Three Michigan men arrested for conspiracy to support ISIS

first_imgBlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) — Three Michigan residents were arrested Monday afternoon for conspiring to support ISIS, federal authorities said.Muse Abdikadir Muse, 20, was arrested by law enforcement officers during security screening at the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after checking in for the first of a series of flights to Mogadishu, Somalia. His 23-year-old brother, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse, and their 26-year-old brother-in-law, Mohamed Salat Haji, were arrested in the airport terminal soon after, according to a criminal complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.All three men are naturalized U.S. citizens who were born in Kenya and currently reside in Lansing, Michigan.The family first came to the attention of the FBI in April 2016 when a review of Mohamud Abdikadir Muse’s public Facebook page “revealed frequent posts of photos, videos, and statements and commentary that were pro-ISIS in nature and what can be described as violent, extremist propaganda,” the complaint states.An undercover FBI employee posing as an ISIS recruiter began communicating with the former Nebraska resident via Facebook in June 2017. Mohamud Abdikadir Muse said he wanted to join the terrorist group, was saving his money to travel to Syria and that he “planned to die with a gun in his hand fighting for ISIS,” according to the complaint.Search warrants later revealed that his younger brother, Muse Abdikadir Muse, and their brother-in-law, Haji, allegedly discussed with each other via Facebook “their desire to fight for ISIS and support for the killing of non-believers.” The pair also allegedly talked about the possibility of using a car “as a weapon for a planned attack” here in the United States if they could not travel overseas to fight for the terrorist group, the complaint states.Another undercover FBI employee posing as a man in Somalia started communicating with Muse Abdikadir Muse in the fall of 2018. Muse Abdikadir Muse said he planned to travel to Somalia and sent a video pledging his allegiance to ISIS, according to the complaint.The undercover operative told Muse Abdikadir Muse that he presented the oath video to ISIS leadership in Somalia and it was accepted. Muse Abdikadir Muse later sent oath videos from his brother and brother-in-law, which the agent confirmed were also accepted by ISIS leadership, according to the complaint.After Muse Abdikadir Muse requested $1,200 from ISIS to help pay for airfare to Somalia’s capital, the funds were sent by the FBI — posing as ISIS — in increments to the three relatives as well as a third undercover FBI employee whom they believed planned to accompany them on the journey. Earlier this month, Muse Abdikadir Muse purchased his ticket to Mogadishu via a series of connecting flights, according to the complaint.During a shopping trip at a Walmart in Lansing last week to prepare for the upcoming trip, Muse Abdikadir Muse and Haji told the undercover operative “that if they failed in their attempt to join ISIS, they would conduct an attack or martyrdom operation,” the complaint states.The two brothers traveled with Haji to the airport in Grand Rapids on Monday. Following their arrests, federal agents executed search warrants at the siblings’ residence, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.All three men have been charged with engaging in a conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, which is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

3 members of armed militia shot at Breonna Taylor protest

first_imgkali9/iStockBy MARK OSBORNE, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Three members of an armed militia were shot at a protest calling for justice for Breonna Taylor in Louisville on Saturday afternoon.The three people, all members of the NFAC, suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department.“Today, shortly before 1:00 pm, three people were struck by gunfire as the result of a discharge of someone’s gun who was participating in the NFAC demonstration at Baxter Park,” Louisville Metro’s interim Chief of Police Robert Schroeder said in a statement. “Louisville Division of Fire and LMEMS arrived a short time later and transported all three victims to the University of Louisville Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All involved are members of the NFAC and there are no outstanding suspects.”The police said the investigation into the shooting was ongoing.“This is a tragic situation that could have been much worse,” Schroeder added. “I encourage anyone choosing to exercise their Second Amendment rights to do so responsibly.”Louisville police released surveillance footage of the shooting that showed dozens of members of the NFAC milling around in the park when the apparently accidental discharge takes place and a few people drop to the ground injured.The NFAC, which is short for “Not F——- Around Coalition,” was marching in full military fatigues and carrying semi-automatic weapons in order to call attention to the fatal police shooting of Taylor in March.The 26-year-old EMT was killed in her own home when police executed a “no-knock” warrant searching for a drug trafficker. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire on police believing that someone was breaking into the house. Taylor was struck by gunfire at least eight times when police returned fire.For months, protesters have been calling for the three officers who were involved in the shooting to be arrested and charged. The protests gained in intensity following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.Officer Brett Hankison was fired last month for violating procedure when he shot Taylor.Louisville police had said they were ready for demonstrations in the city on Saturday and shut down roads as a precaution to allow the NFAC members and others to march.“LMPD remains committed to peaceful expression of views under the First Amendment. As we have done for several weeks, there will be no need for police intervention as long as there is no threat to public safety,” the police said in a statement Friday. “We will not tolerate the barricading of streets by non-law enforcement, impeding traffic, or attempting to threaten or force people not involved in the protests from their intended destination.”Counterprotesters, a far-right militia called the Thee Percenters, also appeared at Saturday’s protest.ABC News’ Joshua Hoyos contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rain, snow and ice for parts of Midwest to the East Coast

