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James Sapp, the 48-year-old man accused of shooting a police officer during a traffic stop in Vancouver, Wash., on June 30, has died in what authorities are describing as a suicide in the local jail.
Sapp allegedly shot Vancouver officer Dustin Goudschall seven times after being pulled over for a traffic violation, then fled the scene, wrecked his vehicle, and then assaulted an elderly man and carjacked his vehicle before finally being caught by police and arrested. Goudschall survived his critical injuries and was able to help identify his assailant. He is currently recovering from the wounds.
On Sunday morning, deputies found Sapp in his cell attempting to commit suicide and intervened. He was rushed to an area hospital but was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m.
Sapp had a long history of claiming membership in the Aryan Brotherhood, dating back to previous arrests for other crimes. He was also involved in a 2012 case in Clark County involving an assault on a 12-year-old Latino boy and a relative.
Sapp’s family told the Vancouver Columbian through a spokesperson that even though Sapp “had a checkered background … he loved his family and wife.”
Rev. Michael Baca, the pastor of the church Sapp’s family attends, told the Columbian that Sapp’s issues seemed to have been triggered by a head injury he suffered a few years ago. Earlier this week, Sapp reportedly expressed remorse for what he had done. ( continue to full post… )
Police and FBI agents in Indiana confirm they are now investigating a group tied to Samuel L. Bradbury, who was charged in federal court this week with making terrorist threats. He has boasted of an affiliation with Jerad and Amanda Millers, the couple who killed two Las Vegas police officers.
Bradbury is accused of making Facebook threats to kill police officers and judges involved with his 2011 marijuana possession arrest and to “blow the Tippecanoe County [Indiana] Courthouse to pieces.” Police found fire-bomb components and two devices during searches.
Bradbury, 22, of Pine City, Ind., also claimed he and someone he identified only as “Ant” were part of a “cop-killing group” identified as the “765 Anarchists” – along with the Millers.
Investigators said earlier this week they “found no evidence” to support Bradbury’s Facebook claims that he ran a “cop killing” group called “765 Anarchists” or that there was any connection with the Millers.
However, an investigation by Hatewatch determined that Bradbury was part of a Facebook group called the “765 Movement,” with 97 members from the Lafayette area does exist. The group – named for the Indiana telephone area code – includes a link to an international anti-police social media group called “All Cops Are Bastards,” whose motto is “Fuck the System and Fuck the Police.”
Hatewatch also confirmed that the administrator of the “765 Movement” page on Facebook is Anthony DavidMichael Gonzales, 25, who uses the screen name “Anthony MyFriends Gonzales.” He formed the Facebook group after the Millers were involved in the June 8 killing of two Las Vegas police officers and after Bradbury was arrested.
“I can confirm that Anthony DavidMichael Gonzales is the person identified as ‘Ant’ in the posting made by his friend, Samuel Bradbury,” Detective Sgt. Matt Coddington, of the West Lafayette Police Department, told Hatewatch today.
The police investigator responded a day after he was provided with information about Gonzales and the 765 group by Hatewatch. ( continue to full post… )
A Washington state man with a long criminal history of legal entanglements – and who has claimed in the past to be affiliated with the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood prison gang – allegedly shot and critically wounded a local police officer Monday in Vancouver, Wash., during a routine traffic stop.
James Todd Sapp, 47, of Vancouver was arraigned this week on charges of attempted murder, robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm after he reportedly opened fire on Vancouver police officer Dustin Goudschal, a six-year veteran who had pulled Sapp and a companion over in the black pickup Sapp was driving.
Sapp reportedly drove away after the shooting and wrecked the pickup a short distance away. His companion, another Vancouver resident named Timothy Plantenburg, told police he caused the wreck by grabbing the steering wheel, and that Sapp fired his gun at him as he fled the scene.
According to the police, Sapp then attempted to carjack a vehicle belonging to an elderly man, who resisted the robbery attempt and was aided by passersby. Sapp nonetheless was able to drive away in the man’s vehicle, and police caught up to him and arrested him a short time later.
Sapp has a long criminal record, including six prior felony convictions. He has claimed to be a member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang.
One of his previous run-ins with the law included a 2012 case in Clark County where Sapp allegedly assaulted a 12-year-old boy. The boy told a relative, who confronted Sapp, who allegedly punched the man in the face, breaking his nose, and called him a “stupid (expletive) Mexican.” ( continue to full post… )
A Louisiana businessman faces up to a year in jail and a maximum $100,000 fine after admitting in federal court Wednesday that he assaulted two black women working as Hurricane Isaac relief workers in 2012.
