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Singer with 'counterfeit' diplomatic tag on vehicle stopped, pulled out of car in viral video

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A woman who was stopped and removed from her car in Florida was reportedly stopped for using a fake diplomatic tag on the vehicle, an Audi Q5. 

“The woman, identified as 32-year-old Ceceilia Mercardo, is a singer who goes by the name Sessi and has over 195,000 Instagram followers,” NBC 6 reported. 

Mercardo’s Instagram and X accounts do not indicate any posts about her run in with the police as of the posting of this story. 

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A woman who was stopped and removed from her car in Florida was reportedly stopped for using a fake diplomatic tag on the vehicle, an Audi Q5.  (Getty Images)

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The video shows police officers pulling Mercardo out of the car as another occupant in the vehicle yells at officers.

“Please bring your supervisor now, you’re reaching inside our vehicle, I feel threatened!” the person yells in the video. “You’re reaching inside our vehicle, I feel threatened, I feel threatened, I feel threatened!” the man yells at the officers in the video. “Get off of her right now, get off of her right now.” 

“They have no jurisdiction over you,” the man says. “She is not a United States citizen, they have no jurisdiction.”

Another local outlet released video of Mercardo appearing to leave jail after being “bonded out.” 

In a short interview, Mercardo appeared to contradict claims in the original video that she was not an American citizen. “I’m a United States national. I was born in the Bronx Navy Yard,” she said. 

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Another local outlet released video of Mercardo appearing to leave jail after being “bonded out.”  (GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

“You are going to get fired from your job and she is going to get $250,000,” a “passenger” tells the officers in the video, per NBC 6. “I will see you in court, I will see you in court. Hey, if you wanna play, I will see you in court.”

“The video posted online does not capture the full incident from beginning to end,” a Sunny Isles Beach Police statement released to NBC 6 reads. “[S]he repeatedly refused to comply with officers’ orders … it was determined that the diplomatic tag that was affixed to the car was counterfeit and the female driver was arrested for driving with a counterfeit tag.” 

Mercardo did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital. 

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Civil War-era cannonball found in backyard of Virginia home: 'Could still be a live ordnance'

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A mysterious bit of history was unearthed in the backyard of a Virginia home recently — which led to a call to bomb technicians.

While working on a home’s curb appeal, a landscaper discovered something that resembled a rock. He had been digging a hole for a shrub next to the home, as Perry Weller, deputy chief of community risk and reduction with the City of Staunton Fire and Rescue, told Fox News Digital.

The home’s real estate agent then called in the professionals once he realized what it was: a cannonball.

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Weller and his team arrived on the scene and quickly identified the object.

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“We knew it was some sort of projectile, like a cannonball,” the deputy chief noted.

A Civil War-era cannonball was discovered in the yard of a Virginia home by a landscaper who was digging a hole near the residence. (Perry Weller)

The cannonball was still found in the ground when Weller showed up — and he encouraged those who found it not to handle the item until it had been carefully assessed.

Due to the location of the discovery and the history of Staunton, Virginia, Weller and his team believe the cannonball dates back to the Civil War-era.

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“Once we determine an item is a potential ordnance, we do not handle it more than necessary,” he added.

Weller called in the Virginia State Police Bomb Technicians for support because the projectile still had the possibility of being active or live.

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Due to the history of Staunton and the city’s location, Weller said he and his team were able to date the cannonball back to Civil War times. (iStock)

This is not the first time the deputy chief has come across a stray cannonball on a Virginia property.

In the past six years, this is his second Civil War-era projectile encounter, he said.

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When assessing these sorts of objects, one must be careful not to move the projectile, no matter how old it might be, he suggested.

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For anyone who comes in contact with an odd or unknown object buried in the ground, it is best to contact emergency services for assistance in identifying and removing the item. (Perry Weller; iStock)

“Leave them where they discover them. Even though the item could be hundreds of years old, it could still be an active or live ordnance. Call the police department or fire department immediately,” Weller said.

“Remember, not all cannon projectiles were round. If someone discovers something odd [that’s] buried in the ground, it’s best to contact emergency services to evaluate it.”

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Anti-Catholic FBI memo's origin revealed as bureau absolved of 'malicious intent'

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been exonerated by a Department of Justice review that found investigators did not intend to target traditional Catholics as potential “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists.”

The Justice Department Inspector General review noted, however, that analysts “incorrectly conflated” an investigative subject’s religious views with his alleged domestic terrorism activities. 

Findings from the 120-day review, which was handled by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz and ordered by Congress, were outlined in a letter sent to members of Congress on Thursday.

An FBI Richmond, Virginia, internal memo, titled “Interest of Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists in Radical-Traditionalist Catholic Ideology Almost Certainly Presents New Mitigation Opportunities,” was leaked in January 2023 and drew instant criticism from Republicans, who demanded immediate answers from the agency.

According to the inspector general’s report, the memo, which has been dubbed the “Richmond Product,” was circulated amid an investigation of a potentially violent individual who was identified in the report as “Defendant A” and has since been arrested.

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Though Defendant A was not been identified in the report, the dates and details of the case match the case against Xavier Lopez, who was indicted on federal weapons charges last June.

The FBI had been monitoring the suspect since 2019 due to his extremist views on social media, according to the inspector general’s review. 

