Tuesday, July 14, 2009

3 Prisoners Escape; Michigan City, IN

Authorities believe the three inmates escaped Sunday from the maximum-security prison in Michigan City through underground tunnels and pipe chases.
Grand Beach Police Chief Dan Schroeder said authorities were maintaining a heavy presence in the town because they don't know if the escapees still are in the area.



"This is a large area and there's all different kinds of places they can hide," Schroeder said about the heavily wooded community.

The escapees could conceal themselves in the woods, in the tops of trees, in a ditch or a creek, behind homes or on the beach, Schroeder said. "Hiding (in Grand Beach) is really not that much of a trick actually," Schroeder said.

Many residents of Grand Beach -- including those who commute from Chicago for weekend and summer stays -- said they weren't scared. They continued to keep their doors unlocked and taking walks up and down the quiet streets. Many residents use golf carts to get around.

http://socialwarchicago.blogspot.com/2009/07/prison-escapees-still-at-large.html

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Rail line vandalized near Corry, Pennsylvannia

From Erie-Times News:

Pennsylvania State Police in Corry are looking for the person who tried to sabotage a railroad line.




The incident was discovered Thursday when a train operator noticed that joint bars connecting sections of rail had been disassembled on the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad line about one-half mile east of Route 89 in Concord Township.

Police said the sabotage could have caused a train to go off the tracks.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Condos attacked in Tacoma, WA

Wednesday night we threw pieces of concrete through multiple condo windows in the Tacoma area.

This action was taken in response to the disgusting attempt by the City of Tacoma to gentrify our neighborhoods and city.



Fuck condos, fuck gentrification, fuck Point Ruston, and fuck Seattle yuppies.

In solidarity with ourselves.

http://one-direction.blogspot.com/2009/07/condos-attacked-in-tacoma-wa.html

Several Surveillance Cameras Broken in Tacoma, WA

Last week a few anarchists attacked multiple CCTV cameras in north Tacoma.

Surveillance cameras only aid in the furtherance of the prison system we live in. The destruction of the cameras was an act against the attempt to "sweep the streets" of the city, and against the persistent ICE raids in the Puget Sound area.



In solidarity with the kidnapped, deported, and imprisoned.

http://seattle.indymedia.org/en/2009/07/273297.shtml

Thursday, July 9, 2009

40 plus vehicles attacked in Petersburg, VA

From the Richmond-Times Dispatch:

PETERSBURG -- Three North Carolina men used a .22-caliber gun, a 4-foot metal pole and rocks to smash the windows of more than 40 parked vehicles in an early-morning vandalism rampage.

5 Houses Under Renovation Set on Fire in Statesville, NC

From News14.com:

STATESVILLE, N.C. -- The Statesville Fire Department says it is looking for an arsonist after five homes, all within a mile of one another, went up in flames early Thursday morning. Fire officials say all of the fires are suspicious in nature and appear to be connected.

"It's unusual to have that many fires in one evening, and to have that many suspicious fires, we do think they're related,” said battalion chief Jeff Leaptrott. “It's very unusual for us to have that many at one time."



The first call came in around 2:30 a.m. for a home off Buffalo Shoals Road. The next came an hour later on Hill Street. The third call was around 4 a.m. on South Oak Street, the fourth fire was set around 6 a.m. on East Bell Street and the last around 9:30 a.m. on Connor Street.

"It's scary that somebody would be bold enough to do something like that,” said Martha Soto, who notified authorities about the fire on Bell Street, “not knowing if the home is occupied or unoccupied."

The State Bureau of Investigation spent the morning with a K-9 unit searching the homes for any evidence. They're trying to determine exactly how and where the fires started. Investigators say at least one of the fires was started from inside the home and all the homes burned were either vacant or under renovation.

The Statesville Police Department will be on alert Thursday night just in case arsonists try to hit again.

Church, theaters, and others attacked in Abilene, TX

From Reporternews:

Church, theater, others are hit by vandals

Todd Wilson, pastor for worship and music at First Baptist Church in Abilene, surveys damage to a chapel stained-glass window on Thursday. Police said five or six downtown businesses were vandalized Wednesday night or early Thursday.

Binswanger Glass employee Alex Shipley removes broken glass from the Paramount Theatre box office on Thursday. The vandalism will not affect this weekend’s showing of “Casablanca.”

On any given weekday at the nursery room at First Baptist Church, the space bustles with small hands fingerpainting and chatter from active toddlers.

Thursday, however, the room was dark, the only light coming from holes in window panes, three of about 60 panes shattered overnight at the church.

“It’s a senseless act and a destruction of beauty and God’s house,” said Mike Greenfield, pastor for administration at First Baptist in Abilene. “I’m frustrated that somebody has that little respect for God’s house.”



In the chapel, the safety glass protecting the stained glass was pierced, knocking openings in five of the large stained-glass windows.

But the church was not the only downtown location to take a hit.

About two blocks east, glass glimmered on the sidewalk in front of the Paramount Theatre. Five of the six box-office window panes were broken and another five on one of the theater doors were shattered.

“I felt sort of sick when I saw it,” said Betty Hukill, the venue’s executive director. “It was very disheartening to see the Paramount damaged like this.”

Police said five or six downtown businesses were vandalized Wednesday night or early Thursday.

Greenfield estimated repairing the church panes would cost close to $6,000. However, the chapel stained-glass windows, which have been in the church for 50 years, could cost $5,000 each to replace.

Molotov cocktails’ thrown inside Brockton (Massachusetts) church

07/06/09 AP Press:

BROCKTON — Investigators are trying to determine who threw two homemade bombs described by authorities as "molotov cocktails" through the window of a Brockton Roman Catholic church over the weekend.

Officials tell The Enterprise of Brockton that the devices were tossed through an open window of St. Edith Stein church, possibly on Saturday night or Sunday morning.

No injuries were reported.



Church workers discovered two broken beer bottles stuffed with paper towels and what appeared to be gasoline at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The workers called the fire department.

Fire officials say there were some scorch marks on the floor of the church, but no serious damage.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Four more cars torched on North Side (Chicago)

From the Chicago Tribune:

07/01/09


Four cars were torched in a Lincoln Square parking lot early this morning, Chicago police said. It was the second time multiple cars were set on fire in the city over the last eight days, but the two incidents did not appear related.

At 3:40 a.m., a woman heard her dogs barking and looked outside to see four vehicles aflame across her rear alley in a parking lot in the 5600 block of North Western Avenue, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak said.



There were no known injuries and the fires were contained to the four vehicles, which included a Jeep, a Pontiac Grand Am, a Ford Contour and a Buick. It was not known if there were other cars in the parking lot at the time, Kubiak said.

The Chicago Police Bomb and Arson Unit is investigating.