New York City teen arraigned, held without bail for allegedly plotting ISIS-inspired attack

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — A New York City teen was arraigned and ordered held without bail on Friday after he was arrested for allegedly planning to conduct a possible terrorist knife or bomb attack nearby his home.Awais Chudhary was charged by prosecutors in Brooklyn Federal Court as part of a national security investigation into a possible ISIS-inspired attack using a “special FBI knife,” officials said.Chudhary, 19 of East Elmhurst, New York, allegedly exchanged texts with undercover investigators during a five-day period about what authorities describe as an interest in conducting a possible ISIS-inspired attacks at locations within a block of his house.Prosecutors charged in the criminal complaint that Chudhary pledged allegiance to ISIS and listed targets such as “the pedestrian bridges over the Grand Central Parkway to the Flushing Bay Promenade … and the New York World’s Fair marina” in order to target “multiple vehicles.”Chudhary also wanted “to record his attack in order to inspire others to perform similar attacks,” according to the criminal complaint.In a statement issued on Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York said, “There is no current public safety issue as a result of the arrest.”Chudhary’s alleged planned means of escape after the attack was on a scooter.The alleged knife attacker’s attorney Samuel Jacobson said his client is “just a kid” and the allegations are a part of “a fantasy.”“The government screams out in the complaint that this is not a real plot…he was looking at Dunkin’ Donuts near his house, not Times Square,” said Jacobson.“This happened all within five days before the arrest. There’s no allegations of any communications with ISIS or its affiliates … Look at the facts of a case to a real plot, who contacted an ISIS affiliate, it’s totally different,” said Jacobson.Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Algore said Chudhary was the one who suggested the attack. “He did surveillance of the areas, provided video of what he called ‘bucket bombs,’ he talked about avoiding detection in order to commit more (attacks),” said Algore to the judge during the bail hearing.Chudhury, who allegedly thought he was communicating with ISIS since Aug. 23, said he intended to do a knife attack because “that’s all he knows,” but if he was instructed on how to build a “bucket bomb” he would “consider a bombing attack as well,” according to the criminal complaint.Chudhary, who Jacobson said, wears braces and works part-time at a pharmacy to help his sick father, is charged with providing material or source material to a terrorist group. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison. His next court date is on Sept. 13 at 11 a.m.Magistrate Judge James Orenstein denied issuing any bail amount for Chudhary or to release him to the custody of his parents.“The defendant is a significant danger to the community…What is there to suggest this is a fantasy? Well, his age, but we can think of others who committed mayhem — Columbine, Newtown — all committed by young people. Was this a fantasy? I sure hope so,” said Judge Orenstein.The arrests were one of many recently connected to ISIS sympathizers.A federal grand jury returned an indictment against a man from Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, saying he was inspired by ISIS when he stole a U-Haul van on March 26 and drove it to Maryland with the intent of using it as a weapon to hit pedestrians on sidewalks at the National Harbor complex on the Potomac River.In mid-July, Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a naturalized citizen from Kazakhstan living in Brooklyn, was charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in federal court.He had allegedly traveled to Syria first in 2013 and became a sniper and weapons instructor for ISIS.It was less than a week ago that two women from Queens — Noelle Velentzas, 31, and Asia Siddiqui, 35 — pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to build an explosive device after the ISIS sympathizers communicated with an undercover agent. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

On The Beat 09/03/10

first_img Published on September 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm Beat writers Tony Olivero, Brett LoGiurato and Andrew L. John discuss Syracuse football’s season opener against Akron. For in-game score updates and breaking sports news, text DOSPORTS to 24587. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img

