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Mushers and Dogs dash through French alps
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Mushers and Dogs dash through French alps

(STL.News) Dozens of Mushers and Dogs dash through the French alps and they are participating in this year's 17th addition of LA Grande odyssee challenge began on Sunday. ? YouTube video provided courtesy of WION News
Wikipedia: World’s largest online reference turns 20
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Wikipedia: World’s largest online reference turns 20

Wikipedia was created on January 15, 2001 (STL.News) January 15th was the 20th Birthday of Wikipedia, we all have taken reference from the platform sometime or the other, but how much do we know about it. STL.News references Wikipedia on the majority of articles published.  What would the web be like without Wikipedia? Wikipedia founders are Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger.  Wikipedia is funded primarily from donations.  The site is published in 317 languages with more than 93 million registered users. Visit Wikipedia Foundation ? YouTube video provided courtesy of WION News
Kalamazoo: Keenan Jermaine Dunigan Pled Guilty Of Distributing Fentanyl
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Kalamazoo: Keenan Jermaine Dunigan Pled Guilty Of Distributing Fentanyl

Kalamazoo Man, Keenan Jermaine Dunigan Pled Guilty Of Distributing Fatal Dose Of Fentanyl LANSING, MI (STL.News) On 12 Jan. 2021, Keenan Jermaine Dunigan, 34, pled guilty in federal court to distributing a fatal dose of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl to a 24-year-old Virginia native, then a resident of Kalamazoo. Dunigan, whose trial was scheduled to begin on 26 January in U.S. District Court in Lansing, was charged with eight different counts involving drug-trafficking and firearms possession.  He pled guilty to the most serious count, pursuant to a plea-agreement with the Government that requires a sentence between 25 and 35 years in prison.  If he had gone to trial and been convicted of the distribution-causing-death charge, Dunigan would have been subject to a sentence of man...
Trent Shores Announces the Hiring of Lieutenant Chris Witt
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Trent Shores Announces the Hiring of Lieutenant Chris Witt

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores Announces the Hiring of Retired Tulsa Police Lieutenant Chris Witt as Law Enforcement Coordinator (STL.News) United States Attorney Trent Shores today announced the hiring of retired Tulsa Police Lieutenant Chris Witt as Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC) for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  In his position, Witt will act as a liaison between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement throughout the Northern District of Oklahoma.  The LEC further builds relationships within the community and promotes communication, engagement, and understanding of Department of Justice initiatives, law enforcement considerations, and crime prevention opportunities. “Now more than ever, strong partnerships between the community and law enforceme...
Grantville: Murray Rojas Sentenced To 27 Month Prison
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Grantville: Murray Rojas Sentenced To 27 Month Prison

Appeals Court Upholds 27 Month Prison Sentence Of Former Penn National Horse Trainer , Murray Rojas (STL.News) The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on Jan. 11, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed both the conviction and 27-month prison sentence of Murray Rojas, age, 54, of Grantville, Pennsylvania.  That sentence was imposed by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo on May 6, 2019, after Rojas was convicted by a jury on multiple counts of causing prescription animal drugs to become misbranded in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), as well as conspiracy to commit misbranding. According to Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, between 2002 and 2014, Rojas directed veterinarians t...
U.S. Attorney Releases Corporate Enforcement Memo
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U.S. Attorney Releases Corporate Enforcement Memo

U.S. Attorney Releases Corporate Enforcement Memo for Eastern District of Texas BEAUMONT, TS (STL.News) The Eastern District of Texas has taken another significant step in promoting justice, fairness, and transparency in the areas of corporate and white-collar enforcement. “For the past four years, the Department of Justice has introduced and formalized policies relating to corporate and white-collar enforcement actions.  These policies are good for government, good for fairness, good for transparency, good for the public, and consistent with the Department’s pursuit of justice,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox. “Today, the Eastern District of Texas makes clear that it has adopted these policies and fully commits the District to applying them in its civil and criminal white-collar an...
Wilmington: Justin Stoll charged with online threats
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Wilmington: Justin Stoll charged with online threats

