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October 12, 2018

On Thursday, Jasiel Correia, the 26-year-old Democratic mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, was arrested on 13 federal fraud charges, accused of defrauding investors and using the money to fund his "lavish lifestyle."

In 2012, Correia launched a company called SnoOwl and claimed to be developing an app that connected local businesses with potential customers, CBS Boston reports. Federal prosecutors allege that he was able to raise $363,690 from seven investors, and from January 2013 to May 2017, diverted at least $231,447 to himself, spending the money on a Mercedes Benz, fancy hotel rooms, jewelry for a former girlfriend, and adult entertainment. He also allegedly filed false tax returns in 2013 and 2014, only amending them in 2017 when he learned he was under federal investigation.

"Mr. Correia blurred the lines between his private business and public duties, using investor funds as his own personal ATM, systemically looting almost one-quarter of $1 million," FBI special agent in charge Harold Shaw said. Correia's actions were "underhanded, shameless, and greedy," he said, and "brought undeserved shame and embarrassment upon the city of Fall River." Correia served on the city council for two years before being elected mayor in November 2015. He has denied any wrongdoing and said he will not resign. He was released on Thursday, and his case has been continued until Dec. 6. Catherine Garcia

September 19, 2018

A Southern California surgeon who appeared on Bravo's 2014 reality show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male and was once named Orange County's Most Eligible Bachelor stands accused of drugging and raping two women, with prosecutors saying there are likely at least dozens of other victims out there.

On Tuesday, prosecutors alleged that Dr. Grant William Robicheaux, 38, of Newport Beach and his girlfriend, Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, drugged and raped two women in 2016. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas described Robicheaux and Riley as being "clean-cut, good-looking people," and said they went looking for women at bars and festivals. One of the victims contacted police in April 2016 after she was allegedly raped, and on Oct. 2, 2016, one of Robicheaux's neighbors called police when he heard a different woman screaming for help from inside his house.

During subsequent searches, the Los Angeles Times reports, police found cocaine, MDMA, GBH, and illegal unregistered weapons inside Robicheaux's house, as well as several videos, including one showing sex acts with a victim. The investigation was turned over to Newport Beach prosecutors on Sept. 6, charges were filed Sept. 11, and Robicheaux and Riley were arrested Sept. 12; both are now free on $100,000 bail. They face multiple felony counts, including rape by drugs and oral copulation by anesthesia. The Times asked a Newport Beach police spokeswoman why it took so long for the arrests to be made, and she said the "evidence initially did not meet the standard to make an arrest." Catherine Garcia

January 28, 2018

Authorities in Saltlick Township, Pennsylvania, say four people were killed in a shooting at a car wash early Sunday morning.

The victims have been identified as Chelsie Cline, 25; Courtney Snyder, 23; Seth Cline, 21; and William Porterfield, 27. Chelsie Cline's half-sister, Sierra Kolarik, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the suspect, 28-year-old Timothy Smith, had become obsessed with Cline. Police say during the attack, Smith suffered a gunshot wound to the head, possibly self-inflicted, and is on life support. He is not expected to survive. Officials said Smith was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun when he arrived at the car wash.

This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout.

January 13, 2018

Police pursued a Greyhound bus across the Wisconsin-Illinois border late Friday night after hearing reports that one passenger was behaving in a disorderly manner and possibly armed with a gun. A suspect was taken into custody around midnight, and about 40 other passengers were removed from the bus unharmed.

An ABC affiliate reported Saturday morning that the chase occurred because the subject hijacked the bus and threatened to kill his fellow passengers. The report quotes law enforcement saying they used spike strips to forcibly stop the bus. Greyhound said in a statement Saturday it is "fully cooperating with authorities as they work to get customers to safety." Bonnie Kristian

December 31, 2017

Seven people were shot, one of them fatally, when officers from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in Colorado, south of Denver, responded to a domestic dispute Sunday morning. Five of the people shot were sheriff's deputies, including the person who was killed. The shooter was also shot and is believed to be dead, and it is unclear at this time how serious the other injuries may be.

The shooting took place in an apartment complex, where residents were encouraged to shelter in place and avoid windows until the danger was over. An emergency shelter has been arranged for residents displaced by the violence until the investigation is completed. Bonnie Kristian

July 27, 2017

A man on an Alaskan cruise killed his wife and tried to throw her body over the balcony, FBI documents released Thursday state.

The man, 39-year-old Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, was found Tuesday night with blood all over him and his cabin on the Emerald Princess ship, and has been charged with murder. The FBI, which is handling the investigation because it took place in U.S. waters, said in its documents an unidentified man entered the cabin and saw Manzanares' wife, Kristy Manzanares, also 39, on the floor, with a major head wound. The man asked Kenneth Manzanares what happened, and Manzanares replied, "She would not stop laughing at me." The man also said Manzanares tried to drag his wife's body out of the room onto the balcony, but the man stopped him, the documents state.

Manzanares was detained by a ship security officer, and held in a cabin while the boat was rerouted to Juneau. Kristy Manzanares' company, Summit Sotheby's International Realty in St. George, Utah, told The Associated Press Manzanares was "a dedicated and loving mother who juggled her business schedule to make her children a top priority." Catherine Garcia

July 13, 2017

A Pennsylvania man has confessed to killing four young men who went missing last week, his attorney said Thursday.

The disappearance of Bucks County residents Dean Finocchiaro, 19; Mark Sturgis, 22; Thomas Meo, 21; and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, transfixed the state, with police, FBI agents, and U.S. marshals joining the search. Attorney Paul Lang announced that his client, Cosmo DiNardo, 20, had confessed to killing the men, and told police where they were buried. Lang also said his client agreed to plead guilty to four first-degree murder counts, and in exchange for his cooperation, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty. On Wednesday, police found a deep grave containing remains on a farm belonging to DiNardo's family, and authorities were able to identify some of the remains as belonging to Finocchiaro.

A person with knowledge of DiNardo's confession told The Associated Press DiNardo is a drug dealer and killed the men in separate incidents after selling them marijuana. He shot them, either in the head or back, and then burned their bodies at the farm. He claimed he felt threatened during the transactions, and the person told AP there was a co-conspirator involved in three of the deaths. He killed one of the men on July 5, and the rest on July 7. Sturgis and Meo worked together in construction, and Patrick, a student at Loyola University in Baltimore, went to high school with DiNardo, AP reports. Catherine Garcia

July 13, 2017

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub announced early Thursday that the remains of one of the four Pennsylvania men who vanished last week have been found.

Weintraub said the remains of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown were discovered in an "approximately 12-and-a-half-foot, deep grave. We have painstakingly dug with a lot of care not to damage any potential evidence." Additional human remains were also found but have not yet been identified, he added. Since they went missing last week, local and state police, FBI agents, and U.S. marshals have been searching for Finocchiaro, Jimi Patrick, 19, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Tom Meo, 21.

Police have identified Cosmo DiNardo, 20, as a person of interest in their disappearance; he allegedly stole Meo's car and attempted to sell it, and is now being held on $5 million bail. Authorities said they are focusing their search for the missing men on a farm in Solebury Township owned by DiNardo's family. "We're going to see this investigation to the end and we're going to bring each and every one of these lost boys home to their families one way or another," Weintraub said. "And we will not rest until we do that." Catherine Garcia

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