first_imgABC NEWSBY: BRITTANY BORER, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — A cold rain will spread out along a cold front as a low pressure system makes its way across the Midwest today.By the afternoon some light snow could mix in with the rain for northern Ohio, eastern Michigan and parts of western New York.By Monday morning, heavy rain could be a hassle heading out in Boston with some showers in New York City and Philadelphia through the late morning.Light snow is also possible in the Adirondacks and western Catskills as colder air is expected behind this front by Tuesday.Snow accumulations will likely be minimal, though an inch or so is not out of the question for northeastern Indiana and northwestern Ohio, near Toledo. Ice, however, could be a concern with the mixture of snow and rain with the colder air on the back side of the front refreezing any standing moisture on hard surfaces.Elsewhere, much of the South through the Mid-Atlantic is expecting warmer than normal temperatures today. Temperatures in the low 70s in Atlanta today are consistent with normal highs in the month of October.As a cold front passes, temperatures will dip closer to average on Tuesday for most spots. The cool down does not last long, however, as mild air returns mid-week.As far as Thanksgiving Day is concerned, folks along the East Coast could wake up to a soggy start. By the evening, however, most of the showers will have exited the region making way for peeks of sunshine.Much of the country will be warm and dry with the cooler air bottled up in the Rockies. The Northwest will likely see scattered rain and snow showers to start off the holiday which will taper off as the day goes on.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Vaccines delayed at nursing home due to outbreak

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(ATLANTA) — A Georgia nursing home where a COVID-19 outbreak started after Thanksgiving has been forced to reschedule its first round of vaccines.So far, 108 residents and 36 staff members have gotten sick, the nursing home told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB.An employee who tested positive after Thanksgiving may have sparked the outbreak, according to Dianne Patterson, an administrator at Woodstock Nursing and Rehabilitation.Soon afterward, other workers also tested positive.“It only takes one for it to spread like wildfire,” Patterson said.In addition to delaying its vaccination effort, Woodstock has temporarily stopped admitting new residents and has converted two hallways into COVID-19 units.Georgia has reported 552,712 infections and 9,759 deaths from the virus, according to the state health department.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach Releases First Track From Grateful Dead-Inspired Solo Album

first_imgYours, Dreamily Tracklisting: 01. Once We Begin (Intro) 02. Outta My Mind 03. Put A Flower In Your Pocket 04. Pistol Made Of Bones 05. Everything You Do (You Do For You) 06. Stay In My Corner 07. Cold Companion 08. The Arc 09. Nature’s Child 10. Velvet Ditch 11. Chains Of Love 12. Come & Go 13. Rosie (Ooh La La) 14. Searching The Blue[Via NPR] Back in April, The Black Keys’ guitarist and singer Dan Auerbach told Rolling Stone that he was releasing a new solo album, the music of which was inspired by the Grateful Dead. Now, we have some more information about that project with his solo band, The Arcs.The new album will be titled Yours, Dreamily, and will be released on September 4th via Nonesuch Records. The Arcs are comprised of Auerbach, alongside Richard Swift, Leon Michels, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon, Kenny Vaughan and the women of Mariachi Flor De Toloache. The fourteen track offering will be “extra weird,” according to Auerbach, who said the following about the album:“I wanted everything to flow [and] be cohesive. A lot of the songs bleed one into the other, a lot like the Grateful Dead – my favorite records that they did. So I’ve got a lot of connected songs. It’s basically everything I love about music all wrapped up into one record – that’s all!”You can check out the lead single, “Stay In My Corner,” below. The video also showcases the album’s new artwork, and you can scroll below to get the full tracklisting of the new album.last_img read more

