wvudfm-newark-delaware-1943154-lA popular Christian gospel radio host and personality was arrested earlier this month over allegations of child sex crimes.

Police say 35-year-old Caldonia resident John Balyo paid someone to arrange sexual encounters with children. While details remain sketchy at this point, the investigation is believed to be part of a massive crackdown on child sex crimes by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Operation Predator.

Baylo was arrested while attending the Big Ticket Festival, a Christian music festival held in Gaylord. The arrest was performed as a joint-task operation with HSI, Michigan State Police, and the Battle Creek Police Department.

HSI officials released a statement following the radio host’s arrest, saying Baylo paid a defendant, who is the subject of a separate child sex crimes case, to arrange sexual encounters with minor victims.

Federal investigators believe the person whom was hired to arrange sexual encounters with minor victims is 42-year-old Ronald Lee Moser of Battle Creek. Moser allegedly ran a website which offered to arrange sexual encounters for paying customers.

91.3 WCSG, the Christian gospel radio station for which Baylo previously worked, published the following statement on their website:

“This past Friday, the WCSG family was shocked and saddened to learn that WCSG morning show host, John Balyo, was arrested amid allegations which have since been much publicized. On Saturday, WCSG and Cornerstone University ended its affiliation with John.

We sincerely grieve over these recent events, in particular the tragic impact on victims and their parents. The trafficking and exploitation of minors is absolutely deplorable.

The WCSG family is deeply aching and know you may be hurting as well.

We know that no one, absolutely no one, is immune from falling into the darkness of sin. And yet, we have hope. Those who truly follow and live for Jesus Christ know He alone has the power to restore broken lives and broken trust.

So, why haven’t the police released any specific details regarding this case? Being that it’s an open investigation, police need to tread lightly to increase their chances of a conviction. “Further details about the investigation are being withheld pending the defendant’s appearance in court to answer to the charges.” wrote the Battle Creek Police Department in a press release.

Baylo had recently wed earlier this year. There’s been no official statement made by his wife.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual assault.

sunday-morning-light-1757651-h35-year-old Ingrid I. Morataya of Mesa, Arizona was arrested Monday on charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and aggravated DUI stemming from a deadly automobile accident which killed both the driver and passenger.

Police say Morataya was driving her Toyota FJ Cruiser vehicle last Monday in speeds of excess of 90 mph when, around 5:15 a.m, she slammed into the back of Chevy Malibu that was stopped at a red light. The impact pushed the Malibu into the SUV in front of it, causing it to roll over. A fourth vehicle was struck by the FJ Cruiser, although its driver and passengers received only minor, non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevy Malibu, identified as Guadalupe Madril, 37, and passenger Jason Aguilera, 33, were pronounced dead on the scene.

Witnesses said the Toyota Cruiser was the least damaged vehicle at the accident. One witness claimed to have seen the Cruiser’s driver, believed to be Morataya, to get out of the vehicle and perform pushups and jumping jacks. “She skipped right out of there, did some somersaults, very active young lady,” said the witness.

Morataya was taken to the local hospital for treatment of a broken vertebrae, bruising, and other injuries sustained during the accident. Upon her release, police took her into custody, charging the Mesa resident with manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and aggravated DUI.

In any fatal accident, we look for signs of impairment in any of the drivers,” said Sgt. Sean Kelly of the Mesa Police Department. “The driver of the Toyota we’re looking at for possible impairment.”

Court records indicate that Morataya had admitted to smoking marijuana the night before the accident, saying “it could have been laced with something.” Mortaya was convicted of DUI back in 2009. During the initial examination, Mesa police officers also noted signs of impairment in Mortaya.

According to AZCentral.com, police found family members packing Mortaya’s belongings when they visited her home at 6200 block of East Colby Street. Family members claimed Mortaya was preparing to leave the country and return to her home in Guatemala to avoid being arrested. However, Mesa police officers were closely watching over Mortaya during his stay at the hospital. And once doctors gave her the green light to leave, she was immediately arrested and taken into custody.

There’s been no word yet on whether or not Mortaya has sought legal representation.

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M80 explosive devices photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

A Chicago Transit Authority mechanic is charged with manufacturing homemade explosives and attempting to sell them to an undercover agent.

The undercover agent, who’s name isn’t being released, told 34-year-old CTA mechanic John Hegarty that he needed the explosives to blow up a restaurant and a car. Officials say Hegarty and the undercover agent met in a parking lot near Hegarty’s home where he sold the undercover agent approximately 700 flash powder explosive devices between August 2012 and May 2014.

He admitted to manufacturing them in his garage in a residential area. The inherent danger is obvious to himself and his neighbors,” said Tom Ahern, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was tipped off in August 2012 by an undercover informant who reportedly saw Hegarty set off some illegal explosives at a party. The informant notified the ATF, and acted as an intermediary to arrange a meeting between an undercover ATF agent and Hegarty.