Wilmington man, Justin Stoll charged with online threats, witness tampering regarding his participation in protests at U.S. Capitol CINCINNATI (STL.News) A Wilmington man has been charged federally with making interstate threats and threatening a witness.  The crimes arise from the man’s alleged communications online related to his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the United States Capitol. Justin Stoll, 40, was arrested this morning by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and appeared in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, at which time his case was unsealed. According to an affidavit written in support of the criminal complaint pending against Stoll, he used the username “Th3RealHuckleberry” on the app Clapper and on YouTube to post videos related to his participation in ...
Justice Department Settles with Texas-Based Staffing Company
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Justice Department Settles with Texas-Based Staffing Company

Justice Department Settles with Texas-Based Staffing Company to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination (STL.News) The Department of Justice announced that it reached a settlement with National Systems America LP (National Systems), a Dallas, Texas-based staffing agency. The settlement resolves the department’s claim that National Systems violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) when it (1) imposed unlawful citizenship restrictions on applicants for certain positions and (2) required lawful permanent resident applicants, but not U.S. citizens, to provide a specific work authorization document to receive further consideration for a job. “In the competitive and fast-paced IT staffing industry, it is critical for staffing companies not to impose unlawful hiring restriction...
Little Rock: Devion Cumbie Sentenced For Child Pornography
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Little Rock: Devion Cumbie Sentenced For Child Pornography

Little Rock Man, Devion Cumbie Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison For Extortion and Production of Child Pornography Defendant Used Online Alias to Threaten Women and Minors LITTLE ROCK (STL.News) A Little Rock man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for extortion and production of child pornography. Devion Cumbie, 25, was sentenced by United States District Judge James M. Moody, Jr. The sentencing is announced by Acting United States Attorney Jonathan D. Ross and FBI Little Rock Special Agent in Charge Diane Upchurch. In June 2020, in the first federal criminal jury trial in the state since the coronavirus pandemic began, a federal jury found Cumbie guilty on all seven counts for which he was indicted: production of child pornography, two counts of attempted production of child porn...
Baltimore: Douglas Randall Phillips Sentenced For Bank Robbery
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Baltimore: Douglas Randall Phillips Sentenced For Bank Robbery

Baltimore Bank Robber, Douglas Randall Phillips Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Federal Prison Also Violated His Supervised Release on a Previous Federal Bank Robbery Conviction Greenbelt, MD (STL.News) U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Douglas Randall Phillips, age 58, of Baltimore, Maryland, to 151 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for federal charges of bank robbery and violation of his federal supervised release from a prior bank robbery conviction.  Judge Messitte also ordered Phillips to pay restitution in the full amount of the victim’s loss. The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Balt...
Cheikh Ahmet Tidiane Cisse Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
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Cheikh Ahmet Tidiane Cisse Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

Former Social Security Employee, Cheikh Ahmet Tidiane Cisse Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for a Scheme to Obtain Over $236,000 in Social Security Benefits by Allegedly Submitting Fictitious Claims Used the Identities of Real People as well as Fictitious Identities to File the Claims Baltimore, MD (STL.News) Cheikh Ahmet Tidiane Cisse, age 45, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to federal charges of theft of government property and aggravated identity theft, in connection with a scheme in which Cisse filed fraudulent claims for Social Security benefits using fictitious identities and the identities of actual individuals, and attempted to collected over $236,000. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Gail S. E...
Lexington: Oscar Bustamante Sentenced for Armed Cocaine Trafficking
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Lexington: Oscar Bustamante Sentenced for Armed Cocaine Trafficking

