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Manhattan prosecutors are probing nearly $300 million in loans to some of Donald Trump’s iconic properties in the city, according to a report.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is investigating loans the former president took out on the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, the Trump International Hotel and Tower at Columbus Circle, Trump Plaza on the Upper East Side and a skyscraper in the Financial District, according to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal Saturday.

The loans were all made to Trump by companies connected to Ladder Capital Corp., a New York-based real estate investment firm, the newspaper reported. The firm has loaned Trump more than $280 million since 2012, according to property records.

The probe is part of a wider investigation into alleged insurance and bank fraud by the Trump Organization led by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance. Last year, prosecutors requested eight years’ worth of financial records from the company’s accounting firm, Mazars USA LLP.

“This is the continuation of the worst witch hunt in American history,” Trump told reporters in August after Vance tried to convince a federal court to move forward with the investigation into “protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”

The most recent probe comes amid a legal battle led by Vance, who has tried to obtain Trump’s tax returns and other financial filings from the accounting firm since 2019. Although Trump had argued that as a sitting president, he could not be investigated, the US Supreme Court ruled against him in July. Trump is currently appealing the decision.

According to the newspaper, Ladder makes loans and then sells the debt to investors in the form of commercial-backed securities. In 2012, Trump asked Ladder for a $100 million loan for the 58-story Trump Tower, the site of the Trump Organization offices and his own penthouse apartment.

In 2014, Trump took out a loan for $15 million for Trump Tower, and a year later Ladder loaned Trump $160 million for 40 Wall St., a 71 story tower. In 2016, he took out a loan for $7 million from the firm for the Trump International Hotel and Tower, according to financial disclosures. The loans allowed the Trump Organization to “significantly lower” their interest rates on the properties, according to the newspaper.

Vance’s office refused comment Saturday. Trump and his representatives could not be reached for comment.

Separately, New York Attorney General Letitia James is conducting her own investigation into Trump holdings in New York, including the skyscraper at 40 Wall Street and Seven Springs, a 213-acre estate in Westchester.

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Feds bust NY Capitol rioter who photographed congressional documents

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Christopher Moynihan has been arrested and charged after he broke into the Senate chamber and took photos of official congressional notes and documents during the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

A Capitol rioter from New York who broke into the Senate chamber and took photos of official congressional notes and documents during last month’s siege has been arrested and charged, according to federal authorities.

The suspect, Christopher Moynihan of Salt Point, was busted Thursday afternoon after two people he previously worked with told investigators they saw him in video footage of the riot, according to New York prosecutors.

In the footage, Moynihan is seen in the Senate chamber taking photos of official congressional documents that are “believed to detail the objections and votes of certain congressional members on the certification of electoral results,” an FBI agent wrote in a affidavit in support of federal charges against the suspect.

“There’s got to be something we can use against these f–king scumbags,” Moynihan is heard saying on the video as he rifles through the documents, prosecutors said.

Moynihan’s former co-workers gave the feds his cellphone number, and investigators linked it to a cell site near the Capitol on Jan. 6, according to court documents.

The suspect was hit with a number of charges by prosecutors in White Plains federal court, including disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Five people died in the riot — including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick — as a frenzied mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the building that day in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

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Man tried to bury wife alive at California beach, cops say

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Man tried to bury wife alive at California beach, cops say

A man attempted to bury his wife alive during a horrifying attack at a California beach Thursday night, cops said. 

The woman called 911 just before 9 p.m., reporting that her husband had just tried to kill her on Coronado Beach, local police said. 

The couple visited the beach earlier in the evening and got into an argument that escalated when the suspect, later identified as Jose Luis Mares III, 23, of Moreno Valley, started attacking his wife, cops said. 

He tried to throw her into the surf, and then brought her near a lifeguard tower, where he tried burying her in the sand, according to cops and local outlet KSWB-TV.

“She said there was a hole in the ground and the hole had previously been there from probably kids digging it during the day,” Detective Ryan Brennan of  the Coronado Police Department told the station. “But during the struggle, she said he threw her in that hole when he began putting sand on top of her.”

He kicked her repeatedly, and then stopped and ran away, Brennan told the outlet. 

“We don’t know what scared him away,” the police official said. “Perhaps it was someone walking by.”

The woman escaped and ran toward Ocean Boulevard, where a passerby found her on the sidewalk. Paramedics brought her to a trauma center in San Diego. 

Cops found Mares a short time later hiding in the backyard of a nearby home, authorities said. 

He was charged with attempted murder, assault causing great bodily injury, domestic violence, false imprisonment and a parole violation, police said. 

Mares was a parolee previously convicted for carjacking and burglary, the local station reported, citing the California Department of Corrections.

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Car located in mysterious case of missing Colorado grandmother

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Car located in mysterious case of missing Colorado grandmother

Family of a missing mom and grandmother in Colorado claim the woman was planning to confront her cheating partner just before she mysteriously vanished.

According to the Daily Mail, 49-year-old grandmother Marlena Mizell was last seen leaving a gas station in South Forks, Colorado in early January before she mysteriously went missing.

Her last cell phone ping was north of Dulce, New Mexico — 44 miles away from the location she was last seen alive.

Police in the region have now said they found Mizell’s missing car, but have yet to properly inspect or recover the vehicle due to inclement weather in the area making for dangerous conditions.

Megan Mizell said she last spoke to her mother on the phone at 10.16am on the morning of her disappearance, and she said it was a ‘semi-normal’ conversation that lasted a couple of minutes. 

Missing mom’s car is found in Colorado two months after the 49-year-old was last seen pumping gas – as her daughters reveal she was going to confront her fiance and his lover about their affair

According to Mizell’s family, the Colorado grandmother went mysteriously missing just a day after broadcasting nude photos of her partner’s alleged lover.

According to The U.S. Sun, Marlena Mizell’s daughters, Sarah Ferguson and Megan Mizell, told a true crime podcast that their last conversation with their mother worried them.

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“But at the very end she said, ‘I love you, Megan,’ in a way that I’m not used to, so that kind of raised some concerns with me,” Megan recalled of an otherwise “semi-normal” conversation that day Mizell vanished.

The daughter said she later learned her mother left to confront her partner and the alleged lover soon after the phone call ended.

Megan has since discovered that just 15 minutes after their phone call, her mom allegedly went to confront her fiance and a woman named ‘Jennifer’ about their affair.

Marlena Mizell – Car belonging to Colorado mom who vanished after she posted nudes of husband’s alleged lover is FOUND

A month after the missing Colorado grandmother’s mysterious disappearance, Marlena’s partner Kurt posted a message on Facebook that read: “My fiancée has been missing now 30 days. It been a heart breaking crisis in our family and we’re all praying for her safe return.”

“I pray every day God brings Marlena back to me, and her whole family safely and soon. We haven’t found any trace of her car, her, or anything she left out of here with, which is very little.”

According to KCNC in Denver, Mizell was reported missing by Kurt the day after she disappeared.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.

The South Fork Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in locating Mizell. 

Missing Woman: State Now Helping In Search For Marlena Mizell

Mizell’s daughters said they have been unable to contact their mother in the weeks since the Colorado grandmother mysteriously went missing, and that there has been no activity on her bank account.

Police have not said if they suspect foul play. According to Fox affiliate KDVR, she was last seen wearing a black one-piece jumpsuit.

No one has been identified as a suspect or a person of interest, and no arrests have been made.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Forks Police Department.

Mizell has high cheek bones and scars on her chin and neck. Her ears are pierced and she has two tattoos: a hummingbird near her stomach and a butterfly on her ankle.

Woman missing from South Fork for over a week

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