Elon Musk’s perks at Tesla being investigated by Justice Department, report claims
US prosecutors are investigating whether Tesla CEO Elon Musk received undisclosed perks from the company, including a proposed glass house near the automaker's Austin headquarters, as part of a criminal probe. The investigation by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is examining personal benefits that Tesla may have given Musk, who is compensated in stock options rather than a salary. The investigation also includes a proposed house known as "Project 42." Musk has denied that any glass house is being built or planned.
Two men arrested over Bondi Junction murder of crime figure Alen Moradian
The Sydney Morning Herald
Luke "Fat Boy" Sparos has been arrested in connection with the murder of Sydney crime figure Alen Moradian. Sparos, along with another man, is expected to be charged with murder and other offenses. Moradian was found dead in his car with gunshot wounds in an underground car park in Bondi Junction earlier this year. Police believe the killing was an organized crime murder. Sparos was arrested at his home in the Sutherland Shire, and a search warrant was conducted at the property.
A Georgia county’s cold case unit solves the 1972 homicide of a 9-year-old girl
Authorities in Cobb County, Georgia, have solved a 50-year-old cold case involving the murder of a 9-year-old girl. William B. Rose, who died by suicide in 1974, was identified as the killer of Debbie Lynn Randall through DNA testing. Randall was abducted, raped, and strangled in 1972 while walking home from a laundromat. The case had remained unsolved for decades until recent advances in DNA technology allowed investigators to create a partial profile of a suspect. The confirmation of Rose's guilt brings closure to Randall's family, who have waited years for answers.
Mirvac executive claims he was under duress when he drove away in taxi
The Sydney Morning Herald
Brett Henson, a property executive, is claiming that he stole a taxi in Sydney while drunk and drove across the city under duress. Henson, who worked as a senior capital transactions manager for property company Mirvac at the time, is facing charges of taking and driving a conveyance without the owner's consent, driving recklessly, and driving under the influence of alcohol. Henson's lawyer argued that his client had been assaulted and believed he was being followed, leading him to drive the taxi. CCTV footage showed Henson falling onto his back before the alleged theft. The hearing is ongoing.
South Korean Opposition Leader on Hunger Strike Faces Arrest
South Korea's opposition leader, 58-year-old Lee Jae-myung, has had his parliamentary immunity lifted to allow for his arrest on charges including breach of trust and bribery. Lee has denied any wrongdoing. The move comes as Lee lost his immunity that had prevented him from being arrested; he had gone on a hunger strike to protest President Yoon Suk Yeol's government. Lee, who narrowly lost to Yoon in last year's presidential election, is now facing a judge who will decide whether prosecutors should be granted an arrest warrant.
Iranian court gives a Tajik man 2 death sentences for an attack at a major Shiite shrine
An Iranian court has sentenced a Tajik man to death for carrying out a gun attack at a major Shiite shrine in the city of Shiraz. The attack, which took place in August, killed two people and injured seven others. The man, Rahmatollah Norouzof, is a member of the Islamic State group and was convicted of sedition and waging war against God. The Shah Cheragh mosque, where the attack took place, is one of Iran's top five Shiite shrines. In October 2022, another shooting at the shrine killed 13 people and injured 30 others, with the Islamic State group also claiming responsibility for that attack.
Daniel Khalife pleads not guilty to escaping Wandsworth prison
Daniel Khalife, a former soldier who was on remand at HMP Wandsworth for terror offences, has pleaded not guilty to escaping custody. Khalife was accused of escaping on 6 September by strapping himself under a food delivery truck using a material made from bedsheets with clips at each end. He was arrested on 9 September after a nationwide manhunt. Khalife is awaiting trial on charges of obtaining information useful to the enemy, eliciting information about members of the armed forces, and perpetrating a bomb hoax.
What we know about couple wanted for murders of Illinois family
Two people have died in a fiery car crash in Oklahoma during a police chase. Nathaniel Huey Jr, 31, and Ermalinda Palomo were being sought in connection with the murders of an Illinois family of four. Alberto Rolon, 38, Zoraida Bartolomei, 32, and their two sons, aged 7 and 10, were found shot dead at their home in Romeoville, Chicago. It is not clear how Huey and Palomo were linked to the family.
South Korean police charge US soldiers for dealing cannabis from military bases
US soldiers in South Korea have been accused of distributing or using synthetic marijuana that was allegedly smuggled into the country via the US military's postal service. After a four-month investigation, police arrested two people and charged 20 others, including 17 American soldiers. Police accused those involved of bringing the synthetic marijuana into the country via the military's postal system before distributing the supplies through social media platform Snapchat. All recreational use of cannabis is illegal in South Korea, where drug use remains a major taboo.
What is CrimeCon? Inside the Super Bowl for true crime fanatics
CrimeCon is a three-day conference held in Orlando that brings together true crime enthusiasts, investigators, experts, and personalities from the true crime genre. The conference offers panels, immersive experiences, and the opportunity to learn from and network with professionals in the field. Special guests include investigators, victims' families, survivors of crime, journalists, podcasters, and big names in the criminal justice system. CrimeCon aims to provide an immersive and educational experience where attendees can learn about the latest cases, scientific techniques, and developments in the true crime field. CrimeCon has partnered with Fox Nation to livestream 12 sessions exclusively for subscribers.
