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Marcella’s third series gets underway with Anna Friel’s detective infiltrating a Belfast gang

Viewers were left in shock by the return of Marcella after the hit ITV crime drama returned to their screens this evening.

The first episode of the third series saw Anna Friel’s detective Marcella Backland go undercover and take on the name Keira Devlin to infiltrate one of Belfast’s most notorious gangs, the Maguire family.

At the end of the second series in 2018, viewers were left reeling after witnessing Marcella become scarred both mentally and physically as she investigated crimes involving serial killers, paedophiles and witchcraft.

But she was eventually recruited into an undercover police unit and tonight’s episode showed just how far Marcella would go to help bring down the Maguire family – including snitching on her boyfriend for embezzling company money.

While he was shot in the head by the family, Keira, Marcella’s alias, is left becoming closer to the criminals as she continues her affair with Finn (Aaron McCusker), one of two sons belonging to the cold-hearted matriarch Katherine (Amanda Burton).

One viewer said: ‘This was her way in to the crime family then #marcella’. 

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The first episode of the third series saw Anna Friel’s detective Marcella Backland (pictured) go undercover and take on the name Keira Devlin to infiltrate one of Belfast’s most notorious gangs, the Maguire family

Marcella was recruited into an undercover police unit and tonight's episode showed just how far Marcella would go to help bring down the Maguire family - including snitching on her boyfriend for embezzling company money (pictured together)

Marcella was recruited into an undercover police unit and tonight’s episode showed just how far Marcella would go to help bring down the Maguire family – including snitching on her boyfriend for embezzling company money (pictured together)

Viewers were left in shock when it was revealed Marcella snitched on her boyfriend for embezzling money from the family

Viewers were left in shock when it was revealed Marcella snitched on her boyfriend for embezzling money from the family 

Another added: ‘#Marcella this has taken a much darker turn’. 

A third tweeted: ‘Keep your friends close but your enemies closer !!’

At the start of the episode, having formed a relationship with Lawrence, the accountant for the Maguire’s business, Marcella was deep behind enemy lines as her alias Keira Devlin. 

She had a distinct new look – embracing blonde locks and sexier outfits – but the faint outline of the scar on her face is still visible. 

While he was shot in the head by the family, Keira, Marcella’s alias, is left becoming closer to the criminals as she continues her affair with Finn (Aaron McCusker), one of two sons belonging to the cold-hearted matriarch Katherine (Amanda Burton) (pictured centre)

While he was shot in the head by the family, Keira, Marcella’s alias, is left becoming closer to the criminals as she continues her affair with Finn (Aaron McCusker), one of two sons belonging to the cold-hearted matriarch Katherine (Amanda Burton) (pictured centre)

At the start of the episode, having formed a relationship with Lawrence, the accountant for the Maguire's business, Marcella was deep behind enemy lines as her alias Keira Devlin (pictured)

At the start of the episode, having formed a relationship with Lawrence, the accountant for the Maguire’s business, Marcella was deep behind enemy lines as her alias Keira Devlin (pictured)

Revealed: How the third series of Marcella is spookily prophetic 

The presence in the new series of Marcella of gangster Rory Maguire, who’s obsessive about cleanliness and reluctant to leave his home, is chillingly prescient in these Covid times.

Pictured: Finn, Katherine and Rory Maguire in Marcella

Pictured: Finn, Katherine and Rory Maguire in Marcella

But the tragic scenes that show a lorry at Belfast docks containing the bodies of ten dead trafficked workers draw on a news story that preceded the horrifying incident of 39 Vietnamese immigrants found dead in a truck in Essex in 2019. 

‘I wrote that part of the story two years ago, and in my mind was an event from 2015,’ previously explained series co-creator Hans Rosenfeldt. 

‘A group of immigrants was discovered dead inside a lorry in Austria. The link between the storyline in Marcella and the terrible discovery in Essex is entirely coincidental.’

To get closer to the family and prove her alliance, Marcella snitched on her lover and revealed he’s been embezzling company money – despite him proposing to her.

After refusing to marry him, the close associate was assassinated with a single shot to the head following the discovery of his betrayal while the couple were at a dinner party at the family’s home.

As far as the Maguires are concerned, Marcella’s a former police officer drummed out of the force in Manchester after she was found to be corrupt who’s now back in her native Northern Ireland. 

Following Lawrence’s death, she moved into the family home and continued her affair with Finn, while trying to win over Katherine. 

The Maguire’s stock-in-trade is extortion and intimidation, and they were responsible for the ten trafficked workers found dead in a sealed lorry at Belfast docks during the episode.

