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U.S. District Court Warns Of Jury Duty Scam Calls

Nov 28, 2017

Chief U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson says reports of scam calls about jury duty have increased in recent years. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

The U.S. District Court for Southern Indiana Tuesday is warning Hoosiers about an increasingly prevalent scam call. 

When someone gets a call from the scammer, they hear that they've failed to appear for jury service. Then they're told they can pay a fine, with pre-paid gift cards, to avoid being arrested.

Arrest Made In Plainfield Cyber-Threat Case

Aug 7, 2017

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says the suspect used what is known as “sextortion” – getting sexually explicit images from a victim through threats of violence. (Photo by Drew Daudelin)

Police and federal officials Monday announced an arrest has been made in a two-year-old case out of Plainfield.

26-year-old Buster Hernandez, from Bakersfield, California, has been charged with threats to use an explosive device, threats to injure, and sexual exploitation of a child.

A new federal-city partnership aims to reduce violence in Indianapolis by connecting police and federal prosecutors.

The National Public Safety Partnership allows cities to consult the U.S. Department of Justice for training and to connect with resources. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says this will strengthen the city’s current efforts.

“What we’re doing is reminding ourselves of what we’ve been doing for years and that is to continue to stem the rising tide of violence so many urban areas across the country are experiencing,” Hogsett says.

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Federal, state and local law enforcement are increasing public awareness and enforcement efforts surrounding human trafficking as Indiana prepares for the Indianapolis 500. 

Officials say Indiana is a “hub” for human sex trafficking because of the large sporting events it often hosts.