Mail bombing suspect in custody in nationwide investigation, officials say

first_imgObtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) — A suspect was taken into custody in Florida for an apparent mass mail bombing spree that targeted top Democrats and other prominent figures across the country, officials said.Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida, allegedly carried out the widespread plot and triggered a nationwide manhunt, law enforcement sources told ABC News.Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice, confirmed on Twitter Friday morning that one person is in custody.“We can confirm one person is in custody,” she tweeted, adding that the department will hold a news conference Friday afternoon.Multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News that the suspect was tracked down using a mobile phone. Authorities have recovered a cell phone, a laptop computer and other electronic devices from him, the sources said.Speaking from the White House Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump said the suspect will be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law.”“These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country,” the president said. “We must never allow political violence to take root in America.”Sayoc is expected to be prosecuted in Manhattan federal court, a senior law enforcement official told ABC News. He will first appear in the Southern District of Florida, where he was arrested, though it was not immediately whether that would happen on Friday, the official added.So far, authorities have recovered 13 suspicious packages in the widening investigation, with the latest targets being Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey as well as former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, sources said.The package addressed to Booker was found Friday morning at or near Opa-locka in South Florida.The package addressed to Clapper was then discovered at a United States Postal Service office in New York City, sources said. The New York City Police Department wrote on Twitter that the package was “safely removed” from the post office in midtown Manhattan.“My wife and I are away from home right now. And our neighbors have been retrieving our mail. Been very concerned about them. So in one sense, it’s kind of a relief, but it’s not a surprise,” Clapper said on CNN Friday morning. “This is definitely domestic terrorism. No question about it in my mind.”Clapper added that the targets of the suspected bomb threats — who have all been critical of Trump — won’t be deterred.“This is not going to silence the administration’s critics,” he said on CNN.The package addressed to Harris was recovered Friday from a post office in Sacramento, California, multiple sources told ABC News.Feds focus on South Florida as suspected origin of some of the packagesHarris, Booker and Clapper are among the prominent public figures who have been targeted, along with former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Bill Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said an army of agents is “fully engaged” in the probe.“This is a nationwide investigation involving multiple jurisdictions coast to coast,” Sweeney told reporters at a news conference Thursday.Everyone who has been sent the suspicious packages so far is a prominent critic of Trump, and many of them have been publicly disparaged by the president either at campaign rallies or on Twitter.None of the devices detonated, and no one was injured handling the packages, officials said.Many of the packages have the return address for Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida. Authorities do not believe the congresswoman, who is the former head of the Democratic National Committee, was involved in sending any of the parcels.The various bubble-wrapped-lined manila envelopes with computer-printed labels and Forever stamps have been sent to the FBI’s lab in Quantico, Virginia, for further analysis. The devices found inside are also being examined for fingerprints and DNA.All of the devices found inside the parcels went through the U.S. postal service. They were all intercepted before they reached their intended targets, sources told ABC News on Thursday.Investigators have not determined a motive for the suspected mail bombs.A search for where the bomb components were purchasedThe FBI, Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were fanning out across the country to determine where components of the devices were purchased, which may give clues to who is responsible.X-ray photographs of the devices exclusively obtained by ABC News illustrate the critical leads investigators are now pursuing: Each device contained a digital clock, explosive powder, a battery power source and wiring to channel a spark for detonation, sources told ABC News. The devices also included glass as potential shrapnel. None of the devices exploded.“The FBI advises the public to remain vigilant and not touch, move or handle any suspicious or unknown packages,” the FBI said in a statement Wednesday evening. “We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI.”It’s not entirely clear whether all of the incidents are linked, but authorities said they fear other suspected bombs may have been sent out. Investigators suspect the apparent mail-bomb campaign is meant to terrorize and harm.It began with a pipe bomb to George SorosThe series of mailed explosives began Monday with the discovery of a pipe bomb in the home mailbox of billionaire philanthropist George Soros in Westchester County, New York. Soros is a Democratic supporter often criticized by right-wing groups.The following day, a package addressed to Hillary Clinton containing an explosive device was intercepted by the Secret Service at a screening facility before it reached her home in the New York City suburb of Chappaqua, also in Westchester County. Former President Bill Clinton was home at the time the package was found.Hillary Clinton, speaking at a campaign event Wednesday in Florida, said, “We are fine, thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it reached our home.”