Katie Hill’s fmr. campaign staffer arrested on charges of hacking opponents’ websites

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 2: Katie Hill, at TheWrap’s Power Women’s Summit_Inside at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles, California on November 2, 2018. (Faye Sadou/AP)

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UPDATED 9:42 AM PT — Saturday, February 22, 2020

A former campaign staffer for ex-Democrat Rep. Katie Hill was arrested for allegedly hacking her opponents’ websites.

The FBI took Arthur Dam into custody in California Friday in connection with their investigation into Hill’s 2018 congressional win.

FILE – In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Hill stepped down last year after it was revealed she had an inappropriate affair with at least two of her staffers.

According to reports, the Hill campaign received a $500 in-kind contribution from Dam for website security consulting. She would go on to secure the Democrat nomination over her opponents Jess Phoenix and Bryan Caforio.

On the night of the final debate between the candidates, the alleged victims’ accounts went offline.

The Hill campaign has yet to comment on Dam’s arrest.

RELATED: Mass. State Rep. David Nangle Arrested On Corruption Charges

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FMR Dem Rep. Katie Hill campaign staffer arrested on charges of hacking opponents’ websites in 2018 primary

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 2: Katie Hill, at TheWrap’s Power Women’s Summit_Inside at the InterContinental Hotel in Los Angeles, California on November 2, 2018. (Faye Sadou/AP)

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UPDATED 9:42 AM PT — Saturday, February 22, 2020

A former campaign staffer for ex-Democrat Rep. Katie Hill was arrested for allegedly hacking her opponents’ websites.

The FBI took Arthur Dam into custody in California Friday in connection with their investigation into Hill’s 2018 congressional win.

FILE – In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Hill stepped down last year after it was revealed she had an inappropriate affair with at least two of her staffers.

According to reports, the Hill campaign received a $500 in-kind contribution from Dam for website security consulting. She would go on to secure the Democrat nomination over her opponents Jess Phoenix and Bryan Caforio.

On the night of the final debate between the candidates, the alleged victims’ accounts went offline.

The Hill campaign has yet to comment on Dam’s arrest.

RELATED: Mass. State Rep. David Nangle Arrested On Corruption Charges

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Eight protesters arrested outside Colo. Trump rally

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at The Broadmoor World Arena, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 6:08 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

Eight protesters were arrested outside a Trump rally in Colorado after disregarding warnings from police.

According to a statement from authorities Friday, the group started out peacefully outside the rally Thursday, but soon began to take over the roadway and obstruct traffic. The police were telling the protesters they needed to move out of the road.

“If you do not move immediately you will be charged with obstructing an intersection,” stated police.

Protesters are led out of the World Ice Arena as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Authorities said protesters had a designated “free speech zone” where they could express their views, but they started to leave the designated area.

“It shouldn’t have been that way and it didn’t have to be if they would have just been more proactive and intermingled in the group, there was only a couple of people doing it,” stated attendee Daniel Chapparo.

All eight protesters were taken into custody and charged with failing to desist or disperse before being released.

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Mass. State Rep. David Nangle arrested on corruption charges

This Sept. 20, 2019, photo shows Massachusetts State Rep. David Nangle in Lowell, Mass. Federal officials announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that Nangle, a Democrat who represents parts of Chelmsford and Lowell, has been arrested and charged with using thousands of dollars in campaign cash to fund personal expenses. (The Lowell Sun via AP)

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A Democrat state lawmaker in Massachusetts is facing dozens of corruption charges. FBI and IRS agents arrested state Rep. David Nangle (D-Mass.) Tuesday at his home just north of Boston.

He’s accused of using over $70,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses such as golf club dues, gambling as well as hotel and restaurant charges.

Feb. 21, 2018, photo, Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for Massachusetts (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

The U.S. Attorney of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling accused Nangle of charging the personal expenses to his campaign committee’s debit card.

“Corruption can be easy and tempting for state level elected officials, but here, Rep. Nangle went beyond that,” stated Lelling. “This was not a momentary lapse of judgment or a technical foul, this was a systematic pattern of theft and fraud going aback to at least 2014.”

Nangle appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to 28 charges, including bank fraud and making false statements. His bond has been set at $25,000 and he could face decades in prison if convicted.

