve represented ourselves, and I’m proud of this sport, too. I think this sport has a certain way they look at things. I really appreciate that.”
NASCAR issued a statement Monday afternoon in response to Petty’s and Childress’ comments.

“Sports are a unifying influence in our society, bringing people of differing backgrounds and beliefs together. Our respect for the national anthem has always been a hallmark of our pre-race events. Thanks to the sacrifices of many, we live in a country of unparalleled freedoms and countless liberties, including the right to peacefully express one’s opinion.”

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Man ends standoff by pushing suspect off his roof

Willard Burgess, 83, of California was at his La Puenta house when a suspect police were chasing stood on his roof, refusing their orders to come down for hours, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Murakami. The suspect was jumping on several rooftops in the neighborhood evading police.

Burgess, finally fed up with the ordeal, eventually grabbed his neighbor’s ladder and told officers he was climbing onto the roof, KABC reported.

“That sucker’s coming off,” he promised police.

The grandfather then shoved the man off his roof, ending the hours-long standoff. It’s unclear whether the unidentified man, was seriously injured. Police said he was taken to the hospital for a mental health and physical health evaluation.

“You come to my house, you don’t have to worry about him because I’ll be all over it ’cause I’m going to load up,” Burgess told KABC.

Burgess’ granddaughter, Ashley Wrenn, recorded cell phone video of the moment Burgess tossed the man off his roof. “It was a crazy morning,” she said.

“I tell everybody: ‘Just because you’re old, that don’t mean you got to sit down. As long as you’re able to move, move,” Burgess later told the news station.