Entries tagged with: arrest
Those who have been in NYC for a while and have an eye for famous graffiti arists, or who read the March 2013 Village Voice cover story, have no doubt noticed the relatively recent and major return of nineties legend COST. Well, it was fun while it lasted. Gothamist points out:
. Last night the police department issued an unusually self-congratulatory press release, written in the style of a heavily slanted news article, about the arrest of Adam Cole, better known to New Yorkers as COST, whose murals and wheatpastes are a familiar sight, whether they are collaborations with others like with REVS or ENX.You can read the NYPD's entire press release below...
According to the NYPD, Cole, 45, was busted on Sunday, and police officer Colin Sullivan has been determined to nab Cole. He even did research!
Billboard talked to the guy who got arrsted for posting Exodus lyrics on his Facebook page, and they have an update on his case:
Evans assumed he would be released following his court day on Aug. 27, where his wife, sister, and mother were present. Instead, he was charged with a Class C felony -- a classification that includes petty theft in the state of Kentucky -- for "terrorist threatenings" and faced the possibility of between five and 10 years in prison. When he heard that verdict, Evans was not happy. "I couldn't believe it got that out of hand," he says. "At the same time it's worrisome because I have a family to take care of. I have a three-month-old son."As previously discussed, Evans was arrested because alllegedly "threatened to kill students and or staff at school." Read more about the aftermath at Billboard.
At his second court date a week later, Evans was handed a deferment for six months and was required to undergo a mental evaluation, the date for which has not been set yet. If he complies with the court, the charges will be dropped from his record. "They can watch all day," he says. "I don't do anything wrong. I pretty much work and come home. That's it."
a 2013 Exodus show (more by Fred Pessaro)
The family of 31-year-old James Evans says he's very into music and often posts song lyrics and videos on Facebook, but they never imagined those innocent posts would land him in jail.Exodus responds:
Family members say Evans posted the following on Facebook on August 24:
"Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate. Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate."
The family says it's lyrics from the song "Class Dismissed" by the band Exodus.
Mike Drake, the Muhlenberg County school resource officer, says multiple agencies received calls concerned about the post.
So Evans was arrested for terroristic threatening.
The warrant says Evans was arrested because, "he threatened to kill students and or staff at school."
The band EXODUS does not promote or condone terrorists, threats or bullying. That being said, the band is somewhat baffled by the fact that this man being charged for what seems against his first amendment rights of Freedom of Speech.sigh...
"The idea that an individual in this great country of ours could be arrested for simply posting lyrics to a song is something I never believed could happen in a free society," states EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt. "James Evans was simply posting lyrics to a band he likes on Facebook, and he was locked up for it. The song 'Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)' was written as a view through the eyes of a madman and in no way endorses that kind of fucked up behavior. It was the Virginia Tech massacre perpetrated by Seung-Hui Cho that was the subject and inspiration to write the song, one in which we put the brakes on playing it live after the Sandy Hook shooting, as we did not want to seem insensitive."
Gary continues, "As some of us in EXODUS are parents, of course these things hit close to home, it's every parent's worst fear. These moments are the stuff of nightmares, and life, as well as music, isn't always pretty. But when we start to overreact to things like lyrics by any band, including EXODUS, and start arresting people, we are caving in to paranoia and are well on our way to becoming an Orwellian society."
Exodus is touring with Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies this fall, and will release Blood In, Blood Out via Nuclear Blast Records on October 14, 2014.
The above screenshot comes from Scott Weiland's Facebook page where he posted a video saying he is not in jail for meth, but actually in an LA studio recording with his bandmates. This was in reaction to TMZ who still insists that Scott is in fact in jail. TMZ says:
Weiland just posted a video to Facebook saying he's NOT in jail. He appears to be in an L.A. recording studio. But there's a bit of a twist ...TMZ's initial claim is that Scott has been in jail for four weeks for stealing razors and meth possession... The PiLOT thickens.
We just spoke to a rep for the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. who tells us, "He is definitely in custody. We did a physical check on that inmate and he is currently in custody."
