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NYDaily News reports:
Two TSA officers were busted Wednesday for stealing $40,000 from a bag at Kennedy Airport they thought belonged to a drug dealer, a law enforcement source said.
Under questioning, the pair also admitted swiping up to $160,000 from other unsuspecting passengers.
Rogue agents Davon Webb, 30, and Persad Coumar, 36, were busted after a sharp-eyed colleague blew the whistle.
They were charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property, conspiracy and official misconduct. Each was held in lieu of $15,000 bail after their arraignment Wednesday night.
“TSA has a zero tolerance policy for theft in the workplace,” the Transportation Security Administration said.
“The disgraceful actions of a few should not reflect negatively on the … 50,000 TSA officers across the country who work each day to keep the traveling public safe.”
Coumar X-rayed luggage destined for an American Airlines flight to Argentina on Jan. 30. Then he phoned Webb, who was assigned to the baggage belt area. Webb confirmed there was cash inside, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Brown said Coumar found $170,000 wrapped in tape. He took $40,000 and met Webb in a bathroom, where the employees hid the loot in their clothing, Brown said.
A TSA agent tipped off a supervisor, triggering an investigation by Port Authority cops.
Cops found $16,000 at Webb’s Bronx home.
They also found $23,980 at Coumar’s Jackson Heights home. He had spent $20 on food, authorities said.
A law enforcement source said the details of the investigation will be forwarded to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The passenger who checked the bag arrived safely in Argentina and never told authorities he was missing any cash.
One source said most of the bags – aside from the $40,000 theft – were chosen randomly.
Another source said the duo targeted drug dealers because they didn’t think criminals would report the thefts.
Webb, who joined the TSA in 2004, and Coumar, who started in 2002, are expected to be fired, officials said.
The 20-year old complained of chest pain shortly after she was injected with the implants and died soon after in a Hampton Inn
A preliminary medical examination revealed that the silicone went into her central vascular system, ultimately stopping her heart.
Suspicions of these hotel-room medical procedures came about after a woman visiting from England allegedly died after a butt enhancement procedure and was taken to a local hospital, according to court documents.
Several women from England recently traveled to Philadelphia to receive butt-implant procedures in hotel rooms, court documents say.
Waka Flocka Flame was released from custody Wednesday (January 5) after turning himself in for an array of weapons and drug charges earlier this week. Deputy Fielder of Georgia’s Henry County Sherriff’s Office confirmed to MTV News that the
Atlanta rapper, born Juaquin Malphurs, was released at 3:33 p.m. after posting $31,950 bond.
Carmelo And Michelle
Reps for Carmelo Anthony have confirmed that the Denver Nugget is in mourning after his sister passed away Wednesday.
Michelle Anthony, 36, is believed to have died from a preexisting medical condition not disclosed to the public.
Anthony was a mother of 4 and a Baltimore, Maryland resident.
Carmelo was in San Antonio when he heard the news and left immediately to be with his family.
The Nuggets have released a statement on her passing saying,
“Our entire organization supports Carmelo during this difficult time for him and his family. It is heartbreaking news, particularly during the holiday season.”
Comedian and 30 Rock Star Tracy Morgan is recovering after the completion of a successful kidney transplant.
According to published reports, Morgan is taking some time off from the show to recover from the surgery that took place on December 12. Morgan had to undergo the surgery, after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Although Morgan learned he had diabetes about 15 years ago, it wasn’t until years later, when he got very sick, that be began to take the disease seriously. Fans may have noticed a dramatic weight loss with the comedian, but he attributes it all to taking his health more seriously.
In an interview with Time, Morgan explains the seriousness of his diagnosis and why he decided to start taking care of himself.
“The doctor was like, ‘Hey, listen, we may have to take your foot.’”, Morgan explained in the interview. “That was it for me. Now I take my insulin every day. My blood sugar doesn’t get over 120.”
As of press time, there was no word on when Morgan is expected to return.
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After six years behind bars Mystikal is a free man.
As previously reported, Mystikal was sentenced to six years in prison after video surfaced of him forcing his hair stylist to perform sexual acts on him.
Now with his bid up, the No Limit Soldier is speaking out on his hiatus and his plans to “shake up the world.”
Mystikal gave his first interview since his release and told New Orleans radio station Q93 that his release feels like a dream.
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Actor/producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, right, and co-producer Randall Emmett talk about their movie “Gun” filming in Grand Rapids.
The movie business is booming in Grand Rapids — literally.