The family business is run by matriarch Katherine and her two sons; the OCD suffering Rory and the tempestuous Finn. They have deep pockets and control the local police.

Katherine’s daughter, Stacey, is heavily pregnant and married to reckless and dangerous Bobby who works for the business but has a secret drug deal as a sideline.

Meanwhile, former Brookside star Anna, 44, has spent the past five years inhabiting Marcella, and yet she almost turned the role down.

‘The truth is I didn’t think I could offer anything new or different to the world of TV detectives,’ she explained to the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine. 

‘But the director said, “Let’s start and you’ll see how you can do it” and, gradually, I became more confident about making Marcella significantly different.

‘Key to the portrayal was emphasising her unpredictability, her fearlessness and the fact that she’s so lonely and doesn’t think she’s good at anything apart from her job. 

‘But it was a close call. I often convince myself I can’t do a job and I almost talked myself out of this one.’

Anna may not be finished with the role that she so very nearly said no to.  Although Marcella was originally written as a three-series trilogy, the show’s Swedish co-creator Hans Rosenfeldt hints that there might be more.

‘This new series has a definite ending – audiences won’t be left guessing,’ he says. ‘But there’s an opening there for it to continue. So maybe we will see Marcella again…’

Marcella is on ITV, Tuesdays at 9pm.

The family business is run by matriarch Katherine and her two sons; the OCD suffering Rory and the tempestuous Finn (pictured)

The family business is run by matriarch Katherine and her two sons; the OCD suffering Rory and the tempestuous Finn (pictured)

Katherine's daughter, Stacey, is heavily pregnant and married to reckless and dangerous Bobby (pictured together) who works for the business but has a secret drug deal as a sideline

Katherine’s daughter, Stacey, is heavily pregnant and married to reckless and dangerous Bobby (pictured together) who works for the business but has a secret drug deal as a sideline

What happened in season two of Marcella?

In series two of Marcella, her husband Jason cheated on her then left her. 

He later gained custody of their children Edward and Emma when Marcella became aware that she was a danger to them because of her unpredictable periods of amnesia.

Tragically, under hypnosis, she also discovered that she was responsible for the accidental death of her baby daughter Juliet.  

Simply unable to cope with being Marcella any more, she was only prevented from committing suicide when colleague and friend DCI Rav Sangha talked her down from the roof of the police station as she gazed over the edge.  

Given a second chance, she reached out for a new life and a new identity – and got lucky. The woman she’d swapped DNA cheek swabs with in series one died in a fire, just as Marcella disappeared off the radar and started to live rough. 

Badly burnt, the woman could only be identified by the DNA that was thought to be hers, which meant Marcella was declared legally dead and therefore free to reinvent herself as a different person. 

That’s when, at the end of the last series, Frank Young (Hugo Speer) invited her to join his undercover police unit.

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Florida Paramedic Accused of Stealing Coronavirus Vaccines | The State

A Latino paramedic from Florida was arrested as an alleged thief of three doses of a covid-19 vaccine.

Joshua Colón, 31, is accused not only of stealing vaccines, but of filling in the necessary documents to be vaccinated on behalf of other people and of providing false information. The subject claimed that his supervisor wanted them for his mother and asked him to do it.

The office of Polk County Sheriff indicated that Colón resigned from his post this Friday and was arrested on Monday, January 25, but was released on bail.

His allegations about the supervisor are being investigated, the Sheriff Grady Judd without reporting the identity of that person, who, he said, is traveling.

Columbus was accused of 15 charges for different types of counterfeiting, in addition to using a personal identity document for criminal purposes and inventing personal identification.

The paramedic was tasked with vaccinating to first aid personnel from a Polk County fire station and doing regulatory paperwork to record who was vaccinated and how the state-free vaccinations were administered.

On January 6, he received three vials of the modern pharmaceutical, with 10 doses each, to vaccinate the firefighters of the town of Davenport.

In his report he wrote that he applied 28 vaccines and two were wasted, then he changed it and put 27 vaccines administered and three missed doses and later he entered into contradictions that aroused the suspicions of the police.

Controversy with supervisor

An investigation was opened and two of those allegedly vaccinated by Colon said they had not received the vaccine, according to police reports.

Colón told the police that, before the vaccines were administered, his supervisor “joked” with him about appropriating some dose for his mother and then asked him to report three doses as useless.

When he went to lunch he left all the vaccines in a refrigerator and labeled and when he returned three were no longer there, but he did not inform the authorities.

In Florida they can only get vaccinated for now health and first aid personnel, those admitted to nursing homes and those who care for them and those over 65 years of age.