The undercover agent requested to purchase flash powder — the combustible powder used in the manufacturing of legal fireworks and illegal explosives — from Hegarty. According to police reports, Hegarty sold the undercover agent approximately 700 flash powder explosive devices between August 2012 and May 2014. Most of the deals occurred in the parking lot near Hegarty’s home, although the police report notes that some occurred outside of this area. Hegarty reportedly told the undercover officer to meet him in the parking lot because his neighbors were police officers.

During 2-year-long investigation, the undercover agent used tape records to capture the audio of the transactions as they took place. The complaint alleges that Hegarty sold roughly 700 flash powder explosive devices in 6 six separate transactions for an approximate total of $7,000.

Authorities arrested Hegarty and charged him with distributing an explosive device in furtherance of a federal crime of violence. He was released on a $10,000 bond.

I wouldn’t f— around with the gas tank ’cause fumes could seep out. Any of the eighties will take out a window or take off your finger. If you really want to f— up the guy’s car, I could talk to my guy and have longer fuses made, that way you can get the f— outta town,” Hegarty allegedly told the undercover officer during the recorded transactions.

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AMC Theater photo courtesy of Wally Gobetz via Flickr Creative Commons.

Authorities have arrested 20-year-old Manuel Joyne of Bowie Maryland for allegedly setting off half a dozen so-called “bottle bombs” at half a dozen movie theaters in Maryland and Virginia.

A bottle bomb is exactly what it sounds like: an improvised explosive device that consists of an acid and a base liquid stored inside a sealed container. When the two liquids are combined, it creates pressure that gradually builds up to the point where the plastic bottle can no longer sustain it; thus, creating an explosion that sends bits and pieces of plastic shrapnel and chemicals flying into the air.

Over a two-month period, Joyner allegedly placed bottle bombs at 5 different theaters on 6 occasions, resulting in costly evacuations that prompted local police and fire departments. Authorities captured whom they believe is a “person of interest” on one of the theater’s video surveillance cameras. It’s unknown if the person was Joyner.

Joyner was arrested in his home state of Maryland and charged with the manufacturing, possession and detonation of an explosive device. If convicted, Joyner faces a maximum 25-year prison sentence. A PG County judge had initially set Joyner’s bond for $50 million. At a later hearing, however, the judge denied bail altogether.

Following his arrest in Maryland, Joyner was arrested and charged by Virginia authorities for a string of bottle bombs which occurred in movie theaters throughout Va. One of the incidents occurred on May 18, when the remains of two bottles were discovered, both of which contained acid and metal.

When we come to these places, you think about being safe and you don’t think about stuff happening like that,” said Bruce Le, of Largo.

In a statement to the press, authorities said that Joyner had admitted to setting off the bottle bombs in all six movie theater incidents. There’s been no word yet on a motive behind the attack or whether or not Joyner has sought legal representation.

He admitted to his responsibility and involvement in all six incidents,” said Brian Radinsky, PG County fire marshal.

Authorities have also searched Joyner’s home, confiscating evidence which they believe is relevant to the case; however, they did not reveal exactly what was taken during the search. There’s still some belief that Joyner may have been working with an accomplice, so authorities aren’t ruling out the possibility of further arrests being made in connection with the theater bottle bombing incidents.

montana-buck-wildlife-3675652-hCrooks are always coming up with new ways to scam insurance companies, but this is surprising “unique.” Authorities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have arrested 41 people whom they believe to have participated in an elaborate auto insurance scan involving dead deer.

How did the dead deer come into play? Officials say auto body shop owner Ronald Galati Sr. encouraged his customers to stage accident scenes using dead deer carcasses so they would be financially compensated. Since deer collisions are considered “no fault” accidents, insurance companies aren’t legally allowed to raise drivers’ premiums; thus, the customers who participated in the scam were given huge checks by their insurance companies without paying a higher premium.

According to the Philadelphia Police Department, Ronald Galati Sr. ran a $5 million insurance scam from his auto body shop, convincing customers to participate in the scam. When investigators searched the auto body shop, they discovered numerous dead deer carcasses, parts, fur and blood, all of which they believe were intended to be used to stage automobile accident scenes. Those involved in the scam would allegedly stage elaborate scenes to make it appear as if the vehicle struck a deer, at which point an insurance adjuster would check out the scene and assume it was authentic since it contained parts of a deer.

Drivers who were participating in the scam allegedly paid Galati Sr. in exchange for his assistance on staging the scene and creating fake repair bills. Among the 41 charges include Galati Sr.’s wife, two children, several insurance adjusters, a Philadelphia official and a local police officer.

They actually kept deer carcasses at their shop and would pour deer blood over cars and they would simulate accidents and take photographs that they called Hollywood photos,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Galati Sr.’s attorney, Anthony Voci, could not be reached for a comment regarding the alleged dead deer auto insurance scam.

Deer collisions are a serious problem in the U.S. According to the Insurance Journal, there were an estimated 1.23 million deer-related automobile collisions between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.  These collisions result in the deaths of approximately 200 people annually and cost $4 billion in property damage.  A deer’s natural reaction to headlights is to freeze, which makes them a standing target for vehicles traveling in excess of 60 mph on the highways. In addition, deer are often spooked across roads by predators, increasing the risk of an automobile collision.