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Virginia Police have received several reports of KKK posters deriding Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of the federal holiday celebrating the civil rights leader, according to Washington, D.C., news station WTOP.

Police in Leesburg, Virginia, said that reports of the posters first surfaced Friday night and continued into Saturday.

 “On Martin Luther King Day….. You Are Honoring a Communist Alcoholic Pervert,” the posters read.

“The timing of it we think was pre-emptively planned by this individual or individuals that are doing this, specifically to target this weekend because it’s an upcoming holiday and specifically because it honors the legacy of a great man that once existed,” said Leesburg police spokesman Sam Shenouda to WTOP.

Betsy Carroll a resident of Leesburg who found one of the posters told Washington, D.C., ABC-affiliate WJLA that the discovery was unexpected.

“I’m just very surprised. Shocked. I’ve never seen anything like that around here before. I’m surprised that’s happening in the year 2018,” said Carroll.“To be honest, when I saw that it was from the KKK, I pretty much threw it in the trash. I didn’t read it very closely.”

 

Read more:  International Business Times

Three teenagers are being held at the Split Mountain Youth Detention Center in connection with an incident Thursday that led to a lockdown at two Duchesne schools.

Thursday, a group of students told Duchesne High School Principal they had heard an attack was about to take place similar to the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School.

The students to the principal the names of three students involved in planning the attack and specifically mentioned Columbine, according to Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies found one small knife each on two of the teens. Deputies say they also found one hand-drawn diagram of how to build of an explosive device and another with plans for building an improvised firearm. No firearms or explosives were found after a search of the building.

Detectives interviewed the three teens separately. The boys were cooperative, Duchesne County Sheriff’s Lt. Dela Rowley said, "but didn't think this was a big deal." While discussing the plan with investigators, one teen said he was supposed to be "the shooter" and the other two teens were "the bombers," according to Rowley. The boys also told detectives they had been bullied in the past, she said.

Search warrants were executed Thursday night on the boys' bedrooms. Investigators seized cellphones, tablets and "anything that connects to the Internet," Rowley said.

All of the seized electronics were taken to the Utah State Crime Lab on Friday for analysis. 

The teens ages, 15,14, and 14 have been referred to 8th District Juvenile Court on one count each of threat of terrorism. The sheriff’s investigation is ongoing. Because of their ages their names have not been released. 

 

Source:  Good4Utah

A man has been arrested in Mayfield, Kentucky after police said he placed bomb threat at the Graves County Courthouse.

An investigation led to the arrest of Robin M. Farley, 55, of Mayfield, Ky on January 10.

Farley was taken into custody at 5 a.m. and charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Kentucky State Police were on scene at the courthouse investigating the threat overnight.

Read more: KFVS

Family describe him as a good but troubled kid who wanted to please his father by joining the Florida National Guard.  The government says he was a dangerous bomb maker with no regard for public safety who spewed the hateful ideology of Nazis and continued to spread propaganda even from jail.  On Tuesday, Brandon Russell, 22, will be sentenced in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to possession of an unregistered destructive device and unlawful storage of explosive materials.

The explosives were found May 19, 2017, at a Tampa Palms home that Russell, a self-admitted neo-Nazi leader, shared with three friends. One, Devon Arthurs, is accused of killing the other two, Andrew Oneschuk, 18, and Jeremy Himmelman, 22.  Arthurs, accused of killing his roommates because they disrespected his conversion to Islam, will not face the death penalty. His attorneys have questioned his mental competency to stand trial.  He was arrested the day of the killings, after he stormed into a nearby smoke shop and held several people hostage until his surrender, police reported. He told officers he had killed the pair in the apartment, then led them to the bodies.

Read more: Tampa Bay Times

The FBI says an armed 26-year-old Missouri man who breached a secured area to stop an Amtrak train in southwest Nebraska in October has links to a white supremacist group and expressed an interest in "killing black people," according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

Taylor Michael Wilson, of St. Charles, Missouri, is charged in U.S. District Court in Lincoln with terrorism attacks and other violence against railroad carriers and mass transportation systems.

In an affidavit attached to the criminal complaint, FBI Special Agent Monte Czaplewski said there was probable cause to believe that electronic devices possessed by Wilson and firearms owned by him "have been used for or obtained in anticipation of engaging in or planning to engage in criminal offenses against the United States."

Read more: Lincoln Journal Star