There is currently a vaccine shortage in Florida, which makes older people restless and concerned, because at the same time infections and deaths from covid-19 rise.

The White House said Monday that Florida authorities have only distributed to the population half of the vaccines that federal authorities have delivered since December.

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Outrage as poppy wreaths honouring fallen British and Commonwealth soldiers are dumped in BIN

Outrage as dozens of poppy wreaths honouring fallen British and Commonwealth soldiers are dumped in a BIN after storm blew them down

  • At least 10 wreaths were removed from a monument outside Cardiff’s City Hall  
  • Tributes to ethnic minority veterans of world wars were found in a nearby bin 
  • South Wales Police investigated the attack as potential hate crime before it was discovered a Falklands Memorial wreath had also been removed and damaged
  • Cardiff City Council has now said while it is unclear how the wreaths ended up in the bin, they believe the storm may have blown them away and caused damage 

Police and council officials have ruled out racist vandalism after wreaths honouring black and Asian soldiers killed in the World Wards were left by a bin in Cardiff.

The community was left outraged after at least 10 memorial wreaths dedicated to fallen black heroes left outside Cardiff City Hall were found dumped next to a bin.

The incident sparked fears of a racially motivated act of vandalism and prompted a police investigation as officers and council officials tried to determine what had happened.

The Race Council Cymru shared it’s shock and distress at the news after it appeared their tributes had been destroyed.

However, it now appears that Storm Christoph may be behind the destruction of the wreaths and that someone may have thoughtlessly piled them by the bin because they were damaged.

Cardiff City Council and the Race Council Cymru have issued a joint statement in response to the incident.

South Wales Police investigated the incident as a potential hate crime after being alerted by equality group Race Council Cymru

Memorial wreaths were moved from a monument for ethnic minority men and women outside Cardiff’s City Hall as well as from a Falklands War Memorial and were found in or on a bin

The statement reads: ‘We were deeply troubled by the images of poppy wreaths laid to honour Black and Ethnic Minority armed service personnel at the Alexandra Gardens war memorial left by a nearby litter bin this week. 

‘We now know that a wreath from the nearby Falklands War Memorial had also been placed by the bin as well.

‘It is possible that the recent bad weather had blown the wreaths away from the monuments, and that someone had collected them to tidy the gardens and placed them by the litter bin.

‘However, the wreaths were badly damaged and there is no CCTV covering Alexandra Gardens so we cannot confirm exactly what happened.’

The councils have urged anyone who may have witnessed vandalism to get in touch with the police. 

But South Wales Police have confirmed they have investigated and have not found evidence that a criminal offence took place at this stage.  

Pictured: The memorial for black and ethnic minority heroes from the world wars was unveiled in Cathays Park, Cardiff, in 2019 after community groups launched a campaign for a tribute

Pictured: The memorial for black and ethnic minority heroes from the world wars was unveiled in Cathays Park, Cardiff, in 2019 after community groups launched a campaign for a tribute

The councils’ statement added: ‘When we became aware that the wreaths had been left by a bin, a Council officer was sent to the area.

‘They thought the wreaths were in too poor a state to return to the monuments and they were removed.

‘The Council is now in the process of replacing the damaged wreaths on both monuments and a special service attended by the Leader of the Council, British Armed Forces and representatives from Race Council Cymru’s Black History Cymru 365 and the Windrush Cymru Elders Chairperson will place these new wreaths shortly.’

The statement went on to state that regardless of how the wreaths were damaged, they were insufficiently secured and the council has promised to remedy this when the tributes are replaced.

It concludes: ‘Cardiff Council was proud to work with Race Council Cymru and other partners to install the monument and to support the elders at their unveiling of this important plaque in 2019, commemorating the contribution of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority service personnel who served during the First and Second World Wars.

Plaque says it is in 'recognition and thanks' for contributions made by diverse ethnic and commonwealth men and women who served the country during First and Second world wars

Plaque says it is in ‘recognition and thanks’ for contributions made by diverse ethnic and commonwealth men and women who served the country during First and Second world wars

‘It is the product of a lifelong campaign from the late Patti Flynn, whose father and brothers were lost in the war, and a monument which Patti saw revealed in her home city during the opening ceremony.

‘Both Cardiff Council and Race Council Cymru have agreed to hold an annual joint ceremony to recognise our Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority service personnel to ensure their stories are told to current and future generations.’ 

The council said the wreaths were due to be removed in February and that they are in the process of replacing them. 

The memorial was unveiled in Cathays Park, Cardiff, in 2019 after community groups campaigned for a tribute.

The plaque says: ‘This monument is installed in recognition and thanks for the contributions made by diverse ethnic and commonwealth men and women who served our country in World War I 1914-18 World War II 1939-45 and to date.’ 

