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TSA Officer Accused: Molested By TSA Officer?

TSA Officer Accused: Molested By TSA Officer?, A TSA screener is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at LaGuardia Airport in New York City after telling her she needed to be searched in the bathroom.

The suspect did not post $3,000 bail and was moved to jail late Friday night.

Defense attorneys argued two witnesses said they saw another man, but prosecutors say the victim picked Maxie Oquendo out in a lineup.

The TSA screener is accused of using his job to lure a passenger into a bathroom at LaGuardia Airport under the guise that he needed to search her for weapons.

Maxie Oquendo allegedly sexually assaulted a 21-year-old student from South Korea after her Salt Lake City flight landed Tuesday afternoon.

Court documents show the suspect allegedly said, “Hey, ma’am, I need to scan your body and your luggage.”

She responded by saying, “You can’t scan me, but you can have a woman scan me, because I am a girl.”

The victim asked the 40-year-old TSA screener if he checked all passengers, and Oquendo allegedly said yes.

He then allegedly lifted up her shirt, unzipped her pants and fondled her.

Saying afterwards, “She’s clear. She doesn’t have any weapons or knives.”

The 40-year-old suspect’s mom says she knows her son and this just can’t be true.

“I don’t believe it. He doesn’t deal with passengers,” she said. “I just cry. What I can do? I just cry.”

The TSA has terminated Oquendo. He’d been on the job for 13 years.

The TSA issued this statement Friday afternoon:
“TSA has terminated this individual. TSA holds its employees to the highest standards. As such, we expect our employees to conduct themselves with integrity, professionalism, and with respect for the public we serve. When our employees fail to meet these fundamental ethical standards, we will hold our personnel appropriately accountable. The vast majority of the TSA workforce serves with honor and integrity, and treats every passenger with dignity and respect. TSA is working in close partnership with the Port Authority Police Department in support of this investigation.”

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Friday announced Oquendo’s arrest on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, official misconduct, third-degree sexual abuse and second-degree harassment.

“The defendant is accused of an egregious abuse of his position as a government screener at LaGuardia Airport to sexually victimize a young woman,” Brown said. “Such alleged conduct cannot, under any circumstances, go unpunished.”

If convicted, Oquendo faces up to one year in jail.

The suspect has two daughters and lives in Manhattan and does not have a criminal record.

Hurricane Danny: Hurricane Danny Forms In The Atlantic

Hurricane Danny: Hurricane Danny Forms In The Atlantic, Danny’s maximum sustained winds Thursday morning have increased to near 75 mph (120 kph) and additional strengthening is forecast during the next two days.

The hurricane is centered about 1,090 miles (1,755 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands and is moving west-northwest near 12 mph (19 kph).

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Danny is a small storm with hurricane-force winds only extending outward up to 10 miles (20 kilometers) from the center.

The storm does not currently pose a threat to any land.

Brooklyn Sinkhole: Giant Sinkhole Opens In Brooklyn

Brooklyn Sinkhole: Giant Sinkhole Opens In Brooklyn, Crews are working to repair a massive sinkhole that’s causing major problems in Brooklyn.

The crater opened up just before 7 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 64th Street in Sunset Park.

#HappeningNow: ongoing #FDNY operations at sinkhole at 5th Ave & 64 St in #Brooklyn.

— FDNY (@FDNY) August 4, 2015

“There were cars on it just minutes before,” Frank Bowman, whose rooftop surveillance camera captured the cave-in, told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. “There was no warning, this thing just happened quick.”

No injuries were reported.

The 20-foot-wide and 20-foot-deep sinkhole has become the newest neighborhood attraction.

The cause is likely a leak in a 48-inch cast iron water main.

“It appears to be some sort of water leak that undermined the road, washed away the earth and that’s why the street gave way,” FDNY Deputy Chief Peter Leicht told CBS2’s Steve Langford.

Construction under the nearby Brooklyn-Queens Expressway has been diverting large trucks down the narrow road, leading some nearby residents to speculate it became weak from all of that weight, Diamond reported.

Northbound N subway service is experiencing delays due to the sinkhole.

The Department of Environmental Protection said it has no guarantees that repairs will be completed by Tuesday.

Trump campaign adviser fired: Donald Trump Campaign Adviser

Trump campaign adviser fired: Donald Trump Campaign Adviser, Donald J. Trump has fired a campaign adviser after racially charged Facebook posts under his name emerged last week, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager said.

“Effective immediately, low level part-time consultant, Sam Nunberg is no longer associated with the Donald J. Trump for President campaign,” the campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said in a statement.

Mr. Lewandowski reached out to a New York Times reporter on Sunday to reveal the news.

On Friday, the website Business Insider reported that posts on Mr. Nunberg’s Facebook page in 2007 disparaged the Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter using a racial slur.

Mr. Nunberg told Business Insider that he didn’t recall writing the posts. Mr. Lewandowski said on Friday that he was opening an investigation; and that Mr. Nunberg would be fired if the posts were real.

