Man Agrees To Plead Guilty To Stealing Endangered Lemur From Zoo To Be His Pet

A teenager who stole a rare endangered lemur from a southern California zoo last summer has agreed to plead guilty to the crime.

According to a Department of Justice release, 19-year-old Aquinas “Quinn” Kasbar has agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully taking an endangered species.

Authorities said Kasbar broke into the Santa Ana Zoo after hours last July and stole Isaac, who, at 32, is the oldest-living ring-tailed lemur in captivity in North America, according to the Orange County Register. 

Kasbar, who intended to keep the endangered animal as a pet, used bolt cutters to cut a hole in the zoo’s enclosures for lemurs and capuchin monkeys. 

As a result, several animals escaped when the accused grabbed Isaac, though they were later retrieved.

Once Kasbar had the lemur, he put the extremely rare, extremely endangered animal in a plastic drawer that lacked ventilation holes, according to the release.

The next day, he changed his mind about being a lemur owner and left Isaac, still in the plastic drawer, in front of a Newport Beach hotel.

Kasbar helpfully placed two notes on the drawer, one reading, “Lemur (with tracker)” and “This belongs to the Santa Ana Zoo it was taken last night please bring it to police.”

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office confirmed to The Guardian that Isaac is “safe and sound.”

The DOJ estimates Kasbar’s actions cost the zoo about $8,486, court papers state.

Kasbar has agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully taking an endangered species, a charge that carries a statutory maximum penalty of one year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine.

His next court date is scheduled for May 28 in United States District Court in Santa Ana.

This isn’t the first time Kasbar has been accused of stealing animals. The Los Angeles Times reports that he is a suspect in a string of home robberies on Balboa Island last year that included the theft of one woman’s beloved reptile.

“He took my little pet tortoise, a tortoise I’d had for 10 years,” Claudia Schmutzler told the paper. ”He takes whatever he wants like it’s his God-given right. He’s damn good at it and he’ll do it again.” 



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MH370 news: The FOUR Indian Ocean islanders who recalled spotting ‘unusual sight’

MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, while travelling from Kuala Lumpur Airport to Beijing, China, with 239 people on board. Captain Zaharie Shah was in control of the plane when it last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am over the South China Sea. However, moments later, the plane vanished from civilian radar screens following a routine handover from Malaysian to Vietnamese channels.

Days later, it was reported that Maldives islanders saw a “low flying jumbo jet” at around 6:15am, flying south-west.

The plane was said to be donning red and blue colours, similar to that of Malaysia Airlines.

One told the local Haveeru site at the time: “I’ve never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. 

“We’ve seen seaplanes but I’m sure that this was not one of those. 

MH370 may have been spotted by islanders

MH370 may have been spotted by islanders (Image: GOOGLE/GETTY)

MH370 went missing in 2014

MH370 went missing in 2014 (Image: GETTY)

I have seen pictures of the missing plane — I believe that I saw that plane

Abdu Rasheed Ibrahim

“I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly.”

However, one year later, journalists working for The Western Australian visited the island of Kuda Havadhoo to speak to those who made the claims.

If they are correct, the final resting place of the plane could be over 3,100 miles away from where the official search was carried out.

Abdu Rasheed Ibrahim, 47, a court official told the publication: “It was unusual, very unusual – it was big and flying low.

“First, I saw the plane flying towards me over water, when it was over my head I saw it starting to turn away. 

“At first glance, I did not know it was a missing plane. I didn’t know that a plane was missing. 

“I went straight home and told my wife about it, I told my family, ‘I saw this strange plane’.

“My family said, ‘It might be the Malaysian plane’ – I have seen pictures of the missing plane — I believe that I saw that plane.”

Humaam Dhonmamk, 16, a student, added: “I saw the blue and red on a bit of the side.

“I heard the loud noise of it after it went over. 

It was reportedly spotted in a Maldives island

It was reportedly spotted in a Maldives island (Image: GOOGLE)

MH370 had 239 people onboard

MH370 had 239 people onboard (Image: GETTY)

“I told the police this too.”

Ahmed Shiyaam, 34, an IT manager at the local medical clinic detailed: “I’m very sure of what I saw on a very clear and bright day, and what I saw was not normal — the plane was very big, and low. 