Josh Jambon, 52, of Grand Isle, La., pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two counts of federal civil rights violations. Sentencing was set for October.
The boat rental and offshore-supply company owner admitted assaulting two female African-American Hurricane Isaac relief workers on Sept. 18, 2012, because of their race and because of their employment status. The assault was caught on video.
Today on Facebook, the businessman admitted “I lost my cool” before responding to what he described as a “media blitz of my episode.”
In the post laced with misspellings, Jambon said:
i have family and friends of different race and IM FIRM when i say im NOT a Racist !!! i will argue till im dead that im not a Racist.. I look for no recognition for what i do for the schools , private help , adavancement of people that want to get ahead in life . I challange anyone to attempt to do what ive done for minority orphanges in west africe [sic] as well as with in the US. Yes , i used racial comments but only after i was attacked with racial slurs.
His posting continued:
I stand on my story of TRUTH and Honesty.. The TRUE story will come out in the end and the liberals of the world will say im a liar. i travel the world and believe me there is another side to the story that the US media never presents . I hold truth to the honesty of the fFederal Government that they will handel [sic] this correctly and with dignity regardless of my white race.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Jambon was upset about damage to his property that he believed had been caused by a different crew and asked to speak to a supervisor. ( continue to full post… )
White supremacist Craig Cobb hasn’t stopped buying property in North Dakota, where last year he unsuccessfully tried to build an all-white racist enclave by quietly purchasing more than a dozen lots in the town of Leith. Hatewatch exposed the effort last August.
According to news reports, Renville County Auditor LeAnn Pollman said Cobb paid two years’ worth of property, totally $1,084, for an empty two-story house in Sherwood, population 242, about 180 miles north of Leith. The seller is Floyd Randall of Elk Grove, Calif.
While there is no indication that Cobb, who is on probation after pleading guilty to one count of felony terrorizing and five counts of misdemeanor menacing, intends to replicate his plans for Leith, there already appear to be efforts to roll up the welcome mat.
Renville County Sheriff Barry Vannatta said he was notified that Cobb was moving to Sherwood after Missouri denied Cobb’s request to move there, ostensibly to care for his ailing mother. Vannatta said he wasn’t sure of Cobb’s plans “for a little town up north in the middle of nowhere,” and he fears Cobb’s followers may be the next to move to Sherwood.
Sherwood Police Chief Ross Carter –– who is the town’s only police officer –– told The Bismarck Tribune that the house Cobb bought has been a blight for some time. Its residents have been mostly stray dogs and cats, and the last time Carter visited the house, he said it smelled overwhelmingly of dog and cat urine and feces.
North Dakota Parole and Probation spokesman Tim Tausend, who in May confirmed that Cobb was under investigation for his Internet activities on the white supremacist website WhiteNations.com, also told the paper that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had recently confiscated Cobb’s laptop computer because of complaints about his Internet activities.
Court Documents Shed Light on Indiana Man’s Threat against Police, Judges and Claimed Link to Las Vegas Cop-Killers
In federal court documents unsealed today, an FBI agent said Samuel L. Bradbury, 22, of Pine Village, Ind., made written threats on social media to assassinate local police and judges and conduct bombings and suicide attacks. Bradbury also claimed an affiliation with Las Vegas killers Jerad and Amanda Miller, whom he claimed were part of a group he leads called the “765 Anarchists.”
Bradbury now faces federal charges of extortion and making threats via “interstate communications” and willfully threatening to use explosive materials.
The court documents reveal that authorities found bomb-making components, including chemicals needed to make thermite, along with two “unidentified devices” at a residence in Pine Village, Ind., where Bradbury lived.
The documents also contain the status update that Bradbury is alleged to have posted on Facebook on June 19, which resulted in a federal extortion and threats charge.
In that post, Bradbury said:
I can’t keep silent on this conspiracy anymore. I have to reveal some truth. My buddy and comrade Ant has been catching some flack [sic] for some of his posts about killing cops.
I have to let out the truth. Jerad and Amanda Miller were losers. They were part of our group, the 765 Anarchists, the town’s cop killing group run by none other than myself, Sam Bradbury.
Bradbury went on to allege that Jerad and Amanda Miller were confidential informants (CIs) for a law enforcement agency. However, his claims about the Millers are being investigated and have not been substantiated at this time. ( continue to full post… )
An Indiana man claiming to be linked to two cop-killers in Nevada was arraigned today in Indiana on federal charges after making social media threats to kill local police and “blow the Tippecanoe County Courthouse to pieces.”
