Man ‘too scared to go home’ because of coronavirus allegedly hid in US airport for three months



A man accused of hiding in a US airport for three months was “too scared to go home” because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a court has heard.

Californian man Aditya Singh has been arrested on charges that he hid in a secured area at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for three months.

After his arrest on Saturday, the 36-year-old told police the coronavirus pandemic left him afraid to fly.

His lawyer, assistant public defender Courtney Smallwood, said it was unclear why Mr Singh came to Chicago or whether he had ties to the area.

She said he was unemployed and did not have a criminal record.

Mr Singh was spotted by two United Airlines employees who asked him for identification.

He allegedly lowered his mask and showed a badge that actually belonged to an airport operations manager who had reported it missing in late October, prosecutor Kathleen Hagerty said.

The employees called police and they took Mr Singh into custody.

Mr Singh was “scared to go home due to COVID”, Ms Hagerty said.

She said he told authorities he had found the badge and other passengers at the airport had given him food.

Mr Singh is charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanour theft.

Before she granted Mr Singh bail, Cook County judge Susana Ortiz said it was troubling that someone could remain in a secured area at the airport for so long without anyone noticing.

“Being in a secured part of the airport under a fake ID badge allegedly, based upon the need for airports to be absolutely secure so that people feel safe to travel, I do find those alleged actions do make him a danger to the community.”

She said Mr Singh was prohibited from setting foot in the airport but he could be released if he paid $1,000.

However, Mr Singh remains in the Cook County Jail.

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Lawyer moves to have charges dropped after Payne Haas allegedly swore at police


MacCallum is also seeking footage from the body-worn cameras of officers involved in the incident.

“There was potentially a few f-bombs and f—wits, and those types of things, but nothing too drastic,” he said. “There was nothing personal towards the police.”

Payne Haas’ lawyer has outlined the series of events that led to the Origin star allegedly calling police officers “f—wits”.Credit:NRL Photos

MacCallum said the incident occurred while Haas was walking to the beachside of the Jack Evans Boat Harbour after dinner with his partner.

A brawl had occurred down the street and a large police presence was required. Officers approached Haas and asked if he had been involved.

The NRL star was in the middle of an emotional discussion with his partner when the officers approached, causing an intoxicated Haas to lash out.

“He lost his brother last year … and he’s the kind of person who bottles up his emotions and that was all sort of kind of spilling out,” MacCallum said.

“He was just in the middle of being consoled by his wife … and then suddenly, he was confronted by a number of police.

“He makes the comment, ‘what do you want, leave me alone, I just want to be with my wife’, and then it escalated from there, with police thinking he was involved.”

MacCallum said Haas was “hard done by” after receiving the intimidation charge, which he believed was a result of his size.

“There’s no allegation that he physically touched any police officer,” he said.

“He doesn’t remember saying too much which could be inferred or interpreted as intimidating. He says he remembers swearing but that was his emotional state at the time and he was quite calmly put into the police paddy wagon.”

‘He was just in the middle of being consoled by his wife … and then suddenly, he was confronted by a number of police.’

Lawyer Campbell MacCallum

Haas will likely face a hefty sanction from the Brisbane Broncos if he is found guilty. The club is waiting for the Origin star’s first day in court to make a decision on whether he will be allowed to play in round one.

Broncos chief executive Paul White on Monday said Haas had made a “really poor decision” in his response to police.

“Everyone jumps straight to what type of sanctions are going to be in order for this type of offence,” White said.

“He was alone and acted alone in this instance, and he made a really poor decision. He’ll have to suffer the consequences for that.

“We’re not just jumping straight to what a sanction might look like. We’re looking at what are the opportunities for learning right here and right now.”

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White said Haas was “embarrassed, ashamed and remorseful” over the incident.

“Payne, first and foremost, needs to own it,” White said.