Inspired by Notre Dame, 13-year-old Irish fan raises money for charity

first_imgCourtesy of John Gosselin Zack Gosselin, a 13-year-old philanthropist, has fundraised for a local Boys and Girls Club, Catie’s Closet, Aaron’s Presents, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island and other charitable groups.From the age of six, Gosselin said he knew he wanted to help people. Now, seven years later, his philanthropy is having a real-world impact.“Since I was six years old, I started wanting to bring value and peace to people and just make people have memories and smile,” Gosselin said. “I’ve always been driven by the smile effect and people who are down and out, just bring them up a little bit.Gosselin said his philanthropic work has benefited a variety of different groups and organizations. In addition to supporting two fallen firefighters and a local Boys and Girls Club, his work has contributed to Catie’s Closet, a group working to provide clothing for low-income students, Aaron’s Presents, which helps children carry out charitable endeavors and Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, which supports veterans.In recent years, Gosselin has hosted a skating event to fundraise for his philanthropic pursuits. Gosselin said the idea to help other people through skating first came to him and his father while on a family vacation.“Me and my dad were skating in Waterville Valley [New Hampshire], where we go every winter,” Gosselin said. “We sort of had this moment where we’re like, ‘We have so much fun here. Why don’t we bring that fun to other people?’”The skating event has grown significantly over the years, he said.“When I was six it was 100 people, and I’m like ‘whoa, this is crazy,’” Gosselin said. “When I was seven it became 200, and then the year after that was the one 450 people showed up and Jermaine Wiggins, who’s a Super Bowl champion, so we had ties to him. It’s just been growing on and on ever since.”In addition to being an accomplished philanthropist, Gosselin also considers himself a loyal Notre Dame fan, even though he’s from Boston and has relatives who will likely be rooting against the Irish on Saturday.“I don’t know what it’s been. I’ve always liked them,” he said in reference to Notre Dame football. “My whole family is [Boston College] people. But I’ve always liked them for my whole life. I don’t know what brought me to it.”Gosselin visited campus for the first time last weekend, where he witnessed the Fighting Irish’s 52-20 victory over Navy. He said his Notre Dame fandom has inspired his charity work, particularly with respect to the old adage Irish players read as they come out of the locker room and onto the field.“‘Play like a champion today’ is really something where I see it and think ‘I am playing like a champion today in my own way,’” he said. “It helps me out there.”Tags: Boston College, charity, philanthropy, Play Like a Champion Today Notre Dame fan and Boston-area native Zack Gosselin has raised thousands of dollars for charity over the course of his career. Through a series of charity events, Gosselin has fundraised for a variety of causes across New England.However, at 13 years old, Gosselin is not the average philanthropist. He recognizes he is on the younger side when it comes to organizing charity work.last_img read more

Brenda Gail Peveto

first_imgBrenda Gail Peveto, 68, of Groves, Texas passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas. Brenda was born October 8, 1948 in Crowley, Louisiana to Adam Johnson and Ethel Nolan Johnson. She was a lifelong area resident and a medical transcriptionist and manager of Briarcliff Apartments.She was preceded in death by her father, Adam Johnson; sister, Janis Newton; and brothers, Mark and Bart Johnson.Survivors include her  mother, Ethel Nolan Johnson of Groves; daughters, Lisa Marshall of Fannett, Teri Mills and her husband Damon of Groves; sister, Penny Jaetzold and her husband Jay of Groves; brother, Michael Johnson of Groves; two grandchildren, Brittany Stanton and Lindsey Roam.A visitation for family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral services at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

