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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Man Phoned in Threat ... I'm Gonna Bomb Your Office

11/27/2018 12:41 PM PST

Senator Dianne Feinstein got a serious bomb threat a month before pipe bombs started showing up at the homes and offices of other prominent politicians ... TMZ has learned.

According to court docs ... an intern at the California Senator's field office on Santa Monica Blvd. answered the phone on September 26 and a man on the line wanted to confirm the address of the office. He got mad and blurted out he was gonna "bomb the place" and hung up.

The intern, concerned with what he had just heard, told his supervisor who then contacted Capitol police. According to the docs, cops executed a search warrant for phone records in hopes of identifying the caller.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... no arrests have been made and it's an ongoing investigation.

The bomb threat came nearly a month to the day before pipe bombs were sent to former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, among others. There was also a package addressed to former CIA director John Brennan at CNN's HQ and Robert De Niro.

It had been believed a similar package was sent to Feinstein's field office on October 25 ... but the item turned out to be harmless.

Cops eventually arrested Cesar A. Sayocthe suspect they believe mailed the pipe bombs and charged him with 5 felonies.

FSU Coach Willie Taggart State Attorney Launches Investigation Over Racist 'Hanging' Pic of Coach

11/26/2018 9:18 AM PST
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12:35 PM PT -- The person who posted the image has now been FIRED from his job ... according to a statement from Hilton Grand Vacations.

"Our concern regarding this situation has been a top priority. The person responsible for posting this information has been terminated."

"His behavior was in violation of multiple company policies and the furthest example from being a reflection of our company’s values."

A disgusting, racist depiction of Florida State football coach Willie Taggart being hanged from a tree has triggered a state attorney investigation in Florida ... officials have announced. 

The image was posted to Facebook after FSU's 41-14 loss to Florida this weekend. It's a photoshopped pic of Taggart's head pasted on top of a black and white photo of an African American man being hanged. 

A caption on the image reads, "Believe In Something Even If It Means Sacrificing Your Rep."

The person who posted the image reportedly works for Hilton Grand Vacations in Orlando -- and the company has already issued a statement saying the employee has been suspended. 

Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jack Campbell has confirmed his office is aware of the post and they've connected with the FSU Police Dept. -- and other law enforcement agencies -- to investigate. 

Campbell issued a statement to saying. "Any threat of violence to anybody in this community – he’s a father, a husband and a member of our community – we’re going to investigate it to the fullest extent possible."

FSU President John Thrasher also weighed in ... saying, "I speak for the entire FSU community in expressing our disgust and extreme disappointment, and I am glad the state attorney is investigating."

"Coach Taggart has our full support and as true Seminoles know, he is a respected member of the FSU family."

Alabama Shooting Shots Fired in Alabama Mall 2 Injured, 1 Dead, Gunman Still at Large

11/23/2018 7:10 AM PST

11/24 10:30 AM PT -- Police are now saying that the man shot and killed Thursday night at the Alabama mall "likely did not fire" the shots that wounded and hospitalized 2 people, an 18-year-old and a 12-year-old.

Authorities say they mistakenly believed 21-year-old Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was the shooter, but admit now "our initial media release was not totally accurate." Bradford -- who was shot and killed by an officer as he fled the scene -- is believed to have been involved in the altercation ... but was not the gunman.

The actual suspected gunman is still at large.

A confrontation erupted at an Alabama mall on Thanksgiving night, and it ended with a gunman injuring 2 before he was shot dead.

The incident went down at Alabama's largest enclosed mall -- the Riverchase Galleria in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover.

There was an argument between a 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old male. The 21-year-old pulled out a gun and shot the 18-year-old twice in the torso. An armed, off-duty cop who was working security shot the gunman as he fled, killing him.

A 12-year-old girl was shot in the melee, although it's unclear if the bullet was from the gun of the shooter or the officer.

The 2 victims are expected to survive. The 12-year-old girl had to undergo surgery.  She's in stable condition.

The mall was crowded with shoppers and there was pandemonium after the shots rang out.

