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Third Shooting Reported In Seattle’s ‘CHOP’ As The Mayor Moves To Dismantle The Area

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Seattle police reported early Tuesday morning that a third shooting was being investigated in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest Zone, also known as CHOP, after a man was shot with non-life threatening injuries, according to a Harborview Medical Center spokesperson.

Tuesday morning’s shooting comes three days after a man was killed in the police-free CHOP zone. The earlier victims were Horace Anderson, 19, who was killed, and another man, 33, who remains in critical condition, according to the local Seattle KING5 news station.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Monday that the city police would move in to dismantle the zone following the shootings.

“The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the night-time atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said of her decision, adding that she would work with CHOP anarchists to move forward with dismantling the area, while also amplifying their messages.

The first step is reclaiming an abandoned police precinct building that was evacuated as riots over the May 25 death of George Floyd flared.

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MD nuclear scientist, wife, face life in prison after pleading guilty in nuclear secrets case

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A Maryland couple has pleaded guilty for the second time in federal court on Tuesday for attempting to sell nuclear secrets to a foreign power. Jonathan Toebbe, 42, a nuclear scientist and his wife, Diana, a former humanities teacher at a private school, were first arrested and charged ini October.

Their first plea deal was rejected by a judge who said their sentences were too lenient. Tuesday, the Maryland couple pleaded guilty to one felony count each of conspiracy to communicate restricted data.

“Last month, U.S. District Judge Gina Groh rejected their first plea, saying the punishment did not fit the crime. Jonathan’s attorneys had called for a sentencing range between 12 years and 17.5 years, while his wife would get three years” reports the Washington Examiner.

The new plea agreement, brought before another judge, could result in the couple facing a maximum of life in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The Washington Examiner writes of the case:

Jonathan, who worked for the U.S. Navy, used his top-level security clearance to smuggle out design secrets of Virginia-class submarines to someone he thought was working for an undisclosed foreign entity but who was in reality an undercover FBI agent.

Jonathan communicated with the agent using an encrypted email service and did document drops in Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He would download the classified material he smuggled out onto SD cards, often hiding them in peanut butter sandwiches while his wife was on the lookout.

The couple was first arrested after one of these drops in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Shockingly, the Justice Department said Jonathan’s top-secret security clearance was renewed just days before he mailed the first package. He had worked for the “Nuclear Reactors” program since 2012.

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