‘Catfish’ Alum Charged With Making Terror Threats in DC

Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman

The man that appeared on “Catfish” last year as “Kidd Cole” has just been charged in Washington D.C. with calling in fake threats against Metro stations, buses and trains.

Metro Transit Police say in a news release that Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman was arrested Wednesday at his Southeast Washington home.

In the complaint, investigators say Stone-Coleman called 911 to report threats 11 times since December, but each threat turned out to be false. Investigators say the threats ranged from reports of a bomb planted at a Metro station to threats against President Obama.

Metro Transit Police say detectives used cell phone records, surveillance video from stations and buses and telephone audio to identify Stone-Coleman.

Catfish - Kidd Cole

Kidd Cole managed to convince Lucille to start booking him shows and events in the DMV, leading her to believe that she was working under G.O.O.D. Music and would be offered a job at the label if she was able to prove her worth to Kidd Cole. Lucille used her own money to set up his events and performances, but never saw a return, racked up a huge bill, and never received a job offer from G.O.O.D. Music.

At one point in the episode, Kidd Cole hilariously tried to fake his way through a bogus recording session in an attempt to convince Nev and Max that he was legit (see video below).

Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman, aka Kidd Cole from MTV's "Catfish"

During the part of the show where the Catfisher explains his or her troubled past, Stone-Coleman opened up about his time living in a shelter and his feelings of being put down by people who didn’t believe in him; but in the show’s epilogue, he was said to still be scamming folks.

Below, a clip from his “Catfish” episode. Kidd Cole stages a fake recording session to support his claim that he’s a hip hop producer:

 

‘Mayweather-Pacquiao’ Shatters PPV Records as Highest Grossing Ever

*Floyd Mayweather Jr. walked away with another belt in the so-called Fight of the Century against Manny Pacquiao, but HBO and Showtime delivered the knockout punch that fans were pinning for.   With 4.4 million PPV buys (nearly double the old 2.48 million record) and over $410 million in domestic PPV revenue, the May 2 fight has dropped all competitors to become the most watched and highest grossing pay-per-view event in history.   The revenue result comes in just over what ringside commentators estimated on the night of the fight – and that’s despite streaming of the battle showing up on Twitter’s Periscope app and other similar tech plus cable outages.   The long-awaited May 2 showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, dubbed "The Fight of the Century," earned more than $400 million in TV buys alone – clobbering the previous $150 million record set in 2013 by the Mayweather-Canelo fight.  Views for the event, a rare revenue share for HBO and Showtime, essentially cost $100 a pop, with cable and satellite providers charging $89.95 and an almost obligatory extra $10 for high definition. Showtime and HBO estimate that the audience for the fight topped 4.4 million buys, nearly double the old 2.48 million record.  All told, the event is going to earn more than $500 million in revenue. With additional dough from the live gate at Las Vegas' MGM Grand pulling more than $71 million. (The previous record being $20 million.) International television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, which will further drive the total, have not yet tallied.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. walked away with another belt in the so-called Fight of the Century against Manny Pacquiao, but HBO and Showtime delivered the knockout punch that fans were pinning for.

With 4.4 million PPV buys (nearly double the old 2.48 million record) and over $410 million in domestic PPV revenue, the May 2 fight has dropped all competitors to become the most watched and highest grossing pay-per-view event in history.

The revenue result comes in just over what ringside commentators estimated on the night of the fight – and that’s despite streaming of the battle showing up on Twitter’s Periscope app and other similar tech plus cable outages.

Floyd Mayweather reacts after his welterweight championship bout against Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Views for the event, a rare revenue share for HBO and Showtime, essentially cost $100 a pop, with cable and satellite providers charging $89.95 and an almost obligatory extra $10 for high definition. Showtime and HBO estimate that the audience for the fight topped 4.4 million buys, nearly double the old 2.48 million record.

All told, the event is going to earn more than $500 million in revenue. With additional dough from the live gate at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand pulling more than $71 million. (The previous record being $20 million.) International television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, which will further drive the total, have not yet tallied.

 

Freddie Gray’s Family ‘Satisfied’ with Charges Against Officers (Watch)

Freddie Gray's stepfather Richard Shipley at a press conference in Baltimore (May 1, 2015)

The family of Freddie Gray and their attorney responded to State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to file charges against the six police officers involved in his arrest.

Gray’s stepfather Richard Shipley spoke on behalf of the family, saying they are “satisfied” with the charges, and it is time for Baltimore to begin healing.

“We ask that whomever come to our city, a city that we love, a city that we live in, come in peace,” Shipley said.

Shipley said the last thing that Freddie would want is to see people of Baltimore lose their jobs and businesses because of his death.

William Murphy, an attorney for the Gray family, said at the news conference that they were shocked by Mosby’s decision, but it was a “good shock.” He hopes Gray’s death will eventually result in new era of better policing in the city and nationwide.

“If Freddie Gray is not to die in vain we must seize this opportunity to reform police departments throughout this country.”