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They sentenced a teacher who picked up a student before classes to have sex | The State

Laura Dunker.

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An Ohio teacher was sentenced to two years in jail for having sex with two underage students.

Laura Dunker, 31 years old and who was married when abused minors, faced six counts of sexual assault and concealing evidence.

The former teacher of Bedford High School began to have relations with minors in November 2018. The acts took place over a year. According to the file, Dunker had sex four times with one of the teenagers, and twice with the other.

Some of the encounters took place in the teacher’s car. The woman would pick up one of the students before classes and I took him to a park to have sex.

Other encounters took place at her home, when her husband was away.

“Teachers are expected to be role models for their students and the communities they serve,” said Cuyahoga County Attorney Michael O’Malley. “She took advantage of these students and now she must face the consequences.”

Dunker resigned from her job after the arrest in December 2019. The teacher was reported by an assistant principal.

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Latino offers $ 10,000 for information on the murderer of his 12-year-old son | The State

In a desperate attempt to clarify the murder of his son, a Hispanic father from Georgia on Thursday offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the boy’s death, which occurred more than three months ago.

“I am offering a reward of $ 10,000 dollars to give me information and that the person who killed Brayan be caught, “he said. Santiago Zavala, whose son was murdered on October 15 of last year in front of his home in the town of Riverdale, south of Atlanta.

Related: Man who set fire to his Latina girlfriend in Florida charged with murder

The 12-year-old boy was shot to the head by a hooded man who appeared suddenly as Brayan was helping his father fix a lawn mower, according to Zavala’s testimony.

The stranger arrived in a car, got out and, without saying anything, shot him point-blank with a rifle and later fled in the vehicle, a Chevy HHR Without plates, it was driven by someone else, according to the father.

“The authorities don’t tell me anything at all. They are silent, they do not give me information and they do not answer, ”said Zavala, who added that that was the reason why he is offering the reward.

The Mexican father assures that he is desperate and that he wants justice to be done for the murder of Brayan, which has caused a commotion in Georgia for being a child And by the way the killer acted.

“I want peace and justice. I don’t know who or why it was; I do not understand. Day and night I keep looking for clues, looking for who it was, ”said Zavala, who also hired a private detective to find the murderer.

Brayan’s relatives assure that the little boy, who died shortly before his 13th birthday, dreamed of being a policeman and was an excellent student, with many goals in life.

Related: 19-year-old man charged with stabbing to death of Latina baby in Nebraska

The official Aubriel StroudClayton County Police spokesman said they have no further details on the case for now and that it remains under investigation.

If anyone has clues or any information about the crime, they can call 770-477-4479authorities said.

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Gatineau: the SQ investigates a murder possibly linked to organized crime

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) set up a command post on Thursday to solve a murder possibly linked to organized crime, in Gatineau, in the Outaouais.

The command post was installed in a parking lot on Montcalm Street, the SQ said in a press release.

The SQ’s Personal Crimes Investigation Department is asking the public for help regarding the circumstances surrounding the murder of Ryan Bracken, 31, on December 11.

The SQ, with the collaboration of the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau (SPVG), resumed the investigation, after evidence surrounding Bracken’s murder suggested possible links to organized crime.

Anyone who may have witnessed the events can also contact the Sûreté du Québec’s Criminal Information Center directly at 1-800-659-4264.

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Trump Supporter Arrested for Heist on Capitol Refuses Prison Food Because It’s Not Organic | The State

Jacob chansley

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A coup plotter who watches his diet.

One of the most prominent figures of the assault on Capitol He has special requests at the place where he is detained.

Jacob Chansley, the “Shaman of QAnon” and a resident of Arizona, was appearing in court on charges related to the attack. According to the journalist Melissa Blasius, the subject has not eaten since Friday since they do not serve organic food

Chansley is the subject with skins and horns that appears in the main images of the assault on January 6. The man is known to follow theories unproven conspiracies and spread that information.

Free the assailant who took the lectern

Adam Johnson, the Trump supporter who appears carrying the lectern of the House of Representatives, was released on bail Monday.

Johnson, 36, arrested on January 8, appeared on Monday in federal court in Tampa, West Florida, where he left after signing a $ 25,000 bond order that you won’t have to pay unless you breach one of your court summons

After staying in a Pinellas County Federal Jail, the man and father of five childrenHe left the court seriously and wearing a T-shirt, shorts and sandals, accompanied by his two lawyers, who indicated that since the day of the invasion of the Capitol, he has received death threats.

Johnson faces charges for entering or staying in a restricted building without legal authority, theft of government property, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.