A little black powder, some sand to push the doors open, a bit of propane to cause a fire, earplugs for everyone in the vicinity and — whoomp! A police car explodes into flames inside the former Lear Corp. plant, 2150 Alpine Ave. NW, Sunday afternoon, where the action movie “Gun” was being filmed with star, producer and screenwriter Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
A voice yells “Cut!” and two Walker firefighters extinguish the blaze. The sprinklers don’t go off, the set is secure and the scene is successfully captured on camera. Special effects supervisor Ken Gorrell was satisfied.
“We had one take, and that’s it,” he said, lighting a cigarette after completing the shot. “It looks like we don’t have to (add any effects in post-producton). Inside this building, everything filled in nicely.”
Fire erupts from a police car during an explosive scene from the movie “Gun” filmed at the former Lear plant on Alpine Avenue NW on Sunday afternoon. The movie starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Val Kilmer is being shot in various locations in Grand Rapids.
The big boom will be part of the climactic shootout sequence in the film, in which Jackson — best known as a multiplatinum-selling hip-hop star — Val Kilmer and John Larroquette (“Night Court”) play arms dealers. AnnaLynn McCord (“90210” and “Nip/Tuck”) stars as a manipulator of the big arms transaction, and James Remar (“Dexter”) portrays a cop trying to break up the smuggling ring.
“This is the final confrontation,” Jackson said, wearing a white shirt stained with fake blood, while seated inside a trailer next to producing partner Randall Emmett. “We’ve been shooting this scene for two days. There’s been a lot of action, and now we’re covering some of the details.”
Earlier on Sunday, Jackson was creating more noise, wielding a massive .50 caliber gun that weighs 85 lbs. Notably, it’s not the “Gun” of the title, which refers to his character’s two-hander Smith and Wesson pistol. The gunplay left an acrid smell lingering from the morning’s scenes, also filmed inside the chilly warehouse.
“It’s the big takedown today, the heat of the battle,” Remar said.
“We need the heat of the battle to keep us warm,” he joked.
“Gun” began shooting Dec. 27, and principal photography will wrap Thursday. Budgeted at less than $3 million, the movie is a product of Emmett and Jackson’s Cheetah Vision Films partnership. They plan to shoot three films in Michigan in 2010 to take advantage of the state tax incentives. Emmett said they will debut the film at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Emmett and Jackson filmed “Caught in the Crossfire” locally last year with Grand Rapids-born director Brian Miller; it has not been released yet. Kilmer, who wrapped his “Gun” scenes on Thursday and left town, also starred in “The Chaos Experiment,” which shot locally in 2008 and is now available on DVD.
Jackson and Kilmer co-starred in the thriller “Streets of Blood,” released on DVD last year. Their relationship on that film’s set prompted Jackson to recruit the “Batman Forever” and “Top Gun” actor for “Gun.” Jackson also hand-picked director Jessy Terrero (“Soul Plane”) based on their previous music-video collaborations.
“He’s my biggest client in the video world,” Terrero said. “I knew him when no one knew who 50 Cent was.”
The soft-spoken Jackson talked in great detail about his involvement with the film from top to bottom: He wrote the script’s first draft, serves as its music director and even helped select cameras and cast members. He said he has been offered acting roles, but prefers to pursue “projects that have the level of artistic integrity I want to be associated with.”
Jackson is currently balancing his film work with his music career. He released his new album “Before I Self Destruct” in November, and will take part in concert tours between movies this year. The bonus DVD that comes with the album features a film Jackson directed himself.
“50 isn’t one of those actors who get producer credit but don’t really do anything,” said Emmett, who has produced dozens of films, including “Righteous Kill” and “88 Minutes.” “It’s exciting for me to work with someone as committed as he is.
“He brings his own mobile studio with him,” Emmett added. “He’ll have three-and-a-half minutes between takes, and you’ll see him in his trailer working on music. He makes everyone else feel lazy.”
Also working hard is McCord, who has flown back and forth between Los Angeles, where she’s still shooting “90210,” and Grand Rapids to film her scenes.
“This is the type of role I want — I love action films,” she said. “My agent sweet-talked the ‘90210’ producers so I could shoot both.
“I wanted to work with Curtis,” she added. “We have wonderful chemistry, and we’re having lots of fun together.”
The actress has had some down time in G.R., though; she drove go-carts at Craig’s Cruisers on a recent day off.
“I love it here,” she said. “Los Angeles is not based in reality. It’s nice to be somewhere that’s chill, and you’re not surrounded by a bunch of pretentious L.A. people.”
Actor James Remar, center, plays a cop in the movie “Gun” filmed in Grand Rapids. His son Jason, left, has a small part in the explosive scene shot in the former Lear plant on Alpine Avenue NW on Sunday afternoon.