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Authorities Urge Shawano Residents to Remain Confident

Updated: 12/31/2008 - At a press conference Friday, the Shawano police chief said authorities believe members of the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology targeted people who have stood in their way, but he also asked fearful residents to be confident in their investigation.

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SIST Denies Involvement with Hit List - Read News Release Here

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Hours before being arrested on a Federal warrant, Naomi Issacson, the C.E.O. of the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology issued a statement saying Shawano City officials created the ‘hit list’ that is the subject of an F.B.I. investigation to enflame and terrorize to public, and bring about S.I.S.T.’s demise.

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NEW INFO: Shawano City Council Meeting Held Under Tense Conditions

Updated: 11/13/2008 - The Shawano City Council held a regularly scheduled council meeting under some very tense conditions Wednesday night. A hit list uncovered by the F.B.I. has the names of 60 people from the Shawano community, including members of Law Enforcement, the Mayor, and other leaders present at Wednesday's meeting.

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NEW INFO: Law Enforcement Says Shawano "Hit List" Connected to S.I.S.T.

Updated: 01/20/2009 - FBI agents say they're investigating a list with the names of sixty people in the Shawano area, threatening them with Federal crimes. At a meeting with potential victims, law enforcement said the Rama Behera and "The Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology" are being investigated in connection to the list.

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Depositions of SIST Members Held in Shawano Mayor's Lawsuit

Updated: 12/31/2008 - Shawano Mayor Lorna Marquardt's lawsuit against the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology is now one step closer to reaching a conclusion. Depositions of three key members of S.I.S.T. were held in Shawano Monday.

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SIST Loses $190,000 Federal Lawsuit

Updated: 12/31/2008 - The Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology and two of its subsidiaries have been ordered in Federal Court to pay $190,000 for bills unpaid by the USA International Raceway.

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Secrets in Shawano: Part 4: Allegations From Inside

Updated: 05/23/2008 - A glimpse of life inside Avraham Cohen's group may lie in accounts on file at the Shawano County Sheriff's Department, as told by people who grew up as the so-called "true disciples".

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Secrets in Shawano: Part 3: The Hotel Controversy

Updated: 05/21/2008 - Recently, one of the hotels Avraham Cohen owns is drawing complaints and protests because it's the site of private adult parties hosted by a swingers group called ‘Share Your Secrets’.

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Secrets in Shawano: Part 2: The Community Impact

Posted: 05/20/2008 - For the better part of 20 years, community members say Rama Behera and his followers had remained mostly under-the-radar. But local officials say in recent years, the group has seemed to shift their focus, by buying millions of dollars worth of buildings and businesses around the city of Shawano.

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Secrets in Shawano: Part 1: The Group and Their Leader

Updated: 05/20/2008 - Cults and extreme religious groups are grabbing headlines these days. After learning that another controversial group is operating right here in North Central Wisconsin, NewsChannel 7 set out to learn more about it, its members, and its elusive leader.

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"Secrets in Shawano" Special Report to Begin Monday on NewsChannel 7

Posted: 05/19/2008 - NewsChannel 7 is beginning its series of special reports Monday on an extreme religious group in Shawano and their history and impact on the community. They're called The Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ and are led by a man known as Avraham Cohen.

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