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

TRACK: BC’s Henry earns national high jump championship

first_img The finish caps one of the most historic seasons ever by a UTA track and field athlete. Since the calendar turned to 2018, Henry grabbed second team All-America honors at 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships (10th place), won the Sun Belt Conference outdoor title and established school records in four events — the indoor high jump, indoor pentathlon, outdoor high jump and outdoor heptathlon. She currently holds more school records than any athlete in UTA history. The previous best effort by a UTA woman at an NCAA meet was fourth, earned by Ashely Dorsey in the shot put at the 2002 NCAA Championships. Two Maverick men previously won individual national championships, Gilbert Smith in the long jump (1983) and McClinton Neal in the 400m hurdles (1990).This was Henry’s second appearance at the NCAA finals. She placed 17th at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships as a freshman. UTA sports informationEUGENE, Oregon – Junior Alexus Henry became the first UTA woman ever to win an individual national championship, taking the title in the women’s high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday evening at historic Hayward Field.center_img Henry was one of three competitors to clear 5-11 ½ (1.82 meters), but won by virtue of having the fewest misses at the winning height. She cleared that bar on her second attempt, while the other two finalists were successful on their third and final tries.The event, which began with 24 women, was contested in intermittent rain, including a downpour when the competition reached its final height. Henry, a native of Bridge City, also got over the bar at 5-8 (1.73 meters) on her first attempt and 5-10 (1.78 meters) on her second try.last_img read more

BSEE: New Director Sworn In

first_imgBrian Salerno was sworn in last night as the Director of the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.Salerno is the third Director in BSEE’s history, following James Watson and Michael Bromwich.He stated to employees that, “it is an honor and a privilege to join you today at BSEE. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as the BSEE Director and work alongside you in your efforts to ensure safe, secure, and environmentally sound offshore operations.”Salerno retired as a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2012, after more than 36 years of active duty service.Prior to his appointment as Bureau Director, Salerno served as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deputy Commandant for Operations where he was responsible for establishing and providing operational strategy, policy, guidance and resources as needed to meet national priorities for U.S. Coast Guard missions, programs and services. Previous Washington, D.C. based assignments included serving as the Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, Assistant Commandant for Policy and Planning, and Director of Inspections and Compliance.Salerno was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard in December 1976 after attending Officer Candidate School. Over the course of his 36 year active duty career, Salerno attained the rank of Vice Admiral, serving predominantly within the U.S. Coast Guard’s marine safety program. His field assignments included commanding units in Boston, MA and San Juan, PR, in additional to other assignments in Baltimore, MD; Port Arthur, TX; Portland, ME; and as the marine safety advisor to the Panama Canal Authority.Salerno is a 2000 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, with a Masters in Strategic Studies. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College nonresident program, and holds a Master’s Degree in Management from the Johns Hopkins University. He is licensed as a master of small passenger vessels.[mappress]Press Release, August 27, 2013last_img read more

Rowley among CARICOM delegation in meeting with UN Secretary General

first_imgPrime Minister Keith Rowley T&T Prime Minister  Dr Keith Rowley is included in a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) delegation currently in New York for meetings scheduled for today, January 28 Monday with United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres.The meeting follows last week’s emergency meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government during which it was agreed that Chairman of the Conference, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris, would seek an urgent meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General to request the United Nations’ assistance with the ongoing situation in Venezuela.Last Wednesday, Venezuela’s Opposition Leader, Juan Guaidó, declared himself the interim leader of the South American country and was promptly recognized by several countries including the United States, Canada and some Latin American countries.In the statement that followed Thursday’s CARICOM conference, the regional leaders said that they are “closely” following the “current unsatisfactory situation” in Venezuela and “expressed grave concern about the plight of the people….and the increasing volatility of the situation brought about by recent developments which could lead to further violence, confrontation, breakdown of law and order and greater suffering for the people of the country.”The 15-member CARICOM grouping “reaffirmed their guiding principles of non-interference and non-intervention in the affairs of states, respect for sovereignty, adherence to the rule of law, and respect for human rights and democracyEarlier this month, Jamaica, Haiti, the Bahamas, Guyana and St. Lucia supported a resolution at the Organisation of American States (OAS) in not recognising the second five-year term of Maduro, while Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname voted against the measure.St. Kitts-Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, and Belize abstained during the vote while Grenada was not present.last_img read more

