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FBI gives Hamilton a new subpoena in investigation of Mayor John Bencivengo

Bencivengo leaves court 4/26/2012Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo (center) left the federal courthouse in Trenton with his attorney Jerome Ballarotto (right) and a U.S. Marshall on Thursday afternoon, April 26, 2012 after his initial hearing on extortion charges. Bencivengo is accused of soliciting and receiving bribes from a health insurance broker for his influence over a no-bid school district contract. Martin Griff / The Times of Trenton. To purchase this and other photos, visit http://TimesofTrenton.zenfolio.com

HAMILTON — The FBI is continuing to deliver subpoenas to the township for documents relating to the bribery charges against Mayor John Bencivengo.

John Ricci, the township's business administrator, confirmed that the FBI issued a subpoena last week for all formal employee manuals issued to township employees.

"We got a subpoena the other day for copies of all our employee and personnel handbooks and manuals," Ricci said this morning. "They deal with prohibiting discrimination, non-harassment, equal opportunity employment practices, civil service, benefits, smoking and telephone use."

He declined to comment on whether the FBI is investigating specific employees or employee practices.

The subpoena is the latest in a series the township has received since Mayor John Bencivengo was charged with accepting $ 12,400 in bribes to influence a member of the Hamilton school board regarding the school district's insurance broker contract.

On April 27, the township received subpoenas for phone logs, travel records and e-mails between Bencivengo, Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried and Marliese Ljuba, a senior health benefits consultant with Vineland-based Allen Associates, the district's longtime insurance broker. Sources told The Times Ljuba is the cooperating witness in the FBI's investigation of Bencivengo.

On May 10, the FBI demanded all correspondence between Bencivengo and the school board relating to matters of health insurance.

Contact Mike Davis at (609) 989-5708 or mdavis@njtimes.com.

Related stories:

• Editorial: Hamilton school board takes wise step for clean slate following Bencivengo charges

• Fundraiser is canceled for Hamilton mayor Bencivengo's legal defense fund

• Hamilton school board severs ties with Allen Associates

• Editorial: N.J. campaign finance laws should apply to legal defense fundraising by elected officials

• Hamilton officials take issue with mayor's legal defense fundraiser

• Fundraiser in the works for Bencivengo defense

• Hamilton Democrats launch Twitter feed urging Mayor Bencivengo to quit over corruption charge

• Hamilton mayor: Investigation has no effect on job performance

• DOE probes ties between Hamilton school board and broker in Bencivengo case


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Police Want To Speak to Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez In Battery Investigation - MTV

Police investigating the criminal battery
 complaint against Justin Bieber have spoken to the alleged victim in the case and are now looking to talk to other witnesses to Sunday's altercation, including Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed to MTV News that police had interviewed the unnamed victim, a paparazzi photographer who claims that Bieber struck him after he tried to take pictures of the "Boyfriend" singer and Gomez at the Commons at Calabasas Shopping Center on Sunday afternoon.

In addition to the celebrity couple, investigators are looking for any other witnesses to the incident to help piece together a narrative of what went down during the scuffle. There has been no detailed information to date on what injuries were allegedly suffered by the photographer, who complained of pain and was transported to by the Los Angeles County Fire Department to a local hospital, where he treated and released.

According to The Los Angeles Times, legal experts examining the potential case against Bieber, 18, say that the key issue is whether the pop star acted in self-defense. "These guys will often make it impossible for the celebrity to pass," said former deputy district attorney Dmitry Gorin of the obstacles paparazzi photographers often set for stars that sometimes end in physical contact. "Bieber could face a charge if he pushed or hit the photographer and it was not in self-defense," Gorin said. "But it is not really a jail-time offense." He said the case would likely be a misdemeanor battery unwitnessed by police and the alleged victim could make a citizens arrest, at which point prosecutors would decide whether to file charges. The maximum sanction if convicted is six months in jail, but due to chronic overcrowding, his first-time offender status and the lack of police witnesses, it's highly unlikely Bieber would serve anywhere close to that term.

