South Carolina News: Greenville Woman, Jessica A. Dishinger Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison Following Second Counterfeiting Conviction

Greenville, South Carolina (STL.News) – United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Jessica A. Dishinger, age 24, of Greenville, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to manufacturing counterfeit money. United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs sentenced Dishinger to 48 months in federal prison, followed by three years of … Continue reading South Carolina News: Greenville Woman, Jessica A. Dishinger Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison Following Second Counterfeiting Conviction

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Luis M. Liriano-Toribio, Jury Convicts Narcotics Trafficker Involved in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (STL.News) – A federal jury convicted a narcotics trafficker from the Dominican Republic yesterday who was involved in a multi-million dollar deal to obtain a large quantity of cocaine. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Luis M. Liriano-Toribio, 32, traveled from New York to Northern Virginia last October to assist … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Luis M. Liriano-Toribio, Jury Convicts Narcotics Trafficker Involved in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

Alabama News: Mobile County Businessman, Khalil N. Al-Mashni Sentenced to One Year Probation and Ordered to Pay Restitution After Felony Conviction for Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes

Alabama (STL.News) – United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Khalil N. Al-Mashni, a 50 year old resident of Mobile, Alabama was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,008.96. On December 12, 2018, Al-Mashni entered a guilty plea pursuant … Continue reading Alabama News: Mobile County Businessman, Khalil N. Al-Mashni Sentenced to One Year Probation and Ordered to Pay Restitution After Felony Conviction for Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes

United States | U.S.-Hosted Event on Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

United States (STL.News) – On March 19, the United States co-sponsored an event with Albania, Argentina, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Romania, and the United Kingdom at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to highlight the dire human rights situation in Venezuela. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Carrie Filipetti led … Continue reading United States | U.S.-Hosted Event on Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

United States | U.S.-Brazil Technology Safeguards Agreement

United States (STL.News) – On March 18, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Christopher Ford and Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations Ambassador Ernesto Araujo signed the Technology Safeguards Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil on technology safeguards associated … Continue reading United States | U.S.-Brazil Technology Safeguards Agreement

United States | The Department of State Dedicates the New U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia

United States (STL.News) – As a display of our enduring friendship and important partnerships with Indonesia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr., Chargé d’affaires for the U.S. Mission to ASEAN Jane Bocklage, and Director of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Addison D. “Tad” Davis IV, along … Continue reading United States | The Department of State Dedicates the New U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia

Kansas | Twitter Takedown; Governor withdrawals Judge Jeffry Jack Nomination

TOPEKA, KANSAS– It took only 5 days for the derailment of the nomination of Judge Jeffry Jack to the Kansas Court of Appeals by Governor Laura Kelly due to social media posts. In what many may consider an obvious oversight in the judge’s  nomination;  by either not checking the internet for inflammatory and/or politically charged … Continue reading Kansas | Twitter Takedown; Governor withdrawals Judge Jeffry Jack Nomination

Ohio News: CINCINNATI, Gary Wipperman, Registered Sex Offender Allegedly Faked Court Documents in Order to Secure Housing Vouchers

CINCINNATI, Oo. (STL.News)  – Federal agents arrested a Cincinnati man this weekend on charges of defrauding the government and making false statements. Gary Wipperman, 57, of Cincinnati, allegedly created fictitious court documents that included forged judges’ signatures in order to obtain housing vouchers. Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, … Continue reading Ohio News: CINCINNATI, Gary Wipperman, Registered Sex Offender Allegedly Faked Court Documents in Order to Secure Housing Vouchers

Iowa News: DES MOINES, Nine Defendants Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking

DES MOINES, Iowa (STL.News) – Between January and March 2019, nine defendants were sentenced to significant prison terms for sex trafficking and related offenses in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. On March 13, 2019, the last of seven co-defendants charged with sex trafficking … Continue reading Iowa News: DES MOINES, Nine Defendants Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking

Louisiana News: Mexican National, OMAR ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ Indicted For Illegal Re-Entry

NEW ORLEANS, La. (STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser announced today that OMAR ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ, age 26, was charged Thursday, March 14, 2019 in a one-count indictment for illegal reentry of a removed alien in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a). According to the indictment, OMAR ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ (“HERNANDEZ”), reentered the United States after … Continue reading Louisiana News: Mexican National, OMAR ORTIZ-HERNANDEZ Indicted For Illegal Re-Entry

