CHICAGO – Little by little, Terrance Henderson sees the gains his violence-prevention workers have made in persuading rival gangs to stop shooting each other in a swath of Chicago’s Far South Side. But it’s a struggle. The group’s efforts in Roseland and West Pullman, two communities that have seen some of the city’s biggest jumps in shootings and killings so far in 2021, don’t always outpace the conflicts that erupt and spiral out of control. Last year was billed as an outlier for violence in Chicago as tensions flared during the pandemic and civil unrest followed the police killing of George...
On Friday, the Daily Beast reported that a Michigan police detective has pleaded guilty to selling a batch of heroin laced with fentanyl — while she was on the job.
"Tiffany Lipkovitch, 46, sold the deadly drugs between Wayne and Oakland counties in 2018, according to the Detroit Free Press, before an FBI source eventually helped turn in both Lipkovitch and her partner, Amber Bellamy, 38," reported Corbin Bolies. "Lipkovitch had been with the Highland Park Police Department for 10 years before her arrest, according to the outlet. The charges came after years of allegations against Lipkovitch, including accusations that she mingled with felons and helped them secure drugs while in prison. Still, she managed to jump between jobs, landing as a detective at the time of her arrest."
According to the report, Lipkovitch faces between five and 40 years in prison for the offense.
Over the years, corrupt police officers have undone a great deal of law enforcement efforts to rid the streets of powerful narcotics. In 2016, drug traffickers arrested by federal agents in Houston, Texas alleged that they had been cooperating with local police for years to sell off cocaine seized in other drug busts.
When the FBI searched the home of Capitol rioter Andrew James Williams, they found a photograph of an unnamed Democratic lawmaker with a shooting target superimposed over her body.
In the photograph, the Democratic lawmaker "had a beret with a hammer and sickle symbol on her head," according to a sentencing memo filed Friday by federal prosecutors.
"During his pre-sentencing interview with law enforcement, Williams stated that this target was a 'secret Santa' gift from a co-worker," the memo states.
In addition to the shooting target, FBI agents found "a roll of 'Q' stickers" in Williams' home.
Williams, a firefighter from Sanford, Florida, pleaded guilty in November to a misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating or picketing inside a Capitol building.
Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 30 days in jail.
"As a first responder, the defendant must have known that the rioting mob posed a great threat to the law enforcement officers heroically seeking to discharge their duties, not to mention the civilian occupants of the Capitol," prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo. "But seeing greatly outnumbered police officers and broken windows did not give him pause or cause the defendant to turn away from the riot. Instead, he celebrated his role in the attack on the Capitol while breezing by his fellow first responders."
Williams' attorney, Vincent A. Citro, also cited his client's life-saving work as a first responder in a sentencing memo, according to CBS News' Scott MacFarlane. Citro is arguing for leniency and a sentence of time served.
Williams reportedly is on unpaid leave from the Sanford Fire Department pending his sentencing and the results of an administrative investigation.
Fake Trump 'elector' boasted of playing '4D chess' days before Capitol riot — now she's been subpoenaed
On Friday, The Uprising newsletter reported that a former Trump campaign staffer who served as one of the fake "electors" tapped by loyalists to the former president to certify their nonexistent win in Pennsylvania, has been subpoenaed by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
"Lisa Vranicar Patton, who identifies herself as the Pennsylvania state events director for former President Trump’s 2020 campaign on Linkedin, is one of 14 people who received subpoenas on Friday due to their alleged involvement in a plan to send the electoral college 'false slates' of 'alternate electors' supporting Trump in seven key swing states that were actually won by President Joe Biden," reported Hunter Walker.
According to the report, Patton's social media pages show she had contact with members of Trump's inner circle in the weeks prior to the January 6 attack, including Eric Trump, former Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and ex-New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik — the latter of whom was present for the so-called Trump "command center" at the Willard Hotel.
"Patton’s social media pages included posts that urged Trump supporters to 'hold the line' in the aftermath of Biden’s victory," said the report. "In one tweet, Patton tagged Trump and his campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis, who helped lead his efforts to challenge the election, alongside a picture of a chess board. Using the motto of the World Chess Federation and hashtags, Patton implied the defeated president’s team was playing '4D' chess and would ultimately emerge victorious. 'Good times ahead,' Patton wrote."
The plot to submit the fake electors has also attracted the attention of the Department of Justice, who are separately investigating the matter.