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  • Individual Arrested for Acting Within the U.S. on Behalf of the Russian Government Without Notifying the Attorney General

    02/19/2020 9:19:22 AM PST · by ransomnote · 11 replies ^ | 02/18/20 | DOJ
    Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, a Mexican citizen residing in Singapore, was arrested based on a Complaint charging him with acting within the United States on behalf of a foreign government (Russia), without notifying the Attorney General, and conspiracy to do the same.John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; George Piro, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office; and Diane J. Sabatino, Director of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Miami Field Office, made the announcement. According to court...
  • Sweden rejects TRUMP vanity licence plate request

    09/09/2019 10:21:05 AM PDT · by Signalman · 7 replies
    <p>COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Swedish authorities say that a man has been denied a vanity plate with the letters TRUMP because it violated motor vehicle department rules, calling the letter combination “offensive.”</p> <p>The Aftonbladet tabloid, one of Sweden’s largest newspapers, reported Saturday that the man said he “was drunk and thought it was fun to apply” online for a new licence plate with U.S. President Donald Trump’s last name “because the car is American.”</p>
  • Gov Sununu Intervenes to Allow Potty-Humor License Plate [tr]

    08/29/2019 4:53:03 PM PDT · by bgill · 34 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Aug. 29, 2019 | K. Thor Jensen
    After the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles tried to make a woman turn in her potty-humored vanity license plates, New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu stepped in to personally overturn the decision and let her keep it. Wendy Auger, a bartender in Rochester, has had plates reading "PB4UGO" for 15 years. But last week, she received a recall notice from the DMV, ordering her exchange them for a standard license plate or another vanity plate.
  • Arizona Democrats Trying To Drop “In God We Trust” License Plates

    02/12/2019 1:08:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/12/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    If you live in Arizona and register your vehicle there, you have the option of ordering a special vanity plate with the words “In God We Trust” on it. Or at least you have that option for now. Democratic state Sen. Juan Mendez has introduced a bill that would stop the sale of these particular vanity plates, claiming that a portion of the money raised in this fashion is going to “a hate group.” The group in question is the Alliance Defending Freedom, who we’ve written about here before. They provide legal defense work in cases aligned with conservative...
  • Woman gets OK for license plate inspired by 'covfefe' tweet

    08/15/2017 5:00:36 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/15/2017 | Staff
    Ohio officials have granted a woman's request to have President Donald Trump's mysterious tweeted typo, "covfefe," on her license plate. Brittany Scott tells The Columbus Dispatch in May she saw a Twitter post by Trump that read: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe." The 29-year-old Cortland woman says she wrote in her application that her request stemmed from a tweet from the 45th president of the United States, and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles approved it. Scott says she hasn't received any complaints online or from fellow motorists. A bureau committee examines hundreds of applications each day for vanity...
  • Canada man's last name ruled too 'misogynistic' for license plate by DOT

    03/29/2017 7:22:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    ABC 7 Los Angeles ^ | March 25, 2017 | Joe Torres
    NOVA SCOTIA, Canada -- What would you think if you saw the words "Grab Her" on a license plate? Someone who saw that in Canada complained to the country's department of transportation, but it turns out that the plate is not an insult. The plate spells out a driver's last name, but that did not stop Transport Canada from canceling the plate.
  • Get ready to remove plastic covers from your license plate

    03/29/2017 12:28:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 76 replies
    PHOENIX — Got one of those plastic covers or films over your license plate? Be prepared to get out your screwdriver or razor blade to take it off. Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed legislation making it illegal to put any covering or substance on a plate "that obscures from any angle the number, characters, year validating tabs or name of the jurisdiction issuing the plate.'' The measure takes effect 90 days after the end of the session, meaning probably not until sometime in August. Violators would be subject to civil fines decided by a judge. The issue has been...
  • Ky. man sues after turned down for 'IM GOD' license plate

    11/22/2016 1:58:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    wowk ^ | November 22, 2016 | wowk
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An atheist's request for a personalized license plate saying "IM GOD" was denied by the state of Kentucky, which said it might distract other drivers, and would be in bad taste. Bennie Hart says that by announcing "IM GOD" on his license plate, he simply wants to show the impossibility of disproving anyone's claim to being "God." Besides, Hart says, he had the same plate for a dozen years when he lived in Ohio, without causing any problems.
  • [Oregon] Tualatin couple gets nasty reactions over 'TRUMP' license plates: 'It's my last name'

    10/26/2016 6:10:20 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 11 replies
    KATU [Portland, Oregon] ^ | October 25th 2016 | Chris Liedle
    TUALATIN, Ore. — A Tualatin couple has been subject to borderline harassment for displaying the last name of a presidential candidate on their cars' license plates. Nine years ago Brian Trump ordered special Oregon vanity plates. --SNIP-- The intimidating behavior by other drivers began about 18 months ago, Trump said. "It took me a minute to figure out. I didn't cut this person off, [I] used my blinker, I'm not like driving crazy," Trump laughed. "Someone goes you're not a Trump supporter are you? And I was like, it's my last name!" Trump says he made the connection, but continued...
  • Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny

    10/03/2016 6:01:25 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct 2, 2016 | Devlin Barrett
    U.S. Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny Federal agents enlisted local police to scan cars’ plates at shows’ parking lots By Devlin Barrett Oct. 2, 2016 7:35 p.m. ET Federal agents have persuaded police officers to scan license plates to gather information about gun-show customers, government emails show, raising questions about how officials monitor constitutionally protected activity. Emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers—devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars—at gun shows in Southern California, including one in...
  • Federal Appeals Court Upholds North Carolina Choose Life License Plates

