Five years ago, Zack Winfrey was working at a private fly fishing camp in Idaho, not far from Yellowstone National Park and decided to write to the man he says molested him for eight years as a child.
I went into my room and I just sat down and handwrote that letter, Winfrey said. I was planning on mailing it to him, and I thought, Thats dumb. Ill never know if he reads it.
The headline on the letter, which is posted on the Quora.com website, read, Brad Reger is a child molester, and eventually prompted Reger to reach out to him on Facebook Messenger on Sept. 1, 2018, Winfrey said. Zack Winfreys Quora post alleging sexual molestation helped result in federal charges against Brad Reger, 67, licensed nurse practitioner and former youth group leader from Susanville.
Have you been sending me messages? the first note from Reger asked. Sherlock Holmes over here with the great detective work, Winfrey replied.
Then, Reger wrote, I am deeply disturbed by all you have said. I do not remember most of what you have said.
Today, Winfreys online post is filed in Sacramento federal court as Exhibit 1 in the case of USA v Bradley Earl Reger. Reger, 67, is being held in custody without bail.
Reger is a licensed nurse practitioner and former youth group leader from Susanville, a small town in Lassen County. He faces charges of abusing three minors in Susanville, Nevada, Virginia, Poland and the Philippines between 2006 and 2014.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Reger left his Lassen County home and businesses at least 235 times to visit foreign countries. As federal agents prepared to arrest Reger in July, they became so concerned about a trip he was taking in Ireland that they sought and obtained a search warrant allowing them to track him through his cellphone upon his return to the U.S.
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A Sacramento-area library was evacuated Monday morning and a nearby elementary school and high school sheltered in place after law enforcement was notified of a bomb threat containing anti-LGBTQ hate speech, authorities said.
It was the third threat against the library in the past week, police and deputies said. The latest threat targeted Mary L. Stephens Davis Library on East 14th Street and was reported to police around 10 a.m., according to Davis Police Department spokesman Lt. Dan Beckwith.
Officers were conducting a sweep to determine if the threat was credible as of 11 a.m. Monday. Authorities issued an all-clear roughly 20 minutes later. Much like the first reported bomb threat made to the library on Aug. 21, Mondays threat came in an email containing hate speech, police said.
The second threat was made late Friday. In updates posted Monday afternoon to social media, Beckwith and Yolo County sheriffs officials said the library has received three total threats since Aug. 20, the date of what deputies in a Facebook post called a heated meeting held at the library, and that the threats contain similar messages that revolve around the mentioned meeting.
The first threat came after an incident at the library in which dozens of people, including protesters, attended a forum on Fair and Safe Sports for Girls hosted by the Yolo County chapter of Moms for Liberty. A library official reportedly told a speaker at the event to leave the library after the speaker referred to transgender female youth athletes as biological males.
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The fire department said they were tactical when it came to putting the fire out because of how difficult it was to douse the blaze from the electric battery because the cells do not require oxygen to burn.
"Firefighting foam, Class D extinguishers, special equipment and fire blankets ... those don't work because, again, they're trying to take away the oxygen, but these fires don't need that type of oxygen to keep going," said Kelliher Berkoh.
On Wednesday, firefighters said the area surrounding the fire was safe and said they'll allow the smoldering cells from the torched battery to simply burn itself out.
"That strategy is not ideal because we like to get in there and be aggressive and proactive and eager to knock it out, but truly, all that does is extend our time on scene because the more you cool it, the more it slows down, and then as soon as you stop cooling it, starts right back up," said Kelliher Berkoh. "We're well-versed on what to do ... if only one cell fails, specialty nozzles can get in and hopefully cool that cell so it doesn't cause that thermal reaction to all the other cells."
Firefighters remained on the scene Wednesday - two days after the fire - to monitor the smoldering vehicle.
'Never heard bullets like this': Suspect dead after hourslong standoff and shootouts in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood
Authorities say deputies were attempting to serve a court-ordered eviction notice when shots rang out
Hundreds of law enforcement officers responded to an active shooting situation in Pittsburghs Garfield neighborhood Wednesday morning, spurring an hourslong standoff and massive shootout before the suspect was pronounced dead shortly after 5 p.m.
Friend says suspect considered himself a sovereign citizen
A longtime friend of the gunman, Michael Pennix, said Mr. Hardison was a veteran and considered himself a sovereign citizen, a belief that government has little, if any, authority over individuals. Adherents have had several violent clashes with law enforcement over the years.
For Mr. Hardison, it was a belief that led to several encounters with police and even a meeting last year with Mayor Ed Gainey, Mr. Pennix, 47, said. Mr. Hardison drove but didnt believe he needed a license, for instance, Mr. Pennix said.
Mr. Hardison had lost close family in recent years, and three months ago told Mr. Pennix that he had been diagnosed with cancer. He was also dealing with mental health issues, Mr. Pennix said.
Officials: Thousands of gunshots fired in hours-long Garfield standoff
The suspect had fired at officers and shot down at least three police drones during the incident
The investigation continues after a suspect involved in what Pittsburgh Public Safety called an extremely active shooting situation in the citys Garfield neighborhood died after an hours-long standoff.
Pittsburgh Public Safety confirms that the suspect in this standoff was pronounced by medics on the scene at 5:08 p.m.
State police asked the public to avoid the 4800 block of Broad Street and North Mathilda Street. Trooper Rocco Gagliardi said, "The work is just beginning" with this investigation, and police are working to make sure the neighborhood is safe for residents to return to.
Pittsburgh Public Safety first posted on social media post just after 11 a.m. Wednesday, alerting the public to an active shooter situation. A follow-up post said, "This is an extremely active situation with shots continuing to be fired. Please avoid the area at this time."