Short on shortstops, Los Angeles Dodgers turn to Miguel Rojas

first_imgDoes Rojas have the edge over the other candidates to fill in for Ramirez?“Right now we’re splitting hairs to say which one’s the best or who’s earned what,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve seen Erisbel a little bit, he does everything a little bit. He’s been flawless when he played. Miguel’s played really well since he’s been in there. Carlos has been for the most part solid. He had the one game where he was a little rough here at the stadium but for the most part he’s been pretty good.”On the disabled list since June 29 with a strained left hamstring, Turner is currently rehabbing in Arizona, “getting 10, 12 at-bats a day so you can keep the guy sharp,” Mattingly said.Figgins reported no pain one day after running the bases at full speed for the first time Thursday. However, Figgins said he felt a “grabbing” sensation when he tries to break into a full sprint. That could keep him from stealing a base, but both he and Mattingly said that Figgins remains “close” to beginning a minor-league rehab assignment.In the meantime, Rojas knows what will keep him in the lineup. “We’ve got plenty of hitters here,” he said, “I have to be that guy who plays good defense.”Ethier, Ramirez sitRamirez was still day-to-day less than 24 hours after receiving an anti-inflammatory injection in the AC joint of his right shoulder Thursday.“He felt like it really kind of relieved everything right away,” Mattingly said. “He had one in Cincinnati that didn’t really do it. It didn’t hit the spot. This one seemed to hit it. Pretty encouraged by that.”Andre Ethier was also held out of the starting lineup due to various bumps and bruises, Mattingly said. Scott Van Slyke started his second straight game in center field.Also …The Dodgers’ starting pitcher for tonight’s game was still listed as “TBA” on Friday afternoon, but Mattingly hinted that Paul Maholm is the leading candidate to start the game. Maholm is 1-4 with a 5.18 ERA. … Carl Crawford could be back in the lineup this weekend against the Padres. “I do look at the next few days as really there’s a start there for him,” Mattingly said. … Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig received their red National League All-Star jerseys on the field prior to the game. … Scott Elbert was set to pitch one inning in a rehab assignment for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. The Dodgers’ starting shortstop, Hanley Ramirez, has needed two anti-inflammatory injections the last two months just to stay on the field.Ramirez’s primary backup, Justin Turner, is in Arizona recovering from a hamstring strain. Chone Figgins began the season in the shortstop rotation, but he’s on the disabled list with a strained hip flexor.With Dodger shortstops practically needing their own disabled list, a healthy Miguel Rojas has started four of the last five games. In terms of ultimate zone rating, Rojas is second only to Erisbel Arruebarrena among the six players who have played shortstop this year for the Dodgers. Arruebarrena is currently on the disabled list with a right hip flexor strain.Rojas’ .232 batting average through Thursday is preferable to that of Carlos Triunfel (.143), the club’s other healthy shortstop. Rojas is versatile, too. His UZR at second and third base – albeit in limited time – ranks ahead of every other Dodger. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Senegal edge Uganda to sneak into quarterfinals