“But it is a troubling time, isn’t it?” she added. “And it’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together.”A package addressed to Obama containing an explosive device was intercepted by the Secret Service early Wednesday morning before it reached his residence in Washington, D.C.Later that morning, a package containing an explosive and suspicious powder was found in the mail room of the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, which is home to CNN’s New York headquarters. It was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, though he is an NBC News contributor and has no public ties to CNN.The package addressed to Brennan traveled through the U.S. mail system, two officials briefed on the investigation told ABC News. It arrived at the Radio City post office in midtown Manhattan where it was picked up per normal procedure by a private courier who delivers the mail to the CNN office and other locations, the officials said.The courier then hand-delivered all of CNN’s mail for that day, including the manila envelope with U.S. Postal Service first-class mail “forever” stamps, which feature the American flag. That’s how the package wound up in CNN’s screening and sorting mail room, the officials said.There didn’t appear to be any postal markings above the stamps, which investigators are looking into.The shops and restaurants at the Time Warner Center were briefly evacuated Thursday night as police investigated a pair of unattended packages inside the mall, which was determined to be a false alarm, according to the New York City Police Department.A suspected mail-bomb was sent to former Attorney General Eric Holder with a return address for Wasserman Schultz. The package did not reach its intended destination, and so it was sent to the congresswoman’s address on Wednesday. Investigators do not believe Wasserman Schultz was involved in sending any of the parcels.Another package containing a device addressed to Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California was found in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. A prior one addressed to Waters was intercepted earlier Wednesday by Capitol Police in Washington, D.C.Waters, one of Trump’s most outspoken critics, said the suspicious packages will not stop her from protesting the current administration.“We have to keep doing what we’re doing in order to make this country right. That’s what I intend to do, and as the young people say, ‘I ain’t scared,’” Waters told Blavity in a video interview Thursday. “We must not be intimidated to the point that we stop advocating and protesting for justice.”A package addressed to Robert De Niro was recovered from the actor’s Tribeca Productions film and television company in New York City early Thursday morning. A retired New York City Police Department anti-terrorism detective who screens the mail for De Niro saw a photo of another suspicious package on the news and realized it resembled one sent to the actor’s production office on Tuesday, the police commissioner said.The parcel, which contained a device similar to the others recovered this week, was removed by police in a bomb-containment vehicle.“I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us,” De Niro said in a statement obtained by ABC News Friday. “There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People MUST vote!”Philip Bartlett, head of the New York office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, said postal police have been aggressively searching the mail system and have not found any new devices since early Thursday morning.“In terms of tracking, we have over 600,000 postal employees out there right now. We have the eyes and ears looking for these packages,” Bartlett told reporters. “I will say, in the postal network, we have found nothing in the last eight hours. So what we have so far is what we have — 10 parcels.”Later Thursday morning, two packages addressed to Biden were intercepted at different postal facilities in Delaware and removed by authorities.The parcels addressed to Booker and Clapper mark the 11th and 12th discovered.Former President Jimmy Carter has been warned to be on alert for suspicious packages being sent to him, his spokeswoman told ABC News.Suspected mail bombs appear to be political in natureBryan Paarmann, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York City, said the mailings appear to be political in nature.“The utilization of violence in order to further one’s own political agenda is unacceptable to us,” Paarmann told reporters at a news conference Wednesday. “We will turn over every rock, we will turn every corner, and we will talk to everybody that we have to in order to mitigate this threat.”Some critics of Trump said he has demonized all of those who have been sent the suspicious parcels, and claim his rhetoric may have inspired the mystery bomb-maker or -makers.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders bristled at such a suggestion. “The president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone, no more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a Republican baseball field practice last year,” she said, referring to a shooting in June that seriously wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.“The idea that this is at the hands of the president is absolutely ridiculous,” the press secretary said.Trump, meanwhile, has said his administration is “extremely angry” about the suspected mail bombs, but he is blaming the media.“A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”Brennan, the former CIA director whose name was on a suspected mail bomb sent to CNN, responded to Trump’s media criticism, telling the president to “stop blaming others” and “look in the mirror.”“Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful. Clean up your act….try to act Presidential. The American people deserve much better. BTW, your critics will not be intimidated into silence,” Brennan wrote on Twitter.Democratic leaders noted that most of the people targeted had been ridiculed by Trump.“We listened with great interest to the president’s remarks this afternoon,” the Democratic House and Senate leaders, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, said in a joint statement Wednesday. “However, President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.”“Time and time again, the president has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions: expressing support for the Congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protesters, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people,” the Democratic leaders wrote. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

