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  • Volusia sheriff: Landlord locked tenants in garage, threatened to kill them

    01/09/2023 7:46:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    WESH 2 News ^ | January 4, 2023 | Claire Metz
    ORANGE CITY, Fla. — An Orange City man is accused of locking three tenants inside the garage apartment they live in and threatening to shoot them if they came out. Sixty-six-year-old Lawrence Cohen is charged with three counts of false imprisonment and in addition to that, resisting arrest. Deputies say they had to use a taser on Cohen after breaking down the door to get in. A judge found probable cause and set bond at $16,000. Deputies say Cohen got into a confrontation with three tenants who were living in Cohen's garage apartment attached to his main home on Sparkman...
  • Iran arrests Europeans accused of role in unrest

    10/01/2022 7:08:38 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    MSN/Reuters ^ | 9-30-22 | Parisa Hafezi
    Iran, which has blamed "foreign enemies" for protests that swept the country after the death of a woman in morality police custody, said on Friday it had arrested nine European nationals for their role in the unrest. The detention of citizens of Germany, Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and other countries is likely to ratchet up tensions between Iran and Western countries over the death of Mahsa Amini. -Excerpt- Nineteen people were killed after security forces fired on armed protesters attacking a police station, said an official.
  • US contractor freed by Taliban in swap for drug trafficker

    09/19/2022 5:41:49 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-19-22 | Fox News
    An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years has been released in exchange for a convicted Taliban drug lord jailed in the United States, the White House said Monday, announcing a rare success in U.S.-Taliban talks since the militant group took power a little more than a year ago Mark Frerichs, a Navy veteran who had spent more than a decade in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor, was abducted in January 2020 and is believed to have been held since then by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. He was traded for Bashir Noorzai, a Taliban associate convicted...
  • Ukrainian Refugees in Russia

    07/18/2022 2:40:02 PM PDT · by · 39 replies
    Ukrainian Refugees in RussiaI Documentary ^ | Jul 4, 2022 | Arte is a French/German public broadcast service
    Some six million people have already fled 🇺🇦Ukraine. Among them, 730,000 Ukrainian refugees passed through humanitarian corridors that take them deep into enemy territory. Now they are huddled in isolated camps in the middle of the Russian countryside and many want to leave the country as quickly as possible.
  • Russia-Ukraine war: 1,200 civilians 'held hostage' at Severodonetsk plant, separatist says

    06/15/2022 12:52:35 PM PDT · by Mariner · 55 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jjne 15th, 2022 | Niamh Cavanagh
    LONDON — A Russian-backed separatist official said that at least 1,200 civilians, including 127 children, are being “held hostage” at a chemical plant in the besieged Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk.Speaking to the Russian state news agency TASS, the pro-Russian Luhansk People’s Republic’s interior minister, Vitaly Kiselev, alleged that Ukrainian forces were keeping civilians at the Azot plant “against their will.” “They have been held there against their will for quite a while,” he said on Wednesday, according to an English translation of the news release. “There is no water, no food, no medicines.” According to the official, it is believed...
  • US fighters 'captured' by Russian forces in Ukraine

    06/15/2022 9:48:13 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 15 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 15 June 2022 | Colin Freeman
    Two former US servicemen have been captured during fighting with Russian forces in Ukraine, The Telegraph has been told. Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, had been serving as volunteers with a regular Ukrainian army unit. A comrade of the two men, who asked not to be named, told The Telegraph said that they had been captured after running into a much larger Russian force during a battle last Thursday. "We were out on a mission and the whole thing went absolutely crazy, with bad intel," he said. "We were told the town was clear when it turned out...
  • First two US fighters are captured by Russian soldiers in battle for Kharkiv amid fears they will be handed death sentences like two British soldiers caught by Putin's army