Farmington STEAM PTSA raises $1700 with Cars 4 Classrooms

first_imgFarmington STEAM Academy PTSA partnered with Dick Scott Chrysler on June 8 to raise $1,700 with a Chrysler Cars 4 Classrooms fundraising initiative.The Chrysler brand made a $10 contribution, up to $2,000, toward the school for every person who test drove a vehicle during the event.“Dick Scott Chrysler enjoyed raising funds for a great cause with families and the local community. We always look forward to giving back to the community and the Chrysler Cars 4 Classrooms initiative is a great way to do it,” said Jeff Hines, Great Lakes Business Center Regional Director.Since 1993, Chrysler has helped to raise more than $7 million through fundraising test drives. For more information, visit Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rack Railway System, Mudahkan Lokomotif Lintasi Medan Terjal

first_imglokomotif uap di Ambarawa. sumber: Pernahkah terlintas di benak Anda bagaimana kereta api bisa menanjak pada medan yang cukup tinggi dan menuruni daerah tinggi dengan kecepatan yang stabil? Atau bagaimana mungkin kereta api dapat menembus perbukitan tanpa melewati tanjakkan? Tentu hal semacam ini bukanlah satu hal yang baru bagi seorang pengendali ular besi.Rack railway atau dalam bahasa Indonesianya di sebut rel bergerigi adalah suatu sistem rel pegunungan dimana terdapat gerigi di tengah-tengah bentang rel yang dinaikkan di atas bantalan rel guna mempermudah kereta melewati medan yang curam. Tingkat elevasi kemiringan maksimum pada jalur kereta tanpa rel bergerigi adalah 1 persen, sedangkan tingkat elevasi kemiringan maksimum pada jalur dengan rel bergerigi adalah 6 persen. Pada jalur rel bergerigi ini, kereta api dicocokkan dengan satu roda gigi atau yang lebih bertautan dengan rel sehingga memungkinkan lokomotif melewati medan yang curam.Ada beberapa sistem jalur rel bergerigi yang telah dikembangkan. Pertama adalah Sistem Riggenbach, dimana sistem ini merupakan pelopor dari jalur rel bergerigi. Sistem ini ditemukan oleh Syvester Marsh, seorang penemu asal Amerika yang membangun jalur rel Mount Washington. Sistem Riggenbach menggunakan plat baja yang membentuk seperti rak tangga yang dihubungkan ruji bulat pada jarak yang beraturan. Lalu ada Sistem Abt, yang ditemukan oleh seorang insinyur asal Swiss, Roman Abt. Hampir serupa dengan sistem Riggenbach, namun sistem Abt ini lebih menonjolkan plat baja yang naik secara vertical dan sejajar dengan rel. Kelebihan dari sistem ini terletak pada penggunaan gigi ujung sayap pada lokomotif yang membantu lokomotif melaju lebih lancar.Sistem ketiga yaitu Sistem Strub yang dapat dibilang mirip dengan Sistem Abt. Sistem ini terbilang murah dan lebih terkenal. Yang membedakan sistem ini dengan Abt adalah penggunaan rak plat baja yang lebih lebar.Sistem keempat adalah sistem Locher. Sistem ini menggunakan gigi gear yang dipotong pada pinggirnya dan digunakan oleh dua roda gigi di lokomotif. Sistem Locher ini lebih memungkinkan lokomotif melewati tanjakan daripada sistem lainnya, karena roda giginya bisa melompat dari rak. Sistem ini digunakan pada jalur rel Gunung Pilatus, Swiss.Dari keempat sistem rel bergerigi tersebut, Sistem Abt lah yang paling banyak digunakan.Hanya terdapat tiga sistem jalur rel bergerigi yang tersisa di Dunia, yaitu di India, Swiss, dan yang terakhir terdapat di Indonesia. Jalur kereta api di Sumatera Barat seperti yang melewati kawasan wisata lembah Anai ini merupakan jalur kereta yang menggunakan sistem rel bergerigi. Selain di Sumatera Barat, sebenarnya, jalur rel bergerigi bisa ditemui di jalur Ambarawa – Bedono, namun setelah “beristirahat” selama puluhan tahun, jalur ini kembali dibuka untuk membantu mendongkrak pariwisata Indonesia. Jalur ini kembali dibuka pada 27 Oktober 2016 lalu.rack railway system. sumber: odontotos.comArief Yahya, Menteri Pariwisata mengatakan jalur Ambarawa – Bedono ini sangat unik karena dibangun oleh beberapa unsur yang kaya akan nilai sejarahnya. Seperti yang dikutip dari, Ia mengatakan sejarah singkat soal jalur rel bergerigi yang unik ini. “Zaman Belanda dulu, jalur ini digunakan untuk mengangkut tebu dan hasil bumi lainnya. Jadi ini sangat unik. Kereta uapnya lama, jalurnya lama, stasiunnya lama, dan menjadi atraksi sejarah yang sangat menantang,” pungkas pria kelahiran Banyuwangi, 2 April 1961 silam ini.“Jalur ini sudah dibuka sejak 27 Oktober 2016 lalu. Jalur ini awalnya untuk mengangkut hasil bumi. Untuk sekarang ini digunakan sebagai alternatif objek wisata khusus menggunakan lokomotif uap,” tegasnya. Jadi, bagi Anda yang ingin melihat dan merasakan perjalanan wisata kereta api menggunakan lokomotif uap yang melintasi jallur rel bergerigi, silakan datangi Museum Kereta Api Ambarawa yang terletak di Jalan Stasiun nomor 1, Ambarawa, Jawa Tengah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedRute Ekstrim Kereta Bergerigi di Swiss, Kemiringannya Hingga 48 Persen03/08/2020In “Darat”‘Macet’ Jadi Alasan Mengapa Kereta di Rusia Jadi yang Terlamban di Dunia16/09/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”Lalui Jalur dengan Beda Lebar Rel, Russian Railway Punya Kereta dengan “Variable Gauge System”14/11/2019In “Darat”last_img read more

