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U.S. Attorney Statement on Arrests of Two Western PA Pittsburgh Men
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U.S. Attorney Statement on Arrests of Two Western PA Pittsburgh Men

U.S. Attorney Brady Statement on Arrests of Two Western PA Pittsburgh Men PITTSBURGH (STL.News) Scott W. Brady, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, issued the following statement today: "The U.S. Attorney’s Office is working closely with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia to identify those residents of western Pennsylvania who violated federal law in our nation’s Capitol on January 6. The charges announced today against Jorden Mink and Matthew Perna are the result of this collaboration.  Together with our federal, state and local partners, we will ensure that our community is safe from those who would incite or commit further violent acts.  Such criminal activity will be met with swift justice." SOURCE: USDOJ.Today...
Richard Gilbert Pleads Guilty to Murder-for-Hire Plot
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Richard Gilbert Pleads Guilty to Murder-for-Hire Plot

Richard Gilbert Pleads Guilty to Murder-for-Hire Plot against Assistant United States Attorney Columbia, S.C (STL.News)United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that a federal judge has accepted a guilty plea by Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmate Richard Robert Gilbert for a murder-for-hire and retaliation plot against an Assistant United States Attorney and a confidential informant.  The plea calls for Gilbert to serve 262 months, consecutive to the 130-month sentence for which he was already in federal prison. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to hold accountable those who seek violent retribution against law enforcement officers and those who assist the government,” said U.S. Attorney McCoy.  “We stand united with our law enforcement partners.  We are u...
Springfield: Jason Whitehead Sentenced for Defrauding Companies
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Springfield: Jason Whitehead Sentenced for Defrauding Companies

Springfield Man, Jason Whitehead Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Companies in Flexible Spending Account Scheme (STL.News) John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JASON WHITEHEAD, 42, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 15 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for defrauding multiple companies through a flexible spending account scheme. According to court documents and statements made in court, Whitehead worked at PayFlex, a company that administered health care and dependent care spending accounts for corporate employees.  PayFlex was acquired by Aetna Inc. in 2011.  Whitehead worked at the PayFlex division until approximately August ...
EDVA and FBI Affirm Commitment to Ensuring Peaceful Inauguration
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EDVA and FBI Affirm Commitment to Ensuring Peaceful Inauguration

EDVA and FBI Affirm Commitment to Ensuring Peaceful Inauguration ALEXANDRIA, VA (STL.News) The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the FBI affirmed their commitment today to holding accountable anyone who, in connection with tomorrow’s presidential inauguration, commits acts of violence or otherwise violates federal law in the Eastern District of Virginia, including at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond. “While the First Amendment protects the right of individuals to assemble peaceably, it does not provide safe harbor to those who engage in repugnant and destructive behavior to violently attack our Nation’s democracy,” said Raj Parekh, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.  “Our office—in partnership with federal, state, and...
Texas: Troy Anthony Smocks Charged With Making Threats
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Texas: Troy Anthony Smocks Charged With Making Threats

Texas Man, Troy Anthony Smocks Arrested and Charged With Making Threats Regarding Events at the U.S. Capitol WASHINGTON, D.C (STL.News) A Texas man was charged yesterday and arrested in Texas in connection with making threats regarding the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week. Troy Anthony Smocks, 58, of Dallas, Texas, was charged by criminal complaint with knowingly and willfully transmitting threats in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 875(c).  He will make an initial appearance this afternoon in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The affidavit in support of criminal complaint alleges that Smocks traveled to the Washington, D.C., area on January 5, 2021, the day before the illegal rioting.  Smocks used a Parl...
Martin Luther King Jr: MLK/FBI documentary on surveillance
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Martin Luther King Jr: MLK/FBI documentary on surveillance

