Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, center, as attorney Jeff Lang, right, speaks during a press conference Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, outside Peoria Heights Village Hall in Peoria Heights, Ill. (Matt Dayhoff/AP)
ILLINOIS
Former congressman Schock is indicted

Aaron Schock, a former Illinois congressman whose Capitol Hill office was decorated in the style of the TV show “Downton Abbey” and whose six-pack abs landed him on the cover of Men’s Health, was indicted Thursday on charges that he misspent government and campaign money for his personal benefit.

Schock, 35, once a rising star in the Republican Party, had resigned from Congress last year amid reports of alleged improper spending.

Schock was charged in a 24-count indictment with wire fraud, mail fraud, theft of government funds, making false statements and filing false documents. The 52-page document spells out a broad array of misdeeds spanning 2008 to 2015.

The indictment, announced by U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis in Springfield, Ill., alleges that the former congressman from Peoria, Ill., reimbursed himself for 150,000 miles he never drove and bought a new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe for his exclusive use with campaign committee funds. All told, Schock is accused of causing the government and his campaign committees to lose more than $100,000, authorities said.

Schock said he was eager to “defend my name and reputation in a court of law.”

— Matt Zapotosky

NEW YORK
Suspect in bombings appears in court

A man charged with setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York shuffled slowly into a Manhattan courtroom Thursday to face federal terrorism charges as his attorney expressed worries that a federal lockup could not adequately care for injuries stemming from his shootout with police.

Ahmad Khan Rahimi, 28, listened as U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn read him his rights and the charges against him during a brief morning appearance after he was transferred into federal custody at 5 a.m. No plea was required because he has yet to be indicted.

The Afghanistan-born U.S. citizen was hospitalized for weeks for treatment of bullet wounds after a police shootout during his Sept. 19 capture in Linden, N.J.

Rahimi is charged with detonating a pipe bomb along a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, N.J., and planting two pressure-cooker bombs in New York. One of those devices detonated in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, injuring 30.

— Associated Press