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    The couple recorded defacing a Black Lives Matter mural that was painted in front of a California courthouse has been charged with three misdemeanors, including a hate crime, prosecutors today announced.

    David Nelson, 53, and Nicole Anderson, 42, are each facing misdemeanor charges in connection with a July 4 incident in Martinez, a city about 25 miles from San Francisco. The decision to charge the couple was made by officials with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office.

    Nelson and Anderson are each charged with violation of civil rights, vandalism, and possession of tools to commit vandalism. If convicted of the charges, the defendants--who share a Martinez address--face up to a year in the county jail.

    Click here for a PDF copy of the Superior Court criminal complaint filed against the alleged vandals.

    Nelson and Anderson brazenly defaced the yellow BLM mural about an hour after it was painted Saturday afternoon. As seen in videos taken by onlookers, Anderson used a roller with black paint to cover the letters B and L.

    The mural, which was painted with the permission of city officials, was quickly restored after Saturday’s vandalism.

    While Anderson painted, Nelson retrieved a second can of black paint from the pair’s Nissan truck. Nelson, who was wearing a Make America Great Again hat and a Trump reelection t-shirt, declared, “The narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism. It’s a lie.”

    When a bystander told the couple that, “No one wants you here,” Nelson (seen at right) replied, “No one wants Black Lives Matter here.” He also noted, “Fucking keep America great again, that’s right,” and that the BLM street mural “is racism.”

    By the time cops responded to 911 calls about the vandalism, Nelson and Anderson had fled the scene. In a statement, Police Chief Manjit Sappal said that, “The community spent a considerable amount of time putting the mural together only to have it painted over in a hateful and senseless manner.” He added that “the damage to the mural was divisive and hurtful.”

    Last week, Martinez police reported seizing flyers “containing hate speech” from a downtown sidewalk. The flyers, Sappal said, “made threats of harm to those supporting the Black Lives Matter movement in the name of an organization called ‘White Pride World Wide.’”

    According to Superior Court records, Anderson filed in March 2004 for a domestic violence protection order against Nelson. Following a hearing, a three-year restraining order was issued by a judge. Anderson is identified as the “protected party” in a court docket, while Nelson is referred to as the “restrained person.”

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    In arguing to detain Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam/fellow sex trafficker, federal prosecutors contend that the socialite is a severe flight risk in light of the lengthy prison sentence she faces if convicted of felony charges detailed in an indictment unsealed today.

    Maxwell, 58, is charged with procuring and grooming underage girls for the late Epstein, a serial predator who committed suicide last year while imprisoned following his federal indictment for sex trafficking.

    Like Epstein, Maxwell has been charged in the Southern District of New York, where prosecutors today filed a memorandum seeking her detention in advance of trial on six felony counts. If convicted, Maxwell faces up to 35 years behind bars.

    Epstein and Maxwell are pictured above in a photo included in Maxwell’s indictment. Click here to download a PDF copy of the government memo seeking Maxwell’s pretrial detention.

    Maxwell, government lawyers wrote, has “extensive international ties” that would “make it exceptionally easy for her to flee and live abroad.” Maxwell, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2002, is also a citizen of France, where she was born, and the United Kingdom, where she was schooled. “The defendant appears to possess passports” from all three countries, prosecutors noted.

    An examination of Maxwell’s finances identified more than 15 bank accounts “held by or associated with the defendant from 2016 to the present,” with combined balances that, at times, exceeded $20 million. Additionally, as recently as last year, Maxwell reported she “holds one or more foreign bank accounts containing more than a million dollars.”

    Maxwell’s financial resources “appear to be substantial, and her numerous accounts and substantial money movements render her total financial picture opaque and indeterminate,” prosecutors wrote.

    Since Epstein’s July 2019 indictment, Maxwell “has effectively been in hiding for approximately a year” in New England. Most recently, Maxwell was holed up on a 156-acre spread in Bradford, New Hampshire (where she was arrested this morning). The property, seen below, was purchased for cash seven months ago by a “carefully anonymized LLC,” prosecutors reported.

    Maxwell’s 4635-square-foot home was bought for $1.07 million in December 2019 by Granite Reality, LLC, which was incorporated a month earlier. According to New Hampshire state records, the company’s address is care of Nutter McClennen & Fish, a Boston law firm. Attorney Jeffrey Roberts, a partner who chairs the firm’s “Private Client Department,” is listed as manager of Granite Reality.

    Noting that Maxwell has no ties keeping her in the U.S.--like children, a job, or immediate family--prosecutors argued that “there are no bail conditions that could reasonably assure the defendant’s continued appearance in this case.”

    Maxwell is likely to seek bail, which may prompt a detention hearing at which both defense counsel and prosecutors can present arguments to Judge Alison Nathan.

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    Porn star Ron Jeremy was charged today with raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth female victim in attacks dating back to 2014, according to California prosecutors.

    Jeremy (real name: Ronald Jeremy Hyatt) is named in an eight-count felony complaint filed in Superior Court in Los Angeles. In announcing the charges against the 67-year-old performer, prosecutors said they will ask a judge to set Jeremy’s bail at $6.6 million when he is arraigned later today.

