At least three Pennsylvania homes were engulfed in flames after a man allegedly threatened a code enforcement officer with a gun and barricaded himself inside following a brief interaction with police.
‘Multiple explosions’ erupted at a townhome complex in Lower Providence Township on Thursday afternoon after police responded to the scene and confronted the suspect, Police Mike Jackson said during a press conference.
The video – filmed by someone standing outside on London’s Knightsbridge Street – begins with 12 guards bundling the group of women out of the store and onto the street outside, and one of the women is seen kicking one of the guards. As both groups become more violent, one of the women asks the bystanders to ‘record it’, which produced footage showing a woman spitting on a guard.
A spokesperson for Harrods said: ‘Harrods security was called following complaints of a group behaving aggressively within the store. … When security attempted to remove the individuals, they resisted with force and reacted with extremely aggressive behavior, which included spitting at a security officer.’ One of the women was reportedly later arrested and detained at the scene.
‘LET’S NOT SHOOT THESE KIDS, MAN’: Two foster children in Florida were dubbed ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ by the Volusia County Sheriff after breaking into a house, arming themselves with an AK-47, rifle, and pistol, and then repeatedly shooting at sheriff’s deputies as officers attempted to persuade the children to surrender. Authorities said 12-year-old Travis O’Brien and 14-year-old Nicole Jackson (pictured) carried out the attack after running away from the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. They were reported missing about two hours before the shootout began.
After a 30-minute standoff, in which the children fired multiple rounds at deputies four times, police shot the girl in the chest and arm after she approached officers while wielding an AK-47. The boy then immediately surrendered. Jackson was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries but is now in stable condition after undergoing surgery. She and Travis (pictured) are now facing felony charges of attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary. No officers were injured in the shootout.
After the shooting, we learned that Jackson started a short-lived YouTube channel in April last year, roughly 12 months after she said she went into care. In one of the videos, she shared: ‘When I was a little child I was really, really destructive. I’d punch my walls.’ While Jackson continues recovering at a hospital, O’Brien recently appeared in juvenile court for the first time and remained silent throughout.
50 CENT ROBBED OF $3 MILLION: Three men have been charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief in connection to a burglary that occurred at one of 50 Cent’s places of business in January 2021. After a five-month investigation, Cliffside Park PD recovered the stolen vehicle connected to the case and used surveillance footage to track down the alleged perpetrators.
According to TMZ’s law enforcement sources in Bergen County, New Jersey, suspects (pictured) Matthew Gale, 40, Richard Murphy and Travis Villalobos, both 31, were alleged to have made off with ‘$3 million in cash and jewelry’ from an unlocked safe on the property, as well as a vehicle. According to 50 Cent’s lawyer: ‘The entire matter was caught on surveillance cameras’ and the stolen cash and high ticket jewelry items are expected to be recovered.
STRAIGHT OUT OF SHAWSHANK: Four inmates at a federal prison housing 1,917 male inmates in Texas used dummies to outsmart their guards and skip out for the night, and at least two were in a mission to bring back some form of contraband. Security at a complex in the city of Beaumont was lax enough that guards didn’t notice the prisoners were gone for more than 12 hours, despite three overnight inmate counts, according to a memo published Friday by the US Department of Justice Inspector General.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office is the internal watchdog for the federal agency, which is responsible for about 153,000 federal inmates spread across 122 prisons throughout the country. Horowitz’s memo was addressed to Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal (pictured) and stated that the office uncovered a wide range of security failures at the Bureau of Prison’s prison camps and satellite campuses, from leaving doors unlocked or using locks that were susceptible to tampering, to having limited fencing or not enough video surveillance.
Such facilities typically house inmates deemed low-risk, such as those convicted of minor drug crimes or white-collar offenses. They have have ‘dormitory housing, a relatively low staff-to-inmate ratio, and limited or no perimeter fencing,’ according to the report. The inmates managed to escape by having others pose as them to make it look like they were in their cells. In a move straight out of the 1994 film Shawshank Redemption, some even used dummies to make their beds look occupied.