    03/12/2016 6:31:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies ^ | March 11, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    After a long battle in the courts, pro-lifers in North Carolina will finally be allowed to display their support for unborn babies on their license plates. On Thursday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the “Choose Life” license plates that state lawmakers approved in 2011 are constitutional, according to WRAL. The battle over the North Carolina pro-life plates went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court last year, LifeNews reported. In June 2015, the high court ordered the 4th Circuit Court, which previously struck down the law, to reconsider the case in light of the Supreme...
  • New York woman draws her own license plate

    03/07/2016 1:32:41 PM PST · by nascarnation · 27 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 3/3-16 | Erin Marquis
    A woman from Sardinia, NY, was arrested after police noticed her license plate was less an official marking and more of a bad art project. Deputies spotted the poorly plagiarized plate on Amanda Schweickert's car as she drove through Springville, NY, WIVB reported. As far as fakes go, this one was hardly convincing. It appears that Schweickert took a stack of Crayola markers to a license plate-ish size slab of cardboard and thought 'good enough.' She at least stopped at hot gluing macaroni to it. How she thought this would fool authorities is anyone's guess. Naturally, the cops arrested Schweickert...
  • New York Woman Arrested for Driving Car with Homemade Cardboard License Plate

    03/06/2016 12:10:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 74 replies ^ | March 5, 2016 |
    New York woman arrested for driving with a handmade license plate. On Friday, CBS News reported that Amanda Schweickert, 28, of Sardinia is in trouble for using a fake license plate. She is not supposed to be driving because she has a suspended registration and no car insurance. However, it did not stop her from using a little creativity. She decided to create her own license plate. Authorities say she used a piece of cardboard and painted blue text on it. Although the plate didn’t look too dreadful, it fooled no one. On Wednesday, a police officer pulled Schweickert over...
  • Minnesota revoking license plate offensive to Muslims

    02/22/2016 1:08:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 22, 2016 3:28 PM EST
    Officials in Minnesota are revoking a resident's vanity license plate seen as offensive toward Muslims. The plate in question reads "FMUSLMS." Soon after media reports appeared on the plates, a Department of Public Safety spokesman said they would be removed immediately. [...] The plates were approved in June 2015. ...
  • San Jose's Garbage Trucks May Do Police Surveillance With License Plate Readers

    08/22/2015 12:17:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 8/21/15 | Justin Westbrook
    =San Jose's Garbage Trucks May Do Police Surveillance With License Plate Readers The government of San Jose, Calif. has come forward with a proposal to mount license plate readers to the city’s garbage trucks in an effort to expand police surveillance beyond department cruisers. Have no fear, innocent citizen, for the trash companies may be stepping up to help our friends in blue. San Jose, California happens to be America’s tenth largest city - that makes it pretty difficult for the police force to keep up with everybody. In a story by the local San Jose Mercury News, the new...
  • Texas DMV says Houston man's license plate is offensive

    04/11/2015 8:46:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 62 replies
    click2houston. ^ | Apr 08 2015 | Joel Eisenbaum
    HOUSTON - The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is revoking the personalized license plate issued to a Houston man, because it has now been deemed offensive. “I had it for more than three years without any problem,” Safer Hassan said. Hassan recently received an official letter from the state that said his Texas plate, “370H55V,” would be canceled within 30 days. “People have no idea what that plate means. My closest friends don’t even know,” Hassan said. It is when the license plate is turned upside down that a curse word becomes more evident. The Texas DMV letter alludes to...
  • Scan license plates so you can text flirty messages to cute drivers with GM’s new app

    06/22/2014 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 54 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 21JUN2014 | Jason Hahn
    There are plenty of smartphone apps that make it easier to flirt and set up dates with strangers, but GM has an ace up its sleeve that may trump all of them. No, the car manufacturer isn’t muscling its way into the dating game – at least not directly. But its China R&D team has developed an Android app that lets a driver scan a license plate in order to start texting the owner of that car. The romantic implications of DiDi Plate, a prototype app debuted earlier this month at the Telematics Detroit 2014 conference, are obvious enough, even...
  • In Iowa, a license plate frame gets drivers tagged by police

    05/07/2014 11:47:50 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 50 replies ^ | May 07, 2014 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    It might be time to reconsider that license plate frame boasting your allegiance to your favorite baseball team, charitable cause or alma mater, especially if you’re driving in The Hawkeye State. The Iowa Supreme Court just ruled that drivers whose cars display the frames can be stopped if they obscure the small print below the plate numbers. The decision ended a five-year court battle stemming from the 2009 traffic stop of a man suspected of dealing drugs based on information from a confidential informant. The court ruled 5-2 last week that a 1984 law requiring drivers to “permit full view...
  • Lawsuit: Man Arrested, Searched For Marijuana Solely For Having Colorado License Plate

    03/30/2014 2:38:34 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 161 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | March 28, 2014 | Benjamin Fearnow
    Boise, Idaho (CBS SEATTLE) – An Idaho state trooper arrested and fully searched a 70-year-old Washington man’s vehicle solely because he had a Colorado license plate – a state where marijuana is legal – a federal “license plate profiling” lawsuit alleges. Darien Roseen was driving along I-84 between his second home in Colorado and Washington state on Jan. 25 when Idaho State Trooper Justin Klitch “immediately” pulled out from the Interstate median and began “rapidly accelerating” to catch up to Roseen, according to the complaint in a Courthouse News Service report. Exiting at a designated rest area, Roseen says he...
  • Driving somewhere? There's a gov't record of that

    07/17/2013 7:39:27 AM PDT · by don-o · 95 replies
    AP ^ | July 17, 2013 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chances are, your local or state police departments have photographs of your car in their files, noting where you were driving on a particular day, even if you never did anything wrong. Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. Affixed to police cars, bridges or buildings, the scanners capture images of passing or parked vehicles and note their location, uploading that information into police databases....