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27 Missing Children Found in Virginia

US Marshals carry out operation with National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, others

(Newser) - During a five-day operation dubbed "Operation Find Our Children," deputy US Marshals located 27 missing kids in Virginia, CNN reports. The Justice Department coordinated the effort with the Marshals Service's regional Fugitive Task Force; special agents, police officers, and detectives from multiple federal, state, and local law...

In Georgia, a Big Find by 'Operation Not Forgotten'

2-week mission by US Marshals Service leads to rescue of 26 children, safe location of 13 others

(Newser) - Over a two-week period in August, the US Marshals Service conducted "Operation Not Forgotten," searching for missing kids in the Atlanta metro area. Now, per the agency, nearly 40 kids are known to be in safe hands due to that mission. A USMS release reports that it tracked...

USMS: We Sent a Plane Over Portland to Surveil Protesters

Meanwhile, violent clashes between protesters and federal officers in the Oregon city start up again

(Newser) - Thursday night marked the 84th night of protests in Portland, with clashes between protesters and federal agents once more emerging after weeks of nonviolence. The Oregonian reports that police declared the demonstration in the Oregon city a riot around 11pm local time, with a couple hundred protesters initially gathering around...

In Portland, 'It's Like Stop and Frisk Meets Guantanamo Bay'

Protesters accuse federal officers in unmarked vehicles of making unlawful arrests

(Newser) - Protesters in Portland, Oregon, say unidentified federal agents dressed in camouflage have been driving around in unmarked minivans and grabbing people off the streets. The US Marshals Special Operations Group and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit have been sent to Portland to protect federal property. But protesters describe being detained...

Executive Order, US Marshals to Protect Nation's Monuments

Trump promises 'very strong' order this week

(Newser) - US marshals have been ordered to prep to protect the nation's monuments as part of a new effort by the Trump administration, also said to involve an upcoming executive order. In an email with the subject line "Attorney General Assignment," Marshals Service Assistant Director Andrew C. Smith...

Fugitive Accused of Faking His Own Suicide Is Caught

Jason Blair Scott allegedly raped his stepdaughter and now faces life in prison

(Newser) - A man faked his own death in an attempt to avoid penalty for raping his stepdaughter, who was found to be pregnant with his child, according to the US Marshals Service, which is now celebrating "the fastest apprehension of a fugitive in the 37-year history of the 15 Most...

Protecting Betsy DeVos Cost $6.24M This Year

Cost will rise to almost $8M next year, according to US Marshals Service

(Newser) - Providing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with round-the-clock protection cost $6.24 million in fiscal 2019 and is projected to cost $7.87 million in the new fiscal year that started Tuesday, according to the US Marshals Service. Politico describes the security as "highly unusual," noting that the Education...

He Fled the Feds in 2011. He Was Just Found 'Squatting'

Michael Duane Strain, busted on Native American reservation in Montana, was on most wanted list

(Newser) - They thought he was hiding in Minnesota, but they nabbed him in Montana. USA Today reports 62-year-old Michael Duane Strain, one of the 15 most wanted fugitives on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms' list, was busted last week by US Marshals Service deputies on a Native American reservation...

It Was a Brutal Night for Cops in Memphis

At least 24 hurt in protest over fatal shooting by US Marshals

(Newser) - At least two dozen police officers were hurt Wednesday while trying to fend off protesters in Memphis, where tensions are high following a fatal shooting by US marshals. Police say protesters angered by the death of the man in north Memphis—which reportedly occurred on the lawn of his family...

900-Pound Defendant Asks Help Getting to Court

Effort could involve taking down trees, cutting a hole in a wall

(Newser) - A Virginia judge has approved a logistical plan to bring a defendant who weighs more than 900 pounds to federal court in Richmond. The effort could involve cutting down trees, cutting through a wall in the building where the man lives and bracing the structure, the Times-Dispatch reports. A device...

A Child Killer on the Lam for 45 Years Is Now Most Wanted

Lester Eubanks was convicted of the 1965 murder of an Ohio 14-year-old

(Newser) - A 75-year-old has just been added to the US Marshals Service's "15 Most Wanted" list —some 45 years after he went on the lam. Lester Eubanks was sentenced to death in 1966 for the murder of 14-year-old Mary Ellen Deener of Mansfield, Ohio, a year prior. In...

Belong to 'Quiet Skies'? Better Hope Not

It's a TSA domestic surveillance program in which marshals keep a close eye on passengers

(Newser) - It's called "Quiet Skies" and sounds for all the world like the name of some airline PR initiative. But as the Boston Globe reveals, "Quiet Skies" is actually the name of a TSA domestic surveillance program that has been operating on the down-low. It's not entirely...

Fugitive on the Lam for 48 Years Nabbed in Conn.

Robert Stackowitz escaped from Georgia prison work camp in 1968

(Newser) - Since before man landed on the moon, Robert Stackowitz has been on the run after busting out of a prison work camp in Georgia. That half-century run came to a low-key end Monday in Sherman, Conn., where the US Marshals Service tracked down and arrested Stackowitz without incident, NBC News...

Armed Marshals Bust Man Over Unpaid Student Loan

And they aren't stopping there

(Newser) - Seven armed US Marshals in combat gear showed up on the doorstep of 48-year-old Paul Aker's home Thursday in Houston, the New York Daily News reports. His crime? Failing to pay a $1,500 student loan he received in 1987. "I say, 'What is this all about?'...

In the Middle of CES, a US Marshals Raid

US company says Chinese company is hurting industry with its cheap models

(Newser) - Hoverboards are making headlines, from bursting into flames and being banned by online retailers to causing trouble in churches and supermarkets . But the hoverboard hubbub at CES in Las Vegas Thursday was something straight out of a corporate espionage movie: Per Bloomberg , US marshals raided a booth set up by...

US Marshal Worker Caught Being Naughty on Court Roof

Nearby resident in Harrisburg, Penn., snaps photos

(Newser) - The US Marshals Service says one of its employees was photographed having sex on the roof of a federal courthouse in Harrisburg, Penn. A resident of a nearby apartment building who was concerned that there was a security breach snapped the pictures this week and sent them to ABC27 News...

Police Have Been Using Radar to Peek Into Homes

Legal and privacy concerns emerge as law enforcement uses detection technology

(Newser) - The gist of the Fourth Amendment, according to the Supreme Court , is "the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion." Which is why legal and privacy concerns are cropping up regarding the recent revelation that at least...

US Marshals in Disguise Help Mexico Marines

Wall Street Journal: American personnel taking part in armed raids in Mexico

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has an interesting scoop about how American personnel are helping Mexico's military catch drug suspects—they're disguising themselves as Mexican marines and taking part in armed raids. It's generally members of the US Marshals Service doing so, but FBI and DEA agents sometimes...

Only Woman on US Marshals' Most-Wanted List Is Busted

Janet Killough Barreto was on lam for 5 years

(Newser) - Janet Killough Barreto, who apparently adopted multiple kids from Central America in the mid-2000s, was ultimately accused of abusing one of them to death and released on bond, reports the Columbian . But she was a no-show at her 2009 trial to face charges of manslaughter, child abuse and neglect, and...

Gunman Dead in NYC Firefight, 3 Officers Shot

They were reportedly trying to apprehend fugitive when he shot

(Newser) - A gunman is dead after a firefight inside a Greenwich Village smoke shop today, the New York Post reports. Two US Marshals and an NYPD detective, all of whom were working as part of a fugitive task force, were shot as they tried to apprehend a fugitive behind the counter...

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