    As alleged in the complaint, Jeremy raped a 25-year-old woman at a West Hollywood residence in 2014. He is also accused of committing three separate sex crimes at a West Hollywood bar. Two women--ages 33 and 46--were attacked in 2017, while the third victim, 30, was allegedly forcibly raped by Jeremy in July 2019.

    While Jeremy is the sole defendant charged, the complaint refers to an “accomplice” who helped restrain a woman allegedly raped by the porn star in March 2017.

    Click here for a PDF copy of the Jeremy complaint, which was sworn by Kevin Hom, an investigator with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s special victims bureau.

    If convicted of the charges, Jeremy could face a maximum of 90 years to life in state prison, prosecutors say.

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    In real estate news, a North Carolina eyesore decorated with dozens of Confederate flags has been sold by its longtime owner, a 74-year-old jackass with a lengthy rap sheet.

    According to Nash County property records, Edward Lee West last year sold his small cottage in Rocky Mount, a predominantly African-American city about 60 miles east of Raleigh, to a Latino couple for $9000 (the same price he paid for the 627-square-foot home in 2002).

    The house, built in 1910, is pictured above in a 2015 photo and below in a realtor’s image from last year.  

    For years, West’s fenced-in home had multiple Confederate flags flying outside the ramshackle one-bedroom, one-bath property, which was protected by barbed wire and a wooden fence.

    Following the June 2015 church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina that was perpetrated by white supremacist Dylan Roof, West added even more Confederate flags outside his residence. At the time, West said that he owned about 150 Confederate battle flags.

    In the face of criticism about his flags, West said that if neighbors did not like the display they should move.

    It is unknown what prompted the sale or where West has relocated, though he does not appear on a tax assessor’s list of current property owners in Nash County. According to court records, West has been arrested multiple times for weapons offenses.

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    Even in a country roiled by mayhem and disease, a Floridian will still find the time to assault someone with a hamburger, records show.

    According to police, Tanya Cordero, 47, was arrested Monday evening following a confrontation with her boyfriend in a Largo mobile home owned by the man’s mother.

    Cordero and the 39-year-old victim have “four children in common,” according to an arrest affidavit, though a grandmother has full custody of the couple’s offspring.

    The confrontation between Cordero and her boyfriend was reportedly touched off when Cordero, seen at right, became upset when the man closed a window in her room.

    So, investigators allege, Cordero "smashed hamburger in his face."

    When questioned by police, Cordero “denied doing so, but [her boyfriend] still had hamburger in his ear upon arrival.” Cordero, cops added, “made a comment that she hoped he choked on the burger.”

    Charged with domestic battery, a misdemeanor, Cordero was later released from the county jail on her own recognizance. A judge has ordered her to have no contact with the victim.

    Cordero’s rap sheet includes convictions for theft, narcotics possession, and providing a false name to police. In January, she was convicted of battering her boyfriend during an October 2019 argument about one of their children’s Halloween costume. She served three months in jail on the battery conviction.

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    A Massachusetts resident is facing an assault charge after allegedly striking a highway worker with a “large pickle” thrown from a moving vehicle.

    According to police, Christoph Herrmannsdoerfer, 34, was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling yesterday afternoon on U.S. Route 7 in Vermont. Cops allege that Herrmannsdoerfer threw a pickle that hit Carl Hoffman, a 59-year-old employee of the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

    The pickle, cops say, “struck the victim and caused him pain.”

    Pictured at right, Herrmannsdoerfer was later located and cited for simple assault, a misdemeanor. He is scheduled for a July 20 appearance in Vermont Superior Court.

    Herrmannsdoerfer, who lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has multiple drunk driving convictions on his rap sheet. Herrmannsdoerfer was arrested in 2016 in Florida after tangling with police after allegedly threatening an EMS worker with a corkscrew. He subsequently pleaded to a pair of misdemeanors.

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    A man who refused to wear a mask inside a Florida government office was arrested yesterday on a pair of criminal charges, according to a court filing.

    Police say that John Luongo, 34, was collared Tuesday afternoon following a disturbance inside the Indian River County tax collector’s office. Luongo, a Vero Beach resident, was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

    An administrator told cops that she approached Luongo after hearing him “aggressively raising” his voice inside the office. The worker, Lori Bloom, said she told Luongo to “lower his voice and put his mask on inside the office.”

    When Luongo refused to comply, Bloom said, she asked him “to do so again or else he would have to leave the office.” When Luongo refused to “lower his voice, put the mask on, and leave,” Bloom summoned a sheriff’s deputy who was working an off-duty detail in the county building.

    Seen above, Luongo was booked into the county jail, from which he was later released after posting $1000 bond. Luongo--whose rap sheet includes burglary, grand theft, and battery convictions--is scheduled for arraignment on June 30.

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    A woman arrested for yanking her boyfriend’s hair told police that it was a “sexual thing,” adding that the victim liked it “rough,” according to an arrest affidavit.

