White Supremacist Pleads Guilty to Racially Motivated Killing of Black Man With Sword in NYC
A Baltimore man admitted killing a black man with a sword in New York City in an attack intended to incite a race war. James Jackson (pictured), 30, faces life in prison without parole after pleading guilty on January 22 to first-degree murder in furtherance of an act of terrorism, second-degree murder as a crime of terrorism, second-degree murder as a hate crime, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Jackson committed the fatal stabbing of Timothy Caughman, 66, in March 2017 after stalking a number of black men. Police said Jackson traveled to New York City because he wanted to make a statement in the media capital of the world, and he intended for the killing to serve as practice for future assaults on black men. In a 2017 media interview, Jackson stated he was on a mission to deter interracial relationships. Caughman had been collecting bottles for recycling when Jackson attacked him from behind with a sword. Caughman went to a police station after being stabbed multiple times, and he died at a hospital. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance noted this marks New York’s first prosecution under the state’s “murder as a crime of terrorism” statute.
Teacher Charged With Threatening Shooting at Elmwood Park Preschool
Authorities arrested a teacher at an Elmwood Park (Bergen County) preschool on January 18 after they said she threatened to conduct a shooting at the school. Gina Schroeder, 38, is charged with making terroristic threats and illegal possession of prescription drugs. The Elmwood Park Police Department responded to The Goddard School on Riverfront Boulevard after receiving reports of threats from Schroeder. Police Chief Michael Foligno said fellow teachers informed officers that the Nutley (Essex County) resident stated, “One day, I’m gonna come here and shoot it up.” Foligno noted that Schroeder also told a staff member she owned three guns. The preschool was placed on lockdown while police searched for weapons and detained Schroeder. They did not find any weapons in the building or Schroeder’s vehicle; however, the Nutley Police Department seized all three of the legally owned firearms during a search of her residence. Schroeder has worked at the preschool since April 2016, according to a biography that has been removed from the school’s website.
Flights Halted at Newark Airport Over Drone Sightings
Reports of drone activity temporarily disrupted flights at Newark Liberty International Airport in Essex County on January 22. For approximately 90 minutes, inbound flights were held in the air and takeoffs were halted after pilots on two arriving planes informed air traffic control of the drone. The delays were even longer for flights departing for Newark from other airports. The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) said the drone had been spotted about 3,500 feet over nearby Teterboro Airport in Bergen County at around 5 p.m. One of the pilots reported missing “the drone by about 30 feet off our right wing.” Officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates both airports, noted the agency was supporting federal authorities in their investigation, and said this was the first known shutdown at Newark as a result of suspected drone activity. Drones are not allowed to operate within 5 miles of most airports or fly higher than 400 feet in the United States without a waiver from the FAA.