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Khalifa performing at Under the Influence of Music Tour 2012 in Toronto via Wikimedia Commons.

Cameron Jibril Thomaz, who’s better known as hip-hop/rap superstar ‘Wiz Khalifa‘, was arrested on the morning of May 25 for possession of marijuana while attempting to fly from El Paso to Dallas, Texas.

According to reports, a Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) agent at the El Paso airport pulled the 26-year-old rapper aside for a pat down because Khalifa failed to provide proper identification. Upon searching Khalifa, the TSA agent discovered a small “canister” with a green, leafy substance that was believed to be marijuana.

Khalifa was in El Paso, Texas to headline at a music festival the Saturday prior to his arrest. It’s unknown why he was heading to the Dallas.

The TSA worker held Khalifa until the El Paso police arrived and took him into custody on a single charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Soon after being taken into custody, Khalifa tweeted a photo of himself sitting in an El Paso jail cell along with the caption: “I wanna drop 28 Grams but they got me locced up. Soon as I get out, the tapes comin out. XXXX that,” Note: “28 Grams” is the name of Khalifa’s upcoming album. The album was scheduled for release on May 25, 2014, but it was pushed back due to Khalifa’s arrest.

Khalifa followed up by tweeting the following from his Twitter account: “They’re tryna figure out how many grams I had. “How ironic.” Several media agencies report the star was taking advantage of his arrest to bring more attention to his upcoming album.

So, how much marijuana was Khalifa holding during the time of his arrest? According to police reports, Khalifa has roughly 0.5 grams of marijuana on his person’s while attempting to travel through the El Paso airport.

Khalifa posted his $300 bail and was released from the El Paso jail. Other than the rap star’s tweets, there’s been no official comment on Khalifa’s marijuana arrest.

Khalifa isn’t a newcomer to marijuana possession charges. In 2012, the rap star was arrested twice for possession of marijuana: one incident occurring in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and other occurring in Nashville, Tennessee. Two years prior, in 2010, Khalifa was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana during his “Waken Bake” tour at East Carolina University.

bb28-year-old Cory Flenory was arrested and charged with suspicion of mayhem following a road rage incident in Stevenson Ranch that left a woman with a severely injured eye.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LACSP), Flenory got into a verbal altercation with a 22-year-old female photographer in Walmart parking lot on Saturday night. Flenory proceeded to follow the woman and her boyfriend to the intersection of Old Road and Pico Canyon Road, at which point he rolled down his window and fired a single shot towards the driver-side window with a BB gun.

The victim’s boyfriend, Blake Hipp, said the Flenory chased them down in a Mazda SUV, bumping into them at one point during the altercation. When Flenory attempted to ramp the couple a second time, the victim and her boyfriend swerved out of the way, only to find Flenory pointing a BB gun at their direction just seconds later.

When the BB gun was initially fired, Hipp assumed it was a gunshot while the victim thought she had been hit with a bottle.

“I heard a big pop right away. Instantly, I thought it was a gunshot. She actually thought a broken bottle hit her in the face,” said Hipp

The victim underwent surgery to remove shards of broken glass that were embedded in her eye. The medical staff at Harbor-UCLA Medical Centere are doubtful that her vision in her right eye will remain.

Officers say Flenory was uncooperative when they arrived at his home early Monday morning. In order to subdue the alleged road rage perpetrator, officers were forced to use pepper spray. And when Flenory was placed in the back seat of a cruiser, he allegedly kicked out a window while shouting and screaming profanity.

According to Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Dubin, Flenory was currently under parole at the time of his arrest. His bail has been set at $100,000.

He was taken into custody about 8 a.m. While he was taken into custody, unfortunately, this individual chose to kick out the window of our sheriff’s department radio car and, unfortunately, deputies had to use pepper spray to take him into custody,” said Josh Dubin with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Anyone with infromation about this case are being urged to contact the Angeles County Sheriff’s Santa Clarita Station at (661) 255-1121.