“I did not know until later that other people saw it too.”

Ahmed Ibrahim, 40, said: “This was not a normal sight — the plane was different. It was very big, very noisy, flying low. 

“Later that afternoon on the beach I was told the news about the missing plane. I think this is the same flight.”

Six of the key witnesses they spoke to were interviewed by police and their accounts were regarded as truthful and consistent, the newspaper claimed.

Despite their claims, the Maldives National Defence Force, responsible for guarding the security and sovereignty of the low-lying country, issued a statement in March last year ruling out any such aircraft movement over its air space.

The Islanders were both shocked and humiliated, claiming the defence chiefs were avoiding admitting the limitations of their equipment to detect the flight. 

In 2016, Australian officials confirmed Mr Shah had practised a route where the plane is said to have vanished using an in-flight simulator he built at home.

However, these practice routes did not end up with the plane at the bottom of the ocean, it has been claimed.

An unnamed source told Malaysian newspaper Berita Harian in 2014: “The simulation programmes are based on runways at the Valana International Airport in the Maldives, an airport owned by the United States (Diego Garcia), and three other runways in India and Sri Lanka, all have runway lengths of 1,000 metres.

“We are not discounting the possibility that the plane landed on a runway that might not be heavily monitored, in addition to the theories that the plane landed on the sea, in the hills, or in an open space.”

However, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) did not think the find was significant. 

A spokesman said: “The simulator information shows only the possibility of planning. 

“It does not reveal what happened on the night of its disappearance nor where the aircraft is located.

“For the purposes of defining the underwater search area, the relevant facts and analysis most closely match a scenario in which there was no pilot intervening in the latter stages of the flight.”

 

UFO sighting: US Navy pilots spot ‘fast-flying objects’ during late-night training

Incredible infrared cockpit-camera footage taken by US Navy pilots have shown a succession of fast-flying UFOs, some spinning in mid-air and moving against a 120-knot wind, and often accompanied by commentary from shocked airmen. Although the footage features only one of these objects, one pilot is heard to say: “There’s a whole fleet” showing up on his monitors. And a shocked voice is later heard to say: “Look at that thing! It’s rotating!”

Newly declassified Pentagon data indicates UFOs were spotted almost every day over the skies off the US East Coast, between the summer of 2014 and March 2015.

And highly experienced US Navy pilots, flying from the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier while training for active duty, reported to their superiors the UFOs defied the laws of physics.

The 30-40ft (10-15m) long UFOs had no wings, rotors, or any discernible means of propulsion.

However, they could be seen to both hover in the sky, halt suddenly and instantaneously accelerate to hypersonic speeds of a mile a second.

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Commander David Fravor and his colleagues described seeing a large object just below the surface of the water, and another, 50ft above, hovering erratically.

They described it as 40ft long, white, wingless and shaped like an oblong pill.

As Cmdr Fravor flew towards it the second object rose to meet him at a fast speed and acceleration.

He said: “The hair on the back of my neck was standing up.

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“I was thinking: ‘I’m going to be watching a disaster here.’ You’re wondering: ‘How can I possibly fight this?’”

Instead, the object suddenly peeled away at a speed that Cmdr Fravor admits left him feeling “pretty weirded out.”

And his radar showed the object had reappeared under a minute later, 60 miles away at the planes’ precise rendezvous point.

UFO sceptics have questioned whether the planes’ imaging systems experienced glitches, or whether the pilots were tricked by atmospheric effects and reflections.

However, Kevin Day, the Princeton’s senior radar operator at the time, says his screen showed well over 100 UFOs over the course of that week.

He said: “Watching them on the display was like watching snow fall from the sky.”

Cmdr Fravor added: “There is a capability out there, I don’t know where it is from.

“I’m not saying it’s from outer space, but I’m not saying it’s from here either.”

Bermuda Triangle mystery SOLVED? Scientist explains theory of unexplained disappearances

The patch of sea is a 500,000 square miles and borders Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. One of its most famous disappearances is the USS Cyclops in 1918 which went missing without even sending a Mayday signal. But one British scientist claims to know what sparked the mysterious disappearances.

