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PA: Rico Taylor Involved in Supplying Drug Gang Sentenced
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PA: Rico Taylor Involved in Supplying Drug Gang Sentenced

PA: Rico Taylor Involved in Supplying Drug Gang Sentenced to Nearly 5 Years in Prison (STL.News) – A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court to 57 months of imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. United States District Judge William S. Stickman, IV imposed sentence on Rico Taylor, 35. According to information presented to the Court, in 2017, the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force initiated an investigation primarily targeting the Darccide/Smash 44, or DS44, neighborhood gang, and drug-trafficking activity in and around the South Side area of Pittsburgh.  As part of this large-scale narcotics an...
PA: U.S. Attorney Scott Brady Announces Record Number of Prosecutions
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PA: U.S. Attorney Scott Brady Announces Record Number of Prosecutions

PA: U.S. Attorney Scott Brady Announces Record Number of Prosecutions for Western Pennsylvania for FY 2020 (STL.News) – Scott W. Brady, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, today announced that the number of cases being prosecuted by the district reached another all-time record high in fiscal year 2020. From October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020, the office filed cases against 757 defendants, an increase of 67% versus FY 2016. The total number of drug defendants prosecuted reached 376, a 122% increase versus FY 2016.  The total number of firearms defendants prosecuted was 187, a 78% increase versus FY 2016. All numbers represent the most defendants prosecuted in any one year in the history of the Western District of Pennsylvania. Additionally, the cases ...
PA: Principal Deputy Assistant AG Jonathan Brightbill Delivers Remarks
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PA: Principal Deputy Assistant AG Jonathan Brightbill Delivers Remarks

PA: Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Brightbill Delivers Remarks at the 2020 Annual Pennsylvania Chamber Environmental Virtual Conference (STL.News) – Thank you, Kevin, for that kind introduction. I am happy to be back home in Pennsylvania — in a sense — and have the opportunity to speak with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.  Since this organization’s founding in 1916, this Chamber has advocated for job creation and greater prosperity for all Pennsylvanians.  It represents almost 50 percent of Pennsylvania’s private workforce with a membership of 10,000 businesses ranging from sole proprietors to Fortune 100 companies. It’s a real honor to come and speak to you now as the lead environmental litigator of the United States.  And talk specifically about...
Erie, Pa: Joseph Edward Schwenk Indicted on Child Sex Exploitation
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Erie, Pa: Joseph Edward Schwenk Indicted on Child Sex Exploitation

Erie, Pa: Joseph Edward Schwenk Indicted on Child Sex Exploitation Charges (STL.News) – A resident of Union City, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The two-count Indictment named Joseph Edward Schwenk, 68, 61 Parade Street, Apt. 201, Union City, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant. According to the Indictment presented to the court, from January 2018 to May 2020, Schwenk received and possessed computer images depicting prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 40 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the ...
Pittsburgh, Pa: Jonathan Laur Pleads Guilty to Narcotics Trafficking
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Pittsburgh, Pa: Jonathan Laur Pleads Guilty to Narcotics Trafficking

Pittsburgh, Pa: Jonathan Laur Pleads Guilty to Narcotics Trafficking (STL.News) – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of narcotics trafficking in connection with a large-scale investigation conducted by the Greater Pittsburgh Safe Streets Task Force, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Jonathan Laur, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl before United States District Judge William S. Stickman IV.  Mr. Laur and is one of 22 defendants charged in the Superseding Indictment.  The defendant ultimately accepted responsibility for the distribution of 12 grams of heroin and fentanyl. In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in 2...
Allentown, PA: Remarks by President Trump After Air Force One Arrival
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Allentown, PA: Remarks by President Trump After Air Force One Arrival

(STL.News) – THE PRESIDENT: So we have a big event.  We have three of them today, but this will be a — a group of people that we know very well from this area.  It’s amazing — amazing attendance and amazing poll numbers.  We have poll numbers that I’ll be talking about up there that have been very extraordinary. Q Can you win the election without Pennsylvania? THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know.  I think we’re leading in Pennsylvania.  I think we’ll win Pennsylvania, so I don’t think I have to worry about that.  I think we’re going to win Pennsylvania by more than we did last time. Q Mr. President, (inaudible). THE PRESIDENT: I don’t understand you. Q Are you downplaying the coronavirus again? THE PRESIDENT: I’m not. Go ahead. Q Mr. President, Joe Biden says you’ve waved the white flag on...
Pittsburgh, Pa: Retired Administrative Law Judge Karl Alexander Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison
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Pittsburgh, Pa: Retired Administrative Law Judge Karl Alexander Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

