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California Man Charged After FBI Found Threats of a Mass Shooting at Synagogue

Ross Farca

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A San Francisco Bay Area man has been charged after the FBI discovered online threats of a mass shooting at a synagogue.

Ross Farca, 23, of Concord pleaded not guilty to making criminal threats, possession of an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing an assault rifle, The Associated Press reports.

A search warrant uncovered an illegal AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a high-capacity magazine, Nazi literature and camouflage clothes.

Authorities said he built a complete weapon after legally buying an AR-15 rifle frame.

Farca’s online threats included shooting law enforcement.

The inspiration for a future attack came from the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand and the Poway synagogue shooting in San Diego, authorities said.

“I would probably get a body count of like 30 (Jews) and then like five police officers because I would also decide to fight to the death,” court records say Farca wrote in one online post.

Silly Conspiracy Theory Woven from Comey Tweet Prompts School to Cancel Event

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An innocuous tweet from former FBI Director James Comey turned into a bizarre conspiracy theory that prompted a California school to cancel its upcoming fundraiser.

The Grass Valley Charter School Foundation wasn’t taking any chances after an online conspiracy theory targeted the school.

The conspiracy began after Comey took part in a popular Twitter game, “Five Jobs I’ve Had,” in late April. A conspiracy theorist “isolated random letters and threaded them together to suggest ‘Five Jihad(s)’ involving ‘Grass Valley Charter School Foundation,’” KCRA 3 reports.

“It was everything from Comey and his people were going to come and kidnap our children to there was going to be a mass shooting,” foundation President Wendy Willoughby said.

Kathy Dotson, parent and co-producer of the fundraiser, said “you can’t help but take it seriously.”

In a letter to parents, school Principal Scott Maddock explained why the festival was canceled.

“I want to stress the fact that there was no threat made against our school,” the letter reads. “Law enforcement agencies are completely certain that this conspiracy theory poses no danger to our school or community. We are canceling the Blue Marble Jubilee because of the negative attention placed on our festival.”

Law enforcement did not consider the threat to be credible, but school officials and event organizers said they were worried about copycats.

“These theories, although they hold no basis in reality or fact, what they can do and have the power to do through social media is embolden unstable people to take action and potentially do dangerous things,” Willoughby said.

School officials moved the fundraiser online.

How FBI Foiled Domestic Terror Plot in California to Avenge New Zealand Shootings

Mark Steven Domingo, via Justice Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal law enforcement agents announced Monday they had foiled a domestic terror plot by an Army veteran to detonate bombs at multiple Southern California locations.

Former Army infantryman Mark Steven Domingo, 26, of Los Angeles, was arrested after he accepted what he thought was a live bomb from what turned out to be an undercover FBI agent. The device was a phony explosive.

Domingo, who served in Afghanistan, converted to Islam and said he was going to launch an attack as retribution for the white supremacist shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people, according to the Justice Department.

Federal authorities said he spoke of unleashing an attack aimed at killing hundreds of people, especially white nationalists, Jews, churches and military bases, The New York Times reports.

“Mr. Domingo said he specifically bought three-inch nails because they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs,” Nicola Hanna, the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, said at a news conference on Monday.

Domingo posted online that he supported “violent jihad, a desire to seek retribution for attacks against Muslims, and a willingness to become a martyr,” according to the Justice Department.

Domingo was charged Saturday with providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He “planned and took steps to manufacture and use a weapon of mass destruction in order to commit mass murder,” according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

‘Hot Prowl Rapist’ Added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

Greg Alyn Carlson

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A Los Angeles fugitive described by investigators as a “hot prowl rapist” has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.

Greg Alyn Carlson fled while on bail after being arrested for sexually assaulting a woman and is considered “armed and dangerous,” the Los Angeles Times reports. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-fbi-fugitive-predator-la-20180927-story.html

The FBI is offering a $100,000 read for information that leads to the capture of Carlson, who investigators was involved in at least three sexual assaults in the past 15 years.

Investigators warned that Carlson broke into women’s home while and sexual assaulted them at knifepoint.

“Greg Alyn Carlson joins the notorious Top Ten list because he is considered an enemy to the public, and we believe his violence may escalate,” said Paul D. Delacourt, the assistant FBI director in charge of the Los Angeles office. “My hope is that his photograph will be viewed by many on the internet, on every phone, in every newspaper and on television sets across the world until he is caught.”

FBI Arrests California Man for Threatening to Kill Boston Globe Reporters

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a California man who repeatedly threatened violence against Boston Globe journalists, calling them “the enemy of the people,” echoing a phrase often used by President Trump.

An FBI SWAT team armed with military-style weapons arrested Robert Darrell Chain, 68, during a dawn raid in his home in Encino, Calif., the Boston Globe reported

Agents found 20 firearms in the home, including a rifle purchased in May.

Authorities said Chain was angry with the newspaper’s editorial campaign denouncing the president’s attacks against the media.

Chain was charged Thursday with threatening to shoot and kill journalists from the Boston Globe. He was released from jail on a $50,000 bond and told reporters outside federal court that “there’s no free press in America.”

Chain faces up to five years in prison and could be charged with additional crimes related to the weapons found at his home.

FBI Frantically Searching for Man Who Was Kidnapped, Held for $2M Ransom

Ruochen “Tony” Liao

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI is frantically searching for a man who was kidnapped in California last month and held by captors for a $2 million ransom.

Federal authorities said Monday that Ruochen “Tony” Liao, a 28-year-old Chinese national, was kidnapped from a San Gabriel shopping center last month by three men on July 16, The Mercury News reports

The captors are demanding $2 million from Liao’s family, which has not paid the money. Authorities have not heard from the kidnappers since.

A witness reported seeing one of the three men, and provided a description to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which created a sketch of the suspect, known as David. He’s described as a Chinese man who speaks Mandarin, is between 35 and 40 years old and is about 6 feet tall.

The other two suspects are also believed to be of Chinese ethnicity.

Liao was spotted entering a black minivan after a business meeting in the Los Angeles area.

FBI Raids Home of Local Hells Angels Chapter President; Leads Him Out of Home in Underwear

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents on Wednesday raided the Clovis, Calif. home of Merl Hefferman, president of a local chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Hefferman was taken out of the house and held for several hours in a Clovis Police Department van, reports ABC 13 Eyewitness News.

He is known as the leader of an annual charity drive, giving bikes to underprivileged kids at Christmas.

Last year, several club members were arrested and indicted on murder and drug charges related to a three-year-old shooting at the Fresno Club headquarters, the station reports.

FBI Tracked Record 30 Mass Shootings in 2017

Gun seized in Las Vegas as part of operation/dea photo

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI reported 30 active shootings in 2017, more than any year on record, according to a recently released report by the bureau. 

The 30 reported active shootings are an increase over the 20 reported in 2016.

Between 2016 and 2017, 221 people were killed and 722 people injured.

Most active shootings took place in Florida, California and Texas.

Those years also saw the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history. The Las Vegas music festival shooting left 58 people dead and 489 injured in 2017.

In 2016, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orland, Fla., killed 49 people and wounded another 53.

The combined 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017 came at the hands of men acting by themselves.