It didn’t pay to pull a fast one!
A man left behind a winning lottery ticket in Georgia when he fled during a traffic stop in on Interstate 75, according to the Cherokee County’s Sheriff’s Office.
“To the suspect who ran on foot from our deputies on a traffic stop this morning on I-75, you left a winning $100.00 lottery ticket in your vehicle,” the agency wrote Monday on Facebook.
They added the scratch-off ticket was waiting for him if he wants to swing by the sheriff’s office.
“Yes he will get his lottery ticket back, but we are keeping his methamphetamine,” the agency wrote.
Landmine detection rat wins top UK animal bravery award
Say “cheese,” Magawa!
This 7-year-old giant African pouched rat on Friday was awarded a British veterinary charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery after sniffing out unexploded landmines in Cambodia.
In addition to 39 landmines, the heroic rodent discovered 28 other items of ordnance across 1.5 million square feet since he was trained by APOPO, a Belgian charity that also works with programs in Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
The stouthearted squeaker — who was named APOPO’s most successful “HeroRAT” — received the UK charity PDSA’s Gold Medal “for his life-saving bravery and devotion to duty.”
“The work of HeroRAT Magawa and APOPO is truly unique and outstanding,” PDSA head Jan McLoughlin said. “HeroRAT Magawa’s work directly saves and changes the lives of men, women and children who are impacted by these landmines.”
Magawa — who lives in the Cambodian city of Siem Reap — is the first rat to receive the PDSA medal in the 77 years it has been awarded. Other animal heroes have included brave cats, dogs and a pigeon, according to AFP.
APOPO trained the native Tanzanian to detect the chemical compound in explosives by rewarding him with tasty treats such as bananas and peanuts.
Magawa, who alerts his handlers by scratching the ground, can scurry across an area the size of a tennis court in just 30 minutes while attached to a leash.
The 28-inch-long rat weighs a whopping 2.6 pounds, a heavyweight among rodents, but light enough not to set off buried explosives, according to the BBC.
APOPO also decided that the African pouched rats were best suited for the job because of their African origins and life expectancy of up to eight years.
“Unlike metal detectors, the rats ignore scrap metal and only sniff out explosives making them fast and efficient landmine detectors,” said APOPO CEO Christophe Cox.
“This not only saves lives but returns much-needed safe land back to the communities as quickly and cost-effectively as possible,” added Cox, whose charity has 45 rats searching for landmines.
First known as the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, PDSA was launched as a free veterinary clinic in 1917 and has used heroic animals since 1943.
More than 60 million people in 59 countries are threatened by landmines and unexploded ordinance, according to APOPO.
In 2018, landmines and other remnants of conflict killed or injured 6,897 people, according to the group.
With Post wires
Duo arrested for planned terror attacks at Trump Tower: feds
Two men allegedly plotted terror attacks on high-profile US targets, including at Trump Tower and the New York Stock Exchange, where they claimed the destruction would be “Netflix worthy” and earn them “rock star status,” federal authorities said.
Kristopher Sean Matthews, of Elgin, South Carolina, is accused of conspiring with other ISIS supporters over a period of months, including a Texas man named Jaylyn Christopher Molina, according to a federal affidavit obtained by The State.
The pair, who were arrested Monday, discussed several possible sites for US terror attacks and Matthews suggested the best locations would be government centers rather than places “like malls where innocent children are,” court documents show.
“We need to stick together, we need to defeat them, we need to take a lot of casualties,” Molina allegedly wrote in a secretive chat group where FBI investigators said they announced their loyalty to ISIS.
If successful, Matthews said the attacks would grant them “rock star status baby,” the affidavit shows.
“This could be Netflix worthy,” Matthews allegedly wrote in the chat group, court papers show.
The FBI used undercover agents and confidential sources to track down the pair, who are accused of conspiring to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, court document show.
If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison, The State reports.
Molina, who referred to himself as “Abdur Rahim,” was arrested by the FBI in San Antonio. He’s expected to appear in federal court in San Antonio early next week, KSAT reports.