Watch the press conference below:

 

Baltimore’s Police Union Has Foe in Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby

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Hmm, we, like a whole bunch of folks, especially Baltimore police officials, didn’t see this one coming.

On Friday, as we reported earlier, Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore State Attorney, called an unexpected press conference and said that the officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray would be prosecuted.

Uh oh. That’s never happened before and of course the Baltimore police union immediately made her public enemy number one … as far as they are concerned.

This is also an interesting and significant development since Mosby comes from a law enforcement background.

Even though Mosby explained that she’d filed charges against the officers based on the autopsy and evidence gathered after Gray’s death, the police union is already working to get her removed from the case.

“I have very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your office conducting an investigation in this case,” Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 President Gene Ryan wrote to Mosby in an open letter.

In the letter, Ryan says Mosby also has a “personal and professional” relationship with the Gray family attorney.

“It is clear that your husband’s political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation,” he added, referencing her husband, Nick Mosby, who is a Baltimore Councilman.

It seems that Mosby – who’s known for being tough on crime – is for real and says what she means and means what she says:

“To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America, I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace,’” Mosby said earlier today. “Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man. To those that are angry or hurt or have their own experience of injustice, I urge you to channel your energy peacefully.”

Yeah, that kind of talk and action would be enough to start the cop’s union to trippin’. And at this point, that’s about all they do.

 

Prisoner in Van Denies Saying Freddie Gray Tried to Hurt Himself (Watch)

Donta Allen

The prisoner riding in the Baltimore police van that carried critically injured Freddie Gray has been denying reports that he believed Gray intentionally hurt himself.

Donta Allen, speaking to TV station WBAL, contradicted a police document leaked to The Washington Post Wednesday that said he had heard Gray “banging against the walls” of the van and believed he “was intentionally trying to injure himself.”

“It was a smooth ride. We went straight to the station. All I heard was a little banging,” said Allen, 22, who lightly tapped a staircase bannister to demonstrate the sound.

Gray, 25, was unconscious when cops later opened the vehicle doors at police station on April 12. He had a serious spinal injury, went into a coma and died a week later — touching off protests that this week gave way to riots. It’s been reported that the spinal injury suffered by Gray was similar to what happens during a car accident.

Gray was already in the van when cops arrested Allen on suspicion of stealing. Because of a barrier dividing the rear of the police van into two sections, Allen didn’t see Gray and initially didn’t realize that there was another passenger inside the vehicle.

“There’s no place where a man can hurt himself in there,” Allen said.

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The Washington Post story that cited the police document immediately came under attack by other reporters, such as WBAL’s Jayna Miller, who has reported Gray was unresponsive when police locked him inside the van.

Allen on Thursday distanced himself from what investigators say he told them.

“I told homicide that. I don’t work for the police,” he said in the WBAL interview. “I did not tell the police nothing.”

Watch below:

 

Police Jailed Man Who Filmed Freddie Gray’s Arrest (Watch)

Kevin Moore

Kevin Moore, the man who filmed Freddie Gray’s arrest, was himself arrested at gunpoint following “harassment and intimidation” from Baltimore police, he told reporters today.

Moore, who also revealed that he is part of the underground hacktivist network known as Anonymous, claims that despite having co-operated with two detectives in the Baltimore Police Department’s Office of Internal Oversight and given them the video of Gray’s arrest, police posted his photo and told the public that he was “wanted for questioning,” asking people to identify him.

“What is so important that you have to plaster my picture over the Internet? I’ve already spoken,” Moore told The Independent, suggesting that they posted it simply to intimidate him.

Moore said he was finally taken into custody Thursday night along with two other members of “We Copwatch,” a group dedicated to filming and documenting police work. He was taken to Western District police station and released two hours later.

Moore gave details of his arrest to the blog PhotographyIsNotACrime.com:

The law caught up to him Thursday night, handcuffing him and two friends at gunpoint during a traffic stop that involved two police helicopters, one armored car, a police SUV and plenty of military looking cops with guns.

“It looked like something out of a video game,” he said during a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Early this morning.

“We asked them why are we being detained. They said it was because we made an illegal turn.”

That illegal turn, according to police, consisted of the driver using a left turn signal to make a right turn, which Moore finds very dubious.

Moore said he did not have identification on him, but when he told them his name, a flash of recognition crossed their faces and they ordered the paddy wagon.

Moore and his two friends were handcuffed and transported to the Western District police station. He was released two hours later with no explanation and no charges.
However, his two friends, who had driven up to Baltimore from Ferguson to help establish a We Copwatch chapter, were not released.

Moore was never told why, but he believes it was because they were from out-of-town, so they wanted to send a message to scare outsiders away.

“I know think didn’t like the Missouri tag,” he said.

Moore said he recorded video of the traffic stop, which will be edited by We Copwatch and posted today.

Moore details his arrest and praises State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby below:

 

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