Samuel L. Bradbury, 22, of Pine Village, Ind., boasted about his affiliation with Las Vegas killers Jerad and Amanda Miller, whom he claimed were part of a group called “765 Anarchists,” an antigovernment group he leads, according to state court documents filed in Indiana.
Bradbury was charged in federal court with extortion and making threats via “interstate communications” and “willfully threaten[ing] the use of explosive materials,” according to court documents.
The FBI and local police in Indiana appear to be working to determine the exact connection, if any, between Bradbury and the Millers, and who else might be involved with the antigovernment anarchist cell.
The Millers shot and killed two Las Vegas police officers on June 8 before dying themselves in an ensuing shootout. Earlier, Jerad Miller traveled to Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch during the standoff with federal agents, and in a television interview, threatened federal officials.
The Lafayette Journal-Courier reported that Bradbury was arrested June 21 after local police got a tip from a citizen who told them about Facebook postings Bradbury had made, threatening to kill a Tippecanoe County judge, an Indiana Supreme Court justice and two Tippecanoe County law enforcement officers.
Bradbury remains in custody at the Tippecanoe County Jail on four state felony intimidation charges. Bond on those state charges was set at $100,000.
Bradbury claimed to be the leader of the “765 Anarchists” which he said had been formed for the purpose of killing local law enforcement officers, the Lafayette newspaper reported.
Some of Bradbury’s posts described in the affidavit include references to gathering thermite and other explosives and the possibility of a suicide bombing, the newspaper said.
Bradbury’s Facebook page showed his favorite pages included “No Tears for Dead Cops,” “I Hate Cops” and “Illuminati Exposed (This is the Resistance).” The so-called Illuminati is a favorite target of white supremacists, anti-Semites, anti-government extremists and conspiracy theorists who believe a secret group of wealthy, elite, influential leaders are working together to bring about a New World Order – a global fascist state.
Some of Bradbury’s antigovernment anger may stem from his loss a year ago in a police-search criminal case that he had appealed to the Indiana Court of Appeals.
Bradbury was arrested Oct. 3, 2011, when Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office deputies learned he was dealing marijuana from his home, the court ruling said.
When deputies went to Bradbury’s home, he stepped outside and they conducted a pat-down search for officer safety, believing he might be armed. They didn’t find any weapons, but a quantity of marijuana in his pockets, and he was arrested.
Bradbury subsequently was charged with three felonies – maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in marijuana, and possession of marijuana. Bradbury filed a motion to suppress, arguing that the pat-down search was illegal. But on in a decision in June 2013, the appeals court disagreed, ruling the police search of Bradbury wasn’t illegal and the charges could go forward. The disposition of those state charges couldn’t immediately be determined.
A couple of days before he was arrested and charged with shooting to death three people at two Jewish community facilities in Kansas in April, Frazier Glenn Miller stopped by the Aurora, Mo., home of his friend Geraldine Perry. It was easy to see even then that the health of the 73-year-old neo-Nazi was failing.
“He couldn’t walk from the other side of the street to inside here to the table,” Perry told Hatewatch, “without having to stop and sit 10 minutes so he could breathe.”
After his arrest, Miller called Perry from a Kansas county jail a few times a week, she said, before the calls suddenly stopped. The next time he called, after two weeks of silence, Perry said Miller explained that he had been in the infirmary, too weak to get out of bed, struggling for breath.
Now, it appears the accused killer is dying.
According to a report in the Kansas City Star, Miller, who is also known as Frazier Glenn Cross, is dying of severe lung disease in a county jail infirmary.
Quoting friends and associates in the hate world, including fellow white supremacist Craig Cobb, the paper reported Saturday that Miller, once a heavy smoker, is suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, a progressive disease for which there is no cure.
“He’s dying now, there’s no doubt,” Cobb told the paper, adding, “He told me in January in a letter that he had one foot in the grave and one on a banana peel.”
Maj. Doug Baker, the administrator of the Johnson County Central Booking facility in Olathe, Kan., where Miller is being held on $10 million bond, told the paper he could not discuss details of an inmate’s medical condition. Baker did confirm, however, that Miller has been housed full-time in the center’s infirmary since May 30.
The Star also spoke with Will Williams, a longtime white nationalist from Tennessee, who said he has known Miller for more than 20 years. Williams said Miller had told him earlier this year that he was extremely ill.