And ... the Beverly Hills Police Dept. gave us a written statement titled, "Celebrity Arrest," and in the statement it says, "The suspect, former Stone Temple Pilots band member Scott Weiland (46 years of age), was taken into custody for burglary and possession of a controlled substance."
Stay tuned ...
UPDATE: TMZ admits their mistake with this update:
L.A. County Sheriffs are now confirming the famous Scott Weiland is NOT in custody ... and have launched an investigation to find out who exactly they have locked up.Now he is?
This story is unbelievable -- Sheriffs tell us they believe a Scott Weiland impersonator is currently behind bars ... and claim he looks identical to the singer ... including his trademark red hair.
We're told once TMZ called cops after the real Scott posted online video calling BS on his arrest -- they went and confronted the unknown man and established he was a knockoff.
The sheriffs -- who are in charge of the jail -- claim the Beverly Hills PD made the arrest and ID'd the guy as the former Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland. Pseudo Scott was processed and has been in jail since July 26th.
The guy in jail allegedly stole the razors and had meth ... but he ain't famous.
Hudson Project 2014 (via er_duh)
Inaugural upstate NY music festival The Hudson Project went down this weekend (Friday, July 11 - Sunday, July 13) and seemed to get off to a good start with positive reviews of Kendrick Lamar, The Flaming Lips and more, but eventually things to a little sour. Daily Freeman reported that dozens were arrested on drug charges, and though the bit of rain on Saturday didn't put too much of a damper on the festival, the weather on Sunday caused the rest of that day to be cancelled. From a press release that went out yesterday afternoon:
Festival-goers were evacuated this afternoon (Sunday, July 13 at 4:45 PM, ET) from the event grounds and were directed by staff and New York State, Ulster County and Saugerties town officials to seek shelter in vehicles until the storm safely passed. "Our first priority is always the safety of our fans, artists and staff," said Jonathan Fordin, partner of MCP Presents, the promoter behind THE HUDSON PROJECT. "We regret having to cancel any performance, but safety always comes first."This caused sets from Action Bronson, Cults, STRFKR, Bassnectar and more to be cancelled. Did you go to any of the three days? What was your experience like?
Watch a video of The Flaming Lips at the festival, below...
Mykki Blanco at MHOW in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
I'm leaving Portugal after my performance. Please stop writing hate speech, threatening to hang me, posting pictures of slaves and leaving gay hate messages on my page, I have seen a really disturbing side of this culture tonightAnd also gave a statement to Noisey:
I was swindled, by the Portuguese police department for being a gay black tourist that is the only explanation for this situation. I had literally just got off of a plane was in the airport on my way to the art gallery I am currently doing a residency at and I was taken advantage of by the Portuguese police. More than an act of racism and prejudice or even homophobia ( which were all 3 factors) I realized that class matters and that an upwardly mobile black man isn't something people always want to see.The Noisey article also mentions he was ordered to pay a 600 euro fine.
I was arrested for telling a police officer to "go fuck himself" after I repeatedly and politely asked him where I could purchase a taxi voucher since he worked with the taxi attendant at the airport. the altercation escalated because I waited in a long line like everyone else outside the airport for a taxi and when I was told by the taxi attendant that I could not use my credit card but only cash the taxi attendant and cop refused to help or answer any other questions I had about an alternative in anyway. They were impatient and short with me all the while eagerly helping white tourists who were behind me in line while I waited to be addressed.
A Portuguese woman in the same taxi line with me even leaned over and whispered "I don't know why they are being so strange with you, there is a place inside to buy taxi vouchers you don't need cash". I should have listened to the woman and went inside myself to find the voucher office but there is apart of my personality that really wants to see if people WILL actually be prejudiced, to see if maybe my PC west coast optimism about the world is being challenged by blatant discrimination and I was right. I asked the police officer where the voucher office was and I was told to "go away" like I was nuance as if I had not waited in the same line as all the other white tourists and when I asked why he could not help but could gladly help the other tourists I was yelled at and told to "go away bicha" which is a gay slur, even though I had waited in the same line as everyone else.