Shaq Witnesses Car Crash While on 'Deputy' Duty ... Comforts Young Family

11/23/2018 2:32 PM PST

Shaq didn't need to throw on a cape to become a hero and comfort a family that had just been involved in a scary car crash, because he had a different superhero outfit -- Broward County Sheriff's issue.

The NBA legend was on his way to give away turkeys in Florida on Thanksgiving when he and members of the Broward County Sheriff's Office witnessed a head-on collision. Shaq and the deputies rushed to their aid ... you can see him comforting the kids.

After cops handled the situation, they all continued on with their plan to hand out turkeys. BTW ... Shaq was on holiday duty. He recently became an "auxiliary deputy" for the Broward Sheriff's Office. See, even NBA Hall of Famers get stuck working the holidays when you're a newbie.

Super BTW ... Shaq's not done giving back. His Shaq-A-Claus this year is gonna be bigger than ever.

Michael Avenatti Hit with Restraining Order Allegedly Grabbed GF, Dragged Her into Hallway

11/20/2018 9:27 AM PST

Michael Avenatti's alleged domestic violence victim claims they had an argument that turned violent -- with him being verbally and physically abusive -- and now she has a restraining order against him. 

The woman, Mareli Miniutti, says she and Avenatti were in the master bedroom of their apartment arguing about money on November 13, when he called her an "ungrateful f**king bitch" ... according to docs. She says he followed her into a guest bedroom while verbally berating her and hitting her "forcefully" in the face with pillows. She claims he said, "Do not disrespect me. You don't get to sleep in my house tonight."

In the docs, Mareli says Avenatti grabbed her by her wrist and pulled her off of the bed in the guest bedroom -- and when she escaped his grasp, she started texting a friend. She claims he grabbed the phone out of her hand ... and started screaming for help out of a window.

According to the docs, Avenatti then dragged her by her right arm and out into the public hallway of the apartment building. She says she was only wearing underwear and a t-shirt, and suffered scratches on her side and leg. The woman says she rang a neighbor's doorbell for help, but Avenatti allegedly grabbed her and dragged her back into his apartment and shut the door ... preventing her from leaving.

Mareli says she was eventually able to get out of the apartment, but she claims Avenatti rode down in the elevator with her while begging, "Don't do this Mareli, don't involve them" ... presumably referring to building security. She says security guards did take her into a room by herself while she waited for a friend to come pick her up.

Mareli says, in the docs, this was the second time Avenatti was physically violent toward her. She claims the first time was in February ... when he pushed her out of the apartment into the hallway where she struck her head against a neighbor's door ... and threw her shoes at her. She also claims he has a history of being "verbally abusive and financially controlling." 

According to the restraining order, Avenatti must stay 100 yards away from Mareli and have no contact of any sort with her. A hearing is scheduled for next month. 

TMZ broke the story ... Avenatti was arrested Wednesday after the woman filed a felony domestic violence report. The alleged argument and confrontation she describes happened late Tuesday night at their exclusive apartment in the Century City area of L.A.

Avenatti posted $50k bail and, when he was released, he vehemently denied the allegations. 

Jay-Z's '99 Problems' Triggers Police Response for Dom. Violence Call

11/19/2018 1:00 AM PST

Ever blurted out Jay-Z's famous lyric to "99 Problems"? Bet it's never resulted in cops pointing guns at you ... 'cause that's EXACTLY what happened to one man in Tennessee.

Davon Eddington tells TMZ ... he was in his backyard last week in Spring Hill, Tennessee drinking a beer and talking to his brother on the phone about LeBron James and the Lakers. Davon's brother called him a bandwagon Lakers fan ... to which Davon replied, "I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain't one."

A neighbor, apparently overhearing the conversation, misinterpreted the lyric and told cops he thinks Davon's beating his fiancee -- who, BTW, was upstairs taking a bath. 

According to a police report, obtained by TMZ, cops raced to Davon's home after the caller told them he heard Davon say he had "99 problems and this bitch ain't one."

Davon says cops ultimately got to his house and onto his property with guns drawn before they realized it was a total misunderstanding, to say the least. 