"The active scene in Garfield began this morning when a detail from our office attempted to serve an eviction notice, which was followed by gunfire from the occupant of the residence. One of our sergeants who was leading the detail sustained a minor non-gunfire related injury while avoiding the incoming gunfire," Allegheny County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Manko said in a statement.
KHOU 11 Investigates discovered more than half of the cops in the Coffee City Police Department had been suspended, demoted or fired from their previous jobs.
The long version (2 min) of Mitch McConnell's statue prank. his poor aid. She wanted to drag him off
she wanted the security guy to help escort him off. Instead the security guy asks Mitch what he wants to do.
Oklahoma's Superintendent of Public Instruction is facing an impeachment push by Democratic state lawmakers, NPR reported on Wednesday.
According to the report, Democrats have a laundry list of allegations against Ryan Walters, including that he lied about filing federal grants to the legislative education committee; that he sent pornographic material to staffers for lawmakers; that he diverted state funds to make political videos attacking teachers unions and pushing conspiracy theories about Tulsa Public Schools; and that he improperly fired whistleblowers, which is currently being litigated by three federal lawsuits among other allegations.
This comes as Walters is facing another new scandal over improper financial disclosures. According to the report, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission says Walters routinely missed the deadlines to file reports on donations, with one report being over 70 days late.
Per the report, GOP House Speaker Charles McCall, who would have to approve a bipartisan committee for impeachment proceedings, is not currently on board, telling reporters impeachment "is not something that should be taken lightly" and the current demand to remove him "seems to be more of a ready, fire, aim approach."
William Beals, who breached the U.S. Capitol and later teamed up with neo-Nazis to harass drag shows, is out on bond while facing Jan. 6-related charges.
But Raw Story has learned that Beals employment situation a major reason hes free to cross state lines pending trial is not as he described it under oath four days ago.
During his initial appearance in federal court in Knoxville, Tenn. on Aug. 25, Beals told Magistrate Judge Jill E. McCook via a video link from the Hamilton County Detention Center in Chattanooga that he is driving a FedEx delivery route in northern Georgia. She set his conditions of release to allow him to travel between the two states while awaiting trial.
A spokesperson for FedEx told Raw Story that Beals was under evaluation by an independent contractor that provides ground delivery services for FedEx in the Chattanooga, Tenn. area, but that he ultimately was not hired and has no association with FedEx.
He never provided services for FedEx and wont be in the future, a FedEx corporate official, who requested his name not be published to speak candidly, told Raw Story on Monday afternoon. That independent contractor cut ties with him.
"She had consensual sexual intercourse with an individual in Hillsborough County," prosecutor Jessica Couvertier explained to the court. "Then she felt guilty about it because of her marital status, and she wanted to get checked out for a sexually transmitted disease."
But she wanted to get tested for free. So, she decided to lie again, and called 911.
"I was just raped, like 45 minutes ago," sobbed Skoglund on a recorded call.
Prosecutors said she went on to make up a story about having car trouble on I-75 and pulling over to the side of the road.
"An unknown male approached her, put a towel over her head and forced her into the backseat of her car," recounted Couvertier.
Skogland then claimed her attacker used a rope to tie her hands and feet and then sexually assaulted her. She told investigators her face was covered, so she wasnt able to describe her attacker.
Her story started to unravel when police check her cell phone and found Walmart surveillance video of Skoglund buying the rope herself. She cracked under the pressure, and confessed to making the whole thing up.
She was charged with making a false police report and decided to take a plea deal.
Delaware trooper suspended for allegedly beating 15-year-old who ding-dong ditched his house
A Delaware state trooper has been suspended for allegedly beating a 15-year-old boy to a pulp after the teen ding-dong ditched his home.
The teenager, named Jayden, suffered a broken orbital bone around his eye which will require surgery as well as a concussion and cuts and bruises after his parents say an innocent adolescent prank was blown way out of proportion.
Jayden and three of his friends were playing ding-dong ditch ringing peoples doorbells and running away in Wilmington on Monday when they pushed the bell of a state trooper, according to this family.
About 45 minutes later, the trooper and his partner tracked down the kids and aggressively arrested the group of boys.
[Jayden] was roughed up on the ground while handcuffed, and he was given a blind haymaker punch by a state trooper while he was shining a flashlight into his eyes, Davis said.
The boys were cuffed and detained but none of them were charged with a crime.
The troopers were wearing their department-issued body cameras at the time and Delaware State Police are reviewing the footage, DSP told WPVI in a statement.
here is another case from this week
Georgia man arrested after 'Ding Dong Ditch' prank ends in violence: police
William Raymond Cole was charged with cruelty to children and aggravated assault
A Georgia suspect has been arrested after allegedly choking a teenager who had "Ding Dong Ditched" his house, police say.
William Raymond Cole, 49, was charged with felony aggravated assault and first-degree felony cruelty to children on Monday. Tybee Island Police Department explained that their officers were called to investigate an aggravated assault earlier on Sunday.
Authorities discovered that a group of teenagers had knocked repeatedly on Cole's door as a prank. Cole then allegedly angrily pursued the teenagers, even attempting to strike them with his car.
"Cole then allegedly chased them away from the residence, before getting into his vehicle to continue the pursuit," Tybee Island Police Department explained in a press release. "After catching up to the kids, Cole allegedly attempted to strike them with the vehicle."
The suspect then allegedly got out of his car to pursue them on foot again, before choking one of the teens.
"After catching one of the teens, Cole is further alleged to have choked them until a witness intervened," police added. "At that time, Cole fled the scene."