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Date: Jan 22, 2021

As police investigated the shooting of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee headquarters in Norristown, county officials on Thursday condemned the violence as an attack on democracy and party leaders said they would not stop their work.

During a visit to the committee’s headquarters Wednesday afternoon, executive director Brian Levy discovered that the building had been shot three times through its front plateglass window, according to Joe Foster, the committee’s chair.

Two bullets struck a credenza and one bullet hit a cardboard box, Foster said. It was unclear when the shooting occurred, he added, but likely took place between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Read more: Philadelphia Inquirer

Federal investigators are increasing the public reward for information that leads to the "location, arrest & conviction of the person(s) responsible for the pipe bombs found in DC on Jan. 6"

The reward, originally set at $50,000 one day after the pipe bombs were first discovered, is now $75,000, according to a tweet published Thursday by the FBI's Washington Field Office.

According to the notice, both the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are searching for at least one suspect who is responsible for placing suspected pipe bombs in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.

Read more: NBC News

At least eight people were arrested in Portland on Wednesday after rioters damaged both federal and private property, police said.

Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Oregon's largest city following the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Some people were seen carrying Black Lives Matter signs, while others held banners with anti-Biden or anti-police slogans.

Although the demonstrations were largely peaceful, two protest events resulted in property damage and arrests, according to the Portland Police Bureau.

A crowd of about 150 people gathered at Revolution Hall, a music venue in southeast Portland, and marched to the headquarters of the Democratic Party of Oregon on Wednesday afternoon. Some individuals vandalized the building with graffiti and smashed windows, while others moved dumpsters into the middle of the street and lit the contents on fire, police said.

Read more: ABC News

The German woman writes "danke" — or thank you — with seven As to emphasize her gratitude. She is moved, excited and inspired by the mob forming on Capitol Hill. In only a few moments, they would storm the seat of the US government.

"They are fighting in front of the Capitol for all of us! What brave people! Thaaaaaaank you!" She ends the message with three red hearts.

It's 7:31 p.m. in Germany — January 6. She posts her message on "QPatrioten24," a German Telegram group DW has been tracking over several months on the popular messaging platform.

Ardent backers of outgoing US President Donald Trump flood the group with messages of diehard support.

They believe their ideological leader won the 2020 US presidential election and insist he was robbed of that victory. From their perspective, Trump would take back what was rightfully his on January 6, the day Congress was set to formalize the results of the election.

Read more: Deutsche Welle

A Pennsylvania woman who didn’t pay her water bill has been charged with felonies including the use of weapons of mass destruction after she burned three municipal workers with acidic drain cleaner as they tried to restore her service, authorities said.

Deborah Samulski, 61, is also charged in Westmoreland County with risking a catastrophe and criminal mischief, and with misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment. A preliminary hearing is set for this month, the Tribune-Review reported Tuesday.

Court documents don’t list an attorney representing Samulski, and a working phone number for her couldn’t be found Wednesday.

Read more: AP