(STL.News) Shortly after Dr Martin Luther King Jr led the march on Washington, FBI agents were ordered to start following the famed civil rights leader. The extent of the surveillance shocked documentary maker Sam Pollard so much he decided to start digging. He managed to uncover FBI documents, sourced secret White House phone calls and found long forgotten footage of King at the peak of his career. With interviews from King's contemporaries Clarence Jones and Andrew Young, and former FBI agents, MLK/FBI paints a picture which, as Pollard tells the BBC's Alex Stanger, mirrors today's reality. MLK/FBI is available to stream from various video on demand sites. ? YouTube video provided courtesy of BBC News
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 ...
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,”...
Statement On Federal Law Enforcement’s Safety And Security Efforts
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Statement On Federal Law Enforcement’s Safety And Security Efforts

Statement On Federal Law Enforcement’s Safety And Security Efforts (STL.News) The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota and its federal law enforcement partners, including the FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals and Homeland Security Investigations, will devote all our resources to protect public safety throughout the State of Minnesota in the coming days.  Federal law enforcement is leaning forward to both respond to threats of violence and acts of violence and to assist state and local law enforcement to ensure public safety in our communities. We are leveraging additional resources, including an FBI-led 24-hour command post to facilitate information and intelligence sharing across the law enforcement spectrum, in order to achieve this shared goal.  In accordance with our public s...
Federal Court Restrains Toledo Pharmacy and Two Pharmacists
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Federal Court Restrains Toledo Pharmacy and Two Pharmacists

Federal Court Restrains Toledo Pharmacy and Two Pharmacists From Dispensing Opioids or Other Controlled Substances (STL.News) A federal court in Ohio issued a temporary restraining order enjoining a Toledo, Ohio, pharmacy and two of its pharmacists from dispensing opioids and other controlled substances, the Department of Justice announced today. In a civil complaint filed Jan. 6, 2021, and unsealed Jan. 14, 2021, in the Northern District of Ohio, the United States alleges that Shaffer Pharmacy, its pharmacist owner Thomas Tadsen, and pharmacist Wilson Bunton repeatedly dispensed opioids and other controlled substances in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.  The complaint alleges that over a period of several years, the defendants dispensed highly addictive and highly abused pr...
MS-13’s Highest-Ranking Leaders Charged with Terrorism Offenses
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MS-13’s Highest-Ranking Leaders Charged with Terrorism Offenses

MS-13’s Highest-Ranking Leaders Charged with Terrorism Offenses in the United States CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (STL.News) Earlier today, an indictment was unsealed in Central Islip, New York charging 14 of the world’s highest-ranking MS-13 leaders who are known today as the Ranfla Nacional, which operated as the Organization’s Board of Directors, and directed MS-13’s violence and criminal activity around the world for almost two decades. Specifically, the indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to provide and conceal material support to terrorists, conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries, conspiracy to finance terrorism and narco-terrorism conspiracy in connection with the defendants’ leadership of the transnational criminal organization over the past ...
Investigation of drug trafficking conspiracy indicts 48 defendants
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Investigation of drug trafficking conspiracy indicts 48 defendants

Investigation of drug trafficking conspiracy indicts 48 defendants, including three prison guards Operation targeted violent gang members in Coffee County area WAYCROSS, GA (STL.News) Nearly 50 people have been indicted in a drug trafficking investigation that targeted violent gang members distributing methamphetamine and other drugs in the Coffee County area. Dubbed Operation Sandy Bottom, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation centered in the Sand Ridge neighborhood on the east side of Douglas, Ga., in an area known as “the bottoms,” said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.  The 57-count indictment alleges that the conspiracy, controlled by a subset of the violent Gangster Disciples street gang, used guns, violence and fear ...
St. Croix: Aneudis Acevedo Arrested For Fleeing From Park Rangers
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St. Croix: Aneudis Acevedo Arrested For Fleeing From Park Rangers