Davon says cops apologized, 'cause it seems he got swatted. Davon kept his cool ... but it seems it's one particular neighbor who is NOT cool with him.

P!nk's Husband Carey Hart Warns Wildfire Looters ... Will Be Shot On Site

11/13/2018 5:00 PM PST
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P!nk's husband has a message for the spineless thugs ransacking homes left vacant in the evacuation zones of the raging SoCal wildfires ... try looting our neighborhood, and you'll be shot on site! 

Carey Hart, the former pro motorcycle racer, issued the ominous warning Tuesday on IG, cautioning looters to think twice if they're coming into Malibu. The caption was paired with an undated photo of masked gunmen behind a sign that says, "Looters will be shot on site."

Looting in the evacuation zones is a major issue in the wake of the Woolsey Fire ... thieves know most homeowners have evacuated, and power outages have turned off security systems on many properties, creating prime conditions for looters. 

P!nk and Carey were forced to flee their beachside property in Malibu ... though their home reportedly escaped the flames. 

More than 300 law enforcement officers have been dispatched to guard the evacuation zones in L.A. and Ventura County ... but Carey is apparently taking matters into his own hands, and encouraging his neighbors to do the same.  

'The Bachelor' Mansion Armed Security Guarding Against Wildfire Looters

11/14/2018 12:30 AM PST

The owners of the mansion used by "The Bachelor" are taking extreme measures to make sure their property won't be hit by gutless thieves looting homes damaged in the devastating SoCal wildfires ... they're hiring armed guards to protect against ransacking. 

Sources tell TMZ ... the mansion owners are using several armed security guards who are working around the clock to ward off looters. 

There's been a serious issue with looting in neighborhoods ravaged by the Woolsey Fire. Most homeowners haven't returned to their houses, and security systems are down because of power outages, so looters are taking advantage. 

We're told the main house used in "The Bachelor" survived the fire ... but a 4,000 square foot structure on the property used as a base camp for show producers was torched. Pool equipment also burned. 

There is some good news for 'Bachelor' fans ... we're told the mansion is in good enough shape to continue providing a backdrop for the show. 

More than 300 law enforcement officers have been dispatched to secure evacuation zones in L.A. and Ventura County, but the owners of the 'Bachelor' pad clearly aren't taking any chances. 

Kendall Jenner Alleged Stalker Has to Stay Away for 5 Years!!!

11/9/2018 9:59 AM PST

The guy who's repeatedly showed up on Kendall Jenner's property has now been ordered to stay the hell away from her for the next 5 years.

A judge granted Kendall a permanent restraining order against John Ford Friday morning ... and it requires the alleged stalker to stay at least 100 yards away from her and her home at all times. Nor can he contact her in any way.

TMZ broke the story ... Ford has trespassed multiple times at Kendall's property in her gated community. He was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass which would bring a max sentence of 6 months in jail -- but due to overcrowding he'd most likely get out within days.

Ford scaled the mountainside of Kendall's crib and once ended up by her pool and another time on her porch. He was finally nabbed by cops and released after 36 hours ... only to be re-arrested at her home.

CNN On-Air Personalities Targeted By Trump Getting Armed Security

11/9/2018 12:40 AM PST

President Trump's relentless attacks on CNN have forced the network to take extreme measures -- offering armed security to on-air talent who have reason to fear for their safety.

Network sources tell TMZ ... CNN brass offered reporters and anchors who have been targets of President Trump around-the-clock protection. We're told the logic is simple ... there are Trump fanatics who believe the President when he calls the media and certain reporters "the enemy of the people," and the fear is that they will take violent action.

There's actual proof here ... the person who sent mail bombs targeted CNN at least twice.

We're told CNN has told the targeted employees they can choose the level of protection they want, ranging from round-the-clock armed guards to more limited security, such as following the personality to and from work.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Don Lemon ... and it doesn't seem like a coincidence a self-proclaimed white nationalist Trump supporter threatened to kill him.

