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VA man charged with espionage for allegedly delivering top-secret documents to China

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By Jeanette Torres

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, was arrested and charged Thursday with espionage and making false statements for allegedly delivering top-secret and secret documents to a suspected Chinese spy.

According to the criminal complaint, Mallory traveled to Shanghai in March and April and met with someone who represented himself as working for a Chinese think tank. However, the Chinese intelligence service often uses this organization as a cover for its intelligence officers, according to the FBI.

The Chinese intelligence agency is known to pay their sources not only in cash, but also through other means like business considerations.

According to the complaint, upon returning from Shanghai in April, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did a “secondary search” of Mallory when he arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport.

During that search, CBP found $16,500 in his two carry-on bags, an amount he did not declare on his customs form, according to court documents.

Mallory allegedly told CBP that he was in China on a business trip as well as a father/son vacation.

According to the complaint, between March and April, Mallory contacted former co-workers, to help put him in touch with an employee at a U.S. government agency, which is not specified in the court documents.

The complaint also stated that during a subsequent meeting he told the government employee that he was given a communication device from the Chinese contact and he had been trained to use it.

On May 24, he was planning to meet with that person again, but instead, he was greeted by FBI agents, at which point he volunteered to an interview and search of his device, according to the complaint.

He told FBI investigators that he believed the contact worked for the Chinese intelligence service and that he was a former U.S. government employee who had “training and overseas experience, which made it easy for him to spot tradecraft,” the court documents read.

He also told the FBI that he had been given a device and was trained to “use it specifically for private communications” with his Chinese contact — someone he told authorities he was introduced to initially as a potential client, according to the court documents.

During an FBI review of his electronic device, Mallory voluntarily showed agents how to move from normal message mode to secure mode.

“When doing this, Mallory expressed surprise at seeing some message history,” according to the court document.

One message he had allegedly sent said, “I can also come in the middle of June I can bring the remainder of the documents I have at that time.”

Mallory told the agents that it was a reference to “two white papers” regarding open-source information and that he was just stringing along the contact, according to the complaint.

Upon additional searching, the FBI allegedly found additional messages, including one that read, “Your object is to gain information, and my object is to be paid for.”

A handwritten index was also allegedly found on the device that described eight different documents. Four of the eight were found stored on the device. According to the complaint, of those four, three contained classified information and one was classified at the “top-secret level.”

Mallory, who speaks fluent Mandarin, is self-employed with GlobalEx LLC, a company he founded in 2010, according to court documents.

He previously worked for the U.S. government in various capacities. He held an active security clearance when he worked for the government, but it was terminated when he left in 2012, according to the criminal complaint.

He made his initial appearance in the Eastern District of Virginia federal court Thursday at which he wore shorts and a tank top and requested a court-appointed attorney. A detention hearing is scheduled for Friday.

The FBI searched Mallory’s home in Virginia Thursday evening. FBI agents were seen bringing boxes out of the front door and loading up the back of a black SUV. K-9 dogs also searched the property.

“I just know he was a pretty quiet guy, kept to himself, nice, nothing out of the ordinary,” said neighbor Cameron Norris. “I think everyone’s just shocked, pretty surprised, definitely didn’t see this coming.”

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Teen killed by bullet when LA County deputies fired at pit bull: Sheriff's office

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By Louis Milman

blinow61/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — As Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were shooting at a pit bull that was charging at them, a 17-year-old boy was apparently struck in the chest by one of the bullets and died, the sheriff’s office said.

The shooting happened at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday in Palmdale, California, after deputies responded to a report of loud music, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. As the deputies walked up the driveway, a 60- to 65-pound pit bull “aggressively charged at the deputies and attacked one of them,” biting the deputy on the knee, the sheriff’s department said.

At that time, a young man came out from behind an apartment complex and restrained the dog and took it to the back of the building, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies were helping the injured officer and waiting for paramedics when “the pit bull came from the rear of the apartment and again charged at deputy personnel,” the sheriff’s office reported. “At that point, two deputies shot at the pit bull from a 5- to 7-feet distance, at which time, the pit bull retreated back to the rear of the apartment complex into the carport area.”

The deputies went to the back of the complex “in an attempt to corral the dog to prevent additional victims,” the sheriff’s office said, and as they walked to the rear carport area, they found a teenager on the ground who appeared to have been shot in the chest, the sheriff’s office said. The teen was hospitalized and later died.

The sheriff’s office said “detectives believe when the juvenile came out from behind the building, which was approximately 40 feet away from where the shooting occurred with the dog, the juvenile may have been struck by one of the skip rounds.” Capt. Christopher Bergner of the sheriff’s office said it appeared that the “skip round” that hit the teenager had ricocheted off the ground, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The deputy bitten by the pit bull was also hit in the leg by a bullet fragment, the sheriff’s office said. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bergner said in a press conference the deputy’s injury also appeared to have been from a skip round that had ricocheted off the ground. He was transported to a hospital and is listed in stable condition, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s department said the investigation is ongoing. Because this was a fatal deputy-involved shooting, separate investigations will be conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau, the sheriff’s office said. The Office of the Inspector General is expected to provide independent oversight during the investigation and the Los Angeles County District Attorney is also involved. “Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee,” the sheriff’s office added.

The pit bull will be euthanized, the sheriff’s office said.

Nicole Nishida, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, said the department’s policy for using a firearm on an animal is, “Personnel may use firearms to employ deadly force when dealing with animals when they reasonably believe that death or serious physical injury is about to be inflicted upon themselves or others.