5 Things You Need To Know When Investing in Cryptocurrency

Investing in cryptocurrencies is gaining popularly, especially when one considers the likelihood of making great returns within a short period.  In the year 2018, Bitcoin’s value rose from $1000 to $20,000.  Other cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, Ripple, and Verge also registered a high increase in value within a year.   Many investors, consumers, and mainstream … Continue reading 5 Things You Need To Know When Investing in Cryptocurrency

Texas News: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Appoints Three To The Specialty Courts Advisory Council

Texas Governor Greg Abbott appoints Carols Y. Benavides, Keta Dickerson and Amy Granberry to the Specialty Courts Advisory Council AUSTIN, TX (STL.News) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Carols Y. Benavides, IV and reappointed Keta Dickerson and Amy Granberry to the Specialty Courts Advisory Council for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025.  The … Continue reading Texas News: Texas Governor Greg Abbott Appoints Three To The Specialty Courts Advisory Council

Florida News: Statewide Opioid Task Force Bill Passes First Committee Stop

TALLAHASSEE, FL (STL.News) – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody yesterday thanked Chair Gayle Harrell and each member of the Senate Health Policy Committee for passing legislation to create a Statewide Task Force on Opioid Drug Abuse.  Senator Wilton Simpson is sponsoring SB 1658 that would create the statewide task force.  The bill passed the committee … Continue reading Florida News: Statewide Opioid Task Force Bill Passes First Committee Stop

Missouri News: Missouri Governor Mike Parson Encourages Missourians to Think Safety as Flooding Continues

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (STL.News) – Missouri Governor Mike Parson urged Missourians to use caution around floodwater as Missouri River levels near cresting at major flood stage in some Missouri communities.  Rain will move into the western part of the state tonight through Wednesday morning but is expected to have minimal effect on current river levels. … Continue reading Missouri News: Missouri Governor Mike Parson Encourages Missourians to Think Safety as Flooding Continues

FBI Request Public Help: FBI Seeking Information from Bank Robbery at Bank of the West in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (STL.News) – The FBI is seeking information from a bank robbery at Bank of the West in Oklahoma City. Bank of the West 1600 SW 89th Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73159 The suspect was identified as a white male, approximately 5’10” tall , thin build.  The suspect was last seen wearing a … Continue reading FBI Request Public Help: FBI Seeking Information from Bank Robbery at Bank of the West in Oklahoma City

US Coast Guard News: Coast Guard halts third weekend illegal charter in Miami

MIAMI, FL (STL.News) – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 42-foot pleasure craft, Breaking the Habit, with 11 passengers aboard Sunday near Monument Island making this the third illegal charter in the Miami area interdicted in three days. A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew conducted the boarding … Continue reading US Coast Guard News: Coast Guard halts third weekend illegal charter in Miami

United States | Special Representative Biegun Travel to the United Kingdom

United States (STL.News) – U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to London March 19 to meet with UK, French, and German counterparts to discuss coordinated efforts to advance the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.        

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Visit to Kuwait, Israel, and Lebanon: Reinvigorating Partnerships, Enhancing Bilateral Ties, and Countering Iran

United States (STL.News) – Secretary Pompeo will travel to Kuwait, Israel, and Lebanon March 19–23. The Secretary will participate in a series of bilateral meetings with high-level officials, attend the U.S.-Kuwait Strategic Dialogue and the recurring trilateral Head of State meeting with Israel, Greece, and the Republic of Cyprus, and engage in public events, including … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Visit to Kuwait, Israel, and Lebanon: Reinvigorating Partnerships, Enhancing Bilateral Ties, and Countering Iran

United States | Keynote Address and Fireside Chat at the Road to GES Heartland Event

United States (STL.News) – SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. That voiceover intro is a little much. (Laughter.) I thought I might be walking into a wrestling match or something. (Laughter.) And maybe I am. (Laughter.) Thank you, Alan, for that generous, kind introduction. It’s great always to be introduced by someone who you admire and … Continue reading United States | Keynote Address and Fireside Chat at the Road to GES Heartland Event

United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Visit to Angola

United States (STL.News) – The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met today in Luanda with President João Lourenço and Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto. In these meetings, the Deputy Secretary commended President Lourenço and his government for their efforts to fight corruption and to foster citizen-responsive … Continue reading United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s Visit to Angola

