Federal judge’s son shot and killed, husband injured in attack at their NJ home

first_imgWABC-TVBy JOSH MARGOLIN and AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The son of a federal judge in Newark, New Jersey, has been shot and killed, and her husband shot and injured in an attack at the family’s home, according to law enforcement sources.The judge, Esther Salas, was not hurt.Francis “Mac” Womack, the mayor of North Brunswick, New Jersey, told ABC News that the judge’s son has died.The condition of the husband was not immediately known, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone told ABC News.The judge’s son opened the door to the family’s North Brunswick home at about 5 p.m. Sunday and was immediately shot, sources said.“He was shot through the heart,” Womack said.The son was a freshman at Catholic University.The judge’s husband was then shot multiple times, according to sources.A suspect “remains at-large,” a law enforcement official said.Investigators have preliminary information that the shootings were carried out by someone dressed as a FedEx driver, according to multiple law enforcement sources.“We are aware of the media reports and are fully cooperating with investigating authorities,” said FedEx Spokesman Jim Masilak in a statement.The mayor said investigators are now “trying to get a hard make on the vehicle” to try and track the suspect.“As a judge, she had threats from time to time, but everyone is saying that recently there had not been any,” said Womack, who is personal friends with the judge and her husband.In a statement, the FBI Newark office said, “The FBI is investigating a shooting that occurred at the home of Judge Esther Salas in North Brunswick Township, New Jersey earlier this evening, July 19. We are looking for one subject and ask that anyone who thinks they may have relevant information please call FBI Newark at 973-792-3001. We are working closely with our state and local partners and will provide additional updates when available.”The New Jersey State Police, the North Brunswick Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office are also involved in the investigation. The U.S. Marshals have been called to provide the judge with a security detail, according to a law enforcement official.Judge Salas had received threats in the past, the sources said.Authorities are investigating whether there is any connection between those prior threats and the shooting, or whether it possibly involved the husband’s work as a criminal defense attorney.“I know Judge Salas and her husband well, and was proud to recommend her to President Obama for nomination to New Jersey’s federal bench,” New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez said in a statement. “My prayers are with Judge Salas and her family, and that those responsible for this horrendous act are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.”Salas is the first Latina to serve on the federal bench in New Jersey.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Joint Task Force-Bravo Supports Panama in Operation Darien Lift

first_img “The relationship between Panama and the United States is certainly a strong one, (us) being the partner of choice,” concluded Capt. West. “When the Panamanians request help from the United States government, I think it hits home that we are here to help.” By Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney/Joint Task Force Bravo, edited by Diálogo January 28, 2019 Deep in the jungles of Panama, National Border Service (SENAFRONT, in Spanish) agents await for construction supplies that will help them take down illicit drug and human trafficking networks that abound in the Americas. The dense wilderness surrounding the agents seems alive—the breeze rustles the trees making them dance, the mountains stand tall in the distance guarding the valley below, and the air is filled with the sounds of nature. A whirring noise reverberates in the distance, akin to a sensory illusion. Gradually, the whisper evolves into a roar, overtaking the area, as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter peeks over the jungle canopy and the clearing erupts into chaos. The rotating blades of the aircraft whip up dust and debris that previously lay stagnant. “Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment (1-228th Avn Regt Bravo), assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo [JTF-Bravo], is part of a broader U.S. effort to assist the Panamanian government and their national border police with setting up a remote operating base in the Darien jungle,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Jennifer West, 1-228th Avn Regt Bravo company commander and Chinook pilot. The Chinook crew of the 1-228th Avn Regt provided air transportation assistance from January 4-12 for the first phase of operation Darien Lift. “A SENAFRONT installation is under construction and a lot of equipment must be moved to build it,” said Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela. “We don’t have the equipment to transfer that amount of cargo in order to install this new SENAFRONT station; they are cooperating with that.” The outpost’s remote location makes transporting construction material—nearly 1,000 tons of concrete, cinderblocks, and others—harder. JTF-Bravo’s maneuverable rotary wing-assets can carry more weight faster than bringing the cargo on boats through the jungle’s waterways. Capt. West described the mission as extremely challenging without the airlift support and considers it “satisfying to know we’re actually making an impact and helping the Panamanians establish a security presence in the Darien, where there’s really nothing out there but jungle.” She explained the outpost will help SENAFRONT combat narcotraffickers and prevent their smuggled contraband from getting onto the Pan-American Highway, the transcontinental road well-financed and heavily-armed transnational criminal groups exploit. The groups fuel insecurity and instability as they conduct trafficking operations toward countries north of Panama. In 2018 alone, Panama’s security forces confiscated more than 72 metric tons of narcotics, keeping them off the streets of the Americas. “With this being a binational issue that also has regional effects, the U.S. government has kindly offered to support us in this effort,” said Panama’s Public Security Minister Jonattan Del Rosario. “It’s closely related to the binational posts that we are building in collaboration with Colombia, mainly because of the phenomenon of drug trafficking, although the irregular flow of migrants is also monitored from these centers. That’s why we have developed an important effort to pursue human trafficking networks in this administration, resulting in the effective dismantling of 22 networks.” JTF-Bravo, under U.S. Southern Command, operates out of Soto Cano Air Base, in Honduras, to support the United States’ neighbors in Central America and help partner nations develop capabilities and improve regional security. The year 2019 will mark the fourth Darien Lift the U.S. Army supports. Since the first operation, the crews have transported 152.5 tons of materials. They are scheduled to continue the operation. The Chinook is a multi-role helicopter used in a variety of situations from transporting soldiers to destinations to aiding in combat missions. In addition to supporting the Darien Lift operation, the CH-47 also deployed to combat wildfires in Darien in 2016. last_img read more

PREMIUMOverreaction to coronavirus will bring about negative consequences: Chinese envoy

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Log in with your social account Indonesia’s relationship with China looks to take another turbulent turn after the resident Chinese envoy warned Jakarta not to “overreact” in efforts to halt the spread of the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), just shortly before officials announced a ban on livestock imports from China.Beijing has stepped up efforts to reassure countries around the world that it can control an outbreak that has spread to some two dozen countries and killed more than 420 people, amid a flurry of travel bans and other measures it may deem detrimental to the Chinese economy.Indonesia is among the few countries that may prove to be a crucial link in keeping China’s economic gears spinning, with Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian warning on Tuesday that any overreaction would inevitably harm Indonesia’s relations with China as well as its own economy.Citing a Wor… Forgot Password ? Google Topics : Wuhan-coronavirus Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesia China-Indonesialast_img read more