3 men charged with conspiracy to make ‘swatting’ calls

Updated 24 January 2019
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3 men charged with conspiracy to make ‘swatting’ calls

LOS ANGELES: Three men have been charged with conspiracy to help a Los Angeles man make phony emergency “swatting” calls around the nation in hopes of sending police to the scene or forcing building evacuations.
Federal indictments unsealed Wednesday in Los Angeles allege they conspired with Tyler Barriss in 2017 to make bomb and shooting reports to police, a high school and convention center in Connecticut, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois.
Barriss pleaded guilty in November to making hoax calls, including one that led a Wichita, Kansas, police officer answering a shooting call to kill an innocent man.
The Los Angeles indictment names Neal Patel of Des Plaines, Illinois; Tyler Stewart of Gulf Breeze, Florida; and Logan Patten of Greenwood, Missouri.
Two are in custody. It’s unclear if the men have lawyers.


Indian air force planes collide in air show rehearsal, one pilot dead

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Indian air force planes collide in air show rehearsal, one pilot dead

  • The crash happened next to Yelahanka Air Force Base
  • Another crash earlier this month killed two pilots in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: Two Indian Air Force planes collided in mid-air in the southern state of Karnataka on Tuesday while rehearsing an aerobatic show, killing one pilot and injuring two others, a senior police official said.
“One Indian Air Force pilot has unfortunately lost his life. Two others were injured and shifted to hospital, but are said to be out of danger,” said M.N. Reddi, director general of police in Karnataka.
The defense ministry confirmed that two Hawk aircraft of the Surya Kiran Aerobatic Display Team had crashed near the Yelahanka Air Force Base.
The aerobatic team was scheduled to perform at Aero India 2019, a five-day airshow expected to draw nearly 500 Indian and foreign aviation firms and defense contractors.
It was the second deadly accident involving Indian Air Force aircraft this month. A Mirage 2000 trainer crashed in the southern city of Bengaluru on Feb. 1, killing two pilots.