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Stay-at-home dad, 36, with history of drugs is arrested for stealing Nancy Pelosi’s lectern

Adam Johnson, 36, was arrested by federal marshals in Florida on Friday and is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail, according to arrest records. The Parrish, Florida, resident’s charges are pending

The stay-at-home dad who looted and smiled for a photo as he made off with a lectern has been arrested in Florida, a day before the QAnon Shaman was also detained for his role in Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol.

Adam Johnson, 36, was arrested by federal marshals in Florida on Friday and is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail, according to arrest records. 

The Parrish, Florida, resident was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or ground without lawful authority, one count of theft of government property and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. 

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the 33-year-old heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was also arrested on Saturday. 

He was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

According to court documents, Chansley called the FBI field office in Washington and confirmed to an agent that ‘he was the male in the face paint and headdress in the Vice President’s chair in the Senate.’  

Chansley told the agent that he and other ‘patriots’ had come from Arizona at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on Jan 6, the documents state.

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was also arrested on Saturday

Jacob Anthony Chansley, the heavily-tattooed Trump supporter who sported horns, a fur hat and face paint as he occupied the Senate dais, was also arrested on Saturday

Angeli often known as the QAnon Shaman, became a fixture at recent right-wing rallies while decked out in his signature attire. 

Angeli has previously admitted his belief in QAnon started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet

 Angeli has previously admitted his belief in QAnon started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet

One of his tattoos is said to show the symbol of Wotanism, an acronym for ‘Will of the Aryan Nation.’  

Johnson, a psychology graduate turned furniture maker from Bradenton, Florida, was seen parading through the Capitol on Wednesday with Pelosi’s lectern.

Johnson is a stay-at-home dad to five children; his wife is a doctor, according to The Bradenton Herald. He has previously faced possession of marijuana and violation of probation charges, the paper reports. 

Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading ‘closed to all tours’ inside the building. 

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege. 

Court documents reveal that the FBI consulted with members of the Speaker’s staff to determine that the lectern was store in the Speaker’s Suite, located under a staircase to the third floor on the House side of the building. 

The lectern was found on January 7 by a member of the Senate staff in the Red corridor of the Senate wing off the Rotunda in the Capitol building. It is worth more than $1,000, according to the House of Representatives’ curator.  

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege

Johnson, who was pictured inside the Capitol making off with a lectern, appears to have removed his social media platforms in the aftermath of the siege

Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading 'closed to all tours' inside the building

Photos on his now-deleted social media accounts show him posing next to a sign reading ‘closed to all tours’ inside the building

In addition to the 2, a newly sworn-in West Virginia delegate, the CEO of a Chicago data analytics company and a man sentenced to eight years for attempted murder are among 16 people federally charged so far following Wednesday’s riots at the Capitol. 

The Justice Department named in a conference call on Friday 13 people charged in the unrest, and Republican West Virginia State House member Derrick Evans, 35, was later charged. 

Evans was was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds. Evans was taken into custody Friday. 

They also include a handyman whose daughter claimed had been ‘radicalized’ and a white supremacist who broke into Nancy Pelosi’s office to sit at her desk. 

Richard Barnett, 60, was pictured putting his feet up on her desk.   

Pictures from his social media show him arriving in D.C.

Pictures from his social media show him arriving in D.C. 

Johnson shared images of himself sporting MAGA hats and sinking beers as he wrote that he had 'made it to DC' Tuesday - the day before the siege

Johnson shared images of himself sporting MAGA hats and sinking beers as he wrote that he had ‘made it to DC’ Tuesday – the day before the siege 

Barnett, who proudly referred to himself as a white nationalist on social media, was charged with unlawful entry. He was taken into custody at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s unclear where he now is or if he’ll be extradited but he is in custody.  

Among them was also Michael Curzio, of Summerfield, Florida, who spent eight years in prison for attempted murder.

Curzio was released in February 2019.  

Of the 13 – 11 men, two women – ten are charged with entering a restricted public building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.  

The 13 included a Chicago CEO, Brad Rukstales, who issued a groveling apology for his ‘extremely poor judgement’ in joining in the chaos.

He said it was the ‘single worst decision of my life’. 

Brad Rukstales, a CEO, has been federally charged for storming the Capitol on Wednesday

Brad Rukstales, a CEO, has been federally charged for storming the Capitol on Wednesday

Rukstales heads up Chicago-based data analytics firm Cogensia

Rukstales heads up Chicago-based data analytics firm Cogensia

Douglas Sweet from Hudgins, Virginia, was held in jail for eight hours and then released.   