    Floridian Marnie Faxon, 48, was busted yesterday for domestic battery following a confrontation Sunday with her boyfriend in the Treasure Island apartment the couple shares.

    The 47-year-old victim showed police video of Faxon “grabbing his hair and pulling it backward while yelling at him.” A witness cited in the affidavit reported hearing the man “yelling to let his hair go or he would call the police.”

    After being read her rights, Faxon reportedly claimed her encounter with the victim was a “sexual thing,” and that “the victim liked ‘it rough.’” Faxon’s boyfriend told cops she was lying about the incident.

    Charged with domestic battery, a misdemeanor, Faxon (seen above) was booked into the county jail and later released on her own recognizance. A judge has ordered her to have no contact with the victim.

    Faxon’s rap sheet includes a pair of drunk driving convictions, as well as convictions for violating probation and driving with a suspended or revoked license. She was arrested in July 2018 for felony domestic battery after allegedly punching and scratching her then-boyfriend during a confrontation for which she was judged the “primary aggressor.” Prosecutors, however, declined to pursue the matter.

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    Though wearing a mask, a man was not socially distanced from his partner as the couple had sex on a New York City subway platform, an underground encounter that was gleefully recorded and narrated by a construction worker from the other side of the tracks.

    Video of the incident, which began circulating online yesterday, was shot recently in the Flushing Avenue station in Brooklyn. The graphic clip shows a masked man positioned behind his partner, who is bending over next to a steel beam.

    At one point, the man filming the action declares, “Yeah, I don’t care. I don’t mind that shit. That shit is like PornHub to me.” After turning the phone to reveal his face, the cinematographer--who was wearing a mask and a reflective safety vest--shouted to the male half of the duo, “Have a good one, bro."

    It is unclear what time of day the sex act occurred.

    Since the coronavirus outbreak, subway ridership has seen a precipitous drop. Beginning earlier this month, the entire system has been shut down from 1 AM to 5 AM to allow workers to disinfect trains and stations. The lockdown, which will continue for the foreseeable future, marks the first planned closure of the city system since its 1904 opening.

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    Two young men wearing hollowed-out watermelon rinds on their heads stole alcohol from a Virginia convenience store, according to police who this weekend apprehended one of the masked bandits.

    The duo, cops say, earlier this month swiped booze from a Sheetz convenience store in Louisa, a town 30 miles east of Charlottesville. As recorded in surveillance footage, the melon-headed perps had cut eye holes in the watermelon rinds.

    As seen above, the pair had even posed for a photograph at a Food Lion store in Louisa prior to their alleged alcohol heist.

    Police have charged Justin Rogers, 20, with larceny, underage possession of alcohol, and wearing a mask while committing larceny. Rogers is pictured in the mug shot at right.

    Police have asked anyone with information about the identity of Rogers’s accomplice to call them, noting that, “The reference case is “MELON-HEADS.”

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    A Florida Woman battered her husband with a bouquet of Mother’s Day flowers during a confrontation early yesterday in the couple’s home, according to police.

    Investigators say that Sandra Kay Webb, 32, and her spouse were in their Tampa-area residence when matters turned physical around 12:30 AM Monday.

    Webb, seen at right, was upset at the victim because he bought her children “flowers to give her for Mother’s Day.” This “made the defendant angry,” according to an arrest affidavit.

    Webb allegedly “threw the flowers at the victim while he was in bed and struck him with the bouquet.” Webb is also accused of spitting on her husband’s arm and chest.

    After being read her rights, Webb reportedly admitted to police that she threw the flowers, but denied the spitting.

    Charged with domestic battery, a misdemeanor, Webb was booked into the Pinellas County jail, from which she was released Monday afternoon on her own recognizance.

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    Meet Ronald Joseph Gallagher.

    The Montana man, 50, was arrested yesterday afternoon on several charges, including marijuana possession, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. He was released this morning from the Missoula County jail after posting bond on the three misdemeanor counts.

    As seen in the above booking photo, Gallagher, who is something of a frequent flyer at the local lockup, was wearing a “DRUG FREE” t-shirt when collared. The shirt’s full kicker--“Just ran out yesterday”--was cropped out by the jailhouse photographer.

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    An Ohio woman called 911 late Saturday evening to report that her “pussy was on fire” and that she needed someone from the fire department to “put it out with their hose,” according to an arrest report.

    After placing that emergency call, Katrina Morgan, 50, hung up the phone. When a police dispatcher called her back, Morgan reiterated that she required first responders to “come put her pussy out because it is on fire.”

    Seen above, Morgan “appeared highly intoxicated” when cops arrived at her friend's home in Port Clinton, a city on Lake Erie. Morgan smelled of booze and was “having trouble walking, was slurring her speech,” police noted.

    No pussies of any type were found ablaze inside the residence.  

    After struggling with officers, Morgan was handcuffed and placed in the rear of a police cruiser. She was booked into the Ottawa County jail on multiple counts, including disrupting public service, a felony, and making false alarms and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.