Matsumoto, Shishime nab titles

first_imgDUSSELDORF, GERMANY – Kaori Matsumoto and Ai Shishime won their respective weight categories Friday, giving Japan two gold medals on the opening day of the Judo Grand Prix.London Olympic gold medalist Matsumoto took the 57-kg title with an ippon victory over her French foe Helene Receveaux at Mitsubishi Electric Halle, winning three of four matches using her trademark groundwork techniques. KEYWORDS Kaori Matsumoto, Judo Grand Prix, Ai Shishime “I’ve really worked hard on my groundwork, and I’m seeing results,” said Matsumoto.In the women’s 52-kg division, Teikyo University student Shishime beat Olympic bronze medalist Priscilla Gneto of France by scoring a yusei decision. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Omonia look to bounce back from derby defeat

first_imgDue to the Easter weekend holiday there is a midweek round of fixtures in the Cyprus football championship, with four games played on Wednesday and two more on Thursday.The big game on Wednesday will be played in Nicosia between Omonia and AEL where both teams have set their sights on fourth place, a position that may give them a ticket into European football next season. Omonia trail AEL by four points and anything other than a win will seriously dent their hopes of qualifying for European competition. Against Apoel on Sunday they were woeful and will need to improve considerably if they are to get the three points against a team that is well organised.AEL have two wins in as many games under new coach Bruno Baltazar and know that even a draw will be a positive result for them as they will maintain their four-point cushion over the Greens.Third-placed AEK are at home to bottom of the group Anorthosis, with the hosts expected to return to winning ways following their defeat by AEL.AEK have been inconsistent in recent weeks – something that has prompted a section of their fans to demand the replacement of their coach Imanol Idiakez for the new season.They outplayed and deservedly defeated leaders Apoel two weeks ago while last Sunday they lost out to AEL in a game that they were expected to win comfortably.The two games in the relegation group see Aris entertaining Karmiotissa at the Tsirion stadium while Ethnikos Achnas take on group leaders Ermis Aradippou.After two consecutive defeats Aris have begun to feel the pressure as Doxa Katokopias, the team currently occupying the final relegation slot, are just three points behind. Championship group:Omonia vs AEL (16.00), AEK vs Anorthosis (18.00)Relegation Group:Ethnikos Achnas vs Ermis, Aris vs Karmiotissa (both at 17.00)last_img read more