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Canadian teem faces 60 charges of ‘swatting’

A 16-year-old teen from Ottowa, Canada is facing 60 charges stemming form an illegal activity known as “swatting.” Not to be confused with squatting — which is also illegal, swatting is a hoax in which a person calls 911, the police or fire department to report an emergency at the wrong address. The purpose of swatting is to convince the authorities to target the wrong address, potentially injuring the residents inside.

Authorities believe the unnamed minor is responsible for making 30 hoax calls to various parts of the U.S., many of which deemed a response by SWAT. According to police, the boy would call emergency police lines in various cities — never in Ottowa, however — to report bombs, hostage scenarios, break-ins and more. When the responding officers arrived on scene, they were left with more questions than answers, as they soon realized it was an elaborate hoax.

Ottowa police arrested the boy at his home in west Ottowa after a grueling 2-month investigation. Ottowa police are handling the case along with the help of the FBI, Calgary, Ontario, and Quebec police forces. The boy is being charged with public mischief, mischief to property, uttering death threats, and conveying false information with intent to alarm. Depending on the results of further investigation, the boy could face even more charges. His name is being withheld due to the his age.

Swatting is a term utilized online to refer to engaging emergency services with false calls to affect revenge on an individual or organization by causing the response of armed SWAT teams to active shooter scenarios or bomb threats,” Ottawa police Staff Sgt. Rick Baldwin-Ooms said Friday. “In this case, the subject is a suspect in at least 30 North American occurrence.”

After searching the boy’s home, Ottowa police confiscated several computers, communications equipment, data transmission devices, as well as firearms and ammunition. It’s unclear whether or not the firearms are linked to any specific criminal behavior, but the local authorities viewed it as an “item of interest.”

According to the FBI, each time emergency responders are called to investigate a ‘swatting’ hoax, it costs approximately $10,000 in taxpayer money while placing the lives of officers at risk. Considering the fact that over 60 swatting hoax calls were made from the perpetrator’s home, it’s clear to see the financial toll his criminal activity had on various government bodies.

christmas_lights_street_109044_lFormer New York City Police Department Officer Michael Setiawan, 36, was arrested Sunday on charges of hate crimes in connection with a string of anti-Semitic graffiti in a predominantly Orthodox Brooklyn community.

Setiawan began working for the NYPD back in 2009, but after just 2 years of service, he abruptly quit and went looking for employment elsewhere. It’s unclear exactly how Setiawan has been occupying his time since leaving the NYPD, but investigators believe he’s responsible for a slew of hate-crime graffiti in and around the Brooklyn area.

Investigators working on the hate crime graffiti case were analyzing surveillance footage when they found a connection to the former NYPD officer. The man in the video, whom was on his way to ‘tag’ a nearby vehicle with anti-Semitic graffiti, got out of a car with a clearly identifiable license plate. Investigators searched their database to discover the car was owned to Setiawan, and at that point they knew they had found the perpetrator.

Authorities believe Setiawan was suffering from a mental episode which possibly drove him to commit the hate crimes. During his initial 2-year employment with the NYPD, Setiawan suffered from depression along with other related psychological disorders. Neighbors note that while he was a little off at times, Setiawan was generally a “quiet” and “helpful” person.

After taking Setiawan into custody, investigators began questioning him at the 66 precint. Unfortunately, this didn’t prove to be helpful, as Setiawan reportedly made strange faces and denied the crime, at which point authorities took him in for a mental evaluation.

Police believe Setiawan is responsible for over a dozen hate crime graffiti taggings throughout the Brooklyn area. In total, there were 15 vehicles tagged with anti-Semitic words and an additional 4 buildings. Setiawan is being charged with 19 counts of criminal mischief related to hate crimes, aggravated harassment and criminal mischief. There’s been no word yet on whether Seiawan has sought legal representation.

