6 States Sue Biden To Stop ‘Unlawful’ Student Debt Cancellation

6 States Sue Biden To Stop ‘Unlawful’ Student Debt Cancellation

LITTLE ROCK— Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a lawsuit against President Joe Biden, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and the U.S. Department of Education for violating federal law when the Biden Administration attempted to categorically cancel student loan debt in August. The suit alleges that Biden violated federal law, the constitutional principle of separation of powers and the Administrative Procedure Act when he skirted congressional authority to implement this policy.

“President Biden’s unlawful political play puts the self-wrought college-loan debt on the backs of millions of hardworking Americans who are struggling to pay their utility bills and home loans in the midst of Biden’s inflation,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “President Biden does not have the power to arbitrarily erase the college debt of adults who chose to take out those loans.”

The lawsuit highlights that President Biden knew he did not have the proper authority to authorize this type of executive action, which is why he attempted to work with Congress to find a legitimate and legal solution to the student loan crisis. After Congress routinely failed to pass legislation addressing the issue, Biden attempted to unilaterally act far beyond the authority granted to him by the Constitution. This action will result in approximately half a trillion dollars in losses to the federal treasury and contribute to the already rampant inflation the nation is experiencing.

The Democrat Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, summarized it best when she said, “people think the President of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness. He does not.”

Joining Arkansas in the suit are the states of: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina.


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Veteran FDNY EMT Fatally Stabbed In “Barbaric” Unprovoked Attack In Queens

Veteran FDNY EMT Fatally Stabbed In “Barbaric” Unprovoked Attack In Queens

NEW YORK – Eric Adams and Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh announced the death of Emergency Medical Service Lieutenant Alison Russo-Eling, a 24-year-veteran of the FDNY who was stabbed and killed Thursday afternoon while working at EMS Station 49 in Queens.

At approximately 2:20pm, Lt. Russo-Elling was on duty in the vicinity of 20th Avenue and Steinway Street in Astoria near her station’s quarters. She was stabbed multiple times in an unprovoked attack. She was transported in critical condition to Mt. Sinai Queens Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Lt. Russo-Eling worked out of Station 49 in Astoria at the time she was killed.

Russo-Elingwas appointed to the FDNY as an EMT in March of 1998. She was promoted to Paramedic in 2002, and to Lieutenant in 2016. She has worked at multiple EMS stations, including Station 20, Station 17, Station 16, Station 45, Queens Tactical Response Group and Station 49.

Lt. Russo-Eling was a World Trade Center first responder, aiding in the rescue and recovery efforts. She is the 1,158th member of the Department to make the Supreme Sacrifice while serving our city. The last member of the Department to die in the line of duty was Firefighter Timothy Klein of Ladder 170 on April 24, 2022.

Lt.Russo-Eling was 61 years old. A Long Island resident, she is survived by her daughter and her parents. Wake and funeral information are pending.


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Tulsa PD: Man dressed as woman raped victim at gunpoint with elderly person present

TULSA, Okla. – On Tuesday, Officers were called out to the Trade Winds Central Inn near 51st and Harvard for a report of a rape.

The victim said she was standing by her hotel room when a Black male dressed as a woman walked by and asked where he could buy drugs. The victim said the man, later identified as Brandon Herd, was wearing a black wig, miniskirt, and black slides.

The victim said she told Herd she did not have any drugs, and when she went to shut the door, Herd hit her over the head with a gun, forced her back into the room, and then committed a rape while holding the victim at gunpoint. The victim’s elderly friend was also inside the room at the time.

The victim said Herd committed rape again, ransacked the room, took many of her personal belongings, then left in a yellow car.

On Wednesday, a hotel employee spotted Herd and called police.

The Tulsa Police Helicopter responded to the area, and with help from Officers in the air, Officers on the ground quickly located Herd at a nearby convenience store and he was taken into custody.

The victim identified Herd as the suspect, and he was in possession of several of her personal items.

Brandon Herd was arrested for:
– 1st Degree Rape AFCF (After Former Conviction of a Felony)
– Robbery by Force or Fear AFCF
– Failure to Register as a Sex Offender


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‘This baby is mine today’: Woman accused of kidnapping child from Florida Keys hotel

‘This baby is mine today’: Woman accused of kidnapping child from Florida Keys hotel

FLORIDA KEYS – A 49-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday for taking a woman’s child from a hotel.

Zita Gasperik was charged with child neglect and kidnapping.

The Sheriff’s Office was called to Fairfield Inn & Suites in Marathon at approximately 8:30 a.m. where an employee stated Gasperik took her 16-month-old child without her permission.

Gasperik was stopped on U.S. 1 shortly thereafter with the child in her lap and not in a child’s car seat. The child was not harmed.

The mother stated Gasperik, also a hotel employee, was stating how cute the baby was and took a picture. Gasperik also reportedly stated, “this baby is mine today.”

