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Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Forklift In An Attempt To Assassinate Donald Trump

A North Dakota mechanic has entered a guilty plea in federal court in relation to what the government charged was a plot to kill the president.

According to federal authorities, Gregory Lee Leingang, 42, of Bismarck, stole a forklift and entered a presidential motorcade route on Sept. 6, 2017, before Donald Trump arrived to give a tax reform speech at a Mandan Refinery.

“The intent was to basically try to get to the limo, flip the limo and kill the president,” U.S. Assistant State’s Attorney Brandi Sasse Russell told a federal court on Friday, according to The Bismarck Tribune..

Prior to the president’s arrival at around 2 p.m., Leingang had stolen a forklift in Mandan and entered the motorcade route, according to Sasse Russell.

Ultimately, the forklift got stuck in a gated area, and, once that happened, Leingang fled and was apprehended by Mandan police, according to Sasse Russell. She said Leingang later admitted his plan to Mandan detectives, as well as a member of United States Secret Service.

“He was suffering a serious psychiatric crisis during this incident,” Michelle Monteiro, Leingang’s public defender, said in court.

Prior to stealing the forklift, Leingang set two fires that morning at the Bismarck Municipal Ballpark maintenance shop and the state parole and probation office, Monteiro said.

Leingang pleaded guilty to setting the fires and was sentenced to 10 years in state prison. He also pleaded guilty to stealing the forklift and was sentenced to five years, and, pleaded guilty to burglary in a separate case and received another five years. Leingang’s estimated release date is 2038.

GoFundMe Gives Refunds After Viral Campaign Found To Be A Hoax

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J.  — GoFundMe says it has refunded everyone who contributed to a campaign involving a homeless veteran from Philadelphia who prosecutors allege schemed with a New Jersey couple to scam donors out of more than $400,000.

Burlington County prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint that Johnny Bobbitt conspired with Katelyn McClure and her boyfriend at the time, Mark D’Amico, to concoct a feel-good story about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 when her car ran out of gas. They raised $400,000, which authorities say was spent on luxury items and casino trips.

McClure has alleged through her lawyer that D’Amico duped her. His lawyer has denied the allegations. Prosecutors released texts from McClure including one sent right after the GoFundMe page was set up in which they allege she told a friend that the “gas part is completely made up.”

The entire campaign was predicated on a lie,” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said at a news conference in November.

McClure, D’Amico and Bobbitt were charged with second-degree felonies for allegedly fabricating the story that sparked the GoFundMe, Coffina said..

“She did not run out of gas on the I-95 off-ramp, and he did not spend his last $20 to help her,” said Coffina. “Rather, D’Amico, McClure and Bobbitt conspired to pass off a fake feel-good story that would compel donors to contribute to their cause. And it worked in a very big way. But it was fictitious and illegal, and there are consequences.”

Bobbitt himself had called attention to the deception, when he filed a civil suit against the couple this summer, claiming they mismanaged the money that was intended for him.

Bobbitt’s complaint launched a criminal investigation, which led authorities to discover text messages confirming that the initial story was a hoax.

While some of the money reached the veteran, McClure and D’Amico had spent the majority of the crowdsourced funds on luxurious vacations, handbags, casino visits and a BMW, as NPR’s Vanessa Romo reports.

GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said Tuesday that “all donors who contributed to this GoFundMe campaign have been fully refunded” and the organization is cooperating fully with law enforcement.

Whithorne said campaigns involving misuse “make up less than one tenth of one percent” of all GoFundMe campaigns, but such behavior “is unacceptable” and “has consequences.”

Man Lied About Kidnapped Baby So Police Could Find His Drugs For Him

FARMINGTON, IL — After an Amber Alert was issued Saturday for a 13-month-old baby boy, police in Fulton County, near Peoria, say the story was fabricated, and there was no child in danger. Mitchell Dutz, who reported his vehicle stolen and claimed the child was kidnapped, now faces charges after police say he made up the story after he was robbed during a drug deal.

The Amber Alert said the child was taken along with a stolen 2000 Ford Taurus from a Circle K in Farmington, located about 25 miles west of Peoria.

On Sunday, Fulton County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency said at around 5 p.m. Saturday, Dutz called the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and said his car was stolen by three suspects while he paid for gas.

But his story unraveled when he was interviewed by police, according to the agency.

“During the interview process it was determined that Dutz had fabricated the entire story,” authorities said. “Dutz was allegedly robbed during a drug deal and had used the infant as a way to pursue charges against the alleged persons who robbed him. At no time was an infant abducted or was there any car stolen.”

The suspect named by Dutz was not involved in any way, according to police.