As of press time, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office had not officially taken up the case. A spokesperson for Bieber, who is out of the country promoting his upcoming Believe album, had no comment on the matter.

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the D.A.'s office said that no case has been presented to that office yet, but that it's possible once interviews are conducted that it will be referred for possible prosecution. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Lieutenant Margarito Robles told MTV News on Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing and that there was no update on its progress at press time. He also noted that a large percentage of these kinds of cases do get presented to the D.A.'s office, where it is left up to prosecutors to decide how, or if, to proceed.

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FBI: Arrest in 2007 Joliet racial arson case

Map of arson scene

300 block of South Reed Street in Joliet (Google map / May 30, 2012)

The FBI arrested a Joliet man today on arson and civil rights charges alleging he set fire to the home of an African-American family living on his street in 2007.

The eight children and one adult living in the home escaped the early morning blaze on June 17, 2007 without injury, but moved from the neighborhood after the fire, according to an FBI release.

Brian James Moudry was charged with one count each of arson, using fire to interfere with housing rights on the basis of race, and using fire to commit another felony in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury last Thursday and unsealed today following his arrest.

Moudry, 35, of the 300 block of South Reed Street in Joliet, is scheduled to appear at 9:30 a.m. Thursday before Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert in U.S. District Court, the FBI said.

"The federal government takes very seriously its responsibilities to protect members of all racial and ethnic groups from intimidation and violence," said U.S. Atty. Patrick J. Fitzgerald in the release.

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FBI Investigating After Upstate Home Burglarized

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Credit: Pickens County Sheriff's Office


When Pickens County deputies checked out a robbery report, they found something out of the ordinary.

A note posted on the front door was from the "Moorish American Society of Philadelphia" which asserted to be judicial notice that the property had been seized pursuant to international law. 

It also proclaimed that any law enforcement officer on the premises was trespassing and subject to being sued. 

The burglary report was made on April 24th at a home on White Violet Way in Sunset.

From prior research, investigators from the Sheriff's Office were aware that the Moorish National Republic, a sovereign citizen group, and its offshoots are considered domestic terrorism groups by the Trial. 

The realtor on the scene stated that his company had actually been advised by the Trial that the property was a possible takeover target for the group. 

Accordingly, the Trial's Joint Terrorism Task Force was contacted and made aware of the incident.

Evidence collected at the scene led Sheriff's Office investigators to one Garnett Radcliff Campbell, Jr., of Piedmont. 

Deputies say Campbell, a former resident of New Jersey, had assumed the name "Noble Yeshuah B. al Nina El," and moved in with his mother at an address in Piedmont. 

While executing a search warrant, deputies found Campbell hiding in the home.

They have charged him with attempted intimidation of law enforcement by use of a sham legal process. 

He has also been charged with burglary and trespassing charges.

Campbell also faces federal charges as the Trial continues its investigation.

Sheriff David Stone noted, "The sovereign citizen movement, in all its various forms, poses a clear threat to the safety of our community because it's an attempt to disengage from the rules which govern everyone.  A person who fervently believes that he is not subject to the law, and can essentially dictate his own law, is potentially very dangerous.  In result, there's not much difference between that type of individual and a jihadist who follows a radical form of Islam.  In both cases, their belief structures convince them that what they are doing is right, regardless of the effect on society as a whole."

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The FBI has determined that skeletal remains found in Opelika were from a malnourished little girl.

The Opelika Police Department released the findings from the FBI lab in Quantico, Va. The lab said the remains found Jan. 28 appeared to be from a female of African-American descent who was 4-7 years old. The FBI said the bones appeared under developed, which is consistent with malnutrition.

Opelika police previously classified the case as a homicide. They say it remains under investigation, and they ask that anyone with information call (334) 705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (334) 745-8665.

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Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, http://www.oanow.com/


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