Monroe County, Pa.
A man sexually assaulted a bridesmaid two days before his Sept. 1 wedding and was caught in the act by his fiancée, yet their wedding went ahead as planned, prosecutors alleged this week. After a day of heavy drinking while rafting down the Delaware River, the wedding party returned to their hotel, and Daniel Carney’s fiancée asked him to help walk her drunk friend inside. Security footage allegedly shows Carney, 28, pulling the woman inside the men’s locker room; Carney’s fiancée entered the locker room 20 minutes later and chased him out. The victim remembers waking up with her bikini bottoms off and Carney on top of her. Hours before the wedding, Carney texted her asking her to “just be happy” for the bride. He said in the message that they didn’t have sex, but he asked if she could take Plan B contraception “just in case.”
Kansas City, Kan.
An angry bar customer and another man allegedly shot and killed four people and wounded another five this week inside a Kansas City pub. Police say Hugo Villanueva-Morales, 29, and Javier Alatorre, 23, sprayed bullets into a crowd of some 40 people around 1:30 a.m. Sunday at Tequila KC, a private club popular with the city’s Latino community, although the attack is not believed to have been racially motivated. Villanueva-Morales, who reportedly has a history of bar altercations and was arrested in an incident in August, had been ejected from Tequila KC earlier that night. He returned with Alatorre—who was already facing three unrelated felony charges in Missouri and had been released on bond in September—and apparently started firing. Both men face four counts of first-degree murder, though Villanueva-Morales was still at large at press time. All of the victims were Latino men, and two were Mexican nationals.
New York City
A homeless man used a 3-foot, 15-pound metal bar to bludgeon four men to death who were sleeping on the street last week, police said. Randy Santos, 24, was caught minutes later in Chinatown dressed in all black with the bloody weapon in his hand, and faces charges for murdering the men—Chuen Kwok, 83, Anthony Manson, 49, Nazario Vazquez Villegas, 55, and an unidentified fourth person—and nearly killing a fifth. Santos, who spent most of his time in the Bronx, also faces charges of attempting to kill a sleeping homeless man a week earlier. In the past year, Santos has been involved in a number of assaults. He was arrested for choking and biting a man at a store and was reportedly kicked out of homeless shelters several times for punching other residents.
The Kremlin’s party
The Senate Intelligence Committee said in a long-awaited bipartisan report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election that Kremlin-directed operatives opened a celebratory bottle of champagne after President Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. “We uncorked a tiny bottle of champagne…took one gulp each and looked into each other’s eyes…. We uttered almost in unison: ‘We made America great,’” said one operative at the St. Petersburg–based Internet Research Agency, or IRA, in a message included in the report by the Republican-led committee. The report—two years in the making—echoed the conclusions of America’s intelligence agencies, as well as those of special counsel Robert Mueller, in finding the IRA “was overtly and almost invariably supportive” of Trump to the “detriment of Secretary Clinton’s campaign.” It also called on Trump to “publicly reinforce the danger of attempted foreign interference in the 2020 election.”
Not above the law
New York City
A federal judge called President Trump’s claim to immunity from criminal investigations “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values,” demanding that Trump’s accounting firm turn over his tax returns to state prosecutors this week. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a last-minute reprieve, however, preventing prosecutors from obtaining eight years of Trump’s personal and business tax records until it hears Trump’s appeal. The Manhattan district attorney obtained a grand jury subpoena for the records in late August as part of an investigation into the Trump Organization’s payments of hush money to two women who said they had affairs with Trump. District Court Judge Victor Marrero denied Trump’s lawsuit seeking to block the subpoena, citing the Founding Fathers’ rejection of the “inviolability” of the King of England as evidence that Trump’s claim to “unqualified and boundless” presidential immunity is unconstitutional.
Turned in by parents
Police arrested a woman said to be consumed with the Columbine High School massacre and the Oklahoma City bombing last week after her parents discovered 24 pipe bombs in her bedroom. Michelle Kolts, 27, was charged with 24 counts of making a destructive device with intent to harm. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said cops were first alerted about Kolts a year ago after an online printing company notified authorities that she’d ordered several “manifestos” and “anarchist instructions.” Police also seized dozens of DVDs and books about domestic terrorism, mass killing, murder, and bomb making. Kolts reportedly confessed that she intended to use the weapons. Her parents are both in the military. “I can only imagine how difficult it is to turn in a family member, a loved one, but you can appreciate the fact that these parents had the courage to do so,” said Chronister. ■