In an interview on Sunday, Mr. Nunberg, a lawyer, denied writing them, Mr. Lewandowski did not respond to subsequent questions about the firing.

Mr. Nunberg has worked for Mr. Trump in various roles over the years. He was fired in 2014 after Buzzfeed published a mocking profile of Mr. Trump. But he was rehired, and has since been in Mr. Trump’s small inner circle.

Another aide to Mr. Trump, Michael Cohen, a lawyer who works for the candidate’s company, recently apologized for remarks he made about spousal rape to the Daily Beast over an article it was writing regarding Mr. Trump’s divorce from Ivana Trump, his first wife.

The Facebook posts were uncovered at the same time news outlets began ramping up their vetting of Mr. Trump’s own record and past statements.

Others who have dealt with the Trump campaign, such as Chris Ruddy, the editor-in-chief of the conservative-leaning site Newsmax, defended Mr. Nunberg.

“I think Sam’s been fired before, hasn’t he?” Mr. Ruddy said in an interview and referring to the Buzzfeed piece, which called into question whether Mr. Trump would ever begin a presidential campaign.

Mr. Ruddy called Mr. Nunberg loyal to a fault to Mr. Trump, and credited him with getting his boss entry with conservative news outlets followed typically by the grassroots.

“Sam’s a tough New York guy who tells it like it is, sort of like Donald Trump,” Mr. Ruddy said.

Giant python nabbed in Everglades: Giant Python Florida

Giant python nabbed in Everglades: Giant Python Florida, An invasive, 18-foot-long python has been captured at Shark Valley in Florida’s Everglades National Park, reports CBS Miami.

The huge snake is believed to be the second largest python ever caught in the state of Florida. The invasive reptile was removed from the wild, which park officials said will help protect the park’s diverse wildlife.

The University of Florida researchers who captured the snake said it weighed 133 pounds. Scientists euthanized the python, which was one of thousands that live in the wild, despite not being native to Florida, according to Time.

Obama slams GOP candidates: Obama GOP Candidates Ridiculous

Obama slams GOP candidates: Obama GOP Candidates Ridiculous, President Obama on Monday condemned the latest highly charged rhetoric of GOP presidential candidates as “ridiculous” and “sad” after one said the Iran nuclear deal would lead to another Holocaust.

Speaking at a press conference in Ethiopia, Obama rebuked comments by Mike Huckabee and offered a broader scolding of GOP leaders – including Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz – who have sullied the “decorum and honesty” of American politics.

“The American people deserve better,” said Obama, making some of his most substantive comments on the presidential race during a visit to Ethiopia.

“Certainly, presidential debates deserve better. In 18 months, I’m turning over the keys – I want to make sure I’m turning over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems the country faces and the world faces.”

On Saturday, Huckabee blasted the Iran nuclear agreement in an interview with Breitbart News as “idiotic” and said Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Obama accused the candidates of violating a time-honored American tradition of not playing “fast and loose” on topics of grave concern like foreign policy during a news conference in Ethiopia.Photo: EPA

Obama retorted Monday: “The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are, I think, part of just a general pattern that … would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.”

He added: “When you get rhetoric like this, maybe it gets attention and maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines, but it’s not the kind of leadership that is needed for America right now.”

Alligator Spotted In NYC Street Dies

Alligator Spotted In NYC Street Dies, You never know what you’ll see in the Big Apple. New York City Police found a 3-foot-long alligator on a city street Thursday and took him to Animal Care and Control. The ACC sought placement for the alligator with a wildlife rehabilitator, but the animal died at the center Friday.

“Sadly the alligator, which staff had named CockadoodleQ, died this morning. We have no knowledge of the conditions CockadoodleQ had lived in prior to his arrival that contributed to his death. Exotic animals such as alligators are illegal to have as pets in New York City,” the ACC told USA TODAY Network in a statement.

The alligator was spotted in Inwood crossing Ninth Street at W. 205 Street, according to a tweet from the NYPD.

So this alligator was crossing 9th Ave in #Inwood…no, really. At 205 Str. Cops took him to Animal Control

— NYPD 34th Precinct (@NYPD34Pct) July 23, 2015

Alligator New York: Alligator Spotted In NYC Street Dies

Serial Killer Niagara Falls: Serial Killer In Niagara Falls?

Serial Killer Niagara Falls: Serial Killer In Niagara Falls?, The murder and dismemberment of two women three years apart in Niagara Falls has investigators wondering if they’re hunting a serial killer.

Terri Lynn Bills and Loretta Jo Gates were distant relatives. They were close friends. And they both died gruesome deaths, their heads and limbs chopped off and scattered separately from their bodies.

“It’s hard not to make that connection due to some of the similarities – most notably the condition of these ladies when they were discovered,” Niagara Falls police Capt. Kelly Rizzo told Time Warner Cable News. “They were also related through marriage. They shared some physical characteristics and led similar lifestyles.”

Gates, 30, was killed in 2012. Her body was found in the Niagara Gorge. Her head and limbs were in a separate park.