first_imgAs free-kicks were continually conceded, Uganda had several opportunities to equalise and came close on 80 minutes when goalkeeper Alfred Gomis pushed away an Allan Kateregga effort.Morocco crash out to Benin on penalties in Cup of Nations last 16Hakim Ziyech’s missed stoppage-time spot-kick proved extremely costly as 10-man Benin stunned Africa Cup of Nations title contenders Morocco in a penalty shootout Friday to reach the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw in Cairo.Moise Adilehou forced home at a corner early in the second half to put Benin on course for a shock win but Youssef En-Nesyri equalised for Morocco before Ajax star Ziyech blew the chance to snatch victory by striking the post from the spot in the 96th minute.Benin were forced to play most of extra time a man down after Khaled Adenon received a second yellow card for dissent, but they prevailed 4-1 in the shootout following misses by Sofiane Boufal and En-Nesyri to set up a clash with Senegal or Uganda on July 10 for a spot in the semi-finals.“It’s not the right time to talk about anything,” said Morocco boss Herve Renard, after possibly his final game in charge. “The only thing I would like to say is thank you very much to all the fans who came to Egypt to support us.“I’m a bit ashamed in front of them, and especially about all the people who were supporting us since more than three years.“You know in life of course, some people are against you, but this is life. You just have to look forward and only remember the positive things.”Morocco suffered a troubled build-up to the tie at Al Salam Stadium with captain and key defender Medhi Benatia lost to injury while Benin were without forward Steve Mounie due to suspension.The Atlas Lions had been clinical, determined and efficient so far in Egypt, mirroring the beliefs of Renard, the only coach to win the Cup of Nations with two countries.Benin, winless in 12 previous matches in the competition, only scraped through to the knockout rounds on the back of three draws after holding both Ghana and reigning champions Cameroon.En-Nesyri and Ziyech both produced saves in a dreary first half from Saturnin Allagbe, who kept his place in the Benin goal after replacing Fabien Farnolle for the final group game.– Adilehou strikes first –Younes Belhanda skewed wide for Morocco shortly after the restart but it was Benin who grabbed a surprise lead when Adilehou broke clear of his marker to turn in a corner on 54 minutes, the Squirrels’ first goal since their opening game in Egypt.Substitute Boufal nearly levelled with his first touch after coming off the bench on the hour, meeting Nordin Amrabat’s cross with a downward header that skipped off the grass and flashed just over the top.A mistake from Jordan Adeoti presented Morocco with the equaliser on 75 minutes, as he was caught in possession on the edge of his area by Mbark Boussoufa who squared for En-Nesyri to stroke beyond Allagbe.Ziyech stung the palms of Allagbe with a free-kick while Boussoufa, who scored a last-gasp winner in the 1-0 victory over South Africa, also saw his set-piece superbly clawed away by the Benin ‘keeper.After a quiet start to the tournament Ziyech looked destined to finally deliver when Benin captain Stephane Sessegnon upended Achraf Hakimi deep into stoppage time, but the winger smacked his spot-kick against the base of the post.Adenon’s bizarre dismissal, ostensibly for brushing the referee away as he attempted to tend to a cramping team-mate, gave Morocco the numerical advantage but Ziyech again squandered an opportunity to send his side through as he blazed over a cutback from Boussoufa.Morocco were left to count the cost of those misses as Boufal blazed over Morocco’s second attempt in the shootout before Allagbe tipped En-Nesyri’s effort onto the bar, leaving Mama Seibou to fire Benin into the last eight.Share on: WhatsApp Uganda’s goalkeeper Denis Onyango (below) fouls Senegal’s forward Sadio Mane (C) during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 football match between Uganda and Senegal at the Cairo International Stadium in the Egyptian capital on July 5, 2019.JAVIER SORIANO / AFPUganda 0 Senegal 1Benin 1 (4) Morocco 1 (1)Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Sadio Mane became the leading scorer in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Friday when he scored the goal that gave Senegal a 1-0 win over Uganda in a feisty last-16 clash.The Liverpool star struck on 15 minutes with a close-range shot after a passing move carved open the Ugandan defence in Cairo.Mane later missed a penalty — the second time he has fluffed a spot-kick in as many matches — but his three-goal tally from three matches moved him ahead of 11 scorers with two each.In the quarter-finals, Senegal will face fellow west Africans Benin, who stunned Morocco earlier, winning a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw following extra time.A fiery start at the Cairo International Stadium to the second last-16 match saw two Ugandans and one Senegalese yellow-carded within 10 minutes of the kick-off.Uganda captain and goalkeeper Denis Onyango was first to be booked after racing off his line and fouling Ismaila Sarr, who needed lengthy treatment.Giant Uganda forward Emmanuel Okwi was the next offender with his elbow brushing the face of Senegal centre-back and captain Cheikhou Kouyate.Senegal midfielder Papa Ndiaye then went into the book of the referee for deliberately pushing a Ugandan so hard he tumbled off the pitch.As tempers cooled, Senegal scored through Mane, who shared the Premier League Golden Boot last season with Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.A Ugandan pass was intercepted and two quick, slick passes sent Mane clear to fire left-footed past Onyango, one of the top goalkeepers in Africa.– Blatant foul –On 18 minutes, Uganda lost centre-back Hassan Wasswa after he injured his left hamstring and Timothy Awany took his place.Midfielder Khalid Aucho became the third Ugandan to be yellow-carded, for a blatant foul, and Okwi was lucky to escape a second caution and a red card later in the half.There were more cards than goal attempts on target in the opening 45 minutes, which ended with Senegal comfortably retaining a one-goal advantage.The match not only lacked goalmouth excitement, but also atmosphere with a crowd of just a few thousand dotted around the 75,000 stadium, where the final will be played on July 19.Scorching heat, costly tickets and a lack of interest by Egyptians in teams other than their own Pharaohs are some of the reasons for the poor attendances.Senegal had a great chance to double their lead when Mane was fouled by Onyango, but the Liverpool star failed to convert the penalty, a fate he also suffered against Kenya.He aimed for the right corner, but Onyango guessed correctly and made a brilliant two-hand save to keep the Cranes in the match.Senegal centre-back and Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly was the fifth player to be booked as an intensely physical encounter entered the final quarter.last_img read more