SO Vermont Arts & Living Magazine to celebrate 10th anniversary

first_imgVermont Business Magazine SO Vermont Arts & Living magazine announced today that it will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special 10th Anniversary issue due out in January, 2018, featuring a gatefold of past covers that showcases the works of prominent artists in the region, which has become the magazine’s trademark.“We’ll take a look back at how the magazine started, and why, and where we are today,” said owner and publisher Lynn Barrett. We’re also announcing the SO Vermont Arts & Living Cultural Hero Award that will be give annually to the person or organization that has done the most to advance the arts and culture of Southern Vermont. Of course we’ll recognize our community partners, writers, designers, and everyone involved with the magazine. It’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone by. We’ve grown in terms of enhanced events, exhibitions, readership, content and social media. But, the start-up was a leap of faith.”Before moving to Vermont, Barrett specialized in marketing and public relations for CBS, other Fortune 500 companies and her own firm, Primetime Concepts in Manhattan. “Starting a publishing company was not on my list when I came here,” she says.Barrett’s first foray into the magazine business came in 2005 with the Andy Warhol exhibition at the Brattleboro Museum when the Brattleboro Reformer invited her to sell ads and help produce Andy Warhol, The Jon Gould Collection. “I’d never sold an ad in my life, but I was game.”She subsequently worked with the daily newspaper to produce and market other publications centered around the arts and the local economy, including “Southern Vermont Arts,” a glossy magazine that became the inspiration for her own publishing undertaking.“The idea to publish a magazine to promote the arts and lifestyle of not just Brattleboro, but all of Southern Vermont, seemed like the next logical move,” Barrett says. “Who else was going to promote Southern Vermont? The state’s tourism marketing was focused north of Rte 4.”She began publishing SO Vermont Arts & Living independently in 2008, bringing the same premise and mission to the new magazine, which she describes as “a postcard to the world about Southern Vermont.”The magazine focuses on the arts, culture, and lifestyle that chronicles the rural yet sophisticated world of Southern Vermont. It’s distributed in two Welcome Centers and throughout Southern Vermont and the neighboring towns along the borders of New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Target readers are residents and tourists who are drawn to cultural and lifestyle coverage and are looking for things to do in the region. “We reach them where they live and where they visit,” she says.The magazine’s departments focus on a specific niche of Vermont’s lifestyle including Personalities; Entrepreneurs; Spotlights on productions and openings (Museums, Art Galleries, Antiques, Theater, Dance, Music); Design Observed; Food & Wine; New and Notable and Calendar of Events. The magazine also offers editorial space in “Talk of the Arts” pages for cultural commentary.SO Vermont Arts & Living’s team is comprised of Jeff Potter, design; Martin Langeveld, website; Eric Pero, calendar listings; along with a host of seasoned professional writers, including Joyce Marcel, Jon Potter, Arlene Distler, Susan Smallheer, Meg Brazill, Kathleen Cox, Nicole Colson, Kevin O’Connor, and Marty Ramsburg—all experts on various aspects of the arts and its impact on the local economy and local culture.“While the magazine has evolved over the last 10 years, the editorial focus of the magazine remains true,” she says.Barrett says that the magazine wants to know: Who are we?  Why do we come here? Why do we stay? How do we live? How do we work? How are we inspired? How do we inspire others? What do we care about? How do we play? Whom do we turn to for advice, information, and expertise? How are we fulfilling our dreams? What do we want for the future?“These are the questions we try to answer,” she says.  ‘We love hearing from our readers and their stories. In fact, we want to hear from folks specifically about why they love Southern Vermont. And we want to know about their biggest challenges.”The magazine is “conducting a little kitchen research,” says Barrett, who can be reached at [email protected](link sends e-mail).“With the world changing so fast, it’s not easy to predict what will happen next,” Barrett says, but she believes in the power of the magazine to help celebrate a region—and to get readers locally to perceive their own area as a special place with the capacity to capture visitors’ hearts, minds, and spirits.While many communities have turned to the arts to revitalize themselves and strengthen their economies, without a vehicle to promote the critical mass of activities, events, people, cultural experiences, and sense of place, many well intentioned efforts fall short of their full potential. Further, the lack of such a promotional tool diminishes all efforts to market the region as a vital, attractive destination. SO Vermont Arts & Living is that promotional tool that positively impacts the region,” she believes.And one editorial style decision reflects those values.“We believe in Southern Vermont with a capital S,” Barrett says. “Southern Vermont is not just an adjective. Southern Vermont is a destination.”Source: DUMMERSTON CENTER, VT—SO Vermont Arts & Living 11.16.2017,Yeslast_img read more