Matthews, who was arrested in Tennessee, referred to himself as “Ali Jibreel” and used an encrypted messaging app last year to try to find an ISIS facilitator outside the United States to help him travel to Syria and recruit additional members, a criminal complaint obtained by KSAT shows.
Molina joined the same encrypted chat sometime in April and later posted manuals on how to train with an AK-47 and how to build a bomb, according to the complaint.
Molina also posted an extremely graphic photo collage on social media of an American citizen being killed by ISIS, according to the complaint.
Records show Molina and Matthews also discussed possible attacks at the headquarters of the CIA, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration, KSAT reports.
The pair allegedly wrote as recently as last month that they could use a “multi-wave attack strategy” to carry out the terror attacks, court documents show.
Molina was also in contact in late August with a woman from an unidentified European nation who sought bomb-making instructions, according to the affidavit.
Flynn prosecution had ‘get Trump’ vibe
An FBI official who worked on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election believed some investigators had a “get Trump” attitude and that the probe was a “dead end,” according to a report.
FBI agent William Barnett slammed the Trump-Russia collusion inquiry as “opaque” and described it as having little detail concerning specific of criminal events during an interview last week at the Justice Department, according to Fox News.
The network obtained the 302, an FBI interview memo done as part of an investigation, in which Barnett described himself to US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri Jeffrey Jensen as taking serious issue with the “predication” of the investigation into then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Barnett told Jensen that he believed the “predication” into Flynn’s probe was “not great” because it “was not clear” what the “persons opening the case wanted to ‘look for or at.’”
Six weeks into the investigation, Barnett was “still unsure of the basis of the investigation concerning Russia and the Trump campaign working together, without a specific criminal allegation.”
The FBI agent told investigators that he then began asking others in the bureau what “the end game” was in the Flynn investigation.
After suggesting that they interview the incoming national security adviser “and the case be closed unless derogatory information was obtained,” he claimed was “cautioned against” doing so over concerns that it would “alert Flynn as to the investigation.”
Barnett disagreed, according to the 302, telling investigators he believed Flynn’s position as an incoming Trump administration official “offered an opportunity for the FBI to conduct the interview without alerting any suspicion and Flynn would see such an interview as being standard procedure.”
Barnett’s requests to interview the soon-to-be national security adviser were denied, and the investigation was described as “top down,” meaning that “direction concerning the investigation was coming from senior officials.”
The FBI agent believed that then-deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was the one running the show.
While he believed that Flynn was an “outlier,” in the investigation, Barnett said he did believe there were grounds to probe “the other three subjects in Crossfire Hurricane.”
Despite his concerns that the investigation was “problematic and could result in an inspector general investigation,” he continued the work he was ordered to do.
“Barnett still did not see any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Barnett was willing to follow any instructions being given by the deputy director as long as it was not a violation of the law,” the interview memo said.
According to Barnett, the appointment of a special counsel to investigate links between the Trump campaign and Russia changed “everything.”
After joining the Mueller investigation, Barnett described an “upside down” situation “with attorneys drafting search warrants and getting agents to simply act as affiants.”
He then described what he viewed as a “get Trump” attitude by some in the office, which he said manifested itself in two ways.
The first, he said, was that “incidents involving Trump were taken in the most negative manner, or in some cases misinterpreted.” The second was how members of Mueller’s top team appeared to try to establish “the conviction there was ‘something criminal there’ and a competition as to which attorney was going to find it.”
Barnett’s view is not shared amongst all those who worked under Mueller’s team.
Former Justice Department official Andrew Weissmann, who has since endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, said that the former special counsel “absolutely” let the American people down by not going harder on President Trump.
Speaking to The Atlantic earlier this week, the DOJ official said of the Mueller team’s work, “I wouldn’t phrase it as just Mueller. I would say ‘the office.’ There are a lot of things we did well, and a lot of things we could have done better, to be diplomatic about it.”
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