The world aint a fair place, and the idea of a young successful black guy doesn't always fly everywhere but I was insulted, and discriminated against so I said "Fuck you" and walked away...well he followed me inside, used his radio to call other police causing a scene in the airport and told me "You are under arrest" I said "excuse me, I have not committed a crime, I asked you for help and you refused to help me" he said "You have insulted a police officer and that is a crime in Portugal, you can't talk to me that way" and he arrested me.
Mykki Blanco plays a big and free hometown Summerstage show in NYC's East River Park on August 7.
4/20 was Sunday and now comes more good news for marijuana smokers in one of NYC's five boroughs: The NY Post reports that Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson issued a memo to the NYPD that his office will no longer prosecute people caught with small amounts of pot, or caught smoking it in public:
In a move that directly bucks the Police Department's own policy and that of other DAs in the city, Brooklyn prosecutors will be directing cops to free the defendants, seal their cases and destroy their fingerprint file, according to a memo sent the NYPD and obtained by The Post.This applies to defendants with clean (or mostly clean) criminal records and no outstanding warrants, and if the charge is a Class B misdemeanor pot possession (aka less than 25 grams of weed).
"The goal of this new policy is to ensure that the resources of this office are allocated in a manner that most enhances public safety, and individuals, especially young people of color, do not become unfairly burdened and stigmatized by involvement in the criminal-justice system...
...Even when the defendant is issued a [desk-appearance ticket] (sparing him or her the daunting holding-cell experience), that defendant still must make sure that he or she appears in court on the DAT arraignment date -- a trip to the courthouse and a wait in the courtroom that may eat up most of a day,'' the memo says. - [NY Post]
photos by Tim Griffin
Tyler the Creator w/ BadBadNotGood @ Red 7 - 3/13/2014
Odd Future rapper Tyler the Creator had quite a week at SXSW, filled with ups and downs and no shortage of drama -- some of which was from his own hands. Things got off to a bad start as the tragic events that went down Wednesday night outside of Mohawk (aka 'House of Vans' for the week) reportedly involved people on line to see him at 12:30...
FUCK IT, THE VANS SHOW TONIGHT THEY ARE GONNA LET ME GRAB 100 FANS TO WATCH THE SHOW SO COME AT LIKE 1230 AT MOHAWK HOUSE OF VANS YEAH!!!— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) March 12, 2014
Show Isnt Happening, Something Sad Happened. I'm Bummed— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) March 13, 2014
His next event, which he did play was a short set at our Thursday free day party at Red 7 where he came out for an impromptu set of songs with highly-skilled jazz/funk trio BadBadNotGood, who he's collaborated with before (pictures in this post). He didn't say anything about the night before on stage, though he did let everyone know he had to play a short set because he had another show to be at soon...
It was only hours later that he was playing the Converse x Thrasher Death Match party at Scoot Inn, where he encouraged the people online outside of that show to break down the fence and come in. SPIN writes:
Does Tyler, the Creator thrive on chaos, or does he thrive on subjecting other people to it? There's a difference. One tendency you tend to associate with artists, the other masochists. To wit: During his headlining spot at the Converse/Thrasher "Death Match" at the Scoot Inn Thursday afternoon, Tyler incited hundreds of people outside the already-packed venue to break down the gates, nearly causing a riot just hours after two people were killed and 23 injured outside his scheduled show at the Mohawk. SXSW came dangerously close to another tragedy.The show did eventually start again, and the SPIN report said that it seemed like even more of a riot would have ensued if it didn't.
"All you guys back there that can't get in," he said -- then implored the mob to bust down the gates. There was a split second when it seemed like the crowd wasn't going to do it, a possibility Tyler extinguished as he led the audience in a chant of "PUSH, PUSH, PUSH!"
