HOLLYWOOD HIGH-RISE ARREST: DA Says Rifles Were Pointed From Window At Park, Possible Massacre Prevented

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Los Angeles, Calif. – A 25-year-old man was charged today with possession of illegal assault weapons and criminal threats.

Braxton Johnson, 24, was charged with two counts of possession of an assault weapon, one count of criminal threats and one count of solicitation of murder.

On January 31, authorities found several high-powered weapons during a search at the defendant’s high-rise apartment building in Hollywood. They found rifles magazines with high caliber ammo, a shotgun, loaded pistols, ballistic vests and a scope.

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Some of those weapons were allegedly loaded and staged at an angle near a glass window facing a public area.

“Los Angeles County is still reeling over the tragic mass shooting in Monterey Park,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said. “Were it not for the brave actions of the witnesses in this case this could have also been an incredible tragedy. I want to also thank the LAPD for quickly apprehending this person and potentially saving countless lives. I have always supported gun violence prevention bills and will continue to support a nation-wide ban on assault rifles. California laws are insufficient to protect us when military grade assault rifles are readily available in our neighboring states.”

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.


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Dramatic Video Shows Florida Man Shot Dead By Deputy For Not Dropping Knife During Foot Pursuit

Dramatic Video Shows Florida Man Shot Dead By Deputy For Not Dropping Knife During Foot Pursuit

Jacksonville, Florida — On January 19, 2023, detectives from the narcotics and vice section were conducting surveillance on a known drug dealer, Brian Brightman. The detectives knew Brightman was located inside a van and an apartment complex parking lot located in the 13200 block of North Main Street. In the driver’s seat of that van was the man later identified as 38-year-old Eric Nathaniel Thornton. After observing what appeared to be an illegal drug transaction being committed from the van, detectives used their vehicles to block the van’s movement and then attempted to detain the occupants.

The detectives were outfit in tactical uniforms that clearly identified them as police. As they approached the van, Thornton opened the driver’s side door and fled on foot. Several of the detectives immediately pursued Thornton to detain him. As they were doing so, they observed that Thornton was armed with a knife in his hand. The officers gave multiple commands for Thornton to drop his knife. Instead, Thornton continues to flee while still holding the knife in his hand. It is at this point the two detectives fired multiple shots at Thornton, resulting in him falling to the ground.

Immediately following the shooting, JSO detectives provided first aid on the scene as a rescue unit was called. The Rescue Unit transported Thornton to a local Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Brightman was removed from the back of the van and taken into custody. Detectives also located an eight-year-old child in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. The child was removed without harm and turned over to a family member at the scene. Two knives and two grams of fentanyl were found at the scene. Brightman was charged with the felony offenses of the sale of Fentanyl, child abuse, and the unlawful use of a two-way communication device.


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Ex-Army Sergeant Convicted In Brutal Stabbing Death of Soldier In Georgia Barracks Gets Life In Prison

SAVANNAH, GA – A former U.S. Army sergeant who admitted he stabbed to death a former fellow soldier in his Fort Stewart barracks room has been sentenced to life in federal prison.

Byron Booker, 29, of Ludowici, Ga., was sentenced to life in prison after previously pleading guilty to Premeditated Murder of a Member of the United States Uniformed Services, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker also ordered Booker to pay a fine of $2,500 and to serve five years of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence.

There is no parole in the federal system.

“Byron Booker squandered his own military career by illegally using drugs, and then murdered a former fellow soldier in cold blood in retaliation

for that soldier honorably performing his duties,” said U.S. Attorney Estes, a retired U.S. Army Colonel. “The sentence of life in prison with no parole will serve a measure of justice for Austin Hawk’s family, while affirming the outstanding investigative work that led to Booker’s conviction.”

Booker’s co-defendant, Jordan Brown, 21, of St. Marys, Ga., awaits sentencing after entering a plea of guilty in December 2022 to Assault Upon a U.S. Servicemember Involving Bodily Injury or a Deadly Weapon, and Retaliation Against a Witness Involving Bodily Injury.

As described in court testimony and in the plea agreements for the defendants, Booker, a former U.S. Army sergeant, admitted he and Brown discussed “silencing” Specialist Austin J. Hawk, 21, at Fort Stewart Military Reservation in retaliation for Hawk reporting Brown to U.S. Army leadership for marijuana use. After gaining entry to Hawk’s barracks room shortly after midnight on June 17, 2020, Booker “slashed and stabbed Hawk repeatedly with a sharp-edged weapon.” A medical examiner noted that Hawk received 40 separate stab or slash wounds, many of them that individually would have been fatal, and cut his own hand during the assault.

Hawk’s body was found in his Fort Stewart barracks room the next day.

“This sentence holds Booker accountable for his actions and hopefully brings some closure to the victim’s family,” said Rusty Higgason, assistant special agent-in-charge of the Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division’s Southeast Field Office. “This complex investigation is a great example of the close teamwork among Army CID, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory, FBI, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Georgia.”