Murder trial jury shown photos of woman's body
Photographs of a murdered woman's body have been shown to a jury during a murder trial in Stirling. Christopher McGowan is accused of murdering Claire Inglis, and has claimed self-defence. Crime scene manager Detective Sergeant John Hunter noted injuries to Inglis' face, arms, and legs, and observed false fingernails and impact marks in the flat. A neighbour who attempted to perform CPR on Inglis described her injuries to the court, and claimed that McGowan had said that she had fallen down the stairs and taken drugs. McGowan is also charged with a breach of the peace, being concerned in the supply of Etizolam, and a breach of a bail curfew.
Can Climate Lawsuits Against Energy Giants Succeed?
Lawsuits that aim to hold major players in the fossil-fuel industry responsible for climate change are entering a critical phase, as several state courts this fall are considering whether the cases can move forward. Several states including Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island, and dozens of municipal governments, have accused the world’s largest energy companies of playing down the industry’s contributions to climate change. The lawsuits, some of which date to 2017, seek financial damages based on claims that range from public nuisance and negligence to consumer deception and racketeering. The pool of cases continues to grow. California joined the fray Friday with a high-stakes suit that seeks billions in damages to cover state investments needed to combat climate-change effects such as erosion, flooding and fires.
Police officer charged with Chris Kaba’s murder granted anonymity
An armed police officer, identified only as "NX121," has appeared in court charged with the murder of rapper Chris Kaba. Kaba, an unarmed black man, was shot dead in south London last year. The officer, who fired the fatal shot, was charged following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct. At the Westminster Magistrates' Court, an application for anonymity was granted, banning the publication of the officer's personal details. The officer was granted conditional bail and is next due to appear in court on 1 December, with a provisional trial date set for September 2024.
Mother accused of watching boyfriend rape her seven-year-old daughter
A woman and her boyfriend in Tennessee have been arrested for allegedly committing sexual crimes against her 7-year-old daughter. The woman, Brandon Sloan Hawkins, is accused of watching her boyfriend, William Joe Beene III, rape her daughter multiple times over the course of a year. The suspects have been charged with five counts each of felony rape of a child. The abuse was reported to authorities by a concerned party, leading to an investigation. Family members have created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the victim's needs and potential future education, as they plan to request permanent custody of her.
Jamie Bulger’s killer will ‘undoubtedly re-offend’, warns toddler’s mother
Denise Fergus, the mother of murdered child Jamie Bulger, has warned that Jon Venables, one of her son’s killers, will “undoubtedly re-offend” if he is granted parole. Venables has previously been released from prison but was sent back twice after being found with indecent images of children. The Parole Board has granted Venables a two-day hearing, prompting Fergus to express her shock and concern. Venables and Robert Thompson were convicted of abducting and murdering two-year-old Jamie Bulger in 1993. Venables was released in 2001 but has since been imprisoned twice for possessing child abuse images.
Cartels are fifth-largest employers in the country, study finds
Organised crime groups in Mexico are the country's fifth biggest employer, with around 175,000 members, according to a study published in Science. The research, which used 10 years of data on homicides, missing persons and incarcerations, also analysed interactions between rival factions to model cartel membership and ascertain how violence would respond to various policies. The authors argued that the most effective way to reduce bloodshed would be to cut cartel recruitment, while increasing the number of arrests would actually lead to a higher murder rate. The study comes amid a debate in Latin America about how to reduce violence, exemplified by the contrasting approaches in Mexico and El Salvador. While Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has advocated economic alternatives to reduce cartel membership, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele has overseen a crackdown on gang members, which has led to accusations of human rights abuses.
Shoplifting costing us £70m a year, says Co-op boss
UK supermarket chain the Co-op is estimated to lose £70m ($82m) to shoplifters this year, according to CEO Shirine Khoury-Haq. The firm has already lost £33m to shoplifting and fraud during the first six months of the year. The Co-op has spent £200m on security measures, including body cameras, extra CCTV and covert guarding. Khoury-Haq has accused police of failing to take action against criminals, saying that gangs operate "seemingly exempt from consequences".
House of Commons ‘dropped the ball’ on rushing Liberal bail-reform bill, Senate hears
The Globe and Mail
The Canadian Liberal government is urging the Senate to pass its bail-reform bill quickly, despite concerns from senators and civil-society groups. The bill, which aims to make it tougher for certain offenders to obtain bail, was passed by the House of Commons without further study. Critics argue that the bill could disproportionately affect Black and Indigenous individuals and may result in more false guilty pleas. The lack of data on the current state of bail in Canada has also been noted, with some senators calling for the bill to be strengthened to better protect potential crime victims.
Man arrested for suspected child abduction as police hunt missing mother and children
A man has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction after a mother and her two children went missing from a centre for vulnerable mothers and children in London. Jamie-Leigh Kelly, 31, left the centre with her three-year-old daughter and newborn son on Tuesday. The children are under care protection orders and were taken from the centre against staff wishes. The mother and children got into a blue Ford Fiesta and left at speed. A man in his 50s has been arrested in connection with the case. The police are “extremely concerned” for the welfare of the mother and children.
3M Agrees to Pay Nearly $10 Million Over Sale of Products to Iran
3M has agreed to pay over $9.6m to settle an investigation by the US Treasury Department into sales to an Iranian entity. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said that between September 2016 and September 2018, a 3M subsidiary allegedly sold reflective license plate sheeting to a sanctioned Iranian entity. The sales occurred even after outside due diligence staff had flagged potential problems, OFAC said. 3M came forward to disclose the conduct and cooperated throughout the investigation, OFAC said, adding the company had fired several employees and cut off a Germany-based intermediary involved in the sales.