“We don’t accept that type of behaviour. The community that we live in don’t accept that type of behaviour. The people that support our club, our sponsors and our members don’t support that type of behaviour.

“Sanctions could be a necessary outcome from the court proceedings and the integrity investigation.”

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Woman who allegedly sped past Victorian border checkpoint charged with multiple offences



Police have laid multiple charges against a woman who allegedly sped through a Victorian border checkpoint last month before being arrested at the other side of the state.

Police had alleged the 57-year-old woman from Bateau Bay in New South Wales evaded the checkpoint at Chandlers Creek in East Gippsland in the early hours of December 30.

The woman had earlier attempted to enter Victoria and was told to go back to NSW and complete an application for a permit as she was travelling from a designated coronavirus red zone, police said.

Police said officers gave chase to the woman after she drove past the Chandlers Creek checkpoint “at a fast rate of speed”, but soon stopped due to concerns the woman’s driving posed a threat to the community.

More than 12 hours later, an off-duty police officer spotted the same driver near Nhill in western Victoria, allegedly on her way to South Australia.

Officers used a “tyre deflation device” to stop the woman on the highway before she was arrested.

On Wednesday night, Victoria Police said Armed Crime Squad detectives had charged her with recklessly exposing a police officer to risk by driving, failing to stop, reckless conduct, driving while disqualified, use of an unregistered vehicle and breaches of public health orders.

She has been granted bail and is due to appear at the Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court on April 7.

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Scooter stolen after buyer allegedly hands owner fake money following Facebook Marketplace ad



An Adelaide man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a three-wheeled scooter after giving the owner an envelope containing fake money and “bits of paper”.

Police say the Klemzig owner had advertised the black Yamaha moped on Facebook Marketplace.

A man arrived to buy it about 9:30pm yesterday and allegedly gave the owner an envelope which he said contained cash for it.

Before the owner could check the envelope, the alleged thief drove off with the 125cc scooter.

Senior Constable Mick Abbott said the envelope contained “a fake $50 note and lots of bits of paper”.

“It was a bit of a ruse, I suppose,” he said.

“Before they could open the envelope, they’ve taken off.

“They’ve obviously handed over the keys and taken off in the scooter.”

About 1:30am, police spotted a man riding the scooter in Pooraka but they say he dumped it at a shopping centre on Kings Road, Parafield.

Police chased the suspect and arrested a 29-year-old Ridgehaven man, who was later charged with illegal use of a motor vehicle and driving while disqualified.

The scooter has been returned to its owner.

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Man arrested at Old Reynella after allegedly throwing roof tiles at SA Police officers and houses


A police officer has been allegedly struck by a roof tile, and police vehicles, houses and a business have been damaged during an incident south of Adelaide.

SA Police officers were called to Burgoyne Drive at Old Reynella about 6:00pm on Saturday after receiving reports of a man causing damage to vehicles on the road.

The man climbed onto the roof of a house when officers arrived and began throwing roof tiles at them, a police statement said.

He also threw tiles at neighbouring properties and cars, damaging police vehicles, houses and a laundromat.

Police will allege one of the roof tiles struck an officer, but did not cause injuries.

Police and ambulance officers waited for more than two hours for the man to come down.(ABC News)

The man came down after two and a half hours on the roof.

A 20-year-old from Glenelg was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and property damage.

He is likely to be refused bail, SA Police said.

He is scheduled to appear in the Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday.

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Car enthusiasts allegedly attack ACT police officers amid reports of dangerous driving and drinking


A group of car enthusiasts allegedly attacked ACT police last night as officers investigated heavy drinking and dangerous driving across Canberra.

Officers were also forced to close off a busy street in the inner-city suburb of Braddon in an attempt to disperse a growing, rowdy crowd.

ACT and New South Wales police are now investigating footage from two sites in Canberra and one on the Federal Highway in NSW, just across the border in Sutton.

Speaking to media today, ACT Policing Detective Inspector Adrian Craft warned motorists police would be “out in force tonight” to prevent similar incidents.