“This sentence represents a measure of justice for Austin Hawk, a man who was murdered for simply following the rules,” said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “Hawk’s family and friends will never be rid of the pain this senseless murder has caused them, but hopefully it gives them some sense of resolve to know that Booker will spend the rest of his life in prison.”

U.S. Attorney Estes also commended the work of CID Forensic Science Technicians from Fort Stewart, Fort Bragg, Fort Gordon, and Fort Jackson, and from the analysts with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory and the FBI Crime Lab.


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Maryland Woman, 25, Admits To Sexually Abusing Baby Girl On Camera

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Baltimore, Maryland – Summer Nichole McCroskey, age 25, of Elkton, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to federal charges related to her participation in a conspiracy to sexually abuse a child, from the age of approximately four months to two years old, to producing and distributing images documenting the sexual abuse of the child, and to possession of child pornography.

At today’s plea hearing, McCroskey admitted that she and her co-conspirator sexually abused a child, starting at the time the victim was approximately four months of age through at least October 2021, when the victim was two years old, and produced videos and images of the abuse. The abuse included oral, vaginal, and anal penetration, as well as bondage, and both McCroskey and her co-conspirator participated in the abuse. Additionally, McCroskey distributed the files documenting the sexual abuse of the child to her co-conspirator and others using an encrypted messaging application.

McCroskey faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison for conspiracy to sexually exploit a child and for each of seven counts of sexual exploitation of a child; a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for each of five counts of distribution of child pornography; and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for each of three counts of possession of child pornography.


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One Dead, Officer Critically Hurt In Shooting At Memphis Library

One Dead, Officer Critically Hurt In Shooting At Memphis Library

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – At 12:32 PM, Memphis police responded to a shooting at 5094 Poplar Avenue.

Authorities say an officer and another person were both shot and were transported to Regional One Hospital.

The suspect was pronounced dead and the officer remains in extremely critical condition.

It was unclear what led up to the shooting. The scene is near a library.

This is a breaking news update.

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NJ Republican Councilwoman Found Slain Near Her Home

NJ Republican Councilwoman Found Slain Near Her Home

NEW JERSEY – Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, 30, was shot and killed in her car on Wednesday night on Samuel Circle.

Officials found her with multiple gunshot wounds just before 7:30 PM.

Police believe Dwumfour, a native of Newark, was the intended target of the shooting but don’t have a clear motive. They speculate her car traveled 100 feet before crashing into two parked cars.

“I am stunned by the news of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour’s murder last evening in an act of gun violence,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said. “Her career of public service was just beginning, and by all accounts she had already built a reputation as a committed member of the Borough Council who took her responsibility with the utmost diligence and seriousness.”

Dwumfour was elected to the Borough Council in 2022, defeating an incumbent Democrat and beginning a three-year term as a Republican.

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BREAKING: LAPD Thwarts Possible ‘Las Vegas-Style’ Mass Shooting

BREAKING: LAPD Thwarts Possible ‘Las Vegas-Style’ Mass Shooting

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LOS ANGELES – On Tuesday, Hollywood police officers responded to a report of a man with possible mental illness.

After investigating, they say they found that the ‘elements of criminal threats had been met.’

With help from Hollywood detectives, they obtained search and arrest warrants. During the search, they recovered several high-powered rifles, shotguns, handguns, and a large quantity of ammunition.

As a result of the evidence at the scene, 24-year-old Braxton Johnson of Los Angeles was arrested.

Officials told NBC LA the arrest could have prevented a ‘Las Vegas-style’ mass shooting.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is considering charges in the case.

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Hunter Biden Attorneys Acknowledge Laptop Is His & Call For Criminal Charges Into Those Disseminating Contents

Lawyers representing Hunter Biden have requested investigations into former President Donald Trump’s allies for ‘trafficking stolen information’ from Biden’s laptop.

The letters, which were sent to the Justice Department’s National Security Division and the Delaware attorney general’s office, request probes into individuals suspected of violating federal and Delaware laws by accessing, copying, manipulating and disseminating Biden’s personal computer data, NBC News reported.

The letters name Rudy Giuliani, who served as Trump’s lawyer at the time, and John Paul Mac Isaac, who claimed that Biden left the water-damaged laptop at his Wilmington, Delaware repair store.

The information from the laptop has been the source of media stories alleging Hunter Biden committed crimes regarding his finances and drug use.

Hunter Biden’s team has decided to take a new approach and will no longer remain silent, a source told NBC News.

“This marks a new approach by Hunter Biden and his team. He is not going to sit quietly by as questionable characters continue to violate his rights and media organizations peddling in lies try to defame him,” the unidentified person said.

The Justice Department declined to comment and the Delaware attorney general’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

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