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Iowa Couple Accused of Torturing, Forcing Woman into Prostitution, Are Charged

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Iowa couple accused of torturing a 20-year-old woman and forcing her into prostitution was charged this week with sex trafficking and torture, Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Charges in U.S. District Court allege Aldair Hodza, 36, and Laura E. Sorensen, 31, abducted the woman before subjecting her to sexual abuse, starvation and burning.

“She was forced to engage in prostitution in order to earn money for Sorensen and Hodza to use for food and gas on the trip,” according to federal documents.

The couple is accused of forcing the woman on a cross-country trip aboard a 37-foot Sun Voyager recreational vehicle.

The nightmare ended in New Kent County in Virginia on Jan. 6, when a truck alerted police to the woman inside the recreational vehicle.

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Man Accused of Assaulting FBI Agents Was Indicted by Las Vegas Grand Jury

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A burglary suspect accused of trying to ram his truck into FBI cars to avoid arrest was indicted on federal assault charges Tuesday by a Las Vegas grand jury, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The agents weren’t injured in the attack but their cars were damaged, authorities said.

According to the criminal complaint, Yatnier Gonzalez pulled into a gas station with a 16-foot rented truck on June 2 to get gas when FBI agents blocked him with their cars.

He is accused of smashing into the cars before fleeing on foot. Gonzalez was apprehended soon after and continued to resist, the FBI said.

Justice Department Investigates Whether Laws Broken During New Jersey Bridge Scandal

Christopher Christie

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are trying to determine whether any laws were broken during the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge between New York and New Jersey, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The Port Authority Office of Inspector General has referred the matter to us, and our office is reviewing the matter to determine whether a federal law was implicated,” Rebekah Carmichael, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, said.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s close aides are accused of engineering the traffic lane by closing lanes leading to the bridge, the Journal wrote.

Whether a crime was committed is another question.

“There’s federal funds in this thing, but does that mean there’s a federal crime? It’s hard to tell right now if there’s anything like that,” Stephen Ryan, a former federal prosecutor, said. “The real risk in a thing like this is a coverup or a lie to investigators.”

Massachusetts Prosecutors Mull State Charges Against Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger, His Former Associates

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It might not be over yet for notorious mobster and convicted killer James “Whitey” Bulger and his former associates.

Prosecutors in Massachusetts are exploring whether they can charge Bulger and others with murder and other crimes now that the federal trial is over, the Boston Globe Press reports.

One associate that faces potential criminal charges is Patrik Nee, who was named as an accomplice in several murders but never charged.

Bulger was convicted Monday on murder and racketeering counts in federal court.

“We’re always looking for evidence that can help us investigate and prosecute Suffolk County homicides,” Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, told the Globe in a statement.

San Antonio Cop Accused of Planting Drugs, Demanding Cash from Crime Victim

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A San Antonio Police officer faces federal charges after his own department arrested him on accusations of planting false evidence and demanding cash from a crime victim, KHOU.com reports.

The joint sting operation by the police department and FBI led to Officer Curtis W. Lundy’s arrest Thursday .

The incident happened on Dec. 15 after Kumail Jusab of East Africa told authorities he was assaulted at an apartment.

When Lundy arrived, he demanded money and searched Jusab’s car, where he planted pot and threatened to arrest the man, police allege, according to KHOU.com.

“He kept telling me also, ‘You want your license? You know, you want your record to be clean? It’s only $400,’ and he wanted $400 on the spot. And I didn’t have the money on me.” Jusab told KHOU.com.

Already Facing Feds Charges, John Edwards Faces Latest PR Mess: Accusations He Slept With a Hooker

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Sen. John Edwards, who is already dealing with a mess of federal charges that he violated  campaign finance laws to shield an affair,  is going to have to deal with this latest public relations mess.

The website DNAinfo reports a hooker working for the millionaire Mom Madam Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with Edwards in 2007 while he was in New York raising money for his failed presidential bid.

One of Edwards’ attorneys issued a strongly worded statement denying the allegation.

The New York Daily News reported that one of Edwards attorneys Allison Van Lanigham issued a statement saying:

“Mr. Edwards categorically denies that he was involved with any prostitute or service.”

“These allegations are false, defamatory, and he puts those who would publish or repeat them on notice that they acting with actual malice by reporting or repeating them. He has demanded a complete retraction from the only source being quoted.”

Edward’s denials may lack a little weight considering that he denied having an affair with with former campaign worker Rielle Hunter, but eventually admitted father her child.