Atlas Obscura: How German Librarians Finally Caught an Elusive Book Thief

Atlas Obscura: How German Librarians Finally Caught an Elusive Book Thief. “On the afternoon of February 21, 2006, Norbert Schild sat down at a desk in the reading room of the City Library of Trier, in western Germany, and opened a 400-year-old book on European geography. Working quickly, Schild laid a piece of blank white paper on top of the book, took a boxcutter from his lap, and discreetly sliced out a map of Alsace from pages 375 and 376.”

OCCRP: Organized Crime Has a New Tool in Its Belts – Artificial Intelligence

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project: Organized Crime Has a New Tool in Its Belts – Artificial Intelligence. “As new technologies offer a world of opportunities and benefits in many sectors, so too do they offer new avenues and for organized crime. It was true at the advent of the internet, and it’s true for the growing field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, according to a new joint report by Europol and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Center.”

CBC: Man arrested after assault of Walmart employee who asked him to wear face mask, B.C. RCMP say

CBC: Man arrested after assault of Walmart employee who asked him to wear face mask, B.C. RCMP say. “A 30-year-old man has been arrested for assault and mischief after allegedly assaulting an employee at a Walmart in Dawson Creek, B.C. RCMP were called to the store at around 8 p.m. PT Wednesday after reports of a customer assaulting an employee who asked him to wear a face mask — which is both store policy and a provincial health order.”

Yahoo News: NYC sheriffs broke up a sex party with 80 people, a room full of mattresses, and boxes of condoms

Yahoo News: NYC sheriffs broke up a sex party with 80 people, a room full of mattresses, and boxes of condoms. “Officials walked into the venue to find a crowd of people at the event hosted by self-described swinger’s club Caligula New York. The New York City Sheriff’s Office told Insider that deeper in the party, officers found three couples having sex in a back room with multiple mattresses set up covering the floor, which was scattered with condoms.”

NBC Washington: Trump Supporter Accused of Breathing on Protesters Charged With Assault

NBC Washington: Trump Supporter Accused of Breathing on Protesters Charged With Assault. “The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said it charged 61-year-old Raymond Deskins with simple assault on Sunday after a citizen obtained a warrant through the Loudoun County Magistrate, the sheriff’s office said. Deskins was released on a summons.”

ABC 7 Chicago: Disturbing new details in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer

ABC 7 Chicago: Disturbing new details in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “New filings claim there was a Plan B the militiamen had drawn up, that involved a takeover of the Michigan capitol building by 200 combatants who would stage a week-long series of televised executions of public officials. And, according to government documents now on file in lower Michigan court, there was also a Plan C — burning down the state house, leaving no survivors.”

FTC: FTC warns companies to stop peddling fake COVID treatments and cures

FTC: FTC warns companies to stop peddling fake COVID treatments and cures. “Here at the FTC, we’ve seen people pitching COVID treatments like gemstone bead bracelets, water filtration systems, indoor tanning with red light UV therapy, copper water bottles, high dose vitamin C IV drips, juices and supplements, stem cell treatments, ozone therapy, laser light treatments, and more. All of these products and treatments have one thing in common: there is no evidence — as required by law — that they work against the Coronavirus.”

PBS: The 21st Century Threat to Wildlife is “Cyberpoaching”

PBS: The 21st Century Threat to Wildlife is “Cyberpoaching”. “The illegal wildlife trade has transformed with the growth and accessibility of the internet. Animals that used to be sold in physical markets are now sold by anonymous online vendors. As a result, a largely unregulated online market allows criminal enterprises to sell illegally acquired wildlife products, and transport them around the world. The consumer-to-consumer marketplace has made buying shark fins, pangolin scales, and rhino horns as easy as click, pay, ship.”

Cleveland .com: Ohio man tells police of scheme to place Gov. Mike DeWine under ‘house arrest’

Cleveland .com: Ohio man tells police of scheme to place Gov. Mike DeWine under ‘house arrest’. “A Miami County resident has told police that he was approached about helping to arrest Gov. Mike DeWine at his Greene County home and try him for ‘tyranny.’ The case has been referred to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, though a spokesman declined to discuss further details, citing security reasons.”

BBC: Charlie Hebdo trial suspended as suspect catches Covid-19

BBC: Charlie Hebdo trial suspended as suspect catches Covid-19. “The main suspect in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack in France has tested positive for Covid-19 and his trial has been suspended, lawyers say. Ali Reza Polat is accused of helping the militant Islamist attackers who killed 12 people at the satirical magazine four years ago. The presiding judge says 10 accused accomplices must be tested for the virus before the trial can resume.”

CBC: Homicide victim found in burnt-out SUV ID’d as man behind spam-email empire who dodged $12.8M lawsuit

CBC: Homicide victim found in burnt-out SUV ID’d as man behind spam-email empire who dodged $12.8M lawsuit. “More than three years after his death, a man who was shot dead and found in a burnt-out SUV near Squamish, B.C., has been identified as a U.S. citizen known for spreading racist, neo-Nazi ideologies and for a massive spam email campaign that led to a $12.8-million US lawsuit. Police found Davis Wolfgang Hawke dead on the Cheekye Forest Road, off the Sea to Sky Highway east of Paradise Valley, around 9:30 a.m. on June 14, 2017. Officers had been called about a burnt, red 2000 GMC Yukon XL on the side of the road.”

Department of Justice: Rapper Who Bragged about Unemployment Benefits Scam in Music Video Arrested for Allegedly Bilking COVID-19 Jobless Relief Program

Department of Justice: Rapper Who Bragged about Unemployment Benefits Scam in Music Video Arrested for Allegedly Bilking COVID-19 Jobless Relief Program. “A rapper who boasted in a YouTube music video about getting rich from committing unemployment benefits fraud was arrested [October 16] on federal charges of carrying out that very scheme by fraudulently applying for more than $1.2 million in jobless benefits, including by using stolen identities.”

Wichita Eagle: One arrested in threat to kidnap and kill Wichita mayor over COVID-19 mask mandate

Wichita Eagle: One arrested in threat to kidnap and kill Wichita mayor over COVID-19 mask mandate. “A Wichita man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to kidnap and kill Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple over frustrations with the city’s mask ordinance, the mayor and police said Friday afternoon. Meredith Dowty, 59, was booked into Sedgwick County Jail at 6:05 p.m., Friday, booking reports show. Police confirmed he is the suspect and said he could face a charge of criminal threat.”

MIT Technology Review: Live facial recognition is tracking kids suspected of being criminals

MIT Technology Review: Live facial recognition is tracking kids suspected of being criminals. “In a national database in Argentina, tens of thousands of entries detail the names, birthdays, and national IDs of people suspected of crimes. The database, known as the Consulta Nacional de Rebeldías y Capturas (National Register of Fugitives and Arrests), or CONARC, began in 2009 as a part of an effort to improve law enforcement for serious crimes. But there are several things off about CONARC. For one, it’s a plain-text spreadsheet file without password protection, which can be readily found via Google Search and downloaded by anyone.”