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In brief: Man arrested after truck rams into TV station wall

Wed., May 14, 2014

TOWSON, Md. – A man claiming to be God rammed a truck through the front of a Baltimore-area television station Tuesday, leaving a gaping hole as reporters and other staff fled the building.

Police arrested a suspect about five hours after the incident, officials said at a news conference. The suspect was not injured but was taken for medical treatment, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said.

“It’s very clear the subject is suffering from emotional or mental health issues,” Police Chief James Johnson said. The identity of the 29-year-old man was not immediately disclosed.

The station believed everyone inside evacuated safely, News Director Kelly Groft told the Associated Press in a phone interview.

“Once the lobby started to collapse, we knew it was time to get out,” Groft said. “He drove right through the doors and into the main area.”

A hole the size of several garage doors could be seen in the front of the two-story building, with a newsroom and studio on the first floor. About 120 people work there, according to station owner the E.W. Scripps Co.

IRS paid over $13 billion in fraudulent claims

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service paid more than $13 billion in tax credits last year to people who may not have qualified, a government investigator said Tuesday.

The Earned Income Tax Credits were supposed to go to low-income working families.

The agency’s inspector general issued a report Tuesday saying the improper payments were between $13.3 billion and $15.6 billion. That’s about a quarter of all EITC payments.

“The IRS can and must do more to protect taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud and abuse,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration.

The IRS said it is aggressively fighting tax fraud, and is improving its efforts to police EITC payments. The agency said it has stopped nearly 15 million suspicious returns since 2011, blocking more than $50 billion in fraudulent refunds.

Tea party, 2 women get primary Senate nods

WASHINGTON – The tea party scored a win in Nebraska on Tuesday as university president Ben Sasse captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, while two women set the stage for history-making in West Virginia.

Sasse, who had the backing of outside conservative groups, Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz, grabbed 48 percent of the vote in a five-man primary. Sid Dinsdale, the president of Pinnacle Bank, finished second.

“We were never doing this because we need another job,” Sasse told supporters Tuesday night.

“We were only going to do this if we were going to talk about big, bold, conservative ideas.”

In West Virginia, Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant cruised to primary wins and will square off in a Senate showdown in November that will give the state its first female senator.

Capito is a seven-term congresswoman and daughter of former Gov. Arch Moore; Tennant is the state’s secretary of state. Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller is retiring after 30 years.

FBI: More possible victims in molestation case

The number of possible victims of a teacher suspected of drugging and molesting boys during a four-decade career at nearly a dozen schools around the world has risen sharply, with the FBI saying hundreds of people have contacted it about the case.

The FBI had said that William Vahey molested at least 90 boys whose photos were found on a memory drive stolen by his maid in Nicaragua.

But that figure appeared low after Special Agent Shauna Dunlap said Tuesday that the bureau has now “been contacted by several hundred individuals from around the globe wishing either to reach out as potential victims or provide information in the ongoing investigation.”

Dunlap said officials wanted as many people as possible to call or contact the FBI through its website in order to receive counseling and provide information about Vahey, who killed himself at age 64 after the evidence of molestation emerged.

Vahey taught at 10 schools on four continents.


 

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