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    Andrew Wagner

    This one is a little different. Here's someone taking a school rivalry with a fellow student way too far.

    Arson At Martial Arts Studio: Bolingbrook Man Charged, Bond Set
    28-year-old Andrew Wagner is accused of breaking into a Naperville martial arts studio and setting a fire that destroyed the building.
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    Andrew Wagner's bond was set at $400,000 for two felonies and one misdemeanor. (Naperville Police Department)
    NAPERVILLE, IL — A 28-year-old Bolingbrook man is accused of setting fire to a Naperville martial arts studio where he used to be a student, according to police.

    On March 26, Naperville police responded to an alarm at United Martial Arts studio at 1260 Chicago Avenue. Naperville Fire Department also arrived to find the building engulfed in flames. Fire officials said the smoke and fire damage left the building "uninhabitable."

    Police identified a former student of the studio, Andrew Wagner, as the accused arsonist. Wagner was voluntarily interviewed by Naperville police and taken into custody on April 6.

    Further investigation found that Wagner broke into the studio and used an accelerant to strengthen the fire, according to DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin.

    "Thankfully, no one was present at the studio when he allegedly started the fire and no patrons in any of the adjacent businesses were injured," Berlin said.

    Wagner's bond is set at $400,000. The Red Bud Court resident is charged with two arson-related felonies and one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property for allegedly throwing a brick several times at the passenger window of a parked vehicle owned by a former classmate. The State's Attorney's office did not specify if the misdemeanor and felony charges are related.

    Naperville Chief of Police Robert Marshall said he hopes residents feel they are getting their questions on the incident answered.

    "Based on the serious nature with the crime of arson that occurred in this incident, it was important for the safety of the community to find out what happened," Marshall said.

    Wagner's next court appearance is scheduled for May 5.
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    Jeffrey Allan Buley

    Former Buncombe County jailer, martial arts instructor gets 22 years for child sex abuse
    Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven
    Asheville Citizen Times


    Jeffrey Buley, sentenced to 22 years in prison, worked at the Buncombe County Jail from 2007 to 2014.
    A federal judge sentenced a former Buncombe County jailer and martial arts instructor to 22 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting one of his students.

    Jeffrey Allan Buley, 58, was both a student and a volunteer instructor at a martial arts facility in Hendersonville. According to federal court documents, he used the position as a hunting ground. He worked at the Buncombe County jail from 2007-14.

    Buley befriended one of his students and then coerced that student into sending sexually explicit content on Discord, a popular messaging app among gamers and young people.

    The owner of the facility, said as soon as he discovered Buley's abuse he informed all of the parents and implemented additional safety measures. He strengthened background checks, added cameras, and created a policy prohibiting all adults from communicating with the students outside of class.

    According to a statement a close friend of Buley’s filed on his behalf, Buley told people he worked for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, which oversees the state’s prisons. But the department has no record of a person with Buley’s name ever working there.

    A spokesman confirmed that Buley worked at the Buncombe County Jail. The statement also said Buley worked at the Henderson County Jail, but the department has not confirmed his employment.

    The investigation was spearheaded by Homeland Security Investigations, a department housed within Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Federal authorities took over the case from officials in North Carolina because Buley used the internet in his abuse, which is regulated by the interstate commerce clause and falls under federal jurisdiction.

    Authorities also found evidence that Buley accessed child pornography on his computers. Buley will pay a little over $7,600 in restitution to his victims, $3,000 of which will go to a person who appeared in a series of child pornography that he viewed. Buley was not accused or convicted of producing child pornography.

    Buley was arrested in July 2019, and pleaded guilty in May 2020. He was supposed to be sentenced in February 2021, but the court pushed back the sentencing due to winter storms.

    Buley faced up to 30 years in prison, and a possible fine of $250,000. The court ordered him to forfeit his two computers, Chromebook, cellphone and three USB drives to the government. Upon his release, he will remain on supervised release and need to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
    "he used the position as a hunting ground"
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    Flow Academy

    Changed the locks.

    Interior Health shuts down non-compliant Kelowna martial arts studio
    Winston Szeto 1 day ago
    Kelowna, B.C., martial arts studio Flow Academy was forcefully shut down by the Interior Health authority on Tuesday due to non-compliance with public health orders.© Brady Strachan/CBC Kelowna, B.C., martial arts studio Flow Academy was forcefully shut down by the Interior Health authority on Tuesday due to non-compliance with public health orders.
    The Interior Health authority has taken the unusual step of forcibly closing a Kelowna, B.C., martial arts studio for flouting public health orders.