And just like that, hundreds of people came rushing through the gates. I happened to be directly in their path when they did, and it felt like being hit with a wave: I pinged off this person and that person before stabilizing myself and catching my breath. I noticed the futile attempts of the security guards: a shit-kicker Joe Arpaio-type at the door tackled someone; another, meeker dude tried a clothesline that didn't work. It was of little use: the handful of guards were pushed aside like twigs in a flood. Someone came rushing to the sound booth where I'd moored myself and yelled at the sound guy to turn the music off. He did. I looked behind me and, to my horror, saw that they were locking the gates.
THRASHER SHOW WAS GREAT! HAPPY EVERYONE GOT IN. I PLAY PANDORA TONIGHT AT 1AM COME!!!— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) March 14, 2014
A video of what went down at Scoot Inn was posted by TMZ and can be watched below.
The amount of rioting that did ensue though, resulted in Tyler getting arrested at the airport as he was leaving town, as Austinist reported. A police statement which since surfaced stated that Tyler was charged with a class A Misdemeanor, with a bond set at $25,000. They also posted his mugshot, which you can see below.
I DONT WANT TO CAUSE ANY TROUBLE, SOME ARE MAKING ME OUT TO BE A BAD GUY, SO IM NOT DOING ANY SHOWS TONIGHT. BE SAFE HAVE FUN ASSHOLES!— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) March 14, 2014
ILL BE BACK THO AUSTIN WHEN EVERYTHING IS CHILL— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) March 14, 2014
AND DALLAS IS STILL HAPPENING TONIGHT! MIGHT BE A LITTLE LATE BUT LETS GET NASTY AS FUCK— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) March 16, 2014
More pictures of Tyler with BadBadNotGood from our day party, with his mugshot and that video, below...
Nadya and Masha at The Spotted Pig (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikov, who maybe aren't but maybe are still in Pussy Riot, recently returned to Russia (specifically, Sochi, where the Olympics are currently happening) after visiting NYC, and The Guardian reports that they've since been arrested by Russian police:
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina said they had come to the Winter Olympics to hold a Pussy Riot performance, but were simply walking down the street when they were detained.This is less than two months since they were initially freed.
"We were just walking around Sochi when they grabbed us," said Tolokonnikova by telephone from a police station not far from the Olympic Park. "They told us we are suspected of theft. Of course there has been no theft."
...As of early afternoon, she had not yet been questioned, and said "nobody is telling us anything" about what will happen next.
"We are in Sochi in order to carry out a Pussy Riot action," wrote Tolokonnikova on Twitter shortly after the detention. "The song is called, 'Putin will teach you how to love the motherland'".
UPDATE: BBC News has since reported that they've been released: "The two band members and three other women emerged from the police station in Sochi wearing their trademark ski masks after their brief detention."
"I woke up this morning and thought the whole MSG run was a dream." - @SoYeahBrah
Phish @ MSG (via @phishfromtheroad)
2013 marked 30 years since Phish first formed on the campus of the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. Keyboardist Page McConnell mentioned the occasion on New Year's Eve 2012-2013 and then there was little talk of the anniversary throughout the year...until last night. The quartet finally celebrated their anniversary last night at Madison Square Garden as part of their New Year's Run finale at the NYC venue. The members of the band loaded on top of a truck made to simulate a stage of a club from early in their career for Tuesday night's second set. Phish also tipped their hats to the band's first gig by using hockey sticks as microphone stands and an extremely basic gear setup. Furthermore, in between the end of the third set and the encore, a montage showing scenes from the past 30 years was displayed on The Garden's scoreboard. With the exception of the "Auld Lang Syne" that signaled the start of 2014, Phish didn't play any covers throughout the four night run. [JamBase]Phish played their four-night run at Madison Square Garden starting on December 28 and leading up to New Year's Eve. Like the review quoted above mentions, they only played one cover over the course of the four nights, which were in celebration of their 30th anniversary as a band. You can check out the setlists from all four nights below.