He told WKTR he traveled to Washington because ‘Trump asked all the patriots to show up, so I did.’

He said: ‘I didn’t go with any malice or intention of malice of those that committed those the fights – the tear gas and just, you know, throwing stuff at police. 

‘That wasn’t in my game plan at all.’

Asked if he has any regret, being involved in a riot where four people died, Sweet said: ‘From our actions, come reaction.’  

Sweet had also attended the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, his daughter, Robyn Sweet, told BuzzFeed News on Thursday.

Robyn said that her father had disowned her because she fought against racism and bigotry while he had been ‘radicalized by conspiracy underground websites and groups.’ 

‘I am completely ashamed and disgusted of him,’ Robyn said of her father’s actions at the Capitol.

Those charged also include Cleveland Meredith, charged with making threats against Nancy Pelosi; Lonnie Coffman, of Alabama, charged with firearms and explosives offenses and Christopher Alberts, of Maryland, who is charged with carrying a firearm at the Capitol. 

Evans, the politician, broadcast his participation in a Facebook Live video he took of himself as he entered the Capitol building during the riots, shouting: ‘We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!’

Douglas Sweet, asked if he regretted being there, replied: 'From our actions, come reaction'

Douglas Sweet, asked if he regretted being there, replied: ‘From our actions, come reaction’

West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans is facing federal charges for his role in the riots

West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans is facing federal charges for his role in the riots

West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans is pictured being arrested at his home in West Virginia Friday. He's facing two federal charges in connection with Wednesday's Capitol riot

West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans is pictured being arrested at his home in West Virginia Friday. He’s facing two federal charges in connection with Wednesday’s Capitol riot

A woman claiming to be Evans' grandmother 'thanked' Trump for inciting the riot

A woman claiming to be Evans’ grandmother ‘thanked’ Trump for inciting the riot

West Virginia Republican state Del. Derrick Evans exits the Sidney L. Christie U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building after being arraigned, Friday

West Virginia Republican state Del. Derrick Evans exits the Sidney L. Christie U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building after being arraigned, Friday

The affidavit, obtained by the news station, notes that during the live video, Evans can also be heard chanting to people in the doorway and the front of the of the crowd of rioters saying, ‘Move! Move! Move!’

FBI agents were spotted arriving at Evans home in Prichard, West Virginia, Friday afternoon and taking him into custody. 

As Evans, wearing a Tolsia Rebels high school sweat suit, was escorted to a car and driven away by authorities, a woman emerged from the house and told WSAZ that she was his grandmother. 

She said that ‘He’s a fine man,’ referring to Evans. 

‘And thank you, Mr. Trump, for invoking a riot at the White House,’ she added. 

Evans was taken to a federal courthouse in Huntington, West Virginia, for a hearing Friday and released on a personal recognizance bond. Evans is charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WV Metro News reported.

West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans filmed himself entering the Capitol building

Evans

West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans filmed himself entering the Capitol building (left). Evans is also pictured at right

The federal affidavit against Evans noted that prior to Wednesday’s riots, Evans had a meme stating: ‘A storm is coming, and there is nothing the left can do to stop it!’ on his Facebook page on New Year’s Eve. 

On December 30, 2020, Evans was also said to have posted a meme with a picture of President Trump and the statement: ‘Take America back. Be there. Be Wild. D.C., January 6th 2021.’

Richard Barnett, 60, has been charged with unlawful entry

Richard Barnett, 60, has been charged with unlawful entry

In the video, the affidavit noted, Evans could be heard telling other rioters not to vandalize anything, WSAZ reported.  

On Wednesday, after the riot, Evans posted a statement on his Facebook page which read: ‘I want to assure you all that I did not have any negative interactions with law enforcement, nor did I participate in any destruction that may have occurred.’

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has said that Evans should resign from his delegate position. 

Evans’ lawyer has said that Evans will not do that in a statement on Thursday.  

The charge of entering a restricted government building is a misdemeanor offense, which could lead to fines. The penalty could increase, however, ‘the offense results in significant bodily harm,’ according to WV Metro News. 

The second charge against Evans is also a misdemeanor and could result in six months of jail time if he’s convicted.   

The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Barnett, who had also left a threatening note on Pelosi’s desk Wednesday.   

Coffman has also been arrested after police found his red GMC pick-up truck near the RNC – where a pipe bomb was left. He has not been charged over the pipe bomb but cops found two handguns, 11 Molotov cocktails and an M4 carbine assault rifle in his vehicle. 

He has been charged with possession an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and carrying a pistol without a license. 

