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LAX Stowaway Scam Artist 'Storyteller' Pleads Not Guilty
The airline passenger who is thought to be a boarding pass scam artist appeared in court today in Los Angeles to enter not guilty pleas on felony charges he was a stowaway and he attempted to enter a secure ares of Los Angeles International Airport. Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, 24, originally from Nigeria, was arrested last month attempting to board a flight out of LAX using a boarding pass that was not issued in his name. Noibi had arrived a few days earlier in L.A. after successfully boarding a flight from New York's JFK airport using a boarding pass he allegedly swiped from another passenger's back pocket.
Noibi said he was in L.A. to recruit potential workers for his software business, says KTLA, adding that he has described himself on Facebook as a Chicago-based man who is a "storyteller, strategist and designer who is passionate about reaching the world for Jesus."
Authorities say a search of Noibi's luggage in Los Angeles revealed numerous boarding passes issued in other people's names.
Amazingly, Noibi cleared security in New York, although his boarding pass was not in his name and was dated for the previous day, and he only carried a university-issued ID on him.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.