At least 228 people were arrested or received summonses at shows on the first three nights of a four-night stand that was to end Tuesday with a New Year's Eve performance and undoubtedly more arrests.The article also points out that Phish fans were handing out a pamphlet which included, among other things, a plea for Phish to play New Year's Eve in a different venue:
While ticket scalping and public urination accounted for some of the arrests over the first two days, most were linked to narcotics possession and sales. Undercover officers have confiscated marijuana, hash, psychedelic mushrooms, LSD, MDMA or ecstasy, amphetamine and prescription drugs like Oxycodone, OxyContin and Xanax, among other drugs, the authorities said.
Most of the offenders were charged with misdemeanors or given summonses, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office. So far, 10 people have been charged with felonies, most of them for attempting to sell drugs to undercover police officers.
"How about visiting some other great Northeast venues?" the pamphlet said. "You know the ones that have affordable accommodations, easy transportation, and where Our Community is thoroughly welcomed by the Local Community?"Setlists from all four nights below...
Innocent Phish fans, cleverly disguised nitrous tank, or Brooklyn prostitutes? (via)
Press of Atlantic City reports:
Atlantic City police arrested 42 people and confiscated more than $11,000 during last week's Phish concerts at Boardwalk Hall.Wait, what? I thought prostitutes from Brooklyn had better taste in music!
The Atlantic City Police Department Special Investigations Section (Vice and Intelligence Unit) and TAC Team, with members of the Atlantic City Task Force and Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Guns, Gangs and Narcotics Unit conducted several surveillance and undercover operations around Boardwalk Hall from Thursday through Saturday.
Drugs also were recovered. They include hashish, MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD in paper blotters and sugar cubes, prescription pills, bath salts, 51 nitrous oxide tanks and marijuana in several forms, including cookies and brownies.
Two of the arrests, both women from Brooklyn, were for prostitution charges...
More interestingly, Hypervocal points out:
Every Phish Halloween show since 1994 has featured a musical costume. The band picks a classic album and plays it, in full, in the middle of its three-set show. This year the band opted for a new approach, "breaking from tradition" to play an album from the future: Phish's own "Wingsuit."Check out Abe Vigoda, in videos from the show below...
During one of these song debuts, the lyrically absurd "Wombat," a man in a wombat suit hobbled out and danced on stage with four back-up dancers. The song mentioned Abe Vigoda, star of TV's Fish and Sal Tessio from The Godfather, and afterward when Trey Anastasio bantered that Abe Vigoda himself happened to be in the suit, one might have thought the Tony-nominated redhead was merely kidding.
Sure enough, after a quick body double switch, the man in the wombat suit hobbled back on stage and revealed himself to be ... ABE F*&KING VIGODA.
by Wyatt Marshall
Blake Judd's mugshot
As reported on BV Chicago, Nachtmystium singer and guitarist Blake Judd was arrested this past Saturday (10/5) on a charge of theft, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Department of Corrections. The charge (720 ILCS 5/16-1) is described as theft by unauthorized control of property not exceeding $500. Judd's bail was set at $25,000, and he has a court date set for Friday (10/11). The charge is a Class A misdemeanor, according to the Illinois General Assembly.
Judd's a well known figure in the US black metal scene, and in addition to fronting Nachtmystium, he performs with the black metal supergroup Twilight (with new member Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth) and his new band Hate Meditation. Unfortunately, Judd has often found himself at the center of attention in less than favorable light. Judd has been accused by fans of ripping them off -- specifically, failing to deliver merchandise paid for by fans. In his defense, Judd offered an explanation for at least some of the allegations. Judd has also publicly discussed his struggles with substance abuse.
Nachtmystium is currently scheduled to play a few shows in the immediate future, including a Metal Insider CMJ showcase on October 16 at Europa with Byzantine, Black Anvil, Ramming Speed and Vattnet Viskar. It remains to be seen if Judd will make it to the shows, but tickets are still available. Stay tuned.
Nachtmystium's upcoming dates are below...