KIELCE “THE BEST FROM POLAND”: Wenta’s team win in Plock again!

first_img5Dunkerque HB300366:810 Does Julen Aginagalde shoot from 7m in Kielce? Recommended for you hartza0 15. October 2013. at 18:15 2THW Kiel330094:866 leftw 16. October 2013. at 19:25 @hartza0 yes, aginagalde scored 4 goals from 7m ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsAfter VIve TArgi Kielce won match of the Polish league against Wisla Plock in “Orlen Arena” last week, the same success team of Bogdan Wenta repeat in their EHF Champions League clash – 30:28 (16:17). In front of 5400 fans Polish champions beat vice-champion in thight match. Spanish line player Aguinagalde showed how big signing is with 9 goals, while in domestic team Petar Nenadic scored 7…Wisła: Sego, Wichary – Nikcević 2, Jurkiewicz 3, Toromanović 1, Nenadić 7, Lijewski 4, Ghionea 5/2, Wiśniewski 5, Syprzak 1, Kwiatkowski.Vive: Szmal, Losert – Strlek 5, Jurecki 3, Grabarczyk, Lijewski 5, Zorman 1, Cupić 2, Musa 2, Aguinagalde 9/5, Chrapkowski 2, Tkaczyk, Buntić 1.Porto – THW Kiel 26:29Dunkerque HB – KIF Kolding 18:20STANDINGS: German trio and Wisla Plock for EHF European League 2021 trophy New Polish wave flooded Brazil Certainly – he rarely misses. In my opinion, right now he scores penalties much better than Cupić and should be the first to score. Madlen 17. October 2013. at 19:57 3KIF Kolding320171:674 hartza0 – Yes, he does. 4Orlen Wisła Płock310289:892center_img Xavi Sabate: French attack or Swedish defense? Eternal class of Raul Entrerrios 6 Comments Like I said last week, no changes from last year. 1Vive Targi Kielce330098:746 ShareTweetShareShareEmail 6FC Porto Vitalis300370:910 Madlen 16. October 2013. at 18:06 6 Comments hartza0 17. October 2013. at 15:53 OK, thanks. I think it is the first time that Julen shoot 7 meters and it seems he does it very well, doesn’t it? Miko 14. October 2013. at 22:03 Related Items:handball, handball derby, Orlen Wisla Plock, Polish Handball, Vive Targi Kielce Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Big East Triathlon filling fast

first_imgThere are now just 200 places for the Big East Triathlon to be held on 11 May 2014 in Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex, UK. Last year all the entry slots were taken by the end of March; and organiser Dengie Events fully expects the event to fill up again in 2014.This popular early season event gives athletes a choice of ‘Middle Distance’ (1.6K swim / 82K cycle / 20K run) or ‘Challenge Distance’ (800m swim / 43K cycle / 10K run) and is open to individual athletes and relay teams.The Big East Triathlon is set in an ideal location for triathlon and is well suited to anyone preparing for the season ahead or in search of a new challenge. Based around the quiet and scenic Essex marshes and taking in an inspirational run course, the Big East Triathlon has received great feedback every year since its introduction in 2011.2012 Challenge Distance Winner Martin Jessup had this to say of the event… “I had a great day, the organisation was excellent with plenty of friendly marshals and stunning views. Out of the tri’s I’ve entered the Big East Triathlon was by far the most enjoyable.”The event will take place at Bradwell Marina in Bradwell Waterside, Essex, England. The triathlon runs alongside the Tour of the Dengie Cyclosportive & Fun Ride.The event consists of an open water swim in the River Blackwater, a cycle around the quiet and scenic roads of the Dengie Peninsula and finishes with an inspirational lapped run around the sea wall and marshes passing the historic St Peters Relatedlast_img read more

