iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) — A Walmart employee’s tip has led to a large weapons bust near a college campus in upstate New York.Federal authorities filed charges against Maximilien Reynolds, 19, on Friday for two counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device and a silencer, false statement in acquisition of a firearm and a false statement in required firearm record.According to the criminal complaint, a Walmart employee in Ithaca, New York, called police after Reynolds allegedly purchased ammunition, camping gear, drill bits, tools, hacksaw blades and knives with a gift card.Ithaca police and two FBI agents responded to Reynolds’ apartment, where they encountered his girlfriend, who allowed them inside. The complaint alleges the small apartment was “in severe disarray” with random piles of clothes, food, laboratory glassware and math formulas written on the windows. The authorities also found a bulletproof vest, gas mask and saw knives lying out in the open before the woman alleged to be Reynolds’ girlfriend ushered them out.Authorities later returned, voluntarily spoke to investigators and allowed his apartment to be searched, the complaint states.The FBI found a bullet-resistant vest, military-style clothing, knives, military-style gas mask, MSR-15 Patrol rifle, ammunition, a homemade silencer and bomb-making materials, including fireworks rigged with shrapnel.The suspect was previously known to authorities, as Reynolds had previously been detained by Ithaca police in June 2016 under Section 941 of the New York Mental Hygiene Law, the complaint shows. The law allows police officers to take a person into custody and take them to a hospital if they appear mentally ill.Reynolds used to be a student at Cornell University, but was currently taking classes at nearby Tomkins-Cortland Community College.“On Thursday, FBI agents arrested Maximilien R. Reynolds following the reported seizure by the City of Ithaca Police Department earlier this month of a number of weapons in his possession at his residence in the city’s Collegetown neighborhood,” Cornell University Police Chief Kathy Zoner said in a statement. “Cornell University Police is cooperating with IPD and the FBI in this investigation, and all agencies continue to work together to promote the safety of Cornell University’s campus and the surrounding community.“Neither Cornell University Police nor the lead law enforcement agencies in this case believe there is a threat to the campus or Collegetown.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police have made an arrest in a February 2012 shooting that killed a 21-year-old Hempstead man in his hometown, police said.Homicide detectives said they arrested 26-year-old Shawndale Latouche of Uniondale in connection with the shooting. Latouche was taken into custody in front of his home and charged with second-degree murder.The victim, Michael Watts, and another male, were shot on Feb. 18, 2012 just before 6 a.m. at the intersection of Linden Avenue and Linden Place, police said at the time. Watts was pronounced dead about an hour later at a local hospital, police said. The other male was treated for his injuries at the hospital.Latouche will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.
The Greensburg Lady Pirates and The East Central Lady Trojans qualify for The Girls Cross Country Semi-States.The Center Grove Lady Trojans won The Regional Team Championship at Shelbyville. Greensburg placed second, Southport was third, EC finished fourth and Franklin rounded out the Top 5 teams advancing to the Semi-States. Batesville was sixth and Jac-Cen-Del 10th.Hanna Brenna of Greensburg was The Regional Individual Champion and fellow Lady Pirate Cathy Newhart finished third. Abagail Bittner of EC also placed in The Top 10 at eighth. Individually, advancing on To The Semi-States are Elizabeth Loichinger and Haylee Harmeyer of Batesville with Top 10 finishes, Megan Cole of South Ripley placing fourth, Melinda Eckstein of Oldenburg Academy, and Emma Gausman of Batesville.2017 Girls CC Regionals @ ShelbyvilleThe Franklin Grizzly Cubs won The Boys Regional team title with Center Grove, Southport, Whiteland, and Perry Meridian rounding out The Top 5 teams qualifying for The Semi-States. East Central was sixth, Batesville seventh, South Dearborn eighth, Rising Sun ninth, and Greensburg 10th.Michael Crook of Southport was The Regional Individual Champion. Andrew White of East Central placed seventh and advances to The Semi-States. Also individually qualifying are Sam Gabbard of South Dearborn, Adam Moster of Batesville, Jacob James of Waldron, Trevor Levi of Rising Sun, and Kameron Geison of East Central.2017 Boys CC Regionals @ ShelbyvilleThe Franklin Central Lady Flashes won The Girls Cross Country Regionals at Rushville. Rushville, New Palestine, Warren Central, and Greenfield Central round out The Top 5 teams moving on to The Semi-States. Franklin County was sixth.Jenna Barker of Seton Catholic was The Regional Individual Champion. Individually qualifying for The Semi-States include Lauren Kelley of Franklin County with a seventh place finish and Katelyn Meyer of The Lady Wildcats.2017 Girls CC Regionals @ RushvilleThe Franklin Central Flashes won The Girls Cross Country Regionals at Rushville. New Palestine, Roncalli, Hagerstown, and Cambridge City Lincoln round out The Top 5 teams moving on to The Semi-States.Andrew Miller of Rushville and William Smith of Connersville individually advance on to The Semi-States.2017 Boys CC Regionals @ RushvilleThe Cross Country Semi-States will be taking place on Saturday, October 21st, at Shelbyville.