The review stated that the suspect expressed neo-Nazi rhetoric and described himself as a “Catholic clerical fascist.” The FBI said he wrote in a letter to a family member that he needed to “build guns, explosives, and other forms of weaponry” in order to “make total war against the Satanic occultist government and the Zionist devil worshiping bankers who control it.”

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The indictment against Lopez did not mention the church he attended or that he was monitored ahead of his arrest in November 2022, when a search of his apartment uncovered Molotov cocktails and firearms he was not allowed to possess. Lopez was on probation at the time after pleading guilty to felony vandalism for slashing tires.

Though the investigation was appropriate, the inspector general’s review criticized aspects of the memo warning about potential extremism within certain Catholic churches that was shared by the FBI’s Richmond field office.

“The [FBI Inspection Division] report found that although there was no evidence of malicious intent or an improper purpose, the [memo] failed to adhere to analytic tradecraft standards and evinced errors in professional judgment, including that it lacked sufficient evidence or articulable support for a relationship between RMVEs (Racially Motivated Violent Extremists) and so-called RTC (Radical Traditional Catholicism) ideology; incorrectly conflated the subjects’ religious views with their RMVE activities, creating the appearance that the FBI had inappropriately considered religious beliefs and affiliation as a basis for conducting investigative activity; and reflected a lack of training and awareness concerning proper domestic terrorism terminology,” the inspector general noted.

One of the FBI analysts involved in the creation of the memo maintained that the goal was to enable FBI Richmond to conduct outreach to these “faith communities to make them aware of what we would call warning signs to radicalization, for the protection of everybody.” 

The inspector general noted in his assessment that he and his team “did not find evidence that anyone ordered or directed” the individuals responsible for crafting the memo “to find a link between RMVEs and any specific religion or political affiliation … or that there was any underlying policy direction concerning such a link.”

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The inspector general said a review of text messages and other conversations had between those who crafted the memo at the time “did not identify any evidence of discriminatory or inappropriate comments by them” about the church in question in the FBI’s investigation “or individuals who practiced a particular religious faith or held specific political beliefs.”

The inspector general also noted that he and his team did not find evidence that the FBI took any investigative steps involving the church except to monitor the suspect’s interactions. Investigators said they interviewed church members about the defendant’s alleged intent to incite violence.

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Findings from the 120-day review, which was handled by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz and ordered by Congress, were outlined in a letter sent to members of Congress on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

“We found that FBI Richmond used these investigative techniques to obtain information about Defendant A and not to prepare the Richmond DP or collect intelligence more generally,” Horowitz wrote.

Based on findings by the FBI Inspection Division, the inspector general noted that the FBI “instituted corrective actions, including expanding training on analytical tradecraft standards and domestic terrorism terminology, enhancing review and approval requirements for intelligence products involving a sensitive investigative matter, and formally admonishing the employees involved.”

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“We did not assess, and therefore do not comment on, the corrective actions taken by the FBI,” he said.

Following Horowitz’s report to Congress, the FBI released a statement applauding him for his work and concluded that it aligns with their past remarks on the incident.

“We thank the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General for its review. The FBI has said numerous times that the intelligence product did not meet our exacting standards and was quickly removed from FBI systems,” the agency said. “We also have said there was no intent or actions taken to investigate Catholics or anyone based on religion; this was confirmed by the findings of the OIG.”

“The FBI’s mission is to protect our communities from potential threats while simultaneously upholding the constitutional rights of all Americans. We do not conduct investigations based solely on First Amendment protected activity, including religious practices,” it added.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5, 2023. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Lopez was indicted in June 2023 in federal court on one count of possessing ammunition while a convicted felon and one count of possessing destructive devices. In March of this year, he pleaded guilty to possessing destructive devices. His sentencing is scheduled to take place in September.

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Horowitz noted that there were preliminary discussions with the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Strategic Unit to draft a similar memo to send to more field offices, but “those discussions ended following the [memo] becoming public.”

Fox News’ Thomas Phippen, Jake Gibson and Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.



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Florida teen arrested for allegedly pointing laser at sheriff's helicopter: 'He's blinding our pilot'

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A 13-year-old Florida boy is charged with a felony after allegedly pointing a laser at a sheriff’s department helicopter.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said the helicopter was in the sky around 12:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of 7th Street Northwest and 11th Avenue in Largo, when a green laser lighting device was pointed at the aircraft.

Deputies in the helicopter maintained a visual of the suspect and directed deputies on the ground to the suspect’s location.

“Get up and get somebody on this gentleman. He’s blinding our pilot,” a deputy in the helicopter is heard saying in video released by the sheriff’s office.

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A 13-year-old Florida boy is charged with a felony for pointing a laser at a sheriff’s office helicopter. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

Body camera video then shows deputies on the ground locating the young teen, who reportedly admitted to illuminating the helicopter with a laser lighting device. Deputies found a flare gun with a mounted green laser in his jacket.

Deputies said the teenager told them he intentionally aimed the laser at the helicopter because he was bored.

When he was in the back of a squad car, the boy was heard telling deputies, “I didn’t know it was a police helicopter.”

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The teenager told deputies he intentionally aimed the laser at the helicopter because he was bored. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)

The boy was arrested and charged with felony misuse of a laser lighting device. He was taken to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center.

According to Florida statute, it is a third-degree felony for any person to knowingly and willfully shine, point or focus the beam of a laser lighting device on an individual operating a motor vehicle, vessel or aircraft.

The incident remains under investigation.

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