Officers were called to the industrial suburb of Fyshwick about 10:40pm, where a large crowd had gathered near a petrol station at the corner of Yallourn Street and Canberra Avenue.

Inspector Craft said officers had parked 100 metres from the crowd and angry spectators immediately surrounded them.

“They were banging on the vehicle,” he said.

“The police made a decision to withdraw themselves and reassess what was going on.

Earlier in the evening, officers closed off Lonsdale Street in Braddon, which had become clogged with spectators watching passing cars do burnouts.

Police said they had arrived at the area in response to complaints of “dangerous driving combined with large numbers of people consuming alcohol and engaging in anti-social behaviour”.

Officers shut it off to traffic to protect public safety, they said.

‘We’ve got numberplates, we’ve got dates and times’

Detective Inspector Adrian Craft says police will find those involved.(ABC News)

Social media was awash with videos last night displaying unlawful driving cheered on by large crowds.

Inspector Craft said no charges had yet been laid, nor had anyone been fined.

But he said police had already collected a large amount of evidence and would act shortly.

“We’ve got numberplates, we’ve got dates and times,” Inspector Craft said.

“So the drivers involved in those kind of things can expect to be visited by police … and if it satisfies the requisite levels within the legislation, they can expect to have their vehicles seized.”

Inspector Craft also warned motorists any repeat of the “selfish” behaviour seen last night would be punished swiftly.

“Everybody’s tough in a group,” he said.

“We’ll be out in force tonight to deal with this sort of behaviour.

“They want to carry on that sort of thing, they’ll be met appropriately and dealt with appropriately.”

‘Everybody wants to comment’: Reports that police hit bystanders

Several people have used social media to allege the crowd at Fyshwick only became unruly after a police vehicle collided with bystanders.

When asked about the reports, Inspector Craft said police would investigate any genuine complaint.

“Everybody wants to make a comment on social media and everybody wants to say things,” he said.

“But the level of actual veracity around a complaint turns up when people turn up at a police station.

Meanwhile, the NSW Police Force is investigating reports of similar behaviour on the Federal Highway.

A police spokeswoman said officers observed motorists gathering at the spot — known as Eaglehawk in Sutton — on Thursday and Friday nights.

“Police have been told members of the group were blocking road access to allegedly conduct burnouts and travel at high speed in the area,” she said.

“More than 60 cars were observed at the scene however the crowd dispersed upon police arrival.”

A policeman was injured at the same spot in Sutton last year, where motorists pelted officers with rocks and bottles as they arrived to stop the burnouts.

Car enthusiasts usually gather in Canberra at this time of year to attend the annual Summernats festival.

However, this year’s event was cancelled because the ACT Government is using the festival site, Exhibition Park, to conduct COVID-19 testing.

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Cairns court hears ex-childcare manager allegedly said he ‘killed’ child left on bus


A Far North Queensland court has heard the former manager of a childcare centre, charged with manslaughter over the death of a toddler inside the centre’s minibus, allegedly told a paramedic he “killed the child”.

The body of three-year-old Malik Nicholas Floyd Namok-Malamoo was found on a Goodstart Early Learning centre bus at Edmonton, south of Cairns, in February last year.

Police allege he was left on the bus for about six hours before the alarm was raised.

Former centre director Michael Glenn Lewis, 45, and former staff member Dionne Batrice Grills, 34, have both been charged with manslaughter.

It is alleged Mr Lewis was driving the centre minibus when he and Ms Grills, a passenger, collected the boy from his home and brought him to the childcare centre.

They allegedly failed to take him off the bus, despite Malik being the only child on board at the time.

Dionne Grills leaves Cairns Magistrates Court with barrister Tony Kimmins on January 5, 2021.(ABC News: Kristy Sexton-McGrath)

This week’s committal hearing in Cairns Magistrate Court will determine if there is enough evidence for Ms Grills to go to trial.