    On Tuesday, Interior Health officers — accompanied by the City of Kelowna staff and RCMP — changed the locks of Flow Academy at 1151 Sutherland Avenue.

    The health authority says it took aggressive measures to close the premises because owner Tonya Aguiar ignored provincial health orders against indoor group exercises.

    Flow Academy provides classes such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, yoga and meditation.

    In February, Aguiar was ticketed for interfering with health officers' inspection of the premises and was ordered by the health authority to stop hosting indoor group activities.

    Interior Health's chief medical health officer Dr. Albert de Villiers said the authority issued a closure order on April 20, but the studio ignored it and kept operating.

    "We still saw people coming and going and they were contravening the gathering order and … the closure order," de Villiers told CBC's Brady Strachan.

    "Unfortunately, [we] had to change their locks because there was nothing else we could do at that point."

    "This is the first time I actually had to go this far in changing locks and spending a lot of time to actually do this," de Villiers said. "It's the first time we've done that, and hopefully [it's] the last time."

    CBC News has reached out to Aguiar by email but hasn't heard back.

    Last month, Flow Academy announced on its website that it wouldn't take new membership applications from anyone who had taken a COVID-19 vaccine, inaccurately characterizing the vaccines as dangerous and a liability concern.

    Interior Health's closure notice posted on Flow Academy's door says the business failed to follow the authority's closure order issued on April 20.© Brady Strachan/CBC Interior Health's closure notice posted on Flow Academy's door says the business failed to follow the authority's closure order issued on April 20.
    Although the announcement was removed, de Villiers said he's troubled by the misinformation about coronavirus vaccines being spread in the local community.

    "It's always concerning to us because unfortunately … the public will actually believe and act on that [misinformation] as well, and then they might put other people at risk," he said.

    Flow Academy, which has been operating without a business licence since February, submitted an application for one but was turned down by the city due to non-compliance with provincial health orders.

    The City of Kelowna's risk manager Lance Kayfish said the city issued four violation tickets totalling $4,000 to Flow Academy for an unlicensed operation and failing to permit city inspections.

    "It [the amount of tickets issued] is quite unusual," Kayfish said.

    Group indoor fitness activities in gyms, yoga studios and other spaces are currently prohibited. The order is valid until May 25.
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    Kebi Raj

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    CB CID probe ordered into complaints of sexual harassment against martial arts instructor

    SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT CHENNAI, JUNE 04, 2021 14:19 IST
    UPDATED: JUNE 04, 2021 14:19 IST



    Kebi Raj | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

    The accused Kebi Raj, 41, was arrested by the All Women Police, Anna Nagar on Monday, following a complaint from a 26-year-old woman who had been a trainee at his institute
    The Director General of Police (DGP) J.K. Tripathy has ordered a probe by the Crime Branch CID police into the complaints of sexual assault and harassment against E. Kebi Raj, a Chennai-based martial arts instructor, by his trainees.

    The CB CID probe was ordered by the DGP following a recommendation from Commissioner of Police Shankar Jiwal. Sources said the matter was taken up by the CB CID since the accused faces at least three complaints against him. A thorough investigation needs to be taken up to establish his involvement and to find out whether any other associates have been involved. An investigation will also be conducted in other districts and other States besides collecting electronic evidence.

    The accused Kebi Raj, 41, was arrested by the All Women Police, Anna Nagar on Monday. He was an instructor at a reputed city school and has been running Hi-Impact Martial Arts School in Anna Nagar.

    A 26-year-old woman who was a trainee with him alleged that in 2014, when they were returning to the city after participating in a judo tournament in Namakkal, he touched her inappropriately and attempted to rape her in a moving car. She also alleged she was sexually assaulted her in the trip and later, he threatened to murder her if she spoke about the incident. Due to the trauma, she dropped out of the institute, she said. However, the recent arrest of a school teacher for sexual harassment gave her the confidence to come forward and lodge a complaint against the perpetrator.

    Based on her complaint, the police registered a case under Section 376, read with Section 511 (attempt to rape), Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman) of the IPC and provisions of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Woman Act.
    In a moving car? Was there another driver?
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