Dutz is charged with residential burglary, making a false police report, false representation of police statement and making a false 911 call. “Various other charges are pending,” police said.

Before the hoax was revealed, the Fulton County ESDA issued an alert Saturday night saying the purportedly stolen vehicle was last known to be in the Bartonville area at around 6 p.m. A press briefing was held just before 9 p.m., before police learned the story had been fabricated. The organization later updated the post to say the child abduction story was a hoax.

Robber Loses Gun, Pants During Botched Burglary

An attempted robbery suspect was seen running from an e-cigarette shop in Colorado with his pants falling down in what police are calling a botched robbery.

Security camera footage shows a man walking into the store on Sept. 2 and attempting to take out what police later said was a replica handgun. But it ends up flying over the counter instead.

When the robber entered the store at 5:30 p.m. and pulled out what appeared to be a long-barreled hand gun, he immediately fumbled it across the counter. The gun fell to the feet of the store clerk, who picked it up.

Video captures the surprise on the suspect’s face as the gun makes its way over the counter. The suspect attempts to climb over the counter, before appearing to change his mind. He runs back out the door. He is then seen losing his pants before going off screen. The clerk then goes to the door and appears to lock it.

Police released the video in hopes of identifying the suspect and arresting him.

The owner of the store told the Denver Post he was surprised by the footage.

“I don’t want to downplay the seriousness of an armed robbery, but the guy really does belong in the ‘world’s dumbest criminals,’” Chris Burgess said. “He needs to find a new career.”

He added store policy is to give suspected armed robbers “whatever they want.” He said in this situation, the clerk reacted appropriately.

Officers obtained the replica gun in question and say they’re hoping to obtain fingerprints from it to help in the investigation.

 

Poacher Ordered to Watch Bambi During Prison Stay

A Missouri man was sentenced to watch the movie “Bambi” once a month during one year behind bars for his part in the illegal killing of hundreds of deer, authorities said Monday.

David Berry Jr., 29, was handed the unusual sentence as part of what Missouri regulators called one of the biggest poaching cases in state history.

Berry was among a group, which included his brothers and father, who illegally killed hundreds of deer over at least three years, authorities said. Arrests in the probe began in 2016.

The men were found to have broken a laundry list of hunting laws, including hunting out of season and using illegal weapons, such as lights that temporarily blind deer at night so they stand still for an easy kill. They also would cruise in their vehicles and kill deer from the roadsides, also in violation of state hunting laws, officials said.

They would sometimes simply cut off the heads of their kills, leaving the rest of the deer carcass to rot in fields across Lawrence County, Missouri, authorities said.

“This was not hunting, this was poaching,” Missouri Department of Conservation Protection Division Chief Randy Doman told NBC News on Monday. “We’re talking in the hundreds of illegally killed deer over at least three years.”

Lawrence County Prosecutor Don Trotter said the defendants have boasted to friends that they had killed as many as 1,200 deer over the years. Investigators were able to confirm only a fraction of that boast, based on witnesses, pictures taken by the poachers themselves and the deer heads and antlers they collected.

Berry pleaded guilty to taking wildlife illegally and was sentenced earlier this month to a year in Lawrence County jail.

County Judge Robert E. Greene also ordered that while he sits in jail, he repeatedly watch a classic 1942 animated movie about a baby deer named Bambi whose mother is shot and killed by hunters.

“At least one time per month, that Defendant is to view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least such viewing each month thereafter during the Defendants incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail,” Greene ordered.

Berry’s lawyer, Stacie Bilyeu, called the sentence “bizarre” and said there was no hint that the “Bambi” punishment was coming during the sentencing hearing.

Arizona Man Kills Roommate Over Music Choice

MESA, AZ — A man has been arrested after he shot and killed his roommate over the choice of music they were listening to in their Mesa home.

Mesa police said officers were sent to an apartment complex near Ellsworth and Baseline roads on Dec. 14 for a reported shooting.

Officers found 41-year-old Sheldon Sturgill who told officers he shot his roommate and left him in the bathroom.

Sturgill told police he got into an argument with his roommate which escalated to punches being thrown.

Sturgill allegedly went into his room and grabbed a handgun and shot the man several times.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man arrested for Threatening to Shoot up National Guard Base

A Michigan man is facing up to potentially 20 years in prison after allegedly making a threat to shoot up a local Air National Guard base.

On Sunday, personnel from Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township, Michigan, contacted the Michigan State Police Second District Special Investigation Section. The personnel alerted the police department of an individual who threatened to “shoot up” the base.