Mr Lewis has been committed to stand trial in the Supreme Court at a date yet to be set.

On Tuesday, the court heard from Jeremy Neal, the first paramedic who arrived on the scene.

He claims he entered the bus, checked the child, and told Mr Lewis that the child was dead.

Ms Grills’s defence barrister, Tony Kimmins, asked Mr Neal if it was true that Mr Lewis said to him immediately after he told him the boy was dead: “I can’t believe I have done this, I thought I had done the head counts, I had been in meetings all day, I’ll never see my kids.”

“Yes, something along those lines,” Mr Neal said.

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The boy was found on the bus outside Hambledon State School in Edmonton, Cairns.(ABC News: Mark Rigby)

On Monday, the court heard evidence from casual childcare centre worker Helen Bell, who said she was with Ms Grills when a child told them one of the children was found “asleep on the bus.”

She said Ms Grills told her, “I hope he hasn’t done what I think he’s done”, referring to Mr Lewis, as he had been driving the bus.

Referring to several witness statements, Mr Kimmins told the court his client, Ms Grills, was not responsible for the boy’s death.

“He (Mr Lewis) kept repeating, ‘I killed him, how have I done this to him’,” Mr Kimmins said.

“Mr Lewis has obviously identified in the statements that he has made that he believed he was responsible, obviously assuming that there was a duty of care on him, in accordance with the fact that he was the bus driver.”

The hearing continues on Wednesday.

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Pair who allegedly fled Melbourne Airport after Canberra flight to face $38,000 in fines | Goulburn Post


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A man and woman who allegedly fled authorities at Melbourne Airport on New Year’s Day after arriving on a flight from Canberra will face at least $38,000 in fines. But the pair have reportedly apologised for their actions, saying they had been caught up in the confusion over travel and border restrictions. “Like hundreds of others on 1 January, 2021, we got caught up with the confusion when the rules about entering Victoria changed,” Terry and Debbie Elford said in a statement provided to Nine. “We had a permit, live in a green zone in NSW, were flying from Canberra airport, which is allowed, and after we arrived in Tullamarine, we were stopped by [DHHS] officers who were not able to tell us whether or not we needed to quarantine, so after about an hour or so we walked away.” The pair said they went to a family barbecue outdoors in Victoria before flying back to Canberra later that afternoon. “This was all in line with the plans we had outlined to [DHHS] officers,” they said. “We were really shocked when we woke this morning to this media story, and following that have proactively contacted our local police in Goulburn to sort this out. “We also have proactively gone to get a COVID-19 test this morning, and will be self-isolating.” Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said earlier the pair had returned to Goulburn in NSW after breaching current health orders when he addressed the “very serious matter” in Melbourne on January 2. The 26-year-old man and 24-year-old woman, who are NSW residents, arrived in Victoria on a flight from Canberra just before 11am on January 1, Mr Foley said. “Upon the advice of the public health team, those people have breached numerous orders of the Public Health State of Emergency in Victoria and will each be fined at least $19,000 for their breaching of those arrangements,” Mr Foley said. “This is a very serious matter.” Mr Foley said the link between NSW’s cluster and the outbreak in Victoria had been established and “tough measures” were required to get on top of it. “The virus does not respect state borders, the virus does not respect holiday periods and the virus does not respect many things. And we need to make sure that we stay ahead of this cluster and we take all the necessary measures we can to make sure that we bring it under control as soon as possible,” Mr Foley said. It followed news from Victoria Police, which issued a statement to say the pair had been located in NSW during the morning of January 2 following their alleged absconding from airport authorities. “Victoria Police and DHHS will jointly investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident and enforcement actions will be taken,” the statement read. Victoria Police previously said authorised officers had approached the pair at the airport to tell them they would be required to quarantine for 14 days as per the current directions from the Chief Health Officer. It is alleged the pair then ran from the officers, fled the airport and was picked up by a van outside before being located in Goulburn, northeast of Canberra, the next day. with Jasper Lindell