Lexington Man, Oscar Bustamante Sentenced to 120 Months for Armed Cocaine and Heroin Trafficking LEXINGTON, KY (STL.News) A Lexington, Ky., man, Oscar Bustamante, 29, was sentenced on Friday, by Chief U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves, to 120 months in federal prison, for trafficking in cocaine and heroin, and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. According to his plea agreement, on November 7, 2019, law enforcement found Bustamante in possession of 104 grams of heroin and 113 grams of cocaine.  Additionally, law enforcement found $4,792 in cash and digital scales with residue on them in the cabinet, along with three firearms in the top of his bedroom closet. Bustamante pleaded guilty to the federal charge in September 2020. Under federal law, Bustamante must ser...
Wright County: Bobby Hernandez Sentenced for Multiple Convictions
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Wright County: Bobby Hernandez Sentenced for Multiple Convictions

Wright County Man, Bobby Hernandez to Federal Prison for Meth and Gun Convictions Hernandez, who has a 2009 federal firearms conviction, illegally possessed a gun with a homemade silencer. (STL.News)  A man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine while illegally possessing a firearm was sentenced January 14, 2021, to more than 12 years in federal prison. Bobby Hernandez, 50, from Eagle Grove, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 27, 2020, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.  Hernandez was previously convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, on or about September 29, 2009. Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings show...
Rockford: Sean Cardenas Charged for Allegedly Setting Fire
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Rockford: Sean Cardenas Charged for Allegedly Setting Fire

Rockford Man, Sean Cardenas Charged With Arson for Allegedly Setting Fire to Retail Business ROCKFORD (STL.News) A Rockford man was arrested Thursday on a federal arson charge for allegedly setting fire to a local retail business. SEAN CARDENAS, 20, was indicted on Jan. 12, 2021, by a federal grand jury in Rockford on one count of maliciously damaging and destroying, and attempting to damage and destroy, by means of fire, a building at 6260 E. State St. in Rockford.  The alleged arson occurred on May 30, 2020. Cardenas pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Steven C. Seeger. Cardenas was ordered to remain in federal custody until a detention hearing on January 19, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. The indictment and arrest were announced by John R. ...
Tallahassee: Daniel Baker Arrested For Inciting Violence
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Tallahassee: Daniel Baker Arrested For Inciting Violence

Tallahassee Man, Daniel Baker Arrested For Inciting Violence At The Florida Capitol Building TALLAHASSEE, FL (STL.News) Federal law enforcement agents today arrested Daniel Baker of Tallahassee for transmission, in interstate commerce, of a communication containing a threat to kidnap or to injure.  Baker issued a call to arms for like-minded individuals to violently confront protestors gathered at the Florida Capitol this Sunday.  He specifically called for others to join him in encircling any protestors and confining them at the Capitol complex using firearms.  Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the arrest. “Extremists intent on violence from either end of the political and social spectrums must be stopped, and they will be stopped,”...
Colorado Springs Company And Its Owners Agree To Pay Over $400,000
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Colorado Springs Company And Its Owners Agree To Pay Over $400,000

Colorado Springs Company And Its Owners Agree To Pay Over $400,000 To Resolve Allegations That It Improperly Obtained Small Business Research Funds DENVER (STL.News) United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn announced that Albido Corporation, along with two individuals, have agreed to pay over $400,000 to settle allegations that the company improperly obtained three awards through the Small Business Innovation Research Program based on false misrepresentations of eligibility for the program. The Small Business Innovations Research Program (SBIR) is a federal program intended to foster eligible small businesses through federally funded research and development awards.  Awards are made by various government agencies, with the goal of providing federal funds for eligible small businesses to re...
Orange County: Anthony Martinez Pleads Guilty For Possessing Cocaine
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Orange County: Anthony Martinez Pleads Guilty For Possessing Cocaine

Orange County Man, Anthony Martinez Who Was Chased by Police While Possessing 75 Pounds of Cocaine in His Car Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge LOS ANGELES (STL.News) An Orange County man who led police on a high-speed car chase after they attempted to pull him over with approximately 75 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle pleaded guilty today to a federal narcotics charge. Anthony Martinez, 40, of La Habra, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. In February 2020, a federal grand jury charged Martinez and seven other defendants in a superseding indictment alleging a narcotics trafficking conspiracy in which large quantities of cocaine were stored in stash houses in Baldwin Park and Covina, then delivered to buyers in Southern California. According...