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N.Y. ex-con arrested for allegedly running sex ring

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman points to a photo showing Lawrence Ray during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. Ray, an ex-convict known for his role in a scandal involving former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik, was charged Tuesday with federal extortion and sex trafficking charges involving a group of students at Sarah Lawrence College. (AP Photo/Jim Mustian)

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An ex-convict with connections to the mob has been arrested on allegations of extortion and sex-trafficking.

“We announce criminal charges against this man, Lawrence Ray, who for nearly a decade exploited and abused young women and men emotionally, physically and sexually for his own financial gain,” stated Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

According to an indictment Tuesday, 60-year-old Lawrence Ray moved in with his daughter onto campus housing at the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College in 2010. Prosecutors said he then quickly befriended her roommates, some of which were still teenagers, and began having so-called “therapy sessions” with them.

During those sessions, Ray alienated the students from their parents by reportedly convincing them that they lived in “broken” homes and later persuaded them to move into an apartment he bought in Manhattan in 2011.

A sign along a hedge row marks the campus of Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Ex-convict Lawrence “Larry” Ray was arrested Tuesday on charges he bilked several Sarah Lawrence students out of nearly $1 million and forced some into prostitution or unpaid labor. (AP Photo/Luke Sheridan)

“In total, over nearly a decade, Ray coerced and extorted nearly $1 million in payments from five different victims,” said Berman. “As alleged in the indictment, at the core of Ray’s criminal conduct was his ability to psychologically control his young victims, most of whom were in college when the scheme began.”

Ray also reportedly forced his victims to falsely admit to crimes they did not commit and then used their confessions to extort them into doing work for him, including forced labor and prostitution. According to evidence, he would use videos to blackmail his victims.

The local FBI commented on his arrest during a news conference Tuesday, where they stated there was no excuse for his alleged behavior.

“For the victims of human trafficking: I’m not entirely sure justice ever served is easily defined,” stated William Sweeney, FBI Assistant Director for the New York field office. “If you’re a victim of Lawrence Ray or if you have additional information related to the charges announced today, we’re asking you to call us at 1-800-CALL-FBI.”

Ray is facing nine criminal counts, including sex trafficking, extortion and forced labor. If convicted, he will face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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N.Y. ex-con arrested for allegedly running sex ring

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman points to a photo showing Lawrence Ray during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. Ray, an ex-convict known for his role in a scandal involving former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik, was charged Tuesday with federal extortion and sex trafficking charges involving a group of students at Sarah Lawrence College. (AP Photo/Jim Mustian)

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UPDATED 7:34 AM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020

An ex-convict with connections to the mob has been arrested on allegations of extortion and sex-trafficking.

“We announce criminal charges against this man, Lawrence Ray, who for nearly a decade exploited and abused young women and men emotionally, physically and sexually for his own financial gain,” stated Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

According to an indictment Tuesday, 60-year-old Lawrence Ray moved in with his daughter onto campus housing at the prestigious Sarah Lawrence College in 2010. Prosecutors said he then quickly befriended her roommates, some of which were still teenagers, and began having so-called “therapy sessions” with them.

During those sessions, Ray alienated the students from their parents by reportedly convincing them that they lived in “broken” homes and later persuaded them to move into an apartment he bought in Manhattan in 2011.

A sign along a hedge row marks the campus of Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Ex-convict Lawrence “Larry” Ray was arrested Tuesday on charges he bilked several Sarah Lawrence students out of nearly $1 million and forced some into prostitution or unpaid labor. (AP Photo/Luke Sheridan)

“In total, over nearly a decade, Ray coerced and extorted nearly $1 million in payments from five different victims,” said Berman. “As alleged in the indictment, at the core of Ray’s criminal conduct was his ability to psychologically control his young victims, most of whom were in college when the scheme began.”

Ray also reportedly forced his victims to falsely admit to crimes they did not commit and then used their confessions to extort them into doing work for him, including forced labor and prostitution. According to evidence, he would use videos to blackmail his victims.

The local FBI commented on his arrest during a news conference Tuesday, where they stated there was no excuse for his alleged behavior.