University of Southampton researcher Dr Simon Boxall believes the mystery can be explained by “rogue waves”.

Rogue waves are large and unexpected waves which can be extremely dangerous to large ships.

Dr Boxall told Channel 5 documentary – The Bermuda Triangle Enigma – how the powerful waves are formed.

He said: “There are storms to the south and north, which come together.

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“And if there are additional ones from Florida, it can be a potentially deadly formation of rogue waves.

“They are steep, they are high – we’ve measured waves in excess of 30 metres.”

Rogues waves have been recorded before such as a “100-foot tsunami triggered by an earthquake and landslide in Alaska’s Lituya Bay in 1958,” according to Huffington Post.

The US Coast Guard also refuses to acknowledge the Bermuda Triangle and instead refers to it as mythical geographic area.

The Coast Guard does not recognise the existence of the so-called Bermuda Triangle as a geographic area of specific hazard to ships or planes, according to the USCG website.

It says: “In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes.

“No extraordinary factors have ever been identified.”

The area is also high in traffic which experts say is the reason why so many ships and planes have been lost there.

USA tornadoes: ‘APOCALYPTIC’ weather across Midwest threatens to WORSEN as ‘heavens quake’

Extreme across the Midwest this week has whipped up destructive tornadoes in at least eight different states. Ohio and Indiana were hit the worst, with a suspected nine and 14 tornadoes respectively. The tornadoes have claimed the life of at least one man – an 81-year-old resident of Celina, Ohio – who died when a car was thrown into his home. An Indiana-based preacher, Paul Begley from West Lafayette, has now warned the “earth is shaking and the heavens are quaking” with the wrath of God.

On Wednesday, the record-breaking spate of storms has entered its 12 days – a stretch of severe weather not seen in 40 years.

Pastor Begley, who filmed one of the thunderstorms from his backyard, urged his devout followers to brace for more destruction.

He said: “God’s words said He was going to shake the heavens, that He was going to cause the Earth to tremble, that He was going to cause the Earth to reel and rock like a drunken man, and God said these would be some of the signs of the last days.”

Pastor Begley is a firm believer in the notion the end of the world is fast approaching.

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In his opinion, evince of the biblical apocalypse is unfolding before his very eyes and things are about to get worse.

Pastor Begley said: “The Earth is shaking and quaking, the winds are whipping, the storms are raging, the lighting bolts are flashing and are striking, the sinkholes are opening, the tornadoes are tearing things up.”

The US National Weather Service (NWS) has warned of “another volatile severe weather day” today (May 29) from the Southern Plains and mid-Mississippi and Ohio Valleys into the Atlantic.

The weather forecaster said storms still threaten to trigger tornadoes, damaging winds, heavy rain, large hail and even flash flooding.

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Two “areas of concern” now extend from St Louis to Dallas and from Pittsburgh to New York City, and from Philadelphia to Washington DC.

Pastor Begley, who asked God to shelter him from the storm, read from Psalms 91 during an online sermon.

The biblical passage in question reads: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’

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“Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.”

Pastor Begley then said God himself came to him and commanded him to warn people of “apocalyptic weather” and an “unleashing of tornadoes” to come.

He said: “It’s coming back today. Storms are already begging to develop in Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa’s got to look – everybody open your eyes – Kansas.

“It’s crazy what’s about to unleash upon the nation.”

MH370 news: Why sighting claim could place missing jet 3,000 miles OUTSIDE search area

MH370 left Kuala Lumpur Airport on March 8, 2014, destined for Beijing, China, with 239 people on board. Captain Zaharie Shah was in control of the plane when it last communicated with air traffic control at 1:19am over the South China Sea. However, moments later, the plane vanished from civilian radar screens following a routine handover from Malaysian to Vietnamese channels.

Days later, it emerged that a group of islanders claimed they had seen a “low flying jumbo jet” at around 6:15am, flying south-west.

The plane was said to be donning red and blue colours, similar to that of Malaysia Airlines.

One told the local Haveeru site at the time: “I’ve never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. 

“We’ve seen seaplanes but I’m sure that this was not one of those. 

“I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly.”