“The shooting of animals that are not a threat of serious bodily injury to a person has proved to be inherently dangerous to bystanders as well as Deputy personnel. Therefore, Department members shall not use firearms to shoot animals fighting with other animals (e.g., dogs),” Nishida said. “If it becomes necessary to destroy an injured (euthanasia) by use of a firearm and the conditions are such that there is an extended or inappropriate response time by the animal control agency, authorization to use a firearm on an animal must be obtained from an on-scene supervisor.”

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Governor Abbott Applauds Rep. Goldman, Sen. Hancock’s Intention To Author Mail-In Ballot Fraud Legislation

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov In the upcoming special legislative session, Rep. Craig Goldman and Sen. Kelly Hancock will author legislation to crack down on mail-in ballot fraud.In the upcoming special legislative session, Rep. Craig Goldman and Sen. Kelly Hancock will author legislation to crack down on mail-in ballot fraud. This is one of 20 items that Governor Abbott previously announced will be added to the special session agenda. Governor Abbott issued the following statement applauding Rep. Goldman and Sen. Hancock for taking on this issue and making it harder for this crime to be committed.

“The right to vote is sacred in this country, and ensuring the integrity of the ballot box is one of the most fundamental functions of government,” said Governor Abbott. “I prosecuted countless cases of mail-in ballot fraud as Attorney General, but the problem continues to exist today. I applaud Rep. Goldman and Sen. Hancock for their commitment to strengthen penalties for those who undermine the integrity of our elections. I look forward to working with them and members of both chambers to ensure mail-in ballot fraud legislation reaches my desk.”

“Protecting the integrity of our elections is of the utmost importance,” said Rep. Goldman. “That is why I am proud to work alongside the Governor during the special session and sponsor legislation that will put an end to mail-in ballot fraud.”

“In North Texas, we have a real problem with mail-in ballot fraud—as evidenced by the massive investigation underway at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office,” said Sen. Kelly Hancock. “We must address this problem and that’s why I will file legislation during the special session to crack down on mail-in ballot fraud”.

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In new video from Philando Castile case, child begs mother to calm down after shooting

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By Louis Milman

Facebook(NEW YORK) — Newly released video in the Philando Castile case shows an emotional exchange between Castile’s girlfriend and her then-4-year-old daughter moments after his shooting in July 2016.

In the video, released by Ramsey County, Minnesota, police, Diamond Reynolds’ daughter can be heard trying to calm her mother down moments after St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, shot Castile, who was black, multiple times.

“Mom, please stop cussing and screaming because I don’t want you to get shooted,” the girl says in the video.

In addition to this video, filmed in the backseat of a squad car, Ramsey County authorities also released a 30-minute interview police conducted with Reynolds.

In the interview, Reynolds describes what happened in the moments leading up to Castile’s shooting.

“And the officer, already with his gun blazing, cocked and everything, ‘Don’t move! Don’t move!’ Pop pop pop pop pop pop pop and took off,” she says.

As video from the interview continues, it’s clear that Reynolds is unaware of whether her boyfriend survived the shooting. After hearing the phones of both investigators conducting the interview ping, she asks, “So what are they saying?”

One investigator hesitantly answers to inform her that Castile is dead. Reynolds then breaks down in tears.

At the end of the interview, investigators offer to take her to the hospital where Castile was pronounced dead.

Earlier this week, authorities released dashcam video from the traffic stop showing the moment Yanez opened fire on Castile.

On Friday, June 16, Yanez was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Castile. That same day, the city of St. Anthony announced that Yanez had been fired from the police force.

Defense attorney Earl Gray said that the “verdict was correct” and that the “jury worked hard.” Another defense attorney, Thomas Kelly, that while Castile’s death was a tragedy, he was “satisfied” with the verdict and “relieved” that the trial is over.

Philando Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, responded to the verdict saying she was “mad as hell” and called Yanez a “murderer.”

“The system continues to fail all black people,” she said.

She continued, “I am so disappointed in the state of Minnesota. My son loved this state.”

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Governor Abbott Applauds Rep. Huberty, Sen. Campbell’s Intention To Author Annexation Legislation

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By lauren.mccanse@gov.texas.gov In the upcoming special legislative session, Rep. Dan Huberty and Sen. Donna Campbell will author legislation to reform and restrict the municipal annexation process.In the upcoming special legislative session, Rep. Dan Huberty and Sen. Donna Campbell will author legislation to reform and restrict the municipal annexation process. This is one of 20 items that Governor Abbott previously announced will be added to the special session agenda. Governor Abbott issued the following statement applauding Rep. Huberty and Sen. Campbell for tackling this issue in the upcoming special session.

“Cities abusing their authority with forced annexation practices is nothing more than a form of taxation without representation,” said Governor Abbott. “Cities that annex property without the approval from those affected is piracy by government, and it must end. I am grateful for the leadership of Rep. Huberty and Sen. Campbell to reform this unfair practice, and I look forward to working with them and members of both chambers to ensure this legislation reaches my desk.”

“Across Texas, we have seen years of tax abuse through forced municipal annexation,” said Rep. Huberty. “Forced annexation threatens the property rights of Texans, subjecting them to higher taxes and regulations that they did not consent to when they purchased their property. Last session, HB 424/SB 715 would have permitted property owners to have a say in whether or not their property could be annexed by these municipalities, consenting to the higher tax rates in these areas. In Texas, we have to remember that cities do not have a right to vote; citizens do. This bill would have prohibited taxation without representation that currently exists in some of the major metropolitan areas in Texas and allowed voters to have more control over their property.”

“Our nation was founded on the right to determine who governs us, yet current law allows cities to determine who they will govern,” said Sen. Campbell. “This is backwards and it’s why we need annexation reform. I applaud Governor Abbott for guaranteeing Texas citizens the right to vote as part of the annexation process, bringing greater accountability to local governments and limiting the appetite of big cities to tax, spend, and expand with no end in sight.”

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