More recently ... a 39-year-old Arkansas man was busted Tuesday for making more than 40 calls to CNN that included death threats aimed at Lemon. 

TMZ broke the story ... April Ryan -- a White House correspondent with Urban Radio Networks and well-known CNN contributor -- now has protection after receiving threats over the last few months ... threats which sure seem related to Trump's venom toward her.

We don't know if CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta has gotten security after his explosive showdown with the President ... but it seems pretty obvious CNN is concerned and taking appropriate steps to protect him.

Reggaeton Star Karol G Security Allegedly Manhandles Fan

11/8/2018 12:20 AM PST

Reggaeton sensation Karol G's Hollywood performance was allegedly a serious smash for one of her fans, who claims Karol's hired muscle roughed her up backstage.

Karol played at Avalon Hollywood Tuesday night, and sources tell us, afterward a female fan was invited backstage with friends. At some point, they spotted Karol and her BF, rapper Anuel AA, leaving the club.

We're told the fan lined up for a chance encounter, but that's when -- out of nowhere -- a security guard rushed at her and allegedly grabbed her arm and started shaking it aggressively.

The guard kept telling the fan no photos or video were allowed backstage, and the fan said she hadn't taken any. During the scuffle, she claims the security guard twisted her wrist until her phone fell ... at which point, security started scrolling through it. We're told he found nothing.

We're told the security guard left with the phone, but the fan got it back hours later. Law enforcement sources tell us the fan filed a report with LAPD for simple battery.

We've reached out to Karol G's team ... so far, no word back.

NFL's Khalif Barnes Interviewed By Cops In Texas Death Investigation

11/6/2018 10:08 AM PST

Ex-NFL lineman Khalif Barnes -- who had a long stint with the Oakland Raiders -- has been interviewed by police as part of an investigation into the mysterious death of a man in Harris County, Texas. 

Here's the backstory ... the body of 29-year-old Jordan Davenport was found in a lake on October 31. 

Cops are looking into tips that Davenport was involved in a violent altercation with several men on Oct. 27 -- the last day he was seen alive. 

We're told ... cops received a tip that 36-year-old Barnes may have been involved in the altercation, so they tracked him down and spoke with him about the incident. 

Our sources say Barnes has NOT been named a suspect -- or even a person of interest -- but noted the investigation is just getting started. 

Barnes has now lawyered up. 

We're also told the investigation has not been deemed a homicide -- at least, not yet. However, officials are conducting an autopsy and the results could change that. 

Cops are attempting to speak with anyone who may have information about the incident while they try to put together a timeline showing the events leading up to Davenport's death. 

Multiple attempts to reach Barnes for comment were unsuccessful. 

Barnes -- 6'6" and 320 pounds -- was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2nd round of the 2005 NFL Draft after a stellar college career at Washington. He later went on to play for the Raiders from 2009 to 2015. 

He later had short stints with the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals. He suffered an ankle injury in Dec. 2017 and was placed on injured reserve. He hasn't played since. 

Diddy Party's Over Cops Shut Down Bday Bash

11/5/2018 7:06 AM PST

Diddy's birthday celebrations got so out of control over the weekend, police had to shut down a wild rager at the music mogul's mansion. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... police received multiple calls around 2 AM Monday for a disturbance at Diddy's L.A. home, and when cops arrived, they spoke to security and told them to call it off. 

Before throwing an epic rager, Diddy had another party for his 49th bday at Ysabel in West Hollywood ... where he celebrated with LeBron James, Usher, Wiz KhalifaKodak Black and tons of other celebs. 

Check out the vid ... Kodak tries to pull a fast one and sneak a drink out of the club, but he gets caught red-handed. 

Seems the after-party spilled over to Diddy's and, as you can image, it was the place to be ... we're told there were about 50 cars parked outside his home, and about 200 people inside in full party mode.

Things went pretty smoothly once cops showed up ... police told security to shut it down or they would have to enter and disperse the crowd, and the guards obliged.

It was a hell of a Sunday for Diddy ... before partying on land, he went skydiving and touched down at the Playboy Mansion!

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