‘MY WAY’ OR THE HIGHWAY: In the UK, Dr Elizabeth Hall, 74, (pictured) was hauled before a court charged with harassment after a bitter dispute stretching back decades with her neighbor turned ugly. Dr Hall claims the row first broke out when Mrs Penny began belting out the 1968 Frank Sinatra hit My Way from her home in Birmingham, England, in 1996. Since then the pair have been at loggerheads with accusations flying both ways.
Hall is accused of bombarding former hotel owner Mrs Penny with 52 emails in just a six-week period, which led her to take anti-depressants. Hall recently appeared at Birmingham Crown Court for sentencing after she previously pleaded guilty to harassment and breaching a restraining order. Representing herself, Hall, who entered court in a wheelchair, told the ten-minute hearing she didn’t have enough money to afford a lawyer and would rather go to prison. The judge ended up adjourning the case for a month while the prosecution determines if there has been any further trouble since last May.
‘TOTAL CHAOS’ IN NYC: Washington Square Park was once again left in disarray Monday morning following a raucous weekend and clashes with police and revelers out late to protest the park’s new 10 pm curfew. On Saturday night, police in riot gear faced off against protestors, chasing them out of the park and arresting at least 26 who will most likely be charged with disorderly conduct. Eight cops were reportedly injured in the scuffles. Crowds gathered on Sunday for a long night of partying in protest of the previous evening’s events. No police were present Sunday.
The park has long been a place where people congregate – musicians and picnickers during the day, and students and people wanting to hang out with their friends at night. There is also now a large homeless encampment in one corner. The park usually closes at midnight, but this weekend and last a new 10pm closing time began, in a bid to stem complaints about anti-social behavior at the site. The NYPD and the parks department say the earlier curfew will be in place indefinitely, citing five incidents that involved people blocking a roadway while FDNY and EMS teams responded to a fire, people jumping on cars, and objects thrown at police.
Many New Yorkers will likely support the Washington Square Park crackdown: There is rising concern that the city is sliding back to the crime-ridden ‘bad old days’ of the 1970s and 1980s. Figures from the NYPD’s COMPStat website show serious crime increased by 23.4% in May, compared to the same month last year. Robberies rocketed to 1,082 over the 28 days to May 30, up from just 726 for the same period in 2020. Felony assaults also soared over by 22.6 per cent the same period, from 1,443 in May 2020, to 1,769 in May 2021.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that he was enlisting the help of federal ATF agents to tackle the city’s crime problem, which he blames on 1,000 cops getting sick from COVID and 46 dying, although 1,800 officers were also pushed out of the force after budget cuts. Cops say the spike in crime is down to de Blasio disbanding the anti-crime unit – which had around 600 officers in it.
As part of de Blasio’s plan, ATF agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will become embedded in the NYPD to take firearms off the streets of NYC, and to stop them from making it into to the city in the first place. He announced the first in the nation ‘partnership’ at a press conference on Tuesday, but didn’t address widespread claims he is at least partially to blame for the drastic jump in crime in the first place.
Officers are still looking for the suspect, who has not been identified and ‘may or may or may not be inside the residence,’ Jackson said.
Stunning video from local news helicopters showed the raging inferno swallowing at least three abutting townhouses, causing at least one of them to collapse.
The code enforcement officer was following up on an inspection in an Eagleville home – about 25 miles outside of Philadelphia – shortly before 1pm when the homeowner took out a gun, police said.
The code enforcement officer ran and called police. Responding officers talked to the man outside, Jackson said, before he went back inside and the home exploded.
Firefighters wrestled with the inferno for nearly three hours until they got it under control.
The flames jumped from one home to the next and caused parts of one of the homes to collapse.
The public was instructed to stay away from the scene, which was swarmed by SWAT teams and fire departments.
One person suffered minor injuries and is being treated at a hospital, Jackson said.
It’s still unknown at this point what caused the explosions.
Jackson said there is no threat to the public, but a large police presence will remain in the area for the foreseeable future.
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