Steelers sign Polamalu, Miller to extensions

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) – Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller are doing their part to help the Pittsburgh Steelers get under the 2014 salary cap.The eight-time Pro Bowl safety and the venerable tight end both signed new three-year contracts with the team on Wednesday designed to give the Steelers some cap relief before the new league year begins next week.Terms of the deals were not disclosed, but both contracts are designed to give Pittsburgh some flexibility heading into free agency as the Steelers look for answers following consecutive 8-8 seasons.The Steelers also cut linebacker Larry Foote, cornerback Curtis Brown and offensive tackle Levi Brown on Wednesday.Polamalu was scheduled to make $8.25 million in 2014 in the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2011. The 32-year-old is coming off a bounce back year in which he played in all 16 games after being limited by injuries in 2012.The deal came hours after the Steelers re-signed safety Will Allen, meaning it’s unlikely Pittsburgh will make any attempt to bring back Ryan Clark, who will become a free agent next week.Polamalu missed nine games in 2012 with a strained calf and revamped his offseason conditioning campaign last spring. It paid off handsomely. Polamalu picked off two passes and recorded 69 tackles while playing in every game for just the third time in the last eight years.Heath Miller (AP Photo/File)The 31-year-old Miller caught 58 passes for 593 yards and a touchdown in 2013 after sustaining a major right knee injury at the end of the 2012 season. He caught a season-high eight passes in a 37-27 win over Detroit on Nov. 17 that keyed a late 6-2 flourish as Pittsburgh avoided its first losing season in a decade.The moves continued a busy week for the typically quiet Steelers. Pittsburgh tagged linebacker Jason Worilds as a transition player on Monday, with Worilds quickly agreeing to the one-year deal, opening the door for both sides to work on a long-term contract.“Feels good to be back with the ones I bled with,” Worilds tweeted on Wednesday.Jason WorildsThe decision to keep Worilds- who posted a career-high eight sacks in 2013 – likely means the Steelers will part with LaMarr Woodley, whose cap number in 2014 is $14.1 million. Woodley has struggled to stay healthy in recent years and hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2010.The emergence of Worilds helped make Woodley potentially expendable. The same goes for Foote, who tore the triceps in the season opener last fall against Tennessee then watched rookie Vince Williams become a steady contributor at inside linebacker next to Lawrence Timmons. Polamalu’s ability to fill Foote’s role at linebacker in dime coverage packages helped expedite Foote’s departure.Injuries also plagued Curtis Brown during his three mostly quiet years with the Steelers. The former third-round pick showed flashes of being a special teams star but could not work his way onto the field with any regularity as a defensive back.At least Brown had a chance to make a case for himself – for better or worse – on the field. The same can’t be said of Levi Brown.The Steelers made the unorthodox move of acquiring Brown from Arizona in October to stabilize an injury ravaged offensive line. It never happened. Brown tore his triceps during warm-ups before his first game with Pittsburgh and was placed on injured reserve. The Steelers saved $6 million against the salary cap by paring him off the books before the new league year begins next Tuesday.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more

Safety Tips for Homes with Kids and Prescriptions

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesMany of us have prescription medicine that we no longer need or want taking up space in bathroom cabinets, or on pantry shelves and bedside tables. Kids of all ages are naturally curious, and it’s important to realize that access to medications can pose serious risks to children and young people.You can protect the children in your family by following two simple rules with your medications.Safely store the medicines you are using.Safely dispose of medications that are no longer in use.Opioids are in the news, but most of us don’t connect the idea of our current and leftover pain medications with possible opioid abuse. We may not even realize which medications are considered opioids. Prescription opioids have better-known brand names and generic names. If you have any of these, make them a priority for secure storage while in use, and for safe disposal when no longer needed:OxyContin, Percocet or OxycodoneVicodin or HydrocodoneDilaudid or HydromorphoneOpana or OxymorphoneSafely Store your Prescription Medicine For medicines that are currently in use, it’s important to store them properly. About 75% of opioid misuse starts with people using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them – usually taken from a friend or family member. The best way to keep medications out of curious hands, regardless of age, is to keep them out of sight and locked away. Learn more about safe medication storage at www.Getthefactsrx.comFor younger children, safe storage of prescription medication and proper disposal can prevent an accidental overdose or poisoning. The Washington Poison Control Center has more information to help prevent poisonings.Safely Dispose of Unwanted Medications for FreeLocal law enforcement has safe, prescription medicine drop-boxes all across Thurston County. They are free for the community to use. You can easily get rid of unwanted medications at the following places: Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Lacey Police Department, Rainier City Hall, Tenino Police Department, Tumwater Police Department, Yelm Police Department and Walgreens in Olympia. These drop-boxes are secure, and look a lot like metal ballot boxes (see image). To find the addresses and hours for these sites and any others across Washington, go to: https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/personalhealth/unwantedmedication/index.html Yet another reason for safe disposal of medications is to protect our water supplies. Medications flushed down the toilet eventually make their way into our drinking water, lakes, rivers and into Puget Sound.As you can see there are many reasons to properly dispose of the medicines that you no longer need, as well as to secure the medications that you are currently taking. By taking some of these steps, you’ll be doing the right thing for those you love and keeping our community healthier too.last_img read more

