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Texas woman charged with mailing explosives to former U.S. President Barack Obama

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The person behind a plot to harm and possibly kill Barack Obama was identified, authorities said, when tiny cat hairs found on an explosive package were matched to cats owned by a 46-year-old Texas woman.

Legal documents United States of America vs Julia Poff  was filed in a Houston court this week detail the case against Julia Poff, who is accused of mailing homemade packages to the then president and to the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, in October 2016.

Neither device detonated and the package intended for Obama was intercepted by the secret service. The court papers say, however, that Abbott may only have escaped “severe burns and death” because “he did not open [the package] as intended”.

Poff, who is also alleged to have sent a third package to the commissioner of the Social Security Administration, was charged with six counts, including mailing injurious articles and transporting explosives with the intent to kill and injure.

She is also charged with more than $5,000 of food stamp fraud and false bankruptcy declaration.

According to the court documents, FBI investigators traced the packages to Poff through their components, which included a box of Pall Mall cigarettes purchased at a Flying J Truck Stop near her home in Brookshire, Texas, 30 miles west of Houston.

Evidence also included the top of a bottle of salad dressing of a brand Poff was known to have bought for an “anniversary dinner” and a damaged shipping label Poff had originally had received through a purchase on eBay.

The indictment also revealed that fireworks were found in Poff’s garage. Among the government’s central pieces of evidence, however, were the hairs from her pets. “Cat hair was found under the address label,” the indictment states. “The cat hair on the Obama package was microscopically consistent with the hair of one of Poff’s cats.”

Investigators say the defendant “stated that she did not like the president” and was “upset with Greg Abbott” because “she had not received support from her ex-husband”.

The Houston Chronicle reported that Poff claimed in October “trash had been taken from her family’s home that ‘had our fingerprints on it’ and was ‘used in some serious crimes that we did not commit and know nothing about’”.

The government is seeking Poff’s continued detention ahead of trial, alleging a “high risk” that she will attempt to interfere with witnesses if released on bail.

 

 

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Black Teenager Attacked by Corrections Deputy in Florida, Investigation Underway

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A Florida corrections deputy has been placed on leave after going on the attack against a 17-year-old at a juvenile center … and it’s all on video.

The teenager, Terrance Devon Reed III, was taken to the hospital after the violent altercation with Sarasota County Deputy Neil Pizzo last week. The surveillance footage shows Reed sitting on a bench with his arms tucked in his shirt when Pizzo marches toward him.

As Reed stands up and takes his arms out, the deputy immediately goes for his throat. A struggle ensues before Pizzo throws Reed to the ground, but at no point does the teenager appear to fight back.

Another deputy jumps in to try to wrangle Reed’s feet, and that’s when Pizzo strikes the teen on the back of the head multiple times. Reed’s then cuffed and helped to his feet … but not before suffering abrasions to his head.

The altercation reportedly began after Reed — who was previously arrested and charged with contempt of court, probation violations and cocaine possession — became uncooperative in a police lineup.

That, of course, doesn’t justify the violence by the deputy, and Sheriff Tom Knight says he’s disappointed in what he saw and Pizzo’s failure to de-escalate the situation.

Knight says he placed the deputy on administrative duty while an internal investigation is conducted.

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Tamar Braxton Boyfriend Files A Restraining Order Indicating Domestic

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Tamar Braxton boyfriend is running to court asking for protection against her in what he describes as a domestic violence situation.

The singer’s BF, David Adefeso, filed for a restraining order Tuesday in L.A. seeking to prevent Domestic Violence and he’s asking a judge to grant him one against Tamar. For now, it’s unclear what he’s alleging she might’ve done.

It doesn’t look like the court has approved his request just yet  

At any rate, it’s another sign that things have been volatile lately in her life — especially as it pertains to David. Remember, he’s the one who called 911 not too long ago saying Tamar was threatening to kill herself. He also mentioned her WeTV beef to cops at the time.

Also keep in mind … family sources connected to Tamar have told us they believe she’s changed since getting with him — claiming her mood seems to align with his. We’ve also been told that David has come off as controlling in Tamar’s reality show, and that he’s been quite involved in her business decisions of late.

This continues to be a developing story…..

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Bodies of US Couple Found at Bottom of Well in Mexico

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The bodies of a missing US couple have been found at the bottom of a well in Mexico.

Ian Hirschsohn, 78 and his 73-year-old wife Kathy Harvey had been missing since August 31, when they were supposed to return home to San Diego from a trip across the border.

Their abandoned car was found in Ensenada, just 90 minutes from the US border, last week.

Investigators then made the grim discovery on Thursday in an unpopulated area just south of the tourist hotspot.

The bodies were recovered over the weekend; San Diego police confirmed their identities, CBS8 reported.

Family members said the couple had been staying at a rented house in El Socorrito, about 200 miles south of the border, a town they frequented over the past 35 years.

Kathy texted her son Robert on August 28 to say they were going to either explore a gold mine or visit a beach; however the family lost contact with them on August 31.

After reporting them missing, the Consulate General in Tijuana finally informed the family the couple’s Toyota Land Cruiser had been found in Ensenada.

“She was really enjoying retirement and had multiple groups of friends,” Robert told the site. “She loved walking and traveling.  She had a huge bucket list of where she wanted to go.”

An investigation is now underway. The cause of deaths has not been revealed, nor has a motive, but investigators suspect foul play.

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