FBI Arrests Man With 200-Pound Bomb in Basement, Had Election Day Plot; Russian Soyuz Rocket Booster Malfunctions, Mission Aborted; Arkansas Inmates Wears Nike Shirts For Mugshots; Hurricane Michael Devastates Florida Panhandle; Texas Man Arrested for Forcing Deaf Woman Into Prostitution; No Charges For NJ Police Officers Who Maced and Hit Deaf Man
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FBI Arrests Man With 200-Pound Bomb in Basement, Had Election Day Plot
FBI said they have arrested a man from Tappan, New York for building a 200-pound bomb that he wanted to set off on Election Day on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The man is Paul Rosenfeld.
The FBI said they raided his home on Tuesday and found a bomb in his basement that had black powder inside a plywood box. There were empty canisters of black powder that is usually used for firearms or artillery. That’s the type of black powder they found.
The FBI was notified by someone who was concerned.
Paul was pulled over on Tuesday and confessed to ordering large amounts of black powder on the internet and having it delivered to a location in New Jersey. He would pick it up and bring it to New York.
He did tests with smaller explosives in preparation for the big Election Day explosion.
Prosecutors said Paul wanted to kill himself with the bomb to get attention to a political system called sortition, which is when public officials are chosen at random rather than elected.
The FBI said the bomb could have killed innocent people and caused destruction.
The bomb was removed from his home and put somewhere else.
Russian Soyuz Rocket Booster Malfunctions, Mission Aborted
Early this morning, in Kazakhstan (near Russia), a Russian Soyuz rocket with two men, a NASA astronaut, Nick Hague, and a Russian cosmonaut, Alexey Ovchinin was launched, but booster malfunctions caused the two astronauts to abort the mission and eject.
The rocket lifted off at 4:40 a.m. ET and it went 31 miles in altitude. Then, about two minutes later, something happened when the first stage boosters separated from the central core of the rocket. Alexey reported a failure of the booster. The two ejected in a capsule.
The capsule came back down to earth very quickly, at a sharp angle that caused higher G-force pressure.
Their capsule crash-landed near the launch site. They were helicoptered to a training center. The two men are fine.
The Soyuz rocket was supposed to take the two astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), where they were to stay for six months. NASA currently depends on Russian Soyuz launch systems, and this has caused disruption.
NASA and Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, pledged a thorough investigation into what happened.
This is the first incident for a Russian Soyuz booster since 1983.
Russia’s Soyuz is grounded for investigations. Two space trips to the ISS planned this month will be postponed.
Arkansas Inmates Wears Nike Shirts For Mugshots
Last night, a civil rights activist, Shaun King, tweeted a picture that showed several mugshots of Arkansas inmates wearing a black Nike shirt.
Shaun said a source told him it was done to mock Nike and Colin Kaepernick, who announced a marketing partnership on September 5th.
Less than a hour after Shaun tweeted, all mugshot pictures on the Union County Sheriff’s Office’s website were taken down.
A reporter in Arkansas said that the mugshots with the black shirt with the words, NIKE ATHLETICS, dated back to September 15th.
But there were more pictures from July, with a Nike shirt with a swoosh logo, which was before the Nike/Kaepernick partnership.
The sheriff, Ricky Roberts, said the inmates are allowed to choose various shirts from a box to wear for mugshots, and they include Nike shirts that has been available for months. Ricky said they are not influenced by politics, that they understand why people are concerned and find it offensive. He apologized.
But many people are skeptical of his explantation.
Hurricane Michael Devastates Florida Panhandle
Mexico Beach, Florida was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael. Pictures and video show many neighborhoods near the water completely destroyed and flattened, with debris scattered everywhere.
Yesterday the hurricane made a direct impact on the area with 155 mph winds and a storm surge of 9 feet.
Many homes that were still standing had their roofs torn off, which means there is moisture inside of them.
The town is small, it has about 1,000 people, and is popular with vacationers. A National Guard team found 20 survivors there, and there could be many more people who are in need of help. Some are missing and feared dead.
In Panama City, most homes and buildings were still standing, but with various types of damage.
At least two people were killed. A man outside of Tallahassee, Florida died from a falling tree and a 11-year old girl in Georgia died at her home when her head was hit by a carport, that was picked up by winds and went through her roof.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said so many lives have been changed forever. So many families have lost everything.
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Texas Man Arrested for Forcing Deaf Woman Into Prostitution
Austin, Texas police arrested a 25-year old man, Aaron Bruins, for allegedly forcing a deaf woman to be a prostitute, to sell herself for sex. It appears Aaron is hearing, while the victim is deaf.
Local news KXAN reported this. The article explained that the deaf woman, whose identity was withheld, met Aaron in Houston in July and started dating.
After a month of dating, the deaf woman said Aaron took her to a street in Houston and told her to sell sex for money and taught her her what to say and how to act.
She said if she got mad, Aaron would strangle and slap her, and threatened to hurt her family if she left him.
She said Aaron forced her to sell herself for sex almost every day. He took her to Dallas and recently in Austin to sell sex.
On Tuesday night, Austin police got a call to do a welfare check at an area near the intersection of I-35 and Oltorf Street.
Police said when they approached the deaf woman, she talked with them by typing on her phone.
She said she needed to be separated from Aaron and that she was being forced to sell sex and didn’t know how to get away.
Police then looked through her phone, with her permission, and found texts between her and Aaron where he was telling her how to sell herself.
Aaron was arrested for compelling prostitution and his bail is set at $75,000.
No Charges For NJ Police Officers Who Maced and Hit Deaf Man
Here is an update on the deaf man from Paterson, New Jersey — Raaseon Adams — who was pepper sprayed and punched by police officers as he was arrested two weeks ago.
Local news NJ.com and Paterson Times wrote articles about this.
The Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, after an investigation, said they will not file any criminal charges against the officers. She said Adams appeared to be intoxicated and tried to snatch keys from a police officer’s hand.
The Mayor Andre Sayegh said the investigation shows the police officers’ use of force is not criminal.
Police said they arrested him after he flicked a cigarette at them. A video shows Adams shouting at officers prior to the arrest. The officers were on a street for an unrelated reason.
For the arrest itself, many people and several activists said the officers used excessive force against Adams. There was a lot of noise about this.
NJ.com said Adams was released after he went to jai. But Paterson Times said Adams pled guilty to obstruction on October 2nd after facing a judge. So those are different accounts.
A lawyer for Adams did not provide comment.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!