St. Croix Man, Aneudis Acevedo Arrested For Fleeing From Park Rangers After Shots Were Fired On Buck Island St. Croix, USVI (STL.News) Aneudis Acevedo, 33, of St. Croix, appeared before Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon, Jr., for an Initial Appearance after his arrest by National Park Service Rangers on the charges of Interfering with Agency Functions, Violating a Lawful Order, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting or Impeding an Officer of the United States. According to court documents, in the late afternoon of January 10, 2021, shots were fired on Buck Island after a fight occurred on the beach.  Immediately after the shots were fired, Acevedo fled the scene in his boat at a high rate of speed while carrying several passengers.  He fled from a National Park Service boat, disobeying mult...
Beavercreek: Cody Melby Charged After Firing Handgun
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Beavercreek: Cody Melby Charged After Firing Handgun

Beavercreek Man, Cody Melby Arrested, Charged After Firing Handgun Into the Hatfield Federal Courthouse PORTLAND, OR (STL.News) A Beavercreek, Oregon man has been arrested and charged for discharging a firearm into the Hatfield Federal Courthouse on January 8, 2021, announced U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams. Cody Melby, 39, has been charged by criminal complaint with destruction of government property. According to the complaint, at approximately 7:35pm on January 8, Melby allegedly jumped over a security fence at the Hatfield Courthouse and, using a 9mm handgun, fired several rounds into the building’s exterior.  Two courthouse security officers exited the building and approached Melby after observing him on a closed-circuit security camera.  Melby told the officers he had a gun an...
Resignation Letter of United States Attorney Russell Coleman
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Resignation Letter of United States Attorney Russell Coleman

Resignation Letter of United States Attorney Russell Coleman (STL.News) “Today I submitted my resignation to the President and Acting Attorney General, effective January 20. For a guy whose childhood dream job as an FBI Agent ended early due to a spinal injury, serving as the chief federal law enforcement officer in the place I love, and for the people I’ve known all my life, has been a humbling honor. I leave this office with gratitude and awe. Gratitude for the statesmanship and friendship of Senator McConnell who recommended me for this position, to Senator Paul who supported me, and to the White House for the opportunity. Awe at the gravity of the mission of protecting the families of our West Kentucky district, and of the caliber of the committed public servants of YOUR Unit...
Houston: Gloria Kirk Edmonson Arrested for Lottery Fraud Scheme
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Houston: Gloria Kirk Edmonson Arrested for Lottery Fraud Scheme

Houston Woman, Gloria Kirk Edmonson Arrested for Lottery Fraud Scheme BIRMINGHAM, AL (STL.News) On Wednesday, January 6th, federal agents arrested a woman for her role in a lottery fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona, FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr., and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector-In-Charge, Houston Division, Adrian Gonzalez. A five-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges Gloria Kirk Edmonson, 75, of Houston, Texas, with one count of conspiracy, two counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to the indictment, from January 2019 through December 2020, Edmonson was a part of a lottery fraud scheme that persuaded individuals, often vulnerable elderly indiv...
Statement of Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen
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Statement of Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen

Statement of Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen (STL.News) “Yesterday, our Nation watched in disbelief as a mob breached the Capitol Building and required federal and local law enforcement to help restore order.  The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that those responsible for this attack on our Government and the rule of law face the full consequences of their actions under the law. Our criminal prosecutors have been working throughout the night with special agents and investigators from the U.S. Capitol Police, FBI, ATF, Metropolitan Police Department and the public to gather the evidence, identify perpetrators, and charge federal crimes where warranted.  Some participants in yesterday’s violence will be charged today, and we will continue to methodically assess ev...
Information about U.S. Capitol Incursion to Contact FBI
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Information about U.S. Capitol Incursion to Contact FBI

U.S. Attorney John H. Durham Encourages People with Information about U.S. Capitol Incursion to Contact FBI New Haven (STL.News) “We encourage people with information related to the activity yesterday at the U.S. Capitol to contact the FBI .  If the District of Connecticut is the appropriate venue for the prosecution of individuals involved in that disgraceful and criminal activity, our office will aggressively pursue any such matter.” SOURCE: USDOJ.Today