Chicago police misused ShotSpotter in murder case, lawsuit alleges
A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges Chicago police misused “unreliable” gunshot detection technology and failed to pursue other leads in investigating a grandfather from the city’s South Side and charging him with killing a neighbor.chicagotribune.com
Man sentenced for R. Kelly witness intimidation attempt
NEW YORK — (AP) — A man was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for setting fire to a car last year in what authorities said was an attempt to intimidate a potential witness in R. Kelly's sex trafficking trial. Michael Williams, 38, of Valdosta, Georgia, was sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn. Kelly's trial was pending at the time; he was convicted in September of this year. Williams' attorney, Todd Spodek, said a sentence of five years would have been “sufficient but not greater than necessary in this case." This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
Boy shot after man returns paintball fire with real gunfire
Thinking his home was under attack, a Florida homeowner shot and wounded a 10-year-old whose father had driven him to participate in a drive-by shooting with a paintball gun, police said. Michael Williams, 26, told Opa-locka police his son begged him to drive by a home where young people were gathered Sunday night so he could fire his paintball out the window, according to a police report released Tuesday. The homeowner confused the paintball for real gunfire, telling police he thought his family was being attacked.news.yahoo.com
Google search records lead to arrest of R. Kelly associate for arson, witness tampering
POLK COUNTY, Fla. – An associate of embattled singer R. Kelly was arrested for allegedly setting fire to a vehicle outside of a Central Florida home after federal authorities identified him through Google search history records, recently unsealed court documents show. “Certainly, one of the issues in this case is going to be the constitutionality for the search warrant for his Google search history and how that is used against him,” said Williams’s attorney, Todd Spodek. As Clary was preparing to testify against Kelly in federal court, her mother called 911 report the family’s car had been set on fire by someone wearing a hoodie. Four days after the fire, a federal judge authorized a search warrant that was issued to Google for records on people who had searched Clary’s home address. Among the unspecified number of individuals who searched the address was someone using a phone registered to Williams while signed into his Google account, court records allege.
LISTEN: R. Kelly’s ex-girlfriend calls 911 after fire set at her Central Florida home
But they threw something on the car and put it on fire,” Alice Clary told the Polk County 911 dispatcher. As her mother was on the phone with 911 dispatchers, Azriel Clary also called 911. I’m inside the house.”The dispatcher asked Azriel Clary if she knew who was responsible. “Ma’am, I don’t know who these people are,” Azriel Clary replied. About two weeks after the fire, Azriel Clary posted video of the fire and photos of the burned car on Instagram.
Lutz lifts Saints past hard-luck Chargers, 30-27 in OT
He’s got to do better but we could have done some other things better,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “This is how you grow as a team," Brees said. The Chargers (1-4) fell to their fourth straight loss by a touchdown or less, and the second in overtime. Then Brees found Cook open behind the Chargers’ secondary on third-and-long to tie it early in the fourth quarter. Saints: Enter their bye week, followed by a Week 7 home date with Carolina on Oct. 25.
Gun control phone app for background checks being considered
The proposed app would be used for background checks using private sales, and not for purchases involving commercial dealers, one of the sources told CNN. White House aides have spent the last month meeting with congressional staffers and devising a package of legislative measures in the wake of recent mass shootings. The Department of Justice also prepared a package of options that was delivered to the White House more than two weeks ago. Trump, who has been facing pressure from Republican lawmakers to specify his stance, emerged from the meeting, declining to clarify his position on expanding background checks. Currently, there are no federally mandated background checks for private sales.
Georgia candidate who traveled in "deportation bus" apologizes for campaign
A former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a "deportation bus" and later pleaded guilty to falsely reporting that computer servers were stolen from his office is apologizing for his chaotic and combative campaign. He also gained notoriety for a series of publicity stunts including campaigning in a "deportation bus" in an Atlanta-area community known for welcoming foreign refugees. Michael Williams, a Georgia gubernatorial candidate touring the state in a "deportation bus," is greeted with protests by immigrants and other residents in Clarkston, Ga., Wednesday, May 16, 2018. He pleaded guilty in May to falsely reporting computer servers were stolen. District Attorney Lee Darragh said Williams pleaded guilty under Georgia's First Offender Act and was sentenced to four years' probation, 120 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.cbsnews.com
Customs agents crack down on fake goods
ICE has special customs agents, a branch of the agency many people haven't heard of. PORTLAND, Ore. - When you think of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE for short, the immigration side is what usually comes to mind. "During the investigation we found he had returned about 3,000 phones to Apple," said Williams. Finally, Williams showed the FOX 12 Investigators a case out of state still being investigated by HSI agents. Williams said being sentenced for counterfeiting and trafficking goods could get you up to 20-years in prison.