    06/15/2022 9:56:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 69 replies ^ | By JENNIFER SMITH, CHIEF REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM PUBLISHED: 11:37 EDT, 15 June 2022 | UPDATED:
    Robert Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, were captured while fighting for the Ukrainian army last week The pair were part of a ten-men squad which encountered Russian forces in Kharkiv They disabled a Russian tank but then were lost in the fog of return fire then disappeared, comrades say Drueke served in Iraq in the US Army but Huynh, a former Marine, has never been in active combat before He gave an interview before he ventured to the region in which he said he was prepared to die Now, there are fears they may be given the same death...
  • "All women, children and elderly" have been evacuated from Azovstal, Ukrainian government says

    05/07/2022 9:57:47 AM PDT · by McGruff · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | Mat 7, 2022 | Tim Lister, Julia Presniakova and Olga Voitovych
    Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that "all women, children and elderly people" have been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant. "The order of the president has been done," she said. "This part of the Mariupol humanitarian operation has been completed." In brief comments to CNN from inside the Azovstal plant on Saturday evening local time, one of the Ukrainian defenders at the complex said that an evacuation of civilians had been conducted without incident. The comments were made by Mykhailo Vershynin, the chief of the Mariupol Patrol Police. He gave no details about the number that had been...
  • 70-year-old who kidnapped a bus full of children in 1976 has been approved for parole

    03/29/2022 3:30:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 66 replies
    KSBW ^ | Mar 29, 2022 | Stella Chan and Eric Levenson
    A 70-year-old man imprisoned for the 1976 kidnapping of a bus full of children has been approved for parole, according to spokesperson Joe Orlando of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Frederick Newhall Woods, 70, was one of three men who kidnapped 26 children and their bus driver in Chowchilla, a small city in Northern California's Madera County, more than 45 years ago. All 27 captives were taken to Livermore, more than 100 miles away, placed into a moving truck and buried alive in a quarry owned by Woods' father. The kidnappers then demanded $5 million ransom while...
  • More than 400,000 Ukrainians including 84,000 children have been abducted and taken to Russian cities and may be used as 'hostages' to force a surrender, Kyiv warns

    03/25/2022 12:28:59 PM PDT · by Mariner · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 24th, 2022 | By Associated Press and Chris Pleasance for MailOnline
    Russia has abducted hundreds of thousands of civilians into its territory and could seek to use them as leverage in peace talks, Kyiv has claimed. Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine's ombudsman, said 402,000 civilians - of which 84,000 are children - have been taken 'hostage' by Vladimir Putin's army.Russia gives almost the exact same figure, but says the civilians have been 'relocated' to its territory after volunteering to go there. Ukraine also says those sent to Russian travel via 'filtration camps' designed to wheedle out those with links to the armed forces or emergency services.
  • To Re-Enter Iran Deal, Biden Is Preparing To Pay Up to $11 Billion in Ransom for Four Hostages

    03/02/2022 4:30:54 PM PST · by conservative98 · 56 replies
    NY Sun ^ | 3/2/22 | BENNY AVNI
    The Biden administration could sign in Vienna as early as Monday a new deal with the ayatollahs that would include a staggering hostage ransom sum totaling as much as 25 percent of Tehran’s entire annual budget.
  • Biden calls for Taliban to release American hostage before legitimacy recognized

    01/30/2022 12:41:16 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 19 replies
    The hill ^ | 01/30/2022 | Joseph Choi
    President Biden on Sunday called for the release of American hostage Mark Frerichs ahead of the two-year anniversary of his abduction if the Taliban expects to be recognized as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. "Two years ago tomorrow, U.S. Navy veteran Mark Frerichs was taken hostage in Afghanistan. A civil engineer, he spent a decade helping the people of Afghanistan. He has done nothing wrong. And yet, for two years the Taliban has held him captive," Biden said in a statement.
  • Top GOP lawmaker discloses 'something more' to hostage crisis at Texas synagogue; investigation goes global

    01/16/2022 4:27:36 PM PST · by dynachrome · 39 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1-16-22 | Chris Enloe
    A top House Republican revealed Sunday the investigation into the man who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue on Saturday has gone international. What are the details? Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN host Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" there is "something more" to the case than a lone actor. In fact, McCaul disclosed that the FBI's investigation now extends to London and Tel Aviv. "I know the FBI has now fanned their investigation out to London and Tel Aviv. So this has now turned into an...
  • Texas synagogue hostage taker demanding release of imprisoned sister