Haberdasher Hangs His Hat Again in Sea Bright

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnSEA BRIGHT – In a sense, Brian George is back home.After three months in temporary quarters in Rumson, the longtime area haberdasher has moved his Northshore Menswear shop back to the borough in a new location at 1127 Ocean Ave.After refurbishing the space, George is now ensconced in a building he has nicknamed “big yellow.Brian George, owner of Northshore, stands in his new store at 1127 Ocean Ave. days before moving back to Sea Bright.“If you’re looking for us, just look for the ‘big yellow’ building,” he said recently with a smile as he was preparing to move back to Sea Bright.The store will continue to sell men’s “traditional clothing with a twist,” but is now reintroducing fashion for females. George previously sold women’s clothes but jettisoned that part of the business about eight years ago.When the official grand opening of Northshore is held on Saturday, April 6, George hopes to have space for four lines of women’s apparel – Vineyard Vines, Tori Richards, Island Company and Castaway. “My daughter, Mary, helped me put these lines together,” he said.Meanwhile, Northshore customers have been buying menswear in a makeshift store at 45 River Road in Rumson, in space meant for offices and using the men’s room to try on clothes.The space and his loyal customers have been good to George. The building is the same one he occupied 30 years ago – in three offices on the second floor – when he first opened his store and his customers have followed him there since his Sea Bright store at 1080 Ocean Ave. was substantially damaged and his entire inventory swept out by the tidal surge of Super Storm Sandy.“When the threat of the storm came, we never anticipated what would happen would happen, not in our wildest dreams,” George said. “The year before was Irene and all we got moisture.”Though he prepared for the Oct. 29 storm by putting merchandise higher up and boarding windows, the surge – coupled with extraordinary high winds – broke through. It filled the store with about 8 feet of water and then tore the shop’s contents out through huge gaping holes broken open by the tide along the building’s side wall.George’s merchandise and store fixtures, including two pool tables, were swept away.“I didn’t even have a chance to think … because we were going into the Christmas season. This is the retail business and the fourth quarter is 40 percent, sometimes 50 percent, of your sales and so I couldn’t afford to miss December,” he said. “I had nothing left.”George’s vendors were helpful and after about two weeks of planning and restocking he put together the temporary shop.George had flood insurance so he was able to pay the bills on merchandise that had just washed away and then started anew.He moved into the Rumson building on Dec. 1 and spent three months there. He closed the shop at the end of business on Feb. 27 and was expected to move the contents Feb. 28 and reopen March 1 in Sea Bright. “It has really worked out,” he said.George initially moved to Sea Bright about 10 years ago. He started in the building occupied by Cono’s Sea Bright Pizza, which he owned. When he sold that, he moved to 1080 Ocean Ave.Now he is in a building he has “always loved.” He calls it a “classic building … and it hasn’t changed much.”George has overseen the renovation of the space. There are white cabinets, hardwood floors, Oriental rugs and traditional mahogany furnishings.“I’m very proud of the way it looks … It’s nice and clean and kind of beachy,” he said. “We’re really excited.”George is a big supporter of Sea Bright. As an officer in the Businesses of Sea Bright group, he has high hopes for its rebuilding.“Believe it or not, behind the scenes in some of these buildings, there is cleaning up being done,” he said. “There is progress going on. But, the lifeblood of the town is in the downtown business district. Even the governor said, if the business district gets together, the whole town will feel better.”George is working to do just that.“I think Sea Bright will be better than ever. It’s just going to be a matter of time and people have to be patient.”last_img read more