The graffiti problem was so bad that several students in the area told their parents they were scared of going to school. The increased attention to the area drove investigators to push more time and resources into catching the person responsible for the graffiti. Thanks to the work of investigators, they were able to track down the alleged vandal with the help of a surveillance footage.

“Hate is not a Brooklyn value, and I repudiate any lowlife individual who would spread their prejudiced invective,” said former NYPD officer Eric Adams.

arrest-117558-mNeil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, were arrested for allegedly running a massive drug ring that involved the sale and distribution of drugs to numerous high schools in the Main Line suburban district of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to police, both Scott and Brooks used their former sports connections and business knowledge to spawn one of the city’s largest drug ventures — all the while targeting high schools.

The drug problem in Main Line Philly had become so bad that authorities dubbed it “Project Main Line Takeover.” After a tedious 4-month long investigation, authorities felt comfortable with the amount of evidence linking Scott and Brooks to the drug ring, at which point warrants were issued for their arrest and the two were taken into custody on a long list of related charges.

According to the police report, Scott and Brooks were selling a variety of drugs — including marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and hash oil — to five high schools in the Tony Bedroom community. In order to push the drugs, they allegedly recruited several students from each of the schools. This essentially led to the formation of a monopoly, as Scott and Brooks were able to force the competition out to create their own drug enterprise centered around suburban high schools.

Scott and Brooks met while playing Lacrosse at The Haverford School. While attending this $35,000/year private school, the duo began building connections that would later be used to leverage their drug trafficking enterprise.

When questioned by police, Scott told the investigator that he began selling marijuana to make money. He said someone in California would supply him with high-quality marijuana that he would mark up and sell at a premium price in Main Line, Philly. Scott told the investigator that his marijuana “would sell very well on the Main Line because everyone between 15 and 55 loves good weed.

Scott remains in jail with his bail set at $1 million. The other alleged mastermind of the drug ring, Brooks, was released after his family posted a $250,000 bail. Scott’s lawyer, Timothy Egan, claims it the drug ring was run by Brooks, and that his client had no direct relationship with any high school  drug dealers.

Mr. Scott had no direct relationships with any high school students or any high school drug dealers with regards to any substance — including marijuana,” Egan said. “The main contact he had with the high school was Mr. Brooks, and Mr. Brooks already had pre-exiting ties in at least a few of the high schools.”

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A Pittsburgh man was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly throwing hard-boiled eggs at his girlfriend.

Easter is a holiday that’s celebrated by millions of people from across the world, with its focus being on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead such as described in the New Testament occurring after three days after his crucifixion by the Romans. Of course, it’s also a time when families come together to paint and decorate hard-boiled eggs, allowing children to run around the yard in search of these colorful and festive accessories.

It was Easter as usual for one Pittsburgh couple, as 27-year-old Aaron Goempel and his girlfriend (whose name is undisclosed) were decorating eggs. However, things turned south when Goempel allegedly began tossing hard-boiled eggs at his girlfriend, prompting a call to the local police department and the young Brookline native’s subsequent arrest.

When police arrived at the Wareman Avenue apartment complex in response to a battery report, they found Goempel’s girlfriend with a puffy red and swollen right eye. She told the police officers that Goempel had cheated on her, and when she confronted him about it, he began hurling hard-boiled eggs at her. One of the eggs had apparently his her eye, leaving behind a noticeable bruise accompanied with swelling and inflammation.

Police went to the couple’s bedroom to try and make contact with Goempel only to notice the 27-year-old had barricaded the door using an exercise machine. When police were able to gain entry into the bedroom, Goempel reportedly began yelling racial slurs at the officers while attempting to grab a nearby sword.

The officers were able to subdue Goempel before he could access his sword, but Goempel managed to kick one of the officers in the groin while resisting arrest. Officers placed him handcuffs and hauled him off to the Allegheny County Jail where he spent the remainder of his Easter Sunday waiting arraignment.

This isn’t the first time Goembel has had a run in with the law. According to public arrest records, the Brookline native was arrested with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness stemming from a 2008 incident.