In total, four islanders gave an account of what they saw from the tiny Indian Ocean of Kuda Huvadhoo.

These witnesses were interviewed by police and their accounts were regarded as truthful and consistent, the newspaper claimed.

However, if the claims are correct, the final resting place of the plane could be over 3,100 miles away from where the official search was last carried out. 

Analysis of the satellite data provided by UK company Inmarsat revealed the last communication with the jet was over the southern Indian Ocean.

The data recorded was Burst Timing Offset (BTO) and Burst Frequency Offset (BFO) and was used to identify the latest search area known as the seventh arc.

However, aviation expert Jeff Wise has previously tabled an explanation as to how this may have been tampered with. 

He believes one or more of the passengers messed with the on board electronics that were vital to the data.

Mr Wise wrote in 2015: “I learnt that the compartment on [Boeing] 777s called the electronics-and-equipment bay, or E/E bay, can be accessed via a hatch in the front of the first-class cabin.

“If perpetrators got in there, a long shot, they would have access to equipment that could be used to change the BFO value of its satellite transmissions and even take over the flight controls.

“I realised that I already had a clue that hijackers had been in the E/E bay. 

“However, the satcom (satellite communication) system was also disconnected and then rebooted three minutes after the plane left military radar behind.”

Despite the claims, the Maldives National Defence Force, responsible for guarding the security and sovereignty of the low-lying country, issued a statement in March last year ruling out any such aircraft movement over its air space.

The Islanders were both shocked and humiliated, claiming the defence chiefs were avoiding admitting the limitations of their equipment to detect the flight. 

Earthquake TODAY: Huge tremor predicted for May 30 – shock claim

Tremor enthusiasts are predicting a huge which could rock a civilisation to its core on May 30, thanks to a strange alignment of the solar system’s planets. One ‘earthquake mystic’ claims that tectonic plates on Earth are being “influenced” by Mercury, Mars, Saturn and the Sun. The gravitational pull from the other celestial bodies will tug on Earth’s tectonic plates, causing tension to build which will eventually be released, according to conspiracy theorists.

The supposed earthquake would be stronger than a magnitude six, which can “cause a lot of damage in very populated areas”, according to Michigan Tech.

‘New-age earthquake researcher’ Frank Hoogerbeets made the claim, writing on Ditrianum: “Critical geometry occurs as Earth and the Moon are being influenced by Mercury and Jupiter while Mercury lines up with the Sun and Saturn later on the 28th.

“Larger seismic activity may occur as a result around the 30th, typically over magnitude 6.

“The situation remains critical as Mercury lines up with Mars and the Sun on the 30th and also with Earth and Jupiter.”

Mr Hoogerbeets reached his conclusion using his Solar System Geometry Index (SSGI) which “is the computation of a dataset for a specific time-frame of values given to specific geometric positions of the planets, the Moon and the Sun”.

He said: “After three years of observations, it became clear that some planetary geometry in the Solar System clearly tends to cause a seismic increase, while other geometry does not.”

But experts have previously dismissed Mr Hoogerbeets’ claims, saying that there is no way earthquakes can be predicted.

John Bellini, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said: “We can’t predict or forecast earthquakes.

“Sometimes before a large earthquake you’ll have a foreshock or two, but we don’t know they’re foreshocks until the big one happens.”

The USGS completely denies that earthquakes can be forecasted, writing on its website: “Neither the USGS nor any other scientists have ever predicted a major earthquake.

“We do not know how, and we do not expect to know how any time in the foreseeable future.”

Earthquake WARNING: Major tremor forecasted to hit TOMORROW – shock claim

A “critical” situation is currently in place, with the gravity of other celestial bodies in our galactic neighbourhood tugging on Earth, according to one ‘mystic’. Mercury, Jupiter, the Sun, Mars and Saturn have all supposedly positioned themselves as to have a detrimental effect on Earth’s tectonic plates. ‘New age earthquake forecaster’ Frank Hoogerbeets made the bold claim, believing the gravitational pull of said celestial bodies will cause tension to build in Earth’s tectonic plates, which will ultimately be released in the form of an earthquake.