“For the victims of human trafficking: I’m not entirely sure justice ever served is easily defined,” stated William Sweeney, FBI Assistant Director for the New York field office. “If you’re a victim of Lawrence Ray or if you have additional information related to the charges announced today, we’re asking you to call us at 1-800-CALL-FBI.”

Ray is facing nine criminal counts, including sex trafficking, extortion and forced labor. If convicted, he will face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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Conn. man arrested for murder of daughter’s mother

Photos via Ansonia Police Department.

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UPDATED 3:25 PM PT — Sunday, February 9, 2020

It’s been more than two months since the body of Connecticut mother Christine Holloway was found beaten to death in her home. This week, police broke new ground on the case.

“Today at approximately 11:30a.m., Jose Morales was charged with tampering with evidence and the murder of Christine Holloway,” stated Lieutenant Patrick Lynch.

43-year-old Jose Morales was a prime suspect in Holloway’s murder. He’s the father of their young daughter Vanessa, who’s been missing since Holloway was found dead.

Ansonia police said Morales’ DNA was discovered under Holloway’s fingernails. Video surveillance also showed him donating clothes and toys, which had Holloway’s blood on them.

Morales claimed he had nothing to do with her death and doesn’t remember much from the weekend Holloway was killed because he was high on PCP. However, police have said he keeps changing his story.

Screengrab of official Ansonia police press conference.

With Morales in custody, authorities are focusing on the search for baby Vanessa, who they believe is still alive in Connecticut.

“I’m just so worried about the little girl, she’s still missing,” said one local. “It’s really sad…I hope they find her.”

Ansonia police are urging anyone with information on Vanessa’s whereabouts to contact them immediately.

Morales remains behind bars and is being held on $5 million bond. He’s due back in court later this month.

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N.Y. man arrested after allegedly targeting police officers

New York City police officers work the scene of a police involved shooting outside the 41st precinct Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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UPDATED 2:45 PM PT — Sunday, February 9, 2020

Law enforcement officials in New York are on high alert after three officers were attacked in less than 12 hours.

“This was a premeditated assassination attempt against New York’s finest. It was also an attack on all New Yorkers and everything we believe in. This must be a city where everyone can live in peace and respect. This individual attempted to destroy that. We will not let him win.” – Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City

On Saturday night, officials said a man approached a marked patrol van, which was parked in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx. The suspect reportedly engaged with two the officers inside the van by asking for directions. He then allegedly pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots at the two. One of the officers was hit in the chin and again in the neck.

Nearby security cameras captured the suspect fleeing the scene.

In these images taken from videos provided by the New York Police Department, the suspect of a police involved shooting walks down a street on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in New York. (New York Police Department via AP)

On Sunday morning, a man with a similar description entered the 41st Precinct headquarters, where he opened fire and struck a lieutenant in the arm.

“Sunday morning…should have been a quiet time, and suddenly an assailant arrives with the intention of assassinating police officers and opens fire,” said the mayor. “These officers handled such a horrific situation with such heroism and extraordinary skill.”

The suspect surrendered to police after running out of ammunition. He has since been identified as Robert Williams and is believed to be the same person who ambushed officers the previous night.

“He has a very lengthy violent criminal history. He was paroled in 2017 for an incident in which an individual in the Bronx was shot. A subsequent carjacking of a female and then a crash of a car, for which he engaged in a gun fight with members of the New York City Police Department.” – Dermot Shea, New York City Police Commissioner

An investigation into these attacks remains underway. Both officers are expected to make a full recovery.

A police officer injured in a shooting the previous evening is released at Lincoln Hospital, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

President Trump weighed in on the incident, blaming “weak leadership” for the attacks on “our wonderful NYC police.”

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6 arrested in public embezzlement case in Miss.

Republican State Auditor Shad White, right, and Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens discuss the auditor’s office investigation of the former director of Mississippi’s welfare agency and four other people, accused of embezzling millions in federal money meant for the poor, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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UPDATED 7:19 AM PT — Friday, February 7, 2020

A former Department of Human Services director and five others have been accused of embezzling millions of dollars meant for low-income families in Mississippi. The case is deemed one of the largest embezzlement cases in the state’s history.

This week, state officials announced an ex-state director, a former pro-wrestler and four colleagues were arrested after they had allegedly stolen more than $4 million of taxpayer money for personal expenses.