DIIV at Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV and Sky Ferreira were arrested late Friday night in Saugerties, NY after a traffic stop. Smith was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of aggravated unlicensed driving, all of which are misdemeanors. Ferreira was charged with misdemeanors criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. From The Daily Freeman's police blotter (via P4k):
Officers stopped a 1990 Ford pickup truck with New Jersey registration after the driver made several vehicle and traffic infractions, police said. Police said a registration check showed the license plates on the truck were stolen and the driver, Smith, was wanted by the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office on an outstanding vehicle and traffic warrant. While taking Smith into custody, officers found a plastic bag containing 42 decks of heroin, police said. Police said Ferreira, a passenger in the truck, was found in possession of Ecstasy and resisted arrest. Smith and Ferreira were arraigned in Saugerties Village Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail -- Smith in lieu of $2,500 bail and Ferreira in lieu of $1,500 bail.Smith and Ferreira were out in time for DIIV to play Basilica Sound Scape on Saturday, where Ferreira joined the band to cover Cat Power's "Nude as the News" which you can watch a bit of below.
Miguel at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Miguel... has been charged with 2 counts of drunk driving stemming from his August 15 arrest in L.A... [when] the 27-year-old was initially stopped for excessively dark tint on the windows of his 2013 BMW X6 ... and during the stop, cops suspected Miguel had been drinking. -[TMZ]Law enforcement sources say Miguel was cooperative during the bust ... and that his blood alcohol level was .10 ... just above the legal limit in California. He'll face a judge next week.
fans at Electric Zoo 2011 (more by Leia Jospe)
A 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at the Electric Zoo Music Festival on Randall's Island NYC Park Advocates has learned.The Electric Zoo promoters will also be offering refunds for those who had tickets for Sunday. They write on Facebook:
The teen woke up on Friday under a van in a parking lot with her pants undone and bruises and scratches on her legs, according to several city sources.
Medical personnel at Cornell Medical Hospital later determined she was sexually assaulted.
Thirty-one people were also arrested according to the police including two felonies. Offenses ranged from drug sales, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of controlled substances.
We will be issuing full, automatic 100% refunds for SUNDAY passes. 50% refund for 2-Day FRI/SUN passes, including 1/2 service fees. 33% refund for 3-Day FRI/SAT/SUN passes, including 1/3 service fees. We are processing refunds as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. For more info, http://support.frontgatetickets.com/ or call 888-512-SHOW.--
Peter Murphy, of Bauhaus/solo artist fame, was arrested this weekend after allegedly hitting another car in his Subaru (brutal) and attempting to flee the scene. He was cornered by an eyewitness until the police arrived:
The eyewitness followed Murphy, 55, from the crash at Central and Goode avenues in Glendale to the 3400 block of Barham Boulevard in Los Angeles because "he was afraid [Murphy] would kill someone with his driving," according to Glendale police.No word as to whether or not the arrest will change anything with his upcoming all-Bauhaus tour scheduled for this spring.
Murphy, who was in a Subaru Forester, reportedly struck a Mercedes about 11:48 a.m. at the intersection, then drove around it and entered the 134 Freeway, police said. As he fled the scene, a witness who was washing windows snapped a photograph of Murphy's vehicle, which had sustained moderate front-end damage...
Glendale officers said Murphy appeared to be at points "very confused" and had difficulty recalling the day and time.
Murphy denied drinking alcohol that day, adding that he had only taken his regular prescription pills for depression, according to police... Inside the L.A. police patrol car where Murphy had been detained, officers reported finding a small plastic bag, possibly of methamphetamine, police said. Murphy denied that the bag belonged to him, but officers said they believed he was trying to discard it in the patrol car. -[LA Times]
Gossip singer Beth Ditto was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct on Friday night (March 15).We last caught Beth, in a much better mood, when she visited Brooklyn in September.
The singer was reportedly arrested at 1:42am after being denied service in the Bungalo Bar in Portland for being too drunk, you can see her police mug shot above. A source told Willamette Week that after being thrown out of the bar, Ditto "walked out in the middle of the street, threw off her shoes and purse and screamed 'Obama! Obama!'" which alerted police who subsequently arrested her.