There’s been no word yet on whether Goembel has sought legal representation for his alleged egg-chunking Easter incident.

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A Dutch teen was arrested for sending a terror tweet to American Airlines.

A 14-year-old Dutch girl was arrested over the weekend for allegedly tweeting a terror threat to American Airlines.

The girl, who goes by the name Sarah or @QueenDemetriax_ on her Twitter account, Tweeted the following message to American Airlines: “Hello, my name is Ibrahim and I am from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1 I am gonna do something really big bye.” It wasn’t long after when American Airlines responded with: “Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI.”

Upon seeing the very real response from American Airlines, Sarah sent half a dozen or so additional Tweets, begging for forgiveness and even claiming that it was her “friend” who posted the message, not her. But American Airlines did not respond to Sarah’s tweets, leaving the case in the hands of the FBI and Rotterdam Police Department.

The 14-year-old girl who’s believed to have sent the terror tweet gained a massive amount of social followers from the incident. According to media reports, she gained over 20,000 Twitter followers during the weekend alone! Of course, Twitter eventually suspended her account once they were notified of her terror tweet.

Although she had no idea where American Airlines had truly sent her IP address and information to the authorities, Sarah remained fearful of being arrested. At one point she heard a knock on her front door, assuming it was the police to take her into custody. Upon answering the door, however, she was greeted by a neighbor.

According to the Rotterdam Police Department, Sarah turned herself into police with the company of a parent for questioning. There’s been no word yet on what (if any) charges she will face for the terror tweet.

We’re not in a state that we can communicate any state of charges at this point,” Dutch police spokesperson Wessel Stole told Business Insider. “We just thought it was necessary to bring this out mostly because of the fact that it caused a great deal of interest on the Internet.”

What’s even more shocking with this case is that it apparently spurred a copycat. On Monday, another Twitter user sent a terror threat to Southwest Airlines, which the airline responded with: “The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority. Your info had been given to the appropriate authorities.”

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New Jersey courthouse.

Authorities have taken 43-year-old Michael Benkowski into custody on charges of third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree arson, and third-degree burglary in connection with the burning of Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka’s bus. Authorities believe Benkowski intentionally set fir to the candidate’s bus on February 16th while it sat parked outside Baraka’s campaign headquarters.

In an effort to bring the criminal responsible for the mayoral candidate’s bus burning to justice, the Essex County Crime Stoppers Program launched a rewards program back in February, offering $1,000 to anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction. It’s unclear whether this program played a role in the arrest of Benkowski.

Newark police took Benkowski into custody last Friday at his apartment complex in Newark. Benkowski’s bail is set at $100,000.

He was arrested earlier this morning by members of the Prosecutor’s office and agents of the FBI fugitive task force,” said Thomas Fennelly, Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Newark. “He was arrested in Newark without incident at an apartment on Broad Street.

So, what drove the 43-year-old Newark resident to allegedly set the mayoral candidate’s bus ablaze? While there’s been no official statement by Benkowski or his legal council, authorities believe it was a ploy to help boost the poll ratings for another candidate. According to press reports, Benkowski was a paid canvasser for Assistant State Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, who was a direct opponent of mayoral candidate Ras Baraka. Benkowski was paid at least $450 by Jefferies back in December, according to public financial documents of the campaign.

Following the bus-burning incident, Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka took to his Facebook page to show the community that scare tactics won’t work. Baraka published several photos of the burned bus, which have since been ‘liked’ and shared hundreds of times, along with the following message:

The popular campaign bus that prominently featured Ras J. Baraka’s image and campaign slogan “Believe in Newark”, was set on fire early Sunday morning. Last week Anibal Ramos and Darrin Sharrif, dropped out as candidates making it into a two-person race. The “Baraka Bus” as it was affectionately known by campaign volunteers was used to take the candidate and volunteers throughout the city to meet with residents in every neighborhood. SCARE TACTICS WONT WORK. The people of Newark will not be denied victory on May13th! WHEN I BECOME MAYOR WE BECOME MAYOR.”