Pittsburgh, Pa: Retired Administrative Law Judge Karl Alexander Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Making a False Statement on a Firearms Purchase Form (STL.News) – On October 17, 2020, a resident of Grove City, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court to two years (24 months) in prison on his conviction of making a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. United States District Judge Robert J. Colville imposed the sentence on Karl Alexander, 79. According to information provided to the court during the plea hearing, on Sept. 29, 2019, Alexander, an attorney and administrative law judge, knowingly made a false statement to a licensed firearms dealer when purchasing a Ruger AR556MPR AR-15 style rifle. Alexander admitted th...
ERIE, Pa: Defendant Shawn Everett Daley Pleads Guilty
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ERIE, Pa: Defendant Shawn Everett Daley Pleads Guilty

ERIE, Pa: Defendant Shawn Everett Daley Pleads Guilty to Distributing and Receiving Child Pornography | USAO-WDPA (STL.News) – A former resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Shawn Everett Daley, 41, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter. In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Daly distributed and received computer movies depicting prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  An examination of Daly’s digital devices and cloud storage accounts revealed the presence of thousands of movies depicting young children being sexually abused.  Dal...
Pennsylvania: Joseph P. Barefoot Sentenced for Distributing Oxymorphone
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Pennsylvania: Joseph P. Barefoot Sentenced for Distributing Oxymorphone

(STL.News) – A Somerset County, Pennsylvania resident has been sentenced in federal court to three years’ probation on his conviction of violating federal narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Joseph P. Barefoot, 63, of Berlin, Pa. According to information presented to the court, from Feb. 1, 2017, to Aug. 14, 2017, Barefoot distributed a quantity of oxymorphone. Assistant United States Attorney Maureen Sheehan-Balchon prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. Mr. Brady commended the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Barefoot. CLICK to VIEW SOURCE
Pittsburgh, Pa; Idertsetseg Ragon Charged with Violating Federal Immigration Laws
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Pittsburgh, Pa; Idertsetseg Ragon Charged with Violating Federal Immigration Laws

(STL.News) – A Mongolian woman residing in western Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal immigration laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The two-count Indictment, returned on September 15, 2020 and unsealed yesterday following her arrest, named Idertsetseg Ragon, age 38, of Coraopolis, PA 15108, as the sole defendant. According to Indictment presented to the court, Ragon is accused of the false swearing in immigration matters by making false statements with respect to material facts on an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status and a Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.  The indictment alleges that Ragon stated she had never been arrested, cited, charged, indicted, convicte...
Erie, Pa; Michael Carter Anderson Charged with Trying to Buy Meth
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Erie, Pa; Michael Carter Anderson Charged with Trying to Buy Meth

Erie, Pa; Michael Carter Anderson Charged with Trying to Buy Meth on the Dark Web for Resale | USAO-WDPA (STL.News) – A resident of Kane, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of violating federal drug laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. The one-count Indictment named Michael Carter Anderson, 42, as the sole defendant. According to the Indictment presented to the court, on or about August 26, 2020, Anderson attempted to possess with intent to distribute more than fifty grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.  Anderson is accused of purchasing methamphetamine on the Dark Web for the purpose of selling and redistributing those drugs in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The law prov...
Erie, Pa; U.S. Attorney Announces the Dismantling of Two Methamphetamine Trafficking Organizations
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Erie, Pa; U.S. Attorney Announces the Dismantling of Two Methamphetamine Trafficking Organizations

Erie, Pa; U.S. Attorney Announces the Dismantling of Two Methamphetamine Trafficking Organizations Operating in Northwestern Pennsylvania | USAO-WDPA (STL.News) – United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today the unsealing of two indictments returned by a federal grand jury in Erie, Pennsylvania, charging the leaders and members of separate drug trafficking organizations – one based in Erie and the other in Warren and Crawford Counties – with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. “We are going right to the source to stop these drug trafficking networks in their tracks and prevent them from putting methamphetamine and other dangerous drugs on the streets of our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Brady.  “Working with our state and local partners, we will take the fight to these d...