Additionally, a Reddit user who was drinking in the same bar as Ditto on the night posted his account of what happened prior to the arrest. The user states that "By 1:30 Beth was completely blackout drunk challenging people to fights. My friends and I headed over to the Bungalow from the Alibi only to be met with Beth's belligerent asshole posse. We got our drinks and went out to the back, only to hear her and her friends breaking shit." Adding: "Fifteen minutes later she was arrested for being a complete fucking cunt. The bartender called the police because she kicked him in balls." [NME, via]
Three men are facing charges in connection with an alleged plot to kill pop star Justin Bieber.Poor Bieber.
Published reports say Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane planned to castrate and kill Bieber when he was in New York to perform at the end of November.
Reports say 45-year-old Dana Martin -- who is serving life in prison in New Mexico -- was the mastermind behind the plot.
Martin reportedly is obsessed with Bieber and has a tatoo of the pop star on his leg.
Staake was arrested in Vermont and Ruane was picked up by police in New York.
A spokesman says Bieber's security team takes every precaution. [NY1]
Last year, five Queens cops were hurt trying to stop an onslaught by gang members who attacked them with brass knuckles, knives and a baseball bat, court papers state.Does anyone else here party with them all the time?
Even Bushwick's hipsters ran afoul of the Forbidden Ones, who had a clubhouse on the ground floor of a three-story loft building at 15 Thames St.
"My roommates said they got assaulted by members of the biker gang," said Wendy Scher, a 33-year-old resident of the building. "Two of them won't come back because they're afraid."
But other residents got a kick out of the outlaws.
"They're really nice guys. "They're really chill. I party with them all the time," said Alex Syner, 25.
But even the most free-spirited bohemian might have been uneasy to know that a two-wheeled cannon was loaded and aimed at the front door of the Forbidden Ones' lair, ready to fire at infiltrators, according to the prosecutor.
"The defendants wear the 'patch' to make it known that they are 'outlaws' who reject mainstream society and live outside the law," wrote Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Celia Cohen. [Daily News]
Man these Texas cops have it out for touring musicians!
Rapper Nelly was detained last night in Texas while police officers searched his tour bus -- and found HEROIN in addition to a loaded gun ... and MASSIVE amounts of weed ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.That was nice of Brian Keith Jones to take the fall.
According to law enforcement sources, Nelly's bus was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca -- and a police canine detected the presence of drugs.
We're told cops pulled the bus over -- and after performing a search, they found 36 small baggies of heroin (totaling .64 ounces) and over TEN POUNDS of marijuana inside a large green duffel bag (an amount roughly the size of a large bed pillow).
Cops also say they found a loaded .45 caliber pistol.
There were seven people riding on Nelly's bus at the time -- including the rapper -- and they were all detained during the search.
According to law enforcement sources, one of the passengers -- a guy named Brian Keith Jones -- admitted the drugs and the gun were his. He was subsequently placed under arrest.
Nelly and the remaining five were let go. Calls to Nelly's reps were not returned.
Fiona Apple at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
TMZ reports that Fiona Apple was arrested in Texas yesterday (9/19) for possession of hash. She's currently beind held at Hudspeth County Jail.
Free Fiona! UPDATE: she is actually free at least.
Apple spent the night in the Hudspeth County Jail, and was ordered released this afternoon on $11,000 bond.Legalize it!
Apple was arrested at the same checkpoint where Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and 'J. Edgar' actor Armie Hammer were arrested on similar charges. What does Dean-Walker think of all of the celebrities being arrested in her remote county, which is in the Big Bend between San Antonio and El Paso?
"I think the reason we're catching so many celebrities there is they are going through there with stuff they shouldn't have," she said. [WOAI]
You can see her mugshot, via TMZ, below...
Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, over a protest in a cathedral.Maybe not a surpise, given Russia's current sociopolitical climate, but is sure to spark further outrage for those who have been championing Pussy Riot's cause.
Judge Marina Syrova said the women had "crudely undermined social order" during their action in February.
The women say their "punk prayer" was a political act in protest against the Russian Orthodox Church leader's support of President Vladimir Putin.
Prosecutors are seeking a three-year jail sentence.