Officials on Friday called what he had produced ‘homemade napalm’ and said the Molotov cocktails  

The MAGA rioter who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi 's desk was arrested along with a man who brought 11 Molotov cocktails, two handguns and an assault rifle to the Capitol on Wednesday

The MAGA rioter who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi ‘s desk was arrested along with a man who brought 11 Molotov cocktails, two handguns and an assault rifle to the Capitol on Wednesday

More than 80 people have been arrested in total and 55 are being pursued on federal charges, officials said on the call. 

THE RIOTERS AND THEIR FEDERAL CHARGES

Adam Johnson  –  entering a restricted building, violent entry, and one count of theft

Jacob Anthony Chansley – entering a restring building, violent entry

Cleveland Meredith – making interstate threats to Nancy Pelosi

Richard Barnett – breaking into Pelosi’s office

Lonnie Coffman – possession of an unregistered firearm and carrying without a license. He had 11 Molotov cocktails in his truck.

Mark Leffingwell – entering a restricted building, punching a cop

Christopher Alberts – carrying a 9mm gun

Joshua Pruitt – entering a restricted building

Matthew Council – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Cindy Fitchett – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct, violent entry

Michael Curzio – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Douglas Sweet – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Bradley Ruskelas – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Terry Brown – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Thomas Gallagher – entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct

Derrick Evans – entering a restricted public building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds

Dozens more remain free and the FBI is scrambling to catch them with public appeals for help and rewards for information after Wednesday’s disastrous attempts by law enforcement to control the crowd. 

Their failure to arrest the rioters – many of whom had guns and overpowered them – has outraged millions of Americans who compared the soft touch to the harsh crackdown by police on BLM protesters during the summer. 

The cops found Coffman’s vehicle and searched it after securing a perimeter in the area surrounding the DNC and RNC, where two pipe bombs had been left. 

The bomb squad had been called in to help with that. 

It was during a sweep of the area that they found Coffman’s van. 

‘One black handgun was recovered from the right front passenger seat of the vehicle. 

‘After locating the black handgun, officers proceeded to search the rest of the pickup truck, including the bed of the truck, which was secured under a fabric top. 

‘During the search of the cab of the truck, officers recovered, among other things, one M4 Carbine assault rifle along with rifle magazines loaded with ammunition,’ the affidavit supporting his arrest says. 

Coffman was arrested after approaching cops in a female friend’s car, asking if he could access his vehicle again. 

He asked them: ‘Did find the bombs?’ which the cops thought was a reference to the materials in his car but he says was in reference to those left outside the DNC and RNC.  

The cop who Leffingwell is accused of punching signed his arrest affidavit. 

In it, he describes how he attacked him in the Capitol building. 

‘In the course of this effort and while inside the Capitol building, I encountered an adult male who later identified himself to me as Mark Jefferson Leffingwell. 

‘Leffingwell attempted to push past me and other officers. 

‘When he was deterred from advancing further into the building, Leffingwell punched me repeatedly with a closed fist. 

‘I was struck in the helmet that I was wearing and in the chest. 

‘Working with other officers, I was able to gain control over Leffingwell, who attempted to struggle while being detained. 

‘I transported Leffingwell to United States Capitol Police headquarters for processing,’ the cop, Daniel Amendola, wrote. 

Another cop described seeing a ‘bulge’ in Christopher Alberts’ pocket which he recognized to be a handgun at 7.25pm, more than an hour after the curfew had been put in place.

‘While pushing Alberts towards the line, I tapped the bulge with my baton and felt a hard object that I immediately recognized to be a firearm. At the time, Alberts was also wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying a backpack,’ officer Dallan Haynes wrote. 

The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Richard Barnett, 60

Police have also arrested 70-year-old Lonnie Coffman man whose car was found near the RNC, where a pipe bomb was left . It's unclear if this Coffman. The FBI released this image on Thursday in pursuit of the pipe bomber. Coffman had 11 Molotov cocktails, an assault rifle and two handguns with him

The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Richard Barnett, 60

Pruitt was among a group of people who refused to leave the Capitol after the 6pm curfew. Council was among the group that pushed a barricade down to get into the building.  

Cindy Fitchett, Terry Brown, and Thomas Gallagher are also charged in the same complaint for refusing to leave. 

No one has been arrested yet in connection with the death of Capitol cop Brian Sicknick, 42, who died in the hospital after being hit, allegedly in the head, with a fire extinguisher.  

‘This is an ongoing investigation we’re working this with our partners to ascertain what happened in that situation. 

‘We are 100 percent on it and are getting to those answers,’ FBI Washington Field Office ADIC Steven D’antuono said. 