Gasperik took the child to a breakfast room, but when the mother went to get her child back, she discovered Gasperik left the property with the child.


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Texas authorities arrest woman, juvenile for allegedly kidnapping Florida baby

Jenna Roark. (El Paso County Sheriff’s Office)

EL PASO – On Sept. 26, 2022, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Criminal Investigations Division (CID) Special Agents, with assistance from Texas Highway Patrol Troopers, the United States Border Patrol (USBP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Jenna Roark, 45, of El Paso, and a 15-year-old juvenile on charges of smuggling of persons and aggravated kidnapping.

The charges stem from a Sept. 16, traffic stop conducted by DPS Troopers working Operation Lone Star. Troopers discovered Roark and the juvenile were smuggling illegal immigrants and were also traveling with an unidentified 18-month-old boy. The child was in poor health and was immediately taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. He was then released to child protective services as officials investigated his identity and tried to locate family.

On Sept. 26, FBI El Paso contacted DPS CID Agents regarding information from Saint Petersburg, Florida, about a mother who’s baby was being held for ransom. FBI and DPS were able to confirm it was the child from the traffic stop. DPS, FBI and USBP personnel located and arrested Roark and the juvenile. Both have now been booked into the El Paso County Jail and the El Paso County Juvenile Probation.

“It’s an unthinkable situation to have your child kidnapped and held for ransom,” said Jose Sanchez, West Texas Regional Director. “DPS Troopers and CID Agents are specially trained in the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) which gives them the skills to take action in these situations and save children from further harm.”

“Being caught in a kidnapping for ransom (KFR) extortion incident is frightening as it is, but when the subject kidnaps a small child to hold for collateral until the parent pays for their services, is utterly inhumane and heartless,” said Jeffery R. Downey, FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge. “Thankfully, the victim contacted the FBI St. Petersburg Field Office to report that her child was being held ransom. They immediately contacted our office to locate the subject and the child. Working with our partners at the Texas Department of Public Safety, we were able to share intelligence about the KFR, locate the child and assist in arresting the subject of this heartless kidnapping. If you are a victim or are a family member of a victim of a KFR, please call the FBI at 915-832-5000 or local law enforcement immediately.”


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Teen, dad and stepmother arrested in fatal shooting of rapper PnB Rock at Los Angeles restaurant

Philadelphia rapper PnB Rock, Rakim Allen. (Source: Getty)

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a father and his 17-year-old son have been charged with killing rapper PnB Rock at a South Los Angeles restaurant earlier this month.

“The murder of Mr. Allen dimmed a bright light in the lives of his fans, friends and most importantly his family,” District Attorney Gascón said. “The accused individuals’ alleged actions in this case were heartless and cruel and robbed the world of Mr. Allen’s talents.

I thank the investigators who presented the case to my office. As we do every single day, we will work diligently to make sure that those responsible for taking the life of an innocent victim are held accountable.”

Freddie Lee Trone was charged today with one count of murder and conspiracy to commit robbery and two counts of second-degree robbery. Shauntel Trone faces one count of accessory after the fact.

The minor was charged with one count each of murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. He also faces two counts of second-degree robbery.

On September 12, 30-year-old Rakim Allen, known as PnB Rock, was fatally shot during a robbery at Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles.

[Investigators believe an Instagram post may have led the killers to his location. Rock’s girlfriend posted the location and tagged the rapper in an Instagram post. The post has been deleted.]

The teen and Shauntel Trone were later arrested. Freddie Lee Trone fled and was arrested Thursday in Las Vegas.

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

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Previously Deported Illegal Alien Attempts To Wrestle M-4 Rifle From Texas National Guardsman

Previously Deported Illegal Alien Attempts To Wrestle M-4 Rifle From Texas National Guardsman

WESLACO, TX – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) recently arrested a suspected illegal immigrant who attempted to take a weapon away from a Texas National Guard soldier serving as part of Operation Lone Star.

On September 26, 2022, just after 4:00 a.m., a Texas National Guard soldier assisted the United States Border Patrol in apprehending a large group of illegal immigrants on South Inspiration Road near Bentsen Palm Community Park in Mission, TX. The soldier attempted to capture a suspected male illegal immigrant who had fled law enforcement. The soldier issued verbal commands to the suspect, but he failed to comply. The suspect then grabbed the soldier’s M-4 rifle with both hands in an attempt to seize the weapon for himself. The soldier was able to maintain possession of his weapon, and the suspect was apprehended with assistance from other National Guard soldiers. The Texas Rangers are still investigating the full incident.

The suspect, Ricardo Jaime-Ruiz, 45, of Mexico, was arrested for attempting to take a weapon away from a public servant. He is a previously deported felon and was transported to the Hidalgo County Jail.