United States | Repression of Human Rights in Nicaragua

United States (STL.News) – The United States condemns the Ortega regime’s continued violence and repression toward the Nicaraguan people, including the arbitrary detention of hundreds of peaceful protestors and violence against independent media on March 16. The United States will continue to urge accountability for those who have demonstrated blatant disregard for human rights and … Continue reading United States | Repression of Human Rights in Nicaragua

SEC News: Justin C. Jeffries Named Associate Regional Director for Enforcement in Atlanta Office

Washington DC (STL.News) – The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Justin C. Jeffries has been named the Associate Regional Director for enforcement in the Atlanta Regional Office. Mr. Jeffries succeeds Aaron Lipson, who left the agency in December 2018. In his new role, Mr. Jeffries will oversee the Atlanta office’s enforcement efforts in Georgia, … Continue reading SEC News: Justin C. Jeffries Named Associate Regional Director for Enforcement in Atlanta Office

US Department of Homeland Security News: A New DHS for a New Age

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – On March 18, Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen delivered the 2019 State of Homeland Security Address, hosted by the Auburn University McCray Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security and George Washington University. The Secretary offered her assessment of the ever-evolving security landscape, operational challenges, and a look forward at the Department’s forthcoming … Continue reading US Department of Homeland Security News: A New DHS for a New Age

CIA News: CIA Announces New Deputy Chief Operating Officer, John G. Edwards

WASHINGTON DC (STL.News) – The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) today announced the appointment of John G. Edwards as Deputy Chief Operating Officer (D/COO).  John has held a number of enterprise-level leadership positions in his Agency career, serving most recently as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Director of CIA’s Information Technology Enterprise. John is known … Continue reading CIA News: CIA Announces New Deputy Chief Operating Officer, John G. Edwards

Federal Reserve News: FRB announces members of Fraud Definitions Work Group

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The Federal Reserve today announced the members of its Fraud Definitions Work Group, the latest initiative to advance the Federal Reserve’s strategy for improving the U.S. payment system.  Over the next year, these 22 payments industry leaders and subject matter specialists will work collaboratively with Federal Reserve leaders to formulate recommendations for … Continue reading Federal Reserve News: FRB announces members of Fraud Definitions Work Group

Missouri News: Attorney General Eric Schmitt Files Charges Against Moberly Man, Kyle McClain, for Defrauding Food Bank Patrons

Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his office filed charges in Boone County, Missouri against Kyle McClain of Moberly, Missouri for violating the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.  The four-count Felony Complaint alleges that McClain fraudulently sold insurance plans to patrons at Boone County food banks under the guise of helping … Continue reading Missouri News: Attorney General Eric Schmitt Files Charges Against Moberly Man, Kyle McClain, for Defrauding Food Bank Patrons

Missouri News: Springfield Man, Daniel Rowland, Sentenced to 10 Years for Child Sexual Exploitation

SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) – A Springfield, Missouri man was sentenced in federal court today for enticing a person whom he believed to be a minor (but who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer) to engage in illicit sex. Daniel Rowland, 55, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 10 years in … Continue reading Missouri News: Springfield Man, Daniel Rowland, Sentenced to 10 Years for Child Sexual Exploitation

United States | Interview With E.J. and Ellen of KMBZ Kansas City’s Morning News

United States (STL.News) – QUESTION: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with us this morning. Mr. Secretary, it’s an honor to speak with you. Good morning. SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning. It’s great to be with you as well. QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, I’m going to start here at home with our top story, flooding in Missouri and … Continue reading United States | Interview With E.J. and Ellen of KMBZ Kansas City’s Morning News

United States | Interview With Pete Mundo of the Pete Mundo Morning Show, KCMO

United States (STL.News) – QUESTION: KCMO 103.7 FM and welcome in Mike Pompeo. Mr. Secretary, really appreciate a few minutes of your time as always. SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s good to be with you. QUESTION: You’re in town – it’s great to be with you as always. You’re in town. I know you’ve got an event … Continue reading United States | Interview With Pete Mundo of the Pete Mundo Morning Show, KCMO

United States | Interview With Andy Hooser of The Voice of Reason, KQAM

United States (STL.News) – QUESTION: Thirty-five minutes past the hour. Welcome in to the Voice of Reason here on a Monday. It’s a beautiful day. I want to get right into it as we have limited time with our next guest, but I’m so excited to have him back on the program as he’s actually … Continue reading United States | Interview With Andy Hooser of The Voice of Reason, KQAM