Judge Syrova said Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, had offended the feelings of Orthodox believers and shown a "complete lack of respect".
"Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and Samutsevich committed hooliganism - in other words, a grave violation of public order," she said.
The judge quoted prosecution witnesses as saying the act had been one of blasphemy, not politics. - [BBC]
And the sentence:: Each band member is to receive two years in prison which begins from the day of the arrest. At least it wasn't the three years the prosecutor wanted.
The three young women committed a "serious crime" and "should be punished", says judge Marina Syrova, sentencing them to two years' jail at a corrective labour facility for "hooliganism" and "incitement to religious hatred".There are a bunch of protests and rallys happening today in NYC: a musical masquerade protest party outside Nicholas Orthodox Church is going as we speak; there's a march on Madison Ave at 11 AM; and a Times Square rally at 1 PM. Details on those events can be found here.
In the courtroom, the verdict was greeted by cries of "Shame!" and "Injustice!" [Yahoo]
"This is about a young man who lost his life. I will act with honor, and I will fight to clear my good name in this matter." - Randy Blythe
Randy Blythe of Lamb of God was detained in June and was charged with manslaughter of a fan who died a month after a Lamb of God show that happened in Prague in 2010. The fan died from a brain hemorrhage that was allegedly from a head injury at the show, possibly because Randy pushed him off the stage. Now released and safe and sound in his native Richmond, VA, Randy issued a statement regarding his incarceration, the reaction it received world-wide, and his future regarding the case. Check it out below...
A$AP Rocky at Pitchfork Festival last weekend (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
TMZ reports that A$AP Rocky, who was supposed to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, was arrested in NYC last night after attacking two amateur photographers that tried to take pictures of him during a "verbal dispute with someone." One of the photographers was taken to the hospital and both suffered cuts and bruises. Rocky was then arrested and is "expected to be booked for attempted robbery." We're confused by that last part too.
A$AP is scheduled to play the Catalpa Festival in NYC next week.
UPDATE: the fight apparently happened around Rivington and Orchard, and you can see a picture of Rocky in cuffs below...
by Fred Pessaro / BBG
Harley Flanagan is wheeled out of Webster Hall (via NYC Hammers)
To follow up our vague tweet last night, the NY Post has the full story:
A former member of the hard-core punk band the Cro-Mags attacked two of the group's current members with a hunting knife in a dressing room before a show at Webster Hall yesterday -- biting one and slashing both.The show, part of the CBGB Festival, was shut down before either Sick of it All or Cro-Mags took the stage. Its a sad day for New York Hardcore. This unity that everyone speaks about? PMA? The time for that is now.
The band was about to take the stage about 8:15 p.m. when tattooed rocker Harley Flanagan, 42, barreled through the East Village venue's VIP section toward the Cro-Mags' dressing room, sending nearly 30 guests on the balcony into a frenzy, law enforcement sources and witnesses said.
"Someone was yelling, 'Get his hands, get his hands, he's got a knife!' " witness Dave Gustav said. "Everything went nuts."
Several beefy security guards rushed to contain Flanagan, who seemed about to boil over before he entered the East Village venue.
...Flanagan, the band's former bassist and founder, suffered a broken leg by the time security finally pinned him down, witnesses said. Cops handcuffed him to a chair and took him out.
"People started booing him and throwing stuff at him," eyewitness Justin Brannan said. "His hands were handcuffed but he still gave everyone the finger."
William Berario, 45, was slashed above the eye and bitten on his cheek. Michael Couls, 33, -- the band's current bassist, who is known in the hardcore world as "The Gook" -- was cut on his arm and stomach. -
Harley, who did the stabbing, is an original member of the band that formed in 1981. John Joseph, also an original member, leads the current version of "Cro-Mags" that Harley is not in, and which John was calling "Cro-Mags (jam)" for a bit in 2008 to avoid confusion with a version of the band Harley was leading (or for legal reasons or something like that). John's version, which didn't keep the "(jam)" on their name for long, has been having much success the past few years, this CBGB Festival booking included. Harley's version hasn't been active in a while