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First openly trans Army officer charged in plot to give U.S. military medical info to Russia

First openly trans Army officer charged in plot to give U.S. military medical info to Russia

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Anna Gabrielian, age 36, and her husband, Jamie Lee Henry, age 39, both of Rockville, Maryland, with conspiracy and for the disclosure of individually identifiable health information (“IIHI”), related to their efforts to assist Russia in connection with the conflict in Ukraine. The indictment was returned on September 28, 2022 and unsealed today upon the arrest of the defendants.

Gabrielian is scheduled to have initial appearance at 11:30 a.m. today, in U.S. District Court in Baltimore before U.S. Magistrate Judge Brendan A. Hurson. Henry is also expected to have an initial appearance today, although a time has not yet been set.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.

As stated in the indictment, Gabrielian is an anesthesiologist and worked at Medical Institution 1, located in Baltimore, Maryland. Henry, a Major in the United States Army, who held a Secret-level security clearance, is Gabrielian’s husband and a doctor. During the time of the alleged conspiracy, Henry worked as a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg, the home of the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps, headquarters of the United States Army Special Operations Command, and the Womack Army Medical Center.

According to the eight-count indictment, Gabrielian and Henry conspired to cause harm to the United States by providing confidential health information of Americans associated with the United States government and military to Russia. Specifically, the indictment alleges that beginning on August 17, 2022, Gabrielian and Henry conspired to provide IIHI related to patients at Medical Institution 1 and at Fort Bragg to an individual they believed to be working for the Russian government in order to demonstrate the level of Gabrielian’s and Henry’s access to IIHI of Americans; their willingness to provide IIHI to the Russian government; and the potential for the Russian government to gain insights into the medical conditions of individuals associated with the United States government and military in order to exploit this information.

Gabrielian and Henry met with an individual they believed to be associated with the Russian government, but who was, in fact, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Undercover Agent (“UC”), in order to convey to the UC their commitment to aid Russia, and to discuss ways in which they could help the Russian government. Gabrielian told the UC that she had previously reached out to the Russian embassy by email and phone, offering Russia her and her husband’s assistance. Gabrielian told the UC that, although Henry knew of Gabrielian’s interaction with the Russian Embassy, she never mentioned Henry’s name to the Russian Embassy. Gabrielian wanted to make sure Henry could deny any knowledge of her actions. On August 17, 2022, Gabrielian met with the UC at a hotel in Baltimore. During that meeting, Gabrielian told the UC she was motivated by patriotism toward Russia to provide any assistance she could to Russia, even if it meant being fired or going to jail. Gabrielian proposed potential cover stories for meeting the UC and stressed the need for “plausible deniability” in the event she was confronted by American authorities about meeting with the UC. Gabrielian also told the UC that, as a military officer, Henry was currently a more important source for Russia than she was, because he had more helpful information, including how the United States military establishes an army hospital in war conditions and information about previous training provided by the United States military to Ukrainian military personnel. Gabrielian arranged to meet with the UC and Henry later that evening.

At about 8:10 p.m. that evening, the indictment alleges that Gabrielian and Henry met with the UC in the UC’s hotel room. During the meeting, Henry explained to the UC he was committed to assisting Russia and had looked into volunteering to join the Russian Army after the conflict in Ukraine began, but Russia wanted people with “combat experience” and he did not have any. Henry further stated, “the way I am viewing what is going on in Ukraine now, is that the United States is using Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred toward Russia.” Henry and Gabrielian allegedly offered to provide the UC with private medical records from the United States Army and Medical Institution 1 in order to help the Russian government. During the same meeting, Gabrielian demanded that if she were put at significant risk of arrest, she wanted her and Henry’s children to, “have a nice flight to Turkey to go on vacation because I don’t want to end in jail here with my kids being hostages over my head.” Henry also indicated that he was concerned about passing a background check for his security clearance, telling the UC, “I don’t want to know your name . . . because I want plausible deniability too. In a security clearance situation they want to know names and people and all this stuff.”

As detailed in the indictment, a few days later Gabrielian and the UC again met at the hotel in Baltimore to discuss providing Army medical records to the UC. Gabrielian told the UC that Henry was concerned about violating HIPAA, but Gabrielian had no such concerns. Gabrielian stated that she would check with Henry about providing medical records from Fort Bragg patients and get back in touch. The next day, Gabrielian sent a text to the UC, using coded language, to advise that Henry would provide Army medical records to the UC. On August 31, 2022, Gabrielian and Henry allegedly met the UC at a hotel room in Gaithersburg, Maryland. According to the indictment, Gabrielian provided the UC with IIHI related to two individuals, including the spouse of an employee of the Office of Naval Intelligence, whom Gabrielian pointed out had a medical condition Russia could “exploit.” Henry also allegedly provided IIHI related to five individuals who were military veterans or related to military veterans.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for the conspiracy, and a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for each count of disclosing IIHI. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


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