HighTower joins HITS Triathlon Series as major sponsor

first_imgHighTower, a national financial services company serving high net worth and institutional clients, has taken up sponsorship of the HITS Triathlon Series, the first race series to feature five distances at each event, with events taking place at unique destinations every month of the year.As part of its sponsorship, HighTower will have a major presence at HITS Triathlon Series events throughout the United States, beginning with the first HITS Triathlon Series event in Palm Springs on 3-4 December 2011. HighTower will also sponsor eight events next year, culminating with the series championship in Palm Springs on 1-2 December 2012. This is HighTower’s first major sponsorship of a triathlon series and reflects the company’s on-going support of regional athletic events and health initiatives.“We applaud the hard work and determination of each and every one of the athletes participating in the HITS Triathlon Series,” said Elliot Weissbluth, Chief Executive Officer of HighTower. “Training for a triathlon and planning for your financial future both require discipline, focus and a trusted partner to help you reach your goals. HighTower is proud to be that partner.”More than 20 HighTower employees plan to compete in the HITS Triathlon Series events over the next year, including Tom McGuirk, two-time Olympian and Managing Director of HighTower.“HighTower’s participation is a big win for the HITS Triathlon Series and shows the growing interest in this exciting sport,” said Tom Struzzieri, President and CEO of HITS Inc. “We believe that, working with HighTower, our race participants’ portfolios will be as strong as their competitive spirits.”Unlike other triathlon events, the HITS Triathlon Series events include five distances during a single weekend, ranging from the beginner in the HITS Open to the experienced triathlete in the USAT sanctioned sprint, Olympic, half and full distances.The HITS Open is a free novice participatory triathlon that will feature a 100m swim, a 3 mile bike and 1 mile run created especially for first-timers who never thought that competing in a triathlon was possible. The HITS promise of ‘A distance for everyone!’ assures a challenging course geared to the unique level of training, endurance and personal goals of Relatedlast_img read more

The Mission Project receiving relief funding amid COVID-19; Roeland Park on the hunt for the cutest pet with photo contest

first_imgThe Mission Project among 63 midwest organizations receiving relief funding amid COVID-19The Mission Project, a nonprofit that helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities live independently and safely, is among 63 midwest organizations receiving COVID-19 relief funding from the First National Bank of Omaha.FNBO is providing nearly $1 million COVID-19 relief funds to organizations in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, South Dakota and Texas. The second round of FNBO grants, such as The Mission Project’s $5,000 grant, is geared to support workforce stability, according to a press release.Roeland Park on the hunt for the cutest pet with photo contestThe city of Roeland Park is searching for cute pets to enter its pet photo contest this September.Photos will be judged by a panel of representatives from the community engagement committee, the governing body and city staff. Winning and non-winning photos may appear on Roeland Park’s print and digital media, according to a newsletter.The city asks that photos be submitted via email to [email protected] by Sept. 27.AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 trial pause affects sites in Kansas City areaA worldwide coronavirus vaccine trial that included two Kansas City-area hospitals as test sites is on pause.The AstraZeneca trial, which was set to include the University of Kansas and Children’s Mercy as sites, is on a “temporary hold” to determine if a side effect that a participant had was related to the vaccine, according to an Associated Press report. [AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 trial pause affects sites in Kansas City area — KSHB]Overland Park Fire Department’s 9/11 ceremony closed to public due to COVID-19The Overland Park Fire Department is closing its annual 9/11 Memorial Service to the public this year due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.Honor guards will conduct the service from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., but no additional personnel will be present, according to a press release. Honor guards will implement procedures to mitigate viral spread during the service. “We’re trying to keep our commitment to the community,” said Fire Chief Bryan Dehner. “We feel the annual ceremony is an important tradition that we have vowed to keep alive, but to accomplish this and keep safe both those we serve and those who serve, we’ve made this difficult decision.”London House Apartments catches fire in LenexaThe London House Apartments at 12801 Lord Nelson Drive caught fire Tuesday night, trapping some residents who needed to be rescued and treated for smoke inhalation. Preliminary damage estimates to the structure show it may cost more than $100,000 in repairs.The Lenexa Fire Department responded to the fire with the Overland Park Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act at 10:19 p.m., according to the city of Lenexa. Firefighters rescued four uninjured occupants who were trapped on a second-floor balcony and inside an apartment. Two first-floor occupants that had already evacuated were evaluated for smoke inhalation, and one of theme was taken to a local hospital for treatment.The fire was confined to the first- and second-floor common hallways and was reported under control at 10:43 p.m. One cat was rescued during suppression operations and a second cat was removed uninjured after the fire.Four apartments in the building sustained minor smoke and heat damage, and the fire was reported out at 11:12 p.m. Red Cross is providing assistance to 12 displaced residents. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.last_img read more