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Scandal star Columbus Short at Comic Con San Diego.

Actor Columbus Short, who is best known for his role in ABC’s hit prime-time drama Scandal, is facing up to 4 years in prison for a bar fight that occurred in March. According to reports, the Scandal star was attending an engagement party at Gabe’s Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, California, when the other man — who isn’t named — began a verbal altercation with the star. Short responded by punching him in the face before leaving the scene.

TMZ reports that the unnamed instigator said something along the lines of “You might be richer than me but I get my girls to buy me everything I want including your wife,” which set Short off into a violent rage. Short allegedly came up behind the man and punched in the face, knocking him down to the ground and rendering him unconscious for several minutes. Patrons at Gabe’s Bar & Grill say Short quickly left the scene before medics and the police arrived.

Once the ambulance arrived at the bar, they took the battered man to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a broken nose. Following the bar brawl, the judge issued a warrant for Short’s arrest on a single charge of felony battery (the charge is a felony because it resulted in serious bodily injury). If convicted, Short faces up to 4 years in prison.

The Claremont Police Department took Short into custody last week, at which point he was released on $50,000 bond. Short has not addressed allegations of the assault since his arrest.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the Scandal star has experienced a run in with the law. According to TMZ, Short punched a man in 2010 while playing a game of basketball, knocking out several of the man’s teeth.

With Scandal being one of ABC’s biggest shows, producers are surely left scrambling to think of ideas and solutions to this problem. If Short is locked up behind bars — even for a portion of the maximum 4-year sentence — it could place the entire show in jeopardy.

Short made his acting debut as a dancer in the film You Got Served. He also starred in Accepted, Save The Last Dance 2, Stomp The Yard, ER, Judging Amy and several other movies and television shows. Short’s latest project is ABC’s Scandal, which began in 2012 and is currently on its third season.

IFJudge Joe Brown, the former daytime television courtroom judge, was arrested after he allegedly became verbally abusive while representing a client. The incident occurred on March 24th, 2014 in a Tennessee court while Brown was a defending a woman in a child support case.

So, what caused Brown to become so irate that police had to take him into custody on charges of being in contempt? According to reports by courtroom attendees, Brown was upset that Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold Horne pushed his case off Monday’s docket, at which Brown released a furious tirade of verbal anger and discontent towards the residing judge.

Judge Horne repeatedly asked Brown to remain calm, but the 66-year-old former judge allegedly continued with his verbal tirade before the court bailiff was forced to subdue him and take him into custody. Reports suggests that Brown was given as many as five warnings before Judge Horne charged hum for contempt of court.

Brown allegedly placed the courtroom on the brink of a riot by addressing the crowd rather than the judge. This caused others to stand up and voice their opinions as well, which ultimately created an unruly courtroom while forcing Judge Horne to take Brown into custody.

He darn near caused a riot in the courtroom, he had people so inflamed,” said Judge Michael.

Brown was initially given two days in jail for his courtroom outburst, but Judge Horne bumped this up to three days when Brown failed to listen. There’s been no official word yet on whether Brown has sought legal council.

Judge Joe Brown became the first African-American prosecutor in Memphis, Tennessee. He later opened his own practice before becoming a judge for Shelby County, Tennessee. Brown is most known for his role in the daytime television courtroom show “Judge Joe Brown.” Like similar daytime courtroom shows, Judge Joe Brown focused on civil cases involving disputes between two parties.

Several years ago, Brown was sued by one of his show’s litigants for slander and fraud; however, he ultimately won the case due to the waivers litigants are forced to sign before appearing on the show.

The final episodes of the daytime courtroom show were filmed on March 14, 2013. Low ratings and salary negotiations between Brown and CBS are believed to have played a role in the show’s cancellation. Brown is currently running for Shelby County District Attorney.