Detectives launched an investigation into the threat, tracing it back to 53-year-old Roque Eugene Diegel, who worked at the base until recently. By Monday, detectives located Diegel and arrested him without incident.

Detectives from the Michigan State Police Department executed a search warrant of Diegel’s home and found more than 70 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside. Upon locating such a large number of firearms and ammunition, officers seized the supply and removed it from the home.

At the time of Diegel’s arrest, it was unclear as to what the motive was for the threat. It’s also unclear what the exact wording of the threat was or how it was communicated to personnel.

Diegel was charged with one count of false report or threat of terrorism, according to Michigan court records. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. EST at 41B District Court in Clinton Township, Michigan. If convicted, the Michigan State Police said he could face up to 20 years in prison for the felony charge.

Diegel was an airman assigned to the 127th Wing, according to a release Tuesday from the Wing’s public affairs office.

He is a master sergeant who started working at the base in 2002. He currently works as an air terminal craftsman with the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron, according to the release.

Sheriff Tries to Avoid DUI By Using Badge

ALKASKA, Mich. — A police report and bodycam video show that a Michigan sheriff accused of drunken driving asked a deputy not to arrest him.

Television station WJRT obtained bodycam video from the Nov. 16 arrest of Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson, who later pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.

Stephenson is heard on the video asking that he not be arrested. He says, “Jesus Christ, I’m a sheriff.”

Stephenson was suspected of drunken driving after leaving a deer hunting camp in Kalkaska County. A breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit for driving.

The video shows a deputy knocking on Stephenson’s window and waking him up while his vehicle was parked along the side of a road. The deputy tells Stephenson: “Someone thought you were dead over here.”

Stephenson later issued a public apology for his “poor choice.”

In his apology, he noted his “poor choice has made a difficult time for my family and loved ones, and I truly appreciate the support they gave, and continue to give to me.”

Stephenson pleaded guilty Thursday to operating a motor vehicle while visibly impaired. He was placed on probation for a year and fined.

Stephenson said he drank alcohol at the camp and left to get cellphone reception. He says he felt the alcohol “take an effect while driving,” so he stopped before his arrest.

Florida Woman Arrested After Swinging Bag Full of Puppies At Local Bar

A Pompano Beach, Florida woman was taken into custody over the weekend on a disturbing charge after police say she stuffed four puppies into a backpack and allegedly abused them while inside of a bar.

Broward Sheriff’s deputies arrested 27-year-old Teresa Gardner on Sunday morning and charged her with multiple counts, include tormenting animals and resisting arrest.

Gardner was arrested at Briny Irish Pub after she was reportedly seen wildly tossing around a backpack filled with four Chihuahua puppies and their mom, Broward sheriff’s deputies said.

After Gardner stopped, deputies discovered the mother Chihuahua and her puppies trembling inside the bag, according to WSVN-TV. It wasn’t clear where the puppies came from, but officials determined they were about four weeks old, NBC Miami reported.

“It’s hard to understand why she would have animals in a bag like this. They could’ve died, I don’t know why anyone would take puppies to a bar at all, it’s a very bizarre situation,” Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Gina Carter said.

As deputies tried to arrest Gardner, she allegedly told them “no” and moved away.

Gardner was charged with animal cruelty and resisting arrest and was being held on $1,000 bond. The dogs were taken to an unspecified shelter but were in good health, NBC Miami reported.

Florida Woman Busted For Using Drone to Deliver Tobacco to Inmate

INDIANTOWN, FL. – A mother and daughter were arrested this weekend after deputies said they used a drone to deliver mobile phones and tobacco to a prisoner at Martin Correctional Institution in Indiantown.

Concetta Didiano, 22, and Cassandra Kerr, 40, both of Tampa, face charges of introducing a communications device into a prison and operating a drone inside critical infrastructure.

According the arrest report, the staff at Martin Correctional Institution noticed the drone hovering above a prison building around 1:30 a.m. Sunday and alerted the Martin County Sheriff’s Department.

A few minutes later, a deputy responded to a crash along nearby Southwest Allapattah Road where a car had collided with the drone, disabling it.

Meanwhile, acting on a tip from prison staffers, another deputy found Didiano and Kerr driving a truck slowly about a mile north of the prison, the report said. Kerr told the deputy that she was teaching her daughter how to drive, the report said.

The deputy pressed the women about the recent drone sighting and Kerr admitted to piloting the device, the report said.

“I did it. The remote and the iPad is the backseat,” Kerr said, according to the report.

Kerr told deputies that she was delivering mobile phones and tobacco to an inmate inside the prison, the report. Didiano drove the truck while Kerr piloted the drone from the back seat, the report said.