Trafficker linked to Baltimore police sentenced to 25 years

In this file photo taken on August 8, 2017 a seal of the Baltimore Police Department seen at Police Headquarters in Baltimore. (AFP)
Updated 17 February 2018
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Trafficker linked to Baltimore police sentenced to 25 years

BALTIMORE: A man convicted of heroin trafficking who prosecutors say was protected for years by a corrupt Baltimore detective has been sentenced to 25 years.
US District Court Judge Catherine Blake on Friday sentenced Antonio Shropshire for operating a trafficking ring near a Baltimore shopping center.
Prosecutors say his drug-dealing organization was massively aided by co-defendant Momodo Gondo, a disgraced member of the Baltimore police’s Gun Trace Task Force.
They say the detective provided protection and information to Shropshire — and informed him that federal agents hid a tracking device on his car.
In a separate case centered on his corrupt police unit, Gondo has pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy.
According to the plea agreement, Gondo schemed to steal cash and drugs by detaining victims, entering homes and falsifying affidavits.


41 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

Updated 16 December 2018
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41 people injured in Japan restaurant explosion

  • The explosion occurred in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido
  • Police said 41 people were injured, most of them mildly, though one was in serious condition

TOKYO: More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a restaurant in northern Japan, police said.
The explosion occurred in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido.
Police said 41 people were injured, most of them mildly, though one was in serious condition. They were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.
The cause of the explosion, which occurred at a two-story restaurant in Sapporo’s Toyohira district, is under investigation, police said, adding that they had no further details.
TV footage from Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed the restaurant in flames, with debris scattered on the ground.
The footage showed gray smoke billowing from the restaurant as dozens of firefighters poured water onto the building, which was charred and nearly collapsing. Windows on an apartment building next door were broken.
A witness told NHK that he smelled gas after the sound of an explosion.