“COPD is what he told me,” Williams told the paper. “He told me he could hardly walk to the mailbox.”
In a recent telephone call from jail, Miller told Williams that he had lost nine pounds and his health had only gotten worse behind bars. Miller seemed to blame his deteriorating condition on a black doctor supervising his care, accusing the physician of trying to murder him, Williams told the Star.
“He said this doctor deliberately cut his meds to where he had three near-death experiences,” Williams said.
Williams said Miller told him that he had filed several grievances with the jail and had recently “got his meds and was in lots better spirits.”
Baker, the jail administrator, told the paper that Miller had not filed any formal grievances and was “being provided the necessary medical care that’s provided to all detainees.”
Miller’s next scheduled court appearance is in November.
A federal judge in Arizona today handed down the maximum 10-year sentence to the patriarch of a family of white supremacists who have had run-ins with the law in various states over the past three decades.
Kirby K. Kehoe, 65, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow in Phoenix after pleading guilty in February to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. His son, Cheyne C. Kehoe, 35, was sentenced to 41 months in prison after pleading to being a felon in possession of firearms.
The father-son team struck plea bargains with federal prosecutors instead of going to trial on additional charges that were dismissed as part of the deal. Upon completion of their prison sentences, both will serve three years of supervised release.
The pair’s latest encounter with law enforcement came last October when heavily armed agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided what was described as an “off-the-grid compound” 140 miles north of Phoenix, near Ash Fork, Ariz.
There, agents found what they described as a commercial-grade marijuana growing operation and an arsenal: 17 firearms and 16,891 rounds of ammunition, body armor and explosive powder.
The marijuana was being grown, processed and stored in various large, metal shipping containers that had been moved onto the property and concealed with camouflage netting.
Kirby Kehoe’s court-appointed attorney argued that federal prosecutors had failed to make a connection between the firearms and the marijuana growing operation, while federal prosecutors contended the weapons were to be used to defend the illegal operation. Nonetheless, Kirby Kehoe couldn’t legally possess firearms because of his prior convictions in the Eastern District of Washington for possessing homemade hand grenades and a modified, fully automatic assault rifle.
Kirby Kehoe agreed to forfeit ownership of a long list of firearms and ammunition to the government as part of his guilty plea.
Agents seized 15 pounds of marijuana but haven’t disclosed if they learned where Kirby Kehoe was selling the drug.
Cheyne Kehoe and his brother Chevie, who were introduced to the racist religion known as Christian Identity by their parents, were involved in a shootout with police in 1997 in Ohio, captured on a dashboard camera. Both fugitives were arrested and sent to prison after a nationwide manhunt.
Chevie Kehoe, who is serving life in prison for involvement with a terrorist cell called the Aryan Republic Army, was convicted in the torture-murder of an Arkansas gun dealer, his wife and their 8-year-old girl who was smothered after being shocked with a cattle prod. Chevie Kehoe also was implicated but never charged in connection with a pipe-bombing at Spokane’s City Hall.
Federal investigators determined that firearms and other militia supplies stolen from the gun dealer were sold at various gun shows by Kirby and Chevie Kehoe.
The younger brother of Brent Douglas Cole, the far-right extremist who now faces federal assault charges after his shootout with law enforcement officers in the northern California woods, isn’t sure where and when his elder sibling slipped into the surreal universe of “sovereign citizens.” But he believes his descent into right-wing extremism happened during his long residence in the woods of Alaska.
“He’s been up living life on his own for so long that he just doesn’t see it – that there’s rules that the rest of us follow for good reason,” Marcus Cole of Woodinville, Wash., told Hatewatch. “He’s used to just taking care of himself, and doesn’t understand why anyone wants to keep him from doing as he likes.”
Brent Cole remains in the custody of the Nevada County sheriff’s office while recovering from his wounds at a medical center in Roseville, where he is listed in stable condition. The Bureau of Land Management ranger and California Highway Patrol officer who both were wounded in the confrontation on Saturday near Edwards Crossing in the Sierra Nevadas were treated and released.
The Cole brothers grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the son of a nuclear engineer employed at what was then called the National Reactor Testing Station (later the Idaho Nuclear Engineering Laboratory). Brent Cole was one of the first graduates of the new Skyline High School in 1971, and promptly moved away – to the Sierra Nevadas, not far, his brother says, from the place where he got into the shootout.
Brent was married there a few years after high school, and the couple moved to Texas and had a son. They also shortly divorced, after which he moved to Alaska and took up life in the woods. He made his living through construction work. ( continue to full post… )