Crackdown nets 35,000 fugitives
CHICAGO — Police searching for fugitive sex offenders, violent criminals and gang members made more than 35,000 arrests nationwide during an annual monthlong crackdown, the most in the roundup’s 5-year history and nearly double the number from last year, authorities announced Thursday.
The U.S. Marshals Service said the latest “Operation Falcon” captured 433 murder suspects and 900 gang members. Many of the fugitives were arrested on weapons and narcotics charges. The roundup also netted nearly 5,800 violent criminals along the U.S.-Mexico border, an area that has seen a spike in violence in recent months.
5 teens killed in train crash
CANTON TOWNSHIP — An Amtrak passenger train carrying about 150 people struck a car at a road crossing near Detroit on Thursday, killing all five people in the sedan, authorities said. The victims were thought to be teens.
The crossing has a gate and flashing lights that were thought to be working when the car approached, said Sgt. Mark Gajeski, a police spokesman.
The victims were thought to be four males, between 17 and 18, and a 14-year-old female, he said, based on who was supposed to be in the car at the time, according to its registered owner. The bodies remained trapped in the sedan two hours after the crash, Sgt. Gajeski said. He said the train typically travels at a speed of about 67 miles per hour at the site.
The only reported medical problem among the approximately 150 people on the train was a case of a passenger with asthma, he said.
The crash occurred about 12:30 p.m., said police Sgt. Craig Wilsher.
Suspect sentenced for aiding al Qaeda
MINNEAPOLIS — A terrorism suspect who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda could serve a little less than a year in prison and then be deported to Canada.
U.S. District John R. Tunheim sentenced Mohammed Abdullah Warsame on Thursday to seven years and eight months in prison but gave him credit for the time he has spent in custody. With credit for good behavior, Warsame could be out of prison in about 10 months.
Warsame, 35, has spent more than 5½ years in solitary confinement in Minnesota. His attorneys were hoping for a sentence of only the time he has served.