Arrested:
John Davis, former Director of Mississippi Department of Human Services
Brett DiBiase, a former professional wrestler
Ann McGrew, a former accountant for Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC)
Zachery New, Assistant Executive Director of MCEC
Nancy New, owner and director of MCEC
Gregory Latimer Smith, a former employee of Mississippi Department of Human Services

This all comes as part of a months-long investigation by the state’s auditor. They have been charged for supposedly using “temporary assistance for needy families” funds.

“The impact on taxpayers is they can look back and see that millions of dollars of tax payer money is gone and it’s not gone to the things it was intended to go to,” said Mississippi State Auditor Shad White. “The other impact for tax payers is that it’s stopped now, this has stopped today.”

The exact amount of money stolen has not yet been determined. Those indicted will face charges for embezzlement as well as fraud and could face several years in prison if found guilty.

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1 suspect arrested in connection with shooting of 2 Maryland police detectives

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UPDATED 2:35 PM PT — Thursday, February 6, 2020

Maryland police said they have a suspect in custody, who is believed to have shot two police detectives. The incident began on Wednesday, when officers responded to reports of a death at a local residence in Anne Arundel County.

Officers quickly ruled the death was a homicide and reported that the victim’s car was missing.

“We got called to a house where an adult male was found deceased, weren’t quite sure what happened to him,” explained Police Sergeant Jacklyn Davis. “Detectives went out and ruled that a homicide.”

Later in the day, the two detectives discovered the vehicle with the suspect inside and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The gunman then opened fire on the officers, injuring one of them.

The other officer was shot while chasing the suspect down. Both officers were taken to a local hospital, where they remain in serious but stable condition.

“He opened fire on our detectives, striking one right there. That detective broke off of the pursuit to get medical attention. Second detective continued to follow our suspect, chased him into the Stoney Beach community right behind you here, where another exchange of gunfire happened.” – Jacklyn Davis, Anne Arundel County Police

Authorities launched a manhunt following the shooting. Several local schools remained closed through Thursday while the manhunt continued. They are expected to reopen on Friday.

Anne Arundel Police thanked community members in a Twitter post and added they do not believe there is any further threat to the community.

An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

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Operation Guardian: 13 arrested in child exploitation sting

Photo via Rhode Island State Police Facebook.

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UPDATED 4:00 PM PT — Thursday, January 30, 2020

Over a dozen men were arrested in Rhode Island after a months-long child exploitation undercover investigation. According to Rhode Island State Police, ‘Operation Guardian’ led to the arrest of 13 men, who allegedly solicited sexual activity from minors.

The operation was headed by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Authorities said undercover detectives, acting as teenagers, interacted with suspects across 16 different social media platforms. State police said they hope the investigation sends a powerful message to child predators.

“We will use all available resources and will go to any length to find you, to arrest you and to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” stated Rhode Island Superintendent Col. James Manni.

After being arraigned on Wednesday, all 13 men now have restricted use of the internet and aren’t allowed unsupervised interaction with minors.

Those found guilty of indecent solicitation of a child will face a minimum sentence of five years in prison. Police said they expect to make more arrests in the future following the success of ‘Operation Guardian.’

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Missing Ala. teen found, man arrested in connection with her disappearance

Photo of Rodrigo Ortega via Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)

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UPDATED 2:12 PM PT — Saturday, January 25, 2020

An Alabama man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl, who was found safe after she went missing this week. On Thursday, police announced charges against 24-year-old Rodrigo Ortega, which included second-degree rape and enticing a child.

Ortega reportedly met the teen online and told her he was 19. Video surveillance showed she willingly got into his car. She has been returned home, but police said they will need to further interview the teen to confirm details of the case.

Photo of Amberly Flores via Pelham Police Department.

The local police chief said he is happy they were able to bring the teen home. He also emphasized parents should be aware of their young children on social media.

“At that critical age of 13, a lot of bad things can happen, we all know that. You can meet people on social media that aren’t who they say they are, aren’t the age that they are, or that they pretend to be. My message is: Know your children, know their whereabouts and, especially, know who they’re hanging out with.”

– Chief Pat Cheatwood, Pelham Police Department

Ortega, who is also on an ICE contingent hold, is being held in custody.

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