Metro North employee Will Pepe, 31, was recognized by both colleagues and management from a photo distributed by law enforcement. He has since been suspended from the MTA

Metro North employee Will Pepe, 31, was recognized by both colleagues and management from a photo distributed by law enforcement. He has since been suspended from the MTA

Sicknick was himself a Trump fan who posted on social media about his support of the President. 

A transportation worker from New York who called out sick in order to take part in the mob has been suspended from his job with MTA Metro-North. 

Will Pepe who worked at Metro-North’s Brewster rail yard in upstate New York is now being investigated by the FBI who are looking into what role he played during the rally. 

Pepe, 31, from Beacon, New York, had been with the MTA for seven years earning $74,000-a-year but decided to call out sick to head to the event which in itself is a ‘false use of sick leave’.

He has now been suspended as the agency looks to fire him in the coming days. 

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Crime and thrown syringes in the Subway ratify mental health crisis in New York: MTA to Mayor | The State

The pandemic has aggravated anarchy

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Syringes allegedly used by drug addicts accumulate on the tracks and stations of the New York Subway, evidencing a “mental health crisis” in NYC that wreaks havoc on the transportation system, reported the city’s transit chief, Sarah Feinberg, in a new letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

In his letter asking more police help, Feinberg cited “hundreds of needles” on platforms and tracks, along with cases of assaults involving the mentally ill and multiple suicides and attempts to commit it.

“In the last month alone, we have experienced multiple cases of violent assault, including a homicide, that involved people suffering from mental health problems, ”Feinberg wrote.

“At stations in Upper Manhattan and on the Lower East Side, hundreds of needles are regularly disposed of AND, just last week, the morning rush hour trains were stopped for some time while police had to speak to one person. on the road that refused to leave the right of way ”.

“As you know, COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the mental health and homeless crisis in our city… Sadly, these are challenges that have only gotten worse in the transit system in recent weeks, ”continued Feinberg.

Several transport workers agree with Feinberg’s complaint. “They hang out on the banks (…) So it’s up to us clean after them, ”he told New York Post a worker at the Delancey-Essex station on the Lower East Side.

Another employee at the 23rd Street and 6th Ave station commented that syringes are more common on the tracks than on the platform. “Since it’s more of a quality of life issue, the police don’t really handle it, so our guys are supposed to monitor. But who wants to kick a junkie out into the cold? So we just tolerate it. “

Starting May 6, the New York Subway closes every night from 1 to 5 a.m. for deep cleaning and an attempt to evict the homeless who, in many cases, take to the streets, only to wander the subway again.

This week a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of beating women on the streets and at a subway station in Brooklyn.

In the fall already New York had a deficit of 1,800 police officers after budget cuts, civil tensions and resignations. In July, citing lack of funds, the NYPD closed its dedicated homeless unit.

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Unsolved 70% of last year’s shootings in New York | The State

Impunity and frustration fuel violence

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Almost 70% of the shootings in New York City last year are unsolved, and more than half of the suspects arrested in the shooting have returned to the streets, alerted New York Post.

On average, the police arrested at least one suspect in only 483 of the 1,525 shootings in 2020, a rate of only 31.7%, according to data from the New York Police Department as of December 29.

The exact number of individuals caught as of December 17 was 544, an average of about 1.2 people for each shooting. But of these 544 defendants, only 254 (47%) are currently in state or municipal custody, according to NYPD.

Among the unsolved cases is the shocking stray bullet murder of a baby on July 12, caught up in a long-running dispute between rival gangs from Bedford-Stuyvesant, in front of his mother.

“It’s been tough,” Samantha Gardner, the baby’s paternal grandmother, said recently. “My son is not well. He has taken it very seriously. On holidays, instead of celebrating, he goes to the cemetery. “

It is not a unique case. Shootings in New York increased 96% in 2020 from a year earlier, and the number has been on the rise since a historic low in homicides in 2017.

NYPD top brass and unions have blamed the shocking spike in shootings on the mass release of inmates due to COVID concerns and new criminal reform laws that require judges to release some gun suspects without posting bail, since on January 1, 2020.

Critics offer different reasons: unemployment and slowdown in police workas agents see a decline in morale amid the coronavirus, anti-NYPD riots, and budget cuts.

The dissolution of the city’s crime fighting unit, which consisted of 600 civilian officers roaming the streets in an effort to seize weapons, has also been linked to the increase in shootings.

In the two months after the New York Police Department disbanded the unit and reassigned all 600 officers in mid-July, shootings increased 205%.

In this context of collective insecurity, nearly 9,000 New Yorkers applied for gun carriage in 2020, But the NYPD has approved very few, which has apparently triggered illegal trafficking.

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