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A man and woman who allegedly fled authorities at Melbourne Airport on New Year’s Day after arriving on a flight from Canberra will face at least $38,000 in fines. Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley said the pair had returned to Goulburn in NSW after breaching current health orders when he addressed the “very serious matter” in Melbourne on January 2. The 26-year-old man and 24-year-old woman, who are NSW residents, arrived in Victoria on a flight from Canberra just before 11am on January 1. “Upon the advice of the public health team, those people have breached numerous orders of the Public Health State of Emergency in Victoria and will each be fined at least $19,000 for their breaching of those arrangements,” Mr Foley said. “This is a very serious matter.” He said the link between NSW’s cluster and the outbreak in Victoria had been established and “tough measures” were required to get on top of it. “The virus does not respect state borders, the virus does not respect holiday periods and the virus does not respect many things. And we need to make sure that we stay ahead of this cluster and we take all the necessary measures we can to make sure that we bring it under control as soon as possible,” Mr Foley said. It followed news from Victoria Police, which issued a statement to say the pair had been located in NSW during the morning of January 2 following their alleged absconding from airport authorities. “Victoria Police and DHHS will jointly investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident and enforcement actions will be taken,” the statement read. Victoria Police previously said authorised officers had approached the pair at the airport to tell them they would be required to quarantine for 14 days as per the current directions from the Chief Health Officer. It is alleged the pair then ran from the officers, fled the airport and was picked up by a van outside before being located in Goulburn, northeast of Canberra, the next day.

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New Year’s reveler dancing with gun allegedly shoots, kills 4-year-old Texas boy: Police


The child was identified as Messiah Taplin by the local medical examiner.

A 4-year-old boy was killed in an Arlington, Texas, apartment in the first hour of the new year when police say he was apparently shot by a man dancing and celebrating with a firearm just after the clock struck midnight.

The boy, identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as Messiah Taplin, was shot about 12:30 a.m. Friday and died just after 1 a.m. at a local hospital, police said.

“We are currently seeking a manslaughter warrant against that individual,” said Ciesco, adding that the suspect’s name will not be released until a judge signs the warrant.

Police said the suspect was detained along with other “persons of interest” for questioning in the homicide investigation.

“Based on evidence gathered, and statements made by the individuals who were inside the apartment at the time, it appears one of the adult males in the apartment was dancing or celebrating with a firearm — and it discharged, striking the 4-year-old boy in the head,” Ciesco said.

Officers went to an apartment complex in the north part of the suburban Dallas city after a 911 caller reported hearing gunfire, the Arlington Police Department said in an earlier statement.

When officers arrived, they followed a trail of blood leading to an unlocked apartment, according to the statement.

“Officers went inside and discovered a crime scene. No one was inside of the apartment at that time,” the statement reads.

As officers were investigating the scene, a vehicle drove into the parking lot that matched a car spotted leaving the apartment complex shortly after the shooting, police said. Officers stopped the car and detained its occupants.

It was not immediately clear if the people inside the car were the “persons of interest” police are questioning.

Homicide detectives were later notified by police in Grand Prairie, about seven miles east of Arlington, that a 4-year-old boy was taken to a hospital in their city and died from an apparent gunshot wound, according to the statement.

The child’s death was the second fatal shooting Arlington police responded to in the first hour of the New Year. At 12:25 a.m., officers received a call of shots fired in a residential neighborhood in east Arlington and discovered a woman suffering from an apparent gunshot wound on the back porch of a home, police said in a statement. The woman, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Investigators do not believe this was self-inflicted and that someone shot the woman on the back porch,” the police statement reads.

No arrest has been made in the shooting.

Authorities asked that anyone with information about either killing contact Arlington police investigators or the Tarrant County Crime Stoppers line.



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