The NHS constitution can bring about real improvements

first_img Alicia Alinia is a lawyer with Slater & Gordon and a trustee of Pain UK In my capacity as a trustee of Pain UK, I was invited to attend a recent all-party parliamentary committee session on the NHS constitution. This was the final evidence session, which considered the impact of the constitution across the healthcare spectrum. In both my charity work and my professional role as a personal injury solicitor, I am a strong supporter of the NHS constitution, which promotes the rights of patients and NHS staff, as well as the values of the NHS. But I believe there is little understanding of its true remit and applicability. My experience of the committee made me consider the broader impact of the significant changes implemented since 1 April. The new constitution comes at a time of transition across an ever-changing societal landscape, with the Health and Social Care Act, welfare changes and, of course, civil justice reforms. The real danger, despite the good intentions underpinning the constitution, is that too many people may fall victim to the fog of confusion regarding its ethos and main purpose. Sadly, in recent years trust in our traditional institutions – in the medical, legal and political sectors – has been seriously eroded. In the medical profession we have seen the Francis report on Mid-Staffordshire hospital. In the legal profession we have witnessed an increasingly anti-claimant agenda, where genuine victims seeking legal redress fall victim to salacious headlines which often demonise the legal claims process. That latter perception needs to change if we are to have any chance of providing victims of accidents who suffer life-changing injuries with the best possible representation to secure appropriate damages and support in respect of their long-term care and rehabilitative needs. In a climate of austerity and negative media reporting, an inevitable consequence of injured claimants seeking legal redress will be to limit their ability to seek much-needed funds for early treatment intervention. As personal injury lawyers, we are often faced with claimants suffering from unexplained medical symptoms as a consequence of a trauma-based injury. It is now widely recognised that those suffering entrenched pain for a prolonged period are most likely to develop depression, pain disorders and suffer increased social isolation. This often results in the loss of employment and long-term reliance on our struggling NHS. Cases such as Rachel Lee v Brake Brothers Ltd [2010] demonstrate that this unfortunate scenario is not limited to catastrophic injuries. There must, therefore, be a cultural change, where patients and the medical profession work in collaboration to bring about sustained long-term improvements. This also involves support from the wider community, not least the legal profession. In many cases, where an insurer represents the party responsible for the injury, the at-fault insurer has a responsibility to pay for the victim’s rehabilitative treatment and to refund hospital charges. Put simply, there is a lack of awareness of the Rehabilitation Code and the benefits of the Legal Injury Pathway. This can, for example, fund treatment facilitating cost savings, filter out high-cost patients leading to increased space and resources, and provide early advice and support on ancillary matters, ensuring a supported, integrated recovery. My hope for the new NHS constitution is that it is not simply used for soundbites and impressive rhetoric, but is regarded as a document with real substance, which brings about improvements and closer collaboration between patients and NHS staff. The legal profession, meanwhile, faces the great challenge of ensuring that genuine victims of accidents are not dissuaded from seeking legal recourse by the tide of anti-claimant media campaigns. last_img read more

Thursday soccer roundup: Whitehall pulls out a win, Mona Shores gets a conference victory

first_img Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Ads by Amazon $0.00 Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Shares Other ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) $15.29$17.99 Not relevant Share $49.95 50PC Disposable Face MàSc/Mack Anti-Dust … (17612) × ENDS IN (31628) Displayed poorly × Inappropriate / Offensive LocalSportsJournal.comThe Whitehall girls soccer team took a two-goal lead, lost it, then got a late goal to defeat Fruitport 3-2 in a tight non-conference battle on Thursday.Maggie Evans had two goals for Whitehall while Emma Thompson had one. Kacy Jeffries and Rileigh Thommen each had an assist.The Vikings are now 6-2 on the season.O-K BLACKMONA SHORES 6, KENOWA HILLS 1 –  A second-half surge made the difference for the Sailors.Bri Wade recorded Mona Shores’ only first half goal, with the assist coming from Julia Tierman. Nora Brown scored two second-half goals for the Sailors while Caitlin McCombs, Annie Anderson and Tierman each had one apiece. Tierman, Wade, Emilee Carlson, Madelyn Anderson, Mieke Hart and Sydney Fetters each had assists.Mona Shores is now 5-1-2 overall and 5-0 in the o-K Black.NON-CONFERENCERAVENNA 1, GRANT 1 – Isabel Hammond recorded the lone goal for Ravenna with Pilar Ibanez getting the assist. Ravenna goalkeeper Bailey Walker recorded 11 saves. The Bulldogs are now 6-4-1 overall and 2-2 in the conference.FREMONT 0, SHELBY 0 – Despite outshooting Shelby 16-1, the Fremont girls soccer team was unable to find the back of the net Thursday night. Goalkeeper Lexi Schultz recorded all 16 saves for Shelby while Audrie Johnson made the one save for FremontFremont is now 4-2-3 overall and Shelby is 1-5-2.FRUITPORT CALVARY CHRISTIAN 2, AVIATION ACADEMY 2 – Fruitport Calvary took the lead with a goal from Madison Hoofman, assisted by Bree Johnson. Aviation scored twice to take the lead into halftime. Johnson scored the tying goal in the second half, with an assist from Emily May. Goalkeeper Jordan Miller had six saves for Calvary, which is now 5-1-1 overall and 1-1-1 in conference play. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… $37.99 Bestseller Displayed poorly Shop Now $0.00 Other The League Other Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant Displayed poorly (7802) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $9.99 (822) × Displayed poorly Other MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bra… (2) ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly 0 Report a problem This item is… DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Report a problem This item is… Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $0.00 DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Fox Sports Go Bestseller Displayed poorly Displayed poorly Other Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… Mail × Share Twelve Displayed poorly (34271) DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY Other Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive (657) Not relevant Not relevant $14.99$18.00 Other Inappropriate / Offensive Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… (117) Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) NBC Sports The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extr… Inappropriate / Offensive ENDS IN × × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Bestseller Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN Bestseller Not relevant ENDS IN Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Bestseller Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Ads by Amazonlast_img read more