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Date: Aug 11, 2021

Authorities in northern Germany have appealed to thousands of people to get another shot of Covid vaccine after a police investigation found that a Red Cross nurse may have injected them with a saline solution.

The nurse is suspected of injecting salt solution into people’s arms instead of genuine doses at a vaccination centre in Friesland – a rural district near the North Sea coast – in the early spring.

“I am totally shocked by this episode,” Sven Ambrosy, a local councillor, said on Facebook as local authorities issued the call on Tuesday to about 8,600 residents who may have been affected.

While saline solution is harmless, most people who got vaccinated in Germany in March and April when the suspected switch took place are elderly and at high risk of catching Covid.

Read more: The Guardian (UK)

Federal prosecutors are seeking stricter restrictions for a Battle Ground man charged in connection with the January 6th Capitol riot after he participated in violent clashes with counter-protesters last weekend in downtown Portland.

In court papers filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., federal prosecutors argued Jeff Grace should be prohibited from possessing any firearms, weapons or destructive devices while awaiting trial. Currently, he’s banned from possessing ‘illegal’ firearms.

Prosecutors proposed new conditions of release after Grace appeared in videos and photos posted on social media carrying a firearm and what appears to be a baton during clashes between anti-fascists and far right extremists in downtown Portland over the weekend.

“This modification is necessary in light of Grace’s escalating behavior and his willingness to bring his firearm and other weapons to engage in pre-planned conflicts,” wrote special assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Sedky.

Read more: KGW

Men charged with plotting to kidnap and overthrow Michigan's governor also had their sights on Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, federal prosecutors disclosed in a court filing Monday.

Fourteen men have been charged in the alleged plot, which federal investigators say involved abducting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, and leaving her on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan in retaliation for the state's COVID-19 restrictions. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, was also discussed as a potential target during a meeting of self-described "militia" members in Dublin, Ohio, an FBI agent testified in October.

The mention of Ohio's governor, a Republican, in Monday's filing is new. The defendants have argued they were entrapped by the FBI and there was no plot. Prosecutors said in Monday's 22-page filing that's not possible because the accused "proposed attacking the governors of Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia" a month before meeting with an FBI informant.

Read more: USA Today

United States Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Muse Muse, age 22, from Lansing Michigan, has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

ISIS is a designated foreign terrorist organization. The FBI had been tracking Muse’s activity on the belief that he may attempt to join ISIS. Then, on Jan. 21, 2019, special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and members of its Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Muse Muse at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, after he checked in for a flight that would eventually take him to Somalia, with the goal of joining ISIS.

Shortly thereafter, his brother Mohamud Muse and cousin Mohamed Haji were arrested as co-conspirators.

Following his arrest Muse Muse adopted a handwritten statement prepared for him by an FBI special agent that summarized his interest in ISIS and end goal regarding his support of ISIS.

Read more: WILX

A former college instructor has been arrested and charged with starting a fire in drought-ravaged Northern California near the massive Dixie Fire, according to a criminal complaint.

Gary Stephen Maynard, 47, a former instructor at Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University, is suspected of willfully starting the Ranch Fire, according to the federal complaint from the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California.

An affidavit supporting the arrest warrant also details movements that could link him to other fires. A vehicle-tracking device and tire tracks indicated Maynard's vehicle was near some fires when they were ignited, the affidavit says.

The charges come as the Dixie Fire, the second-largest in California history, rages in the state, forcing thousands to evacuate and nearly leveling an entire town to the ground. In hot and dry conditions, more than 26,000 firefighters and support staff were battling 108 wildfires that have burned 2.4 million acres in 15 states, the National Interagency Fire Center said Tuesday.

Read more: CNN