Mr Hoogerbeets wrote on his website Ditrianum: “Critical geometry occurs as Earth and the Moon are being influenced by Mercury and Jupiter while Mercury lines up with the Sun and Saturn later on the 28th.

”The situation remains critical as Mercury lines up with Mars and the Sun on the 30th and also with Earth and Jupiter.”

Mr Hoogerbeets reached his conclusion using his Solar System Geometry Index (SSGI) which “is the computation of a dataset for a specific time-frame of values given to specific geometric positions of the planets, the Moon and the Sun”.

He said: “After three years of observations, it became clear that some planetary geometry in the Solar System clearly tends to cause a seismic increase, while other geometry does not.”

But experts have previously dismissed Mr Hoogerbeets’ claims, saying that there is no way earthquakes can be predicted.

John Bellini, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said: “We can’t predict or forecast earthquakes.

“Sometimes before a large earthquake you’ll have a foreshock or two, but we don’t know they’re foreshocks until the big one happens.”

The USGS completely denies that earthquakes can be forecasted, writing on its website: “Neither the USGS nor any other scientists have ever predicted a major earthquake.

“We do not know how, and we do not expect to know how any time in the foreseeable future.”

‘Jesus offered me the chance to LIVE’ Man in vivid experience of life after death

After being involved in a car accident a man, who only gives his name as Gary, temporarily died. Before he was resuscitated by paramedics, Gary believes he crossed over to the afterlife where he gained proof that Jesus is real. Writing for the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Gary described his vivid experience of life after death.

He said: “I was in blackness but with hundreds of sparkly lights. I was a little scared because I could see my hunched-up body and knew that I’d passed over.

“To my left and in a field, there were many people. I saw my grandma and her sister who had passed in the previous year. The colours were so vivid! In front of me was a medium-sized stream with a white bridge over it.

“Jesus was standing on the other side of the bridge. There was a huge, sunlight object shining down on his left side. But it didn’t hurt me to look at it.

“Meanwhile, a man stopped and ran over to my body. He cradled my head in his lap, telling me to wake up.

“I heard in my head, Jesus asking me, ‘Gary, would you like to stay for eternal peace and happiness or go back?’ I thought, ‘I’d like to go back’.”

Suddenly, Gary was back in his body, but he said the experience has changed him forever.

He wrote: “If an experience like this doesn’t change you, then there’s something wrong with you.”

Some researchers, however, said these visions are normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.

Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told a recent Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.

“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them. They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.

“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”

Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.

MH370 search: How did plane disappear? What did Channel 5 TV show reveal?

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 remains one of the biggest mysteries of the past decade. The plane disappeared on March 8 2014, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on a trip to Beijing Capital International Airport from Kuala Lumpur. To this day, the event is the deadliest involving a Boeing 777 and in Malaysia Airlines history. A recent documentary from Channel 5 documentary put forward a new theory about the incident.

How did the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappear?

The Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 took off at 12.41am from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing on March 8, 2014.

After less than half an hour in the air, at 1.21am, the plane’s transponder stopped communicating.

One minute later at 1.22am, the plane disappeared from Thai military radar.

Between 1.21 to 1.28am, the plane appeared to have changed course, and by 1.30am civilian radar lost contact with the flight.

By 2.15am the plane was detected on military radar for the last time.

Searches for the aircraft began at 2.40am, and there is still no concrete cause for the plane’s disappearance.

Nineteen accident investigators concluded in the official report: “The team is unable to determine the real cause for the disappearance of MH370.”

What did Channel 5 documentary Flight MH370 reveal?

One documentary from Channel 5 simply titled ‘Flight MH370’ this year on March 12.

The documentary served to recap what happened as reported by investigators and present new theories as to what could have happened.

While there were a number of ideas put forward by those testifying, they are conjecture.

Science journalist and aviation author Jeff Wise claimed the disappearance was the result of an elaborate plot from Russian hijackers.

He said: “The plane was accelerating, it was climbing and that shows whoever was behind it knew how to fly a plane.

“Whoever was flying the aircraft knew about dead air space in air traffic control, which suggests they were deliberately hiding it from view.

“If this was an effort by Russia it could have put the plane directly on the path to Kazakhstan. This happened in the context just after Russia had annexed Crimea and was getting a lot of heat.”