    01/15/2022 1:34:18 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 50 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/15/2022 | JACOB MAGID
    The suspect in an apparent hostage situation at a Texas synagogue is identified as Muhammad Siddiqui by ABC News, which reports that he’s holding the rabbi of the congregation and three others hostage. Siddiqui claimed during the livestream to be the brother of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national who was convicted in 2010 by a New York City Federal Court of attempting to kill US military personnel. She is currently serving an 86-year sentence at Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. ABC, citing a source at the scene, says Siddiqui is demanding his sister’s release.
  • Hostage-taker at Texas synagogue calls for the release of Pakistani national from US prison, authorities say

    01/15/2022 6:15:20 PM PST · by Conservat1 · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 15, 2022 | Alaa Elassar and Michelle Watson
    Hostage-taker at Texas synagogue calls for the release of Pakistani national from US prison, authorities say By Alaa Elassar and Michelle Watson, CNN Updated 8:40 PM EST, Sat January 15, 2022 article video (CNN)The FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety are assisting a hostage situation at a synagogue in Texas, where authorities say the suspect may be motivated by the desire to free a Pakistani scientist who was convicted of attempting to kill US officers in Afghanistan. A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told CNN there were believed to be four hostages, including a rabbi, at Congregation...
  • Call the hostage-taking at Colleyville synagogue what it is: evil terrorism

    01/15/2022 9:50:46 PM PST · by Conservat1 · 35 replies
    But in one sense, it doesn’t matter. Any complaint he has about the U.S. government, the case in question or even Israel doesn’t involve the individuals whose lives he has violated. Throughout the tense hours, the priority was the safe rescue of the hostages. Officers heroically stormed in and rescued them late Saturday, for which we should all be grateful. Now, it’s important to reflect with righteous anger, to acknowledge the evil done, name it and identify where it comes from. The innocent Colleyville congregants have nothing to do with the case of Aafia Siddiqui, whom the hostage-taker reportedly mentioned....
  • Governor Abbott: ‘All Hostages Are Out Alive And Safe’ At Congregation Beth Israel In Colleyville

    01/15/2022 7:50:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    COLLEYVILLE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A hostage situation at a synagogue in Colleyville on Saturday, January 15 ended after nearly 11 hours when law enforcement safely rescued all four hostages. Authorities said a man apparently took hostages Saturday during services at a Texas synagogue where the suspect could be heard ranting angrily in a livestream before the feed cut out.
  • Prayers for Colleyville, TX Synagogue Hostage Situation: IN THE NAME OF JESUS, LET THOSE HOSTAGES GO!

    01/15/2022 5:49:56 PM PST · by Patriot777 · 24 replies
    Father God, I ask in The Name of Your Beloved Son, Yeshua, Jesus our Lord and Savior, that the monster holding Your People, Jewish families as they went to honor You Father God at Shabbat services in their synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, that You Almighty God set them free from him. Lord Jesus please station Your guardian angels roundabout each person and family within that synagogue, and also around all First Responders and Texas law enforcement, as well as any other entities. Let this filthy attempt by the evil one come to naught, and in The Name of Jesus I...
  • White House: Biden has been briefed about hostages

    01/15/2022 3:21:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 65 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/1/22
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, "POTUS has been briefed about the developing hostage situation in the Dallas area. He will continue to receive updates from his senior team as the situation develops. Senior members of the national security team are also in touch with federal law enforcement...
  • Texas SWAT team responds to hostage situation at synagogue: 'I'm going to die' [hostages SAFE]

    01/15/2022 1:14:16 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 109 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 January 2022 | Adam Sabes
    A Texas SWAT team responded Saturday afternoon to a hostage situation at a synagogue near Dallas. The Colleyville Police Department said on Twitter that they are conducting SWAT operations "around the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Rd." All residents in the immediate area of the incident are being evacuated, according to the tweet.